Regional powerhouse Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia is recognised for its 'commitment, punctuality and seriousness'. The firm excels in litigation, where it has the size and resources to handle sensitive cases for well-known national and international companies operating in the telecoms, automotive, food and beverage, energy and banking sectors. The team is also highlighted for its 'wide legal knowledge of insurance and private pension matters' and counts leading insurance companies among its clients. Outside of litigation, the team offers additional services in corporate and M&A, corporate governance and compliance, among other areas. Names to note in the sizeable team include Carlos Harten, who 'stands out for his deep knowledge in the areas of insurance and litigation law', co-practice head Bruno Cavalcanti, managing partner and head of the business law department Manuela Moura, highly regarded litigator Leonardo Cocentino, and Gabriela Figueiras, whose areas of focus span commercial agreements, partnerships, joint ventures and wealth and succession planning.
Leading firms in Brazil
Bruno Cavalcanti; Carlos Harten
‘I think that the great difference of the office is the extreme dedication of the partners and main lawyers to their clients in the defence of their interests.‘
‘Dr. Carlos Harten stands out for his deep knowledge in the areas of insurance and litigation law. Drs. Eduardo Fornellos and Leonardo Cocentino deserve to be highlighted for their work in litigation.’
‘The differential of the office is the wide legal knowledge of the insurance and private pension matters, as well as the commitment, punctuality and seriousness with which they manage their clients’ legal action portfolios.’
‘Leonardo Concentino: Great technically and always available to customers. Carlos Harten: Legal importance in insurance and private pension matters.’
‘The office has a team specialised in insurance and health law, in addition to having professionals with high procedural knowledge capable of working in both mass and strategic matters.’
‘Carlos Harten: Deep knowledge of civil proceedings and always available to exchange with the client. Thiago Pessoa: Tireless in seeking new and innovative solutions to add value to defences. Camila de Andrade Lima: coordinator who added a lot to the team by updating the client about the processes in real time.’
‘Efficiency. Objectivity. Professionalism. Partnership.’
‘Marcelo Ventura – committed, responsible, knowledgeable.’
Sul América Companhia De Seguro Saúde
Energisa Acre – Distribuidora De Energia
Seguradora Líder Dos Consórcios DPVAT
Federação Nacional De Saúde Suplementar
UHG – United Health Group
General Motors do Brasil
- Acted for Heineken in an indemnity action regarding a beverage distribution contract.
- Represented the interests of Caixa Seguros in a high-profile case against petrochemical producer Braskem.
- Defending a client in lawsuits for indemnity for moral damages filed against agents of the electric sector that work in the supply of electricity in the Brazilian state of Amapá, due to the blackout that affected the region on 3 November 2020.
Tax litigation is a core focus for Coelho & Dalle Advogados, which attracts a strong following from international and national companies thanks to its extensive experience and track record in this field. Established in Recife in 2007, the firm opened an additional office in São Paulo in 2014, and - in addition to tax - has steadily expanded into other areas, including corporate and M&A, labour and civil litigation. Its dispute resolution practice is led by Amanda Figueirôa, who joined from Sociedade Pernambucana de Combate ao Câncer in August 2020, bringing vast knowledge of healthcare, real estate and litigation. Eduardo Coelho specialises in corporate and tax; he co-founded the firm alongside Ricardo Dalle, a specialist in administrative and public law, who is particularly active in the health, transport, logistics and financial services sectors. Tax expert Márcia Dias and Kelma Carvalho de Faria Collier, who is well versed in employment law, are also key contacts. The firm also benefits from having a pool of experienced associates, including Ana Carolina Borba Lessa Barbosa.
Ricardo Dalle; Eduardo Coelho
‘Quality of lawyers in addition to their availability to the client. Dr. Eduardo Coelho, Dr. Ricardo Dalle, Dr. Gabriel, Dr. Jamille, Dr. Ana Carolina, Dr. Debora, and others make up this team.’
Diagnósticos da América – DASA
Hapvida Assistência Médica
Companhia Petroquímica de Pernambuco – Petroquímica Suape
Viana & Moura Construções
Borborema Imperial Transportes
Sistema Opinião de Comunicação (SOC)
Referencial Desenvolvimento Energético
- Provided assistance to Vinci in an acquisition of shares by a private equity fund from Proinfusion, a pharmaceutical company located in São Paulo that works with the production of oncological remedies.
- Representing Bradesco Leasing in a R$38m lawsuit regarding a municipal tax (ISS), in which the Municipality of Goiânia requires the payment of the tax for leasing transactions.
- Representing Geraldo Araújo Tecidos in its restructuring process, from renegotiating liabilities with creditors to organising alternative dispute resolution solutions.
