Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Leading firms

With a special focus on the technology sector, COLARES ADVOGADOS acts for investors and entrepreneurs in business contracts and general corporate law matters. The group is led by Rodrigo Colares, who stands out for his experience in the IT and innovation segments.

Leading firms in Brazil

Coelho & Dalle Advogados

Singled out for its ‘excellence in client service‘ and expertise, Coelho & Dalle Advogados is a go-to destination in Northeast Brazil for both contentious and non-contentious matters involving tax, employment and corporate law. Regional, national and international clients from the infrastructure, construction, retail, energy, banking and real estate sectors recurrently turn to the firm for assistance with administrative proceedings before municipal, state and federal authorities, judicial litigation and arbitration cases. Ricardo Dalle, who specialises in administrative and public law, and often handles transactions involving the infrastructure segment, leads the team with Eduardo Coelho, who works on M&A, capital markets deals and corporate reorganisations. The firm’s tax credentials are also noteworthy; its service offering covers tax litigation before judicial and administrative courts, as well as tax planning, and due diligence. Márcia Dias heads up the tax department, focusing on advisory and contentious mandates. On the labour law front, the group is adept at advising on employment claims and negotiations with labour unions, including collective bargaining agreements. Kelma Carvalho De Faria Collier is the name to note for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Dalle; Eduardo Coelho


‘I believe they stand out for their excellence in client service and the expertise of their highly qualified team.’

‘Most of the time, we interact with Eduardo Coelho, who brings together some qualities that always call my attention: technical capacity, ability to understand the client’s problem, and pragmatism.’

‘Coelho e Dalle brings us important security to support our decisions. They are always aware of movements and the way in which we must execute or propose contracts.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco

Bradesco Leasing


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

Borborema Imperial Transportes

Sistema Opinião de Comunicação (SOC)

Referencial Desenvolvimento Energético

BWA Global

My Care Force

Amarante Hotéis

Ezze Seguros

Work highlights

  • Represents companies of the Bradesco Group in various judicial and administrative disputes against municipalities across the country in relation to a Brazilian municipal tax (ISS).
  • Advised Vinci Partners on a share purchase agreement with the shareholders of Efficopar Participações.
  • Represents several of Recife and Great Recife’s public transport companies in lawsuits against the Brazilian Federal Government in relation to a dispute involving the limitation of the calculation of the social contribution collection to 20 minimum wages.

Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia

Standing out for its strong performance in litigation, Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia  attracts instructions from major companies operating in an array of sectors, most notably banking, retail, energy and telecoms. Corporate and commercial litigation are core pillars of the practice, which is also skilled in the resolution of disputes involving real estate, tax, labour and family law. The group is under the joint leadership of Bruno Cavalcanti, a key contact for retail and banking clients, and Carlos Harten, whose areas of expertise include civil and corporate claims. Manuela Moura and Leonardo Cocentino are also part of the core team.

Work highlights

Limongi Advocacia

With a ‘solid presence in the region‘, Limongi Advocacia‘s ‘team is made up of highly qualified professionals‘, who are well versed in high-stakes dispute resolution matters involving white-collar crime, civil, tort, regulatory, consumer and tax law. Offering state-wide coverage, the group, which is a popular choice for clients from the telecoms, energy, infrastructure, insurance, education and construction industries, has a strong track record before all judicial and administrative tribunals in Brazil, including the superior courts in Brasília. ‘A prominent professional in the Pernambuco legal market‘, Erik Limongi Sial is skilled  in regulatory and administrative proceedings. Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima is noted for her expertise in consumer law litigation. Patricia Santa Cruz De Oliveira and Pedro Henrique Braga Reynaldo Alves left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Erik Limongi Sial; Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima


‘What sets the firm apart is the speed and quality of its responses, whether on business law issues or real estate matters.’

‘The firm does an exceptional job in defending clients with exquisite technical knowledge. The team is made up of highly qualified professionals, who are extremely committed to legal objectives.’

‘Erik Limongi Sial is a prominent professional in the Pernambuco legal market; he has solid technical knowledge combined with a unique charisma, which makes him recognised for his competence and respectability.

‘Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima is an exceptional lawyer in the conduct of our consumer civil litigation portfolio, with extensive experience in the telecoms segment.’

‘The firm has a solid presence in the region and availability to act promptly in our defence, whenever required. The team’s lawyers have solid technical knowledge to act in our cases.’

‘The firm provides personalised services and is prepared to deal with a wide range of topics, especially in terms of litigation.’

