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José Luis de Salles Freire

José Luis de Salles Freire

Practice Groups

Corporate Law and Foreign Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Banking & Finance

Contact

Office: São Paulo
Phone: (55 11) 5086-5217

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Professional experience

José Luis is a founding partner of TozziniFreire and Chairman of its Executive Committee. In addition to overseeing the firm’s Corporate practice, José Luis actively assists clients in his areas of expertise, including mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, and a wide range of issues affecting capital markets and publicly held corporations. With a deep knowledge of local and international contracts in general, he is frequently sought to help coordinate the most complex operations of national and international companies from many different economic sectors.As an authority on corporate law and professional services management, he is frequently invited to write and lecture on relevant themes to the national economy and its relations to other countries, in Brazil and abroad.

Recognition:

José Luis is frequently recognized as a leading lawyer in international legal publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, PLC Which Lawyer?, Who’s Who Legal, and IFLR 1000, among others. He is also recommended by Latin Lawyer – Masters of M&A.In 2008, he was awarded the Robert G. Storey International Award for Leadership from the Institute for International and Comparative Law of the Center for American and International Law.In 2014, he was awarded by Chambers & Partners the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Languages:

  • English

Education:

  • MCJ from the New York University (NYU) in 1976.
  • Studied at the Academy of American and International Law, organized by the Center for American and International Law, USA, in 1975.
  • Postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in 1974.
  • Graduate of the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1971.

Additional activities:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors the Association of Brazilian Law Firms (CESA).
  • Member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Brazil (Amcham).
  • Vice-chair of the Executive Board of the Institute for International and Comparative Law of the Center for American and International Law.
  • Member of the Corporate & International Trade and Banking & Finance committees of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC).
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA).
  • Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
  • Member of the American Bar Association (ABA).
  • Member of the Council of the Americas.
  • Former president of the World Law Group (WLG).
  • Former president of the Association of Brazilian Law Firms.
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBOVESPA).

Publications:

  • Co-author of Business Operations in Brazil (Washington: Tax Management International).
  • Several articles in relevant journals and newspapers.

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