Insurance in Brazil

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados has an extremely versatile practice, capable of handling a broad range of regulatory, litigation and corporate matters on behalf of its insurance clients. The highly regarded Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira is one of the market's top advisers for insurance regulatory and litigation advice. The firm's relationship with some of the world's top brokers, insurers and reinsurers is testament to its standing in the market. This trust extends to high-end transactional mandates, where corporate partner Andre Alarcon is typically the first point of contact. Clients also benefit from a strong regional and international presence, thanks to the firm's relationship with DAC Beachcroft LLP. The team has good depth, and senior associates Camila Prado and Laura Pellegrini are recommended.

Testimonials

‘Genuine expertise and strength in depth. High profile in insurance market, with ability to communicate with international insurers.’

‘Camila Prado is effective, diligent, acts with integrity.’

Key clients

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Zurich Brasil

Fator Seguradora

Renaissance Re

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Mapfre Global Risks, Compañia Internacional de Seguros y Reaseguros

Starr International Brasil Seguradora

AIG Seguros / AIG Europe

Travelers Seguros

Chubb Seguros

Liberty International Underwriters – LIU

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Re on a $2.7bn dispute related to a surety bond.
  • Represented Chubb Seguros Brasil on a disputed compensation claim linked to a power plant’s engineering risk policy.
  • Assisted Renaissance Re in its bid to register with the local regulator as an occasional reinsurer in Brazil.
  • Advised Canada Inc, a member of the Canada Brokerlink group, on its acquisition of a R$100m stake in Minuto Corretora de Seguros.

DR&A Advogados

Highly regarded boutique DR&A Advogados has a dedicated, full-service insurance offering. Name partner Dinir Salvador Rios da Rocha is one of the leading figures in the market and is backed by a strong team of partners. Julia Santoro de Camargo Donato comes highly recommended for her related corporate and regulatory expertise. Danilo Garbin Machado regularly advises on corporate matters and the development of new products, and also handles D&O and E&O claims. Recently promoted partner Ricardo Ribeiro da Luz Loew is one of the main contacts for preventive and litigation advice, as well as assistance on claims adjustments. The firm also has a strong pool of associates, including Olivia Searle in the London office, and Carolina Oger Affonso de Almeida. It recently boosted its litigation arm following the recruitment of senior associate Marcelo de Oliveira Belluci from Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados.

Testimonials

‘DR&A support their clients with business oriented solutions. Partners have strong technical skills and are very recognized in the Brazilian market.’

‘This firm is really strong in corporate and regulatory matters. Is the kind of partner a foreign client will need to ensure the compliance of local regulation.’

‘Julia Donato has a vast knowledge in corporate regulation. She is the type of professional that is always willing to help. Julia has assisted in several critical matters with high quality and dedication.’

Key clients

AIG Group

Chubb Cia. de Seguros

Liberty Group

Allianz Group

Zurich Group

Sompo Group

XL Seguradora

Starr Group

HDI Global Seguros

Argo group

Asurion group

Atradius Crédito y Caución Seguradora

Mapfre Group

Partner Re

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Work highlights

  • Advised the insurers Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos and Fator Seguradora on R$250m worth of advance payment bonds related to the construction of the UFN-III power plant.

Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia

Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia is an extremely well-regarded insurance and reinsurance specialist and is known among the eminent law firms in the insurance market, particularly when it comes to representing policyholders. The bulk of the team is based in São Paulo, but the firm also has lawyers working out of its Brasília office. Ernesto Tzirulnik and Paulo Luiz de Toledo Piza are key contacts.

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados fields a first-class, multi-disciplinary insurance team that is equally comfortable handling market-defining corporate deals as high-profile litigation and regulatory matters. The firm works with a broad range of brokers, insurers, reinsurers and pension providers, regularly handling regulatory authorisations, joint ventures and product launches. On the contentious side, the team has a good track record in related litigations and arbitrations, including claims adjustment and settlement procedures. Marcelo Mansur Haddad has established a strong reputation in the market and is supported by highly qualified partners, including Thomaz Kastrup, Camila Leal Calais, Cassio Gama Amaral and Thais Arza Monteiro. The firm also has several impressive senior associates coming through the ranks, including rising star Roberto Panucci.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mansur Haddad

Testimonials

‘Mattos Filho’s team distance themselves from the competition because of their ability to explain complex rules and procedures to business teams in a simple way in laymen terms.’

