Firm profile submitted by Stocche Forbes Advogados
Number of other lawyers: 140
Languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Stocche Forbes is a full service firm formed by attorneys with extensive experience advising Brazilian and foreign entities doing business in all economic sectors in Brazil. The firm’s teams are equipped to handle the most complex and sophisticated legal issues impacting their clients’ activities.
Stocche Forbes is structured to ensure the rendering of its services with intensive partner involvement, and with teams which offer the ideal combination of attorneys and expertise for each specific matter.
Stocche Forbes strives to form long term strategic relationships with its clients, forged on the trust that the firm will provide services at the highest standards of efficiency, responsiveness, quality and ethics, proactively seeking to identify and understand the issues that are relevant to the clients’ business, and offering creative and practical solutions.
Central to the firm’s vision and values is a colaborative and open working environment which encourages the attraction, retention, motivation and development of attorneys.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
The firm’s antitrust team works together with its M&A team in the assessment of submission requirements and in the drafting and negotiation of agreements, including agreements in light of gun jumping rules. The firm also acts in all types investigations and other administrative proceedings conducted by antitrust authorities, as well as in the structuring and negotiation of leniency agreements.
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises local or foreign financial institutions, credit agencies and borrowers in all forms of domestic or cross-border financing transactions, corporate loans, structured deals, trade finance, export pre-payments among others. It also assists financial institutions in all sorts of regulatory matters.
The firm advises issuers and underwriters in equity offerings (including IPOs, and Depositary Receipts), debt offerings and other issuances of securities. Its practice covers domestic and cross-border transactions including issuances under Rule 144A and Regulation S of the SEC. The firm’s practice also includes fund formation and securitisation transactions.
The firm’s banking and bankruptcy teams have extensive experience in advising borrowers and lenders in complex debt restructurings, involving domestic as well as cross-border debt and assets. They also represent creditors in all types of insolvency proceedings in the implementation of work-out alternatives, including good company/bad company structures.
The firm has expert teams in all forms of dispute resolution and prevention, representing clients in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings, and covering commercial, corporate, competition, banking, contractual, liability, environmental and regulatory aspects (such as aviation, telecoms and power).
The firm’s environmental law team acts in the conduction of due diligence, as well as in administrative or judicial proceedings involving environmental issues. The firm’s environmental team works closely with its real estate team and project finance teams to cover all environmental aspects of large projects, assisting in the fulfillment of permitting requirements and lenders policies such as Equator Principles and other guidelines adopted by multilaterals or ECAs.
The firm’s labour department is equipped to conduct legal due diligence, as well as administrative or judicial proceedings involving labour and employment matters. It also provides advice in the negotiation and drafting of employment and collective agreements, as well as in the structuring of all types of compensation plans.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm’s corporate team has extensive experience including complex transactions involving the formation of joint-ventures and corporate reorganisations. The group offers the expertise and capabilities acquired in some of the most important, challenging, innovative and complex transactions undertaken in recent years in Brazil. Its practice involves domestic as well as cross-border transactions, and covers all economic sectors and types of corporate entities, including publicly traded companies.
The firm’s project finance and infrastructure team has extensive experience in the mining sector, having participated in significant corporate and financing transactions and faced all sorts of legal issues particular to this sector, including the creation of liens on mining rights and addressing foreign ownership restrictions.
Oil & Gas:
The firm has a team dedicated to projects in the oil and gas sector, having in-depth knowledge of the commercial and regulatory questions impacting this industry. Its work include advising financial institutions and sponsors in the structuring and negotiation of the financing for the development of projects involving the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, as well as drafting and negotiation of all related operational contracts in the entire industry chain.
The firm has a team dedicated to the structuring, development and financing of infrastructure, industrial and real estate projects. Its team has participated in project finance transactions involving structured financing, domestic transactions based on BNDES onlending or guarantees, financings by other Brazilian agencies such as Fundo da Marinha Mercante, as well as local and foreign capital market deals (including project bonds), and funding through multilaterals, export credit agencies and other international lenders.
The firm’s real estate team handles all types of transactions and matters involving real estate law, including real estate development (incorporação imobiliária) and the condominiums formation (instituição em condomínio), typical and non-typical leases, built-to-suit and sale-lease-back projects, all types of collateral over real estate properties, surface rights and other related matters.
The firm’s tax team provides legal advice on all tax issues affecting businesses transactions in Brazil, at Federal and local levels. The team also covers international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and tax litigation.