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The standalone, full-service tax practice at Lefosse Advogados excels in tax consulting, transactional tax and litigation. Among its differentiating qualities are the strong accounting and finance background of many of its lawyers, and the level of cooperation between individual team members, who have an emphasis on litigation or consulting and collaborate closely with one another. The practice focuses on high-end work, where it is instructed by major players in the Brazilian market as well as large multinationals. Gustavo Lian Haddad and Gustavo Paes advised Aegea Saneamento e Participações and a subsidiary on the tax aspects of its first issuance of international bonds. Bruno Carramaschi, Ricardo Bolan and tax litigation expert Marcos de Carvalho are also names to note.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogadosprovides excellent services in the tax area’, and ‘adds immense value to clients’ operations’. Fielding one of the largest tax departments in the market, it can handle a large volume of complex work, spanning contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Among a long list of standout transactions, the firm acted for Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional, with Celso Costa leading on the tax aspects. Other clients include Iberdrola, Telefónica, Siemens and Magazine Luiza. ‘Highly skilled’ partners Raquel Novais and Tiago Espellet Dockhornunderstand the client´s needs and concerns and are able to solve them technically’. Also recommended are Mario Graziani Prada, Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira, Fernando Tonanni and Fernando Colucci. Judicial and administrative litigation expert Daniel Monteiro Peixoto was promoted to partner.

The highly regarded tax practice at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is one of the largest in the country and is split across the firm’s São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília offices. Its full-service offering includes tax litigation at administrative and judicial levels, transactional tax and non-transactional tax consulting, and it is notable for its substantial expertise in private wealth. On the transactional side, the team had another busy year. Highlights included advising Cosan on the sale of a corporate interest in two companies to Mansilla Participações, a company controlled by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, with Flávio Mifano acting as part of a multidisciplinary team. Alessandro Amadeu da Fonseca advises companies and high-net-worth individuals on Brazilian tax law and international treaties. Renata Correia Cubas’ broad tax practice takes in VAT and customs matters, while key tax litigators include João Marcos Colussi, Alessandra Gomensoro, Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino and Paulo Camargo Tedesco. Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz and Marcel Alcades Theodoro are other leading figures in the department.

Under the leadership of highly regarded department head Sérgio Farina Filho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a buoyant and busy tax practice which covers the gamut of taxation matters in Brazil. Specialisms include transfer pricing, where partners such as Luciana Rosanova Galhardo, Flávio Veitzman and Jorge Lopes have notable expertise; and social security, where Cristiane Ianagui Matsumoto Gago is the name to note. On the litigation side, Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa acted for Avon in a tax administrative proceeding in which the tax authorities challenged the pricing of Avon’s intra-group domestic transactions. Also recommended are Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara, whose practice spans tax, international trade and customs; Marcelo Marques Roncaglia, who specialises in tax litigation; Luiz Roberto Peroba; and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo. In internal developments, the firm promoted Diego Caldas Rivas de Simone to partner and Rafael Marchetti Marcondes to counsel in January 2018.

Trench Rossi Watanabe is recommended for high-end, complex tax matters and is noted for its ‘sound, practical advice’ and ‘technical mastery’. It had another busy year both in tax litigation and transactional tax matters. Thanks to its international expertise, the team has also attracted a number of instructions following the US tax reform in 2017. Global tax leader Simone Dias Musa is ‘outstanding for planning large transactions with multinational consequences’. ‘Great communicator’ Ana Carolina Utimati, Paulo Rogério Sehn, Maria Fernanda Furtado and Leonardo Alfradique Martins are also recommended. Transfer pricing is another area of focus, with Clarissa Giannetti Machado and Juliana Porchat de Assis key names in the field. Marcos Vinicius Neder de Lima heads the tax litigation practice.

Tax is a core practice area at Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados, which fields a large team of professionals with expertise across the full spectrum of taxation matters in Brazil. It is particularly active in the energy, sports, retail and financial services sectors, and counts FIFA, Banco Credit Suisse (Brasil) and Aliansce Shopping Centers among its clients. A multidisciplinary team including tax partner Rodrigo Brunelli Machado advised the latter on the sale of an interest in Caxias Shopping Center to XP Malls. The firm also has a busy tax litigation department, which has achieved a number of recent successes for clients. Leading figures in the team, which is split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, are João Dodsworth Cordeiro Guerra, Gustavo Brigagão, Pedro Vianna de Ulhôa Canto and Carlos Alberto Alvahydo de Ulhôa Canto.