‘Mattos Filho help us assess important business implications and the necessity of contracting – or not – the respective insurance. Additionally, Mattos Filho’s team help us understand the market and how our peers are negotiating their insurance structures. This market intelligence is essential for the decision-making process of our team and executives.’

‘Mattos has the best insurance practice in Brazil. From excellent senior lawyers (Marcelo Mansur), to energetic young partners (Thomaz Kastrup) and young talent (Roberto Panucci), they are effective in advising clients on insurance transactions. They combine expertise with dedication and market knowledge.’

Key clients

CNP Assurances

HDI Seguros

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Allianz Seguros

IRB-Brasil Resseguros

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Pottencial Seguradora

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Austral Seguros

Seguradora Líder

Too Seguros

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

AXA

Pátria Investimentos

Avita Corretora de Seguros

Pier Serviços Digitais

Work highlights

  • Advised CNP Assurances on the renegotiation of a R$7bn joint venture with Caixa Econômica Federal to sell insurance across the bank’s 3,000 branch network.
  • Assisted BB Seguros Participações on its sale of a R$7.3bn stake in Brazil’s largest reinsurer, IRB Brasil Resseguros .
  • Advised Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros on a multimillion dollar claim adjustment related to surety bonds issued by Swiss Re and Austral and linked to the expansion of Aeroportos Brasil – Viracopos.
  • Counsel to Allianz Group on the R$3bn acquisition of Sulamerica’s auto and P&C insurance business.

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper's insurance practice has made a strong impression on the market since it was launched by highly rated partner Marcella Hill in 2017. The recent recruitment of Jaqueline Suryan, former practice head at Azevedo Sette Advogados, has further strengthened its offering, which encompasses transactional, regulatory and claims matters, and also includes related healthcare and pensions advice. The firm is also noted for its strong international reach thanks to its cooperation with DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Marcella Hill

Testimonials

‘Established a trustful relationship and delivered a high quality service. They brought professionalism and high technical quality. It is also important to highlight the commitment to deadlines.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Resseguros Brasil

XL Brasil Resseguros

MS Amlin AG

Amlin Insurance SE

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Capsicum Re Latin America Corretora de Resseguros

BTG Pactual Resseguradora

Chubb Seguros Brasil

CNA Insurance Company Limited

FM Global

New Asurion Corporation

XL Insurance Company SE

AXA XL

Liberty International Underwriters (LIU)

XL Seguros Brasil

XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited Escritório de Representação no Brasil

XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited

Allianz Seguros

Avita Corretora de Seguros

Mandaliti Advogados

Mandaliti Advogados handles a broad mix of high-value and high-volume insurance claims for a wide range of insurers. The large team is led by founding partner Renato Mandaliti and is noted for its strong analytics and tech-enabled service, which is particularly useful for more commoditised areas. The firm also offers a strong non-contentious service, regularly advising on related operational, contractual and regulatory issues. Thiago Campos is well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Renato Mandaliti

Testimonials

‘The insurance attorneys from Mandaliti are extremely careful and take into consideration the client’s needs into their daily activities.’

‘Thiago Campos is an extraordinary attorney.’

Key clients

Grupo Telefonica

Seguradora Líder

Braskem

Grupo Bradesco de Seguros e Previdência

Bradesco Auto/RE

Bradesco Saúde

SulAmerica

Chubb

Capemisa

Argo

Pellon & Associados Advocacia

Pellon & Associados Advocacia is well versed in insurance and reinsurance disputes, where it represents a broad range of clients. The firm also has strong expertise in related areas such as pensions, and also advises on contractual, policy and regulatory matters. Founding partner Luís Felipe Pellon and Sergio Ruy Barroso de Mello are well regarded.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The strong and versatile insurance team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados represents insurers and reinsurers on a broad range of regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. The firm also stands out for its healthcare expertise, where partner Théra Van Swaay De Marchi and counsel Maria Silvia Loureiro de Andrade Marques regularly advise on insurance-related issues. Among the partners, Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto is the main contact on the litigation side, and Bruno Balduccini and Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes typically handle related corporate finance and transactional matters. Most of the partners offer strong regulatory advice.

