Firms To Watch: Leading firms

Companies operating in the energy, telecoms, technology, infrastructure and healthcare industries turn to Da Fonte Advogados for assistance with an array of issues, spanning labour disputes, tax litigation and data protection.

Leading firms in Brazil

Coelho & Dalle Advogados

Praised for its ‘ability to handle several areas while maintaining quality and mastery’, Coelho & Dalle Advogados attracts national and international companies from a variety of sectors, including construction, energy, healthcare, logistics and banking. In addition to its impressive track record in tax litigation, the group is also noted for its expertise in corporate and M&A, arbitration and real estate. Labour is another core pillar of the practice; the team is frequently retained to handle collective bargaining agreements and judicial and administrative proceedings, including cases before the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MTE). Complex M&A and capital markets transactions are areas of expertise for Eduardo Coelho, who jointly leads the firm with Ricardo Dalle, a key contact for administrative and public law matters. Other key practitioners include Márcia Dias, who focuses on tax consulting and litigation, and labour and employment law expert Kelma Carvalho De Faria Collier.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Dalle; Eduardo Coelho


‘As its differentials I can point out the technical knowledge, prompt service and organisation of the firm. In addition to the security and trust that I haven’t found anywhere else.’

‘I’d highlight Eduardo Coelho, for his availability, technical knowledge and communication.’

‘Coelho & Dalle adv. has a very experienced team, with multidisciplinary knowledge, which provides confidence in decision making.’

‘Jamille Santos has an excellent technical knowledge and Mariana Bandeira da Fonte manages to clearly compile a global vision of potential scenarios related to contractual and business matters that might affect our company.’

‘Eduardo Coelho, in addition to his nationally and internationally recognised technical knowledge in contracts and tax matters, has strategic knowledge of the market in which out company operates. Ricardo Dalle stands out for his technical capacity and quick understanding of our company’s realities and problems. His commitment to finding solutions leaves us reassured about the efficiency of the service.’

‘The ability to handle several areas while maintaining quality and mastery.’

‘Very competent and attentive team.’

‘Eduardo Coelho Cavalcanti is a very experienced lawyer, always brings important insights, and is always available.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco

Bradesco Leasing

HSBC Brasil – Banco de Investimento


Vinci Partners

Diagnósticos da América – DASA

Petrogal Brasil (GALP Group)

Companhia Petroquímica de Pernambuco – Petroquímica Suape

Hapvida Assistência Médica


Ambipar Grupo

SimCo (Clínica Médica e Odontológica Saúde Inclusão Medicina)

ENAEX Britanite

Datamétrica Teleatendimento

Alphaville Urbanismo

Viana & Moura Construções

Borborema Imperial Transportes

Sistema Opinião de Comunicação (SOC)

Referencial Desenvolvimento Energético

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vinci with a series of acquisitions such as a minority stake in Verdfrut, a food retail chain, and Transpotech, a player in the storage equipment sector, as part of Vinci’s ESG agenda.
  • Represented companies from the Bradesco Group in various judicial and administrative disputes involving municipal tax (ISS) across the country, such as Belo Horizonte, Goiânia and Campinas.
  • Acted for Consórcio Conorte in a request for economic and financial rebalancing of a concession contact between the company and the state of Pernambuco due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia

With particular strength in dispute resolution, Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia is one of the first ports of call in Recife for major companies operating in the banking, retail, energy and telecoms sectors. In addition to its considerable experience in corporate and commercial litigation, the firm is also noted for its large team of specialised lawyers, whose expertise spans family law, compliance, corporate governance, real estate, tax and labour law. Bruno Cavalcanti, who is a popular choice for clients from the retail and banking segments, jointly leads the practice alongside Carlos Harten, who draws on more than 21 years of experience in civil and corporate litigation. Other standout practitioners in the team include managing partner Manuela Moura and civil litigator Leonardo Cocentino.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cavalcanti; Carlos Harten


‘Partnership, competence, speed. They have cutting edge technology. Highly qualified team.’

‘The firm values the partnership with the client and focuses on the development of internal controls aimed at managing results. In addition, they are always acting proactively and practicing the precepts of modern law.’

‘Suellen Poncel has an exceptional sense of urgency and is always committed to the needs of clients, always delivering a fast and at the same time robust service. In addition,  she is always encouraging the team to propose innovative actions and strategies.’

