'Professionalism, competence, kindness and prompt responses' are hallmarks of specialised advocacy firm MJ Alves & Burle Advogados e Consultores, which 'establishes action strategies in a clear and objective way'. Since its creation in 2017, the firm has established itself as a leading firm for government relations work in Brazil, where it has strong experience representing the interests of clients before the National Congress, the Supreme Federal Court, Superior Court of Justice, and various governmental agencies and regulators. Clients also turn to the team for analyses of political and judicial decisions, and advice on pending legislative proposals. Fernanda Burle complements her vast knowledge of advocacy in Brazil with past international experience working in Chile, Switzerland and Washington DC; she leads the practice alongside Marcos Joaquim Gonçalves Alves, who draws on 20 years of experience in tax and administrative law litigation and government relations. Other key practitioners in the team include healthcare, technology and infrastructure specialist Bruna da Cunha Costa Cardoso, regulatory, public policy and competition law expert Pedro Avellar Villas-Bôas and Barbara Rodrigues Lima Teles, who has particularly strong knowledge of the entertainment, energy, and oil and gas sectors.
Government relations in Brazil
MJ Alves & Burle Advogados e Consultores
Marcos Joaquim Gonçalves Alves; Fernanda Burle
‘Extremely prepared professionals with excellent articulation skills. They analyse possible scenarios in detail. They establish action strategies in a clear and objective way.’
‘Marcos Joaquim Gonçalves Alves – leader and strategic vision. Fernanda Burle – great articulation skills. Babara Teles – team spirit and knowledge of the decision-making process.’
‘The team is able to understand their clients’ objectives and goes beyond the goals by educating themselves in the technicalities of the activities developed by the client.’
‘The firm MJAB is very responsive to all of our company requests in an agile and timely manner. Having the legal vision of MJAB was critical in the framework of trade negotiations with Brazil.’
‘Professionalism, competence, kindness, prompt responses always and knowledge.‘
‘Patient, kindness, always ready to act, customer first all the time.’
‘Fernanda Burle and Barbara Teles are recommended.’
With longstanding experience in the field of government relations, TozziniFreire Advogados is a popular choice for Brazilian and international companies and industry associations for representation in negotiations with governmental agencies and authorities. Practice head Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm often assists clients with their government relations and public policy projects. He is particularly active in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, where he has experience in enforcement proceedings and regulatory matters involving the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the Drug Market Regulation Chamber (CMED) and the National Consumer Secretariat (SENACON) of the Ministry of Justice.
Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm
‘The Tozzini office advises us on the conduct of various processes. In all the work I was able to prove the quality of the analysis and professionalism of the lawyers of Tozzini Freire. We are very satisfied with the work of the Tozzini team.‘
‘All of our contact is made with Dr. Claudio Timm and he distributes the work among the team. Dr. Claudio is very competent and his team shows involvement and commitment.’
- Assisting the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa – IBGC) in its government relations initiatives since 2016
Cescon Barrieu' Brasília office is equipped to assist clients in regulatory, antitrust, compliance and government relations matters. Its clients include companies, associations and NGOs, which seek the team's assistance in interactions with the government and National Congress, and the team's broad consultancy service sees it regularly advising clients on pending legislative proposals and public policies, and risk assessments. Practice head Luciano Inácio de Souza is highlighted for his 'incredible dedication'; he balances a broad practice with an emphasis on compliance, white-collar criminal law and government relations. João Paulo Dornelas is a key contact at the associate level.
Luciano Inácio de Souza
‘The Cescon Barrieu team is able to understand exactly the client’s needs and, considering the time we’ve already been working together, places itself as part of the client’s own team, which ensures belonging and accuracy in relation to the client to meet our demands.’
‘In the Brasília team, Luciano Inácio de Souza was our contact person who guided us with a high level and incredible dedication.’
GlobalStar do Brasil
World Wildlife Fund – WWF
PROTESTE – Consumer Organisation
- Advised PROTESTE on several legislative proceedings and especially on the discussion regarding setting up a new Consumer Parliamentary Front (Frente Parlamentar do Consumidor).
- Representing Brazilian Down’s syndrome charity Movimento Down before the federal government to adjust the rules related to retirement under the disability laws.
- Advising Instituto Identidades do Brasil on a regular basis on several issues related to their relationship with the federal government, especially regarding the development of public policies related to the inclusion of the black community into the work market.
CQS/FV – Cesnik, Quintino, Salinas, Fittipaldi e Valerio Advogados
Specialised media and entertainment firm CQS/FV – Cesnik, Quintino, Salinas, Fittipaldi e Valerio Advogados rebranded in early 2021 to reflect the evolution of the firm and its recent partner changes; 2020 saw the arrival of Ygor Valerio, who has former in-house experience with the Motion Picture Association (MPA), and Felipe Senna, from Fox Networks, and the departure of Roberto Drago Pelosi Jucá. Given the firm's focus on the TMT sectors and the previous experience of several of its partners, the team is regularly sought by leading media, entertainment, and arts and culture clients for their advocacy needs before executive, legislative and regulatory bodies. Aline Akemi Freitas specialises in government relations and public law; she co-heads the practice, which was also boosted by the arrival of senior associate and digital law, compliance, government relations and IP expert Daniella Ferrari, who joined in January 2021.
