Firm Profile > Lobo de Rizzo Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados
3900, 12th FLOOR, ITAIM BIBI
SÃO PAULO 04538-132

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados continued to see growth in 2018, adding a number of partners, including capital markets experts Caio Cossermelli and Paula Magalhães from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. The sizeable corporate and M&A department remained busy, acting for buyers and sellers in significant transactions, particularly those involving highly regulated sectors. Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra advised Advent International on its acquisition of shares in Estácio Participações, while, on the sale side, Rodrigo Delboni Teixeira acted for Centroflora on the sale of a food and beverage division to Givaudan do Brasil. Otávio Lucas Solano Valério is 'hands-on, available and technically accurate'. Daniella Tavares, Valdo Cestari de Rizzo, In Hee Cho and José Orlando Arrochela Lobo are other active members of the team.

Capital markets Tier 3

According to sources, Lobo de Rizzo Advogados maintains an ‘optimum balance between pragmatism and dynamism’, with its lawyers commended for ‘possessing a sense of urgency, while remaining calm and in control’. Among its highlights, Milton Pinatti and Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli - highlighted together as ‘professional, reliable and tireless’ - advised Santa Vitória do Palmar Energias Renováveis on its R$105m issuance of debentures, which was guaranteed by Inter-American Investment Corporation. Caio Cossermelli and Paula Magalhães are the other key contacts in a group that also counts BK Brasil Operação e Restaurantes, Banco BTG Pactual and Banco Bradesco BBI as clients.

Tax Tier 3

The 'proactive' and 'intelligent' team at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados 'support its clients with day-to-day matters as well complex tax liabilities discussions'. Practice clients include well-known multinational companies, and the team distinguishes itself with strong transactional tax and transfer pricing offerings. Eduardo Martinelli Carvalho, Alexandre Siciliano Borges and Mariana Lima 'are able to deliver results above-andbeyond expectations'. Marcelo Bez Debatin da Silveira also receives strong praise.

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

The 'hands-on' and 'client-oriented' competition team at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is active in merger filings and cartel investigations, including some of the most high-profile and sensitive cases in the Brazilian market. In ongoing work, the team advises a company in an investigation into alleged collusion in bids for construction, modernisation and renovation services for football stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. Sérgio Varella Bruna leads the practice.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 4

Clients of Lobo de Rizzo Advogados appreciate that its lawyers 'always respond very quickly and consider the solution very deeply'. The team's 'accountability and trust' are also key strengths. It has significant experience in domestic and international arbitration. In litigation, the team has broad experience acting for financial services, retail, energy and manufacturing companies. Luis Fernando Guerrero heads the department and is highly recommended. At the associate level,Patrícia Lamaneres Binnie, Livia Maria de Souza Crepaldi and Hugo Tubone Yamashita receive strong praise.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 4

Clients consider Lobo de Rizzo Advogados a 'true partner' in energy and transportation projects. The pratice was strenthened still further in July 2018 when the firm absorbed Renata Castanho's environmental boutique Pires Castanho Advogados. She joins key figures Rodnei Iazzetta ('a name to note'), and Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli  and Milton Pinatti who are 'professional, reliable and tireless in finding the best conditions for the client'. Recent matters include assisting the municipality of Santa Vitória do Palmar with the financing of a wind farm.

Real estate Tier 4

The 'very skilful team' at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados 'understands the needs of the client' and is 'able to deliver timely results'. Household name companies from a variety of sectors turn to the team for assistance in real estate transactions. Senior associate Daniela de Pontes Andrade is the name to note.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is well versed across a broad spread of banking and finance matters, with solid skill-sets in structured finance, project finance, syndicated lending, import and export financing and debt capital markets. Infrastructure specialist Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli -who brings to bear a robust record in structured transactions- recently advised several banks on the local aspects of Ascenty Data Centers e Telecomunicações' $350m fundraising transaction; he also advised Banco do Brasil on the high-profile debt restructuring of Biosev and Biosev Bioenergia. Milton Pinatti, who co-leads the group alongside Sasdelli, advised Travessia Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros II on a R$100m financial securisation of receivables.

