Cescon Barrieu > Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil > Firm Profile

Cescon Barrieu
Rod Stael Mary Bicalho Motta Magalhães
521 - 15º andar
CEP 30320-760
Belo Horizonte, MG

Brazil > Banking and finance

Cescon Barrieu is a top choice for transactional and regulatory banking and finance matters, where it offers a comprehensive range of expertise. Showcasing an impressive track record in cross-border financings, including advice on high-value public sector loans, the firm is regularly engaged by borrowers and lenders in large-cap acquisition and structured financings, refinancings and trade finance agreements. The group’s regulatory expertise also makes it a popular destination for fintech and payments-related advice. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is a key contact for major banks, corporates, funds and multilateral agencies. In São Paulo, Alexandre Gossn Barreto leads on regulatory matters, while Daniel Laudisio is particularly active on the transactional side. Ana Paula Calil is no longer at the firm. Alexandre Vargas stands out at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Laudisio; Mauricio Santos; Alexandre Barreto

Key clients

Banco Santander

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce – CIBC

Ant Group / Alipay Brazil


Banco Bradesco

Bank of America

Federação Brasileira de Bancos – FEBRABAN

Natura & Co Pay

Algar Telecom

Itaú Unibanco

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP

BRK Ambiental

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Work highlights

  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank, Goldman Sachs Bank USA and other members of the syndicate of lenders on the Latam Airlines DIP to exit financing, which enabled the airline to emerge from Chapter 11.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management (through its SPV Cedar Locações e Investimentos) on the financing for the acquisition of Unidas Locadora from Localiza.
  • Engaged by Federação Brasileira de Bancos – FEBRABAN to advise on regulatory and corporate matters in connection with the implementation and permanent operation of the Open Finance (formerly Open Banking) infrastructure in Brazil.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

Cescon Barrieu possesses a market-leading capital markets practice that offers a comprehensive service across various product types, encompassing equity, debt, and securitisations. The team has lawyers spread throughout its Brazilian network capable of representing issuers and underwriters, including major domestic and international financial institutions and corporates from across a wide range of sectors. The firm is well versed in cross-border deals, and has played a prominent role on some of the largest transactions to hit the debt capital markets. Alexandre Gossn Barreto, who is active in local and international DCM deals and securitisations, and Daniel Laudisio, who manages a diverse workload featuring equity and debt transactions, jointly lead the department. Up-and-coming partners include Eduardo Kuhlmann Abrantes, Mariana Borges, and the recently promoted Marcelo Moura. Joaquim De Oliveira is no longer at the firm. Vitor Henrique Pagani Arantes, the former head of Mello Torres' banking and finance practice, joined the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Laudisio; Alexandre Barreto


‘Personalised service.’

‘The team is very good, knows the CVM rules well and can help with any questions that arise throughout the process.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras  – Eletrobras.

Localiza Fleet

JP Morgan

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP.

Algar Telecom


XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Banco BTG Pactual


Morgan Stanley

Petro Rio

Banco Itaú BBA

Transmissora Aliança Energia Elétrica  – Taesa

Banco Bradesco BBI

General Shopping e Outlets do Brasil

UBS Brasil, Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Açucareira Quatá

Usina Coruripe Açúcar e Álcool


Work highlights

  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank, Goldman Sachs Bank USA and other members of the syndicate of agents on two issuance of notes by Latam Airlines, in the context of its DIP to exit financing, which enabled Latam Airlines to emerge from Chapter 11.
  • Advised Coruripe Netherlands on the issuance and sale of senior secured notes, guaranteed by the company and GTW Agronegócios.
  • Advised Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras  – Eletrobras on its first issuance of commercial notes worth R$6bn.

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

One of the first ports of call in Belo Horizonte for major mining clients, the team at Cescon Barrieu stands out for its extensive experience in financing transactions in this space. On the transactional front, the firm also fields strong credentials in M&A deals and joint ventures; crisis management, judicial litigation and administrative disputes also feature on the workload. Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza specialises in mining, regulatory and environmental matters, while Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a key contact for project finance and corporate transactions. Paula Azevedo De Castro and Maurício Pellegrino De Souza are other key individuals, who regularly assist mining clients.

Work highlights

City focus - Salvador > Leading firms Tier 1

A popular ‘choice for sell-side M&A‘, Cescon Barrieu combines ‘the strength of a firm with national reach and a strong local presence in Salvador‘. Besides its strong capabilities in business transactions, the Salvador-based team is often instructed by multinationals, domestic corporations, investment funds, financial institutions and entrepreneurs in high-end deals involving the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Commercial arbitrations and cross-border litigation also feature on the group’s portfolio, which is managed by Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; he possesses longstanding experience in multijurisdictional deals, contractual matters and corporate litigation. Senior associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes is active in proceedings before judicial and arbitral tribunals, while Vicente Coni Jr. handles real estate-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo


‘The team I worked with, led by Gabriel Seijo and Marcos Lopes, was fully engaged in coming up with strategies.’

‘Cescon has always been the best choice for sell-side M&A, as they combine the strength of a firm with national reach and a strong local presence in Salvador.’

‘They are very responsive, and have diverse subject-matter expertise. I recommend Gabriel Seijo for all matters related to the North/Northeast of Brazil.’

