Firm Profile > Almeida Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Almeida Advogados
417, 2° ANDAR

Public law Tier 4

The public procurement specialists at Almeida Advogados are active in the construction, energy and tech sectors, among others. Rafael Zinato Moreira and Leonardo Palhares lead the team, which also handles litigation involving government agencies.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

With multiple offices across the country, Almeida Advogados has substantial geographic coverage, in addition to its international capabilities. It acts for well-known domestic and foreign companies, and has also carved out a niche for representing minority shareholders of large Brazilian companies. In recent work, founding partner André de Almeida and a team -working alongside a US firm- successfully represented the minority shareholders of Petrobras in a class action corruption lawsuit against Petrobras and its top executives. Elsewhere, Pedro Tinoco assisted Walmart with the closing of its stores and branches in Brazil. The multi-lingual Natalie Yoshida advises on corporate, contract, commercial and banking law.

Tax Tier 5

The 'very knowledgeable' and 'well-trained' lawyers at Almeida Advogados 'maintain a transparent relationship with the client'. The team acts for domestic and multinational companies - partcularly in the shipping, energy and tech sectors. Leonardo Vinicius Correia de Melo  is recommended. Homero dos Santos left for an in-house role at Louis Dreyfus.

Environment Tier 6

The seven-strong environmental group at Almeida Advogados recently assisted investment fund Permian Global with the development of nature conservation projects; and also advised Stericycle on renewing its license for hazardous waste transportation. Leonardo Palhares and Rafael Zinato Moreira are recommended.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 7

The 'very experienced and prepared' litigation lawyers at Almeida Advogados are 'very easy to work with' and are 'always available and open to discuss'. The 'smart and experienced' André de Almeida, 'committed and organised' Leonardo Palhares, Andréa Seco and Danilo Facchini Gonçalves are recommended.

Transport and shipping

Almeida Advogados recently represented an offshore supplier in administrative charter-party disputes with Petrobras; and regularly assists cruise operator MSC Cruzeiros with accident response matters. 'Excellent maritime lawyer' Breno Garbois is 'attentive, accurate and commercially minded'.

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 250 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, Poland, 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, U.S.A., and Athens, Greece), and almost went to the Barcelona Olympics, until an accident months earlier that 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, D.C. With great entrepreneurial spirit, André founded his own firm, which has experienced exponential growth. Today, over 250 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Law, M&A, Corporate Governance André de Almeida (11) 2714 6900
Dispute Resolution and Labour Andréa Seco (11) 2714 6900
Transport and Shipping Breno Garbois (21) 2223 1504
Compliance and Corporate Governance David Andrew Taylor (21) 2223 1504
Shipping Flávia Melo (21) 2223 1504
Mining and Environment Law Guilherme Doval (31) 3227 5566
Dispute Resolution Henrique Carmona (31) 3227 5566
Project and Infrastructure, Environment and Technology Law Leonardo Palhares (11) 2714 6900
Corporate Law, M&A, Corporate Gorvernance Leonardo Leite (11) 2714 6900
Tax Leonardo Melo (21) 2223 1504
Corporate Law, Life Science and Regulatory Law Norberto Pasquatti (11) 2714 6900
Corporate and International Law Paulo Bekin (11) 2714 6900
Intellectual Property, Corporate, and M&A Pedro Tinoco (11) 2714 6900
Public Law Rafael Zinato (21) 2223 1504
Tax Rodrigo Petry (11) 2714 6900
Tax Talita Pimenta Félix (11) 2714 6900
Number of Lawyers : 56
Total Staff : 108
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