Fernando Amendola > Mattos Filho > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Mattos Filho
SÃO PAULO, SP, CEP 01403-001

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Fernando represents both public and private companies in a wide range of complex corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions. He also counsels companies on corporate governance matters and corporate reorganizations, advising private equity funds in M&A transactions and in a variety of legal issues. He has represented clients from various industries and business sectors and has a solid track record in M&A transactions for the real estate industry. He was an international associate in the New York office of White & Case LLP.


Portuguese and English


Bachelor of Laws, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Northwestern University School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Real estate

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad real estate offering that reflects the firm’s full-service capabilities. The team’s workload regularly crosses over into related areas such as corporate, finance and capital markets, which are often key in complex transactions. Its clients include major funds, banks and corporate investors, with interests across the full range of asset classes, including logistics, healthcare, offices, retail, residential, energy and agribusiness. Lead partners include Rossana Fernandes Duarte, who has over 30 years’ experience advising on urban and rural land acquisitions, sales and financings, Fernando Amendola, Mariana Cobra and Janaína de Cássia Gomes Vargas, who is especially active in the agribusiness and timberland sectors.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has long been at the forefront of the Brazilian M&A market, where it is well versed in high-profile and high-value deals. The breadth of its practice – covering key sectors such as life sciences, technology, renewable energy, agribusiness, real estate and others – is matched by its size and geographic coverage, where it has dedicated lawyers based in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, London and New York. The firm’s extensive D&I programme is structured in five pillars, covering gender equality, LGBTIQAP+ rights, racial equity, rights of people with disabilities, and religious freedom, and sees the firm and its staff participating in social projects, awareness campaigns and volunteering. The firm’s well-established pro bono programme goes from strength to strength; in the period January to December 2020, the firm reported an increase of 122% in the number of pro bono cases opened. Sustainability is another area of focus for the firm, which, in 2020, joined the UN Global Compact advocacy campaign, signing a commitment to zero its carbon emissions by 2050. In a relevant development in 2021, the firm launched its internal Conecta initiative, which focuses on flexibility, efficiency and well-being. In corporate and M&A, Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva often advises large companies on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and reorganisations, and is particularly active in deals involving publicly held corporations; Marcelo Sampaio Góes Ricupero is particularly prominent in distressed M&A and cross-border deals; Paula Vieira de Oliveira‘s practice has an emphasis on private equity transactions, where she works with leading funds active in the region; and Luciana Pietro Lorenzo, who draws on her previous experience as in-house counsel for a Brazilian fund, balances a broad corporate and M&A practice. Other leading practitioners include João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro, Moacir Zilbovicius and Pedro Whitaker De Souza Dias. Fernando Amendola and associate Rafaella Barbosa Boccia and João Marcelino Cavalcanti Júnior (who made partner in April 2022) are also noted. The department was further strengthened by the arrival of highly regarded corporate law expert Tomás Neiva in 2021.