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Firm Profile

Motta Fernandes Advogados

Firm Profile

Rio de Janeiro - RJ

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  • Av. Almirante Barroso, 52 - 13º floor
  • Rio de Janeiro - RJ
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil
  • 20031-000

Firm profile submitted by Motta Fernandes Advogados

Number of partners: 38
Number of lawyers: 38
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Since it was established in 1956, one of the fundamental principles guiding the organisation of Motta Fernandes – Advogados has been rigorous training, coupled with careful selection of new members of staff, thereby ensuring that the standards of excellence for which the firm is known are consistently maintained. The decision to gradually increase the number of lawyers, thus avoiding uncontrolled expansion, enables the firm to consistently broaden its activities throughout its 60 year existence.
Motta Fernandes - Advogados is led by high-profile attorneys, such as Oswaldo de Moraes Bastos Sobrinho, Alaor de Lima Filho, Eduardo Araujo Jorge, Horacio Bernardes Neto, Regina Lynch and Roberto Liesegang. Bastos, Lima and Jorge are very well known litigation and ADR practitioners in the country, whereas Bernardes, Vice President of the IBA, has an extensive experience in M&A, cartel and corporate governance. Liesegang is acknowledged by his corporate practice and deals with the most relevant insurance matters in Brazil. Lynch is recognised as one of the leading aviation and aircraft financing lawyers worldwide. The firm has a well structured and recognised financing and capital markets department led by Michael Altit and Henrique Vergara, its IP and technology area is conducted by Fernando Stacchini, whereas Cecilia Vidigal leads the anti-trust and energy teams. The firm has an extensive labour law practice organised by Denise Alvarenga and a strong tax consultancy and tax litigation teams lead by Andrea Chieregatto. All areas of practice count with well know and fully recognised lawyers and associates, making Motta Fernandes a truly full services Brazilian high quality firm.With offices in the two major cities of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the firm has 38 attorneys, all partners, highly qualified in different fields of law. The teams are organised to address the needs of the client according to the nature of each case, with a view to putting the talents of each member of staff to the best possible use.

Assistance in financing and leasing, aircraft registration and de-registration, tax driven structures, repossession and foreclosure and air transport regulations.

Antitrust & Competition:
The antitrust and competition law area has broad experience in situations involving potential antitrust activities and investigations of cartels. This allows us to advise our clients on a variety of antitrust and competition issues in various industries.

Arbitration; Litigation:
Experienced in representing companies involved in domestic and international arbitrations, as well as assistance in proceedings involving international litigation, having experience both in the coordination of litigation abroad on behalf of Brazilian clients and in providing advice to its foreign clients in Brazil.

Banking; Finance, Structured Financial Transactions & Investment Funds:
The firm pioneered the design and implementation of operations involving securitisation in Brazil, acting for both originators and takers of the receivables. The firm also provides assistance in all legal matters related to the structuring of project finance operations and structured financial transactions.

Capital Markets; Corporate; Merger & Acquisitions:
Experienced in providing legal services related to the formation of various types of companies and associations, public and closely held companies, spin-offs and consolidations, shareholder agreements, debt conversion into investment, as well as the issue of securities in Brazil and abroad.

Family Law & Estate Planning:
Experienced in providing legal services in matters of family law and inheritance, including separation and divorce procedures, guarding and keeping of children, tutelage and interdiction, as well as in the non-judicial assistance in the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements.

The infrastructure team provides advising services and representation in disputes involving energy, oil and gas, communications, transportation, ports, airports, railroads and logistics, mining and water. The infrastructure team has broad experience in structuring projects, preparing and negotiating contracts and several types of agreements, including EPCs, turn-key, build-to-suit, joint venture or operation agreements, warranty documents, distribution agreements, construction agreements, power purchase (PPA), power conversion (ECC), swaps and options and sale of electricity, government compliance issues, among others.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
In this field, the firm deals with loss adjustment, insurance and reinsurance advice, negotiation, litigation and coverage disputes.

Experienced in providing legal advice in labour consultancy, labour administrative litigation, labour judicial litigation as well as due diligence.

Private Equity:
The firm is very active not only in the setting up of funds and assistance in the negotiation, but also in the assistance with the regulatory aspects for the obtaining of funds with domestic and foreign investors.

Real Estate:
The firm is qualified to advise on all legal matters related to the development and implementation of real estate ventures, including those involving shopping centres, hotels, residential and commercial buildings.

Assistance related to the privatisation and concession of public services, having acted both on behalf of federal, state and municipal entities, as well as representing private investors.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Experienced in advising companies which find themselves in a state of pre-insolvency or insolvency, with a view to achieving its recovery through implementation of legal structures.

The team advises domestic and international companies from a wide range of industries and dedicate ourselves to providing our clients guidance for interpreting and applying tax law. The lawyers from the tax area make decisive contributions to the clients’ financing and capital market transactions. Their knowledge and skill is essential for structuring and implementing these transactions.

Technology, Digital Law & Intellectual Property:
The team has advised domestic and international company of all sizes, including startups. The firm’s clients work in various industries, but especially in the areas of information technology, software, entertainment, agribusiness, biotechnology, chemistry, cosmetics, automobiles and transportation. The team also advise clients about recently-issued regulations or regulations that are currently under discussion in Congress that are related to: (i) innovation, the Internet, e-commerce and crowdfunding; (ii) privacy and personal data protection; (iii) biotechnology; and (iv) access to natural resources and traditional knowledge.


  • Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1327 - 20° floor,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 04543-011
  • Tel +55 11 2192-9300
  • Fax +55 11 3082 3272
  • Email : [email protected]