Aline Akemi Freitas; Felipe Senna; Ygor Valerio
Abragames – Assoc. Bras. das Desenvol. De Jogos Eletrônicos
Investimage Asset Management
Amigos da Arte – APAA
- Represented Investimage before the National Congress in the approval of a bill of law regarding extension of the period of tax benefits for the audio-visual sector.
- Represents Amigos da Arte in challenging a public call notice for social organisations to carry out the management of the Museum of Portuguese Language.
DPJ Law – Drago Pelosi Juca Advocacia
Specialist institutional affairs and government relations firm DPJ Law – Drago Pelosi Juca Advocacia was founded in October 2020 by former CQS/FV – Cesnik, Quintino, Salinas, Fittipaldi e Valerio Advogados partners. Roberto Drago Pelosi Jucá, who has vast knowledge of the media, entertainment, and arts and culture industries, has cemented a reputation in the market through his representation of clients in matters concerning media sector regulation. Jucá works alongside public affairs and government relations expert Luizio Felipe Gomes Rocha to assist leading TMT companies in their advocacy efforts, including on matters involving broadcasting, copyright, piracy and advertising.
Roberto Drago Pelosi Jucá; Luizio Felipe Gomes Rocha
‘DPJ Law, although recently created, has partners who have been working with government relations for years and who have carried the client base in this new stage. The main difference is that it is a law firm that does not think of government relations as legal matters, but as a tool for developing strategies to navigate the complex Brazilian political system.‘
‘Partners Roberto Jucá and Luizio Rocha always make direct contact to resolve our demands. The planning of actions demonstrates the strategic vision that both have, always seeking a complete understanding of how a certain political movement will impact our business.’
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados' broad full-service offering extends to government relations, where it has experts based in Brasília and São Paulo. The team is equipped to assist clients with the monitoring of legislative proposals and analysis of regulations, and is also sought for representation before governmental and regulatory bodies and in parliamentary inquiries. Tax specialist Ariane Costa Guimarães is a name to note in Brasília, and Flavio Pereira Lima is a key contact in São Paulo.
Ariane Gosta Guimarães; Flavio Pereira Lima
Associação Paulista de Fundações – APF
ABERT – Associação Brasileira de Emissoras de Rádio e Televisão
IDV – Instituto para Desenvolvimento do Varejo
Echoenergia Participações Stone Pagamentos
- Advised Associação Paulista de Fundações – APF on the impacts arising from the tax reform projects going through Congress, especially regarding tax immunities.
- Hired to represent the interests of Ternium concerning projects going through the National Congress related to the tax reform.
- Issued a legal opinion for a client regarding the reasons why Brazilian Congress should cancel the President’s veto on the extension to the relief of payroll taxes.
Perman Advogados Associados
Established in 2018, boutique firm Perman Advogados Associados focuses on government relations, public law and regulation. This specialism has allowed it to establish a good reputation for representing clients' interests in matters involving legislative, executive and regulatory bodies, and before the superior courts in Brasília. Legislative monitoring, risk analysis, and tax, regulatory and legislative consultancy also feature in the team's workload. Bruno Perman leads the practice, which utilises technological tools to provide an agile service; in particular, the firm adopts a legislative monitoring system, which allows for faster access to governmental data and corresponding reports. Juliana Cavallari and associate Martim Andrada are also key contacts. Andrea Hoffmann Formiga left the firm in June 2020.
- Acted for Associação Brasileira de Fintechs (ABFintechs) in a matter regarding the preparation and enactment of the ‘Legal Framework of Start-ups’.
- Judicially defended SENAR of the State of Alagoas, SESCOOP of the State of Pará and SESCOOP of the State of Goiás, ruling out the payment of social security contributions and contributions to third parties.
- Acted for Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in a matter concerning the Certification of Charitable Entities of Social Assistance.
Queiroz Monteiro Advocacia
Recently established boutique firm Queiroz Monteiro Advocacia benefits from the extensive experience and good reputation of government relations expert and founding partner Armando Monteiro Bisneto. It has recently assisted clients in matters concerning tax reform, port infrastructure, e-commerce, and the impact of Covid-19 on the health and education sectors. Other key contacts in the team include healthcare and digital law specialist Renata Montenegro, Nathalia Vidigal, who is particularly active advising on tax reform, education and visual law matters, and Thaís Fragoso.
Armando Monteiro Bisneto
- Represented ABRABOR, the Brazilian Association of Natural Rubber Producers, at the National Congress and the IPA – Instituto Pensar Agro (think tank in Brasília).