Partners: João Guilherme Sauer, Hermano de Villemor Amaral (neto), Alexandre Montoni, Gustavo Feres Paixão, Marcio Costa Pereira, José Roberto Faveret, Ramiro Borges, Vitor Lopes, Eduardo Tranjan, Marina Marangoni, Luis Antonio Menezes, Marcelo de Aguiar Sampaio, Erika Rubio and Juan Castillo
Senior Counsels: Hermano de Villemor Amaral (filho), Gilberto Trigueiro
Number of junior partners: 160
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Established in the city of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, in 1909 and in the city of São Paulo, SP, in 1971,Villemor Amaral Advogados is currently the longest standing law firm in Brazil. It combines its strong tradition and experience with the commitment to supply valuable assistance to its clientele. Together, the highly qualified lawyers work across practices to render legal services of the utmost quality, bringing their collective experience to the benefit clients in practically all fields of law in which corporate businesses require legal advice. In addition to its branch at Brasília, DF, Villemor Amaral Advogados has a network of local correspondents in all Brazilian states.
Main Areas of Practice:
Oil & Gas:
The firm has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and was directly involved in the development of a variety of projects within the upstream, midstream and downstream segments in Brazil. The firm’s client portfolio includes several international oil companies (IOCs), service and equipment suppliers, distributors and transporters, which has allowed it to gain broad experience of the market needs on every aspect of the entire production chain. The firm’s specialised partners are able to draft and negotiate all types of contracts peculiar to the industry and to provide strong value-added advice from the oil well up to the wholesale market.
The firm acts for sponsors, project companies, lenders and multilateral agencies in projects in a wide variety of areas, such as petrochemical, pulp and paper, defence, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, among others. As project lawyers, the firm usually gets involved in a project from its very inception and assists the client all the way through commencement of commercial operational and beyond.
The firm has been involved in several oil and gas power plants, small hydro plants, wind farms and hydro power plants projects. The firm’s experience has provided it with a broad view of both fuel and energy market and enables it to advise clients on all the relevant contracts related to the energy production such as the fuel supply, EPC, O&M and PPA.
The firm assists clients in every aspect of an M&A transaction, from due diligence to closing, including tax planning, advice on most suitable acquisition structure, acquisition finance, handling regulatory matters (including antitrust clearance), drafting and negotiating the shares or assets purchase agreements, escrow agreements and any ancillary documents.
General Corporate Practice:
The firm advises its clients in virtually every aspect of corporate law, such as the selection of the most appropriate corporate form, incorporation of companies, assistance with shareholders agreement, business association agreements, corporate governance matters, corporate reorganisations, and any general corporate issues arising in the course of the development of a business in Brazil.
The firm’s tax department advises major national and international companies in connection with all aspects of tax law, including tax planning, review of tax structures, identification of tax implications, international treaties, tax incentives and tax litigation. It also has a thorough knowledge of all tax matters relevant to the oil and gas industry, having provided tax planning assistance to many clients in the industry, including in respect of the use of tax incentives, such as the REPETRO.
Public Law, Regulatory:
Many of the firm’s lawyers have work experience in the public sector. The firm assists its clients with public bidding processes, contracts with the public administration or state-controlled companies, regulatory matters (including interfacing with regulatory agencies) and handling Central Bank and antitrust matters.
The firm constantly represents corporations in employment litigation matters involving employees or former employees, unions, public prosecutors, the Ministry of Labor and other governmental authorities, before courts and administrative governmental bodies, as the case may be, and on routine and complex labour matters, such as drafting and negotiating employment contracts, expatriates matters and due diligence in mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm represents client before State and Federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration and mediation. The litigation team handles a wide variety of legal issues, and is also comprised of many lawyers who have accumulated experience working in the public sector. The firm also has a mass litigation department, providing services to large services companies in Brazil, such as banks, airlines and public utilities’ providers.
Sports, Media & Entertainment:
Villemor Amaral’s specialised professionals are able to provide tailor-made support to clients in the sports, media and entertainment sectors and related activities such as hospitality and leisure services. The firm’s lawyers are prepared to review and negotiate a wide array of agreements and contracts, provide tax advice in general and specific legislation related to the upcoming major sports events in Brazil.
The firm has assisted its clients to detect, prevent and combat frauds and corruption acts, assisting companies to adjust its practices in compliance with anticorruption applicable legislation in Brazil and abroad. Villemor Amaral Advogados’ professionals have relevant expertise in developing internal compliance policies and in performing workshops and due diligences related to anticorruption practices.
Many of the firm’s clients are international corporations doing business in Brazil. The firm’s local clients also often develop businesses with international companies, purchase services or equipment from international companies or seek finance from international banks or multilateral agencies. As a result, a high percentage of the work performed by the firm has cross-border elements and the firm works closely with international law firms in many transactions.
Areas of Practice
General Corporate Practice
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Oil & Gas
Public Law, Regulatory
Sports, Media & Entertainment
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