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Senior Partners: Paulo Rogério Brandão Couto, Walter Wigderowitz Neto, Carlos Alexandre Guimarães Pessoa, Eduardo Augusto Penteado, Nalu Yunes Marones de Gusmão
Number of other lawyers: 58

Firm Overview:
Brandão Couto, Wigderowitz & Pessoa Advogados (BCW) was established in 2007 as a spin off from one of the largest and most traditional law firms in Brazil. BCW endeavours to provide exclusive and tailor-made legal services in order to achieve the best results for clients’ particular needs in civil, commercial and administrative law. The firm represents clients in court litigation, arbitration and corporate matters and relies on a staff of highly experienced professionals. Besides its main offices, BCW has a network of correspondents all over the country, which allows the firm to serve its clients broadly in Brazil.

Main Areas of Practice:

BCW is well known for its litigation practice, representing clients in the entire country before all levels of Federal and State Courts and State Entities, such as regulatory agencies. The firm has large experience in complex litigation, including class actions and corporate disputes and has also developed extensive and recognised experience for managing a large number of lawsuits.

The firm represents clients as lead or co-counsel in domestic and international ADR proceedings, related to corporate, post M&A disputes, general commercial and contractual issues, among others.

Corporate/ M&A:
The firm advises local and foreign clients on several aspects of corporate activities, including formation of the different types of legal entities, corporate structure, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisation, formation of joint ventures and full advisory on matters relating to shareholders rights and corporate governance.

Product Liability:
BCW has in depth knowledge of product liability litigation, including cross-border implications. The product liability team has substantial experience in cases related to medical issues. For that matter, BCW has developed a broad network of medical doctors to be called upon as experts in several fields of medicine (for example: oncologists, pneumologists, cardiologists, clinicians, epidemiologists etc.).

Real Estate:
BCW provides advice to individuals or corporate entities in real estate deals in general: purchase, sale and lease agreements, real estate developments and construction agreements.

Electric Energy:
BCW provides judicial assistance with electric energy matters, and is well known for its litigation and arbitration proceedings related to EPC, equipment supply, power purchase and sale agreements, agreements for connection and use of power transmission and distribution systems, and other agreements related to the sector. The firm also provides legal assistance for the preparation and submission of bids in public concessions bidding process as well in obtaining the appropriate licenses. BCW’s services also involve the support, drafting and negotiation of contracts related to the electricity sector. The firm operates in the following areas: generation, transmission and distribution.

International Work:
BCW assists and represents several international clients and their Brazilian subsidiaries, including full assistance to the incorporation, development and structuring of their foreign investment in Brazil.

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Abengoa Construção Brasil Ltda., Athos Finance S.A., Ball Corporation, Banco BBM S.A., Banco Bradesco S.A., Banco Citicard S.A., Beaumont & Son, Bolognesi Energia S.A., CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro S.A., Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN, Citibank S.A., Docas Investimentos S.A., Elavon do Brasil Soluções de Pagamentos S.A., Elecnor do Brasil Ltda., Ericsson Telecomunicações S.A., Grupo Libra, Grupo Stratus, HT-Hidrotérmica S.A., Interligação Elétrica do Madeira S.A., Isolux Projetos e Instalações Ltda., Manaus Transmissora de Energia S.A., MDL Realty S.A., Merck S.A., Mercuria Energy Trading S.A., Mondelez Brasil Ltda. (Kraft Foods), Multiner S.A., NC Energia S.A., Neoenergia S.A., Norte Brasil Transmissora de Energia S.A., Plascar Indústria de Componentes Plásticos Ltda., Redecard S.A., Rio de Janeiro Refrescos Ltda., Shell (Raízen Combustíveis S.A.), Siemens Ltda., Skanska Brasil Ltda., Sociedade Brasileira de Dermatologia (SBD), Souza Cruz S.A., State Grid Brazil Holding S.A., Stone Pagamentos, União de Lojas Leader S.A. e Whirlpool S.A.