'One of the main law firms in Recife', Serur Advogados fields 'teams that master their respective fields of expertise'. The well-established firm has offices in São Paulo, Brasília and João Pessoa, in addition to its base in Recife, and is equipped to provide litigation and advisory services to its clients, which include major financial institutions, energy and retail companies, and private clients. Founding partner Eduardo Montenegro Serur has broad expertise across regulatory, administrative, real estate and corporate law; João Loyo de Meira Lins specialises in restructuring, litigation and corporate law; Aristóteles de Queiroz Camara is a tax expert; and Ian Mac Dowell de Figueiredo is active in antitrust, civil litigation and arbitration, among other areas. Other standout practitioners include Brunna Quinteiro Wavrik, Mariana Motta de Ferreira Lima, Tenylle Pessoa Queiroga, Nairane Farias Rabelo Leitão and Bianca Maria Ventura. Data protection expert Felipe Varela Caon, tax specialist Cristiano Araújo Luzes and associates Paulo Rafael de Lucena Ferreira, Caio Azuirson and Pedro Lins Costa Theberge are also noted.
Eduardo Montenegro Serur; Aristóteles de Queiroz Camara; Ian Mac Dowell de Figueiredo; João Loyo de Meira Lins
‘Attentive partners dedicated to effective customer service, teams that master their respective areas of expertise in law, a service structure with coordinators by area of expertise that allows a quick return to customer demands, besides being exquisite for the details that make a difference, especially in litigation.’
‘Aristóteles Camara: Excellent technical knowledge, especially in the areas of tax and administrative law. Demonstrates differentiated attention, courtesy and availability in meeting customer demands. Able to develop innovative and complex theses, with impressive technical robustness. Cristiano Luzes: Newly admitted partner in the office, is able to communicate very effectively with clients, demonstrating excellent technical mastery of tax issues, combined with relationship and communication skills differentiated. Pedro Theberge: Coordinator of civil litigation, has impressive logical reasoning, in addition to the ability to interact with the client effectively, as a way to develop theses together, strengthening the lines of defence.’
‘Large office, with partners who have high technical knowledge. Prompt and personalised customer service.’
‘Technically prepared, easy to communicate and quick to return to the customer: Ian Mac Dowell de Figueiredo and Paulo Rafael de Lucena.’
‘Felipe Caon and Caio Azuirson are recommended.’
‘João Loyo de Meira Lins and Pedro Lins Costa Theberge are excellent lawyers, very diligent and very technically qualified. They are always available and committed and take care of the points that are demanded by the company to resolve in the best possible way and within the shortest time.’
‘The team at Serur Advogados is highly specialised and provides excellent services, especially in the civil sector, where it assisted me in dealing with cases of extreme relevance. Partner Felipe Varela Caon and lawyer Caio Azuirson have always been instrumental in resolving disputes in a strategic and careful manner. In addition, as one of the main law firms in Recife, Serur Advogados has always supported regional demands with great brilliance.’
‘Felipe Varela Caon works with technical and personal brilliance, providing security and lightness in dealing with adversities. Caio Azuirson also works with technical brilliance.’
Grupo Fernandes Vieira
MEDCOOP – Cooperativa de Serviços Médicos e Hospitalares de Maceió
Urbana/PE – Sindicato das Empresas de Transportes de Passageiros do Estado de Pernambuco
Rediesel Recife Autodiesel
Empresa Metropolitana de Transporte Coletivo
Cidade Alta Transportes e Turismo
Grupo Pão de Açucar
- Advised Grupo Fernandes Vieira on structuring a built-to-suit operation, which involved one of the largest investments ever made in a single operation for the hospital segment in the city of Recife.
- Assisted Captalys by providing an analysis with the purpose of validating or rectifying documents and actions adopted by the company in the process of compliance with LGPD rules.
- Represented a client in a direct action of unconstitutionality before the Court of Justice of the State of Pernambuco.
Urbano Vitalino Advogados Associados 'treats clients with great dedication', 'responding in a fast, assertive and dedicated manner'. The firm has a sizeable team based in Pernambuco, and also has a significant presence in São Paulo. Litigation is a core area of specialism for the team, which is able to handle a high volume of cases thanks to the size and experience of the team, as well as its early adoption of AI tools. The firm also stands out for its work in tax and corporate law; Delmar Siqueira and Hermes de Assis are key names in the latter, while Luis Maranhão Neto and Alexandre José Gois Lima de Victor are names to note in tax. The civil litigation practice is jointly led by Siqueira, Urbano Vitalino Neto and Germano Alves. Other key practitioners in the firm include labour law specialist Carla Ferreira, corporate law expert Nathalia Fernandes, Itana Moreira Amaral Oliveira, who stands out in tax litigation, and Bruna Tavares, who focuses on corporate law and technology.
