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Mayer Brown
20021-350 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Hydrocarbons Tier 1

Available, experienced and to-the-point’, lawyers at Mayer Brown stand out for their ‘in-depth knowledge of the oil-and-gas industry in Brazil and abroad’ and for their ability to provide ‘precise, business-focused advice without unnecessarily complicating things’. Among its highlights, Bruno Belchior (‘one of the best E&P lawyers in Brazil’) advised Parnaíba Gás Natural on its $54.5m acquisition of the Azulão 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 (‘an outstanding lawyer with profound knowledge of oil-and-gas law’), who joined from Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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-orientedLuis 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.

Real estate Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

The ‘committed’ team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Browngoes the extra mile’. Many of its lawyers have litigation backgrounds, and the team also benefits from the firm’s 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.

Capital markets Tier 3

The capital markets and securitisation practice at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, brings to bear strong expertise in cross-border and infrastructure-related transactions. Highly regarded department head Carlos Motta ‘has the experience to really take on board the client’s concerns’ and recently advised the underwriters, led by Banco Bradesco BBI, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, BB Investimentos and Nomura, on Banco Inter’s R$672m IPO. On the debt front, the firm advised EDP São Paulo Distribuição de Energia and EDP Espírito Santo Distribuição 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.

Compliance Tier 3

The anti-corruption and compliance group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The 'client- and business-oriented' corporate group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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; Alexandre Calmon joined from  Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados, while Caio Cossermelli and Paula Magalhães left for Lobo de Rizzo Advogados and Apoena Joels left for Gentil Monteiro, Vicentini, Beringhs e Gil Advogados. The 'proactive' Alexandre Chequer is highly recommended. Victor GalanteDaniel Gunzburger and Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro are additional contacts.

Electricity Tier 3

The ‘pro-business’ group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown stands out for its ‘deep knowledge of the law and industry’. 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 – Energias do Brasil and Vinci Partners are also key clients. Eduardo Lima and ‘very strong’ recently made-up partner Débora Yanasse are the names to note.

Environment Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown maintains a busy labour practice and has recently advised longstanding and new clients on a range of litigious and non-contentious matters. Following the December-2019 departure of former practice head Eduardo Soto to establish his own firm, employment and benefits head, Aline Fidelis , is the key contact; she focuses on both labour litigation and counsel.

Public law Tier 3

Possessing vast experience in the infrastructure sector, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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.

Tax Tier 3

The 'highly skilled team' at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Due to its international set-up, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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 – Centrais Elétricas 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.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

The competition practice at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with 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 firm has hired Francisco Todorov, formerly practice head at Trench Rossi Watanabe, to head up the team. Key support comes from specialised counsel Alessandra Ribeiro.

International trade and customs Tier 4

Under the leadership of Eduardo Molan Gaban, the government and global trade group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown advises clients on trade remedies, trade compliance, customs and dispute settlement.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 5

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 litigatorMauro Pedroso Gonçalves from Trench Rossi Watanabe in April 2019.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is a full-service law firm, offering clients in-depth local knowledge combined with global reach. The firm has more than 140 lawyers in Brazil, representing local and international businesses in their domestic and cross-border activities. The firm offers clients the full range of legal services and has a particularly strong and long-standing presence in the energy, oil and gas and infrastructure industries.

Areas of practice
Africa: the firm has a strong presence in Africa with a deep understanding of practicing in Angola and Mozambique. A significant part or the firm’s African practice involves projects in areas such as infrastructure, construction and engineering, global energy and oil and gas, mining, heavy industries and agribusiness, as well as experience in the development of related and large-scale projects. In addition to industry-focused counseling, the firm also advises on general and diverse legal matters.

Antitrust, competition and global trade: the firm represents clients on mergers, cartel investigations, distribution, IP and antitrust, unfair competition issues, antitrust and regulation in regulated sectors, alleged abusive conduct by dominant firms in Brazil, civil litigation related to antitrust and economic law, as well as antitrust and anti-corruption issues.

Banking and finance: the firm advises banks and other financial institutions, companies and governments on domestic and international bank financing transactions across every industry, commercial, financial and governmental sector. The firm assists clients during all phases of the transaction.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: the firm assists financial institutions, investors and companies with a combination of litigation strategy and transactional solutions, covering bankruptcy proceedings, debt restructuring/workouts and credit recovery.

Capital markets: the firm provides a full range of legal services to publicly held or private companies, investment banks, shareholders, management and other market players, acting on equity and debt offerings, tender offerings, private capital increases, structured offerings, renegotiation of debts, financing, corporate governance, representation in administrative procedures with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), securitisation and the formation of funds in Brazil.

Compliance: the firm assists clients in the implementation and revision of compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, third party and pre-acquisition due diligence, administrative and judicial enforcement actions, interaction with public authorities, negotiation of leniency agreements and plea bargains, as well as addressing general queries about Brazilian and foreign anticorruption legislation.

Corporate, M&A and private equity: the firm works on domestic and cross-border M&As and private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring involving complex structures. In addition, it helps companies and shareholders in corporate issues, including regulatory rules applicable to publicly held companies that are also regulated by CVM and BM&FBOVESPA.

