Firms To Watch: Tax

Henrique Mourão Advocacia offers domestic and international companies and wealthy individuals advice on tax planning, corporate taxation and tax assessments; Daniel Pereira Artuzo is a key contact.
William Freire Advogados is a popular choice for major mining companies, which turn to the group for assistance with tax planning, risk management and tax assessments related to mining transactions.

Tax in Brazil

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados

Working in close collaboration with the firm’s corporate and M&A, telecoms, compliance and consumer law departments, the tax team at Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados is highly regarded for its track record in complex tax matters involving corporate taxation, irregular tax collections and risk assessments. The group regularly acts for clients from a broad range of sectors, including energy, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and insurance, in judicial and administrative proceedings before regional and federal courts as well as the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF). Another core pillar of the practice is its advisory offering, which includes tax planning and strategies for public and private M&A transactions. Founding partner Joao Dácio Rolim leads the team alongside Alessandro Mendes Cardoso, whose expertise spans foreign tax matters and consumer and social security law, and Luciana Goulart Ferreira, a key contact for administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Dácio Rolim; Alessandro Mendes Cardoso; Luciana Goulart

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very well-prepared and up-to-date team, with high technical knowledge and specialists in various sectors such as energy.’

‘The service is always very cordial and complete.’

‘Standing out in the team is Frederico Fonseca, Luciana Goulart and Alessandro Cardoso.’

Key clients

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis Brasil

Gerdau Açominas

Helibrás

Airbus Helicopters

Ciber (Wirtgen Group)

Zurich Seguros

Coteminas

Norte Energia

ArcelorMittal Brasil

Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CEMIG)

Sada Transportes e Armazenagens

BASF

AngloGold Ashanti

Work highlights

  • Acted for Norte Energia in a claim in which the company sought to ensure its right to use PIS and COFINS credits relating to the interest incurred by the company on loans taken from government-owned financial institutions to build and operate the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant.
  • Assisted Cifra in securing a favourable decision in an administrative dispute before the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF).
  • Assisted Telemont Engenharia de Telecomunicações before CARF in a case concerning the payment of employer contributions, payment to third parties and a pension fund contribution.

Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados

Leading tax boutique Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados is highly rated for its strong track record in assisting multinational companies from an array of sectors, including telecoms, real estate, mining, banking and technology, with complex and strategic tax matters. The group is regularly sought by companies to handle tax planning and litigation, including cases of constitutional relevance before the superior courts in Brasilia. Another area of particular strength for the practice is in administrative disputes, with one client singling the firm out for its ‘knowledge of the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF), bringing positive results for clients'. The department is jointly led by Valter Lobato, who has almost 30 years of experience in judicial and administrative disputes, and André Mendes Moreira, a key contact for clients from the telecoms, energy and mining segments. Other key names in the team include Fernando Moura and founding partners Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi and Sacha Calmon Navarro Coelho.

Practice head(s):

André Mendes Moreira; Valter Lobato

Testimonials

‘A great differential of the firm is the deep understanding of the client’s business, which makes an analysis of tax matters much easier. Tech solutions are another strong point of the firm, which helped to tackle the problems caused by the pandemic.’

‘I believe that the firm’s differential is its deep technical knowledge in the area of tax law, being a firm of great reference.’

‘The firm performed flawlessly during 2021. The performance was impeccable and the trust in the services is absolute. Excellent partners.’

‘The firm, through the partners who represent us, notably Valter Lobato, provides a spectacular service in tax litigation and advisory matters.’

‘Valter Lobato is the reference lawyer for our company. Always available and accessible when needed.’

‘The partners who represent us, notably Valter Lobato and Thiago Conde, provide a spectacular service in tax. In addition to the technical knowledge and reputation enjoyed by them before the legal community and the courts, it is noteworthy to highlight the fact that these lawyers have a business vision, going beyond what is requested and proactively seeking legal solutions to the questions that are posed to them.’

‘In tax matters, there is no equal. Legal issues are dealt with through in-depth accounting and tax analysis.’

‘It is worth mentioning the firm’s knowledge of the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF), bringing positive results for clients.’

