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Competition/Antitrust — Brazil


BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Barbara Rosenberg
- 2 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading practice renowned for its exceptional work on the full range of competition matters. Routinely assists local and international companies with a variety of high-profile cases, including cartel investigations and merger review proceedings before the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE). Also offers remarkable expertise in the design and implementation of compliance programmes, as well as in the negotiation of settlement agreements.

Strengths A client admires the team's approach during cases, stating: "The lawyers are objective and attentive, and work with a sense of urgency. They are also focused on enabling opportunities and possess a broad business vision."

Another client attests: "I'm a big fan of BMA," adding: "The service is excellent and of a very high quality.

Work highlights Counsel to BM&FBOVESPA with regards to its acquisition of securities clearing house, CETIP. The merger will allow the former to become the dominant stock exchange in Brazil and control depositary and clearing activities for financial assets.

Significant clients DuPont, HP, Itaú Unibanco, Expedia, Embraer.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Barbara Rosenberg holds an impeccable reputation in the market, where she is described by interviewees as "a client-focused and results-driven lawyer." Sources emphasise "her vast capabilities and deep knowledge of the subject matter," noting: "She is guided by her strong business sense." They add: "She is cultured and proactive, and transmits confidence in her approach to problems." Her areas of expertise span merger reviews, cartel cases and anti-competitive practices.

José Inácio Almeida Prado Filho is described by market sources as "an up-to-date and technically strong lawyer." He offers solid experience in merger reviews, cartel investigations and leniency agreements.

Associate-to-watch Ana Carolina Zoricic specialises in competition law. She is described by an interviewee as "an excellent professional with solid experience in contentious matters."

About the Team (content provided by BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão)

BMA is renowned for its competition law practice, having acted in many of the high-profile cases reviewed in recent years by CADE, Brazil's competition authority. The competition law team's practical, results-oriented approach is based on the solid academic and professional experience of its members. 

BMA acts in complex cases having national and international dimensions. The team is recognized by both clients and colleagues for its ability to develop strategies that meet our clients' real needs and to identify, prevent and mitigate the competition risks that can arise in business conduct.  

Present in practically every international cartel investigation in Brazil, BMA represents the interests of companies in investigations into anticompetitive conduct, relying on extensive experience that goes beyond the defense phase to negotiation of leniency agreements and settlements. The team also relies on its experience in designing and implementing compliance programs for national and international clients.

Known for its ability to contribute to the success of action strategies by working in partnership with its clients, BMA advises on competition matters and represents businesses in merger review proceedings before CADE. The firm is usually involved in some of the largest and most significant M&A deals in the banking, agribusiness, retail and air transportation sectors.

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tito Amaral de Andrade
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious firm with particular expertise representing clients before the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE). Further areas of practice include advising companies on cartel investigations, unilateral practices and the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements. Also routinely called upon to assist clients with mergers filings, M&A and non-compete processes and compliance measures.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's communication skills: "The firm speaks its client's language which, in addition to its technical expertise and professionalism, facilitates interaction between our executives."

Other market commentators highlight the team's "availability, creativity and dedication."

Work highlights Advised Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate company, on the USD36 billion acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares in Precision Castparts, a manufacturer of complex metal components and products.

Significant clients International Paper, Boehringer, Canon, Warburg Pincus, Amil.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Tito Amaral de Andrade has long-standing involvement in the sector, and boasts notable experience in merger cases, consumer law and antitrust investigations. Sources hold him in high regard and characterise him as a "practical" and "professional" lawyer. Another market source describes him as "an energetic lawyer and an excellent negotiator."

According to an interviewee, Maria Eugênia Novis is "a very technical and hard-working lawyer." She specialises in merger notifications, administrative proceedings regarding antitrust violations and the designing of compliance programmes.

Marcos Paulo Verissimo is endorsed by market sources due to his expertise in merger control and antitrust cases concerning regulated markets. They say: "He has experience in the public sector and is a very technical lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice)

If the expansion strategy of your company involves consolidations, acquisitions, equity participation increases, business partnerships, or business practices that may involve a material market impact, you need to understand the risks related to competition law and know how to address them.

We have a recognized history of success in representing our clients before CADE, having worked in some of the most complex mergers thus far reported. We are particularly active in conducting mergers related to transactions between large Brazilian companies, cross-border transactions reported simultaneously in several countries, and also in transactions involving regulated markets that require articulation and coordination with CADE and other regulatory agencies involved. 

In the area of investigation into anticompetitive conduct, we have partaken in virtually all important cases analyzed by CADE, including major international investigations replicated in Brazil in recent years. 

Our work in developing and implementing antitrust compliance programs is also recognized. We identify critical points according to our clients' activities, describe the risks and the measures that may reduce them, and prepare training programs and monitor these measures for success.

Finally, we provide support to our clients in litigation involving issues of economic law and prepare studies and opinions in these areas to support our clients’ growth and innovation strategies.

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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Outstanding full-service firm with a leading presence in the antitrust market. Offers widespread capabilities across the full spectrum of competition matters, ranging from merger notifications and antitrust investigations to leniency and settlement agreements. Maintains a strong client portfolio, comprising both national and multinational companies from the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

Strengths An interviewee says: "The firm has highly capable professionals who are committed, dedicated and genuinely concerned for the client and the quality of services provided."

Market sources also add: "The availability of the team is a differentiating factor at Mattos Filho."

Work highlights Assisted Sanofi with the acquisition of Boehringer Ingelheim's consumer healthcare business. The matter was valued at USD23 billion.

Significant clients Cyrela Brazil Realty, China National Agrochemical, Rexam, Nissan, Google.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Amadeu Carvalhaes Ribeiro is described by a market source as "a brilliant lawyer with the rare ability to identify the client's priorities and understand their needs." He is experienced in handling sophisticated antitrust cases and currently serves as the managing partner of Mattos Filho's New York office.

Marcio Dias Soares offers solid expertise in a wide range of antitrust matters. One client states: "Marcio stands out for his technical knowledge, proactivity and ability to build strategies."

Lauro Celidonio Neto is endorsed by a client, who says: "He is very available and has vast experience in the area." His practice includes both merger reviews and antitrust investigations.

About the Team (content provided by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados)

The antitrust practice at Mattos Filho has one of the largest specialized teams in Brazil with over 20 professionals fully dedicated to antitrust matters. 

Our services include:

•Representation of clients in merger review cases before CADE, Brazil’s antitrust authority;

•Assistance in structuring mergers, acquisitions and other commercial transactions to minimize potential antitrust risks;

•Representation of clients in antitrust investigations, leniency applications and settlement negotiations with Cade;

•Representation of clients in litigation concerning antitrust issues;

•Legal assistance to clients in antitrust audits and compliance programs;

•General antitrust counseling.

