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.
Labour and employment in Brazil
Andrea Giamondo Massei
‘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.’
- 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.
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.
‘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.’
Banco Cetelem (BNP Paribas)
US Department of Justice
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Le Cordon Bleu
BP (British Petroleum)
CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation)
- 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 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.
Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso; Marcelo Pereira Gômara
‘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.’
Ford Motor Company
Mercedes-Benz do Brasil
Spal Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas
São Paulo Futebol Clube
Hospital Sírio Libanês
- 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.
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.
Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior; Flávia Azevedo
‘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.’
Latam Linhas Aéreas
Johnson & Johnson
Bristol Meyers Squibb
- 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.
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.
Cássia Pizzotti; Renato Canizares
‘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.’
Ernst & Young
- 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.
Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães; Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães
‘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’.
Claro Brasil (América Móvil)
Hyundai Motor Brasil
Notre Dame Intermédica Saúde (Bain Capital)
Air Liquide Brasil
Hershey do Brasil
Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil
Lear Do Brasil (Lear Corporation)
Bauducco (Pandurata Alimentos)
Maersk Brasil / Hamburg Süd Brasil
Termomecânica São Paulo
Delphi Power Train (Borgwarner)
Companhia De Gás D São Paulo – Comgás (Grupo Cosan)
Banco Mizuho Do Brasil
Instituto De Pesquisas Eldorado
American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil – São Paulo
Group One Automotive
Omni Crédito, Financiamento E Investimento
Conselho Regional De Contabilidad Do Estado De São Paulo
M. Dias Branco
Conselho Federal De Contabilidade
Kaspersky Lab Soluções Seguras Brasil
Mallet Advogados Associados
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.
Nelson Mannrich; Celso Goulart Mannrich; Fabio Tadeu de Lima; Roberto Aguirre Rossetti
‘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 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'.
‘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.’
Atvos Bioenergia (formerly Odebrecht)
- 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 Vetorazzo ‘distinguish 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.
Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella; Antonio Galvão Peres; Juliana Scalissi Martins Gaspar
‘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.’
- 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’.
‘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.’
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’.
Cibelle Linero; Luiz Marcelo Góis
‘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.’
Companhia Mineira de Açúcar e Álcool
Wayne Indústria e Comércio (Dover Fueling Soultions Group)
Tivit Terceirização de Processos, Serviços e Tecnologia
Seadrill Serviços de Petróleo
Energia Sustentável do Brasil
Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil
Biomarin Brasil Farmaceutica
Expedia do Brasil Agência de Viagens e Turismo
SBF Comércio de Produtos Esportivos
Captalys Companhia de Crédito
Datacard Group do Brasil
V-Analytics Consultoria em Gestão
Credit Suisse Brazil
GLP Brasil Gestão de Recursos e Administração Imobiliária
MessageBird Serviços Digitais
- 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 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.
Gisela da Silva Freire; Dario Rabay
‘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.’
Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil
Akamai Tecnologias e Serviços do Brasil
Adler Pelzer Group
Ardagh Group Brasil
Squire Patton Boggs
U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)
Companhia de Bebidas da América – Ambev
Bank of America
Singulare Corretora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários
Bomtrato Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios – Não Padronizados
GE Renewable Energy
Penske Logistics do Brasil
- 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’.
Renato Antonio Villa Custodio; Marcio Alexandre de Melo e Bissetti; Takahiro Nakano
‘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.’
Cushman & Wakefield
- 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 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'.
Maurício Pepe De Lion; Ana Cristina Valentim
‘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.’
Odebrecht / Braskem
FieldCore (General Electric Company)
Rema Tip Top
- 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 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 .
Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire
‘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.’
General Motors do Brasil
Quantum (Brookfield Infrastructure)
- 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.
Celia Mara Peres
‘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.’
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
- Defended Porto Seguro in a labour lawsuit filed by a trade union concerning collective labour agreements.
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 Silva, André Villac Polinesio, Poliana Banqueri Guimarães and Carlos Eduardo Dantas da Costa.
Luiz Vicente de Carvalho; Antonio Carlos Aguiar
‘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.’
China Three Gorges Corp (CTG Brasil)
The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)
Owens Illinois Do Brasil
Syngenta Proteção De Cultivos
ADM do Brasil
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
Banco Santander (Brasil)
Companhia Energética de São Paulo
SPIC | Pacific Hydro Brasil
- 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.
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.
Rodrigo Luis Shiromoto; Bráulio Dias de Almeida
‘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.’
Heineken Indústria de Bebidas
Sandoz do Brasil Indústria Farmacêutica
Accenture do Brasil
Alitalia Societá Aérea Italiana
Uber Brasil Tecnologia
AspenTech Software Brasil
RB Capital Asset Management
DSM Produtos Nutricionais Brasil
- 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'.
Arthur Cahen; Marcus Vinícius Mingrone
‘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.’
Distribuidora Santa Cruz
Solví / Essencis
Knewin – News and Social Monitoring
FGC – Fundo Garantidor de Crédito
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.