Key clients

Icatu Capitalização

Assurant

Caixa Econômica Federal and Caixa Seguridade Participações

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Associação Brasileira de Insurtechs

Generali Brasil Seguros

KAKAU Inovação Serviços de Tecnologia

Seguradora Líder do Consórcio DPVAT

Amazon

Dupont

Cummins

Dow

Careplus

Aon

Netflix

Unysis

Citibank

Philips

Femsa (Coca-Cola)

Embraer

Work highlights

  • Advised Icatu Capitalização on the acquisition of a portfolio of capitalisation bonds from SulAmérica, as well as the buyout of SulAmérica’s 24.5% equity stake in Caixa Capitalização.
  • Represented Prestamista Insurance on a R$24m dispute with the tax authorities concerning the nature and qualification of its life insurance product.
  • Advised Caixa Econômica Federal and Caixa Seguridade Participações on the negotiation of its joint venture with CNP over Caixa’s exclusive right to distribute CNP’s insurance products through its bank network.

Santos Bevilaqua Advogados

Santos Bevilaqua Advogados represents domestic and international insurers, reinsurers and financial services companies on a wide range of related matters. This includes administrative litigation claims, commercial advice, compliance programmes and claims adjustment. The firm also has strong expertise in pensions and healthcare. Key names in the team include Marco Antonio Bevilaqua, João Marcelo dos Santos and Daniela de Matos Rodrigues.

Tavares Advogados

Tavares Advogados has developed an extremely strong reputation for representing insurers, banks and financial services companies on a range of high-value contentious issues. The firm has become an increasingly popular choice for complex loss adjustment proceedings, often linked to corporate governance, class actions and major accidents. The highly specialised team also has good expertise in life insurance, pensions and healthcare insurance. Name partner André Tavares is highly regarded. Daniel Chacur de Miranda also comes highly recommended.

Testimonials

‘Tavares Advogados has a great team of lawyers. Its main partners are very respected in the insurance market and well-regarded by peers. The firm is highly specialised in D&O and surety and distinguish itself for providing a fast and efficient legal service.’

‘Tavares Advogados provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to my company. The team is highly specialised in insurance, but its main partners easily navigate in complex commercial and litigation matters. The firm has been very successful in the representation of the company’s interests.’

‘The lawyers are very close to their clients and have a very good technical knowledge about insurance issues.’

‘André Tavares is a great strategist; always enthusiastic to challenge old concepts in the insurance market. He is a natural leader; always capable of delivering high level work at an impressive short deadline.’

‘Daniel Chacur de Miranda is a brilliant lawyer. He is very business-oriented and extremely knowledgeable.’ 

Key clients

AXA XL Catlin

Banco Bradesco

BB Seguros – Companhia de Seguros Aliança do Brasil

BTG Pactual

Caixa Seguradora

Chubb do Brasil Companhia de Seguros

CNseg – Confederação Nacional das Seguradoras

IRB-Brasil RE

Munich Re do Brasil Resseguradora

Sompo Seguros

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

THB Corretora de Resseguro

Work highlights

  • Represented Chubb in $250m worth of D&O loss adjustment proceedings concerning the bank’s investments in JBS and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised IRB Brasil in a R$52m administrative proceeding against Nobre Seguradora, which is under extrajudicial bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advised a BTG Pactual insurance company in the Odebrecht judicial reorganisation proceedings.

Chalfin, Vainboim, Goldberg Advogados

Chalfin, Vainboim, Goldberg Advogados has developed a good track record on a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters. The team regularly advises on major D&O, E&O and civil liability claims, and also assists insurers on drafting related policies. The team has strong relations with major international firms and regularly acts on high-value maritime and aviation insurance claims. Ilan Goldberg leads the well-regarded team, which includes up-and-coming senior associates João Paulo Sá de Freitas and Paula Rodrigues.

Practice head(s):

Ilan Goldberg

Testimonials

‘A leading insurance law firm in Brazil; the team is very responsive and willing to engage with novel and unusual issues.’

‘Ilan Goldberg and Paula Rodrigues are leaders in their field. For non-Brazilian clients, they do a great job of cutting through complex issues.’

Key clients

Austral Seguradora

IRB Brasil Re

CMA CGM Societé Anonyme

CESCEBRASIL Seguros de Garantias e Credito

Prumo Logistica

Generali Brasil Seguros

Pottencial Seguradora

Mongeral Aegon Seguros

Zurich Santander

Bradesco Vida e Previdencia

Ipiranga Productos de Petroleo

Work highlights

  • Assisted Austral Seguradora in drafting its D&O and E&O policies, and advised on regulatory compliance before the national insurance regulator, SUSEP.
  • Instructed by Steamship Mutual P&I Club, on behalf of CMA CGM, to defend the carrier in a cargo claim concerning the alleged loss of cargo during its maritime carriage from Brazil to Egypt.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados excels in non-contentious insurance matters, and regularly advises clients on related corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. This includes policy drafting, regulatory authorisations, M&A and product launches. The firm has several partners with good expertise in this area, including practice heads Eduardo Avila de Castro and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits. While the focus is more on the advisory side, the team also has experience in contentious insurance claims. Thais de Gobbi left to join PagSeguro in 2020.

Key clients

Wiz Soluções e Corretagem de Seguros

Care Plus Medicina Assistencial

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros // Zurich Santander Seguros

AXA XL Brasil Resseguros

Caixa Seguradora

Crédito y Caución Seguradora de Crédito e Garantias

Export Development Canada – EDC

Metropolitan Life Seguros e Previdência Privada

Allianz Seguros Brasil // Allianz Global Corporate Specialty Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Wiz Soluções e Corretagem de Seguros on negotiations with Caixa Seguridade Participações CNP Assurances and Caixa Seguros Holding concerning the rights to act as an intermediary for the sale of insurance products.
  • Advised BUPA and Care Plus Medicina Assistencial on the transition process following BUPA’s takeover of Care Plus, as well as the structuring of their first healthcare plan with international coverage in Brazil.

Penteado Mendonça e Char Advocacia

Penteado Mendonça e Char Advocacia has developed a sound reputation for representing insurers and reinsurers on contentious and non-contentious issues. On the litigation front, the firm has experience representing clients in judicial and administrative proceedings. Name partners Antonio Penteado Mendonça and Armando Char are the two key contacts.

Schalch Sociedade de Advogados

Schalch Sociedade de Advogados comes highly recommended for high-value insurance and reinsurance claims and loss adjustment procedures. The firm's lawyers have significant experience in surety-related advice; on the litigation side, they handle claims across a wide variety of sectors. Domestic and international clients also rely on the firm's commercial and regulatory expertise. Debora Schalch, Denise Schalch, Tatiana Algodoal Rosa, João Paulo Balthazar Leite and Adriana Marchesini dos Reis are all active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Debora Schalch; Denise Schalch

Testimonials

‘This office is one of the leaders in the Insurance and Reinsurance industry. This industry recognition was the primary condition for hiring the firm’s services. The office has professionals of above average excellence, with knowledge in the industry, where they always seek the best result to the client.’

‘Debora Schalch, Adriana Marchesini, Tatiana Algodoal, Maristela Bacco, Juliana Zukauskas and Denise Schalch have huge expertise in the subject, focus on the best solution of the problem and excellence in the delivery of the work.’

‘Adriana Marchesini – well oriented, focused, clever, strong knowledge and with great commercial bias in resolutions between companies, specialist in highly complex claims regulation management, especially in surety.’

Key clients

Cesce Brasil

Berkley International do Br

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Allianz

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Sompo Seguros

IRB – Brasil Resseguros

Porto Seguro Seguros

Work highlights

  • Advised Chubb Seguros Brasil on a R$12m loss adjustment procedure concerning environmental damage in the Araruama Lagoon.
  • Represented Berkley International do Brasil Seguros on a R$28m claim linked to the early termination of an electricity transmission line concesssion.

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Sergio Bermudes Advogados is recommended by clients and peers alike, particularly for its expertise on the litigation front. As well as representing insurers and reinsurers in high-value indemnity claims, the team also has strong expertise in insurance-related cases, often on behalf of industry bodies, that have a large impact on insurance case law. The firm's expertise encompasses the health insurance and pension industries, and includes commercial and regulatory advice. Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias and Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira are key contacts.

