Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados
RUA FUNCHAL, 418
11º ANDAR
04551-060 SAO PAULO, SP
Brazil

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has an impressive banking and finance practice, which handles a mix of high-end transactional and regulatory work. The firm’s lawyers have vast expertise across a wide range of transactional types, including acquisition and asset financings, distressed debt, trade finance and corporate loans. Additionally, the firm has built a strong platform for regulatory advice, particularly in the payments and fintech space, where it has represented Ant Group/Alibaba on a range of related issues. Maurício Teixeira Dos Santos and Alexandre Gossn Barreto are two of the lead partners for regulatory matters, as well as broader financings, where fellow partners Ana Paula Calil, Joaquim De Oliviera and Daniel Laudisio have also established notable practices.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Laudisio; Mauricio Santos; Alexandre Barreto

Key clients

Banco Santander

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce – CIBC

Ant Group/Alipay Brazil

Wirecard Brazil

Banco Bradesco

Bank of America

Natura & Co Holding /Natura Cosméticos

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

Itaú Unibanco

Alibaba

Work highlights

  • Advised OakTree Capital Management, as senior lender, and TMF Brasil, as local collateral agent, on a $750m tranche B DIP Financing extended to Latam Airlines.
  • Provided advice to CPFL Energia on a R$960m financing from BNP Paribas, to help finance the acquisition of CEEE-D, the energy distribution company of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Advised the lenders – Bradesco, UBS and BTG Pactual – on a R$300m  financing to Elea Digital, guaranteed by the shareholders of the borrower, to help acquire Oi’s data centres in the context of Oi’s judicial restructuring.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has a comprehensive capital markets practice and demonstrates considerable knowledge across all product types, including equity, debt and securitisations. The ‘extremely responsive, switched on, commercially-focused' team is popular with issuers and underwriters. Clients emphasise the firm’s strong credentials for cross-border deals, where the team is ‘available for discussions on a real-time basis‘. Key partners include Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Joaquim De Oliveira and Daniel Laudisio, who is highlighted as 'very good technically and commercially'. The firm has a deep bench of younger partners coming through, including Eduardo José Herszkowicz, Eduardo Kuhlmann Abrantes and the recently promoted Mariana Borges.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Laudisio; Alexandre Barreto

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive, switched on, commercially-focused yet also astute at protecting client and market interests. We appreciated greatly the availability of Cescon Barrieu to respond to our questions and be available for discussions on a real-time basis. Always available and aligned with our interests, our hot-button issues and our ways of working.’

‘Their level of partner attention is spectacular. Whether on deals or on pitching, they are attentive and always available to talk things through.’

‘When working on deals with them, I am confident that I can always get a clear coherent and well-reasoned answer.’

‘Daniel Laudisio is very good technically and commercially. Always responsive. Gets the demands of international capital markets. Understands how we work and how best we add value to deals together. A valuable addition to a client team, knowing that we can execute with excellent standards and no fuss. A very very safe pair of hands.’ 

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras – Eletrobras

Localiza Fleet

Ambev

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP

Neogrid

BRK Ambiental Participações

XP Investimentos

Banco BTG Pactual

Corsan

Morgan Stanley

Petro Rio

Banco Itau BBA

PetroRio

Bradesco BBI

General Shopping e Outlets do Brasil

Deutsche Bank Securities

Açucareira Quatá

BofA Securities

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

Work highlights

  • Advised Companhia Riograndense de Saneamento – CORSAN on its 4th issuance of debentures, worth R$600m.
  • Assisted the underwriters on a $300m senior secured notes offering by GOL Finance and Gol Linhas Aéreas.
  • Advised technology company Méliuz on a R$1.1bn primary and secondary share offering.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Natural resources and regulation Tier 1

Cescon Barrieu stands out for its expertise in the mining and metals segments, which makes the firm a popular choice for major mining companies operating in Brazil. In addition to its strength in M&A deals, joint ventures, financing transactions and strategic alliances, the group excels in judicial and administrative disputes. The practice is particularly known for its crisis management offering, which includes assistance with regulatory matters, construction operations and decommissioning of tailing dams. Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza is noted for his strong track record in mining, regulatory and environmental matters. Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a key contact for M&A and project finance transactions. Other active practitioners in the team include Paula Azevedo De Castro and Maurício Pellegrino De Souza, who combine extensive expertise in all matters pertaining to the mining industry.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza; Frederico Viana Rodrigues; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza; Paula Azevedo de Castro

City focus - Salvador > Leading firms Tier 1

Working in collaboration with the firm’s national network of offices, the northeast team at Cescon Barrieu routinely assists domestic and national companies, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals with the full range of corporate and tax matters. As part of its broad offering, the group handles a busy caseload of commercial arbitration, M&A deals, inheritance matters, and infrastructure and real estate transactions. The group is led by arbitration and litigation expert Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, who is frequently sought to represent clients from various industries in disputes related to M&A transactions, tax matters and corporate law. Other key names in the team include senior associate Vicente Coni, who joined the group in September 2021 from Brandão e Tourinho Dantas Advogados Associados, strengthening the firm’s real estate offering, and senior associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Maintaining a top-tier corporate and M&A practice, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados offers broad corporate and transactional support to an impressive client base of financial institutions and blue-chip companies across all of Brazil’s major industries, including energy, telecoms, life sciences and retail, among others. The team, which is comprised of partners and associates with notable international backgrounds, is well placed to handle innovative and high-value cross-border M&A deals, and has been recently involved in several distressed asset transactions, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm’s move towards internationalisation is evidenced by the recent opening of an office in Toronto, as Canada becomes a prime destination for its clients operating in the mining and oil and gas segments. The firm’s focus on gender diversity is apparent through the strong representation of women partners in its corporate and M&A department, with female staff comprising over 70% of the firm’s partner promotions in 2021. Other D&I initiatives include LIFT, through which the firm offers professional mentoring to young low-income black, cis and transgender people. Maria Cristina Cescon ‘is one of the most brilliant lawyers in Brazil’; she acts for financial institutions, corporations and private equity funds in large-cap M&A. She leads the group with Marcos Rafael Flesch, who is a key contact for corporate governance matters. Acquisitions and divestitures, as well as distressed transactions, are core areas of activity for Ronald Herscovici. Cristina de Freitas Bueno has taken a lead role in some of the most high-profile deals handled by the team recently. Other noteworthy practitioners include Darkson Delmondes Galvão, who also advises on private equity investments, Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos, Luciana De Castro Mares Torres, who ‘stands out due to her knowledge, engagement, dedication and team coordination‘ and the highly recommended Eduardo LannaMarcelo Moura, senior associate Marina Faro and Fernanda Montorfano Gibson are other names to note for corporate and M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Maria Cristina Cescon; Marcos Flesch

Testimonials

‘Specialised service, and availability of partners. Eduardo Lanna is recommended.’

