Otavio Carneiro focuses his work on outbound investment in Brazil and Latin America and inbound investment from Brazil in the United States. Otavio has assisted a number of clients in transactional and regulatory work in a variety of sectors, such as oil and gas (farm-in/farm-outs, drilling services, supply agreements etc.), infrastructure, IT, banking, mining, construction, shipping, real estate, and agriculture, among others. He concentrates his practice on cross border and domestic corporate and financing transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, and loan transactions involving foreign banks and multilateral agencies and Brazilian banks, such as the Brazilian Bank for National, Economic and Social Development (BNDES). Otavio also regularly provides regulatory and contractual legal advice and risk matrix analysis to major Asian, European, and U.S. players in relation to public and private bids for their existing or potential activities in Brazil.
Prior to joining Akerman, Otavio worked for 21 years at a top Brazilian law firm where he assisted clients in navigating the complex Brazilian legal system. Otavio is highly regarded for his work in the oil and gas industry, particularly with respect to shipping and shipping finance transactions, and has been ranked as a leading practitioner by publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500, Who is Who, Latin Lawyer, Best Lawyers and Analysis Editorial.