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Bichara Advogados

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Managing Partner: Luiz Gustavo A. S. Bichara
Senior Partners: Adriana Astuto, Caio Taniguchi, Carla Fávaro, Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro, Fabio Ramos, Francisco Carlos Rosas Giardina, Giuseppe Pecorari Melotti, João Pedro Eyler Póvoa, Jorge Matsumoto, Luciana Gil, Luiz Gustavo A. S. Bichara, Luiz Henrique Vieira, Mattheus Reis e Montenegro, Moroni Costa, Pedro Teixeira de Siqueira Neto, Sandro Machado dos Reis and Wolmar Francisco Amélio Esteves
Number of partners: 17
Number of other lawyers: 129

Luiz Henrique Vieira and Fabio Ramos
Corporate Criminal Law: Moroni Costa
Environment: Luciana Gil
Labour: João Pedro Eyler Póvoa and Jorge Matsumoto
Litigation & Arbitration: Adriana Astuto and Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro
Social Security: Caio Taniguchi
Tax: Luiz Gustavo A. S. Bichara, Carla Fávaro, Francisco Carlos Rosas Giardina, Giuseppe Pecorari Melotti, Mattheus Reis e Montenegro, Pedro Teixeira de Siqueira Neto, Sandro Machado dos Reis and Wolmar Francisco Amélio Esteves

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2001, the firm has a team of 130 lawyers and 350 employees in several cities in Brazil. Its mission is to provide high quality personalized legal serviced with agility and full-time availability.

The firm works hard daily with the same enthusiasm and commitment of its first day of existence. Bichara Advogados has become a reference as a fullservice firm for the national and international markets, with qualified teams to work in a multidisciplinary way and in specific demands. The firm wants to establish long-term relationships with its clients, consolidating ourselves as partners capable of handling any sort of cases and generating ingenious solutions. The firm operates in several areas of law in different sectors of industry, commerce and services.

Main Areas of Practice:

The corporate practice of Bichara Advogados is multidisciplinary, with extensive experience in legal advice to national and foreign clients, in matters of Corporate Law, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Compliance, Commercial, Regulatory, Contractual and Real Estate.

Among the work carried out, the firm highlights the structuring of associations, joint ventures, M&As, corporate reorganisations, real estate projects, commercial contracts, debt restructuring, investment fund structuring, public offerings for the acquisition and distribution of securities, legal advice to the corporate governance bodies and administrative defenses (CVM, SUSEP, Central Bank of Brazil, B3).

Corporate Criminal Law/White Collar:
The team acts in police investigations and criminal suits, in all instances representing individuals and legal entities. They are widely experienced in cases related to tax crimes, white-collar crimes, crimes against the financial system such as (money laundering or evasion of foreign exchange) crimes against the environment, against public administration etc. The work carried out for clients involves drafting reports and legal opinions, as well as acting as an assistant to the prosecution in favour of victims of fraud in the business sphere and conduction of internal investigations. Also worthy of note is the provision of consultancy and risk assessment and review of procedures for conformation with anticorruption legislation procedures.

The environmental practice of Bichara Advogados advises clients and handles administrative and judicial litigation. The work developed is focused on strategic legal support for conducting environmental licensing, minimising risks of environmental liability, as well as for interface with environmental agencies and authorities, in particular Public Prosecutor´s Office, IBAMA, IPHAN, FUNAI, state and local agencies and other stakeholders involved.

The labour area works in the defense of clients’ interests in judicial and administrative litigation, as well as providing preventive consultancy through the assessment of the risks inherent to the intended transactions and elaboration of opinions on the most diverse legal aspects. The Labour team has extensive market experience, working in legal due diligences, restructuring of personnel and human resources of companies, in order to minimise operational costs and the risks of possible judicial complaints.

Litigation & Arbitration:
The area is renowned and recognized for its dedication and availability by several legal rankings. The lawyers act in Brazilian courts and in national and international arbitrations related to different areas of law, such as Civil, Contractual, Product Liability, Real Estate, Corporate, Constitutional, Regulatory and Judicial Reorganisation, supporting clients in different segments. The team also provides pre-litigation consultancy, consisting in transactional and preventive litigation advice, and represents clients in various arbitrations conducted by national and international centers.

Social Security:
The social security area of Bichara Advogados works in all demands related to Social Security Law (costing, benefits and private pension plans), in litigation and in advisory. The firm's lawyers are professionals from large firms and audit companies, with extensive experience in credit recovery projects, as well as legal due diligence and restructuring of payroll systems and implementing policies on remuneration and benefits.

National and internationally recognised as one of the best and largest tax team among Brazilian firms, this practice gave birth to Bichara Advogados, counting on the direct performance of its founding partner, Luiz Gustavo Bichara. The firm’s performance in the tax area meets the needs of clients of all economic segments, through a team of lawyers with extensive experience in the market, recognized by national and international rankings. The area operates consulting clients, with elaboration of all types of opinions and tax planning, either for individuals or legal entities (wealth planning), as well as in litigation cases, in administrative or judicial litigation, including intervention in processes with general repercussions before the Federal Supreme Court (STF) or as representative of controversy by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ). The area also has a specialised team in customs law and another that exclusively deals with the maintenance of tax regularity of companies, working to obtain certificates throughout the national territory.

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Bichara Advogados' client base covers different sectors such as: food and beverage, financial, healthcare, insurance, oil and gas, real estate, transportation and logistics, paper/pulp industries, telecommunications, electricity, education, pharmaceutical and construction, among others. Some of the firm's main clients includes Oi – Telemar, Tim, MRS, JBS, Banco Pan, Queiroz Galvão, Eldorado, Concremat, Usinas Itamarati, De Millus, Telefonica, Brookfield, Ambev, Rigesa, Grupo Melo, Fenaseg, EDP, TOTVS, Suzano, Votorantim, Braskem and Accor Hoteis.