‘The team led by Luciana Mares stands out for its ability to understand the demands and particularities of the client. Always accessible and easy to get along with, they act as if they were part of the company.’

‘Cescon’s M&A team is a benchmark in terms of agility and focus on client service. They understand the needs of the client. They do their best to meet deadlines.’

‘The main differential of the firm is in the quality of the services provided. Undoubtedly, this stems from the engagement of the team and lawyers’ high level of expertise. The team is constantly seeking to update itself and expand its knowledge in the various areas of activity. Another highlight is the agility of lawyers in preparing and reviewing documents.’

‘All the team members are excellent. Maria Cristina Cescon conveys a lot of security to the client, given her involvement in the execution of projects. She has a unique ability to negotiate with the opposing party. I certainly consider her to be the best M&A lawyer on the market. Luciana Mares also stands out due to her knowledge, engagement, dedication and team coordination.’

‘The responsiveness and availability of Cescon Barrieu’s partners and lawyers, as well as its extremely competitive price, make the firm one of our go-to choices for advice on strategic projects. Eduardo Lanna and his team provided us with high quality services in the context of M&A transactions.’

‘Excellence, availability and the feeling that the client is special and important. Maria Cristina Cescon is one of the most brilliant lawyers in Brazil.’

‘Respected, reliable and robust team, that is always available. Fernanda Montorfano Gibson is recommended.’

Key clients

Hypera (previously Hypermarcas)

Enel Brasil

AES Tietê Energia

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Smartfit

EDP Energias do Brasil

Carlyle Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board – CPPIB

Brookfield Asset Management

JBS

B3

Copel S

Work highlights

  • Advised B3 on the carve-out of the management solutions operations of TOTVS with the subsequent incorporation of TFS Soluções em Software and subscription, by B3, of a minority stake representing, post money, 37.5% of the total shares of TFS.
  • Advised Hypera on the acquisition from Sanofi of a portfolio of products in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico including AAS, Cepacol, Pepsamar, Naturetti, Buclina, Hexomedine, Melox, Pax, Calcigenol, Sulpan, Aturgyl and Hidantal.
  • Advised Equatorial on the acquisition of the total and voting capital stock of Echoenergia.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Cescon Barrieu is rated for its deep bench and strong transactional and regulatory expertise, working on many of the most high-profile corporate deals taking place in the Brazilian mining and metals sector. Besides handling high-stakes M&A, the team – which operates from the Belo Horizonte office – also offers advice to the largest mining companies operating in the country at all stages of financing transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and administrative and judicial litigation. In addition, the team is particularly noted for its crisis management capabilities, having assisted mining clients in regulatory issues pertaining to the construction, permitting and decommissioning of tailings dams. Standing out for his longstanding track record in regulatory, contractual and crisis management matters, Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza is a leading authority in this field. Frederico Viana Rodrigues is noted for transactional matters involving mining assets, including project financing and public offering of shares and bonds. Frederico Marques is another individual to note for transactional work, especially alternative financing and M&A; he oversees the work undertaken by the Toronto office. With almost 20 years of experience in mining and environmental law, Maurício Pellegrino De Souza assists clients with corporate, commercial, environmental and regulatory mandates. Paula Azevedo De Castro, who was recently promoted to partner, is a key contact for mining dam regulations.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza; Frederico Viana Rodrigues; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza; Paula Azevedo de Castro

Key clients

Appian Capital Advisory LLP

4B Mining Corp

Lundin Mining

Nomad Royalties

Gerdau

Mineração Morro do Ipê

Samarco Mineração

Votorantim Group (Nexa Resources)

Anglo American

InterCement

Aura Minerals

Vale

Work highlights

  • Acting for Appian Capital Advisory in the sale of its mining operations to Sibanye Stillwater.
  • Assisted Gerdau in obtaining a decision allowing it to continue to operate Alemães, an upstream tailing dam, in connection with its decommissioning project.
  • Provided regulatory advice to Samarco on the decommissioning of the Germano tailing dam.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Working in close collaboration with the firm’s network of offices across Brazil and Canada, the corporate team at Cescon Barrieu offers clients strong domestic and cross-border commercial expertise in the Minas Gerais region. The group is frequently retained by mining, energy and automotive clients to advise on high-value IPOs, financial restructurings, M&A and corporate reorganisations. Practice head Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a key contact for debentures issuances and corporate governance matters, including cross-border mandates. Alice Brandão and Júlia Lobo are well versed in M&A and capital markets transactions. Associates Pedro Campos Vasconcellos and Marcelo Augusto Amim Correia  are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Viana Rodrigues

Key clients

Aura Minerals

Cooperative Agropecuária Centro Serrana

lOC Frotas

Rio Branco Alimentos

SA Usina Coruripe Açúcar e Álcool

Mineração Pirâmide Participações

Bravo Motor Company Brasil

Grupo Bamin – Bahia Mineração

Santa Casa da Bahia

AG7 Group

Hospital Mater Dei

Grupo do Banco Mercantil

Meliuz

Grupo Localiza

Biomm

Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais

Grupo Unidas

Direcional Engenharia

Laticínios Porto Alegre Indústria e Comércio

Vale

Work highlights

  • Advised the financial institutions that acted as underwriters of Mater Dei’s IPO.
  • Acted for Cemig Geração e Transmissão on its offer to purchase $500m of its outstanding 9.250% senior notes due in 2024.
  • Advised Méliuz and certain selling shareholders on its follow-on offering.

City focus - Brasilia > Government relations Tier 2

The Brasília office of Cescon Barrieu is noted for its broad expertise, which spans antitrust, regulatory, compliance and government relations matters as well as litigation. National and international companies turn to the firm for assistance with parliamentary inquiries, public hearings and advice on pending legislations and public policies. The group is particularly known for representing charities and NGOs before the National Congress and the federal government. Practice head Luciano Inácio De Souza balances a varied workload, covering compliance programmes, white-collar crime, money laundering and government relations matters.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza

Key clients

Globalstar do Brasil

ID_BR

Movimento Down

Newmotors

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Work highlights

  • Advised Movimento Down on a request before the Brazilian Foreign Trade Board (Camex) to reduce tariffs on imported products that are used by disabled persons.
  • Assisted Instituto Identidades do Brasil with several issues related to its relationship with the federal government, especially on the development of public policies regarding the inclusion of black communities into the job market.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The dedicated competition department at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogadosworks with great professionalism and competence‘ and is highlighted for its ‘deep technical knowledge and engagement with clients‘. The team stands out for its efficiency and experience in merger filings – both fast-track and complex – before CADE. A recent highlight saw the team representing Videolar-Innova in a successful challenge against CADE’s blocking decision of the acquisition of Innova. The active department has recently worked with a number of new clients in the technology, chemicals and energy sectors, in addition to its longstanding clients in a broad range of industries. Conduct investigations also feature in the firm’s workload. ‘Excellent professional‘ Joyce Midori Honda ‘combines her experience and knowledge with a pragmatic and accessible approach‘; she jointly leads the practice with Ricardo Lara Gaillard, who is also highly regarded by clients. Leonardo Mansur Lunardi Danesi and Thales Lemos are key contacts at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Midori Honda; Ricardo Lara Gaillard

Testimonials

‘Team works seamlessly – I know I get an equally high standard from the associate as I do from the partner. Very well informed and pragmatic in their approach.’

‘Joyce Midori Honda combines her experience and knowledge with a pragmatic and accessible approach.  She has great intuition as to what matters to the client. I have also worked with Thales Lemos – he also made me feel confident that he was in real control of the facts.’

‘The entire competition team at Cescon Barrieu is of practically unsurpassed excellence. Agile, with deep technical knowledge and engagement with clients, we have worked together for several years and the quality only improves. From the most common strategic analysis to highly complex and unprecedented topics, the performance is surgical, with an assessment of risks and potential, always a success in active cases.’

‘I’d highlight Ricardo Lara Gaillard, Joyce Midori Honda and Leonardo Mansur LunardiDanesi.’

‘Works with great professionalism and competence. Technological resources are always used in order to facilitate contacts and interaction with the client.’

‘Joyce MidoriHonda: Excellent professional, with technical knowledge and relevant institutional network.’

‘A well-structured team from a technical point of view. Openness for interactions and easy access. Strategic vision and good relationship with other offices, not depriving themselves of working together.’

‘Joyce Midori Honda and Ricardo Lara Gaillard are extremely involved, technically capable and with good strategic vision.’

Key clients

Hypera Pharma

Valmet Oyj

Videolar-Innova

B3

Copel

ICL Brasil

Shell Brasil

HBA – Assistência Médica Hospitalar

Unimed Belo Horizonte

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Petz

Carta Fabril

Premium Saúde

Rotam

ADIA

Rodobens

Santa Casa da Bahia

Work highlights

  • Advised Videolar-Innova regarding the review of a blocking decision by CADE’s Tribunal to a merger filing which had been previously approved by the authority (Videolar’s control acquisition of Innova).
  • Advised Hypera Pharma on the merger filing related to the acquisition of 18 products from Takeda Pharmaceutical for $825m.
  • Advised Shell on the competition aspects of the acquisition of its lubricants business in Brazil by Raízen.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 2

The hydrocarbons group at Cescon Barrieu stands out for its vast knowledge of financing transactions, evidenced by its involvement in high-end deals and recent engagements in refinery acquisition financings, distressed leveraged acquisitions of drillships, and the financing of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units. Covering all segments of the oil and gas supply chain and drawing on the firm’s transactional strength, the team is also retained in matters involving project development, M&A, capital markets and regulatory issues. More recently, the team has expanded its service offering in the sector, which now also includes contractual, tax and litigation advice. With in-depth understanding of cross-border matters, Rafael Baleroni is trusted by foreign oil and gas players navigating the complex Brazilian legal environment. Upstream asset sales, contractual disputes, financings and tax-related issues are among Baleroni’s areas of expertise. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, who heads up the infrastructure and project finance group and oversees the Rio de Janeiro office, is skilled in M&A, tender offers, project development and restructurings involving oil offshore assets and transportation projects.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Baleroni

Key clients

GeoPark

Seadrill

Associação Brasileira de Produtores Independentes de Petróleo e Gás – ABPIP

China Development Bank

Yinson Boronia

ING Bank

Magni Partners

Shell Brasil Petróleo

Baker Hughes do Brasil

Global Participações em Energia

Work highlights

  • Assisted GeoPark in a dispute and the subsequent sale of an onshore block.
  • Advised Seadrill on its successful participation on the bidding and execution of charter and services contracts of three drillships with Petrobras.
  • Represented BPIP before the Supreme Federal Court in a claim challenging the validity of the environmental license fee legal framework in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Best known for its impressive track record in financing matters, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados advises clients in high-value transactions across all infrastructure sectors, encompassing all types of financing deals, notably project, asset-backed and project-based corporate loans. Debt capital markets is another area of expertise, including for Ana Paula Calil, who recently moved from the firm's banking and capital markets department to further strengthen the team’s infrastructure financing offering. Jointly led by Maurício Teixeira Dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni, the team, which is also well placed to assist with project development, is particularly noted for its knowledge of the oil and gas, energy and shipping industries. Co-head Teixeira dos Santos offers representation to domestic and international banks, investment funds, multilateral agencies and other investors in all aspects of projects and infrastructure work, chiefly financings, M&A, tender offers, developments and restructurings. Alexandre Leal Ribeiro Leite is also active in this field; he is singled out for his knowledge of project financing in the power and wastewater sectors.

Practice head(s):

Maurício Teixeira dos Santos; Rafael Baleroni

Testimonials

‘Negotiation skills and fighting for the client’s interests are their main characteristics.’

‘Ana Paula Calil was essential in the project negotiations, especially in raising relevant issues and risks for the company.’

Key clients

Banco BTG Pactual

COPEL – Cia Paranaense de Energia

BSB Energética

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

ING Bank

Yinson Boronia Production

China Development Bank

Enel X

Seadrill

Albion Capital

AES Brasil Magni Partners

Elecnor

IDB- Inter-American Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised BTG Pactual on the project financing via capital markets of the Anemus wind farm developed by 2W.
  • Advised Copel on the unbundling of its telecoms and energy assets followed by the divesting and privatisation of its telecoms subsidiary Copel Telecom.
  • Advised BSB Energética on the acquisition financing (structured as project-backed local bonds) and the acquisition of a majority stake in Brasil PCH.

Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has a versatile practice with a good reputation in the market. The firm’s full-service offering and strong transactional focus give it an edge in high-value and complex corporate and financing mandates, as well as port terminal and offshore oil and gas infrastructure projects. Key partners include Maurício Teixeira Dos Santos for related infrastructure and project financings, and Rafael Baleroni, who leads the firm’s shipping and oil and gas team. Salvador-based partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo is also active on the disputes front. The department's clients include major banks, shipping companies and offshore oil and gas companies.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Teixeira dos Santos; Rafael Baleroni

Key clients

Bourbon Offshore Marítima

Empresa de Navegação Elcano

Helexia BR

Norskan Offshore

Seadrill Limited

Yinson Boronia Production

ABN AMRO Bank

Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance

Nordic Trustee

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Work highlights

  • Advising Bourbon Offshore on the business combination between the Bourbon group and the MLog group.
  • Provided assistance to Helexia on a demurrage dispute resulting from a truck drivers’ strike and from contractual disagreements with the foreign exporter of equipment.
  • Represented Norskan Offshore in a lawsuit against Petrobras regarding an offshore accident that resulted in the rupture and submersion of the anchoring system of one of the Petrobras’s oil platforms.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu is well known for its strength in mining disputes, though the firm's dispute resolution practice is also noted for its expertise in litigation involving the car rental, real estate and financial services industries. The group frequently assists domestic and international companies with commercial arbitration, cross-border litigation, administrative proceedings and disputes related to M&A transactions. The team is led by Luiz Nardy, who has more than 10 years of experience in litigation, arbitration, restructuring plans and corporate recovery cases.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Nardy

Key clients

Vale

Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração (IBRAM)

Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil

RHI Magnesita

Nexa Recursos Minerais

Samarco Mineração

Banco Mercantil do Brasil

Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos e Gestão de Frotas (ANAV)

Localiza Rent a Car

Unidas

Hipolabor Farmacêutica

Engefor Engenharia e Construções

Itapeva Florestal

Mineração Morro do Ipê

Codeme Engenharia

Grupo Herculano

Celulose Nipo-Brasileira (CENIBRA)

Intercement Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vale with a number of matters related to mining and civil law in federal courts.
  • Represented Samarco Mineração in several disputes related to environmental, mining and civil matters in state and federal courts.
  • Represented Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil in various disputes regarding iron ore exploration in the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Clients appreciate Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados‘understanding of the business reality‘. The firm’s investigation practice brings together specialists in compliance, criminal law, competition, labour and data protection to coordinate investigations into fraud, corruption and harassment, among other forms of misconduct. ABC due diligence is another strength for the compliance department, an area of work which remains busy thanks in part to the firm’s recognised M&A practice, and the team has also been active advising clients on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Luciano Inácio De Souza specialises in anti-corruption, money laundering and compliance. White-collar criminal law expert Yuri Sahione and associate Ana Flávia Pereira are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza; Yuri Sahione

Testimonials

‘Working close to the client, with questions relevant to the topic, search for information based on the company’s needs, understanding of the business reality. All this combined with knowledge of the area, with the presentation of opinions focused on the business. They know the company’s needs, even on tight deadlines.’

‘Our contact is almost entirely with Yuri, one of the best professionals in the area of Compliance that I know. Very smart, interactive, up to date!’

‘Ana Flávia Pereira is a great professional, with a lot of knowledge and dedication.’

Key clients

CIITECH

Attend Ambiental

Natugry Energy Group

ABRALATAS

Group SBF (Centauro)

Engie

Braskem

Alibaba Group (Alipay)

Grupo CCR

Provincia Marista Brasil Centro Norte

Instituto Brasileiro de Petroleo e Gas – IBP

Samarco

Wiz Soluções

Fundacion Santillana

Avalara INC

Cortel

Houer Consultoria

Midea Carrier

Oliveira Trust

MODEC

Traders Club

Tubal Siqueira

Work highlights

  • Conducted an independent internal investigation within Wiz Soluções following up a Car Wash Operation raid in November 2020.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

Corporate and contractual disputes are core areas of focus for Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' arbitration team, which attracts praise from clients for its ‘great expertise' in this space. Proceedings arising from M&A, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and international contracts are strong points for the department, which is also sought after for its experience in construction, infrastructure, distribution, public law and environmental disputes. The practice is under the joint leadership of three practitioners: ‘technical and pragmatic lawyer' Carlos David Albuquerque Braga, who specialises in conflicts resulting from M&A transactions and shareholder agreements; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, a name to note for international arbitration; and Helena Abdo, whose areas of expertise encompass infrastructure and construction disputes. Mauricio Fabbri provides assistance to both domestic and international players in arbitration. Luiz Nardy, who is based in Belo Horizonte, was promoted to partner in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Helena Abdo

Testimonials

‘Helena Abdo is a fantastic professional with extensive legal knowledge. She always handles matters in a sensitive matter.’

‘Extremely technical team with great expertise and a holistic view of the law.’

‘Gabriel Seijo is an extremely technical lawyer with wide-ranging knowledge of the law. Great professional who conveys security to client.’

‘Carlos Braga is a technical and pragmatic lawyer, capable of solving complex problems in a simple manner.’

‘Maurício Fabbri has great technical knowledge. Possessor of great willpower and that, for sure, has been treading a path of great prominence in the market.’

‘The team is extremely capable. Understands the company’s needs and speaks the client’s language.’

‘Gabriel Seijo: Very creative and strategic thinker.’

‘Carlos Braga: Very hard working and always available.’

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Noted for being a ‘full-service firm with a boutique feel‘, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has strong credentials in complex litigation, most notably M&A-related disputes and cases involving contractual law. The dispute resolution team handles a steady flow of standalone work predominantly arising from joint ventures, civil liability, construction contracts, distribution agreements, environmental law and government contracts. Investment funds, companies from the public and private sector, financial institutions and individuals regularly turn to the group for assistance with contentious matters in courts throughout Brazil. Corporate disputes are a core strength for Carlos David Albuquerque Braga, and M&A and contractual lawsuits are among Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo‘s areas of expertise. Helena Abdo, who specialises in procedural matters and mediation, is ‘committed to achieving the client’s results‘. Mauricio Fabbri brings together in-depth knowledge of corporate disputes and digital law, and Luiz Nardy is noted for mining and environmental contentious issues. The highly regarded Edison Freitas focuses on litigation involving the construction, technology, real estate, banking and infrastructure sectors; Freitas was promoted to partner in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Fábio Rosas; Helena Abdo; Maurício Fabbri; Luiz Philipe Nardy Nascimento

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm with a boutique “feel”- it provides personalised legal services.’

‘Helena Abdo is a combative lawyer committed to achieving the client’s results.’

‘Edison Freitas is an extremely technical young lawyer with a very precise argument.’

‘Highly qualified team, which is extremely available and accessible.’

‘The team led by Helena Abdo is focused on the client’s goals, and always seek an effective solution for each topic. Knowledgeable about the judicial environment and the intricacies of Procedural Law.’

‘Highly qualified professionals, who stand out for the excellence in the provision of services. The firm acts dynamically, exposing situations with clarity and objectivity. It always analyses issues taking into account practical and strategic aspects. From a technical point of view, it is always well above the market average.’

Key clients

Smartfit Group

SMTC Participações

JEA Participações (Marquise Group)

Spring Televisão

Bionovis – Companhia Brasileira de Biotecnologia Farmacêutica

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica

Vale

Nexa Recursos Minerais

Unidas

Banco BTG Pactual

FII Campus Faria Lima

THB Brasil Holdings

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica in a product liability lawsuit seeking compensation under an allegation concerning a drug for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Acts for Bionovis in an ordinary procedure filed by Genentech concerning patent PI9809387-8.
  • Represents two companies of the Marquise Group in a dispute between the quotaholders of Centro Fashion, a company created for the construction and operation of a shopping mall for apparel wholesalers in Fortaleza.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Cescon Barrieu has well-established credentials in the electricity sector, where it assists major clients across the value chain in an array of transactional and regulatory mandates. The practice – which has undergone a recent restructuring under the leadership of Maurício Teixeira dos Santos – is adept at handling high-value M&A deals and complex regulatory issues arising in both non-transactional and transactional contexts, but particularly stands out for its frequent presence in major deals in the financing and capital markets space. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Santos leads on project finance, M&A and tender offers in the power segment, while Alexandre Leal Ribeiro Leite in São Paulo oversees regulatory work. Rafael Baleroni, who heads up the oil and gas and shipping departments, has been active in renewable energy, especially energy transition matters. Eduardo Lanna is another key contact for the sale, divestment and combination of power assets.

Practice head(s):

Maurício Teixeira dos Santos; Alexandre Leal Ribeiro Leite

Key clients

Enel Group

Albion Capital

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

EDP Energias do Brasil

Elecnor do Brasil

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Neoenergia

Equatorial Energia

AES Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised EDP on the due diligence of CELG Transmissão.
  • Advised Equatorial Energia on its first renewables move through the acquisition of Echoenergia.
  • Advised Banco BTG Pactual and MSBC on a debenture offering of Anemus Wind farm, with installed capacity of 138.6 MW, sponsored by the power trading company 2W.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados brings ‘excellent technical quality' and ‘practicality and objectivity' to its employment work. The versatile practice handles contentious and consultancy issues for standalone clients, and also provides support on the firm's key corporate mandates. The firm represents major employers from across several sectors, including energy, technology, retail, manufacturing and financial services. Lead partners include Dario Abrahão Rabay and Gisela da Silva Freire, noted for her ‘excellent understanding of the work and great experience in trade union negotiations'. Clients also rate ‘fast, agile' senior associate Viviane De Azevedo Rodrigues.

Practice head(s):

Gisela da Silva Freire; Dario Rabay

Testimonials

‘I work with partner Gisela Freire and I consider her excellent technically. Gisela has excellent understanding of the work and great experience in trade union negotiations.’

‘Viviane Rodrigues one of the best lawyers who has ever provided services to our company. Fast, agile, with differentiated content and fundamentals.’

‘I consider Cescon Barrieu differentiated in the labour area due to the excellent technical quality of the services provided and the practicality and objectivity of the recommendations given. I also consider that it represents a good cost benefit in relation to fees and staff involved in the coverage of cases, properly dividing the service between more senior lawyers / partners and more junior lawyers, which allows competitive cost in relation to fees.’

Key clients

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

Akamai Tecnologias e Serviços do Brasil

Intel Corporation

Adler Pelzer Group

Invepar

Kangu Transportes

Spotify Technology

Ardagh Group Brasil

Totvs

Squire Patton Boggs

U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)

Alibaba

Klingele Paper

Companhia de Bebidas da América – Ambev

Bank of America

Singulare Corretora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Hypera

Bomtrato Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios – Não Padronizados

GE Renewable Energy

Penske Logistics do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted TF4 Entretenimento in a constitutional action filed before the Supreme Federal Court regarding a decision that prevented T4F from contracting services provided by cooperatives.
  • Provided advice to automotive parts manufacturer Adler Pelzer Group after it was forced to close its operations in Bahia in the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Amazon Brasil on union-related matters as part of an operational expansion in Brazil.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is a popular choice for clients in ‘very complex‘ real estate deals, where the team has ‘a lot of experience‘. The firm is particularly strong at the intersection between corporate and real estate matters, including M&A with a heavy property angle, and vice versa. The team’s expertise extends across various asset classes, including logistics, commercial offices and retail. Associated advice in capital markets, for real estate funds and corporates, is another area of strength. Practice head Marcos Lopes Prado regularly assists in urban and rural land matters and is considered ‘a reference in the market‘.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Lopes Prado

Testimonials

‘The firm has a lot of experience in real estate and works in very complex deals.’

