Wednesday, 6 November 2019, Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil

To mark our ninth annual M&A conference, we are committing to having an even split of men and women on our speakers list. We think this sends a powerful message and helps to shine the spotlight on the fantastic women M&A lawyers practising in Latin America today. Latin Lawyer has long championed the importance of diversity, including through our regular women in law surveys. One theme that repeatedly comes up is the importance of visible women role models, which we hope this conference will play a part in providing.  There is widespread demand for greater participation of women in speaking roles at our events. Indeed, we already endeavour to have at least one women per panel on all of our events, but we want to raise the bar for our M&A event. We will have the same highly substantive content as always; this time with some fresh faces who will bring new perspectives and a diverse range of opinions. Our aim is to bring to the audience a stellar line up of fantastic men and women sharing their highly valued opinions on the current hot trends in M&A law.

Latin America’s M&A landscape remains as exciting and varied as ever. Speakers will consider the rise in public M&A deals, looking at recent hostile takeovers in the region, the role of company boards in corporate governance and the behaviour of shareholders, not least the emergence of shareholder activism.  As governments across Latin America continue to launch new infrastructure projects, a place has emerged for M&A activity alongside the financing structures more traditionally used to get projects off the ground. Panellists will discuss the associated opportunities in this and other, growing sectors, such as the tech industry. We will also hear what lenders have to say about Latin America’s M&A forecast as well as touching on the latest compliance issues. Throughout the day, the discussions will consider the implications of all of these topics on cross-border transactions, given their growing frequency in Latin America.

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137


Francisco Müssnich

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

Francisco Müssnich or Chico, as he likes to be called, is one of the founders of the BMA. He has unparalleled experience in a wide range of corporate matters and highly complex mergers and acquisitions.

Has actively participated in several cases of national and international arbitration and provided strategic advice on hostile takeovers and litigation situations. He has represented a list of clients, leaders in his area of ​​operation, in historical transactions in Brazil, in the last two decades.

In 2014, Chico was named one of the 15 most powerful lawyers in Brazil.

Monique Mavignier

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

Monique is a partner in the BMA's corporate area, with solid performance on both the buyer and seller side of public and private M & A transactions , asset disposals, financial and private equity  investments and corporate and capital market issues in general.

She has extensive experience with national and international clients in various sectors of the economy, such as beverages / food, retail, energy, technology and construction.

Paola Lozano

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Paola Lozano is co-chair of Skadden’s Latin America Group and heads the firm’s Spanish language corporate practice. She also has served as a member of the firm’s Policy Committee.

Paul Schnell

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Paul Schnell has been named one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. and has been recognized globally and in the U.S. as a leading lawyer in areas such as M&A, private equity, corporate governance, corporate, finance, health care and Latin America.

Keynote Speakers

Arminio Fraga

Founding Partner, Gávea Investimentos, Rio de Janeiro

Mr. Arminio Fraga is the founding partner at Gavea Investimentos, an investment management firm he founded in August 2003, and the chair of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, which he founded in 2019, both based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mr.  Fraga was the Chairman of the Board, BM&F Bovespa, Brazil’s securities, commodities and derivatives exchange, from April 2009 to April 2013, and was the President of the Central Bank of Brazil from March 1999 to December 2002.  

From 1993 until his appointment as Governor of the Central Bank, he was Managing Director of Soros Fund Management in New York.  From 1991 to 1992, he was the Director responsible for international affairs at the Central Bank of Brazil. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Salomon Brothers and Garantia Investment Bank.


Marcelo Barbosa

President, Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Marcelo Barbosa is Chairman of the Securities Commission (CVM).

Bachelor of Laws from Rio de Janeiro State University Law School (UERJ) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from Columbia University, New York, USA.

He was a professor of Commercial Law - Corporations of UERJ (2000-2001), and Corporate Law at the Continuing Education Program of FGV-Rio (2007-2015). Since 2016, he has also served as a professor of FGV-Rio Corporate Law and Capital Market Cases.

He has served as Chairman of the Curating Council of the Estudar Foundation and member of the Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centers Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) and the Acquisitions and Mergers Committee (CAF), as well as the Fiscal Counselor of the Lemann Foundation.


Fabio Nazari

Managing Director, Partner, BTG Pactual, São Paulo

Francesca Odell

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York

Guillermo Jorge

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

Larissa Arruy

Mattos Filho, São Paulo

Lindsay Sykes

Ferrere, Santa Cruz

Lorenza Langarica O'Hea

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

Natalia García Arenas

Gómez Pinzón, Bogotá

Vanessa Dager

Managing Director M&A Co-Head Sellside Group, New York


8.45: Welcome coffee and registration

9.15: Chairs’ welcome

9.20: Opening keynote address

Arminio Fraga, founding partner of Gávea Investimentos and former president of Brazil’s Central Bank, Rio de Janeiro

10.00: The bankers’ view: an M&A forecast

To kick off the conference and set the scene, leading bankers will discuss deal flow, opportunities and challenges in Latin America.  Prominent regional and international bankers will share their insights on emerging trends around Latin America, and provide their outlook on M&A activity in 2020, identifying hot sectors, as well as the types of deals taking place within them. They will discuss the impact of new political frameworks and officeholders in key Latin American economies, including how this is affecting strategic, PE and investor interest. 

