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

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Cescon Barrieu has established a strong reputation for transactional work, and is regularly involved in major financings involving federal and state entities, as well as state-owned companies. Distressed debt has inevitably crept up the agenda in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the firm has already built a good standing through its work for debtors and creditors, including debt funds; the firm's advice to Oaktree Capital on its $2.3bn debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing to LATAM being a prime example. The team is respectively led out of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by versatile partners Ronald Herscovici and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos. Other key partners include Joaquim De OliveiraAna Paula Calil and Alexandre Gossn Barreto, who is active on the project finance side.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Herscovici; Maurício Teixeira dos Santos

Key clients

Banco Santander

Delta Airlines

Açucareira Quata

Banco do Brasil

Banco Bradesco

Bank of America

Banco BTG Pactual

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

Itaú Unibanco

Ambev

Capital markets Tier 1

'Always at the forefront of the legal market', Cescon Barrieu is a top choice in debt and equity capital markets, advising on the full range of products, from stock IPOs, cross-border issues, through to receivables securitisations. The practice stands out for its advice on groundbreaking listings, such as Brazil's first green bond, and typically handles matters with a multi-jurisdictional element, including SEC-registered transactions. The highly experienced Joaquim De Oliveira has a good track record representing underwriters, issuers and investors. Other key partners include the versatile Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, and practice head Daniel Laudisio, who is active on the regulatory side and represents several government-controlled companies and sovereign funds. The highly regarded Mariana Borges was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Laudisio

Testimonials

‘The firm has an excellent team of lawyers and is updated with the main trends in the market. I have been using the firm for several years and they are always at the forefront of the legal market, and have the ability to quickly meet the demands of clients.’

‘Joaquim Oliveira can bring professional solutions to complex situations, and is an excellent negotiator.  Daniel Laudisio is very competent and technically very good, delivering in situations that require technical and creative solutions.’

‘Mariana Borges is technically very good and a lawyer to closely monitor in the capital markets area.’

Key clients

SABESP

Eletrobras

Banco Bradesco BBI

Banco BTG Pactual

XP

Localiza

Enel

Ambev

Bank of America

Açucareira Quata

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Cescon Barrieu has a well-established reputation among the top M&A firms in Brazil, and continues to be involved in standout deals in the market. The team’s international experience makes it well placed to handle cross-border transactions, and its continued commitment to such matters was illustrated by its opening of a new office in Toronto in December 2020. Recently, the firm has taken key roles on a number of major deals in active sectors including education, healthcare and technology, in addition to the energy, mining and telecoms industries. The firm’s commitment to gender diversity is demonstrated by its balanced mix of women and men in the corporate department, among others. An important initiative is the firm’s association with the Incluir Direito – CESA project, which is in partnership with Mackenzie University and aims to increase the participation of black professionals in the legal sector. Its pro bono commitment is also of note; it has recently worked on a pro bono basis with WWF Brazil, GREEN4T, Iniciativa LIFT (a racial equality project which uses English language teaching as a tool for social mobility), Embrace Initiative (an education project for trans people) and Movimento Down. The sizeable team is jointly led by Maria Cristina Cescon and Marcos Rafael Flesch, and includes the ‘exceptionalRonald Herscovici, Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos and Marina da Silva Prado. Cristina de Freitas Bueno, who draws on former experience as an investment banker, Darkson Delmondes Galvão and corporate law and governance expert Fernanda Montorfano are also key contacts. Also of note is Tania Liberman, who joined from KLA Advogados in October 2021, bringing with her broad expertise in corporate law, IP and TMT.

Practice head(s):

Maria Cristina Cescon; Marcos Flesch

Testimonials

We have been working with them since 2019. They make a difference. They helped us build the company. They work with a lot of focus on the customer.’

Ronald Hescovich is the best corporate lawyer I have had the opportunity to work with. Exceptional.’

Key clients

Hypera

Enel Brasil

AES Tietê

Copagaz

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Smartfit

EDP Energias do Brasil

Carlyle

CDPQ – Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec

Brookfield

Leading firms Tier 1

With a national reputation that precedes it, Cescon Barrieu has also established itself as a leading law firm in Salvador, where it draws on the strong reputation of practice head and corporate law and dispute resolution expert Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo. Despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm remained busy in 2020 and 2021, particularly on the M&A side, where it represented the sellers in several high-value transactions. The Northeast office benefits from the firm's network, and also has a standalone practice that sees it advising large and mid-sized companies on corporate, commercial and data protection law. The team also excels in litigation and arbitration, and has recently represented several companies in high-stakes cases. Associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo

Testimonials

Technical quality in civil lawsuits and complex arbitration demands and availability.’

Gabriel Seijo is recommended.’

Mining Tier 1

Cescon Barrieu's team of mining law specialists regularly leads on high-stakes litigation, transactions and regulatory matters for domestic and international clients. A renowned figure in the mining sector, Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza leads the Belo Horizonte-based practice, which offers legal support to several of the most important mining companies operating in Brazil, as well as financial institutions involved in sector-related deals. The department stands out for its crisis management expertise and in-depth knowledge of regulations pertaining to the construction, operation and decommissioning of tailing dams. Paula Azevedo de Castro is highlighted for mining regulatory issues, which is also an area of expertise for the recently promoted Maurício Pellegrino de Souza. In addition to its strong track record in regulatory matters and administrative proceedings, the department is also engaged in high-value M&A and financing transactions involving mining assets; Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a name to note in this space.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza

Testimonials

‘The firm collaborates with us on issues related to the environment and mining law. Outstanding quality performance. Marcelo Mendo de Souza and Paula Azevedo are recommended for mining and environmental matters.’

‘The firm incorporated the Mendo Advogados law firm, bringing great expertise in mining law. Cescon’s business DNA made the mining team gain in agility and commercial knowledge. Cescon’s mining team is unique in the country.’

‘Personalised service. Lawyers always respond to demands quickly and inform the client when they are unable to meet the requested deadlines. I would also highlight the firm’s efficiency in proposing creative solutions to legal issues, always focused on resolving the case. Maurício Pellegrino and Paula Azevedo are great.’

‘The team’s technical expertise, especially on the subject of tailings dams, is outstanding. Paula Azevedo and Maurício Pellegrini are excellent.’ 

‘Strong technical knowledge. Maurício Pellegrino has a high level of knowledge of environmental and mining matters.’

Key clients

Vale Group

Samarco

Anglo American

Braskem

Gerdau

Kinross Gold Corporation

ArcelorMittal

Votorantim Group

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

InterCement

Natural resources and regulation Tier 1

Combining an impressive track record in transactional matters with in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues, Cescon Barrieu fields a mining and environment practice that stands out in the national market. The team acts for some of the most important mining companies operating in Brazil and has specialist expertise in regulatory matters related to the construction, operation and decommissioning of tailings dams. In addition, the department provides comprehensive environmental law advice to its corporate client base, encompassing due diligence, litigation, administrative proceedings and environmental licensing. Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza is a prominent mining lawyer, who focuses on regulatory, environmental and transactional matters. Transactions are also an area of activity for Frederico Viana Rodrigues, while Maurício Pellegrino de Souza is noted for his expertise in mining regulations. Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky is a key contact for environmental disputes; she is based in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza; Frederico Viana Rodrigues; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza; Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky

Testimonials

‘Cescon Barrieu stands out for its expertise in the areas of Mining and Environmental Law. The team obtains excellent results in the advisory and litigation spheres. Lawyers are highly qualified and have an in-depth understanding of the company’s business, which facilitates our relationship.’

‘Cescon incorporated Mendo Advogados, combining its great expertise in mining with its business DNA.’

‘Cescon Barrieu’s team is able to understand exactly the client’s needs and, considering the time we have been working together, is part of the client’s own team.’

‘The team at Cescon Barrieu is highly qualified. Maurício Pellegrino is recommended for Mining and Environmental Law in general.’

Key clients

Vale Group

Samarco

Anglo American

Braskem

Gerdau

Kinross Gold Corporation

ArcelorMittal

Votorantim Group

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

InterCement

ICL Group

Plano & Plano Construções e Empreendimentos

Alfa Corretora de Câmbio e Valores Mobiliários

Ocean Pact Serviços Marítimos

Cortel Holding

Bunge Group

Poli-Nutri Alimentos

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Cescon Barrieu is singled out for its ability to handle high-value financing and capital markets transactions across a variety of regulated sectors, such as mining, energy, telecoms and healthcare. The practice combines extensive experience in cross-border deals with a thorough knowledge of the local business scenario, and is prepared to assist clients engaged in corporate restructuring, joint ventures, M&A and corporate governance. Practice head Frederico Viana Rodrigues is frequently sought after by clients partaking in equity and debt capital market transactions, acquisitions and private equity deals. Other key individuals include recently promoted partners Júlia Lobo and Alice Brandão, the latter of whom has substantial experience in public offerings. Eduardo Menezes focuses on mergers, joint ventures, and stock and asset deals.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Viana Rodrigues

Key clients

Grupo Localiza

Grupo Unidas

Banco BS2

Meliuz

Premium Saúde

AG7 Group

Algar Telecom

Biomm

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP

Flex Gestão de Relacionamentos

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The competition department at Cescon Barrieu goes from strength to strength. Noted for its 'exceptional service', the team is well versed in merger filings, where it has a significant market share, including in complex cases and those requiring remedies negotiations. Among the department's recent standout cases was its representation of Copagaz in the merger filing related to the high-profile acquisition of state-run Petrobras’ former subsidiary Liquigás for R$3.7bn. Another key pillar of its practice is conduct cases, where it has developed an active practice representing clients - including major Brazilian companies - in sensitive investigations and administrative proceedings. Joyce Midori Honda is a 'spectacular, committed and available professional'; she co-leads the practice alongside 'excellent antitrust practitionerRicardo Lara Gaillard. Senior associate Leonardo Mansur Lunardi Danesi is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Midori Honda; Ricardo Lara Gaillard

Testimonials

The office provides an exceptional service, with excellent cost-benefit and a lot of technical knowledge.’

Joyce Honda is a spectacular, committed and available professional. Much technical knowledge, highly recommended!

Working with us for 10 years, the team shows consistent technical, strategic competence, with anticipation of scenarios, real case studies in a strategic way and in order to achieve the best results. In all this time, it presents a high level of performance, giving priority to transparency and technical competence. In 10 years we have never had a disappointing result.’

They are super responsive, very committed and hardworkers.

Ricard Gaillardo – he is an excellent antitrust practitioner. He understands very well the needs of the clients and has an excellent antitrust knowledge. He also has a very good understanding of how the authority (CADE) opearates.’

Ricardo Gaillard is the brilliant and strategic mind behind success in service. Technically competent and also in the necessary soft skills for better service, such as inter-relational skills, strategic communication and a sense of timing, has shown a sense of partnership.’

Key clients

Copagaz

Edenred Group

Hypera Pharma

BNP Paribas

ADIA

Engeform

Valeo

LafargeHolcim

Smart Fit

Bionovis

Hydrocarbons Tier 2

Cescon Barrieu stands out for its broad financing and transactional capabilities in the oil and gas sector, where it has an impressive track record that includes major financings for drilling rigs and oil platforms operating in Brazilian waters. Additionally, the practice is adept at assisting with an array of mandates involving oil and gas players, including tax and regulatory issues, contract negotiation and environmental law. Based in Rio de Janeiro, the hydrocarbons group is proficient in upstream and downstream mandates, and receives instructions from domestic and international banks, financial institutions, E&P companies and private equity firms, among others. Rafael Baleroni is one of the key points of contact for foreign clients in relation to upstream asset sales, contractual disputes, financing and equity investments. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, whose experience covers M&A, tender offers and offshore assets, leads the infrastructure and project finance team.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Teixeira dos Santos; Rafael Baleroni

Testimonials

‘Great expertise of Brazil’s O&G regulatory framework. Empathetic, attends clients’ urgent matters, has fresh ideas in difficult issues, a very professional team. I had the chance of working with Rafael Baleroni.’

‘The team is extremely capable. It is always available. They are able to take risks. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni are capable of leading an exceptional team.’

‘Quality of the final product, lawyers and partners are always well-informed and able to discuss issues without the need for extensive research. We worked with Mauricio Santos and Rafael Baleroni.’

‘Cescon Barrieu is a totally “client-driven” firm, able to understand the immediate needs of the client with a clear sense of priority and timing, without compromising the quality of the final product. Maurício Santos is the commander of a highly qualified team. Rafael Baleroni is an expert in the entire O&G chain, and stands out for his extensive knowledge in various sectors.’

Key clients

Shell Brasil

Magni Partners

Associação Brasileira de Produtores Independentes de Petróleo e Gás – ABPIP

GeoPark Limited and its Brazilian subsidiary

Seadrill Limited and its Brazilian subsidiaries

ING Bank

Copagaz – Distribuidora de Gás

Klaipedos Nafta Oil (KN)

PetroRio

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Labour Tier 2

The labour and employment team at Cescon Barrieu handles a broad range of non-contentious matters, including hiring and termination processes, and works in close collaboration with the firm's M&A and capital markets departments on due diligence procedures. Typical mandates also include collective bargaining and class actions involving labour disputes. Lucas Caldas is a key practitioner in the Belo Horizonte office.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Cescon Barrieu is a popular destination for banking and financial services clients engaged in project financing transactions across a variety of sectors, including energy, transport, water and sanitation. The group brings together lawyers whose areas of expertise cut across public law, regulatory issues, capital markets, tax and litigation, and has the capability to assist clients throughout all steps of project development. Based in Rio de Janeiro, practice head Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is experienced in the full array of infrastructure and projects matters, ranging from financings to tender offers, M&A and development issues. Other key individuals in the infrastructure and project finance team include Rafael Baleroni in Rio de Janeiro, and Roberto Mario Amaral Lima Neto and Fernando de Melo Gomes in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Maurício Teixeira dos Santos

Testimonials

‘They are able to work on a variety of corporate matters and can also rely on their litigation team when issues arise during the diligence process.’

