Frederico Kerr Bullamah > Mattos Filho > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Mattos Filho
Al. Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 447
São Paulo, SP, CEP 01403-001

Work Department

Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency




Frederico is an expert in all types of local and cross-border structured finance transactions. He assists with issuing debt instruments and securities such as debentures, promissory notes (notas promissórias), financial bills (letras financeiras), commercial papers, bonds, syndicated loans, acquisition finance and trade finance, corporate finance transactions, and securitization. Frederico also advises on real estate financings, such as Receivables Investment Funds (Fundos de investimento em Direito Creditórios – FIDC), Agribusiness Receivables Certificate (Certificado de Recebíveis de Agronegócios – CRA), Real Estate Receivables Certificate (Certificado de Recebíveis de Imobiliário – CRI), and Real Estate Investment Funds (Fundos de Investimentos Imobiliários – FII).

He represents investors, creditors and debtors in debt restructuring and renegotiation transactions, including the disbursement of new funds in special situations (DIP financing) and obtaining consent solicitations and waivers.

Frederico previously worked as an international associate at the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.


Portuguese and English


Member of TMA – Turnaround Management Association and INSOL International


Bachelor of Laws, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Queen Mary – University of London

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Frederico Kerr BullamahMattos Filho

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. Since publication, Larissa Arruy has returned to the firm, effective as of July 2023, following two years working as an executive at a fintech company.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency

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.

Brazil > Capital markets

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. Since publication, Henrique Antunes Ferreira and Raphael Saraiva have been promoted to partner.