Firm Profile > Demarest Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Demarest Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001

Compliance Tier 1

Demarest Advogados strengthened its compliance practice considerably with the December 2019 hire of Eloy Rizzo Neto from KLA Advogados; Rizzo 'always puts the client as a priority, facing the project challenges and solving the problems in a smart and kind way'. He joined Carlo Verona, who has strong experience in investigations involving issues related to the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and international enforcement. On the preventive side, the team advises on compliance programmes, training and integrity due diligence. The team also draws as required on the input and expertise of white-collar criminal law expert Fabyola En Rodrigues and competition specialist Bruno Drago.

Practice head(s):


Demarest has the whole package. The compliance team delivers the same high-quality results for both internal investigation and consultancy works (third party due diligence and compliance risk analysis). The team is always available and I truly feel my company needs are a priority even though the firm has so many other clients.

Demarest has a very committed, qualified and experienced team providing compliance services. I’ve been working along its team for five years and in my perspective they are some steps ahead in comparison with other law firms in terms of offering customised solutions to the clients.’

The team is always available, including alternative hours and private cell phones. It is a senior team, with an excellent knowledge of compliance matters, they also understand the company’s daily routine, so it is not pro forma knowledge. They stick to what is really necessary.

Eloy is excellent. He knows Brazilian, EUA and Europe laws. He understand the reality here in Brazil and pushes when its needed. He is objective and always available, I have had may cases conducted by him and he is the first lawyer that I think when I have an issue or need some advice.’

Eloy has a great balanced view of compliance risks and understands the business reality of taking risks. Victoria delivers 100% and I would like to have her for every complex internal investigation. André is attentive and detailed when performing compliance risk analyses.

My experience is with Eloy Rizzo and his team, who joined Demarest last year. I think highly of Eloy, and I believe Demarest has significantly upgraded its practice by adding Eloy Rizzo.

I think one of the things that makes Eloy Rizzo stand out is his ability to work as part of a team. Most of my matters are cross border, and as a result require multiple law firms in multiple countries. Those arrangements can be very difficult. But not with Eloy. He gives great advice, and is a great teammate.’

Eloy Rizzo, head of the compliance team has been in charge of many complex projects and his experience makes the difference in all of them. Besides that Eloy has many leadership skills which makes our collaboration in working very effective and transparent. Eloy always put the client as a priority, facing the project challenges and solving the problems in a smart and kind way.

Key clients

Olympic Council of Ireland Executive Committee



Caramuru Alimentos

Camargo Correa Infra Projetos

Johnson & Johnson



Johnson & Johnson


Corporate and M&A Tier 1

'On par with US top-tier firms in responsiveness, creativity and comprehensive thinking', Demarest Advogados' corporate and M&A team balances a busy workload, with a significant proportion of its deals involving high-end M&A. It particularly stands out in the technology and life sciences sectors, where it has recently been active, and has also expanded its private equity practice. In an illustration of its presence in technology-related deals, Paulo Coelho da Rocha and Ana Carolina Botto Audi acted for REIT Digital Realty in the acquisition of Ascenty from private equity firm Great Hill Partners, and later advised the client on the formation of a joint venture with Brookfield Infrastructure. Joyl Gondim has established a strong practice in middle market deals, particularly in the healthcare and, increasingly, the education sectors. Other names to note in the sizeable team include Luciana Cossermelli TornovskyThiago Barbosa SandimGabriel Ricardo Kuznietz and Thiago Rodrigues Maia. Maria Lúcia de Almeida Prado e Silva retired in 2020; in January 2021, Bruna Toledo Pacheco and Daniel Caramaschi were promoted to partner.


The M&A team at Demarest is fantastic and they are on par with US top-tier firms in responsiveness, creativity and comprehensive thinking.

All team members are fully engaged and committed to the success of the matters; there is a general sense of “ownership” with regard to client issues. I consider Demarest’s team as an extension of my own.

It is a very responsive team, with deep and thorough knowledge of regulations and creative ideas for planning and finding the best ways to implement any ideas. The team leadership is also remarkable, jumping in whenever it is needed.

Paulo Coelho da Rocha leads his team to act like him, always available, trying to reach the client’s objectives, finding different alternatives for the problems we face during a process of M&A. And also, he helped us negotiating best conditions to our deal. He was fantastic!

The team leader, Ricardo Kuznietz is a very reliable partner to work with. He has the special skill to get to know the client and the industry in which it develops, giving always an accurate advice, with great creativity.

Bruna Toledo Pacheco – star junior partner. Hands-on, always available, technical. Very knowledgeable in complex M&A deals. Bruna knows how to handle international clients and help them navigating through the complexities of Brazil.

Jose Diaz and Bruna Pacheco are a team of excellent attorneys who coordinate extremely well and get deals done.

