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

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

Capital markets Tier 2

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has a well-balanced team that is increasingly active on the equity capital markets front, thanks to the expertise of Paula Magalhães. In 2019 the firm advised on one closed IPO and four closed follow-on offerings. The debt side was also busy, with the team closing over 50 debenture listings. It has a particularly strong track record for advising clients in the infrastructure sector. Milton Pinatti and Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli are two of the lead partners on the debt side. M&A and capital markets expert Julia Visconti was promoted to partner in 2020. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Maria Costa Neves Machado from Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados, effective as of Febraury 2021, while Caio Cossermelli left in April 2021.


They are extremely helpful and ready to help. They are very technical and know the capital market law like few others. They bring quick solutions and offer a lot of security for the operation.

Key clients

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco Bradesco BBI

XP Investimentos, Corretora de Câmbio, TVM

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Tegra Incorporadora

AB Concessões

MRV Engenharia e Participações


BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes

Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná – SANEPAR

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Highlighted for the 'constant presence of senior partners' on deals, Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has an active corporate and M&A practice, with notable experience in high-end and mid-market transactions. It particularly stands out for M&A in the education sector, where it has an 'unparalleled track record'. Founding partner Valdo Cestari de Rizzo draws on over 30 years of experience; Paula Magalhães focuses her practice on corporate law and regulation, with an emphasis on listed companies; and Ana Paula Miguel advises on infrastructure deals and corporate structuring, in addition to M&A. Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra and Otávio Lucas Solano Valério are also noted; and Guilherme Menegassi and Marcelo Droghetti were promoted to the partnership in May 2020.


The team is very seasoned and has an unparalleled track record in education M&A, having advised in most of the relevant deals in the sector. They bring different perspectives and come up with good solutions to mitigate problems.

‘A good track record in the sector and M&A. Their availability is quite unique among other legal counsels.

Professionals are concerned with getting to know the client’s business in depth and conduct more assertive discussions aimed at strategic interests in the projects.

The main differential of Lobo de Rizzo is the constant presence of senior partners. You feel well advised with firm and experienced opinions. Simplicity of solutions, clarity of communication and objectivity in conducting the work are also highlights. A special mention to Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra and Otávio Lucas Solano Valério.’

Key clients

Afya Educacional

Arco Educação

Estácio Participações (part of YDUQS group)

Klabin Celulose


Grupo Cataratas

Advent International

Innova Global Tec

Serasa Experian

International Meal Company

Tax Tier 3

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has established an extremely strong reputation for transactional tax support, and regularly handles tax aspects of complex M&A and structured finance deals. Cross-border matters feature prominently in the firm's workload, as do municipal, state and federal level tax disputes. Key members of the team include Alexandre Siciliano Borges and Eduardo Martinelli Carvalho, who is noted for his experience in indirect taxes and litigation matters.


‘Lobo’s team works like an extension of our team. They are focused on our demands and understand our decision making process, they know our history and shareholders and sometimes they participate in Board meetings to present solutions, so creativeness, relationship and solution driven are differentials from their competitors.’

Key clients

Mercado Livre



Latam Linhas Aéreas

Sem Parar

International Meal Company – IMC

Estácio Participações


Prysmian Group

Cia Cacique de Café Solúvel

Banking and finance Tier 4

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has a versatile team, which has recently been involved in several major acquisition financings, acting on behalf of lenders and borrowers. The team is led by Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli and Milton Pinatti, who are well versed in structured finance, restructurings, debt capital markets and project finance.

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Rabobank International Brasil

Banco Bradesco

Citibank Europe PLC, UK Branch

Banco do Brasil

JP Morgan

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco ABC

Travessia Assessoria Financeira

Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' competition team remains busy, handling a mix of merger control and behavioural work. Highlights in the latter included its representation of Alstom in a cartel investigation related to the alleged collusion in bids for the acquisition and maintenance of trains and metros in Brazil. Sérgio Varella Bruna heads the department, which includes key senior associate Natalia Pinheiro da Silveira.

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The partner Sergio Varella and his associate Natalia Silveira are technically very keen and know deeply antitrust rules in Brazil. The team is always available when needed.’

Key clients

Mosaic Fertilizantes do Brasil


SAS Desenvolvimento Educacional (aka: Arco Educação)


Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

International Meal Company Alimentação

Alstom Brasil e Transporte

Vinci Partners


Editora Globo

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados provides advice to a diverse client portfolio, including some of the leading international companies operating in Brazil. The team is instructed on disputes arising out of contractual, corporate, consumer and IP issues. The practice is under the joint leadership of Luis Fernando Guerrero, who focuses on complex commercial and corporate disputes, and Gabriel José de Orleans e Bragança, who recently joined from Sergio Bermudes Advogados and has extensive experience in judicial proceedings and mediation. Patrícia Lamaneres Binnie - who made partner in 2020 - and Hugo Tubone Yamashita are other key practitioners.


‘Lobo de Rizzo is one of the most capable law firms. Gabriel and Luis Guerrero are outstanding lawyers and we’re very lucky to have them as business partners’

‘The professionals are always available and on top of the case. Their different practice areas works very well together, providing a multidisciplinary team capable of dealing with the most complex cases. Ana Miguel and Luis Fernando Guerrero are outstanding professionals. They are always on top of the relevant subjects of the case and are business driven.’

‘Lobo de Rizzo is definitely one of the best law firms for dispute resolution. The partners really understand what the clients are seeking, which makes them a very unique law firm with that tailor-made touch. ‘

‘The professionals really know how to deal with pressure and they understand what is expected from the firm.’

‘Lobo de Rizzo provides great quality advice. The team of lawyers has extensive knowledge in several areas of law. Partners are directly involved in the strategy and handling of cases, which is a great differential compared to other firms.’

‘Gabriel de Orleans e Bragança is highly qualified and is recognised by peers in the market for his deep knowledge and expertise in judicial recovery and civil matters. He is always ready to assist us especially in the more urgent and challenging mandates.’

Key clients

Juruena Participações E Investimentos

Dia Brasil Sociedade

Banco Safra

Banco Rabobank International Brasil

Banco Bradesco

Banco ABC Brasil

China Construction Bank (Brasil)

Banco Múltiplo

Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes

Cargill Agrícola


Bioagri Ambiental

Invista Crédito e Investimento

Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos

Sul Financeira – Crédito, Financiamentos e Investimentos

Headwaters B.D.

IS Entrega

Itaúsa – Itaú Investimentos

Corning Incorporated

Projects and infrastructure Tier 4

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados acts for domestic and foreign banks, multilateral development banks and sponsors on project finance deals, fielding expertise in project bonds issuances. The team is also adept at assisting with the development and implementation of infrastructure projects, advising owners and contractors on construction and supply agreements, as well as cross-border transactions. Project finance is an area of activity for Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli and Milton Pinatti, while Rodnei Iazzetta has extensive experience in concession bid procedures and PPPs. Gustavo Cunha was promoted to partner in 2020.


‘Very committed and available to deliver any task. Fabrizio Sasdelli and Gustavo Silveira Cunha are recommended for their professionalism and commitment to clients.’

‘They have a smaller team when compared to the large firms, which ensures partners intense participation and high quality associates.’

‘Fabrizio Sasdelli is a very dedicated partner who handles well the negotiations and is attentive to market practice. Gustavo Cunha is a top notch associate, who leads the deals.’

‘Gustavo Cunha is an incredible attorney and I hope that he becomes a partner soon. He is always willing to help and reverts always with priority.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco BBI

Banco do Brasil

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Sumitomo Mitsui Brasileiro

Odebrecth Transport

Marlim Azul Energia

Atlantic Energias Renováveis

BRK Ambiental Participações

Cemig Distribuição

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 5

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has a solid track record in domestic and international arbitration. Luis Fernando Guerrero is proficient in corporate, contractual and commercial disputes. Gabriel José de Orleans e Bragança, whose areas of expertise include arbitration and mediation in the context of financial disputes, is another key practitioner in the dispute resolution department.


‘They are superb in communicating with us, extracting all relevant information from our team, diligently doing and reporting on their research, keeping us in the loop of the process. Solid control over timelines and requests. Carefully designed and masterful presentation on court, with top level assertiveness  and utmost respect for all parties involved. Results in keeping us, the clients, calm, with our anxiety under control and very confident of how the dispute is being conducted.’

‘Luis Fernando Guerrero is a master of the arbitration craft. Aside from the legal knowledge, experience and practice, he is business savvy and understands the matters at hand from the business perspective as much as from the legal.’

Key clients

Juruena Participações

Dia Brasil

Banco Safra

Banco Rabobank

Banco Bradesco

Banco ABC Brasil

China Construction Bank – Banco Múltiplo

Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes


Bioagri Ambiental

Invista Crédito e Investimento

Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos

Environment Tier 5

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' environment group not only offers legal consultancy on environmental issues, but is also skilled in handling judicial and administrative proceedings. Leading the practice is Renata Castanho, who has more than two decades of experience in the field of environmental law.

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‘Their professionalism, expertise and knowledge makes the firm stand out in the market.’

‘They anticipate the needs of the client, understand its business and provide practical advice.’

‘Renata Pires Castanho is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The team is always available.’

Key clients

Volkswagen do Brasil – Indústria de Veículos Automotores

Suzano Holding

USIMINAS – Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Cargill Agrícola

IFF – International Flavours and Fragrances

ABAL – Associação Brasileira de Alumínio

CPFL Energia

Avery Dennison


Adonai Química

Labour and employment Tier 5

In labour law, Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has a particular focus on pre-litigation advisory work and employment-related risk mitigation strategies. This includes assessments of unpaid rights, recruitment strategies, negotiating with unions and planning collective dismissals. The firm also has litigation expertise, having defended clients in collective labour lawsuits. Fabio Medeiros leads the team. Since publication the firm has hired Maurício Reis (from Rocha e Barcellos Advogados) as practice co-head - effective as of March 2021.

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Key clients

Stora Enso



IFF – International Flavors & fragrances


Sem Parar




Cogna Educação

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, 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 Partner
Other fee-earners : 100
Total staff : 180
Contacts : 21