TozziniFreire Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

TozziniFreire Advogados
01311-300 SÃO PAULO

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

TozziniFreire Advogados has established a strong presence in the Porto Alegre corporate and M&A market, where it brings together a team of lawyers with specialist local knowledge and international backgrounds. The group, which stands out for its experience in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions, receives instructions from a diverse client roster of Brazilian and foreign companies in the transport, agribusiness, healthcare, banking and chemical sectors involved in major deals in the southern region of Brazil. Contract and corporate law specialist Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva jointly leads the department with Maria Bofill, who is deeply involved in innovation matters concerning start-ups and venture capital. The practice heads receive support from a dedicated team of associates, including Bruna Braga Luz de Oliveira and Daniel Born Roman, both of whom are extremely active in transactional and contractual mandates. Since publication, Fernanda Fossati joined as partner from Veirano Advogados in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva; Maria Bofill


‘TozziniFreire stands out for the quality of its work and the speed of response, in addition to the promptness of the partners and lawyers involved in matters. Maria Bofill has excellent business vision and technical knowledge. Daniel Born Roman is also recommended for his knowledge and availability.’

‘I believe TozziniFreire is one of the key players in real estate tax-related issues, with very active partners, deep legal knowledge and good relationships with local authorities. Their partners are always directly involved in the cases, and demonstrate full knowledge of the matter and its details. Very well structured approach and presentation of the work done, always very thorough in their analysis, very good case presentation skills, and really easy to work with.’

‘Maria Bofill is always available to hear and understand the client’s needs. Bruna Braga Luz Oliveira was crucial in doing all the heavy work during the process, providing up-to-date research and information, keeping up with local authorities and promptly giving feedback to the client.’

Key clients


Lojas Renner

SLC Agrícola

United States of America

Polo Venture Participações

Sodexo do Brasil Comercial

Vulcabras Azaleia


RVC Venture Capital Participações e Investimentos

KaVo Kerr

Work highlights

  • Assisting Fras-le in the acquisition of Nakata Automotive.
  • Advising Aiqfome, a pioneer in the food delivery app market for small and medium-size cities in Brazil, in its sale to the Magazine Luiza group.
  • Provided multidisciplinary legal assistance to KavoKerr in the shutdown of its plant in Joinville.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Tax Tier 1

The tax department at TozziniFreire Advogados offers representation to clients throughout Brazil, where it possesses a strong track record before the Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court. Besides litigation, the group has also recently been involved in several matters concerning social contributions, tax planning, consulting and M&A transactions on behalf of clients from a multitude of sectors, such as banking, infrastructure, energy, IT, retail and consumer products. Gustavo Nygaard is the go-to counsel for a diverse corporate client roster based in the south of Brazil; he jointly leads the tax group in Porto Alegre with tax litigation specialist Rafael Mallmann. Claudia Rocha de Morais is another standout practitioner in the Porto Alegre office; her areas of focus cover tax due diligence, compliance and issues pertaining to tax collection, tariffs and contributions.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Nygaard; Rafael Mallmann


‘Commitment to the client, quality in opinions, and an efficient and always available team.’

‘It is a firm distinguished by its knowledge, capacity of professionals and the seriousness with which the matters are handled. They are always up to date and looking for the best solution for the client. Rafael Mallmann is recommended.’

The work is carried out by a senior team, with direct involvement from the partner. The pieces are very well written and the cases have preventive and individualised follow-up.’

Key clients

ABERC – Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Refeições Coletivas

BR Supply – Suprimentos Corporativos

Kavo do Brasil

Fraport Brasil

Viacom Brasil

Timac Agro Indústria e Comércio de Fertilizantes

Zenvia Mobile Serviços Digitais

Bsbios Energia Renovável

GR Compass Group

Sodexo do Brasil Comercial

Grupo Vulcabras|Azaleia

Lojas Renner

Vonpar Refrescos

Saque e Pague Rede de Autoatendimento

Getnet Adquirência e Serviços Para Meios de Pagamento


Banco de Lage Landen Brasil

Processor Informática

Rumo Malha Sul

Work highlights

  • Assisted Transpinho Madeiras and Saiqui Empreendimentos Imobiliários in a tax assessment  by the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service for alleged fraud in a spin-off operation in which both parties were involved.
  • Represented Refeições Puras RID before the Superior Court of Justice in a case related to the client’s right to offset PIS/COFINS credits on purchases outside the Manaus Free Trade Zone.
  • Acted for Lojas Renner and obtained a favourable ruling regarding the non-inclusion of ICMS in the PIS/COFINS calculation base.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados has ‘a great antitrust practice with a number of renowned and excellent lawyers that are truly dedicated to the needs of the client‘. The firm earned its reputation in the top echelons of the Brazilian antitrust market through its years of experience in complex and high-profile cases, and thanks to the excellent reputation of its partners, including practice head and former CADE commissioner Marcelo Calliari. The firm stands out for its track record in leniency agreements, where it has solid experience and a large market share. Its ability to handle conduct cases is also boosted by its ability to collaborate with the firm’s compliance and white-collar criminal law experts, allowing it to handle complex investigations involving multiple agencies. Merger filings are another notable area of strength for the experienced department, which includes key practitioners Vivian Fraga, Guilherme Ribas, Marcel Medon Santos, Patricia Bandouk Carvalho and Tatiana Lins Cruz. In a recent significant development, Mario Pati was promoted to partner in 2020; he balances a broad competition practice and also has knowledge of internal investigations and the FCPA. Senior associate Jackson de Freitas Ferreira left the firm in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Calliari


They have incredible strength in depth – we are familiar with Guilherme Ribas, Tatiana Lins Cruz and Marcelo Calliari and they are all first-rate. Very responsive, great to deal with and they know how to get things done. Approachable and extremely responsive, they consistently deliver exceptional client service.’

Tozzini has a great antitrust practice with a number of renowned and excellent lawyers that are truly dedicated to the needs of the client.’

I very much enjoy working with Marcelo Calliari, Marcel Sedon Santos and Vivian Fraga that work as a true team and seamlessly. They are my go-to advisors at Tozzini.’

Marcel is always very up-to-date, with the latest trends from CADE, presents assertive opinions, profound, addresses risks, but also presents effective solutions to the business. The contact is very personal with the partner and Venicio, adding value to the company.’