Key clients

Anima

Concreto

Felicio Rocho

Perfilor

Cooperativa de Médicos

Cofercil

Azevedo Sette Advogados

National and international companies operating in the mining, healthcare, construction, automotive, retail and technology segments turn to Azevedo Sette Advogados for assistance in a range of contentious and non-contentious tax matters. In addition to its notable strength in tax planning, periodic tax reviews, due diligence and foreign investment transactions, the group stands out for its expertise in litigation. The team is well versed in administrative disputes at the state, municipal and federal levels, as well as cases before the superior courts in Brasilia. Leandra Guimarães focuses on complex transactions involving tax and corporate law; Clarissa Cerqueira Viana Pereira is a key contact for tax planning and litigation; and Bruno Felippe Almeida has extensive experience in strategic matters related to tax and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Leandra Guimarães; Clarissa Cerqueira Viana Pereira; Bruno Felippe Almeida

Testimonials

‘Some of the firm’s differentials are the proximity and easy access to partners and in-depth knowledge of the team.’

‘Credibility, qualified staff and quick service.’

Key clients

Central de Artigos Para laboratórios

Concessionaria do Aeroporto International de Confins

Avenues

Algar Telecom

Icarros

Delp Group

Amg Group

Giro Produtos Agricolas

AEC Contact Center

Casa Unica Materiais de Construção

Farmax

Anglo American Brasil

CBA Empreendimentos e Participações

Falconi Consultores de Resultado

Belgo Bekaert Arames

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

J Mendes Mineração

Carmeuse do Brasil

Constelações Empreendimentos

Labtest Diagnostica

Lallemand Group

Localiza

Mistras

Moinhos do Sul Mineiro

Polpa Norte

Nemak Aluminio do Brasil

NKG Fazendas Brasileiras

Oncoclinicas Group

Onno Logistica

Pharlab Indústria Farmacêutica

Precon Engenharia

SNC Lavalin Group

Sumitomo Riko Group

Toctao Engenharia

Maua Group

Toro Controle Participações

Transunion Group

Fialho Salles Advogados

Clients from the energy, mining, construction, real estate and healthcare industries turn to Fialho Salles Advogados for assistance in judicial and administrative disputes involving tax liabilities, benefits and exemptions. On the advisory front, the team works in close conjunction with the firm’s corporate department to handle corporate restructurings and tax planning and to provide legal opinions. Tax litigator Patrícia Lima leads the group alongside Pedro Magalhães, who is well versed in tax planning and M&A transactions. Leandro Vieira is also noted for his expertise in tax litigation involving state, federal and municipal laws. Supporting the group from São Paulo are Marcos Tranchesi Ortiz and Paulo Roberto Andrade.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Lima; Pedro Magalhães; Marcos Tranchesi Ortiz; Paulo Roberto Andrade

Testimonials

‘Very qualified professionals, with in-depth knowledge of the subjects being conducted.’

‘Opinions essential to the running of the business.’

‘Extremely up-to-date in relation to the subject dealt with and impeccable service.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

VLI Group

Aperam Group

Confederacão Nacional da Industria – CNI

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES)

Rio Branco Alimentos (Pif Paf)

IGB Eletronica (Gradiente)

Magnesita Mineração

Meliuz

Tropical Industria de Alimentos

Fricasa Alimentos

Solairedirect Holding Brasil

Komatsu Brasil International

Lhoist Group

Companhia de Gás de Minas Gerais (Gasmig)

Duratex

Aliança Geração de Energia

Cmoc Brasil Mineração, Industria e Participações

Banco Mercantil do Brasil

Embaré Industrias Alimenticias

Grupo Arcor – Bagley do Brasil Alimentos

Vilma Alimentos

Jaguar Mining

BRK Ambiental

BTG Pactual Gestora de Recursos

Engelmig Energia

Csem Brasil

Csul Desenvolvimento Urbano

Grupo Peterfrut Comercial

Empresa Construtora do Brasil

Zkteco do Brasil

ABC Atacado Brasileiro da Construção

Construtora Quebec

HM Engenharia e Construções

Citissimo do Brasil Participações

CDF Assistência e Suporte Digital

Cannabr Distribuidora de Medicamentos

Akdeniz Chemson Aditivos

Grupo Hortigil Hortifruti

Natural da Terra

Innovative Seed Solutions Brasil Sementes Inovadoras

Expresso Nepomuceno

F2B – Fotovoltaico Flutuante Brasil

Companhia Energética Integrada (CEI)

