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Firms To Watch: Dispute Resolution: Litigation

The litigation practice at Areosa Martins Tavares Advogados was established in early 2023 by João Carlos Areosa, who joined from Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados with a team of associates; the group is well placed to assist domestic and foreign companies of all sizes in commercial, post-M&A and financial disputes, among others.
Based across São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Aroeira Salles Advogados stands out for its involvement in high-value infrastructure, energy and construction disputes; Alexandre Aroeira Salles and Francisco de Melo Franco Ferreira lead the team, which is particularly active in administrative litigation.
Founded in 2021, Rio de Janeiro-based firm Dickstein Advogados handles a growing litigation caseload on behalf of a diverse client base; Marcelo Dickstein, Eduardo Cardoso and Alexandre Schiller steer the team on a range of contractual, commercial, corporate and civil disputes.
Established in 2018, boutique firm Dourado & Cambraia Advogados specialises in corporate and commercial disputes; jointly led by Ruy Dourado and Rubens Cambraia, the team is sought after by clients in the infrastructure, energy, construction and life sciences sectors.
Specialised in the resolution of public law disputes, Rio de Janeiro-based practice Gustavo Binenbojm & Associados (GBA) often acts for clients from regulated sectors before the superior courts; founding partner Gustavo Binenbojm is noted for his recurrent presence before the Supreme Federal Court in cases involving constitutional, administrative and regulatory law.
Established in 2022 by a group of lawyers previously at Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados, HRSA Sociedade de Advogados fields a growing civil litigation department handling cases across the country, ranging from shareholder to IP disputes; Alexandre Domingues Serafim, Lucas Garcia de Moura Gavião, Guilherme Gomes Pereira and Rodrigo da Costa Marques are the key contacts.
LDCM Advogados‘ litigation department recently expanded with the addition of a group of former Lefosse Advogados‘ lawyers, including dispute resolution specialist Márcio Opromolla and restructuring and insolvency partner Tatiana Flores. The firm, which has made a number of key hires since its inception in 2018, also benefits from name partner Leonardo de Campos Melo‘s experience in high-stakes litigation.
Founded in 2018, M Nasser Advocacia Estratégica is entirely devoted to strategic dispute resolution matters in Brazil and abroad, including judicial cases related to construction, M&A, commercial contracts and distribution agreements, among others; Paulo Magalhães Nasser, Camila Rezende Martins and Guilherme Peres are the main contacts.
Jointly led by Marcelo Sacramone and Gabriel de Orleans e Bragança, Sacramone, Orleans e Bragança Advogados handles litigation before civil courts and enforcement proceedings, showing additional strength in judicial reorganisations and bankruptcies. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Hugo Tubone Yamashita from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados in July 2023.
Highly regarded litigators Celso Xavier, Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Rafael Gagliardi, Daniel Kaufman and Carlo Verona left Demarest Advogados in May 2023 with a group of 25 other lawyers to establish Xavier Gagliardi Inglez Verona Schaffer, a boutique firm specialised in strategic dispute resolution, including complex corporate and civil disputes.
Established in May 2023 by Marcelo Gandelman and Rafael da Costa Dias, former Souto Correa Advogados practitioners, Rio de Janeiro-based Gandelman & Costa Dias Advogados focuses on high-stakes arbitrations and judicial disputes.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation in Brazil

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Offering representation in the full array of civil, corporate and administrative disputes, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is consistently engaged by market-leading clients in the most high-profile cases in Brazil. The experienced group of litigators – many of whom possess international backgrounds – is regularly turned to by an impressive roster of international and domestic clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, construction, transport and infrastructure. Showcasing a wealth of experience in civil, corporate and construction litigation, Marcelo Ferro excels in both domestic and cross-border mandates. He oversees the practice with José Roberto de Castro Neves, who regularly advises high-profile clients on contentious matters involving commercial, administrative and contractual issues, as well as inheritance law and consumer rights. Another key practitioner in Rio de Janeiro, Gustavo Birenbaum is well versed in judicial and administrative proceedings. Based in São Paulo, Julia Grabowsky Basto Fleichman maintains a broad litigation and arbitration practice covering contractual, corporate and civil disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Ferro; Jose Roberto de Castro Neves


‘Highly qualified team, with experience and recognition of standards due to the extensive handling of cases in the market, highly respected by all other stakeholders.’

‘Antonio Pedro Souza stood out for his depth of analysis, creativity in thinking about different approaches to the case, and clear understanding of our tangible and intangible objectives.’

Key clients

Soares Penido



BTG Pactual

Banco Genial


Andrade Gutierrez



Sapura Navegação Marítima

MultiRio Operações Portuárias




Swedish Development Bank

Johnson & Johnson

Nolve Devolpments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Volkswagen do Brasil in a class action filed by ABRADECONT (Association for the Defense of Consumers) before the first Commercial Court of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Acts as co-counsel to the Ad Hoc group of creditors in Samarco’s judicial recovery and related lawsuits.
  • Represented CA Investment in a lawsuit filed by J&F requesting the annulment of the partial award, and all other acts practised in the arbitration that discussed J&F’s default on its contractual obligations and refusal to hand over control of Eldorado Brasil Celulose.

Mattos Filho

Primarily based in São Paulo, Mattos Filho fields a ‘leading litigation team in Brazil’, which receives particular praise for its strength in high-profile corporate and shareholder disputes. Some of the most prominent domestic and foreign companies seek the department’s representation in high-stakes litigation involving environmental, antitrust, public and administrative law and regulatory issues. A key contributor to the firm’s pro bono practice, the team continues to act for several clients in immigration, minority rights and Covid-19-related litigation. The well regarded Eduardo Damião Gonçalves, whose expertise covers litigation and arbitration, is well versed in domestic and cross-border cases. With over 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution, Flavio Pereira Lima is noted for the resolution of conflicts in the banking, telecoms, insurance and energy spaces. Bankruptcy-related disputes, as well as contentious matters involving clients from the financial sector, are among Alex Hatanaka‘s core areas of activity, while Fabio Teixeira Ozi stands out for his understanding of the agribusiness and automotive industries. Clients rate Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente‘s capabilities in shareholder, corporate and post-M&A disputes. Based in Rio de Janeiro, André Chateaubriand Martins is singled out for his experience before the Superior Court of Justice, while Marici Giannico in Brasília takes the lead in appellate litigation before the Supreme Court. Nicole Moreira De Barros Reis, who focuses on public law and technology-related matters; Thais Arza Monteiro, a name to note for insurance and IP disputes; and Isabela Siqueira, who is recommended for class actions, are other key contacts in São Paulo. Siqueira, João Vicente Pereira de Assis and Stefano Motta were welcomed to the partnership in April 2022. Marina da Cunha Ruggero Lopez stands out at the associate level.


‘Super competent team with excellent technical capabilities and experience. They seek to understand the client’s problem to propose the best legal strategy.’

‘Fernando Dantas – very experienced and qualified; great strategic thinking.’

‘Partners and lawyers in general with outstanding technical knowledge and presence in court.’

‘Eduardo Damião and Arthur Parente stand out.’

‘Mattos Filho has a leading litigation team in Brazil, especially for corporate and shareholder disputes. I have worked with them on a number of occasions and they never disappoint.’

‘Arthur Parente is one of the best litigators in the country for corporate/shareholder disputes. He possesses unique skills having worked as a transactional/M&A attorney at the beginning of his career.’

‘Fernando Dantas is a very strong litigator in the product liability space. Arthur and Fernando are both stellar and my go-to for cases in Brazil.’

Key clients

Google Internet Brasil

Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Philip Morris Brasil


BHP Billiton

C.A. de Oliveira Andrade Comércio, Importação e Exportação

CAOA Montadora de Veículos

CAOA Patrimonial

Hyundai CAOA do Brasil Ltda.

CAOA Family Participações

CAOA International Limited

CAOA International Corporation (CAOA Group)

Supervia Concessionária de Transporte Ferroviário

Tecumseh do Brasil

Petróleo Sabbá

Banco ABC Brasil


Monsanto do Brasil

Du Pont do Brasil

Dow Agrosciences Industrial

Syngenta Seeds

Cooperativa de Crédito Credicitrus

Banco Bradesco

The Carlyle Group

Citibank Group

Work highlights

  • Represents BHP Billiton in several strategic cases related to the collapse of the Fundão mine tailings dam in Mariana, operated by Samarco, a joint venture between BHP and Vale.
  • Represents Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro, operator of the international airport of Rio de Janeiro, in a writ of mandamus filed against Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC, with the Federal Court of Distrito Federal.
  • Acts for Philip Morris Brasil in a case filed by the federal government seeking reimbursement of healthcare costs associated with tobacco-related diseases against the major tobacco companies in Brazil.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, the litigation practice is skilled in handling high-profile commercial and civil cases with national and international significance. The firm, which attracts instructions from domestic and foreign clients operating in a variety of industries, is frequently seen acting in the most sensitive and complex disputes in the market. Celso Cintra Mori – a leading figure in the dispute resolution space – is seasoned in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, which are also notable areas of practice for Gilberto Giusti. Giusti, who is a key contact for corporate, securities and construction disputes, is trusted by many clients operating in highly regulated industries, including energy and telecoms. With over four decades’ experience in corporate, commercial and securities cases, Rodrigo Carneiro is experienced in cross-border mandates. Other notable practitioners include Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto; Brasília-based partner Vicente Coelho Araujo, who excels in appellate litigation before the Brazilian superior courts; civil and commercial litigator Luis Claudio Furtado Faria, who is regularly sought out by energy, shipping and financial services clients; and Eider Avelino Silva, who focuses on both judicial and arbitral proceedings. Senior associate Gianvito Ardito has played a key role in high-profile lawsuits, most notably class actions.

Key clients

Codavo Serviços de Administração de Bens e Participações


Trafigura do Brasil Importação, Exportação e Comércio

Gran Coffee Comércio Locação e Serviços

Mimaki Brasil Comércio e Importação

Guindastes Tatuapé

Pangu Fundo de Investimentos Em Direitos Creditórios Multissetorial Não Padronizados

Tulum Administração e Participações (Grupo Keiper)

Gold Energia

Albieri e Associados Consultoria Empresarial

HIG Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Codavo Serviços de Administração de Bens e Participações in three lawsuits against Kalkil and Tritel involving the management of Tel Brasil.
  • Acting for the minority shareholders of Delta Energia Investimentos e Participações in several lawsuits involving the clients’ rights as managers and quota holders of the company.
  • Represented Campari do Brasil in a lawsuit filed by Distillerie Stock do Brasil, a former distributor of Campari’s products in Brazil, involving the termination of a distribution agreement.

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Singled out for the technical quality of its professionals and partner-level involvement in cases, Sergio Bermudes Advogados remains at the forefront of the Brazilian dispute resolution market. The litigation team is ‘prepared to handle a wide variety of matters‘, ranging from proceedings before administrative bodies and regulatory agencies to high-stakes cases before the superior courts. Recognised for its track record in high-profile corporate, commercial and civil disputes, the group is also well positioned to advise on bankruptcy, energy and insurance-related cases. In addition, the practice has been increasingly engaged in Direct Actions of Unconstitutionality regarding federal, state and municipal laws in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. A reference in the national market, Sergio Bermudes enjoys a strong reputation in this space thanks to his frequent involvement in cutting-edge cases. He jointly heads the practice with Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira and Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, both of whom stand out for their longstanding experience in corporate litigation. The team, which is primarily based in Rio de Janeiro, also includes Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias, a key contact for insurance, power and real estate clients; Ricardo Loretti Henrici, who is particularly active in judicial restructurings in the energy and natural resources sectors; the highly regarded Caetano Berenguer; Rafaela Fucci, who specialises in insurance disputes; and Fernando Novis. Rodrigo Tannuri is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Bermudes; Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira; Fabiano Robalinho


‘Excellent service provided. The technical quality of the professionals and strategic capacity for structuring defences in litigation make the firm stand out.’

‘They handle complex matters, and deliver intelligent and strategic solutions to the client.’

‘I recommend Marcio Vieira Souto Costa and Guilherme Valdetaro.’

‘Sergio Bermudes Advogados stands out for the excellent quality of the work developed by the partners and associates, and also for the commitment and involvement of the partners in matters. We have worked together on several occasions, and I was really impressed by the firm’s way of working. Practitioners are extremely well-prepared and well-trained, and have in-depth knowledge of the matters involved, studying each case in detail and contributing effectively to a better result for the client.’

‘Fabiano Robalinho and Caetano Berenguer stand out.’

‘The firm offers personalised services and is prepared to handle a wide variety of matters, especially in litigation.’

Key clients


Furnas Centrais Elétricas


Bradesco Seguros

Votorantim Cimentos

Oi Telefonia


CPFL Energia

Piemonte Holding


Coca-Cola Femsa Brasil

IRB Brasil Re

BNY Mellon

Strata Capital

Work highlights

  • Defending Vale in several major matters, including the tailings dam collapses in Mariana in 2015 and Brumadinho in 2019.
  • Represents Chubb Seguros in a dispute against Anglo Ferrous Brazil and Anglo Ferrous Amapá Mineração, in which the companies contest Chubb’s denial of insurance regarding a major disaster in Brazil’s Porto de Santana.
  • Acts for Libra Terminal Santos in two lawsuits regarding the annulment of arbitral awards rendered against the client in favour of União and Santos Port Authority.

BMA Advogados

Rated for its experience in complex corporate disputes, BMA Advogados‘s dispute resolution group is a go-to choice for blue-chip companies operating in a variety of industries, including retail, engineering, energy, tech, banking and real estate. Combining experience in civil, commercial and administrative disputes, the practice is able to ‘delve into the issues related to the lawsuits in a multidisciplinary manner‘ thanks to the firm’s full-service offering. In São Paulo, Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea is counsel of choice for several investment funds and multinationals from the worlds of entertainment, real estate and agribusiness, while André Abbud is regularly retained by financial, energy and insurance clients in relation to corporate, infrastructure and contractual disputes. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Pedro Costa – a ‘meticulous‘ and ‘competent‘ litigator – and Mario Gelli specialise in cases involving business law and succession issues; these are also core areas of activity for Iara Santos Conrado Costa Ferreira. The ‘very diligentRafael da Rocha Castilho is another key practitioner in civil and corporate litigation. Associate Matheus Rodrigues Barcelos offers key support in judicial proceedings involving construction and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea; Pedro Oliveira da Costa


‘The firm has a multidisciplinary team, and a group dedicated to corporate litigation. This brings security to the client, who is certain that the issues have been studied and explored on their various fronts.’

‘Rafael Castilho and Pedro Costa are personally involved in the cases, bringing expertise and solid knowledge.’

‘BMA has a very strict selection process, which translates into the hiring of very competent lawyers. They delve into the issues related to the lawsuits in a multidisciplinary manner, ensuring a broader view of the cases they handle.’

‘Pedro Costa is very meticulous, extremely intelligent and very thorough. He has a clear, concise and consistent argumentation, which, together with his great experience, makes him one of the most competent lawyers I have worked with.’

‘Rafael Castilho is very attentive. He tries to assist us promptly and effectively. He is very diligent in the processes he conducts.’

‘André Abbud is recommended.’

Key clients

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

BHP Billiton Brasil


BHG Brazil Hospitality Group

Carrefour Comércio e Indústria

Galvão Engenharia

Instituto Nacional de Amparo à Pesquisa, Tecnologia e Inovação na Gestão Pública – INTS

JMS Participações Ltda

Mahle Metal Leve

Netflix Entretenimento do Brasil

OutSystems – Software em Rede

Samsung Electronics Company

Samsung Semiconductor

Sega Corporation

Sempre Agtech

Sul América Capitalização – SULACAP

Turvinho Participações (Grendene Group)

Work highlights

  • Represented Agenus in an action filed by Recepta Biopharma before the Civil Court of the Central Court District of São Paulo involving alleged breaches of an agreement.
  • Assists Airbnb in litigation before the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice related to limitations on rights of property that may affect Airbnb’s business model and its activities in Brazil.
  • Represents Amazon in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by DivX before the Rio de Janeiro State Court.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Standing out for its strong track record in bet-the-company cases, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘a reference‘ in the litigation market given its notable credentials in complex proceedings at all judicial and administrative levels. Recent highlights have seen the group advising on high-value disputes in the mining, technology, pharmaceutical, banking, aviation and automotive sectors. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of the department, which is under the leadership of duo Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho: Carvalho particularly excels in the resolution of civil disputes, and Coelho is proficient in both judicial and administrative litigation, including strategic disputes, class actions, consumer law and product liability cases. Technology and digital law are key specialisms for Eduardo Perazza De Medeiros, while the recently promoted Marcos Costa has in-depth knowledge of the aviation, telecoms, banking and retail sectors. Vinicius Pereira, who recently joined from Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper, ‘has a great presence in the courts‘, and is skilled in civil, contractual, corporate and construction claims. Associate Débora Chaves Martines Fernandes defends domestic and foreign clients from the banking, chemicals, energy, life sciences and retail segments in an array of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Gláucia Mara Coelho


‘Machado Meyer is certainly one of the top three law firms in Brazil, a reference and leader in all areas of law. It is a firm that is concerned with having the best professionals in the market. It is no coincidence that several professionals who are references in the market are at Machado Meyer. In addition, the firm has a well-known inclusion and diversity policy, which is yet another differentiating factor in relation to the competition. An example of this occurs in the litigation area, which is led by two female partners, Gláucia Coelho and Eliane Cristina Carvalho.’

‘In the area of litigation and arbitration, partners Vinicius Pereira and Gláucia Mara Coelho are outstanding and always our first hiring options. Vinicius Pereira has a great presence in the Courts and his manifestations are always assertive and convincing. He’s the type of lawyer you like to have on your side in a lawsuit. Gláucia Coelho is extremely technical and didactic, in addition to being a great definer of strategies. Both Gláucia and Vinicius enjoy a good reputation with peers and magistrates, which gives them greater respectability.’

Key clients

Canopus Engenharia

Odata Brasil

MASA Comércio e Serviços de Terraplenagem

Starboard Restructuring Partners

Mag Sac Embalagens

Grupo Alliar

Banco Bradesco

Fertilizantes Heringer

Siemens Healthnieers


Mitsui & Co (Brasil)


Química Amparo

Gemini Energia


Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais – Usiminas

Rio de Janeiro Refrescos

Hospital Care

Cia Importadora e Exportadora Coimex

Lojas Quero-Quero

Work highlights

  • Assisting Quero-Quero Group in a lawsuit filed by one of its former shareholders seeking a multimillion payment due to alleged harm he suffered when he sold his shares.
  • Acting for Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais (Usiminas) in two class actions regarding contractual changes to the supplementary health system provided by the client to its employees and former employees.
  • Defending Cia Importadora e Exportadora Coimex in a collection lawsuit involving the enforceability of exchange contracts signed by the client.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for a diverse roster of high-profile clients in a broad spectrum of matters, ranging from proceedings before regulatory bodies to competition, corporate and public law judicial cases. Blue-chip multinationals and domestic entities operating in a range of sectors – from the worlds of energy and technology to construction and agribusiness – routinely seek the team’s assistance in strategic litigation. Leading both the arbitration and litigation groups, Fernando Eduardo Serec is recognised for his vast experience before the main Brazilian courts; he is a key contact for construction, energy, transport and life sciences clients. Fellow practice co-head Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente has notable strength in consumer law cases and commercial disputes in the telecoms space. Claims arising from M&A, distribution and agency agreements are among Mônica Mendonça Costa‘s areas of expertise. Elias Marques de Medeiros Neto‘s wide-ranging workload encompasses litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Other notable practitioners include Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade, who is proficient in judicial reorganisations; Patricia Helena Marta Martins, an expert in technology and consumer law mandates; and Isabela Braga Pompilio, who acts in complex cases before the superior courts and oversees the Brasília office. Co-head of the German desk, Carolina Matthes Dotto is highly engaged in civil and corporate disputes; she was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Serec; Luiz Virgilio Pimenta Penteado Manente

Key clients

Mitsui Gás

CSN Cimentos Brasil

Holcim Group Services


TAG – Transportadora Associada de Gás



Banco Societe Generale do Brasil


Burger King

Mercado Pago


Meta (Facebook/Instagram)


Ford Motor Company Brasil

BMW do Brasil

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas


Doosan Infracore South America Industria e Comércio de Máquinas de Construção

CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica

White Martins Gases Industriais

Decolar Ltda.

MWM – Tupi do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Representing Mitsui Gás in an improbity lawsuit filed by the public prosecutor and a damages claim filed by the state of Santa Catarina against minority shareholders involving corporate transactions related to SCGás.
  • Assisting LafargeHolcim in a public civil action filed by the federal prosecutor of São Paulo against the client and other companies and individuals condemned by the antitrust authority for alleged participation in a cartel.
  • Representing TAG in an annulment action filed by China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation against an arbitral award rendered in London under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Cescon Barrieu

Standing out for its national footprint, Cescon Barrieu is a popular destination for investment funds, public companies, financial institutions and entrepreneurs seeking guidance and representation in high-profile proceedings. Corporate, post-closing M&A and contractual lawsuits are core areas of strength for the group, which has been increasingly active in cases involving succession law, cartels and anti-competitive practices. Renowned litigator Carlos David Albuquerque Braga in São Paulo often acts in complex corporate disputes. Other practitioners in São Paulo include Mauricio Fabbri, who has handled several strategic claims in the digital law space; class actions and public law litigation specialist Edison Freitas; and senior associate Rafael Bertão, who focuses on corporate disputes. Salvador-based partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo is the name to note for proceedings arising out of contractual agreements and M&A. Luiz Nardy in Belo Horizonte possesses in-depth knowledge of mining and environmental contentious matters, and Cinthia de Lamare is a key contact in the Rio de Janeiro office for judicial reorganisations. The team was reinforced in August 2023 by the addition of dispute resolution specialists Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto and Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto from MAMG Advogados. Since publication, Helena Abdo has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Luiz Nardy; Maurício Fabbri; Cinthia de Lamare; Edison Freitas

Key clients

SMTC Participações

JEA Participações (Marquise Group)

Smartfit Group


Nexa Recursos Minerais

RHI Magnesita

Banco Mercantil

Norskan Offshore

DOF Navegação

Work highlights

  • Represented Vale in several matters regarding its largest mining operation in the state of Minas Gerais.
  • Acted for Nexa in a public civil action regarding gold mining operations in Juína, Mato Grosso.
  • Represents companies of the Smartfit Group in several lawsuits against local partners regarding administration and the inauguration of new gyms in the Federal District of Brazil.

Lefosse Advogados

Market-leading corporates turn to the dispute resolution team at Lefosse Advogados for its capabilities in big-ticket litigation, encompassing both domestic and cross-border matters. The group is particularly noted for its ‘extensive expertise‘ in corporate, commercial and contractual disputes, and is also well positioned to advise on major class actions and administrative proceedings. Pedro Maciel is a seasoned litigator, and is routinely instructed by clients from the banking, construction, energy and TMT sectors. Raphael Nehin Corrêa handles a mix of commercial, corporate, civil and financial disputes, and is singled out for his track record in judicial restructurings. The highly recommended Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro has the ‘ability to propose innovative solutions‘ in the context of regulatory and business-critical disputes. Key players from the paper and pulp, energy, construction and retail spaces seek Julio Neves‘ assistance in investment and public law-related cases; Neves joined from TozziniFreire Advogados in March 2022. Other core team members include Bernardo Pires, who was welcomed to the partnership in April 2022, and Deborah Nery. Pedro Salarini left the firm in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Soares Maciel


‘Multidisciplinary team that has extensive expertise, excellent knowledge of the client and their needs, and is able to predict trends and outcomes. The litigation team – Diogo Ciuffo – has an unmatched capacity to define procedural strategy.’

‘Diogo Ciuffo meets the clients’ demands in an integral manner, and has the ability to propose innovative solutions.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the client’s activities, with a sense of urgency in acting and excellent advice.’

‘Julio Neves is one of the most brilliant lawyers we have had the opportunity to work with. His availability to serve us and the quality of his work are unquestionable differentials.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company Brasil

Lesaffre do Brasil Produtos Alimentícios


Organon Farmacêutica

Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cimento – SNIC


Elfa Medicamentos

Magazine Luiza

Construtora Alya

Mantiq Investimentos

ACSA – Airport Company of South Africa

Walmart Brasil

Merck Sharp & Dohme Farmacêutica


Procter & Gamble Industrial e Comercial

China Construction Bank

BTG Pactual Serviços Financeiros

Areva Renewables Brasil

BR Ambiental Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia

Brookfield Brasil Asset Management Investimentos

Brookfield Brazil Agriland Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia

Midas Financial Holding (Brasil)

Cruzeiro do Sul Educational

Tenco Shopping Centers

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

New Island Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing Construtora Alya in an account rendering lawsuit filed by Gisa Investimentos.
  • Defending Ford in a class action filed by the Bar Association of the State of Bahia alleging that the decision to shut down the Camaçari factory caused social and collective moral damages, and created a competition imbalance in the industry.
  • Representing Suzano in a class action under which the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office claims that the client’s property title over 2,5708.86 acres of land is null and void for violation of in rem rights held by the Quilombolas under the Brazilian Constitution.

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados ‘provides an excellent service in the area of strategic litigation‘, including in proceedings before the higher courts. The team is well placed to guide international clients through complex litigation matters in Brazil, and to act for domestic entities in an array of claims, ranging from major contractual disputes to M&A, shareholder and other corporate law cases. Co-head Sergio Mannheimer, who combines extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, has played a key role in several big-ticket corporate and insurance disputes in Brazil. He sits in the Rio de Janeiro office and jointly coordinates the dispute resolution team alongside São Paulo-based partner Tomaz Tavares de Lyra, who is recommended for his ‘excellent technical and strategic knowledge‘. Fernanda Aviz, whose experience covers civil and corporate cases in Rio de Janeiro and before the superior courts in Brasília, is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Mannheimer; Tomaz Tavares de Lyra


‘Mannheimer, Perez e Lyra Advogados provides an excellent service in the area of strategic litigation. Their knowledge of the Judiciary’s “intangibles” (e.g., what the judge thinks, how the court’s chambers usually act, etc.) has become an essential asset in the handling of major disputes. The firm provides exceptional services, both technically and from a strategic standpoint.’

‘Tomaz Lyra has excellent technical and strategic knowledge. He is very hands-on; he not only drafts the necessary pleadings, but also follows the development of the case on a daily basis. This daily monitoring is, without a doubt, a differential that places him among the most competent lawyers in the country.’

Key clients


Construtora Queiroz Galvão (currently called Alya Construtora)

Mapfre Seguros

Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP

Enel X

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF

State Grid

Ancar Ivanhoe

João Fortes Engenharia

White Martins

FM Global

G4S Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância

ERB – Energias Renováveis do Brasil

BTG Pactual


BRZ Investimentos

Hyatt do Brasil

Caixa Econômica Federal



AEG Administradora de Estádios

Jive Investments

Construtora Calper

Swire Pacific

ATG Americas Trading Group

Banco Modal

R2C Invest

Regina Festas

ATG Americas Trading Group

Swile do Brasil



Atem Distribuidora de Petróleo

Work highlights

  • Represents IMCOPA in a tortious interference lawsuit filed against Bunge involving a sublease agreement.
  • Acts for White Martins in lawsuits involving the supply of gases that are necessary for the production of iron ore by one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest steel plants.
  • Represents CTEEP in a dispute referring to the responsibility over a debt before Eletrobrás estimated at R$1.7bn.

Souto Correa Advogados

The ‘experienced and highly dedicated team‘ at Souto Correa Advogados is noted for providing ‘innovative solutions to complex and multidisciplinary disputes‘. The firm, which is headquartered in Porto Alegre, represents clients from the public and private sectors in mandates concerning consumer law, public concessions, civil liability as well as environmental, construction, corporate and contractual disputes. Class actions are a strong point for the department, which is equipped to act for defendant companies and industry associations as plaintiffs. The team is under the joint leadership of two partners: current CEO Guilherme Amaral in Porto Alegre and civil litigator Ricardo Quass Duarte in São Paulo. Names to note in the Porto Alegre office also include Roberta Feiten and associate Julia Klarmann, both of whom excel in consumer claims; Otávio Augusto Dal Molin Domit; Diogo Squeff Fries, who often acts in public civil actions; and associate Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu, who specialises in administrative litigation in the energy sector. Marcelo Gandelman is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Ricardo Quass Duarte


‘Souto Correa offers a legal service of rare quality, with an experienced and highly dedicated team, prepared to deliver innovative solutions to complex and multidisciplinary disputes.’

‘The firm stands out for having an excellent team in all areas of practice.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Man Energy Solutions SE

Man Energy Solutions Brasil Equipamentos e Serviços LTDA

Lorentzen Empreendimentos

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia

Natura Cosméticos


LATAM Airlines Brasil

CPFL Energia

Monte Bravo Agente Autônomo de Investimentos

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Banco Agibank

Work highlights

  • Represents Man Energy BR in an action of recourse, seeking reimbursement of the multimillion insurance indemnity paid to Centrais Elétricas da Paraíba due to the automatic shutdown of a component of one of the Man Energy SE – STX engines at UTE Termonordeste.
  • Acts for ABINEE in a Direct Action for Unconstitutionality before the State Court of Rio de Janeiro, regarding several provisions of the Municipal Consumer Defense Code of Rio de Janeiro (CDC-RJ).
  • Represented LATAM in a class action filed by The Brazilian Association for Consumers Defense – PROTESTE, that resulted in the recognition by the Superior Court of Justice that the fidelity programme is a beneficial and free contract.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe houses a ‘top-notch litigation team‘, which is regularly retained by companies, financial institutions and associations in a variety of judicial proceedings. A ‘go-to‘ for complex cases, the group is adept at assisting leading players in corporate, commercial, civil, administrative and regulatory disputes. Rated by clients as ‘one of the best national litigation strategists‘, Marcio Polto maintains a broad practice focused on litigation and arbitration. He oversees the practice out of São Paulo alongside commercial and civil litigator Gledson Marques De Campos, who is singled out for his depth of experience in bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters, and Rio de Janeiro-based partner Andrea Brick, who regularly assists telecoms, mining, and oil and gas companies in environmental class actions, consumer claims and IP litigation. Giuliana Schunck, who works on a range of contentious matters, including judicial recoveries, family law and contractual lawsuits, and Tiago Zapater, whose expertise covers environmental litigation, product liability and class actions, are other notable practitioners in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Marcio Polto; Gledson Marques de Campos; Andrea Brick


‘Accuracy and promptness.’

‘Andrea Brick stands out.’

‘Top-notch litigation team! Go-to for complex disputes.’

Key clients

New Energies Solucoes em Energia

Wells fargo


NovaAgri Infra-Estrutura de Armazenagem e Escoamento Agrícola


Tempore Engenharia

Triscorp Ativos Florestais – Fundo de Investimento em Participações

Votorantin Energia



Cinemark Brasil




MDR (Maremonti)




Associação Brasileira de Descartáveis (ABRADE)

Instituto Socioambiental dos Plásticos (Plastivida)




Petros – Fundação Petrobrás de Seguridade Social



Toyota Brasil

Votorantim Holding


Trouw Nutrition Brasil Nutrição Animal

Saipem do Brasil

Vibra Energia

Work highlights

  • Acting for Trouw Nutrition Brasil Nutrição Animal in a lawsuit filed by Agroexport Trading e Agronegócios seeking compensation for pecuniary and moral damages.
  • Represents LIEBHERR in an indemnification lawsuit filed by Brazil Marítima before the São Luís-MA District Court.
  • Represented Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal in a lawsuit filed by ANP – Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis seeking a preliminary injunction to stay and a final injunction to prohibit the continuation of an arbitration proceeding initiated by the clients.

Veirano Advogados

Covering civil, corporate, commercial and consumer matters, Veirano Advogados‘ dispute resolution team is seen with great regularity acting for longstanding and new clients across the banking, life sciences, energy, logistics and mining industries, among others. Singled out for its technical knowledge and availability, the litigation group is under the joint leadership of Ricardo Gama, a Rio de Janeiro-based practitioner with a wealth of experience in domestic and cross-border proceedings, and Mateus Carreteiro in São Paulo, who has the ‘capacity to act strategically and decisively in disputes of the most varied matters‘. With over 30 years’ experience in this space, Luiz Guilherme Migliora is a senior figure in the Rio de Janeiro office, where Lívia Miné is the name to note for contractual litigation, product liability and environmental claims, and Guilherme D’Aguiar stands out at the associate level. Diego Capistrano joined from BMA Advogados in April 2022, bringing to the team considerable experience in bankruptcy and restructuring cases.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Gama; Mateus Aimoré Carreteiro


‘Veirano has a differentiated multidisciplinary team with leaders, especially in dispute resolution, concerned and engaged in offering services of the highest technical quality and with the agility expected by clients.’

‘Mateus Carreteiro demonstrates technical knowledge far above the market average and capacity to act strategically and decisively in disputes of the most varied matters. Engaged and participative, he adds value at every stage of the process and masterfully leads a team of brilliantly trained and capable lawyers.’

‘Technical knowledge, experience and availability to serve the client are the main differentials of the litigation area of Veirano Advogados.’

Key clients

VCT Brasil Importação e Exportação

99 Tecnologia

Accenture do Brasil

Phillip Morris Brasil Industria e Comercio

Pepsico do Brasil

Belo Monte Transmissora de Energia SPE

Mineração Aurizona

Banco Genial

Royal Canin do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Align Technology do Brasil

Associação Brasileira da Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias

Omni Taxi Aéreo

Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Porto do Açu Operações


Hitachi Rail STS

Águia Fertilizantes

Subsea 7 Marine LIC

Shell Brasil Petróleo

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Portocel – Specialized Terminal Barra do Riacho

Johnson & Johnson do Brasil Industria e Comercio de Produtos Para Saude

Work highlights

  • Representing 99 Tecnologia in a class action filed by the Public Defenders of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, which questions the requisites established by 99 to grant financial aid to its partner drivers during the pandemic.
  • Acting for Phillip Morris in a lawsuit seeking compensation for the commercialisation of a product with a high probability of becoming addictive to the consumer and leading to death.
  • Acting for Belo Monte Transmissora de Energia in a lawsuit filed by Anglo American involving the construction of a power transmission line in an area in which Anglo American has mining rights.

Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados

Entirely devoted to dispute resolution, Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados possesses the ‘ability to handle highly complex cases‘ heard before judicial courts and administrative bodies. With strong credentials in prominent superior court proceedings, the team is well versed in advising on civil, commercial, corporate, banking and infrastructure-related lawsuits. Founding partner Arnoldo Wald, Alexandre de Mendonça Wald, who specialises in disputes involving corporate law and concessions, and Arnoldo Wald Filho, who is well regarded for his ‘ability to resolve hurdles and settle disputes‘ in an array of sectors, are some of the main points of contact in the team. Mariana Tavares Antunes ‘stands out for her organisation and execution skills‘. Consumer and competition litigation are among Brasília-based partner Marcus Vinícius Vita Ferreira‘s areas of expertise, while ‘technical lawyerEduardo Cezar Chad and Bernardo Cavalcanti Freire are proficient in bankruptcy and restructuring cases. Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre, Adriana Campos Conrado Zamponi in Rio de Janeiro, and the recently promoted Clarissa Marcondes Macéa are also active in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arnoldo Wald; Alexandre de Mendonça Wald; Arnoldo Wald Filho; Mariana Tavares Antunes; Marcus Vinicius Vita Ferreira; Bernardo Cavalcanti Freire; Eduardo Cezar Chad; Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre; Adriana Conrado Zamponi; Clarissa Marcondes Macéa; Marina Gaensly Blattner


‘High capacity to transform business discussions into few-page documents that can be understood by judges and their assistants, without losing logic and rationale.’

‘The firm has the ability to handle highly complex cases, dealing pragmatically with legally sophisticated issues. The senior team is very involved and maintains management of each case very proactively, always anticipating movements. The procedural strategy is a detail that distinguishes this firm from others.’

‘Arnoldo Wald Filho has an ability to resolve hurdles and settle disputes, through negotiation or the right procedural strategy to find moments of dialogue. A litigation lawyer who is always looking for solutions for his clients.’

‘Mariana Antunes stands out for her organisation and execution skills that allow for impeccable service delivery.’

‘Eduardo Chad is a tough, technical lawyer. Despite his busy schedule, he provides timely advice and great services.’

Key clients

Confederação Nacional dos Pescadores e Aquicultores – CNPA

Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo – CODESP

Grupo Farmabrasil

Votorantim Cimentos

Votorantim Energia


CESP – Companhia Energética De São Paulo

VR Vales

Grupo NC

Tegra Incorporadora

Banco Safra

Banco BMG


Alupar Energia




Grupo Mendes


Rede D’or

Fonte de Saúde FIP

Work highlights

  • Represented CNPA before the Supreme Court in a claim of non-compliance with a fundamental precept n. 389, with the purpose of invalidating the Interministerial Ordinance no. 192/2015, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Represented CNPA in a public class action against the Federal Government and the National Institute of Social Security.
  • Represents Santos Port Authority (SPA) in two lawsuits that pursue the annulment of arbitral awards arising from the arbitration procedure 78/2016/SEC7, in which Libra filed the lawsuits seeking the annulment of the arbitral awards under allegations that the President of the Arbitral Tribunal would have been biased.

Demarest Advogados

Praise by clients for its ‘technical quality‘ and ‘excellence in client service‘, Demarest Advogados routinely represents a plethora of multinational companies operating in a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, commodities, energy, infrastructure and financial services, in high-stakes litigation before judicial and administrative courts. The practice attracts a steady stream of standalone work, including high-end contractual, corporate and civil disputes, and is well positioned to advise on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Amanda Sampaio, who is dual qualified in Brazil and New York, splits her practice between judicial proceedings, arbitration and pre-litigation matters, and Fernanda Leão were promoted to partner in January 2022. The team experienced a major change when former practice heads Celso Xavier, Marcelo Inglez de Souza and Rafael Gagliardi and partner Daniel Kaufman left in May 2023. Post publication, the dispute resolution practice was reinforced by the arrival of Ricardo Aprigliano as partner and the incorporation of Aprigliano Advogados in December 2023.


‘I have been using Demarest’s litigation services for some years now and they always surprise me with the technical quality of the service provided and the excellence in client service.’

Key clients

Martins Comércio E Serviços De Distribuição

Asics Brasil Distribuição E Comércio De Artigos Esportivos

Brown International Corporation

Formula One World Championship Limited


Meta (formerly Facebook)


CVC Viagens e Turismo

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

Grupo SBF/Centauro

Comfrio Group

Ecogen Brasil

Work highlights

  • Representing Vale and some of its former and current officers in an application for early production of evidence filed by an individual with the State Courts of São Paulo in a $2.5bn case.
  • Representing Martins Comércio e Serviços de Distribuição in a contractual dispute to collect pending amounts by Martins and challenge indemnification requested by Magazine Luiza.
  • Representing Asics in a dispute for nullification of three decisions involving indemnifications granted in favour of previous distributors and agents.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Focused on strategic disputes, the ‘results-oriented‘ litigation team at Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados comprises seasoned lawyers with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border cases at all levels of Brazil's court system. The team is well placed to tackle complex regulatory and contractual disputes, and is also a go-to for class actions and restructuring cases involving an array of sectors, such as insurance, real estate, construction and energy. Rogério Carmona Bianco has advised on several environmental class actions and construction disputes; he spearheads the team with Fábio Floriano Melo Martins. Civil and commercial litigator Rodolfo da Costa Manso Real Amadeo and Luiz Felipe Pereira Gomes Lopes, who is particularly skilled in judicial recovery cases, are also recommended. Corporate, IP, technology, consumer and public law claims are core areas of activity for Henrique Ceolin Bortolo, while Matheus de Mello Adães is noted for his experience in the insurance space.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Carmona Bianco; Fábio Floriano Melo Martins


‘This is an excellent firm, with knowledge, skill and quick responses. Results-oriented, with a great level of success and appropriate fees.’

‘They have extensive knowledge in the litigation area. It is important to highlight the integrity of their performance, demonstrating honesty and ethics in their negotiations. As for communication, they are very skilful and clear, with full capacity to understand and clarify cases. Empathetic and understanding.’

Key clients

PlayArte Cinemas

BR Properties (BRPR3)

Klar Construtora

Empresa Brasileira de Benefícios e Pagamentos (Caju)

Azul Cia. de Seguros Gerais


CiaTC – Companhia Tradicional de Comércio

Banco Itaú BBA

Unip – Universidade Paulista

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Porto Seguro Cia. de Seguros Gerais

Cury Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda.

Cury Construtora e Incorporadora e Capri Incorporadora SPE

LW Comunicações

Match Group

Vulcabras – CE Calçados e Artigos Esportivos

Editora Manole

ABECS – Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Cartões de Crédito e Serviços

Tocantins Energética

Work highlights

  • Assisting the estate of João Carlos Di Genio with a lawsuit seeking to prevent the counterparty from assigning its shares in the defendant’s companies without prior consent and the implementation of the client’s stock option right.
  • Assisted Resource Capital Funds in an enforcement action to demand a multimillion-dollar payment against the guarantors of a bond, considering that the main debtor is undergoing court restructuring.
  • Defending Cross Networking Assessoria de Negócios in a contract termination lawsuit.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

Noted for its ‘deep knowledge‘ of procedural law, Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados fields a team of ‘highly qualified professionals‘ who are well placed to assist in all types of litigation, but showcase particular strength in disputes in the infrastructure, energy and construction sectors. Paulo Guilherme Lopes possesses three decades of experience in commercial dispute resolution. Founding partner Ricardo Tosto, a counsel of choice for high-profile corporates and public figures, is another name to note. Covering civil, commercial and banking law, Rodrigo Quadrante‘s notable areas of practice include restructuring and insolvency matters. With strong credentials in proceedings at the state and federal levels, Patricia Rios is one of the main contacts for litigation before the superior courts in Brasília. Daniel Albolea Junior focuses on preventive matters.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Guilherme Lopes; Ricardo Tosto; Rodrigo Quadrante; Patricia Rios; Daniel Albolea Jr.


‘Leite Tosto e Barros’ litigation department is highly qualified to manage its clients’ case portfolio, with highly qualified professionals. The cost-benefit ratio is extremely advantageous when compared to other law firms of the same size.’

‘The team as a whole has a deep knowledge of the procedural steps in Brazil, navigating the judiciary in an ethical and legal manner to win the cases they handle for the client.’

‘Ricardo Tosto, Daniel Albolea, and Patricia Rios are always available to discuss possible legal strategies to mitigate risks and increase the chances of success in the various cases they handle.’

Key clients

Alumni Engenharia

Grupo Alupar

Banco Fibra

Banco Bnp Paribas

CHIMERA NPL I Fundo de Investimento em Direito Creditórios Não Padronizados

EDP Brasil


Massa Falida do Banco Santos

UTC Participações

Wow Nutrition

Work highlights

  • Advised UTC Participações on the reorganisation of the group’s total debts of over $1bn.
  • Hired to recover Banco Santos’ credit through an Execution Action filed against Setal Engenharia in 2006.
  • Defending Alupar’s interests in a lawsuit in which the opposing party seeks to prevent the execution of the guarantee provided in the supply and service contract signed between the parties.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

At Lobo de Rizzo Advogados, the litigation group is highlighted for its significant experience in managing domestic and international cases on behalf of a diverse corporate client base. Players from the retail, insurance, healthcare, agribusiness and automotive sectors regularly turn to its practitioners for advice on pre-litigation, judicial and administrative proceedings. Luis Fernando Guerrero brings longstanding experience in complex disputes arising from contractual agreements, corporate matters and restructurings. The team was reinforced by the recent arrival of Paula Abi-Chahine from CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados and Christian Garcia Vieira from ASBZ Advogados; both have strong dispute resolution backgrounds focused on corporate, civil, commercial and administrative matters. Associate Tiago Angelo Lima frequently acts for financial institutions and investors in judicial and out-of-court reorganisations. Hugo Tubone Yamashita left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernando Guerrero; Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim; Christian Garcia Vieira


‘Agility in the services, capable team, practicality and availability for meetings.’

‘Office with extremely technical professionals in the areas in which they work, mainly civil litigation.’

‘Luis Fernando Guerreiro is extremely technical.’

Key clients

Hydria Participações E Investimentos

Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes

Bioagri Ambiental

4K Representação, Intermediação de Negócios e Corretagem de Seguros Ltda

Alper Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

Hora Park

Energia PCH Fundo de Investimentos em Participações Multiestratégia

Quota Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Facundo Guerra Rivero

Zenvia Mobile Serviços Digitais

Associação Petrobras de Saúde – APS

Wobben Windpower Indústria e Comércio

Headwaters Bd

Dia Brasil


Dm Brasil Administração de Participações Societárias e de Bens

BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes

Quantiq Distribuidora


ACP Verifone

AD Wraptools

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hydra Participações e Investimentos in damages claims filed by Energisa Mato Grosso – Distribuidora de Energia seeking compensation for fines levied by the State of Mato Grosso upon wrongful use of tax credits.
  • Assisting AMBEV in litigation against APTISBA – Associação dos Pit-Stops da Bahia involving franchising agreements.
  • Provided assistance to Dia Brasil in all its strategic civil litigation cases involving contractual disputes with franchisees.

LUC Advogados

Highly specialised dispute resolution boutique LUC Advogados ‘stands out for the technical knowledge of its professionals‘ and ‘strategic performance‘ in high-stakes disputes. Its focus on commercial, civil, corporate and administrative litigation spans a number of sectors, with recent engagements seeing the team act for key clients from the worlds of oil and gas, energy, agribusiness and mining. Former federal judge Luciano De Souza Godoy oversees the department with Ricardo Zamariola Júnior, who has worked on complex family law disputes, as well as corporate and contractual claims. Associates Patrícia Pellini Ferreira and Flávia Junqueira Soares are other names to note in the team; Ferreira specialises in civil procedure matters, while Soares is often engaged in real estate and family disputes. Leonardo Dib Freire left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Luciano de Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Junior


‘We consider LUC Advogados to be a benchmark in litigation. The firm stands out for the technical knowledge of its professionals, strategic performance, and excellence in services. They lead in the resolution of complex situations. They understand the client’s needs and seek the best result.’

‘Ricardo Zamariola Junior and Luciano de Souza Godoy are professionals who propose innovative solutions with legal security, have great technical capacity and mastery of the issues.’

‘Experience, market knowledge, excellent technique, creativity and close partnership with senior partners.’

