Almeida Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Almeida Advogados
Rua Funchal, 418
E-Tower 13th floor

Brazil > Compliance Tier 4

Bernardo Viana leads the compliance and corporate governance practice at Almeida Advogados, which acts for clients in internal investigations, the compliance aspects of M&A, international sanctions and administrative liability proceedings. Clients also turn to Viana and the team for advice on compliance programmes and risk assessments. Also of note is the firm’s increasing work in anti-money laundering matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Viana


‘The service is of the highest quality.’

‘Bernardo Viana stood out in the team for his knowledge of the client’s business and for his proactivity in dealing with demands.’

Key clients

Petróleo Transporte – Transpetro

SBM Offshore

Harmonia Investimentos

Mubadala Development Company

Brasil Motorsport

Newpark Drilling Fluids

DXA Investments

Geribá Investments

Usina Santa Vitória

Klöckner Pentaplast

Construções Modulares Especiais – CME

Work highlights

  • Providing training to Transpetro on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation.
  • Provides compliance consultancy services to SBM Offshore.
  • Advising a client on compliance matters, including the review of its programme for prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing as per Central Bank and CVM regulations.

Brazil > Public law Tier 4

Almeida Advogados is equipped to guide clients throughout all stages of public procurement procedures, from assisting clients in their participation in PPPs, to representing them in public civil actions related to government contracts. The team, which is rated by clients for its ‘extensive knowledge of public and regulatory law’, is often retained in judicial litigation against government agencies and administrative proceedings. Administrative and government relations specialist Igor Luna jointly heads the department with Rafael Zinato Moreira, who is proficient in bidding procedures and public contracts. Other noteworthy practitioners include Pedro Argenta Bayardino and Luísa Sottili, the latter of whom has combined expertise in administrative and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Igor Luna; Rafael Zinato Moreira


‘Almeida Advogados is distinguished from the others by the extreme speed with which it responds to new processes, anticipating and informing us of issues even before we are officially involved in matters.’

‘Excellent service and speed of advice set the firm apart.’ 

‘The professionals that make up Almeida Advogados have extensive knowledge of public and regulatory law. The firm has an office in Brasília, which facilitates the follow-up of processes and meetings with authorities. The fees are fair and the work is excellent.’

Key clients

Permian Global Research

Onix Construções

Construtora Mello Azevedo

Orizon Meio Ambiente

Central De Tratamento De Resíduos Guajará

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

Terra Santa Administradora De Cemitérios e Imóveis

Certisign Certificadora Digital

WMB Comércio Eletrônico

Alesat Combustíveis

Instituto Cidadania Digital

Citeluz Serviços De Iluminação

Energ Power

SC Engenharia

BRK Ambiental

Buser Brasil Tecnologia

Santa Vitória Açúcar E Alcool

MSC Cruzeiros

Salina Diamante Branco

Work highlights

  • Assisting Permian Global with the development of nature conservation infrastructure projects in Mato Grosso and Rondônia.
  • Assisting Onix Construções in the appeal of a decision involving a public construction contract with Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP.
  • Representing Construtora Mello Azevedo in a recovery action filed against Empresa Municipal de Urbanização do Rio de Janeiro (RioUrbe) concerning a project in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 4

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

Almeida Advogados brings together environmental law specialists who are well placed to assist domestic and international clients in the allocation of environmental risks, licensing proceedings, civil investigations and environmental disputes. Environmental matters in the reverse logistics, waste management and sanitation sectors are core areas of activity for the team, which is under the joint leadership of Guilherme Doval, Igor Luna and Rafael Zinato Moreira. Doval is a contact for mining companies, and Luna is noted for administrative proceedings, which is also an area of focus for Moreira.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Doval; Igor Luna; Rafael Zinato Moreira


‘The team is highly qualified, available and attentive. Its lawyers are able to speak several languages.’

‘Igor Luna stands out.’

