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Stocche Forbes Advogados

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Number of partners: 29 Number of other lawyers: 175

Firm Overview:
Stocche Forbes is a full service firm formed by attorneys with extensive experience advising Brazilian and foreign entities doing business in all economic sectors in Brazil. The firm’s teams are equipped to handle the most complex and sophisticated legal issues impacting their clients’ activities.

Stocche Forbes is structured to ensure the rendering of its services with intensive partner involvement, and with teams which offer the ideal combination of attorneys and expertise for each specific matter.

Stocche Forbes strives to form long term strategic relationships with its clients, forged on the trust that the firm will provide services at the highest standards of efficiency, responsiveness, quality and ethics, proactively seeking to identify and understand the issues that are relevant to the clients’ business, and offering creative and practical solutions.

Main Areas of Practice:

The firm’s antitrust team works together with its M&A team in the assessment of submission requirements and in the drafting and negotiation of agreements, including agreements in light of gun jumping rules. The firm also acts in all types of investigations and other administrative proceedings conducted by antitrust authorities, as well as in the structuring and negotiation of leniency agreements.

Banking & Finance:
The firm advises local or foreign financial institutions, credit agencies and borrowers in all forms of domestic or cross-border financing transactions, corporate loans, structured deals, trade finance, export pre-payments among others. It also assists financial institutions in all sorts of regulatory matters.

Capital Markets:
The firm advises issuers and underwriters in equity offerings (including IPOs, and Depositary Receipts), debt offerings and other issuances of securities. Its practice covers domestic and cross-border transactions including issuances under Rule 144A and Regulation S of the SEC. The firm’s practice also includes fund formation and securitisation transactions.

Debt Restructuring/Bankruptcy:
The firm’s banking and bankruptcy teams have extensive experience in advising borrowers and lenders in complex debt restructurings, involving domestic as well as cross-border debt and assets. They also represent creditors in all types of insolvency proceedings in the implementation of work-out alternatives, including good company/bad company structures.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm has expert teams in all forms of dispute resolution and prevention, representing clients in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings, and covering commercial, corporate, competition, banking, contractual, liability, environmental and regulatory aspects (such as aviation, telecoms and power).

The firm’s environmental team provides legal advice and risk assessment of environmental issues, as well as representation in administrative or judicial proceedings related to environmental matters. The firm’s environmental team also provides advice on state-of-theart legal issues related to the design and development of environmental markets, climate change opportunities and sustainable finance solutions.

Infrastructure & Project Finance:
The firm has a team dedicated to the structuring, development and financing of infrastructure, industrial and real estate projects. Its team has participated in project finance transactions involving structured financing, domestic transactions based on BNDES onlending or guarantees, financings by other Brazilian agencies such as Fundo da Marinha Mercante, as well as local and foreign capital market deals (including project bonds), and funding through multilaterals, export credit agencies and other international lenders. The team also advise on project development, corporate structuring such as joint ventures, as well as the drafting and negotiation of underlying agreements such as EPCs, offtake agreements, supply agreements and other contractual arrangements required for large projects.

The firm’s labour department is equipped to act in labour and social security litigation prevention, structure variable compensation and short/long-term incentive plans, as well as to assist in hiring/dismissing executives and key employees. It also conducts collective negotiations with labour unions, provides advice in Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office investigations and acts in collective and individual strategic litigation.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm’s corporate team has extensive experience including complex transactions involving the formation of joint-ventures and corporate reorganisations. The group offers the expertise and capabilities acquired in some of the most important, challenging, innovative and complex transactions undertaken in recent years in Brazil. Its practice involves domestic as well as cross-border transactions, and covers all economic sectors and types of corporate entities, including publicly traded companies.

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate team handles all types of transactions and matters involving real estate law, including real estate development and the condominiums formation, typical and non-typical leases, built-to-suit and sale-lease-back projects, all types of collateral over real estate properties, surface rights and other related matters.

The firm’s tax team provides legal advice on all tax issues affecting businesses transactions in Brazil, at Federal and local levels. The team also covers international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and tax litigation.

White Collar Crime Defense & Corporate Investigations:
The firm’s white collar crime defense team is capable of assisting clients of a wide variety of sectors/industries in a diverse range of situations that may result in criminal issues, well-equipped to handle complex demands in advisory and litigation capacities. Over the past years, the performance in criminal investigations related to crimes against capital market has been a strong differential. The team also works with internal corporate investigations, assisting major companies not only in cases involving corruption, frauds and day-to-day affairs, but mainly in strategic matters.