Paulo Rocha and Celso Xavier stand out as partners who know their clients’ business, embrace problems as their own, and are proactive in providing creative solutions.

Key clients


7 Bridges



Banco Inter






Environment Tier 1

Demarest Advogados has the ability to handle numerous concurrent matters pertaining to historic heritage protection, solid waste management, environmental licensing, air emissions, remediation of contaminated sites and protected areas and indigenous people. Working closely with the litigation team, the practice acts for clients from a range of industries, particularly mining, forestry, chemicals and agribusiness, in administrative, civil and criminal environmental proceedings. Advising on regulatory issues and new environmental legislation also features on the team's workload. Highly regarded practice head Luiz Sant’Anna is experienced in crisis management. Climate change and forestry law are some of Lourdes de Alcântara Machado's key areas of focus, while Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo specialises in environmental issues involving contaminated areas, water resources and licensing.

Practice head(s):


‘Demarest’s knowledge, commitment and level of practice to explore arguments and ideas, in order to achieve the results, are  a competitive factor.’ 

‘Demarest team is very focused and  proactive when it comes to understand client’s concerns. I value their communication skills, specially when to address the necessary courses of actions on behalf of the client. Regarding this matter, a special merit mention to the team: Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna; Maria Helena Bragaglia; Marina Montes Bastos; Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo and Amanda Beatriz Teixeira Carvalho.’

Key clients

Rural Brasil

Copart do Brasil



Rio da Areia Administração de Reflorestamento Ltda.

Fort Dodge

Associação Brasileira do Agronegócio – ABAG

Brasil Terminal Portuário

Eliane Revestimentos


Insurance Tier 1

Demarest Advogados has an extremely versatile practice, capable of handling a broad range of regulatory, litigation and corporate matters on behalf of its insurance clients. The highly regarded Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira is one of the market's top advisers for insurance regulatory and litigation advice. The firm's relationship with some of the world's top brokers, insurers and reinsurers is testament to its standing in the market. This trust extends to high-end transactional mandates, where corporate partner Andre Alarcon is typically the first point of contact. Clients also benefit from a strong regional and international presence, thanks to the firm's relationship with DAC Beachcroft LLP. The team has good depth, and senior associates Camila Prado and Laura Pellegrini are recommended.


‘Genuine expertise and strength in depth. High profile in insurance market, with ability to communicate with international insurers.’

‘Camila Prado is effective, diligent, acts with integrity.’

Key clients

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Zurich Brasil

Fator Seguradora

Renaissance Re

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Mapfre Global Risks, Compañia Internacional de Seguros y Reaseguros

Starr International Brasil Seguradora

AIG Seguros / AIG Europe

Travelers Seguros

Chubb Seguros

Liberty International Underwriters – LIU

International trade and customs Tier 1

Demarest Advogados stands out of for its large and dedicated team of well-regarded trade lawyers. The firm is regularly involved in the largest and most complex Brazilian international trade cases; these include major trade remedies investigations, both in Brazil and in other jurisdictions, where the firm often represents Brazilian exporters. It also has a strong track record in major customs claims and also has good experience in WTO cases. Practice head José Diaz is a key player in the market, and is backed up by a strong team of specialist lawyers, including partners Oswaldo Leite de Moraes, Camila Biral and Victor Lopes and highly rated senior associate Fernando Bueno.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is very driven with a focus on the results. They can handle large investigations easily. They can complete all the questionnaires and make very sophisticated analysis of the dumping margins. They are always available. They get outstanding results for their clients in dumping investigations. This is not easy and they have an excellent track record that is difficult to match.”

‘Fernando Bueno is exceptional; he is very knowledgeable of the procedures and strategies. Fernando is very smart, knows exactly how the investigations work and he is always available. He was able to get outstanding results for his clients, something which is not easy to find in this practice.’

‘Victor Lopes is an active presence, helpful to solve issues with quick, clear and reliable solutions and answers.’

Key clients

National Tyre Industry Association (ANIP)

Brazilian Textile Industry Association (ABIT)

National Industry Confederation (CNI)



Aliança Bike

Companhia Siderúgica Nacional (CSN)




Banking and finance Tier 2

Demarest Advogados offers its borrower and lender clients strong experience across a range of areas, including syndicated loans, restructurings, project finance, trade finance and regulatory advice. The team, which is led by Fabio de Almeida Braga, also stands out for its expertise in key industries such as automotive and agribusiness. While the firm will miss former partner Antonio Giglio Neto, who left to start his own firm, early 2020 saw the team strengthened by the arrival of banking partner Helen Naves from Trench Rossi Watanabe. Talented associates including Marcelo Simon Ikeziri demonstrate the firm's strength in depth.

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Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Moksha8 Brasil Distribuidora e Representação de Medicamentos

Digital Realty

Establishment Holdings

Bank of China Luxembourg Branch

Moto Honda da Amazônia and Banco Honda

Banco Crédit Agricole Brasil

Ezentis Energia  / Ezentis – Serviços, Engenharia e Instalação de Comunicações

Capital markets Tier 2

Demarest Advogados has a good track record in capital markets and structured finance. Recently, it has represented a broad range of major issuers, particularly those operating in the energy and agribusiness sectors. The firm has good experience in debt offerings, including debentures and agribusiness receivables certificates. It has also been involved in several significant equity offerings, including that of CPFL Energia, where the team acted for State Grid. The highly integrated team includes experienced capital markets head Thiago Giantomassi, Helen Naves, as well as up-and-coming partner João Paulo Minetto and well-regarded senior associate Denise Okimura.

Practice head(s):

Key clients


CVC Brasil




Banco Bradesco

Itaú BBA


XP Investimentos

State Grid



Banco Inter

Kinea Investimentos

Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo

7 Bridges Capital Partners


Even Constrututora

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The 'highly responsive' and 'technically knowledgeable' antitrust team at Demarest Advogados continues to grow its client base and has recently been instructed by a number of new clients in the healthcare, e-commerce and technology sectors, among others. On the merger side, it maintains a busy practice, including in multi-jurisdictional transactions, where it works alongside top international law firms. Anti-competitive conduct investigations are another strength. Daniel Oliveira Andreoli receives fulsome praise for his 'incredible technical expertise' and 'ability to think on his feet in high pressure situations'. Other key partners in the department are Paola PuglieseBruno Drago and Milena Fernandes Mundim, who was promoted to partner in 2020.


Availability, deep and specialised analysis, expertise background.’

The team at Demarest are great – they are highly responsive, technically knowledgeable and they are a pleasure to deal with.’

Paola Pugliese is recommended.’

Based on my experience, Daniel Oliveira Andreoli is one of the best private practice lawyers with whom I have dealt in my career for the following reasons: his incredible technical expertise; his commercial acumen; he inspires confidence in himself and his team, by (a) acting with professionalism at all times (b) being flexible and available to his clients when they need him (c) having the ability to explain complicated legal concepts in simple terms (d) having the ability to think on his feet in high pressure situations to the benefit of his clients; He is empathetic and, in my view, he seeks to understands his clients’ positions when they seek his advice. Also, he has a sense of humour, which is so welcome!

Key clients


Dell Corporation


Azul Linhas Aéreas












União Química

Piramal Health Care



Naval Group

PGS Investigação Petrolífera


Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Demarest Advogados fields a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to complex and high-profile arbitration. The practice offers representation to clients in a range of local and international arbitration, having handled cross-border cases involving the US, Germany, France, Switzerland, Finland and China. Of particular note is the team's strong track record in sport and entertainment-related disputes, and it also handles cases relating to the energy, infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors. Rafael Gagliardi has extensive experience acting as both arbitrator and counsel in arbitration proceedings. Carlo Verona is a name to note for cross-border disputes. Celso Xavier and Marcelo Inglez de Souza are also active in arbitration.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Demarest Advogados focuses on high-end and complex litigation at all levels of the judicial and administrative courts. The practice handles disputes ranging from contractual liability, tort and regulatory issues, to matters involving corporate law, public bids, unfair competition and IP, among other areas. The department is structured around seven equity partners, who oversee specialised litigation groups. Celso Xavier is noted for his extensive experience in litigious matters pertaining to cartels, securities and contractual issues. Marcelo Inglez de Sousa brings together expertise in dispute resolution and IP, while Rafael Gagliardi stands out for regulatory disputes. In its latest round of promotions, the firm promoted civil litigation specialist Cesar Rossi Machado to partner.


Proactive team, with experienced lawyers, that have great knowledge of complex litigation and the environment of Brazilian judiciary branch. Demarest is a power house in Brazilian law market and the multitask team is able to attend to different litigation matters by accessing the firm’s various lawyers and partners knowledge to solve litigation matters.

The partners are directly engaged with the cases, and provide great customer experience with total availability to solve client needs. They are also well experimented lawyers, with impressive experience and capacity to solve cases and expose complex litigation matters with a simple approach.’

‘The younger lawyers (Rodrigo Yves) are also very well educated and able to quickly respond to any doubts that may take place.’

Key clients


99 Taxi

ABAG – Associação Brasileira do Agronegócio

Resinas Brasil


Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE



Vale S/A


Labour and employment Tier 2

The team at Demarest Advogados is relied upon by a broad mix of domestic and international clients. The practice provides crucial employment support on major corporate mandates, including business launches, M&As and restructurings. In addition, the group offers strong strategic advice on collective bargaining agreements, compliance investigations, compensation plans and the structuring of internal policies. The highly versatile Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti and Renato Canizares jointly lead the team, with key input from labour litigation head Marcello Della Monica Silva, who specialises in labour prosecution negotiations, class actions and claims involving occupational accidents and diseases. Since publication Della Monica Silva has left the firm to establish his own boutique, effective as of February 2021.


‘Business oriented, very pro-active and agile. They simplify things, speak the client’s language and are very much experienced in corporate law related issues.’

Key clients









Tata Consulting


Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

The projects and infrastructure practice at Demarest Advogados brings together expertise in M&A, regulation, banking and finance, public law and capital markets to address the needs of clients from a range of industries, including energy, oil and gas, transport, sanitation, mining and healthcare. With significant experience in PPPs, the team has the ability to advise clients from the outset to the completion of a project, covering financing, development and regulatory aspects. The team has recently been active in M&A deals and concessions in relation to the incorporation of joint ventures in the urban mobility area, toll roads, subways, as well as water and waste management sectors. The incorporation of Bruno Aurélio and his team from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown broadened the department's offering in the areas of infrastructure development and financing projects. Paloma Valéria Lima left for Lefosse Advogados, while André Luiz Freire joined Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.


‘The infrastructure and regulatory team at Demarest, headed by Bruno Aurélio, is technically able, and has a very business-oriented approach.’

‘Lawyers know which challenges the sector faces, and understand the correct paths to take. The team is always available to answer queries and solve problems on behalf of clients.’

‘Besides the high technical ability, lawyers are very attentive, answering promptly to queries and worrying about understanding the matter. Advice is efficient.’

Key clients

AENA Desarrollo Internacional SME


Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações

Arc Comércio Construção e Administração de Serviços

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Raízen Energia

MRS Logística

Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica – Taesa



Real estate Tier 2

Demarest Advogados' recent recruitment of new co-head Marc Stalder, from KLA Advogados, is a clear statement of intent. His arrival brings added depth to the firm's offering, particularly when it comes to advising on major commercial real estate developments and land acquisitions. The firm was already strong on the corporate finance side, thanks to the experience of fellow co-head Lucas Tavares Bueno, who brings good expertise on real estate-related joint ventures and M&A. Fund clients also use the firm for related financings and capital markets transactions, an area where Thiago Giantomassi is especially well regarded, particularly among the REIT community. The team also offers depth at the junior end, with well-regarded senior associates including Henrique Anders.


‘The team has excellent knowledge and good track record of success.’

‘Marc Stalder – always available, hands-on, clear language, excellent technical knowledge, a good partner.’

Key clients

7 Bridges Brazil


You Incorporadora


Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo

CSSCK – Cloud Kitchens

Ekko Group



Procter & Gamble

Mambo Supermercados

Cury Construtora

Consciente Construtora


Itaú BBA

Santander Asset

Jive Investments

XP Investimentos

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Demarest Advogados offers a strong, multi-faceted practice, with experience on all sides of the table, including for creditors, debtors, shareholders and suppliers. Clients benefit from the firm's strong capabilities in related areas, including litigation, M&A, tax, banking and capital markets, and the team is well versed in judicial and extrajudicial proceedings. Department head Celso Xavier has 20 years' experience in the market, with strong expertise in judicial reorganisations and insolvency disputes. Clients are also quick to praise up-and-coming partner Guilherme Fontes Bechara, who has established an active practice.

Practice head(s):


‘Diversity of the knowledge of the lawyers; legal opinion based on former court decisions, which gives the client a great comfort, and the partner is involved in all discussions.’

‘Guilherme Bechara, a young but complete and creative lawyer. Always available. Hands on, seeking for opportunities.’

Key clients

Enforce Gestão de Ativos

Phosagro Trading

Uralkali PJSC

Novo Banco

Crecera Capital Management

Mueller Eletrodomésticos


Jive Investments

Banco Modal

Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank (and affiliates)

Banco Itaú

Santander Totta (and affiliates)





Banco Santander Brasil

Macquarie Bank Limited.

Posco Daewoo Corporation

Tax Tier 2

The sizeable team at Demarest Advogados is best known for its consultancy advice on direct and indirect taxes, as well as customs law, transfer pricing and social security contributions. The team, which is led by Douglas Mota, works closely with the firm's corporate finance department to help structure high-profile M&As, financings and restructurings. The firm covers all sectors and is especially strong in agribusiness. Key partners include tax litigation head Marcelo Salles Annunziata, Rodrigo Campos, Catarina Rosa Rodrigues and the up-and-coming Carlos Eduardo Orsolon. The tax litigation team was strengthened by the arrival of the highly rated Priscila Faricelli from Trench Rossi Watanabe. In September 2020, Eloisa Curi left to establish CBLM Advogados. January 2021 saw the promotion of Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral to partner.

