Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: Dispute Resolution: Litigation

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

Dispute Resolution: Litigation in Brazil

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Ferro; Jose Roberto de Castro Neves


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Soares Penido


Eneva


Cosan


BTG Pactual


Banco Genial


Heineken


Andrade Gutierrez


Ambev


Volkswagen


Sapura Navegação Marítima


MultiRio Operações Portuárias


EQUINOR Brasil ENERGIA


Whirlpool


ALLSEAS


Swedish Development Bank


Johnson & Johnson


Nolve Devolpments


Work highlights


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

Mattos Filho

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Eduardo Damião and Arthur Parente stand out.’

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

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

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

Key clients

Google Internet Brasil


Philip Morris Brasil Indústria e Comércio


Philip Morris Brasil


WhatsApp


BHP Billiton


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


CAOA Montadora de Veículos


CAOA Patrimonial


Hyundai CAOA do Brasil Ltda.


CAOA Family Participações


CAOA International Limited


CAOA International Corporation (CAOA Group)


Supervia Concessionária de Transporte Ferroviário


Tecumseh do Brasil


Petróleo Sabbá


Banco ABC Brasil


Bayer


Monsanto do Brasil


Du Pont do Brasil


Dow Agrosciences Industrial


Syngenta Seeds


Cooperativa de Crédito Credicitrus


Banco Bradesco


The Carlyle Group


Citibank Group


Work highlights


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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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

Key clients

Codavo Serviços de Administração de Bens e Participações


Dimensa


Trafigura do Brasil Importação, Exportação e Comércio


Gran Coffee Comércio Locação e Serviços


Mimaki Brasil Comércio e Importação


Guindastes Tatuapé


Pangu Fundo de Investimentos Em Direitos Creditórios Multissetorial Não Padronizados


Tulum Administração e Participações (Grupo Keiper)


Gold Energia


Albieri e Associados Consultoria Empresarial


HIG Capital


Work highlights


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

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Sergio Bermudes; Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira; Fabiano Robalinho


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Fabiano Robalinho and Caetano Berenguer stand out.’

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

Key clients

Vale


Furnas Centrais Elétricas


Cnseg/Fenasaude/Fenaprevi


Bradesco Seguros


Votorantim Cimentos


Oi Telefonia


Rappi


CPFL Energia


Piemonte Holding


Citibank


Coca-Cola Femsa Brasil


IRB Brasil Re


BNY Mellon


Strata Capital


Work highlights


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

BMA Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea; Pedro Oliveira da Costa


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

‘André Abbud is recommended.’

Key clients

Airbnb Serviços Digitais


Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil


BHP Billiton Brasil


Braskem


BHG Brazil Hospitality Group


Carrefour Comércio e Indústria


Galvão Engenharia


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


JMS Participações Ltda


Mahle Metal Leve


Netflix Entretenimento do Brasil


OutSystems – Software em Rede


Samsung Electronics Company


Samsung Semiconductor


Sega Corporation


Sempre Agtech


Sul América Capitalização – SULACAP


Turvinho Participações (Grendene Group)


Work highlights


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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Gláucia Mara Coelho


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Canopus Engenharia


Odata Brasil


MASA Comércio e Serviços de Terraplenagem


Starboard Restructuring Partners


Mag Sac Embalagens


Grupo Alliar


Banco Bradesco


Fertilizantes Heringer


Siemens Healthnieers


Ultragaz


Mitsui & Co (Brasil)


Vale


Química Amparo


Gemini Energia


Rumo


Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais – Usiminas


Rio de Janeiro Refrescos


Hospital Care


Cia Importadora e Exportadora Coimex


Lojas Quero-Quero


Work highlights


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

TozziniFreire Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Fernando Serec; Luiz Virgilio Pimenta Penteado Manente


Key clients

Mitsui Gás


CSN Cimentos Brasil


Holcim Group Services


Caterpillar


TAG – Transportadora Associada de Gás


Coteminas


Raízen


Banco Societe Generale do Brasil


SKF


Burger King


Mercado Pago


Zilor


Meta (Facebook/Instagram)


Claro


Ford Motor Company Brasil


BMW do Brasil


Oracle do Brasil Sistemas


Colgate-Palmolive


Doosan Infracore South America Industria e Comércio de Máquinas de Construção


CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica


White Martins Gases Industriais


Decolar Ltda.


