Siqueira Castro – Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Firm Profile

Siqueira Castro – Advogados
Praça Pio X, 15
3º andar Centro
20040-020 Rio de Janeiro/RJ
Brazil

City focus - Manaus > Leading firms Tier 1

With a national practice and local presence, Siqueira Castro – Advogados is among the leading firms in the North region, with offices in Manaus as well as Belém and Porto Velho. Its diverse client base includes major players in the banking, renewable energy, mining and telecoms sectors, among others. The Manaus office draws on the expertise of Claudia Krauskopf, who is well versed in consumer relations, civil and environmental law, with an emphasis on litigation. Corporate and litigation expert Cassio Chaves Cunha, who splits his time between Manaus and Belém, and aviation, financial services and third sector expert Gustavo Gonçalves Gomes in São Paulo, are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Cássio Chaves Cunha; Gustavo Gonçalves Gomes

Testimonials

Versatility in performance, agility and readiness to meet demands, efficiency in results and excellent technique.’

Cássio Cunha is extremely competent and efficient.’

Cassio Chaves Cunha and Rodrigo Monteiro Barata are recommended.’

Presence in several states.’

Key clients

Paulo Oliveira Engenharia

Brasitech Indústria e Comércio de Aparelhos para Beleza

HDL da Amazônia Indústria Eletrônica

Hermasa Navegação da Amazônia

Tiferet Comércio De Roupas

Work highlights

  • Acting for HDL da Amazônia Indústria Eletrônica in a case that involves engineering performed by a neighbouring company, causing a substantial change in the land of HDL of Amazônia.
  • Represents Paulo Oliveira Engenharia in a case involving the collection of values from the municipality of Manaus, resulting from bidding.
  • Assisted Hermasa Navegação da Amazônia in the preliminary part of a public civil action involving the company.

City focus - Curitiba > Leading firms Tier 2

Siqueira Castro – Advogados' Curitiba office receives plaudits for its 'attentive, committed, qualified and personalised service'. The team has a solid track record in dispute resolution, with a special emphasis on civil litigation, labour and corporate disputes. Civil procedural law specialist Fábio Korenblum oversees the business litigation department in Curitiba; he brings expertise in compliance, debt collection and banking law. Elisa Gehlen Paula Barros de Carvalho is another name to note in the team for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Korenblum; Elisa Gehlen Paula Barros de Carvalho

Testimonials

‘The civil litigation and consumer law practices are exceptional, due to the quality of services, engagement in matters and availability of lawyers. Excellent relationship with public bodies.’

‘Attentive, committed, qualified and personalised service, achievement of success in the vast majority of cases, and good management of cases. Fábio Korenblum has excellent management and organisational skills.’

Key clients

Amil Saúde

Electrolux do Brasil

Bunge

Grupo Geradores – Stemac

Grupo Boticário

TIM Celular

Rumo

Work highlights

  • Represents RUMO, a logistics company, in civil and environment lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
  • Acts for TIM in labour lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
  • Represented Electrolux in approximately 1,000 lawsuits in the south region.

City focus - Salvador > Leading firms Tier 2

With a strong presence in the Northeast and around the country, Siqueira Castro – Advogados is a popular choice for regional, national and international companies, which turn to the firm's Salvador office for representation in complex disputes. In particular, the firm is noted for its track record in tax and labour litigation. Fabiana Galdino Cotias is a specialist in labour and social security law; she jointly leads the office alongside Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros, who excels in administrative and judicial tax litigation. Also of note is the sizeable group of associates; key contacts include Raiza de Souza Andrade Ribeiro for tax matters and Murilo Maia Rebouças in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Galdino; Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros

Key clients

White Martins Gases Industriais

Quifel Energy do Brasil

Paranapanema

Hydra Corona Sistemas de Aquecimento de Água

Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos

Kordsa Barsil

Cia. de Ferro Ligas da Bahia

Petrobras

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a state tax litigation claim that dates back to a conflict regarding the interpretation of the ICMS tax legislation.
  • Acts for a client in federal tax administrative litigation claims that go back to the conflict of interpretation of the tax rule about the recognition by the tax authorities of the copper metallurgy industry inputs that can generate PIS and COFINS credits.
  • Represented Biobrax Energias Renováveis, Quifel Energy Brasil and Campo Largo Patrimonial in a labour claim brought by an ex-employee.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is recognised for its strength in regulatory matters involving the power sector. It has a well-established presence in contentious cases and regularly acts for a varied client roster in judicial and administrative proceedings. Practice head David Waltenberg is a leading figure in the electricity sector, and often leads on complex regulatory and administrative issues. Other names to note in the energy department include administrative law specialist Humberto Negrão and Eduardo Evangelista, who is experienced in generation, transmission and distribution and often handles sector-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Waltenberg

Testimonials

‘Experience in the Energy area and clarity in explanations. David Waltenberg and Eduardo Evangelista are highlighted.’

‘Siqueira Castro’s energy team has extensive experience and reputation in the sector, allowing the delivery of work with a high level of detail and depth, necessary in a highly specialised sector such as power. David Waltenberg has extensive experience in the sector. We were served with extreme courtesy, spirit of collaboration and willingness to deliver good products. We value the transparency with which they work.’

Key clients

Centrais Elétricas do Norte o Brasil – Eletronorte

Companhia de Cimento Itambé

Companhia Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil – CGT Eletrosul

Duratex

EDP Comercialização e Serviços de Energia

Gerdau

Klabin

Novelis do Brasil

Operador Nacional do Sistema – ONS

Vale

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores

White Martins Gases Industriais

Work highlights

  • Provided legal services to Eletronorte in relation to energy law, and defending its rights and interests in a judicial measure.
  • Provided continuous legal-regulatory assistance to Gerdau regarding electric energy law, in particular, regulations applicable to its relations with energy distribution and transmission companies.
  • Assisted Vale in an administrative proceeding that discusses the extension of the concession of hydropower plants.

Tax > Customs Tier 2

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 2

'With a recognised criminal area and coverage throughout the national territory', Siqueira Castro – Advogados balances a varied and busy workload in the area of white-collar crime and investigations, covering both consultancy and representation in complex criminal litigation. Recently, the team has seen an increase in cases relating to cybercrimes and public health. Practice head João Daniel Rassi is 'one of the best criminal law strategists in the country'; he is also the partner in charge of the firm's pro bono initiative – launched during the Covid-19 pandemic – to offer companies tools to implement support programmes for employees who are victims of domestic violence. Other key names in the team include compliance and business criminal law expert Renata Cestari Ferreira and Marcos Sérgio de Almeida Cavalcanti Ribeiro, and associates Eloisa Yang and Victor Labate.

Practice head(s):

João Daniel Rassi

Testimonials

The office is prepared as few are to adapt to the theme of digital crimes. This requires a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of the criminal process in Brazil. Partner João Daniel Rassi is one of the best criminal strategists in the country, supported by a team that executes with great competence.’

The office is one of the few full services in Brazil with a recognised Penal area and coverage throughout the national territory. So far, I am very satisfied with the services provided, as well as with the results obtained.’

I have more contact with partners Renata Cestari and João Daniel Rassi. Besides them, I would quote the senior lawyer Gilberto Alves Junior. They always seem to be very well prepared and their technical quality attracts attention.’

Siqueira Castro Law Firm is a renowned law firm in Brazil, formed by highly qualified professionals in the areas of expertise, especially in white-collar crime, criminal investigations, corruption and money laundering. Due to deep knowledge in these areas, knowledge of legislation, bribery act, etc, it makes the firm one of the best legal advisers in Brazil. In addition to deep knowledge in the white-collar crime, investigations, corruption and money laundering areas, Siqueira Castro also demonstrates high qualification and remarkable knowledge in the area of criminal litigation before the court, tribunals, Superior and Supreme Court, which is essential for that area.’

Dr. Daniel Rassi and Dra. Eloisa Yang are distinguished professionals, because of the knowledge of the areas in which they work, specialisms in the themes and deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, adaptability and convergence to the business. In addition, they are professionals with easy access and always willing to contribute with business strategies.’

The office has a legal controller that monitors cases at a national level and helps to maintain the quality standard, regardless of the area where the service is provided. It also anticipates information that can be useful for decision making. The team proves to be quite integrated.’

Key clients

Motion Pictures Association – Latin America

Cascaju Agroindustrial

CBRE Serviços do Brasil

3M do Brasil

Ecolab Química

Engenharia Cortez

Fedex Brasil Logística e Transporte

SAP Brasil

Blink Trade

Work highlights

  • On behalf of a client in the media and entertainment sector, worked alongside investigation departments throughout Brazil in order to dismantle some of the most significant online movie piracy operations in the country.
  • Successfully obtained the dismissal of a criminal complaint filed against a client.
  • Oversaw and advised on the legality of a seizure held out after an order of the federal government in the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 3

Litigation remains a core area of focus for full-service firm Siqueira Castro – Advogados, which has extensive coverage across the country thanks to its office network. Its Brasília office is particularly active in litigation before the superior courts, handling cases spanning tax, breach of contract, debt collection and shareholder disputes, among others. The department's client base is equally broad, and includes a range of mining, energy, construction, retail and manufacturing companies. Regulatory, civil and administrative litigation expert Marina de Araújo Lopes, Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro and civil and consumer law specialist André Gondinho are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Marina de Araújo Lopes; Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; André Gondinho

Key clients

Abetre – Associação Brasileira de Empresas de Tratamento de Resíduos e Poluentes

Peixe Urbano Web Serviços Digitais

Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos – APEX Brasil

Agência Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Industrial – ABDI

CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro

Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers S/a and Icatu Holding

FETRANSPOR – Federação das Empresas de Transportes de Passageiros do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Soft Consultoria

Michelin de Participações Indústria e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in a direct action of unconstitutionality and in a declaratory action of constitutionality, proposed in relation to several legal provisions of Law No. 12.651/2012 (Forest Code).
  • Represented a client in an extraordinary appeal concerning the contributions levied on employee remuneration destined to Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support (Sebrae), Apex-Brazil, and the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI).
  • Represents CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro in a civil action in the public interest filed by the Federal Attorney’s Office against CEG, the director of a tax advising company and members of the IRS.

