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Chediak Advogados

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Managing Partner: Paulo Fischer Carneiro
Senior Partners: Julian Fonseca Peña Chediak, José Andrés Lopes da Costa, Luiz Claudio Salles Cristofaro, Carlos Eduardo Menezes Côrtes, Osmar Simões
Number of partners: 23
Number of other lawyers: 30

Firm Overview:
Chediak Advogados is a law firm created by professionals who share an entrepreneurial spirit and are committed to quality, ethics and to their clients’ success. Founded in January 2011 — through the merging of two traditional law firms — Chediak Advogados possesses a unique culture which results from the great affinity between its many members and the intense investment in planning and education.

Main Areas of Practice:

Administrative, Regulation & Infrastructure:
The firm supports companies in their relations with governmental bodies, regulatory agencies and development banks, including consultancy involving bidding procedures and administrative agreements, in the execution of public-private partnerships, in the structuring and execution of project finance and in any matter regarding the activities carried out by the clients alongside the public administration. The firm renders advisory in all preparatory acts and any issues related to the execution of agreements between clients and administrative entities of all regulated sectors in Brazil, such as insurance, telecommunications, ports, sanitation, sanitary surveillance, transportation, and audiovisual industry, as well as in the competition and electricity sectors. The firm also acts in judicial and administrative litigation matters.

The firm renders complete consulting services to its clients, including the incorporation of companies, negotiation of joint ventures agreements, execution of shareholders’ agreements, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring in general, in the issuance of securities and in all day-to-day corporate acts, whether pertaining to limited liability companies or to corporations, publicly held or not. The firm also offers assistance on the drafting, negotiation and execution of agreements aiming at the sale or acquisition of shares, and has multidisciplinary teams for the complete and efficient performance of legal due diligences.

Banking & Capital Markets:
The firm assists clients in the incorporation of financial institutions or institutions considered as such by the Central Bank of Brazil, and of representative offices of foreign financial institutions, providing legal assistance in all matters related to the operation of such entities, including the relationship with the Central Bank of Brazil and with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission - CVM. Services also encompass the issuance of securities, the incorporation of all types of investment funds and in the structuring of financial and private equity transactions, as well as the drafting and negotiation of banking agreements and the registry of foreign investments in Brazil and their currency exchange aspects. In the disciplinary scope, the firm also represents clients before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission - CVM, the Central Bank of Brazil and the Financial Activities Control Council, in their defences in administrative proceedings, including appeals before the Board of Appeals of the National Financial System.

The firm acts in both judicial and administrative spheres, offering legal advice before the antitrust agencies, in the approval of concentration acts and in the investigation of anticompetitive conducts. Additionally, the firm acts in the combat of unlawful competition and of the illegal market, representing companies which have been harmed by such practices.

Chediak designs tax-efficient structures for complex domestic and international transactions including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, securities offerings, covering all types of federal, state and municipal taxes. The firm also files claims and performs clients’ defence involving tax matters, within administrative and judicial spheres, acting before the Federal Revenue Service of Brazil and other tax administration entities, as well as before State, Federal and Superior Courts.

Judicial & Administrative Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm acts in the prevention and solution of judicial and administrative litigation, as well as in arbitrations. Its multiplicity of areas of expertise enables the firm to assist clients in disputes, both nationally and internationally, interacting with foreign correspondents capable of litigating in a foreign country.

Compliance & Anti-Corruption:
The firm creates, implements, maintains, and improves compliance programs, developed pursuant to each organisation’s risks and characteristics, aiming at preventing and detecting misconduct, violations, and fraud. The firm also organises workshops and delivers training on anti-corruption laws and compliance to clients.

Real Estate:
The firm renders consultancy services in the negotiation and execution of purchase and sale agreements, in the regularisation of real estate, in real estate due diligence, drafting of construction agreements and contractor services, real estate developments, real estate ventures, subdivision of plots and rentals.

The firm assists clients in connection with employment laws, both in litigation and consultancy matters, as well as equity-based compensation plans for management and in due diligence review of labour matters.

Chediak is equipped to assist clients in connection with environmental regulations, judicial and administrative disputes, public hearings, contracts, licences, due diligence, management of contaminated areas, hazardous cargo transportation, take back, water use, forestry resources and protected areas. Intellectual Property: The firm has a multidisciplinary team to provide services in all matters related to trademarks, copyrights, licensing and internet law. The firm also acts in IP litigation cases.

English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian.