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Brazil: Project Finance Review 2017

Project Finance Julio cesar

Death, Taxes and Cost Overruns by Júlio César Bueno of Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Brazil: Construction Review 2017

Construction Review - Julio Cesar Bueno

The Construction Industry and the Call for Concerted Action, by Júlio César Bueno of Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Brazil: An Interview with Rafael Dantas


In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Rafael Dantas – legal director of corporate and litigation at Bayer SA – discusses his position in the company, the ever-changing role of in-house lawyers, the qualities he looks for when instructing external counsel and the challenges of practising in the life sciences sector in Brazil. Professional Background: With over 15 years of experience, Rafael Dantas has a valuable legal background gathered since internships in the judiciary sector (Federal Court) and the private sector, where he had the pleasure of spending four years at Honda Advogados as a specialised tax attorney (having graduated from PUC São Paulo).  Rafael moved on to become an in-house counsel and has been with Bayer in Brazil since 2006; he now runs the whole corporate and litigation team. Highly focused on bringing legal alternatives and business solutions, he takes part in country leadership team meetings and strongly believes that a modern in-house counsel must have abilities beyond the legal field – which is why he decided to study for an MBA degree, otained from Fundação Dom Cabral in 2012.

Private Funds 2018: Analysis

For the 15th Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds, our listings comprise over 500 fund formation specialists and 100 regulatory experts from over 150 law firms across 34 countries.

Private Funds 2018: Trends & Conclusions

So far this year private funds and private capital have continued to benefit from a recently buoyant fundraising climate – which has meant good news for managers, investors and lawyers. In a market where the traditional vehicles for raising money have become less certain, new investors have looked to private funds as a way of ensuring steady returns. Once the preserve of massive funds and investment vehicles, now even “ordinary investors” in the form of high-net-worth individuals are getting in on the act. With a proliferation of investors following a proliferation of regulations and compliance issues, the legal work involved in funds has only continued to expand.

Franchise 2017: Analysis

In this edition we identify 542 leading lawyers from 73 countries, whom our research has highlighted for their expertise in franchising law and their experience assisting clients in the establishment, maintenance and growth of their franchise businesses. The individuals listed here boast a diverse range of expertise encompassing compliance matters, strategic counsel and dispute resolution, and have come highly recommended by market sources. 

Franchise 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Franchising has become an incredibly useful device. Companies around the world are drawn to the franchising model as an effective way to expand their presence in the domestic and international marketplace, without the need for large amounts of capital. It is a key tool for individuals to become successful in small business, aided by an existing business model and an established brand. Despite the advantages of structuring a business using a franchise network, practitioners interviewed during our research highlighted challenges presented by market forces such as political uncertainty and new technology. They also noted other factors, such as the increasing role of private equity companies, which is having a considerable impact on the way in which companies are treated and traded. These factors are requiring franchise concepts to adapt in order to grow and maintain market share.  

Private Client 2017: Analysis

This year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal: Private Client highlights 602 leading private client specialists from 287 firms worldwide. The practitioners listed assist some of the most successful and influential individuals, families and organisations in the world on their legal needs both domestically and internationally. They provide a broad range of private client services, including taxation, estate management, succession planning, onshore and offshore trust management, wealth structuring, and philanthropy and charitable giving. International law firm Withers continues to top our listings as the pre-eminent global private client firm, with 23 lawyers listed from across London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and New York. London-based firm Macfarlanes also ranks highly this year, along with leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes which achieves listings across five of the major offshore jurisdictions, as well as England.

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