Mr Fernando Azevedo Sette > Azevedo Sette Advogados > Belo Horizonte, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Azevedo Sette Advogados
Rua Paraíba, 1000, térreo
Belo Horizonte MG 30130-145

Work Department

Corporate M&A, HNW / Sucession Planning, Commercial and Financial Contracts, Foreign Investments, Mining Law 


Senior Partner, Managing Partner


Sette is senior partner and head of Corporate M&A and High Net Worth (HNW) practices at Azevedo Sette Advogados. He draws upon more than 25 years’ experience advising clients in complex transactions involving commercial and financial contracts, foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions and succession planning matters, especially to Mining, Construction and Engineering sector.

He was a professor of Strategic Alliances in graduate courses at the School of Economics of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, International Negotiations at the Foreign Trade School of UNA-MG and International Transactions at IEC-PUC/MG.


English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Sette is president of the Legal Network International (LNI), a network of independent law firms covering over fifty countries worldwide. He was foreign associate at Hannoch Weisman (New Jersey, 1994) and Dewey Ballantine (New York, 1997).


LL.B. from UFMG Law School, he was admitted to practice in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1992. Master’s Degree in Law at University of Pennsylvania, EUA (LL.M., 1997).


Fernando is recommended in Chambers HNW guide as a key contact in private wealth management practice in Brazil. In Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, and Chambers Brazil as eminent practitioner (Band 1), The Legal 500, Leaders League, and LACCA Approved guides is recognized in Mining, Corporate M&A, and Commercial. In Latin Lawyer 250 is listed as reference in Corporate M&A, Mining & Metals, Project Finance and Infrastructure practices. Partner is also recommended in Corporate and M&A and Project Finance and Development in Best Lawyers guide. In Análise Advocacia is considered one of the most admired lawyers in Minas Gerais state and reference to Construction and Engineering industry.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > City focus - Belo Horizonte > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Fernando Azevedo SetteAzevedo Sette Advogados

Housing a sizeable corporate and M&A department in Belo Horizonte that is the first port of call for several blue-chip clients from the agribusiness, mining, banking, energy, telecoms and technology sectors, full-service firm Azevedo Sette Advogados is a reference in the Minas Gerais market. The team handles a diverse workload of M&A, foreign investments, commercial and financial contracts, corporate restructurings and infrastructure projects, and has witnessed a recent growth in deals pertaining to the healthcare sector, and matters involving wealth planning and succession issues. Practice head Fernando Azevedo Sette is a key contact for private wealth management. Luís Ricardo Miraglia, who is often retained by mining and energy clients, and Ana Paula Terra Caldeira, whose areas of activity include M&A and corporate financing, are other key practitioners. Frederico Bopp Dieterich leads on infrastructure-related transactions, while Thiago Assumpção Henriques has been particularly busy advising healthcare companies. In a relevant development in 2021, Eleonora Santiago Carneiro Quadros joined the firm from Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

With broad geographic coverage and a strong presence in both São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Azevedo Sette Advogados has a varied and active corporate and M&A practice. Major blue-chip companies operating in the region turn to the team, which has recently been especially active in deals in the healthcare, energy, infrastructure and natural resources industries, acting on both the buy and sell side. Corporate reorganisations, commercial agreements and regulatory matters are also areas of strength for the department. Senior partner Fernando Azevedo Sette and Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette, who draws on his former experience as general counsel for Microsoft, jointly lead the team. Ana Paula Terra Caldeira, Frederico Bopp Dieterich, M&A and capital markets expert Alessandra Martins de Souza, who made partner in 2020, and Luís Ricardo Miraglia, who is particularly active in the energy and mining sectors, are also names to note. Eleonora Santiago Carneiro Quadro joined the firm from Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados in August 2021.