Almeida Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

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

Brazil > Environment Tier 4

Almeida Advogados is well positioned to handle all types of environmental and natural resources issues, but demonstrates particular strength in licensing mandates, reverse logistics and environmental infringement actions. Belo Horizonte-based partner Guilherme Doval, who has a relevant background in the mining sector, oversees the practice alongside infrastructure and administrative law specialist Rafael Zinato Moreira in Rio de Janeiro. In the same office, Pedro Argenta Bayardino is active in litigation. Igor Luna and Luísa Sottili left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Doval; Rafael Zinato Moreira


‘Almeida Advogados has a proactive mindset.’

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

Orizon Meio Ambiente


Evoltz Participações

Samarco Mineração – em Recuperação Judicial

Cedro Participações

Aurea Energias Renováveis

Santa Vitória Açucar e Alcool

Work highlights

  • Represents 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 and for the guarantee of supply to the population during the drought period.
  • Assists Blaser Swisslube do Brasil in a notice of infraction and criminal investigation.
  • Assists Bom Negócio Atividade de Internet (OLX) in proceedings before IBAMA.

Brazil > Public law Tier 4

Praised for its ‘extensive knowledge, efficiency and ability to offer technical solutions‘, Almeida Advogados is geared to handle a wide range of public law matters, from competitive biddings and government contracts to PPPs and infraction notices. On the contentious front, clients regularly seek the group’s support in litigation against government bodies and public civil actions. Rafael Zinato Moreira showcases extensive experience in infrastructure projects and administrative law matters. At the associate level, Pedro Argenta Bayardino is noted for civil and administrative law matters. Igor Luna and Luísa Sottili left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Zinato Moreira


‘Almeida Advogados has consistently supported the company where I work in all aspects and needs. It is a law firm that, in addition to being part of a global structure,  has a proactive mindset.’

‘Almeida Advogados has demonstrated extensive knowledge, efficiency and ability to offer technical solutions in the legal sphere, especially in projects of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and public concessions. We have always been assisted by Rafael Zinato Moreira and his technical team.’

Key clients

Permian Global Research Limited

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

Ciano Soluções Ambientais

Work highlights

  • Represented Salina Diamante Branco in a public civil action related to the collection of moral damages for cartel formation.
  • Assisted Ciano Soluções Ambientais with legal feasibility studies and elaboration of a PPP for public services.
  • Represented BRK in a major investigation regarding water quality in Brazil, which involved more than 300 companies.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 4

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: Mid-market Tier 5

Drawing on the firm’s capabilities in antitrust, finance, environmental, IP and tax law, Almeida Advogados is able to provide multidisciplinary services to clients engaged in M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructurings. With an impressive footprint across the country, the firm – which has been especially active in the energy and agribusiness sectors – stands out for its experience in representing minority shareholders in corporate disputes. Demonstrating in-depth knowledge of corporate, commercial, transactional and compliance matters, Andre De Almeida jointly heads up the practice with Pedro Tinoco, who leads on contractual and day-to-day corporate advisory matters, and Guilherme Doval, a name to note for corporate, mining and real estate mandates.

Practice head(s):

André de Almeida

Key clients

Grupo Ferroeste

ACI Worldwide




FIS Group

Citeluz Serviços de Iluminação

Harmonia DTVM



Interamerican Development Bank

Grupo Cedro


Work highlights

  • Assisted SCIH Salt Holdings with the review of a proposed corporate group restructuring plan that included the merger and demerger of the parent company to a Brazilian subsidiary.
  • Advised Arien Energy on the sale of five photovoltaic power plants.
  • Advised Grupo Ferroeste on several acquisitions of farms and biological assets for mineral coal production to be used in green steel production.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 5

Almeida Advogados ‘stands out not only for the technical knowledge of its tax team, but mainly for the communication with its clients’. Tax litigation is a key area of strength for the firm, which is regularly involved in high-value municipal, state and federal-level claims involving direct and indirect tax. The team is also adept in non-contentious matters linked to M&A, incorporations and other forms of commercial agreement. Practice head Rodrigo Petry Terra, whose expertise encompasses tax, customs and social security law, and associate Fabio Catta Preta Casella, who is active in tax planning and litigation, are ‘extremely competent and qualified for any and all tax matters’.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Petry Terra


‘Excellence in service; well-trained team; quick response to requested demands; coherent and understandable language.’

‘Agility and international recognition.’

‘The services provided by Almeida Advogados through its partner Rodrigo Petry are exceptional. Always very helpful and active, they have been helping us a lot in everything we need involving tax law.’

‘Rodrigo Petry – always very active, constantly updates us on new topics and relevant changes in legislation/jurisprudence.’

‘Almeida Advogados stands out not only for the technical knowledge of its tax team, but mainly for the communication with its clients. The service, in addition to being extremely qualified, is always fast and communication is always clear.’

‘The tax area of Almeida Advogados is extremely competent and qualified for any and all tax matters. Not only do they carry out their work with great technical quality, agility and efficiency, but they also deviate from the standard of the legal world by making the maximum effort to understand the company’s business in detail so that they can be proactive with suggestions for improvements to the activity and be more assertive in consultations.’

Key clients

TikTok Brasil

Fidelity National Participações e Serviços de Informática (Grupo Fis)

CDF Assistência e Suporte Digital

RB Capital

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil

PepsiCo do Brasil

Instituto Nacional da Reciclagem (INESFA)

Câmara Brasileira da Economia Digital (Camara-E.Net)

Tokio Marine Seguradora

FLC Industria e Comercio de Plásticos

Aerovias de México de C V Aeromexico

ACI Worldwide Brasil

Ramos & Forte (Ferro Velho Jacaré)

ITO1 Soluções e Tecnologia

Blaser Swisslube do Brasil

EFI Brasil

Forbo Pisos

Powersafe Importação, Exportação

HP PREV Sociedade Previdenciária

Waters Technologies do Brasil

JHSF Participações

Itumetal residuos industriais

Powersafe Importação, Exportação

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Aço Verde do Brasil

Faci.Ly Soluções e Tecnologia

Rappi Brasil Intermediação e Negócios

Intelipost Consultoria e Tecnologia de Logística

International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul (MWM)

PepsiCo do Brasil

FLC Indústria e Comércio de Plásticos

Locomotiva Indústria e Comércio de Têxteis Industriais

Companhia Brasileira de Gestão de Serviços (Orizon)

Válvulas Precisão do Brasil

Fanta Empreendimentos e Participações

Câmara Interbancária de Pagamentos

Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Representing CDF Assistência e Suporte Digital in a lawsuit concerning social contributions levied on the company’s payroll due to a mistake made by the Federal Tax Authority.
  • Representing Fidelity National Participações e Serviços de Informática (Grupo FIS) in a lawsuit to reduce the taxation over the payments made to its apprentices.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 7

Lawsuits arising from corporate, environmental, real estate, unfair competition, insurance and consumer law matters are notable fields of practice for Almeida Advogados, which particularly shines in complex shareholder disputes. Based in São Paulo, Andrea Seco is frequently instructed by clients from the shipping, aviation, retail, energy and construction sectors in a varied range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Henrique Carmona Do Amaral is a contact in Belo Horizonte for corporate and public law disputes, the latter of which is also an area of expertise for Rafael Zinato Moreira in Rio de Janeiro. Associate João Ricardo Ferreira Fortini Pimentel acts in civil procedural law and litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Seco; Henrique Carmona; Rafael Zinato Moreira


‘The firm has an impressive array of talent. I have successfully worked with them on corporate, real estate, litigation, criminal and family law matters.’

Key clients

MSC Cruzeiros do Brasil

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

Stericycle Gestão Ambiental

3OGUMK Minerais e Tecnologia

Consórcio Aquamec – Degrémont, Haztec Tecnologia e Planejamento Ambiental

Suez International

Edding International

Foxx URE-BA Ambiental

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)

Winburg InvEstment Company

Alpex Alumínio

Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil

Castanheiro Patrimonial

2XT – Tecnologia e Comercio de Informatica

Gianfranco Bracatelli

CBF Indústria de GUSA and GUSA Nordeste

EFI Brazil

Bio-Rad Laboratories

RJ Trading e Investimentos

Cirúrgica Rio De Janeiro (Maconequi)

Galeria 9

Value Prev Sociedade Previdenciária


Alesat Combustíveis

Orizon Valorização de Resíduos

Work highlights

  • Defending Foxx URE-BA Ambiental in an execution claim filed by Keppel.
  • Assisting Consórcio Aquamec in a judicial execution of an arbitral award.
  • Defending ALESAT Combustíveis in numerous lawsuits regarding breach of contract.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy

Specialised in the intersection of digital law and data privacy, Almeida Advogados is well versed in the implementation of LGPD compliance programmes; Marcio Chaves, who returned to the firm in 2020, is the main point of contact in the team.

