Alvaro Schmidt Gallo Neto joined the Firm in 1998. He integrates the Transactional practice group, with focus on Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and also co-leads the Agribusiness industry group. Alvaro has a wide breadth of experience in advising clients on acquisition and joint venture operations in the most diverse areas of industry and business, such as agribusiness, chemicals, port terminals (including storage of liquid and solid bulk), transport and logistics services, food and information and communication technology.
Awards and Recognitions
Alvaro has been recognized for his work by the main legal directories such as Leaders League, Who´s Who, Who´s Who Legal - National Guide, Who`s Who Legal - Thought Leaders, Analise Advocacia 500.
He holds a law degree from the Universidade Catolica de Santos, a Master's degree in Comparative Law from the University of Miami School of Law and specialized in Business Law by the Pontificia Universidade Catolica of São Paulo.
Activities outside the office
Alvaro is a speaker in various events related to the agribusiness, such as the "Global Grain South America", with subjects relating to the legal aspects, challenges and opportunities involving investment in the Brazilian agribusiness.
Author/co-author of several books/articles, such as:
- Article about Compliance in the agribusiness sector (publication "Law, Ethics and Compliance - LEC");
- Article about Perspectives and Expectations in relation to the agribusiness in Brazil;
- Coauthor on the book Estudos de Direito do Agronegócio, with the chapter titled "Mergers and Acquisitions in the Agribusiness"
Portuguese and English
Representative matters and clients
Participation in several relevant projects involving acquisition or sale of companies or commercial / industrial businesses and related assets, including the preparation and negotiation of related transaction agreements.
Large experience in advising clients in acquisition and joint venture operations involving the most variable areas of industry and/or business, such as (i) agribusiness, (ii) chemicals, (iii) independent tank storage (liquid and dry bulk) port terminals, (iv) transportation and logistics services, (v) food, and (vi) ICT.
In the agribusiness sector, Mr. Gallo has been helping to structure M&A transactions for several clients, such as commodities trading companies, soybean oil processing industries, meat packing plants, agricultural production companies, and sugar and biofuel (sugarcane or corn) mills (either operating facilities or greenfield projects), and forestry and agri companies and businesses in general.