Firms To Watch: Tax

Companies operating in the retail, agribusiness and healthcare sectors turn to Andrade Maia Advogados for assistance in both tax litigation and consultancy involving PIS, COFINS and ICMS matters.
Eichenberg, Lobato, Abreu & Advogados Associados is particularly active in the real estate, construction and agribusiness sectors, where it handles both contentious and non-contentious tax work.
Ilarraz Advogados is a popular choice for domestic and international companies seeking assistance with tax matters related to foreign investment, tax credit recoveries and tax planning.
Martinelli Advogados is equipped to handle a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters involving international tax, direct and indirect taxation, and administrative and judicial disputes.

Tax in Brazil

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados stands out for the breadth of its tax practice, which undertakes advisory and contentious work, as well as customs control and regulatory issues on behalf of domestic and international clients from a variety of sectors. The team has a strong track record in administrative and judicial disputes, including high-stake cases before the higher courts. On the advisory side, it excels in tax planning, matters related to the Free Trade Zone of Manaus, tax benefits and tariffs on imports and exports. Pedro Demartini, who is experienced in tax regulation and litigation, oversees the national practice from São Paulo. In Porto Alegre, Anderson Trautman Cardoso is a key contact for complex tax litigation, while André Luiz Da Silva Gomes focuses on corporate tax. Associate Valter Tremarin Junior is recommended for administrative matters before the CARF.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Demartini


‘Great professionals with very up-to-date knowledge of legislations and matters related to the tax area.’ 

‘They manage cases with mastery and provide us with alternatives and options for carrying out strategies that fit with the company’s business.’

Key clients






TC Cosméticos



Ivo Rizzo Construtora





Duncan Pneus

Work highlights

  • Represented TC Cosméticos in four tax enforcement actions involving R$14m.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is a go-to choice for companies operating across an array of industries, including real estate, manufacturing, mining, infrastructure and energy. The tax department is singled out for its wide-ranging expertise, which covers tax planning, PIS and COFINS issues, corporate income tax (IRPJ/CSLL), sales tax (ICMS) and tax on manufactured goods (IPI) matters. The practice also demonstrates strength in administrative and judicial litigation, handling cases at all levels of the judiciary. Gustavo Nygaard, who specialises in corporate taxation matters, co-heads the department with litigator Rafael Mallmann, who is praised for his ‘excellent technical knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Nygaard; Rafael Mallmann


‘Our main contact is Rafael Mallmann, who is always ready to assist us, with the greatest promptness and with great technical quality. He has excellent technical knowledge and is always attentive to legislative and jurisprudential changes.’

‘Ability to serve clients on a national level.’

‘Rafael Mallmann was responsible for the case, he demonstrates full mastery of the matters, and is always available to clarify doubts and provide the necessary advice.’

‘The firm handles cases in an individualised way. They seek legal and factual details that bring favourable results to the company.’

‘I can sum it up in one word: efficiency. Its efficiency is the result of a competent and multidisciplinary team.’

‘The team’s highlights are Gustavo Nygaard, who is distinguished by his extensive tax knowledge, making it possible to find solutions to different problems, and Rafael Mallmann, who stands out for his agility and readiness to find solutions, always suggesting a safe strategy. I recommend both professionals.’

Key clients

Rumo Malha Norte

Lojas Renner

Vonpar Group


Ecoplan Engenharia

Zenvia Mobile Serviços Digitais

Realize Crédito, Financiamento e Investimento

RGE Sul Distribuidora de Energia

Stahl Brasil

Empresas Randon

Sabemi Previdência Privada

Grupo Vulcabras|Azaleia

Thoughtworks Brasil

MRC Soluções em Logística Ferroviária Vnte-Al

Brasil Student Housing Empreendimentos e Participações

Fraport Brasil (Aeroportos de Porto Alegre e Fortaleza)

Timac Agro Indústria e Comércio de Fertilizantes

Fagundes Mineração


Work highlights

  • Advised BSBIOS AgroIndustrial on a tax infraction notice issued by the Federal tax authorities, which denied the recovery of PIS and COFINS paid.
  • Acted for Rumo Malha Noter in a tax litigation case, in which the Federal Revenue Office assessed the client to have misused PIS and CONFIS tax credits related to railway infrastructure.
  • Represented Sodexo do Brasil Comercial in a tax litigation case, in which the State of Minas Gerais charged ICMS on the acquisition of food products from suppliers located in other states.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

Covering contentious and non-contentious work, CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados boasts a broad sectorial expertise, which spans agribusiness, automotive, food and beverage, mining, banking and retail. The tax team is jointly led by Cristiano Carvalho, who is especially sought after to advise on tax planning, tax credits and taxation of infrastructure projects, and Lucas Tavares Dos Santos, who is a popular choice for clients operating in the healthcare, construction and cellulose segments. At the senior associate level, Reginaldo Dos Santos Bueno is specialised in tax litigation and Eduardo Manfroi Rosito focuses on advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Cristiano Carvalho; Lucas Tavares dos Santos


‘CMT has a business-oriented vision, always proposing solutions that enhance business operations.’

‘The team is available and is concerned with the clients’ problems. It always aims to help clients prosper and create long-lasting relationships.’

‘Lucas Tavares is always attentive to the needs of the business and seeks the best possible solutions for the company.’

‘Good service in the tax area.’

Key clients

General Motors (GM)

John Deere Brasil

CMPC Celulose RioGrandense

Vexia (Mover Group)

Mondelez Brasil

Expedia Group

Leroy Merlin

PPG Industrial Tintas do Brasil

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

NTConsult Tecnologia e Consultoria

Glágio do Brasil Proteção Balística EIRELI

Metasa – Indústria Metalúrgia

Softys Melhoramentos

Indigo Estacionamentos

OPTUM Health & Technology Serviços do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represented John Deere in an action seeking to overturn a tax assessment of more than R$105m related to ICMS.
  • Advised Opus Assessoria e Promoções Artísticas on the tax structuring of its operations with investment funds related to hundreds of artistic shows.
  • Assisted Grupo A Educação in obtaining PIS and COFINS credits by meeting legal and accounting requirements.

Rafael Pandolfo Advogados Associados

With notable expertise in corporate taxation, Rafael Pandolfo Advogados Associados is particularly active in the wholesale, retail, agribusiness, sports and healthcare spaces. The team is regularly instructed in tax planning matters, but demonstrates equal strength in judicial and administrative disputes. Indirect tax and administrative proceedings are key areas of expertise for Rafael Santos Borin. He jointly leads the team with Airton Bombardeli Riella, who oversees the group’s bro bono services, Rafael Pandolfo, who is skilled in cases before the superior courts, and Luciane Andrade.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Pandolfo; Rafael Santos Borin; Airton Bombardeli Riella; Luciane Andrade


‘Total mastery of the topics involving tax law. Team is always engaged in seeking the best solution for its clients.’

‘I think that the main feature of this firm, which distinguishes it from others, is the technical capacity of lawyers.’

‘It is clear that lawyers, from the juniors to the most seniors, especially Rafael Pandolfo, are differentiated professionals.’

‘One of the things that draws my attention about the firm is the concern with social causes.’

‘Rafael Pandolfo is a professional who stands out in the national market. Besides him, I would recommend Rafael Santos Borin, a lawyer with deep technical knowledge and respected by his peers and the corporate community.’ 

Key clients

Lorenzatto e Lorenzatto Locações e Transportes Eireli

Aditar Participações

Centermastersul Distribuidora de Alimentos

Cooperativa Agropecuária Júlio de Castilhos

A Angeloni & CIA

Celpack do Brasil

Sindicato do Comércio Atacadista de Porto Alegre e do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Sindicato das Indústrias de Material Plástico do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Metalúrgica Mor


Unisuper – Rede União Gaúcha de Supermercados, Atacados e Distribuição

Work highlights

  • Assisted A Angeloni & CIA in a writ of mandamus filed against the State Tax Authority that denied the reimbursement of ICMS.
  • Acted for Sindicato das Indústrias de Material Plastico do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul in a claim seeking to obtain a court order recognising the right of the companies to not include ICMS in the PIS and COFINS calculation basis.
  • Advised Cooperativa Agropecuária Júlio de Castilhos on a writ of mandamus seeking the recognition of tax exemptions on rural goods for exportation.

Silveiro Advogados

The tax team at Silveiro Advogados is recognised for its track record in tax litigation, frequently representing clients from a variety of sectors in disputes involving tax assessments, recovery and special regimes. Its strong expertise in tax planning, direct and indirect taxation at the federal and state levels is also of note. Leading the practice is Cassiano Menke, who is regarded as ‘an excellent professional (who) manages to bring logic and objectivity to the cases’. He is supported by São Paulo-based Maria Angelica Feijo, who is regulalry seen handling complex tax disputes and extrajudicial strategies.

Practice head(s):

Cassiano Menke


‘A multidisciplinary firm in which the areas of expertise effectively talk to each other and work together to meet the client’s needs.’

‘Cassiano Menke is an excellent professional. He manages to bring logic and objectivity to the cases in a way that is simple due to his didactic qualities and mastery of the subject. In addition, he is an accessible, thoughtful and very up-to-date lawyer.’

‘Technical quality, dedication and solutions.’

‘Very well-prepared team with a high level of knowledge of the subjects and always engaged in the client’s business; a true partner.’

‘Maria Angelica Feijo has in-depth knowledge of the topics, is interested in the client’s needs, and always available to seek solutions.’

‘Cassiano Menke is eloquent, has in-depth knowledge and the ability to quickly articulate solutions.’

Key clients

Rio Bravo Gestora de Investimentos

Novelis do Brasil

Lojas Quero-Quero

Grupo Terra Santa

Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Sindicato das Indústrias Texteis do RS

TMSA – Tecnologia Em Movimentação

Imdepa Rolamentos Importação e Comércio

Bebidas Fruki

Grupo Gerdau


Lojas Riachuelo

Cia. Hering


Timags Participações

Fraport Brasil

Sim Rede de Postos

SULGÁS – Companhia de Gás do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundação Iberê Camargo in a tax matter involving its status as a cultural and educational institution.
  • Acted for Fraport Brasil in an action against the Government in order to avoid IRPJ and CSLL tax on the economic and financial adjustment of the airports concession contracts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represented Sim Rede de Postos in a claim involving the constitutionality of ICMS charges over inventory of goods.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

With considerable expertise in complex tax litigation, Trench Rossi Watanabe is regularly retained by companies operating in the IT, agribusiness, automotive and manufacturing industries. Additionally, the team showcases strength in tax matters related to M&A transactions, indirect tax and tax planning. Other areas of expertise include international tax and customs matters. Practice co-head Thales Stucky handles tax planning, judicial and administrative litigation, while fellow co-leader Claudio Moretti focuses on disputes involving direct and indirect tax. Associate Livia Stumpf is well versed in tax litigation and tax classification matters.

Practice head(s):

Cláudio Moretti; Thales Stucky


‘Strategic support and consulting, bringing innovative solutions of extreme quality.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores do Brasil

Midea Carrier (Springer Carrier)

Android Industries

Alliance One Brasil Exportadora de Tabacos

Stihl Ferramentas Motorizadas

Perto Periféricos de Automação

Lactalis do Brasil

Alisul Alimentos

Harman do Brasil

Comexport Companhia de Comércio Exterior

Vibra Agroindustrial

Estratégia Concursos

Diamaju Agrícola

Veritas Technology

Culligan International (IBBL Tecnologia em Água)

Brasil PCH (Santa Fé Energética)



Anglogold Ashanti Colombia

China Tabaco Internacional do Brasil

Forest First Colombia

Leadec Serviços Industriais do Brasil


Vyaire Medical Sarl

Diageo do Brasil

First Global Xpress

Stone Pagamentos

Bemis do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Embalagens

Arauco do Brasil


Active Campaign





3G Radar

Fraport Airports



Promob Softwares

Work highlights

  • Assisted Grendene and 3G Radarin in the corporate and tax structure of the international joint venture formed between the companies.
  • Advised Active Campaign on the corporate and tax planning of one of its subsidiaries in Brazil.
  • Represented Springer Carrier in a tax claim seeking to cancel several tax debts due to the non-recognition of tax offsets executed by the company.