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.


Through our multidisciplinary view, we assist our Brazilian and foreign clients on corporate, M&A and contractual matters related to their operations in Brazil and abroad, covering both transactional and contractual matters.

The team is well known for its skills structuring complex and strategic matters in a variety of Corporate and M&A mandates, managing, successfully, the intersection between corporate law and companies’ daily business activities.

We have a deep understanding of acquisitions, equity sales and are well-versed in navigating the complexities of restructurings.

Our team also has extensive experience in the defence of minority shareholders of large Brazilian corporations.


 The team is well known for its skills in structuring complex and strategic disputes against Municipal, State and Federal authorities and is specifically sought after by clients who require assistance with challenging tax infraction notices (tax assessments) and with filing lawsuits that could set important precedents for the tax code.

Almeida Advogados has a strong and consolidated practice in judicial tax disputes, regarding direct and indirect taxes.

We are also frequently seen acting in international trade and applying for special tax regimes.

Our team represents clients on complex and high-value lawsuits, especially related to State and Federal authorities, covering a variety of issues, such as tax advice for commercial operations, tax planning for incorporations and M&As, review of tax elements in commercial agreements, and advocacy before tax authorities regarding new legislation.

Our focus is to provide tailored and effective advice that addresses the specific needs and goals of each client in high-profile cases that are likely to have a significant impact on their respective sectors.


The team is well known for its strategic assistance with environmental licensing. It has extensive experience in environmental licensing proceedings, as well as challenging unlawful licensing requirements.

Almeida Advogados is also specifically sought after to assist clients with settlements (TAC – Termos de Ajustamento de Conduta), negotiating several TACs with Environmental Authorities on behalf of our clients to protect their operations and avoid civil liability.

The team has a strong and consolidated experience in reverse logistics, which is one of the most relevant environmental issues in the day-to-day of industrial companies. We have developed in-depth expertise in reverse logistics and waste management and have advised several industry associations on these issues.

We are also frequently seen acting in civil investigations and public prosecutions. We represent clients in Criminal Actions and Police Investigations in cases of environmental damages/infringements, as well as advise on the negotiations of settlements and agreements before the Public Prosecutors’ Offices to avoid criminal prosecutions and the commencement of Public-interest Lawsuits(Class Actions).

Public Law

The team is well known for its skills in complex Public Procurement matters, from participating in Public–private partnership (PPP) and other government contracts, to representing clients in public civil actions related to public contracts. Considering our work in Credit recovery, we represent our clients in lawsuits for payment of multi-million credits owed by municipalities and states of Brazil.

Our Public Law team has also extensive experience in advising clients on strategic litigation against government agencies, representing clients in complex cases involving Public Civil Actions, Infraction Notices, and Bidding Processes.


The team is well known for its in skills structuring complex and strategic Corporate Litigation. We are often sought by domestic and international clients between corporate and individual shareholders.

Our team has vast experience at all court levels and administrative proceedings, such as drafting, filing, and following up on appeals before the Regional, State, and Federal Courts, as well as before the Supreme Court.

We also provide representation in administrative proceedings before the Attorney General’’s Office, the Antitrust Department (CADE), the State Department of Consumers’ Protection (PROCON), the Public Finance Court, and other consumer agencies.


Our team is well known for its extensive experience and excellent track record in securing positive outcomes for our clients in extrajudicial trademark negotiations, protecting and expanding the value of our clients’ IP assets. For example, we understand the key importance of franchising agreements for multinational companies and we have extensive experience in their registration with the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI).

Our team also has experience in judicial litigation against the unlawful use by third parties of our clients’ intellectual property, as well as in clients’ defence in infringement actions brought by third parties.

Data Protection

Our team has gained a strong reputation for its expertise in crafting intricate litigation strategies, making it the top choice for clients seeking customised solutions.

Our department has earned a strong reputation in the field of Data Protection, with a primary focus on Personal Data Protection and compliance initiatives. We specialise in navigating the intricacies of data protection regulations, notably the Brazilian General Data Protection Regulation (LGPD) and the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Additionally, we excel in interpreting and applying digital-related legislation, such as the Brazilian Internet Act, e-commerce regulations, and the intricacies of complex agreements and policies.

Our expertise extends to critical areas like information security and digital fraud prevention, safeguarding software (including algorithms and AI), protecting online intellectual property brands, as well as managing e-commerce projects. We play an essential role in helping our clients seamlessly integrate digital innovation into their business operations.