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Pereira Neto | Macedo - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto and Olavo Chinaglia
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier practice highly specialised in an array of regulatory and competition matters. Regularly advises on sophisticated mergers, dominance cases, cartel investigations, compliance and settlement negotiations. Has notable experience representing high-profile local and international clients from the telecommunications, construction and banking sectors.

Strengths Clients admire the firm's approach, saying: "It is an office that combines technical quality with the ability to understand our needs," adding: "The team is business-oriented and very diligent."

Other interviewees add: "The firm's main strength are its multidisciplinary capabilities and in-depth knowledge of both the antitrust and the telecommunications areas."

Work highlights Advised Ambev before CADE, on a merger review proceeding regarding its acquisition of industrial assets from Brasil Kirin.

Significant clients OI, Morgan Stanley, Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, Uber Technologies, Telefônica Brasil.

Notable practitioners

Department head Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto is noted by the market for his experience representing telecommunications and financial services companies on a range of antitrust issues. One interviewee deems him "a great lawyer who is very knowledgeable about new technologies," while another source says: "He is practical, always available and proposes creative solutions." He combines his knowledge of competition law with his vast expertise in regulatory matters to advise on the spectrum of sector issues.

One client highlights Olavo Zago Chinaglia's "ability to instil confidence in clients and vast technical knowledge". He is experienced in handling merger control and anti-competitive behaviour matters across the telecommunications, oil and gas and technology sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Pereira Neto | Macedo)

Pereira Neto | Macedo handles some of the most important antitrust and competition law cases and provides clients with well-designed solutions to complex matters. The firm is able to render interdisciplinary services in different types of cases with equal performance and quality, providing clients with satisfactory and positive results. PNM expertise comprises:

Merger reviews and complex mergers – Pereira Neto | Macedo has a consistent track record in mergers in various industry sectors, such as financial services, electronic payment methods, retail, beverages, higher education, coatings, telecommunication and petrochemical.

Abusive dominance – Pereira Neto | Macedo remains as one of the most active firms in abusive dominance cases before CADE, representing clients in different sectors on complex and demanding investigations conducted by the authority.

Cartel investigations and anticompetitive conducts cases – Pereira Neto | Macedo represents different clients in the most relevant ongoing cartel investigations conducted by CADE in multiple relevant markets, such as financial services, auto parts, construction and infrastructure and public procurement. 

Antitrust Compliance and Legal Consultancy Services

Merger Arbitrage  – Pereira Neto | Macedo has specialized in providing legal advice to several sophisticated international merger-arb and hedge funds interested in the regulatory outcome, in Brazil, of a vast array of complex global mergers and antitrust investigations.

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Prestigious full-service firm acknowledged as a market leader in the competition sphere. Advises major national and international companies on cartel investigations and merger control cases. Additionally experienced in handling the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements and the implementation of compliance programmes. Clients hail from the technology, financial services and energy arenas.

Strengths Market sources are impressed with the firm's service, stating: "Pinheiro Neto is a respected name in the antitrust sphere." They go on to say: "This is a long-standing firm comprised of brilliant lawyers."

Another interviewee is impressed with the lawyers "availability, knowledge and dedication."

Work highlights Counsel to Microsoft in obtaining approval before CADE, in relation to its USD26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn.

Significant clients Hitachi, Deutsche Bahn, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Mastercard, Deere & Co.

Notable practitioners

Partner Cristianne Saccab Zarzur is recognised as a standout practitioner in the competition field. Her practice is endorsed by market commentators, who consider her "excellent," and comment: "She is a very capable lawyer, who adopts a strategic approach to deals and has a lot of experience in the sector." She is particularly active handling merger control cases, cartel investigations and settlement agreements.

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is praised by market sources, who describe him as "a high-profile lawyer." He offers expertise in merger control cases, settlement agreements and sector-related contentious work in the higher courts.

Renê Medrado is described by a client as "an extremely intelligent and sophisticated lawyer." They go on to characterise him as "very clear, an excellent communicator and business-oriented." He specialises in merger control and anti-competitive practices.

Partner Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva frequently advises clients on abuse of dominance cases, merger fillings and cartel investigations. Sources deem him "an experienced lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Pinheiro Neto Advogados)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has practiced in the competition area since the early 1960’s, when administrative proceedings dealing with anticompetitive practices were still incipient in Brazil. During the 1990’s, in the context of the opening of the Brazilian economy, new laws were enacted, which provided for a better description of practices in restraint of trade and defined them as crime. Since then, the firm has gained reputation in the practice of this area of law.

With unparalleled experience on both the domestic and international levels, the competition practice of Pinheiro Neto Advogados offers counsel in virtually every aspect of competition law, drawing on the support of other practice areas of the firm and on the collaboration of renowned economists and technical experts, if necessary. The very nature of the competition practice requires from our firm strict control of conflicts of interests, strict confidentiality, proactive conduct and permanent interface with clients.

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marcelo Calliari
- 8 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected full-service firm with extensive experience in the full range of antitrust matters. Particularly stands out for its expertise advising national and international clients on the negotiation of leniency and settlements agreements and in the investigation of conduct cases. Also covers merger review cases and compliance training.

Strengths A satisfied client says: "This is a multidisciplinary team that analyses our issues from various angles and presents workable and business-oriented solutions. The lawyers also demonstrate a high degree of commitment to the client."

Another market source remarks: "The team is diligent, technically competent and understands the business. They also provide excellent value for money."

Work highlights Advised Dell and EMC on the approval and subsequent investigation of a USD62 billion acquisition which resulted in the companies gaining a combined market share of 60% in the Brazilian external storage market. The deal was cleared less than two months after the filing.

Significant clients SKF, Caterpillar, Holcim, Mastercard, Colgate-Palmolive.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Marcelo Calliari maintains a leading reputation in the market due to his strong track record advising clients on investigations, merger control cases and leniency agreements. One source considers him "a reference" in the field, and goes on to note his "excellent reputation in competition."

Senior statesman José Regazzini is regularly sought out by domestic and international clients to provide advice on complex competition matters, such as mergers, leniency agreements and cartel investigations.

Partner Daniel Oliveira Andreoli offers solid expertise advising local and international clients on the drafting and negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements. He also handles divestiture orders.

Marcel Medon Santos comes recommended by interviewees, who say: "He always strives to understand our business, offers a broad vision of the area and is always available." His practice centres on advising clients on compliance programmes.

