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Bruno Soares

Partner

São Paulo

Soares Bruno
Bruno Soares

Partner

São Paulo

Bruno is a Partner in the Banking, Projects, Energy and Infrastructure group and acts as the head of our Latin America practice. Based in our São Paulo office and regularly in our New York office, he is joined by other senior Portuguese and Spanish-speaking attorneys working full-time on major Brazilian and Latin American transactions. He has over 20 years’ working experience in Brazil, Latin America and Africa relating to a variety of transactions including banking, projects, M&A and capital markets. Bruno is a native Portuguese speaker and fluent in English and Spanish. He also has a solid knowledge of German.

Bruno is ranked by leading publications such as Chambers Latin America and Legal 500 for his expertise in projects and banking & finance, and is ranked as a Notable Practitioner in IFLR1000 (2019).

Bruno's experience includes advising:

  • Vale, Posco, Dongkuk Steel and Companhia Siderúrgica de Pecém (CSP) in the development and USD3.1bn project financing of CSP's integrated steel mill in the State of Ceará, Brazil. 
  • Cielo S.A., the largest Latin American credit card processing company, in a USD1bn bilateral credit facility with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. 
  • Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém, as borrower, and Vale S.A., Dongkuk Steel Mill Co. Ltd. and Posco, as guarantors and sponsors, in the restructuring of its USD3.1bn project financing for the development of its integrated steel-slab mill located in the State of Ceará, Brazil, provided by a syndicate of banks, led by, among others, 
  • Apollo Global Management in relation to the USD1bn CELSE LNG to Power plant in Brazil. 
  • Bank of China and a syndicate of Asian and Western commercial banks in the acquisition financing of Empresa de Generación Huallaga S.A. (EGH) by China Three Gorges. The financing was structured as a project financing. EGH owns and operates the 456 MW Chaglla hydroelectric power generation plant and related assets, including all transmission lines to interconnect the plant to the Peruvian national grid.
  • VLI Multimodal S.A. in respect of an up to USD30m unsecured term loan facility to be made available by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to VLI Multimodal S.A. and guaranteed by VLI S.A.

News & insights

Publications: 04 DECEMBER 2019

IT and operational failures: financial services in the spotlight

There is unprecedented demand for and use of technology in the financial services sector.  However, greater reliance on technology brings with it increased levels of risk.  In particular, IT incidents and even brief disruptions to digital services may have a significant impact on clients and the markets.

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News: 28 NOVEMBER 2019

Financing role for A&O on LVMH's acquisition of Tiffany & Co

Paris/New York: Allen & Overy has advised the banks on one of the largest deals ever in the luxury sector. A EUR15 billion equivalent loan facility is being used to finance the agreed acquisition by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (“LVMH”), the world’s leading luxury group, of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) (“Tiffany”), the global luxury jeweller, making it one of this year's flagship deals in the European loan market.

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Middle East International Law Firm of the Year

News: 28 NOVEMBER 2019

Chambers Middle East Awards 2019

A&O wins Middle East International Law Firm of the Year plus UAE Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year at the inaugural Chambers Middle East Awards.

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Publications: 09 FEBRUARY 2018

Brazilian shipping case law update: the Superior Court of Justice brings calm to troubled waters

In May 2016, we reported the decision of the São Paulo Court of Appeals to refuse to recognise a Liberian mortgage taken on behalf of bond investors over a Liberian-flagged FPSO, on the grounds that Liberia was not party to either the Convention on Private International Law signed on 20 February 1928 (also known as the Código de Derecho Internacional Privado or the Bustamante Code) or the International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to Maritime Liens and Mortgages 1926, also known as the 1926 Brussels Convention. Furthermore, the São Paulo Court of Appeals held that the FPSO was not a moveable asset because it would remain off the Brazilian coast for over 20 years.

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Office

São Paulo

Allen & Overy LLP - Consultores em Direito
Estrangeiro / Direito Norte-Americano, Rua das Olimpíadas, 100 - 10ºandar, Vila Olímpia
São Paulo
CEP 04551-000

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2010

Admitted: Brazilian Bar Association, Brazil, 1996

Academic

LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2003

LL.B., Catholic University of Salvador, Salvador, BA, Brazil, 1996