Our team has had the privilege of collaborating with significant players in various sectors, including banking and finance, automotive, energy, marketing, services, pharmaceutical, and technology related to electronic documents, digital certificates, and e-signatures. We have successfully executed LGPD compliance projects for these clients, handling strategic and sensitive information related to their operations and practices with the utmost care and precision.


Our team has gained a strong reputation for its expertise in crafting intricate litigation strategies, making it the top choice for clients seeking customised solutions.

Furthermore, we are consistently sought after for our advisory services in the realm of technological regulations, contract drafting and risk analysis, and corporate compliance pertaining to privacy and information security laws and regulations.

Tech companies and companies them routinely turn to us for guidance on multifaceted technology-related issues, encompassing both consultancy and litigation. Our clients consistently acknowledge and commend the meticulous craftsmanship of our briefs and memoranda, the depth of our research, and the personalized approach we take in handling each case.


The team is well-known for its skills in representing clients before regional labour departments, pre-conciliation commissions, trade unions, and professional associations and is specifically sought after by clients who require advisory services regarding the application of Labour Law and collective agreements.

Other main practices in the field encompass:

  • Consultancy in studying, planning, drafting, and amending individual and collective agreements for employees at all levels;
  • Analysis of plans and benefits, including profit-sharing and/or performance-based plans, stock option plans, voluntary redundancy plans, and variable compensation plans in general;
  • Handling of labour complaints, actively involving clients in defining strategies;
  • Analysis of legal labour risks;
  • Conduction of administrative procedures within the scope of the Ministry of Labour and the Labour Oversight Agency;
  • Conduction of labour due diligence;
  • Assistance in guiding clients through agreements, collective conventions, union negotiations, and collective labour disputes;
  • Assistance in guiding clients towards compliance with safety and hygiene standards at work;
  • Assistance in studying, planning, and monitoring contributions aimed at funding social security;
  • Assistance in implementing private pension plans, health assistance plans, and general assistance plans;
  • Legal advisory for outsourcing services and hiring suppliers and independent representatives;
  • Drafting, implementation, and revision of salary and benefit structures;
  • Drafting, implementation, and revision of incentive plans (bonuses, stock options, restricted stock units, and profit-sharing plans).

 Government Relations

Almeida Advogados has a team specialised and experienced in Government and Institutional Relations, composed of lawyers who monitor the regulatory agenda and legislative branch of the country and are dedicated to maintaining a permanent strategic dialogue channel with the Public Power to defend the interests of national and foreign clients in the main sectors of the economy.

Among our activities, we highlight:

  • Assistance to Diplomatic Representations and foreign Chambers of Commerce with the Government.
  • Assistance in mapping and evaluating legal and regulatory scenarios and formulating strategies.
  • Active participation in public hearings and consultations in the National Congress and the Executive Branch.
  • Monitoring of bills and regulations from the Executive Branch and Regulatory Agencies.
  • Building of relationships and dialogue with authorities and public agents.
  • Influence on the formulation of public policies at federal, state and municipal levels.
  • Personalized service to social groups, companies and associations.
  • Mapping of the main standards and laws that impact customer interests.
  • Assistance with the creation of Parliamentary Fronts in the National Congress.
  • Active participation in the process of drafting legislation in the National Congress and standards in Regulatory Agencies.
  • Institutional representation of clients at the governmental level.
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Law, M&A, Contracts André de Almeida +55 (11) 2714 6900
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation Andréa Seco +55 (11) 2714 6900
Corporate Law, M&A and Contracts David Andrew Taylor +55 (21) 2223 1504
Mining and Environment Law Guilherme Doval +55 (31) 3227 5566
Dispute Resolution Henrique Carmona +55 (31) 3227 5566
Corporate Law, M&A, Contracts, Corporate Governance Leonardo Leite +55 (11) 2714 6900
Digital Law, Technology Márcio Chaves + 55 11 3164-9828
Corporate Law, Regulatory Law Norberto Pasquatti +55 (11) 2714 6900
Intellectual Property, Corporate Law, M&A, Contracts and Regulatory Law Pedro Tinoco +55 (11) 2714 6900
Administrative Law and Regulatory Law Rafael Zinato +55 (21) 2223 1504
Tax Rodrigo Petry +55 (11) 2714 6900
Labour Rodrigo Mattos Sérvulo de Faria +55 (11) 2714 6900
Government Relations Brunno Carmona Calado +55 (61) 3224 8015
Total Staff : 200
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