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Latin-America Guide

Corporate/Commercial: Centre West — Brazil


Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners

What the team is known for Front-running practice renowned for its expertise in a wide range of transactional and commercial matters, with noted capabilities obtaining approval for M&A and joint ventures before CADE. Admired for its deep bench of highly specialised mining practitioners and distinguished capabilities in antitrust investigations. Actively supports major companies and financial institutions with commercial agreements and restructuring mandates. Wider offering also includes government relations. China Molybdenum is a new client win.

Strengths Peers say: "It is one of the leading firms in the Centre West of Brazil. Their Brasília-based bench is comprised of partners that are very strong in their specific areas."

Work highlights Advised Serra da Borda Mineração e Metalurgia on the sale of its gold properties to Mineração Apoena.

Significant clients Yamana Gold, Macquarie, Votorantim, Anglogold Ashanti, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners

Experienced partner José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is acclaimed by market commentators for his track record in competition cases and representation of clients in contentious matters before CADE. He specialises in banking and finance and also assists with the development of compliance programmes and anti-bribery investigations. Clients say: "He provides us with clear and very well-founded legal advice - we truly value his legal counsel." Peers add: "He is one of the best competition lawyers in Brasília and a huge name working before the Brazilian Competition Authority."

Renowned partner Carlos Vilhena garners praise for the strength of his expertise in the mining sector. He regularly assists leading companies working in the region with M&A transactions, financing, regulatory and environmental issues. Clients report: "He is considered the leading mining expert in Brazil and has a broad understanding of Brazilian mining laws." Peers add: "He is a very intelligent lawyer who is highly specialised in mining issues and government relations."

"Excellent" practitioner Leonardo Rocha e Silva is described by sources as "a go-to lawyer for antitrust matters" and "an excellent lawyer who is very active in the market." Commentators highlight his capabilities in litigation before CADE. His wider offering includes cartel investigations, merger filings and compliance programmes.

Brasília-based practitioner Adriano Drummond Trindade specialises in the mining sector and often supports exploration companies with sector-related acquisitions and litigation mandates.

Department profile by Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The Brasília office, organized in 1974, represents national and international clients on litigation, corporate and tax matters. Our local attorneys’ practices focus on mining, antitrust, anti-bribery, consumer, tax, civil, commercial, banking, public health and administrative law, with emphasis on matters involving regulatory agencies and federal public administration bodies, including representation of clients before the higher courts (in particular the STF and the STJ).

In the corporate area, the mining law group is one of the most awarded and qualified in the Brazilian market. Our lawyers have advised clients in the most diverse and complex transactions involving mining companies and financial institutions in Brazil over the past 15 years. In addition to the mining sector, the corporate area of the Brasília office also provides general advice in corporate and contractual matters to local clients.

In the competition area, the office assists clients in obtaining the competition authority (CADE) approval for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and represents them in investigations into anticompetitive practices.

The Brasília office also has a Government Relations practice to assist clients interested in dealing with Governmental entities and following up on legislative processes.

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Piquet Carneiro, Magaldi & Guedes Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team admired for its strong capabilities in high-profile litigation and public law matters. Significant expertise in the defence of engineering companies before public authorities and the superior courts. Regularly assists clients with high-value public contracts, audits and biddings. Also advises leading national companies on matters involving regulatory and competition agencies. Merck and CENTRAD are new client wins.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's “efficiency, dedication, availability, commitment and creativity to solve matters."

Work highlights Successfully advised EMBRAPORT on a lawsuit filed by a state congressman seeking to annul a BRL1.4 billion construction contract signed with the company.

Significant clients Andrade Gutierrez, BT, Merck, Diebold, Construtora OAS.

Notable practitioners

Guilherme Magaldi is respected for his long-standing experience in both the private and public sectors. He frequently provides counsel to clients on high-stakes contentious matters before the superior courts and is particularly active before the Federal Court of Accounts. Market commentators say: "He is a very good lawyer who has an intense activity and is very respected in the market."

Renowned name partner João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro is an expert in government relations whom peers commend as "a reference in economic law." Sources endorse his practice: "He built his career in Brasília and has extensive experience working with competition and administrative law as well as before the Federal Court of Accounts."

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Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International) - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Renowned Brasília-based practice which enjoys widespread recognition for its active representation of clients in antitrust cases. Team boasts in-depth expertise in matters before CADE and offers assistance with merger controls, cartel investigations and contentious mandates. Additionally well equipped to advise on tax and public law matters as well as on administrative litigation and public contract issues.

Strengths Peers endorse the firm's strong capabilities in antitrust matters and go on to assert: "They are one of the great references for economic law especially with regard to CADE-related legal counsel."

Notable practitioners

Outstanding head of practice Francisco Todorov is highly regarded for his capabilities in competition law, with peers rating his CADE-related practice as "exceptional." Todorov often handles merger filings, cartel investigations and anti-dumping investigations. He also defends clients in antitrust litigation against competition authorities. Market sources add: "He is an excellent lawyer who is very dedicated to his cases, extremely well prepared and highly capable."

Of counsel and former professor Tulio do Egito Coelho is well regarded for his vast experience in competition law. He regularly advises on CADE-related issues, with particular expertise in merger control and cartel investigations. Sources note: "He continues to be a reference for economic law issues." Coelho is also well versed in regulatory and public law issues.

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Rodrigo Badaró and Paolla Ouriques
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong Brasília-based team with a focused corporate and commercial practice. A wide range of national companies from the construction and retail sectors benefit from its experience drafting commercial agreements, conducting due diligence related to M&A transactions and the structuring of varied financial deals. Call Tecnologia e Serviços is a new client.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "highly qualified bench, ability to meet the agreed deadlines and the availability of the firm's main partners."

Work highlights Assisted ECAP Engenharia with all the documentation related to its joint venture agreement with a real estate company.

Significant clients Antares Engenharia, Porto BSB Engenharia, Cienge Engenharia e Comércio, Pier 21, Oba Hortifruti.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Paolla Ouriques is frequently involved in transactional mandates involving corporate, real estate and financial law. Clients note: "She is a very capable lawyer who works swiftly on our cases."

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Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected boutique with notable local expertise particularly with regards to competition and regulatory law. Team draws on its strong academic background to assist a wide range of clients from the infrastructure, health, technology and financial sectors with leniency agreements and contentious matters before CADE. Additional strength in corporate restructurings.

Strengths Market observers report: "The firm has highly qualified partners with significant experience representing major clients in antitrust mandates."

Notable practitioners

Name partner and professor Ivo Teixeira Gico is recognised for his expertise in competition law and valuable experience as an academic. Market commentators enthuse: "Ivo Gico is a rocket taking off on the national level for his work in regulatory and competition law." They add: "He is a very well-known partner and very strong academically."

Respected partner Eric Hadmann Jasper draws on a notable track record in competition and regulatory law to capably advise clients on antitrust and commercial matters. Interviewees say: "He is a great lawyer who is very active in regulatory and competition law and has a robust academic background."

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Levy & Salomão Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bolívar Moura Rocha
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing Brasília-based group respected for its experience in competition and regulatory matters. Extensive experience representing clients hailing from the infrastructure sector in administrative proceedings before the competition authorities and in litigation before the superior courts. Typical mandates include cartel investigations and merger control filings.

Strengths Interviewees observe: "The firm is a great reference for economic law and CADE."

Work highlights Retained by CTIS Tecnologia to review its fiscal and corporate structure in Brazil following its sale to Sonda Group.

Significant clients CTIS Tecnologia, Nitroquímica, Michelin, AmBev, Alsar Tecnologia em Redes.

Notable practitioners

"Spectacular" practitioner and head of department Bolívar Moura Rocha is respected for his extensive track record in antitrust matters, with peers highlighting his "broad-ranging view of legal and institutional matters in Brazil." Sources add to his praises: “Bolívar is super well known and very respected in the market. He is intensely dedicated to competition and economic law.”

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service outfit well recognised for its corporate practice in the Centre West region. This compact team provides particularly valuable advice on commercial agreements, M&A and due diligence matters. Its additional strengths lie in contentious mandates, administrative investigations and government relations. World Bank and SEBRAE are new client wins.

Strengths Commentators note: "The firm offers full-service capabilities and is a highlight in several practice areas, from corporate consultancy to litigation before the superior courts."

Work highlights Advised Norte Energia on the EPC contract it entered with the Belo Monte Construction Consortium as well as on key cement supply contracts the client signed with Votorantim Cimentos.

Significant clients BMW, Ford, Oxbow, Hasbro, Hirock.

Notable practitioners

Well-known partner Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm is described by sources as "an intelligent and well-prepared lawyer" who is "highly knowledgeable and constantly updating his knowledge of commercial law." He advises local and multinational clients on corporate and commercial issues, government relations and administrative law matters. Timm often represents clients in compliance matters and anticorruption investigations.

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To help our clients respond faster and more effectively to the increasing business opportunities between Brazil and both key existing trade partners and specific fast-growing economies, our firm pioneered the creation of foreign desks in Latin America, composed of professionals dedicated to these major trade and investment destinations. Starting with our Asian initiative (comprising our China, Korea and Japan desks) and fast developing towards other markets (German-speaking countries and Latin America), these unique knowledge centers are staffed with professionals familiar with the culture, legal and business practices of each region, and who are charged with keeping up-to-date with bilateral trade relations developments between Brazil and those countries.


