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TozziniFreire Advogados

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Managing Partners: Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso, Fernando Eduardo Serec, Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva, Marcelo Calliari, Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri, Pedro Seraphim, Shin Jae Kim
Number of partners:
Number of lawyers: 455
Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Since 1976, TozziniFreire has distinguished itself as a premier, full-service law firm by consistently providing legal services to domestic and international companies in a wide variety of business sectors. Along these years, the firm has played a major role in many of the most significant transactions in the Brazilian market, contributing to the growth of the local economy and becoming one of the largest and most prestigious firms in Latin America. With fully-owned offices in several cities in Brazil, TozziniFreire is able to guarantee all clients the same outstanding services and one-firm resource. All of its lawyers have excellent academic background: many are postgraduates of international institutions, several are professors at the country’s most renowned universities and/or formerly occupied senior management positions in the public sector. Therefore, clients can always count on highly experienced attorneys, who are up to date and in constant development. 

Practice Areas:
■ Corporate Transactions
■ Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Antitrust
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Capital Markets
■ Banking & Finance
■ Litigation
■ White-Collar Crimes
■ Arbitration
■ Asset Planning
■ Corporate Compliance & Investigation
■ Consumer Affairs
■ Corporate Social Investment
■ International & Local Contracts
■ International Trade
■ Investment Funds
■ Corporate Finance
■ Private Equity & Venture Capital
■ Project Finance
■ Tax
■ Intellectual Property
■ Real Estate
■ Environmental Law
■ Labour
■ Immigration
■ Administrative Law
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Technology & Innovation
■ Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
■ Mediation

Main Areas of Practice:  

M&A, Corporate & Foreign Investment:
TozziniFreire is a leader in Brazil’s M&A market and is actively involved in structuring high-profile transactions and executing all types of deals. TozziniFreire assists foreign investors in structuring and implementing multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional business transactions, advising on investment alternatives, corporate structures and on greenfield and brownfield projects.

Competition & Antitrust:
The firm provides assistance regarding merger reviews and anticompetitive conduct cases, including cartels and leniency matters, abuse of dominance and vertical restraints, with experienced professionals in corporate investigations and negotiations with the authorities.

Corporate Compliance & Investigation:
One of the first of its kind in Brazil, the practice has an eye on global trends and in-depth knowledge of corporate standards and practices for managing compliance and ethics issues. Its professionals are skilled in assessing corporate risks, conducting corporate investigations, developing and implementing specific programs based on the nature of the business and the risks identified.

White-Collar Crimes:
TozziniFreire’s white-collar practice group is composed of professionals with technical knowledge, combativeness and extensive experience in representing clients through all phases of corporate and government investigations, taking advantage of the firm’s full service capability.

Energy & Natural Resources:
TozziniFreire has been involved in several natural resources projects, including those related to nonrenewable fuels and renewable energy. The firm is a pioneer in Brazil in climate change and carbon finance matters, and has been extremely active in the Brazilian ethanol and biodiesel sectors.

Real Estate:
TozziniFreire multidisciplinary practice provides advice on development and execution of large and structured real estate projects, as well as on several legal structures that make financial funding feasible for such projects. It has also been in the forefront of structuring agribusiness deals in Brazil.

Dispute Resolution – Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation:
The firm is uniquely positioned to represent clients throughout Brazil in litigation and arbitration matters. The team is frequently involved in Brazil’s most significant cases and its members also serve as arbitrators and legal experts. TozziniFreire is also routinely engaged in assisting clients in commercial mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The recognised expertise in litigation, contracts, capital markets and financial transactions makes TozziniFreire particularly well-qualified to negotiate, protect creditors and investors or acquirers interests, draft and review reorganisation plans in the course of corporate, business and debt restructuring processes.

The firm provides high-quality assistance on tax matters and tax planning structures, including cross-border transactions involving transfer pricing and international tax treaty issues. It also handles complex cases tried at both the administrative and judicial levels.

Banking & Finance:
The practice has a long history of representing local and international financial institutions and major companies, offering extensive knowledge in structuring all types of complex finance and derivatives transactions, strong expertise in setting up foreign banks in Brazil and Brazilian banks abroad, and in-depth expertise advising financial institutions on banking prudential regulation and compliance issues.

Capital Markets:
The team has assisted major clients in the most significant transactions and offers extensive experience in handling the placement of securities in domestic and international markets, proved expertise in structuring public offerings of agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate securities and investment funds, and advising on the rules of the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM).

International Work:
To help clients respond faster and more effectively to the increasing business opportunities, the firm pioneered the creation of foreign desks in Latin America. Starting with the Asian initiative (comprising of the China, Korea and Japan desks) and fast developing towards other markets (German desk and Latin America), these unique knowledge centres are staffed with professionals familiar with the culture, legal and business practices of each region, and who are charged with keeping up-to-date with bilateral trade relations developments between Brazil and those countries.

The firm has a diverse group of clients, providing comprehensive services to national and multinational corporations, and governmental entities.


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