Firm Profile > Stocche Forbes Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Stocche Forbes Advogados
04538-132 SÃO PAULO SP

Capital markets Tier 2

Stocche Forbes Advogados regularly advises on a strong flow of debt and equity offerings. Recently, the firm was involved in several significant stock offerings, representing both issuers and underwriters. The team also has a good track record in debenture offerings, including in the key energy and infrastructure sectors. Other areas of expertise include regulatory advice to investment funds. Henrique Filizzola is highly experienced across all related areas; Frederico Cursino de Moura is active on the debt side; and Rana Moraz and Marcos Ribeiro also have very versatile practices. Senior associate Thadeu Bretas is considered an up-and-coming talent.

Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco Bradesco BBI

Equatorial Energia

Energisa Group

Copel Group


CCR Group

Omega Geração


Corporate and M&A Tier 2

'M&A powerhouseStocche Forbes Advogados continues to be engaged in notable corporate transactions in the Brazilian market. Meanwhile, its dedicated publicly listed company desk provides capital markets and regulatory assistance to a number of companies on an ongoing basis, while the private company desk assists its clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. The firm also counts major Brazilian and international private equity firms among its clients. The corporate and M&A department saw considerable organic growth in its January 2020 round of promotions; Paola Carrara, Matheus Campos, Ricardo Peres Freoa and Rafael de Almeida Rosa Andrade are now partners. Established practitioners Flavio MeyerAndré Mestriner Stocche , Fabiano Milani and Fernanda Cardoso are also key members of the team.


Stocche Forbes is an M&A powerhouse. In my opinion, it is the best department of the firm and, for sure, one of the top notch service providers in the field.

From partners to associates, service is rendered in a great balance between timing and quality. Also, whenever it is needed, the team quickly reach out to other departments of the firm, which, in general, provide high level of services as well. I am really happy to be assisted by them.

Matheus Campos is a talented new partner who works around the clock, helping you navigate transactions from the most simple to the more complex tasks. He is my go-to guy in M&A.’

On the more experienced partners, Andre Stocche is one of the most respected lawyers in the field and Fabiano Milani stands out for his knowledge on listed companies.

Key clients

Pátria Investimentos


L Catterton

Farallon Capital Management

One Equity Partners

GTIS Partners

ACON Investments

HIS Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

XP Investimentos


Tarpon Investimentos

Darby Franklin Templeton

Harvard Management Company

Grupo Verzani & Sandrini



Omega Energia




CCCC – China Communications Construction Company


Dow Dupont

News Corp



Votorantim Cimentos

Votorantim Energia

Nexa Resources


Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Stocche Forbes Advogados stands out for its track record in project finance, displaying expertise in both loan agreements and securities offerings. The team also assists clients on the structuring and negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, supply agreements, as well as administrative law. Miriam Signor advises on financial, corporate and restructuring transactions involving infrastructure assets. Guilherme Forbes is often instructed by large infrastructure groups and national and foreign banks. Project finance is an area of strength for Frederico Moura and Bruno Gandolfo, who are also adept at handling mergers and acquisitions within regulated sectors.


‘A strong team with solid technical skills, practical advice and good client service.’ 

‘Frederico Moura is very responsive and provides practical advice to complicated problems. He is supported by a solid team of associates and other colleagues.’

Guilherme Forbes is a very good lawyer, pragmatic. Miriam Signor is very helpful, business-oriented.

Frederico Moura has great commercial sense. Bruno Gandolfo Damico is a very good lawyer. Associate Laercio Munechika is also very highly regarded.

Key clients


Éléctricite de France

State Grid

EIG Partners

Equatorial Energia

Golar LNG

Banco (Santander) Brasil

Itaú Unibanco


CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe

Real estate Tier 2

Stocche Forbes Advogados has an increasingly strong presence in Brazil's real estate market, and the launch of a team in Belo Horizonte illustrates its investment in this field. The practice, which is led by Alexandre Laizo Clápis, has experience in major residential development projects, as well as sales and acquisitions of office blocks, logistics centres, hotels and agribusiness assets. The firm also has good expertise in litigation and corporate-related real estate advice. Major investment funds form a large chunk of the client base. Partner Fernanda Rosa is also recommended.

Practice head(s):


‘With extensive experience in the market, the firm brings unique strategies and knowledge for the structuring that the client needs for his business. Dedication and organisation demonstrate how the team fits in a unique way and prepared for the demands.’

