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Giovanni Biscardi

Giovanni Biscardi



Giovanni Biscardi is a member of the firm's Business Transactions Practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate matters. He also assists U.S. private equity funds structuring their investments throughout Latin America.

Giovanni has a long track record of handling complex trans-border transactions for Fortune 500 companies and private equity funds. He has also gathered significant legal and business experience in numerous international jurisdictions, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Italy, and Spain. Additionally, he assists foreign individuals and entities with their investments in the United States.

Prior to joining the firm, Giovanni was a partner of a premier Brazilian law firm, serving as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and managing partner of the Rio de Janeiro office.

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Representative Transactions

  • Represented Brazilian Petrobras S.A. (oil) in a $68.2 billion public offering (NYSE and São Paulo Stock Exchange), the largest to date in the world.
  • Assisted Chinese Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Corp. (WISCO) (mining and steel) in $400 million acquisition of equity participation in Brazilian MMX (mining) and structuring of related off-take iron ore arrangement.
  • Assisted Brazilian Vale S.A. (mining) in 865 million euro investment in Thyssenkrupp CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico steel plant and negotiation of related investment and shareholders’ agreement.
  • Assisted U.S. Equinix (global data center) and U.S. private equity fund Riverwood Capital (technology) in $127 million acquisition of Brazilian ALOG (No. 1 data center in Brazil).
  • Assisted Brazilian Vale S.A. (mining) in $375 million acquisition of participation in Brazilian Empresa Brasileira de Mineração (EBM) (mining) from certain Japanese shareholders, consolidating a 100 percent interest in the company.
  • Assisted Brazilian Vale Fertilizantes (fertilizer), a subsidiary of Vale S.A., in $234 million sale of Brazilian Araucária Nitrogenados (fertilizer plant).
  • Structured the consolidation of $2 billion in power and energy assets (plants, projects, and concessions) of Vale S.A. (mining) and CEMIG (power and energy) into a joint venture.

Other Tech and Financial Services Deals

  • Assisted Canadian Algorithmics (risk analysis technology) in structuring joint venture with the Mexican Stock Exchange.
  • Assisted U.S. private equity fund Riverwood Capital (technology) in $52 million acquisition of Brazilian Synapsis (information technology).
  • Assisted founding shareholders in $33 million sale of Brazilian Suntech (information technology) to Israeli Verint (security technology).
  • Assisted U.S. private equity fund Riverwood Capital (technology) in acquisition of Pixeon (medical systems).
  • Assisted U.S. private equity fund Riverwood Capital (technology) in acquisition of equity participation in VTEX (e-commerce platform).
  • Assisted U.S. private equity fund Riverwood Capital (technology) in $23.5 million acquisition of Brazilian Mandic (information technology),
  • Assisted Brazilian Mandic in subscription of participation by U.S. private equity fund Intel Capital (technology).
  • Assisted Brazilian individuals in sale of Campos Floridos (cosmetics e-commerce) to Magazine Luiza (retail chain).
  • Assisted Brazilian individual in sale of Cobre Bem (payment gateway) to U.K. World Pay (secure payment services).
  • Assisted U.S. Atento (No. 1 provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing solutions in Latin America) in acquisition of participation and restructuring of Argentine Keepcon.
  • Assisted Brazilian iFood (food delivery) in acquisition of online platform in the United States.

Other Infrastructure Deals

  • Assisted Spanish CEMUSA with government RFP and public concessions in the cities of Miami, New York, and San Antonio.
  • Assisted several foreign contractors in negotiations and execution of engineering, procurement and construction agreements with Brazilian El Paso thermoelectric plant.
  • Assisted Previ (Banco do Brasil pension fund — largest in Latin America) and Petros (Petrobras pension fund) in several investment divestitures in the steel sector, including the sale of their participation in Brazilian Acesita S.A. (steel).
  • Assisted Vale S.A. (mining) in $160 million acquisition of equity participation in Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão (jointly with French Arcelor), and subsequent sale of Vale’s participation to Arcelor.
  • Assisted Chinese Citic Group with construction agreement to build coking plant for Brazilian Thyssenkrupp CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico steel plant.
  • Assisted Canadian Tuscany International (oil drilling services) in $220 million acquisition of French Caroil (oil drilling services), a transaction involving multiple jurisdictions (Europe, Africa, and South America).
  • Assisted Canadian Tuscany International (oil drilling services) in $52 million acquisition of Brazil/Ecuador Drill For Perfurações (oil drilling services).
  • Assisted Brazilian Queiroz Galvão in negotiations with the government of Nicarágua associated with the construction of two hydroelectric plants in such country (Tumarín and Boboke).
  • Assisted Brazilian Vale S.A. (mining) in $80 million acquisition of Brazilian Candonga hydroelectric project.
  • Assisted Brazilian Haztec (waste management) in corporate restructuring and reorganization, including issuance of debentures and the negotiation of financing facilities with financial institutions and investment agreements among shareholders.
  • Assisted Brazilian Vale, S.A. (mining) in acquisition of Brazilian Santo Inácio eolic energy project.

Other Pharma and Retail Deals

  • Assisted German Bayer AG (pharmaceutical) in world divestiture of insecticide and cleaning business unit (responsible for Brazil).
  • Assisted Dutch QE Investments in acquisition of participation in Dutch C-NOVA (e-commerce), listing of such company’s shares (NYSE and Paris Stock Exchange), and subsequent 40 million euro sale of such participation through a tender offer (NYSE and Paris Stock Exchange).
  • Assisted Brazilian Toptherm (No. 1 direct sales group in Brazil) in establishing Nutop International as a subsidiary to launch its business in the United States.
  • Assisted Brazilian Omni55 in negotiations and formation of, a joint venture with Brazilian Cobasi (No. 1 pet store chain in Brazil).

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Brazilian Bar Association (1995-present)
  • New York Bar Association (2001-present)
  • CEO, Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (2012-2014)


  • The George Washington University Law School (LL.M., 1999)
  • Escola da Magistratura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (MBA, 1996)
  • Universidade Candido Mendes (J.D., 1993)
Bar Admissions
  • Brazil
  • New York
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Court Admissions
  • New York State Courts


  • Partner, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007-2014)
  • Partner, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2004-2007)
  • Associate, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2002-2004)
  • Law Clerk, Adorno & Zeder, Miami, FL (1999-2002)


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