Key clients

Esporte Clube Bahia

Companhia de Participações Aliança daBahia

Work highlights

  • Advised Esporte Clube Bahia on its sale to City Football Club, which controls twelve other clubs worldwide, including Manchester City FC.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: High-end Tier 1

Combining regulatory, transactional and multijurisdictional capabilities, Cescon Barrieu houses an ‘extremely agile and committed’ corporate and M&A practice which is well positioned to handle a significant volume of large-cap deals on behalf of major public corporations, privately-held companies and financial institutions. Working in close collaboration with antitrust, tax, labour and securities experts, the team is active in an array of sectors, including telecoms, IT, consumer goods and energy – the latter being an area of particular strength. Maria Cristina Cescon, who is highly regarded for representing financial institutions, corporations and private equity funds in investment matters and high-value M&A, and Marcos Flesch, a name to note for joint ventures, restructurings and corporate governance, co-head the group. Tech companies, PE funds and financial services conglomerates regularly turn to Ronald Herscovici for advice on leveraged acquisitions, tender offers and M&A. Cristina de Freitas Bueno (who has a strong background in investment banking), Darkson Delmondes Galvão and Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos are all experienced across the full range of corporate transactions; and Luciana De Castro Mares Torres is a key contact for energy, retail and agribusiness clients. Corporate governance and public M&A are among Fernanda Montorfano Gibson’s areas of expertise, while Eduardo Lanna is particularly recommended for his performance in power deals. Other individuals of note include Vitor Stern, Manoela Miranda (who is regularly instructed by clients from the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, retail, and food and beverages sectors), and senior associate Isabel Trigueros. Matheus Fernandes was raised to the partnership in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Maria Cristina Cescon; Marcos Flesch


‘The firm is one of the most specialised in M&A transactions in the electricity sector.’

‘A team that understands the client and what the client needs, goes beyond the legal and helps us solve problems from the perspective of the business owner. They are extremely agile, committed and have an incredible technique.’

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is among the three best M&A firms in the country. They are totally business-oriented, fast and with deep knowledge of the matter.’

‘Extremely committed, agile, and has diverse experience to address strategic and more complex issues.’

‘Partners are very attuned to the market. Team is easily accessible, and responds to demands within the deadlines. All very intelligent and experienced professionals.’

‘Eduardo Lanna is the most talented professional of his generation. He has a vast list of transactions in his curriculum. He does a fantastic job.’

‘Maria Cristina Cescon and Vitor Stern are recommended.’

‘Eduardo Lanna and his team is always available. Each day that passes, the firm surprises me more with the work developed.’

Key clients

AES Brasil Energia

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

Brookfield Asset Management

Camil Alimentos

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Carta Fabril

Copa Energia

EDP Energias do Brasil

Encora Holdings Limited

Enel Brasil

Equatorial Energia

Fonte Saúde/Alliar

Grupo Cortel

Grupo Edenred


ICL Group

Inspired Education


Mogiana Alimentos

Petro Rio



Unimed BH

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on of carve out process and subsequent acquisition by an investment fund managed by affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management of said carved-out assets from the RAC (rent-a-car) and used car sales’ operations of Unidas Aluguel de Carros.
  • Advised Petro Rio on the merger of all shares issued by Dommo Energia into a Petro Rio subsidiary.
  • Assisted CPPIB in the corporate reorganisation of the joint venture with Votorantim with the purpose of developing renewable energy greenfield projects in the context of the energy transition process in Brazil.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Rated as one of the top mining and metals practices in the country, Cescon Barrieu is singled out for its ‘deep knowledge of the sector‘, which makes it well placed to advise on the full array of mandates, ranging from consequential M&A and financing deals to administrative and judicial proceedings. The Belo Horizonte-based team is the first port of call for some of the largest mining companies operating in Brazil and several financial institutions. Crisis management matters and tailing dams-related regulatory issues are other core areas of focus. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza is a reference in the mining market. He oversees the practice with regulatory and transactional expert Maurício Pellegrino De Souza, whose previous in-house and academic experience is noteworthy; Paula Azevedo De Castro, who is regularly instructed by key mining players in relation to mining dam regulations; and Daniel Ribeiro Pettersen, a contact for real estate and mining contractual matters. Senior associate João Raso regularly works on tax issues and mining assets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza; Paula Azevedo de Castro; Daniel Ribeiro Pettersen


‘The firm has a highly differentiated technical team capable of meeting all demands related to the mining sector. A lot of commitment to deadlines, and in-depth knowledge of the clients’ business.’

‘Paula Azevedo is recommended.’

‘Marcelo Mendo de Souza and Mauricio Pellegrino stand out.’

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is among the top three mining law firms in the country. They are totally focused on the business, and have a deep knowledge of the sector.’

‘Marcelo Mendo is one of the main names in mining in the country. He has been part of many transactions involving mining law, and is qualified to resolve any and all matters in the area.’

Key clients



Gerdau Açominas

Samarco Mineração

Anglo American

AngloGold Ashanti

Lundin Mining

Aura Minerals

Appian Capital Advisory

Kinross Gold


Equinox Gold

Yamana Gold

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale on transactional deals related to its mining rights.
  • Advised Aura Minerals on the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding common stock of Big River Gold.
  • Assisted Vallourec in crisis management following the tailing dam accident that occurred in January 2022.

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

Praised for its ‘enormous capacity to understand client problems and provide practical and customised solutions‘, Cescon Barrieu‘s corporate team has particular strength advising clients from the automative, mining, energy and real estate sectors on financial restructurings, corporate governance, IPOs, and M&A, as well as drafting commercial contracts. The group’s national capabilites are strengthened by its close collaboration with the firm’s other offices situated across Brazil. Practice head Frederico Viana Rodrigues is highlighted for his strong performance in capital markets deals, corporate governance and M&A. Partners Alice Brandão and Júlia Lobo focus on capital markets and M&A, and Marcelo Augusto Amim Correia is the name to note at the associate level. Associate Pedro Campos Vasconcellos left the firm in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Viana Rodrigues


‘Excellent knowledge and regulatory depth in the Brazilian capital markets. They always seek to facilitate complex transactions with the necessary legal certainty.’

‘The team stands out for its technical quality and fast service. Partner Julia Lobo stands out for her excellence in technical quality and business vision. They are organised in the provision of services from the proposal to conversations for alignment and execution. They have knowledge about the topic and bring important considerations to the discussions.’

‘They are proactive in solving problems and are always available when there are any doubts or questions.’

‘The team has an enormous capacity to understand client problems and provide practical and customised solutions, with a lot of technical density and strategic vision. ‘

‘Frederico Rodrigues – Partner with excellent relationship skills and who seeks to reconcile different solutions to complex problems.’

‘Marcelo Correia – Excellent lawyer with strong analytical skills and extensive knowledge in the corporate area.’

‘Julia Lobo is undoubtedly among the leading lawyers in the country when it comes to capital markets practice.’

‘Frederico Viana Rodrigues, Alice Brandão and Marcelo Correia – a team of extreme technical quality, super accessible and willing to always provide a solution.’

Key clients

Bauminas Participacoes

Rio Branco Alimentos

D3 Energias Renovaveis


Galaxy Resource

PST Empreendimentos e Participacoes

Banco Mercantil do Brasil

Afya Participações

Bulbe Energias Renováveis


Cemig – Companhia Energética de Minas


Maestro Locadora de Veiculos

Patrimar Engenharia

Direcional Engenharia

Log Commercial Properties e Participações

Banco Inter

Hospital Mater Dei

Aura Minerals

Senior Sistemas


Ferrovia Centro Atlântica

Angelalign Technolgy

Vetria Mineração (Grupo Vetorial)

AG7 Participações

SB Crédito Securitizadora

One Corporate Assessoria e Consultoria

Urca Comercializadora de Gás Natural

Vaccinar Industria e Comercio

Work highlights

  • Advised Localiza Group on several debt and securities issuances.
  • Advised Aura Minerals on the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding common stock of Big River Gold.
  • Acted for Cemig Geração e Transmissão in its offer to purchase $500m of its outstanding 9.250% senior notes due in 2024.

City focus - Brasilia > Government relations Tier 2

The Brasília-based government relations team at Cescon Barrieu provides public policy and legislative advice to NGOs, charities and international clients seeking the establishment of communication channels with government departments and regulatory agencies. Bringing together expertise in antitrust, regulatory, compliance and litigation, the team is frequently present in topical discussions before the federal government and the National Congress, including policies serving minority groups and the public interest. With interdisciplinary knowledge of anti-corruption, compliance and government relations, Luciano Inácio de Souza is recommended for his experience in mandates involving interactions between the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza

Key clients

Globalstar do Brasil


Movimento Down


World Wildlife Fund – WWF

National Association of Industrial Hemp – Brazil

Work highlights

  • Advised Movimento Down on a request before the Brazilian Foreign Trade Board (Camex) to reduce tariffs on imported products used by people with disabilities.
  • Assisted Associação Nacional do Canhamo in regulatory issues before the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) in order to improve the Brazilian regulatory environment of substances subject to special control, especially the medicinal and industrial use of cannabis sativa L.
  • Represented Movimento Down in a proceeding before the federal government to request an adjustment of the rules related to retirement under Brazilian Law on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Noted for its expertise in merger filings before CADE, including fast-track proceedings, Cescon Barrieu attracts instructions from a variety of clients, showcasing particular strength in merger control work within the pharmaceutical industry. The team is also experienced in investigations into alleged anti-competitive behaviour, including cartel formation and abuse of dominant position. Co-head Joyce Midori Honda excels in administrative proceedings, demonstrating a strong track record in the negotiation of leniency agreements and settlements with the antitrust authority. Fellow co-leader Ricardo Lara Gaillard acts for companies, investment funds and individuals in interactions with CADE. Thales Lemos, who was promoted to senior associate in November 2022, is also active in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Midori Honda; Ricardo Lara Gaillard


‘Cescon stands out in competition law for several reasons. Agility, involvement with the client, joint action with the internal legal department and pro-deal vision make it a strategic partner.’

‘The technical quality of the team and its up-to-date knowledge provides security in decision-making.’

‘Joyce Honda and Thales Lemos are recommended.’

‘Cescon’s team is unique for its technical excellence, capacity for constant updating, knowledge of the client’s business, attention to detail and strategic vision. They are always seeking to know and understand each movement of the client and the client’s market, in order to always better serve them.

‘Ricardo Gaillard stands out – focused on innovations and on the movements of the regulatory bodies, excellent high-level traffic with the authorities, and very respected in the market. The same goes for the partner Joyce Honda.’

Key clients

Casa & Video

Compra Agora

Rohan Ramchandani


Shell Brasil

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board


Work highlights

  • Advised Hypera Pharma on the merger filing of the $190.3m transaction through which the company acquired a portfolio of 12 medication brands from Sanofi.
  • Advised Valmet Oyj on the filing of its merger with Neles Corporation.
  • Acting for BL Industria Otica and Valeant Farmacêutica do Brasil in an administrative proceeding investigating alleged collusion practices involving huma resources in the healthcare products, equipment and related services industry.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 2

At Cescon Barrieu, the oil and gas team is well versed in big-ticket, sector-specific transactions, including M&A, project development, capital markets and financings. The lattermost area is a key strength for the department, which is a strong performer in the financing of FPSOs and drilling rigs operating in Brazilian waters. With a strong presence in the natural gas segment, the team is also well placed to act in contractual, regulatory and litigation mandates. Leading the department is Rafael Baleroni, who is regularly retained by foreign clients in Brazilian law matters within the hydrocarbons sector; his expertise encompasses E&P, offshore assets, natural gas and downstream matters ranging from financing to contract negotiation and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Baleroni

Key clients

GeoPark Limited

Seadrill Limited

Associação Brasileira de Produtores Independentes de Petróleo e Gás – ABPIP

Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Yinson Boronia

Shell Brasil Petróleo Limitada



VLI Multimodal


Work highlights

  • Assisted Altera and Ocyan in the negotiations of an operation and maintenance agreement for two offshore production units located at the offshore oil field Papaterra, being acquired by 3R Petroleum.
  • Advised VLI on negotiations with a fuels distribution company for the direct wholesale purchase of diesel oil by an unincorporated joint venture between VLI and FCA.
  • Assisting NTS in all matters regarding the construction of the Itaboraí Guapimirim pipeline (GASIG).

