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Corporate/Commercial: Centre West — Brazil


Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with expertise in transactional and regulatory mandates, particularly in the mining sector. Multinational corporations and leading national companies benefit from the firm's experienced team in Brasília. Routinely assists clients seeking regulatory approval for M&A and joint ventures before CADE and represents them in anti-bribery investigations conducted by the Brazilian authorities. Boasts additional strength in government relations.

Strengths Sources admire the work carried out by the firm, with one interviewee explaining: "What makes Pinheiro Neto stand out from other leading firms based in the Centre West region is its independent team made up of locally qualified professionals. The multidisciplinary team comprises very good names."

Work highlights Assisted SBM Offshore with the negotiation of settlement agreements with the Public Prosecutor's Office, the General Counsel for the Republic and the Ministry of Transparency and Comptroller's General Office.

Notable practitioners

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is highly regarded by peers and clients alike for his wide-ranging practice in the Centre West region. A client notes: "His local knowledge is very helpful. He has the ability to put matters in an international context." Sources also report: "His work is diversified and includes banking and finance and capital markets mandates, corporate operations, compliance and also competition law." One peers states: "He possesses one of the most strategic minds when advising clients and they trust him greatly."

Standout mining law specialist Carlos Vilhena advises market-leading companies in the sector on big-ticket M&A and project finance deals, as well as on regulatory and environmental matters. Commentators praise his "unbeatable business perspective," and go on to assert: "He understands the client's needs. His work adds value." Another source highlights his "technical know-how as well as his specialised and integrated approach which encompasses other practice areas," and also note "the good management of his team."

Adriano Drummond Trindade is noted for his knowledge of complex regulatory matters. A source states that "he is one of the most qualified lawyers I know. He masters public law and also knows a lot about corporate matters, which is a rare combination and a very good characteristic for someone working in a highly regulated sector."

Leonardo Rocha e Silva is renowned for his strong capabilities in the antitrust sphere, both in contentious mandates and in advisory work. He is active in litigation before CADE and also assists with cartel investigations, merger filings and compliance programmes. One clients affirms: "He is extremely competent, hard-working and reliable. I rely greatly on his advice."

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established local firm that receives widespread recognition for its skilled handling of public law matters. Particularly noted for its strong work in the contentious arena, representing leading local and international companies before public authorities and superior courts. Wider offer covers public contracts, audits and biddings, in addition to regulatory and competition matters.

Strengths One source notes "that it is active in diverse fields, including compliance, competition and contractual mandates."

Another highlights that "the team has a spectacular flair for contentious work in the administrative sphere."

Notable practitioners

The "very respected" João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro "has been one of the main business lawyers in Brasília for many years," according to interviewees. He is particularly well-versed in government relations and also advises on competition and public law.

Guilherme Magaldi is a "well-recognised professional in Brasília with a long-standing local practice." Sources note his specialisation in public law matters and solid work before the Federal Court of Accounts. Magaldi often defends domestic and foreign clients in complex contentious cases before the superior courts.

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

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy local team reputed for its strong capabilities in antitrust law. Draws upon the firm's international profile to assist leading global corporations with merger controls and cartel investigations before CADE. Also well equipped to deal with tax and public law matters, including administrative litigation. Increasingly involved in compliance and anti-bribery work.

Strengths Interviewees report: "The firm is one of the main competitors and well represented by its team in the Centre West region."

Notable practitioners

Of-counsel Tulio do Egito Coelho enjoys widespread recognition for his long-standing antitrust practice. He advises international clients on issues involving CADE, including merger control and cartel investigations, in addition to assisting with public and regulatory law mandates.

According to sources, Brasília office managing partner Francisco Todorov is "very meticulous and demands perfection from his team." They continue: "He has a really good academic background and works really well with international clients." Another interviewee asserts: "He's the best lawyer for CADE matters, he is very well known and respected in the courts." His practice covers merger filings, cartel investigations and anti-dumping investigations, in addition to compliance and anti-bribery work.

