BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Firm Profile

BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 2

'An office that values the quality of services, transparency and ethics', specialised dispute resolution firm BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados attracts a strong following from household name companies, particularly those operating in the technology, telecoms and financial services sectors. Much of its appeal lies in its ability to handle a large number of cases in administrative and judicial proceedings and arbitration, including high-stakes disputes with significant ramifications. Key practitioners in the team include Rafael Barroso Fontelles, 'great partner' Eduardo Mendonça, 'innovator' and telecoms-sector specialist Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes, who is noted for his 'great knowledge of the jurisprudence of the country and internationally', and 'business oriented' and 'technically impeccable' partner Ana Paula de Barcellos, who stands out for her knowledge of public law and regulatory matters. Márcio Monteiro Reis and associates Priscilla Pestana and Paulo Henrique Figueredo de Araújo also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Barroso Fontelles; Eduardo Mendonça; Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes


Always high technical quality at all professional and seniority levels. Ana Paula de Barcellos: business oriented, client centrality, technically impeccable.’

Very high quality of legal documents, strategic reasoning, assertive positioning and at the same time cordial before the courts, excellent performance and result. Eduardo Mendonça is recommended.’

The first and main highlight is the brightness and capacity of partner Eduardo Mendonça. He is always available, he understands the company’s business very well and helps us to make strategic decisions. He’s a great partner. Eduardo formed a team of the highest quality that gives him support and allows him to be a great reference in Brasilia. It is worth noting that in a market as competitive as Brasília, with its own characteristics, it is comforting to be able to count on an office that values the quality of services, transparency and ethics.’

Eduardo Mendonça: main partner with whom we work in the office. He has an enormous capacity for work, as well as a unique understanding of our activity and our market. He is always available and offers services at a very high level of quality. He is our main partner in strategic litigation in Brasilia.’

Very well structured office to analyse eventual processes of bodies such as the TCU, establish the best defence strategy, search for supporting evidence, interact with the client with attention and promptness in preparing the response, accept any comments, access the offices of the authorities to presentation of memorials and achieving success in judging customers.’

Márcio Monteiro Reis – who leads the team of the BFBM office in planning, preparing and effectively defending the client before the authority, such as TCU. Priscilla de Souza Pestana – who coordinates the day-to-day arrangements associated with the preparation the commercial proposal, the collection of documents and the preparation of the defense.’

I highlight the professionals Priscilla de Souza Pestana Campana and Márcio Monteiro Reis. Differential of attention, dedication and professional ethics, with precise solutions and speed of response.’

No office is similar in quality in the provision of service and in-depth knowledge of the client’s business. These two aspects are fundamental to the differential they offer to their customers, guaranteeing effective solutions to the business as a whole. Specifically, the engagement, technical knowledge and involvement of partner Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes Rodrigues are impressive and worthy of all recognition. Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes Rodrigues is an innovator, involved in the business, great knowledge of the jurisprudence of the country and internationally, as well as with a unique political and business vision. Paulo Araújo is a great area manager, with solid knowledge in material law and interested in the business.’

Key clients

Telefônica Brasil

Banco Itaú Unibanco

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



Fundo Garantidor de Crédito (FGC)

Associação Brasileira de Telesserviços (ABT)

Tristão Cia Com. Exterior

Federação Brasileira de Bancos (FEBRABAN)


Atento Brasil





Banco Volkswagen

Google Brasil Internet

BR Distribuidora

Sindicato dos Docentes de Universidades Federais do Ceará


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented BR Distribuidora before the Superior Labour Court.
  • Represented CNSEG, acting as assistant to the Brazilian Federal Insurance Agency (SUSEP), in significant cases concerning the insurance sector.
  • Retained by a client to challenge a federal executive order on the caps on the maritime pilotage companies prices in Brazil.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Dispute resolution boutique BFBM – Barroso Fontelles, Barcellos, Mendonça & Associados is routinely engaged by clients, most notably in the telecoms, internet and banking sectors, in relation to proceedings before the superior courts of Brazil. The team - which has been particularly busy with several disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic- is well equipped to handle both judicial and administrative proceedings. Rafael Barroso Fontelles is a go-to counsel for major Brazilian banks, while Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes is sought after by telecoms companies. Eduardo Mendonça is best known for his experience in cases concerning regulatory matters and freedom of speech. Civil and banking law specialist Konstantinos Andropoulus is also active in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Barroso Fontelles; Eduardo Mendonça; Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes


‘Technical quality of service; ability to suggest important strategies for the business, excellent reasoning and performance. Eduardo Mendonça is recommended.’

‘The firm stands out for acting in litigation with a strategic vision that goes beyond the cases. As they know the market, the internet and technology sector very well, we know that BFBM’s performance is guided by a strategic positioning, in which it seeks not only a positive result in the specific case, but a result that can have an impact in the market and positively influence the portfolio of ongoing legal cases.’

‘Eduardo Mendonça is the main litigation partner at the Brasília office. He knows the ins and outs of acting in higher courts like few others and stands out for his work in the area of ​​technology and internet. He is available and has been a strategic partner for sensitive issues in courts across the country.’

‘The level of delivery and the search for the desired result combined with an excellent legal technique make the BFBM firm stand out in the national legal market.’

‘My main contact is Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes Rodrigues, and what distinguishes him from so many other partners and lawyers is his persistence, availability and legal excellence.’

‘The entire legal team is extremely competent, technical and easily adapts to clients’ needs and requests. Felipe Monnerat is recommended.’

‘The engagement, technical knowledge and involvement of partner Felipe Monnerat Solon de Pontes Rodrigues are impressive and worthy of recognition. He has in-depth knowledge of Brazilian and international jurisprudence, which guarantees lasting solutions to the issues raised.’

Key clients



TIM Brasil

Organizações GLOBO

Verisure Brasil

McKinsey Consulting

BR Distribuidora

C6 Bank



Sinditelebrasil (Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Telefonia e de Serviço Móvel Celular e Pessoal)

Abraplex (Associação Brasileira das Empresas Exibidoras Cinematográficas Operadoras de Multiplex)


FGC (Fundo Garantidor de Crédito)

Banco Votorantim



Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

H Stern

Work highlights

  • Represents Banco Bradesco in a compensation claim filed by a ticket seller for major events.
  • Acted for Telefônica Brasil in the filing of a lawsuit against Smartgeo, which was hired by Telefônica to develop and maintain an online service offered to its customers.
  • Acted for Itaú Unibanco in a lawsuit where the counterparty compelled the client to render credit accounts linked to its current account, as a result of the credit transactions contracted beforehand.

BFBM Advogados is a firm exclusively focused on dispute resolution matters, being able to handle arbitration and litigation cases. The team frequently tackles the most complex cases for its stellar clientele and also provides volume litigation to certain strategic clients who have a large demand for dispute resolution. The group is well-known for its decisive presence in the superior courts of Brazil and is frequently sought after by clients when their proceedings reach such instance, after having been handled by other law firms. It is also well-known for its performance solving international contracts and corporate issues.

It furnishes advice on the full spectrum of dispute resolution issues and acts on both judicial and administrative proceedings. The three main areas of expertise for the team are banking, telecom and internet, but it also represents clients from a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, food and beverage, insurance and entertainment.

International and Domestic Arbitration Carmen Tibú 21 2221-1177
Civil, Commercial and Constitutional Procedural Law Rafael B. 21 2221-1177
Brasilia Based Dispute Resolution Eduardo Mendonç 61 3409-1000