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Brazil: Aviation 2016

The twenty leading aviation practitioners in this chapter cover a range of matters, including finance, regulations and litigation for airlines, insurers, aviation manufacturers, airports and regulatory agencies.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Kenneth Basch Basch & Rameh
Fabio Falkenburger Machado Meyer
Peter Macara Beaumont & Son
Jose Gabriel Assis de Almeida G Assis de Almeida e Associados
Ricardo Bernardi Bernardi & Schnapp
Julio Costa Tauil & Chequer

Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados is a full-service firm with a strong focus on aviation law.  Its founding partner Ricardo Bernardi is highly regarded as “an authority” in the field, particularly in relation to contentious and regulatory matters. Carla Christina Schnapp is widely recognised for her expertise in major airline litigation and related labour law issues. Both partners count a number of top domestic and international airlines and insurers as clients, including America Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, AIG and Allianz.

Pinheiro Neto is the most populated firm in this chapter with three recognitions. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho leads on the firm’s noteworthy mandates, including acting for LATAM as issuer of enhanced equipment trust certificates worth US$1 billion. Sources say, “He is a well-known and respected finance lawyer with a great understanding of the industry.” Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano is often engaged in landmark deals in the sector, including the LATAM transactions. Meanwhile, Gilberto Giusti is recommended for his contentious practice, with peers describing him as “a brilliant advocate”.

Tauil & Chequer offers full support across the spectrum of aviation related issues. Julio Costa heads up the practice and is “a top choice for aviation liability matters”, according to respondents. Gustavo Lasalvia is also noted for his expertise in contentious matters for airlines, insurers and reinsurers.

Beaumont & Son’s Martyn Plaskett is known by peers across the global as “a first-class contentious lawyer” in all types of aviation disputes; he is also highly regarded in regulatory matters. Fellow partner Peter Macara top-ranks for his regulatory expertise. According to one source, he is “extremely knowledgeable and articulates his advice clearly and in a practical manner”.

Kenneth Basch, founding partner of Basch & Rameh, is described as “a very strong competitor” by peers, while clients are effusive over his “responsive, practical and client-friendly approach”.

Machado Meyer’s Fabio Falkenburger is recommended on the basis of his “exceptional finance practice”. One respondent effuses, “He’s very creative and really drives transactions forward.”

Jose Gabriel Assis de Almeida at his own firm is well respected for his knowledge of regulatory aviation issues. Clients find him to be “business-minded and considered in his advice”, and also “highly professional”.

At the boutique practice Di Ciero e Mello Franco Advogados, co-founder Simone Franco Di Ciero is considered a standout individual for aviation taxation and regulatory matters.

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