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João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro

João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro

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João Ricardo’s practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and foreign investments. He counsels publicly-held and private companies, business conglomerates, foreign investors and private equity funds in connection with corporate law matters. João Ricardo also assists corporations and shareholders on matters related to corporate governance, strategic investments and assets located in Brazil.


Bachelor of Laws – Universidade de São Paulo (USP);

Master of Laws (LL.M.) – Cornell University Law School, USA;

PhD (Candidate) in Corporate Law – Universidade de São Paulo (USP).


Chambers Brazil – Corporate & M&A (2009 – 2023);

Chambers Global – Corporate & M&A (2000 – 2024);

LACCA Approved – Corporate & M&A (2015 – 2021) and Corporate & M&A: Thought Leaders (2015 – 2024);

Latin Lawyer 250 – Corporate & M&A (2020 – 2021, 2024) and Corporate Governance, Management (2020 – 2021);

The Legal 500 – Corporate & M&A: Leading Individual (2012 – 2019, 2021 – 2024);

Análise Advocacia – Corporate (2008, 2009, 2014 – 2024) and São Paulo (2014 – 2024);

Euromoney Expert Guides – Best of the Best Latin America: M&A (2016, 2022);

IFLR 1000 – M&A: Highly regarded (2018 – 2023) and Leading Lawyer (2015 – 2017);

Who’s Who Legal Brazil – Corporate Governance (2014 – 2023), M&A (2014 – 2023), Thought Leaders Brazil: Corporate Governance (2020, 2022, 2023) and Thought Leaders Brazil: M&A (2022 – 2023);

Who’s Who Legal Global – Corporate Governance (2019, 2020, 2023), M&A (2019, 2020, 2023), Global Elite Thought Leaders: Corporate Governance (2023) and Global Elite Thought Leaders: M&A (2023).

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Latin Lawyer

Brazil and Mexico’s 2020 M&A volume holds strong, but Colombia and Peru drop

​M&A activity in Latin America’s biggest two markets during the first half of 2020 was consistent with 2019 levels, according to data collected by Latin Lawyer, while Colombia and Peru saw a decrease.

The overall number of M&A deals recorded in Latin America fell in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Our research is based on M&A deals submitted to Latin Lawyer by law firms and that were closed, signed or announced in the first six months of 2020 and 2019.
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Cleary, Mattos Filho and Pinheiro Neto in 7.8 billion reais Caixa deal

​​Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in São Paulo and New York and Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados in São Paulo have helped French insurer CNP Assurances agree a joint venture with Caixa Econômica Federal to distribute life insurance and pension plans in Brazil for nearly 30 years. Click here and learn more.

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