Firms To Watch: Leading firms

Boutique law firm Carneiro Sampaio Advogados is noted for its expertise in litigation and arbitration as well as corporate matters, with the team often advising on joint ventures and shareholder agreements.

Leading firms in Brazil

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Particularly active in the energy, infrastructure and logistics sectors, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados stands out for its capabilities in public law, making the firm a port of call for clients seeking assistance with complex and high-profile matters related to government contracts, PPPs, concessions and public procurement. Another area of particular strength for the group is dispute resolution, with the firm regularly handling commercial, tax, civil law and public law disputes as well as administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies such as the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). Eduardo Talamini, whose expertise spans litigation, arbitration, infrastructure projects and constitutional law, leads the group alongside Andre Guskow Cardoso, a key contact for PPPs, M&A deals and government contracts.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Talamini; André Guskow Cardoso

Key clients

Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP)

Concessionária Ecovia Caminho e o Mar

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

J. Malucelli Construtora de Obras

Transportes Coletivos Pérola do Oeste

Rumo Malha Sul

Alvear Investimentos

White Martins Gases Industriais

Federação das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros dos Estados do Paraná e Santa Catarina (FEPASC)

Empresa Sul Americana de Transportes em Ônibus

Princesa dos Campos

Primav Infraestrutura

Vernalha Pereira Advogados

Vernalha Pereira Advogados is particularly known for its strong track record in dispute resolution. The group is retained by clients from an array of sectors such as real estate, sports, telecoms and financial services to handle complex judicial and administrative disputes, including cases in the Supreme Federal Court and Supreme Court of Justice and proceedings before regulatory bodies such as the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA). In addition to its expertise in public law and corporate and commercial matters, the firm is also well versed in criminal investigations, anti-corruption matters and white-collar criminal law. Civil and commercial litigation expert Bruno Marzullo Zaroni leads the practice. Other key names in the firm include founding partner Luiz Fernando Casagrande Pereira, who has more than 30 years of experience in high-profile litigation involving public law, real estate and anti-corruption matters, and criminal litigator Dante D’Aquino.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Marzullo Zaroni


‘Attention and availability, combined with technicality and pursuit of innovative solutions.’

Key clients

Grupo Egis

Credpago Serviços de Cobranca

Positivo Tecnologia

Equipamentos Elétricos

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Gel Engenharia

Associação dos Terminais de Exportacao do Porto Paranaguá

Itaipu Binacional

Associação Brasileira de Bancos ABBC

Hi Technologies

Profarma Specialty

Oros Engenharia e Construção

Brementur Agência de Turismo

Sinduscon PR

Caminhos do Paraná

Cervejaria Petrópolis


Halfil Empreendimentos

LS Mtron Indústria de Maquinas Agrículas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Integrartis Soluções de Teleinformática in a claim against Claro seeking damages for the irregular termination of a commercial agency agreement.
  • Represented Legu in a debt collection claim worth $13m against FM Logistic do Brasil.
  • Acted for LS Mtron Indústria de Maquinas Agrículas in a debt collection claim against Terranew Comércio de Equipamentos.

Arauz & Advogados Associados

Clients operating in the agribusiness and real estate sectors turn to Araúz & Advogados Associados for assistance with corporate and commercial matters involving joint ventures, M&A deals and corporate reorganisations, as well as tax planning and environmental compliance issues. With strong capabilities in dispute resolution and complex litigation, the firm is frequently sought out to handle contentious matters related to tax and labour law. The group is led by agribusiness specialist Carlos Araúz Filho, whose expertise spans M&A transactions, tax and corporate law. Other key practitioners in the firm include environmental law expert Rafaela Aiex Parra and Fernando Breda, who focuses on arbitration, international contracts for sales and services, and tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Arauz Filho

Key clients

C Vale Cooperativa Agroindustrial

Pluma Agroavícola

Bello Alimentos

Plusval Agroavícola

Grupo Agrogenesis

Ascensus Gestão e Participações

Fazenda Recanto do Guaporé

Fazenda Formozinho

Kepler Weber

Work highlights

  • Assisted Agropecuária Scheffer with legal opinions and environmental matters.
  • Advised Averama Group on its corporate reorganisation and matters related to its financial recovery.
  • Assisted Ascensus Gestão e Participações with environmental matters in connection with its successful bidding for leasing a public terminal located inside the port of Paranaguá.

