Firm Profile > Tauil & Chequer Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil

Tauil & Chequer Advogados
04543-011 SÃO PAULO, SP

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 1

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is seen with great regularity advising on high-end transactions, regulatory matters and project development in the oil and gas sector. The team draws on the firm’s full-service structure to advise hydrocarbon clients on the entire spectrum of mandates, cutting across tax, compliance, real estate, antitrust, environmental law and litigation. The group, which is fully integrated with global offices across the US, Europe and Asia, has also built a reputation for acting for industry-leading international clients in domestic and cross-border transactions. Global head of the oil and gas practice Alexandre Chequer is experienced in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments. He leads the team based in Rio de Janeiro, which also counts on other noteworthy practitioners: Victor Galante focuses on sector-related M&A and projects; Bruno Belchior has significant cross-border experience covering project finance, joint ventures, M&A and bids. Since publication, Alexandre Calmon and Marcelo Frazão left the firm, in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer


‘Tauil & Checker Advogados has one of the best O&G teams in Brazil. They have a broad knowledge of the market, and with this information they are able to assist in the company’s internal decision-making.’

‘The level of complexity of most of the matters dealt with by the firm is high, given that most of them have never been discussed before in Brazil. The Tauil & Checker Advogados team has always stood out in its agility and ability to offer direct and correct answers. All the work developed with them was of excellent quality, both in terms of deadlines and in relation to the clarity of the information provided.’

‘Bruno Belchior is a professional with a lot of technical capacity.’

‘Tauil & Chequer, associated with the internationally renowned Mayer & Brown, has extensive and recognised expertise in energy law, in particular oil and natural gas. Its body of lawyers is up to date with all the regulations of the sector, in addition to maintaining good, legitimate and respected contact with decision makers in the public area. What distinguishes the firm from others specialised in oil and gas is the capacity of its team, which combines technical and legal knowledge.’

‘Victor Galante: partner, specialised in energy, with extensive experience in the private sector. Alexandre Checker: partner, specialised in economic law, with extensive experience in the private sector.’

Key clients





MISC Berhad

Karoon Energy


TAG – Transportadora Associada de Gás

Transocean Offshore International



China National Petroleum Corporation

Equinor ASA – Angola

Tricon Energy

PECOM (Perez Companc)

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is gaining good market share in Brazil's competitive capital markets space. The team has been involved in an impressive range of complex domestic and cross-border offerings, with issuer and underwriter clients benefiting from the firm's combined domestic and international strengths. 2020 saw it advise on high-profile high-yield bond offerings, green bonds and infrastructure promissory notes on the debt side. Highlights on the equity side included the team's representation of Locaweb Serviços de Internet, as issuer, on its R$1.2bn IPO. The versatile Carlos Motta leads the team, which includes banking partner Eduardo Lima, Bruno Cerqueira, Luis Montes and Rodolfo Constantino de Tella.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Motta


‘Rodolfo de Tella is knowledgeable in national and international capital markets. He is usually very available, helpful and flexible, and adds value to customer recommendations and negotiations with counterparties.’

Key clients


BTG Pactual

Banco Santander (Brasil)


CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística


Banco Bradesco BBI

Lavvi Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços

Sul América

Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers

Kinea Investimentos

BB – Banco de Investimento

Grupo CCR

Itaú BBA

Cyrela Brazil Realty S.A. Empreendimentos e Participações

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

'Top-class' firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados maintains longstanding client relationships with multinational Fortune 500 companies, which turn to the team for representation in filings of large-scale, cross-border M&A and in investigations initiated by CADE involving allegations of cartels, exchanges of information and other potential antitrust violations. In a major transaction in the gaming sector, the firm represented Microsoft in the merger notification of its $7.5bn acquisition of ZeniMax Media, owner of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom game franchises. The team also provides advice on competition compliance, and is able to assist clients in sensitive negotiations of leniency agreements. Brasília-based practice head Francisco Ribeiro Todorov receives praise from clients, as do São Paulo-based competition expert Adriana Giannini and next generation partner Lorena Nisiyama, also based in the Brasília office.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Ribeiro Todorov


Lots of expertise in antitrust issues and, on several occasions, present solutions and alternatives.’

