Souza Cescon is one of Brazil’s leading law firms. The lawyers stand out for their strong commitment to the representation of the clients’ interests and for their work in highly sophisticated, ground-breaking matters. The goal is to be the clients’ law firm of choice for their most complex legal matters and most strategic transactions and disputes.
Main areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: The M&A practice is recognised as Brazil’s leading by any measure. The firm brings sophisticated advice to the most challenging transactions including private and public acquisitions, mergers, takeovers, joint ventures, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, and private equity.
Corporate law and governance: The team advises a relevant amount of publicly held and privately held companies in matters of compliance with corporate and capital markets legislation and regulation.
Capital markets and investment funds: The team represents financial institutions, public and private corporations, hedge funds, asset managers in connection with domestic and cross-border securities transactions. The vast experience with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) provides the firm insight into regulatory aspects of registered offers.
Banking and finance: The firm advises clients in the roles of lenders, borrowers, trustees, rating agencies in connection with syndicated bank facilities, structured financing, DIP financing and derivatives.
Government Relations: The lawyers work closely with other practice areas in order to provide the highest standard on legal advice along with the significant experience in the sector. The objective is to interpret to the clients the main legislative issues and public policies and their respective impact over the economy.
Tax: The team of experienced lawyers advises on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters. In financings, acquisitions, mergers, investment funds and international trade.
Antitrust: The firm combines broad experience in strategic corporate transactions with complex cartel investigations to form one of Brazil’s leading antitrust practice groups.
Litigation: The litigation team is retained by clients from all industries for their critical litigation cases. Our lawyers are recognised for their strategic approach as well as their capacity to simplify complex matters.
Insolvency and restructuring: The insolvency and restructuring practice is recognised for its broad experience in representing several players in connection with restructurings and distressed situations.
Project finance: The firm team has advised on groundbreaking transactions, such as the first greenfield limited recourse, the first non-recourse oil production based project finance, the first cross-border project bond and the first cross-border oil royalty-backed bonds.
Arbitration and mediation: The team uses mediation and other ADR methods in order to obtain the best results to the clients and reduce litigation costs.
Labour: The clients come to its labour law department for complex labour law issues rather than their day-to-day labour claims.
Compliance and anti-corruption: The firm advises compliance and anti-corruption matters, including investigations involving anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws.
Real estate: The firm advises myriad clients in some of the most complex and innovative real estate transactions including land acquisitions, development, financing, joint ventures and restructurings.
Technology and intellectual property: The practice encompasses advising clients in connection with IP joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, IT outsourcing.