Leading firms in Brazil

Cescon Barrieu

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ busy Salvador office is led by experienced partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and comprises local lawyers from the state of Bahia; while benefiting from the firm’s other offices, the Salvador office is also equipped to assist its clients independently. The full-service, São Paulo-headquartered firm is traditionally known in corporate and M&A, and in Salvador, similarly, it stands out in this space. Acting for a broad client base of local and international companies across a range of industries, the Salvador team advises on sales, acquisitions, restructurings and a range of commercial agreements. Dispute resolution is another standout area. Recent work on the contentious side includes construction cases, tax litigation and commercial disputes. Associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes is another key contact, with experience in arbitration and judicial proceedings on behalf of large and mid-sized companies.

Bomfim Novis Advogados

The ‘extremely knowledgeable, professional and prompt’ lawyers at Bomfim Novis Advogados are noted for their ‘excellent knowledge of ways of structuring business and M&A’. The firm has one of the strongest corporate and M&A practices in the city; Elisa Gantois Novis and the corporate team act for buyers and sellers operating across the healthcare, renewable energy and real estate sectors, among others. The firm’s tax practice is also notable; under the leadership of Diego Bomfim, it acts for clients in administrative and judicial litigation, and also advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. Environmental law expert Rafaela Setenta advises on environmental legal auditing in the context of M&A operations; Hugo Marinho heads the strategic litigation department and is also active in arbitration. Senior associate Matheus Fontes Monteiro  is also highlighted.


Our experience with Bomfim Novis Advogados has been excellent. First of all, the law staff are extremely knowledgeable, professional and prompt. From our very first contact, we could feel they are truly professional, committed, and ”results oriented”, and I am very pleased to say that our initial perception was confirmed throughout the process.

They showed true interest in our case, and the staff’s good analytical and evaluative skills made them choose the right path that led us to very successful results. I highly recommend them if you want results!

We would like to express our gratitude to Matheus Fontes Monteiro who was an invaluable resource in the favourable outcome of our case. He is very knowledgeable, personable, perseverant and a good listener. He was extremely responsive and easy to communicate with throughout the entire process, working very diligently and professionally to get the positive results we have had. I would not hesitate to seek representation from Bonfim Novis Advogados law firm, and from Matheus Fontes Monteiro in future legal issues.’

Excellent knowledge of ways of structuring business and M&A. Excellent interpersonal relationship skills.’

Elisa Gantois Novis is recommended.

Fraga & Trigo Advogados

With approaching 25 years in the market Fraga & Trigo Advogados maintains a focus on high-end work and has developed a broad service offering that takes in environmental and consumer law, real estate and compliance, among other areas. It is tax – where the team has recently seen an uptick in work on the recovery of tax credits relating to ICMS, PIS and COFINS – and dispute resolution, however, that constitute the twin pillars of the firm. In the latter area, practice head Pedro Trigo and the team act for clients in the construction, mining, telecoms and - particularly - automotive sectors; active across the greater north east (notably Piauí, Sergipe and Maranhão), the team also has experience of handling national cases. Additionally, it is further developing its arbitration practice. Rodrigo Almeida (tax, corporate, competition and disputes) and associate João Maia ‘are well qualified, with an excellent background’. Ricardo Almeida (tax, consumer law and disputes) and Raoni Drummond (arbitration, litigation and consumer law) are also praised.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Trigo; Rodrigo Almeida


They are differentiated from other firms in many ways, I could mention the technical and behavioural aspects. The Fraga & Trigo team has been extremely engaged and motivated, and is always looking to be up-to-date with current legislation. We are completely satisfied with their services and they have surpass our expectation.’

We could mention Rodrigo Almeida and João Maia. They are differentiated professionals, extremely engaged. They are well qualified, with an excellent background. Finally, we are extremely satisfied by their services. They delivered above our expectations.’

Competent lawyers and extremely committed to the success of their client. Its great differential is the brilliant strategies and investigations in the detailed study of cases, at any level of legal complexity.’

Ricardo Almeida, one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. Strategic, cautious and brilliant.’

Raoni Drummond, an excellent lawyer, follows the investigative and strategic style of the firm with great commitment.’

Key clients






Construtora Barcino Esteves

Patrimonial Nossa Senhora das Ermitas


DMAS Supermercados


Vinci Airports


RBL – Refrigerantes da Bahia

Mosaic Fertilizantes do Brasil


Rio Doce Geologia e Mineração

Cía Paulista de Ferro Ligas

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vinci Airports in obtaining the full payment of a debt owed to it by an airline company.
  • Successfully represented Toyota in a consumer claim filed against it.
  • Assisting Claro with a tax infraction notice filed by the tax authorities of Bahia against the company for alleged tax debts related to sales and service tax (ICMS).

Pessoa & Pessoa

Drawing on over 40 years' experience in Salvador’s legal market, Pessoa & Pessoa fields a sizeable team and specialises in labour law, with an emphasis on labour litigation. Recent mandates include representing Boulevard Shopping in a public-interest civil action filed before the Superior Labour Court regarding facilities for mothers and babies; and defending Ferbasa and Veracel, in cases brought by the Public Ministry of Labour regarding the outsourcing of their principal operational activities. Also equipped to handle a high volume of work on behalf of household name multinational companies, key practice contacts include André Pessoa, Maria Carolina Miranda and Valton Doria Pessoa. Over the last decade, the firm has also expanded into civil and consumer law more broadly, where its experience spans banking law, credit recovery, consumer accidents and commercial disagreements, among other areas; Larisza Sento-Sé Rossi is a name to note.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a hypermarket chain in a case to guarantee the operation of the company on Sundays and holidays.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is known for its broad office network, which ensures it has a presence on the ground in key cities around Brazil. With a decade in the Salvador market, the experienced team is active in tax, litigation and labour law, and acts for large companies in the mining, energy, tourism and health care sectors, among others. Office managing partner Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros has 20 years' tax experience, and is particularly active in tax planning and judicial and administrative proceedings; Fabiana Galdino Cotias is the key contact for social security and employment law.  

Practice head(s):

Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros