Mattos Filho > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Mattos Filho
AV. JOAQUIM EUGÊNIO DE LIMA, 447
SÃO PAULO, SP, CEP 01403-001
Brazil

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

Mattos Filho has a leading multidisciplinary banking and finance practice, which covers all corners of the market. The team regularly assists lenders and borrowers on novel financings such as sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities, and other product types including securitisations, debt capital markets, project, trade and acquisition finance. The firm stands out for its corporate, fintech and regulatory work, which combined to good effect when advising the underwriters on Nubank’s ground-breaking $2.6bn global IPO. Among the partners, clients single out the ‘always availableFrederico Kerr Bullamah, and Flavia Magliozzi for her ‘proactivity, objectivity and refined technique‘. Bruno Tuca regularly handles major debt transactions, while Marina Anselmo Schneider is strong in structured finance. Pablo Sorj is active on the project finance side. Pedro Eroles is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Tuca;  Frederico Kerr Bullamah; Marina Anselmo Schneider; Pablo Sorj

Testimonials

‘The main differential of the firm is the availability of the partner. Frederico Kerr Bullamah is always available to directly resolve the companies’ questions.’

‘Flavia Magliozzi – proactivity, objectivity and refined technique.’

Key clients

CPN Assurances

eToro (Europe)

Facebook

Geru Sociedade De Crédito Direto

Goldman Sachs do Brasil Banco Múltiplo

Google Brasil Internet

Mercadopago.com Representações

MI Pagamentos do Brasil

Scotiabank

Stone Instituição de Pagamento

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

Inter-American Development Bank – IADB

InterCement Brasil

Banco Itaú BBA

XP Corretora de Cambio Títulos e Valores Imobiliário

Nordex Energy Brasil – Comércio e Indústria de Equipamentos

HSBC

Scotiabank

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique – Proparco

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

QATAR Airways Investments

Farallon Latin America

TAG Tecnologia para o Sistema Financeiro

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on the $2.6bn IPO of Nubank, which included a milestone offering of BDRs in Brazil.
  • Advised Inter-American Investment Corporation and Banco Pan on a $150m financing to Banco Pan.
  • Acted as counsel to Klabin and Klabin Austria, in Klabin’s $500m Sustainability-Linked Revolving Credit Facility Agreement agreed with Cooperative Rabobank, Banco Santander, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Citibank, Itaú Unibanco and Mizuho Bank.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

Mattos Filho has an ‘extremely experienced team specialised in IPO processes‘, which is ‘made up of super technical people with availability and proactivity‘. The market-leading practice is regularly involved in Brazil’s largest and most complex equity and debt listings, representing underwriters and issuers. The underwriter side has recently handled several high-profile mandates, including support on the headline-grabbing Nubank and Raízen IPOs. On the issuer front, it also assisted gym company Smartfit on its R$2.6bn equity listing. The finance team is packed with experienced partners, including Frederico Kerr Bullamah, Bruno Tuca, Marina Anselmo Schneider and Flavia Magliozzi. The equity team, which includes Jean Marcel Arakawa and Vanessa Fiusa, was strengthened by the arrival of partner Caio Cossermelli (an ‘excellent professional, objective and always available‘) from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca; Frederico Kerr Bullamah; Jean Marcel Arakawa; Marina Anselmo Schneider

Testimonials

‘Extremely experienced team specialised in IPO processes. Always available and with solutions and alternatives to solve problems.’

‘Caio Cossermelli – excellent professional, objective and always available. Rodrigo Miguel Braga – great professional, with knowledge in the area.’

‘The team is made up of super technical people with availability and proactivity.’

Key clients

Klabin

Ultrapar

XP investimentos

Banco Santander

Banco Itaú

BRK Ambiental Participações

Guararapes Confecções

Mateus Supermercados

Lojas Quero-Quero

Advent International Corporation

3R Petroleum e Participações

Rumo

Pet Center Comércio

Banco BTG Pactual

Sociedade Educacional Leonardo da Vinci

Banco Safra

Goldman Sachs

BRF

Pátria Investimentos

Santander Investment Securities

Itau BBA USA Securities

JP Morgan

Banco Citibank

Restoque Comércio e Confecções de Roupas

Simpar

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on the cross-border IPO of fintech company Nubank, which included access to the listing for Nubank’s Brazilian customers.
  • Advised the underwriters to the bioenergy and renewable energy company Raízen on its R$6.7bn IPO.
  • Advised the Brazilian placing agents on a $2bn debenture listing by the mining company Vale, including a secondary restricted public offering in the domestic and international capital markets.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 1

Mattos Filho‘s Brasília-based litigation and arbitration team is able to leverage the firm’s national office network and expertise in public law, tax, labour and corporate law to handle complex disputes of national relevance in the superior courts. Notably, the group acted for BHP Billiton in a R$155bn lawsuit regarding the environmental disaster caused by the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam in Mariana. The team also stands out for its track record in constitutional disputes involving bilateral agreements signed with other countries, concession transfers and mutual legal assistance treaties (MLAT). A key contact in the team is Maricí Giannico, who focuses on appellate litigation, administrative disputes and regulatory matters. At the associate level, names to note include competition law specialist Frederico Bastos Pinheiro Martins, and Marina De Mello Cerqueira Zarur and Marselhe Cristina De Mattos, who both have extensive experience in civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Diego Herrera de Moraes, who has handled matters before Brazil’s surperior courts, and is noted for his experience in disputes in the tech, media, entertainment and telecoms space, joined from HD Advogados in July 2022.

Key clients

CESP – Cia Energética de São Paulo

Bunge Alimentos

IBM Brasil

Associação Brasileira da Infraestrutura e Indústria de Base

Instituto Brasileiro do Petróleo

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Grupo Oncoclínicas

Votorantim Cimentos

Enel Distribuição Goiás

Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa

Allianz Seguros

Fiat Chrysler Automóveis Brasil

Sanofi Pasteur Brasil

Magazine Luiza

Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica

Iveco Magirus Brandschutz-Technik Gmbh

CNH Industrial Brasil

Facebook Brasil

WhatsApp

Gatesair do Brasil

Federação das Organizações Indígenas do Rio – FOIRN

Mylan

BHP Billiton

iFood.com Agência de Restaurantes Online

Intercement

Companhia Energética SINOP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meta Platforms in several claims before the superior courts and the electoral justice related to matters regarding the interaction between WhatsApp services and electoral propaganda and the constitutionality of blocking WhatsApp services for non-compliance with wiretap orders.
  • Assisted BHP in the R$155bn judicial litigation arising from the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam in Mariana, Brazil.

City focus - Brasilia > Tax Tier 1

Mattos Filho is well known for its track record in tax litigation before the Supreme Court (STF), the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) and the Brazilian Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF). With a robust team of tax and litigation lawyers, the group is frequently retained by large companies from the retail, food and beverage, technology and pharmaceuticals segments. A key contact in the Brasília team is Ariane Guimarães, who has a strong background in litigation before the superior courts. Other key practitioners in the team include Leandro Bettini Lins De Castro Monteiro, who is well versed in administrative disputes and tax law, and tax litigator Alberto Frederico Teixeira Soares Carbonar, a popular choice for clients operating in the telecoms, logistics and agribusiness sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ariane Gosta Guimarães

Testimonials

‘The tax team knows our company well, therefore, being able to bring new ideas and opportunities while assisting us with procedural strategies in tax litigation.’

‘The group is excellent when it comes to innovation, pro-bono and employee diversity. It’s one of the few offices I know that publishes its gross revenue and cares about transparency.’

‘The firm is committed to the client. It has great professionals, with extensive knowledge and exemplary service.’

‘Ariane Costa Guimaraes has extensive tax knowledge and provides impeccable service.’

‘I’d highlight Alberto Frederico Teixeira Soares Carbonar, for his knowledge, service and commitment.’

‘Technical quality of professionals, understanding of the client’s business, recognition, diversity and collaboration with their clients.’

Key clients

BRF

L’Oreal Brasil Comercial de Cosméticos

IMC Saste – Construções, Serviços e Comércio

Associação Paulista de Fundações

Sindicato Nacional das Empresas Distribuidoras de Combustíveis e de Lubrificantes – Sindicom

Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação – Brasscom

IDV – Instituto para Desenvolvimento do Varejo

Heineken Brasil

ABRADEE – Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica

Grupo Ultra

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Tok & Stok

Grupo Enel

Work highlights

  • Represented the Institute for Retail Development (IDV) in the Superior Court of Justice, as an amicus curiae, regarding a thesis for the recognition of taxpayers’ right to take advantage of the tax relief established by Law No 11.196/2005.
  • Acted for IDV in the Supreme Court, as an amicus curiae, to declare the unconstitutionality of legal provisions that established the enforcement of the state value added tax on goods and services (ICMS) on the transfers of goods between the establishments of the same owner.
  • Assisted Heineken Brasil with a tax enforcement action for charges of IPI (tax on industrialised goods) credit arising from acquisitions of exempt products from the Manaus Free Trade Zone.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

The competition law experts at Mattos Filho act as ‘true partners with clients in carrying out extremely strategic work‘. The team’s workload strikes a balance between merger control and conduct cases, with recent highlights including its representation of food tech company iFood in the high-profile dominance investigation concerning the client’s exclusivity contracts with restaurants. In the merger space, the department’s vast experience before CADE also extends to non-fast-track merger review cases and the negotiation of remedies. The firm’s traditional strength in dispute resolution is of particular benefit when it comes to antitrust litigation, where competition and litigation specialists work together to represent clients in appealing CADE decisions. 2021 saw the practice expanding further, first with the arrival of Eduardo Frade in August of that year from Vinicius Marques de Carvalho Advogados, and later with the hire of senior associate Venicio Filho from TozziniFreire AdvogadosRenata Fonseca Zuccolo Giannella is ‘very hands on and proactive‘; Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto is noted for his longstanding expertise in the field of competition law; Marcio Soares is ‘very diplomatic and manages to deal assertively and carefully with authorities and other parties involved in cases‘; Amadeu Ribeiro is the name to note in New York; and Michelle Machado specialises in competition, corporate investigations and digital markets. Associate Paula Camara Baptista De Oliveira is also noted.

Testimonials

‘The team is very well balanced between partners with experience, partners with good case management abilities and good associates that deliver the work on time in a bilingual manner.’

‘Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto has many years of experience, and when interacting with other law firms (merger deals) his opinion is respected.’

Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Giannella is very hands on and proactive and has a very good sense of empathy which helps her to solve things before they happen. Paula Camara Baptista de Oliveira is a hardworking associate who delivers on time.’

‘Mattos Filho delivers extremely high quality work to its clients, carried out by a team that understands its clients’ needs in a unique way. The quality of work is certainly differentiated, and they are true partners with clients in carrying out extremely strategic work.’

‘Marcio Dias Soares is always extremely responsive. He is very diplomatic and manages to deal assertively and carefully with authorities and other parties involved in cases. Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto contributes with his seniority to guide clients in the best strategy to be followed and his experience brings a lot of tranquility to clients.’

‘I’d highlight Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Giannella.’

‘Excellent service.’

Key clients

Ifood

Ultrapar

Bayer

Maersk

Naspers

Americanas

Advent International

Ambev

Stellantis

Intel

Xignux

Sumitomo Electric Industries

United Parcel Service

Jacobs Douwe Egberts Brazil

Syngenta

Corteva

BASF

Indorama

Globo Comunicações

NTN Corporation

Cosan

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Raia Drogasil

Temasek

Schneider Electric

International Paper

Brookfield

Toshiba

Work highlights

  • Advised BASF, Dow Agrosciences, Du Pont, Monsanto and Syngenta Seeds on the creation of an innovative capture value system solution for the soybean industry in Brazil.
  • Advising Advent International on the competition aspects of its divestment of Grupo BIG business to Carrefour for a consideration of R$7bn.
  • Representing iFood in the dominance investigation against it for alleged foreclosure in the market for food delivery in Brazil by means of exclusive partnerships with restaurants.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 1

Household name local and international companies turn to Mattos Filho‘s compliance and corporate ethics department for assistance in settlement negotiations, investigations and crisis management. Recently, the team has been particularly active in private corruption and fraud investigations, as well as internal investigations into workplace issues and harassment, often working alongside colleagues in the labour, white-collar criminal law and antitrust departments. The department also assists in M&A and debt and equity capital market transactions, which the firm is regularly involved in; its advice in this space includes compliance due diligence and risk management. Key practitioners in the team include anti-corruption and corporate integrity expert Renato Tastardi Portella; Thiago Jabor Pinheiro, whose broad practice takes in investigations and enforcement actions in connection with corruption, bid rigging and other forms of corporate misconduct; crisis management specialist Kevin Michael Altit, who draws on over 30 years of experience; and technology, public law and compliance partner Thiago Luís Sombra. Marcel Ribas, dual qualified in both Brazil and New York, was promoted to partner in April 2021; he has experience in cross-border investigations and FCPA enforcement. Luiza Mussoi Cattley, Laura Carneiro de Mello Senra and Romero Cabral da Costa Neto are names to note at the senior associate level.

Testimonials

‘Interaction with the team is great. They know how to listen to the client’s needs, in order to find the best solution.’

‘The team is endowed with deep practical technical knowledge. Great methodology of work and client service.’

‘Good availability and eager to meet client expectations.’

‘I would highlight Marcel Ribas and Maria Luísa Lima Menezes.’

‘Ability to understand the client’s business and assertiveness in analysis.’

‘The team is very prepared and willing to help with all the demands we have.’

‘I’d highlight Renato Tastardi Portella, Flavia Leardini and Rogério Taffarello.’

Key clients

Hypera Pharma

Braskem

J. Malucelli

Indra

Pearson

Facebook

FCA Group

Crédit Agricole

LVMH Fashion Group

Mitsui

Advent International

Goldman Sachs

Brookfield

Allied Tecnologia

Anglo American

Prudential

Agilent

Pfizer

Twitter

Accenture

Work highlights

  • Advises J. Malucelli Group on a leniency agreement executed in August 2020, negotiated and closed with both the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) and the Prosecution Service of Paraná State (MP-PR).
  • Advised on a risk assessment of Twitter’s new features vis-à-vis Brazilian law and best practices.
  • Assisted Allied in an internal investigation of its relationship with two service providers engaged between 2011 and 2015.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

‘One of the best full-service firms in Brazil’, Mattos Filho ‘has a very robust team’, which is ‘prepared to face any challenge’ on behalf of a stellar client base comprising domestic and multinational companies across key sectors such as life sciences, technology, financial services, healthcare, energy and construction. Fully dedicated to corporate and M&A matters and with lawyers based across Brazil, London and New York, the department offers support during every stage of negotiations and throughout the entire life cycle of businesses. Some of the largest private equity funds and investors regularly retain the firm in market-leading deals, as do venture capital clients, start-ups and technology players engaged in complex transactions. The firm’s extensive diversity and inclusion programme sees it acting on six fronts: gender equality, LGBTIQAP+ rights, racial equity, rights of people with disabilities, religious freedom, and more recently, parenting responsibilities and gender equity. Another highlight is the firm’s varied and pioneering pro bono practice, which was created to address the lack of access to justice and the scenario of human rights violations in Brazil. Daniel Calhman de Miranda enjoys a strong reputation for his capabilities in cross-border transactions. João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro – a key relationship partner for a diverse roster of private and public companies, private equity funds and foreign investors – possesses considerable experience in M&A, corporate restructurings and joint ventures, which are also among Marcelo Ricupero‘s areas of expertise. Moacir Zilbovicius is a go-to attorney for mandates involving publicly held companies, while Paula Vieira de Oliveira is noted for her private equity sector acumen. Private equity investments also feature heavily in Pedro Whitaker De Souza Dias‘s workload. Fernando Amendola leads on M&A deals in the real estate space. Other names to note include Luciana Pietro Lorenzo and Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva. Tomás Neiva joined from CFA Advogados in August 2021.

Testimonials

‘Mattos Filho has a very robust team and is prepared to face any challenge. Having multiple associates and partners capable of handling any edge of our M&A transaction was very helpful.’

‘Tomás Neiva is an extraordinary and very reliable lawyer who is able to explain to foreign investors in a simple way the particularities and complexities of the Brazilian market.’

‘Above-average technical quality, agility in returns and attention to the client’s business set the firm apart.’

‘Mattos Filho is one of the best full service firms in Brazil, with full capacity to advise on complex operations.’

‘Mattos Filho’s corporate team manages to act with great sensitivity and dedication to client needs, delving into complex issues with attention and applying all the expertise of its professionals.’

‘I believe the quality of lawyers, materials sent and level of service are excellent. In addition, they understand our company and our needs very well.’

Key clients

Actis

Advent

B2W

Cogna (Kroton)

Cosan

Daio

Evoltz

General Atlantic

GIC

Goldman Sachs

Grupo Ultra

J. Malucelli

Naspers

Oncoclínicas

Patria Investimentos

Stone

UOL

Vinci Partners

Warburg Pincus

XP Private Equity

Odebrecht

Prumo

Muniservices

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers and current shareholders of Grupo Big Brasil on the sale of Grupo Big (former Walmart Brasil operation) to Atacadão (Grupo Carrefour).
  • Assisted Grupo Soma in the business combination transaction with Cia. Hering, through which Hering became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo Soma.
  • Advised Bradespar on the transaction concerning the reduction of its share capital, in the amount of R$5.26bn, through the restitution, to its shareholders, of common shares issued by Vale held by Bradespar.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 1

Domestic and foreign companies, financial institutions and investors turn to Mattos Filho for representation in arbitrations in Brazil and abroad. The ‘first-rate arbitration team‘ has the ability to ‘deal with the largest cases and bring specialist knowledge to bear in the most difficult issues’ in the infrastructure, energy, telecoms, construction, and oil and gas sectors. Major arbitrations involving M&A and corporate law are other key strengths for the department, which has experienced a substantial increase in demands related to securities and international disputes against public entities. Recognised as ‘one of the best arbitration lawyers in Brazil‘, Eduardo Damião Gonçalves has worked as counsel and arbitrator in a variety of cases including in ICC and UNICITRAL proceedings. Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is rated for being ‘a tenacious, skilled strategist with a commercial mindset‘; corporate and M&A disputes are among his areas of expertise. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is a name to note for proceedings involving the construction and oil and gas industries, while André Chateaubriand Martins handles arbitrations arising from banking, energy, corporate and commercial issues. Laura Ghitti stands out at the associate level for her involvement in commercial and investment arbitration cases.

Testimonials

‘This is a first-rate arbitration team. Its work is genuinely partner-led with partners showing commitment, focus and drive in progressing the case. The firm’s depth of resources means that they can deal with the largest cases and bring specialist knowledge to bear in the most difficult issues.’

‘Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is a great tactician with strong experience as both counsel and arbitrator. He is deeply trusted by clients, with good reason. He was essential in dealing with difficult issues and managing a complex process.’

‘Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is an excellent advocate. He is very strong in cross examination and is a tenacious litigator.’

‘The service provided by Mattos Filho during the arbitration was of excellent technical quality. The team of lawyers has a clear orientation towards client satisfaction.’

‘Top-flight practitioners, at the same level as the best international arbitration practices in New York and London.’

‘Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is a tenacious, skilled strategist with a commercial mindset.’

‘Mattos Filho has a very deep bench and top notch lawyers. They collaborate extremely well with non-Brazilian firms. They are creative in problem solving and bring a multi-dimensional approach to cases.’

‘The arbitration team at Mattos Filho is very ably led by Eduardo Damiao Goncalves, who is an exceptionally talented lawyer and one of the best arbitration lawyers in Brazil. Eduardo’s experience and tactical ability is second to none. The team also includes an up-and-coming arbitration star, Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente. Eduardo and Arthur are ably assisted by an incredibly strong team and – where necessary – the full resources of the Mattos Filho firm are readily available. Most importantly, the arbitration team at Mattos Filho works closely and seamlessly together and consistently delivers a top quality work product.’

