Costa e Tavares Paes (CTP) is a Brazilian law firm with offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. CTP acts as a business partner to its clients in a variety of domestic and cross-border business and dispute resolution matters. The firm contributes high added-value legal services and specific knowledge of operational matters into the overall business processes of its clients, thus providing superior advice in the decision-making process of companies and individuals. CTP also acts on administrative and court litigation and arbitration proceedings, both domestically and cross-border. Its practice covers an array of areas linked to corporate activities in general as well as to the interests of individuals, both from the perspective of domestic as well as international law.
CTP’s principal offices are in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.
Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: Advising and structuring financial transactions, such as corporate and structured finance, project finance and trade finance, and advice in connection with complex and highly structured derivatives work, including representation of insurance companies, banks, fund managers, equity investors and others in a variety of derivative products such as commodities, currencies, interest rates, debt and equity products and fund-linked derivatives.
Bankruptcy and restructuring: Advice and support on debt restructurings and corporate restructurings and reorganisations in and out of court, including negotiations and drafting of relevant documents.
Corporate and M&A: Advice on and structure of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions involving negotiated and hostile acquisitions, private equity investments, asset purchases, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, recapitalisations, privatisations, reverse mergers, spin-offs, turnaround investments and investments in distressed Brazilian companies.
Litigation and arbitration: Legal representation of clients in litigation matters regarding all aspects of disputes involving business transactions and individual claims. The firm also represents clients in arbitration proceedings in Brazil and abroad, rendering assistance and advice throughout the whole proceeding from its outset until the final enforcement of the arbitral award.
Infrastructure/project finance: Advice and drafting of relevant documents referring to research, exploration, production, refining and transportation of oil and natural gas, and related financing activities. The firm also represents clients in the power sector in the areas of generation, distribution and transmission as well as in relation to ports, water treatment projects, telecoms, mining and other areas, encompassing advice on all aspects of project development and implementation (pre and post-construction, financing and operation).
Compliance matters: Representing its clients in relation to corporate investigations involving activities of officers, directors and employees of the client. Review, comment and creation (from scratch) of compliance programmes and acts as monitor of such programmes. Training of corporate board members, officers, employees and representatives on compliance programmes. Acts as ombudsperson for compliance programmes.
Real estate: Advice and drafting of legal instruments to support real estate transactions such as construction, financing, sale, purchase, lease, rent, exchange, donation, payment in kind and constitution of guarantees.
Tax: Advisory services, planning of ideal models for the carrying out of projects in Brazil in order to reduce tax liability through corporate restructurings and contractual and operational adjustments, and administrative and judicial litigation regarding tax matters.
Clients: The firm’s clients include corporations with activities in different sectors of the economy (such as aviation, financial services, construction, pharmaceutical, energy, telecoms, oil and gas, technology, trade and others), commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, investment funds, international emerging and closely held companies and individuals.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.São Paulo
Av Paulista 1079, 12º andar
01311-200, São Paulo, SP
Tel: +55 11 3372 1177Rio de Janeiro
Rua da Quitanda 59 - 3º andar
20011-030, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Tel: +55 21 3380 7500Brasília
SIG QD 01, No. 495 – Ed Barão do Rio Branco Sala 212
70610-410, Brasília, DF
Tel: +55 61 3575 8901