Azevedo Sette Advogados > Belo Horizonte, Brazil > Firm Profile

Azevedo Sette Advogados
RUA PARAIBA, 1000
Rua Paraíba, 1000, térreo
Belo Horizonte MG 30130-145
Brazil

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Housing a sizeable corporate and M&A department in Belo Horizonte that is the first port of call for several blue-chip clients from the agribusiness, mining, banking, energy, telecoms and technology sectors, full-service firm Azevedo Sette Advogados is a reference in the Minas Gerais market. The team handles a diverse workload of M&A, foreign investments, commercial and financial contracts, corporate restructurings and infrastructure projects, and has witnessed a recent growth in deals pertaining to the healthcare sector, and matters involving wealth planning and succession issues. Practice head Fernando Azevedo Sette is a key contact for private wealth management. Luís Ricardo Miraglia, who is often retained by mining and energy clients, and Ana Paula Terra Caldeira, whose areas of activity include M&A and corporate financing, are other key practitioners. Frederico Bopp Dieterich leads on infrastructure-related transactions, while Thiago Assumpção Henriques has been particularly busy advising healthcare companies. In a relevant development in 2021, Eleonora Santiago Carneiro Quadros joined the firm from Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Azevedo Sette

Testimonials

‘Consistency; sense of urgency; senior and experienced team. Excellent technical and intellectual level of the team. Multi-disciplinary advice.’

‘Fernando Azevedo Sette has an excellent reputation in the market, experience and technical knowledge.’

‘High quality of services in all areas. Fernando Azevedo Sette is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely skilled and competent.’

Key clients

Ibitu Energia

Rhi Magnesita

Andrade Gutierrez Group

Construtora Aterpa

Concessionária Do Aeroporto Internacional De Confins

Vale

Bmpi Infra

Magnesita Refratários

Carmeuse Brasil Soluções Químicas

Grupo Promed

Vita Participações

Vertex Administradora E Corretora De Seguros

Work highlights

  • Assisted Grupo Promed in the sale of 100% of its capital stock and 96.5% of capital stock of Hospital Vera Cruz.
  • Advised Grupo Toro and its private shareholders on the sale of 60% of their equity interest to Santander subsidiary Pi.
  • Provided assistance to Andrade Gutierrez in the closing of the sale of a hospital PPP concessionaire (Novo Metropolitano) to Opy Health (the health industry investment platform of private equity fund IG4 Capital).

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Labour Tier 1

Drawing on the firm's national footprint, Azevedo Sette Advogados acts for leading domestic and multinational clients in the entire spectrum of labour matters. In addition to providing legal advice on HR practices and employment contracts, the practice is also equipped to assist with labour-related due diligence in the context of M&A transactions and represent companies in contentious matters, including individual and collective claims. Social security and labour law specialist Leila Azevedo Sette oversees the Belo Horizonte team alongside Luanna Vieira de Lima Costa and Gustavo Magalhães Assis, both of whom have substantial experience in transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Leila Azevedo Sette; Luanna Vieira de Lima Costa; Gustavo Magalhães Assis

Key clients

Volkswagen Do Brasil Industria De Veiculos Automotores

Nokia

Clarios

Claro

Epiroc Brasil

Snc-Lavalin

Carmeuse Brasil Soluções Químicas

Johsons Controls Group

Novo Nordisk Produção Farmacêutica Do Brasil

Amazon

Gerdau Açominas

Brembo Do Brasil

White Martins Gases Industriais

Petronas Lubrificantes Brasil

Nexa Resources

Companhia Brasileira De Metalurgia E Mineração – CBMM

Torrent Do Brasil

Isdin Produtos Farmaceuticos

Work highlights

  • Represents Volkswagen do Brasil and subsidiary companies in an indemnity action on the grounds of occupational disease.
  • Acts for Gerdau Açominas in a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Represents Nokia in labour litigation matters, having recently assisted the company in a public civil action involving Covid-19.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Natural resources and regulation Tier 1

Offering multidisciplinary advice covering transactions, public law, dispute resolution and environmental issues, the energy and natural resources department at Azevedo Sette Advogados assists clients with the gamut of natural resources and regulatory matters. The firm has a strong following in the mining sector, advising domestic and international clients in relation to M&A deals, project development and compliance. It is also equipped to handle mandates pertaining to the energy sector, demonstrating particular strength in the power segment, namely renewables. Leonardo Pereira Lamego leads on work pertaining to mining and environmental law; he is seasoned in environmental permitting, litigation and administrative actions. Gabriela Salazar Silva Pinto is another key contact for mining companies, while Svetlana Maria de Miranda specialises in environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Pereira Lamego