Key clients

Paper Excellence BC

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Odebrecht Mobilidade

CAOA Montadora de Veículos

Telefônica Brasil

Hypera

Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18- Bronze

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

Mineração Paragominas

Atlas Energia Renovável do Brasil

Lightcom Comercializadora de Energia

Vinci Energies do Brasil Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Represents Telefônica Brasil against Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – Anatel in an arbitration concerning concession agreements.
  • Representing Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18 – Bronze in an arbitration filed against the state of São Paulo involving the termination of a PPP agreement.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 1

At Mattos Filho, the litigation practice enjoys a strong reputation in the Brazilian market thanks to its frequent involvement as lead counsel in many of the country’s most complex and sensitive disputes. Praised for its ‘multidisciplinary approach and highly qualified professionals‘, the team assists clients in all of Brazil’s key economic sectors, including energy, technology, financial services and consumer goods. Covering corporate, administrative, civil and regulatory litigation, the practice is well positioned to undertake contentious work involving public law and governmental issues, and has experienced an increase in instructions concerning insurance, environmental, construction, product liability and financial disputes. Cases resulting from M&A and general commercial conflicts, including cross-border matters, have also recently seen a substantial uptick. The department is one of the main drivers of the firm’s pro bono efforts, a pioneer initiative in the market. In this context, practitioners have offered representation to clients on a pro bono basis in litigation issues involving immigration, LGBTQ and minorities, among others. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves has a strong track record in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. Flavio Pereira Lima has more than 30 years’ experience in contentious matters; civil and environmental disputes are some of his areas of focus. Bankruptcy-related cases are a field of expertise for Alex Hatanaka, while Maricí Giannico in Brasília is recommended for appellate litigation. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro and Isabela Siqueira, the latter of whom is particularly skilled in class actions, are other key individuals. Diego Herrera de Moraes joined the Brasilia office from HD Advogados in July 2022.

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary approach and highly qualified professionals in their specialisms.’

‘Flávio Pereira Lima is always available. He possesses technical knowledge and has a deep understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Mattos Filho has served us in a very satisfactory way, with promptness and quality. The team is always available, highly prepared. Discussions are productive and various aspects of the problems are addressed at all levels, seeking to meet all possible scenarios arising from the issue at hand.’

‘Skilled in the search for innovative solutions for the client. Availability and readiness are some of the words that best describe the firm, especially the partners.’

‘Mattos Filho’s litigation team is extremely well qualified. The firm has consistently invested in diversity and inclusion, which has only improved its worldview, strategic capacity and market integration.’

‘Eduardo Damião Gonçalves brings experience and balance to legal advice on sensitive issues.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Philip Morris Brasil

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis Brasil

Garrett Motion Indústria Automotiva Brasil

Heineken

Bavaria

CAOA Group

Porta dos Fundos Produtora e Distribuidora Audiovisual

Supervia Concessionária de Transporte Ferroviário

BRF

Raízen Group

Votorantim Cimentos

Gol Linha Aéreas (formerly VRG Linhas Aéreas)

Starboard Asset

Brazilian Vegetable Oils Industry Association (ABIOVE)

Bunge

Intercement Brasil

Facebook Serviços Online do Brasil

WhatsApp

Establishment Labs Brasil Produtos Para Saúde

LinkedIn Representações do Brasil

Google Brasil Internet

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Banco Bradesco

CA Investment (Brazil)

Daikin Industries

Cofco International

Work highlights

  • Represents BHP Billiton in the judicial litigation arising from the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam in Mariana, Brazil.
  • Represents Philip Morris in a healthcare cost recovery claim filed by the Federal Union seeking reimbursement of past and future healthcare expenses with the treatment of 27 diseases allegedly caused by cigarette smoking and/or exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • Acts as co-counsel for the estate of an individual and the CAOA Group in six lawsuits against the bankrupt estate of Banco Santos and the bankrupt estate of Investsantos Negócios Administração e Participação.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 1

Mattos Filho has a well-established reputation among the top teams in Brazil; it offers transactional and regulatory advice to leading exploration and production (E&P), downstream and natural gas players, private equity clients and banks. The group, which is made up of practitioners with relevant international backgrounds, attracts instructions in an array of high-value deals, ranging from stock and asset purchases, business combinations, debt restructuring and financings, while also showcasing strength in the implementation and construction of projects in the oil and gas sector. Mandates involving contractual breaches, class actions and arbitrations also feature in the firm’s impressive portfolio. Devoted to the oil and gas segment, Giovani Loss is an ‘industry-experienced and trustworthy attorney’ who has a wealth of experience in M&A transactions, regulatory and maritime law matters pertaining to the sector. Also recommended, Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres is counsel of choice for clients engaged in large-scale projects and M&A deals. Singled out for his ‘vast experience in regulatory, contractual and M&A matters’, Nilton Mattos is another name to note for hydrocarbons work. Other key individuals include Danielle Ludwig and the recently promoted Bruno Chedid, both of whom are active in transactional, regulatory and contractual issues involving the oil and gas sector. All mentioned practitioners are based in Rio de Janeiro.

Testimonials

‘Mattos Filho provides excellent services. The members of the oil and gas team have high technical quality, present differentiated and efficient alternatives for highly complex issues, are fully available to clients in addition to being extremely responsive.’

‘Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Fere and Giovani Loss know perfectly how to combine their legal knowledge with a commercial and business vision in order to add a lot of value to the client.’

‘Nilton Mattos, Danielle Ludwig and Bruno Chedid are recommended for their technical quality and responsiveness.’

‘It is certainly one of the select few law firms that has professionals of the highest calibre with enormous and deep experience in the sector, they know the peculiarities of the business, and are problem solvers. They know all the players which helps to establish ties and reduce tensions.’

‘Nilton Mattos stands out due to his vast experience in regulatory, contractual and M&A matters. He has a very relevant experience in shipping which is a huge asset. Nilton Mattos is always available and looks for practical solutions to solve problem. He knows how to listen and when to intervene.’

‘Mattos Filho is at the forefront of complex issues. The team supports us not only on the purely legal front, but also when it comes to business, which facilitates discussions and makes the advice provided more effective.’

‘Giovani Loss is the main contact. Giovani is a brilliant, highly educated, industry-experienced and trustworthy attorney.’

‘Felipe Feres has a high level of knowledge and is extremely effective in finding solutions for the client.’

Key clients

Eneva

GDE

BP

Enauta

Total

Ecopetrol

Trident Energy

BW Offshore

Chevron

BTG Pactual

Shell

New Fortress Energy

Origem Energia

3R Petroleum

Equinor

Seacrest

Norsk Hydro

Aguila Capital

PetroChina

REAM

Work highlights

  • Assisted Chevron in the sale of its 37.5% participating interest in the Papa-Terra field to Shibah Energy and Caxes Energy, subsidiaries of MTI Energy.
  • Advised Compass Gás e Energia on the acquisition of the 51% equity stake held by Petrobras in Petrobras Gás – GASPETRO.
  • Assisted Atem’s Distribuidora de Petróleo in the acquisition by Reman Participações of all shares representing the capital stock of the company that owns and operates the assets of Refinery Isaac Sabbá (REMAN).

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Mattos Filho‘ highly experienced group advises power producers, distribution and transmission companies, traders, service providers, private equity firms and banks on the entire spectrum of legal issues that arise in the electricity and renewable energy sector. It is well positioned to handle energy project M&A, financing and capital market deals, project structuring and regulatory matters, but stands out in particular in the market for its wide-ranging capabilities in the regulatory sphere, where it works on non-contentious matters and administrative proceedings before the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) and the Energy Trading Chamber (CCEE). Recent areas of activity for the team have included self-production projects and long-term corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs). Its practitioners have also been kept busy assisting traditional oil and gas companies in their energy transition efforts. With more than 20 years of experience in the power sector, Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito is singled out for his regulatory and transactional track record. Brito has been particularly active in the negotiation of PPAs, administrative and judicial litigation, as well as M&A deals in this segment. Sofia Barbosa, who was recently promoted to partner, is an ‘excellent attorney with diverse knowledge of the industry’. Bárbara Mendes Carnevalli is another name to note for corporate and contractual matters related to the power sector.

Testimonials

‘Great team. Specialised and knowledgeable. Quick response.’

‘Sofia Barbosa is excellent and has diverse knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

AES Tietê Energia

Atem’s Distribuidora de Petróleo

Atlas Energia Renovável do Brasil

Galp Energia SGPS

Pan American Energy Energias Renováveis

Actis

Echoenergia Participações

EDF EN do Brasil Participações

Elera Renováveis

Serra de Ibiapaba Transmissora de Energia

Equatorial Power Distribution Companies

Equatorial Transmissora

Gás Natural Açu (GNA)

Equinor and Equinor Energy Ventures Fund

Essentia Energia

Fundo de Investimentos em Participações em Infraestrutura Energias Renováveis

Norsk Hydro

Albras – Alumínio Brasileiro

J. Malucelli Energia

Comerc Participações

Light

Atiaia Energia

Neoenergia Renováveis

Work highlights

  • Advising CCEE in obtaining financing from several lenders to mitigate the financial impacts suffered in the power sector, as provided for in the Provisional Measure No. 1,078.
  • Assisted Atem’s Distribuidora de Petróleo in the sale of all its equity interest in Amazonas Energia and in Roraima Energia.
  • Represented AES Tietê Energia – AES in the incorporation of a joint venture with BRF with the purpose of developing and operating wind farm projects.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 1

Mattos Filho is an ‘excellent firm‘, which ‘stands out for being a reference in the areas of insurance, pensions, capitalisation and reinsurance’. The team has an impressive bench of specialised insurance lawyers, whose ‘breadth of experience, practice and regulatory expertise makes everything look easy’. From high-end M&A transactions through to coverage disputes and regulatory matters before SUSEP, the group covers the gamut of insurance and reinsurance matters. Key partners include highly rated litigator Cassio Gama Amaral, who is ‘skilled in developing win-win solutions‘, and for regulatory matters the ‘fantasticCamila Leal Calais, who is ‘knowledgeable, agile and always with the quick answer and support required’. Other active non-contentious partners include Marcelo Mansur Haddad (‘an absolute authority in the area of reinsurance’) and Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup (‘excellent for deals in general, including M&A, trading, partnerships and corporate restructurings‘).

Testimonials

‘Proactive and close client team that brings innovative solutions.’

‘Cassio Amaral – Pro-activity and innovation in solutions.’

‘The breadth of their experience, practice and regulatory expertise makes everything look easy. Their solid advice and reputation provides a great landing even before drafts are exchanged.’

‘Camila Calais is wonderful, knowledgeable, agile and always with the quick answer and support required. Simply put, fantastic.’

‘The firm stands out for being a reference in the areas of insurance, pensions, capitalisation and reinsurance. The service provided to me is performed directly by the partner, who is always available to support us in the construction of innovative and safe solutions from a legal point of view.’

‘Excellent firm and the best team of insurance lawyers from the entire legal market. They are very experienced lawyers, who know the matter, the market and the regulatory authority. The cost of the office is high, but it is justified by the infrastructure made available to clients.’

‘Thomaz Kastrup is excellent for deals in general, including M&A, trading, partnerships and corporate restructurings. Marcelo Mansur is an absolute authority in the area of reinsurance and Cassio Amaral is a reference in litigation involving the insurance market.’

‘Marcelo Mansur: humility in the insurance market. Irrepressible performance in technical insurance and M&A issues in this industry. Cassio Amaral: recognized performance in relevant insurance claims and litigation cases. He is skilled in developing win-win solutions. He knows deeply the players in the insurance industry. Camila Calais: the professional we request on the regulatory advisory front of insurance. Acts in the development of innovative solutions of the insurance market, having conducted initiatives in the regulatory sandbox and open insurance. Thomaz Kastrup: a professional respected for his performance in the insurance M&A. In-depth knowledge of corporate and regulatory issues.’

Key clients

CNP Assurances

IRB-Brasil Resseguros

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Allianz Seguradora

Chubb Seguros Brasil

B3 – Brasil, bolsa e balcão

Pottencial Seguradora

HDI Seguros

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

AXA Seguros

BMG Seguros

XP Gestão de Recursos

Mapfre Seguros Gerais

Constellation Insurance GP

Bradesco Vida e Previdência

Liberty Seguros

Butterfly Chile Spa

BMG Seguros

Work highlights

  • Assisted Chubb Brasil in a wide range of legal issues including registering in Brazil and license renewals, corporate matters, internal controls, and administrative proceedings before SUSEP.
  • Advised XP Gestão de Recursos on transactional and regulatory matters linked to its acquisition, alongside XP Private Equity I Fundo De Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia, of a minority stake in Pottencial.
  • Assisted Willis on the sale of the reinsurance brokerage operations of its Brazilian subsidiary to Gallagher Re Latin America Corretora de Resseguros.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

The employment team at Mattos Filho ‘provides excellent client service and availability for urgent care, always focusing on quality’. The firm’s ‘ability to deliver multidisciplinary work, which is crucial for certain labour reviews, is really helpful’, with lawyers regularly involved in high-end disputes and investigations, as well as transactional and strategic consulting issues. Clients benefit from the team’s strong expertise in collective negotiations and dismissals, in addition to senior executive-level compensation matters. Key partners include Sólon Cunha, ‘a brilliant lawyer who always attends us with important considerations‘, and recently promoted partner Rafael de Filippis, who is ‘committed from the beginning to deliver good quality of services’. Vilma Kutomi and Cleber Venditti da Silva also enjoy extremely good market reputations.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides excellent client service and availability for urgent care, always focusing on quality.’

‘Sólon Cunha – a brilliant lawyer who always attends us with important considerations.’

‘The labor team is very collaborative and proactively coordinates the review of labor documents and legal assessments with different areas, making sure all perspectives are covered. So, this interaction between teams and their ability to deliver multidisciplinary work, which is crucial for certain labor reviews, is really helpful and for sure a differentiating factor.’

‘I’ve worked with Rafael Bispo de Filippis, Thatiane Campello, Julia Freitas and Luiz Fernando Goedert and they’ve met our expectations as a client. All the team is very proactive, responsive, and ready to provide support on urgent matters, having positively responded to requests under short notices. Rafael Bispo was always available to assist and truly engaged with the matter, committed from the beginning to deliver good quality of services following the client’s needs.’

‘Seniority, business knowledge, efficiency.’

‘In my opinion, Mattos Filho is one of the best, if not the best, firm in all sectors they work. They are extremely intelligent and know how to discuss at all levels inside of the company.’

Key clients

Prudential

Uber

Honda

Pfizer

Bridgestone

Goodyear

Volkswagen

Banco Cetelem (BNP Paribas)

General Mills

Softbank

IBM

Advent

YDUQS

Embraer

Transocean

B3

Harvard

US Department of Justice

BTG Pactual

Banco Safra

BHP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Paul Hastings

Ogletree Deakins

Clifford Chance

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Le Cordon Bleu

BP (British Petroleum)

CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation)

Ecopetrol

TotalEnergies

Nubank

Philip Morris

Baker Hughes

MetLife

Work highlights

  • Representing BHP Billington in collective labour disputes related to  the Mariana Dam disaster.
  • Representing IDV (Institute for Retail Development) at the Supreme Court in a dispute challenging Provisional Measure 1045/2021, which provided a labour emergency economic programme to deal with the consequences of Covid-19.
  • Representing Embraer in a collective action filed by the workers’ unions challenging the termination of 2,500 employees.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Drawing on the experience of more than 70 lawyers dedicated to an array of sectors, including oil and gas, power, telecoms, logistics and construction, Mattos Filho possesses exceptional industry coverage and ‘is involved in the most important transactions in the infrastructure segment in Brazil‘. The firm is a leading player in project finance, and continues to advise Brazilian and international banks and sponsors on the most sophisticated financing transactions across the energy, airports, toll roads, ports, mining and sanitation sectors. In addition, it showcases strong credentials in project development, where it assists owners and contractors throughout the entire life cycle of projects. Administrative law and PPP mandates also feature in the service offering, which also includes privatisations, chiefly in the oil and gas, energy and ports sectors. Based in Rio de Janeiro, project finance expert Pablo Sorj is praised for his negotiation skills; he has worked for sponsors and lenders in some of the most innovative deals in the energy, ports, roads and mining segments. Also in the Rio office, Thiago Fernandes Moreira is a name to note for project development and construction contracts. Marina Anselmo Schneider in São Paulo dedicates her practice to project finance transactions in the context of both banking and capital market deals. In the same office, Alexandre Arlota‘s ‘performance is unparalleled in the area of project development’, while Bernardo Môcho primarily advises on project bonds and structured finance.

Testimonials

‘Experienced professionals who, due to their extensive experience in the market, suggest creative and efficient solutions to problems.’

‘Bernardo Môcho is an exceptional professional, with a lot of technical and practical knowledge. He always brings good solutions that meet clients’ demands, ensuring legal certainty.’

‘In addition to his academic dedication, Alexandre Arlota is very pragmatic, and so is able to present innovative solutions and alternative arguments. I believe that there is no construction lawyer more specialised and experienced than Thiago Moreira. He saw literally everything that can happen in construction projects, knowing how to anticipate stress and conflict scenarios, dealing with them in a preventive way.’

‘Alexandre Arlota and Thiago Moreira show a lot of dedication to projects and mastery of commercial and legal aspects.’

‘Service of excellence, with qualified staff at all levels, from the senior partner to the intern. Integrated view of the various facets of a transaction (legal, regulatory, environmental and financial).’

‘Pablo Sorj is an extremely skilled negotiator with a solid technical base of negotiation.’

‘Mattos Filho is involved in the most important transactions in the infrastructure segment in Brazil. Its partners are directly involved in cases and have a great response time.’

‘Alexandre Arlota has remarkable technical knowledge, which allows him to understand the concerns of our project implementation teams. Alexandre is able to translate technical terms into clear and robust contractual language. I can say that Alexandre’s performance is unparalleled in the area of project development and includes extensive knowledge of the entire life cycle of projects, enabling him to anticipate issues that may arise in the future.’

Key clients

IDB Invest

Prumo Logística

Itaú

Bradesco

BTG Pactual

Norte Energia

Enerfin

Brookfield Energia

Total EREN Group

Acciona Construccion

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Pátria Investimentos

CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe

Enel Green Power

GNA – Gás Natural Açu

Argo Transmissão de Energia

Atlas Energia Renovável do Brasil

Echoenergia Participações

Contour Global

Engie

Rio Energy

ING

Morgan Stanley

BNP Paribas

Voltalia

CELEO Redes

Scatec Solar

TMF

Atlantic Energia

Mitsui

Marlim Azul

Essentia Energia

Blackrock

BRK Ambiental

Proparco

KFW DEG

TRSP

Cosan

Compass

Macquire Capital

Elera Renováveis

Quantum

Bracell

Sterlite

Dislub

EBrasil

Porto do Açu

Ferroport

Açu Petróleo

Ceiba

Work highlights

  • Advised Pan American Energy on the development of 423MW wind farm project Novo Horizonte in the state of Bahia.
  • Assisted Patria in a non-recourse long-term financing granted by BNDES by means of its first subscription of simple debentures issued by Patria’s special vehicle purpose.
  • Advised Porto do Açu, Ferroport and Açu Petróleo on the drafting of a long-term contract with Van Oord for the dredging of terminals 1 and 2 of Port of Açu.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 1

The ‘standout‘ team at Mattos Filho is noted for its ‘extreme agility and competence‘, as well as the lawyers’ ‘technical knowledge and understanding of client problems‘. The firm saw a significant growth in urban and rural real estate transactions, and invested heavily in its associate team, with eight fee earners recently joining. Its clients include leading investment and sovereign funds, including GIC and Brookfield, as well as corporate buyers and leaseholders, such as Amazon and Microsoft. The firm is particularly strong on deals with a heavy corporate element, typically involving large property portfolios. Rossana Fernandes Duarte brings ‘vast experience in the field of real estate, including the forestry and agribusiness sectors‘. Clients also rate the ‘very competentFernando Amendola. Mariana Spoto Cobra and Janaína Vargas are also names to note.

Testimonials

‘Large team in number of people, which has the capacity to process large numbers of information and diligence with speed and efficiency. Lawyers with good training and service.’

‘Agility, technical knowledge and understanding of client problems.’

‘Demonstrating full security on the technical aspects involved in the work, mastery over the most modern matters involving various businesses, respect for legislation and compliance standards. This brings security to the client in making several decisions, which generally tend to be the most correct.’

‘Rossana Fernandes Duarte – vast experience in the field of real estate, including the forestry and agribusiness sector. Full mastery of the technical part. She is distinguished by the search for innovative and modern solutions, a prominent position and leadership in the negotiation of contracts and various businesses. Always looking for the best for the client who chooses the office. Janaína Vargas has qualities similar to Rossana Duarte’

‘Mattos Filho’s real estate team works with extreme agility and competence. The professionals, who have a very high degree of legal technical knowledge, are accessible and treat their clients very well. They stand out for their personalised service.’

‘Fernando Amendola and associates Fernando Issa and Vitor Faria all proved to be very competent and fast in client service, even during a complex and challenging operation. In particular, Fernando Issa always gave an impression of trust and mastery over the matters discussed, putting clients in a comfortable position during negotiations. The whole team was great.’

Key clients

GIC

Hines

JHSF

JFL

Amazon

Arauco do Brasil

Autonomy Investimentos

Grupo BIG

BR Properties

Bradesco

Brookfield

CAOA (Real Estate)

Capital Brasileiro (CB)

Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo

Dislub

Dupont

Fram Capital

Google

Hijos Corporación Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia)

Microsoft

Prologis

Pirelli

Advent International

Work highlights

  • Advised GIC on the Brazilian aspects of a cross-border investment in a joint venture with Equinix for the development of data centres in Brazil and elsewhere.
  • Advised SYN Prop e Tech on the R$1.7bn sale of several office assets to Brookfield.
  • Assisted CSHG Renda Urbana, a fund, in the multimillion-dollar acquisition of several retail sites located throughout Brazil.

Tax > Customs Tier 1

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Mattos Filho has an ‘extremely competent, helpful and attentive team‘ of ‘highly technically prepared lawyers who are always available to assist‘. Praised for its ‘broad and up-to-date knowledge‘ of Brazilian and cross-border tax issues, the firm is a favoured destination for many of the country’s largest domestic and international companies. The market-leading transactional side of the practice was recently boosted by the March 2022 hire of direct tax specialist Thais Rodrigues from Tauil & Chequer Advogados. She adds weight to a prominent bench of lawyers, including advisory partners such as Andrea Bazzo Lauletta, Flavio Mifano and Gil F. Mendes. The litigation side of the team is equally experienced, with lead partners including Roberto Quiroga Mosquera, Alessandra Gomensoro, the ‘always availableAna Paula Schincariol Lui Barreto, and the highly experienced Glaucia Lauletta Frascino. Key partners on the customs front include Renata Correia Cubas and Gabriela Silva de Lemos, while Isabel Bueno is strong on related pensions and employee compensation issues.

Testimonials

‘Broad and up-to-date knowledge. Accessibility and high knowledge of the client’s business model.’

‘Extremely competent, helpful and attentive team, always passing the information in the details and suggesting solutions.’

‘Ana Paula Lui Schincariol, Natalie Matos, Gabriela Lemos – They are always available for discussion, they know how to guide and listen to me so that we can reach an ideal solution.’

‘The firm has a team of highly technically prepared lawyers who are always available to assist us, presenting the best results.’

‘Always available to assist us with high quality and in the shortest possible time and with the results we expect.’

Key clients

COSERN

Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (CBD)

Atento Brasil

Santher Fábrica de Papel Santa Therezinha

BRF

Louis Dreyfus Company Sucos

Notre Dame Intermédica Saúde

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

Raízen Energia

Sindicato Nacional das Empresas Distribuidoras de Combustíveis e de Lubrificantes – SINDICOM

LPS Brasil – Consultoria de Imóveis

Grupo BIG

White Martins Gases Industriais

Total E&P do Brasil

AK Operações do Brasil

Companhia Energética de Pernambuco – CELPE

Rumo Malha Paulista

Ericsson Telecomunicações

CAOA Montadora de Veículos

Banco BTG Pactual ,

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo

O Boticário Franchising

Google Brasil Internet

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Península Participações

Gol Airlines

Intercement Participações

Johnson & Johnson

L’Oreal

XP Inc.

Pátria Investimentos

Advent International

Work highlights

  • Represented StoneCo Pagamentos on tax issues linked to the execution of an investment and shareholders agreement related to the subscription, by StoneCo, of capital stock in Banco Inter.
  • Advising Rede D’or on a secondary share offering and related tax issues.
  • Advised Biosev and its controlling shareholder, Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Energy Holdings, on the business combination, and related tax issues, between Biosev and Raízen.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 1

Mattos Filho has established a strong reputation in data protection and cybersecurity in Brazil, offering clients a ‘holistic view‘, with ‘excellent service and quality’. The team covers the gamut of privacy and security matters across a number of industries, including healthcare, insurance, technology, financial services, retail, education and telecoms. While the Brazilian Data Protection Law (LGPD) is key for a lot of clients, the team also advises on regional compliance strategies, undertakes risk assessments, assesses cloud computing issues, and provides counselling on major data incidents and litigation. Within the team, Fabio Ferreira Kujawski is well known for his expertise in the technology space in Brazil, particularly in his transactional and consulting work. Paulo Brancher is also a technology, telecoms and intellectual property expert. Thiago Luís Sombra is also of note within the team, especially in data privacy and cybersecurity matters from a regulatory, liability and contractual perspective and before the courts. The team also boasts strength at the associate level, with Jaqueline Simas de Oliveira praised by clients for her ‘excellent technical knowledge’. Isabela Fernandes is also noted.

Testimonials

‘Proactivity and innovation in solutions.’

‘Quality of service provided is excellent. It has a team with differentiated technical knowledge, but also with market experience. They work with our sense of urgency.’

‘Any question I have, Mattos Filho responds to us in an exemplary way, with a clear rationale and which conveys confidence in the opinion. At the moment, we are working hard on LGPD, but there are other laws/regulations that must be considered and even so, it is easy to bring these points in a clear and concise way.’

‘We worked with Isabela Fernandes Pereira and Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher: Both are open, with a great holistic view of our diverse sector. Very transparent.’

‘The office has excellent service and quality. They are thoughtful and problem-solving.’

‘Paulo Brancher’s team, especially Jaqueline Oliveira, provided services to the company in its LGPD adaptation project. The lawyers involved demonstrated excellent technical knowledge on the matter and, in particular, great availability, cordiality and the response to urgent demands.’

‘Mattos Filho is an exceptional firm on the data protection and privacy front. The office works with the largest technology companies and performs excellent work, especially considering the complexity of the topics and the international context with deep debates on the processing of personal data on several fronts.’

‘Thiago Luís Sombra does an impeccable job in organizing the presented problem and proposing an innovative solution to the debated issue. In addition, Isabela Fernandes and Jaqueline Oliveira stand out; they are very organised, proactive and deliver a very high level of work.’

Key clients

Mackenzie

Multiplan

Honda

C&A

WhatsApp

Google Brasil

Itaú

Credit Suisse

Luxottica

Banco MUFG

Allianz

Facebook

United Parcel Services (UPS)

BNY Mellon

Enel Brasil

Prudential do Brasil

Netflix Entretenimento Brasil

Semantix Tecnologia em Sistema de Informação

Match Group

Bayer AG

National Wildlife Foundation (NWF)

The Bumble Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz on the use of legitimate interest to justify certain data processing activities.
  • Advised a company in the technology sector in the context of a security incident that resulted in the compromise of customer information.
  • Advised Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos on various data protection and compliance matters.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 1

‘Providing clear and concise opinions’, the technology, innovation and digital business team at Mattos Filho leverages its full-service capabilities to provide a comprehensive offering to assist clients in structuring and implementing their digital and technology strategies in Brazil and Latin America. The group has extensive regulatory expertise, providing advice on digital platforms, online marketplaces, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). Coupled with this expertise, the team also provides corporate and tax advice, particularly in technology-related M&A, start-up financing and IT public procurement. Fabio Ferreira Kujawski and Paulo Brancher combine their expertise in civil and consumer law, regularly advising clients and providing strategic counselling for technology companies on their operations and expansion within the relevant Brazilian regulatory frameworks. Thiago Luís Sombra is also of note for his technology litigation experience, representing clients before the regulatory agencies and public authorities. Lisa Worcman is the go-to individual in the team for tax-related tech and digital matters. Luiz Felipe Di Sessa joined the team in March 2022 from Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, further bolstering the team’s capabilities.

Testimonials

‘The Mattos Filho team is open to listening, analysing and providing clear and concise opinions. There is collaboration from other legal areas in addition to the LGPD. I realise that it is a serious and mature office, to which I can take any question that will certainly be analysed in a holistic way.’

‘I work with Isabela Fernandes Pereira and Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher. Both are very well-prepared for any question.’

‘Strong team with international experience and expertise in data privacy matters.’

‘Paulo Brancher has excellent data privacy and technology expertise and provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Jaqueline Oliviera is very responsive. Solid legal knowledge with practical guidance and advice.’

‘Thiago Luis Sombra is a very talented lawyer, with great expertise in digital law and privacy and data protection. He is always available and attends to our need in a very efficient way. We can always count on him.’

‘I recommend Lisa Worcman.’

‘The service was personalised and attentive. We were assisted by a multidisciplinary team of partners and associates who carried out a complete survey of our business model, the current situation of the company, in order to provide a complete consultancy for all the legal elements that we needed at the time. The delivery was fast, they were available to resolve doubts and assist in the execution of the project.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group

Amazon.com

Audi

B2W/Americanas

Bayer

Change.org

Bayer AG

Facebook Group (Meta)

Google

Hurst Capital

Honda

Spotify AB

Spotify Brazil

Memed

Mercado Livre

Microsoft

Nftfy

Salesforce

Twitter

C&A Modas

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Work highlights

  • Advised Nftfy on tech, regulatory, corporate and tax aspects related to the development of a platform whose objective is to allow the monetisation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
  • Advising Alibaba regarding its presence in Brazil.
  • Advised Meta on several matters, including the regulatory aspects of structuring new features across its brands and products.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 1

Full-service powerhouse Mattos Filho established its white-collar criminal law practice in 2017 with the arrival of highly regarded criminal law expert Rogério Fernando Taffarello. He and his team combine their vast experience of criminal investigations and proceedings with the firm’s broader capabilities in litigation, compliance and environmental law, among other areas, and are regularly entrusted in sensitive federal investigations. Beyond litigation, the practice also provides advisory services to its clients, including in the context of M&A transactions. The firm continues to invest in its white-collar crime practice, as evidenced by the promotion of Flávia Guimarães Leardini to partner in April 2021; she is particularly focused on tax fraud and money laundering cases. The ‘highly qualifiedPaula Moreira Indalecio is also noted; with over 20 years’ experience, she is a key contact for clients in the construction, healthcare, financial services and technology sectors in relation to major investigations. Gabriel de Freitas Queiroz is a key contact at the senior associate level.

Testimonials

‘Undoubtedly, what sets the firm apart from others in the market are the results of its multidisciplinary work.’

‘Paula Moreira Indalecio is highly qualified, focused on the client and provides excellent service to the company. Gabriel de Freitas Queiroz proves to be well prepared, acts with great discretion and confidently tackles multidisciplinary problems.’

‘Technical quality, thorough analysis of materials, strategic reasoning.’

‘Excellent communication between the corporate criminal law area and the other areas of the office, ensuring an alignment of strategy and narrative. Team able to understand areas of concern and provide direct and accurate answers. Vast experience conveys confidence and security in decision making.’

