Managing Partner: Bernardo Freitas
Senior Partners: Bernardo Freitas, Adriano Ferraz, Guilherme Capuruço, Thiago Braichi, Thiago Riccio
Number of partners: 5
Number of other lawyers: 20
Freitas Ferraz was founded by a group of partners who have been working together for more than 6 years. The firm has been developing at a very fast pace and enjoys strong recognition in the Minas Gerais market, assisting clients with complex matters as well as in crucial day-to-day issues of business activities. With a team of highly qualified professionals and unrivalled hands-on experience, Freitas Ferraz combines legal technical excellence, experience and innovation. The firm’s mission is to demystify the traditional complexity of the legal work, focusing its services on tailor-made and creative solutions for clients. Freitas Ferraz’ experience derives from a number of high-profile M&A transactions, corporate litigation, investment structuring, tax planning, corporate restructuring, capital market transactions, in addition to advice on infrastructure and real estate development projects.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:
Freitas Ferraz is widely known in Minas Gerais for its successful handling of corporate/M&A matters, representing domestic and foreign clients. In recent years, the department has been particularly active in the energy, mining, technology, financial services and capital markets, and real estate sectors. The team undertakes the full range of corporate matters, contemplating mergers & acquisitions, corporate and equity restructuring and commercial contracts. It is a one stop shop for high quality corporate work delivered from a team of experts working with a multidisciplinary approach.
The firm’s tax practice has strong experience assisting foreign clients, which places the department in a unique position in Minas Gerais. The team is particularly skilled at developing tax structures for mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Additionally, the practice is very active advising on tax planning, international tax, foreign investments and family and estate planning matters. It advises clients from a wide range of industries, including fintech, energy, real estate and food and beverage companies.
Freitas Ferraz’ Dispute Resolution department stands out for its constant work on strategic high-complex corporate disputes, representing both domestic and foreign clients. The team is comprised of highly skilled lawyers who are well-equipped to act on both litigation and arbitration cases regarding a variety of matters such as shareholder lawsuits, M&A agreements, partial dissolution of companies, annulment of general meetings and corporate resolutions, judicial intervention on company’s management and affairs, among others. The firm’s assistance also covers pre-trial strategies and negotiations, litigation-related due diligence and risk assessments, court litigations, appeals and enforcement of awards.
Public Law & Regulatory:
The firm’s Public Law and Regulatory practice has distinguished itself with its work on energy and mining related transactions. It has a solid background in hydroelectric power plant acquisitions, as well as mining asset acquisitions. The department is also particularly recognised for tackling energy and mining related compliance and litigation matters and has closely worked with leading local and international companies on ground-breaking matters.
The Real Estate department is known for its ability to present legal solutions to complex real estate structures. The team provides full assistance in all matters related to the real estate industry, including built-to-suit transactions, sale and lease back, buy and lease and real estate developments.
Startup & Fintech:
Keeping up with the disruptive innovation brought out by startups, the firm has assembled a multidisciplinary team to meet the growing demand of technology companies and fintechs. Focusing on long-lasting relationship with clients, the firm’s professionals work as genuine strategic partners throughout the startup’s stages. From bootstrapping to IPO, and from MVP to final product, the goal is to provide speedy and effective counselling to ensure safe legal conditions to business development.
Corporate/M&A: Bernardo Freitas, Adriano Ferraz
Tax: Thiago Braichi
Dispute Resolution: Guilherme Capuruço
Public Law & Regulatory: Thiago Riccio
Capital Markets: Bernardo Freitas, Adriano Ferraz
Real Estate: Thiago Riccio
Startup & Fintech: Bernardo Freitas, Adriano Ferraz
Freitas Ferraz assists foreign clients in their entry into Brazil, particularly in the Minas Gerais state, and supports the clients’ strategy to increase their presence in the local market.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Freitas Ferraz assists domestic and foreign clients from a wide variety of economic sectors and industries, including energy, mining, steel, oil & gas, technology, financial services, fintech, education, healthcare and life sciences, real estate, construction, automotive, retail, food & beverage and insurance.
Rua Santa Rita Durão 1143, 7º andar
Belo Horizonte - MG
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São Paulo - SP
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