Braz, Coelho, Campos, Veras, Lessa e Bueno Advogados

Highlighted for its ‘qualified team‘, which ‘provides differentiated service, with professional competence and technical capacity’, Braz, Coelho, Campos, Veras, Lessa e Bueno Advogados stands out for its expertise in infrastructure projects, which attracts a strong following from clients operating in the energy, oil and gas, telecoms, mining and logistics segments. In addition to its notable strength in public law and regulation, the group houses a strong litigation and arbitration practice. Leading the group is founding partner Felipe Henrique Braz, who is highly regarded as a ‘great strategist and creator of solutions to complex issues’. Other key contacts for matters related to concessions, public contracts, PPPs and infrastructure litigation include Bruno Bianchi, Vanessa Bona, Pedro Schelbauer and Pedro Ferreira da Silva. Also noted is Daniel Borda, who has extensive experience in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Henrique Braz


‘Qualified team that provides differentiated service, with professional competence and technical capacity. Agility and quality of the services provided.’

‘Bruno Bianchi and Vanessa Bona stand out. Committed and qualified professionals who deliver excellent outcomes.’

‘Excellent professionals dedicated to projects.’

‘Felipe Braz, Bruno Bianchi and Pedro Schelbauer are dedicated and attentive to clients’ demands.’

‘The firm combines dynamic and complete service with personality. Demands are answered quickly and completely. The certainty that the solutions to the problems presented will come up quickly and with commitment generate great peace of mind for clients.’

‘Felipe Braz is a great strategist and creator of solutions to complex issues. Diego Campos has a unique performance in contentious matters. Pedro Schelbauer has high technical knowledge and is very dedicated. Bruno Bianchi, Daniel Borda and Pedro Ferreira da Silva are highly intelligent and knowledgable.’

‘Felipe Braz has the ability to communicate didactically with clients in an extremely objective way. He manages to effectively communicate ideas, deadlines and work strategies so that everyone involved (clients and colleagues) is always on the same page. Whenever he is faced with a problem, he manages to design a simple way to solve it. Bruno Bianchi has close involvement with clients and is always very dedicated.’

‘I’ve been working with the firm for a few years, and I’ve always been served on time and with adequate promptness. The discreet and objective way in which I have been treated gives me the necessary security to continue choosing the firm.’

Key clients

OHL – Obrascon Huarte Lain

EDF (Électricité de France)




GPA (Grupo Pão de Açúcar)

Grupo JMalucelli



Traçado Construção

MSE Engenharia

Tucumann Engenharia

Energea Brasil

Helisul Aviação

Grupo Tecnoset

Hotéis Mabu

Grupo InterAli

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hidrelétrica Santa Branca with the project management of the UHE Santa Branca, the implementation of a hydroelectric power plant on the Tibagi River.
  • Advised Tucumann Engenharia, Goetze Lobato Engenharia and Dalba Engenharia on the contract for the supply and installation of a turbine and generator.
  • Assisted Grupo InterAli with the legal structure of the UFV Marangatu project, a complex of photovoltaic plans, and the sale of the project to Canadian Solar.

Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados

Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados acts for a varied client list of companies from the logistics, agribusiness, manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors, and handles a busy workload of corporate, contractual, data protection and civil law matters. The group is also noted for its strong capabilities in tax, offering clients assistance with tax planning, infraction notices and administrative disputes. Founding partner Henrique Gaede focuses on tax and corporate law matters. Corporate governance, succession planning and cross-border transactions are areas of expertise for Antônio Carlos Pacheco Júnior and Ivan Alberto Hasse. Also recommended are Juliana Joppert Lopes, Flávio Augusto Dumont Prado and Ana Paula Faria da Silva, who oversees the firm’s initiatives related to diversity and inclusion.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Gaede; Flávio Augusto Dumont Prado; Antônio Carlos Pacheco Júnior; Ana Paula Faria da Silva; Ivan Alberto Hasse


‘Agility in response, availability, responsiveness during the pandemic, use of communication tools for service.’

‘Highly skilled professionals in their specialties, bringing legal and accounting solutions for the company. There is always a proximity in communication and they always develop theses and solutions for tax burden reduction without risks or future problems’.

‘Ivan Alberto Hasse has developed a very important partnership with us and helped us in important steps.’

‘Juliana Joppert Lopes is always very helpful and accessible to our questions and needs.’

‘The firm enjoys an excellent reputation in the business environment, as a result of a trajectory of excellence in meeting the demands of its clients. The office is more than a service provider, having become a business partner. The partnership with the firm has been of fundamental importance in the execution of our tax strategy.’

‘Ivan Hasse, Juliana Lopes and Antônio Pacheco have a highly technical approach to solving problems, always highlighting the risks and opportunities involved in the issues presented to them.’

