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Felsberg Advogados

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Managing Partner: Thomas Benes Felsberg, Maria da Graça Pedretti 
Partners: Ana Cristina Valentim, André I. Fonseca, Anna Flávia Izelli, Clara Azzoni, Claudia Maniaci, Diego Vieira, Evy Marques, Fabiana Solano, Fabricio Soler, Fernanda Amaral, Ivan Campos, João Carlos Mendonça, Luis Antonio Menezes, Marcus A. Matteucci Gomes, Maria Carolina Guazzelli, Maria da Graça Pedretti, Marianne Albers, Maurício De Lion, Miriam Machado, Paula Salles, Rafael Malheiro, Renato Brandão, Rodrigo Bertoccelli, Rodrigo Prado, Thomas Felsberg

Firm Overview:
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 & 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 & Start-ups and Data Protection 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 100 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.

Social Responsibility:
Pro Bono:
The firm proudly helps projects dedicated to the future of the country through education, health and technology. Our 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, AB2L - Associação Brasileira de Lawtechs & Legalltechs, and Fashion Revolution.

Diversity & Inclusion: Felsberg Advogados supports the inclusion of all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. In relation to gender, women make up 54% of the firm’s legal team – including partners.

International Work:
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. 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. The firm’s professionals between them are fluent in English, German, French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.

A Selection Of The Firm's Clients:
Felsberg Advogados represents companies from different sectors throughout the, advising them in complex matters in Brazil. Recently, the firm has provided advice to important companies such as Dell-EMC, Siemens, Semp TCL, HTC, Hitachi, Logicalis, Unisys, TSYS, 4Finance, BT Latam, TIM, Eutelsat, Centurylink, SIMM / Brightstar, Ingram Micro, Atento, American Tower, MLS Wireless, Arris, ITS Rio, Boeing, Toyota, Yamaha, Ashcroft, FieldCore (GE Company), Adler Pelzer, Odebrecht, Dersa, Sumitomo, Eletrobrás, Engie, ION, CPFL Renováveis, ERB - Energias Renováveis do Brasil, CCEE, Liquigás, PetroSantander, Petro Rio, Anadarko, Votorantim, Novelis, Saint-Gobain, Cummins, CRC-Evans, (Stanley Black&Decker), Ecolab/ Nalco, Sinochem, Mexichem, DHL, DB Schenker, SAAM Smit, MSC Mediterranean, Avis Budget, Ouro Verde, Grupo JCA (Viação Cometa), Gate Gourmet, Parmalat, Monster Energy Drinks, The NotCo., Atvos, CTC - Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, Cyrela, Gazit, Jereissati Centros Comerciais, Ancar Ivanhoe, Target, Newell Brands, SBF Centauro, Decathlon, Christian Louboutin, Diesel, Crocs, Skechers, Natura, Essity/BSN medical, Omron, Abbott, Allergan, Boehringer Ingelheim, Grunenthal, Exeltis, Dr. Reddy's, Teva, Claris Lifescience, Alexion, Medtronic, DASA, Laboratório Fleury, Hospital Albert Einstein, Amil UHG/UnitedHealth Group, Sinosure, Suhai Seguradora, BBC, Cinemark, T4F – Time for Fun, OSESP, Santos Futebol Clube, Portuguesa de Desportos, Rappi, WPP Group USA, Ogilvy & Mather, J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Cohn & Wolfe, Ibope, 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, Petros - Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social, Caixa Econômica Federal, Caixa Seguridade, UBS, BTG Pactual, Cerberus, Pimco, Argentem Creek, Attestor Capital, Jive, RB Capital, 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, Pentágono, Socopa, 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 (trees), SINDUSFARMA (pharmaceuticals), ABEEólica (eolic energy), Biosul (bioenergy), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Japan External Trade Organization – JETRO.

Main Areas of Practice:
■ Arbitration and Mediation
■ Banking & Finance
■ Bankruptcy/Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Capital Markets
■ Competition/Antitrust
■ Compliance
■ Consumer Law
■ Contracts
■ Corporate law
■ Data Protection
■ Environmental & Sustainability
■ Intellectual Property
■ International Arbitration
■ International Trade/WTO
■ Labour, Employment & Immigration
■ Litigation
■ Mergers and Acquisitions
■ Projects & Infrastructure
■ Public law
■ Regulatory
■ Sanitation
■ Tax
■ White-Collar Crime

Main Industries of Expertise:
Agribusiness, Aviation, Fashion Law, Infrastructure, Innovation & Start-ups, Insurance & Reinsurance, Investment Funds, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Oil & Gas, Power/ Energy, Real Estate & REIT, Sports law, Technology, Telecommunications, Transport & Shipping.


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