TozziniFreire Advogados

São Paulo - SP Office

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Main Contacts: Fernando Eduardo Serec, Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade, Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva, Marcelo Calliari, Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri, Patrícia Helena Marta Martins and Shin Jae Kim
Number of partners worldwide: 84
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 422

Firm Overview:
Established in 1976, TozziniFreire Advogados is a premier, full-service law firm ranking as one of the leading firms in Latin America.

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 in 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 Crime:
The 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.

With the experience to assist clients through each step of the production chain, including detailed knowledge of raw-material markets, agricultural equipment factories, banking, transportation, logistics, distribution companies, consumer markets and foreign trade, the diversified background of the firm’s agribusiness professionals allows TozziniFreire to present effective legal solutions tailored to the particular needs of our clients.

Crisis Management:
The crisis management practice has a multidisciplinary team that is highly qualified to assist clients from the most diverse sectors in complex crises generated by catastrophic and environmental events, investigations by public authorities, cyberattacks, economic issues, litigation or bankruptcy incidents, among others. Additionally, TozziniFreire has a physical structure available to serve as the basis of a crisis committee for clients, which promotes an environment for prompt response and support in making strategic decisions, helping in the division between those responsible for the crisis and business continuity.

Energy & Natural Resources:
TozziniFreire has been involved in several natural resources projects, including those related to non-renewable 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:
The 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 team is uniquely positioned to represent clients throughout Brazil in litigation and arbitration matters. It is frequently involved in Brazil’s most significant cases and its members also serve as arbitrators and legal experts. TozziniFreire is also routinely engaged to assist 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 the firm 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. It has 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).

Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish.

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.