Firms To Watch: Dispute Resolution: Litigation

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.
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.
Focused on disputes arising from shareholding and corporate structures, business transactions and contractual issues, E. Munhoz Advogados ‘ dispute resolution team is overseen by founding partner Eduardo Secchi Munhoz  and João Vicente Lapa de Carvalho , both of whom have a wealth of experience in complex litigation.
Well known for its credentials in public law and projects, Giamundo Neto Advogados also fields a strong litigation team, which is well equipped to handle construction disputes and other contentious matters involving the energy and infrastructure sectors.
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 points of contact.
Padis Mattar Advogados' litigation group is especially active in commercial, corporate, banking and regulatory disputes; co-head Eduardo Augosto Mattar brings together expertise in restructuring, insolvency and complex litigation, while fellow co-leaders Renata Machado Veloso and Jaili Quinta Cunha focuses on judicial reorganisations, and corporate litigation, respectively.
Based in Rio de Janeiro, the litigation practice at Schmidt, Lourenço & Kingston Advogados  is well placed to handle complex disputes in the oil and gas sector at the state and federal level; Gustavo da Rocha Schmidt and Michel Grumach lead on this type of work.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation in Brazil

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados houses an ‘extremely qualified‘ team of litigators, which is routinely sought by clients operating in an array of sectors, including transport, construction, financial services and infrastructure. Its broad service offering covers high-stakes civil, corporate and administrative litigation before the superior courts of Brazil. The practice – which is made up of lawyers with professional experience in foreign jurisdictions and fluent in different languages, including Spanish, French, Italian and English – is well placed to assist clients in the context of domestic and cross-border contentious matters. Marcelo Ferro is a leading figure in the market, with decades of experience in litigation involving civil, corporate and construction disputes, while José Roberto de Castro Neves is primarily focused on civil, commercial and administrative cases. Both oversee the practice, which is based in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Leonardo Marins. Gustavo Birenbaum is another key practitioner, whose areas of expertise include litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Ferro; Jose Roberto De Castro Neves; Leonardo Marins


‘FCDG is the pinnacle of expertise when it comes to strategic litigation in the construction sector.’

‘The highly accessible partners are knowledgeable about the market. They are extremely qualified and propose creative/unusual solutions to deal with complex problems.’

‘I’d highlight Leonardo Marins and Marcelo Ferro.’

Key clients

Soares Penido



Btg Pactual

Brasil Plural


Andrade Gutierrez



Sapura Navegação Marítima

MultiRio Operações Portuárias

Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás (now named Equinor)



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.
  • Represents a consortium of construction companies which executed a concession agreement with the state of Rio de Janeiro to construct and operate Line 4 of Rio de Janeiro city subway in a class action involving the project.
  • Assisting Sapura Navegação Marítima in a case before the Federal Union to revert the decision of the Brazilian Tax Authority to cancel the license of three vessels to operate under the REPETRO tax regime.

Mattos Filho

At Mattos Filho, the litigation practice enjoys a strong reputation in the Brazilian market thanks to its frequent involvement as lead counsel in many of the country’s most complex and sensitive disputes. Praised for its ‘multidisciplinary approach and highly qualified professionals‘, the team assists clients in all of Brazil’s key economic sectors, including energy, technology, financial services and consumer goods. Covering corporate, administrative, civil and regulatory litigation, the practice is well positioned to undertake contentious work involving public law and governmental issues, and has experienced an increase in instructions concerning insurance, environmental, construction, product liability and financial disputes. Cases resulting from M&A and general commercial conflicts, including cross-border matters, have also recently seen a substantial uptick. The department is one of the main drivers of the firm’s pro bono efforts, a pioneer initiative in the market. In this context, practitioners have offered representation to clients on a pro bono basis in litigation issues involving immigration, LGBTQ and minorities, among others. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves has a strong track record in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. Flavio Pereira Lima has more than 30 years’ experience in contentious matters; civil and environmental disputes are some of his areas of focus. Bankruptcy-related cases are a field of expertise for Alex Hatanaka, while Maricí Giannico in Brasília is recommended for appellate litigation. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro and Isabela Siqueira, the latter of whom is particularly skilled in class actions, are other key individuals. Diego Herrera de Moraes joined the Brasilia office from HD Advogados in July 2022.


‘Multidisciplinary approach and highly qualified professionals in their specialisms.’

‘Flávio Pereira Lima is always available. He possesses technical knowledge and has a deep understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Mattos Filho has served us in a very satisfactory way, with promptness and quality. The team is always available, highly prepared. Discussions are productive and various aspects of the problems are addressed at all levels, seeking to meet all possible scenarios arising from the issue at hand.’

‘Skilled in the search for innovative solutions for the client. Availability and readiness are some of the words that best describe the firm, especially the partners.’

‘Mattos Filho’s litigation team is extremely well qualified. The firm has consistently invested in diversity and inclusion, which has only improved its worldview, strategic capacity and market integration.’

‘Eduardo Damião Gonçalves brings experience and balance to legal advice on sensitive issues.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Philip Morris Brasil

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis Brasil

Garrett Motion Indústria Automotiva Brasil



CAOA Group

Porta dos Fundos Produtora e Distribuidora Audiovisual

Supervia Concessionária de Transporte Ferroviário


Raízen Group

Votorantim Cimentos

Gol Linha Aéreas (formerly VRG Linhas Aéreas)

Starboard Asset

Brazilian Vegetable Oils Industry Association (ABIOVE)


Intercement Brasil

Facebook Serviços Online do Brasil


Establishment Labs Brasil Produtos Para Saúde

LinkedIn Representações do Brasil

Google Brasil Internet

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Banco Bradesco

CA Investment (Brazil)

Daikin Industries

Cofco International

Work highlights

  • Represents BHP Billiton in the judicial litigation arising from the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam in Mariana, Brazil.
  • Represents Philip Morris in a healthcare cost recovery claim filed by the Federal Union seeking reimbursement of past and future healthcare expenses with the treatment of 27 diseases allegedly caused by cigarette smoking and/or exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • Acts as co-counsel for the estate of an individual and the CAOA Group in six lawsuits against the bankrupt estate of Banco Santos and the bankrupt estate of Investsantos Negócios Administração e Participação.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

A go-to destination for Brazilian and international clients engaged in high-stakes litigation and ‘one of the best law firms in Brazil‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is recognised for its strength in handling high-profile civil and commercial cases. The firm, whose track record in this field exceeds seven decades, provides assistance to clients from a range of industries, including technology and financial services players. A reference in the national market, Celso Cintra Mori maintains a broad dispute resolution practice, handling civil, commercial and administrative cases throughout the country. Focused on domestic and cross-border proceedings, Gilberto Giusti is counsel of choice for clients engaged in corporate, securities and construction disputes. Rodrigo Carneiro, who has a background in the oil and gas sector, is another name to note for corporate and securities cases. Litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo in Brasilia specialises in appellate matters before the Brazilian higher courts, and Luis Claudio Furtado Faria showcases significant experience in class actions and litigation involving energy and financial services clients. Eider Avelino Silva is extremely active in the department, both in the context of domestic and cross-border disputes. At the associate level, Gianvito Ardito stands out for his involvement in class actions.


‘High technical quality.’

‘Pinheiro Neto is certainly one of the best law firms in Brazil. Excellent follow-up of matters which keeps clients informed.’

‘My contact partner has always been Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira. He is competent, attentive, good at strategies and very down to earth, and deeply analyses the issues and provides enlightening opinions.’

‘We choose Pinheiro Neto when we want a very technical and objective approach to litigation. When we instruct the firm, we are able to rely on accurate, timely and weighted internal procedures, in accordance with the most recent jurisprudence of each court.’

‘In complex litigation, we know that we can count on Eider Avelino who, in addition to having extremely deep technical knowledge, knows how to deal with each case with great objectivity and always guides his clients in a clear and comprehensive way.’

Key clients





General Motors

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Citi Bank




Becton Dickinson

Ernst & Young



McDonald’s (Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos)





Work highlights

  • Acted for Linx in a public civil action filed by IBRASG, an association which represents the interest of minority shareholders, concerning a business combination proposed by Stne Participações.
  • Engaged by partners of Grupo Peralta in a corporate dispute involving the liquidation of an individual’s shares in the group.
  • Assisting CBE in a dispute involving the termination of a contract in 1976 to create and implement a project for the electrification of the railway network in the state of São Paulo.

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Devoted to strategic dispute resolution, Sergio Bermudes Advogados occupies a leading position in the Brazilian legal market as a result of its consistent presence in the most complex and high-stakes litigation cases in the country. Its practitioners are adept in high-profile matters before all administrative bodies, regulatory authorities, courts and tribunals in Brazil, including the Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court. The practice is divided into sub-groups focused on different fields, including corporate and commercial, public law, insurance, bankruptcy, energy, environmental, real estate and electoral law, and is skilled in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases. Several high-stakes matters arising from the Covid-19 crisis, including Direct Actions of Unconstitutionality (ADI) against the Brazilian Quarantine Law, kept the team busy throughout 2021. Sergio Bermudes is a renowned litigator and widely recognised by the legal profession; he manages the team with Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira, whose areas of expertise include corporate disputes, and Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a name to note for corporate and commercial litigation. Caetano Berenguer excels in disputes involving the infrastructure and financial services sectors, while Rafaela Fucci is a key point of contact for insurance clients.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Bermudes; Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira; Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti


‘The technical quality of professionals sets the firm apart.’

‘Excellent team with high level of commitment and outstanding professionals. Assistance in all parts of Brazil, with emphasis on higher courts. Highly qualified multidisciplinary team.’

‘All the cases defended by this team were treated in an exemplary manner and the results were always better than expected.’

‘High degree of specialisation and knowledge of procedural matters.’

‘The transparency of Raphaela Fucci is important for decision-making.’

‘Involvement in the case and transparency when informing the risks and next steps.’

‘Competence, knowledge and punctuality define the team’s perfomance. Broad team covering the most varied aspects of the insurance sector.’

Key clients


Via Varejo

Banco Bradesco

Bradesco Seguros



Votorantim Cimentos



Telefonica Vivo

Federação Nacional de Saúde Suplementar (FenaSaúde)

Technip Engenharia

Concer – Companhia de Concessão Rodoviária Juiz de Fora-Rio

Work highlights

  • Defends Vale in several key matters, including the tailings dam collapses in Mariana in 2015 and Brumadinho in 2019.
  • Represents Braskem in a R$6.7bn lawsuit filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Acts for Enel in a dispute against the state of Goiás seeking reparatory measures due to multiple breaches of the privatisation contract of CELG-D.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a notable track record in advising market-leading clients from a range of industries, most notably financial services, energy, retail, construction and technology, in a range of contentious matters spanning the corporate, administrative and pre-litigation spheres. With in-depth knowledge of both judicial and out-of-court proceedings, the team is particularly noted for its significant experience in cross-border cases, where it often collaborates with renowned international firms. Leading the practice, Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea in São Paulo is a solid performer in collective actions and litigation involving investment funds and multinationals doing business in key economic sectors in Brazil, while Rio de Janeiro-based Pedro Costa specialises in strategic lawsuits arising from corporate, contractual and commercial disputes. With an impressive caseload in both litigation and arbitration, André Abbud is another noteworthy practitioner in São Paulo, who is regularly instructed in corporate, capital markets and infrastructure cases. Mario Gelli in Rio is recommended for succession matters. Iara Santos Conrado Costa Ferreira, whose areas of focus include litigation involving bankruptcies and business recovery, was promoted to partner in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea; Pedro Costa

Key clients

Netflix Entretenimento do Brasil

Galvão Engenharia

Sega Corporation

Sempre Sementes EIRELI

Usiminas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais – USIMINAS


BHP Billiton Brasil


Carrefour Comércio e Indústria

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

HBO Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represents Netflix in a series of disputes arising from alleged infringement of DivX’s technological patent on the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) standard.
  • Representing BHP Brasil in several lawsuits related to the collapse of the Fundão Dam, in the city of Mariana, in 2015.
  • Advising Braskem on a class action filed in the Netherlands by a group of Brazilian nationals concerning indemnification for alleged damages caused by mining activities in Brazil.

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados brings together the expertise of litigation, mediation and arbitration specialists who are seasoned in the entire spectrum of corporate and civil disputes. The team, which ‘combines tradition and innovation to provide quality legal services‘, is a go-to choice for several domestic and international clients from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, commodities, energy, infrastructure and financial services, engaged in complex litigation before judicial and administrative courts. Offering great national coverage, the group is well placed to assist clients in matters throughout Brazil and cases involving other jurisdictions. Celso Xavier ‘is an exceptional conductor of hearings in judicial and arbitration proceedings‘; he has substantial experience in contractual disputes and tort, securities and cartel litigation. Praised for his skills in ‘solving the most complex problems‘, Marcelo Inglez de Souza stands out in the field of IP contentious matters. Litigation concerning regulated sectors, including energy and infrastructure, are key strengths for Rafael Gagliardi. Cesar Rossi Machado, Amanda Sampaio, Daniel Kaufman and Fernanda Leão were recently welcomed to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Celso Xavier; Marcelo Inglez de Souza; Rafael Gagliardi


‘Team that has great technical knowledge, in addition to being great at integrating various legal topics into a single matter. They are able to achieve great results in processes of great relevance.’

