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Almeida Advogados

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Managing Partner: André de Almeida
Senior Partners: Andréa Seco, Breno Garbois, David Andrew Taylor, Guilherme de Carvalho Doval, Gustavo Henrique de Faria, Henrique Carmona, Homero do Santos, Leonardo B. Leite, Leonardo Melo, Leonardo A. F. Palhares, Marcello Prado Badaró, Natalie Yoshida, Norberto Pasquatti, Paulo F. Bekin, Pedro González Tinoco, Rafael Zinato Moreira, Norberto Pasquatti
Number of partners: 18
Number of other lawyers: 80

Corporate Law, M&A:
André de Almeida
Dispute Resolution (Litigation & ADR): Andréa Seco
Infrastructure: Leonardo A. F. Palhares
Environmental Law: Leonardo A. F. Palhares
Intellectual Property: Pedro González Tinoco
Privacy & Data Protection:
Leonardo A. F. Palhares
International Law: Paulo F. Bekin
Labour Law: Marcello Prado Badaró
Life Sciences: Norberto Pasquatti
Mining Law: Guilherme de Carvalho Doval
Public Law: Rafael Zinato Moreira
Shipping Law: Breno Garbois
Tax Law: Leonardo Vinicius Correia de Melo, Homero dos Santos

Firm Overview:
Almeida Advogados is a full-service law firm with extensive operations in all aspects of corporate law, from advising businesses and structuring transactions to preventing disputes and undertaking litigation. Its headquarters are in São Paulo, with offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Recife, as well as active correspondents in the main cities of Brazil. The firm is internationally present via a global legal network. It is the Brazilian member of Globalaw, one of the ten major worldwide legal networks, comprising more than 110 law firms with over 4,500 lawyers in 165 cities worldwide.

Almeida Advogados was founded in June 2001, by André de Almeida. André, who is based in the São Paulo office, is currently the managing partner of the firm. In his late 20s, when he was working for a large Brazilian law firm, he decided to found his own firm. Almeida Advogados successfully grew over the years. As an international recognition, André was appointed president of the Inter-American Bar Association 2011/2012.

Almeida Advogados advises both Brazilian and international clients in several contentious and noncontentious matters related to contracts, taxation, M&A, joint ventures, real estate (including rental lease agreements), consumer law, international agreements, labour law, shipping law, international trade, foreign investments in Brazil, international public and private law, infrastructure law, public law, environmental law, energy law, mining law, intellectual property, licensing, copyright, transfer of technology agreements, and litigation.

Main Areas of Practice:

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:

The firm advises companies in bankruptcy and restructuring cases, from the judicial request to the day-to-day operations of their business. Recent work included advising the Minority Shareholders’ Association (AIDMIN) in the context of the judicial recovery of the company Oi S.A.

Corporate & M&A:
The firm counsels Brazilian and foreign clients on corporate, M&A and contractual matters related to their operations in Brazil and abroad.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm represents clients who are involved in lawsuits arising from corporate, environmental, antitrust, real estate, consumers’ rights, contracts, unfair competition, insurance, financial, capital markets and agribusiness matters.

The firm provides legal assistance to companies to obtain environmental licenses, permits, authorizations, records and registers.

The firm provides legal advice to develop infrastructure projects and structuring new business models. It assist its clients in public tenders and government procurement procedures. Intellectual Property: The firm provides legal advice in matters related to patents, trademark rights, copyright, trade secret, enforcement and defense on unfair competition.

Labour & Employment:
The firm provides legal advice in all matters related to labour, employment and social security law, including immigration and executive compensation.

Life Sciences:
The firm provides advice on clinical trial regulations, drug regulations, medical devices regulations, food regulation, medical services facilities, technology transfer agreements.

Privacy & Data Protection:
The firm provides advice relating to cloud computing, software licensing, technology procurement, electronic commerce and information management, data protection, document retention and social media.

The firm handles every aspect of shipping law, with a particular focus on all aspects of shipping litigation, as well as cruise related matters, international trade and general commercial disputes.

The firm provides legal advice to clients belonging to a wide range of industries and focusing on tax aspects of corporate transactions. It conducts litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres, regarding both direct and indirect taxes.

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil, SERB - Saneamento e Energia Renovável do Brasil S.A., Stericycle Gestão Ambiental Ltda, Walmart, Paulista Saúde S/A, ACI WorldWide Brasil Ltda., Aeromexico, Trufer - Comércio de Sucatas Ltda, Construtora Mello Azevedo S.A., Klockner Pentaplast do Brasil Ltda, International Industria Automotiva da America do Sul Ltda., ESAB Industria e Comercio Ltda, Biosev S/A, ALESAT Combustíveis S/A, OLX, Biosev Bioenergia S/A, Getty Images, Certisign Companhia de Seguros Aliança do Brasil, Proteus Soluções em Segurança da Informação S.A.

International Work:
The firm’s client base is constituted for more than 50% by foreign companies. The firm is regularly consulted by international law firms on matters related to Brazilian law. It also provides legal support to large foreign law firms, such as intensive assistance to a New York law firm in filing a class action against Petrobras before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The class action was closed with a three billion US dollar settlement agreement reached between Petrobras and the investors.


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