Firm profile submitted by BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão
BMA deals with all matters concerning business law, such as mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, private equity, capital markets, financing and investment, corporate restructuring, partnership and joint ventures.
Main Areas Of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
BMA has been actively involved in banking and finance, including secured and syndicated loan transactions, structured finance and project finance.
Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring & Insolvency:
BMA’s team has extensive experience in bankruptcy and restructuring processes, actively defending clients’ interests. BMA assists creditors in obtaining payment of their claims, and advises potential investors the acquisition of equity interests in distressed companies, or specific assets belonging to those companies, with particular focus on avoiding and/ or minimising the risk of succession of liabilities to the new owner.
Deeply active in the full range of capital markets transactions, the firm advises on several subjects including equity, debt and convertible issues, public offerings and private placement of securities in Brazilian and international markets, IPOs and secondary offerings.
The firm has extensive experience in obtaining approval for proposed business combinations from the antitrust agency and the Administrative Council for Economic Rights (CADE).
Corporate / M&A:
Transactions in this area range from small private acquisitions to cross-border acquisitions of foreign companies by Brazilian clients and the acquisition and sale of Brazilian companies by foreign clients.
Corporate Ethics & Compliance:
The area focuses on the compliance with anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and white-collar crime laws. The firm’s services encompass tailoring and implementing compliance programs in accordance with the risks and needs of each client, conducting due diligence and internal investigations, as well as assisting and representing clients in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings, particularly in multijurisdictional cases.
The firm deals mainly with corporate litigation for local and foreign clients. Its lawyers are frequently involved in complex cases before the Brazilian Courts all around the country (such as the Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Supreme Court) and also have great experience in national and international arbitration.
Employment, Labour & Pensions:
With extensive experience in representing individuals and corporate entities, the firm handles all matters relating to Brazilian employment law, including labour disputes, compliance with employment contracts, administrative procedures and litigation.
BMA promotes secure and reliable interaction with environmental agencies at the federal, state and municipal levels, ensuring a high degree of excellence in the reduction of environmental risks and obstacles faced by business projects. The firm also assists clients in structuring new projects, through services that range from due diligence investigations and environmental licensing to management of contractual environmental liabilities and environmental litigation before administrative authorities and the courts.
Infrastructure, Regulation & Government Affairs:
Advises and assists – providing both consultancy and litigation services – bidders in privatisation proceeding, structuring consortia, investment and shareholder agreements, and providing support in the creation of jointly managed partnerships between the public and private sectors. Assists foreign and Brazilian companies that participate in public bids and that invest or do business in regulated markets in general, providing legal services in all phases of businesses.
BMA offers service in all aspects of IP prosecution and advisory services in the fields of patent, industrial design, trademark, plant varieties, copyright and trade secret law, including counselling in licensing, unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and litigation.
The firm has been actively involved in trade and customs matters and provides general advice on market access matters in Brazil and overseas, and customs requirements and compliance. Attorneys have extensive experience in trade remedies proceedings; international dispute settlement, and international trade legislation, policy and negotiations.
The services provided by the firm include support in negotiating and drafting purchase, sale, construction and financing agreements, as well as modelling the legal structure for residential, industrial and commercial real estate projects.
Sports & Entertainment: BMA has an active practice in the industry, advising sports clubs and confederations, athletes, artists, companies and investors on a wide range of matters. The firm’s focus is to offer creative legal solutions for structuring the interests of both clients who are already participants in their industry, and clients who look to take advantage of the investment opportunities the sector offers.
The firm’s lawyers have the necessary experience to analyse the tax implications of acquisitions, corporate restructuring, financings, investments and other transactions. Its lawyers also represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings.