Firm Profile > Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ , CEP 22210-901

Capital markets Tier 1

Fast, pro-business and solution-oriented’, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados secures rave reviews for its ‘very fine-tuned team’. The practice takes in all the key pillars of capital markets matters, with deep experience in debt and equity deals, investment funds and securities regulation. Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca, who is ‘very knowledgeable in debt transactions’, had a banner year which included advising Petrobras Distribuidora on its R$961.7m public offering of certificates of agribusiness receivables. Marina Anselmo Schneider is held up by some as ‘a benchmark for debt capital markets advice’ and, together with Tuca, advised the underwriters on the first issuance of senior quotas of FIDC Contour Global. On the equity side, Jean Marcel Arakawa, together with ‘very technical and knowledgeable’ up-and-coming partner Vanessa Fiusa, advised Arco Platform on its headline IPO. Other senior names include José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz and Renato Schermman Ximenes de Melo.

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

The 'first-rate competition team' at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is 'highly experienced' and 'excellent to deal with'. Highlights from a busy 2018 caseload include the team's representation of Fibria in the high-profile merger with Suzano Papel e Celulose, and its representation of Wabtec in the merger with GE Transportation. Cartel and abuse of dominance cases also feature. In one example, the team advised Toshiba Samsung Storage Corporation on an investigation into an alleged international cartel in the optical disk drivers market; after a long investigation, the client was acquitted. 'Top practitioner' Marcio Dias Soares is 'smart, user-friendly, responsive and good with clients'; and 'master strategist' Amadeu Ribeiro, who is based in New York, is 'well versed in the procedures of CADE'. Recently promoted partner Michelle Marques Machado is noted for her 'clear and reliable advice'. Associate Frederico Carrilho Donas is also recommended. Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella and Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto are also leading lawyers in the team.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

With ‘excellent experience in M&A’, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a thriving corporate law and M&A practice that is often involved in the most high-profile and high-value deals in the Brazilian market. It has seen steady growth in recent years; in 2018, this included the promotion of Manoela de Barros Pimentel Penteado de Almeida and Eduardo Marques Souza. In the private equity space, the firm counts leading international private equity houses among its clients, which turn to the team for advice on strategic investments and regulatory matters. One such client is Advent International, which Rodrigo Figueiredo Nascimento and a team advised on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Walmart Brazil for an investment vehicle. Elsewhere, a team led by Marcelo Sampaio G. Ricupero acted for TPG Strategic Infrastructure on the acquisition of several energy transmission line companies from Abengoa Group in the context of the latter’s judicial recovery proceeding. Moacir Zilbovicius draws on 25 years of experience; Pedro Whitaker De Souza Dias has notable experience in M&A, inbound investments and regulatory compliance; and Claudio Oksenberg's broad practice spans corporate M&A, capital markets and finance. Senior partner João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro and Paula Vieira de Oliveira receive strong praise.

Hydrocarbons Tier 1

According to sources, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ ‘efficient, responsive and practical’ team is composed of ‘impeccable lawyers’, who all demonstrate ‘excellent expertise and knowledge about the hydrocarbons industry’. The enviably balanced practice is routinely engaged by major industry participants - particularly oil and gas companies, oilfield service providers, investors and financial institutions - across a comprehensive range of transactional and regulatory matters, including corporate finance, project development and litigation. In 2018, the firm advised BP Energy do Brasil, Ecopetrol and ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil on their bids in the fifth production-sharing bid round. The work included two successful bids for the Pau-Brasil block (which saw BP and Ecopetrol team up with CNOOC) and the Titã block (which saw Exxon pair up with QPI Brasil Petróleo); Giovani Loss advised BP and the ‘business-oriented and knowledgeable’ Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres advised ExxonMobil. The same team also advised Petrovida (a joint venture between Vitol Investment Partnership II, Africa Oil and Delonex Energy) on the local aspects of its $1.5bn acquisition of 50% interest in Petrobras Oil & Gas. The firm also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, with Danielle Ludwig and ‘outstanding young lawyer’ Bruno Chedid standing out as rising stars.

