Stocche Forbes Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Stocche Forbes Advogados
AV BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA, 4100
10º ANDAR
04538-132 SÃO PAULO SP
Brazil

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Stocche Forbes Advogados represents a variety of high-profile issuers and underwriters, which benefit from the firm’s ‘specialised service', and ‘dynamic and updated professionals'. The team caters to the full spread of equity and debt issues, including regulatory advice and support to investment funds. The infrastructure and renewables sectors provide a rich vein of work for the group, with several high-profile debenture issuances and sustainability-linked offerings. Lead partners include Henrique Filizzola, with over 20 years’ market experience, and Marcos Ribeiro for debt, equity and investment fund offerings. Frederico Moura in Rio de Janeiro is recommended for project finance-related deals, and associate Thadeu Bretas is also developing a good name.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Filizzola; Marcos Ribeiro; Frederico Moura

Testimonials

‘Personalised service, with specialised service, dynamic and updated professionals. Fee flexibility. Full availability to the client.’

Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco Itaú BBA

HSI – Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

Equatorial Energia

Energisa Group

Copel Group

Engie

CCR Group

Omega Geração

Banco BTG Pactual

XP Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Acted as Brazilian legal counsel to the underwriters in the offering of 29.7m common shares by Petro Rio.
  • Advised Banco Itaú BBA and XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários in connection with the public offering by Patria Infraestrutura Energia Core Fundo de Investimento em Participações em Infraestrutura.
  • Advising Banco de Investimentos Credit Suisse (Brasil) in the R$400m second issuance of debentures by 2W Energia to finance the construction of the Kairós Wind Complex.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The highly regarded team at Stocche Forbes Advogados maintains a broad offering in the area of corporate and M&A. Noted for its partner-level involvement and ‘focus on long-term relationships‘ with major clients, the team is frequently engaged in innovative, high-end and complex transactional work, covering the formation of joint ventures, share purchases and sale arrangements and corporate reorganisations in the energy, retail, food and life sciences sectors, to name a few. Private equity is a strong point for the department, which often attracts instructions from local and foreign funds seeking to invest in Brazil. A multidisciplinary team led by capital markets and M&A partners Henrique Filizzola and Rafael Andrade oversees the legal innovation initiatives launched by the firm to optimise efficiency; it recently teamed up with a software development boutique to develop a bespoke AI solution to be utilised during due diligence processes. On the diversity and inclusion front, the firm has developed four internal committes focused on gender (SF Mulher), LGBTQIAP+ (SOMOS), disability (Ultra), and ethnicity and race (Radix) issues. André Mestriner Stocche and Flavio Meyer have been working on corporate law matters and M&A for over two decades; private equity transactions, where they act on both the sell and buy side, is another area of expertise for the pair. Fabiano Milani has considerable experience in cross-border deals involving Latin American jurisdictions. Matheus Campos ‘is tireless and always attentive to every detail of a transaction’. Other noteworthy practitioners include Bruno Bercito and Ricardo Peres Freoa. Emilio Gallucci is a key contact for foreign companies and investment funds, while Alessandra Zequi stands out for her track record in deals involving listed companies. Luciana Stracieri and Teo Silva Galvão were welcomed to the partnership in 2022. Fernanda Cardoso is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

André Stocche; Flavio Meyer; Fabiano Milani; Matheus Campos; Rafael Andrade; Alessandra Zequi; Paola Carrara de Sambuy Gomes; Matheus Campos; Ricardo Peres Freoa; Rafael Andrade; Bruno Bercito; Emilio Gallucci

Testimonials

The M&A and corporate teams are very strong.’

‘Emílio Gallucci is a brilliant professional in the corporate and M&A area. The contractual negotiations he conducts are differentiated, and he has the ability to handle highly complex problems. André Stocche has an excellent business and technical vision.’

‘One of the best prepared teams – from partners to associates – in Brazil.’

‘Matheus Campos with each passing year becomes a better professional. Matheus is tireless and always attentive to every detail of a transaction.’

‘It is a firm that manages to retain talent. As a client, I have the feeling that I am the only one being served, and the provision of services is of extreme quality and efficiency. I work with them on M&A, financing, regulatory and tax matters.’

‘The team led by partners André Stocche and Fabiano Milani is highly qualified and works in an integrated way.’

‘Stocche Forbes has been a key advisor on several of our complex investments. The quality of partners and associates is excellent, but what differentiates the team is its business vision, and focus on long-term relationships. The firm adds to the strategic discussions of the transaction, going beyond purely legal points.’

‘Teo Galvão incorporates the concept of a trusted advisor, thinking in a macro way about the manager’s business and proposed transaction to help in decision-making.’