‘Rogério Tafarello: experience, communication and deep knowledge of theory and practice.’

‘Flávia Leardini: excellent communication and ability to understand the client’s business, ease of coordination with other areas to align strategy and defense and, finally, availability to respond to other emergencies.’

City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation Tier 2

The public law and regulation team at Mattos Filho stands out for its expertise in the technology sector, where it attracts a strong following from high-profile companies such as Oracle, Google and Microsoft. Public tenders, public contracts and administrative and judicial disputes are among the department’s areas of expertise. Recently, the group has been particularly busy assisting clients from the banking sector with changes in the constitutional provisions related to the court-ordered debt payments (precatórios) regime. A key contact for matters involving PPPs, concessions, sanction proceedings and litigation at the superior courts is Thiago Luís Sombra, whose expertise spans public law, anti-corruption and technology.

Key clients

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

IBM Indústria Máquinas e Serviços

MercadoPago.com Representações

Pearson Education do Brasil

Pfizer

Covax-Facility Consortium

Moderna

Unipar Carbocloro

Banco Bradesco

Elo Participações

Google Brasil Internet

Banco BTG Pactual

Microsoft Corporation

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Work highlights

  • Advised Oracle on the execution of a multi-cloud agreement with Sepro for the provision of cloud services to public bodies and entities.
  • Assisted Pfizer, Covax-Facility Consortium, and Moderna with legal issues related to the Federal Government’s acquisition process of more than 140m doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Advised Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio on matters related to services regarding Transnordestina and Carajás (EFC) railways to the Port of Itaquí.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 2

Brazilian and international mining companies of all sizes seek Mattos Filho‘ legal assistance in the full scope of mining matters, with an emphasis on M&A deals, financing transactions and strategic minerals projects. In addition to its strength in M&A and financing deals, the team – which sits within the infrastructure and energy group – is equipped to assist mining clients with joint ventures, corporate restructurings, commercial agreements, and royalty and streaming transactions. Based in Brasília, Adriano Drummond Cançado Trindade is the main point of contact for mining mandates, steering the team in a range of M&A, financing, contractual and ESG-related matters applicable to mining projects. His experience also extends to the policy-making and legislative sphere, having assisted governments and advised on capacity building programmes concerning resources and mining law in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Eugênia Pedroso is a contact in São Paulo for infrastructure projects, private equity and regulatory mining matters.

Key clients

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio – CBA

Ero Copper

EuroChem Group

G Mining Ventures

Horizonte Minerals

Metalla Royalty & Streaming

Mineração Caraíba

ArcelorMittal Brasil

Nexa Resources

Serra Verde Pesquisa e Mineração

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ero Copper and NX Gold in a gold streaming transaction reflected in the Precious Metals Purchase Agreement entered into by RGLD Gold and Ero Gold.
  • Had a leading role on advising EuroChem Group on all Brazilian legal aspects of the acquisition of the Serra do Salitre phosphate mining project.
  • Assisted G Mining Ventures in the acquisition of the total stake owned by Eldorado Gold Corporation in Brazauro Recursos Minerais.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

The sizeable environmental and climate change group at Mattos Filho offers the entire scope of environmental law services, covering both non-contentious matters and litigation. Besides an impressive track record in high-exposure environmental litigation at the judicial and administrative levels throughout the country, the group also excels in negotiations with regulatory agencies, and advice on environmental licenses, brownfield and contaminated site management, solid waste matters and M&A transactions with considerable environmental implications. Its recent merger with boutique firm Rennó, Penteado, Reis e Sampaio resulted in the addition of two name partners and eight other practitioners, each with considerable experience in environmental disputes and increasingly relevant issues, such as climate change, ESG and environmental governance. The aforementioned areas are core fields of activity for Antonio Augusto Reis and Rômulo Sampaio, the latter of whom is ‘experienced in hearings with public and judicial bodies’. Lina Pimentel Garcia focuses on contaminated sites, solid waste and licensing matters; she is praised by clients for her ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ and ‘strategic thinking’. Associate Tábata Boccanera Guerra de Oliveira has broad experience in climate change and sustainability issues in the context of M&A, capital markets and project finance transactions.

Testimonials

‘Very specialised service, availability at all times, agility.’

‘Lina Pimentel Garcia contributes a lot to discussions with in-depth technical knowledge, strategic thinking and a lot of experience in the environmental area.’

‘Knowledge and technical excellence in environmental law are the firm’s differentials. We retain them in all demands that involve greater complexity. They are excellent in litigation and cross-selling with other areas of practice at the firm.’

‘Romulo Sampaio is extremely competent and with above average knowledge of the subject. Very available to the client and experienced in hearings with public and judicial bodies. Bruna Ozanan is an excellent lawyer especially in administrative and judicial litigation matters. Always available, fast and excellent technical excellence.’

‘All professionals at Mattos Filho are extremely committed to the work performed, meeting demands in a timely and qualified manner, always able and willing to participate in meetings, suggesting strategies to be adopted by the company, always aiming to mitigate risks.’

Key clients

Adecoagro

Vale

Suzano

BHP Billiton

BRK Ambiental Participações

Raízen

Norsk-Hydro

EDF Norte Fluminense

Klabin

Transnordestina Logística

Elera Renovavéis

Febraban

Garrett Motion

Eneva

Neoenergia

RioZoo Zológico do Rio de Janeiro

Grupo Cataratas

Amazon Web Services

Ambev

Mineração Caraíba

Santo Antonio Energia

Ambipar

Bradesco

Santander

BP Bio

TPB

brMalls

AES Tietê

Work highlights

  • Assisting BHP Billiton in multiple socio-environmental lawsuits due to the collapse of the 2015 Fundão Dam.
  • Advised Santander on the development of a corporate climate change strategy, involving financial products, legal structuring and assistance in complex legal issues.
  • Advised Suzano on several consultations about climate change, including the definition of the business strategy in order to assess the risks and opportunities related to the carbon market.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 2

Mattos Filho’s life sciences practice group is known for its ‘solid and reliable’ expertise. A leading full-service firm in Brazil, its life sciences offering benefits from cross-practice collaboration, providing clients with a strong combination of regulatory and transactional expertise with litigation experience. With a presence in New York and London, the firm has a strong international focus, which is beneficial for its client base of large multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as medical devices companies, healthcare assistance providers, food and beverage companies, and investors. The team regularly advises on M&A transactions, agreement drafting and negotiations, clinical trials, public and private partnerships, and product development. Ana Cândida Sammarco is praised for her ability to ‘understand the urgency of commercial matters to the business and offer pragmatic solutions’. She chairs the life sciences and healthcare practice and is an expert in regulatory matters, particularly in structuring healthcare plan agreements, new technology implementation, and supply and distribution agreement negotiations and drafting. Following his arrival from SPLaw, Gustavo Swenson Caetano co-chairs the practice alongside Sammarco, representing domestic and international clients before a range of governmental agencies such as CMED, ANVISA and the Ministry of Health, and leverages his background in IP matters when advising clients.

Testimonials

‘Ana Candida Sammarco leads our team at the firm. She ensures all the team members have the appropriate skills for our work, bringing in extra people as needed. They truly work as a team and take time to co-ordinate with each other in our interests.’

‘Ana Candida Sammarco, Jose Daniel Gatti Vergna and Jessica Tolotti Canhisares are constantly on top of the open files and proactively chase up on replies. They understand the urgency of commercial mattters to the business and offer pragmatic solutions.’

‘Mattos Filho has a solid and reliable practice in the life sciences and healthcare industries.’

‘Ana Cândida Sammarco leads a great team at Matto Filho, with associates Renata Rothbarth, Giovanna Pasquini Malfatti, among others.’

‘It is a renowned firm and the team of lawyer Gustavo Swenson serves us very well, with expertise and agility.’

‘Gustavo Swenson is a very competent lawyer, with a broad legal view on the issues, and always available to assist in the demands of his specialty.’

Key clients

Fresenius-Kabi Brazil

Amgen

Laboratórios Pfizer

Sanofi Farmacêutica

Hypera Pharma

Roche

DASA Diagnósticos da América

Kintor

Aché

Establishment Labs

Grupo DPSP

DIMED Distribuidora de Medicamentos (PANVEL)

Moderna

RaiaDrogasil

Associação Educadora São Carlos (AESC) – Mãe de Deus Hospital

Work highlights

  • Advised Vaxxinity on all the regulatory aspects concerning the negotiation, structure and execution of two public partnerships with the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
  • Advising Fresenius and its Brazilian subsidiary on the negotiation of a productive development partnership, as well as the production, productive and technological qualification of two biosimilar drugs.
  • Advising Aché in an agreement to co-develop a therapy with the potential to treat general anxiety disorder (GAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with MSRD.

Brazil > Public law Tier 2

Renowned law firm’ Mattos Filho fields a public law team ‘of experienced lawyers prepared to promptly meet client demands’. With a multidisciplinary approach, the group is well positioned to act for the largest domestic and foreign clients facing complex challenges in the context of public tenders, concessions of public services, PPPs, regulatory issues and administrative proceedings. Clients operating in a multitude of industries, ranging from airports, railways and toll roads to public sanitation, technology, education, construction, insurance and financial services, instruct the team on a regular basis in the negotiation of administrative contracts, public procurement, administrative sanctioning proceedings, judicial lawsuits and M&A involving companies subject to government regulation. Fully dedicated to public law matters, André Luiz Freire ‘has in-depth technical knowledge’ and is often retained in public concessions, biddings and cases involving audit courts. Based in Brasília, Thiago Luís Sombra devotes his time to anti-corruption, technology and public law issues, and has substantial litigation experience before the superior courts. Henrique Lago Da Silveira, who is a key point of contact for clients from the education sector, leads on mandates involving state-owned companies and administrative proceedings. Raul Dias dos Santos Neto is another noteworthy practitioner focusing on concessions, public bids and state-owned corporation divestments, among other areas.

Testimonials

‘Mattos Filho stands out in terms of its promptness and availability. The team is always available and provides assertive opinions that are very useful for our business. I want to highlight the team’s professionalism, dedication and preparation.’

‘I highlight the partner Thiago Luís Santos Sombra and his team. Excellent professionals.’

‘Involvement of lawyers to support the company facing challenging issues. Availability of administrative resources to fully support the project.’

‘Henrique Lago da Silveira is recommended.’

‘Renowned law firm composed of a team of experienced lawyers prepared to promptly meet client demands.’