Availability, technical quality and the ability to connect the right to business in a simple way.’

Francisco Todorov has a lot of business knowledge and manages to simply connect the right to business with agility.’

Francisco Todorov and Lorena Nisiyama are recommended.’

They are top class. I would recommend Adriana.’

Key clients











Brazil > Compliance Tier 2

The 'knowledgeable, thoughtful and strategic' team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is 'proactive in identifying issues in advance and providing solutions'. The anti-corruption and compliance department is well versed in cross-border investigations, where it benefits from its international office network and experience. Domestic investigations also feature on the team's broad workload, as do administrative proceedings and compliance advisory work. Michel Sancovski has substantial experience in coordinating complex investigations; he co-heads the practice alongside former attorney general Luis Inácio Lucena Adams, who brings his extensive public-sector expertise to the team. Also of note are the department's experienced associates, including Maria Eugenia Kanazawa, who specialises in anti-corruption, tax and customs, and Liliana Mascarenhas Coutinho, who is qualified in Brazil and New York.

Practice head(s):

Luis Adams; Michel Sancovski


Tauil & Checker Advogados has excellent technical quality, always updated, available and with prompt service.’

The team is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and strategic. They are proactive in identifying issues in advance and providing solutions. The team is responsive and collaborates well.’

Michel Sancovski did an excellent job leading the team. He was thoughtful, proactive, communicated effectively, and worked efficiently. Maria Eugenia Kanazawa efficiently led the document review team and learned the subject matter thoroughly. Both were very responsive.’

Dr. Luis Inácio Lucena Adams – availability, professionalism, high technical quality and credibility.’

Key clients

Karoon Petróleo e Gás

Vantage Drilling International

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

A 'first-rate team in diverse areas', Tauil & Chequer Advogados has cemented a strong reputation for M&A in the Brazilian market. Its extensive office network makes it well suited to handling cross-border transactions, and the firm is acknowledged as one of the best in Brazil for oil and gas-related deals. Its client base extends to include a broad range of corporations and funds operating in the IT, agribusiness, power and transport sectors, among others. The firm has adopted a number of structures and initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity and inclusion, including joining the Mansfield Rule Certification programme, which measures whether law firms have considered a minimum of 30% diverse candidates for senior roles. In terms of technology and innovation, in 2020, the firm adopted Luminance AI technology, a platform for the legal sector focusing on due diligence and document revision. Split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the corporate and M&A team is jointly led by Carlos Motta, Victor Galante and 'brilliant' name partner and oil and gas expert Alexandre Chequer. Active members of the department include Débora Yanasse, who receives strong praise for her extensive energy law expertise, 'great professional' Guilherme Tranquillini, cross-border M&A and restructuring expert Bruno Salzano and Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro, whose broad practice sees her advising on M&A, corporate governance and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer; Carlos Motta; Victor Galante


Agility and precision in opinions/advice; first-rate team in diverse areas (M&A, energy, litigation, tax, environmental); networking network (Alex Chequer allows clients to communicate / open a channel with any key stakeholder very quickly).’

Alexandre Chequer is brilliant and, when he has an objective, he manages to achieve it in a confident and efficient way. Débora Yanasse is possibly the most brilliant energy lawyer in the market. Her knowledge acquired over the years transcends the field of Energy, and is extremely useful in other fronts, such as M&A, financing and regulatory issues in the electrical sector. Bruno Salzano: a “rising star”. He has a lot of knowledge and is very skilled in corporate / M&A.’

‘The main point is the team’s expertise. Highly qualified professionals.’

Guilherme Tranquillini is a great professional and always attentive to the demands of the group. Tiago has always followed the processes until the final solution.’