Key clients

Vale

Samarco

Nexa Resources

Jaguar Mining

Yamana Gold

Anglo American

Timbro Trading

Sintertec Minerais Industriais

Enel Brasil

Ibitu Energia

Rhi Magnesita

CGN Energy International Holdings

Evolua Energia Participações

Méliuz

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vale in a high-profile case involving the negotiations of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.
  • Defending Samarco in lawsuits involving fines applied by IBAMA (the Federal Environmental Agency) regarding the tailings dam collapse in Mariana in 2015.
  • Advised Grupo EcoRodovias on the acquisition of mineral rights that will enable the company to directly obtain the mineral resources for the expansion of its infrastructure.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Led by João Capanema, Azevedo Sette Advogados' litigation and arbitration practice in Belo Horizonte is sought by domestic and international companies involved in environmental, intellectual property, real estate, mining, insurance, competition and corporate disputes. The team is also noted for its longstanding experience in contractual issues, consumer law and product liability cases. Leonardo Farinha Goulart is the key point of contact for clients from the mining and automotive sectors, while Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro is the go-to lawyer for engineering and construction matters. Felipe Moraes, who recently joined from Mattos Engelberg Advogados, brings a wealth of experience in arbitration proceedings concerning energy companies, infrastructure projects and concessions.

Practice head(s):

João Capanema; Leonardo Farinha Goulart; Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro; Felipe Moraes

Key clients

Anglo American Minério De Ferro Brasil

Nexa Resources – Nexa Recursos Minerais

Toyota Do Brasil

Mercedes-benz Do Brasil

Business Software Alliance

Andrade Gutierrez

Concessionária Do Aeroporto De Confins – BH Airport

Chubb Do Brasil Seguradora

White Martins Gases Industriais

Cardif Do Brasil

Grupo Seculus – Banco Semear

Lhoist – Mineraçao Belocal

Grupo Sbf

Embaré Indústrias Alimentícias

General Electric

Direcional Engenharia

Petronas Lubrificantes

Grupo Tora

Banco Fidis

Cnh Industrial

Snc Lavalin

Liberty Metals & Mining

Grupo Camargo Corrêa

General Motors

Grupo Cowan

Aon Insurance

Grupo Lhoist – Mineração Belocal

Claro

Companhia Brasileira De Alumínio – CBA

Companhia Brasileira De Metalurgia E Mineração – CBMM

Concessionária Viario

Samarco Mineração

Grupo Brookfield

Work highlights

  • Represented White Martins Gases Industriais in a lawsuit filed by USIMINAS seeking to reduce the value of the minimum gas consumption provided by White Martins to USIMINAS while the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy persist.
  • Represents Sonda Procwork in an arbitral proceeding initiated by Ativas Participações and ASM Participações Societárias.
  • Assisting Vale in a case which involves the negotiations of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Tax Tier 2

Demonstrating strength in both tax consultancy and litigation, Azevedo Sette Advogados acts for a diverse client roster that includes domestic and international companies from the healthcare, mining, construction, telecoms, retail and agribusiness sectors, among others. Practice head Leandra Guimarães regularly handles corporate transactions involving complex tax elements. Clarissa Cerqueira Viana Pereira and Bruno Felippe Almeida have a wealth of experience in tax planning and strategic litigation. The team is equipped to represent clients before the superior courts in Brasília, and is adept at handling state, municipal and federal administrative matters.

Practice head(s):

Leandra Guimarães

Testimonials

‘Quality of service, reliability of information provided.’

‘Great knowledge and seriousness, and very close to its clients.’

Key clients

Snc Lavalin Group

Oncoclínicas Group

Pastifício Santa Amalia

Arg Group

Sumitomo Riko Group

Concessionaria Do Aeroporto Internacional De Confins – BH Airport

NKG Fazendas Brasileiras

Grupo Votorantim

Carmeuse Do Brasil

AEC Contact Center

AMG Group

Falconi Consultores De Resultado

Transunion Group

Giro Produtos Agricolas

Algar Telecom

Casa Unica Materiais De Construcao

Moinhos Do Sul Mineiro

Belgo Bekaert Arames

Cemig Geracao E Transmissao

Toctao Engenharia and Mauá Group

Mapfre Group

Pharlab Ind. Farmacêutica

Aperam Inox Tubos Brasil

Precon Engenharia

Labtest Diagnóstica

Delp Group

Petronas Lubrificantes Brasil

Anglo American Brasil

Localiza

J. Mendes Mineração

Work highlights

  • Advises SNC Lavalin Group on tax consulting issues involving international tax, and assists the client in administrative tax proceedings.
  • Filed numerous legal measures on behalf of Oncoclinicas Group’s clinics, aimed at recovering taxes and obtaining favourable injunctions.
  • Provided tax and legal advice and assisted Alicorp Group with  compliance tax due diligence during an M&A transaction.