Paul Schnell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Fabio Nasari, Managing Director, Partner, BTG Pactual, São Paulo
Vanessa Dager, Managing Director M&A Co-Head Sellside Group, New York

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Cross-border deal-making in a fast changing world of compliance

The burden of compliance in M&A transactions is felt by companies around the world, but particularly in Latin America, a highly-regulated region. Participants in the region face a rapidly changing regime, facing new domestic and international regulatory and "best practice" requirements.  Just as deal-makers are coming to grips with the need for heightened due diligence of third parties and purchase agreement provisions for anti-bribery laws, they must also contend with burdensome data protection and other privacy laws and understand successor liability concerns for past and continuing infractions, as well as penalties imposed for violations and the post-closing costs of heightened compliance oversight.  The challenge is exacerbated for multi-jurisdictional corporates on both the sell and buy side, given the applicability of regulations in different countries. In this panel, speakers will consider the state of play around Latin America and ask how companies should approach cross-border deal making across a variety of different compliance frameworks. Panellists will also discuss the best way to interact with regulators in order to ensure timely approval of deals and, where possible, limit post-closing liability.

Lindsay Sykes, Ferrere, Santa Cruz
Guillermo Jorge, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

12.30: Networking lunch

13.30: Keynote address

Marcelo Barbosa, President, Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

14.15: From taking control to optimising exits: current trends in private equity deal-making

Private equity funds continue to be key players in Latin America. Speakers from some of the region’s most active international and domestic funds will join experienced legal practitioners to discuss the buying and selling behaviours of PE funds today, including both control and minority investments. Panellists will also discuss the effects of demands for higher governance standards by PE when investing in Latin American companies. Meanwhile, when it comes to exiting their investments, funds are looking to new practices, such as parallel sale/IPO processes and the use of rep and warranty insurance, to eliminate post-closing recourse.

Paola Lozano, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

15.15: Finding a space in the tech M&A field

Tech is the most active M&A area in the US and increasingly in other parts of the world. This panel will discuss developments in Latin America in social media, FinTech, EdTech, cryptocurrencies and other sectors, and prospects for more activity by domestic and international players, including the increasing push by global giants into the region, and push back against these companies in order to protect emerging domestic companies and encourage competition.  Speakers will also discuss the availability of equity and debt funding for early- and later-stage start-ups, IPOs and acquisitions.

Larissa Arruy, Mattos Filho, São Paulo
Natalia García Arenas, Gómez Pinzón, Bogotá

16.15: Coffee break

16.45: M&A battlefields: the rise of the hostile takeover and shareholder activism

The rise of public M&A activity in Latin America requires legal practitioners to build new skill sets, not least an understanding of hostile takeovers and shareholder activism for the increasing number of public companies with dispersed ownership. Speakers will lead an interactive discussion involving the audience based around recent case studies of hostile bid for companies. In the event of a hostile approach, various stakeholders need to act fast. This panel will interact with attendees to discuss answers to difficult questions posed by hostile bidders and targets and their different constituencies, including shareholders, board members, management and regulators, in order to help their clients to respond effectively, taking into account the substantial differences between the US legal system and those in Latin America. Panellists will also discuss with the audience challenges in dealing with domestic and global shareholder activists in campaigns to effect governance changes and oppose M&A deals.

Francesca Odell, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York

17.45: Chairs' closing remarks

18.00: onwards: All delegates are invited to the drinks reception kindly hosted by Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom

Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email


Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel, Alameda Santos, 1437 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01419-001, Brazil


  • “The conference was very well organised and the level of speakers made it really productive and interesting.” Fernanda Ruiz Tomasoni Laender, Senior Counsel
    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

  • “Latin Lawyer conferences provide a great forum for the latest industry trends and regulations as well as networking with the leading industry players in the region. The quality of speakers and topics of discussion deliver a balanced academic and practical view of the law.” Marco Solano, Aguilar Castillo Love


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In The Press

Top economist Arminio Fraga to keynote Latin Lawyer M&A conference

30 August 2019

Gavea Investimentos founding partner and Central Bank of Brazil former president Arminio Fraga will deliver the opening keynote at the upcoming Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual M&A Conference, which takes place in São Paulo this November.