Managing Partner: Carlos Barbosa Mello
Number of partners: 38
Number of other lawyers: 180
Number of counsels: 6
Lefosse Advogados is a full-service law firm that offers specialized advice and superior technical quality on a variety of legal areas. Every day, the firm handles complex cases for clients that demand efficiency and broad expertise and that allow them to compete in today’s fast-paced business environment. Lefosse Advogados offers a careful approach to clients’ decisions with timeliness and precision in developing their assignments. The long-term partnership with the firm’s clients affords Lefosse Advogados a better understanding of their business and allows the firm to offer tailor-made, elegant and simple solutions to complex problems. The firm has an unmatched organization with unique processes, an efficient structure and exceptional standards for extraordinary cases.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
With solid reputation in the market, the team acts for arranging banks, lenders, credit enhancers and borrowers, on a wide range of industrial and financial sectors.
As a leader in capital markets and securities law, the team assists clients with debt and equity transactions, derivatives and structured products, securitizations and structured finance, IPOs and rights offerings, convertible and exchangeable bonds, MTN programs and DIPs, high-yield offerings, structured products and derivatives.
Corporate & M&A:
The highly qualified team with expertise in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, private equity, business organization, corporate and commercial law, projects and venture capital.
Competition & Regulation:
The practice is recognized for being objective, straightforward and focused on real world useful business advise. The team advises clients on crossborder and domestic mergers, investigations of anticompetitive practices, due diligences and compliance programs. The experience includes handling economic, competition and consumer protection disputes before judicial courts.
The practice represents clients’ interests in a holistic manner and on a wide variety of environmental work, such as legal due diligence, environment litigation, environment advice, ethical investment, climate change and renewables.
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.
The team explores the strategy for each case to find the best solution to the client and offer secure guidance on daily employment practices, including hiring and termination of high-level executives, transfer of employees, review of employment aspects of M&A transactions and draft of agreements and incentive plans. They defend the client’s interests in judicial and administrative labor proceedings within the Brazilian jurisdiction in all court levels.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The team is trial-ready, but the work includes advising clients on how to avoid lengthy and costly disputes. The team has expertise in alternative dispute resolutions, arbitration, banking litigation, collection/enforcement, commercial litigation, due diligence, environmental/energy litigation, product liability litigation, regulatory investigations and restructuring and insolvency litigation.
Oil & Gas:
The oil and gas practice has experience in M&A transactions in the O&G industry and acts in the preparation and negotiation of all contracts typical to the industry. The regulatory expertise enables the team to assist companies in a variety of issues, including bid round processes, arbitrations and representation in administrative proceedings before the ANP.
Projects & Infrastructure:
Beyond the solid legal specialization, the team is familiar with the practices, standards of highly complex projects, and provide objective and agile guidance, advising financial institutions, government entities, multilateral agencies, suppliers, infrastructure developers and foreign investors.
Public Law & Regulation:
A team with solid experience in privatization projects in the most diverse sectors who are well equipped to assist Brazilian and foreign clients from the beginning of due diligence through the privatization process and post-privatization measures to implement the project. The experts in the practice are also qualified to assist clients operating in regulated markets and represent their interests with federal, district, state and municipal regulators.
The breadth of the practice work is sophisticated. 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. It also provides support in connection with investment funds, bond offerings, securitization involving real estate, and due diligence, in support of corporate and capital markets transactions that feature real estate assets.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The team acts for creditors, insolvency practitioners, corporate debtors and directors and officers in relation to debt rescheduling; debt and equity restructuring, judicial and extra-judicial restructuring and insolvency proceedings, banking litigation, incorporation of non-standardized credit rights investment funds (FIDC-NP).
As trusted advisor of major domestic and international companies in Brazil, the team advices on all aspects of direct and indirect taxation, tax aspects in connection with M&A, joint ventures, capital markets, including cross-border transactions. Expertise includes value-added tax issues, international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and litigation.
Technology, Data Protection & Intellectual Property:
Through a customized, sophisticated and a service fully adapted to the client’s demands, the firm advises on matters relating to technology, data protection and intellectual property, such as: analysis and structuring of new digital business models; counsel on matters related to the Internet, digital platforms and applications; advice on projects to adapt to the new Brazilian General Law on Protection of Personal Data (LGPD).
The competitive edge of our team is being a onestop- shop practice area with partners and lawyers with expertise in succession, tax and corporate matters. The work includes asset reorganization plans, preparation of prenuptial agreements, cohabitation contracts, wills and other testamentary instruments, and changes in property regimes, explanation, to the family, of the effects of death and the rules applicable to each regime for marital assets, including by reason of succession.
White-Collar Crime, Anticorruption, Compliance & Regulatory Investigations:
The multidisciplinary team offers reliable, proactive and sophisticated solutions to all white-collar crimes, compliance and anti-corruption matters, assisting Brazilian and international companies in meeting all corporate governance needs. Expertise includes clients from a variety of sectors.
Lawyers fluently speak Portuguese, English, German, Mandarin, French, Spanish.