Key clients

Autonomy Investimentos

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


IBM Brasil Indústria, Máquinas e Serviços

Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo

GLP – Global Logistics Properties

AES Tietê

Tegra Incorporadora

São Carlos Empreendimentos e Participações

Agrícola Xingu

AgroSB Agropecuária

Construtora São José

HMC – Harvard Management Company

Pátria Investimentos

Banking and finance Tier 3

Stocche Forbes Advogados enjoys a strong market reputation for major cross-border deals and has played an active role advising borrowers and lenders on the financing of major acquisitions. The team has strong expertise in debt capital markets, refinancings, structured finance and large-scale project finance deals, and the lawyers are also noted for their strong regulatory expertise. Guilherme Forbes, Miriam Signor, Marcos Ribeiro and Henrique Filizzola have been active in the market for over 20 years. Rio de Janeiro-based partner Frederico Moura is also making a good name for himself.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Engie Brasil Energia

Syncreon Group

Teekay Offshore Partners

Berneck Painéis Solares e Serrados


Cabo Serviços de Telecomunicações  and Videomar Rede Nordeste

Terna Plus

SEG Automotive Germany

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, and Banco Santander

Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Stocche Forbes Advogados has a strong multi-disciplinary practice that spans litigation, banking and finance, and M&A. The firm typically acts for major creditors, including bondholder and lender committees, and has been involved in several significant workouts in the transport, agribusiness and natural resources industries. Guilherme Gaspari Coelho leads the team, which also benefits from the expertise of corporate finance experts Frederico Cursino de Moura and Guilherme Forbes.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Gramercy Funds Management

Ad Hoc Committee of Lenders composed by The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, York Capital, Solus Alternative Asset Management LLP and Silverpoint Capital

Moneda Asset Management LLC

Banco Cargill

Syndicate of secured lenders composed by Citibank, BNP Paribas, ING Capital LLC, The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee, DNB Capital LLC, Blue Mountain Capital Management LLC, Deutsche Bank AG London, NORDEA Bank AB London Branch, The Bank of Nova Scotia and MUFG Union Bank

CarVal Investors

Canvas Capital


Cargill Agrícola

Concessionária Rota das Bandeiras

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Stocche Forbes Advogados not only handles complex litigation, but is also adept at advising on preventive strategies. The team undertakes a range of work, regularly assisting with the resolution of disputes involving consumer law, breach of contract and other corporate and commercial issues. Rafael Passaro has more than two decades of experience in civil litigation and administrative proceedings, which are also key areas of activity for Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli. Focusing on commercial and corporate disputes, Guilherme Gaspari Coelho is another practitioner to note. Fernanda Cardoso combines expertise in corporate law and M&A matters with in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution. Domingos Refinetti joined Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados in May 2019. Since publication, the firm hired dispute resolution expert Wilson Newton de Mello Neto from an in-house position with SABESP in June 2021.


‘The Stocche Advogados team has worked for us leading a pool of offices in major strategic processes, demonstrating to be a team of high technical and management skills, very closely involved and always acting proactively, seeking to anticipate the movements of the adverse and the judiciary in defining the best strategy.’

‘Our interactions, as a rule, are with the team specialized in dispute resolution and litigation, led by partner Rafael Passaro. Rafael shows himself to be a highly trained and always accessible lawyer, with solutions that are appropriate to the specific case and the client’s needs. I also highlight the lawyers Luis Guilherme A. Bondioli and Fernanda Cardoso, for their high technical capacity and brilliance.’

‘Luis Guilherme Bondioli is a great professional, having extensive experience, which facilitates the dialogue with the client.’ 

Key clients












Credite Suisse


Hydrocarbons Tier 4

The infrastructure team at Stocche Forbes Advogados has an impressive track record in project finance transactions in the oil and gas sector. The practice has recently diversified its service offering, departing from a pure project finance background, to include a wider range of work, covering regulatory advice, participation in public auctions, M&A and acquisition finance in the hydrocarbons market. Frederico Moura and Bruno Gandolfo often act for major sponsors and financial institutions in the country, while Miriam Signor focuses on project finance. Guilherme Forbes handles corporate transactions involving shares and assets in the energy sector.


‘Stocche Forbes overall added great value to works related to M&A and financing of very complex cross-border transactions in Brazil.’

