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International operations: transformation without borders

As a firm with an increasingly prominent presence on the international scene, Mattos Filho stands out for our work across many regions and our access to global markets. Our unique service model has allowed us to go beyond Brazil’s borders – despite its continental size – and position Mattos Filho as a leading player in Latin America’s legal markets. 2021 also marked the expansion of our operations in the United States and closer partnership with end clients in London.

With an office in New York since 2007, we have been progressively expanding our services to clients in the United States. We took a step forward in 2021, assisting clients in many other locations around the United States, especially technology and life sciences companies on the West Coast and in Miami.

We focus on providing services to foreign companies who require legal assistance with their interests in Brazil, including via partnerships with overseas law firms. Both our offices in New York and London continue to strengthen our relationships with other leading law firms that rely on Mattos Filho’s expertise to advise their clients on issues related to Brazil and Brazilian legislation. Corporate/M&A partner Rodrigo Ferreira Figueiredo, the resident partner at our London office, noticed significant progress in 2021.

 

 

“We began to receive even greater recognition from end-clients – the clients of our partner firms. This is meaningful because it tends to come with time; it is a seal of approval for the quality of our work and the result of strong relationships. 2021 also gave us the opportunity for more face-to-face interaction, to resume meeting directly with our partners and end-clients, which facilitates the construction of close and trustful relationships”

 

Rodrigo Ferreira Figueiredo

Corporate/M&A partner and the resident partner at our London office

Excellence in international and cross-border operations

Chambers and Partners’ analysis of our firm’s operations

A leading Brazilian law firm with significant experience advising on local law aspects of the largest and most complex international projects in the market. Typically seen in a Brazilian counsel role, and often called upon by a host of the world’s largest multinational companies to advise on business in Brazil, the firm also frequently partners with leading firms in other major economies to provide complimentary local and international expertise. The law firm’s international focus is represented in its global footprint, with offices in London and New York and a reputation for cross-border issues involving Japan.

(…) The law firm’s full-service platform also includes notable international capacity across financing, M&A, disputes and energy, (…). Other important areas of expertise such as corporate investigations, tax, investment funds and competition law attract global corporations across industry sectors, with the firm representing some major players in the financial, automotive, energy and logistics sectors.

"A physical presence makes a significant difference. Our proximity to foreign clients is an important aspect that allows us to better understand their particular characteristics and needs. Foreign clients often want to discuss more strategic matters and seek a broader view of Brazil to assist in their decision-making – something that goes beyond legal counseling. They want a proactive firm that is capable of providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the Brazilian scenario, one that can simplify complex realities and anticipate needs instead of just remedying immediate problems and situations"

Amadeu Ribeiro

Antitrust partner and the resident partner at our New York office

Leading growth and transformation in Brazil and Latin America

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Country and region-focused groups drive our international operations

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Talent development on a global scale

Serving and representing clients with business interests in various parts of the world requires exemplary knowledge of Business Law. To improve our professionals’ skills and specializations, the firm has a longstanding tradition of referring them to postgraduate (LL.M.) courses at renowned foreign universities.

After completing the course, our lawyers work for a year at international firms before returning to Brazil, providing opportunities for their development while strengthening our relationships with partnering firms. We also receive lawyers from international law firms at our offices in Brazil. 

Learn more about some of the projects we conducted in 2021 that resulted from our partnerships with foreign universities:

Structural Issues in Law Firm Management: Developed by our partner Amadeu Ribeiro in an unprecedented partnership with New York’s Fordham Law School, Structural Issues in Law Firm Management is a course offering a broad, integrated view of important aspects of managing law firms.

Trilha do Saber Internacional (International Knowledge Trail): Classes with professors from institutions such as the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Columbia University that promote exchanges of knowledge on different legal topics.

Uniweek: Classes with professors from institutions such as the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Columbia University that promote exchanges of knowledge on different legal topics.

University of Oxford: Classes with professors from institutions such as the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Columbia University that promote exchanges of knowledge on different legal topics.

Brazil Forum UK: A partnership with leading universities in the United Kingdom to promote the Brazil Forum UK, an annual event organized by Brazilian students to discuss matters relevant to Brazil’s development.

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