‘Marcos Prado is the partner with the most knowledge, extremely technical, and a reference in the market.’

Key clients

Aratulog Armazenagem

Hypera

Equatorial Energia

SD Biosensor

ICL Group

EDP Energias do Brasil

Cortel Holding

Celulose Nipo-brasileira – Cenibra

Work highlights

  • Advised Aratulog Armazenage and its shareholders on the sale of 70% of Aratulog to Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário VBI Logístico.
  • Advised Hypera on the sale to New Port Real Estate of an industrial logistic warehouse.
  • Advised ICL Group on the acquisition, and associated real estate issues, of a plant nutrition business from Compass Minerals.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

Tax clients of Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados benefit from the firm’s ‘wide spectrum of professionals‘, who ‘offer complete and innovative solutions, covering all angles‘ and enabling ‘assertive decision making‘. The team provides contentious and non-contentious advice on direct and indirect tax issues, ranging from M&A and transactional support, through to administrative and judicial disputes at the highest level. The litigation side of the practice was boosted by the promotion of Rodrigo Bevilaqua, ‘an excellent lawyer, always providing legal assistance with high quality standards‘, to partner. Fellow litigator Hugo Barreto Sodre Leal brings ‘great technical quality and significant business vision‘, while versatile practice head Roberto Barrieu is ‘always willing to meet the needs of the company quickly‘. Other key partners include litigator André Alves De Melo. Since publication, Sarah Barbassa is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Barrieu

Testimonials

‘Professionals are highly qualified and helpful. They are always available to assist the client.’

‘Rodrigo Bevilacqua is an excellent lawyer, always providing legal assistance with high quality standards, presenting all possibilities, allowing the client to take the best practice for the solution of the theme in question.’

‘The firm has a wide spectrum of professionals, being able to offer complete and innovative solutions, covering all angles of analysis, allowing its clients a comprehensive view of the legal situation and possible paths, thus facilitating assertive decision making.’

‘Hugo Leal is a partner with great technical quality and, at the same time, a significant business vision, facilitating communication with companies and enabling the making of assertive decisions, with a coherent exposure of the risks involved.’

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados works with highly complex issues, using the best legal techniques, and is always up-to-date on the topics sent to the firm. It is also important to mention that the reading of the procedural documents are clear and precise, with the application of constitutional, tax and legal legislation. The difference of the office is the fast and helpful service, besides always having the global view of the market, especially the sector that our company operates.’

‘Roberto Barrieu is always willing to meet the needs of the company quickly, with a full vision of the company’s business engaged with tax legislation. Hugo Leal always considered the situations in the meetings, always aiming at the interests of the company. Rodrigo Bevilaqua has always met all the demands that the company has, also using the experience in practices with the IRS.

‘The team as a whole (Paula Brito/Cristal Mastrangelo/Érico Süssekind) have always met quickly and accurately the interests of the company, and always fully and accurately followed the needs of the company.’

Key clients

Aratulog

Mogiana

Abeeólica

ENEL

WEG Equipamentos Elétricos

Log-IN

Eletroriver

Rio Energy

BNDES

Lundin Mining

Work highlights

  • Assisted Enel in challenging the IRS on whether the transfer (or change of ownership) of financial instruments should be considered as taxable.
  • Advised the various shareholders of Mogiana, a pet food manufacturer, in the sale of 100% of its stock to BRF, a task made more challenging because of the varied tax statuses of the sellers.
  • Advised energy group Eletroriver in developing a tax efficient structure for the acquisition of an additional stake in Brazil PCH from Renova Energia.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Brazil > Public law Tier 4

At Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, the public law offering was strengthened by the arrival of Mario Saadi in June 2021 from Tauil & Chequer Advogados, who ‘is extremely experienced’ in transactional and regulatory matters in this space. The firm is now well positioned to assist in a range of advisory and litigation mandates, including concessions, PPPs, administrative contract management, bidding procedures and judicial cases. Public lighting projects are core areas of strength for the team, which also excels in the modelling of projects for potential divestments in state-owned enterprises. Matheus Palhares Vieira is a name to note at the associate level; he regularly acts for concessionaires and companies in relation to public contracts and bidding procedures.

Practice head(s):

Mário Saadi

Testimonials

‘Cescon Barrieu is a firm that lives up to its good reputation. The firm follows practices that are extremely aligned with the needs of its clients, providing personalised services. In addition, the firm is extremely competitive in terms of fees, and is absolutely adaptable to clients’ needs. A truly admirable firm, with exceptional professionals.’

‘Mario Saadi is extremely experienced and able to think of the best possible solutions.’ 

‘Stands out for its multidisciplinary services.’

Key clients

Cia Paranaense de Energia – Copel

Cemig Geração e Transmissão

Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Enel X

Vale

COPASA

Penske Logistics

Bausch Healt

EDP Brasil

Braserv

Work highlights

  • Assisted Copel Holding on the unbundling of its telecoms and energy assets followed by the divesting and privatisation of its telecoms subsidiary Copel Telecom.
  • Advised BNDES throughout the structuring, modelling and preparation process for the concession, through a PPP, for the public lighting services of the city of Macapá.
  • Advised EDP Brasil on its participation in the bidding procedure for the privatisation of CELG-T.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has a solid reputation for restructuring and insolvency work, where it represents a mix of creditors and debtors. This includes support on debt restructurings, judicial recoveries, DIP financings and distressed M&A. The team has experience across several key sectors, including oil and gas, shipping, agriculture, telecoms and logistics. Alexandre Gossn Barreto has a good reputation for banking work. Former practice head Fábio Rosas  and partner José Luis De Rosa Santos are no longer at the firm.

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Brasil

Oaktree Capital Management

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Baldacci Pharma

CCR

Brasil PCH/BSB Energética

AES GF1 Holding

Unipar Indupa do Brasil

GE Energias Renováveis

IFC – International Finance Corporation

Watson Farley & Williams

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management in the negotiations and litigation related to its entities’ rights under the voting of the amendment to the Oi Group judicial reorganisation plan.
  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on a debtor-in possession financing to LATAM Airlines Group as part of its Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Represented Archer Daniels Midland Company as creditor in the judicial reorganisation of Armando Bianchessi, a major rural producer.

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados regularly assists multinational and domestic clients in matters involving copyright and other IP assets, negotiations and drafting of media contracts. Mandates involving image rights, voice acting recordings, streaming and pay-TV distribution, advertising, and streaming are other core areas of activity for the team.The practice is led by Tania Liberman, who joined from KLA Advogados in October 2021. Since publication, former co-head Luiz Felipe Di Sessa left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tania Liberman

Testimonials

‘My experience has been with Tania Liberman. The fact that Cescon Barrieu hired her led us to see this committee as interesting, as well as, according to them, they profess diversity and governance practices that are in line with our company’s policies.’

Key clients

Cinemark Brasil

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Lionbridge Technologies

Newco Programadora e Produtora de Comunicação

Astarté Produtora

Terramare Consultoria, Projeto e Contrução de Aquários

Sony Music Entertainment

Alipay US

TC Traders Club

TMI Associates

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados‘ technology practice brings together a multidisciplinary group of venture capital, capital markets, M&A, IP and data protection practitioners to guide clients through complex technology transactions. The team excels particularly in technology transfer negotiations within the IT sector. Tania Liberman spearheads the practice, focusing on multi-jurisdictional contract negotiations involving technology and data protection issues. Luiz Felipe Di Sessa left the team in March 2022.

Key clients

Avalara

T-Systems Telecomunicações e Serviços

CargoX/Fretebras

Monkey Serviços de Tecnologia

TC Traders Club

Nubank

Méliuz

B3

Klingele Papierwerke

Work highlights

  • Advised Nubank regarding the acquisition of Olivia.
  • Advised T-Systems Telecomunicações e Serviços regarding its operations.
  • Supporting B3 in relation to its investments into Totvs Financial Services.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has experience defending clients in courts around the country and in Parliamentary Commission Inquiries (CPIs), and is also a popular choice for clients looking for criminal-law consultancy services. Although it is one of the firm’s newer areas – created in 2019 with the hire of white-collar criminal law expert Yuri Sahione – it has quickly established an active practice. Forming part of a full-service firm, Sahione and his team are able to collaborate with colleagues across the firm -particularly in the litigation and labour departments- and act as an integrated practice with the firm’s compliance group, in which Luciano Inácio De Souza is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Yuri Sahione

Key clients

Naturgy Energy Group

FMD Asset Management

Novo Horizonte Jacarepaguá Importação e Exportação

Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA)

SG Comércio Exterior

Klingele Paper Nova Campina

Eco Vendas de Material Elétrico

Baldacci Pharma

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in the unfreezing of the entire assets of its director, in the course of Operation “Encilhamento”.
  • Advised Novo Horizonte Jacarepagua Importação e Exportação on the restitution of assets that were seized in the course of an investigation connected to possible fraud in a public bid.
  • Acted for the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), in a police inquiry.

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

At Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, the environmental practice is best known for its track record in transactional work, where it assesses the potential environmental risks and liabilities of M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. Additionally, its practitioners are engaged in environmental lawsuits and administrative proceedings, guiding clients in negotiations with the Public Attorney’s Office and environmental agencies. Oil and gas, mining, energy, agribusiness, construction and electronics are core sectoral strengths for the team. Based in Belo Horizonte, Marcelo Moura and Maurício Pellegrino De Souza are recognised in the market as references in mining-related matters. Entirely devoted to environmental law, Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky stands out at the associate level for her proficiency in environmental disputes and environmental risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo; Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza

Key clients

ICL Group

Jaepel Papéis e Embalagens

Cosimat

Samarco

Cortel Holding

Bunge Group

Poli-Nutri Alimentos

Localiza Rent a Car and Locapar Participações e Administração

Vale

RUMO Logística

Usina Açucareira Ester

Work highlights

  • Advised ICL Group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Agro Fertilaquá Participações and of Compass Minerals América do Sul.
  • Advised Petz on a legal report describing the main findings of the due diligence performed on the target in the context of the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Zee Dog.
  • Advised CPPIB on a legal report describing the main findings of the due diligence performed on the target in the context of the merger of Votorantim Geração de Energia into VTRM Energia Participações.

Cescon Barrieu is one of Brazil’s leading law firms. The lawyers stand out for their strong commitment to the representation of clients’ interests and for their work in highly sophisticated, groundbreaking matters. The firm’s goal is to be the clients’ law firm of choice for their most complex legal matters and most strategic transactions and disputes.

Main areas of practice
Corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity: the firm is often retained by potential targets and boards of directors for representation in connection with mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, de-listings and other corporate transactions, as well as matters involving antitrust and anti-corruption laws. The M&A and private equity practices are recognized as Brazil’s leading practices by any measure. The clients come to the firm whenever the scope of a transaction, no matter how large or small, is strategic and the stakes are high.

Capital markets and investments funds: the capital markets team is recognized as Brazil’s most experienced and far-reaching. It represents the world’s leading financial institutions, public and private corporations, hedge funds, asset managers and entrepreneurs, in connection with their most complex domestic and cross-border securities transactions, including IPOs and other equity offers, tender offers, debt-offerings, derivatives, structured products, mutual funds, receivables funds and securitization.

Its vast experience with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) provides the firm with insight into important regulatory aspects of registered offers in Brazil that may be critical in successfully completing a transaction.

Banking and finance: the firm advises a wide range of clients in the roles of lenders, borrowers, trustees, rating agencies and others in connection with syndicated bank facilities, trade financing, leveraged investments, structured financing, DIP financing and derivatives. The firm also regularly represents clients who trade in banks and other financings in the secondary market, such as hedge funds and other asset managers.

Insolvency and restructuring: the team has wide-ranging experience in assisting clients in connection with complex debt workouts, corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, with a particular focus on representing financial creditors. The firm has vast experience in credit recovery, enforcement of collateral and other court-assisted proceedings in a wide range of industries.