‘Ivan Hasse and Juliana Lopes: What distinguishes these partners is promptness and concern about the agreed deadlines and the quality of the work delivered.’

Key clients

Cia Herig


Denso do Brasil

Engie Brasil Energia

Parana Equipamentos

Valmet Celulose Papel e Energia


Roca Sanitarios Brasil

Outro Verde Locação e Serviços

JJGC Indústria e Comércio de Materias Dentários

Komatsu Forest

Negresco Administração e Participação

Manulife Investment Management em Florestas e Agricultura

Nossa Serviços Temporário e Gestão de Pessoas

Grupo Laguna


Swedish Match do Brasil

Incepa Revestimentos Ceramicos

Electrolux do Brasil


Parati Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

Allnex Química Brasil

Schreiber Foods do Brasil Industria Alimentícia

Lojas Renner

Junto Seguros

Aker Solutions do Brasil

Fresnomaq Indústria de Maquinas

Berry do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted Engie Brasil Energia with administrative proceedings related to a tax infraction notice.
  • Acted for SASCAR – Tecnologia e Segurança Automotiva in administrative proceedings seeking to annul a tax infraction notice.
  • Advised Nossa Serviços Temporario e Gestão de Pessoas on compliance matters related to the Brazilian General Data Protection Law.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Praised for ‘its technical competence, combined with a personalised, committed and attentive service’, Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a notable track record in dispute resolution, which makes the firm a popular choice for clients seeking assistance with corporate, labour and civil law disputes. A key name in the firm is Fábio Korenblum, whose expertise spans arbitration and litigation, consumer relations and debt collection matters.


‘It stands out for its technical competence, combined with a personalised, committed and attentive service, in addition to its presence across Brazil.’

Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados

Specialised in corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability and human rights, Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados attracts large domestic and international organisations, charities and NGOs operating in a number of industries such as education, culture, healthcare and sports, among others. In addition to its strong track record advocating for the enactment of laws related to human rights, the firm has increasingly handled tax litigation, administrative disputes and compliance programmes. Eduardo Szazi is a key contact for matters related to tax and CSR, and Paula Raccanello Storto focuses on public law. Other key names include Erika Bechara, Aline Gonçalves Videira de Souza, Lais De Figueirêdo Lopes and Stella Camlot Reicher, who together combine extensive expertise in ESG matters and human rights.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Szazi; Erika Bechara; Paula Raccanello Storto; Stella Camlot Reicher; Lais de Figueirêdo Lopes; Aline Gonçalves de Souza


‘The firm has great differentials, always presenting innovative solutions to challenges and opportunities, especially in the fields of entrepreneurship, governance, investment and legal solutions for integration between the third sector, investors and businesses.’

‘The professionals who work at the firm are highly qualified and with multidisciplinary expertise.’

‘They are always up to date in regard to guidelines and laws on socially responsible investments in Brazil.’

‘One of the main reasons this firm is considered unique to us is empathy. They understand the problems of the parties involved and commit to solve them clearly, safely and firmly.’

‘Erika Bechara is a specialist in environmental and civil law matters. Eduardo Szazi is a tax specialist and always provides clear and safe guidance.’

‘The professionals are committed, very well prepared and are always available to meet the client’s demands.’

‘Specialised legal advice for third-sector organisations. They have professionals specialised in all areas of law, who present solutions to the problems from various legal fields.’

‘Erika Bechara and her associates are specialised in all matters related to the third sector and sustainability. They always listen to our needs and perspectives, delivering enhanced results. A transparent and direct relationship also plays a key role in maintaining our long-standing and reliable partnership with the firm.’

Key clients

IDESAM – Instituto de Conservação e Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Amazônia

Associação Hospitalar de Proteção à Infância Dr. Raul Carneiro – Hospital Pequeno Príncipe

Instituto Alana

Abong – Associação Brasileira Organizações não Governamentais

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores

Hospital Infantil Sabará

Fundação José Luiz Egydio Setubal

GIFE – Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas

Visão Mundial

Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM)

Ipê – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas

Work highlights

  • Advised IDESAM on tax, corporate and environmental matters in connection with the creation of AMAZ Startup Accelerator.
  • Assisted Caritas Brazil in advocating for adequate regulation for civil society organisations.
  • Advised World Resources Institute Brazil on compliance matters related to data protection.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

The Curitiba office of CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados frequently assists companies from the retail, automotive, insurance and food and beverage segments with commercial contracts, labour law and corporate matters. In addition to its notable capabilities in dispute resolution, the group is also well versed in family law and succession planning, making it a popular choice for high-net-worth individuals. George Oliveira, who has extensive experience in litigation and real estate matters, leads the team. Marcelo Bürger is a key contact for family law and succession matters.

