Demarest Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Demarest Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001

Brazil > Banking and finance

Demarest Advogados has a highly experienced team, valued for its transactional and regulatory advice to banks, funds, and fintechs. The team, which is especially adept in open banking and the development of digital platforms, is led by the ‘exemplaryFabio de Almeida Braga. Braga possesses a strong track record in syndicated loans and debt restructurings, and is often retained by financial services companies in product launches. In addition to its regulatory work, the team is well positioned to handle a variety of transactional matters, including project and trade finance, securitisations, and structured products.

Practice head(s):

Fabio de Almeida Braga


‘The team delivers completely unique proposals.’

‘Partner Fabio Braga is an exemplary professional who delivers tailormade work.’

Key clients

SAAM Towage Brasil


Honda do Brasil Automóveis

Banco Honda

Yamaha Motor do Brasil

Banco Yamaha Motor do Brasil

Tecumseh do Brasil

Latam Airlines Group

Smart RJ

Sky Serviços de Banda Larga

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

GOL Linhas Aéreas

Ford Motor Company Brasil

NH Latam Investments & Securities

Stone Pagamentos

KEO World

Mosaico Negócios de Internet S.A|StartMeUp Crowdfunding Sistema para Investimentos Colaborativos


PNC Bank, National Association

Bank of America

Banco Agibank

Raiffeisen Bank Internacional

Companhia Mineira de Açúcar e Álcool – CMAA

Colbrás Indústria e Comércio (Softcaps group)

PGS Suporte Logístico e Serviços,(PGS Group)

Banco Inter

Establishment Labs Brasil Produtos para Saúde

Grupo Nuveen

Work highlights

  • Advised LATAM Airlines Group  and its Brazilian subsidiaries on matters of Brazilian law with respect to the group’s DIP-to-Exit Financing (DTE Financing).
  • Advising Ford Motor in the development of a new evergreen securitisation process through a new structure, which includes the creation of a credit assignment and securitisation for Ford Montadora and Banco Ford.
  • Acted as Brazilian legal counsel to Open Plaza Corp and others in a $506m credit agreement granted by AT&T Services to Open Plaza for the financing of its acquisition of certain companies previously belonging to AT&T Group.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 1

Drawing on its full-service structure, Demarest Advogados is noted for proposing ‘assertive and intelligent solutions’ to address clients’ compliance issues and concerns. Internal investigations are at the core of the practice, which regularly handles highly sensitive matters concerning corruption, fraud, moral and sexual harassment. The group is also a popular choice for clients, including companies from the healthcare, natural resources, energy and technology sectors, seeking assistance in investigations before the Brazilian General Comptroller Office (CGU) and administrative liability proceedings. Other areas of activity for the team include compliance due diligence in the context of M&A transactions, and, increasingly, asset tracing analyses. Co-head Eloy Rizzo is a ‘brilliant professional’, who ‘stands out for his extensive knowledge and experience in internal investigations’, with an emphasis on cross-border matters relating to possible violations of anti-corruption laws. Fellow co-leader Fabyola En Rodrigues has over 20 years’ experience in criminal defence matters. At senior associate level, André Luis Leme is well versed in administrative liability proceedings, while associate Victoria Arcos boasts significant experience in multijurisdictional anti-corruption and anti-fraud investigations.

Practice head(s):

Eloy Rizzo; Fabyola En Rodrigues


‘Demarest is a complete law firm with very competent lawyers focused on serving the client well. In addition to having a multidisciplinary team, it delivers fast and high-quality service. They are always on top of the main legislative changes and innovations in the compliance area.’

‘Eloy Rizzo is a brilliant professional, totally focused on the client’s needs. He has an incredible ability to understand the company’s problems and difficulties and bring assertive and personalised solutions. He is an admirable professional, one of those who do not keep knowledge to themselves, but share it with everyone. He delivers excellent quality advice that is straightforward and prompt. In addition, he is a super friendly and human person, who knows how to treat his clients very well.’

‘Eloy Rizzo is always concerned with serving the client in the best possible way.’

‘They propose assertive and intelligent solutions to solve problems. Quick in response. Solicitous and attentive for answers and meetings. Impeccable service.’

‘The compliance team is excellent, demonstrates technique and deep knowledge of the subject, in addition to excellent communication and availability.’

‘Eloy Rizzo: professional with a lot of national and international experience. He stands out for his extensive knowledge and experience in internal investigations. Always available.’

‘André Leme: professional with a lot of national experience. He stands out for his extensive knowledge og the implementation of compliance programmes, mainly policies, procedures and review/discussion of contractual compliance clauses.’

‘Eloy Rizzo brilliantly leads a team of professionals who complement each other. Dynamic, intelligent and humble lawyer. He is transparent and always available. André follows the same path and has everything to be an excellent leader as well.’

Key clients


Infection Reduction Partners (IRP)



Samsung SDS Latin America Tecnologia e Logística

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas (Oracle)

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

CNP Seguros Holding Brasil

Fujifilm do Brasil

Orthofix US

Etesco Construções e Comércio  (Etesco)

Cia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia – FERBASA

Takeda Distribuidora


Auren Energia

Work highlights

  • Assisted EcoRodavias with a court-mandated 32-month monitorship entered into as part of a leniency agreement.
  • Assisted Samsung SDS with the creation of a tailored programme to observe best practices for compliance and antitrust guidelines.
  • Assisted Oracle on a monthly basis with all aspects of several internal investigations.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: High-end Tier 1

Regularly turned to by a stellar roster of clients, comprising international and domestic companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other active participants in M&A, Demarest Advogados ‘provides practical, actionable advice’ and ‘innovative solutions’ in the context of high-value inbound and outbound transactions. In addition to its strong credentials in cross-border M&A, the group is particularly noted for its experience in deals involving publicly held companies, where it can draw on its strong regulatory and compliance skills. Corporate governance and M&A specialist Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky is well versed in cross-border transactions, including investments and joint ventures. With over two decades’ experience in corporate transactional matters, José Diaz maintains a broad practice centred on M&A, corporate reorganisations and international trade. Gabriel Kuznietz, who regularly acts for aviation and maritime clients, is also singled out for his experience in large-cap M&A. Brazilian household name companies, sovereign wealth and private equity funds routinely seek Thiago Sandim’s advice, while Ana Carolina Botto Audi excels in private equity and venture capital investments. Fábio Tayar and Marcelo Peloso – who focus on M&A, private equity work, and corporate reorganisations – are the stand out figures at the associate level. Since publication, the team has been reinforced by the arrival of Julia Visconti from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados in January 2024, and of João Busin from TozziniFreire Advogados in May 2024.


José Diaz always knows how to assemble the right team for a project. The team provides practical, actionable advice and is always looking for innovative solutions.

José Diaz is always willing to dig in and help, and provides business centric advice every step of the way.

In addition to technical knowledge involving other areas of law, the team has the ability to reconcile the interests of the parties involved, always finding an intelligent and viable alternative.

Key clients



Banco Inter

Alvarez & Marsal






Solum Partners



Zimmer Biomet

Syntagma Capital

Oaktree Capital


L Catterton

Aqua Capital


Shinagawa Refractories



Work highlights

  • Advised Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém on the sale of 100% of CSP shares to ArcelorMittal Brasil.
  • Assisted Syntagma Capital with the acquisition of the pulp business of Imerys for R$2bn.
  • Assisted CyrusOne in the sale of its entire stake in Odata to Aligned Data Centers.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 1

Singled out for its strong capabilities in non-contentious matters, Demarest Advogados boasts a ‘highly qualified‘ practice, which offers representation to national and international insurance and reinsurance companies. In addition to advising on corporate finance, M&A and regulatory compliance, the group also handles partnership and distribution agreements. Insurance disputes and substantial damage claims across various industries also feature on the workload. The ‘attentive, helpful, competent’ department head Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa De Oliveira often acts for insurers in high-stakes cases. Andre Alarcon is recommended for corporate matters, while the ‘excellentCamila Prado is a key contact for litigation. Laura Pelegrini, who is widely praised by clients, is a ‘reference lawyer in insurance and mediation/arbitration‘ mandates.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Cicarelli


‘Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira – attentive, helpful, competent, always looking for an alternative solution.’

‘Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira offers highly specialised consultancy and is always up-to-date with innovations and regulatory news in the market.’

‘Camila Prado – Excellent lawyer with vast knowledge of the law.’

‘Highly qualified team, availability and full knowledge of the market; strong focus on finding alternatives that really meet the expectations of the client.’

‘Laura Pelegrini – reference lawyer in insurance and mediation/arbitration, with an agile mindset and focused on serving the interests of the parties involved.’

‘The firm is very diligent and careful with the service provided.’

