Firms To Watch: Labour

Receiving strong praise from clients, the labour practice at Azevedo Geraldes Advogados handles both advisory and contentious work, including union negotiations, collective bargaining agreements and claims involving allegations of discrimination and harassment.

Labour in Brazil

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados regularly assists large national and international clients with the gamut of labour law matters. The team offers consultancy services in human resources practices, due diligence in the context of M&A transactions, and employment contracts. The firm is also equipped to represent clients in administrative and judicial disputes, with the group often handling collective and class actions, applications for restraining orders and injunctive relief, and negotiations with trade unions. Leila Azevedo Sette, who draws on more than 45 years of experience in labour, social security and corporate matters, leads the practice alongside Luanna Vieira de Lima Costa and Gustavo Magalhães Assis.

Practice head(s):

Leila Azevedo Sette; Luanna Vieira de Lima Costa; Gustavo Magalhães Assis

Key clients


White Martins



Vf Worldwide Holdings

Gerdau Group

Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados

A popular choice for large and medium-size companies operating in the mining, steel and IT sectors, Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados' labour team excels in both contentious and non-contentious matters. In the disputes space, the group is well versed in individual and collective actions, including those before the Superior Labour Court (TST), and administrative proceedings before regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Its consultancy offering includes risk assessments and due diligence in the context of M&A transactions. Daniel Ribeiro Martins, who often represents clients in regional and superior courts, leads the practice with the support of associate Lorena de Carvalho Lara.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Ribeiro Martins


‘The VLF Advogados delivers a high-quality service. VLF lawyers have high technical knowledge, always offering a personalised service, which are differentials of the firm.’

‘The market today requires, in addition to sophisticated technical knowledge, personalised service, and the labour team at VLF delivers these with propriety.’

‘Daniel Ribeiro Martins is a highly qualified professional. In contentious matters, he assesses all the risks involved, reporting all the variables to us so we can make the best decisions. He acts forcefully when defending our interests and always knows our needs in-depth. As for the advisory matters, his legal opinions always give us the necessary support for decision-making.’

Corrêa Ferreira Advogados

Large domestic and international companies operating in the mining, metallurgy and healthcare sectors turn to Corrêa Ferreira Advogados for assistance with labour matters. The group has recently handled a busy workload of negotiations with trade unions and individual and collective actions involving work accidents, unfair dismissal allegations, and overtime payments. Founding partner Marco Antônio Corrêa Ferreira leads the practice alongside Helda Carla Andrade, who has a strong background in large-scale labour claims and negotiations with trade unions.

Practice head(s):

Marco Antônio Corrêa Ferreira; Helda Carla Andrade

Key clients

Equinox Gold Group

Jaquar Mining

Metso Outotec Group

Martin Brower

Tractebel Engie

Koch do Brasil

Yamana Gold

AEBMG Hospital Evangélico

Ask do Brasil

Trauminas Distribuidora


Sicoob Coopjus


Laboratório Geraldo Lustosa



Horizonte Energias Renováveis



Krug Bier

Pilar Gold

Work highlights

  • Represented Pilar Gold in a claim filed by the heirs of an employee who died in a work accident, seeking approximately R$6m in compensation.
  • Represented Koch do Brasil in proceedings regarding the dismissal of an employee for improper conduct.
  • Assisted Pilar Gold with a claim filled by a contractor seeking recognition of employment ties and benefits.

Manucci Advogados

Manucci Advogados is retained by companies from the energy, IT, mining, healthcare, banking and infrastructure sectors, and handles a range of advisory and contentious employment work. As part of its consultancy offering, the team advises on compliance matters, the employment aspects of M&A transactions, and legal procedures aimed at reducing labour liabilities. In the disputes space, the group assists clients with individual and collective actions and cases before government bodies. Ariela Ribera Duarte, whose expertise spans labour contracts, strategic litigation and collective bargaining matters, leads the practice alongside name partner Daniel Manucci.

Practice head(s):

Ariela Ribeira Duarte; Daniel Manucci

Key clients

Construtora Canopus



VMI Security

Aliança Energia

Boart Longyear

People 2.0


Work highlights

  • Assisted Metropax, a funeral plan company, with the labour aspects of its merger with Grupo Cortel.
  • Advised Nitrosul’s partners on the labour aspects of the sale of a majority stake in Nitrosul to Austin Powder.
  • Advised Oktagon Desenvolvimento de Jogos Eletrônicos on labour matters regarding its sale to a Las Vegas-based company.

Veríssimo, Moreira & Simas Advogados

With practitioners specialised in corporate and labour law, clients operating in the banking, retail and construction industries turn to the employment team at Veríssimo, Moreira & Simas Advogados for advice on workplace policies, salary and benefits plans, compliance matters and corporate reorganisations. The group is also active in the contentious space, where it represents clients in claims involving wrongful termination, discrimination and overtime payment. Glaucus Simas, who draws on more than 16 years of experience handling judicial and administrative disputes, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Glaucus Simas

Key clients

Araújo Distribuidora

Incorporadora e Construtora Eireli

Cappe Brasil Engenharia

Cooperativa de Poupança e Crédito do Vale do Rio Doce

Santana Produtos Siderúrgicos

Master Drilling Brasil

VB Alimentos Indústria e Comércio

Agromig Soluções e Recuperações

Labtest Diagnóstico

CEI Energética

Work highlights

  • Assisted Catalyst Brazil Tecnologia e Serviço with labour and immigration matters regarding the hiring of three foreign nationals.
  • Represented Santana Produtos Siderúrgicos in a claim involving the payment of extra wages and benefits, and compensation for non-pecuniary and pecuniary losses.
  • Advised Araújo Distribuidora on the restructuring of its labour operations, including the implementation of a new wage and career plan.