Key clients

Alesat Combustíveis

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

BRK Ambiental Participações

Blaser Swisslube do Brasil

Instituto Nacional das Empresas de Preparação de Sucata não Ferrosa e Aço – INESFA

Companhia Fabril Mascarenhas

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet

Haztec Tecnologia e Panejamento Ambiental


Evoltz Participações

Santa Vitória Açucar e Alcool

Work highlights

  • Acted for Stericycle Gestão Ambiental in the filing of a lawsuit to allow the client to receive toxic waste at its unit in the Federal District.
  • Representing BRK Ambiental in a public civil action filed by the Brazilian Bar Association – Tocantins subsection for the payment of compensation for the leakage of raw sewage in the city of Palmas.
  • Acting for Alesat Combustíveis in a remediation matter.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 5

The well-regarded team at Almeida Advogados combines ‘extensive experience in the market‘ with ‘excellent interpersonal relationships with clients‘. Tax litigation at the municipal, state and federal levels is a defining feature of the practice, which regularly assists in direct and indirect tax disputes. Clients include major companies operating in the insurance, agribusiness, and food and beverage sectors. The team’s expertise extends to day-today and transactional tax matters. Practice head Rodrigo Petry Terra ‘stands out in the field for his individual qualities and all his mastery of the area‘.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Petry Terra


‘A team of professionals with extensive experience in the market, they easily dominate legal practice and have excellent interpersonal relationships with clients.’

‘Among so many high-quality professionals that the firm has, Rodrigo Petry is a professional who stands out in the field for his individual qualities and all his mastery of the area.’

Key clients

Fidelity National Participações E Serviços De Informática

Proteus Soluções Em Segurança Da Informação

Cdf Assistência E Suporte Digital

Klöckner Pentaplast Do Brasil

Rb Capital

Msc Cruzeiros Do Brasil

Pepsico Do Brasil

Instituto Nacional Das Empresas De Ferro E Aço (INESFA)

Câmara Brasileira Da Economia Digital

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Flc Industria E Comercio De Plásticos

Aerovias De México De C V Aeromexico

Aci Worldwide Brasil

Rappi Brasil Intermediação de Negócios

Intelipost Tecnologia e Soluções em Logística

G2L Logística

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Work highlights

  • Represented in a public audience at the Brazilian National Congress concerning the taxation of digital companies.
  • Representing the Instituto Nacional das Empresas de Ferro e Aço (INESFA) and all of its associates as amicus curiae in an Extraordinary Appeal before the Supreme Federal Court.
  • Assisted CDF Assistência e Suporte Digital in a lawsuit concerning work accident-related social security contributions.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 6

With wide-ranging sector focus, Almeida Advogados advises on the entire spectrum of corporate transactions, including joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Commercial contracts and corporate governance are other areas of expertise for the department, which is noted for its strength in the representation of minority shareholders of large Brazilian corporations in contentious matters. The team – which has the ability to advise clients based across the country given its location in Brazil’s main economic hubs, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Recife – is praised for its ‘quick response', 'availability‘ and ‘knowledge of the topic‘. Leading the practice is founding partner André De Almeida, who brings together expertise in corporate, commercial, M&A, compliance and competition law. Pedro Tinoco is a a key contact for technology clients, while Guilherme Doval is regularly retained by domestic and international companies in corporate, mining and real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

André de Almeida


‘The team is extremely engaged and quick to respond to requests. They are able to have a view not only of the local legal framework, but also that of our business, which greatly facilitates discussions.’

‘Quick response, availability regardless of day or time, knowledge of the topic. My interactions are coordinated by Pedro Tinoco.’

‘Almeida Advogados has a very strategic role in the sense that, in addition to taking care of the technical foundations of the corporate matters under analysis, it tries to address the strategic context as a whole. In this way, decision-makers have the possibility to act legally in a way that is compatible with the operational and strategic situation of the company.’

‘Guilherme Doval has a deep knowledge of contracts, M&A and corporate matters in general, being always extremely fast and objective when implementing new operations.’

Key clients

Grupo Ferroeste

ACI Worldwide




FIS Group

Citeluz Serviços de Iluminação

Harmonia DTVM



Interamerican Development Bank

Grupo Cedro


Work highlights

  • Advising FIS Group with the corporate and tax restructuring of its Brazilian companies.
  • Assisting Grupo Mister Car with its corporate restructuring to gain estate and succession planning efficiency.
  • Supporting Grupo Ferroeste in the acquisition of farms and biological assets for mineral coal production to be used in steel production.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 7

At Almeida Advogados, the litigation practice is highlighted for its ‘ability to handle complex work', most notably disputes involving corporate, environmental, antitrust, real estate, contractual and consumer law issues. The team acts for a varied client base in the drafting, filing and following up of lawsuits at all levels of the judicial and administrative court systems. André De Almeida is a ‘first-rate lawyer', who leads on several corporate litigation matters on behalf of both companies and shareholders. Civil litigation and judicial recovery are some of Andréa Seco's areas of expertise, while Henrique Carmona Do Amaral is noted for his experience in the public law and real estate spaces. Associate Danilo Facchini Gonçalves is a name to note for insurance and consumer law disputes.

