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Ricardo Peres Freoa

Corporate/M&A, Post-M&A, Regulation & Enforcement of Financial and Capital Markets

Ricardo is a leading expert in providing legal counsel to national and international companies, specializing in complex matters involving corporate law, accounting, and finance. With extensive experience advising large publicly-traded companies and investors in the securities market, he excels in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and business contracts. He is a trusted advocate representing companies, administrators, and investors in enforcement proceedings before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM).


Ricardo's background encompasses a deep understanding of corporate conflicts within publicly-traded and privately-held companies, including limited liability and joint-stock corporations, in both judicial and arbitral settings.

He is an active member of the Corporate Conflicts and M&A Disputes Committee at the Brazilian Institute of Business Law (Ibrademp) and an associate of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr).


  • Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

  • Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP).


The Legal 500 publication recommends Ricardo in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions.

Ricardo is listed as one of the most admired lawyers in Brazil by the publication Análise Advocacia.


  • Advised Eneva S.A. on the business combination with Focus Energia S.A. and the private subscription of debentures issued by Focus Energia S.A.

  • Assisted VTRM Energia S.A., a joint venture of Votorantim Energia S.A. and Canada Pension Fund Investments Board (CPP IB), on the business combination with Companhia Energética do Estado de São Paulo – Cesp, which resulted in the creation of Auren Energia S.A.

  • Advised Omega Energia S.A. on the business combination with Omega Geração S.A.

  • Supported Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel in carrying out a share conversion program and formation of share deposit certificates (units) with migration to Level 2 of Corporate Governance at B3 S.A. – Brazil, Stock Exchange, Counter.

  • Advised Arezzo Indústria e Comércio S.A. on the business combination with Vamoquevamo Empreendimentos e Participações S.A. (Fashion Reserve Group).

  • Guided Companhia Paranaense de Energia - Copel in the process of transformation into a widely-held company without a controlling shareholder.


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