MWM – Tupi do Brasil


Work highlights


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

Cescon Barrieu

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

Practice head(s):

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


Key clients

SMTC Participações


JEA Participações (Marquise Group)


Smartfit Group


Vale


Nexa Recursos Minerais


RHI Magnesita


Banco Mercantil


Norskan Offshore


DOF Navegação


Work highlights


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

Lefosse Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Pedro Soares Maciel


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Ford Motor Company Brasil


Lesaffre do Brasil Produtos Alimentícios


Suzano


Organon Farmacêutica


Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cimento – SNIC


GLPA


Elfa Medicamentos


Magazine Luiza


Construtora Alya


Mantiq Investimentos


ACSA – Airport Company of South Africa


Walmart Brasil


Merck Sharp & Dohme Farmacêutica


Braskem


Procter & Gamble Industrial e Comercial


China Construction Bank


BTG Pactual Serviços Financeiros


Areva Renewables Brasil


BR Ambiental Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia


Brookfield Brasil Asset Management Investimentos


Brookfield Brazil Agriland Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia


Midas Financial Holding (Brasil)


Cruzeiro do Sul Educational


Tenco Shopping Centers


Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos


New Island Capital Management


Work highlights


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

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Sergio Mannheimer; Tomaz Tavares de Lyra


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Pirelli


Construtora Queiroz Galvão (currently called Alya Construtora)


Mapfre Seguros


Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP


Enel X


CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista


Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF


State Grid


Ancar Ivanhoe


João Fortes Engenharia


White Martins


FM Global


G4S Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância


ERB – Energias Renováveis do Brasil


BTG Pactual


TOTVS


BRZ Investimentos


Hyatt do Brasil


Caixa Econômica Federal


Caixapar


Generali


AEG Administradora de Estádios


Jive Investments


Construtora Calper


Swire Pacific


ATG Americas Trading Group


Banco Modal


R2C Invest


Regina Festas


ATG Americas Trading Group


Swile do Brasil


Mottu


Soltec


Atem Distribuidora de Petróleo


Work highlights


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

Souto Correa Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Ricardo Quass Duarte


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation


Man Energy Solutions SE


Man Energy Solutions Brasil Equipamentos e Serviços LTDA


Lorentzen Empreendimentos


Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia


Natura Cosméticos


Eletropaulo


LATAM Airlines Brasil


CPFL Energia


Monte Bravo Agente Autônomo de Investimentos


Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil


Banco Agibank


Work highlights


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

Trench Rossi Watanabe

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

Practice head(s):

Marcio Polto; Gledson Marques de Campos; Andrea Brick


Testimonials

‘Accuracy and promptness.’

‘Andrea Brick stands out.’

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

Key clients

New Energies Solucoes em Energia


Wells fargo


Maremonti


NovaAgri Infra-Estrutura de Armazenagem e Escoamento Agrícola


Subway


Tempore Engenharia


Triscorp Ativos Florestais – Fundo de Investimento em Participações


Votorantin Energia


Astellas


Cielo


Cinemark Brasil


Ingresso.com


Ipiranga


Liebherr


MDR (Maremonti)


Nestlé


Braskem


PepsiCo


Associação Brasileira de Descartáveis (ABRADE)


Instituto Socioambiental dos Plásticos (Plastivida)


Petrobras


Shell


Petrogal


Petros – Fundação Petrobrás de Seguridade Social


Seagate


Shell


Toyota Brasil


Votorantim Holding


Vale


Trouw Nutrition Brasil Nutrição Animal


Saipem do Brasil


Vibra Energia


Work highlights


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

Veirano Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Gama; Mateus Aimoré Carreteiro


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

VCT Brasil Importação e Exportação


99 Tecnologia


Accenture do Brasil


Phillip Morris Brasil Industria e Comercio


Pepsico do Brasil


Belo Monte Transmissora de Energia SPE


Mineração Aurizona


Banco Genial


Royal Canin do Brasil Indústria e Comércio


Align Technology do Brasil


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


Omni Taxi Aéreo


Kawasaki Heavy Industries


Porto do Açu Operações


Tim


Hitachi Rail STS


Águia Fertilizantes


Subsea 7 Marine LIC


Shell Brasil Petróleo


Suzano Papel e Celulose


Portocel – Specialized Terminal Barra do Riacho


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


Work highlights


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

Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Confederação Nacional dos Pescadores e Aquicultores – CNPA


Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo – CODESP


Grupo Farmabrasil


Votorantim Cimentos


Votorantim Energia


Brookfield


CESP – Companhia Energética De São Paulo


VR Vales


Grupo NC


Tegra Incorporadora


Banco Safra


Banco BMG


Banrisul


Alupar Energia


Ancar


Ems


Abcr


Grupo Mendes


Itaú


Rede D’or


Fonte de Saúde FIP


Work highlights


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

Demarest Advogados

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

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Martins Comércio E Serviços De Distribuição


