Firm Profile > TozziniFreire Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

TozziniFreire Advogados
01311-300 SÃO PAULO

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The Porto Alegre office of TozziniFreire Advogados is a go-to destination for Southern Brazilian companies involved in major transactions and cross-border corporate transactions. The practice is best known for its expertise in M&A and corporate restructurings, but also demonstrates strength in capital markets, contractual matters and compliance. Its diverse client list operates in a range of industries, including technology, food and beverage, financial services and healthcare. Contract law expert Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva oversees the team alongside dual-qualified Maria Bofill, whose areas of expertise include M&A, private equity and foreign investment. Daniel Born Roman is another name to note in the department.

Key clients

Banrisul – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Lojas Renner

Sinergy Novas Mídias Ltda.

The United States of America Embassy in Brasilia


Sodexo do Brasil Comercial

Parus Alimentação e Facilities


Geremia Redutores

KaVo Kerr

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados 'has a multi-disciplinary profile and unique knowledge of the antitrust authorities'. The department continues to see organic growth; with Patricia Bandouk Carvalho's election to the partnership being followed by that of Mario Pati in February 2020, adding further depth to an already sizeable team. The group is equipped to handle the gamut of competition matters and - outside of the practice itself - benefits from the firm's strong compliance and corporate and M&A departments. Of particular note is the firm's impressive track record in negotiating leniency and settlement agreements, where it has a large market share. Marcelo Calliari heads the department, which includes key partners Tatiana Lins CruzGuilherme Ribas and Vivian Fraga.

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Greatly experienced team of antitrust lawyers with significant experience dealing in cartel matters. Vast experience in dealing with CADE as a number of team members worked at CADE before.’

Tozzini’s competition and antitrust team has a multidisciplinary profile and unique knowledge of the antitrust authorities, providing straight forward advice that is inestimable for in-house lawyers.’

Very knowledgeable and to the point. Great client handling skills. Marcelo Calliari / Guilherme Ribas.’

They are really proactive and anticipate relevant information. They do a great follow-up of the ongoing cases. The quality of the work is really good and drafted in a practical way. The are always available to support and never fail to accomplish a deadline (even if the deadline is tight). The billing is fair and without wasting a lot of working hours to prepare the responses.’

Availability, engagement of the partner and the team.’

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Compliance Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados stands out for its long track record in compliance in Brazil, and clients praise the fact that the 'partners are always directly involved in the cases, and demonstrate full knowledge of the matter and its details'. It has the size and resources to handle complex cross-border investigations and is entrusted by household name companies in sensitive matters. Well-known compliance specialist Shin Jae Kim leads the team, which includes internal investigations and regulatory and criminal enforcement specialist Karla Lini MaejiGiovanni Paolo Falcetta, who advises on compliance risk analysis and internal investigations related to fraud, corruption and violation of internal policies; and Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida, who has a broad compliance practice and 'is always available to hear and understand the client's needs'.

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I believe TozziniFreire has been one of the key players in the compliance area, with very active partners, with deep legal knowledge and good relationships with 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.’

Highly skilled partners, with lots of experience in dealing with the authorities, very thorough in their analysis, very good case presentation skills, easy to work with.’

TozziniFreire is the main firm on this practice in Brazil by a good distance.

They had a large team and therefore could deal with many assignments at the same time varying from third-party due diligence, policy drafting and internal investigation to annual risk assessment. Because Tozzini is a full-service law firm, if any situation required a second opinion with a more specialized lawyer, they could promptly provide such advice.

Renata Muzzi is always available to hear and understand the client’s needs. She was crucial for Tozzini’s taking into consideration the business, the market, and the company’s reality into their legal opinion.’

Karla Lini Maeji, Tozzini’s compliance partner, is really a business partner, providing outstanding support, with innovative thinking while always providing guidance in a legally compliant manner. Karla is also able to build a healthy relationship with the company’s stakeholders, providing an environment of trust between the company and the firm.

TozziniFreire compliance team is unique as they can perform a deep compliance investigation without causing useless harm. As a firm with specialists in the various areas of law they can cover all aspects of the investigation. As a consequence, a real effective investigation is made coming to a correct conclusion.’

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados is often engaged by well-known Brazilian and international companies in large-scale corporate transactions, particularly those with cross-border aspects. In one recent multi-jurisdictional transaction, recommended partner Francisco Eumene Machado de Oliveira Neto advised Banco Crédit Agricole Brasil on a joint venture with Banco Santander for the combination of its custody and asset management operations. The corporate and M&A department is led by Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri and Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and saw organic growth with the promotions of Fernando Silveira Carvalho and Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana to partner in February 2019; the latter advised Whirlpool on the sale of its compressor business to Nidec Corporation. Martin Miralles Pose, Luiz Renato Okumura, Mauro Guizeline and Silvia Martins de Castro Cunha Zono - who made partner in 2020 - are also key figures in the team.