Testimonials

‘A very capable and technical team, with a great knowledge and ability to conduct complex litigation cases.’

‘Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias is an outstanding lawyer, who is well respected by judges and know how to navigate on Courts.’

Key clients

Fenasaúde – Fed. Nacional de Saúde Suplementar

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

Fenaseg – Federação Nacional das Empresas de Seguros Privados e de Capitalização

Fenaprevi – Fed. Nac. de Previdência Privada e Vida

Cassi – Caixa de Assistência dos Funcionários do Banco do Brasil

Bradesco Seguros

Porto Seguro

Sul America

Zurich

IRB Brasil Re

Berkley Brasil Seguros

Chubb Seguros

Central Nacional Unimed

Unimed Seguros

Bradesco Vida e Previdência

Bradesco Auto/Re

Bradesco Saúde

Vision Med (formerly Golden Cross)

Seguradora Líder

Icatu Seguros

Transre

Assurant Seguradora

Austral Seguradora

Work highlights

  • Representing Fenasaúde – Federação Nacional de Saúde Suplementar in an industry-critical case before the Superior Court of Justice, concerning the National Health Agency list of services that must be provided by health insurance programs.
  • Defending Chubb Seguros against a R$1bn claim brought by Anglo American concerning Chubb’s refusal to cover an event at the Port of Santana.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a versatile practice with good expertise in insurance-related corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Marcio Mello Silva Baptista has a particular focus on insurance-related corporate transactions, while Bárbara Bassani de Souza is noted for her experience representing clients before the regulator, SUSEP, as well as in strategic and administrative disputes. Clients benefit from the team's close links with other groups in the firm, including tax, banking, employment and environmental, allowing for support across all areas of the market.

Testimonials

‘The insurance practice of Tozzini has the advantage of having other areas of expertise well integrated. My impression is that they join forces to provide the best service to the client.’

‘Bárbara Bassani is a complete lawyer and a stand-out partner. She is always available when I need her, she is extremely technical, yet business focused, she knows how SUSEP works and what SUSEP expect from insurance companies and she is really well known and respected by the insurance market.’

Key clients

Principal Financial Services

Travelers Inc.

Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE)

Seguradora Lider dos Consorcios do Seguro DPVAT

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Amtrust Insurance

Korean Reinsurance Company

Mapfre Re do Brasil Companhia de Seguros

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Berkley International do Brasil Seguros

Work highlights

  • Advised Chubb Seguros Brasil on preserving its rights related to several insurance policies in the judicial reorganisation of the Odebrecht Group.
  • Assisted Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros on a R$7.5m lawsuit regarding the termination of an agreement with its retailer over the purchasing of extended guarantee and life insurance policies.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is equipped to represent policyholders in major litigation; as demonstrated by its role on the disastrous Fundão dam collapse case, it has been trusted on some of the most high-profile insurance claims to hit the market. The firm also has strong relationships with several major insurers and reinsurers, including IRB Brasil. Highly rated litigation head Felipe Bastos jointly leads the team with Rio-based partner Fábio Figueira, who is the main contact for corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Bastos; Fábio Figueira

Testimonials

‘The team is focused and really well prepared. Veirano’s team co-led the claim in a great way and demonstrated high-level skills for both legal and negotiation issues.’

‘The team is well prepared, the knowledge is appropriate, they can bring smart solutions.’

‘Felipe Bastos is a young prominent lawyer whose legal and negotiation abilities excel among his peers, specially in complex disputes in insurance claims.’

Key clients

Samarco Mineração

IRB Brasil RE

Grupo Novo Mundo (Novo Mundo Móveis e Utilidades Ltda. and Novo Mundo Amazônia Móveis e Utilidades)

Concessionária Move São Paulo

Spaceflight Industries

Viacom Networks Brasil Programação Televisiva E Publicidade

Loft Brasil Tecnologia

BMW Group

Benteler Componentes Automotivos

Seguradora Líder dos Consórcios do Seguro DPVAT

EB Capital / EBricks Ventures

Liquigás Distribuidora

Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro (“RioGaleão”)