Marcel Santos: Availability, Efficiency, Speed in Responses, Depth of Responses, Presents risks, but also alternatives, Pro-Business Vision. Venicio Branquinho Pereira Filho: Has the same characteristics as partner Marcel.’

Marcel Medon Santos and Vivan Fraga are recommended.’

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Represented ABB in the underground and submarine cables international cartel investigation with effects in the Brazilian market.
  • Acted for Colgate / Philips in the merger filing of a transaction to establish a global collaboration for a co-branded powered toothbrushes and interdental devices business.
  • Represented IIAA/Navistar Engine in an abuse of dominance (refusal to deal) probe. In April 2020, CADE decided to dismiss the proceeding.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 1

At the forefront of the compliance market in Brazil, TozziniFreire Advogados fields a team with 'international experience and good relationships with clients', which stands out for its 'immense experience in internal investigations and compliance'. The firm was among the first in Brazil to focus on compliance, and its longstanding experience combined with its consistent involvement in high-profile and sensitive matters ensure that the firm maintains its leading position in this field. Also of note is the compliance department's integration with other practices of the firm, allowing the team to cover compliance, competition and public law. Practice head Shin Jae Kim - who is also a member of the firm's executive committee - specialises in internal investigations, crisis management and corporate governance and 'lives up to her excellent reputation'. Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida and Giovanni Paolo Falcetta have vast experience acting for companies, boards of directors and independent committees in preventing, identifying and resolving compliance and anti-corruption matters, and Karla Lini Maeji stands out for her role in advising foreign listed companies in cross-border investigations and criminal enforcement. The team's experience also extends to its associates, with Fábio Heilberg and Lais Cury receiving particular praise.

Practice head(s):

Shin Jae Kim


Immense experience in internal investigations and compliance, lawyers with international experience and good relationships with clients.’

Shin Jae Kim: She stands out for her seniority, acts with great zeal and responsibility, living up to her excellent reputation. Fabio Heilberg: He is very detailed and diligent, he conducts the work as a partner and owner of the project, having excellent communication with the client.’

Very strong team; very focused on compliance.’

Fabio Heilberg, Giovanni Falcetta, Renata Muzzi, Shin Jae Kin, Karla Maeji and Lais Cury are recommended.’

Giovanni Falcetta and Shin Jae Kim are the leaders of the team. They have good connections and deep knowledge.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Conducting an extensive internal investigation for a client triggered by a government investigation (Operação Tira Teima).

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Always working with ethics, respect, professionalism and a proactive approach,’ TozziniFreire Advogados is ‘widely recognised in the legal market‘. It remained busy during 2020 and 2021, taking key roles on domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions involving companies in various sectors, including in private equity and venture capital deals. Its strength in M&A is matched by its prominence in competition, compliance and labour law, allowing the firm to provide comprehensive coverage. The firm is renowned for innovation and, in 2019, it launched its ThinkFuture project to consolidate its technology practices, with the aim of further strengthening its relationships with lawtechs and continuing to develop initiatives aimed at start-ups and open innovation programmes. Its D&I policies – which cover gender, LGBTIQA+, race, people with disabilities, refugees and sustainability – and pro bono programme are well established and have not gone unnoticed by the market either, with one client noting that ‘a special highlight is the number of women in leadership positions‘. The firm’s TFAffinity LGBTIQA+ group and TFAfro racial equality group each have almost 100 members, and the firm maintains partnerships with Nurap (Centre of Professional Learning and Social Assistance) and NGO Educafro, among other important organisations. Highly regarded corporate and M&A experts Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri jointly lead the practice, which expanded further with the hires of of João Ribeiro da Costa and Oswaldo Dalla Torre from Landi, Rodrigues, Nakano e Giovannetti Advogados in June 2021. João Busin stands out for his ‘remarkable experience‘; he has established a strong name in private equity and venture capital. Jun Makuta coordinates the firm’s Japan desk, and complements his M&A practice with his experience in civil litigation and corporate restructuring; Silvia Martins de Castro Cunha Zono is highlighted for her ‘extensive experience in highly complex operations‘; and Francisco Eumene Machado de Oliveira Neto is ‘recognised for his performance in large M&A‘. Banking, capital markets and M&A expert Fabíola Augusta Cavalcanti, Leonardo Miranda, associate Victor Frias Françoso and Juliana Maluf, who joined the firm from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in March 2021, also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri


TozziniFreire is the office with which we have worked the most since the arrival of our company in Brazil. They are widely recognised in the legal market, being one of the great corporate offices, being among the market leaders. They have a practice that has been consolidated for many years, with experience in transactions from the simplest to the most complex. As a client, we make great use of TozziniFreire’s full service platform, and they offer us a very homogeneous high quality in all these areas, especially in corporate, under the leadership of the partners Marcela Ejnisman, Francisco Machado and João Busin.’

TozziniFreire has the values ​​of diversity and innovation in its DNA. The characteristic of diversity permeates the entire history of the office, which has always fostered an inclusive environment and access for all minorities. A special highlight is the number of women in leadership positions.’

João Busin: Outstanding performance in our subjects, always available, excellent technically. We see him as one of the market leaders. Fernando Carvalho is a new partner, but with an excellent experience in M&A. We have always had good experiences with him. Silvia Cunha has also always worked with great competence and technical excellence in our subjects. She has great critical capacity and good communication with the other members of her team, always assuming an important role in operations. She certainly must emerge as one of the important names in the office and also in the market.’

Marcela Ejnisman: great partner. She is the leader of the Corporate M&A practice, in addition to having a relevant contribution in positioning the office as a market leader. João Busin: remarkable experience in several M&As in the area and has a leadership position in this specific market, being extremely recognized by customers and even by competitors. Francisco Machado: extensive knowledge in the various areas that make up corporate law, being quite versatile. He is recognised for his performance in large M&A. He also has a strong presence in the capital markets.’

Today, one of their great differentials is the performance in private equity and venture capital, with João Busin, Fernando Carvalho and Marcus Vinicius Fonseca being references in that practice. We have also had great experiences with associates (Victor Françoso, Daiane Nunes, Juliana Mattar etc). They are well structured. They are among the greatest highlights among Brazilian offices.’

Silvia Cunha: She always has a lot of autonomy, a questioning spirit and very precise comments. She is very good at negotiating, but flexible in the right measure, always thinking about the best for the client. Maria Elisa Verri: Very engaged in issues of diversity, philanthropy and the third sector. She also works in corporate matters and is well known for helping clients with corporate secretarial matters (minutes, corporate reorganization, etc.).’

Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri, Monica Mendonca Costa: professionals of unlimited continuous professionalism and morals, highly committed to their clients. Seriousness, seniority, commitment and excellence.’

I would particularly like to highlight Fabiola Cavalcanti and Fernando Carvalho, Fabiola is a super lawyer – she has a global view of matters that always impresses and contributes a lot. Fernando always gives us comfort in stressful situations. He deals very well with people and navigates very well on subjects that demand operational and commercial knowledge from our business. He is a rising star with an excellent future ahead. Silvia Cunha is also another prominent partner. She has extensive experience in highly complex operations and always stands out with creative solutions, high negotiation skills in adverse situations and with a very different technique. She is a professional who has already achieved prominence in the market. Lucas Mejias has supported us with excellence in highly complex litigious matters, showing remarkable strategic prominence and technical excellence. Last but not least, I would also like to highlight the work of Victor Frias Françoso. Excellent lawyer. Rising star.’

Key clients

Axxon Group


MSW Capital

VF International

GPS Group



GEF Capital Partners

Opy Health

JB3 Investimentos


Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Hainan Airlines

CPPIB – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


The Blackstone Group

McCain Foods Limited


Indigo Estacionamento

Marubeni Corporation

Amsted-Maxion Fundição e Equipamentos Ferroviários

Sumitomo Corporation of America


Elis (Europe Linge Service)


Laboratórios Pfizer

Colgate-Palmolive Indústria e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Advised on the first direct investment by Red Eléctrica Internacional in Brazil.
  • Advised Corredor Logistica e Infraestructura on the sale of 100% of its shares.
  • Advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the joint venture with Cyrela Brazil Realty and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados has a comprehensive labour law practice, with a sizeable team of lawyers covering a broad range of specialisation and expertise. The contentious side of the practice is handled by highly respected practice co-head Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso, who also advises on collective negotiations, and Fernanda Bianco Pimentel. Strategic labour consultancy advice, including remuneration and immigration issues, are core areas for co-head Marcelo Pereira Gômara, Mihoko Sirley Kimura and Gabriela Lima, while Andre Fittipaldi is particularly active on social security and private pension matters. The firm, which is a member of the L&E Global network, also has dedicated teams of partners and lawyers in its Porto Alegre and Campinas offices. The overall offering makes it a popular choice for some of Brazil's largest employers, and the team's status is reflected in the highly sensitive nature of much of its work, which includes high-profile mass redundancies and union negotiations. In another interesting development, the firm expanded its pensions practice through the hire of Caio Taniguchi in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso; Marcelo Pereira Gômara


‘TozziniFreire is a traditional full service firm that has gained prominence in the labour area, handily surpassing competitors. Its structure allows adaptation to the needs of customers, from more voluminous portfolios (repetitive processes) up to cases of high complexity.’

‘Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is a star of the team. He makes things happen and tirelessly defends the interests of clients.’

‘Alexandre Cardoso and Fernanda Pimentel are among the best labour lawyers  in Brazil.’

‘Andre Fittipaldi had a  high level of engagement and involvement in the business of his client. He makes a point of knowing the needs of the operation in depth and with this delivers excellent results.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Mastercard Brasil


Groupe Casino GPA

SPAL Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas




Banco Fibra

Torrent Pharma




Work highlights

  • Represented a high-profile employer in an investigation by the Labour Public Prosecutors’ Office following allegations of excessive working hours, lack of breaks and overtime underpayment.
  • Represented hospital Beneficência Portuguesa in a lawsuit brought by a nurse’s union concerning the frequent testing of all employees for Covid-19.
  • Successfully assisted Companhia Brasileira De Distribuição – Groupe Casino in a dispute with a former senior executive concerning a non-compete agreement.

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados is a popular choice for banking and finance advice, and is especially active on the regulatory front, thanks in part to the expertise of Alexei Bonamin, who is also strong on the capital markets side. The firm has established strong institutional relationships with several key domestic and international banks, which it advises on the full suite of compliance issues, including obtaining licenses and fintech-related matters. The team is also active on the transactional front, representing creditors and debtors, including providing advice on several significant refinancings. Other key partners include Gustavo Rabello and Fabíola Augusta Cavalcanti. In internal developments, the team saw the departure of Kenneth Antunes Ferreira in late 2020, and the arrival of Pedro Eroles from Mattos Filho in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Bonamin

Key clients

Agricultural Bank of China

Bank of New York Mellon

BNP Paribas

J.P. Morgan


OPIC – Overseas Private Investment Corp.

World Bank

Morgan Stanley

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Bank of America Corporation

Banco Société Générale Brasil



Impact Bank

Facebook Inc



Raidiam Services Limited



Work highlights

  • Advised Raidiam, a fintech company responsible for delivering a suitable trust framework for Open Banking Systems, during the negotiations of an agreement that will regulate the duties and obligations of Raidiam when rendering its services in Brazil.
  • Advised Sitawi Finanças do Bem (a local NGO that develops financial social impact solutions and analyses companies’ and financial institutions’ social environmental performance) to structure the first crowd-lending platform to finance social and environmental impact businesses.
  • Advised Facebook on regulatory matters related to payment services in Brazil that would apply to different Facebook products in the country.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados has a versatile team, with good expertise in transactional and regulatory debt and equity capital markets issues. The firm is developing a notable track record for green bonds, having already represented clients such as corn ethanol producer FS Bioenergia on several issuances. Practice head Alexei Bonamin is highly active on the debt transactional side and is also well versed in regulatory matters. He was part of the team that successfully defended two former members of the Petrobras Audit Board against administrative enforcement proceedings brought by the CVM. Other key partners include Fabíola Augusta Cavalcanti in Rio de Janeiro and fund formation specialist Gustavo Rabello. In October 2021, the firm's capital markets practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ricardo Stuber from KLA Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Bonamin


‘The firm provides the services for which it is hired with extreme quality.’ 

Alexei Bonamin is recommended.’