‘André Luiz Freire and Henrique Lago da Silveira are professionals who serve their clients with great dedication and care.’

‘André Luiz Freire has in-depth technical knowledge and great academic credentials.’

Key clients

CCR

Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18 – Bronze

Iguá Saneamento

ABDIB

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Compass Gás e Energia

Vale

Jones Lang LaSalle

Associação Nacional das Universidades Particulares – ANUP

Air Jet Taxi Aereo

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

IBM Indústria Máquinas e Serviços

MercadoPago.com Representações

Pearson Education do Brasil

Pfizer,Covax-Facility ConsortiumandModerna

Unipar Carbocloro

Banco Bradesco

Elo Participações

Google Brasil Internet

Work highlights

  • Advised Iguá Saneamento on its participation in the state of Rio de Janeiro’s international bid for the concession of sanitation and sewage services of 35 municipalities.
  • Assisted Ecorodovias in the public tender for the concession of federal highway BR-153/TO/GO.
  • Advised Pfizer, the Covax Facillity Consortium and Moderna regarding the legal issues related to the federal government’s acquisition of over 140 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The lawyers at Mattos Filho are ‘impeccable’ in ‘complex deals, where there is a need for a lot of attention to detail’. The multidisciplinary practice combines key lawyers from the firm’s banking, capital markets, tax, corporate and litigation teams to advise a wide range of creditors and investors on major debt restructurings and judicial recovery proceedings. Key partners on the disputes side include André Chateaubriand Martins and Alex Hatanaka, who has ‘a unique ability to understand the issues, thanks to his background as a business and litigation attorney’. On the transactional front, Marcelo Ricupero is ‘always available, very professional, and a great leader’. Banking and finance partner Frederico Kerr Bullamah is also active in debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Ricupero; Alex Hatanaka; André Chateaubriand Martins; Frederico Kerr Bullamah

Testimonials

‘Expertise in virtually any matter of Brazilian/corporate law; Great at communicating to the client (maintaining an open and coordinated line of communication so that the client feels punctually informed, but without feeling overpriced) and internally (coordination between teams). Always very professional.’ 

‘Marcelo Sampaio Góes Ricupero – always available, very professional, and a great leader in his space. He has a high ability to coordinate his team. Giovanna Campedelli Macedo – process management, communication. Eduardo Melman Katz – communication, explanation of very complicated matters clearly, especially for foreigners without a history in such matters.’

‘Marcelo Ricupero – accessible, technical knowledge, objectivity in the explanation/identification of relevant issues. Giovanna Macedo – hard worker, accessible, technical knowledge, depth in the analysis of themes.’

‘Alex Hatanaka has a unique ability to understand the issues, thanks to his background as a business and litigation attorney.’

‘They are impeccable in the execution of deals, especially in complex deals, where there is a need for a lot of attention to detail and where the systematic monitoring of each stage of the transaction is essential for deadlines to be met.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Finnvera PLC

Credit Agricole

Quadra Capital

Albright Capital Management

Banco Santander

Citibank

Société Générale

Novo Banco

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Deutsche Bank  – Banco Alemão

Light

IG4 Capital Investimentos

Farallon Latin America Investimentos

Banco Itaú

CAOA Group

Oi Móvel

Starboard Partners

Mubalada Investment Company

Restoque

GOL Linhas Areas

Intercement

PJSC Uralkali

BTG Pactual

Qatar Airways

Valaris

Banco Bradesco

Angra Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Angra Partners on the acquisition, by investment funds managed by Angra Partners, of the full equity interest held by Cemig Geração e Transmissão in Renova Energia, a renewable energy under judicial reorganisation.
  • Represented Banco BTG Pactual and its vehicles in the acquisition of approximately $100m in claims linked to Moreno Group’s judicial reorganisation proceeding.
  • Advised UBS Brasil Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários  and Banco Santander Brasil on the refinancing of debentures issued by GOL Linhas Aéreas.

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 2

Full-service firm Mattos Filho‘s media and entertainment offering brings together practitioners with complementary expertise and experience in these two segments. The team is well positioned to advice on tax, contractual, and regulatory matters in this space, and is also seasoned in copyright agreements, sponsorships, and cooperation agreements on behalf of TV broadcasters and new agencies. Sports is a key area of strength for the firm, which is often engaged in mandates involving trade mark and image rights. Fabio Ferreira Kujawski is known for his long-standing expertise in the sector. Lisa Worcman is a key contact for media-related regulatory matters, including interactions with the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), and the Brazilian Agency of National Cinema (ANCINE). Luiz Felipe Di Sessa, formerly at Cescon Barrieu, recently joined the firm.

Key clients

Paddy Power Betfair

Porta dos Fundos Produtora e Distribuidora S/A

Loot Boxes – Google and EA

Netflix

Deezer

Google

Spotify

Tidal

Riza Asset Management

NBCUniversal

Schroder

Paramount

Square Enix

Ambipar

Naspers | Playkids

Flutter Entertainment PLC

GungHo Online Entertainment Inc

Oktagon Desenvolvimento de Jogos Eletrônicos

Hurst Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Flutter in reviewing and negotiating the terms of a sponsorship agreement.
  • Representing Spotify in a lawsuit filed by musicians against the Brazilian Central Copyright Licensing Office (ECAD).
  • Representing Netflix in a major lawsuit regarding internet application providers and the potential duty to store and provide source port information.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms Tier 2

Mattos Filho’ telecoms practice regularly advises domestic and foreign clients with operations in the country or looking to establish a presence in Brazil. Companies from other sectors also turn to the team for assistance with the expansion of their businesses to include telecom-related services. Practitioners are regularly involved in matters pertaining to public bids, concessions, commercial agreements, and regulatory issues across the sector, encompassing mobile, satellite, and submarine cable projects. Recent notable matters include advising on the 5G spectrum bid in Brazil. The team also operates as trusted local counsel for several international firms and clients. Telecoms and tech expert Fabio Ferreira Kujawski is retained by clients for his multidisciplinary expertise; he assists them in regulatory, corporate, and M&A matters, with a particular focus on fixed and mobile telephony, radio, TV broadcasting, satellites and submarine cables. Lisa Worcman is a name to note for matters before the Brazilian telecoms regulatory agency ANATEL. Senior associate Thays Castaldi Gentil is seasoned in regulatory and internet matters, and frequently assists clients in corporate transactional work.

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Oi Móvel

Advisia Consultoria de Gestão Empresarial

Tata Communications

China Telecom (Americas)

China Telecom do Brasil

Seaborn Networks

Desktop (Sigmanet Comunicacao Multimidia)

LogMein

Digital Alpha Advisors

Meta

Stonepeak

IBM

Kepler Communications

Cinven Fund

Banco Cooperativo Sicredi

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefonica on an arbitration against the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) regarding telephony concessions.
  • Advised Stonepeak, through Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, on the $2.7bn acquisition of Lumen Technologies’ Latin America division.
  • Advised Cinven Partners, through Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, on the €2.5bn acquisition of the Ufinet Telecommunications group.

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 2

Mattos Filho has a good track record in corporate, finance and regulatory matters in the aviation sector, where it advises an impressive roster of major airlines, banks, air taxi companies, manufacturers, maintenance providers and drone operators. The firm provides ‘excellent services in numerous areas of law‘, and the ‘very experienced’ practice head Adriana Simões is ‘always available for the best advice’ and is praised for her ‘excellent technical and business expertise’. The firm’s size and broad scope also makes it well placed to assist in judicial and administrative disputes, and in key areas such as restructuring and insolvency law.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Simões

Testimonials

‘Adriana Simões is very experienced and is always available for the best advice.’

‘Mattos Filho provides excellent services in numerous areas of law, including aviation. What differentiates Mattos Filho from other full service offices in Brazil is the ability to collaborate between areas (I don’t see competition between partners by client, for example), the fact that they are always innovating and show genuine concern with matters of diversity and inclusion.’

‘Mattos Filho’s aviation area is led by partner Adriana Simões, a professional with extensive experience and know-how in the sector, in whom I fully trust. In addition to her excellent technical and business expertise, Adriana has a differential that for me is fundamental: agility and easy dealing with everyone. Associate Marcelle Lopes is also worth mentioning.’

Key clients

Helicidade Heliporto

Ifood.com Agência de Restaurantes Online

GOL Linhas Aéreas

Aero Rio Táxi Aéreo

Air Jet Táxi Aéreo

Omni Táxi Aéreo

United Airlines

Embraer

Work highlights

  • Assisted United Airlines with the regulatory and antitrust analysis of a potential investment into Avianca Airlines as part of Avianca’s corporate reorganisation plan.
  • Assisted iFood with the negotiation and regulatory analysis for the execution of a drone show project with Visual Farm Produções.
  • Advised Air Jet Táxi Aéreo on the regulatory analysis and its participation in the bidding process, led by Infraero, for a hangar area in an airport in São Paulo.

Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

Mattos Filho is a popular choice for shipping-sector clients seeking a broad range of non-contentious advice. The firm regularly assists clients on major M&As, restructurings, asset sales and acquisitions, financings, and customs and licensing issues. Its clients include major ship owners, energy companies, offshore drillers and port operators, which use the firm for advice on various stages of their supply chains. The full-service firm is also equipped to provide support in related disciplines such as environmental law and litigation when required. Rio de Janeiro-based partner Nilton Mattos heads the young team, which often works alongside major Norwegian, Danish and UK law firms in cross-border shipping transactions.

Key clients

Agropalma

AKOFS

Alunorte (Norsk Hydro)

Blu Logistics

CBO – Companhia Brasileira Offshore

COSCO Shipping

GDE – Grupo Dislub Equador

Ecopetrol

Mercosul Line (CMA-CGM)

Navemazônia (Atem)

Oceânica Engenharia e Consultoria

SBM Offshore

Karavan Seacreast

Shell Brasil

Trident Energy

Valaris

Work highlights

  • Represented the CBO Group in the acquisition of Finarge Apoio Marítimo (including the vessel AH Giorgio P).
  • Assisted Norsk Hydro in the emergency response involving a ship unloader and a bulk carrier at the Port of Vila do Conde in the state of Pará.
  • Represented Grupo Dislub Equador in negotiations to charter a power-ship to make electricity generation capacity available to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MMA) under an emergency Energy Offer Procedure.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

The wealth planning offering at Mattos Filho is praised by clients as ‘impeccable’, as well as ‘attentive, practical, cordial and focused on achieving the client’s goals’. Ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families trust the team for their knowledge on tax, corporate, family and succession planning issues. The private client team advises on corporate governance, estate planning, family dispute resolution and relocation. Among its key lawyers, Alessandro Amadeu da Fonseca stands out for his ‘deep knowledge of matters of succession and tax planning’, and Nicole Najjar is also highly praised by clients for her advice on tax efficient structures. Also of note is the ‘well organised, calm and competent’ Pedro Correa Falcone.

