international business attorneys

our founders


Rodney Alves



Patrick Benedek


Rodney received his LL.M. from the University of California Los Angeles and his J.D. from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil.

His practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in corporate, finance and business transactions with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, contracts and project finance. He is specialized in the structuring and negotiating investments deals, including angel and venture backed transactions, for both private and public clients.

Rodney is licensed in both the United States and Brazil.


Patrick obtained law degrees from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, and Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, and has also earned an MBA in Business and Economy Law from Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.

He is an experienced litigator, and uses his litigation skills to both minimize the risks of litigation when constructing agreements, or advising clients who face imminent disputes. Recently, Patrick has acted as consulting attorney in a transnational matter involving international petroleum and natural gas disputes, advising on Comparative Law issues, working in the transition between Civil Law and Common Law aspects of the dispute.

Patrick is the current Vice President of the Board of Director of the Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce, and has been appointed as outside general counsel to the Consulate-General of Brazil in Los Angeles, providing legal counseling to Brazilian nationals in a variety of legal matters.

our focus


We focus on corporate, finance and business transactions with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, contracts and project financing.
We have significant experience negotiating and documenting all type of financial, commercial, corporate and administrative matters in Brazil and the US.

practice areas

  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Entertainment / Sports
  • International Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


"Rodney is fantastic. He's well versed in American and Brazilian law, has a flair for negotiation strategy and tactics, and has an astute business mind. Rodney is a high velocity player on our team - in a few short weeks he led the initial drafting, presentation, and in situ re-negotiation of a major distribution partnership for us in Brazil. In 30 years of dealmaking, I have never worked with a better legal partner. We will certainly hire Rodney again for our next effort in Brazil!"

Michael Schutzler