Construtora Barbosa Mello

Construtora Remo

Cooperativa Nacional de Representantes Comerciais Autônomos

Criteo do Brasil Desenvolvimento de Serviços de Internet

Engelmig Energia

Inspira Mudanca Participações

Drift Comércio de Alimentos

Clamper Indústria e Comercio

INI Empreendimentos

Serviço Social Autônomo Hospital Metropolitano Doutor Célio de Castro

HF Participações

Extrafruti

Akdeniz Chemson Aditivos

Axxiom Solucoes Tecnologicas

São Marcos – Saúde e Medicina Diagnóstica

Clamper Industria e Comércio

U&M Mineracao E Construcao

Sigga (WBR Consultoria)

Atlantic Nickel

Mineração Vale Verde

Grupo Remo (Construtora Remo) (Remolux Elétrica – Indústria e Comércio de Equipamentos Elétricos)

Talentos Cinevideo

Waterfy Partners Participacoes

2W Energia

Alffa Empreendimentos Imobiliarios

ALS Tribology Brasil Analise de Fluidos

BM Brazil 1 Fundo 1 de Investimento em Participações Multiestrategia

Essencis MG Soluções Ambientais

Precon Engenharia

Energ Power

BRMC consultoria em saúde

BTS Properties Empreendimentos Imobiliarios

Santa Barbara Engenharia e Santa Barbara Construções

Rioplastic – Industria e Comercio de Plasticos Rio Pardo

Grupo Wabtec – Faiveley Transport do Brasil

Garboni Industria de Plastico e Moldes

Companhia Brasileira de Planos Funerários

Maternidade Octaviano Neves

Mascarenhas (ETS – Engenharia e tecnologia)

Real Guindaste

Fundep – Fundação de Desenvolvimento de Pesquisa

Federação do Comercio de Combustivel

Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados

The tax team at Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados balances a busy and broad workload, assisting clients in the creation of fiscal committees, due diligence reports, legal opinions, staff training and tax planning. Its client list is equally varied, featuring companies from the mining, energy, construction, telecoms and healthcare industries. Tax litigation is another core focus, with the group frequently handling PIS and COFINS matters, and working alongside colleagues in the Brasília office when dealing with cases in the superior courts. Marcio da Rocha Medina, whose expertise spans corporate taxation and litigation, leads the practice. He is supported by Vitor Dantas Dias, an expert in judicial and administrative proceedings involving state, federal and municipal tax laws.

Practice head(s):

Marcio da Rocha Medina

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal support on all tax aspects.’

‘Highly qualified professionals.’

Key clients

Denso Sistemas Térmicos do Brasil

Pilar de Goias Desenvolvimento Mineral

Sae Towers Brasil Torres De Transmissão

Mineração Riacho Dos Machados

Mineracao Aurizona

Rjr (Rw3 Tecnologia)

Prumo Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pilar de Goias Desenvolvimento Mineral with a tax assessment notice which disallowed ICMS credits on the acquisition of goods used in the process of mineral extraction.
  • Advised Denso Sistemas Térmicos do Brasil on matters related to PIS, COFINS and ICMS.
  • Advised Rjr (Rw3 Tecnologia) on the tax regime to be chosen by the company for the year 2023.

Rodolfo Gropen Advocacia

Tax boutique Rodolfo Gropen Advocacia is retained by national and international companies operating in the mining, steel, energy, telecoms and logistics segments to assist with social security contributions, pensions and income tax matters. The group is well versed in tax litigation, often representing clients in judicial and administrative disputes. As part of its advisory offering, the practice is sought after to advise on risk management, tax planning, indirect taxation and tax compliance. Practice head João Manoel Rolla is a key contact for contentious and non-contentious mandates, and Juliana Melo Ribeiro is a popular choice for mining companies seeking assistance with indirect taxation and social security issues. Tax litigator Rodolfo Gropen is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

João Manoel Rolla

Testimonials

‘The partners have extensive experience in tax law and in administrative and judicial proceedings. I highlight two partners, João Rolla and Juliana Ribeiro.’

