Promotions contribute to the strategic expansion of several practices
Ten senior associates were promoted to partners at TozziniFreire Advogados — Bárbara Bassani of the Insurance and Reinsurance practice group; Christiane Alvarenga and Erlan Valverde of the Tax practice group; Carla do Couto Battilana of the Corporate/M&A and Cybersecurity/Data Privacy practice groups; Fernando Carvalho of the Corporate/M&A practice group; Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke and Lucas Mejias of the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups; José Augusto de Castro of the Public Law practice group; Luiz Rafael de Vargas Maluf of the Capital Markets and Banking & Finance practice groups; and Patricia Bandouk Carvalho of the Antitrust practice group.
According to the CEO of TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Serec, these promotions are not only a legitimate result of the talent development process within the firm, but they also contribute to the strategic expansion of our business. "Brazil’s new government gave the sign the market expected to potentiate new businesses in the country. As a full-service law firm, the growth of these key areas is a natural consequence of this optimistic perspective", says Serec.
More details about the new partners:
Bárbara Bassani holds a doctorate in Civil Law from USP (Universidade de São Paulo), a master’s degree in Civil Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (SP), same institution where she was granted her bachelor’s degree. Bárbara is a member of the Insurance Law Committee of OAB/SP (Brazilian Bar Association - São Paulo section) and of AIDA (International Insurance Law Association). She is also a professor of insurance law at higher-education institutions.
Carla do Couto Battilana holds an LL.M. from the University of Chicago (USA). She is specialized in Corporate Law from IICS (International Institute of Social Sciences) and in Business Contracts from FGV-SP (Fundação Getulio Vargas). Carla is a graduate of the Law School of PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo). In addition to Corporate Law, she works in the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Technology & Innovation and Intellectual Property practice groups.
Christiane Alvarenga holds an LL.M. in Tax Law from Georgetown University (USA). She is specialized in Tax Law from USP (Universidade de São Paulo) and a graduate of the same institution. She has extensive experience in tax consultancy and tax litigation.
Erlan Valverde is a graduate of the Law School of São Bernardo do Campo (SP). He studied Principles of International Tax Law at the IBDF (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation). Erlan has more than 15 years of experience in assisting Brazilian and foreign companies in several tax matters.
Fernando Carvalho holds an LL.M. from the University of Chicago (USA) and is a graduate of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (SP). He works in the Corporate/M&A and Private Equity areas.
Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke holds a Doctoral degree in Civil Law from USP (Universidade de São Paulo), a master's degree from UFRGS (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) and he is a graduate of PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul). He is a director of CBAr (Brazilian Arbitration Committee) for the 2018-2021 triennium. Guilherme is also a professor in postgraduate courses in Private Law and Arbitration at several institutions in the South of Brazil.
José Augusto Dias de Castro holds an LL.M. in Public Law from LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science - UK) and a master’s degree in Constitutional Law from IDP (Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público). He is also specialized in Tax Law from IBET (Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Tributários) and in Business and Corporate Diplomacy from ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing). He is a graduate of the Law School of PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul).
Lucas Mejias holds a Master’s degree in Procedural Law from USP (Universidade de São Paulo). He is specialized in Arbitration from the Continuing Education Course of the Law School of FGV-SP (Fundação Getulio Vargas) and a graduate of the Law School of USP. Lecturer in classes and events on Civil Procedure and Arbitration, he is a member of the CBAr (Brazilian Arbitration Committee) and CEAPRO (Centro de Estudos Avançados de Processo). At TozziniFreire, he works in the Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation practice groups.
Luiz Rafael de Vargas Maluf holds an LL.M. in Corporate and Securities Law from the University of Virginia School of Law (USA). He is specialized in Corporate Law from FGV-SP (Fundação Getulio Vargas) and a graduate of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (SP). Rafael has more than ten years of practice in the capital markets and corporate law fields. Between 2016 and 2017, Rafael worked as an international associate in the Corporate/Latin America practice group of the New York office of Simpston Thacher & Bartlett LLP, assisting in merger and acquisition transactions, bond issuances and public offers of shares of Latin America companies, as well as compliance matters, and a litigation in the Supreme Court of New York involving Brazilian company.
Patricia Bandouk Carvalho is specialized in Economic Law from FGV-SP (Fundação Getulio Vargas) and a graduate of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (SP). She is a lawyer at TozziniFreire since 2012 with 14 years of experience in antitrust.