Key clients

Primav Construções e Comércio

Carlos Roberto Wizard Martins

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec – CDPQ

Karoon Petróleo e Gás

Monte Equity Partners Consultoria e Desenvolvimento

Eurofarma Laboratórios

Petroil Óleo e Gás

Agrifirma Brasil Agropecuária S.A. and BRZ Investimentos

Perfin Asset Management and Perfin Apollo Energia (PFIN11) Fundo de Investimento

Vinci Partners Investimentos


Locaweb Serviços de Internet

Hub Prepaid Participações

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy) Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados provides legal assistance to a diverse client roster comprising domestic and international power traders, service providers, large consumers, and electricity generation, distribution and transmission companies. The team excels in project development and financing, and has substantial experience in gas-to-power matters, self-production projects and distributed generation. In addition to assisting clients throughout the entire life cycle of power projects, the team’s broad service offering also includes M&A, regulatory issues, dispute resolution and other renewable energy mandates. Eduardo Lima, who has a strong background in acting for sponsors, lenders and government agencies in financing transactions, oversees the group alongside ‘brilliant energy lawyerDébora Yanasse, the main point of contact for electricity clients seeking advice on corporate transactions, regulations and contractual issues. Bruno Salzano is another key practitioner; he is often retained by Brazilian and foreign clients in energy projects and M&A. Since publication, Julia Batistella Machado joined the firm, in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Lima; Débora Yanasse


‘Full-service international firm. This factor greatly facilitates cross-border deals and also assists when legal advice is needed in other areas. Débora Yanasse, Bruno Salzano and Eduardo Lima are extremely available, practical and always helping in the solution of legal issues. They are very attentive to details.’

‘The firm is involved in most of the sector’s relevant transactions, serving players of all segments and sizes, as well as different energy sources. This gives them a holistic knowledge of the system, being able to anticipate issues that would not always be visible to firms that have a role in a particular segment of the sector. The team also has a strong performance and expertise in regulatory aspects, such as complex issues related to construction contracts and asset management, arbitration and tax disputes, and a strong performance and experience in M&A transactions in the sector.’

‘Bruno Salzano works almost exclusively in M&A transactions in the electricity sector and has a track record that allows him to discuss and resolve complex business issues very easily and quickly. With a highly pro-deal approach, he makes it possible to overcome commercial barriers using his experience in the sector and giving a practical view to the transactions that is essential for closing deals.’

‘Agility and accuracy in opinions / advice; first-rate team in the most diverse areas (M&A, energy, litigation, tax, environmental); detailed knowledge of the sector. Débora Yanasse is possibly the most brilliant energy lawyer in the market. Her knowledge acquired over the years transcends the field of Energy, and is extremely useful on other fronts, such as M&A, financing and regulatory affairs in the electricity sector.’

‘Develops specific strategies with various approaches, aiming to understand situations and propose adequate solutions.’

‘Lawyers with in-depth technical knowledge of particularities in the electricity and oil and gas sector. Debora Yanasse has analytical rigour and is up-to-date with the latest developments in the power sector. Bruno Salzano is proactive.’ 

Key clients

Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec – CDPQ



Golar Power

Atlas Renewable Energy


BP Brasil

GE Financial Services

Patria Investimentos


Dow Brasil

Vinci Partners

CER Energia

Rio Energy


Brazil > Environment Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is sought after by domestic and foreign corporations in high-stakes environmental litigation, crisis management and negotiations with regulatory agencies. The team has seen recent growth in mandates involving climate change, energy transition, decarbonisation and ESG matters, and is routinely engaged by clients in relation to the development of sustainable energy projects and compliance issues. Environmental matters involving waste management, contaminated sites and liability risk assessment also feature in the team’s workload. Luiz Gustavo Bezerra is noted for his strong track record in environmental dispute resolution. Gedham Gomes is seasoned in compliance matters and environmental risk assessment across a range of sectors, notably energy and infrastructure. Since publication, the practice saw the departure of Paulo de Bessa Antunes and Vilmar Gonçalves, in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Gustavo Bezerra


‘The firm demonstrates notable experience in environmental law and advises on negotiations with environmental agencies and the Public Ministry. They know the reality of the market in which they operate and their professionals (partners and associates) are very available and provide intelligent and “business-oriented” solutions.’

‘Luiz Gustavo Bezerra and Gedham Gomes are recommended.’

‘A very attentive team that is skilled at analysing the details of each case and proposing strategic solutions, anticipating all possible problems. They respond within deadlines.’

‘Luis Gustavo Bezerra is always available. Gedham Medeiros Gomes is extremely helpful and knowledgeable of cases.’

