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TozziniFreire Advogados
CEP 04038-904

Brazil > Banking and finance

Noted for its 'excellent expertise in banking, investment and insurance products’, the banking and finance practice at TozziniFreire Advogados offers transactional and regulatory support to a varied client roster comprising banks, fintech companies and payment institutions. Practitioners boast extensive experience advising international clients on corporate and project finance, including cross-border syndicated credit facilities and complex debt restructurings. These are all core areas of activity for Alexei Bonamin, who leads the team praised for its ‘ability to create solutions in untested scenarios’. Pedro Eroles, who joined from Mattos Filho in August 2022, is a key contact for fintech and regulatory issues. Also noted, Gustavo Rabello excels in syndicated loans, and Marcus Fonseca handles structured products and fintech-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Bonamin


‘Good allocation of lawyer hours combined with great and fast client service, with excellent expertise in banking, investment and insurance products.’

‘Their ability to create solutions in untested scenarios is important to us.’


Key clients

Wells Fargo

Haitong Bank

Kinross Brasil Mineração

Adufértil Fertilizantes

K2 Partnering Solutions Holding



Alume Tecnologia E Serviços Financeiros

Work highlights

  • Acted as special Brazilian counsel to Wells Fargo as a collateral agent for itself and the lenders in an ABL credit agreement.
  • Acted as Brazilian counsel to Kinross Brasil Mineração (Guarantor) in the preparation and negotiation of a letter of guarantee governed by Brazilian law.
  • Advised Adufértil as borrower on a cross-border financing deal with a syndicate of Asian banks, for the purpose of importing raw materials, guaranteed by the Indorama Corporation.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘highly educated and professional‘ corporate and foreign investment team at TozziniFreire Advogados works alongside the firm’s antitrust, financial regulation, IP, and data privacy teams to handle cross-border transactions, including M&A and corporate restructurings. The group acts for clients operating in a multitude of industries, including transport, chemicals, food and beverage, agriculture, healthcare, and banking, and is singled out for its experience in venture capital and deals involving start-ups. Chaired by the ‘organised and talented‘ private equity and foreign investment expert Maria Bofill and contract law specialist Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva, the practice was strengthened by the the addition of Fernanda Fossati from Veirano Advogados in August 2022, which bolstered the group’s succession planning, commercial agreements and infrastructure projects offering. Associates Daniel Born Roman and Bruna Braga Luz De Oliveira are strong in contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Bofill; Luis Renato Ferreria da Silva


‘The M&A team is highly educated and professional. The collaboration with the clients’ in-house teams and the technical advice provided is perfect.’

‘The team is very well structured, with qualified people ready to solve any type of demand. It is distinguished by the agility, availability, and quality of the services provided.’

‘Maria Bofill is organised and talented.’

‘Multidisciplinary, qualified team with quick response to questions.’

‘The team responds promptly to our demands. Dynamic, ethical professionals with a strong technical backgrounds. They stand out for being close, attentive and involved with our matters, thus being able to objectively and firmly meet our needs.’

‘Daniel Born Roman and Maria Bofill – ethics, firmness, spontaneity, technique, objectivity.’

‘TozziniFreire Advogados is one of the largest and most recognised full-service law firms in Brazil, maintaining this position and consistent reputation over the last few decades. Rarely can we find a team with so many talents gathered in the same place. It differentiates itself in the national market of law firms/lawyers for its careful management of its people, use of technology and appreciation of diversity.’

‘Fernanda Fossati’s in-depth knowledge and attention to detail protects our company in contractual matters. Combined with the aforementioned legal knowledge, she has great expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors, our focus of activity, making our interaction much more fluid and our operations safer/protected.’

Key clients


Magazine Luiza

Ormec Engenharia

Phosphea Brasil Comercio de Fosfatos

SLC Agrícola

Vento Pampeiro Empreendimentos de Energia Renovável

Lojas Renner

Aegro Holding

RVC Venture CapitalParticipações e Investimentos

Sodexo do Brasil Comercial

Vulcabras Azaleia

Stahl Brasil


Work highlights

  • Advised Thoughtworks and its Brazilian subsidiary on the acquisition of Handmade Design.
  • Assisting Magazine Luiza with its restructuring, which includes merging different subsidiaries.
  • Acted for the quotaholders of Ormec Engenharia in the sale of 100% of the company’s quotas to the GPS Group.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Tax Tier 1

Sitting within the firm’s national tax offering, the Porto Alegre-based tax department at TozziniFreire Advogados acts for clients from a wide range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, consumer goods, agribusiness, and manufacturing, among others. ‘Distinguished by the high level of technique and the quality of the services provided‘, the team offers representation in judicial and administrative proceedings at the local, state, and federal levels, demonstrating particular strength in cases concerning corporate income tax, services tax, and tax on manufactured products. On the consultancy front, the practice is active in tax planning and in the structuring of major corporate transactions. Corporate tax expert Gustavo Nygaard and Rafael Mallmann, who specialises in tax litigation, jointly head up the group, where associate Bernardo Mascarenhas Mardini is recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Nygaard


‘Tozzini Freire takes care of tax processes with the highest quality, impeccable service, and speed.’

‘Tozzini’s Porto Alegre Tax team is distinguished by the high level of technique and the quality of the services provided, combined with agility and excellent returns and results in the actions they carry out. Another excellent differential is that they do not use difficult language and large texts, and their guidelines is direct and clear.’

‘The entire team is recommended.’

‘Rafael Mallmann’s work is excellent! He always answers questions promptly, analyses strategic points, and is quick on the demands requested of him.’

Key clients

Grupo Rumo

Grupo Renner

Processor Soluções Tecnológicas para Negócios

Grupo Sodexo

Companhia Estadual de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica

Ecoplan Engenharia

Zenvia Mobile Serviços Digitais

Grupo Dimed

RGE Sul Distribuidora de Energia

Banco de Lage Landen

Empresas Randon

Ford Motor Company Brasil

Fagundes Mineração

Grupo GG10


Spal Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas

Bsbios Industria e Comercio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil

Thoughtworks Brasil

MRC Soluções em Logística Ferroviária Vnte-Al

Grupo RBS

Work highlights

  • Representing CEEE-T in a group of 81 administrative proceedings and one judicial proceeding concerning the right of CEEE-T to calculate and pay PIS/COFINS considering the cumulative regime.
  • Representing Processor in a judicial proceeding challenging the ISS tax liability, charged by the Municipality of Porto Alegre due to the software licensing carried out by the company.
  • Representing Lojas Renner in a judicial proceeding challenging two tax assessment notices issued by the Rio de Janeiro State Revenue due to the loss of ICMS credits acquired by Renner from Cooperativa Cantagalo.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados‘ competition and antitrust team is noted for its ‘excellence in service, technique and assertiveness‘. The firm demonstrates a wealth of experience in proceedings before CADE, advising clients on the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements, merger filings, cartel investigations and unilateral cases. Marcelo Calliari, who is retained by major international companies and has played a prominent role in the largest damages class action in Brazil, spearheads the practice. With over two decades’ experience in competition law, Marcel Medon Santos has been particularly active in the negotiation of settlement agreements with CADE in investigations of conduct. Other noteworthy partners include Guilherme Ribas and Vivian Fraga, the latter of whom is adept at defending clients in complex antitrust litigation. Merger review cases are a key area of expertise for Tatiana Lins Cruz, who acts for both acquirers and opposing parties. Patricia Bandouk Carvalho handles leniency negotiations and investigations, and also often acts for defendants in cartel cases.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Calliari


‘TozziniFreire demonstrated high competence and exemplary knowledge of processes before CADE. We highlight the high quality of the documents and procedural manifestations, the dedication of the entire team, and the constant availability to participate in internal meetings.’

‘TozziniFreire’s excellence in service, technique and assertiveness make it stand out in the market.’

‘Patricia Bandouk Carvalho and Marcelo Calliari are excellent technical professionals with assertive knowledge.’

‘The team is one of the most qualified in the market due to the training of its professionals and the breadth of its services. Professional team always made up of lawyers that denote knowledge and speed of service, providing timely advice.’

‘Guilherme Ribas is a partner at the firm and a specialist in antitrust and competition law. Guilherme is distinguished by his vast knowledge. His team is made up of professionals who also stand out for their agile and competent performance, always delivering outstanding results.’

