Established in 1997, our São Paulo office is staffed with an experienced team of US lawyers, each of whom is fluent in Portuguese and has substantial experience working on the New York/international law aspects of some of the largest and most complex high-profile debt and equity capital markets offerings, corporate, structured and project financings, and acquisition and joint venture transactions in Brazil and abroad.
Our long-term investment in Brazil has allowed us to become embedded in the local market - resulting in an unmatched capacity to deliver solutions built upon intimate knowledge of the Brazilian market, trends and key Brazilian counsel and other local players.
Leading the Market
Knowledge of the business environment in Brazil drives our leading position in innovative finance and capital markets transactions. Chambers & Partners ranks international Brazil-based law firms in three Corporate Finance categories: Capital Markets (International), Banking & Finance (International) and Corporate (International Counsel). We are ranked Tier 1 in all three.
Clients turn to us for our expertise and our long-standing relationships with Brazilian business leaders and financial institutions active in the market to provide the highest level of counsel across a gamut of industries and jurisdictions. We have long-term, close working relationships with Brazil’s leading law firms and coordinate all Brazilian law matters with the best-matched local counsel.
Our São Paulo team is enhanced by lawyers in New York, Miami, Washington, DC and London who are devoted to working on matters involving Brazil and by a cadre of lawyers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East who help to orchestrate complex multi-party deals and who can work to resolve international arbitration issues on behalf of Brazilian clients worldwide. Our global reach allows us to be where our clients need us.
Recent Recognitions and Awards
Tier 1 Capital Markets: International – Brazil: "The quality of the team is excellent and they know our business inside out. The lawyers are quick and knowledgeable, and always work to deadlines, which is crucial to us."
Chambers Latin America 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Tier 1 Banking & Finance: International: Brazil: "They are very efficient and their performance was great. We were particularly impressed by the team's understanding of the local market."
Chambers Latin America 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Tier 1 Corporate: International Counsel: Brazil
Chambers Global 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Tier 1 Projects: Latin America-wide: "Working with White & Case in this practice area was a very successful experience - risks were identified, problems were mitigated and everything was closed successfully. The practice group stands out for its commitment and highly valuable advice."
Chambers Latin America 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Tier 1 International Arbitration Latin America-wide: "The team is fantastic; the lawyers are strategists, with substantive knowledge of the law and extensive experience on international arbitration."
Chambers Latin America 2014, 2013, 2012
# 1 Legal Advisor Number of Transactions: Syndicated Loans
# 1 Legal Advisor Total Proceeds Amount: Syndicated Loans
Data from Thomson - International Law Firms 2011-2013
#1 Legal Advisor by Number of Issuer Representations: Equity
Data from Thomson - International Law Firms 2012-2013
# 1 Legal Advisor by Number of Issuances: Equity
Data from Thomson - International Law Firms 2010-Q1 2013
#1 Legal Advisor Number of Issuances: Debt Issuances
#1 Legal Advisor by Number of Issuances and Amount of Proceeds: High-Yield Issuances
Data from Thomson - International Law Firms 2010-2013
Banco Itaú BBA US$1.5 billion Syndicated Loan
LatinFinance: Syndicated Loan Deal of the Year 2013
Odebrecht US$550 million/R$500 million Dual-currency Tender and New Issue
LatinFinance: Corporate Liability Management Deal of the Year 2013
Chaglla Hydroelectric Power Project in Peru US$1.2 billion Project Financing
Project Finance International: Latin American Renewables Deal of the Year 2013
Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Limited US$1.69 billion Project Bond
Project Finance International: Latin American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2013
Best Infrastructure Law Firm in Latin America 2013
Odebrecht Norbe US$1.5 billion VIII/IX Project Bond
LatinFinance: Infrastructure Finance Deal of the Year Quarter Century
International Financing Review (IFR): Latin America Bond of the Year 2010
Project Finance: Latin America Bond of the Year 2010
LatinFinance: Best Project Financing: Deal of the Year 2010
US FT Innovative Lawyer Awards: "Stand-out" 2011
Etileno XXI Financing
Project Finance: Overall Latin American Deal of the Year 2012
Project Finance: Latin American Petrochemicals Deal of the Year 2012
Project Finance International: Americas Petrochemical Deal of the Year 2012
Trade Finance: Latin America Deal of the Year 2012
Latin Lawyer: Project Finance Deal of the Year 2012
MMX Brazil Porto Sudeste Conveyor Belts Systems
Trade Finance: Americas Deal of the Year 2012
Largo Resources Mining in Brazil
LatinFinance: Best Mining Financing Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2013
Project Finance: Latin American Mining & Metals Deal of the Year 2012
Americas Project Finance Team of the Year 2012
International Financial Law Review
Americas Commodity-Related Deal of the Year: Votorantim US$2.65 billion financing
Trade Finance: Deal of the Year 2011
Latin America Loan of the Year: Vale S.A. US$3 billion revolver
International Financing Review (IFR): Deal of the Year 2011
Embraport financing for Brazil's Santos Port
Project Finance International: Americas Transport Deal of the Year 2011
Project Finance: Latin America Transport Deal of the Year 2011
Latin Lawyer: Project Finance Deal of the Year 2011
International Financing Law Review: Americas Project Finance Deal of the Year 2011
Best Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
Americas Project Finance Team of the Year
International Financing Law Review: Award of the Year 2011
Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year in Latin America 2010
Infrastructure Investor 2011
Best Corporate Liability Management: Braskem S.A.
LatinFinance: Deal of the Year 2011
Best Quasi-Sovereign Bond: BNDES €750 million 2017
LatinFinance: Deal of the Year 2010
Best Corporate Liability Management: Fibria Celulose S.A.
LatinFinance: Deal of the Year 2010