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Brazil: Competition 2016

In total, 40 leading lights are recognised for their expertise representing clients before the Brazilian competition authority on both litigation and transactional matters. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Barbara Rosenberg Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão
Amadeu Ribeiro Mattos Filho
Marcelo Calliari TozziniFreire Advogados
Olavo Chinaglia Pereira Neto | Macedo Advogados
Ana Paula Martinez Levy & Salomão Advogados
Tito Amaral de Andrade Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Several of the larger national full-service firms achieve a trio of listings in this chapter. Pinheiro Neto’s practice is highly regarded with a strong team that is very active before Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE), in both antitrust litigation and merger filings. Notable matters include acting for Microsoft with Google over allegations of anti-competitive practices; on the deal side, it secured Vivendi and GVT’s purchase of Telefónica. In São Paulo, Cristianne Saccab Zarzur is “the top name at the firm and pre-eminent in the market”, with respondents noting that she stands out for her “excellent knowledge and user-friendly approach”. Brasilia-based José Alexandre Buaiz Neto and Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva are also experienced and notable names in the market.

TozziniFreire has the largest team in the country, with 27 full-time antitrust lawyers, and it is also one of the most visible firms in the market – especially in investigations, where UBS has enlisted its advice in the Forex scandal. Marcelo Calliari top-ranks with praise being drawn from peers and clients across the globe. “He is an institution and worthy of his impressive status”, according to one peer. Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno and Daniel Oliveira Andreoli are also highly recommended, leading the team on major mandates before CADE and the judicial courts.

Mattos Filho has become a major force in the market, befitting from the increase amount of merger work handed to larger firms. The team excels handling complex and high-value cases, including the Kroton $3.4 billion purchase of Anhanguera and Veyance’s US$1.9 billion takeover by Continental. Largely based in New York, Amadeu Ribeiro draws an enormous number of recommendations for his first rate practice. He handles high-profile international work for the firm, including acting for Toshiba in three investigations before CADE and in the mooted Halliburton and Baker Hughes tie-up. One source noted that he “is a class act: calm, focused and very easy to deal with”. The “excellent” Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto is very visible in the market heading up some of the firm’s biggest cases. Marcio Dias Soares is an important figure in both merger review and antitrust investigations at the firm and “a respected name” among his peers.

Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão is a full-service firm with a particularly renowned competition practice, which takes a huge share of the most noteworthy cases in the market. Head of the practice Barbara Rosenberg is widely regarded domestically and internationally as “a thought leader” and “one of the best lawyers in the country”. Rosenberg and her team recently saw success for clients American Airlines and GlaxoSmithKline in antitrust investigations before CADE.

Pereira Neto is a boutique firm with a leading pedigree in the market. Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto heads the team and is noted as “an instantly recognisable name” for those conversant with Brazilian antitrust matters; recent highlights include acting for Morgan Stanley in CADE’s Forex investigation and for Uber in its ongoing battle with the domestic taxi industry.  Sources add that he is “always responsive and reachable” and “very business-oriented”. Respondents are also quick to recognise Olavo Chinaglia’s standout contribution on the firm’s most notable mergers filings and behavioural cases.

Sampaio Ferraz is a traditional Brazilian antitrust boutique – one of a small number that still competes with the larger national firms for the best mandates. Founder Tercio Sampaio Ferraz Jr is “a grandee of Brazilian competition law”, admired both as an academic and as a lawyer. The “distinguished and intellectual” Juliano Souza de Albuquerque Maranhão handles many of the firm’s top matters, including advising Buscapé on its abuse of dominance complainant against Google before CADE.

Levy & Salomão Advogados runs a slick antitrust operation with head of practice and former SDE official Ana Paula Martinez, who is regarded as “an extremely knowledgeable, creative and judicious practitioner”. She has acted for HSBC and Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa in the Forex and bid rigging investigations respectively. Mariana Tavares de Araujo is also a hugely popular practitioner highlighted for being “extremely competent and well-prepared to tackle complex antitrust issues” as well as for her “valuable international connections”.

Tito Amaral de Andrade Machado is the outstanding name from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice. Sources note that he is “very well connected and technically proficient”, as well as laying claim to an impressive portfolio of clients.

Grinberg e Cordovil is a small firm with big cases, including acting as counsel to Siemens in CADE’s bid rigging investigation. Top partner Leonor Cordovil is “absolutely fantastic”, and one respondent notes that “she is a leader among the new generation of competition lawyers in Brazil”.

At Mundie e Advogados, practice head Guilherme Ribas has carved out a prominent practice in relation to cartel investigations. Sources say he is “quick on his feet and excellent at distilling out complex issues”.

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