‘Approaching and understanding the client’s needs, with agile solutions.’

‘I’d highlight Carlos Harten, for his availability, strategy and knowledge.’

‘Leonardo Concentino: knowledge and commitment in delivering results.’

Key clients

Sul América Companhia de Seguro Saúde

CNP Seguros





Allianz Seguros

Seguradora Lider dos Consorcios DPVAT

Federação Nacional de Saúde Suplementar

General Motors do Brasil

UHG – United Health Group

Via Varejo

Banco C6

ONS – Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico

Qualicorp Administradora de Benefícios


Banco BMG


Bradesco Seguros

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ambev in a claim filed by a former distributor seeking to compel the company to pay millions in compensation for loss of profit and consequential damages.
  • Represented CNP Seguros in a dispute against Braskem for the recovery of losses incurred by the insurer due to damages caused to the city of Maceió’s real estate by Braskem’s salt mining operations.
  • Represented Heineken in a claim filed by a distributor seeking compensation for Heineken’s alleged failure to meet the minimum mark-up provided by the distribution agreement.

Serur Advogados

Serur Advogados is particularly known for its track record in commercial and civil litigation, consumer law, bankruptcy and tax. The firm has a strong local presence in addition to offices in São Paulo, Brasília and João Pessoa, and attracts large national companies operating in wide range of sectors, including banking, telecoms, energy, retail and healthcare. Civil litigation and judicial reorganisations are areas of expertise for João Loyo De Meira Lins. Ian Mac Dowell De Figueiredo is a key contact for competition, real estate, IP and contractual matters as well as arbitration proceedings. Felipe Varela Caon is noted for his expertise in data protection, dispute resolution and family law. Supporting the group from São Paulo are tax expert Aristóteles De Queiroz Camara and founding partner Eduardo Montenegro Serur.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Montenegro Serur; Aristóteles de Queiroz Camara; Ian Mac Dowell de Figueiredo; João Loyo de Meira Lins


‘Performance of very high level and differentiated client service.’

‘Team fully qualified to meet clients’ requests and various legal needs.’

‘The firm is super tuned in to legislative changes as well as technologies to better serve its clients.’

‘It has a diverse team, which demonstrates that they are super aware of the issue of gender equity and diversity.’

‘The partner I would recommend is Mariana Motta de Ferreira Lima.’

‘The whole team stands out. They are excellent professionals and all contribute to an excellent service.’

Key clients

Santa Maria Empreendimento


Banco BTG Pactual

Companhia Energética de Pernambuco

Via Varejo

Comercializa Energia

Banco Pan

Asa Indústria e Comércio

Hospital Arthur Ramos

Empresa Pedrosa

Work highlights

  • Acted for Comercializa Energia, a company that operates in the energy trading market, in a class action filed against the company seeking to suspend one of its energy sub-stations located in the city of Caruaru.
  • Advised Hospital Arthur Ramos on its sale to Rede D’Or São Luiz.
  • Represented Asa Indústria e Comércio in commercial litigation against Uniamérica.

Urbano Vitalino Advogados Associados

With a national and local presence, Urbano Vitalino Advogados Associados is recognised for its ability to handle a busy caseload of tax and civil law disputes. As part of its broad offering, the firm is equipped to advise on matters related to corporate, environmental, consumer and labour law. Delmar Siqueira is a key contact for corporate and M&A transactions and compliance matters, and Hermes De Assis has extensive experience in corporate reorganisations, investment transactions and technology-related projects. Tax expert Luis Maranhão Neto and Germano Alves, who focuses on disputes resolution, are also names to note.

Antonio Mota Advocacia Estratégica

Boutique law firm Antonio Mota Advocacia Estratégica ‘stands out for its specialised service, most notably in the area of strategic litigation’, where it handles matters involving IP, corporate, tax and shipping law. The group is frequently sought after to represent companies from the infrastructure, telecoms and construction sectors in judicial disputes before state and federal courts, including the Supreme Federal Court and Superior Court of Justice. Founding partner Antonio Mota, who is a key contact for contractual and contentious matters, leads the firm.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Mota


‘I highlight as its differentials the personalised service and the technical quality of the solutions that the firm finds, leading to a high rate of success.’ 

‘Antônio Mota, for his technical capacity, objectivity, clarity and honesty.’

‘The lawyers always demonstrate full mastery of the issues brought to them, finding the best solutions to their clients. They are always up-to-date on current issues and the political landscape.’

