Firms To Watch: Leading firms

From its Salvador office, MoselloLima Advocacia acts for a large client base in a range of corporate, real estate, environmental and labour law matters; Leandro Henrique Mosello Lima is a key contact.

Leading firms in Brazil

Bomfim Novis Advogados

Providing 'very complete' and 'high-quality' services, leading Salvador-based firm Bomfim Novis Advogados is equally adept in corporate and M&A and tax. In the former area, the team acts for both buyers and sellers in high-value transactions, and has recently been particularly active handling M&A in the healthcare sector. In tax, aside from advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, the team is well versed in administrative and judicial litigation. Strategic litigation is the third pillar of the practice, and the firm's environmental law practice (which encompasses litigation and consultancy) completes its offering. The 'extremely competent and diligent' Elisa Gantois Novis heads the corporate and M&A practice, and the 'exceptional' Diego Bomfim leads in the firm's tax mandates. Other key practitioners include environmental law specialist Rafaela Setenta and litigation and arbitration expert Hugo Marinho. Carlos Leonardo Maia and Matheus Fontes Monteiro are names to note at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Elisa Gantois Novis; Diego Bomfim


Elisa, a partner in the office, is extremely competent and diligent. She has knowledge and experience in M&A transactions and during the process she conducts everything in a participatory manner with commitment and a lot of education with all the parties involved.’

The Bomfim Novis team is very capable. The services provided are very complete and of high quality.’

Elisa Novis, very sure of her recommendations and opinions. Diego Bomfim is exceptional, the security he transmits is enormous.’

Cescon Barrieu

With a national reputation that precedes it, Cescon Barrieu has also established itself as a leading law firm in Salvador, where it draws on the strong reputation of practice head and corporate law and dispute resolution expert Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo. Despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm remained busy in 2020 and 2021, particularly on the M&A side, where it represented the sellers in several high-value transactions. The Northeast office benefits from the firm's network, and also has a standalone practice that sees it advising large and mid-sized companies on corporate, commercial and data protection law. The team also excels in litigation and arbitration, and has recently represented several companies in high-stakes cases. Associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo


Technical quality in civil lawsuits and complex arbitration demands and availability.’

Gabriel Seijo is recommended.’

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

With a strong presence in the Northeast and around the country, Siqueira Castro – Advogados is a popular choice for regional, national and international companies, which turn to the firm's Salvador office for representation in complex disputes. In particular, the firm is noted for its track record in tax and labour litigation. Fabiana Galdino Cotias is a specialist in labour and social security law; she jointly leads the office alongside Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros, who excels in administrative and judicial tax litigation. Also of note is the sizeable group of associates; key contacts include Raiza de Souza Andrade Ribeiro for tax matters and Murilo Maia Rebouças in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Galdino; Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros

Key clients

White Martins Gases Industriais

Quifel Energy do Brasil


Hydra Corona Sistemas de Aquecimento de Água

Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos

Kordsa Barsil

Cia. de Ferro Ligas da Bahia


Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a state tax litigation claim that dates back to a conflict regarding the interpretation of the ICMS tax legislation.
  • Acts for a client in federal tax administrative litigation claims that go back to the conflict of 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.
  • Represented Biobrax Energias Renováveis, Quifel Energy Brasil and Campo Largo Patrimonial in a labour claim brought by an ex-employee.

Fraga & Trigo Advogados

Tax and dispute resolution are the core areas of focus for Fraga & Trigo Advogados, which has developed particular expertise assisting clients in the recovery of tax credits relating to ICMS, PIS and COFINS. Other areas of practice include corporate, commercial, competition and real estate. Highly regarded name partner Pedro Trigo is a key contact.

Pessoa & Pessoa

Household name Brazilian and international companies across a broad range of industries turn to Pessoa & Pessoa for representation in labour and consumer law litigation. The firm's size and experience in these areas is notable; the use of technological tools is also relevant for the firm, which is able to handle a high number of cases, in part thanks to its adoption of automation tools and AI. Key practitioners in the team include Larissa Sento-Sé Rossi, Valton Doria Pessoa, Maria Carolina Miranda and André Pessoa.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Sento-Sé Rossi

Key clients

MSC Cruzeiros


Le Biscuit