Mr Carlos Motta > Tauil & Chequer Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Tauil & Chequer Advogados
04543-011 SÃO PAULO, SP
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Carlos Motta is the head of the Capital Markets practice of Tauil & Chequer Advogados. He is one of the leading corporate and capital markets lawyers in Brazil. His practice comprises equity and debt public offerings (including IPOs), private placements, restricted securities offerings (such as debentures, promissory notes, bonds and certificates of real estate receivables – CRI), mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity investments. He assists true, publicly held and closely held corporations, underwriters, financial institutions and advisers with respect to Brazilian law and securities exchange commission and stock exchange regulations in Brazil.

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Brazil > Capital markets

Tauil & Chequer Advogados leverages its strong global platform to provide issuers and underwriters with a comprehensive equity and debt capital markets offering. The ‘extremely technical‘ team is praised for its ‘excellent business acumen‘ across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, financial services and food. Carlos Motta leads the versatile practice, which includes highly rated partners such as Rodolfo Constantino De Tella, who is an ‘exceptional professional, with a lot of experience in the area‘. Other key individuals include Luis Montes and Bruno Cerqueira, who is particularly experienced in asset-backed securities in the real estate and agribusiness sectors.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

The multidisciplinary team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is a solid performer in transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Brazilian and international corporations, financial institutions, buyout firms, private equity funds, investors and pension funds routinely seek the team’s assistance in the context of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, consolidations, spin-offs and corporate restructurings. Oil and gas-related deals are a cornerstone of the department, whose sectoral coverage also extends to chemicals, agriculture, technology, education, retail, real estate and retail. Benefitting from its association with Mayer Brown, the firm offers a global risk management tool to clients, which can easily build a picture of their risk landscape and consider mitigation strategies in the context of transactions. Its pro bono commitment is also of note; it has recently worked on a pro bono basis with the Vance Center for International Justice, the CEFIS (Centre for Philanthropy and Social Inversions of the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile), the Ellen MacArthurFoundation in circular economy projects, the AAME (Association of Friends of Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and Mundo Gentileza, an organisation that provides educational support to public school students across the country. Alexandre Chequer is seasoned in M&A and joint ventures involving oil and gas players. He oversees the practice with Carlos Motta, whose experience includes cross-border transactions, private equity and venture capital, and Victor Galante, another name to note for deals in the oil and gas, energy and natural resources segments. Bruno Salzano is proficient in inbound and outbound investments, cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring. Since publication, the firm has hiredOlavo Bentes David (formerly the legal head of state-owned entity Pré-Sal Petróleo – PPSA) as a counsel, effective as of October 2022.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Mayer Brown’s major investment in the Latin America market continues to deliver rewards. Its presence in Mexico and Brazil, the latter through Tauil & Chequer Advogados, has given it access to the region’s most dynamic capital markets, additionally ensuring it involvement in the further uptick in Brazil IPOs and follow-on offerings. The practice remains noted for energy and infrastructure bonds, high-yield and investment grade bonds, private placements, liability management and structured financings. The Latin America team is also active in SEC reporting for businesses in the region. The firm’s excellent connections to investment banks consistently puts it in the frame for major engagements and it is continually building its issuer client base. Douglas Doetsch is head of the Latin America practice and a leader in securitisations, especially future cash flow securitisations. Juan Pablo Moreno previously practised in Colombia and is admitted in New York and Illinois; he is active in bank financings and capital markets transactions in the region, particularly in Brazil. New York partner David Bakst also has a long track record in Latin America capital markets offerings. Washington DC and New York partner Christopher Erckert is at the forefront of project bonds and private placements. Carlos Motta provides on the ground Brazil expertise in Tauil & Chequer Advogados‘ Sao Paulo office; while the November-2021 arrival of Jonathan Pacheco (from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP), as a partner in Washington DC further reinforces the group, particularly in relation to Brazil offerings.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Mayer Brown‘s Latin America M&A practice is primarily driven by energy transactions, especially in the oil and gas segment. Through Tauil & Chequer Advogados, its associated firm in Brazil, the firm has landed a series of headline deals in oil and gas, including those linked to Petrobras’s divestment programme. It advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CPDQ) on its acquisition, alongside Engie, of the remaining 10% stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) from Petrobras; with the original acquisition of the 90% stake, this involved a total investment of more than BRL34.5bn – the largest M&A transaction in Brazilian history. The Latin America team has also advised on a number of LNG-to-power and gas-to-power M&A transactions, and continues to be involved in renewable energy deals in Chile. Houston partners Pablo Ferrante and Jose Valera have a huge amount of experience in energy M&A; in Brazil, Carlos Motta is a key name in Sao Paulo as is Alexandre Chequer in Rio de Janeiro; and in Mexico City, Raúl Fernández-Briseño is the key transactional contact. Vera De Gyarfas moved in-house in July 2021.