‘The service provided was of excellent quality and met our expectations.’

Key clients

Gemini Energy

Tereos Sugar & Energy Brazil





Norte Energia








Lagra FII



Baker Hughes


Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Leveraging its alliance with global firm Mayer Brown, the infrastructure group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is well positioned to handle cross-border corporate and finance transactions. Eduardo Lima leads the team on a range of project finance deals, including debt restructuring and bridge and long-term loans structured as project debentures. Besides its strength in project finance, the department is also adept at structuring large-scale infrastructure projects through public concession and PPP regimes, especially in the energy, roads, railways, airports, water treatment and social infrastructure sectors. Bruno Werneck leads on this type of work. Luis Montes is retained by multilateral institutions, institutional lenders and project sponsors in infrastructure and energy projects. Alexandre Chequer, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, is a key contact for oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer; Eduardo Lima; Bruno Werneck


‘Excellent and very well prepared. Eduardo Lima is great.’

‘The team has professionals dedicated to concessions, PPPs, sectorial M&A and project financing, with an integrated view of projects and the ability to deal with the different phases of projects. In M&A and financing operations, the team’s technical and practical knowledge of the sector is excellent, as they are able to anticipate the problems that may arise in transactions, as well as the usual position of government authorities on the issues.’

‘Bruno Werneck is involved in projects in several industries within the infrastructure areas, which gives him a high critical capacity and a pragmatic view on various regulatory and corporate issues that are crucial in operations, especially in sectorial interdisciplinary issues.’

Key clients

AEGEA Saneamento e Participações

Empresa Brasileira de Administração de Petróleo e Gás Natural – Pré-Sal Petróleo

Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária- Infraero

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social- BNDES

Ferrero do Brasil Industria Doceira e Alimentar

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Tauil & Chequer Advogados has a comprehensive real estate practice with an impressive track record in advising on high-value acquisitions and developments, as well as related joint ventures and corporate deals. Its clients include major real estate developers and investment funds, and in 2020 the firm advised on several high-profile acquisitions of logistics and office buildings. Residential development work was another area of activity. Practice head José Paulo Marzagão has over 20 years' experience in the market and is often sought out by major investors on cutting-edge transactions. He is backed by a strong team, which includes partner Ludmila Arruda Braga and senior counsel Jessica Queiroz.

Practice head(s):

José Paulo Marzagão


‘TCMB combines a highly qualified team, end-to-end, from the partners to the trainees, with indisputable technical quality, to an extreme availability and readiness of care. The partners actively participate in the projects, are present, and know with wealth of detail the segment of the client, its culture and internal particularities. Added to this is the impeccable way they deal with the client, and the work of nourishing the client by nurturing a kind of partnership with the client.’

‘The quality of the service provided is excellent, with wide experience in the real state sector. They are knowledgeable about the market and properly in the construction/real estate business, combined with the ability/knowledge of M&A transactions.’

‘Ludmila Braga is without a doubt, a professional who puts herself at the entire disposal of the client, seeks innovative solutions and has an exceptional drive in the conduct of themes and solutions.’

‘Julian Rillo – excellent, charismatic, great knowledge and knows how to negotiate well.’

Key clients

Tishman Speyer Properties



Cyrela Commercial Properties

Iguatemi Empresas de Shopping Center

American Tower



M3 Capital Partners





Radar Propriedades Agrícolas


Basilica Partners Private Equity


Jera Capital

Bluecap Gestão De Recursos

RB Capital

ETOILE Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Autonomy Investimentos

Patria Investimentos

Groupe SEB


Exeter Property Group




Nazca Advisors

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2

Tax has long been a key area of focus for Tauil & Chequer Advogados, as demonstrated by the fact that founding partner Ivan Tauil continues to head the team. Where the practice really stands out is in its advice to the oil and gas industry, including transaction-related support, day-to-day matters and customs-related tax issues. Multinational clients also favour the firm for cross-border tax matters, where its international network clearly adds weight. Other key partners include Guido Vinci for transactional and VAT issues and Eduardo Maccari Telles for litigation. Carolina Bottina and Thais Rodrigues have also developed strong practices in tax. In September 2021, the department was further strengthened by the arrival of corporate taxation expert Flávia Cavalcanti to the Rio de Janeiro office.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Tauil


‘Good theoretical knowledge combined with a focus on results. Good pragmatism, and deep knowledge of the infrastructure sector in Brazil and its local peculiarities.’

