Managing Partner: Joaquim Oliveira
Number of partners: 37
Number of other lawyers: 150
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Cescon Barrieu is one of Brazil’s leading law firms. The lawyers stand out for their strong commitment to the representation of clients’ interests and for their work in highly sophisticated, groundbreaking matters. The firm’s goal is to be its clients’ law firm of choice for their most complex legal matters and most strategic transactions and disputes.
Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The M&A practice is recognised as the leading practice in Brazil. The firm is regularly involved in headline transactions. Clients choose the firm whenever the scope of a transaction, no matter how large or small, is strategic and the stakes are high. The firm brings sophisticated advice to the most complex and challenging transactions including private and public acquisitions, mergers, contested and friendly takeovers, tender offers, joint ventures, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs, private equity transactions and other strategic deals.
Corporate Law & Governance:
The corporate law and governance team advises numerous publicly-held and privately-held companies in matters of compliance with corporate and capital markets legislation and regulation. The team is also frequently retained by publicly-held companies and their managers, by broker-dealers and by shareholders in administrative proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil – CVM and the Council of Appeals for the National Financial System – CRSFN.
Capital Markets & Investment Funds:
The capital markets team is recognised as Brazil’s most experienced and far-reaching team. It represents the world’s leading financial institutions, public and private corporations, hedge-funds, asset managers and entrepreneurs in connection with their most complex domestic and cross-border securities transactions, including IPOs and other equity offers, tender offers, debt-offerings, derivatives, structured products, mutual funds and securitisation. The vast experience with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) provides the firm insight into important regulatory aspects of registered offers in Brazil that may be critical in successfully completing a transaction.
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises a wide range of clients in the positions of lenders, borrowers, trustees, rating agencies and others in connection with syndicated bank facilities, trade financing, leveraged investments, structured financing, DIP financing and derivatives.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
The restructuring and insolvency team has in-depth experience in assisting clients in connection with complex debt workouts, corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings with a particular focus on representing financial creditors. It also has vast experience in credit recovery, enforcement of collateral and other court assisted proceedings in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, shipping, telecom, logistics, biofuels, power and financial services.
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
The firm has a first class practice in the development of infrastructure projects across all sectors, such as energy, telecom, oil and gas, water and wastewater, ports and navigation, airports, railways, mining and toll roads. The firm provides advice in all stages of a project, from its conception to its financing, assisting companies in structuring projects, participating in bidding procedures and in claims with the regulatory agencies and granting authorities.
Tax has been the cornerstone of the firm’s practice since its inception. The team of experienced tax lawyers advises on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters such as financings, acquisitions, mergers, investment funds, international trade as well as financial products.
The litigation team is chosen by clients across all industries for critical litigation matters. The high-end litigators are recognised for their experience, strategic approach and capacity to simplify complex cases.
Arbitration & Mediation:
The firm’s dedicated arbitration team is recognised for its vast experience in corporate related arbitration. It uses mediation and other ADR methods to obtain the best results for clients and to reduce litigation costs.
Clients come to the labour law department for complex labour law issues rather than their day-to-day labour claims. Over the years, the firm has assisted clients with strategic and complex lawsuits, created compensation and incentive programs and assisted them in dealing with trade unions.
The firm combines broad experience in strategic corporate transactions with complex cartel investigations to form one of Brazil’s leading antitrust practice groups. It works closely with its M&A, private equity and litigation groups to represent its clients in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border matters across all industries.
Compliance & Anticorruption:
The firm advises on a wide range of compliance and anticorruption matters, including investigations involving anticorruption and anti-money laundering laws. The compliance and anticorruption lawyers help its clients identify and anticipate tendencies in regulatory standards that may be critical to their business.
The real estate practice is at the forefront of the marketplace. The firm advises a myriad of clients in some of the most complex and innovative real estate transactions including land acquisitions, development, financing, joint ventures and restructurings.
The mining lawyers’ expertise and integration with the practice area teams enable partners and associates to have a broader view of each project, identifying possible structures and tailor made solutions for clients and deals.
Technology & Intellectual Property:
The practice advises clients in connection with IP joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, IT outsourcing, trademark, software and patent licensing, biotechnology, capital raising and IP disputes.