‘Celso Xavier is a lawyer with great technical knowledge and great expertise. Among his greatest qualities, he is an exceptional conductor of hearings in judicial and arbitration proceedings; Amanda Sampaio is a brilliant young lawyer, who has extensive knowledge of the law, in addition to being very available.’

‘Very specialised team; they always think “outside the box” and care about getting to know the client’s business. They spare no effort to achieve a positive decision, always following the highest ethical standards.’

‘Marcelo Inglez de Souza – extremely competent lawyer, always available, with an overview of the law, excellent communicator and a great partner for clients. Always explores all options and is very creative in solving the most complex problems.’

‘Celso Xavier, Fernanda Leão, Marcelo Inglez and Mario Paranhos stand out.’

‘The firm combines tradition and innovation to provide quality legal services. Lawyers are technically prepared and are able to deal with clients’ problems quickly, with creative solutions.’

‘Celso Xavier, Daniel Kaufman, Fernanda Leão and Rafael Gagliardi are excellent lawyers, with excellent technical capacity and great legal vision, which allows them to find very creative solutions and differentiates them.’

Key clients

Clarke Mosquito Control Products

CVC Viagens e Turismo

Formula One World Championship



Via Varejo


Uniteca Agroflorestal



Work highlights

  • Represents Vale and several former and current officers in an application for early production of evidence filed by an individual with the State Courts of São Paulo, seeking to reopen a transnational arbitration case.
  • Represented ESBR in a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government and the Power Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) seeking to overturn a decision that reduced the amount of energy (garantia física) that the Jirau hydro power plant was allowed to trade.
  • Acted for Intercement in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the final judgment issued by the Court of Appeals of Espírito Santo involving a supply contract with Bachour.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘highly specialised team’ at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has the capacity to act for a range of Brazilian and international clients across sectors such as telecoms, energy, infrastructure, banking and retail. The practice is sought after for its expertise in handling high-stakes cases before all courts in the country, including the superior courts in Brasília. Its recent workload showcases the group’s strength in representing corporations from the energy, technology, pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors in high-value domestic and cross-border litigation proceedings. The dispute resolution team is deeply involved in the firm’s pro bono practice, having handled more than 140 cases in 2021. Specialised in the prevention and resolution of civil disputes, Eliane Cristina Carvalho is seasoned in litigation and arbitration proceedings. She oversees the department with Gláucia Mara Coelho, who represents clients before judicial and administrative courts. Eduardo Perazza De Medeiros, who is an expert in technology and digital law, has worked in an array of contentious matters, ranging from corporate disputes to public civil actions and tort liability. These are also core areas of activity for Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino. Gisela Ferreira Mation excels in cross-border mandates; Thais Cordeiro, who focuses on consumer issues, joined the firm from Siqueira Castro – Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Gláucia Mara Coelho


‘Highly specialised team.’

‘Its lawyers have great technical skills and possess excellent professional qualifications.’

Key clients

ANCORD – Associação Nacional das Corretoras e Distribuidoras de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários, Câmbio e Mercadorias Terra Nova

ABECIP – Associação Brasileira das Entidades de Crédito Imobiliário e Poupança

Motorola Mobility

Banco Caterpillar

Mirakl do Brasil

OSI Foods

Construtora Ferreira Guedes

E-vino Comércio de Vinhos

Linhas de Macapá Transmissora de Energia

Executive Corretora de Câmbio

Agropecuária e Reflorestadora São Luiz

B&T Corretora de Câmbio

Gama Investimentos

Amba Participações

Prointec & PBLM

Rodobens Incorporadora Imobiliária

OD Empreendimentos e Participações


Banco Bradesco

Work highlights

  • Representing Samarco Mineração in a case related to an accident involving the Fundão dam.
  • Acted for Braskem, which decided to close its activities in Maceió (Alagoas) due to a report that mentioned the occurrence of geological events that affected the region.
  • Defended Vale in claims filed by individuals and legal entities seeking to annul, modify or enforce the indemnification agreements executed within the indemnification programme concerning a tailings dam accident.

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados

Rated for its ‘great technical quality', Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados has over three decades of experience in the field of strategic litigation before both state and federal courts. It acts for a varied client roster made up of leading names from the construction, infrastructure, financial services, oil and gas, and private equity sectors. Key areas of strength for the team include litigation arising from major contracts and shareholder disputes, as well as post-M&A conflicts. Clients routinely turn to Sergio Mannheimer for assistance in complex insurance claims. He jointly heads the department alongside Tomaz Lyra, who possesses ‘great knowledge' in the resolution of disputes of a commercial and corporate nature. Fernanda Aviz is also active in this space; contractual and construction disputes are some of her core areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Mannheimer; Tomaz Lyra


‘Team with great technical quality and excellent lawyers.’

‘They are experienced in strategic litigation and have the most affordable fee collection profile, considering the technical excellence of their partners.’

‘Tomaz Lyra is a very technical lawyer, with great knowledge in the areas in which he works.’

Key clients

Pirelli Group

Queiroz GalvãoGroup

Mapfre Seguros

Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP


CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF

State Grid Group

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

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Caixa Econômica Federal


AEG Administradora de Estádios

Jive Investments

Construtora Calper

Swire Pacific

ATG Americas Trading Group

Banco Modal

R2C Invest

Regina Festas

Work highlights

  • Represents IMCOPA in a R$200m dispute arising from the default by the lessee of its industrial premises and losses resulting from acts of the company’s former chief officers.
  • Acting for Hyatt in a foreclosure lawsuit to collect the loan granted for the construction of the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro Residences.
  • Represents CTEEP in a dispute referring to the responsibility over a debt before Eletrobrás estimated at R$1.7bn.

TozziniFreire Advogados

Standing out for its strong capabilities across all types of litigation, TozziniFreire Advogados ‘provides an excellent service in civil litigation‘ and has a strong track record in bet-the-company cases. The team, which acts at all judicial levels, is particularly noted for its strength in commercial disputes, and litigation involving the automotive and technology industries. Its sectoral coverage is not restricted to these segments, as the team is also regularly engaged by leading domestic and international clients operating in the construction, financial services, chemicals and pulp and paper industries. The nationwide practice is further bolstered by the firm’s strong presence in Porto Alegre. Singled out for his track record in construction-related cases, Fernando Eduardo Serec jointly manages the team with Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente, the latter of whom is counsel of choice for major telecoms companies in a host of commercial litigation matters. Disputes arising from M&A, distribution and agency agreements are among Mônica Mendonça Costa‘s legal specialisms. Elias Marques de Medeiros Neto, who possesses a strong background in strategic litigation and alternative dispute resolution as in-house counsel, joined from Cosan in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec; Luiz Virgilio Pimenta Penteado Manente


‘TozziniFreire provides an excellent service in civil litigation. The answers are fast, demonstrate a lot of technical knowledge and the team provides a careful follow-up of cases.’

‘Mônica Mendonça Costa is an exceptional professional, competent, and up-to-date.’

Key clients

W.R. Grace & Co.






BMW do Brasil


Banco Societe Generale do Brasil

Ford Motor Company Brasil


Oracle do Brasil Sistemas


LafargeHolcim (Brasil)

Refinaria Nacional do Sal

FS Agrisolutions Industria de Biocombustíveis

Axalta Coating Systems

Mitsui Gás

Autonomy Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Representing Oracle in a case brought by IBQ relating to the termination of a cloud computing services contract.
  • Defended Axalta in a case against distributor Colorimetria Tintas seeking compensation for an alleged breach of exclusivity and termination of agreement for fault.
  • Representing Ford in a case against ABRADIF which claims compensation for damages resulting in competition tort.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

At Trench Rossi Watanabe, the litigation department is highlighted by clients for its ‘practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset'. Companies, financial institutions and associations retain the firm in strategic mandates involving judicial litigation and the full spectrum of disputes. Covering civil, corporate, commercial and administrative proceedings, its practitioners are adept in contentious matters concerning IP, real estate, consumer law, environmental issues, antitrust and banking disputes. Marcio Polto is seasoned in domestic and cross-border disputes; he coordinates the dispute resolution group alongside Andrea Brick, who steers the Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro-based teams in class actions, IP litigation and consumer cases. Civil and commercial litigator Gledson Campos is proficient in bankruptcy and insolvency-related cases, while Giuliana Schunck leads on matters pertaining to family and inheritance law. Tiago Zapater has strong credentials in environmental litigation and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Marcio Polto; Andrea Brick


‘Attention to procedural movements and technical ability to respond.’

‘TRW has one of the best litigation practices in the country. The practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset offered by the team are unparalleled in the local market and rarely found internationally.’

‘Marcio Polto and Tiago Zapater are market leaders. Both have extensive practical experience and solid technical knowledge, always combined with excellent client service. They are undoubtedly the first options for any complex demands.’

Key clients

New Energies Solucoes em Energia



NovaAgri Infra-Estrutura de Armazenagem e Escoamento Agrícola


Tempore Engenharia

Triscorp Ativos Florestais – Fundo de Investimento em Participações

Votorantin Energia

Wells Fargo



Cinemark Brasil






Associação Brasileira de Descartáveis (ABRADE)

Instituto Socioambiental dos Plásticos (Plastivida)

Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal

Petros – Fundação Petrobrás de Seguridade Social



Toyota Brasil

Votorantim Holding


Work highlights

  • Representing Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal in a lawsuit filed by the Brazilian National Oil and Gas Agency (ANP) involving an arbitration initiated by the clients.
  • Represents LIEBHERR in an indemnification lawsuit filed by Brazil Marítima before the São Luís-MA District Court.
  • Acts on behalf of, an online ticket seller company, in two lawsuits in which the plaintiffs challenge the charge of the so-called “convenience fee” for the online sale of tickets.

Cescon Barrieu

Noted for being a ‘full-service firm with a boutique feel‘, Cescon Barrieu has strong credentials in complex litigation, most notably M&A-related disputes and cases involving contractual law. The dispute resolution team handles a steady flow of standalone work predominantly arising from joint ventures, civil liability, construction contracts, distribution agreements, environmental law and government contracts. Investment funds, companies from the public and private sector, financial institutions and individuals regularly turn to the group for assistance with contentious matters in courts throughout Brazil. Corporate disputes are a core strength for Carlos David Albuquerque Braga, and M&A and contractual lawsuits are among Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo‘s areas of expertise. Helena Abdo, who specialises in procedural matters and mediation, is ‘committed to achieving the client’s results‘. Mauricio Fabbri brings together in-depth knowledge of corporate disputes and digital law, and Luiz Nardy is noted for mining and environmental contentious issues. The highly regarded Edison Freitas focuses on litigation involving the construction, technology, real estate, banking and infrastructure sectors; Freitas was promoted to partner in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Fábio Rosas; Helena Abdo; Maurício Fabbri; Luiz Philipe Nardy Nascimento


‘Full-service firm with a boutique “feel”- it provides personalised legal services.’

‘Helena Abdo is a combative lawyer committed to achieving the client’s results.’

‘Edison Freitas is an extremely technical young lawyer with a very precise argument.’

‘Highly qualified team, which is extremely available and accessible.’

‘The team led by Helena Abdo is focused on the client’s goals, and always seek an effective solution for each topic. Knowledgeable about the judicial environment and the intricacies of Procedural Law.’

‘Highly qualified professionals, who stand out for the excellence in the provision of services. The firm acts dynamically, exposing situations with clarity and objectivity. It always analyses issues taking into account practical and strategic aspects. From a technical point of view, it is always well above the market average.’

Key clients

Smartfit Group

SMTC Participações

JEA Participações (Marquise Group)

Spring Televisão

Bionovis – Companhia Brasileira de Biotecnologia Farmacêutica

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica


Nexa Recursos Minerais


Banco BTG Pactual

FII Campus Faria Lima

THB Brasil Holdings

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica in a product liability lawsuit seeking compensation under an allegation concerning a drug for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Acts for Bionovis in an ordinary procedure filed by Genentech concerning patent PI9809387-8.
  • Represents two companies of the Marquise Group in a dispute between the quotaholders of Centro Fashion, a company created for the construction and operation of a shopping mall for apparel wholesalers in Fortaleza.

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados ‘fields a group of lawyers that, in addition to the quality and knowledge of the work, directly supports all client needs'. The team is well positioned to guide international clients throughout complex litigation proceedings in Brazil, and to act for domestic clients in an array of claims, including class actions, commercial and corporate disputes. Department head Pedro Maciel specialises in litigation and arbitration, providing assistance to clients from the energy, construction, banking, telecoms and mining segments. He receives key support from Raphael Nehin Corrêa, who is particularly proficient in bankruptcy and insolvency-related cases, and Márcio Opromolla, whose experience in contractual, commercial and corporate litigation spans twenty years. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro from Bichara Advogados in May 2021; he brings a wealth of experience as a litigation attorney.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel


‘Lefosse Advogados fields a group of lawyers that, in addition to the quality and knowledge of their work, directly support all client needs.’

‘Raphael Nehin Correa stands out.’

‘Large litigation team.’

‘Pedro Salarini is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

Fundo Garantidor de Créditos – FGC

Neo Capital Mezanino Fundo de Investimento em Participações

Elfa Medicamentos

Eurofarma Laboratórios

Westwing Comércio Varejista

Construtora Queiroz Galvão


Necton Investimentos Corretora de Valores Mobiliários e Commodities

Statkraft Energias Renováveis


Cummins Brasil

Procter & Gamble Industrial e Comercial

Magazine Luiza

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Trelleborg Santana do Paranaíba Soluções em Polímeros

Work highlights

  • Represented Fundo Garantidor de Créditos – FGC in a lawsuit involving the sale of shares of a defunct bank.
  • Assisted Neo Capital Mezanino Fundo de Investimento em Participações with a series of lawsuits following certain debtors’ default in debentures originally held by the client.
  • Represented Elfa Medicamentos in a class action involving pharmaceutical drug supply issues.

Souto Correa Advogados

At Souto Correa Advogados, the litigation practice ‘comprises highly qualified and technical lawyers' focused on strategic disputes, including acting for defendants and claimants in class actions, and in matters arising from contractual, environmental, corporate and public law conflicts. The Porto Alegre-based team is often involved in nationally significant litigation, and its practitioners in Brasília are skilled in cases before the superior courts. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral devotes his time to arbitration and litigation proceedings on behalf of major companies. He jointly heads up the group with associate Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu, whose experience covers judicial and out-of-court disputes. Marcelo Gandelman is a name to note in Rio de Janeiro for dispute resolution, while São Paulo-based partner Ricardo Quass Duarte, who has a strong international background, specialises in civil litigation. Diogo Squeff Fries handles civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu


‘Excellent technical work in the litigation area.’

‘Team comprises highly qualified and technical lawyers, who provide the best legal solutions in a creative and innovative way.’

‘Rafael Sirangelo Belmonte de Abreu: partner with differentiated procedural technical knowledge that supports us in complex litigation matters.’

‘Highly qualified team capable of understanding the needs of the market in which the client operates. They propose adequate and innovative solutions, in addition to frequently pointing out the risks of operational decisions and their consequences.’

‘Team is extremely prepared, available and has vast multidisciplinary knowledge.’

‘The firm has extremely qualified and experienced professionals in the various areas of law. The team participates in relevant judicial and arbitration disputes. The law firm invests heavily in the specialisation of its members and in hiring highly qualified third-party services.’

‘I recommend, in particular, Guilherme Amaral and Marcelo Gandelman. These lawyers perform their work with excellence, dedication and brilliance. They are great strategists when they act as representatives of the parties and as arbitrators.’

‘Souto Correa is an excellent firm. The team thinks outside the box to pursue the desired legal result.’

Key clients

Companhia Paulista De Força E Luz – CPFL

Grupo Habitasul

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Samsung Eletrônica Da Amazônia

Latam Airlines Brasil

COFCO International Brasil

GE Energias Renováveis


Microsoft Informática

Hitachi Abb Power Grids Brasil

Rede Duque

Continental Brasil Indústria Automotiva

Natura Cosméticos

Big Hipermercados

GDC Partners Serviços Fiduciários Distribuidora De Títulos E Valores Mobiliários

Mar Azul Logística, Armazenamento, Terminais E Transportes

Vogel Soluções Em Telecomunicações E Informática

CHS Agronegócio

ADM do Brasil

GL Events

Work highlights

  • Representing Votorantim in a liquidation judgment lawsuit.
  • Represents Mar Azul Logística, Armazenamento, Terminais e Transportes in five public civil actions filed by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s office.
  • Acting for Neonet Brazil in lawsuits involving the termination of a 15-year concession contract signed with Infraero.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is trusted by major clients across the banking, life sciences, oil and gas, energy, logistics and mining industries, and is highly regarded for its performance in complex litigation involving civil, corporate, commercial and consumer issues. Recent highlights have included sensitive class actions involving millions of dollars of potential liability, and contentious matters arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Leading the practice, Rio de Janeiro-based partner Ricardo Gama showcases extensive experience in domestic and cross-border disputes, including public civil actions, and Mateus Carreteiro in São Paulo stands out for his track record in arbitration and litigation involving technology, energy, mining and construction-sector clients. In addition to handling insurance and reinsurance matters, Felipe Bastos in Porto Alegre undertakes work in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation. Guilherme D’Aguiar is a go-to associate in Rio for court litigation and arbitration. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Diego Capistrano, whose experience covers litigation, arbitration, bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Gama; Mateus Carreteiro


‘Veirano has professionals who possess great technical quality and are committed to the client.’

‘Mateus Carreteiro – Complete professional, with impressive mastery of arbitration and civil litigation matters aligned with a creative and bold vision of business aspects. Demonstrates care with the particularities of each business unit and security to outline and execute winning strategies.’

‘Luísa Farfus Santos – Young talent, extremely committed, engaged with the themes and with the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Sunco Energy Group

Ocyan Participações

NBA Brasil Basketball Empreendimentos Esportivos

Hidrovias do Brasil

SES Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Casa de Saúde Vilar dos Teles

Georland Corporation


Kawasaki do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Eletrobras Termonuclear – Eletronuclear

Global Payments Serviços de Pagamentos

Amil Assistência Médica Internacional (the United Health Group)

Repsol Sinopec Brasil

Johnson & Johnson do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos para Saúde

Westrock Celulose, Papel e Embalagens

Alnutri Alimentos

Sovos Compliance Desenvolvimento de Sistemas

Taxweb Software the Compiance Fiscal

Banco Plural

Align Technology do Brasil

Porto do Açu

Pan-Americana Indústrias Químicas

Etna Comércio de Móveis e Artigos para Decoração

VAA Brasil Importação e Exportação


Associação Brasileira d’A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias

Warner Music Brasil

Shell do Brasil

BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços

Weatherford Indústria e Comércio

Wärtsilä Brasil; Wärtsilä Finland Oy and Wärtsilä Netherlands

Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro – RioGaleão


Grupo Accor

Airbus Financial Services

Enel Brasil

Meliá Brasil Administração Hoteleira e Comercial

Falck Fire & Safety do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represents KHI in approximately 250 lawsuits which discuss indemnification related to alleged environmental damage.
  • Obtained a judgment awarding client Philip Morris approximately R$100m in damages against a constructor company that was retained to perform the civil works for the expansion of a plant in Brazil.
  • Represented Sace – Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero in a case against the state’s power company (CEEE) regarding default of agreements for the supply of equipment.

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados is a highly specialised boutique firm focused on the resolution of conflicts through judicial proceedings, arbitration and mediation. On the litigation front, the group represents clients from the public and private sectors in mandates concerning civil, commercial, administrative, banking and corporate disputes. Infrastructure is a key sectoral strength for the department, which is often engaged by public service concessionaires in enforcement matters and issues arising from bids and contracts. Mariana Tavares Antunes has more than twenty years of experience in strategic litigation. Litigation matters involving concessions and corporate law are key specialisms for Alexandre de Mendonça Wald. Other noteworthy individuals include Arnoldo Wald Filho, Marcus Vinicius Vita Ferreira, who is proficient in issues concerning banking and consumer law, Bernardo Cavalcanti Freire and Arnoldo Wald. Clarissa Marcondes Macéa was promoted to partner in 2021.

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

Key clients

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

  • Represents Grupo Farmabrasil before the Supreme Federal Court as amicus curiae in a Direct Unconstitutionality Action aimed at declaring the unconstitutionality of the sole paragraph of Article 40 of Law No. 9,279 / 96.
  • Represented CNPA 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.
  • Represents CNPA in a public class action against the Federal Government and the National Institute of Social Security.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is well regarded for its ‘deep understanding of litigation', and ability to represent clients at all levels of the Brazilian justice system. Class actions, regulatory proceedings, contractual disputes and conflicts arising from restructurings feature in the team’s busy caseload, which includes cases concerning sectors such as insurance, technology, energy and construction. The group is under the joint leadership of Fábio Floriano Melo Martins and Rogério Carmona Bianco, the latter of whom is highly experienced in insurance claims and environmental class actions. Rodolfo da Costa Manso Real Amadeo has a notable track record in commercial and civil litigation. Other key individuals include civil litigation expert Luiz Felipe Pereira Gomes Lopes and Matheus de Mello Adães, whose areas of specialism include contractual and corporate disputes, in particular lawsuits involving the insurance sector and consumer relations.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Carmona Bianco; Fábio Floriano Melo Martins


‘This is a team that has a deep understanding of litigation.’

‘Rodolfo Amadeo has an extremely advanced knowledge of Brazilian civil procedure.’

‘Cultured, experienced, dedicated.’

‘Lawyers are very attentive to the details of each case, presenting well-written, synthetic pieces with current jurisprudence. They closely monitor the course of appeals before the courts, including interviews with judges.’

‘I recommend Rodolfo Amadeo, due to his technical training, responsible approach and deep knowledge in the area of civil procedural law.’

‘Very agile and specialised service, with teams formed on a case-by-case basis.’

‘One of the largest law firms in the country, responsible for numerous success stories. Extremely ethical and specialised team with a great reputation.’

‘Rodolfo Amadeo is an exceptional lawyer. He has in-depth knowledge of practical aspects of litigation and arbitration.’

Key clients


PlayArte Cinemas

BR Properties

Itaú Seguros de Auto e Residência

Azul Cia. de Seguros Gerais


The Carlyle Group

Match Group

CiaTC – Companhia Tradicional de Comércio

Vulcabras – CE Calçados e Artigos Esportivos

Klar Construtora

Camargo Correa

Resource Capital Funds

Banco Itaú BBA

Unip – Universidade Paulista

Porto Seguro

Cury Empreendimentos Imobiliários, Cury Construtora e Incorporadora

Capri Incorporadora SPE

LW Comunicações

Work highlights

  • Assisted Resource Capital Funds in a lawsuit against a counterparty concerning allegations of abuse of power and illegalities committed by the controllers as majority shareholders and administrators.
  • Defending NCS Suplementos in a lawsuit filed by the Glanbia group seeking to prevent the commercialisation of the stock of products acquired under a distribution agreement celebrated by the two parties.
  • Assisting Tocantins Energética in a class action filed by the Federal Attorney General’s Office.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

With experience in all types of litigation, Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados provides ‘high quality advice’ to domestic and international clients. The team possesses proven strength in prominent energy, infrastructure and construction cases, and also excels in disputes involving public concessions. Co-leading the department, Paulo Guilherme Lopes takes on a key role in the most high-profile commercial cases handled by the group. Litigation matters concerning credit recovery, banking contracts and business restructuring are among Ricardo Tosto's notable areas of practice. Rodrigo Quadrante has advised on cases involving civil, commercial and banking disputes. Patricia Rios ‘stands out for her strategic analysis of issues in litigation', while Daniel Albolea Junior is focused on both preventive and litigation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Guilherme de Mendonça Lopes; Ricardo Tosto; Rodrigo Quadrante; Patrícia Rios; Daniel Albolea Junior


‘High quality advice and great ability to handle strategic litigation matters, especially in Superior Courts.’

‘Patrícia Rios stands out for her strategic analysis of issues in litigation.’

Key clients

Alumni Engenharia

Grupo Alupar

Banco Fibra

Banco BNP Paribas


EDP Brasil



UTC Participações

Wow Nutrition

Work highlights

  • Acted for Group UTC in a billion-dollar matter related to Lava Jato.
  • Assisted EDP in a contractual matter involving the acquisition of energy in the context of the pandemic.
  • Hired by Massa Falida do Banco Santos to recover credit through an execution action filed against Setal Engenharia, which has undergone a judicial reorganisation.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Led by Luis Fernando Guerrero, the dispute resolution team at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados provides an ‘outstanding‘ service to clients operating in a variety of economic sectors, including automotive, retail, insurance, real estate, healthcare and agribusiness. Practice leader Guerrero has more than two decades’ experience in litigation, with a particular focus on credit recovery and bankruptcy-related cases. Clients rely on a strong team of associates specialised in preventive matters, commercial and administrative litigation: Hugo Tubone Yamashita is singled out for his extensive experience in corporate disputes and pre-litigation advice, and Tiago Angelo Lima handles judicial proceedings at all levels. Gabriel José De Orleans E Bragança is no longer at the firm. Since publication, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Paula Abi-Chahine from CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernando Guerrero


‘The services provided by the civil litigation team are outstanding.’

‘Luis Fernando Guerrero stands out.’

‘Firm is always up to date, with excellence in all matters. They give us confidence to make decisions.’

‘Luis Fernando Guerreiro and Fábio Medeiros are always attentive to different matters.’

Key clients

Hydria Participações E Investimentos

Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes

Bioagri Ambiental

4K Representação, Intermediação de Negócios e Corretagem de Seguros

Alper Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

Autostar Comercial e Importadora

Energia PCH Fundo de Investimentos em Participações Multiestratégia

Quota Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Facundo Guerra Rivero

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted EY in a public interest civil action filed by ICDESCA against EY, TIM and the Securities Commission involving the financial statements of TIM.
  • Assists Dia Brasil in strategic civil litigation cases involving contractual disputes with franchisees.
  • Acted for AMBEV in a litigation against APTISBA, whereby APTISBA seeks for declaration of voidness of franchising agreements entered into between AMBEV and franchisees from the state of Bahia.

LUC Advogados

Covering both public and private law, LUC Advogados is adept at representing clients before the Brazilian federal and state court system, including the Supreme Federal Court and Superior Court of Justice. The team is jointly led by three practitioners in São Paulo: former federal judge Luciano De Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Júnior, whose areas of expertise range from corporate and contractual disputes to litigation involving family law; and recently promoted partner Leonardo Dib Freire, who specialises in constitutional, regulatory and civil proceedings. These are also core fields of activity for associate Patrícia Pellini Ferreira, who acts for clients before state and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Luciano de Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Junior; Leonardo Dib Freire

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

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

Work highlights

  • Represents SINDICOM before the Supreme Federal Court in a lawsuit, filed by the President of the Republic, that aims 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.
  • Represents Aura Minerals in a lawsuit regarding a gold mining project in the state of Tocantins.