I would highlight Thais Bandeira de Mello, Lucas Boechat, Diana Castro, Pedro Lameirão, Eduardo Telles and Ivan Tauil.’

Key clients



Total E&P



Indústrias Artefama


TIM Brasil

Noble Drilling


Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados offers a broad range of expertise to its domestic and international clients, including in cross-border syndicated loans, restructurings, acquisition financings, and trade and project finance. The multi-faceted team represents an impressive mix of lenders, multilateral organisations and private equity funds. Practice head Eduardo Lima has a strong track record in transactional and regulatory matters. Luis Montes is active in project finance, both for sponsors and lenders. Counsel Priscilla Santos balances a broad and capital markets practice with a particular focus on regulation related to Brazilian investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Lima; Luís Montes; Priscilla Santos


‘Excellent lawyers, with great feedback and knowledge of the subjects.’

‘Network of staff, with international support, is a differential.’

‘Luis Montes stands out by virtue of his technique.’

‘Eduardo Lima is an excellent professional.’

Key clients

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco Bradesco

Banco Credit Agricole do Brasil

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Itau BBA

Banco ABC Brasil

ING Bank

Banco do Brasil


Bank of China

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 3

With a strong focus on litigation before the higher courts, Tauil & Chequer Advogados' Brasília team has an impressive track record in high-profile cases. In addition to the Superior Court of Justice and Supreme Federal Court, where it is well versed in filing actions for declarations of unconstitutionality, the team is also able to handle matters before the TCU and regulatory bodies. A former Attorney General of Brazil, Luís Inácio Lucena Adams has vast knowledge of litigation, arbitration and compliance; he works alongside Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves, who is often entrusted by clients in sensitive disputes. Associate Louise Dias specialises in litigation, anti-corruption and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves; Luis Inácio Lucena Adams


Client oriented. Focused on results.’

Mauro Pedroso and Eduardo Lima are recommended.

Key clients

Confederação Nacional das Indústrias (CNI)

Confederação Nacional das Empresas de Seguros Gerais, Previdência Privada e Vida, Saúde Suplementar e Capitalização (CNSeg)


Açúcar e Álcool Oswaldo Ribeiro de Mendonça (Usina Colorado)

Amazonas Geração e Transmissão de Energia

Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol)

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos (Indra)

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – VBI Logístico

Algar Telecom

Consórcio Walks

Hub Pagamentos (HUB)

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados offers comprehensive advice to private sector clients pursuing business opportunities with federal, state and local governments. Bid processes and protests, PPP agreements and concessions are key fields of expertise for the practice, which also has noteworthy experience in handling contentious matters involving public administration issues at the administrative, judicial and arbitration levels. Bruno Werneck is seasoned in project development, concessions and PPP structures. Juliana Deguirmendjian is a key contact for public bids in the water and sewage, highways and urban mobility sectors. Former co-head Mario Saadi left the firm. Public and administrative law specialists Flávio Amaral and Henrique Rocha joined in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Werneck


‘The firm has a team fully dedicated toPublic law issues, including, for example, matters related to bidding and administrative proceedings. At the same time, the team is fully integrated with the Projects and Infrastructure and M&A teams, especially on issues involving regulated sectors, which gives its professionals a holistic view of the discussions and cutting-edge knowledge on market issues.’

‘Partner Bruno Werneck has extensive knowledge of the market and is well aware of the main ongoing discussions in the country, having an extremely strategic vision.’

‘The firm offers me something that is hard to find: quick turnaround. They are always available and meet the proposed deadlines. During the course of the work, they are didactic in explaining the conclusions, they are technicians, they add their experience in similar cases and give us confidence.’

‘I like working with Bruno Werneck. He is an excellent professional, competent, responsive and available.’

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento E Participações

Empresa Brasileira De Administração De Petróleo e Gás Natural – Pré-Sal Petróleo

Empresa Brasileira De Infraestrutura Aeroportuária – Infraero

Banco Nacional De Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Ferrero Do Brasil Industria Doceira e Alimentar

Enel Green Power Brasil Participações

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Associação Da Medula Óssea

Enel X Brasil

Grupo Zelo

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is popular with clients, particularly for its litigation expertise. 2020 saw the firm handling several significant mandates on behalf of creditors and distressed debt investors. In internal developments, former practice head Leonardo Morato left the firm. The firm’s Mayer Brown association gives it a strong edge in cross-border matters, including Chapter 11 proceedings. Since publication, the firm saw a major change with the departure of former practice head Luciana Celidonio, in November 2021.


‘Highly specialised in litigation.’

Solid knowledge in strategic litigation of judicial credit execution, proactive in the elaboration of procedural strategy, application in the fulfillment of measures.’

Key clients

The Bank of New York Mellon


Vale do Verdão Acúcar e Álcool


Ferrari Agricola

Bunge Alimentos


The Dow Chemical Company


GE Capital – Financial Services

Albioma Participações

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4

Tauil & Chequer Advogados has been investing in its labour team following the arrival of well-regarded practice head Aline Fidelis in late 2019. The team has seen significant growth, and now handles an even mix of litigation and advisory matters, including union negotiations, internal investigations, executive compensation plans and mass dismissals. The practice also provided strong support to employers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in areas such as health and safety, data protection and remote working.

Practice head(s):

Aline Fidelis


‘The team is unique for its expertise in Oil and Gas and for the excellent quality of services provided by its excellent staff and professionals.’

Top international quality of service. What distinguishes this team from other offices, in my opinion, is the availability of the partner Aline Fidelis, who is always available to assist us and with creative solutions that favor the business. She is extremely business oriented and hands on.’

‘Aline Fidelis stands out. She has always brought pro-business solutions, has always been very business oriented and what impressed me most was the ability she had to make the Tauil & Chequer team grow so much in just one year.’

Aline Fidelis. Very technical, with good negotiating power and critical and strategic analysis of situations.’

‘The  team is very good technically and very available.’

Key clients

CM Capital Markets

Arco Educação


Ferrero do Brasil Indústria Doceira e Alimentícia

Pecom Servicios Energia




Banco Original

Superior Energy



Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 5

Split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the arbitration team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is highlighted for its significant experience in managing international disputes. Benefitting from its international cooperation, the firm regularly represents clients in cases outside Brazil, most notably proceedings relating to the oil and gas sector, engineering and construction projects, and corporate disputes. Practice head Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade routinely serves as lead counsel in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings; he is also proficient in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira is also active in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade


‘Excellent performance in oil and gas sector. Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade has great insight and depth of knowledge.’

‘Tauil & Checker’s arbitration team is highly competent and capable of handling complex cases. The difference is that it is really a team with international practice, which is able to bring a globalised perspective to your case, even if it is a purely domestic case. Knowledge of the international market and its agents is also something that weighs in the firm’s favour.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes is a strategist with a global vision of arbitration issues. Gustavo Scheffer has extensive knowledge of the arbitration community.’

‘The firm is very dedicated and has highly qualified professionals. Gustavo Fernandes is a very experienced lawyer and is dedicated to the cases.’

Key clients

Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás

General Electric do Brasil

Canadian Solar

Nebras Power Latin America

Cobra Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Techint Engenharia e Construção

Arcelor Mittal Brasil

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Ternium do Brasil

Cantor Fitzgerald

Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

BW Offshore do Brasil

Andritz Hydro

Usiminas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

CPFL Energias Renováveis

Publicis Groupe Holdings

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Drawing on its international law firm partnership, Tauil & Chequer Advogados is well placed to handle cross-border litigation. Highlighted for its 'great legal knowledge and experience in the litigation and advisory field', the team assist clients in both administrative and judicial proceedings, and is particularly skilled in commercial disputes involving construction projects, oil and gas, and energy-related matters. Gustavo Fernandes sits at the helm of the practice, where Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes; Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves


‘Law firm with great legal knowledge and experience in the litigation and advisory field.’

‘Readiness and assertiveness.’

