Firm Profile > Santos Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Santos Neto Advogados

Banking and finance Tier 5

'Responsive, commercial and professional', Santos Neto Advogados sets itself apart through its 'strong experience in cross-border trade finance'. In line with the wider firm's reputation as a 'leading Brazilian law practice in the field of agribusiness', the team also shines in agribusiness-related deals. One recent mandate saw it advise ING Bank as lead arranger on a $798.5m syndicated loan to Biosev. It also acted as local counsel to Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank, as lead arranger, on a $325m syndicated loan to CHS Agronegócio Indústria e Comércio. Key names include founding partner Domicio dos Santos Neto, who provides 'first-class legal service', and Gabriel Buscarini Leutewiler, who is 'very knowledgeable and available'.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 5

Recent work for the team at Santos Neto Advogados has included representing creditors in judicial restructuring proceedings involving companies in various sectors. Fernando Bilotti Ferreira heads the department, which includes key associate Vivian Castelan Bernardino.


The firm: Santos Neto Advogados (“SNA”) was founded in 1992 and is dedicated mostly to the areas of Corporate Law, Banking & Finance, Agribusiness, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Litigation, Labor, Tax and Foreign Trade, with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.

With offices in São Paulo, Brazil and branches in New York City, USA, SNA offers a whole new concept of work called ‘lean full service’, where lawyers offer specialty services in two or three areas of law. This keeps teams lean and efficient, able to fully understand the client’s business need and able to build close and strong relationships.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance: Advises clients from structuring and negotiation to documentation and closing of finance transactions, including the drafting of credit agreements, bank guarantees and security instruments. Advises on Brazilian Central Bank’s regulations, securitisations, financing by development banks and ECAs, project finance, aviation and shipping.

Capital Markets: We deliver results in a wide range of matters involving debt securities’ capital raising and compliance issues, with participation in a significant volume of issuances throughout the years. We assist financial institutions, publicly-held and privately-held companies in the structuring of securitization and other capital markets transactions across all industry sectors.

Corporate/M&A: Assists clients in all matters of corporate law, including: determining and implementing corporate and tax structure for a business; formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures; drafting of corporate documents; assistance with routine; structuring of M&As, joint-ventures and strategic alliances, including the negotiation and drafting of all required agreements and due diligence reviews; representation before regulatory agencies such as the CVM (Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission).

Labor: Our Labor and Employment team represents multinational and domestic companies in several economic sectors on strategic labor matters. Our assistance includes both complex labor matters and routine queries related to human resources practices or general labor law aiming to assist the day-to-day operations of the client. In addition, we provide services related to administrative proceedings on course before the Labor Prosecutor Office and the Ministry of Labor.

Litigation: Assists clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, especially: conflict prevention and negotiation of settlements; representation of clients in lawsuits at all levels of the Brazilian Judiciary System, especially related to disputes on corporate law, commercial contracts, and banking law; enforcement of security interests.

Reorganisation & Bankruptcy: Advises creditors and sellers of distressed assets in all legal matters regarding corporate restructurings, reorganisations, and bankruptcy, including: assessment of the debtor’s credit status and due diligence covering all its contractual obligations and contingent liabilities; development of a restructuring strategy; drafting of restructuring plans; client representation in judicial and extrajudicial reorganisations and bankruptcy proceedings; distressed M&A activity; and asset tracing.

Tax, Customs & International Trade Law: Assists clients in all matters of tax and customs law, including tax consulting, judicial and administrative litigation, tax planning, assistance in structuring import and export operations vis-à-vis tax and customs aspects involved, and representation before Brazilian Federal Revenue Service and State and Municipal tax agencies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance | Trade Finance | Corporate Restructuring | Foreign Investments in Brazil | Corporate and Contracts Domicio Santos Neto +55 11 3124-3071
Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Markets | Corporate Law and Corporate Reestructuring | Contracts | Foreign Investiments in Brasil Vitor dos Santos Henriques +55 11 3124-3072
Civil Litigation | Dispute resolution focused on Civil Liability | Commercial Law | Corporate Disputes | Consumer Law | Intellectual Property | Administrative Law | Bankruptcy | Reorganization Proceedings Fernando Bilotti Ferreira +55 11 3124-3081
Banking | Project Finance | Financial Regulation | Contracts | Corporate Restructuring | Capital Markets | Foreign Investment in Brazil Gabriel Buscarini Leutewiler +55 11 3124-3078
Tax | Foreign Investment (In Bound and Out Bound) Henrique Munia e Erbolato +55 11 3124-3082
Labor and Employment Law | Labor Litigation | Compensation and benefits Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto +55 11 3124-3073
Photo Name Position Profile
 Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto  photo Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto
 Fernando Bilotti Ferreira  photo Fernando Bilotti Ferreira
 Gabriel Buscarini Leutewiler  photo Gabriel Buscarini Leutewiler
 Domício Dos Santos Neto  photo Domício Dos Santos Neto
 Henrique Munia e Erbolato  photo Henrique Munia e Erbolato
 Vitor dos Santos Henriques  photo Vitor dos Santos Henriques