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Brazil: Banking 2017

This year we identify 28 leading practitioners who are recognised for their expertise representing financial institutions and their corporate clients in complex transactional and regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bruno Balduccini Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
2. Donald Baker White & Case, São Paulo
3. Nei Schilling Zelmanovits Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo

PINHEIRO GUIMARĂES – ADVOGADOS tops our research this year with five outstanding practitioners listed.
Ivie Moura Alves is regarded as “an excellent lawyer” by peers and receives widespread acclaim for her expertise in banking.
Francisco Pinheiro Guimarăes is “one of the top names” in the Brazilian banking market and is highly sought after by clients for his invaluable experience in the sector.
The “outstanding” Marcelo Lamy Rego is a highly regarded practitioner with an impeccable knowledge of banking transactions.

Leading full-service firm PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS achieves an impressive four nominations this year.
Bruno Balduccini is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region, and stands out for his “excellent understanding of Brazilian cross-border regulations”.
Tiago Lessa is “highly rated” for his extensive experience handling traditional banking products and sector-related M&A matters.
José Luiz Homem de Mello is widely respected for his impressive expertise assisting financial institutions with M&A transactions and providing regulatory advice.
Fernando de Almeida Prado stands out for his top-tier work providing legal advice to domestic and international financial institutions in a range of areas, including M&A, restructuring and derivatives.

MACHADO MEYER SENDACZ E OPICE ADVOGADOS secures two listings this year.
Nei Schilling Zelmanovits is a longstanding fixture in the market who receives praise from international sources for his exceptional expertise in Brazilian regulatory matters.
José Virgilio Enei is widely recognised as a leading expert on both finance matters and regulatory compliance issues. Respondents consider him to be “absolutely outstanding”.

LEVY & SALOMÃO ADVOGADOS also sees two leading lawyers listed.
Eduardo Salomão Neto is a favourite among clients who praise his “to the point and efficient style of delivery”.
The “outstanding” Luiz Roberto de Assis is highly praised for his exceptional knowledge of banking, foreign exchange and foreign investment regulatory matters.

Donald Baker at WHITE & CASE is described by one source as “a top name in the market” and he is commended for his expert handling of cases relating to the US market.

David Fenwick of PROSKAUER ROSE is “an excellent banking lawyer” with a market-leading practice covering international finance and related cross-border issues.

José Luis Leite Doles at BARCELLOS TUCUNDUVA ADVOGADOS is “very well-known and respected” in the field and focuses his first-rate practice on advising public companies, banks and investment funds on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Charles Johnson at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT is a clear leader in the field of financial restructuring work. He is recognised for his superb handling of cases involving US or UK law.

The “excellent” Celso Contin at ARAUJO E POLICASTRO ADVOGADOS is a leading banking specialist who is praised for his in-depth regulatory knowledge and expert handling of transactional matters.

Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros at CAMPOS MELLO ADVOGADOS is commended for “growing a solid banking practice in a tough market” and draws praise for his strong technical knowledge of regulatory issues.

Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra of TOZZINIFREIRE ADVOGADOS is “widely respected” as being a leading authority on Brazilian regulatory issues.

José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz of MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is commended by international sources for assisting financial institutions with complex transactions.

Anthony Oldfield at CLIFFORD CHANCE enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for his extensive experience handling significant international transactions.

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