Overview

Christian is a partner in the Corporate and M&A practice at Tauil & Chequer in association with Mayer Brown. He has over 25 years of experience in cross-border M&A transactions, local and international joint ventures and private equity transactions, advising companies, funds and financial institutions in their most important transactions in Brazil and around the globe.

Christian is program ambassador and member of the selection committee of the German Chancellor Fellowship Program organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is also vice president of the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in São Paulo and senior commissioner for Brazil of the LAV – Association for Latin America (Lateinamerika Verein e.V.).

Christian has vast international experience having previously worked at major international law firms in New York, Singapore, Frankfurt and Munich. Christian graduated in Brazilian law from USP (Universidade de São Paulo) and in German law from LMU (University of Munich). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kiel.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Portuguese

Experience

  • Advised 3i on the acquisition of a Brazilian food chain (Casa de Pao de Queijo) and a Brazilian optician chain (Oticas Carol)
  • Advised Accor on the acquisition of 12 Caesar Park hotels in South America
  • Advised ADM/Cargill on the formation of a transportation joint venture with Louis Dreyfus and Amaggi
  • Advised Bayer on the Brazilian spin off and listing preparations of business divisions forming today the Brazilian operations of Lanxess and Covestro
  • Advised BP on the acquisition of several Brazilian sugar mills and air fuel gas stations at Brazilian airports
  • Advised BP on the restructuring of its joint venture GNA with Siemens, Prumo and SPIC for the construction of LNG power plants in the port of Açu, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Advised Brenntag on several acquisitions of Brazilian freight forwarding businesses for chemical products
  • Advised Bunge on the business combination of all Bunge sugar mills with all BP sugar mills creating the second largest sugar and ethanol producer in the world
  • Advised Bunge on many acquisitions and disposal of minority participation in Brazilian food & agribusiness companies
  • Advised Cofco on the acquisition of all operational Brazilian assets of Noble Group
  • Advised GIC on the investment in Smartfit
  • Advised KfW in legal disputes with Eletrobras about the enforcement of guarantees given in a large project finance transaction
  • Advised Kloeckner on the acquisition of a Brazilian steel trading business
  • Advised Knorr Bremse on the disposal of MWM (diesel engines) to Navistar Corporation, followed by arbitration in relation to the adjustment of the purchase price and several indemnification claims
  • Advised Linde on the divestment of its Brazilian operations to Messer
  • Advised McKesson on the disposal of its Brazilian pharmaceutical distribution operations to Santa Cruz, followed by arbitration in relation to the adjustment of the purchase price and several indemnification claims
  • Advised Noble Group on the acquisition of several sugar mills and port terminals
  • Advised Siemens on the acquisition of the Brazilian turbine business from Rolls Royce
  • Advised Syngenta on the acquisition of several Brazilian seed producers
  • Advised Temasek on a large number of investments in Brazilian companies (such as Bionexo, Burger King, Hidrovias, Superbac and many others)
  • Advised ThyssenKrupp on the disposal of its Rio de Janeiro based steel factory (CSA)
  • Advised Trelleborg on many acquisitions and disposals involving Brazilian assets/operations
  • Advised Varta on the disposal of its Brazilian battery factory to a Brazilian fund
  • Advised Viacom on the termination of its joint venture broadcasting the Brazilian MTV channel with Grupo Abril as well as on the acquisition of a Brazilian online channel (Porta dos Fundos) and may other transactions
  • Advised Zydus Cadilla on the acquisition of its Brazilian operations

Education

Kiel University of Applied Sciences, PhD, magna cum laude

Universidade de São Paulo, Bachelor Degree in Law, as to Brazilian law

University of Munich, Bachelor Degree in Law, as to German law

Admissions

Bar

  • Brazil
  • Germany

Memberships

  • Vice president and member of the board of directors and of the Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Brasil-Alemanha de São Paulo (Deutsch-Brasilianische Industrie- und Handelskammer São Paulo)
  • Program ambassador and member of the Brazilian selection committee of the German Chancellor Fellowship Program for prospective leaders hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Senior commissioner for Brazil of the LAV – Association for Latin America (Lateinamerika Verein e.V.)