Professional Experience

Monica Pereira Cavalcanti joined the Rio de Janeiro office in 1998 and became partner in 2010. She coordinates the M&A, corporate and contracts team in the Rio de Janeiro office; she specializes in corporate matters and transactions, private equity, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions deals, reorganizations and matters related to the contractual, corporate and governance areas in general. In M&A transactions, she acts in all phases of the transaction, including deal structuring, project coordination, drafting and negotiation of all related contracts and corporate documents. She provides legal opinions and consulting in contractual and regulatory matters in several areas and industries such as oil and gas, tech, education, aviation and defense.

Monica has led locally several relevant international projects, such as the acquisition of Belmond’s luxury hotels, including the legendary Copacabana Palace Hotel, by the French LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in the global amount of USD 3.2 billion, and also the acquisition of Schlumberger’s assets by the private equity fund Rhone Capital in the global amount of USD 400 million. Monica works with Brazilian and multinational companies in internal investigations, assisting them in anti-corruption matters, conducting interviews related to integrity audits, as well as analyzing and drafting internal policies and corporate governance. She coordinated a work stream of the internal and independent investigation related to Operation Lava Jato in one of the largest companies in Brazil.

Awards and Recognitions

Monica Pereira Cavalcanti is recognized by several legal publications, such as Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Análise Advocacia Mulher 2020 and Análise Advocacia 500.

Academic Background

She graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro with a degree in Law, and postgraduated from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro with a Lato-sensu LLM in Civil-Constitutional Law. She attended the International Legal Training – “Strategic Directions for International Practice”, New York/NY – USA (2000) and Harvard Law School – Program of Instructions for Lawyers.

Activities outside the office

Monica also acts a regular teacher in M&A courses of the Brazilian Bar Association and the Superior Scholl of Law (ESA – Escola Superior de Advocacia).


Monica wrote articles and publications for Brazilian major newspapers such as Valor Econômico, O Estado de São Paulo e O Globo.


Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Representative matters and clients

– Monica is represented a client on the sell side in the sale process of a Brazilian DTVM entity, including the structuring of the deal, all transactional documents, negotiation and specific assistance from a Brazilian Central Bank perspective for the regulatory approval for implementation of the transaction;

– Monica assisted Rhone Capital Private Equity deal –  acquiring Brazilian assets from Schlumberger, a global deal of USD 400 MM;

– Monica advised LVMH in its acquisition of Belmond, owner or manager of luxury hotels, restaurants and train and river-cruise properties, including Rio’s landmark Copacabana Palace in Brazil. We assisted on Brazilian law and as required in the main transaction documents – a global deal of USD 3 Billion;

– Monica was part of the team that led the independent internal investigation conducted by a major Brazilian company in the context of Car Wash Operation.

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