Lefosse Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Lefosse Advogados
SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

Lefosse Advogados has an excellent reputation for equity capital markets. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm remained in high demand and was instructed on a large number of high-profile deals, a notable highlight being Petrobras's R$22bn follow-on offering. The cross-border aspects of the firm's practice was reflected in its recent handling of $2.7bn-worth of US listings. While the equity side of the practice dominates, the firm is also experienced in domestic and cross-border debt offerings, including debentures, and agribusiness and real estate receivables certificates. Lead partners include corporate finance head Carlos Mello, who also offers strong regulatory support to listed corporates, and Rodrigo Junqueira, who regularly represents issuers and underwriters. The versatile Ricardo Prado handles debt and equity listings, and Roberto Zarour is especially strong on the debt side. The newly promoted Jana Araújo has also established a good name in the market.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Mello; Rodrigo Junqueira


‘It’s the team’s technical ability. Even with the capital market on the rise and working on several offers, the team manages to give due attention to customers, are quick in response and always add knowledge.’

‘The firm has a lot of experience in the Capital Markets area so that its service, familiarity and calmness in dealing with our affairs and operations gave us a lot of comfort, security and the certainty that we are being advised by excellent professionals.’

Great technical level at all hierarchical levels. Availability 24/7. They have a vast knowledge of the Company (client), which makes them more independent and agile when any request arises from us.’

Jana Araújo and Carolina Garrote: Both are extremely proactive, available, technical, easy to work with, intelligent, always looking for viable solutions and with agility to serve the client in the best way possible.’

Key clients

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras

Notre Dame Intermédica Participações

Moura Dubeux Engenharia

Enjoei.com.br Atividades de Internet

Empreendimentos Pague Menos

BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes

Marfrig Global Foods

BR Advisory Partners

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco Morgan Stanley

Banco J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs do Brasil Banco Múltiplo

Citigroup Global Markets Brasil Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

XP Investimentos



Rede D’Or São Luiz

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrobras on the R$22bn follow-on offering of common shares of Petrobras by Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES, including in the form of American Depositary Shares – ADSs.
  • Acted as Brazilian special counsel to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo and other underwriters on the R$11.4bn IPO of Rede D’Or São Luiz.
  • Acted as Brazilian special counsel to Banco J.P. Morgan and other underwriters on the R$6.9bn follow-on offering of common shares of Suzano  by Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Lefosse Advogados has a multi-faceted team with strong credentials in tax consulting and litigation. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic saw the team provide longstanding clients with a huge amount of strategic consulting advice. This was followed by an increase in transactional support in M&A and capital markets, as well as infrastructure investments. Advice on social security and compensation issues has also featured prominently in the team's recent workload. Litigation is another increasingly prominent part of the firm's focus, with over 1,200 tax disputes on the go. Marcos Carvalho, Bruno Carramaschi and Ana Carolina Utimati are the main contacts for tax litigation. Practice head Gustavo Haddad has established an extremely strong reputation in the market, and partners Ricardo Bolan and Gustavo Paes are also highly active on the non-contentious side. The firm expanded further with the arrival of João Paulo Muntada Cavinatto from BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Haddad


‘We have worked with various team members within the tax practice and all have been excellent. They are timely in their responses, very thorough and also are ready to prepare modeling and scenarios when needed. I believe Lefosse is a notch above all other tax advisors in Brazil.’

‘Lefosse’s tax team have consistently delivered us with clear detailed advice on a variety of complex PE investment structures in Brazil, which is a particularly challenging tax environment. They take the time to understand our specific briefs and requirements and deliver solutions within often tight timeframes.’

‘I have worked with Gustavo Haddad for about 20 years. I have not encountered another tax attorney as professional, knowledgeable, and practical as he is. He is always thorough in his analysis and recommendations. Brazil is a difficult country when it comes to taxes; however I am always confident he will guide us in the right direction. I would highly recommend Gustavo as a highly valued tax advisor in Brazil.’

‘Ana Carolina Utimati is a partner that engages personally in all subjects and with an excellent technical quality.’

‘Bruno Carramaschi – strategic, great commercial vision and focused on solutions. Luiz Santos – exceptional  profile and great vision of strategic litigation.’

Dr. Gustavo Lian Haddad is the best lawyer we have ever worked with on tax. His knowledge is impressive and his dedication to understanding the client in depth in all their particularities.’

Dr. Bruno Carramaschi is an excellent professional. Dynamic, proactive, competent, practical and with a multidisciplinary team to assist the client in demands or impacts in other areas.’

