Maria Cristina Pantoja

Maria Cristina Pantoja has been working at Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2015 as a partner of the corporate and business department with her team. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) and has over 15 years of experience in business law, that encompasses corporate law, financial market, real estate, contracts in general and also inheritance planning.

She has worked for many years for two of the largest corporate law firms nationwide, in Rio de Janeiro and in Sao Paulo. Maria Cristina Pantoja has extensive experience in international negotiations, from the formation and structuring corporations in Brazil and abroad, national and international financing, and even the construction of ships, EPC contracts, international service contract, etc

The Business & Contract Law Practice:

Bichara e Motta Advogados provides legal advice in all aspects of business law, especially in the corporate, contract, commercial and compliance areas.

Experience, efficiency and objectivity together with a careful analysis of the risks involved contribute to the success of the services provided to our clients.

The firm offers the following services, among others, in the business field:

  • consulting, negotiating and closing of local or international contracts, including supply, distribution, commercial representation, provision of services, loans and guarantees, factoring and franchising, turn key contracts, among others;
  • advising on the purchase and sale of equity interests, assets and commercial establishments; incorporation and liquidation of corporations and limited liability companies;
  • monitoring corporate activities and routines, shareholder meetings, board of directors’ meetings, organization of corporate books, etc.;
  • planning and implementing corporate reorganizations, including negotiation of shareholders’ agreements, acquisitions, spin-offs, mergers, joint ventures, consortia, incorporation of shares, conversion of shares, transformation of corporate format, liquidation, divestments and other business deals and management duties;
  • estate and/or family planning;
  • real estate property contracts;
  • representing clients before state and federal regulatory agencies on contracts with the Public Administration, advising them on public bids and administrative and judicial processes related to issues of Administrative Law; and
  • compliance.
  • Our client portfolio is diverse and includes private equity funds and companies of large, medium and small sizes, as well as individuals (athletes, celebrities and others). Among our corporate clients, we highlight those who work in the areas of navigation and in the oil and gas sector, salt producers and food distributors.
Bichara e Motta Advogados:

Bichara e Motta Advogados was the first firm in Latin America to create a team dedicated exclusively to Sports and Entertainment Law and is still known as a highly specialized firm focused on its clients’ satisfaction.

Acting in these innovative areas of law, also with an emphasis in the audiovisual, fashion, luxury, music, and arts markets, the firm has extensive experience in various legal areas that interact with these practices such as corporate, business, labour, contracts and civil law including commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Irrespective of its complexity, Bichara e Motta Advogados is equipped with a team of specialists prepared to apply its multidisciplinary practice and up-to-date expertise in these areas to fully satisfy its clients’ needs with flexibility and the necessary approach to provide tailor-made and innovative services.

 

Adriano Chaves

PRACTICE AREA: CORPORATE LAW, COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS, FOREIGN INVESTMENT, M&A, DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY, TECHNOLOGY

CONTACT INFO: +55 11 2394 8910 | ADRIANO.CHAVES@CGMLAW.COM.BR

GRADUATION: LAW DEGREE (LLB) FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO LAW SCHOOL (USP)

POSTGRADUATE: LLM FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

LANGUAGES: PORTUGUESE AND ENGLISH

BACKGROUND: ADRIANO IS SPECIALIZED IN CORPORATE LAW, M&A, INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT. ADRIANO ALSO COORDINATES THE DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY PRACTICE IN THE FIRM AND IS A MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION ON LAW FIRMS OF OAB/SP AND A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OF DIGITAL LAW OF THE STUDIES CENTER OF LAW FIRMS (CESA). CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA INDICATED ADRIANO AS A LEADING INDIVIDUAL IN CORPORATE/M&A AND IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE/WTO, AS HE WAS DESCRIBED BY CLIENTS AS A LAWYER WHO “UNDERSTANDS VERY WELL THE CLIENTS’ BUSINESSES” AND THAT HE IS ALSO “EXPERIENCED AND USED TO WORKING WITH LARGE COMPANIES”.  ADRIANO IS THE CO-RAPPORTEUR OF THE TASK FORCE ON E-COMMERCE OF THE BRAZILIAN CHAPTER OF ICC’s COMMISSION OF LAW AND PRACTICE (CLP).