City focus - Brasilia > Tax Tier 2

From Brasília, Azevedo Sette Advogados maintains a balanced tax practice, covering a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including administrative and judicial litigation. Its client base includes major Brazilian and international companies operating across a broad range of sectors. Senior associate Maíra Konrad de Brito has significant experience in complex tax matters. She works alongside litigation and arbitration expert Rodrigo Badaró de Castro, who works in the firm's Brasília and Goiânia offices. Associate Sara Crislaine Soares Guimarães is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Maíra Konrad de Brito; Rodrigo Badaró de Castro

Testimonials

High standard and ability to act in several areas with synergy in the most complex analyses‘.

Dr. Roberto Soares is very accessible and manages to channel the team to deliver the best result.’

Key clients

Grupo Toctao

Fundação Assis Chateaubriand

Grupo Wanco Telecomunicações

Ambientare Soluções Ambientais

World Digital

Mormaii

Shopping Pier 21

Grupo Jc Gontijo Engenharia

3R Car Locadora

Ecap Engenharia

Grupo Igrejinha

Grupo Via

Liê Arquitetas

Porto Bsb Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Regularly provides legal advice to Grupo Toctao, especially in strategic matters such as tax due diligence and compliance matters.
  • Provides legal advice to Fundação Assis Chateaubriand on a permanent basis, especially in tax due diligence and compliance.
  • Acts for Grupo Wanco in tax litigation and administrative proceedings, including a recent lawsuit against the Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – ANATEL in a discussion regarding FUST (tariff of Telecommunication Services Universalisation Fund).

Brazil > Compliance Tier 2

Azevedo Sette Advogados' compliance practice benefits from the strong reputation and knowledge of key partner Isabel Franco, who has extensive experience in anti-corruption and compliance. The team also draws on the expertise of Glaucia Ferreira, who has notable experience in conducting sensitive investigations and due diligence reports, and Luiz Eduardo Salles, whose broad practice spans economic law, international trade and compliance. The team is regularly sought for assistance in internal investigations, corporate crisis management, integrity due diligence processes and compliance training by its client base of Brazilian and international companies operating in a broad range of sectors. Ingrid Bandeira SantosLucas Mandelbaum Bianchini and Giuliana Sampaio Alves Mascari Bonilha are key contacts at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Franco; Glaucia Ferreira; Luiz Eduardo Salles

Key clients

Santo Antonio Energia

CCR

Movile Brasil Holding

Whirlpool Corporation

Dover Corporation

QuintoAndar

American Tower Corporation

Work highlights

  • Retained by Santo Antonio Energia with a continuous and exclusive contract to conduct several integrity due diligence reports regarding certain third parties relating to the client.
  • Retained by Movile to conduct several integrity due diligence reports regarding certain senior executives and shareholders (individuals) of target companies.
  • Advised a major multinational client on its existing compliance policies and documents in light of the Brazilian federal and state legislation in force.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 2

With particular strength in regulatory and contentious matters, Azevedo Sette Advogados counts some of the leading domestic and international mining players among its clients. The practice, which is located in the Belo Horizonte office, is also active in joint ventures and M&A transactions involving mining assets, where the team acts on both the buyer and seller side. Leonardo Pereira Lamego heads the environmental and mining department, which also includes Gabriela Salazar Silva Pinto, who specialises in mining transactions and agreements.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Pereira Lamego

Testimonials

‘High quality advice. Great performance in litigation. Gabriela Salazar is recommended.’

‘Outstanding expertise of the subject, especially on the environmental legislation of Minas Gerais. Institutional relationship with regulatory bodies in the state of Minas Gerais.’

Key clients

Vale

Samarco

Next Resources

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Jaguar Mining

Yamana Gold

Anglo American

Timbro Trading

J. Mendes

Sintertec Minerais Industriais

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vale in a a high-profile case involving the negotiation of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.
  • Assisting and defending Samarco in lawsuits involving the fines applied by IBAMA (Federal Environmental Agency) regarding the tailings dam collapse in Mariana in 2015.
  • Advises J. Mendes Group on several mining matters regarding its activities and provides legal assistance on a range of mining and environmental regulatory issues.

Brazil > International trade Tier 2

Azevedo Sette Advogados' international trade practice is 'extremely knowledgeable, efficient and composed of real team players'. It has established itself as a strong choice for advice on trade remedies and WTO law, trade sanctions and import/export controls. The firm has represented clients in significant matters involving trade partners such as the US, China, Canada, India and Australia, and also advises on domestic measures and investigations. Practice head Luiz Eduardo Salles is very well respected in the market and has represented Brazil before the WTO. He is backed by an experienced team of associates, including Ingrid Bandeira Santos and Lucas Bianchini, who represent a mix of exporters and domestic petitioners and importers.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Eduardo Salles

Testimonials

‘An excellent trade law team that has practical insight into the needs of its clients. Luiz Salles has exceptional leadership skills and stands out as the leading customs and international trade lawyer in Brazil.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and composed of real team players. It is not easy to find a team of lawyers who have all these qualities. Luiz Eduardo Salles and Ingrid Bandeira Santos are key contacts. Luiz has an exceptional knowledge and had uncommon negotiating skills. He is a very honest person. Ingrid is also a great lawyer, extremely diligent and acute. They are certainly among the best trade lawyers in Brazil.’

