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Araújo e Policastro Advogados
758 4TH FLOOR, ITAIM BIBI 04542-000

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Araújo e Policastro Advogados has a longstanding reputation in the Brazilian market, and is praised for combining ‘tradition and innovation to provide quality legal services‘. The full range of corporate and M&A services are catered for, with the team regularly acting for leading multinational and Brazilian clients from the healthcare, real estate, chemicals, telecoms, education, banking and infrastructure sectors, among others. The team handles a steady flow of M&A transactions, but is also prepared to provide non-transactional advice, and support in the context of corporate disputes. On the contentious front, the practice, which is made up of a majority of female lawyers, offers clients a tool that automatically allows the follow-up of ongoing lawsuits. Theodoro Araújo, who leads the thriving succession planning department, also oversees work pertaining to M&A, including cross-border deals. Focused on mergers, acquisitions and divestments, José Paulo Bueno is also active in joint ventures, shareholder issues and commercial agreements. These are all areas in which Camila Araújo is a key contact; she also has a wealth of experience assisting foreign entities in their operations in Brazil. Tania Mara Ferreira specialises in M&A and contractual matters in the automotive sector; other key practitioners in the group include Fernanda Pereira Leite and Bárbara Moreira.

Practice head(s):

Theodoro Araújo; José Paulo Bueno; Camila Araújo


‘We believe that this is a firm with great prestige in Brazil. The team is specialised in various branches of law, which makes it a tremendously competent firm in diverse matters.’

‘The lawyers of the firm with whom we have had the pleasure of working, including Tania Mara Ferreira, are professionals who stand out, in my experience, for their permanent availability and willingness at all times to help us as quickly as possible in all the matters that we refer to them.’

‘Highly engaged and qualified professionals. Camila Araújo stands out.’

‘The firm combines tradition and innovation to provide quality legal services. Its lawyers are technically prepared and are able to deal with clients’ problems quickly, and think of creative solutions. The firm’s internationalisation weighs heavily in its favour.’

‘Theodoro Araújo possesses an excellent technical capacity and great legal and business vision.’

Key clients

Alcoa Corporation

Alcoa Alumínio

Amphenol Corporation

Cabot Corporation


GS Global

SsangYong Corporation




Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 5

Araújo e Policastro Advogados stands out for its niche focus on private antitrust enforcement claims, still a nascent area in Brazil. Highly regarded practice head Bruno Lanna Peixoto assists clients – which include major companies in the construction, financial services and life sciences sectors – in finding international litigation strategies to bring claims for follow-on damages after a finding of a cartel. In this field he works alongside associate Carolina Pagotto Trevizo, who also has experience in merger filings before CADE.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Lanna Peixoto


‘Bruno Lanna Peixoto makes the difference.’

‘Bruno Lanna Peixoto is a technical, focused and very intelligent professional.’

Key clients


GMW Advogados


Cobraço – Comercial Brasileira de Aço

Federação dos Hospitais do Estado de São Paulo – Fehosp

Sindicato da Construção Civil no Estado de Minas Gerais – Sinduscon/MG

Federação dos Hospitais do Estado do Paraná – Fehospar

Work highlights

  • Representing Concremix in a major recovery action for cartel damages.
  • Retained by Fehosp and Fehospar to file and conduct a collective action seeking injunctive relief and compensatory damages for cartel overcharge.
  • Conducting the first antitrust recovery action in Brazil, representing the Cobraço Group against ArcelorMittal for participating in a cartel.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 5

Araújo e Policastro Advogados provides major employers with ‘a very high level of professionalism and competence‘ when it comes to labour-related litigation and advisory matters. Highly experienced practice head Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva is highlighted for her ‘excellent leadership skills, team control and delivery of results‘. Multinational clients also appreciate the firm’s ‘treatment and ability to solve national and international problems‘, and the lawyers have a good track record advising on cross-border recruitment and assignment policies. Clients come from several key sectors, including retail, education, fintech, agribusiness, and oil and gas.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva


‘Unique for service, knowledge and results in a timely manner. The team is responsible, has extensive legal knowledge, knowledge of international law, discernment of legal problems and delivery of solutions with immediate results. The firm is distinguished by the treatment and ability to solve national and international problems in a more precise way than others.’

‘In the labour team, the differential is the quality of professionals.’

‘Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva: excellent leadership skills, team control and delivery of results, extensive control of the communication language. Flavia Sulzer Augusto Dainese and Marília Chrysostomo Chessa: great ability to discern problems and translate them into documents and achieve objectives.’

‘A firm with a very high level of professionalism and competence.’

‘Ana Lúcia Pinke Ribeiro de Paiva – Punctuality, clarity, commitment.’

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 5

The lawyers at Araújo e Policastro Advogados ‘stand out for their tenacity, commitment, control of deadlines, client-focused attention, excellent monitoring of processes and performance’. A key contributor to the firm’s success is practice head and litigator Sylvio Fernando Paes De Barros Júnior, a tax specialist with over 30 years’ experience. The firm regularly defends domestic and international clients in direct and indirect tax claims, and also provides strong support on tax structuring, M&A, offshore investments and international trade. Clients also rate senior associate Fernanda Botinha Nascimento, whose ‘technical knowledge makes all the difference‘.

Practice head(s):

Sylvio Fernando Paes de Barros Júnior


‘Assertive resolution of complex problems based on experience. Open communication and responsiveness.’

‘Fernanda Botinha’s technical knowledge makes all the difference in the provision of services.’

‘Excellent time control, search for defensive arguments, and attentive and dedicated.’

‘All lawyers we work with stand out for their tenacity, commitment, control of deadlines, client-focused attention, excellent monitoring of processes and performance.’

Key clients

Axletech do Brasil Sistemas Automotivos

Confab Industrial

Tenaris Coating do Brasil

Confab Montagens

Ampenhol TFC

Cabot Corporation

Keysight Technologies Medição Brasil

Metalsa Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Autopeças

Metalsa Campo Largo Indústria e Comércio de Chassis

Deublin Juntas Rotativas de Precisão

Meritor do Brasil Sistemas Automotivos

Schaeffler do Brasil Embreagens

Penumbra Latin America Distribuidora de Equipamentos e Produtos Médicos

Markem-Imaje Identificação de Produtos

Spirax Sarco Indústria e Comércio

Thornton Eletronica Eireli

Amer-Sil do Brasil Membranas Microporosas

CIPEG Cirurgia Pediátrica

Araújo e Policastro Advogados has built a reputation as one of the most respected law firms in Brazil, with a long-standing reputation for excellence in various areas of legal practice. Over 60 years of practice, founding partners Theodoro Araújo and Décio Policastro have been successful in keeping to the firm’s original goal: providing its clients with the highest quality legal services in a professional, creative and practical manner. Araújo e Policastro, founded in 1962, is a full-service law firm with headquarters in the city of São Paulo, Latin America’s main business and industrial centre.

The firm’s core practices are international corporate law, contracts, M&A and tax, which are complemented by numerous specialty areas, including insurance, banking, finance and capital markets, antitrust, competition and cartel, infrastructure, regulatory and public law, privatisations and concession of public services, energy, oil and gas, mining and natural resources, roads, ports and airports, telecommunications, intellectual property, information technology and data protection, litigation and arbitration, international trade, labour, real estate, environmental, consumer protection laws, healthcare and life sciences, wealth and succession planning, family law, trusts and estates.

The firm’s attorneys have studied in the finest institutions in Brazil and many have also attended specialist courses or master of laws programmes in the US and Europe, and worked for law firms abroad. They perform to the standards of the international legal community for a prompt and efficient practice dealing with clients’ legal and business needs.

By keeping up the vision of delivering personal and high-quality services to its clients, Araújo e Policastro has been able to grow and diversify without losing focus on its original profile and goals. The personal attention and hands-on involvement of the partners  is what the clients most appreciate about  the firm. Araújo e Policastro’s carefully planned growth and focus on the quality of its legal practice has resulted in a sound reputation across the Brazilian and worldwide business and legal communities.

The firm continues to progress its strategic policies of continued growth, but without becoming less efficient in its provision of quality legal services. The expansion is the result of the growing demand for legal services in the areas of high growth potential or specialisation, such as antitrust and international litigation and trade. The hiring of highly skilled professionals, with wide expertise and solid careers, reflects our expansion strategy, which is to have the best talented professionals, and to offer services of the highest quality. “With our structure and tradition in the corporate area, I understand that we can expand our legal services to a global market which is increasingly dynamic and demanding,” says Theodoro Araújo, co-founder of the firm.

Managing Partner Camila Araú 11 30495700
Partners : 11
Total staff : 59