Demarest Announces New Banking and Finance Partner

Experienced lawyer in the banking and financial law area, Helen Naves joins the firm’s team


Demarest announces the hiring of Helen Naves to join its team of experienced professionals. The new partner will act in the areas of banking and financial law. Over 20 years, Helen Naves has worked in the financial market at prominent institutions, including banks Safra and Santander.

A graduate of Law from the University of São Paulo, she specialized in Capital Markets Law and earned a master’s degree in Commercial Law, from the same institution. Helen Naves also holds an LL.M in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law from the Fordham University School of Law in New York.

An experienced manager of interdisciplinary teams, the new partner has a strong track record of representing Brazilian issuers and intermediary institutions in various issuances and public offers of debentures, promissory notes, agribusiness receivables certificates and certificates of real estate receivables.

“Naves, with her experience, is a strategic acquisition for foreign investments in Brazil, supporting the structuring of projects in the banking and financial areas, as well as an important leadership in the new economy”, highlights Paulo Coelho da Rocha, managing partner at Demarest.

Throughout her career, Helen has represented several banks as financiers, and has also advised several foreign investors, including financial institutions, providing analysis and counsel for making investments in Brazil. She also has vast experience in drafting various commercial, operational and partnership agreements for provision of services of payment institutions and related financial services in the nearly six years she spent as a partner at previous firm Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados.

“I bring to Demarest my experience working in other firms and in the financial market itself to further strengthen an area that already has excellent professionals”, says Naves. “Our combined forces will allow us to deliver services of the highest level to our clients, in line with current economic challenges,” she adds.