United Airlines’ acquisition of 8% interest in Azul Linhas Aéreas


ASBZ Advogados, Pinheiro Neto, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. y Quiroga, Tozzini Freire and Veirano have advised on the deal

United Airlines has acquired the shares from Gávea Investimentos, Trip Participações, Rio Novo Locações, GIF II FIP and GIF Mercury.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.

Azul, the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offers more than 900 daily flights to over 100 destinations. With a fleet of 145 aircraft and more than 10,000 crewmembers, the company operates approximately one third of the daily departures of the Brazilian aviation market. The quality of its services has been attested by many national and international awards.

ASBZ Advogados has advised United Airlines with a team including Alexandre Gleria (Picture), Felipe Gruber, Guilherme Amaral, Ricardo Melaré and Gabriel Mello Castanho.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has advised Azul Linhas Aereas with Roberta Stettinger Bilotti Demange.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. y Quiroga has advised Gávea Investimentos, Águia Branca, Trip Participações and Rio Novo Locações with Andrea Bazzo Lauletta, Marcelo Sampaio Góes Ricupero, María Fernanda Almeida Prado e Silva, Scylla de Moraes Barros Fucs and Tomás Machado de Oliveira.

Tozzini Freire Advogados has advised Hainan Airlines with Marcio Mello Silva Baptista and Fernanda de Queiroz.

Veirano Advogados has advised TPG Capital – that also participated to the deal – with Lior Pinsly, Guilherme Monteiro, Marcelo Shima Luize and Raísa Reggiori.

Involved fees earner: Ricardo Melaré – ASBZ Advogados ; Felipe Gruber – ASBZ Advogados ; Alexandre Gleria – ASBZ Advogados ; Guilherme Amaral – ASBZ Advogados ; Marcio Mello Silva Baptista – Tozzini Freire ; Marcelo Sampaio Góes Ricupero – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Maria Fernanda de Prado e Silva – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Scylla de Moraes Barros Fucs – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Andréa Bazzo Lauletta – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Tomás Machado de Oliveira – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Lior Pinsky – Veirano Advogados; Guilherme Ohanian Monteiro – Veirano Advogados; Marcelo Shima Luize – Veirano Advogados; Roberta Stettinger Rossi Bilotti Demange – Pinheiro Neto;

Law Firms: ASBZ Advogados ; Tozzini Freire ; Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga; Veirano Advogados; Pinheiro Neto;

Clients: TPG Capital; United Airlines; Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras SA; Gávea Investimentos Ltd; Hainan Airlines Company Limited; Águia Branca;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti.