Firm Profile > Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

Tax Tier 7

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is focused entirely on representing clients in the oil and gas, shipping and infrastructure sectors. Tax support covers all areas, including strong expertise in special tax and customs regimes. Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso are the main partners.

Transport and shipping

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has established an excellent reputation in wet and dry shipping claims. The firm counts shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, port operators and shipyards among its clients. Cargo, charterparty and collision claims remain high on the agenda, and the firm is also strong on administrative disputes, including related environmental and pollution issues. The firm fields a large team, with talent from top to bottom. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Iwam Jaeger are all key players in the market, and they are backed up by a strong team of younger partners and associates. Lucas Leite Marques in São Paulo and the recently promoted Juliana Pizzolato Furtado Senna are both well regarded, as are associates Rodrigo Figueiredo da Silva Cotta and Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires.


‘Great strength and depth in knowledge of the law and credibility with stakeholders in government.’

‘The extensive knowledge of the shipping market allied with the high quality of legal advice makes Kincaid unique in Brazil.’

‘Kincaid’s team is only focused in building strong cases and that goal is what we want in terms of not losing time and money. The key point is that they keep updating themselves on most recent decisions and precedents that can be used in our benefit. Sometimes we doubt ourselves about the odds and Kincaid is always there to support and make the decision to move a lawsuit much more easily and assertively.’

‘Iwan Jaeger stands out for his ability to create long term relationship with his clients, developing a deep knowledge of their businesses and problems. He is hands on, with great availability and serenity to help on crisis management.’

‘Camila Mendes Vianna is the heart of the law firm and sometimes we feel she is part of our internal team.’

‘Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires as the customs and taxes reference and Rodrigo Cotta as the leader of the civil subjects, both delivered great results that change the way we face the market and that trust is the cornerstone of our relationship. We also could not forget to mention Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Godofredo Mendes Vianna as the main partners responsible.’

Key clients

MSC Shipping

Solstad Offshore AS


TMS Offshore

Ferroport Logística Comercial Exportadora

Cma Cgm do Brasil Agencia Maritima




Otto Candies LLC





Sealion Shipping

Farol Apoio Marítimo

Established in 1932, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has consolidated experience in civil, commercial, corporate and tax law and, particularly, in maritime law, insurance and international litigation, arbitration, infrastructure, aviation, railway, energy and environmental law.

Areas of practice
Shipping, ports and terminals: in-depth knowledge of shipping, sea carriage of cargo and foreign trade in general, providing legal aid to shipowners, charterers, carriers, P&I clubs, insurers, maritime agents, terminals and port operators, shipyards, trading companies, shippers and consignees, assistance with ports, private terminals, licenses at ANTAQ, environmental authorities, federal revenue, concessions, permits and authorizations.

Oil and gas: strategic advice to oil and gas clients in Brazil and abroad. Services include analysis and drafting of agreements, assistance in bidding processes, due diligence, strategy and risk analysis of business opportunities, assessment and negotiations, REPETRO issues and importation of equipment.

Infrastructure: assistance to Brazilian and foreign investors interested in participating in infrastructure projects, analyzing tax, financial, environmental, contractual and corporate impacts, and regulatory issues involving public tenders, bids, concessions, permits or authorisations, especially in those involving transport, roads, railroads, ports, terminals, airports, shipyards, basic sanitation and water distribution.

Aviation: legal counsel to aviation companies on aeronautical law per se and related areas, such as corporate, contracts, infrastructure, regulatory, tax, litigation and arbitration, among others.

Insurance and reinsurance: legal consultancy on insurance and reinsurance law and administrative acts by related government agencies (SUSEP); analysis of insurance/reinsurance policies; insurance investigations, monitoring of loss adjustments and recoveries; incorporation of insurance/reinsurance companies; and administrative and judicial litigation.

Tax: legal advice covering general consultancy and the tax planning area, offering alternatives to maximize the efficiency of outbound tax structuring, restructuring transactions and operations, acquisitions, mergers, split-offs and company takeovers.

Arbitration: actively involved in domestic and international arbitration, with extensive experience in applying arbitration rules, such as CBMA, UNCITRAL, ICC, FGV, FIRJAN and ABDM, and in enforcing foreign arbitration awards in Brazil.

Litigation: strong expertise in proceedings at several court levels (Court of Appeals and Court of Justice, Federal Regional Courts, Superior Court of Justice and Supreme Federal Court) and all administrative instances of several government bodies.

Governance corporate/compliance and anticorruption: legal counsel to companies with guidelines on the Brazilian anticorruption laws, regulations and best international practices of corporate governance and compliance, evaluation of methods adopted by clients, due diligence, drafting of internal documents, and assistance in the procedures, such as drafting and contractual analysis, ascertainment and measures to mitigate risks and reparatory measures and assistance in internal investigations conducted by the authorities.

Railway: general consultancy, incorporation of companies targeting the independent railroad operator business; actions within the legislative sphere regarding railway law regulations, including but not limited to bilateral agreements; compliance with registration and formalities within the ambit of Regulatory Agency (ANTT) for the purposes of railroad operator authorization.

China Desk: our China Desk has the purpose of advising Chinese companies in the promotion of business in Brazil. We count on a lawyer who is fluent in Mandarin and specialized in Chinese Law.

Other practice areas: corporate, contracts, real estate, labor law, environment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partners Godofredo Mendes Vianna
Partners Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso
Partners Márcio Luís Malta
Partners Iwam Jaeger
Partners Lucas Leite Marques
Partners Pedro Neiva Santana Neto
Partners Luiz Calixto Sandes
Partners Juliana Pizzolato Senna
Oil and gas
Insurance and reinsurance
Real estate
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Iwam Jaeger  photo Mr Iwam Jaeger Mr. Jaeger has almost 30 years of experience in disputes involving insurance…
Mr Lucas Leite Marques  photo Mr Lucas Leite Marques Mr. Marques has over 10 years of experience in Maritime, Insurance and…
Mr Márcio Luiz Malta  photo Mr Márcio Luiz Malta Expert in the areas of Commercial Law, Civil Law, Civil Litigation and…
Mr Godofredo Mendes Vianna  photo Mr Godofredo Mendes Vianna Mr. Vianna has more than 25 years of experience and practice in…
Mr Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso  photo Mr Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso Mrs. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso is managing partner of Kincaid | Mendes…
Total staff : 115
Chinese (Mandarin)
IBA (International Bar Association)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
Contacts : 5