Since publication, Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno has left the practice.

Since publication, Daniel Oliveira Andreoli has left the practice.

About the Team (content provided by TozziniFreire Advogados)

The Antitrust and Competition practice group has extensive experience representing our clients before the Brazilian Antitrust Commission (CADE), including negotiating leniency agreements and cease and desist agreements under the Brazilian Competition Law, as well as handling premerger notification filings and regulatory clearance for complex M&A transactions. The group also provides all stages of antitrust compliance counselling, including developing compliance programs tailored to client-specific needs, to improve risk management and reduce violations.

Recognized as among the cadre of elite antitrust lawyers in Brazil, the team is led by Marcelo Calliari, a former counsel of CADE. The Antitrust and Competition practice is one of the largest in Brazil and one of the firm’s most active, with experience handling hundreds of market concentration cases and major merger and business conduct investigations.

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Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mauro Grinberg and Leonor Cordovil
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique with significant experience advising both domestic and international companies on the full spectrum of antitrust matters. Particularly recognised for its solid track record in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and compliance programmes.

Strengths One client commends "the quality and dedication of its professionals," adding: "They understand our business and know how to optimise time to obtain a good cost-benefit relationship."

Another source highlights the "partners' level of involvement on deals," adding: "They provide high-quality legal opinions and demonstrate great commitment to the client."

Work highlights Advised Ball Corporation before CADE on its acquisition of all issued share capital in Rexam. The global value of the merger was USD6.8 billion.

Significant clients Google, Hamburg Süd, Denso, Unigel Plásticos, Techint.

Notable practitioners

Leonor Cordovil is endorsed by clients, who deem her "a very responsive and thoughtful lawyer." They add: "She provides high-quality services that range from the drafting and execution of all legal matters to brilliant closing arguments." She stands out for her expertise in cartel cases and anti-dumping investigations.

Founding partner Mauro Grinberg is praised by a client, who says: "He is responsive, creative and adds value to transactions. They add: "He is strategic yet very practical." He focuses on merger notifications, cartel investigations and leniency agreements.

Since publication, associate Carolina Saito has left the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados)

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Levy & Salomão Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ana Paula Martinez
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected full-service firm offering extensive experience in merger control cases and anti-competitive practices. Frequently instructed by major domestic and international players from the construction, banking and electronic industries.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "technical expertise and quick responses," with one source adding: "I would recommend them. They know how to adapt their speech without jeopardising the quality of the information provided."

Another source appreciates the firm's "understanding of the area, strategic vision and client-oriented approach."

Work highlights Assisted Camargo Corrêa with a range of matters in relation to its alleged cartel activity, such as the design of an internal leniency program.

Significant clients Schaeffler Group, LafargeHolcim, HSBC, Reichhold, Tenneco.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Ana Paula Martinez is commended for her solid experience in the market, as well as her vast knowledge of CADE procedures. She regularly advises clients on merger cases and compliance. Interviewees describe her as "diligent" and "knowledgeable."

Senior statesman Bolívar Moura Rocha is considered "a specialist in competition law," by market sources. He offers broad legal expertise in the infrastructure and litigation arenas.

Mariana Tavares de Araujo focuses her practice on antitrust, international trade and compliance matters. She earns praise from interviewees for her "knowledge, strategic vision and client-focused service."

Sources are full of praise for Alexandre Ditzel Faraco, whom they describe as "a very detailed lawyer." He specialises in antitrust and regulatory law, and is noted for his strong academic background.

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Lino, Beraldi, Belluzzo and Tartarini Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Fabio Francisco Beraldi
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed boutique with a solid track record handling merger filings, cartel investigations and the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Regularly sought out to provide advice to major names in the banking sector.

Strengths Clients recommend the firm, saying: "The lawyers are dynamic and up-to-date with current legal trends in the competition market. They are well prepared, skilled, and able to deal with complex and delicate issues."

Another commentator says: "The firm's main qualities are its technical expertise and good availability." They also commend: "The sense of urgency with which the lawyers work."

Work highlights Represented White Martins in both an investigation and a merger filing in relation to Consorcio Gemini.

Notable practitioners

Sources recognise Fábio Francisco Beraldi as "a very skilled lawyer" that combines strong negotiation skills with solid expertise in the sector. His principal areas of strength encompass the antitrust, regulatory and product liability arenas.

Since publication, Eduardo Caminati has left the firm.

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Magalhães e Dias - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 25 lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent firm with a long-standing presence in the competition and antitrust market. Well equipped to handle contentious matters, anti-competitive conduct cases and preventive consultancy.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's technical expertise, saying: "We work with the firm in high complexity cases and they are very good from a technical perspective." The same source adds: "The team is also very available."

Another interviewee says: "The team provides fast response times and is adept at working with international clients."

Notable practitioners

Gabriel Nogueira Dias is described by market sources as "a very intelligent and articulate lawyer." Another client highlights his "practical approach," adding: "He uses his deep technical knowledge to find solutions."

Founding partner Carlos Francisco de Magalhães is considered "a reference" in the competition sphere. Interviewees go on to deem him "a respected lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Magalhães e Dias )

Antitrust/Competition:

The firm has a proven track record in securing

or challenging clearance in Brazil for the most

complex mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures

of recent years. Magalhães e Dias’ lawyers have

extensive experience with cartel and

restrictive practice investigations by Brazilian

antitrust authorities, advising both parties and

interveners.

The firm is responsible for a substantial number of cease

and desist agreements signed with CADE, including

the first administrative cease and desist agreement

involving cartel practices (cement sector)

under Article 53 of Law 8.884/94 (former Brazilian

antitrust law). The firm is pioneer and a leading player in conducting cases before courts concerning complex competition law

cases, class actions, and advising clients on appeals

against decisions from CADE, Regulatory Agencies or State (or Federal) Prosecutors. The increase of Brazilian investigations

by antitrust authorities and regulatory agencies of

possible cartels and restrictive practices indicates

that appeals to the Judiciary related to competition

law will grow at a rapid pace. The firm also

has an extensive experience advising companies

in antitrust compliance programs and preventive

measures. We have a unique experience in conducting audits and internal investigations for our clients.

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Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International) - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Francisco Todorov
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded full-service firm specialised in advising multinational companies on antitrust matters. Experienced in handling cross-border cartel investigations, merger filings and sector-related litigation. Also handles the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "knowledgeable and business-oriented," adding: "They are extremely available and fast at providing answers."

Another source adds: "The firm stands out for its dedication, creative solutions and ability to understand the client's business."

Work highlights Represented FedEx in securing approval for its 100% acquisition of TNT Express before CADE, following its opposition by UPS. The value of the matter was USD4.9 billion.