The ‘very effective’ team at Demarest Advogados is noted for its ‘excellent knowledge and negotiation skills’, and has a wide-ranging practice including indirect tax matters. Recent cross-border work includes acting for South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang on the acquisition of a 90% stake in Sementes Selecta from Chilean group Corpesca, with Carlos Eduardo Orsolon leading on the tax aspects. Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo advises private equity firms and financial institutions on international taxation and the structuring of investment funds; Marcelo Salles Annunziata heads the tax litigation department; and Rodrigo Ramos de Arruda Campos leads the social security tax practice. Other important partners are Pedro Miguel Ferreira Custódio, Eloisa de Almeida Rego Barros Curi and the ‘very experienced’ and ‘accurateDouglas Mota.

Boutique firm Dias De Souza Advogados Associados, in São Paulo, enjoys a strong reputation in the market and is particularly active in tax litigation, where it has an impressive track record. Clients include household-name multinationals and domestic companies from a range of industries. Founding partner Hamilton Dias de Souza has a diverse practice covering tax, administrative law and public law matters. Mário Luiz Oliveira da Costa is another key contact.

Machado Associados advises on the gamut of taxation and provides a ‘tailor-made service’ to its clients. It is well known for its experience in the cosmetics sector, in which it has a number of high-profile clients, though its client base extends beyond that industry. It is well versed in cross-border matters, often working with leading international law firms. The ‘very open and direct’ Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira ‘always seeks the best result’, and Paulo Rogério Garcia Ribeiro is also recommended. Founding partner José Maurício Machado has over 40 years of experience in tax and corporate law. Luís Rogério Farinelli specialises in direct tax, and Erika Yumi Tukiama in international tax.

Tax firm Mariz De Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados is well established in the market and assists a large roster of longstanding clients. Tax litigation is a key strength, covering the full range of proceedings at municipal, state and federal level. Among its best-known practitioners are Ricardo Mariz de Oliveira and Roberto De Siqueira Campos, and Bruno Fajersztajn and Sandra Mara Rossetti De Paula are key names in the field of direct tax.

Veirano Advogados attracts praise for its ‘deep knowledge’ in taxation. Its team is split between the firm’s offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Porto Alegre. Practice head Marcelo Reinecken and highly recommended partner Marco Monteiro acted for Microsoft Mobile in a lawsuit to suspend and annul a confiscation penalty regarding past imports; after challenging the case at the administrative level, the team was retained to represent the client in judicial proceedings and successfully obtained an injunction to suspend the penalty. Abel Amaro’s expertise includes indirect tax and customs, and Filipe Richter, Flávio Paranhos and associate Fabio Barichello have notable experience in tax litigation. Fabiana Macedo made partner in January 2018.

The ‘outstanding professionals’ at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão are ‘dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeable’. The group is well known for its advice on the tax aspects of large, complex and often cross-border M&A deals, and is also active in tax consulting and litigation. In recent work, Daniel Abraham Loria advised Abengoa Concessões Brasil Holding on tax issues involved in its court-supervised debt restructuring. Tax litigator Lígia Regini da Silveira is highly recommended, and Maurício Pereira Faro and Luiza Sampaio de Lacerda Benjó are also key contacts on the contentious side. Department head José Otavio Haddad Faloppa has extensive experience in transactional tax; and Hermano Notaroberto Barbosa is a member of the firm’s French desk and assists French investors.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão - Portuguese translation: Os “profissionais excepcionais” da BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão são “dedicados” e “especializados”. O grupo é bem conhecido por seus aconselhamentos sobre aspectos tributários de transações em grandes Fusões & Aquisições, complexas e frequentemente transnacionais, e também é ativo em consultoria e litígios tributários. Em trabalhos recentes, Daniel Abraham Loria assessorou a Abengoa Concessões Brasil Holding em questões tributárias relacionadas à sua reestruturação de dívida judicial. A advogada tributária Lígia Regini da Silveira é altamente recomendada, e Maurício Pereira Faro e Luiza Sampaio de Lacerda Benjó também são contatos importantes para contenciosos. Chefe do Departamento José Otavio Haddad Faloppa tem uma vasta experiência na área Fiscal Transacionais; e Hermano Notaroberto Barbosa é membro da mesa francesa da empresa auxiliando os investidores franceses.

Tax boutique BRATAX – Brazuna Ruschmann e Soriano Sociedade de Advogados is noted for its ‘very good service’ and is highly sought for its tax litigation expertise. Prior to the firm’s establishment in 2013, many of its lawyers gained valuable experience in leading firms in Brazil. Its clients include leading players in numerous sectors of the economy; particular specialisms include the technology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Members of the ‘very effective’ team include Cristiano Frederico Ruschmann, José Luis Ribeiro Brazuna and Ciro César Soriano de Oliveira. At of counsel level, Kátia Soriano de Oliveira Mihara and Patrícia Furlanetto are among the key contacts.

Bichara Advogadosworks in close partnership’ with its clients, and provides ‘a high-quality service’. 2017 saw the team act in a range of complex tax litigation at the administrative and judicial level, and it was also active on the advisory side, in relation to tax planning, compliance, M&A deals and corporate restructurings. Pedro Teixeira de Siqueira Neto is ‘very business-oriented’, with ‘good technical knowledge’. Senior partner Luiz Gustavo Bichara and Priscilla de Mendonça Salles also attract strong praise. The sizeable team includes Francisco Carlos Rosas Giardina, Sandro Machado dos Reis and Mattheus Reis e Montenegro, who was promoted to partner.

Campos Mello Advogados is active in tax litigation and consultancy. Among its recent work, Rosana Gonzaga Jayme advised Norflor Empreendimentos Agrícolas on a special tax regime. The ‘very client-orientedAlex Jorgeworks really well across different areas of expertise’, and recently advised Stanley Black & Decker on pre- and post-acquisition tax issues related to its purchase of Newell Brands’ tools business. Humberto Marini co-heads the practice with Jorge.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados counts several household-name companies among its longstanding clients. The team is well versed in sensitive tax litigation, and regularly advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. In tax consulting, the group has extensive knowledge of direct and indirect tax. In one highlight, Sarah Mila Barbassa advised Kellogg on the acquisition of a stake in Parati. In litigation, Hugo Leal achieved a favourable second instance decision for EDP Brasil concerning goodwill-related deductions generated by the acquisition of shares in a special purpose company. Roberto Barrieu and Ramon Castilho are names to note.

Always up-to-date with discussions on tax and customs issues’, Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados is noted for its ‘fast and accurate advice’ and ‘personalised approach’. The large tax team works from the firm’s five offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. Maurício Barros, whose ‘tax knowledge is off the charts’, ‘provides custom-made advice by understanding the client’s business operations’. Flávio Augusto Dumont Prado, Ana Paula Faria da Silva and associates Paulo Roberto Frankenberg and Raphael Conrado de Oliveira also attract praise, and Georgios Theodoros Anastassiadis is another key contact.

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados has an active practice, advising large multinationals as well as Brazilian companies and covering tax matters at the federal, state and municipal levels, special customs regimes and social security contributions. A multidisciplinary team including Henrique Lopes advised Newell Brands on the sale of its tools business to Stanley Black & Decker. Tatiana Vikanis heads the tax litigation team; Álvaro Lucasechi specialises in indirect tax; and Victor Polizelli is an expert in income tax and tax planning.

Advocacia Krakowiak is among the best-known and best-respected tax boutiques in the country. The firm leverages the strong reputation of Leo Krakowiak, who cemented his position as a leading practitioner through his role on several complex and high-profile cases. Ricardo Krakowiak and Fabiana Sgarbiero are also names to note.

The ‘very efficient’ tax team at Levy & Salomão has a wide-ranging practice and is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of the client’s business’. It regularly advises financial services companies and clients operating in highly regulated sectors, including energy, telecoms and transport. Key members of the ‘extremely professional’ team include Felipe Kneipp Salomon, José Arnaldo da Fonseca Filho and ‘outstanding lawyers’ Isabela Schenberg Frascino and Pedro Araújo Chimelli. Vinicius Branco heads the tax litigation practice.

