Firms To Watch: Leading firms

Bringing together expertise in civil litigation, commercial matters and tax law, Castro Oliveira is a popular choice for clients from the construction and real estate sectors; litigator Fabricio de Castro Oliveira  is the main point of contact in the firm.

Leading firms in Brazil

Bomfim Novis Advogados

Bomfim Novis Advogados ‘delivers a high quality service in the Northeast region of Brazil’ in the fields of corporate law, M&A, litigation and tax. On the transactional side, the firm is well placed to advise buyers and sellers in M&A deals involving the energy, healthcare, shipping, mining, real estate, construction and pharmaceutical sectors; corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances are other core areas of activity. Elisa Gantois Novis steers the team in a host of business transactions, contractual matters and commercial partnerships. She receives key support from associate Luísa Pinheiro, who is skilled in equity and asset deals, reorganisations and financings. Founding partner Diego Bomfim takes the lead on tax work, which encompasses tax planning, incentives, special taxation regimes and litigation. Senior associate Carlos Maia frequently advises on state tax issues, while Marselle Bomfim specialises in corporate and international taxation. Hugo Marinho is a noteworthy practitioner for corporate and commercial disputes concerning the mining, construction, energy, technology and retail segments. Rafaela Setenta has specialist knowledge of environmental law, often acting for clients in licensing, administrative proceedings and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Elisa Gantois Novis; Diego Bomfim; Hugo Marinho; Rafaela Setenta


‘The firm delivers a high quality service in the Northeast region of Brazil.’

‘Elisa Novis is an excellent lawyer; knowledgeable of the M&A and corporate areas.’

‘Cordiality and distinctive technical quality.’

Cescon Barrieu

A popular ‘choice for sell-side M&A‘, Cescon Barrieu combines ‘the strength of a firm with national reach and a strong local presence in Salvador‘. Besides its strong capabilities in business transactions, the Salvador-based team is often instructed by multinationals, domestic corporations, investment funds, financial institutions and entrepreneurs in high-end deals involving the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Commercial arbitrations and cross-border litigation also feature on the group’s portfolio, which is managed by Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; he possesses longstanding experience in multijurisdictional deals, contractual matters and corporate litigation. Senior associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes is active in proceedings before judicial and arbitral tribunals, while Vicente Coni Jr. handles real estate-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo


‘The team I worked with, led by Gabriel Seijo and Marcos Lopes, was fully engaged in coming up with strategies.’

‘Cescon has always been the best choice for sell-side M&A, as they combine the strength of a firm with national reach and a strong local presence in Salvador.’

‘They are very responsive, and have diverse subject-matter expertise. I recommend Gabriel Seijo for all matters related to the North/Northeast of Brazil.’

Key clients

Esporte Clube Bahia

Companhia de Participações Aliança daBahia

Work highlights

  • Advised Esporte Clube Bahia on its sale to City Football Club, which controls twelve other clubs worldwide, including Manchester City FC.

Cruz Campos Lobo Advogados

With a strong presence in Northeast Brazil, Cruz Campos Lobo Advogados handles nationally significant matters for large and medium-sized enterprises seeking assistance in tax, labour, and corporate law matters. Typical instructions for the team, which attracts mandates clients operating in the renewable energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, retail, infrastructure and construction sectors, also include consumer law, civil litigation and data protection issues. Business and civil procedural law specialist Leonardo Mendes Cruz jointly oversees the practice alongside Leonardo Nuñez Campos, who focuses on tax matters, and Marlos Lobo, a key contact for employment issues. Gabriela Almada regularly acts in strategic litigation.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Mendes Cruz; Leonardo Nuñez Campos; Marlos Lobo


‘The firm acts quickly and efficiently and has technological resources that allow for greater precision in the management of information and control of deadlines.’

‘I would recommend all three partners – Leonardo Cruz, Leonardo Campos and Marlos Lobo.’

‘Great team, very technical and tough.’

