Firm Profile

Magalhães e Dias Advocacia

Brazil

Sophisticated, cerebral antitrust titans

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 1978

Partners: 11

Lawyers: 26

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Magalhães e Dias is regarded as one of the premier antitrust boutiques in the Brazilian market. Its exhaustive knowledge of economic law ensures that it understands each faucet of the companies it advises, which is of paramount importance when it comes to bringing cases before Brazil’s antitrust regulator CADE. Its clients are as top-tier as its services in competition law, as well as stellar M&A, merger control and litigation prowess. One satisfied multinational client is Japanese appliance manufacturer Nidec, which enlisted the firm for antitrust services. It commends the group for its “agility, knowledge and close relationship with clients”

The covid-19 pandemic ushered in a new era for legal practice groups across the board, both in Brazil and abroad. In Brazil, that meant a shifting of the regulatory landscape in antitrust law, where the government temporarily suspended certain mergers, joint ventures and other corporate deals from going through while approval decisions on specific cases were put on hold. Nonetheless, a series of disputes were triggered as companies struggled to adapt to the new era, while many were forced to enlist legal advice for CADE’s approval on distressed asset work. Magalhães e Dias agile legal team were on hand to advise on several cases arising from these market changes.

According to a study, ‘Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies’, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, Magalhães e Dias represents six of 100 of the biggest companies in the region. Some key names are offered up in the form of German chemical and pharma company Bayer; home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, Latin America’s largest brewery AmBev, travel website Booking.com, food company M Dias Branco and petroleum company Ipiranga. Add to that list mining heavyweight Gerdau and oil group Nacional Gás Butano.

The cases that Magalhães e Dias takes on are high-stakes and sensitive, which makes the impeccable track record it has even more compelling. It is expert advising on cartel matters too, which can be highly contentious. Meanwhile, the group carries an extensive international trade practice area that is renowned for adept legal skill on anti-dumping investigations and foreign trade disputes. The other main division of the firm, consumer law, is kitted out with esteemed expertise too. It offers an in-depth service offering including advice on advertising matters which are a common point of contention with antitrust regulators, while it specialises in data protection, unfair competition and e-commerce matters among a slew of others. Its litigation skills ensure that administrative and judicial proceedings are often steered to victory without a hitch. One satisfied client commented that its litigators can put cases beneath the microscope to thoroughly understand the business and its claim, particularly with intellectual property lawsuits.

Offices

The firm directs its legal operations out of São Paulo with another base in Brasília, where one partner is based permanently in the capital city.

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