Brazil: M&A 2017

This chapter sees 55 esteemed practitioners listed for their expertise in corporate and commercial transactions in the Brazilian and international market across numerous industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Paulo Cezar Aragão BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo
2. Moacir Zilbovicius Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
3. Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha Demarest Advogados, São Paulo
4. José Setti Diaz Demarest Advogados, São Paulo
5. Maria Cristina Cescon Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, São Paulo

DEMAREST ADVOGADOS is one of Brazil’s leading firms and sees seven transactions experts listed.
José Setti Diaz is one of the foremost M&A lawyers in Brazil. He is praised as “a strong advocate and very good at reaching a consensus” and his peers consider him a leader in the field.
Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha receives recognition for his excellent work advising on some of the largest Brazilian transactions.
Altamiro Boscoli has over 40 years of experience in the Brazilian market and is known for his depth of knowledge when it comes to advising corporations within the region and internationally.
Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz is highly regarded for his expertise in aviation and shipping transactions where he is noted as a dynamic and smart practitioner.

Brazilian powerhouse PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS achieves seven recommendations.
Fernando Alves Meira is “a top M&A guy, no doubt about it” and is recognised as one of the most highly knowledgeable and experienced transactions lawyers in the country.
Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima is “without a doubt one of the top lawyers in the country” and comes highly recommended by peers for his expertise in the field.
The “top notch” Bruno Balduccini is highlighted as a skilled and effective adviser in M&A transactions.
Alexandre Bertoldi is praised for his “strong practice” and his decades of experience as one of Brazil’s leading lawyers in the space.

Five leading practitioners at BMA - BARBOSA MÜSSNICH & ARAGÃO are recommended in this chapter.
Name partner Paulo Cezar Aragão is a “superstar” among peers. He leads the field in complex, high-end deals and is noted for his excellent commercial acumen.
Francisco Antunes Maciel Müssnich is regarded as a leader in the field and has specific expertise in hostile takeover situations. He receives plaudits from his peers as “an excellent lawyer”.
Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos is “a main player in the market” and comes highly recommended particularly for his acute expertise in securities regulation matters.

“Top guy in M&A” Moacir Zilbovicius advises both public and private companies and investors on some of the leading financial and corporate transactions in the country.

Four leading lawyers are recommended at VEIRANO ADVOGADOS.
Name partner Ricardo Veirano represents corporations in acquisitions and divestitures in Brazil and internationally. He receives praise from peers as “a very experienced and very diplomatic lawyer”.
Lior Pinsky is “one of the most widely recognised M&A lawyers in Brazil”, a leader in the market with a depth of experience.

SOUZA CESCON BARRIEU & FLESCH ADVOGADOS sees three transactions experts recognised.
“Big star” Maria Cristina Cescon is recognised for her strong work ethic and her pre-eminent reputation within the market.  She frequently advises on transactions, sale of assets and joint ventures.
Marcos Rafael Flesch is “a first-tier M&A lawyer” with transactions expertise in numerous industry sectors. He is lauded for his strong deal knowledge.
Ronald Herscovici represents financial institutions and corporations in mergers, acquisition financing and sale of assets. He is recognised as a market leader.

At MACHADO MEYER SENDACZ E OPICE ADVOGADOS three practitioners are listed.
Julia Rodrigues Coimbra specialises in structuring and regulatory matters relating to company mergers in the project finance sector. She receives praise from her peers who say, “She is very talented, client-oriented and knows the client’s business.”

KOURY LOPES ADVOGADOS achieves three listings this year.
“Leading M&A practitioner” Karin Alvo is highly respected for her leading work on corporate transactions and her impressive expertise in the field.

Two eminent practitioners are recognised at LEFOSSE ADVOGADOS.
Geraldo Lefosse is “an elder statesman of M&A”; he has over 30 years of experience and is regarded as a distinguished figure and leading expert in the market.
Carlos Barbosa Mello is a leader in the private equity space and recognised for his ability to get the deal done. One peer says, “He's a rainmaker.”

PINHEIRO GUIMARĂES – ADVOGADOS sees two practitioners recommended.
Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães receives high praise for his expertise in the field, particularly in debt matters. He offers over 20 years of experience.
Plinio Pinheiro Guimarăes receives plaudits from clients for his strong transactions expertise and his dynamic outlook on deals. He advises clients both in Brazil and internationally.

STOCCHE FORBES achieves two listings in this chapter.
Luiz Felipe Costa has over 15 years of experience in the space and is lauded for his expert advice on transactions and his experience in private equity transactions on both the buy and sell side.
Flavio Roberto Penteado Meyer is “cool under high pressure” and knows how to get deals done for the benefit of his clients.

ROLIM DE MELLO SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS’ name partner Carlos Jose Rolim de Mello is an esteemed practitioner in the field of M&A who is praised for his commercial acumen, business knowledge and strong understanding of the Brazilian market.

Walfrido Jorge Warde of WARDE ADVOGADOS is a leader in the corporate space and is praised for his “agility and good combination of theoretical and practical knowledge”. He is recommended for his ease with clients and his ability to provide tailored solutions.

At CARNEIRO DE OLIVEIRA ADVOGADOS Gyedre Palma Carneiro de Oliveira is head of the firm’s corporate and M&A practice and is highly regarded for her expertise within the Brazilian market and internationally. 

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