Key clients

Banco Morgan Stanley

Banco do Brasil (BB) Banco de Investimento

Lojas Renner

Drogaria São Paulo

Banco Santander Brasil

Banco J.P. Morgan

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco BTG


FS Bioenergia

Work highlights

  • Advised Alberta Investment Management Corporation as selling shareholders on the $615m IPO of waterway management company Hidrovias do Brasil.
  • Advised FS Agrisolutions Indústria de Biocombustíveis (FS Bioenergia) on its bond offering, which was certified as a green bond.
  • Assistance to Can-Pack Brasil Indústria de Embalagens on the issuance of respective €600m and $400m bond offerings.

City focus - Brasilia > Government relations Tier 2

With longstanding experience in the field of government relations, TozziniFreire Advogados is a popular choice for Brazilian and international companies and industry associations for representation in negotiations with governmental agencies and authorities. Practice head Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm often assists clients with their government relations and public policy projects. He is particularly active in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, where he has experience in enforcement proceedings and regulatory matters involving the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the Drug Market Regulation Chamber (CMED) and the National Consumer Secretariat (SENACON) of the Ministry of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm


The Tozzini office advises us on the conduct of various processes. In all the work I was able to prove the quality of the analysis and professionalism of the lawyers of Tozzini Freire. We are very satisfied with the work of the Tozzini team.

All of our contact is made with Dr. Claudio Timm and he distributes the work among the team. Dr. Claudio is very competent and his team shows involvement and commitment.’

Key clients

HLL Lifecare



IGT International

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa – IBGC) in its government relations initiatives since 2016

City focus - Porto Alegre > Dispute resolution Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados' 'highly skilled team' has significant experience in arbitration, litigation and pre-litigation negotiations, offering assistance to domestic and foreign clients operating in a variety of industries. Typical mandates involve handling disputes arising from commercial agreements, shareholder conflicts, product liability and intellectual property rights. Recently, the team has been particularly active advising on contentious matters related to consumer, financial and contractual issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Eduardo Mariotti regularly acts in arbitration and commercial litigation, while Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva focuses on civil litigation and arbitration. Commercial arbitration is among Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke's areas of core specialisms. Gabriela Vitiello Wink excels in consumer law-related litigation and Vinícius de Oliveira Berni specialises in administrative and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Excellence, highly specialised team, in-depth analysis.’

‘Highly skilled team, with great resourcefulness in the development of the thesis (written and oral), safety before the court and proximity to the client.’

‘I especially recommend Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke and Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva. Both have extensive knowledge in the legal field, extreme interest in the client’s matter, and absolute commitment to the proper structuring of legal documents.’

‘Vincius de Oliveira Berni stands out for his knowledge, management skills and interactions with clients.’

‘The litigation team is extremely qualified. The procedural pieces and guidelines arrive at the company in an impeccable way. Gabriela Wink demonstrates complete knowledge of the subject.’

‘I highlight Gabriela Vitiello Wink, as she has excellent technical capacity and provides prompt and assertive advice.’

‘I work with Gabriela Vitiello Wink, who is the lawyer responsible for the civil litigation team. Gabriela, since the day I met her, has always demonstrated a broad knowledge of the area she works in. It is clear that she is a professional that is always up to date with the main and most recent changes in legislation and jurisprudence.’

‘The quality of the service provided, technically, is excellent. Lawyers who work with us are experienced and have been in the firm for a long time. Partners are always available. Vinicius Berni Partner is technical, strategic and competent.’

Key clients


Banco Santander (Brasil)

RBS Participações



EDUCAFRO – Educação e Cidadania de Afrodescendentes e Carentes

Banco BMG

Fraport Brasil

Avante – Educação e Mobilização Social

BANRISUL – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Work highlights

  • Represented RGE Sul S/A (a company belonging to the CPFL group) in several lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects for regulations and contracts.
  • Acts for EDUCAFRO in a Public Civil Action filed by the Public Prosecutor against the state of São Paulo concerning incidents of police brutality, including racially motivated violence against young Black people.
  • Hired by TESB Transmissora de Energia Sul Brasil to file a lawsuit against ProCable Telecomunicações e Energia seeking compensation for damages arising from the breach of an EPC contract.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 2

With arbitration experts based in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Campinas, TozziniFreire Advogados is skilled at handling a broad range of domestic and cross-border disputes involving clients from the real estate, construction, transport, agribusiness, energy and pharmaceutical industries. Recently, the team has been particularly active in matters arising from M&A deals, shareholders' agreements, distribution contracts, construction projects and public law-related cases. Leading the department is Fernando Eduardo Serec, who has acted before major international and local arbitration institutions. Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is regularly engaged in commercial arbitrations and investment-related proceedings, while Lucas Britto Mejias is noted for his experience of international mandates. Pedro Bento de Faria is another key name in the arbitration team.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec


‘Technical knowledge and availability.’

‘Large team capable of handling complex disputes. Fast delivery and excellent services.’

‘Fernando Serec is an excellent professional. Lucas Mejias is very professional and has a lot of potential.’

‘The attention and service that lawyers provide is really differentiated. They really care about their clients. They always provide clear information and work quite independently. Lucas Mejias is a technical professional, attentive and always available.’

Key clients

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil

Central Park Empreendimentos Imobiliários


SBA Torres Brasil

Dufry Lojas Francas

MHFT – Investimentos

International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul

Lex Finance Advisory

Josema Administração e Participação

Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil – Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul


GE energias renováveis

Autonomy Investimentos

CBC Indústrias Pesadas

LafargeHolcim (Brasil)

Dissenha Indústria e Comércio

Spal Indústria Brasileira De Bebidas

V2 Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Acting for a minority shareholder in an arbitration for all losses resulting from the wrongdoings investigated in the Lava Jato operation.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 2

High-value commercial disputes are at the core of the litigation practice at TozziniFreire Advogados, which represents clients from several industries, including infrastructure, banking and technology. The team, which is also noted for its knowledge of the automotive sector, excels in contractual and technology-related disputes. Fernando Eduardo Serec has considerable experience in contentious matters involving financial contracts and administrative law. He jointly leads the practice with Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente, who is highly regarded for consumer litigation. Mônica Mendonça Costa is a highly regarded practitioner for contentious matters arising from M&A and real estate transactions. Other noteworthy practitioners include Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto. Since publicationJulio Neves left the firm, in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec; Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente

Key clients

W.R. Grace & Co.





