Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

In labour law and social security, Balera, Berbel & Mitne Advogados acts for a varied client base of companies in numerous sectors, with several recent matters connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; Fábio Lopes Vilela Berbel is a key contact.
Priscila Mathias de Morais Fichtner and Paolo Vieira Cabral lead the employment law department at Chalfin, Goldberg & Vainboim Advogados, which stands out for its labour litigation practice and is particularly active in representing clients in public civil actions.

Labour and employment in Brazil

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a first-class choice for labour advice in Brazil. 2020 saw the firm help many longstanding clients restructure their employment practices in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, including providing advice on health and safety issues, home-working policies, collective negotiations for salary reductions, and the temporary closure of operations in Brazil. In addition to consulting advice, the firm regularly supports clients in internal investigations, collective lawsuits, strike management, class actions, and administrative and judicial labour disputes. The highly experienced Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi leads the specialised team, which also includes Caroline Marchi, Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Daniel Dias. Clients also rate senior associate Murilo Caldeira Germiniani.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi

Testimonials

‘The legal opinions we receive are high-level, always quite grounded and  professional, including when dealing with technical and operational teams.’

‘Rodrigo Takano understood our structure and the kind of response that we need very quickly.’

‘Murilo Caldeira Germiniani has a lot of experience and contributes very technically, including issues of enormous complexity and contributed strongly to my company to remain regular during the pandemic, in the face of so many legislative novelties and uncertainties about how to deal with all the challenges of the moment.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Compass Minerals

Accenture do Brasil Ltda.

AstraZeneca

Cabify Agência de Serviços de Transporte

Ambev

Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

General Eletric do Brasil

Grupo LVMH

The Boston Consulting Group

Work highlights

  • Conducted an internal investigation for Telefonica Brasil concerning alleged confidentiality breaches by an employee.
  • Successfully advised Buser, a group bus ticket purchase service, throughout an investigation by the Public Labor Prosecutors’ Office concerning the working conditions of bus drivers.
  • Advised the restaurant chain Habib’s in a labour lawsuit filed by the Public Labor Prosecutors’ Office.

Mattos Filho

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados remains a popular choice for high-end employment disputes, as well as broader strategic consulting and transactional-related labour issues. The firm was involved in several high-profile collective bargaining negotiations in 2020, and the team's capacity for cutting-edge disputes was demonstrated by its defence of Uber in a case concerning the employment status of its drivers. The versatile team includes Cleber Venditti, who handles a mix a of contentious and non-contentious matters, and Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto, who advises several key clients in the oil and gas sector. Sólon Cunha is one of the go-to partners for union negotiations and disputes, while the extremely well-regarded Vilma Kutomi has been a lawyer of choice for guiding employers through the Covid-19 pandemic. Former partner Dario Abrahão Rabay left to join Cescon Barrieu

Testimonials

The involvement of the labour team with the leadership of the partner Vilma Kutomi in the business of its clients is a great differential. She always acts as a strategic partner achieving fantastic results!

Quick and easy-to-understand answers for executives who are not lawyers.’

Vilma Kutomi: Agility, High Degree of Knowledge, Experience and Creativity. Cleber Venditti and Ana Sammarco: Agility, High degree of Knowledge and Simplicity. Accessibility is also a factor that distinguishes it from competitors.’

Excellence in technical knowledge and vast experience in the matters consulted.’

Key clients

Prudential International Insurance

Uber do Brasil Tecnologia

Honda Automóveis do Brasil

Laboratórios Pfizer

Bridgestone do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

IBM Brasil – Industria Máquinas e Serviços

Goodyear do Brasil

General Motors Co

General Mills Brasil Alimentos

Softbank

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Uber in the Superior Labour Court (TST), in a dispute concerning the employment status (as independent contractors) of its drivers.
  • Representing Walmart Brazil on critical employment issues in Brazil, including negotiations with the unions.
  • Advised Honda Motors in union negotiations with the main labour unions (metalwork; service providers; commerce; consortium; and bank workers).

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a comprehensive labour law practice, with a sizeable team of lawyers covering a broad range of specialisation and expertise. The contentious side of the practice is handled by highly respected practice co-head Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso, who also advises on collective negotiations, and Fernanda Bianco Pimentel. Strategic labour consultancy advice, including remuneration and immigration issues, are core areas for co-head Marcelo Pereira Gômara, Mihoko Sirley Kimura and Gabriela Lima, while Andre Fittipaldi is particularly active on social security and private pension matters. The firm, which is a member of the L&E Global network, also has dedicated teams of partners and lawyers in its Porto Alegre and Campinas offices. The overall offering makes it a popular choice for some of Brazil's largest employers, and the team's status is reflected in the highly sensitive nature of much of its work, which includes high-profile mass redundancies and union negotiations. In another interesting development, the firm expanded its pensions practice through the hire of Caio Taniguchi in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso; Marcelo Pereira Gômara

Testimonials

‘TozziniFreire is a traditional full service firm that has gained prominence in the labour area, handily surpassing competitors. Its structure allows adaptation to the needs of customers, from more voluminous portfolios (repetitive processes) up to cases of high complexity.’

‘Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is a star of the team. He makes things happen and tirelessly defends the interests of clients.’

‘Alexandre Cardoso and Fernanda Pimentel are among the best labour lawyers  in Brazil.’

‘Andre Fittipaldi had a  high level of engagement and involvement in the business of his client. He makes a point of knowing the needs of the operation in depth and with this delivers excellent results.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Mastercard Brasil

Oracle

Groupe Casino GPA

SPAL Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas

Bridgestone

Siemens

Caterpillar

Banco Fibra

Torrent Pharma

Stericycle

Vedacit

Hypera

Work highlights

  • Represented a high-profile employer in an investigation by the Labour Public Prosecutors’ Office following allegations of excessive working hours, lack of breaks and overtime underpayment.
  • Represented hospital Beneficência Portuguesa in a lawsuit brought by a nurse’s union concerning the frequent testing of all employees for Covid-19.
  • Successfully assisted Companhia Brasileira De Distribuição – Groupe Casino in a dispute with a former senior executive concerning a non-compete agreement.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados' clients benefit from a multi-faceted team that is equally comfortable in high-stakes union negotiations, transactional support and major judicial and administrative lawsuits. The team's size, with eight partners, certainly helps it cover most of the key areas. Among them, Jose Carlos Wahle has established an excellent name for contentious and non-contentious labour issues, including sensitive internal investigations. Other key figures include Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior, who regularly advises on collective bargaining and outsourcing agreements, as well as high-stakes lawsuits from senior executives. In Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Guilherme Migliora is especially active on the litigation side, while Flávia Azevedo is particularly experienced advising oil and gas companies on their labour issues. The firm also fields a strong team in Porto Alegre led by Luiz Afrânio Araújo.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Guilherme Migliora; José Carlos Wahle; Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior; Flávia Azevedo; Luiz Afrânio Araújo; Cristian Divan Baldani; Sílvia Araújo; Maria Luisa Soter

Testimonials

‘My experience with Veirano has been very positive. Very commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Veirano Advogados has one of the best labour practices in the country. The firm is positioned to provide effective and sophisticated advice and representation both in routine cases and especially in large demands/projects. The experience of the firm in several industries with local and international clients combined with a very technical knowledge and commercial vision positions the firm as the first option in the market for all labour issues.’

‘Our main advisor is Jose Carlos Wahle. He is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic. I have also found that he was able to relay how legal risk interrelated with trends and cultural aspects which assisted us in evaluating risk to allow us to have the full picture and support in decision making.’

‘Luiz Guilherme Migliora and Luiz Afrânio Araújo are two of the best labour lawyers in the country. The ability of both to understand customer demands and propose commercially viable solutions, and their experience in various industries and with both local and international customers is a major asset.’

‘Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior is experienced in combining the legal and the business side. He is very assertive, and commits himself and participates in the decisions we face.’

Key clients

Amil Assistência Médica Internacional

Baker Hughes

CHC do Brasil Taxi Aéreo

Donaldson

General Motors

PlayKids

LATAM Linhas Aéreas

LinkedIn

Unilever

VIGOR (Lala Group)

Work highlights

  • Represented LATAM in sensitive negotiations with the unions representing all its 15,000 ground workers in Brazil to temporarily lay off a part of its employees and to reduce salaries and wages for others.
  • Represented BASF in a R$28m class action brought by employees in its São José dos Campos polystyrene plant.
  • Represented Philip Morris in two lawsuits, filed by the labour and tax authorities, requesting approximately R$7.5m in FGTS and social contributions related to the salary paid by a foreign entity in favour of expatriate employees.

Demarest Advogados

'Excellent law firm' Demarest Advogados offers a combination of contentious and non-contentious employment advice to clients from across a broad range of sectors. Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti and Renato Canizares are the main contacts on the advisory side of the team, regularly handling collective negotiations and compliance investigation procedures. The team also has a good track record in providing support on M&A and corporate transactions, such as the sale of certain Nike assets to SBF, as well as assisting with the full range of Covid-19 related employment issues. Maurício Levy and Mónica Cristina Matarazzo are two of the main partners for employment litigation. Former partner Marcello Della Monica Silva left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti; Renato Canizares; Maurício Levy; Monica Cristina Matarazzo

Testimonials

‘Demarest Advogados is an excellent law firm that provides excellent consulting services, always keeping an eye on costs.’

‘It is a renowned firm, with a team of highly prepared experts and that has brought good results.’

‘I am always fascinated by Renato Canizares’s high performance level, his way of explanation of complicated matters in easy words, and also his team spirit from the beginning.’

‘Cassia Pizzotti, Ivan Lima, Caio Pivatto and Monica Matarazzo: In addition to their technical knowledge and strategic vision, they work with a sense of urgency and have a great openness regarding the customer’s vision.’

Key clients

Sherwin-Williams

Nike

Dell

Harley-Davidson

Turner

Verizon

Volkswagen

Roche

Baxter

Caixa Seguradora Holding

Samsung SDS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nike with all labour-related matters regarding Grupo SBF’s acquisition of parts of Nike do Brasil.
  • Represented Ball Beverage in a class action claim and subsequent negotiations with the labour union linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised CNN on employment issues linked to its launch in Brazil.

Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados

Well-respected employment boutique Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados represents some of the largest domestic and international employers in the market. With over 30 lawyers, the firm has the size and resources to handle a range of labour law advisory and litigation work, including compliance, and training and guidance for government inspections. The team is also known for its expertise in negotiating with unions and defending clients in high-profile labour claims, including public civil actions and infraction notices from the public prosecutor. Clients come from across most of the key sectors, including financial services, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, steel and paper. Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães and Mauricio Granadeiro Guimarães jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães; Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães

Testimonials

‘The speed with which they meet our demands and the ease of access to any of the partners and  lawyers makes us feel that we are treated in a very personalized way, as well as of course, the quality in responses and returns.’

‘Granadeiro Guimaraes has qualified professionals focused on the labour area. The office unites agility, experience and organization, providing excellent support.’

I believe that what makes the Granadeiro Guimarães office unique is the differentiated treatment it provides to its clients. Understanding emergencies and always being available to assist and guide the best possible alternative for the company. The entire team is extremely accessible and responsive to customer needs.’

For me, the entire team at Granadeiro deserves to be highlighted and praised. Some key names: Roberto Baronian, Adriana Pinton, Aparecida Hashimoto, Anna Leticia Zambaldi, Agda Lima, João Ricardo Martino, Cinthia Zullo, Abner Gitti.

Key clients

Claro Brasil

Hyundai Motor Brasil

L´Oréal Brasil

Hershey Brasil

Boehringer Ingelheim Brasil

Colgate-Palmolive Industrial

Hamburg Süd Brasil

Maersk Brasil

Aliança Navegação e Logística

American Chambers of Commerce Brazil

Aptiv Brazil

Lear do Brasil

Lear Car Seating Brasil

Banco Mizuho do Brasil

Notre Dame Intermédica

Air Liquide Brasil

Companhia de Gás de São Paulo – COMGÁS

Pandurata Alimentos

Unigel

Mallet Advogados Associados

Mallet Advogados Associados is an extremely well-regarded employment boutique that has been representing employers for over 20 years. Founding partner Estêvão Mallet has established a top reputation for his work in this area, advising clients on the full mix of contentious and non-contentious issues.

Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados

Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados has a well-respected employment practice, which fields a team of highly experienced lawyers. A leading practitioner in the firm, Nelson Mannrich is well versed in negotiations with labour unions, strike management, remuneration policies, collective and individual dismissals, and outsourcing policies. Other key team members include Celso Goulart Mannrich, Roberto Aguirre Rossetti and Fábio Tadeu de Lima, who are all active in litigation. 2020 saw the firm defending clients against high-profile civil public actions relating to, among other things, illegal outsourcing and health and safety. Senior associate Alessandra Barichello Boskovic is singled out for praise by clients.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The firm has an experienced team with high technical capacity, able to meet the most varied labour demands with engagement and strategic planning.’

‘They are specialists in Labour Law in Brazil. They have deepened their knowledge of our business, being able to propose solutions consistent with our need. We have gained cause in all cases defended by them.’

‘A senior team with a high commitment to the result.’

‘Nelson Mannrich is the master of masters.’

‘Celso Mannrich is very available and involved in the projects.’

‘Alessandra Barichello Boskovic is an excellent lawyer, super skilled in Labour Law and always attentive to details.’

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is commended for its strong employment team, which offers a good blend of transactional, strategic and bespoke litigation expertise. Practice head Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes has over 30 years’ in the market and is especially active in high-stakes labour disputes and collective bargaining agreements. Thais Galo, a partner at the firm since 2009, is experienced in senior-level recruitment and dismissals, remuneration plans, as well as judicial and administrative disputes, and advice on M&A-related employment issues. Mauricio Froes Guidi is also building a good reputation, particularly for advice to companies in the finance and technology industries, with Amazon a key client.

Practice head(s):

Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes

Testimonials

‘Exceptional firm, quality of service and super qualified staff.’

‘I appreciate the reputation of the firm and the personalized service and seniority of some members, especially Thais Galo who brings availability, knowledge and seniority.’

Manuela Mendes Prata and Natasha Ramos Soares are recommended.’

Key clients

Amazon

Natulab

Mexichem

Nubank

Bradesco

Bridgestone

Xerpa

Duke Energy

Sanofi

Costa Crociere

Work highlights

  • Advised Gulfstream on all labour issues linked to the closure of its operation site in Brazil.
  • Assisted Bradesco’s pension and life insurance arm (Bradesco Vida e Previdencia) in three labour lawsuits concerning pension plans for the top management.
  • Advised Wex, a US-based payment processing company, on the dismissal of the top management committee of its Brazilian subsidiary, Unik.

Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados

Highlighted for its 'exceptional technical quality', employment law boutique Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados has over 40 years of experience in the market, representing employers from across a wide range of industries, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, agribusiness, energy and financial services. The department's disputes work focuses on complex strategic disputes, including class actions brought by labour prosecutors and unions. The Covid-19 pandemic also saw the firm offering a significant amount of strategic advice to clients to help them through every aspect of the crisis. Founding partner Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella is a leading figure in the market, with partners Antonio Galvão Peres and Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella offering strong contentious and non-contentious advice to clients. Juliana Scalissi Martins Gaspar is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The technical quality of the team is exceptional. In addition, the firm is diligent with meeting deadlines and is always looking for new alternatives and ideas for the best defense of its customers.’

‘Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella and Antonio Galvão Peres both have a unique knowledge/technical knowledge, with the ability to contribute uniquely to strategic demands.’

Office dedicated to extremely complex cases, very organized and attentive to customer demands. We receive individual assistance from partners or senior lawyers at all stages of the process. The action directed to the Superior Courts is also worthy of note and full recognition.’

Office that combines tradition and innovation. Its members have strong knowledge and an unblemished reputation, being respected by their peers and clients. The office is distinguished by the technical quality of the services provided and customer care.’

The partners Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella and Antonio Galvão Peres are up-to-date, technical and competent. Interpersonal relationships are always very pleasant and respectful. Both have academic performance, in addition to advocacy, an aspect that differentiates them from competitors in terms of the quality of the legal theses defended. Most valued qualities: ethics, technical rigor, cordiality.’

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe has built a strong track record for complex labour disputes and strategic employment issues. Names to note in the versatile team include Leticia Ribeiro, Tricia Maria Sá de Oliveira and Priscila Novis Kirchhoff, all of whom are adept at advising on individual and collective claims, as well as collective bargaining agreements with unions, health and safety, social security, transactional-related issues and executive compensation packages. In addition to an impressive stable of domestic employers, the firm's cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie LLP means it is experienced advising international clients on multi-jurisdictional issues, including global takeovers and restructurings. In recent news, Clarissa Lehmen was promoted to partner in July 2021. Associate Julia Michele Pereira is well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Ribeiro; Tricia Oliveira; Priscila Kirchhoff

Testimonials

‘Trench Rossi’s Labour team is fully engaged with company needs, always providing legal advice with a high quality.’