AWARDS:

  • HARLAN FISKE STONE SCHOLAR (COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, 1999);
  • RECOMMENDED BY THE LATIN AMERICAN CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION (LACCA), One of the most admired Brazilian lawyers in the areas of International Trade, Commercial Contracts and Corporate Law, as well as in the Automotive, Chemical & Petrochemical, Banking, Electrical Energy and Technology sectors, Análise Advocacia 500, 2016.
  • PARTICIPANT OF THE LAW BUSINESS RESEARCH BRITISH GROUP, IN CORPORATE / M&A PRACTICE (2015-2017);
  • ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRED LAWYERS IN BRAZIL IN THE AREAS OF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FINANCE TRANSACTIONS AND CORPORATE LAW, AS WELL AS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE, BANKING, ELECTRICAL ENERGY, MACHINES & EQUIPMENT AND CHEMICAL & PETROCHEMICAL SECTORS (ANÁLISE ADVOCACIA 500, 2015);
  • ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRED LAWYERS IN BRAZIL IN THE AREAS OF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FINANCE AND CORPORATE LAW, AND IN THE AUTOMOTIVE, BANKING AND CHEMICAL & PETROCHEMICAL SECTORS (ANÁLISE ADVOCACIA 500, 2014);
  • LEADING INDIVIDUAL IN CORPORATE/M&A (UP-AND-COMING) (CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA 2011, 2012, 2013);
  • LEADING INDIVIDUAL IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE/WTO (UP-AND-COMING) (CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA 2010, 2011);
  • ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRED LAWYERS IN BRAZIL IN THE AREAS OF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS AND EXPORT/IMPORT (ANÁLISE ADVOCACIA 500, 2011, 2012, 2013) AND ALSO IN THE AUTOMOTIVE, BANKING AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE SECTORS (ANÁLISE ADVOCACIA 500, 2013);
  • ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRED LAWYERS I BRAZIL IN CONTRACTS (ANÁLISE ADVOCACIA 500, 2008, 2009);
  • ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRED LAWYERS IN BRAZIL IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE (ANÁLISE ADVOCACIA 500, 2007);
  • ONE OF THE MAIN BRAZILIAN LAWYERS UNDER 40 (LATIN LAWYER, 2002).
  • One of the most admired Brazilian lawyers in the areas of International Trade, Commercial Contracts and Corporate Law, as well as in the Automotive, Chemical & Petrochemical, Banking, Electrical Energy and Technology sectors, Análise Advocacia 500, 2016.

CGM Advogados:

CGM was founded in September 2014 by an experienced group of partners who had already worked together for more than two decades, and were joined by other partners coming from reputable law firms.  Despite its youth, the firm already enjoys strong client and market recognition and is acknowledged in important international publications and rankings. CGM focuses on solving its clients’ issues in a timely, efficient and business-oriented manner, with technical expertise and creativity.  The firm has a team of professionals who graduated from leading law schools in Brazil, many of whom have also obtained master degrees and other qualifications abroad, and have worked outside of Brazil.  CGM also has a tightknit network of partnerships, which allows it to provide services in Brazil and coordinate multijurisdictional projects in Latin America.

CGM’s team works at a very fast pace and has in-depth knowledge of the law and of the business of its clients.  The firm represents its clients very assertively, paying attention to every detail without losing sight of its clients’ goals.  CGM is keen on spotting issues but equally committed to addressing them.  The firm’s team eagerly pursues and develops tailor-made, practical and legally sound solutions to help clients do business and achieve their targets.  In addition, the long-term experience working with international clients results in the ability to explain the Brazilian legal system to foreigners in a very practical way and in being sensitive to the cultural differences of doing business in Brazil and elsewhere.