‘Analyzes new strategies in order to understand the situations and propose adequate solutions for the client. Searches for references for the construction of arguments and for the structuring of ideas. Gustavo Fernandes stands out.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes and João Cople are great experts of law and characteristics related to the IT services market.’

Key clients

Indra Brasil Soluções e Serviços Tecnológicos

BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros DTVM

Petronas Petróleo Brasil

Vantage Drilling International


Paragon Offshore

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

Banco Mizuho do Brasil

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – VBI Logístico

Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI)

Tauil & Chequer Advogados is a full-service law firm, offering clients in-depth local knowledge combined with global reach. The firm has more than 140 lawyers in Brazil, representing local and international businesses in their domestic and cross-border activities. The firm offers clients the full range of legal services and has a particularly strong and long-standing presence in the energy, oil and gas and infrastructure industries.

Areas of practice
Africa: the firm has a strong presence in Africa with a deep understanding of practicing in Angola and Mozambique. A significant part or the firm’s African practice involves projects in areas such as infrastructure, construction and engineering, global energy and oil and gas, mining, heavy industries and agribusiness, as well as experience in the development of related and large-scale projects. In addition to industry-focused counseling, the firm also advises on general and diverse legal matters.

Antitrust, competition and global trade: the firm represents clients on mergers, cartel investigations, distribution, IP and antitrust, unfair competition issues, antitrust and regulation in regulated sectors, alleged abusive conduct by dominant firms in Brazil, civil litigation related to antitrust and economic law, as well as antitrust and anti-corruption issues.

Banking and finance: the firm advises banks and other financial institutions, companies and governments on domestic and international bank financing transactions across every industry, commercial, financial and governmental sector. The firm assists clients during all phases of the transaction.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: the firm assists financial institutions, investors and companies with a combination of litigation strategy and transactional solutions, covering bankruptcy proceedings, debt restructuring/workouts and credit recovery.

Capital markets: the firm provides a full range of legal services to publicly held or private companies, investment banks, shareholders, management and other market players, acting on equity and debt offerings, tender offerings, private capital increases, structured offerings, renegotiation of debts, financing, corporate governance, representation in administrative procedures with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), securitisation and the formation of funds in Brazil.

Compliance: the firm assists clients in the implementation and revision of compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, third party and pre-acquisition due diligence, administrative and judicial enforcement actions, interaction with public authorities, negotiation of leniency agreements and plea bargains, as well as addressing general queries about Brazilian and foreign anticorruption legislation.

Corporate, M&A and private equity: the firm works on domestic and cross-border M&As and private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring involving complex structures. In addition, it helps companies and shareholders in corporate issues, including regulatory rules applicable to publicly held companies that are also regulated by CVM and BM&FBOVESPA.

Employment and benefits: the firm assists companies with employment-related litigation and guides them on the correct application of labor and employment legislation, as well as on individual and collective labor rights in negotiations with unions.

Energy – oil and gas: the firm’s lawyers have been advising clients in the oil and gas industry for decades and have developed an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by the industry, from upstream to downstream.

Energy – power: for years, the firm has advised major agents in the energy sector across the entire range of their operations in relation to regulatory, contractual, corporate, finance, environment, litigation, arbitration, tax and antitrust matters. It has acted in key power transactions, including the development of renewable (hydro, wind and biomass) and non-renewable (oil and gas and thermo) power generation and transmission projects.

Environment: the firm provides a wide range of services to domestic and international companies, such as dispute resolution (including judicial and administrative litigation), compliance, consulting on environmental issues, negotiation with public entities and stakeholders, environmental permitting, analysis of environmental studies and environmental audits.

Infrastructure and projects: the firm represents developers, sponsors, investors, contractors, operators, governments and public agencies, commercial and investment banks, and bilateral and multilateral agencies. the firm’s experience includes governmental concession-based projects, private commercial projects and privatisation of operational infrastructure assets through dispositions, financings, and long-term lease and concession arrangements.

Intellectual property: the firm offers clients a full-service IP practice, assisting with licensing and enforcing their IP portfolios in Brazil. The IP group has worked in complex IP transactions concerning national and international transfers of technology and licensing, participation in due diligence procedures and assisting clients with strategic use of their IP assets to advance business objectives.

Litigation: the firm has a reputation for success in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration cases, and is familiar with arbitration in accordance with the rules of all major associations and traditional litigation in court.

Mining: the firm works across the globe on a wide variety of transactions. Lawyers focus on M&A, corporate finance, project finance, environmental, construction, insurance and commodity law. The firm offers a highly skilled and knowledgeable team of lawyers who can use their understanding of the sector to anticipate each aspect of an assignment.

Public law: the firm assists clients in all the phases of their relationship with the public administration. Lawyers facilitate in procedures to structure new projects through concessions and public-private partnerships, represent clients during competitive bids and also provide assistance on public law issues that may arise from the contract implementation.

Real estate: the firm advises some of the largest players in the market in connection with real estate transactions as a whole, from raising funds and structuring direct or indirect investments for real estate purposes, to implementing the envisaged real estate development. It has extensive expertise in real estate finance, M&A in the real estate market, and traditional core real estate transactions.

Tax: the firm’s the tax practice has a strong presence in M&A, capital markets and tax litigation, and provides clients with comprehensive tax consulting and tax planning advice, in addition to representation in administrative and legal proceedings. Besides this, the firm is also highly regarded in the oil and gas industry, and has significant expertise in areas such as telecommunications, infrastructure and consumer products.

Department Name Email Telephone
Africa Alexandre Chequer
Africa Gonçalo Falcão
Africa Paulo Rage
Antitrust, competition and global trade Eduardo Molan Gaban
Banking and finance Eduardo Lima
Bankruptcy and restructuring Leonardo Morato
Bankruptcy and restructuring Luciana Celidonio
Capital markets Carlos Motta
Compliance Luís Adams
Corporate and M&A Alexandre Chequer
Corporate and M&A Carlos Motta
Corporate and M&A Victor Galante
Corporate and M&A Felipe Kim
Corporate and M&A Daniel Gunzburger
Corporate and M&A Daniella Raigorodsky Monteiro
Corporate and M&A Bruno Belchior
Employment and benefits Eduardo Soto Pires
Energy Alexandre Chequer
Energy Victor Galante
Energy Bruno Belchior
Environment Paulo de Bessa Antunes
Infrastructure Eduardo Lima
Infrastructure Victor Galante
Infrastructure Daniel Gunzburger
Intellectual property Eduardo Maccari Telles
Litigation and arbitration Gustavo Fernandes
Litigation and arbitration Roberto Figueiredo
Litigation and arbitration Luís Adams
Ports and maritime Daniel Gunzburger
Private equity and venture capital Alexandre Chequer
Private equity and venture capital Carlos Motta
Public Law Bruno Aurélio
Real Estate José Paulo Marzagão
Tax Ivan Tauil
Tax Guido Vinci
Tax Eduardo Maccari Telles
Tax Ana Luiza Martins
Tax Celso Grisi
Tax Carolina M Bottino
Telecommunications Guido Vinci
Real Estate Ludmila Arruda Braga
Electricity Débora Yanasse
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ludmila Arruda Braga  photo Ms Ludmila Arruda Braga Partner
Ms Luciana Celidonio  photo Ms Luciana Celidonio
Ms Maria Carolina Gelmetti Gimenez  photo Ms Maria Carolina Gelmetti Gimenez Associate
 Adriana Giannini photo Adriana Giannini Adriana Giannini is a partner in the Antitrust practice of Tauil &…
Mr Luis Inácio Lucena Adams photo Mr Luis Inácio Lucena Adams
 João Marçal  photo João Marçal João Marçal Martins is an associate in the Litigation and Arbitration practices…
Ms Ana Luiza Martins  photo Ms Ana Luiza Martins
Mr José Paulo Marzagão photo Mr José Paulo Marzagão
Mr Leonardo Morato  photo Mr Leonardo Morato
Mr Carlos Motta  photo Mr Carlos Motta
Mr Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves  photo Mr Mauro Pedroso Gonçalves Partner
Ms Jessica Queiroz  photo Ms Jessica Queiroz Senior Counsel
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Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 – Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of seven lawyers in Asia to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 —Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of five lawyers in Asia to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.