Mr Leonardo Moreira Costa de Souza > Azevedo Sette Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Azevedo Sette Advogados
Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek, 1327 – 11th floor
Itaim Bibi 04543-011
São Paulo - SP

Work Department

Administrative Law, Infrastructure, PPP and Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Succession Planning, Corporate




Souza is partner and head of Azevedo Sette Advogados’ Infrastructure and Real Estate practices in São Paulo office. He draws upon more than 20 years’ experience advising clients in Corporate / M&A, Administrative Law, Real Estate, Infrastructure, PPP and Project Finance matters.

Before joining Azevedo Sette, he was an associate in Corporate (1996–2003) in a boutique law firm, and legal assistant at Accenture / Andersen Consulting (1995-1996).


English and Portuguese


Souza was professor of mergers and acquisitions at FACAMP. Partner is a member of the Legal Committee of the ABDIB (Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industries), a member of the ABCON (Brazilian Association of Basic Sanitation Private Concessionaries), president and a member of the board of directors in agribusiness associations.


LL.B. from PUC/SP Law School, he was admitted to practice in São Paulo and Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1998. Master in Business Law (LL.M., 2004) in the same university.


Leonardo is recommended in Chambers Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Leaders League, and The Legal 500 in Administrative Law, Project Finance and Infrastructure, Public Law, and Real Estate as “corporate, infrastructure and real estate expert”.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Public law

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.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure

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.