Labour and employment in Brazil
The leading employment department at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados maintains a busy workload. The team, led by Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi, is regularly instructed on business-critical employment issues, including fighting accusations of modern slavery, as well as major collective bargaining negotiations and strategic labour lawsuits, including collective and individual claims. The firm has a strong advisory service that regularly helps with internal investigations, compliance issues and the structuring of employment policies and contracts. Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Caroline Marchi also have good reputations.
Banco ABC Brasil
Verifone do Brasil
Accenture do Brasil
Cognizant Serviços de Tecnologia e Software
iFood.com Agência de Restaurantes Online
General Eletric do Brasil
Saipem do Brasil Serviços de Petróleo
Andritz Hydro Brasil
- Assisted Brazilian retailer Magazine Luiza on the structuring of its recruitment policies for the hiring of intermittent workers, which resulted in the Superior Labour Court declaring that intermittent contracts were constitutional.
- Assisted Volkswagen in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement to exclude a contentious 30% risk premium added to employees’ salaries and backdated over five years.
- Successfully defended Guanabara Home Care Serviços Médicos Domiciliares against a labour public action claim alleging that the client was illegally outsourcing its nursing services.
- Represented Banco Votorantim in its successful defence against a R$5m claim brought by a former employee.
- Represented a client in a successful injunction against its inclusion in the Labour Prosecutor Office’s ‘List of Companies with Labour Malpractice and Slave-like Working Conditions’.
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a top reputation with clients and peers alike, and is strongly recommended both for labour litigation and advisory work. The team includes a stellar roster of talent, including Vilma Kutomi, Dario Abrahão Rabay, Sólon Cunha, who is especially strong on union-related matters, Cleber Venditti and Rio-based Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto, who is well known in Brazil's oil and gas sector. As well as high-profile contentious matters, the firm has a strong focus on litigation prevention strategies and negotiations with the labour unions. The team has recently handled significant cases related to the gig economy.
‘The Mattos Filho labour team has been a great partner, achieving several goals in our labour litigation, especially in cases against the employees’ unions.’
‘Domingos Fortunato is a great lawyer, easy to work with. Always on time and available and aware of the latest precedents in labour law.’
Aecom do Brasil
Aena Desarrollo International
B3 S.A. – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão
US Department of Justice
- Advised Aena Desarrollo International on all employment issues linked to its recent award for the 30-year concession for the airports of Recife, Maceió, Aracajú, Campina Grande, João Pessoa and Juazeiro do Norte.
- Assisting Prudential International on 57 individual lawsuits filed by former brokers who are challenging the franchise agreements they executed with the company and seeking to be classified as employees subject to all employment payments/benefits.
- Represented Hanwha Corp in a high-value dispute with a former sales manager who is claiming damages for pain and suffering, overtime and commissions balance.
- Defending Bemis do Brasil Indústria e Comércio De Embalagens against a public civil action filed by the Labor Prosecution Office claiming collective damages linked to occupational health and safety issues.
- Representing RB Capital Realty in $2m worth of labour lawsuits, in which the plaintiffs requested the acknowledgment of the client as part of the corporate group of Schahim group.
TozziniFreire Advogados has established an excellent reputation in labour law. Its lawyers provide strong employment support to the firm's wider corporate offering, regularly assisting with related M&A transactions and company restructurings. The team also has a good track record in managing potentially contentious issues, including plant closures, mass redundancies and negotiations with the unions. When matters do go to court, the firm's litigators regularly represent employers at the highest level, including major collective and individual lawsuits. Highly rated practice heads Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso and Marcelo Pereira Gômara are supported by high-quality individuals, including Mihoko Sirley Kimura and Fernanda Bianco Pimentel.
‘What impresses me most is their ability to go deep in the business, understand the client needs and address it almost as a tailor-made strategy. That allow the internal legal team to be closely connected to law firm.’
‘The main characteristics are training, listening to the client, partnership. Alexandre Cardoso and Fernanda Pimentel are always very safe, they study and welcome our suggestions when possible. Administratively, it is a careful office that understands the client’s demand, welcoming changes to meet the necessary needs.’
‘Fernanda Pimentel and Mihoko Sirley Kimura are certainly great lawyers. They are always going deep into understanding the business. They are always available and flexible to do meetings and demands within senior leaders of the organisation. Aside their incredible technical expertise in assessing legal matters side by side with proper risk assessment.’
Ford Motor Company
Mercedes-Benz do Brasil
Groupe Casino / GPA – Pão de Açúcar Group
SPAL Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas
Vedacit (Otto Boungart Group)
- Assisted Ford with its decision to end operations at its industrial plant in São Bernardo do Campo.
- Advised Mercedez-Benz on a preliminary injunction against a workers union that was threatening to strike at the food manufacturer that made meals for the client’s employees.
The employment team at Veirano Advogados continues to impress the market with its handling of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. It regularly handles complex, strategic matters, including judicial and administrative lawsuits, collective negotiations, company restructurings, compensation plans and advice related to M&A transactions. Recently, the firm has been involved in several significant work-related accident and illness claims, and cases related to confidentiality breaches and discrimination. Key partners include Jose Carlos Wahle, Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior and Sílvia Araújo in São Paulo, and Luiz Guilherme Migliora, Maria Luisa Soter and Flávia Azevedo in Rio de Janeiro.
CHC do Brasil Taxi Aéreo
Toyota Boshoku do Brasil
- Successfully defended CHC do Brasil Taxi Aéreo in a R$2m collective claim filed by the Aeronauts National Union seeking the payment of a financial adjustment regarding the meal allowance and flying hours paid to pilots.
- Assisted Toyota Boshoku do Brasil on the simultaneous collective negotiation of a profit-sharing agreement with two trade unions.
The team at Demarest Advogados is relied upon by a broad mix of domestic and international clients. The practice provides crucial employment support on major corporate mandates, including business launches, M&As and restructurings. In addition, the group offers strong strategic advice on collective bargaining agreements, compliance investigations, compensation plans and the structuring of internal policies. The highly versatile Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti and Renato Canizares jointly lead the team, with key input from labour litigation head Marcello Della Monica Silva, who specialises in labour prosecution negotiations, class actions and claims involving occupational accidents and diseases.
‘Business oriented, very pro-active and agile. They simplify things, speak the client’s language and are very much experienced in corporate law related issues.’
- Advised Roche on the strategy for announcing the gradual closure of its Brazilian factory, which employs around 450 workers. This followed the conclusion of a collective bargaining agreement.
- Assisted Odebrecht on employment issues linked to its judicial recovery, including the identification of debts including R$500m in stock options plans owed to former employees.
- Advised PSA Automobiles (Peugeot Citröen) on Brazilian employment issues linked to its merger with the FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler).
- Assisted CNN on all labour issues linked to its launch in Brazil, including the hiring of executives and the engagement with over 800 journalists in the country.
São Paulo-based boutique Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados has one of the largest employment teams in the country. The practice represents domestic and international companies from across a broad range of sectors, including banking, food, technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and energy. This includes comprehensive support on the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including internal audits, government inspections and judicial and administrative proceedings. Key partners include Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães, Mauricio Granadeiro Guimarães, Filipe Gustavo Potzmann Pereira and Aparecida Tokumi Hashimoto.
Claro Brasil (América Móvil)
Hyundai Motor Brasil
Boehringer Ingelheim Brasil
Hamburg Süd Brasil / Maersk Brasil / Aliança Navegação e Logística
American Chambers of Commerce Brazil
Lear do Brasil / Lear Car Seating Brasil
Banco Mizuho do Brasil
Notre Dame Intermédica (Bain Capital)
Air Liquide Brasil
Companhia de Gás de São Paulo – COMGÁS
Pandurata Alimentos (Bauducco)
The highly regarded employment team at Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for companies in a range of industries, including retail, transport, financial services, technology and food and beverage. Contentious matters range from high-level executive claims to mass litigation, as well as lawsuits filed by the Ministry of Labour. On the advisory side, its areas of expertise include health and safety, corporate support, collective bargaining, strike management and social security. Maria Fernanda de Medeiros Redi leads the active team, which also includes partner Célia Mara Peres. Senior associate Luiza Cruz Greiner is singled out for praise by clients.
‘A team with a business-oriented approach, that understands the needs of the client beyond simple law and regulation.’
‘The difference between the practice of Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados and that of other large or very large law firms, is the personal touch in the relationship. This means at any point of time the client, or the client’s lawyer, will always know exactly who is in charge of a certain issue and will be prepared and available for promptly answering any questions and clarifying any doubts.’
‘The service is great and accurate.’
‘Luiza Cruz Greiner is an exceptional professional, always available and with great ideas.’
Omamori Indústria de Alimentos
Associação “Barão de Souza Queiroz” de Proteção à Infância e à Juventude – Instituto D. Ana Rosa
GTP Treze Listas Segurança e Vigilância
EPS – Empresa Paulista de Serviços
Castelinho da Pamonha
B3 S.A. – Bolsa, Brasil, Balcão
Glenalmond do Brasil Industria e Engenharia
Establishment Labs Brasil Produtos Para Saúde
E.D.B. – Engenharia do Brasil
Porto Seguro Cia de Seguros Gerais
Porto Seguro Saúde
Arrow ECS Brasil Distribuidora
ASSUPERO Ensino Superior
Cristália Produtos Químicos Farmaceuticos
Estater Gestão de Investimentos
Math Administradora de Bens
- Represented Associação Barão de Souza Queiroz de Proteção à Infância e Juventude in a R$1m labour claim filed by a dentist who wanted indemnity payments for moral and material damages for a work-related illness.
- Successfully defended Glenalmond do Brasil Industria e Engenharia against an accident at work claim brought by a former employee.
- Assisted Cafeteria Cruz in a labour compliance claim filed by the federal government concerning employees’ salaries and other benefits.
Mallet Advogados Associados
Mallet Advogados Associados is one of the leading employment boutiques in the country and has been active for over 20 years. Name partner Estêvão Mallet enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, while the firm as a whole is well respected for its strong mix of contentious and non-contentious expertise. Olinda Maria Moreira Alves de Oliveira Mallet is also well regarded.
Clients are quick to praise Pinheiro Neto Advogados' active employment team, which is led by the highly experienced Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes, who has over 30 years in the market. Other key partners include Thais Galo, who has good expertise in executive hiring, individual and collective layoffs, business reorganisations and various remuneration and profit-sharing plans. Mauricio Froes Guidi is also well regarded, particularly for representing clients in the finance and technology industries. The versatile team covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious labour issues, including related outsourcing, pensions and insurance matters.
‘Pinheiro Neto’s Labour and Employment team has helped with very creative and well-structured advice in the creation of new products and projects for our company. They’re always available to help, clarify any questions and jam on any ideas we have regarding innovation and new products. Their help was essential for us in the design of our most disruptive products.’
‘Mauricio Guidi is a great partner that has a great background and knowledge on labour and employment matters, but is still happy to discuss new and disruptive ideas and to bring innovative and creative solutions for roadblocks that may rise when structuring our products.’
‘Thais Galo and Barbarah Becker are outstanding lawyers for employment related advice. They are not only smart, they give smart answers to practical issues. They understand that in-house lawyers most of the time needs short and straightforward advice and direct to the point answers.’
- Advised Gulfstream on all labour issues linked to the closure of its operation site in Brazil.
- Assisted Bradesco on infraction notices for allegedly using outsourced customer services.
- Advised Wex, a US-based payment processing company, in its dismissal of the top management committee of its Brazilian subsidiary, Unik, after having to rectify its financial statements to recognise a loss in Brazil.
- Assisted Hospital Oftalmológico de Brasília with a civil inquiry initiated by the labour prosecutor’s office, which questioned whether or not the hospital could engage medical professionals as independent contractors.
Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados
Employment boutique Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados has established itself as one of the leading specialist firms in the market. The full-service employment offering is overseen by a roster of highly experienced partners, including Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella, who has been active in the market for over 45 years. The practice stands out for its experience in high-value claims, including complex individual lawsuits, class actions and collective labour claims, several of which go to the Supreme Court. Other key partners include Antonio Galvão Peres and Juliana Scalissi Martins Gaspar.
‘Luis Carlos Amorim Robortella is one of the best.’
‘A very good boutique with a good pipeline of work.’
Trench Rossi Watanabe
Trench Rossi Watanabe represents a broad range of Brazilian and international clients, and the firm's cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie LLP gives it a strong edge in cross-border matters. The team offers high-level strategic support in key areas including health and safety, employee compensation and crisis management. This includes representing clients before the highest courts in high-value individual and collective lawsuits. Key partners include Leticia Ribeiro, Tricia Oliveira and Priscila Novis Kirchhoff, all of whom are experienced on the full range of contentious and non-contentious labour law issues. Associate Julia Michele Pereira is also recommended.
‘The team is extremely effective in handling high-stakes matters, notably multi-party, collective claims and investigations. The breadth of the their experience in dealing in labour authorities and unions is quite impressive. The team is very result driven and come up with realistic and effective strategies.’
‘Partner Tricia Oliveira is one of the leading names in the market. Ms. Oliveira displays a very business-focused and client-orientated mindset, always going the extra mile to make sure the legal strategies under consideration are fully aligned with the client’s business objectives.’
‘Senior associate Julia Pereira is a talented and highly competent lawyer who masters Brazilian labour law as few in the market can and has a fine ability to frame that legal knowledge in a very commercially-efficient manner. ‘
The Walt Disney Company
BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a well-regarded employment team, with expertise across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues. On the advisory side, the team regularly advises on redundancy proceedings, compensation packages and business process outsourcing, with a keen view to avoiding litigation. When disputes do occur, the lawyers have a notable track record in collective labour claims, often linked to corporate takeovers, privatisations and restructurings. Partners Cibelle Goldfarb and Luiz Marcelo Góis are highly rated by clients, as is associate Mariana Brassaloti.
‘The labour team works in a detailed fashion. They are able to handle the most complex matters within the sector. Great team for labour litigation.’
‘The team is highly specialised in labour disputes and performs excellent work.’
‘Luiz Marcelo is one of the best labour lawyers in Brazil, he is an excellent litigator, with great understanding of how to handle difficult cases and create successful strategies.’
Pestana Hotel Group
Energia Sustentável do Brasil
Cymi Masa Group
Centrais Elétricas de Rondônia
- Advised Energisa Mato Grosso – Distribuidora de Energia on successfully obtaining an injunction against a strike that had been threatened during the negotiation of a profit-sharing plan agreement with a labour union.
- Assisted eBay on labour issues linked to a local restructuring and the negotiation of extrajudicial agreements and the respective registration before the Labor Court.
- Represented Energisa Rondônia – Distribuidora de Energia in the defence of a class action filed by several labour unions seeking to nullify the privatisation of six energy distribution companies.
The well-regarded team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is regularly instructed by major companies on sensitive employment matters. Practice head Gisela da Silva Freire is noted for her wide experience in labour law, which includes non-contentious matters such as senior level recruitments and redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and stock option plans. The team is also noted for its strong litigation experience, including class actions and more controversial areas including child labour. Senior associate Viviane de Azevedo Rodrigues has established a good name.
‘The attorneys are very knowledgeable of their area of expertise and practical in solutions offered to me when I need their assistance in counseling and union matters, including negotiations.’
‘Gisela Freire is very responsive, practical and has the expertise needed to work in complex cases.’
- Advised a Brazilian entertainment company in the successful defence of a labour-related class action.
- Represented a Brazilian automotive industry company in a dispute with a $7.3m labour liability.
- Represented a Brazilian call centre company with nearly 30,000 employees in an annulment action related to notices of infraction issued by the Ministry of Labour.
Felsberg Advogados has an impressive, growing practice that represents employers on the full range of issues. On the litigation side this includes individual and collective disputes, whether filed by former executives or representative labour unions. The team is as comfortable handling strikes and collective bargaining negotiations as it is stock options and employee compensation plans. Highly rated practice head Maurício Pepe de Lion has over 20 years in the market, while Ana Cristina Valentim is also building a strong reputation for defending companies' interests.
‘Strong assertiveness and agility with the information needed. In all situations, Ana Cristina Valentim was available and ready to help us, very helpful. We have Ana as a right arm for labor issues.’
‘The firm offers extreme client care, accuracy and personalised work.’
FieldCore (General Electric Company)
Moog do Brasil Controles
Maxetron Serviços de Tecnologia e Informações
RPL Rolamentos Paulista
- Advising agribusiness company Atvos on all aspects of labour law, including negotiations with labour unions and administrative and judicial disputes.
- Advised several multinational advertising agencies in labour claims filed by contractors seeking recognition as employees.
- Assisting logistics company DB Schenker on a range of contentious and non-contentious labour issues.
Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados has a popular and growing practice. Recently, the firm has been involved in several high-profile collective dismissal proceedings and union negotiations. Labour disputes, including mass litigations and senior executive claims, remain high on the agenda. As well as advising on day-to-day matters, the lawyers provide related support on corporate transactions and restructurings, as well as major infrastructure projects. Team head Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire has almost 20 years of experience in the market. Senior associate André Rodrigues Schioser is highly recommended.
‘ Outstanding. The labour team is capable of understanding the clients’ needs, with agility and capability to answer all complex/simple types of work. They are close to their clients and are business-oriented.’
‘Very objective and straight to the point answers to our issues. Always available and creative solutions.’
‘Good attention and agility in serving us, as well as care in the analysis of documents for the company’s defences.’
‘Ricardo has the deep labour knowledge necessary to carry out the clients’ needs, in consulting and litigation. His vast experience handling locals and international clients, his leadership, negotiation skills and a total availability to assist clients are also qualities that deserve to be mentioned.’
‘Andre Schioser is a very good professional and performs a fantastic job for us.’
Camargo Correa Investimentos em Infra Estrutura
Roland Brasil Importação, Exportação, Comércio, Representação e Serviços
EDF EN DO BRASIL
- Assisted Enel in performing a complete audit of labour claims filed against Eletropaulo – approximately 4,700 lawsuits – after Enel bought a controlling stake in the company from AES.
- Defending General Motors against a R$1.5m lawsuit filed by a former director claiming he did not receive his annual bonus according to the internal bonus scheme and that he was eligible for GM’s stock option plan.
- Representing private equity fund Group Alothon as defendant in a labour claim filed by a former CEO claiming R$10m.
Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados is very well regarded in the market, drawing in part on the reputation of Nelson Mannrich, who has a distinguished track record as an adviser and professor. The practice handles the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters, including disputes involving unions and the Labour Prosecutor's Office, as well as civil class actions and lawsuits from former executives. The team also offers a strong service in strategic and compliance advice. Other key partners include Celso Goulart Mannrich, Roberto Aguirre Rossetti and Fábio Tadeu de Lima.
Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados
Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados is a boutique firm with a good market reputation for handling complex employment law disputes and non-contentious matters. The firm covers a broad range of areas, ranging from high-end disputes to mass litigation, as well as strategic advice in areas including social welfare. Recently, the team has been involved in several high-profile health and safety, discrimination and misconduct claims. Marcelo Nascimento is a key contact.
Siqueira Castro – Advogados
Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a broad offering in labour law. On the litigation side, it regularly represents clients before the highest courts in individual and collective actions. The team also has a specialised mass litigation unit, which is led by Fabricio Zipperer in Rio de Janeiro. The overall team is led by Otavio Pinto e Silva, who has over 25 years of experience in labour law. André de Souza Santos and Manuela Tavares are also very active in this area, providing contentious and non-contentious advice to the firm's domestic and international client base.
Statkraft Energias Renováveis
Rosneft Brasil E&P
Banco Internacional Do Funchal (Brasil)
White Martins Gases Industrais do Nordeste
- Represented Petrobras Distribuidora before the Supreme Court in successfully overturning a decision that questioned the legal validity of a policy on variable compensation for its employees.
- Acted for Duratex in the Superior Labour Tribunal against a labour union’s collective action to overturn the dismissal of 50 employees.
- Defended Statkraft Energias Renovaveis against a lawsuit filed by a former officer alleging discriminatory treatment.
ASBZ Advogados has a good track record for representing employers in complex labour disputes. The team also advises companies across a range of industries on strategic issues, including the negotiation of collective agreements, the drafting and review of internal policies, and internal investigations. In litigation, the lawyers have experience in judicial and administrative claims, including public civil actions, health and safety-related issues, and allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment. Decio Daidone Junior and Rodrigo Shiromoto are recommended for their contentious and non-contentious expertise.
‘This team is really amazing. They answer our requests quickly, technically and effectively. They have total control of the issues they conduct and know exactly what to do, making it easier for the manager to have the best decision.’
‘The ASBZ teams are always available and ready to help us. They also know our business and how to deal with our daily pressure, without losing the quality of the services provided.’
‘The team don’t limit their advice to legal aspects, combining a strategic vision of the business and legal advice. They know what they are doing.’
‘Rodrigo Shiromoto has great and solid technical know-how, availability and excellent client service with a vast knowledge of labour disputes.’
Human Rights Watch
Astrazeneca do Brasil
Accenture do Brasil
Heineken Indústria de Bebidas
Solenis Especialidades Químicas
Shire Farmacêutica Brasil
Comitê Paraolímpico Brasileiro
Protege – Prot. e Transp. de Valores
Ford Credit Serviços de Assessoria e Consultoria
Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes
Sandoz do Brasil Indústria Farmacêutica
- Defended Shire Farmacêutica Brasil against a R$4.8m labour dispute which also involved related tax issues.
- Representing United Airlines in a claim brought by former Avianca employees requesting statutory severance pay following their former employer’s bankruptcy, arguing that United was part of the same airline group.
CGM Advogados offers a strong balance of contentious and non-contentious expertise, and clients are quick to praise the quality of the lawyers at all levels. Practice head Patricia Barboza is supported by an experienced team, which includes Maury Lobo de Athayde - who became a partner in 2019 - and well-regarded associate Poliana César. Collective negotiations, senior employee claims, health and safety matters, internal investigations and litigation are among the matters that feature high on the agenda for the versatile practice.
‘Trust and quality were essential to contract CGM as our firm. But not only this, what makes the individuals stand out (mainly Poliana César, from labour) is the promptness, the commitment and the high level service (sometimes it seems that CGM is not an external law firm, but an in-house department at my company).’
‘Extremely knowledgeable team. They work fast, and are extremely responsive.’