‘The team provides advice and legal representation in all types of projects and labour demands, from routine to high complexity issues. The experience of the team with national and international clients of various industries is definitely an asset that the firm has to offer. The team’s commercial and pragmatic approach is impressive.’

‘Leticia Ribeiro is recognized for her first-class work on labour litigation and experience of providing top-tier advice.’

‘Leticia Ribeiro and Tricia Oliveira and the associate Julia Pereira are extremely capable and competent lawyers. They are always available to offer pragmatic and effective solutions and provide a truly first-line service.’

Key clients

Distribuidora de Produtos de Petroleo

Fastenal Company

T D Williamson Inc

Heidrick Struggles International

Informatica Pty Ltd

Platinum Equity

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Legrand

Work highlights

  • Assisting Facebook on the full range of labour issues, including the impacts of the new Brazilian data privacy law in employment matters, as well as internal training with respect to compliance, outsourcing, terminations and leave.
  • Assisted Dart Container Corporation on the restructuring of its business in Brazil, which was followed by a subsequent reduction in its workforce.
  • Advised Nortonlifelock Brasil (formerly Symantec) on employment issues linked to its global takeover by Broadcom Inc.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a balanced and versatile employment practice offering a broad range of litigation and advisory expertise. The team is regularly turned to by clients for individual and collective labour disputes, including public and civil claims, and is especially experienced representing clients in the energy, oil and gas, and shipbuilding industries. This extends to non-contentious support on union negotiations and corporate matters, including M&A and restructurings, as well as broader compliance, health and safety and risk management advice. The team is jointly led by well-regarded partners Cibelle Linero and Luiz Marcelo Góis. Associate Mariana Brassaloti left the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Cibelle Linero; Luiz Marcelo Góis

Testimonials

Quality service with business vision. Luiz Marcelo has the ability to identify risks and suggest solutions beyond the purely labour view. A real partner.’

Individualized service, provided with clarity and simplicity. Quick and positive responses to meet the day-to-day needs of the company.’

Luiz Marcelo Góis stands out from the competition. He has proven to be very up-to-date in this pandemic, bringing innovative and safe solutions to the company.’

Key clients

Centennial Brasil Torres de Telecomunicações

Ambev

Adient do Brasil Bancos Automotivos

Instituto Alana

Expedia do Brasil Agência de Viagens e Turismo

Energisa

Supergasbrás Energia

NBCUniversal International

Ocyan

Fleury

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ambev in high-level disputes filed by former expatriate employees requesting Brazilian labour rights while working at foreign companies within the same corporate group.
  • Advising Supergasbras Energia on Covid-19 related employment issues.
  • Successfully represented Energisa Rondônia Distribuidora de Energia and Energisa Acre Distribuidora de Energisa against a union-filed class action seeking an employee profit share from the companies’ privatisation in 2018.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon Barrieu added weight to its labour and employment team following the recruitment of well-respected partner Dario Abrahão Rabay from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados; he brings a broad range of expertise, including in high-level litigation and advice on union-related issues. He joins the similarly versatile Gisela da Silva Freire, who regularly advises domestic and international clients on collective labour disputes and consultancy matters, including collective negotiations. The team's clients include employers from across a range of sectors, including technology, manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceuticals and charity. The team is especially experienced in executive compensation schemes, and recruitment and dismissal matters. Viviane de Azevedo Rodrigues is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Gisela da Silva Freire; Dario Abrahão Rabay

Testimonials

‘Good focus on the client’s business.’

‘Gisela Freire and Viviane Rodrigues: rapid, agile and focused on business.’

‘Gisela Freire is excellent. She responds to queries quickly and objectively, with  knowledge in the area. Gisela is also very specialised in conducting collective bargaining with unions.’

Key clients

Akamai Tecnologias e Serviços do Brasil

Intel Corporation

Adler Pelzer Group

Invepar

Grupo Assa

Valid

WWF Brasil

Avalara

Publicis Groupe

Fundação São Paulo (PUC/SP)

Verzani & Sandrini

Alibaba

Blau Farmacêutica

Companhia de Bebidas da América – Ambev

Bank of America

Nike do Brasil Comércio e Participações

Hypera

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa Balcão.

GE Renewable Energy

T4F Entretenimento

Work highlights

  • Advised investment fund FIP Óleo e Gás on reviewing and evaluating the potential risk of assuming nearly $9m in employment liabilities of one of its investee companies.
  • Advised Nortis Incorporadora e Construtora on employment issues for the preparation for its IPO.
  • Assisted numerous clients, including T4F Entretenimento, Promedon do Brasil Serviços Médicos-Hospitalares, Adler Pelzer Group, Total Médical Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Médicos-Hospitalares, and Bausch Health Companies in Covid-19 related employment issues, including negotiations with unions.

Custodio e Bissetti Advogados Associados

Highly rated employment boutique Custodio e Bissetti Advogados Associados represents several of Brazil's largest employers. The versatile team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, from assistance in M&A transactions, through to collective bargaining agreements, mass redundancies, closures, and individual and collective labour disputes. The firm fields several highly experienced partners, including name partners Renato Antonio Villa Custodio and Marcio Alexandre de Melo e Bissetti, who are especially active on the strategic advisory front, and Charles Fraccarolo and Gabriel Rebouças Bressane for high-profile litigations.

Practice head(s):

Renato Antonio Villa Custodio; Marcio Alexandre de Melo e Bissetti

Testimonials

‘Very solicitous professionals, pragmatic and attuned.’

‘Marcio and Renato, each with their own style, are very competent and possess a holistic view of the problems presented.’

Key clients

Worley Brasil Engenharia

Banco Modal

Libercon Engenharia

Cushman & Wakefield

GAC Logistics

CAMARBRA – Argentina/Brazil Business Chamber

Transpiratininga Logistics

Sysmap Solutions

CMP Industry

Euromobile

Work highlights

  • Advised Worley Brasil Engenharia on employment issues linked to its acquisition of Jacobs, a major US engineering firm.
  • Advised Petrobras on the labour risks linked to a gas facility with over 300 employees in Bahia State.
  • Advised Matec Engineering after a strike organised by the trade union demanding 1,000 workers to be tested daily against Covid-19.

Felsberg Advogados

Felsberg Advogados enjoys a good reputation in the market, having established strong credentials for assisting employers with the full range of contentious and non-contentious labour law matters. On the litigation side, the team regularly defends clients against claims brought by senior executives, major unions and District Attorney's offices. Consultancy support on compensation plans, collective negotiations and compliance programmes also feature prominently in the team's workload. In addition, the team has been busy advising clients on the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, including providing advice on reduced working hours, redundancies and remote working policies. The firm's highly versatile partners Maurício Pepe de Lion and Ana Cristina Valentim are very well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Pepe de Lion; Ana Cristina Valentim

Testimonials

Partnership, transparency and agility.’

‘Mauricio Pepe De Leon stands out for his availability and technical competence.’

‘Ana Cristina Valentim is very capable and available, and perfectly understands the client’s needs.’

Mauricio de Lion has a natural way of approaching the client, far beyond answering questions about what he can and cannot do, he provides a real consultancy work. Concerned with the client’s reality and which solution is more assertive for its clients.’

Key clients

WPP Group

Odebrecht

Atvos Agroindustrial

Toyota

FieldCore – A GE Company

Moog do Brasil Controles

Suhai Seguradora

DB Schenker

Maxetron Serviços de Tecnologia e Informações

Rema Tip Top

Cummins

Exeltis Healthcare

Grupo Marista

Hitachi

Edicom Group

Balluff

Tega

Work highlights

  • Defended FieldCore – A GE Company in lawsuits involving work-related accidents, as well as various issues linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Atvos | Odebrecht Agroindustrial on several civil inquiries initiated by the Labour District Attorney’s office.
  • Advise DB Schenker on all areas of labour law, including negotiations with labour unions, as well as administrative and judicial disputes.

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados has an active employment team led by the experienced Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire, who is especially strong in labour litigation. In addition to judicial and administrative disputes, the firm also advises on high-profile collective and individual dismissals, and has good experience negotiating with the unions on collective bargaining agreements. During 2020, the team also provided strategic support to clients on Covid-19 related employment matters. Senior associate André Rodrigues Schioser also plays a key role in the team's success.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire; André Rodrigues Schioser

Testimonials

‘The team is always updated in relation to labour issues that have arisen in the country, acting proactively. We can highlight the importance of the office in the company’s legal orientation during the crisis caused by Covid-19. The firm played a major role in guiding the company in the direction of measures that should be adopted.’