Voith Paper Máquinas e Equipamentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Samarco Mineração, a mining company controlled by BHP Billiton and Vale, on all insurance issues linked to the collapse of a dam in Minas Gerais.
  • Assisting IRB Brasil, Brazil’s largest reinsurer, in a R$30m dispute with Generali Seguros concerning the denial of reinsurance coverage.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados has a good track record in contentious and non-contentious insurance law matters. The firm saw the departure of former practice head Jaqueline Suryan, who joined Campos Mello Advogados; the team is now led by litigation partner Fabricio Faggiani Dib, who has strong expertise in insurance, pensions and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Fabricio Faggiani Dib

Key clients

ARGO Seguros

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Allianz Seguros

JLT Group

Terra Brasis Resseguros

GP Investimentos

Zurich Group

European Mutual Association for Nuclear Insurance AAM

Swiss Re Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Terra Brasis Resseguros on the review of registrations and proceedings in each Latin American country where it and Austral are authorised to do business ahead of their planned merger.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is a trusted adviser for high-profile, insurance-related corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations. Rio de Janeiro-based practice head Henrique Vargas Gama Beloch has over 20 years of experience representing major insurers, including Bradesco Seguros and SulAmérica. Pedro Costa handles litigation issues.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Vargas Beloch

Testimonials

‘The team has great expertise and skill in insurance and is always available no matter how many tasks you need the lawyers to do.’

‘Henrique Vargas Beloch is very intelligent and has a different perspective of the insurance business. He makes all the difference in an business negotiation, especially if you are discussing a commercial partnership or an M&A in the insurance business.’

Key clients

SulAmérica

Bradesco Seguros

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Travelers

BB Seguros

Capemisa Seguradora

THB Seguros

Qualicorp

BHP Billiton Brasil

Junto Seguros

Work highlights

  • Advised SulAmérica on the R$3bn sale of its auto and P&C insurance business to Allianz.

F. Torres Advogados

F. Torres Advogados is an increasingly prominent insurance boutique, with strong capabilities in related regulatory, advisory and litigation matters. The firm has notable expertise across a range of areas, and a strong focus on the aviation, transport, energy and construction sectors. The firm's international reach is complemented by its association with UK firm KennedysFabio Torres leads the team.

J Armando Batista e Benes Advogados Associados

J Armando Batista e Benes Advogados Associados is a well-regarded insurance boutique with offices in São Paulo and Paraná. The three-partner practice is very active in insurance litigation, but also handles a broad range of consultancy issues, including policy drafting, analysis and regulatory matters. Managing partner José Armando da Glória Batista is a former judge with many years' experience in the market; Victor Augusto Benes Senhora is also recommended by clients.

Testimonials

‘The knowledge of insurance is deep and quality based. It is very easy to get in contact and get the best service possible when I need with the urgency that always comes together with our demands. The professionals are deeply involved in the insurance market.’

‘For me, this law firm is one of the best we have as external law firm. It has become big these last years, but I still get services as if they were a small one, in a good way.’

‘The services are high quality and their professionals grow with the firm. From the outside we feel they are very integrated and feel stimulated to work there. I always refer to them as a reference for the insurance market.’

‘Victor Benes and José Armando are the best professionals in the insurance area.’

Key clients

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Itaú Seguros

Liberty Seguros

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

Porto Seguro Companhia de Seguros Gerais

Sompo Seguros

AXA XL Seguros

Itaúseg Saúde

Itaú Vida e Previdência

Marcep Corretagem de Seguros

Itaú Seguros de Auto e Residência

Azul Companhia de Seguros Gerais

Porto Seguro Vida e Previdência

Porto Seguro – Seguro Saúde

Indiana Seguros

Porto Seguro Capitalização

Sorriso Operadora Odontológica

Porto Seguro Administradora de Consórcios

Itaú Unibanco S.A.

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Chubb Seguros in a judicial insurance claim that was linked to the Lava Jato investigation.

Raphael Miranda Advogados

Raphael Miranda Advogados is a well-regarded litigation boutique with a strong track record in loss adjustment claims and indemnity lawsuits, where the firm usually represents the insured. The team, which includes the experienced Raphael MirandaPedro Ivo Mello, and Antonio Pedro Raposo, regularly appears before the state and federal courts, as well as in related arbitration proceedings.

Key clients

Ultrapar/Ultracargo

J&F Investimentos / Furnas – Centrais Elétricas S.A. (Eólicas BR)

Banco BTG Pactual

Vale

Ancar Ivanhoe Administradora de Shopping Centers

Queiroz Galvão

Consórcio Construtor Santo Antônio — CCSA

BRF

Icatu Seguros

Bradesco Seguros / Banco Bradesco

Votorantim Cimentos

18 Syndicates of Lloyd’s of London

Viz Administradora e Corretora de Seguros

Grupo Eleva

Companhia Energética SINOP

Gera Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented SNEF and Energ Power in a $10m claim against the insurer, AXA, following rainstorm damage to a photovoltaic power complex.

Rueda & Rueda Advogados

Rueda & Rueda Advogados has developed strong infrastructure for handling high volumes of insurance litigation claims. The firm has 13 offices and over 150 lawyers managing R$30bn in potential liabilities. This includes D&O, E&O and reinsurance contracts across a range of areas, including financial services, product liability and real estate. Founding partner Antonio Rueda leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Rueda

Key clients

Seguradora Leader

Nobre Seguradora

Notre Dame Intermedica Saude

Sul America Companhia Nacional de Seguros

Central Nacional Unimed Cooperativa Central

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Companhia Excelsior de Seguros

Caixa Seguradora

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Amil Assistência Médica Internacional

Metropolitan Life Seguros e Previdência Privada

Sompo Seguros

Banco Mercantil do Brasil

Caixa Econômica Federal

Cielo

Unimed Seguradora

Sul America Companhia de Seguro Saúde

Fortaleza Esporte Clube

Esporte Clube Bahia

JBS

Work highlights

  • Represented SulAmerica in a R$56m insurance enforcement claim brought by 73 plaintiffs concerning housing construction defects.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a good track record for advising domestic and international insurers. On the advisory side, the team provides strong support on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as product launches and compliance. The firm is also regularly involved in a wide range of related judicial and administrative disputes. André Frossard Albuquerque and Fabio Coutinho Kurtz are two of the main partners in this area

Souza Araujo Butzer Zanchim Advogados – SABZ Advogados

Souza Araujo Butzer Zanchim Advogados – SABZ Advogados has a versatile strategic consulting and litigation practice that represents a mix of insurers and policyholders. This includes drafting policies, advising on loss adjustment procedures, and structuring insurance and reinsurance models for corporate risk management. Founding partner Pedro Souza is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Souza

Testimonials

‘Excellent, highly trained professionals. Differentiated customer service, always attentive and quick, in addition to extreme technical knowledge.’

‘Very well prepared in their field. Always available, including partners. In some other firms, it is difficult do get in contact with senior partners.’

‘Pedro Souza works  24 hours of the day to serve us in the best possible way. It is extremely gratifying to have free access to the partner, always attentive and helpful, with a vast knowledge in insurance and tax law.’

Key clients

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

BTG Pactual Seguradora

PDG Realty Empreendimentos e Participações

Liberty Seguros

AIG Brasil Seguros

Chubb Seguros Brasil

VBI Real Estate Gestão de Carteiras

HDI Global Seguros

Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo – OSESP

Starr Brasil International Seguradora

Circuito de Compras São Paulo

XP Asset Management

SPIC Brasil Energia e Participações

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

Work highlights

  • Advised Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços on structuring an insurance programme for its highway construction projects, including bridge and tunnel building.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is a strong source of commercial and regulatory advice for a number of high-profile insurers, reinsurers and brokers. Recently the practice, which has numerous international clients on its books, has been involved in several high-value insurance-related M&A deals. The team is led by Rio de Janeiro-based partner Anna Tavares de Mello and also advises policyholders on their insurance risk profiles.

Practice head(s):

Anna Tavares de Mello

Key clients

AEGON Group

Houston Causality Company (HCC)

SCOR Re

Metlife

Allianz Group

AXA

Tokio Marine Insurance Limited

Ed Broking

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Markel International Insurance Company Limited

Transamerica Group

Wiz Corretora

Work highlights

  • Represented WIZ Soluções e Corretagem de Seguros on several transactions in 2019, including its R$114m acquisition of a 40% stake in Inter Digital Corretora e Consultoria em Seguros.