‘Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is always open to working towards jointly finding solutions and understands the complexities of international financings so his advice is practical and not focused on solutions that only work in Brazil. Mauricio is always available to join calls.’

Key clients

Magni Partners

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

IDB- Inter-American Development Bank

Copel Holding

SABESP

Elecnor

Enel X

Evoltz

OceanPact

Banco Bradesco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Itaú Unibanco

ING Bank

Compliance Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu stands out for its comprehensive expertise in compliance programmes and risk assessments, and receives plaudits for its 'flawless work'. In investigations, the full-service firm is able to field a multi-disciplinary team, covering compliance, criminal, competition, labour and data protection law. The firm's commitment to pro bono and corporate social responsibility is another key feature of its practice, with one client commenting that 'its greatest innovation is the understanding of social responsibility as an important factor in its work'. The team is jointly led by compliance and white-collar criminal law expert Yuri Sahione and Luciano Inácio de Souza, who has vast experience advising Brazilian and international clients on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programmes and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza; Yuri Sahione

Testimonials

The Cescon Barrieu team is able to understand exactly the client’s needs and, considering the time we’ve already been working together, places itself as part of the client’s own team, which ensures belonging and accuracy in relation to the client to meet our demands.’

Flawless work, has developed our entire compliance programme with excellence.’

Dedication and attention from the responsible partner, Yuri Sahione, throughout the work.’

I’d highlight Yuri Sahione for the knowledge of the subject and attention given.’

In the compliance team, Luciano Inácio de Souza and Natalia Nastri were our contact persons who guided us with a high level and incredible dedication.’

Key clients

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

Attend Ambiental

Naturgy Energy Group

Abralatas

Grupo SBF

Engie

Braskem

Alibaba Group

Grupo CCR

Celeo Redes

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu's dispute resolution group based in the Belo Horizonte office has a strong profile in the mining sector, and also has substantial experience in representing Brazilian and international clients in litigation arising from environmental, corporate and contractual disputes. Arbitration also features on the department's caseload, especially in the context of M&A transactions, real estate and infrastructure contracts. Luiz Nardy is the main contact in Belo Horizonte; his key specialisms include environmental and mining disputes.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Nardy

Testimonials

‘The practice is composed of lawyers with a lot of emphasis on the business area. This characteristic conveys confidence in the quality and agility of the work. The team has extensive expertise in litigation and great knowledge of the region of Minas Gerais. This knowledge was essential for us to be able to reach an agreement in an important lawsuit.’

‘The lawyers always respond to demands quickly. I would also highlight the team’s efficiency in proposing creative solutions to legal demands, always focused on resolving the case.’

‘Cescon Barrieu is an office of excellence in Belo Horizonte. It is always my first choice in strategic demands. The team that works in the resolution of disputes in Belo Horizonte has in-depth knowledge of the market and business. Its professionals are extremely capable. They are agile, without neglecting knowledge and security.’

‘The firm has a unique service, with theses that are always up-to-date, and expertise on the topics, aligned with solutions and proactivity in delivering the work. It stands out for its integrated and fast communication.’

Key clients

Vale

Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil

Nexa Recursos Minerais

RHI Magnesita

Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos e Gestão de Frotas

Uber do Brasil Tecnologia

Localiza Rent a Car

Hipolabor Farmacêutica

Via Ouro Coletivos

Grupo Plena

Mineração Morro do Ipê

Biomm

Codeme Engenharia

Samarco Mineração

Grupo Herculano

Unidas

Celulose Nipo-Brasileira

Intercement Brasil

Sul Americana de Metáis

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

The arbitration team at Cescon Barrieu is particularly skilled in contractual, corporate and M&A-related disputes. It works closely with other practices within the firm - such as the M&A, infrastructure and banking departments - to assist domestic and multinational clients in arbitration proceedings in Brazil and abroad. Cases involving construction, environmental law and government contracts are other areas of activity for the team, which is jointly led by Carlos David Albuquerque Braga, who specialises in corporate disputes, Helena Abdo, a key contact for mediation, and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, whose experience includes acting as counsel and arbitrator in proceedings involving M&A and contractual conflicts. Mauricio Fabbri also focuses on contentious matters involving corporate contracts and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Excellent services.’ 

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has visibly contributed to obtaining the best results for the company, carrying out its activities on behalf of the company with transparency, agility and in strict compliance with our guidelines.’

‘Helena Abdo and Gabriel Seijo are great.’

‘Helena Abdo Associate has in-depth legal knowledge of arbitration proceedings.’

Cescon is an office that has a multidisciplinary team that addresses all areas of law with excellence. They are extremely capable, with a vision of the market and the ability to solve complex problems. They are one of the reference offices in arbitration, with a lot of knowledge and experience on the subject.’