Key clients





Rede Dor

Siguler Guff

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)




Ingram Micro


Verzani & Sandrini




Fox Group









Work highlights

  • Advised Nasdaq-listed company StoneCo on the tax aspects of its share exchange and cash acquisition of software company Linx.
  • Advised Bracell SP Celulose and Turvinho Participações on the tax aspects of their acquisition of twelve rural properties (with almost sixty different real estate record files) and timber assets from Suzano.
  • Advised Enjoei.com.br Atividades de Internet on tax issues linked to its primary and secondary public share offering, and a multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganisation of Enjoei’s existing holding companies prior to the listing.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 2

Lefosse Advogados continues to invest heavily in its banking practice. The recruitment of Kenneth Antunes Ferreira from TozziniFreire Advogados, who is active on the structured finance side, was a strong show of intent. The team as a whole has a good reputation for domestic and cross-border financings and restructurings, including infrastructure loans and acquisition finance. Regulatory advice to banks and payment institutions is another area of strength, and the firm is playing an increasingly prominent role in the fintech space, as demonstrated by its work for PayPal Ventures. Lead partners within the team include Renata Cardoso, Roberto Zarour and Ricardo Prado.

Practice head(s):

Renata Cardoso; Ricardo Prado; Roberto Zarour Filho; Kenneth Antunes Ferreira


Kenneth Ferreira is recommended.’

Key clients

XP Investimentos







Banco do Brasil



Work highlights

  • Advised the lead creditors on the multimillion-dollar refinancing and corporate restructuring of the Benteler Group.
  • Acted as special Brazilian counsel to S-Velame Administração de Recursos e Participações, which is the controlling entity of Lojas Americanas, in connection with a €308m Margin Loan and Guaranty Agreement.
  • Acted as counsel with respect to Brazilian law matters to PayPal Ventures and affiliates in connection with PayPal’s participation in the $300m Series C investment round secured by Neon Pagamentos, a Brazilian fintech.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

An ‘extremely qualified team to deal with complex matters‘, Lefosse Advogados is a popular choice among leading Brazilian and international companies in strategic M&A. Its recent workload includes deals in the energy, healthcare and retail sectors, among others, with its advice to Coty on the sale of its Brazilian professional beauty and retail hair businesses to KKR a particular standout. The firm’s capital markets and tax practices also enjoy strong renown in the Brazilian market, providing a further benefit to clients. The firm established its Lefosse Plural initiative in 2017 to discuss important D&I matters, and it also has specific groups focusing on diversity in terms of gender, race, LGBTIQA+ and persons with disabilities. Another highlight is the firm’s varied pro bono practice, which in 2020 logged approximately 1,700 hours. Highly regarded M&A expert Carlos Mello leads the team, which includes Mirella Abe, Christiano Rehder, managing partner Rodrigo Junqueira and Sérgio Machado, who has vast experience in cross-border private equity, public M&A and special situations transactions. André Calumby is noted for his ‘strong technical knowledge and availability to search for solutions‘, Christian Roschmann for his ‘great negotiation skills‘. M&A and private equity partner Gonçalo Godinho and senior associate and capital markets expert Fabiane Ortiz also receive praise. In recent developments, André Ziccardi de Carvalho and Marcelo Tourinho were promoted to partner, Alessandra Cony Siniscalchi was promoted to counsel, while Jorge Kou joined the firm from Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados in June 2021, and associate Gregory de Oliveira Campos joined in May 2021 from Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Mello


Lefosse is an excellent firm. One of our go to firms in Brazil. We consider it to be among the top firms in the market. Compares favorably.’

André Calumby: strong technical knowledge and availability to search for solutions.’

Carlos Mello certainly deserves to be highlighted. Technically ahead of the curve, dedicated and committed.’

Commitment to the customer and the quality of thinking “outside the box”.’

The corporate and M&A team, led by the partner Christian, has an incredible quality. They have excellent technical knowledge of the topics, as well as a great adaptation to the company culture. Christian, in addition to his recognized experience, has great negotiation skills and relationships with the members of the projects, regardless of hierarchical position. Fabiane Ortiz is very proactive and extremely dedicated to projects, adding a lot of value to the team.’

Goncalo Godinho is pragmatic and zeroes in on what matters for us and clients.’

Sergio Machado and Carla Gorescu are recommended.’

Extremely qualified team to deal with complex matters.’

Key clients


New Fortress Energy

AES Holdings Brasil

Bracell SP Celulose

Turvinho Participações

Unipar Carbocloro

AES Tietê

GIC (Ventures)

Companhia Brasileira de Planos Funerários


Elfa Medicamentos

Treecorp Pet Participações


HSI V Real Estate – Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia

DASA – Diagnósticos da América


BlueMacaw Gestora de Recursos

Necton Investimentos Corretora de Valores Mobiliários e Commodities

Vitreo Gestão de Recursos

Fundação Ary Frauzino para Pesquisa e Controle do Câncer (Fundação do Câncer)

Magazine Luiza

Work highlights

  • Advised Coty on the Brazilian law aspects of the sale of its Brazilian professional beauty and certain retail hair businesses to KKR.
  • Advised New Fortress Energy on the acquisition of Hygo Energy Transition (formelly Golar) in Brazil.
  • Acts as counsel to AES Holdings Brasil and affiliates in connection with the acquisition from BNDES Participações of units representing 18.5% of the share capital of AES Tietê Energia.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Lefosse Advogados' clients benefit from the strong focus which highly rated practice head Roberto Zarour brings to the firm's restructuring and insolvency practice. Coupled with the practice's specialised lawyers, the firm also draws on a pool of lawyers with related expertise, such as Raphael Nehin Corrêa, who is especially active on the contentious side. Meanwhile, Renata Cardoso adds experience in related corporate and finance transactions. This breadth has made the firm especially attractive to major banks, both on debt restructurings and judicial reorganisations and liquidations. High-profile corporate debtors also use the firm. Tatiana Flores is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Zarour


Tatiana Flores has maturity and extensive knowledge in the field.’

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco Cargill

Banco Bradesco

Banco do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Santander on the judicial reorganisation proceeding of Odebrecht and other companies of the Odebrecht Group.
  • Advised Itaú Unibanco on the attempt filed by Oi to change its previously approved judicial recovery plan.
  • Advised Banco Cargill on the judicial reorganisation proceeding filed by Terra Forte and its shareholder.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

'Well-prepared and high-quality firm' Lefosse Advogados represents a mix of families, senior executives, family offices and private banking clients. The team's strong crossover into complementary areas such as tax, corporate and real estate gives it an edge, particularly with regard to cross-border matters. Wealth planning head Andrea Caliento has twenty years of experience in estate planning, asset protection and family law, and she has a good track record in mediating family disputes. Gustavo Haddad and associate Ricardo Santos provide considerable support on the tax front.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Caliento

Other key lawyers:


‘Well-prepared and high-quality firm in the services of estate planning and succession. The lawyers have a lot of technical knowledge and great posture with clients. It is transparent with client and provides a lot of security.’

‘Undoubtedly, Dr. Andrea Caliento, is a professional of high competence, who is not restricted only to the legal content, but joins the client in finding the paths that most suit them.’

‘The whole team is always very up to date on the latest legal news and taxation. Gustavo Haddad has a lot of experience, and is assertive in his recommendations, which makes my consultations with him always quick, agile and profitable.’

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados offers representation to clients from a variety of industries, including banking, construction, energy, mining and telecoms, in relation to domestic and international arbitration. Department head Pedro Maciel is experienced in acting as counsel and arbitrator in national and cross-border cases. He receives key support from Raphael Nehin Correa and Márcio Opromolla, both of whom have a successful track record in the representation of Brazilian and foreign companies in arbitral proceedings. The firm was further strengthened by the arrival of a new energy team, which brings a regular stream of high-profile energy-related arbitration cases.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel


‘Commitment of the associates. Client-oriented and pro-business.’

‘Pedro Maciel is an excellent lawyer.’

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

With an ‘excellent and strategic view of litigation‘, Lefosse Advogados has a wealth of experience helping domestic and foreign clients navigate the complexities of Brazilian law and courts. Class actions, commercial and corporate disputes are all strengths for the team led by Pedro Maciel, who routinely acts for clients from the construction, banking, telecoms and energy sectors. Domestic and cross-border proceedings including public and private corporations are some of Raphael Nehin Corrêa‘s notable areas of practice. Márcio Opromolla is well regarded for his experience in litigation and crisis management. Rafael Stefanini is another contact for corporate disputes. In a recent development, Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro joined the firm from Bichara Advogados. Since publication, the practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Julio Neves from TozziniFreire Advogados in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel


‘Excellent and strategic view of litigation, with well-defined work plans and in-depth study of the necessary issues. One of the best firms I have had the opportunity to work with in the area.’

‘Marcio Opromolla seeks to go deeper into the business issues and has a very strategic approach.’

Key clients

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Lactalis do Brasil – Comércio, Importação e Exportação de Laticínios

Elfa Medicamentos

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Mantiq Investimentos

Norte Energia – NESA

Magazine Luiza

Procter & Gamble Industrial e Comercial

Merck Sharp & Dohme Saúde Animal

Energia Sustentável do Brasil – ESBR

Work highlights

  • Successully represented Lenovo in a strategic class action over the alleged installation of malware in certain laptops.
  • Represented Lactalis in a lawsuit filed against AGRICOOP – Cooperativa Central Agrofamiliar in relation to the termination of a purchase agreement of non-pasteursed milk.
  • Acted for Elfa Medicamentos in a class action lawsuit filed by the city of Aracaju, concerning the supply of medicine.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

The energy group at Lefosse Advogados was bolstered by the December 2020 arrival of a team of electricity experts from Demarest Advogados. The department is now jointly led by two partners: Raphael Gomes, who is knowledgeable in regulatory issues pertaining to the generation and commercialisation of energy; and Pedro Dante, whose areas of expertise include energy purchase contracts, power regulations and litigation. The recent additions to the team strengthened its regulatory and administrative litigation capabilities. Bruno Crispim is a key figure in the regulatory field, and often advises clients on power purchase agreements and transactions involving renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydro and biomass.

Practice head(s):

Raphael Gomes; Pedro Dante


‘The department of energy and natural resources at Lefosse Advogados stands out for its deep knowledge of the legal framework of the Brazilian electricity sector, combined with a broad knowledge of the dynamics of government organisations in the sector, such as the Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) and the Commercialization Chamber (CCEE).’

‘Raphael Gomes stands out for his legal knowledge of the Brazilian electricity sector and for his availability, commitment and skills in dealing with his interlocutors, which guarantees reliable and effective support. Pedro Dante is backed by his professional experience and legal knowledge, whether in advising his clients or in the oral discussions.’

‘Availability, quality, understanding of the core business of the client.’

‘Extensive experience in the electrical sector, with professionals from regulatory agencies with a proactive attitude.’ 

‘Team composed of extremely differentiated professionals in the energy area, always acting in accordance with new business possibilities and enabling success of clients in matters. Pedro Dante is an extremely competent lawyer.’

Key clients

Engie Brasil Energia

Vivo Participações

Banco Plural


2W Energia

Norte Energia – Nesa

Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe – Celse

Focus Energia

Canadian Solar

Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil – Eletronorte

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Plural and Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES on the Companhia Energética de Brasília – CEB privatisation process.
  • Acts for Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe – CELSE in an administrative proceeding before ANEEL that discusses the application of penalties for not closing the combined cycle of the UTE Porto de Sergipe, the largest thermal power plant in Latin America.
  • Assists NESA in administrative and judicial discussions with ANEEL on the exclusion of liability for the delay in the schedule for the start of commercial operations of the Belo Monte plant.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados has an experienced, multidisciplinary real estate practice that advises on investments, development projects and property management issues. Its clients include major corporate investors, as well as banks and asset management funds. Practice head Andrea Caliento is popular with clients and is noted for her expertise in leading direct and indirect acquisitions and lease negotiations. 2020 saw the firm involved in several high-profile acquisitions in the industrial, commercial office, healthcare, agribusiness and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Caliento


‘Good knowledge of the law, availability and accessibility.’

Andrea Caliento and André Calumby: Competence, availability, naturalness in dealing.’

Key clients

Banco BTG Pactual


Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional


Alianza Investimentos Imobiliários



Total BR

XP Asset Management

Riza CapitalAsset Management

VBI Real Estate

BR Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Bracell SP Celulose in connection with the purchase of R$200m in assets located in Marília, São Paulo state.
  • Advised Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – FII BTG Pactual Corporate Office Fund (BCFund) in the R$810m acquisition of the Diamond Tower, comprising 72 office units, in São Paulo.
  • Acted as counsel to BTG Pactual Logística Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário in connection with the R$1.2bn joint acquisition of the former Ford Factory for the development of logistics warehouses.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

The cybersecurity and data protection service offering at Lefosse Advogados was recently bolstered by the arrival of practice head Paulo Lilla and senior associate Carla Segala from Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio, Vainzof Advogados Associados. Both practitioners bring a wealth of experience in the fields of data protection regulatory issues, data breaches and cyber law. Besides advising clients on LGPD compliance matters, the department also works in close collaboration with other groups in the firm, including litigation and M&A, making it well placed to assist with due diligence in relation to transactions, and contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Lilla

Key clients

CVC Corp

Grupo GPS

Panasonic Brasil


Fundação do Câncer

PayPal Holdings

Diagnosticos da America

Acesso Digital Tecnologia da Informação

BP Brasil

Conexa Saúde Serviços Médicos



Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to CVC Corp in the implementation of measures to reach compliance with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law.
  • Assisted Panasonic Brasil with the implementation of measures to reach compliance with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law.
  • Acted as counsel to WTorre in the implementation of measures to reach compliance with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados is proficient in regulatory, commercial and transactional matters connected to telecoms services and products. Covering all segments of traditional and new markets and various technologies, the practice possesses comprehensive knowledge of matters pertaining to submarine cables and optical fibres, telecom tower companies, satellites and Internet of Things (IoT) projects. Key areas of activity for the team include advising on regulatory approvals for emerging technologies, licensing matters, compliance with telecoms regulations, and M&A. Well-regarded department leader Eduardo Carvalhaes specialises in regulated sectors and is a key practitioner in public procurement and administrative law-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Carvalhaes


‘Under the leadership of Eduardo Carvalhaes (who has longstanding experience in the telecoms market), they carried out due diligence, helped in the regulatory structuring and carried out several risk assessments of complex operations involving telecommunication operators.’

‘Eduardo Carvalhaes is attentive and approaches legal issues with a good sense of reality and taking into account client’s business interests.’

Key clients

Telefônica Brasil


American Tower

Phoenix Tower

QMC Telecom



Cisco Systems

ABRINTEL – Associação Brasileira de Infraestrutura para Telecomunicações

Turner International Latin America

Work highlights

  • Assisting American Tower in an Internet of Things (IoT) project to protect telecommunications equipment.
  • Acts as counsel to American Tower in the public consultation related to the privatisation of Copel Telecom.
  • Assisting Vero in the negotiations with the energy distribution company CEMIG regarding a contract for sharing of electricity distribution poles to connect Vero’s telecoms system.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados has established an impressive competition law practice, which adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and is well versed in both merger and conduct cases, where it has recently secured a number of successes for clients. As befits the firm's strong reputation in the Brazilian market, the team is regularly sought by major national and international companies in the financial services, retail and education sectors, among many others. José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel - whose promotion to partner in June 2020 illustrated the firm's ongoing commitment to this practice area - are highlighted for their 'wide technical knowledge and excellent business vision'. Marcela Junqueira Cesar Pirola, Marília Avila and Elen Lizas are names to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Berardo; Juliana Daniel


The Lefosse competition team is extremely accessible and with prompt (immediate) answers to the doubts we present. They have extensive knowledge of the competition legal environment and provide high level support. The partners are always engaged in the first person to address the issues, bringing security to customers. The communication is also clear, objective and with a lot of accountability of the recommendations, without dubious or inconclusive positions – I understand that this is one of the biggest differentials in relation to other offices.’

Jose Carlos Berardo – Technically very precise, with examples of practical application. Very good treatment with the client and full availability.’

The wide technical knowledge and excellent business vision of the partners José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel bring great competitive advantage to the office.’

The partners José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel have excellent business vision.’

José Carlos is one of the most complete lawyers in the market, with deep knowledge of business.’

José Carlos da Matta Berardo, Marília Avila and Marcela Pirola are recommended.’

Key clients

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

Magazine Luiza

Itaú Unibanco

Bunge Alimentos

Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional

Elfa Medicamentos

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina)

Mills Solaris

BTG Pactual

Nacional Comercial Hospitalar

PayPal do Brasil Serviços de Pagamento


Work highlights

  • Advised Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes on the antitrust aspects of its tentative acquisition of certain assets owned by Oceanair Linhas Aéreas, part of Avianca Brasil.
  • Representing Redecard, an affiliate of Itaú Unibanco, in a preliminary investigation into single-firm conduct.
  • Acted as counsel for Bunge Alimentos in two different divestment transactions which raised competition concerns with CADE.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 4

Highlighted for its 'strong performance in cross-border matters', Lefosse Advogados fields an experienced team of compliance and anti-corruption experts; the firm's investment in its compliance practice is illustrated by the hire of senior associate Astrid Lima Rocha and the promotion of Juliana Daniel to partner in 2020. In a further demonstration of its growth, the team has recently expanded its client base with several new client wins. The compliance team works in an integrated manner with the firm's specialists in antitrust, public law, white-collar crime and labour, among others, allowing it to provide a broad service. José Carlos Berardo, whose specialisms include competition and compliance, and corporate criminal law expert Ludmila Groch also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Daniel; José Carlos Berardo; Ludmila Groch


The staff is excellent, especially after the hiring of Ludmila Grosch. I worked on several cases with Lefosse and in all of them I was impressed with the service.’

Office with great performance before clients on diversity issues.’

Strong performance in cross-border matters and an excellent level of English.’

José Carlos Berardo (Zeca) is practical, and shows not only enough knowledge in the matter but also an interest in addressing the issues that reach him.’

I would say that Lefosse’s competitive team presents a differentiator, which is that of having Zeca in the lead.’

Ludmila Grosch and Juliana Maia Daniel are recommended.’

Key clients

Carioca Christiani Nielsen Engenharia

Grupo GPS

Triple Play

Liquigás Distribuidora

CropLife Brasil

Mann+Hummel Brasil

Allpark Empreendimentos, Participações e Serviços

Work highlights

  • Acts as counsel to Carioca Christiani Nielsen Engenharia on the negotiation of several collaboration agreements in cartel investigations relating to Operação Lava Jato.
  • Provided advice to Grupo GPS on the improvement of its compliance program, coordinated with the development and implementation of a data protection programme.
  • Acts as counsel to Triple Play in the development of the company’s anti-corruption, ethics and integrity compliance programme.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados' employment team provides strong support to the firm's active corporate and capital markets team on transactional matters. The practice also handles a heavy litigation caseload, and advises on the full range of employment law matters, including senior incentive plans. A particular focus is on advice to international clients on Brazilian labour law issues and expatriate workers, and union negotiations, which accelerated significantly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Practice head Aloizio Lima and senior associate Paulo Antonio Peressin have strong credentials in this area.

Practice head(s):

Aloizio Ribeiro Lima

Key clients

STERIS – Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos

BP Energy do Brasil

Contour Global do Brasil Desenvolvimento e Gestão

Rio Bravo Investimento Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Imobiliários

Petrobrás Distribuidora

Ouro Fino Saúde Animal Participações

Bunge Alimentos

Laticínios Bela Vista

Intrum Brasil Consultoría e Participaciones

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Val. Imobiliários

Work highlights

  • Defending STERIS – Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos in 20 labour lawsuits, worth R$16m, filed by former employees.
  • Advising BP Energy do Brasil in preparing the opening of its office following the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • Assisted Contour Global do Brasil Desenvolvimento e Gestão in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the labour unions.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 4

A ‘distinguished firm with a very solid and competent team‘, Lefosse Advogados‘ energy and infrastructure practice works on the financing and development of significant projects across Brazil. With particular strength in energy, the department is also equipped to handle regulatory and contractual issues pertaining to infrastructure projects in a variety of sectors, such as railways, highways, airports and roads. Paloma Valéria Lima is legal counsel of choice for several financial institutions, multilateral organisations and investors involved in project finance and other sector-related transactions. The group has witnessed tremendous growth recently, with the arrival of a team from Demarest Advogados specialised in energy, infrastructure and regulatory law. New joiner Raphael Gomes is now jointly leading the department with Lima. In another development in April 2022, project finance and development specialist Miriam Signor joined the firm from Stocche Forbes Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Paloma Valéria Lima; Raphael Gomes; Miriam Signor


‘The Lefosse team is available to handle many complex matters involving various practices due to their top-notch partners that focus on wide-ranging matters. They seem to excel in every practice group.’

‘There is not enough time or space to describe the standout partner, Paloma Valéria Lima. Always handling some of the most complicated international financings in Brazil, Paloma is a go-to lawyer in Brazil. Her deep understanding of the underlying project documents coupled with her finance structuring experience is second to none.’

‘Paloma Lima was an excellent addition for the Lefosse team. She is terrific to work with and instantly makes them a key player for projects and infra.’

‘Lefosse is a distinguished firm with a very solid and competent team. Our main contact is Paloma Lima. The lawyers are very experienced and business oriented. I always had good experiences with them advising us on more and less complex operations. Although the firm has a large team, all the lawyers we work with demonstrated a deep knowledge of their field of expertise.’

‘Paloma Lima was an excellent addition to the Lefosse team.’

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

Goldman Sachs

CIP – Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

CIC – China Investment Corporation



GTIS Partners



Work highlights

  • Advised New Fortress on all legal aspects under Brazilian law related to the acquisition of Hygo Energy Transition and its assets in Brazil, which include interests in CELSE, CELBA and other power and gas projects.
  • Advises Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on all aspects related to the development of their potential projects in Brazil.
  • Advising New Fortress in all aspects related to the development of a new gas-to-power project in the Port of Suape.

Brazil > Public law Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados has a wide-ranging public law and regulations practice, covering all stages of public procurement procedures, PPPs, concessions and privatisations. The firm is also well regarded for its experience in transactions involving regulated assets and companies with public law implications. Leading the practice is Eduardo Carvalhaes, whose areas of expertise include government contracts, concessions of public utility services and bidding processes. In addition to its strong consulting capabilities, the team is also often engaged by clients from a range of industries in relation to administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Carvalhaes


‘Lefosse’s public law team is very well versed in Brazilian Public Legislation and has enabled us to navigate complex public entities and structures with relative ease. The team is very well connected and regarded in this sector.’

‘The partners who have worked with us were able to design tailored solutions to complicated local situations in a heavy regulated public sector. In addition to their technical work, the team has been highly valuable in assisting us navigate and network within the Brazilian Public Sector.’

Key clients

American Tower do Brasil

PayPal do Brasil Serviços de Pagamentos


IGT Global Solutions


Centrais Elétricas Barcarena – CELBA

Companhia Docas de Imbituba – CDI

OAS Soluções Ambientais

Zurich Airports Latin America – ZALA

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to American Tower in the development of strategies related to the construction of towers by competitors and non-compliance of current regulations.
  • Assisted Paypal do Brasil Serviços de Pagamentos in the public consultation promoted by Caixa Econômica Federal regarding the public procurement of online payment method service for placing lottery bets and paying lottery prizes on Caixa’s electronic channels.
  • Works as part of a consortium hired by BNDES to support the bank on the structuring and implementation of the privatisation of Companhia de Gás do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Sulgás).

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados' white-collar criminal law team is adept in acting as both defence counsel and assistant to the prosecution in litigation involving allegations of corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, antitrust and environmental law offences. The team has also recently seen an uptick in cases involving cybercrimes, particularly from clients in the financial services industry. The practice is ably led by highly regarded criminal law expert Ludmila Groch, and benefits from close collaboration with the firm's experts in compliance, competition and public law. Paloma Romero is a key associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Ludmila Groch


The staff is excellent, especially after the hiring of Ludmila Groch. I worked on three cases with Lefosse this year and in all of them I was impressed with the service.’

Key clients

STERIS Corporation

Work highlights

  • Provided emergency support to a client at the police station in the context of an investigation into possible environmental crimes.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Lefosse Advogados‘ oil and gas team demonstrates particular strength in regulatory and transactional matters. With a proven track record in divestments and M&A deals involving oil and gas assets, the group is also proficient in refinery sales, fuel distribution businesses and natural gas processing agreements. Practice head Felipe Boechem, who has a strong background in cross-border mandates, is adept in all market segments, gas transportation and monetisation projects. Since publication, project finance and development expert Miriam Signor joined the firm from Stocche Forbes Advogados, in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Boechem


‘Lefosse Advogado has one of the best energy teams in the market, offering extensive experience and expertise in highly complex projects and transactions. The practical and effective solutions invariably proposed by the office are really impressive.’

‘Felipe Boechem is a rising star in the market. He combines a solid academic background with extensive international experience in the sector, being able to really understand the demands of clients and create appropriate legal strategies.’

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras

Petrogal Brasil – Galp

Companhia de Gás do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul – SULGAS

BP Energy do Brasil

BW Offshore do Brasil

Total Brasil Distribuidora

Enauta Participações

Great Holding Group

Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo e Gás – IBP (Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute)

Work highlights

  • Advising Petrobras and Transpetro in connection with the sale of Refinaria Landulpho Alves and associated logistic assets.
  • Advised Petrobras on the sale of Liquigás Distribuidora – a gas distribution company – to Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás and Nacional Gás Butano Distribuidora.
  • Assisted Petrogal Brasil in the negotiation of infrastructure sharing agreements for the offloading of natural gas from pre-salt offshore fields and natural gas processing agreements with Petrobras, Shell and Repsol.

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

Lefosse Advogados' environmental team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Guilherme d’Almeida Mota, who brought to the table a wealth of experience in administrative litigation, crisis management, public civil actions and other types of environment-related lawsuits. Mota is now overseeing the department, which is also proficient in due diligence procedures related to domestic and cross-border M&A and finance and capital markets transactions. He receives key support from Mariana Níquel, whose areas of expertise include contaminated areas and administrative and judicial litigation. Environmental licensing and ESG issues also feature in the practice's portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme d’Almeida Mota


‘Lefosse has been rendering high-quality legal services, but what differentiates them from their competitors is the involvement with their clients; they understand their business and their needs and that allows them to give the best advice and influence decision-making. In the environmental area, I would highlight the work of Guilherme Mota. Besides his technical knowledge, he is able to understand the company’s needs and provide the best legal solution.’

‘Guilherme Mota has extensive technical knowledge of environmental law.’

‘One of the elements that most caught my attention in the service at Lefosse is the integration of the areas, as they easily work together. Guilherme Mota is excellent and very dedicated.’

‘Services provided in an agile manner. Mariana Niquel is always very helpful, and has extensive experience in environmental matters.’

‘The firm has a lean but extremely qualified team, which is always available to support the client. In addition, the entire office team is bilingual, which facilitates interaction with the rest of the company, managing to deliver all work in English and Portuguese. The practice understands the urgency of the demands and has a unique response time to requests.’

Key clients



The Nature Conservancy – TNC

InpEV – Instituto Nacional de Processamento de Embalagens Vazias

ADM do Brasil




Itaú BBA

Work highlights

  • Acted as environmental counsel to Itaú BBA in the issuance of debentures of Iguá Saneamento.
  • Advised Globenet on the licensing proceeding with IBAMA, the federal environmental agency, for the renewal of the client’s operating permit (subsea transmission cable).
  • Assisted Coty Inc. in connection with the Brazilian law aspects of the sale of the Brazilian Professional and Retail Hair business, which includes Wella, Clairol, OPI and ghd brands to KKR.

Brazil > Life sciences

Lefosse Advogados is a full-service law firm that offers specialized advice and superior technical quality on a variety of legal areas.

Every day, our firm handles complex cases for clients that demand efficiency and broad expertise and that allow them to compete in today’s fast-paced business environment. We offer a careful approach to our clients’ decisions with timeliness and precision in developing our assignments. Our long-term partnership with our clients affords us a better understanding of their business and allows us to offer tailor-made, elegant and simple solutions to complex problems. We have an unmatched organization with unique processes, an efficient structure and exceptional standards for extraordinary cases.

Corporate and M&A: a highly qualified team with expertise in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, private equity, business organization, corporate and commercial law, projects and venture capital.

Capital markets: as a leader in capital markets and securities law, the team assists clients with debt and equity transactions, derivatives and structured products, securitizations and structured finance, IPOs and rights offerings, convertible and exchangeable bonds, MTN programs and DIPs, high-yield offerings, structured products and derivatives.

Tax: as trusted advisor of major companies in Brazil, the team advices on all aspects of direct and indirect taxation, tax aspects in connection with M&A, joint ventures, capital markets, including cross-border transactions. Expertise includes value-added tax issues, international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and litigation.

Public law and regulation: with a team having extensive experience in privatization projects in the most diverse sectors – but with prominence in telecommunications, airports, highways and public services – the team is able to assist Brazilian and foreign clients from the beginning of due diligence, going through the privatization process and post-privatization measures to implement the project. Our work includes not only transactional aspects, but measures of a litigious nature. Our team is also qualified to assist clients operating in regulated markets – aviation, telecommunications, oil and gas, energy, media, logistics, ports, highways, railways, airports, public service concessions and PPPs, health surveillance, medicines and hospital products, food and beverages, defense market, gaming & betting, mining – representing clients’ interests before federal, district, state and municipal regulators.

