Wednesday, 11th April 2012 by Rachel Hall

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Pinheiro Neto Advogados have helped Japan’s Mitsubishi and the Austrian arm of Germany′s Tchibo purchase stakes in Brazil’s Ipanema Coffees, one of the world’s biggest coffee producers.

Machado Meyer advised Mitsubishi in its acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in the coffee company, while Pinheiro Neto helped Tchibo, which already produces and distributes coffee in several countries, snap up a 16.5 per cent stake. Ipanema Coffees turned to Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão for the deal, which is of undisclosed value and closed on 28 March after the agreement was signed in November last year. Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados, Von Adamek, Mordjikian, Kajima e Dal Secco Advogados and Nunes Pereira Advogados provided counsel to the selling shareholders: ML Participações, a local company owned by the family which founded Ipanema Coffees, Brazilian investment fund Paraguaçu Participações and Norwegian coffee roaster Friele.

The buyers made a direct capital contribution by subscribing to a capital increase in Ipanema Coffees and by acquiring a portion of the sellers’ shares in Ipanema Coffees. BM&A partner Henrique Beloch says that this represented one of the transaction’s more complicated aspects, alongside the fact that “it involved multiple parties and shareholders, from four jurisdictions and two different antitrust approvals.”

Counsel to Mitsubishi

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Partners Silvia Rajsfeld Fiszman and José Samurai Saiani, and associate Clarissa Figueiredo Freitas

Counsel to Tchibo

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Partners Marcelo Viveiros de Moura and Leonardo Rocha e Silva and associate Decio Pio Borges de Castro

Counsel to Ipanema Coffees

Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão

Partner Henrique Vargas Beloch, and associates Adriano Carneiro and José Carlos da Matta Berardo

Counsel to ML Participações, Paraguaçu Participações and Friele

Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados

Partner Patricia Barcellos Madeira

Von Adamek, Mordjikian, Kajima e Dal Secco Advogados

Partner Marcelo von Adamek

França e Nunes Pereira Advogados

Partner Rafael Novaes França

(Latin Lawyer 11.04.2012)

(Notícia na Íntegra)