Delmar Siqueira; Hermes de Assis; Alexandre José Gois Lima de Victor; Urbano Vitalino Neto; Luis Maranhão Neto; Germano Alves;
‘Organisation, monitoring of processes, agile and effective communication of procedural progress for clients. I understand that the management of deadlines and processes is done with excellence and this sets them apart from other offices.’
‘Urbano Vitalino Neto himself, in addition to Delmar Siqueira, Nathalia Fernandes and Hermes Assis. They are professionals who stand out in their areas of expertise for their dedication, great knowledge, availability and efficiency.’
‘The office has technological tools capable of managing a large number of lawsuits analysing the main offenders and opportunities for action. The team is very active and quick in meeting the demands of the company, especially when requesting information about the process portfolio, reports and results presentations.’
‘André Granja and Vinicius are very present and active in the relationship between the company and the office. Barbara Pedrosa and Rodrigo Coutinho are also extremely active and ready to respond to requests, questions and demands from the company.’
‘Urbano Vitalino is an office that treats clients with great dedication and with a differentiated service, where all lawyers are always available, responding in a fast, assertive and dedicated manner. By having a team dedicated to the client, they are able to deliver a job very well done, despite working with mass litigation, and have little turnover, which makes a lot of difference today in the delivery of the offices.‘
‘Dr. Carla Ferreira – Always available and focused on the company’s objectives, drawing up a joint and targeted action plan. Dr. João Alves – Extremely competent professional, with extensive knowledge in the labour area and always performs a great critical analysis of the cases. Dr. Michelle Monteiro – Incredible professional, with deep knowledge of the portfolio, delivers excellent quality work in addition to having a unique interpersonal relationship.’
‘A very well rounded, full service firm with a deep bench. Impeccably trustworthy.’
‘André Lira, Bruna Tavares, Itana Moreira are all stand out performers. I have valued their common sense, responsiveness and understanding.’
- Advised Tintas Iquine on the acquisition of 100% of Tintas Hidracor’s capital stock.
- Advised MV Participações and its subsidiary on the acquisition of all of PCG Soluções de Tecnologia em Saúde’s shares.
- Represented Carrefour Comércio e Indústria in an infraction notice for collection of ICMS.
Azevedo Sette Advogados established an office in Recife in 2013 under the leadership of Marcelo Padilha Cabral, who draws on over 15 years of experience in corporate, real estate and litigation. In addition to the Northeast, the firm also has broad geographic coverage across the country thanks to its extensive office network. Its client base is equally broad, and the Recife-based team has recently assisted companies operating in the technology, real estate and entertainment sectors, among others, in corporate, M&A, litigation and arbitration. Associate Renato Veras Salgado is a key member of the team, often advising on the office's major mandates.
Marcelo Padilha Cabral
BSA – Business Software Alliance
Treng Consultoria e Tecnologia de Projeto
Holasa – Hojalata y Laminados
VRI Importação E Exportação
Nordeste Gestão de Bens
- Provides legal advice to Holasa – Hojalata y Laminados in complex matters, such as a strategic request of credit recovery against Grupo MECESA in judicial rehabilitation/bankruptcy.
- Represents a multinational company in complex litigation and arbitration matters, including a recent lawsuit involving copyright infringement and piracy.
- Provides legal advice and represents the shareholders of a company in dispute resolution and corporate matters.
The 'highly trained professionals' at Limongi Sial & Reynaldo Alves Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica 'seek to provide a personalised service to clients, offering excellent service and legal guidance'. The specialised litigation firm is particularly strong in the telecoms, energy, insurance and financial services sectors, where it has a strong following of major Brazilian companies. Experienced litigator Patricia Santa Cruz de Oliveira acts in real estate, civil, labour and tax disputes; Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima also specialises in litigation, with a special focus on consumer, regulatory and criminal law matters. Erik Limongi Sial and Pedro Henrique Braga Reynaldo Alves are the founding partners and both receive praise from clients. Rômulo Miranda and associate Mirela Meira de Vasconcellos Lindeen are other key contacts.
Erik Limongi Sial; Graciele Pinheiro Lins Lima; Patricia Santa Cruz de Oliveira; Pedro Henrique Braga Reynaldo Alves
‘Quality legal service, provided with the difference of educated professionals and with unparalleled technical knowledge.’
‘It is a state-of-the-art office, which operates in the most varied fields of law, especially in the Northeast region.’
