Brazilian investment company Banking and Trading Group, the new vehicle for former founder of Banco Pactual André Esteves, has retained Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados for one its first deals since being set up in December.
BTG acquired 94 Via Brasil fuel stations from the Vibrapar Group for US$86 million. The deal closed on 19 December.
Machado, Meyer partners Carlos José Rolim de Mello and Carlos Motta led the team advising BTG.  Carlos Mello says the deal required a lot of co-ordination to successfully complete the sale of almost 100 separate businesses, purchased by BTG using a mix of cash and assumption of debt.  He says it was an important transaction for BTG, being the second largest deal undertaken by André Esteves in his new capacity.  BTG are also in the process of acquiring the Brazilian operations of Lehman Brothers.
In December BTG secured a reputable player in Brazil's legal business community as in-house counsel - Jonathan Bisgaier, who left his position as head of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in São Paulo.
Counsel to Banking and Trading Group
·          Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Partners Carlos José Rolim de Mello and Carlos Motta with associates Felipe Monteiro de Albuquerque and Cristina Caiuby Salles
Counsel to Vibrapar
·          In-house - Bruno Tupinambá
·          Independent practitioner - Sérgio Reis
(Latinlawyer, 06.01.2009)