FreitasLeite Advogados boasts a solid transactional offering. While it has substantially built outwards from its core corporate and finance practice groups to offer more multidisciplinary services, the firm has maintained a boutique feel that sways in its favour with a loyal client following. It attends to each matter with close attention to client needs and is well respected in the market for its professionalism.
FreitasLeite leads with several key areas of practice: banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and capital markets. Its real estate group has rising potential after it snapped up talent from a rival firm. Meanwhile, as low-interest rates drive up investor confidence, this may well prove to be a star asset of the firm. Its disputes, competition and tax law groups are well-reputed too.
FreitasLeite’s capital markets offering is noted for its comprehensive package, which fields a national capital markets group for domestic transactions and an international arm for foreign debt deals. The finance-savvy firm also has a dedicated fintech practice group, which is on standby ahead as start-up funding rounds gain traction. As Brazil continues to put its open banking regulation into force in 2021, the group’s technical finance skill is likely to come into play.
In 2020, the firm worked on several novel and complex capital markets transactions. It helped in the distribution of shares related to securities funds, while it steered multiple issuances made from private equity funds too. It called on its real estate knowledge to advise companies issuing real estate receivable certificates from private equity funds, which are increasing in popularity in Brazil. Its corporate arm was busy too, notably in equity divestments amid the re-organisation of businesses as well as tie-ups that required stake investments and the transferal of interest between parties.
Cristiano da Cruz Leite, Humberto Isaac, Pedro Avvad and Raul Leite head up the executive committee of the firm, while the overall operations of the firm are overseen by a general director. Compensation for partners at the firm is based on merit, while its fees are affordable and attract a diverse client book. In feedback, companies that enlisted the firm’s services say that lawyers execute a high-quality legal performance with a thorough understanding of financial legal complexities.
The firm fields offices in Brazil’s two largest cities, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.