Key clients

Societe Generale Bank
















Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Société Générale Brasil on a settlement agreement with CADE in relation to an investigation opened in 2016 into anti-competitive conducts relating to the onshore currency exchange market.
  • Represents UBS AG, UBS Brasil Banco de Investimento SA and Banco Société Générale Brasil in a cartel damage class action.
  • Acted for Magna in the negotiation of a settlement agreement with CADE in relation to an investigation opened by the authority in 2019 into anti-competitive conducts in the access mechanism auto parts market.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 1

A ‘leader in the compliance and investigations market in Brazil’, TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong presence in large corporate investigations. The firm is home to a ‘dynamic‘ group of anti-corruption experts who, in addition to their skills in internal investigations, are also active in administrative lawsuits and crisis management. Major companies often seek the team’s advice on leniency agreements with the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office, and compliance due diligence on M&A deals across a range of industries. The firm ‘has a powerful compliance offering with Shin Jae Kim and Giovanni Paolo Falcetta in the lead’; Kim – co-founder of the Latin American Compliance & Investigation League (LACIL) and board member of The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) – coordinates cross-border mandates, including internal investigations and due diligence, while Falcetta, who splits his time between Brazil and Italy, specialises in internal investigations into corruption and fraud. Besides her strong performance in investigations, Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida boasts particular expertise in the negotiation of leniency agreements. Karla Lini Maeji focuses on internal investigations, regulatory and criminal enforcement. Marcelo Zenkner, a former public prosecutor in the state of Espirito Santo, draws on over 25 years of experience in compliance and anti-corruption policies to assist clients facing possible sanctions following investigations.

Practice head(s):

Shin Jae Kim


‘Tozzini is an absolute leader in the compliance and investigations market in Brazil. They have world-class know-how on dealing with the most delicate and complex cases.’

‘Giovanni Falcetta stands out as a leader in both the Brazilian market and, more recently, in the European market as well. A true cross-border seasoned attorney that any sophisticated Board would like to have on their side as counsel. Giovanni is a world-class expert, who is highly respected by colleagues from every region. Shin Jae Kim, Renata Muzzi and Karla Maeji are also distinguished professionals in this team.’

‘Tozzini has a powerful compliance offering, with Shin Jae Kim and Giovanni Falcetta in the lead.’

‘Shin Jae Kim knows everyone in Brazil. Giovanni Falcetta is excellent with boards of directors.’

‘Very dynamic team.’

‘Karla Lini Maeji is one of the best lawyers in the country.’

‘Tozzini has extremely qualified professionals with great ability to deal with complex situations.’

‘Karla Maeji, Giovanni Falcetta and Shin Kim – this is a strong, consistent and recognised group in the market.’

Work highlights

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

Described by clients as ‘one of the most qualified labour teams in the country’, TozziniFreire Advogados  is regarded for its expertise in both contentious and non-contentious labour matters. The team frequently acts in sensitive dismissals involving C-level executives, strategic lawsuits and in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with unions. The group is also well placed to assist mandates concerning outsourcing and internal labour audits. Its diverse client portfolio features domestic and international heavyweights from a variety of industries, namely consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, financial services and IT. Leading the department, Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso has vast experience in acting for employers in disputes involving wrongful termination, executives' employment contracts and labour unions. Andre Fittipaldi offers expertise in social security issues, while Gabriela Lima specialises in non-contentious mandates, including hiring and compensation structures, which is also an area of focus for Mihoko Kimura. Fernanda Bianco Pimentel is recommended for litigation and negotiations with unions. Leonardo Augusto Padilha Bertanha is also a key name for collective bargaining, legal audits and due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso


‘They are very responsive and client-friendly, and are good at risk assessment–they don’t just give you what the book says. They are cost-effective as well.’

‘Gabriela Lima and Mihoko Kimura are outstanding in their advice and counsel. Alexandre Cardoso and his team are excellent in litigation.’

‘Certainly one of the most qualified labour teams in the country. The ability to combine the treatment of ordinary demands with extraordinary issues, and the multidisciplinary structure of the law firm allows it to have a leading position in this sphere. In addition to dealing with individual demands, Tozzini is also able to support collective, pension and executive-related matters.’

‘Fernanda Bianco Pimentel certainly stands out at Tozzini. She has an extraordinary ability to understand the details and individual demands of the client. More than that, she is able to play a role that goes beyond what is expected of a lawyer, her great availability and experience allow her to deal with highly complex issues with an ease and unusual clarity for the type of situation. Her resolution mentality sets her apart from her peers at other law firms. She is very clear about the limits that the law itself places on clients, and knows how to allocate risk.’

‘TozziniFreire Advogados is a firm with excellent service for companies. Its diverse teams make it a complete firm prepared to support all the needs of a large company.’ 

‘Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso has a strategic business vision that provides all the information, analyses and risk indications to prepare clients for their most relevant decisions.’

‘The firm provides an excellent service in labour litigation, such as public civil actions, collective actions and matters involving unions and the Public Ministry of Labour. The qualified team transmits security and presents excellent results.’

‘Alexandre Almeida Cardoso and Fernanda Bianco Pimentel stand out for the quality of their services, availability and excellent results, with a high number of favourable decisions for the company, due to their excellent work in conducting litigation.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Volkswagen do Brasil



Banco BMG

Bridgestone do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição – Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Transportadora Associada de Gás  (TAG)

Torrent Pharma

Prometeon Tyre Group Indústria Brasil


Siemens Group



MicroStrategy Brasil

Standard Chartered Bank

McCain Brasil

Cochlear Brasil




White Martins

Work highlights

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Commended by clients for its ‘knowledge of the market and regulations, high responsiveness and collaboration‘, TozziniFreire Advogados has built a good reputation for cross-border debt and equity listings and regulatory support. The firm has carved out a strong niche in ESG-linked products, including manufacturing, renewables, and infrastructure-related green bonds. The firm is particularly active on the underwriter side, building on good links with many of Brazil’s top banks and financial institutions. Led by capital markets, structured finance and derivatives expert Alexei Bonamin, the practice covers transactional, regulatory, and investment fund matters. Ricardo Stuber is the main contact for the real estate receivables segment, while Fabíola Augusta Cavalcanti is active in domestic and cross-border matters involving debentures, shares, bonds, promissory notes and the constitution of investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Bonamin


‘High knowledge of the market and regulations, high responsiveness and collaboration – TozziniFreire’s legal assistance in capital markets was fundamental in conducting projects in this area.’

‘Fabiola Cavalcanti – responsiveness, business vision, legal knowledge, collaboration, assertiveness.’

‘Despite its size, the firm has never lost the essence of being close to the client, providing good service,  having great speed in dealings, and a sense of prioritisation. The partners have direct and very close involvement with the work, in addition to having very competent, multidisciplinary teams. The partners’ ability to negotiate and solve problems efficiently is a real difference, in addition to being extraordinary people.’

‘We have been working for several years with Tozzini, a full-service office with a global, qualified profile, but at the same time with personalised and constant service.’

‘TozziniFreire has established itself as a firm with notable performance in this area, providing a service of high technical quality. They always try to understand the company’s strategy and segments globally and in detail, as a way of better guiding the legal aspects involved.’

Key clients

Habitasec Securitizadora

Gaia Impacto Securitizadora

Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital

Sainsbury’s Supermarket


Vert Companhia Securitizadora


FRAM Capital

Banco BTG

Faro Energy

Banco Bradesco

Oak Holding

Construtora Barbosa Mello

Mobitech Locadora

Porto Seguro



ClickSign Gestão de Documentos

Naia Capital

Revelo Companhia Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros

Haitong Banco de Investimento do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Gaia Impacto on a R$14.7m Receivables Certificates (CRI) issuance.
  • Advised Coruripe on a $300m note offering.
  • Acted as Brazilian counsel to the UK supermarkets Tesco and Sainsbury’s which were investors in the first Green CRA Issuance denominated in US dollars registered outside Brazil, under the $11m Responsible Commodities Facility to finance farmers in Brazil who commit to reforestation and conversion-free  soy cultivation.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Dispute resolution Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados is highly adept at representing major local, national, and international clients in a multitude of disputes before judicial courts and arbitration tribunals. Clients from across the energy, infrastructure, banking, telecoms, and food and beverages sectors regularly seek the group's assistance in corporate, commercial and contractual cases, as well as shareholder disputes, consumer law and civil liability claims. Recommended by clients for his extensive experience in high-profile arbitrations, Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is a key point of contact in the team. Corporate and contract law specialist Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva is another name to note for arbitration, while Vinícius de Oliveira Berni is skilled in administrative disputes involving highly regulated sectors, such as energy and telecoms. Gabriela Vitiello Wink, the trusted adviser to several banks, has expertise in financial services litigation, which is also an area of strength for Eduardo Mariotti, whose 'unique strategic and business vision' are praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Mariotti; Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva; Vinícius de Oliveira Berni; Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke; Gabriela Vitiello Wink


‘The firm adapts to the client’s needs. It invests in and respects its professionals, who have been working for many years and are always up-to-date with the latest case law.’

