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Cepeda Advogados

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Managing Partners: Fabio Augusto Tizziani Cepeda, Carlos Alberto de Melo Iglesias, Fabricio Fortuna Avino, Andre Wakimoto, Guilherme Fernandes Cooke, Roberto Greco de Souza Ferreira Number of partners: 6 Number of other lawyers: 21

Firm Overview:
Cepeda Advogados was founded in 2003. Currently with 6 partners and 21 associated lawyers, several professionals of the firm came from solid in-house career in legal and compliance departments of first-tier Brazilian asset managers and investment banks. Due to the deep ground experience of its partners, Cepeda Advogados is primarily focused on the legal needs of the investment funds’ industry, offering a one-stop-shop legal boutique to the participants of such market, with a multidisciplinary team that understands its clients’ business from within. With over 15 years of activity, the firm has consolidated itself as a benchmark in legal advice to the various players of the Brazilian and global capital markets, providing sophisticated, tailormade and business-oriented legal solutions to domestic and international clients, such as: investment managers and advisors of any strategy, financial institutions, fiduciary administrators, broker dealers, research firms, custodians, fintechs, professional investors and family offices.

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has a multidisciplinary team, providing the investment funds' industry players services from different legal perspectives. The firm's main areas of practice are:

Investment Funds:
The firm represents clients in all the legal aspects of the development, formation, negotiation, maintenance and liquidation of investment funds in the Brazilian and international markets. The firm helps its clients in strategies such as fixed income, hedge, public equities, derivatives, private equity, real estate, receivables, distressed assets, special situation, venture capital, ETFs and impact investing. Besides helping in the conception of the vehicles, the firm also advises on the transactions made by such funds, varying from derivative instruments to M&A deals.

Regulatory, Compliance & Administrative Proceedings:
The firm represents clients in their relationship with CVM, ANBIMA and BACEN, working from the registration of such regulated service providers with the respective authorities until their day-to-day compliance necessities in order to comply with the Brazilian capital markets regulation. The firm conducts compliance mock-tests, assessments and trainings, as well as represents its clients in administrative proceedings with CVM, ANBIMA and BACEN.

Corporate Law and M&A:
The firm helps its clients on the development and structuring of their own corporate matters, advising on partnership structures and on the negotiation of shareholders agreements, as well as on the structuring of its clients’ investments, offering solid expertise on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring.

Wealth & Estate Planning:
The firm advises individual professional investors, private clients and single-family offices in tailormade solutions seeking the preservation of family wealth and preparation of the estate for future generations.

Strategic Litigation:
The firm offers a specialized practice with expertise in pre-litigation advice and representation in highly complex litigation of any type, in particular involving matters relating to the investment funds` industry.

Real Estate:
The firm`s real estate practice advises its clients in their businesses in the real estate industry, structuring and implementing real estate projects, developments and transactions, including through complex contracts such as built to suit agreements and securitization deals.

The firm provides tax advice to its clients on transactions, investment vehicles, planning and compliance, as well as represents them in administrative and court litigation related to tax contingent liabilities

International Work:
The firm has represented Brazilian and international clients in several cross-border transactions, mostly on the development of investment funds, M&A deals and wealth planning structures. In the past year, the firm has helped several first tier Brazilian investment managers in the fund-raising of international investment funds dedicated to illiquid strategies in Brazil (special situations/ distressed, private equity, venture capital, PIPE and real estate).

Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. 

Due to the firm`s focus in the investment funds` industry, the firm has the privilege to work with some of the most relevant players of the Brazilian market, such as investment managers from the private equity, VC, real estate, public equities, receivables, fixed income and wealth management strategies, financial institutions, fiduciary administrators, broker dealers, fintechs, professional investors and family offices.