Significant clients GE, FedEx, Daimler, Honeywell, Bemis.

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Tulio do Egito Coelho is described by market sources as "a knowledgeable and respected professional." He regularly provides advice on complex merger filings, cartel cases and abuse of dominance investigations.

Interviewees are impressed with Adriana Giannini's responsiveness and negotiation skills. She specialises in merger control matters and also handles cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings.

Francisco Todorov receives strong praise from clients, who comment: "He is very pragmatic and hands-on." They go on to assert: "We trust him implicitly. He is responsive, efficient and effective." His client roster includes companies from the construction, energy and pharmaceutical areas.

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Advocacia José Del Chiaro - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its long-standing involvement in the antitrust sphere. Regularly sought out by companies from the food and beverage, steel manufacturing and technology industries to advise on merger reviews, cartel investigations and antitrust litigation.

Strengths Market sources highlight the firm's experience in competition mandates, saying: "The firm has a long-standing reputation in the market and offers good quality advice."

Notable practitioners

Ademir Antonio Pereira Júnior is commended by interviewees, who highlight his technical knowledge and activity in the market. He has deep expertise in antitrust and wider regulatory matters.

Founding partner José Del Chiaro Ferreira da Rosa is recognised for his long-standing experience in the antitrust sphere. He focuses on advising clients on sophisticated merger control cases and anti-competitive conduct investigations.

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Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of departments: Aurélio Santos and Ricardo Botelho
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice with notable experience in the market. Renders advice on cartel investigations, merger reviews and the implementation of compliance programmes. Additionally represents clients in judicial disputes related to competition matters.

Strengths Interviewees describe the firm's client service as "dynamic, fast and comprehensive."

Work highlights Counsel to Unilever Brasil regarding the review of its antitrust compliance programme.

Significant clients Ambev, Multipark, White Martins, Valor da Logística Integrada, Gaspetro.

Notable practitioners

Aurélio Marchini Santos receives praise from interviewees, who say: "He is a highly capable, dedicated and proactive lawyer." Sources also note his availability and ability to handle complex cases.

Ricardo Botelho is described by clients as "a great competition lawyer." He routinely advises clients on antitrust investigations, compliance and international trade matters.

About the Team (content provided by Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados)

The Competition and Antitrust department of Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados has several years of experience in advising and representing notable national and international clients in complex antitrust matters and has been broadly recognized as a well-respected and admired antitrust team. Our lawyers have remarkable expertise in: 

·         Advise in complex merger reviews and other transactions before the Brazil’s antitrust authority;

·         Representation in cartel and other anticompetitive practices investigations as well as related damage claims;

·         Development and improvement of antitrust compliance programs;

·         Preventive counselling concerning various business practices;

·         Leniency agreements and cease-and-desist commitments with the competent authorities;

·         Due diligences; and

·         Court proceedings.


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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Fabíola Cammarota de Abreu, Joyce Midori Honda and Ricardo Gaillard
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known competition practice with notable expertise in merger filings and anti-competitive conduct investigations. Additionally experienced in the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements and the development of compliance programmes for domestic and international companies from a range of industries.

Strengths One interviewee says: "I would highlight the team's proactivity in finding solutions, business-oriented service and availability."

Work highlights Advised Dowertech on an administrative proceeding initiated by CADE, in connection with a cartel case related to residential, commercial and industrial electric meters that were allegedly acquired by the government through public bids.

Significant clients Levorin, Edenred, Grupo Fernandes Vieira, Yamana Gold, Santa Cruz Distribuidora de Medicamentos.

Notable practitioners

Joyce Midori Honda is singled out for her technical strength and experience in the sector. One source says: "I really enjoy working with her. She provides fast replies and always has the answer on the tip of her tongue." Sources also consider her a "professional" and "capable" lawyer.

Ricardo Gaillard is described by a client as a "proactive" and "hands-on" lawyer. He focuses on antitrust and compliance matters.

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Cescon Barrieu is one of the top law firms in number of leniency applications successfully executed with CADE since the creation of the program, in 2003. 

The competition department is handling administrative proceedings for the investigation of all types of anti-competitive practices, including cartels, in a variety of industries.

The firm draws work from all industries but has been particularly busy within the technology, retail, private equity, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries.

Souza Cescon is among the top firms in number of merger filings submitted according to the new Antitrust Law, including both fast-track proceedings and complex cases. It has strong expertise related to gun jumping provisions working closely with the firm's top-ranked M&A department.

The team has been extremely successful in reducing the timeframe for the approval of merger filings, due to its business oriented approach. Approx. 65% of the firm’s merger filings in 2015 were approved faster than CADE’s average time to clear transactions. 

The department has a strong expertise in multijurisdictional merger filings, as part of its close relation with well-established international law firms.

Cescon Barrieu is also consolidating its antitrust judicial practice, with clients hiring the firm to review the administrative decisions issued by CADE and to assess private suits to recover damages caused by cartels.

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Demarest Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Bruno Drago and Paola Pugliese
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed full-service firm covering a wide range of antitrust matters, including merger control cases as well as cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. Additionally sought out by leading companies for its expertise in compliance.

Strengths Clients say: "Demarest is a firm that is able to provide creative solutions to complex problems, due to its top-tier professionals, wide-ranging experience and efficient structure."

Work highlights Advised Galvão Engenharia on a bid rigging investigation in relation to the execution of several contracts with Petrobras.

Significant clients Estácio Participações, BASF, AkzoNobel, Monsanto, Fibria.

Notable practitioners

Partner Paola Pugliese is described by interviewees as a lawyer with "strong communication skills, a strategic vision and business-oriented approach." She specialises in cartel investigations and antitrust-related litigation.

Bruno Drago comes recommended by clients, who say: "After providing us with a brief summary of our problem and identifying the main risks involved, he was able to draft a number of defensive strategies." Another client says: "He is approachable and bold."

Partner Daniel Oliveira Andreoli offers solid expertise advising local and international clients on the drafting and negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements. He also handles divestiture orders.

About the Team (content provided by Demarest Advogados)

With a pioneering work and decades of experience in Antitrust Law, Demarest has represented countless clients in submissions and antitrust investigations before the Brazilian Antitrust Agency (CADE). Formed by seasoned professionals, educated at universities abroad and having practiced at renowned law firms in the United States and Europe, our team offers our clients an extensive assistance, keeping them permanently updated on any news that may affect their business. 

The area has an outstanding institutional presence in Brazil and abroad, evidenced by the relationship with other international law firms and the constant lectures and seminars its members deliver.

Some of the main activities conducted by this practice area include the preparation and notification of submissions (Concentration Acts); clients' representation in procedures, investigations and administrative proceedings to determine possible violations, negotiations of leniency and cease and desist agreements; legal remedies before the Courts aiming the review of administrative decisions; advice on various trade practices; preparation of compliance and training programs; and due diligence investigations involving competition matters.



Demarest's Antitrust team has the support of the Intellectual Property Department with which it has worked on several notorious cases involving competition and intellectual property rights, as well as the Criminal Department, especially in regard to typified collusive behavior.


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Mundie Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Guilherme Ribas
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated competition team representing companies from the telecommunications, media and technology markets. Specialises in cartel investigations, unilateral conduct cases and the design and implementation of compliance programmes.

Strengths Clients state: "The firm's service is objective and in-depth and always meets our expectations," adding: "The lawyers work with the client to find the best solution to each problem instead of forcing a pre-made strategy upon them."

Work highlights Advised FleetCor on its acquisition of Sem Parar, a provider of electronic means of payment for tolls and parking lots in Brazil.

Significant clients Abranet, Appliances Components Companies, ASICS, Abersal, Converplast.

Notable practitioners

Partner Guilherme Ribas receives ample praise from market sources, who describe him as "an active and very experienced competition lawyer." They go on to deem him "available, attentive and knowledgeable." He also specialises in public law.

Associate-to-watch Enrico Romanielo is recommended by clients, who say: "He is an especially talented associate, who already boasts a great deal of experience in M&A and is able to provide in-depth advice."

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Sampaio Ferraz Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 17 lawyers

What the team is known for Significant practice with experience in merger control filings, anti-competitive conduct investigations and the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements. Maintains a solid client roster from the infrastructure, technology and media industries.

Notable practitioners

Tercio Sampaio Ferraz Jr is respected by the market for his strong academic background. One source describes him as "a reference in competition matters," while another deems him "one of the best legal minds in Brazil."

Partner Juliano Maranhão is acknowledged by peers for his academic profile and experience in the competition and regulatory arenas. One interviewee notes: "He is a very experienced lawyer with a great reputation in the market."

According to market sources, Thiago Francisco da Silva Brito is "a very good and solid lawyer." He specialises in competition and regulatory law.

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Veirano Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mariana Villela and Leonardo Duarte
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice group advising foreign and domestic clients from the pharmaceutical, energy and telecommunications markets on cartel investigations. Also stands out for its capabilities in merger control and leniency and settlement agreements.

Strengths One client says: "I have found their ability to provide hands-on advice very impressive. They not only analysed the situation but tailored their advice to the difficult situation at hand and suggested specific steps of implementation."

Work highlights Advised Claro before CADE on a complex joint venture between three prominent television channels in Brazil.

Significant clients BR Plásticos, MARS, Multiplan, State Grid International Development, Grimaldi.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Mariana Villela advises clients on anti-competitive conduct investigations and compliance programmes, as well as the risk assessment of mergers. She also handles sector-related contentious cases.

Up-and-coming partner Leonardo Maniglia Duarte is experienced in handling an array of competition and regulatory affairs, including contractual matters and merger control. Sources note his involvement in the area.

About the Team (content provided by Veirano Advogados)

Veirano Advogados has been active in the field of competition law for over 20 years. Our team has closely followed the evolution of Brazilian competition law, culminating in the 2012 Competition Act (Law 12,529/2011), and has represented domestic and international clients in complex and often groundbreaking issues.


To match the interdisciplinary nature of competition law, our team consists of professionals with an international perspective and diversified experience. Several have completed post-graduate work in Brazil and overseas and gained experience at foreign law firms. Some have also held senior posts at antitrust agencies, including positions of leadership.



We offer services in all areas of competition law, ranging from advice on everyday commercial practices to management of complex aspects of merger control and investigations of anticompetitive conduct.



• Assessment of competition risks


• Challenges to transactions before the antitrust authorities


• Negotiation of remedies


• Notifications for highly complex transactions



Under the new legislation, transactions may be implemented only after clearance by the Brazilian antitrust authority Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE).

As well, the attorneys in our Brasília office keep in daily contact with the authorities, ensuring that proceedings are constantly monitored and giving us a well-deserved reputation for quality and efficiency.

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Franceschini e Miranda - Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established firm with a long-standing presence in the competition market. Offers expertise in anti-competitive conduct investigations, merger reviews and antitrust litigation. Regularly sought out by companies from the mining, steel and construction industries.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman José Inácio Gonzaga Franceschini is recognised for his long-standing expertise and vast contribution to the field. He remains a well known practitioner in the market, and is described as "a knowledgeable lawyer." He also focuses on international trade and public law.

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Koury Lopes Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gianni Nunes and Tiago Cortez
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team actively involved in merger reviews, anti-competitive conduct cases and sector-related disputes. Also offers solid experience in the design of compliance programmes and in anti-corruption internal investigations.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "technical knowledge and personalised service" as distinguishing characteristics of the firm.

Work highlights Counsel to AgenciaClick Mídia Interativa in obtaining clearance before CADE regarding its acquisition of Pontomobi Tecnologia Informática.

Significant clients Citrosuco, Anima Group, Solví Participações, Dentsu Aegis Group, General Mills Brasil Alimentos.

Notable practitioners

Gianni Nunes de Araújo is praised by clients, who say: "She has a strong command of competition law and her expertise in advisory matters and litigation is undeniable." She specialises in compliance, merger filings and antitrust litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Koury Lopes Advogados)

KLA advises and represents a broad range of international clients operating and willing to operate in Brazil. In light of that, KLA Competition/Antitrust area becomes focused on advising such international clients on the Antitrust filings arisen from their M&A transactions.

Some of KLA major clients in the Antitrust area is private equity funds, advertisement, real estate, food, auto parts, education, retail, cement, steel, metals, beverages, agriculture, telecommunications, information technology, paper and pulp, electrical energy, environmental solutions, engineering and sanitation.

The Competition/Antitrust team has extensive experience in issues related to economic and regulatory law offering expert legal advice through the development of effective and innovative strategies on transactions and on the defense of domestic and international organizations and individuals. 

In its untiring efforts to provide full support to its clients, the firm has an economist in house who works with the attorneys in complex cases. The Competition/Antitrust Team at our Brasília office keeps direct contact with the antitrust authorities.

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Lefosse Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: José Carlos Berardo
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing practice boasting particular strength in merger control cases. Firm's expertise also extends to cartel investigations. Client roster comprises companies from a diverse range of industries such as banking, retail, pharmaceutical and construction.

Strengths An impressed interviewee states: "The team has notable knowledge of the area, and is available, approachable and very business-oriented".

Work highlights Advised Banco Bradesco on its 100% acquisition of share capital in HSBC Bank Brazil. The transaction was valued at USD5.2 billion.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Temasek, Plastic Omnium, Cummins, Syngenta.

Notable practitioners

Clients characterise partner José Carlos da Matta Berardo as "a very available and deeply knowledgeable lawyer who reaches solutions in a proactive manner." Another source adds: "He is very experienced in the sector."

Up-and-coming counsel Paulo Lilla is described by a source as "a fantastic lawyer," and noted for his "strong technical knowledge." He frequently assists clients from the information technology and pharmaceutical industries with merger filings and anti-competitive conduct investigations.

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Lobo de Rizzo Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sergio Varella Bruna
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted competition practice particularly active representing clients in merger control matters and anti-competitive conduct investigations. Also assists a variety of clients with the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements.

Strengths Clients say: "The lawyers deliver their legal opinions in a very clear and direct manner," adding: "They are always available."

Work highlights Assisted Leão Alimentos e Bebidas with its 100% acquisition of shares in Laticínios Verde Campo, a Brazilian company that manufactures and sells dairy products.

Significant clients Stora Enso, ThyssenKrupp, Odebrecht Defesa e Tecnologia, RBS Group.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Sérgio Varella Bruna is commended by market sources for his "impressive credentials and deep knowledge of competition matters." He also offers notable expertise in regulatory law and compliance.

About the Team (content provided by Lobo de Rizzo Advogados)

Our team has worked on some of the most significant cartel investigations pending before the Brazilian antitrust authorities, as well as some of the most high profile economic concentrations in recent times.

We provide advice in all aspects of Brazilian competition law, especially on issues of competitive conduct and mergers, as well as advice on structuring transactions in full compliance with requirements of Brazilian antitrust authorities.

We also advise on matters relating to regulated sectors such as telecommunications, oil and gas, mining, food, energy, infrastructure, regulated professions, among others.

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Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eduardo Molan Gaban
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised practice particularly active in merger fillings, anti-competitive conduct investigations and sector-related litigation. Also offers solid expertise in compliance programmes. Benefits from its association with global firm Mayer Brown.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as "compact," and value the "efficiency, consistency and agility" of its lawyers.

Work highlights Represented Groupe SEB in a multi-jurisdictional filing before CADE.

Significant clients SNF do Brasil, CNH Industrial, COFCO, Fortlev Indústria e Comércio de Plástico, Banco Santander.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Eduardo Molan Gaban is commended by clients for his experience in the market. They say: "He boasts deep knowledge of the area and is adept at discussing problems and proposing solutions."

About the Team (content provided by Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown)

Our lawyers have represented major global corporations and advised leading Brazilian economic players from several industries (energy, mining, oil and gas, telecom, infrastructure, real estate, chemical and private equity funds). Our team has many experienced members, including the a former member at the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE).


We have substantial experience working with the antitrust and competition enforcement authorities in Brazil, and our practitioners are leaders in analyzing and applying antitrust law principles to numerous business practices in a wide variety of industries.


Our antitrust practice provides advice on the full range of issues, including: (i) merger review (including the coordination of multijurisdictional filings); (ii) non-merger investigations, particularly cartels and abuse of dominance, and related civil investigative demands; (iii) civil and criminal Economic Law litigation (dawn raids, damages, unilateral practices, Antitrust & Intellectual Property, disputes involving infrastructure projects, and bid rigging); (v) compliance and anti-corruption; (vi) consultation before CADE and the Secretariat of Economic Law of Ministry of Finance (SEAE/MF); and (vi) general advice to clients.

In addition to the pure antitrust & competition practice, our lawyers hold multidisciplinary capability, acquired through the years of successful handling highly complex cases.

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Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Priscila Brólio Gonçalves
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice advising on merger control cases. Expertise also extends to cartel and unilateral conduct investigations, as well as compliance issues.

Strengths Clients value the firm's full-service structure and commitment to cases, saying: "The partners are involved throughout the transaction." They go on to describe the lawyers as "helpful, strategic and available."

Work highlights Advised GPS Participações e Empreendimentos on the filing of several mergers before CADE.

Significant clients Abranet–Associação Brasileira De Internet, Anhanguera Educacional, Hyundai Rotem, Hannstar, Grupo Bandeirantes de Televisão.

Notable practitioners

Priscila Brólio Gonçalves receives ample praise from clients, who say: "She is adept at identifying problems and analyses issues with a pro-business attitude. She is also very approachable and maintains a close relationship with her clients.

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Senior Statesperson

Carlos Francisco de Magalhães

Magalhães e Dias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Carlos Francisco de Magalhães is considered "a reference" in the competition sphere. Interviewees go on to deem him "a respected lawyer."

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Senior Statesperson

José Del Chiaro Ferreira da Rosa

Advocacia José Del Chiaro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner José Del Chiaro Ferreira da Rosa is recognised for his long-standing experience in the antitrust sphere. He focuses on advising clients on sophisticated merger control cases and anti-competitive conduct investigations.

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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 is described by market sources as "a knowledgeable and respected professional." He regularly provides advice on complex merger filings, cartel cases and abuse of dominance investigations.

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Senior Statesperson

Pedro Dutra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Pedro Dutra of Pedro Dutra Advogados is described as "a high-quality professional." His principal areas of expertise include competition and public law.

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Senior Statesperson

José Inácio Gonzaga Franceschini

Franceschini e Miranda - Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman José Inácio Gonzaga Franceschini is recognised for his long-standing expertise and vast contribution to the field. He remains a well known practitioner in the market, and is described as "a knowledgeable lawyer." He also focuses on international trade and public law.

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Senior Statesperson

Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Mauro Grinberg is praised by a client, who says: "He is responsive, creative and adds value to transactions. They add: "He is strategic yet very practical." He focuses on merger notifications, cartel investigations and leniency agreements.

Since publication, associate Carolina Saito has left the practice.  

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Senior Statesperson

Mattos Engelberg Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Ubiratan Mattos of Mattos Engelberg Advogados offers 30 years of experience in competition law. His areas of focus span multi-jurisdictional merger filings and antitrust litigation.

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Senior Statesperson

Bolívar Moura Rocha

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Bolívar Moura Rocha is considered "a specialist in competition law," by market sources. He offers broad legal expertise in the infrastructure and litigation arenas.

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Senior Statesperson

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman José Regazzini is regularly sought out by domestic and international clients to provide advice on complex competition matters, such as mergers, leniency agreements and cartel investigations.

