Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) in Brazil

Grebler Advogados

At Belo Horizonte-based firm Grebler Advogados, the 'trustworthy, smart and business-oriented' team is 'composed of professionals highly specialised in arbitration and dispute resolution'. The firm is also well versed in mediation. 'Excellent lawyer' Pedro Soares has 'a deep background in arbitration, contractual and international law'. Eduardo Grebler and Eduardo Mohallem are key contacts.

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

With strong expertise in public and administrative law, Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados has a solid arbitration and mediation offering involving public and private law, particularly in the transport, construction and energy sectors. Ane Elisa Perez and Floriano De Azevedo Marques Neto have significant experience before major arbitration chambers.

Valença Galíndez Arbitration

'Great arbitration boutiqueValença Galíndez Arbitration is 'the go-to law firm when you have a complex international arbitration that requires some "out of the box" thinking'. It demonstrates 'a strong ability to assess case strategy showing the advantages and inconveniences of every possible approach'. Name partner Valeria Galíndez receives plaudits for her 'great advocacy skills in local Brazilian matters and in highly complex international arbitrations', and Clávio de Melo Valença Filho 'provides top-notch advice'.

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Established in 2005, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados has established itself as a leading firm in litigation and arbitration. Operating from its offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the team handles a range of corporate, construction and administrative disputes. Standout areas include consumer and sports law. Simone Barros is highly recommended for her 'expertise, talent and selected skills in civil litigation and arbitration'. Marcelo Roberto Ferro, José Roberto de Castro Neves and Eduardo Pecoraro are also names to note.

Mannheimer, Perez e Lyra Advogados

At the forefront of the dispute-resolution market in Brazil, what is now Mannheimer, Perez e Lyra Advogados acts for clients in high-stakes litigation and arbitration proceedings. Former partners José Antonio Fichtner and Vivianne Fichtner left to focus on academic projects and take up the position of public attorney of Rio de Janeiro, respectively, leading to a firm name change. Notwithstanding this significant development, the firm continues to handle a range of complex matters, including infrastructure, oil and gas, commercial and corporate disputes. In a R$10bn lawsuit, Sergio Mannheimer and Tomaz Lyra successfully represented Vale, bringing to a close the long-running dispute filed by the Brazilian government involving a railway project. Marcela Levy has vast experience in arbitration and cross-border matters. Fernanda Aviz and associate Maria Marinho are also key contacts.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highlyregarded team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is adept in litigation and arbitration. In the former area, where it has one of the largest teams in the market, the practice acts for well-known companies in high-stakes litigation, including before the higher courts. The firm's arbitration (including international arbitration) lawyers likewise act for high-profile clients, both foreign and domestic. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are 'very skilled and experienced'. Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira is active in litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on construction, engineering and oil-and-gas disputes. The department also benefits from a large pool of talented associates, among whom key names include Sílvia Johonsom di Salvo and Patrícia de Arruda Mendonça de Almeida.

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados 'understands the client's needs and acts and thinks like the client's shareholder'. The disputes team is also noted for its 'great leadership' and 'exceptional communication in Portuguese and English'. A recent highlight from Celso Xavier's caseload was his representation of Comgás in a lawsuit seeking a rebalance of its concession agreement; in December 2018, the client was awarded R$500m. Rafael Gagliardi has 'deep technical and legal knowledge'; criminal and compliance expert Fabyola En Rodrigues is an 'exceptional' lawyer; and Carlo Verona is 'very meticulous' and 'gives sound legal and commercially viable advice'. Marcelo Inglez de Souza also recommended.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The 'very talented' dispute resolution team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a 'great structure' and is 'prepared to assist large companies in a range of proceedings'. It is also praised for its 'transparency' and 'strategic view of disputes'. The team is often retained by well-known companies in high-stakes litigation. A case in point was its counsel to Petrobras regarding an administrative dispute concerning an oil-and-gas concession agreement and an increase in attendant royalties subsequent to the unification of various oilfields; the team was led by Eliane Cristina Carvalho, Gláucia Coelho, Cristiane Romano and energy partner Daniel Szyfman. In internal developments, Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros and Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino were promoted to partner; both are recommended. Environmental law expert Roberta Danelon Leonhardt also receives praise.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The 'exceptionally cohesive' team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is 'business-savvy, agile, and highly strategic in defending a case'; and 'in "bet the company" litigation, the team provides consistently high-quality legal advice and highly reliable tactical calls'. In addition, the firm has 'a real team of white collar litigators, defending individuals and companies in extremely complex judicial cases'; Rogério Taffarello is 'a world-class white-collar defence lawyer'. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is a 'hugely impressive leader' who 'understands the corporate world very well', and Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente - who made partner in 2018 - is a 'tough advocate' who 'personifies the "your problem is my problem" philosophy and is a pleasure to work with'. 'Experienced' partner Flavio Pereira Lima 'is always fully available to help'; he and senior associate Bruno Barreto de Azevedo Teixeira are 'excellent lawyers, as technicians, as advocates and as advisers'. In a sign of the firm's ongoing commitment in the sector, in January 2020 it announced the hire of criminal law specialist Paula Indalecio, who arrives from Podval, Antun, Indalecio, Raffaini, Beraldo e Advogados.

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

'Well-known' and recommended firm Sergio Bermudes Advogados is a powerhouse in the Brazilian litigation market. It draws on the reputation of founding partner Sergio Bermudes, who has vast experience in this field, particularly in high-profile disputes. Marcelo Fontes and Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcante are other names to note. André Chateaubriand Martins left for Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in 2018.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados fields a team of 'outstanding lawyers' who are 'responsible, efficient and capable' in addition to being 'very prompt and respectful'. It acts for household name corporations in a range of litigation, arbitration and mediation. The firm also has a substantial white collar crime practice, now under the leadership of Isadora Fingermann following the departure of Ludmila Leite Groch to Lefosse Advogados in July 2019. Crisis management is an area of strength. Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva 'is the kind of lawyer that makes the difference in a case', and Rafael Medeiros Mimica 'provides commercially responsive advice on contentious matters'. Fernando Eduardo Serec, Gabriela Vitiello Wink, and newly promoted partners Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke and Lucas Britto Mejias are also recommended. Pedro Bento de Faria is a key associate in the arbitration department.

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

'Well known for its expertise' in dispute resolution, Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados is particularly noted for its 'great work' in arbitration proceedings. From offices in São Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro, the team represents companies from the natural resources, real estate and life sciences sectors -among others- in complex disputes. The firm was founded in 1954 by Arnoldo Wald. Partner-in-charge of arbitration, Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre, along with associates Tiago Adão Ticoulat Borges and Leticia Zuccolo, also receive praise.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

'Extremely committed', 'engaged' and 'agile', the dispute team at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is 'able to understand and argue about a diverse range of issues'. The firm is also noted for its 'pro-business' approach. Its lawyers are  often instructed by household name companies in large disputes and arbitrations; in one example, Plínio Simões Barbosa and 'tough litigator' Luiz Fernando Fraga were retained by BHP to represent it in litigation arising out of the Samarco dam collapse. 'Excellent lawyer' André Abbud is an 'expert in arbitration and dispute resolution'; Pedro de Oliveira Costa is 'committed, intelligent and focused'; and Rafael Castilho has an 'objective, judicious and intelligent profile'. Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea and senior associate Renan Frediani Torres Peres are also recommended.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

'Innovative, entrepreneurial and creative', Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is 'very strategic and able to anticipate the steps of the adversary'. Many of its partners are based in São Paulo, though it also has a Brasília office, which represents clients before the superior courts and regulatory agencies. Hermes Marcelo Huck, Rogério Carmona Bianco and Priscila Furgeri Morando are 'very focused on details of the case without losing sight of the big picture'. Also receiving praise are the 'incredibly collegial' Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Bruno Robert, who is 'a stand-out star in claims involving regulatory aspects'. Guilherme Gomes Pereira heads the department.

