BH +55 (31) 3116-1500
Brasília +55 (61) 3226-3035

Practice Areas

PUBLIC BIDDINGS AND CONCESSIONS

• Legal assistance to public service concessionaries;
• Advising to Public Administration entities in modeling of Public-Private Partnership projects, including the drafting of bid notices;
• Advising on public bidding and contracts for electric power generation and distribution, oil and natural gas exploration, telecommunications, Federal and State highway projects, industrial and urban projects;
• Preparation of claims in connection with bid process and contracts with public entities;
• Preparation of briefs and legal opinions on concessions for public works, privatization and Public- Private Partnership (“PPP”);
• Representation of clients in proceedings before the Federal and State Audit Courts.

ENVIRONMENTAL

• Legal assistance to clients in procedures for environmental licensing of mining projects before federal and state authorities and other entities;
• Representation of clients before state environmental licensing authorities;
• Consultancy in matters related to the implementation of national policies on Climate Change, Hydric Resources, Biological Diversity, Urban Solid Residues and Sanitation, as well as in environmental interfaces with Energy and Mining;
• Representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings related to environmental issues.

MINING

•Consultancy on matters related to Mining Law;
• Assistance to clients in the formation of legal entities for exploration, extraction and processing of mineral resources;
• Assistance to clients in the negotiation and drafting of agreements covering option, acquisition, assignment and transfer of mining rights, and lease of land and surface use.
• Representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings;
• Performance of due diligence in mining projects for verification of compliance with legal requirements;
• Briefs and opinions on mining laws and regulations.

PRO-BONO PRACTICE

• Legal assistance to organizations with charitable or cultural purposes.

COMMERCIAL LAW

• Drafting of civil and commercial contracts, such as purchase and sale of goods, distribution and agency agreements, franchise, technology transfer, pledge, distribution, commercial lease, power of attorney donation, rendering of services, loan for use agreement, among others;
• Legal assistance to clients in settlement of commercial disputes;
• Representation of clients in legal suits involving contractual disputes;
• Representation of clients in legal suits for collection of credit instruments.

COMPLIANCE

• Compliance analysis of internal practices and public procurement procedure, contract administration and risks involving the legal entities’ directors, officers and employees and the public officials of the contracting entities;
• Compliance analysis of internal practices and procurement procedure for private projects, contract administration and risks involving the legal entities’ directors, officers and employees, and compliance with the applicable legal requirements (particularly, labor, tax, environmental and regulatory aspects);
• Assistance in the development and implementation of specific programs for fraud prevention and avoidance of violation of laws and regulations applicable to the legal entities, with the creation of denunciation channels and training programs for directors, officers and employees.

ANTITRUST AND CONSUMER LAW

• Advising and consulting on antitrust law, as well as on consumer law, including preparation of briefs and legal opinions;
• Representation of clients in administrative proceedings involving unfair practices and concentration acts before “Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica – CADE” (the Brazilian Antitrust Authority).

ADMINISTRATIVE AND JUDICIAL LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION

• Assistance to clients to prevent and resolve disputes;
• Representation of clients in administrative and civil, tax and commercial legal proceedings;
• Representation of clients in arbitration proceedings in Brazil and abroad.
• Conduct and follow up of administrative and legal proceedings in all instances;
• Recognition and enforcement foreign court and arbitration awards.
• Assistance to clients in administrative proceedings before the Federal and State Courts of Auditors.

FAMILY LAW

• Conduction of judicial and extrajudicial divorce proceedings and extinction of steady union of unmarried couples.
• Drafting of wills.
• Mediation and orientation of parties on patrimonial aspects.
• Conduct of probate proceedings and orientation of heirs.

ELECTORAL LAW

• Legal consultancy for public opinion research entities in the electoral domain;
• Advice and consultancy on electoral law to political parties;
• Representation of clients in administrative and legal proceedings involving electoral matters.

