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Brazil: Capital Markets 2017

In this chapter, we recognise 37 leading capital markets practitioners. The featured lawyers are identified for their expertise in debt and equity capital market transactions, advising issuers and underwriters in IPOs, secondary offerings including rights issues, placements and other debt and equity issuances.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
2. Daniel de Miranda Facó Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, São Paulo
3. Carlos Barbosa Mello Lefosse Advogados, São Paulo
4. Paulo Cezar Aragão BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo

Leading independent full-service firm MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is the leading choice in this chapter with six listings.
Sergio Spinelli Silva is a distinguished player in the Brazilian capital markets space and one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research this year. He regularly advises a wide range of clients on significant cross-border capital markets transactions.
The “excellent” Marina Anselmo Schneider boasts an impressive practice that sees her regularly advise Brazilian banking clients on domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions.
An interviewee describes Jean Marcel Arakawa as "one of my favourite lawyers” and highlights his “extremely successful practice". An equity capital markets specialist, he regularly advises corporates, financial institutions and investors on a range of related matters.
Managing partner José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz is also recognised for his extensive experience offering both transactional and regulatory advice.

SOUZA CESCON BARRIEU & FLESCH ADVOGADOS boasts a highly rated capital markets practice with significant expertise on both the debt and equity sides. This year’s research sees three practitioners selected for inclusion.
Daniel de Miranda Facó is identified as one of the country’s premier equity lawyers by market commentators. He frequently advises domestic and foreign clients on capital market offerings and structured finance transactions.
Ronald Herscovici is considered “a very impressive lawyer” by sources, particularly for his work on debt capital markets offerings.
Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira’s wide-ranging capital markets expertise has seen him advise on public offerings, bond issuances and structured finance transactions.

The team at PINHEIRO GUIMARÃES – ADVOGADOS are well versed when handling cross-border capital markets transactions and are a top choice for structured finance matters. The firm is home to three excellent practitioners.
Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães enjoys a prominent position in the Brazilian market thanks to his wealth of experience advising underwriters on significant capital markets transactions.
Practice head Plinio Pinheiro Guimarăes is a key player known for his expertise handling significant public offerings.
Ivie Moura Alves is a notable debt and equity capital markets specialist who regularly advises on high-profile issuances.

At BMA – BARBOSA MÜSSNICH & ARAGÃO, two practitioners are selected for inclusion in this chapter.
The “eminent” Paulo Cezar Aragão is a regulatory specialist with considerable experience advising clients on high-profile issuances.
Sources commend Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos for his strong track record handling regulatory matters before the Brazilian authorities.

LEFOSSE ADVOGADOS’ capital markets practice is home to two leading lawyers.
Practice head Carlos Barbosa Mello draws widespread praise for his broad capital markets expertise encompassing strategic M&A, IPOs and equity transactions.
Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira boasts considerable experience advising domestic and foreign clients on a wide array of transactions and offerings.

Two practitioners at LEVY & SALOMÃO ADVOGADOS are recognised in this chapter.
Luiz Roberto de Assis is a transactional specialist with a strong track record advising clients on capital markets and structured financings.
Fernando de Azevedo Peraçoli’s impressive practice sees him regularly advise domestic and international financial institutions, companies and investors on public offerings and structured finance transactions.

MACHADO MEYER SENDACZ E OPICE ADVOGADOS garners two entries in the following pages.
The “excellent” Nei Schilling Zelmanovits is recommended for his extensive experience counselling clients on debt capital markets and structured finance transactions.
Eliana Helena de Gregorio Ambrosio Chimenti is a well-known name in the Brazilian capital markets space thanks to her equity capital markets expertise.

Leading US firm SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM boasts two inclusions in this chapter.
Filipe Areno advises domestic and international clients on debt and equity capital markets transactions. According to one peer, “Working with him is always a pleasure."
São Paulo office head Mathias von Bernuth is considered the lawyer of choice for US clients on capital markets transactions in Brazil.

PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS is home to two outstanding capital markets specialists.
Practice head Henrique Lang is recognised for his impressive capabilities advising on equity capital markets transactions, particularly high-profile IPOs.
Sources describe Fernando Zorzo as “one of the go-to lawyers in Brazilian capital markets” and describe him as “dynamic and very knowledgeable”.

John Guzman of WHITE & CASE is known for providing first-rate advice to issuers and financial institutions in debt and equity capital markets transactions.
Latin American practice head Donald Baker is an important name in the country’s capital markets landscape thanks to his extensive experience advising on cross-border matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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