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados' disputes department is 'highly technical, professional and knowledgeable'. It has 'extensive experience in complex cases', spanning commercial, competition, public law and real estate disputes. Maria Cristina Junqueira acts for international clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. White collar partner Filipe Magliarelli 'works well in a team and has the appropriate profile to lead people in large cases', and dispute resolution and antitrust expert Tiago Cortez 'understands the practical terms of a dispute and its consequences'. Associates Aline Adestro, Danilo Orenga and André Canuto Muriel Mendes de Almeida are also noted.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is 'well versed in a wide range of industries and counts on very sophisticated and energetic lawyers'. In addition, clients note that it 'can think strategically' and 'present outstanding petitions'. Its arbitration department in particular is noted for its 'brilliant professionals', including 'standout' lawyer Joaquim de Paiva Muniz. Andrea Brick's 'commitment to her clients combined with her strategic mind contributes to how she successfully handles litigation', and department head Marcio de Souza Polto is considered 'one of the best lawyers in the country'; his 'deep experience in the field inspires trust'. João Augusto Gameiro leads the criminal law practice. However, both Ricardo Quass Duarte  and Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves left the firm in early 2019, moving to Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados and Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, respectively.

Bichara Advogados

A 'young and dynamic firm', Bichara Advogados 'is always ready to deal with any type of claim'. It is also noted for its 'strong leadership', 'fast responses' and 'creative thinking'. It has a busy and buoyant litigation practice, and arbitration proceedings also feature among the firm's caseload. Corporate crime partner Moroni Morgado Mendes Costa 'provides immediate counsel that is wise and practical'; his experience includes tax and environmental crimes and money laundering. Adriana Astuto is highly recommended. Praise is also levelled at several of the department's associates, including Bruno Pina Metzner, Pedro Acioli Werner and Fernanda Duarte Esteves.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

'Always available to discuss and align strategy', Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' dispute resolution lawyers act for Brazilian and international clients in corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. With a full-service offering, the firm can staff cases with experts in a range of fields, including M&A and banking. Praise is levelled at 'very good lawyer' Helena Najjar Abdo and Carlos Braga, who 'finds new perspectives'. Senior associate Mauricio Fabbri is also noted. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo focuses on contractual and M&A disputes, with additional expertise in bankruptcy and shipping litigation.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados' 'very well-prepared' lawyers are 'dynamic, helpful and experienced', and 'the firm as a whole is very focused on results for its clients'. It is particularly noted for its expertise in construction and infrastructure cases. Patricia Rios has 'vast experience before the superior courts'. Paulo Guilherme Lopes and Rodrigo Quadrante are highlighted for their 'solid knowledge' and 'charisma'.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Clients of Lobo de Rizzo Advogados appreciate that its lawyers 'always respond very quickly and consider the solution very deeply'. The team's 'accountability and trust' are also key strengths. It has significant experience in domestic and international arbitration. In litigation, the team has broad experience acting for financial services, retail, energy and manufacturing companies. Luis Fernando Guerrero heads the department and is highly recommended. At the associate level,Patrícia Lamaneres Binnie, Livia Maria de Souza Crepaldi and Hugo Tubone Yamashita receive strong praise.

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados is 'capable of understanding complex topics and provides a good range of options' and is 'very knowledgeable about court politics'. The 'extremely responsive' team stands out for its class action practice, where it acts for industry associations and companies. In other recent work, Guilherme Rizzo Amaral acted for Xerox in a commercial dispute involving rescissory and damage claims. Carlos Fernando Souto, Gabriel Freitas, 'go-to professional' Marcelo Gandelman and Rafael Dias -'who delivers fast and precise solutions'- are recommended. Antonio Tovo heads the corporate criminal law practice from Porto Alegre.

Stocche Forbes Advogados

'Excellent firm' Stocche Forbes Advogados provides 'client-driven solutions for the problems which clients face'. In the white-collar crime arena, the firm impresses with its 'responsiveness and sophistication, particularly in global white-collar cases involving multiple jurisdictions'. Household name companies -both Brazilian and international- turn to the team for representation in complex disputes, including those with stakes exceeding the R$1bn mark. Clarissa Oliveira, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and heads the white-collar and corporate investigations practice, is a 'staggeringly good lawyer and client manager'. Rafael Passaro draws on 19 years' experience in civil litigation and litigation prevention; however, the firm lost Domingos Refinetti's wide-ranging contentious expertise when he moved to Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados in August 2019.

