Brazil: M&A 2018

Our research into the Brazilian mergers and acquisitions market this year sees 63 impressive individuals highlighted for their expertise on matters including cross-border transactions, finance structuring and divestitures.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Maria Cristina Cescon Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados, São Paulo
2. Paulo Cezar Aragão BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo
3. Carlos Barbosa Mello Lefosse Advogados, São Paulo
4. Francisco Antunes Maciel Müssnich BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo

Seven individuals from Pinheiro Neto Advogados are highlighted in our guide this year for their impressive work in the field.
Fernando Alves Meira is described by colleagues in the field as “a great lawyer” and someone who is “very cooperative” and a “professional deal-maker”. He has great expertise on structured finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Alexandre Bertoldi wins high praise for his top-notch corporate practice, covering issues including international M&A and finance structuring.
Álvaro Martins dos Santos combines “strong knowledge and experience” with “a deep understanding of clients’ goals” according to sources. He is “an amazing negotiator” with “vast M&A experience”.
Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr is a widely recognised name in the Brazilian market, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his work handling complex transactional and governance matters.

Demarest Advogados also sees seven lawyers listed in this chapter.
José Setti Diaz is “a top name at the firm” according to market observers who rate him for his excellent experience handling international mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of industries.
Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky is a well-regarded lawyer in the Brazilian mergers and acquisitions space who garners high praise for her ability on complex corporate reorganisations in the context of international acquisitions.
Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha is a standout name in the Brazilian market where he is widely respected for his work handling complex corporate and M&A transactions.

BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão maintains its reputation as a dominant force in the jurisdiction, with five of its practitioners highlighted in this year’s guide.
Paulo Cezar Aragão wins high praise from sources as “superstar” of the Brazilian market and a “brilliant lawyer”. They note his “fantastic approach” to mergers in the energy, consumer goods and mining industries.
Francisco Antunes Maciel Müssnich is one of the most highly regarded names in the field of mergers and acquisitions, with sources commending his strong expertise in international matters and hostile takeovers.
Monique Mavignier is described by market players as “an excellent lawyer”. She is known for her first-rate practice and is frequently engaged to advise on both public and private mergers and acquisitions domestically and internationally.
Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos is a favourite among respondents who praise him as “a star individual”. He stands out for his expertise in divestitures and acquisitions as well as IPOs.
Founding partner Plinio Simões Barbosa is a prominent name in the Brazilian market who commands great respect from sources for his work handling matters across the real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados also achieves five nominations in this chapter.
Moacir Zilbovicius is praised by sources who consider him “a very experienced attorney in mergers and acquisitions”. He possesses specialist expertise on matters relating to publicly held companies.
João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro is “an excellent lawyer” who possesses vast experience on issues relating to corporate restructuring and joint ventures.
Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias has a strong reputation in the Brazilian market and is recognised for his work on acquisitions across a range of sectors agribusiness and healthcare.
Marcelo Ricupero is an excellent practitioner who wins high praise from sources for his great expertise in corporate finance and joint ventures.
José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz also gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive corporate practice encompassing both finance and regulatory matters.

Veirano Advogados also achieves five nominations this year.
Lior Pinsky is an impressive practitioner with a top reputation in the market for his expertise on a range of matters including public and private mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the pharmaceuticals industry.
Alberto de Orleans e Bragança is an outstanding practitioner who commands great respect from colleagues in the field. He has strong experience in privatisations across the telecommunications and chemicals sectors.
Ricardo Veirano has a great reputation as a go-to name at the firm for his superb expertise on mergers and acquisitions in the banking sector.

Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados sees three lawyers recommended here.
Maria Cristina Cescon is praised by sources as “one of the most important lawyers in Brazil”. Colleagues commend her “unbelievable” work ethic and the “great quality” of her work on joint ventures and international mergers and acquisitions.
Marcos Rafael Flesch is an impressive practitioner who is known for his expertise handling cross-border mergers and acquisitions across a range of industries.
Ronald Herscovici stands out in the Brazilian corporate space for his expert handling of M&A, banking and capital markets transactions.

TozziniFreire Advogados’ Maria Elisa Verri is widely regarded by colleagues in the field as a top practitioner for corporate matters, with great expertise handling acquisitions and divestitures.
Mauro Guizeline is an outstanding practitioner who sources praise highly for his impressive expertise handling public mergers and acquisitions.
José Luis Freire is a long-standing fixture in the Brazilian corporate sphere where he comes highly recommended for his vast experience advising clients on corporate, banking and finance law.

Carlos Barbosa Mello of Lefosse Advogados is a pre-eminent name in the jurisdiction known for his expertise assisting on divestitures and equity-based acquisitions.

Frederico Bopp Dieterich of Azevedo Sette Advogados is “business savvy and tenacious” according to sources who praise his deal-making ability. He is “very practical and a great negotiator”, handling matters across a range of industries.

At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados Mauro Cesar Leschziner is noted as “a great name” in the Brazilian market. He frequently assists private equity funds on a range of industry acquisitions and has particular expertise on negotiations and transaction structuring.

Karin Alvo at KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados receives widespread plaudits from across the country for her deep expertise handling complex merger filings across a broad range of industries.

At Pinheiro Guimarães, Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is well known among peers and clients alike for his impressive work advising on capital markets and M&A transactions.

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