Leading firms in Brazil

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Highlighted for its 'immaculate reputation before the courts' and 'performance in various fields, notably public law', Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados is highly regarded by key domestic players for its ability to handle high-profile mandates in the public law sphere. The firm, which is based in Curitiba, has a well-established reputation in the national market and is a popular choice for matters involving government contracts, public procurement, concessions, PPPs and commercial issues in general. Dispute resolution is also a strong point for the team, which has been increasingly engaged in contentious matters concerning regulatory issues in the transport sector. Civil procedural expert Eduardo Talamini jointly leads the group with five other key individuals: Fernão Justen de Oliveira, who focuses on administrative and commercial law; Alexandre Wagner Nester, a name to note for infrastructure matters; André Guskow Cardoso; Rafael Wallbach Schwind; and Marçal Justen Neto.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Talamini; Fernão Justen de Oliveira; Alexandre Wagner Nester; André Guskow Cardoso; Rafael Wallbach Schwind; Marçal Justen Neto

Testimonials

‘Technical knowledge of legal matters. Immaculate reputation before the courts. Fernão Justen de Oliveira stands out for his availability, high productivity, technical skills and reputation.’

‘Knowledge at a very high and differentiated level, prompt advice, and quality in the provision of services.’

‘Law firm recognised for its performance in various fields, notably public law. Our main contacts are Marçal Justen Neto and André Guskow Cardoso.’

Key clients

J. Malucelli Energia

Terminal De Contêineres De Paranaguá – TCP

Federação Das Empresas De Transporte De Passageiros Dos Estados Do Paraná E Santa Catarina (Fepasc)

Rumo Malha Sul

Rumo Intermodal

CR Almeida Engenharia De Obras

Copel Companhia Paranaense De Energia

Nutrimental Indústria E Comércio De Alimentos

Concorde Administração De Bens

Pio Xii – Participações Societárias E Administração De Bens Próprios

Work highlights

  • Represents Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá – TCP in several disputes at the Federal Court of Accounts, the Federal Public Ministry and federal courts concerning investments by the client in the port of Paranaguá in a port terminal lease agreeement.
  • Acts for Rumo Malha Sul and Rumo Intermodal in a civil suit filed by a tax advisory firm.
  • Defends two consortia formed by CR Almeida and other companies, which were responsible for the engineering and construction of the VLT transportation system designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the states of Mato Grosso and Amazonas.

Vernalha Pereira Advogados

With 'highly qualified and experienced professionals', Vernalha Pereira Advogados stands out for its experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings and is well positioned to handle a range of high-stakes cases involving corporate, commercial, civil, real estate and labour law. The firm is particularly renowned for its wealth of experience in white-collar and fraud cases, and is seen with great regularity acting in large judicial anti-corruption claims. Its practitioners are also sought by a mix of Brazilian and international clients requiring assistance with public law claims and projects. Head of litigation Bruno Marzullo Zaroni leads advice on judicial and arbitration cases pertaining to civil and commercial disputes, and Luiz Fernando Casagrande Pereira counts anti-corruption matters and regulatory issues among his areas of expertise. Criminal law and money laundering cases are also key specialisms for Dante D’Aquino, while public law-related contentious matters and corporate disputes are notable practice areas for Thiago Lima Breus.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Marzullo Zaroni

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified and experienced professionals, who demonstrate extensive knowledge and technical capacity, promptness and punctuality.’

‘Luiz Fernando Casagrande Pereira is a respected and experienced lawyer and Dante D’Aquino stands out for his experience and technical knowledge.

‘The Administrative Law team is very capable. Availability of partners is good, and information is always up to date. I recommend Luiz Fernando Casagrande Pereira as a national reference in his area of activity.’

‘Very prepared team, quality service and legal advice. Thiago Lima Breus is recommended for administrative law matters.’

Key clients

Nicons Comercial de Plantas

Velsis Sistemas e Tecnologia

Grupo Angeloni

Contrel Instalações Elétricas

Hi Technologies

Positivo Tecnologia

Sinduscon PR – Sindicato da Indústria da Construção Civil no Estado do Paraná

Compasa do Brasil – Distribuidora de Derivados de Petróleo

ATEXP – Associação dos Terminais de Exportação do Porto de Paranaguá

Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu – Brasil

Credpago Serviços de Cobrança

LS Mtron Industria de Máquinas Agrícolas

Grupo Egis

Lojas Coppel

Ábaco Incorporações

Oros Engenharia e Construção

Brementur Agência de Turismo

Caminhos do Paraná

Work highlights

  • Advised Goetze Lobato Engenharia and PPI Participações em Projetos de Infraestrutura in a judicial anti-corruption civil claim related to  Operação Lava Jato.
  • Assisted Construtora Queiroz Galvão with a judicial public anti-corruption civil claim related to Operação Lava Jato.
  • Represented Itaipu Binacional in complex judicial litigation.

