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City focus - Brasilia > Tax Tier 1Working in close collaboration with the firm’s offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, the Brasília tax team at Veirano Advogados is well positioned to handle complex tax cases of national relevance on behalf of domestic and international companies. Although the group is well versed in both tax consulting and litigation, the practice is particularly known for its strong expertise in the latter, frequently acting for clients in tax disputes before the superior courts and the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court. Practice head Marcelo Reinecken is often sought to represent clients from the telecoms, tobacco, IT and agribusiness industries in administrative and judicial tax proceedings. He is supported by senior associates Rafael De Paula Gomes, whose expertise spans corporate tax, social contributions and services taxes, and tax litigator Renata Joner.
‘The tax team is extremely qualified, available and with great knowledge of the client’s business. In addition, the relationship and communication with the team is excellent.’
‘Marcelo Reinecken is a lawyer with deep knowledge of tax law and able to find solutions to complex issues.’
‘Renan Barreto is a lawyer with great knowledge of tax law and very detailed in the analysis and defences of the cases in which he is involved.’
‘Makes use of innovative instruments.’
Autotrac Comércio e Telecomunicações
Band – Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes
Santos Brasil Participações
- Assisted Philip Morris with tax litigation concerning the ceasing of payments of ICMS upon goods that are stolen after leaving the company’s premises.
- Acted for Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes in a tax dispute regarding ICMS charged prior to the constitutional amendment No. 42.
- Represented Albaugh Agro Brasil in a tax proceeding before CARF to discuss tax assessment rules related to imports with Mercosul’s certificate of origin.
Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)Veirano Advogados is well positioned to advise clients throughout the life cycle of a power project. The team - which showcases particular strength in the transmission space - also assists clients from all sub-segments in regulatory matters, litigation before administrative and judicial courts, and tax-related issues. The practice has witnessed an uptick in deal activity on the renewables side, notably in wind and solar power project M&A, and has been sought after by clients engaged in LNG-to-power projects in ports, offshore wind power plants and hydrogen mandates. Though primarily focused on M&A transactions involving electric assets, Tiago Figueiró is also proficient in project development and administrative proceedings in this space. He manages the team with Daniel Engel, a key contact for renewable generation projects, and Ana Carolina Barretto, a name to note for project financing. Luísa Tortolano Barreto, who has been particularly active in M&A and regulatory matters, and Paola Oliveira, who focuses on contracts and public law issues, stand out at the associate level. Recent hire Mariella Rocha brings a wealth of experience in renewables, energy transition matters and policies.
Tiago Figueiró; Daniel Engel; Ana Carolina Barretto
‘Great service. New team with a lot of experience as an advisor for SPA contracts, purchase of projects, EPC, O&M.’
‘Daniel Engel is a great lawyer.’
Engie Brasil Energia
Acciona Energía Chile
Scatec Solar Brasil Serviços de Engenharia
Atlas Renewable Energy
Dois A Engenharia
B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão
Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group)
Compass Gás e Energia
BP Gas Marketing Limited
Green Enesys Holdings
GreenYellow do Brasil Energia e Serviços
Exus Management Partners
- Assisting Argo Energia in the acquisition of Rialma Transmissora de Energia III.
- Assisted Nordex Brazil in the negotiation with AES Energy of turbine supply agreements (TSA) and operation and maintenance agreements (O&M) for the supply of wind turbine generators for the Cajuína Cluster.
- Assisting B3 with the structuring and forms of power purchase agreement for a newly organised over-the-counter power market and power market services platform.
Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1Praised by clients for its ‘knowledge of the mining market in several jurisdictions', Veirano Advogados enjoys a strong reputation in this space as a result of more than four decades of experience acting for mining companies in their most relevant projects and transactions in Brazil and abroad. On the transactional front, the practice is particularly active in high-value deals involving the acquisition of mining assets and mineral rights, and project financing. The team’s service offering goes beyond capital markets, debt transactions and M&A, and also includes administrative proceedings before mining authorities, and litigation concerning access to mining sites and protection against illegal actions by local communities. Given the firm’s full-service capabilities, the mining team often interacts with other departments - including environmental, real estate and tax - and works in close collaboration with the IP practice providing specialised assistance in patent registration and the protection of equipment and procedures related to the mining sector. Pedro Garcia oversees the group out of the Rio de Janeiro office; he brings together experience in cross-border transactions, commercial agreements and environmental issues for mining ventures. Also based in Rio, Antonio Albani Siqueira assists clients with the structuring, implementation and operation of mining projects.
‘Knowledge of the mining market in several jurisdictions.’
‘I would highlight Pedro Garcia.’
‘Veirano is a multidisciplinary firm that works on several fronts.’
‘Pedro is helpful and understands the client’s needs.’
Yara Brasil Fertilizantes
BMO Capital Markets
Imerys do Brasil Comércio de Extração de Minérios
Lundin Mining Corporation
Anglogold Ashanti Córrego do Sítio Mineração
Norsk Hydro Group
Fomento do Brasil Mineração
Renobrax Energias Renováveis
Laomi Exploration Pty
UMS United Mining Services Group
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
- Advised BMO Capital Markets on the $1bn sale by Appian Capital Advisory of its Brazilian battery metals-focused portfolio companies Atlantic Nickel and Mineração Vale Verde to Sibanye-Stillwater.
- Assisted Yara Brasil Fertilizantes in the $410m sale of its Salitre phosphate mining project in the city of Serra do Salitre to EuroChem Comércio de Produtos Químicos.
- Advised on Ero Copper’s inaugural US offering of $400m aggregate principal amount of 6.50% notes due 2030.
Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1The labour team at Veirano Advogados is highlighted for achieving ‘exceptional results’ in strategic cases. Its lawyers receive praise for being ‘versatile professionals who adapt, without leaving technique and excellence aside’, complemented by their ability to ‘talk to a production operator and a vice president with equal ease and accessibility’. The firm has notable credentials for contentious and non-contentious matters, including individual labour claims and collective disputes involving public civil or class actions. The consulting side of the practice handles a broad range of issues, including M&A support and advice on investigations, compliance and compensation schemes. Flávia Azevedo and Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior jointly lead the team, with other key partners including Jose Carlos Wahle and, in Porto Alegre, Luiz Afrânio Araujo. Senior associate André Rodrigues Schioser joined from Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados in August 2022. Since publication, Bruno Leandro Palhares Perez was welcomed to the partnership, effective as of January 2023.
Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior; Flávia Azevedo
‘The availability of the team. Concrete knowledge of the matters. Security in its information processes. Good organization regarding deadlines.’
‘Veirano assists us in exclusively strategic labor cases and they have exactly what we need: they are accessible and, at the same time, they are highly technical in preparing the pieces and formalities before the labor court. So, they are versatile professionals who adapt to what we need, without leaving technique and excellence aside. They talk to a production operator and a vice president with equal ease and accessibility. This is critical.’
‘Luiz Antonio is our partner and the team is a reflection of what he is: accessible and adaptable to what the situation requires. He is one of the most approachable professionals I have ever worked with. Very up-to-date, he knows how to debate any and all topics and shares legislative news almost in real time. His technique and experience in holding labor hearings is unique and the result of the work could not be different: whenever Veirano works on a strategic case, we have exceptional results.’
Latam Linhas Aéreas
Johnson & Johnson
Bristol Meyers Squibb
- Acted as lead appellate counsel to Amil Assistência Médica Internacional before the Labour Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro in several high-profile labour claims.