‘What makes this firm unique is the dedication and availability of its professionals, as well as the high technical level of its work. Eduardo Mariotti and Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke stand out among the many lawyers, from other firms, with whom I had the opportunity to work because of the attention given to me and my cases, and the success resulting from sophisticated strategies and high technical quality.’

‘Eduardo Mariotti is always available, provides excellent services, and has a unique strategic and business vision. Eduardo is the main lawyer I turn to for complex matters that require an equally complex solution.’

‘Guilherme has a lot of experience in arbitration.’

Key clients



RGE Sul Distribuidora de Energia

Banco Santander

Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul


Lojas Renner

SPAL Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas



Sodexo Comercial do Brasil

Sport Club Internacional




Banco BMG

Ford Motor Company Brasil

Work highlights

  • Acted for Claro in two civil lawsuits brought by the Federal Prosecution Office regarding alleged substandard quality of the mobile communication services provided to consumers in 47 cities of the state of Paraná.
  • Representing Facebook Brasil in a case before the Superior Court of Justice concerning policies on the transfer of digital goods and what happens to a social media account after the death of the user.
  • Representing Claro in a lawsuit by Centrais Elétricas de Goiás which was originally filed in early 2000.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Labour Tier 2

Litigator Maurício De Carvalho Góes heads up the labour law team at TozziniFreire Advogados, which undertakes both contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients in the automotive, energy, food and beverage, paper, telecoms, technology, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Showcasing extensive experience in collective negotiations with unions regarding the suspension, reduction, or termination of employment agreements, the practice is also skilled at defending corporate clients against damages lawsuits filed by former employees, including individual claims and class actions. On the advisory side, the team is well versed in workforce restructurings and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Maurício de Carvalho Góes


‘The firm is unique due to its strong organisation, personalised service, and attention to the client.’

‘The labour team at TozziniFreire in Porto Alegre knows its client’s reality in depth. It defends cases individually with great zeal and care, obtaining excellent results.’

‘Maurício de Carvalho Góes stands out for his technical knowledge and great ability to recruit talented professionals.’

‘Differentiated service; vast knowledge of specific issues and matters, as well as availability when responding to requests. Accessible, prepared and competent support team, providing quality services.’

Key clients


BRK Ambiental

Escola Panamericana

Foxter Cia Imobiliária



Kavo Kerr

Lojas Colombo

Fagundes Construção e Mineração



Prometeon Tyre Group

Radio e TV Bandeirantes






Banco de Lage Landen

Grupo RBS



Anildo Advogados

Canoas Shopping

São Martinho

Work highlights

  • Advising Fagundes Construção e Mineraçã on a claim by the union STIM MARACÁS for the payment of hazard and health hazard bonuses to all employees in the region of Maracás, BA.
  • Represented Pirelli Pneus in a collective lawsuit filed by the Union of Workers in the Rubber Artifacts Industry of Gravataí so that the company could not carry out individual or collective dismissals without express negotiation and agreement with the union entity.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 2

Skilled in proceedings held in Brazil and abroad, TozziniFreire Advogados stands out for its experience in cases before CAM-CBBC and the ICC. Corporate, contractual, post-M&A and shareholder disputes are core areas of focus for the department, which is also a go-to for proceedings involving infrastructure projects, real estate developments and agreements with the public administration. Companies from the infrastructure, mining, energy, life sciences, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors routinely turn to the team, which is under the leadership of arbitration specialist Fernando Eduardo Serec in São Paulo. In the same office, Lucas Britto Mejias is recommended for corporate, commercial and banking-related proceedings, and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto is proficient in international matters. Senior associate Maria Isabel De Sá Dias Machado advises on domestic arbitration and pre-litigation. Based in Porto Alegre, Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva often acts as counsel and arbitrator, while Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is a strong performer in major disputes before the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and the ICC involving the energy and infrastructure industries.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec


‘Available team; excellent technical quality; focused on the client.’

‘Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is recommended.’

Key clients

Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil

Central Park Empreendimentos Imobiliários

CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica

Suez Water Technologies and Solutions Brasil Tratamento de Águas

Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Systems Brasil

Hormel Foods

Autonomy Investimentos

Dufry Lojas Francas

MHFT – Investimentos

Nebras Power Investment Management Bv

Lex Finance Advisory

Canadian Solar


Sport Club Internacional

International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul

Fs Agrisolutions Indústria De Biocombustíveis

Work highlights

  • Continues to represent Petrobras’s minority shareholder Alejandro Constantino Strationis in an arbitration against the Government of Brazil seeking compensation in favour of Petrobras for all losses linked to the wrongdoings investigated in Operation Car Wash.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for a diverse roster of high-profile clients in a broad spectrum of matters, ranging from proceedings before regulatory bodies to competition, corporate and public law judicial cases. Blue-chip multinationals and domestic entities operating in a range of sectors – from the worlds of energy and technology to construction and agribusiness – routinely seek the team’s assistance in strategic litigation. Leading both the arbitration and litigation groups, Fernando Eduardo Serec is recognised for his vast experience before the main Brazilian courts; he is a key contact for construction, energy, transport and life sciences clients. Fellow practice co-head Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente has notable strength in consumer law cases and commercial disputes in the telecoms space. Claims arising from M&A, distribution and agency agreements are among Mônica Mendonça Costa‘s areas of expertise. Elias Marques de Medeiros Neto‘s wide-ranging workload encompasses litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Other notable practitioners include Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade, who is proficient in judicial reorganisations; Patricia Helena Marta Martins, an expert in technology and consumer law mandates; and Isabela Braga Pompilio, who acts in complex cases before the superior courts and oversees the Brasília office. Co-head of the German desk, Carolina Matthes Dotto is highly engaged in civil and corporate disputes; she was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Serec; Luiz Virgilio Pimenta Penteado Manente

Key clients

Mitsui Gás

CSN Cimentos Brasil

Holcim Group Services


TAG – Transportadora Associada de Gás



Banco Societe Generale do Brasil


Burger King

Mercado Pago


Meta (Facebook/Instagram)


Ford Motor Company Brasil

BMW do Brasil

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas


Doosan Infracore South America Industria e Comércio de Máquinas de Construção

CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica

White Martins Gases Industriais

Decolar Ltda.

MWM – Tupi do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Representing Mitsui Gás in an improbity lawsuit filed by the public prosecutor and a damages claim filed by the state of Santa Catarina against minority shareholders involving corporate transactions related to SCGás.
  • Assisting LafargeHolcim in a public civil action filed by the federal prosecutor of São Paulo against the client and other companies and individuals condemned by the antitrust authority for alleged participation in a cartel.
  • Representing TAG in an annulment action filed by China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation against an arbitral award rendered in London under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

Singled out for its ‘broad technical knowledge‘, TozziniFreire Advogados ‘provides excellent services‘ in the field of environmental law, advising clients throughout all stages of environmental licensing, administrative proceedings, judicial litigation and project implementation. The group, which possesses a strong track record in climate change and carbon market-related matters, is retained in mandates across multiple environmentally sensitive industries, including real estate, agribusiness, infrastructure, energy and forestry. Other areas of expertise for the team include the identification of environmental risks in the context of corporate and financing transactions. The ‘brilliantAdriana Mathias Baptista has devoted the past 25 years to environmental law, having advised on numerous high-stakes transactional and contentious matters. She oversees the practice with Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli, whose ‘technical knowledge‘ is rated by clients; Antacli stands out for her knowledge of ESG and matters involving Brazilian Biodiversity and Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS). Vladimir Miranda Abreu spearheads the climate change and carbon market department, and has substantial experience in real estate transactions and timberland investments. Senior associate Danilo Lambert Vieira De Sousa handles environmental licensing matters and litigation before state and federal courts, the latter of which is also an area of particular focus for associate Bruno Pisani Della Barba.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Mathias Baptista; Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli


‘Ability to understand the client and adapt to the language and processes of the operational areas to address risks and obligations without formalities.’

