Managing Partners: Cristiano da Cruz Leite, Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac, Pedro Avvad, Raul de Paula Leite Filho
Number of partners: 12
Numbers of lawyers: 50
Languages: English, Portuguese
Since 1996, FreitasLeite has significant expertise in providing specialised legal advice on high profile matters. The firm offers a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified and experienced professionals by developing tailor-made solutions for the clients’ needs. With active presence along with the main market participants and regulators, FreitasLeite followed and actively participated in the evolving regulatory framework governing the financial and capital markets in Brazil in the last decades, being considered an influential and innovative office on proposed solutions. Over the years, FreitasLeite has broadened its areas of expertise while keeping the ‘boutique’ concept. Every matter handled by the firm is closely followed by a partner and treated in a truly personalised manner.
Main Areas of Practice
Anti-Corruption & Compliance:
Internal investigations; compliance programs, including codes of ethics and policies; due diligence and background checks; risk assessment; crisis management; advice and settlement in international investigations; negotiation of leniency agreements; board advice; and administrative and judicial defense.
Contact: Leopoldo Pagotto
Cartel and abuse of dominance cases; leniency agreements; risk assessment; merger control; antitrust private claims.
Contact: Leopoldo Pagotto
Financial and Capital Markets:
Set-up of financial institutions, asset managers, investment advisers, research consultants and other regulated participants; set-up of local and offshore investment funds, including in the private equity and real estate sectors; securitisation transactions; planning and implementation of venture capital and private equity investment structures; participation in M&A transactions involving financial institutions, Fintechs and other regulated companies; assistance in issuing and distributing corporate debt instruments, and the relevant secured transactions; client’s defense in administrative proceedings with the Brazilian Central Bank and the Brazilian Securities Commission in regulatory and administrative matters.
Contacts: Cristiano da Cruz Leite and Paolo Calabresi Grimaldi (Domestic) and Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac and Isabela Francisco da Silva Nunes (International)
Legal advice on the set up and regulatory accreditation for fintechs operating in various segments of the industry. Full assistance on corporate, tax and regulatory matters. Structuring of financial products and payment services with digital platforms and similar technologies. Active participation in M&A transactions and investment rounds of financial institutions, fintechs and other regulated entities, taking part of legal due diligence and assisting on negotiations of the relevant agreements.
Contacts: Cristiano da Cruz Leite and Paolo Calabresi Grimaldi
Legal advice on mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, as well as guidance on mitigating risks arising from business activities, from the exercise of positions in the board and commercial contracts in general. Set-up of companies, joint ventures, consortiums, associations and foundations, structuring and implementation of corporate reorganisations, representation of clients as shareholders and matters of corporate governance. Legal advice on issues related to foreign investments in Brazil, repatriation of funds and import/export transactions.
Contacts: Claudio Fabricio Lima and Pedro Avvad
Private Client & Wealth Advisory:
Legal advice on organising and structuring families’ investment structures that are efficient from corporate, tax and succession law standpoints, including trusts, foundations, proprietary investment funds and other legal devices to consolidate or segregate assets; estate planning, including drafting wills and other instruments governing the division of assets located in Brazil and abroad; acquisition, leasing and selling aircrafts, boats, onshore and offshore real estate properties and other assets and preparation of income tax returns, declaration of capital abroad and ancillary obligations abroad for individuals and family offices.
Contacts: Raul de Paula Leite Filho
Legal advice in the development of real estate, transactions, construction contracts, consortiums, land incorporation, built-to-suit contracts and sale-lease-back agreements, including legal analysis and issuance of legal opinions and securitisation of receivables and real estate financing operations, including real estate funds and issuance of real estate receivables certificates.
Contacts: Cristiano da Cruz Leite and Fernanda Amaral
Legal advice for individuals and entities (Brazil or abroad), regarding analysis, structuring and implementation of tax planning solutions; interpretation and application of Brazilian federal state and municipal tax regulations; tax credits and refunds, practice in financial and capital market transactions and on M&A deals. Litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres in all instances and development of legal thesis.
Contacts: Pedro Avvad, Diogo Ferraz and Thiago Marigo
Provided by FreitasLeite