‘The lawyers are fully updated with the themes and tireless in the search for specific solutions for each company and business.’

‘It is a full service firm with strong performance in the labour area. They have good availability and quick attendance in lawsuits and in labour consultations, with a team mixed by lawyers with greater and lower seniority.’

‘Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freireo has exceptional professional training with extensive experience in the area of Labour & Employment and a lot of background in the service to large companies.’

‘Ricardo Christophe da Rocha Freire has great expertise in the work area, whether advisory or contentious.’

‘André Rodrigues Schioser is considerate, available, objective and coordinates the labour team with great attention.’

Key clients

Enel Distribuição São Paulo

Almap BBDO

Quantum Participações

Localiza Hertz

RENT3

General Motors Do Brasil

EDF EN do Brasil Participações (Électricité de France  – Energies Nouvelles)

Enel Green Power Group

Giorgio Armani

COFCO Agri

Camargo Correa Infra

Work highlights

  • Representing Visel, a company in the GPS Group, as defendant before the Labour Court in a collective labour claim filed by a union arguing that overtime payment on holidays (valued at R$22m) was not paid appropriately.
  • Assisted Enel in a complete labour audit of claims filed against Eletropaulo, which amounted to approximately 4,700 lawsuits, following the client’s acquisition of Eletropaulo.
  • Representing General Motors in a lawsuit filed by a former director claiming that he did not receive his annual bonus according to the internal bonus scheme and that he was eligible for the GM’s stock option plan.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados‘ labour law department is highlighted for its ‘exemplary, punctual and quality customer service‘. The team specialises in high-value employment disputes and strategic consultancy matters, with expertise covering the gamut of issues, from health and safety, through social security, collective bargaining agreements and strike negotiations. Its lawyers regularly represent clients in the regional and superior courts, including in relation to administrative notices. Covid-19 related employment issues also represented a large portion of its activities in 2020, including the negotiation of contract suspensions, remote working and salary reduction agreements. Practice head Maria Fernanda de Medeiros Redi has good experience in executive recruitment and dismissals, while Célia Mara Peres is especially strong on union issues and collective bargaining. The highly regarded Isabella Mara Bodo is also very active on non-contentious employment matters. Since publication: the firm endured a significant split in February 2022 with the departure of 24 lawyers to found HRSA; while the firm retains 47 attorneys, de Medeiros Redi is among those who have left.

Testimonials

‘Deep technical knowledge of the area of labour litigation.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the customer’s business model. It has exemplary, punctual service and quality customer service.’

‘Maria Fernanda Redi has a multidisciplinary view of law, which greatly assists in more complex issues, where the objective is to minimize future risks in the labour area without generating liabilities in other areas of law, including tax and social security.’

‘Celia Peres has deep technical knowledge in the labour area, experience in courts, with exceptional ability to cite norms, jurisprudence and articles of law before magistrates, with strong convincing power. Excellent customer relationships. Isabella Mara Bodo is a lawyer with excellent technical abilities in the labour area and a high level of commitment to the team.’

Key clients

Associação Barão de Souza Queiroz de Proteção à Infância e à Juventude

Glenalmond do Brasil Industria e Engenharia

E.D.B. – Engenharia do Brasil

Javary Games

Porto Seguro Cia de Seguros Gerais

Porto Seguro Saúde

Arrow ECS Brasil Distribuidora

ASSUPERO Ensino Superior

Cristália Produtos Químicos Farmaceuticos

Arrow Eletronics

Work highlights

  • Defended Glenalmond do Brasil Industria e Engenharia against a labour claim brought by a former employee regarding a work accident.
  • Assisted L.R.C. Agropecuaria in two lawsuits brought by two independent business consultants concerning their employment relationship with the client.
  • Defended Associação Barão de Souza Queiroz de Proteção à Infância e Juventude against a work incapacitation claim brought by a former employee.

Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados

Mascaro e Nascimento Advogados is a boutique firm with solid credentials in contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The firm's expertise ranges from strategic advice on social security contributions, through to mass litigation and high-value disputes. Other areas of strength include health and safety, collective bargaining agreements and defending public civil actions. Marcelo Nascimento is one of the lead partners.

ASBZ Advogados

Noted for its 'excellent results', ASBZ Advogados' employment team supports clients from across a range of key sectors, including financial services, food and beverage, automotive, pharmaceutical, energy and retail. The team handles a broad mix of judicial and administrative labour claims, from allegations of discrimination and wrongful dismissal, through to class actions and health and safety. The advisory side of the practice is also active, advising on collective negotiations, internal policy reviews, internal investigations and transactions. The team is led by Rodrigo Shiromoto, with Bráulio Dias Lopes de Almeida in charge of strategic labour litigation. Former partner Decio Daidone Junior left in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Shiromoto

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team with strong intellectual capacity. All the work carried out was of exceptional quality.’

‘The office has a very modern service strategy, managing to make a direct connection between legal point and impact to the business.’

‘The firm has excellent professionals, who have been part of the team for a long time. The firm has a working methodology that meets the company’s expectations, bringing excellent results, derived from the dedication of the professionals involved.’

‘Braulio Dias Lopes de Almeida has always demonstrated extensive and complex knowledge about the area in which he operates. He is a professional who is always up to date and always on top of the main and latest changes in legislation and jurisprudence.’

‘The team led by Rodrigo Shiromoto is very up-to-date, always bringing appropriate recommendations, quickly and completely.’

Key clients

Human Rights Watch

Heineken Indústria de Bebidas

Bristol-Myers Squibb

United Airlines Inc

Emirates Airlines

Chiesi Farmacêutica

Modal Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Glenmark Farmacêutica

Elo Participações

Prime Sistemas de Atendimento ao Consumidor

Ford Credit

Takeda Distribuidora

Sandoz do Brasil Indústria Farmacêutica

Novartis Biociências

Accenture do Brasil

Stone Pagamentos

Alitalia Societá Aérea Italiana SPA

Uber Brasil Tecnologia

Grupo Solví

AspenTech Software Brasil

Danone

RB Capital Asset Management

AppsFlyer

KWS Sementes

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Rádio e Televisão in a public civil action regarding the mass termination of dozens of employees.
  • Advised Glenmark Farmacêutica on a memorandum addressing all alternatives for on-site and remote work for sales and administrative employees to mitigate Covid-19 pandemic impacts.
  • Assisted Modal in a unique case in which an extrajudicial agreement was confirmed by the Labour Court; the case involved a discussion about the existence of an employment relationship.

CGM Advogados

CGM Advogados has a popular, multidisciplinary team handling a balanced mix of strategic litigation and advisory work, often for clients with cross-border interests. The team's expertise in workforce restructurings came to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic, with lawyers advising on a number of collective negotiations and terminations, health and safety issues, and any resultant disputes. The firm's large portfolio of clients in the healthcare, retail and industrial manufacturing sectors meant it represented many employers impacted heavily by the crisis. Founding partner Patricia Barboza leads the team, which includes up-and-coming partner Maury Lobo de Athayde and key senior associate Poliana César.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Barboza

Testimonials

‘Quality service, available, business friendly.’

‘In addition to the easy and quick access, they are always ready to understand the challenges faced and propose the best possible solutions/alternatives. It is distinguished by creating closeness with us, which demonstrates the real interest in supporting us in growth and evolution.’

‘All lawyers have the same profile: dedicated, focused, attentive and constantly share the details of each strategy of each legal process, whether between them and also with the respective companies involved in the same process.’

‘Patricia Barboza is recommended for her clarity and practicality.’

‘Poliana Caparros, extremely engaged and accessible lawyer. Always serving the client with education and promptness.’

‘Under the leadership of  Maury Lobo and the support of Poliana Caparros, who serve us with enormous empathy, we have achieved excellent support for our decision making. Both stand out for efficient communication and enormous technical  knowledge.’

Chiode Minicucci Law Firm

The boutique firm Chiode Minicucci Law Firm has made a strong impression on the market, both for contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The practice as an impressive clientbase within the life sciences sector, and also represents several leading retailers, insurers, technology, and manufacturing clients on their key matters. This includes advice on collective redundancies, bargaining negotiations, and disputes, as well as civil investigations by the Labour Prosecutor's Office. Founding partners Daniel Domingues Chiode and Marília Nascimento Minicucci have strong track records in the market, having previously been partners at several major firms.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Domingues Chiode; Marília Nascimento Minicucci

Testimonials

‘Deep technical knowledge; availability of partners and associates; ability to evaluate and understand the main themes and search for appropriate and balanced solutions.’

‘The lawyers who help me can communicate excellently in English, and the advice they give us is always clear and reasonable. Whenever I have a question or a new litigation, they are ready to discuss with me and guide me. Thanks to the various issues we have dealt with, Chiode Minicucci has developed a good understanding of our company, our businesses and our internal processes.’

‘Marília Nascimento Minicucci – Very professional, clear communication, impeccable English.’

Key clients

Eurofarma Laboratórios S.A.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Farmacêutica Ltda.

Schering-Plough Indústria Farmacêutica

Supera Rx Medicamentos

Gartner Do Brasil Serviços De Pesquisas

Hugo Boss Do Brasil

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S/A – “Avianca”,

Lincoln Electric Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio

Apsen Farmacêutica

Cabify Agência De Serviços De Transporte De Passageiros

L.O. Baptista Advogados

L.O. Baptista Advogados is well known for advising employers on contentious and non-contentious matters. Lead partners Fabio Chong de Lima is especially experienced in senior-level recruitment and dismissal procedures, including the preparation of compensation packages. Other areas of expertise include compliance, outsourcing deals, M&A support, and health and safety matters. Recently, the firm has been particularly busy assisting clients with Covid-19 related issues, including wage reduction negotiations with the unions.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Chong de Lima

Key clients

Amdocs

Agile Thought

LFB Hemoderivados e Biotecnologia

Emerson Process Management

Bic

Tarkett

Saipem do Brasil

Inductotherm do Brasil

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados' employment team provides strong support to the firm's active corporate and capital markets team on transactional matters. The practice also handles a heavy litigation caseload, and advises on the full range of employment law matters, including senior incentive plans. A particular focus is on advice to international clients on Brazilian labour law issues and expatriate workers, and union negotiations, which accelerated significantly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Practice head Aloizio Lima and senior associate Paulo Antonio Peressin have strong credentials in this area.

Practice head(s):

Aloizio Ribeiro Lima

Key clients

STERIS – Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos

BP Energy do Brasil

Contour Global do Brasil Desenvolvimento e Gestão

Rio Bravo Investimento Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Imobiliários

Petrobrás Distribuidora

Ouro Fino Saúde Animal Participações

Bunge Alimentos

Laticínios Bela Vista

Intrum Brasil Consultoría e Participaciones

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Val. Imobiliários

Work highlights

  • Defending STERIS – Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos in 20 labour lawsuits, worth R$16m, filed by former employees.
  • Advising BP Energy do Brasil in preparing the opening of its office following the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • Assisted Contour Global do Brasil Desenvolvimento e Gestão in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the labour unions.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' commitment to its employment law practice was demonstrated through significant recent investments into its team. The recruitment of partner Maurício Reis and two associates, from Rocha e Barcellos Advogados, added weight to an already strong litigation practice, especially in union negotiations, where Reis is particularly experienced. He joins fellow co-head Fabio Medeiros, who also offers strong experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, and provides advice on everything from collective dismissals through to employee tax structuring and executive compensations schemes.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Medeiros; Maurício Reis 

Testimonials

‘Lobo De Rizzo are very good in understanding our needs and find the best solution to resolve our cases always presenting pros and cons of any suggestion.’

‘They were available to us all times of the day. They helped us see things from multiple points. They were extremely professional. Answered our many questions in a timely manner. ‘

‘They are always updated, which makes their answers able to meet the internal demands I have in the company. In addition, the lawyers always seek feasible and legal alternatives so that we can continue with our projects.’

‘They are extremely attentive and ready to help. They bring quick solutions and offer a lot of security for decision making.’

Key clients

Ingredion Brasil Ingredientes Industriais

Kuoni Tumlare

Simon-Kucher & Partners Brasil – Consultoria em Estratégia e Marketing

Paracel

McKinsey & Company

Pravaler Soluções Estudantis

Advent International

Natura Cosméticos

Itaúsa

WBR Franquias e Participações

Peixoto e Cury Advogados

Peixoto e Cury Advogados represents domestic and international clients on a range of strategic contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The team regularly handles judicial and administrative proceedings, and is also noted for its strong expertise advising on collective negotiations with the unions, in addition to assisting clients with day-to-day employment matters. Key partners include litigation expert Luiz Vicente de Carvalho and Antonio Carlos Aguiar, who specialises in unions and crisis management. Marcel Tadeu Alves da Silva has good expertise in social security related issues. Poliana Banqueri Guimarães has also established a good name.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Vicente de Carvalho; Antonio Carlos Aguiar

Testimonials

‘Proximity, availability and partnership. All of the firm, without exception, always have availability to meet the demands that arise. Regardless of the theme, there is always somebody to find the best solution.’

Marcel Alves, Poliana Banqueri, Natalia Gaggini and Paloma Ramalheiro are recommended.’

Key clients

China Three Gorges Corp – ‎CTG Brasil

Companhia Brasileira De Cartuchos

Hewlett-Packard

Klabin

Radio E Televisão Bandeirantes

Saint-Gobain Do Brasil Produtos Industriais E Construção

Syngenta Proteção De Cultivos

Lojas Americanas

Pilkington Brasil

Adm Do Brasil

Archroma

Cebrace Cristal Plano

Energisa Mato Grosso Do Sul – Distribuidora De Energia

Jari Celulose

Knauf Do Brasil

Multicel Pigmentos

Paranapanema

Ri Happy Brinquedos

Spic | Pacific Hydro Brasil

Sun Chemical Do Brasil

Fedrigoni Brasil Papéis

Grupo Tv1 – Empresa Brasileira De Comunicação Produção

Mahle Metal Leve

Robert Bosch

Taurus Armas

Nidera Seeds

Tv Sbt Canal 4

Bridgestone Do Brasil Industria E Comercio

Localiza Rent a Car

Tim

AGCO do Brasil

Eletroacre

Agrivalle

Novaagri

Work highlights

  • Represented the football club Portuguesa on employment issues linked to its potential bankruptcy.
  • Assisted pesticide manufacturer Syngenta Protecao De Cultivos in a R$157m High Court claim that overturned a decision concerning its outsourcing of labour at the Itápolis plant.
  • Advised Spice Industria Quimica in a high-profile case concerning its employment relationship with its sales representatives.

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados provides litigation and consulting support on the full spectrum of labour issues, including social security and workplace accidents. Clients come from every sector, though the firm is especially noted for its advice to employers in the chemicals and life sciences industries. Collective disputes and bargaining agreements feature prominently on the firm's workload, and the team also advises on outsourcing issues and work-related immigration. The versatile Paula Corina Santone Carajelescov leads the team, with support from recently promoted partner Roberto Ferreira Ferlis and Tadeu Henrique Machado Silva.

Practice head(s):

Paula Corina Santone Carajelescov

Testimonials

‘It is a firm that fully meets the needs of the company, either by the technical training of the professionals who work there, or by the availability in meeting our needs within the deadlines and according to the criteria established.’

‘Rayes & Fagundes’ labour department has met all our expectations in both advisory and litigation.’

‘Paula Corina Santone – impeccable in advisory and litigation and union issues and collective negotiations.’

Tadeu Henrique Machado e Silva – an excellent lawyer with fast delivery of demands and exceptional quality of work.’

The management and always attentive monitoring of Dr Paula Corina Santone has undoubtedly been an important differential in the work we have been carrying out.’

Key clients

AutoZone Brasil Comércio de Autopeças

Racicorp Comércio e Participações

Invaio Sciences

Chiesi Farmacêutica

Banco Maxima

Sabis International School

Hendrix Genetics

Techint Engenharia e Construção

HSI Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

Agility Networks Tecnologia

Cinemark Brasil

Atento Brasil

Pitney Bowes Brasil Equipamentos e Serviços

Gartner do Brasil Serviços de Pesquisa

Route Inc.

Goop Distribuidora Automotiva

New Update Sistemas de Informática

Zup I. T. Serviços em Tecnologia e Inovação

Twiltex Indústrias Têxteis

Alvenius Equipamentos Tubulares

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented IBM in a union contribution claim.
  • Successfully represented Mercedes-Benz in an employment relationship claim.
  • Successfully represented Abbvie Farmaceutica in a claim brought by a former employee.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is distinct in that in addition to higher-value strategic employment advice, the firm also has a specialised mass litigation practice, which has recently been handling over 100,000 labour claims. The firm also stands out for its more bespoke advice on contentious and non-contentious labour and social security issues. The team's domestic and international clients operate across a wide range of sectors, including logistics, oil and gas, banking and infrastructure. Otavio Pinto e Silva and André de Souza Santos jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Otavio Pinto e Silva; André de Souza Santos

Key clients

DHL Global Forwarding (Brazil) Logistics

Atento Brasil

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Banco Rendimento

Petrobras Distribuidora

Jacuzzi do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Brasitech Ind. Com. De Aparelhos para Beleza

BASF

Pipefy

TIM Celular

Duratex

White Martins Gases Industriais do Nordeste

Work highlights

  • Represented DHL Global Forwarding (Brazil) Logistics in an internal investigation and subsequent dismissal of a former employee.
  • Defended Atento Brasil against a collective moral damages case, in the form of a class action, brought by the Labour Public Attorney’s Office.
  • Advised Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa on a claim relating to a fatal work accident.

Soto Frugis Advogados

Clients appreciate Soto Frugis Advogados‘ ability to ‘suggest solutions with a business focus‘. The firm is a relatively new labour boutique whose lead partners have strong track records from previous tenures at major domestic and international law firms. This status is reflected in the quality of the firm’s client base, which includes major manufacturing, industrial, technology, hospitality and financial services companies. The team handles a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious work, including negotiations with unions on collective bargaining agreements. During the Covid-19 pandemic the team has seen an increase in consultancy work, including advice on home-office policies and health and safety conditions, as well as disputes emerging from collective dismissals. The founders, Eduardo Soto and Antonio Carlos Frugis, are ably supported by partners Leonardo Aurelio Pardini and, in Campinas, Graziela Vicari Mellis.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Soto; Antonio Carlos Frugis

Testimonials

‘I would highlight the professionalism and seriousness of the Soto Frugis firm. Always listening to our needs, they provide legal advice according to the sector and from a position of defending the interests of the company.’

‘It is a team prepared to work in the corporate labour area, with deep technical knowledge. In addition, they go beyond legal issues and suggest solutions with a business focus.’

‘Soto Frugis lawyers have Brazilian BigLaw experience but decided to branch out on their own. So the client gets sophisticated advice from partners without having to deal with the pricing issues involved with the large Brazilian law firms.’

‘Eduardo Soto and Jorge Soares have always been able to make an interest in serving us with excellence. It was a great joy when Soto set up his own office and we didn’t think twice about making the transition with him. More than excellent professionals, they are human in customer care.’

‘Antonio Carlos Frugis was the Senior Partner at a large Brazilian firm and he provides prompt, practical advice on complex Brazilian labour law questions. Clients can count on him to see their business imperative and accomplish what needs to be done to resolve the matter. Leonardo Pardini is an up-and-comer and also has strong substantive knowledge of Brazilian labour law.’

Key clients

BBVA Brasil Banco De Investimento

BGC Liquidez

Assurant

ASG Software

Consórcio Alumar

Alcoa

Grupo Bandeirantes

Timken

Companhia Muller De Bebidas

Rakuten

EMUSA Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio

Fujitsu Do Brasil

Indra Brasil Soluções E Serviços Tecnológicos

Teltronic Do Brasil

Fair Isaac (Fico) Do Brasil

Hyatt Hotels

Nouryon Pulp And Performance Ind. Química

Reflexallen Do Brasil Automotiva

Solarig

CAE  South America – Flight Training Systems

Cartório De Registro De Imóveis De São José Do Rio Preto

Plásticos Novel

Work highlights

  • Advised Inditex on a full due diligence to revise the labour documents and hidden contingencies of its operations in Brazil, involving over 5,000 employees.
  • Advised Arteris on its collective issues including union negotiations.
  • Assisting Alcoa with a class action claim filed by the Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Souto Correa Advogados

The 'creative and practical' employment law team at Souto Correa Advogados represents an impressive mix of manufacturing and technology clients from its offices in Porto Alegre and São Paulo. On the advisory side, the firm offers strong support in related areas such as Covid-19 policies, data protection, risk mitigation and collective negotiations with the unions. Judicial and administrative disputes also feature prominently on its workload, including high-level class actions and individual claims. Paulo Roberto Souto, Flavio Sirangelo and Joel Gallo are the main partners, and Patricia Alves is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Roberto Souto

Testimonials

‘Creative and practical; also works well with U.S. clients on local issues.’

‘Souto Correia Advogados has acted with great diligence, responsibility, and efficiency.’

‘Excellent team with complete market and strategic vision of the main issues related to pandemic.’

‘Patricia Alves, Flavio Portinho Sirangelo and Paulo Souto work very well as a team and are excellent in explaining local Brazilian labour law issues/procedures to American lawyers.’

‘Joel Gallo has good legal knowledge and experience in negotiations with unions.’

‘Patricia Alves – excellent professional, supporting the most diverse subjects.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Semeato Indústria e Comércio

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações

Cinemark

Vale

Habitasul Florestal

Editora Magister

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

MAN Energy Solutions Brasil Equipamentos e Serviços

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Solví Participações

Object Edge

Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços (Hotmart)

Grupo CCRR – Colacril

Aeromot – Aeronaves e Motores

Associação Escola Panamericana de Porto Alegre

CITIC Construções do Brasil

AVL Aplicativos Ltda (Wildlife Studios)

Work highlights

  • Advising Hotmart, a high-profile Brazilian startup, on employment issues including the review of labour contracts, union agreements, working shifts, job and salary plans, compensation policy, stock options and restricted stock unit (RSU) plans.
  • Advising Dell for over eight years in strategic labour claims and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Assisting Honeywell do Brasil on labour and employment issues.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Tauil & Chequer Advogados has been investing in its labour team following the arrival of well-regarded practice head Aline Fidelis in late 2019. The team has seen significant growth, and now handles an even mix of litigation and advisory matters, including union negotiations, internal investigations, executive compensation plans and mass dismissals. The practice also provided strong support to employers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in areas such as health and safety, data protection and remote working.

Practice head(s):

Aline Fidelis

Testimonials

‘The team is unique for its expertise in Oil and Gas and for the excellent quality of services provided by its excellent staff and professionals.’

Top international quality of service. What distinguishes this team from other offices, in my opinion, is the availability of the partner Aline Fidelis, who is always available to assist us and with creative solutions that favor the business. She is extremely business oriented and hands on.’

‘Aline Fidelis stands out. She has always brought pro-business solutions, has always been very business oriented and what impressed me most was the ability she had to make the Tauil & Chequer team grow so much in just one year.’

Aline Fidelis. Very technical, with good negotiating power and critical and strategic analysis of situations.’

‘The  team is very good technically and very available.’

Key clients

CM Capital Markets

Arco Educação

Eneva

Ferrero do Brasil Indústria Doceira e Alimentícia

Pecom Servicios Energia

Dow

Panasonic

Cladtek

Banco Original

Superior Energy

Metrohm

CNOOC

Work highlights

  • Advise Banco Original on labour issues linked to its employment relationship with certain service providers hired by the company as digital agents.
  • Advised Eneva on contentious and non-contentious employment issues.
  • Provided strategic advice to Arco Educação regarding the implementation of compensation plans and remuneration policies.

Abe Giovanini Advogados

With 'excellence in procedural and advisory issues', Abe Giovanini Advogados has a focused team led by highly rated partner Fernanda Garcez, who has strong credentials in contentious and non-contentious labour law matters. The Covid-19 pandemic forced a greater shift to the consultancy side of the practice as clients grappled with a range of issues, including reduced salaries and working hours, home-working agreements, and health and safety for on-site workers. This came in addition to the firm's regular stream of administrative and judicial proceedings, including public civil actions and class litigation.

Practice head(s):

Fernanda Garcez

Testimonials

‘Abe Giovanini since the beginning presented a high degree of professionalism, its professionals know very well the issues related to Labour and Employment and whenever requested, it delivered very well-guided and enlightening recommendations.’

‘Abe Giovanini Advogados has excellence in procedural and advisory issues.’

‘The firm acts in the proactive way to decrease the amount of claims. When there are demands, it seeks to offer solutions and explains them clearly so that the client can make the most appropriate decision about each case.’

‘Fernanda Garcez is a very active partner and always available for discussing strategies and recommendations.’

‘Fernanda Garcez is a lawyer with excellent and deep technical knowledge, who can apply her theoretical training and experience to provide us with specialised legal advice, which makes all the difference for our company. She is a flexible professional with extreme ease of verbal and written communication.’