Key clients

Colgate-Palmolive Comercial

Sindicato Nacional das Empresas Distribuidoras de Combustíveis e de Lubrificantes – SINDICOM

Usinas Itamarati

Unilever Brasil


Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo


Aura Minerals

Caixa Econômica Federal

ICL – Instituto Combustível Legal

ANBIMA – Associação Brasileira das Entidades dos Mercados

Banco Santander

Owens-Illinois do Brasil

Ultracargo Logística

ACREFI – Associação Nacional das Instituições de Crédito, Financiamento e Investimento

Brasscom – Associação das Empresas de Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação

Brasilcom – Federação Nacional das Distribuidoras de Combustíveis, Gás Natural e Bicombustíveis

Work highlights

  • Represents SINDICOM before the Supreme Court in a lawsuit filed by the President of the Republic, aiming to institute single-phase ICMS for fuel and lubricants.
  • Represents Colgate-Palmolive before the Federal Court of Appeals of São Paulo in two motions aiming at invalidating notices of infraction issued by the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service.
  • Acts for Mineração Descalvado before the Federal Court of Appeals in a public civil action filed by the Federal Public Prosecution Office to discuss mining activity in the region of Descalvado and alleged environmental damages.

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Energy, construction and real estate-related disputes are core areas of focus for Stocche Forbes Advogados, which attracts praise for its ‘deep understanding of clients’ businesses‘. Proceedings arising from M&A and involving environmental law are strong points for the department, which is also sought after for its experience in preventive measures. ‘Distinguished professionalRafael Passaro combines substantial experience in civil litigation with in-depth knowledge of administrative cases. Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli, who specialises in civil, commercial and corporate disputes, and Guilherme Gaspari Coelho, who balances a busy litigation and arbitration caseload, are also part of the core team. Key partner Wilson Newton de Mello Neto brings more than 25 years of experience in dispute resolution, standing out for his track record in corporate-related claims. Maria Lucia Cetraro regularly acts for domestic and international clients in proceedings concerning tort, consumer law, collective actions and contractual conflicts. Other noteworthy practitioners include Laura Bastos de Lima and Flávia Persiano Galvão.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Passaro; Luis Guilherme Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho; Wilson Newton de Mello Neto


‘The firm and the team have a deep understanding of client’s businesses and operations. The lawyers involved, regardless of seniority, are extremely well trained from a technical point of view. The relationship partner is present in all projects and demands.’

‘Different options/structures are constantly presented, always with the objective of making clients’ operations feasible and safe. It is not a law firm that stimulates litigation in an unrestricted way, there is a lot of consideration and good sense when recommending strategies.’

‘Rafael Passaro, Maria Lucia Pereira Cetraro and Flávia Persiano Galvão are recommended.’

‘Stocche Forbes stands out for its services and the quality of its team. Cases are always accompanied by partners, along with the team specialised in the topic under discussion, which makes the deliberation on the issues more rapid and assertive. It has an agile, efficient and very organised administrative structure.’

‘Rafael Pássaro is a distinguished professional, not only for his refined technical quality, but also for the zeal and wisdom in which he articulates with clients. He has his own professional profile, which transmits singular security to clients and peers.’

‘Wilson Mello Neto is a lawyer with vast legal and executive experience who also deserves to be highlighted. A natural-born articulator with great ability in negotiation and discussions in the legal and political sphere.’

Key clients

Erbe Incorporadora


Tishman Speyer












Agricola Xingu

Reckitt Benckiser Brasil

Capitual Instituição de Pagamento

Work highlights

  • Represents Hypera, Cosmed and Brainfarma in an institutional pharmaceutical dispute involving medicine recalls.
  • Defending Ivory Incorporação e Construção in a class action involving a building license issued by the Municipality of São Paulo for the construction of a real estate project.
  • Represents Danone in a public civil action filed by Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor – IDEC claiming compensation for collective moral damages.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Singled out for its ‘speed and assertiveness in client service‘, the dispute resolution group at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is well placed to handle a wide range of corporate, commercial, civil and administrative proceedings. In terms of its sector-specific offering, the team benefits from the ever-growing interest of its client base in sectors such as energy, financial services, real estate, consumer goods and infrastructure; disputes arising from capital markets, construction, shareholder and contractual agreements are key areas of growth for the firm. Antonio Celso Pugliese – a ‘distinguished negotiator and strategist‘ – is noted for strategic litigation, most notably involving matters in the construction and financial sectors. Carolina Mansur, a go-to contact for financial institutions and investment funds, is a strong performer in credit recovery and unfair competition proceedings. Nahima Müller and recently promoted partners Erik Sernik and Bruno Sanchez Belo also showcase solid experience in an array of sophisticated disputes.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Celso Pugliese


‘This law firm provides a service of excellence in the litigation area. The difference lies in the speed and assertiveness in client service.’

‘Fernando Vilella is excellent; he always seeks to understand the client’s needs and demands.’

‘Well-defined processes of how to act. Professionals are extremely well-trained in strategic litigation.’

‘Antonio Celso Pugliese is an extremely distinguished negotiator and strategist, which, combined with his deep knowledge of the law, makes him an ever-present choice for strategic litigation.’

Warde Advogados

A popular destination for clients from the financial services, real estate, manufacturing, media and retail sectors, Warde Advogados possesses an ‘extremely responsive and dedicated team‘ focused on strategic litigation. Its strength lies in its ability to provide ‘swift and punctual advice‘ on complex corporate disputes, anti-corruption cases and regulatory matters. Department leader Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior, whose ‘first-class market and sector knowledge‘ garner praise from clients, has acted for several leading players from the banking, infrastructure, energy and media industries in big-ticket corporate disputes. He steers the litigation group, which also includes Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto, a name to note for bankruptcy cases, the ‘very talentedRenato Polillo, who is a strong performer in cross-border and domestic disputes, and constitutional law specialist Georges Abboud. Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo and Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt, the latter of whom specialises in financial, capital markets and M&A disputes, offer key support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Walfrido Warde is the best lawyer I have worked with in Brazil. He combines excellent strategic advice, with first-class market and sector knowledge. He is solutions-driven and gets the job done quickly, efficiently and effectively.’

‘Renato Polillo has a top legal mind but always focuses on the client’s outcome and goals. He works tirelessly to deliver the results the clients need.’

‘Technical quality and commitment.’

‘Walfrido Warde and Felipe Figueiredo are recommended.’

‘Professionals extremely well prepared and ready to serve the client at any time. Swift and punctual advice.’

‘Walfrido Warde is an extremely well-prepared professional with outstanding experience.’

‘Extremely responsive and dedicated team. Warde Advogados’ partners are very involved in the matters that they handle and on top of all the detail. They provide the highest quality service in the region.’

‘Walfrido Warde is an exceptional lawyer with an amazing bandwidth. He is extremely intelligent and can immediately see where the key dispute lies and provide sound strategic advice to clients. Renato Polillo is very talented. He is dedicated to his clients, very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Forte Colonizadora

J. Safra Holdings SPF

Companhia Metalúrgica Prada

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Editora Vetores Ltda.

Cyrela Aconcágua Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Syn Prop e Tech

Cyrela Empreendimentos


Supermed Administradora de Benefícios

Banco Safra

Banco Bradesco

Work highlights

  • Representing Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional and Companhia Metalúrgica Prada in an antitrust damages case against Messer Gases, White Martins and IBG.
  • Represents Cyrela Empreendimentos in a lawsuit against the São Paulo State Treasury.
  • Acts for CSN in a lawsuit filed by JSL concerning a contractual dispute.

BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados

Singled out for its experience before the superior courts in Brazil, BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados is particularly active in litigation involving the banking, telecoms and digital spaces. Its sectoral coverage is not restricted to these fields, as the team is also regularly engaged by leading domestic and international clients operating in the oil and gas, insurance and entertainment industries. The firm recently created a sub-group focused on judicial restructurings, which is under the leadership of Rafael Barroso Fontelles, whose areas of expertise include civil, commercial, consumer and constitutional cases at all levels of the court system in Brazil. Specialised in digital law, Eduardo Mendonça is regularly engaged in matters concerning regulatory issues and freedom of speech. Felipe Monnerat, who oversees the telecoms law team, is skilled in proceedings before the high courts.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Barroso Fontelles; Eduardo Mendonça; Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes


‘Objective and assertive team. Always understand the urgency of our demands and provide advice in an impeccable manner.’

‘They know the substantive law and jurisprudence of the Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court.’

‘Team is well prepared and available to implement constant improvements.’

‘Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes is an exceptional and extremely competent professional.’

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Itaú Unibanco Holding

Kirton Bank – Banco Múltiplo

Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Telefonia e de Serviço Móvel, Celular e Pessoal (Sinditelebrasil / Conexis Brasil Digital)

Renocirne Ltda

Telefônica Brasil

Verisure Brasil Monitoramento de Alarmes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Telefônica Brasil in a dispute regarding the termination of a contract for alleged unlawful conduct.
  • Representing Itaú Unibanco in a dispute regarding the extension of debts originating from rural credit and the privatisation of Banestado.
  • Assisting Itaú Unibanco Holding in a lawsuit relating to an M&A transaction in the financial sector.

Bichara Advogados

Bichara Advogados is well versed in a range of court-based dispute resolution, with environmental, corporate, civil liability and contractual claims all forming a growing part of the group’s workload. Its practitioners have significant experience acting for major domestic and international players in the food and beverages, telecoms, education, transport, construction and chemicals sectors. Adriana Astuto, who is enrolled in the Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Bahia sections of the Brazilian Bar Association, is equipped to handle complex litigation cases across the country. She jointly heads the team with André Gondinho, who routinely advises on commercial, contractual, construction and energy disputes, Pedro Acioli Werner, who excels in environmental claims and cases in the telecoms sector, and Thiago Lins, a key contact for class actions.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Astuto; André Gondinho; Pedro Werner; Thiago Lins

Key clients

Oi Group

JBS Group


Eldorado Brasil Celulose

MRS Logística


Grupo Ânima

Votorantim Cimentos/Engemix


Saphyr Administradora de Centros Comerciais

Vision Med Assistência Médica

Work highlights

  • Represents CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo (currently Auren) against 523 judicial claims proposed by the Federal Public Prosecutor seeking the removal of structures from the environmental preservation areas surrounding a hydroelectric reservoir.
  • Acts for Oi in a class action filed by Rio de Janeiro’s Legislature Consumer Safety Commission.
  • Advises Confederação Nacional das Empresas de Seguros Gerais, Previdência Privada e Vida, Saúde Suplementar e Capitalização – Cnseg, which acts as amicus curiae in a matter before the Superior Court of Justice.

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

Entrusted by a mix of domestic and international heavyweights operating in a range of sectors, including retail, IT, financial services, infrastructure and real estate, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper represents clients in a litany of contentious matters. Drawing on its association with the international DLA Piper network, the group is particularly well placed to handle cross-border litigation, especially cases involving the US and UK. São Paulo-based partner Felipe Hermanny, whose strong background in administrative and judicial litigation is noteworthy, stands out for his capabilities in civil liability cases. He oversees the practice with Leandro Rinaldi in Rio de Janeiro, who is particularly skilled in court-supervised restructurings. João Marçal Martins is another key contact for judicial lawsuits in the São Paulo office, which was strengthened by the arrival of Leonardo Ribas from Felsberg Advogados in November 2022; Ribas has a strong following in the energy, construction and healthcare industries.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Hermanny; Leandro Rinaldi


‘The firm does excellent work. The arbitration/litigation team is truly top-notch. It’s always my first option.’

‘João Marçal Martins does excellent work and has a highly qualified team. Always agile and with impeccable quality in deliveries.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar


Prática Engenharia

Austral Seguradora

Gemini Energy

Grupo Starboard

Technip FMC

Statkraft Energias Renováveis


Carmo Energy (Cobra Group)

Hyatt Grand Hotel


Companhia Española de Financiación del Desarrollo, COFIDES


Planet Payment


Bunker One


LCD Engenharia


Chaval Navegação

BTG Pactual

Avanos, Inc

GR Serviços de Alimentação

Moinho S.A.

Marriot International

Tokio Marine Kiln

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

WPP Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Sony Group in a class action filed by ANCED against game hosting platforms.
  • Representing Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates in a class action filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, alongside other reinsurers, insurers and the aircraft company involved in a plane crash.
  • Representing Alphatec in three connected lawsuits filed against Petrobras in relation to a contract executed between the parties.

Castro Barros Advogados

Led by Jose Augusto Leal, Castro Barros Advogados has a well-established practice handling high-value disputes for significant clients, including major companies from the financial services, construction, retail, telecoms, energy and insurance sectors. The team, which is rated by clients for its ‘technical knowledge‘, boasts strong credentials in commercial disputes, credit recovery lawsuits, as well as cases arising in the banking and shipping segments. Alexandre Catramby specialises in credit recovery, and also acts in civil, commercial and public law-related litigation, while Olympio De Carvalho E Silva and Camilla Werneck demonstrate notable strength in shipping and transport disputes. Rodrigo Gonçalves Lima de Mattos and Carlos Ximenes are other names to note for credit recovery matters. Guilherme Guidi was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

José Augusto Leal


‘Prompt services and great knowledge of our business area. They are always available when we need guidance.’

‘Camilla Werneck – legal knowledge and speed.’

‘Castro Barros Advogados stands out for the team’s technical knowledge, high expertise and ability to find the best solutions for their clients’ problems, suggesting the best possible alternatives in order to protect their clients’ interests. An excellent team to have on your side in legal disputes, negotiations and arbitrations.’

Key clients

Jive Investments

Renault do Brasil

HP Financial Services

Banco BTG Pactual

Baker Hughes

Pentágono S.A. Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

União de Lojas Leader

Brasbunker Participações

Genial Investimentos

Invista FIDC

Work highlights

  • Represents Telespazio Brasil in a dispute against the Brazilian telecoms regulator (ANATEL).
  • Defends Haitong Banco de Investimentos do Brasil in two special lawsuits filed by Comprebem Comércio e Transportes and Central Distribuição de Alimentos.
  • Represents Renault in several lawsuits against the former dealership group JMC involving the breach of commercial agreements.

KLA Advogados

Turned to for its capabilities in civil procedure and commercial litigation, KLA Advogados is a key port of call for clients operating in the real estate, energy, automotive, insurance, media and pharmaceutical sectors. The ‘well-prepared and always available‘ group is under the leadership of Tiago Cortez, who specialises in complex litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution; he ‘stands out for his strategic vision of cases and argumentative skills‘. Taisa Oliveira is noted for her capabilities in real estate and contractual litigation, as well as court-supervised reorganisations, while construction litigation is a core specialism for Flávia Alterio.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortez


‘The firm has a very senior team, with great knowledge of civil law and civil procedure.’

‘Taisa Oliveira is an exceptional lawyer, very diligent, proactive and with great expertise in the area of civil litigation. Tiago Cortez also stands out for his strategic vision of cases and argumentative skills.’

‘KLA’s litigation team is well prepared and always available. They are also technical and very sharp. Tiago Cortez leads the team alongside Flavia Alterio and Taisa Oliveira.’

‘Extremely competent professionals.’

Key clients

Cia Brasileira de Distribuição

DXC Technology


Lear do Brasil

TivitTerceirizacao de Processos, Servicos E Tecnologia

General Mills Brasil

Bresco Investimentos

Tegra Incorporadora

Iguá Saneamento

Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil

Radar Propriedades Agrícolas

Gut Agência de Publicidade

Sibra Empreendimentos

Dragmor Spolka Z Pgranczona Odpowiedzialnoscia

Dragmor Brasil Empreendimentos

Mead Johnson do Brasil Comércio e Importação de Produtos de Nutrição

Electrolux do Brasil

L.O. Baptista Advogados

At L.O. Baptista Advogados, the ‘extremely qualified team of litigators‘ is regularly sought out by a mix of multinational and domestic companies from the worlds of technology, retail, energy and natural resources. Showcasing notable strength in disputes involving the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors, the team is chaired by André Camerlingo Alves, who possesses sound experience in corporate and commercial lawsuits heard before the main courts in the country. Fashion, technology and automotive clients regularly turn to André Mendes Espírito Santo for assistance in business and consumer litigation. Ulisses Simões da Silva, Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski, Tonico Monteiro da Silva and Fabrício Bertini Pasquot Polido are also part of the dispute resolution group.

Practice head(s):

André Camerlingo Alves; André Mendes Espirito Santo; Ulisses Simões da Silva; Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski; Tonico Monteiro da Silva; Fabrício Bertini Pasquot Polido


‘L.O. Baptista Advogados is an extremely qualified team of litigators, and especially strong in disputes involving the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors.’

‘Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski is a leading figure in the firm, with more than 30 years of experience in litigation and arbitration.’

‘Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski has the unique ability to understand the client and their needs.’

Key clients

Bombardier Recreational Products

BRP Brasil Motorsports

FS Transmissora de Energia Elétrica

Lyon Capital Partners


TDB Têxtil




American Tower Do Brasil – Cessão De Infraestrutura

Vtex Brasil Tecnologia Para E-Commerce

Editorial Planeta and Editora Planeta do Brasil

Unimetal São Vicente Indústria, Comércio E Empreendimentos

Lab Empreend. Imobiliários

Agropecuaria Jayoro

Drylock Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Unify on a judicial settlement with Novo Horizonte, the former Banco Neon.
  • Assisting VTEX Brasil Tecnologia para E-Commerce in several administrative and judicial claims filed by clients of the stores hosted in VTEX’s domain.
  • Representing LFB and LFB Hemoderivados e Biotecnologia in administrative proceedings filed against the Brazilian Federal Government.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados‘ disputes practice advises on a broad spectrum of commercial, contractual and civil litigation, focusing principally on clients operating in the agribusiness, oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors. Proceedings heard before state and federal courts are key areas of activity for Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro, who spearheads the practice alongside Daniela Soares Domingues, a seasoned practitioner in succession, real estate, contractual and bankruptcy-related cases. Both practice heads are based in Rio de Janeiro, where Alexandre Wider is also recommended for his capabilities in strategic litigation. Andre Frossard Albuquerque and Yasmin Cotait e Silva are key practitioners in São Paulo, while Marina De Araújo Lopes, who is well versed in matters before the superior courts, coordinates the Brasília office.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; Daniela Soares Domingues

Key clients

Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro (CEG)


Associação Fluminense dos Plantadores de Cana (Asflucan)

Serra do Facão Energia

Slavel Distribuidora de Automóveis

Órgão Gestor de Mão de Obra do Trabalho Portuário do Porto Organizado de Santos (Ogmo)

Ambientare Soluções Ambientais



Instituto Bengala Verde

Construtora CVP

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Federação das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Fetranspor)

Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém (CSP)

Camargo Corrêa Infra


Work highlights

  • Represents CEG and CEG RIO in an ordinary declaratory lawsuit filed against the regulatory agency of energy seeking that the provisions of the 3rd Amendment to the concession contract are observed.
  • Acts for ASFLUCAN – a non-profit association – in several lawsuits filed against USINA SÃO JOSÉ.
  • Represents Companhia Distribuidora de Gásdo Rio de Janeiro (CEG) in a public civil action filed by the Federal Attorney’s Office.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

With extensive experience in state and federal proceedings, Tauil & Chequer Advogados has been engaged in a growing number of strategic disputes, most notably cases arising in the oil and gas, energy, construction and telecoms sectors. Other areas of particular focus include administrative enforcement proceedings brought by the Federal Court of Accounts and various regulatory agencies. The practice is jointly chaired by Rio de Janeiro-based partner Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade, who focuses on corporate and commercial disputes; Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa in São Paulo, who is noted for his expertise in dispute resolution in the energy, construction, corporate, banking and real estate segments; and high court litigation veterans Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves and Luis Inácio Lucena Adams, both of whom are based in the Brasília office. João Cople is a name to note in Rio for administrative, tax and insurance litigation. Other key members include associates Maria Rita Dutra and Núbia Bufarah in São Paulo, and the Brasília-based Louise Dias; all maintain diverse practices in litigation and arbitration. Counsel Juliana Barbosa Pechincha joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. (New York office) in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade; Fabio Peixinho; Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves; Luis Adams


‘Competent, fast, well articulated firm with the ability to propose and negotiate with both clients and externals.’

‘João Cople is perhaps the most sensible lawyer I have worked with. Down to earth, above average work capacity, dedication and attention to clients.’

Key clients

Confederação Nacional das Empresas de Seguros Gerais, Previdência Privada e Vida, Saúde Suplementar e Capitalização – CNSEG

Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI)

Grid Solutions Transmissão de Energia

Vantage Drilling International


Petronas Petróleo Brasil

Amazonas Geração e Transmissão de Energia

Stam Metalúrgica

Paragon Offshore

Standard Chartered Bank


Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation

Consórcio Walks (Quaatro Participações; KS Brasil Led Holdings; and WPR Participações)

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos

Telefônica Brasil

RB Capital Companhia de Securitização

Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo


Cobra Brasil Serviços de Comunicações e Energia

BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros DTVM

Celse – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe

EDB Sistemas Elétricos

Mckesson Corporation

Hub Pagamentos

Bunge Alimentos

CM Capital Markets

3M do Brasil

Ferrari Agroindústria



Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (Chesf)

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisting Paragon Offshore Nederland in a case filed against Petrobras seeking compensation for early termination of two drilling contracts.
  • Advising Consórcio Walks on the filing of several Writs of Mandamus (MS) against the decisions of the City of São Paulo.
  • Acted for Grid Solutions Transmissão de Energia in a class action filed by Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica on behalf of 22 power transmission concessionaires before the State Court of São Paulo.

Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados

Sought out by a diverse range of Brazilian and international entities, Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados is particularly well versed in litigation involving the construction and real estate sectors, but also excels in class actions, corporate cases and shareholder disputes. The ‘very competent and cohesive team‘ is ‘brilliantly‘ led by founder Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman, who is regularly retained by clients from the construction and retail industries. Marília Canto Gusso handles a mix of judicial and arbitral proceedings, while Juliana Brotto De Barros Milaré is a specialist in real estate cases and court-supervised reorganisations. With over four decades’ experience in litigation, Domingos Fernando Refinetti is best known for his capabilities in debt restructuring and insolvency. Patrícia Paoliello Lamaneres Binnie left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman; Marília Canto Gusso; Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré; Domingos Fernando Refinetti


‘The firm has a very competent and cohesive team, being brilliantly led by Vania. In addition, I know that the firm has been striving for years to strengthen and implement diversity and inclusion policies, with great success.’

‘Vania Wongtschowski Kleiman is the soul of the firm: a competent, intelligent lawyer with a very high degree of dedication and professionalism, who knows how to make herself heard in any situation.’

‘It is an honour to work together with the WK team on the arbitration and civil litigation fronts. The firm’s differential is, without a doubt, in the people who integrate it. Their level of experience and availability make all the difference.’

‘Domingos Fernando Refinetti is the partner responsible for conducting our processes. His technical level and commitment make all the difference, not to mention all his experience of more than 40 years in law. The team is completed by young and brilliant lawyers Larissa Galvanin and Maria Victória Cury, together with partner Marília Canto.’

Key clients

DNS Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Racional Engenharia

Itaú Unibanco

Vértico II Participações

Capulho I Fundo De Investimento Em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados

CAP Administração e Participações

Mary Kay do Brasil

Sallve Cosméticos

Diase Construtora

Libercon Construtora

Merchant Equity Telecom

Sinch Do Brasil


Schneider Eletric

Work highlights

  • Acting for Vértico II Participações in a dispute arising from a loan agreement with WTorre and FJT Participações.
  • Acting for Capulho I Fundo De Investimento Em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados in a case related to the recovery of credit involved in agricultural financing.
  • Acting for Racional Engenharia in a claim involving the economic-financial imbalance of a contract with EPC.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

With offices in key business hubs across Brazil, Azevedo Sette Advogados is equipped to represent clients before the main courts, administrative authorities and regulatory agencies in the country. The group is regularly instructed on mining and environmental claims, and also acts in contractual, shareholder, tax and consumer claims, among others. Head of the dispute resolution practices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Paulo A. Ciari de Almeida Filho is trusted by clients from the insurance, retail, technology and telecoms sectors. Also in São Paulo, Danielle Chipranski Cavalcante focuses on civil litigation and lawsuits in the TMT space. In Belo Horizonte, João Capanema, Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro and Leonardo Farinha Goulart handle an array of contentious matters, ranging from mining and real estate disputes to IP, competition and environmental claims.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Azevedo Sette; Paulo Ciari de Almeida Filho; João Capanema; Rodrigo Badaró de Castro; Leonardo Platais Brasil Teixeira; Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro; Leonardo Farinha Goulart; Danielle Chipranski Cavalcante


‘The teamwork of the office, always available, proposing a brainstorm with enriching discussions to solve the case. Always available at any time.’

‘Caio de Araújo was a great partner, he absorbed the case as his own, he supported us in decision-making, always with proposals and advice.’

Key clients

Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil

Banco Volkswagen (Volkswagen group)

White Martins Gases Industriais


Mineração Morro Verde

JCI (Johnson Controls)

Sascar Tecnologia e Segurança Automotiva

Samarco Minerações

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Turkish Airlines

Localiza Rent a Car

Electronic Arts (EA)

Auto Viação Guaianazes

Banco Semear

MIP Engenharia

Globo Comunicação e Participações

Jaguar Mining INC e Mineração Serras do Oeste

Ibe Business Education De São Paulo Ltda and Fundação Getulio Vargas

Empresa de Transmissão do Alto Uruguai (Etau) E Transmissora Aliança de Energia Eletrica (Taesa)

Magnesita Refratários



Work highlights

  • Represents Anglo American in several cases involving civil, mining, environmental, real estate and contractual disputes.
  • Obtained a favourable decision for Claro in an action for indemnity filed by Atitude Telecomunicações.
  • Acts for Samarco Minerações in a public civil action filed by Sociedade Gaya Religare against the State of Espírito Santo and SAMARCO involving the construction of Highway ES 060 and SAMARCO’s mining waste dump.

E. Munhoz Advogados

Under the joint leadership of Eduardo Secchi Munhoz and João Vicente Lapa de Carvalho, E. Munhoz Advogados excels in disputes arising from shareholder and corporate structures, contractual agreements and business transactions. Besides its strength in corporate litigation, the team is also well positioned to represent foreign and domestic clients in judicial and out-of-court reorganisations. Associate Gabriela Matta Ristow concentrates on litigation and restructurings, while Carlos Manoel Holanda Costa regularly acts alongside practice heads Munhoz and Carvalho in complex corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Secchi Munhoz; João Vicente Lapa de Carvalho


‘The team has a great differential, which is a deep knowledge of substantive law, not just arbitration.’

‘Eduardo Secchi Munhoz – deep knowledge of corporate law; João Vicente Lapa de Carvalho – deep knowledge of corporate law; Ferdinando Lunardi – deep knowledge of bankruptcy.’

‘Excellent quality of advice, the deep knowledge of the subject, careful analysis of the cases and of the courts, and commitment to finding solutions to the problem.’

Key clients

Ternium/Techint Group


Banco BTG Pactual

Casa Granado Laboratórios, Farmácias e Drogarias S.A.

Folha Participações

J&F Investimentos

Aqua Vero Agente Autônomo de Investimentos

Former board members of JBS

Atvos Agroindustrial Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Representing Odebrecht, an indirect controller shareholder of Braskem, in a lawsuit where minority shareholders of Braskem seek damages related to an alleged abuse of the controlling position.
  • Acting for BTG in a lawsuit brought by XP seeking to bar BTG’s digital platform from poaching its brokers.
  • Representing T/T Group following a court order sought by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN in the aftermath of T/T Group’s acquisition of an equity stake in Usiminas.

Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados)

Formed by lawyers, who are technical, committed and focused on the client’, Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados) is regularly engaged by companies in the infrastructure, construction, energy and financial sectors for its proficiency in strategic litigation, including domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases. Agribusiness clients regularly seek Nancy Gombossy de Melo Franco‘s representation in sector-specific disputes. This is also a particular area of focus for Thiago Soares Gerbasi, who is noted for his vast experience in proceedings concerning the purchase and sale of commodities, rural leasing and logistics. Aline Dias, whose specialisms also include arbitration and mediation, is another name to note for litigation. With strong credentials in civil, commercial and administrative claims, Guilherme Moura was promoted to the partnership in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Gombossy de Melo Franco; Thiago Soares Gerbasi; Aline Dias


‘The firm has excellent professionals with technical knowledge of the subject; they serve the client on time and to their satisfaction. They are assertive and punctual, and anticipate problems. They keep the client updated on all progress of the case and project. They are exceptional business partners.’

‘FLH is a firm formed by lawyers who are technical, committed and focused on the client.’

‘Thiago Gerbasi and Aline Dias are the professionals we rely on for complex legal discussions involving pre-litigation and litigation; they are always ready to give an in-depth opinion based on the most up-to-date context of the discussion.’

Key clients

ADM do Brasil

Cofco International

Eurochem Fertilizantes Tocantins

Nordex Energy

Raízen Group

Louis Dreyfus Company Group

Gavilon do Brasil Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas

Banco BTG Pactual Group

NuInvest Corretora de Valores

Campo Rico Fertilizer Solutions

FMC Química do Brasil

CGG Trading

Novaagri Infra-Estrutura De Armazenagem E Escoamento Agrícola (Toyota do Brasil Company)

Açúcar E Álcool Oswaldo Ribeiro De Mendonça Ltda. (Usina Colorado)

Central Energética Morrinhos

FS Bioenergia

Jones Day

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos Ltda.

Syngenta Seeds

Nutrien Group

Viterra Brasil

Tuberfil Indústria e Comércio de Tubos

Amaggi Group

Work highlights

  • Represents CJ International Brasil Comercial Agrícola in four lawsuits involving the termination of agreements with one of the largest railway logistics operators in Brazil.
  • Acts for Marcopolo and Volare in a lawsuit arising from the termination of a vehicle distribution agreement entered into with Rüdiger Caminhões e Ônibus.
  • Acting for Grafite Fotos e Fotolitos in a lawsuit against Libbs Farmacêutica.

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

Singled out for its ‘great partner-level involvement‘, Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF) fields an ‘excellent‘ litigation group, which brings together experience in pre-litigation and proceedings before administrative and judicial courts. The group attracts instructions from a varied client base operating in the healthcare, food and beverage, life sciences and infrastructure sectors. Rated for his ‘great strategic vision‘, co-head Renato José Cury is a highly experienced class action and civil litigation practitioner. Fellow co-leader Andréa Pitthan Françolin ‘acts in highly complex cases‘ involving civil and consumer law. Associates Juan Gómez, Caroline Lerner Castro and Martin Isquierdo Allgayer are also active in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Renato José Cury; Andréa Pitthan Françolin


‘Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados has a differentiated service, with great partner-level involvement. With regard to civil litigation, led by partner Andréa Françolin, I can say that their performance and posture are impeccable. She acts in highly complex cases with a lot of strength and technique, resulting in great decisions.’

‘Commitment and involvement of professionals with the topics under discussion; attention, cordiality and transparency with the client; innovation; punctuality; clear writing, objective pieces.’

‘Intelligence, availability and interest.’

