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António Manuel França Aires


Experience Summary

Mr. Aires has over 30 years of continued experience in Corporate and Banking Law and Credit Reorganization and Restructuring. He is a member of Demarest Advogados since 2001, and a Partner since 2002. He is in charge of the Banking and Corporate Reorganization and Restructuring areas, currently merged into a larger area of Corporate Finance. Among the clients he has assisted and presently assists are Santander, Safra, Banco do Brasil, HSBC, General Electric, Credit Suisse, Cetelem, BGN, Banco Pátria, CSN, ISS Servisystem, Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento, Deloitte Consultoria, Busscar, Ambev, and Adecco.

  • Mr. Aires is a founding member and was a legal advisor of the Portuguese Institute for Strategic and International Studies (IEEI - Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais).
  • He is a member of the Brazil-Portugal Chamber of Commerce.
  • He also participated in the Center for Economic Law Research of the Post-Graduation Studies at Pontifícia Universidade Católica.
  • Former visiting professor of Capital Markets in the Post-Graduation Studies at Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa (INSPER), in derivatives, and, in 2015, in foreign exchange and restructuring legal matters.
  • Former visiting professor of Real Estate Financing at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-SP).
  • Frequently invited to participate as speaker in Banking and Restructuring Law in local and foreign seminars, colleges, courses for executives, lectures in the Brazilian Bar Association, American Bar Association, Lex Mundi, Deloitte, among others.​​​
  • Author of Reorganization and Banking Law Articles.
  • Author of a Chapter on Estate Planning and Corporate Restructuring in "Governing the Family Enterprise" (Dom Cabral Foundation).
  • Author of the Chapter on Insolvency of Corporate Groups in Quartier Latin Publishing House's edition celebrating 10 years of the enactment of Law no. 11 101/05.
  • Author of the Chapter on International Insolvency in number III of the book Direito Internacional em Análise (International Law under Review).


​Among the financial operations and also in and out of court reorganizations, we highlight the international lease of railway equipment between Banco Santander and Ferronorte, later transferred to Vale do Rio Doce, the financing by Banco Santander to an oil exploitation equipment company, collateralized by the vessel and receivables from Petrobras, Project Finance funded by Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES - Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social) transferred by BBA (currently Itaubba) for the construction and operation of three small hydroelectric power plants, structured financing transaction for the port terminals company Santos Brasil, loan by the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal) to Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) in the amount of R$ 1 billion, Buyer's Credit export financing operation and participation in Collateral Package with funds from the BNDES, representing the borrower, Transportadora de Gas de Peru, and structuring of various guarantees for Banco Comercial de Peru in local operations of Brazilian companies such as Ambev and Odebrecht.
In regard to in-court or out-of-court reorganization and restructuring procedures in which Mr. Aires works or has worked, the restructuring of Vale do Ivaí Sugar-Cane Mill and wind-power company Tecsis deserves a special mention.
In regard to in-court reorganization procedures, Mr. Aires had a significant participation in the following: Varig, Agrenco, Frigorifico Independência, Busscar, Insol, Delta Engenharia, Passaredo and Grupo Rede.


  • Nominated as a "leading lawyer" in Banking & Finance practice by Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, IFLR, Latin Lawyer 250, and Who's Who Legal since 2009.
  • Nominated as a "leading lawyer" in Corporate restructuring by Chambers Latin America, and Latin Lawyer 250.



  • Graduated from Universidade de São Paulo Law School in 1980.
  • Graduated in Administration from Universidade Mackenzie.
António Manuel França Aires


Portuguese; English


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