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André Luiz Freire

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Demarest Advogados

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André has an extensive experience in the infrastructure industry. His specialties are: concessions, PMIs, biddings, administrative processes, sectoral studies and legal opinions.
André advises construction companies, infrastructure investment funds and utilities, transportation, logistics, heavy industry and investment funds in processes of economic and financial rebalancing, contractual extension and contractual termination; infrastructure concessions of public works and services, especially in processes of expression of interest; provides consulting in public bids in various aspects, such as the elaboration of challenges and resources, organization and analysis of documents, among others; elaborates defenses and administrative resources in general - including acting before the Courts of Accounts -, letters and requests.




He is a member of the National Commission of Constitutional Studies of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), of the Paulista Institute of Administrative Law (IDAP), and of the Brazilian Institute of Legal Studies of Infrastructure (IBEJI); as well as professor of the Department of General Theory of Law of the School of Law of PUC/SP.


Postdoctorate in Democracy and Human Rights by the Institute Ius Gentium Conimbrigae of the University of Coimbra, master and doctor in Administrative Law by PUC/SP, LL.M. and SJD candidate in Philosophy of Law from the University of Virginia.


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The busy and buoyant M&A department at Demarest Advogados has seen significant growth. In 2018, the firm hired Joyl Gondim from Azevedo Sette Advogados and Guilherme Vieira da Silva from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, as well as promoting Glaucia Ferreira and Thereza Maria Sarfert Franco Montoro to the partnership in 2018 and 2019, respectively. It has also expanded its private equity practice and counts major private equity firms among its clients, many of which are new clients for the firm. The practice group's cross-border capabilities are also of note; highly regarded international firms have referred work to the M&A team in multi-jurisdictional matters, and the firm also runs a number of foreign desks. In recent examples, Thiago Barbosa Sandim acted for Deere & Company on its acquisition of Wirtgen Group, and Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz advised General Electric on the sale of its global electrification solutions business to ABB. In a significant matter in the transport and logistics sector, André Luiz Freire advised Azul Linhas Aéreas on the establishment of an integrated logistics solutions company with Correios do Brasil; the company will have 50.01% of its capital owned by the former and 49.99% owned by the latter. Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky has vast experience in M&A and joint ventures, and also heads the firm's pro bono practice and corporate responsibility groups. Lucas Tavares Bueno, Thiago Rodrigues Maia and José Setti Diaz are additional contacts. Paulo Coelho da Rocha is highly recommended.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Next Generation Partners

André Luiz Freire - Demarest Advogados

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Demarest Advogados recently advised Grupo Cobra on the sale of five photovoltaic power plants to AES Tietê. On the concessions-side, EcoRodovias is a client. André Luiz Freire is a stand-out professional; moreover the firm has moved to further strengthen the practice hiring Paloma Valéria Lima (July 2018) and Bruno Aurélio (October 2019) from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, respectively.

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Public law

Within: Public law

André Luiz Freire and Renato Poltronieri lead the public law team at Demarest Advogados, which is active in public bids, corporate transactions and proceedings before regulatory agencies and public bodies. Moreover, the practice group was significantly strengthened in October 2019 with the hire of the is 'highly knowledgeable' Bruno Aurélio, formerly practice head at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. Clients include EcoRodovias, Imerys and CMA CGM.

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