Key clients

Volkswagen do Brasil Industria de Veículos Automotores

Dow AgroSciences Industrial

Procomp Indústria Eletrônica

Mattel do Brasil

Medtronic Comercial

Nissan do Brasil Automóveis

Goodyear do Brasil Produtos de Borracha

Eurofarma Laboratórios

HBO do Brasil

Audi do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Veículos

Ability Tecnologia e Serviços

Truck Bus – Indústria e Comércio de Auto Peças

Goodstorage Holding Participações

PayU Brasil Intermediação de Negócios

Work highlights

  • Defends Volkswagen in a class action filed by Instituto do Consumidor e da Previdência – ICONPREV before the Court of Mato Grosso against manufacturers due to a scandal involving airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation.
  • Hired by Sanofi Medley Farmacêutica to file an annulment lawsuit against PROCON in order to challenge a fine imposed by the agency.
  • Represented CCR in a class action requesting the annulment of the bid that the client won for the concession of Line 15 of the monorail transport in São Paulo.

MAMG Advogados

The ‘very technical professionals‘ at boutique MAMG Advogados provide ‘specialised services‘ in the field of dispute resolution. On the litigation front, the team acts for clients in the infrastructure, banking, media and energy sectors in cases unfolding before the main courts in the country; administrative proceedings and preventive matters are other areas of activity for the firm. Ligia Espolaor Veronese splits her time between arbitration, strategic litigation and mediation. Rafael Francisco Alves is another partner to note in the team. Associate Beatriz Mantovani Bergamo shines in mandates in the technology, entertainment, health and construction industries, and Lucas Morelli focuses on domestic and cross-border cases. Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto and Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto are no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ligia Espolaor Veronese; Rafael Francisco Alves


‘It is a firm specialising in infrastructure arbitration and strategic litigation. They are experienced and know our business.’

‘Lígia Veronese, Rafael Alves and Fernando Marcondes are recommended.’

‘Highly specialised service provided by very technical professionals.’

Key clients

CSU Cardsystem

HTB Engenharia e Construção

Agropecuária Tuiuti (Shefa)

Faraday Investimentos e Participações

Construcap CCPS Engenharia e Comércio

Hitachi Energia

Arena das Dunas

Prestige Incorporação e Administração de Bens

Work highlights

  • Defended Santo Antonio Energia in a lawsuit filed by a company specialising in R&D concerning an alleged breach of service contract.
  • Representing Buritirama in a fast-track proceeding filed against it due to a default on an Advance of Export Contract (ACE).
  • Representing Hitachi in a dispute against Mapfre concerning an insurance adjustment arising from an insurance policy contracted by Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP).

Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados

Steered by joint practice heads Ubiratan Mattos and Fernando Medici Júnior, Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados‘ disputes practice handles litigation matters spanning commercial, corporate, civil and consumer law. Disputes arising from M&A, antitrust issues, product liability and cases concerning telecoms, real estate and banking clients are notable areas of practice for the department. Co-leader Medici Júnior joined the firm in November 2022 from Marcelo Tostes Advogados with a group of lawyers, including partner Antonio H. Monteiro, a key contact for commercial and civil litigation in the energy, infrastructure and construction spaces, and associate Hueverton Teixeira de Morais, who focuses on sensitive claims involving civil and business law.

Practice head(s):

Ubiratan Mattos; Fernando Medici Jr.

Key clients

Summit Global Asset SPC

Telefônica do Brasil

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo

Louis Dreyfus Company

BBCA Brazil Industrial e Investimentos

Ferrero do Brasil Indústria Doceira e Alimentar

Biosev (Grupo Raízen)

Clínica da Gavea

Barry Callebaut Brasil Indústria e Comercio de Produtos Alimentícios

M. Dias Branco (Indústria de Produtos Alimentícios Piraquê)

Indra Brasil Soluções E Serviços Tecnológicos

Minsait Brasil

FL Brasil Holding, Logística e Transporte

Gavilon do Brasil Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas


Chiesi Farmacêutica

Toshiba Corporation

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

ABAV – Associação Brasileira dos Agentes de Viagem

BT Communications do Brasil

Unicardio – Unidade Cardiológica de Urgência e Métodos Diagnósticos S/S

Hemotech – Unidade de Hemodinâmica e Radiologia Vascular

Brink’s E-Pago Tecnologia

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Votorantim BII BTS – FII

Transformadores e Serviços de Energia das Américas – TSEA

Science 4 Fit Assessoria Esportiva e Comercial

Work highlights

  • Represents Louis Dreyfus Company in several actions for damages derived from alleged anti-competitive conduct investigated by the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defence.
  • Acts for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo and Bofa Securites in an action for damages derived from alleged anti-competitive conduct under investigation by CADE.
  • Represents Clínica da Gávea in an award calculation procedure related to an indemnification for expenses on compulsory hospitalisation in psychiatric clinics, to be paid by the government.

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados

Clients praise Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados‘ ‘substantial legal knowledge‘ and ‘skills to develop a good line of defence‘ in the context of complex corporate and commercial litigation. The group is especially well placed to advise clients on shareholder disputes and post-M&A cases, and its busy caseload also features proceedings arising in the construction, real estate, public law and IP segments. The ‘highly qualifiedGuilherme Setoguti, whose ‘great strategic ability‘ is noteworthy, specialises in corporate, banking and civil litigation. He receives key support from associate Cláudia Gruppi Costa, who is recommended for her ‘deep technical knowledge‘ of judicial cases. Other active associates include Débora Carrara, who works in corporate disputes and debt restructurings, and Barbara Spohr Gonçalves, who focuses on commercial, corporate and real estate contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Setoguti


‘The team has an excellent technical level, with substantial legal knowledge and excellent writing skills.’

‘Cláudia Grupi Costa assists us with great promptness and speed; has great deep technical knowledge.’

‘Great ability to understand the problem presented, and excellent skills to develop a good line of defence.’

Key clients

Buritirama Mineração

XP Asset Management

EQI Agentes Autônomos de Investimentos


Banco Safra

Construcap – CCPS Engenharia e Comércio, Inova Saúde São Paulo SPE and Urbia Gestão de Parques SPE

A.T. Kearney Consultoria de Gestão Empresarial Abradin – Associação Brasileira de Investidores

Multiner and 2007 Participações

Bella Milão Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Captalys Companhia de Crédito

Lumina Capital Management

Hadeon Participações

Zenvia Mobile Servicos Digitais

Mauá Capital

Prisma Capital

Esh Capital Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Representing Buritirama in extra-judicial title executions filed by large banks.
  • Defends Capitânia in a lawsuit filed by the fund manager of a real estate fund.
  • Advises three businessmen in the agricultural industry on a lawsuit for administrative improbity acts filed by the Public Prosecutor Office against BNDES, its directors, employees and third parties.

Rolim Goulart Cardoso Advogados

Widely known for its expertise in highly regulated sectors, Rolim Goulart Cardoso Advogados is routinely retained by automotive, energy, mining and steel industry clients in disputes concerning regulatory and commercial issues. Led by the ‘excellentHelvécio Franco Maia Júnior, the Belo Horizonte-based team is a popular choice for judicial litigation involving vehicle distribution agreements. This is an area of particular focus for the highly regarded Patrícia Pilo Bittencourt Redig, while Luís Felipe Bernardes Sá Teles is a strong performer in power and consumer law litigation. Cases in the telecoms and energy sectors, as well as proceedings involving antitrust and distribution agreements are areas of activity for Felipe Renault Coelho Da Silva Pereira.

Practice head(s):

Helvécio Franco Maia Junior


‘Helvécio Franco Maia Junior and Luís Felipe Bernardes Sá Teles stand out.’

‘The firm has a lot of experience in its area of expertise, and is a reference in the market.’

‘Helvécio Franco Maia Junior and Patrícia Piló Bittencourt Redig are excellent lawyers and actively participate in cases. Due to their great expertise in the subject, they are references when seeking quality and reliable advice. They have a great response time and a vast knowledge of the topics. I am quite satisfied with their work.’

Key clients

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis

Peugeot Citroën do Brasil

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans Brasil

TSEA Energia


Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica (TAESA)

Algar Telecom

CNH Industrial

Telefônica Brasil

AngloGold Ashanti

Lundin Mining – Brasil

BP Bunge Bioenergia

Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE)

Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K

Consórcio Candonga


CPFL Group (Cia. Paulista de Força e Luz and Rio Grande Energia)

Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS)

GELF Siderurgia

Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil (CGT Eletrosul)

Ligas de Alumínio (LIASA)

Kinross Brasil Mineração

Companhia Estadual de Geração de Energia (CEEE-G)

Grupo Evoltz

Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil (Eletronorte)

Kuttner do Brasil Equipamentos Siderúrgicos

Volkswagen do Brasil

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)

O Boticário

Rio Grande Energia

AVG Siderurgia

Delly’s Food Service

Work highlights

  • Acts for Telefônica, which is seeking the annulment of a R$388m fine imposed by the Brazilian Telecom Agency (Anatel) for alleged non-compliance with user-rights standards.
  • Representing Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz (CPFL) in a lawsuit initiated by the private operator of a major complex of highways in the State of São Paulo.
  • Acting for Mercedes-Benz in a case in which the plaintiff is aiming to annul several clauses of three vehicle distribution contracts signed over 20 years ago.

Silveiro Advogados

A solid performer in construction and corporate litigation, Silveiro Advogados handles a varied dispute resolution workload on behalf of a multitude of corporate clients. Telecoms is a core sectoral focus for the firm, which is based between São Paulo and Porto Alegre. The ‘team of highly qualified lawyers‘ is jointly led by managing partner Ricardo Ranzolin and Ricardo Leal De Moraes, the latter of whom specialises in public law and antitrust litigation. Ricardo Fortes often acts for banks and companies in judicial reorganisations, while the ‘very dedicatedIgor Bimkowski Rossoni stands out for his work in telecoms and post-privatisation cases. Guilherme Queirolo Feijó concentrates on litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ranzolin; Ricardo Leal de Moraes


‘They are full service, attentive, they have specialist lawyers in the group.’

‘Igor Rossoni is always very dedicated, he tries to meet what we need masterfully, in a short time, at an excellent cost.’

‘A team of highly qualified lawyers, experienced in their field, demonstrating in-depth legal knowledge and the ability to apply it to the cases in which they practise. They are able to communicate clearly and concisely, both with their clients and with other parties involved in a case, such as judges, opposing counsel and witnesses.’

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Elevadores Otis

Frusapar Participações (Fruki Bebidas)

Banco Cooperativo Sicredi

Banrisul – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Rohden Indústria Lignea

CSL – Cordoaria São Leopoldo

Hotel Casa da Montanha

Companhia Zaffari Comércio e Indústria

HT Micron semicondutores

Work highlights

  • Representing Companhia Zaffari Comércio e Indústria in a lawsuit discussing the right to vindicate the possession of a building located in a prime area of the city of Porto Alegre.
  • Representing Telefônica Brasil in lawsuits that changed and consolidated the understanding of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) about the method for the subscription and payment of the shares in thousands of contracts.
  • Representing Terra Santa Propriedades Agrícolas in six lawsuits concerning the sale of a biodiesel plant.

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados

At Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados, the ‘very well prepared‘ litigation team handles a mix of commercial, corporate, civil and antitrust disputes for a varied client roster active in the construction, agribusiness, energy, banking and retail sectors. With over 20 years’ experience in judicial disputes involving IP rights, consumer and electoral law, Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos coordinates the group with three other practitioners: Ivo Waisberg, who acts for companies and banks in dispute resolution; Ricardo Pomeranc Matsumoto, a contact for administrative cases involving the Brazilian Central Bank; and recently promoted partner Bárbara Pessoa Ramos, who specialises in judicial reorganisation and bankruptcy matters. Carlos Teixeira Leite Filho, who has a strong background as a judge, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos; Ivo Waisberg; Ricardo Pomeranc Matsumoto; Bárbara Pessoa Ramos


‘Strategic profile for dealing with complex corporate litigation.’

‘Ivo Waisberg and Bárbara Pessoa Ramos are recommended.’

‘The team is very well prepared, has impeccable knowledge and provides prompt advice.’

Key clients

CFL Participações

Banco BTG Pactual

Prisma Capital

Santo Antônio Energia

Mossi & Ghisolfi Internacional

Indorama Ventures Polímeros

Latache Capital


RB Capital

Banco Santander



Grupo Aralco

Stone SCD

Grupo Energy

Grupo Geneseas

MGC Capital

Bonasa Alimentos

Grupo Omar Maksoud

Braswey Indústria e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual in an action for damages against Braskem’s parent companies due to losses caused by unlawful acts involving abuse of power and control uncovered by Operation Carwash.
  • Defending More Invest Gestora de Recursos against a claim for alleged losses due to the mismanagement of investments suffered by UEG Araucaria.
  • Assisting CFL Participações in a corporate claim related to the distribution of dividends by the counterparty in discordance with its by-laws, which caused the client significant financial losses.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

Primarily based in Rio de Janeiro, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados, which regularly acts for corporate and private clients across the country, is proficient in judicial proceedings arising from civil, commercial, corporate and contractual disputes. Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira, who has a strong background as a corporate lawyer, is one of the main points of contact for complex corporate and commercial disputes. Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques is recommended for strategic disputes, with a special emphasis on cases concerning concessions, projects and public law. Pension and investment funds regularly engage Lucas Hermeto in litigation. Antonio Augusto Tiburcio is also noted for his work before judicial courts. Based in São Paulo, Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti acts in both litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira; Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti


‘The litigation team led by Claudio Marques has been fundamental for our company in a lawsuit that has demanded tireless participation and involvement.’

Key clients


EDP Renováveis Brazil

Órama Investimentos

Postalis Instituto de Previdência Complementar

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

SERPROS Fundo Multipatrocinado

JOTUN Brasil Importação Exportação e Industria de Tintas

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Clube de Regatas do Flamengo in a lawsuit against Banco Central, which reduced circa 90% the value of a fine that was imposed due to the sale of football players to the international market.
  • Acts for Cleartech in an enforcement procedure filed by HP Financial Services Brasil.
  • Represents CCEE in a lawsuit filed by Usiminas to annul an arbitration award.

Almeida Advogados

Lawsuits arising from corporate, environmental, real estate, unfair competition, insurance and consumer law matters are notable fields of practice for Almeida Advogados, which particularly shines in complex shareholder disputes. Based in São Paulo, Andrea Seco is frequently instructed by clients from the shipping, aviation, retail, energy and construction sectors in a varied range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Henrique Carmona Do Amaral is a contact in Belo Horizonte for corporate and public law disputes, the latter of which is also an area of expertise for Rafael Zinato Moreira in Rio de Janeiro. Associate João Ricardo Ferreira Fortini Pimentel acts in civil procedural law and litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Seco; Henrique Carmona; Rafael Zinato Moreira


‘The firm has an impressive array of talent. I have successfully worked with them on corporate, real estate, litigation, criminal and family law matters.’

Key clients

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil

SINDILEI/MG – Sindicato dos leiloeiros do Estado de Minas Gerais

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

3OGUMK Minerais e Tecnologia

Consórcio Aquamec – Degrémont, Haztec Tecnologia e Planejamento Ambiental

Suez International

Edding International

Foxx URE-BA Ambiental

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)

Winburg InvEstment Company

Alpex Alumínio

Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil

Castanheiro Patrimonial

2XT – Tecnologia e Comercio de Informatica

Gianfranco Bracatelli

CBF Indústria de GUSA and GUSA Nordeste

EFI Brazil

Bio-Rad Laboratories

RJ Trading e Investimentos

Cirúrgica Rio De Janeiro (Maconequi)

Galeria 9

Value Prev Sociedade Previdenciária


Alesat Combustíveis

Orizon Valorização de Resíduos

Work highlights

  • Defending Foxx URE-BA Ambiental in an execution claim filed by Keppel.
  • Assisting Consórcio Aquamec in a judicial execution of an arbitral award.
  • Defending ALESAT Combustíveis in numerous lawsuits regarding breach of contract.

