Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile
Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados Offices
AV. BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA, NO 1847
SÃO PAULO 01452-001
Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados > The Legal 500 RankingsUlhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados is one of the first ports of call for electricity clients engaged in high-profile and innovative transactions and contentious matters. In addition to the team’s well-known regulatory capabilities, its practitioners are also seasoned in privatisations, M&A deals involving power assets, transmission and generation auctions, and EPC agreements across all segments. The firm’s renewable energy offering is also of note; testament to this is its regular involvement in matters involving wind, solar and hydropower. Isabel Lustosa is a reference in the Brazilian power sector; she possesses a wealth of experience acting for generation companies, financial sponsors and utilities in regulatory matters, administrative proceedings, litigation, M&A and projects. Luciana Yoshida has acted for utilities, generation companies and sponsors in numerous mergers and acquisitions in the power sector. Alberto Büll da Silva is no longer at the firm.
ABRADEE – Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica
Brookfield Renewable Energy
Anglo American Brasil
IBS Energy Group
- Assisted Equatorial in the due diligence and review of the legal aspects related to the potential acquisition of 65.87% of shares of a distribution utility company.
- Assisted Anglo American in connection with the due diligence and review of the legal and regulatory aspects related to the acquisition of certain wind power plants developed by Casa dos Ventos Energias Renováveis.
- Assisted Equatorial in the due diligence related to the acquisition of 99.86% shares of Companhia de Eletricidade do Amapá (CEA).
Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1
Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados has a top reputation for contentious and non-contentious tax advice. The broad practice handles the full spread of direct and indirect tax matters for its domestic and international clients. This includes strong experience in municipal, state and federal-level tax issues, as well as advice on M&A, social security and employee compensation plans. Senior partner Carlos Alberto Alvahydo De Ulhôa Canto, Luis Claudio Gomes Pinto and Rodrigo Brunelli Machado have versatile practices.
Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca
Enel – Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo
Aliansce Sonae Shopping Center
CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo
Associação dos Aposentados Participantes da Eletros – APEL
- Acting for Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo in five lawsuits concerning the charge of tariff for poles and electricity distribution lines installed over highways under a public service concession.
- Representing an individual in an administrative procedure which investigates whether the top management of Petrobras are liable for the alleged damages suffered by Petrobras due to the acquisition of Pasadena Refining System.
- Provided legal assistance to Itaú in a writ of execution filed against guarantors.
Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados > Firm Profile
Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra – Advogados (Ulhôa Canto) is a Brazilian firm dedicated to business law. Since its foundation in 1959, Ulhôa Canto has been assisting in drafting tax bills and administrative directives going back to the Brazilian Tax Code itself. The firm is acknowledged as one of the most traditional law firms in Brazil and holds a prominent position among corporate law firms. By combining this tradition with a commitment to providing innovative solutions to its clients, Ulhôa Canto has achieved precedent-setting judicial and administrative decisions in many different sectors and has taken part in some of the most relevant business transactions that have occurred in Brazil in recent years.
As a boutique firm with presence in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, Ulhôa Canto is not and does not aim to be the largest law firm measured by number of lawyers; instead, our goal is to help our clients with their most challenging matters. To do so, the firm hires the very best law school graduates, the majority of which take postgraduate studies in top law schools in the US or Europe or work abroad as foreign associates. The firm promotes lawyers to partner based on merit and entirely from among its own associates. The result is a partnership with a cohesive perspective and a strong culture of excellency and meritocracy, comprised by a selective group of lawyers that can offer in-depth and original solutions.
Main areas of practice: The firm’s legal practice is diversified and mainly focused on tax, corporate (including M&A, venture capital and compliance), and regulatory and administrative law (especially in the power and sanitation sectors), litigation and arbitration, and oil and gas.
Tax: Tax law is Ulhôa Canto’s most traditional and recognized area of practice. This expertise has led Ulhôa Canto to provide legal assistance in the drafting of tax bills and administrative directives. Ulhôa Canto’s performance has been outstanding in tax litigation, especially before the Federal Supreme Court, where some of the many legal disputes handled by Ulhôa Canto have become important leading cases in Brazilian case law. The firm provides tax consulting services in general, including review of the tax aspects involved in corporate reorganization and company acquisitions, drafting of legal opinions, implementation of tax planning, administrative and judicial tax litigation before Federal and State courts and Municipal boards, legal advice on the drafting of requests for advance rulings and for taxation under special rules and on the negotiations with public authorities in order to obtain tax incentives, whether for investments in a certain geographical region or based on the client’s economic activity.
Corporate, M&A and capital markets: The firm’s practice in corporate law and capital markets comprises all aspects of business law, providing complete assistance to its clients. The work performed by Ulhôa Canto in M&As and in corporate restructuring, whether or not related to tax planning, is one of the firm’s highlights not only due to the number and diversity of the transactions in which it has provided legal advice during the last decades, but also due to the innovative solutions proposed.
Wealth and estate planning: Ulhôa Canto harbors a widely recognized wealth planning practice, which handles succession and estate planning, relocation of individuals from Brazil to other countries, and complex asset-holding-structures for family governance. Ulhôa Canto is currently one of the leading firms in this sector.