The ‘highly competent professionals’ at Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados are ‘always ready to help clients with complex tax issues’. The team is kept busy with mandates from its Brazilian and multinational clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious tax matters, with cross-border transactions and transfer pricing issues among its strengths. Department heads Mauricio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno and João Paulo de Seixas Maia Krepel attract strong praise, as does rising star Paulo Cesar Butti Cardoso. Marcelo Muratori specialises in indirect tax and litigation, while Isabel Garcia Calich da Fonseca is recommended for tax planning and transactional tax advice.

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados had a busy year in 2017, across contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Among its specialisms are indirect tax and tax incentives for research and development. In tax planning, the group works closely with the firm’s corporate and regulated sectors departments. Key figures in the large team include founding partner João Dácio Rolim, Luciana Goulart Ferreira, Cristiano Augusto Ganz Viotti and Frederico de Almeida Fonseca.

The highly regarded tax team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown is particularly renowned for its work in the oil and gas and telecoms sectors. The standalone group generates a range of tax consulting and litigation work, and also works alongside colleagues in the corporate/M&A group on transactions. Ivan Tauil heads the department, which includes key partners Eduardo Maccari Telles and Carolina Bottino and counts Dow Chemical Company and Ubisoft among its clients. Ana Luiza Martins and Guido Vinci are also recommended.

Well-known boutique Xavier, Duque Estrada, Emery Denardi Advogados handles all aspects of taxation, both contentious and non-contentious. Its broad client base includes domestic and foreign companies active in the energy, agribusiness, financial services and technology sectors, and much of its work has an international element. Key partners include Roberto Duque Estrada and Renata Emery.

Transfer pricing is a specialism at Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, which has a broad contentious and non-contentious tax practice. The team advises clients operating in a range of sectors, and is particularly active in the retail and telecoms industries. André Gomes de Oliveira heads the department, which includes litigators Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada and Leandro Bertolo Canarim.

Dias Carneiro Advogados is noted for its ‘high-level service’ and ‘very good English language skills’. The ‘very committed’ Antonio Amendola co-heads the practice with Rodrigo Maito da Silveira. The team’s work spans tax and customs disputes, advice on tax incentives and special customs regimes, and assistance in domestic and cross-border transactions.

The five-partner tax practice at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has seen growth in recent years, and is notable for its work on transactional tax and transfer pricing matters, as well as handling a range of tax consulting and litigation. Alexandre Siciliano Borges and Mariana Miranda Lima are recommended together with recently promoted senior associate Maria Carolina Bachur.

The ‘attentive, efficient and practical’ tax team at Rothmann Sperling Padovan Duarte Advogados has ‘deep knowledge of different types of businesses’. The ‘smart and easy-going’ Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho ‘explains complex issues easily’, and ‘provides an in-depth analysis’. Gerd Rothmann is an expert in international taxation. Fábio Piovesan Bozza joined from Mariz De Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados. Marcio Sperling and associate Arthur Pereira Muniz Barreto are also recommended. Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho left the firm to join Stocche Forbes Advogados.

Exceptional’ tax firm Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados is highlighted for its ‘huge expertise’ and ‘business-oriented approach’. It excels in complex tax litigation at all levels, with a good track record before the Supreme Court and the Superior Court of Justice. Founding partners Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho and Misabel Derzi are recommended along with Valter Lobato and André Mendes Moreira. Igor Mauler Santiago left to establish Mauler Advogados in 2018.

Active in tax litigation and consultancy matters, Siqueira Castro – Advogados stands out for having tax lawyers in numerous offices across Brazil; Bianca Xavier in Rio de Janeiro, Maucir Fregonesi Junior in São Paulo and Salvador-based Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros co-head the practice. Its client base is a mixture of domestic and international companies active in various sectors, including food, financial services and logistics.

TozziniFreire Advogados’ tax team advises on high-value M&A, international trade, and international tax matters, and handles tax litigation in venues across the country. It also has impressive industry-specific tax knowledge spanning the telecoms, IT and energy industries, among others. The team’s diverse client base includes major international companies, high-net-worth individuals and start-ups. Vinicius Jucá Alves acted for the Brazilian Association of Agribusiness (ABAG) as amicus curiae in two cases before the Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of certain tax penalties. Jerry Levers de Abreu is recommended. Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi and Camila Abrunhosa Tapias left for Utumi Advogados, though Utumi continues to act as a consultant to the firm.

Operating from São Paulo and Brasília under the leadership of Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho and Fábio Nieves Barreira, Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados stands out for its impressive track record in tax litigation. The firm has had a strategic alliance with multinational firm Dentons since 2017, giving its partners access to a broad international network.

The ‘very diligent’ team at Almeida Advogados acts for a broad range of clients, from high-net-worth individuals to large multinational companies. It is particularly noted for its expertise in the shipping sector. Rio de Janeiro based Leonardo Vinicius Correia de Melo is recommended, and co-heads the department with the ‘dedicated’ and ‘committed’ Homero dos Santos in São Paulo. Associate Rodrigo Petry Terra also attracts praise.

Noted for its ‘high quality’ and ‘great commitment’, Araújo e Policastro Advogados has impressive expertise in contentious and non-contentious tax matters, having had a strong focus on tax since its inception. Sylvio Fernando Paes de Barros Júnior and Fernanda Pereira Leite are among the key contacts. Associates Fernanda Botinha Nascimento and Carolina Argente de Almeida also attract praise. Pedro Guilherme Modenese Casquet joined Andrade, Foz, Hypolito e Medicis Advogados.

Azevedo Sette Advogados’ expertise takes in administrative and judicial litigation, tax planning, recovery of tax credits, and tax incentives and special regimes. It also provides ongoing day-to-day tax advice to large international and domestic clients. Aldo de Paula Júnior had been representing a major financial institution and its subsidiaries in tax litigation. Leandra Guimarães and Mauricio Pernambuco Salin are also names to note.

Under the leadership of Luca Priolli Salvoni, Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados significantly bolstered its tax practice with the hire of Octávio Carneiro Silva Corrêa from AmBev and Thiago Rulfalco Medaglia from Felsberg Advogados. The team is well versed in transactional and non-transactional tax matters, and is regularly involved in innovative projects.

Ivan Sobral Campos leads the tax department at Felsberg Advogados, which counts Teva, Emirates and Yamaha among its clients. Anna Flávia de Azevedo Izelli Greco is representing a multinational company in 90 separate tax and customs proceedings. In internal developments, Rodrigo Prado Gonçalves was promoted to partner, while Thiago Rulfalco Medaglia left for Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados.

L.O. Baptista Advogados advises its clients on Brazilian tax rules, international treaties and international tax planning, and is also well versed in tax litigation. The names to note are Marcos Ribeiro Barbosa, João Victor Guedes Santos, José Roberto Martinez de Lima and associate Alessandra Oliveira De Simone.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados has a good track record in tax litigation. The team is currently representing two investors in a challenge to two tax assessments seeking payment of $10m, with Cibele Toldo and Carlos Henrique Crosara Delgado leading the advice.

Mundie e Advogados regularly advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and also has an active practice in tax consulting and litigation. Antenori Trevisan Neto heads the practice and is supported by three dedicated associates.

Highly regarded firm Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is particularly noted for its work in the financial services sector, and much of its tax practice involves advising on the tax aspects of corporate and financial deals. Daniela Melo Fassheber and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto are the main contacts.

Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados is noted for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘affordable prices’. The firm has notable international expertise and acts for Brazilian and foreign companies on a range of tax matters. Associate Giácomo Paro and Fernando Ayres, who made partner in 2017, are recommended. Henry Gonçalves Lummertz, André Luiz da Silva Gomes and Anderson Trautmann Cardoso complete the senior-level team.

Stocche Forbes Advogados’ tax team works closely with colleagues in the firm’s corporate and finance departments to assist on high-value transactions, and also has a standalone tax practice which has attracted several new clients. The ‘super-smartRenato Souza Coelho is ‘ready to help at any time’. Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado excels in tax litigation, indirect tax and transfer pricing. Following the research, Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho joined the firm from Rothmann Sperling Padovan Duarte Advogados.

Boutique firm Terciotti Advogados provides ‘a high-level service’ at ‘competitive’ prices. The ‘super-responsive’ Edgar Santos Gomes is noted for his ‘deep knowledge of international taxation’, and ‘brilliant lawyer’ Daniel Durão de Andrade is ‘technical and hardworking’. Maurício Terciotti leads the team.

The diverse tax practice at innovative firm ASBZ Advogados takes in customs, social security and compensation, and aviation-specific matters. Under the leadership of department head Alexandre Gleria, the team has a varied workload, attracting instructions from domestic and foreign companies.

Gilberto Ayres Moreira leads the tax practice at Ayres Ribeiro Advogados, which acts for leading Brazilian and international companies and has particular strength in the food and beverage sector. Key associates in the team include Claudia Cristina dos Santos Abrosio in São Paulo and Marcelo Henrique Gonçalves Dias Corrêa in Belo Horizonte.

The buoyant tax practice at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados operates from Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Founding partner Cristiano Rosa de Carvalho heads the department and draws on over 20 years of experience in tax consulting and litigation. Ana Paula Olinto Yurgel is another key contact.

Candido Martins Advogados’ tax team grew with the hire of Tatiana del Giudice Cappa Chiaradia from TozziniFreire Advogados and Reynaldo Latuf Ayres from BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão. Alamy Candido de Paula Filho leads the team and is recommended.

CaselliNavarro Advogados attracts praise for its ‘very fast responses’ and ‘fair costs’. Its broad tax expertise is complemented by the firm’s private wealth and succession planning practice. Fabiano Marcos da Silva oversees the administrative tax litigation practice, and Alexandre Tadeu Navarro Pereira Gonçalves is also recommended. Renato Vilela Faria left for Peixoto e Cury Advogados.

Sabine Schuttoff and Claudia Derenusson Riedel are the names to note at DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados, which had a busy year in 2017, handling a range of tax consulting and litigation. Aviation is a sweet spot; clients include financial institutions and airlines.

De Vivo, Whitaker e Castro Advogados acts for a range of domestic and international clients. Vanessa Inhasz Cardoso is currently advising a Canadian company on tax incentives for a project in Brazil.

Advocacia Fernando Rudge Leite has broad expertise in federal, state and municipal tax. The team is led by Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Soares and includes Marcio Augusto Athayde Generoso and André Luís Equi Morata; all three have notable experience in tax litigation.

Fialho, Canabrava, Andrade, Salles Advogados’ practice is split across tax consulting, tax planning and litigation. The incorporation of São Paulo tax boutique Tranchesi Ortiz e Andrade in 2017 gave the practice an additional boost, with the team now including four experienced partners: Patrícia Lima, Roberto Salles, Marcos Tranchesi Ortiz and Paulo Roberto Andrade.

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados has strong experience in the fashion and retail sectors, and recently expanded its work for clients in the TMT, infrastructure and energy sectors. Wealth structuring and estate planning are among its areas of expertise. Francisco Nogueira de Lima Neto is the practice head.

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados provides tax and customs advice to companies operating in the shipping, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors, and litigation at the administrative and judicial levels also features in its workload. Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso are the partners in the team.

The ‘well-prepared’ and ‘committed’ tax lawyers at Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados advise clients on transactional and non-transactional tax matters and also handle tax disputes. Breno Ferreira Martins Vasconcelos is ‘an intelligent, polite, ethical and very practical lawyer’. Associates Josy de Oliveira Almeida and Thais Veiga Shingai are also recommended.

Nogueira, Elias, Laskowski & Matias Advogados’ diverse client base includes construction, education and healthcare companies, which seek the tax team’s advice on corporate transactions, litigation and day-to-day tax matters. José Reinaldo Nogueira de Oliveira heads the department.

Operating from São Paulo, Curitiba, Santa Catarina and Brasília, Roberto Ferraz Advogados S/C has an active tax practice that takes in contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm’s impressive client base includes leading financial institutions and international corporations. Roberto Catalano Botelho Ferraz and Nelson Souza Neto are key contacts.

Ronaldo Martins & Advogados has a wide-ranging practice across transactional tax, tax consulting and litigation. Name partner Ronaldo Corrêa Martins and Marta Arias Díaz are key contacts.

Oil and gas companies turn to Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados for a range of tax advice, from litigation to transactional support. Practice head José Gustavo Fernandes Braga was part of a team advising Royal Dutch Shell on the Brazilian tax aspects of its acquisition of BG Group.