‘Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli – technical knowledge, resilience, availability, practicality, responsiveness and objectivity.’

‘TozziniFreire Advogados provides excellent services; excellent quality of professionals and client care.’

‘Adriana Mathias Baptista – brilliant professional, with knowledge and technical quality far above others. Assists clients in a personal way, with attention, care and understanding of the client’s business.’

‘Adriana Batista and Danilo Lambert are recommended.’

‘TozziniFreire has an amazing team that provides sound technical legal support.’

‘Bianca’s can-do attitude is always very positive, from the simpler consultations to the high-profile and complex negotiations involving environmental matters.’

‘Team with broad technical knowledge in the environmental area and unique experience in the area.’

Key clients

BP Bunge





Fras-Le (Randon Group)





Work highlights

  • Assisted PetroRio in the environmental aspects of the acquisition of offshore assets from Petrobras.
  • Assisted Clariant in the divestment of the Quats (quaternary ammonium compounds) business in Brazil that included, among other assets, the Amines Plant located inside the Clariant Industrial Complex in the state of São Paulo.

Brazil > Public law Tier 2

Praised for its ‘extensive theoretical and practical knowledge‘, TozziniFreire Advogados‘ government projects and contracts team offers clients a comprehensive service, covering PPPs, public procurement and litigation. The practice has a wealth of experience in infrastructure projects and privatisations in the water and sewage, transport and logistics sectors. Regulatory matters and administrative litigation are other key areas of strength for the group, which is frequently instructed in proceedings before regulatory bodies and the Federal Court of Accounts. José Augusto Dias de Castro handles public contracts and compliance matters, Caio Loureiro advises on PPPs and concessions, and Marcelo Zenkner is recommended for anti-corruption compliance matters. Claudio Timm is no longer with the firm.

Practice head(s):

Caio Loureiro; José Augusto Dias de Castro; Marcelo Zenkner


‘The team has advised us on various matters with great competence and quality.’

‘High professional qualifications and knowledge, guaranteeing assertive answers and always within deadlines.’

‘José Augusto Dias de Castro has high professional training, knowledge and ability to meet deadlines.’

‘The team is differentiated by the personal performance of the partners, high level of the team, and extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of the area in which it operates.

‘Marcelo Zenkner is a reference in matters related to fraud and corruption, having deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject.’

‘Marcelo Zenkner is personally dedicated to the issues for which he is hired, giving due seniority to the case and seeking practical solutions to extremely complex issues.’

Key clients


IDB Invest


Saab AB


Mexichem (Orbia) Group


Iguá Saneamento


CSL Behring

CSN – Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional

Estrela Instantanêa Loteria SPE

IGT Global Services Limited

Scientific Games Investments Itália

Work highlights

  • Advises Accenture on a wide range of public law matters, including public biddings, contract performance, administrative proceedings and regulatory matters.
  • Assisted IDB Invest and Fundação Butantan with the drafting of the bid documents and construction agreements for two new vaccination production plants.
  • Acted for Acciona in regulatory matters related to the construction of line 6 of the São Paulo metro system.

Tax > Customs Tier 2

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 2

At TozziniFreire Advogados, the women-led data protection team - praised for its 'exceptional expertise and comprehensive understanding of data protection laws and regulations' - handles a variety of non-contentious and contentious matters, ranging from data breaches to compliance programmes, impact assessments and due diligence exercises. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman leads on consulting matters, including regulatory and contractual work related to training and data compliance projects. Data sharing agreements and breaches are among Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana's core areas of activity, while IP, technology and digital law specialist Luiza Sato is often engaged in the structuring and implementation of LGPD-compliant programmes and policies. The firm's litigation capabilities are also noteworthy; Patricia Helena Marta Martins steers the group in an array of administrative and judicial litigation matters, including high-profile cases involving tech giants and AI. Bruna Borghi Tomé and Sofia Gaviao Kilmar are other names to note for sensitive class actions, individual lawsuits, and administrative proceedings in this space.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Patrícia Helena Marta Martins


‘The team at the TozziniFreire has a lot of  knowledge about data privacy, but above all, it handles the work skilfully. Tozzini presents quality in the follow-up reports, partnership, cordiality, and attention to the client’s needs.’

‘Marcela Waksman Ejnisman assisted us and provided an excellent service. Cordial but assertive while being focused on client needs.’

‘TozziniFreire’s data protection team stands out for its technical quality and availability. ‘

‘Luiza Sato is a reference for me when it comes to data privacy. She has an extremely deep knowledge of the subject and regularly follows up with clients on trending topics in data protection in Brazil and around the world.’

‘The data privacy team is truly outstanding and deserves high praise for their exceptional expertise and comprehensive understanding of data protection laws and regulations, they provide invaluable guidance and support to clients in navigating the complex landscape of data privacy in Brazil. One remarkable aspect of this law firm is their ability to provide tailored solutions that align with evolving privacy laws. They stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments and industry best practices, ensuring their clients’ compliance and mitigating potential risks.’

‘The partner Marcela Ejnisman and her team’s dedication to client success deserves a call-out. They prioritise open communication, actively listening to clients’ concerns and objectives. Marcela’s team of highly skilled attorneys demonstrates exceptional professionalism, integrity, a client-centric approach, and an ability to handle data privacy matters. Their ability to assess vulnerabilities, develop robust privacy policies, and implement effective data protection measures is truly impressive. They work closely with clients to understand their specific needs, tailoring their advice to address unique challenges and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations.’

‘Marcela Ejnisman provided an excellent service. She delivered and focused on the client’s need.’

Key clients







Colgate Palmolive




Grupo Alloha





Work highlights

  • Assisting Softbank in its LGPD data conformity programme and in the management of its data privacy governance.
  • Representing Facebook Brasil in an administrative proceeding investigating an alleged security flaw in the Facebook service, which would have compromised the access credentials of about one million users.
  • Assisting Adidas with a global assessment regarding certain local data protection requirements for collecting and processing certain data from employees for their diversity, equality & inclusion programme.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 2

The ‘innovative and forward-thinking‘ department at TozziniFreire Advogados is comprised of two practices – technology and innovation, and cybersecurity and data privacy – which enable it to provide comprehensive advice across the technology landscape. Major social media and networking companies are key clients for the firm, which has been increasingly engaged by fintechs and tech start-ups in relation to regulatory challenges involving digital wallets, cryptocurrency and assets. In addition to its regulatory expertise, the group also showcases strength in tech-related litigation and transactions, notably technology transfer agreements, venture capital funding and software licensing. Consultancy work (including corporate, IP and data privacy matters) is led by technology expert Marcela Waksman Ejnisman, while Patricia Helena Marta Martins heads up the litigation team. Other noteworthy practitioners include Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana and Luiza Sato, the latter of whom joined from ASBZ Advogados  in July 2022; both specialise in core technology issues related to internet and digital law. Bruna Borghi Tomé has substantial experience in litigation concerning technology and data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Patrícia Helena Marta Martins


The firm is agile, deeply rooted, and demonstrates expertise in the evolving state of the law in Brazil, as well as our particular legal needs.

We have been collaborating with TozziniFreire for the past year and it has been a very successful partnership. All associates and partners that have worked with us have been extremely helpful, diligent, innovative, and forward-thinking. This makes us comfortable working together.

Bruna Borghi has been remarkably diligent and approachable. Working with her is a pleasure as she is very knowledgeable and willing to help.

The firm’s knowledge of technology, innovation and digital business is unrivalled. It is always vigilant about legal and regulatory developments. Its strongest attribute is collaboration, the team is highly responsive and attentive, constantly striving to combine legal knowledge with business needs. I would like to highlight the work of Marcela Ejnisman and Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana.

Key clients







Bitci Technology




Dassault Systems






Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook Brasil in a case before the Superior Court of Justice concerning the clients’ policies on the transfer of digital goods, specifically related to the death of the user.
  • Representing Facebook Brasil in a lawsuit that will set a precedent concerning the way in which internet application providers that offer services in Brazil.
  • Assisting Google with the analysis of contractual provisions related to a product developed by Google.

