Managing Partners: Elinor Cotait, Rodolpho Protasio and Eduardo Zobaran
Number of partners: 14
Number of lawyers: 70
Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Established in 1996, the firm was founded with the aim of providing distinct and high-quality legal services. The firm is a full-service corporate law firm that focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, private equity, finance, securities, infrastructure, regulatory, concessions, public bids and governmental contracts, telecommunications, media and technology, competition, tax, international trade and customs, labour, litigation and arbitration. The firm specialises in corporate transactions, regulatory advice and dispute resolutions in regulated areas. The firm is very agile and client oriented. The practice groups of the firm work collaboratively. Many of the partners and associates of the firm have had professional experience in leading Brazilian, US and European law firms. Most partners and senior attorneys hold postgraduate and master’s degrees from foreign and Brazilian universities. The clientele of the firm is diversified and includes large corporations, investors and private companies, both foreign and local.
Since its inception, Mundie e Advogados has become a leading provider of legal services in several of its areas of practices. The firm has acted in numerous large important transactions, including the privatisations of the telecom and energy sectors; public bids for the granting of licenses (cellular, microwave, satellite, spectrum surveillance, cable TV, broadcasting, electric energy generation, distribution and transmission, highways, railways, etc.); the acquisition and disposition of equity interests, the structuring of joint ventures and the representation of sector players, investors and local sellers in private equity and strategic deals in several different industries, including beverages, ceramics, plastics, chemicals, autoparts, aircraft components, minerals, infrastructure, logistics, ground and air transportation, construction, sugar, ethanol, bio-diesel, credit information, financial services, means of payment, electronic tolls, FinTech, Internet, IT, media, sports and entertainment; the structuring and implementation of cross-border and local (secured and non-secured) loans and financings and project finance.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A; Private Equity:
The firm handles all types of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, whether small, medium, large and very large, whether of public or private companies, for strategic, PE and other clients. Because of its strong regulatory capabilities, the firm has unsurpassed qualifications to assist in transactions in regulated areas. On the day to day, the firm regularly advises on every aspect of corporate activity, including corporate law advice, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of all sorts of agreements, incorporation of companies, formation of joint ventures, acquisition and disposition of assets, including real estate, intellectual property licensing, technology transfer and technical assistance arrangements.
Banking & Finance; Capital Markets:
The firm has extensive experience in finance and capital market transactions, having participated in numerous debt and equity securities issuances, debt restructurings, loans and financings, including trade and project finance, involving the local market, foreign and local issuers, lenders and borrowers and international and local credit agencies (including the Brazilian Development Bank, BNDES). The firm also represents clients before the securities commission and other stakeholders.
The firm is very active in antitrust and competition matters, including cartel and unilateral conducts investigations and merger control filings. The firm has advised clients on several cartel investigations and unilateral conduct matters, as well as in complex merger control cases.
The firm routinely advises on compliance issues. The firm has represented clients in many anticorruption and administrative improbity investigations. In addition to conducting compliance checks, due diligences and evaluations, lawyers of the firm also periodically minister compliance training.
Infrastructure (Telecoms, Energy, etc.); Regulatory:
The firm has a very strong regulatory practice, with in-depth knowledge of administrative law and related matters. It advises on all aspects (transactional, contractual, regulatory and project implementation) of regulated industries, including telecommunications, electric energy, oil and gas, transportation (air, maritime, highway, railway), ports, airports, mining, water, insurance, means of payment. In relation to infrastructure and, especially, telecommunications, the firm has been involved in almost every relevant project in Brazil and has contributed to proposed rule-makings for the regulation of telecom services. With regards to electric energy, the firm has participated in a wide number of transactions and has been involved in almost every relevant sector’s issue.
Media & Technology:
The firm offers comprehensive legal services in the areas of Internet, media and technology, providing detailed legal support in all aspects of the so-called digital economy, such as IoT, marketplaces, social medias and data protection, among others. The firm has extensive experience in the area and has been involved in the most relevant media projects in Brazil, including assisting with the offer of audiovisual content by traditional and disruptive platforms.
The firm assists Brazilian and foreign clients in international trade and customs matters, in Brazil and abroad, including antidumping, subsidies and countervailing measures, safeguards and other proceedings conducted by local and foreign authorities.
The firm’s labour practice group provides solutions for all types of labour issues, giving tailored advice in acquisitions, restructurings and other transactions, global mobility, collective bargaining issues, profit sharing agreements and strategic labour planning. The labour group is used to handle complex labour litigation.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has excellent litigation and arbitration capabilities, representing clients in all types of civil, commercial, labour, regulatory and tax litigation (administrative and judicial) and arbitration. The firm also handles restructuring and insolvency matters, assisting clients in debt restructurings and judicial and extrajudicial reorganisations.
The firm advises on all aspects of tax legislation, offering a wide range of services in the tax area, both consulting and litigation, including tax planning, structuring of corporate transactions, local and cross-border taxation, transfer pricing, tax audits monitoring, and individual tax planning and succession.