‘Antonio Mota is always available and masters the legal issues clients present to him. He provides trust and confidence.’

‘The firm stands out for its specialised service, most notably in the area of strategic litigation. The team is always available to meet the client even outside the conventional working hours, which was very important when dealing with delicate cases. In general I am very satisfied with the service and I intend to continue using the firm.’ 

‘I mainly interact with Antônio Mota, who is always available to answer my questions and demonstrates complete mastery of the matters in question.’

‘I believe that the experience combined with good technical knowledge provide complete support for important issues that need strategy to be carried out.’

‘This firm provides a very personalised service. Every detail of the cases are dealt with by its team with professionalism, dedication and care.’

Key clients


Cutume Serra Negra

Ivan Barreto de Lima Rocha

Hospital São Francisco

Instituto Brasileiro de Diabetes

Match Comunicação

Palácio da Construção

Piscicultura Santo Antonio

Rimafel Indústria e Comércio de Materiais Elétricos

Santa Eugênia Transportes

Select Fairs e Congress Operadora de Viagens Profissionais

Tune Marcas

Costa do Sol Hotel

Marolinda Turismo

Marina Olinda Hotel

Work highlights

  • Assisted Marimex with a claim seeking a declaration that the collection of taxes by a counterparty was undue.
  • Represented two clients in an appeal against Branco do Nordeste do Brasil, a regional development bank.
  • Acted for Santa Eugênia Transportes in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Justice.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

The Recife-based team at Azevedo Sette Advogados is particularly active in the construction, education, retail and technology sectors, where it handles M&A transactions, contractual matters, and arbitration and litigation proceedings on behalf of domestic and multinational companies. The group benefits from the strong expertise of practice head Marcelo Padilha Cabral, who draws on more than 15 years of experience in strategic litigation, M&A and real estate matters. He is supported by associate Renato Veras Salgado, who is well versed in corporate matters and complex commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Padilha Cabral

Key clients

BSA – Business Software Alliance

Montalvo Participações

Soltec Engenharia

Solida Engenharia

Treng Consultoria e Tecnologia de Projeto

Microsoft Corporation

Holasa – Hojalata y Laminados

Radio Betel

VRI Importação E Exportação

Nordeste Gestão de Bens

Limongi Sial & Reynaldo Alves Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica

With partners that ‘are extremely respected in the judiciary’Limongi Sial & Reynaldo Alves Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica stands out for its broad expertise, which spans consumer, tort, environmental and public law as well as tax and regulatory matters. The group is noted for its dispute resolution capabilities, especially its strong track record in judicial and administrative disputes involving highly regulated sectors such as telecoms, insurance, energy and infrastructure. Founding partner Erik Limongi Sial, who is often retained by clients to handle regulatory and administrative disputes, jointly leads the practice with litigation specialists Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima and Patrícia Santa Cruz de Oliveira, and Pedro Henrique Braga Reynaldo Alves, who focuses on tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Erik Limongi Sial; Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima; Patricia Santa Cruz de Oliveira; Pedro Henrique Braga Reynaldo Alves


‘Dedication to cases. Acting on and mastering all aspects of the procedural process.’

‘Its partners are extremely respected in the judiciary and the follow-up of cases is impeccable.’

‘Erik Limongi is a technically outstanding professional and well respected in the judiciary. He is always close to clients and anticipates their needs.’ 

‘The Firm stands out for the way it operates and the attention it provides to the clients. Always seeking to apply the law with an understanding of the business and attention directed to the specific case, avoiding mass and repeated responses.’

‘Erik Limongi is a very talented, technical and skilled lawyer, always solving strategic disputes.’

‘Office with a team of lawyers who have legal and technical excellence in judicial disputes. Always available and attentive to client needs.’

‘Limongi Sial & Reinaldo Alves Advocacia & Consultoria Jurídica is a law firm that has members with great technical knowledge, always willing to look into the client’s problem to find the best solutions.’

‘The firm’s legal team is of excellent quality, in addition to knowing how to work as a team, both with their internal colleagues and with the client’s internal legal team. I nominate partner Erik Limongi, with whom I have direct contact and who is always ready to help me with my legal issues.’

