Lobo de Rizzo no Chambers Latin America 2018
Mais uma vez conquistamos importantes colocações e destaques na mais conceituada publicação do mercado jurídico, o Chambers Latin America. A publicação da editora britânica Chambers & Partners realiza anualmente uma extensa pesquisa das principais áreas do Direito, elaborando e divulgando um excelente material com dados e informações relevantes do mercado brasileiro.
Tivemos 11 integrantes citados e 8 áreas indicadas. A edição 2018 foi divulgada hoje e o resultado compilado está abaixo:
Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
Dispute Resolution: Litigation
Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli (Band 5)
Sérgio Varella Bruna (Band 2)
Valdo Cestari de Rizzo (Band 2)
In Hee Cho (Band 5)
José Orlando Lobo (Eminent Practitioner)
Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra (Band 3)
Luis Fernando Guerrero (Up and Coming)
Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro (Senior Statesmen)
Energy & Natural Resources
Renata Soares Piazzon (Star Associate)
Boriska Ferreira Rocha* (Band 4)
Labour & Employment
Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli (Band 4)
Eduardo Martinelli Carvalho (Band 4)
Alexandre Siciliano Borges (Band 3)
O que dizem sobre nós
What the team is known for Noted competition practice particularly active representing clients in merger control matters and anti-competitive conduct investigations. Also assists a variety of clients with the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements.
Strengths Clients say: “The lawyers deliver their legal opinions in a very clear and direct manner,” adding: “They are always available.”
Work highlights Assisted Leão Alimentos e Bebidas with its 100% acquisition of shares in Laticínios Verde Campo, a Brazilian company that manufactures and sells dairy products.
Significant clients Stora Enso, thyssenkrupp, Odebrecht Defesa e Tecnologia, RBS Group.
Head of department Sérgio Varella Bruna is commended by market sources for his “impressive credentials and deep knowledge of competition matters.” He also offers notable expertise in regulatory law and compliance.
Corporate and M&A
What the team is known for Widely respected team actively advising local and international companies from the food and beverage, chemical and energy and natural resources industries on the full gamut of corporate law. Notable expertise handling sophisticated cross-border private equity and non-private equity M&A transactions. Team is also adept at advising on the purchase and disposal of minority equity stakes, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.
Strengths Interviewees remark: “The firm has a very strong corporate and M&A department and its lawyers are highly committed to securing the best possible deal for their clients.”
Work highlights Advised Burger King on the BRL457 million sale of 31% of its master franchisee in Brazil to a private equity fund owned by US Investor Capital.
Significant clients Grupo RBS, Coca-Cola, Braskem, thyssenkrupp, Kroton.
Eminent practitioner José Orlando Lobo receives ample recognition from interviewees for his long-standing experience in corporate law. Clients say: “He is a brilliant lawyer, one of the best corporate lawyers in Brazil and yet he remains an accessible and humble person.” Peers add: “He is a spectacular lawyer who has incredible legal knowledge and always approaches cases in a practical manner.”
Senior partner Valdo Cestari de Rizzo has a wealth of experience handling the full range of corporate and M&A issues on behalf of major domestic and foreign companies with particular strength in deals related to the infrastructure sector. Clients laud him as “one of the best corporate and M&A lawyers in Brazil with exceptional legal knowledge and superior negotiation skills,” adding: “Having him on our side of the negotiation table really makes the difference.”
According to sources Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra is “a very experienced M&A practitioner who has great negotiation skills and provides excellent client service.” He focuses on commercial contracts, joint ventures and domestic and cross-border M&A, including private equity mandates, related to the petrochemical, construction and education sectors.
Partner In Hee Cho frequently assists clients from the pharmaceutical, chemical and mining sectors with a broad range of corporate issues. She has particular strength advising foreign investors, including private equity funds on inbound investments. Interviewees describe her as “an excellent and trustworthy corporate lawyer.”
Dispute Resolution: Litigation
What the team is known for Established practice regularly called upon for its experience in contentious matters related to corporate, IP and real estate law. Well equipped to handle domestic and cross-border arbitration proceedings for key companies from the energy, mining and telecommunication sectors. Also noted for its strength in preventative litigation consultancy.
Strengths Clients report: “The team performs very good work, meets the agreed deadlines and has well-qualified professionals who are knowledgeable of arbitration and litigation issues.”
Work highlights Represented Ernst & Young in a cross-border dispute in which LAEP Holdings and its Brazilian subsidiaries requested the passing of accounts in connection with LAEP’s provisional liquidation.
Significant clients KPMG, Kroton, ABAL – Associação Brasileira do Alumínio, Geopark Brasil, Dia Brasil.
Up-and-coming partner Luis Fernando Guerrero has over 15 years of experience in corporate disputes related to commercial contracts and product liability issues. Market sources describe him as “a great strategist who fully dedicates himself to cases,” and is “extremely active in both arbitrations and judicial litigation mandates.” They add: “He is highly knowledgeable of civil procedural law.”
What the team is known for Compact department experienced in handling greenfield projects, licensing matters and compliance. Also active in assessing potential risks relating to the development of infrastructure projects and land acquisitions. Client roster is made up of companies from the automotive, agribusiness and petrochemical industries.
Strengths Clients appreciate the team’s service, noting their “availability and promptness.”
Work highlights Counsel to SulAmérica regarding the implementation of its environmental policy in accordance with Brazil’s national waste policy.
Significant clients Mercedes-Benz, Banco Original, BTG Pactual, Renova, Dia Brasil Sociedade.
Clients and peers alike hold Renata Soares Piazzon in high esteem and define her as “a rising star.” One client reports: “She is prompt, clear and assertive and has demonstrated great knowledge of socio-environmental issues.” She regularly advises companies on the potential environmental risks resulting from the structuring and development of infrastructure projects.
What the team is known for Established track record assisting both lenders and borrowers with the financing of infrastructure projects. Client portfolio includes major financial institutions and multilateral organisations. XP Investimentos, Banco ABC Brasil and Atlantic Energias Renováveis are new client wins.
Strengths A client observes: “I enjoy working with the team’s lawyers as they are very knowledgeable and detail-oriented and are always available to assist us swiftly.”
Work highlights Advised the Inter-American Development Bank as senior lender on the BRL165 million first issuance of subordinated debentures by Concessionária da Linha 4 do Metrô de São Paulo.
Significant clients Banco BTG Pactual, Banco Votorantim, Itaú Unibanco, Banco Pine, AB Concessões.
Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli advises major financial institutions and multilateral development agencies on project finance deals involving debt securities. Clients enthuse: “He worked in an extremely efficient and thorough manner on a debt restructuring deal related to project finance.” They add: “He is a detail-oriented lawyer who never lets us down.”
What the team is known for Compact practice with proven corporate capabilities assisting domestic and foreign clients with real estate interests in Brazil. Well-regarded track record handling acquisitions, licensing issues, the structuring of commercial and industrial developments and built-to-suit agreements. Additionally, active in environmental and tax issues related to this sector.
Rodrigo Delboni Teixeira is the key client contact.
What the team is known for Established practice recognised for its experience advising clients from the automotive, consumer goods and food sectors on the efficient tax structuring of corporate transactions, transfer pricing and international tax law. Additionally noted for its strength in matters related to local value-added taxes.
Strengths Clients are particularly impressed with the team’s responsiveness: “We are very satisfied with their ability to handle a huge volume of complex matters whilst always providing quick and accurate answers as well as a high standard of client service. It is the most complete law firm we have ever worked with on Brazilian tax matters.”
Work highlights Advised Ultrapar and Ipiranga on the tax aspects of establishing a joint venture for the manufacturing of lubricants with Chevron.
Significant clients Nestlé, Whirlpool, GM, Goodyear, Burger King.
Partner Alexandre Siciliano Borges offers major automotive and cosmetics companies notable experience in international taxation and transfer pricing issues. Clients say: “He is an extremely competent and dedicated lawyer who is always available and gets back to us swiftly. He has a knack for translating complex legal terminology into business-friendly language which we can understand.”
Up-and-coming partner Eduardo Martinelli Carvalho has consolidated experience assisting clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. He is also noted for his significant knowledge of tax incentives and the fiscal impacts of corporate restructurings. Clients endorse him as “an objective and timely lawyer who remains up-to-date with the latest tax laws.”
Fabrizio de Oliveira Sasdelli is frequently sought out by investment and development banks for his experience advising on project bonds. One client says: “He is very available and committed to our needs.”
Band 5 / Capital Markets
Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro of Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is respected by market commentators for her established practice in the hydrocarbons sector. Peers also note her strong academic profile and impressive intellectual capabilities.
Senior Statesmen / Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas
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