I worked with Maurício Fabbri, a young partner with a lot of disposition and knowledge in the area. I also worked with Gabriel Seijo, a partner who has unrivaled legal knowledge and who stands out for his technical capacity. Finally, I recommend Carlos Braga, a partner with extensive experience in arbitration and a reference in the firm, whose ability to solve complex problems stands out in the market.’

Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Showcasing particular strength in contractual and M&A-related disputes, Cescon Barrieu offers representation to domestic and international clients, most notably investment funds, public companies and financial institutions, in complex litigation. Furthermore, the team's caseload is populated by a diverse range of contentious matters, including those involving construction, infrastructure, public procurement, environmental and consumer law issues. Focusing on corporate conflicts, Carlos David Albuquerque Braga jointly leads the department with four other key practitioners: Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo is seen with great regularity handling contractual and post-M&A disputes, while restructuring and insolvency mandates are Fábio Rosas' key specialism. Helena Abdo, who excels in procedural matters and mediation, is highly regarded by clients, and Mauricio Fabbri is a key contact for both Brazilian and foreign companies.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Fábio Rosas; Helena Abdo; Maurício Fabbri

Testimonials

‘Cohesive and responsive litigation team.’

‘Helena Abdo and her team have provided excellent services for our company in handling a critical regulatory / public law case. We have so far obtained the best possible result in the lawsuit, and her craft has been instrumental in reaching such great results.’

‘The firm is attentive and always very helpful. In addition, it stands out in the legal scene for providing an excellent service, with speed, care and cutting-edge advice. Gabriel Seijo and Helena Najjar Abdo are recommended.’

‘The entire team actively engages in our cases.  There are other professionals from the Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados law firm who also stand out, however, Helena Abdo is fantastic.’

Key clients

Smartfit Group

SMTC Participações

JEA Participações

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

Alipay Singapore E-Commerce

Electricity (and renewable energy) Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu offers support to major Brazilian and international companies and banks on the full spectrum of electricity matters. Clients not only seek advice on regulatory issues, M&A transactions and project finance, but also engage the team in relation to public infrastructure projects and procurement. Other areas of focus include self-generation and distributed generation projects, as well as the development of transmission assets. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos oversees the nationwide infrastructure and projects department, while Roberto Mario Amaral Lima Neto leads on project financing and regulatory matters pertaining to the power industry. Lenders, concessionaires, power trading players and sponsors regularly turn to Alexandre Leal Ribeiro Leite for assistance with M&A, financing and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Teixeira dos Santos; Roberto Mario Amaral Lima

Testimonials

‘The firm has a qualified team that allows it to advise companies with quality and speed. Mauricio Santos and Alexandre Leite are recommended.’

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados assists us in the regulatory area of the Brazilian Electricity Sector. All the analyses presented by the team so far were very successful. Roberto Lima is a professional with a high degree of quality, who always meets our demands very quickly, in addition to being knowledgeable of our business.’

‘The firm is among the best in Brazil, with a team of lawyers who know how to listen carefully to the client and provide customised solutions for complex problems.’

Key clients

Enel Group

Cia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

Etepa – Empresa Transmissora de Energia do Pará

Elecnor do Brasil

Insole Energia Solar

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Neoenergia

Banco Itaú BBA

AES Brasil

EDP Energias do Brasil

Government relations Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu' Brasília office is equipped to assist clients in regulatory, antitrust, compliance and government relations matters. Its clients include companies, associations and NGOs, which seek the team's assistance in interactions with the government and National Congress, and the team's broad consultancy service sees it regularly advising clients on pending legislative proposals and public policies, and risk assessments. Practice head Luciano Inácio de Souza is highlighted for his 'incredible dedication'; he balances a broad practice with an emphasis on compliance, white-collar criminal law and government relations. João Paulo Dornelas is a key contact at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza

Testimonials

The Cescon Barrieu team is able to understand exactly the client’s needs and, considering the time we’ve already been working together, places itself as part of the client’s own team, which ensures belonging and accuracy in relation to the client to meet our demands.’

In the Brasília team, Luciano Inácio de Souza was our contact person who guided us with a high level and incredible dedication.’

Key clients

GlobalStar do Brasil

ID_BR

Movimento Down

NewMotors

World Wildlife Fund – WWF

PROTESTE – Consumer Organisation

Labour and employment Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu added weight to its labour and employment team following the recruitment of well-respected partner Dario Abrahão Rabay from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados; he brings a broad range of expertise, including in high-level litigation and advice on union-related issues. He joins the similarly versatile Gisela da Silva Freire, who regularly advises domestic and international clients on collective labour disputes and consultancy matters, including collective negotiations. The team's clients include employers from across a range of sectors, including technology, manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceuticals and charity. The team is especially experienced in executive compensation schemes, and recruitment and dismissal matters. Viviane de Azevedo Rodrigues is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Gisela da Silva Freire; Dario Abrahão Rabay

Testimonials

‘Good focus on the client’s business.’

