Tauil & Chequer Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Tauil & Chequer Advogados
AV JUSCELINO KUBITSCHEK 1455
5TH, 6TH AND 7TH FLOORS
04543-011 SÃO PAULO, SP
Brazil

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 1

Tax > Customs Tier 1

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 1

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is seen with great regularity advising on high-end transactions, regulatory matters and project development in the oil and gas sector. The team draws on the firm’s full-service structure to advise hydrocarbon clients on the entire spectrum of mandates, cutting across tax, compliance, real estate, antitrust, environmental law and litigation. The group, which is fully integrated with global offices across the US, Europe and Asia, has also built a reputation for acting for industry-leading international clients in domestic and cross-border transactions. Global head of the oil and gas practice Alexandre Chequer is experienced in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments. He leads the team based in Rio de Janeiro, which also counts on other noteworthy practitioners: Victor Galante focuses on sector-related M&A and projects; Bruno Belchior has significant cross-border experience covering project finance, joint ventures, M&A and bids. Since publication, Alexandre Calmon and Marcelo Frazão left the firm, in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer

Testimonials

‘Tauil & Checker Advogados has one of the best O&G teams in Brazil. They have a broad knowledge of the market, and with this information they are able to assist in the company’s internal decision-making.’

‘The level of complexity of most of the matters dealt with by the firm is high, given that most of them have never been discussed before in Brazil. The Tauil & Checker Advogados team has always stood out in its agility and ability to offer direct and correct answers. All the work developed with them was of excellent quality, both in terms of deadlines and in relation to the clarity of the information provided.’

‘Bruno Belchior is a professional with a lot of technical capacity.’

‘Tauil & Chequer, associated with the internationally renowned Mayer & Brown, has extensive and recognised expertise in energy law, in particular oil and natural gas. Its body of lawyers is up to date with all the regulations of the sector, in addition to maintaining good, legitimate and respected contact with decision makers in the public area. What distinguishes the firm from others specialised in oil and gas is the capacity of its team, which combines technical and legal knowledge.’

‘Victor Galante: partner, specialised in energy, with extensive experience in the private sector. Alexandre Checker: partner, specialised in economic law, with extensive experience in the private sector.’

Key clients

Petronas

Golar

CNOOC

Eneva

MISC Berhad

Karoon Energy

Chevron

TAG – Transportadora Associada de Gás

Transocean Offshore International

Schlumberger

Enauta

China National Petroleum Corporation

Equinor ASA – Angola

Tricon Energy

PECOM (Perez Companc)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Engie and CDPQ in the acquisition of the remaining 10% shareholding stake held by Petrobras in Transportadora Associada de Gás – TAG for the final price of roughly R$1.1bn.
  • Assisting CNOOC Petroleum Brasil in every step of the co-participation negotiation agreement with PPSA, following the acquisition of a 5% participating interest in the pre-salt field of Búzios.
  • Assisting MISC Berhad throughout the bid proceeding of Petrobras for the charter and operation of the third floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit to be employed at the ultra-deepwater Mero field (Mero 3).

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is gaining good market share in Brazil's competitive capital markets space. The team has been involved in an impressive range of complex domestic and cross-border offerings, with issuer and underwriter clients benefiting from the firm's combined domestic and international strengths. 2020 saw it advise on high-profile high-yield bond offerings, green bonds and infrastructure promissory notes on the debt side. Highlights on the equity side included the team's representation of Locaweb Serviços de Internet, as issuer, on its R$1.2bn IPO. The versatile Carlos Motta leads the team, which includes banking partner Eduardo Lima, Bruno Cerqueira, Luis Montes and Rodolfo Constantino de Tella.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Motta

Testimonials

‘Rodolfo de Tella is knowledgeable in national and international capital markets. He is usually very available, helpful and flexible, and adds value to customer recommendations and negotiations with counterparties.’

Key clients

Braskem

BTG Pactual

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Gerdau

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Locaweb

Banco Bradesco BBI

Lavvi Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços

Sul América

Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers

Kinea Investimentos

BB – Banco de Investimento

Grupo CCR

Itaú BBA

Cyrela Brazil Realty S.A. Empreendimentos e Participações

Work highlights

  • Advised Locaweb Serviços de Internet and the selling shareholders on the initial public offering of shares in Brazil and the concurrent placement and sale of shares outside of Brazil.
  • Acted as special Brazilian counsel to Braskem Netherlands Finance and Braskem in connection with the offering and sale of its $600m Resettable Fixed Rate Capital Notes.
  • Advised Banco BTG Pactual and Banco Itaú BBA, as underwriters, on Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista (CTEEP)’s green bonds issuance.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