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Solid team with noted experience in the drafting of a vast array of contracts and commercial agreements. Also advises on M&A transactions and joint ventures. Represents a varied client roster and is particularly popular with locally based companies emanating from the engineering and real estate sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team, highlighting its "technical legal knowledge," as well as its ability "to manage disputes."

Interviewees continue: "They always fight our corner like true partners."

Work highlights Advised Etec Empreendimentos Técnicos de Engenharia e Comércio on the sale of shares in the business.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Paolla Ouriques is praised by clients, who state: "What makes me work with the firm is the client service provided by Paolla. She's agile, knowledgeable and very committed." She is particularly active in real estate matters.

About the Team (content provided by Azevedo Sette Advogados)

The team Azevedo Sette Advogados in Brasilia has provided legal advice and represented national and multinational companies in corporate and commercial matters with relevant presence in local market.  Unlike other Brazilian offices law, the Azevedo Sette is considered the major office law in Brasilia, attending companies established in Brasilia and Distrito Federal state.  In addition, the Brasilia office represents demands in Superior Courts of all offices of the Azevedo Sette.

The office has over 15 years and an experient team. The partner Rodrigo Badaró is head in Brasilia office. The lawyer has more 15 years’ experience advising clients in complex transactions in Civil Litigation and Arbitration, Intellectual Property, and Telecommunication, Internet and Information Technology sectors with support of Paolla Ouriques and other members of the team.

Rodrigo is member National Commission on Law Firms of the Brazilian Bar Association, director in Study Center of Law Firms – Brasília - CESA. In addition, the partner was Federal Board Member of the Brazilian Bar Association and member of the examining committee of the public selection process for Federal Prosecutor of the Treasury. The lawyer was elected as professional Merit Medal in the area of Legal Sciences by Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Arts, History and Literature - Abrasci.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed boutique well-known for representing national clients in competition cases before CADE. Also handles an array of corporate restructuring and corporate governance mandates. Acts for clients in sectors such as media, healthcare and retail. Jorlan and Salute are new client wins.

Strengths Clients value that the firm's depth of knowledge, with one source affirming: "It is a really good local practice that is able to handle sophisticated work at the same level as a full-service firm."

Work highlights Advised Ávida on restructuring of its retail franchise business.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Eric Hadmann Jasper is described as "a dedicated, level-headed and sensible lawyer who takes very good care of clients." Sources further enthuse: "He has worked on big cases and his legal knowledge inspires confidence." Hadmann's practice covers both corporate and antitrust work.

Department co-head Ivo Teixeira Gico receives extensive praise for his academic pedigree and experience in commercial and antitrust mandates. Sources state: "He is very able and business-oriented, which makes it easier to develop strategies and mitigate risks. He's an excellent professional and a great partner."

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Levy & Salomão Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded firm noted for its long-standing expertise in competition law, including cartel investigations and merger control filings. Also handles M&A, regulatory mandates and anti-dumping proceedings. Client portfolio comprises both public and private companies. Petrobras and Boa Vista Serviços are new client wins.

Strengths One client notes: "One of the reasons we hired them was their ability to deal with very complex and strategic cases that require a lot of expertise. Also, they are very attentive to the client and reply to us immediately."

Work highlights Represented CTIS Tecnologia in a cartel investigation into federal public biddings.

Notable practitioners

Highly respected head of department Bolívar Moura Rocha is widely recognised for his capabilities in antitrust and economic law. Peers highlight "his academic background which is rare amongst the local lawyers," and report: "He's very good in CADE matters; he is very active in antitrust, commercial defence and trade cases."

Associate-to-watch Marcos Malvar is praised by clients for his legal knowledge, fast turnarounds and diligence. They go on to assert: "He provided great support and was very detail-oriented." Malvar regularly assists telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies with antitrust and product liability matters.

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact Brasília-based team noted for its government relations focus. Assists clients with a wide range of mandates relating to public policy and regulatory law, including representing them in disputes before the superior courts. Particularly popular with non-profit organisations. PROTESTE, ABRASCA and SONTRA are new client wins.

Strengths Interviewees report that the team "offers a broad, multifaceted view of the matters which allows them to see potential consequences in different areas."

Sources also single out the team's strength in negotiations, highlighting the lawyers' "emotional intelligence" and ability "to convince the other side."

Work highlights Retained by WWF to assist the state of Amazonas' Secretary of Environment with the drafting of a decree to set up a Forest District.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Luciano Inácio de Souza specialises in government relations and also possesses solid knowledge of compliance, public law and antitrust matters. One source praises his "can-do attitude," whilst another says: "We can count on him; he always finds the time, he is trustworthy and respects deadlines."

About the Team (content provided by Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados)

Cescon Barrieu is highly recognized in Brasília as the leading firm for government relations, antitrust law, regulatory law, compliance, corporate and litigation. The team has advised on some of the most important cases that took place in Brasília.

The Government Relations team advises the clients on the whole spectrum of public policies and legislative proceeding, including monitoring bills at the Brazilian National Congress, monitoring Public Policies of the Federal Government, drafting reports of the Bills and Public Policies describing their impacts over client's business, providing risks assessment, from a legal perspective, related to Bills and public policies, and assisting the clients into parliamentary committees of inquiry and public hearings.

Cescon Barrieu's Antitrust and Compliance team has a senior associate working out of its Brasilia office, where CADE (Brazilian Antitrust Authority), Brazilian superior courts, and CGU (Federal Authority in charge of Anticorruption matters on a Federal level) are located. The lawyers are highly qualified and well equipped to meet every demand from their clients.

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Corporate/Commercial: Centre West Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid Brasília-based practice noted for its activity in administrative proceedings, including tax and product liability cases. Also advises on government relations and handles transactional mandates. The Republic of Ecuador, BMM Testlabs and Fundiágua are new client wins.

Work highlights Continues to advise Norte Energia on matters arising from the EPC contract it entered into with the Belo Monte Construction Consortium.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm "is a very experienced lawyer who is able to offer good assistance in many areas of law," according to sources. His wide-ranging practice covers corporate and government relations mandates. He also represents clients in public law and compliance cases.

About the Team (content provided by TozziniFreire Advogados)

TozziniFreire has mergers and acquisitions in its origins. It is considered as one of the largest and most important practice areas of our firm. We are leaders in Brazil’s M&A market involving closely and publicly-held companies and also investment funds. The team members are solid experience in the preparation, review and negotiation of investment agreements, purchase and sale of shares and assets, incorporation of associations, joint ventures and strategic alliances in all market segments.

Our lawyers are ranked in the most important legal guides and rankings, recognized for excellence, for their client business oriented-mind for their ability to provide prompt responses and innovative, ethical and constructive negotiating approaches towards problem-solving.

The full-service structure is another important feature of our law firm. The practice areas work fully integrated, guaranteeing reliability and 360° services to the transaction, from structuring the deal, conducting the due diligence, negotiating the transaction documents, until assisting in the transaction closing.



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Senior Statesperson

Tulio do Egito Coelho

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Of-counsel Tulio do Egito Coelho enjoys widespread recognition for his long-standing antitrust practice. He advises international clients on issues involving CADE, including merger control and cartel investigations, in addition to assisting with public and regulatory law mandates.

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Senior Statesperson

Bolívar Moura Rocha

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly respected head of department Bolívar Moura Rocha is widely recognised for his capabilities in antitrust and economic law. Peers highlight "his academic background which is rare amongst the local lawyers," and report: "He's very good in CADE matters; he is very active in antitrust, commercial defence and trade cases."

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Senior Statesperson

João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro

Piquet Carneiro, Magaldi & Guedes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "very respected" João Geraldo Piquet Carneiro"has been one of the main business lawyers in Brasília for many years," according to interviewees.He is particularly well-versed in government relations and also advises on competition and public law.

