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Gabriela Menna Barreto
Lawyer
New York
800 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
+1 212 488 1280
New York
800 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
+1 212 488 1280

Gabriela Menna Barreto represents clients in high-stakes, cross-border litigation and investigations, with a focus on Latin America. Ms. Barreto has particular experience with the financial services industry and matters involving securities law and insolvency litigation. Combing her corporate background with U.S. litigation experience, in addition to her background in Brazilian law, Ms. Barreto provides Latin American clients with high-level litigation services in areas ranging from complex commercial transactions to defense against government enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Barreto practiced at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in São Paulo, Brazil, where her matters included representing Brazilian and U.S. clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including securities offerings such as equity, high-yield debt and 144A offerings, and liability management. Previously, she was general counsel at Grupo IOSAN, a financial services provider.

Admissions

  • Brazil
  • New York (pending)
  • Foreign Legal Consultant, State of New York

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLM
  • Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Academic Master Degree in Law and Development
  • Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, LLB

Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Select Engagements

  • Representation of an Asia-based business executive in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery, and money laundering.
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis.
  • Co-representation of a blockchain technology company in responding to an SEC subpoena regarding initial coin offerings.
  • Representation of the foreign representative of a Brazilian bankruptcy proceeding of a major poultry producer and related entities in connection with the commencement and prosecution of a Chapter 15 ancillary bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Florida to assist in the tracing and recovery of assets fraudulently removed from the debtors’ estate.
  • Representation of a British Virgin Islands investment entity in asserting claims of US $30 million+ against several defendants and their principals related to a fraudulent film-financing scheme in an action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) trustees in multiple litigations pending in New York Supreme Court seeking that Merrill Lynch defendants repurchase mortgage loans.
  • Representation of the bankruptcy trustee for a major Brazilian retailer in obtaining recognition of the Brazilian bankruptcy under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, enforcement of an order issued by the Brazilian Court making the company’s majority shareholder liable for the debts of the estate, and injunctive relief over the assets of the company’s majority shareholder in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of the trustee of a Brazilian bankruptcy estate in developing strategies for asset recovery and discovery in the United States in the wake of a succession dispute.
  • Representation of the trustee of a Brazilian bankruptcy estate in filing a Chapter 15 proceeding to engage in asset tracing and related discovery matters in the U.S.
  • Representation of judicial administrator and foreign representative of Estate of Viação Área São Paulo Sociedade Anônima, one of the largest liquidation proceedings in Brazilian history, in connection with the commencement and prosecution of a Chapter 15 ancillary bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Florida to assist in the tracing and recovery of assets fraudulently removed from the debtor’s estate.
  • Representation of a British Virgin Islands investment entity in asserting claims of US $30 million+ against several defendants and their principals related to a fraudulent film-financing scheme in an action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of an industry-leading, global event technology provider Eventbrite, Inc. in a New York- and California-venued dispute alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, following a proposed acquisition.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Brazilian Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Kilgore Society, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, “Contractual Enforcement in Brazil: An Analysis of Rulings Issued by the São Paulo State Court and the Rio Grande do Sul State Court Concerning Factoring Agreements” (Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas. III. Título, September 2014)
  • Author, “Are factor Companies Important and Necessary in Brazil?” (Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação em Direito, 2012)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Brazil
  • New York (pending)
  • Foreign Legal Consultant, State of New York

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLM
  • Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Academic Master Degree in Law and Development
  • Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, LLB

Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Engagements

  • Representation of an Asia-based business executive in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery, and money laundering.
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis.
  • Co-representation of a blockchain technology company in responding to an SEC subpoena regarding initial coin offerings.
  • Representation of the foreign representative of a Brazilian bankruptcy proceeding of a major poultry producer and related entities in connection with the commencement and prosecution of a Chapter 15 ancillary bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Florida to assist in the tracing and recovery of assets fraudulently removed from the debtors’ estate.
  • Representation of a British Virgin Islands investment entity in asserting claims of US $30 million+ against several defendants and their principals related to a fraudulent film-financing scheme in an action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) trustees in multiple litigations pending in New York Supreme Court seeking that Merrill Lynch defendants repurchase mortgage loans.
  • Representation of the bankruptcy trustee for a major Brazilian retailer in obtaining recognition of the Brazilian bankruptcy under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, enforcement of an order issued by the Brazilian Court making the company’s majority shareholder liable for the debts of the estate, and injunctive relief over the assets of the company’s majority shareholder in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of the trustee of a Brazilian bankruptcy estate in developing strategies for asset recovery and discovery in the United States in the wake of a succession dispute.
  • Representation of the trustee of a Brazilian bankruptcy estate in filing a Chapter 15 proceeding to engage in asset tracing and related discovery matters in the U.S.
  • Representation of judicial administrator and foreign representative of Estate of Viação Área São Paulo Sociedade Anônima, one of the largest liquidation proceedings in Brazilian history, in connection with the commencement and prosecution of a Chapter 15 ancillary bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Florida to assist in the tracing and recovery of assets fraudulently removed from the debtor’s estate.
  • Representation of a British Virgin Islands investment entity in asserting claims of US $30 million+ against several defendants and their principals related to a fraudulent film-financing scheme in an action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of an industry-leading, global event technology provider Eventbrite, Inc. in a New York- and California-venued dispute alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, following a proposed acquisition.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Brazilian Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Kilgore Society, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, “Contractual Enforcement in Brazil: An Analysis of Rulings Issued by the São Paulo State Court and the Rio Grande do Sul State Court Concerning Factoring Agreements” (Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas. III. Título, September 2014)
  • Author, “Are factor Companies Important and Necessary in Brazil?” (Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação em Direito, 2012)