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FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS

Brazil > Banking and finance

FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS provides an ‘excellent service’ to financial institutions, multilateral organisations, credit funds, development banks and credit agencies, among other clients. The team, which is praised for its ‘technical depth‘, stands out for its fintech expertise, covering regulatory and commercial matters. The lawyers are also highly experienced in dealing with the relevant Brazilian regulators on behalf of a diverse clientele, including major banks, start-ups, and international fintech and payments companies. The practice is under the joint leadership of Paulo Mertz Focaccia, who has a wealth of experience in the intersection of finance and technology, and Vicente Piccoli Medeiros Braga, whose ‘deep understanding of banking regulatory issues‘ is rated by clients. Pedro Duarte Pinho stands out at the associate level. Drawing on its cooperation with international outfit CMS, the team is also able to assist clients in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Mertz Focaccia; Vicente Piccoli Medeiros Braga


‘The banking team at FAS Advogados provides an excellent service fully focused on the needs of each client. The innovation of the service provided is linked not only to the technical knowledge of the team, which is exceptional, but to the understanding of how to help in the daily life of the client and meet demands in an agile and precise way.’

‘Although the entire team is highly qualified, the following stand out: Vicente Piccoli M. Braga is a highly available team leader, technically qualified and concerned with providing a differentiated and personalised service.’

‘FAS has a different culture than traditional law firms and this translates into more engagement on the part of male and female lawyers, regardless of their seniority level. In addition to being very committed to responsiveness and quality, the team that assists us always has a smile on their face. Partners are open to proposing alternative fee structures that meet the needs of their clients and are flexible in adhering to the communication channels, in order to optimise communication between the in-house team and the firm.’

‘Paulo Focaccia and Vicente Braga are extremely talented and experienced, in addition to being always available. The banking team as a whole is of high quality, works autonomously and delivers amazing results. And it is important to point out that the firm continues to invest in the banking and financial area, bringing in new talents to compose the team so as not to leave clients unattended.’

‘FAS’s main strength is the dedication of the regulatory team to understanding the client’s business, combined with the technical depth provided in each analysis. The team members, from the youngest to the most senior, have a technical profile and are attentive to details.’

‘Vicente Braga has a deep understanding of banking regulatory issues and has structured a team of associates with a similar technical profile to his own.’

‘FAS is a firm that goes above and beyond in assisting its clients. The team took its time in assessing our business model and gave key practical advice on how to approach the market.’

‘We worked with Vicente Piccoli Medeiros Braga and Pedro Duarte Pinho. The quality of service was excellent and the end product exceeded our expectations. They understood our sector and business clearly before delivering on the final product.’

Key clients

Banco Sorocred

Banco C6

Banco de Lage Landen Brasil  – ‘DLL’

Banco Brasileiro de Créditos – ‘Banco BBC’


Banco Triângulo – ‘Tribanco’

Banco Agibank

BBC Pagamentos  ‘BBC Digital’

CERC Central de Recebíveis

Santana Financeira CFI

PagSeguro Internet Instituição de Pagamento  – ‘PagSeguro’

Clara Pagamentos

Rapyd Brazil Soluções de Pagamento

Accesstage Tecnologia

Google Internet Brasil

JHSF Meios Eletronicos

ByteDance Brasil (TikTok)

Nvio Brasil (Bitso)

Liber Capital

Fundo Garantidor de Créditos – FGC

Saison Capital


Cora Pagamentos

Mercado Pago Instituição de Pagamento

Zimpler Pagamentos

Novadax Brasil Pagamentos

Trustly Group

CBSM – Companhia Brasileira de Soluções de Marketing S.A – ‘Dotz Pay’

Paraisopolis’ Union of Residents and Merchants

Paygo Administradora de Meios de Pagamento

Payu Brasil Intermediação de Negócios

Acqio Holding Participações

Transfeera Pagamentos

Avista  Administradora de Cartões de Crédito

Sinlog Tecnologia em Logística  – ‘Trizy’

Ifood.com Agência de Restaurantes Online  – ‘iFood’

FreteBras Internet e Serviços  – ‘Frete.com’

Migo Serviços de Tecnologia  – ‘Migo Money’

Inswitch Tecnologias Financeiras

Companhia Brasileira de Soluções e Serviços – ‘Alelo’

Oppens Sociedade de Empréstimo entre Pessoas

Global 81 Brasil Correspondente Cambial  – ‘Global 66 Brasil’

Sumup Sociedade de Crédito Direto

Nuvei Group

YOP do Brasil Digital  – ‘WabiPay’(Coca-Cola Group)

Pagaleve Tecnologia Financeira

Work highlights

  • Assisting the fintech credit company Oppens in a range of commercial and regulatory issues.
  • Advising Bitso on the structuring of a product to offer payments with crypto currency for any Brazilians visiting Argentina.
  • Assisting Banco Seguro in the structuring of its home broker and securities-related products.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: Mid-market Tier 4

A go-to destination for clients from the technology, education and healthcare sectors, FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS’ primary focus is small to mid-cap M&A transactions. With a significant presence in both buy and sell-side deals, the group is also active advising on non-transactional corporate matters. Practice co-head Renata Homem De Melo stands out for her solid track record in M&A involving education and healthcare players. Fellow co-leader Carla Anastácio combines extensive experience in contractual and real estate matters with comprehensive knowledge of corporate law and capital markets. The firm, which has recently signed a cooperation agreement with international outfit CMS, is now better positioned to advise on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Renata Homem de Melo; Carla Anastácio

Key clients

Superlógica Tecnologias


Isa Lab Participações

Elfa Medicamentos

Work highlights

  • Advised the founding quotaholders of Laser Ocular on preparing and negotiating the transaction documents related to the sale of 100% of their corporate interests in Central Laser Ocular to Centro Brasileiro da Visão (CBV).
  • Advised Merisa on the merger of the shares of Metalgráfica Iguaçu with Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN).
  • Assisted the founding quotaholders of Vizir Software Studio Comércio e Serviços de Informática with the sale of 100% of the company’s quotas to the Canadian group Questrade.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 7

FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS is a ‘very organised firm with competent professionals in all areas’, with clients appreciating the ‘exceptional care’ they receive. The tax team has a broad range of expertise, and is active in tax litigation, advisory matters, including transactional support, and customs law. Juliana Porchat de Assis is commended for her ‘extreme competence and knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector’, and also for her experience in advising foreign companies. Litigator Leo Lopes de Oliveira Neto is a ‘brilliant, careful and attentive lawyer’, while fellow partner Rafaela Lora Franceschetto is building a strong advisory practice for customs matters. The firm, which signed a cooperation agreement with international outfit CMS in September 2023, is well placed to assist with cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Leo Lopes de Oliveira Neto; Juliana Porchat de Assis; Rafaela Lora Franceschetto


‘Juliana Porchat is a lawyer of extreme competence and knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. Through direct and clear approaches, in Portuguese and English, she shows the firm’s aptitude in its quest for excellence.’

‘Very organised firm with competent professionals in all areas. Services that suit the needs of clients and exceptional care.’

‘Leo Lopes is a brilliant, careful and attentive lawyer. His team, in particular, is very competent.’

‘Throughout the process, our internal team felt we were listened to. And the people from FAS were able to understand our requirements and adapt along the way.’

‘Juliana Porchat de Assis is an expert in taxes and in creating a local entity for foreign companies. She was able to talk to our most senior leaders from a place of experience or knowledge.’

‘Sense of urgency and diverse portfolio of specialists.’

‘I would recommend Juliana Porchat for her sense of urgency and business orientation.’

Key clients


Conglomerado Santander


Grupo Pão de Açúcar – GPA

Tokio Marine Seguradora




Banco Original

Heinz Brasil


Nova Engevix

Cantu Store

Sinch / Movile

Pandurata – Bauducco

Grupo ABC (Omnicom)

Vicunha Têxtil


Santista Têxtil



JLL (Jones Lang Lasalle)




Harsco Metals


Kantar Ibope Media


Arkema Coatex

Sealed Air (Cryovac)

LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy)


GM Financial

Movent Automotive

Kahache Participações

S.I.N Implant System

Hiperstream Brasil

Brazil > Labour and employment

FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS has a popular employment team led by founding partner Luiz Eduardo Amaral, which provides ‘excellent service and results’ coupled with ‘strategic thinking’ and a ‘broad in-depth view of the client’s business’.

FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS has a philosophy of delivering added value to its clients’ businesses, working at the pace required by the market, and understanding the peculiarities of each sector. The firm believes that legal services can only be fully performed by bringing continuous, in-depth technical qualification and expertise to its clients’ businesses, deeply focused on their expectations.

FAS Advogados has established itself as one of the most dynamic law firms on the Brazilian market, by providing legal services that are able to positively and strategically impact its clients’ businesses. The team consists of qualified professionals, dedicated to providing high-level legal services within strict ethical standards. The law firm aims to establish legal services in a way that rewards personal qualities, in line with the most contemporary methods of successful business relationships. Internally, FAS strives for participatory management, providing their team with the opportunity to collaborate with ideas, suggestions, and innovations that aim to implement the firm’s practices.

The greatest challenge in the last decade has been to keep up with a fast-changing market. This challenge, however, has only served as an incentive for FAS Advogados to create a flexible firm that is adaptable to different business models, allowing it to understand the needs of companies from different sectors.

The expansion of FAS’ businesses in recent years is evident and relevant, with the creation of new practices for specific sectors such as insurance, reinsurance, media, telecommunications, and sports betting. In addition, we  announced (in September 2023) our cooperation with CMS, one of the largest international law firms (more than 5,000 lawyers), providing high-quality level legal services in more than 70 cities, located in 40 countries spread across 6 continents.

This collaboration stands as a testament to our proven excellence, highlighted by rigorous assessments and audits. Our exemplary practices and commitment to innovation have piqued the interest of this global firm, leading to an association that promises to propel our global presence. This cooperation transcends borders and is more than a mere business alliance; it’s a tangible expression of our commitment to continuous excellence.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Paulo Mertz Focaccia pfocaccia@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Labor & Employment Luiz Eduardo Amaral de Mendonça lamaral@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Civil Marcio Lamonica mlamonica@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Corporate and M&A Renata Homem de Melo rhmelo@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Tax Contentious Leo Lopes de Oliveira Neto llopes@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Tax Planning, Transactional, International Operations and Advisory Juliana Porchat de Assis jporchat@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Tax Advisory Rafaela Lora Franceschetto rfranceschetto@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Banking, Payments and Fintechs Vicente Piccoli Medeiros Braga vbraga@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Corporate and M&A Carla Anastácio canastacio@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Insurance & Reinsurance Felipe Bastos fbastos@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Consumer Relations - Product Liability and Safety Laura Beatriz de Souza Morganti lmorganti@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Dispute Resolution Roberto Scacchetti rsca@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222
Dispute Resolution Sergio Ferraz e Opice sopice@fasadv.com.br 55 11 3805-0222