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados strikes a balance between arbitration and judicial proceedings, but particularly stands out for its extensive track record in litigation concerning M&A transactions, construction contracts, energy agreements, environmental law and real estate. According to clients, the group stands out ‘for the quality of the pleadings, legal arguments and in the production of evidence‘. Rafael Passaro is highly regarded for his longstanding experience in dispute resolution, acting for clients in civil, commercial, corporate and contractual claims. These are also key areas of activity for Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli. Guilherme Gaspari Coelho is a strong performer in civil litigation. Wilson Newton de Mello Neto, Maria Lucia Cetraro, who is dedicated to civil and administrative disputes, and Laura Bastos de Lima are also part of the core dispute resolution team.

Practice head(s):

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


‘The team stood out both for the quality of the pleadings, legal arguments and in the production of evidence.’

‘Rafael Passaro and Luis Guilherme Bondioli stood out in providing the service, with quality, timeliness and efficiency.’

‘What impresses me most is the team’s persistence, availability and willingness to achieve the clients’ goals. They are very focused on results and think strategically.’

‘Rafael de Carvalho Passaro is a spectacular lawyer, very intelligent, attentive to details and a strategic thinker.’

‘Maria Lucia Cetrato is a strategic, detailed and very available lawyer.’

‘Laura Bastos de Lima is a standout – very attentive to detail, organised and available. A real talent.’

Key clients



Tishman Speyer

Red Bull








Erbe Incoporadora

Softys Brasil


Agricola Xingu

Siemens Energy

Johnson & Johnson

TSR Construtora

Rota das Bandeiras


Work highlights

  • Retained by Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica in a lawsuit against the Federal Union aiming to demonstrate an illegal practice committed by CMED in the pricing of the medicine Xilfya.
  • Advising Restoqueon on a dispute between its shareholders.
  • Advising ITW Chemical Products on a lawsuit against a competitor and two prior employees of ITW for unfair competition practices.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados ‘is present in several strategic and complex cases', ranging from disputes against the government to lawsuits involving financial products, transactions and contractual issues. The department – which is a popular choice for clients in the agribusiness, energy and real estate sectors – is particularly seasoned in shareholder and corporate disputes, as well as class actions filed against banks, and those involving environmental issues. Antonio Celso Pugliese ‘is an excellent lawyer', who ‘leads the cases brilliantly'. Recent instructions demonstrate his strength in handling litigation involving capital markets, construction and corporate matters. Another key lawyer, Carolina Mansur is noted for restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy-related cases, where she has substantial experience representing financial institutions and investment funds. Nahima Müller focuses on commercial disputes on behalf of renewable energy, technology and petrochemical clients. Recently promoted partner Erik Sernik is a name to note for both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Celso Pugliese


‘VPBG is present in several strategic and complex cases. The team stands out for its cross-border experience.’

‘In addition to its specialised technical knowledge, the VPBG team works to solve the problem of the company as a whole, is always available, and provides personalised services. I would like to highlight the performance of partner Antonio Celso Pugliese.’

‘Great firm, with excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Antonio Celso Pugliese is an excellent lawyer, and leads the cases brilliantly.’

‘Carolina Mansur is a brilliant lawyer with great technical and writing skills.’

‘Firm with extremely competent and qualified professionals.’

‘Nahima Muller is a very competent professional.’

Warde Advogados

Warde Advogados ‘has a first-class dispute resolution practice‘, which ‘consistently provides an exceptional level of service to clients‘ operating in an array of industries, including financial services, retail, media, real estate and manufacturing. Corporate and commercial disputes, as well as regulatory matters, are core areas of focus for the department, which is under the leadership of commercial dispute resolution specialist Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior. Other key individuals include Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto and Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto, the latter of whom is singled out for his track record in bankruptcy cases. Renato Polillo is a name to note for cross-border disputes and anti-corruption matters, while Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo and Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt are primarily focused on commercial lawsuits, where they often act for infrastructure, real estate and media clients.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Its competence, reputation and client service set it apart in the market.’

‘A well rounded, nimble, and strategically brilliant team.’

‘Walfrido Warde is the best global strategist I have ever worked with. Renato Polillo is an astute litigator who delivers results on a consistent basis.’

‘Warde Advogados has a first-class dispute resolution practice and consistently provides an exceptional level of service to clients. Warde Advogados is particularly sensitive to their client’s commercial needs and have made excellent use of technology during the pandemic.’

‘Walfrido Jorge Warde and Renato Polillo are both excellent strategic thinkers and consistently put their client’s needs first. Both have great attention to detail and an incredible work ethic that sets them apart from their competitors.’

Key clients

Renova Energia

Clube de Investimento MVA

Esh Capital

Itaipu Binacional

Açotubo Group – Açotubo Indústria e Comércio

Bassi Incorporação e Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Companhia Metalúrgica Prada

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Editora Vetores

Cyrela Aconcágua Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Cyrela Commercial Properties Empreendimentos e Participações

Cyrela Empreendimentos

Work highlights

  • Acting for Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN and Companhia Metalúrgica Prada in an antitrust damages case involving material damages of more than R$150m.
  • Represents Cyrela Commercial Properties Empreendimentos e Participações in a claim against SEB do Brasil Produtos Domésticos involving contaminated land.
  • Represents CSN in a lawsuit filed by JSL concerning a R$150m contractual dispute.

BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados

Dedicated to dispute resolution, boutique firm BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados houses a team of ‘highly trained professionals‘, who are seasoned in litigation proceedings before the superior courts in Brazil. Cases arising from the Covid-19 pandemic in the retail, energy and real estate sectors, as well as banking and telecoms-related mandates, are among the team’s recent highlights. Banking clients routinely turn to Rafael Barroso Fontelles for assistance in contentious matters, while litigator Felipe Monnerat is go-to counsel for regulatory and telecoms issues. Eduardo Mendonça focuses on digital law and freedom of speech cases. Banking and civil litigation are some of Konstantinos Andropoulus‘s areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Barroso Fontelles; Eduardo Mendonça; Felipe Monnerat


‘Personalied service and highly trained professionals.’

Bichara Advogados

With a good reputation in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo‘, Bichara Advogados attracts instructions from clients operating in the telecoms, transport, construction, education and chemicals sectors, among others. The firm stands out for its impressive track record in environmental litigation, including class actions. Adriana Astuto is highly regarded in the market, and leads on matters involving corporate, civil liability and contractual disputes across a range of areas, most notably concessions and education. Recently promoted partner Pedro Acioli Werner oversees civil litigation and class actions concerning environmental law and the construction of energy plants. Thiago Lins is a key contact for insurance, telecoms and agribusiness companies. André Gondinho, who is experienced in cases before the superior courts in Brazil, joined from Siqueira Castro – Advogados in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Astuto; André Gondinho; Pedro Acioli Werner; Thiago Lins


‘Bichara is a law firm with a good reputation in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.’

‘Adriana Astuto and André Gondinho are both good lawyers, well prepared.’

‘Knowledge of the client’s business and agility facilitates interaction and the search for positive results. Added to this is the vast jurisprudential knowledge of lawyers.’

Key clients

Oi Group

JBS Group


Eldorado Brasil Celulose

MRS Logística


Grupo Ânima

Votorantim Cimentos



Saphyr Administradora de Centros Comerciais


Accor Group

Rede Ilumno

Líder Aviação

Afya Educacional


Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Mineração Taboca



Grupo Energisa




Quinto Andar


CPFL Energia

Indústria Brasileira de Árvores

Associação Brasileira de Embalagem

Work highlights

  • Acts for several education institutions and unions in lawsuits questioning mandatory discounts in tuition fees due to Covid-19.
  • Assists IBA in a class action filed to question fines received by members due to the excessive weight of the trucks they hired to transport products.
  • Advises Oi, Telefônica and Conexis (a trade organisation that represents telecoms companies in Brazil) in various matters involving the use of power poles for the passage of telecommunication cables.

Castro Barros Advogados

Focused on strategic litigation, the team at Castro Barros Advogados handles a diverse caseload populated by financial, banking, commercial, corporate and shipping disputes, as well as credit recovery lawsuits. Leading the practice, José Augusto Leal stands out for his extensive experience in disputes concerning operating and financial lease transactions and the financial markets in general. Alexandre Catramby ‘is a great litigator, with notable experience in commercial law'. Other key practitioners include Olympio Carvalho, who specialises in insolvency and transport-related cases, and Rodrigo Gonçalves Lima de Mattos, who focuses on credit recovery claims.

Practice head(s):

José Augusto Leal


‘The team has solid experience in this market. Its partners are personally involved in all matters.’

‘Great capacity in civil litigation, with well-prepared professionals. Great knowledge of market peculiarities in commercial matters. Excellent client service. We know that the firm is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and has created committees to reinforce its responsible social and environmental initiatives.’

‘Alexandre Catramby is a great litigator, with notable experience in commercial law. The team is always ready to help us at any time. They were always 100% available and dedicated to answering questions.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan

Haitong Banco de Investimento do Brasil

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Financial Services

Banco BTG Pactual

Renault do Brasil

Pentágono Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

União de Lojas Leader

Brasbunker Participações

Editora Abril

Banco Modal


Work highlights

  • Represents Renault in six lawsuits involving claims related to Law No. 6,729/79, against former dealership group JMC.
  • Represents J.P. Morgan in a case involving more than $300m against Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro.
  • Acts for HPFS in major litigation against IESA Óleo e Gás, part of Grupo Inepar.

KLA Advogados

Household name companies from a variety of sectors turn to KLA Advogados for advice and representation in commercial and corporate litigation in the context of investments, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts. Matters in the energy and real estate sectors are particular areas of focus for the department, whose industry coverage also includes media, insurance, consumer products and life sciences. Dispute resolution and antitrust specialist Tiago Cortez manages the practice, which often acts alongside leading international firms in cross-border matters. Taísa Oliveira, who focuses on civil and commercial litigation, and Flávia Alterio, whose expertise covers construction and civil disputes, were recently promoted to the partnership. Letícia Asperti is also active in the practice. Danilo Orenga is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortez

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

Work highlights

  • Representing Riachuelo in a claim to review the lease agreement of a distribution centre in the city of Guarulhos, state of São Paulo.
  • Obtained favourable awards in the lower court and court of appeals on behalf of Wieden+Kennedy in the context of a collection action against Subway Systems do Brasil.
  • Assisting Tribal in a collection claim filed against Santander.

L.O. Baptista Advogados

Multinational companies in the energy, natural resources, technology and retail sectors routinely seek advice from L.O. Baptista Advogados in the context of strategic litigation matters. André Camerlingo Alves has represented clients in commercial and corporate disputes before the main Brazilian courts. Civil and consumer law cases involving the fashion, technology and automotive segments are core areas of activity for André Mendes Espírito Santo. Other noteworthy practitioners include André De Martini Menossi and Ulisses Simões da Silva, both of whom focus on complex contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

André Camerlingo Alves; André Mendes Espirito Santo; André de Martini Menossi; Ulisses Simões da Silva


‘The LO Baptista team is very competent and attentive. Always look for smart alternatives that make their advocacy stand out.’

‘Dynamic and always ready to advise us.’

Key clients

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

Canon do Brasil

São Martinho Group

Bombardier Recreational Products

BRP Brasil Motorsports


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


O-TEK Tubos Brasil

O-TEK Serviços Brasil

Novapol Plásticos (Grupo Orbis)

Vertiv Tecnologia do Brasil

Emerson Process Management

Emerson Electric Do Brasil

Bic Amazonia




TDB Têxtil



IBS Comercializadora

AMC Têxtil

C&A Modas

Brother International Corporation Do Brasil

American Tower Do Brasil – Cessão De Infraestrutura

Dr. Reddy’s Farmacêutica Do Brasil

Unify Soluções Em Tecnologia Da Informação (Antiga Siemens Entreprise Communications)

Vtex Brasil Tecnologia Para E-Commerce

Loja Integrada Tecnologia Para Softwares

Naturalis Agropecuária

Sacmi Imola

Sacmi Do Brasil

Conter Construções E Comércio

Editorial Planeta

Editora Planeta Do Brasil

Editorial Perfil

Transformadores E Serviços De Energia das Américas (Tsea)

Unimetal São Vicente Indústria, Comércio E Empreendimentos

Lab Empreend. Imobiliários

PP&C Auditores

SR Logística E Transportes

Nail Aliance Cosméticos

Agropecuaria Jayoro

Lew’ Lara Publicidade Propaganda

Micromar Ind. E Com.

Plastcenter Ind Com.

