Firm Profile > Abe Giovanini Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Abe Giovanini Advogados

Wealth and succession planning Tier 1

'Highly knowledgeable in Brazilian and offshore law', Abe Giovanini Advogados is 'always up to date with the latest jurisprudence'. Renato Giovanini Filho joined in July 2019, pairing his extensive experience in wealth and succession planning with the firm's traditional expertise in corporate and tax matters. The team handles complex wealth management and succession planning matters for wealthy clients, many of whom are prominent figures in Brazil. Associate Isabella da Mata Oliveira joined from Barbosa, Raimundo, Gontijo e Câmara Advogados and associate Lúcia Alonso Falleiros joined from the prosecutor's office of family and succession law.

Practice head(s):


I had the pleasure to work with and to refer clients to Renato Giovanini Filho, who has always given the proper attention and excellent service that ultra high-net-worth clients seek.

They are able to stay current on changes in legislation on several geographies and are not afraid to further study details that current practice normally let slide. Their understanding of the issues is way deeper than their peers. They have also been doing this longer than most, so the experience base they can access when looking for alternatives is broader.

The Abe Giovanini team is great, they are highly knowledgeable in Brazilian and offshore law so they are able to attend to request that transcends one specific geography. They are highly adaptable to my needs.

Renato Giovanini is the partner I most interact with. He is highly knowledgable and unlike any other attorney, I worked with before. He has a wide range of skills and can help me with my personal affairs (wealth and succession planning) and my business affairs (civil law).’

They approach professionally and ethically the individual situation.

Very capable team, always up to date with the latest jurisprudence, providing solid advice on complex tax matters. This enables their customers to make well informed decisions with a clear view of the risk/opportunities involved.’

Renato Giovanini has very strong experience in wealth and succession planning, he is always up to date regarding the latest developments and has an outstanding network of contacts in the field. This allows him and his team to provide excellent service to his customers.

Professionalism, transparency, accuracy, dedication and focus.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Abe Giovanini Advogados is active in mid-market domestic and cross-border M&A, where it is particularly strong on the sell-side of transactions; it is also equipped to advise clients on corporate restructuring, corporate governance and disputes. Senior partner Marcos Seiiti Abe has broad experience in the market, often representing Japanese and Brazilian companies. Fernando Zanotti Schneider also takes a lead role in the department's mandates.


A cohesive team, working together and always presenting results with everyone coordinated, with the person directly responsible for the proposed subject, always serving us very efficiently.’

Lots of coherence and transparency, with information and guidelines always aimed at the best possible result, always highlighting the strengths and weaknesses to be addressed with their consequences clearly exposed.’

Key clients

Real Time


G5 Partners

Cheftime Comércio de Refeições

Verity Consultoria em Tecnologia

Refrex Group

Hikari Industria e Comércio

Geominas Minerações

Ornatus Group

A W Faber-Castell

Labour and employment Tier 5

Abe Giovanini Advogados has a small but focused team of specialists, which is led by the highly regarded Fernanda Garcez. Recently, the firm has defended clients against several high-value judicial claims brought by former employees. The firm is also seeing increased work from equity investment funds regarding their liabilities towards portfolio companies. Associate Priscila Soeiro Moreira is also noted for her consultancy expertise.

Practice head(s):


‘They understand the company’s business and our market; the strategic vision always focused on the best solution for the company and not simply with the objective of earning fees; communication with our company, is always clear and with quick feedback.’

‘The labour team is small, but very cohesive and presents easy and fluid communication to the client. For a company that does not have a mass portfolio of labour lawsuits, I strongly recommend Abe Giovanini Advogados for consultations and labour lawsuits, including strategic ones.’

‘The team as whole has a level of competence and knowledge on par with the best firms in the Brazil, but what makes them different in our opinion is the accessibility to the partners that know how a business works in real life and helps us make the best possible decision, instead of just following the obvious path.’