Employment and benefits: the firm assists companies with employment-related litigation and guides them on the correct application of labor and employment legislation, as well as on individual and collective labor rights in negotiations with unions.

Energy – oil and gas: the firm’s lawyers have been advising clients in the oil and gas industry for decades and have developed an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by the industry, from upstream to downstream.

Energy – power: for years, the firm has advised major agents in the energy sector across the entire range of their operations in relation to regulatory, contractual, corporate, finance, environment, litigation, arbitration, tax and antitrust matters. It has acted in key power transactions, including the development of renewable (hydro, wind and biomass) and non-renewable (oil and gas and thermo) power generation and transmission projects.

Environment: the firm provides a wide range of services to domestic and international companies, such as dispute resolution (including judicial and administrative litigation), compliance, consulting on environmental issues, negotiation with public entities and stakeholders, environmental permitting, analysis of environmental studies and environmental audits.

Infrastructure and projects: the firm represents developers, sponsors, investors, contractors, operators, governments and public agencies, commercial and investment banks, and bilateral and multilateral agencies. the firm’s experience includes governmental concession-based projects, private commercial projects and privatisation of operational infrastructure assets through dispositions, financings, and long-term lease and concession arrangements.

Intellectual property: the firm offers clients a full-service IP practice, assisting with licensing and enforcing their IP portfolios in Brazil. The IP group has worked in complex IP transactions concerning national and international transfers of technology and licensing, participation in due diligence procedures and assisting clients with strategic use of their IP assets to advance business objectives.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm has a reputation for success in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration cases, and is familiar with arbitration in accordance with the rules of all major associations and traditional litigation in court.

Mining: the firm works across the globe on a wide variety of transactions. Lawyers focus on M&A, corporate finance, project finance, environmental, construction, insurance and commodity law. The firm offers a highly skilled and knowledgeable team of lawyers who can use their understanding of the sector to anticipate each aspect of an assignment.

Public law: the firm assists clients in all the phases of their relationship with the public administration. Lawyers facilitate in procedures to structure new projects through concessions and public-private partnerships, represent clients during competitive bids and also provide assistance on public law issues that may arise from the contract implementation.

Real estate: the firm advises some of the largest players in the market in connection with real estate transactions as a whole, from raising funds and structuring direct or indirect investments for real estate purposes, to implementing the envisaged real estate development. It has extensive expertise in real estate finance, M&A in the real estate market, and traditional core real estate transactions.

Tax: the firm’s the tax practice has a strong presence in M&A, capital markets and tax litigation, and provides clients with comprehensive tax consulting and tax planning advice, in addition to representation in administrative and legal proceedings. Besides this, the firm is also highly regarded in the oil and gas industry, and has significant expertise in areas such as telecommunications, infrastructure and consumer products.

Department Name Email Telephone
Africa Alexandre Chequer
Africa Gonçalo Falcão
Africa Paulo Rage
Antitrust, competition and global trade Eduardo Molan Gaban
Banking and finance Eduardo Lima
Bankruptcy and restructuring Leonardo Morato
Bankruptcy and restructuring Luciana Celidonio
Capital markets Carlos Motta
Compliance Luís Adams
Corporate and M&A Alexandre Chequer
Corporate and M&A Carlos Motta
Corporate and M&A Victor Galante
Corporate and M&A Felipe Kim
Corporate and M&A Daniel Gunzburger
Corporate and M&A Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro
Corporate and M&A Bruno Belchior
Employment and benefits Eduardo Soto Pires
Energy Alexandre Chequer
Energy Victor Galante
Energy Bruno Belchior
Environment Paulo de Bessa Antunes
Infrastructure Eduardo Lima
Infrastructure Victor Galante
Infrastructure Daniel Gunzburger
Intellectual property Eduardo Maccari Telles
Litigation and arbitration Gustavo Fernandes
Litigation and arbitration Roberto Figueiredo
Litigation and arbitration Luís Adams
Ports and maritime Daniel Gunzburger
Private equity and venture capital Alexandre Chequer
Private equity and venture capital Carlos Motta
Public Law Bruno Aurélio
Real Estate José Paulo Marzagão
Tax Ivan Tauil
Tax Guido Vinci
Tax Eduardo Maccari Telles
Tax Ana Luiza Martins
Tax Celso Grisi
Tax Carolina M Bottino
Telecommunications Guido Vinci
Real Estate Ludmila Arruda Braga
Electricity Débora Yanasse
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alexandre Calmon  photo Mr Alexandre Calmon Partner
Mr Gustavo Fernandes  photo Mr Gustavo Fernandes
Mr Paulo Francisco de Almeida Lopes  photo Mr Paulo Francisco de Almeida Lopes
Mr Alexandre R. Chequer  photo Mr Alexandre R. Chequer
Ms Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro  photo Ms Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro
Mr Ivan Tauil  photo Mr Ivan Tauil
Ms Débora Yanasse  photo Ms Débora Yanasse Partner
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