Fraga & Trigo Advogados

Rated for its ‘technical capacity‘, Fraga & Trigo Advogados is ‘composed of professionals specialised in different areas of activity‘, including disputes, tax law, real estate and general corporate matters. Contentious work is a key pillar of the firm, which is seen with great regularity advising media, mining, automotive and steel industry clients in administrative and judicial proceedings at the municipal, state and federal levels involving social security contributions, direct and indirect taxes. Litigation specialist Pedro Trigo is particularly well versed in the resolution of product liability, corporate, tax and real estate disputes. Mining and insurance companies routinely turn to Eduardo Fraga for support in corporate and commercial matters, while Rodrigo Almeida and associate João Maia are dedicated to tax law. Ricardo Almeida ‘stands out for his excellent handling of highly complex processes‘ and ‘vast expertise in civil and tax claims‘. Litigation is also a key specialism for Alexandre Andrade, who excels in real estate claims. Paulo Soares is a name to note for employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Trigo; Eduardo Fraga; Rodrigo Almeida; Ricardo Almeida; Alexandre Andrade


‘Fraga e Trigo stands out for the excellence of the services it provides. The professionals are extremely qualified and the partners closely monitor all demands, not only getting involved in meetings with the client, but in the entire process, which, for me, is a great differential compared to other firms in the field.’

‘Alexandre Andrade and Pedro Trigo: both deliver high quality work and are extremely helpful, always available to clarify any legal doubts that may arise during the process.’

‘Fraga e Trigo Advogados manages to bring together competence, experience, efficiency, availability, and innovation. They are up-to-date, fully dedicated to the matters and always present effective outputs and solutions to the client.’

Key clients

SMC Automação

Mercedes Benz


Caixa Econômica Federal

Exus Brasil

Comerc Energia

Komatsu Brasil International

Conecta Empreendimentos

Monte Rodovias


Construtora Barcino Esteve

RBL Refrigerantes da Bahia


Agricola Cantagalo

Fazendas Reunidas Santa Maria


Tempo Assist

Premium Care

DNA Laboratório

Hotel Oceânico

Kasabella Assessoria



Dmas Supermercados


Aratu Empreendimentos e Corretagem



Toyota do Brasil



Concessionária do Aeroporto de Salvador

Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica

MHX Locação de Veículos

Vedacit do Nordeste

Work highlights

  • Acted for Claro in a dispute before the Court of Appeals of the State of Bahia involving the termination of a contract.
  • Hired by Toyota to evaluate the possibility of filing an action to vacate an unappealable judgment entered against the client.
  • Assisted Kasabella Assessoria in a lawsuit filed by a former partner requesting the recognition of an employment relationship between them.

Rego, Nolasco & Lins Advogados

Covering both litigation and non-contentious matters, Rego, Nolasco & Lins Advogados provides legal support to numerous businesses based in the state of Bahia, including companies from the infrastructure, banking, real estate, construction, and oil and gas sectors. M&A and governance matters are at the core of the practice, which is also proficient in project development and concession agreements. Singled out for his ‘vast legal experience in dealing with highly complex and strategic demands‘, André Monteiro do Rego is well regarded for his knowledge of regulatory matters, administrative law and public bids. He oversees the team that also includes Cristiane Nolasco Monteiro do Rego, who specialises in commercial contracts, public law matters and consumer law, Waldemiro Lins de Albuquerque Neto, whose areas of expertise include labour, real estate and litigation mandates, and Daciano Públio de Castro.

Practice head(s):

André Monteiro do Rego


‘The excellence of the services provided by Rego, Lins e Nolasco Advogados stands out. The vast experience of the partners in highly complex and strategic demands, as well as the technical training of all associates are elements that surely distinguish the firm in the national legal market.’

‘Partners André Rego and Cristiane Nolasco both stand out for their remarkable technical expertise and vast legal experience in dealing with highly complex and strategic demands. With a solid professional and ethical background, they stand out among the most respected lawyers operating in the country.’

‘Team with high technical competence; pays attention to deadlines; clear and effective communication.

Key clients

Firme Recanto do Jovem

Patrimonial Vale

Garantia Logistica e Distribuicao

Gertec – Engenharia

Hiperferro Industrial de Aços

JMA Agropecuaria

Sindicato Da Indústria Do Mobiliário Do Estado Da Bahia – Moveba

Sindicato Das Indústrias De Produtos Químicos Para Fins Industriais E Produtos Farmacêuticos Do Estado Da Bahia – Quimbahia

Sindicato Das Indústrias De Sabões Detergentes Produtos De Limpeza Em Geral Aditivos De Uso Industrial E Velas Do Estado Da Bahia – Saneantes Da Bahia

Sindicato Da Indústria De Adubos E Corretivos Agrícolas Do Nordeste – Siacan

Sindicato Indústrias Gráficas No Estado Da Bahia – Sigeb

Sindicato Da Indústria De Mármores Granitos E Similares Do Estado Da Bahia – Simagran-Ba

