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Brazil: Capital Markets 2016

In this chapter we identify 35 capital markets lawyers with the experience and expertise to assist clients in debt, equity and structured finance transactions.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Carlos Barbosa Mello Lefosse Advogados, São Paulo
Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is represented by five lawyers – the largest representation in this chapter. Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr is a “standout name” in the field whose expertise is “unrivalled”. He is a “transactional guru” and “knows the equity market inside out”. The “excellent” José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz is well versed in securities offerings and structured finance transactions. He also advises clients on regulations and in administrative proceedings before the Brazilian Central Bank and the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission.

At Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, four lawyers stand out in the research. Ronald Herscovici is a “top name” in the market whose “bespoke solutions” are lauded by clients. The “highly intelligent” Daniel de Miranda Facó represents issuers, selling shareholders, financial institutions and investors, and is noted for possessing a “significant presence in the market”.

Pinheiro Guimarăes – Advogados sees three of its lawyers recommended in this chapter. The highly regarded Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães advises clients on public offerings of debt and equity in the domestic and international capital markets. He possesses an “international mindset” and “anticipates problems and prevents them from occurring”. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarăes is a further standout at the firm, active on the firm’s most noteworthy and complex debt offerings. The trio is completed by Ivie Moura Alves, a “clever up-and-coming lawyer” with a focus on equity issuances.

Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão’s Paulo Cezar Aragão is a statesman-like figure in the market with an extensive history of working on significant securities offerings in the country. “He makes every effort to fully understand the needs of our business and to deliver tailored solutions”, according to one source. Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos enjoys “a brilliant reputation” in the market. He has a great depth of experience, including serving as director of the Brazilian Securities Commission from 2001 to 2004.

Three names stand out at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. One of the firm’s name partners, José Roberto Opice, is “incredibly well known” in the Brazilian and international markets. His work is “always of the highest quality” and he impresses with his “strategic thinking”. Lead partner Eliana Helena de Gregorio Ambrosio Chimenti is a big player in both debt and equity transactions, advising international and domestic issuers and underwriters. Nei Schilling Zelmanovits is also noted for his expertise in syndicated transactions, debt capital markets and debt restructurings and derivatives.

Carlos Barbosa Mello at Lefosse Advogados is “an undisputed market leader in IPOs” and is also highly prominent on the debt side. Clients are effusive, describing him as “tactically minded” and “highly skilled”. Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira is also consistently endorsed by respondents.

White & Case is represented by Donald Baker, a “terrific” lawyer who receives nominations for advising Latin American issuers on their debt and equity offerings. John Guzman at the firm also earns praise from peers and clients alike. 

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