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As the economic relationship between the United States and Brazil grows in intensity and diversity, a legal team with the knowledge and experience of both countries' economies, cultures, and legal systems is vital for businesses and investors. Akerman’s Brazil practice team counsels clients on both inbound and outbound investments, transactions, disputes, and regulatory issues involving the United States and Brazil. In addition to our bilateral experience, our team works closely with our Latin America and the Caribbean practice to provide comprehensive coverage across the region.

Our team, featuring bilingual lawyers, some licensed in both Brazil and the United States, has first-hand knowledge of the Brazilian economy, legal system, and culture. We advise clients on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity,  venture capital, real estate and construction projects and financings; advisory work on international trade matters, including cross-border trade policies and regulations, customs issues, preferential trade agreements, export controls, and trade policy developments in Brazil and the United States; regulatory and anti-corruption guidance and investigations; infrastructure and project finance; capital markets transactions, debt restructurings, and international contract negotiations. The Akerman team has extensive experience representing both Brazilian and U.S. clients in cross-border litigation and arbitration in the U.S., Brazil, and arbitral forums around the world.

Our work spans sectors, including energy, shipping, oil and gas, food and agriculture, real estate, automotive, retail, banking, media, telecom and technology (including fintechs). Our team includes lawyers who have practiced for years in both Brazil and the United States, and has a track record of innovation, including executing the first-ever Rule 144A capital markets transactions for Brazilian issuers. 

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