Lerman & Szlak is pleased to announce that María Cecilia Brazzola has joined the firm as its newest partner. The addition of Cecilia to the team strengthens the firm’s core practices of corporate law and startup legal services. She also expands the array of our services by leading the Franchising practice of the firm.
Cecilia is a lawyer (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella – UTDT), and Master in Law and Economics (UTDT, with honors). She is also a graduate of the Commercial Law Program (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany). Straight out of law school, Cecilia worked hand-in-hand with Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz, until he left private practice and joined the Argentine Supreme Court in 2016.
Her practice focuses on complex franchising cases, which entail developing the complete legal framework for a specifically tailored franchising system, as well as advising each of the clients in relation to legal matters that affect an ongoing franchise system. Cecilia’s impressive professional resume includes legal assistance in the development of two of the most successful franchising chains in Argentina. Moreover, her legal texts have become the nationally recognized standard when it comes to food industry franchises.
In addition to advising companies and investors on all matters regarding franchising, Cecilia also provides expert advice on a wide range of commercial agreements. Some of her specialties include supply agreements, service agreements, investment agreements, and merger and acquisitions; including venture capital investment agreements, stock purchase agreements, and shareholder agreements.
Cecilia speaks Spanish, English, and German. She has wealth of experience when it comes to startups, yet another of Lerman & Szlak’s core practices, having participated in the development of startups from a broad range of industries, especially those with international projection and high technological complexity, including satellite companies. Moreover, her experience in commercial litigation allows her to design and implement effective litigation strategies in complex commercial disputes. Aside from her professional engagement, she is a lecturer at UTDT, where she teaches Civil Law II (Obligaciones) and is also an assistant teacher of the postgraduate course Corporate Constitutional Property Rights.
In Lerman & Szlak, Cecilia will be advising clients and taking on complex cases in the fields of franchising, startups, as well as corporate law.
“Cecilia is a superb addition to our firm, bringing one-of-a-kind expertise in franchising, corporate law, and investments. Her outstanding franchising contracts have become the widely adopted national standard for all franchising agreements, and she is admired by clients and colleagues alike. She has excelled in complex investment transactions with Argentine and international points of contact. We are very excited to have her on our team”, says Celia Lerman, Partner in Lerman & Szlak.