'Top-class' firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados maintains longstanding client relationships with multinational Fortune 500 companies, which turn to the team for representation in filings of large-scale, cross-border M&A and in investigations initiated by CADE involving allegations of cartels, exchanges of information and other potential antitrust violations. In a major transaction in the gaming sector, the firm represented Microsoft in the merger notification of its $7.5bn acquisition of ZeniMax Media, owner of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom game franchises. The team also provides advice on competition compliance, and is able to assist clients in sensitive negotiations of leniency agreements. Brasília-based practice head Francisco Ribeiro Todorov receives praise from clients, as do São Paulo-based competition expert Adriana Giannini and next generation partner Lorena Nisiyama, also based in the Brasília office.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Ribeiro Todorov

Testimonials

Lots of expertise in antitrust issues and, on several occasions, present solutions and alternatives.’

Availability, technical quality and the ability to connect the right to business in a simple way.’

Francisco Todorov has a lot of business knowledge and manages to simply connect the right to business with agility.’

Francisco Todorov and Lorena Nisiyama are recommended.’

They are top class. I would recommend Adriana.’

Key clients

GE

Microsoft

3M

Bunge

AT&T

SABIC

Yara

Alelo

Tenneco

Nestlé

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bunge in the notification to CADE of the proposed acquisition of two soybean crushing plants from Imcopa.
  • Representing Microsoft in the merger control aspects of the multibillion-dollar acquisition of ZeniMax Media, a well-regarded publisher in the gaming industry.
  • Representing four media agencies from the Publicis Group in the preliminary investigations opened by CADE to investigate the offer of ‘Volume Bonus’ by media vehicles.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 2

The 'knowledgeable, thoughtful and strategic' team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is 'proactive in identifying issues in advance and providing solutions'. The anti-corruption and compliance department is well versed in cross-border investigations, where it benefits from its international office network and experience. Domestic investigations also feature on the team's broad workload, as do administrative proceedings and compliance advisory work. Michel Sancovski has substantial experience in coordinating complex investigations; he co-heads the practice alongside former attorney general Luis Inácio Lucena Adams, who brings his extensive public-sector expertise to the team. Also of note are the department's experienced associates, including Maria Eugenia Kanazawa, who specialises in anti-corruption, tax and customs, and Liliana Mascarenhas Coutinho, who is qualified in Brazil and New York.

Practice head(s):

Luis Adams; Michel Sancovski

Testimonials

Tauil & Checker Advogados has excellent technical quality, always updated, available and with prompt service.’

The team is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and strategic. They are proactive in identifying issues in advance and providing solutions. The team is responsive and collaborates well.’

Michel Sancovski did an excellent job leading the team. He was thoughtful, proactive, communicated effectively, and worked efficiently. Maria Eugenia Kanazawa efficiently led the document review team and learned the subject matter thoroughly. Both were very responsive.’

Dr. Luis Inácio Lucena Adams – availability, professionalism, high technical quality and credibility.’

Key clients

Karoon Petróleo e Gás

Vantage Drilling International

Work highlights

  • Conducted a large internal investigation into a Brazilian company in the energy industry for potential irregularities, including over 50 custodians and interactions with several local and foreign authorities.
  • Assisting Karoon Petróleo & Gás in the review and amendment of its anti-bribery and corruption policy and of its training materials from a Brazilian legal perspective, as well as providing two training sessions to employees in Brazil.
  • Providing legal advice to Vantage Drilling International (VDI) in an administrative improbity lawsuit in the context of Operation Car Wash.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

A 'first-rate team in diverse areas', Tauil & Chequer Advogados has cemented a strong reputation for M&A in the Brazilian market. Its extensive office network makes it well suited to handling cross-border transactions, and the firm is acknowledged as one of the best in Brazil for oil and gas-related deals. Its client base extends to include a broad range of corporations and funds operating in the IT, agribusiness, power and transport sectors, among others. The firm has adopted a number of structures and initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity and inclusion, including joining the Mansfield Rule Certification programme, which measures whether law firms have considered a minimum of 30% diverse candidates for senior roles. In terms of technology and innovation, in 2020, the firm adopted Luminance AI technology, a platform for the legal sector focusing on due diligence and document revision. Split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the corporate and M&A team is jointly led by Carlos Motta, Victor Galante and 'brilliant' name partner and oil and gas expert Alexandre Chequer. Active members of the department include Débora Yanasse, who receives strong praise for her extensive energy law expertise, 'great professional' Guilherme Tranquillini, cross-border M&A and restructuring expert Bruno Salzano and Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro, whose broad practice sees her advising on M&A, corporate governance and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer; Carlos Motta; Victor Galante

Testimonials

Agility and precision in opinions/advice; first-rate team in diverse areas (M&A, energy, litigation, tax, environmental); networking network (Alex Chequer allows clients to communicate / open a channel with any key stakeholder very quickly).’