Brazil > Venture capital Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados fields a ‘well-trained’, ‘accessible‘ and ‘attentive’ venture capital team, which has a strong track record in investments and fundraising, advising investors and emerging growth companies on early and late-stage funding rounds. The team, which ‘boasts a differentiated position given its international profile‘ and core focus on technology and innovation, is also well placed to assist in the structuring and formation of funds, and implementation of corporate venture capital programmes. João Busin, Juliana Soares Zaidan Maluf, Beatriz Seixas and Fernando Silveira Carvalho are no longer at the firm.


‘The firm boast a differentiated position given its international profile, completely integrated with the best market practices in general. They value efficiency, personalised service, diversity and sophistication to act in highly complex cases.’

‘The firm quickly understands the client’s needs and works in favour of the business, seeking, in an agile way, alternatives for deals to materialise, mitigating risks with an entrepreneurial eye.’

‘All very responsive, accessible. Always very attentive and confident in what they say.’

‘TozziniFreire Advogados’ team is uniquely qualified to advise asset managers and their investees. The team has a longstanding transactional experience, both in domestic and internationally.’

Key clients


Bitci Tecnologia

Bell Rock Gestora de Recursos

Naia Capital


Opea Capital





Louis Dreyfus Company

Performa Investimentos

Sea Capital



MSW Capital

EB Capital

JB3 Investimentos

X8 Investimentos

GEF Capital Partners




Yaya Capital

GlobalYeast JV CO Brasil


Kinea Investimentos


Vox Capital


Fors Capital

Next Tecnologia e Serviços Digitais

Work highlights

  • Advised on a Series A-2 investment round led by ADM, Amaggi, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus Company in Grão Direto, a Brazilian company that operates an electronic marketplace for trading grains.
  • Acted as counsel to Sea Capital on the Series B Investment round in the amount of $45m in the Brazilian Fintech Stark Bank.
  • Acted as Brazilian counsel to Softbank on the Series A Investment round for the amount of $25m in Trela, a Brazilian collective shopping start-up.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: High-end Tier 3

The ‘excellent full-service firmTozziniFreire Advogados offers support to a mix of top-notch financial institutions and corporate clients from the worlds of energy, telecoms, healthcare, retail and technology, in some of their most significant deals in the Brazilian market. The group continues to attract a big volume of private equity deals and is also engaged in a number of transactions related to the purchase and sale of start-ups by larger companies, funds and alternative sponsors. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman marries in-depth knowledge of technology and data protection matters with extensive experience in M&A. Oswaldo Dalla Torre has a strong international background, and focuses on contracts and international agreements. Other key individuals include: Silvia Castro Cunha Zono, a key contact for agribusiness clients; Beatriz Seixas, who specialises in M&A and private equity; and Victor Frias Françoso. Fernando Silveira Carvalho left the firm in April 2024, while former co-head João Busin left the firm in May 2024.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman


Excellent full-service firm with which we work on several matters, including all our M&A deals. The great differential is the excellence in the service offered.’

Key clients

SBA Torres

Centurylink Comunicações

Yokohama Rubber

Matrix Energy Participações

TPB Acquisition



Adeoti (Shopping JK)

Worc Technologies

Makrosystems Tecnologia de Informação Ltda. and Makrotrust Tecnologia de Informação

GEF Capital

Matera Systems Informática

Europ Assistance

Proquimil Produtos Químicos


Síntese B2B


MSW Capital


FEMSA Servicios


Banco Next

Banco Bradesco

Grupo Notre Dame Intermédica

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Advised SBA Torres Brasil on the acquisition of 100% of the quotas held by GTS SAT and GTS Luxco in the corporate capital of São Paulo BTS Locação de Torres and São Paulo Locação de Torres.
  • Provided Brazilian law advice to Yokohama Rubber in relation to the global acquisition of the entire wheel-systems business of Sweden-listed Trelleborg.
  • Assisted TPB Acquisition Corporation I with its merger with Lavoro Agro.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Highly qualified and dedicated professionals‘ make up TozziniFreire Advogados‘ energy team, which is adept at assisting clients from the generation, transmission, distribution and trading segments, as well as institutional investors and large consumers in a broad spectrum of transactional matters in the power sector. The department has considerable experience in industry-related stock and asset deals, and is often engaged in the structuring and implementation of distributed generation and self-production projects. Also noteworthy is the group’s strong performance in the renewable energy space, covering biomass, biomethane, wind and solar power. Leonardo Miranda, who combines corporate and regulatory expertise, is seen with great regularity advising on M&A deals in the power sector. Ana Carolina Katlauskas Calil, who has in-depth knowledge of long-term PPAs and self-production structures, and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka, who is skilled in project finance, are also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Miranda


‘Dedication, availability and knowledge of the sector in relation to projects work.’

‘The professionals that make up TozziniFreire’s Infrastructure team are highly qualified and dedicated. They care not only about the quality of the work, but also about the treatment of the client, which contributes to the matters flowing in a positive way, even in the face of conflict scenarios and high-level technical discussions.’

‘TozziniFreire offers an E2E service that covers from developing our in-house capabilities in critical areas for the company, to mitigating risks and negotiating complex contracts and litigation.’

‘Ana Calil provides fundamental inputs to the heavily regulated Energy market, and approaches matters with an open mind to understand our needs. She has deep expertise in this area and is a true team player.’

‘Leonardo Miranda is recommended.’

Key clients

Grupo Energía de Bogotá – GEB

Argo Energia


Riacho da Serra

Atlas Energy

bp lightsource


Celeo Redes




Red Eléctrica Internacional





Canadian Solar

Darby Servtec Energia FIP



Work highlights

  • Acted for Grupo Energía de Bogotá and Argo Energia in the acquisition of 100% of the control of five power transmission concessionaires held by Quantum/Brookfield Group.
  • Assisted Riacho da Serra in the sale of 100% of its corporate control to Exus Brasil Investimentos Gestão de Recursos.
  • Advised Atlas Brasil Energia on the acquisition of three solar projects in the city of Janaúba, Minas Gerais, with a total installed capacity of 196MWp, from Natural Energia.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados provides comprehensive insurance and reinsurance advice encompassing corporate matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution. The team is active in emerging sectors like insurtech, and offers support in associated online and data protection matters. The firm also handles major coverage claims, M&A transactions, insurance policies, and joint ventures, where it represents prominent insurers, reinsurers, and brokers. The ‘excellentBárbara Bassani De Souzahas a comprehensive and deep vision of the insurance market’, and jointly leads the team with New York-based partner Marcio Mello Silva Baptista.

Practice head(s):

Bárbara Bassani; Marcio Mello Baptista


‘A very experienced team with relevant experience in the insurance sector, which reverts positively in favour of clients, who have a more comprehensive and in-depth view of regulatory and contractual issues.’

‘Bárbara Bassani de Souza is an excellent lawyer and counsellor; she has a comprehensive and deep vision of the insurance market.’

Key clients

Argo Seguros Brasil

Banco BMG

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Euler Hermes Seguros

Berkley International do Brasil Seguros

Principal Financial Services

Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE DO BRASIL)

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Banco ABC Brasil

CesceBrasil Seguros de Garantias e Crédito

Work highlights

  • Acting for Argo Global in the acquisition by Spice of shares in Argo Seguros Brasil.
  • Assisting Banco BMG with the creation of insurance company BMG Seguridade and the purchase of MG Seguros.
  • Representing Zurich in a lawsuit filed by trade unions (Sindicato dos Auditores Fiscais de Rondônia e Sindicato Dos Trabalhadores Em Saúde No Estado De Rondônia) against the client and the State of Rondônia.

Brazil > International trade Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados possesses ‘technical and specialised knowledge' of international trade. The group acts for domestic and international clients in anti-dumping investigations and sunset reviews, and is also proficient in compliance issues. Clients rate the ‘extreme professionalism’ of the team, which is led by Vera Kanas, whose previous experience at Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and track record in WTO disputes are noteworthy. Lisandra Pacheco excels in customs and tariff issues.

Practice head(s):

Vera Kanas


‘A team committed to solving client matters. High technical and specialised knowledge.’

‘Up-to-date professionals with high technical knowledge. Vera Kanas is recommended.’

‘Technical capacity, specific knowledge, professionalism of lawyers, procedural assertiveness.’

‘High technical knowledge, with empathetic didactics to the client’s needs. Extreme professionalism and broadly ethical.’

‘Customs expertise and client focus’

‘Lisandra Pacheco – a reference in Brazil in customs and indirect (as well as COMEX). Always available and with effective ideas and strategies, in addition to exquisite technical performance.’

‘Tozzini Freire’s team is unique for its technical excellence, knowledge of the client’s business, and attention to detail. Firm with efficient management, transparent corporate governance and opportunities to value internal teams.’

‘Vera Kanas Gritz has above average technical knowledge.’

Key clients

CMPC Celulose Riograndense



Valeo Sistemas Automotivos

Mercado Livre


Correias Mercurio



Saab AB

Canadian Solar




Orbia Group

Dover Fuel Solutions

Elizabeth Arden

Work highlights

  • Represented CPMC Celulose Riograndense as a consumer of the product under investigation, in the anti-dumping investigation on the imports of caustic soda from the US.
  • Representing Gazprom and Sibur as the only Russian exporters in the anti-dumping investigation in Brazil on the imports of butyl acrylate from Russia.
  • Represented Valeo Sistemas Automotivos, as user, in the global disputes concerning the trade of aluminium laminates from China, which includes anti-dumping and countervailing investigations in Brazil.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 3

Rated for its ‘extensive experience‘ and ‘established presence‘ in the life sciences space, full-service firm TozziniFreire Advogados offers multidisciplinary advice to companies across multiple segments, though its primary focus lies on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and healthcare. The group, which has recently acquired new clients in the emerging field of pet health and food, is adept at handling a combination of regulatory, transactional, litigation, IP and tech-related matters, and is also skilled in advising on the import and export of health products. Department head Marco Aurélio Torronteguy, ‘an extremely prepared, well-educated, pragmatic, skilled and collaborative professional’, has a wealth of experience in administrative proceedings before ANVISA; clinical trials and regulatory issues involving medical devices are also among his key areas of expertise. Associate Victor Hugo Callejon Avallone offers key support in the context of administrative proceedings, M&A concerning the health sector and clinical trials.

Practice head(s):

Marco Aurélio Torronteguy


‘I believe that their practice is exceptional due to their extensive experience and established presence in the industry. This enables them to stay current not only with existing regulations but also with upcoming regulatory developments. Moreover, they possess valuable insights into how regulations function in practice and their interactions with health authorities and other private entities within the industry.’

‘The lawyers in this practice stand out, especially Marco Aurélio Torronteguy. He actively engages with clients’ needs, comprehends their genuine concerns from both practical and business perspectives, and remains thoroughly informed about the latest regulations.’

‘Knowledge of regulatory standards, methods and procedures for pharmaceutical companies at an exceptional level.’

‘Marco Aurélio and Victor Hugo Callejon Avallone provides excellent services. They support us in several strategic and highly complex demands.’

‘Great intellectual and pragmatic capacity regarding the sector. The team’s multidisciplinary approach to other topics such as compliance is a differentiator.’

‘Marcos Aurélio Torronteguy is an extremely prepared, well-educated, pragmatic, skilled and collaborative professional. Involved directly in strategic issues.’

Key clients

Biogen Brasil Produtos Farmacêuticos

CSL Behring Comércio de Produtos Farmacêuticos

Aché Laboratórios Farmacêuticos

Chr Hansen Indústria e Comércio

Diageo Brasil

Kavo Kerr

Elizabeth Arden do Brasil


Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Commended for its ‘dedication, involvement and availability‘, the infrastructure group at TozziniFreire Advogados attracts regular instructions from a variety of sponsors, multilateral agencies and investors. The firm, which is well placed to assist with public bids, financings and project development in the energy, water, waste, mobility and logistics sectors, has been particularly active in the purchase and disposal of infrastructure projects and companies. The team is under the joint leadership of two seasoned partners: Leonardo Miranda, who handles a mix of corporate, regulatory, financing and development work, and Jun Makuta, who heads up the Japan desk and routinely advises on transactions in the energy, chemical and infrastructure segments. Among the other names to note, Karin Yamauti Hatanaka specialises in project finance; Ana Carolina Katlauskas Calil has in-depth knowledge of power regulations; and Caio Loureiro – who joined from Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados in March 2022 – focuses on government projects, including concessions and PPPs. Senior associate Erica Makiyama is often engaged in M&A deals involving regulated assets.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Miranda; Jun Makuta


‘Dedication, involvement and availability to meet demands/work.’

‘Leonardo Miranda and Erica Makiyama stand out.’

Key clients

Nouryon Pulp and Performance Indústria Quimica


Argo Energia


Equatorial Energia

bpbunge bioenergia

Celeo Redes


IFC – International Finance Corporation

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Itapoá Terminais Portuários

Procter & Gamble

bp lightsource

Norte Energia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grupo Energía de Bogotá – GEB and Argo Energia (held by Redeia Group and Grupo Energía de Bogotá) in the acquisition of 100% of the control of five power transmission concessionaires held by Quantum/Brookfield Group.
  • Acting as party to the consortium that is assisting BNDES in the ongoing process of structuring the privatisation of Trensurb, a state-owned company that operates the trains in the metropolitan area of Porto Alegre.
  • Acting as part of the consortium that won a bidding process and executed an agreement with BNDES, whose scope is to perform the studies for structuring PPP projects for the construction, operation and maintenance of prison complexes in the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

Rated for its ‘agility, availability, technical knowledge’ and ‘up-to-date professionals’, TozziniFreire Advogados' real estate team is a popular choice for investors and asset managers seeking advice on multi-use developments, as well as hotel, infrastructure and student accommodation acquisitions and projects. Major corporate clients also instruct the firm on leasing and supply agreements for industrial facilities. Practice head Vladimir Miranda Abreu has a strong track record in transactions involving rural properties. Pablo Meira Queiroz frequently advises on the issuance of real estate receivables-backed securities. Julian Junqueira Rill and Gabriela Nunes stand out at the associate level for their involvement in real estate transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Miranda Abreu


‘Agility, availability, technical knowledge, market vision, up-to-date professionals, and practical language .’

‘Pablo, Julian and Gabriela are responsive, flexible, and always available; they stand out for their negotiation skills, ability to understand client needs and thinking outside the box.’

‘Tozzini’s real estate team has been assisting us in various matters with great competence, quality and speed, bringing solutions that always add to the business.’

Key clients

Korolea Farming

Cyrela Brazil Realty

Mitre Realty



SBA Communications

RB Capital

Sea Group

Ford Motor Company



Share Student Living



Imbassaí Beach

Agro Serra


FS Agrisolutions


Cadillac Fairview / OTTP


Construtora Fonseca & Mercadante

Work highlights

  • Advised Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – FII Vila Olímpia Corporate on the sale of all of its assets to Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário – VBI Prime Properties.
  • Advised FEMSA/SPAL on the acquisition of a distribution centre previously leased by the client in Osasco/SP.
  • Advised RB Capital on the sale of its 80% share of a SPV that holds a property in São José dos Pinhais/PR, leased to Volvo under a built-to-suit transaction.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados fields a strong team of tax lawyers who are ‘very well prepared technically’ and ‘always available for any discussions, whether simple or complex’. Contentious and non-contentious advice is provided across all of the key tax disciplines, including direct tax, indirect tax and customs law. Gustavo Nygaard jointly leads the team with Renata Emery, who is ‘very analytical and profound in her analyses’ of tax planning, litigation and cross-border transactions. Noted for his 'excellent communication' skills, Jerry Levers de Abreu has a keen focus on indirect taxation, while Erlan Valverde has developed a good name for corporate tax. Other lead partners include Ricardo Maitto, who is especially active in assisting multinationals (with a special focus on the pharmaceutical sector) in corporate reorganisations, M&A and strategic tax litigation, and Thiago Medaglia, ‘a professional with a vast repertoire in the tax sphere’, including customs and social security matters. Lisandra Pacheco stands out for her in-depth knowledge of indirect taxes and global trade.

Practice head(s):

Renata Emery; Gustavo Nygaard


‘The firm pays special attention to detailing the business so that the advice is adequate. When the need for interaction with other colleagues is identified, it is promptly provided.’

‘Ricardo Maitto – technical knowledge, personalised advice and availability.’