Arauz & Advogados Associados

Araúz & Advogados Associados is a go-to destination for major players in the agribusiness sector in the south of Brazil. The Curitiba office provides a broad range of legal services to agricultural companies, assisting them in corporate and M&A deals, dispute resolution, labour issues, as well as tax planning and restructuring. Carlos Araúz Filho, who has a wealth of experience in corporate law, transactional work and tax mandates, heads up the team. Other names to note include litigation and environmental law expert Rafaela Aiex Parra, tax specialist Gabriel Placha, Rodrigo Laynes Milla, who focuses his practice on corporate law, and Danielle Wardowski Cintra Martins, who specialises in administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Araúz Filho

Key clients

C.Vale Cooperativa Agroindustrial

Bello Alimentos

Sanimax do Brasil

Master Vigilância Especializada

Grasp Indústria e Comércio

Plusval Agroavícola

COOATOL Cooperativa Agroindustrial

Paynow do Brasil Recuperação de Créditos e Gestão de Negócios Digitais

GSM Centro de Reciclagem

Frost Frio Refrigeração Industrial

Pluma Agro Avicola

Fertipar Fertilizantes Do Paraná

Haarslev Industries

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bello Alimentos and C.Vale Cooperativa Agroindustrial in the creation of a joint venture in the poultry sector in Brazil.
  • Represented Onseg Serviços De Vigilância e Segurança in a labour lawsuit filed by the union regarding overtime work and the shift system.
  • Acted for Averama Group in the judicial reorganisation of the client.

Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados

In Curitiba, the business and corporate consulting team at Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados advises across the spectrum of contractual, corporate and compliance issues, with considerable experience in data protection matters. Tax is another core area of specialism for the firm in the south region; with key names in this field including Henrique Gaede  and Flávio Augusto Dumont Prado. Practice co-head Antônio Carlos Pacheco Júnior is seasoned in tax, M&A deals and cross-border transactions, and regularly advises on succession planning. Tax and corporate law are areas of expertise for fellow co-leader Ivan Alberto Hasse, and Juliana Joppert Lopes is a noteworthy practitioner for compliance and data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Antônio Carlos Pacheco Júnior; Ivan Alberto Hasse; Juliana Joppert Lopes; Henrique Gaede; Flávio Augusto Dumont Prado

Key clients

Komatsu Forest

La Violetera Indústria e Comércio de Gêneros Alimentícios

Instituto Buko Kaesemodel

Plenovale Florestal

Soifer Participações

Schreiber Foods do Brasil Indústria Alimentícia

Cia. Hering

Renault do Brasil

Engie Brasil Energia

BRF

Electrolux do Brasil

Paraná Equipamentos

Tupy

Roca Sanitários Brasil

Britânia Eletrodomésticos

Parati Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço on data mapping and data protection law.
  • Acted for La Violetera Indústria e Comércio de Gêneros Alimentícios in the implementation of the company’s compliance programme.
  • Advised Cia. Hering by filing a writ of mandamus to guarantee the right to exclude the ICMS (State tax) from the calculation basis of the PIS and COFINS (social contribution on revenue).

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados' Curitiba office receives plaudits for its 'attentive, committed, qualified and personalised service'. The team has a solid track record in dispute resolution, with a special emphasis on civil litigation, labour and corporate disputes. Civil procedural law specialist Fábio Korenblum oversees the business litigation department in Curitiba; he brings expertise in compliance, debt collection and banking law. Elisa Gehlen Paula Barros de Carvalho is another name to note in the team for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Korenblum; Elisa Gehlen Paula Barros de Carvalho

Testimonials

‘The civil litigation and consumer law practices are exceptional, due to the quality of services, engagement in matters and availability of lawyers. Excellent relationship with public bodies.’

‘Attentive, committed, qualified and personalised service, achievement of success in the vast majority of cases, and good management of cases. Fábio Korenblum has excellent management and organisational skills.’

