Souto Correa appoints partner to new life sciences group

 

04/02/2021 – Latin Lawyer
Davide Montagner – (Click here)
Author | News Reporter

 

Brazilian Highly Recommended firm Souto Correa Advogados has hired a partner from local intellectual property boutique Kasznar Leonardos to lead its new life sciences and healthcare department.

Souto Correa announced on 1 February that it had launched the new practice group and appointed partner Anderson Ribeiro as head of the new team, made of four other lawyers and one consultant.

The hire comes after the firm announced the promotion of Patrícia Mota Alves, Otávio Domit, Fábio Henrique di Lallo Dias and Luis Alberto Salton Peretti in January, which boosted its labour, disputes and energy practices. Souto Correa now counts 29 partners in total. The opening of the new practice, which aims to expand the firm’s business in the health sector, follows growing investment in that industry by Brazilian companies, part of which can be attributed to the pandemic, according to Souto Correa’s managing partner Guilherme Rizzo Amaral.

“One of the main challenges brought by the covid-19 pandemic was the need to accelerate the pace of innovation,” Amaral says. “The introduction of new technologies has raised the demand for expertise and by bringing in Anderson we are responding to the growing need for professionals in the field,” he adds.
Ribeiro has over nine years of experience in the legal market and knowledge of the life sciences field, relating in particular to healthcare and clinical trials, as well as food and drug law. “By joining a full-service firm like Souto Correa, we aim to broaden the size and scope of work the team handles to provide a better service to our clients,” says Ribeiro.

Before joining Souto Correa, Ribeiro was an equity partner at Highly Recommended boutique Kasznar Leonardos for the past six years. Launched in 2012, the boutique handles legal issues in the intellectual property area. It is visible advising on patent prosecution cases in Brazil’s federal courtrooms, while it is agile in getting matters seen by Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO). Latin lawyer reached out to the firm for comment, but did not
hear back before publishing.

Souto Correa stands out for its litigation and M&A areas, while its tax and labour groups also come recommended. In December, the firm elected Amaral as managing partner, replacing Carlos Souto who had held the position since the firm was founded in 2013. Before that, it bolstered its corporate and capital markets group by hiring a partner from Lefosse Advogados.