Veirano Advogados

The tax team at Veirano Advogados frequently handles complex litigation cases at the federal and state levels on behalf of companies from the IT, tech, oil and gas, manufacturing and construction sectors. The group is also sought after to advise on tax investigations and incentives, tax planning and fiscal matters related to the Manaus Free Trade Zone. Leading the practice is Fabio Barichello, who often represents clients operating in the telecom and petrochemicals sectors in administrate and judicial tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Barichello


‘Services of great quality and an advisory work for cases of high complexity, given the characteristics of our tax operations that require analyses of various scenarios across the country.’

‘They stand out for the qualities of the team which is made of qualified lawyers who demonstrate a lot of experience in the subjects.’

‘It is worth highlighting the proactivity of the team and commitment to schedules.’

Key clients

Microsoft Mobile Tecnologia

Philip Morris Brasil

Refinaria de Petróleo Riograndense

BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil

TK Elevadores Brasil

SEPCO1 Construções do Brasil


Dell Computadores do Brasil

Borrachas Vipal Nordeste

Lojas Renner

Alibem Alimentos

Diego Galbinski Advocacia

Diego Galbinski Advocacia provides legal support to clients in the fields of tax planning and administrative and judicial litigation, including cases in the superior courts. The team acts for a dibverse client roster, featuring companies from the agribusiness, healthcare, telecoms, energy and construction sectors. Overseeing the group is founding partner Diego Galbinski Advocacia, whose experience in tax litigation spans two decades. He is supported by associates Pedro Acosta De Oliveira and Arthur Rocha Benevides Magalhães.

Practice head(s):

Diego Galbinski


‘Excellent work, fast and assertive responses.’

‘Competence and fast delivery of opinions.’

‘Expertise, competence and excellent service.’

‘They listen to the client’s problems and propose solutions that suit the client’s demands.’ 

‘Specific and detailed technical knowledge of our business. Always available. Safe recommendations for decision-making.’

‘They provide a differentiated service in complex tax disputes and the best strategies to make use of tax credits and special regimes.’

Key clients

Centro de Produção Riograndense de Espumas Industriais (Ortobom)

Rafebe Participações

Fundação de Apoio da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (FAURGS)

Fundação Empresa-escola de Engenharia da UFRGS (FEENG)

Lauro Weber & Cia

Auxiliadora Predial

Cooperativa dos Agricultores de Plantio Direto do Rio Grande do Sul (Cooplantio)

Maxinvest Participaçõs e Investimentos Clube Maxivida

Conselho Seccional da Ordem dos Advogados do Rio Grande do Sul – OAB

Maximidia Administradora e Corretora de Seguros

Elipse Software

Lamiecco Plásticos

Fundação Municipal De Saúde De Canoas

Ducasse Brasil Estruturas, Construções E Incorporações – Representação, Comércio, Importação E Exportação

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundação de Apoio da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (FAURGS) in a claim seeking to recognise tax exemptions on the payment of services.
  • Acted for Rafebe Participações in an action before the Federal Administrate Tax Court (CARF).
  • Represented Fundação de Apoio da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (FAURGS) in a claim seeking to recognise tax exemptions on social security contributions.

Rafael Nichele Advogados Associados

Rafael Nichele Advogados Associados acts for companies in the wholesale, retail and agribusiness segments in relation to administrative and judicial tax litigation. Core areas of activity include advisory and contentious matters involving PIS and COFINS, tax assessments and tax recovery proceedings. Leading the group is Rafael Nichele, who combines customs law expertise with a strong track record in tax appeals before state and federal courts. Tax litigator Eduardo Barboza Dos Santos is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Nichele

Key clients

Pif Paf



Tial Alimentos

Banco Digimais



Cooperativa Suinco


Cassol – Administradora de Cartões

Comércio de Medicamentos Brair

Cooperativa Languiru – Coolan

Work highlights

  • Acted for Comércio de Medicamentos Brair in a claim about tax applied to discounts from suppliers.
  • Assisted Pif Paf in a claim seeking to recover federal tax credits.
  • Represented Cooperativa Languiru in a claim seeking the reimbursement of PIS and COFINS.

