Sunday, January 1, 2017


As a consequence of the recent  political, judicial, economic and financial turbulence in Brazil, many Brazilian companies, large and small, have been attempting to restructure their debts, have filed or consider filing for recuperação judicial in Brazil or for bankruptcy protection in the US, or have been seeking investors or buyers.

A panel experienced in distressed investments in Brazil will discuss what opportunities and challenges the current economic environment in Brazil has created for distressed investors. The discussion will include the following topics:
  • Overview of distressed market in Brazil
  • Explanation of legal framework governing recuperação judicial in Brazil and main differences and interplay with US Chapter 11 and Chapter 15
  • Issues affecting DIP financing in Brazil
  • Impact of Lava Jato
  • Issues of concern in distressed M&A in Brazil
The panel will be composed of the following speakers:

S. Wade AngusPartnerJones Day
Marcello HallakePartnerJones Day
Pedro A. JimenezPartnerJones Day
Marcelo RicuperoPartner,  Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
More information to follow!


This was the year in photos:
For the eighth and final time, go behind the lens with White House photographers.
2016 Photos of the Year

In Review: The Obama Presidency
As the year comes to a close, White House staff looked back at a few of our favorite moments from the past eight years.
Read on Medium: President Obama's top speeches, as chosen by his speechwriters
Read on Medium: President Obama's top moments in the digital era
Read on Medium: he President's filmmakers pick their favorite White House videos
Read on Medium: First Lady Michelle Obama's Top 10 Let's Move Moments
Read on Medium: Looking back on eight years of letters to the President
Read on Medium: The most memorable We the People petitions

Organizing for Action
Your support makes change possible. Here's how:

We don't just need to make a difference today. This movement needs to strengthen the pipeline of talent that will lead on change tomorrow.

We need to keep empowering people to turn their passion and energy into action.

And that's exactly what we're doing.

As OFA's Campus Programs Manager, I can tell you that if anyone is passionate and energetic, it's college students. That's why we run training programs -- free of charge -- for students across the country: Their passions are igniting hope in their communities and building a stronger, smarter, more durable progressive movement. These young people aren't just civic participants -- they're the next generation to lead. Developing that talent will make a difference for generations to come.

But tonight, as we close the books on 2016 and assess what's possible next year -- when all that energy is going to be needed more than ever -- we're turning to OFA supporters to help us keep the momentum going.

You can make an impact right now. Chip in before tonight's deadline and help build this movement for the years to come.

Just this past year, we armed students on 62 campuses in 19 states across the country with the tools they'll need to make a difference in their communities. They learned to effectively identify problems, set goals, and persuade key decision-makers. Empowered with new knowledge and skills, and with their go-getter attitude, these amazing students graduated our programs ready to lead on important issues. And they're already getting started.

We're training the next generation of change-makers.

Sula, we know that it's not enough to bring the fight now -- we have to build for real, lasting change tomorrow. Help keep this ball rolling. Make another crucial year of organizing possible by pitching in now. 

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Stay tuned for more on the year ahead with OFA.

Organizing for Action

We're just a few hours away from our last fundraising deadline of the year. And it's not an overstatement to say that we need you now more than ever.

So this is your last chance -- help support OFA's work by chipping in whatever you can before we close the books on this critical quarter.

Across the country, OFA supporters and volunteers are already gearing up for the fights we'll face in the next few months. I'm not going to lie to you, it's daunting -- but if the last few years have taught me anything, it's that this movement can tackle huge things when we come together and fight like hell.

We have to keep up the fight if we're going to defend the progress we've worked so tirelessly for. Nobody ever said change was easy, but we've proven we can bring it. Protecting it is going to be just as hard, but if we stick together, we can do that, too.

That's why I'm asking you, Sula: Invest in this work. Help keep this movement going strong as we move into the new year. Pitch in $5, or whatever you can, before tonight's deadline.

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Thanks for being a part of this.


Jim Messina
Organizing for Action

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