‘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'.
Daniel Domingues Chiode; Marília Nascimento Minicucci
‘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.’
Merck Sharp & Dohme 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
Merck Sharp & Dohme Saúde Animal
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
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
- 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) 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'.
Luiz Fernando Alouche
‘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.’
Nutrien AG Solutions Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Agrícolas
Tivit Terceirização de Processos, Serviços e Tecnologia
Prosegur Brasias Transportadora de Valores e Segurança
Sanofi Medley Farmacêutica
- 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.
Fabio Chong de Lima
‘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.’
LFB Hemoderivados e Biotecnologia
Emerson Process Management
Saipem do Brasil
Inductotherm do Brasil
Bombardier Recreational Products
Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte
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.
‘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.’
MSX International do Brasil
CISS Consultoria em Informática, Serviços e Software
IRB Brasil Resseguros
AMcom Sistemas de Informação
Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos
Bracell SP Celulose
Cymi Construções e Participações
Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia para Ecommerce
- 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.
Luciana Arduin Fonseca; Luis Fernando Riskalla; Renata Christina Silveira Araújo; Priscila Mara Peresi
‘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.’
TBE – Transmissoras Brasileiras de Energia
- 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'.
Fabio Medeiros; Maurício Reis
‘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.’
Associação brasileira do alumínio – ABAL
Companhia das Letras
Bird & Bird
- Assisted DHL Logistics in a collective labour claim concerning working conditions.
Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados
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'.
Paula Corina Santone
‘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.’
Autozone Brasil Comércio De Autopeças
União Química Farmacêutica Nacional
Masterfoods Brasil Alimentos (Mars)
Techint Engenharia E Construção
Columbia Storage Integração De Sistemas
Agility Networks Tecnologia
Fbs Construção Civil E Pavimentação
Sherwin-Williams Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio
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
- 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.
André de Souza Santos; Otavio Pinto e Silva
‘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.’
Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa
Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros
Fundação de Seguridade Social Braslight
Sociedade Michelin de Participações Indústria e Comércio
White Martins Gases Industriais do Nordeste
Cagliari Participações – Vero Internet
Ajinomoto do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos
- 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 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'.
Eduardo Soto; Antonio Carlos Frugis; Leonardo Pardini; Graziela Mellis; Priscila Lago
‘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 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 qualified‘ Manoela Pascal Martins.
Paulo Roberto Souto; Joel Gallo; Patricia Mota Alves; Eduardo Mascarenhas
‘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.’
Honeywell do Brasil
Santo Antonio Energia
Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil
Santos Brasil Participações
Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática
WMB Supermercados do Brasil
Airbnb Serviços Digitais
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)
- 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.
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‘.
‘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.’
CM Capital Markets
Cainiao Smart Logistics Network (Alibaba Group)
- 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 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‘.
Fernanda Garcez Lopes Cunha
‘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.’
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
Nitto Denko América Latina
- 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 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.
Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva
‘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.
Fábio Berbel; Wagner Balera
‘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.’
Banco da Amazônia
- Represented Banco da Amazônia in a Public Civil Action filed by a trade union concerning employee retirement plans.
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‘.
Christiana Fontenelle; João Pedro Eyler Póvoa; Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto
‘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.’
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.
Priscila Fichtner; Paolo Cabral; Pamella Abreu
‘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.’
OLX Atividades De Internet
A! Bodytech Participacoes
- 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 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.
André de Melo Ribeiro; Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti
Inter-American Development Bank / International Finance Corporation
AAK do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Óleos Vegetais
Dental Cremer/Henry Schein
Lima do Brasil – Lima Corp
Bom Trato Investment Fund
- 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 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 .
‘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.’
Bain & Company
Cipa Fiera Milano
Ecogen (Grupo Mitsui)
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’.
Leonardo Santini Echenique; Alessandro Oliveira
‘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.’
Louis Dreyfus Company
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
Special Dog (manfrim Industrial)
Ge Power Conversion
General Electric do Brasil
LM Wind Power
- 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.
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.
‘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.’
Bracco Imaging do Brasil
Cervejaria Kaiser Brasil
King & Spalding
Smith & Nephew
Altra Industrial Motors
VF do Brasil
Octante Recursos Humanos
- Advising Neoenergia on drafting its Covid-19 sanitary protocol for employees to present their vaccination status.
Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso 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.
Banco Santander (Brasil)
Carrefour Comércio e Indústria
LBR Lacteos Brasil
Indústria Brasileira de Gases
Arcor do Brasil
Louis Dreyfus Company
- 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 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‘.
Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos
‘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.’
Acílio Breda Indústria e Comércio
Arcos Dourados Comercio de Alimentos
Capital Markets Company
CM Indústria e Comércio de Roupas EIRELI
GTM Chemicals (quantiQ)
Horiens Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros
Intelsat Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações
Medartis Importação e Exportação
Odebrecht Corretora De Seguros
OR Empreendimentos Imobiliários e Participações
Qintess Tecnologia e Participações
Usina Açucareira Furlan
- 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.