Rossi, Maffini, Milman & Grando Advogados

Focusing on both administrative and judicial tax litigation, Rossi, Maffini, Milman & Grando Advogados frequently assists a varied client roster comprising companies from the construction, healthcare, manufacturing, mining and automotive spaces. The group is also noted for its advisory services, which cover tax planning, risk management and the provision of legal opinions. Practice head Felipe Esteves Grando is a solid performer in disputes at the municipal, state and federal levels. Also recommended are tax litigator Jéssica Allgayer and Bruno François Guimarães, the latter of whom has extensive experience in tax litigation and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Grando


‘Excellent technical support in tax and labour claims’

‘The service provided is excellent. Professionals are committed to goals and results.’

‘Felipe Grando has solid knowledge of the subject and is always very committed to results. Jessica Lazzari has solid knowledge of the subject and is always very committed to goals and results. The team has a proactive attitude and high capacity for synthesis and fast deliveries.’

‘The firm provides updates on relevant topics in the tax area. They have a variety of service channels as well as technologies that allow their clients to easily absorb content and train their employees when necessary.’

‘The service is personalised and partners foster a close relationship with clients. Bruno Augusto François and Felipe Grande have very high knowledge of the law.’ 

Key clients

Lear do Brasil

Saint Gobain do Brasil

Arauco do Brasil

The Brazilian Association of Medical and Hospital Devices and Equipment’s Industry (Abimo)

Bank of Development of the Extreme South of Brazil (Banco Regional de Desenvolvimento Extremo Sul – BRDE)

Bimbo do Brasil

Amvian Indústria Automotiva

Rio Grande do Sul Date Processing Company (PROCERGS)

Lifemed Industrial

Pinhal Grande (Municipality in the State of Rio Grande do Sul)

Eldorado Mineração

Sound Digital Brasil

Jereissate Participações

Cooperativa Agroindustrial Cooperja

Local Association of Gravel, Sand and Clay Producers (Agabritas)

Bolognesi Engenharia e Bolognesi Empreendimentos

Opus Assessoria e Promoções Artísticas

Cristália Produtos Químicos Farmacêuticos

Medabil Indústria em Sistemas Construtivos

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lifemed Industrial de Equipamentos e Artigos Médicos e Hospitalares in a claim seeking to reduce the company’s federal tax burden in relation to PIS and COFINS contributions.
  • Acted for Bolognesi Engenharia in an action involving approximately R$56.6m of tax debts owed to the Federal Revenue Office and the Attorney General’s Office of the National Treasury.
  • Represented Arauco Indústria de Painéis in an administrative proceeding related to Rio Grande do Sul State Tax Authority’s decision to remove a series of ICMS credits.

Simões Pires Advogados

With a strong presence in the Southern region of Brazil, Simões Pires Advogados is frequently retained by companies in the agribusiness, retail and software industries to handle strategic and high-value tax litigation. Leading the group is founding and managing partner Rafael Machado Simões Pires, who has extensive experience in both consultancy and contentious tax work, with a particular focus on administrative disputes. Another key name in the team is associate Amanda Pegoraro, who advises on social security contributions and payroll taxes.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Machado Simões Pires


‘Multidisciplinary team.’

‘A firm with immense know-how in the tax area, always presenting the clients with new strategies. The support offered brings security and reliability to the proposed themes.’

‘Rafael Machado Simões Pires has excellent academic credentials and manages to convey the requested information clearly and efficiently.’

‘Its main difference lies in the firm’s accounting and tax expertise. The proposed solutions always go beyond legal technicality.’

‘An extremely competent and close firm. What caught my attention was the proximity to its clients, the dedication to meeting the agreed deadlines, and the efforts to achieve clients’ goals.’

‘Rafael Machado Simões Pires is extremely dedicated, and seeks creative solutions and opportunities for our company.’

‘Qualified team that is very attentive to changes and market opportunities, offering support on a daily basis.’ 

‘Fast and personalised service. Complete and clear reports and opinions. Accounting and auditing knowledge that makes the consultancy service complete. They offer not only legal support but also accounting and auditing expertise.’ 

Key clients

Viscofan do Brasil Sociedade Comercial e Industrial

Friovix Comércio de Refigeração


Telasul Indústria de Móveis

Mundial S.A. – Produtos de Consumo

Redemaq Real Distribuidora de Máquinas Agrícolas

VN dos Santos e Companhia

Supermercado Biasi