Firms To Watch: Leading firms

From its office in Salvador, MoselloLima Advocacia advises clients on corporate, real estate, environmental and labour law matters; Leandro Henrique Mosello Lima is the name to note.

Leading firms in Brazil

Bomfim Novis Advogados

Bomfim Novis Advogados is noted for its leading expertise in corporate and tax matters, frequently advising clients from a broad range of sectors, including renewable energy, shipping, mining, construction, real estate and life sciences, among others. On the corporate front, the group is regularly sought by clients operating in the healthcare segment for advice on M&A transactions and corporate dissolutions. In the tax space, the team is particularly skilled in representing corporate clients in disputes against municipal, state and federal tax authorities. Other areas of expertise include arbitration, judicial disputes and environmental law. M&A and corporate law expert Elisa Gantois Novis heads the corporate team, and Diego Bomfim, who has extensive experience in complex litigation, leads the tax practice. Also noted are environmental law specialist Rafael Setenta and litigator Hugo Marinho. Luísa Pinheiro was promoted to partner in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Elisa Gantois Novis; Diego Bomfim

Testimonials

‘Very good office, with excellent performance in the State of Bahia. It has excellent technical quality, with very serious professionals who always seek excellence.’

‘Diego Bomfim is a super technical and intelligent lawyer.’

‘Elisa Novis is an exceptional lawyer, with great prominence in her area. She is considered one of the best corporate lawyers in Salvador.’

‘Objectivity, safety, quality of the work provided and responsibility.’

‘Professionalism, seriousness, credibility and quality of work.’

Cescon Barrieu

Working in collaboration with the firm’s national network of offices, the northeast team at Cescon Barrieu routinely assists domestic and national companies, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals with the full range of corporate and tax matters. As part of its broad offering, the group handles a busy caseload of commercial arbitration, M&A deals, inheritance matters, and infrastructure and real estate transactions. The group is led by arbitration and litigation expert Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, who is frequently sought to represent clients from various industries in disputes related to M&A transactions, tax matters and corporate law. Other key names in the team include senior associate Vicente Coni, who joined the group in September 2021 from Brandão e Tourinho Dantas Advogados Associados, strengthening the firm’s real estate offering, and senior associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo

Cruz Campos Lobo Advogados

Cruz Campos Lobo Advogados has a strong presence in the northeast region, where it assists large and mid-size companies with tax, labour, corporate, real estate and data protection matters. Representing clients from an array of sectors, including oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and transportation, the group is noted for its expertise in tax disputes and tax credit claims. Dispute resolution is another pillar of the practice, which frequently handles litigation before the courts related to contractual matters and labour relations. The practice is jointly led by Leonardo Mendes Cruz , whose expertise spans corporate and tax law, and labour expert Marlos Lobo . Other key lawyers include Leonardo Nuñez Campos  and Izayhara Nunes .

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Mendes Cruz; Marlos Lobo

Work highlights

  • Represented a fuel distributor in civil and tax disputes in the north and northeast regions.
  • Assisted a publicly held company operating in the exploration of oil and natural gas with tax consultancy and litigation matters.
  • Represented a construction company in disputes related to labour, real estate and civil law.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

National firm Siqueira Castro – Advogados is frequently retained by domestic and international companies from a broad range of industries, from oil and gas to agribusiness. The group is noted for its strong presence in key hubs across the country, particularly in the northeast region, and its expertise in contentious matters involving tax and labour laws. The team’s leadership is split between social security and labour law expert Fabiana Galdino Cotias and Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros, who has extensive experience in fiscal judicial and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Galdino Cotias; Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros

Testimonials

‘Among other qualities, the firm stands out for its interest in knowing its clients in order to provide personalised legal services.’ 

‘Transparency and availability.’

‘Close relationship and always available.’ 

‘Competence, respect and professionalism. Always helpful, available and attentive, with rigorous monitoring of processes.’

‘Full-service firm, with specialised teams and good cost.’