Key clients

Magotteaux International

JBF Group

BF International Consulting

Permanent Mission of Brazil to the WTO

ELETROS – Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Electric and Electronic Appliances

Abiplast – Brazilian Plastic Industry Association

CNI – Confederação Nacional Da Indústria (National Industry Confederation)

Oxiteno

COPACOL – Cooperativa Agroindustrial Consolata

Work highlights

  • Advised Brazil’s Mission to the WTO in Geneva on the dispute brought by Brazil against Indonesia on import barriers to Brazilian chicken exports.
  • Represented the Brazilian Plastic Industry Association (ABIPLAST) in the termination of the anti-dumping duties on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) imports from South Korea and the suspension of the duties from China after 11 years.
  • Represented ELETROS and ABIPLAST in a dispute concerning the public interest analysis of the application of anti-dumping duties on imports of polypropylene (PP) from India, South Africa, South Korea and the US.

Tax > Customs Tier 2

City focus - Recife > Leading firms Tier 3

Azevedo Sette Advogados established an office in Recife in 2013 under the leadership of Marcelo Padilha Cabral, who draws on over 15 years of experience in corporate, real estate and litigation. In addition to the Northeast, the firm also has broad geographic coverage across the country thanks to its extensive office network. Its client base is equally broad, and the Recife-based team has recently assisted companies operating in the technology, real estate and entertainment sectors, among others, in corporate, M&A, litigation and arbitration. Associate Renato Veras Salgado is a key member of the team, often advising on the office's major mandates.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Padilha Cabral

Key clients

BSA – Business Software Alliance

Montalvo Participações

Soltec Engenharia

Solida Engenharia

Treng Consultoria e Tecnologia de Projeto

Microsoft Corporation

Holasa – Hojalata y Laminados

Radio Betel

VRI Importação E Exportação

Nordeste Gestão de Bens

Work highlights

  • Provides legal advice to Holasa – Hojalata y Laminados in complex matters, such as a strategic request of credit recovery against Grupo MECESA in judicial rehabilitation/bankruptcy.
  • Represents a multinational company in complex litigation and arbitration matters, including a recent lawsuit involving copyright infringement and piracy.
  • Provides legal advice and represents the shareholders of a company in dispute resolution and corporate matters.

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

With multiple offices across Brazil, Azevedo Sette Advogados fields a team with solid experience in the area of public procurement, privatisations, concessions, PPPs and regulatory issues. Administrative proceedings also feature on the firm's workload, which is further populated by high-profile judicial litigation involving public administration matters. The public law department, which is predominantly based in Belo Horizonte, is often retained by companies operating in the construction, mining, telecoms and financial services sectors, but is also well equipped to advise public-sector entities. Frederico Bopp Dieterich and Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza, who both have significant experience in administrative law, infrastructure projects and PPPs, form the core senior team.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Bopp Dieterich; Leonardo Costa de Souza

Key clients

Algar Telecom

CCR

Cataratas do Iguaçu

Marquise Serviços Ambientais

Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Confins

Goetze e Lobato Engenharia

ENEL X Brazil

BMPI Infra and Sano Saneamento e Participações

SAM- Sonel Ambiental e Engenharia

Andrade Gutierrez Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Provided assistance to Algar Telecom in the privatisation auction of Copel Telecom.
  • Assisted Construtora Marquise in regulatory matters and in negotiating the acquisition of CTR Bahia Destinação de Resíduos.
  • Advised Cataratas do Iguaçu on the bid for the concession of São Paulo’s zoo and botanical garden.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Led by Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette and IP specialist Ricardo Barretto Ferreira, the data protection team at Azevedo Sette Advogados advises on the mitigation of risks in the context of data breaches, launch of new products and services, and international data transfers. The department - which works under the umbrella of the information technology, media and telecommunications group - has been particularly active assisting Brazilian and foreign companies in relation to compliance with the new obligations imposed by GDPR and LGPD. Lorena Pretti Serraglio is a key individual for LGPD compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Barretto Ferreira; Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette

Key clients

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Electronic Arts

Petronas Lubrificantes

Amazon Web Services

Check Point Software Technologies

JMN Mineração

Talenses Group

Xerox Corporation

Zambon Farmacêutica

Tempo Assist Seguros

Work highlights

  • Advising Amazon Web Services on the processing of employees’ personal data.
  • Assisted Zambon Laboratórios Farmacêuticos with the drafting of a set of data protection agreements with service providers and business partners.
  • Responsible for advising Torrent Pharmaceuticals on compliance with the Brazilian General Data Protection Act.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 3

Bringing together multidisciplinary expertise across regulatory issues, compliance, corporate, tax and dispute resolution, Azevedo Sette Advogados is skilled at assisting clients with the drafting and negotiation of software agreements, licensing matters, IT outsourcing, SaaS contracts and cloud computing services. Co-head Ricardo Barretto Ferreira handles both non-contentious matters and litigation, while fellow co-leader Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette focuses on M&A transactions involving the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Barretto Ferreira; Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette

Testimonials

‘Dedicated attention from lawyers who are always attentive and close to the clients.’