Technology, data protection and intellectual property: through a customized, sophisticated and fully adapted service to the client’s demands, we advise on matters relating to technology, data protection and intellectual property, such as: Analysis and structuring of new digital business models; Consultancy in matters related to the Internet, digital platforms and applications; Advice on Projects to Adapt to the new Brazilian General Law on Protection of Personal Data (LGPD), among others tech related issues.

Banking and finance: with solid reputation in the market, the team acts for arranging banks, lenders, credit enhancers and borrowers, in a wide range of industrial and financial sectors.

Infrastructure and greenfield projects: beyond the solid legal specialization, the team is familiar with the practices, standards of highly complex projects, and provide objective and agile guidance, advising financial institutions, government entities, multilateral agencies, suppliers, infrastructure developers and foreign investors.

Energy:  Innovative and multidisciplinary advice with strong know-how in energy projects. The team is  involved in some of the most relevant transactions in the power sector in Brazil. We bring bring solid legal skills, extensive negotiation experience and a strong track-record on projects, representing sponsors, equity investors and lenders.

Investment funds: the team represents local and international administrators, managers, financial institutions and investors in the structuring and formation of investment funds and other vehicles as well as regulatory matters pertaining to investment funds and asset management. Expertise includes public and private distributions of quotas, purchase and sales of assets and financing structures.

Restructuring and insolvency: the team acts for creditors, insolvency practitioners, corporate debtors and directors and officers in relation to debt rescheduling; debt and equity restructuring, judicial and extra-judicial restructuring and insolvency proceedings, banking litigation, incorporation of non-standardized credit rights investment funds (FIDC-NP).

Litigation and dispute resolution: the team is trial-ready, but the work includes advising clients on how to avoid lengthy and costly disputes.The team has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, banking litigation, collection/enforcement, commercial litigation, due diligence, environmental/energy litigation, product liability litigation, regulatory investigations and restructuring and insolvency litigation.

Competition and Antitrust: the practice is recognized for being objective, straightforward and focused on real world useful business. The team advises clients on cross-border and domestic mergers, investigations of anti-competitive practices, due diligences and compliance programs. The experience includes handling economic, competition and consumer protection disputes before judicial courts.

Labor: the team delivers personalized work to each client, exploring the strategy for each case to find the best solution to the client and offer secure guidance on daily employment practices, including hiring and termination of high-level executives, transfer of employees, review of employment aspects of M&A transactions and draft of agreements and incentive plans. They defends the client’s interests in judicial and administrative labor proceedings within the Brazilian jurisdiction in all court levels.

Environmental: our practice focuses on consolidating its position as trusted advisors, enabling the representation of the clients’ interests in a holistic manner and on a wide variety of environmental work, such as legal due diligence, environment litigation, environment advice, ethical investment, climate change and renewables.

Real estate: the breadth of the practice work is sophisticated, which has been strengthening with the representation of important clients in the market. The team advises on direct investment, corporate structures, real estate development, sale and lease back transactions, negotiations for the acquisition of large amounts of land. It also provides support in connection with investment funds, bond offerings, securitization involving real estate, and due diligences, in support of corporate and capital markets transactions that feature real estate assets.

Wealth planning: the competitive edge of our team is being a one-stop-shop practice area with partners and lawyers with expertise in succession, tax and corporate matters. The work includes asset reorganization plans, preparation of prenuptial agreements, cohabitation contracts, wills and other testamentary instruments, and changes in property regimes, explanation, to the family, of the effects of death and the rules applicable to each regime for marital assets, including by reason of succession.

White-collar defense, compliance and regulatory investigations: the multidisciplinary team offers reliable, proactive and sophisticated solutions to all white-collar crimes, compliance and anti-corruption matters, assisting Brazilian and international companies in meeting all corporate governance needs. Expertise includes clients in a variety of sectors.

Oil and gas: in harnessing customized service to precision and efficiency, our Oil & Gas practice has been carefully crafted to provide the best legal advice to our clients. The team has experience in M&A transactions in the O&G industry and acts in the preparation and negotiation of all contracts typical to the industry. The regulatory expertise enables them to assist companies in a variety of issues, including bid round processes, arbitrations and representation in administrative proceedings before the ANP.

Life Sciences & Healthcare: Life Sciences & Healthcare is a highly innovative sector which will produce a large volume of investment. However, this will entail important legal challenges, which can only be faced by professionals highly familiarized with the sector, as well as by the work of a multidisciplinary team who specialize in the most diverse fields of law such as regulatory, consumer, antitrust, contracts, intellectual property, criminal and so on. That’s why Lefosse puts all its practices at the client’s service so we can provide the best solutions for their business.

Managing partner Rodrigo Junqueirarodrigo.junqueira@lefosse.com+ 55 11 3024-6100
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