Practice head(s):


‘Great technical knowledge, availability, and appropriate resources to serve clients with quality and efficiency.’

‘The team is always available to discuss issues and attend the demands. Excellent knowledge about tax legislation and procedures in Brazil.’

‘Priscila Faricelli is an excellent professional who brings new ideas and freshness to the new formation of the tax team.’

‘Carlos Eduardo Orsolon has a unique capability to grasp the essence of complex tax issues and translate it into clear, direct and actionable recommendations to the client. On top of this he is very reasonable on the billing.’

Key clients


General Electric

Azul Linhas Aéreas


Kion Group AG

TAM Aviação Executiva


Zapay Pagamentos


Aptiv (Delphi)

Electricity Tier 3

Focusing on renewable and non-renewable energy, Demarest Advogados offers legal support to several energy generators in the country, including the most significant hydroelectric power plants in Brazil. The department stands out for its strong track record in regulatory issues and administrative and regulatory proceedings. Practice head Rafael Gagliardi leads on dispute resolution. In recent news, Raphael Gomes and Bruno Crispim left the firm.

Practice head(s):


‘The Demarest team is always available to assist clients, and demonstrate technical knowledge that gives us security.’

‘Demarest’s lawyers stand out for their quick response time’

‘Deep expertise of the energy area and infrastructure.’

‘The Demarest team has supported us in some solar energy projects in Brazil. They have a team with a lot of experience in the electrical sector. They can give a very quick response to our needs. All lawyers have a very long history of acting in the energy market in Brazil.’

‘Proactivity, understanding of clients’ needs and first-class work. Associate Renato Edelstein.’

Key clients

Ferbasa – Companhia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia

Cobra Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Vivo/ Telefonica Brasil

Energia Sustentável do Brasil – ESBR

Bioritmo/Smart Fit

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE


Engie Brasil Energia

Norte Energia – NESA


Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Grupo CPFL


GEF Investimentos

WTS Group

BTG pactual

Minerva Comercializadora de Energia


Banco Plural

Intellectual property Tier 3

Demarest Advogados' IP workload is populated by patent, copyright, trade mark, franchise and technology matters. Of particular note is the practice's proficiency in IP due diligence related to corporate transactions. Contentious matters - including both litigation and arbitration - are also among the team's regular instructions. Tatiana Campello heads the IP and innovation practice, while Marcelo Inglez de Sousa specialises in disputes. Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha Martins brings together expertise in IP and biotechnology, and Camila Garcindo Dayrell Garrote advises on the protection of IP assets. The arrival of data protection and IP specialist Eduardo Magrani in October 2020 provided a further boost to the team.

Key clients



Stoller do Brasil

Novel Plásticos

BW Elliott


Cencosud Group

Diebold Nixdorf


Michael Best

Black McCuskey

Hogan Lovells

Womble Bond Dickinson (US)

Harnischfeger Technology

Life sciences Tier 3

Demarest Advogados counts leading pharma, consumer goods, biotech and healthcare companies among its clients. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the team covers a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters concerning licensing, marketing authorisation, commercialisation and product liability, among other areas. Biotech specialist Claudio Mattos and dispute resolution expert Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha Martins are names to note in São Paulo; IP and innovation head Tatiana Campello and transactional partner Guilherme Vieira da Silva are key contacts in Rio de Janeiro.

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Key clients


Japan Tobacco International (JTI)



Laboratórios Pfizer

Johnson & Johnson do Brasil

Public law Tier 3

Demarest Advogados assists private companies looking to do business with federal, state and local governments. Apart from advising throughout the public procurement stage, including handling competitive bids, the team is adept at assisting with concession agreements, PPP models and administrative contracts pertaining to project development. The lawyers are also well versed in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings involving public law matters. Bruno Aurélio, whose fields of expertise include government projects and public contracts, is now overseeing the department following the departure of the two previous practice heads André Luiz Freire and Renato Poltronieri, who joined Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and NHMF Advogados, respectively. Renan Sona Silva is noted for his experience representing companies before regulatory agencies, and in privatisation processes and concession projects in a range of industries; Silva recently joined from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown.

Practice head(s):


The most important is the attention paid by lawyers to us and our lawsuit. Meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations.

The lawyer who attends us is Bruno Aurélio and he is very sharp, objective and makes us comfortable and safe.

Key clients

Construtora Queiroz Galvão


Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações

Construtora Marquise

American Tower do Brasil – Internet das Coisas

Yara Fertilizantes

Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços

AENA Desarrollo Internacional SME

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte


TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Fielding specialised teams in advisory and litigation services, Demarest Advogados undertakes a wide array of work pertaining to data privacy and cybersecurity. The team is equipped to not only advise on privacy policies and terms of use, but also on the use and sharing of information. Other areas of expertise include big data and technologies related to the IoT. Assisting clients in compliance programmes with the new General Data Protection Law and handling data breach incidents are other notable areas of practice for the team, which is led by Tatiana Campello. Vanessa Ferro is another key contact. Since publication, the firm hired Eduardo Magrani to bolster its data protection and IP practices.

Practice head(s):


‘The team demonstrates deep knowledge of a new matter. Lawyers have a professional approach and offer cautious recommendations aligned with the business intentions and particularities.’

‘Tatiana Campello stands out as a very experienced attorney and with a broad vision and insights on what might happen.’

Key clients

Mercadolivre Group

Vale S.A.

White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3

Demarest Advogados has longstanding experience in the field of corporate criminal law. Practice head Fabyola En Rodrigues draws on over 20 years' experience in this area, and also co-heads the firm's compliance practice. Associate Thais Karine Tereciano is another key member of the team. Recent work for the practice group includes representing individuals and companies in bid-rigging, insider trading, money laundering and fraud investigations.

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Key clients

Andrade Gutierrez



MC Bauchemie





Center Norte

Jaguar and Land Rover

Hydrocarbons Tier 4

Demarest Advogados is not only engaged by E&P companies in onshore and offshore matters, but also assists service providers, suppliers and gas and fuel distributors. With a particular focus on transactional and regulatory work, the practice is well equipped to advise on M&A, acquisition financing, EPC and other contractual issues. João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida, who is often sought out by large Brazilian companies and multinationals, leads the department. Farm-out transactions and financing issues pertaining to the oil and gas sector are among his areas of practice.


‘Outstanding performance. Focused on the topics and quick reaction to provide suitable assistance. Understanding of the legal implications to client (domestic and cross-border issues). In general, the team has excellent legal background.’

‘Demarest has a fantastic team, the way the different departments work together is quite good and gives you the trust that an in-house looks for. ‘

‘João Almeida, with whom I had the opportunity to work and discuss several issues involving different projects in the oil and gas field, has been working in the industry for more than a decade, and is always up to date on the latest regulatory issues and changes. You can rely on him: deep knowledge and always available.’

‘Effectively identifies and analyses the legal issues which need to be solved. Truly determines what level of effort must be applied to appropriately resolve legal issues without overreacting and cost efficiency. Achieves desired legal outcomes. Makes recommendations based on accurate legal analysis, good judgment and common sense.’

‘João Almeida is a hard worker. He has deep experience, responsiveness and knowledge of the market.’

Key clients

Qatar Petroleum

Central Resources

Royal Fic

Petrom Produção de Petróleo e Gás

Companhia de Gás do Estado de São Paulo – COMGAS


Sat Participações / ALESAT Combustíveis

World Fuel (Terrana)

National Oilwell Varco

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)


Raízen Energia

BR Distribuidora

Companhia de Gás de Minas Gerais – GASMIG

Chubb Seguradora

Mining Tier 4

Demarest Advogados offers cross-practice legal support in relation to the mining industry, bringing together expertise in corporate matters, tax, public law, projects, capital markets, insurance and environmental law. In addition to covering traditional mining segments like the extraction of gold, copper, tin, iron and bauxite, the department is also proficient in handling issues on behalf of metallurgy and steel mill companies. Practice head Thiago Maia focuses on corporate issues, M&A and private equity transactions in the mining sector.

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Key clients


Usiminas – Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Carmeuse Lime & Stone


Arcelor Mittal




CSN – Companhia Siderúgica Nacional


Transport and shipping

Demarest Advogados represents a mix of aircraft and avionics manufacturers and airlines on a broad range of transactional, financing, liability and regulatory issues. Other clients include insurers, suppliers, caterers, airports and IT service providers. The team is led by highly rated corporate partner Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz and disputes specialist Luciana Penteado.


‘Demarest is an excellent law firm, with responsible, knowledgeable and serious professionals who focus on clients needs. It’s a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Gabriel Kusnietz is always sharp and available, has a deep understanding of the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

Delta Airlines

Iberia Líneas Aéreas

Air Europa

Air France / KLM


Aerolíneas Argentinas / Austral / Aerolíneas Cargo

Globalia Linhas Aéreas

Embraer / Eleb / Savis

Textron / Cessna


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.


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.


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.


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,, 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 (65): Ana Carolina Botto Audi, Ana Paula Schedel, Andoni Hernández, André Alarcon, Antonio Carlos Gonçalves, Bruna Toledo 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, Guilherme Fontes Bechara, Guilherme Vieira da Silva, Helen Naves, João Luis Almeida, João Paulo Minetto, José Diaz, Joyl Gondim, Kátia Zambrano, Lucas Tavares Bueno, Luciana Goulart Penteado, Luciana Prado, Luciana Tornovsky, Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna, Marc Stalder, Marcelo Annunziata, Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Marcello Pedroso, Marcia Cicarelli, Maria Helena Bragaglia, 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, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and Acquisitions, Aviation Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz +55 11 3356 1547
Competition Bruno Drago +55 11 3356 1776
White Collar Defense and Investigations Fabyola En Rodrigues +55 11 3356 1738
Commercial Agreements Cláudio Mattos +55 11 3356 1561
Mergers and Acquisitions Paulo Rocha +55 11 3356 1822
Mergers and Acquisitions Thiago Sandim +55 11 3356 2085
Arbitration and Litigation, Energy Rafael Gagliardi +55 11 3356 1576
Environment Luiz Fernando Sant'anna +55 11 3356 1518
Mergers and Acquisitions, International Trade/WTO José Diaz +55 11 3356 1549
Insurance and Reinsurance, Mergers and Acquisitions André Alarcon +55 11 3356 1821
Intellectual Property and Innovation, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Tatiana Campello +55 21 3723 9851
Labor and Employment Cássia Pizzotti +55 11 3356 1710
Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Celso Xavier +55 11 3356 1616
Oil and Gas João Almeida +55 21 3723 9804
Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Lucas Tavares Bueno +55 11 3356 1791
Social Security Rodrigo Campos +55 11 3356 1732
Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Ana Carolina Botto Audi +55 11 3356 2115
Commercial Agreements Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel +55 11 3356 1892
Mergers and Acquisitions Andoni Hernandez Bengoa +55 11 3356 2235
International Trade/WTO, Litigation and Arbitration Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha Martins +55 11 3356 2178
Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration Carlo Verona +55 11 3356 1954
Tax Carlos Eduardo Marino Orsolon +55 11 3356 2186
Tax Catarina Rosa Rodrigues carodrigues@demarest.combr +55 11 3356 1619
Tax Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo +55 11 3356 2004
Competition Daniel Oliveira Andreoli +55 11 3356 1679
Tax Douglas Mota +55 11 3356 1888
Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax Edimara Iansen Wieczorek +55 19 3123 4305
Banking and Finance Fabio de Almeida Braga +55 11 3356 1668
Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Guilherme Fontes Bechara +55 11 3356 1763
Mergers and Acquisitions Guilherme Vieira da Silva +55 21 3723 9821
Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions João Paulo Bueno Minetto +55 11 3356 1626
Mergers and Acquisitions Joyl Gondim de Alencar Filho +55 11 3356 1957
Tax Katia Zambrano Mazloum +55 11 3356 1545
Litigation and Arbitration, Consumer Law, Aviation Luciana Goulart Penteado +55 11 3356 1729
Mergers and Acquisitions Luciana Monteiro Cossermelli Tornovsky +55 11 3356 1671
Social Security Marcello Pedroso Pereira +55 11 3356 1685
Intellectual Property and Innovation, Litigation and Arbitration Marcelo Junqueira Inglez de Souza +55 11 3356 2177
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
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
Competition Paola Regina Pugliese +55 11 3356 2084
Tax Priscila Faricelli de Mendonça +55 11 3356 1716
Labor and Employment Renato Canizares +55 11 3356 2173
Tax Rodrigo Damazio de Miranda Ferreira +55 21 3723 9824
Mergers and Acquisitions Thereza Maria Sarfert Franco Montoro +55 11 3356 1676
Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions Thiago Giantomassi Medeiros +55 11 3356 1656
Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining Thiago Rodrigues Maia +55 11 3356 2006
International Trade/WTO, Tax Victor Bovarotti Lopes +55 11 3356 1692
Litigation and Arbitration Silvio de Salvo Venosa +55 11 3356 2033
Public and Regulatory Bruno Aurélio +55 11 3356 1853
Compliance, Investigations Eloy Rizzo Neto +55 11 3356 2240
Banking and Finance Helen Naves +55 11 3356 1678
Insurance and Reinsurance Luciana Prado +55 11 3356 2056
Real Estate Marc Stalder +55 11 3356 1581
Competition Milena Mundim +55 11 3356 2092
Labor and Employment Mônica Matarazzo +55 11 3356 1663
Government Relations Antonio Carlos Guimarães Gonçalves +55 61 3243 1164
Intellectual Property and Innovation, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Eduardo Magrani +55 21 3723 9811
Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Bruna Toledo Pacheco +55 11 3356 2167
Commercial Contracts, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Daniel Caramaschi +55 19 3123-4309
Litigation and Arbitration Cesar Rossi Machado +55 11 3356 2196
Tax Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral +55 11 3356 1571
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral photo Mr Thiago Abiatar Lopes Amaral Partner
Mr Andre Alarcon  photo Mr Andre Alarcon Partner
Mrs Ana Carolina Botto Audi  photo Mrs Ana Carolina Botto Audi Partner
Mr Bruno Aurélio photo Mr Bruno Aurélio Partner
Mr Guilherme Fontes Bechara photo Mr Guilherme Fontes Bechara Partner
Mrs Camila Biral  photo Mrs Camila Biral Partner
Mr Altamiro Boscoli  photo Mr Altamiro Boscoli Partner
Mrs Maria Helena Bragaglia  photo Mrs Maria Helena Bragaglia Partner
Mr Rodrigo Campos  photo Mr Rodrigo Campos Partner
Mr Renato Canizares  photo Mr Renato Canizares Partner
Mr Daniel Caramaschi photo Mr Daniel Caramaschi Partner
Mr Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo  photo Mr Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo Partner
Mrs Marcia Cicarelli  photo Mrs Marcia Cicarelli Partner
Mr Paulo Coelho da Rocha  photo Mr Paulo Coelho da Rocha Managing partner, Co-head of Mergers & Acquisitions
Ms Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky  photo Ms Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky Partner
Mr Bruno Drago  photo Mr Bruno Drago Partner
 Fabyola Emilin Rodrigues  photo Fabyola Emilin Rodrigues Partner
Mrs Priscila Faricelli  photo Mrs Priscila Faricelli Partner
Mr Rafael Gagliardi  photo Mr Rafael Gagliardi Partner
Mr Thiago Giantomassi  photo Mr Thiago Giantomassi Partner
Mr Joyl Gondim  photo Mr Joyl Gondim Partner
Mr Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna photo Mr Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna Partner
 Andoni Hernández Bengoa  photo Andoni Hernández Bengoa Partner
Mr Marcelo Inglez de Souza  photo Mr Marcelo Inglez de Souza Partner
Mr Gabriel Kuznietz  photo Mr Gabriel Kuznietz Partner
Mr Oswaldo Leite de Moraes  photo Mr Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Partner
 Maurício Levy  photo Maurício Levy Partner
Mr Victor Lopes photo Mr Victor Lopes
Mr Mauro Luz  photo Mr Mauro Luz Partner
Mr Eduardo Magrani photo Mr Eduardo Magrani Partner
Mr Thiago Maia  photo Mr Thiago Maia Partner
 Newton Marzagão  photo Newton Marzagão Partner
 Mônica Matarazzo  photo Mônica Matarazzo Partner
Mr Claudio Mattos  photo Mr Claudio Mattos Partner
Mr Joao Paulo Minetto  photo Mr Joao Paulo Minetto Partner
Mrs Thereza Montoro photo Mrs Thereza Montoro Partner
Mr Douglas Mota  photo Mr Douglas Mota Partner
Mrs Milena Mundim photo Mrs Milena Mundim Partner
Mrs Helen Naves photo Mrs Helen Naves Partner
Mr Daniel Oliveira Andreoli  photo Mr Daniel Oliveira Andreoli Partner
Mr Carlos Eduardo Orsolon  photo Mr Carlos Eduardo Orsolon Partner
Miss Bruna Pacheco photo Miss Bruna Pacheco Partner
Mr Marcello Pedroso  photo Mr Marcello Pedroso Partner
Mrs Luciana Penteado  photo Mrs Luciana Penteado Partner
 Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti  photo Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti Partner
Mrs Luciana Prado  photo Mrs Luciana Prado
Mrs Paola Pugliese  photo Mrs Paola Pugliese Partner
Mr Eloy Rizzo Neto  photo Mr Eloy Rizzo Neto Partner
Mrs Catarina Rosa Rodrigues  photo Mrs Catarina Rosa Rodrigues Partner
Mr Cesar Rossi Machado photo Mr Cesar Rossi Machado Partner
Mr Marcelo Salles Annunziata  photo Mr Marcelo Salles Annunziata Partner
Mr Thiago Sandim photo Mr Thiago Sandim Partner
Mrs Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel  photo Mrs Ana Paula Pinheiro Schedel Partner
 José Setti Diaz  photo José Setti Diaz Managing partner
Mr Marc Stalder  photo Mr Marc Stalder Partner
Mr Lucas Tavares Bueno  photo Mr Lucas Tavares Bueno Partner
Mr Silvio Venosa  photo Mr Silvio Venosa Partner
Mr Carlo Verona  photo Mr Carlo Verona Partner
Mr Celso Xavier  photo Mr Celso Xavier Partner
Mrs Katia Zambrano  photo Mrs Katia Zambrano Partner
Mr Fabio de Almeida Braga  photo Mr Fabio de Almeida Braga Partner
Other fee-earners : 251
Total staff : 690
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ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
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