Infrastructure and project finance: Ulhôa Canto has been very active in this area, providing its clients (lenders, sponsors or borrowers) with legal assistance in several project finance transactions involving the implementation and development of infrastructure projects, especially in the oil and gas, telecommunications, electric power, petrochemical and steel and iron sectors.
Power: Ulhôa Canto has been highly active in this field for the past years. Besides having legally advised the Brazilian Federal Government on the restructuring of the energy sector, Ulhôa Canto has advised clients regarding various aspects of this field including regulatory, tax, contractual and litigation matters, with strong practice before the regulatory agency of the sector. Ulhôa Canto is, nowadays, the leading law firm in this sector in Brazil.
Venture capital and start-ups: The firm advises founders, companies, and funds in structuring and investing in start-ups, including various financing rounds and divestment routes.
Compliance: The firm advises on the implementation and review of policies and internal rules, compliance due diligence, and identification of non-conforming practices in the corporate environment.
Oil and gas: Ulhôa Canto has provided legal assistance to domestic and international companies operating in the oil and gas sectors since the 70s and has been at the forefront of several projects that encompass all phases of the oil and gas economic chain, including specific regulatory and tax matters.
Sanitation: Ulhôa Canto has a broad knowledge of the basic sanitation and water sectors. We have participated in the discussions that led to the enactment of the New Basic Sanitation Framework (Federal Law no. 14,026/2020) and have a solid experience in the privatization of basic sanitation companies, the outsourcing of water caption, treatment and final disposal of industrial residues services, representation in public bidding proceedings, modeling of concessions and public-private partnerships.
Litigation and arbitration: Spearheaded by seasoned partners who constantly act as specialists in topics covered by Brazilian legislation before international courts (amicus curiae), the firm’s litigation and arbitration area provides legal counsel to domestic and overseas clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings before key courts both in Brazil and overseas.
Real estate: Ulhôa Canto has experience in advising and representing clients in connection with real estate investments, deals, transactions, and urban development projects. Our practice also focuses on assisting a wide range of clients on acquisitions and dispositions of real properties, leasing, constructions and other traditional business models in the industry, as well as guiding them through transactional issues arising in the development and operation of shopping malls, real estate development, allotments, hotels, condominiums and other endeavors.
Clients: The firm has a vast and diverse clientele formed by Brazilian and foreign individuals as well as companies operating in Brazil and abroad, from all segments of the economy.
|Corporate and M&A; Tax; Real Estate; Financial Markets; Aviation||Aloysio Meirelles de Miranda Filhofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3066 3075|
|Tax||Antonio Carlos Garcia de Souzaemail@example.com||+55 21 3824 3265|
|Corporate and M&A; Infrastructure & Project Finance; Tax; Administrative Law; Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate; Financial Markets; Mining & Steel; Exempt Organizations||Guilherme Rocha Murgel de Rezendefirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 21 3824 3223|
|Tax||Luiz Felipe Gonçalves de Carvalhoemail@example.com||+ 55 21 3824 3346|
|Litigation and Arbitration||Marcelo Beltrão da Fonsecafirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 11 3066 3072|
|Power; Sanitation; Infrastructure & Project Finance||Isabel Lustosaemail@example.com||+ 55 11 3066 3045|
|Tax||Eunyce Porchat Secco Faveretfirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 21 3824 3337|
|Tax; Corporate and M&A||Christian Clarke de Ulhôa Cantoemail@example.com||+ 55 21 3824 3219|
|Tax; Corporate and M&A; Financial Markets||Luis Claudio Gomes Pintofirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 21 3824 3225|
|Tax; Exempt Organizations; Environmental Law||Rubem Tadeu Cordeiro Perlingeiroemail@example.com||+ 55 21 3824 3205|
|Wealth and Estate Planning; Corporate and M&A; Aviation||Humberto de Haro Sanchesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 3066 3072|
|Tax||Rodrigo Brunelli Machadoemail@example.com||+ 55 11 3066 3072|
|Tax||Mariana Jatahy Rizzo Soaresfirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 21 3824 3275|
|Corporate and M&A; Real Estate||Marcelo Maria Santosemail@example.com||+ 55 11 3066 3095|
|Corporate and M&A; Oil & Gas; Power; Infrastructure & Project Finance; Financial Markets||Paula Lima Nogueira Costafirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 21 3824 3285|
|Tax||Tatiana Sumer Surerus de Carvalhoemail@example.com||+ 55 21 3824 3278|
|Tax; Financial Markets||Pedro Vianna de Ulhôa Cantofirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 11 3066 3066|
|Tax||Alisson Carvalho de Souzaemail@example.com||+ 55 21 3824 3262|
|Corporate and M&A; Venture Capital and Start-ups||Pedro Chueirifirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 11 3066 3041|
|Power; Infrastructure & Project Finance||Alberto Büll da Silvaemail@example.com||+ 55 11 3066 6755|
|Tax||Guilherme Kluck Gomesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 11 3066 3055|
|Tax; Corporate and M&A; Wealth and Estate Planning||João Marcus de Melo Rigoniemail@example.com||+ 55 21 3824 3265|
|Tax; Oil & Gas||Flávia Cavalcanti Pepefirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 55 21 3824 3265|
|Mr Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca||Partner||View Profile|
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|Mr Guilherme Kluck Gomes||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Isabel Lustosa||Partner||View Profile|
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