‘In addition to tax/customs expertise, the team has specific and in-depth knowledge of the client’s business segment, bringing a comprehensive view to the discussion.’

‘The firm is composed of professionals who are very well-prepared technically and always available for any discussions, whether simple or complex.’

‘I highlight Thiago Medaglia, a professional with a vast repertoire in the tax sphere and who is characterised by being objective, hands-on and focused on finding the best solution for the client.’

‘TozziniFreire’s tax team acts precisely, understanding the characteristics of our business and seeking solutions that adhere to the business model, always focused on risks and opportunities.’

‘Jerry Abreu is always available and has excellent communication skills.’

‘Renata Emery: high technical quality, very analytical and profound in her analyses, brings a holistic view with related arguments, exploring the best alternatives. Lisandra Pacheco: high technical quality, deep analysis in complex environments.’

Key clients



Banco Bradesco


Posco E&C





Lundin Mining



SPAL (Coca-cola Femsa)


Equinox Mining (Pilar De Goiás)

Jaguar Land Rover



Saab AB

Porto Seguro

Naval Group

SBA Torres

Colgate Palmolive

Comerc Energia



Magazine Luiza


Swissport do Brasil




TCS – TATA Consultancy Services do Brasil

JAMEF Transportadora

Work highlights

  • Assisting Hyster-Yale Materials Handling in the design and tax planning of a new line of business.
  • Assisting GE Healthcare in the review of its Brazil operations including how to approach taxation for imported equipment containing software as well as local sales in general.
  • Successfully representing Cosan before the Superior Court of Justice in a case which overturned the unfavourable tax decisions of the São Paulo Court of Appeals.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 3

Handling both contentious and non-contentious mandates, TozziniFreire Advogados employs a cross-disciplinary approach, folding in its corporate, regulatory and IP expertise as it advises a number of media and entertainment clients. The group is frequently engaged by market-leading social media, gaming and e-sports companies, which turn to the team for its capabilities regarding the regulation of free speech, commercial agreements, licensing and copyright issues, among other matters. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman steers the team in a range of transactions, IP-related mandates, and agreements linked to the financing, broadcasting and distribution of content. Showcasing strength in the intersection of technology, media and data protection, Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana is a key contact for social media clients.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman

Key clients





Garena Interactive Holding

Garena Brasil

Teads Studio


Fever Up

The Pokémon Company International

Konami Gaming

Konami Digital Entertainment

Discovery Golf Play TV


Work highlights

  • Assisted Hanesbrands in matters related to agreements with social media influencers.
  • Advised Garena on several class actions filed by ANCED aiming to discuss the lawfulness of loot boxes in electronic games.
  • Assisted Kidly in the drafting of a memorandum with an overview of Brazilian data protection rules that apply to its international reading platform.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados attracts varied instructions from major telecom providers and operators of telecom towers seeking assistance in the negotiation of M&A transactions, infrastructure deals, commercial agreements and regulatory matters, including proceedings before ANATEL. Besides its strong domestic client base, the team is also a popular choice for international players, typically from the US, that offer internet-based telephone services. Corporate law specialist Marcela Waksman Ejnisman oversees the group, utilising her technology and telecoms knowledge to assist with regulatory and commercial issues. Luciana Bazan Martins Bisetti is a seasoned litigation attorney, who handles strategic cases for leading telecoms clients. Luiza Sato joined the firm from ASBZ Advogados in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman

Key clients

Cirion Technologies do Brasil

SBA Torres




BMW Group

Boingo Wireless

Work highlights

  • Assisting Stonepeak in all regulatory aspects involved in the indirect change of control of the telecoms service provider, including the request of authorisation for this transaction before ANATEL.
  • Assisting SBA Torres Brasil in all aspects of a transaction to acquire 100% of the quotas held by the TorreSur Group.  
  • Advised SBA Torres Brasil on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of DC Matrix Telecomunicações and DC Matrix Internet.  

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 4

Combining a deep understanding of the local market with a global perspective‘, TozziniFreire Advogados is home to ‘a team of highly skilled lawyers with extensive experience in a variety of IP' matters, including trade marks, copyright and technology agreements. Transactional matters involving IP assets and tech-related IP mandates are core strengths for the firm, which is proficient in prosecution, enforcement and litigation issues. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman is skilled at handling transactional and contentious matters in this space. She heads up the practice with Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana, who excels in the negotiation of joint venture agreements that involve IP and technology transfers. Associate Stephanie Consonni De Schryver assists domestic and international clients with the full spectrum of IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana


‘TozziniFreire is a leading law firm in Brazil known for its unique combination of expertise, innovation, and client-centric approach. The firm has a team of highly skilled lawyers with extensive experience in a variety of IP practice areas.’

TozziniFreire distinguishes itself from other firms by combining a deep understanding of the local market with a global perspective, allowing it to provide clients with effective solutions to their most complex legal challenges.

‘Stephanie Consonni De Schryver is an exceptional lawyer. She distinguishes herself through her strategic thinking and ability to provide innovative and customised solutions to her clients, as well as her commitment to achieving her clients’ goals.’

‘The practice provides excellent legal assistance. The team is highly qualified and prepared to meet client demands. TozziniFreire is an excellent name in the Brazilian legal market.’

‘Efficient and knowledgeable IP experts, who offer solutions adapted to the clients’ business model.’

Key clients

Pearson Education do Brasil

Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie

Mitre Realty Empreendimentos


FEMSA Servicios

HLB Brasil




Grupo Mulheres do Brasil



Estée Lauder


Work highlights

  • Assisting Mitre Realty Empreendimentos with its trade mark portfolio and all issues related to the auctioning of DASLU brands.  
  • Assisting Banrisul in the drafting and filing of a special appeal before the Regional Federal Court to discuss INPI’s decisions in connection with the impossibility of registration of the client’s trade mark.
  • Assisting FEMSA with the prosecution and management of its trade mark portfolio in Brazil.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 5

Led by Isadora Fingermann, the white-collar crime department at TozziniFreire Advogados is regularly engaged by major companies and executives in proceedings involving tax evasion and financial crimes. Covering both investigations and litigation, the team often works in collaboration with other practices – most notably antitrust, labour and environment – in crisis management. Key areas of growth for the group include tech-related mandates and investigations into allegations of cyber fraud. Commended by clients for her ‘technical knowledge, strategy and experience‘, Fingermann excels in the defense of criminal cases and interactions with prosecutors. Senior associate Carolina Franco has worked in several high-profile corporate criminal cases. Associate Nathalia Latorre maintains a broad practice acting for corporations and individuals in cases related to the full range of white-collar crime offences, from money laundering to bid rigging.

Practice head(s):

Isadora Fingermann


‘Professionals with excellent technical knowledge and practical attitude. Excellent reputation in the market. Exceptional client service.’

‘Isadora Fingermann stands out for her technical knowledge, strategy and experience.’

‘Flexible, well-structured and technically well-trained team.’

‘The entire staff has always been very professional and helpful.’

City focus - Brasilia > Tax

At TozziniFreire Advogados, the Brasília-based tax group was reinforced by the arrival of federal tax litigator Alberto Medeiros from Stocche Forbes Advogados in January 2022. Alongside Bruno Teixeira, he steers the team in a range of tax disputes before all judicial levels, including the CARF (Administrative Council for Tax Appeals), superior and local courts.

Firm overview:  TozziniFreire is a premier, full-service law firm that consistently provides legal services to domestic and international companies in a wide variety of business sectors.  Along these years, we have played a major role in many of the most significant transactions in the Brazilian market, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious firms in Latin America.

We see ourselves as one cohesive entity and act accordingly. With fully-owned offices in several cities in Brazil, we are able to guarantee our clients the same outstanding services and one-firm resource throughout the country.  This concept enables us to safeguard, every day, the firm’s culture, mission and values – which are the essence of who we are and what we do.

Our expertise has been consistently recognized by international and national specialized publications. TozziniFreire and its partners are regularly recognized and recommended as leaders in their field of practice.

Main areas of practice
M&A, corporate and foreign investment: TozziniFreire is a leader in Brazil’s M&A market and is actively involved in structuring high-profile transactions and executing all types of deals. TozziniFreire assists foreign investors in structuring and implementing multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional business transactions, advising on investment alternatives, corporate structures and in greenfield and brownfield projects.

