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M&A and Corporate Law - Law Firms - Brazil - 2019 Rankings

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Leading
  • Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr, Henry Sztutman, Miguel Tornovsky, Fernando Meira, Alexandre Bertoldi
Excellent
  • Sergio Bronstein, Robson Barreto, Alberto de Orleans e Bragança, Lior Pinsky, Ricardo Veirano
Valuable practice
  • Maria Carolina de Souza Guazzelli, Miriam Machado, João Carlos Anderson Corrêa de Mendonça, Evy Marques, Claudia Maniaci
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Transactional Royalty
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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Leader(s)

Maria Cristina Cescon and Marcos Rafael Flesch

Since

2001

Track record : Dominant corporate team widely respected for its high-end capabilities in local and cross-border M&A transactions. Well-equipped to advise leading clients such as Suzano, Vale and The Coca Cola Company in complex acquisitions, corporate financing and tender offers. The firm’s capital markets prowess and M&A expertise make it a leading name for public M&A cases.
Differentiation : Consisting of 17 partners and 44 associates, the firm’s corporate practice is led by senior partners Maria Cristina Cescon and Marcos Flesch. Routinely collaborates with the firm’s capital markets, banking and competition teams. Recently, the department advised Suzano on its high-profile R$36.7 billion merger with Fibria which is set to create the global leader in pulp manufacturing.
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A Global Firm
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Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados

Leader(s)

Anna Mello, Nazir Takieddine and Alberto Mori

Since

1959

Track record : Robust corporate team at the core of one of Brazil’s most international firms. It advises major domestic and international heavyweights from the energy, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors on complex multijurisdictional transactions. Clients benefit from the firm’s cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie. Particularly noted for its strength representing publicly-listed companies.
Differentiation : Captained by Anna Mello, Nazir Takieddine and Alberto Mori, the department stands out for its counseling of major multinationals and is renowned for the strength of its French, German, Japan and China desks. In addition to its presence in Brasília, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the firm benefits from a global network via its Baker McKenzie partnership.
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Expertise at Home and Abroad
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Campos Mello Advogados

Leader(s)

Fabiano Gallo and Marcus Bitencourt

Since

1981

Track record : Established corporate team within a full-service player with international horizons due to its cooperation agreement with global giant DLA Piper. Well regarded for its valuable experience in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and asset sales. Additionally noted for its strength in the oil and gas, real estate and defense industries.
Differentiation : Campos Mello’s corporate department consists of over 20 practitioners and is captained by Fabiano Gallo and Marcus Bitencourt. Marcelo Araujo Pereira, former general counsel at Bozano Investimentos, recently joined the department as partner. Statkraft, Lenovo and John Deere are amongst the practice’s key clients.
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From Strength to Strength
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Madrona Advogados

Leader(s)

Ricardo Madrona and José Luis Camargo

Since

2015

Track record : Flourishing firm with an experienced team which is well-known for its strength in M&A, joint ventures, buyouts and private equity deals. Madrona Advogados recently advised SouthRock Capital on its full acquisition of Starbucks’ Brazilian operations. Client portfolio includes strategic investors, venture capital funds and familyowned groups.
Differentiation : Established in 2015, this São Paulo based practice group already consists of over 30 lawyers and is headed by experienced market figures Ricardo Madrona and José Luis Camargo. The department’s professionals frequently liaise with the firm’s capital markets and real estate teams to counsel on complex sector-related securitization transactions.
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Transactional Tech Excellence
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Baptista Luz Advogados

Leader(s)

Luis Felipe Baptista Luz and Fabio Pamplona Vidal

Since

2004

Track record : Renowned technology experts actively assisting innovative players from the information technology, advertising and pharmaceutical sectors with joint ventures and fund-raising via venture capital, private equity and seed investments. Well-equipped to advise on governance issues, corporate reorganizations and the structuring of new businesses in Brazil.
Differentiation : With offices in both São Paulo and Miami, the department consists of four partners and eight associates which major clients such as Movile, Estée Lauder and Startup Farm rely on. Led by partners Luis Felipe Baptista Luz and Fabio Pamplona Vidal, the firm is best known as a go-to name for Brazilian startups and technology companies.
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Relied upon by Key Multinationals
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CGM Advogados

Leader(s)

Adriano Chaves, Martim Machado and René Gelman

Since

2014

Track record : Established São Paulo-based team frequently assisting major multinationals such as Volkswagen, Audi and Novelis with both day-to-day commercial issues as well as strategic transactional mandates. The department additionally represents clients from the technology, chemical and healthcare sectors in compliance and real estate cases.
Differentiation : Although only founded in 2014, CGM’s corporate team already boasts 18 lawyers. The team routinely collaborates with the firm’s accomplished tax, competition and real estate groups to provide support on multifaceted deals. Fernando Fabretti, former general counsel of Ourofino, recently joined the department as partner.
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Here is our 2019 ranking of the best Brazilian Law Firms in M&A and Corporate Law. 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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