Senior Partners: Maria Cristina Cescon, Roberto Barrieu, Marcos Rafael Flesch, Joaquim Oliveira, Maurício Santos, Alexandre Barreto, Ronald Herscovici
Number of partners: 41
Number of other lawyers: 170
Cescon Barrieu is one of Brazil’s leading law firms. The lawyers stand-out for their strong commitment to the representation of the firm’s clients’ interests and for their work in highly sophisticated, groundbreaking matters. The firm’s goal is to be the clients’ law firm of choice for their most complex legal matters and most strategic transactions and disputes.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate Law and Governance, M&A and Private Equity:
The firm is often retained by potential targets and boards of directors for representation in connection with mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, de-listings and other corporate transactions as well as matters involving antitrust and anticorruption laws. The M&A and private equity practice are recognised as Brazil’s leading by any measure.
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
This practice is recognised as a market leader in Brazil. The firm has a first class practice in development of infrastructure projects across all its sectors, such as energy, telecom, oil and gas, water and wastewater, ports and navigation, airports, railways, mining and toll roads.
The practice combines the corporate experience and the strategic location in Brasília to provide clients legal advice in the dialogue between companies and the public sector. The team monitors and interprets legislative proposals and public policies.
Capital Markets & Investment Funds:
The capital markets team is recognised as Brazil’s most experienced and far-reaching. 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, debtofferings, derivatives, structured products, mutual funds, receivables 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 roles of lenders, borrowers, trustees, rating agencies and others in connection with syndicated bank facilities, trade financing, leveraged investments, structured financing, DIP financing and derivatives.
Oil & Gas & Shipping:
The team has extensive and comprehensive knowledge of the entire production chain of the sector. It assists clients in structured financings, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters, capital markets transactions and commercial negotiations. The shipping practice excels at ‘dry shipping’ contractual matters — financing, shipbuilding, charter — and is a leading Brazilian firm in security interests’ issues related to shipping.
The team has in-depth expertise in dealing with the main players of this sector. The firm provides regulatory and negotiation counsel to mining and financing companies, in addition to regulatory and business advice to mining companies within M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
The restructuring and insolvency team has wide experience in assisting clients in connection with complex debt workouts, corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings with a particular focus on representing financial creditors. The firm has vast experience in credit recovery, enforcement of collateral and other court assisted proceedings in a wide range of industries.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The team is called upon by clients across all industries for critical litigation and arbitration matters. The high-end litigators are recognised for their experience, strategic approach and capacity to simplify complex cases. The firm’s dedicated arbitration team uses mediation and other ADR methods in order to obtain the best results to the clients and reduce litigation costs.
The firm combines broad experience in strategic corporate transactions with complex cartel investigations to form one of Brazil’s leading antitrust practice groups. The firm 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. Lawyers help clients identify and anticipate tendencies in regulatory standards that may be critical to their business.
The firm has wide experience on complex real estate business including acquisition of real properties, surface rights, lease agreements, built to suit, sale and lease back, rural lease agreements, partnership agreements, constructions, condominiums, real estate developments, securitisation and financing, joint ventures and restructuring.
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. In financings, acquisitions, mergers, investment funds, international trade as well as financial products.
Clients come to the firm’s labour law department for complex labour law issues rather than their day-today labour claims. The firm has over the years assisted clients with strategic and complex lawsuits, created compensation and incentive programs and assisted them in dealing with trade unions.
The firm’s international practice includes international finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, banking and finance, structured finance, project finance and international tax planning.