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Brazil Best Law Firms - Corporate Law and M&A - Ranking 2018

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Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados - Premium Full Service Firm
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Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados

Leader(s)

Hércules Celescuekci, Simone Musa, Francisco Todorov and Mauricio Novaes

Since

1959

Track record : Trench Rossi Watanabe regularly participates in Brazil’s most high profile cases and operations. Recently, they helped Nestlé with the Brazilian aspects of its jumbo-joint-venture with Froneri. The firm advises blue-chip foreign companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever and State Grid Corporation of China and key national players like Braskem, Votorantim, BRF and Natura.
Differentiation : Trench Rossi Watanabe is one of the very few premium full-service firms in Brazil: its high-end capacities in M&A, capital markets, tax and antitrust are praised by CFOs and GCs alike, as they often highlight the convenience of having a very consistent, top-level service across all the firm’s departments.
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CGM Advogados: Serious and Business Oriented
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CGM Advogados

Leader(s)

Adriano Chaves, René Gelman

Since

2014

Track record : In the last three years, major companies across the globe joined the clientele of the firm, including Audi and Wix.com. The firm has been working with international players on various subjects, including social security consultancy, international business tax consulting, judicial and administrative litigation. CGM is also well-regarded for its M&A abilities.
Differentiation : CGM is a very business-oriented law firm. Clients often highlight the lawyers’ deep understanding of their market and its specificities while praising the firm’s pro-active and hands-on attitude. The firm currently comprises 10 partners, one counsel and 26 associates; providing legal assistance to 48 sectors through 20 different practices.
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Siqueira Castro Advogados - One of the Most Traditional and Resourceful Firms in Brazil
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Siqueira Castro Advogados

Leader(s)

Carlos Fernando Siqueira Castro

Since

1948

Track record : Siqueira Castro works with a range of different industries, including bank and investments, communications, technology, airport services, electric products and telecoms. In 2016 the firm advised British private equity and venture capital firm Apax Partners, in its acquisition of Marlink for €200 million. In the same year the team also worked on the sale of 30% of Fundo de Investimento Em Participações Aeroespacial, for R$4.5 million.
Differentiation : With almost seven decades in the market and running stronger than ever, Siqueira Castro Advogados has seven partners and 15 associates in its M&A practice. It has offices across Brazil, which benefits the firm when working on cases outside Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The diversity of the backgrounds of its professionals enables them to speak the same language as the client.
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Araújo e Policastro Advogados: More than Five Decades of Excellence
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Araújo e Policastro Advogados

Leader(s)

Theodoro Araújo

Since

1962

Track record : Araújo Policastro’s M&A department has had a busy year. Among other important transactions, the firm worked with the British company Rentokil Initial plc, in its acquisition of 100% of the shares of F. Genes & Cia. Ltda, one of the largest pest control companies in Brazil. Some businesses, such as Méritor, have been working with the firm for several decades, and count on the team for their corporate and international contracts expertise.
Differentiation : With more than half a century in the market, Araújo Policastro is a traditional yet high-performing law firm. The team is recognized by peers and clients alike for its attention to detail and superior technical skills. Thirteen partners and 35 lawyers compose the firm’s team. Its professionals have extensive international experience and are able to handle cross-border deals and international matters effectively.
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Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados: A Multidisciplinary Team
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Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados

Leader(s)

Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca, Ronaldo Rayes

Since

1998

Track record : Among other notable projects, Rayes & Fagundes has helped Drake PM Controls acquire certain assets from Brazilian company DLC. The team is able to assist foreign and national clients in a range of topics, such as corporate, tax and capital market matters and has gained recognition for its capacity to prepare and implement complex corporate reorganizations.
Differentiation : Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados relies on seven partners and 86 associates, distributed within the firm’s four main offices. Headed by partner Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca, the corporate team is known for its ability to come up with creative solutions and to cut through complexity, especially when handling cross-border matters.
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Suchodolski Advogados Associados: Experience with International Clients
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Suchodolski Advogados

Leader(s)

Beno Suchodolski

Since

1970

Track record : Suchodolski Advogados Associados has built a solid experience working with national and international clients in its four decades of existence. The firm has a history of successful endeavors, especially helping Brazilian clients invest abroad, as well as foreign investors willing to operate in Brazil.
Differentiation : With professionals who can speak several languages and have international experience, Suchodolski can give a global perspective to its local and international clients. The firm invests heavily in communications technology. This allows it to partner with other offices in Brazil and overseas to ensure the best possible service for its clients. The firm has three partners and four counsel working in its M&A practice.
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Here is our 2018 ranking of the best Brazilian law firms specialized in corporate law and M&A transactions! This ranking was created after a year-long investigation: our teams took into consideration data from multiple sources: peer and client recommendation, growth, importance of the different cases... This ranking is intended as a decision-making tool for leaders and is available online in five languages.

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