 

Larry Carvalho

Larry Carvalho has a wealth of experience in litigation, with emphasis on shipping matters, and an extensive record of advising shipowners, charterers, cargo owners and underwriters. He has successfully represented a wide range of P&I clubs in disputes. He is active in the area of international sales of goods and commodities. In addition, he advises importers and exporters regarding transaction legalities, and acts as a consultant during international claims.

Mr Carvalho has considerable experience complex arbitrations and Admiralty Court proceedings. He has received recognition from international publications with several awards as a Brazilian leading lawyer in the fields of shipping, customs law and international trade law.

A solid educational background supports Mr Carvalho’s experience and knowledge; he has an LLM degree in maritime law and a postgraduate qualification in international trade law. He currently provides legal counsel to the Brazilian Association of Ship Suppliers, and is a member of several other shipping industry associations.

Mr Carvalho is committed to providing quality services that exceed internal and external expectations, in a timely and responsive manner. Colleagues and clients rely upon his integrity of opinion and provision of valuable advice relating to shipping and international trade issues.

Overseeing firm operations, he is responsible for managing and running specific projects as well as providing the leadership required to produce clear, measurable and recognisable results.

Larry Carvalho has authored many articles and books on his field of activity. He is also a much sought-after speaker at international seminars and conferences. He speaks Spanish (intermediate) English (fluent), and Chinese (beginner).

 

Gustavo Buffara Bueno

Attorney at law with broad experience with contracts of the electric area, including the coordination of teams and advisory in legal, trade and strategyc matters

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Pontifica Universidade Católica do Paraná (2001)

Bachelor of Law

Pontifica Universidade Católica do Paraná (2001)

Specialization in Business Law

Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV (São Paulo) (2007)

MBA in Economic and Strategic Business Management

LANGUAGES 

Fluent English and intermediate Spanish

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

BFF ADVISORS

2015 to now 

Fouder Partner 

– Agency for companies, rasing within the market assets or structuring asset disposals;

– Advising for capital reconstruction; and

– Advice on developing business and deals, as well as project finance.

BUFFARA BUENO ADVOGADOS

2010 to now 

Founder Partner 

– Negotiation of national and international contracts;

– Participation in public and private bidding procedures;

– Leading Legal Due Diligence;

– Management of public grants in the area of energy and transmission;

– M&A transactions and their corporate consolidation for IPO.

GRUPO HAZTEC

2007 to 2010 

General Counsel 

– Leaded the due diligence and negotiation of the agreement for sale of Geoplan to the Haztec Group;

– Set up the Legal Advise (current name given by Haztec to the former Legal Management of Geoplan) in all companies of the Haztec Group;

– Headed a team of ten (10) attorneys, leading the advice and litigation area for the Haztec Business Units, namely: i. Waters (former Geoplan); ii. Environmental (former Haztec); iii. Residues (Gaiapan and another company being merged); and iv. Equipment (Aquamec);

– Colaborated with the due diligence and negotiation of agreements for purchases of the group in 2008 (which are already 4 companies fully purchased and being merged);

– Took part with the preparing Haztec corporately to its IPO in 2010.

GEOPLAN

2004 to 2007

Legal Director (2006 to 2008)

Legal Manager (2004 to 2006) 

– Developed and implemented concept of reconciliation and agreement in the labor and civil litigation of the company, with cost reduction in the management of outsourcers from the civil litigation by about 90%;

– Responsible for the contractual and litigation legal coordination of the company;

– Developed the standard drafts and implemented remote access by collaborators to the standard contract drafts through the company’s internet portal;

– Developed and implemented controls in the contractual management of the company’s BOT grants and contracts;

– Headed the project to recover the company’s receivables.

CAMARGO CORREA

2002 to 2004

Attorney (2003 to 2004)

Junior Attorney (2002 to 2003)

– Developed the standard contract drafts and implemented remote access to the drafts by the works collaborators.

– Headed the team responsible for managing the company’s claims.

