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Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has strong experience in infrastructure projects, public law and regulatory matters. It is set apart by its ability to advise on the full life cycle of projects, from bidding processes to administrative and judicial litigation, and has a notable track record before the Court of Accounts and Superior Court. Lucas Sant’Anna advised Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias on the transition process in assuming a highway previously under Vianorte administration, and Mauro Bardawil Penteado and Rafael Vanzella advised Vale on an early extension process concerning railway concession contracts with the National Agency of Land Transport (ANTT). José Virgílio Lopes Enei leads the department.

Highly recommended firm Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados excels in public and administrative law, and also has expertise in PPPs and environmental law. Its reputation ensures a steady flow of instructions ranging from large projects to litigation and day-to-day regulatory advice. In recent work, Marcos Augusto Perez and Luís Justiniano Haiek Fernandes assisted a client in relation to public bidding procedures, and also advised on administrative measures and civil public actions. Names to note in the sizeable team include Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto, Fábio Barbalho Leite and Lucas Cherem de Camargo Rodrigues. Ane Elisa Perez is ‘focused and committed’.

Azevedo Sette Advogados has four partners with experience in administrative and regulatory law, infrastructure and PPPs, and sector specialisms of the team include mining, construction and telecoms. Frederico Bopp Dieterich, who draws on over 25 years in practice, has been advising Florianópolis Airport Concessionaire on securing short- and long-term financing. Leonardo Moreira Costa De Souza and Rafael Adler are advising a client on a ring road project. Bruna Bouissou’s expertise includes project finance, contracts and corporate law.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ multidisciplinary team has notable experience in public procurement, administrative proceedings, administrative contracts and PPPs, and it also provides regulatory advice to infrastructure clients. Thiago Luís Sombra, Giovani Loss and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa acted for Total Gas & Power before the Court of Accounts in proceedings concerning a strategic alliance for a power plant. Bruno Dario Werneck is recommended for public law matters and infrastructure projects, and Thiago Jabor Pinheiro specialises in compliance and corporate ethics. Rosoléa Folgosi has retired from practice.

Pereira Neto | Macedo is noted for its ‘high standards of excellence’ and ‘timely responses’, and has strong experience representing both domestic and foreign companies in public procurement procedures. Clients include leading companies in the telecoms, ports and transport sectors. Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto heads the practice, and regulatory and litigation specialist Joaquim Nogueira Porto Moraes is also recommended.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a notable track record advising clients in the energy, telecoms and transport sectors. Its multidisciplinary team offers administrative, regulatory, environmental and corporate law expertise. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro, Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna and Renato Otto Kloss advised Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FERJ) on a bidding procedure for the concession of the Maracanã stadium. Renata de Abreu Martins and Rodrigo Alexander Calazans Macedo regularly have a hand in the team’s most noteworthy work.

Sundfeld Advogados has long had a place in the upper echelon of public law and regulatory practices in Brazil. The São Paulo based boutique is regularly sought out for legal opinions in complex areas of law, and has broad experience in PPPs and government contracts. Many of the firm’s lawyers have experience in academia and have authored textbooks in this area. Carlos Ari Sundfeld is the founding partner, and Vera Monteiro, Jacintho Arruda Câmara and André Janjácomo Rosilho are other key contacts.

The ‘professional and pragmatic’ team at TozziniFreire Advogados covers the gamut of mandates involving administrative law and government contracts. Recent work includes advising Oracle on several matters concerning the management of public contracts and administrative proceedings with governmental agencies. Other clients include ADP Management – Paris Aéroport, Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá, and Ford. Practice head Claudia Elena Bonelli is ‘a very experienced lawyer with deep knowledge of the public sector’, and Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho is also highly recommended. Shin Jae Kim is the main contact in the firm’s well-established compliance and crisis management department.

Demarest Advogadosoffers a high-quality service’ and ‘is prepared to handle complex issues’, with cross-border transactions a particular strength. The team received a boost with the hire of André Luiz Freire from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. Practice head Renato Poltronieri is ‘very hands-on and knowledgeable’.

Pinheiro Neto AdvogadosRicardo Pagliari Levy has a broad practice covering public law, infrastructure, and compliance and anti-corruption. He and associate Heloísa Figueiredo Ferraz advised the Port of Rotterdam on a partnership with the State of Ceará for the joint operation of the Port of Pecém in Ceará.

Under the leadership of Bruno Aurélio, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has developed a strong public law and regulatory practice, acting for clients in the transport, power and sanitation sectors, among others. Aurélio and Eduardo Lima advised Consortium Walks on the bid process for public lighting in the municipality of São Paulo.