Senior Statesmen

Tulio do Egito Coelho

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Of counsel and former professor Tulio do Egito Coelho is well regarded for his vast experience in competition law. He regularly advises on CADE-related issues, with particular expertise in merger control and cartel investigations. Sources note: "He continues to be a reference for economic law issues." Coelho is also well versed in regulatory and public law issues.

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Senior Statesmen

Bolívar Moura Rocha

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Spectacular" practitioner and head of department Bolívar Moura Rocha is respected for his extensive track record in antitrust matters, with peers highlighting his "broad-ranging view of legal and institutional matters in Brazil." Sources add to his praises: “Bolívar is super well known and very respected in the market. He is intensely dedicated to competition and economic law.”

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Senior Statesmen

João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro

Piquet Carneiro, Magaldi & Guedes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned name partner João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro is an expert in government relations whom peers commend as "a reference in economic law." Sources endorse his practice: "He built his career in Brasília and has extensive experience working with competition and administrative law as well as before the Federal Court of Accounts."

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José Alexandre Buaiz Neto

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced partner José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is acclaimed by market commentators for his track record in competition cases and representation of clients in contentious matters before CADE. He specialises in banking and finance and also assists with the development of compliance programmes and anti-bribery investigations. Clients say: "He provides us with clear and very well-founded legal advice - we truly value his legal counsel." Peers add: "He is one of the best competition lawyers in Brasília and a huge name working before the Brazilian Competition Authority."

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Francisco Todorov

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Outstanding head of practice Francisco Todorov is highly regarded for his capabilities in competition law, with peers rating his CADE-related practice as "exceptional." Todorov often handles merger filings, cartel investigations and anti-dumping investigations. He also defends clients in antitrust litigation against competition authorities. Market sources add: "He is an excellent lawyer who is very dedicated to his cases, extremely well prepared and highly capable."

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renowned partner Carlos Vilhena garners praise for the strength of his expertise in the mining sector. He regularly assists leading companies working in the region with M&A transactions, financing, regulatory and environmental issues. Clients report: "He is considered the leading mining expert in Brazil and has a broad understanding of Brazilian mining laws." Peers add: "He is a very intelligent lawyer who is highly specialised in mining issues and government relations." 

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Band 2

Adriano Drummond Trindade

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Brasília-based practitioner Adriano Drummond Trindade specialises in the mining sector and often supports exploration companies with sector-related acquisitions and litigation mandates.

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Leonardo Rocha e Silva

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent" practitioner Leonardo Rocha e Silva is described by sources as "a go-to lawyer for antitrust matters" and "an excellent lawyer who is very active in the market." Commentators highlight his capabilities in litigation before CADE. His wider offering includes cartel investigations, merger filings and compliance programmes.

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Band 3

Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Well-known partner Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm is described by sources as "an intelligent and well-prepared lawyer" who is "highly knowledgeable and constantly updating his knowledge of commercial law." He advises local and multinational clients on corporate and commercial issues, government relations and administrative law matters. Timm often represents clients in compliance matters and anticorruption investigations.

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Band 3

Eric Hadmann Jasper

Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Eric Hadmann Jasper draws on a notable track record in competition and regulatory law to capably advise clients on antitrust and commercial matters. Interviewees say: "He is a great lawyer who is very active in regulatory and competition law and has a robust academic background."

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Guilherme Magaldi

Piquet Carneiro, Magaldi & Guedes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guilherme Magaldi is respected for his long-standing experience in both the private and public sectors. He frequently provides counsel to clients on high-stakes contentious matters before the superior courts and is particularly active before the Federal Court of Accounts. Market commentators say: "He is a very good lawyer who has an intense activity and is very respected in the market." 

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Ivo Teixeira Gico

Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner and professor Ivo Teixeira Gico is recognised for his expertise in competition law and valuable experience as an academic. Market commentators enthuse: "Ivo Gico is a rocket taking off on the national level for his work in regulatory and competition law." They add: "He is a very well-known partner and very strong academically."

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Up and Coming

Leonardo Maniglia Duarte

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very active" up-and-coming partner Leonardo Maniglia Duarte of Veirano Advogados comes recommended for his significant knowledge of antitrust matters, with commentators reporting that he often represents clients in CADE mandates. He frequently assists with merger notifications and the investigation of anti-competitive practices. Market sources add: "He is highly active before the Brazilian Competition Authority and is performing great work in Brasília."

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Associates to watch

Luciano Inácio de Souza

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Highly qualified" associate-to-watch Luciano Inácio de Souza of Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados specialises in compliance, competition law and government relations. According to clients, "he stands out for his thorough and detail-oriented approach," and is "an expert in anti-corruption compliance and antitrust issues." Peers add: "He is a highly qualified lawyer who specialises in competition matters."

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Associates to watch

Azevedo Sette Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Paolla Ouriques is frequently involved in transactional mandates involving corporate, real estate and financial law. Clients note: "She is a very capable lawyer who works swiftly on our cases."

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