Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Highly regarded labour law expert Leila Pigozzi Alves leads the team at DDSA – De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados, an experienced employment group that is ‘fast and up-to-date' and provides ‘clear and objective communication’.
Focaccia, Amaral e Lamonica Advogados (FAS Advogados) has a popular employment team led by founding partner Luiz Eduardo Amaral  , which provides ‘excellent service and results’ coupled with ‘strategic thinking’ and a ‘broad in-depth view of the client’s business’.
GT Lawyers has an ‘experienced and available’ labour team noted for its ‘clarity and ethics’, including partner Eduardo Junqueira de Oliveira Martins, who has a good track record representing employers in the mining sector.

Labour and employment in Brazil

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados brings ‘excellent service, technical knowledge and commitment' to all areas of labour law, and can be relied upon for ‘solutions and strategies either in litigation or in advisory'. The firm has continued to assist clients in restructuring labour practices in the wake of Covid-19, as well as standalone issues such as collective bargaining agreements and redundancies. The team has significant experience in negotiating with labour unions and defending clients' interests against cases brought by the Public Labour Prosecutor’s Office. The versatile Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi leads the highly rated team, which includes Rodrigo Seizo Takano (‘a major reference in terms of content and respectability'), and Daniel Dias, who is praised for his ‘technical capacity, availability and agility'. Caroline Marchi and associate Murilo Caldeira Germiniani are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Giamondo Massei

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, technical knowledge and commitment.’

‘Respectability, recognition by magistrates and prosecutors as distinguished lawyers. Extensive experience in the market and modern vision of the business and the provision of legal services.’

‘Rodrigo Takano is a major reference in terms of content and respectability. Daniel Dias provides total client service and is fast and careful.’

‘Good legal capacity and technological tools.’

‘Daniel Dias – technical capacity, availability and agility.’

‘Office with quality service and aligned with the business. They seek solutions and strategies either in litigation or in advisory.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour on employment issues linked to its acquisition of Grupo Big, including the avoidance of potential liabilities that could arise from claims arising from Grupo Big’s dismissal policy.
  • Advising Rumo Malha Sul and Rumo on a claim filed by the Public Labour Prosecutor’s Office to improve health and work safety measures for train drivers.
  • Advising LG Electronics do Brasil on contentious and non-contentious employment issues stemming from the company’s closure in Brazil and the subsequent transfer of its IT operations.

Mattos Filho

The employment team at Mattos Filho ‘provides excellent client service and availability for urgent care, always focusing on quality’. The firm’s ‘ability to deliver multidisciplinary work, which is crucial for certain labour reviews, is really helpful’, with lawyers regularly involved in high-end disputes and investigations, as well as transactional and strategic consulting issues. Clients benefit from the team’s strong expertise in collective negotiations and dismissals, in addition to senior executive-level compensation matters. Key partners include Sólon Cunha, ‘a brilliant lawyer who always attends us with important considerations‘, and recently promoted partner Rafael de Filippis, who is ‘committed from the beginning to deliver good quality of services’. Vilma Kutomi and Cleber Venditti da Silva also enjoy extremely good market reputations.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides excellent client service and availability for urgent care, always focusing on quality.’

‘Sólon Cunha – a brilliant lawyer who always attends us with important considerations.’

‘The labor team is very collaborative and proactively coordinates the review of labor documents and legal assessments with different areas, making sure all perspectives are covered. So, this interaction between teams and their ability to deliver multidisciplinary work, which is crucial for certain labor reviews, is really helpful and for sure a differentiating factor.’

‘I’ve worked with Rafael Bispo de Filippis, Thatiane Campello, Julia Freitas and Luiz Fernando Goedert and they’ve met our expectations as a client. All the team is very proactive, responsive, and ready to provide support on urgent matters, having positively responded to requests under short notices. Rafael Bispo was always available to assist and truly engaged with the matter, committed from the beginning to deliver good quality of services following the client’s needs.’

‘Seniority, business knowledge, efficiency.’

‘In my opinion, Mattos Filho is one of the best, if not the best, firm in all sectors they work. They are extremely intelligent and know how to discuss at all levels inside of the company.’

Key clients

Prudential

Uber

Honda

Pfizer

Bridgestone

Goodyear

Volkswagen

Banco Cetelem (BNP Paribas)

General Mills

Softbank

IBM

Advent

YDUQS

Embraer

Transocean

B3

Harvard

US Department of Justice

BTG Pactual

Banco Safra

BHP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Paul Hastings

Ogletree Deakins

Clifford Chance

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Le Cordon Bleu

BP (British Petroleum)

CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation)

Ecopetrol

TotalEnergies

Nubank

Philip Morris

Baker Hughes

MetLife

Work highlights

  • Representing BHP Billington in collective labour disputes related to  the Mariana Dam disaster.
  • Representing IDV (Institute for Retail Development) at the Supreme Court in a dispute challenging Provisional Measure 1045/2021, which provided a labour emergency economic programme to deal with the consequences of Covid-19.
  • Representing Embraer in a collective action filed by the workers’ unions challenging the termination of 2,500 employees.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a ‘very deep and broad team, experienced in collective labour and litigation as well as everyday advice'. The top-tier practice acts for major domestic and international clients in established industries, in addition to nascent sectors such as fintech and cryptocurrencies. Lead roles on highly sensitive matters, such as advising Ford on the closure of its Brazilian manufacturing operations, are testament to the team’s impressive market reputation. Clients also note that the firm has ‘a robust legal and paralegal team and great aptitude for managing volume labour litigation'. Marcelo Pereira Gômara jointly leads the team with Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso, who is ‘always bringing innovative ideas that solve the client’s problems'. Mihoko Sirley Kimura and Gabriela Lima are also highlighted by clients, and Fernanda Bianco Pimentel is a name to note on the social security side.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso; Marcelo Pereira Gômara

Testimonials

‘Very deep and broad team, experienced in collective labor and litigation as well as everyday advice and counsel on employment law issues. Also very responsive and cost-effective, with multiple English-speakers.’

‘It is a firm with extensive experience in the labor area, with a robust legal and paralegal team and great aptitude for managing volume labor litigation.’

‘Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is a lawyer with a lot of experience in the legal market, especially in the labor area, always bringing innovative ideas that solve the client’s problems.’

‘Gabriela Lima: very strong in all areas, gives good, practical advice to US clients and understands risk assessment. Mihoko Kimura: the same, with emphasis on litigation.’

‘It has a truly interdisciplinary team. Professionals are experts in the subjects they deal with. The analysis of the issues is very deep. It stands out for its diversity.’

‘Gabriela Lima Antares is an exceptional professional, with deep knowledge of the subject, excellent interpersonal skills and a lot of agility.’

‘TozziniFreire is a full service firm that has deservedly acquired great prominence in the labor area. In addition to being prominent in labor consultancy, it has a very expressive role in the Labor Courts and with the Public Ministry of Labor, defending clients from various sectors.’

‘Tozzini Freire’s labor department provides an excellent advisory service, with agility, assertiveness, innovation and clarity. The service and response time are fast, based on notable technical and practical legal knowledge, with a look at the client’s activity in a macro way and not restricted to labor aspects. They are innovative in their operating model, in the way they address their queries to clients, in managing diversity and inclusion. We note the differentiated area for precisely bringing a generalist view of the client’s operation, focusing on the labor area, but without disregarding or derailing the good operation and aspects involved in other areas.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Mercado Bitcoin

Oracle

Renner

Spal Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas

E-Banx

Siemens Group

Infracommerce

SAAB

Vedacit

São Paulo Futebol Clube

Banco Safra

Magazine Luiza

EMBRAER

Beneficência Portuguesa

Hospital Sírio Libanês

Banco BMG

McCain Brasil

Work highlights

  • Acts as employment counsel to Ford Brasil on all aspects of the closure of its Brazilian production operation, involving the redundancy of over 5,000 direct employees.

Veirano Advogados

The labour team at Veirano Advogados is highlighted for achieving ‘exceptional results' in strategic cases. Its lawyers receive praise for being ‘versatile professionals who adapt, without leaving technique and excellence aside', complemented by their ability to ‘talk to a production operator and a vice president with equal ease and accessibility'. The firm has notable credentials for contentious and non-contentious matters, including individual labour claims and collective disputes involving public civil or class actions. The consulting side of the practice handles a broad range of issues, including M&A support and advice on investigations, compliance and compensation schemes. Flávia Azevedo and Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior jointly lead the team, with other key partners including Jose Carlos Wahle and, in Porto Alegre, Luiz Afrânio Araujo.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior; Flávia Azevedo

Testimonials

‘The availability of the team. Concrete knowledge of the matters. Security in its information processes. Good organization regarding deadlines.’

‘Veirano assists us in exclusively strategic labor cases and they have exactly what we need: they are accessible and, at the same time, they are highly technical in preparing the pieces and formalities before the labor court. So, they are versatile professionals who adapt to what we need, without leaving technique and excellence aside. They talk to a production operator and a vice president with equal ease and accessibility. This is critical.’

‘Luiz Antonio is our partner and the team is a reflection of what he is: accessible and adaptable to what the situation requires. He is one of the most approachable professionals I have ever worked with. Very up-to-date, he knows how to debate any and all topics and shares legislative news almost in real time. His technique and experience in holding labor hearings is unique and the result of the work could not be different: whenever Veirano works on a strategic case, we have exceptional results.’

Key clients

99 Tecnologia

BASF

Latam Linhas Aéreas

Unilever

Wartsila

Baker Hughes

Johnson & Johnson

Bristol Meyers Squibb

Microsoft

CHC Helicopter

PMB

Vigor

Ramboll

Sodexo

Ramboll

Via Work

Macfarlanes

Mettler Toledo

Grupo EcoRodovias

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead appellate counsel to Amil Assistência Médica Internacional before the Labour Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro in several high-profile labour claims.
  • Advised Diageo Brasil on negotiations with the labour union for its 2021/2022 collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advised 99 Tecnologia (part of the DiDi Chuxing Group) on a class action brought by a labour union in the state of São Paulo.

Demarest Advogados

The experienced labour team at Demarest Advogados is ‘very agile and has a remarkable sense of urgency’. The ‘accessible, organised, objective and highly capable’ practice represents clients from a wide range of sectors on contentious and advisory issues. Key areas of expertise include collective bargaining agreements, mass redundancies, labour investigations, and various types of labour disputes, such as class actions and proceedings brought by the Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office. The team is jointly led by the ‘very competent, experienced, professional’ Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti and Renato Canizares, ‘a very experienced and accomplished lawyer, who is very good at presenting complex facts’. Maurício Levy and the recently promoted Eduardo Alcantara are key labour litigation partners. Stella Castro joined the team in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Cássia Pizzotti; Renato Canizares

Testimonials

‘I was fascinated by their high performance level, their way of explanation of complicated matters in easy words, and also their team spirit from the beginning. I have been working with Demarest since 2015 and I am still fascinated by their high performance level, their way of explaining complicated issues in simple words.’

‘I work with Renato Canizares. He is a very experienced and accomplished lawyer, who is very good at presenting complex facts, problems and their possible solutions with all their advantages and disadvantages in an easily understandable way. He is also not afraid to give a clear recommendation (which makes him very special).’

‘The Demarest team is very agile and has a remarkable sense of urgency.’

‘Certainly, the precision, the agility, the look at the business (as a whole) and, above all, the broad knowledge of legislation and legal reasoning make Demarest one of the best firms I’ve worked with.’

‘Accessible, organized, objective and highly capable of understanding the client’s needs and providing guidance, weighing the pros and cons, especially taking into account the company’s culture. Dealing with fee-related issues does not compromise the relationship. Cassia Pizotti is very competent, experienced, professional and, above all, values the quality of the services provided, regardless of the firm’s interests, which consolidates the relationship of trust.’

‘Demarest is always impeccable in its service, sense of urgency and, above all, in the holistic vision that transcends the subject they work on. In other words, they always bring not only the aspects asked – in this case, labor – but also the impacts in other spheres, such as civil, criminal, competition, compliance and reputation. They are always concerned about whether the service is adequate and they were open to making the format of fees more flexible.’

‘Cassia Pizzotti, Ivan Lima and Caio Pivatto: Extremely competent, up-to-date, flexible and visionary.’

‘Cassia Pizzotti, Celso Baez do Carmo, Nicole Vigato: All are excellent professionals, with a lot of technical knowledge, client knowledge and the right attitude.’

Key clients

Sherwin-Williams

Nike

Dell

Harley-Davidson

Turner/Warner Media

Verizon

Visa

Roche

Ernst & Young

Air Europa

Work highlights

  • Assisting CNP Seguros Holding Brasil (CSH) in a Federal Police investigation into several companies and individuals for actions allegedly perpetrated between 2014 and 2016.
  • Advised BNDES, Brazil’s development bank, with the labour planning for the privatisation of Brasília’s energy distribution company, CEB Distribuição.
  • Advising Benteler Componentes Automotivos following Ford’s announcement in January 2021 that its manufacturing operations in Brazil would cease.

Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados

Highly rated employment boutique Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados provides ‘impeccable advice and service in all areas'. The firm represents an impressive spread of domestic and international clients across a wide range of sectors. Litigation support features prominently on the agenda, including individual claims and collective proceedings, as well as judicial and administrative disputes with the Labour Public Prosecutor's Office and trade unions. A strong IT infrastructure enables it to handle a large caseload, with nearly 5,000 labour claims handled during 2021. The firm is jointly led by Gustavo Guimaraes and Mauricio Granadeiro Guimarães.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães; Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães

Testimonials

‘Specialization in the labor area and quality in the provision of services – Gustavo Granadeiro and Carlos Evandro Righetti.’

‘Impeccable advice and service in all areas of the firm, from finance to more complex actions.’

‘I’d highlight Roberto Baronian, Carlos Evandro Righetti, Aparecida Hashimoto, Fabiana Freua, Vanessa Garcia and Alexandre Marques’.

Key clients

Claro Brasil (América Móvil)

Hyundai Motor Brasil

Notre Dame Intermédica Saúde (Bain Capital)

Colgate-Palmolive Industrial

Air Liquide Brasil

L’Oréal Brasil

Hershey do Brasil

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil

Lear Do Brasil (Lear Corporation)

Bauducco (Pandurata Alimentos)

Aptiv Brasil

Maersk Brasil / Hamburg Süd Brasil

Termomecânica São Paulo

Delphi Power Train (Borgwarner)

Companhia De Gás D São Paulo – Comgás (Grupo Cosan)

Unigel

Banco Mizuho Do Brasil

Instituto De Pesquisas Eldorado

American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil – São Paulo

Fagron Brasil

Group One Automotive

Omni Crédito, Financiamento E Investimento

Wella Brasil

Conselho Regional De Contabilidad Do Estado De São Paulo

M. Dias Branco

Conselho Federal De Contabilidade

Kaspersky Lab Soluções Seguras Brasil

Mallet Advogados Associados

Mallet Advogados Associados has been a prominent player in Brazil’s employment market for over 20 years. The highly rated boutique is a popular choice for major employers in contentious and non-contentious matters. Founding partner Estêvão Mallet is especially well regarded.

Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados

The labour team at Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados is ‘fantastic, with exceptional technical quality at all levels'. The lawyers are commended for being ‘super available, agile and very helpful', and have good credentials for the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. Key partners include Nelson Mannrich, who has experience in trade union law, regularly representing clients on collective bargaining negotiations, collective disputes and the management of strike actions. Celso Goulart Mannrich is especially experienced on the litigation front, as are partners Fábio Tadeu de Lima and Roberto Aguirre Rossetti, who also advises on non-contentious matters. Alessandra Barichello Boskovic has also developed a good reputation in this field.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Mannrich; Celso Goulart Mannrich; Fabio Tadeu de Lima; Roberto Aguirre Rossetti

Testimonials

‘The team is fantastic, with exceptional technical quality, at all levels. From partners to team lawyers. All super available, agile and very helpful.’

‘Alessandra Boskovic: In addition to the depth of knowledge and analysis, she stands out for her agility and ease of communication.’

‘The quality of partners, especially in the labor area. Impressive technical knowledge of the lawyers and the professionalism of the team.’

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has an ‘excellent' employment team, whose lawyers ‘answer questions individually, quickly and assertively’. The practice provides strong support to the wider firm on related M&A, restructuring and outsourcing matters. Coupled with this is an impressive standalone workload covering a range of issues, from the development of internal employment policies through to trade union negotiations and high-profile collective and individual dismissal claims. The highly experienced Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes has over 30 years’ experience in the market, while Thais Galo has particularly significant expertise in employee recruitment, dismissal and compensation matters. The highly regarded Mauricio Froes Guidi is ‘always thinking about complete and feasible solutions'.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto’s labour team is excellent. They answer questions individually, quickly and assertively.’

‘Bruno Malfatti is totally in the loop. Fast, effective, amazing treatment. He spares no effort to meet our needs. An extremely reliable professional.’

‘Availability for the client was a great quality.’

‘Maurício Guidi from the labour area and Cauê Myanaki from the corporate area were great partners, always thinking about complete and feasible solutions, without complications or uncomfortable situations.’

Key clients

Amazon

Patria Investimentos

Bradesco

H.I.G. Capital

Costa Crociere

JPMorgan Chase

Atvos Bioenergia (formerly Odebrecht)

Mapfre Seguros

Nubank

Costa Crociere

Work highlights

  • Advised Bradesco Leasing on a class action brought by the Metalworkers Union against Transud, a cargo company which had a finance lease on an aircraft through Bradesco.
  • Represented Bristow Group in a Public Civil Action filed by the Aviators’ Union concerning flight notifications to its crew.
  • Advised Frooty Comércio e Indústria de Alimentos on an investigation into working conditions in the açaí industry.

Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados

Employment boutique Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados attends clients with ‘extreme attention and quality’. The firm has been assisting domestic and international employers on strategic consulting and litigation matters for over 40 years.  The ‘excellent’ lawyers demonstrate ‘unique knowledge’ across key areas, including disputes before the Superior Labour Court and the Supreme Federal Court. Among the partners, Juliana Scalissi Martins Gaspar is particularly active on the litigation side, while Antonio Galvão Peres and Camila Colombo Caldorin Vetorazzodistinguish themselves from competitors because they evaluate, in legal terms, the best recommendation for the case presented and do not cling to something expected by the client’. Founding partner Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella remains a key reference for Brazilian employment law.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella; Antonio Galvão Peres; Juliana Scalissi Martins Gaspar

Testimonials

‘The Robortella Peres team always attends us with extreme attention and agility. We were able to easily speak directly with the lawyers who serve us, including partners, on the phone, schedule meetings, or video conferences. In technical-legal terms, they are excellent, demonstrating unique knowledge and providing security for decision-making.’

‘We have direct contact with lawyers Antônio Galvão Peres and Camila Colombo Caldorin Vetorazzo, in particular, and we would recommend them. These professionals distinguish themselves from competitors because they evaluate, in legal terms, the best recommendation for the case presented and do not cling to just something expected by the client.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client in a petition to overturn a Labour Court of Appeal decision that contradicted a precedent set by the Supreme Federal Court.
  • Assisting a client in Supreme Federal Court challenges to decisions issued by three labour trial courts in São José dos Campos concerning infringement of collective bargaining agreements.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe offers ‘practical experience, technical knowledge and a commercial mindset’. The firm has an extremely good track record in strategic consulting, litigation and negotiations with unions. Its clients include major domestic and international companies from across several key sectors, including aviation, technology, financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals. The partners are equally adept at litigation and advisory matters, although practice head Leticia Ribeiro and the recently promoted Clarissa Lehmen tend to work more on non-contentious matters. Priscila Novis Kirchhoff and Tricia Oliveira are active on the litigation side, with Oliveira and associate Julia Michele Pereira bringing ‘extensive practical experience and solid technical knowledge, always combined with excellent client service’. Associate Carlos Moraes is also noted for his ‘remarkable legal knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Ribeiro

Testimonials

‘Services are always provided with excellence and promptness.’

‘Professionalism, punctuality, technical knowledge.’

‘Carlos Eduardo Moraes stands out for his remarkable legal knowledge, his recommendations on the most varied issues are essential to mitigate risks in the labor area.’

‘The practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset offered by the team are unparalleled in the local market and rarely found in the international market. From union negotiation processes to high exposure litigation, through crisis management and general advice on the matter.’

‘Trícia Oliveira and Júlia Pereira are market leaders. Both have extensive practical experience and solid technical knowledge, always combined with excellent client service. They are a reference on the subject and the first choice for all types of labor issues.’

Key clients

American Airlines

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has ‘a high performance team‘, which brings ‘out of the box insights’, coupled with ‘solid technical knowledge’. The consultancy side of the practice provides strong transactional support, in addition to advice on standalone strategic employment matters, including compliance procedures and collective bargaining negotiations. The lawyers are also well versed in class actions and individual labour claims filed by executives. Lead partners Luiz Marcelo Góis  (‘a brilliant lawyer, extremely up to date and practical’) and Cibelle Linero   handle contentious and non-contentious issues. Senior associate Fernanda Rochael Nasciutti  is also highlighted as ‘an excellent professional’.

Practice head(s):

Cibelle Linero; Luiz Marcelo Góis

Testimonials

‘The firm offers, in addition to impeccable technique, personalized service, a high-performance team, and total transparency in the collection of fees.’

‘Luiz Marcelo Gois is a technically differentiated professional and  stands out for his availability at any time and the extreme attention and dedication to the client.’

‘The agility in the response and the “out of the box” insights, bringing innovative alternatives, but balanced with the risk scenario of the literature and Brazilian precedents. The vast technical knowledge, depth in the reality of the evaluated company and systemic vision provide a favorable environment to make the decisions we need.’

‘Luiz Marcelo Gois and Fernanda Rochael, excellent professionals in all aspects.’

‘BMA is extremely up-to-date and attentive to changes in society and client needs. The pandemic was a great challenge for the labour area, but we felt supported by BMA at all times. The firm has solid technical knowledge and great ability to observe the needs of our business.’

‘Luiz Marcelo Gois – He is a brilliant lawyer, extremely up to date and practical. He manages to get back to us precisely and quickly.’

Key clients

Energisa

Companhia Mineira de Açúcar e Álcool

Wayne Indústria e Comércio (Dover Fueling Soultions Group)

Supergasbras Energia

Tivit Terceirização de Processos, Serviços e Tecnologia

Seadrill Serviços de Petróleo

Ocyan

Energia Sustentável do Brasil

Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil

Biomarin Brasil Farmaceutica

Expedia do Brasil Agência de Viagens e Turismo

GDM Seeds

SBF Comércio de Produtos Esportivos

Captalys Companhia de Crédito

Braskem

ON Brazil

Datacard Group do Brasil

V-Analytics Consultoria em Gestão

Credit Suisse Brazil

Instituto Alana

UL LLC

GLP Brasil Gestão de Recursos e Administração Imobiliária

MessageBird Serviços Digitais

Work highlights

  • Assisted Energisa Mato Grosso – Distribuidora de Energia in avoiding two strikes that would affect the distribution of energy in the state of Mato Grosso.
  • Assisted Companhia Mineira de Açúcar e Álcool to structure and apply a response plan after public authorities found slavery-like work on a client’s production chain.
  • Defending a client in proceedings filed by a former officer fired in relation to a potential fraud.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Sociedade De Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados brings ‘excellent technical quality' and ‘practicality and objectivity' to its employment work. The versatile practice handles contentious and consultancy issues for standalone clients, and also provides support on the firm's key corporate mandates. The firm represents major employers from across several sectors, including energy, technology, retail, manufacturing and financial services. Lead partners include Dario Abrahão Rabay and Gisela da Silva Freire, noted for her ‘excellent understanding of the work and great experience in trade union negotiations'. Clients also rate ‘fast, agile' senior associate Viviane De Azevedo Rodrigues.

Practice head(s):

Gisela da Silva Freire; Dario Rabay

Testimonials

‘I work with partner Gisela Freire and I consider her excellent technically. Gisela has excellent understanding of the work and great experience in trade union negotiations.’

‘Viviane Rodrigues one of the best lawyers who has ever provided services to our company. Fast, agile, with differentiated content and fundamentals.’

‘I consider Cescon Barrieu differentiated in the labour area due to the excellent technical quality of the services provided and the practicality and objectivity of the recommendations given. I also consider that it represents a good cost benefit in relation to fees and staff involved in the coverage of cases, properly dividing the service between more senior lawyers / partners and more junior lawyers, which allows competitive cost in relation to fees.’

Key clients

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

Akamai Tecnologias e Serviços do Brasil

Intel Corporation

Adler Pelzer Group

Invepar

Kangu Transportes

Spotify Technology

Ardagh Group Brasil

Totvs

Squire Patton Boggs

U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)

Alibaba

Klingele Paper

Companhia de Bebidas da América – Ambev

Bank of America

Singulare Corretora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Hypera

Bomtrato Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios – Não Padronizados

GE Renewable Energy

Penske Logistics do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted TF4 Entretenimento in a constitutional action filed before the Supreme Federal Court regarding a decision that prevented T4F from contracting services provided by cooperatives.
  • Provided advice to automotive parts manufacturer Adler Pelzer Group after it was forced to close its operations in Bahia in the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Amazon Brasil on union-related matters as part of an operational expansion in Brazil.

Custodio e Bissetti Advogados Associados

Custodio e Bissetti Advogados Associados is an experienced boutique firm with good credentials for representing both employers and employees. Clients appreciate the ‘close and very collaborative‘ service. In addition to individual and collective litigation, the firm also provides strong support on strategic and transactional employment issues, as well as negotiations with unions. Name partner Renato Antonio Villa Custodio  brings ‘deep experience in Brazilian labour legislation’, while Marcio Alexandre de Melo e Bissetti  ‘stands out for his experience as a businessman combined with his legal knowledge’. Charles Fraccarolo KC  is noted for his ‘expertise in labour law and combativeness in the courts’.

Practice head(s):

Renato Antonio Villa Custodio; Marcio Alexandre de Melo e Bissetti; Takahiro Nakano

Testimonials

‘Experience of partners – speed in service – success rate in cases serviced.’

‘Custodio e Bissetti provides legal services in the labour area for our company with excellence and good results. The services are of the same standard as the large law firms that provide us with services, but the fees are lower and fit within our budget. The partners have expertise in the labour and business areas and are very accessible, the legal team is close and very collaborative, and the administrative team is fast, uncomplicated and efficient.’

‘Renato Custodio, Marcio Bissetti and Charles Fraccarolo are the partners/lawyers with whom we have worked most closely in recent years. Renato stands out for his expertise in labour law and knowledge in several legal areas. Marcio Bissetti stands out for his experience as a businessman combined with his legal knowledge. Charles Fraccarolo stands out for his expertise in labour law and combativeness in the courts.’

‘Renato Custodio – qualified and very competent attorney, with deep experience in Brazilian labor legislation. He presents various solutions for the most diverse labour cases in an ethical, sensible and professional way.’

Key clients

Libercon Construções

Worley Engenharia

Transperfect

Transpiratininga Logistics

Ivoclair Vivadent

Cushman & Wakefield

Keiper/Recaro Brazil

Sysmap Solutions

GAC Brazil

Artefacto

Work highlights

  • Representing Worley Engenharia in union negotiations enabling over 500 employees to work from home.
  • Assisting UK company Transperfect in its implementation of GDPR and a code of ethics and conduct for its new operation in Brazil.
  • Representing Libercon in a labour claim concerning an employee’s alleged occupational disease.

Felsberg Advogados

Felsberg Advogados has a ‘very capable' employment team, which is praised for its ‘great technical knowledge' and ‘speed of return'. The team is regularly involved in collective and individual disputes involving senior executives and high-ranking employees. It is also well versed in strategic behind-the-scenes advice on a range of matters, including employee compensation plans, health and safety, internal investigations and compliance. The team is jointly led by Maurício Pepe De Lion and Ana Cristina Valentim, who ‘stands out for her agility in service, availability and technical quality'.

Practice head(s):

Maurício Pepe De Lion; Ana Cristina Valentim

Testimonials

‘Great technical knowledge, speed of return, presentation of risks and alternatives to meet the needs of the company.’

‘Ana Cristina Valentim stands out for her agility in service, availability and technical quality.’

‘Very capable team. Good communication with the client and attention to the particularities of the sector.’

Key clients

WPP Group

Odebrecht / Braskem

Atvos Agroindustrial

Toyota

FieldCore (General Electric Company)

DB Schenker

Christian Louboutin

Exeltis Healthcare

Rema Tip Top

Suhai Seguradora

EPAM Systems

Work highlights

  • Assisted Atvos Agroindustrial – Odebrecht Group in negotiating and executing a collective settlement agreement with the labour union.
  • Obtained a favourable decision for DB Schenker in a civil inquiry initiated by the Labor District Attorney’s Office, aimed at investigating several anonymous claims.
  • Advised Archer Daniels Midland regarding workplace health and safety matters.

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados has an ‘outstanding’ practice, with ‘lawyers well versed in labour law’. The ‘extremely dedicated’ and ‘very proactive’ team advises employers on a mix of litigation and consultancy work. The firm represents clients from across all the key industries, and is particularly experienced in employment issues linked to the power and construction sectors. Practice head Ricardo Christophe Da Rocha Freire  is ‘an extremely qualified lawyer, with broad and deep knowledge and experience in complex labour issues’. Clients also highly rate the ‘extremely talented’ associate Paula Boschesi Barros .

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire

Testimonials

‘I recommend Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire and Paula Boschesi Barros, who are excellent lawyers and exceed clients’ expectations.’

‘The labour practice of GNB Advogados is outstanding, with lawyers well versed in the labour law. And that is not only knowledge of the law, but strong practical abilities, creativity and willingness to resolve the client’s legal problem.’

‘Competent and attentive, great knowledge and the way to handle the problem to find the best solution, positive results in relation to the labour lawsuits in progress, and assistance in other demands that are necessary for legal support.’

