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Felsberg Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 01453-000

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Restructuring and insolvency is a core area for Felsberg Advogados, which has one of the leading practices in the market. Founding partner Thomas Benes Felsberg is a pioneer in the market, having been at the forefront of its development for many years. The team as a whole is best known for its debtor-led work, where it has been involved in some of the country's most complex insolvency proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. This includes strong support in litigation and distressed M&A, both for sellers and buyers. The firm also has good experience advising suppliers and creditors, including investors. Key members of the team include highly rated partners Fabiana Solano and Clara Moreira Azzoni and senior associate Thiago Dias Costa.

Key clients

Renova Energia

Grupo Moreno

Caixa Economica Federal (caso Odebrecht)

Livraria Cultura

Isolux Corsan Corvian




Atlas Eletrodomésticos

Grupo Elektra

Brasil Supply


Enforce Group (BTG)

ACP (Argentem Creek)

Grupo de Debenturistas (Rodovias do Tiete)

Mimo Brasil

Docas Investimentos

Rede Energia – Energisa

Environment Tier 3

Standing out for its expertise in waste management, Felsberg Advogados assists clients from the pharmaceutical and electronic equipment industries with nationwide product take-back agreements and class actions pertaining to packaging take-back regulations. Other clients come from a variety of sectors, including agribusiness, sanitation, technology and energy, to name a few. Fabricio Soler, who has a background in environmental, waste, infrastructure and energy law, heads the department.

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‘This team is particularly skilled in tackling environmental challenges in a way that is both legally compliant and enterprise friendly at the same time.’

‘Fabricio Soler’s energy and client-focused approach at all times gives us a unique combination of good advice and dependability.’

‘The team is very experienced and knowledgeable. All its members, no matter the seniority, are able to provide quick, direct and effective responses to my questions. They also make themselves available and are truly supportive.’

‘They always analyse the cases in a precise manner, pointing out the risks and seeking for practical solutions. Their advice is very helpful in all situations.’

‘Good and up to date overview of new policies regarding environmental law.’

‘Fabricio Soler stands out for his expertise regarding waste management and other environmental policies.’

Key clients

ABREE – Associação Brasileira de Reciclagem de Eletroeletrônicos e Eletrodomésticos

Dell Technologies

ELETROS – Associação Nacional de Fabricantes de Produtos Eletroeletrônicos

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia

Whirlpool Corporation

ABPA – Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal

ABITRIGO – Associação Brasileira da Indústria do Trigo

ABIAD – Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Alimentos para Fins Especiais e Congêneres

ABICAB – Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Chocolates, Amendoim e Balas

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Mars Brasil


Estre Ambiental


Dart Container Corporation

ABIHPEC – Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos

SELURB – Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Limpeza Urbana

ABLP – Associação Brasileira de Resíduos Sólidos e Limpeza Pública

ABETRE – Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Tratamento de Resíduos e Efluentes

Silcon Ambiental

Labour and employment Tier 3

Felsberg Advogados has an impressive, growing practice that represents employers on the full range of issues. On the litigation side this includes individual and collective disputes, whether filed by former executives or representative labour unions. The team is as comfortable handling strikes and collective bargaining negotiations as it is stock options and employee compensation plans. Highly rated practice head Maurício Pepe de Lion has over 20 years in the market, while Ana Cristina Valentim is also building a strong reputation for defending companies' interests.


‘Strong assertiveness and agility with the information needed. In all situations, Ana Cristina Valentim was available and ready to help us, very helpful. We have Ana as a right arm for labor issues.’

‘The firm offers extreme client care, accuracy and personalised work.’

Key clients

WPP Group


Atvos Agroindsustrial


FieldCore (General Electric Company)

Moog do Brasil Controles

Suhai Seguradora

DB Schenker

Christian Loubutin

Maxetron Serviços de Tecnologia e Informações

RPL Rolamentos Paulista


Exeltis Healthcare

Grupo Marista

Public law Tier 3

Felsberg Advogados is able to guide clients through bidding procedures, advising them on the review of proposals, as well as on the filing of administrative appeals and judicial challenges. Assisting with the execution of public contracts, requesting the extension of government contracts, and representing clients before federal, state and local courts are among the regular instructions for the department, which is led by Marianne Albers. Albers brings together experience in public law and life sciences. Public service concessions and PPPs are key strengths for Rodrigo Bertoccelli, while Felipe Cesar Lourenço is noted for administrative contracts.

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Key clients

Cummins do Brasil


Hospital das Clínicas de São Paulo

Exeltis Brasil


Máquina de Notícias




Banco Paulista

Brado Logística

Volvo Caminhões

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The 'client-friendly, sophisticated and efficient' team at Felsberg Advogados balances a busy corporate advisory and transactional workload and is particularly active in deals involving disruptive and innovative technologies. João Carlos Mendonça has key experience in the technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors; Maria Carolina Guazzelli advises leading fashion brands, among other clients. Miriam Machado, Renato Brandão and Evy Marques each receive praise, and the team also benefits from the input of several experienced associates, including Mirella Kaufman and Paula Sozzi.


The Felsberg team is multidisciplinary and extremely committed to the outcome. They are very available to our demands and deliver results very efficiently.

Renato Brandão is an experienced, multidisciplinary lawyer who takes great care of addressing our demands.

Miriam Machado is very knowledgeable about our industry in Brazil, always with a focus of reaching a practical solution. She has earned the respect and confidence of many people at our headquarters.

Also to mention the solid performance rendered by associate Paula Sozzi, who responds very efficiently and promptly to the many inquiries.

Felsberg is my go-to law firm in Brazil. Felsberg is client-friendly, sophisticated and efficient. I would highly recommend them to any other tech company working in Brazil.

Evy Marques is our primary partner and she both brings substantive expertise to bear and prioritizes our relationship. I trust Evy and go to her with a wide range of Brazilian issues.

Key clients


Grupo JCA

Grupo Guanabara



WPP Group

Spar Group

Rappi Brasil

CCCC South America Regional Company

Associação Brasileira de Reciclagem de Eletroeletrônicos e Eletrodomésticos (ABREE)

IPS Worldwide

Real estate Tier 4

Felsberg Advogados has a solid real estate practice, with particularly good experience in real estate financings and structured products. The firm represents several investment funds, both on launches and restricted placement offers. Tatiana Guerra leads the team.

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Tax Tier 4

Felsberg Advogados has a well-balanced team, offering an even spread of high-end contentious and non-contentious tax advice. The firm is especially noted for its restructuring and insolvency expertise. Anna Flávia de Azevedo Izelli Greco heads the tax litigation arm, while Rio-based partner Ivan Campos heads the consultancy side. Other key partners include litigator Rodrigo Prado Gonçalves and tax advisory specialist Rafael Macedo Malheiro. Senior associate Gabriel Paranaguá is also recommended.

Key clients

Arris Indústria Eletrônica do Brasil

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica

Central Energética Moreno Açúcar e Alcool Ltda. –Usina Moreno

Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira

CenturyLink Comunicações do Brasil

Cozinhas do Futuro (Cloud Kitchens)

Dell Computadores do Brasil

Eramet Latin America

ERB – Energias Renováveis do Brasil

Essity Soluções Médicas do Brasil – Comércio e Distribuição

Eutelsat do Brasil

Evelop Airlines

Fujifilm do Brasil

Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo – Fundação OSESP


Insud Pharma


J. Walter Thompson

Kantar Ibope


Livraria Cultura

Mexichem Brasil Indústria de Transformação Plástica

Novelis do Brasil

Ogilvy & Mather


Onet Group (Groupe Onet)

