Demarest Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile
Demarest Advogados Offices
AV PEDROSO DE MORAES 1201
SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001
Demarest Advogados > The Legal 500 Rankings
Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1With over seventy years of experience in domestic and cross-border M&A, Demarest Advogados routinely handles a significant volume of large-cap, and oftentimes innovative, transactions on behalf of Brazil’s foremost companies, private equity players and financial institutions. The team, which has developed special regional groups composed of dual-qualified professionals, is seen with great regularity advising on multi-jurisdictional deals, including inbound and outbound investments, where the team acts for Brazilian blue-chip companies looking to expand their operations internationally. Its recent workload includes advising on the structuring of the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) registered with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), and on the implementation of the first go-shop provision in a merger agreement in Brazil. The firm has adopted a number of structures and initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity and inclusion, including D Mulheres, a gender equality group focused on the fair distribution of opportunities within the profession; D Mais, which aims to foster a welcoming work environment for everyone irrespective of sexual orientation; and D Raízes, which works against racial discrimination. Corporate governance and M&A specialist Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky ‘evaluates situations with depth, but also practicality‘. With ‘in-depth knowledge of corporate and M&A‘, José Diaz manages a varied transactional workload covering M&A and corporate reorganisations. Paulo Coelho da Rocha brings experience in mergers, acquisitions and corporate governance, while Ana Carolina Botto Audi is particularly seasoned in private equity and venture capital investments, going-private deals and joint ventures. Thiago Sandim, who has a longstanding reputation in the field; Joyl Gondim, who excels in mid-market deals; key contact for infrastructure-related matters Gabriel Kuznietz; Bruna Toledo Pacheco; and Daniel Caramaschi also form part of the core team. Focused on M&A, private equity and corporate reoganisations, Fábio Tayar is a name to note at the associate level.
‘The nationally recognised firm offers excellent service. They were able to meet the demands of a cross-border M&A with personalised service.’
‘José Diaz has in-depth knowledge of corporate and M&A. He promptly helped us with challenges that arose throughout the process, with up-to-date and accurate information. Fábio Tayar was a great partner in the operation. Responsive, attentive and with clear knowledge of corporate and M&A.’
‘Demarest understands the needs of the client, and is always available.’
‘Luciana Tornovsky is very didactic, evaluates situations with depth, but also practicality. She is a great strategic thinker.’
‘Demarest is a full-service firm that offers top-notch legal advice in all fields of business law.’
‘Thiago Sandim is an experienced lawyer who is recognised in the market for his excellent negotiation skills in M&A transactions.’
Alvarez & Marsal
Banco Abc Brasil
- Advised Banco Inter on the corporate reorganisation and listing of shares in the US.
- Assisted Grupo Werthein in the acquisition of Vrio Corp from AT&T Services.
- Advised Alvarez & Marsal on the structuring and registration of the first Brazilian SPAC listed as a public company by the CVM.
Brazil > Insurance Tier 1Demarest Advogados has a market-leading and multidisciplinary insurance practice, whose experienced lawyers are praised for their ‘availability and prompt delivery'. The São Paulo-based team offers clients, including major domestic and international insurers and reinsurers, a broad array of non-contentious expertise, covering corporate finance, M&A, partnership and distribution agreements, and regulatory compliance. Insurance disputes and damages claims also feature prominently on the agenda, with department head Marcia Cicarelli regularly representing insurers in multimillion-dollar claims across a range of industries. Other key individuals include Andre Alarcon, who is noted for corporate matters. Recently promoted partner Camila Prado is a lead contact for strategic and claims litigation, while senior associate Laura Pelegrini provides ‘state-of-the-art legal access’. Luciana Prado is no longer at the firm.
‘Availability and prompt delivery in terms of information are the strongest points.’
‘We had a state-of-the-art legal access through Laura Pelegrini, who has always given us her competence and availability.’
XP Vida e Previdência
Universal Assistance (Travel Ace)
Cesce Brasil Seguros
Starr International Brasil
Berkley Seguros Brasil
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance
Cardif do Brasil Vida e Previdência
Howden Broking Group
Generali Brasil Seguros
Quinto Andar Serviços Imobiliários
Europ Assistance Brasil Serviços de Assistência
IRB Brasil Resseguros
Allied World Assurance Company
180 Seguros Empreendimentos e Participações
Vitta Tecnologia em Saúde
Pier Serviços Digitais
Coface do Brasil Seguros de Crédito
- Advised Brasilprev and UBS BB on insurance, banking and capital markets matters related to the R$550m issuance of the first subordinated debt by a company supervised by the SUSEP.
- Advised Intact and Tryg on the Brazilian legal aspects of the cash acquisition of RSA Insurance through Regent Bidco, including the corporate and insurance regulatory issues.
- Advised Cardif Group on the negotiation of an agreement for exclusive distribution of insurance through Banco Neon’s channels.
Brazil > International trade Tier 1Demarest Advogados has an ‘exceptional‘ international trade team, which regularly handles ‘very complex cases and processes large volumes of information and documentation‘. The firm is regularly found on Brazil’s largest trade remedies investigations, with expertise covering a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, steel, fashion, food and automotive. This experience extends to trade remedies cases initiated by other countries, including matters in the US, Europe and Argentina. WTO cases also feature prominently, with the Brazilian Government often instructing the firm. Practice head José Diaz is highly experienced in anti-dumping measures and related disputes. Other key partners include Oswaldo De Moraes, who has over 45 years’ experience, Camila Biral, Victor Lopes and recently promoted partner Fernando Bueno, ‘a brilliant lawyer who can put together very complex filings and has a great sense of strategy’.
‘The team is very sound; they can handle very complex cases and process large volumes of information and documentation. It is an exceptional team.’
‘Fernando Bueno is a brilliant lawyer who can put together very complex filings and has a great sense of strategy.’
‘Demarest offers a wide range of high quality legal services. The ability to understand the client’s business environment and provide guidance quickly and through a very result-oriented dialogue is a very positive differential.’
‘José Dias and Fernando Bueno, as well as the entire international trade team, stand out.’
National Industry Confederation (CNI)
Brazilian Sporting Goods Industry Association (APICE)
National Tyre Industry Association (ANIP)
- Advising Brazilian Sporting Goods Industry Association (APICE) and its member companies and several Chinese manufacturers/exporters on the anti-dumping sunset review investigation and public interest assessment launched by Brazilian Trade Remedies Authority on footwear products imported from China.
- Assisting Aliança Bike in an application for the reduction of import duties on bicycle components.
- Assisting USIMINAS in the anti-dumping and countervailing duties sunset reviews concerning cold-rolled steel from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom, initiated by the US.
Tax > Customs Tier 1
Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 2Demarest Advogados is considered by its banking clients to be ‘unique in its technical quality, in-depth knowledge of the subject and close relationships'. The well-regarded team has a good reputation for regulatory advice to banks, funds and fintechs, with practice head Fabio de Almeida Braga commended for being ‘excellent in the management of complex processes and technical knowledge'. On the transactional side, the firm advises on syndicated loans, project and trade finance, securitisations and structured products. Senior associate Marcelo Ikeziri is a key member of the team. Former partner Helen Naves left the firm in 2021.
