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Projects

ARBITRATION

• Representation of clients in arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Centro de Arbitragem da Câmara de Comércio Brasil- Canadá, Câmara Mineira de Mediação e Arbitragem – CAMINAS and Câmara de Arbitragem Empresarial Brasil – CAMARB.
• Representation of private sector concessionaire in 8 concomitant arbitration proceedings against a public entity, related to a public-private partnership agreement in the field of highway infrastructure, amounting to approximately R$150 million.
• Representation of client from the mining industry in an arbitration proceeding related to disputes in the frame of a construction contract under unit price arrangement, amounting to approximately R$100 million.
• Representation of client from the mining industry in an arbitration proceeding related to disputes in the frame of a construction contract under a unit price arrangement, amounting to approximately R$25 million.
• Representation of a client engaged in heavy construction in an arbitration proceeding related to a dispute involving a financial participation of approximately R$ 136 million in a corporation in charge of the execution of a federal irrigation project.
• Assistance to a foreign client from the industrial sector in a process of recognition and enforcement in Brazil of a foreign arbitration award.
• Assistance to a foreign client in matters related to an arbitration proceeding conducted before the International Chamber of Commerce, in Brazil.

CORPORATE STRUCTURING AND M&A TRANSACTIONS

• Structuring of a Specific Purpose Company (SPC) to build a hydroelectric power plant for the production of energy for the owners’ own consumption, with an installed capacity 120 MW, under a turn-key scheme supported by a project finance structure;
• Structuring of legal entities engaged in the fields of steel production, electric power, heavy construction and others;
• Incorporation of off-shore companies to serve the international operations of Brazilian legal entities in the sectors of heavy civil construction, iron and steel metallurgy and geological drilling, among others;
• M&A transactions involving legal entities with activities in the industrial, commercial, heavy construction, steel mills, mining, forestation and hospital sector.
• Due diligence activities related to M&A transactions.
• Structuring of a Specific Purpose Company (SPC) to implement a real estate project in partnership with the leader in the management of real estate funds in the Brazilian market, with an investment of approximately R$350 million.
• Assistance to Mogyana Exportadora Ltda. in the sale of “Café Barão” trademarks and assets to the German company Melitta do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda.

STOCK SALES

• Sale of shares in public auction by the minority shareholders of Banco do Estado de Minas Gerais – BEMGE (the Bank of the State of Minas Gerais).

STOCK AQUISITIONS

• West Plaza Shopping Center (São Paulo – State of São Paulo);
• Shopping Center Iguatemi (São Paulo – State of São Paulo);
• Amazonas Shopping Center (Manaus – State of Amazonas);
• Home Shopping – Casa Shopping (Rio de Janeiro – State of Rio de Janeiro)
• Esplanada Shopping Center (Sorocaba- State of São Paulo);
• Shopping Center Praia de Belas (Porto Alegre – State of Rio Grande do Sul).

FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

• Negotiation of a US$121 million Loan Facility from International Finance Corporation – IFC for the financing of the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in Nova Era – MG.
• Negotiation of Supplier’s Credit Facility for the financing of a multi-service network for telecommunication.
• Legal assistance in connection with a US$100.0 million Euro Commercial Paper Program for an affiliate company of a group active in the field of steel production in Minas Gerais, having West Merchant Bank Limited as agent.
• Negotiation of a various international credit facilities.
• Legal assistance in the negotiation of an Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement with the World Bank.

CONTRACTUAL CLAIMS

• Representation of clients in the analysis of contractual claims related to heavy construction and industrial projects.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

• Contract administration related to industrial and heavy construction projects, including preparation of claims and disputes settlement.
• Contract administration related to Financing in the amount of US$ 121.0 millions with International Finance Corporation (IFC).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND TORT LAW

• Assistance to clients in the licensing of hydroelectric power projects, mining projects and real estate developments;
• Assistance to clients in the settlement of claims arising from environmental accidents in mining areas in the State of Minas Gerais, including the conclusion of agreements, Terms of Conduct Adjustment (TAC), indemnification, crisis management and consultancy in specific situations.

MINING

• Assistance to various clients engaged in mining activities in corporate, regulatory, tax, environmental and labor matters.
• Assistance to clients in the licensing of mining projects.
• Assistance to clients in the sale and acquisition mining projects.

