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Maria Lucia Almeida Prado e Silva


Experience Summary

Graduated in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), expert in corporate transactions, with over 35 years of experience. Maria Lúcia has a Specialization in International Law at the Southwestern Legal Foundation, University of Texas, United States. Among her major clients, she regularly advises Monsanto, Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit Brazil, Visteon, Henkel, Ball Corporation, Mercer, Lupo, Panasonic, Komatsu, EMC, Tower, Rockwell, Alsco, Singer, Phibro Animal, Usina São Manoel, further to other important clients. She is a member of the Decision-Making Council of the Institute for the Development of the Social Investment (Instituto para o Desenvolvimento do Investimento Social - IDIS); member of the Corporate Committee of the Law Firms' Study Center (Centro de Estudos das Sociedades de Advogados – CESA); member of the Editorial Committee of the Communication and Marketing of the Brazilian Financial Executives Institute in São Paulo (Instituto Brasileiro de Executivos de Finanças de São Paulo- IBEF); and partner in charge of the Corporate area of Demarest Advogados.


  • 2015 Advised Ford Credit Brazil, Tower and Rockwell Automation on corporate restructuring transactions.
  • 2014 and 2015 Advised Monsanto, Henkel and Visteon on several corporate transactions.
  • 2014 Advised Visteon on the purchase of the electronics division of Johnson Controls for USD 265 m.
  • 2014 Advised Visteon on the sale of part of its global interiors business to Cerberus Capital Management for USD100 m.


Nominated as "leading lawyer in her field" by Análise Advocacia in the Corporate area since 2006.



  • ​1988: Southwestern Legal Foundation - University of Texas, Especializada em Direito Internacional
  • 1979: Bacharelado em direito pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP).


Portuguese; English

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