Our São Paulo office, together with our aligned Latin America group, which encompasses lawyers in several Linklaters offices, has an unrivalled track record of advising leading international corporations, financial institutions and governments on their most challenging transactions and assignments in Brazil and across the entire Latin American region.
We have had a permanent presence in Brazil since 1997 and have worked on Brazilian deals long before that. Members of the São Paulo team, most of them fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, have lived and worked in Brazil for a significantly long time and are both familiar with and appreciative of the local business culture. We are committed to Brazil and to building quality lasting relationships with our clients.
Our established relationships with major local firms, strong track record with the main investment banks and global coverage – including leading our leading practices in Asia, Europe, U.S. and Africa – allow us to consistently participate in ground-breaking Brazilian deals.
We are one of the very few international firms focused on M&A in Brazil. In addition, we offer capital markets, banking and projects capabilities, leveraging our firmwide capabilities. Significantly, we offer on-the-ground advice on U.S. law, which is the law of choice in many corporate transactions in Brazil and extensively in Latin America.
Recent transactions and cases include advising:
China Construction Bank Corporation on the R$1.62bn (US$716m) acquisition of a 72% stake in Banco Industrial e Comercial, the 8th largest private bank in Brazil, listed on the Sao Paulo stock exchange
Schahin Group on in excess of US$5bn in corporate and project-related bank and bond financings of drilling rigs and drillships under charter to Petrobras
Amil Participacoes and its controlling shareholders on the S$4.9bn sale of majority stake in largest Brazilian health care provider to UnitedHealthcare Group. Named 2013 Global M&A Deal of the Year: Brazil by The American Lawyer
Marfrig Group on various notes issuance, liability management transactions and consent solicitations in excesso of US$2bn, as well as on various bank financings
Citibank and its affiliates on the R$2.767bn (US$1.38bn) sale of Banco Citicard and Citifinancial Promotora de Negócios e Cobrança to Itaú Unibanco
Temasek on a combined US$169m follow-on equity investment, together with investors including Singaporean sovereign fund GIC and funds sponsored by Tiger Global and Kaszek Ventures, in Netshoes.com, the leading sport apparel retailer in Brazil
S.A.C.I. Falabella on the US$189m acquisition, through Falabella’s subsidiary Sodimac, of a majority stake in Construdecor, which operates home improvement retailer Dicico. By means of this transaction Falabella enters the Brazilian market.
Approximately twenty institutional investors, as purchasers, on a US$500m private placement of a project bond for SBM Baleia Azul S.à r.l., the issuer, to fund the refurbishment of an FPSO chartered to Petrobras
A consortium of sovereign wealth and private equity investors on the US1.8bn acquisition of an approximate 18.65% stake in Banco BTG Pactual. Named 2011 Private Equity Deal of the Year by Latin Finance Magazine
Banco Santander (Brasil) on a CLF932,800 notes offering through a private placement pursuant to its US$10bn global MTN program and on a US$550m 4.265% notes offering due 2017 pursuant to its MTN program