Government relations in Brazil

MJ Alves & Burle Advogados e Consultores

Established in 2017, MJ Alves & Burle Advogados e Consultores stands out for its active role in representing the interests of companies, organisations and entire economic sectors before the superior courts, National Congress and public authorities. Although specialised in government relations work, the group also houses strong capabilities in tax and strategic litigation. Clients frequently turn to the firm for assistance with judicial and administrative disputes, legislative procedures and amendments as well as negotiations and meetings with government bodies. Tax and litigation expert Marcos Joaquim Gonçalves Alves leads the team alongside Fernanda Burle, who consolidated her career in advocacy with international experiences in Switzerland, Chile, Portugal and Washington DC, and Alan Flores Viana, who has vast expertise in negotiating settlements with public agencies.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Joaquim Gonçalves Alves; Fernanda Burle; Alan Flores Viana

Cescon Barrieu

The Brasília office of Cescon Barrieu is noted for its broad expertise, which spans antitrust, regulatory, compliance and government relations matters as well as litigation. National and international companies turn to the firm for assistance with parliamentary inquiries, public hearings and advice on pending legislations and public policies. The group is particularly known for representing charities and NGOs before the National Congress and the federal government. Practice head Luciano Inácio De Souza balances a varied workload, covering compliance programmes, white-collar crime, money laundering and government relations matters.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza

Key clients

Globalstar do Brasil

ID_BR

Movimento Down

Newmotors

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Work highlights

  • Advised Movimento Down on a request before the Brazilian Foreign Trade Board (Camex) to reduce tariffs on imported products that are used by disabled persons.
  • Assisted Instituto Identidades do Brasil with several issues related to its relationship with the federal government, especially on the development of public policies regarding the inclusion of black communities into the job market.

TozziniFreire Advogados

At TozziniFreire Advogados, the government relations team benefits from its ability to leverage the firm’s full-service capabilities in areas such as tax, labour, life sciences and banking, among others. The group is often retained by national and international clients to assist with parliamentary inquiries, public hearings and legislative proposals. Practice head Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm is a key contact for clients seeking representation before government bodies and public authorities. With vast sectorial experience in life sciences, he often handles regulatory matters and enforcement proceedings before the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA).

Practice head(s):

Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm

Key clients

Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa (IBGC)

Associação dos Empregados do Serpro de Brasilia (ASES-DF)

IGT Global Services Limited

Scientific Games Investments Itália

Ford Motor Company Brasil

Messes Gases

Work highlights

  • Represented IBGC in its government relations initiatives since 2016, especially in dialogues with parliamentarians about legislative proposals in the National Congress and with government officials about the review and enactment of new regulation.

CQS/FV – Cesnik, Quintino, Salinas, Fittipaldi e Valerio Advogados

CQS/FV – Cesnik, Quintino, Salinas, Fittipaldi e Valerio Advogados is best known for its knowledge of the creative economy, especially the media and entertainment industry. The firm is a popular choice for international and domestic companies, non-profit organisations and social enterprises operating in the arts and TMT sectors for representation before legislative, executive and regulatory bodies. Key contacts in the team include media and entertainment expert Aline Akemi Freitas; Felipe Senna, who has a strong background in IP, content protection and anti-piracy matters; and Ygor Valerio, who consolidated his expertise in IP with international experience in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay.

DPJ Law – Drago Pelosi Juca Advocacia

Founded in October 2020 by former CQS/FV – Cesnik, Quintino, Salinas, Fittipaldi e Valerio Advogados partners, boutique law firm DPJ Law – Drago Pelosi Juca Advocacia focuses on institutional affairs and government relations matters. Although the firm is particularly known for its strong sectorial expertise in media, entertainment and technology, its client list also includes companies from the telecoms, infrastructure and non-profit sectors. The group is led by duo Roberto Drago Pelosi Jucá, who is typically sought after by media clients to advise on regulatory matters before the National Congress and the executive branch, and practitioner and political consultant Luizio Felipe Gomes Rocha.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Drago Pelosi Jucá; Luizio Felipe Gomes Rocha

Key clients

AT&T Warner

Motion Picture Association

The Walt Disney Company

FENAVEGA – National Federation of Waterway Navigation Companies

Clima de Eleição

Mattos Filho

The government relations team at Mattos Filho is able to work in close collaboration with the firm’s different departments to assist clients from various industries in legislative processes and negotiations with public bodies. As part of its offering, the group provides legal opinions and representation before government bodies and in parliamentary inquiries. The practice is jointly led by tax expert Ariane Guimarães in Brasília and São Paulo-based partner Flavio Pereira Lima, whose expertise includes litigation and commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Flavio Pereira Lima; Ariane Gosta Guimarães

Testimonials

‘Ariane Guimarães is always attentive to all possibilities and well informed about the current scenario.’

Key clients

Associação Paulista de Fundações (APF)

Ternium Brasil

Associação Brasileira de Emissoras de Rádio e Televisão (ABERT)

Echoenergia Participações

Instituto para Desenvolvimento do Varejo (IDV)

Stone Pagamentos

Panvel Farmácias – DIMED

Instituto GEOC

Mar Capital Gestão de Recursos

Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE)

Associação Brasileira das Entidades dos Mercados Financeiro e de Capitais (ANBIMA)

Associação Brasileira de Private Equity e Venture Capital (ABVCAP)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Instituto de Desenvolvimento do Varejo (IDV) with legal opinions regarding technical improvements in the tax reform proposals discussed in Congress.
  • Advised Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE) on technical improvements regarding the tax reform proposals discussed in Congress.
  • Represented a number of clients in Congress to provide technical information concerning the approving Bill N. 2541/21, which proposed the postponement of the relief of the payroll exemption until December 2023.

Perman Advogados Associados

Specialised in government relations and public law, Brasília-based boutique Perman Advogados Associados is frequently sought to represent clients’ interests in negotiations with public authorities. The group is skilled in the monitoring of legislation, representation before government bodies, and regulatory and tax matters. The team is jointly led by Bruno Perman, who has more than 18 years of experience in areas such as government affairs, tax and public law, and Tiago Santana, whose expertise spans procedural law, litigation, public policy and government relations.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Perman; Tiago Santana

Key clients

Abramat

Arqdigital

Digitrack

FAAP

Abfintechs

Senar Alagoas

Sescoop Goiás

Sescoop Pará

Arthome

Lamlung

Instituto Brasileiro de Transição energética

Federação Brasileira de Hospitais

Agrex do Brasil

Municipio de Guaratuba

Municipio São Francisco do Sul

Municipio de Cana Verde

Santa Case de Misericordia Barbacena

Hospital Santa Isabel Hospital Santa Rosalía

Hospital Santos Dumont

Queiroz Monteiro Advocacia

Boutique law firm Queiroz Monteiro Advocacia‘s expertise spans government relations and advocacy, compliance and anti-corruption. The group is often retained by companies and associations from various sectors, including pharmaceutical, retail, education and insurance, among others. The group draws on founding partner Armando Monteiro Bisneto's strong expertise in government relations matters. Another key contact in the team is senior associate Renata Montenegro, who has more than 10 years of experience handling government relations work at the federal level.

Practice head(s):

Armando Monteiro Bisneto

XVV Advogados

Founded in 2018 and with offices in both Brasília and Sao Paulo, XVV Advogados is particularly known for its expertise in public law and infrastructure. The firm is active in a number of areas such as constitutional law, administrative and regulatory matters, and compliance. International and domestic clients also seek the group's assistance with legislative proposals, representation before the executive and legislative branches, and proceedings in the superior courts and regulatory agencies. Beto Vasconcelos, who has occupied various high positions in government, leads the team alongside Ivo Corrêa, who is well versed in regulated sectors such as telecoms, technology, logistics and infrastructure, and government relations and policy expert Felipe de Paula.

Practice head(s):

Beto Vasconcelos; Ivo Corrêa; Felipe de Paula

Testimonials

‘The xvv government relations team performs a work of excellence and sophistication, especially as a result of Ivo Corrêa’s leadership,.’

‘XVV combines legal technical knowledge with a sharp political sensitivity of how institutions rationalise and understand their processes. This ability allows its clients to address their demands more effectively, avoiding unnecessary disputes and favouring the search for consensus and understanding.’

‘Ivo Corrêa and Felipe de Paula stand out in the team for their accumulated experience, vast network of contacts and ability to always be at the forefront of the most outstanding and innovative cutting-edge debates’.

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with the analysis of the Fake News Bill debated in the National Congress.
  • Advised a client on the formulation of a strategy in the National Congress regarding bills that regulate the delivery market and the relationship between apps and workers.
  • Appointed by the president of the House of Representatives to be part of a special committee of jurists created to revise the country’s drug laws.