Asics Brasil Distribuição E Comércio De Artigos Esportivos


Brown International Corporation


Formula One World Championship Limited


Google


Meta (formerly Facebook)


Vale


CVC Viagens e Turismo


Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE


Grupo SBF/Centauro


Comfrio Group


Ecogen Brasil


Work highlights


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

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Rogério Carmona Bianco; Fábio Floriano Melo Martins


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

PlayArte Cinemas


BR Properties (BRPR3)


Klar Construtora


Empresa Brasileira de Benefícios e Pagamentos (Caju)


Azul Cia. de Seguros Gerais


Expedia


CiaTC – Companhia Tradicional de Comércio


Banco Itaú BBA


Unip – Universidade Paulista


Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa


Porto Seguro Cia. de Seguros Gerais


Cury Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda.


Cury Construtora e Incorporadora e Capri Incorporadora SPE


LW Comunicações


Match Group


Vulcabras – CE Calçados e Artigos Esportivos


Editora Manole


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


Tocantins Energética


Work highlights


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

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Alumni Engenharia


Grupo Alupar


Banco Fibra


Banco Bnp Paribas


CHIMERA NPL I Fundo de Investimento em Direito Creditórios Não Padronizados


EDP Brasil


JHSF


Massa Falida do Banco Santos


UTC Participações


Wow Nutrition


Work highlights


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

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

‘Luis Fernando Guerreiro is extremely technical.’

Key clients

Hydria Participações E Investimentos


Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes


Bioagri Ambiental


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


Alper Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros


Hora Park


Energia PCH Fundo de Investimentos em Participações Multiestratégia


Quota Empreendimentos Imobiliários


Facundo Guerra Rivero


Zenvia Mobile Serviços Digitais


Associação Petrobras de Saúde – APS


Wobben Windpower Indústria e Comércio


Headwaters Bd


Dia Brasil


Ambev


Dm Brasil Administração de Participações Societárias e de Bens


BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes


Quantiq Distribuidora


Neoway


ACP Verifone


AD Wraptools


Work highlights


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

LUC Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Luciano de Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Junior


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Colgate-Palmolive Comercial


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


Usinas Itamarati


Unilever Brasil


Cosan


Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo


Raízen


Aura Minerals


Caixa Econômica Federal


ICL – Instituto Combustível Legal


ANBIMA – Associação Brasileira das Entidades dos Mercados


Banco Santander


Owens-Illinois do Brasil


Ultracargo Logística


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


Brasscom – Associação das Empresas de Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação


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


Work highlights


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

Stocche Forbes Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Erbe Incorporadora


Danone


Tishman Speyer


Hypera


Terna


Autonomy


Tegra


Pátria


GTIS


SEW


Medtronic


Cargill


Gerdau


BRF


Agricola Xingu


Reckitt Benckiser Brasil


Capitual Instituição de Pagamento


Work highlights


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

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Antonio Celso Pugliese


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Warde Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


Testimonials

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

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

‘Technical quality and commitment.’

‘Walfrido Warde and Felipe Figueiredo are recommended.’

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Forte Colonizadora


J. Safra Holdings SPF


Companhia Metalúrgica Prada


Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN


Editora Vetores Ltda.


Cyrela Aconcágua Empreendimentos Imobiliários


Syn Prop e Tech


Cyrela Empreendimentos


WTorre


Supermed Administradora de Benefícios


Banco Safra


Banco Bradesco


Work highlights


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

BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco


Itaú Unibanco Holding


Kirton Bank – Banco Múltiplo


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


Renocirne Ltda


Telefônica Brasil


Verisure Brasil Monitoramento de Alarmes


Work highlights


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

Bichara Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Adriana Astuto; André Gondinho; Pedro Werner; Thiago Lins


Key clients

Oi Group


JBS Group


CESP


Eldorado Brasil Celulose


MRS Logística


Telefônica


Grupo Ânima


Votorantim Cimentos/Engemix


Cambuci


Saphyr Administradora de Centros Comerciais


Vision Med Assistência Médica


Work highlights


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

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

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

Practice head(s):

Felipe Hermanny; Leandro Rinaldi


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Canadian Solar


Pfizer


Prática Engenharia


Austral Seguradora


Gemini Energy


Grupo Starboard


Technip FMC


Statkraft Energias Renováveis


Usiminas


Carmo Energy (Cobra Group)


Hyatt Grand Hotel


Modec


Companhia Española de Financiación del Desarrollo, COFIDES


Shell


Planet Payment


Braskem


Bunker One


Karpowership


LCD Engenharia


Alphatec


Chaval Navegação


BTG Pactual


Avanos, Inc


GR Serviços de Alimentação


Moinho S.A.


Marriot International


Tokio Marine Kiln


PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)


WPP Group


Work highlights


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

Castro Barros Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

José Augusto Leal


Testimonials

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

‘Camilla Werneck – legal knowledge and speed.’

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

Key clients

Jive Investments


Renault do Brasil


HP Financial Services


Banco BTG Pactual


Baker Hughes


Pentágono S.A. Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários


União de Lojas Leader


Brasbunker Participações


Genial Investimentos


Invista FIDC


Work highlights


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

KLA Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortez


Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Extremely competent professionals.’

Key clients

Cia Brasileira de Distribuição


DXC Technology


Riachuelo


Lear do Brasil


TivitTerceirizacao de Processos, Servicos E Tecnologia


General Mills Brasil


Bresco Investimentos


Tegra Incorporadora


Iguá Saneamento


Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil


Radar Propriedades Agrícolas


Gut Agência de Publicidade


Sibra Empreendimentos


Dragmor Spolka Z Pgranczona Odpowiedzialnoscia


Dragmor Brasil Empreendimentos


Mead Johnson do Brasil Comércio e Importação de Produtos de Nutrição


Electrolux do Brasil


L.O. Baptista Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Bombardier Recreational Products


BRP Brasil Motorsports


FS Transmissora de Energia Elétrica


Lyon Capital Partners


Vallourec


TDB Têxtil


CETELEM


BNP PARIBAS Group


AMC Têxtil LTDA


American Tower Do Brasil – Cessão De Infraestrutura


Vtex Brasil Tecnologia Para E-Commerce


Editorial Planeta and Editora Planeta do Brasil


Unimetal São Vicente Indústria, Comércio E Empreendimentos


Lab Empreend. Imobiliários


Agropecuaria Jayoro


Drylock Technologies


Work highlights


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

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; Daniela Soares Domingues


Key clients

Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro (CEG)


CEG RIO


Associação Fluminense dos Plantadores de Cana (Asflucan)


Serra do Facão Energia


Slavel Distribuidora de Automóveis


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


Ambientare Soluções Ambientais


Elekeiroz


Esmaltec


Instituto Bengala Verde


Construtora CVP


Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa


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


Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém (CSP)


Camargo Corrêa Infra


Prudential


Work highlights


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

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

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


Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI)


Grid Solutions Transmissão de Energia


Vantage Drilling International


Petrorio


Petronas Petróleo Brasil


Amazonas Geração e Transmissão de Energia


Stam Metalúrgica


Paragon Offshore


Standard Chartered Bank


Tim


Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation


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


Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos


Telefônica Brasil


RB Capital Companhia de Securitização


Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo


Eneva


Cobra Brasil Serviços de Comunicações e Energia


BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros DTVM


Celse – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe


EDB Sistemas Elétricos


Mckesson Corporation


Hub Pagamentos


Bunge Alimentos


CM Capital Markets


3M do Brasil


Ferrari Agroindústria


Basf


Cameron


Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (Chesf)


Mizuho Bank


Work highlights


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

Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

DNS Empreendimentos Imobiliários


Racional Engenharia


Itaú Unibanco


Vértico II Participações


Capulho I Fundo De Investimento Em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados


CAP Administração e Participações


Mary Kay do Brasil


Sallve Cosméticos


Diase Construtora


Libercon Construtora


Merchant Equity Telecom


Sinch Do Brasil


Gerdau


Schneider Eletric


Work highlights


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

Azevedo Sette Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil


Banco Volkswagen (Volkswagen group)


White Martins Gases Industriais


Claro


Mineração Morro Verde


JCI (Johnson Controls)


Sascar Tecnologia e Segurança Automotiva


Samarco Minerações


Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia


Turkish Airlines


Localiza Rent a Car


Electronic Arts (EA)


Auto Viação Guaianazes


Banco Semear


MIP Engenharia


Globo Comunicação e Participações


Jaguar Mining INC e Mineração Serras do Oeste


Ibe Business Education De São Paulo Ltda and Fundação Getulio Vargas


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


Magnesita Refratários


Zopone


Labtest


Work highlights


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

E. Munhoz Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Secchi Munhoz; João Vicente Lapa de Carvalho


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Ternium/Techint Group


Odrebrecht


Banco BTG Pactual


Casa Granado Laboratórios, Farmácias e Drogarias S.A.


Folha Participações


J&F Investimentos


Aqua Vero Agente Autônomo de Investimentos


Former board members of JBS


Atvos Agroindustrial Investimentos


Work highlights


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

Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados)

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

ADM do Brasil


Cofco International


Eurochem Fertilizantes Tocantins


Nordex Energy


Raízen Group


Louis Dreyfus Company Group


Gavilon do Brasil Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas


Banco BTG Pactual Group


NuInvest Corretora de Valores


Campo Rico Fertilizer Solutions


FMC Química do Brasil


CGG Trading


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


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


Central Energética Morrinhos


FS Bioenergia


Jones Day


Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos Ltda.


Syngenta Seeds


Nutrien Group


Viterra Brasil


Tuberfil Indústria e Comércio de Tubos


Amaggi Group


Work highlights


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

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

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

Practice head(s):

Renato José Cury; Andréa Pitthan Françolin


Testimonials

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

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

‘Intelligence, availability and interest.’

Key clients

Volkswagen do Brasil Industria de Veículos Automotores


Dow AgroSciences Industrial


Procomp Indústria Eletrônica


Mattel do Brasil


Medtronic Comercial


Nissan do Brasil Automóveis


Goodyear do Brasil Produtos de Borracha


Eurofarma Laboratórios


HBO do Brasil


Audi do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Veículos


Ability Tecnologia e Serviços


Truck Bus – Indústria e Comércio de Auto Peças


Goodstorage Holding Participações


PayU Brasil Intermediação de Negócios


Work highlights


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

MAMG Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Ligia Espolaor Veronese; Rafael Francisco Alves


Testimonials

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

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

‘Highly specialised service provided by very technical professionals.’

Key clients

CSU Cardsystem


HTB Engenharia e Construção


Agropecuária Tuiuti (Shefa)


Faraday Investimentos e Participações


Construcap CCPS Engenharia e Comércio


Hitachi Energia


Arena das Dunas


Prestige Incorporação e Administração de Bens


Work highlights


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

Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Ubiratan Mattos; Fernando Medici Jr.


Key clients

Summit Global Asset SPC


Telefônica do Brasil


Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo


Louis Dreyfus Company


BBCA Brazil Industrial e Investimentos


Ferrero do Brasil Indústria Doceira e Alimentar


Biosev (Grupo Raízen)


Clínica da Gavea


Barry Callebaut Brasil Indústria e Comercio de Produtos Alimentícios


M. Dias Branco (Indústria de Produtos Alimentícios Piraquê)


Indra Brasil Soluções E Serviços Tecnológicos


Minsait Brasil


FL Brasil Holding, Logística e Transporte


Gavilon do Brasil Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas


Richter


Chiesi Farmacêutica


Toshiba Corporation


Construtora Norberto Odebrecht


ABAV – Associação Brasileira dos Agentes de Viagem


BT Communications do Brasil


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


Hemotech – Unidade de Hemodinâmica e Radiologia Vascular


Brink’s E-Pago Tecnologia


Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Votorantim BII BTS – FII


Transformadores e Serviços de Energia das Américas – TSEA


Science 4 Fit Assessoria Esportiva e Comercial


Work highlights


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

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Setoguti


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Buritirama Mineração


XP Asset Management


EQI Agentes Autônomos de Investimentos


Capitânia


Banco Safra


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


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


Multiner and 2007 Participações


Bella Milão Empreendimentos Imobiliários


Captalys Companhia de Crédito


Lumina Capital Management


Hadeon Participações


Zenvia Mobile Servicos Digitais


Mauá Capital


Prisma Capital


Esh Capital Investimentos


Work highlights


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

Rolim Goulart Cardoso Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Helvécio Franco Maia Junior


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis


Peugeot Citroën do Brasil


Mercedes-Benz do Brasil


Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans Brasil


TSEA Energia


Claro


Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica (TAESA)


Algar Telecom


CNH Industrial


Telefônica Brasil


AngloGold Ashanti


Lundin Mining – Brasil


BP Bunge Bioenergia


Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE)


Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K


Consórcio Candonga


Vale


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


Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS)


GELF Siderurgia


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


Ligas de Alumínio (LIASA)


Kinross Brasil Mineração


Companhia Estadual de Geração de Energia (CEEE-G)


Grupo Evoltz


Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil (Eletronorte)


Kuttner do Brasil Equipamentos Siderúrgicos


Volkswagen do Brasil


Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)


O Boticário


Rio Grande Energia


AVG Siderurgia


Delly’s Food Service


Work highlights


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

Silveiro Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ranzolin; Ricardo Leal de Moraes


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil


Elevadores Otis


Frusapar Participações (Fruki Bebidas)


Banco Cooperativo Sicredi


Banrisul – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul


Rohden Indústria Lignea


CSL – Cordoaria São Leopoldo


Hotel Casa da Montanha


Companhia Zaffari Comércio e Indústria


HT Micron semicondutores


Work highlights


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

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

‘Strategic profile for dealing with complex corporate litigation.’

‘Ivo Waisberg and Bárbara Pessoa Ramos are recommended.’

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

Key clients

CFL Participações


Banco BTG Pactual


Prisma Capital


Santo Antônio Energia


Mossi & Ghisolfi Internacional


Indorama Ventures Polímeros


Latache Capital


Fiagril


RB Capital


Banco Santander


AMERRA CAPITAL


Grupo METHA


Grupo Aralco


Stone SCD


Grupo Energy


Grupo Geneseas


MGC Capital


Bonasa Alimentos


Grupo Omar Maksoud


Braswey Indústria e Comércio


Work highlights


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

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira; Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti


Testimonials

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

Key clients

Vale


EDP Renováveis Brazil


Órama Investimentos


Postalis Instituto de Previdência Complementar


Clube de Regatas do Flamengo


SERPROS Fundo Multipatrocinado


JOTUN Brasil Importação Exportação e Industria de Tintas


Work highlights


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

Almeida Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Andrea Seco; Henrique Carmona; Rafael Zinato Moreira


Testimonials

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

Key clients

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil


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


Stericycle Gestão Ambiental


3OGUMK Minerais e Tecnologia


Consórcio Aquamec – Degrémont, Haztec Tecnologia e Planejamento Ambiental


Suez International


Edding International


Foxx URE-BA Ambiental


Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)


Winburg InvEstment Company


Alpex Alumínio


Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil


Castanheiro Patrimonial


2XT – Tecnologia e Comercio de Informatica


Gianfranco Bracatelli


CBF Indústria de GUSA and GUSA Nordeste


EFI Brazil


Bio-Rad Laboratories


RJ Trading e Investimentos


Cirúrgica Rio De Janeiro (Maconequi)


Galeria 9


Value Prev Sociedade Previdenciária


RTS RIO


Alesat Combustíveis


Orizon Valorização de Resíduos


Work highlights


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

Andrade Maia Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Júlio Cesar Goulart Lanes; Otávio Motta; Fabrício Pozatti


Testimonials

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

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

‘Personalised service and technical qualification.’

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento e Participações


General Motors do Brasil


Jaguar Land Rover


Uber Tecnologia do Brasil


Yara Fertilizantes


Unimed Porto Alegre


Mercado Livre


Dobrevê Participações


Lojas Renner


Lojas Colombo


Rotta Ely Constyruções e Incorporações


Grupo Quinto Andar


Sensedata Tecnologia


Associação Hospitalar Moinhos de Vento


Claro


Aeromot Aeronaves e Motores


Concessionária Estadual de Energia Elétrica


Nubank Pagamentos


Work highlights


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

ASBZ Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Zucca Neto; Aitan Canuto Consenza Portela


Testimonials

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

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

‘Technical profile and attentive to the client.’

Key clients

Cielo


CTEEP – CIA. De Transmissão De Energia Elétrica Paulista


Grupo Carrefour Brasil


Banco Santander (Brasil)


Elo Participações


Companhia Brasileira De Soluções E Seviços (Alelo)


Banco Bradesco


Sascar Tecnologia E Segurança Automotiva


Mexichem Brasil Indústria De Transformação Plástica


Banco Safra


Abril Comunicações


Prime Sistemas De Atendimento Ao Consumidor (Mutant)


Tex Courier


Mez Energia


Buser Brasil Tecnologia/ Abrafrec


Echoenergia Participações


Stone Pagamentos


Uber Brasil Tecnologia


Confederação Brasileira De Futebol


Heineken – Hkn Br Industria De Bebidas


Work highlights


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

Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Key clients

Petrobras


Eletrobras – Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras


Oi


Embraer


Kepler Weber


Copersucar


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


Real Grandeza – Fundação de Previdência e Assistência Social


Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social (PETROS)


Banco Paulista


Banco Fator


Fator Corretora de Valores


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


FIDC Brasil Plural Recuperação de Crédito


Socopa – Sociedade Corretora Paulista


Fator Projetos


Fundação de Seguridade Social Braslight


Fundação Atlântico de Seguridade Social


Fundação Forluminas de Seguridade Social (Forluz)


Fundação de Seguridade Social da ArcelorMittal Brasil (FUNSSEST)


Fundação Assistencial dos Empregados da Cesan (FAECES)


Brasco Logística Offshore (Wilson Sons)


Fundação Vale do Rio Doce de Seguridade Social (VALIA)


Grupo Inepar


BTG Pactual


Tree Florestal Empreendimentos e Participações


Commit Gas


Illuminati Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios


SLW Corretora de Valores


Work highlights


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

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Renato Moraes; Tatiana Kauffmann; Luiz Cláudio Gonçalves Freire


Testimonials

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

‘Renato Moraes and Tatiana Kaufman stand out.’

Key clients

Pérola


Gerdau


Grupo Jardiplan


Raízen Araraquara Açúcar e Ácool


Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo


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


Dommo Energia


Virtus Pay


The Valspar Corporation


Armac Logística


Dalablog Participações


Mzm Butantã


Itafos Arraias Mineração e Fertilizantes


Dover Fueling Solutions


Sherwim-Williams do Brasil


Stripe Brasil Soluções de Pagamento


Work highlights


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

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Luciano Benetti Timm


Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

PPG Industrial do Brasil – Tintas e Vernizes


COFCO International Brasil


Melhoramentos CMPC


Parebem


Andritz Separation Indústria e Comércio de Equipamentos de Filtração


Indigo – Admiistradora Geral De Estacionamentos


Philip Morris do Brasil


Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos


Yara Brasil Fertilizantes


Stone Instituição de Pagamento


Google Brasil Internet


Work highlights


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

Dias Carneiro Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Laura Mendes Bumachar; Antonio Nachif; Álvaro Brito Arantes


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

AAK do Brasil Ind. e Com. de Óleos Vegetais


Acqio Holding Participações


Ambev


Apple Computer do Brasil


Arcadia Commodities Limited


Banco de Occidente


Bayer


Bomtrato-DDM Investimentos e Participações


Braskem


BRF


Control Union Brasil


Czarnikow Brasil


Dental Cremer Produtos Odontológicos


Emsenhuber Advogados Associados


Farmina Pet Foods Brasil


Grendene


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


Raízen


Riot Games Serviços


Schneider Electric Brasil


Siemens Healthcare Diagnósticos


Solairedirect


Ubisoft Entertainment


UBS


Vestas do Brasil Energia Eólica


Vivareal Internet


Work highlights


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

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins


Key clients

Prologis


JHSF


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


Suzano


Cyrela Group


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


Work highlights


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

Ernesto Borges Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Key clients

Itaú Unibanco


Banco Bradesco


Banco BMG


Telefônica


C6 Bank


Alphaville Urbanismo


Energisa Mato Grosso do Sul – Distribuidora de Energia


Via


Ambev


SICREDI – Sistema de Crédito Cooperativo


Banco Cetelem


Tegra Incorporadora


Auren Energia


Grupo Cornélio Brennand


Votorantim Cimentos


Aegea Saneamento


Banco Inter


Porto Seguro Financiamentos


Work highlights


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

Felsberg Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes; Eduardo Périllier


Key clients

Parmalat


Lactalis do Brasil – Comércio, Importação e Exportação de Laticínios


Modec


Banco do Brasi


Equipav Engenharia


JVC Kenwood do Brasil Comércio de Eletrônicos


Interface


Work highlights


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

Galdino & Coelho, Pimenta, Takemi, Ayoub Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Rafael Pimenta; André Furquim Werneck; Pedro Murgel


Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Itau Unibanco


Banco Genial


Eletrobras


Starboard Partners


Banco BBM


Renova Energia


Angra Partners


Eletrobrás – Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (CHESF)


Banco Sistema


Log-In Logística Intermodal


China Construction Bank


LAAD Americas


Opportunity Private Equity


STX Desenvolvimento Imobiliário


Work highlights


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

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini; Maysa Abrahão Tavares Verzola


Key clients

AMC Serviços Educacionais


GPS Group


General Motors


Camargo Corrêa


ABB Group


Giorgio Armani Brasil


Siemens Healthcare Diagnósticos


Independência


Florespar Florestal


Sanchez Cano


Iron Mountain do Brasil


Inova Soluções


Mesto Brasil Indústria e Comércio


Siqueira Castro Advogados


Ambaar Serviços Auxiliares de Transporte Aéreo


Farmina Pet Foods


Globalpack Indústria e Comércio


Ambipar Response


Work highlights


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

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Talamini; André Guskow Cardoso


Key clients

Autoviação Catarinense


Nec Latin America


Associação dos Procuradores do Estado de Santa Catarina (APROESC)