Labour and employment Tier 5

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' labour team is 'committed', 'engaged' and 'very knowledgeable'. Its clients include energy, manufacturing and life sciences-sector companies. Fabio Medeiros is the practice head.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles a steady stream of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are highly recommended; the latter is the co-chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of CESA. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide AdvogadosMarcelo Roberto Ferro regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions. L.O. Baptista AdvogadosAdriana BraghettaRafael Francisco Alves and Maurício Almeida Prado are 'highly specialised lawyers with high capacity to bring solutions to resolve high complexity disputes'. Fernando Marcondes regularly acts as an arbitrator in construction and real estate-related matters. Recent caseload features a range of construction and infrastructure disputes as well as M&A-related matters in the oil and gas sector. Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice AdvogadosEliane Cristina Carvalho recently handled a series of disputes arising from M&A transactions and is representing Air Products Brasil in arbitration proceedings initiated by Air Liquide. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is singled out for his 'outstanding technical skills and deep understanding of the corporate world', and his ability to 'simplify complex problems gives clients great confidence and comfort'. Gonçalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is 'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'. At TozziniFreire AdvogadosFernando Eduardo Serec assists clients from a diverse range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados' 'brilliant' team handles both commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings, and is active in the construction, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa is 'an absolute joy to work with', while Hermes Marcelo Huck  and Rogério Carmona Bianco are 'very focused on details of the case without losing sight of the big picture'. Marcelo Muriel at Muriel Medici Franco Advogados is 'certainly one of the standout Brazilian practitioners, with a healthy portfolio of disputes and great ICC arbitration experience'. Stocche Forbes AdvogadosRafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner AdvogadosJosé Antonio Fichtner acts as arbitrator and counsel in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes. André Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is 'an excellent expert in arbitration' and 'knows his clients' business well'. Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' team has 'a creative mind to think out of the box, suggesting solutions that may seem different but are perfectly aligned with the needs of the company'; co-heads Carlos David Albuquerque Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo are recommended. Other names to note include Lefosse AdvogadosPedro Maciel who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and Lobo de Rizzo AdvogadosLuis Fernando Guerrero who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.


Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is a prestigious law firm frequently involved in transactions and disputes, representing companies from various business sectors, whether they are already operating in Brazil or exploring opportunities in the country. Since its foundation in 2007, it has successfully continued with its strategy: to build partnerships.

The firm comprises a highly trained team of over 100 lawyers whose main focus is to deliver a premium service. The continuing praise received in the most renowned legal publications reflects the opinion of the market on the excellence of its service, the quality of its lawyers and its friendly approach with clients.

Main areas of practice: Antitrust and regulatory; compliance; corporate, mergers and acquisitions; energy, oil and gas; environmental; finance and capital markets; infrastructure and projects; intellectual property and digital law; judicial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution; labor; real estate; and tax.

Languages: Portuguese, English, French, German, Korean, Italian and Spanish.

Partners: Alexandre Siciliano Borges, Ana Paula Miguel, Daniella Tavares, Eduardo Martinelli Carvalho, Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli, In Hee Cho, Jose Orlando A Arrochela Lobo, Leonardo Batista, Luis Fernando Guerrero, Marcelo Bez Debatin da Silveira, Marco La Rosa de Almeida, Maria Carolina Bachur, Mariana Miranda Lima, Milton Pinatti, Otavio Lucas Solano Valerio, Regina Gasulla Bouza, Rodrigo Delboni Teixeira, Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra, Rodrigo Roso, Sergio Varella Bruna, Valdo Cestari de Rizzo.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Rodrigo Delboni Teixeira E: rodrigo.teixeira
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alexandre Siciliano Borges  photo Alexandre Siciliano Borges
Other fee-earners : 100
Total staff : 180
Contacts : 21