With an office in São Paulo, Skadden has an active, broad-based practice involving business transactions in Brazil. We represent both Brazilian and non-Brazilian clients in international financings, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, restructurings, structured financings, international tax planning, fund formations, cross-border disputes and other transactions, as well as in litigation and arbitration. The Skadden team for Brazilian matters includes lawyers who are fluent in Portuguese. We were ranked as a leading law firm in Brazil for international capital markets and corporate/M&A by Chambers Latin America 2015, ranked in the top tier for international capital markets by Chambers Global 2016 and named a top-tier international firm in Brazil in IFLR 1000 2013. Skadden was ranked first based on value in announced M&A transactions in Latin America in 2012 by Thomson Reuters (January 2013). We also were named Corporate/M&A Law Firm of the Year for International Counsel in Latin America at the Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence 2011.
Our work in Latin America has been recognized in numerous publications. In 2020, we received the 2020 Chambers Latin America award for top International Counsel in Latin America: Corporate Finance. We once again were named the top firm for Corporate/M&A and among the top two firms overall in the region by Latinvex’s Top Law Firms 2021. Skadden also received high rankings for Arbitration, Aviation, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Energy, FCPA, Litigation, Mining and Project Finance. Skadden ranked in the top tier for Corporate/M&A and Banking and Finance in Latin America by Chambers Global 2021 and Chambers Latin America 2021. We also were recognized by Latin Lawyer, LatinFinance and other publications with “deal of the year” distinctions for numerous representations in the region.
Skadden provides legal advice to corporate, governmental and investment banking clients in Brazil on a variety of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings, high-yield financings, and other global equity and debt offerings. Our attorneys have served as the lead international counsel in more than 40 international financings for Brazilian issuers. We also advise U.S. and Brazilian clients on acquisitions and strategic investments involving Brazilian entities.
We have extensive experience representing Brazilian companies, as both creditors and debtors, in corporate restructuring matters, including cross-border and out-of-court restructurings, as well as prenegotiated plans of reorganization. In addition, the firm routinely handles the securities and banking aspects of restructuring transactions. Skadden also provides advice on insolvency issues in corporate transactions and in connection with litigation-related matters.
The firm has advised international clients participating in the privatization of various sectors of the Brazilian economy, including several international energy companies in connection with power generation and transmission projects and proposed privatizations. We also have represented international telecommunications clients on various projects in Brazil, including proposed privatizations.
In addition, our attorneys regularly provide legal advice on a variety of matters relating to electric power, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, oil, petrochemicals and other energy sources.