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Lefosse Advogados

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Managing Partner: Carlos Barbosa Mello
Number of partners: 38
Number of counsels: 6
Number of lawyers: 180
Languages: English, French, German, Mandarin, Portguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Lefosse Advogados is an independent law firm that offers specialised advice and superior technical quality in a variety of legal areas. The firm offers a combination of transactional and stand-alone practices that provide tailor-made, elegant and simple solutions to complex problems. The team combines deep knowledge and insight into clients’ businesses offering the highest level of quality, sophistication and rigor in seeking the best solutions, both in domestic and multijurisdictional transactions.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate & M&A:
The hight qualified team has expertise in mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations and; private equity; business organisation; corporate and commercial law; projects and venture capital.

Capital Markets:
The team handles debt and equity; derivatives and structured products; and securitisation and structured finance. It also works on IPOs and rights offerings, convertible and exchangeable bonds, MTN programs and DIPs, high-yield offerings, structured products and derivatives.

The team provides advice on all aspects of direct and indirect taxation, in particular on tax aspects in connection with M&A, joint ventures, capital market and cross-border transactions. Expertise includes value-added tax issues, international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and litigation.

Banking & Finance:
The team acts for arranging banks, lenders, credit enhancers and borrowers, in a wide range of industrial and financial sectors.

Infrastructure & Greenfield Projects:
The team advises financial institutions, government entities, multilateral agencies, suppliers, infrastructure builders and foreign investors. This advice is tailored to allow clients to develop their projects in all infrastructure segments, such as generation, transmission and distribution of electric power.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The team acts for creditors, insolvency practitioners, corporate debtors and directors/officers in relation to debt rescheduling; debt and equity restructuring; planning, initiation and conducting of judicial and extra-judicial restructuring and insolvency proceedings; banking litigation; incorporation of non-standardised credit rights investment funds (FIDC-NP).

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The team has expertise working in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, banking litigation, collection/ enforcement, commercial litigation, due diligence, environmental/energy litigation, product liability litigation, regulatory investigations and restructuring and insolvency litigation.

Competition & Regulation:
The team advises on cross-border and domestic mergers, investigations of anticompetitive practices, due diligences and compliance programs. Attorneys in this team have experience handling economic, competition and consumer protection disputes before judicial courts.

The team offers secure guidance on daily employment practices, including hiring and termination of high level executives, transfer of employees, M&A transactions and drafting of agreements and incentive plans. Defends the client’s interests in judicial and administrative labour proceedings within the Brazilian jurisdiction in all levels of labour justice.

The team advises on a wide variety of environmental work, such as legal due diligence, environment litigation, environment advice, ethical investment, climate change and renewables.

Real Estate:
The team advises on direct investment, corporate structures, real estate development, sale and lease back transactions, negotiations for the acquisition of large amounts of land. The team also provides support in connection to investment funds, bond offerings, securitisation evolving real estates, and due diligences in support of corporate and capital markets transactions that feature real estate assets.

Wealth Planning:
The team handles asset reorganisation plan and offers multidisciplinary advice and solutions to families, family offices, private clients of financial institutions and people changing residence from one country to another.

White-Collar Crime, Anticorruption, Compliance & Regulatory Investigations:
The multidisciplinary team offers dependable, proactive and sophisticated solutions for all whitecollar crime, compliance and anticorruption matters, helping Brazilian and international companies meeting all corporate governance needs. Expertise includes clients in a variety of sectors.

Investment Funds:
The team represents local and international administrators, managers, financial institutions and investors in the structuring and formation of investment funds and other vehicles as well as regulatory matters pertaining to investment funds and asset management. Expertise includes public and private distributions of quotas, purchase and sales of assets and financing structures.

Oil & Gas:
The team has experience in M&A transactions in the O&G industry and acts in the preparation and negotiation of all contracts typically used by the industry. The regulatory expertise enables to assist companies in a variety of issues, including bid round processes, arbitrations and representation in administrative proceedings before the ANP.

Regulation and Public Law:
The team’s expertise includes structuring projects involving public entities, such as joint ventures, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions of public assets and assistance in bidding and public contracts. Experience also includes privatization and post-privatization measures to implement projects related to several industries such as telecom, airports, ports, highways and utilities, oil and gas, energy, media, healthcare products, food and beverage.