Key clients

Pátria Investimentos

Blackstone

L. Catterton

Farallon Capital Management

One Equity Partners

Gtis Partners

Acon Investments

HSI Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

Xp Investimentos

Mubadala

Tarpon Investimentos

Darby Franklin Templeton

Harvard Management Company

Grupo Verzani & Sandrini

Banco Bradesco

Cvs

Omega Energia

Energisa

Vale

Raizen

Work highlights

  • Advised CPP Investments on the acquisition of an indirect equity stake in Iguá Saneamento.
  • Advised Farallon Latin America Investimentos on the sale of the share control of Elizabeth Cimentos and Elizabeth Mineração to CSN Cimentos.
  • Assisted Highline do Brasil II Infraestrutura de Telecomunicações in the acquisition of a single production unity comprising the telecommunication towers/sites owned by Oi Group, within the scope of its judicial recovery plan.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Stocche Forbes Advogados has a ‘very technically prepared‘ and ‘well structured‘ team, which ‘proposes assertive and efficient solutions‘ in a wide range of complex real estate investment and development projects. This includes build-to-suit agreements, mixed-used developments and a wide range of rural and urban acquisitions. Further multidisciplinary support is provided by the team on related tax, corporate, finance, environmental and litigation matters. Alexandre Laizo Clapis has a good track record in structuring joint ventures and acquisitions across a wide range of asset classes, including residential, industrial, hospitality, retail and logistics. Fellow partner Vilmar Lima Carreiro Filho is particularly experienced in rural and agribusiness-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Clápis; Vilmar Lima Carreiro Filho

Testimonials

‘The Stocche Forbes real estate team worked tirelessly, with great technical capacity and patience to understand the proposed challenges.’

‘The differential of the firm and the team is the total focus on the client and on solving problems, helping to mitigate risks. The team is very technically prepared and proposes assertive and efficient solutions, quickly, even when it is necessary to activate other areas of the office. Another commendable issue is the attention the office gives to social causes and minorities.’

‘The firm has a very well structured and dimensioned team. Regardless of the seniority of the professional directly involved, the quality of work and delivery is always high. The partners are present and involved in all stages of operations and work, have high availability, and are always concerned with enabling and developing safe businesses and operations for the client.’

Key clients

Can-Pack Brasil Indústria de Embalagens

GTIS Partners

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

XP Asset Management

Longping High-Tech Sementes & Biotecnologia

BR Properties

Brasilagro – Companhia Brasileira De Propriedades Agrícolas

Superfrio Armazéns Gerais

Kinea Investimentos

Altre Empreendimentos e Investimentos Imobiliários

Carrefour Comércio e Indústria

Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo

GLP– Global Logistics Properties

Alianza Gestão de Recursos

Tegra Incorporadora

Cyrela Brazil Realty Empreendimentos e Participações

Agrícola Xingu

Tishman Speyer

Construtora São José

Santander Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Votorantim company Altre on its investment in the Condomínio Alto das Nações mixed-use development project in São Paulo.
  • Advised HSI – Hemisfério Sul Investimentos on the sale of two companies which own two corporate towers at Condomínio Parque da Cidade in São Paulo to BR Properties.
  • Advising GTIS Partners in structuring a real estate development in São Paulo, as well as defending the client’s interests in a lease renewal lawsuit filed by Pão de Açucar Group.

Tax > Customs Tier 2

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 3

Stocche Forbes Advogados is experienced across a wide range of debt transactions, from complex acquisition financings and structured products through to high-profile debenture offerings and project finance mandates. Clients of the firm benefit from its deep bench of partners, including Marcos Ribeiro for debt capital markets, and versatile name partner Guilherme Forbes, Henrique Filizzola and Bruno Gandolfo. The project finance side, which also includes Frederico Moura, was further boosted by the arrival of new partner Marco Aurélio Saliba, a former in-house counsel at Proton Energia. Former partner Miriam Signor left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Forbes; Henrique Filizzola; Marcos Ribeiro

Key clients

Engie Brasil Energia

Banco Itau BBA

Teekay Offshore Partners

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco BNP Paribas

Banco Abc Brasil

Citibank

Yduqs Participações

Banco Santander

Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising IP Sul Concessionária de Iluminação Pública on its R$80m public offering of debentures.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Banco Santander and Banco Modal on a R$350m debenture offering by TESC – Terminal Santa Catarina to finance the construction and expansion of port facilities.
  • Advised Casa dos Ventos and Banco Alfa de Investimento, Banco Santander, Banco Votorantim, Banco do Brasil, Banco Itau and Banco BNP Paribas on a series of financings to help develop the Rio dos Ventos Wind Complex.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

With ‘extensive knowledge of the market and precedent’, Stocche Forbes Advogados fields a sizeable and specialised projects team, which attracts instructions from domestic and international clients in relation to project finance, development and restructuring transactions. Projects in the energy and natural resources sectors – including power, oil and gas, and mining  – are a particular focus for the department, which is also seasoned in advising on public law and regulatory matters concerning infrastructure projects in Brazil. Founding partner Guilherme Forbes has a strong background in financial and corporate transactions involving infrastructure assets, and is often engaged by large banks and corporations in the financing and structuring of projects in Brazil. Frederico Moura focuses on project finance and capital markets deals, while Bruno Gandolfo is recommended for M&A in regulated sectors. Marco Saliba, whose areas of expertise include cross-border financing transactions and construction contracts, recently joined from Proton Energia. Miriam Signor is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Forbes; Frederico Moura; Bruno Gandolfo

Testimonials

‘Excellent team focused on the project and available, extensive knowledge of the market and precedents.’

‘Availability, specialised service, partnership with the client, flexibility in charging fees.’

‘Frederico Moura is recommended.’

Key clients

Engie

Élétricite De France

State Grid

EIG Partners

Equatorial Energia

Golar LNG

Banco Santander Brasil

ITAÚ Unibanco

Energisa

CELSE – Centrais Elétricas De Sergipe

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Banco Santander (Brasil) and Banco Modal (underwriters) in the public offering with restricted placement efforts of the third issuance of debentures issued by TESC – Terminal Santa Catarina.
  • Advised BB-Banco de Investimento in the public offering with restricted placement efforts of the first issuance of debentures issued by Via Brasil MT 246 Concessionária de Rodovias.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Banco ABC Brasil and Banco BTG Pactual (underwriters) in the public offering with restricted placement efforts of the third issuance of debentures issued by Via Brasil MT 320 Concessionária de Rodovias.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Stocche Forbes Advogados has a multidisciplinary restructuring and insolvency practice, with versatile partners handling a broad mix of judicial and non-judicial proceedings. The firm is particularly active on the creditor side, where it regularly assists major banks and bondholders as well as trade creditors. Recently, the firm has been involved in several high-profile mandates in the infrastructure and energy sectors, and also assists investors in matters connected to non-performing loans and distressed assets. Guilherme Gaspari Coelho and Bruno Gandolfo handle both contentious and non-contentious insolvency procedures, working closely with partners in the finance team, including Guilherme Forbes, Frederico Moura and Henrique Filizzola.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Forbes

Key clients

Gramercy Funds Management

MUFG Bank

Porto Sudeste

Banco Cargill

Canvas Capital

Banco Santander

Cargill Agrícola

Highline do Brasil II Infraestrutura de Telecomunicações

Work highlights

  • Advising Citibank, BNP Paribas, ING Capital, Export Finance Norway and DNB Capital on the judicial reorganisation proceeding of the Constellation Group.
  • Advised Porto Sudeste, Douro International Finance and Trafigura Group as Brazilian counsel on Porto Sudeste’s $572m out-of-court restructuring.
  • Advised Highline do Brasil II Infraestrutura de Telecomunicações on the acquisition of the tower business of the Oi Group, currently under judicial reorganisation.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

Stocche Forbes Advogados has an ‘excellent technical base that allows a more detailed and realistic analysis of the tax risks‘. Clients also emphasise the ‘exceptional‘ service and ‘availability to listen to the client and provide timely returns‘. The practice handles a healthy mix of litigation and consulting issues. Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho heads the indirect tax and customs side, and (alongside his team) is praised for his ‘promptness and technical accuracy‘. Renato Coelho leads on direct tax, and his work includes international tax planning and M&A. Daniel Abraham Loria is praised for his ‘depth in the subject and technical knowledge‘, particularly concerning investment funds. Associate Andreza Ribeiro is also well regarded. Since publication, Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Duarte; Renato Coelho

Testimonials

‘The service is exceptional. Fast and accurate, with availability to listen to the client and provide timely returns to the fast-track business that in other firms usually demand precious time. The highlight is the added value, as they are not limited to offering an objective answer, as they usually present alternatives for solving impasses.’

‘Paulo Duarte, Mariana Kubota, Guilherme Mendes – What distinguishes this team is the promptness and technical accuracy of feedback, including in the tax area. The identification of scenarios with values involved makes it possible for the client to make a decision based on fact, leaving the theoretical doubt about taxes.’

‘The differential of the team is the total focus on the client and on solving problems, helping to mitigate risks. The team is very technically prepared and proposes assertive and efficient solutions, quickly, even when it is necessary to activate other areas of the office. There is very little turnover, so lawyers specialize in the client’s business. Another commendable issue is the attention the office gives to social causes and minorities.’

‘I strongly emphasize the team’s know-how. They are extremely competent, find solutions for highly complex cases, work a lot with the client.’

‘The Stocche Forbes tax team follows the firm’s excellent standard, with active participation of the partners in the cases, advising on transactions and decision-making and business risk analysis. The tax team has an excellent technical base that allows a more detailed and realistic analysis of the tax risks involved in the operation, as well as in the structuring of mitigators. In addition, the team actively works to create value in the operation through creative solutions. It stands out in its business vision and long-term partnership, with the active participation of its partners.’

‘Daniel Loria and Luiz Bianche advise us in the tax area. Excellent lawyers, creative and give a lot of confidence to the client. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the industry. Loria even wrote a great book on taxation of investment funds, this type of academic work was very well seen, as it shows depth in the subject and technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Luxottica

ZF

TI Automotive

Largo Resources

InterCement

Mubadala Development Company

Red Bull

C6 Bank

Engie

BTG Pactual

Transpetro

Ademicon

Medtronic

Raizen

Essilor

Prisma

Canpack

Ultrapar

Rumo Malha Norte

Work highlights

  • Advised Eneva in a complex corporate and tax reorganisation to implement a hostile bid for AES Tiete.
  • Advised Traspetro on a corporate tax-related lawsuit.
  • Advised the Government of Austria on renegotiating the double tax convention with Brazil.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Stocche Forbes Advogados strikes a balance between arbitration and judicial proceedings, but particularly stands out for its extensive track record in litigation concerning M&A transactions, construction contracts, energy agreements, environmental law and real estate. According to clients, the group stands out ‘for the quality of the pleadings, legal arguments and in the production of evidence‘. Rafael Passaro is highly regarded for his longstanding experience in dispute resolution, acting for clients in civil, commercial, corporate and contractual claims. These are also key areas of activity for Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli. Guilherme Gaspari Coelho is a strong performer in civil litigation. Wilson Newton de Mello Neto, Maria Lucia Cetraro, who is dedicated to civil and administrative disputes, and Laura Bastos de Lima are also part of the core dispute resolution team.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Passaro; Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho; Wilson Newton de Mello Neto

Testimonials

‘The team stood out both for the quality of the pleadings, legal arguments and in the production of evidence.’

‘Rafael Passaro and Luis Guilherme Bondioli stood out in providing the service, with quality, timeliness and efficiency.’

‘What impresses me most is the team’s persistence, availability and willingness to achieve the clients’ goals. They are very focused on results and think strategically.’

‘Rafael de Carvalho Passaro is a spectacular lawyer, very intelligent, attentive to details and a strategic thinker.’

‘Maria Lucia Cetrato is a strategic, detailed and very available lawyer.’

‘Laura Bastos de Lima is a standout – very attentive to detail, organised and available. A real talent.’

Key clients

Tegra

Danone

Tishman Speyer

Red Bull

SEW

Santista

Hypera

Cargill

Restoque

Siemens

Shop2gether

Erbe Incoporadora

Softys Brasil

Gucci

Agricola Xingu

Siemens Energy

Johnson & Johnson

TSR Construtora

Rota das Bandeiras

BRF

Work highlights

  • Retained by Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica in a lawsuit against the Federal Union aiming to demonstrate an illegal practice committed by CMED in the pricing of the medicine Xilfya.
  • Advising Restoqueon on a dispute between its shareholders.
  • Advising ITW Chemical Products on a lawsuit against a competitor and two prior employees of ITW for unfair competition practices.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4

Stocche Forbes Advogados is a popular destination for both domestic and international oil and gas clients seeking assistance with large financing and business transactions involving upstream, midstream and downstream assets and companies. The practice, which is noted for its experience in public law-related matters, experienced a recent increase in mandates pertaining to public bids in the context of Petrobras’s divestment programme, interaction with public agencies and regulatory issues. Guilherme Forbes leads on several M&A and financing transactions pertaining to the hydrocarbons sector, while project finance and capital markets matters are some of Frederico Moura and Bruno Gandolfo's legal specialisms. Mariana Saragoça in São Paulo regularly guides clients throughout all stages of public procurement and the regulatory process. Miriam Signor left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Forbes; Frederico Moura; Bruno Gandolfo; Mariana Saragoça

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Petro Rio

Syndicate of Secured Lenders Composed by Citibank, BNP Paribas, ING Capital, The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee, DNB Capital, Blue Mountain Capital Management

Engie Group

Vibra Energia

New Fortress Energy

Trafigura

Atem’s Distribuidora De Petróleo

Eig Group

Nova Transportadora Do Sudeste – NTS

Prumo Logística

Açu Petróleo

Work highlights

  • Advised EIG on the sale of its aggregated 27% stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolívia-Brasil.
  • Advising Forbes & Manhattan regarding the acquisition of 100% of the equity capital of Paraná Shale for the operation of the Shale Industrialisation Unit (SIX).
  • Advised Hygo Energy Transition on its merger with Lobos Acquisition and on the subsequent change of control of Hygo.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Covering all power segments, including generation from renewable sources, Stocche Forbes Advogados assists clients from the initial development through to the operational stage of electricity projects. Its team members are routinely engaged by top power players in regulatory matters, financing transactions and corporate deals within this industry. Frederico Moura and Bruno Gandolfo in Rio de Janeiro undertake a range of transactional work in the infrastructure space, including M&A and project development. They co-chair the department alongside Mariana Saragoça in São Paulo, who is noted for her extensive experience in regulated sectors, public procurement and privatisations. Recently promoted partner Emilio Pescarmona Gallucci advises companies and investment funds on M&A and the formation of joint ventures, with an emphasis on the energy sector. Frederico Accon stands out at the associate level for his regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Moura; Bruno Gandolfo; Mariana Saragoça

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm with the best professionals for a variety of legal matters. All attorneys are helpful and efficient.’

‘Frederico Moura and Mariana Saragoça are exceptional partners and attentive to client matters.’

‘Extremely qualified and differentiated firm that efficiently handles large operations that need support in the most diverse areas (energy, judicial recovery, contracts, labor, tax, regulatory, etc.).’

‘The team is made up of super technical people with availability and proactivity.’

Key clients

State Grid Brazil Holding

Votorantim Energia

VTRM Energia e Participações

Engie Group

Equatorial Energia

Celse – Centrais Elétricas De Sergipe

EDF Norte Fluminense and its Subsidiaries

EDF Renováveis

Omega Group

Patria Investimentos

Energisa Group

Voltalia

Stoa

Eneva

Cymi Group

Elera Renováveis

Qair Group

Vibra Energia (previously Petrobras Distribuidora)

COPEL

Work highlights

  • Assisted Equatorial Energia Group in the privatisation of CEEE-D and Companhia de Eletricidade do Amapá, providing legal advice regarding its participation in the bidding procedure.
  • Advised Eneva on the business combination of Focus and Eneva.
  • Advised Vibra Energia on the acquisition of a 50% stake in Comerc Participações.

Brazil > Environment Tier 4

Stocche Forbes Advogados has a unique service offering in the Brazilian market thanks to its focus on climate change, sustainable finance, ESG investing and renewable energy. Multinational companies, financial institutions, carbon market players, public entities and non-governmental organisations regularly retain the team in innovative environmental matters involving the assessment of environmental liabilities in high-value M&A, financing and real estate transactions, and the environmental licensing of energy and infrastructure projects at the federal, state and local levels. The highly regarded Caroline Prolo advises domestic and international clients on environmental compliance, climate change and transactional matters. Beatriz de Azevedo Marcico Pereira and Paula Feldmann are also active in the team, especially handling the environmental aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Prolo

Testimonials

‘The firm and its partners are attentive and stand out for handling matters dynamically, quickly and efficiently.’

‘I recommend Caroline Prolo for her ability to deal with issues related to Environmental Law, and her ability to understand and handle cases.’

‘The team has vast experience and knowledge regarding environmental law, especially when it comes to minimising the client’s risks.’

Key clients

CSN

EDF Norte Fluminense

Omega Energia

Raízen

World Bank

Santista

Banco Interamericano De Desenvolvimento

Pachama

Unipar Carbocloro

Energisa

SAE Towers

Work highlights

  • Advised the World Bank on the Market Readiness Project to study alternatives in terms of carbon pricing across all sectors of the Brazilian economy.
  • Advising CSN – Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional on the structuring of its new ESG and climate change policy and corporate governance.
  • Advising Pachama on its environmental and real estate legal due diligence and screening process to select high-quality carbon offsets and projects in Brazil.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 5

Noted for its ‘excellent responsiveness and attention to detail‘, Stocche Forbes Advogados has a good track record in merger filings before the competition authority. In this space, the team has experience advising on deals in a range of industries, including retail, energy and education. 2020 and 2021 saw the firm adding new associates to its antitrust department, including Luisa Marcelino Bono, who joined from Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados. The team is led by Ana Paula Paschoalini, ‘a rising star in the sector’, who is ‘constructive in putting together the best antitrust solutions’.

Practice head(s):

Ana Paula Paschoalini

Testimonials

‘The team provides very artisanal work, as if it were a boutique. High technical quality and excellent client service.’

‘Ana Paula Paschoalini is a rising star in the sector. Very confident and technical in her opinions, but always showing flexibility in finding solutions.’

‘Technical and efficient team, excellent responsiveness and attention to detail.’

‘Ana Paula Paschoalini is an excellent professional, really differentiated.’

‘The work was of excellent quality.’

‘Ana Paula Paschoalini is very available and constructive in putting together the best antitrust solutions.’

Key clients

Petrobras Distribuidora (currently Vibra Energia)

Distribuidora Equador de Produtos de Petróleo (Equador Energia)

Pet Center Comércio e Participações

DNA Capital

Forbes & Manhattan Resources

Algar Soluções

Mubadala Investment Company

Petlove Cayman

Highline do Brasil II Infraestrutura de Telecomunicações

Ultrapar Participações

Votorantim

Smith & Nephew Comércio de Produtos Médicos

Arezzo & Co

Patria Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented Vibra Energia in the filing with CADE of a joint venture with LASA to develop a retail store business by combining the BR Mania and Local store chains.
  • Assisting Petz in the filing with CADE of the acquisition of a 100% interest in Selected Participações.
  • Assisting Equador Energia as an interested third-party in the merger review proceeding involving the acquisition of REMAN refinery from Petrobras by the Atem Group.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 6

Working in close collaboration with other practices within the firm, Stocche Forbes Advogados‘ ‘very responsive, diverse and knowledgeable‘ arbitration group fields specialist teams dedicated to M&A, energy, construction, environmental and real estate disputes. With over two decades of experience in dispute resolution, Rafael Passaro handles commercial, corporate and contractual arbitration; these are also among Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli‘s areas of expertise. Guilherme Gaspari Coelho possesses significant experience in debt restructuring and commercial cases. Other names to note include Wilson Newton de Mello Neto and Maria Lucia Cetraro, both of whom focus on strategic disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Passaro; Luis Guilherme Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho; Wilson Newton de Mello Neto

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, diverse and knowledgeable team. It was a delight to work with them.’

