The “M&A Conference of the Americas – MACA” 2020 in São Paulo, Brazil, was the initial step in the process of creating a forum to discuss trends in M&A contractual practices in Latin America and the United States as well as the role of courts and arbitration panels in shaping M&A contractual design. In particular, to discuss the convergence of M&A practices, legal transplants, and institutional differences that may be relevant to M&A transactions.


MACA 2020 - Opening Remarks

Maurizio Levi-Minzi,


Mariana Pargendler,


Carlos Portugal Gouvêa and


José Eduardo Queiroz.

First Panel: Trends in M&A Contractual Practices in Brazil and the United States
Keynote Speaker

• Corporate Acquisitions and Information: Ronald Gilson (Professor, Columbia, Stanford)

Second Panel: The Role of Courts and Arbitration Panels in the Design of M&A Agreements

Second Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Carlos Portugal Gouvêa (USP, PGLaw)


Confidentiality in Arbitration of M&A Deals: The Good and the Bad:
Donald Donovan (NYU, Debevoise)


Transparency in Arbitrations:
Calixto Salomão Filho (Professor, USP, Vice-president of CAM-B3)


Strengthening Indemnification of Minority Shareholders in Brazil:
Marcelo Barbosa (President of CVM)

First Roundtable: Heterodoxy in Contract Law in Developing Countries

Heterodoxy in Contract Law in Developing Countries:

Moderator: Mariana Pargendler (Professor, FGV-SP, NYU)


A Heterodoxia no Direito Contratual:

Juliana Krueger Pela (Professor, USP)


Take or Pay:

André Correa (Professor, FGV-SP)


Aproximação dos Sistemas de Common Law e Civil Law:

Paula Forgioni (Professor, USP, Head of Commercial Law Department)

Second Roundtable: Complex Issues in M&A Contract Modeling

Complex Issues in M&A Contract Modeling:
Moderator: Maurizio Levi-Minzi (NYU, Debevoise)


Arbitration Provisions and Public Companies:
Viviane Muller Prado (Professor, FGV-SP)


Negotiating Reps and Warranties:
Bruno Amaral (Head of M&A, BTG-Pactual)


Limitations on Indemnification:
Lie Uema do Carmo (Professor, FGV-SP)


Lost in Translation:
Manoela de Barros Pimentel Penteado de Almeida (Partner, Mattos Filho)

Event Infomation
  • Organized by
    New York University Law School
    Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law
    Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas
    Núcleo de Direito, Economia e Governança
    Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo
    Departamento de Direito Comercial


  • Co-Chairs of the Conference
    Maurizio Levi-Minzi (New York University Law School, Debevoise)
    Mariana Pargendler (Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas)
    Carlos Portugal Gouvêa (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo, PGLaw)


  • Founding Members
    Debevoise & Plimpton
    Mattos Filho
    BTG Pactual


  • Executive Coordination: Instituto de Direito Global – IDGlobal


  • Media Partner: Latin Lawyer


  • Executive Organization
    Instituto de Direito Global (João Paulo Braune Guerra)
    PGLaw (Heloísa Varesio)
    Debevoise (Bianca Chiavicatti)
    FGV (João Guilherme Gebran)