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Isabel Carvalho

Clifford Chance LLP

São Paulo, , BRA


Isabel Costa Carvalho is a partner with the Sao Paulo, Brazil office of Clifford Chance. She previously practiced for six years in the Clifford Chance London office in the area of international capital markets, with a focus on Latin America, before being transferred to Sao Paulo to assist in the opening of the office in Brazil. Ms Carvalho heads the international capital markets practice in Brazil. She has acted in various international capital markets transactions, as well as banking and M&A transactions, primarily linked to Brazilian companies but also in Latin America.

Ms Carvalho's area of specialization is capital markets, where she has advised banks and issuers alike, in relation to both equity and debt offerings, including high yield bonds, structured notes and setting up of ADR programs. Her experience includes:

  • Share offerings of the following companies: Bompreco, Petrobras, Brasil Telecom, ALL, Grendene, Localiza, TAM, OHL, Cyrela Brazil Realty, Tractebel, Duratex, Company, Banco do Brasil, M. Dias Branco, Brasil Ecodiesel, Odontoprev, Bematech, Even, Ecorodovias, Gafisa, Banco Sofisa, Cremer, JBS, Usiminas, Log-in, Tegma, Banco Indusval, Bicbanco, Tempo Participacoes, Light, Banco Daycoval, EDP ¡V Energias do Brasil, Magazine Luiza, Sonae Sierra Brasil, Renova Energia, Unicasa, BB Seguridade and Iguatemi.
  • Acting on debt issues for a large variety of issuers, including: Banco BMG, Banque Safra Luxembourg, Banco Safra, Banco do Brasil, Banco Cruzeiro do Sul, Banco BVA, Banco Daycoval, Banco Nordeste do Brasil, Banco Industrial e Comercial ¡V BicBanco, Banco Panamericano, Banco Mercantil do Brasil, Banco Pine, BES Investimento do Brasil, BNDES, Cimento Tupi, Energisa, Grupo Financeiro CrediQ, Corp., Tonon Bionergia and Aralco.
  • Setting up ADR Level I Programs to Light, Localiza, Odontoprev and Valid.
  • Advised Brazilian companies in connection to U.S. regulatory requirements and corporate governance practices, including setting up FCPA programs involving the following companies: Petrobras, Eletrobras, Vale, Sabesp, Safra, and TAM.

Ms. Carvalho was recently recognized as a Band 1 international capital markets lawyer practicing in Brazil by Chambers and Partners, and was also included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers Brazil for capital markets.

Ms. Carvalho graduated from the Law School of the Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil with a specialisation in Financial Law. She obtained her LLM from the University of London.
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