‘Ricardo Freire is an outstanding individual. The best labour lawyer I have met.’

‘The team is extremely qualified, with extensive experience and understanding of all kinds of complex matters. Ricardo has the ability to understand the company’s business and provide objective and appropriate legal advice. The firm is very inclusive, it seems to me that the vast majority of professionals are women.’

‘In our opinion, Ricardo Freire is an extremely qualified lawyer, with broad/deep knowledge and experience in complex labour issues, with enormous commercial perception and client service. Ricardo is very well known in the energy industry. In addition to Ricardo, we are extremely comfortable with all the support we receive from the team, especially from Paula Barros – a fully-fledged lawyer who has a lot of technical knowledge, extremely talented, very agile in responding to our demands, in addition to extremely available.’

‘The office is excellent in dealing with special labour processes, having an extremely dedicated team, attentive to news and very proactive, not depending on client charges. I have really enjoyed the service and increased the sending of different matters to the firm.’

‘The lawyer who works with us and deserves to be highlighted is Paula Boschesi Barros. What distinguishes her is her intelligence, strategic thinking and her positioning as if she were a client, sharing the pains and achievements as part of the team.’

Key clients

Enel Group

Localiza Hertz

General Motors do Brasil

Light

Iron Mountain

Giorgio Armani

Quantum (Brookfield Infrastructure)

Brandloyalty

DMS Logistics

Verzani Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Camargo Correia Infra in lawsuits challenging a strike by employees at a work site for energy transmission lines, preventing the entry and exit of people and vehicles.
  • Advised General Motors do Brasil on a lawsuit filed by a former director over alleged unpaid bonuses and stock options.
  • Representing Camargo Correa Infra in a labour claim filed by a former employee concerning bonuses and fringe benefits during their time working in Argentina.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados has an experienced team of employment lawyers noted for their ‘high performance' and ‘technical knowledge'. Following the firm’s split in February 2022, several lawyers left to form HRSA, including former practice head Maria Fernanda de Medeiros Redi. The team is now led by the ‘extremely engaged' Célia Mara Peres, who is experienced in consultancy matters, including compensation structures and union negotiations, and is praised for her ‘excellent communication and availability'. Fellow partner Isabella Mara Bodo handles a mix of litigation and advisory issues.

Practice head(s):

Celia Mara Peres

Testimonials

‘High performance. Commitment. Technical knowledge and experience far above average.’

‘Célia Mara Peres: Extremely engaged and committed to the outcome of the process. Level of technical knowledge, whether theoretical or practical, well above the market average. Excellent communication and availability.’

‘Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is distinguished by several factors: quality of the texts produced, meeting deadlines, ease of contact with the group’s lawyers, versatility in the sense of working in different areas of law, innovation in law enforcement. It is a firm that adopts the most current technologies to present defence ideas to clients, and produce texts.’

‘We admire the careful treatment of all processes managed by the firm, in addition to the extensive knowledge of the subjects.’

Key clients

Associação “Barão de Souza Queiroz” de Proteção à Infância e à Juventude – Instituto D. Ana Rosa

Porto Seguro Cia de Seguros Gerais

Porto Seguro Saúde

ASSUPERO Ensino Superior

Porto Seguro Renova – Serviços e Comércio

Porto Seguro Atendimento

Work highlights

  • Defended Porto Seguro in a labour lawsuit filed by a trade union concerning collective labour agreements.

Peixoto e Cury Advogados

Peixoto e Cury Advogados is commended for its ‘technical knowledge, exhaustive evaluation of issues, and constant availability'. Domestic and international clients regularly use the firm in high-value judicial and administrative litigation claims. On the consulting side, the team assists domestic and international clients with the full suite of issues, including collective negotiations, risk assessments, health and safety, and internal training and compliance. Luiz Vicente De Carvalho heads the labour litigation practice, while Antonio Carlos Aguiar heads the advisory team. Other names to note include Marcel Tadeu Alves Da SilvaAndré Villac Polinesio, Poliana Banqueri Guimarães and Carlos Eduardo Dantas da Costa.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Vicente de Carvalho; Antonio Carlos Aguiar

Testimonials

‘Modernity, use of technology, technical quality, availability of partners.’

‘Technical knowledge, exhaustive evaluation of issues, and constant availability.’

‘Carlos Eduardo Dantas and Antonio Carlos – dedication and involvement in topics of interest to clients. Technical capacity and reputation with the Judiciary.’

Key clients

China Three Gorges Corp (‎CTG Brasil)

TIM

Embraer

The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)

Souza Cruz

Ferrero

Eletrobras

Owens Illinois Do Brasil

Whirpool

Syngenta Proteção De Cultivos

Lojas Americanas

ADM do Brasil

Avon Cosméticos

Dell Computadores

Mahle Metal Leve

Radio e TV Bandeirantes

Bridgestone do Brasil Industria e Comercio

Localiza Rent a Car

Ri Happy Brinquedos

Energisa Mato Grosso Do Sul – Distribuidora de Energia

Knauf do Brasil

Dyna Ind e Com

Grupo TV1

Robert Bosch

Taurus Armas

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Companhia Energética de São Paulo

SPIC | Pacific Hydro Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represented Brazilian football club Associação Portuguesa de Desportos (Portuguesa) in all its labour disputes.
  • Representing a leading aviation company in a union-led labour class action.
  • Advising a manufacturing company in a public interest civil action filed by the Labor Public Prosecutor’s Office.

ASBZ Advogados

The employment lawyers at ASBZ Advogados ‘are extremely dedicated to the client’s needs, dedicating the same effort to both highly complex demands and everyday doubts and problems’. The firm assists major employers from across a range of key sectors, including pharmaceutical, food and drink, manufacturing, aviation and construction. This includes advice on public civil actions and collective bargaining and labour claims. Union negotiations, internal investigations and remuneration advice also feature prominently in the firm's workload. Rodrigo Shiromoto and Bráulio Dias Lopes De Almeida are the two main partners.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Luis Shiromoto; Bráulio Dias de Almeida

Testimonials

‘ASBZ has a team of professionals who are extremely dedicated to the client’s needs, dedicating the same effort to both highly complex demands and everyday doubts and problems.’

‘The firm provides a strategic labour service of great value. In addition to technical knowledge, the firm has business knowledge and knows how to adapt legal language to a more business-like language with clear and graphic presentations.’

‘ASBZ is an office of excellence and commitment to the client. I highlight Bráulio Dias Lopes de Almeida and Maitê Malerba.’

Key clients

Heineken Indústria de Bebidas

Bristol-Myers Squibb

United Airlines

Emirates Airlines

Chiesi Farmacêutica

Glenmark Farmacêutica

Takeda Distribuidora

Sandoz do Brasil Indústria Farmacêutica

Novartis Biociências

Accenture do Brasil

Stone Pagamentos

Alitalia Societá Aérea Italiana

Uber Brasil Tecnologia

Grupo Solví

AspenTech Software Brasil

Danone

RB Capital Asset Management

DSM Produtos Nutricionais Brasil

Work highlights

  • Representing Tópico Locações de Galpões e Equipamentos para Indústria in negotiations with the Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office concerning alleged breaches of employment obligations.
  • Assisting HNK BR Indústria de Bebidas in an investigation by the Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office over the lay-off of over 300 employees.
  • Advising Accenture do Brasil in a high-value labour claim brought by a former employee.

Cahen & Mingrone Advogados

Founded in 2015, the employment boutique Cahen & Mingrone Advogados has made good headway into the market. The firm is noted for its ‘exceptional service' and ‘readiness and speed to accommodate risks'. The team handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues, and regularly defends clients against cases brought by trade unions and the Labour Public Prosecutor's Office. Founding partner Arthur Cahen's ‘vast technical knowledge combined with his talent for dealing with people makes him the ideal lawyer to handle labour disputes'. Marcus Vinicius Mingrone is highlighted for his ‘ability to act strategically in highly relevant topics'.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Cahen; Marcus Vinícius Mingrone

Testimonials

‘Cahen & Mingrone Advogados provides exceptional service in labour practice, with personalised service, critical vision for challenges and solutions faced in the legal segment. Among several attributes, the readiness and speed to accommodate risks with a view to the continuity of the company stands out.’

‘Arthur Cahen is an excellent professional.’

‘André Zilli: Ability to interpret legal requirements in terms of implementation/operation. Arthur Cahen: Ability to think ‘outside the box’, is available to find solutions even when the answer is negative to what the company intended to do. Ana Carolina Almeida: Organization, ability to understand the whole, attention to detail. Availability and ability to communicate.’

‘Use of technology in order to offer quick responses to the client. The quality and speed of the information provided are a differential. The firm is different because it serves each client as if it were the only one, we don’t just talk to junior lawyers. The partners make a point of following everything closely, which gives security and comfort.’

‘Arthur Cahen is exceptional. His vast technical knowledge combined with his talent for dealing with people makes him the ideal lawyer to handle labour disputes.’

‘Office with personalized service and impeccable technique. It stands out for its business vision to solve problems.’

‘The main differential of this firm is how they seek to be close to the advised company, understanding in detail all the topics in which they may be asked to collaborate, and being always willing and ready to respond to any demand. Another point worth mentioning is the ability to conduct collective labor negotiations, even in adverse scenarios.’

‘Arthur Cahen – emphasis on technical capacity in the labor area, availability and dedication to the client, from the simplest to the most complex topics. Marcus Vinícius Mingrone – highlight for the ability to act strategically in highly relevant topics.’

Key clients

GD Solar

EBP

Distribuidora Santa Cruz

Arval

Nucleo Engenharia

Nexans

Loga

BNP Paribas

Citycon Engenharia

Yssy

Solví / Essencis

Bosal

Meng Engenharia

Construtora Fraiha

Koleta

Knewin – News and Social Monitoring

Huches Comunicações

FGC – Fundo Garantidor de Crédito

Coderh

Citycon

CGM Advogados

CGM Advogados ‘combines a technical profile, with enough accessibility to the partners and with reasonable prices'. The versatile team advises on a range of litigation and consultancy matters including increasingly prominent areas such as employee privacy and data protection, stock options and restrictive covenants. The firm has an especially strong client base in the retail, luxury brands, healthcare and manufacturing. Practice head Patricia Medeiros Barboza handles contentious and non-contentious issues; she is supported by ‘excellent' senior associate Poliana César.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Barboza

Testimonials

‘The firm combines a technical profile, with enough accessibility to the partners and with reasonable prices.’

