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Grenfel S. Calheiros
Partner
 
Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 1455
12th Floor, Suite 121
São Paulo, SP 04543-011 BR
 
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Phone: +55-11-3546-1011
Fax: +55-11-3546-1002

Head of the Firm’s São Paulo office, Grenfel Calheiros advises clients on M&A and capital markets transactions, with a primary focus on Latin America and especially Brazil. His clients have included a range of leading companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in cross-border acquisitions, securities offerings and other complex corporate matters. Recently, he has been involved in Technology Crossover Ventures’ investment in Nubank; several investments by Softbank in Latin America; the SEC-Registered IPO of Linx’s ADS; the SEC-registered re-IPO of CPFL Energia; BRF in numerous bond offers; Netshoes’ merger with Magazine Luiza; Burger King Brazil in its IPO and equity follow-on offerings; Totvs in its equity follow-on offering; several transactions by Blackstone Real Estate Partners, including the R$1.4 billion acquisition of Alphaville; the $4.8 billion acquisition of Sadia by Perdigão and the related $2.4 billion SEC-registered equity offering by BRF S.A. and several bond offers by Embraer, GOL and Marfrig as underwriters’ counsel. Grenfel spent the first nine years of his career in Simpson Thacher’s New York office. He is fluent in Portuguese.

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Work Highlights
  • Netshoes in its US$148.5 million IPO and its merger with Magazine Luiza
  • Softbank in several acquisition transactions in Latin America
  • Debt and equity offerings by Linx, CPFL Energia, Totvs, Eneva, Burger King Brazil, Unigel, Andrade Gutierrez, Gol Linhas Aéreas, Magazine Luiza, Embraer, Telefonica Brasil, Marfrig
  • Underwriters in Telefonica Brasil’s US$5.5 billion equity offering
  • Blackstone Real Estate Partners in several transactions, including the R$1.4 billion acquisition, along with its Brazilian partner Pátria Investimentos, of 70% of the share capital of Alphaville Urbanismo S.A.
  • BRF in numerous bond offerings
  • Perdigão S.A. in its $4.8 billion business combination with Sadia S.A. and the related $2.4 billion SEC-registered equity offering by BRF-Brasil Foods
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, 2003 LL.M.
  • University of São Paulo, 2000 J.D. Equivalent
Admissions
  • New York 2005

Grenfel S. Calheiros is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and Head of the São Paulo office. He regularly advises clients in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, with a primary focus on Latin America and particularly Brazil.

Grenfel has represented clients on a broad range of transactions in Brazil and throughout Latin America, including leading companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other complex corporate matters. He has recently participated in leading transactions in Latin America, including the SEC-Registered IPO of Linx’s ADS; the SEC-registered re-IPO of CPFL Energia; Burger King Brazil in its IPO and equity follow-on offerings; Totvs in its equity follow-on offering;  several bond offers by Embraer, GOL and Marfrig as underwriters’ counsel; numerous bond offerings by BRF. In addition, he was involved in the $4.8 billion acquisition of Sadia by Perdigão and the related $2.4 billion SEC-registered equity offering by BRF-Brasil Foods, the Telefonica Brasil’s US$5.5 billion equity offering, the Nasdaq-listed IPO offering by MercadoLibre and several equity and debt offerings by Embraer. Grenfel is active in representing a number of Brazilian issuers, including BRF, CPFL Energias Renovaveis and BIOSEV in their international equity offerings. He also regularly represents major financial institutions, including BTG Pactual, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in a variety of securities offerings, including for such issuers as Embraer, Marfrig, RadioShack, Smithfield Foods and Forest Oil. 

In mergers and acquisitions, Grenfel has participated in various private equity projects, including representing private equity firms Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Patria Investimentos in the acquisition of Alphaville Urbanismo S.A. and the representation of Polymer Group, Inc., a Blackstone portfolio company, in its acquisition of Brazilian company Companhia Providência Indústria e Comércio. He has also recently represented Technology Crossover Ventures in its investment in Nubank, Centerbridge in its strategic collaboration with Vectis Partners, Netshoes’ merger with Magazine Luiza; several investments by Softbank in Latin American and SBA Communications Corporation in connection with its acquisition of 800 freestanding wireless towers from one of the leading broadband wireless carriers in Brazil–its first transaction in Brazil. Additionally, he was involved with TPG-Axon in its acquisition of a joint-controlling stake in Brazilian Finance & Real Estate Participações. He has represented financial advisors in connection with several cross-border mergers, most recently serving as counsel to J.P. Morgan in connection with UnitedHealth Group’s $4.9 billion acquisition of Amil Participações in Brazil. 

Grenfel received his law degree in 2000 from Universidade de São Paulo and his LL.M. in 2003 from the University of Chicago Law School. He spent the first nine years of his career in Simpson Thacher’s New York office. Grenfel is fluent in Portuguese and is admitted to practice in New York.

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