As the name suggests, this is a dual-mission practice. Its focus has migrated from a property rights perspective to a broader business perspective. This move includes the arrival of a new partner, Rossana Duarte Fernandes, who has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate sector. This practice counsels clients on real estate transactions, infrastructure projects and financing for large real estate developments with asset or mortgage backed securities.
One of the main activities undertaken by this practice in 2014 was counseling clients on asset securitization through the sale of real estate assets and land subdivision agreements. In addition to tackling everyday assignments such as buying and selling real estate, leasing and due diligence, this practice provides counsel on large-scale and sophisticated transactions. The firm’s attorneys counseled Real Estate Investment Funds (FII), a fund managed by the Federal Savings and Loans Bank (CEF), in structuring and executing investments for the “FII Porto Maravilha”, an urban landscaping project to restore the port area in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The newly established Forestry Investments practice represents clients in structuring and negotiating forest based assets in various regions of Brazil. Such clients include investors and investment funds. We also act for Timberland Management Organizations (TIMOS) in their operating agreements, including the purchase and sale of timber, as well as other forestry companies or companies using wood as a raw material.
The Forestry Investments team also counsels companies in the agribusiness sector on negotiations involving rural properties, such as purchasing, leasing and partnership agreements, surface rights and usufruct.
Furthermore, the attorneys in this practice are well-equipped to advise clients on regulatory matters involving government agencies and other government authorities, including Brazil’s National Institute for Agrarian Reform (INCRA), the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and the Department of Federal Assets (SPU).