Litigation and Arbitration:  the disputes team is recognized for its breadth of experience and talent at simplifying even the most complicated cases. We are retained by clients from all industries to litigate their most critical cases.

Our lawyers are specialized in high-stakes litigation involving M&A transactions, commercial contract disputes, environmental cases, and technology and IP litigation. We represent clients in international and domestic arbitrations. We have handled several landmark corporate arbitration cases and some of the most complex arbitrations in construction, infrastructure, M&A, technology, and other matters. Our lawyers are also retained to act as arbitrators, expert witnesses, and co-counsel in multi-jurisdiction arbitrations.

Our client list includes multinationals, private and public corporations, investment funds, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs who come to us for assistance with a variety of disputes.

Project finance: the project finance practice is recognized as a market leader in Brazil. The firm’s team has advised on groundbreaking transactions, such as the first greenfield limited recourse, cross-border project finance, the first non-recourse oil production-based project finance, the first cross-border project bond and the first cross-border oil royalty-backed bonds.

Infrastructure and project finance: the firm has a first-class practice in the development of infrastructure projects across all its sectors, such as energy, telecom, oil and gas, water and wastewater, ports and navigation, airports, railways, mining and toll roads. The firm provides advice on all phases of a project, from its conception to its financing, assisting companies in structuring projects, participating in bidding procedures and in claims with the regulatory agencies and granting authorities. The firm has a multidisciplinary team specialized in drafting and negotiating project contracts, such as EPC contracts, off-take contracts and O&M agreements, as well as in EPC contract management, assisting clients with managing claims during the construction.

Mining:  the team has a comprehensive knowledge of the sector’s entire production chain and in-depth expertise in dealing with its main players. We provide regulatory and negotiation counsel to mining and financing companies, in addition to regulatory and business advice to mining companies within M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions. The Cescon Barrieu team also advises autonomously on regulatory matters and contracts with joint venture partners, suppliers, or service providers.

The expertise of our mining lawyers, as well as their integration with all of our practice areas, enables our partners and associates to have a broader view of their projects, identifying possible structures and tailor made solutions for our clients and deals, always adhering to the highest quality standards.

Government relations: the firm combines corporate experience and strategic location in Brasilia to provide legal advice to clients in the dialogue between companies and the public sector. The firm’s objective is to translate to clients the main legislative issues and public policies and their respective impact over the economy and on the business sector. Clients include multinationals, domestic and foreign corporations, investment funds, financial institutions and entrepreneurs in several sectors such as health, pharmaceutical, mining, fertilizers and technology.

Antitrust: the firm combines broad experience in strategic corporate transactions with complex cartel investigations to form one of Brazil’s leading antitrust practice groups. The firm works closely with its M&A, private equity and litigation groups to represent clients in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border matters across all industries.

Compliance and anti-corruption: the firm advises on a wide range of compliance and anti-corruption matters, including investigations involving anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws. The compliance and anti-corruption lawyers help the firm’s clients identify and anticipate tendencies in regulatory standards that may be critical to their business.

Technology and intellectual property: the firm’s practice is recognized for advising clients in connection with complex IP and technology transactions. The team is also active in advising clients in a wide variety of regulatory matters faced by companies in the tech sector, including related to data protection and the legal framework for fintechs. Clients include technology and media companies, startups, retailers, venture capital and private equity funds, financial institutions, electronic platforms, serial investors and entrepreneurs.

Tax: tax has been the cornerstone of the firm’s practice since its inception. The team of experienced tax lawyers advises on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters in financings, acquisitions, mergers, investment funds and international trade, as well as financial products.

Labor: clients come to the firm’s labor law department for complex labor law issues rather than their day-to-day labor claims. The firm has over the years assisted clients with strategic and complex lawsuits, created compensation and incentive programs and assisted them in dealing with trade unions.

Real estate: the real estate practice is at the forefront of the marketplace. The firm advises a myriad of clients on some of the most complex and innovative real estate transactions, including land acquisitions, development, financing, joint ventures and restructurings.

Other areas of practice: Environmental, agribusiness, insurance and reinsurance, regulated industries such as power, oil and gas, renewable energy, maritime, transportation, logistics and shipping.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust Ricardo Gaillard
Antitrust Joyce Honda
Litigation and Arbitration Carlos Braga
Litigation and Arbitration Helena Abdo
Litigation and Arbitration Gabriel Seijo
Banking and finance Alexandre Barreto
Banking and finance Ronald Herscovici
Investment funds Igor Rego
Investment funds Eduardo Herszkowicz
Capital markets Joaquim Oliveira
Capital markets Eduardo Kuhlmann Abrantes
Capital markets Ana Paula Calil
Capital markets Daniel Laudisio
Compliance and anti-corruption Luciano Inácio de Souza
Corporate law and governance Marcos Rafael Flesch
Corporate law and governance Maria Cristina Cescon
Corporate law and governance Carlos Augusto Junqueira
Corporate law and governance Fernanda Bastos Buhatem
Corporate law and governance Roberto Pary
Corporate law and governance Ana Carolina Passos
Corporate law and governance Marina Prado
Corporate law and governance Darkson Galvão
Corporate law and governance Cristina Bueno
Infrastructure and Project Finance / Energy Roberto Lima
Infrastructure and Project Finance / Energy Rafael Baleroni
Infrastructure and Project Finance Maurício Santos
Infrastructure and Project Finance Fernando Gomes
Insolvency/restructuring Fábio Rosas
Labor Gisela da Silva Freire
Infrastructure and Project Finance Karin Yamauti
Real Estate Marcos Prado
Tax Roberto Barrieu
Tax Hugo Leal
Tax Rafael Santos
Tax Aldo de Paula Junior
Tax Renato Batiston
Tax André Alves de Melo
Tax Sarah Barbassa
Mining Marcelo Mendo
Corporate M&A / Capital Markets / Mining Frederico Rodrigues
Technology and IP Luiz Felipe Di Sessa
Of Counsel Alécia Bicalho
Of Counsel Mauricio Pellegrino
Corporate law and governance Fernanda Cirne Montorfano Gibson
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