Alexandre Chequer is brilliant and, when he has an objective, he manages to achieve it in a confident and efficient way. Débora Yanasse is possibly the most brilliant energy lawyer in the market. Her knowledge acquired over the years transcends the field of Energy, and is extremely useful in other fronts, such as M&A, financing and regulatory issues in the electrical sector. Bruno Salzano: a “rising star”. He has a lot of knowledge and is very skilled in corporate / M&A.’

‘The main point is the team’s expertise. Highly qualified professionals.’

Guilherme Tranquillini is a great professional and always attentive to the demands of the group. Tiago has always followed the processes until the final solution.’

Key clients

Primav Construções e Comércio

Carlos Roberto Wizard Martins

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec – CDPQ

Karoon Petróleo e Gás

Monte Equity Partners Consultoria e Desenvolvimento

Eurofarma Laboratórios

Petroil Óleo e Gás

Agrifirma Brasil Agropecuária S.A. and BRZ Investimentos

Perfin Asset Management and Perfin Apollo Energia (PFIN11) Fundo de Investimento

Vinci Partners Investimentos

Eneva

Locaweb Serviços de Internet

Hub Prepaid Participações

Work highlights

  • Advised Primav Construções, a vehicle of the CR Almeida Group, in the execution of a complex Dissociation Agreement with Igli.
  • Represented Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CPDQ) in the acquisition the remaining 10% stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) from Petrobras, jointly with Engie.
  • Advised Eurofarma Laboratórios as buyer on the M&A transaction with HYPERA, for the acquisition of the portfolio of pharmaceutical products in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Tauil & Chequer Advogados provides legal assistance to a diverse client roster comprising domestic and international power traders, service providers, large consumers, and electricity generation, distribution and transmission companies. The team excels in project development and financing, and has substantial experience in gas-to-power matters, self-production projects and distributed generation. In addition to assisting clients throughout the entire life cycle of power projects, the team’s broad service offering also includes M&A, regulatory issues, dispute resolution and other renewable energy mandates. Eduardo Lima, who has a strong background in acting for sponsors, lenders and government agencies in financing transactions, oversees the group alongside ‘brilliant energy lawyerDébora Yanasse, the main point of contact for electricity clients seeking advice on corporate transactions, regulations and contractual issues. Bruno Salzano is another key practitioner; he is often retained by Brazilian and foreign clients in energy projects and M&A. Since publication, Julia Batistella Machado joined the firm, in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Lima; Débora Yanasse

Testimonials

‘Full-service international firm. This factor greatly facilitates cross-border deals and also assists when legal advice is needed in other areas. Débora Yanasse, Bruno Salzano and Eduardo Lima are extremely available, practical and always helping in the solution of legal issues. They are very attentive to details.’

‘The firm is involved in most of the sector’s relevant transactions, serving players of all segments and sizes, as well as different energy sources. This gives them a holistic knowledge of the system, being able to anticipate issues that would not always be visible to firms that have a role in a particular segment of the sector. The team also has a strong performance and expertise in regulatory aspects, such as complex issues related to construction contracts and asset management, arbitration and tax disputes, and a strong performance and experience in M&A transactions in the sector.’

‘Bruno Salzano works almost exclusively in M&A transactions in the electricity sector and has a track record that allows him to discuss and resolve complex business issues very easily and quickly. With a highly pro-deal approach, he makes it possible to overcome commercial barriers using his experience in the sector and giving a practical view to the transactions that is essential for closing deals.’

‘Agility and accuracy in opinions / advice; first-rate team in the most diverse areas (M&A, energy, litigation, tax, environmental); detailed knowledge of the sector. Débora Yanasse is possibly the most brilliant energy lawyer in the market. Her knowledge acquired over the years transcends the field of Energy, and is extremely useful on other fronts, such as M&A, financing and regulatory affairs in the electricity sector.’

‘Develops specific strategies with various approaches, aiming to understand situations and propose adequate solutions.’

‘Lawyers with in-depth technical knowledge of particularities in the electricity and oil and gas sector. Debora Yanasse has analytical rigour and is up-to-date with the latest developments in the power sector. Bruno Salzano is proactive.’ 

Key clients

Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec – CDPQ

ENGIE

Eneva

Golar Power

Atlas Renewable Energy

Energisa

BP Brasil

GE Financial Services

Patria Investimentos

Cobra

Dow Brasil

Vinci Partners

CER Energia

Rio Energy

Usiminas

Work highlights

  • Advised Dow Brasil and its affiliates in structuring the first long-term corporate power purchase agreement fully indexed to US dollars in the free market, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates, with Atlas Renewable Energy.
  • Assisted Eneva in regulatory and contractual matters related to the natural gas supply for the integrated reservoir-to-wire project UTE Jaguatirica, with installed capacity of 117MW, in the state of Roraima.
  • Acts as counsel to Eneva and its CEO in the writ of mandamus filed by individuals before the Court of Itapiranga, Amazonas, claiming that Eneva was in breach of the rules issued by health authorities as to Covid-19 by maintaining its business activities.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is sought after by domestic and foreign corporations in high-stakes environmental litigation, crisis management and negotiations with regulatory agencies. The team has seen recent growth in mandates involving climate change, energy transition, decarbonisation and ESG matters, and is routinely engaged by clients in relation to the development of sustainable energy projects and compliance issues. Environmental matters involving waste management, contaminated sites and liability risk assessment also feature in the team’s workload. Luiz Gustavo Bezerra is noted for his strong track record in environmental dispute resolution. Gedham Gomes is seasoned in compliance matters and environmental risk assessment across a range of sectors, notably energy and infrastructure. Since publication, the practice saw the departure of Paulo de Bessa Antunes and Vilmar Gonçalves, in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Gustavo Bezerra

Testimonials

‘The firm demonstrates notable experience in environmental law and advises on negotiations with environmental agencies and the Public Ministry. They know the reality of the market in which they operate and their professionals (partners and associates) are very available and provide intelligent and “business-oriented” solutions.’

‘Luiz Gustavo Bezerra and Gedham Gomes are recommended.’

‘A very attentive team that is skilled at analysing the details of each case and proposing strategic solutions, anticipating all possible problems. They respond within deadlines.’

‘Luis Gustavo Bezerra is always available. Gedham Medeiros Gomes is extremely helpful and knowledgeable of cases.’

‘The service provided was of excellent quality and met our expectations.’

Key clients

Gemini Energy

Tereos Sugar & Energy Brazil

Dow

LyondellBasell

Eneva

Bunge

Norte Energia

Cladtek

Eurofarma

Perenco

Raízen

JBS

Rosneft

Amaggi

Lagra FII

Vale

Karoon

Baker Hughes

Enel

Work highlights

  • Assisting Cladtek in the environmental legal aspects related to the migration of its facility from Itaguaí to Santa Cruz, in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Advised Raízen Combustíveis on the renewal of an operating license for their fuel distribution terminal located in Uberlândia, state of Minas Gerais.
  • Provided legal assistance to Rosneft Brasil in the submission of the revision of the Degraded Area Recovery Plan (PRAD) for 23 areas explored by the company before the competent environmental agency.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Leveraging its alliance with global firm Mayer Brown, the infrastructure group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is well positioned to handle cross-border corporate and finance transactions. Eduardo Lima leads the team on a range of project finance deals, including debt restructuring and bridge and long-term loans structured as project debentures. Besides its strength in project finance, the department is also adept at structuring large-scale infrastructure projects through public concession and PPP regimes, especially in the energy, roads, railways, airports, water treatment and social infrastructure sectors. Bruno Werneck leads on this type of work. Luis Montes is retained by multilateral institutions, institutional lenders and project sponsors in infrastructure and energy projects. Alexandre Chequer, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, is a key contact for oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer; Eduardo Lima; Bruno Werneck

Testimonials

‘Excellent and very well prepared. Eduardo Lima is great.’

‘The team has professionals dedicated to concessions, PPPs, sectorial M&A and project financing, with an integrated view of projects and the ability to deal with the different phases of projects. In M&A and financing operations, the team’s technical and practical knowledge of the sector is excellent, as they are able to anticipate the problems that may arise in transactions, as well as the usual position of government authorities on the issues.’

‘Bruno Werneck is involved in projects in several industries within the infrastructure areas, which gives him a high critical capacity and a pragmatic view on various regulatory and corporate issues that are crucial in operations, especially in sectorial interdisciplinary issues.’

Key clients

AEGEA Saneamento e Participações

Empresa Brasileira de Administração de Petróleo e Gás Natural – Pré-Sal Petróleo

Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária- Infraero

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social- BNDES

Ferrero do Brasil Industria Doceira e Alimentar

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Bradesco, Bank of China, Itau Unibanco and Banco do Brasil, among others, as lenders in connection with a project finance transaction for Bracell Intl.
  • Assisted Banco BTG Pactual, as lender, in connection with a bridge loan financing for Infraestrutura Brasil Holding IV in the amount of R$400m, for the purpose of financing the development and implementation of the Ventos de São Vitor Wind Power Generation Farm.
  • Advised Banco Credit Agricole do Brasil, Banco Santander (Brasil), Banco BTG Pactual and Banco ABC Brasil in connection with the R$600m out-of-court debt restructuring of Concessionária Move São Paulo, the concessionaire of the Line 6 of the São Paulo subway.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados has a comprehensive real estate practice with an impressive track record in advising on high-value acquisitions and developments, as well as related joint ventures and corporate deals. Its clients include major real estate developers and investment funds, and in 2020 the firm advised on several high-profile acquisitions of logistics and office buildings. Residential development work was another area of activity. Practice head José Paulo Marzagão has over 20 years' experience in the market and is often sought out by major investors on cutting-edge transactions. He is backed by a strong team, which includes partner Ludmila Arruda Braga and senior counsel Jessica Queiroz.

Practice head(s):

José Paulo Marzagão

Testimonials

‘TCMB combines a highly qualified team, end-to-end, from the partners to the trainees, with indisputable technical quality, to an extreme availability and readiness of care. The partners actively participate in the projects, are present, and know with wealth of detail the segment of the client, its culture and internal particularities. Added to this is the impeccable way they deal with the client, and the work of nourishing the client by nurturing a kind of partnership with the client.’

‘The quality of the service provided is excellent, with wide experience in the real state sector. They are knowledgeable about the market and properly in the construction/real estate business, combined with the ability/knowledge of M&A transactions.’

‘Ludmila Braga is without a doubt, a professional who puts herself at the entire disposal of the client, seeks innovative solutions and has an exceptional drive in the conduct of themes and solutions.’

‘Julian Rillo – excellent, charismatic, great knowledge and knows how to negotiate well.’

Key clients

Tishman Speyer Properties

CPPIB

VBI

Cyrela Commercial Properties

Iguatemi Empresas de Shopping Center

American Tower

CTF

VITACON

M3 Capital Partners

Evergreen

Kinea

GIC

GoodStorage

Radar Propriedades Agrícolas

Carrefour

Basilica Partners Private Equity

Brookfield

Jera Capital

Bluecap Gestão De Recursos

RB Capital

ETOILE Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Autonomy Investimentos

Patria Investimentos

Groupe SEB

Clarion

Exeter Property Group

Yara

CMPC

Greystar

Nazca Advisors

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tishman Speyer as the real estate developer and manager in the retrofit of Condomínio São Luis, a well-known real estate complex in São Paulo.
  • Advised CPP Investments on the expansion of real estate investment fund FII Snowbird, a platform and partnership first created by CPP Investments and Cyrela.
  • Assisted Exeter Property Group in establishing a local company in Brazil and structuring, together with XP Asset Management, a real estate investment fund to acquire land and develop logistics projects.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2

Tax has long been a key area of focus for Tauil & Chequer Advogados, as demonstrated by the fact that founding partner Ivan Tauil continues to head the team. Where the practice really stands out is in its advice to the oil and gas industry, including transaction-related support, day-to-day matters and customs-related tax issues. Multinational clients also favour the firm for cross-border tax matters, where its international network clearly adds weight. Other key partners include Guido Vinci for transactional and VAT issues and Eduardo Maccari Telles for litigation. Carolina Bottina and Thais Rodrigues have also developed strong practices in tax. In September 2021, the department was further strengthened by the arrival of corporate taxation expert Flávia Cavalcanti to the Rio de Janeiro office. Since publication, Rodrigues has left the firm - effective as of March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Tauil

Testimonials

‘Good theoretical knowledge combined with a focus on results. Good pragmatism, and deep knowledge of the infrastructure sector in Brazil and its local peculiarities.’

I would highlight Thais Bandeira de Mello, Lucas Boechat, Diana Castro, Pedro Lameirão, Eduardo Telles and Ivan Tauil.’

Key clients

Onesubsea

Ricoh

Total E&P

Modec

Brasdril

Indústrias Artefama

Newpark

TIM Brasil

Noble Drilling

Telesat

Work highlights

  • Advised Karoon Petróleo e Gás on the tax aspects of its financing, acquisition and development of an oil concession and other related assets from Petrobras with respect to the Baúna Field.
  • Successfully represented TIM in a disputed R$701m tax foreclosure filed by the state of São Paulo concerning the collection of ICMS.
  • Successfully assisted SEB do Brasil in obtaining a final and favorable decision allowing the exclusion of ICMS from the PIS/COFINS calculation basis.

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados offers a broad range of expertise to its domestic and international clients, including in cross-border syndicated loans, restructurings, acquisition financings, and trade and project finance. The multi-faceted team represents an impressive mix of lenders, multilateral organisations and private equity funds. Practice head Eduardo Lima has a strong track record in transactional and regulatory matters. Luis Montes is active in project finance, both for sponsors and lenders. Counsel Priscilla Santos balances a broad and capital markets practice with a particular focus on regulation related to Brazilian investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Lima; Luís Montes; Priscilla Santos

Testimonials

‘Excellent lawyers, with great feedback and knowledge of the subjects.’

‘Network of staff, with international support, is a differential.’

‘Luis Montes stands out by virtue of his technique.’

‘Eduardo Lima is an excellent professional.’

Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco Bradesco

Banco Credit Agricole do Brasil

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Itau BBA

Banco ABC Brasil

ING Bank

Banco do Brasil

Braskem

Bank of China

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Bradesco, Bank of China, Itau Unibanco and Banco do Brasil, among others, as lenders in connection with a project finance transaction for Bracell Intl.
  • Advised Banco BTG Pactual as lender in connection with a R$400m bridge loan financing for Infraestrutura Brasil Holding IV for the development of the Ventos de São Vitor Wind Power Generation Farm.
  • Represented Banco Credit Agricole do Brasil, Banco Santander (Brasil), Banco BTG Pactual and Banco ABC Brasil on a R$600m out-of-court debt restructuring of Concessionária Move São Paulo, the concessionaire of the Line 6 of the São Paulo subway.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 3

With a strong focus on litigation before the higher courts, Tauil & Chequer Advogados' Brasília team has an impressive track record in high-profile cases. In addition to the Superior Court of Justice and Supreme Federal Court, where it is well versed in filing actions for declarations of unconstitutionality, the team is also able to handle matters before the TCU and regulatory bodies. A former Attorney General of Brazil, Luís Inácio Lucena Adams has vast knowledge of litigation, arbitration and compliance; he works alongside Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves, who is often entrusted by clients in sensitive disputes. Associate Louise Dias specialises in litigation, anti-corruption and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves; Luis Inácio Lucena Adams

Testimonials

Client oriented. Focused on results.’

Mauro Pedroso and Eduardo Lima are recommended.

Key clients

Confederação Nacional das Indústrias (CNI)

Confederação Nacional das Empresas de Seguros Gerais, Previdência Privada e Vida, Saúde Suplementar e Capitalização (CNSeg)

Coca-Cola

Açúcar e Álcool Oswaldo Ribeiro de Mendonça (Usina Colorado)

Amazonas Geração e Transmissão de Energia

Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol)

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos (Indra)

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – VBI Logístico

Algar Telecom

Consórcio Walks

Hub Pagamentos (HUB)

Work highlights

  • Represented CNSeg in actions for a declaration of unconstitutionality, regarding several state laws, before the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF).
  • Represented Sonangol in a lawsuit filed by TGP; the client’s appeal was granted by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ).
  • Represented Consórcio Walks in several lawsuits and appeals regarding a public bid for the next concessionaire of public street lighting in the city of São Paulo.

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados offers comprehensive advice to private sector clients pursuing business opportunities with federal, state and local governments. Bid processes and protests, PPP agreements and concessions are key fields of expertise for the practice, which also has noteworthy experience in handling contentious matters involving public administration issues at the administrative, judicial and arbitration levels. Bruno Werneck is seasoned in project development, concessions and PPP structures. Juliana Deguirmendjian is a key contact for public bids in the water and sewage, highways and urban mobility sectors. Former co-head Mario Saadi left the firm. Public and administrative law specialists Flávio Amaral and Henrique Rocha joined in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Werneck

Testimonials

‘The firm has a team fully dedicated toPublic law issues, including, for example, matters related to bidding and administrative proceedings. At the same time, the team is fully integrated with the Projects and Infrastructure and M&A teams, especially on issues involving regulated sectors, which gives its professionals a holistic view of the discussions and cutting-edge knowledge on market issues.’

‘Partner Bruno Werneck has extensive knowledge of the market and is well aware of the main ongoing discussions in the country, having an extremely strategic vision.’

‘The firm offers me something that is hard to find: quick turnaround. They are always available and meet the proposed deadlines. During the course of the work, they are didactic in explaining the conclusions, they are technicians, they add their experience in similar cases and give us confidence.’

‘I like working with Bruno Werneck. He is an excellent professional, competent, responsive and available.’

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento E Participações

Empresa Brasileira De Administração De Petróleo e Gás Natural – Pré-Sal Petróleo

Empresa Brasileira De Infraestrutura Aeroportuária – Infraero

Banco Nacional De Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Ferrero Do Brasil Industria Doceira e Alimentar

Enel Green Power Brasil Participações

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Associação Da Medula Óssea

Enel X Brasil

Grupo Zelo

Work highlights

  • Assisted AEGEA in a bidding procedure regarding the concession for water supply and sewage services in the metropolitan region of Maceió/AL, carried out by the state of Alagoas.
  • Assisting Infraero with the preparation of studies for the sale of its equity stake in four concessionaires.
  • Providing legal assistance to BNDES in connection with the privatisation of Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos – CBTU, a state-owned company which operates in the urban and metropolitan rail passenger transportation segment.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is popular with clients, particularly for its litigation expertise. 2020 saw the firm handling several significant mandates on behalf of creditors and distressed debt investors. The firm’s Mayer Brown association gives it a strong edge in cross-border matters, including Chapter 11 proceedings. Lead partner Fabio Peixinho focuses in particular on litigation, and often works on judicial restructurings and insolvencies. Banking and finance experts Eduardo Lima and Luis Montes are also names to note. In internal developments, former practice head Leonardo Morato left the firm.  Since publication, the firm saw a major change with the departure of former practice head Luciana Celidonio, in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Peixinho

Testimonials

‘Highly specialised in litigation.’

Solid knowledge in strategic litigation of judicial credit execution, proactive in the elaboration of procedural strategy, application in the fulfillment of measures.’

Key clients

The Bank of New York Mellon

BASF

Vale do Verdão Acúcar e Álcool

Bradesco

Ferrari Agricola

Bunge Alimentos

HSBC

The Dow Chemical Company

PIMCO

GE Capital – Financial Services

Albioma Participações

Work highlights

  • Advising Bradesco in the LATAM Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Representing relevant creditors (international banks) in the judicial reorganisation of Odebrecht.
  • Advised Vale do Verdão Açúcar e Álcool as the winning bidder for the acquisition of the business productive unit (UPI) Usina São Luis.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4

Tauil & Chequer Advogados has been investing in its labour team following the arrival of well-regarded practice head Aline Fidelis in late 2019. The team has seen significant growth, and now handles an even mix of litigation and advisory matters, including union negotiations, internal investigations, executive compensation plans and mass dismissals. The practice also provided strong support to employers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in areas such as health and safety, data protection and remote working.

Practice head(s):

Aline Fidelis

Testimonials

‘The team is unique for its expertise in Oil and Gas and for the excellent quality of services provided by its excellent staff and professionals.’

Top international quality of service. What distinguishes this team from other offices, in my opinion, is the availability of the partner Aline Fidelis, who is always available to assist us and with creative solutions that favor the business. She is extremely business oriented and hands on.’

‘Aline Fidelis stands out. She has always brought pro-business solutions, has always been very business oriented and what impressed me most was the ability she had to make the Tauil & Chequer team grow so much in just one year.’

Aline Fidelis. Very technical, with good negotiating power and critical and strategic analysis of situations.’

‘The  team is very good technically and very available.’

Key clients

CM Capital Markets

Arco Educação

Eneva

Ferrero do Brasil Indústria Doceira e Alimentícia

Pecom Servicios Energia

Dow

Panasonic

Cladtek

Banco Original

Superior Energy

Metrohm

CNOOC

Work highlights

  • Advise Banco Original on labour issues linked to its employment relationship with certain service providers hired by the company as digital agents.
  • Advised Eneva on contentious and non-contentious employment issues.
  • Provided strategic advice to Arco Educação regarding the implementation of compensation plans and remuneration policies.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 4

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 5

Split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the arbitration team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is highlighted for its significant experience in managing international disputes. Benefitting from its international cooperation, the firm regularly represents clients in cases outside Brazil, most notably proceedings relating to the oil and gas sector, engineering and construction projects, and corporate disputes. Practice head Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade routinely serves as lead counsel in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings; he is also proficient in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira is also active in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade

Testimonials

‘Excellent performance in oil and gas sector. Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade has great insight and depth of knowledge.’

‘Tauil & Checker’s arbitration team is highly competent and capable of handling complex cases. The difference is that it is really a team with international practice, which is able to bring a globalised perspective to your case, even if it is a purely domestic case. Knowledge of the international market and its agents is also something that weighs in the firm’s favour.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes is a strategist with a global vision of arbitration issues. Gustavo Scheffer has extensive knowledge of the arbitration community.’

‘The firm is very dedicated and has highly qualified professionals. Gustavo Fernandes is a very experienced lawyer and is dedicated to the cases.’