Andrade Maia Advogados

Leveraging a considerable national footprint, Andrade Maia Advogados maintains an active litigation practice, which is seasoned in the gamut of matters, from cases in the energy and infrastructure sectors, to proceedings involving healthcare, telecoms and insurance clients. Manager partner Julio Cesar Goulart Lanes handles a large volume of contentious matters, with key support offered by litigation specialists Otávio Luiz Verdi Motta and Fabrício Costa Pozatti.

Practice head(s):

Júlio Cesar Goulart Lanes; Otávio Motta; Fabrício Pozatti


‘The office is a great business partner and has served us well for some years now. The availability of its team of lawyers and interactions are always very productive, always in the most varied themes and subjects that we work together.’

‘Our work is always focused on partner Daniel Koehler. Daniel is great in terms of service, cordiality, creative solutions and partnership in general.’

‘Personalised service and technical qualification.’

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento e Participações

General Motors do Brasil

Jaguar Land Rover

Uber Tecnologia do Brasil

Yara Fertilizantes

Unimed Porto Alegre

Mercado Livre

Dobrevê Participações

Lojas Renner

Lojas Colombo

Rotta Ely Constyruções e Incorporações

Grupo Quinto Andar

Sensedata Tecnologia

Associação Hospitalar Moinhos de Vento


Aeromot Aeronaves e Motores

Concessionária Estadual de Energia Elétrica

Nubank Pagamentos

Work highlights

  • Representing Aegea Saneamento (as the leader of a consortium) regarding its intervention in class actions brought to prevent the execution of a purchase agreement with the government.
  • Representing a family of entrepreneurs as plaintiffs in an action brought against the Brazilian Bank Authority to vacate a res judicata effect from a previous lawsuit lost by the family.
  • Successfully assisted Dobrevê Participações in a lawsuit aiming to annul a purchase agreement of shares of a hydroelectric plant executed by the client.

ASBZ Advogados

ASBZ Advogados houses an ‘extremely qualified‘ team of litigators with ‘high technical knowledge‘ of cases before state and appellate courts. Energy, financial, retail, technology, construction, sports and entertainment companies make up its varied client portfolio. The group is jointly led by Alfredo Zucca Neto, a civil and commercial litigation specialist, and Aitan Canuto Cosenza Portela, who is regularly instructed by energy clients and financial institutions. The highly recommended Samuel Bueno possesses a strong track record in disputes concerning the financial services, retail, tech and entertainment segments. Christian Vieira is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Zucca Neto; Aitan Canuto Consenza Portela


‘The team at ASBZ is extremely qualified, with high technical knowledge and the ability to accurately point out the main indicators of the lawsuit portfolio.’

‘Samuel Bueno is a distinguished professional, with extensive knowledge of the means of payment, technology and contracts market, which facilitates the strategy of defending complex cases and reaching numerous favourable decisions.’

‘Technical profile and attentive to the client.’

Key clients


CTEEP – CIA. De Transmissão De Energia Elétrica Paulista

Grupo Carrefour Brasil

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Elo Participações

Companhia Brasileira De Soluções E Seviços (Alelo)

Banco Bradesco

Sascar Tecnologia E Segurança Automotiva

Mexichem Brasil Indústria De Transformação Plástica

Banco Safra

Abril Comunicações

Prime Sistemas De Atendimento Ao Consumidor (Mutant)

Tex Courier

Mez Energia

Buser Brasil Tecnologia/ Abrafrec

Echoenergia Participações

Stone Pagamentos

Uber Brasil Tecnologia

Confederação Brasileira De Futebol

Heineken – Hkn Br Industria De Bebidas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista – CTEEP in a lawsuit discussing its incorporation of EPTE and the minority shareholders’ rights of withdrawal.
  • Assisted Santander in an enforcement action filed by the Public Defender’s Office of the State of Mato Grosso.
  • Advised Walmart on a case involving a breach of contract regarding a non-compete clause provided in the packaging service agreement between the client and Target.

Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados

Primarily based in Rio de Janeiro, Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados has a solid track record in acting for funds and financial services clients – including banks and brokerage firms – in litigation at the state and federal levels. Administrative proceedings before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), the Central Bank of Brazil and the National Superintendence for Pension Funds (PREVIC) are strong points for the department, which is led by a trio of partners: Bruno Carriello and Maria Isabel do Prado Bocater, both of whom focus on corporate disputes, and Flávio Martins Rodrigues, the main contact for pension funds. Maria Carolina Melo and associate Felipe Varela Mello are also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Carriello; Maria Isabel do Prado Bocater; Flavio Martins Rodrigues

Key clients


Eletrobras – Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras



Kepler Weber


Caixa de Previdência dos Funcionários do Banco do Brasil (PREVI)

Real Grandeza – Fundação de Previdência e Assistência Social

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social (PETROS)

Banco Paulista

Banco Fator

Fator Corretora de Valores

Fundo de Recuperação de Ativos – Fundo de Investimentos em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados

FIDC Brasil Plural Recuperação de Crédito

Socopa – Sociedade Corretora Paulista

Fator Projetos

Fundação de Seguridade Social Braslight

Fundação Atlântico de Seguridade Social

Fundação Forluminas de Seguridade Social (Forluz)

Fundação de Seguridade Social da ArcelorMittal Brasil (FUNSSEST)

Fundação Assistencial dos Empregados da Cesan (FAECES)

Brasco Logística Offshore (Wilson Sons)

Fundação Vale do Rio Doce de Seguridade Social (VALIA)

Grupo Inepar

BTG Pactual

Tree Florestal Empreendimentos e Participações

Commit Gas

Illuminati Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios

SLW Corretora de Valores

Work highlights

  • Representing Eletrobras in various disputes related to the company’s privatisation.
  • Acting for Ático Empreendimentos e Participações in a damages claim against Totvs.
  • Hired to file a partial dissolution lawsuit of Sendas Business Group in a R$200m case.

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

Judicial and administrative proceedings are at the core of Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados‘ litigation department, which is adept at handling a variety of contentious matters, most notably civil, commercial, consumer and public law-related disputes. Renato Moraes has substantial experience in administrative, commercial and construction cases; he oversees the ‘technical and practical‘ department with associate Tatiana Kauffmann, whose practice encompasses litigation, arbitration and mediation, and Luiz Cláudio Gonçalves Freire, who is based in the Rio de Janeiro office.

Practice head(s):

Renato Moraes; Tatiana Kauffmann; Luiz Cláudio Gonçalves Freire


‘The excellence in quality, the technical and practical approach, and the direct and constant contact certainly set the firm apart.’

‘Renato Moraes and Tatiana Kaufman stand out.’

Key clients



Grupo Jardiplan

Raízen Araraquara Açúcar e Ácool

Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo

Abcon – Associação Brasileira das Concessionárias Privadas de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto

Dommo Energia

Virtus Pay

The Valspar Corporation

Armac Logística

Dalablog Participações

Mzm Butantã

Itafos Arraias Mineração e Fertilizantes

Dover Fueling Solutions

Sherwim-Williams do Brasil

Stripe Brasil Soluções de Pagamento

Work highlights

  • Advising Grupo Gerdau on civil claims involving breaches of contracts.
  • Assisting ABCON in judicial proceedings before the Superior Court of Justice to guarantee the enforcement of an arbitral award by the Sanitation Department.
  • Acting for Pérola in a claim involving the collection of the Positive Net Present Value resulting from a Concession Agreement signed between the client and Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2022, is a popular choice for domestic companies in pre-litigation, judicial and administrative cases. Split between São Paulo and Porto Alegre, the team is trusted by a varied clientele with operations in the retail, technology, financial and agribusiness sectors. Luciano Benetti Timm heads up the national department, which is particularly active in contractual disputes. Tiago Faganello coordinates the litigation group in Rio Grande do Sul, while Danilo Brum De Magalhães oversees the São Paulo-based team.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Benetti Timm


‘The office is a great business partner and has served us well. The availability of its team of lawyers and interactions are always very productive, always in the most varied themes and subjects that we work together.’

‘Our work is always focused on Tiago Faganello and Danilo Brum. It’s been years of partnership and both are great in terms of service, cordiality, creative solutions and partnership.’

Key clients

PPG Industrial do Brasil – Tintas e Vernizes

COFCO International Brasil

Melhoramentos CMPC


Andritz Separation Indústria e Comércio de Equipamentos de Filtração

Indigo – Admiistradora Geral De Estacionamentos

Philip Morris do Brasil

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

Yara Brasil Fertilizantes

Stone Instituição de Pagamento

Google Brasil Internet

Work highlights

  • Engaged by COFCO International Brasil to enforce claims of around 15 contracts.
  • Assisted Melhoramentos in a series of actions regarding the expansion of the company’s activities and its repercussions on the franchising contracts held.
  • Engaged by Stone Pagamentos to demonstrate its compliance with all its obligations in the payment chain, and that the company cannot be jointly liable for the default by Bela Pagamentos.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

Demonstrating extensive experience in the construction, energy, life sciences, insurance and banking sectors, Dias Carneiro Advogados advises on the prevention and resolution of claims in the corporate and commercial spheres. Practice co-head Laura Mendes Bumachar also leads on restructuring and insolvency mandates. Fellow co-leaders Antonio Nachif and Álvaro Brito Arantes, both of whom are skilled in commercial litigation and credit recovery, are the other points of contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Laura Mendes Bumachar; Antonio Nachif; Álvaro Brito Arantes


‘Álvaro Brito assists us in litigation and credit recovery. In addition to knowing the client well, Álvaro is personally dedicated to the cases. He is at the forefront of legal actions, and is decisive in agreements, especially in hearings and dispatches.’

‘The high technical level of the services provided, due to the capacity of the team’s professionals, especially the partners, which makes the Firm stand out in terms of people, collaboration and innovation.’

‘Álvaro Arantes stands out in the team, a professional with deep technical knowledge.’

Key clients

AAK do Brasil Ind. e Com. de Óleos Vegetais

Acqio Holding Participações


Apple Computer do Brasil

Arcadia Commodities Limited

Banco de Occidente


Bomtrato-DDM Investimentos e Participações



Control Union Brasil

Czarnikow Brasil

Dental Cremer Produtos Odontológicos

Emsenhuber Advogados Associados

Farmina Pet Foods Brasil


Hempmeds Medicamentos do Brasil

Interpart Planejamento de Negócios Empresariais

MSA do Brasil Equipamentos e Instrumentos de Segurança

OLX – Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Plural Banco Múltiplo


Riot Games Serviços

Schneider Electric Brasil

Siemens Healthcare Diagnósticos


Ubisoft Entertainment


Vestas do Brasil Energia Eólica

Vivareal Internet

Work highlights

  • Represents gaming manufacturers Ubisoft and Riot in a class action discussing the prohibition of loot boxes in Brazil.
  • Represents Banco de Occidente in a cross-border collection lawsuit against Construtora Norberto Odebrecht.
  • Acts for Raízen in pre-litigation and litigation against TAM, TAM Linhas Aéreas and LATAM Airlines Group regarding the fulfilment and enforcement of obligations stated on the fuel supply agreement.

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados

Led by Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados handles a varied caseload featuring civil litigation, pre-trial negotiations and enforcement proceedings, and is particularly recognised for its strength in disputes in the real estate sector. Practice head Sanfins specialises in civil proceedings and digital law. Other notable attorneys include Wilson de Toledo Silva Junior, who is recommended for civil, contractual and real estate cases; Antonio Carlos Petto Junior, a trusted advisor to the agribusiness and healthcare sectors; and associate Lucas Tavella Michelan.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins

Key clients



Home Health Fornecimento de Insfraestrutura de Apoio e Assistência ao Paciente no Domicílio

InterCement Brasil

Metrus – Instituto de Seguridade Social

Libra Group

Atena – Tecnologias em Energia Natural


Cyrela Group

Copersucar – Cooperativa de Produtores de Cana-de-Açúcar, Açúcar e Álcool do Estado de São Paulo

Work highlights

  • Represents Metrus Instituto de Seguridade Social in a lawsuit filed by a human resources company.
  • Acts for Capital Construções e Dragagens in a lawsuit filed against a public bank involving the termination of a contract.
  • Represents the heirs and successors of a family in an action filed by the Tax Authority of the State of São Paulo regarding the property rights of a historic building.

Ernesto Borges Advogados

With a strong presence in Mato Grosso do Sul, Ernesto Borges Advogados offers representation to a plethora of clients in a range of contentious matters, from class actions to corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Bernardo Rodrigues De Oliveira Castro handles a large volume of mandates in the banking and financial services sector, while power, energy and consumer lawsuits are core areas of activity for Walberto Laurindo De Oliveira Filho. Daniel Feitosa Naruto is another name to note in the practice, which also includes Eva Beatriz Blasco Xavier, a specialist in consumer litigation, Camila Henrique Leite, who is regularly engaged in banking and real estate-related cases, and Ana Carolina Cunha de Figueiredo.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Rodrigues de Oliveira Castro; Walberto Laurindo de Oliveira Filho; Daniel Feitosa Naruto

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Bradesco

Banco BMG


C6 Bank

Alphaville Urbanismo

Energisa Mato Grosso do Sul – Distribuidora de Energia



SICREDI – Sistema de Crédito Cooperativo

Banco Cetelem

Tegra Incorporadora

Auren Energia

Grupo Cornélio Brennand

Votorantim Cimentos

Aegea Saneamento

Banco Inter

Porto Seguro Financiamentos

Work highlights

  • Represented Via in a declaratory action of non-existence of debt.
  • Acted for C6 Bank in a claim that dealt with the unilateral closure of a bank account, in which the client had financial investments.
  • Advised Telefônica on the removal of an injunction to prevent the operation of a mobile telephone signal distribution station in a municipality with almost 2 million inhabitants.

Felsberg Advogados

Felsberg Advogados acts for private and publicly-owned companies from the food and beverage, infrastructure, shipping, aviation, construction and energy sectors in a broad range of litigation matters. Its caseload, which features both domestic and cross-border cases, is populated by proceedings arising from M&A, commercial, corporate and financial disputes, as well as torts and insolvencies. The practice is under the joint leadership of Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes and Eduardo Périllier, who brings together expertise in bankruptcy, judicial restructurings and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes; Eduardo Périllier

Key clients


Lactalis do Brasil – Comércio, Importação e Exportação de Laticínios


Banco do Brasi

Equipav Engenharia

JVC Kenwood do Brasil Comércio de Eletrônicos


Work highlights

  • Acting for Parmalat in a trade mark dispute heard before the 32nd Civil State Court of São Paulo.
  • Representing Equipav Engenharia in an environmental public civil action in the 1st Civil State Court of Campo Grande.
  • Advises several shareholders of the Athens, Lugano, and San Marino FIDIC managed by Global Invest Asset Management and BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros Distribuidora de Titulos e Valores Mobiliarios on a case before the 1st Business Court of Rio de Janeiro.

Galdino & Coelho, Pimenta, Takemi, Ayoub Advogados

With strong credentials in judicial and administrative proceedings, the litigation team at Galdino & Coelho, Pimenta, Takemi, Ayoub Advogados is equipped to act in corporate and contractual disputes in the banking, energy, oil and gas, construction, real estate and retail spaces. Cross-border corporate cases and credit recovery are among Rafael Pimenta‘s specialisms; he oversees the practice with civil litigator André Furquim Werneck and Pedro Murgel, a litigation and arbitration specialist. Diogo Rezende de Almeida has a strong track record in financial litigation, while Thiago Gonzalez Queiroz focuses on corporate disputes, and Yasmin Paiva is proficient in court-supervised restructurings and bankruptcies.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Pimenta; André Furquim Werneck; Pedro Murgel


‘We are assisted by the team of Diogo Rezende de Almeida and over the years he has built a relationship of unrestricted trust based on his competence, quality of results and immediate availability whenever required. For us, he is the first reference in any contentious matter.’

‘Team of young specialists, committed and interested in the quick resolution of the problem. It is a team that serves its clients very well and offers solutions to complex problems.’