The public law team at Trench Rossi Watanabe attracts praise for its ‘very good business acumen’ and ‘timely responses’. Its clients are active in numerous sectors, though the team is particularly known for its work in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries. Henrique Frizzo is ‘extremely business-oriented’ and ‘thorough in his advice’, and Heloisa Barroso Uelze, Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois and José Roberto Martins are also key figures.

The ‘committed’ team at Almeida Advogados now includes three partners following the promotion of Pedro González Tinoco. It is regularly instructed by clients in relation to public bidding procedures. Rafael Zinato Moreira and Leonardo Palhares have vast experience in public and administrative law.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is highlighted for its ‘fast’ and ‘excellent’ advice. It is particularly strong in government disputes, including administrative proceedings and judicial review. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto benefits from over 15 years’ experience in regulatory and public law, and José Guilherme Berman is also recommended.

Felsberg Advogados established a public law practice with the hire of Marianne Albers in 2018 from KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados, to work alongside the firm’s infrastructure and environmental law partners.

Gustavo Magalhães and Érico Andrade co-head the public law department at Fialho, Canabrava, Andrade, Salles Advogados, which counts Grupo Aterpa, Construtora Remo and Andrade Gutierrez Concessões among its clients and regularly advises on public procurement processes and government contracts. Senior associate Anderson Novais attracts strong praise.

Administrative and environmental law experts Paulo Prado and Vanessa Tafla co-head the practice at KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados, which saw the departure of Marianne Albers to Felsberg Advogados. Isabel Franco has a strong compliance and anti-corruption practice.

Infrastructure, construction and TMT companies turn to Palma Guedes Advogados for public law, corporate and regulatory advice. The team is also well versed in civil and administrative litigation. Álvaro Palma de Jorge and Demian Guedes are the names to note.

Transactional partner Marcos Ludwig heads the practice at Veirano Advogados, which advises on regulatory and administrative law matters, public bids and government relations. In internal developments, counsel Mauro Hiane de Moura re-joined the team and Renata Gomes made partner.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados has a dedicated public law team under the leadership of Luís Felipe Valerim Pinheiro. The busy practice is well versed in contentious and non-contentious infrastructure, administrative law and regulatory matters.

Advocacia Fernanda Hernandez’s litigation specialists have notable experience in tax disputes involving issues of constitutional and public law. Fernanda Guimarães Hernandez heads the practice.

Renato Stetner heads the infrastructure department at Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, which advises on PPPs, public procurement and regulatory matters in the transport, logistics and telecoms sectors.

Cordeiro, Lima e Advogados represents clients in public bidding procedures and litigation, and is also sought out for legal opinions on complex public and administrative law matters. It stands out for its expertise in the transport sector. Amauri Feres Saad and Ivan Henrique Moraes Lima lead the practice.

Dal Pozzo Advogados has longstanding experience in public law and infrastructure, and is regularly instructed by clients in relation to public bids and litigation. Augusto Neves Dal Pozzo and Antonio Araldo Ferraz Dal Pozzo are the founding partners.

The ‘well-prepared’ public law team at Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados represents clients in litigation and provides consultancy services. Marçal Justen Filho and Eduardo Talamini are key names, with Daniel Siqueira Borda also recommended.

LL Advogados has notable experience in public bids, government contracts and administrative litigation, and is regularly sought out to provide legal opinions on technical and complex administrative law matters. Leonardo Coelho Ribeiro and Rafael Véras de Freitas are the department heads.

Eduardo Nobre oversees the public and administrative law practice at Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados, which has broad knowledge of public bids and PPPs, with a particular focus on the construction, power, telecoms and sanitation sectors. Cristiana Castro and Tiago Lobão Cosenza are active members of the team.

Levy & Salomão established a government affairs practice in 2017, the scope of which includes administrative and public law matters. Felipe de Paula and Alexandre Ditzel Faraco are key names.

Excellent’ boutique MJ Alves & Burle Advogados e Consultores has gone from strength to strength since its establishment in 2016. Its focus is on advocacy and government relations, a growing area in the Brazilian legal market. Its lawyers include tax and litigation specialists. Marcos Joaquim Gonçalves Alves is noted for his ‘unique balance of technical knowledge and accurate intuition’. Fernanda Burle is a key contact.

Queiroz Maluf Sociedade de Advogados is active in administrative and judicial proceedings and strategic consulting. The sizeable team includes founding partners Letícia Queiroz de Andrade and Fábio Maluf Tognola.

Silveiro Advogados excels in complex litigation involving public and administrative law issues. Non-contentious work also features in its workload, and compliance is a key area of expertise. Ricardo Leal de Moraes and Manoel André da Rocha are notable for their broad experience.

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