‘It’s a pleasure to work with Mr. Maury Lobo, and we really trust his advice. He is responsive and always available for a quick call whenever we need. ‘
Custodio e Bissetti Advogados Associados
Well-regarded employment boutique Custodio e Bissetti Advogados Associados draws on over 20 years of experience in the market. The firm advises employers and employees on a range of issues, including employment-related corporate support and strategic day-to-day advice. The team, which includes recommended partners Renato Antonio Villa Custodio, Marcio Alexandre de Melo e Bissetti and Charles Fraccarolo, is also noted for its strength in high-value judicial and administrative employment claims.
‘They are very experienced lawyers in labour law. They are a boutique that has more expertise than big firms.’
‘Custodio e Bissetti’s work is excellent, quickly presenting objective and accurate solutions that meet the needs of the company and its shareholders and directors.’
‘They take care with all of their cases, which is very different from a massive law company that usual work with work force cases. Any case takes their whole attention.’
‘Renato Custodio has solid and deep knowledge of labour law and an impeccable professional attitude; Marcio Bissetti perfectly understands the needs of his clients and presents quick, economically viable and well-functioning solutions; Charles Fraccarolo is an excellent court lawyer, who has obtained excellent results for the company in labour hearings.’
Worley Brasil Engenharia
Settec Import Exports
Água do Rio Quente
Cushman & Wakefield Real Estate
Petrobras Oil and Gas
- Advised Worley Brasil Engenharia on employment issues following its takeover of a major US engineering firm, especially linked to the former company’s differentiated employee benefit package.
- Defended Matec Engenharia against a $1.5m lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Public Labor Prosecution suing for moral damages.
Dias Carneiro Advogados offers a reliable, full-service employment practice, with a good combination of litigation and strategic support. The team regularly represents clients in administrative and judicial disputes. On the consultancy side, it advises on labour union negotiations, company restructurings, senior employee compensation and stock options, as well as acquisitions and divestments. Practice head André de Melo Ribeiro oversees the department, with strong support from highly rated counsel and labour litigation head Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti.
‘An extremely qualified team, that acts with seriousness, giving security and reliability to the analyses and to what we need to implement.’
‘The team raises the bar by combining expertise with pragmatism. They are able to bring different perspectives and examples when asked to advise on how to solve issues in our business, regardless of the area of knowledge.’
‘They know who to assign the questions within their team and coordinate their process to come up with an assertive resolution to us on time, in a multi-discipline approach. Finally, the attention they give us, all the time, with no restriction, get us the confidence that we can get back to then anytime we need.’
Dental Cremer/Henry Schein
- Regularly represents Sykué Bioenergia in all its labor litigation and administrative inquiries before the labour authorities.
- Advises Vestas Wind Energy in its labour disputes and employment issues, including collective bargaining negotiations and administrative procedures.
KLA Advogados has a good track record in high-value and complex labour claims and strategic non-contentious matters. Practice head Alexandre Pessoa is a popular choice with international clients, and has good expertise with executive-level recruitment and dismissals, as well as collective bargaining agreements and immigration issues. The team also provides training support and advice on collective redundancy proceedings.
Bain & Company
L.O. Baptista Advogados
L.O. Baptista Advogados regularly represents employers in high-value employment claims brought by senior executives, handling a broad range of matters, from confidentiality breaches through to workplace accidents. Practice head Fabio Chong de Lima also offers strong strategic advice, including the development of compensation plans, compliance codes and outsourcing processes.
‘In my point of view, the law firm team is focused to deliver the results and the team strength is the work with attention on the details.’
‘Fabio Chong de Lima is always available, clear and pragmatic.’
Alpama global services
Emerson Process Management
Lefosse Advogados's labour law team handles an even split of litigation and consultancy work; non-contentious advice includes support on corporate finance transactions, including M&A and restructurings, as well as devising incentive plans, drafting employment contracts and conducting internal audits. The team, which includes practice head Aloizio Lima and experienced senior associate Paulo Antonio Peressin, also defends employers in high-value and complex labour disputes.
‘An excellent team with a lot of knowledge and always a step ahead.’
Miele & Cie. KG
TCP – Terminal de Conteiners de Paranagua
Diehl Metall Stiftung & Co. KG
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
IRB Brasil Resseguros
Guide Investimentos Corretora de Valores
Rio Bravo Investimento Distribuidora de Titulos e Valores Mobiliarios
- Assisted Miele & Cie with an in-depth analysis of its employment structure, including the drafting of employment contracts for every level of employee.
- Assisted TCP – Terminal De Conteiners De Paranagua in negotiating a termination agreement with its CEO.
Peixoto e Cury Advogados
Peixoto e Cury Advogados' sizeable employment team acts for a mix of domestic and international companies, including many in the manufacturing, chemicals, IT, infrastructure, media and energy sectors. Among the partners, Luiz Vicente de Carvalho is very active in litigation; Antonio Carlos Aguiar and André Villac Polinesio regularly handle trade union matters; while Marcel Tadeu Alves da Silva has good expertise in social security law. Associate Poliana Banqueri Guimarães is also well regarded.
‘They are very close to the client, providing partner support in strategic and difficult moments. They are accessible and cherish long-term relationships. What makes the lawyers different is their proximity and ease of access.’
China Three Gorges Corp. – CTG Brasil
Companhia Brasileira De Cartuchos
Radio E Televisão Bandeirantes
Saint-Gobain Do Brasil Produtos Industriais E Construção
Syngenta Proteção De Cultivos
Adm Do Brasil
Cebrace Cristal Plano
Energisa Mato Grosso Do Sul – Distribuidora De Energia
Knauf Do Brasil
Ri Happy Brinquedos
Spic | Pacific Hydro Brasil
Sun Chemical Do Brasil
Fedrigoni Brasil Papéis
Grupo Tv1 – Empresa Brasileira De Comunicação Produção
Mahle Metal Leve
Tv Sbt Canal 4
Bridgestone Do Brasil Industria E Comercio
Localiza Rent a Car
AGCO do Brasil
- Represented Robert Bosch Limitida in two class actions filed by a union claiming labour rights for over 8,000 workers.