Insurance Tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados receives praise for its 'multidisciplinary and holistic client approach' and teamwork. The 'hardworking, humble and clever professionals' have vast experience in insurance, reinsurance and pensions. The group also benefits from the firm's full-service offering, allowing the team to collaborate with corporate, tax and employment specialists. Marcelo Mansur Haddad, Cassio Gama Amaral and Thais Arza Monteiro are recommended. Other key contacts include Camila Leal Calais and Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup. The team has also expanded at the senior associate level from 2018 into 2019, with several hires, including those of Karen Ferraz de Aguiar Schiavon and Roberto Panucci from Pinheiro Neto Advogados.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

'Experience, deep knowledge and negotiation skills' are what sets Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados apart from its peers. The leading practice combines knowledge of PPPs, construction and project finance with expertise handling transactions. It works across various sectors: highlights include assisting Gás Natural Açu with the drafting and negotiation of the development agreements for a combined cycle power plant; advising Bahia Mineração on the bidding procedure for a major railway project; and acting for Concessionária do Aeroporto de Salvador on the project finance and EPC contract for the expansion of the airport infrastructure. Thiago Fernandes Moreira is 'able to provide full assessments as he combines regulatory and finance knowledge'; and Pablo Sorj is recognised as a leading individual. However, Bruno Werneck moved to Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in March 2019, taking former senior associates Bruno Salzano and Mario Saadi with him.

Tax Tier 1

'Up-to-date with current trends', the tax department at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados 'has a very good reputation in Brazil'. Blue-chip companies turn to the team in complex tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. The firm also stands out for its dedicated private wealth and wealth planning practice. Internal developments in 2018 included the promotion of Tatiana Morais Penido and the arrival of Mario Prada from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Gil Mendes from EY. Transactional highlights included advising Advent International on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Grupo Walmart Brasil; the team included Rodrigo Figueiredo Nascimento, Luciana Pietro Lorenzo, Andrea Bazzo Lauletta and Eduardo Marques Souza. On the litigation side, Roberto Quiroga Mosquera and a team represented a client in a lawsuit that involved questions around goodwill resulting from an acquisition. Other key tax litigators include Alessandra Gomensoro, Ana Paula Schincariol Lui Barreto, Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino and Paulo Camargo Tedesco.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados houses a 'very attentive and specialised' banking practice, which is well weighted between regulatory and transactional matters. On the regulatory front, Renato Schermman Ximenes de Melo represented several private and public companies in negotiating agreements with the Brazilian Securities Commission to suspend administrative procedures involving market manipulation accusations. In another regulatory highlight, Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca advised Mercado Pago, MercadoLibre's payment platform, on the restructuring of Mercado Crédito Merchant Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios. On the transactional side, Marina Anselmo Schneider  -whose support ‘gives clients the edge in complex mandates’- advised the lenders on the structuring of a security package granted by Brazil Tower Company's Brazilian subsidiaries in connection with a $104m loan. In addition, Frederico Kerr Bullamah, noted as 'always available, very helpful and very specialised', advised the financing parties on a cross-border acquisition financing to support Carlyle and GIC's acquisition of the specialty chemicals business of AkzoNobel. The multidisciplinary practice also benefits from the senior experience of highly regarded project-finance expert Pablo Sorj, administrative law expert Alex Hatanaka and managing partner José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 2

The multidisciplinary team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines knowledge and experience in banking, corporate transactions and litigation, while the firm’s full-service offering ensures the input of tax and capital markets specialists when relevant. The firm is particularly strong in distressed transactions, drawing on the firm’s well-known and leading corporate M&A practice. In one highlight, Marcelo Sampaio Góes Ricupero and a team advised TPG Strategic Infrastructure in the acquisition of Abengoa Group unit UPI Operacional through a competitive proceeding. Marina Anselmo Schneider has extensive experience in financing techniques and transactions. Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca is another key name.

