Gibson Dunn Adds Of Counsel to São Paulo Office

March 14, 2012

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Fernando Almeida has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  He will be based in the firm’s São Paulo office.  Almeida is returning to Gibson Dunn where he worked from 2004 through 2006 in the firm’s New York office.  In the interim, Almeida practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in its New York and São Paulo offices. 

“We are pleased to welcome Fernando back to Gibson Dunn,” said Kevin Kelley, Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Latin America Practice Group and its Capital Markets Group.  “His extensive experience with Brazilian companies and banks, especially on equity and debt capital markets transactions, will be of significant value.” 

Lisa Alfaro, Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Latin America Practice Group and Partner in Charge of the São Paulo office, said “Fernando’s broad corporate experience and knowledge of Brazilian markets will enhance our ability in this strategic area.”

Gibson Dunn has been committed to its Latin American and Brazilian practice for more than two decades, representing many of the region’s largest corporates during that time, as well as leading multinational banks on cross-border matters for major regional issuers.  The firm’s São Paulo office was opened in 2009 to provide international legal advice to clients on capital markets, energy and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, fund formation, real estate, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and international arbitration matters.

Almeida has experience in a wide range of corporate transactions.  He has represented issuers and underwriters in cross-border public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and private placements and bank financings.  He also has experience advising foreign investors in the acquisition of and joint venture formation with Brazilian public and private companies and serves as counsel to Brazilian companies in cross-border business combinations by advising on applicable U.S. securities laws.

He earned his law degree from the University of São Paulo School of Law and LLM from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  He also holds an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas.  He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in English and Portuguese.