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Demonstrating the ability to advise on all stages of energy and infrastructure projects, Cescon Barrieu is a popular choice for financiers, concessionaires and energy companies. The firm excels in project finance mandates, and is also well positioned to act in tender processes, M&A, public law matters, and construction and operational contracts. The practice, which has an impressive track record in an array of segments, ranging from transport and sanitation to oil and gas, power and mining, is under the joint leadership of Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni in Rio de Janeiro. Teixeira dos Santos is regularly instructed by banks, investment funds and multilateral agencies in transactions in the energy and transport segments, while Baleroni has notable strength in the financing and development of oil and gas and renewable projects. Based in the São Paulo office, Mario Saadi oversees the public law department, and is a key contact for project development. Showcasing in-depth knowledge of the power sector, Alexandre Leal Ribeiro Leite routinely assists in development and financing matters, M&A and tax.

Practice head(s):

Maurício Teixeira dos Santos; Rafael Baleroni

Key clients

COPEL – Cia Paranaense de Energia

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

Enel X

Enel Brasil


AES Brasil

Magni Partners


IDB- Inter-American Development Bank


QMC Telecom

EDP Brasil

Altera Infrastructure



Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Banco BTG Pactual

BSB Energética

ING Bank

Yinson Boronia Production

China Development Bank

Albion Capital


Banco Itaú

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Empresa de Navegação Elcano

EDF Brasil

Deutsche Bank

Tucano Holding III

Porto do Pecém Geração de Energia


Concessionária das Linhas 8 e 9 do Sistema de Trens Metropolitanos de São Paulo

Work highlights

  • Advised asset managemant firm Albion on the first distributed generation green FIDC and green CRI securitisations in the Brazilian market, backed by solar farms developed by Origo.
  • Advised CCR Group and the concessionaire of São Paulo Subway Lines 8 and 9 on the R$4.6bn dual-sourced project financing from a BNDES facility and from secured local green project bonds.
  • Assists Enel X in all project development and regulatory aspects of the public-private partnership for the public lighting services in the municipality of Angra do Reis/RJ.

Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 2

Standing out for the breadth of its services, Cescon Barrieu‘s offshore, shipping and maritime team is seen with great regularity advising on high-end financing transactions and regulatory issues. Dry shipping contractual matters, including shipbuilding and charter agreements, are core areas of activity for the firm, which is also skilled in assisting offshore drilling contractors in deals with shipyards and oil companies. The multidisciplinary team, which is able to call upon the firm’s strong network of corporate, tax and litigation practitioners, is led by the ‘hands-on, commercial and solution-orientedRafael Baleroni. Baleroni specialises in project finance, M&A and restructurings, with a special focus on the infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Baleroni


‘We have worked mainly with Rafael Baleroni and would describe him as very hands-on, commercial and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Bourbon Offshore Marítima

Empresa de Navegação Elcano

Norskan Offshore

Seadrill Limited and its Brazilian subsidiaries

OOG-TKP Produção de Petróleo, a joint venture between Altera Infrastructure and Ocyan

Log-in Logística Intermodal

Yinson Boronia Production and its Brazilian subsidiary

ICBC Financial Leasing

DBN Bank

Sparebank 1 SR-Bank ASA

Intermarítima Portos e Logística

Bank of America

Nordic Trustee

Work highlights

  • Advised Bourbon Offshore on its business combination with MLOG group.
  • Represents DOF Group in lawsuits against Petrobras regarding maritime torts and contractual matters.
  • Acts for Log-in in a lawsuit before the Federal Supreme Court involving the construction project of the Porto das Lajes, a terminal that is intended to be built near the meeting of the rivers Negro and Solimões in the Amazon rainforest.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu‘s ‘highly technical’ team shines in mining disputes, and counts Vale and Anglo American among its clients. The group has additional experience in litigation involving the forestry, financial and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as commercial arbitration and disputes stemming from M&A transactions. With 'a strong background in litigation', the 'extremely skilledLuiz Nardy is noted for his expertise in mining and environmental disputes, arbitration and corporate recovery cases. Associates Gabriella Vial and Henrique Moniz specialise in litigation, and have been particularly active in contentious matters involving mining and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Philipe Nardy Nascimento


‘Firm with available professionals, broad market presence and a sense of proximity to the client.’

‘Consistency in the quality of services, cordiality and flexibility.’

‘Luiz Nardy – Competence, security, legal technique and flexibility. Gabriella Vial – Competence, security, legal technique and availability.’

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is certainly the best law firm for dispute resolution in the Belo Horizonte region. They are completely focused on business, fast and have in-depth knowledge of the subject.’

‘Luiz Nardy is the best lawyer of his generation. He has a strong background in litigation, but his understanding of client business allows him to excel in his profession.’

‘Luiz Nardy is extremely skilled and is always available to make suggestions and enhance each project.’

‘Service with excellence, professionals with remarkable legal knowledge and accessible language, providing a clearer understanding of the questions asked. Luiz Nardy stands out.’

Key clients


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

Localiza Rent a Car


Hipolabor Farmacêutica

Itapeva Florestal

Mineração Morro do Ipê

Grupo Patrimar

Grupo Multipar

Grupo Herculano

Celulose Nipo-Brasileira (CENIBRA)

Intercement Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale on disputes relating to its largest mining operation in the State of Minas Gerais.
  • Represented Anglo American in numerous disputes related to iron ore exploitation in the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Assisted Banco Mercantil in a public civil action proposed by Minas Gerais’s Public Defenders Office regarding payroll loans.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Bringing together expertise in compliance, antitrust, labour and data protection, the multidisciplinary practice at Cescon Barrieu has considerable experience in the creation of anti-corruption and compliance programmes. The team, which often collaborates with the firm’s M&A specialists, is well positioned to handle due diligence to assess compliance risks in the context of acquisitions and other corporate transactions. On the contentious front, the group acts in litigation and in negotiations with administrative authorities. Dedicated to anti-corruption and money laundering issues, practice head Luciano Inácio De Souza, who is based in Brasília, takes the lead on internal investigations and due diligence exercises. Since publication, former co-head Yuri Sahione has left the firm, while white-collar crime and investigations specialist Filipe Magliarelli joined from KLA Advogados, effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inacio de Souza


‘The team is ideally positioned to handle complex and sophisticated matters. Their commercial awareness is very strong; I believe this is their strongest point. The depth and breadth of their team is also very strong, as are their service levels, responsiveness and quick turnaround on all our demands. They are able to provide high-quality work to tight schedules, are always available and very hands-on. Their ability to deliver to budget and provide overall value for money is also very strong. On top of that, the team is very well positioned to handle international and cross-border matters. They are used to dealing with international players, communicate quite clearly in English and make themselves available in whatever time zones.’

‘Luciano Souza is attentive, proactive, experienced, committed and responsible.’

‘Cescon Barrieu is a large law firm that, despite its size, manages to quickly adapt to new social and legal trends in order to better advise its clients.’

‘Luciano Inácio de Souza, in addition to being extremely qualified to work with compliance, ESG and government relations, is concerned and works actively in social causes.’

Key clients

TC Traders Club

Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico

Companhia Distribuidora de Gas do Rio de Janeiro – CEG


Engie Brasil Energia

Biomedical Distribution Mercosur

Associacao Brasileira dos Fabricantes de Latas de Aluminio – ABRALATAS

Oliveira Trust DTVM

Samarco Mineracao

Work highlights

  • Assisted TC Traders Club in assessing its internal investigations proceedings, identifying possible pitfalls and recommending improvements.
  • Provided assistance to Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico by conducting independent internal investigations of claims reported to the company’s hotline concerning several topics.
  • Provided assistance to Companhia Distribuidora de Gas do Rio de Janeiro by adjusting its global policies to adhere to the Brazilian context.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

Singled out for its ‘professionalism, knowledge and responsibility‘, Cescon Barrieu‘s arbitration group manages a diverse caseload, which, in addition to disputes arising in the context of M&A and joint ventures, also features matters concerning distribution agreements, construction projects and government contracts. Corporate and shareholder conflicts are a key area of expertise for Carlos David Albuquerque Braga in São Paulo, while Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo in Salvador focuses on contractual disputes. Based in Belo Horizonte, Luiz Nardy is noted for his experience in mining and environmental cases. Mauricio Fabbri, who handles arbitration and litigation, is another name to note in São Paulo. Senior associates Matheus Carneiro Lima and Rafael Bertão are skilled in both domestic and international proceedings. Edison Freitas, who regularly assists players from the worlds of construction, technology, real estate, banking and infrastructure, and Cinthia de Lamare, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, were welcomed to the partnership in November 2022. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto from MAMG Advogados in August 2023. Since publication, Helena Abdo has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo; Luiz Philipe Nardy Nascimento; Maurício Fabbri; Cinthia de Lamare; Edison Freitas


‘Professionalism, knowledge and responsibility are the words that would describe the team’s performance.’

‘I’d highlight Luiz Philippe Nardy Nascimento.’

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Standing out for its national footprint, Cescon Barrieu is a popular destination for investment funds, public companies, financial institutions and entrepreneurs seeking guidance and representation in high-profile proceedings. Corporate, post-closing M&A and contractual lawsuits are core areas of strength for the group, which has been increasingly active in cases involving succession law, cartels and anti-competitive practices. Renowned litigator Carlos David Albuquerque Braga in São Paulo often acts in complex corporate disputes. Other practitioners in São Paulo include Mauricio Fabbri, who has handled several strategic claims in the digital law space; class actions and public law litigation specialist Edison Freitas; and senior associate Rafael Bertão, who focuses on corporate disputes. Salvador-based partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo is the name to note for proceedings arising out of contractual agreements and M&A. Luiz Nardy in Belo Horizonte possesses in-depth knowledge of mining and environmental contentious matters, and Cinthia de Lamare is a key contact in the Rio de Janeiro office for judicial reorganisations. The team was reinforced in August 2023 by the addition of dispute resolution specialists Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto and Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto from MAMG Advogados. Since publication, Helena Abdo has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Luiz Nardy; Maurício Fabbri; Cinthia de Lamare; Edison Freitas

Key clients

SMTC Participações

JEA Participações (Marquise Group)

Smartfit Group


Nexa Recursos Minerais

RHI Magnesita

Banco Mercantil

Norskan Offshore

DOF Navegação

Work highlights

  • Represented Vale in several matters regarding its largest mining operation in the state of Minas Gerais.
  • Acted for Nexa in a public civil action regarding gold mining operations in Juína, Mato Grosso.
  • Represents companies of the Smartfit Group in several lawsuits against local partners regarding administration and the inauguration of new gyms in the Federal District of Brazil.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

The ‘dedicated and competent team‘ at Cescon Barrieu is regularly engaged by clients from the generation, transmission, distribution and power trading segments, which seek advice on all manner of issues pertaining to the electricity sector, including M&A, capital markets, tax, litigation and regulatory issues. The group is well versed in the development of joint ventures for distributed generation projects, and often handles self-production mandates on both the generator and consumer side. Founding partner Maurício Teixeira dos Santos maintains a comprehensive practice covering the full array of matters that arise in power projects, with a special focus on renewables and energy transmission. He jointly heads the practice with Alexandre Leal Ribeiro Leite, whose ‘deep knowledge of the electricity sector‘ is rated by clients; Leite takes the lead on regulatory work, and is also active in project finance and development. M&A involving power assets is an area of expertise for Eduardo Lanna.

Practice head(s):

Maurício Santos; Alexandre Leite


‘Dedicated and competent team, with extensive knowledge of the electricity sector.’

‘Alexandre Leite is an extremely competent professional with deep knowledge of the electricity sector. He has a mindset directed towards practical problem-solving and is always available to help in various matters.’

‘Always available and very dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the cases presented. Mauricio Santos and Eduardo Lana are recommended.’

Key clients

Enel X Brasil

Copel – Companhia Paranaense de Energia

AES Brasil Energia

Enel Brasil



Equatorial Energia

Banco BTG Pactual

EDP Energias do Brasil

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Work highlights

  • Advised Kinea as the investor on the financing of a solar power plant held by Usina deEnergia Fotovoltaica Coromandel (Perfin Group) to enable the infrastructure project of Coromandel Power Plants.
  • Assisted Copel Geração e Transmissão in the acquisition of wind power plants SPVs from EDP Renováveis Brasil.
  • Advised AES Brasil Energia on the acquisition of all the shares representing the capital stock of 17 special purpose vehicles organised in three wind complexes, Ventos do Araripe, Caetés and Cassino.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 3

Matters concerning the hiring of high-level executives, termination processes, stock option plans and collective bargaining agreements are all core areas of activity for Cescon Barrieu‘s labour and employment practice. On the non-contentious front, the team works collaboratively with M&A and capital markets experts to advise on the labour issues arising in the context of transactions. The group’s litigation capabilities are also noteworthy; it regularly acts for major companies in individual and collective claims, including public civil actions filed by trade unions and the Labour Prosecutor’s Office. Practice head Dario Rabay 'is excellent at solving complex and unusual disputes‘, corporate investigations and executive compensation matters. Viviane de Azevedo Rodrigues, who was promoted to partner in 2023, handles both contentious and advisory mandates. Former co-head Gisela da Silva Freire  left the firm in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Dario Rabay; Viviane de Azevedo Rodrigues


‘I have worked with several firms in Brazil over a number of years, and these attorneys are the best for labour matters. Dario Rabay is very knowledgeable, but also a creative thinker who is excellent at solving complex and unusual disputes. I was very glad to see Viviane elevated to partner, as she is incredibly smart. Both are very responsive and pleasant to work with, in addition to being excellent in their fields.’

‘Many attorneys can master the substance of the law. But Dario Rabay is an excellent strategic thinker and comes up with creative ways to solve problems. I have high confidence and trust him and his team. Dario has fantastic instincts and also achieves the perfect balance of knowing when to be involved as a partner and when to let his associates handle an element of the case.’

Key clients

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

Akamai Tecnologias e Serviços do Brasil


Adler Pelzer Group


Kangu Transportes

Singulare Corretora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários


Bomtrato Fundo de Investimento em

Direitos Creditórios – Não Padronizados

GE Renewable Energy

Penske Logistics do Brasil

Spotify Technology

Ardagh Group Brasil


Squire Patton Boggs (US)

U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)


Klingele Paper

Companhia de Bebidas da América – Ambev

Bank of America

Work highlights

  • Advised TF4 Entretenimento on the constitutional action filed before the Brazilian Supreme Court regarding a decision that prevented T4F from contracting services provided by cooperatives.
  • Advised Adler Pelzer Group on the forced closure of its operations in Bahia.
  • Advised Amazon Brazil in union-related matters to widen its operations in Brazil.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu fields a versatile real estate practice with an impressive track record in complex transactions. This includes advice with a heavy corporate angle, such as deals involving joint ventures and special purpose vehicles, as well as investment funds and capital markets-related matters. Major domestic and international investors and developers turn to the group for assistance in mandates concerning key urban and rural asset classes, including residential, retail, commercial offices, and logistics sites. With extensive experience in real estate transactions and the development of residential and commercial projects, São Paulo-based Marcos Lopes Prado leads the team with Daniel Ribeiro Pettersen in Belo Horizonte. Recently promoted partner Vinicius Martins advises on the purchase and sale of real estate assets, leasing agreements, land use issues and zoning compliance. Ivana Bomfim, who was previously at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, joined in October 2023 to co-head the real estate team.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Lopes Prado; Daniel Pettersen; Ivana Bomfim


‘Marcos Prado is a professional with a lot of expertise in the real estate market; he is objective and an excellent negotiator.’

Key clients

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

Bresco Investimentos

Parque Torino Imóveis

General Shopping e Outlets do Brasil

Celulose Nipo-brasileira – Cenibra

Nova Bahia Empreendimentos

Hotelaria Accor Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Hemisério Sul Investimento on the acquisition of a property located in Manaus from Abunã Participações, and a subsequent lease to Bemol.
  • Advised Bresco Investimentos on the acquisition of a deactivated industrial plant owned by Procter & Gamble for the construction of a new logistic warehouse.
  • Advised General Shopping e Outlets do Brasil on the acquisition of real estate for the expansion of the parking lot at the Outlet Premium São Paulo complex.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

Cescon Barrieu is home to a ‘highly specialised and up-to-date team’ that is distinguished by its ‘agility’ and ability to ‘bring alternatives and innovative ideas’ for its clients’ tax issues. The firm provides comprehensive expertise in direct and indirect tax matters, and frequently assists with the structuring of strategic M&A deals and infrastructure projects. High-end litigation at the state and federal levels is another core area of activity for the group, which is present in several core industries, such as pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, retail, oil and gas, and education. Founding partner Roberto Barrieu, whose specialisms include tax planning, transactional matters and litigation, is at the helm of the team. On the litigation side, Hugo Barreto Sodre Leal, André Alves de Melo and Rodrigo Bevilaqua are the names to note. Carolina Romanini Miguel stands out for her in-depth knowledge of indirect tax and customs matters, while Rafael Santos is particularly noted for his experience in managing the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, capital markets and project finance transactions. Since publication, Mauricio Barros and a team of two associates have joined from Demarest Advogados, effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Barrieu


‘Elements that distinguish the team include its agility in the response and preparation of legal materials.’