PromonLogicalisTecnologia e Participações

Queiroz Galvão Energias




T4F Entretenimento

Teva Farmacêutica – Ok

TIM Brasil – OK

Toyota do Brasil


Wabco do Brasil Ind. Com. Freios

WPP Group



Yamaha Musical do Brasil


TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4

Felsberg Advogados houses teams specialised in innovation, start-ups, venture capital, technology and data protection, which are well equipped to advise domestic and foreign emerging businesses, corporate investors, private equity funds and financial institutions. Evy Marques has extensive experience assisting start-ups and other innovative enterprises in relation to commercial agreements and M&A, including investment rounds and exits. Technology law is an area of expertise for Clarissa Luz, who predominantly advises on data privacy issues.

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‘Felsberg’s team has all sorts of specialists. And this is mandatory when we are talking about tech and innovation. Most of the times different visions and knowledge are needed in order to construct a solution.’

‘Evy Marques understands startups, venture capital and innovation. She is a market insider and builds bridges for peers wanting to target or enter these markets.’

‘Evy Marques is an outstanding partner, market visionary and true pioneer. She has started the innovation practice and has long been able to support us with full service long before other major law firms even begun understanding the workings of startups, seed investing and venture capital. Moreover she is building a spectacular team and builds the perfect bridge to other professionals in and outside the firm.’

‘Felsberg has a highly qualified team with valuable experience in the most diverse aspects of Brazilian Law. Its analyses are always rich and full of important information. I must say that the work performed by Emily Caroline de Camillo is simply outstanding. She is very precise and quick on providing the appropriate information for everything I ask her. She works as a partner of our business, drawing scenarios and giving multiple solutions to any type of issue.’

Key clients

World Bank Hospital das Clínicas


The Not Company




Banking and finance Tier 5

Felsberg Advogados has a solid banking team led by Maria da Graça out of the firm’s São Paulo office. The practice has especially good expertise in project and aviation finance, and represents both borrowers and banks. Since publication, in a significant department, the firm hired Ricardo Higashitani from KLA Advogados in July 2021.

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Key clients

Clifford Chance LLP



Evelop Airlines

Irmãos Franciosi

Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C

Moinho Canuelas

Deutsche Leasing International

SM Resinas

Projects and infrastructure Tier 5

Felsberg Advogados possesses a proven track record in handling development and implementation projects in the fields of energy (power plants and transmission lines), sanitation, roads, airports and port terminals, among other sectors. Project finance and PPPs are particular areas of focus. Practice leader Graça Pedretti specialises in corporate finance and infrastructure matters, while co-head Rodrigo Bertoccelli is regularly retained to advise on public bids, concession contracts, M&A and administrative law issues.

Key clients

Acciona Infraestrutura


GS Inima Brasil

ASAP Telecom

Concremat (grupo CCCC)

Construtami Engenharia

Teixeira Duarte Engenharia e Construções

Empa Engenharia

Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 6

Felsberg Advogados represents clients in all stages of judicial litigation in Brazil, and is also well equipped to assist in mediation. Acting for companies in the transport, energy and construction sectors, among others, the team handles lawsuits involving corporate, M&A, financing, environmental and consumer law issues. The department is led by Marcus Matteucci, whose experience covers domestic and cross-border litigation, as well as civil and commercial disputes, and Eduardo Périllier, who joined the firm in 2019.

Key clients

Caixa Econômica Federal

Caixa Participações

Companhia Hidroelétrica Figueirópolis


Supermirella Participações

TNS Serviços de Pesquisa de Mercado

WPP Group Nominees Limited

WPP do Brasil Participações


IBOPE Participações

Rede Energia

Zeos Tecnologia e Sistemas

WJ Produtos Alimentícios

Equipav Engenharia

Agropecuária Potenza

Votener – Votorantim Comercializadora de Energia

T4F Entretenimento

Promonlogicalis Tecnologia e Participações

Diebold Nixdorf Brazil

Parmalat S.p.A

Lactalis do Brasil – Comércio, Importação e Exportação de Laticínios

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Usina Caeté



FKP Sojuzplodoimport

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Nordic Trustee ASA

Banco do Brasil

JVC Kenwood do Brasil

Mexichem Brasil

Livraria Cultura

Johnson Controls

Avis Budget Group

Caixa Econômica Federal

Felsberg Advogados is a full-service law firm founded in 1970 and defined by its ability to combine experience, tradition and excellence with efficient, fast and focused service, offering innovative solutions in a constantly changing world.