‘I would like to put the spotlight on Rafael Passaro and Luis Guilherme Bondioli, who impressed me and the client with their thorough litigation and arbitration experience and their ability to negotiate a swift settlement of the matter.’

‘The arbitration team is very dedicated, attentive to details and available to think and implement different solutions.’

‘Rafael Passaro is a spectacular lawyer, very intelligent, attentive to details. He thinks about the case very strategically.’

‘Maria Lucia Cetrato is a strategic, detailed and very available lawyer.’

Key clients

Terna

CVS/Onofre

Orascom Investment Holding

Tegra

Hortus

Siemens

Santa Lucia Transmissora de Energia

Credit Suisse

Unipar Carbocloro

Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliario

Elecnor do Brasil

SPE Transmissora de Energia Linha Verde LI

Gerdau

Oep Brasil Electronics Coöperatief

SPE Santa Maria Transmissora De Energia

Vale

Vale Holdings

Vale Fertilizer Netherlands

Brazil > Compliance

Stocche Forbes Advogados illustrated its investment in the firm’s compliance practice with the promotion of Camila Pepe to partner in January 2022; she has significant experience advising Brazilian and international companies on internal investigations, the compliance aspects of M&A, and compliance and anti-money laundering programmes.

Brazil > Public law

Under the leadership of Mariana Saragoça, Stocche Forbes Advogados handles an array of regulatory and public law matters, ranging from M&A in regulated sectors to public procurement, administrative agreements and privatisations.

Stocche Forbes is a full-service law firm formed by attorneys with extensive experience advising Brazilian and foreign entities, doing business in all economic sectors in Brazil. The firm’s teams are equipped to handle the most complex and sophisticated legal issues.

Stocche Forbes ensures services are provided with partner involvement and with teams offering the ideal combination of attorneys and expertise for each specific matter.

It strives to form long-term relationships with clients, forged on the trust that the firm will provide services to the highest standards, proactively seek to identify and understand the issues that are relevant to their clients’ business, and offer creative and practical solutions.

Central to the firm’s vision and values is a collaborative and open working environment which encourages the attraction, retention, motivation and development of its attorneys.

Areas of practice
Antitrust: the antitrust team works together with the M&A team in the assessment of submission requirements, the drafting and negotiation of agreements, and all types of investigations and other administrative proceedings conducted by antitrust authorities.

Banking and finance: the firm advises local or foreign financial institutions, credit agencies and borrowers on all forms of domestic or cross-border financing transactions, corporate loans, structured deals, trade finance and export pre-payments, among others.

Capital markets: the firm advises issuers and underwriters on equity offerings (including IPOs and depositary receipts), debt offerings, delistings and other issuances of securities.

Climate risks: our firm has a climate risks practice to advise clients by mapping the climate risks in their businesses and investments, devising a framework for climate risks management and compliance and supporting in the legal drafting and review of financial and other standard reports and communications, on the basis of guidelines such as the TCFD – Task-Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Furthermore, our team can advise on the development of a “carbon strategy”, which includes the identification of opportunities for action in the context of carbon market instruments and other climate finance mechanisms, and effective support in the drafting and negotiation of transactional documents and emissions reduction purchase agreements

Compliance: the anti-corruption compliance and corporate investigations  has professionals with profound experience in the conducting of corporate investigations over a variety of matters, including corruption, fraud, money laundering, internal controls, harassment, cartels and data leaks. In addition, the team can also assist in the negotiation of leniency agreements and in the defense in administrative and judicial proceedings arising from violations of the Clean Company Act and other similar legislation.

Debt restructuring/bankruptcy: the banking and bankruptcy teams have extensive experience in advising borrowers and lenders on complex debt restructurings, involving domestic and cross-border debt and assets.

Dispute resolution: the firm has expert teams in all forms of dispute resolution and prevention, representing clients in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings, and covering commercial, corporate, competition, banking, contractual, liability, environmental and regulatory aspects.

Energy: the firm has recognized experience in the power sector, in all of its segments – distribution, transmission and generation, including from renewable sources. The members of our team participated in various financing and corporate transactions in this sector, as well as in the drafting, negotiation and review of such typical contracts as EPC contracts, equipment supply, PPAs and gas supply. We also have a solid track record on project finance transactions involving structured financing, domestic transactions based on BNDES onlending or guarantees, as well as local and foreign capital market deals (including project bonds), and funding through multilaterals, export credit agencies and other international lenders. We also have a strong track record in project development, covering corporate structuring such as joint ventures.

