What the team is known for
Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice is an acclaimed full-service firm with a formidable corporate practice frequently retained by major private and publicly held Brazilian and multinational corporations to advise on high-value transactions. It has notable expertise in handling complex divestitures in the context of Petrobras' divestment programme. Its strong bench has in-depth experience advising on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and mergers, and is equally comfortable representing the buyer or the target. It also assists with post-transaction restructuring and ongoing corporate governance matters.
A client says: "They did great work, were very diligent and creative to come up with safe structures to make the deal happen," and appreciates that their "multidisciplinary teams were all very well coordinated to find different solutions to give the client confidence in an extremely complex transaction."
Advised Unidas on its merger with Localiza Rent a Car valued at USD10 billion.
Described by a source as "seasoned with a lot of experience," Adriana Pallis
is well regarded for her expertise advising on high-value transactions. A client says: "She is a great professional, very available and open to think about alternative solutions,"
adding: "She is patient to deal with complexities and has very strong technical skills,"
and concludes: "She knows the matter and the client very well, which gives the client confidence to move forward with the deal."
Arthur Bardawil Penteado
has a solid transactional practice and is singled out by a client for his work in a highly complex transaction and for being "very technical and always available."
Another client notes: "His work is extremely well performed, with excellence,"
and adds: "He is very experienced in corporate matters."
Penteado advises key clients from the oil and gas, education and retail sectors on high-value M&A transactions.
joins the rankings this year after impressing clients, with one saying: "He is a good strategist, has great knowledge and is very available."
Another client says: "Elie was very objective when needed and led the transaction brilliantly,"
and adds: "He is knowledgeable, coherent and transparent."
An interviewee concludes: "He does an excellent work, is extremely diligent and assertive."
Guilherme Bueno Malouf
enjoys a solid reputation in the market, with one interviewee saying: "Guilherme is excellent, very commercial, a true partner to make the deal happen, extremely available with a very good legal and market knowledge."
A client adds: "His work was excellent, it was a complex negotiation and he had an important role being tough but also reasonable when needed, making the transaction work for both parties."
Mauro Cesar Leschziner
is a respected practitioner active representing major Brazilian companies in high-end M&A transactions. A client highlights his "technical and legal skills,"
saying: "He is also extremely commercial and an excellent negotiator, focused on making the deal happen,"
and adds: "We trust his judgement call a lot, confidence which was built throughout years of experience with him for the high quality of his work."