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Senior Statesperson

Tercio Sampaio Ferraz Jr

Sampaio Ferraz Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Tercio Sampaio Ferraz Jr is respected by the market for his strong academic background. One source describes him as "a reference in competition matters," while another deems him "one of the best legal minds in Brazil."

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Eminent Practitioner

Amadeu Carvalhaes Ribeiro

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eminent practitioner Amadeu Carvalhaes Ribeiro is described by a market source as "a brilliant lawyer with the rare ability to identify the client's priorities and understand their needs." He is experienced in handling sophisticated antitrust cases and currently serves as the managing partner of Mattos Filho's New York office.

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Tito Amaral de Andrade

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Tito Amaral de Andrade has long-standing involvement in the sector, and boasts notable experience in merger cases, consumer law and antitrust investigations. Sources hold him in high regard and characterise him as a "practical" and "professional" lawyer. Another market source describes him as "an energetic lawyer and an excellent negotiator." 

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TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Marcelo Calliari maintains a leading reputation in the market due to his strong track record advising clients on investigations, merger control cases and leniency agreements. One source considers him "a reference" in the field, and goes on to note his "excellent reputation in competition."  

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Caminati Bueno Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eduardo Caminati of Caminati Bueno Advogados is widely endorsed by interviewees as a leading practitioner in the sector. One client characterises him as "a very experienced lawyer," while another adds: "He is a dedicated practitioner who tailors his response to the client's needs. He is also very studious and possesses enviable interpersonal skills." They note: "He is very professional and boasts a thorough understanding of Brazilian competition law."

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Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto

Pereira Neto | Macedo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto is noted by the market for his experience representing telecommunications and financial services companies on a range of antitrust issues. One interviewee deems him "a great lawyer who is very knowledgeable about new technologies," while another source says: "He is practical, always available and proposes creative solutions." He combines his knowledge of competition law with his vast expertise in regulatory matters to advise on the spectrum of sector issues.

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Barbara Rosenberg

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practitioner Barbara Rosenberg holds an impeccable reputation in the market, where she is described by interviewees as "a client-focused and results-driven lawyer." Sources emphasise "her vast capabilities and deep knowledge of the subject matter," noting: "She is guided by her strong business sense." They add: "She is cultured and proactive, and transmits confidence in her approach to problems." Her areas of expertise span merger reviews, cartel cases and anti-competitive practices.

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Cristianne Saccab Zarzur

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Cristianne Saccab Zarzur is recognised as a standout practitioner in the competition field. Her practice is endorsed by market commentators, who consider her "excellent," and comment: "She is a very capable lawyer, who adopts a strategic approach to deals and has a lot of experience in the sector." She is particularly active handling merger control cases, cartel investigations and settlement agreements.

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José Alexandre Buaiz Neto

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is praised by market sources, who describe him as "a high-profile lawyer." He offers expertise in merger control cases, settlement agreements and sector-related contentious work in the higher courts.

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Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leonor Cordovil is endorsed by clients, who deem her "a very responsive and thoughtful lawyer." They add: "She provides high-quality services that range from the drafting and execution of all legal matters to brilliant closing arguments." She stands out for her expertise in cartel cases and anti-dumping investigations.

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Ana Paula Martinez

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Ana Paula Martinez is commended for her solid experience in the market, as well as her vast knowledge of CADE procedures. She regularly advises clients on merger cases and compliance. Interviewees describe her as "diligent" and "knowledgeable."

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Band 2

Gabriel Nogueira Dias

Magalhães e Dias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gabriel Nogueira Dias is described by market sources as "a very intelligent and articulate lawyer." Another client highlights his "practical approach," adding: "He uses his deep technical knowledge to find solutions."

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Band 2

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Paola Pugliese is described by interviewees as a lawyer with "strong communication skills, a strategic vision and business-oriented approach." She specialises in cartel investigations and antitrust-related litigation.

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Band 2

Francisco Todorov

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Francisco Todorov receives strong praise from clients, who comment: "He is very pragmatic and hands-on." They go on to assert: "We trust him implicitly. He is responsive, efficient and effective." His client roster includes companies from the construction, energy and pharmaceutical areas.

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Band 2

Sérgio Varella Bruna

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Sérgio Varella Bruna is commended by market sources for his "impressive credentials and deep knowledge of competition matters." He also offers notable expertise in regulatory law and compliance.

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Band 3

Vicente Bagnoli Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Vicente Bagnoli of Vicente Bagnoli Advogados is a respected name in the competition field. He is frequently consulted for his academic knowledge and top-notch legal opinions.

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Band 3

Fábio Francisco Beraldi

Lino, Beraldi, Belluzzo and Tartarini Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recognise Fábio Francisco Beraldi as "a very skilled lawyer" that combines strong negotiation skills with solid expertise in the sector. His principal areas of strength encompass the antitrust, regulatory and product liability arenas.

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Band 3

Priscila Brólio Gonçalves

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Priscila Brólio Gonçalves receives ample praise from clients, who say: "She is adept at identifying problems and analyses issues with a pro-business attitude. She is also very approachable and maintains a close relationship with her clients.

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Band 3

Lauro Celidonio Neto

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Lauro Celidonio Neto is endorsed by a client, who says: "He is very available and has vast experience in the area." His practice includes both merger reviews and antitrust investigations.

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Band 3

Olavo Zago Chinaglia

Pereira Neto | Macedo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

One client highlights Olavo Zago Chinaglia's "ability to instil confidence in clients and vast technical knowledge". He is experienced in handling merger control and anti-competitive behaviour matters across the telecommunications, oil and gas and technology sectors.

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Band 3

Renê Guilherme da Silva Medrado

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Renê Medrado is described by a client as "an extremely intelligent and sophisticated lawyer." They go on to characterise him as "very clear, an excellent communicator and business-oriented." He specialises in merger control and anti-competitive practices.

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Band 3

Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno

Caminati Bueno Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "spectacular" Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno of Caminati Bueno Advogados is highlighted by interviewees, who describe him as "an assertive and specialised lawyer." He focuses on merger control and cartel investigations.

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Band 3

Marcio Dias Soares

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcio Dias Soares offers solid expertise in a wide range of antitrust matters. One client states: "Marcio stands out for his technical knowledge, proactivity and ability to build strategies."

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Band 3

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Bruno Drago comes recommended by clients, who say: "After providing us with a brief summary of our problem and identifying the main risks involved, he was able to draft a number of defensive strategies." Another client says: "He is approachable and bold."