‘The firm maintains a highly specialised and up-to-date team. The professionals demonstrate a high degree of knowledge in their areas of activity and carry out their activities with great attention to the client and to the details of the business.’

‘Carolina Romanini Miguel provides differentiated advice, standing out for both her knowledge and care in knowing the particularities of the client’s business.’

‘Quality service, specialising in tax.’

Key clients

Via Varejo










Work highlights

  • Obtained a final favourable decision for Via Varejo in the Superior Chamber of the Administrative Tax Court (CSRF) involving the amortisation of goodwill related to its acquisition by Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (CDB – Grupo Pão de Açúcar).
  • Advised Petro Rio on the tax aspects of its merger with Dommo Energia.
  • Advised an investment fund managed by affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management on the acquisition of carved-out assets from the RAC (rent a car) and used car sales operations of Unidas Aluguel de Carros.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Brazil > Venture capital Tier 3

Venture capital funds, corporate ventures and start-ups turn to Cescon Barrieu for assistance throughout all stages of the investment cycle. The firm brings together multidisciplinary teams – specialised in M&A, funds, capital markets, tax and regulatory matters – to advise on the setting up of investment vehicles, early and late-stage funding rounds and divestments. The group is under the joint leadership of a capable trio: Cristina de Freitas Bueno, who advises Brazilian and international players on M&A and VC deals; Alexandre Gossn Barreto, who specialises in financing transactions; and Tania Liberman, a partner focused on technology and IP.

Practice head(s):

Cristina de Freitas Bueno; Alexandre Gossn Barreto; Tania Liberman

Key clients

Ória Capital

TC Traders Club


Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital – BlaO

Quartz Gestão de Recursos

Pipo Capital Gestão de Investimentos





Insole Energia Solar

Encora Holding



Banco BTG Pactual

Domo Invest

Cloud9 Capital


Voll Soluções em Mobilidade Corporativa

IPG Corporation

Credit Core Tecnologia de Crédito


Grupo SC

Work highlights

  • Advised Lightrock on the drafting and negotiation of the R$260m Series D funding round raised by Cortex Intelligence.
  • Assisted Movidesk on the sale of an equity interest representing 97.3791% of its capital stock to Zenvia.
  • Assisted Vadu’s shareholders in the sale of the totality of its quotas to Dimensa.

Brazil > Environment Tier 4

Cescon Barrieu is active across a range of sectors where environmental issues are commercially relevant or heavily regulated, including oil and gas, mining, energy, agribusiness, telecoms and real estate. The group, which works closely with the firm’s corporate and M&A department, is routinely retained by local companies, multinationals, investment funds and financial institutions in relation to corporate, financing and capital markets transactions with substantial environmental implications. Advising clients on negotiations with environmental agencies and the Public Attorney’s office is also among the team’s core areas of focus. Based in Belo Horizonte, Marcelo Mendo and Maurício Pellegrino De Souza specialise in mining and environmental mandates. In July 2023, the team was reinforced by the addition of environmental law specialists Roberta Jardim and Mayara Alves Bezerra, who were formerly at Milaré Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza

Key clients

IBRAM (Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração)


Jaepel Papéis e Embalagens

Vital Engenharia Ambiental

Abundance Brasil

Leste Administração


Bresco Investimentos

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

Petro Rio

AES Brasil Energia

Aura Minerals

Camil Alimentos

Ahlstrom Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised IBRAM (Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração) and ProActiva on the translation and adaptation processes of the Towards Sustainable Mining Protocols (TSM).
  • Defended Jaepel Papéis e Embalagens in seven Infraction Notices issued by IBAMA.
  • Advised Vital Engenharia Ambiental on a public civil action and on a preparatory procedure.

Brazil > Public law Tier 4

Cescon Barrieu boasts a wealth of experience handling both advisory and contentious public law matters. Regular instructions see the team advise on administrative contracts, PPPs, regulatory disputes and tender proceedings. Leading the team is Mário Saadi, who is frequently engaged in projects and administrative law matters in the ports, airports, motorways and urban mobility segments. He works alongside associate Matheus Palhares Vieira, who is trusted by concessionaires, state-owned and private companies seeking assistance with public contracts, bidding procedures, and concessions.

Practice head(s):

Mário Saadi

Key clients

Cia Faranaense de Energia – Copel (Copel Holding)

SPE Cortel Holding

Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Enel X


VLI Logística


PNUD – Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento

EDP Brasil

Radar PPP

Work highlights

  • Advised Enel X Brasil on the winning offers for the grant of public lighting services in the cities of Caruaru and Jaboatão, both located in the state of Pernambuco.
  • Acted for a consortium formed by Zion and Cortel in the granting of management rights of public graveyards located in the city of São Paulo.
  • Assisted UNDP in carrying out regular analyses for the potential change in the medicine pricing methodology in Brazil.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Cescon Barrieu has a versatile restructuring and insolvency practice that represents debtors and creditors. Judicial reorganisations, DIP financings, distressed M&A, and debt restructurings are all core areas of activity for the department, which is jointly led by Alexandre Gossn Barreto, who is strong on the banking side, and Rio de Janeiro-based disputes partner Cinthia de Lamare. Following the departure of former practice head Fábio Rosas and José Luis de Rosa in late 2022, the restructuring and insolvency team was reinforced in May 2023 by the promotion of Esther Slud to partner and the recruitment of Daniel Longa from Enforce, both of whom are skilled in credit restructuring and credit recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Barreto; Cinthia de Lamare


‘Multidisciplinary service provided in an organised manner and aligned with the clients’ objectives. Technical knowledge and the ability to act as if they were part of the clients’ own legal team are notable differences, in addition to the commitment and relationship of mutual trust.’