Key clients

Brennand Energia

Claro Brasil

CONEXIS (Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Telefonia e de Serviço Móvel Celular Pessoal – antigo SINDITELEBRASIL)

Congregação dos Sacerdotes do Sagrado Coração de Jesus

GB – Gabriel Bacelar Construções

Martin-Brower Comércio, Transportes e Serviços

OMPETRO (Organização dos Municípios Produtores de Petróleo e Gás e Limítrofes da Zona de Produção principal da Bacia de Campos)

PROPARK Estacionamentos

Sul América Companhia de Seguro Saúde

TELOS (Fundação Embratel de Seguridade Social)

Usina Petribú

Banco Bradesco

IGB / Embrasa – Embalagens Micronduladas do Brasil

Neoenergia Pernambuco – Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (CELPE)


Telefônica Brasil (VIVO)

Traditio Companhia de Seguros

Fundação Alice Figueira de Apoio ao IMIP (FAF)

Work highlights

  • Represented Oi in a lawsuit filed by DDCAR against Telemar Norte Lese and Oi Móvel, claiming losses incurred as a result of the unilateral termination and advance payment of a distribution agreement signed between the parties.
  • Representing Traditio Companhia de Seguros in a constitutional claim seeking to apply a binding precedent issued by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and suspend the provisional enforcement of a judgment that ordered the client to pay a multimillion-dollar compensation to the counterparties.
  • Representing Gilberto Salsa da Paz Portella and other individuals in an enforcement proceeding seeking to enforce a previous court decision that recognised the clients’ right to receive additional compensation from the National Institute of Colonisation and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) for an expropriation.

Serur Advogados

Serur Advogados is home to a ‘team with excellent technical skills‘ and made up of ‘committed individuals‘, who are well versed in several areas of law, ranging from litigation to data protection, tax and corporate issues. Contentious matters are a core strength for the firm, which boasts solid credentials in commercial and civil disputes, consumer law and bankruptcy-related cases. The ‘very knowledgeable and diligentEduardo Montenegro Serur brings together expertise in administrative and judicial proceedings, real estate matters and estate planning. Aristóteles De Queiroz Camara, whose ‘excellent knowledge of the regulatory environment‘ is noted by clients, focuses on tax law. Business mandates, competition, contractual issues and civil claims are all areas of activity for Ian Mac Dowell De Figueiredo, while João Loyo De Meira Lins specialises in corporate transactions and restructurings. Felipe Varela Caon is the name to note for data protection issues. Caio Azuirson and Pedro Lins Costa Theberge stand out at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Committed individuals interested in obtaining the best result for their clients.’

‘The firm works very closely with the client, always balancing the legal provisions and the risks involved. Acts diligently and always goes beyond what was contracted.’

‘Eduardo Serur is very knowledgeable and diligent.’

Key clients

Banco Pan

Banco Safra

Banco BTG Pactual / BTG Seguros

Banco C6

Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (CELPE)

Via Varejo

Comercializa Energia

Grupo Neoenergia

Santa Maria Empreendimentos


Asa Indústria e Comércio

Jotanunes Construtora

Liber Conservação e Serviços

Usina Estreliana

Destilaria Liberdade

Usina Manoel Costa Filho

Usina Central Mata Sul

Empresa Pedrosa

Transcol Serviços de Transportes

Urbana/PE (Sindicato das Empresas de Transportes de Passageiros no Estado de Pernambuco)

Aruanã Energia

Usina Xavantes

Norsa Refrigerantes

Huawei do Brasil Telecomunicações

Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo

Jaraguá Equipamentos Industriais

Empresa Pedrosa

Work highlights

  • Advised Comercializa Energia in a dispute brought by two power trading companies.
  • 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

Corporate, environmental, consumer and labour law are all core areas of activity for Urbano Vitalino Advogados Associados, which particularly excels in tax and civil law disputes. Delmar Siqueira is often retained by a variety of clients seeking advice on corporate, compliance and M&A matters, while Hermes De Assis is skilled in corporate reorganisations and tech-related projects. Luis Maranhão Neto specialises in tax law and Germano Alves is a key contact for dispute resolution.

Work highlights

Antonio Mota Advocacia Estratégica

Boutique firm Antonio Mota Advocacia Estratégica provides ‘innovative solutions‘ to major clients engaged in dispute resolution matters before state and federal courts arising from civil, consumer, contractual and corporate disputes. In addition to its solid capabilities in contentious issues, the firm is also well positioned to handle corporate, tax, shipping and IP mandates. The group, which is especially sought after by companies from the infrastructure, telecoms and construction sectors, is led by Antonio Mota, who undertakes contentious and contractual work.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Mota


‘Firm with innovative solutions and ideas, excellent and capable lawyers who provided excellent quality service, explaining and evaluating all points of the process in question.’

‘Transparency and honesty are some of the firm’s characteristics.’

Key clients

Marimex Despachos Transportes e Serviços

Viver Construtora

Recife Mercantil de Alimentos

Magalhães & Barros produções e eventos

CV Materiais de Construção

BV Consultoria


Curtume Serra Negra

Decal Brasil

Diocese Anglicana do Recife

Drogachaves Trade

Kablan Engenharia

Sky Brasil Serviços

Mendes Júnior Engenharia

Williams Serviços Marítimos

Confederação Nacional do Transporte

MG – Serviços de Imagens

Costa do Sol Hotel; Marina ResidenceHotel; Marolinda Marina Olinda Hotel; Marina Olinda Hotel

Distribuidora de Alimentos Amaral

Resonant Machines

Work highlights

  • Representing Confederação Nacional do Transporte – CNT in a dispute against the Brazilian Federal Government which aims to declare the unconstitutionality of a legal provision that extended the liability of foreign carriers to their local representatives in Brazil.
  • Representing Sky in a class action filed by the Attorney General’s Office of the state of Pernambuco based on clients’ complaints of alleged unlawful fee charges and false advertising.
  • Assisting a high-end hotel chain in the state of Pernambuco in filing an objection to a claim by Banco do Nordeste in the context of the client’s court restructuring.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados‘s Recife office acts for domestic and international clients – including companies and individuals – in a host of transactional and contentious matters, ranging from M&A to contractual issues, litigation and arbitration. Especially popular among players from the construction, education, retail and technology sectors, the group is spearheaded by Marcelo Padilha Cabral, who is noted for his combined experience in M&A, commercial agreements, real estate matters and litigation. These are also core areas of activity for associate Renato Veras Salgado.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Padilha Cabral

Key clients

Bsa – Business Software Alliance

Montalvo Participações (Grupo Nt)

Soltec Engenharia

Solida Engenharia

Treng Consultoria E Tecnologia De Projeto

Microsoft Corporation

Holasa – Hojalata Y Laminados

Radio Betel (Radio Maranata Fm)

Vri Importação E Exportação (Rhb Import)

Nordeste Gestão De Bens

Work highlights

  • Acts for Holasa in credit recovery matters against Grupo Mecesa.
  • Assists Sólida Engenharia in the termination of a real estate contract.
  • Represents Radio Maranata FM in a lawsuit filed by ECAD (Brazilian Central Collection and Distribution Agency) for the payment of royalties on behalf of artists and musicians.

Da Fonte Advogados

Praised for its ability to remain up-to-date with the latest legislative and jurisprudential changes, Da Fonte Advogados maintains a broad service offering, covering corporate, labour and tax law, real estate matters and strategic litigation. Data protection and IP mandates also feature on the firm’s busy caseload, which is populated by instructions from clients operating in a variety of industries, such as IT, infrastructure, energy, education, construction and consumer goods. Alexandre Andrade Lima da Fonte Filho, who has over two decades’ experience in corporate investments, asset reorganisation and tax litigation, and civil litigator Rogério Vieira de Melo da Fonte ‘stand out for their technical knowledge, communication and negotiation skills‘. M&A, private equity and project finance, with a special emphasis on renewables, are among Guilherme de Sá Cavalcanti‘s notable areas of practice.  Simony Braga Miranda Nogueira is a key contact for employment matters, while Juliana da Fonte Longman specialises in real estate projects and transactions. Carlos André Rodrigues Pereira Lima excels in administrative and judicial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Andrade Lima da Fonte Filho; Rogério Vieira de Melo da Fonte; Guilherme de Sá Cavalcanti; Simony Braga Miranda Nogueira; Juliana da Fonte Longman; Carlos André Rodrigues Pereira Lima


‘The combination of competence and ethics certainly makes the firm unique. The service provided is of quality and the involvement of the partners/associates is remarkable.’

‘Among the partners, it is important to highlight the attention given by Alexandre and Carlos André.’

‘Quality in conducting processes; excellent client services and highly qualified team.’

Key clients

Casaforte Investimentos

LLSA Patrimonial

Estaleiro Atlântico Sul Em Recuperação Judicial

CESAR (Centro de Estudos e Sistemas Avançados do Recife)

SR Energia

Atiaia Renováveis

Criatec 3 Fundo de Investimentos em Participações Capital Semente

Indústrias Reunidas Raymundo da Fonte

Garín Investimentos

Engeconsult Consultores Técnicos

Pitang Consultoria e SItemas

Fusion Software e Serviços

GL Empreendimentos

Hapvida Assistência Médica

Cresauto Veículos

Condomínio do Shopping Center Guararapes

Sociedade Riograndense de Moagem

AMEPE – Associação dos Magistrados de Pernambuco

Alper Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

GPO – Gestão de Projetos e Obras

Grupo Cornélio Brennand

Mauricéa Alimentos

Acumuladores Moura

Avantia Tecnologia e Segurança

ABIPESCA – Associação Brasileira das Indústrias de Pescados

Kokku Games

ARA Empreendimentos

Fiji Solutions Holding

Mogul Games Group

Sensatto Energia

São Braz Indústrias

Work highlights

  • Advised Casaforte on the incorporation of an investment fund fully dedicated to solar power, Fundo de Investimento em Participações emInfraestrutura Solar II.
  • Represents ABIPESCA in a public civil action filed against ANVISA and the Federal Government.
  • Assists EAS in the sale of certain assets allocated in an isolated productive unit (UPI), including real estate owned by EAS in the port of Suape to APM Terminals, for the construction and operation of a container port terminal.

