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L.O. Baptista Advogados

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Number of partners: 22
Number of lawyers: 52

Firm Overview:
L. O. Baptista Advogados has been acting in the main areas of business law, always based on values that became the firm’s brand: technical excellence with strategic view, pragmatism, agility and commitment to the clients.

Clients acknowledge the firm for being creative in approaching the legal issues and establishing lasting ties with those it works for. Aware of the new business opportunities and the significant Asian market, in 2018 the firm expanded its activities to China, working with Chinese companies that aim to invest in Brazil, and serving Brazilian companies seeking business in Asia in different market segments, such as the construction and infrastructure sector.

Lawyers enjoy solid academic background combined with practical experience, offering business-oriented advice to each. The firm’s professionals are specialised in the most diverse areas of law and economy, many of which also act as professors, arbitrators or leaders of the most reputable domestic and foreign institutions in their respective fields.

The quality of the firm’s services is evidenced not only by its clients but also by important Brazilian and international publications such as: Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer 250, Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guides, Best Lawyers, Leaders League, Lacca Approved, GAR and Anuário Análise Advocacia 500. The firm’s legal team has solid academic background, with a high percentage of professors and doctors, combining technical knowledge with a practical businessoriented approach.

Main Areas of Practice:
■ Arbitration
■ Banking
■ Biofuels & Ethanol
■ Civil & Corporate Law
■ Compliance
■ Competition
■ Construction & Infrastructure
■ Consumer
■ Corporate
■ Energy
■ Fashion
■ Health Care & Life Sciences
■ Labour & Employment
■ M&A & Joint Ventures
■ Public, Administrative & Regulatory
■ Real Estate
■ Tax
■ Trade Remedies & International Trade

Arbitration:
The firm’s arbitration lawyers repeatedly have strong performances in national and international arbitrations, dealing with complex cases.
Contacts: Maurício Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta, Fernando Marcondes, André Camerlingo Alves, Silvia Julio Bueno de Miranda, Rafael Francisco Alves

Asia/China:
With an eye on new business opportunities and on the dynamic Asian market, the firm expanded into China to serve both Chinese companies seeking to invest in Brazil and Brazilian companies that wish to expand their business into Asia.
Contacts: Fernando Marcondes, Renata Castro and Luiz Eduardo Vidal Rodrigues (in Beijing).

Competition & Compliance:
The members of the team deal with high profile cases before the Brazilian System of Competition Defence. Members advise national and international clients in several market sectors.
Contact: Patricia Agra Araujo

Construction & Infrastructure:
The firm has prominent specialisation in supporting the negotiation and execution of different kinds of construction contracts.
Contact: Fernando Marcondes, Alberto Sogayar

Corporate & M&A:
The team has broad experience organising and structuring companies, preparing and reviewing agreements in general, organising data rooms for due diligences and negotiating M&A operations.
Contacts: Marcelo Paolini, Maurício Almeida Prado, Marta Rodrigues, Daniela Zaitz, Sueli F. Veríssimo Vieira, Renato Castro, Esther Jerussalmy Cunha, Cassia Monteiro Cascione

Energy:
The firm’s work includes advising investors, financial institutions, and players of the energy sector on a wide range of commercial transactions. Contact: Rebecca Maduro Innovation/Data Protection: The firm works on topics that are increasingly present in business, such as data protection, storage and transfer, Big Data and Internet of Things (IOT). Contacts: Esther Jerussalmy Cunha, Renata Castro and Cassia Monteiro Cascione

International Trade:
Wide and recognised experienced in antidumping investigations and expertise on customs proceedings. The firm won the bid of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for disputes at the WTO.
Contact: Daniela Zaitz

Labour & Employment:
Advises on labour law, including support for M&A transactions. Experience in litigation, relationship with Unions, draft and analysis of employment agreements and benefit plans.
Contact: Fabio Chong de Lima Litigation: The firm is able to provide top-level services in the civil, commercial and business litigation areas, working with creativity, initiative, agility and assurance in a variety of subjects.
Contacts: André Camerlingo Alves, André Mendes Espírito Santo

Private Client:
The firm draws on its expertise in structuring family and corporate governance schemes, carrying out corporate restructurings, preparing shareholders’ agreements and family constitutions and also advising on tax issues.
Contact: Marcelo Paolini

Public & Administrative Law & Regulatory:
Consultancy to clients and strong performance before several public agents in the country including participation on public bids.
Contacts: Sueli de Freitas Veríssimo Vieira

Tax:
Assistance to clients in tax planning and financial transactions and consultancy regarding federal, state and municipal taxation.
Contacts: Marcos Barbosa, José Roberto Martinez de Lima, João Victor Guedes Santos

Clients:
L.O. Baptista’s clients from the private sector include large Brazilian and foreign companies of a number of sectors such as: biofuels, energy, infrastructure and construction, banking, pharmaceutical, agricultural, petrochemical, retail, industry, financial services, technology, media and electronics. Within the public sphere, the firm deals with government bodies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in addition to energy companies with businesses in Brazil.