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Mayer Brown

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown

Due to its international set-up, Mayer Brown¬†can 'liaise and conduct matters with foreign offices in an effective and diligent manner'.¬†The group, which sources hail as being 'guided by great leaders, who set a perfect example of technical and negotiation skills', also impresses with its 'marked business approach to legal issues'. Energy-related deals are a strong suit and¬†department head Eduardo Lima¬†('an¬†experienced partner and skilled negotiator') advised GE Energy Financial Services on a $120m standby guarantee-and-credit facility for CELSEPAR, the sole shareholder of CELSE ‚Äď Centrais El√©tricas de Sergipe, as a complementary source of financing for the development of a gas-fired, combined-cycle thermal power plant. Other recommended names include counsel Priscilla Santos¬†('constantly demonstrates superior¬†technical knowledge') and project finance specialist Luis Montes.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

The ‚Äėcommitted‚Äô team at Mayer Brown ‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô. Many of its lawyers have litigation backgrounds, and the team also benefits from the firm‚Äôs international office network. Of particular note is its work for trustees in restructuring and bankruptcy procedures. Recommended partner Leonardo Morato has been representing Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Consultores as the bankruptcy trustee in the judicial reorganisation of Alumini Engenharia. Luciana Celidonio draws on over 18 years of experience in corporate, commercial and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Next Generation Partners

Luciana Celidonio - Mayer Brown

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

The capital markets and securitisation practice at¬†Mayer Brown, brings to bear strong expertise in cross-border and infrastructure-related transactions. Highly regarded department head¬†Carlos Motta¬†‚Äėhas the experience to really¬†take on board the client‚Äôs concerns‚Äô and recently advised the underwriters, led by Banco Bradesco BBI, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, BB Investimentos and Nomura, on Banco Inter‚Äôs R$672m IPO. On the debt front, the firm advised EDP S√£o Paulo Distribui√ß√£o de Energia and EDP Esp√≠rito Santo Distribui√ß√£o de Energia on each of their offerings of infrastructure debentures, worth R$260m and R$190m respectively. Finance partner Eduardo Lima¬†is also a key contact.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown

The competition practice at Mayer Brown has long been regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional mergers and investigations and recent mandates included advising Nestlé on the Brazilian aspects of its global acquisition of Atrium Innovations. However, following the May 2019 departure of practice head Eduardo Molan Gaban and his team -notably, senior associate Natali de Vicente Santos- to Madrona Advogados, the practice is currently being led by counsel Alessandra Ribeiro.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

The anti-corruption and compliance group at Mayer Brown is led by Luís Inácio Lucena Adams, who draws on almost 24 years of experience in public service, including as Attorney-General of Brazil between 2009 and 2016. He works alongside Michel Sancovski to represent the firm's multinational and domestic clients in internal investigations, leniency agreements and administrative enforcement. Associate Maria Eugenia Kanazawa is another key contact; she balances a varied workload including corporate investigations, compliance and tax.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

The 'client- and business-oriented' corporate group at Mayer Brown is split between the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices and excels in cross-border deals, where the firm's broad international platform gives it a clear edge. The team also works closely with colleagues in the capital markets, compliance and banking teams, among others. The firm has a strong profile in the oil and gas and energy sectors, and counts major international energy companies among its clients. In a significant matter in the communication sector, Carlos Motta advised Publicis Group on the acquisition of One Digital Propaganda e Publicidade. The team has seen several recent changes; Apoena Joels and Alexandre Calmon joined from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados , respectively, while Caio Cossermelli and Paula Magalhães left for Lobo de Rizzo Advogados. The 'proactive' Alexandre Chequer is highly recommended. Victor Galante, Daniel Gunzburger and Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro are additional contacts.

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Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)
Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has litigators based in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, while its international network is a major benefit in cross-border disputes. The firm is particularly strong in the oil-and-gas sector, and its clients also include Brazilian and multinational companies in the financial services and TMT sectors. Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade and a team acted for Sinopec in a lawsuit concerning an EPC contract. Arbitration also features in the team's caseload. Luciana Celidonio, Luis Inácio Lucena Adams and Leonardo Morato are key figures in the department which, moreover, was further strengthened with the arrival of 'experienced litigator' Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves from Trench Rossi Watanabe in April 2019.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is particularly strong in the energy sector, with other recent work touching upon toxic waste matters and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for the exploitation of natural resources. Paulo de Bessa Antunes is recommended for complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown

Under the leadership of Eduardo Molan Gaban, the government and global trade group at Mayer Brown advises clients on trade remedies, trade compliance, customs and dispute settlement.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown maintains a busy labour practice and has recently advised longstanding and new clients on a range of litigious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Eduardo Soto has extensive experience acting for Brazilian and multinational companies.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is 'highly responsive and committed' and can rely on its strong international network. The client portfolio includes numerous financial institutions such as Banco Santander, which instructed the group to handle the issuance of surety letters worth R$91m to guarantee the long-term financing provided by Banco do Nordeste for the construction and development of a solar power project. Other matters included contractual assistance for a private port terminal project. The 'highly dedicated and deal-oriented' Luis Montes and 'strategic thinker Eduardo Lima, who is 'agile' and 'supportive' are both highly regarded. The team was strengthened further by the arrival of Bruno Werneck (who provides 'practical and forward-looking advice'), and former senior associates Bruno Salzano (infrastructure M&A) and Mario Saadi (infrastructure and administrative law) from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in March 2019. However, Bruno Aurélio subsequently left the firm, moving to Demarest Advogados in October 2019.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

Possessing vast experience in the infrastructure sector, Mayer Brown combines 'deep technical knowledge with a hands-on approach'; 'this combination makes them stands out from the crowd'. Associate Renan Sona Silva is 'very dedicated and skilled'; however, practice head Bruno Aurélio moved to Demarest Advogados in October 2019.

Rising stars

Renan Sona Silva - Mayer Brown

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is well versed in high-value and complex real estate transactions. Recently, this included advising subsidiaries of GTIS Partners on the R$350m acquisition of properties in São Paulo, and advising GIC on the purchase of commercial suites in Rio de Janeiro. Other strengths include built-to-suit agreements, real estate developments and property regularisation. José Paulo Marzagão draws on nearly 20 years of experience. He heads the department, which includes experienced partner Ludmila Arruda Braga and senior associate Maria Carolina Gelmetti Gimenez.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

Tax Litigation - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown

The 'highly skilled team' at Mayer Brown is 'committed', 'proactive' and is particularly recommended for transactional tax and international tax matters. It is also well known for its specialisation in the oil-and-gas sector, although it acts for clients across a broad range of industries, including household-name companies. Ivan Tauil heads the team from Rio de Janeiro, where Guido Vinci, Eduardo Maccari Telles and recently promoted partner Thais Rodrigues are also based. Ana Luiza Martins is based in the São Paulo office and is well versed in both tax consulting and litigation. Also in São Paulo, Celso Grisi is recommended.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

The ‚Äėpro-business‚Äô group at¬†Mayer Brown¬†stands out for its ‚Äėdeep knowledge of the law and industry‚Äô. A key player in power projects, the firm also shines in corporate and M&A, finance, regulatory and contentious matters. In a recent headline, the firm advised¬†GE Energy Financial Services on a $120m credit facility for CELSEPAR as a complementary source of financing for the development of a gas-fired combined cycle thermal power plant.¬†Atlas Renewable Energy,¬†EDP ‚Äď Energias do Brasil and Vinci Partners are also key clients.¬†Eduardo Lima¬†and ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô recently made-up partner¬†D√©bora Yanasse¬†are the names to note.

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Hydrocarbons
Hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown

‚ÄėAvailable, experienced and to-the-point‚Äô, lawyers at¬†Mayer Brown¬†stand out for their ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of the oil-and-gas industry in Brazil and abroad‚Äô and for their ability to provide ‚Äėprecise, business-focused advice without¬†unnecessarily complicating things‚Äô. Among its highlights, Bruno Belchior¬†(‚Äėone of the best E&P lawyers in Brazil‚Äô) advised Parna√≠ba G√°s Natural on its $54.5m acquisition of the¬†Azul√£o oil field from Petrobras. In another headline deal, department head¬†Alexandre Chequer¬†acted alongside Belchior to advise Barra Energia (wholly-owned by Riverstone and First Reserve), on a $379m farm-out transaction with Equinor Brazil. On the contentious side, Chequer represented Barra Energia in an oil and gas-related arbitration concerning the offshore Atlanta Field. The group also benefits from the senior experience of¬†Victor Galante and the recent addition of Alexandre Calmon (‚Äėan outstanding lawyer with profound knowledge of oil-and-gas law‚Äô), who joined from Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados.

Leading individuals

Alexandre Chequer - Mayer Brown

Next Generation Partners

Bruno Belchior - Mayer Brown

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