City focus - Recife > Leading firms Tier 3

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Luiz Fernando Visconti leads the team at Siqueira Castro – Advogados, which is equipped to advise on a range of mining matters, covering project finance, contractual issues, M&A deals, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Department head Visconti, who sits in the São Paulo office, stands out for his substantial experience in greenfield project development, public law matters and mining litigation. He receives key support from Simone Paschoal Nogueira, who besides focusing on the energy and infrastructure sectors, possesses complementary knowledge of environmental legislation.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Fernando Visconti

Testimonials

‘In the mining sector, Luiz Fernando Visconti is very experienced, active, close to the client and comes up with viable solutions.’

‘Luiz Fernando Visconti is prominent in the mining sector.’

Key clients

Valore Metals Corp.

OZ Minerals

Avb Mineração

Atlântica Do Brasil Mineração

Banco Modal

Ciplan CIM

Brazil > Environment Tier 3

Siqueira Castro – Advogados offers environmental law support to a varied client roster, which includes companies from the energy, telecoms, oil and gas, transport, real estate and construction sectors. Simone Paschoal Nogueira, who has more than two decades’ experience in environmental law, energy and infrastructure matters, oversees the department, which is equipped to advise on a range of environmental mandates, including judicial litigation, proceedings before regulatory agencies and environmental licensing matters. Marina Vieira Freire Colósio is a name to note for environmental litigation. Since publication, the firm has further strengthened the practice with the hire of Annelise Abi-Ramia Ferreras - formerly a sole-practitioner, she also has in-house experience - as of June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Simone Paschoal Nogueira

Testimonials

‘The partners are directly involved in matters and have extensive experience and knowledge of the topic. They are always willing to go deeper into the topic provide clear definitions of the next steps, consequences and possibilities. Marina Vieira Freire Colósio is recommended.’

‘Siqueira Castro’s team has been working with us in environmental licensing for seven years. This is a sensitive topic for our business and we build trust with the firm. I emphasise the national presence, the proximity of lawyers in the area and the understanding they have of our market. Simone Paschoal and Marina Vieira Freire are our main contacts.’

‘Technical team, well-founded guidelines, accessible vocabulary.’

‘Simone Paschoal is very technical, professional, well prepared and provides innovative solutions.’

Key clients

AES TIETÊ

Bunge Alimentos

BRK Ambiental

Localiza Rent a Car

DP World Santos

TIM Brasil

Grupo CCR

White Martins Gases Industriais

Grupo Solvi

SBA Communications Corporation

Work highlights

  • Provides legal strategic advice to TIM in relation to the environmental licensing process for the implementation and operation of telecom towers and biosites in the Central-West region of Brazil.
  • Acts for BRK in environmental proceedings before the State Public Prosecutor, environmental agencies and municipalities, regarding water supply systems and sewage treatment.
  • Assists Cataratas in a licensing matter for the importation of animals from South Africa to the Rio de Janeiro Zoo BioParque.

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

The public law team at Siqueira Castro – Advogados offers legal advice in the fields of public procurement, contracts, concessions and PPPs. Of particular note, the department, which often works alongside the firm's environmental, corporate and dispute resolution lawyers, has extensive experience in public projects in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Telecoms, transport and real estate clients also turn to the team in relation to an array of public law matters, including regulatory issues and administrative proceedings. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro, who is knowledgeable in constitutional law, administrative matters, public tenders and PPPs, oversees the department with regulatory and public law specialist Renata de Abreu Martins and Thiago de Oliveira, the latter of whom is a key contact for infrastructure projects and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; Renata de Abreu Martins; Thiago de Oliveira

Key clients

AENA Desarrollo Internacional SME

Aeroportos do Nordeste do Brasil

CEG Rio

CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro

Nacional Gás Butano

VIARIO

DURATEX

Operador Nacional do Sistema (ONS)

Petrobras

BR Distribuidora

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores

COFCO Brasil

Construtora Camargo Corrêa

Departamento Municipal de Energia Elétrica de Ijuí Geração (DEMEI Geração)

RENOVA Energia

ION Geophysical

Grupo ABC

Work highlights

  • Advising AENA Desarollo Internacional SME in all regulatory matters concerning the sixth round of biddings for the concession of Brazilian regional airports.
  • Hired by the concessionaires CEG and CEG Rio to advise them within the scope of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry established at the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (ALERJ) to investigate the gas distribution service provided by these companies.
  • Acting for Aeroportos Do Nordeste Do Brasil in the process of economic and financial rebalancing of the Northeast Airports Cluster concession contract related to the impacts of Covid-19.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

City focus - Recife > Leading firms Tier 3

Siqueira Castro – Advogados distinguishes itself in the Brazilian market thanks to its extensive office network, and its presence in the Northeast – including in Recife – makes it a popular choice for clients based in the region, as well as elsewhere in Brazil or abroad. In Recife, the team is particularly active in civil, real estate, tax and labour law, where it covers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Adriana Caribé and Luciano de Almeida Montenegro are labour law specialists, and Gabriel Silva Pinto focuses on civil and consumer litigation.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Caribé; Gabriel Silva Pinto; Luciano de Almeida Montenegro

Key clients

TIM

General Product Proysa

Duratex

GRI Brazil

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Work highlights

  • Represented TIM Celular in an invalidity declaration act, involving 26 infraction notices by Secretaria Especial do Trabalho e Emprego (Labor and Work Special Secretary).
  • Provided advice to General Product Proysa, a company that belongs to a Mexican group, on the company dissolution and homologation extrajudicial agreement with one of its partners.
  • Acted for Duratex in an inquiry initiated by the Public Ministry of Labor of Paraíba state.

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 4

Siqueira Castro – Advogados stands out for its expertise in the fields of anti-counterfeiting and piracy. The group brings together litigators and IP and tax law experts who are adept at handling civil and criminal cases. Other areas of focus include assisting with licensing agreements and the management of IP portfolios. Eduardo Ribeiro Augusto is now leading the department, following the departure of Daniel Pitanga.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Ribeiro Augusto

Testimonials

‘Siqueira Castro represents us in a sensitive case of patent infringement. I emphasise the team’s proximity to the client and their understanding of the subject.’

‘Eduardo Ribeiro is the coordinator of the Intellectual Property area and the person who works with us on a daily basis. He is very accessible and didactic.’

Key clients

Norac Do Brasil

Brasil Seg Companhia De Seguros

CCAA

Copag Da Amazônia

Globosat Programadora

KRJ Indústria E Comércia

Business Software Alliance – BSA

Microsoft Corporation

Autodesk

Siemens

BHG – Brazil Hospitality Group

Laboratoires Phodé

Vulcabras

Azaleia

Acumuladores Moura

Pipefy

Pipefy Marketing E Tecnologia

DBCA – Diretores Brasileiros De Cinema E Audiovisual

TB Aliança Paulista

Peixe Urbano Web Serviços Digitais

QCX Serviços Educacionais

Work highlights

  • Assisted BrasilSeg Companhia de Seguros in the management of its trade mark portfolio in Brazil.
  • Acts for Copag da Amazônia in an anti-piracy project against the illegal import of goods reproducing the client’s brands.
  • Represents BHG – Brazil Hospitality Group in a lawsuit filed by THE FLAT claiming unfair competition regarding the use of the trade mark SÃO PAULO PAULISTA.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is distinct in that in addition to higher-value strategic employment advice, the firm also has a specialised mass litigation practice, which has recently been handling over 100,000 labour claims. The firm also stands out for its more bespoke advice on contentious and non-contentious labour and social security issues. The team's domestic and international clients operate across a wide range of sectors, including logistics, oil and gas, banking and infrastructure. Otavio Pinto e Silva and André de Souza Santos jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Otavio Pinto e Silva; André de Souza Santos

Key clients

DHL Global Forwarding (Brazil) Logistics

Atento Brasil

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Banco Rendimento

Petrobras Distribuidora

Jacuzzi do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Brasitech Ind. Com. De Aparelhos para Beleza

BASF

Pipefy

TIM Celular

Duratex

White Martins Gases Industriais do Nordeste

Work highlights

  • Represented DHL Global Forwarding (Brazil) Logistics in an internal investigation and subsequent dismissal of a former employee.
  • Defended Atento Brasil against a collective moral damages case, in the form of a class action, brought by the Labour Public Attorney’s Office.
  • Advised Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa on a claim relating to a fatal work accident.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 4

The active real estate practice at Siqueira Castro – Advogados puts a particular emphasis on litigation and regulatory advice, including matters involving zoning and environmental law. The transactional side of the practice is also busy, with Carlos Fernando Siqueira Castro the lead partner on sales and acquisitions, development projects, and related corporate and capital markets matters. Daniela Soares Domingues and André Frossard Albuquerque are noted for their contentious expertise. Clients include major banks, funds and corporate owners. In September 2021, the firm announced Ana Luiz Taque as its new equity partner and head of real estate.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luiz Taque; Carlos Fernando Siqueira Castro; Daniela Soares Domingues; André Frossard Albuquerque

Testimonials

Commitment to the client’s themes and to the definitive solution of cases.’

Key clients

Ennax Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Iguatemi Empresa de Shoppings Centers

Icatu Holding

Banco Opportunity

CONCAL – Construtora Conde Caldas

Lwart Lubrificantes

Enel Distribuição São Paulo

OR Realizações Imobiliárias

BANIF – Banco Internacional do Funchal (Brasil)

Radar Propriedades Agrícolas

Bartira Agropecuária

Work highlights

  • Represented Iguatemi Empresa de Shoppings Centers and Icatu Holding in a lawsuit concerning a shopping centre.
  • Assisting Banco Opportunity in a real estate finance lawsuit brought concerning an alleged breach of contract.
  • Defending CONCAL – Construtora Conde Caldas against a public interest civil action filed by the Rio de Janeiro Public Attorney’s Office concerning the construction of a residential building.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Siqueira Castro – Advogados often represents creditors in high-value credit recovery proceedings, including judicial and extrajudicial restructurings and insolvencies. The team fields several specialised lawyers with good expertise representing major investors, lenders and trade creditors from a wide range of industries. The non-contentious side of the practice includes corporate partners Guilherme Dantas and André Gondinho. The team also has a strong dispute resolution practice, with André Frossard Albuquerque and Rio de Janeiro-based Daniela Soares Domingues and Alexandre Wider among the lead partners on this front.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Dantas; Daniela Soares Domingues; André Gondinho; Alexandre Wider; André Frossard Albuquerque

Testimonials

‘I see the Siqueira Castro office as a partner, which has been concerned with always seeking the best solution for the client.’

Commitment to the client’s issues and to the definitive solution of cases.’

Caroline Gomes Tabach Rocha: She is always available to assist the client, usually the answers and support are issued immediately.’

Key clients

BASF

Dialogic do Brasil Comércio de Equipamentos para Telecomunicações

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Bartira Agropecuária

Votorantim Cimentos

Ecolab Química

Braga e Gonzales Advogados

MPE – Participação em Agronegócio

Kurgan RJ Participações

CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro

Furukawa Industrial Optoeletrônica

Furukawa Electric Latam

Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados Credicorp

POSTALIS – Instituto de Seguridade Social dos Correios e Telégrafos

Multi-Optica Distribuidora

Esmaltec

Solvi Participações

Credicorp – Fundo de Investimento

Teleperformance Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised BASF, a major creditor in the restructuring of agribusiness company Monte Alegre Group.
  • Assisted Dialogic, a technology company, as creditor in the Chapter 11 restructuring of Hoje Sistemas De Informatica.
  • Advising Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa, a creditor in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Group Schahin.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 4

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a versatile tax group and operates from numerous offices around the country. The well-balanced team handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, including direct and indirect taxes. The firm is well known for its litigation expertise, and regularly represents domestic and international clients at the municipal, state and federal levels. Its sector expertise is equally diverse, with clients operating across a range of industries, including financial services, energy, infrastructure, technology and manufacturing. Practice head Maucir Fregonesi Junior advises on litigation and consultancy issues, with strong support from litigator I Jen Huang in Rio de Janeiro and Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros in Salvador.

Practice head(s):

Maucir Fregonesi Junior

Testimonials

‘The quality of the service provided is great. The lawyers are experienced, professional and specialised. This firm has branches in the large capitals of the country.’

Maucir Fregonesi Junior is recommended.’

Key clients

Vale

Kellogg Brasil

CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Nov Dowhole Comercialização de Equipamentos para Petróleo

Ajinomoto do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

Nextel Telecomunicações

Petrobras Transportes – Transpetro

Flextronics International Tecnologia

Work highlights

  • Representing Kellogg Brasil in state and federal tax issues.
  • Assisting Construções E Comércio Camargo Correa on various administrative and judicial tax procedures.
  • Advising Prefab Construções Pré-Fabricadas on various tax foreclosures filed by the Attorney General of the National Treasury claiming liability for third-party tax debts.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 5

The dispute resolution team at Siqueira Castro – Advogados provides representation to a varied client roster in domestic and international arbitration. The team has particular strength in the financial services and construction sectors, and has significant experience in infrastructure and shareholder disputes. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, is the main point of contact.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has strength across the board in relation to litigation involving civil liability, contractual breaches, commercial agreements, corporate issues, tax law and environmental matters. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro, whose experience covers litigation and mediation, leads the department. The firm – which also fields a team in Brasília experienced in acting before the highest courts – attracts instructions from a multitude of sectors, including construction, banking, manufacturing, technology and insurance, among others. André Frossard Albuquerque and Daniela Soares Domingues are other core members of the litigation and arbitration team.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro

Key clients

Slavel Distribuidora de Automóveis

Nacional Gás Butano Distribuidora

Heber Participações

Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa

Kellogg Brasil

AMBEV – Companhia de Bebidas das Américas

Construtora CVP

CNEN Projetos de Engenharia

Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers

Icatu Holding

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide

Fraport Brasil

Aeroporto de Porto Alegre

FETRANSPOR – Federação das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiro do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Pronto Express Logística

White Martins Indústria de Gases

Casa & Vídeo Rio de Janeiro

CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro

Atento Brasil

OGMO/Santos – Orgão Gestor de Mão de Obra do Trabalho Portuário do Porto Organizado de Santos

Associação Brasileira de Televisão por Assinatura – ABTA

Peixe Urbano Web Serviços Digitais

Work highlights

  • Represents Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa in a collection lawsuit filed against the company of public works in the state of Rio de Janeiro – EMOP.
  • Defended the interests of Casa & Video in lawsuits aimed at securing the operation of several of its stores during the existence of state and municipal decrees which ordered the closure of several economic activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represents Slavel, a Hyundai dealership present in several cities in the state of Paraná, in a lawsuit for concerning anti-competitive measures.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 5

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is experienced in the implementation of projects in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, telecoms and transport. The team has a multidisciplinary approach and is well equipped to assist clients with regulatory, environmental and corporate issues in the context of infrastructure projects. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro is knowledgeable in administrative and regulatory law, and often advises on public tenders and PPPs. In the same office, Thiago de Oliveira is a key contact for infrastructure projects and compliance issues.  Energy law and infrastructure matters are core areas of activity for Renata de Abreu Martins, who is based in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; Renata de Abreu Martins; Thiago de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘Siqueira Castro Advogados’ Projects and Infrastructure team is highly differentiated in technical quality and is capable of understanding the problems posed by clients and evaluating immediate and well-founded practical solutions. The team is highly qualified to deal with any issues of public law, with a strong presence in public tenders, privatisations, concessions, PPPs and administrative proceedings before regulatory bodies.’

‘Renata de Abreu Martins deserves to be highlighted because she is highly qualified and has vast experience in regulated sectors, such as oil and gas, sanitation, ports, airports and roads.’

‘Renata de Abreu Martins has a characteristic that stands out in the legal world, which is the ability to understand clients’ operational problems with agility and to present objective solutions and evaluations of very well-structured scenarios. It is important to highlight her in-depth knowledge of public law, especially in the oil and gas, sanitation, ports, airports and roads sectors, with extensive experience in bidding, concessions, contracts and administrative processes.’

Key clients

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores

Cofco Brasil

AENA Desarrollo internacional SME

Aeroportos do Nordeste do Brasil

VIARIO

Operador Nacional do Sistema (ONS)

Renova Energia

Duratex

Petróleo Brasileiro- Petrobras

Petrobras Distribuidora – BR Distribuidora

Construtora Camargo Corrêa

Nacional Gás Butano

CEG Rio

CEG – Companhia Distribuidora de Gás do Rio de Janeiro

Work highlights

  • Advised AENA Desarollo Internacional SME on the sixth round of biddings for the concession of Brazilian regional airports.
  • Assisted Construtora Camargo Correa in the bidding for the construction of the Trem Maya project promoted by the government of Mexico.
  • Advises VIARIO in the context of the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission established at the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Chamber, set up to investigate the administration and operation of the President Tancredo de Almeida Neves Corridor – TransOlímpica.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is well versed in M&A and non-transactional corporate matters. With an extensive office network, the firm stands out for its geographic coverage, which is of particular benefit in deals that take place outside of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. The firm also remains active in pro bono work, where it provides around 80 monthly hours and maintains partnerships with a large number of non-profit entities. Sérgio Ricardo Fogolin has a broad practice taking in M&A, litigation, compliance, contracts, capital markets and real estate and is ‘always looking for the best and fairest solution'. Leonardo Cotta Pereira left the firm in December 2020, and Guilherme Dantas left in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sérgio Ricardo Fogolin

Testimonials

The structure and commitment of the professionals to the result desired by the client, combined with the multidisciplinary technical capacity, give the assurance that, at any time and anywhere in the national territory, we will be supported with technical excellence. Above all, in my view, the great difference, the real commitment to seek the resolution of the problem, in a flexible and proactive way.’

Sergio Fogolin leads the corporate area and deals directly with me, with clarity, promptness and great interest in the various macro issues of our contractor x contractor relationship, in my view, always looking for the best and fairest solution, with cordiality and extreme flexibility.’

‘José Felipe Perroni – Exceptional associate, with owner qualities and vision, punctuates and intervenes with impeccable technical and commercial quality, moving through the different areas of the office, when necessary, as a focal point.’

Key clients

Esmaltec

Prefab Fabricações de Prefabricados

Camargo Correa Comércio e Construções

Camargo Correa Internacional Infraestrutura

Elekeiroz

Eurobras Construções Metálicas Moduladas  – Em Recuperação Judicial

SiqueiraCastro can proudly and confidently say that in its more than 70-year history, it has played a fundamental role in the evolution of the legal market in Brazil. Among its clients are the leading companies in their sectors, and they work incessantly to develop the country. This entrepreneurship and purpose motivate the firm. More than specialists in the law, SiqueiraCastro understands all the business’s demands. For this reason, it is a pioneer in offering full solution.

Areas of practice: Arbitration and Mediation, Banking and Capital Markets, Competition, Compliance and internal investigations, Construction, Consumer Relations (NEC), Contracts, Corporate/M&A, Credit Recovery, Digital Law and Data Protection, Environmental, Government Relations, Infrastructure, Insolvency & Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Labor and Social Security (NET).

Legal Quality Control, Life Sciences, Maritime and Port, Mass litigation – Civil, Mass litigation – Labor, Media and Entertainment, Mining, Oil & Gas, Power, Public Law, Real Estate, Strategic Litigation, Tax, Technology and Digital Business, Telecom, White-Collar Crime.

International work: We are part of ADVOC, a worldwide network of independent law firms. Present in more than 90 countries, the entity is one of the most traditional and reputable in the legal world, with approximately 12,000 lawyers in the main cities on all continents. In Brazil, the network operates only from SiqueiraCastro.

Our firm was the founder and organizer of ADVOC in Latin America and kept working very closely with South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico members. Our global approach can be highlighted by partnerships and agreements that allow us to serve our clients on five continents, emphasizing the USA, China, Japan, Russia, India, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal.