Veirano Advogados

Providing a 'world-class service', Veirano Advogados 'offers a high-performance team capable of handling any kind of complex dispute'. The litigation and arbitration lawyers are 'talented, knowledgeable, and take a very common sense approach'. Luiz Guilherme Migliora is 'one of the brightest commercial legal minds in the market'. Jose Carlos Wahle and Renata Cristina Rabelo Gomes are highlighted for their 'deep knowledge in commercial and civil litigation' and 'strategic thinking'. Lívia Miné specialises in tort, product liability and environmental litigation, and Priscila Sansone has vast knowledge of consumer litigation.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

The 'dedicated and hardworking' team at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados handles sophisticated litigation, with a particular strength in class actions. It is well versed in the financial services, construction and energy sectors. Antonio Celso Pugliese heads the department and is recommended. Carolina Mansur and Nahima Müller have experience in litigation and arbitration and are key contacts in the department. The practice group also includes a number of experienced senior associates.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados has offices in several key locations in Brazil, and handles a range of litigation across the country. The sizeable team is active in various sectors, with particular specialisms in the tech, telecoms and automotive industries. Ricardo Azevedo Sette and Paulo A. Ciari de Almeida Filho are key contacts at the partner level; Danielle Chipranski Cavalcante and Stefania Mariotti Masetti are active associates in the department.

Castro Barros Advogados

'Premium law firm' Castro Barros Advogados is praised for its 'availability, legal technique, business experience and negotiation skills'. Under the leadership of senior partner Jose Leal, the team is equipped to handle a significant number of lawsuits, including complex and high-stakes disputes. Marco Deluiggi and a team are representing Aeropuerto de Salvador in a high-value compensation claim filed by major telecoms companies. Alexandre Espínola Catramby and Olympio Carvalho are also highly recommended.

L.O. Baptista Advogados

Highlighted for its 'personalised service' and 'quick answers', L.O. Baptista Advogados has a well-established arbitration practice. Its seasoned lawyers are particularly active in construction and energy-sector disputes. Adriana Braghetta, Maurício Almeida Prado and Rafael Francisco Alves are 'highly specialised in arbitration disputes and bring solutions to resolve highly complex disputes'. In litigation, the team is well versed in administrative and judicial litigation, and André Camerlingo Alves and André Mendes Espírito Santo are the key contacts.

Lefosse Advogados

The 'sophisticated dispute resolution practice' at Lefosse Advogados has 'deep knowledge of procedures and systems, including litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution'. Areas of focus include corporate, banking, product liability and environmental litigation. 'A super star in the Brazilian arbitration market', Pedro Maciel is 'very sharp, persuasive and has outstanding client handling skills'. Raphael Nehin Corrêa is noted for his 'expert knowledge of dispute resolution'. Senior associate Roberta dos Reis Matheus Coelho Lobo 'has excellent writing and communication skills' and is 'a top-notch lawyer'; associates Marina de Mesquita Freire Martins and Elis Wendpap also receive strong praise.  In a further strengthening of the team, in July 2018 the firm hired Ludmila Leite Groch from TozziniFreire Advogados as a partner of the white-collar crime and investigations practice.

Levy & Salomão

From its offices in São Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro, Levy & Salomão's litigators handle a range of disputes. Aircraft accident litigation is among its specialisms. Angela Di Franco heads the practice and has significant experience in corporate, commercial and construction litigation. Dispute resolution and competition expert Bolívar Moura Rocha is based in Brasília.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

'A huge law firm with presence in various states of Brazil', Siqueira Castro – Advogados has 'great knowledge of local markets and players'. It provides a comprehensive service in dispute resolution, covering litigation, arbitration and corporate crime. In recent work, a team led by Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro and Daniela Soares Domingues acted for Vecttor in a class action suit claiming damages for environmental and ecological damage. Litigator Fabio Coutinho Kurtz has strong experience in consumer and aeronautical law; and João Daniel Rassi is a highly-rated criminal lawyer.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has litigators based in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, while its international network is a major benefit in cross-border disputes. The firm is particularly strong in the oil-and-gas sector, and its clients also include Brazilian and multinational companies in the financial services and TMT sectors. Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade and a team acted for Sinopec in a lawsuit concerning an EPC contract. Arbitration also features in the team's caseload. Luciana Celidonio, Luis Inácio Lucena Adams and Leonardo Morato are key figures in the department which, moreover, was further strengthened with the arrival of 'experienced litigatorMauro Pedroso Gonçalves from Trench Rossi Watanabe in April 2019.