Key clients

Descartes |Insurance

Willis Tower Watson

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

Canadian Solar

Economus| Instituto de Seguridade Social

Qualicorp| Administradora de Benefícios

Banco ABC Brasil

EnergisaPrev| – Fundação Energia de Previdência

Junto Seguradora

Previnor| Associação de Previdência Privada


IRB Brasil Resseguros

Brit |Syndicate| BRT 2987

Central Nacional Unimed

BB Seguridade


XP Vida e |Previdência

Cesce| |Brasil| |Seguros


Fator| |Seguradora


Omint| |Seguros

Allianz Seguros

Liberty Seguros


CNP Seguros

Cardif| do Brasil Vida e Previdência

Howden Broking Group

Quinto Andar Serviços Imobiliários

Europ| |Assistance| Brasil Serviços de Assistência

Allied World Assurance Company

Renaissance Re

Navigators Re

AO3 |Tecnologia|

180 Seguros Empreendimentos e Participações

Beazley Group

Vitta |Tecnologia| |em| |Saúde

Pier Serviços |Digitais|

Coface| do Brasil Seguros de Crédito

Chubb Seguros

AIG Seguros


Swiss Re

Universal Assistance (Travel Ace)

Generali Brasil Seguros

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance

Seguros Sura

Berkley Seguros Brasil

Starr International Brasil

Axa| Group



Work highlights

  • Advised Generali Brasil on the negotiation and redesign of a commercial agreement with Banco BMG for the exclusive distribution of insurance products in BMG’s channels.
  • Defending Assurant Seguradora in a lawsuit commenced by Seguradora Líder do Consórcio do Seguro DPVAT concerning regulations and consortium rules of Brazil’s compulsory automobile insurance (DPVAT).
  • Advising a panel of reinsurers in the analysis of insurance coverage for a work-related accident where three stevedores died from oxygen depletion while unloading wood logs that were stored in the ship’s hold.

Brazil > International trade Tier 1

Demarest Advogados has a ‘top’ international trade team whose lawyers are ‘available to handle large dumping cases smoothly'. They advise on complex cases across a broad range of industries, such as automotive, manufacturing, steel, fashion, and food, and consistently appear in Brazil’s most significant trade remedies investigations. This includes assisting the Brazilian government on WTO matters, and advising on trade remedies cases initiated by other countries, including the United States, Europe, and Argentina. Practice head José Diaz is a popular name for anti-dumping disputes. Other key individuals include Victor Lopes, who is ‘very experienced in customs law’, Fernando Bueno, ‘an exceptional lawyer with outstanding strategic thinking and a great command of trade law’, and Camila Biral.

Practice head(s):

José Diaz


‘It is a top team, they are available to handle large dumping cases smoothly, and they are fast and savvy with their input.’

‘Fernando Bueno is an exceptional lawyer with outstanding strategic thinking and a great command of trade law. Victor Lopez is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable in customs law.’

‘The team is knowledgable, proactive and a pleasure to work with. They know what clients need and are able to deliver in a short time-frame.’

‘Fernando is a very professional litigator. He has attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

Key clients



Varian Medical Systems

Siemens Gamesa

Siemens Healthcare




Tiffany & Co.

Roche Diabetes Care


Integration Consulting

National Industry Confederation

Shenzhen Cotran New Material

Tecumseh do Brasil


Ge Healthcare


Work highlights

  • 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 the Brazilian Trade Remedies Authority on footwear products imported from China.
  • 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.
  • Representing CSN and Gerdau in a preliminary  investigation linked to the sunset review to be initiated against Chinese exports.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

Praised for its ‘technical skill‘ and ‘up-to-date knowledge’,  Demarest Advogados‘ labour practice acts for an impressive roster of domestic and multinational clients operating in a range of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and agribusiness. With strong credentials in both non-contentious and litigation matters, the practice is highly regarded for its work in collective bargaining, mass terminations, labour investigations and strategic lawsuits, including cases before the Labour Public Prosecution Office and public civil actions. Widely recommended by clients and peers alike, Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti is a strong performer in individual and collective labour matters. Pizzotti oversees the team with Renato Canizares, a key contact for start-ups. Other noteworthy individuals include Eduardo Alcantara, who assists companies from the retail, energy, consumer goods and technology segments in labour lawsuits, Maurício Levy, who also focuses on employment litigation, and Stella Castro, who joined from Pessoa Advogados in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Cássia Pizzotti

Renato Canizares


‘I strongly recommend hiring Demarest to provide legal services. Lawyers are approachable, humble, don’t mind explaining strategies and clarifying doubts. In addition, the technical driving is impeccable. All deadlines were met and legal tools well used.’

‘The firm has a strong name in the market and renowned professionals.’

‘Cássia Pizzotti is recognised for her competence.’

‘Amidst the pandemic scenario, the Demarest team was extremely assertive in its labour recommendations, managing to anticipate movements by the 3 powers (executive, legislative and judicial), without failing to quickly respond to its clients in the face of emergencies. Thanks to the recommendations, we did not have any negative feedback from authorities, unions or the employees themselves.’

‘In particular, I recommend Cássia Pizzotti. She is fast, available, has a broad view of the market, experience and is always up to date.’

‘Excellence in quality; technical and practical approach at the same time; direct and constant contact with its partners certainly set them apart.’

‘Technical skill, up-to-date knowledge, ability to put themselves in the clients’ shoes.’

Key clients

ADP Brasil

Roche Pharmaceuticals


Harley Davidson




Eli Lilly

Banco Pan






Maha Energy



Work highlights

  • Advised Benteler on a mass termination matter.
  • Advising ADP on the issuance of Ordinance 671 by the Labour Ministry in November 2021, which deeply changed the requirements for systems that control working hours, taking many payroll companies by surprise.
  • Representing AEC in a civil public action filed by the Labour Prosecutor’s Office, discussing the working hours of more than 2,000 employees and the payment of overtime.

Tax > Customs Tier 1

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Praised for its ‘creativity’ and ability to ‘add value’, Demarest Advogados‘ fields a team with ‘in-depth knowledge of the capital markets area and related legislation‘. Led by Thiago Giantomassi, the group shines in complex, first-of-a-kind debt and equity products, where it regularly acts for major banks, investment funds, and debt issuers. The group is present in an array of key industries, most notably agribusiness and energy, advising on a broad range of matters, from tokenised securities trading to high-profile US listings. Asset-backed securitisations and investment funds-related matters are other key strengths for the department. Joao Paulo Minetto possesses strong credentials on the equity side, while recently promoted partner Leticia Galdino Wanderley has notable experience in the investment funds space. The practice was reinforced in December 2023 by the arrival of three partners from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados: Paula Magalhães, Maiara Madureira and Luiz Felipe Eustaquio.

Practice head(s):

Thiago Giantomassi


‘The firm has a lot of creativity in conducting work. There is always a differentiated solution seeking to add value to our business.’

‘Extremely diligent, available and quick to carry out the contracted work.’

‘Letícia Galdino Wanderley is recommended. The partners have always provided special attention to the transactions, always making themselves available for discussions and contributions.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the capital markets area and related legislation, allowing advisory processes to flow quickly. This knowledge allowed the various parties interested in the process to feel comfortable using the firm as a central adviser in the process.’

‘The firm has always taken the lead in searching for solutions, clarifying doubts, presenting paths that have always been closely aligned with our company and business.’

‘Thiago Giantomassi has been our main partner, helping us build our paths.’

Key clients

Agro Quartzo Administração e Participações Sociedade Unipessoal

Banco Itaú BBA

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio

Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

UBS Brasil Corretora de Câmbio

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Modal

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco Yamaha Motor do Brasil

Banco XP

Caixa Econômica Federal

Companhia Mineira de Açúcar e Álcool Participações

Companhia de Locação das Américas

Concessionária de Iluminação Pública Conecta Aracaju

Concessionária de Iluminação Pública Conecta Feira de Santana

Czarnikow Group Limited

Czarnikow Brasil

Eco Securitizadora de Direitos Creditórios do Agronegócio

Farol Industria e Comercio

FazSol Energias Renováveis UFV 04

Indústria de Rações Patense

ISH Tech

Jive Investments Consultoria

Katrium Indústrias Químicas  Locamérica Rent a Car

WHG High Governance Capital

Alvarez & Marsal

Lupo , União Química

Ser Educacional


Banco Inter

BB Seguridade Participações , Nuveen LLC

Banco Bradesco BBI

Safra Assessoria Financeira

Banco J.P. Morgan

Banco Citbank

Ford Motor Company do Brasil

Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos


Minerva Dawn Farms Indústria e Comércio de Proteínas

Oaktree Capital Management

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

Syngenta Seeds

Vórtx Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários and XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio

Oaktree Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Assisted Inter and Inter Platform in the corporate reorganisation to allow its free float to migrate to a US listed entity.
  • Advised StartMeUp on the creation, within the CVM 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 XP Investimentos on São Martinho’s first registered offering in more than 10 years, involving over R$1bn of non-convertible project debentures.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Rated for its ‘legal technical background’ and ‘business understanding of antitrust-related matters’, Demarest Advogados is sought out by clients operating in a multitude of sectors – including healthcare, education and technology – for its expertise in merger approvals and behavioural investigations. Recognised for his work in the negotiation of complex leniency agreements, settlements and divestiture orders, Daniel Oliveira Andreoli is also engaged in high-profile abuse of dominance cases. He jointly leads the group with Bruno Drago, who possesses over 20 years’ experience in merger control, cartel cases and unilateral conduct investigations. Marco Antônio Fonseca is recommended for investigations and merger review cases. Former co-heads Paola Pugliese and Milena Mundim left the firm in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Andreoli; Bruno Drago


‘The team members are very cooperative and open to discuss.’

‘Informative and quick to respond.’

‘Bruno Drago and his team are very responsive. It is worth mentioning that, due to the full-service structure of the firm, there is always the possibility of engaging other teams when the matter goes beyond competition law.’

‘The service provided by the team (composed of Bruno Drago and Marco Antônio Fonseca) has been excellent and very complete.’

‘They have a very good legal technical background as well as a business understanding of antitrust-related matters.’

‘Demarest has spectacular knowledge and timely responses. Bruno Drago and Marco Antônio Fonseca form a well-prepared and cohesive team.’

Key clients

ANIP – Associação Nacional da Indústria de Pneumáticos





Bayer AG






M. Dias Branco

União Química

SAAM Towage

Parker Hannifin


Volkswagen Financial Services

Drogaria São Paulo

MS Amlin

Ferrero Rocher

Sumitomo Chemical

Furukawa Electric




Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group BV (Motherson Group)

SAS Autosystemtechnik GMBH (Faurecia)

Generali Seguros

Work highlights

  • Assisting Heineken in its complaint to CADE against Ambev’s anti-competitive conducts in the beer market.
  • Acting for NielsenIQ and GfK in the merger of both companies.
  • Representing Bayer as a defendant in Brazil’s first administrative proceeding focused on anticompetitive conducts related to the labour market and discussions of human resources information.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

Clients operating in a host of industry sectors, including mining, forestry, agribusiness, banking, aviation, chemicals, energy, real estate and consumer goods, regularly seek Demarest Advogados‘ advice on the entire spectrum of environmental and ESG matters, ranging from sustainable investments to administrative and judicial proceedings. The team is well positioned to advise on the environmental implications of market-leading M&A and capital markets deals, but is also engaged in high-profile cases involving industrial landfill disputes, air and odour emissions, as well as environmental licensing, protected areas and indigenous peoples’ rights. On the advisory front, the group demonstrates extensive experience in emerging issues, such as carbon credits, reverse logistics and the circular economy. Luiz Sant’Anna, a leading lawyer in the environmental law sphere in Brazil, handles transactional, regulatory, administrative, judicial and criminal mandates, standing out for his knowledge of take-back systems and crisis management. Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo, who heads the firm’s ESG group, frequently advises on environmental licensing, climate change, carbon credits and liability issues. Senior associate Nicholas Krajnc, who joined from Vale in January 2023, is proficient in biodiversity, contaminated areas and waste management.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Sant’Anna; Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo


‘Professional competence; clarity in explanations and cordiality in client service.’

‘Constant search for innovation in the environmental area.’

‘Fernanda Stefanello stands out.’

‘I’d highlight Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna and Fernanda Stefanelo.’

‘The Demarest Advogados team has a deep knowledge of the environmental sector both at the Federal and State levels. Being a highly complex sector, the Demarest Advogados team provides a clear vision of delivering adequate solutions to the needs of its clients.’

‘Experienced team that meets deadlines.’

Key clients

JP Morgan


CGG do Brasil Participações

Murphy Brasil Exploração e Produção de Petróleo e Gás

Oaktree Capital Management

Syntagma Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted JP Morgan with ESG compliance regulations, as well as all legal and regulatory requirements that a Brazilian financial institution of its calibre must follow.
  • Assisted CGG in negotiations before Brazil’s Federal Environmental Agency regarding the innovative offshore seismic survey activities developed by the company at water basins in Espírito Santo and Maranhão.
  • Providing joint support to Braskem, alongside Milaré Advogados, in discussions with environmental agencies and the public prosecutor’s office, which have been investigating the companies of the Capuava Petrochemical Complex in the ABC region of São Paulo.

Brazil > Public law Tier 2

Nationally renowned‘ full-service law firm Demarest Advogados is geared to assist clients with the whole spectrum of public procurement work, from competitive biddings and concessions to project development and administrative litigation. Prominent in a wide range of segments, including sanitation, transport and waste management, the team has notable experience handling administrative improbity proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts. Recommended for complex infrastructure projects, PPPs and privatisations, Bruno Aurélio shares the practice’s leadership with telecoms specialist Tomás Paiva. In January 2023, the team was strengthened by the promotions of concession and PPPs expert Renan Sona and Izabella Reis, who focuses on the mining sector, to partner.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Aurélio; Tomás Paiva; Renan Sona


‘The team is highly committed to delivery and always willing to discuss as much as possible the approach strategies to be implemented.’

‘Bruno Aurélio and Renan Sona are recommended for their professionalism, expertise and commitment to deliveries.’

‘The team is always ready to assist with client solutions, seeking a balance between the law and expectations. A nationally renowned firm which is a reference in terms of performance.’

‘Bruno Aurélio is a professional with extensive experience in public law, promoting solutions in the most complex situations of public and private relationships, establishing fundamental equity in public affairs.’

Key clients

Aena Desarollo Internacional

Bloco de Onze Aeroportos do Brasil


CMPC Celulose

Neltume Ports

Dix Empreendimentos

Agemar Empreendimentos e Participações

Ecorodovias Concessões e Infraestrutura


Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações

Cargill Agrícola

Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

Concessionária Rodovia Tamoios

HCC Projetos Elétricos

Smart RJ Concessionária de Iluminação Pública

Empresa Concessionária de Rodovias do Sul (Ecosul)


Empresa de Planejamento e Logística (EPL)

BRK Ambiental

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)

Concessionária de Iluminação Pública Conecta Aracaju

Concessionária de Iluminação Pública Conecta Feira de Santana

Concessionaria De Iluminação Publica Conecta Campinas

Parques Fundo de Investimento em Participações em Infraestrutura

Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica

TB Serviços, Transporte, Limpeza, Gerenciamento e Recursos Humanos

Alya Construtora

Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais

Work highlights

  • Advised Nova Norte Consortium on a public auction for the concession of public services regarding the expansion, maintenance and operation of airports.
  • Represented Conecta Campinas Consortium in the public bid for a PPP, involving the development, modernisation, expansion, energy efficiency, operation and maintenance of the municipal public lighting network of Campinas.
  • Advised Ecorodovias Concessões e Infraestrutura on an international tender for the concession of public services for the expansion, operation, conservation, and maintenance of the Lote Noroeste Paulista motorway system.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Demarest Advogados has a ‘very good practice in all areas’ of real estate, providing investors, developers, banks and investment funds with comprehensive support in related transactional, regulatory, litigation, insurance, tax and environmental issues. This expertise extends to a wide selection of urban and rural asset classes, including offices, residential, agribusiness, forestry, mining, logistics and retail. Key partners include Marc Stalder, an ‘excellent lawyer’ who excels in the structuring of real estate developments, consortium transactions and acquisitions of land. Practice co-heads Lucas Tavares Bueno, who has over two decades’ experience in real estate deals, timberland investments and agribusiness, and Thiago Giantomassi, who leads on financing transactions involving real estate assets, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Lucas Tavares Bueno; Thiago Giantomassi; Marc Stalder


‘Very good practice in all areas. Serves me very well in real estate law.’

‘Marc Stalderis an excellent lawyer in real estate law.’

‘Demarest offers sound legal support.’

‘Marc Stalder is our go-to partner in terms of real estate matters. He truly partners with us on any challenge there is, always showing proactivity to find solutions.’

‘Proximity to the client. The team proposes alternatives that comply with the law and also meet client expectations.’

‘Marc Stalder is extremely dedicated, approachable and pro-business.’

‘Demarest Advogados team has very useful knowledge of the real estate segment.’

Key clients

Cidade Matarazzo

Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social

Ldc Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Yamaha Motor

Log Commercial Properties




Sylvamo Do Brasil

Lucio Engenharia

UNICO Gestão De Investimentos

CBIC – Camara Brasileira da Indústria da Construção

C&A Modas

GTIS Partners


Emusa do Brasil


Santa Genebra

JMX Conciva








Greenwood Resources

7 Bridges Brazil

Jive Investments

Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo

Companhia Melhoramentos

Procter & Gamble

Consciente Construtora

Itaú BBA

Santander Asset

XP Investimentos


Fundo de Investimentos em Direitos Creditórios Complementar Auto-Ford

3R Petróleo

Fiven Brasil

X-Elio Energy

Eliane Produtos Cerâmicos

Sinagro Produtos Agropecuários

Work highlights

  • Advised Mohawk Industries on the acquisition of the Elizabeth Group.
  • Advised Yamaha on a complex acquisition linked to an old industrial unit in Guarulhos.
  • Advised P&G on the sale of its industrial plant located in the city of Rio de Janeiro to Cury, a large Brazilian real estate developer.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Demarest Advogados is a popular choice for major debtors and creditors seeking legal support in contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Commended for its ‘ability to solve multiple problems’ and competence in handling ‘extremely complex cross-border transactions’, the group is well versed in international work involving Chapter 11 and 15 filings in the US, as well as DIP financings and distressed M&A. Practice head Guilherme Fontes Bechara is an ‘outstanding professional’ with ‘enormous respect and recognition in the sector’. In May 2023, former partner Celso Xavier left to establish a new firm, Xavier Gagliardi Inglez Verona Schaffer.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Bechara


‘The availability of the firm, ability to solve multiple problems, logistical organisation and problem-solving abilities differentiate its from its competitors.’

‘Guilherme Fontes Bechara, has high negotiation and problem-solving skills.’

‘I am a great admirer of the work of Demarest’s restructuring and insolvency team. The team provided an excellent service and showed its full ability and competence to handle extremely complex cross-border transactions.’

‘I would like to highlight the work of Guilherme Fontes Bechara, a partner, who is an outstanding professional. In addition to being a reference in the area, Guilherme is always available and makes the client feel as if they were the only one, guiding us with precision and simplicity.’

‘Demarest Advogados (Guilherme Bechara) is very active in the corporate recovery and insolvency area, acting for both debtors and creditors. He has extensive experience in the litigation area and leads matters of a transactional nature with great ease.’

‘Guilherme Bechara is an excellent lawyer. He has enormous respect and recognition in the sector.’

Key clients

Everis Spain, SLU

Quadra Capital

Roca Group

Carlisle Fluid Technologies

Jive Investments

Banco Modal

Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank (and affiliates)

LATAM Airlines Group

Hill International

Caixa Econômica Federal

Work highlights

  • Acted as Brazilian counsel to LATAM Airlines Group in all matters related to the Chapter 11 cases filed in the Southern District of New York.
  • Advised LATAM Airlines Group on the Brazilian law aspects of the debtor-in-possession (DIP) and exit financing valued at $3.925 billion in the context of the Chapter 11 cases.
  • Assisted Caixa Econômica Federal in the restructuring of the project finance debt of Arena Itaquera.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2

The tax team at Demarest Advogados stands out for its ‘always impeccable service and deep knowledge of the subjects’. The strong bench of lawyers offers expertise across all contentious and non-contentious tax disciplines, often acting for household companies in large-cap transactions and proceedings before the superior courts. Indirect tax specialist Douglas Mota, who is a key contact for clients from the retail, manufacturing and electricity industries, leads the team. Direct tax expert Carlos Eduardo Orsolon specialises in tax planning, tax restructuring and administrative litigation, while newly promoted partner Roberto Casarini is active in transactional matters and praised for his ‘technical quality and speed of service’. Thiago Amaral is singled out for his experience in administrative litigation and ‘huge knowledge of the market’. Other key individuals include Marcello Pedroso, a name to note for payroll tax, Victor Lopes, who focuses on customs issues, Marcelo Salles Annunziata and Priscila Faricelli, both of whom concentrate on judicial disputes. Since publication, Mauricio Barros has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Mota


‘Client service and expertise in the most diverse areas of Brazilian and international law.’

‘The great difference between Demarest and its competitors is the always impeccable service and deep knowledge of the subjects dealt with.’

‘The tax department at Demarest is extremely good, with the best professionals in the market, always acting proactively, identifying the best opportunities for us, as well as carrying out the best consultations and opinions thinking from the company’s perspective.’

‘The partner Thiago Amaral is an example of a professional. He is extremely dedicated to his clients, and has a huge knowledge of the market.’

‘Partners Roberto Casarini is a professional who values the technical quality and speed of the services he provides.’

‘Partner Carlos Eduardo has a unique ability to translate tax risks into practical impacts on clients’ businesses.’

‘We felt extremely safe with the support and at all times, from scheduling the meeting to invoicing, the service was perfect.’

‘Carlos Eduardo Orsolon is extremely competent and committed to the excellence of work.’

Key clients



Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos Ltda




Falabella / Construdecor


Companhia Nitro



Grand Cru/Evino

Banco Inter


Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade

Diebold Nixdorf (Procomp)


Chevron Oronite


Jaguar / Land Rover





BTG Pactual

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sky in a dispute involving CIDE (Contribuição sobre Intervenção no Domínio Econômico).
  • Advised Viveo on the tax aspects of multiple corporate acquisitions.
  • Representing ABPI as amicus curiae in the leading case to avoid services taxes over assignments of trademark use.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms Tier 2

The telecoms practice at Demarest Advogados is led by Tomás Filipe Schoeller Paiva, who joined from Mundie e Advogados in February 2022 to kick-start the sector-focused team. A number of leading players from the telecoms industry turn to the firm (praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of regulations) for advice on the gamut of mandates, including regulatory issues, commercial agreements, contracts, transactions and cases before ANATEL. Paiva possesses ‘robust knowledge of the sector‘, bringing over 17 years of experience in telecoms regulation, new technologies and infrastructure. Senior associate Vitor Amorim Mendonça Alves, whose ‘great technical knowledge‘ is rated by clients, and associate Mauricio Carotenuto handle the full array of telecoms-related matters; both joined in early 2022 from Mundie e Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Filipe Schoeller Paiva


‘A firm with a great team dedicated to the telecoms sector. It has in-depth knowledge of regulations, prompt service, and solutions for current issues faced by the industry.’

‘Tomás Filipe Schoeller Paiva is an excellent lawyer, absolutely versatile and dedicated to his profession. He is always willing to provide prompt assistance.’

‘The lawyers’ knowledge of the market is a great asset. We can always count on valuable insights from the sector, which contributes to the structuring of new business models. The biggest difference makers are its business vision and extremely innovative guidance. We can always count on the team for innovative and conscious solutions about new practices in the sector.’

‘Tomás Filipe Schoeller Paiva is brilliant, practical and innovative. He brings great insights and guidance, while having robust knowledge of the sector. It’s a privilege to be able to work with someone so brilliant, who can absorb and externalise so much knowledge and think outside the box. He is also a hard-working, organised, available, and committed professional with an excellent sense of urgency.’

‘Vitor Amorim Mendonça Alves has great technical knowledge and a lot of resourcefulness to help develop strategies. He is helpful, innovative, fast and assertive.’

‘Mauricio Carotenuto is a growing professional who is taking on bigger projects. He has a good technical knowledge and an innovative outlook.’

‘Tomás Paiva stands out as someone who effectively inaugurated the TMT area at the firm, bringing a 360 view of the market. Always accessible and in tune with what is happening in the market, his advice is a vital resource for our legal team.’

‘By adding Tomás Paiva as a partner, Demarest began to consolidate a solid TMT practice.’

Key clients


Algar Telecom



American Tower



Seja Digital

SBA Towers






Associação Neo



Grupo Alares

The Walt Disney Company

Novus Midia (CNN Brasil)

Work highlights

  • Advising Globenet and V.tal on the $2.6bn transaction that resulted in the incorporation of Globenet by V.tal.
  • Assising Algar in a regulatory dispute regarding the access and use of roaming inputs by regional carriers.
  • Assisting Febraban in matters related to ANATEL’s efforts to combat abusive telemarketing calls, which had harmful impacts on banking activity.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

The well-rounded energy and natural resources practice at Demarest Advogados provides ‘outstanding services‘ in the structuring of projects, layered regulatory matters and litigation in the electricity sector. The team of ‘highly qualified professionals‘ is well versed in big-ticket M&A and in the development of generation, distribution and transmission projects, and is also prepared to advise clients on the implementation of self-production and distributed generation structures. Singled out for her ‘distinct sectorial knowledge‘, Rosi Costa Barros steers the team in an array of transactional and regulatory matters related to the power segment. Thaís Tarelho focuses on litigation and non-contentious matters involving power companies. Guilherme Pahl is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Rosi Costa Barros


‘Outstanding services provided, meeting all expectations regarding knowledge of related topics and diligence in identifying risks and opportunities in the businesses and contracts evaluated.’

‘Rosi Costa Barros: distinct sectorial knowledge, and great interpersonal relationship with the client.’

‘The work developed by the team is of the highest quality, explained by the documents produced, which always address all aspects involving the subject in question.’

‘Demarest’s team is made up of highly qualified professionals, who combine the knowledge of a law firm with the experience of in-house professionals. They are able to provide support in the most varied areas of law, and their professionals are highly integrated, ensuring that they are not isolated silos, but a single office.’

‘Rosi Barros is one of the main partners in the energy sector in Brazil; she is extremely knowledgeable of regulations and cases in the segment, which facilitates any discussions. Thais Tarelho is an exceptional associate, whose previous experience allows her to easily understand the problems faced by companies in order to translate them into high-quality services.’

Key clients

Engie Brasil Energia

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

Âmbar Energia

Rubi Energia

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio – CBA

Energia Sustentável do Brasil – ESBR

Cobra Energia

Companhia Hidrelétrica de Teles Pires

Energética Água de Pedra

CPFL Energia

CERAN – Companhia Energética Rio das Antas

Foz do Chapecó Energia

BAESA – Baesa Energética

ENERCAN – Campos Novos Energia

Quantum (Brookfield)

Aurora Energia

Gold Energia

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Equinor Energy do Brasil

Heineken – HNK BR Indústria de Bebidas

Work highlights

  • Advising AEGEA Saneamento on the structuring and implementation of a self-generation power project to supply power to its operational units (sanitation concessionaires).
  • Advised the partners of Vista Alegre on the negotiations for the sale of the totality of its equity interest in Vista Alegre and fourteen of its subsidiaries to Atlas Brasil Energia Holding 3.
  • Advising Navi on partnership agreements with several players for future investments in the development of distributed generation projects.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Covering the gold, copper, iron, aluminium and nickel segments, Demarest Advogados acts for mining and metals companies in strategic M&A, joint ventures and commercial agreements. The multidisciplinary team, which blends corporate, finance and tax expertise, has notable experience in administrative appeals related to infraction notices and forfeiture procedures, and environmental and insurance matters in the context of mining incidents. Practice co-head Izabella Reis, who was welcomed to the partnership in January 2023, is a key contact for mining regulations, due diligence, mining concessions and litigation. Fellow co-leader Thiago Maia, who concentrates his practice on M&A and private equity deals, is particularly active in the acquisition and divestment of mining assets. Co-chair Paulo Coelho da Rocha is another practitioner to note for M&A and corporate governance. Guilherme Kawano stands out at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Rocha; Thiago Maia; Izabella Reis

Key clients




Eliane – Revestimentos Cerâmicos

Mohawk Industries

Tronox Pigmentos do Brasil

São Martinho

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA)

Arcelor Mittal



Work highlights

  • Acted as Brazilian counsel to Syntagma Capital in the acquisition of most of Imerys’ assets which produce kaolin, ground calcium carbonate (GCC), precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) and talc.
  • Advised Tronox Pigmentos on the regulatory aspects related to the closure of the Guaju Mine located in the state of Paraíba.
  • Assisted Eliane in a contentious matter involving a mine exploitation permit.

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3

Combining its in-depth knowledge of new technologies and IP, Demarest Advogados is adept at advising on a range of IP mandates, with a keen focus on transactions, agreements and portfolio management. Standing out for its expertise in trade marks, the firm has recently expanded its patent workload, which now features prosecution and infringement matters. Leading the practice is ‘the extremely knowledgeableTatiana Campello, who brings together a wealth of experience in IP, technology and data privacy. In addition to advising on the protection of IP rights and assets, senior associate Camila Garcindo Dayrell Garrote is also active in administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Campello


‘It’s a firm in which we recognise the quality of service and the experience of lawyers. Tatiana Campello is extremely knowledgeable of matters and the team is always available, willing to clarify on issues and provide necessary information.’

‘The team is very dedicated, always available, accessible, friendly and knowledgeable of IP.’

‘In the last years, we worked with some professionals from Demarest for different issues, and all of them demonstrated a very good knowledge of the work done. For licensing issues, Tatiana Campello is always my reference.’

Key clients

Pirelli Pneus

Prometeon Tyre Group Industria Brasil

Stoller do Brasil

AO3 Tecnologia

Joy Global

Companhia de Cimento Alvorada

Valinge Innovation



Go Sharp

Diebold Nixdorf

U.S Silica Company

Envision Digital International and Shanghai Envision Digital

Ser Educacional

Rimini Street


Procomp Indústria Eletrônica

SL Cereais e Alimentos

Panasonic Avionics

Instituto Promundo

Instituto Akatu

Saputo Cheese


Log-In Logística Intermodal


Work highlights

  • Assisting Sinovac in the prosecution of a new trade mark in Chile.
  • Advising M8 Pharmaceuticals on the clearance, use and protection of over 10 different new trade marks.
  • Provides advice on the management of ICM’s patent portfolio.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

The ‘highly committed team‘ at Demarest Advogados is often called upon by an array of domestic and international stakeholders looking for guidance in all steps of the financing and development of significant projects in the energy, mining, transport, logistics and social infrastructure segments. Besides its strong credentials in project finance and development, the team is also often engaged in public law-related mandates, including bid processes, concessions, PPP agreements and sector-specific disputes. Practice head Bruno Aurélio is singled out for his experience in regulated industries; he is the main point of contact in the team for government projects. Thiago Giantomassi focuses on capital markets transactions, having recently advised on the issuance of debt securities. Renan Sona Silva, who was welcomed to the partnership in January 2023, regularly assists in project development, competitive bids and related litigation. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Marina Ferraz Aidar, Maria Virginia Mesquita Nasser and Luana Komatsu Falkenburger from Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Aurélio


‘Highly committed team and always willing to discuss as much as possible the strategies to be implemented.’

‘The firm is highly qualified, the lawyers are committed and provide total legal security in their guidelines/opinions.’

‘Bruno Aurélio and Renan Sona stand out for their professionalism, expertise and commitment to the client.’

‘Bruno Aurélio – his high level of knowledge of this area generates confidence and credibility.’

Key clients

Smart Rj Concessionaria De Iluminação Publica


Aena Brasil


Socicam Administração, Projetos E Representações

Pátria Investimentos/ Entrevias

Ecorodovias Concessões E Serviços


Algar Telecom

BRK Ambiental Participações


Meta (Facebook Brasil)

Cargill Agrícola

Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios

Cobra Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Socicam Infraestrutura


Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)

Empresa de Planejamento e Logística (EPL)

TB Serviços, Transporte, Limpeza, Gerenciamento e Recursos Humanos

Virgin Orbit

Associação Brasileira De Concessionárias De Rodovias (ABCR)

Sagres Agenciamentos Marítimos


Empresa Concessionaria De Rodovias Do Sul

HCC- Projetos Eletricos

Parques Fundo de Investimento em Participações em Infraestrutura

Work highlights

  • Advised Smart RJ, its shareholders and Rio Smart Lighting on the issuance, by Rio Smart, of Senior Secured Notes, in the amount of R$925m, under the terms of Rule 144A / Regulation S, due 2032.
  • Assisted Socicam Infraestrutura e Participações in the bid for the concession of public services regarding the expansion, operation and maintenance of 22 regional airports, divided into two blocks (Northwest and Southeast).
  • Acted for Consortium CONECTA Campinas in the public tender for the PPP involving the development, modernisation, expansion, energy efficiency, operation and maintenance of the municipal public lighting network of Campinas.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Rated for its 'deep technical knowledge', the data protection, cybersecurity and technology-focused practice at Demarest Advogados is retained by multinationals which manage large volumes of data and seek regular advice on LGPD-related compliance issues and risk management. The team is well equipped to handle the data protection implications of corporate transactions, and data breaches. Leading the practice is Tatiana Campello, who combines her privacy, technology and cybersecurity knowledge to assist a wide range of clients in all their data privacy issues, including AI-related matters. Associate Cecília Cunha is well versed in a variety of data privacy and anti-corruption mandates. Eduardo Magrani is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Campello


‘Feedback is very fast and high quality. Very professional in data compliance and personal information related issues.’

‘Deep technical knowledge, comprehensive approach, high adaptation between knowledge and demand to optimise deliverables.’

‘Tatiana Campello stands out for her sector knowledge, promptness, deep involvement in work, and continuous search for innovation.’

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 3

Full-service Demarest Advogados stands out for its in-depth understanding of the aviation industry, where it acts for a multitude of clients, ranging from airline carriers and aircraft manufacturers to engineering companies and governmental bodies. The aviation team is adept in corporate, financing and liability matters, and benefits from the firm’s strong corporate practice, which makes it well placed to handle M&A involving international airlines and its regulatory requirements. Other areas of expertise include restructurings of international airlines. Drawing on his previous in-house experience at major aviation companies, Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz frequently acts in European and Latin American cross-border transactions. Bruno Aurélio is also a key member of the team and provides advice on infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz

Key clients

LATAM Airlines Group

Aerolíneas Argentinas / Austral / Aerolíneas Cargo

Gol Linhas Aéreas Atividades de Internet Ltda / Mercado Envios Serviços de Logística

Delta Airlines

Iberia Líneas Aéreas

Virgin Orbit

Air France / KLM

Embraer / Eleb / Savis

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

Work highlights

  • Working with LATAM Airlines Group and its US Counsel in a dispute concerning the confirmation of the client’s restructuring plan.
  • Assisted Mercado Livre in the negotiation and execution of a long-term services agreement with Gol Linhas Aereas.
  • Helped Virgin Orbit obtain an operator’s licence for an air-launched rocket system and advised the client on the incorporation of its Brazilian subsidiary, Virgin Orbit Brazil.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3

One of the first full-service firms to create a dedicated white-collar crime group, Demarest Advogados has a wealth of experience in acting in the defence of companies and individuals in criminal investigations and sensitive cases, including financial, tax, cyber and environmental crimes, as well as matters involving corruption, bid rigging and money laundering. The highly recommended Fabyola En Rodrigues is retained by major companies and high-ranking executives seeking representation in criminal law cases, government investigations and enforcement proceedings. She leads the practice, which also includes Larissa Borges Guimarães, who specialises in anti-corruption, anti-bribery and compliance matters, and Aline de Oliveira Silva.

Practice head(s):

Fabyola En Rodrigues


‘The excellence in quality, the technical and practical approach, and the direct and constant contact with its partners certainly set the team apart.’

‘Fabyola en Rodrigues is recommended.’

‘Experienced, available and efficient professionals.’

Key clients

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Consultores

Grupo Baumgart

Bacardi Martini do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Zimmer Biomet


E-Frame Tecnologia e Negócios

Phibro Saúde Animal Internacional

E H Silva Oliveira

Mitsui & Co

Jaguar e Land Rover Brasil

ServCarter International

Sodexo do Brasil Comercial

Syngenta Seeds

Unimed Seguradora


Associación de Fútbol Argentino – AFA

Rede Internacional de Universidades Laureat

Akzo Nobel

Carlisle Fluid Technologies

Motorola Mobility Comércio de Produtos Eletrônicos

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bacardi Martini do Brasil Indústria e Comércio in an investigation launched in 2014 regarding the possible involvement of companies from the beverage sector in a criminal organisation for tax evasion against the State Treasury of Santa Catarina.
  • Defending the director of E-Frame Tecnologia e Negócios in an investigation named “Operation Sovrapprezzo”, an offshoot of the Car Wash Operation that investigates an alleged fraud scheme.
  • Successfully defending the CEO of Agro Amazônia in a criminal lawsuit for the practice of fraud in the agribusiness sector.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 4

Demarest Advogados handles a variety of arbitration proceedings before both domestic and international arbitral bodies. Core areas of activity for the team include corporate and contractual disputes, as well as cases involving the construction and infrastructure sectors. Camila Biral, who frequently acts for clients in litigation and arbitration cases arising from contractual, IP and corporate disputes, and Amanda Sampaio, who is a qualified dispute resolution lawyer in Brazil and New York, are now the main points of contact in the department. The firm experienced a major blow when former practice heads Celso Xavier , Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Rafael Gagliardi, and partners Carlo Verona and Daniel Kaufman left the firm in May 2023. Post publication, the dispute resolution practice was reinforced by the arrival of Ricardo Aprigliano as partner and the incorporation of Aprigliano Advogados in December 2023.

Key clients



Banco BTG



General Electric

Gol Linhas Aéreas

Andritz Hydro


Grupo Cobra/Vinci




Canadian Solar

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Praise by clients for its ‘technical quality‘ and ‘excellence in client service‘, Demarest Advogados routinely represents a plethora of multinational companies operating in a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, commodities, energy, infrastructure and financial services, in high-stakes litigation before judicial and administrative courts. The practice attracts a steady stream of standalone work, including high-end contractual, corporate and civil disputes, and is well positioned to advise on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Amanda Sampaio, who is dual qualified in Brazil and New York, splits her practice between judicial proceedings, arbitration and pre-litigation matters, and Fernanda Leão were promoted to partner in January 2022. The team experienced a major change when former practice heads Celso Xavier, Marcelo Inglez de Souza and Rafael Gagliardi and partner Daniel Kaufman left in May 2023. Post publication, the dispute resolution practice was reinforced by the arrival of Ricardo Aprigliano as partner and the incorporation of Aprigliano Advogados in December 2023.


‘I have been using Demarest’s litigation services for some years now and they always surprise me with the technical quality of the service provided and the excellence in client service.’

Key clients

Martins Comércio E Serviços De Distribuição

Asics Brasil Distribuição E Comércio De Artigos Esportivos

Brown International Corporation

Formula One World Championship Limited


Meta (formerly Facebook)


CVC Viagens e Turismo

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

Grupo SBF/Centauro

Comfrio Group

Ecogen Brasil

Work highlights

  • Representing Vale and some of its former and current officers in an application for early production of evidence filed by an individual with the State Courts of São Paulo in a $2.5bn case.
  • Representing Martins Comércio e Serviços de Distribuição in a contractual dispute to collect pending amounts by Martins and challenge indemnification requested by Magazine Luiza.
  • Representing Asics in a dispute for nullification of three decisions involving indemnifications granted in favour of previous distributors and agents.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4

Upstream, midstream and downstream clients routinely turn to Demarest Advogados for assistance in high-end transactions and regulatory matters. In addition to advising on bidding rounds promoted by the ANP and asset deals, the firm is also proficient in the development of onshore and offshore projects, matters involving fuel distribution and disputes related to carbon credits. The oil and gas practice is under the joint leadership of David Meiler, who acts for large and independent oil companies and service providers in this space, and João Luis Almeida, ‘an excellent professional’ in M&A, farm-outs, financings and regulatory matters in the upstream segment. Senior associate Roberta Batalha has recently been engaged in pre-salt bid rounds and several transactional matters. Bárbara Bittencourt left the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Meiler; João Luis Almeida


‘In addition to being a firm of recognised professional qualification in various areas, Demarest provides us with valuable services in the oil and gas area, through the team led by David Meiler, with whom we have a very longstanding and very positive relationship.’

‘The firm has a differentiated expertise, and partners with high technical commitment.’

‘João Almeida is an excellent professional and distinguishes himself from his competitors by his technical capacity.’

Key clients


3R Petroleum Óleo E Gas

Murphy Oil Corporation

Transportadora Sulbrasileira De Gás – Tsb

World Fuel (Terrana)

Petrom Produção De Petroleo E Gas

Petroleum Geo-Services

Royal Fic


National Oilwell Varco

Maha Energy

CHC Helicopters

Noble Energy

Maersk Supply Services

Etesco Construções E Comércio


Work highlights

  • Advised QatarEnergy as a bidder in the 2nd Transfer of Rights Surplus Bidding Round promoted by ANP.
  • Advised QatarEnergy as a bidder in the Production Sharing Open Acreage promoted by ANP, regarding blocks located in the pre-salt area.
  • Acted for Maersk Drilling in the negotiations with Shell Brasil for the chartering of the drilling unit Maersk Developer (semi-submersible platform DSS-21).

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 4

The 'highly qualified and experienced team' at Demarest Advogados acts for domestic and international companies from the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, animal health, medicine, healthcare and biochemical industries. With a multidisciplinary approach, the practice is well positioned to handle the full array of life sciences mandates, including interactions with ANVISA. Showcasing notable strength in biotech work, Claudio Mattos is particularly skilled in regulatory matters involving bio-controlled substances and genetically modified organisms. Bruno Aurélio, a key contact for tobacco and healthcare companies, and senior associate Monique Guzzo, a name to note for the pharmaceutical, food and supplementary health segments, stand out for their regulatory and public law capabilities. Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel is experienced in pharmaceutical and biotechnology contracts, while Camila Biral often handles high-profile disputes in this space.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Aurélio; Claudio Mattos; Monique Guzzo


‘Demarest stands out for its excellence, with a highly qualified and experienced team. The firm has implemented innovations including cutting-edge technology, collaborative teamwork and innovative tools, making it an excellent choice.’

‘Monique Guzzo stands out for her high level of regulatory health knowledge, bringing solutions and clarification of key points for our business. She also has excellent organisational skills and is efficient in meeting demands.’

‘What makes Demarest unique and different is the quality of the lawyers, transparency, and agility. It was able to welcome our company and make us feel safe.’

‘I recommend this team to everyone, Monique Guzzo is fantastic for life sciences, and everyone has been great to work with.’

‘Claudio Mattos has great expertise in the contractual area.’

‘The work provided by Demarest is very technical and objective as well as efficient.’

Key clients




Gelita do Brasil

JT International Distribuidora de Cigarros

DaVita Group: DaVita Tratamento Renal – Brasil and Davita do Brasil

Grupo DPSP – Drogaria São Paulo e Pacheco

Scheffer & Cia

Carl Zeiss do Brasil

Bacardi Martini do Brasil

W Dental

Lilly Med

WeFiv Clinic


Work highlights

  • Represented Bayer/ Monsanto in a public-interest lawsuit against the Brazilian Federal Government and the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in which the counterparties seek an order to prohibit the use of glyphosate in transgenic soy.
  • Represented Bayer/ Monsanto in several lawsuits filed by rural producers questioning the client’s seeds’ performance.
  • Advising Neto on regulatory matters related to medical device imports.

Brazil > Venture capital

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business

Tatiana Campello leads the technology team at Demarest Advogados, which demonstrates particular strength in technology transfer agreements and software licensing matters.

Firm overview: 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 recognize 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 organizations committed to realizing these values and promoting the foundations for well-being, education and social inclusiveness. Demarest is involved in projects that aims 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 nongovernmental and nonprofit 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 program, 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, Bacardi-Martini, Bayer, BMW, Boehringer Ingelheim, BP, Braskem, British Telecom, Cencosud, Clariant, Deloitte, Diageo, Diebold-Nixdorf, Dow, Goodyear, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Metro, 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 (71): Amanda Nunes, Ana Carolina Botto Audi, Ana Paula Schedel, André Alarcon, André Novaski, Angela Cignachi, Bruna Toledo Pacheco, Bruno Aurélio, Bruno Drago, Camila Biral, Camila Prado, Carlos Eduardo Orsolon, Cássia Pizzotti, Cesar Rossi, Christiano Chagas, Cláudio Mattos, Daniel Andreoli, Daniel Caramaschi, David Meiler, Douglas Mota, Edimara Wieczorek, Eduardo Alcântara, Eduardo Magrani, Eloy Rizzo Neto, Fernanda Gouvêa Leão, Fernanda Stefanelo, Fernando Bueno, Fernando Vargas, Fabio Braga, Fabyola En Rodrigues, Gabriel Kuznietz, Gisele Bossa, Guilherme Fontes Bechara, Guilherme Vieira da Silva, Izabella Reis, João Luis Almeida, João Paulo Minetto, José Diaz, Joyl Gondim, Kátia Zambrano, Letícia Wanderley, Lucas Tavares Bueno, Luciana Tornovsky, Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna, Marc Stalder, Marcelo Annunziata, Marcello Pedroso, Marcia Cicarelli, Maria Helena Bragaglia, Marina Aidar, Maurício Barros, Maurício Levy, Mauro Luz, Newton Marzagão, Paulo Coelho da Rocha, Priscila Faricelli, Renan Sona, Renato Canizares, Roberto Casarini, Rosi Costa Barros, Sílvio Venosa, Stella Castro, Thereza Montoro, Tatiana Campello, Thiago Lopes Amaral, Thiago Giantomassi, Thiago Maia, Thiago Sandim, Tomás Paiva, Victor Lopes, Virginia Mesquita.

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; ESG; 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation, Arbitration Amanda Nunes Sampaio +55 11 3356 1636
Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Ana Carolina Audi +55 11 3356 2115
Commercial Agreements Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel +55 11 3356 1892
Insurance and Reinsurance, Mergers and Acquisitions André Alarcon +55 11 3356 1821
Tax André Novaski +55 11 3356 2003
Tax, Arbitration, Litigation Angela Cignachi +55 61 3243 1161
Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Bruna Toledo Pacheco +55 11 3356 2167
Public and Regulatory Bruno Aurélio +55 11 3356 1853
Competition Bruno Drago +55 11 3356 1776
International Trade/WTO, Litigation and Arbitration Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha Martins +55 11 3356 2178
Tax Carlos Eduardo Marino Orsolon +55 11 3356 2186
Insurance Camila Prado +55 11 3356 1520
Labor and Employment Cássia Pizzotti +55 11 3356 1710
Litigation and Arbitration Cesar Rossi Machado +55 11 3356 2196
Tax Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo +55 11 3356 2004
Commercial Agreements Cláudio Mattos +55 11 3356 1561
Commercial Contracts, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Daniel Caramaschi +55 19 3123-4309
Competition Daniel Oliveira Andreoli +55 11 3356 1679
Oil & Gas David Meiler +55 21 3723 9860
Tax Douglas Mota +55 11 3356 1888
Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax Edimara Iansen Wieczorek +55 19 3123 4305
Labour Eduardo Alcântara +55 11 3356 2162
Intellectual Property and Innovation, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Eduardo Magrani +55 21 3723 9811
Compliance, Investigations Eloy Rizzo Neto +55 11 3356 2240
Banking and Finance Fabio de Almeida Braga +55 11 3356 1668
White Collar Defense and Investigations Fabyola En Rodrigues +55 11 3356 1738
Arbitration, Litigation Fernanda Gouvêa Leão +55 11 3356 2179
Environment, ESG Fernanda Stefanelo +55 11 3356 2141
International Trade and Customs Fernando Bueno +55 11 3356 1269
M&A Fernando Vargas +55 11 3356 1792
Mergers and Acquisitions, Aviation Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz +55 11 3356 1547
Tax Gisele Barra Bossa +55 11 3356 1809
Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Guilherme Fontes Bechara +55 11 3356 1763
Mergers and Acquisitions Guilherme Vieira da Silva +55 21 3723 9821
Mining Izabella Reis +55 11 3356 1872
Oil and Gas João Almeida +55 21 3723 9804
Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions João Paulo Bueno Minetto +55 11 3356 1626
Mergers and Acquisitions, International Trade/WTO José Diaz +55 11 3356 1549
Mergers and Acquisitions Joyl Gondim de Alencar Filho +55 11 3356 1957
Tax Katia Zambrano Mazloum +55 11 3356 1545
Capital Markets, Funds Letícia Wanderley +55 11 3356 1988
Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Lucas Tavares Bueno +55 11 3356 1791
Mergers and Acquisitions Luciana Monteiro Cossermelli Tornovsky +55 11 3356 1671
Environment Luiz Fernando Sant'Anna +55 11 3356 1518
Real Estate Marc Stalder +55 11 3356 1581
Social Security Marcello Pedroso Pereira +55 11 3356 1685
Tax Marcelo Salles Annunziata +55 11 3356 2187
Insurance and Reinsurance Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira +55 11 3356 1825
Litigation and Arbitration, Consumer Law Maria Helena Ortiz Bragaglia Marques +55 11 3356 2158
Infrastructure Marina Aidar +55 11 3356 1711
Tax Maurico Barros +55 11 3356 2150
Labor and Employment Mauricio Rodrigo Tavares Levy +55 11 3356 1908
Tax Mauro Ernesto Moreira Luz +55 11 3356 1632
Litigation and Arbitration Newton Coca Bastos Marzagão +55 11 3356 1693
Mergers and Acquisitions Paulo Rocha +55 11 3356 1822
Tax Priscila Faricelli de Mendonça +55 11 3356 1716
Infrastructure Renan Sona +55 11 3356 2089
Labor and Employment Renato Canizares +55 11 3356 2173
Tax Roberto Casarini +55 11 3356 2002
Energy and Natural Resources Rosi Costa Barros +55 11 3356 1353
Litigation and Arbitration Silvio de Salvo Venosa +55 11 3356 2033
Labour Stella Castro +55 11 3356 2247
Intellectual Property and Innovation, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Tatiana Campello +55 21 3723 9851
Tax Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral +55 11 3356 1571
Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, ESG Thiago Giantomassi Medeiros +55 11 3356 1656
Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining Thiago Rodrigues Maia +55 11 3356 2006
Mergers and Acquisitions Thiago Sandim +55 11 3356 2085
Mergers and Acquisitions Thereza Maria Sarfert Franco Montoro +55 11 3356 1676
Telecommunications Tomás Paiva +55 11 3356 1894
International Trade/WTO, Tax Victor Bovarotti Lopes +55 11 3356 1692
Infrastructure Virginia Mesquita +55 11 3356 1761
Photo Name Position Profile
Fernanda  Gouvêa Leão photo Ms Fernanda Gouvêa Leão Partner
Tomás  Schoeller Paiva photo Mr Tomás Schoeller Paiva Partner
Letícia  Wanderley photo Ms Letícia Wanderley Partner
Katia  Zambrano  photo Ms Katia Zambrano Partner
Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral photo Mr Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral Partner
Andre Alarcon photo Mr Andre Alarcon Partner
Eduardo Alcântara  photo Mr Eduardo Alcântara Partner
Ana Carolina Botto Audi photo Ms Ana Carolina Botto Audi Partner
Bruno Aurelio photo Mr Bruno Aurelio Partner
Gisele Barra Bossa photo Ms Gisele Barra Bossa Partner
Mauricio Barros photo Mr Mauricio Barros Tax
Guilherme Fontes Bechara photo Mr Guilherme Fontes Bechara Partner
Camila Biral photo Ms Camila Biral Partner
Maria Helena Bragaglia photo Ms Maria Helena Bragaglia Partner
Fernando Bueno photo Mr Fernando Bueno Partner
Renato Canizares photo Mr Renato Canizares Partner
Daniel Caramaschi photo Mr Daniel Caramaschi Partner
Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo photo Mr Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo Partner
Marcia Cicarelli photo Ms Marcia Cicarelli Partner
Paulo Coelho da Rocha photo Mr Paulo Coelho da Rocha Partner
Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky photo Ms Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky Partner
Rosilane Costa Barros photo Ms Rosilane Costa Barros Partner
Bruno Drago photo Mr Bruno Drago Partner
Fabyola En Rodrigues photo Ms Fabyola En Rodrigues Partner
Priscila Faricelli photo Ms Priscila Faricelli Partner
Marina  Ferraz Aidar photo Ms Marina Ferraz Aidar Partner
Thiago Giantomassi photo Mr Thiago Giantomassi Partner
Joyl  Gondim photo Mr Joyl Gondim Partner
Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna photo Mr Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna Partner
Edimara Iansen Wieczorek photo Ms Edimara Iansen Wieczorek Partner
Gabriel Kuznietz photo Mr Gabriel Kuznietz Partner
Maurício Levy photo Mr Maurício Levy Partner
Victor Lopes photo Mr Victor Lopes Partner
Mauro Luz photo Mr Mauro Luz Partner
Thiago Maia photo Mr Thiago Maia Partner
Newton Marzagão photo Mr Newton Marzagão Partner
Claudio Mattos photo Mr Claudio Mattos Partner
Joao Paulo Minetto photo Mr Joao Paulo Minetto Partner
Thereza Montoro photo Ms Thereza Montoro Partner
Douglas Mota photo Mr Douglas Mota Partner
Virginia  Nasser Mesquita photo Ms Virginia Nasser Mesquita Partner
André  Novaski photo Mr André Novaski Partner
Amanda Nunes Sampaio photo Ms Amanda Nunes Sampaio Partner
Daniel Oliveira Andreoli photo Mr Daniel Oliveira Andreoli Partner
Carlos Eduardo Orsolon photo Mr Carlos Eduardo Orsolon Partner
Bruna Pacheco photo Ms Bruna Pacheco Partner
Izabella  Pardinho Reis photo Ms Izabella Pardinho Reis Partner
Marcello Pedroso photo Mr Marcello Pedroso Partner
Renato Pinatti Casarini photo Mr Renato Pinatti Casarini Partner
Cassia  Pizzotti photo Ms Cassia Pizzotti Partner
Camila Prado photo Ms Camila Prado Partner
Eloy Rizzo Neto photo Mr Eloy Rizzo Neto Partner
Cesar Rossi Machado photo Mr Cesar Rossi Machado Partner
Marcelo Salles Annunziata photo Mr Marcelo Salles Annunziata Partner
Thiago Sandim photo Mr Thiago Sandim Partner
Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel photo Ms Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel Partner
José  Setti Diaz photo Mr José Setti Diaz Partner
Renan Sona photo Mr Renan Sona Partner
Marc Stalder photo Mr Marc Stalder Partner
Fernanda  Stefanelo photo Ms Fernanda Stefanelo Partner
Lucas Tavares Bueno photo Mr Lucas Tavares Bueno Partner
Fernando  Vargas photo Mr Fernando Vargas Partner
Silvio Venosa photo Mr Silvio Venosa Partner
Fabio de Almeida Braga photo Mr Fabio de Almeida Braga Partner
Other fee-earners : 273
Total staff : 690
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ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
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The Interlex Group

CLIENT: Jessica Valdez
COMPANY/FIRM: Capricórnio
Over the past 8 years working at Capricórnio, I can say that when I consult Demarest on the demands and challenges of our everyday business, especially under the firm’s coordination, I get a feeling of confidence and legal certainty. Trust and legal certainty for decision making are fundamental requirements for Capricórnio. Demarest provides a qualified and prompt assistance, in addition to the excellent team that always attentively and receptively supports us with any demand, issuing trustworthy legal opinions before independent auditors.

CLIENT: Rafael Moumdjian
COMPANY/FIRM: Syngenta Group
Roberto Casarini constantly demonstrates an extremely robust technical knowledge in the diverse topics present in our demands, which may seem like the standard for law firm of such relevance. What makes us satisfied with the results is the easy adherence to the understanding of our processes. I highlight the flexibility, holistic view and knowledge of processes. Much of the results are due to the great people management and technical leadership of Roberto Casarini, who has been meeting the demands of the Syngenta Group in Brazil and in the HQ.

CLIENT: Gustavo Luz
COMPANY/FIRM: Fundo Vale & Participações
The work carried out by Roberto and his team is fundamental to Fundo Vale’s strategy. They have a deeply technical look without losing the connection with the business, being a fundamental part for us to advance with security and legal rigor in innovative mechanisms at the frontier of action in the carbon market. They bring to the table a state of the art of taxation expertise with a lot of empathy in the search for a solution for the client.

CLIENT: Lucas Maio
COMPANY/FIRM: Alianza Trust, Multioffices 2 fund
Whenever we face a complex challenge involving our business, we count on the excellence and irreproachable work of Daniel Schaffer and the entire team at Demarest Advogados. Diligent, punctual and technically impeccable, they advise us frankly and objectively on the most relevant and strategic matters.

CLIENT: Maurício Nazar de Abreu
COMPANY/FIRM: Diebold Nixdorf
Luciana has long been considered by the leadership of Diebold Nixdorf as a competitive advantage in our business. Whether due to high technical knowledge, repeated practice or business vision, Luciana has led several highly complex operations and matters, achieving success in every opportunity. Going further, she inspired the people around her with her simplicity, empathy and passion for what he does. It was no surprise to observe Luciana leading the themes of diversity and inclusion in the legal world and the society in São Paulo.

CLIENT: Carolina De Nardi
I have had the pleasure of working with Luciana Tornovsky’s team for many years. Whenever there is a special project at Zoetis, I make a point of consulting and hiring Luciana’s team at Demarest because I am sure that the highest quality services will be provided. The team is extremely qualified and this gives me the peace of mind to always fully trust Luciana and her team’s advice.

Demarest has engaged in ESG practices and intentional actions, seeking to mitigate and transform negative impact, while also increasing the potential for positive impact.

Accordingly, we carry out our practice in alignment with four main pillars: private social investment, corporate volunteering, pro bono practice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Within such pillars, our practice branches into four different aspects, two of which are aimed at our employees, and two at our external audience.

The two aspects aimed at our employees are:

  1. Organizational culture: encouraging, structuring, and fostering groups that engage in volunteer activities and environmental matters, in addition to affinity groups and allies, as well as corporate education, internal campaigns and events, in order to raise awareness on pressing topics, and the importance of affirmative action.
  2. Governance and management: addressing legal requirements, management of indicators, development of policies and rules, as well as carrying out internal surveys.
    The two aspects aimed at external audiences are:

    • Branding strategy and reputation: drafting of reports; participation in forums, alliances, and business coalitions focused on socially responsible practices; participation in events with clients and other industry partners to collaborate in propagating best practices, learning, and developing solutions.
    • Community relationship: carrying out private social investments and supporting social organizations that engage with our priority audience (women, LGBTQIAP+ people, and black people) and carry out activities focused on one or more of our three main topics – education, health and welfare, and the environment.

As a result, we respect human and labor rights and encourage other companies to follow suit, in addition to caring for our employees’ relationships and engagement, fostering a safe and respectful environment that allows them to express themselves confidently, and contribute to the development of the business and society with their creativity and innovation.

Within the pillar of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we carry out initiatives led by a dedicated team and supported by affinity groups, in order to create and reinforce the agendas related to the identity of each person.

Our gender equity group, named D Mulheres, was created in 2017, with the purpose of fostering gender diversity in the firm.

The affinity group is driven by practices aimed at promoting balance, removing barriers, and distributing opportunities more fairly, in regard to gender.

In 2018, we established D RAÍZES, an affinity group fully committed to fostering equality, valuing ethnic and racial diversity, and creating fair opportunities for all at Demarest. Also in 2018, we established D MAIS, a group whose purpose is to provide effective support for LGBTQIAP+ matters, while fostering an open, welcoming, respectful, and safe work environment for all.

Since their creation, such groups have contributed to the four aspects mentioned above, developing practices, projects, campaigns, and programs that address our priority topics internally and externally.

International relationships

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.