Key clients


Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo

Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Baldacci Pharma

AES GF1 Holding

GE Energias Renováveis

Watson Farley & Williams

BSB Energética

Poli-Nutri Alimentos

Fundação Celesc de Seguridade Social

Enforce Gestão de Ativos

Fundo Garantidor de Créditos – FGC

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Banco Genial

Polo Capital Management

Canvas Capital

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank of America Merril Lynch, a financial creditor, in the R$40bn judicial reorganisation of the Americanas Group.
  • Advising Samarco Mineração on its judicial reorganisation.
  • Assisted Brookfield Brasil subsidiary Ouro Verde Locações as creditor in the judicial reorganisation of Grupo Virgolino de Oliveira – GVO group of entities (Agropecuária Terras Novas and Others).  

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 4

Cescon Barrieu provides support in a variety of IP and commercial matters, with a primary focus on negotiating strategic media contracts for both domestic and international clients. The team, which has been increasingly sought out by clients from the sports segment, is often engaged in advertising claims before the courts and the regulator (CONAR), and also demonstrates strong capabilities in tax incentive matters and negotiations with ANCINE. Leading the practice is Tania Liberman, who is renowned for her expertise in contractual matters, particularly in the field of technology and data protection; she also possesses a solid track record in M&A and continues to provide advice to numerous entertainment and media clients on licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Tania Liberman

Key clients

Cinemark Brasil

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Terramare Consutoria, Projeto e Construção de Aquários / Argonauta Comércio e Serviços Oceanográficos

Newco Programadora e Produtora de Comunicação

Astarté Produtora

TMI Associates

Trinta Consultoria em Esportes

Compra Agora Serviços Digitais

Luz de Angra Energia

Lionbridge Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes on the negotiation of an agreement involving the transmission of the UFC Championship.
  • Advised Trinta Consultoria em Esportes on the negotiation of agreements with Confederação Brasileira de Futebol.
  • Advised Cinemark Brasil on the negotiation of an agreement to sponsor CCXP 2022.

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

Able to call on M&A, venture capital, capital markets, IP and data protection experts, the technology practice at Cescon Barrieu is especially skilled in the negotiation of complex tech-related agreements. Practice head Tania Liberman specialises in contract negotiations and multijurisdictional deals in this space. Luiz Felipe Di Sessa is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tania Liberman

Key clients


General Shopping Brasil

CargoX Transportes/ Fretebras

Internet e Serviços

Rabbot Serviços de Tecnologia

Instituto ISDB Flowtech

Rio Branco Alimentos

Atlas Copco Brasil

TC Traders Club

Volt Technologies

Brookfield Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advising Avalara on several deals involving the implementation of SaaS agreements with clients and daily legal matters.
  • Assisting Ouro Verde with the acquisition of Unidas.
  • Assisting Volt in the structuring ofits operations in Brazil.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

Founded in 2019, the compliance, white-collar and investigations group at Cescon Barrieu, which works closely with other firm-wide practices, regularly assists corporate clients in the identification of criminal risks and structuring of strategies in the context of capital markets, tax and environmental infractions. Typical instructions for the group also include defending clients in allegations of white-collar crimes before state and federal courts. Since publication, former practice head Yuri Sahione has left the firm, while compliance, white-collar crime and investigations specialist Filipe Magliarelli joined from KLA Advogados, effective as of January 2024.

Key clients

FMD Asset Management

SG Comércio Exterior

Klingele Paper Nova Campina

Baldacci Pharma

Rose Mary Vargas de Mello

Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica -ABEEólica

Work highlights

  • Acted for SG Comércio Exterior in obtaining the judicial release of 13,000 WMT of manganese seized by the Federal Police prior to exportation.
  • Represented Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica – ABEEólica in litigation against tax consultants concerning wind power players in Brazil.
  • Assisted FMD Asset Management in the implementation of a litigation strategy regarding criminal investigations into securities fraud.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms

Newly promoted partner and telecoms expert Thays Castaldi Gentil joined Cescon Barrieu from Mattos Filho in May 2023 to build out the telecoms team, which has already established strong working relationships with relevant international and domestic industry players.

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 and gas, ESG, technology and 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
Managing Partner - Banking and Finance / Capital Markets / Restructuring and Insolvency Alexandre Gossn Barreto alexandre.barreto@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6507
Dispute Resolution Carlos Braga carlos.braga@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3542-2817
Corporate and M&A Cristina Bueno cristina.bueno@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6599
Banking and Finance / Capital Markets Daniel Laudisio daniel.laudisio@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6664
Mining Marcelo Mendo marcelo.mendo@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 31 2519-2245
Corporate and M&A Marcos Flesch marcos.flesch@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6505
Corporate and M&A Maria Cristina Cescon cristina.cescon@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6503
Infrastructure and Project Finance Maurício Teixeira dos Santos mauricio.santos@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 21 2196-9212
Infrastructure and Project Finance Rafael Baleroni rafael.baleroni@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 21 2196-9229
Tax Roberto Barrieu roberto.barrieu@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 113089-6502
Corporate and M&A Ronald Herscovici ronald.herscovici@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6506
Restructuring and Insolvency Cinthia Achao de Lamare cinthia.lamare@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 21 2196 9204
Dispute Resolution Luiz Nardy Nascimento luiz.nardy@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 31 2519 2215
Banking and Finance / Capital Markets Alice Brandão alice.brandao@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 31 2519 2206
Banking and Finance / Capital Markets Vitor Pagani Arantes vitor.arantes@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6500
Corporate and M&A Eduardo Lanna eduardo.lanna@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 21 2196 9248
Mining Paula Azevedo paula.azevedo@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 31 2519 2246
Antitrust Joyce Honda joyce.honda@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6139
Public Law Mário Saadi mario.saadi@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6548
Dispute Resolution Gabriel Seijo gabriel.seijo@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 71 3039-4002
Technology and IP Tania Liberman tania.liberman@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089 6598
Labor Dario Rabay dario.rabay@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 11 3089-6654
Tax André Melo andre.melo@cesconbarrieu.com.br 55 21 2196.3429