BMW do Brasil


International Industria de Motores da America do Sul

Ford Motor Company Brasil


Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

BR Ambiental Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia


Romani Industria e Comércio de Sal

FS Agrisolutions Industria de Biocombustíveis

Axalta Coating Systems

Mitsui Gás

Autonomy Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Representing Caterpillar in a judicial dispute against Usina Xavantes regarding an indemnification action against Caterpillar alleging that the generator sets sold by it were defective.
  • Representing Coteminas in a complex judicial dispute against three important farmers in the state of Goiás.
  • Represents Colgate in several strategic cases in Brazil, notably a civil action filed by the state legislature of Rio de Janeiro challenging the efficacy of an ingredient of its toothpaste.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

The environmental law, climate change and forestry practice at TozziniFreire Advogados handles the gamut of matters, including project development, environmental licensing, and the analysis of risks in connection with financing and corporate transactions and contractual clauses. The team is also a solid performer in contentious environmental matters, representing clients from highly regulated industries in administrative and judicial proceedings. The firm has recently launched an ESG group, which brings together professionals with significant experience in compliance, sustainability, and green and social finance. Devoted to environmental law, Adriana Mathias Baptista is a key contact for environment risk assessments in the context of M&A deals and environmentally sensitive projects, and Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli has expertise in contaminated sites, forestry projects and brownfield projects. Danilo Lambert Vieira de Sousa, who is proficient in environmental licensing, litigation, administrative and regulatory matters, is also active in the department.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Mathias Baptista; Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli


‘The firm’s environmental area stands out not only for its knowledge/technique but also for its involvement, quality and excellence in delivering work to the client. Adriana Mathias Baptista does a wonderful job.’

‘The dedication and availability of the professionals who serve us is a great differential, in addition to the high level of technical and practical knowledge brought by their vast experience.’

‘Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli stands out for her dedication and availability.’

‘Adriana Mathias Baptista is very professional and knowledgeable.’

Key clients


TAG Transportadora Associada de Gás


GE Celma



BP Castrol


Saab AB

Elizabeth Arden


Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance to Sitawi Finanças do Bem, a local NGO, to structure the first crowd-lending platform to finance social and environmental impact businesses.
  • Conducting CEBDS’s litigation strategy, as amicus curiae, at the Supreme Federal Court for the constitutionality control of the government’s omission and violation on the implementation of Brazil’s Climate Fund.

Brazil > Public law Tier 2

The administrative law team at TozziniFreire Advogados has a wealth of experience in government projects and contracts across a variety of sectors, including airports, ports, roads, water and sewage, solid waste and public lighting. Its client roster features both private and state-owned companies seeking advice on public procurement procedures and representation in proceedings before regulatory agencies, audit courts and corruption-related cases. Co-leaders José Augusto Dias de Castro, who focuses on administrative sanctions and compliance matters related to the implementation of infrastructure projects, and Claudio Coelho de Souza Timm, who is recommended for his experience in enforcement proceedings, are the names to note in the team. Since publication, Claudia Elena Bonelli  left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Coelho de Souza Timm; José Augusto Dias de Castro


‘Competence, deep knowledge, assertiveness and the highest quality of legal services. Claudia Elena Bonelli stands out.’ 

Key clients

BRK Ambiental


Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil

Saab AB

Advent do Brasil

Elis Groupe


Uberluz Energética and Caraguá Luz

Mindray Brasil

Estrela Instantêa Loteria SPE

Associação dos Empregados do Banco de Brasília (AEBRB)

Former members of the Audit Board of Petrobras

Work highlights

  • Assisting BRK Ambiental in several regulatory matters in different places where the company holds concession rights granted by local governments.
  • Acting as legal counsel to EIL, an SPC incorporated by the Estrela Instantânea Loteria Consortium, which was the winning bidder for the concession of the public service of Exclusive Instant Lottery (LOTEX), formerly operated by Caixa Econômica Federal.
  • Engaged by Danone Brasil’s legal and compliance departments to conduct a risk assessment of Nutricia’s business in relation to the public sector.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados fields a cybersecurity and data privacy practice focused on LGPD compliance, global data breach incidents, and administrative and judicial proceedings. On the contentious front, the team is regularly retained by technology companies in cases involving intermediaries’ liability, data disclosure and right to be forgotten claims. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman advises on contractual issues and LGPD enforcement. Patricia Helena Marta Martins is a key contact for litigation related to data protection and cybersecurity matters, while Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana assists clients with the review of terms of use and privacy policies and issues related to data breaches. Since publication the team has been strengthened with the hire of former ASBZ Advogados data protection and digital law practice head, Luiza Sato - effective as of July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Patricia Helena Marta Martins

Key clients













Work highlights

  • Retained as leading litigation counsel for TikTok – ByteDance Brasil, having advised the client on a recent lawsuit alleging that TikTok app collects – without consent – biometric facial data through the app filters.
  • Assisted Decolar with respect to their conformity with the new privacy law in Brazil, LGPD, and in this context, helped it in the mapping of all its data processing activities.
  • Assisted Crédit Agricole bank with its compliance programme for LGPD, including the mapping of all data processing activities, implementation and review of documents and policies, and training.

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

With a strong track record in technology-related litigation, TozziniFreire Advogados has significant experience in advising major international social network companies in relation to civil and electoral disputes. The team's workload is also populated by transactional and regulatory matters, covering technology transfers, venture capital, fintech and software licensing agreements. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman is a key contact for contractual issues and other non-contentious mandates pertaining to the technology sector and data privacy issues. Patricia Helena Marta Martins, who specialises in digital law, stands out for her involvement in high-profile data protection and technology ligation. Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana and Bruna Borghi Tomé, the latter of whom regularly handles litigation issues on behalf of technology companies, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Patrícia Helena Marta Martins


‘Tozzini is diligent, extremely knowledgeable and efficient in delivering thorough analysis and excellent results.’

Assertiveness and promptness.’

I would highlight Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana.’

Key clients















Work highlights

  • Retained as leading counsel for TikTok – ByteDance Brasil, assisting it in strategic tech litigation.
  • Assists Facebook with strategic civil and electoral litigation cases concerning Facebook and Instagram products.
  • Advised Raidiam – a digital identity and access management technology product and services firm based in the UK – on an agreement that will regulate the duties and obligations of the client when rendering open banking services.