‘They deliver high quality work in a reasonable time meeting the client’s deadline expectations. They are always available.’

‘Luiz Azevedo Sette, Juliana Gebara and Sene Santos Ikeda are recommended.’

Key clients

Hyland Software

Shiseido Brasil

Fanatics

Somos Nuvem

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Electronic Arts

Nokia Brasil

Petronas Lubrificantes

Amazon Web Services

Check Point Software Technologies

JMN Mineração

Talenses Group

Xerox Corporation

Zambon Farmacêutica

JCI (Johnson Controls)

Tempo Assist Seguros

Work highlights

  • Continuously assists Hyland Software in a variety of IT contractual issues in Brazil.
  • Advises Shiseido on its e-commerce structure in connection with contractual and tax issues in Brazil.
  • Helping Somos Nuvem (the Brazilian subsidiary of Tigabytes) to restructure all of its IT contracts in Brazil, improving and adapting its standard agreements.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

With broad geographic coverage and a strong presence in both São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Azevedo Sette Advogados has a varied and active corporate and M&A practice. Major blue-chip companies operating in the region turn to the team, which has recently been especially active in deals in the healthcare, energy, infrastructure and natural resources industries, acting on both the buy and sell side. Corporate reorganisations, commercial agreements and regulatory matters are also areas of strength for the department. Senior partner Fernando Azevedo Sette and Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette, who draws on his former experience as general counsel for Microsoft, jointly lead the team. Ana Paula Terra Caldeira, Frederico Bopp Dieterich, M&A and capital markets expert Alessandra Martins de Souza, who made partner in 2020, and Luís Ricardo Miraglia, who is particularly active in the energy and mining sectors, are also names to note. Eleonora Santiago Carneiro Quadro joined the firm from Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Azevedo Sette; Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette

Key clients

Vale

Amazon

Andrade Gutierrez Group

Opy Healthcare

Grupo Habib’s

Grupo Flytour

BMPI Infra

Alipay (Aliexpress)

Johnson Controls

Grupo Promed

Vita Participações

Gucci Brasil

Concessionária Do Aeroporto Internacional De Confins

Rhi Magnesita

Zambon Laboratório Farmacêutico

Carmeuse Brasil Soluções Químicas

Ibitu Energia

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Promed on the sale of 100% of its capital stock and 96.5% of the capital stock of Hospital Vera Cruz.
  • Acted as legal advisor to Carmeuse in the acquisition of Oxidos Brasil Participações and Carmeuse Brasil Participações.
  • Assisted the quotaholders of SDFLC Brasil Indústria e Comércio to sell a 20% participation in the company to Frutarom do Brasil Indústria e Comércio.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 4

Azevedo Sette Advogados receives regular instructions from construction, mining, telecoms and financial services clients in relation to public bids, concessions, and PPP projects. With multiple offices in the country, the firm is prepared to advise on infrastructure projects across different states, project finance and administrative contracts. Co-head Frederico Bopp Dieterich is based in Belo Horizonte and focuses on PPPs, financing transactions and regulatory matters. Fellow co-head Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza leads on work pertaining to infrastructure and real estate projects from the São Paulo office. Bruna Bouissou is another name to note in Belo Horizonte.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Bopp Dieterich; Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent technical skills. I recommend Frederico Bopp Dieterich and Bruna Bouissou.’

Key clients

Algar Telecom

CCR

Cataratas do Iguaçu

OPY Healthcare

Construtora Marquise

Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Confins

Goetza e Lobato Engenharia

Focus Energia

ENEL X Brasil

BMPI Infra and Sano Saneamento e Participações

Andrade Gutierrez Investimentos

Grupo Thotus

SEBIAVogue Homes Investimentos

RHI Magnesita

Grupo JCGONTIJO

Árbore Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Assisted RHI Magnesita in analysing and reviewing a project for alternative energy sourcing.
  • Assisted Construtora Marquise in regulatory matters and in negotiating the acquisition of CTR Bahia Destinação de Resíduos.
  • Providing assistance to Cataratas do Iguaçu in the bid for the concession of São Paulo’s zoo and botanical garden.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 4

Azevedo Sette Advogados is notable for its role advising developers on contentious and non-contentious real estate matters. In 2020 the team was particularly active in the logistics, mining and agribusiness sectors. The department saw the departure of former partner Bruno Costa, who joined Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, though in other key developments the firm promoted partner Alessandra Lima Ganz and also hired new partner Henrique Antonelli. Ganz and Antonelli now jointly lead the team from São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Lima Ganz; Henrique Antonelli

Testimonials

‘Qualified team with excellent interaction with the client.’

The office has highly technically qualified professionals who are knowledgeable in the local market (Minas Gerais). Its partners are actively involved in the demands, and lead a very pro-business approach.’

Henrique Ferreira Antonelli: a partner with deep knowledge of the corporate world, with extensive technical knowledge, and high availability for direct interaction with the client.’

Alessandra Lima Ganz is recommended.’

Key clients

Hstern

A&B Engenharia

Dairy Partners Americas

Gucci Brasil Importação e Exportação

Hausbau Participações e Incorporações

Comercial e Construtora Prohidro

Via Engenharia

Lógica Engenharia

Havells Sylvania Brasil Iluminação

Realiza Assessoria e Intermediação Financeira

Cienge Engenharia e Comércio

Intercement Brasil

Urba Desenvolvimento Urbano

RHI Magnesita

Brasil PCH

Direcional Engenharia

GMT Holding Farm

Gramado Parks

Log Commercial Properties

MRV Engenharia

PSP Investments Fund

Tishman Speyer

Veloso Coffee

Work highlights

  • Advised Gucci Brasil on a new store in CJ Shops Jardins in São Paulo.
  • Assisted Gramado Parks Investimentos e Intermediações on a development in the state of Pernambuco.
  • Advised Logica Engenharia on the land acquisition and registration of a real estate development in Morumbi, São Paulo.

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

Azevedo Sette Advogados offers legal support to large international and domestic companies across a variety of sectors, including mining, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and forestry, among others. Its broad service offering covers advisory and litigation matters involving environmental regulations, compliance, licensing issues and due diligence in the context of transactions and project development. Department head Leonardo Pereira Lamego has longstanding experience in mining and environmental law. He is based in Belo Horizonte, and assists clients engaged in environmental litigation. Other key individuals in the environmental group include the 'exceptional' Svetlana Maria de Miranda and Cynthia de Souza Cardoso, who has significant expertise in energy-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Pereira Lamego

Testimonials

‘Differentiated expertise on the subject, especially on the environmental legislation of Minas Gerais. Institutional relationship with regulatory bodies in the state of Minas Gerais. Svetlana Maria de Miranda is exceptional. Technical knowledge and agility in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Vale

Samarco

NEXA Resources

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Jaguar Mining

Yamana Gold

Angloamerican

CYMI

BHA Airport

Tate and Lyle

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vale in a  case which involved the negotiations of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.
  • Assisting and defending Samarco in lawsuits involving fines applied by IBAMA (Federal Environmental Agency) regarding the tailings dam collapse in Mariana/MG in 2015.
  • Providing legal assistance to CBA to implement an environmentally protected area in the state of Goiás.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 5

Azevedo Sette Advogados has a versatile tax practice, with experienced lawyers based across its Brazilian network. Key partners include Leandra Guimarães, Mauricio Pernambuco Salin and Rodrigo Badaró de Castro, who respectively lead the team from the firm's Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Brasília offices. The firm offers a broad mix of strategic tax planning, social security and litigation advice, with cases handled at the municipal, state and federal levels. Clients include an impressive mix of blue-chip multinationals and major domestic companies.

Practice head(s):

Leandra Guimarães; Mauricio Pernambuco Salin; Rodrigo Badaró de Castro

Testimonials

‘I believe that the great differential that the office presents, in addition to its great knowledge and seriousness, is its great partnership.’

‘Strong reliability in information, and quality in service.’

The Azevedo Sette Office is an office that, acting in the most diverse fields of Law, provides its clients with a global service, with excellence and professionalism.’

All lawyers on the tax team are very well prepared, accessible and helpful. Special highlights to Leandra Guimarães, Clarissa Viana, João Paulo Santarosa de Araújo Ayres, Bruno Felippe Almeida and Paula Novaes Silva.’

Key clients

Flytour Group

Pastifício Santa Amalia

Pharlab Ind. Farmacêutica

Snc Lavalin Group

Falconi Consultores De Resultado

Shiseido Do Brasil

Delp

Primetals

Mineracao Turmalina Ltda

Tyco Group

Red Bull Do Brasil

Federal Express Corporation – Fedex

Oncoclínicas Group

Natura

Aec Contact Center

Bunge

Brembo

Nemak

Esab

Work highlights

  • Retained to defend Tyco Group’s companies in administrative and judicial tax cases.
  • Provided advice to Santander and subsidiary companies on administrative and judicial litigation and strategic and complex cases before CARF.
  • Provided contentious and non-contentious tax advice to AMG Group.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 6

Azevedo Sette Advogados regularly acts before federal and state courts, administrative authorities and regulatory agencies. Primary fields of expertise include litigation involving consumer law, credit recovery, corporate disputes, civil liability, as well as insurance and environmental claims. Ricardo Azevedo Sette specialises in civil and commercial matters. Consumer lawsuits and construction disputes are key specialisms for Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro, while Paulo Ciari de Almeida Filho is a name to note for labour and IP litigation. Leonardo Platais Brasil Teixeira is a key point of contact for technology clients. Other names to note include João Capanema, Felipe Moraes, Leonardo Farinha Goulart and Rodrigo Badaró de Castro.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Azevedo Sette; Paulo Ciari de Almeida Filho; João Capanema Barbosa Filho; Felipe Moraes; Leonardo Farinha Goulart; Leonardo Platais Brasil Teixeira; Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro; Rodrigo Badaró de Castro

Testimonials

‘The civil litigation team works in partnership with clients as an extension of the legal department. It acts in a proactive way. Paulo Ciari is responsible for the civil litigation area and acts as a bridge to other professionals in the team.’

‘The office has very well-defined teams from each area, and this creates an excellent synergy at times when discussions about the client’s strategies as a whole are necessary. Ricardo Azevedo Sette and Leonardo Platais are excellent.’

Key clients

Turkish Airlines

Claro

CAEDU Comércio

Mercedes-Benz

SASCAR Tecnologia e Segurança

Auto Viação Guaianazes

HABIB’s Group

Zambon Pharms

Toyota do Brasil

Lifecenter Sistema De Saúde

Vedacit

PSA Groupe

Banco Semear

Anglo American

Concessionária do Aeroporto de Confins

Supermercados Irmão Lopes

Grupo Aterpa

Embaré Industrias Alimenticias

Minas Arena – Gestão De Instalações Esportivas

Grupo Multipar

TIM Celular

YDUQS Participações

GreenTours

CNH Industrial

Work highlights

  • Represents Caedu in several lawsuits involving consumer law, product liability and administrative matters.
  • Provides specialist legal advice and represents Banco Semear in strategic and consumer lawsuits in relation to civil and contractual matters.
  • Represents Concessionária do Aeroporto de Confins – BH Airport in strategic litigation in consumer, civil and environmental matters.

Founded in 1967, Azevedo Sette Advogados is known and recognized for providing clients with personalized assistance and offering effective and customized legal solutions in a wide range of practices encompassed under business law (full service) in connection with client consulting and litigation needs, including legal and tax consulting, legal opinions, and legal sponsorship and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings. The firm’s reputation is a product of more than five decades of experience in the delivery of services to domestic and multinational companies, financial institutions, investors, and investment and pension funds.

Azevedo Sette Advogados currently operates out of six regional offices located in the cities of Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Goiania, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. The firm is also supported by an extensive network of corresponding firms in South America, North America, Europe and Asia. The firm has a market-leading team, formed by professionals with vast experience. With a long track record of middle-market and large deals closed, Azevedo Sette has been one of the most active M&A firms in Brazil for the last 50 years and the leading force in driving public-private partnerships (PPP) in Brazil. Azevedo Sette’s experience has made the firm one of the most widely recognized and qualified full-service law firms in Brazil.

Awards and recognitions from the market, clients and legal publications: Azevedo Sette Advogados and its team are constantly known as leaders in Brazil in multiple areas of law, particularly in mergers and acquisitions, contracts, projects and infrastructure, civil litigation and arbitration, environmental, consumer law, mining, labor and employment, tax law, insurance, real estate, international trade law, TMT, among others, with numerous citations related to the quality and excellence of its services and professionals. Azevedo Sette Advogados is listed constantly in the mergers and acquisitions rankings of leading publications, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket, and Merril DataSite as one of the Brazilian law firms with the highest volume of merger and acquisition deals.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and others.

Key clients: Mapfre Group, Amazon.com, Samsung, Gucci, Pepsico, Johnson Controls, Sanofi, Dairy Partners Americas (Nestle Global), Lafarge-Holcim, Mastercard, Volkswagen, Microsoft, White Martins, Comg s, GE, Mercedes-Benz, Queiroz Galvao, Diageo, Santander, Samarco, Grupo Flytour, TIM Brazil, MiniSou, Zurich Group, Localiza Rent a Car, Grupo SBF, BNP Paribas, CCR Group, Petronas, Under Armour, Andrade Gutierrez, Komatsu, Bombril, Grupo Falconi, Votorantim, Claro, Caedu, B2W, Sascar, Grupo Globo, Fundepar, Alcoa, TransUnion, Shiseido, Grupo Toyota, Labtest, FedEx, Medley, Novo Nordisk, Red Bull, Anglo American, Ferrero, Jaguar Mining.

Key partners: Aldo de Paula Jr, Alexandre Lins Morato, Ana Paula Terra, Bruno Costa, Clarissa Cerqueira Viana Pereira, Frederico Bopp Dieterich, Frederico da Fonseca Silva, Gustavo Magalhaes Assis, Jaqueline Suryan, Joao Capanema, Leandra Guimaraes, Leila Azevedo Sette, Leonardo Farinha Goulart, Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza, Leonardo P Lamego, Luanna Vieira de Lima Costa, Luiz Eduardo Salles, Marcelo Padilha Cabral, Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro, Mauricio Pernambuco Salin, Paulo A Ciari de Almeida Filho, Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher, Rafael Adler, Ricardo Barretto Ferreira, Roberto Mariano de Oliveira Soares, Roberto Ribas Wilson, Rodrigo Badaro de Castro, Tatiana Maria Silva Mello de Lima.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Work contacts Luiz A. Settelsette@azevedosette.com.br+55 11 4085 7600
Work contacts Fernando Azevedo Settefsette@azevedosette.com.br+55 31 3261 6656
Chairman Ordélio Azevedo Sette
Managing partners Fernando A Sette
Managing partners Luiz A Sette
Managing partners Ricardo A Sette
Managing partners Luis Ricardo Miraglia
Other fee-earners : 285
Portuguese
English (fluent)
Spanish
German
Italian
French
Contacts : 36

Firm overview: ‘Latin America’s Biggest Companies’ named Azevedo Sette Advogados as the third most popular firm in the region among the largest corporations that use its service.

Founded in 1967, Azevedo Sette Advogados is known and recognised for providing clients with personalised assistance and offering effective and customised legal solutions in a wide range of practices encompassed under business law (full service) in connection with client consulting and litigation needs, including legal and tax consulting, legal opinions, and legal sponsorship and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings.

The firm’s reputation is a product of more than five decades of experience in the delivery of services to domestic and multinational companies, financial institutions, investors, and investment and pension funds.

Azevedo Sette Advogados currently operates out of six regional offices located in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Goiânia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. The firm is also supported by an extensive network of corresponding firms in South America, North America, Europe and Asia.

The firm has a market-leading team, formed by professionals with vast experience. With a long track record of middle-market and large deals closed, Azevedo Sette has been one of the most active M&A firms in Brazil for the last 40 years and the leading force in driving public-private partnerships (PPP) in Brazil. Azevedo Sette’s experience has made the firm one of the most widely recognised and qualified full-service law firms in Brazil.

Awards and recognitions: Azevedo Sette Advogados and its team are constantly being recognised as leaders in Brazil in multiples areas of law, in particular in mergers and acquisitions, contracts, projects and infrastructure, civil litigation and arbitration, compliance and white-collar, environmental, consumer law, mining, labour and employment, tax law, insurance, real estate, international trade law, TMT, among others, with numerous citations related to the quality and excellence of its services and professionals.

Azevedo Sette Advogados is listed constantly in the mergers and acquisitions rankings of leading publications, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket, and Merril DataSite as one of Brazilian law firm with the highest volume of merger and acquisition deals.

For three consecutive years, the Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) guide recognised Azevedo Sette Advogados and its professionals as the best reference in private wealth management practice in Brazil.

The guide highlighted the work of Azevedo Sette assisting clients with matters arising from closely held business ventures and legal advice to investors on succession planning and tax planning.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate M&A Luiz A. Settelsette@azevedosette.com.br+55 11 4083.7600
HNW, Corporate M&A Fernando Settefsette@azevedosette.com.br+55 31 3261 6656
Number of partners : 43
Number of lawyers : 300
Number of fee-earners : 211
Portuguese
English (fluent)
German
français
Italian
FLI
LNI International
Azevedo Sette has more than 1,400 active clients, in all economic segments throughout Brazil as : Mapfre Group, Amazon.com, Kering Group, Bunge North America, Latam Airlines, Johnson Controls, Sanofi, BSA – Business Software Alliance, Transpetro, Anglo American, Natura, Andrade Gutierrez, Volkswagen, Microsoft, GE, White Martins, Mercedes-Benz, Santander, Samarco, TIM Brazil, Grupo Globo, Nokia, Zurich Group, Direcional Engenharia, Red Bull, PayPal,Turkish Airlines, FedEx, Telia Carrier, Xerox, Votorantim, América Móvil / Claro, Shiseido, Alipay, Toyota, Eletronic Arts, Vale, Novo Nordisk, Saint-Gobain, Cowan, Dia Group, Orpea, SNCLavalin, Chubb Seguros, CCR, Habib's, Alcoa, Grupo Baumgart, Caedu, Medley, and among others..