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Vieira Rezende

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Number of partners worldwide: 22
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 52

Firm Overview:
Vieira Rezende is a leading player in landmark projects that have been redefining the Brazilian economy. Established in 1995 as a full-service law firm, our teams are frequently engaged in some of Brazil’s most important deals. The Firm has 22 partners and roughly 120 professionals throughout its offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília.Vieira Rezende has very strong Corporate, Oil & Gas, Tax and Finance Practices and has a vast experience in advising leading companies in Natural Resources, Energy and Infrastructure sectors.

Main Areas of Practice:

The firm has a multidisciplinary team highly skilled in all relevant areas for the agribusiness practice, including real estate, environmental, finance, contracts, tax and corporate, as well as sector-specific M&A. 

Banking & Finance/Capital Markets:
The firm covers a broad range of banking and financial activities, including international loan transactions, issuance of bonds, corporate and project finance, and leasing operations. The firm’s capital markets practice is very well developed and regularly advises on issuance and offering of commercial papers, credit notes, debentures and others.

Corporate/M&A/Private Equity:
This area represents the firm’s largest individual practice and is praised for its high-end capability. The firm’s advice encompasses discussion of the most suitable contract structure as well as negotiation of relevant agreements, on behalf of both buyers and sellers. Its experience includes a wide range of transactions, from small private acquisitions to sophisticated multijurisdiction deals involving publicly-traded companies in Brazil and abroad. The firm’s expertise in corporate restructuring, formation and incorporation of business entities, drafting and negotiation of joint venture and shareholders agreements is extremely solid, standing out as one of very few Brazilian firms with expertise in public tender offers, including hostile takeover approaches. Additionally, the firm is regarded as a major player in the private equity and venture capital market, advising investors, controlling shareholders and entrepreneurs.

Working in close cooperation with the oil and gas area and also in support of M&A and corporate projects with environmental aspects, this area is in charge of licensing relevant projects while also represents companies in environmental litigations.

The firm offers support across all sectors of economic infrastructure — power, roads, ports, railway, airports, subway, water and sewage — with cross-disciplinary teams customised for each project, including deals related to distressed assets.

The firm’s labour team works in close cooperation with all its practice areas, advising clients with regards to compliance with Brazilian labour laws and regulations, and collective bargaining before unions class.

Litigation & Arbitration:
The litigation team assists clients in a broad spectrum of disputes such as those involving insurance, real estate and construction, environmental, shipping and oil and gas, regulatory issues and electric energy. Due to its high-profile corporate and capital markets practice, the firm also developed a solid expertise related to administrative litigation before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission.

Oil & Gas:
With three highly specialised partners in the sector, the firm has superb expertise to advise clients in all aspects of the oil and gas industry in Brazil. Among Vieira Rezende’s main clients are oil companies, which participate directly in exploration and production activities in Brazil through biddings sponsored by the Brazilian Petroleum Agency — ANP — or through farm-in/farm-out operations; manufacturers of petroleum equipment and providers of petroleum services in general.

Real Estate:
The firm represents project developers, investors, financial institutions and property owners in connection with several structured transactions, including financing and foreclosure of guarantees.

This fast growing area advises Brazilian and foreign companies and financial institutions in the construction/ conversion, financing, charter and operation of vessels (drilling units, FPSOs, FSOs) related to offshore operations, as well as national and foreign shipyards. The firm’s shipping practice also acts on behalf of several insurers (P&I/ H&M).

Another core area of the firm since its inception, the tax team ranks amongst the most active and best regarded in the country. The firm advises domestic and international clients (industry, commerce and services) in connection with tax consulting, tax planning and litigation matters. A reference in oil and gas tax/customs matters, the tax practice is also specialised in social security issues and special customs regimes.

International Work:
Vieira Rezende has a solid base of foreign clients and local clients with activities abroad. Most of the firm’s partners and associates have studied abroad, being qualified in Europe and in the US, and many have worked at foreign firms.

The firm’s clientele includes Brazilian and foreign companies, financial institutions, trade associations, pension funds and multilateral agencies conducting business in a wide array of economic sectors.