Magalhães Ferraz & Nery - Advocacia, says one partner from a rival firm, is "simply the best for antitrust in Brazil.
At the time of going to press, though, Brazil's largest and perhaps best-known antitrust boutique had just announced a major change in its structure, with the departure of Tércio Sampaio Ferraz.
The firm was founded 30 years ago by Carlos Francisco de Magalhães (a Who's Who nominee). Historically, Magalhães has had a hand in many if not most of Brazil's major antitrust matters, including the Brahma/Antarctica deal that created Ambev, South America's largest brewer, the ill-fated and politically-charged Nestlé/Garoto deal and many of the country's cartel cases, including an ongoing fuel retailer cartel.
Now, together with partner and litigation scholar Nelson Nery and new name-partner Gabriel Nogueira Dias, Magalhães will head Magalhães Nery e Dias Advocacia. The firm will continue to have one of the largest antitrust practices in Brazil, with 14 antitrust specialists - two partners and 12 associates. Clients include AmBev (Inbev), Bunge Fertilizantes, Cia de Petróleo Ipiranga, Comgás (British Gas/Shell), Daimler-Benz, Google Inc, Hamburg Süd (Allianz), Lafarge, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, SEB, Souza Cruz (BAT), Suzano Papel e Celulose, Telefónica.