‘Fernanda Garcez and Priscila Moreira are excellent professionals and serve us very well.’

Key clients

Confidence Corretora de Câmbio


Engemet Metalurgia e Comercio

Origami Consultoria em Gestão de Negócios Sustentáveis

Nitto Denko América Latina

Portal de Documentos

One – Ocean Network Express (Latin America)

Tax Tier 6

Abe Giovanini Advogados is recommended for its strong strategic tax support, which includes advising clients on corporate transactions. On top of its expertise on the consultancy side, Gustavo Barroso Taparelli's team also handles administrative and judicial tax litigation.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is very well prepared (technically). All issues raised are addressed accordingly. Individually, all members are proactive and really invest (time and efforts) to keep a strength partnership. ‘

‘Good understanding of the company’s business and our market; the strategic vision is always focused on the best solution for the company and not simply with the objective of earning fees; communication with our company is always clear and with quick feedback; the high quality of the services provided; and the confidence that professionals inspire us. All these characteristics make the firm excellent and different from other law firms in the market.’

‘Gustavo Taparelli is an excellent professional and serves us very well.’

Key clients

Fujitsu General do Brasil

Coexpan Brasil Embalagens (Lantero Group)

W.A. Service Eireli (Work On Group)

Mitsui Alimentos

Penske Logistics do Brasil

Gan Rio Apoio Nutricional Ganutre Ltda. (Fresenius Group)

Delta Tanques Armazéns Gerais (Delta Group)

Julio Paixão Filho Comécio e Construções

Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia para e-Commerce (VTEX)

Iharabras Indústrias Químicas

Sony Brasil

In July 2019, Abe, Rocha Neto, Taparelli e Garcez Advogados and Giovanini Filho Advogados decided to merge their practices and set up a new firm: Abe Giovanini Advogados.

Underpinned by the same principles and values that have guided us so far, we have pooled our complementary skills to set up a robust and complete structure to offer excellent technical legal services in a simple and speedy fashion.

We offer legal services in general to both individuals and companies. We advise national and foreign companies in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, tax and labour law, strategic civil litigation, arbitration, real estate and contracts. Our expertise also caters to the needs of individuals with regard to tax planning matters, succession planning, wealth protection, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance for family business groups and entrepreneurs from innovation companies.

We do our utmost to provide a productive and healthy working environment where our team of dedicated professionals, committed to quality and precision, can grow and prosper.

Areas of practice
M&A/corporate: The practice is engaged in complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We have extensive experience in corporate law and M&A transactions advising national and foreign companies, their partners or shareholders throughout the stages of the transactions, including post-closing in Brazil and abroad.

We combine legal experience with business acumen and focus on mergers and acquisitions and restructuring plans. As we evaluate agreements in every detail, we carry out risk analysis that extends far beyond contractual transaction issues.

Our firm advises on the purchase and sale of companies, and on the opening and closing stages preparing all necessary corporate documents. We also help our clients out with everything from their everyday legal needs to the preparation of minutes of meetings, shareholders’ agreements and joint venture contracts.

Tax: Our tax team has in-depth knowledge of the complex Brazilian tax legislation and is fully prepared to advise clients on the mishmash of tax issues affecting business transactions. Acting in tax litigation and advisory, the team focuses on designing the best strategy to achieve the most significant results for clients.

The practice has a strong tax litigation team working on clients’ tax assessments and other matters related to liabilities and tax recovery. The firm is also seen as a trusted advisor guiding clients towards the most efficient tax performance in civil and commercial sales agreements, loans, and leasing transactions.

In collaboration with the corporate team, the practice develops the best tax strategy for mergers and acquisitions and fiscal due diligence.

Strategic civil litigation and arbitration: We have built a successful track record in strategic litigation and arbitration matters, representing clients in several types of disputes before administrative bodies and courts.

The practice specializes in issues related to commercial and civil law, such as business disputes, civil and administrative liability in general, including those arising from anti-corruption laws.

The firm advise investors and creditors on all matters related to companies in financial difficulties, in and out-of-court recovery, bankruptcy proceedings and debt restructuring.

Contracts: We offer our clients a multidisciplinary team with the necessary experience in the elaboration, negotiation and revision of the most different types of contracts.

We are specialized in the preparation and negotiation of contracts including the digital, e-commerce and intellectual property agreements and have the necessary expertise to bring safety and efficiency to the preparation of international contracts.

The firm provides assistance to our clients in the preparation and analysis of B2B and B2C agreements; banking and supply agreements for products and services, with or without collaterals; acknowledgment of debt; distribution and commercial representation.

Real estate: We advise our clients on real estate developments, structuring, negotiations and operations, including property registration and leasing that involve collateral issues, personal and fiduciary guarantees. We work to ensure proper management and effectiveness of operations to prevent litigation.

We also advise on various issues related to land subdivision and structuring of built-to-suit real estate operations.

Labor: Our Labor practice is best known for conducting strategic labor cases, providing technical advice, legal opinions and reports. The area is also recognized for acting in public civil actions, collective actions, and labor actions brought by senior executives.

We provide extensive legal advice on matters related to labor judicial and administrative litigation, helping clients in different types of disputes and litigation throughout the country.

The firm is strongly involved in the conduct of administrative actions pending with the Labor Prosecution Office, in defense of the clients’ interests in notifications of infringement still pending with the Ministry of Labor.

The team is strongly engaged in giving lectures and training to keep clients well informed and prepared to comply with the new labor legislation.

Wealth planning and related litigation: The wealth planning practice advises the segment consisting of entrepreneurs, family businesses and groups of partners and senior executives.

We offer legal services covering tax planning, succession planning and protection of wealth for individuals. The practice is oftentimes engaged in cross borders matters including tax planning prior to immigration.

We also provide litigation legal services in connection with related matters, such as disputes between heirs and partners and divorce, as well as individual tax lawsuits.

We have a team made of professionals with a diversity of legal specialities such as corporate law, contracts, civil law focusing on family and succession, tax and economic criminal law. The team works together to deliver a unique and comprehensive solution to each client.

Japan desk: Our firm has had strong ties with Japanese companies for many years and has set up a Japan desk to provide personalized services to Japanese and Brazilian entrepreneurs conducting businesses in Brazil and Japan.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A/Corporate Marcos Seiiti Abe +55 11 3512-1303
Wealth planning and related litigation Renato Giovanini Filho +55 11 3512-1300
Strategic Civil Litigation and Arbitration, Real Estate and Contracts Ricardo Pinto da Rocha Neto +55 11 3512-1303
Tax Gustavo Barroso Taparelli +55 11 3512-1315
Strategic Civil Litigation and Arbitration and Real Estate Rafael Macedo Pezeta +55 11 3512-1376
Labor Fernanda Garcez Lopes Cunha +55 11 3512-1310
M&A/Corporate Fernando Zanotti Schneider +55 11 3512-1303
Tax Juliana Cardoso +55 11 3512-1300
Photo Name Position Profile
 Marcos Seiiti Abe photo Marcos Seiiti Abe Partner
 Juliana Cardoso  photo Juliana Cardoso Partner
 Renato Giovanini Filho photo Renato Giovanini Filho Partner
 Fernanda Garcez Lopes Cunha  photo Fernanda Garcez Lopes Cunha Partner
Sr Rafael Macedo Pezeta photo Sr Rafael Macedo Pezeta Partner
 Ricardo Pinto da Rocha Neto  photo Ricardo Pinto da Rocha Neto Partner
 Fernando Zanotti Schneider photo Fernando Zanotti Schneider Partner
 Gustavo Barroso Taparelli photo Gustavo Barroso Taparelli Partner
Partners : 8
Lawyers : 25