Practice head(s):

André de Almeida; Andréa Seco; Henrique Carmona do Amaral


‘Ability to handle complex work, good relationship with clients, above average intelligence.’

‘Almeida Advogados covers virtually all practice areas with exceptional lawyers in every field.’

‘André de Almeida is a first-rate lawyer.’

Key clients

Aerovias de México – Aeroméxico

Foxx URE-BA Ambiental

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil

Edding International

Alpex Alumínio

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil

Oil Group Investimentos em Refinarias

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)


Consórcio Aquamec

Alpex Alumínio

Winburg Invstment Company

RJ Trading e Investimentos

SINDILEI/MG – Sindicato dos leiloeiros do Estado de Minas Gerais

CBF Indústria de GUSA

GUSA Nordeste

3OGUMK Minerais e Tecnologia

Work highlights

  • Defending Aeromexico in a motion filed by the State Prosecutor of São Paulo requesting Aeromexico to buy land near the Guarulhos Airport to plant trees and green areas as indemnity for CO2 emissions.
  • Representing Stericycle Gestão Ambiental in four enforcement procedures filed by the former service providers against the client seeking total payment of $8.8m.
  • Representing Edding as plaintiff in a corporate dispute in Rio de Janeiro Courts of Justice.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy

Marcio Chaves leads the data privacy practice at Almeida Advogados since his return to the firm in 2020; he has particularly strong experience in the implementation of compliance projects.

After successfully working at large law firms, and before turning 30, André de Almeida founded Almeida Advogados in 2001. Initially focused on M&A and corporate restructuring, he quickly saw the potential for a firm committed to exceptional value-added services in all areas of corporate law. Thus began Almeida Advogados and its niche in advising Brazilian and international companies on corporate law, alternative dispute resolution and general litigation matters.

Having grown exponentially, the law firm now has over 200 professionals at its offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Recife. We credit this expansion to our team’s commitment to personalized service, modern spirit and determination to shape the future of lawyering.

Our CEO: André de Almeida is the CEO and founding partner at Almeida Advogados, a full-service law firm with offices throughout Brazil. André is a former professional cyclist who lived and trained in Warsaw, twice earning the distinction of Brazilian biking champion. He also placed seventh at the Pan-American Championship in Chile. He competed in two world championships (Colorado Springs, and Athens), and almost went to the Barcelona Olympics, until an accident months earlier took him out of the running. Following his time as a professional athlete, he went on to work at large law firms in Brazil and New York, and also served as in-house counsel at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. With great entrepreneurial spirit, André founded his own firm, which has experienced exponential growth. Today, over 200 professionals work at the firm’s offices (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Recife). André’s practice areas include corporate law, commercial law, M&A, compliance and competition law.

Corporate Law, M&A, Corporate Governance André de (11) 2714 6900
Dispute Resolution and Labour Andréa (11) 2714 6900
Compliance and Corporate Governance Bernardo (11) 3164-9807
Compliance and Corporate Governance David Andrew (21) 2223 1504
Labour and Employment Fernando Lima (11) 2714 6900
Mining and Environment Law Guilherme (31) 3227 5566
Dispute Resolution Henrique (31) 3227 5566
Administrative and Government Relations Igor (61) 3224 8015
Corporate Law, M&A, Corporate Governance Leonardo (11) 2714 6900
Digital Law, Technology Márcio 55 11 3164-9828
Corporate Law, Life Science and Regulatory Law Norberto (11) 2714 6900
Corporate and International Law Paulo (11) 2714 6900
Intellectual Property, Corporate, and M&A Pedro (11) 2714 6900
Public Law Rafael (21) 2223 1504
Tax Rodrigo (11) 2714 6900
Number of Lawyers : 56
Total Staff : 108
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