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Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 1

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados fields a ‘hands-on, knowledgeable, efficient and practical' team, with practitioners who are among ‘the best maritime lawyers in Brazil'. The practice covers every aspect of the market, from insurance, cargo and charterparty disputes, through to debt recovery proceedings and maritime accidents and ship arrests. On the non-contentious side, it provides corporate advice on the launch of new shipping companies, and assists in shipbuilding and financing agreements, as well as related employment, registration, environmental and customs issues. The firm’s deep bench of partners includes disputes expert Godofredo Mendes Vianna (‘a star individual'), and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Lucas Leite Marques, who ‘maintain constant contact to position cases, recommend strategies and warn of possible problems that may arise'. Iwam Jaeger is also active in contentious and non-contentious insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso; Godofredo Mendes Vianna; Iwam Jaeger


‘They are among the best maritime lawyers in Brazil. Hands-on, knowledgeable, efficient and practical.’

‘Godofredo Mendes Vianna is a star individual.’

‘Kincaid offers expertise in all matters related to maritime law, including the handling of labor claims involving seafarers or port workers. Furthermore, it is familiar with the treatment to be given to P&I Clubs, providing regular reports, possible strategies for each case and recommendations.’

‘Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Lucas Leite Marques maintain constant contact with our team to position cases, recommend strategies, and warn of possible problems that may arise with suggestions for preventive measures.’

‘The team is very responsive and always able to support within a short time frame.’

‘Very good understanding of the local legislative practices and are able to provide meaning advice.’

Key clients

TMS Offshore


CBO Companhia Brasileira Offshore

Bram Offshore (Edson Chouest Group)



Celba – Centrais Elétricas de Barcarena


Maersk Brasil

Solstad / Farstad

Work highlights

  • Advised a joint venture between Atlantis, SK Tecnologia Subaquática and Boskalis do Brasil Dragagem e Serviços Marítimos on its successful public bid for a dredging services contract in the port of Paranaguá.
  • Represented Solstad in a lawsuit against Petrobras following the early termination of a charter contract.
  • Representing Saipem in lawsuits against Petrobras concerning several unpaid debts.

Tax > Customs Tier 2

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 7

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has particularly strong connections to the shipping, energy and infrastructure sectors, which has led to it developing good credentials in foreign trade-related tax and customs issues. Clients speak highly of recently promoted partner and customs head Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires, who is ‘extremely accessible, competent, dedicated‘ and ‘always does everything possible and the impossible to help the company‘. The firm's ‘highly diligent and trained‘ lawyers also have plenty of expertise in contentious issues at the federal, state and municipal levels, including partners Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Godofredo Mendes Vianna.

Practice head(s):

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso; Godofredo Mendes Vianna; Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires


‘Kincaid is certainly a distinguished firm in matters involving the offshore sector, including tax matters. It has highly trained and diligent professionals in its staff, allowing its clients to operate with a high degree of security. In addition, Kincaid has a high success rate in the lawsuits it proposes due to the accuracy and strong legal basis of its petitions.’

‘Jeniffer Marques Pires and Patricia Albuquerque deserve to be highlighted.’

‘The firm has enormous knowledge in the tax area, focused on the Oil & Gas sector, which makes it much easier to discuss theses focused on this sector. The professionals are extremely dedicated and competent, with always creative ideas and always innovative solutions, in addition to conservative ones, for conflict management and resolution.’

‘Jeniffer Adelaide is extremely accessible, competent, dedicated. Acts as if she were a lawyer for the company. She suffers with us and always does everything possible and the impossible to help the company. Gabriel Rocha, who works with Jeniffer, is her perfect match – attentive and calm.’

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons

Standing out for its ‘extensive experience in maritime law and LNG terminals', Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is adept at advising oil and gas clients in a range of regulatory, contractual, corporate and tax matters related to the Brazilian offshore support market; based in Rio de Janeiro, Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Juliana Pizzolato Furtado Senna and Godofredo Mendes Vianna jointly lead the team.

Brazil > Insurance

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados stands out for its good track record in maritime insurance claims, an area in which Rio de Janeiro-based partner Iwam Jaeger has particularly strong credentials.

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.

Labor and employment: Our team of lawyers have sound labour litigation experience, also providing specialised counsel in matters relating to the drafting of documents, labour agreements, test period agreements, service agreements, among others.

Other practice areas: corporate, contracts, real estate, and environment.

Partners Godofredo Mendes
Partners Camila Mendes Vianna
Partners Márcio Luís
Partners Iwam
Partners Lucas Leite
Partners Pedro Neiva Santana
Partners Juliana Pizzolato Furtado
Partners Roberto Kurtz
Partners Jeniffer Adelaide Marques
Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires photoMrs Jeniffer Adelaide Marques PiresPartner
Iwam Jaeger photoMr Iwam JaegerMr. Jaeger has almost 30 years of experience in disputes involving insurance…
Roberto Kurtz Queiroz photoMr Roberto Kurtz QueirozPartner
Lucas Leite Marques photoMr Lucas Leite MarquesMr. Marques has over 10 years of experience in Maritime, Insurance and…
Márcio Luiz Malta photoMr Márcio Luiz MaltaExpert in the areas of Commercial Law, Civil Law, Civil Litigation and…
Godofredo Mendes Vianna photoMr Godofredo Mendes ViannaMr. Vianna has more than 25 years of experience and practice in…
Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso photoMrs Camila Mendes Vianna CardosoMrs. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso is managing partner of Kincaid | Mendes…
Pedro Neiva de Santana Neto photoMr Pedro Neiva de Santana NetoPartner
Juliana Pizzolato Furtado Senna photoMrs Juliana Pizzolato Furtado SennaPartner
Total staff : 115
Chinese (Mandarin)
IBA (International Bar Association)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
Contacts : 5