Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados > Curitiba, Brazil > Firm Profile

Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados
Rua Marechal Deodoro, 869 – 2º Andar
Centro
80060-010
Brazil

City focus - Curitiba > Leading firms Tier 2

'A pioneering firm specialising in the third sector, social responsibility, environment and human rights', Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher e Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados is one of the first ports of call for non-profits in Brazil. Fielding a sizeable and diverse team of specialists in social responsibility, environmental and human rights law, the firm is often advocating for the enactment of laws affecting not-for-profit organisations, and is also seasoned in tax matters and labour issues affecting the sector. Brazilian and foreign associations and foundations from different fields, such as education, health, and local development, and companies with considerable ESG practices, feature prominently in the firm's varied client roster. Recent areas of growth include tax litigation, administrative disputes concerning public funding for charities, ESG issues in the technology start-up segment, and matters involving the protection of people with disabilities. Erika Bechara focuses on environmental issues, while Paula Raccanello Storto is a key figure in public law. Corporate social responsibility and tax law are some of Eduardo Szazi's areas of expertise. Stella Camlot Reicher, Lais de Figueirêdo Lopes and the recently promoted Aline Gonçalves de Souza specialise in social business and human rights law.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Szazi; Erika Bechara; Paula Raccanello Storto; Stella Camlot Reicher; Lais de Figueirêdo Lopes; Aline Gonçalves de Souza

Testimonials

‘The SBSA team is always very agile and careful. Aline Gonçalves de Souza is very agile, always up to date, studious, dedicated and very careful.’

‘This  law firm is distinguished by the technical knowledge of its professionals, great partnership and commitment in the search for the best legal strategy for the subject discussed. Eduardo Szazi is always available for any queries.’

‘SBS is one of the main references in Brazil for third sector organisations. Erika Bechara is our main contact and is undoubtedly one of the best prepared lawyers in Brazil to serve third sector client. She has great knowledge, is always up to date and has a lot of initiative, always helping us to understand the facts so that we can make well-founded decisions.’

‘SBSA is a pioneering firm specialising in the third sector, social responsibility, environment and human rights, which sums up the trajectories of its partners who have been working for nearly two decades in the market focused on the field. The team is very competent and combines knowledge of a high technical level with engagement and ethical commitment to the third sector. They are involved in articulation, consulting and advocacy processes for the agreement of laws that affect human rights, in particular, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is excellent.’

‘We work with several partners, especially Lais de Figueirêdo Lopes, Paula Raccanello Storto and Stella Camlot Reicher. We consider their work to be very adequate and differentiated in relation to the competition, as they have in-depth knowledge of issues related to human rights, the third sector and impact businesses.’

‘Very competent team with multidisciplinary qualifications that treats clients and matters with great dedication and attention. I highly recommend Paula Raccanello Storto for her ability to propose strategies and solutions in the cases presented, based on her experiences and qualifications. She assists her clients in a very attentive and careful way. Lais Figueiredo and Aline Souza also deserve special mention.’

‘The main difference is the security of knowing that we are working with such a well-prepared team that helps us with simple and complex demands in such a personal way. Aline Gonçalves de Souza is my first contact within the firm. She has always assisted us promptly, especially in times of emergency.’

‘In my decades of experience in institutes and foundations, I certainly consider that the firm is and has remained in the top 1% of the players in Brazil. Eduardo Szazi has been the main partner. He has solid experience and up-to-date knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Fundação S.O.S. Pro-Mata Atlântica

Associação Hospitalar de Proteção à Infância Dr. Raul Carneiro – Hospital Pequeno Príncipe

Instituto Alana

Abong – Associação Brasileira Organizações não Governamentais

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores

Hospital Infantil Sabará

Fundação José Luiz Egydio Setubal

GIFE – Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas

Visão Mundial

Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM)

Ipê – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas

Phomenta

Work highlights

  • Provided Instituto Alana with a legal opinion on a Decree which brought the possibility of segregation of children and adolescents with disabilities from the regular educational system.
  • Acted as counsel to Ipam- Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia in a project that aims to create financial compensation for farmers in the state of Mato Grosso whose rural properties have a surplus of native vegetation.
  • Hired by Geledes – Instituto da Mulher Negra, a  a civil society organisation that works to defend women and black people in Brazil, to develop and support the elaboration of its compliance programme.
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Founded in 2002, Szazi, Bechara, Storto, Reicher and Figueirêdo Lopes Advogados (“SBSA”) is a pioneering law firm specialized in charities, social responsibility, environment and human rights, that connects the experience its partners – Eduardo Szazi, Erika Bechara, Paula Raccanello Storto, Stella Camlot Reicher, Laís de Figueirêdo Lopes and Aline Gonçalves de Souza, who since mid-1990s have been working in the field of civil society organizations (CSO).

The firm respects persons with disabilities, gender, ethnic-racial, sexual, and religious diversity. It values sustainability by encouraging the recycling of materials and the purchase of organic and local products. It encourages freedom of expression and opinion. SBSA also cares about  the work environment and adopts practices aimed at avoiding discrimination, harassment, and constraints. Women are a majority among the partners and team members. In internal relations, hiring and relationships with stakeholders, the firm respects diversity and repudiate all forms of discrimination.

Involved in consultancy and advocacy, SBSA partners directly participated in the formulation of laws affecting civil society organizations and human rights, such as Law 9.790/1999 (OSCIPs Law), the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006 and Law 13.019/2014 (Legal Framework for Civil Society Organizations – MROSC).

They have also been involved in other legal initiatives to enable a better environment for civil society organizations, in matters involving tax exemptions, tax incentives, and labour and voluntary work regulation, at national, state and municipal levels. They are professionals with significant experience in the field, acting as lecturers and teachers in undergraduate and graduate courses related to the subjects they work with, and participate in research and consulting projects of renowned educational institutions such as PUC/SP, FIA/USP and FGV.

The firm’s clients are leading national and foreign associations and foundations operating in various fields, such as environmental, educational, sports, cultural, assistance, health, human rights, local development, information technology, protection of children, adolescents, people with disabilities and the elderly, among others. The clients are also companies from different economic sectors, especially those aligned with ESG practices, B corps, those maintaining corporate institutes and foundations, and those adopting corporate social responsibility, diversity, and inclusion programs.

In 2018, its longstanding practices and values were consolidated in its Compliance Program, Integrity Policy and Code of Ethics and Conduct, and the firm’s expertise in this field is also offered to its clients.

SBSA practices combine deep knowledge on charities and the non-profit sector with comprehensive understanding of case law and precedents in matters concerning social business and human rights law. Legal practice in this field is still quite rare. What most prominently distinguishes SBSA’s from other law firms in Curitiba is that we focus on CSO demands, social business and human rights law, providing legal advice through a team of extremely specialized attorneys.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Tax Law and Charities and Nonprofit Law Eduardo Szazieduardo@sbsa.com.br+55 (41) 3233-9040
Environmental Law and Charities and Nonprofit Law Erika Becharaerika@sbsa.com.br+55 (41) 3233-9040
Public Law and Charities and Nonprofit Law Paula Raccanello Stortopaula@sbsa.com.br+55 (41) 3233-9040
Public Law and Charities and Nonprofit Law and Human Rights Laís de Figueirêdo Lopeslais@sbsa.com.br+55 (41) 3233-9040
Constitutional Law and Charities and Nonprofit Law and Human Rights Stella Camlot Reicherstella@sbsa.com.br+55 (41) 3233-9040
ESG and Social Business and Charities and Nonprofit Law and Human Rights Aline Gonçalves Videira de Souzaaline@sbsa.com.br+55 (41) 3233-9040
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Erika Bechara photoMrs Erika BecharaMrs. Bechara has extensive professional experience in advising companies on issues related…
Aline Gonçalves Videira de Souza photoMrs Aline Gonçalves Videira de SouzaMrs. Souza is a lawyer with experience in the field of public…
Stella Camlot Reicher photoMrs Stella Camlot ReicherLawyer with extensive experience with projects and initiatives focused on human rights,…
Paula Storto photoMrs Paula StortoLawyer with extensive experience in Public Law and outstanding performance in providing…
Eduardo Szazi photoMr Eduardo SzaziMr. Szazi is a noted lecturer and commentator on issues of NGO…
Laís de Figueirêdo Lopes photoMrs Laís de Figueirêdo LopesMrs. Lopes has almost 20 years of legal, regulatory, and procedural management…
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Associates : 12
Interns : 2
Paralegal : 1
Administrative : 3
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