Environmental: the environmental law team acts in administrative or judicial proceedings involving environmental issues, as well as in the conduct of due diligence.

Infrastructure: the firm has a team dedicated to the structuring, development and financing of infrastructure, industrial and real estate projects, covering corporate, project finance and project development.

Labor: this department acts in administrative or judicial proceedings involving labor and employment matters, as well as in the conduct of due diligence.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm has extensive experience, including complex transactions involving the sale and acquisition of companies, the formation of joint ventures and corporate reorganizations.

Mining: the team has extensive experience in the mining sector, having participated in significant corporate and financing transactions and faced all sorts of legal issues particular to this sector, including the creation of liens on mining rights and addressing foreign ownership restrictions.

Oil and gas: the team has in-depth knowledge of the commercial and regulatory questions impacting this industry.

Privacy, data protection and technology: the firm has brought together a highly specialized and multidisciplinary group to provide legal advice on matters relating to privacy, data protection and technology. Our lawyers have in-depth experience and are qualified to advise on matters relating to personal data protection, especially regarding the Law no. 13,709/2018 (“General Personal Data Protection Law” or “LGPD”).

Project finance: the team is dedicated to the structuring, development and financing of infrastructure, industrial and real estate projects.

Public law: we have expert teams advising local and foreign clients in respect of public law, Government procurement and regulatory proceedings with Governmental agencies. We participate in the legal structuring of public projects and in the drafting of terms of reference, RFPs and other relevant documentation. We also support clients participating in public bidding proceedings, assisting with the fulfillment of all requirements under the relevant bidding procedures and regulations.

Real estate: we handle all types of transactions and matters involving real estate law, and has been involved in many of the most complex and challenging projects undertaken in Brazil.

Sustainable finance and ESG investments: The firm teamed up a multi-disciplinary team with the purpose of developing the legal knowledge relating to the design of sustainable financial instruments in Brazil, that can enable the transition to a greener and low-carbon economy.

Tax: the tax team provides legal advice on all tax issues affecting businesses transactions in Brazil, at federal and local levels.

White-collar crime: the team is capable of assisting companies in a diverse range of situations that may result in criminal issues.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Capital Markets Henrique Filizzolahfilizzola@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5402
Capital Markets Marcos Ribeiromribeiro@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5464
Capital Markets Frederico Mourafmoura@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 21 3609-7940
Projects and infrastructure Guilherme Forbesgforbes@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5421
Corporate and M&A Andre Stoccheastocche@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5403
Corporate and M&A Flavio Meyerfmeyer@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5454
Corporate and M&A Fabiano Milanifmilani@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5407
Corporate Litigation Fernanda Cardosofcardoso@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5459
Corporate and M&A Alessandra Zequiazequi@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5422
Dispute resolution Rafael Passarorpassaro@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5405
Dispute resolution Luis Guilherme Bondiolilbondioli@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5452
Projects and infrastructure Bruno Gandolfobgandolfo@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 21 3609-7940
Real estate Alexandre Laizo Clapisaclapis@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5404
Tax Renato Coelhorcoelho@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5445
Tax Marcos Pradomprado@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5432
Labour Daniela Yuassadyuassa@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5449
Tax Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filhopduarte@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5419
Debt Restructuring/Bankruptcy Guilherme Coelhogcoelho@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5472
Regulatory Mariana Saragoçamsaragoca@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5410
Corporate and M&A Rafael Andraderandrade@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5467
Corporate and M&A Ricardo Peres Freoarfreoa@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5417
Corporate and M&A Matheus Camposmcampos@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5416
Corporate and Contracts Paola Carrarapcarrara@stoccheforbes.com.br+ 55 11 3755-5495
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Daniel Abraham Loria photoMr Daniel Abraham LoriaPartner
Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli photoMr Luis Guilherme Aidar BondioliPartner of the firm.
Bruno Bercito photoMr Bruno BercitoPartner of the firm.
Matheus Campos photoMr Matheus CamposPartner of the firm.
Fernanda Cardoso photoMrs Fernanda CardosoPartner of the firm.
Paola Carrara photoMrs Paola CarraraPartner of the firm.
Renato Coelho photoMr Renato CoelhoPartner of the firm.
Caroline Dihl Prolo photoMs Caroline Dihl ProloPartner of the firm.
Henrique Filizzola photoMr Henrique FilizzolaPartner of the firm.
Igor Finzi photoMr Igor FinziPartner
Guilherme Forbes photoMr Guilherme ForbesPartner of the firm.
Emilio Gallucci photoMr Emilio GallucciPartner of the firm.
Guilherme Gaspari Coelho photoMr Guilherme Gaspari CoelhoPartner of the firm.
Alexandre Laizo Clápis photoMr Alexandre Laizo ClápisPartner of the firm.
Vilmar Lima Carreiro photoMr Vilmar Lima CarreiroPartner of the firm.
André Mestriner Stocche photoMr André Mestriner StocchePartner of the firm.
Flavio Meyer photoMr Flavio MeyerPartner of the firm.
Fabiano Milani photoMr Fabiano MilaniPartner of the firm.
Wilson Newton de Mello photoMr Wilson Newton de MelloPartner
Ana Paula Paschoalini photoMs Ana Paula PaschoaliniHead of the Antitrust practice of the firm.
Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado photoMr Marcos Vinícius Passarelli PradoPartner of the firm.
Rafael Passaro photoMr Rafael PassaroPartner of the firm.
Camila Pepe photoMs Camila PepeHead of the Compliance practice of the firm.
Ricardo Peres Freoa photoMr Ricardo Peres FreoaPartner of the firm.
Marcos Ribeiro photoMr Marcos RibeiroPartner of the firm.
Andreza Ribeiro photoMs Andreza RibeiroAssociate of the firm.
Marco Saliba photoMr Marco SalibaPartner
Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho photoMr Paulo César Teixeira Duarte FilhoPartner of the firm.
Daniela Yuassa photoMs Daniela YuassaPartner of the firm.
Alessandra Zequi photoMrs Alessandra ZequiPartner of the firm.
Rafael de Almeida Rosa Andrade photoMr Rafael de Almeida Rosa AndradePartner of the firm.
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Lawyers : 215
Total staff : 310
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At Stocche Forbes Advogados, we see inclusion as a principle of the firm.