- Advised Diageo Brasil on negotiations with the labour union for its 2021/2022 collective bargaining agreement.
- Advised 99 Tecnologia (part of the DiDi Chuxing Group) on a class action brought by a labour union in the state of São Paulo.
Brazil > Real estate Tier 1‘Quality in delivery, strategic structuring, creative solutions‘ are all hallmarks of Veirano Advogados‘ highly rated real estate team, which provides ‘fast service and knowledge of the market‘. The firm has a good track record representing private and public sector clients, including advice to the Federal Government on the privatisation of public assets. Investment funds and corporates regularly instruct the practice on investments into, most recently, logistics, office and retail assets. Hospitality, healthcare and residential property mandates also feature heavily in the firm’s contentious and non-contentious workload. The practice is jointly led by Rodrigo de Castro (highlighted by a client as ‘one of the best real estate lawyers in the country‘) and Raphael Moreira Espírito Santo, who ‘deserves compliments for his creativity and agility in resolving conflicts‘. Counsel Bruno Aronne has also established a good reputation.
Raphael Moreira Espirito Santo; Rodrigo de Castro
‘Ability of the firm to understand the problem, analyse and propose a solution.’
‘Rodrigo de Castro and Erika Castro Bernardelli Marinho: dedicated professionals who understood the client’s needs, providing the service in a very agile and complete way.’
‘Fast service and knowledge of the market where I work.’
‘Quality in delivery, strategic structuring, creative solutions.’
‘The quality of the real estate team at Veirano stands out. Notably, the work delivered by the team, led by partners Raphael Moreira and Rodrigo de Castro, is unique and demonstrates knowledge above the market average. Furthermore, the attention paid by the partners to the client is also a fundamental factor and deserves recognition.’
‘The technical quality presented by Rodrigo de Castro is a differential, highlighting him in this segment, without a doubt, as one of the best real estate lawyers in the country. Another characteristic that deserves recognition is the attention and availability he has with the client; making a point of always closely monitoring the work of his team.’
‘Raphael Moreira deserves compliments for his creativity and agility in resolving conflicts. Raphael always presents innovative alternatives, paying attention in general to the possible risks and also benefits presented to the client. In the team, also worth mentioning: partner Gisela Miranda, Bruno Aronne and Erika Castro Marinho.’
Cerberus South America
Jive Asset Management
Brazil Hospitality Group – BHG Hotels
Ferroport Logística (Grupo Prumo Logística / Anglo American)
The World Bank Group
Caixa Econômica Federal
Malls Brasil Plural FII
- Advised Brookfield in the R$470m stock sale of a group company which owned a 35% stake in the Shoping Leblon mall in Rio de Janeiro, to Alianse Shopping Centres.
- Advised Caixa Econômica Federal on the restructuring of two Real Estate Investment Funds with roughly R$800m in assets.
- Assisted the World Bank in the acquisition of the Lotus Corporate building as its new headquarters in Brasília.
Tax > Customs Tier 1
Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 2Veirano Advogados offers considerable expertise across a wide variety of domestic and cross-border financings. The firm has particularly notable experience in major transport, energy and infrastructure-related deals, where it represents major banks and multilateral lenders on ship and project finance. Structured products, debt capital markets and acquisition finance mandates also feature prominently in the firm’s workload. Rio de Janeiro-based partner Marcelo Mattos leads the team, with strong support from projects head Ana Carolina Barretto in São Paulo. Other key partners include Rogério Campos for ship finance, and Lior Pinsky for capital markets.
Marcelo Mattos; Ana Carolina Barretto
DEG – Deutsche Investitions-Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
Société De Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Weatherford Indústria e Comércio
DVB Bank America
- Advising 14 international financial institutions in a major restructuring, involving over 45 vessels and almost €3bn in debt.
- Advised HSBC and other finance parties on the $670m syndicated facility for the financing of the floating production storage and offloading unit Anna Nery, which will be chartered to Petrobras and operated by Yinson Boronia.
- Advising the Brazilian Development Bank – BNDES, Banco BNP Paribas and several additional Brazilian and international financial institutions, in connection with the financing of the R$15bn construction and operation of the São Paulo subway Line 6 project.
City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation Tier 2Large domestic and international companies operating in the energy, infrastructure, logistics and natural resources sectors turn to Veirano Advogados for assistance with complex, high-value privatisations, PPPs, concessions and acquisitions. The group is particularly known for its capabilities in public law-related dispute resolution, often representing clients in judicial and administrative disputes as well as arbitration proceedings. Practice co-head Marcelo Reinecken is especially sought after to represent telecoms, manufacturing and mining clients in proceedings before the superior courts and the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF). Fellow co-head Mauro Hiane de Moura has extensive experience in matters related to public law and administrative proceedings. Also noted is Marcus Ludwig, an expert in public law and governance issues in the energy and infrastructure industries.
Marcelo Reinecken; Mauro Hiane de Moura
Autotrac Comércio e Telecomunicações
SAMA Minerações Associadas
British Telecom Group
ANEAA (National Association of Airport Administrators)
APROBIO – Associação Dos Produtores De Biocombustíveis Do Brasil
Associação Brasileira de Defensivos Pós-Patente (AENDA)
SINDIVEG – Sindicato National da Indústria de Produtos para Defesa Vegetal
- Acted for GRU Airport in the extraordinary revision and negotiation with the Brazilian Aviation Authority (ANAC) of an amendment to the concession agreement of the Guarulhos’ Airport.
- Assisted CropfLife Brasil, SINDIVEG and AENDA with an amicus brief in a constitutional complaint filed before the Supreme Federal Court by the Workers’ Party (PT) and the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL).
- Acted for APROBIO in an amicus brief as part of a collective writ of mandamus filed by BRASILCOM (Associação das Distribuidoras de Combustíveis) before the Supreme Court of Justice challenging a regulatory duty to acquire carbon credits.
City focus - Porto Alegre > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2Veirano Advogados‘ Porto Alegre-based team handles complex M&A transactions in the tech, agribusiness, renewable energy, construction and retail sectors, where it frequently acts on both buy and sell-side mandates. In addition to its track record in cross-border matters and complex commercial negotiations, the team is equipped to assist with domestic and international contracts related to the sale and purchase of commodities, debt facilities and bridge loans, and equipment supply. Fernando Verzoni, who is dual qualified in Brazil and New York and is especially sought after to advise on acquisitions and joint ventures, leads the practice. Another key name is Diego Fraga Lerner, who is experienced in M&A transactions in the plastics, logistics and telecoms segments. Fernanda Fossati is no longer at the firm.
‘Excellent service; dedication and promptness to always serve us. Very good technical quality in the most diverse subjects and always very willing to find the best legal solutions to help their clients.’
‘Veirano is a firm that values the client experience. Clients are always well advised and assisted on legal aspects. The team has excellent sectorial and local law expertise.’
‘Diego Lerner is an excellent professional. He is knowledgable and keeps the client well-informed. Diego is highly recommended for cross-border matters.’
‘Veirano, in addition to providing excellent advice on our M&A transactions, is genuinely concerned with the client, doing its best to ensure that demands are met on time. Several areas of the firm come together to provide us with the most complete solutions, taking a holistic approach to deals. In addition to strong compliance, the cordial service, availability and technical quality of the work stand out.’
‘The Veirano team that assisted us with the transaction was led by Ricardo Veirano and Diego Lerner. They were extremely responsive, diligent and proactive in their advice and work. Their partner-led approach ensured a high quality service. They engaged the right teams and specialist lawyers within their firm at the right moments to ensure slick and consistent advice.’
‘Ricardo Veirano has a strategic vision and is focused on the best interests of the client.
‘Diego Lerner stands out for his great dedication to M&A transactions from the first steps to post-closing obligations, making himself available regardless of the day or time.’
Yara Brasil Fertilizantes
Arauco Forest Brasil
S. Oleum Partners
Philip Morris do Brasil
Ybytu Empreendimentos de Energia Renovável
BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil
Box Office Soluções em Mobilidade
- Acted for Yara Brazil in the sale of an advanced-stage integrated upstream phosphates project located in the city of Serra do Salitre.
- Advised RP Participações (currently BSBios) on the acquisition of a 50% equity stake in BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil for R$617,5m.
- Assisted Hercosul in a competitive process involving the sale of its pet nutrition business to BRF.
City focus - Porto Alegre > Dispute resolution Tier 2The dispute resolution team at Veirano Advogados possesses a strong track record in complex litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on disputes arising from M&A transactions and commercial contracts. The team is also seasoned in regulatory matters, often representing clients from the energy, mining, oil and gas, and logistics segments in administrative disputes involving concessions and public law contracts. Product liability and consumer law claims also feature on the caseload. Department head Filipe Scherer Oliveira has a strong background in sensitive litigation cases. Another key practitioner in the team is Mauro Hiane de Mouro, who focuses on administrative, regulatory and compliance law.
Filipe Scherer Oliveira
Other key lawyers:
‘Veirano provides top-notch legal advice and strategic guidance for the most complex commercial matters, including mandates that involve multi-jurisdictional elements. The firm has an outstanding depth and breadth of expertise.’
‘Filipe Oliveira Scherer is a fantastic lawyer. He is very mindful of the client’s strategic goals, extremely detail-oriented, and develops persuasive and reasonable advocacy strategies.’
‘Luiz Migliora is thoughtful and a top-level advocate. He quickly drills down on the key points and distills them into a persuasive oral presentation. He has an impactful presence and easily captures the attention of the court.’
‘The team is very thorough with the discovery, in addition to always being there to assist clients with urgent demands. They are always assertive and demonstrate technical confidence in relation to the subject demanded.’
‘Availability of service, client care and assertiveness in legal opinions.’
‘Veirano’s dispute resolution team stands out for its holistic view, quick understanding of the company’s strategies and the impactful solutions.’
‘Filipe Scherer Oliveira and Diego Lerner are exceptional. They navigate through the various fields of law that affect the conflict with an accurate vision and a broad and efficient strategy, effectively resolving the dispute.’
Associação Brasileira de Defensivos Pós-Patente (AENDA)
Sindicato Nacional da Indústria de Produtos para Defesa Vegetal (SINDIVEG)
Philip Morris International
Yara Brasil Fertilizantes
- Acted for Philip Morris International in a class action filed by the Federal Government seeking reimbursement of costs incurred by the National Health System (SUS) with the treatment of diseases allegedly caused by smoking.
- Represented Yara in an emergency writ of mandamus that managed to suspend an order to undock a ship loaded with the client’s cargo at the Santos Port.
- Assisted CropLife Brasil, Sindicato Nacional da Indústria de Produtos para Defesa Vegetal and Associação Brasileira de Defensivos Pós-Patente (AENDA) as amicus curiae at the Supreme Court in a case discussing the constitutionality of the law regarding trade barriers on pesticides.
City focus - Porto Alegre > Tax Tier 2The tax team at Veirano Advogados frequently handles complex litigation cases at the federal and state levels on behalf of companies from the IT, tech, oil and gas, manufacturing and construction sectors. The group is also sought after to advise on tax investigations and incentives, tax planning and fiscal matters related to the Manaus Free Trade Zone. Leading the practice is Fabio Barichello, who often represents clients operating in the telecom and petrochemicals sectors in administrate and judicial tax disputes.
‘Services of great quality and an advisory work for cases of high complexity, given the characteristics of our tax operations that require analyses of various scenarios across the country.’
‘They stand out for the qualities of the team which is made of qualified lawyers who demonstrate a lot of experience in the subjects.’
‘It is worth highlighting the proactivity of the team and commitment to schedules.’
Microsoft Mobile Tecnologia
Philip Morris Brasil
Refinaria de Petróleo Riograndense
BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil
TK Elevadores Brasil
SEPCO1 Construções do Brasil
Dell Computadores do Brasil
Borrachas Vipal Nordeste
Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 2Praised for its ‘differentiated business acumen‘, Veirano Advogados has cemented a strong reputation for M&A in the Brazilian market. With practitioners based in São Paulo, Porto Alegre and in the newly opened Rio de Janeiro headquarters, the practice is well suited to handle high-value M&A deals involving listed companies, mid-market and smaller transactions concerning family-owned businesses, and strategic cross-border investments. Private equity transactions are a notable field of activity for the team, which is also well placed to assist in the venture capital, technology and start-ups spaces. The firm has been developing its diversity and inclusion programme, InclusiVA, for the past six years with a particular focus on five aspects: age, gender, race, sexual orientation and social background. Its commitment to increase female participation and representation in the firm was reflected by the recent appointment of Paula Surerus, the first woman to hold the role in the firm’s 50-year history. Augusto Cesar Barbosa De Souza, who has handled M&A deals in the pharmaceutical, IT, retail and petrochemical segments, manages the corporate group alongside Fernando Verzoni, Lior Pinsky, who is highlighted for his knowledge of public M&A, private equity and capital markets, and managing partner Surerus. Alberto Bragança has a strong transactional record in regulated sectors, while Vitor Rozenthal boasts far-reaching experience in buy and sell-side M&A deals, corporate restructurings and private equity. Vanessa Felício and Daniel Augusto Malatesta, the latter of whom is well regarded for his performance in domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and venture capital, were promoted to partner in early 2022. Since publication, Diego Yago Rodrigues and Maria Cecilia Vieira were welcomed to the partnership, effective as of January 2023.
Augusto Cesar Barbosa de Souza; Fernando Verzoni; Lior Pinsky; Paula Surerus
‘Excellent work and dedication.’
‘Excellent team with extensive knowledge.’
‘It was the best firm among all the M&A advisors we hired in 2021: high technical knowledge, differentiated business acumen, availability of partners and specialised teams, etc.’
‘Daniel Malatesta: I expected a good job, but he excelled and really showed that he already deserved the promotion. Lior Pinsky deserves all the market recognition.’
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
- Assisted Hercosul in a competitive process involving the sale of its pet nutrition business, organised by Banco Santander.
- Advised TPG Growth on the sale of 92% of RD Gestão e Sistemas to Totvs for an amount of approximately $338m.
- Assisted Yara Fertilizantes in the sale of Eurochem’s Salitre phosphate mining project in the city of Serra do Salitre, in the state of Minas Gerais.
Brazil > International trade Tier 2Veirano Advogados has an experienced and focused trade team that provides ‘great support‘ and ‘excellent service‘ to domestic and international importers and exporters, as well as trade associations. The ‘knowledgeable‘ lawyers have a deep understanding of several key industries that have undergone investigations or required representation, including auto parts, chemicals, animal protein and health, paper, rubber tires, and electronics. This includes support on WTO negotiations and disputes, anti-dumping investigations and reviews, trade remedy proceedings and public consultations. Practice head Ana Teresa Caetano has a strong reputation for contentious and non-contentious issues. Experienced associate Marina Martes is another standout individual.
‘Veirano’s team showed excellent service compared to other firms we have worked with and when we needed technical knowledge on the subject we are dealing with, it was possible to notice that all the people were very were knowledgeable, and could provide us with great support.’
‘Veirano has a complete and dedicated team, whose expertise is unquestionable and very focused on each client.’
‘Ana Caetano has unquestionable technical knowledge and solid experience in administrative jurisprudence.’
Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal (ABPA) / Brazilian Association of Animal Protein
Cooperativa Central Aurora Alimentos
Dunkin’ Brands/Inspire Brands
Merck Sharp Dhome (MSD – Animal Health)
Química Amparo (Ypê)
Rhodia Poliamida e Especialidades (Rhodia)
- Representing the Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal’s interests in the WTO dispute brought by Brazil against a set of EU Regulations concerning different criteria of salmonella control in fresh poultry meat and poultry meat preparation.
- Representing Braskem, a domestic producer of polyvinylchloride suspension (PVC-S), polypropylene resins (PP) and liquid caustic soda, in several trade proceedings.
- Representing Aurora, a Brazilian producer and exporter of poultry products, in the anti-dumping investigation by the South African Customs Union (SACU) on imports of poultry products from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain.
Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2Veirano Advogados is able to assist clients from the inception to the operational stage of a project across an array of segments, including energy, oil and gas, ports, roads and logistics. The team - which demonstrates particular strength in the financing and construction phases - brings together expertise in corporate, regulatory, administrative and real estate matters. Ana Carolina Barretto has taken a lead role in some of largest projects in the Brazilian market, and is also experienced in the development and financing of groundbreaking projects in other Latin American jurisdictions. She oversees the practice with Marcos Ludwig, who is often instructed by domestic and foreign clients in the transport and energy sectors on matters involving corporate governance, contracts and regulatory issues. Daniel Engel maintains a broad practice, covering project finance, public contracts and M&A involving infrastructure and energy assets. Tiago Figueiró focuses on power projects and transactions, while Ali El Hage Filho is a key contact for oil and gas clients. Mariella Rocha, whose experience in renewable energy projects and project finance spans two decades, joined in July 2022.
Ana Carolina Barretto; Marcos Ludwig
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES
Companhia de Gás do Espírito Santo – ESGas
Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos
Companhia de Gás de São Paulo – Comgás
Sadenco Sul-Americana de Engenharia e Consultoria
VLI Logística Multimodal
Westrock, Celulose, Papel e Embalagens
- Representing the lenders and agents, including BNDES, in connection with the financing of the construction and operation of the São Paulo subway Line 6 project.
- Advising Siemens Energy in connection with a shareholding reorganisation and other transactions connected to a second gas-powered power plant in the GNA Gas Hub in the Port of Açu.
- Acted as Brazilian counsel to GRU Airport in the implementation of an airport people mover (APM), a rail transportation facility that will link all three terminals and the train station of the metropolitan network.
Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2Veirano Advogados has a ‘well diversified, qualified and structured’ restructuring team, which allows for ‘agility and precision in the face of the most complex and innovative types of demand in the field of insolvency’. The cross-practice group is especially known for its advice to creditors, as well as distressed investors and controlling shareholders of distressed companies. Clients also note that the firm has ‘a lot of experience in cross-border insolvency‘ matters. Key partners include Paulo Fernando Campana Filho for transactional and strategic advice, and Ricardo Gama for disputes. Recently promoted partner Julia Tamer Langen is considered ‘an exceptional professional‘.
Paulo Fernando Campana Filho; Ricardo Gama; Julia Tamer Langen
‘The restructuring team is well diversified, qualified and structured, which allows them to react with agility and precision in the face of the most complex and innovative types of demand in the field of insolvency. The partners have a lot of experience in cross-border insolvency.’
‘Julia Tamer Langen, who was promoted to partner in the area, is an exceptional professional. She has a deep domain of the subject, has a business vision and is very practical. She’s that trusted professional that you know will solve your problem in the best way possible. She also has great people management skills and manages to encourage the team to respond to demands quickly and effectively.’
Banco Itaú BBA
Networks do Brasil Telecomunicações
Planner Trustee Distribuidora de Valores Mobiliários
Pentágono Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários
Banco BTG Pactual
Yellow Soluções de Mobilidade
Concessionária do Aeroporto de Salvador
Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama
- Advising multiple creditors holding claims in the Oi Group’s judicial reorganisation proceeding.
- Assisting several banks, including Banco Bradesco BBI and Banco do Brasil, on the judicial reorganisation proceedings of construction company UTC Group.
- Advising Deloitte in the judicial reorganisation proceeding of Aeroportos Brasil, Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos and Viracopos Estacionamento.
Tax > Tax advisory Tier 2‘Excellence’ is a cornerstone of the highly regarded tax team at Veirano Advogados, which solves challenges with ‘speed, depth and accuracy‘, and in a ‘simple, practical and direct way‘. Clients acknowledge the firm’s close partnership on contentious and non-contentious issues, with the lawyers ‘always visualising and seeking the best results, as an extension of the company‘. The multi-faceted team covers the full range of direct and indirect tax matters, and is particularly strong on customs and related advice to the oil and gas industry, where the ‘always very cordial‘ Andre Carvalho and Flávio Paranhos, highlighted for his ‘technical knowledge, availability and excellent communication‘, are active. Marco Monteiro co-heads the team with Filipe Richter, who alongside Ian Muniz ‘look after the company’s interests and offer precise solutions to challenges‘. Customs and social security expert Fabiana Macedo is ‘technically excellent‘.
Filipe Richter; Marco Monteiro
‘Veirano is a firm of excellence. Speed, depth and accuracy in solving challenges are the differentials. The lawyers, knowing and interested in the company’s business and operations, serve us in a simple, practical and direct way, exactly what we are looking for. It makes us feel like a special client.’
‘Filipe Carra Richter and Ian de Porto Alegre Muniz provide extremely fast and accurate, deep knowledge and accurate direction. They look after the company’s interests and direct/offer precise solutions to challenges. Ari Job Junior is very attentive and detailed, knows the details of the cases and acts in the litigation in a precise and crucial way for a favorable outcome. Rodrigo Berti Franciscon, expert in consultancy, clarifying and directing the company in the most accurate decisions.’
‘We highlight Fabiana Helena Lopes de Macedo Tadiello for her personalised service and knowledge of the company’s activities and operations. Fabiana is technically excellent.’
‘The Veirano team are partners, always visualsing and seeking the best results for the company, as an extension of the company, I see them as friends who experience the company’s day-to-day, always result focused.’
‘I had never worked with Veirano Advogados. It was a pleasant surprise. The partners who attended me were always available to attend meetings (many last minute), met promised deadlines and demonstrated technical quality.’
‘I highlight the partners André de Souza Carvalho and Juliana Andrade Costa: Always very cordial, attentive and with excellent technical knowledge. The dynamics created by them in this project was a differential.’
‘Ian Muniz – Technical knowledge, availability and excellent communication. Flavio Paranhos – Technical knowledge, availability and excellent communication. Bruno Magalhães – Technical knowledge, availability and excellent communication.’
- Assisted Yara in the sale of its operation in Serra do Salitre to Eurochem including related tax issues.
- Advised Vero Internet on the review of all tax issues associated with its launch of a new portfolio of digital services.
- Advised TPG on the sale of RD to Totvs and the related tax implications.
Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2Veirano Advogados' wealth, estate planning and family group offers ‘impeccable quality of services’ via its multidisciplinary team, capitalising on the firm’s full-service structure and combining its knowledge in tax, family, corporate, real estate and probate. Wealthy families and individuals trust the team to advise them on estate planning, restructuring domestic and offshore assets, family corporate governance and complex sensitive family disputes. In addition, the team has forged strong relationships with major banks and accounting firms. The team is co-led by Pedro Boueri Affonso De Almeida and Andre Carvalho, both highly praised by clients for their extensive expertise in succession planning. Bruno Aronne and Fabiana Macedo are also key members of the team, with Macedo focusing on tax-related issues related to estate planning.
André Carvalho; Pedro Boueri Affonso de Almeida
‘Fast action, persistence and perseverance! Excellent knowledge and good tone of voice!’
‘Impeccable quality of services, in addition to the unparalleled competence of the lawyers.’
‘Ricardo Veirano, Andre Carvalho, Pedro Boueri Affonso de Almeida, Bruno Aronne are all extremely qualified and dedicated to the client. Educated and considerate. Any client’s dream team!’
‘With Veirano I feel like I receive personalised service.’
‘Andre Carvalho is my trusted lawyer.’
‘Veirano Advogados has a team of professionals working in various areas of law and also has connections with offices in other countries, which has greatly helped in my estate and succession planning work.’
‘A highlight goes to Pedro Boueri, who was the partner who led this project for Veirano and coordinated the relationship with other lawyers in the firm and also lawyers from other countries.’
‘Excellent technical quality aligned with spectacular soft skills to serve families with complex assets.’
Brazil > Capital markets Tier 3The well-regarded capital markets team at Veirano Advogados is ‘extremely skilled in proposing new solutions and alternatives'. The firm has notable credentials for debt capital markets work, where it represents a mix of issuers and underwriters. The team is also well versed in cross-border bond issues and asset-backed receivables in the real estate and agribusiness sectors. Lior Pinsky leads the team, which includes the highly rated Luiz Rafael de Vargas Maluf, praised for his ‘extensive knowledge and vast experience'. Daniela Anversa left the firm to take up an in-house counsel role at Natura & Co.
‘Veirano is one of our partners for capital markets and M&A operations due to its competence in finding the best deal and conditions for us. In addition, the team is extremely skilled in proposing new solutions and alternatives to meet the best interests of our company.’
‘Veirano served us in an excellent way, with great assertiveness, diligence and timeliness. They have in-depth knowledge of the market, both in the real estate and in the Capital Markets, sometimes suggesting innovative solutions to problematic aspects that arise in our operations.’
‘Gisela Alves de Melo Miranda and her team have always been excellent in conducting work related to real estate issues, as well as the performance of Luiz Rafael de Vargas Maluf and the Capital Markets team.’
‘Veirano is a firm that our in-house legal team really likes. It has been increasing its market share and seeking its space in the business.’
‘Rafael Maluf, a professional who has worked in other firms and in a bank, has extensive knowledge and vast experience.’
Banco BTG Pactual
Caixa Econômica Federal
TecBan – Tecnologia Bancária
Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar
Banco Itaú BBA
- Acted as counsel to the syndicate of underwriters (XP, BTG Pactual and Itaú BBA) in the R$818m primary public offering of shares of Unifique Telecomunicações, listed on the Novo Mercado segment of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3).
- Advised the syndicate of underwriters (BTG Pactual, Citi, Itaú BBA and Santander) in the R$1.3bn primary public offering of shares of Intelbrás – Indústria de Telecomunicação Eletrônica Brasileria, listed on the Novo Mercado segment of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3).
- Acted as counsel to Gaia Impacto and family farming cooperatives in the R$17.5m issuance of agribusiness receivables certificates.
City focus - Porto Alegre > Labour Tier 3The labour and immigration team at Veirano Advogados is well versed in HR management, risk assessments, compensation plans and employment contracts. Strategic litigation is another pillar of the practice, which handles administrative and judicial disputes, public civil acitons, and collective and class claims. Luiz Afrânio Araujo , a name to note for contentious and non-contentious employment matters, leads the group alongside São Paulo-based Luiz Antonio Dos Santos, who is specialised in collective bargaining agreements and union relations.
Luiz Antonio dos Santos; Luiz Afrânio Araújo
‘The team is very knowledgeable and navigates all levels of the judiciary with competence.’
‘Highly competent, excellent lawyers, fast, accurate and super available. Excellent communication with the clients.’
‘The service provided by Veirano Advogados is of excellent quality. They have complete control of the cases, being able to answer questions about the cases at any time. On the advisory side, the agility and quality of responses stand out. Whenever we need an opinion from the firm, whether informally or formally, the answer arrives promptly and quickly. I consider Veirano a true business partner.’
‘Luiz Afrânio Araújo stands out in terms of the advice provided and knowledge of our business.’
‘The practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset offered by the team are unparalleled in the local market and rarely found in the international market. From union negotiations and collective disputes to crisis management and general advice on the matter, Veirano is certainly a market leader in the area.’
Eli Lilly do Brasil
Philip Morris Brasil
Merck Sharpe & Dohme
TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil
Bristol Myers Squibb
- Acted for STIHL in a case involving a former expatriated worker who was transferred to Germany and claimed to have suffered a salary reduction when returning to Brazil after several years working abroad.
- Assisted Philip Morris Brasil in claims filed by employees involving occupational disease.
- Represented Yara Fertilizantes in all of its labour disputes, including two class actions filled by the Workers Union in Porto Alegre and Canoas claiming that Yara’s profit share programme paid in the last 5 years should be considered as part of employees’ salaries.
Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 3Veirano Advogados‘ competition department is highlighted for its ‘ability to provide pragmatic and robust guidance based on in-depth knowledge of relevant legal practice in Brazil‘. The group has broad experience in both merger control and antitrust investigations before CADE, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the firm handling a large number of merger review proceedings. In this space, it is also equipped to assist companies as third parties in challenges to merger transactions. Leonardo Maniglia Duarte, who has over 18 years of experience, leads the team from Brasília; Alberto Monteiro, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is a name to note in São Paulo.
Leonardo Maniglia Duarte
‘The team is extremely qualified and constantly updated. They are always available to support their clients and behave very politely and bring robust arguments. They seek solutions to the problems presented and do not act simply by providing direct answers without seeking a solution.’
‘The competition and antitrust practice of Veirano Advogados stands out for its ability to provide pragmatic and robust guidance based on in-depth knowledge of relevant legal practice in Brazil, both in terms of enforcement priorities and merger assessments. Moreover, as Veirano has advised our company for many years, we clearly benefit from their understanding of the underlying business drivers and market participants.’
‘In particular I would mention Leonardo Maniglia Duarte, Pedro Salgueiro Figueiredo and Alberto Bragança. Each one of them in their level of seniority demonstrates excellence in working and interacting with clients. They demonstrate true professional dedication.’
‘The Competition Law area excels in technical quality, transparency, ethics and good results.’
‘We have been frequently working with Leonardo Maniglia Duarte and with Pedro Garcia. Both have provided our company with robust advice for many years where they have demonstrated an excellent understanding of the relevant business dynamics allowing them to provide to-the-point advice which is easy to communicate and to anchor with the relevant in-house clients. Their broad knowledge of the industry as well as their insight into the mechanics of the competent authorities in Brazil make it easy and comforting for a corporate client to safely navigate this otherwise rather challenging legal environment.’
