Marcela F. Levi, an international attorney at Pomerantz, joined the firm in 2015 to focus on class action securities litigations involving Brazilian companies. She is a member of the litigation team in two cases in which Pomerantz is lead counsel: In re Petrobras Sec. Litig., and Manidhar Kukkadapu, et al. v. Embraer, et al.
Prior to coming to Pomerantz, Ms. Levi was an in-house counsel at Finvest Specialty Finance, a private equity firm in São Paulo, Brazil, advising clients on structured investments and venture capital projects. Prior to this, she was an associate at the two biggest law firms in Brazil, Mattos Filho and Pinheiro Neto Advogados, where she represented companies and financial institutions, counseling them through public offerings and other filings with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa) and the corporate governance association (ANBIMA), all related to the capital markets practice. She also interacted directly with these regulatory agencies to develop solutions and mediate sensitive problems and timelines with the issuing companies and/or underwriters.
Ms. Levi also was a trainee for two of the largest investment banks in the world, Banco Santander and Banco Itaú BBA. Her eight years of work experience in the private sector, six of which were as a qualified Brazilian lawyer, were focused on corporate, M&A, securities and structured finance laws.
In 2012, Ms. Levi received a Masters in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, with a graduate thesis on consumer rights in financial products. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Law degree from the Pontifical University Catholic of São Paulo (PUC-SP). Ms. Levi also holds specializing certificates in finance from the Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia and the INSPER School of Business in São Paulo.
Ms. Levi is admitted to practice in Brazil and in New York.