‘We are assisted in person by Diogo Rezende. He is extremely well educated, attentive and willing to solve problems.’

Key clients

Itau Unibanco

Banco Genial


Starboard Partners

Banco BBM

Renova Energia

Angra Partners

Eletrobrás – Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (CHESF)

Banco Sistema

Log-In Logística Intermodal

China Construction Bank

LAAD Americas

Opportunity Private Equity

STX Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eletrobrás – Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (CHESF) in a claim for damages filed by a group of wind energy companies against the client for an alleged delay in the construction of a transmission line.
  • Represents Banco Sistema in a debt enforcement action filed against a family of agribusiness entrepreneurs.
  • Represents the Yduqs Group in approximately twenty class actions which were filed against multiple entities of the group, seeking the review of educational contracts due to the consequences of the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados

Jointly headed up by founding partner Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini and litigator Maysa Abrahao Tavares Verzola, Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados‘ litigation practice is active across the automotive, construction, infrastructure, education, energy, and food and beverage sectors. The group is noted for its in-depth knowledge of public law cases, contractual disputes and credit recovery claims, and is also well versed in IP, insurance and tort litigation. Co-leader Verzola is counsel of choice for financial institutions, concessionaires and investment funds, while Renata Mangueira de Souza is regularly sought out for her expertise in consumer litigation and cases concerning family and succession law.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini; Maysa Abrahão Tavares Verzola

Key clients

AMC Serviços Educacionais

GPS Group

General Motors

Camargo Corrêa

ABB Group

Giorgio Armani Brasil

Siemens Healthcare Diagnósticos


Florespar Florestal

Sanchez Cano

Iron Mountain do Brasil

Inova Soluções

Mesto Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Siqueira Castro Advogados

Ambaar Serviços Auxiliares de Transporte Aéreo

Farmina Pet Foods

Globalpack Indústria e Comércio

Ambipar Response

Work highlights

  • Represented Empreendimentos Litorâneos in an eminent domain proceeding against Federal Union and INCRA.
  • Represented ANCIVE in a lawsuit filed against IVECO claiming indemnification for all Brazilian dealerships of IVECO vehicles.
  • Assisting Independência in its reorganisation proceedings, which involve hundreds of credit recovery claims.

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Noted for its public law capabilities, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados boasts expertise in litigation arising from public procurement, concessions and government contracts. The team, which has been particularly active in the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors, is jointly managed by Eduardo Talamini, who acts for government entities and private companies in judicial, administrative and arbitral proceedings, and Andre Guskow Cardoso, whose expertise extends to M&A, construction and anti-corruption claims. Associate Felipe Scripes Wladeck focuses on civil procedural law and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Talamini; André Guskow Cardoso

Key clients

Autoviação Catarinense

Nec Latin America

Associação dos Procuradores do Estado de Santa Catarina (APROESC)

BRK Ambiental Participações

Ebisa Engenharia Brasileira Industria e Saneamento

Construtora A. Gaspar

Tecon Salvador

Federação das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros dos Estados do PR e SC (FEPASC)

Concessionária Ecovia Caminho do Mar

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Work highlights

  • Represents NEC Latin America in a lawsuit seeking the annulment of a bid carried out by the Civil Police of Distrito Federal for the hiring of a civil identification system.
  • Represents Associação dos Procuradores do Estado de Santa Catarina (APROESC) in a lawsuit involving a government act which has suspended the payment of part of the salary of the public attorneys of the State of Santa Catarina.
  • Acted for Ebisa Engenharia Brasileira, Indústria e Saneamento in the challenging of a TCU (Court of Accounts) ruling for alleged fraud in biddings.

Madrona Fialho Advogados

Madrona Fialho Advogados – the result of the 2023 merger between Fialho Salles Advogados and Madrona Advogados – has a strong track record in public law cases, but its litigation experience also encompasses shareholder, construction and IP disputes. The department is jointly led by three partners in Belo Horizonte: Érico Andrade, a key contact for cases involving public procurement, PPPs and concessions; Leonardo Canabrava, who focuses on corporate law; and mediation, litigation and arbitration specialist Leonardo de Abreu Birchal; and three practitioners in São Paulo: João Carlos Toledo; Fábio Alem; and Luciano Velasque Rocha, the lattermost of whom has a wealth of experience in civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Érico Andrade; Fabio Alem; Leonardo Canabrava; Leonardo de Abreu Birchal; Luciano Velasque Rocha; João Carlos Toledo

Key clients

Usina Siderúrgicas De Minas Gerais – Usiminas

Inspira Mudança Participações

Hap Engenharia

Sisnergy – Soluções e Sistemas Integrados

SPE Terminal

Shareholders in the Petra Group

BRK Ambiental

AEGEA Saneamento

OECI Engenharia e Construção (Novonor Group)

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Federação Nacional do Comércio de Combustíveis e de Lubrificantes

Associação Brasileira das Empresas Estaduais de Saneamento

Associação Brasileira das Concessionárias Privadas de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto

GS Inima Brasil

Construtora Barbosa Mello

Cogna Educação

Marista Group

Up Brasil Administração e Serviços

Mascarenhas, Barbosa, Roscoe Construções

Axxiom Soluções Tecnológicas

Via Magna Construções E Empreendimentos

Mohallem Engenharia

LSM Participações

Parex Engenharia

Aliança Geração de Energia


MB Negócios Digitais

Unicred Central MG Cooperativa Central de Economia e Crédito Mútuo dos Profissionais da Saúde de Nível Superior e Outros Segmentos de Crédito do Estado de Minas Gerais


Montreal Informática

SumUp Soluções de Pagamento Brasil

Snef Serviços e Montagens

Álya Construtora

Metha Group

Labtest Diagnóstica

Phosfaz Fertilizantes


Meero do Brasil Serviços

Komatsu Brasil International

Construtora Trindade

Cia de Fiação e Tecidos Cedro e Cachoeira

Airtech International

Abbott Diagnósticos Rápidos

Hitachi Energy Brasil

ABB Automação

Magnesita Refratários

ABC Atacado Brasileiro da Construção

Engelmig Eletrica

Localiza Rent a Car

Rio Branco Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Acting for Engeform Engenharia in a lawsuit concerning a public bidding for a PPP project to modernise, expand, operate and maintain the public lighting network in Estância de Atibaia.
  • Representing SumUp in a lawsuit against Google, Izettle, Mercadolivre.com and others involving the alleged sale and use of its trade marks.
  • Represents Gustavo Faria in a series of proceedings concerning Stam Metalúrgica, including a claim against the company and the remaining shareholders.

Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados

Focused on competition law and litigation, boutique firm Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados is well placed to act in lawsuits challenging government and regulatory agencies, as well as corporate disputes, environmental claims and antitrust litigation. Showcasing expertise in proceedings before state and federal courts, Aurélio Marchini Santos oversees the practice with competition and dispute resolution expert Daniel Costa Caselta and Martim Della Valle, who splits his time between contentious matters and compliance. Associates Victor Adame and Cecilia Lerario are key individuals to note for corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aurélio Marchini Santos; Daniel Costa Caselta; Martim Della Valle


‘Firm with great professionalism.’

‘Victor Adame stands out for his communication skills and professionalism.’

‘The excellence in quality, technical knowledge and practical approach. Direct and constant contact with partners sets the firm apart.’

Key clients

VLI Group

White Martins Gases Industriais


Voestalpine VAE GmbH

CRH Brasil

John Deere do Brasil

Atem’s Distribuidora de Petróleo

Electrolux do Brasil

Associação Cemitérios Privados de São Paulo – ACEMBRA

Sindicato dos Cemitérios e Crematórios Particulares do Brasil – SINCEP

Amar Assistência em Seguros

Abril Comunicações

Transocean Brasil

Elemidia Consultoria e Serviços de Marketing

O Estado de S. Paulo (Estadão)

Technip FMC (FMC Technologies)

Terminal Portuário de Angra dos Reis

Ceras Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advising FNS on two claims against a publicly-owned company to seek damages and specific performance of the obligation of repairing defects on rails and sleepers on FNS’s railway track.
  • Assisting Ultrafértil in several claims to ensure the continuation of the construction of a confined aquatic disposal cell.
  • Representing White Martins in a lawsuit to annul a R$1,76bn fine imposed by CADE.

Muriel Advogados

Entirely devoted to dispute resolution, Muriel Advogados is a ‘go-to for any complex judicial or arbitral proceeding‘, particularly excelling in disputes in the infrastructure, construction, energy, healthcare and corporate spaces. The ‘technical, analytical and very experienced‘ team is under the joint leadership of Marcelo Muriel, whose experience in high-profile domestic and cross-border litigation spans three decades, and Danilo Orenga, noted for commercial, corporate and contractual conflicts. Associate Yasmim Fortesdeserves praise for her quality and potential‘.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Muriel; Danilo Orenga


‘Muriel Advogados is a go-to for any complex judicial or arbitral proceeding. They have a deep knowledge of so many aspects of the law that you can be sure to always have the best strategy possible.’

‘High level of legal knowledge. High level of argumentation and contextualisation with appropriate concatenation of the various circumstances correlated with other disputes.’

‘Danilo Orenga Conceição: excellent coordination of the line of thought, strategy and line of action in different processes.’

‘Yasmim Silva Fortes: Extremely well written, coherent, clear and legally sound proposals.’

‘Danilo Orenga combines a deep knowledge with incredible talent and willingness to investigate all aspects of the client’s business to always construct the best strategy.’

‘The litigation team is technical, analytical and very experienced. Muriel and Danilo work very well together. The team of associates is also very good. They are young and ambitious. When I work with Muriel and Danilo I am always reassured that I will get the best results possible.’

‘I would like to praise Danilo Orenga’s works and ethics. Danilo is a very good negotiator and strategist. He is a star. Always prepared, knows the case law and can always come up with a good plan. Yasmim Fortes also deserves praise for her quality and potential.’

Key clients


Acciona Construcción

Amico Saúde

Alice Operadora

Dryclean Usa do Brasil Lavanderias

Jive Investments

Andritz Hydro

Star Participações Rio Preto

Nordex Energy

Brascod – Comércio, Importação E Exportação (Grupo Rui Costa e Sousa)

Jonas Birger Arquitetura

Souza Cruz

Work highlights

  • Represents Amico Saúde in an enforcement proceeding filed by Banco Santos.
  • Acts for Brascod Comércio e Exportação in a compensation lawsuit against Vifrio arising from a commercial partnership.
  • Advises an individual in civil and criminal proceedings filed by J&F Investimentos concerning an interview given by the client to a major Brazilian newspaper.

Schmidt, Lourenço & Kingston Advogados

Noted for its ‘technical capacity and commitment to the client‘, Schmidt, Lourenço & Kingston Advogados has a well-established presence in the Rio de Janeiro market, and is singled out for its ‘strong performance in litigation matters arising from infrastructure disputes and public law in general‘. Founding partner Gustavo da Rocha Schmidt acts for private and publicly-held companies in high-profile cases. The ‘attentiveAlexandre Kingston is another name to note in the team, along with Eliana da Costa Lourenço and Eliane Zoghbi. Public law-related disputes, especially matters in the oil and gas, infrastructure and construction sectors, are a core area of focus for Michel Grumach.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo da Rocha Schmidt; Alexandre Kingston; Eliana da Costa Lourenço; Eliane Zoghbi; Michel Grumach


‘Team with a strong performance in litigation matters arising from infrastructure disputes and public law in general.’

‘Gustavo da Rocha Schmidt is very talented and firmly positioned in the search for a positive and favourable resolution for his clients.’

‘The firm stands out for its technical capacity and commitment to the client.’

‘Extremely attentive, agile and prepared. Contact always takes place with the partner, which greatly raises the level of service and discussions.’

‘Alexandre Kingston – Excellent, prepared and attentive lawyer.’

‘SLK is a go-to for intricate matters, mainly in the State of Rio de Janeiro, where they enjoy great prestige and credibility. They are transparent, dedicated and, above all, very ethical. They are always very agile and clear about risks.’

‘Gustavo Schmidt is highly qualified from a technical point of view, respected by his peers and by the most serious judges in the State of Rio de Janeiro.’

Key clients








XP Investimentos

Nova Rio








JC Decaux

Work highlights

  • Advises Leste Litigation Finance on a R$7bn suit.
  • Acting for Ipiranga in strategic disputes in the fuel distribution sector.
  • Advising Elfe on disputes against Petrobras.

Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados

At Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados, the litigation group ‘manages to combine technical capacity with strategy‘, providing advice to a varied client base on disputes that cover administrative, corporate and civil law. Core areas of strength for the team include judicial proceedings in the public law and energy segments. Co-head Antonio Cesar Siqueira ‘stands out for his experience and knowledge of dispute resolution methods‘; civil and corporate disputes as well as court-supervised reorganisations are among his specialisms. Luisa Bottrel, who has previously served as a first instance judge and a justice for the Rio de Janeiro State Court of Appeals, and Mariana Siqueira, who splits her time between litigation and mediation matters, are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Cesar Siqueira; Luisa Bottrel; Francisco de Almeida e Silva; Mariana Siqueira; Pedro de Andrade Figueira


‘Excellent professionals with results above expectations.’

‘Antonio Siqueira and Mariana Siqueira are excellent professionals, have a deep knowledge of the law, especially in litigation. They are objective, strategic and very determined.’

‘The firm manages to combine technical capacity with strategy and excellent access to the judiciary.’

Key clients

VoiceAge EVS

Refinaria de Manguinhos – Em Recuperação Judicial

Capella – Fundo de Investimentos em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados

Linhas de Taubaté Transmissora de Energia

Investimentos em Participações  – Invepar

Linha Amarela – LAMSA

Fundação Getulio Vargas

CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe

Net Courier Encomendas Expressas

Uni Empreendimentos

G-5 Credijus Créditos Judiciais Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados

Tribunal de Justiça do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Banco Industrial do Brasil

SM Machado Comércio de Tecidos Eireli – EPP

Consórcio Intersul de Transportes

Consórcio Transcarioca de Transportes

Consórcio Internorte de Transportes

Consórcio Santa Cruz de Transportes

Light Serviços de Eletricidade

Cerrado Elfriede SL

Work highlights

  • Assists Invepar in several administrative and judicial disputes against the municipality of Rio de Janeiro regarding the concession contract signed between MRJ and Lamsa, Invepar’s subsidiary.
  • Acts for Manguinhos in a case against the Rio de Janeiro state regarding damages caused by an unlawful decree that ordered the expropriation of Manguinhos’ headquarters.
  • Advises the Rio de Janeiro State Court on two Direct Unconstitutionality Lawsuits before the Supreme Court, the first regarding budget restrictions and the second regarding judicial fees.

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

With a strong following from the banking and energy sectors, Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados continues to be engaged in complex contentious matters in highly regulated industries involving civil, commercial and corporate law. Telecoms, real estate and infrastructure clients also recurrently turn to the team, which is overseen by Marcelo Beltrao Da Fonseca. At the associate level, Thais Schiavoni Guarnieri Silva Reynol specialises in judicial and arbitral proceedings concerning the power sector, consumer rights and corporate issues, while Danilo Romera Luqueze focuses on credit recovery and court-supervised reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca

Key clients

Enel – Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletrecidade de São Paulo

China Tree Gorges Brasil Energia

Itaú Unibanco



CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo

Banco Bradesco

Aliansce Sonae Shopping Center

Associação dos Aposentados Participantes da Eletros – APEL


Work highlights

  • Assisting Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletrecidade de São Paulo in five lawsuits concerning the charge of tariff for poles and electricity distribution lines installed over highways under a public service concession.
  • Acted for China Three Gorges Brasil Energia in a lawsuit against the Federal Government.
  • Assisting Itaú in a writ of execution filed against guarantors.