City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados' government contracts and projects practice focuses on public procurement, with experience advising on public bids, the structuring of privatisation processes and PPP agreements, among other areas. On the contentious side, the team also acts for clients in litigation and investigations. Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm, whose broad practice encompasses regulatory and enforcement proceedings and government relations, leads the team. Isabela Braga Pompilio and associates Thalles Leite and Bruno Lourenço are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm

Key clients


IGT International

Veolia Brasil

Banco Credit Agricole Brasil

Association of Workers of the Bank of Brasilia (Associação dos Empregados do Banco de Brasília – AEBRB)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Estrela Instantânea Consortium (EIL) in its preparation for the operation of the concession of the public service of Exclusive Instant Lottery (LOTEX), which it was awarded in October 2019.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Labour Tier 3

Jointly led by Roberto Pierri Bersch and Maurício de Carvalho Góes, TozziniFreire Advogados’ labour team in Porto Alegre is engaged by companies from a range of sectors, such as retail, energy, steel and pharmaceutical. Recent work has involved assisting clients with labour issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the team also continues to advise on the termination of contracts, compensation policies, compliance investigations and unions negotiations. Both practice heads possess a wealth of experience in labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pierri Bersch; Maurício de Carvalho Góes


‘The entire team is very attentive and very prepared to meet all the demands and opinions requested.’

‘Our experience with the partner who works with us in Porto Alegre, Roberto Bersch, is extremely positive. He is technically excellent, a great negotiator, and incredibly charismatic. He has been supporting the company on a difficult journey and is always present. He is dedicated, engaged, present and very polite.’

‘The practice has extensive knowledge of legal issues at the national level, helping clients to also act in the preventive sphere of labour issues. We have a very good relationship with the team that assists us, especially Roberto Bersh. He is always available to assist us, even in administrative matters.’

‘Personalised service from partners who offer highly efficient solutions for strategic cases.’

‘Roberto Pierri Bersch is a distinguished professional. He has a broad and deep knowledge of all matters.’

Key clients


BRK Ambiental

Escola Panamericana

Foxter Cia Imobiliária


Kavo Kerr

Lojas Colombo

Mineradora Fagundes



Prometeon Tyre Group

Radio e TV Bandeirantes




Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

The energy team at TozziniFreire Advogados acts for a varied client base of financiers, EPC contractors, project sponsors, equipment suppliers and special consumers in the context of transactions and regulatory matters involving the power sector. Typical mandates range from advising on M&A and financing deals to providing legal support in the context of greenfield projects and privatisations of power distribution companies. The firm recently launched its Women of Energy group, which seeks to foster female representation and leadership in the Brazilian energy industry. Practice head Leonardo Miranda's experience covers contractual, transactional and regulatory mandates. Pedro Seraphim left the firm in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Miranda


‘TozziniFreire is one of the major players in the local business market. The firm has excellent know-how in the Brazilian market for infrastructure, energy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, project finance, and Private Equity in general. The team has a very commercial and pro-business profile.’

‘Responsibly and without losing sight of their role as lawyers, TozziniFreire’s partners and lawyers have always expressed their opinions based on technical knowledge and market experience. Leonardo masters regulatory affairs and moves with ease in various areas of law that interface with the sector – corporate, project financing, administrative law and even matters of a fiscal nature.’

‘Tozzini is a full service firm with a very wide coverage in the various fields of law. The team that assists us is business oriented and knows our way of working. We work with Leonardo Miranda who is extremely knowledgeable of the market.’

Key clients

Darby Servtec Energia FIP

China Jinjiang Environment Holding Company

Red Eléctrica Internacional

Grupo BP

Work highlights

  • Assisting Red Eléctrica Internacional in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Argo Energia Empreendimentos e Participações by Grupo Energía Bogotá ESP and Red Eléctrica Internacional.
  • Provided assistance to Grupo BP companies (BP Biocombustíveis and Castrol) in several contractual and regulatory energy matters, including the power trading business of the group.
  • Advised Darby Servtec Energia FIP on the acquisition of one wind complex in the state of Ceará and one small hydroelectric power plant in the state of Mato Grosso.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados' well-regarded team is jointly led by Bárbara Bassani de Souza, who handles litigation and regulatory matters, and corporate and transactional partner Marcio Mello Silva Baptista, who works out of the firm's New York office. M&A advice, such as on Coface's acquisition of Seguradora Brasileira de Crédito à Exportação, has featured prominently on the multidisciplinary team's workload recently, as has regulatory support in rapidly growing areas such as insurtech.

Practice head(s):

Bárbara Bassani de Souza; Marcio Mello Silva Baptista


‘The firm brings deep technical knowledge and agility.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge, agility in service, and efficient in operations.’

‘The firm stands out for its technical, market knowledge and cost benefit when compared to other full service desks.’

‘Barbara Bassani was exceptional in all the works performed.’

‘Barbara Bassani has deep knowledge of the insurance market and is always up-to-date, allowing deliveries with higher than expected quality.’

Key clients

Principal Financial Services

Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (Coface)

Seguradora Líder dos Consórcios do Seguro DPVAT

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Amtrust Insurance

Korean Reinsurance Company

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Berkley International do Brasil Seguros

Euler Hermes Seguros

BANRISUL – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Work highlights

  • Advising Coface on its acquisition of Seguradora Brasileira de Crédito à Exportação (SBCE) and the subsequent integration of the activities of both insurers.
  • Provided general corporate and strategic advice to Principal Financial Services regarding its investment in and joint venture with Banco do Brasil: Brasilprev Seguros e Previdência and Ciclic Corretora de Seguros.
  • Advising Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul on the creation of Banrisul Corretora de Seguros and provided assistance in related corporate and insurance regulatory matters.

Brazil > International trade Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados provides strategic international trade advice to its long-term clients, which include several key players in the auto parts, tyre and biotechnology industries, among others. Particular areas of expertise include supply chain issues and trade compliance. The firm was involved in several high-profile matters in 2020, including representing Greiner Bio-One in a sunset review of anti-dumping duties on the import of vacuum blood collecting tubes, which was of particular significance in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Well-regarded practice head Vera Kanas has a good track record in WTO matters, having previously worked in the WTO's legal affairs department. Marcelo Calliari is also active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Vera Kanas


‘Strong professionalism, expertise and cohesion.’

‘Vera Kanas is a true business partner during the most complex negotiations.’

They are differentiated in terms of strategy, proactivity, global vision of issues and the way to provide the best answer for the client. Performance above average and with excellent results. I always recommend.’

Key clients

Sumitomo Rubber Industries

Greiner Bio-One


Saab AB


Mercado Livre





Correias Mercurio



Work highlights

  • Representing Greiner Bio-One as petitioner in the sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on the imports of vacuum blood collecting tubes from several origins, and in the public interest proceeding related to the possible use of this product in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Sumitomo Rubber do Brasil as exporter and related importer in the sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on the imports of tyres for buses and trucks from Japan and other origins.
  • Representing Valeo in the anti-dumping investigation on the import of aluminium laminates.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 3

With 'excellent technical and pragmatic expertise', the life sciences group at TozziniFreire Advogados combines its experience in regulatory and transactional matters to advise on a broad range of issues. Among the areas covered are clinical research, regulation, drug pricing, data privacy, export and import issues and life sciences compliance. In addition, the team is equipped to represent clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. The firm is renowned for its innovation and diversity initiatives, and also stands out for its active pro bono practice. In a recent highlight, the firm dedicated 160 pro bono hours to the IDDD (Institute for the Defense of the Right to Defense) in a public civil action concerning health and sanitation matters in São Paulo's prisons. In a major development, former practice head Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo Maurer left the firm in June 2021. However, Marco Aurélio Torronteguy remains a key contact; he is 'highly technical, engaged, committed to solutions and attentive'. Senior associate Victor Hugo Callejon Avallone is another active member of the team.


Excellent technical and pragmatic expertise.’

Marco Aurelio is a spectacular professional: highly technical, engaged, committed to solutions and attentive.’

Key clients

Laboratórios Pfizer

Beyond Meat

Danone Brasil

CSL Behring Limited

AstraZeneca do Brasil

Torrent do Brasil

KaVo do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Elizabeth Arden Cosméticos do Brasil



Work highlights

  • Advising a company responsible for cosmetics brands on regulatory and environmental matters regarding the potential new structure for the company’s business in Brazil.
  • Assisting KaVo in regulatory matters connected to the restructuring of the company in Brazil due to the factory closure.
  • Advised a medical devices company on health regulatory matters involving medical devices and equipment in Brazil.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados is a popular destination for sponsors, multilateral agencies and investors seeking legal support in relation to public bids, projects and M&A deals involving infrastructure (water, waste, mobility and logistics) and energy assets. The team excels in project financing, and has recently been particularly active advising clients from China and Japan in infrastructure-related mandates. Leonardo Miranda is also part of the core team; he is proficient in project contracts and financing. Since publication, the firm’s infrastructure and energy practice has been further strengthened by the October-2021 arrival of Karin Yamauti Hatanaka from Cescon Barrieu; however, former practice heads Pedro Seraphim and Claudia Elena Bonelli  are no longer with the firm.

Key clients

Advent do Brasil Consultoria e Participações

IFC – International Finance Corporation


Philips do Brasil

Mckinsey & Company

Saab AB

Norte Energia


bp Group


International Game Technology

Scientific Games


Work highlights

  • Assisting Red Eléctrica Internacional in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Argo Energia Empreendimentos e Participações by Grupo Energía Bogotá ESP and Red Eléctrica Internacional.
  • Working in a partnership with EY, in a project contracted by the MDR, through PNUD, whose proposal is the elaboration of a post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan, with an emphasis on promoting regional development and infrastructure development.
  • Assisting BNDES in the privatisation of the federal state company TRENSURB.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados represents a mix of investors, asset managers and operators across a wide range of investments and asset types, including logistics, industrial and infrastructure. Land and building sales and acquisitions featured prominently in its workload in 2020, as did advice on urban planning and development projects. The firm is also active in financing and capital markets matters, regularly assisting with securitisations and fund IPOs. Vladimir Miranda Abreu leads the team, with strong support from Pablo Meira Queiroz.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Miranda Abreu


‘Always attentive and are really concerned about their subject. They are always available to provide any information you need.’

‘The firm was hired to deal with a complex and strategic matter, and the surgical look was essential to the success of the negotiations. In addition to its technical competence, the team was a partner in conducting the work with great agility and ownership.’

‘Pablo Meira Queiroz is a lawyer you can count on whenever you need. He always provides information very clearly and does not stop answering your calls.’

The involvement of the real estate area in the client’s affairs is undoubtedly a differential of Tozzini’s real estate area, they work easily with the other areas of the company, making the work much easier for the internal legal department. They have a differentiated technical quality and agility in delivering the work.’

Pablo Queiroz and Gabriela Nunes Machado are recommended.’

Key clients

FS Agrisolutions

Mitre Realty

SBA Communications



RB Capital



Ford Motor Company


Imbassaí Beach



Agro Serra



Serasa Experian

Greystar International

Share Student Living

Magazine Luiza

Cadillac Fairview


Suez Water Technologies

São Manoel Agrícola


Work highlights

  • Advised Ford on the sale of its industrial plant in São Bernardo do Campo with approximately 1,000,000 sqm for R$545m.
  • Advised Natura on the acquisition of  approximately 156,000 sqm of land from the state of Alagoas, as well as on the construction of a new industrial plant on the acquired site.
  • Advised QuintoAndar in structuring a new product, launched in January, and improving the related drafts and internal processes throughout the year.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados has invested significantly in its tax practice with several recent high-profile partner-level recruits. Among them, the highly versatile Renata Emery joined from Stocche Forbes Advogados, and now jointly leads the practice with Gustavo Nygaard, who works out of the firm’s Porto Alegre office. Other key arrivals included Lisandra Pacheco from Schneider, Pugliese, Sztokfisz Figueiredo e Carvalho Advogados, who handles a mix of customs and indirect tax matters, and Ricardo Maitto from Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados, who is especially active in transaction-related tax matters. Also of note was the hire of pensions expert Caio Taniguchi in September 2021, who further strengthens the firm’s pension practice. The tax team handles a fairly even mix of tax consulting and litigation work, regularly representing major household names on their highest-value tax disputes. Other key partners include Jerry Levers de Abreu. Vinícius Jucá  is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Nygaard; Renata Emery


‘It has professionals who can align technical and practical knowledge with a lot of customer focus. They seek to understand business and operations to be more assertive in the proposed solutions.’

‘Its lawyers always available, and offer a wide range of specialties.’

‘Deep knowledge in following the actions of its clients. Supports the largest companies on Brazil tax issues with great impact on companies.’

‘Vinicius Juca Alves and Jerry Levers are very strong professionals, with very serious experience.’

