Real estate in Brazil
'One of the most specialised firms in the real estate sector', Campos Mello Advogados 'is a full-service practice with strong groups in Rio and São Paulo'. The real estate department's 'highly talented and responsive lawyers' handle mandates across numerous regions of the country that involve rural, urban and industrial property matters. In 2018, a cross-departmental team including Theo Keiserman de Abreu advised DB Supermercados on setting up a Real Estate Investment Fund and the issuance of Real Estate Receivable Certificates (CRI). Elsewhere, Bernardo Buarque Schiller advised Mzk Empreendimentos Imobiliários on property acquisitions for the development of luxury projects. Rafael Jordão Bussière is a 'seasoned and competent professional'. Ivandro Ristum Trevelim is also noted.
Real estate is a core focus area at Gustavo Padilha Advogados Associados, which was established in 1997 and draws on the reputation of founding partner Gustavo Pinheiro Guimarães Padilha in the real estate sector. Among its areas of expertise are real estate acquisitions, shopping centres and built-to-suit agreements, while its client roster includes property developers and mall owners. The team is split between the firm's São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices, where Luciana Henriques Ismael and Luciana Campos Palermo are, respectively, the key contacts.
From its offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, PMKA Advogados has a wide-ranging real estate practice that covers real estate finance, acquisitions and litigation. Timberland investment and agribusiness finance are additional areas of expertise. In addition to the core real estate team, the firm fields multidisciplinary groups of finance, capital markets and tax lawyers to provide a comprehensive service. Its client base is similarly broad, including property developers, banks and companies active in a range of sectors. Fernando Maximiano heads the department, which includes Rafael Gobbi.
Demarest Advogados's team 'navigates the complexity of real estate transactions in Brazil and provides creative solutions'. Its ability to work alongside colleagues in the firm's well-renowned M&A and capital markets teams is regarded as a differentiator. In one example, a multi-disciplinary team led by Thiago Giantomassi advised XP Investimentos on the structuring, and incorporation of a Real Estate Investment Fund and subsequent public offering of quotas. Other projects keeping the team busy in 2018 included real estate acquisitions and built-to-suit lease agreements. Lucas Tavares Bueno is practice head and Henrique Anders a key contact at the senior associate level; moreover, the team was strengthened further in December 2020 with the hire of Marc Stalder, formerly at KLA Advogados.
Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados
'A great and complete law firm to work with', Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados 'understands the client's needs and is always available to discuss clients' issues, doubts and problems, regardless of the level of difficulty'. The experienced team handles a range of matters involving commercial and residential real estate. Property litigation is also among its areas of expertise; José Carlos Baptista Puoli and José Antonio Costa Almeida are recommended in this space. Marcelo Terra is 'a reference in real estate legal issues in Brazil'. Natália Japur and Anna Christina Jimenez Pereira also receive strong praise. Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arruda joined from PMKA Advogados in 2018.
The 'very reliable' real estate department at Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is 'always up-to-date with real estate law', and its lawyers are 'competent, attentive and punctual'. It is well versed in both urban and rural property, and also has notable expertise in the agribusiness sector. Clients include major developer, corporations and high-net-worth individuals. 'Admirable lawyer' Estela Maria Lemos Monteiro Soares de Camargo is 'well recognised and respected in São Paulo', and Thomaz Henrique Monteiro Whately is noted for his 'deep knowledge of rural property law and environmental law'. Thalita Duarte Henriques Pinto and Paulo Vitor Paula Santos Zampieri produce 'excellent work' and are 'decisive in complex issues'.
The 'strong' real estate lawyers at KLA Advogados are 'able to communicate easily with lawyers and non-lawyers in a very professional way'. 2018 saw the well-established team acting for new and longstanding clients. For recent client SOMOS Educação, a team advised on the regularisation of 30 education units in various states. Elsewhere, Ricardo Stuber advised Habitasec Securitizadora on CRI-related matters. Pedro Cortez and Rodrigo Pontes are 'well-recognised and tested lawyers in the Brazilian market'; however, Mark Stalder moved to Demarest Advogados in December 2019. At the associate level, Tomaz Matheus and Carla Fernandes are also recommended.
The sizeable team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has broad experience in real estate M&A, build-to-suit agreements, real estate financing and leasing. Clients include investors, developers and corporates, and the team stands out for its expertise in transactions involving shopping centres. In other recent work, Rossana Fernandes Duarte and associate Marcela da Fonte Freire advised Pearson Education do Brasil on the lease agreement for its new offices in São Paulo. Mariana Spoto Cobra is another name to note.
The 'outstanding team' at Pinheiro Neto Advogados 'is a true partner in the joint solution of real estate issues' and obtains 'excellent results'. The core real estate group is able to collaborate with the firm's experts in litigation, construction and environmental law, and the practice spans urban and rural property, with additional expertise in shopping centres, hotels, car parks and self storage. Franco Musetti Grotti and senior associate Marianna Morselli 'think outside the box, trace clear paths for the desired outcome and have very clear strategies'. Luciano Garcia Rossi and Martina Zajakoff are key contacts.
Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown is well versed in high-value and complex real estate transactions. Recently, this included advising subsidiaries of GTIS Partners on the R$350m acquisition of properties in São Paulo, and advising GIC on the purchase of commercial suites in Rio de Janeiro. Other strengths include built-to-suit agreements, real estate developments and property regularisation. José Paulo Marzagão draws on nearly 20 years of experience. He heads the department, which includes experienced partner Ludmila Arruda Braga and senior associate Maria Carolina Gelmetti Gimenez.
Veirano Advogados' real estate team 'provides tailor-made and efficient solutions for complex cases'. Its hospitality-sector expertise is a stand-out feature; clients include Meliá Hotels International and Rosewood Hotels. Rodrigo de Castro has broad experience in rural and urban real estate, while 'top-notch lawyer' Raphael Moreira Espírito Santo 'really understand the theory and practice of real estate law and developments in Brazil'. Key associates include Bruno Aronne and Gisela Miranda, but the well-regarded Jonnys Lucena moved to Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados.
Amaral e Nicolau Advogados was co-founded by José Vicente Amaral Filho and Júlio Nicolau Filho in 1997, and has retained a focus on the real estate and construction sectors since its creation. The team is well versed in commercial, residential and mixed purpose real estate developments, and includes key associate Lumy Tahara.
BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão's real estate team 'works very well together'. It excels in high-value and complex real estate transactions, and benefits from collaboration with colleagues in the corporate and tax departments. Cristiana Moreira and senior associate Maria Eduarda Bérgamo are recommended. Cristiane Mamprin co-heads the department with Moreira and has broad corporate and real estate expertise. Guilherme Zoghbi Ayala was promoted to partner in 2019.
Felsberg Advogados combines real estate and capital markets expertise and excels in the structuring of real estate investment funds and placement of mortgage-backed securities. 'Committed' partner Fernanda Costa do Amaral is noted for her 'good strategies' and 'quick answers'. Tatiana Altemari Soares is a key contact at the senior associate level. Livia Arbex joined from Certificadora de Créditos imobiliário in 2018.
Strengths at Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados include timberland investments and rural land issues that affect foreign investors. Beyond this, it is often involved in high-value real estate acquisitions and contracts. Practice head Fabricio Barreto de Mattos advised a fashion retail company on a commercial lease agreement for a luxury store. Aldo De Cresci Neto is another active member of the team.
The Belo Horizonte-based team at Goulart & Colepicolo Advogados has wide-ranging experience in residential, commercial and mixed purpose real estate projects. Its recent workload spans acquisitions, investments, regularisation and regulatory matters, and its clients include private equity, real estate and retail companies. João Gilberto Freire Goulart and Cristiano Silva Colepicolo head the department.
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its 'experience with complex structures involving large scale enterprises', and 'the size and organisational skills of its real estate team makes a difference when dealing with a high volume of documents and information'. It is particularly strong in real estate acquisitions; recent highlights include advising Alamo Group on the acquisition, through one of the group's companies, of property in São João da Boa Vista. The team also counts banks and real estate companies among its clients. Practice head Maria Flávia Seabra 'thinks outside the box'. Recently promoted partner Ivana Bomfim is also recommended and the firm recently strengthened its bench with the hire of well-regarded associate Jonnys Lucena from Veirano Advogados.