‘Poliana Caparrós is excellent. Very competent and attentive to us. Strongly recommended.’

Chiode Minicucci Law Firm

Chiode Minicucci Law Firm is a well-regarded boutique with an experienced team of employment lawyers who are ‘very responsive’. Commended for helping domestic and international employers ‘understand the nuances of local laws in Brazil', the firm has a good track record in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Key partners include Daniel Domingues Chiode and Marília Nascimento Minicucci, who is ‘very knowledgeable and always has an expert response'.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Domingues Chiode; Marília Nascimento Minicucci

Testimonials

‘Chiode’s differential is the quality of the service/delivery, the close monitoring of labour proceedings, sending the details of each court decision to the client; organisation, meeting the deadlines agreed with the client; quick and detailed response and very complete queries/opinions.’

‘Chiode Minicucci has been very supportive in all of our matters with them. They provide alternate fee arrangements, which have been very beneficial for our ongoing litigation matters. They communicate effectively and are patient and sensitive when interacting with our company’s managers in preparing them for important court hearings/matters.’

‘Marilia Minicucci is our primary partner contact, who is extremely knowledgeable and has developed a team of dedicated associates for our matters. The two associates we primarily work with are Victor Cavalieri Zampolo and Rodrigo Abbatepaulo Vieira, both of whom are effective and trusted advocates. I have confidence in them as though they were partners.’

‘They have done a great job to walk us through the applicable local laws in Brazil, helped us to get detailed assessments in a timely way.’

‘They are great partners to work with, they helped us to understand the nuances of local laws in Brazil, for those outside of the country.’

‘The Chiode e Minicucci Advogados office always assists us quickly and with all the knowledge of the area we need. They are always very agile and professional, have a lot of experience in the area and often proactively inform us about changes and updates of laws that interest us and affect us directly.’

‘Chiode has experts in the area, which make us go back to them often. They are very responsive and their fees are always fair and reasonable. My team relies on them and their opinions when it comes to Brazilian employment laws.’

‘Marilia Nascimento Minicucci is very knowledgeable and always has an expert response for us.’

Key clients

Merck Sharp & Dohme Farmacêutica

Sanofi-Medley Farmacêutica

Libbs Farmacêutica

Organon Farmacêutica

Supera Rx Medicamentos

Gartner Do Brasil Serviços De Pesquisas

Bytedance Brasil Tecnologia

Hugo Boss Do Brasil

Zambon Laboratórios Farmacêuticos

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas  – Avianca

Lincoln Electric Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio

Apsen Farmacêutica

Merck Sharp & Dohme Saúde Animal

Vallée

Cabify Agência De Serviços De Transporte De Passageiros

Enterprise Services Brasil Serviços De Tecnologia

Grand Cru Importadora

Buzzfeed Do Brasil Internet

Laboratórios Pierre Fabre Do Brasil

Astellas Farma Brasil Importação E Distribuição De Medicamentos

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Yusen Logistics Do Brasil

Expeditors International Do Brasil

Seguros Sura

Welch Allyn Do Brasil, Comércio De Equipamentos Médicos

Arthrex Do Brasil Importação E Comércio De Equipamentos Médicos

Torrent Do Brasil

Harman do Brasil Indústria Eletrônica e Participações

Braskem

3M

Work highlights

  • Representing a pharmaceutical company against an unfair dismissal claim.
  • Assisting a manufacturer in an internal investigation, following a harassment complaint.
  • Advising a major retail client on a range of health and safety and diversity issues.

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

Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF) has a ‘super prepared and available team', who ‘know deeply the matter of law and the client’s business'. This has helped its ‘ability to assist us in urgent situations, with creative solutions for critical scenarios'. The firm represents several major clients in the agribusiness, industrial, pharmaceutical and mining sectors, and is regularly entrusted with high-value and sensitive disputes and collective bargaining agreements with trade unions, as well as broader strategic consulting matters. Practice head Luiz Fernando Alouche and associate Marianne Calil Jorge are ‘super competent, fast and accurate in their recommendations'.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Fernando Alouche

Testimonials

‘Super prepared and available team, they know deeply the matter of law and the client’s business.’

‘Luiz Fernando Alouche and Marianne Callil Jorge: Super competent, fast, and accurate in their recommendations.’

‘The ability to assist us in urgent situations, with creative solutions for critical scenarios was what I observed in these consultations. The firm shows great concern in serving the client well. It strives to innovate and improve its service tools and left nothing to be desired during the pandemic.’

Key clients

Vale

Somfy Brasil

Nutrien AG Solutions Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas

Akzo Nobel

Seoyon Intec

Ecolab Química

Tivit Terceirização de Processos, Serviços e Tecnologia

REC Gravataí

Prosegur Brasias Transportadora de Valores e Segurança

Sanofi Medley Farmacêutica

Work highlights

  • Represented Vale in a union-led class action arguing for wage parity between machinists.
  • Assisted Akzo Nobel in a labour claim by a former employee seeking overtime payments and wage parity with other employees.
  • Advised Nutrien on the launch of a profit-sharing plan involving collective bargaining procedures with representatives from over 40 branches and unions in Brazil.

L.O. Baptista Advogados

The ‘very accessible' team at L.O. Baptista Advogados ‘provides an excellent service'. The practice is led by the versatile Fabio Chong De Lima, who has significant experience in labour consultations and litigation matters, This includes advice on internal compliance and investigations, outsourcing processes, senior level recruitment employee compensation schemes and corporate matters, as well as support on collective and senior executive dismissal claims. Its clients come from a range of sectors, including energy, technology and business process outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Chong de Lima

Testimonials

‘The firm provides an excellent service, the team is close to the internal management, very accessible, they are available whenever necessary.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge combined with the company’s needs. It can provide focused and assertive consulting, in order to apply the technical part to the corporate day-to-day.’

‘I’d highlight Fabio Chong de Lima.’

Key clients

Amdocs

Agile Thought

LFB Hemoderivados e Biotecnologia

Emerson Process Management

Bic

Tarkett

Saipem do Brasil

Inductotherm do Brasil

Bombardier Recreational Products

Olympus Optical

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Lefosse Advogados

The ‘very competent and efficient' team at Lefosse Advogados has several ‘recognised professionals in the labour market'. Among them, highly rated practice head Aloizio Lima is ‘innovative in topics related to social inclusion and diversity' and praised for ‘the good relationship he maintains with clients'. Experienced counsel Paulo Antonio Peressin is ‘very good technically in litigation matters', including both judicial and administrative labour disputes. The firm has recently advised clients on high-profile union negotiations, internal procedures, and individual and collective disputes with former employees.

Practice head(s):

Aloizio Lima

Testimonials

‘It is a lean team, very competent and efficient. Aloizio Lima and Paulo Peressin are recognised professionals in the labour market. Aloizio is innovative in topics related to social inclusion/diversity.’

‘Lefosse have a qualified team. It focuses a lot on the concept of diversity.’

‘Paulo Peressin is very good technically in litigation matters, gives the client peace of mind, has a very good service. Aloizio Lima is someone who stands out for the good relationship he maintains with clients.’

Key clients

MSX International do Brasil

CISS Consultoria em Informática, Serviços e Software

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Mann+Hummel Brasil

AMcom Sistemas de Informação

Infosys Consulting

Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos

Bracell SP Celulose

Cymi Construções e Participações

Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia para Ecommerce

Work highlights

  • Assisted MSX International do Brasil in ending a collective action filed by a labor union.
  • Defended Mann+Hummel Brasil against a lawsuit filed by the former CEO of the company in Brazil.
  • Advised Bracell in a study related to a working hours schedule that could be adopted in its Brazilian factories.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados has ‘a highly qualified team of lawyers, ready to meet all labour demands presented, whether they are mass litigation or more specific cases that require greater efforts to resolve them’. The firm’s non-contentious work includes support on union negotiations, and internal compliance advice and strategic projects. Luciana Arduin Fonseca  and Renata Araújo  are equally experienced in litigation and consultancy matters, while Priscila Mara Peresi  is more focused on contentious work. Luís Fernando Riskalla  and Vitor Novo  are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Luciana Arduin Fonseca; Luis Fernando Riskalla; Renata Christina Silveira Araújo; Priscila Mara Peresi

Testimonials

‘A highly qualified team of lawyers, ready to meet all labour demands presented, whether they are mass litigation or more specific cases that require greater efforts to resolve them. They use the largest technological tools to act and carry out a specialized management in small, medium or large volume procedural portfolios. Always ready to receive or make contact in a virtual or personal way with client so that excellent results are obtained.’

‘A firm with highly trained and prepared professionals. Excellent technicians. It has an excellent infrastructure, very well located and with friendly service.’

‘Quality above expectations; high professional capacity; high knowledge; diversity,’

‘The firm has an excellent team, seeks to meet the client’s needs, innovating and interpreting legislation and judgments to reduce business risks. They become partners with clients.’

‘Luiz Fernando Riskalla and Vitor Novo are partners who, in addition to serving the client effectively, become partners, stand out for innovating and thinking about making the business viable, instead of stifling it. The firm has availability and effectiveness.’

Key clients

Cosan

Bureau Veritas

Brasil Ventos

Santher

KSPG

Rabobank

Grupo Alupar

Azul

TBE – Transmissoras Brasileiras de Energia

JTI BRASIL

Work highlights

  • Assisted a real estate operator in reversing a decision in  the Superior Labour Court concerning access to certain legal documents in a labour dispute.
  • Actedas counsel to the defendant, a civil construction company, in a lawsuit filed by a former senior exempt employee.
  • Assisted a metals manufacturer in a public civil action, proposed by the employees’ union and endorsed by the Public Ministry of Labor, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Labour law forms an important part of Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' ‘high-standard' service, with major employers regularly instructing the firm on contentious and non-contentious issues. The team has an especially good track record in pre-litigation and human resources issues, including employee compensation schemes, senior level appointments, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and related training and compliance. Lead partners include Fabio Medeiros and the ‘exceptional' Maurício Reis, who has ‘immense experience in the area, especially in negotiations with unions'.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Medeiros; Maurício Reis

Testimonials

‘The firm is of a high standard, with excellent professionals in all areas. But in my opinion, in the labour area, the big difference is partner Mauricio Reis.’