‘I highlight the name of excellent professionals such as Erik Limongi Sial and Pedro Henrique Reynaldo Alves.’
‘The office has highly trained professionals who seek to provide a personalised service to their clients, offering excellent service and legal guidance. The personalised service combined with the technical capacity of the professionals at the LSRA office represent the true differentiator for high quality advocacy and excellence in practice.’
‘Erik Limongi Sial is highly qualified, attentive and provides excellent legal services.’
‘The Limongi office serves the client in a differentiated, personalised way, with high quality. Both Dr. Erik and the rest of the team are concerned with understanding the client’s objective. I congratulate the office once again for the excellent service provided!‘
‘Dr. Erik Limongi and Dr. Romulo Miranda. I recommend both for the efficiency, availability and excellence in the execution of the services provided.’
Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (CELPE)
Telemar Norte Leste
Brasil Telecom Comunicação Multimídia
Sul América Companhia Nacional de Seguros
Sinditelebrasil (Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Telefonia e de Serviço Móvel Celular e Pessoal)
TELOS – Fundação Embratel de Seguridade Social
GB Gabriel Bacelar Construções
UNBEC (União Norte Brasileira de Educação e Cultura)
BRK Ambiental Região Metropolitana do Recife/Goiana
IGB – Embrasa
Martin-Brower Comércio, Transportes e Serviços
Ompetro (Organização dos Municípios Produtores de Petróleo e Gás e Limitrofes da Zona de Produção Principal da Bacia de Campos)
Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional
- Assisted the Consortium headed by Oi, called Consórcio Rede PE CONECTADO II – Lote I, in the largest bidding in Brazil – held by the State of Pernambuco – for fixed, mobile and multimedia communication services in Brazil to form the Connected PE Network II.
- Acted for Sinditelebrasil in a rescission action against the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), aiming at the deconstitution of the final decision issued by the 5th Federal Regional Court in a collective action brought by the MPF against the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL).
- Represented Oi Móvel as defendant in a public civil action filed by the Federal Public Ministry against the client and other personal mobile phone operators.
Monteiro e Monteiro Advogados Associados excels in tax litigation, and is also well versed in tax planning. In addition to working with corporate clients, the firm is also a popular choice for industry associations and municipalities. The firm was founded in 1990, and stands out for its regional presence – where it benefits from additional offices in Fortaleza, São Luís and Salvador, as well as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. Ana Karina Pedrosa de Carvalho specialises in tax, and also co-ordinates the firm’s socio-cultural and pro bono projects. Founding partner Bruno Romero Pedrosa Monteiro is an expert in tax. Other names to note in the firm include João Carlos Chaves, Rachell Plech and Riviane Marques.
João Carlos Chaves; Riviane Marques; Rachell Plech
Dufry do Brasil Duty Free Shop
SINICON -National Union of Construction Industry
ASSOCHERY -Brazilian Association of Vehicle Distributors Chery
SINDILOJAS São Paulo – Union Retailers from São Paulo
Posto de Serviços Total
ABRACOP – Brazilian Association of Vehicle Distributors Peugeot
Empreendimentos Pague Menos
SINCOPETRO/SP- Sindicato De Comércio Varejista de Derivados de Petróleo
SINDILOJAS RIO – Union Retailers from Rio de Janeiro
Dislub Equador Group
- Acted for the São Paulo Union of Retailers in a class action against the Brazilian federal government seeking the same benefit to all its members (recovering tax credits from the exclusion of ICMS from the PIS/COFINS basis retroactively from 2001).
- Represented Pague Menos in an action aiming at the recognition of the right to PIS and COFINS credit.
- Acted for Petro Energia Indústria e Comércio in a lawsuit concerning PIS/COFINS.
Siqueira Castro – Advogados distinguishes itself in the Brazilian market thanks to its extensive office network, and its presence in the Northeast – including in Recife – makes it a popular choice for clients based in the region, as well as elsewhere in Brazil or abroad. In Recife, the team is particularly active in civil, real estate, tax and labour law, where it covers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Adriana Caribé and Luciano de Almeida Montenegro are labour law specialists, and Gabriel Silva Pinto focuses on civil and consumer litigation.
Adriana Caribé; Gabriel Silva Pinto; Luciano de Almeida Montenegro
General Product Proysa
Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa
- Represented TIM Celular in an invalidity declaration act, involving 26 infraction notices by Secretaria Especial do Trabalho e Emprego (Labor and Work Special Secretary).
- Provided advice to General Product Proysa, a company that belongs to a Mexican group, on the company dissolution and homologation extrajudicial agreement with one of its partners.
- Acted for Duratex in an inquiry initiated by the Public Ministry of Labor of Paraíba state.