The combination of individual, joint and complementary values, with a tradition established over five decades of service, means that we have a broad and all-encompassing vision that meets the current and future legal requirements of all our clients, from the biggest corporate groups to the freshest of startups.

This is what makes us unique, different and prepared.

Both eyes on the present with the future in sight.

Partners: 28
Other fee-earners: 90

Department Name Email Telephone
Restructuring & Insolvency; Arbitration and Mediation; Governmental Relations; Aviation Thomas Benes Felsberg (55 11) 3141-9101
Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Aviation Maria da Graça Pedretti (55 11) 3141-9102
Corporate and M&A Evy Marques
Corporate and M&A Claudia Maniaci
Corporate and M&A Miriam Machado
Corporate and M&A João Carlos Mendonça
Corporate and M&A Maria Carolina Guazzelli
Corporate and M&A Renato Brandão
Labor and Employment Maurício Pepe De Lion
Labor and Employment Ana Cristina Valentim
Tax Anna Flávia de Azevedo Izelli Greco
Tax Rafael Malheiro
Tax Ivan Campos
Tax Rodrigo Prado Gonçalves
Dispute Resolution Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes
Dispute Resolution Eduardo Périllier
Restructuring and Insolvency Fabiana Solano
Restructuring and Insolvency Clara Moreira Azzoni
White-Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations André Fonseca
Data Protection and Technology Clarissa Luz
Intellectual Property Diego Goulart de Oliveira Vieira
Environment, Sustainability and Waste Fabrico Soler
Electric Power Ligia Schlittler
Life Sciences Marianne Albers
Antitrust Paula Salles
Banking and Finance Ricardo Higashitani
Infrastructure Rodrigo de Pinho Bertoccelli
Real Estate Tatiana Guerra
Partners : 28
Other fee-earners : 90
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CLIENT: Sergio Herz
COMPANY/FIRM: Livraria Cultura
TESTIMONIAL: We consider ourselves very privileged to be able to work with Felsberg Advogados. They are a team with very high technical knowledge. The dedication and commitment to resolving customer issues is truly impressive. We have complete confidence that we are working with the best. This brings us a lot of security and tranquility so that we can focus on our business.

We are committed to encouraging social, cultural and educational projects. Among the projects we support are Vaga Lume (creating and maintaining libraries in the Amazon), APAQ (treatment of burns victims), and AB2L (for the creation of dialogue among law firms and tech companies). Our fashion law team, in particular, devotes pro bono hours to two institutes in the fashion industry: Fashion Revolution (uniting the fashion industry in the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed) and Instituto Alinha (connecting small workshops with designers and brands at fair prices and deadlines).

Our pro bono program was restructured and expanded on 11 August 2021, commemorating Lawyers’ Day. In addition to our focus on the fashion sector, we are expanding our pro bono ambit to cover ESG, diversity, education, and the fight against hunger.

We focus on selecting and rewarding the best minds, regardless of gender, color, social class, sexual or religious orientation. Respect for diversity is reflected in our values. Among our partners, more than 50% are women, and within our office as a whole, 57% are women. Salary levels for men and women are equal within each function. Healthcare benefits are extended to all spouses, regardless of sexual orientation. DiversiFeA, our Committee of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion comprising partners, other fee-earners and staff, promotes regular initiatives and events for the well-being of all members of the firm.