– Responsible for managing civil, labor and tax litigation of the transmission and distribution area (CCES).

– Member of the Risk Committee.

– Developed and headed professionals with focus on management of the civil and labor litigation outsourcing, preparing successors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 – Deliver a lecture on outsourcing of legal services, elaboration and writing of contracts to guarantee safety in the hiring of outsourcers, guarantees, liabilities and licenses in service contracting of international market and on water reutilization;

 – Associate of Inter American Bar Association – IABA, since 2010;

 – Vice President of the Committee V of Commercial, Banking, Securities Law, and Corporate and Institutional of the Inter American Bar Association;

 – President of the Arbitration Chamber (Rio de Janeiro) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brazil-China (CCIBC), since 2016;

 – Arbitrator of the Arbitration Chamber of the Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (CAMFIEP), since 2016; and

 – Brazilian. Native of Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil. Born in November 15th of 1977.

 

William Heuseler

William Heuseler is Head of the Wealth Planning Team of Itaú Private Bank. William is a Tax, Trust and Estate Planning Attorney with more than 20 years of experience dealing with ultra-high net worth clientele, with the expertise on cross-border matters, tax and asset protection planning; family and corporate governance among other wealth planning strategies. Prior to Itaú, William worked at UBS AG, in New York, as country coordinator of the Brazilian Wealth Planning Team – Offshore Platform; at Smith Barney-Citigroup as a Wealth Planner; at Safra Group in New York, as the head of the Legal and Trust Affairs division and at Citco Group as a Trust Officer.

In Brazil William worked at Banco Marka S.A. where he was made an associate partner as we all he was the head of the legal team. He started his career at Baker & McKenzie’s office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. William is an active committee member of STEP Brazil where he is one of the founding members and former President. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of BIE Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Ballet. William actively writes articles about cross-border planning for Brazilian families and has been a guest speaker in several conferences and seminars in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Profession:

Banker / Estate Planner / Financial Planner / Tax Advisor / Trustee/Fiduciary / Trust Officer / Will Writer

Practice Area:

Charity formation/administration, Civil-law planning (incl foundations), Company formation/management, Contentious trusts and estates, Cross-border estates, Elderly and vulnerable clients, Estate planning/administration, Family office, Insurance, Tax, Trust planning/administration

Branch/Chapter:

STEP Brazil

Committees:

Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee

Special Interest Groups:

Business Families | Contentious Trusts and Estates | Cross-Border Estates | Mental Capacity | Philanthropy Advisors in managing and providing legal services to government, institutional and corporate clients

  

 

 

Mr. Alessandro Jacob

Rio de Janeiro Attorney Mr. Alessandro Jacob began his legal career in 1992 as an assistant for a very famous Law Firm in Rio de Janeiro. Prior to starting his own law career, he devoted his practice to learning about day-to-day legal problems and providing solutions to his clients. He worked at six other law firms, where he gained valuable experience in all aspects of Brazilian law. He also worked in both small and large legal departments and law firms.

After serving as an assistant in hundreds of cases over the course of five years, he began his own law firm and now has reached the top of his profession providing the best possible representation. When you walk into a courtroom with Attorney Alessandro Jacob at your side, you will know that you have retained a fierce advocate, effective negotiatortrusted counsel and top-notch defense attorney.

Mr. Alessandro Jacob has written several published articles on Brazilian Law. He is a renowned speaker in seminars and lectures and he has been speaking at International Bar Association IBA annual conferences around the world. Mr. Alessandro Jacob’s guiding concern is to give clients clear and straightforward advice on complex areas of the law.

He counsels individuals, families, business owners, trustees and executors. His experience in Brazilian Law serves him well in counseling clients. He believes that a good lawyer avoids complexity and makes things simpler for his clients. In the process of providing teamwork, commitment and dedication, he has built a strong foundation in the Brazilian community based on trust and loyalty. Mr. Jacob is also involved in many bar activities. He frequently appears in the TV advising on Brazilian Law.

Beside his professional personality, Mr. Jacob is an avid runner and enjoys spending leisure time with his family.

Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi

Ana is consistently recognized as a leading tax specialist in national and international legal publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, Who”s Who Legal, Expert Guides, World Tax, Analise Advocacia 500, and others. She was chosen by Latin Lawyer Magazine as being among the “40 best Brazilian lawyers under 40,” among the “Best Latin American Tax Lawyers,” and among the most prominent Latin American women lawyers who have excelled in their chosen area of practice. Ana Claudia is LACCA Approved 2016: Best Lawyers to work with for Tax in Latin America. Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2015 – Award for Best lawyer in tax law in Latin America – promoted by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
Education:
  • Doctor of Laws degree in Economic Law from the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2006.
  • Master”s in Tax Law from the Law School of Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), 2001.
  • MBA in Finance and Capital Markets from Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (IBMEC), 1996.
  • Graduate of the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo, 1994.
  • Graduate in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), 1992.
Additional activities:
  • Member of the Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
  • Member of the Practice Council of the New York University School of Law International Tax Program.
  • Professor in charge for legal subjects at Foundation Institute of Accounting and Financial Researches (FIPECAFI)´s Graduation Course in Accountancy.
  • Professor in the MBA courses maintained by FIPECAFI.
  • Visiting Professor at post-graduation courses in different Brazilian universities.
  • Director of the Brazilian Association of Financial Law (ABDF-IFA Brazil).
  • Member of the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law (IBDT).
  • Member of the Brazilian Association of Tax Law (ABRADT).
  • Member of the Tax Research Institute (IPT).
  • Member of the Brazilian Institute of Financial Professionals Certification (IBCPF).
Publications:
  • Co-author of Practical Law – Tax in Finance Transactions. London: Thomson Reuters, 2015
  • Co-author of the chapter “Private equity, venture capital and investment funds”, published at Brazilian Commercial Law: A Practical Guide 2nd edition. London: Kluwer Law International, 2015.
  • Co-author of the publication Estrutura Legal dos fundos de Private Equity e Venture Capital no Brasil (Legal Structure of Private Equity and Venture Capital funds in Brazil), from Associação Brasileira de Private Equity & Venture Capital (ABVCAP),February, ed. 2014.
  • Brazil – Brazilian Taxation on M&A Transactions chapter from the International Financial Law Review, 2012.
  • O Não-Residente na Legislação do Imposto de Renda (The non-resident in the Income Tax Act) chapter from the book Direito Tributário Internacional Aplicado – Volume V (International Tax Law Applied – Volume V), coordinated by Heleno Taveira Tôrres.  São Paulo: Quartier Latin do Brasil, 2008.
  • Brazil chapter from the publication International Employee Equity Plans – Participation Beyond Borders Handbook.  London: Kluwer Law International, 2003.
  • Contributed to the book Planejamento Tributário & A Norma Geral Antielisão (Tax Planning and the General Anti-avoidance Rule).  Curitiba: Juruá, 2003.
  • Contributed to the book Impuestos Sobre el Comercio Internacional (Taxation on International Trade), coordinated by Victor Uckmar.  Buenos Aires: Editorial Ábaco de Rodolfo Depalma, 2003.
  • Contributed to the book Direito Tributário Internacional Aplicado (International Tax Law Applied), coordinated by Heleno Taveira Tôrres.  São Paulo: Quartier Latin, 2003.
  • Contributed to the book Tributos e Preços de Transferência Vol. 2 (Tax and Transfer Pricing Volume 2), coordinated by Luís Eduardo Schoueri.  São Paulo: Dialética, 1999.
  • Contributed to the book Planejamento Tributário – Teoria e Prática Vol. 2 (Tax Planning – Theory and Practice), coordinated by Valdir de Oliveira Rocha.  São Paulo: Dialética, 1998.
  • Contributed to the book Tributos e Preços de Transferência (Tax and Transfer Pricing), coordinated by Valdir de Oliveira Rocha.  São Paulo: Dialética, 1999.

Cristiano Carlos Kozan

Practice Areas:

Litigation

Education:

Fundação Getúlio Vargas FGV/SP (Post-Graduate in Administrative Law, 2008)

University of California, Davis/Berkeley – CA (Orientation in the U.S. Legal Systems, 2005)

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Post-Graduate in Civil Procedural Law, 2003)

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (LL.B., 2000)

Member:

Brazilian Bar (Sections: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro)

Associação dos Advogados de São Paulo – AASP (São Paulo Association of Attorneys-at-Law)

Movimento de Defesa da Advocacia – MDA (Advocacy Defense Movement)

Centro de Estudo das Sociedades de Advogados – CESA (Center for Law Firm Studies), Legal Committee

Languages:

Portuguese and English

THE FIRM:

Established in 1996, the firm was founded with the aim of providing distinct and high quality legal services. The firm is a full-service corporate law firm that focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, private equity, finance, securities, regulatory, concessions, public bids and governmental contracts, competition, tax and litigation. The firm has extensive experience and specialises in corporate and finance transactions, including dispute resolution matters, in regulated sectors (telecommunications; energy, transportation etc). Many of the partners and associates of the firm have had professional experience in leading Brazilian, US and European law firms. Several attorneys hold postgraduate and master degrees from foreign and Brazilian universities.

 

Claudette M. Christian

Claudette Christian has been at the forefront of innovative investment and financing transactions in Latin America and Africa for decades, and her imprint is large in many milestone cross-border transactions in energy, telecommunications, aviation, and infrastructure.

For almost 20 years, Claudette has played a key role in the development of Brazil’s oil and gas industry. When financial scandal and adverse market conditions threatened Brazil’s ambitious investment program, the major oil and gas producer in the country turned to Claudette as its trusted advisor across a wide array of financing, corporate, and arbitration issues.

As the founding managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ two Brazil offices, she is known in Latin American legal and business circles for her client focus and ability to run large and complex transactions. Latin Lawyer recognized her in 2014 as “International Lawyer of the Year” and Petroleum Economist named her a “Top Lawyer” in Brazil for oil and gas matters. Prior to opening the firm’s Brazil offices, she served as the co-chair of Hogan Lovells’ Global Board.

Claudette’s focused dedication to client matters has enabled her to become a trusted advisor to clients. Her clients value her counsel, not only to organize and drive their transactions to closing but also to advise them on the business and management aspects that can spell the difference between success and failure.

Claudette is active in many professional organizations and is a frequent speaker at energy industry and cross-border investment events in Brazil and the United States. She is regularly sought after by the media and professional groups to speak on topics related to developments in the energy industry and cross-border transactions.

 

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Isabel Costa Carvalho

Isabel Costa Carvalho understands how business and markets work, and is recognized as a leading international capital markets lawyer for the great majority of Brazilian financial institutions. Over the past 20 years, she has assisted Brazilian companies in international transactions, including listing their shares on the NYSE, guiding them in corporate governance structuring, raising capital to fund business development, or assisting on complex cross-border M&A transactions.

Isabel advises and speaks extensively on anti-bribery laws and corporate governance issues, an area in full development in Brazil. She assists clients in setting up compliance programs to fit their unique needs, industries, and risks, and guides them in solving problems when they arise, including leading investigations and dealing with relevant authorities.

Isabel began her career in London, where she spent six years with a major international firm then moved to Brazil to assist with the opening of the firm’s new office. She later joined Hogan Lovells to lead its São Paulo office. Her diverse practice gives her the chance to assist clients from many industry sectors, including financial institutions, energy, infrastructure and logistics, technology, retail, and real estate. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, she is able to help clients of different cultures all around the world.

Isabel is regularly quoted in journals and featured at seminars concerning corporate governance, compliance, and anti-bribery laws. She’s recognized as an outstanding practitioner by publications including Chambers and Best Lawyers.

 

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done. A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.