Key clients

Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás

General Electric do Brasil

Canadian Solar

Nebras Power Latin America

Cobra Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Techint Engenharia e Construção

Arcelor Mittal Brasil

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Ternium do Brasil

Cantor Fitzgerald

Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

BW Offshore do Brasil

Andritz Hydro

Usiminas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

CPFL Energias Renováveis

Publicis Groupe Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás, co-respondent in a UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a joint operating agreement for the exploration, development and operation of a deep-water oilfield.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Drawing on its international law firm partnership, Tauil & Chequer Advogados is well placed to handle cross-border litigation. Highlighted for its 'great legal knowledge and experience in the litigation and advisory field', the team assist clients in both administrative and judicial proceedings, and is particularly skilled in commercial disputes involving construction projects, oil and gas, and energy-related matters. Gustavo Fernandes sits at the helm of the practice, where Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes; Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves

Testimonials

‘Law firm with great legal knowledge and experience in the litigation and advisory field.’

‘Readiness and assertiveness.’

‘Analyzes new strategies in order to understand the situations and propose adequate solutions for the client. Searches for references for the construction of arguments and for the structuring of ideas. Gustavo Fernandes stands out.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes and João Cople are great experts of law and characteristics related to the IT services market.’

Key clients

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos

BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros DTVM

Petronas Petróleo Brasil

Vantage Drilling International

Eneva

Paragon Offshore

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

Banco Mizuho do Brasil

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – VBI Logístico

Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI)

Work highlights

  • Acts as counsel to Eneva in the writ of mandamus filed before the Court of Itapiranga, Amazonas, concerning the rules issued by health authorities in relation to Covid-19.
  • Representing The Bank of New York Mellon in a lawsuit filed by the state of Maranhão to renegotiate the terms of a credit and guaranty agreement executed by the parties.
  • Engaged by VBI, a real estate investment fund of BTG Pactual, to represent it in a lawsuit filed by TAIFF – Proart Distribuidora de Produtos de Beleza, a company in the beauty and cosmetics sector in Brazil.

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Mayer Brown is intensely focused on the Latin America energy sector with much of this emphasis stemming from its Houston office. Although the team has experienced a slowdown in oil and gas deals in the Mexico exploration and production sector, driven in part by the changing political climate there, it has gained further activity in renewables in Chile and elsewhere, along with oil and gas M&A and privatisations in Brazil. Financial institutions M&A is another forte for the firm globally, including in Latin America. With its sizeable office in Mexico City and its Tauil & Chequer Advogados presence in Brazil, it is well-suited to local and international law engagements in those jurisdictions. Pablo Ferrante is an experienced name in oil and gas transactions throughout Latin America. Jose Valera and Vera de Gyarfas are also key names in the oil and gas space. Carlos Motta is an experienced M&A specialist in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro's Alexandre Chequer is at the forefront of Brazil-related oil and gas transactions. Raúl Fernández-Briseño is a key figure in Mexico City. All named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Ferrante

Testimonials

‘They are very strong on hydrocarbons in the Houston office, as they know oil contracts very well and have a lot of experience in upstream and midstream issues.’

‘Pablo Ferrante is the partner who has a lot of knowledge of the Latin American market, which he combines in a very efficient way with his experience in the American market. That gives him a plus over other US lawyers who work on energy issues in LatAm.’

Key clients

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ),

Carlos Roberto Wizard Martins (Sforza Group)

Chevron

Eurofarma Laboratórios

Mezcal Ojo de Tigre

Petroandina Resources

Pluspetrol

Progress Resources USA

Repsol

Vista Oil and Gas

Work highlights

  • Represented ENGIE and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) in their acquisition of the remaining 10% stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás in Brazil.
  • Represented Petroandina Resources Corporation in connection with the acquisition of AGIP Oil Ecuador, the owner and operator of Block 10 located in the Amazonian Region of Ecuador, from ENI International.
  • Represented PETRONAS in the acquisition of a 50% working interest in the Tartaruga Verde and Module III Espadarte Concessions, offshore Rio de Janeiro, from Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).

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: 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 Ludmila Arruda Braga  photo Ludmila Arruda BragaPartner
 Luciana Celidonio  photo Luciana Celidonio
 Maria Carolina Gelmetti Gimenez  photo Maria Carolina Gelmetti GimenezAssociate
 Adriana Giannini photo Adriana GianniniAdriana Giannini is a partner in the Antitrust practice of Tauil &…
 Luis Inácio Lucena Adams photo Luis Inácio Lucena Adams
 João Marçal  photo João MarçalJoão Marçal Martins is an associate in the Litigation and Arbitration practices…
 Ana Luiza Martins  photo Ana Luiza Martins
 José Paulo Marzagão photo José Paulo Marzagão
 Leonardo Morato  photo Leonardo Morato
 Carlos Motta  photo Carlos Motta
 Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves  photo Mauro Pedroso GonçalvesPartner
 Jessica Queiroz  photo Jessica QueirozSenior Counsel
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Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 – Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of seven lawyers in Asia to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.


Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 —Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of five lawyers in Asia to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.