Key clients

White Martins Gases Industriais

Paranapanema

Hydra Corona Sistemas de Aquecimento de Água

Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos

Kordsa Barsil

Cia. de Ferro Ligas da Bahia (FERBASA)

Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras)

CCR

Grupo Inbetta

Work highlights

  • Represented FERBASA in a state tax litigation claim involving a conflict regarding the interpretation of the ICMS tax legislation regarding the tax reductions in energy purchase operations.
  • Acted for Paranapanema in federal tax litigation claims involving conflicts in the interpretation of the tax rule about the recognition by the tax authorities of the copper metallurgy industry inputs that can generate PIS and COFINS credits for the company.
  • Acted in a compliance action regarding a conflict in the interpretation of a clause added to the 1989 Collective Convention.

Fraga & Trigo Advogados

With clients from a broad range of sectors, including real estate, retail, mining, telecom, automotive and banking, Fraga & Trigo Advogados handles both advisory and contentious work on behalf of large and medium-size companies. The team is particularly skilled in tax matters and dispute resolution, with other areas of expertise spanning corporate, environmental and labour law. Eduardo Fraga is a key contact.

Pessoa & Pessoa

With capabilities in compliance and data protection matters, labour law and corporate and commercial transactions, Pessoa & Pessoa regularly acts for a varied client list of companies from the retail, banking, mining and telecoms sectors. Dispute resolution is another major pillar of the firm, which often represents clients in proceedings involving civil law and consumer matters. On the innovation front, the firm is noted for its digital tools, which allow clients to monitor in real time the progress of cases. Larissa Sento-Sé Rossi and Victor Graça are key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Sento-Sé Rossi; Victor Graça

Key clients

MSC Cruzeiros

Band

Le Biscuit

Cencosud

PPF Advocacia

PPF Advocacia stands out for its tax expertise, frequently handling both advisory and contentious work, including tax planning and judicial and administrative proceedings against tax authorities. In the civil law space, the group is frequently sought for advice on family and succession issues, leases and the renegotiation of debts. Judicial and administrative litigation is another core focus for the firm, with intellectual property and corporate disputes also forming part of its offering. The group is jointly led by Marcos Pires , Monya Pinheiro , Theonio Freitas , Alberto Carvalho  and Paula Lima .

Practice head(s):

Marcos Pires; Monya Pinheiro; Theonio Freitas; Alberto Carvalho; Paula Lima

Testimonials

‘In the years of working with us, PPF was able to overcome several lawsuits and legal challenges as well as secure important gains in the tax sphere. They are so close to my company that they understand in detail how our operations work, knowing the people in each sector of my company. They manage to combine innovation with legal practice and client service.’

‘Marcos Pires understands the client and is extremely objective when dealing with the most difficult issues. Monya Pinheiro has a remarkable approach and is extremely dedicated to understanding details of the operation in order to suggest the best consulting options as well as defences in claims. Theonio Freitas has extensive experience in civil and consumer issues.’

‘The PPF team is excellent and always available, applying the best legal technique to the proposed cases and bringing innovations to the day-to-day of our operations.’

‘The firm is unique, as it has the best professionals, I could meet in the areas civil, tax and labour law. They have a process tracking system, where they manage each case punctually.’

‘Marcos Pires, Theonio and Monya are very skilled and knowledgeable. They dominate the legal matters they deal with. In addition, they are very proactive, helpful and concerned about their clients’ success.’

‘The firm has a highly qualified team. Dedicated to the work that is required from them. They understand the demands and difficulties of the client.’

‘Marcos Pires is highly skilled in strategic solutions. He performs tasks in strategic conflicts with assertiveness and excellence in results. He also has great negotiation skills.’

‘The PPF office is distinguished by the relationship of trust and transparency it establishes with its clients, which adds to the competence, agility and availability of the team.’

Key clients

Esporte Bahia

Ilha Pura 01 Empreendimento Imobiliário

Construtora Eldorado de Texeira de Freitas

Montenegro Soluções em Software

Atakaí 25 Comércio de Alimentos

Laboratório Stuart Studart (LSS)

Real Sociedade Portuguesa de Beneficência Dezesseis de Setembro (Hospital Português)

Liga Bahiana Contra of Câncer (LBCC)

UNIK Alimentos

Tratormaster Tratores Peças e Serviços

Work highlights

  • Acted for Liga Bahiana Contra o Câncer (LBCC) in a commercial dispute.
  • Represented UNIK Alimentos in a lawsuit against a major bank.
  • Acted for Tratormaster Tratores in commercial litigation.