Navarro Advogados de-merged and has reverted to its original team, which counts three partners. It advises Brazilian and international companies on the structuring, negotiation and implementation of significant real estate transactions. In recent work, a cross-departmental team including Alexandre Tadeu Navarro and Juliana Rubiniak de Araújo advised Abiu SPE (part of Group SDI Gestão), on the BR$90m sale of a building with 60 different properties located in Santos; while Elvis Mattar advised Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo on the R$178.85m acquisition of a property located in Uberlândia. Juliana Yatim is also a key member of the practice group.
The 'very diligent' lawyers at Romani Cavalcante Advogados cover the gamut of real estate matters for a large client base. Recently, the team advised Benx Incorporadora on a real estate project involving 2,250 residential units in São Paulo. Ana Carolina Cavalcante and Tarso Romani are highlighted for their 'direct involvement' in transactions. Aloísio Santini is well versed in property developments, land parcelling and litigation.
Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados 'works as a united team' and 'solves questions in a very short period of time'. It is well versed in rural and urban real estate, and is also specialised in the agribusiness sector. Fábio Machado Baldissera 'has profound and highly specialised knowledge of a wide range of legal real estate matters'. Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior, Rafaela Kern and Jorge Cesa are also recommended.
Alexandre Laizo Clápis leads the team at Stocche Forbes Advogados, which is particularly active in rural and urban real estate acquisitions. In a recent highlight, a mixed corporate and real estate team advised GTIS Partnerson the acquisition of land for the development of logistics warehouses. Fernanda Rosa combines broad expertise in litigation and real estate.
The 'very business-oriented' and 'proactive' real estate group at TozziniFreire Advogados has a 'global strategic vision'. The team benefits from the firm's full-service offering, and is able to work alongside colleagues in the corporate and litigation departments. Vladimir Miranda Abreu and Pablo Meira Queiroz are recommended. Paulo Furtado Mendonça left in April 2019 to establish a Marrey Mendonca Advogados.
Andrade, Foz, Hypolito e Medicis Advogados
Azevedo Sette Advogados
Azevedo Sette Advogados has resources in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, from where it handles a range of residential and commercial property projects. The team covers contentious, corporate and capital markets-related real estate matters. Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza and Bruno Costa are names to note.
'Always available to respond to clients' demands', DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados acts for clients in the construction, agribusiness and hospitality sectors, among others. In a recent highlight, Luanda Pinto Backheuser advised a client on the R$130m sale of timberland assets. Jose Davi Los Reis Fidalgo is recommended.
Lobo & Lira Advogados
Lobo & Lira Advogados has established itself as a leading firm in the shopping centre segment; it advises on the structuring of new malls and the restructuring or expansion of established centres. José Ricardo Pereira Lira heads the team. Other key figures include litigation specialist Joana Ribeiro and Juliana Zielinsky, who handles contentious and non-contentious real estate matters.
The 'very skilful team' at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados 'understands the needs of the client' and is 'able to deliver timely results'. Household name companies from a variety of sectors turn to the team for assistance in real estate transactions. Senior associate Daniela de Pontes Andrade is the name to note.
Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados is regularly instructed by real estate companies in land and property acquisitions, including for the development of commercial and residential projects. Recently, this has included a number of significant acquisitions in São Paulo; the team is also equipped to advise on rural real estate. The team is led by Daniel Cardoso Gomes and includes Vanessa Lira Dantas.
Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados leverages its reputation and client base in the financial services sector to advise underwriters and arrangers on the issuance and public offerings of CRIs. The team also advises on the acquisition of real estate assets. Names to note include Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto, Carolina Alonso and Bruno Lardosa.
Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados' clients include real estate, mining and automotive companies, and its advice covers property regularisation, due diligence and acquisitions. The multidisciplinary team of corporate, real estate and infrastructure specialists is led by Luis Gustavo Miranda and Fabio Appendino.
Siqueira Castro – Advogados combines real estate, litigation, environment, tax and project finance expertise. In contentious work, Daniela Soares Domingues and Alexandre Wider acted for a financial services company in a breach of contract case involving the sale and purchase of real estate. Andre Frossard Albuquerque handles infrastructure and property disputes.
The 'very experienced and diverse team of lawyers' at Trench Rossi Watanabe is 'fully committed to meeting their clients' needs'. Former practice head Lúcia Veloso Aragão left in 2018, and the practice now comprises a multidisciplinary group of lawyers who handle real estate litigation and acquisitions. Marcia Calafate is a name to note.