Isabel Costa Carvalho

Isabel Costa Carvalho

Partner, São Paulo

Email isabel.carvalho@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +55 11 3074 3501

Fax +55 11 3078 3411

LanguagesEnglish, Portuguese, Spanish

Practice groupCorporate

Isabel Costa Carvalho understands how business and markets work, and is recognized as a leading international capital markets lawyer for the great majority of Brazilian financial institutions. Over the past 20 years, she has assisted Brazilian companies in international transactions, including listing their shares on the NYSE, guiding them in corporate governance structuring, raising capital to fund business development, or assisting on complex cross-border M&A transactions.

Isabel advises and speaks extensively on anti-bribery laws and corporate governance issues, an area in full development in Brazil. She assists clients in setting up compliance programs to fit their unique needs, industries, and risks, and guides them in solving problems when they arise, including leading investigations and dealing with relevant authorities.

Isabel began her career in London, where she spent six years with a major international firm then moved to Brazil to assist with the opening of the firm's new office. She later joined Hogan Lovells to lead its São Paulo office. Her diverse practice gives her the chance to assist clients from many industry sectors, including financial institutions, energy, infrastructure and logistics, technology, retail, and real estate. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, she is able to help clients of different cultures all around the world.

Isabel is regularly quoted in journals and featured at seminars concerning corporate governance, compliance, and anti-bribery laws. She's recognized as an outstanding practitioner by publications including Chambers and Best Lawyers.

Awards and recognitions

2017

Capital Markets (Brazil)
Chambers Global

2014-2017

Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global

2014

Chambers Latin America 2014, Brazil: Capital Markets – International; Latin America-wide: Capital Markets

2014-2017

Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global

2013

Latin America: International Firms – Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 Latin America

2013

Latin America: International Firms – Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 Latin America

2013

Latin America: International Firms – Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 Latin America

2013

Who's Who Legal Brazil: Capital Markets

Education and admissions

Education

LL.M., King's College London, 1992

Law Degree, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, First Class Honours, 1989

Memberships

Member of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, London, 1992-98

Member of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance, 2010-12

Bar admissions and qualifications

Brazil

Portugal

Representative experience

Advising Brazilian companies on their NYSE listings, including Eletrobras, Brazil's largest electricity company.

Advise Brazilian financial institution on its debt capital markets transactions, including setting up MTN Programs and takedowns and tender offers.

Advised Brazilian companies and foreign companies in Brazil in connection with setting up their anti-bribery compliance programs and investigations.

Advised on more than 50 Brazilian company IPOs, including BB Seguridade — Latin America's largest IPO in the last five years.

Advised Suramericana in its acquisition of assets in various Latin American countries.

Advised Eletrobras in the project financing of Candiota power plant by China Development Bank, the first Brazil-China financing.

Advised Light S.A. and other companies in the electricity sector in debt restructurings and advised Usiminas S.A. in liability management.

Latest thinking and events

Events

Global bribery and corruption webcast

Publications

Brazil GIR's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations

Hogan Lovells Publications

Doing Business in Brazil

Hogan Lovells Publications

Global Bribery and Corruption Review 2014

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