Machado Meyer promotes five to partner

Brazil’s Machado Meyer Advogados has promoted five lawyers to partner in its environment, tax, public law, corporate and M&A, and banking and finance practices; bringing the total number of new partners to seven since the start of the year.

Machado Meyer promotes five to partner Daniela Stump, Daniel Peixoto, Luciana Engelberg, Rafael Carretero and Rafael Vanzella

Daniela Stump, 34, who specialises in environmental litigation; Daniel Peixoto, 39, who advises on tax litigation and consultancy matters; Luciana Engelberg, 36, who assists clients on corporate, M&A and private equity law; Rafael Carretero, 35; who works in the banking and finance practice; and Rafael Vanzella, 37, who focuses on public-private partnerships, were all promoted to partner on Thursday. The latest additions increase Machado Meyer’s partnership to 58 and were made as part of the firm’s annual promotion round that takes place in May each year. They also come five months after the addition of corporate and M&A lawyers Elie Sherique and Thiago Spercel in January. The newly minted partners represent a 9% expansion of the partnership, which is roughly in line with enlargements in earlier rounds. During the previous round in 2016, the firm promoted four new partners in the corporate, labour, litigation, restructuring and public law departments, representing an 8% increase in its top ranks. Together with the hires earlier in the year, Machado Meyer’s partner count has increased by 14% since the start of 2017. "This is a very special year for our firm [because] Machado Meyer celebrates its 45th anniversary," says the firm's managing partner Celso Costa. "We are in a new cycle of growth that is focused on providing legal intelligence and creating long-term relationships with our clients and team...In addition to the two partners hired in January, we are promoting five lawyers into the partnership and may have more to come in the next months." All five are based in São Paulo and have first-hand experience on high-profile deals and cases in their respective areas of practice. Environmental litigator Daniela Stump assisted extraction companies Cefar and Mineradora Rio Bravo in a complex asset sale by beleaguered conglomerate EBX as part of its judicial restructuring last year, helped a group of Asian investors ink a US$16 billion joint venture with Brazilian steelmaker CSN in 2015, and advised Belgian chemical company Solvay on the sale of its Argentine operations to Brazilian petrochemicals producer Braskem in 2014. Corporate and M&A partner Luciana Engelberg’s standout work includes helping Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund buy a stake in Brazilian education company Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional in January, advising in the sale of local biscuit maker Parati Group to Kellogg last year, and giving counsel to Kodak Alaris in the acquisition of the personalised and document-imaging businesses of Eastman Kodak in 2014. Banking and finance lawyer Rafael Carretero was also visible advising a group of banks in a derivatives-backed loan to McDonald’s last year and advising in US energy compression service supplier Axip’s sale to Canada’s Enerflex, while public and regulatory partner Rafael Vanzella helped a Brazilian fund managed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch acquire receivables from Rio de Janeiro state-managed investment fund FUNDES in 2014.

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