Sindicato Da Indústria De Carnes E Derivados Do Estado Da Bahia – Sincar-Ba

Sindicato Da Indústria De Mineração De Pedra Britada Do Estado Da Bahia – Sindibrita

Sindicato Da Indústria Do Curtimento De Couros E Peles No Estado Da Bahia – Sindicouro

Sindicato Da Indústria Da Cerveja E Bebidas Em Geral No Estado Da Bahia – Sindcerbe

Sindicato Das Indústrias De Fibras Vegetais No Estado Da Bahia – Sidifibras

Sindicato Da Indústria De Fiação E Tecelagem No Estado Da Bahia – Sindifite-Ba

Sindicato Das Indústrias De Laticínios E Produtos Derivados Do Leite Do Estado Da Bahia – Sindileite

Central das Cooperativas de Crédito do Nordeste – SICOOB Central NE

Construnorte Construções do Litoral Norte

Novotempo Motos

Pedreiras Santa Isabel

Amorim Barreto Engenharia

Explora Participações em Tecnologia e Sistema da Informação

Consórcio Ebisa-Heca Siaa|Boquira/Zabumbão

P.Q.A Produtos Químicos Aracruz

Pacto Projetos & Obras

Nst Construções e Incorporações

Terrabras – Terraplenagens do Brasil

Top Engenharia

Grupo Multicred

BF Serviços Ambientais Eireli

Exterran Serviços de Óleo e Gás

Instituto Baleia Jubarte

Sociedade Michelin de Part. Ind. e Com.

Work highlights

  • Defending Cigás in a collection action regarding credits subject to an automatic assignment between the client (the former creditor) and Petrobrás (the new creditor), enforceable against Amazonas Energia and Eletrobrás (debtors).
  • Assisting the SSA Consortium in a lawsuit filed against the Municipality of Salvador due to the economic-financial imbalance of the government agreement signed between the parties for the provision of urban cleaning services and solid waste management in Salvador.
  • Assisting Hospital Salvador and Medtower Investigação Diagnóstica in a lawsuit involving the payment of damages for the losses caused by the Municipality of Salvador, which requested the use of the client’s assets and did not pay damages for it.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

One of the largest full-service firms in the Northern region of the country, Siqueira Castro – Advogados fields a ‘close-knit and well-managed team‘, which possesses particular prowess in labour and tax litigation. Its diverse client roster comprises notable players from a multitude of industries, ranging from infrastructure to oil and gas, agribusiness and chemicals. Focused on social security issues and labour law, Fabiana Galdino Cotias heads up the practice with Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros, who is rated for her ‘exemplary technical knowledge‘ of tax matters, including judicial and administrative proceedings. Bruna Valéria Jatczak is recommended at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Galdino; Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros


‘Close-knit and well-managed team.’

‘Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros – lawyer with exemplary technical knowledge.’

‘Dedicated and up-to-date team with a sense of urgency.’

Key clients

White Martins Gases Industriais


Hydra Corona Sistemas de Aquecimento de Água

Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos

Kordsa Barsil

Cia. de Ferro Ligas da Bahia – FERBASA

Petróleo Brasileiro – PETROBRAS


Grupo Inbetta

Work highlights

  • Represents White Martins Gases Industriais do Nordestea in a  compliance action regarding a conflict in the interpretation of a clause added to the 1989 Collective Convention.
  • Acting for Cia. de Ferro da Bahia – FERBASA in a state tax litigation claim involving the interpretation of the ICMS tax legislation.
  • Assisted Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos in an employment claim filed by Percival Santos Amaral.

Pessoa & Pessoa

With extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, Pessoa & Pessoa acts for domestic and international clients from the worlds of consumer goods, banking, telecoms, chemicals and retail in contentious matters arising from insurance, consumer, banking and commercial disputes. The firm is particularly well positioned to handle employment mandates, including negotiations with labour unions and collective actions. Noteworthy practitioners include Valton Doria Pessoa, Gustavo Galvão, Renata Lins Azi, Valton Doria Pessoa and Roberto Pessoa, all of whom are devoted to employment law.

Practice head(s):

Valton Doria Pessoa; Larissa Sento-Sé Rossi; Victor Graça; Roberto Pessoa; André Pessoa; Gustavo Galvão; Renata Lins Azi; Josaphat Marinho Mendonça; Antônio Carlos Oliveira; Maria Carolina Miranda; Jane Piñero; Juliane Facó


‘Personalised and always immediate service.’

Key clients




Mosaic Fertilizantes


Grupo Fleury


MSC Cruzeiros



PPF Advocacia

Demonstrating an impressive trajectory in the dispute resolution and tax law spaces, PPF Advocacia is home to a team of seasoned practitioners, who are adept at handling administrative and judicial litigation. Public law-related contentious matters, as well as IP, corporate and tax disputes are key areas of expertise for the group, where Marcos Pires is recommended for his ‘excellent performance‘ in mandates involving the healthcare, retail, technology and infrastructure sectors. Public law experts Monya Pinheiro and Alberto Carvalho are skilled at acting for clients in administrative proceedings, public bids and labour matters involving public employees. Theonio Freitas undertakes contractual and contentious work, while Paula Lima is often retained by individual and corporate clients in direct and indirect tax issues.

Practice head(s):

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


‘PPF has been innovating in the provision of legal services, presenting ever more assertive solutions with longevity and success.’

‘PPF has a constellation of lawyers, who bring the best and fastest solutions – Marcos Pires, Monya Pinheiro, Theonio Freitas and Alberto Carvalho are all stars.’

‘The company is focused on innovative solutions and proximity to the client.’

Key clients


Sodrugestvo Brasil

Esporte Clube Bahia

Hospital Portugues

Jive Asset Management

Elecnor do Brasil


Fundo de Liquidação Financeira – Fundo de Investimento Em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados (FLF)

ATAKAÍ 25 Comercio de Alimentos

Liga Bahiana Contra of Câncer (LBCC)

Tratormaster Tratores Peças e Serviços

UNIK Alimentos

CONSUL Engenharia

3P Energia

Vestra Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Meta B Patrimonial

Temis Projetos de Meio Ambiente e Sustentabilidade


Home Attend

Grupo JRB (TMI Tecnologia)

FALQON Tecnologias e Dados

UDOK Serviços Online e Software

CREDITRES – Centro de Diagnósticos e Tratamentos Especializados de Saúde

Laboratório Silvany Studart

CCI Brasil

Multiplast News

Ladder Engenharia

KURUMI Creche Escola

Ilha Pura 01 Empreendimento Imobiliário

Construtora Eldorado de Teixeira de Freitas

LSS – Laboratório Studart Studart

Real Sociedade Portuguesa de Beneficência 16 de Setembro

OR Empreendimentos Imobiliários e Participações

PFB Consultoria e Gestão

Entel Comércio e Representações

Monvert Empreendimento Imobiliário

Edifício Odebrecht RJ

Reserva Sauípe Empreendimento Imobiliário

Forno Bahia Restaurante

Restaurante Ori

Restaurante Adamastor

AVM Barra Empreendimento Imobiliário

Fenix Comércio e Representações

Work highlights

  • Representing Esporte Club Bahia in a Writ of Mandamus in relation to a reduction in tax liabilities for the client.
  • Filed an administrative request to recognise a tax immunity for Real Sociedade Portuguesa de Beneficência Dezesseis de Setembro.
  • Acted for PFB Consultoria e Gestão in the filing of a lawsuit involving the overpayment of ITBI tax.

Silva Matos Advogados

Silva Matos Advogados stands out for its strong capabilities in employment law. Showcasing particular strength in labour claims, the group works for domestic and multinational companies active in the technology, cosmetics, real estate, industrial, logistics, mining and construction segments. Rafael Alfredi de Matos steers the Salvador-based team on an array of labour mandates, including hiring procedures and litigation. Edson Alves da Silva is noted for his wealth of experience in class actions involving labour unions. Márcia de Meirelles Fonseca is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Alfredi de Matos

Key clients

Natura Cosméticos

Avon Cosmetics

Uber do Brasil

VLI Logística

Quinto Andar Serviços Imobiliários

Imerys do Brasil


KPE Engineering

CloudShop (TiendaNubem)

Assa Abloy Brasil

A Geradora


Work highlights

  • Defending Uber in a public civil action filed by the Brazilian Labour Prosecution Office (MPT), which intends to acknowledge the employment relationship of all drivers registered on the platform.
  • Advised QuintoAndar on the labour law aspects of the acquisition of Casa Mineira.
  • Acted for Natura Cosméticos in a civil inquiry at the Labour Prosecution Office in the state of Goiás investigating the hiring of hundreds of workers without a signed labour contract.