Key clients

Marisa Lojas

Confidence Corretora de Câmbio

Mitsui & Co. (Brasil)

International School Serviços de Ensino, Treinamento e Editoração, Franqueadora

Nitto Denko América Latina

Fujitsu General do Brasil

Revelo – Contratado Tecnologia

Crescimentum Consultoria Pessoal e Empresarial

Panificadora CEPAM

Fleming Educacional

Work highlights

  • Assisted Instituto Interelos in developing a plan for managing the labour liabilities of the Families Schools of Amapá.
  • Representing Marisa Lojas in a public civil action.
  • Assistance to Confidence Corretora de Câmbio in the negotiations to reduce employees working hours/wages with various workers’ unions.

Araújo e Policastro Advogados

Araújo e Policastro Advogados has an experienced labour law practice led by Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva, who has extensive knowledge of non-contentious and contentious issues. The firm represents domestic and international clients from a mix of sectors, including manufacturing, IT, logistics, energy, education and advertising. Guiding employers through the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic took up a good portion of the team’s time in 2020. Ordinarily the firm handles an even mix of consulting and litigation work, including due diligence on M&A deals, collective bargaining agreements, social security advice, health and safety, and disputes linked to dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva

Testimonials

‘The firm has a group of high level professionals that meet all demands in time – accurately and competently. Also very well organized.’

It is a unique office because the professionals who work there have very deep knowledge and seek constant updating. The accuracy and breadth of their opinions is very good. They always seek to meet the needs as well, in relation to the client’s time.’

Dr Tania Mara Ferreira and Dr Ana Lucia; they stand out for punctual service, quick understanding of questions and quick answers.’

Bichara Advogados

Bichara Advogados provides consulting and litigation support on the full suite of employment issues. The firm is instructed by employers from several key industries, including financial services, retail, IT, construction, manufacturing and energy. The team is jointly led by Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto and João Pedro Eyler Povoa, who share a multidisciplinary approach and provide support on high-value individual and collective disputes, as well as day-to-day and strategic labour matters. The firm remained busy in 2020 advising on several high-profile collective claims brought by unions, as well as civil actions filed by the Public Labour Ministry.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Eyler Póvoa; Jorge Gonzaga Matsumoto

Key clients

JBS

TOTVS

Rede Internacional Laureate

Banco Pan

Concremat

Riachuelo

CPFL Energia

Citrosuco

Sofape

CESP

EDP

Brookfield Brasil

Bodytech

Cahen & Mingrone Advogados

Cahen & Mingrone Advogados is a popular labour boutique founded in 2015. The firm acts for a wide range of clients, with a strong emphasis on dispute avoidance and resolution. The team provides support to major companies on day-to-day labour law issues, collective agreements, profit-sharing programmes and immigration. Trade union negotiations and individual and class action claims are also areas of strength. Founding partners Arthur Cahen and Marcus Vinicius Mingrone each have significant experience in the market.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Cahen; Marcus Vinicius Mingrone

Testimonials

‘Great expertise in labour consulting, especially union negotiations.’

‘A team fully committed to the customer and with a highly qualified delivery.’

‘Arthur Cahen combines solid knowledge with a mindset oriented to produce the best results for his customers.’

‘Marcus Vinicius Mingrone provides a high quality personalised service.’

Key clients

Arval

Befresh

Citycon Engenharia

Coderh

Construtora Fraiha

Distribuidora Santa Cruz

EBP

Geoklock

Solví

Essencis

FGC – Fundo Garantidor De Crédito

GD Solar

Gocil

Hughes Telecomunicações

Koleta

Loga

Meng Engenharia

Metalúrgica Va-Le

MTEL

Nexans Brasil

Núcleo Engenharia

Raízen

Tenaris Confab

Vivere

Yssy

Work highlights

  • Advised Bosal, the automotive product manufacturer, in collective negotiations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

Dias Carneiro Advogados has a small but focused practice that offers a good mix of strategic employment and litigation support. Practice head André de Melo Ribeiro has significant experience in judicial and administrative proceedings, and also advises on related transactional issues, HR policies and compensation procedures. Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti - who was promoted to partner in July 2021 - leads the labour litigation side of the practice, which regularly represents clients from a wide range of industries in individual and collective claims.

Practice head(s):

André de Melo Ribeiro

Testimonials

The labour department is always available to support our demands quickly and clearly, thinking about creative and pro-business solutions, facilitating risk analysis and decision-making.’

André de Melo Ribeiro, Pedro Xavier de Mendonça Bandeira Azevedo, Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti and Carine Barbara Korgul Silva are recommended.’

Key clients

Gate Gourmet

Teva Pharmaceutics

Ciena Telecom

Vestas

Inter-American Development Bank

Puig Cometics

AAK do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Óleos Vegetais

Hunstman Chemical

Riot Games

Sykué Bioenergia

Grupo Zap

Oracle

Gilead Pharmaceutics

Servizi Italia

Oracle

Dental Cremer

Henry Schein

Applus

ConectCar

Quantiq

Cellera Pharmaceutics

Lima do Brasil – Lima Corp

Intermarine Yachts

Phoenix Towers

Vencofarma

Sallve

Revelo

Globo

Sumup Payments

Intelipost

Grow

Lalamove

Nvent

Prisma Capital

Arquivei

Lalamove

Melhoramentos

Memed

Pipo Saúde

Bom Trato Investment Fund

Reptrak

Santos Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Riot Games in migrating its Brazilian National Championship (CBLOL) to a franchise-based model, with guarantees and procedures related to the teams, players and championship rules.
  • Assisted SPS Capital in reviewing and risk assessing opportunities arising from labour claims.
  • Assisting Intermarine Yachts in significantly reducing its pending litigation and labour liabilities, and representing the company in all active labour claims.

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

At Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF), 'the availability, cordiality and quality of delivery make the service exceptional'. The firm is regularly called upon by clients for assistance in sensitive disputes and strategic employment matters. The firm regularly assists in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with unions, and represents clients from across a range of sectors, including financial services and infrastructure. The practice is also noted for its expertise in high-value collective and individual labour claims. Well-regarded practice head Luiz Fernando Alouche has over 20 years' experience in the market. Associate Tamira Fioravante also receives praise.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Fernando Alouche

Testimonials

‘IWRCF stands out for its availability, quality of delivery and compliance with deadlines agreed with its customers.’

‘It is an office that is always available to meet us and help us in the best solution of the conflict.’

‘Without a shadow of a doubt, the availability, cordiality and quality of delivery make the service exceptional.’

‘I strongly recommend Luiz Fernando Alouche. The partner acts directly in all cases considered strategic and relevant, participating and conducting meetings, reviewing the preparation of procedural pieces and making oral support before the Courts.’

Precise and differentiated service, both in terms of consultation and prevention.

I would highlight Luiz Alouche (Advisory and Litigation) and Tamira Fioravante (Advisory).’

Key clients

ESAB Indústria e Comércio

Vale

Tivit Terceirização de Processos, Serviços e Tecnologia

Ligas de Aluminio  – Liasa

Zurich Seguradora

ITM Latin America Industria de Peças para Tratores

Segurpro Vigilância Patrimonial

Magnesita Refratários

Titan Pneus do Brasil

Tokio Marine Seguradora

GFG Comércio Digital

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

Work highlights

  • Advised Titan Pneus do Brasil on a collective bargaining negotiation with the union concerning the company’s health plan, compensatory time off, profit sharing and salary adjustment.
  • Defended Magnesita Refratários against a lawsuit filed by the president of the Workers Union of Brumado seeking the resumption of paid leave, which had been cancelled in previous collective bargaining negotiations.
  • Represented Ligas de Alumínio in the reversal of an initially unappealable decision ordering overtime payment.

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados has significant experience defending employers against complex judicial and administrative litigation proceedings. Practice head Alexandre Pessoa regularly represents clients at the highest level, and also offers notable expertise in advisory matters. This includes training, compliance procedures, compensation packages and collective bargaining negotiations. Its clients operate in a range of industries, including life sciences, manufacturing, financial services and advertising. Recently, the firm has advised on several mass redundancy procedures, as well as senior executive dismissals. Associate Bruna de Cesare is singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Pessoa

Testimonials

‘Good quality in service – full service model – good technical knowledge and promptness in the preparation of information.’

‘KLA is always willing to support us in the most varied demands that arise. The team has highly qualified professionals.’

‘Alexandre Pessoa is always available, really very accessible, sensitive to the issues dealt with, and puts herself in the client’s place.’

‘Bruna de Cesare is a professional who excels in the office because she is always available to help us and has demonstrated an excellent partnership with us.’

