Managing Partners: Sergio I Eskenazi Pernidji, Carlos Flexa Ribeiro, Monica Castro de Mello Bity
Number of lawyers: 16
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
ESKENAZI PERNIDJI ADVOGADOS is a boutique law firm based in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. The firm was founded in 1945 by Joseph Eskenazi Pernidji (1920-2007). The firm has a reputation in the consultant/advisory fields in its areas of practice rendering services for companies and individuals. One of the main characteristics of the law firm is the ability to render legal services in the structuring and execution of highly complex projects, which require a close cooperation between client and counsel.
Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions
Banking & Finance
Investment Funds High Net Worth Individuals & Families; Succession Planning
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm represents client in various domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, such as mergers, joint ventures and equity and asset purchases. The firm assists its clients in their various capacities (buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, guarantors, target companies and others) and in drafting and negotiating the various documents required to complete the transactions.
The firm represents companies and shareholders in the context of public offering of securities (stocks, debentures, commercial papers), both on the regulatory aspect involving the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission) and the drafting of the offer documents; the firm also assists individuals and companies in processes of accreditation as portfolios managers.
Drafting of civil and commercial contracts in general (purchase and sale, rentals, leasing, personal and collateral security).
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises its clients on bank financing operations and leasing, regulations and controls by the Central Bank of Brazil concerning foreign investments in Brazil, Brazilian investments abroad, foreign trade and foreign exchange regulations; representation in administrative proceedings in the sphere of Banco Central do Brasil and of the Conselho de Recursos do Sistema Financeiro Nacional.
Assistance in the organisation of investment funds (equities markets, emerging business funds, credit rights funds, etc.); advising as to compliance with the regulations of the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission).
High Net Worth Individuals & Families; Succession Planning:
The firm assists high net worth clients (individuals and families) in connection with various legal and tax issues arising from wealth management and the planning and execution of asset organisation, in Brazil and abroad, including for succession purposes. International Work: The firm has developed during the years of practices a very close relationship with law firms located both in Europe and in the United States, assisting non-Brazilian clients with connections to Brazil in terms of business or assets, and Brazilian residents who have business or hold assets outside Brazil. The firm has experience to assist clients on the acquisition of real estate assets, vessels, aircrafts located or to be held in other jurisdictions. In such cases, the services are rendered by the firm jointly with law firms of the other jurisdictions.
The clients of the firm are mainly Brazilian companies and individuals with business in a wide variety of activities such as mining, telecom, real estate, construction and technology. The firm advises controlling shareholders of Brazilians companies (of both privately held and public held corporations); business men acting on a variety of fields; person in charge of families’ companies (being one of the family member or a third person).
Being a boutique law firm, clients most of the time contact one of the three main partners of the firm – Sergio I. Eskenazi Pernidji, Monica Castro de Mello Bity or Carlos Flexa Ribeiro – to present the matter. Depending on the nature of the service to be rendered the main partners will have the support of one or more other firm members or staff in order to effectively assist the client.