‘In particular, I would recommend Leonardo Maniglia Duarte and Lívia Gândara.’
‘Excellent team of lawyers; efficient and extremely competent, attending very well to all Corporate matters with excellent communication with executives in Brazil and abroad.’
Claro (América Móvil Group)
- Advised Danfoss and Eaton on the cross-border transaction involving Danfoss’s acquisition of Eaton Hydraulics.
- Advising Claro on the potential acquisition of part of Oi Móvel’s mobile operations in Brazil in a proposed joint bid by Claro, Telefónica (Vivo) and Telecom Italia (TIM).
- Represents Edwards Lifesciences in the CADE investigation into alleged collusive practices involving the exchange of information among HR departments of health companies.
Brazil > Compliance Tier 3A ‘sophisticated team with an international profile‘, Veirano Advogados is highlighted for its ‘ability to address sensitive matters appropriately‘. The compliance team works in close collaboration with the firm’s white-collar criminal defence and antitrust departments, and is regularly sought out by large Brazilian and multinational companies operating in the banking, technology, energy and chemicals sectors. The group has seen an uptick in work relating to digital fraud, and has also been actively representing clients in internal investigations concerning tax fraud, corruption and money laundering. The highly regarded Rafael Gimenes has over 20 years of experience in the market, including in compliance consultancy and investigations; he leads the team, which includes criminal law specialist Marta Saad, corporate law, governance and integrity partner Pedro Freitas, Alberto Monteiro, who works on antitrust and anti-corruption mandates, and senior associates Lívia Gândara and Vitor Jorge.
‘I would highlight various factors such as: professionalism, knowledge, competence, negotiation skills and the ability to address sensitive matters appropriately. Clarity in the approach and execution of work plans.’
‘Rafael Gimenes’ ability, technical vision and driving/leadership skills were fundamental. Contributed decisively, with great competence and knowledge. I’d also highlight Alberto Monteiro, Lívia Gândara, and Marta Saad.’
‘The partner responsible for executing the project had a lot of technical knowledge of the subjects. He exercised the leadership role with a lot of transparency, clarity, objectivity and lightness.’
‘I’d highlight Rafael Gimenes.’
‘Sophisticated team, with an international profile and familiar with dealing with complex issues. Excellent advice and delivery, as well as availability and sensitivity to urgent issues.’
‘I’d recommend: Pedro Freitas; Rafael Gimenes; Lívia Gândara; Vitor Jorge.’
Fundação Pio XII (Hospital do Câncer de Barretos)
- Retained by Banco BMG to conduct an internal investigation under an independent ad hoc committee of the board of directors.
- Assisting Novonor in 10+ independent internal investigations in connection with the company’s leniency agreements with the MPF and with the DOJ/SEC.
- Assisted Endeavor (a non-profit organisation focused on the development of start-ups and entrepreneurs) to structure and implement its compliance programme.
Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3Veirano Advogados is trusted by major clients across the banking, life sciences, oil and gas, energy, logistics and mining industries, and is highly regarded for its performance in complex litigation involving civil, corporate, commercial and consumer issues. Recent highlights have included sensitive class actions involving millions of dollars of potential liability, and contentious matters arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Leading the practice, Rio de Janeiro-based partner Ricardo Gama showcases extensive experience in domestic and cross-border disputes, including public civil actions, and Mateus Carreteiro in São Paulo stands out for his track record in arbitration and litigation involving technology, energy, mining and construction-sector clients. In addition to handling insurance and reinsurance matters, Felipe Bastos in Porto Alegre undertakes work in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation. Guilherme D’Aguiar is a go-to associate in Rio for court litigation and arbitration. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Diego Capistrano, whose experience covers litigation, arbitration, bankruptcy and restructuring matters.
Ricardo Gama; Mateus Carreteiro
‘Veirano has professionals who possess great technical quality and are committed to the client.’
‘Mateus Carreteiro – Complete professional, with impressive mastery of arbitration and civil litigation matters aligned with a creative and bold vision of business aspects. Demonstrates care with the particularities of each business unit and security to outline and execute winning strategies.’
‘Luísa Farfus Santos – Young talent, extremely committed, engaged with the themes and with the client’s needs.’
Sunco Energy Group
NBA Brasil Basketball Empreendimentos Esportivos
Hidrovias do Brasil
SES Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Casa de Saúde Vilar dos Teles
Kawasaki do Brasil Indústria e Comércio
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Eletrobras Termonuclear – Eletronuclear
Global Payments Serviços de Pagamentos
Amil Assistência Médica Internacional (the United Health Group)
Repsol Sinopec Brasil
Johnson & Johnson do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos para Saúde
Westrock Celulose, Papel e Embalagens
Sovos Compliance Desenvolvimento de Sistemas
Taxweb Software the Compiance Fiscal
Align Technology do Brasil
Porto do Açu
Pan-Americana Indústrias Químicas
Etna Comércio de Móveis e Artigos para Decoração
VAA Brasil Importação e Exportação
Associação Brasileira d’A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias
Warner Music Brasil
Shell do Brasil
BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários
Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços
Weatherford Indústria e Comércio
Wärtsilä Brasil; Wärtsilä Finland Oy and Wärtsilä Netherlands
Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro – RioGaleão
Airbus Financial Services
Meliá Brasil Administração Hoteleira e Comercial
Falck Fire & Safety do Brasil
- Represents KHI in approximately 250 lawsuits which discuss indemnification related to alleged environmental damage.
- Obtained a judgment awarding client Philip Morris approximately R$100m in damages against a constructor company that was retained to perform the civil works for the expansion of a plant in Brazil.
- Represented Sace – Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero in a case against the state’s power company (CEEE) regarding default of agreements for the supply of equipment.
Brazil > Environment Tier 3Solid waste and wastewater management, protected areas, contaminated sites, air pollution and ESG are all areas of expertise for the environmental team at Veirano Advogados, which is also proficient in administrative proceedings, judicial disputes and in the allocation of environmental risks in the context of M&A. The department was consolidated with the arrival of new practice head Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in August 2021, and the integration of the firm’s dispute resolution team specialised in environmental disputes. Gueorguiev, who has a background in environmental litigation, brings two decades of experience in environmental, climate change and ESG issues in the context of infrastructure projects. Lívia Miné focuses on dispute resolution, including environmental class actions and individual claims. Luís Felipe Aguiar de Andrade is a key contact for agribusiness clients, while Juliana Marcussi is a name to note for ESG, climate change and licensing proceedings.
Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev; Livia Miné; Luis Felipe Andrade
‘Availability; speed; technical knowledge.’
‘I’d highlight Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev.’
‘The professionals are amazing and have vast knowledge of environmental law. They are always willing to help and are polite. Very effective follow-up, creative and agile (fast) solutions.’
Microsoft Mobile Tecnologia
Smurfit Kappa Brasil
- Advised Yara Fertilizantes on the sale of the Serra do Salitre Project to Eurochem.
- Assisted in the drafting of Nubank’s Brazilian Social and Environmental Responsibility Policy (PRSA).
- Represents Harsco in a public civil action brought by the Federal and State Public Prosecutor’s Offices and the Municipality of Volta Redonda for alleged environmental damages arising out of the slag processing activities conducted in the Volta Grande Plant.
Brazil > Insurance Tier 3Veirano Advogados has traditionally represented policyholders on contentious and non-contentious insurance issues. This now extends to a model that includes advice to brokers, agents, reinsurers and other organisations that come into direct contact with insurers. Its clients come from across several high-risk industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, infrastructure and financial services. The firm is particularly active on the litigation side, with a focus on high-value claims and loss adjustment processes. Disputes partner Felipe Bastos leads the team, with key support from senior associate Andrea Piccolo Brandao .