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Band 3

Juliano Maranhão

Sampaio Ferraz Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Juliano Maranhão is acknowledged by peers for his academic profile and experience in the competition and regulatory arenas. One interviewee notes: "He is a very experienced lawyer with a great reputation in the market."

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Band 3

Aurélio Marchini Santos

Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Aurélio Marchini Santos receives praise from interviewees, who say: "He is a highly capable, dedicated and proactive lawyer." Sources also note his availability and ability to handle complex cases.

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Band 3

André Marques Gilberto

Chaves, Gelman, Machado, Gilberto e Barboza Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

André Marques Gilberto of Chaves, Gelman, Machado, Gilberto e Barboza Advogados is praised by clients, who say: "He is knowledgeable, approachable and concerned with understanding the client's needs."

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Band 3

Joyce Midori Honda

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Joyce Midori Honda is singled out for her technical strength and experience in the sector. One source says: "I really enjoy working with her. She provides fast replies and always has the answer on the tip of her tongue." Sources also consider her a "professional" and "capable" lawyer.

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Band 3

Maria Eugênia Novis

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to an interviewee, Maria Eugênia Novis is "a very technical and hard-working lawyer." She specialises in merger notifications, administrative proceedings regarding antitrust violations and the designing of compliance programmes.

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Band 3

Gianni Nunes de Araújo

Koury Lopes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gianni Nunes de Araújo is praised by clients, who say: "She has a strong command of competition law and her expertise in advisory matters and litigation is undeniable." She specialises in compliance, merger filings and antitrust litigation.

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Band 3

Daniel Oliveira Andreoli

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Daniel Oliveira Andreoli offers solid expertise advising local and international clients on the drafting and negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements. He also handles divestiture orders.

Partner Daniel Oliveira Andreoli offers solid expertise advising local and international clients on the drafting and negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements. He also handles divestiture orders.

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Band 3

Mundie Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Guilherme Ribas receives ample praise from market sources, who describe him as "an active and very experienced competition lawyer." They go on to deem him "available, attentive and knowledgeable." He also specialises in public law. 

Associate-to-watch Enrico Romanielo is recommended by clients, who say: "He is an especially talented associate, who already boasts a great deal of experience in M&A and is able to provide in-depth advice."

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Band 3

Mariana Tavares de Araujo

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Mariana Tavares de Araujo focuses her practice on antitrust, international trade and compliance matters. She earns praise from interviewees for her "knowledge, strategic vision and client-focused service."

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Band 3

Marcos Paulo Verissimo

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcos Paulo Verissimo is endorsed by market sources due to his expertise in merger control and antitrust cases concerning regulated markets. They say: "He has experience in the public sector and is a very technical lawyer."

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Band 3

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Mariana Villela advises clients on anti-competitive conduct investigations and compliance programmes, as well as the risk assessment of mergers. She also handles sector-related contentious cases.

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Band 4

José Carlos da Matta Berardo

Lefosse Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients characterise partner José Carlos da Matta Berardo as "a very available and deeply knowledgeable lawyer who reaches solutions in a proactive manner." Another source adds: "He is very experienced in the sector."

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Band 4

Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Botelho is described by clients as "a great competition lawyer." He routinely advises clients on antitrust investigations, compliance and international trade matters.

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Band 4

Paulo Leonardo Casagrande

Stocche Forbes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Paulo Leonardo Casagrande of Stocche Forbes Advogados is described by interviewees as a "technical" and "experienced" lawyer. He has considerable strength in cartel investigations, including multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and merger reviews.

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Band 4

Thiago Francisco da Silva Brito

Sampaio Ferraz Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market sources, Thiago Francisco da Silva Brito is "a very good and solid lawyer." He specialises in competition and regulatory law.

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Band 4

Alexandre Ditzel Faraco

Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources are full of praise for Alexandre Ditzel Faraco, whom they describe as "a very detailed lawyer." He specialises in antitrust and regulatory law, and is noted for his strong academic background.

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Band 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Gaillard is described by a client as a "proactive" and "hands-on" lawyer. He focuses on antitrust and compliance matters.

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Band 4

Eric Hadmann Jasper

Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eric Hadmann Jasper of Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados is held in esteem by market sources for his "excellent negotiation skills," "solid experience" and "efficiency." His additional areas of focus include regulatory law and compliance.

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Band 4

Ricardo Inglez de Souza

Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Inglez de Souza of Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados is praised by a client, who asserts: "He is highly capable and has a practical approach." He offers solid expertise in cartel investigations, merger control matters and antitrust litigation.

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Band 4

Marcel Medon Santos

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcel Medon Santos comes recommended by interviewees, who say: "He always strives to understand our business, offers a broad vision of the area and is always available." His practice centres on advising clients on compliance programmes.

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Band 4

Eduardo Molan Gaban

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Eduardo Molan Gaban is commended by clients for his experience in the market. They say: "He boasts deep knowledge of the area and is adept at discussing problems and proposing solutions."

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Band 4

Ademir Antonio Pereira Júnior

Advocacia José Del Chiaro

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ademir Antonio Pereira Júnior is commended by interviewees, who highlight his technical knowledge and activity in the market. He has deep expertise in antitrust and wider regulatory matters.

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Band 4

Leonardo Rocha e Silva

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva frequently advises clients on abuse of dominance cases, merger fillings and cartel investigations. Sources deem him "an experienced lawyer."

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Up and Coming

Patricia Agra Araujo

L.O. Baptista Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming Patricia Araujo of L.O. Baptista Advogados is seen by market sources as a "well-prepared" and "technically strong" lawyer. She specialises in cartel investigations, merger control and regulatory law.

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Up and Coming

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees are impressed with Adriana Giannini's responsiveness and negotiation skills. She specialises in merger control matters and also handles cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Lefosse Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming counsel Paulo Lilla is described by a source as "a fantastic lawyer," and noted for his "strong technical knowledge." He frequently assists clients from the information technology and pharmaceutical industries with merger filings and anti-competitive conduct investigations.

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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 is experienced in handling an array of competition and regulatory affairs, including contractual matters and merger control. Sources note his involvement in the area.

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Up and Coming

José Inácio Almeida Prado Filho

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Inácio Almeida Prado Filho is described by market sources as "an up-to-date and technically strong lawyer." He offers solid experience in merger reviews, cartel investigations and leniency agreements.

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Associates to watch

Mundie Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Enrico Romanielo is recommended by clients, who say: "He is an especially talented associate, who already boasts a great deal of experience in M&A and is able to provide in-depth advice."

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Associates to watch

Ana Carolina Zoricic

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Ana Carolina Zoricic specialises in competition law. She is described by an interviewee as "an excellent professional with solid experience in contentious matters."

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