FINANCIAL AND STOCK MARKET TRANSACTIONS

• Consultancy in the structuring of financing facilities in Brazil and abroad;
• Representation and consultancy for companies before the Central Bank of Brazil in connection with loan approval and registration, foreign investments, financial transfers, repatriation of capital and similar financial transactions;
• Legal assistance to companies in the procurement of financial facilities in domestic and international markets, including underwriting operations, commercial papers, placement of bonds and promissory notes;
• Advising on swap operations;
• Legal assistance to foreign investors for local market investments;
• Structuring of project finance transactions.

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

• Structuring of real estate projects, including drafting of the relevant agreements, and assistance in project registration with the competent agencies;
• Advising on transactions involving purchase, sale and lease of real estate.

INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE

• Drafting of civil and international commerce contracts, such as those for purchase and sale of goods, distribution and agency, franchise, technology transfer, pledge, leasing, sale and lease back, rendering of services, among others;
• Legal assistance to clients for settlement of commercial disputes;
• Representation of clients in legal suits involving contractual disputes;
• Representation of clients in legal suits for collection of local and/or international credit instruments.

IMMIGRATION

• Obtainment of residence visas and work permits for foreigners.

FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN BRAZIL

• Assistance to foreign clients in the formation of companies in Brazil;
• Investment registration with the Central Bank of Brazil;
• Advice on compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

FOREIGN BRAZILIAN INVESTMENT

• Assistance to Brazilian clients in the formation of foreign companies;
• Advice on compliance with legal and regulatory requirements internationally, with the support of local correspondents;
• Orientation on compliance with Central Bank of Brazil requirements.

EXPORT OF SERVICES

• Assistance to Brazilian companies in international bidding procedures related to the execution of works or performance of services abroad;
• Orientation on the applicable legislation to the expatriation of Brazilian labor;
• Assistance to Brazilian companies in the formation of permanent establishments in the countries where the works or services shall be executed, with the support of local correspondents;
• Assistance to Brazilian companies in the administration of contracts related to the execution of works or performance of services, including the drafting of contractual claims;
• Tax planning related to the foreign operations of Brazilian companies.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

• Advising on technology transfer transactions in Brazil and abroad;
• Structuring of Internet and e-commerce related businesses;
• Representation of clients before Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial – INPI (the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office) for approval and registration of contracts, trademarks, patents and industrial drawings;
• Representation of clients in legal suits involving copyright violation, including software.

WEALTH AND SUCCESSION PLANNING

• Wealth and succession planning.

JUDICIAL REORGANIZATION

• Advising on out-of-court and court-supervised reorganization;
• Advising on liquidation of financial institutions;
• Representation of clients in court-supervised reorganization and bankruptcy.

CORPORATE LAW AND M&A

• Structuring of partnerships and corporations, including drafting of corporate documents, such as memorandum/ articles of association and by-laws, shareholders’ agreements, minutes of shareholders’ meetings; “Mergers & Acquisitions”, including transferring of controlling interest in corporations;
• Advising and drafting of share purchase and sale documents;
• Reorganization of companies, such as in mergers, spin-offs and consolidation of civil or commercial companies;
• Diverse operations of spin-off, merger, acquisition and incorporation of companies operating in the industrial, commercial, heavy civil construction, steel, mining, forestry and hospital sectors.
• Due diligence in connection with corporate reorganization, joint ventures and acquisition of controlling interest of corporations;
• Advising on taking the company public or going private, including procedures before the Brazilian Securities Commission – CVM;
• Advising on corporate matters, including representation in shareholders’ meetings;
• Liquidation of corporations or limited liability companies.
• Legal assistance in the formation of Joint Ventures in Brazil and internationally.
• Structuring of ventures for public and private projects, including Public-Private Partnership (“PPP”), in the areas of infrastructure, industrial projects and real estate developments.

LABOR LAW

• Assistance to clients to prevent and resolve disputes;
• Advising on the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements;
• Due diligence;
• Conduct and follow up of administrative and legal proceedings in all instances, in partnership with local offices in all instances.

TAX LAW

• Consultancy in the areas of direct and indirect , municipal, state and federal taxes for local and foreign companies, in the sectors of services, civil construction, mining and industry.
• Advice regarding tax aspects of M&A transactions.
• Conduct of due diligence related to M&A transactions.
• Representation of clients in inspections and administrative and judicial proceedings before municipal, state and federal courts and authorities.