Laces and Hair Instituto De Beleza

NetiSoluções Tecnológicas

Pavsolo Construtora e Mineradora

TR Negócios E Participações

IBT Indústria

Tub Express Exportação

Sollievo Medicina

E-It Technologies Consultoria De Informática

Bcem Comércio de Produtos Alimentícios

Mardam Indústria e Comércio de Produtos de Higiene

Construtora Marinho

Delti Solução em Eletricidade

Work highlights

  • Acting for LFB and LFB Hemoderivados e Biotecnologia in annulment proceedings filed against the government aiming at a declaration of nullity of the administrative process carried out by the Ministry of Health.
  • Representing O-Tek Tubos Brasil in a lawsuit filed by state of Piauí claiming compensation for alleged non-performance of obligations provided in a pipe and fittings supply agreement.
  • Acting for Unify Soluções em Tecnologia da Informação in the defense and counterclaim against Novo Horizonte concerning a collection action.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados offers representation to a variety of clients, including companies from the construction, banking, agribusiness, insurance, telecoms, technology and natural resources sectors, in strategic and mass litigation matters. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro plays an active role in complex cases before state and federal courts. Department head Daniela Soares Domingues is particularly experienced in debt collection, contract and shareholder disputes. Andre Frossard Albuquerque and Alexandre Wider, both of whom focus on litigation and arbitration proceedings, are also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Soares Domingues

Key clients

White Martins Gases Industriais



Serra do Facão Energia

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide

Fraport Brasil Aeroporto de Porto Alegre

Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers

Icatu Holding

Teadit Indústria e Comércio

Slavel Distribuidora de Automóveis

OGMO/Santos – Orgão Gestor de Mão de Obra do Trabalho Portuário do Porto Organizado de Santos

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa


FETRANSPOR – Federação das Empresas de Transportes de Passageiros do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Heber Participações

Hidrovias do Brasil – Vila do Conde

Pandurata Alimentos

Sociedade Michelin de Participações, Indústria e Comércio

AMIL Assistência Médica Internacional

Fazendas Bartira


Work highlights

  • Represents CEG and CEG RIO in an ordinary declaratory petition filed against the regulatory agency of energy concerning a concession agreement.
  • Acts for Serra do Facão in a lawsuit against the Federal Government regarding the revision of a clause of a concession contract signed with the federal government.
  • Represents TEADIT in a class action filed against the Federal Government, IBAMA, Usiminas and TEADIT due to alleged improper marketing and use of products manufactured with asbestos.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, the dispute resolution practice is skilled in managing multi-jurisdictional disputes across a variety of industries, with a particular focus on cases involving the oil and gas, energy, engineering and construction segments. Recent highlights include significant victories in proceedings before the Superior Court of Justice, and in administrative improbity actions. With over twenty years of experience in dispute resolution, Gustavo Fernandes co-heads the department with Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa, a recent hire from Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados, whose expertise covers bankruptcy and banking litigation. Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves is seasoned in briefing and arguing cases before the high courts, especially those involving banking, real estate and technology-related disputes. João Cople is another key contact for administrative and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes; Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa


‘Personalised client service, excellent expertise in matters of different natures, assertiveness in indicating steps to take in complex cases.’

Key clients

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos

BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros DTVM

Petronas Petróleo Brasil

Vantage Drilling International


Paragon Offshore

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

Telefônica Brasil

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – VBI Logístico

Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI)

Cobra Brasil Serviços de Comunicações e Energia

Hub Pagamentos

Amazonas Geração e Transmissão de Energia

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


Grid Solutions Transmissão de Energia

Work highlights

  • Acts for Cobra Brasil, Serviços de Comunicações e Energia in a judicial dispute against Petróleo Brasileiro before the Court of Macaé, state of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Represents Indra in administrative proceedings which involve a sanction preventing the clients from entering into any contract or bid with the public administration at the federal level.
  • Engaged by VBI, a real estate investment fund of BTG Pactual, to represent it in a lawsuit filed by TAIFF – Proart Distribuidora de Produtos de Beleza before the Courts of Extrema, Minas Gerais.

Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados

The ‘young and excellent team' at Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados acts for a range of clients, including construction, real estate, finance, media and transport players, in an array of contentious matters. Founder Vânia Wongtschowski is a solid performer in both litigation and arbitration, in which she routinely advises retail and construction companies. Marília Canto Gusso handles construction and technology-related disputes, while Juliana Brotto De Barros Milaré is a name to note for real estate cases. With a wealth of experience in debt restructuring and insolvency, Domingos Fernando Refinetti focuses on bankruptcy and consumer law litigation. ‘Excellent professional' Patrícia Paoliello Lamaneres Binnie, who joined from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados in August 2021, is dedicated to arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman; Marília Canto Gusso; Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré; Domingos Fernando Refinetti; Patricia Paoliello Lamaneres Binnie; Rubens Opice Filho


‘Strong focus on human and sustainability issues. The team has always been very attentive, available, agile, dealing with issues in an uncomplicated and informal way and charging the fees in a very fair and accessible way.’

‘Juliana Brotto is always available and handles matters in a light, uncomplicated and humane way. On a few occasions we also had contact with partner Vânia Wongtschowski, who was very serious and confident.’

‘Young and excellent team, they work well together under the leadership of Vania Wongstchowski.’

‘Vania Wongtschowski is a rising star: young but with a lot of experience, technically excellent and with a great presence in negotiations and hearings.’

‘Patricia Lamaneres is also an excellent professional, with impeccable technique and posture.’

Key clients

Gerdau Aços Longos

Capulho I Fundo De Investimento Em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados

Racional Engenharia

Itaú Unibanco

Work highlights

  • Representing Gerdau Aços Longos in a lawsuit involving allegedly predatory prices.
  • 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.

ASBZ Advogados

Rated for its ‘unique and outstanding service‘, ASBZ Advogados undertakes an array of litigation work, including cases before state and federal courts. Its diverse client roster is composed of players operating in a variety of industries, ranging from energy and construction to financial services, retail, healthcare and education. Civil and commercial litigation are areas of focus for Alfredo Zucca Neto. Aitan Canuto Consenza Portela steers the team in the most complex disputes pertaining to the energy and financial services segments, while Christian Vieira is noted for his extensive experience in construction lawsuits. João Biazzo Filho is instructed by retail, media and technology clients. Also part of the core litigation team, Nicole Bork Alvo is recommended for contractual disputes, and Samuel Bueno handles sports-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Zucca Neto; Aitan Canuto Consenza Portela; Christian Vieira; João Biazzo Filho; Nicole Bork Alvo; Samuel Bueno


‘ASBZ, in addition to providing a unique and outstanding service, understands the essence of the client’s business and its real needs. ASBZ is much more of a partner/consultant than just a service provider.’

‘Samuel Bueno is an available, accessible professional, guided by the goals of his own clients. He knows how to translate all his experience and technique into actions and solutions with practical and positive effects for our business.’

‘Team with a business vision. Understands the client’s needs and seeks solutions to optimise results.’

Key clients


Banco Santander (Brasil)

CTEEP – Cia. De Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Grupo BIG (Walmart)


Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Elo Participações

Companhia Brasileira de Soluções e Seviços (Alelo)


Banco Bradesco

Biosev Bioenergia

Mexichem Brasil Indústria de Transformação Plástica

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)

Prime Sistemas de Atendimento ao Consumidor (Mutant)

Tishman Speyer

Federação Paulista de Futebol

Stone Pagamentos

Banco AndBank (Brasil)

Confederação Brasileira de Futebol

Case New Holland

Work highlights

  • Assists CTEEP in a claim that deals with the supplement provided for in State Law 4,819/58, which provided that employees of public companies would be entitled to earn retirement equivalent to their full salary.
  • Defends the interests of Paulista Football Federation in a Public-Interest Civil Action seeking the payment of pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages due to fraudulent arbitration in the 2005 São Paulo and Brazilian football championships.
  • Assists Grupo Big (Walmart) in a collection suit brought by VBR, corresponding to double the freight rates between the years 2010-2013, based on Federal Law No. 10,209/2001.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados has strength across the board in relation to litigation before administrative authorities, regulatory agencies, and federal and superior courts. The team manages a diverse caseload featuring civil, commercial and corporate litigation, as well as lawsuits involving consumer law and credit recovery. Paulo Ciari De Almeida Filho oversees the litigation and arbitration practices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; clients from the retail, technology, telecoms and insurance sectors seek his assistance in a variety of contentious matters. The Belo Horizonte-based practice is led by João Capanema, whose experience covers mining, real estate and environmental disputes. Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro and Leonardo Farinha Goulart are other names to note in the Belo Horizonte office, both for litigation and arbitration proceedings. Danielle Chipranski Cavalcante in São Paulo is particularly focused in civil disputes and cases in the telecoms space.

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


‘Great technical quality, good value for money.’

‘Leonardo Farinha – Great professional, very accessible, with a lot of knowledge of civil litigation.’

Key clients

Anglo American Minério De Ferro Brasil

Nexa Resources – Nexa Recursos Minerais

Toyota Do Brasil

Mercedes-benz Do Brasil

Andrade Gutierrez

Turkish Airlines

Concessionária Do Aeroporto De Confins – Bh Airport

Chubb Do Brasil Seguradora

White Martins Gases Industriais

Cardif Do Brasil

Sascar Tecnologia E Segurança

Grupo Seculus – Banco Semear

Maerz Ofenbau

Zambon Pharms

Grupo Sbf (Centauro)

Embaré Indústrias Alimentícias

General Electric

Direcional Engenharia

Toyota Do Brasil

Petronas Lubrificantes

Grupo Tora

Banco Fidis

Vedacit (Grupo Baungart)

Cnh Industrial

Snc Lavalin

Liberty Metals & Mining

General Motors

Grupo Cowan

Aon Insurance

Grupo Bp Bioenergia


Companhia Brasileira De Alumínio – CBA

Companhia Brasileira De Metalurgia E Mineração – CBMM

Concessionária Viario

Samarco Mineração


Banco Santander

Banco Bs2

Veloso Coffee

Cmoc Brasil

Yamana Gold

Tiberina Automotive

Onm Health

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

Atlantic Nickel

Mip Investimentos

Grupo Multipar

HVC Participaçoes


Zeus Rio Solutions

Mantiqueira Transmissora De Energia (Grupo Cymi)

Aliança Geração De Energia

Vital Engenharia Ambiental

Electronic Arts

JCI (Johnson Controls)

Nokia Brasil

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper offers comprehensive services in dispute resolution, demonstrating the ability to provide pre-litigation advice, represent clients before administrative and judicial courts, and handle appeals. Acting before the superior courts in Brasília is a particular strength of the department, which is also well placed to assist in multi-jurisdictional disputes, given the firm's association with DLA Piper. Jointly leading the practice, Felipe Hermanny and Leandro Rinaldi specialise in civil and commercial litigation. Also of note, Vinicius Pereira attracts regular instructions from financial institutions and companies in the energy, real estate and infrastructure segments. The team was reinforced by the arrival of João Marçal Martins and Vilmar Gonçalves from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in October 2021. Gonçalves is recommended for environmental disputes and administrative proceedings involving solid waste and oil and gas clients.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Hermanny; Leandro Rinaldi

Key clients




Maritime Consortium of Thessaloniki

Prática Engenharia

3R Petroleum

Canadian Solar

Vinci Partners

Grupo Máquina de Vendas

GE Baker Hughes

Grupo Dirija

Austral Seguradora

Casa & Video

Grupo Itavema

Grupo Starboard

Grupo Concremat

Work highlights

  • Defending FUNCEF (Federal Economists Foundation) in a public interest lawsuit filed by the ANIPA (National Association of Independent Participants and Assistants of FUNCEF).
  • Representing Máquina de Vendas in a dispute involving the issuance of debentures.
  • Retained by Statkraft Investimentos to defend the company in a lawsuit concerning a share purchase agreement.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

Praised for its ‘extensive knowledge of litigation matters’, CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados handles an array of mandates, including disputes arising from commercial and distribution agreements, engineering contracts and corporate issues. The department has seen recent growth, with several new clients in the food, agribusiness, retail, technology and financial services sectors. Luciano Benetti Timm leads on dispute resolution work from São Paulo, while Tiago Faganello chairs the practice in Rio Grande do Sul. Danilo Brum De Magalhães is another name to note in the national group, which also includes George Rodrigues De Oliveira in Curitiba. Since publication, Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Benetti Timm; Tiago Faganello; George Rodrigues de Oliveira


‘Firm with extensive knowledge of litigation matters.’

‘Danilo Brum de Magalhães Júnior has great knowledge in litigation.’

‘CMT is a firm that stands out for the technical quality of its team, in addition to the production of well-founded procedural parts. They are always available and propose creative solutions.’

‘I would highlight partners Tiago Faganello and Danilo Brum de Magalhães. The qualities I value in these professionals are technical quality, availability, creativity, organisation and sense of ownership.’

Key clients

Yara Brasil Fertilizantes



Melhoramentos CMPC

COFCO International Brasil


Yokogawa Service

PPG Industrial Do Brasil – Tintas e Vernizes

Philip Morris do Brasil

Associação Brasileira das Indústrias de Óleos Vegetais (ABIOVE)

Banco De Lage Landen Brasil


Multilab Industria E Comercio De Produtos

Teixeira Duarte Group

Indigo Group – Administradora Geral De Estacionamentos

Dimed Group

John Deere Brasil


Viterra Brasil

Syngenta Seeds

Multi Armazens


Banco Bradesco

Localiza Rent a Car

Olx Brazil

Leroy Merlin

Bolognesi Group


Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

Croplife Brasil

Stone Pagamentos


Juntos Somos Mais

Rede Dial de Comunicação

A Grings

Work highlights

  • Assisting COFCO in filing lawsuits against rural producers who did not deliver grain in the 2020-2021 harvest.
  • Assisting Parebem in the economic-financial rebalancing of contracts executed with Infraero.
  • Assisted ABIOVE in the preparation of a study on the potential legal and economic impacts that revisional court decisions on advance purchase contracts will have on the agribusiness sector in Brazil.

Felsberg Advogados

The dispute resolution team at Felsberg Advogados is equipped to act in cross-border and domestic litigation involving corporate law, insolvencies, torts, financing agreements and commercial contracts. Its diverse client roster includes companies from the energy, construction, transport, and food and beverages sectors seeking assistance in disputes at all levels of the judicial system in Brazil. Practice head Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes is proficient in litigation cases concerning M&A, construction, bankruptcy and contractual disputes. He receives key support from Eduardo Périllier, who is particularly skilled in matters involving the judicial restructuring of companies.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes

Key clients

CPFL Comercialização Brasil

Equipav Engenharia

Rede Energia



T4F Entretenimento (Time 4 Fun)

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

WPP do Brasil Participações

Agropecuária Potenza

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Avis Budget Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Equipav Engenharia in environmental litigation in the First Civil State Court of Campo Grande, state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
  • Assisting Parmalat in a trade mark litigation case.
  • Representing Modec in an action for the recovery of damages in connection with the execution of services for the acquisition, conversion and construction of the FPSO P37.

Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados)

Founded in 2021, Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados) fields a specialised dispute resolution team, which has strong credentials in mediation and strategic litigation involving sectors such as infrastructure, financial services, energy and construction. With more than two decades of experience in litigation, Nancy Gombossy de Melo Franco is noted for her in-depth knowledge of agribusiness. She oversees the group with Thiago Soares Gerbasi, whose areas of expertise cover civil litigation and commodities, and Aline Dias, a key contact for contentious matters concerning corporate law, M&A, project finance, infrastructure projects and credit recovery claims. Guilherme Moura acts in civil, commercial, administrative and regulatory cases.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Firm specialised in contentious matters. Nancy Franco and Thiago Gerbasi are excellent professionals, who combine practical and theoretical knowledge.’

‘The firm is our first choice for advice on litigation matters. In this area, the firm is made up of partners who have been working together for over a decade, with a wide team dedicated to the matter. Thiago Gerbasi and Aline Dias are two exceptional lawyers, who decisively contribute to the formatting of strategies and decision-making on the processes.’

‘The firm provides efficient and highly technical advice. The partners are constantly involved in the main issues. The team, as a whole, appears to be motivated and committed to achieving successful results on behalf of the client.’

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: Engelhart Ctp (Brasil) and Enforce


NuInvest Corretora de Valores

RBR Asset Management

Shimadzu do Brasil Comércio

Magma Brasil Consultoria

Tuberfil Indústria e Comércio De Tubos


Work highlights

  • Acting for Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil in a dispute related to the judicial reorganisation of Grupo Viana.
  • Assisting Raízen in a lawsuit to declare the illegality of some clauses included in the drafts of the concession contracts proposed by ANAC.
  • Representing Marcopolo in a claim involving the termination of a vehicle distribution agreement.

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

Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF) handles contentious matters on behalf of longstanding clients, and has been able to attract new instructions from companies operating in an array of sectors. Companies from the automotive, healthcare, food and beverage, technology and life sciences sectors retain the firm in litigation mandates before administrative and judicial courts. Co-chair Renato Cury ‘is an excellent professional in handling product liability claims‘; his areas of focus include civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Fellow co-head Andréa Pitthan Françolin excels in administrative and judicial proceedings. Juan Gómez is another name to note. Since publication, Tatiana Magalhães Florence is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Renato José Cury; Andréa Pitthan Françolin


‘The IWRCF Advogados litigation team has always served us in a very attentive, helpful and technical manner. We especially like the engagement and dedication that the firm puts in our demands. Our line of business involves infrequent litigation advice and guidance, but in these cases we always seek an assessment from IWRCF Advogados.’

‘Andréa Pitthan Françolin has extensive knowledge of the subject, and advises us decisively throughout the decision-making process.’

‘Analyses provided by the team are always very robust and complete, going beyond the questions, and making a good assessment of risks. The main feature of the firm is availability and punctuality.’

‘Andréa Françolin stands out in the market, due to her posture, availability and commitment. Her posture and security make all the difference in a dispute or settlement negotiation.’

‘Renato Cury – partner with impeccable service and attention. Tatiana Florence always thinks of additional arguments that can effectively be used in cases.’

‘Highly prepared lawyers, who understand the legal and commercial aspects and define successful litigation strategies.’

‘Renato Cury is an excellent professional in handling product liability claims.’

‘Renato Cury is the best litigation strategist I know, especially in matters related to the automotive sector.’

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

Work highlights

  • Representing Goodyear do Brasil Produtos de Borracha in a dispute regarding the termination of several agreements with a distributor.
  • Acting for Schering-Plough Indústria Farmacêutica in a civil action filed by the municipality of Macaé against 13 other pharmaceutical companies alleging that they were refusing to sell medicines used in the treatment of Covid-19 to the municipality.
  • Represented CCR in a class action requesting annulment of the bid that the client won for the concession of public services regarding the Line 15 of monorail transport in São Paulo.

MAMG Advogados

Specialised in dispute resolution, MAMG Advogados possesses a notable track record in the prevention and resolution of administrative and judicial disputes at the national and international levels. Cases pertaining to the infrastructure, banking, media, international trade, energy and public sectors are core areas of activity for the litigation group. Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto, who handles disputes involving contractual, corporate, real estate and construction issues, ‘leads a team of dedicated and business-oriented professionals‘. Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto is highlighted for his ‘in-depth knowledge of Brazilian legislation‘; corporate and commercial lawsuits are some of his legal specialisms. Rafael Francisco Alves is seasoned in litigation and arbitration proceedings. At the associate level, Lucas Morelli and Marcela Melichar Suassuna stand out for their involvement in complex litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto; Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto; Rafael Francisco Alves


‘MAMG’s litigation team is attentive and specialised in infrastructure. They are professionals who deepen the analysis of each case, always with strategic solutions.’

‘Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto leads a team of dedicated and business-oriented professionals. They have a critical sense and offer strategic solutions for complex cases.’

‘Professionals of extreme quality and seniority. With above average ability and knowledge.’

‘Paulo Macedo Garcia – excellent lawyer, very intelligent and in-depth knowledge of Brazilian legislation.’

Key clients

CSU Cardsystem

HTB Engenharia e Construção

Agropecuária Tuiuti

Faraday Investimentos e Participações

Construcap CCPS Engenharia e Comércio

Construtora Jurema

Arena das Dunas Concessão e Eventos

Prestige Incorporação e Administração de Bens

Santo Antonio Energia

Work highlights

  • Represented HTB Engenharia e Construção in a collection claim filed by HTL SP Participações and BR Participações against Berkley Insurance Company due to alleged contract non-compliance and accidents supposedly caused by HTB.
  • Acted for CSU CardSystem in the filing of a preliminary injunction following the identification of fraud.
  • Acted for Faraday, which, in light of alleged violations to permanent preservation areas (APP), requested the identification and, if necessary, the demolishing of structures that have been irregularly built on such areas.

Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados

Highlighted for the ‘agility and expertise‘ of its team, Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados has broad capabilities across the full range of litigation matters, including cases relating to commercial, real estate, banking, consumer law and product liability matters. Competition and litigation specialist Ubiratan Mattos leads the practice with João Carlos Areosa, who regularly provides legal support to clients in the context of corporate and commercial litigation before federal and state courts. Luciano Faneca da Cunha Gonçalves is proficient across a range of contentious work, such as family, real estate and corporate conflicts, while Pedro Pierobon Costa do Prado stands out in the field of bankruptcy and judicial restructurings.

Practice head(s):

João Carlos Areosa; Ubiratan Mattos


‘Agility and expertise are some of the firm’s best attributes.’

‘João Areosa is a brilliant lawyer. Technical and strategist, he uses his knowledge to solve our most complex challenges.’

‘Personalised service and extremely competent lawyers.’

Key clients

Summit Global Asset

Telefônica do Brasil

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo

Louis Dreyfus Company

BBCA Brazil Industrial e Investimentos

Up Brasil Serviços e Administração


CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Scotiabank Brasil


Biosev Bioenergia

Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção

Barry Callebaut Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Alimentícios

M. Dias Branco (Indústria de Produtos Alimentícios Piraquê)

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos

Sodrugestvo Agronegócios (Aliança Agrícola do Cerrado)

Gazit BrasilSmartcoat – Serviços em Revestimento

Special Dog Comércio de Ração

Current Iluminação do Brasil Comércio de Lâmpadas

FL Brasil Holding, Logística e Transporte

Gavilon do Brasil Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas

Globenet Cabos Submarinos


GE Oil & Gas

Clínica da Gávea

Chiesi Farmacêutica

ABAV – Associação Brasileira dos Agentes de Viagem

Apsen Farmacêutica

CMETK Soluções Hospitalares

Toshiba Corporation

FBV VF Imobiliária SPE

Work highlights

  • Assists Summit Global Asset SPC in a judicial matter involving the recovery of a $30m credit derived from defaulted loan agreements.
  • Advised Gazit Brasil on the credit recovery of approximately R$35m.
  • Acts for Louis Dreyfus Company in several actions for damages derived from alleged anti-competitive conduct investigated by CADE.

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados

Primarily based in Belo Horizonte, Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados‘ complex litigation team has a solid track record in high-stakes commercial litigation. The practice has built a reputation for acting for industry-leading clients in the telecoms and energy spaces, boasting particular expertise in disputes arising from regulatory issues. Other areas of expertise include claims involving automobile dealership contracts, consumer law and real estate issues. Department head Helvécio Franco Maia Júnior and Patrícia Pilo Bittencourt Redig are highlighted as ‘extremely competent professionals focused on the client’s business‘. Luís Felipe Bernardes Sá Teles focuses on civil and administrative proceedings, while Felipe Renault Coelho Da Silva Pereira is noted for his experience in cases stemming from energy and distribution contracts.

Practice head(s):

Helvécio Franco Maia Junior


‘The firm’s litigation team works efficiently.’

‘I would like to highlight Patricia Piló Bittencourt Redig, who deals with matters of interest to the company in a very personal way.’

‘The entire team is extremely dedicated, competent and fast! One of the main qualities of the firm, in my opinion, is its differentiated sense of urgency and the empathic treatment always given to the client.’

‘I would recommend all the professionals in the firm, without distinction for their promptness and differentiated sense of urgency, in addition to their competence.’

‘Helvecio Franco Maia Junior and Patrícia Piló Bittencourt are extremely competent professionals focused on the client’s business, in addition to having great technical legal capacity to resolve issues effectively and definitively.’

Key clients

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis

Peugeot Citroën do Brasil Automóveis

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans Brasil

TSEA Energia


Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica – TAESA

Algar Telecom

CNH Indústria Brasil

Telefônica Brasil

Anglogold Ashanti

Lundin Mining – Brasil

BP Bunge Bioenergia

ABRADEE – Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica

Mosaic Fertilizantes P & K

Consórcio Candonga


CPFL Group

Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS)

GELF Siderurgia

Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil – CGT ELETROSUL

Ciber Equipamentos Rodoviários

Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais – CEMIG

Ligas de Alumíno – LIASA

Kinross Brasil Mineração

Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia – CEEE-G

Grupo Evoltz

Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil

Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil – Eletronorte

Kuttner do Brasil Equipamentos Siderúrgicos

Work highlights

  • Representing CPFL (Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz) in a lawsuit initiated by the private operator of highways in the state of São Paulo.
  • Representing Telefônica, which seeks the annulment of a fine imposed by the Brazilian Telecom Agency (Anatel) for the alleged non-compliance with user-rights standards.
  • Acting for FCA FIAT Chrysler in a lawsuit filed by a supplier of seatbelts and other automobile components following the termination of a contract.

Silveiro Advogados

Silveiro Advogados offers advice to clients in relation to litigation before judicial courts throughout Brazil and in alternative dispute resolution matters. The team, which is split between São Paulo and Porto Alegre, has carved out a niche in corporate disputes in the context of privatisations in the telecoms sector, but also boasts strength in construction-related cases. Leading the department, Ricardo Ranzolin handles class actions, construction disputes and corporate conflicts. Antitrust litigation is an area of particular focus for Ricardo Leal De Moraes, while Ricardo Fortes excels in judicial reorganisations. Igor Bimkowski Rossoni is a name to note for cases in the telecoms space, and Vitor De Paula Ramos is a key contact for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ranzolin


‘What stands out in this team is the agility in the analysis of issues, as well as the prioritisation of the client’s interests, always looking for alternatives to reach the established goal.’

‘ gor Rossoni has great expertise on the matter, in addition to being able to foresee the procedural strategy.’

‘They really know the needs of the client and work actively in the search for solutions.’

‘The team is very good technically.

‘I’d highlight Ricardo Ranzolin and Igor Bimkowski Rossoni.’

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Elevadores Otis

Rio Bravo Investimentos

Terra Santa Agro

Frusapar Participações

Banco Cooperativo SICREDI

BANRISUL – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Rohden Indústria Lignea

CSL – Cordoaria São Leopoldo

Casa da Montanha Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Zaffari in a lawsuit discussing the right to vindicate the possession of a building located in a strategic and prime area of the city of Porto Alegre.
  • Represents Telefônica Brasil in a class action filed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Santa Catarina involving the operation of a mobile telephone network antenna.
  • Representing Terra Santa in six lawsuits concerning the sale of a biodiesel plant.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

Led by Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira, the dispute resolution group at Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados represents corporate and private clients in an array of contentious matters, covering civil, commercial, corporate and contractual disputes. Practice head Vieira focuses on commercial disputes arising from corruption cases. Mandates involving public service concessions and infrastructure projects are core areas of activity for Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques. Bernardo Mendes Vianna, who oversees the shipping team, leads on administrative and judicial litigation concerning shipping issues. Lucas Hermeto and Pedro Hermeto were promoted to the partnership in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira


‘The technical capacity of the professionals is the firm’s strong point. They are thoughtful and yet extremely collaborative.’

