Founding Partners: Thomas Felsberg, Graça Pedretti
Partners: Ana Cristina Valentim, André I. Fonseca, Anna Flávia Izelli, Clara Azzoni, Claudia Maniaci, Evy Marques, Fabiana Solano, Fabricio Soler, Fernanda Amaral, Graça Pedretti, Ivan Campos, João Carlos Mendonça, Luis Antonio Menezes, Marcus A. Matteucci Gomes, Maria Carolina Guazzelli, Marianne Albers, Maurício De Lion, Miriam Machado, Rafael Malheiro, Rodrigo Bertoccelli, Rodrigo Prado, Thomas Felsberg, Diego Vieira
Number of other lawyers: 150+
Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish.
Felsberg Advogados is a full-service law firm with experience in sophisticated and complex business transactions, such as privatisations, project financing, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, as well as high-profile litigation and consultancy matters. Founded in 1970, Felsberg Advogados is one of the most prominent and innovative Brazilian law firms. The firm was the first to implement and develop the bankruptcy/restructuring and insolvency, project finance and aviation finance practices in Brazil. Whilst continually improving the firm’s core practices, it keeps both eyes on the future, paving the way for new practice areas such as the unparalleled technology, innovation and start-ups and cybersecurity practices. Well-known for its work in local and global disputes and transactions, Felsberg Advogados has an in-depth understanding of different legal cultures and regulatory environments in other countries. Its team of more than 150 lawyers is composed of active professionals with international experience, all of whom are fluent in several languages, and qualified to practice law in Brazil and abroad. The firm’s teams are comprised of legal experts from various fields who have published a wide and respected range of books and articles and often act as regular contributors to print and electronic media throughout Brazil. In addition, the firm’s information technology infrastructure is state of the art, and its locations are central and strategic. This commitment to clients is illustrated by the firm’s broad scope of activities spread across multiple specialties and by the dedication and backgrounds of its partners and associates, many of whom have supplemented their Brazilian training with foreign degrees and work experience. Helping attorneys realise their full potential in an environment that encourages their continued development enables Felsberg Advogados to continue to provide its clients with quality service and top-level expertise.
The firm proudly helps projects dedicated to the future of the country through education, health and technology. Key projects on a pro bono basis are Vaga Lume – awarded Brazil’s best educational NGO of 2018, the Associação Américas Amigas, APAQ - Associação Pintanguy de Apoio ao Queimado, and AB2L - Associação Brasileira de Lawtechs & Leagltechs.
Inclusion & Diversity:
Felsberg Advogados supports the inclusion of all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, economic situation, religion or sexual orientation. In relation to gender, women make up more than 50% of the firm’s legal team – including partners.
The firm’s international practice is reinforced by its membership of the world’s leading law firm networks – which certify the firm’s global quality. Felsberg Advogados is the Brazilian representative at Meritas and Legalink. Besides the legal associations, Felsberg also has a partnership with Aphaia to strengthen clients’ data protection in the EU. In addition to this, the firm has regional desks to provide a dedicated support to regional companies. Felsberg was one of the first firms to introduce an Asian Desk – dedicated to Brazilian companies investing in Asia and Asian companies conducting business in Brazil. This department provides legal advice to clients from China, Japan, Singapore, India, and Israel. The firm also has teams specifically dedicated to supporting British and German clients.
Felsberg Advogados represents companies from different sectors throughout the world, advising them on complex matters in Brazil. Recently, the firm has provided advice to important companies such as Dell-EMC, Siemens, HTC, JVC Kenwood, Hitachi, Logicalis, Atos, Unisys, TSYS, CSC - Corporation Service Company, Change.org, Meta4, 4Finance, BT Latam, TIM, Net Serv, Eutelsat, Centurylink, SIMM / Brightstar Corp., Ingram Micro, Atento, American Tower, MLS Wireless, Arris, ITS Rio, Boeing, Toyota, Yamaha, Ashcroft, FieldCore (GE Company), Fives, Omron, Wabco, Vishay, Adler Pelzer, Odebrecht, Dersa, Sumitomo, Eletrobrás, Engie, ION, CPFL Renováveis, ERB - Energias Renováveis do Brasil, Diferencial Comercializadora, Liquigás, Petro Rio, Anadarko, Votorantim, Novelis, Saint-Gobain, Cummins, CRC-Evans, (Stanley Black&Decker), Ecolab / Nalco, Sinochem, Mexichem, Alitalia, DHL, DB Schenker, Tegma, SAAM Smit, TugBrasil, MSC Mediterranean Logística, Avis, Ouro Verde, Grupo JCA (Viação Cometa), Aumund, Docas, Gate Gourmet, Parmalat, Monster Energy Drinks, Supley Laboratório de Alimentos, Atvos, CTC - Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, Gazit, Jereissati Centros Comerciais, Embraed, SBF Centauro, Decathlon, Christian Louboutin, Diesel, Crocs, Skechers, Herval, Natura, Boticário, Essity, Abbott, Allergan, Boehringer Ingelheim, Grunenthal, Exeltis, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Teva Farmacêutica, Claris Lifescience, Alexion, Medtronic, DASA, Laboratório Fleury, Australian Laboratory Services, Hospital Albert Einstein, UnitedHealth Group, Sinosure, Suhai Seguradora, BBC, Cinemark, T4F – Time for Fun, OSESP, Blackboard, Clever, UBEC – União Brasiliense de Educação e Cultura, WPP Group USA, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey Group, J. Walter Thompson, Y&R Publicidade, Cohn & Wolfe, Stilingue, Ibope, Boxnet and many others.
The firm also represents financial institutions and banks, as well as sovereign wealth, private equity, venture capital, development and investment funds including BNDES, Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Investment Bank, GIC – Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros, Caixa Econômica Federal, UBS, BTG Pactual, BR Partners, Jive, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Brazil, Monashees, Novero Investimentos, Zoomlion Capital, BREI – Brazilian Real Estate Investments, The Forest Trust, RBR Gestão de Recursos, ISEC, Habitasec, Pentágono, Socopa, CHP, among others.
Brazilian industry associations also frequently turn to the firm to represent them. In this regard, the roster of clients includes CNI (industrial), ABSIA (securities), ABIHPEC (hygiene and cosmetics), ELETROS (electronics), INTERFARMA (pharmaceutical R&D), IBÁ (forestry), SINDUSFARMA (pharmaceuticals), ABEEólica (eolic energy), Biosul (bioenergy), and also the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Japan External Trade Organization – JETRO.