Practice head(s):

George Oliveira


‘Very collaborative, always willing to help, excellent labour consulting service.’

‘George Oliveira is an excellent leader, manager and lawyer.’

‘The softness and the empathy of the professionals at CMT caught my attention. They expanded my understanding of the issues, bringing new possibilities.’ 

‘Understanding and dedication that combines professionalism, great sensitivity and great technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Amcor Do Brasil

Denso Do Brasil

Philip Morris






Arco Educação


Prudential Do Brasil

Ambipar (Sucessora Da Ecológica)







Dotti Advogados

Clients from the media, healthcare, banking, automotive and agribusiness sectors turn to Dotti Advogados for assistance with civil law and commercial litigation. As part of its broad expertise, the group is well versed in matters related to succession planning and criminal, administrative and environmental law. Rogéria Fagundes Dotti Advogados has a notable background in civil procedural law, and Julio Brotto focuses on mining, commercial and civil law matters. Criminal law is the main focus area for Alexandre Knopfholz and Gustavo Scandelari. Also noted are public law expert Francisco Zardo and Fernanda Pederneiras, who is specialised in family law and succession.

Practice head(s):

Rogéria Dotti; Julio Brotto; Alexandre Knopfholz; Gustavo Scandelari; Francisco Zardo; Fernanda Pederneiras


‘Team with high technical knowledge. Direct participation of the main partners in all matters. Commitment to clients’ needs.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a bank with a contract review action worth approximately R$19m.
  • Acted for a client in a land dispute involving the restitution of property sold in trust to the client.

Hilú, Costódio & Caron Baptista Sociedade de Advogados

With a wide breadth of expertise, which spans tax, corporate, consumer, public and administrative law as well as compliance matters, Hilú, Costódio & Caron Baptista Sociedade de Advogados is highly rated for ‘its practical knowledge combined with an understanding of the letter of the law’. Key practitioners in the group include Miguel Hilu Neto, who knows the nuances of foreign trade practices and regulations’, Ubirajara Costódio Filho, who is specialised in compliance and anti-corruption matters, and tax expert Ubirajara Costódio Filho.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Hilú Neto; Ubirajara Costódio Filho; Marcelo Caron Baptista


‘High-performance business law firm.’

‘The differential of this firm is its practical knowledge combined with an understanding of the letter of the law. The negotiations were led with great quality.’

‘Miguel Hilú – his clear distinction is to know deeply the documents and dealings related to foreign trade matters. It is easy to discuss these topics with him because he knows the nuances of foreign trade practices and regulations in this space.’

Key clients

Philip Morris Brasil Ind. E Com

Acome Do Brasil

Grupo Pelanda

Tesa Brasil

Centro Educacional Das Américas

Gsn Brasil Comércio De Produtos De Segurança

Random Administradora De Consórcios

Racks Refrigeração

Sunset  Comercial, Industrial Y De Servicios

Fundação Copel De Previdência E Assistência Social

Uninter Educacional

Pneu Free Do Brasil Comercio Eletrônico

Protege Proteção E Transporte De Valores

Levapan Do Brasil

Marins Bertoldi Advogados

Marins Bertoldi Advogados receives instructions from energy, agribusiness, education, logistics and technology companies, which frequently turn to the team for assistance in corporate disputes and governance matters. In addition to its capabilities in dispute resolution, the firm is regularly sought for assistance with succession planning, M&A transactions, partnership agreements and environmental matters. Tax law is another core practice of the group, which is also well versed in tax litigation before administrative, municipal, state and federal courts. Marcelo Bertoldi is a key contact for complex contractual and corporate matters, and Carmela Manfroi Tissiani focuses on complex litigation cases. Also noted are tax expert Hugo José Sellmer and Loraine Bender, who stands out for her expertise in environmental and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Bertoldi; Carmela Manfroi Tissiani; Hugo José Sellmer; Maurício Ribeiro Maciel; Stefanie Daltoé; Graziela Loh; Gustavo Juruena Eidt; Loraine Bender


‘The firm and its team are very agile and proactive. They have a team that is always up to date with the market and current legislation.

‘I’d highlight Carmela Tissiani for her agility, commitment and competence.’

‘Extensive experience in the state legislation and lawyers fluent in English. The expertise in the area of mergers and acquisitions impresses and conveys total confidence.’

‘The services provided were within the stipulated deadline and with communication channels constantly open.’

