Firm profile submitted by Goulart & Colepicolo Advogados
Senior Partner: Cristiano Silva Colepicolo, João Gilberto Freire Goulart
Number of other lawyers: 65
Capital Markets: João Gilberto, Cristiano Colepicolo and Pedro Rodrigues
Contracts: João Gilberto, Cristiano Colepicolo, Marcelo Madeira
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions: João Gilberto, Cristiano Colepicolo, Pedro Rodrigues
Credit Collection & Litigation: Ronaldo Ferreira, Letícia Dornelas
Labour & Employment: Kelly Rebello, Eduardo Pinheiro
Real Estate: João Gilberto, Cristiano Colepicolo, Gabriel Tosetti
Tax: Cristiano Colepicolo, Guilherme Costa Val
Founded in 2003 by senior partners João Gilberto Freire Goulart and Cristiano Silva Colepicolo, Goulart & Colepicolo Advogados (‘GCA’) has a highly specialised multidisciplinary team, with offices in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, combined with a modern infrastructure able to create legal solutions for its client’s businesses. GCA provides tailored solutions in business law according to the needs, features and size of each client, aiming for quick, efficient and precise services. GCA has an outstanding reputation for its deep and unique knowledge in the shopping mall market, being considered one of the most prestigious law firms in Brazil in this field.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Capital Markets: The firm has a significant part of its work concentrated at investment funds advisory, mostly as the legal advisor of investment funds, consultancy to fund managers, fund administrators and investment banks. The firm also advises its clients on public offerings (debt and equity), tender offers and foreign investment in Brazil, providing its clients a best understanding of the Brazilian capital market rules.
Contracts: The firm assists its clients drafting and analysing all sort of contracts in all levels of complexity. The firm also advises its clients in contracts negotiations. Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions: The firm advises its clients on every corporate law matter, also playing an important role on its clients mergers and acquisitions deals, offering complete advisory from due diligence to the signing and closing of transactions and post signing accompaniment. The advisory includes the structuring of corporate and non-corporate joint ventures, the incorporation of companies, spinoffs, dropdown of assets, the planning and implementation of corporate reorganisations and debt restructuring.
Credit Collection & Litigation: The firm created a unique methodology to diagnosis the probability of credit recovery success by means of accurate research of debtors assets. The firm provides the structuring of extrajudicial and judicial settlements to secure the success of credit collection operation. The firm also offers client representation in judicial, administrative and arbitration proceedings in all courts.
Labour & Employment: The firm provides preventive advisory aiming its clients with the necessary guidance to comply with labour law. The firm advises its clients in the negotiation and confirmation of agreements entered into with the Department of Labour and trade unions.
Real Estate: The firm is widely known for its expertise in structuring real estate projects such as shopping malls, hotels, office buildings and logistic centres. The advisory includes regularisation of registry and projects of real properties, drafting of public deeds and real property incorporations, preparation of documents, follow-up of projects’ approval and registration before the real estate registry service.
Tax: Highly specialised multi-disciplinary team coordinated by reputed professionals with acknowledged expertise in the tax field, with the objective of providing timely, sophisticated and personalised services. The firm’s tax team works closely with the M&A and real estate teams, optimising results and reducing the tax burden of its clients’ activities and transactions.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: GCA has been helping its domestic and international clients on a broad range of legal services regarding both onshore and offshore transactions. The firm’s international advisory includes structuring foreign direct investments in Brazil, formation of international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions deals, tax, employment and labour law issues, among others.
LANGUAGES: English, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish.
GCA advises a wide range of domestic and international clients, from the most prestigious real estate developers to leading information technology companies. The firm’s list of clients also includes shopping malls, construction companies, properties managers, fund managers, investment funds and investment banks.