- Assisted pesticide manufacturer Syngenta Protecao De Cultivos in a R$157m High Court claim that successfully overturned an unfavourable decision concerning its outsourcing of labour at the Itápolis plant.
Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados
Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados is a popular destination for high-end labour and social security advice, offering the full spectrum of litigation and consultancy services. As well as handling high-value lawsuits and settlement procedures, the team also provides strong support on union negotiations, pay schemes and redundancy programmes. Paula Corina Santone Carajelescov leads the well-regarded team, which includes highly rated associate Roberto Ferreira Ferlis.
‘An excellent office that has a specific team for monitoring each client. For us this is an important differential.’
‘The team always assists us promptly, aiming to solve problems, always with respect to the customer’s opinion and the company’s policy. Lawyers engage in conflict solutions, through instructions or mediations.’
‘They think differently every time. Every situation has a special treatment. They are kind and polite. They are real partners.’
‘Paula Santone always pays attention to the best result for the client, with easy access and always with good ideas.’
‘Roberto Ferreira Ferlis is always ready to receive feedback, and is attentive to the inquiries of the internal client.’
Conair Comercialização do Brasil
Sabis International School
Techint do Brasil
Autozone Brasil Comércio de Autopeças
União Química Farmacêutica Nacional
Sherwin-Williams do Brasil
GRC Solutions Consultoria
ZUP I. T. Soluções em Informática
- Representing a FTSE 100 company in five high-value labour claims from former employees linked to alleged occupational diseases.
- Advising a multinational technology company on the development of a labour settlement project to settle a series of claims, helping it reduce labour liabilities by R$7.3m in one year.
The experienced, multi-disciplinary labour law team at Souto Correa Advogados handles an impressive mix of strategic lawsuits and advisory projects. This includes collective actions with unions, individual claims from senior managers, as well as occupational accidents. Clients also turn to the team for advice on the development of internal policies and day-to-day matters. Paulo Roberto Souto leads the team, which includes Joel Gallo and Flavio Sirangelo. Patricia Alves is also recommended.
‘The team was extremely focused on the specific necessities of the company and the case. Very hard-working, committed and real partners in the project.’
‘They have well prepared and experienced professionals. They are always ready to help the client with outstanding levels of service. We highly recommend Souto Correa Law firm for complex labour matters and strategic lawsuits.’
‘While the others law firms have an experienced partner to oversee and a junior team to do the job, Souto Correa Law firm has only senior and experienced professionals to provide legal services to the company, including Joel Heinrich Gallo, Flavio Sirangelo and Patricia Alves.’
‘Julia Tavares Braga and Beatriz Azevedo Martinez were very committed, thinking always one step ahead and creative for finding the best solution possible. The project was really demanding and the result with the authorities was outstanding, since a very beneficial interpretation of the law could be achieved. ‘
Lenovo Tecnologia do Brasil
Dell Computadores do Brasil
Santo Antônio Energia
Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil
Kodak Brasileira Comércio de Produtos Para Imagem e Serviços
Santos Brasil Participações
Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática
- Assisted airport management company Fraport and the consortium in charge of a construction project, HTBM, in seeking an injunction to prevent a strike.
- Advised Cinemark do Brasil on agreeing a settlement with the employee’s union concerning five collective actions involving roughly 600 employees.
Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown saw the departure of practice head Eduardo Soto, who left to set up his own boutique Soto Frugis Advogados. Nevertheless, the existing practice still provides strong support to clients, and the recruitment of new practice head Aline Fidelis from Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados demonstrates the firm's commitment. Senior associate Thatiane Campello is well regarded.
‘Thatiane Campello is very dedicated to the cases and has the ability of bringing resolution to complex cases based on previous experiences and expertise.’
CM Capital Markets
Cladtek do Brasil
Plural S.A. Banco Múltiplo
Caisse de dépôt et placement
du Québec (CDPQ)
Construtora Queiroz Galvão
Boart & Wire
- Assists CM Capital Markets on all of its strategic litigation, collective bargaining and consultancy issues in Brazil.
- Regular advice to Banco Original on all of its strategic litigation.
Abe Giovanini Advogados has a small but focused team of specialists, which is led by the highly regarded Fernanda Garcez. Recently, the firm has defended clients against several high-value judicial claims brought by former employees. The firm is also seeing increased work from equity investment funds regarding their liabilities towards portfolio companies. Associate Priscila Soeiro Moreira is also noted for her consultancy expertise.
‘They understand the company’s business and our market; the strategic vision always focused on the best solution for the company and not simply with the objective of earning fees; communication with our company, is always clear and with quick feedback.’
‘The labour team is small, but very cohesive and presents easy and fluid communication to the client. For a company that does not have a mass portfolio of labour lawsuits, I strongly recommend Abe Giovanini Advogados for consultations and labour lawsuits, including strategic ones.’
‘The team as whole has a level of competence and knowledge on par with the best firms in the Brazil, but what makes them different in our opinion is the accessibility to the partners that know how a business works in real life and helps us make the best possible decision, instead of just following the obvious path.’
‘Fernanda Garcez and Priscila Moreira are excellent professionals and serve us very well.’
Confidence Corretora de Câmbio
Engemet Metalurgia e Comercio
Origami Consultoria em Gestão de Negócios Sustentáveis
Nitto Denko América Latina
Portal de Documentos
One – Ocean Network Express (Latin America)
- Successfully defended Pepperl+Fuchs against a R$20m claim brought by a former company director.
