Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva > Mattos Filho > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Mattos Filho
SÃO PAULO, SP, CEP 01403-001

Work Department

Corporate/M&A and Life Sciences and Healthcare




Partner. Maria Fernanda focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A involving listed and private companies and private equity funds. She also advises in general corporate matters, including corporate reorganizations and corporate regulatory matters. She has experience in various industries and business sectors and has been particularly active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. She is admitted to practice law in New York and has served as an associate in the New York office of Mattos Filho.


Portuguese and English


Licensed to practice law in Brazil and USA.


Bachelor of Laws, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

Specialization in Business Administration, Wharton Business School

Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Pennsylvania

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Life sciences

The dedicated life sciences and healthcare practice at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados strikes a ‘perfect balance between full knowledge of the industry and client needs‘. As part of one of Brazil’s leading full-service firms, the life sciences group benefits from cooperation with the corporate and IP departments. The firm’s presence in London and New York is another advantage for the practice, which has a strong international focus and large client base of multinationals. In addition to major pharma companies, the team has also recently been supporting clients in other sectors with complex life sciences regulatory matters in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Other recent work keeping the team busy includes advising on clinical research, digital health initiatives, sanitary and ethical regulations and litigation. Also of note is the firm’s well-established pro bono programme; recently, the firm has provided pro bono legal advice to hospitals and a temporary hospital facility. Key practitioners Ana Cândida Sammarco and associate Renata Rothbarth are ‘highly skilled in complex matters‘. Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva and associate Caroline Aguiar Malatesta are also noted. The department was further strengthened in September 2021 with the arrival of life sciences expert Gustavo Swenson.

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.