Arruda Alvim & Thereza Alvim Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica

Arruda Alvim & Thereza Alvim Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica has a strong practice in collective actions and civil procedures. Tereza Arruda Alvim is recommended.

ASBZ Advogados

At ASBZ Advogados, 'the partners are personally involved' and 'are at the forefront of the strategy'; its lawyers 'alway search for innovative solutions' and have 'ample knowledge of different subjects'. In a long-running case, Christian Vieira and senior associate Heloisa Vasconcellos are representing the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) in a public civil action against a civil association. Aitan Canuto Cosenza Portela 'reconciles strategic legal and business vision' and Maurício Maríngolo 'has extensive experience in the courts'.

BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados

With a 'very focused and talented team', BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados 'inspires confidence and brings great results'. The dispute resolution-focused firm is based in Rio de Janeiro and is highlighted for its 'profound experience and knowledge of the higher courts'. It excels in complex disputes involving companies in highly-regulated sectors, including financial services, energy and telecoms. In the latter, the team successfully represented a telecoms client before the Supreme Court in a case concerning call centre outsourcing issues. Names to note include the 'brilliant' Eduardo Mendonça; 'studious and very committed lawyer' Felipe Monnerat; and Carmen Tiburcio, who focuses on international law and arbitration. Rafael Barroso Fontelles and 'highly qualified' consultant Ana Paula de Barcellos also receive praise.

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

The 'hands-on and available' litigators at Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados handle a range of corporate and commercial disputes. The firm established a corporate crime practice with the arrival of Leonardo Avelar in 2019. In another significant development, it hired litigation and arbitration specialist Renato Moraes from Moraes Pitombo Advogados in 2018. Meanwhile, Aurélio Marchini Santos  left to establish Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

The 'very capable team of lawyers' at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados 'delivers a high quality of services' and is praised for its 'responsiveness and commitment to the client's needs'. Practice head Tiago Faganello is currently defending Vale in a claim for damages concerning a services agreement. 'Great lawyers' Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim and aviation specialist Ana Paola Bonagura bring 'creative ideas'. Luciano Benetti Timm took up a position at the Ministry of Justice.

Felsberg Advogados

Felsberg Advogados fields a 'highly qualified team', and clients appreciate the firm's 'strong senior partner engagement'. Its dispute resolution practice covers litigation, arbitration and ADR, and the firm also has a white-collar crime and investigations team. In the latter field, the firm hired white-collar crime expert André Fonseca from KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados in 2018. 'Superb lawyer' Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes 'demonstrates a remarkable technical expertise, strategic view and professionalism'. Thomas Felsberg, Fernanda Faiad and associate Pedro Butti do Vale are also recommended.

Advocacia Fernando Rudge Leite

Advocacia Fernando Rudge Leite is noted for its 'fast and reliable perception of the real problems' and 'timely responses'. Product liability is among its areas of focus, and it also stands out for consumer and property litigation. Luiz Antonio Gomiero Júnior is the practice head.

Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF)

The 'efficient' lawyers at Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF) form a 'strong litigation team' and 'understand the in-house perspective'. In addition, the litigators are highlighted for their 'practical approach' and 'technical precision'. Andréa Pitthan Françolin and Renato José Cury co-lead the department, which includes associate Caroline Lerner Castro, who often plays a role on the department's cases and is recommended.

Mattos Engelberg Advogados

Mattos Engelberg Advogados 'focuses on the practical reality of its clients' businesses' and its lawyers are 'dedicated' and 'easy to deal with'. Household name companies turn to the team for advice and representation in high-profile cases. The firm also stands out for its corporate crime practice; 'excellent lawyer' Paula Lima Hyppolito Oliveira, Paulo Victor Buzanelli and the highly recommended Conrado Donati Antunes are key contacts in this space. João Berchmans Correia Serra is highlighted for his 'strong knowledge of Brazilian laws and the complex environment of internal procedures at the superior courts'.