‘Gisela Freire and Viviane Rodrigues: rapid, agile and focused on business.’

‘Gisela Freire is excellent. She responds to queries quickly and objectively, with  knowledge in the area. Gisela is also very specialised in conducting collective bargaining with unions.’

Key clients

Akamai Tecnologias e Serviços do Brasil

Intel Corporation

Adler Pelzer Group

Invepar

Grupo Assa

Valid

WWF Brasil

Avalara

Publicis Groupe

Fundação São Paulo (PUC/SP)

Verzani & Sandrini

Alibaba

Blau Farmacêutica

Companhia de Bebidas da América – Ambev

Bank of America

Nike do Brasil Comércio e Participações

Hypera

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa Balcão.

GE Renewable Energy

T4F Entretenimento

Real estate Tier 3

The full-service real estate team at Cescon Barrieu regularly represents investors in sales, acquisitions, lease agreements and development projects. Marcos Lopes Prado is well known for his work in complex real estate deals, including related M&A and finance. 2020 saw the firm advising on several high-value mandates, including the R$1bn sale of a commercial tower block in São Paulo. The practice also acted on several significant deals in the logistics and retail sectors, including the acquisition of stakes in several major shopping centres.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Lopes Prado

Testimonials

‘High dedication and availability of the partner and the senior associate combined with access to other specialised partners when needed make a team that can work fast and efficiently because the key persons really know all aspects and angles of the case.’

‘The real estate team provided a very good service. They met our demands in a technically and well-structured way. In addition, we were able to count on other staff to advise us on different levels such  taxation, litigation and corporate.’

‘Marcos Lopes Prado – experienced and with vast and positive track record in the market.’

Key clients

Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia Caixa Cyrela

BTG Pactual

General Shopping & Outlets do Brasil

General Shopping & Outlets do Brasil

Goldman Sachs and Alianza Negócios Imobiliários

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

BR Properties

Companhia de Participações Aliança da Bahia

Vale

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu is noted for its significant experience in major restructurings and bankruptcies. The firm has a good track record advising debtors and creditors on credit recovery proceedings, judicial and extrajudicial reorganisations, and distressed asset transactions across a range of key sectors, including oil and gas, shipping, infrastructure and telecoms. Practice head Fábio Rosas handles disputes and strategic advisory matters. Other key team members include banking partner Alexandre Gossn Barreto and highly rated senior associate José Luis de Rosa Santos.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Rosas

Testimonials

‘Jose Luis de Rosa, Roberto Lima and Fabio Rosas have a great understanding of the commercial issues involved in a restructuring.’

‘The team is always available to meet us and take our questions objectively, besides always demonstrating a great knowledge of the details of the case.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Brasil

Oaktree Capital Management

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Baldacci Pharma

CCR

Brasil PCH

BSB Energética

Unipar Indupa do Brasil

GE Energias Renováveis

IFC – International Finance Corporation

Tax advisory Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu has a deep and comprehensive tax offering, both in terms of geography and expertise. Lawyers in the Rio de Janeiro office are tapped into the oil and gas industry, while the Minas Gerais practice is active in matters involving mining-sector clients. The team is active on the litigation side, particularly partners Aldo de Paula Junior and Hugo Barreto Sodre Leal. Contentious tax support to clients in the pharmaceutical and energy industries has also kept the firm especially busy in recent years. The firm's highly regarded corporate practice also ensures a steady flow of structuring advice. Versatile practice head Roberto Barrieu handles a mix of litigation and consultancy matters, while Sarah Mila Barbassa is particularly strong in indirect tax.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Barrieu

Testimonials

‘The firm has an extremely qualified team and the work is done with competence, transparency and great professionalism.’

‘Exceptional technical knowledge and good understanding of the corporate environment allow Cescon Barrieu to quickly understand the needs of its customers.’

‘Its professionals are highly committed to the deadlines required by the client and are constantly proposing new theses to reduce the tax burden.’

‘The team is extremely committed and capable in providing agile solutions. They were able to provide strategic advice to us for an important project within the company in terms of revenue.’

‘Hugo Leal  has a great knowledge of finance and accounting, which allows a more effective exchange of information between clients and the office, as well as the determination of the most appropriate solution.’

‘Sarah Barbassa was accessible at all times and with speed in responses. Her level of technical and market knowledge in relation to the topics we addressed was essential to the success of the operations we worked together.’

‘Roberto Barrieu is always willing to meet the needs of the company quickly, with a full view of the business of the company engaged with tax legislation.’

‘André Alves de Melo and Rodrigo Bevilaqua are very competent, transparent in all lawsuits and consultations prepared for our company. Both demonstrate a constant pursuit of providing the best possible service and tailored to customer needs.’

Key clients

State Grid

Associação Brasileira dos Produtores

Independentes de Petróleo e Gás – ABPIP

EDP Energias do Brasil

Hypera Pharma

Megatelecom Telecomunicações

Carl Zeiss Vision Brasil

União de Lojas Leader

Indorama Ventures Group

Eleva Educação Group

Rio Energy

Transport: Shipping Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu's shipping practice works out of the firm's infrastructure and project finance group. The bulk of its work is non-contentious, and the team is well regarded for its dry shipping contractual expertise, covering financings, shipbuilding and charter agreements. The firm also acts for several drilling contractors on offshore mandates involving shipyards and oil companies. Rafael Baleroni leads the offshore, shipping and maritime practice, with the highly rated Maurício Teixeira dos Santos handling the infrastructure and project finance side.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Teixeira dos Santos; Rafael Baleroni

Testimonials

‘Excellent pro-active and experienced team – one of our go-to firms in Brazil.’

‘Mauricio dos Santos is highly experienced and gives very well considered legal advice within a strong understanding of the commercial background. Rafael Baleroni is also very clear in his advice.’

‘We work mainly with Rafael Baleroni and Mauricio Santos. They are both highly sophisticated and very responsive practitioners of the highest order.’

Key clients

Bourbon Offshore Marítima

Magni Partners

Oceanpact Serviços Marítimos

Empresa de Navegação Elcano

Seadrill Limited

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Bank

Kookmin Bank

Nonghyup Bank

The Export-Import Bank of Korea

Industrial Bank of Korea

The Korea Development Bank

Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance

Tax Tier 4

Cescon Barrieu excels in advisory work pertaining to tax planning and transactional matters. The Belo Horizonte tax team predominantly receives instructions from mining clients in relation to Brazilian Mining Royalty (CFEM) issues, and is also adept at advising on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations. The firm's network of offices work closely together: Rio de Janeiro-based partners André Alves de Melo and Rafael Santos lead the nationwide team alongside Renato Batiston in São Paulo and Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza in Belo Horizonte. Paula Azevedo de Castro, who focuses on mining taxation, is another tax practitioner to note in Belo Horizonte.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza; André Alves de Melo; Rafael Garcia Rodrigues dos Santos; Renato Batiston

Testimonials

‘Technical quality in highly complex tax cases.’

‘It is very important to highlight not only the technical capacity and experience of the lawyers, but mainly their ability to solve problems, always expressing their opinions clearly, which greatly facilitates decision making.’

‘High quality service.’

‘André Melo and Rafael Santos are two extremely competent professionals. Their knowledge complements each other, as André has a lot of experience in litigation and Rafael in consulting.’

Key clients

Kinross Brasil Mineração

AVG Mineração

InterCement Brasil

EMATEX Industrial e Comercial Textil

Unidas

Samarco Mineração

Hipolabor

Banco B2

CSN – Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional

ANAV – Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos

TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4

The technology practice at Cescon Barrieu brings together experts in capital markets, M&A, venture capital, IP and data protection, who focus on the negotiation of complex agreements in the IT sector. Recent highlights also demonstrate the team’s strength in assisting with technology transfers and mandates involving fintech clients. Luiz Felipe Di Sessa is skilled in handling the data protection and technology aspects of M&A transactions and partnership agreements. He leads the department, which also counts on the expertise of IP specialist Julia Costa Diniz. The department was given a further boost with the arrival of IP, TMT and corporate law specialist Tania Liberman from KLA Advogados in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Felipe Di Sessa

Testimonials

‘The availability, prompt and personalised service are factors that we value, in addition to the high level of knowledge, commitment, technique and mastery of the subject.’

‘The team serves us purposefully, innovating and bringing new solutions to our demands. Luiz Felipe Di Sessa is recommended.’

Key clients

Avalara

Mitsui (Brasil)

Méliuz

Monkey Serviços de Tecnologia

Colégio Marista

Colégio Anchieta

Grupo de Valorização à Educação

Enauta

Cubico

Ecology

White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

The compliance, white-collar and investigations team at Cescon Barrieu combines Yuri Sahione's extensive white-collar criminal law expertise with Luciano Inácio de Souza's broad specialism in compliance. Sahione is well versed in providing risk management and preventive advisory services, as well as representation in litigation before state and federal courts, or in Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry (CPI), and the team counts major Brazilian and international companies and their executives among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Yuri Sahione

Key clients

Naturgy Brasil

FMD Asset Management

NHJ do Brasil

Método Engenharia

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)

Environment Tier 5

Cescon Barrieu is rated for its ability to advise domestic and international clients on environmentally sensitive M&A deals, capital markets and financing transactions, licensing procedures and environmental litigation. Key players in the oil and gas, mining, agribusiness, infrastructure and construction industries instruct the team on an array of advisory and contentious matters, including cases before regulatory agencies and the judiciary. The team is jointly led by three practitioners: mining experts Marcelo Mendo and Maurício Pellegrino de Souza, who are based in Belo Horizonte, and Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky in São Paulo, who excels in due diligence and environmental disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza; Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky

Testimonials

‘Cescon Barrieu’s team is able to understand exactly the client’s needs. In the Environment team, Rebeca Stefanini Pavlowski was our main contact and guided us with incredible dedication.’

‘The practice offers personalised services. The lawyers respond to queries quickly and, when they are unable to meet the requested internal deadlines, they inform the company. I would also highlight their efficiency in proposing creative solutions to legal demands, always focused on resolving the case.’

‘Maurício Pellegrino de Souza is recommended.’

Key clients

ICL Group

Plano & Plano Construções e Empreendimentos

Alfa Corretora de Câmbio e Valores Mobiliários

Ocean Pact Serviços Marítimos

Cortel Holding

Bunge Group

Poli-Nutri Alimentos

Localiza Rent a Car and Locapar Participações e Administração

Vale

RUMO Logística, a member of COSAN Group

IMA Industria de Madeira Imunizada

Usina Açucareira Ester

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Helena Abdo  photo Mrs Helena Abdo Partner
 Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira  photo Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira Founding partner
Mr Carlos David Albuquerque Braga  photo Mr Carlos David Albuquerque Braga Partner
Mrs Sarah Mila Barbassa  photo Mrs Sarah Mila Barbassa Partner
Mr Hugo Barreto Sodre Leal  photo Mr Hugo Barreto Sodre Leal Partner
Mr Roberto Barrieu photo Mr Roberto Barrieu Founding partner
Mr Renato Batiston  photo Mr Renato Batiston Partner
Mrs Ana Paula Calil  photo Mrs Ana Paula Calil Partner
Mrs Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos  photo Mrs Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos Partner
Mrs Maria Cristina Cescon  photo Mrs Maria Cristina Cescon Founding partner
 Darkson Delmondes Galvão  photo Darkson Delmondes Galvão Partner
Mr Luiz Felipe Di Sessa  photo Mr Luiz Felipe Di Sessa Associate
Mr Marcos Rafael Flesch  photo Mr Marcos Rafael Flesch Founding partner
Mr Alexandre Gossn Barreto  photo Mr Alexandre Gossn Barreto Founding partner
Mr Ronald Herscovici  photo Mr Ronald Herscovici Founding partner
 Eduardo José Herszkowicz  photo Eduardo José Herszkowicz Partner
Mr Ricardo Lara Gaillard  photo Mr Ricardo Lara Gaillard Partner
Mr Daniel Laudisio  photo Mr Daniel Laudisio Partner
Mr Marcos Lopes Prado  photo Mr Marcos Lopes Prado Partner
Mrs Joyce Midori Honda  photo Mrs Joyce Midori Honda Partner
Mr Igor Rego  photo Mr Igor Rego Partner
 Fábio Rosas  photo Fábio Rosas Partner
Mrs Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky  photo Mrs Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky Associate
Mrs Gisela da Silva Freire  photo Mrs Gisela da Silva Freire Partner
Mrs Marina da Silva Prado  photo Mrs Marina da Silva Prado Partner
Mrs Cristina de Freitas Bueno  photo Mrs Cristina de Freitas Bueno Partner
Mr Fernando de Melo Gomes  photo Mr Fernando de Melo Gomes Partner
Mr Aldo de Paula Junior  photo Mr Aldo de Paula Junior Partner
Other fee-earners : 185
English
Partners : 44

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.

International Work: The firm’s international practice includes international finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, banking and finance, structured finance, project finance and international tax planning. We are the first Brazilian full-service law firm with a leading metals and mining practice and an office in Toronto, Canada. The integrated work between the offices in Brazil and Canada will initially contemplate business opportunities in the Mining, Infrastructure, Energy, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, ESG, Technology & Fintech, and Medicinal Cannabis sectors.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
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 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 Rafael Baleroni
Infrastructure and Project Finance / Energy Maurício Santos
Infrastructure and Project Finance / Energy Fernando Gomes
Insolvency/restructuring Fábio Rosas
Labor Dario Rabay
Labor Gisela da Silva Freire
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
Mining Mauricio Pellegrino
Corporate M&A / Capital Markets / Mining Frederico Rodrigues
Public Law Mário Saadi
Technology and IP Luiz Felipe Di Sessa
Technology and IP Tania Liberman
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