‘Innovative in the right measure, competitive, but always offering a zealous and personalised service.’

‘Personalised service and competent staff.’

‘The team has extremely competent and committed professionals.’

‘They respond quickly and are committed to the processes.’

Key clients

BW Offshore do Brasil


Belo Monte Transmissora de Energia SPE

Minasgás Industrial e Comércio

Deepflex do Brasil Industria de Dutos Flexíveis e Participações

Work highlights

  • Assisted DeepFlex do Brasil in filing a legal petition for self-bankruptcy.
  • Assisted Belo Monte in filing a motion for relief from the judgment against the decision rendered in the indemnity action filed by Agropecuária Binotto.
  • Assisted Granel Química in a lawsuit to recognise the validity of a major contract with BCI Brasil China Importadora e Distribuidora.

Almeida Advogados

At Almeida Advogados, the litigation practice is highlighted for its ‘ability to handle complex work', most notably disputes involving corporate, environmental, antitrust, real estate, contractual and consumer law issues. The team acts for a varied client base in the drafting, filing and following up of lawsuits at all levels of the judicial and administrative court systems. André De Almeida is a ‘first-rate lawyer', who leads on several corporate litigation matters on behalf of both companies and shareholders. Civil litigation and judicial recovery are some of Andréa Seco's areas of expertise, while Henrique Carmona Do Amaral is noted for his experience in the public law and real estate spaces. Associate Danilo Facchini Gonçalves is a name to note for insurance and consumer law disputes.

Practice head(s):

André de Almeida; Andréa Seco; Henrique Carmona do Amaral


‘Ability to handle complex work, good relationship with clients, above average intelligence.’

‘Almeida Advogados covers virtually all practice areas with exceptional lawyers in every field.’

‘André de Almeida is a first-rate lawyer.’

Key clients

Aerovias de México – Aeroméxico

Foxx URE-BA Ambiental

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil

Edding International

Alpex Alumínio

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil

Oil Group Investimentos em Refinarias

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)


Consórcio Aquamec

Alpex Alumínio

Winburg Invstment Company

RJ Trading e Investimentos

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

CBF Indústria de GUSA

GUSA Nordeste

3OGUMK Minerais e Tecnologia

Work highlights

  • Defending Aeromexico in a motion filed by the State Prosecutor of São Paulo requesting Aeromexico to buy land near the Guarulhos Airport to plant trees and green areas as indemnity for CO2 emissions.
  • Representing Stericycle Gestão Ambiental in four enforcement procedures filed by the former service providers against the client seeking total payment of $8.8m.
  • Representing Edding as plaintiff in a corporate dispute in Rio de Janeiro Courts of Justice.

Andrade Maia Advogados

With practitioners based in São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Brasília and Salvador, Andrade Maia Advogados is well positioned to represent clients in litigation throughout Brazil. Technology, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, telecoms, insurance and construction are all industry strengths for the department. Founding partner Julio Cesar Goulart Lanes steers the team in a range of civil litigation matters. Other key attorneys include Otávio Luiz Verdi Motta and Fabrício Costa Pozatti, both of whom focus on strategic disputes, and Fábio Cardoso Machado, who has combined expertise in transactional and contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Julio Cesar Goulart Lanes; Otávio Luiz Verdi Motta; Fabrício Costa Pozatti; Carolina de Azevedo Altafini Brody; Fábio Cardoso Machado

Key clients

General Motors do Brasil

Jaguar Land Rover

Uber Tecnologia do Brasil

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Cia Mutual de Seguros

Unimed Porto Alegre

Mercado Livre

Dobrevê Participações

Lojas Renner

Hart’s Alimentos Naturais

Lojas Renner


SL Ambiental

Lojas Quero-Quero

Lojas Colombo

Work highlights

  • Filed a a writ of mandamus on behalf of Construtora Queiroz Galvão against an act of Presidente da Comissão Permanente de Licitações which authorised China Railway in the bidding for international competition no. 118/2016, of the city of Canoas/RS.
  • Represented SL Ambiental Serviços de Limpeza Urbana e Tratamento de Resíduos in an action brought by a municipality seeking the declaration that a debt could not be charged.
  • Acted for Uber Tecnologia do Brasil in a lawsuit filed by Partido NOVO seeking the declaration of unconstitutionality of a municipal statute.

Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados

Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados handles a varied caseload featuring capital markets, tax and labour disputes, and is particularly recognised for its strength in corporate litigation. The full range of dispute resolution services are catered for, with the team regularly acting for Brazilian companies in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies. Civil litigation specialist Bruno Carriello jointly heads the Rio de Janeiro-based group with Maria Isabel do Prado Bocater, who focuses on corporate law and capital markets, and social security expert Flávio Martins Rodrigues. Maria Carolina Melo moved from the tax practice in 2021 to strengthen the team’s capabilities in civil and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients





Kepler Weber


Previ – Caixa de Previdência dos Funcionários do Banco do Brasil

Real Grandeza – Fundação de Previdência e Assistência Social

PETROS – Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social

Generali Brasil Seguros

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

Work highlights

  • Represents Eletrobras, its CEO and members of its board of directors in lawsuits regarding the validity of the general shareholders’ meeting that decided in favour of the privatisation of six electrical energy distributors.
  • Acts for Caixa de Previdência dos Funcionários do Banco do Brasil (PREVI) in around 2,000 lawsuits, discussing private pension and labour contracts.
  • Hired by Francisco Antonio Sendas (Sendas Group) to file a partial dissolution lawsuit of Sendas Business Group.

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

The ‘extremely technical, agile, empathetic and responsive' team at Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados offers representation to clients from a variety of sectors engaged in judicial disputes before state and federal courts. Co-head Renato Moraes ‘is an extremely technical and competent lawyer', who has a wealth of experience in corporate and contractual contentious matters. Fellow co-leader Leonardo Espíndola has handled several strategic cases on behalf of financial services and healthcare clients. With experience in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, Tatiana Kauffmann is seasoned in family and succession law.

Practice head(s):

Renato Moraes; Leonardo Espíndola


‘The firm has very experienced lawyers with excellent training. They provide an excellent service and are very practical.’

‘Renato Moraes, in addition to being an extremely technical and competent lawyer, is an empathetic and understanding person. It is rare to find a professional with so much talent and who is so close to their clients.’

‘Tatiana Kauffmann is always available and insists on explaining all the details and procedures.’

‘The direct involvement of the partners is always a very positive differential. The team is extremely technical, agile, empathetic and responsive. It’s the best law firm I’ve worked with, so much so that they take care of all my demands. I was very positively surprised during the pandemic with the transparency and ease of communication.’

‘Renato Moraes and Tatiana Kaufman stand out.’

Key clients

Itafos Mineração e Fertilizantes

Raízen Araraquara Açúcar e Ácool

Sherwin-Williams do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

MZM Engenharia e Participações

Banco Santander (Brasil)

The Valspar Corporation

Cargill Agrícola

Investimento e Participações Em Infraestrutura – Invepar

Iguá Saneamento

Grupo Jardiplan

Caixa Econômica Federal

Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo

Docas Investimentos

Porto do Açu Operações

Vision Med Assistência Médica

Via Varejo

Ita Capital

Dover Fueling Solutions

Polo Capital Securitizadora

Log-In Logística Intermodal

Construtora Queiroz Galvão


Work highlights

  • Assisted Porto do Açu in a claim to revoke a municipal act  restraining the circulation of all cargo, equipment and personnel transport vehicles on the access routes to Port of Açu.
  • Representing Santander in judicial proceedings filed to ensure its participation in a public bidding procedure for the management of  the municipality of Rio de Janeiro’s payrolls.
  • Acting as representatives of ABCON, as amicus curiae, in an annulment claim currently pending before the Superior Court of Justice.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

Primarily focused on commercial and corporate disputes, Dias Carneiro Advogados ‘provides an exceptional service' to a wide range of clients, most notably in the banking, construction, energy, life sciences, agribusiness and insurance sectors. Álvaro Brito Arantes, who ‘has extensive civil and procedural knowledge', specialises in commercial litigation and product liability cases. Laura Mendes Bumachar leads on several matters, especially those related to restructuring and insolvency. Antonio Nachif is particularly sought by energy, construction, pharmaceutical, banking and insurance clients in disputes involving M&A, credit recovery and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Laura Mendes Bumachar; Antonio Nachif; Álvaro Brito Arantes


‘I really recommend Laura Mendes Bumachar and her team. They do high quality work and demonstrate great knowledge of litigation in Brazil.’

‘Álvaro Brito Arantes is a partner who provides a personalised service and is always attentive to decisions/judgment trends, helping the company to foresee scenarios.’

‘The civil litigation team provides an exceptional service, with high doctrinal and jurisprudential background, in order to ensure that the client will put the best guidelines into practice.’

‘Álvaro Brito Arantes has extensive civil and procedural knowledge and manages a highly qualified and helpful team. Álvaro has also worked in corporate law, which allows him to have a clearer view of his clients’ needs.’

‘Laura Bumachar is excellent, one of the best litigation lawyers in Brazil. She is always very competent, quick and direct. Antonio Nachif is also very good.’

‘Proximity to the client, expertise and flexibility.’

Key clients

AAK do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Óleos Vegetais

Acqio Holding Participações


Apple Computer do Brasil

Arcadia Commodities

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

  • Representing gaming manufacturers Ubisoft and Riotin in a class action discussing prohibition of loot boxes in Brazil.
  • Obtained a favourable ruling to dismiss a collection lawsuit filed by UBS’s previous attorney claiming success fees.
  • Representing Ambev in a lawsuit to secure the continuance of the usage of the term “Champagne” from its soda brand called “Guaraná Champagne Antarctica”.

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados

With extensive experience in civil litigation, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados acts for public entities and privately held companies from a variety of sectors at all stages of litigation, from pre-trial negotiations to appeals and enforcement proceedings. Its longstanding involvement in the real estate sector has led to it representing numerous industry clients in environmental claims and contractual disputes. Civil litigation specialists Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins and Wilson de Toledo Silva Junior jointly oversee the department, which also includes Antonio Carlos Petto Junior, a key contact for contentious matters relating to tax, family and succession law.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins

Key clients


PagCom Aquii Tecnologia

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.
  • Represents Capital Construções e Dragagens in a lawsuit filed against a public bank, claiming the termination of a contract entered into by the parties.
  • Represents the heirs and successors of a family in the denial of a demand filed by the Tax Authority of the State of São Paulo regarding the property rights of a historic building.

Elias, Matias Advogados

With more than sixty years of experience in dispute resolution, Elias, Matias Advogados is a popular choice for clients operating in the construction, manufacturing, education, healthcare and technology sectors. The team is active in civil litigation, demonstrating particular strength in real estate disputes, contentious matters involving digital law, consumer claims and credit recovery. Rubens Carmo Elias Filho, who specialises in real estate-related cases, leads the group with Carla Maluf Elias.

Practice head(s):

Rubens Carmo Elias Filho; Carla Maluf Elias

Key clients

Spraying Systems Do Brasil

Spectrum Brands Brasil Industria E Comercio De Bens De Consumo

Construtora TS

Construtora TS-R

Rossi Residencial

Your Route Pesquisa E Desenvolvimento

HSR Route Pesquisa E Desenvolvimento

Santos Salles Empreendimentos E Participações

Cyrela Brazil Realty Empreendimentos E Participações

Lucio Engenharia

Crane Worldwide Logistica Do Brasil

Hubert Administração

Zangari Administração De Bens

Casa Grande Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Predial Cherem Empreendimentos

Hacasa Construtora

Work highlights

  • Represented Cyrela Brazil Realty Empreendimentos e Participações in a matter before the São Paulo State Court of Justice involving an alleged data leak.
  • Acting for Lúcio Engenharia e Construções and Cyrela Brazil Realty Empreendimentos e Participações in a lawsuit concerning the issuance of a Rehabilitation Act by CETESB.
  • Acted for Even Construtora e Incorporadora in a series of execution lawsuits.

Ernesto Borges Advogados

Rated for its ‘extensive knowledge and vast experience in litigation‘, Ernesto Borges Advogados advises on the prevention and resolution of individual and collective claims in the corporate and civil law spheres. Although based in Campo Grande, the firm has a national footprint and is equipped to act for clients in contentious matters across the country. Bernardo Rodrigues De Oliveira Castro manages a great volume of lawsuits on behalf of clients operating in the banking and financial services segments. Walberto Laurindo De Oliveira Filho is a go-to counsel for energy and retail companies, while Daniel Feiosa Naruto focuses on real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Extensive knowledge and vast experience in litigation.’

‘Bernardo Rodrigues, Camila Leite and Eva Xavier stand out for being able to solve problems and deliver results effectively.’

‘Knowledge and good relationships in the Mato Grosso do Sul region.’

‘Partners are always willing to listen to suggestions. Collaborative work.’

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Bradesco

Alphaville Urbanismo

C6 Bank

Banco BMG

Tegra Incorporadora


Banco Cetelem

SICREDI – Sistema de Crédito Cooperativo


Cesp – Companhia Energética De São Paulo

Grupo Cornélio Brennand

Via Varejo

Votorantim Cimentos

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tegra Incorporadora in the annulment of more than 400 defaults.
  • Assisted CESP– Companhia Energética de São Paulo in an action for repossession of a permanent preservation area.
  • Acted for Banco Bradesco in a court action seeking extension of rural credit certificates and annulment of the rural property guarantee referring to fiduciary sale.

