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Latin Lawyer

Watch: Diversity Initiative of the Year Award winner Mattos Filho

Mattos Filho was the recipient of Latin Lawyer’s Diversity Initiative of the Year Award for its support of Jewish and Muslim staff in light of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Speaking at the awards ceremony in May, partner Lisa Worcman explains the importance of supporting staff through crises and the difficulties that the firm faced implementing this project.
Worcman accepted the award on behalf of Mattos Filho and its religious affinity network LiRe in São Paulo on 9 May. Latin Lawyer announced the firm as this year’s recipient in January.

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Valor Econômico Internacional

Americanas scandal spurs scrutiny on executive bonus recovery

The accounting scandal at retail chain Americanas has intensified discussions around “clawback” policies for recouping bonuses and benefits previously awarded to executives. This practice is becoming increasingly common both in Brazil and the United States, particularly among Brazilian companies with ADRs listed on the American market, such as Ambev and Vale, which already implement such rules.
Antonio Tavares Paes Júnior, a partner at Costa Tavares Paes Advogados with a master’s degree in corporate law from Columbia University, reports a surge in inquiries about clawback clauses. “The Americanas case has shed light on a topic that was previously obscure and rarely discussed outside confidential settings,” he said.

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Latin Lawyer

“Cleaning up” governance adds value, stress M&A experts in Brazil

Strengthening corporate governance is vital for companies looking to increase their profitability and attractiveness to investors amidst subdued activity in Latin America’s M&A market, indicated panellists at Latin Lawyer Live: Mergers & Acquisitions in São Paulo last week.
While concerns regarding sound governance and its correlation with profitable dealmaking is not a new phenomenon in Latin America, experts at the conference highlighted that with M&A activity having experienced a 40% dip across the region in 2023 compared to the previous year, companies must work harder to attract investment in light of less favourable market conditions.

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Law.com

Brazil Sees Diminishing Dividends From ‘Car Wash’ Probe

Compliance efforts in Brazil have taken another step backward after the country’s Supreme Court recently overturned high-profile convictions related to the sweeping “Car Wash” corruption probe.
Investigations that began a decade ago into the multibillion-dollar kickback scheme reverberated throughout Latin America, taking down top executives and even former presidents, while creating a compliance culture practically from scratch.

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Global Competition Review

CADE prepares to block first deal on vertical theory of harm

Remedies are insufficient to offset the competitive harm caused by the merger of a key health insurer and healthcare services provider, Brazil’s antitrust agency has said in its first significant decision on a vertical tie-up since releasing guidelines on such deals earlier this year.
The Administrative Council for Economic Defence’s investigative arm revealed on Monday it is challenging Unimed’s proposed acquisition of Fundação Ouro Branco, a subsidiary of Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau Açominas.

Click here and read the article on Global Competition Review.

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Global Restructuring Review

INSOL, San Diego: pitfalls and possibilities in LatAm DIP financings

Regulatory restraints on banks and antiquated insolvency frameworks are holding some Latin American countries back when it comes to debtor-in-possession financing, according to a panel of insolvency specialists at INSOL’s annual conference, but there is cause for optimism with new laws and proposed legislation creating friendlier environments in Brazil and Mexico.

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Bloomberg

Trading Carbon Credits Globally Creates Corporate Tax Challenges

Corporations are increasingly turning to tax lawyers to help manage intercompany pricing transactions involving the buying and selling of carbon credits.
The credits lack regulation and much market history, posing a challenge for applying transfer pricing laws, attorneys and consultants said.
“We still don’t know what tax authorities want us to show them to prove that we are compliant,” Thais Rodrigues, partner at Mattos Filho in Rio de Janeiro, said in an interview.

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Games Magazine

The bureaucratic complexity of the granting process for operating fixed-odd bets

New ordinance includes the Ministry of Sports in the authorization process for companies in Brazil and further delays the granting process, which can take more than 200 days. In this analysis, Fabio Kujawski and Isabela Fernandes Pereira, partner and lawyer at Mattos Filho respectively, state that “bona fide operators cannot be harmed in their activities by manifestly impractical regulatory deadlines and long periods of analysis of the grant request.

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Valor Econômico Internacional

CARF sets record, reduces backlog by R$110bn

The Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF) has successfully reduced its backlog, closing high-value cases and achieving record volumes of judgments. In April alone, CARF processed about R$110 billion in cases, marking the highest volume since December 2019. This administrative body is a key component of the Ministry of Finance’s strategy to increase revenue and meet this year’s zero-deficit target.

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The Latin American Lawyer | Iberian Lawyer

Two firms acted on the SIMgular’s sale to It’sSeg Company

Freitas Ferraz Advogados advised SIMgular, a company focused on corporate benefits management, specialized in health and dental, on its sale to It’sSeg Company, an insurance company controlled by Acrisure, an american company, operating in over 20 countries. The buyer, in turn, was assisted by the law firm Mattos Filho.

The operation was completed on May 2nd, 2024, and it is the 13th acquisition for It’sSeg since the company was founded 10 years ago by executive Thomaz Menezes, former CEO of brokerage firm Marsh and insurer SulAmerica.

Click here and read the article on The Latin American Lawyer.

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