Muriel Medici Franco Advogados

'Great law firm' Muriel Medici Franco Advogados has a 'very committed and experienced team in arbitration' and is also 'experienced and skilled in litigation related to the agribusiness sector'. The 'hands-on' team is 'up-to-date on the most recent court decisions', and clients also appreciate that 'the partners attend the matter personally'. 'Very experienced partner' Marcelo Muriel brings 'creative solutions'; Fernando Medici Júnior is 'very client oriented'; Álvaro Brito Arantes is a 'great leader and excellent litigator'; and Nancy Gombossy de Melo Franco and Thiago Soares Gerbasi 'build the most appropriate solution for a case'. 'Very sharp' senior associate Aline Dias 'stands out', and associate Ana Paula Barbosa Mageste is 'extremely  competent and prepared'.

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados stands out in the energy and automotive industries, though its litigation expertise extends beyond these sectors. Helvécio Franco Maia Júnior leads the team, which is based in Belo Horizonte and is well versed in high-value disputes, including at the superior courts. Names to note at the senior associate level include Patrícia Pilo Bittencourt Redig, Luís Felipe Bernardes Sá Teles and Andresa Cunha de Faria.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

'Highly-qualified law firm' Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados comprises 'very well prepared and experienced' lawyers. It has a strong practice in both litigation and arbitration, where the team handles complex and high-value disputes. Sector specialisms include energy, real estate and financial services. Among recent cases was the team's representation of a joint venture company in a lawsuit filed by a broker; Carlos da Costa e Silva Filho and the team secured the dismissal of the case. Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira and associate Lucas Hermeto are 'extraordinary lawyers'. Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti also receives praise.


Warde Advogados - English translation:

Os advogados ‘muito articulados’ da Warde Advogados ‘possuem vasto conhecimento em litígios e direito corporativo’. Os clientes também elogiam as ‘estratégias ousadas’ e o ‘desempenho extraordinário’ da equipe de resolução de conflitos. A equipe é especializada em litígio corporativo e questões anticorrupção e regulatórias, e é frequentemente instruída em casos complexos de alto risco. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior é ‘extremamente influente e proficiente em diferentes áreas do direito, mas tem um talento especial e marcante para o litígio’. O associado Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo é um ‘advogado jovem e brilhante’. Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto, Lucas Akel Filgueiras (que foi recentemente promovido a sócio), Renato Polillo (que se juntou da Clifford Chance) e o associado Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt (que se junto a Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados) também são recomendados.

Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados

The 'very stable' team of 'brilliant lawyers' at Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados 'goes the extra mile to provide the best services to its clients'. Equally adept in litigation and arbitration, the firm maintains a busy dispute resolution practice and often represents major Brazilian corporations. The 'dedicated' and 'well prepared' Vania Wongtschowski 'will not rest until she is sure that her clients have found the best solution' and Marília Canto Gusso also receives strong praise. Moreover, the firm further strengthened its disputes bench with the August-2019 incorporation of Domingos Refinetti  from Stocche Forbes Advogados.

Almeida Advogados

The 'very experienced and prepared' litigation lawyers at Almeida Advogados are 'very easy to work with' and are 'always available and open to discuss'. The 'smart and experienced' André de Almeida, 'committed and organised' Leonardo Palhares, Andréa Seco and Danilo Facchini Gonçalves are recommended.

Andrade Maia Advogados

Andrade Maia Advogados fields a sizeable team of dispute resolution and consumer law experts and handles class actions and mass litigation. Its clients Finclude Uber, General Motors and Jaguar Land Rover. Júlio Cesar Goulart Lanes heads the team from Porto Alegre; other lawyers are based in São Paulo and Salvador.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

The 'very capable and engaged' team at Dias Carneiro Advogados is led by Laura Bumachar, who has notable experience in litigation and restructuring. In recent work, Bumachar and recently appointed counsel Lucas Paulino successfully defended a client in a public civil action related to alleged environmental damages. Eduardo Turkienicz and Antonio Nachif -who was raised to the partnership in January 2020- are also recommended.

