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Brazil: M&A 2016

Forty-two prominent corporate lawyers are highlighted for their leading M&A practices. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Carlos Jose Rolim de Mello Rolim de Mello Sociedade de Advogados, São Paulo
Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
José Setti Diaz Demarest Advogados, São Paulo
Paulo Cezar Aragão Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão, São Paulo
Ricardo C Veirano Veirano Advogados, São Paulo

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados emerges as Brazil’s leading M&A outfit this year with four listings. The “brilliant” Gustavo Rugani do Couto e Silva gains recognition for his “service-oriented practice”, which encompasses business structuring, drafting of corporate documents and financed acquisitions. José Roberto Opice possesses “vast experience” in the Brazilian corporate market and is valued for his “strong commercial acumen”.

Demarest also performs well this year, with five lawyers nominated for their market-leading work. José Setti Diaz is a “major player” in the field, highly regarded for his “impressive roster of clients” who include Dow Chemical and Potash Corporation. The “exceedingly bright” Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha is praised for his “exceptional work” on high-value transactions. Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky is “a highly organised and diligent individual”, whose “extensive knowledge of the Brazilian legal market” makes her a real asset to clients.

Five leading lawyers at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados achieve listings, including the “superb” Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr who respondents have described as “one of the most thorough Brazilian corporate lawyers” in the market. Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias is known for his expertise regarding the agribusiness sector and impresses with “his capacity to find smart solutions to complex issues”. Alongside him, João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro boasts “a distinguished corporate practice” and “always understands the needs of his client”.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is represented by the “top-notch” Henry Sztutman, who is highlighted for his “highly sophisticated solutions”, most notably when dealing with the planning and structuring of high-profile acquisitions. Fernando Alves Meira’s “business-minded approach” ensures that he remains a favourite among clients who include investors, purchasers and buyers. Miguel Tornovsky boasts a great reputation in the market as a “professional and knowledgeable lawyer”.

Paulo Cezar Aragão is one of three practitioners at Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão highlighted this year. One of the firm’s founding partners, he is considered “a real star” with high-profile clients across the energy, mining and pharmaceutical sectors. Francisco Antunes Maciel Müssnich is a “top-tier practitioner” and garners praise for his “expert handling of hostile takeovers”. Monique Mavignier is also praised as a key figure at the firm.

At Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, managing partner Marcos Rafael Flesch demonstrates “tremendous corporate understanding” according to clients, who include both foreign and domestic entities. Alongside him, the “terrific” Maria Cristina Cescon handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in a “calm and measured manner”. Ronald Herscovici is a “commercially astute lawyer” whose clients include financial institutions, private equity firms and public corporations.

Lefosse Advogados receives three listings this year. Carlos Barbosa Mello is admired by peers for his “sharp intellect” and “great regulatory know-how”. Christian Roschmann and Geraldo Lefosse Jr also stand out at the firm.  

At Lobo & de Rizzo Advogados, Valdo Cestari de Rizzo is a corporate law specialist whose “client-friendly practice” regularly handles M&A transactions and joint ventures. José Orlando Arrochela Lobo impresses international and domestic companies with his “profound understanding of the local market”. Daniella Tavares also garners recognition in this chapter.

Stocche Forbes Advogados is home to Fernanda Rezemini Cardoso. Clients admire her for her “great availability” and highlight the “high-quality work” that she produces. With over 20 years of corporate law experience, Flavio Roberto Penteado Meyer demonstrates “great skill” in dealing with M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. 

Ricardo Veirano at Veirano Advogados runs a “world-class corporate practice”, and garners recognition for his “exceptional ability to truly understand a client’s business”. 

Carlos José Rolim de Mello at Rolim de Mello Sociedade de Advogados is a “first-rate practitioner”, renowned in the market for his “excellent negotiation skills” and “ability to drive the deal home”.

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