Firm Profile > Machado Associados > Brasilia, Brazil

Machado Associados
70316-100 - BRASÍLIA DF

Tax Tier 2

The 'very professional' team at Machado Associados is 'well prepared', 'hands on' and 'always on top of new legislation'. The team comprises lawyers with strong backgrounds in accounting, economics and law. Many of its clients have been turning to the team for decades, and the firm is also a popular choice for leading international law firms. In the tax controversy space, recent highlights included Paulo Rogério Garcia Ribeiro's representation of a construction company in a dispute concerning the hiring of a shared engineering service centre. The 'very sharp' Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira is noted for his 'great leadership'. Stephanie Makin focuses on direct and international tax; Júlio Oliveira is a 'great expert in tax litigation'; and Isabel Bertelotti is 'an authority in income tax'. Founding partner José Maurício Machado draws on over 40 years of experience in tax and corporate law. In a major development, in June 2019 the firm announced its merger with CHBS Advogados. The firm, which maintains the name Machado Associados, now counts around 100 professionals across three offices.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The sizeable department at Machado Associados is divided between four key areas: M&A; non-transactional corporate matters; corporate structuring; and contracts. International law firms often seek the firm's advice in multi-jurisdictional matters, and its broad client base includes companies in the energy, tech and manufacturing sectors, among others. The input of the firm's highly-regarded tax team on corporate deals is another draw. Recent highlights include advising Italian company Buzzi Unicem on its entrance into the Brazilian market through an acquisition of a 50% stake in BCPAR. Lisiane Menossi Pace heads the practice, which includes Mauro Takahashi Mori, Rochelle Ricci and Renata Almeida Pisaneschi. Senior associate Caio Fink Fernandes advises on corporate and contract law and is a key member of the team. In June, the firm announced its merger with CHBS Advogados.

Machado Associados is a leading Brazilian law firm that has been working with the main areas of business law for 27 years. Following a boutique approach, the firm provides advice based on clients’ individual needs and goals. Its multi-disciplinary team comprises several lawyers who also have a background in economics, accounting and business administration.

Based on this distinguished profile, Machado Associados renders high-quality, comprehensive and differentiated services to domestic and foreign clients of all sizes, operating in virtually all industries, such as civil construction, cosmetics, chemical and petrochemical, energy and technology, services in general, pharmaceutical, finance market, foodstuffs, automotive, transportation and logistics, and regulated markets.

Having received wide market recognition since its foundation, Machado Associados and many of its partners hold some significant national and international industry awards, and have been highly ranked in several areas.

The firm: The firm was founded as a tax boutique in 1990, and relies on a team of more than 100 qualified and experienced professionals.

Machado Associados has consistently grown by expanding its team and diversifying its practices to meet clients’ needs. This growth has always been based on the values set out by the founding partner Jose Mauricio Machado: a strong team, unconditional dedication to its clients, and high-quality services provided in a responsive and efficient manner.

In order to better serve its clients, the firm has opened its own offices in Brasilia (2010) and Rio de Janeiro (2013), which are very strategic cities in Brazil.

Areas of work: The firm provides high-quality services in all areas of business law, such as tax/international taxation/tax litigation, contracts, corporate/M&A, foreign investments, import and export, labor and employment taxes, oil and gas, real estate and regulatory. The different practice groups work in a co-ordinated and integrated fashion to cover different perspectives of legal issues faced by clients.

Machado Associados has an outstanding tax team, one of the largest in Brazil, with approximately 65 professionals assigned, divided into five groups: direct taxes; indirect taxes; tax litigation; international taxation; and transfer pricing.

The firm has conducted several corporate/tax restructuring and M&A transactions in Brazil and abroad, involving major Brazilian and multinational companies.

International work: In order to better assist its clients in their projects and investments abroad and to assist foreign companies to settle and develop business in Brazil, Machado Associados has a solid relationship with the most respected law firms in all continents. Moreover, the firm is a founding member of the Latin American Tax and Legal Network – Lataxnet ( – an alliance composed of first-tier firms in 20 countries in Latin America, and is also a partner firm of the international network WTS Global ( Focused on the tax and corporate area, WTS Global is renowned as a global leader and is represented in more than 100 countries.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Luis Rogério G Farinelli
Contracts/real estate Renata A Pisaneschi
Corporate/M&A Renata A Pisaneschi
Foreign investment Luis Rogério G Farinelli
Import and export Júlio M de Oliveira
Labor and employment taxes Thiago Ramos Barbosa
Oil and gas Gustavo de Freitas Leite
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Lorena de Morais Campos Machado   photo Miss Lorena de Morais Campos Machado 
Other fee-earners : 40
Total staff : 135
Contacts : 20