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Brazil: Private Funds 2016

This chapter sees 15 lawyers listed for their abilities in advising on investment, asset protection and tax structuring in the sphere of private funds.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Nei Schilling Zelmanovits Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
Marina Procknor Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
Ana Cecília Manente Levy & Salomão Advogados, São Paulo

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados sees the highest number of listings in this chapter, with three practitioners recommended. Marina Procknor is noted for her expertise in structuring and negotiating both private equity and hedge funds. Peers add she is “a pleasure to work with”. Marina Anselmo Schneider is “a superb lawyer” who demonstrates “technical excellence in all areas” of the private funds sphere, including financial markets and project finance and infrastructure. The “eminent” Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias has represented domestic and foreign clients across numerous sectors and is noted for his “strategic thinking”.

At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Nei Schilling Zelmanovits is a high-ranking name in our research whose “strategic knowledge” of investment vehicles is “second to none”.

Ana Cecília Manente at Levy & Salomão Advogados is “one of the best” according to respondents, and she is lauded for her “superb knowledge of fund management”.

Ronald Herscovici of Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has represented a wide range of private investors in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and project finance. He demonstrates “vast expertise in asset and fund management”.

Pedro Chueiri at Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados is recommended for his “excellent demeanour” and his “encyclopaedic knowledge” of the cross-border transactions and private equity law. 

At Angélico Advogados, José Meirelles is a “leading practitioner” in the private funds sphere with a relation to tax matters and structuring. One client says of him: “He always gives impeccable advice.”

 Cepeda Greco & Bandeira de Mello Advogados’ founding partner Fábio Augusto Cepeda has “decades of experience” and has advised on establishing, operating and distributing funds and investment vehicles. Clients describe him as a “smooth operator”.

Raul de Paula Leite Filho is founder of Freitas e Leite Advogados, where he is considered a “dynamic and strategic operator” with regard to mergers and investments relating to private equity.

Francisco Pinheiro Guimarăes is a founding member of Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados; he is considered a “pre-eminent practitioner” in private equity fund formation, and draws on “a huge wealth of experience” when advising fund managers, consultants and investors.

TozziniFreire Advogados’ Martin Miralles Pose has advised local and national private equity funds, and is recommended for his “great advice on private equity structures” and his “attention to the clients’ needs”. 

Lior Pinsky at Veirano Advogados is “a consummate professional” who has represented numerous clients across a wide range of issues including M&A, control and minority stakes. He has experience in multiple industries including pharmaceuticals.

Leandro Luiz Zancan, founder of Zancan Advogados, is “a stalwart” who can “provide business solutions” thanks to his strong understanding of private equity vehicles in Brazil.

Sole practitioner Carlos Jose Rolim de Mello possesses “an acute understanding of the market” and offers “tailored, well-thought out advice”. 

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