With over 20 years of experience in Banking and Financial Law, Helen Naves (pictured), a former partner at Demarest and Trech Rossi Watanabe, has just launched HNaves Advogados, a boutique firm with focus on banking, finance and capital markets law.

HNaves services will include mainly transaction consulting, legal opinions, due diligence and banking compliance matters. In this sense, the broad professional experience of its founding partner, which also includes having worked within the legal department of large financial institutions, enables the firm to advise clients on complex issues such as investments in Brazil and abroad and debt restructurings.

According to Helen, the customization of the work offered by a boutique firm and the cost flexibility it can offer to clients was what motivated her to open her own practice, which starts with three professionals.

The firm also plans to work in strategic partnerships with other small and medium-sized firms that do not provide services in the banking and financial area, and with foreign firms needing assistance in the financial area in Brazil. To that end, it relies on its founding partner’s license to practice in New York and on its membership on the Executive Committee of the International Section of the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), where Helen maintains regular contacts with firms around the world.

Helen Naves has been practicing banking and finance law for nearly 20 years, having been part of the team of some of the largest law firms in Brazil – in addition to Demarest and Trench Rossi, she was also an associate with Mattos Filho and Vieira Rezende Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados -, besides having worked abroad in two foreign firms (Shearman Sterling and Bryan Cave), and also having been a member of the legal departments of Safra and Santander. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of São Paulo (USP), a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law and a Specialization in Capital Markets from the same institution, in addition to an LL.M. in Banking and Finance from Fordham University School of Law.