Firms To Watch: Public law

Standing out for its expertise in constitutional and public law matters, BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados has a strong track record before the higher courts and has become a prominent player in constitutional debates at the state and federal levels.
Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper consolidated its presence in the public law and government affairs market with the arrival of Paulo Renato Barroso and Carolina Caiado from Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados in late 2020; the practice is now well positioned to advise on public procurement, regulated sectors and administrative proceedings.
Under the leadership of Mariana Saragoça, Stocche Forbes Advogados handles an array of regulatory and public law matters, ranging from M&A in regulated sectors to public procurement, administrative agreements and privatisations.
Founded in 2018, XVV Advogados brings together expertise in constitutional law, administrative law, regulatory matters, legislative issues and compliance; litigation is a particular area of strength for the team, in which Beto Vasconcelos and Luís Felipe Valerim are practitioners to note.

Public law in Brazil

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Singled out for its ‘high technical skills, understanding and mastery of public law matters’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields a sizeable team of public and administrative law specialists, who are routinely engaged in high-profile litigation cases before constitutional courts and public authorities, and in the negotiation of complex PPP structures. The full-service firm is at the forefront of the public law market in Brazil, showcasing a strong track record in high-stakes administrative proceedings, public bidding processes, significant privatisations and concessions across an array of sectors, including energy, transportation, water and sanitation, and oil and gas. Recent areas of growth include advising winning bidders in contentious matters involving relevant public bids held by the government. Leading the practice is José Virgílio Lopes Enei, whose experience in public law spans more than 25 years. Lucas Sant’Anna stands out for his wealth of experience in regulatory matters, public works and administrative contracts, which are also core areas of activity for Rafael Vanzella. Pedro Saullo is particularly focused on the structuring of infrastructure projects, and partnerships between public and private sector entities. Jessica Suruagy Amaral Borges is proficient in concession agreements and investigations carried out by audit courts at state and federal levels.

Practice head(s):

Jose Virgilio Enei

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out for its high technical skills, understanding and mastery of public law matters.’

‘Rafael Vanzella stands out due to his professionalism, understanding of our concerns, and technical knowledge.’

‘Pedro Saullo is an exceptional young lawyer, who manages to combine virtues such as dedication, kindness, tranquility with an outstanding technical ability.’

‘Machado Meyer’s public law team stands out for its proactivity, cooperation, knowledge of the subject and especially for its empathy in trying to understand the problem from the company’s point of view. They are very collaborative and always available to solve the case.’

‘Lucas Sant’Anna is always very helpful, fully knowledgeable on the subject and full of good ideas to solve challenging cases.’ 

‘Machado Meyer is one of the largest law firms in the country, but it manages to have a startup mindset when it comes to innovating. The flexibility to bet and approve different ideas, to take risks together and to invest in the formation of the market that the firm believes to be strategic are differentials.’

‘José Virgílio Lopes Enei is very personally involved in the work and this is very rare to see, especially considering the strategic position he occupies in the firm’s hierarchy.’

‘The firm has relevant experience in structuring infrastructure projects, which sets it apart.’

Key clients

M1 Transportes Sustentáveis (Tembici)

Vinci Partners

Kobra Consortium

Metrogreen Skyrail Concessionária da Bahia

Skyrail São Paulo Consortium

Municipality of Erechim

Monte Equity Partners

Ford Motor Company Brasil

iFood.Com Agência de Restaurantes Online

Air Products Brasil

Arteris

Work highlights

  • Assisted Air Products Brazil in dealing with the public law demands from the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) to investigate the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Acted for ABCON in a lawsuit filed by the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) before the Supreme Federal Court discussing the constitutionality of an Alagoas state law which structured the water and sewage public utilities in Maceio.
  • Advised on a a contract from the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to privatise Correios, the Brazilian postal government-owned company.

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados houses one of the market’s most established public law practices, which enjoys a stellar reputation for its involvement in high-stakes litigation involving administrative law, sophisticated PPP projects, public contracts and concessions in a variety of sectors, including airports, roads, railways, ports, logistics, public lighting and sanitation. The team is a popular destination for both public and private sector clients, and is often called upon by the federal and state governments to advise on and review regulatory frameworks. A reference in the public law sphere, Floriano De Azevedo Marques Neto is trusted by public and private entities in concessions and PPPs in the waste disposal, public transport, energy and telecoms segments, and is also often engaged in judicial and arbitration cases involving public law issues. Marcos Augusto Perez is noted for mandates involving proceedings before the Courts of Accounts, public bids and administrative contracts.

Practice head(s):

Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto; Marcos Augusto Perez

Testimonials

‘Expertise in the area of public law, especially with administrative issues.’

‘I’d highlight Marcos Augusto Perez and Lucas Cherem de Camargo Rodrigues.’

Key clients

BNDES

JHSF

Schneider

SP Mar

Associação Educacional Eugenio Montale

BRT Sorocaba Concessionária de Serviços Públicos SPE

Vianorte (Grupo Arteris)

Work highlights

  • Advised BNDES on the legal due diligence of ECT Correios in the context of the privatisation of the Brazilian Postal company.
  • Advised JHSF on the administrative and competition issues concerning the acquisition of Usina São Paulo SPE.
  • Acts for SP Mar in a series of administrative procedures.

Demarest Advogados

Under the leadership of Bruno Aurélio, Demarest Advogados is a one-stop shop for advice on the development of PPP projects, public procurement, administrative contracts and concessions. With ‘deep knowledge of legislation and public tenders’, the team is well placed to handle the public law issues impacting an array of industries, including transport, sanitation and waste management. Public procurement is a particular strength for the department, but the team is also seasoned in disputes involving the public administration at the judicial and administrative levels, such as class actions, administrative improbity and the economic rebalancing of public contracts. Department head Aurélio is recommended for his ‘ability to articulate effective strategies from the point of view of administrative law’; PPPs, bidding processes and administrative proceedings are among his areas of expertise. Tomás Schoeller Paiva, who joined from Mundie e Advogados in January 2022, is noted for his in-depth knowledge of telecoms regulations and infrastructure, while Renan Sona Silva, who will be welcomed to the partnership in January 2023, is seen with great regularity advising on the structuring of concession projects and PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Aurélio

Testimonials

‘The team is creative, focused and provides high quality advice.’

‘Bruno Aurélio stands out for his technique and ability to articulate effective strategies from the point of view of administrative law.’

‘Deep knowledge of legislation and public tenders.’

‘Bruno Aurélio and Renan Sona are recommended.’

‘The lawyers who assist us are very solicitous and engaged. Attention and availability make them stand out.’

‘Bruno Aurélio and Renan Sona know deeply what is needed for a particular project and also what points to adjust to achieve a perfect final result.’

Key clients

Pátria Investimentos

Entrevias

Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços

Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública

Algar Telecom

CCR

Vale

Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica

Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios

COBRA Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações

Work highlights

  • Representing Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública in the execution of a PPP with Companhia Municipal de Energia e Iluminação – RioLuz for the public lighting system in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Advised Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios on negotiations with the State of São Paulo and Artesp to amend a PPP agreement and include civil works involving a road belt on Caraguatatuba and São Sebastião.
  • Assisted Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações and the Consortium SP Terminais Noroeste, led by Socicam, on the bid regarding a PPP for the bus terminals linked to the Urban Public Passenger Transportation System in São Paulo.

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Based across Curitiba, São Paulo and Brasília, public law powerhouse Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados possesses ‘complete mastery of administrative law'. Focused on public procurement, public law issues and infrastructure, the department has more than 35 years’ experience in this space, advising public and private sector clients on bidding procedures, PPP structures, government concessions, public contracts and related dispute resolution. Marçal Justen Filho is a renowned figure in the market, who is primarily recognised for his credentials in infrastructure, energy regulation and anti-corruption legislation. Cesar Pereira handles matters involving renewable energy, water, construction, port and airport projects and concessions, which are also areas of activity for Rafael Wallbach Schwind. Fernão Justen de Oliveira is dedicated to commercial and administrative law, including government contracts and PPPs, while Eduardo Talamini is a name to note for disputes involving public and governmental entities. Other key individuals include André Guskow Cardoso, who handles non-contentious issues and litigation, Alexandre Wagner Nester and Marçal Justen Neto.

Practice head(s):

Marçal Justen Filho; Cesar Pereira; Fernão Justen de Oliveira; Eduardo Talamini; André Guskow Cardoso; Alexandre Wagner Nester; Rafael Wallbach Schwind; Marçal Justen Neto

Testimonials

‘Excellent professionals. Exquisite service and clear and well-defined contracting procedures.’

‘We are always very well taken care of by Marçal Justen Neto and his team, who conduct any business with a lot of knowledge and attention to deadlines.’

‘The firm has complete mastery of administrative law.’

Key clients

White Martins Gases Industriais

KPE Performance em Engenharia (Metha Group)

MKPEG Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Embrasil Empresa Brasileria de Segurança

Call Tecnologia e Serviços

Bull

Construtora Rofer

Superbac Indústria e Comércio de Fertilizantes

Instituto Publix Para o Desenvolvimento da Gestão Pública

Sindicato dos Auditores Internos do Poder Executivo do Estado de Santa Catarina – SINDIAUDITORIA

Work highlights

  • Represents White Martins Gases Industriais in a case before the high court concerning a bid carried out by the Department of Health of the State of Santa Catarina involving the purchase of medical gases.
  • Acts for KPE Performance em Engenharia in a bidding for Line 17 of São Paulo Metro.
  • Represents Embrasil Empresa Brasileria de Segurança in a bidding carried out by Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná – SANEPAR.

Mattos Filho

Renowned law firm’ Mattos Filho fields a public law team ‘of experienced lawyers prepared to promptly meet client demands’. With a multidisciplinary approach, the group is well positioned to act for the largest domestic and foreign clients facing complex challenges in the context of public tenders, concessions of public services, PPPs, regulatory issues and administrative proceedings. Clients operating in a multitude of industries, ranging from airports, railways and toll roads to public sanitation, technology, education, construction, insurance and financial services, instruct the team on a regular basis in the negotiation of administrative contracts, public procurement, administrative sanctioning proceedings, judicial lawsuits and M&A involving companies subject to government regulation. Fully dedicated to public law matters, André Luiz Freire ‘has in-depth technical knowledge’ and is often retained in public concessions, biddings and cases involving audit courts. Based in Brasília, Thiago Luís Sombra devotes his time to anti-corruption, technology and public law issues, and has substantial litigation experience before the superior courts. Henrique Lago Da Silveira, who is a key point of contact for clients from the education sector, leads on mandates involving state-owned companies and administrative proceedings. Raul Dias dos Santos Neto is another noteworthy practitioner focusing on concessions, public bids and state-owned corporation divestments, among other areas.

Testimonials

‘Mattos Filho stands out in terms of its promptness and availability. The team is always available and provides assertive opinions that are very useful for our business. I want to highlight the team’s professionalism, dedication and preparation.’

‘I highlight the partner Thiago Luís Santos Sombra and his team. Excellent professionals.’

‘Involvement of lawyers to support the company facing challenging issues. Availability of administrative resources to fully support the project.’

‘Henrique Lago da Silveira is recommended.’

‘Renowned law firm composed of a team of experienced lawyers prepared to promptly meet client demands.’

‘André Luiz Freire and Henrique Lago da Silveira are professionals who serve their clients with great dedication and care.’

‘André Luiz Freire has in-depth technical knowledge and great academic credentials.’

Key clients

CCR

Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18 – Bronze

Iguá Saneamento

ABDIB

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Compass Gás e Energia

Vale

Jones Lang LaSalle

Associação Nacional das Universidades Particulares – ANUP

Air Jet Taxi Aereo

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

IBM Indústria Máquinas e Serviços

MercadoPago.com Representações

Pearson Education do Brasil

Pfizer,Covax-Facility ConsortiumandModerna

Unipar Carbocloro

Banco Bradesco

Elo Participações

Google Brasil Internet

Work highlights

  • Advised Iguá Saneamento on its participation in the state of Rio de Janeiro’s international bid for the concession of sanitation and sewage services of 35 municipalities.
  • Assisted Ecorodovias in the public tender for the concession of federal highway BR-153/TO/GO.
  • Advised Pfizer, the Covax Facillity Consortium and Moderna regarding the legal issues related to the federal government’s acquisition of over 140 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Pereira Neto | Macedo

Standing out for its ‘knowledge of regulation in telecommunications, public concessions and antitrust’, Pereira Neto | Macedo is best known for the work it undertakes in regulatory discussions and initiatives across a number of industries, policy-making matters and public hearings. Public procurement, concession contracts, administrative proceedings before public authorities and judicial litigation are other strong points for the department, which is a go-to choice for foreign engineering and construction companies looking to participate in public tenders in Brazil. Practice co-head Caio Mario Da Silva Pereira Neto specialises in regulatory matters and competition law, and provides advice to both private and public sector clients. He oversees the practice with Mateus Piva Adami, who has significant experience in telecoms matters, and Daniel Douek, who brings together expertise in regulatory, competition and administrative law. Marina Cardoso de Freitas is a name to note at the associate level; she is particularly active assisting clients in concession agreements, public contracts and bidding procedures.

Practice head(s):

Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto; Mateus Piva Adami; Daniel Douek

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified team for in-depth analysis of innovative public law matters.’

‘I recommend Mateus Piva Adami.’

‘Knowledge of regulation in telecommunications, public concessions and antitrust.’

Key clients

Oi

Rumo

Telefônica Brasil

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

Serveng Civilsan

Galvão Engenharia

Liquigás Distribuidora

Cosan

Rumo Malha Paulista

Work highlights

  • Provides advice to Oi on all strategic regulatory matters, including the restructuring of the regulatory framework for telecoms in Brazil.
  • Dealing with strategic matters regarding the extension of one of Rumo’s railway concession contracts with the National Agency of Land Transportation.
  • Assisted Telefônica in its participation in the 5G public auction conducted by the National Telecommunications Agency.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, the public law and regulatory team is particularly seasoned in the modelling of projects with the public sector and in representing clients before public entities. Demonstrating notable strength in interactions between private companies and the public administration, the team is adept in concessions, PPP agreements, bidding processes and the execution of public contracts. Project development, PPP structures and concessions are key specialisms for Bruno Werneck. He manages the public law department, where senior associate Juliana Deguirmendjian is a name to note for public consultations and bidding procedures of infrastructure projects across the water and sewage, public lighting, transport and energy segments. Julio Barboza is regularly instructed by clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving regulated sectors and public contracts.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Werneck

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento e Participações

Enel X

Bahia Mineração

Vinci Airports

Patria Investimentos

Conasa Infraestrutura

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Generate Capital INC

CRCC International Investment Group Limited

Águas do Rio

Fundação Ezute

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP

Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

Monte Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Asisted AEGEA in the bidding procedure of water and sewage services involving municipalities of the state of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Assisted the Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento – PNUD in the preparation of national regulations regarding the tariff review for water and sewage services.
  • Advising BNDES on the structuring of the privatisation of Eletrobras.

TozziniFreire Advogados

The government projects and contracts team at TozziniFreire Advogados demonstrates strong capabilities in designing PPP structures, negotiating public contracts and assisting clients in public procurement. The department offers legal support to a varied client roster, helping companies navigate the complexities surrounding interactions with governmental entities, public bodies and regulatory agencies. Based in Brasília, Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm stands out for his involvement in the development of the regulation of the gaming industry; he is also experienced in regulatory and enforcement proceedings before the Federal Audit Court, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture. Timm jointly heads the practice with José Augusto Dias De Castro, who focuses on public procurement and compliance issues involving public-private sector interactions, and Marcelo Zenkner, who recently joined from Petrobras to oversee mandates involving administrative improbity, anti-corruption and compliance. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Caio de Souza Loureiro from Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados in March 2022; he focuses his practice on the interaction between the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Coelho de Souza Timm; José Augusto Dias de Castro; Marcelo Zenkner

Testimonials

‘Tozzini’s team has a business-oriented profile, demonstrating great knowledge and experience in providing straightforward advice that is inestimable for in-house lawyers.’

‘José Augusto Dias de Castro provides outstanding legal support.’

Key clients

BRK Ambiental

Google

Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil

Saab Ab

Advent do Brasil

Elis Groupe

Citelum (Citéluz Groupe)

Uberluz Energética and Caraguá Luz

Mindray Brasil

Estrela Instantêa Loteria SPE

Associação dos Empregados do Banco de Brasília (AEBRB)

Associação dos Empregados do Serpro de Brasília (ASES-DF)

IGT Global Services Limited

Scientific Games Investments Itália

Veolia Brasil

Banco Credit Agricole Brasil

Oxbow Brasil Energia, Indústria e Comércio

Companhia Estadual de Energia Elétrica – Geração e Transmissão (CEEE-GT)

Companhia Estadual de Energia Elétrica – Distribuição (CEEE-D)

Banrisul – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Work highlights

  • Part of a consortium that won a bidding process and executed an agreement with BNDES, whose scope is to perform the studies required for privatising TRENSURB.
  • Assisting IGT and Scientific Games in their joint venture to participate in all profitable opportunities in state lotteries.
  • Advising AEBRB, which is the largest minority shareholder of the Bank of Brasília, on its corporate reorganisation.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

At Azevedo Sette Advogados, the public law department, which is based in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, is adept at assisting clients in a multitude of industries, including construction, mining, telecoms and financial services, in administrative proceedings and public procurement. On the non-contentious front, the team has a strong profile in matters involving public tenders, concessions, PPPs and regulated industries. The practice is under the joint leadership of Frederico Bopp Dieterich, who has considerable experience in infrastructure projects, PPP structures and administrative law in general, and Leonardo Moreira Costa De Souza, whose areas of expertise include projects, M&A and public law. Bruna Bouissou regularly advises on concessions, privatisations and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Bopp Dieterich; Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza

Testimonials

‘Personalised client services.’

‘Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza is recommended.’

‘Very competent and available professionals. Objective, safe and transparent commercial relationship in terms of billing.’

Key clients

Serveng Civilsan – Empresas Associadas De Engenharia

Construtora Marquise, By Means Of Its Affiliate Marquise Serviços Ambientais

CCR

Opy Health

Cataratas Do Iguaçu

OZN Health

Concessionária Do Aeroporto Internacional De Confins

MLC Infra Construção

ONM Health

Porto De Cima Concessões

Sano Saneamento E Participações

Sanepav Saneamento Ambiental

Comerc Esco Comércio E Prestação De Serviços Em Energia

BMPI Infra

Focus Energia

SAM – Sonel Ambiental E Engenharia

Heleno & Fonseca Construtécnica

Work highlights

  • Assisted the consortium led by Serveng Civilsan – Empresas Associadas de Engenharia in arbitration in connection with the upgrade and modernisation of a metropolitan train line.
  • Advised JMalucelli Group, by means of one of its affiliates, CPE Participações, on the sale of 100% of its equity interest into seven companies to AES Energia.
  • Assisting CCR in the bids for the concessions of toll roads Presidente Dutra and BR-381.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Praised for its ‘specialisation in public law matters’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão brings together a multidisciplinary team with credentials in regulated sectors, competitive government contracting procedures, concessions and PPPs. Additionally, the team is well versed in public law-related litigation, a space in which it assists clients in all types of governmental disputes, ranging from administrative procedures to actions involving the judicial review of administrative acts and public contracts. Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho in São Paulo is recognised in the market for her experience in advising state-owned and mixed economy companies and handling administrative proceedings before public agencies and regulatory bodies. Carvalho chairs the practice alongside José Guilherme Berman in Rio de Janeiro, who is active in public tenders and regulatory enforcement. At the associate level, Mayna Dias Melo and Débora Signorelli Carvalho stand out for their experience in public service concessions, PPPs and government bidding procedures.

Practice head(s):

José Guilherme Berman; Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho

Testimonials

‘Notable specialisation in public law matters; multidisciplinary team always willing to listen to us and guide us in the best possible way.’

‘Ana Cândida Carvalho is recommended.’

Key clients

Vale

MC Brazil

Technip Energies

AMOBITEC

Tenaris

Confab

Embraer

Magnamed

Carioca Engenharia

Santos Brasil Participações

Egis Projects

VR Benefícios

Banco do Estado do Sergipe – Banese

Work highlights

  • Advised former executives from BR Distribuidora in the context of an administrative proceeding before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) involving the alleged misconduct of a state-owned company.
  • Assisted Magnamed in the negotiation and execution of an administrative contract with the Ministry of Health involving the sale of ventilators during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted Vale in relation to the privatisation of CODESA, including Vale’s response to the public hearing held by the Brazilian National Agency of Waterway Transportation.

Felsberg Advogados

Felsberg Advogados' public law and regulatory team is skilled in acting for clients operating in a range of sectors, including sanitation, technology, agribusiness, infrastructure, energy and chemicals, in the gamut of public law matters. Department head Marianne Albers, who is a public law and life sciences expert, steers the team on a range of mandates cutting across judicial litigation, administrative proceedings, public procurement, concessions and transactions. Rodrigo Bertoccelli is a name to note for clients in the infrastructure sector; he has been particularly active advising on matters in the sanitation and transportation segments.

Practice head(s):

Marianne Albers; Rodrigo de Pinho Bertoccelli

Testimonials

‘The quality of the professionals sets the firm apart.’

‘Marianne Albers stands out for her clear advice and understanding of clients’ concerns.’

Key clients

BNDES

WRI World Resources Institute

Atlantis Saneamento

Sandoz do Brasil Indústria Farmacêutica

Unifique Telecomunicações

Ecolab do Brasil

Exeltis Brasil

Laboratórios Fleury

Amil – UHG Brasil

Tetra Pak

FF Tech e Participações

NotCo Brasil Distribuição e Comércio de Produtos Alimentícios

Enorsul

Fundação Agência Bacia Hidrográfica do Alto Tietê – FABHAT

Prefeitura Municipal de Campo Grande

Prefeitura Municipal de Cassilândia

Iguá Saneamento

Mexichem Brasil

Work highlights

  • Retained by BNDES in a public bid to develop a PPP for the provision of water and sewage services to the state of Alagoas.
  • Advised Unifique Telecomunicações as a member of Consórcio 5G Sul, which won Lote C6 in Brazil’s first 5G auction, held by ANATEL.
  • Assisted global research organisation World Resources Institute with the assessment of the Brazilian urban freight and passenger transport markets.

Giamundo Neto Advogados

Specialised in public law', Giamundo Neto Advogados is best known for its strength acting before the Federal Court of Accounts and representing clients in litigation at the administrative and judicial levels. Mandates involving the new public sanitation and waste disposal legislation, contractual disputes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and new public concessions and biddings are all recent areas of activity for the department, which has also advised on PPPs, administrative improbity cases and large-scale infrastructure projects. Giuseppe Giamundo Neto is highlighted for his ‘technical knowledge' and ‘strong business skills'; he handles both litigation and non-contentious public law matters. Camillo Giamundo focuses on public contracting of infrastructure works and services, and Thays Chrystina Munhoz De Freitas specialises in public concessions and PPP agreements.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Giamundo Neto; Camillo Giamundo; Thays Chrystina Munhoz de Freitas

Testimonials

‘Law firm specialised in public law with business-oriented partners who have strategic solutions for complex cases.’

‘Giuseppe Giamundo Neto has great expertise in public contracts.’

‘Personalised service, indisputable quality and fair price. All members are extremely prepared and are always available to assist us.’

‘Giuseppe Giamundo, Camillo Giamundo and Thays Chrystina Munhoz de Freitas provide strategic advice and personalised services.’

‘I recommend in the area of public law Giuseppe Giamundo and Thays Munhoz.’

‘I feel extremely secure and confident with the support and services provided. The team that assists me has great ability to understand the problems faced, seeking practical and efficient solutions.’

‘Camillo Giamundo is an exceptional professional; he demonstrates extensive knowledge of the matters, has excellent preparation and always helps in the search and presentation of efficient solutions in the decision-making process.’

‘Giuseppe Giamundo Neto: gathers great technical knowledge, has strong business skills and easily identifies solutions that we had not considered before.’

Key clients

Mover Participações

Carioca Christiani-Nielsen Engenharia

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Camargo Corrêa Infra

Circuito de Compras São Paulo SPE

Sacyr Construcción Brasil

Medtronic

Ponta dos Ganchos Empreendimentos Turísticos

Grupo Arteris

Energia Sustentável do Brasil

Constremac Construções

Cetenco Engenharia

RFM Participações

Suez Ambiental Tratamento de Águas

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Construtora Ferreira Guedes

Usina São Paulo

Teixeira Duarte

Socicam Administração Projetos e Representações

Construtora OAS

SC Transportes

Cobrape – Cia Brasileira de Projetos

Danone

Hagaplan Planejamento e Projetos

Sondotécnica Engenharia de Solos

Grupo Elis Brasil

Paulitec Engenharia

OEC Engenharia

Dubai Ports World (DPWorld)

Fabrica Carioca de Catalisadores

Work highlights

  • Assisting Concessionária Via Paulista in nine claims involving the economic and financial readjustments of a concession agreement signed with ARTESP.
  • Advising Embraport – Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuários on an administrative claim to stop the federal government from charging occupation fees over areas held by DP World at the Port of Santos.
  • Defending Carioca Engenharia oi an administrative proceeding started by the TCU.

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados is well positioned to assist private and public sector clients in the full range of public law matters, including privatisations, public procurement and PPPs. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the renegotiation of public concessions and new contract approvals, and has helped potential investors navigate the legislation applicable to public contracting in Brazil and the current opportunities available to them. Eduardo Carvalhaes ‘leads an excellent team of lawyers‘, who are trusted by domestic and foreign players in the acquisition of equity stakes in companies that provide services to the public sector. Beatriz Ghosn is skilled in advising private companies on their interactions with Brazilian governmental entities, which is also an area of particular focus for Karen Coutinho.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Carvalhaes

Testimonials

‘The interaction between the teams with different specialisations is very good. Very efficient internal communication and this is visible to the client.’

‘Eduardo Carvalhaes is brilliant and leads an excellent team of lawyers in this practice.’

‘Eduardo Carvalhaes is a guarantee of high quality advice.’

Key clients

Winity II Telecom

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Companhia de Transmissão Centro-Oeste de Minas – CEMIG

Arrow ECS Brasil Distribuidora

Cymi Construções e Participações

KfW Bankengruppe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Winity II Telecom, backed by private equity firm Patria Investimentos, in its participation in the first auction for the grant of use of radiofrequencies dedicated to 5G wireless technology in Brazil.
  • Part of a consortium hired by BNDES to support the bank on the structuring and implementation of the privatisation of Companhia de Gás do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Sulgás).
  • Hired by CEMIG to support the privatisation of GASMIG, the natural gas distribution company of state of Minas Gerais.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The full-service public law team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados attracts praise for its ‘technical knowledge’ of issues concerning PPPs, privatisations and government tenders for public concessions. On the public procurement front, its practitioners showcase strength in all stages of tender procedures in a range of sectors, including transportation, healthcare, defence and sanitation. In addition to advising on government contracts, public utilities concessions and regulatory matters, co-head Ricardo Pagliari Levy is also well versed in administrative and judicial litigation. Fellow co-leader Marcello Bernardes has a strong background in infrastructure project development and litigation with the public administration. Names to note at the associate level include Elina Cunha Friedl, who assists private companies in doing business with federal, state and municipal public entities; and Samuel Lopes Parmegiani, who focuses on public procurement and anti-corruption compliance. Heloisa Figueiredo Ferraz handles both government contracts and administrative proceedings.

Testimonials

‘In addition to the already well-known technical knowledge, the public law team always seeks to support its clients in making business viable, even in the face of unfavourable scenarios.’

‘Ricardo Levy is excellent, has a lot of knowledge and always seeks to support us by enabling new business.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Grupo CCR

Meta Integral Investimentos

Kibag

DIB/DIB Invest

Líneas International Holding

Inter-American Development Bank

Intel

Hyundai Rotem

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Pfizer in its negotiation with Brazil’s Ministry of Health for the supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Represents RODONORTE –  Concessionária Integrada de Rodovias in a class action filed by a group of citizens challenging an increase of toll due to the widening of a highway.
  • Assisted KIBAG in its successful bid to provide state-owned company Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária with projects and complementary works on the main airstrip at São Paulo Congonhas Airport.

Sundfeld Advogados

Public law and regulatory boutique Sundfeld Advogados enjoys a strong reputation in the Brazilian legal market. Regulatory matters and administrative proceedings are core areas of focus for the team. Carlos Ari Sundfeld is a name to note for public procurement and contentious matters.

