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For more than three decades, we have advised on in-bound and out-bound capital markets, M&A and finance work in Brazil. In 2013, we proudly celebrated the 15th anniversary of being the first international law firm to open an office in São Paulo and we look forward to serving the Brazilian market for decades to come.

Our lawyers in São Paulo, New York, Washington, D.C. and across the globe work closely with Brazilian clients, as well as internationally.

Having advised on a wide array of transactions over many years, we have built important relationships, a thorough understanding of the Brazilian market, and have established ourselves as one of the leading international law firms in the country.

We are the only locally-based counsel to be rated Tier One in Brazil by Chambers Latin America in all three transactional categories: Corporate/M&A: International; Capital Markets: International; and Banking & Finance: International. These top rankings recognize our involvement in many significant transactions over many years.

For example, we advised or are advising:

  • Banco Bradesco on its historic US$5.2 billion acquisition of HSBC assets in Brazil
  • The sponsors, shareholders and project company with respect to the development, structuring, construction and financing of 188MW San Juan wind farm in northern Chile, which will be the largest wind farm in Chile
  • The underwriters, on Itaú Unibanco's US$1.05 billion three-year bond issuance, the first by a Brazilian bank in 2015 and the first US dollar-denominated issuance by a Brazilian issuer since November 2014
  • BB Seguridade on its US$5.7 billion offering – the largest IPO in the world in 2013
  • IFC as lender on a US$400 million A/B/Parallel loan facility extended to Brazilian bank Itaú Unibanco for financing a variety of projects relating to renewable energy, water capture and treatment, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction (this facility being the largest of its kind raised by a Latin American bank to finance these types of projects)
  • Santander Brasil and Santander Spain with respect to their US$300 million loan to the State of São Paulo to fund its road building program, which loan was guaranteed by the Brazilian Federal Government, and in an innovative structure, also the World Bank's MIGA
  • Sumitomo in connection with the financing of the BTG Pactual's US$758 million acquisition of Globenet's undersea telecom cable system from Oi
  • Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd. on its $12 billion JV with Cosan to form Raízen – one of the five largest companies in Brazil
  • on the complex airline merger of LAN in Chile and TAM in Brazil that in 2013 created LATAM Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world
  • for the Inter-American Development Bank and Japan Bank of International Cooperation in connection with a US$940 million loan for the Rodoanel Oeste upgrade project – one of the largest infrastructure projects Brazil has ever undertaken 

Our team of nearly 300 lawyers in São Paulo, New York and Washington, D.C. – as well as the thousands of lawyers across the Clifford Chance global network – have established us as a go to firm for legal work flowing into and out of Brazil.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • We worked on the complex airline merger of LAN in Chile and TAM in Brazil that in 2013 created LATAM Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world
  • We advised BB Seguridade on a US$4.25 billion IPO – Latin America’s largest in four years and one of the largest IPOs in the world in 2013
  • We advised Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd. on its $12 billion JV with Cosan to form Raízen – one of the five largest companies in Brazil.

Directory listings and client comments

  • Clifford Chance is the only International firm to be ranked in Tier One for Brazil in all three transactional categories: Banking & Finance; Capital Markets; and Corporate. Clifford Chance is also ranked Tier One Latin America-wide for Projects.
    Chambers: Latin America, 2014

Practice Areas

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance – Locally Based International Counsel: Brazil
  • Tier One in Capital Markets – Locally Based International Counsel: Brazil
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A – Locally Based International Counsel: Brazil
  • Tier One in Projects: Latin America-wide
  • Tier Two in Banking & Finance: Latin America-wide
  • Tier Two in Capital Markets: Latin America-wide

Partners

  • Tier One: Anthony Oldfield; Brazil – Corporate M&A, Locally Based International Counsel
  • Tier Two: Chris McIsaac; Latin America Wide – Projects
    Legal 500: Latin America - 2014

Practice Areas

  • Tier One in Projects: Latin America-wide
  • Tier Two in Corporate/M&A: Latin America-wide
  • Tier Two in Banking & Finance: Latin America Wide 

Client comments

  • "Clifford Chance is our go-to firm for all major transactional work in Latin America and elsewhere. The lawyers we work with are very knowledgeable and creative. More so than other firms, it is extremely responsive and commercial and it represents good value."
    Legal 500: Latin America, 2014
  • "The lawyers have a lot of experience and it shows; they remain calm, no matter what. We had some serious problems as first-time issuers but they were solution-oriented. The entire team is very dedicated."
    Chambers: Latin America, 2014
  • "The firm's strengths are regulatory knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness and willingness to take ownership of the deal."
    Chambers: Latin America, 2014
  • "This firm is right at the top of the projects tree. The team closes deals successfully and in accordance with the agreed timetable..."
    Chambers: Latin America, 2014

Por mais de três décadas, temos prestado assessoria no Brasil em operações de mercado de capitais, fusões e aquisições e financiamento. Foi com orgulho que em 2013 celebramos nosso 15º aniversário como o primeiro escritório de advocacia internacional a abrir em São Paulo e estamos ansiosos para continuar a atender o mercado brasileiro nas próximas décadas.

O PIB do Brasil já ultrapassou o do Reino Unido 

Nossos advogados em São Paulo, Nova York, Washington, D.C. e em todo o mundo trabalham em estreita colaboração com clientes brasileiros e empresas internacionais que procuram expandir a sua presença no Brasil – agora, a sexta maior economia do mundo, com base no PIB.

Tendo prestado assessoria em uma ampla gama de transações ao longo de muitos anos, desenvolvemos importantes relacionamentos, uma profunda compreensão do mercado brasileiro e nos estabelecemos como um dos principais escritórios internacionais de advocacia do país.

Somos os únicos consultores legais estabelecidos no Brasil avaliados pela Chambers Latin America como Band 1 em todas as três categorias transacionais: Empresarial/Fusões e Aquisições: Internacional; Mercado de Capitais: Internacional; e Direito Bancário e Financiamento: Internacional. Estas avaliações na mais alta categoria reconhecem o nosso envolvimento em diversas importantes operações ao longo dos anos, por exemplo:

  • Em 2013, assessoramos o BB Seguridade no maior IPO da América Latina num período de quatro anos.
  • Assessoramos Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd. em sua joint venture com a Cosan no valor de US$12 bilhões para formar a Raízen - uma das cinco maiores empresas do Brasil.
  • Atuamos na complexa fusão das companhia aéreas LAN no Chile e TAM no Brasil, que criou em 2013 a LATAM Airlines, uma das maiores operadoras do mundo.
  • Assessoramos a Vale na aquisição dos ativos de minério de ferro da Simandou na Guiné no valor de US$2,5 bilhões, da BSG Resources.
  • Assessoramos a Braskem S.A., uma das maiores produtoras de resinas termoplásticas do mundo, na compra do negócio de polipropileno da Sunoco.
  • Assessoramos a Vivendi na aquisição de participação majoritária na GVT, operadora de telecomunicações líder brasileira, e no subsequente lançamento de uma oferta pública obrigatória para a totalidade do capital social da GVT.
  • Assessoramos na obra do Rodoanel Oeste, parte dos 180 km do projeto do anel viário metropolitano de São Paulo - um dos maiores projetos de infraestrutura que o Brasil já executou.
  • Assessoramos a Petropar S.A. em sua oferta para adquirir a divisão de higiene da Fiberweb, uma empresa britânica listada na Bolsa.
  • Em um período de 28 dias em 2012, assessoramos 12 clientes em oito ofertas de dívida no valor de quase US$4 bilhões.  Em uma destas operações o Clifford Chance representou o Banco do Brasil em sua emissão de US$1 bilhão em títulos que se destaca por ser uma das primeiras ofertas de banco em todo o mundo a contemplar as diretrizes do acordo de Basileia III.

Nossa equipe de cerca de 300 advogados em São Paulo, Nova York e Washington, D.C. – assim como nossos milhares de advogados em toda a rede global do Clifford Chance – confirmam nossa posição como o ponto de referência quando o assunto é assessoria jurídica para dentro e para fora do Brasil.