‘Labour partner Mauricio Reis is exceptional. Business oriented, practical, proactive, always accessible. He fully understands the needs of companies, and does not limit himself to presenting risks but also safe solutions to labour problems. He’s a great negotiator. He has immense experience in the area, especially in negotiations with unions. He is a great partner that we trust and consult with. In my opinion and that of everyone at legal, he is an exceptional professional.’

Key clients

Itaúsa

Fleetcor

Agilent

Aegea

Natura&CO

Neoway

Dia Brasil

VIA

Faro Technologies

Constelation

Stora

enso

EFI

Paracel

United Medical

Ericsson

Afya

CI&T

Associação brasileira do alumínio – ABAL

Companhia das Letras

Nuvemshop

Ourofino

HLB Brasil

PRIMETALS

Bird & Bird

Estre

Wobben

Windpower

Leroy Merlin

Pravaler

Adyen

YDUQS

Work highlights

  • Assisted DHL Logistics in a collective labour claim concerning working conditions.

Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados

Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados is a well-regarded employment boutique offering a good range of contentious and non-contentious support. Other areas of advice include social security, health and safety, and mass litigation. Marcelo Nascimento is a key contact.

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados is commended for its ‘technical competence, agility in service' and its ability to anticipate complex issues. This includes advice on strategic and transaction-related employment issues, such as collective agreements, outsourcing, immigration, variable pay schemes, M&A, and health and safety. The team also has strong expertise in litigation, from collective claims with unions and public prosecutors, through to executive-level unfair dismissal disputes. Practice head Paula Corina Santone is ‘always available, and presents reliable and practical solutions'. Roberto Ferreira Ferlis provides ‘excellent performance in administrative processes, workshops and events'.

Practice head(s):

Paula Corina Santone

Testimonials

‘Technical competence, agility in service and anticipating greater complexity issues.’

‘Good commitment and efficiency.’

‘Paula Corina Santone is always available, and presents reliable and practical solutions.’

‘Josi Soares Castro – very diligent and passionate about her work on our labour litigation cases. Paula Santone – always available. Her ability to speak Spanish assists a lot. Roberto Ferlis – also always available. It is extremely easy to discuss our labour cases and evaluations with him.’

‘The team is very diverse and I enjoy that they have women at all levels of the firm. They are able to assist in all labour subjects and tend to fulfil all requests.’

‘The firm is always up to date with the most relevant topics, such as the follow-up of judgments in Courts, with concrete opinions that give us credibility and security. The services are provided with excellence, the professionals are competent and meet all the expectations of the resolution of cases for the entity, whether individual or collective.’

‘Paula Corina Santone – Partner with excellent knowledge and performance; Tadeu Henrique Machado Silva – Coordinator of the labour area with excellent performance in consulting, processes and meetings. Henrique Andrade Alves de Paula – Coordinator of the labour area with excellent performance in consulting. Roberto Ferlis – partner in the labour area – excellent performance in administrative processes, workshops and events.’

‘We understand that the firm’s differential is the technical knowledge and availability of professionals/lawyers to assist us when we need it or within the timeframe that we consider adequate for our needs.’

‘Tadeu Henrique Machado da Silva – Technical knowledge, education, quick response to the queries we formulate and positive results in the procedural demands carried out by him and the firm.’

Key clients

Autozone Brasil Comércio De Autopeças

União Química Farmacêutica Nacional

Invaio Sciences

Abbvie Farmacêutica

Banco Maxima

Masterfoods Brasil Alimentos (Mars)

Hendrix Genetics

Techint Engenharia E Construção

Columbia Storage Integração De Sistemas

Agility Networks Tecnologia

Cinemark Brasil

Fbs Construção Civil E Pavimentação

Sherwin-Williams Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio

Banco Ourinvest

Singer Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio

Goop Distribuidora Automotiva

Smurfit Kappa Do Brasil Industria De Embalagens

Zup I. T. Serviços Em Tecnologia E Inovação

Leao Alimentos E Bebidas

Cryovac Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisting MSX International do Brasil in a case concerning an employee who was having their employment contact reinstated.
  • Advising Mercedes Benz on a sensitive labour claim concerning the dismissal of a former executive.
  • Advising Mercedes Benz on a labour claim concerning overtime, salary equalisation and compensation for hazardous work and moral damages.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has employment lawyers working throughout its extensive Brazilian office network. The practice advises on high-value strategic issues and disputes, and has the infrastructure to handle mass litigation on behalf of employers. This is in addition to its non-contentious support on related areas such as social security, training and compliance. The firm provides ‘excellent services’, and is ‘attentive to the needs of the client’. Otavio Pinto e Silva   and André De Souza Santos  jointly lead the team from São Paulo. Clients praise ‘technically exceptional’ partner Fabiana Galdino Cotias   in Salvador.

Practice head(s):

André de Souza Santos; Otavio Pinto e Silva

Testimonials

‘Very dedicated to client strategy.

‘On a day-to-day basis, I find that Siqueira Castro, in addition to providing excellenct services, is attentive to the needs of the client, being concerned with the relationship and partnership, anticipating to solve any mishap.’

‘I highlight the performance of Fabiana Galdino Cotias, who is extremely requested, attentive, and technically exceptional.’

Key clients

BASF

Cerâmicas Ceusa

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros

Statkraft Brasil

Grupo Legrand

Fundação de Seguridade Social Braslight

Sociedade Michelin de Participações Indústria e Comércio

Morlan

TIM Celular

White Martins Gases Industriais do Nordeste

Paranapanema

Cagliari Participações  – Vero Internet

Ajinomoto do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised BASF on Covid-19 matters, which included the possibility of requiring the proof of vaccine from all employees.
  • Advised Cerâmica Ceusa on a major strike following some stalled collective bargaining negotiations.
  • Advised Statkraft Brasil on issues surrounding the hiring of Brazilian and foreign employees under a work from home regime, based inside and outside Brazil.

Soto Frugis Advogados

Soto Frugis Advogados is an ‘exceptional' employment law boutique that is quickly making an impression on the market. The team advises on the full array of contentious and non-contentious labour issues, built around a ‘total mastery of the subject'. Clients also appreciate that the lawyers are ‘really quick to answer client requests'. Founding partners Eduardo Soto and Antonio Carlos Frugis lead the practice, which also includes the highly regarded Leoanrdo Pardini. Senior associate Jorge Soares is ‘a studious professional, always up to date with the jurisprudence'.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Soto; Antonio Carlos Frugis; Leonardo Pardini; Graziela Mellis; Priscila Lago

Testimonials

‘Labor and union advisory and litigation services. Exceptional firm. Competent and available. Great results.’

‘Good professionals, trained, with total mastery of the subject and, above all, emotionally balanced for day-to-day work.’

‘Soto Frugis Advogados offers a high quality practice with a very competitive fees and a really quick answer to client requests.’

‘Leonardo Pardini is without a doubt the best. Competent, available and client partner. Also noteworthy is Antonio Frugis.’

‘I really enjoy working with Jorge Serafim Soares. He is a studious professional, always up to date with the jurisprudence applied by the courts and who has total emotional balance for day-to-day treatment.’

‘The close and familiar contact with partners is a key aspect in the centre of our professional relationship.’

‘We trust the lawyers who have worked with us for some time.’

‘They are efficient and quite open in the discussion of topics.’

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados offers an ‘exclusive service, with highly specialised and knowledgeable professionals‘ who are ‘always very well prepared and available to advise‘. The multidisciplinary team is split between the firm’s Porto Alegre and São Paulo offices, and has a strong following among clients in the technology, media, retail and manufacturing industries. Paulo Souto and the recently promoted Patricia Alves are ‘outstanding‘, while Joel Heinrich Gallo brings plenty of expertise in litigation and strategic matters. Clients also benefit from the input of several experienced senior associates, including Eduardo Mascarenhas and the ‘extremely qualifiedManoela Pascal Martins.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Roberto Souto; Joel Gallo; Patricia Mota Alves; Eduardo Mascarenhas

Testimonials

‘Exclusive service, with highly specialised and knowledgeable professionals. They make sure you have the best guidance for your subject.’

‘Souto Correa’s support is essential for maintaining the company’s best practices in labour matters. In addition to the quality and completeness of the information provided, the firm is always very well prepared and available to advise.’

‘In particular, the support provided by Manoela Pascal has been an absolute differential in our partnership with Souto Correa. In addition to being an extremely qualified professional, Manoela understands our business, our day-to-day and particularities, making consultations accurate and customised. We don’t waste time explaining the context of what’s being asked – she already knows the business and directs the survey brilliantly.’

‘Technical knowledge. Involvement of the team with the company’s legal department. Availability to solve problems and suggest adjustments to internal processes.’

‘Technical quality, service to partners.’

‘Strong litigation skills and excellent client communications skills. Also very creative but practical as well. We considered a number of firms when we hired Souto Correa, and were extremely happy with the work they did.’

‘Paulo Souto and Patricia Alves are outstanding.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações

Cinemark

Vale

Habitasul Florestal

Grupo Ruta

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque

Nelogica

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Solví Participações

Object Edge

Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços (Hotmart)

Grupo CCRR – Colacril

Aeromot – Aeronaves e Motores

Associação Escola Panamericana de Porto Alegre

CITIC Construções do Brasil

AVL Aplicativos (Wildlife Studios)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hotmart, a Brazilian start-up and distribution platform, in a broad range of employment issues, including the review of labour contracts and stock options.
  • Assisting Dell for over 20 years in strategic labour claims and issues, including negotiating collective agreements with unions from different regions.
  • Advising a subsidiary of Honeywell USA with over three plants in Brazil on its labour claims and broader employment issues.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

The ‘fast, competent‘ team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is commended for its ‘ability to find unique and innovative solutions’. This strength applies as much to high-profile labour disputes in the Supreme Federal Court as it does to the team’s advice on day-to-day issues and non-contentious strategic issues, including compensation schemes and negotiations with unions. The young team is led by Aline Fidelis , who is ‘undoubtedly an out-of-the-box partner in every way‘ and ‘gets down to business, works, responds quickly and has a well-formed team to accompany our needs‘. Associates Isabela do Val  and Valentina Eluf  are ‘two new stars‘.

Practice head(s):

Aline Fidelis

Testimonials

‘What distinguishes the Tauil & Chequer labour team associated with Mayer Brown is the ability to find unique and innovative solutions. In addition, the team is diverse in terms of professionals which allows us to notice that the different points of view are used for the team to find these innovative solutions in the day-to-day of the legal services that provide us so much in strategic litigation, as well as in advisory and negotiations with unions. Aline and her team are really excellent and in the loop in terms of finding legal solutions.’

‘Aline Fidelis is undoubtedly an out-of-the-box partner. Smart, practical, hard worker, always available to serve us efficiently. We noticed how she is always ahead in technical matters, which shows that she is always studying all topics related to labour law in Brazil. In addition, she has formed an excellent team, which grows every year. We see new members assisting us and all of them with excellent technical quality. Even though the team is uniform in terms of service excellence, I understand that the associates Isabela do Val and Valentina Eluf stand out. Aline Fidelis is a consolidated star and, in my opinion, she is forming two new stars for the next generations.’

‘Fast, competent team, with a negotiating and technical bias, which is rare in the market.’

‘Aline Fidélis: partner who gets down to business, works, responds quickly and has a well-formed team to accompany our needs.’

‘The firm, in its labour area, provides a service with attention and always with agility.’

Key clients

Banco Original

Banco Genial

Austral

Petronas

CNOOC

Arco Educação

CM Capital Markets

APR Energy

Vantage

Agrícola Xingu

NC Group

HUB Pagamentos

Enterprise Singapore

Cladtek

Cainiao Smart Logistics Network (Alibaba Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising Banco Original in over 200 lawsuits related to the bank’s employment relationship with “agentes digitais”.
  • Advising Banco Genial on the restructuring of its human resources practices, as well as all day-to-day labour matters.
  • Advising Austral Holding on day-to-day employment matters and the reformulation of its profit-sharing plan.

Abe Advogados

Abe Advogados fields a team of ‘extremely qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge of the legislation‘. ‘Excellent‘ practice head Fernanda Garcez stands out for her experience assisting clients in cases with the Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office, in addition to labour law consultancy. Overall, clients benefit from a good mix of advisory and litigation expertise; in the latter, senior associate Priscila Soeiro Moreira is noted for her ‘extensive experience in litigation and hearings‘.

Practice head(s):

Fernanda Garcez Lopes Cunha

Testimonials

‘Fernanda Garcez, in addition to her deep legal knowledge in the area, has a unique ability in discussions with the opposing party, always seeking understanding and the best possible situation for our company.’

‘The legal services of Abe Advogados are provided with excellent technical quality, a lot of transparency and ease of communication, objectivity and punctuality. I believe that the deep knowledge of different markets and segments represents a great differential for the Abe Advogados office. They are always on the lookout for changes in the law that may impact our business and frequently alert us. Another competitive advantage is the alignment with the Japanese culture and experience in serving Japanese clients.’

‘Fernanda Garcez has excellent and in-depth legal technical knowledge; she is sensitive and flexible, as she perfectly understands our company’s anxieties, doubts and insecurities; has excellent verbal and written communication and an ethical and very approachable approach. Priscila Moreira works in labour litigation and advisory. She is a lawyer with excellent legal technical knowledge and extensive experience in litigation and hearings. She is calm and available to count on whenever necessary.’

‘Extremely qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge of the legislation’

‘Fernanda Garcez – excellent lawyer, very intelligent and competent.’

‘The excellent quality of service, from the senior lawyers themselves, and the vast technical knowledge are important differentials of the team.’

‘The firm has in-depth knowledge of the matters it operates, good communication and easy access to partners to obtain quick feedback on everyday doubts, a strategic vision regarding the demands it acts in, in addition to the ethical behaviour.’

‘Fernanda Garcez and Priscila Soeiro have strategic views on strategic issues, quick response to the issues demanded, deep knowledge in the area of operation, cordiality, celerity and empathy.’

Key clients

Marisa Lojas

Confidence Corretora de Câmbio

Pepperl + Fuchs

International School Serviços de Ensino, Treinamento e Editoração, Franqueadora

I2 – Instituto em Tecnologia e Pesquisa Aplicada

Fujitsu General do Brasil

Nurmed Indústria e Comércio

XCL – Consultoria em Tecnologia da Informação

Vetor Editora

Nitto Denko América Latina

Work highlights

  • Advising I2 – Instituto em Tecnologia e Pesquisa Aplicada on a labour claim involving the death of an employee.
  • Advising Marisa Lojas in various labour claims directed at service providers.
  • Advising SMC Pneumáticos do Brasil on a wrongful dismissal claim involving alleged discriminatory behaviour.

Araújo e Policastro Advogados

Araújo e Policastro Advogados provides major employers with ‘a very high level of professionalism and competence‘ when it comes to labour-related litigation and advisory matters. Highly experienced practice head Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva is highlighted for her ‘excellent leadership skills, team control and delivery of results‘. Multinational clients also appreciate the firm’s ‘treatment and ability to solve national and international problems‘, and the lawyers have a good track record advising on cross-border recruitment and assignment policies. Clients come from several key sectors, including retail, education, fintech, agribusiness, and oil and gas.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva

Testimonials

‘Unique for service, knowledge and results in a timely manner. The team is responsible, has extensive legal knowledge, knowledge of international law, discernment of legal problems and delivery of solutions with immediate results. The firm is distinguished by the treatment and ability to solve national and international problems in a more precise way than others.’

‘In the labour team, the differential is the quality of professionals.’

‘Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva: excellent leadership skills, team control and delivery of results, extensive control of the communication language. Flavia Sulzer Augusto Dainese and Marília Chrysostomo Chessa: great ability to discern problems and translate them into documents and achieve objectives.’

‘A firm with a very high level of professionalism and competence.’

‘Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva – Punctuality, clarity, commitment.’

Balera, Berbel & Mitne Advogados

Balera, Berbel & Mitne Advogados has ‘excellent expertise‘, particularly in social security-related employment issues, where the firm has a strong specialisation. The boutique firm handles a broad spread of related advisory and contentious matters, often representing clients at the highest level. Founding partners Fabio Berbel and Wagner Balera both have extremely good credentials in this area.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Berbel; Wagner Balera

Testimonials

‘The firm has excellent expertise in the area, with highly qualified and updated professionals in both labour and social security. They act in complex and relevant topics with innovative decisions, but always based on solid legal bases.’

Key clients

Banco da Amazônia

Nexa

Work highlights

  • Represented Banco da Amazônia in a Public Civil Action filed by a trade union concerning employee retirement plans.

Bichara Advogados

Bichara Advogados is an ‘extremely credible firm‘, whose ‘respected professionals‘ work ‘almost as if they were part of the client company‘. The team supported companies operating in sensitive sectors, such as healthcare, retail, education and fashion, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm also has a solid infrastructure for processing a high volume of disputes throughout Brazil. Among the partners, João Pedro Eyler Povoa and the recently promoted Christiana Fontenelle MacDowell are ‘extremely dedicated, up-to-date, helpful, available professionals‘. Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto ‘manages to combine all the technique and knowledge with his innovative and persuasive potential to defend the interests of his clients‘.

Practice head(s):

Christiana Fontenelle; João Pedro Eyler Póvoa; Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto

Testimonials

‘Extremely credible firm, with a solid conceptual basis and respected professionals.’

‘João Póvoa, Christiana Fontenelle: Extremely dedicated, up-to-date, helpful, available professionals.’

‘The support provided by Bichara is unique, the involvement almost as if they were part of the company, this makes it, in my view, a unique way of providing service.’

‘It is important to highlight the excellent work of Amanda Monteiro Lopes, with her dedication, involvement and intelligence in helping and meeting labour demands.’

‘Jorge Matsumoto has a unique profile, as he manages to combine all the technique and knowledge with his innovative and persuasive potential to defend the interests of his clients by adopting risky strategies, aligned with corporate interests, with legal support.’

 

Key clients

JBS

Brookfield Brasil

Anima Educação

Banco Pan

Concremat

Riachuelo

Citrosuco

Sofape

CESP

EDP

BodyTech

Chalfin, Goldberg & Vainboim Advogados

Chalfin, Goldberg & Vainboim Advogados has a popular employment team with several highly experienced partners. The practice ‘works very well in both mass and strategic litigation’ and is noted for the ‘good technical quality of the services. In addition to litigation, the firm also advises on internal human resources policies, employee compensation plans and related social security matters.  Key partners include practice head Priscila Mathias De Morais Fichtner, whose ‘performance is spectacular‘, Pamella Abreu and Paolo Vieira Cabral.

Practice head(s):

Priscila Fichtner; Paolo Cabral; Pamella Abreu

Testimonials

‘It is a firm that works very well in both mass and strategic litigation.’

‘Priscila Fichtner – seeks to act in important strategic processes and is always available to meet our needs.’

‘Pamella Abreu – manages our portfolio and seeks to customize to our needs, presenting important solutions to reduce our litigation.’

‘A firm with excellent technicians and an easy relationship, including proximity of partners.’

‘Good technical quality of the services, the availability of professionals, and especially the collaborative spirit (partnership) with clients.’ 

‘Priscila Fichtner is always very present in the relationship with her clients. In addition, she has a lot of technical knowledge and good relationship with the judiciary.’

‘The firm is well structured and super qualified.’ 

‘Priscila Fichtner is a very qualified partner in the labour area. Her performance is spectacular. The firm handles complex processes with excellent results.’

Key clients

OLX Atividades De Internet

A! Bodytech Participacoes

Work highlights

  • Represented A! Bodytech Participações in a public civil action concerning a disputed collective bargaining agreement.
  • Defended power company Ienne Interligação Elétrica Norte e Nordeste (Cteep Group) in a labour claim filed by a former company director.
  • Advised e-commerce company OLX Atividades de Internet on overtime payments linked to flexible working hours.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

Dias Carneiro Advogados represents employers from across a wide range of established industries, including energy, life sciences and telecoms, as well as newer areas such as e-sports. The firm is also regularly referred work from major international firms. Its workload covers litigation and consultancy matters, including stock options and compensation plans, compliance, restructuring and labour union negotiations. Versatile practice head André De Melo Ribeiro and recently promoted partner Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

André de Melo Ribeiro; Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti

Key clients

Gate Gourmet

Teva Pharmaceutics

Ciena Telecom

Vestas

Inter-American Development Bank / International Finance Corporation

Puig Cometics

AAK do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Óleos Vegetais

Hunstman Chemical

Riot Games

Sykué Bioenergia

Grupo Zap

Oracle

Gilead Pharmaceutics

Servizi Italia

Oracle

Dental Cremer/Henry Schein

Applus

ConectCar

Quantiq

Cellera Pharmaceutics

Lima do Brasil – Lima Corp

Intermarine Yachts

Phoenix Towers

Vencofarma

Sallve

Revelo

Globo

Sumup Payments

Intelipost

Grow

Lalamove

Nvent

Prisma Capital

Lalamove

Melhoramentos

Memed

Pipo Saúde

Bom Trato Investment Fund

Reptrak

Santos Brasil

Yuca

Debetti

Siemens Healthineers

Work highlights

  • Advised Riot Games on employment issues linked to migrating its Brazilian National Championship (CBLOL) to a franchise-based model.
  • Assisted SPS Capital in reviewing risk and assessing opportunities arising from claims.
  • Assisting Siemens Healthineer in reviewing and altering its commission plan for sales employees.

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados has a team of ‘very qualified professionals‘, with good expertise in advisory and litigation matters. The firm regularly defends domestic and international clients in collective and individual labour claims. Its non-contentious support covers employee compensation, collective bargaining negotiations, internal training and compliance, and support on corporate transactions. Alexandre Pessoa   leads a well-regarded team, which includes associates Paulo Chubba , Bruna De Cesare  and Carlos Soares .

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Pessoa

Testimonials

‘What makes KLA a unique firm is the fact that people are always available to assist us in all matters of the company. Very qualified professionals and a firm that can meet all demands, regardless of the subject.’

‘Carlos Eduardo Soares: An excellent professional in whom we place all our trust. Always available to assist us and with a brilliant performance in all labour demands of the company. We also count on the support of Paulo Chubba, who coordinates all activities in an exemplary manner.’

‘The KLA team as a whole is very attentive and is always ready to solve any demands, in addition to above-average technical capacity.’

‘Bruna De Cesare and Marcela Santana from the labour team are the firm’s differentials. They are always available to assist us and the technical capacity of both is a differential. They are always up to date.’

Key clients

Kellogg

DXC Technologies

Boston Scientific

Grupo ABC

Freudenberg

Bain & Company

Polyone (Avient)

Vopak

Velcro

Duracell

Sobral Invicta

Stryker

Tivit

Open English

Cipa Fiera Milano

Kuka Systems

Cadam

Ecogen (Grupo Mitsui)

Japan House

Fess’ Kobbi

Kobre & Kim

Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados

Mattos Engelberg Advogados is commended for its ‘high degree of commitment‘, and for fielding a ‘deeply knowledgeable‘ team. The department regularly handles complex litigation and strategic advisory matters, and clients highlight practice co-head Leonardo Santini Echenique  for working ‘with a collaborative spirit’. ‘Highly respected‘ co-head Alessandro Oliveira  is known for ‘his outstanding technical knowledge‘. Senior associate Juliana Baraldi Lopes  is ‘an in-depth scholar of the themes that are put to her analysis’.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Santini Echenique; Alessandro Oliveira

Testimonials

‘Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados is a firm that has a high degree of commitment to meeting the needs brought by its clients, focusing on results and professionals who are deeply knowledgeable in the areas in which they work and the segments in which each of their clients operates, guiding its performance observing the particularity of each one of them. They have a high sense of collaboration, sparing no effort to meet the demands they drive, always seeking the best result desired by the client.’

‘Leonardo Santini Echenique is a professional highly dedicated to meeting the needs of his clients, with a collaborative spirit, is flexible and very easy to access. Alessandro de Oliveira is a highly respected lawyer in the areas in which he works, not only for his outstanding technical knowledge, but also for the high degree of sensitivity he has in relation to the situations in which he is involved. Juliana Baraldi Lopes is a lawyer who has deep technical knowledge of the area where she works, being an in-depth scholar of the themes that are put to her analysis.’

‘Services performed with caution and coordination with the client.’

‘Very good price for a good service, great value for money, with a modern and organized way of acting with a focus on the client’s needs.’

‘Leonardo Santini: total client focus, fast and accurate service. Even when asking for complex reports, the answer is never “no”. He understands the business needs.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company

Biosev

Suzano

Gavilon do Brasil Industria e Comércio de Procutos Agrícolas

Barry Callebaut Indústria Comércio de Produtos Alimentícios

GE Energias Renováveis

Volkswagen do Brasil

MSD Saúde Animal

Grid Solutions Transmissão de Energia

Via

Gazit Brasil

FreeBalance

Hypera Farma

Special Dog (manfrim Industrial)

Ge Celma

Gevisa

Ge Power Conversion

General Electric do Brasil

LM Wind Power

Work highlights

  • Assisted Suzano Papel e Celulose in a class action concerning a health hazard allowance for all of its factory employees.
  • Successfully defended Baker Hughes against a high-value overtime claim brought by a former project manager.
  • Assisting Gevisa in an investigation brought by the Labor Public Prosecutor concerning Covid-19 prevention measures.

Mundie e Advogados

The employment group at Mundie e Advogados has several ‘highly technically prepared lawyers who are always available to assist‘. The firm has a strong following in the technology sector, where it represents several major multinationals on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Other key industries for the practice include agribusiness, energy, fashion, telecoms and business process outsourcing. Practice head Nadia Lacerda has led the team for over ten years.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Lacerda

Testimonials

‘The firm has a team of highly technically prepared lawyers who are always available to assist us, presenting the best results.’

‘The team is very technically prepared and is always available to assist us with high quality and in the shortest possible time and with the results we expect.’

Key clients

Apple

Danaher Corporation

Sea Group

Asics Brazil

Adidas Brazil

ECA Italia

Atento Brasil

Luxottica Brasil

Ferragamo Brasil

Ranpak Brasil

Glencore Brasil

Bracco Imaging do Brasil

Cervejaria Kaiser Brasil

King & Spalding

Planet Payment

Seyfarth Shaw

Smith & Nephew

Altra Industrial Motors

Fidelity Processador

Huesker

Neoenergia

Elektro

SES

VF do Brasil

Octante Recursos Humanos

Work highlights

  • Advising Neoenergia on drafting its Covid-19 sanitary protocol for employees to present their vaccination status.

Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados

Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados has a strong market reputation for contentious and non-contentious matters, including strategic claims and collective actions. The boutique fields several experienced partners, including name partner Arnaldo Pipek.

Tortoro, Madureira & Ragazzi Advogados

Tortoro, Madureira & Ragazzi Advogados has solid labour law credentials, with a particularly strong focus on litigation. The firm has developed longstanding relationships with several key clients in the financial services, retail, food and agribusiness sectors, including Banco Santander, Carrefour, Louis Dreyfus Company and Banco CSF. With over 15 years’ experience, lead partner Caio Medici Madureira has an extremely active practice. Up and coming partner Rodrigo Souza Macedo handles a mix of litigation and consultancy matters.

Practice head(s):

Caio Madureira

Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Carrefour Comércio e Indústria

Banco CSF

LBR Lacteos Brasil

Camil Alimentos

Magazine Luiza

MCI Brasil

Skysites Americas

Elektro

Indústria Brasileira de Gases

Arcor do Brasil

Louis Dreyfus Company

Atacadão

Banco Sofisa

Work highlights

  • Defending Banco Santander against a high-value claim brought by a former network director.
  • Assisting Banco CSF in a public civil lawsuit filed concerning employee working hours.
  • Successfully representing Louis Dreyfus Company over the dismissal of four senior employees in a case involving the illegal trafficking of migrant workers.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is a ‘trusted advisor‘ on labour law issues. The firm regularly assists employers with individual and collective dismissal claims. Multinational clients particularly appreciate the firm’s ability to help ‘navigate country entry and ongoing issues and questions‘, through lawyers who are ‘great at distilling local requirements and laws in a way that a business team can implement‘. Team head Marcos Renato dos Santos  is backed by a strong bench of associates, including Carolina Vassilas Grigorini  and Isadora Prata , who are noted for their ‘sound and pragmatic advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos

Testimonials

‘VPBG has been a trusted advisor for us since launching in Brazil. The labour and employment team has helped us navigate country entry and ongoing issues and questions. They have been great at distilling local requirements and laws in a way that our business team can implement.’

‘Carolina Vassilas Grigorini and Isadora Prata have been wonderful in giving sound and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Acílio Breda Indústria e Comércio

Arcos Dourados Comercio de Alimentos

Allonda Ambiental

Braskem

BRF

Capital Markets Company

CM Indústria e Comércio de Roupas EIRELI

Fibra Experts

GTM Chemicals (quantiQ)

Horiens Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

Intelsat Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações

Medartis Importação e Exportação

Mercado Bitcoin

Odebrecht Corretora De Seguros

OR Empreendimentos Imobiliários e Participações

Qintess Tecnologia e Participações

Quanta Geração

Roku

Usina Açucareira Furlan

Zebra Technologies

Work highlights

  • Assisted Allonda Ambiental in a motion for relief from a Labor Court of Appeals judgment in a class action concerning allowances for unhealthy and hazardous work conditions and overtime.
  • Defended Quanta Geração in an administrative procedure related to an employee accident.
  • Provided strategic advice to Roku on employment agreements, labour union classification, and the hiring and termination of service providers.