Monteiro e Monteiro Advogados Associados

A key port of call in Recife for all types of tax matters, Monteiro e Monteiro Advogados Associados fields a team of ‘highly trained professionals‘ who have a wealth of experience in related contentious matters, with a particular focus on the auto distribution, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical sectors. Showcasing a strong track record in class actions involving tax law, the firm has established a sound reputation in the market for judicial and administrative tax proceedings. Ana Karina Pedrosa De Carvalho is a key contact for tax disputes. She receives support from Fernando Mendes de Freitas Filho and Rachell Plech, the latter of whom assists private clients, corporations and public entities in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Pedrosa de Carvalho; Fernando Mendes de Freitas Filho; Rachell Plech


‘Personalised and unique service. Highly trained professionals for all types of tax matters.’

Key clients

Pague Menos

São Paulo Union of Retailers (SINDILOJAS-SP)

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

Brazilian Association of Satellite Retailers (ABLOS)

Brazilian Association of Audi Vehicle Distributors (ASSOAUDI)


Dislub Equador Group

Track and Field

Dorben Group

Lojas Besni


Anis Ranuk

Work highlights

  • Obtained the right for all retailers of São Paulo to exclude ICMS from the PIS/Cofins calculation basis since 2001, in a big class action proposed by Sindilojas-SP.
  • Represents the national associations of distributors from Audi, Peugeot, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, and Chery in tax disputes against vehicle manufacturers regarding the exclusion of ICMS.
  • Hired by Dislub Equador Group to assist with the recovery of resources illegally paid to the Federal Government over PPE, a lawsuit specifically tailored to the players in the oil & gas distribution sector.

Severien & Andrade Advogados

Severien & Andrade Advogados is commended by clients for its ‘deep technical knowledge, agility and excellence in the construction of complex legal solutions‘ in the context of transactional and contentious tax matters, real estate deals and projects, as well as corporate issues and commercial agreements. Singled out for his ability to ‘architect business, tax and real estate solutions‘, Francisco Loureiro Severien provides advice to real estate developers on issues related to zoning regulations and funding incentives for housing programmes. Fernando Rebelo de Andrade is sought out for his experience in tax reorganisations, administrative and judicial claims, including proceedings before the Federal Regional Court for the Fifth Region and the superior courts. Thiago Castilho also specialises in tax law, covering both direct and indirect taxes.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Rebelo de Andrade; Thiago Castilho; Francisco Loureiro Severien; Marco Sampaio


‘Deep technical knowledge, agility and excellence in the construction of complex legal solutions, whether in the business or real estate sphere.’

‘Francisco Severien stands out for his great legal knowledge, ability to articulate and architect business, tax and real estate solutions.’

Key clients

Grupo João Santos – Cimento Nassau

Tecon Suape

Ruplast Indústria e Comércio

Companhia Nacional de Cimentos – Cimento Nacional (Brennand Cimentos – Grupo Ricardo Brennand)


Suassuna Fernandes Engenharia

DAS Empreendimentos Imobiliários

3M Incorporações Imobiliárias

Engarrafamento Pitú

MV Sistemas

Pernambuco Construtora Empreendimentos

Fricon – Mercofricon

Ferreira Costa & Cia

Companhia Brasileira de Vidros Planos – CBVP (Grupo Cornélio Brennand)

L. Priori Empreendimentos

Haut Incorporadora & Design

VL Construtora

Hexagonal Plataforma de Negócios

Scopo Construções de Imóveis e Incorporações Imobiliárias

Construtora Piedade Construção de Imóveis

Tenorio Incorporações

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht (Novonor)/Arena Pernambuco

Hotéis Pernambuco


Pernambuco Desenvolvimento Industrial

Work highlights

  • Assisting Scopo Construções de Imóveis e Incorporações Imobiliárias in the development and construction of a residential building.
  • Represents Cimento Nacional and managed to obtain a court order suspending the collection of ICMS on gypsum acquisitions regardless of the presentation of guarantees.
  • Played a relevant role in the formation and consolidation of the jurisprudence of TRF-5 on tax liability of economic groups, specifically in favour of The Tenório Group.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Companies from the telecoms, chemicals, infrastructure and construction sectors regularly seek Siqueira Castro – Advogados’ assistance in dispute resolution matters. Key individuals include Gabriel Silva Pinto, who focuses on civil and consumer law disputes. Luciano De Almeida Montenegro  and Adriana Caribé are no longer at the firm.

Work highlights