We understand that diversity and inclusion are essential for our staff, our clients, and society in general. We strongly believe that, in order to achieve these values, we have to be supporters and proponents for them.

We understand diversity as a fundamental factor, not only from the personal perspective but inclusive from the professional perspective, as it allows for a more comprehensive, complete and enriching exchange of experiences.

Pluralism and tolerance have always been part of our firm’s culture and, over time, we have developed leadership and people management to promote diversity as a guiding principle enforce inclusive practices.

We have proceeded with a cautious project that relies on the commitment and effective participation of top leadership, as well as the participation of all sectors of the firm and all the staff, acting on several agendas as we will present ahead.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Program is currently grounded on four pillars for which we have created specific internal committees:

  • Gender (SF Mulher)
  • LGBTQIAP+ Community (SOMOS)
  • Ethnicity-Racial (Radix)
  • Disability (Ultra)

Therefore, we see diversity and inclusion as an intrinsic value of our firm and also a core part of our identity. As a result, apart from other actions which are still in process of being adopted, we have accomplished the following ongoing initiatives:

  1. Development of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee;
  2. Execution of the “Women’s Empowerment Principles of the UN”;
  3. Execution before the UN regarding the commitment to reach an equal or superior rate of 30% of women on the top leadership of the firm by the year 2025, through the Equity is Priority movement;
  4. Execution of the ten (10) commitments from the “LGBTI+ Business and Rights Forum” (Fórum de Empresas e Direitos LGBTI+);
  5. Execution of the “Letter of Commitment from the Business Coalition for Racial and Gender Equity” (Carta Compromisso da Coalizão Empresarial para Equidade Racial e de Gênero);
  6. Participation in the “Include Law Project” (Projeto Incluir Direito) of CESA – Centro de Estudos das Sociedades de Advogados, in partnership with Mackenzie University. The Project aims to provide a greater participation of black people in the legal universe and to develop affirmative action, which contributes to the reduction of inequalities and discrimination by means of complementary classes (English, writing, corporate behavior, among others);
  7. Working together with the “Legal Alliance for Racial Equity” (Aliança Jurídica pela Equidade Racial), a group created by the most relevant law firms in Brazil, which set up meetings to promote seminars to discuss the importance of racial diversity in the legal environment;
  8. Promotion of debates, lectures, events, internal trainings and awareness campaigns related to the four pillars of our D&I Strategy;
  9. Development of the “Radix Fortis Program”, under the Radix foundation (group for ethno-racial equity in the firm), which focuses on: (i) employability, development opportunities and professional ascension for black professionals; and (ii) racial literacy, daily and continuous, understanding through spaces of permanent awareness;
  10. Development of a book club consisting of “Plural Readings” (Leituras Plurais), which focuses on reading books on topics related to all the foudation of the firm’s “Diversity & Inclusion Program” (Programa de Diversidade & Inclusão);
  11. Development of the “Together Project” (JUNTOS), which focuses on bringing together the firm and partner companies in debates on themes related to Diversity & Inclusion; and
  12. Dissemination of information, internally and on social media, with the purpose of promoting awareness related to the basis of “Diversity and Inclusion”.

We are glad to confirm that, as a result of all these iniciatives, from walking down the corridors in our facilities, it is possible to see not only a significant increase in the diversity of our legal and administrative staff, but also a relevant improvement of our organizational climate. Finally, we acknowledge the relevance of diversity and inclusion in the work environment, and we are committed to practice, recognize and enhancing it within our firm. Thus, we are increasingly investing in our D&I program and encouraging related diversity initiatives.