‘The Rodolfo Gropen Advocacia team stands out for its agile service. Responses to questions, requests for clarification, protocols, among others, are fast, clear and effective. In addition, they always alert us to new theses and legal opportunities.’

‘I would recommend João Manoel Rolla and Juliana Melo Ribeiro. They all are attentive and capable of capturing the client’s issues, always seeking solutions.’

‘The firm has vast knowledge in tax law, providing great legal certainty when conducting mandates. In addition, it is has a fair fee price and professionals are always available.’

‘The firm is very diligent and is always ready to resolve any pending issues. They get ahead of the problem.’

‘Highly qualified team, presenting practical solutions, in addition to following market trends. Lawyers are always available for assistance.’

‘Rodolfo Gropen, João Rolla and Guilherme Macedo are professionals of the highest level, delivering a service that always exceeds expectations. They value individualised service, being always available to clients.’

‘Involvement of the firm in all client matters, promoting comprehensive advice. Very close relationship with clients and extremely attentive.’

Key clients

Tractebel

LIASA

Fidens

Novelis

Hypofarma

Nestlé

Itambé

Salus

Onno Logística

JR Participações

Ribeiro Participações

Paul Wurth do Brasil

Mosaic

Patrus Transportes

Vale

ArcelorMittal

Usiminas

FCA FIAT

Mineração Rio do Norte

Cenibra

Viva Lácteos

Localiza

Anglo American

VLI

Direcional

Supermercados BH

Work highlights

  • Represented Fiat (FCA) as an assistant of the claimant, an import and expert company, in a case before the Supreme Court involving the exclusion of ICMS from PIS and COFINS tax base.
  • Adviced Mineração Rio do Norte on the amounts deducted by the National Mining Agency from the mining royalties due to municipalities.
  • Assisted Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais and Unigal with a claim seeking to avoid tax collection on activities performed by a client in connection with items that will be re-sold by another client.

Bernardes & Advogados Associados

Active in the telecoms, technology, logistics and construction sectors, Bernardes & Advogados Associados offers clients advice on a wide range of fiscal matters, spanning tax planning, reviews and legal opinions. In the contentious space, the group is often engaged in administrative and judicial disputes related to PIS, COFINS and ICMS contributions. Another area of expertise for the team is in private client work, with the practice frequently assisting wealthy individuals with tax planning and inheritance matters. The team’s leadership is split between Maria Juliana Fonseca Bernardes, tax and corporate law expert Flávio Couto Bernardes, and André Tostes Carvalho, who has a strong background in tax and financial consultancy.

Practice head(s):

Flávio Couto Bernardes; André Tostes Carvalho; Maria Juliana Fonseca Bernardes

Key clients

Expresso Nepomuceno

Infoline Comunicações

Utilidad Comércio

Prime Comercial

EPO Empreendimentos

Carglass

Patricia Siqueira

Cervam – Cervejaria Da Amazônia

JAM Soluções

Freitas Ferraz Advogados

A popular choice for international and national companies from the telecoms, technology, energy and real estate segments, Freitas Ferraz Advogados is noted for its track record in complex tax transactions. As part of its broad offering, the group is equipped to handle tax planning, risk assessments, corporate restructurings, and tax matters related to M&A transactions. Receiving strong praise from clients is Thiago Braichi, who is regarded as ‘a reference in matters of international taxation in Belo Horizonte’ and who draws on over 15 years of experience in the area. Supporting the team from São Paulo is Pedro Simão, who arrived at the firm in September 2021 from Stocche Forbes Advogados and brings extensive sector expertise in technology, telecoms, education and banking#a

Practice head(s):

Thiago Braichi; Pedro Simão

Testimonials

‘Efficiency, vast knowledge, clarity and dedication were the main points I noticed in the tax team at Freitas Ferraz. All queries I made were resolved and presented to me in an easy to understand way. The team was always available to explain something that had not been understood and to carry out any study or tax assessment that we need.’

‘Thiago Braichi is, for us, a reference in matters of international taxation in Belo Horizonte.’

‘Freitas Ferraz Advogados’ team is bilingual and provides a level of service that foreign companies can rely on. Freitas Ferraz Advogados provides fixed fees for each project and brings in the right partners and associates who understand the different matters.’

‘Thiago Braichi is a great tax lawyer who understands how to take complex tax matters that are unique to Brazil and break them down so that foreign clients can really understand the matter at hand. His advice is proactive and he is responsive 365 days a year. His knowledge of Europe and other foreign jurisdictions means that he can understand the concerns of foreign companies that are looking to operate in Brazil.’

‘A highlight goes to Pedro Simão, who has a lot of experience in the tax area and is a reference for matters in the telecom sector. Pedro has extensive experience in telecoms and is able to provide accurate legal advice in line with the client’s business concerns. He is very committed to results and is always available to serve his clients in the best possible way.’

‘Our contact was directly with Thiago Braichi who was always very helpful in assisting us. Thiago has always demonstrated vast knowledge in the tax field, always assisting us in a very didactic way and with great attention.’

‘Not only the technical quality of the team makes the firm unique as they really master the subjects for which they advise their clients, but also the ability to understand what the client needs and be able to deliver an objective, but at the same time, complete answer. It is also important to highlight that the amount charged for the service provided is fair. The team is multidisciplinary, the concern and attention of the partners with the other team members is visible.’

‘Pedro Simão is a highly qualified, attentive and available professional. His technical knowledge in the telecoms area is deep and stands out in the market. Pedro is an educated, flexible professional who knows how to understand the client’s needs and is always willing to master whatever is necessary to serve the clients.’

Key clients

Biomm

Empresa Construtora Brasil

Nova Geração Participações (NGP)

Algar Telecom

Tecban – Tecnologia Bancária

Anima Holding

iFood.com Agência de Restaurantes Online

Avenue Code

Horizonte Minerals

Tim

Work highlights

  • Advised Empresa Construtora Brasil on different analyses regarding international tax issues.
  • Assisted Nova Geração Participações with the development of a tax structure related to a gas production project to be applied in the steelmaking process at a plant in Belo Horizonte.
  • Advised Algar Telecom on various tax matters regarding taxation of telecoms services, including the definition of the applicable tax regime.

Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados

The tax team at Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados is led by Rafhael Frattari, who has over 20 years of experience in tax law and is especially sought after by clients in the mining, steel and energy sectors. He is supported by associate Henrique Coimbra, whose expertise spans tax litigation and tax recovery proceedings. In addition to its notable expertise in tax disputes, including complex cases before the Federal Revenue Office, the group is noted for its advisory services, which span tax planning, legal opinions and tax benefits matters.

Practice head(s):

Rafhael Frattari

Testimonials

‘Active participation of partners and associates, working close to the courts.’

‘Rafhael Frattari  is very engaged in all discussions of theses and procedural strategies.’

‘Associate Vinícius Vasconcelos is very good at preparing procedural documents, quick to respond to requests for clarification and very helpful.’

‘Ability to learn matters that are not within the firm’s main area of expertise, good development of theses, agility in answering questions, excellent cost-benefit ratio and excellent legal work performed.’

Key clients

Arcelormittal Brasil

Aperam Inox América do Sul

Equinox Gold Fazenda Mine

CMU Energia

Colégio Registral Imobiliário do Estado de Minas Gerais

Ayres Ribeiro Advogados

Particularly known for its expertise in dispute resolution, boutique firm Ayres Ribeiro Advogados is regularly engaged in complex tax litigation at both the administrative and judicial levels. The group is also noted for its advisory offering, which includes tax planning, risk assessments, regulatory matters and indirect taxation matters. Practice head and founding partner Gilberto Ayres Moreira can regularly be found advising clients in the food and beverage, paper and consumer goods industries on tax matters related to M&A transactions. Fernando Westin is a key contact for tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gilberto Ayres Moreira

Testimonials

‘The firm knows very well the needs and specificities of the client’s area of activity. Involvement of partners in all stages of the contracted work. Very good in technical and strategic terms.’

‘I’d highlight Fernando Westin for his technical knowledge and support. He always seeks to better understand the specificities of the client’s business.’