Key clients

Vale Fértil Indústrias Alimentícias

Companhia Paranaense de Energia Copel

Mondelez Brasil

Grupo Muffato

Grupo Madero

American Glass Products do Brasil

Electrolux do Brasil

Castrolanda Cooperativa Agroindustrial

HIGI Serv Limpeza e Conservação

Grupo Educacional Bom Jesus

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cesbe Participações with disputes between its majority and minority shareholders.
  • Advised Mondelēz Brasil on the creation of a strategy for the recovery of taxes unduly paid to the public treasury.
  • Assisted Irmãos Muffato with a strategy to prevent administrative fees for undue tax assessments.

Martinelli Advogados

Martinelli Advogados is a popular choice for companies from a wide range of sectors, most notably agribusiness, construction, food and beverage, retail and technology. Its legal offering is equally broad, with the firm often handling litigation and arbitration proceedings, family law matters, M&A transactions and data compliance issues. Cintia Eliane Meyer, a key name for corporate restructurings, tax planning and corporate matters, leads the group alongside dispute resolution expert Ricardo Costa Bruno.

Practice head(s):

Cintia Eliane Meyer; Ricardo Costa Bruno


‘Multidisciplinary team with specialist professionals in all areas.

‘Very close client service aiming at success and the best results to the business.’

‘Competitive price. Excellent service, fast, assertive and effective.’

Key clients

Fazenda Cerrado do Campo

Softplan Planejamento e Sistemas

Capal Cooperativa Agroindustrial

Conta Azul Software

Cerealista Nardo

Castilho Engenharia e Empreendimentos

Coamo Agroindustrial Cooperativa

Special Dog Company

Anaconda Industrial e Agricola de Cereais

Granjeiro Alimentos

Cooperativa Agrícola dos Produtores de Cana do Vale do Ivaí

Volvo do Brasil

Battistella Administração e Participações

Capal Cooperativa Agroindustrial

Adama Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represented Fazenda Cerrado do Campo in an arbitration concerning a commercial dispute.
  • Advised Cerealista Nardo on the contracts used for the purchase and sale of grains.
  • Assisted Capal Cooperativa Agroindustrial with matters related to contractual adjustments.

Medaglia Roxo Advogados

With notable expertise in matters involving the construction and real estate sectors, the dispute resolution team at Medaglia Roxo Advogados is regularly engaged in complex commercial litigation. The group is also well versed in contentious matters related to public law, in particular disputes between public authorities and construction companies. Another pillar of the firm is family law and succession planning, with the team often representing high-net-worth individuals in divorce cases and family disputes. Ivo De Paula Medaglia, who focuses on litigation, mediation and arbitration, leads the group alongside Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo, a key contact for disputes related to government contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ivo de Paula Medaglia; Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo


‘The firm provides differentiated service in Curitiba, with direct action of its partners.’

‘The partners at Medaglia Roxo Advogados are lawyers with more than 10 years of experience as well as academics and teachers. As a result of these qualities, the service is always agile and efficient, with the presentation of solutions in a didactic way.’

Ivo Medaglia is a partner focused on civil procedure and complex litigation. He knows how to combine its practical knowledge with theoretical expertise, always seeking to analyse the problem from the perspective of the clients, transmitting to the judge the most relevant aspects of the case.’

‘Engaged team, with direct involvement in negotiations with clients and partners.’

‘Personalised service with direct involvement of partners in all key matters. The partners and the entire team are dedicated to the work being carried out with the maximum possible agility.’

‘Quality service provided by the partners themselves. Dedication and commitment are the main differentials.’

‘Ivo Medaglia offers technical and personalised service, always with great commitment and availability.’

‘Ivo Medaglia is the lawyer I trust to solve complex matters. He provides great advice on contracts and knows every detail of my business.’

Key clients

Ideal Guapo

Rede Guapo de Postos de Combustível

Auto Posto Padrão

Moro Koltun

Thorus Taxi Aéreo

Isogama Indústria Química

Thoth Administração

Imob Construções

PGC Engenharia de Obras

Implanta Construções, Incorporações e Serviços de Engenharia

LTR Engenharia e Construção

Patagônia Imóveis

B&C Representações Comerciais

DFG Construtora Eireli

Scaligera Participações

Kupersul Bombas e Motores

K2 Soccer

K2 Investimentos e Participações

K2 Participações

K2 Real State Assessoria

Espaço Baltoro – Bar e Tabacaria

F2 Brothers Participações Societárias Eireli

Mxr Holding

Fox Holding

Nelore Participações Eireli

Clube Atlético Tubarão

Clube Atlético Tubarão SP