Key clients

Amil Saúde

Electrolux do Brasil

Bunge

Grupo Geradores – Stemac

Grupo Boticário

TIM Celular

Rumo

Work highlights

  • Represents RUMO, a logistics company, in civil and environment lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
  • Acts for TIM in labour lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
  • Represented Electrolux in approximately 1,000 lawsuits in the south region.

Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados

'A pioneering firm specialising in the third sector, social responsibility, environment and human rights', Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados is one of the first ports of call for non-profits in Brazil. Fielding a sizeable and diverse team of specialists in social responsibility, environmental and human rights law, the firm is often advocating for the enactment of laws affecting not-for-profit organisations, and is also seasoned in tax matters and labour issues affecting the sector. Brazilian and foreign associations and foundations from different fields, such as education, health, and local development, and companies with considerable ESG practices, feature prominently in the firm's varied client roster. Recent areas of growth include tax litigation, administrative disputes concerning public funding for charities, ESG issues in the technology start-up segment, and matters involving the protection of people with disabilities. Erika Bechara focuses on environmental issues, while Paula Raccanello Storto is a key figure in public law. Corporate social responsibility and tax law are some of Eduardo Szazi's areas of expertise. Stella Camlot Reicher, Lais de Figueirêdo Lopes and the recently promoted Aline Gonçalves de Souza specialise in social business and human rights law.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The SBSA team is always very agile and careful. Aline Gonçalves de Souza is very agile, always up to date, studious, dedicated and very careful.’

‘This  law firm is distinguished by the technical knowledge of its professionals, great partnership and commitment in the search for the best legal strategy for the subject discussed. Eduardo Szazi is always available for any queries.’

‘SBS is one of the main references in Brazil for third sector organisations. Erika Bechara is our main contact and is undoubtedly one of the best prepared lawyers in Brazil to serve third sector client. She has great knowledge, is always up to date and has a lot of initiative, always helping us to understand the facts so that we can make well-founded decisions.’

‘SBSA is a pioneering firm specialising in the third sector, social responsibility, environment and human rights, which sums up the trajectories of its partners who have been working for nearly two decades in the market focused on the field. The team is very competent and combines knowledge of a high technical level with engagement and ethical commitment to the third sector. They are involved in articulation, consulting and advocacy processes for the agreement of laws that affect human rights, in particular, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is excellent.’

‘We work with several partners, especially Lais de Figueirêdo Lopes, Paula Raccanello Storto and Stella Camlot Reicher. We consider their work to be very adequate and differentiated in relation to the competition, as they have in-depth knowledge of issues related to human rights, the third sector and impact businesses.’

‘Very competent team with multidisciplinary qualifications that treats clients and matters with great dedication and attention. I highly recommend Paula Raccanello Storto for her ability to propose strategies and solutions in the cases presented, based on her experiences and qualifications. She assists her clients in a very attentive and careful way. Lais Figueiredo and Aline Souza also deserve special mention.’

‘The main difference is the security of knowing that we are working with such a well-prepared team that helps us with simple and complex demands in such a personal way. Aline Gonçalves de Souza is my first contact within the firm. She has always assisted us promptly, especially in times of emergency.’

‘In my decades of experience in institutes and foundations, I certainly consider that the firm is and has remained in the top 1% of the players in Brazil. Eduardo Szazi has been the main partner. He has solid experience and up-to-date knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Fundação S.O.S. Pro-Mata Atlântica

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

Phomenta

Work highlights

  • Provided Instituto Alana with a legal opinion on a Decree which brought the possibility of segregation of children and adolescents with disabilities from the regular educational system.
  • Acted as counsel to Ipam- Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia in a project that aims to create financial compensation for farmers in the state of Mato Grosso whose rural properties have a surplus of native vegetation.
  • Hired by Geledes – Instituto da Mulher Negra, a  a civil society organisation that works to defend women and black people in Brazil, to develop and support the elaboration of its compliance programme.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

With a special emphasis on labour matters and civil litigation, CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados' Curitiba office acts for a mix of regional and domestic companies operating in a range of industries. The firm is also well versed in estate and succession planning, reflected by the recent launch of its family and succession group, which works in collaboration with the firm-wide corporate and tax law departments to assist entrepreneurs and family businesses. Litigator George Rodrigues Oliveira leads the Curitiba group and has a relevant track record in courts throughout Southern Brazil. Marcelo Bürger is the key point of contact for family law and succession planning matters.

Practice head(s):

George Rodrigues Oliveira

Key clients

Amcor do Brasil

Denso do Brasil

Philip Morris

Enaex

Tok&Stok

Hexion

Berry

Gerdau

Andritz

Arco Educação

Work highlights

  • Assisted Amcor do Brasil in the creation of safety and health measures in the context of a Supreme Federal Court decision regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represents Tok&Stok in the appeal of a tax enforcement.
  • Assisting Gerdau with asset recovery matters.

Hilú, Costódio & Caron Baptista Sociedade de Advogados

The multidisciplinary team at Hilú, Costódio & Caron Baptista Sociedade de Advogados assists with a range of transactional and contentious matters covering civil and commercial law, tax issues, administrative matters, consumer claims and compliance. Co-heads Miguel Hilu Neto and Marcelo Caron Baptista specialise in business and tax mandates, while Ubirajara Costódio Filho excels in compliance and anti-corruption cases.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Hilú Neto; Marcelo Caron Baptista; Ubirajara Costódio Filho

Key clients

Protege Proteção e Transporte de Valores

Levapan do Brasil

Tesa Brasil

Editora IBPEX

Renault do Brasil

Philip Morris Brasil Ind. e Com.

Centro Educacional das Américas

GSN Brasil Comércio de Produtos de Segurança

Random Administradora de Consórcios

Racks Refrigeração

Sunset Comercial, Industrial y de Servicios

Acome do Brasil

Fundação Copel de Previdência e Assistência Social

UNINTER Educacional

Work highlights

  • Acted for Renault do Brasil in a debt collection claim against a state.
  • Represented Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio in a debt collection claim against a former commercial distributor.
  • Acted for Protege Proteção e Transporte de valores in a civil tort case.

Medaglia Roxo Advogados

Medaglia Roxo Advogados focuses on dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on cases involving contractual breaches. The team predominantly receives instructions from clients operating in the construction and real estate sectors, but is also noted for its experience in disputes in the financial services sector, and cases involving family law and succession issues. The team is under the joint leadership of name partners Ivo de Paula Medaglia, who is proficient in mediation, litigation and arbitration, and Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo, whose areas of expertise include public law-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ivo de Paula Medaglia; Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo

Testimonials

‘Dedication, clarity, agility, partnership, readiness at all times. I recommend  Ivo de Paula Medaglia and Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo.’

‘Our experience with Medaglia Roxo Advogados has been spectacular, the team has highly qualified professionals recognised in Curitiba and the metropolitan region for their ethical posture and constant dedication to the study of Law. Our main contact was Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo.’

‘Attorneys with excellent training and partners who truly understand their clients’ needs. Ivo de Paula Medaglia is an excellent lawyer, with creative ideas and a solid legal background.’

‘The service provided by the law firm is unique. Ivo and Gustavo always look for the best solution to the problems, calculating the risks and helping us to make the best decisions. It is also worth noting the unique and personalised service that is provided to us. We are always assisted within the deadlines, with great agility and speed.’

‘Technical and highly trained professionals. Individual and personalised service to meet the needs of each client with excellence. Ivo de Paula Medaglia is an excellent lawyer, he has all the personal and professional qualities to offer clients a differentiated service with a focus on results.’

‘The team is very competent. Ivo de Paula Medaglia and Gustavo Henrique Sperandio Roxo have always shown themselves to be extremely competent.’

‘Trained professionals , who really want to make a difference for the client without neglecting the ethics and professionalism that the profession requires. Ivo is very smart, focused and professional.’

‘The firm’s members have solid technical training and extensive experience in the day-to-day law practice. They are professionals who, although young, have a lot of experience in the legal market. They assist clients in a close and thoughtful way, developing intelligent solutions for complex problems. Ivo Medaglia is an expert in private law and arbitration, with the ability to conduct complex disputes and negotiations. Gustavo Roxo is an expert in public law, with solid academic and ethical training.’ 

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Antonio Emerson Miranda – ME in a construction dispute regarding the Nashville Residential Development.
  • Represented Clube Atlético Tubarão, a football club in the state of Santa Catarina, in an administrative case regarding the repossession of a stadium.
  • Acted for PG Engenharia de Obras in the filing of a lawsuit to claim payment for several services in relation to the construction of a water treatment plant in Florianópolis.