Competition and antitrust: The firm provides assistance regarding merger reviews and anticompetitive conduct cases, including cartels and leniency matters, abuse of dominance and vertical restraints, with experienced professionals in corporate investigations and negotiations with the authorities.

Corporate compliance and investigation: One of the first of its kind in Brazil, the practice has an eye on global trends and in-depth knowledge of corporate standards and practices for managing compliance and ethics issues. Its professionals are skilled in assessing corporate risks, conducting corporate investigations, developing and implementing specific programs based on the nature of the business and the risks identified.

ESG – environmental, social and governance: TozziniFreire’s ESG Group has a multidisciplinary approach composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the areas of environmental law, human rights, corporate governance, climate change, carbon market, sustainable and impact investing, green and social finance, renewable energy, data privacy and compliance.

Agribusiness: With the experience to assist clients through each step of the production chain, including detailed knowledge of raw-material markets, agricultural equipment factories, banking, transportation, logistics, distribution companies, consumer markets and foreign trade, the diversified background of the firm’s agribusiness professionals allows TozziniFreire to present effective legal solutions tailored to the particular needs of its clients.

Infrastructure: TozziniFreire’s multidisciplinary Infrastructure group is organized to meet the needs of any participant in capital intensive projects. The firm routinely assist sponsors, multilateral agencies, operators, local and foreign investors, in energy, water, waste/sewage, mobility and logistics (ports, airports, railways, roads), biofuels and oil & gas projects. Their team members are experts in public bids, project development (including construction, operation, supply, etc.) and financing. The firm are also active in projects and equity M&A. Their lawyers are characterised by a proactive approach on structuring projects and creative solutions.Increasingly, their team has been assisting and discussing with clients the decarbonization targets and structures.

Real estate: The multidisciplinary practice provides advice on development and execution of large and structured real estate projects, as well as on several legal structures that make financial funding feasible for such projects. It has also been in the forefront of structuring agribusiness deals in Brazil.

Dispute resolution – litigation, arbitration and mediation: The team is uniquely positioned to represent clients throughout Brazil in litigation and arbitration matters. It is frequently involved in Brazil’s most significant cases and its members also serve as arbitrators and legal experts. TozziniFreire is also routinely engaged to assist clients in commercial mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Tax: The firm provides high-quality assistance on tax matters and tax planning structures, including cross-border transactions involving transfer pricing and international tax treaty issues. It also handles complex cases tried at both the administrative and judicial levels.

Banking and finance: The practice has a long history of representing local and international financial institutions and major companies, offering extensive knowledge in structuring all types of complex finance and derivatives transactions. It has strong expertise in setting up foreign banks in Brazil and Brazilian banks abroad, and in-depth expertise advising financial institutions on banking prudential regulation and compliance issues.

Capital markets: The team has assisted major clients in the most significant transactions and offers extensive experience in handling the placement of securities in domestic and international markets, proved expertise in structuring public offerings of agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate securities and investment funds, and advising on the rules of the Brazilian Securities Commission.

International work: To help clients respond faster to the increasing business opportunities, the firm pioneered the creation of foreign desks in Latin America. Starting with the Asian initiative (comprising of the China, Korea and Japan desks) and fast developing towards other markets (Italian and German desks and Latin America), these unique knowledge centres are staffed with professionals familiar with the culture, legal and business practices of each region, and who are charged with keeping up-to-date with bilateral trade relations developments between Brazil and those countries.

Number of partners worldwide: 98
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 635

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri
Antitrust Marcelo Calliari
Dispute resolution Fernando Eduardo Serec
Corporate / Commercial South Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva
Compliance and investigation Shin Jae Kim
Technology and Data Privacy Patrícia Helena Marta Martins
Restructuring and insolvency Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade
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Camille Goebel Araki photo Ms Camille Goebel Araki Partner
Vivian Fraga do Nascimento Arruda photo Ms Vivian Fraga do Nascimento Arruda Partner
Patricia Bandouk Carvalho photo Ms Patricia Bandouk Carvalho Partner
Bárbara Bassani photo Ms Bárbara Bassani Partner
Fernanda Bianco Pimentel photo Ms Fernanda Bianco Pimentel Partner
Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli photo Ms Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli Partner
Luciana Bazan Martins Bisetti photo Ms Luciana Bazan Martins Bisetti Partner
Alexei Bonamin photo Mr Alexei Bonamin Partner
Bruna Borghi Tomé photo Ms Bruna Borghi Tomé Partner
Lucas Britto Mejias photo Mr Lucas Britto Mejias Partner
Marcelo Calliari photo Mr Marcelo Calliari Partner
Silvia Castro Cunha Zono photo Ms Silvia Castro Cunha Zono Partner
Oswaldo Dalla Torre photo Mr Oswaldo Dalla Torre Partner
Carolina Matthes Dotto photo Ms Carolina Matthes Dotto Partner
Renata Emery photo Ms Renata Emery Partner
Pedro Eroles photo Mr Pedro Eroles Partner
Giovanni Paolo Falcetta photo Mr Giovanni Paolo Falcetta Partner
Isadora Fingermann photo Ms Isadora Fingermann Partner
Andre Fittipaldi photo Mr Andre Fittipaldi Partner
Marcus Vinicius Pimentel Fonseca photo Mr Marcus Vinicius Pimentel Fonseca Partner
Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri photo Ms Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri Partner
Shin Jae Kim photo Ms Shin Jae Kim Partner
Ana Carolina Katlauskas Calil photo Ms Ana Carolina Katlauskas Calil Partner
Sofia Gaviao Kilmar photo Ms Sofia Gaviao Kilmar Partner
Mihoko Sirley Kimura photo Ms Mihoko Sirley Kimura Partner
Gabriela Lima photo Ms Gabriela Lima Partner
Tatiana Lins Cruz photo Ms Tatiana Lins Cruz Partner
Caio Loureiro photo Mr Caio Loureiro Partner
Karla Lini Maeji photo Ms Karla Lini Maeji Partner
Ricardo Maitto photo Mr Ricardo Maitto Partner
Jun Makuta photo Mr Jun Makuta Partner
Elias Marques de Medeiros Neto photo Mr Elias Marques de Medeiros Neto Partner
Patrícia Helena Marta photo Ms Patrícia Helena Marta Partner
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Marcel Medon Santos photo Mr Marcel Medon Santos Partner
Marcio Mello Silva Baptista photo Mr Marcio Mello Silva Baptista Partner
Mônica Mendonça Costa photo Ms Mônica Mendonça Costa Partner
Rafael Mimica photo Mr Rafael Mimica Partner
Leonardo Miranda photo Mr Leonardo Miranda Partner
Vladimir Miranda Abreu photo Mr Vladimir Miranda Abreu Partner
Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade photo Ms Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade Partner
Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida photo Ms Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida Partner
Luiz Renato Okumura photo Mr Luiz Renato Okumura Partner
Fernanda Pazello photo Ms Fernanda Pazello Partner
Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente photo Mr Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente Partner
Pablo Queiroz photo Mr Pablo Queiroz Partner
Guilherme Ribas photo Mr Guilherme Ribas Partner
João Ribeiro da Costa photo Mr João Ribeiro da Costa Partner
Luiza Sato photo Ms Luiza Sato Partner
Fernando Eduardo Serec photo Mr Fernando Eduardo Serec Partner and firm’s CEO
Clara Pacce Pinto Serva photo Ms Clara Pacce Pinto Serva Partner
Ricardo Stuber photo Mr Ricardo Stuber Partner
Caio Taniguchi photo Mr Caio Taniguchi Partner
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Marcela Waksman Ejnisman photo Ms Marcela Waksman Ejnisman Partner
Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso photo Mr Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso Partner
Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra photo Mr Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra Partner
Celso de Faria Monteiro photo Mr Celso de Faria Monteiro Partner
Rodrigo de Grandis photo Mr Rodrigo de Grandis Partner
Stephanie Consonni de Schryver photo Mrs Stephanie Consonni de Schryver Partner
Danilo Lambert Vieira de Sousa photo Mr Danilo Lambert Vieira de Sousa Partner
Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana photo Ms Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana Partner
Carlos Renato Vieira  do Nascimento photo Mr Carlos Renato Vieira do Nascimento Partner
Other fee-earners : 635
Total staff : 1,470
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Partners : 98