‘Skilled and high quality service.’
‘Felipe Bastos is extremely qualified and available for client service.’
‘The team involved provides excellent services, under the leadership of Felipe Bastos. The demands are delivered always within the expected time frame and with the awaited quality.’
‘Felipe Bastos stands out for his great availability, clienr service, strategic and technical vision brought to the analysis. He is a high capacity professional, always ready to respond to the demands. Andrea Piccolo also presents herself as a very qualified and available professional, able to meet the demands of the company with the expected quality, along with Felipe.’
‘They have a deep knowledge of the insurance market, including its practices, players and modus operandi. The client relationship has also been a highlight, because they are always in contact, always available and demonstrate a genuine interest in my needs.’
Sapura Energy do Brasil
M&I Electric do Brasil
Supersim Análise de Dados e Correspondente Bancário
Naturgy Energy Group
Single Buoy Moorings
IRB Brasil RE
Seguradora Líder do Consórcio do Seguro DPVAT
Sky Brasil Serviços de Banda Larga
Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços
Sistac – Sistema de Acesso
McAfee Brasil Comércio e Serviços de Tecnologia
Blue Cube Brasil Comércio de Produtos Químicos (Olin Corporation)
The Bank of New York Mellon
- Assisting Sapura Energy do Brasil in negotiating an offshore builder’s risk claim with insurers that were supposed to cover damages under a constructor’s all risk policy.
- Advising several banks in connection with the review of the insurance for the financing of a major urban project in São Paulo.
- Advising a mining company on the losses arising from a major environmental accident.
Brazil > Public law Tier 3Veirano Advogados' public law practice assists in a combination of consultancy and contentious matters, boasting an impressive track record in complex transactions that have significant administrative law and regulatory components. Energy, infrastructure and natural resources are core sector strengths for the group, whose service offering includes advice on public tenders, concessions, privatisations and public law-related dispute resolution. Proceedings before audit courts, constitutional litigation and disputes in regulated industries are all areas where the team has seen a recent uptick in demand. Porto Alegre-based partner Mauro Hiane de Moura oversees the national public law team, which also features Marcos Ludwig in Rio de Janeiro and Daniel Engel in São Paulo. Ludwig maintains a broad practice in project development, transactions, regulatory issues and public law, while Engel devotes his time to assisting public entities and mixed capital companies engaged in infrastructure projects.
Mauro Hiane de Moura
Eletrobras Termonuclear – Eletronuclear
Autotrac Comércio e Telecomunicações
SAMA Minerações Associadas (em recuperação judicial)
Yara Brasil Fertilizantes
NTT Comércio e Serviços de Tecnologia
APROBIO – Associação dos Produtores de Biocombustíveis do Brasil
Associação Brasileira de Defensivos Pós-Patente (AENDA)
SINDIVEG – Sindicato National da Indústria de Produtos para Defesa Vegetal
Tansan Indústria Química
- Acts as Brazilian counsel to GRU Airport in the revision and negotiation with the Brazilian Aviation Authority (ANAC) of an amendment to the concession agreement of Guarulhos Airport.
- Retained by CropLife Brasil, SINDIVEG and AENDA to file an amicus brief in a constitutional complaint filed before the Supreme Federal Court by the Workers’ Party and the Socialism and Freedom Party.
- Advising Eletrobras Termonuclear – Eletronuclear on several public law and international law matters in the context of the potential resumption of civil works for the completion of nuclear power plant Angra 3.
Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3
Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 3Veirano Advogados’ media practice offers legal support in the advertising, marketing, music, gaming, and audiovisual sectors. Valdir De Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira co-lead the practice. Since publication, Elinor Cotait, Ana Claudia Beppu, Enrico Spini Romanielo and Beatriz Faustino França joined from Mundie e Advogados – effective as of January 2023.
Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 3Veirano Advogados has a ‘very dedicated, responsive' aviation team, which handles a broad range of cross-border transactional and regulatory matters. Practice head João Paulo Servera has strong credentials in aircraft and engine financing and leasing negotiations, and also has a notable track record for contentious issues, including repossessions and insolvency procedures. Tax advice and regulatory challenges before the Aviation Authority also feature prominently in the department's workload. Clients include major domestic and international manufacturers, lessors and banks.
João Paulo Servera
‘The Veirano team has a group of very professional lawyers with experience and capability to work in the field of international transactions of aircraft including helicopters; such expertise also includes experience with difficult cases including repossessions in Brasil, Tax and Customs issues.’
‘The individuals are very dedicated, responsive (good in English language) and create practical solutions, including approaches outside and parallel to formal avenues. They also manage the cases in a professional manner.’
CHC Helicopters Group
CHC do Brasil Táxi Aéreo
Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing
Capital Aviation Services
SMBC Aero Engine Lease
Airbus Financial Services
Bocomm Aviation Leasing Ireland
World Star Aviation
Export Development Canada – EDC
Aero Rio Taxi Aéreo
Fly Caribbean Direct
Shannon Engine Support
Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Transporte Aéreo – ABEAR
Professional Aircraft Services
Bank of Utah
TVPX Aircraft Solutions
Embravision Trading Comercio Importação e Exportação
Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 3Veirano Advogados has a keen focus on the offshore industry, where it represents a mix of banks and shipowners. Major ship and FPSO financings feature heavily in the firm’s workload, as do refinancings, M&A and project finance deals. The team is also well versed in negotiating charter and transportation agreements. Practice co-head Marcelo Mattos is one of the main contacts for ship financings, while fellow co-head Rogério Campos also advises on maritime regulatory issues and charter agreements.
Marcelo Mattos; Rogerio Campos
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
- Acted as Brazilian counsel to HSBC in a $670m facility to finance the Anna Nery FPSO, which will be chartered by Petrobras.
- Advising DNB Bank on the $457m financing to Shearwater Geoservices.
- Advising DVB Bank on a $60m loan to Atlantic Offshore Services.
Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3Veirano Advogados has become ‘an established name as a result of serious and dedicated work' and its strong reputation explains in part how it continues to attract instructions from new clients in the consumer, financial services, healthcare and natural resources sectors, among others. The department has seen an increase in instructions relating to digital fraud cases, fuelled largely by pandemic-induced remote working, and remains active in high-profile investigations and criminal proceedings. The highly regarded Marta Saad stands out for her ‘unquestionable experience and technical knowledge'; she also works alongside compliance specialist Rafael Gimenes at the firm to provide a comprehensive service to clients.
‘Team capacity, technical knowledge, negotiation skills, discussion of sensitive issues, transparency.’
‘The firm is a stronghold of law, with an established name as a result of serious and dedicated work. One stop-shop with highly qualified professionals. That’s the difference.’
‘Marta Saad is a creative lawyer, sensitive to the client’s problems, with a very easy relationship with other colleagues and with a deep knowledge of the criminal process. This combination of qualities makes her very different from other criminalists in a similar position. In my opinion she is the best criminal lawyer in a full-service office in Brazil.’
‘Rare case of a Brazilian full-service office that decided to bet on a truly robust and experienced team of criminalists. At Veirano, the team is led by a partner with experience and deep academic knowledge, Marta Saad, who is respected by everyone, and this helps to raise the reputation of the area.’
‘I’d highlight Marta Saad for her unquestionable experience and technical knowledge. Great as a lawyer and also as a reviewer.’
‘The difference is the high teaching qualification of lawyer Marta Saad, combining theory and practice in favor of clients.’
‘Rafael Gimenes stands out for his technical capacity, experience and leadership.’
Odebrecht (rebranded Novonor)
- Performed a corporate investigation at BMG bank following a Federal Police dawn raid.
- Represented an individual before the Supreme Court of Brazil to obtain a favourable ruling to the effect that tax authorities do not have free access to the client’s plea bargain agreement for the purpose of enforcing tax charges.
- Represented a client in various police investigations into racist and/or homophobic behaviour.
Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 4The arbitration team at Veirano Advogados is well placed to advise foreign clients and handle international proceedings across an array of sectors, including construction, private equity, technology, mining and energy, among others. Besides their in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian market, all partners who make up the team specialise in at least one other jurisdiction, making them a popular choice for commercial and investment-related arbitration. Ricardo Gama oversees domestic and international arbitration work from Rio de Janeiro, while Mateus Carreteiro in São Paulo is routinely sought out by clients in energy, mining, telecoms and construction-related cases. Diego Capistrano, who has an extensive track record encompassing litigation and arbitration, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring, joined the team in April 2022.
Ricardo Gama; Mateus Carreteiro
‘Professionals endowed with expertise in the matter, whether in the subject discussed or in the arbitration procedure.’
‘Extremely dedicated professionals, who spare no effort to obtain the best result for their clients.’
‘Very close monitoring of matters by partners; use of very didactic presentation tools that simplify the complex themes of the case.’
‘Mateus Carreteiro is the main partner I worked with at Veirano. Always very attentive to the legal strategy. He’s a great lawyer.’
‘The team stood out both for the quality of the pleadings, legal arguments and in the production of evidence, resulting in an advantageous agreement for us.’
Cais Mauá do Brasil
TIM / Telecom Italia
RINA Brasil Serviços Técnicos
Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4Veirano Advogados ‘has an excellent oil and gas practice in Rio and São Paulo‘, which attracts instructions from clients operating throughout the entire value chain, including distribution companies, refineries, service providers, shipping and E&P players. The group has seen recent growth, with several new clients in the hydrocarbons sector seeking legal support in regulatory and transactional matters involving natural gas and oilfield services. In this regard, Ali El Hage Filho has been particularly active providing regulatory advice when it comes to the development and operation of natural gas infrastructure and the negotiation of commercial agreements for the importation of LNG. He receives praise from clients, who highlight his negotiation skills and ‘extensive industry experience‘. Fellow co-head Rogério Campos has a strong background in high-value contracts for the construction, acquisition and operation of oil and gas production units. Also noted is Tito Rosa, a key contact for bidding rounds before ANP and administrative proceedings.
Ali El Hage Filho; Rogério Campos
‘Veirano is involved in all aspects of the client’s business and the immediate availability of the partners (especially the partner Ali El Hage Filho) sets them apart.’
‘Ali El Hage Filho, a specialist in the gas area, has extensive knowledge of market practices and contracts for LNG, natural gas, among others. He clearly understands the business and is able to assist the client in minimising the risks involved. He has a very good negotiating stance and is always available.’
‘Great full-service firm with extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, especially oil and gas. Integrated team that is mobilised according to the client’s needs. Excellent value for money.’
‘Ali El Hage Filho is a professional with extensive experience. Although his area of expertise is oil and gas, his experience with the most varied topics allows him to make strategic decisions with a global vision. Immediately available whenever necessary and capable of mobilising the appropriate professionals for the topics. His experience as an in-house lawyer greatly contributes to the understanding and delivery of the requested work.’
‘Veirano has an excellent oil and gas practice in Rio and São Paulo.’
‘The individual quality of the lawyers makes the firm a good value for money. They have great knowledge of the sector, with qualified professionals prepared to support the client.’
‘Ali El Hage Filho is a sensational lawyer with extensive industry experience, reliable, and extremely effective in finding solutions for the client, both in simple and complex matters.’
Compass Gás e Energia
Exxon Mobil Brasil
Empresa Construtora Brasil – ECB
DeepWater Corrosion Services
- Acted as counsel to Excelerate in the competitive process for the lease from Petrobras of the LNG Regasification Terminal of Bahia (TRBA).
- Assisted Compass in the drafting and negotiating a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement (LNG SPA) with Total.
- Advised Yinson on a bid involving the chartering and operation of a FPSO for the Parque das Baleias Project.
Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4Fábio Pereira is a key contact at Veirano Advogados, which has experience advising clients in the e-commerce, technology and payments sectors, among others.
Brazil > TMT: Telecoms
Veirano Advogados > Firm Profile
Veirano. A results-oriented law practice.
The firm: Founded in 1972, Veirano Advogados is one of the leading and most renowned Brazilian business law firms, focused on developing tailored solutions for multinational companies operating in strategic sectors of the economy.
With a team of 600 professionals working in an integrated fashion, the firm handles both routine and complex multidisciplinary cases that require the coordinated talents of professionals with diverse areas of expertise.
Veirano Advogados’ services range from providing assistance in M&A transactions, privatizations and company formations to representing clients in disputes, from offering advice on tax issues and infrastructure projects to guiding oil and gas companies through the challenges inherent in a highly regulated industry, to name a few examples of the wide range of work. The main goal is to identify needs and develop tailored solutions, enabling safe and informed decision making – one client at a time.
Clients: The firm’s clientele encompasses leading multinational companies across different industry sectors including:
- Banks and financial services
- Chemical and petrochemical
- Construction and engineering
- Consumer goods
- Hospitality and tourism
- IT and telecommunications
- Machines and equipment
- Metals and mining
- Oil and gas
- Pharmaceutical and cosmetics
- Transport and logistics
Alliances and networks: The firm maintains a wide network of key relationships across the globe and is a member of international alliances Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), IsFin – Emerging Market Advisors, Ius Laboris and World Services Group (WSG). As a result, Veirano Advogados provides seamless services wherever they are required.
International work: To build strong client-service teams of specialists, the firm recruits Brazilian attorneys with multicultural backgrounds who have received additional education and practical skills from prominent law firms and law schools in the US, Europe and Asia. Furthermore, all professionals are fluent in English and Portuguese, with many also fluent in other languages, such as Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Founding partner: Ronaldo C. Veirano
Managing partner: Paula Surerus
Number of partners: 78
Number of associates, lawyers and consultants: 165
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Staff FiguresPartners : 78 Associates, lawyers and consultants : 165 Other fee-earners : 190 Total staff : 600+
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Portuguese Spanish Chinese (Mandarin)
MembershipsGlobal Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) Ius Laboris World Services Group (WSG) Islamic Finance (IsFin)
- City focus - Brasilia > Tax
- Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)
- Energy and natural resources > Mining
- Labour and employment
- Real estate
- Tax > Customs
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation
- City focus - Porto Alegre > Commercial, corporate and M&A
- City focus - Porto Alegre > Dispute resolution
- City focus - Porto Alegre > Tax
- Corporate and M&A
- International trade
- Projects and infrastructure
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Tax > Tax advisory
- Wealth and succession planning
- Capital markets
- City focus - Porto Alegre > Labour
- Competition and antitrust
- Dispute Resolution: Litigation
- Public law
- Tax > Tax litigation
- TMT: Media
- Transport: Aviation
- Transport: Shipping
- White-collar crime and investigations
- Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
- Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons
- TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business