Awards: The impact of SiqueiraCastro in the legal and business worlds, besides being known by clients and by the market in general, is regularly recognised by specialised publications.
The following deserve special mention:

  • One of the best law firms in Brazil in 8 practice areas and 7 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (Chambers Brazil – 2021) until the moment
  • One of the best law firms in Brazil in 19 practice areas and 19 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (Análise Advocacia 500 – 2020)
  • One of the best law firms in the world in three practice areas and two partners elected among the best lawyers in the world (Chambers Global -2020)
  • One of the best law firms in Brazil in 18 practice areas and 58 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (The Legal 500 Latin America – 2020)
  • One of the best law firms in Brazil in the areas of banking, mergers and acquisitions and project development (IFLR 1000 – 2021)
  • One of the best law firms in Brazil in 16 practice areas and 35 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (Leaders League 2021)
  • Two partners elected among the best lawyers of the Energy practice in Latin America (Latin Lawyer 250 2021)
  • One of the best law firms in Brazil in Intellectual Property and Trademark (WTR – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2020)

Social responsibility: Besides the support given to clients’ business activities, SiqueiraCastro pay special attention to initiatives that have a positive impact on society. Support social assistance actions and programs to improve the quality of life of needy and disabled people. And the firm also provides free legal services (pro bono) on a permanent basis to charitable and philanthropic institutions in various Brazilian states. SiqueiraCastro have a Pro Bono Committee, organically implemented since the 1990s to support the firm’s efforts throughout Brazil. Besides this, concentrate the social responsibility and pro bono activities through the Maria Clara Institute, which pays for all initiatives in the country with funds from SiqueiraCastro.

We also have made dozens of partnerships with entities in the non-profit sector over the last years. Currently, the firm is partnering with more than 70 institutions around Brazil. Over the previous three years, we have applied an average of 80 monthly hours to pro bono assistance, representing BRL 2 million in attorney’s fees according to our hourly rates. We want to highlight four projects of 2020 to your consideration:

Case 1 – Muiraquitã: Historically, in Brazil, there is a reality of marginalization and genocide of the natives of the region. In the 1970s, there was a shared sense that the complete disappearance of indigenous ethnic groups would be inevitable.

In this context, our firm’s pro bono work is to legally protect these people, enforcing a clear objective of our Constitution, which sought to end the era of cultural and physical extermination of the indigenous population through serious and adequate state protection.

With that in mind, we start working with the Guajajara ethnic group, located in the northeast state of Maranhão, in a police investigation initiated to identify recent murders of its indigenous leaders.

The tribe has been fighting to end a history of murders for a long time, which has increased exponentially in the last 20 years, putting their people under a regime of fear and insecurity.

In 2020, the Guajajaras notified five murders in just six months, and our firm worked to ensure the police investigations ran effectively. As a result of our quick and efficient support, the investigations were completed within a few months, with the preventive detention of two suspects and a complaint filed against them. We act in the same direction, now in the Criminal Action, seeking to guarantee the maintenance of preventive prisons for the village’s safety.

The entire Pro Bono Committee supervises the work of six lawyers dedicated to this case. They are part of our São Paulo and São Luís offices and take advantage of its technological apparatus to shorten distances applying a unified strategy and approach. We also financially invest in moving people to participate in hearings when necessary.

We are in constant contact with the victims’ families to provide support and information about the procedure. Until now, we dedicated 180 hours to this case. From a broad perspective, the suspects remain in custody, which brings a feeling of protection and justice to the village. Indeed, this work will help to inhibit other criminal acts and murders.

This case leads us to sponsor the case of Juma, who is also an indigenous leader in the region of Altamira (Pará). We work on two complementary fronts: legal support in a case of domestic violence perpetrated by her ex-husband; and ii) guidance on threats and other crimes, including theft and home invasion, to which Juma has been a victim because of her political position.

We plan to keep working with indigenous tribes to assist them in their criminal demands. As a result of participating in this project, we could already carry out similar work with the Kaingang tribe, located in the country’s southern states.

Case 2 – True colors: In a country full of inequalities, pro bono legal assistance is an effective way to guarantee access to justice for those who need it most, as is the case with Miss Bruna dos Santos Guimarães.

At 29 years old, Bruna has a rare disease called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis. It is a genetic eye disorder that primarily affects the retina. People with this condition typically have severe visual impairment until total blindness.

After years of research, an innovative treatment based on gene therapy emerges as a solution for this disease. Developed by the Spark Therapeutics laboratory in Pennsylvania (USA), the drug Luxturna® can reduce symptoms and even completely reverse the condition of blindness until then inevitable. But some issues keep Bruna away from this treatment:

  1. Luxturna® was only registered by The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) in August 2020;
  2. The Drug Market Regulation Chamber (CMED) stipulated the maximum price of Luxturna®, in December of the same year, at almost BRL 2 million per dose;
  3. The drug is not part of the public health system (SUS) list and Bruna does not have financial conditions for its acquisition, nor to pay for the surgical procedure necessary for its application;
  4. The later the drug is applied, the more cells can be compromised, affecting its effectiveness (the medical recommendation for the treatment is until the age of 30).

With the technical support of Instituto Retina Brasil and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, SiqueiraCastro Advogados took over Bruna’s case and pleaded in her favor against the Union. Thus, despite some similar cases being processed in court, for the first time, it was determined that the Federal Government should bear the costs of acquiring two doses of Luxturna®, which the Union fulfilled at the beginning of May.

Bruna received her treatment at the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo, the first product application in all Latin America.

Case 3 – Broken chains: This project aims to provide practical tools for companies to implement programs to support employees who are victims of domestic violence, demonstrating that such initiatives can generate greater engagement and good commercial results. To this end, we created free training sessions with clear guidelines to encourage companies and employees to participate, ensuring full support from our team in any event related to the topic.

The pro bono project was conceived based on dialogues about challenges faced by our clients and the growing willingness of these companies to engage in the fight against domestic violence actively. Competing firms have already replicated it under the ESG bias – which, although it may compromise the pro bono character, is very positive, as it is a topic that deserves special attention and only benefits from the diversity of agents willing to help.

Companies have already called upon us nationwide to provide specific training on the subject and design support programs for female employees who are victims of domestic violence. We keep doing it on a pro bono basis.

We also publish an article in a top-tier newspaper addressing the importance of companies keeps their eyes on the issue. In addition, we disseminated the subject internally, emphasizing our full support for women and men who might face cases of violence in their homes.

Case 4 – Pregnant behind bars: The pre-emptively arresting of Miss Jessica Monteiro in early 2018 happened six days before she gave birth. After significant repercussions in the media, she received the benefit of house arrest. However, in 2020, Jessica was sentenced to 20 months in prison and, although she is still on house arrest (for 43 months), the lower court refused to release her, determining the arrest. The situation is even more delicate considering that Jessica could appeal. Still, she didn’t because her lawyer, constituted in the records, stopped responding and defending her when she could no longer pay the fees. In addition to interrupting legal assistance, the lawyer failed to inform her of the need to seek another defender, allowing the flow of the procedural deadline. In this context, we’re sponsoring her interests, and, for now, we await the habeas corpus judgment session, in which we’ll hold an oral argument.

Clients: The firm assists more than 3,000 national and international clients that are active in different sectors, including banking, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, communication, automotive, construction, shipping, insurance, oil and gas, energy, IT, entertainment, aviation and transportation.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Main partners Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castrocrsc@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 2223-8818
Main partners Carlos Fernando Siqueira Castrocfsc@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 3704-9840
Main partners Gustavo Gonçalves Gomesgustavo@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 3704-9840
Main partners Heitor Faro de Castrohfc@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 3704-9840
Main partners Otavio Pinto e Silvaotavio@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 3704-9840
Main partners Maucir Fregonesi Juniormfregonesi@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 3704-9840
Main partners Eduardo Ribeiro Augustoeaugusto@siqueiracastro.com.br55 11 3704-9840
Main partners Marluzi Andrea Costa Barrosmbarros@siqueiracastro.com.br55 71 3507-9100
Main partners Daniela Soares Dominguesddomingues@siqueiracastro.com.br55 21 2223-8818
Main partners Hugo Filardi Pereirafilardi@siqueiracastro.com.br55 21 2223-8818
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Mauricio Corte Chagas Memória photoMr Mauricio Corte Chagas MemóriaPartnerStrategic Litigation and Arbitration Civil Law and Contracts Civil Procedural Law Economic…
Hugo Filardi Pereira photoMr Hugo Filardi PereiraPARTNER Area of Activity • Constitutional Law• Civil Law• Civil Procedural Law•…
Mano Fornaciari Alencar photoMr Mano Fornaciari AlencarRecurring litigation Civil law and contracts Oil and gas Debt collection Recovery…
I Jen Huang photoMrs I Jen HuangPartnerTax Law Tax Planning International Taxation Tax Litigation
Fábio Korenblum photoMr Fábio KorenblumPARTNER Areas of activity • Civil Law• Civil Procedural Law• Litigation• Consumer-Protection…
Cristina Mancebo Camara photoMrs Cristina Mancebo CamaraPartnerTax practice
Luis Menezes photoMr Luis MenezesPartnerAdministrative, Regulatory, Infrastructure and PPPs Law Petroleum and Gas
Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro photoMr Carlos Roberto Siqueira CastroSENIOR PARTNER Areas of activity • Constitutional Law • Administrative Law •…
Daniela Soares Domingues photoMs Daniela Soares DominguesPartner Areas of activity• Strategic litigation• Arbitration and mediation• Family and inheritance…
Fabricio Zipperer photoMr Fabricio ZippererPartnerLabor LawSocial Security Law
Flavia da Conceição Gomes photoMrs Flavia da Conceição GomesPartnerConsumer Relations
Vinicius da Silva Pacheco photoMr Vinicius da Silva PachecoPartnerContentious
Marcos Sérgio de Almeida Cavalcanti Ribeiro photoMr Marcos Sérgio de Almeida Cavalcanti RibeiroPartnerBusiness Crimes/White Collar Crimes Corporate Compliance, Integrity and Ethics Programs
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