ENERGY PROJECT STRUCTURING

• Usina Hidrelétrica de Cachoeira Dourada (a • Usina Hidrelétrica de Cachoeira Dourada (a Hydroelectric Power Plant in the State of Mato Grosso);
• Aproveitamento Hidrelétrico Muniz Freire (a Hydroelectric Power Plant in the State of Espírito Santo;
• Usina Hidrelétrica de Pai Joaquim (a Hydroelectric Power Plant in the State of Minas Gerais);
• Usina Hidrelétriaca de Queimado (a Hydroelectric Power Plant in the State of Minas Gerais);
• Usina Hidrelétrica Guilman-Amorim (a Hydroelectric Power Plant in the State of Minas Gerais);
• Areia Branca Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (in the State of Minas Gerais);
• Pipoca Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (in the State of Minas Gerais);
• Cachoeirão Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (in the State of Minas Gerais);
• Caju Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (in the State of Rio de Janeiro);
• Santo Antônio Small Hydroelectric Power Project (in the State of Rio de Janeiro);
• São Sebastião do Alto Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (in the State of Rio de Janeiro);
• Metalsider Cogeneration Thermoelectric Plant – (in the State of Minas Gerais).

TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROJECT STRUCTURING

• Several projects carried out by companies which provide for Specialized Circuit Services, Specialized Network Services and Cable TV Services.

REAL ESTATE PROJECTS - CONDOMINIUMS, ALLOTMENTS, SHOPPING CENTERS, HOTELS AND RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

• Residencial Alphaville, em Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Condomínio Porto Real Resort, em Mangaratiba – RJ;
• Condomínio Vistamar, em Mangaratiba – RJ;
• Condomínio Vila Italiana, em São João Del Rei – MG;
• Quintas do Morro, em Nova Lima – MG;
• Loteamento Campo Grande de Vila Rica, em Ouro Preto – MG;
• Loteamento Bairro Fábio Notini, em Divinópolis – MG;
• Condomínio Albert Scharlé, em Sabará – MG;
• Edifícios Residenciais Lolita Guimarães, Vila Edith, High Houses, Beau Rivage, Piet Mondrian, ST Thomas, Albert Scharlé, em Belo Horizonte – MG;
• ABC Emílio Pampolini All Business Center, em Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Domani Business Center, em Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Belvedere One, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Edifício High Houses, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Edifício Renaissance, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Edifício Deauville, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Concórdia Corporate, Nova Lima – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Betim, Betim – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Liberdade, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Hote Ibis BH Afonso Pena, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Budget Afonso Pena, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Budget Minas Centro, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Savassi, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Itaboraí, Rio de Janeiro – RJ;
• Hotel Confins, em Confins – MG;
• Novotel Savassi, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Hotel Ibis Budget Savassi, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Shopping Iguatemi, São Paulo – SP;
• Shopping West Plaza, São Paulo – SP;
• Shopping Iguatemi, Maceió – AL;
• Estação Sul Shopping Mall, Belo Horizonte – MG;
• Shopping Center Praia de Belas, Porto Alegre – RS;
• Shopping Center Park Shopping – Brasília.

PURCHASE AND SALE

• Assistance to clients in purchase and sale transactions involving residential and industrial properties;
• Assistance to a client in the sale of Small Hydroelectric Power Plants and Hydroelectric Generating Plants;
• Assistance to a client in the sale of shareholding participations in special purpose companies authorized to explore Small Hydroelectric Power Plants, with investments in excess of US$15 million;
• Assistance to a client in the sale of shareholding participation in a mining company holder of significant mining rights in the State of Minas Gerais at a price of US$50 million.
• Assistance to a client in the sale of a relevant shareholding participation in a company involved in the manufacture of Ground Engaging Tools (GET) for mining purposes in the State of Minas Gerais, in the amount of US$22.5 million.
• Assistance in the acquisition of a relevant shareholding participation in a company involved with studies of energy projects.
• Assistance to a client in the acquisition of a relevant shareholding participation of minority shareholders in a company involved in the mining business in the State of Minas Gerais, in the amount of US$35,0 million.
• Assistance to a client in the sale of a mining company in the State of Minas Gerais.
• Assistance in the acquisition, by a foreign client, of the entirety of the shares of a Brazilian corporation engaged in the remarketing of vehicles.

PRIVATIZATIONS AND CONCESSIONS

The firm has provided assistance to clients in connection with privatization projects and bidding for concessions, such as:
• Banco do Estado de Minas Gerais – BEMGE
• Banco de Crédito Real de Minas Gerais S/A
• Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná – SANEPAR
• Federal Highway BR-040;
• Federal Highway BR-116.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (“PPP”)

• The firm has provided assistance to Departamento de Edificações e Estradas de Rodagem de Minas Gerais – DER-MG (State Highway Authority) in the modeling of the Public-Private Partnership for State Highway No. 050. This was the first sponsored concession under the Public-Private Partnership Law involving Brazil’s highway system.
• The firm has provided assistance to Companhia Paulista de Parcerias – CPP in the modeling of an administrative concession under the Public-Private Partnership Law, involving the modernization of the sports complex Constâncio Vaz Guimarães, in São Paulo-SP.
• The firm provided legal assistance to the company selected by the State of Minas Gerais to perform the studies on the modernization of the Sports Complex Mineirão-Mineirinho, located in Belo Horizonte, so as to meet FIFA requirements for the 2014 World Cup.
• The firm currently provides legal assistance to groups of investors in the modelling of Public-Private Partnership and concession projects in the areas of public health, sanitation, highways and ports.

STUDIES AND PROJECTS IN THE AREA OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND SANITATION

• The firm provided legal advice in the scope of the public call launched by the State of Pernambuco for the structuring of a business model aiming at the universalization of sewage collection and treatment services involving 13 municipalities in the Metropolitan Area of Recife. The studies were approved and tendered, and according to ABCON – Brazilian Association of Private Concessionaires of Public Water and Sewage Services, currently this is the largest concession in the area of basic sanitation in Brazil, under the Public-Private Partnership regime.
• The firm, as a member of the CONSORTIUM SANEAR BRASIL, was engaged by BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (the National Development Bank) to develop studies aimed at structuring a business model for the universalization of water supply and sewage treatment in the State of Sergipe.

ASSISTANCE IN PROCEEDINGS BEFORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL ENTITIES AND COURTS OF AUDITORS

• Legal assistance to clients in the frame of audits carried out by government control entities, follow-up of responses to audit requests, legal evaluation of preliminary reports, participation in meetings and review of permanent action manuals.
• Representation of clients before the Federal and State Courts of Auditors in ordinary and special accounts checking procedures, and representation in precautionary measures through the preparation of defense and other appropriate remedies.
• Representation of public officers in proceedings before the Federal and State Courts of Auditors.

LEGAL ADVICE FOR THIRD SECTOR ENTITIES

• Legal advice to a third sector entity (public foundation) providing general support to its management and assistance in its relations with the Public Administration.
• Legal advice to the public foundation within the frame of a judicial intervention, through the performance of legal audit in contracts and in all acts practiced by its management.

LEGAL ADVICE TO "S SYSTEM" ENTITIES

• Legal advice to entities that form part of the “S System” in proceedings for rendering and taking of accounts, in bidding proceedings, acquisition and disposal of assets and other issues related to its management.
• Legal advice to entities that form part of the “S System” in audit proceedings performed by government control entities.
• Legal consultancy to decision-making bodies of entities that form part of the “S System”.

COURSES AND TRAINING

• In-company courses on public bidding and contracts in general, and especially in relation to engineering works and contracting of information technology services related to contract management, rendering and taking of accounts, structure and functioning of government control entities, compliance and anticorruption legislation.

LEGAL CONSULTANCY TO SUPERIOR GRADE EMPLOYERS’ S UNIONS

• Legal advice to Superior Level Employers’ Unions in strategic matters.
• Follow-up of strategic administrative and judicial litigation proceedings involving union members, in civil, administrative, tax, environmental and labor areas.
• Preparation and filing of lawsuits related to concentrated control of constitutionality.
• Legal advice to union members participating as “amicus curiae” in litigation proceedings deemed strategic.

TAX LAW

• Conduction of due diligence related to the sale of mining assets to non-resident investors in the approximate amount of US$ 2 billion.
• Analysis of prospects of loss in tax proceedings for purposes of accounting provision for a gold mining company totaling approximately US$ 250 million.
• Obtaining the first decision rendered by the Federal Appellate Court of the 1st Region recognizing the acquired right of the taxpayers to exemption of income tax on capital gain on the sale of equity interest.

WEALTH AND SUCCESSION PLANNING

• Structuring of wealth and succession planning.
• Advice and orientation to clients in estate and succession planning.
• Conduct of probate proceedings and orientation of heirs.

LABOR LAW

• Legal advice to clients on the control and reduction of labor liabilities, through supervision and follow-up of existing labor disputes and preventive consulancy to avoid future litigation.
• Conduct and follow up of administrative and judicial labor proceedings in all instances.

FAMILY LAW

• Advice and orientation of clients in divorces and dissolution of stable union in consensual and litigious processes;
• Drafting of wills and advice and orientation of clients in inventory processes.
• Advice and orientation of clients in processes of interdiction and decision making supported.

LITIGATION

• Assistance to clients in highly complex lawsuits involving significant amounts.
• Advice to clients in litigation involving the dissolution of companies.
• Advice and representation of clients in judicial and extrajudicial claims arising from environmental accidents, including administrative proceedings.

RECOVERY OF COMPANIES

• Legal advice to clients from the agribusiness, real estate and advertising sectors in recovery proceedings and financial restructuring.