Compliance Tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has 'an extremely good knowledge of the Brazilian market and market practices', and clients also highlight the firm's technical skills as a 'key competitive advantage'. With a team is split between the São Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro offices, the broad compliance and corporate ethics practice covers everything from prevention to crisis management. Highlights included representing an oil-and-gas company in a multilateral investigation into allegations of bribery and in the negotiation of a leniency agreement. Thiago Luís Sombra focuses his practice on anti-corruption, public law and data protection. Thiago Jabor Pinheiro, Renato Tastardi Portella and Kevin Michael Altit are recommended.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 2

The 'exceptionally cohesive' team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is 'business-savvy, agile, and highly strategic in defending a case'; and 'in "bet the company" litigation, the team provides consistently high-quality legal advice and highly reliable tactical calls'. In addition, the firm has 'a real team of white collar litigators, defending individuals and companies in extremely complex judicial cases'; Rogério Taffarello is 'a world-class white-collar defence lawyer'. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is a 'hugely impressive leader' who 'understands the corporate world very well', and Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente - who made partner in 2018 - is a 'tough advocate' who 'personifies the "your problem is my problem" philosophy and is a pleasure to work with'. 'Experienced' partner Flavio Pereira Lima 'is always fully available to help'; he and senior associate Bruno Barreto de Azevedo Teixeira are 'excellent lawyers, as technicians, as advocates and as advisers'. In a sign of the firm's ongoing commitment in the sector, in January 2020 it announced the hire of criminal law specialist Paula Indalecio, who arrives from Podval, Antun, Indalecio, Raffaini, Beraldo e Advogados.

Electricity Tier 2

Efficient, responsive and attentive’, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ is distinguished by its partners’ ‘total availability and dedication’. The practice is particularly weighted towards regulatory matters but its recent experience also spans project development, M&A and project finance. Among its highlights, key contact Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito represented eight distribution companies controlled by CPFL Energia in a judicial discussion concerning the settlement of energy development account credits with Eletrobras. Pablo Sorj is also recommended.

Environment Tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados impresses clients with its 'availability' and prides itself with having a broad practice offering both consultancy and litigation services. The group has particular expertise advising on brownfield sites and site contamination, while it has also been active handling waste take-back matters in recent years. It represented Vale in a public civil action concering the responsibility for the spreading of sun coral, an invasive species; and acted for Dow Química concerning the environmental impacts of a sinkhole that occurred at a mining site. Demonstrating 'ample technical and practical knowledge', Lina Pimentel Garcia is recommended; however, Luiz Gustavo Bezerra moved to Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in October 2019.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Clients appreciate the 'high level knowledge of the partners' at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. Among its areas of expertise are litigation-prevention strategies, negotiations with labour unions and compliance. In litigation, the firm successfully defended a client with multinational operations in two class actions seeking payment for health hazard allowances and risk premium. Vilma Toshie Kutomi and Cleber Venditti are recommended. Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto acts for companies and individuals in employment litigation.

Real estate Tier 2

The sizeable team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has broad experience in real estate M&A, build-to-suit agreements, real estate financing and leasing. Clients include investors, developers and corporates, and the team stands out for its expertise in transactions involving shopping centres. In other recent work, Rossana Fernandes Duarte and associate Marcela da Fonte Freire advised Pearson Education do Brasil on the lease agreement for its new offices in São Paulo. Mariana Spoto Cobra is another name to note.

Public law Tier 3

The 'responsible' and 'efficient' public law lawyers at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados are 'always personally engaged'. It has a broad infrastructure practice, and also advises its clients on administrative contracts, negotiations with governmental authorities and in administrative proceedings. The 'polite and intelligent' Thiago Luís Sombra 'has a strong name in this area', and 'great attorney' Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto 'solves problems quickly'. Bruno Dario Werneck has an active infrastructure and public procurement practice.


Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has invested strongly in the technology and data privacy fields and its service offering now covering the full range of services. Fabio Ferreira Kujawski focuses on telecoms and Thiago Luís Sombra has a strong track record for internet and data privacy regulation. Paulo Brancher joined in July 2018, increasing the partner count to three.

Transport and shipping

The 'experienced and skillful' team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad take on shipping matters, assisting private equity funds and financial institutions as well as ship owners, shipping companies, terminals and service providers. A recent highlight saw the team assist Maersk with crew management, and with the chartering, sale and purchase of vessels. The firm is actively investing in the area, with Adriana Simões joining from Abdalla & Zimmermann Advogados in early 2019 and the 'always available and very knowledgeableNilton Mattos being promoted to partner in April 2019. Giovani Loss is another name to note. Aviation work includes aircraft purchase and sale transactions as well as joint ventures.

Mattos Filho is structured to provide services to clients in different legal areas in a co-ordinated and integrated manner, working in multidisciplinary teams whenever necessary. This work dynamic allows the firm to deliver tailor-made solutions to its clients, thereby enhancing the understanding of their business and making it a valuable partner. Mattos Filho is a leader in approximately 30 different legal practice areas and works continuously to ensure that all these practices become benchmarks for the market. Creation of industry groups and market niches, combined with the firm’s comprehensive knowledge of the market and clients’ business needs, are examples of its efforts to keep it at the forefront in providing legal services. The firm represents domestic and foreign companies, financial institutions, investors, multilateral agencies, investment funds, pension funds, insurers and reinsurers and non-profit organizations.

Main practice areas: Antitrust; banking and finance; payment methods; business public law; capital markets; charities, social business and human rights; compliance and corporate ethics; corporate and M&A; environmental; forestry investments; infrastructure and energy; construction and complex contracts; electric power; mining; oil and gas; project finance; insurance, reinsurance and pensions; intellectual property; investment funds; labor and employment and executive compensation; life sciences and healthcare; litigation and arbitration; private client; public affairs; real estate; restructuring and recovery; tax; telecommunications and information technology; data protection and cybersecurity; emerging companies; and white-collar crime.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz +55 11 3147 7600
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ricardo Junqueira  photo Ricardo Junqueira
Mr Claudio Oksenberg  photo Mr Claudio Oksenberg
Associates : 515
Total staff : 1,109
Contacts : 95

Managing Partner:  José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz Number of partners: 103 Number of lawyers worldwide: 580

Firm Overview: Mattos Filho provides services to clients in different legal areas in a coordinated and integrated manner, working in multidisciplinary teams whenever necessary. This work dynamic allows the firm to deliver tailor-made solutions to clients,  thereby  enhancing the firm’s understanding of the clients’ businesses and making Mattos Filho a valuable partner. Mattos Filho is a leader in approximately 30 different practice areas and work continuously to ensure that all these practices are benchmarks for the market. The firm represents domestic and foreign companies, financial institutions, investors, multilateral agencies, private clients and family offices, investment funds, pension funds, insurers and reinsurers and non-profit organisations.

Main Areas of Practice

Antitrust: Merger reviews and opposition in relation to the administrate Council for Economic Defence (CADE); analysis of antitrust-related risks and structuring corporate transactions; investigations; leniency agreements and settlement negotiations; antitrust compliance audits.

Asset Management & Investment Funds: Regulatory and tax aspects applicable to asset management services and investment funds; Modeling and formation of investment funds, public and private offerings of investment funds (fundraising); acquisition, financing and disposition of assets (M&A and IPO), secondary transfers of assets and interests, litigation and dispute resolutions involving investment funds.

Aviation: Modeling corporate transactions for companies in the aviation sector; assistance with airport concessions and use of airport areas, as well as with concessions, authorisations and certifications for the rendering of air services; preparation and negotiation of aircraft purchase and sale agreements, leases and structured finance, including the constitution of guarantees; assistance in regulatory transactions in general, including those relating remotely piloted aircraft (drones).