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José Alexandre Buaiz Neto

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is highly regarded by peers and clients alike for his wide-ranging practice in the Centre West region. A client notes: "His local knowledge is very helpful. He has the ability to put matters in an international context." Sources also report: "His work is diversified and includes banking and finance and capital markets mandates, corporate operations, compliance and also competition law." One peers states: "He possesses one of the most strategic minds when advising clients and they trust him greatly."

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Francisco Todorov

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, Brasília office managing partner Francisco Todorov is "very meticulous and demands perfection from his team." They continue: "He has a really good academic background and works really well with international clients." Another interviewee asserts: "He's the best lawyer for CADE matters, he is very well known and respected in the courts." His practice covers merger filings, cartel investigations and anti-dumping investigations, in addition to compliance and anti-bribery work.

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Band 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Standout mining law specialist Carlos Vilhena advises market-leading companies in the sector on big-ticket M&A and project finance deals, as well as on regulatory and environmental matters. Commentators praise his "unbeatable business perspective," and go on to assert: "He understands the client's needs. His work adds value." Another source highlights his "technical know-how as well as his specialised and integrated approach which encompasses other practice areas," and also note "the good management of his team."  

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Adriano Drummond Trindade

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Adriano Drummond Trindade is noted for his knowledge of complex regulatory matters. A source states that "he is one of the most qualified lawyers I know. He masters public law and also knows a lot about corporate matters, which is a rare combination and a very good characteristic for someone working in a highly regulated sector."

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Leonardo Rocha e Silva

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leonardo Rocha e Silva is renowned for his strong capabilities in the antitrust sphere, both in contentious mandates and in advisory work. He is active in litigation before CADE and also assists with cartel investigations, merger filings and compliance programmes. One clients affirms: "He is extremely competent, hard-working and reliable. I rely greatly on his advice."

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Band 3

Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm "is a very experienced lawyer who is able to offer good assistance in many areas of law," according to sources. His wide-ranging practice covers corporate and government relations mandates. He also represents clients in public law and compliance cases.

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Band 3

Eric Hadmann Jasper

Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Eric Hadmann Jasper is described as "a dedicated, level-headed and sensible lawyer who takes very good care of clients." Sources further enthuse: "He has worked on big cases and his legal knowledge inspires confidence." Hadmann's practice covers both corporate and antitrust work.

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Band 3

Guilherme Magaldi

Piquet Carneiro, Magaldi & Guedes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guilherme Magaldi is a "well-recognised professional in Brasília with a long-standing local practice." Sources note his specialisation in public law matters and solid work before the Federal Court of Accounts. Magaldi often defends domestic and foreign clients in complex contentious cases before the superior courts.

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Band 3

Ivo Teixeira Gico

Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Ivo Teixeira Gico receives extensive praise for his academic pedigree and experience in commercial and antitrust mandates. Sources state: "He is very able and business-oriented, which makes it easier to develop strategies and mitigate risks. He's an excellent professional and a great partner."

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Up and Coming

Leonardo Maniglia Duarte

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Leonardo Maniglia Duarte of Veirano Advogados receives praise for his expertise in competition cases. His workload includes merger notifications and investigations into anti-competitive practices. He is described by sources as a "dedicated lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Luciano Inácio de Souza

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Luciano Inácio de Souza specialises in government relations and also possesses solid knowledge of compliance, public law and antitrust matters. One source praises his "can-do attitude," whilst another says: "We can count on him; he always finds the time, he is trustworthy and respects deadlines."

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Associates to watch

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Marcos Malvar is praised by clients for his legal knowledge, fast turnarounds and diligence. They go on to assert: "He provided great support and was very detail-oriented." Malvar regularly assists telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies with antitrust and product liability matters.

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Associates to watch

Azevedo Sette Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Paolla Ouriques is praised by clients, who state: "What makes me work with the firm is the client service provided by Paolla. She's agile, knowledgeable and very committed." She is particularly active in real estate matters.

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