Pereira Neto | Macedo is active in a wide range of business areas and our team is able to handle from the simplest to the most complex and challenging matters, providing a seamless and top quality service across the practices.
We have assisted industry conglomerates, energy and telecom groups, large financial institutions and pension funds in some of their most relevant legal matters.
Pereira Neto | Macedo has been active in a number of high profile cases involving mergers, cartels and unilateral practices, obtaining very positive results from its clients with an innovative and strategic approach. The firm has been involved in some of the largest mergers recently cleared by CADE. Moreover, Pereira Neto | Macedo is known for being capable of achieving ground breaking negotiated solutions in complex cases involving both mergers and alleged anticompetitive practices. Finally, Pereira Neto | Macedo is one of the most active firms representing clients from network industries such as telecommunications and payment cards.
Antitrust cases are dealt by the Regulation and Competition Law department of the firm, due to the close relationship between competition and regulatory issues in Brazil. Pereira Neto | Macedo also has a full blown litigation department which is qualified to take any competition matter to courts, whenever it becomes necessary.
“The competition department at this firm continues to impress the market by being involved in some of the largest M&A notifications in the country, such as that linked to Braskem’s acquisition of Quattor or the merger of Oi with Brasil Telecom. The scope of its practice is expanding to include an increasing number of high-profile international cartel investigations and negotiations in the anticompetitive behaviour sphere. (…) Clients highlight the team’s “capacity for quickly making an in-depth analysis of the situation and determining the best strategic approach”.
Chambers and Partners Latin America, 2012.
Since its foundation, Pereira Neto | Macedo has been involved in some of the most important corporate transactions involving public and private corporations (including family-owned businesses, cooperatives and other entities) taking place in Brazil. The firm assists companies, institutional investors and financial advisors to develop and implement such transactions. Pereira Neto | Macedo’s assistance to corporate deals is comprehensive, including the gamut from structuring the deal (with due consideration to the relevant tax, financial and strategic issues), negotiation, and the interface with regulatory and competition authorities.
Pereira Neto | Macedo also assists companies, individual investors, underwriters and financial advisors to develop and implement restructuring, recovery or optimization of businesses, besides helping to structure efficient alternatives to manage companies and protect the interests of their owners or shareholders.
“(…) strong recommendations by highly satisfied clients. The group is made up of 15 lawyers and has a solid track record advising companies and private equity clients, particularly in the agribusiness sector. (…) Sources say: “Impressive knowledge of legislation and international best practices, and invaluable technical and practical support on critical corporate issues.”
Chambers and Partners Latin America, 2012.
Pereira Neto | Macedo is engaged in a variety of important matters involving regulatory and public law issues, especially in relation to infrastructure sectors (e.g.: telecom, ports, airports, highways, energy, water and sewage treatment, rail and pipeline transportation, biofuels and petrochemicals).
In particular, the firm has extensive experience in assisting clients in public procurement procedures involving the concession of utility services, contracts with the government for new areas in public properties (such as airports) and bids by government owned companies (such as Petrobras and Metrô SP). In many such cases, the firm interacts with its litigation team whenever an issue has to be taken to the courts.
Pereira Neto | Macedo also assists clients with administrative and judicial proceedings involving the discussion of penalties imposed by regulatory agencies, or in guidance to organize compliance programs. The firm also provides legal advice to several trade associations in relation to discussions and negotiations with the federal government regarding possible regulatory changes that can affect their members’ interests.
“Public law matters are handled by the firm’s joint regulatory and competition department, taking full advantage of the frequent overlap between the disciplines. (…) The firm frequently assists clients with bids for concessions for major projects (…) “The firm has exceptional regulatory knowledge and is especially impressive for public tenders, an area which it is clearly very focused on,” say clients. (…) Market sources praise the firm’s “expertise and comprehensive vision of telecommunications.”
Chamber and Partner Latin America, 2012.
“The firm is also notable in blending its public and regulatory law expertise with its banking practice to offer a growing project finance and infrastructure practice, in transport, irrigation and pipeline work; public bidding is a particular expertise.”
Latin Lawyer 250 – 2012 Edition
Pereira Neto | Macedo is engaged in a variety of important matters involving environmental law, especially in relation to risk analysis of activities which may potentially cause impact to the environment.
The firm has solid experience in assisting clients in due diligence procedures for transactions in several sectors, such as agribusiness, construction and infrastructure. It also provides compliance assistance by offering a regular update of applicable environmental regulations and standards for the client’s business.