‘Gilberto Ayres Moreira stands out for his technical knowledge and support in strategies, and Cláudia Abrosio stands out for her technical knowledge and client support.’

‘Extremely qualified team in ICMS matters. When proposing fees, they already made a very interesting summary of the subject.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola FEMSA

Heineken

Globalbev

CENIBRA

NSK

Luxottica

IDEMIA

Phelps 14 Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Hypera

Rio Branco Alimentos

Fator Seguradora

Interlândia

Banco Citibank

Liberty Seguros

Lógica Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Represented Galgrin Group (Corpo Perfeito) and its shareholders in a dispute against the tax authority for the collection of ICMS contributions.
  • Assisted Fortaleza de Santa Teresinha Agricultura e Pecuária with the review of its tax operations in order to maximise tax credits and reduce tax payments.
  • Acted for Coca-Cola FEMSA in a claim seeking to avoid the collection of state goods and services tax (ICMS) levied upon sales that have been cancelled.

Azevedo Geraldes Advogados

Under the leadership of founding partner Henrique Azevedo, who draws on more than 20 years of experience in direct and indirect taxation, compliance issues and tax matters related to M&A transactions, Azevedo Geraldes Advogados is frequently retained by clients from the logistics, retail, mining and construction segments. Associate Daniela Michel Bueno is another key member of the department; he is regularly sought after by cooperatives, shopping centres and wholesale companies. As part of its broad offering, the group is equipped to handle tax planning, legal opinions, succession planning and disputes involving annulment and restitution actions.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Azevedo

Testimonials

‘Promptness, dedication and commitment.’

‘Legal team that deeply understands the client’s business and acts preventively.’

‘Personalisation service, always with high quality, closely follows all tax discussions with great dedication and skill.’

‘I work directly with Henrique Azevedo, a professional concerned with the interests of the company, very skilled and always very firm.’

‘Ability to think out of the box. Commitment to the clients.’

Key clients

Mart Minas Distribuição

Villerfort Atcado e Varejo

Multiformato

BeerOrCoffee

GX Contact Center

Farid Group

Otimiza Group

Tecidos e Armarinho Bartolomeu

Dme Poços de Caldas Participações

Santa Helena Group

Ollea Group

WRV Empreendimentos

Maximus Atacadista e Distribuidor de Produtos Alimenticios

Vet Line Group

Nasala Group

ABAAS – Associação Brasileira dos Atacadistas de Autosserviço

Engecon Engenheiros Construtores

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with the review of real estate and multi-market funds worth R$100m.
  • Advised a client on the review of PIS and COFINS credits involving operations worth R$30m.
  • Assisted a mining client in developing a tax theses that shows that the control, monitoring and inspection fee of mining activities does not fulfil the requirements determined by the Constitution.

Coimbra & Chaves

The judicial and administrative tax litigation team at Coimbra & Chaves excels in contentious matters pertaining to tax collection claims, penalties, tax credits and assessment notices. Founding partner Paulo Roberto Coimbra Silva is a key contact for both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, often representing clients from the automotive, mining, energy and steel segments. Onofre Alves Batista Júnior is well versed in constitutional tax law and litigation before the superior courts. Tax compliance and planning are areas of expertise for Alice de Abreu Lima Jorge. Other names to note include social security expert Guilherme Bagno Pires De Morais and Fabiano Almeida Rodrigues.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Roberto Coimbra Silva; Onofre Batista; Alice de Abreu Lima Jorge; Guilherme Bagno Pires de Morais; Fabiano Almeida Rodrigues

Testimonials

‘The firm has exceptional technical quality, elaborating new theses and strategies when conducting litigation cases.’

‘The firm and its entire team have great technical knowledge and always understand the client’s objectives, as well as the current legal scene.’

‘They provide free of charge and periodically highly relevant content such as eBooks, articles, etc., disseminating knowledge with stakeholders in an accessible way.’

‘Filipe Piazzi Mariano da Silva, Onofre Alves Batista Júnior and Paulo Roberto Coimbra Silva are professionals with great national recognition. They have extensive expertise and are true business partners, always understanding our problems and providing solutions that fit with the company’s reality. They are always available and deliver an extremely high-quality service. I recommend these three lawyers.’

‘Very good technical expertise and availability.’

Cunha Leão Advogados

Private clients, large and medium-sized companies, investment funds and venture capital firms turn to Cunha Leão Advogados for assistance with both advisory and contentious tax matters. As part of its broad offering, the group handles judicial and administrative disputes, tax planning and corporate restructurings. Its client list is also broad, including companies involved in energy, mining, steel, food and retail. Practice co-head Luiz Henrique Cunha is specialised in direct and indirect taxation and has a strong background in corporate law, and fellow co-head Fabiana Leão is a key contact for tax proceedings at the administrative and judicial levels.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Henrique Cunha; Fabiana Leão

Testimonials

‘The firm has a huge partnership with us. The service is mainly done by the partners, individually and with the necessary support for the company. They are always available to assist in whatever is necessary. The technical knowledge of the team is excellent.’

‘Great team, extremely technical and agile.’

Key clients

Samarco

Kinross

Vibra Energia

Aço Verde do Brasil

Raizen Combustiveis

Canopus

Bartofil Distribuidora

Coelho Diniz Supermercados

123 Milhas

Grupo Desin

Vaccinar

SDS Siderugia

Unifort

Jaguar Mining

Opus Construções Modulares

Work highlights

  • Advised Vibra Energia on the tax aspects related to a trial which declared the unconstitutionality of the levy of ICMS on goods transferred between companies of the same group.
  • Advised Bartofil Distribuidora on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the exclusion of ICMS from the PIS and COFINS tax base.
  • Assisted Supermercado Coelho Diniz with a writ of mandamus seeking to rule out taxation on IRPJ and CSLL.

Geraldo Nery Lopes Advogados

Under the leadership of Guilherme Costa Val, who draws on more than 15 years of experience in both advisory and contentious tax work, Geraldo Nery Lopes Advogados is equipped to handle complex domestic and international tax matters. Another key name in the team is founding partner Geraldo Néry Lopes. In addition to its strong capabilities in tax litigation, the group is noted for its broad advisory offering, which spans tax planning, ICMS and services tax matters, direct and indirect taxation and tax strategies related to M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Costa Val

Testimonials

‘Quick to understand and solve the demands of the company. Solidity and efficiency.’

‘I’d highlight Guilherme Costa Val for his competence, objectivity, great technical knowledge in tax actions, especially related to ICMS.’

Key clients

Lifecenter Sistema de Saúde

Minasligas

Delp Engenharia

MVD Empreendimentos

Precon Sistemas Construtivos

Precon Engenharia

Grupo Ical

Mineração Lapa Vermelha

Mineração Fazenda dos Borges

DVG Industrial

Lacan Investimentos e Participações

Yes Feiras Promoção  e Organização de Eventos

Mercantil Comercial Fabiana

Intercement Brasil

Mecbrun Indústria e Comércio

Salin Matar

Belini

Parcelar Urbanismo

Hospital Mater Dei

Lacerda, Diniz e Sena Advogados

Lacerda, Diniz e Sena Advogados is regularly sought out by domestic and international clients to handle both advisory and contentious tax work. As part of its broad offering, the group is equipped to assist with tax planning, legal opinions, due diligence and judicial and administrative disputes. Daniel Jardim Sena, whose expertise spans tax compliance, planning and litigation, heads the practice. He is supported by associates Rafael De Lacerda Campos, who has more than 20 years of experience in tax, succession and estate planning, and Maurícia Veloso, a specialist in indirect taxation.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Jardim Sena

Key clients

Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais – Usiminas

Weir Group

VLI Multimodal

Polenghi Indústrias Alimentícias

Laticínios Bela Vista  – Piracanjuba

Usina de Laticínios Jussara

Trop Frutas do Brasil

Grupo CRM

Itambé Alimentos

Laticínios Porto Alegre

Vilma Alimentos

Loja Elétrica

Cia. do Terno

Expresso Nepomuceno

Supermercado ABC

Carrefour Brasil

DL Comércio e Indústria de Produtos Eletrônicos

Banco Mercantil do Brasil

DMA Distribuidora

Supermercados Epa

Grupo Mateus

Manucci Advogados

Manucci Advogados is retained by clients from a wide range of sectors, such as energy, mining, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and food to handle both advisory and contentious tax work. In addition to its membership of Interlaw and association with French law firm UGGC Avocats, the group stands out for its expertise in international tax planning, making it a popular choice for international clients seeking assistance with tax matters related to foreign investment and M&A transactions. Adriano Andrade Muzzi, a key contact for tax planning matters, leads the practice alongside litigator Gustavo Falcão Ribeiro Ferreira.

Practice head(s):

Adriano Andrade Muzzi; Gustavo Falcão Ribeiro Ferreira

Testimonials

‘Technical quality and closeness of partners.’

‘Manucci’s team of lawyers is very accessible, collaborative and available. They understand, act and resolve cases in the most appropriate way under the lens and needs of the company.’

‘Gustavo Falcão is responsive, courteous, available, open to feedback and technical.’

‘Adriano Muzzi is technical and responsive. He seeks innovative solutions to legal issues.’

Key clients

Ferreira International

Macrotec

Gerdau

Fassa do Brasil

VMI Sistemas de Segurança

CODEME

Take Blip

WBR Consultoria

Confrapar

LINK Mobility Group

Govpredict Brasil

Zetrasoft

Salary Fit

NetBet

BrMalls

Construtora Canopus

Nansen Instrumentos de Precisão

Work highlights

  • Advised the partners of Metropax, a funeral plans company, on the tax planning of its merger with Grupo Cortel.
  • Assisted Fassa Bortolo and its businesses in Brazil in obtaining special tax treatment in Minas Gerais and implementing the best efficient structure between its companies.
  • Acted for VMI Sistemas de Segurança in a tax assessment dispute before the Minas Gerais Administrative Court, securing a reduction of up to $1m in fines.

Veríssimo, Moreira & Simas Advogados

The tax team at Veríssimo, Moreira & Simas Advogados receives instructions from clients operating in the mining, construction, banking and life sciences sectors, which often seek assistance with tax planning and compliance issues. In addition to its advisory offering, the group is well versed in judicial and administrative disputes at the federal, state and municipal levels, in cases involving tax assessments, recovery claims and the offsetting of taxes. Practice head Eurides Veríssimo De Oliveira Júnior is a key contact for both advisory and contentious tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Eurides Veríssimo de Oliveira Júnior

Testimonials

‘Firm with excellent professionals, high degree of commitment and outstanding professionals. Assistance anywhere in Brazil, with emphasis on cases at higher courts. Highly qualified multidisciplinary team.’

‘The firm knows the market and the business environment well. All professionals are available, competent and have excellent academic and practical skills. In addition, they know a lot about the market and always seek to solve, in the most effective way, the issues brought by clients.’

‘Eurides Veríssimo de Oliveira Júnior is always present, available and always seeking the best solution for the client. His technical ability is indisputable, very well prepared and he knows the market well.’

‘Qualified team, speed of service and good cost-benefit ratio.’

‘They offer complete service for corporate, property, tax and labour matters.’

‘A group of professionals with varied legal knowledge, rapid service and a network of lawyers in other countries. They provide us with confidence.’

‘The partners are extremely engaging and surround themselves with a very competent and specialised team.’

‘Eurides Verissimo is a partner that stands out for his expertise in the area of infrastructure and business.’

Key clients

Topx Cimentos

Santana Produtos Siderúrgicos

Laticínios Santa Rita

Fralia Imperial Fabricacao De Derivados Do Cacau E Chocolates

Precon Sistemas Construtivos

Veredas Industria E Comercio

Comércio De Resíduos Bandeirante

Progeo Engenharia

Calixto E Dias Servicos

Nonaplastic Indústria E Comércio Eireli

Work highlights

  • Acted for Parex Engenharia in an action against the Municipality of Nova Lima seeking exemption of municipal services tax (ISSQN).
  • Assisted VB Alimentos Indústria e Comércio in mitigating risks and reviewing its federal tax liabilities, which included social integration program (PIS), social security (COFINS), income tax (IRPJ) and social contribution on net income (CSLL).
  • Advised Alta Genetics on the assessment of federal taxes, mainly PIS and COFINS.