‘The following individuals did truly outstanding work and went above and beyond to deliver fast and quality work product in a highly stressful and fast pacing transaction: Frederico Moura; Bruno Gandolfo; Pietro Bianchi and Ricardo Freoa.’

Key clients


Bnp Paribas

Eig Group, Gtb-Tbg Holdings

Engie Group

ICBC Do Brasil Banco Multiplo

Petrorio O&G Exploração E Produção

Modec Serviços De Petróleo Do Brasil

BW Offshore

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & Mccloy

Tax Tier 4

The high-quality tax practice at Stocche Forbes Advogados is especially strong in tax structuring. This includes support on major M&A, business launches and infrastructure deals. Practice head Renato Coelho is extremely well regarded by clients. He is backed by a strong team, which includes Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado, who has a strong focus on indirect tax and customs duties and Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho. Since publication, Renata Emery has left the firm, while Daniel Abraham Loria joined from BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão in June 2021.

Practice head(s):


‘Stocche Forbes has a strong tax practice. The team is very hands-on and qualified.’

‘A very well-prepared team in terms of academic background and work experience, with a practice tailored to meet clients specific necessities, that is, they know precisely their role in a given transaction and how to act to towards a positive outcome.’

‘Renato Coelho is outstanding. He deals with high profile and sophisticated tax work. I consider him one of the best tax professionals I have worked with.’

Key clients

Mubadala Development Company






BTG Pactual


Banco Bradesco

Red Bull

Competition and antitrust Tier 5

Stocche Forbes Advogados saw the departure of former practice head Paulo Casagrande to Trench Rossi Watanabe in January 2020; Ana Paula Paschoalini - a 'clear rising star in the field' - now leads the team. She has notable experience advising clients in merger control processes and competition compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):


Team provides fast and high quality work, being quite creative in terms of approach and solution in comparison with its peers.’

Ana Paula Paschoalini is a clear rising star in the field. She has led all our antitrust filing with great results.’

Key clients

Mubadala Development Company

Whirlpool Corporation

British Telecom

Pátria Investimentos


Asperbras Tubos e Conexões

Serveng Civilsan

Catterton Latin America Management / Magnolia Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia

Engie Brasil Energia

Unipar Carbocloro

Environment Tier 5

The environmental team at Stocche Forbes Advogados is often sought after to assist with environmental legal due diligence in the context of capital markets, M&A, infrastructure and real estate transactions. Acting for clients from the financial sector in relation to risk assessment of environmental liabilities is a particular area of strength. Other typical mandates include environmental licensing of renewable energy projects. Illustrating its investment in this practice, the firm promoted practice head Caroline Dihl Prolo to partner; she is proficient in climate change issues.

Practice head(s):


‘The environmental team is really engaged in sustainability. They participate in many initiatives and projects and support development of materials and content focused on ESG.’

Key clients

Pátria Brazilian Private Equity Fund

AES Tiête

Omega Energia


Mizuho Bank

EDF Energia

Cubico do Brasil


Equatorial Energia

Terra Santa Agro

Instituto Clima e Sociedade

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 6

Stocche Forbes Advogados is adept in arbitration involving M&A transactions, public contracts, commercial agreements and infrastructure projects. Rafael Passaro is noted for his experience in arbitral proceedings in the context of commercial and corporate law matters. Other names to note in the team include Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli and debt restructuring expert Guilherme Gaspari Coelho.


‘Stocche Forbes Advogados has a seasoned and specialised team focused on arbitration matters. The team also has an experience in specific matters, such as those involving tax, financial and corporate law, which provides a competitive edge in arbitration procedures and discussions.’

‘The individuals of Stocche Forbes Advogados advise on the best outcome to the issues we face daily.’

Key clients

Terna SRL






Tishman Speyer

Credit Suisse


Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliario

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

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.

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

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.

