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Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha


Experience Summary

Paulo graduated from Universidade de São Paulo Law School in 1993 and earned an LL.M. in Corporation Law from New York University School of Law in 1997. He then worked for two years as a Foreign Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in New York. He is an Officer of the International Bar Association, Chair Emeritus of Lex Mundi and a member of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and of the Advisory Board of "Working Group on Legal Opinions" of the American Bar Association.  An expert in M&A, Corporate Law and Corporate Governance, Paulo authored many articles on the subjects and co-authored the book "Business Laws of Brazil" (WestThompson, 2015, 4th edition), and has been nominated for many years a "leading lawyer in his field" by directories such as IFLR, Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, LACCA, Leaders League, Latin Lawyer 250 and the Brazilian Análise Advocacia 500.


  • 2018: Advised Federal-Mogul Motorparts in the formation of a Joint Venture with Fras-Le.
  • 2017: Haldor Topsoe in the sale of its heavy duty diesel and stationary catalyst businesses to Umicore, for EUR 120 million. Advised Unilever in the acquisition of Solo ATS, the holding company of Mãe Terra. Kingspan Group in the acquistion of shares in Isoeste Construtivos. Advised Pro Mach in the acquisition of P.E. Labellers
  • 2016: Advised Dover Corporation in the acquisition of Wayne Fueling Systems from Riverstone Holdings for USD 780 million. Advised Dover Corporation in the in the sale of Tipper Tie to JBT Corporation for USD 160 million. Advised Genstar Capital in the acquisition of the Operational Excellence and Risk Management (OERM) assets from IHS Global Inc and IHS Global Canada. Advised International in the acquisition of the website Advised Sonaca and Eltra in the acquisition of equity stake in Sopeçaero and Pesola from Eltra (Airbus Group). Advised Outfront Media in the sale of its Brazilian subsidiaries to JCDecaux / Corameq in the context of the sale of Outfront Latin America for USD 82 million.
  • 2015: Advised CRH in the acquisition of cement plants from Lafarge/Holcim for EUR 6.5 billion. Advised Guerbet Group in the acquisition of Mallinckrodt Group's contrast media and delivery systems business, for approximately USD 305 million. Advised AkzoNobel in the sale of its global paper chemicals business to Kemira OYJ for EUR 153 million. Advised Lojas Salfer in the subscription of 7% of the capital stock of Máquina de Vendas. Advised Smart AD Server France in the acquisition of Smart AD Server do Brasil from  AuFeminin for EUR 37 million. Advised Itochu Corporation in the acquisition of 50% of Naturalle Agro Mercantil. Advised ScanSource of Network1 for BRL 157 million. Advised Total Produce Holdings in the acquisition of 60% of Argofruta and Argofruta B.V. Advised Access Information Holding in the acquisition of P3Image.
  • 2014: Advised Hub International in the sale of Harmonia Corretora de Seguros to Howden for BRL 70 million. Advised Suominen in the acquisition of Ahlstrom Corporation's home and personal wipes fabrics business for EUR 170 million. Advised Legrand in the acquisition of 49% of Daneva. Advised Italia Independent in the incorporation of a joint venture. Advised Alent in the sale of Alpha Metals Brazil stencil business’ assets to Metalfoto. 
  • 2013: Advised Fibria in a sale of a forestry assets company to Parkia Participações for BRL 1.65 billion. Advised Log Commercial Properties, subsidiary of MRV, in the sale of 9.90% of its shares to a private equity fund managed by Banco Bradesco BBI for BRL 278 million. Advised AkzoNobel in the sale of its chlorine dioxides for water treatment global business to Ecolab. Advised Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica in the acquisition of immunization and treatment products from Zoetis (Pfizer). Advised Dayco Group in the acquisition of Metalurgia Solano, Itaparts, and the trademarks of Nytron Group. Advised Legrand in the acquisition of 51% of Daneva. Advised Sterlite in a 50-50 Joint Venture with Conduspar. Advised Café do Centro in the sale of the company to AC Café. Advised Strata Systems, subsidiary of Glen Raven, in the acquisition of 50% of Geo Soluções Participações, and indirect acquisition of Geogrupo Engenharia Geotécnica Ambiental and Geo Soluções Engenharia.
  • 2012: Advised Fibria in the sale of its paper mill in Piracicaba to Oji Paper for USD 313 million. Advised Outotec Group in the acquisition of Demil Manutenção Industrial. Advised Central Resources Group in the acquisition of Koch Petróleo do Brasil, holder of certain concession agreements before ANP and certain Risk Agreements before Petrobras, for USD 37.5 million. Advised Fibria in the sale of its KSR paper distribution company to Suzano Papel e Celulose.


Mr. Rocha was named by Chambers Latin America and Chambers Global as a top practitioner and valued for his "experience and hands-on approach. He was also nominated as a "leading lawyer in his field" by the following directories: Legal 500, IFLR, Who's Who Legal (M&A and Corporate Governance) and Análise Advocacia (Corporate Law and Contracts).
In 2015,  Mr. Rocha was again recommended by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA), in Mergers & Acquisitions.
"He's an excellent negotiator and has a dynamic view of how to do business." (Chambers Global) "Civil, genial, competent, professional and attentive." (Chambers Report)
"Always personally available or can be contacted through his team. He has a solid background in the law and excellent relationships with other law firms in Brazil and abroad." (Chambers Report)



  • 1997: Mr. Rocha earned an LL.M. in Corporation Law from New York University School of Law.
  • 1993: Graduated from Universidade de São Paulo Law School .
Paulo Rocha


Portuguese; English; Spanish

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