‘Ricardo Maitto is a rising star, with deep knowledge of tax legislation, including international. In addition, a professional who always seeks to serve his clients in the best way.’

‘Jerry Levers de Abreu: Deep knowledge and extensive experience in tax law, and always focused on practical results.’

Key clients



Colgate Palmolive

Audi do Brasil


Robert Bosch

United Phosphorus


Lundin Mining

Work highlights

  • Representing Crown Embalagens in a judicial tax dispute related to the use of federal contributions on turnover (PIS and COFINS) concerning acquisitions carried by its industrial plant located in Manaus Free Trade Zone.
  • Advising a petrochemical company in a judicial tax enforcement concerning Federal Excise Tax (IPI) and Import Tax (II) related to imports required to build two petrochemicals plants in Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Represented an automotive company in administrative litigation involving the recovery of ICMS credits derived from a charge under the substitution system (ICMS-ST).

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados assists clients from the media and entertainment sectors in a variety of matters, including copyright law, image rights and transactions. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman, who oversees the practice, is seasoned in transactional matters involving the entertainment industry. Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana is another key individual, with expertise in M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring involving companies in the media and entertainment segments.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman

Key clients





Teads Studio

Goiasminas Indústria de Laticínios


The Pokémon Company International

Jellyfish Digital Group Limited

Discovery Golf Play TV

Konami Gaming

Konami Digital

Work highlights

  • Assists Facebook with numerous litigation and advisory matters, including several consultations regarding the legal impacts of new functionalities and services pursuant to the Brazilian legal framework and revision of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp terms of use and policies.
  • Assisted TikTok – ByteDance Brasil in two class actions, as well as in the review of terms of use and privacy policies, and general legal advice on data privacy matters.
  • Advised Jellyfish on the acquisition of 100% of the shares issued by Comune (Reamp), being 60% acquired by Jellyfish Brasil Serviços de Internet and 40% by Jellyfish Digital Group.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms Tier 3

With a strong track record in transactional work involving the telecoms sector, TozziniFreire Advogados attracts instructions from longstanding clients as well as new entrants to the Brazilian market. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman, who excels in telecoms and technology-related matters, oversees the practice. Mariana Del Nero Cornibert da Barrosa is another key individual, whose areas of core activity include corporate and partnership agreements within regulated sectors, most notably telecommunications. Associate Felipe Borges Lacerda Loiola is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman

Key clients

SBA Torres




Netell Telecomunicações



Affirmed Networks



Work highlights

  • Advising Ford Motors Brazil on several telecom regulatory matters in connection with the structuring of its Ford Connected Car project.
  • Assisted Zenvia Mobile Serviços Digitais in several lawsuits against telecoms providers.
  • Provided assistance to Viasat in the provision of in-flight connectivity services to Azul Linhas Aéreas.

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 4

TozziniFreire Advogados' IP team works across the chemical, food and beverage, fashion, pharmaceutical and technology sectors, offering advice on franchising and licensing issues, as well as registration of patents, copyrights and trade marks. The team has notable strength in conducting IP due diligence in the context of M&A transactions; practice heads Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana are names to note for this type of work. Stephanie Consonni De Schryver is another noteworthy practitioner, who advises on IP prosecution, portfolio management and software development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Waksman Ejnisman; Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana

Key clients



Kikkoman Corporation

Longping High-Tech


Estée Lauder

Goiasminas Indústria de Laticínios

FEMSA Servicios

Veracel Celulose


Work highlights

  • Provides assistance to McCain with trade mark prosecution.
  • Advised Kikkoman do Brasil on the IP aspects of the acquisition of Azuma Kirin in Brazil.
  • Acted for S&P in a lawsuit filed by XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários based on copyright infringement.

Main Contacts: Fernando Eduardo Serec, Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade, Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva, Marcelo Calliari, Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri, Patrícia Helena Marta Martins and Shin Jae Kim

Number of partners worldwide: 95

Number of other lawyers worldwide: 635

Firm Overview: 

Established in 1976, TozziniFreire Advogados is a premier, full-service law firm acting in 55 areas of corporate law.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A, Corporate & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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.

Financial Innovation:

As the first full-service Brazilian law firm to concentrate on innovation and entrepreneurship, featuring broad experience in the capital markets, banking and finance areas, TozziniFreire has introduced an exclusive practice focused on financial innovation, with the goal of monitoring trends in the creation and development of new financial instruments.


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.


TozziniFreire’s multidisciplinary Infrastructure group is organized to meet the needs of any participant in capital intensive projects. We 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. Our team members are experts in public bids, project development (including construction, operation, supply, etc.) and financing. We are also active in projects and equity M&A. Our lawyers are characterised by a proactive approach on structuring projects and creative solutions.Increasingly, our team has been assisting and discussing with clients the decarbonization targets and structures.


TozziniFreire’s energy practice assists a broad spectrum of industry players, including energy generators, transmission and distributors, as well as energy trading companies and national and international institutional investors with major or growing stakes in the Brazilian power sectoreither on transactional or regulatory matters. We also advise corporate consumers of electricity on offtake agreements, as well as non-energy companies that are interested in developing energy generation projects to meet part of their electricity consumption needs,particularlyon decentralization projects such as self generation and distributed generation.We also routinely handle all the corporate and critical regulatory aspects involved in the buying and selling of energy companies and assets. We advise on the structuring and development of projects(including construction, operation, supply, etc.), including its financing, particularly in the renewable energy space, including biomass, wind, and solar power.Increasingly, our team has been assisting and discussing with clients the decarbonization targets and structures.

Crisis Management:

The crisis management practice has a multidisciplinary team that is highly qualified to assist clients from the most diverse sectors in complex crises generated by catastrophic and environmental events, investigations by public authorities, cyberattacks, economic issues, litigation or bankruptcy incidents, among others.

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 & 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.


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 & 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 (German desk 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.

Corporate and M&A Maria Elisa Gualandi
Antitrust Marcelo
Dispute resolution Fernando Eduardo
Corporate / Commercial South Luis Renato Ferreira da
Compliance and investigation Shin Jae
Technology and Data Privacy Patrícia Helena Marta
Restructuring and insolvency Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos
Other fee-earners : 635
Total staff : 1,470
English (fluent)
World Law Group (WLG)
IBA (International Bar Association)
Partners : 95