Tojal Renault Advogados

The ‘highly specialised team' at Tojal Renault Advogados offers comprehensive advice to clients pursuing business opportunities with federal, state and local governments. PPP agreements, concessions and public bids are key fields of expertise for the practice, which also has noteworthy experience in handling contentious matters involving regulatory agencies, administrative contracts and the enforcement of contractual obligations. Founding partner Sebastião Botto De Barros Tojal ‘has important experience in public administration', which makes him a go-to lawyer for clients implicated in administrative and judicial proceedings. He manages the practice with Jorge Henrique de Oliveira Souza, who leads on work pertaining to the infrastructure sector, notably ports and highways. Renata Rocha Villela, who is focused on power, natural gas and transport-related matters, was promoted to the partnership in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sebastião Botto de Barros Tojal; Jorge Henrique de Oliveira Souza

Testimonials

‘Highly specialised team with extensive experience in public tenders. It supported us a lot in specific projects related to ports and logistics.’

‘Jorge Henrique de Oliveira Souza has in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues pertaining to the ports sector.’

‘Team of specialists with high expertise to work in the port and infrastructure sectors, as well as in bidding processes and discussions in the regulatory sphere. High availability, cordiality and excellent delivery of legal and regulatory solutions in a timely and complete manner.’

‘Sebastião Tojal and Jorge Henrique de Oliveira Souza have in-depth knowledge of the sector and processes involved, renowned expertise, and work in a committed manner.’

‘Team that is active in the port segment, highly renowned in the market, and has excellent professionals. What sets it apart is the expertise and seniority of partners Sebastião and Sergio.’

‘It is a law firm with legal knowledge well above average and concerned with the client. It has a broad capacity to understand clients’ problems and formulates theses with responsibility.’

‘Sergio Renault has important experience in Public Administration, having even held the position of Secretary for Judiciary Reform at the Ministry of Justice. Sebastião Tojal is a professor at USP and has worked on important leniency agreements in recent times.’

Key clients

ABECIP – Associação Brasileira das Entidades de Crédito Imobiliário e Poupança

ABRACE | Associação Brasileira de Grandes Consumidores Industriais de Energia e de Consumidores Livres

Andrade Gutierrez

Banco Santander

CBA – Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica

Cervejaria Petrópolis

CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo

Copersucar

Drogaria São Paulo (DPSP GROUP)

Empresa Brasileira de Terminais e Armazéns Gerais Ltda – Grupo AGEO

Febraban

Grupo Aegea

Grupo CSN

Grupo Ecorodovias

Guarupart Participações

HBR Equipamentos

Intermarítima Portos e Logísitica

J. Macedo

Suzano

Vale

Votorantim Cimentos

Votorantim

Work highlights

  • Retained to act for ABRACE (as amicus curiae) in a lawsuit in progress at the Supreme Federal Court discussing the limits of the competence of the Union and the States for natural gas handling services.
  • Assisting CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo in relation to the determination issued by the National System Operator to reduce the minimum flow rate practiced at the Porto Primavera plant.
  • Hired by ABECIP to negotiate an agreement with the Federal Attorney General’s Office to end the controversy related to the interpretation of laws that regulate the Salary Variation Compensation Fund.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Led by Heloisa Uelze, the public law department at Trench Rossi Watanabe is well versed across a broad array of public law matters, spanning regulatory issues, government relations and litigation at the judicial and administrative levels. The team is well equipped to handle public procurement procedures, but is primarily engaged in disputes involving the public administration and governmental entities arising from public tenders, compliance and corruption issues. Bruno Burini ‘is an excellent lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of procedural issues'; he coordinates the public law litigation group out of Brasília. Andrews França regularly advises on public and regulatory law involving the oil and gas, agribusiness and port logistics sectors. Henrique Frizzo, whose experience covers concessions, PPPs and public contracts, and recently promoted partner Bruno Duarte are other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Heloisa Uelze

Testimonials

‘Professionalism and creativity.’

‘Bruno Burini and Henrique Frizzo are recommended.’

‘The team is extremely qualified, offers personalised services, and demonstrates a lot of dedication and commitment. Ease of contact with professionals in case of emergencies. Defences very well studied and prepared by the team.’

‘Bruno Burini is an excellent lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of procedural issues.’

Key clients

General Electric Group

GE Healthcare

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez

Motorola Solutions

Red Hat

Conselho Curador dos Honorários Advocatícios – CCHA

Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos – ABIHPEC

Dräger Indústria e Comércio

Center Norte Construção, Empreendimentos Administração e Participação.

Johnson & Johnson do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos para Saúde

Alibem Alimentos

Vopak Brasil

Stolthaven

Marimex – Despachos, Transportes e Serviços and Localfrio – Armazéns Gerais Frigoríficos

Work highlights

  • Assisting Conselho Curador dos Honorários Advocatícios, a private entity that organises and distributes attorney’s fees due to Federal Public Attorneys when they win cases, in a case before the Supreme Federal Court.
  • Assisting Dräger Indústria e Comércio in an investigation before the TCU related to potential corruption and overpricing in the sale of medical equipment to the government.
  • Representing ABIHPEC in a direct unconstitutionality action before the Supreme Federal Court which challenges two bills forbidding animal testing for cosmetic, hygiene, perfume and cleaning products and the sale of products tested on animals.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados' public law practice assists in a combination of consultancy and contentious matters, boasting an impressive track record in complex transactions that have significant administrative law and regulatory components. Energy, infrastructure and natural resources are core sector strengths for the group, whose service offering includes advice on public tenders, concessions, privatisations and public law-related dispute resolution. Proceedings before audit courts, constitutional litigation and disputes in regulated industries are all areas where the team has seen a recent uptick in demand. Porto Alegre-based partner Mauro Hiane de Moura oversees the national public law team, which also features Marcos Ludwig in Rio de Janeiro and Daniel Engel in São Paulo. Ludwig maintains a broad practice in project development, transactions, regulatory issues and public law, while Engel devotes his time to assisting public entities and mixed capital companies engaged in infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Mauro Hiane de Moura

Key clients

Eletrobras Termonuclear – Eletronuclear

Autotrac Comércio e Telecomunicações

Banco Genial

SAMA Minerações Associadas (em recuperação judicial)

Yara Brasil Fertilizantes

NTT Comércio e Serviços de Tecnologia

Unisys Brasil

APROBIO – Associação dos Produtores de Biocombustíveis do Brasil

CropLife Brasil

Associação Brasileira de Defensivos Pós-Patente (AENDA)

SINDIVEG – Sindicato National da Indústria de Produtos para Defesa Vegetal

GRU Airport

Tansan Indústria Química

Work highlights

  • Acts as Brazilian counsel to GRU Airport in the revision and negotiation with the Brazilian Aviation Authority (ANAC) of an amendment to the concession agreement of Guarulhos Airport.
  • Retained by CropLife Brasil, SINDIVEG and AENDA to file an amicus brief in a constitutional complaint filed before the Supreme Federal Court by the Workers’ Party and the Socialism and Freedom Party.
  • Advising Eletrobras Termonuclear – Eletronuclear on several public law and international law matters in the context of the potential resumption of civil works for the completion of nuclear power plant Angra 3.

Almeida Advogados

Almeida Advogados is equipped to guide clients throughout all stages of public procurement procedures, from assisting clients in their participation in PPPs, to representing them in public civil actions related to government contracts. The team, which is rated by clients for its ‘extensive knowledge of public and regulatory law’, is often retained in judicial litigation against government agencies and administrative proceedings. Administrative and government relations specialist Igor Luna jointly heads the department with Rafael Zinato Moreira, who is proficient in bidding procedures and public contracts. Other noteworthy practitioners include Pedro Argenta Bayardino and Luísa Sottili, the latter of whom has combined expertise in administrative and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Igor Luna; Rafael Zinato Moreira

Testimonials

‘Almeida Advogados is distinguished from the others by the extreme speed with which it responds to new processes, anticipating and informing us of issues even before we are officially involved in matters.’

‘Excellent service and speed of advice set the firm apart.’ 

‘The professionals that make up Almeida Advogados have extensive knowledge of public and regulatory law. The firm has an office in Brasília, which facilitates the follow-up of processes and meetings with authorities. The fees are fair and the work is excellent.’

Key clients

Permian Global Research

Onix Construções

Construtora Mello Azevedo

Orizon Meio Ambiente

Central De Tratamento De Resíduos Guajará

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

Terra Santa Administradora De Cemitérios e Imóveis

Certisign Certificadora Digital

WMB Comércio Eletrônico

Alesat Combustíveis

Instituto Cidadania Digital

Citeluz Serviços De Iluminação

Energ Power

SC Engenharia

BRK Ambiental

Buser Brasil Tecnologia

Santa Vitória Açúcar E Alcool

MSC Cruzeiros

Salina Diamante Branco

Work highlights

  • Assisting Permian Global with the development of nature conservation infrastructure projects in Mato Grosso and Rondônia.
  • Assisting Onix Construções in the appeal of a decision involving a public construction contract with Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP.
  • Representing Construtora Mello Azevedo in a recovery action filed against Empresa Municipal de Urbanização do Rio de Janeiro (RioUrbe) concerning a project in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.

Aroeira Salles Advogados

Aroeira Salles Advogados ‘has extensive knowledge of Brazilian public law', and predominantly advises leading infrastructure, construction and energy companies in contentious and non-contentious mandates involving administrative law issues and projects. Disputes before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) is a strong point for the department, which is also adept in contract management issues. Alexandre Aroeira Salles ‘stands out for his deep knowledge of the subject and strategic vision in negotiations and processes'; he has a wealth of experience in public procurement and matters before the Supreme Federal Court. Nayron Sousa Russo is another name to note in São Paulo; he is well known for assisting major construction players in administrative proceedings. Belo Horizonte-based partner Francisco de Melo Franco Ferreira advises on regulatory issues, anti-corruption cases and public projects, while Tathiane Vieira Viggiano Fernandes in Brasília is often engaged in mandates involving the transport and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Aroeira Salles

Testimonials

‘They are available to answer questions and they always provide updated information and communicate feedback from public bodies regarding matters.’

‘Aroeira Salles has extensive knowledge of Brazilian public law. The team always seeks to be updated and find innovative technical solutions.’

‘Francisco de Melo Franco Ferreira is extremely intelligent, insightful and knowledgeable about public law, which makes his defenses highly trusted by the court.’

‘Aroeira Salles stands out in terms of the quality and expertise of its professionals and the services provided. The team is qualified, bringing together robust academic and practical knowledge on the topic, in addition to being highly available and dedicated. Access to partners is direct, and the firm has enhanced the proximity to clients through the use of technological resources and online meetings.’

‘Alexandre Aroeira Salles stands out for his deep knowledge of the subject and strategic vision in negotiations and processes.’

Key clients

Odebrecht

Andrade Gutierrez

Queiroz Galvão

Camargo Corrêa

CCR

ARG

Arteris

FDS Engenharia de Óleo e Gas

Construcap

Aterpa

Work highlights

  • Represented Construcap in the bidding for major works on a state motorway in São Paulo.
  • Advised Inova Saúde in relation to the concession contracts for three state hospitals in the state of São Paulo.
  • Acted for Andrade Gutierrez in proceedings before the TCU relating to the Angra 3 nuclear power plant.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

At Cescon Barrieu, the public law offering was strengthened by the arrival of Mario Saadi in June 2021 from Tauil & Chequer Advogados, who ‘is extremely experienced’ in transactional and regulatory matters in this space. The firm is now well positioned to assist in a range of advisory and litigation mandates, including concessions, PPPs, administrative contract management, bidding procedures and judicial cases. Public lighting projects are core areas of strength for the team, which also excels in the modelling of projects for potential divestments in state-owned enterprises. Matheus Palhares Vieira is a name to note at the associate level; he regularly acts for concessionaires and companies in relation to public contracts and bidding procedures.

Practice head(s):

Mário Saadi

Testimonials

‘Cescon Barrieu is a firm that lives up to its good reputation. The firm follows practices that are extremely aligned with the needs of its clients, providing personalised services. In addition, the firm is extremely competitive in terms of fees, and is absolutely adaptable to clients’ needs. A truly admirable firm, with exceptional professionals.’

‘Mario Saadi is extremely experienced and able to think of the best possible solutions.’ 

‘Stands out for its multidisciplinary services.’

Key clients

Cia Paranaense de Energia – Copel

Cemig Geração e Transmissão

Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Enel X

Vale

COPASA

Penske Logistics

Bausch Healt

EDP Brasil

Braserv

Work highlights

  • Assisted Copel Holding on the unbundling of its telecoms and energy assets followed by the divesting and privatisation of its telecoms subsidiary Copel Telecom.
  • Advised BNDES throughout the structuring, modelling and preparation process for the concession, through a PPP, for the public lighting services of the city of Macapá.
  • Advised EDP Brasil on its participation in the bidding procedure for the privatisation of CELG-T.

Fialho Salles Advogados

Based in Belo Horizonte, Fialho Salles Advogados' public law team undertakes a range of work in core industry sectors, including sanitation, construction, transport and power, among others. Clients regularly turn to the practice for assistance with regulatory matters, major infrastructure projects, governmental concessions and PPP agreements. The team of ‘extremely qualified and committed professionals' is praised for achieving ‘satisfactory legal solutions for highly complex matters’. It is jointly led by three practitioners: Érico Andrade, who has a strong track record in public bids, concessions and PPPs; Gustavo Magalhães, who is recommended for regulatory and infrastructure matters; and Anderson Novais, who advises on public law advisory and litigation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Érico Andrade; Gustavo Magalhães; Anderson Novais

Testimonials

‘Extremely qualified and committed professionals who achieve satisfactory legal solutions for highly complex matters.’

‘Gustavo Magalhães is a distinguished professional who has a very comprehensive business vision, in addition to having a high degree of commitment to the client’s demands.’

‘Personalised service; highly qualified professionals; team with a high sense of responsibility; excellent knowledge of public law.’

‘Gustavo Magalhães proved to be proactive and committed.’

Key clients

AEGEA Saneamento e Participações

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)

BH Iluminação Pública (PPP)

BRK Ambiental (Brookfield Group)

Buser Brasil Tecnologia

Canopus Construções e Empreendimentos

Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais – COPASA

Construtora Barbosa Melllo S.A.and BMPI Infra

Construtora Remo

Empresa Construtora Brasil

Suma Brasil – Serviços Urbanos e Meio Ambiente (Mota-Engil Group)

Gestores Prisionais Associados – GPA (PPP)

GS Inima Brasil

Hy Brazil Energia

OECI (Novonor Group)

OEngenharia (Vinci Group)

SPE Inova BH

SPE Saúde Primária BH (PPPs Transpes Group)

SPE Terminal Belo Horizonte

TACOM Projetos de Bilhetagem Inteligente

Uber do Brasil Tecnologia

Up Brasil – Policard Systems e Serviços

Work highlights

  • Assisted BNDES in the modelling of studies for the privatisation of Amapá Electricity Company (CEA).
  • Advised BH Iluminação Pública on a matter related to the PPP for the expansion, modernisation and operation of the street lighting facilities in Belo Horizonte.
  • Acted for BRK Ambiental Cachoeiro de Itapemirim before the regulatory agency concerning the economic rebalance of a concession agreement.

Mudrovitsch Advogados

Based in Brasília, Mudrovitsch Advogados ‘stands out for its technical knowledge' of constitutional litigation, administrative proceedings and electoral law issues. Companies from regulated industries, including sanitation, construction, transportation and education, are at the core of the group’s client base. Its recent work showcases its ability to advise on concession agreements, PPP modelling and bidding procedures. Public law expert Rodrigo De Bittencourt Mudrovitsch concentrates on constitutional law issues. He co-chairs the department with Victor Santos Rufino and Raphael Marcelino, the latter of whom specialises in civil litigation, with a focus on civil liberties.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Mudrovitsch; Victor Santos Rufino; Raphael Marcelino

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its technical knowledge.’

‘The quality of documents produced and reports on the status of the administrative process before CADE are always excellent.’

‘Raphael Marcelino is recommended for his dedication and high technical level.’

Key clients

Enforce

ESBR

Grupo Heber

Cosan Lubrificantes

Raízen

Mover

Comércio e Construção Camargo Corrêa

Grupo SHC

Guanabara

Util

ENGIE

Chibatão

BTG

Braskem

Universidade Paulista – UNIP

SIA Offices Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Concessionária do Centro Administrativo do Distrito Federal – CENTRAD

Tim Celular

Telefonica Brasil

Claro

Oi

Jardins Mangueiral Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Centro Universitário Planalto do Distrito Federal – UNIPLAN

CONTERN

Palma Guedes Advogados

Specialised in public law, Palma Guedes Advogados offers legal support to a diverse client roster including companies from the oil and gas, telecoms, life sciences and healthcare sectors. An array of consulting and contentious public law matters are catered for, with the practice regularly acting for clients in concessions, constitutional law cases, and proceedings before judicial courts and regulatory agencies. Founding partner Alvaro Palma De Jorge has a wealth of experience in infrastructure-related matters, including PPP projects. Focused on court and administrative litigation, Demian Guedes ‘is extremely creative when it comes to consulting and strategising when faced with strategic litigation'. Glaucia Corti Tavares undertakes contentious and non-contentious work in this area, including concessions, PPPs and other public law issues.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Palma de Jorge; Demian Guedes; Glaucia Corti Tavares

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified teams that understand the client’s market and come up with innovative solutions based on the best analysis of the law. Capable of proposing innovative solutions from the point of view of Superior Court decisions, and able to deal with highly complex and client-sensitive issues.’

‘The firm specialises in public law, both in the litigation and advisory areas. It stands out not only for the availability of its partners, but, above all, for its knowledge of the infrastructure/regulated market, with creative solutions for project modelling and holistic/strategic thinking for litigation, including topics related to anti-corruption.’

‘In addition to having a deep knowledge of public law, Demian Guedes is extremely creative when it comes to consulting and strategising when faced with strategic litigation.’

‘The founding partners are directly involved in the cases.’

Key clients

Ambev

Airbnb Brazil

Tim

Halliburton

Odebrecht Group

RIOgaleão – Concessionária Aeroporto do Rio de Janeiro

CONMEBOL – Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol

Copa América 2019 – Comitê Organizador Brasileiro EIRELI

Hebara Distribuidora de Produtos Lotéricos

Webedia Internet Brasil

BRK Ambiental

Zona Oeste Mais Saneamento

CBF – Confederação Brasileira de Futebol

GL Events

Work highlights

  • Advises OECI on administrative and judicial claims related to the construction of BRT Transoeste.
  • Advises Ambev on the legal strategy and measures to challenge a decision rendered by TCE/RJ that ordered the annulment of a 20-year agreement entered with CEDAE.
  • Assists RIOgaleão, the concessionaire of airport Antonio Carlos Jobim-Galeão, in regulatory matters in general and with the legal strategy of a case before TCU.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados' broad service offering covers public concessions, procurement and regulatory matters. Working in close collaboration with the other practices within the firm, including corporate, dispute resolution and environment, the group is a popular choice for public law matters involving the energy industry, notably oil and gas projects. The department also demonstrates specialist knowledge of other infrastructure sectors, namely ports, highways, railways, airports and telecoms, and is regularly engaged in regulatory and administrative matters. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro and Thiago De Oliveira, the latter of whom acts for Brazilian and foreign clients before regulatory agencies, jointly manage the team. Renata De Abreu Martins is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; Thiago de Oliveira

Key clients

AENA Desarrollo Internacional

Aeroportos do Nordeste do Brasil

CEG RIO

CEG – Companhia de Gás do Rio de Janeiro (Naturgy Group)

Nacional Gás Butano

ViaRio (CCR Group)

Duratex

Operador Nacional do Sistema (ONS)

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras

Petrobras Distribuidora – BR Distribuidora

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores

Cofco Brasil

Construtora Camargo Corrêa

Departamento Municipal de Energia Elétrica de Ijuí Geração (Demei Geração)

Renova Energia

ION Geophysical

Anadarko Corporation

Grupo ABC

TIM

Teleperformance Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised CEG and CEG RIO before the State of Rio de Janeiro Regulatory Agency (AGENERSA) in strategic matters related to their main investments in Brazil.
  • Advised AENA International on the sixth round of biddings for the concession of Brazilian regional airports.
  • Assists VIARIO in the context of the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission established at the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Chamber.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is singled out for its in-depth knowledge of public bidding procedures and regulated industries, including oil and gas, basic sanitation, gas distribution and airports. The public law, infrastructure and regulatory group has experienced substantial growth under the joint leadership of Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna, with several new clients and instructions related to administrative proceedings, public hearings carried out by regulatory agencies, public contracts and concessions. Vianna stands out for his extensive knowledge of matters concerning the airport infrastructure sector. Renato Otto Kloss, who has a relevant background in public administration and regulatory agencies, is a go-to counsel to sanitation clients in new concessions and PPP agreements.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna

Testimonials

‘Exceptional service, direct involvement of partners with close monitoring and innovative solutions.’

‘Renato Kloss has a differentiated vision of the market.’

‘I understand that immediate, highly qualified service and great alignment with the client’s business  are the hallmarks of VPBG and Renato Kloss.’

‘Renato Kloss is recommended for his high level of qualification and commitment to his client.’

‘The firm has extensive experience in the sector and in-depth knowledge of all matters in the sector, with highly qualified professionals, committed to the client/project and capable of meeting the most challenging deadlines.’

‘Renato Otto Kloss is an excellent professional, has a pragmatic view of various regulatory issues and is always open to finding the best solutions.’

‘Great knowledge in the area of public law.’

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento e Participações

Aeroportos do Sudeste do Brasil (ASEB) – Zurich Airport Group

Allonda Ambiental

Allonda Ambiental Engenharia

Amazon.com Services

Concessionária do Aeroporto de Salvador

Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Florianópolis

Dacalda Açúcar e Álcool

Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Espírito Santo (FINDES)

Iguá Saneamento

Marlim Azul Comércio e Transporte de Petróleo e Derivados

Metha

Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia

Roku

São Paulo Catarina Aeroporto Executivo (JHSF Group)

Sindicato das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros no Estado de Minas Gerais – SINDPAS

SPE Concessionária Aeroeste Aeroportos

Teixeira Duarte Engenharia e Construção

Work highlights

  • Assisting JHSF in the seventh round of airport concessions, which will encompass the main domestic airports in Brazil, such as Santos Dumont and Congonhas.
  • Assisting a client in a public bid for the concession for the expansion, maintenance and operation of the water and sewage system of Barra do Piraí.
  • Advising on the conversion of the São Paulo Catarina Aeroporto Executivo into an international airport before the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation National Agency and other Brazilian federal entities.

Braz, Coelho, Campos, Veras, Lessa e Bueno Advogados

Under the joint leadership of Leonardo Coelho Ribeiro and Rafael Véras De Freitas, the administrative law and regulation group at Braz, Coelho, Campos, Veras, Lessa e Bueno Advogados - the result of the recent merger between Braz Campos Advogados and LL Advogados - marries ‘deep technical knowledge with a pro-business attitude’. Concessions, PPPs, infrastructure projects and public procurement mandates feature heavily in the team’s workload, which is further populated by regulatory matters and administrative proceedings involving the oil and gas, transport and sewage sectors.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Coelho Ribeiro; Rafael Véras de Freitas

Testimonials

‘Intellectual capacity of the partners, specialisation, business and strategic vision set the firm apart.’

‘Specialised in the area of public law and differs from others in that it is able to combine deep technical knowledge with a pro-business attitude.’

‘I highlight the performance of partners Leonardo Coelho Ribeiro and Rafael Véras de Freitas. Both have outstanding knowledge in the area of public law, especially in regulatory and administrative law. In addition, they are aware of the main trends and are able to devise creative and innovative solutions for their clients.’

‘I believe that the main aspect of the firm’s legal practice is the close perception of the client’s problem and needs. That characteristic associated with the high quality work and the constant presence of the firm’s most senior partners ensures that matters are handled with great quality and speed. Additionally, it is important to emphasise the respect that the team has towards public bodies and managers, being recognised as a technical authority in the regulation of infrastructure.’

Key clients

Linha Amarela – LAMSA

Concessão Metroviária do Rio de Janeiro

Programa de Desenvolvimento das Nações Unidas (PNUD – ONU)

Ministério da Economia (Secretaria de Desenvolvimento da Infraestrutura – SDI)

Petrobras Transporte (Transpetro)

Terminal de Veículos de Santos (Santos Brasil)

Marlim Azul Energia

MLOG

Concessionária da Rodovia dos Lagos

Concessionária Via Rio

CCR Barcas

Eneva

Manaus Ambiental (Águas de Manaus)

Global Investment Corporation – GIC (Singapore Sovereign Fund)

Organização Funerária São João Batista

Bafer/Bamim

Ultracargo

Águas do Rio

Braskem

RUMO LOGÍSTICA MULTIMODAL

Work highlights

  • Assisted Linha Amarela – LAMSA in administrative proceedings involving the economic and financial rebalancing of a public concession agreement.
  • Advised Concessão Metroviária do Rio de Janeiro on an administrative procedure initiated by the Public Ministry concerning the public concession agreements of metro lines 1, 2 and 4 of the Rio de Janeiro underground.
  • Assisted Programa de Desenvolvimento das Nações Unidas (PNUD – ONU) and Ministério da Economia (Secretaria de Desenvolvimento da Infraestrutura – SDI) in a study for a regulatory revision for airport slots.

CGM Advogados

CGM Advogados fields a team of ‘subject matter experts’ focused on public law and antitrust matters, who act for a diverse client roster in administrative proceedings, court cases and internal investigations involving interactions with public entities. Representing companies in public hearings launched by Brazil’s National Agency for Waterway Transportation is a core strength for the department, which has also been active advising on Covid-19 related matters involving the Ministry of Health. Players from the healthcare, transportation, pharmaceutical, payment solutions, software and logistics sectors seek André Gilberto‘s support in public law disputes and investigations regarding public contracts. Renato Vianna and Maria Luisa Lopes are key associates who specialise in public law.

Practice head(s):

André Gilberto

Testimonials

‘Excels in the preparation of administrative appeals and counter-arguments to appeals. They are subject matter experts and are always willing to help.’

‘André Marques Gilberto has extensive knowledge in this field and is always available.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Nuvasive Brasil Comercial

Andritz Hydro

Hapag Loyd

Thales Dis Brasil Cartões e Soluções de Tecnologia

CMA CGM

Centronave – Centro Nacional de Navegação Transatlântica

Banco Citibank

CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens

Work highlights

  • Assisted CVC Corp in contracting with public entities.
  • Assisted Messer Gases in several meetings and negotiations with public authorities during the oxygen crisis that occurred in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Thales in administrative claims filed by NEC Latin America regarding a tender bid launched by the Federal Police for the acquisition of an Automated Biometric Identification System.

Dal Pozzo Advogados

Dal Pozzo Advogados offers assistance to companies in the education, transport, telecoms, technology, sanitation and energy segments on a broad scope of public law matters, including public tenders, concessions, PPP agreements and administrative litigation. Augusto Neves Dal Pozzo is rated for his ‘ability to understand the issues and come up with solutions‘; he has over two decades of experience in infrastructure projects and complex public contracts. He jointly leads the group with Antonio Araldo Ferraz Dal Pozzo. João Negrini Neto is a key contact for judicial and administrative proceedings involving public issues. Other practitioners to note include Percival José Bariani Junior and Evane Beiguelman Kramer, both of whom specialise in administrative and public law.

Practice head(s):

Augusto Neves Dal Pozzo; Antonio Araldo Ferraz Dal Pozzo

Testimonials

‘The team assists me in litigation involving public law. They are specialists in public law and litigation cases and work in partnership with the client, seeking to understand the demands.’

‘Augusto Neves Dal Pozo stands out for his availability, ability to understand the issues and come up with solutions.’

Key clients

Companhia Espírito Santense de Saneamento – Cesan

Congresso Nacional

Instituto para o Desenvolvimento dos Sistemas de Transporte – Idestra

Instituto Cultural Newton Paiva

Facebook Serviços Online Do Brasil

Engeform Construções E Comércio

Águas De Mineiros – Latam Water Participações

Viarondon Concessionária de Rodovia

Concessionária Auto Raposo Tavares – CART (Fundo Pátria)

Concessionária Rota Das Bandeiras

Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV

Rumo Malha Norte

Hydrosystem

Grupo Comporte

Trail Infraestrutura

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook on the execution of social responsibility projects with the third sector.
  • Acted for Concessionária Rota das Bandeiras and São Paulo’s State Government in the establishment of a mediation process in the context of a highway concession contract.
  • Defending Consórcio Comporte / Cosbem / Telar in an administrative misconduct action involving the public tender for the construction of São Paulo subway Line 5.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

The public law team at Dias Carneiro Advogados provides legal support in dispute resolution and public procurement to a varied client base. Administrative and judicial proceedings are notable areas of practice for the department, which is also adept in transactional work with regulatory and public law implications. Chairman Ricardo Sanches is seasoned in concessions, PPPs, government contracts and compliance matters. Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves has a strong background in antitrust, internal investigations and anti-corruption issues.

