Milbank Tweed Expands to São Paulo

Andrew Belá Jánszky has agreed to join law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP as managing partner of a proposed new office in São Paulo, Brazil. He previously led Shearman & Sterling’s Latin American practice. Tobias Stirnberg, formerly a senior associate with Shearman & Sterling, also will join Milbank Tweed as a partner.


International law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP announced today that Andrew Belá Jánszky will join the firm as Managing Partner of Milbank’s proposed new office in São Paulo, Brazil, the firm’s eleventh office worldwide and its first in Latin America. In addition, Tobias Stirnberg is expected to join the firm as a partner in the new São Paulo office.

Jánszky was formerly the head of Shearman & Sterling’s Latin American practice and managing partner of its São Paulo office. Cited by industry journals as one of the leading U.S. lawyers practicing in Brazil, Jánszky has established a practice that includes capital markets financing, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and other corporate transactions. Stirnberg was a senior associate in Shearman & Sterling’s São Paulo office, and has been especially active in Brazilian capital markets and M&A transactions.

“We are delighted to have Andrew and Tobias join us in São Paulo,” said Mel M. Immergut, Chairman of Milbank. “Both are outstanding attorneys, and as the senior member of the team, Andrew is a highly regarded attorney with a broad base of experience; his counsel and services in a wide range of transactions are highly sought after. We are confident that our clients will benefit from Andrew’s and Tobias’ collective years of experience in Latin America. Milbank has developed a very strong practice in infrastructure finance, capital markets and M&A throughout Brazil, and in Andrew, as the head of our proposed new office, we will have an attorney who has unusual strengths in all these areas. Our clients have been asking us to establish an office in Brazil for some time now. With the anticipated addition of Andrew Jánszky to our ranks, we now have just the right person to lead our efforts there — and clearly this is the right time, in terms of Brazilian economic growth, for us to be present to assist our clients in that country. Andrew and Tobias have worked together as a team on some of the most important and successful transactions in Brazil, and we look forward to having the expertise and experience of that team added to the strengths that Milbank already offers clients in Brazil.”

Jánszky graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 1976 and received his B.A. degree from New York University in 1973. He is a fluent Portuguese speaker, and also speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Hungarian.

Stirnberg obtained his LL.M from the University of Chicago, and a Dr. iur. (Doctor of Laws degree) from Friedrich Schiller University, in Jena, Germany, and passed his Staatsexamen at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. In addition to his native German, he speaks Portuguese and English.

The addition of the São Paulo office will expand Milbank’s Latin America Practice Group and broaden its already significant international capabilities in M&A, capital markets and project finance. Milbank’s São Paulo office will provide a platform for the firm’s growing representation of Brazilian and other international companies operating globally and active in a wide variety of transactions in Latin America. It will be staffed by local attorneys who will be supported by colleagues in Milbank’s other offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.

“The opening of an office in São Paulo underscores Milbank’s commitment to the Latin American market,” said Michael L. Fitzgerald, Chair of Milbank’s Corporate, Securities and Latin America Practice Groups. “The firm has been active in the region since the 1920s, and establishing an office there reflects our intent to continue working in the region for years to come. We believe we have a premier international law firm practice in Mexico, and with this step we think we will have the same position in Brazil. These two countries are obviously the most active in Latin America in terms of cross-border corporate and financial transactions.”

“Milbank’s new office in Brazil and the addition of Andrew and Tobias to the firm will perfectly complement Milbank’s international practice and enhance our ability to fulfill a wide range of client needs,” said Marcelo A. Mottesi, Practice Group Leader of Milbank’s Global Securities Group.

Milbank’s decision to open an office in Sao Paulo is subject to the approval of local authorities.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is a preeminent global law firm that for more than 140 years has provided innovative legal solutions to many of the world’s largest, most complex, “first-ever” corporate transactions and litigation. The firm’s transactional expertise includes capital markets, corporate finance and transactions, project finance, acquisition finance, and other major fields of law practice. Milbank litigation teams resolve disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, proxy battles, financings and securities offerings, intellectual property, white-collar crime, and corporate restructurings, among others. The firm’s clients range from prominent multinational financial, industrial and commercial enterprises to governments, institutions and individuals. The Firm is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing.

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