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Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

With coverage of over 30 practice areas and a revered history in the region, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados can lay claim to being one of Brazil’s leading full-service law firms. Clients include domestic and international companies in both the public and private sectors, and the firm is prominent in a number of areas including banking, competition, energy and project finance. With over 60 partners and 300 associates working across Brazil and the USA, the firm has the ability to advise on the biggest and most complex transactions and is recognised for its “strong client base”. 


Recent engagements have included advising Petrobras on issues of asset divestment; assisting Copersucar, the world’s largest sugar and ethanol company, with capital markets deals; and working with Ball/Rexam on tie-up issues before CADE. Such a client list is evidence of the firm’s growing diversity in the services it can provide. The firm’s reputation in Brazil and across the region is in no doubt; in this year’s guide it sees 41 individuals listed across 18 practice areas.

The firm is lauded for its capital markets practice, which is the largest in Brazil. It has also been engaged in some of the country’s largest IPOs, including acting for Ouro Fino Saúde Animal Participações in its 418 million reais equity offering. José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz is the firm’s managing partner. He is well versed in giving market advice to all types of investors and investment managers including banks, corporations and asset managers. Marina Anselmo Schneider possesses vast experience of project finance transactions across a number of infrastructure projects and has represented financial institutions, development agencies and sponsors. She possesses a wide knowledge of financial instruments and is considered a “dynamic practitioner”. Jean Marcel Arakawa has advised institutions and investors and has spent time on regulatory committees relating to venture capital and private equity. He has advised foreign and domestic companies alongside financial institutions and investors. Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr is a stalwart of the practice is “very good on cross-border matters” thanks to his experience in equity offerings globally.

Mattos Filho possesses an incredibly strong M&A practice, with expertise on both the buy-and-sell side across all aspects of acquisitions in the Brazilian market, including due diligence and negotiations on a number of agreements. Moacir Zilbovicius is a “standout practitioner” who is a “creative and dynamic practitioner” thanks to his time as head of the legal department at the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission. One client said that João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro is “always good to see on your side” and has particular expertise in M&A transactions relating to joint ventures. Rodrigo Ferreira Figueiredo offers “well-considered counsel” and is a “problem solver”.

Lawyers in the competition practice have strong experience in all aspects of competition law and compliance and have represented clients before CADE, as well as providing assistance on audits and compliance and representation in anti-dumping investigations. Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto is “one of the best lawyers in Brazilian competition law” and has been involved in negotiations for over 200 merger review cases. His engagements have focused particularly on competition and regulatory matters in the energy and oil and gas sector. Amadeu Ribeiro is praised for his “ability to break down complex issues in ways that clients can understand them” and is a “stalwart of the Brazilian competition scene”. Marcio Dias Soares’ practice focuses on merger filings and cartel investigations. He is respected for his “joined-up experience in competition law” and “expertise that is far beyond his years”.

Mattos Filho excels in oil and gas transactions and the energy sphere in Brazil. Practice head Giovani Loss is “very well known and well respected” for his practice, which includes energy matters relating to finance and M&A deals. He has also been particularly involved in the sale of assets and energy disputes and led a team assisting OGX in connection with its judicial recovery. Nilton Gomes de Mattos Neto is “a thoughtful and creative practitioner” when it comes to oil and gas transactions. In the oil and gas space, Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres is “one of the best and brightest” and is known as a formidable negotiator when it comes to deals regarding petroleum and commodities relating to energy.

With further listings in TMT, insurance and reinsurance, private funds and arbitration among others, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados continues to demonstrate its strong expertise across a wide range of areas and consolidates its position at the top of Brazil’s legal market.

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