Ernesto Borges Advogados

Based in the Centre-West of Brazil, Ernesto Borges Advogados specialises in mass litigation and has the size and resources to handle high volumes of disputes. Areas of expertise include labour and insurance. Ernesto Borges Neto and Renato Corrêa da Silva are key figures in the sizeable team.

Advocacia Fernanda Hernandez

The 'dedicated' team at Advocacia Fernanda Hernandez 'has in-depth knowledge of the law and judicial decisions' and 'offers excellent strategies'. Based in Brasília, the firm has maintained a core focus on dispute resolution since its creation and particularly stands out for its Supreme Court litigation practice. Fernanda Guimaraes Hernandez and Bruna Macedo Moreth are singled out for praise.

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados handles a diverse civil litigation workload. Areas of expertise include restructuring and infrastructure and insurance disputes. Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini is defending Camargo Correa in a class action concerning a project to develop a bus rapid transit system in Salvador.

Iokoi Advogados

Iokoi Advogados comprises 'very experienced professionals' who have a 'high level of responsiveness and accuracy'. The boutique firm was established in 2006 by Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi and maintains a focus on white-collar crime. Product liability and environmental law are additional areas of expertise. Adriano Scalzaretto is 'a very senior and skilled lawyer'.

LL Advogados

LL Advogados specialises in infrastructure and environmental disputes, and has experience in judicial and administrative proceedings. It particularly stands out for its busy class action practice. Rodrigo Bueno is the name to note.

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados

Founded in 2017, Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados has 'solid knowledge and a proactive approach'. It acts for both companies and high-profile individuals in a varied range of litigation, and also has an active arbitration practice. Guilherme Setoguti is an 'outstanding litigator', and Rodrigo Monteiro de Castro is a 'fantastic business lawyer and strategic advisor'.

Mudrovitsch Advogados

Mudrovitsch Advogados excels in litigation and white-collar crime. In the latter, the firm has vast experience advising high-profile individuals in criminal investigations and proceedings. Large corporations also seek out the firm's advice. The 'very qualified' and 'committed' lawyers are highlighted for their 'excellent academic backgrounds', 'agility' and 'effectiveness in obtaining results'. Name partner Rodrigo de Bittencourt Mudrovitsch demonstrates 'great leadership capacity and a solid work ethic'.

Nogueira, Elias, Laskowski & Matias Advogados

The well-established dispute resolution practice at Nogueira, Elias, Laskowski & Matias Advogados stands out for consumer law litigation. In a recent success, Carla Maluf Elias and Rubens Carmo Elias Filho acted for a consumer goods company in various civil suits filed in Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice concerning certain consumer products.

Vidigal Neto Advogados

Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados opened an office in Brasília in 2018, with a focus on the superior courts and government agencies. The firm maintains an impressive dispute resolution practice and benefits from the experience of former federal judge Luciano de Souza Godoy. Ricardo Zamariola Júnior is another key name; his broad civil litigation practice encompasses corporate, commercial and family law. Since publication, however, the firm has suffered a spin-off with de Souza Godoy and Zamariola Júnior heading up the establishment of dispute resolution boutique LUC Advogados in January 2020.

Silveiro Advogados

The 'great team' at Silveiro Advogados is 'extremely qualified' and 'very approachable'. Clients also appreciate that 'partners and senior lawyers work closely on the case'. From its offices in Porto Alegre and São Paulo, the team handles a range of high-value disputes on behalf of clients in highly regulated sectors, including telecoms and financial services. Ricardo Borges Ranzolin, Rodrigo MuttiNicolas Aires de Paiva, and Eduardo Zarpelon each receive praise.

Tofic Simantob, Perez, José e Ortiz Advogados

Criminal law firm Tofic Simantob, Perez, José e Ortiz Advogados specialises in white-collar and economic crime, acting for companies and high-profile individuals. Its lawyers are 'fast, efficient and highly intelligent' and 'go through alternatives and think about what is best for the client'. Débora Gonçalves Perez and Fabio Tofic Simantob are highly recommended.

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

The litigation and arbitration lawyers at Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados 'have a high technical knowledge and work in an organised and structured way'. The team is particularly active in the power sector; in recent work, it represented Braskem in a judicial procedure regarding a blackout loss and damages. Isabel Lustosa and Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca are 'excellent professionals'.