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Managing partner: Victor Galante
Number of partners: 41
Number of lawyers: Approximately 148 lawyers
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Tauil & Chequer Advogados is a full-service law firm, offering clients in-depth local knowledge combined with global reach. The firm has more than 140 lawyers in Brazil, representing local and international businesses in their domestic and cross-border activities. The firm offers clients the full range of legal services and has a particularly strong and long-standing presence in the energy, oil and gas and infrastructure industries.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust, Competition, Government & Global Trade
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets & Securitisation
Anti-Corruption & Compliance
Corporate & M&A
Corporate Governance
Employment & Benefits
Intellectual Property
Litigation & Arbitration
Oil & Gas
Ports & Maritime
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Project Finance
Public Law & Regulatory
Real Estate
Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Anti-Corruption & Compliance:
The firm assists clients in ensuring compliance with the increasingly global framework of anticorruption statutes, attending to data privacy and privilege issues associated with cross-border investigations. The team has expertise to advise companies on the Brazilian Clean Companies Act (CCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act.

Antitrust, Competition, Government & Global Trade:
The firm assists clients in the implementation and revision of compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, third-party and pre-acquisition due diligence, administrative and judicial enforcement actions, interaction with public authorities, negotiation of leniency agreements and plea bargains and general queries about Brazilian and foreign anticorruption legislation.

Banking & Finance:
The firm advises banks and other financial institutions, companies and governments on domestic and international bank financing transactions across every industry, commercial, financial and governmental sector.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy:
The firm assists financial institutions, investors and companies with a combination of litigation strategy and transactional solutions, covering bankruptcy proceedings, debt restructuring/workouts and credit recovery. The firm focuses on enhancing value and avoiding or mitigating adverse effects for banks, funds, investors, purchasers, trustees, shareholders, management and troubled companies in any insolvency-related situation.

Capital Markets & Securitisation:
The firm acts on equity and debt offerings, tender offerings; private capital increases; structured offerings; renegotiation of debts; financing; corporate governance; representation on administrative procedures with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), B3 (Brazilian Stock Exchange) and the Brazilian Financial and Capital Markets Association (ANBIMA); securitisation; and the formation of funds in Brazil.

Corporate, M&A & Private Equity:
The firm handles domestic and cross-border M&As and private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring involving complex structures. Also, it helps companies and shareholders in corporate issues, including regulatory rules applicable to publicly held companies that are also regulated by Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) and B3 (Brazilian Stock Exchange).

Employment & Benefits:
The firm assists companies with employment-related litigation and guides them on the correct application of labour and employment legislation as well as on individual and collective labour rights in negotiations with employee unions.

Energy – Oil & Gas:
The firm has been advising clients in the oil and gas industry for decades and has developed an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by the industry, from upstream to downstream. The firm advises national and international oil companies, oil field services companies, LNG project developers, petrochemical companies and refiners, transportation and marketing companies.

The firm provides a wide range of services to domestic and international companies, such as dispute resolution (including judicial and administrative litigation), compliance, consulting on environmental issues, negotiation with public entities and stakeholders, environmental permitting analysis of environmental studies, environmental audits and assessment of potential environmental risks and liabilities (civil, administrative and criminal).

The firm has one of the strongest combined domestic and cross-border infrastructure practices and is the adviser of choice for innovative projects in Brazil and Latin America. The firm has experience in projects involving ports, highways, railroads, power, oil, gas, pipelines, water, real estate and telecommunications.

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has a reputation for success in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration cases, and is familiar with arbitration in accordance with the rules of all major associations and traditional litigation in court. The firm emphasises a practical understanding of clients’ business problems to ensure that the services provided match the levels required in any particular case, achieving clients’ strategic and commercial objectives.

Real Estate:
The firm advises some of the largest players in the market in connection with real estate transactions, from raising funds and structuring direct or indirect investments for real estate purposes to implementing the envisaged real estate development. The firm has strong expertise in real estate finance (including domestic and foreign investments in property through special-purpose companies, real estate investment funds, securitisation of real estate receivables and other vehicles), M&A in the real estate market, and traditional core real estate transactions.

The tax area has a strong presence in M&A, capital markets and tax litigation and provides clients comprehensive tax consulting and tax planning advice, in addition to representation in administrative and legal proceedings. Besides, the firm is also highly recognised in the oil and gas industry and has significant expertise in areas such as telecommunications, infrastructure and consumer products.