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

Real estate: it handles 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital Markets Henrique Filizzola + 55 11 3755-5402
Capital Markets Marcos Ribeiro + 55 11 3755-5464
Capital Markets Frederico Moura + 55 21 3609-7940
Projects and infrastructure Guilherme Forbes + 55 11 3755-5421
Capital Markets Rana Moraz + 55 11 3755-5415
Corporate and M&A Andre Stocche + 55 11 3755-5403
Corporate and M&A Flavio Meyer + 55 11 3755-5454
Corporate and M&A Fabiano Milani + 55 11 3755-5407
Corporate Litigation Fernanda Cardoso + 55 11 3755-5459
Corporate and M&A Alessandra Zequi + 55 11 3755-5422
Dispute resolution Rafael Passaro + 55 11 3755-5405
Dispute resolution Luis Guilherme Bondioli + 55 11 3755-5452
Projects and infrastructure Miriam Signor + 55 11 3755-5406
Projects and infrastructure Bruno Gandolfo + 55 21 3609-7940
Real estate Alexandre Laizo Clapis + 55 11 3755-5404
Tax Renato Coelho + 55 11 3755-5445
Tax Marcos Prado + 55 11 3755-5432
Labour Daniela Yuassa + 55 11 3755-5449
Environment Caroline Dihl Prolo + 55 11 3755-5473
Tax Alberto Medeiros +55 11 3755-5400
Tax Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho + 55 11 3755-5419
Debt Restructuring/Bankruptcy Guilherme Coelho + 55 11 3755-5472
Regulatory Mariana Saragoça + 55 11 3755-5410
Corporate and M&A Rafael Andrade + 55 11 3755-5467
Corporate and M&A Ricardo Peres Freoa + 55 11 3755-5417
Corporate and M&A Matheus Campos + 55 11 3755-5416
Corporate and Contracts Paola Carrrara + 55 11 3755-5495
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli  photo Mr Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli Partner of the firm.
Ms Bruna Bellotto  photo Ms Bruna Bellotto Associate of the firm.
Mr Bruno Bercito  photo Mr Bruno Bercito Partner of the firm.
Mr Thadeu Bretas  photo Mr Thadeu Bretas Associate of th firm.
Mr Matheus Campos  photo Mr Matheus Campos Partner of the firm.
Mrs Fernanda Cardoso  photo Mrs Fernanda Cardoso Partner of the firm.
Mrs Paola Carrara  photo Mrs Paola Carrara Partner of the firm.
Mr Renato Coelho  photo Mr Renato Coelho Partner of the firm.
Ms Caroline Dihl Prolo  photo Ms Caroline Dihl Prolo Partner of the firm.
Mr Henrique Filizzola  photo Mr Henrique Filizzola Partner of the firm.
Mr Guilherme Forbes  photo Mr Guilherme Forbes Partner of the firm.
Mr Emilio Gallucci  photo Mr Emilio Gallucci Partner of the firm.
Mr Guilherme Gaspari Coelho  photo Mr Guilherme Gaspari Coelho Partner of the firm.
Mr Alexandre Laizo Clápis photo Mr Alexandre Laizo Clápis Partner of the firm.
Mr Vilmar Lima Carreiro  photo Mr Vilmar Lima Carreiro Partner of the firm.
Mr André Mestriner Stocche  photo Mr André Mestriner Stocche Partner of the firm.
Mr Flavio Meyer  photo Mr Flavio Meyer Partner of the firm.
Mr Fabiano Milani  photo Mr Fabiano Milani Partner of the firm.
Mrs Rana Moraz  photo Mrs Rana Moraz Partner of the firm.
Mr Frederico Moura photo Mr Frederico Moura Partner of the firm.
Ms Ana Paula Paschoalini  photo Ms Ana Paula Paschoalini Head of the Antitrust practice of the firm.
Mr Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado photo Mr Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado Partner of the firm.
Mr Rafael Passaro  photo Mr Rafael Passaro Partner of the firm.
Ms Lilian Patrus Marques  photo Ms Lilian Patrus Marques Associate of the firm.
Ms Camila Pepe  photo Ms Camila Pepe Head of the Compliance practice of the firm.
Mr Ricardo Peres Freoa  photo Mr Ricardo Peres Freoa Partner of the firm.
Mr Marcos Ribeiro  photo Mr Marcos Ribeiro Partner of the firm.
Ms Andreza Ribeiro  photo Ms Andreza Ribeiro Associate of the firm.
Mrs Miriam Signor  photo Mrs Miriam Signor Partner of the firm.
Mr Pedro Simão  photo Mr Pedro Simão Counsel of the firm.
Mr Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho photo Mr Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho Partner of the firm.
Ms Daniela Yuassa  photo Ms Daniela Yuassa Partner of the firm.
Mrs Alessandra Zequi  photo Mrs Alessandra Zequi Partner of the firm.
Mr Rafael de Almeida Rosa Andrade photo Mr Rafael de Almeida Rosa Andrade Partner of the firm.
Partners : 30
Lawyers : 187
Total staff : 270
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