Vieira Rezende was founded in 1995 in the wake of a series of important legal and regulatory developments in Brazil, in particular in the infrastructure and privatisation areas. All such developments have been closely followed by the firm, enabling its members to acquire appropriate expertise in the relevant legal areas.
The firm’s practice covers a wide variety of areas, including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, infrastructure, trade finance, private equity and venture capital transactions, regulatory practice, commercial law, tax consulting, planning and litigation, antitrust, banking, labour consulting and litigation, oil, gas and biofuels law, shipping and offshore, environmental law, technology-related issues and civil litigation.
In recent years, Vieira Rezende has established significant credentials as a provider of high quality advisory services to Brazilian and foreign companies, particularly with regard to mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and tax and labour consultancy and litigations.
The firm has acted in projects that include: the purchase and sale of controlling stakes; preparing companies for IPOs and private placement; representing private equity funds in the acquisition of minority stakes; post-acquisition reorganisations; debt restructuring; civil and labour litigation; antitrust and administrative litigation; arbitration; and taxes, including both litigation and planning.
The firm’s participation in transactions in the relevant areas has allowed it to steadily expand its activities and to broaden the scope of its practice. With offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Vieira Rezende has established profitable and close relationships with many of the most important international law firms and investment banks both in Brazil and abroad.
In confirmation of the solid growth of the firm’s practice, specialised business directories have ranked Vieira Rezende repeatedly among the top Brazilian firms in terms of volume of transactions advised and quality of work delivered. The experience of the partners and most of the associates with foreign jurisdictions has enabled the firm to apply the standards of international practice, which are always directed to the specific interests of the clients in the Brazilian market. All members of the firm are fluent in Portuguese and English, and several speak additional languages, such as Spanish, French, German and other languages.
The quality of the services provided by Vieira Rezende derives from, among other factors, the close relationship and trust built up between the firm’s team of dedicated lawyers and its clients, and from working methods and practices that encourage creative solutions to the novel problems arising in the wake of the rapid changes that have taken place in the Brazilian economic landscape over the past decade. The firm’s relationship with its clients is always seen as one of partnership and in light of this the firm takes an active interest in its clients’ activities, seeking to be fully informed of new developments in their business to anticipate their needs.
Some years ago, the firm accomplished a long-time goal of starting an oil, gas and biofuels practice by merging with the boutique firm Ribeiro e Barreto Advogados, long considered a leader in that field. The merge proved to be extremely successful and the oil and gas department is now one of the most important within the firm, which positioned Vieira Rezende a step ahead in providing a highly specialised service to its clients. In addition, as a result of the strong demand for related work in this area, the firm has brought in a new partner, with strong expertise and experience, to head its newly established shipping practice.
Vieira Rezende has strengthened its international practice by establishing professional strategic alliances with the Norwegian international law firm Wikborg Rein, with offices in Oslo, Bergen, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Kobe, and the Portuguese law firm Teixeira de Freitas, Rodrigues e Associados, with offices in Lisbon, Funchal and Luanda.Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson 231
Tel: +55 21 2217 2888
Fax: +55 21 2217 2887 São Paulo
Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima 3.355
Tel: +55 11 3704 3999
Fax: +55 11 3704 3960 www.vieirarezende.com.br