Araújo e Policastro Advogados offers a strong litigation and advisory service to employers from across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, IT, recruitment, education and energy. Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva leads the team, which has significant expertise in defending against employee claims, providing corporate support, and advising on company reorganisations and employee benefits.
Bichara Advogados is popular with employers from across several industries, including financial services, retail, IT and construction. Recently, the team has represented clients in numerous mass dismissal claims; other typical work includes providing strategic and consulting support on day-to-day matters. João Pedro Eyler Povoa and Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto lead the team, which includes well-regarded senior associate Christiana Fontenelle MacDowell.
‘A good and engaged team. Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto is a good lawyer.’
Rede Internacional Laureate
- Represented Laureate Educational on a strategic collective labour claim filed by the employee’s union following the dismissal of 600 teachers.
The strong labour team at Castro Barros Advogados is recommended by clients for its litigation and consulting expertise. Valéria Wessel Souza Rangel de Paula is one of the firm's main points of contact, with good experience in administrative and judicial employment disputes. The team regularly advises clients in the financial services, energy and construction sectors.
‘A high performance team. They are not only up to date in every legal detail involved in the cases they worked with us but also deeply knowledgeable in strategising and implementation of a good and tailor-made plan for each case. Additionally, they have:- great communication flow and speed – incredible capability to produce quality work in short periods of time – deep legal knowledge- very well balanced team in terms of abilities and know-how- outstanding client support.’
‘Valéria Wessel Souza Rangel De Paula is a very high quality lawyer with deep knowledge over the labour and employment law and legal system, in either understanding the case and situation to build the strategy and on its implementation. She’s very adaptable and has a superb work ethic.’
Haitong Banco de Investimentos do Brasil
CBDN – Confederação Brasileira de Desportos na Neve
Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo
Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Financial Services
Casa & Video
Haitong Securities do Brasil Corretora de Câmbio
Legion Group – Cavalry Investimentos Eireli
Bank of Montreal
- Defended Haitong Banco de Investimentos do Brasil against several complex labour law suits.
Chiode Minicucci Law Firm
Chiode Minicucci Law Firm stands out for its strong following in the life sciences sector, where it represents some of the largest companies in the market. The boutique firm also advises a range of IT and financial services clients on their contentious and non-contentious employment issues, and is a popular choice for foreign firms referring work. Name partners Daniel Domingues Chiode and Marília Nascimento Minicucci are well regarded.
‘They have a strong team of lawyers always available for the client. They have a broad knowledge of the local legislation and give the client diverse solutions to the situations.’
‘Excellent labour and employment capabilities.’
‘Both Daniel Chiode and Marilia Minicucci are always available to discuss any issue you may present and they tend to present creative solutions.’
- Represented an internet company throughout an investigation by the Labor Prosecutor’s Office into alleged discrimination.
Giamundo Neto Advogados
Giamundo Neto Advogados has a strong focus on high-value strategic labour litigation, and regularly represents clients in administrative and judicial cases at every level. These include claims related to workplace accidents and individual and collective dismissal disputes. The practice, which is led by Luiz Fernando Plens de Quevedo, also provides consultancy services and is experienced in negotiating with unions.
‘Very on point on technical matters, updated and aware of different perspectives and decision trends. Very professional on the dealings with clients and with counterparties, leading to very satisfactory results in all our projects.’
‘Very intelligent and passionate professionals. Understands all the different perspectives of the cases and finds adequate and sometimes creative solutions to different cases. Responsible and responsive to the max.’
Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa
Atech – Negócios em Tecnologia
OGASEC Consultoria em Informática
Copabo Comércio e Indústria de Produtos Técnicos
Copabo Infra-Estrutura Marítima
Seecil Carbon Technologies
Hilub Produtos de Lubrificação e Abastecimento
Muller Martini Brasil – Comércio e Representação
Periodical Time Serviços Técnicos e Profissionais
SANEAR – Saneamento de Araçatuba
SOLV Comércio de Joias
SOMAGUE Engenharia do Brasil
SACYR Industrial do Brasil
- Represented construction company Toledo Ferrari Construtora e Incorporadora in an appeal after R$10m worth of labour infraction notices were issued against the client following a federal inspection of its sites.
Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF) is a popular choice with domestic and international companies, particularly for defence in high-value lawsuits and class actions. The team, led by the highly rated Luiz Fernando Alouche, also offers strategic advice on the full range of employment matters, including collective bargaining processes. Associate Rodrigo Rosalem Senese is also recommended by clients.
‘What makes the labour team unique is its cohesion and commitment. They have been together for nearly twelve years, and some of its original clients are still with them.’
‘They show a true concern for the client’s satisfaction and thus they strive to provide the best possible solution not only from a legal point of view, but also from a financial and human resources perspective, because they know the legal element is only a part of the decision-making process within a company. They also show great flexibility regarding invoicing methods, and are able to fully adapt to the client’s budget.’
‘Luiz Fernando Alouche is a true client advocate, always available to meet the clients’ needs in a timely manner. He personally appears at the most strategic hearings, even if they are outside the city where the firm is headquartered, and oversees the work performed by a team of more than twenty members. Moreover, he always tries to keep the clients updated with the most recent legal trends.’
‘In addition to being super available, Rodrigo Rosalem Senese has a lot of expertise in litigation and consulting matters. He helped us several times in complex situations.’
Magnesita Refratários SA (MRSA)
Prosegur Brasil Transportadora de Valores e Segurança
Brasilata Embalagens Metálicas
Tokio Marine Seguradora
Sanofi Medley Farmacêutica
- Advised Akzo Nobel in a R$5m lawsuit filed by a former high-ranking employee.
Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados
The versatile employment team at Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados provides advice on a broad range of issues, from negotiations with unions to conducting internal audits and day-to-day labour matters. The team regularly represents employers operating in labour-intensive industries in judicial and administrative claims, including class-action suits and individual claims. Luciana Arduin Fonseca and Luís Fernando Riskalla have very active practices. Clients also single out Vitor Novo for praise.
‘I think that what really stands out about Leite Tosto is the quality of the information provided and also their fast response time.’
‘In São Paulo we work with Vitor Rodrigues Novo, he speaks good English and whenever a new demand comes up he is always very accurate in his response, secure and with a great response time. He has a great reputation in our company and he is seen as a trusted advisor by all of us.’
Banco BNP Paribas Brasil
TBE – Transmissoras Brasileiras de Energia
- Successfully defended a logistics company against a R$15m fine issued by the Ministry of Labour for using freelance truck drivers.
In labour law, Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has a particular focus on pre-litigation advisory work and employment-related risk mitigation strategies. This includes assessments of unpaid rights, recruitment strategies, negotiating with unions and planning collective dismissals. The firm also has litigation expertise, having defended clients in collective labour lawsuits. Fabio Medeiros leads the team.
IFF – International Flavors & fragrances
Mattos Engelberg Advogados
The employment practice at Mattos Engelberg Advogados has a broad range of expertise, and acts for several significant clients in the healthcare and agribusiness industries. Recently, the firm has been involved in a number of class actions, while on the advisory side, compensation plans, profit share programmes, transactional support and collective bargaining feature high on the agenda. Leonardo Santini Echenique and Alessandro Oliveira are the lead partners.
Louis Dreyfus Company
Suzano Papel E Celulose
Gavilon Do Brasil Comércio De Produtos Agrícolas
Barry Callebaut Indústria Comércio de Produtos Alimentícios
GE Energias Renováveis
Merck Sharp & Dohme SAÚDE ANIMAL
Grid solutions transmissão de energia
Ge Oil & Gas
Alstom Energia Térmica e Industra
GE Healthcare Do Brasil Comércio E Serviços Para Equipamentos Médico-Hospitalares
General Electric do brasil
Indra Company Brasil Tecnologia
Baker Huges do Brasil
Suez Tecnologias e Soluções para Tratamento de Águas
Current do Brasil
GE Digital Energy do Brasil
GE Power Conversion
- Represented Merck Sharp e Dohme Saúde Animal in a class action concerning claims for collective moral damages.
Mundie e Advogados' solid labour law team is led by Nadia Lacerda, who has almost 30 years of experience in the market. The practice has a good track record in unfair dismissal claims, collective bargaining agreements and class actions. Clients come from a wide variety of sectors, including business process outsourcing, telecoms, energy, technology and fashion.
VF do Brasil
- Defended Atento Brasil against a R$10m wrongful dismissal claim brought by the Labour Prosecutor.
Soto Frugis Advogados is a new entrant to Brazil's labour law market. The labour boutique was recently established by Eduardo Soto, a former practice head at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, and Antonio Carlos Frugis, formerly a partner at Demarest Advogados. Other key partners include Graziela Vicari Mellis, who works out of the firm's Campinas office and has a good track record advising technology companies, and Leonardo Pardini, who has a strong focus on class actions and collective bargaining procedures. Associate Jorge Soares is also well regarded.
‘The team has expertise to deal with complex labour issues, as the lawyers came from big law firms and used to handling all types of cases. They have a well prepared team and due to the fact it is a boutique, all the lawyers are used to being very dedicated and accessible to the client.’
‘My opinion is that the professionals in question are much more attentive to quality than to the size of the number of processes they conduct. All processes are conducted in a unique way, passing through the manager who gives a linear treatment to the customer.’
‘What I most admire on the team is the confidence, credibility and the excellent results. They are always very clear and honest in complicated situations, always following the law and looking for the best alternative and results.’
‘Eduardo Soto has been a key partner for our company as he personally handles the cases very closely. He knows our business and practices, so he really facilitates our work as in-house lawyer when we need support from outside counsel in case of a thorough analysis is needed.’
‘Leonardo Pardini is very client-oriented, smart and quick.’
‘Jorge Soares manages to go beyond the simple provision of service, always very focused on paying attention to the way the customer wants to conduct the process. He also manages to be impartial and show all options, highlighting the risks of each one. An excellent professional that I admire a lot.’
BGC & Partners
CAE South America
Companhia Müller de Bebidas
Emusa do Brasil- Indústria e Comércio
Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicação
Grupo Plásticos Novel
Legal Group Nouryon
Snap-On do Brasil- Comércio e Indústria
Vito Leonardo Frugis
- Advised CA Technologies on all of its labour claims, as well as the development of its compensation plans.
Sperling Advogados has an active and young labour law team led by Lídia Lage. The practice provides a wide range of support to international clients, including high-stakes litigation and strategic advice on restructurings and inbound investments. The team counts chemical, manufacturing and automotive companies among its clients.
Helm do Brasil Mercantil
Vulkan do Brasil
Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems Brasil
Osram Comércio de Soluções de Iluminação
Edelman do Brasil Consultoria e Comunicação
Meat Snacks Partners
Bequisa – Degesch Group
EDAG do Brasil
- Advised chemicals distributor Helm do Brasil Mercantil on a range of issues, including the dismissal of high-level executives and a review of internal policies.
Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is entrusted by several major companies on significant and sensitive employment issues. High-profile strategic lawsuits have featured high on the agenda recently. Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos leads the team, which has notable international reach thanks to the firm's strategic alliance with Dentons.
Arcos dourados comércio de alimentos
Usina Conquista do Pontal – Odebrecht Group
Rio Claro Agroindustrial
Capital Markets Company
Intelsat Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações
- Defended Intelsat against a R$2m lawsuit brought by a former sales director.