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados

Clients operating in highly regulated industries, notably transport, infrastructure, waste management and energy, routinely turn to Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados for advice on government contracts, and administrative proceedings at the federal, state and local levels. On the consultancy front, the team of ‘well-connected professionals in the public and private spheres' is skilled in public tenders, construction contracts, concessions and PPP structures. Leading the practice is Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto, whose experience covers regulatory matters, public concessions and infrastructure projects in general. Paola Szanto specialises in administrative proceedings and litigation involving public contracts. The latter is also an area of focus for Rodrigo Scalamandré Duarte Garcia, while Cesar Augusto Alckmin Jacob is noted for non-contentious matters in the field of public law.

Practice head(s):

Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto

Testimonials

‘Impeccable technical quality. Well-connected professionals in the public and private spheres, helpful and up-to-date.’

‘I would highlight Rodrigo Duarte Garcia.’

Key clients

Ecourbis Ambiental

JCDecaux

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

WTorre

Contracta Engenharia

BM Varejo

BM Empreendimentos Imobiliários

ECO 050

Concessionária do Sistema Anhanguera Bandeirantes – Autoban

Greenwich Brasil Soluções em Infraestrutura de Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advised Ecourbis Ambiental on the restructuring of its business in the light of the new Sanitation Law.
  • Assisting WTorre in the acquisition of the consortium in charge of the concession contract to administer a public area dedicated to cultural activities in São Paulo’s city centre.
  • Advised BM Varejo on the signing and execution of a cooperation agreement with the municipality of São Paulo for the building of a public park.

Grego Santos Advogados

Acting for clients across a variety of sectors, such as real estate, financial services, energy, mining, logistics and agribusiness, Grego Santos Advogados' service offering covers public law advisory and litigation. Bruno Grego Santos, whose experience includes working as a public servant for 12 years, assists domestic and international clients in public procurement procedures and anti-corruption matters. He coordinates the practice, which is split between São Paulo and Paraná, alongside Andreia Colhado Gallo.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Grego Santos; Andreia Colhado Gallo

Testimonials

‘Super competent and ready to assist clients.’

‘Bruno Grego Santos is incredible at solving challenging issues.’

Key clients

MGA Informática

Grupo Vicentinos do Brasil

Agulhon Agropecuária

Theòs Sistemas Eclesiais

Accion Sistemas

Medivo

Ozoxx Ozonioterapias

AOCP Concursos

DB1 Group

Portobello Shop

GBGroup

GetCard

Ingá Digital

Icent Capital

Consignet

Work highlights

  • Acted as regulatory counsel to DB1 Global Software in the prevention of administrative proceedings arising from data protection regulations.
  • Assisted Grupo Vicentinos do Brasil in a public procurement procedure promoted by CEMIG, the state of Minas Gerais’ electrical company.
  • Advised Icent Capital on regulatory matters regarding wind turbine licensing issues.

Gustavo Binenbojm & Associados (GBA)

Praised by clients for its ‘remarkable technical quality', Gustavo Binenbojm & Associados (GBA) has wide-ranging experience in public law, but is perhaps best known for representing clients in the judicial review of legislation and appeals involving constitutional, freedom of speech and regulatory issues. The firm can regularly be found acting for clients from an array of sectors, including transport, telecoms, technology, oil and gas, and energy, in matters before audit courts and regulatory agencies. Gustavo Binenbojm stands out for his experience in representing media companies in matters related to public law. Alice Voronoff, André Cyrino and Rafael Koatz are also part of the core team handling administrative law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Binenbojm; André Cyrino; Rafael Koatz; Alice Voronoff

Testimonials

‘Gustavo Binenbojm e Associados is a true reference in public law, with extremely qualified professionals who are able to assist us in the most complex public and regulatory law matters. What differentiates them is, fundamentally, the ability to reconcile the critical and in-depth analytical view with objectivity and adaptability to the needs of companies. The team is extremely committed to deadlines.’

‘Rafael Koatz and Alice Voronoff form a truly impeccable team, with absolute synergy and the ability to respond quickly to complex issues.’

‘The team has high technical and academic expertise, combined with remarkable practical and market knowledge. Experience in complex legal issues and hard public law cases makes the firm a great reference in the field.’

‘The team as a whole has remarkable technical quality and is capable of creating bold and creative legal solutions to resolve complex disputes. In particular, Gustavo Binenbojm, Alice Voronoff, and Rafael Koatzare worth mentioning.’

‘The technical excellence of Gustavo Binenbojm & Associados is impressive. The advice is clear, direct and addresses all legal aspects accurately.’

‘In addition to all the technical expertise, it has a differentiated and empathetic approach to the development of strategies, something that allows a better analysis of circumstances and to foresee difficulties, creating an environment that is more conducive to solving situations.’

Key clients

Organizações Globo

Ambev

BR Marinas Glória

BAT (British American Tobacco, formerly Souza Cruz)

MRS Logística

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

Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras – Eletrobras

Eleva Educação

Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Confins

Companhia de Gás de São Paulo – Comgás

FENASAÚDE – Federação Nacional de Saúde Suplementar

CCR

Ceptis Indústria e Comércio de Tintas e Sistemas

Associação Brasileira de Concessionárias de Rodovia – ABCR

Concessionária do VLT Carioca

Concessionária ViaRio

Ferrovia Norte Sul

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of FENAERT, an entity that represents enterprises in radio and television broadcasting, as amicus curiae in three lawsuits before the Supreme Federal Court.
  • Acting for Globo Comunicação e Participações in a right to be forgotten case.
  • Advises MRS on the negotiation with the federal government regarding the early renewal agreement to extend a concession for 30 years.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' public law team handles the full spectrum of matters, but showcases particular strength in the legal modelling of infrastructure projects, concessions and PPPs. The transportation and sanitation sectors have been particular areas of focus for the team, which is well placed to assist in concession agreements involving federal and state roads, ports, railways and urban mobility projects. Rodnei Iazzetta, who is proficient in public concessions, contract management and bidding procedures, manages the group with Marcelo Lennerz, who handles regulatory disputes in the education, healthcare, sanitation and public lighting sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rodnei Iazzetta; Marcelo Lennertz

Key clients

Engie Brasil Participações

Medtronic Comercial

International Finance Corporation – IFC

CPFL Energia

Radar Propriedades Agrícolas

Hidrovias do Brasil

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

FIPE – Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas

Vale

McKinsey & Group

Monte Rodovias Holding e Participações

Work highlights

  • Assisted BNDES in the legal due diligence of the brownfield project of SPA (Santos Port Authority) and CDSS (São Sebastião Port Authority) related to the privatisation and/or concession of their activities.
  • Advised IFC on the feasibility studies for the concession of six lots of federal toll roads located in the state of Paraná.
  • Assisted Engie Brasil in connection with the procurement procedure for a PPP of public lighting.

Madrona Fialho Advogados

Madrona Fialho Advogados is noted for providing a ‘quick, dynamic and efficient response in structuring concessions and PPP projects’. Typical mandates range from advising clients on public auctions to representing them in administrative proceedings and public law disputes. Rosane Menezes Lohbauer, who has a strong background in M&A, leads on work pertaining to the modelling of infrastructure projects as concessions and PPPs in the healthcare, sanitation and transport sectors. Showcasing in-depth knowledge of public auctions and regulatory agencies, senior associate Fernando Gallacci advises on disruptive partnerships between state authorities and private companies.

Practice head(s):

Rosane Menezes Lohbauer

Testimonials

‘Quick, dynamic and efficient response in structuring concessions and PPP projects.’

‘Good leadership by Rosane Menezes and technical coordination by Fernando Gallacci.’

‘I believe that the firm has skills that complement each other in the different areas it operates in, which keeps the team updated on existing issues across different markets and allows for exchanges between teams.’

‘Rosane is very committed to the results.’

Key clients

Mce Intermediações e Negócios

Permian Global Research Limited

ISA CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Paulista

Vision Brazil Gestão de Investimentos e Participações

CONASA Infraestrutura

Concessionária SPMar (Grupo Bertin)

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

AFD (Agência Francesa de Desenvolvimento)

Parquetur Participações

Benvenuto Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Assists Mce Intermediações e Negócios regarding a request for a proposal promoted by the state government of São Paulo, aiming at modelling a concession for granting local lottery services.
  • Advised ISA CTEEP on its participation in the privatisation procedure of CEEE-T (Companhia Estadual de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica).
  • Assisted CS Brasil in the bidding procedure involving CPT’s train lines 8 and 9 in the metropolitan area of São Paulo.

Porto Lauand Advogados

At Porto Lauand Advogados, the infrastructure and regulatory practice acts for an impressive portfolio of clients primarily made up of leading players in the infrastructure space in Brazil. The team undertakes a range of contentious and non-contentious public law work, including concession contracts, administrative proceedings and PPPs involving the telecoms, water and sewage, transport and energy sectors. Rodrigo Pinto De Campos, ‘who has a very solid background as an engineer and lawyer', is focused on constitutional, administrative and regulatory issues. Aline Lícia Klein's key areas of practice include public bids, government contracts and regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Pinto de Campos; Aline Lícia Klein

Testimonials

‘Individualised services; up-to-date with relevant topics in the legal world.’

‘Personalised service and attention to individual cases.’

‘Fast and professional service.’

‘I highlight the performance of Rodrigo Pinto de Campos, who has a very solid background as an engineer and lawyer. This training allows him to have a differentiated understanding of the problems that an engineering/construction company faces.’

Key clients

Telar Engenharia e Comércio

VLI Multimodal

ARTERIS

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Arteris Via Paulista

Arteris Vianorte

Arteris Autovias

Arteris Centrovias

Concessionária Rota das Bandeiras (Mubadala Investment Fund)

CCR

KPMG

LATAM Water Brasil

Teen Imobiliário

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Live Park Entretenimento

Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica

Ferrovia Norte-Sul

Engeform Engenharia e Construção

FBS Construção e Pavimentação

Dream Factory

Concessionária das Rodovias Ayrton Senna e Carvalho Pinto – Ecopistas

Concessionária da Ponte Rio-Niterói – Ecoponte

Concessionária Ecovias do Cerrado

Zamin Amapá Mineração (DEV Mineração)

Triunfo Participações e Investimentos – TPI

Concebra — Concessionária das Rodovias Centrais do Brasil

Associação dos Permissionários da CEASA-Campinas – ASSOCEASA

CR Almeida – Engenharia de Obras

Concessionária da Rodovia Osório-Porto Alegre – CONCEPA

CCI Construções

ECO101 Concessionária de Rodovias

Concessionária Ecovias dos Imigrantes

Work highlights

  • Advised DEV Mineração on the reversal of the previous decision of the regulatory agency (ANTAQ) involving an authorisation to operate a port terminal in Amapá.
  • Assisted FCA – Ferrovia Centro Atlântica in the negotiations for the early renewal of a railway concession.
  • Defended Ecovias Cerrado in a bid protest case involving the concession of a highway.

Queiroz Maluf Sociedade de Advogados

Rated for its ‘technical quality, availability and experience', Queiroz Maluf Sociedade de Advogados is skilled in the preparation, bidding and negotiation of administrative agreements, concessions and public tender offers. Federal, state and municipal governments routinely seek the team’s assistance in relation to public concession agreements, most notably railway, highway and port concessions. Litigation and arbitration involving public law issues also feature on the department’s workload. Letícia Queiroz De Andrade has over two decades of experience in public law and regulatory matters, and is particularly noted for her work in road concessions, highway toll systems and public goods. She leads the practice with Fabio Maluf Tognola, whose areas of experience include administrative proceedings, PPPs and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Queiroz de Andrade; Fabio Maluf Tognola

Testimonials

‘Technical quality, availability and experience in the subjects.’

‘Leticia Queiroz de Andrade is available and has extensive experience in topics related to my sector.’

‘The competence, business and strategic vision, and experience of its partners make the difference.’

Key clients

Rumo Malha Central

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

Eco101 Concessionária de Rodovias

Dynatest Engenharia

Cosan

K-Infra Rodovia do Aço

Bunge Alimentos

Libra Infraestrutura

Banco Itau Bba

Viabahia Concessionária de Rodovias

Banco nacional de desenvolvimento econômico e social – BNDES

Porto Do Açu Operações

Concessionária Br-040

Entrevias Concessionária De Rodovias Rumo Malha Sul

Rumo Malha Paulista

Rumo Malha Oeeste

Cosan Lubrificantes E Especialidades

Concessionária Bahia Norte

Nathan Associates

Concremat Engenharia E Tecnologia

Concessionária De Rodovia SulMatogrossense

Transbrasiliana Concessionária De Rodovia

Cart – Concessionária Auto Raposo Tavares

Estre Ambiental

Logit Engenharia Consultiva

Terminal Marítimo Do Guarujá

Companhia De Concessão Rodoviária Juiz De Fora-Rio

Chlorum Solutions Brasil

VR Benefícios E Serviços De Processamento

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Brazilian Ministry of Infrastructure and Brazilian Development Bank – BNDES in public bidding for the concession of highways.
  • Assisting the World Bank in a matter related to the improvement of the railway connections between the midwest region of Brazil and the ports in the north of the country.
  • Assisting Fundação Instituto de Administração – FIA with the proceeding to approve the feasibility studies for a PPP project before the Brazilian General Accounting Office.

Silveiro Advogados

Based in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, the public law group at Silveiro Advogados has a strong profile in judicial and administrative cases involving regulatory issues and public contracts. Recent highlights for the team include advising on public bidding procedures, issues related to government contracts and litigation related to fraud. Telecoms is a sectoral strength for the department, which often represents clients before regulatory agencies. Ricardo Leal de Moraes brings together experience in public law, contentious matters and regulatory issues, most notably in the telecoms sector. Maria Elisa Marcolin is also noted for her experience in public law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Leal de Moraes

Testimonials

‘The team’s specialised legal knowledge, availability and partner’s direct involvement in the projects provide better results.’

‘Expert knowledge in the required area. Extremely attentive and available.’

‘Ricardo Moraes and Maria Elisa Marcolin stand out in the area of Public and administrative law.’

Key clients

Telefônica Brasil

Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Banco Cooperativo Sicredi

Rio Bravo Investments

Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários

TMSA – Tecnologia em Movimentação

Companhia Zaffari Comércio e Indústria

Imobiliária Renamar

Fraport Brasil Aeroporto de Porto Alegre

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Work highlights

  • Represents Telefônica Brasil in various class actions arising from telecoms regulation in the south region of Brazil.
  • Advising Fraport on the liabilities in the concession of an airport.
  • Representing Rio Bravo Investments in two lawsuits arising from a public procurement procedure whereby Multitek signed a construction contract with Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, which was later transferred to Rio Bravo.

Toledo Marchetti Advogados

Toledo Marchetti Advogados houses a ‘dedicated team with extremely qualified professionals', who are well positioned to help private and state-owned companies navigate all stages of public procurement procedures, including concessions, PPPs and public works. Practice co-head Marcelo Marchetti is primarily focused on public projects, and is often retained by engineering and construction clients in contractual management matters. Fellow co-leader João Paulo Pessoa is a public law expert, and is particularly seasoned in concession and PPP procedures.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Marchetti; João Paulo Pessoa

Testimonials

‘A prepared, dedicated team with extremely qualified professionals to promptly meet client demands.’

‘João Paulo Pessoa is a distinguished and highly qualified professional with expertise in arbitration involving the Public Administration, notably in cases related to infrastructure.’

‘The professionals not only demonstrated vast technical knowledge, but also market experience. All of them showed us professionalism and availability during the projects. Marcelo Marchetti and João Paulo Pessoa were our main points of contact.’

Key clients

Empresa Construtora Brasil (ECB)

WTEEC Engenharia

IAG Saúde

Super Pagamentos e Administração de Meios Eletrônicos (Superdigital)

DAE – Água e Esgoto

SPE Parque Lavras

Verzani & Sandrini

GE Renewable Energy

Meta Serviços e Projetos

Toyo Setal Empreendimentos

SNEF Group

TIISA Infraestrutura e Investimentos

Worley Engenharia

Constran – Construções e Comércio

Procable Energia e Telecomunicações

Toyo Engineering Corporation

Estaleiros do Brasil

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez

Associação Brasileira de Energia Limpa (ABRAGEL)

Work highlights

  • Advised DAE Jundiaí on the provision of sanitation services to municipalities.
  • Advised Toyo Setal on FIOCRUZ’s bid for the construction of a vaccine factory in Brazil.
  • Advised WTEEC on the elaboration of studies for the concession of the Brasília’s largest landfill.

Vernalha Pereira Advogados

Showcasing significant experience in public law, Vernalha Pereira Advogados is recommended by clients for being ‘highly capable in matters related to bidding and administrative contracts’. Covering both contentious and non-contentious matters, the practice – which is split between Curitiba and São Paulo – is adept at handling public concessions, PPPs and privatisations, and is also seasoned in anti-corruption cases, most notably those related to the Car Wash Operation. Fernando Vernalha Guimarães is an ‘important reference’ in the market, who is sought after by concessionaires and development banks in an array of public law matters. Luiz Fernando Casagrande Pereira is a key contact for anti-corruption and regulatory issues related to banking, technology and construction. Judicial and administrative litigation involving concessions, PPPs and government contracts are core areas of activity for Thiago Lima Breus. Angélica Petian and Ana Cristina Aguilar Viana are also noteworthy practitioners dedicated to public law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Vernalha Guimarães; Angélica Petian; Thiago Lima Breus

Testimonials

‘Very collaborative team, always available, client service and efficiency at work.’

‘Highly capable in matters related to bidding and administrative contracts. The team always responded quickly and provided firm answers.’

‘Technical competence of lawyers; in-depth knowledge of the factual issues involved in the cases; commitment to clients; needs, always proposing strategies to make the claims viable; great availability.’

‘Ana Cristina Aguilar Viana is very technically competent, committed to good service, has a deep knowledge of the factual issues involved in the cases and is always available for assistance.’

‘The commitment and focus on the positive end result of the project, and not simply on delivering the contracted products, combined with the technical capacity of the entire team involved, sets them apart.’

‘Fernando Vernalha is an important reference in the infrastructure sector, especially in the context of concessions and PPPs.’

Key clients

Hi Technologies

Gel Engenharia e PPI Projeto deInfraestrutura

Ambiental Saneamento

Profarma Specialty

Oi

Contrel Instalações Elétricas

Positivo Tecnologia

Sineltepar – Sindicato das Empresas deEletricidade, Gás, Água, Obras e Serviços doEstado do Paraná

Sinduscon PR – Sindicato da Indústria daConstrução Civil no Estado do ParanáNo

ATEXTP – Associação dos Terminais deExportação do Porto de Paranaguá

Banco Nacional de DesenvolvimentoEconômico e Social

WEG Equipamentos Elétricos

AESBE – Associação Brasileira das EmpresasEstaduais de Saneamento

Empresa Baiana de Águas e Saneamento(EMBASA)

Companhia de Água e Esgotos da Paraíba(CAGEPA)

Arcadis Logos

Work highlights

  • Assisting the state of Rio de Janeiro and BNDES in the structuring of a public concession for the water and sanitation system of 47 municipalities in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Assisting Velsis e Fiscaltech in a coordinated initiative to resume the traffic inspection agreements related to speed cameras on major federal highways.