Mr Henrique Filizzola > Stocche Forbes Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Capital Markets; Banking and Finance; Securitization and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Position

Partner of the firm.

Career

Henrique has been working for over 15 years in capital markets, structured finance and corporate transactions, securitization and mergers and acquisitions, including several cross border transactions. Henrique was an international associate at Mayer Brown LLP, in Chicago.

Languages

Portuguese and English.

Memberships

Member of the Brazilian Bar Association and Member of Fixed Income Capital Markets Committee of BM&F BOVESPA.

Education

Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) – 1997. Masters in Laws Degree (latu sensu) in Contractual Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) – 2001. Masters in Laws Degree (LL.M.) from Durham University Law School (England) – 2005.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

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.

Brazil > Capital markets

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.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

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.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency

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.