Fialho Salles Advogados

Headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Fialho Salles Advogados represents clients in judicial litigation involving engineering, construction, infrastructure and energy disputes. Corporate and public law-related cases are core strengths for the team, which also boasts expertise in class actions, competition and administrative matters. Leonardo Canabrava ‘combines legal knowledge with experience in business environments'. Érico Andrade leads on contentious matters concerning concessions, public contracts and procurement, which is also an area of particular focus for Gustavo Magalhães. Leonardo Birchal specialises in litigation before state courts and arbitration. Lucas Spadano is a name to note in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Érico Andrade; Gustavo Magalhães; Leonardo Canabrava; Lucas Spadano; Leonardo Birchal


‘Remarkable expertise in relation to the matters they handle. Highly skilled, committed, organised and available team.’

‘Leonardo Canabrava is an exceptional lawyer, who combines legal knowledge with experience in business environments, identifying risks and opportunities to defend the interests of his clients.’

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

BH Iluminação Pública

Axxiom Soluções Tecnológicas

Via Magna Construções E Empreendimentos

Mohallem Engenharia

LSM Participações

Parex Engenharia

Aliança Geração de Energia

Work highlights

  • Represents OECI in a lawsuit that deals with a R$300m public bidding for the rehabilitation of the waterfront of the city of Matinhos.
  • Assisted SumUp in a court dispute involving Google and other relevant players in the Brazilian mobile payments market.
  • Acts for Conata in a lawsuit that deals with a R$1.8bn public-private partnership for the administration, maintenance and conservation of bus terminals in the city of São Paulo.

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados undertakes a broad range of contentious work, covering civil, commercial and administrative litigation. The team manages a significant caseload, featuring insurance claims, unfair competition issues, environmental lawsuits, infrastructure disputes and credit recovery. Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini has wide-ranging experience in dispute resolution, advising clients on litigation, arbitration and compliance matters. Maysa Abrahão Tavares Verzola is often retained by investment funds, concessionaires and financial institutions. Civil claims involving consumer law, torts and insurance are key areas of activity for Ana Lygia Tannus Giacometti.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini; Maysa Abrahão Tavares Verzola; Ana Lygia Tannus Giacometti


‘Always very attentive and diligent. Meetings were always helpful.’

‘Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini is always objective and punctual in decisions, acting with prudence and discretion when necessary.’

Key clients

AMC Serviços Educacionais

GPS Group

General Motors

Camargo Corrêa Infra

ABB Group

Giorgio Armani Brasil

Siemens Healthcare Diagnósticos



Metso Brazil Indústria E Comércio

C&A Modas

Florespar Florestal

Sanchez Cano

Iron Mountain do Brasil

Inova Soluções

Work highlights

  • Representing Iron Mountain in a claim to contest a tender launched by Petrobras for a $59m contract to provide specialised filing services.
  • Acting for Top Service as plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Araucária Nitrogenados – ANSA seeking compensation for loss suffered during the performance of a contract to provide specialised labour force.
  • Assisted Camargo Correa in obtaining a judicial decision authorising the transport of employees from several construction sites to Florianopolis airport in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Best known for its broad capabilities in public law, Curitiba-based firm Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados has notable strength in contentious matters involving public procurement, government contracts, PPPs and concessions. The team’s service offering also extends to commercial litigation. Andre Guskow Cardoso handles judicial disputes arising in the context of M&A, infrastructure projects and public contracts. He oversees the practice with Eduardo Talamini. Associate Felipe Scripes Wladeck focuses on litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Talamini; André Guskow Cardoso

Key clients

Brookfield Energia Renovável

Rumo Malha Sul

Rumo Intermodal

Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá – TCP

BRK Ambiental

J. Malucelli Energia




Sindicato das Empresas de Transporte Rodoviários de Passageiros no Estado de Santa Catarina- SETPESC

Transporte Coletivo Pérola do Oeste

Sindicato das Empresas de Transportes Rodoviários Intermunicipais do Estado do Rio De Janeiro – SINTERJ

Auto Viação Catarinense


Associação dos Procuradores do Estado de Santa Catarina – APROESC

Sindicato dos Auditores Internos do Poder Executivo do Estado de Santa Catarina – SINDIAUDITORIA

Work highlights

  • Represents Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá – TCP in several disputes at the Federal Court of Audit, the Federal Public Ministry and Federal Courts commenced by an alleged whistleblower.
  • Represents BRK Ambiental in several lawsuits in order to ensure and enforce a public water supply and sewerage management public contract’s rules.
  • Acts for Ecovia and Ecocataras in two lawsuits filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office to challenge certain actions the government has taken to change the concession agreements allegedly without the required formalities.

Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados

Competition law and litigation boutique Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados provides legal support to clients in pre-litigation issues, matters before judicial courts, and settlement negotiations. Besides antitrust litigation, the group is also adept in corporate disputes, environmental claims, insolvency issues, and lawsuits challenging government agencies’ decisions and regulations. Founding partners Aurélio Marchini Santos and Daniel Costa Caselta are the main points of contact for dispute resolution mandates. Recent joiner Martim Della Valle has a notable track record in antitrust cases and arbitration proceedings. Associate Victor Adame is noted for corporate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aurélio Marchini Santos; Daniel Costa Caselta; Martim Della Valle


‘Technical quality, and involvement of partners sets the firm apart.’

‘Victor Adame stands out for his availability and agility.’

‘I’d highlight Victor Adame and Daniel Caselta.’

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

Elemidia Consultoria e Serviços de Marketing

O Estado de S. Paulo

Technip FMC (FMC Technologies)

Terminal Portuário de Angra dos Reis

Ceras Johnson (Laboratório Osler do Brasil)

Work highlights

  • Acted for FNS in two claims against a public-owned company to seek damages and specific performance of the obligation of repairing defects on rails and sleepers on FNS’s railway track.
  • Represented Ultrafértil in several claims to ensure the continuity of the construction of a confined aquatic disposal cell.
  • Advised White Martins in a lawsuit to annul a R$1.76bn fine imposed by CADE.

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados has experienced significant growth since its foundation in 2017, including receiving a number of new instructions in the civil and corporate litigation space. The dispute resolution team is well equipped to assist clients from regulated sectors in contentious work involving court-supervised reorganisations. Department leader Guilherme Setoguti is noted for his extensive experience in corporate, civil and banking disputes. Also part of the core team, Cláudia Gruppi Costa dedicates her practice to judicial and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Setoguti

Key clients

Buritirama Mineração

Saraiva e Siciliano

Urbia Gestão de Parques SPE

Hot Biscuits Participações

Multiner and 2007 Participações

Banco Safra

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tenco Shoppings Centers in a motion for advance preventive relief to stay the effects and suspend payments of substantial collateral in the context of a complex contractual network.
  • Acting for Buritirama Mineração in extra-judicial title executions filed by several banks.
  • Represents three businessmen in the agricultural industry in relation to a public lawsuit for administrative improbity acts.

Muriel Advogados

Although best known for its wealth of experience in arbitration, dispute resolution boutique Muriel Advogados also has strong credentials in strategic civil litigation. The practice was strengthened by the recent arrival of Danilo Orenga, who brings to the table in-depth knowledge of commercial, corporate and contractual disputes, and a team of associates from KLA Advogados, including Carolina Naves. Marcelo Muriel has worked on several high-profile domestic and cross-border litigation cases. Associate Heloisa Krisman is another contact for civil and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Muriel, Danilo Orenga


‘High level of legal knowledge and argumentation.’

‘Danilo Orenga Conceição: excellent coordination of the strategy and line of action in various processes and with the client.’

‘Advice is extremely clear, transparent, and enlightening.’

‘Muriel Advogados is distinguished by the incredible technical capacity and involvement of its partners. They are extremely intelligent and have great legal technical knowledge, in addition to understanding the market and the areas where clients operate. They go into the details of the cases to always find the best solutions.’

‘Danilo Orenga is extremely technical and has a deep knowledge of several areas of law, while always researching in depth all the details of the cases. His performance is always excellent, ensuring the best results in the process.’

‘Law firm with outstanding legal capacity and expertise. Fast service and always very close to clients.’

‘Danilo Orenga is a young and talented lawyer who always impresses me.’

Key clients

Souza Cruz

Continental do Brasil Produtos Automotivos

Greenestreet Films International

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

Dryclean USA do Brasil Lavanderias

Jonas Birger Arquitetura

Andritz Hydro

Acciona Construcción


Work highlights

  • Represents Acciona Construcción’s interests in judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Defending Siemens in an administrative proceeding commenced by the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts against the consortium Metrosal in order to investigate alleged irregularities.
  • Representing Amico Saúde in an enforcement proceeding commenced by Banco Santos seeking payment of a purported credit in the approximate amount of R$25m.

Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados

Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados‘ litigation department assists in out-of-court proceedings, pre-litigation issues, court-supervised reorganisations, mediations and matters before judicial courts. Former first instance judges Antonio Cesar Siqueira and Luisa Bottrel have significant experience in civil and corporate disputes, as well as bankruptcy cases. Contentious matters involving contractual, corporate and real estate issues are core strengths for Francisco de Almeida e Silva, while Mariana Siqueira excels in mandates involving public service concessions. Pedro de Andrade Figueira was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

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


‘The team has a good understanding of local procedural aspects. Antonio Cesar Siqueira has wide experience and knowledge in commercial disputes.’

‘Great attention and partners always available. Antonio Siqueira and Mariana Siqueira are recommended.’

‘The team is formed by extremely qualified professionals. Antonio Cesar Siqueira and  Luisa Bottrel are extremely qualified, and have great technical skills.’

‘Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados (SBS Advogados) stands out for the excellence of the advice it provides.’

‘Antonio Siqueira and Mariana Siqueira are excellent professionals. Antonio has experience and great knowledge of the members of the Courts, which makes him pursue the best strategy in a litigation. Mariana Siqueira stands out both professionally and academically. They are first-class lawyers in the area of ​​dispute resolution.’

‘The office combines high technical quality with great diligence, dedication and attention to clients. Antônio Cesar Siqueira and Mariana Ribeiro Siqueira are the partners I deal with the most. Both are very technically qualified, extremely dedicated, diligent and pay a lot of attention to their clients.’

Key clients

Refinaria de Manguinhos – Em Recuperação Judicial

Investimentos em Participações – Invepar

Construtora Cowan

Fundação Getulio Vargas

Capella – Fundo de Investimentos em Direitos Creditórios Não-Padronizados

CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe

Linha Amarela – LAMSA

Net Courier Encomendas Expressas

Uni Empreendimentos

Banco Industrial do Brasil

Cerrado Elfriede Industries SL

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

Light Serviços de Eletricidade

Linhas de Taubaté Transmissora de Energia

SM Machado Comércio de Tecidos Eireli

Tribunal de Justiça do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

VoiceAge EVS

Work highlights

  • Assists Invepar in a series of 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 R$1bn lawsuit filed against Petrobras, involving the client’s court-supervised reorganisation.
  • Represented FGV in a high-profile judicial dispute against Rio de Janeiro’s Public Prosecutor’s Office, which sought the removal of FGV’s board of directors for alleged misconduct.

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados

With a strong reputation in the insolvency and restructuring market, Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados has a strong track record in related contentious matters, including judicial reorganisations and debt recovery. Administrative litigation and judicial cases involving M&A transactions and capital markets are other notable areas of practice for the group, which is well positioned to represent clients before the Superior Courts in Brazil as well as federal and state appellate courts. The department is under the joint leadership of three practitioners: Ivo Waisberg, who focuses on litigation and arbitration; Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos, whose areas of expertise cover IP disputes, civil liability, consumer and electoral law; and Ricardo Pomeranc Matsumoto, a name to note for banking litigation. Bárbara Pessoa Ramos advises on civil litigation, including contractual and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Waisberg; Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos; Ricardo Pomeranc Matsumoto


‘Team is really dedicated to the client. Intelligent and accessible partners.’

Key clients

Grupo PIBB (Manhattan)

Latache Capital

Prisma Capital


Braswey Indústria e Comércio

Grupo Aralco

Grupo Energy

Bonasa Alimentos

Grupo Omar Maksoud

Terra Santa Agro

MGC Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Smiles Fidelidade in a case involving a commercial agreement with Gol Linhas Aéreas.
  • Assisted LSF10 Brazil US Holdings in the filing of a claim concerning registering the transfer of controlling shares in the context of a hostile takeover.
  • Represented Heber Participações in a case arising from the termination of a commercial agreement.

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

Energy, financial services, telecoms, real estate and infrastructure companies turn to Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados for assistance in civil and commercial litigation. The team, which is led by Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca, possesses a strong reputation in contentious matters within regulated industries. Practice head Fonseca acts in litigation involving administrative, corporate, consumer law and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca

Key clients



Claudio Haddad

Itaú Unibanco

Enel – Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo


Aliansce Sonae Shopping Center

CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo

Banco Bradesco

Associação dos Aposentados Participantes da Eletros – APEL

Work highlights

  • Acting for Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade 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.
  • Representing an individual in an administrative procedure which investigates whether the top management of Petrobras are liable for the alleged damages suffered by Petrobras due to the acquisition of Pasadena Refining System.
  • Provided legal assistance to Itaú in a writ of execution filed against guarantors.