Testimonials

‘Alessandro Fonseca is an extremely qualified professional. He has a deep knowledge of matters of succession and tax planning to deal with matters not only in Brazil, but also abroad. He’s very approachable and has a lot of competence in reconciling client demands in order to avoid litigation.’

‘The wealth department at the Mattos Filho office is impeccable.’

‘Nicole Najjar Prado de Oliveira demonstrates a unique skill in dealing with clients, and her vast knowledge should be highlighted among her countless qualities.’

‘Pedro Correa Falcone is an outstanding practitioner. He is well organised, calm and competent, which resonates well with clients and other advisors.’

‘They are really aligned to their client’s needs and on top of the global issues they face and when to bring in local advisors.’

‘Both Alessandro Fonseca and Pedro Correa Falcone are stand out advisors. They are friendly and approachable, and clients and intermediaries love working with them. Their advice is really tailored to a client’s needs and very practical.’

‘The office service is impeccable. All the professionals with whom we deal, in addition to being very good technically, are attentive, practical, cordial and focused on achieving the client’s goals. Due to the time of partnership, the history of the themes also makes interaction much easier. In some offices where staff changes are more frequent, this same operation is not possible.’

‘Vast experience of the team of lawyers; high quality client service and delivery of solutions; high creativity in delivering the best answers to the demands presented; commitment to deadlines and budgets. Among the innovations implemented, I highlight the dynamic process of evaluation and communication to clients of the complex changes in tax systems, in Brazil and abroad.’

City focus - Brasilia > Government relations Tier 3

The government relations team at Mattos Filho is able to work in close collaboration with the firm’s different departments to assist clients from various industries in legislative processes and negotiations with public bodies. As part of its offering, the group provides legal opinions and representation before government bodies and in parliamentary inquiries. The practice is jointly led by tax expert Ariane Guimarães in Brasília and São Paulo-based partner Flavio Pereira Lima, whose expertise includes litigation and commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Flavio Pereira Lima; Ariane Gosta Guimarães

Testimonials

‘Ariane Guimarães is always attentive to all possibilities and well informed about the current scenario.’

Key clients

Associação Paulista de Fundações (APF)

Ternium Brasil

Associação Brasileira de Emissoras de Rádio e Televisão (ABERT)

Echoenergia Participações

Instituto para Desenvolvimento do Varejo (IDV)

Stone Pagamentos

Panvel Farmácias – DIMED

Instituto GEOC

Mar Capital Gestão de Recursos

Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE)

Associação Brasileira das Entidades dos Mercados Financeiro e de Capitais (ANBIMA)

Associação Brasileira de Private Equity e Venture Capital (ABVCAP)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Instituto de Desenvolvimento do Varejo (IDV) with legal opinions regarding technical improvements in the tax reform proposals discussed in Congress.
  • Advised Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE) on technical improvements regarding the tax reform proposals discussed in Congress.
  • Represented a number of clients in Congress to provide technical information concerning the approving Bill N. 2541/21, which proposed the postponement of the relief of the payroll exemption until December 2023.

The firm: We are a high-performance legal firm and a strategic partner that provides innovative solutions for complex problems.

We continue to rethink and challenge our own convictions and beliefs in order to practice law differently. We believe that innovation is vital to our ability to provide ever more assertive and effective legal solutions to Brazilian and foreign clients.

Our high-performance team combines its expertise in offering highly integrated, collaborative legal services that are renowned throughout the market. As the ideal strategic partner for anticipating trends and solving your most complex problems, our full-service model unites the best lawyers across more than 40 areas of the law.

We believe our professionals are vital to our business and that performance and well-being go hand in hand. That is why we prioritize a humanized approach to people management, caring for our people and developing their full potential.

For us, practicing law is a means, not an end. We stand for democratic access to justice, the defense of fundamental rights and have pioneered pro bono legal practice in Brazil, providing free legal services to civil society organizations with financial constraints and individuals in economically and socially vulnerable situations.

This is how we give back to society. This is how we drive transformation.

Our practice areas

  • Administrative law
  • Antitrust
  • Asset management services and investment funds
  • Aviation
  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Charities, social business and human rights
  • Compliance and corporate ethics
  • Contracts and project development
  • Corporate investigations
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Cryptoassets
  • Data protection and cybersecurity
  • Education
  • Election laws for companies
  • Entertainment law
  • Environmental law and climate change
  • ESG
  • Executive compensation
  • Finance
  • Forestry investments
  • Government relations
  • Infrastructure and energy
  • Insurance, reinsurance and pensions
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Mattos Filho 100% pro bono
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Payment methods
  • Power
  • Private client
  • Project finance
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Shipping and ports
  • Tax
  • Technology, innovation and digital business
  • Telecommunications
  • Venture capital
  • White-collar crime

Managing partner: Roberto Quiroga Mosquera
Brazilian offices: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Campinas
International offices: London and New York

Offices
Brazil
São Paulo: Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 447, SP, 01403-001
Tel: +55 11 3147 7600
Fax: +55 11 3147 7770
Email: mattosfilho@mattosfilho.com.br

Rio de Janeiro: Praia do Flamengo, 200 – 11º andar, RJ 22210-901
Tel: +55 21 3231 8200
Fax: +55 21 2262 6675

Brasília: SHS – Q.6 – cj. A – bloco C – sala 1901, Edifício Business Center Tower, DF 70316-190
Tel: +55 61 3218 6000
Fax: +55 61 3218 6090

Campinas: ​​Av. José de Souza Campos, 507 – 2º andar – Campinas
SP 13025-320
Tel: +55 19 3753 3310

International offices
USA
New York: 34 East 51st Street, 12th Floor, NY 10022
Tel: +1 646 695 1100
Fax +1 646 695 1110

UK
London: 5th Floor, 32 Cornhill, EC3V 3SG
Tel: +44 020 7280 0160

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The Mattos Filho’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program reinforces the firm’s commitment to attract, develop, retain, and promote talented professionals. It is structured in five pillars – gender equity, LGBTQIAPN+ rights, racial equity, rights of people with disabilities, and religious freedom –, and has human development policies, compulsory training, literacy events, as well as communication initiatives, content creation, and collective mentoring.

The program also has six affinity groups: 4Women, dedicated to women’s professional development; EmFamília, aimed at creating a culture that cherishes the exercise of parenting; Mfriendly, with the purpose of making the workplace even more welcoming for LGBTQIAPN+ professionals; Soma, which promotes racial equity and focuses on attracting, developing, retaining, and promoting black and brown talents; EmFrente, that aims to give visibility to professionals with disabilities and to promote their effective career development; and LiRe, which seeks to ensure that religious professionals are respected in the practice of their beliefs. Among the highlights of the program are Soma Talentos, affirmative action for self-declared black and brown interns and lawyers, who have language courses, mentoring, and a specific development path; and the dual approach of gender equity, which acts in the career of women and in the culture of parenting.

At last, there is a strategic alignment of Mattos Filho’s social ecosystem, that is, among the diversity, equity, and inclusion program, pro bono services, private social investment, and corporate volunteering. all focused on the human rights of women, the black and brown population, LGBTQIAPN+ people, and people with disabilities.

At Mattos Filho, we believe that legal work is a starting point for transforming our reality, which is why we seek to lead by example and look beyond the legal sector. Our 100% Pro bono practice, Corporate Citizenship area, and Instituto Mattos Filho make up the pillars of our Social Ecosystem, through which we promote democratic access to justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and knowledge of the legal system.

In 2021, one of the highlights of our pro bono work involved renewing our partnership with the Public Defender’s Office of the State of São Paulo, through which we assist people who have suffered racism, female victims of domestic violence, and victims of gender/sexual orientation discrimination.

From individuals in socially vulnerable situations and not-for-profit organizations in their early stages, we supported a total of 293 pro bono clients in 2021, with approximately 400 professionals dedicating more than 20,000 hours, on top of the work conducted by our exclusive Mattos Filho 100% Pro bono practice.

In 2021, the firm supported the Unidos pela Vacina (United for Vaccination) movement, a civil society initiative to facilitate Brazilians’ access to Covid-19 vaccinations. Mova – the firm’s volunteer program – promoted campaigns with the organization União BR to raise funds for oxygen cylinders and other items sent to a hospital in rural Amazonas, as well as food packages to over 5,000 needy families in different Brazilian states.

Furthermore, we have expanded our pro bono services to refugees and migrants. As well as assisting these people with integrating into the country.


Innovative, global legal practice with intercultural expertise

We work to boost business in Brazil by anticipating market trends and offering our foreign clients highly innovative solutions. With offices in New York and London, we employ our experience in international markets and extensive global network to gain an ever-deeper understanding of our clients’ business. Through our specialized multidisciplinary groups for China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latin America, the Nordic countries, Portugal and Spain, we keep up to date with the latest developments in local economies, strengthening relationships with foreign business groups and maintaining connections with various organizations, local firms and lawyers in each region.

This approach forms an integral part of our commitment to creating comprehensive and personalized legal solutions with a clear sense of where each client’s strategic business needs and priorities lie.

Our extensive experience in international markets makes us the ideal partner for international clients conducting business in Brazil. With offices in New York and London, and specialized multidisciplinary groups for China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latin America, the Nordic countries, Portugal and Spain, we employ our intercultural expertise and extensive global network to gain an ever-deeper understanding of our clients’ business.

New York office

For over a decade, Mattos Filho’s New York office has been working to connect our clients in the United States with their interests in Brazilian markets. The office allows us to expand our knowledge and forge links at both local and international levels while also providing opportunities to collaborate with other companies, investors, and partners looking to expand their business activities on Brazilian soil. Our engagement with legal and business organizations in the United States helps to accelerate innovation and change within the Brazilian legal landscape and fosters closer ties between the two countries.

London office

Since 2016, Mattos Filho’s London office has led the way in assisting European clients with their business interests in Brazil. Our presence in the British capital provides the firm with a unique perspective of the European market and ensures we can offer our European clients the innovative solutions for which we are known. It has also facilitated our work to expand international investment and business between Brazil and Europe, often in collaboration with the region’s premier law firms.