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Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky


Experience Summary

Luciana is graduated in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo School of Law, has a Master's Degree in Law from Harvard Law School and attended a Postgraduate Program in Tax Law (ITP-International Tax Program) at Harvard University. She worked in New York at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 2000 to 2002. She is a member of the International Trade and Foreign Relations Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association, São Paulo Chapter (OAB/SP), and of the International Bar Association (IBA). Luciana is the author of the chapter "Contracts in International Trade" ("Contratos no Comércio Internacional" in the book International Trade Law (Direito do Comércio Internacional), coordinated by Antonio Carlos Rodrigues do Amaral, published by Aduaneiras, 2004; the chapter "Brazil" in the book Securities World 2005 - Jurisdictional Comparison, published by European Lawyer, 2005; and the chapter "Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, and Other Legal Entities" in the book Business Laws of Brazil, published by West, 2009-2010. She also published articles related to the corporate law practice, such as: "Takeover under Brazilian Law", published in the magazine IBA-International Business Lawyer, October 2003; and "Shareholders' Agreement for an Indefinite Term" ("Acordo de Acionistas por Prazo Indeterminado") on BM&F Bovespa's website, June 2010.  She has been the Vice President of the Law School Association of Brazil since 2006. Mrs. Tornovsky was elected for the Executive Committee of the Harvard Law School Association, she is currently a member of the Harvard Business School Angels of Brazil and co-chair of Harvard Women Alliance in Brazil. She is a member of the Pro Bono Committee and coordinator of the Social Responsibility area at Demarest. She is a member of the "Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas", an initiative of the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice, linked to the New York City Bar.


  • 2017: Advised Dell EMC in the sale of a business unit to Open Text Corporation for USD 1.6 billion.
  • 2017: Advised Zoetis in the sale of a business unit to União Química for BRL 500 million. The transaction also contemplates a prior Zoetis' corporate reorganization and a Manufacturing and Supply Agreement.
  • 2017: Advised Magna in the sale of the manufacturing plant in São Bernardo do Campo to Lear.
  • 2016: Advised Ashland Inc. in the segregation of its Valvoline business, concluded through a USD 660 million IPO.
  • 2016: Advised the private equity fund DST Global on a USD 80 million investment in the FinTech NuBank.
  • 2016: Advised Leprino Foods in the acquisition of 49% of Lactojara.
  • 2016: Advised Katrium on the sale of assets to Bauminas Química, as well as the signing of a Take-Or-Pay Supply Agreement for the period of 10 years.
  • 2016: Advised Nova Opersan in the acquisition of 51% of the capital stock of Saneamento Ceará from Alpha Saneamento Participações (a company owned by Alphaville Urbanismo).
  • 2016: Advised Nova Opersan in the acquisition of 87% of the capital stock of All Fluentes do Nordeste (formerly named All Metais).
  • 2015: Advised JTI and JTI Processadora de Tabaco in the acquisition of Fluxo.
  • 2015: Advised Lojas Salfer in the subscription of 7% of the capital stock of Máquina de Vendas.
  • 2015: Advised DVA Agro in the sale of shares in UPL do Brasil to United Phosphorus.
  • 2014: Advised Ashland Inc. on the USD 1.8 billion worldwide sale of its subsidiaries in Brazil.
  • 2014: Advised Rhodia in a JV with GranBio for the production and commercialization of bio-butanol.
  • 2013: Advised NSF on the BRL 33 million acquisition of Bioensaios.
  • 2013: Advised the investors of Seller in the sale of their shares to Lojas Leader (owned by BTG Pactual).
  • 2012: Advised Fibria on the BRL 313 million sale of Piracicaba paper mill to Oji Paper.
  • 2012: Advised Diebold on the acquisition of GAS Tecnologia.


Luciana has been recommended by all the major legal rankings:

  • Chambers Latin America,
  • Chambers Global,
  • Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA),
  • LACCA Thought Leaders,
  • Latin Lawyer 250,
  • Leaders League (in the Startups & Innovation section),
  • The Legal 500, and
  • Who's Who Legal.



  • 2000: LL.M. from Harvard University, USA.
  • 2000: Postgraduate Program in Tax Law (ITP - International Tax Program) at Harvard University, USA.
  • 1997: LL.B. in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) School of Law, São Paulo, Brazil.


Portuguese; Spanish; English

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