Fabio de Almeida Braga
‘What makes Demarest unique is its technical quality, in-depth knowledge of the subject and close relationships. The firm collaborates directly with ideas beyond the execution of the contracted work.’
‘Technical knowledge, availability to help and solve problems regardless of time.’
‘Fabio Braga – excellent in the management of complex processes and technical knowledge.’
NH Latam Investments & Securities
Mosaico Negócios de Internet
Creditas Soluções Financeiras
StartMeUp Crowdfunding Sistema para Investimentos Colaborativos
PNC Bank, National Association
Bank of America
B3 S.A. Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão, Mercadorias e Futuros
Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil – Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul
China Development Bank
Banco Santander (Brasil)
Moksha8 Brasil Distribuidora e Representação de Medicamentos
Bank of China Luxembourg Branch
Moto Honda da Amazônia S.A. Banco Honda
Banco Crédit Agricole Brasil
PGS Investigação Petrolífera
Banco BTG Pactual
Osher & Osher Administração de Imóveis
- Advised Smart RJ and its shareholders (Green Luce, High Trend Brasil, Proteres, ARC e Salberg) and Rio Smart Lighting (Rio Smart) on the issuance, by Rio Smart, of senior secured notes.
- Assisting Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos on the examination and negotiation of terms for the Moonshoot Project, designed to help finance farmers in restoring environmentally degraded land.
- Advising Gol Linhas Aéreas on a R$610m debenture offering.
Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2Demarest Advogados has a versatile practice, with a good technical understanding of Brazil’s debt and equity capital markets. Recently, the firm was involved in several firsts, including advice to Alvarez & Marsal, as sponsor, on Brazil’s first SPAC IPO. Advising StartMeUp on the launch of a new platform for start-ups to attract investment through the sale and trade of tokenised securities is further evidence of the team’s capacity for innovation. Clients include major banks, investment funds and debt issuers in key industries such as agribusiness and energy. Thiago Giantomassi leads the experienced team, which includes Joao Paulo Minetto, who is active on the equity capital markets side, and recently promoted partner Leticia Galdino Wanderley.
Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo
- Advised Banco Inter on its corporate reorganisation and listing of shares in the US.
- Advised StartMeUp on the creation, within the CVM (Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission) regulatory sandbox environment, of a platform aimed at the trading of tokenised securities issued by start-ups, nurturing the evolution of a secondary crowdfunding market.
- Advised the sponsor, Alvarez & Marsal, in the structure and registration of the first Brazilian SPAC listed as a public company by the CVM.
Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2The ‘dedicated, technical and agile team‘ at Demarest Advogados is regularly engaged by major companies in the healthcare, education and technology sectors, among others, and also maintains relationships with leading international law firms in the UK and US. The practice is well versed in behavioural investigations into cartels and other forms of anti-competitive conduct, while on the mergers side, the firm stands out for its track record in complex cases. With a sizeable team dedicated to competition and antitrust, the firm brings together the expertise of its experienced professionals. Paola Pugliese is the chair of the Competition Commission of the ICC for 2022 and 2023, and acts for clients in high-profile competition investigations and proceedings; Daniel Oliveira Andreoli stands out for his role in negotiating leniency and settlement agreements; Bruno Drago is particularly active in abuse of dominance cases; and Milena Fernandes Mundim draws on her previous experience both in CADE and an international law firm to advise on cross-border mergers, and was elected chief executive of the Competition Commission of the ICC for 2022 and 2023. Clients also benefit from the input of the department’s experienced senior associates Fabianna Morselli and Marco Antônio Fonseca.
Daniel Oliveira Andreoli; Bruno Drago; Paola Pugliese; Milena Mundim
‘Dedicated, technical and agile team.’
‘The firm in question served us very well, in a difficult process, they knew how to face the challenges (which were not few) and reach the goal.’
Drogaria São Paulo
- Assisted Fleetzil as a third intervening party in the transaction submitted by Localiza Rent a Car and Unidas to CADE.
- Assisted Bayer in the merger review connected to the sale of its subsidiary Schering do Brasil, as well as certain related assets in the contraceptives and hormones markets, to the Brazilian pharmaceutical competitor União Química.
- Advised Hapvida Group on the merger review connected to the acquisition by Ultra Som, Hapvida’s wholly-owned subsidiary, of 100% of the equity interest in Promed Assistência Médica, Promed Brasil Assistência Médica, and other entities.
Brazil > Compliance Tier 2Demarest Advogados provides an ‘exceptional service‘ in the field of compliance, where it has successfully carved out a strong reputation. Under the leadership of Eloy Rizzo, ‘a person who knows how to deal with complex situations‘ and who is highlighted for his ‘rich experience‘, the team is a popular choice for clients across the healthcare, natural resources, power and technology sectors, among others. The firm’s strength in large-scale M&A means it is often called upon to assist in integrity due diligence processes, but the team particularly stands out for its active internal investigations practice, where it acts for clients in sensitive matters involving allegations of misconduct. Also of note is Rizzo’s work in independent monitorships in Brazil. Senior associate André Luis Leme regularly takes a key coordinating role on compliance due diligence and investigations and also comes with client recommendation. Associate Victoria Arcos is another key contact; she has experience in internal investigations into fraud and corruption, including cases with cross-border aspects.
Eloy Rizzo Neto; Bruno de Luca Drago
‘The firm is extremely distinguished by its technical quality and performance characteristics!’
‘Demarest is a firm that is always available to assist us, with a technical and service quality that greatly facilitates the work. It has partners around the world that make it possible to carry out activities beyond the Brazilian territory.’
‘Eloy Rizzo is the partner responsible for compliance investigations at Demarest. He is a very friendly professional, extremely technical and a person who knows how to deal with complex situations!’
‘Very service-oriented. Healthily pragmatic.’
‘I’d highlight Eloy Rizzo and André Luis Leme.’
‘Eloy Rizzo is a workhorse, but that is only part of his appeal. Despite his relative youth, he has rich experience and knows how to apply it. He is also congenial and fun to work with.’
‘Exceptional service. Great infrastructure. Related areas of quality.’
‘Eloy Rizzo: Deep knowledge about the area of expertise. André Luis Leme: Practical and objective view. Always business oriented.’
AES Tietê Energia
Amcor Flexibles do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Embalagens
CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração
Cia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia – FERBASA
CNP Seguros Holding Brasil
Consórcio Empreendedor Shopping Pátio Higienópolis
DaVita Brasil Participações e Serviços de Gestão
Etesco Construções e Comércio
Froneri Brasil Distribuidora de Sorvetes e Congelados
Fujifilm do Brasil
EcoRodovias Concessões e Serviços
OPY Healthcare Gestão de Ativos e Investimentos
Oracle do Brasil Sistemas
Santos Brasil Participações
- Assisted DaVita in the legal aspects, from the compliance/anti-corruption standpoint, of 16 M&A due diligence projects carried out on target clinics in Brazil.
- Retained by EcoRodovias to assist with the selection of the Brazilian monitor and to assist EcoRodovias to meet the monitor’s requests during the expected 32 months of the first 100% Brazilian monitorship.
- Retained by CNP Seguros, a joint venture between Caixa Seguridade and the subsidiary of French Insurance company CNP, to conduct an independent internal investigation on Caixa Seguradora.
Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 2Demarest Advogados houses a premier arbitration practice specialising in investment treaty arbitration, with extensive experience of handling claims for clients across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, automobile, steel and commodities, power, and infrastructure in general. Corporate disputes and arbitration arising from capital markets, M&A transactions and shareholder agreements also feature in the firm’s impressive portfolio. Covering both domestic and international arbitration, the team is noted for its strength in construction and contractual disputes, while showcasing niche expertise in sports and entertainment cases. Celso Xavier is a name to note for contractual disputes, Marcelo Inglez de Souza focuses on IP-related matters, and Rafael Gagliardi handles arbitration involving regulated industries. They jointly lead the practice, which also includes Carlo Verona, whose areas of expertise include international arbitration, and Camila Biral, who in turn is regularly instructed in complex arbitration proceedings involving corporate and contractual issues.
Celso Xavier; Marcelo Inglez de Souza; Rafael Gagliardi
‘The team that assists us in arbitration (including Celso Xavier and César Machado) are very available and attentive to the client’s needs. Technically, they are excellent. They are attentive to innovations in terms of technology and also have a commercial vision that is quite important in these cases.’
‘Celso Xavier has impressive knowledge and is respected in this market.’
‘They know the facts inside out and are excellent strategists.’
Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios
Gol Linhas Aereas
Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 2Demarest Advogados brings together the expertise of litigation, mediation and arbitration specialists who are seasoned in the entire spectrum of corporate and civil disputes. The team, which ‘combines tradition and innovation to provide quality legal services‘, is a go-to choice for several domestic and international clients from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, commodities, energy, infrastructure and financial services, engaged in complex litigation before judicial and administrative courts. Offering great national coverage, the group is well placed to assist clients in matters throughout Brazil and cases involving other jurisdictions. Celso Xavier ‘is an exceptional conductor of hearings in judicial and arbitration proceedings‘; he has substantial experience in contractual disputes and tort, securities and cartel litigation. Praised for his skills in ‘solving the most complex problems‘, Marcelo Inglez de Souza stands out in the field of IP contentious matters. Litigation concerning regulated sectors, including energy and infrastructure, are key strengths for Rafael Gagliardi. Cesar Rossi Machado, Amanda Sampaio, Daniel Kaufman and Fernanda Leão were recently welcomed to the partnership.
Celso Xavier; Marcelo Inglez de Souza; Rafael Gagliardi
‘Team that has great technical knowledge, in addition to being great at integrating various legal topics into a single matter. They are able to achieve great results in processes of great relevance.’
‘Celso Xavier is a lawyer with great technical knowledge and great expertise. Among his greatest qualities, he is an exceptional conductor of hearings in judicial and arbitration proceedings; Amanda Sampaio is a brilliant young lawyer, who has extensive knowledge of the law, in addition to being very available.’
‘Very specialised team; they always think “outside the box” and care about getting to know the client’s business. They spare no effort to achieve a positive decision, always following the highest ethical standards.’
‘Marcelo Inglez de Souza – extremely competent lawyer, always available, with an overview of the law, excellent communicator and a great partner for clients. Always explores all options and is very creative in solving the most complex problems.’
‘Celso Xavier, Fernanda Leão, Marcelo Inglez and Mario Paranhos stand out.’
‘The firm combines tradition and innovation to provide quality legal services. Lawyers are technically prepared and are able to deal with clients’ problems quickly, with creative solutions.’
‘Celso Xavier, Daniel Kaufman, Fernanda Leão and Rafael Gagliardi are excellent lawyers, with excellent technical capacity and great legal vision, which allows them to find very creative solutions and differentiates them.’
Clarke Mosquito Control Products
CVC Viagens e Turismo
Formula One World Championship
- Represents Vale and several former and current officers in an application for early production of evidence filed by an individual with the State Courts of São Paulo, seeking to reopen a transnational arbitration case.
- Represented ESBR in a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government and the Power Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) seeking to overturn a decision that reduced the amount of energy (garantia física) that the Jirau hydro power plant was allowed to trade.
- Acted for Intercement in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the final judgment issued by the Court of Appeals of Espírito Santo involving a supply contract with Bachour.
Brazil > Environment Tier 2At Demarest Advogados, the environmental team ‘stands out for its technical quality and knowledge', and ability to navigate complex environmental and administrative litigation on behalf of major companies and other entities in the mining, forestry, agribusiness, infrastructure and chemical sectors. The practice - which regularly collaborates with other firm-wide departments, including M&A, real estate, criminal law and capital markets - handles a varied workload featuring environmental disputes, due diligence in the context of projects and transactions, sustainable investments and other innovative environmental mandates, ranging from climate change to conservation issues, biodiversity, carbon credits and air emissions. Luiz Sant’Anna, who has ‘exceptional experience in the environmental area and in civil proceedings', jointly leads the practice with recently promoted partner Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo, whose areas of expertise cover ESG, environmental licensing, solid waste and contaminated areas. Lucas Fonseca Marinho, who joined from Sion Advogados in December 2021, is a name to note at the associate level, especially for matters involving the intersection of environmental and mining law.
Luiz Sant’Anna; Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo
‘The firm has excellent expertise in environmental issues and a great reputation in the sector, in addition to an availability and flexibility to meet urgent demands that is not so common in large firms.’
‘Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna – exceptional experience in the environmental area and in civil proceedings, which helps a lot in the support provided, in addition to cordiality, availability and individualised attention to matters.’
‘The team of lawyers in the environmental area, led by Luiz Fernando, stands out for its technical quality and knowledge. It understands the peculiarities of the company’s business and acts as a partner in evaluations and analyses.’
‘Luiz Fernando stands out for his technical knowledge in the environmental area and for the way he addresses analyses, always with a business perspective.’
‘Fernanda Stefanelo is very good technically, and super involved and engaged.’
‘Fernanda Stefanello has a lot of experience having worked as a lawyer for the environmental agency of the State of São Paulo and therefore has a deep operational knowledge of such regulatory agency, which facilitates and distinguishes her work.’
Porto Sudeste do Brasil
- Assisting Porto Sudeste in the conduct and defense of nearly 200 class actions filed by fishermen of the Sepetiba Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
- Assisting Tronox in the evaluation and improvement of its corporate ESG goals in relation to the closing of a mine.
- Advising GOL on a partnership with climate tech company Moss Earth to neutralise part of its flights, improving its business through sustainable practices.
Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 2The experienced labour team at Demarest Advogados is ‘very agile and has a remarkable sense of urgency’. The ‘accessible, organised, objective and highly capable’ practice represents clients from a wide range of sectors on contentious and advisory issues. Key areas of expertise include collective bargaining agreements, mass redundancies, labour investigations, and various types of labour disputes, such as class actions and proceedings brought by the Labour Public Prosecutor’s Office. The team is jointly led by the ‘very competent, experienced, professional’ Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti and Renato Canizares, ‘a very experienced and accomplished lawyer, who is very good at presenting complex facts’. Maurício Levy and the recently promoted Eduardo Alcantara are key labour litigation partners. Stella Castro joined the team in July 2022.
Cássia Pizzotti; Renato Canizares
‘I was fascinated by their high performance level, their way of explanation of complicated matters in easy words, and also their team spirit from the beginning. I have been working with Demarest since 2015 and I am still fascinated by their high performance level, their way of explaining complicated issues in simple words.’
‘I work with Renato Canizares. He is a very experienced and accomplished lawyer, who is very good at presenting complex facts, problems and their possible solutions with all their advantages and disadvantages in an easily understandable way. He is also not afraid to give a clear recommendation (which makes him very special).’
‘The Demarest team is very agile and has a remarkable sense of urgency.’
‘Certainly, the precision, the agility, the look at the business (as a whole) and, above all, the broad knowledge of legislation and legal reasoning make Demarest one of the best firms I’ve worked with.’
‘Accessible, organized, objective and highly capable of understanding the client’s needs and providing guidance, weighing the pros and cons, especially taking into account the company’s culture. Dealing with fee-related issues does not compromise the relationship. Cassia Pizotti is very competent, experienced, professional and, above all, values the quality of the services provided, regardless of the firm’s interests, which consolidates the relationship of trust.’
‘Demarest is always impeccable in its service, sense of urgency and, above all, in the holistic vision that transcends the subject they work on. In other words, they always bring not only the aspects asked – in this case, labor – but also the impacts in other spheres, such as civil, criminal, competition, compliance and reputation. They are always concerned about whether the service is adequate and they were open to making the format of fees more flexible.’
‘Cassia Pizzotti, Ivan Lima and Caio Pivatto: Extremely competent, up-to-date, flexible and visionary.’
‘Cassia Pizzotti, Celso Baez do Carmo, Nicole Vigato: All are excellent professionals, with a lot of technical knowledge, client knowledge and the right attitude.’
Ernst & Young
- Assisting CNP Seguros Holding Brasil (CSH) in a Federal Police investigation into several companies and individuals for actions allegedly perpetrated between 2014 and 2016.
- Advised BNDES, Brazil’s development bank, with the labour planning for the privatisation of Brasília’s energy distribution company, CEB Distribuição.
- Advising Benteler Componentes Automotivos following Ford’s announcement in January 2021 that its manufacturing operations in Brazil would cease.
Brazil > Public law Tier 2Under the leadership of Bruno Aurélio, Demarest Advogados is a one-stop shop for advice on the development of PPP projects, public procurement, administrative contracts and concessions. With ‘deep knowledge of legislation and public tenders’, the team is well placed to handle the public law issues impacting an array of industries, including transport, sanitation and waste management. Public procurement is a particular strength for the department, but the team is also seasoned in disputes involving the public administration at the judicial and administrative levels, such as class actions, administrative improbity and the economic rebalancing of public contracts. Department head Aurélio is recommended for his ‘ability to articulate effective strategies from the point of view of administrative law’; PPPs, bidding processes and administrative proceedings are among his areas of expertise. Tomás Schoeller Paiva, who joined from Mundie e Advogados in January 2022, is noted for his in-depth knowledge of telecoms regulations and infrastructure, while Renan Sona Silva, who will be welcomed to the partnership in January 2023, is seen with great regularity advising on the structuring of concession projects and PPPs.
‘The team is creative, focused and provides high quality advice.’
‘Bruno Aurélio stands out for his technique and ability to articulate effective strategies from the point of view of administrative law.’
‘Deep knowledge of legislation and public tenders.’
‘Bruno Aurélio and Renan Sona are recommended.’
‘The lawyers who assist us are very solicitous and engaged. Attention and availability make them stand out.’
‘Bruno Aurélio and Renan Sona know deeply what is needed for a particular project and also what points to adjust to achieve a perfect final result.’
Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços
Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública
Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios
COBRA Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia
Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações
- Representing Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública in the execution of a PPP with Companhia Municipal de Energia e Iluminação – RioLuz for the public lighting system in Rio de Janeiro.
- Advised Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios on negotiations with the State of São Paulo and Artesp to amend a PPP agreement and include civil works involving a road belt on Caraguatatuba and São Sebastião.
- Assisted Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações and the Consortium SP Terminais Noroeste, led by Socicam, on the bid regarding a PPP for the bus terminals linked to the Urban Public Passenger Transportation System in São Paulo.
Brazil > Real estate Tier 2Demarest Advogados has an ‘efficient and agile‘ real estate team, which is ‘capable of dealing with two, three, four very different subjects in the same meeting, showing broad knowledge‘. Clients appreciate that the lawyers ‘always seek to understand the business and the pain of the client‘ while also seeking ‘to present practical solutions to what is needed‘. This covers a range of disciplines, including complex transactional, regulatory and environmental issues in high-profile urban and rural real estate investment and development projects. The team is jointly led by Lucas Tavares Bueno, Thiago Giantomassi and the ‘excellent‘ Marc Stalder, who is ‘extremely accessible, speaks a clear and objective language, devoid of legalese and a great expert in real estate law’. For contentious matters, clients also rate Rafael Gagliardi‘s ‘unparalleled ability to suggest and create solutions‘.
Lucas Tavares Bueno; Thiago Giantomassi; Marc Stalder
‘The firm always served us with excellence. The experience was great.’
‘Marc Stalder is an excellent professional. Working with him was of great value. He is extremely accessible, speaks a clear and objective language, devoid of “legalese” and a great expert in real estate law. Really enjoyed.’
‘The real estate team has an efficient and agile service, all with seniority. They are capable of dealing with two, three, four very different subjects in the same meeting, showing broad knowledge about the segment. The integration between the team is very good, everyone usually knows about the unfolding of situations, never having one or the other of the team outside the subjects.’
‘Rafael Gagliardi: he has a lot of knowledge, both in litigation and advisory. Always available, with an unparalleled ability to suggest and create solutions.’
‘The members of the firm always seek to understand the business and the “pain” of the client. They are always available and always seek to present practical solutions to what is needed.’
‘Marc Stalder and Daniel Abuchalla – what distinguishes them is proximity, empathy, availability and practical sense.’
Ldc Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Log Commercial Properties
Sylvamo Do Brasil
UNICO Gestão De Investimentos
CBIC – Camara Brasileira da Indústria da Construção
Emusa do Brasil
White Martins Gases Industriais
7 Bridges Brazil
Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo
Procter & Gamble
MGB Group Mambo Supermercados
- Assisting CBIC (Camara Brasileira da Indústria da Construção) in the discussions and all measures relating to a new legal bill to reform the public registry system and real estate development rules.
- Assisted ESPM on the acquisition of Villa Aymoré, a historic property in Rio de Janeiro that will now be used for a school.
- Advised Companhia Melhoramentos de São Paulo on a major private securitisation.
Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2Demarest Advogados has a well-regarded multidisciplinary team of ‘extremely qualified professionals'. The practice handles a broad range of related issues, including litigation, distressed M&A, tax and debt restructurings. The department has a good track record in handling some of the country’s largest restructurings, including cross-border cases involving Chapter 11 and 15 filings in the US. Its clients include major debtors and creditors, with recent highlights for the firm including its key role representing LATAM Airlines in its high-profile Chapter 11 and DIP financing. The highly rated team is jointly led by insolvency litigator Guilherme Fontes Bechara and Celso Xavier.
Celso Xavier; Guilherme Bechara
‘Full service firm with extremely qualified professionals.’
‘Guilherme Bechara is qualified, solicitous and available.’
LATAM Airlines Group
Carlisle Fluid Technologies
Crecera Capital Management
Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank
- Representing LATAM Airlines Group, including the Brazilian entities TAM and TAM Linhas Aéreas, on its groundbreaking Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Representing LATAM in the Brazilian law matters of a debtor-in-possession financing (DIP financing) valued at $2.4bn and secured in the context of the Chapter 11 cases of LATAM Airlines.
- Advising Carlisle Fluid Technologies on the liquidation of its operations in Brazil, which will be conducted through a voluntary liquidation proceeding under the Brazilian Bankruptcy Law.
Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2Demarest Advogados has an ‘exceptional‘ team, which is praised for its ability to ‘analyse tax matters from several different perspectives and with a very practical approach‘. The firm expanded its contentious offering with the 2021 hire of former judge Gisele Barra Bossa, who adds significant experience on the administrative litigation side. For judicial litigation, Priscila Faricelli is praised for her ‘special expertise in the superior courts for defining procedural strategies‘. Carlos Eduardo Orsolon (noted for his ‘unique ability to translate complex tax themes into clear and objective advice‘), Christiano Chagas and Roberto Casarini (who has ‘deep knowledge of the tax effects in M&A and IRPJ operations‘) are focused on direct tax, and practice head Douglas Mota and the ‘always fast and responsive‘ Thiago Amaral are active in indirect tax. The ‘outstanding‘ Victor Lopes is the main customs contact, while Marcello Pedroso handles payroll tax issues.
‘Exceptional team with superb experience in customs matters.’
‘Victor Lopes is an outstanding and exceptional lawyer.’
‘The evaluations are very comprehensive, they analyse the tax matters from several different perspectives and with a very practical approach.’
‘Thiago Amaral is always fast and responsive, bringing very broad perspectives to the table and also letting us know of different opportunities arising out of recent court decisions in the country.’
‘Personal and quick response to urgent issues. High knowledge.’
‘Carlos Eduardo Orsolon has a unique ability to translate complex tax themes into clear and objective advice to clients.’
‘Priscila Faricelli is always in the largest and most important discussions, with special expertise in the superior courts for defining procedural strategies, and the profile of judges.’
‘Roberto Casarini has deep knowledge of the tax effects in M&A and IRPJ operations.’
Diebold Nixdorf (Procomp)
Jaguar / Land Rover
Azul Linhas Aéreas
TAM Aviação Executiva
Falabella / Construdecor
Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos
Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade
- Assisted Inter and Inter Platform in all tax issues related to the corporate structuring to allow its free float to migrate to a US listed entity.
- Advised Alvarez & Marsal on all tax issues related to the structure and registration of the first Brazilian SPAC listed as a public company by the CVM.
- Conducted a study for the CNI on the drawback and RECOF regimes, which currently suspend taxes on the importation of goods used to manufacture exported products.
Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)Demarest Advogados is best known for its involvement in high-value litigation and regulatory matters involving government bodies and agencies. The recent arrival of co-head Rosi Costa Barros, who has more than two decades’ experience in the power sector, and a team of five associates strengthened the firm’s services catered to electricity companies engaged in public consultations, proceedings before ANEEL, regulatory contracts and self-generation projects. In addition, the practice is also adept at assisting with M&A and project development in the generation, distribution and transmission segments. Rafael Gagliardi is the main point of contact for advice on power regulation, administrative proceedings and judicial litigation in this space.
Rafael Gagliardi; Rosi Costa Barros
‘The mixed experience of Demarest’s electric energy team makes it unique, as they understand practical aspects of regulation. In addition to the high quality of the electric energy team, its integration with other departments allows for high-level legal advice in several areas. Finally, the fact that it is led by partner Rosi Barros in a predominantly male environment contributes positively to the analysis of the office as a diverse office.’
‘Demarest’s energy team has specific knowledge in the area of energy trading, which helps us both in litigation and advisory matters.’
‘Rafael Gagliardi is a unique professional. He is intelligent, pragmatic, prepared, available, easy to deal with and highly focused on results.’
Engie Brasil Energia
Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE
Energia Sustentável do Brasil – ESBR
Ferbasa – Companhia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia
CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista
- Advises ISA CTEEP on several strategic regulatory issues and administrative proceedings before ANEEL.
- Advised Heineken in structuring a private tender to contract power for its industrial plants.
- Advising CBA on the development of a self-generation power project to supply power to its industrial plants.
Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3Created in 2015, the mining department at Demarest Advogados has been advising major players in the industry in complex mandates, including transactional and regulatory issues. Drawing on the firm’s offering across corporate, tax, capital markets, projects, public law and environment, the team is prepared to handle M&A, joint ventures and project finance matters. On the regulatory front, it has been especially active representing clients in administrative proceedings related to infraction notices and forfeiture procedures before the National Mining Agency. Practice leader Thiago Maia has a strong background in M&A, private equity and other corporate transactions involving mining assets. M&A and corporate governance lawyer Paulo Coelho da Rocha is another name to note for Brazilian and international mining companies. Since publication, Izabella Reis was promoted to partner, effective as of January 2023.
Thiago Maia; Paulo Coelho da Rocha
‘Demarest is a full-service firm that understands the issues at hand and comes up with the most appropriate solutions.’
‘Demarest has provided a service of absolute excellence to our company. I highlight the ability of professionals to impressively absorb the specificities of complex issues for which they are asked to give an opinion.’
‘I believe that the main distinguishing factor from other firms is the way in which they are involved in the demands. There is a strong feeling of ownership, and real concern with achieving goals.’
Eliane – Revestimentos Cerâmicos
Tronox Pigmentos do Brasil
Saint-Gobain do Brasil Produtos Industriais e Para Construção
CSP – COMPANHIA SIDERURGICA DO PECEM
- Advised CRH on the sale of its Brazilian cement business to BCPAR.
Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3Demarest Advogados‘ IP offering is spearheaded by Tatiana Campello and is praised for its ‘highly effective and clear communication and collaboration’ with clients. Strong in IP transactions, agreements, portfolio structuring, due diligence and litigation, the team covers the full spectrum of IP, with considerable expertise in trade mark and patent matters. Campello is well regarded for her expertise in innovation, technology and data privacy, and is trusted by both domestic high-profile clients and global companies. Camila Garcindo Dayrell Garrote is also of note within the team, advising on matters in the entertainment, sports and consumer product sectors. Betina Ferreira is another key contact. Julia Davet Pazos left the firm in May 2022.
‘Interest and willingness to know the business, highly effective and clear communication and collaboration with the work are developed.’
Stoller do Brasil
Joy Global Group
- Assisting Promundo with managing its trade mark portfolio, providing monitoring and tracing strategies for the protection of several trademarks in Brazil and the US.
- Advising Diebold on its trade mark and patent strategy in Brazil, including patent prosecutions and licensing agreements.
- Assisted JOKR in strategy planning and drafting trade mark assignment agreements.
Brazil > Life sciences Tier 3Demarest Advogados‘ life sciences department balances a broad workload, regularly providing advice to clients in the biotech, medicine, healthcare, cosmetics, animal health, nutrition and e-cigarette industries. Claudio Mattos and Camila Biral both leverage strong biotech and pharmaceutical expertise, and are key contacts for some of the firm’s big-name clients. Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel is a go-to lawyer in the team for commercial contracts, and Bruno Aurélio is known for his expertise and advice to companies in heavily regulated sectors, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare and tobacco. For IP-related life sciences matters, Rio de Janeiro-based partner Tatiana Campello is a name to note.
Ana Paula Schedel; Bruno Aurélio; Claudio Mattos; Camila Biral; Tatiana Campello
‘Lawyers are attentive, helpful, meet deadlines and are always willing to help.’
‘The service is of good quality.’
JT International Distribuidora de Cigarros
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Vitta Tecnologia em Saúde
West Pharmaceutical Services Brazil
Gelita do Brasil
- Advising KWS Seeds on matters related to the import of seed varieties.
- Advising JTI on product registration and registration renewal.
- Advising Bayer on the legal aspects in connection with the execution of a toll manufacturing agreement.
Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3The projects team at Demarest Advogados brings together practitioners specialised in M&A, public law, finance and capital markets, who are seasoned in issues linked to the development of projects, financing and refinancing structures, and concessions. The team, which is praised for its ‘extensive legal and strategic knowledge’ of the infrastructure sector, is particularly sought after by clients looking for guidance in bid processes, concession agreements and PPPs. Its recent highlights include significant matters involving transportation and public lighting. Leading the practice is Bruno Aurélio, whose areas of expertise include public contracts, public procurement and project development. Thiago Giantomassi takes the lead on matters concerning the issuance of debt and securitised products to fund projects, while Renan Sona Silva, who will be welcomed to the partnership in January 2023, assists clients with the development of new infrastructure projects, competitive bids and litigation.
‘The team is always available to monitor the discussions and progress of the projects developed. Exceptional.’
‘Bruno Aurélio – Clarity in communication, availability and objectivity, in addition to exceptional personal treatment.’
‘Extensive legal and strategic knowledge of the sector.’
‘I’d highlight Bruno Aurelio and Renan Sona.’
OBRA Brasil Servicos, Comunicações e Energia
Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações
Construtora Queiroz Galvão
Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social
- Advised Smart RJ and its shareholders and Rio Smart Lighting on the issuance by Rio Smart of senior secured notes in the amount of R$925m.
- Assisted Socicam Infraestrutura e Participações in the evaluation and preparation for International Bid No. 01/2021, carried out by the State of São Paulo, for the concession of public services regarding airports.
- Assisted Empresa de Planejamento e Logística (EPL) in studies and due diligence concerning the project for the privatisation of the Port of Itajaí, in the state of Santa Catarina.
Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3
Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3Demarest Advogados’ multidisciplinary data protection, cybersecurity and technology-oriented practice advises domestic and multinational clients within and outside the technology sector on all aspects of privacy, security incident risk management and AI. The team is led by intangibles, technology, internet law and IP expert Tatiana Campello, alongside Eduardo Magrani, who focuses on data protection and AI. The team’s recent instructions include assisting clients to achieve LGDP compliance, and advising on data privacy matters related to M&A. Since research concluded, Magrani has left to become a consultant at CCA Law Firm in Lisbon, Portugal.
Tatiana Campello; Eduardo Magrani
‘Team with very high seniority on the topic addressed.’
‘I recommend both Tatiana Campello and Eduardo Magrini.’
Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 3Demarest Advogados has an experienced multidisciplinary team, which is particularly strong on the corporate finance side, as demonstrated by its role advising LATAM Airlines on its Chapter 11 process and subsequent DIP financing. It also has significant expertise in infrastructure projects and airport concessions, as well as related M&A, antitrust, insurance, environmental and tax law. Versatile practice head Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz is a ‘technically excellent professional' with good credentials in corporate and regulatory matters. Former partner Luciana Goulart Penteado left in 2021.
Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz
‘Demarest Advogados is a firm with a long history and recognized in the national legal market. The service delivered has always been beyond our expectations. They have always presented technically solid solutions, with a lot of added value for our business. The team is multidisciplinary, attentive, ethical, committed, efficient and proactive.’
‘Gabriel Kuznietz – a technically excellent professional, contributed a lot to the project.’
‘High technical qualification and knowledge of the market in general.’
‘Gabriel Kuznietz – a professional with deep technical knowledge, availability and commitment to the client. He has great capacity to act in several areas of law.’
LATAM Airlines Group
Gol Linhas Aéreas
Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações
Iberia Líneas Aéreas
Air France KLM
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras
- Representing LATAM Airlines Group, including the Brazilian entities TAM and TAM Linhas Aéreas, as the company filed for Chapter 11.
- Advised Aerolíneas and Austral in the merger of Austral’s Brazilian branch into Aerolíneas’ Brazilian branch.
- Advised Consórcio Central Airport, led by Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações, on a bid carried out by ANAC involving the concession of 22 federal airports.
Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3The well-established practice at Demarest Advogados is praised for its ‘excellent performance in the criminal area’. The department is equally adept in environmental and financial crime cases, and also stands out for its ability to act on insider-trading matters. Additionally, the firm is well equipped to assist clients with investigations into bid rigging and cartel formation, where it can combine its strong capabilities in white-collar criminal defence and antitrust law. ‘Brilliant in her work, admirable as a person’, practice head Fabyola En Rodrigues can draw on over 20 years’ experience representing executives and companies in domestic and cross-border investigations. Larissa Borges Guimarães , Thais Karine Almeida Tereciano and Aline de Oliveira Silva are all names to note at the associate level.
Fabyola En Rodrigues
‘Excellent performance in the criminal area. Speed and proactivity mark the performance of the penal area. Advanced technical knowledge, which conveys confidence and security to the client.’
‘Dr. Fabyola En Rodrigues is an extremely competent lawyer, brilliant in her work, admirable as a person. A great asset of the Demarest office, without a doubt!’
‘I am very satisfied with the proactivity and negotiation solution presented, going beyond the legal aspects. This is a differentiator compared to my previous experiences. Another point to highlight is the work we did on mitigating the criminal liability of my directors.’
‘I recommend Fabyola En Rodrigues, whether for her technical competence or for her complementary knowledge in business management. She manages to get everyone on her team to deliver a quality of work above my expectations. Another professional I recommend is Larissa Guimarães, who stands out for her knowledge of international criminal law.’
‘Highly qualified, ethical and discreet professionals.’
‘I would highlight Celso Xavier and Fabyola Rodrigues.’
Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia
Bacardi Martini do Brasil Indústria
Cardif BNP Paribas Group
Communications Test Design
E-Frame Tecnologia e Negócios
- Acting in the defence of a former executive of Andrade Gutierrez concerning alleged practices of bid rigging and cartel formation.
- Successfully secured the acquittal of a company director in relation to a bid-rigging criminal accusation.
- Assisted a client in the recovery of money in a case concerning internal fraud.
Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4Demarest Advogados offers advice to upstream, midstream and downstream clients in the gamut of mandates in these fields, notably high-value transactions and complex regulatory issues. The ‘highly qualified, responsive and business oriented’ group was strengthened by the arrival of David Meiler, Bárbara Bittencourt and a team of associates from Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper in October 2021. Bittencourt specialises in regulatory, bidding and transactional matters, including purchases, sales, farm-ins and farm-outs of oil and gas assets, while Meiler has longstanding experience acting for oil companies and service providers operating or seeking to enter the Brazilian market. João Luis Almeida, whose areas of expertise cover corporate deals, financing transactions and regulatory issues, co-heads the department, which is also skilled at assisting clients in the development of onshore and offshore projects. Recent areas of activity for the department include deals involving the recent opening of the Brazilian gas market, Petrobras’s divestment programme and bidding rounds promoted by ANP.
João Almeida; David Meiler
‘The O&G team is very specialised and complete, and seems to be attentive to the movements of the O&G market as a whole. The services provided by the O&G team are complete and with quality above the market average. We know that we can always count on them, and I feel that the team’s focus, under the leadership of partner Bárbara Bittencourt, is always on quality and availability.’
‘Bárbara Bittencourt’s knowledge of the industry, availability and assertiveness set her apart. We also are supported by partner David Meiler.’
‘Demarest Advogados is one of the most reputable law firms in Brazil. Its oil and gas team, led by partner David Meiler, is the one we have the most contact with.’
‘David Meiler stands out and Bárbara Bittencourt is also recommended. Both are very competent and experienced in the oil and gas area.’
Petrom Produção de Petróleo e Gás
Companhia de Gás do Estado de São Paulo – COMGAS
National Oilwell Varco
Cobra Serviços, Comunicações e Energia
BRASILCOM – Associação das Distribuidoras de Combustíveis
Murphy Oil Corporation
Maersk Drilling / Supply Services
Etesco Construções e Comércio
- Advised QP Brasil on its participation in the Second Transfer of Rights Surplus Production Sharing Bidding Round promoted by the ANP.
- Assisted 3R Petroleum with the negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement executed with Petrobras for the acquisition of the Potiguar Cluster.
- Provided assistance to Maersk Drilling in connection with the agreements entered into with Karoon Energy for the chartering and operation/services of a drilling rig (Maersk Developer).
Brazil > TMT: Telecoms
Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business
Demarest Advogados > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1948, Demarest is one of the most renowned law firms in Brazil and ranks among the largest firms in Latin America. Throughout its history, providing services in the most diverse practice areas of law, Demarest has always maintained a commitment to providing legal services of the highest standards of quality and excellence.
The firm’s multidisciplinary model contributes to the agility and effectiveness of its work, integrating its professionals and creating a synergy across all teams. Clients from all over the world are assisted in domestic and international transactions, with an organisational structure that has offices established in the major cities of Brazil and in New York.
Excellence: Demarest is one of the leading full-service corporate law firms in Brazil, with more than 70 years of experience in assisting clients from all over the world. The firm is constantly ranked as one of the most prestigious Brazilian transactional law firms considering the number of transactions carried out and value of deals. Clients recognise Demarest’s lawyers as trusted advisors. The quality of the firm’s performance can be attributed to how matters are approached strategically, and the lengths to which teams prepare before even the first action is taken. The firm’s division into ‘work cells’ enables lawyers to become deeply familiar with the cases and the clients that they are involved with, resulting in a service that is of international quality yet provided with a personal approach.
Citizenship: For Demarest, there is a strong belief that it is everyone’s duty to contribute and work towards creating a more equal and compassionate society. As a result, the firm has established partnerships with organisations committed to realising these values and promoting the foundations for well-being, education and social inclusiveness. Demarest is involved in projects that aim to strengthen the relationship of the firm with local communities.
By means of partnerships with ‘Instituto Pro Bono’ and the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, Demarest provides legal advice to non-governmental and non-profit organisations. The firm also contributes to research carried out by renowned institutions regarding pro bono work in Brazil, including TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono and Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Survey. Demarest prides itself on adhering to a strong and active Diversity and Inclusiveness programme, and firmly believes that this forms an essential part of the Demarest approach that enables sustainable and cost-effective business, which in turn contributes directly to the socioeconomic development at local and global levels. The firm therefore promotes a pluralistic work environment that is non-discriminatory, respectful, welcoming, innovation-driven, and that ultimately contributes to achieving business results.
International reach: Leadership, commitment to its clients and the local market, and continued professional development. These traits are the cornerstones that led to Demarest’s being selected as the sole Brazilian member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, and also a member of The Interlex Group and ELA. Besides certifying Demarest’s global service quality, these affiliations provide an extensive network of cooperation and sharing of information with leading member law firms around the globe and enables Demarest to take on the most challenging cross-border international transactions and litigation cases.
Demarest leverages its international capabilities by providing legal advice to international companies seeking to invest in Brazil, as well as Brazilian companies intending to open business units around the globe. The firm’s foreign desks have particular knowledge and expertise in specific regions such as China, France, Germany, Korea, Portugal, Spain and Latin America, in addition to its established relation with the European Community and North America.
Clients: Demarest is recognised for its ability, initiative and dedication to provide responsible, efficient and high quality legal services to all of its clients doing business in Brazil and abroad. The firm advises numerous multinational companies and the largest Brazilian groups in a vast range of industries, such as, but not limited to: 3M, Air France, Azul Linhas Aéreas, Bacardi-Martini, BMW, Boehringer Ingelheim, Booking.com, BP, Braskem, British Telecom, Cencosud, Clariant, Deloitte, Diageo, Diebold-Nixdorf, Digital Realty, Dow, Eli Lilly, Goodyear, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Metro, Monsanto, Motorola, Nestlé, Netflix, Nike, Odebrecht, Pfizer, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Reckitt Benckiser, Qatar Petroleum, Latam, Time Warner, Unilever, Universal Studios, Visteon, Volkswagen, Votorantim and others. The firm also advises clients in matters involving private equity, investments and sovereign funds such as Banco BTG Pactual, GIC – Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore, Invepar, Morgan Stanley, KKR, OTPP Board, Vinci Capital, Vinci Partners among others.
Partners (66): Ana Carolina Botto Audi, Ana Paula Schedel, Andoni Hernández, André Alarcon, Antonio Carlos Gonçalves, Bruna Pacheco, Bruno Aurélio, Bruno Drago, Camila Biral, Carlo Verona, Carlos Eduardo Orsolon, Cássia Pizzotti, Catarina Rodrigues, Celso Xavier, Cesar Rossi Machado, Christiano Chagas, Cláudio Mattos, Daniel Andreoli, Daniel Caramaschi, Douglas Mota, Edimara Wieczorek, Eduardo Magrani, Eloy Rizzo Neto, Fabio Braga, Fabyola En Rodrigues, Gabriel Kuznietz, Gisele Barra Bossa, Guilherme Fontes Bechara, Guilherme Vieira da Silva, João Luis Almeida, João Paulo Minetto, José Diaz, Joyl Gondim, Kátia Zambrano, Lucas Tavares Bueno, Luciana Prado, Luciana Tornovsky, Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna, Marc Stalder, Marcelo Annunziata, Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Marcello Pedroso, Marcia Cicarelli, Maria Helena Bragaglia, Maurício Barros, Maurício Levy, Mauro Luz, Milena Mundim, Mônica Matarazzo, Newton Marzagão, Paola Pugliese, Paulo Coelho da Rocha, Priscila Faricelli, Rafael Gagliardi, Renato Canizares, Rodrigo Campos, Rodrigo Damazio, Rosilane Costa Barros, Sílvio Venosa, Thereza Montoro, Tatiana Campello, Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral, Thiago Giantomassi, Thiago Maia, Thiago Sandim, Victor Lopes.
Main areas of practice: Agribusiness; arbitration; aviation; banking and finance; bankruptcy/restructuring; capital markets; competition/antitrust; compliance; contracts; corporate/M&A; corporate criminal law; data privacy and cybersecurity; environment; government relations; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property and innovation; international trade/ WTO; labour and employment; life sciences; litigation; media, sports and entertainment; mining; oil and gas; power; product liability; projects/infrastructure; public law; real estate; shipping; social security; tax; telecommunications and technology; timberland investment; wealth and succession structuring and white-collar crime.
|Mergers and Acquisitions, Aviation||Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1547|
|Competition||Bruno Dragoemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1776|
|White Collar Defense and Investigations||Fabyola En Rodriguesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1738|
|Commercial Agreements||Cláudio Mattosemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1561|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Paulo Rochafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1822|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Thiago Sandimemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2085|
|Arbitration and Litigation, Energy||Rafael Gagliardifirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1576|
|Environment||Luiz Fernando Santemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1518|
|Mergers and Acquisitions, International Trade/WTO||José Diazfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1549|
|Insurance and Reinsurance, Mergers and Acquisitions||André Alarconemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1821|
|Intellectual Property and Innovation, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity||Tatiana Campellofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 21 3723 9851|
|Labor and Employment||Cássia Pizzottiemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1710|
|Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Bankruptcy||Celso Xavierfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1616|
|Oil and Gas||João Almeidaemail@example.com||+55 21 3723 9804|
|Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate||Lucas Tavares Buenofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1791|
|Social Security||Rodrigo Camposemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1732|
|Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity||Ana Carolina Botto Audifirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2115|
|Commercial Agreements||Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedelemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1892|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Andoni Hernandez Bengoafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2235|
|International Trade/WTO, Litigation and Arbitration||Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha Martinsemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2178|
|Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration||Carlo Veronafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1954|
|Tax||Carlos Eduardo Marino Orsolonemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2186|
|Tax||Catarina Rosa Rodriguesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1619|
|Tax||Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Meloemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2004|
|Competition||Daniel Oliveira Andreolifirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1679|
|Tax||Douglas Motaemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1888|
|Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax||Edimara Iansen Wieczorekfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 19 3123 4305|
|Banking and Finance||Fabio de Almeida Bragaemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1668|
|Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Bankruptcy||Guilherme Fontes Becharafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1763|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Guilherme Vieira da Silvaemail@example.com||+55 21 3723 9821|
|Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions||João Paulo Bueno Minettofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1626|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Joyl Gondim de Alencar Filhoemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1957|
|Tax||Katia Zambrano Mazloumfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1545|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Luciana Monteiro Cossermelli Tornovskyemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1671|
|Social Security||Marcello Pedroso Pereirafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1685|
|Intellectual Property and Innovation, Litigation and Arbitration||Marcelo Junqueira Inglez de Souzaemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2177|
|Tax||Marcelo Salles Annunziatafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2187|
|Insurance and Reinsurance||Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveiraemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1825|
|Litigation and Arbitration, Consumer Law||Maria Helena Ortiz Bragaglia Marquesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2158|
|Labor and Employment||Mauricio Rodrigo Tavares Levyemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1908|
|Tax||Mauro Ernesto Moreira Luzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1632|
|Litigation and Arbitration||Newton Coca Bastos Marzagãoemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1693|
|Competition||Paola Regina Pugliesefirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2084|
|Tax||Priscila Faricelli de Mendonçaemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1716|
|Labor and Employment||Renato Canizaresfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2173|
|Tax||Rodrigo Damazio de Miranda Ferreiraemail@example.com||+55 21 3723 9824|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Thereza Maria Sarfert Franco Montorofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1676|
|Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions||Thiago Giantomassi Medeirosemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1656|
|Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining||Thiago Rodrigues Maiafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2006|
|International Trade/WTO, Tax||Victor Bovarotti Lopesemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1692|
|Litigation and Arbitration||Silvio de Salvo Venosafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2033|
|Public and Regulatory||Bruno Aurélioemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1853|
|Compliance, Investigations||Eloy Rizzo Netofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 2240|
|Insurance and Reinsurance||Luciana Pradoemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2056|
|Real Estate||Marc Stalderfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1581|
|Competition||Milena Mundimemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2092|
|Labor and Employment||Mônica Matarazzofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1663|
|Government Relations||Antonio Carlos Guimarães Gonçalvesemail@example.com||+55 61 3243 1164|
|Intellectual Property and Innovation, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity||Eduardo Magranifirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 21 3723 9811|
|Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions||Bruna Toledo Pachecoemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2167|
|Commercial Contracts, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions||Daniel Caramaschifirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 19 3123-4309|
|Litigation and Arbitration||Cesar Rossi Machadoemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2196|
|Tax||Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaralfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1571|
|Energy and Natural Resources||Rosaline Costa Barrosemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 1353|
|Tax||Gisele Barra Bossafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3356 1809|
|Tax||Maurico Barrosemail@example.com||+55 11 3356 2150|
Staff FiguresOther fee-earners : 251 Total staff : 690
LanguagesEnglish Portuguese Spanish French German Japanese Korean Hebrew Chinese (Mandarin)
MembershipsELA (Employment Lawyers Association) Lex Mundi - The World's Leading Association of Independent Law Firms The Interlex Group
We maintain close ties with leading law firms which enables access to top-tier local expertise in every single jurisdiction. Besides certifying Demarest’s global service quality, these affiliations provides an extensive network of cooperation and sharing of information with all member law firms and enables Demarest to take on the most challenging cross-border international transactions and litigation cases.
Broad experience in cross-border transactions
Demarest is responsible for important domestic and cross-border transactions in a wide range of areas of business activities, especially those relating to mergers and acquisitions, project and structured finance, banking, securities, infrastructure, as well as concessions and privatizations.
Our lawyers are familiarized with practicing at an international level very early in their careers, through secondment programs at global law firms or LL.Ms in leading universities in Europe and the US.
- Corporate and M&A
- International trade
- Tax > Customs
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Competition and antitrust
- Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
- Dispute Resolution: Litigation
- Labour and employment
- Public law
- Real estate
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Tax > Tax advisory
- Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)
- Energy and natural resources > Mining
- Intellectual property
- Life sciences
- Projects and infrastructure
- Tax > Tax litigation
- TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy
- Transport: Aviation
- White-collar crime and investigations