Brazil is home to the BM&FBOVESPA SA – Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange, one of the largest exchanges in the world in terms of market value. In contrast to much of the financial world, the Brazilian banking system has emerged relatively unscathed from the international financial crisis, bolstering Brazilian financial stability and doing much to aid the buoyancy of the capital markets. Twenty-nine highly praised practitioners feature over the following pages, recommended for their domestic and international legal skill set.

Five names are included from Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados. Maria Cristina Cescon is an “exceptional lawyer” and complements her “first-rate know-how” with “an in-depth M&A expertise”. Marcos Rafael Flesch is a “world->André Mestriner Stocche goes “from strength to strength” and Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira is “very impressive indeed”.

A quartet is listed from Pinheiro Neto Advogados. Henrique Silva Gordo Lang is “absolutely great” and Alexandre Bertoldi is a “highly responsive, solid and trusted advisor” with “a wealth of industry know-how”. Daniela P Anversa Sampaio Doria is “fantastic” and receives reams of client praise and Ricardo Simões Russo is “an excellent, skilful lawyer”.

Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão has three partner inclusions. Contributors “would not hesitate to recommend” Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos. Paulo Cezar Aragão is a “talented and sharp practitioner” with a “highly commendable overall corporate expertise. Francisco Antunes Maciel Müssnich is repeatedly recommended and receives additional praise as “tremendously knowledgeable” for M&A.

Three names are included from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. José Roberto Opice is hailed by prominent sources as a “first choice for capital markets in Brazil”. Contributors highlight his “exceptional calibre” and reams of gleaming recommendations earn him a place as one of the most highly nominated practitioners in our research. Joining him on the list, Daniel de Miranda Facó is “terrific” and Carlos Jose Rolim de Mello is “top flight”.

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados has three listings in this chapter. Praised by clients, their “quality and commitment adds value to any deal”. Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is highlighted for his “deep knowledge of financial institutions, capital markets and contractual legislation” and “spot on deal timing”. Ivie Moura Alves is “wonderfully pragmatic” and “always knows how to get things done”. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães is “a brilliant legal resource”, as clients attest: “his thorough knowledge of local legislation, past deals in the Brazilian market and the internal approval processes of regulatory agencies is invaluable”.

Two names feature from Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados. Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr is a “top tier lawyer” and José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz is “outstanding for both capital markets and M&A”.

White & Case LLP’s Donald Baker is “an incredibly respected” and a “gold-standard” consultant to global conglomerates. At Shearman & Sterling LLP, Robert Ellison is “first >

Carlos Barbosa Mello at Lefosse Advogados, in cooperation with Linklaters is “utterly superb”. From Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP, Carlos Motta is a “leading light”.

At Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados - Associated with Baker & McKenzie International, Swiss Verein, Joaquim T Muniz is a “client favourite”, as one reveals: “his willingness to work with us and integrate himself fully into the team in a collegial manner, rather than as a remote third party expert, has allowed us to develop solutions to problems, as well as opportunities, that might otherwise not have been evident or possible.”

Aloysio Meirelles de Miranda from Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados is “a star” and Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra from TozziniFreire Advogados is “a very strong, commercially focused practitioner”. At Vieira Rezende Barbosa e Guerreiro, Jose Luis Camargo Jr’s “fantastic work consistently surpasses expectations” in the words of one client, who continues by saying “he is a key tool to have for tricky business decisions, not least for his ability to utilise his excellent legal knowledge to produce the successful commercial strategy that we need”.

(www.whoswholegal.com | November 2010)

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