Banking & Finance: Regulatory advice to financial institutions and other entities supervised by the Central Bank of Brazil and the Brazilian Securities Commission; solid knowledge of the rules and practices of the financial and payment sectors and capital markets.

Business Public Law: Client representation with regulatory agencies; federal and state courts of accounts in matters related to administrative improbity acts, conduct adjustment agreements, and public civil actions.

Capital Markets: Stock market and listed companies; financial transactions; investment funds; regulatory assistance; structuring and negotiating complex transactions; debt and financing; and securitisations.

Charities, Social Business & Human rights: Legal expert guidance to non-profit organisations and companies with private social investments; advice on structuring social businesses.

Compliance & Corporate Ethics: Investigations of wrongdoings; prosecutorial inquiries and enforcement actions; leniency agreements and settlements; compliance programs; anti-corruption compliance due diligence.

Corporate/M&A: M&A and other corporate transactions, business reorganisations; corporate governance and general corporate advice.

Environmental: Due diligence; licensing; administrative and court proceedings; solid waste and post-consumption liability; environmental contamination; environmental asset’s market (forests, water, carbon and biodiversity).

Forestry Investments: Purchase and sale of rural properties; land use rights; lease agreements; partnership agreements; development programs; purchase and sale of forests.

Infrastructure & Energy: Advice on project development; project finance; construction and complex contracts; administrative law; regulatory law; oil and gas; energy; mining; logistics; sanitation; and telecommunications.

Insurance, Reinsurance & Pensions: Incorporation and licensing of (re)insurers and brokers; M&A; sale of portfolios; policy wordings; reinsurance contracts; distribution agreements.

Intellectual Property: Copyrights; IP license; technology transfer and franchise agreements; trademark registration and prosecution; domain names; IP litigation.

Labour & Employment & Executive Compensation: Assistance with complex compensation plans; trade union negotiations; immigration; work place hazards and safety issues; and legal due diligence.

Life Sciences & Healthcare: Regulatory matters; commercial, IP and technology agreements; administrative and court proceedings.

Litigation & Arbitration: Commercial disputes involving a wide array of industries and domestic and international arbitrations.

Private Client: Advice to individuals, family controlled businesses and groups; adoption of best governance practices; estate planning; succession planning; emigration planning; and tax advice.

Public Affairs: Mapping the Brazilian political and regulatory scenario; analysis of legal, political and regulatory risks; representation and defence of clients’ interests through the development of public rules and policies of impact or interest.

Real Estate: Due diligence and supervision of external audits for acquisition of properties; preparation and negotiation of construction and project management contracts.

Restructuring & Recovery: Representation of investors, creditors and debtors in complex debt restructurings, M&A of distressed assets and financing of distressed companies.

Tax: Representation of clients in administrative and court proceedings; private pensions; direct and indirect taxes.

Technology, Innovation & Digital Businesses & Telecommunications: Advice on the internet act, liability of internet application providers, law enforcement in the digital space, data privacy, data privacy compliance programs, cyber security, structuring technology and internet companies.

White Collar Crime: Assistance on complex matters related to crimes committed in the corporate sector. Advice and defence on criminal proceedings with state and federal courts in cases involving various jurisdictions.


São Paulo: Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 447, SP 01403 001
Tel: +55 11 3147 7600      Fax: +55 11 3147 7770

Rio De Janeiro: Praia do Flamengo, 200 11º andar, RJ 22210 901
Tel: +55 21 3231 8200     Fax: +55 21 2262 6675

Brasília: SHS Q. 6 Conjunto A, Bl. C S. 1901, DF CEP 70316-109
Tel: +55 61 3218 6000     Fax: +55 61 3218 6090

New York: 34 East 51st Street, 12th Floor, NY 10022
Tel: +1 646 695 1100       Fax +1 646 695 1110

London: 5th Floor 32 Cornhill Street, EC3V 3SG
Tel +44 020 7280 0160

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz +55 11 3147 7666
English (fluent)