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Latin America Guide
Firm Profile

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Firm Profile

São Paulo - SP

  • Profile
  • Rua Funchal 418
  • 11º andar
  • São Paulo - SP
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 04551-060

Firm profile submitted by Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza Cescon is one of Brazil’s leading law firms. The lawyers stand-out for their strong commitment to the representation of the firm’s clients’ interests and for their work in highly sophisticated, groundbreaking matters. The firm’s goal is to be the clients’ law firm of choice for their most complex legal matters and most strategic transactions and disputes.

Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions & Private Equity:
The firm is often retained by potential targets and boards of directors for representation in connection with mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, de-listings and other corporate transactions as well as matters involving antitrust and anticorruption laws. The M&A and Private Equity Practice are recognised as Brazil’s leading by any measure.
Project Finance: The project finance practice is recognised as a market leader in Brazil. The firm team has advised on groundbreaking transactions, such as the first greenfield limited recourse, cross-border project finance, the first nonrecourse oil production based project finance, the first cross-border project bond and the first cross-border oil royalty backed bonds.
Infrastructure & Government Relations: The firm has a first class practice in development of infrastructure projects across all its sectors, such as energy, telecom, oil and gas, water and wastewater, ports and navigation, airports, railways, mining and toll roads. The firm provides advice in all phases of a project, from its conception to its financing, assisting companies in structuring projects, participating in bidding procedures and in claims with the regulatory agencies and granting authorities.
Capital Markets & Investments Funds: The capital markets team is recognised as Brazil’s most experienced and far-reaching. It represents the world’s leading financial institutions, public and private corporations, hedge-funds, asset managers and entrepreneurs in connection with their most complex domestic and cross-border securities transactions, including IPOs and other equity offers, tender offers, debt-offerings, derivatives, structured products, mutual funds, receivables funds and securitisation. The vast experience with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) provides the firm insight into important regulatory aspects of registered offers in Brazil that may be critical in successfully completing a transaction.
Banking & Finance: The firm advises a wide range of clients in the roles of lenders, borrowers, trustees, rating agencies and others in connection with syndicated bank facilities, trade financing, leveraged investments, structured financing, DIP financing and derivatives.
Insolvency & Restructuring: The Restructuring and Insolvency team have wide experience in assisting our clients in connection with complex debt workouts, corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings with a particular focus on representing financial creditors. The firm has vast experience in credit recovery, enforcement of collateral and other court assisted proceedings in a wide range of industries.
Arbitration & Mediation: The firm’s dedicated arbitration is recognised for its vast experience in corporate related arbitration. The team uses mediation and other ADR methods in order to obtain the best results to the clients and reduce litigation costs. Litigation: The litigation team is called upon by clients across all industries for critical litigation matters. The high-end litigators are recognised for their experience, strategic approach and capacity to simplify complex cases.
Antitrust: The firm combines broad experience in strategic corporate transactions with complex cartel investigations to form one of Brazil’s leading antitrust practice groups. The firm works closely with its M&A, private equity and litigation groups to represent its clients in a wide variety of domestic and crossborder matters across all industries.
Compliance & Anticorruption: The firm advises on a wide range of compliance and anticorruption matters, including investigations involving anticorruption and anti-money laundering laws. The compliance and anticorruption lawyers help its clients identify and anticipate tendencies in regulatory standards that may be critical to their business.
Technology & Intellectual Property: The practice encompasses advising clients in connection with IP joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, IT outsourcing, trademark, software and patent licensing, biotechnology, capital raising and IP disputes.
Tax has been the cornerstone of the firm’s practice since its inception. The team of experienced tax lawyers advises on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters. In financings, acquisitions, mergers, investment funds, international trade as well as financial products.
Labour: The clients come to its Labour Law Department for complex labour law issues rather than their day-to-day labour claims. The firm has over the years assisted clients with strategic and complex lawsuits, created compensation and incentive programs and assisted them in dealing with trade unions.
Other Areas of Practice: Environmental, insurance and reinsurance, real estate, regulated industries, such as power, oil and gas, renewable energy and maritime.

INTERNATIONAL WORK: The firm’s international practice includes international finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, banking and finance, structured finance, project finance and international tax planning.