Moreover, Pereira Neto | Macedo assists clients with administrative and judicial proceedings involving the discussion of environmental penalties, and the negotiation of compensatory measures required for the prevention and correction of environmental impact.
Litigation and Arbitration
Pereira Neto | Macedo has a specialized team for civil and commercial litigation, with extensive experience in cases involving corporate and business disputes, regulatory and environmental issues, consumer claims and civil liability. The firm also represents clients in national and international arbitrations and provides strategic advice on how to avoid litigation.
Regarding civil and commercial litigation, our practice focuses on complex matters, including defense of class actions suits, and litigation concerning M&A and securities transactions, corporate control, contract disputes, bankruptcy, antitrust and regulatory issues. The firm handles lawsuits all over the country, counting on an effective network of corresponding firms in more than twenty states. Pereira Neto | Macedo has also been involved in arbitrations for large Brazilian and multinational companies.
Our Labor practice is inserted within the philosophy of the firm to offer clients a full and integrated service, analyzing all legal aspects related to their operations, as well as advising on employment relationship and pension issues.
Pereira Neto | Macedo’s specialized team evaluates possible consequences of employment and pension issues in transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, and has full capabilities to conduct due diligence procedures in this area. The firm also advises clients on finding the best solutions to their needs in compliance with the labor and pensions legislation in force.
In addition, Pereira Neto | Macedo supports its clients in more traditional matters, with particular emphasis on judicial and administrative litigation, representing clients in some leading labor suits in recent years.
Pereira Neto | Macedo’s tax law team assists clients and the firm’s other areas to find the most efficient way to structure corporate and capital market transactions and court-supervised reorganizations, as well as the routine business activities of companies.
Pereira Neto | Macedo structures efficient alternatives from a tax standpoint (such as qualifying for special tax regimes) to facilitate business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, in addition to providing assistance in the associated bureaucratic formalities and analyzing tax contingencies.
Pereira Neto | Macedo also has an area specialized in tax litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres, at the federal, state and municipal levels.
Media, Technology and Intellectual Property
Pereira Neto | Macedo provides comprehensive legal service in the area of media, Internet, technology and intellectual property. It represents international clients doing business in Brazil, and Brazilian clients doing business in the country and abroad. Due to its highly specialized expertise in the field, the firm and its partners also provide expert opinions in cases involving complex technical and legal issues in the area. Areas of practice include business development in media, technology and intellectual property, copyright, collecting societies and collective managament of intellectual property rights, contracts and other legal instruments related to media, trademarks, patents, litigation involving Internet related issues, start-ups, licensing and rights clearing, regulatory issues involving media, Internet, and telecommunications, privacy and data security, among others.
The area of media, technology and intellectual property is also responsible for providing legal services in cases involving entertainment and sports law issues, includidng advertisement, audiovisual production, events, music, museums and foundations, rights clearing, publishing, sponsorship, finance and tax breaks, education, and project development.
Restructuring and Insolvency
Pereira Neto | Macedo has extensive experience in restructuring, insolvency and credit recovery. Our team regularly represents leading national and international financial institutions, banks syndicates, trustees, investors, funds, pension funds and general creditors (which includes deals involving foreign securities market – bondholders and noteholders).
We have been involved in some of the most relevant recent restructuring cases and our clients come to us seeking for the multidisciplinary approach; our team combines solid experience in corporate litigation and corporate finance;
Our practice encompasses:
Specialized advise on restructuring negotiation, secured lending and structured finance; in addition, our firm constantly issue legal opinions related to specific situations (litigious or not) regarding the restructuring / insolvency;
Representation of creditors in collection lawsuits, enforcement proceedings, judicial reorganization lawsuits (US Law Chapter 11) and bankruptcy (US Law Chapter 7), with the purpose of recovery credits. In this specific practice the firm represent creditors which the credits amounts more than BRL 1.0 billion;
Representing investors in deals inserted on the restructuring / distressed asset (such as M&A, DIP Financing, Exit Financing, acquisition of industrial properties and other kind of assets, etc.). Our team has represented investors in some the most relevant M&A occurred in a judicial reorganization process in Brazil and also represents actively investors in DIP / Exit Financing deals; and
We regularly work alongside international firms in tackling some of the most relevant issues in cross border insolvency.