Key clients

Kellogg

DXC Technologies

Boston Scientific

Grupo ABC

Grupo Freudenberg

Bain & Company

Polyone

Vopak

Velcro

Duracell

Koch Industries

Stryker

Tivit Serviços Terceirizados

Open English

Cipa Fiera Milano

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados has a versatile labour practice with particlar strength in high-value collective and individual employment claims. The firm's strong contentious expertise also extends to public civil actions filed by the Labour Prosecutor's Office. On the strategic advisory side, the practice assists clients with union negotiations, as well as internal compliance procedures. Its employer clients come from across a range of sectors, including construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, aviation, energy and banking. Key partners include Luciana Arduin Fonseca, Luís Fernando Riskalla and Renata Araújo.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘LTB’s Labour and employment team is efficient, always willing to act accurately in labour processes of all complexities. They help me a lot in the day to day, providing information and specific solutions, aligned with the legislation and understandings of the Regional Labour Courts and the TST.’

‘Excellent professionals, professional service and high capacity to solve problems.’

The labour and employment team acts in a precise and thoughtful manner in all labour processes and issues, seeking an efficient and speedy solution to its clients. I highlight everyone on the team in question, emphasizing partners Luciana Arduin Fonseca, Renata Araújo and Luis Fernando Riskalla, associates Marcela Baccan Bianchin, Andreas Klepp and Helio Ferreira.’

Key clients

Cosan

Bureau Veritas

Brasil Ventos

Santher

KSPG

Rabobank

Grupo Alupar

Azul

TBE – Transmissoras Brasileiras de Energia

Huntsman

Work highlights

  • Assisted a real estate company in reversing a decision of the Superior Labour Court on the understanding that the judge could not have prevented the party from gathering documents until the end of the procedural instruction.
  • Advised a civil construction company on a lawsuit filed by a former senior exempt employee.
  • Advised an aviation company on a lawsuit filed by a union concerning the construction of a cafeteria for employees and service providers working at the airport.

Mattos Engelberg Advogados

Mattos Engelberg Advogados fields an experienced team with strong in-house and industry expertise. Administrative and judicial litigation features prominently on the firm's workload. On the strategic consulting side, the team regularly advises on compensation plans, collective bargaining, internal compliance and M&A. The team represents clients from across most key sectors, and lead partner Leonardo Santini Echenique has a good track record advising clients in the agribusiness industry. Alessandro Oliveira is also active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Santini Echenique; Alessandro Oliveira

Testimonials

Availability and empathy.’

Juliana Baraldi is recommended.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company

Biosev

Suzano Papel E Celulose

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

Baker Huges

Dr. Knoell

FreeBalance

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Louis Dreyfus Brasil in a labour claim filed by a former manager.
  • Defended Baker Hughes against a claim brought by a former project manager.
  • Defended Suzano Papel e Celulose against a discrimination claim brought by a former employee.

Mundie e Advogados

Mundie e Advogados represents employers from several key industries, including telecoms, energy, technology, business process outsourcing, luxury goods and agribusiness. The team provides regular support to clients in union negotiations, including collective redundancy plans and bargaining agreements. The firm has been involved in several high-profile class actions and disputes involving senior-level executives. Unsurprisingly, strategic advice concerning Covid-19 featured prominently on the agenda recently, including input on salary reductions and home-working arrangements. The highly experienced Nadia Lacerda leads the team, which includes associate Carolina Sampaio.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Lacerda

Testimonials

‘Nadia Lacerda stands out, very competent, always available and always seeks to find an alternative to the problems of the company.’

Extensive knowledge of labour legislation, agile and highly qualified team. The response time to tend to queries or find solutions as a client makes the difference. Availability of partners on a continuous basis, always willing to assist the client. Quick responses to face the pandemic scenario, evaluating alternatives to ensure the normal functioning of the company.’

Nadia Lacerda: always present to help us, often with a proactive attitude, bringing us alternatives and news for the business. Carolina Sampaio: strong knowledge of procedural law, pro-active. Despite her youth she displays seniority in dealing with some sensitive matters.’

Key clients

Danaher Corporation

Sea Group

Asics Brazil

Adidas Brazil

ECA Italia

Atento Brasil

Luxottica Brasil

Ferragamo Brasil

Ranpak Brasil

Glencore Brasil

Bracco Imaging do Brasil

Cervejaria Kaiser Brasil

Planet Payment

Seyfarth Shaw

Smith & Nephew

Altra Industrial Motors

Fidelity Processador

Huesker Ltda

Neoenergia

Elektro

SES

VF do Brasil

Octante Recursos Humanos

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Glencane Bionergia on an outsourcing-related claim brought by the Public Labour Prosecutor.
  • Advised Luxottica Brasil Produtos óticos e Esportivos in an administrative proceeding brought by the Public Labour Prosecutor relating to the prevention of Covid-19.
  • Advised Altra Industrial Motors on the promotion of online seminars related to the prevention of moral and sexual harassment.

Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados

Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados is an employment law boutique with offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. The firm covers contentious and advisory issues. In the former, its assistance covers high-profile strategic claims, including public civil and collective actions, as well as lawsuits brought by senior executives. Arnaldo Pipek is one of the lead partners.

Sperling Advogados

Sperling Advogados offers strong consulting advice to its clients, which include numerous major international employers. This includes advice on high-level dismissals, foreign visas, internal compliance procedures and collective bargaining agreements. The practice has also been involved in several high-value labour disputes, including claims linked to health and safety, overtime and benefits. Marcio Sperling and associate Lídia Lage are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Lídia Lage; Marcio Sperling; Felipe Garcia

Testimonials

‘We have enormous confidence in Sperling’s deep understanding of our business needs and objectives in bringing about an optimal resolution of our matters.’

‘Lídia Alves’s deep understanding of our business needs and objectives provides us with great confidence that our matters will be resolved optimally.’

Partnership, reliability, team engagement in quickly meeting customer demands.

Lí­dia Alves Lage and Natalia Toledo Galera are recommended.’

Key clients

Helm do Brasil Mercantil

Norgren

Vulkan do Brasil

Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems Brasil

Osram Comércio de Soluções de Iluminação

Mitsubishi Chemicals

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance to Helm do Brasil Mercantil on several labour matters, including in issues related to Covid-19.
  • Provided full assistance to Norgren related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Vulkan do Brasil on labour law matters connected to Covid-19.

Tortoro, Madureira & Ragazzi Advogados

Tortoro, Madureira & Ragazzi Advogados represents an impressive mix of clients in the financial services, retail, energy and food manufacturing sectors. The team has a particular focus on labour disputes, including high-profile senior executive employment claims. Further areas of expertise include risk management advice on issues such as harassment claims. On the non-contentious side, the team regularly advises on restructurings, outsourcing contracts and structuring compensation packages. Caio Medici Madureira leads the team, with strong support from partner Rodrigo Souza Macedo.

Practice head(s):

Caio Medici Madureira

Testimonials

‘They have a team with high technical knowledge to act in the defense of clients.’

‘The office treats the client as if it were unique, with dedication and total exclusivity. They are always available either by email, whatsapp or phone, always with a solution or plan that meets our needs.’

‘Rodrigo Macedo stands out for his excellent technical competence, with strong opinions and monitoring of labour issues, always updated even with various changes in legislation.’

Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Carrefour Comércio e Indústria

Banco CSF

LBR Lacteos Brasil

Camil Alimentos

Magazine Luiza

MCI Brasil

Skysites Americas

Elektro

Indústria Brasileira de Gases

Arcor do Brasil

Louis Dreyfus Company

Atacadão

Banco Sofisa

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco Santander in a labour lawsuit filed by a former network director.
  • Representing Carrefour in a public civil action filed by the São Paulo Trade Employees Union.
  • Representing the Louis Dreyfus Company in a labour lawsuit filed by an employee who suffered a work accident.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados has an experienced team led by Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos, who has over 20 years' in the market and advises on strategic consulting and litigation issues. The practice has built up longstanding relationships with major employers from across several key industries, including manufacturing, telecoms, logistics and food services. Clients also benefit from the firm's broad international reach, which is enhanced by its strategic alliance with Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos

Key clients

Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos

BRF

Braskem

Fibra Experts

Quanta Geração

Zebra Technologies

Capital Markets Company

Intelsat Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações

Medartis Importação e Exportação

Eletromídia

Roku

Horiens Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

Work highlights

  • Advising Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos (McDonalds) in a class action in which the Labour Prosecutor’s Office alleged that the client restricted the use of restrooms by its employees.
  • Advising Roku on day-to-day matters (employment requirements, training, risks in the operation) and in strategic ones, such as employment agreement drafts, labour union classification and hiring/termination of services providers.
  • Defending BRF against a labour claim filed by a former high-level employee.