Brazil: Capital Markets 2018

This year’s research into the capital markets space sees 40 practitioners for their domestic and international expertise on matters including IPOs and structured finance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Eliana Helena de Gregorio Ambrosio Chimenti Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
2. Marina Anselmo Schneider Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
3. Carlos Barbosa Mello Lefosse Advogados, São Paulo
4. Donald E Baker White & Case, São Paulo
5. Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo

Pinheiro Guimarães performs well this year with four practitioners listed in this chapter.
Ivie Moura Alves has a top reputation in the Brazilian market and is known for her excellent work on matters concerning structured finance and securities regulation.
Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães has a prominent position in the field of capital markets. He boasts decades of experience handling debt restructuring and project finance matters.
Cristina Tomiyama receives strong support from market observers this year. Her practice offers clients superb insight into cross-border transactions.
Plinio Pinheiro Guimarăes N is well regarded by players in the market for his expert handling of cross-border transactions and corporate finance matters.

At Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Marina Anselmo Schneider is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Brazil. She is renowned for her top-notch practice that sees her advise on project finance transactions and structured finance.
Jean Marcel Arakawa is praised by colleagues in the field as “great to work with” and “very good technically”. Sources rate his “cooperative approach” to matters including private equity investment and public offerings.

Carlos Barbosa Mello at Lefosse Advogados heads the firm’s corporate finance department and provides clients with great expertise on private equity transactions.
Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira is “very active in the capital markets space”, according to sources. He runs an enviable practice that offers insight into matters such as securities offerings.

At White & Case, Donald Baker has a reputation as a “hands-on, proactive lawyer” with a “deal-focused” approach. He is a “frequent name in most IPOs” according to peers who praise his work on a range of cross-border capital markets transactions.
John Guzman receives plaudits from peers for his expertise handling complex IPOs and advising on liability management.

BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão’s Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos is rated by market players as one of the leading capital markets lawyers in Brazil. He is adept on such issues as mergers and acquisitions, with particular expertise on IPOs.
Founding partner Paulo Cezar Aragão receives wide commendation from sources in the field who state that he “stands out at the firm” for his work on mergers and acquisitions across industries including energy, mining and consumer goods.

Eliana Helena de Gregorio Ambrosio Chimenti of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is praised by sources as “the queen of capital markets in Brazil”. She is “extremely hands-on and proactive” with “wide knowledge” of debt securities and IPOs.
Gustavo Rugani do Couto e Silva has “deep knowledge of corporate finance” according to clients who praise his “full understanding” of their business and “commitment to make the deal happen”.

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Carlos Motta is someone who sources state they would “highly recommend” for his impressive practice that sees him involved in IPOs, debentures and real estate matters.

Juan Giraldez of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is “one of the best names in the market” according to commentators who rate him for his expertise on leveraged finance and joint ventures.
Francisco Cestero is “one of the most active people in the market” according to respondents who commend his excellent work handling debt and equity-related matters.

Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira is an excellent practitioner who remains a favourite among respondents to our research. He excels on issues relating to IPOs, bond issuance and debentures.

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro is “a rising star” in the field of capital markets and recognised by colleagues to be handling “an enormous quantity of deals”. His outstanding practice sees him assist clients with private securities offerings and debt restructuring.

Grenfel Calheiros of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett maintains a reputation as a go-to lawyer for matters relating to leveraged finance and IPOs, with sources continuing to rate him highly in our research this year.

At Hogan Lovells Isabel Carvalho is praised by sources for her “great client management” and her ability on “sizeable transactions”. She is particularly strong on matters concerning convertible debt offerings and structured finance.

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