BRK Ambiental Participações


Ebisa Engenharia Brasileira Industria e Saneamento


Construtora A. Gaspar


Tecon Salvador


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


Concessionária Ecovia Caminho do Mar


Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística


Work highlights


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

Madrona Fialho Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Key clients

Usina Siderúrgicas De Minas Gerais – Usiminas


Inspira Mudança Participações


Hap Engenharia


Sisnergy – Soluções e Sistemas Integrados


SPE Terminal


Shareholders in the Petra Group


BRK Ambiental


AEGEA Saneamento


OECI Engenharia e Construção (Novonor Group)


Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia


Federação Nacional do Comércio de Combustíveis e de Lubrificantes


Associação Brasileira das Empresas Estaduais de Saneamento


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


GS Inima Brasil


Construtora Barbosa Mello


Cogna Educação


Marista Group


Up Brasil Administração e Serviços


Mascarenhas, Barbosa, Roscoe Construções


Axxiom Soluções Tecnológicas


Via Magna Construções E Empreendimentos


Mohallem Engenharia


LSM Participações


Parex Engenharia


Aliança Geração de Energia


ArcelorMittal


MB Negócios Digitais


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


Transagro


Montreal Informática


SumUp Soluções de Pagamento Brasil


Snef Serviços e Montagens


Álya Construtora


Metha Group


Labtest Diagnóstica


Phosfaz Fertilizantes


Meta


Meero do Brasil Serviços


Komatsu Brasil International


Construtora Trindade


Cia de Fiação e Tecidos Cedro e Cachoeira


Airtech International


Abbott Diagnósticos Rápidos


Hitachi Energy Brasil


ABB Automação


Magnesita Refratários


ABC Atacado Brasileiro da Construção


Engelmig Eletrica


Localiza Rent a Car


Rio Branco Alimentos


Work highlights


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

Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Aurélio Marchini Santos; Daniel Costa Caselta; Martim Della Valle


Testimonials

‘Firm with great professionalism.’

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

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

Key clients

VLI Group


White Martins Gases Industriais


Sherwin-Williams


Voestalpine VAE GmbH


CRH Brasil


John Deere do Brasil


Atem’s Distribuidora de Petróleo


Electrolux do Brasil


Associação Cemitérios Privados de São Paulo – ACEMBRA


Sindicato dos Cemitérios e Crematórios Particulares do Brasil – SINCEP


Amar Assistência em Seguros


Abril Comunicações


Transocean Brasil


Elemidia Consultoria e Serviços de Marketing


O Estado de S. Paulo (Estadão)


Technip FMC (FMC Technologies)


Terminal Portuário de Angra dos Reis


Ceras Johnson


Work highlights


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

Muriel Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Muriel; Danilo Orenga


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Siemens


Acciona Construcción


Amico Saúde


Alice Operadora


Dryclean Usa do Brasil Lavanderias


Jive Investments


Andritz Hydro


Star Participações Rio Preto


Nordex Energy


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


Jonas Birger Arquitetura


Souza Cruz


Work highlights


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

Schmidt, Lourenço & Kingston Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Leste


Elfe


Unysis


YDUQS


Supervia


LafargeHolcim


Ipiranga


XP Investimentos


Nova Rio


Zamboni


Opportunity


Ternium


Multiplan


Light


ABRAGET


Wrobel


JC Decaux


Work highlights


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

Siqueira, Bottrel, Almeida e Silva Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

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


Testimonials

‘Excellent professionals with results above expectations.’

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

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

Key clients

VoiceAge EVS


Refinaria de Manguinhos – Em Recuperação Judicial


Capella – Fundo de Investimentos em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados


Linhas de Taubaté Transmissora de Energia


Investimentos em Participações  – Invepar


Linha Amarela – LAMSA


Fundação Getulio Vargas


CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe


Net Courier Encomendas Expressas


Uni Empreendimentos


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


Tribunal de Justiça do Estado do Rio de Janeiro


Banco Industrial do Brasil


SM Machado Comércio de Tecidos Eireli – EPP


Consórcio Intersul de Transportes


Consórcio Transcarioca de Transportes


Consórcio Internorte de Transportes


Consórcio Santa Cruz de Transportes


Light Serviços de Eletricidade


Cerrado Elfriede SL


Work highlights


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

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

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

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca


Key clients

Enel – Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletrecidade de São Paulo


China Tree Gorges Brasil Energia


Itaú Unibanco


Votorantim


Ultracargo


CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo


Banco Bradesco


Aliansce Sonae Shopping Center


Associação dos Aposentados Participantes da Eletros – APEL


Braskem


Work highlights


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