Key clients

Brasil Telecom Comunicação Multimídia (VTal)

Embratel (Empresa Brasileira de Telecomunicações)

Telefônica Brasil (Vivo)

Sinditelebrasil (Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Telefonia e de Serviço Móvel Celular e Pessoal) – Atual Conexis

TELOS – Fundação Embratel de Seguridade Social

Usina Petribú

UNBEC (União Norte Brasileira de Educação e Cultura)

Propark Estacionamentos

Brennand Energia

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)


Martin-Brower Comércio, Transportes e Serviços

Congregação dos Sacerdotes do Sagrado Coração de Jesus

Oi (Telemar Norte Leste)

Oi Móvel

Sul América Companhia Nacional de Seguros

Sul América Companhia de Seguro Saúde


Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (CELPE)

GB Gabriel Bacelar Construções

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sul América Companhia Nacional de Seguros in a complex multiparty case involving a provisory execution of a judgment that ordered Sul América to pay a million-dollar compensation on behalf of the co-parties.
  • Assisted Oi and Oi Móvel with a civil class action filled by the Attorney’s General Office of the State of Pernambuco challenging the way of disclosing, offering and contracting supplemented services linked to its landline and mobile phone services.
  • Represented clients in expropriation proceedings filed by the National Institute of Colonisation and Agrarian Reform.

Monteiro e Monteiro Advogados Associados

With a strong presence in the northeast region in addition to offices in São Paulo and Brasília, Monteiro e Monteiro Advogados Associados often attracts domestic and international companies operating in the pharmaceutical, retail and automotive segments. The group is particularly known for its expertise in tax planning and litigation, with corporate and administrative matters also forming part of its offering. Bruno Romero Pedrosa Monteiro, Ana Karina Pedrosa De Carvalho and Augusto César Lourenço Brederodes are key contacts for tax planning and tax recovery disputes. Also noted is Fernando Mendes de Freitas Filho, who focuses on strategic litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Romero Pedrosa Monteiro; Ana Karina Pedrosa de Carvalho; Augusto César Lourenço Brederodes; Fernando Mendes de Freitas Filho


‘The services and explanations about the processes were excellent. The negotiation was also conducted in an assertive way.’ 

‘I would recommend Augusto Cesar Lourenço Brederodes and Bruna de Cassia Miranda Bezerra Leite Sampaio.’

Key clients

São Paulo Union of Retailers (SINDILOJAS-SP)

Pague Menos

Association of Municipalities from the State of Pernambuco (AMUPE)

Dislub Equador Group

National Union of the Heavy Construction and Infrastructure Industry (SINICON)

FedEx Brasil

Richemont Brasil

Brazilian Association of Audi Vehicle Distributors (ASSOAUDI)

Raia Drogasil

Municipality of Cabo de Santo Agostinho (State of Pernambuco)

Work highlights

  • Represented Pague Menos in an action seeking recovery of PIS and COFINS contributions before one of the Federal Regional Courts.
  • Acted for Sindilojas-SP in a class action against the Brazilian Government seeking tax benefits after a decision of the Supreme Court, which concluded that gross revenue should not include the state VAT portion when serving as the calculation basis for PIS and COFINS.
  • Assisted Sinicon with various class actions filed over the last three years involving a collective amount of approximately R$2.5bn.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados stands out for its dispute resolution capabilities. With an extensive presence nationally and in the northeast region in particular, the group is especially sought after by companies from the telecoms, chemicals, infrastructure and construction sectors. The firm’s leadership is split between Gabriel Silva Pinto, who is specialised in business law and focuses on civil and consumer law litigation, and Adriana Caribé and Luciano De Almeida Montenegro, who have considerable experience in advising and representing clients in labour law matters.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Caribé; Gabriel Silva Pinto; Luciano de Almeida Montenegro


‘Lawyers specialised in various subjects who understand the client’s business.’

‘The services provided by Siqueira Castro Advogados are different because they are always available and deal with matters very clearly without using technical terms or legalese, therefore, facilitating understanding and legal advice. Siqueira Castro assists us with credit recovery, labour and tax disputes.’

Key clients


General Product Proysa


GRI Brazil

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa


MGT Distribuidora de Pneus

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros

Multi Marcas Editoriais

Work highlights

  • Represented TIM in 26 infraction notices issued by the Special Secretary of Labour and Employment.
  • Assisted Multiner with a repossession action.
  • Represented Construções e Comérico Camargo Correa in a labour law dispute in which an ex-employee claimed more than R$3m.