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Managing Partners: Cristiano da Cruz Leite, Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac, Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad, Raul de Paula Leite Filho
Senior Partners: Claudio Fabricio Lima, Diogo Ferraz, João Pedro Barroso do Nascimento, Leonardo Di Cola Nunes, Leopoldo Pagotto, Luiz Paulo Lago Daló, Tatiana Galvão Villani
Number of partners: 11
Number of other lawyers: 40
Languages:English, Portuguese

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1996, FreitasLeite has significant expertise in providing specialised legal advice on financial and capital markets, corporate and tax law, merger and acquisitions and wealth planning matters. The firm offers a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified and experienced professionals who are able to deal with complex legal matters, by developing tailor-made solutions for each client’s needs. Formed mostly by professionals coming from the financial markets, consulting firms and renowned law firms, FreitasLeite has broadened its areas of expertise while keeping the ‘boutique’ concept and the understanding of clients’ specific demands. Every matter handled by the firm is closely followed by a partner and treated in a truly personalised manner. In addition, FreitasLeite has been actively engaged in the development of the regulatory framework governing the financial and capital markets in Brazil over the last decades.

Main Areas of Practice:

Legal advice on:
■ Merger control
■ Competition advocacy
■ Defence in cartel and abuse of dominance cases
■ Antitrust Private claims
Contact: Leopoldo Pagotto

Anti-Corruption & Compliance:
Legal advice on:

■ Compliance programmes
■ Risk assessment
■ Judicial and administrative defence in compliancerelated cases
Contact: Leopoldo Pagotto

Banking/Financial & Capital Markets:
Legal advice on:

■ Analysis, development and implementation of structured financial transactions for private companies, banks, asset managers, broker-dealers and insurance companies
■ Set-up of investment funds and development of management and distribution arrangements in the domestic and international capital markets
■ Set-up of structured investment funds (private equity funds, real estate funds, receivables funds and offshore funds)
■ Securitisation transactions in multiple industry sectors, including agribusiness, credit linked notes, real estate receivables certificates and collective investment contracts
■ Securities transactions, including equity and debt public offerings, block trades and tender offers
■ Structuring and reviewing banking transactions and products related to corporate loans, trade financing, OTC derivatives
FreitasLeite provides general legal assistance to asset managers, banks, fund administrators, professional investors, family offices and other service providers in the fund and capital market industries. Work includes the representation of clients in administrative and court disputes involving the Brazilian Central Bank and Securities Commission regulatory and administrative matters
Domestic Contacts: Cristiano da Cruz Leite, Leonardo Di Cola nunes, Luiz Paulo Lago Daló
International Contacts: Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac

The firm’s corporate practice includes setting up companies, joint ventures, consortiums, associations and foundations, structuring and implementing corporate reorganisations, as well as representing clients in their capacity as shareholders and corporate governance matters. By combining business-driven professionals with tax experts, FreitasLeite has established itself as a significant legal adviser on mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings, as well as on providing guidance in mitigating risks arising from business activities, from the exercise of board positions and from business contracts in general. Legal advice on matters related to foreign investments in Brazil, including registration with the Brazilian Central Bank, repatriation of funds and import and export transactions.
Contacts: Claudio Fabricio Lima, João Pedro Barroso do Nascimento, Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad, Raul de Paula Leite Filho

Real Estate:
Legal advice on:
■ Development of real estate transactions in residential, commercial, industrial warehouses, shopping centres, and land development sectors
■ Construction contracts, consortia, land development, built-to-suit agreements and sale-and-lease-back agreements, including legal analysis and the issuance of legal opinions and securitisation of receivables
■ Real estate financing transactions, including real estate funds and issuance of real estate receivables certificates
Contacts: Cristiano da Cruz Leite, Leonardo Di Cola nunes, Luiz Paulo Lago Daló

Legal advice for individuals and entities, resident in Brazil or abroad on:
■ Analysis, structuring and implementation of tax planning solutions
■ Interpretation and application of Brazilian federal, state and municipal tax rules
■ Tax credits and tax refunds FreitasLeite’s tax department has a significant role on all financial and capital market transactions and on M&A deals, as well as a very strong tax litigation team to protect clients from undue taxation or to provide tax savings before Brazilian administrative and judicial courts.
Contact: Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad

Private Client & Wealth Advisory:
Legal advice on:

■ Organisation and structuring of 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 of aircrafts, boats, onshore and offshore real estate properties and other assets
■ Preparation of Income Tax Returns
Contacts: Raul de Paula Leite Filho, Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac, and Tatiana Galvão Villani

International Work:
FreitasLeite has been engaged by a significant number of international clients in transactions involving parties from several different countries. The firm’s international practice encompasses finance and capital markets transactions, cross border mergers and acquisitions and international tax planning, among others.