Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP has announced the promotion of four of its lawyers to partnership. Following this initiative, as of January 1, 2012, Tauil & Chequer Advogados will have 14 partners. The newly promoted professionals are Roberta P. Caneca, from Tax, Leonardo P. Costa, who focuses on oil and gas, Guilherme Vieira da Silva, from mergers and acquisitions, and Salim Saud, who will take care of projects; the last three lawyers are from Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions. “We are very happy with the promotion of our new partners. They are extremely well qualified and their promotion was the natural course for their careers to follow with our firm”, said Alexandre Chequer, one of the firm’s founding partners.

“In addition to their top quality legal skills and unquestionable experience in their practice areas, each lawyer has shown leadership, commercial awareness, excellence in the provision of services and commitment to team work and the special characteristics of the firm. They have already made significant contributions and now as partners they will have an important role in the ongoing development of our ability to offer global solutions for our clients’ legal and business needs” added Chequer.

Please find below a short profile for each new partner

*Roberta P. Caneca, Tax, São Paulo
Roberta Caneca focuses her practice on the tax aspects of infrastructure projects involving multinational corporations in different sectors and jurisdictions, like oil and gas (upstream and midstream), energy, chemical, and constructing. She advises them on all issues relating to indirect taxation and special customs regimes, and also represents them in tax litigation before both administrative and judicial courts.

*Leonardo P. Costa, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (oil & gas), Rio de Janeiro
Leonardo Costa’s practice is focused on domestic and international energy transactions. He represents oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies structuring, negotiating and documenting energy projects, including exploration and production contracts, joint operating agreements, drilling contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and LNG projects, with focus on Brazil and West Africa. He has also significant experience representing clients in domestic and international arbitrations regarding oil and gas exploration and production contracts.

*Guilherme Vieira da Silva, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, Rio de Janeiro
Guilherme Vieira da Silva focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets. Guilherme has assisted buyers, sellers and financial advisors in the process of stock and asset acquisitions, structural finance, mergers, tender offers, stock for stock acquisitions, shareholder’s agreements, corporate governance structuring involving both Brazilian and foreign corporations.

Salim Saud, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (projects), São Paulo
Salim Saud Neto is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on contracts, M&A, construction, infrastructure, and arbitration matters. Being highly specialized in construction and praised by clients for his experience in the field, Salim is responsible for some of the most relevant projects conducted in Brazil in the past few years, such as the first ethanol pipeline in the world.

Founded in 2001, Tauil & Chequer is one of the most successful and fastest-growing law firms in Brazil, with more than 80 lawyers and offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The firm serves clients across a range of practice areas, including corporate, M&A, intellectual property, real estate, tax, project finance and construction.

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with 20 offices in key business centers worldwide. The firm has more than 1,650 lawyers, including approximately 900 in the Americas, 450 in Europe and 300 in Asia. Mayer Brown is noted for its commitment to client service and its ability to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal and business challenges. The firm serves many of the world’s largest companies and organizations and is particularly renowned for its US Supreme Court and Appellate, Litigation, Corporate and Securities, Finance, Real Estate and Tax practices. For more information, please visit www.mayerbrown.com.

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