Managing Partners: 4
Senior Partners: 4
Number of partners: 4
Number of other lawyers: 3
Contacts: Dispute Resolution: Joaquim Simões Barbosa (Arbitration), Flavia Cristofaro (Litigation)
Corporate/Commercial: South: Flavia Cristofaro
Energy & Natural Resources: Virgilio Borba (Mining) Joaquim Simões Barbosa (Power)
Corporate/M&A: Joaquim Simões Barbosa
Intellectual Property: Daniela Bessone
Emails: [email protected]
Firm Overview: After decades of joint work and great affinity of values and principles, Virgilio, Joaquim, Daniela and Flavia bring to BSBC, founded in August 2018, their expertise, nationally and internationally recognised. At BSBC, the partners maintain a permanent focus on excellence, teamwork and training of new professionals, in a dynamic and agile environment, always pursuing the goal of obtaining the best solution for the client, both in the counselling and litigation fields. Headquartered in the trendy neighbourhood of Leblon, in Rio de Janeiro, and having a strong practice in São Paulo and Brasília, BSBC is also prepared to represent its clients in any other state, as well as internationally, with the appropriate support of local firms.
Main Areas of Practice:
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration:
BSBC’s arbitration team combine deep technical knowledge and practice skills to represent domestic and international clients in complex arbitration in tribunals world-wide, interacting directly with the arbitration bodies, experts, technical assistants and their representatives, in matters such as corporate disputes, construction and infrastructure projects, and environmental regulatory disputes.
Dispute Resolution: Litigation:
BSBC has a strong litigation practice in both judicial and administrative proceedings in the areas of commercial, contract, mining and intellectual property, representing mainly companies, but also individuals, investment funds and associations. The firm also has a significant practice in collective lawsuits in various fields, public civil actions, civil liability suits and disputes involving the energy sector, corporate conflicts and contracts in general. Cases are conducted by a team of experienced lawyers, always supervised by at least one of the firm’s partners.
BSBC assists international and domestic clients in the negotiation and drafting of all types of contracts, from day-to-day matters up to highly complex transactions. BSBC has broad experience in crossborder transactions and corporate reorganisations, addressing matters specific to each type of business. Among its areas of expertise, the infrastructure sector stands out, civil construction and the construction and operation of shopping malls, as well as EPC and EPCM agreements for the construction and operation of industrial and infrastructure facilities, such as railways, hydroelectric power plants and port terminals, including agreements involving all kinds of equipment supply. BSBC also represents clients before the Brazilian capital market authorities, CVM and Central Bank, in connection with punitive administrative proceedings.
Energy & Natural Resources: Mining:
BSBC’s partners have an active presence in the mining sector, representing both international and national clients in the mining industry. Their vast experience in the structuring of mining projects in their various stages, which demands sophisticated corporate and financing structures, as well as in the acquisition of mining projects – M&A deals – and mining rights has been internationally recognised for decades. BSBC’s practice also includes routine advice concerning mining property management activities, litigation, as well as assistance on matters related to land access.
Energy & Natural Resources: Power:
BSBC’s energy and natural resources practice includes counselling in all legal, regulatory and institutional aspects of the energy sector. BSBC represents key players in contracts negotiation and disputes involving construction, supply and offtake agreements, as well as disputes between joint venture partners.
BSBC provides assistance to its international and national clients on matters involving corporate law is broad and encompassing. The firm assists in M&A deals involving the acquisition or sale of corporate control and minority sales. The services rendered include transactional structuring and an effective legal due diligence. BSBC also provides international clients with all the required assistance in connection with investments in Brazil.
BSBC provides legal advice on intellectual property matters, including copyright law, computer law, industrial property (trademarks and technology transfer) and franchising. Its practice includes preventive counselling, representation of clients in court and in administrative proceeding before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI), trademark prosecution and IP portfolio management.
BSBC’s partners have an extensive record of international work, such as the legal advice for the transaction involving Anglo American’s Niobium and Phosphates businesses in Brazil, recently sold to China Molybdenum Co. Ltd (‘CMOC’) for a total cash consideration of $1.5 billion (work performed in conjunction with Linklaters London). The firm maintains an excellent relationship with most of the international firms.
Among BSBC’s main clients that can be mentioned are: the association of Samba schools of Rio de Janeiro (Liga das Escolas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro – LIESA) which runs Rio’s worldwide famous carnival parade; Luxembourg based SPI Group, engaged in a cross-border battle with the Russian state-owned company FKP ‘Sojuzplodoimport’ for the ownership of the Stolichnaya vodka brand in numerous jurisdictions, including Brazil; the Canadian-Brazilian Brookfield Group, with a strong presence in Canada, the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Brazil, in several sectors, such as renewable energy generation, sustainable resources (agriculture and forestry), infrastructure (highways, railroads, intermodal ports and terminals, electricity transmission and gas transport), private equity and real estate; Ancar Ivanhoe, a Brazilian-Canadian joint venture engaged in the shopping centre business, Santo Antônio Energia, an electric power generator, MRS Logística, a railway operator company, the UK based Anglo American Group, a major international mining house, and Eduardo Duvivier Neto, an investor with significant interests in the Stock exchanges and real estate markets.