Founding Partners: Maria Helena de Barros Pimentel, Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil, Caio Farah Rodriguez
Senior Partners: Silvia Hachiya, Bruno André Bredda Carrara, Fernando V. M. Diniz Branco, William Akira Minami, Vinicius Augusto Vargas
Number of partners: 17
Compliance, Crisis Management, and Plea Agreements: Caio F. Rodriguez, Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil and Bruno Carrara
Projects: Caio F. Rodriguez, Bruno Carrara and Fernando Branco
Corporate & M&A: Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil and Silvia Hachiya
FinTechs: Silvia Hachiya and Bruno Carrara
Intellectual Property: Maria Helena de Barros Pimentel and Vinicius A. Vargas
Dispute Resolution: Maria Helena de Barros Pimentel (ADR), Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil, Caio F. Rodriguez (ADR) and William Minami
Real Estate: Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil, William Minami
Tax: Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil
The firm is known for its excellence in advising the legal planning, structuring, and implementation of complex deals, in Brazil and abroad. The firm’s clients come from distinct industries, especially highly regulated ones, such as Energy, Information Technology & Communication, Transports and Logistics, Water and Waste Management. By virtue of the non-repeatable, sophisticated character and the credibility and reputation requirements of the work in which the firm is typically involved, it has also become publicly known and praised for negotiated resolutions of high-profile and sensitive corporate white-collar cases (eg., in Car Wash Operation and others). Indeed, the firm’s compliance practice has become a reference in the market for crisis management situations and coordination of negotiated resolutions with domestic and foreign prosecutorial and government agencies.
Main Areas of Practice:
Compliance, Crisis Management, and Plea Agreements:
The firm has set the benchmark in the area. Its work involves addressing for crisis management, coordinating multidisciplinary groups and legal teams that will work together with top governance bodies and shareholders, devising and assisting in the implementation of complex action plans, intense discussions with Brazilian and foreign government bodies, negotiating plea and remedial agreements, and conducting independent investigations, as well as improving, customizing, and assisting in the implementation and monitoring of compliance programs.
The firm is best known for excellence in helping clients design and negotiate complex contracts,including planning, financing, implementating, and monitoring infrastructure projects and capital investments, particularly in the following industries: Energy, Engineering and Construction, Oil & Gas, Steel, Transport and Logistics, Water and Waste management, Mining, Communications and Information Technology. Project finance, engineering, procurement, equipment supply, and construction agreements for state-owned (including concessions and PPPs) and private projects are the focus areas of the firm’s Project Team.
Corporate & M&A:
The Corporate & M&A Team has expertise in forming and restructuring companies and business groups (both equity and debt), M&A transactions, foreign investments, business structuring, association agreements, and joint ventures and consortiums, as well as in negotiating and resolving disputes between shareholders. The firm is often asked to assist its clients in devising strategies and creating and monitoring corporate governance plans. The firm is known for its work in ownership alternative models and employee incentive plans.
The firm has established a practice area with highly qualified attorneys dedicated to representing and assisting startups, particularly Fintechs – technology-oriented companies that provide financial services.
The firm advises software and technology developers, publishing houses, content syndication providers and advertisement agencies in the protection of their intellectual property rights, creation of new content and technology, and the legal relationship with their customers and other key stakeholders.
The firm represents clients in litigation and arbitration in the industries served by our firm. It also represents clients in disputes involving bidding and regulatory matters with regulatory agencies, principally the Brazilian electric power regulator ANEEL, the oil and gas agency ANP, the telecommunications regulator ANATEL, the national health agency ANS, and the supplementary pension superintendence PREVIC.
The firm represents agribusinesses, real estate developers and construction companies agribusinesses, real estate developers and construction companies in the purchase and sale of properties, in structuring real estate developments, Built-to-Suit, Build-Operate-Transfer and Built-Lease-Transfer projects, as well as in financing agreements and real estate asset funds.
The firm’s Tax Team advises businesses and consortiums on taxes and fiscal procedures in general at federal, state and municipal levels; provides tax planning services from inception until operation as well as any related corporate restructuring; and advises foreign companies and individuals on Brazilian tax laws, whether or not they are resident in Brazil.
The firm provides legal advice to Brazilian clients in structuring and doing business abroad as well as to global companies willing to do business in Brazil. Either directly or with local partners, the firm has been involved in projects in the United States, Europe (mainly Portugal and Spain), Latin America (especially Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina), Africa, the Middle East, Singapore, China and Japan.
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish.