Economic Overview & Business Opportunities
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the most famous and important city in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is a cosmopolitan city and the door to investments in the country. The region is an important business hub and is the headquarter of the biggest Brazilian companies.
Mr. Buschmann is a lawyer and business consultant since 1999, helping many international companies and investors to succeed in the Brazilian market. Mr. Buschmann is also an entrepreneur in the real estate, financial, shipbuilding and service provider market and very prepared to assist business in the Country. Moreover, Mr Buschmann lead a competent team in the lawfirm Buschmann & Associates – Attorneys and Counselors at law as well is the CEO of B&A Participações.
ABOUT BUSCHMANN & ASSOCIATES – ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS
Buschmann & Associates – B&A – advises Brazilian and multinational clients in the structuring and execution of operations and projects many business sectors as Real Estate, energy, oil and gas, shipbuilding and offshore equipment, infrastructure, taxation, import and export of services and equipment, mergers and acquisitions, purchase and sale of shares or assets, loans and financing, foreign investment and capital markets. B&A’s lawyers have more than 15 years of experience serving multinational companies based throughout the world’s major business centers, including the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa with in-depth solutions tailored exactly to clients, their projects and their markets.
B&A’s experience also includes mergers and acquisitions, project finance, civil law, tax and customs, regulatory, corporate, environmental, labor and employment, litigation, international arbitration, and dispute resolution.
B&A maintains a wide network of strategic relationships with professional services firms and business collaborators in key locations in Brazil and around the world.
Core practices and services:
• Tax Law
• Cross-Border Transactions
• Oil and Gas
• Shipbuilding, Shipping and Offshore equipment’s.
• M&A, Corporate Alliances and Restructuring
• Business Planning
• Real Estate
• Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Corporate Law
• Public Sector
• Infrastructure, Engineering and Construction
• Mining and Natural Resources
• Technology and Telecommunications
• Diversified Industries
• TAX LAW
In Brazil’s complex tax system, attention to taxation is crucial in any business sector or negotiation. Our team does more than assist and advise our clients. We anticipate and alert clients constantly to changes in legislation and to financial implications of taxation. Our tax services include: tax coaching and preventive tax consulting; strategy and risk management in tax planning; administrative and judicial tax litigation; project financing and tax incentives; management of tax assets or liabilities; and tax due diligence.
• CROSS-BORDER TRANSACTIONS
Our attorneys have extensive experience in cross-border transactions across Latin America as well as in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Asia and Africa. We advise clients on M&A, joint ventures, tax law, commercial agreements and dispute resolution, direct investment, market entry, international borders issues, international trade contracts, international dispute resolution, and agent contracts. In terms of sectors, our international experience includes oil and gas, energy, shipping and shipbuilding, engineering, construction and infrastructure, industrials, telecom, technology and consumer.
• OIL AND GAS
B&A attorneys have extensive experience in the entire oil and gas supply chain, ranging from the internationalization process of national oil companies to pipelines and gas stations. Our oil and gas attorneys have advised the Brazilian government on designing the country’s current oil and gas regulation and on structuring the gas industry in Brazil. We offer a wide range of international, public and corporate legal services, including advice on E&P bidding rounds, construction and engineering of offshore exploration and production facilities and refineries, offshore services, shipbuilding, national content requirements, tax law, deep sea technology and environmental requirements. In services, we have extensive experience that includes acquisition of turbines, seismic data acquisition, well drilling, completion and evaluation. In trade, our experience includes import and export of oil for refining and agent contracts for suppliers.
• M&A, CORPORATE ALLIANCES AND RESTRUCTURING
Our attorneys are experienced in domestic, inbound, outbound and global mergers and acquisitions deals, joint ventures and corporate alliances in a diversified range of industries such as oil and gas, energy and renewables, infrastructure, shipping and shipbuilding, food and beverage, entertainment, technology and education.
B&A attorneys are also experienced in debt and corporate restructurings.
Our clients count on our attorneys’ support and experience in a range of financial instruments, including project finance, private equity, receivables securitization, energy-related finance, and government-sponsored credit lines, development financing, and R&D financing.
• BUSINESS PLANNING
Our business planning practice combines abilities from a diversified range of legal disciplines, with finance, economics, marketing and accounting. We provide our clients with advice that balances business planning with strong legal strategy.
B&A offers a variety of services in traditional and renewable energy, from the engineering and construction of plants to generation and commercialization of electricity. Our attorneys advise clients on energy-related finance, including fundraising, receivables securitization and project finance. We also provide legal support in hydroelectric and thermoelectric generation and transmission.
• SHIPBUILDING, SHIPPING AND OFFSHORE EQUIPMENT´S
Our team has strong expertise in shipbuilding. Services available include technical assistance issues, shipbuilding financing, ship design, engineering and construction of shipyards and ships, ship parts and services. We also assist our clients in national content and other regulatory requirements, financing, environmental and international trade matters.
In shipping, we advise on a range of areas, including corporate law, tax law, labor, fiscal aspects of international trade, and compliance with all regulatory normatives from the sector.
• LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
B&A has represented clients in litigation in several sectors, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration. By offering a full range of services such as consulting and coaching, our attorneys are able to better prepare clients to be successful in litigation with providers, business counterparts, contractors and the public sector.
• CORPORATE LAW
B&A provides a range of corporate law services including M&A, partnerships, franchising, joint ventures or consortia, shareholder agreements, restructurings, market entry or exit or public concessions. We also advise on commercial agreements, commercial dispute resolution, tax implications and intellectual property.
• PUBLIC SECTOR
Our partners’ extensive experience with public sector entities and state-owned companies allows them to offer solid support for clients dealing with central and local government-related matters in Brazil. Our experience includes industry regulators and government agencies such as ANP, Aneel, Anatel, ANS, DNPM, among others. Procurement, national content requirements, development financing, tax law and state-backed shipbuilding financing are among the public sector-related services offered by B&A.
• INFRASTRUCTURE, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
Our attorneys offer a wide range of project-related services, including Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), public sector requirements, labor and tax matters and financing. In the oil and gas sector, our experience includes government-backed research and development, subsea engineering, processing plants and pipelines, and other areas of industrial engineering and construction. The projects in which we have participated have ranged from infrastructure to real estate and large industrial projects.
• MINING AND NATURAL RESOURCES
B&A has experience in supporting clients in obtaining and maintaining exploration and mining licenses with the national mining authority DNPM. In areas such as iron ore and coal, our attorneys have advised large global companies on issues that include M&A, arbitration, litigation and labor.
• TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Our experience in technology projects includes high-end offshore and deep-sea projects, shipping, Finep-backed projects, life science and health.
• DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIES
B&A is able to offer services such as M&A, corporate law, tax law, dispute resolution, commercial support and franchising to a large variety of sectors, including entertainment, food and beverages, health, education and defense.
We have experience in safeguarding intellectual property of foreign companies in Brazil and of Brazilian companies abroad.