Brazilian full-service law firm Lefosse Advogados has recruited a competition and antitrust lawyer who will open an office for the firm in Brasília, the capital of Brazil.
The arrival of partner Paula Azevedo brings the firm’s total partner count to 50. Azevedo was previously a commissioner at the Brazilian competition authority, CADE, where she represented the authority before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and before various organizations dedicated to international trade.
During her career, she has also coordinated cartel investigations and acted as a negotiator for competition matters within Mercosur, the South American trade bloc that promotes economic and political cooperation between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Azevedo will also do international trade work for the firm.
Lefosse managing partner Rodrigo Junqueira said the opening of an office in Brasilia responds to a need to expand the firm’s institutional presence “due to growth in regulatory demand from national and international clients.”
The firm has approximately 450 legal professionals based in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Lefosse has been in expansion mode since Junqueira assumed the managing partner role for a three-year term that started in July.
Since then, the firm has lured lawyers from local rivals to reinforce its restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution practices, poached a five-lawyer tax team and landed a six-person life science and health care team.