The sizeable tax and tax litigation group at Vaz, Barreto, Shingaki & Oioli Advogados has broad knowledge of transactional tax and disputes at all levels. Paulo Cesar Ruzisca Vaz benefits from over 25 years’ experience advising domestic and international companies.

Led by ‘excellent’ lawyer Gustavo Barroso Taparelli, the tax team at Abe, Rocha Neto, Taparelli e Garcez Advogados has strong experience in federal, state and municipal tax matters. Maira Cristina Santos Madeira and Mayra Tenório Silva also attract praise.

Brasília-based firm Advocacia Fernanda Hernandez has a strong track record in tax litigation at all levels, and is also active in tax consulting. Fernanda Guimarães Hernandez is a leading figure in the team.

Major players in the automotive, life sciences and financial services sectors turn to Coimbra & Chaves for representation and advice in contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Paulo Roberto Coimbra Silva heads the team, which includes international taxation specialist Michael Lund, Fabiano de Almeida Rodrigues and Maurício Saraiva de Abreu Chagas.

Fraga, Bekierman & Cristiano Advogados’ clients include well-known energy, media and shipping companies, which seek the team’s advice on complex tax matters in areas such as transfer pricing and customs. Name partners Gilberto Fraga and Roberto Bekierman are key contacts.

The ‘reliable’ and ‘very responsive’ team at Henriques Sociedade de Advogados is highlighted for its ‘personal approach’. Many of its clients operate in the energy, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Marcelo Hugo de Oliveira Campos and Guilherme de Almeida Henriques are key names in the team, which is based in Belo Horizonte.

Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados is most notable for its transfer pricing expertise, with Luís Eduardo Schoueri the name to note.

Lacerda Gama Advogados maintains a broad tax practice, and is instructed by major players in the market in high-value matters. The sizeable team is led by name partner Tacio Lacerda Gama and includes Lucia Paoliello Guimarães.

Madeira, Valentim & Alem Advogados (MVA) is ‘extremely fast in responding with solutions, clarifications or ideas’, and ‘comprehends the mindset of an in-house legal team’. The experienced team is led by highly recommended partner Geraldo Valentim Neto, and excels in tax litigation.

From its base in Belo Horizonte, Moura Tavares, Figueiredo, Moreira e Campos Advogados has an active tax practice covering a range of contentious and non-contentious work. Ricardo Alves Moreira, Ismail Antonio Vieira Salles and Angelo Valladares e Souza are the names to note.

The ‘experienced’ team at Pedro Miguel Law is led by Fernanda Campo, and counts Technosim, Mega Injet and Charm Moda among its clients. The practice includes tax consultancy and litigation.

Peixoto e Cury Advogados draws on a long history in the market and has a strong focus on tax, including tax litigation. Milton Fontes specialises in indirect tax, while Renato Vilela Faria is recommended on the direct tax side.

Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados had a busy year in 2017, advising clients on the tax aspects of several significant projects. It also has a steady tax litigation practice and ancillary expertise in wealth planning. Matheus Bueno de Oliveira heads the department.

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados acts for a varied client base of multinational corporations and financial institutions, with practitioners in four offices across Brazil. Bruno Henrique Coutinho de Aguiar leads the team, and is experienced in direct and indirect tax and customs.

The ‘professional and attentive’ team at Rosely Cruz Sociedade de Advogados by "neolaw." is ‘easy to work with’. Recommended practice head Raquel Amaral has additional expertise in labour law and wealth planning.

The three-partner team at Silveiro Advogados acts for a range of industrial and banking clients. Litigation is a focal area for the team, although it also handles non-contentious tax matters. Alberto Martins Brentano leads the practice, which includes senior partner Sergio Lewin and Eduardo Kowarick Halperin.

Thiago Taborda Simões’ team at Simões Advogados has a broad practice in tax and social security, representing clients in litigation and providing consultancy services.

Well-known Brazilian and multinational companies turn to Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados for tax advice and representation in tax litigation. Rafael de Moraes Amorim recently advised Itaú Unibanco on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a 49.9% stake in XP Investimentos. Breno Ladeira Kingma is also recommended.

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