We worked with Tozzinifreire Advogados in relation to an M&A transaction which involved a subsidiary in Brazil. The firm was responsive and raised risk issues as was appropriate in a timely and diligent manner.

I worked with Luiz Renato Okumura who was responsive and provided practical and commercially appropriate advice.

Key clients

VF International


Hainan Airlines

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


The Blackstone Group

McCain Foods


Indigo Estacionamento


Amsted-Maxion Fundição e Equipamentos Ferroviários

Sumitomo Corporation of America


Elis (Europe Linge Service)


Laboratórios Pfizer

Colgate-Palmolive Indústria e Comércio

Labour and employment Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados has established an excellent reputation in labour law. Its lawyers provide strong employment support to the firm's wider corporate offering, regularly assisting with related M&A transactions and company restructurings. The team also has a good track record in managing potentially contentious issues, including plant closures, mass redundancies and negotiations with the unions. When matters do go to court, the firm's litigators regularly represent employers at the highest level, including major collective and individual lawsuits. Highly rated practice heads Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso and Marcelo Pereira Gômara are supported by high-quality individuals, including Mihoko Sirley Kimura and Fernanda Bianco Pimentel.


‘What impresses me most is their ability to go deep in the business, understand the client needs and address it almost as a tailor-made strategy. That allow the internal legal team to be closely connected to law firm.’

‘The main characteristics are training, listening to the client, partnership. Alexandre Cardoso and Fernanda Pimentel are always very safe, they study and welcome our suggestions when possible. Administratively, it is a careful office that understands the client’s demand, welcoming changes to meet the necessary needs.’

‘Fernanda Pimentel and Mihoko Sirley Kimura are certainly great lawyers. They are always going deep into understanding the business. They are always available and flexible to do meetings and demands within senior leaders of the organisation. Aside their incredible technical expertise in assessing legal matters side by side with proper risk assessment.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil

Mastercard Brasil


Groupe Casino / GPA – Pão de Açúcar Group

SPAL Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas

GE Brasil


Vedacit (Otto Boungart Group)

Via Varejo


Tax Tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados has a comprehensive tax law service, demonstrating extensive experience in matters involving social contributions, M&A transactions and tax planning. Clients from a range of industry sectors - including manufacturing, IT, energy and banking - seek the department's support in relation to non-contentious tax issues, as well as administrative and judicial proceedings. Tax expert Gustavo Nygaard leads the group alongside Rafael Mallmann, who focuses on litigation.


‘TozziniFreire has a tax specialist team, which is able to assist us with all of our matters.’

‘The TozziniFreire team, in particular that led by Gustavo Nygaard, is always willing to support us in a very technical and professional way.’

‘Gustavo Nygaard and Rafael Mallmann are excellent lawyers, in terms of technical knowledge and market experience.’

‘Committed, technical and agile team. Lawyers stand out for their agility in responding to the client.’

Key clients

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

Banking and finance Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados comes highly recommended for its expertise in complex transactional and regulatory banking issues. The firm has a good standing with a string of international banks and multilateral agencies, and represents blue-chip corporates and borrowers from across a range of industries, including the agribusiness and fintech sectors. Practice head Alexei Bonamin has an extremely diverse practice, which includes debt capital markets and structured finance. Kenneth Antunes Ferreira receives strong praise.

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‘What matters most for us is that we can call the firm anytime and there will always be someone ready to answer us. We never feel left alone.’

‘Very good answers every time we need it. And its never someone’s opinion or a individual opinion, they always have discussed the matter in advance to gives us the best options. Even if they are caught by surprise, they have so much experience that what they provide us is always good quality solutions. Kenneth Ferreira has been there for us.’

‘Kenneth Ferreira – partner – it is very common to see the partner of an area just appear in the first meetings and the work is all performed by less experienced professionals without the proper supervision. It does not happen with this partner. He is always part of the team that develops every project, from the beginning to the end.’

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

Capital markets Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados has a well-balanced and active practice in the capital markets space. The firm has been particularly active handling debt transactions, including a groundbreaking green bond issue, and has represented both issuers and underwriters on numerous debenture offerings and more general bond issues. The firm's relationships with banks ensures a steady flow of significant instructions. Equity work was also busy, as demonstrated by the team's advice to Sinqia on its share offering. São Paulo-based practice head Alexei Bonamin and Fabíola Augusta Cavalcanti in Rio de Janeiro both bring a huge amount of experience to the table.

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Key clients

Banco Morgan Stanley

Banco do Brasil (BB) Banco de Investimento

Banco Société Générale

Banco Bradesco BBI

Banco Santander Brasil

Banco J.P. Morgan

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco BTG


Banco Votorantim

Dispute resolution Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados' broad service offering covers the full array of contentious matters, including class actions, commercial disputes, distribution agreements litigation, shareholder conflicts and IP litigation. Practitioners have solid experience in litigation and arbitration, and regularly act for well-known domestic and international companies. The department is led by four partners: Eduardo Mariotti, who is experienced in arbitration arising from M&A transactions and construction contracts; civil litigation expert Gabriela Vitiello WinkLuis Renato Ferreira da Silva, whose areas of expertise include corporate and contractual disputes; and Vinícius de Oliveira Berni, who is noted for regulatory and administrative proceedings. Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is a name to note for commercial and investment arbitration.


‘It’s a full-service law firm able to handle diverse matters. They are always available, understand our needs and think ahead of problems. They also propose alternatives and their litigation work is spotless.’

‘TozziniFreire has been working in a partnership with us for two decades and showing flexibility on the arrangement fees, time consumption and readiness.’

‘Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva and Roberto Bersh are great advisors.’

‘The team is great. Gabriela Wink is an excellent partner. She is smart, intelligent, and dedicated.’

Key clients


Banco Santander (Brasil)

Facebook Serviços On Line do Brasil


Uber do Brasil Tecnologia


Ford Motor Company do Brasil

Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul – BANRISUL

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Lojas Renner

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados' diverse client base includes companies operating in a range of sectors, including construction, automotive, food, energy, transport, agribusiness and life sciences. Domestic and international arbitration proceedings are among the typical mandates for the team, which is skilled at assisting with cases involving M&A-related issues, distribution agreements, construction projects, joint ventures and and shareholder disputes. Practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec has notable experience in international arbitration. Recently promoted partner Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke, Lucas Britto Mejias and senior associate Pedro Bento de Faria are other key practitioners.

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Key clients

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil

MWV Rigesa

Logbras Cabreuva Empreendimentos Imobiliários

SBA Torres Brasil

Dufry Lojas Francas

MHFT – Investimentos

International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul

GE Energias Renováveis

Josema Administração e Participação

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Strategic litigation is at the core of TozziniFreire Advogados’ dispute resolution team, which excels in civil and commercial disputes. The practice has a strong presence in the automotive industry, and has also recently witnessed a growth in mandates related to the technology industry. Other areas of activity for the department include electoral disputes. Fernando Eduardo Serec, whose track record covers complex financial, real estate and administrative litigation, and Luíz Virgílio Pimenta Penteado Manente, who is noted for consumer claims, jointly lead the team. Lucas Britto Mejias is active in construction, corporate and commercial disputes.

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 Participacoes Multiestrategia

Electricity Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados offers support to clients in the context of greenfield and brownfield projects, financing, M&A transactions and regulatory matters. The team is also well versed in privatisations of electric power distributors and divestitures of generation assets. In the renewables space, it possesses experience in wind, hydro, solar and biomass projects. Leading the team is Pedro Seraphim, whose areas of practice include due diligence in relation to corporate transactions, financing agreements and project contracts.

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Key clients

TAESA – Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica

China Three Gorges

CEE Power

Norte Energia

Darby Servtec Energia FIP

CEMIG – Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais

Martifer Renováveis

Companhia de Gás de São Paulo – Comgás

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Votorantim Energia

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique  (Proparco)

DEG – Deutsche Investitions – und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Renova Energia


China Jinjiang Environment Holding Company Limited

Environment Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados fields a team entirely devoted to environmental law, climate change and forestry issues. Showcasing extensive experience in pre-acquisition and compliance due diligence processes addressing environmental liabilities and risks, the practice is also well equipped to handle the management of contaminated areas, environmental licensing of large-scale projects, as well as litigation and regulatory matters. Adriana Mathias Baptista oversees the department; she stands out for her longstanding expertise in the field, and is regularly retained to advise on environmental audits and risk management. Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli is another name to note in the team.

Practice head(s):


‘The environmental law team has a lot of experience, the professionals have worked together for a long time and are highly dedicated and specialised.’

‘The knowledge of the partners, the availability of the partners and the way they participate in every step of the work makes them great. Very few full-service firms have such a specialised environmental practice. First, the team is highly skilled and well organised. They are efficient and staffed correctly.’

‘They provide practical, business-minded advice at a fair price. They have excellent practical experience dealing with environmental clean-ups in Brazil and the related regulatory entities.’

‘Adriana, Bianca and Danilo are certainly the best in the market in environmental law. Combining experience in administrative and judicial law, they are able to deliver highly specialised and strategic work.’

‘Adriana Baptista is very direct, practical and objective, and she has not only great legal insights but she offers a combination of a deep legal knowledge and practical experience in the field.’

‘Bianca Antacli is highly knowledgeable, well versed in the law, understands what is going on other cases in the industry, and provides direct and useful recommendations.  One of the best lawyers we work with in Latin America.’

‘Lawyer have real environmental experience, which gives them the ability to provide advice without the need for extensive legal research. They provide clear, practical advice. Their written and spoken English is excellent.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

General Electric


Ford Motor Company Brasil

Honeywell International

Ericsson Telecomunicações

Agro Serra

Garrett Motion Indústria Automotiva Brasil


TV Band

WestRock Brasil



Cofic – Comitê de Fomento Industrial de Camaçari

Torrent do Brasil

W.R. Grace & Co.

Delphi & Co

Sabic Americas

Sun Chemical

Government relations Tier 2

The government relations practice at TozziniFreire Advogados represents domestic and international companies and non-profit entities, assisting them with the monitoring of legislative and regulatory proposals, interaction with public officials, and participation in parliamentary investigations and public hearings. Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm heads the practice, which also benefits from the input of the full-service firm's compliance and tax experts.

Key clients

HLL Lifecare

Hospitals AC Camargo, Benificência Portuguesa, Sirio Libanes and Moinhos de Vento



BMM International

Life sciences Tier 2

Leading multinational companies turn to TozziniFreire Advogados' life sciences and healthcare team for support and advice on complex issues, including licensing, drug pricing, clinical research regulations, patient data privacy issues and the regulatory aspects of M&A, among other areas. Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo Maurer is a key name in the life sciences and healthcare space, where she has extensive expertise in non-contentious (including transactional) matters; she leads the team, which also includes experienced partner Marco Aurélio Torronteguy.


TozziniFreire’s life science team gave us very good support.

‘Very experienced, solution-oriented, fast responses.’

Key clients

Torrent do Brasil

Campbells Soup

Laboratórios Pfizer

CSL Behring Comércio de Produtos Farmacêuticos

Eckert & Ziegler Brasil Comercial

Vertex Farmacêutica do Brasil


AstraZeneca do Brasil

Kavo do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Public law Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados is skilled at advising domestic and international clients across a variety of public law matters, ranging from infrastructure and privatisation projects to procurement procedures. The team assists with the structuring of PPPs, concessions, supply of equipment and the provision of services, and has seen recent growth in the area of compliance in relation to public procurement matters. Litigation and administrative proceedings also feature on the department's portfolio. Leading the practice is Claudia Elena Bonelli, whose experience covers management of public-private relations and infrastructure projects. José Augusto de Castro specialises in government contracts and administrative law. A team of four lawyers including Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho left for BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão.

Practice head(s):


‘Tozzini has excellent local knowledge and lawyers are extremely supportive. They are very responsive and provide great advice.’

‘José Augusto Dias de Castro has been excellent. Extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

ADP International – Aéroports de Paris International

BRK Ambiental


Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil

Saab AB

IMI Group

Elis Groupe


Localfrio Armazéns Gerais Friogoríficos

Uberluz Energética and Caraguá Luz


TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados receives instructions from both new entrants to the Brazilian market and companies with an established presence in the country, which seek the team's advice on a wide range of matters pertaining to cybersecurity and data privacy. Practice head Marcela Waksman Ejnisman has extensive experience in co-ordinating data protection conformity programmes to ensure clients' compliance with the upcoming Brazilian General Data Protection Law. Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana is another key practitioner, who often advises companies operating in the pharmaceutical, financial services, insurance and retail sectors.

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‘Brazil is quite different from a legal point of view than other countries in which we operate around the world.  Tozzini helps us understand these differences. They translate them for us. They are great lawyers and have great language skills.’

‘Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and Patrícia Helena Marta Martins are recommended.’

Key clients






Deutschland Bank






SBA Communications

Insurance Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados has a versatile practice with good expertise in insurance-related corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Marcio Mello Silva Baptista has a particular focus on insurance-related corporate transactions, while Bárbara Bassani de Souza is noted for her experience representing clients before the regulator, SUSEP, as well as in strategic and administrative disputes. Clients benefit from the team's close links with other groups in the firm, including tax, banking, employment and environmental, allowing for support across all areas of the market.


‘The insurance practice of Tozzini has the advantage of having other areas of expertise well integrated. My impression is that they join forces to provide the best service to the client.’

‘Bárbara Bassani is a complete lawyer and a stand-out partner. She is always available when I need her, she is extremely technical, yet business focused, she knows how SUSEP works and what SUSEP expect from insurance companies and she is really well known and respected by the insurance market.’

Key clients

Principal Financial Services

Travelers Inc.

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

Seguradora Lider dos Consorcios do Seguro DPVAT

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Amtrust Insurance

Korean Reinsurance Company

Mapfre Re do Brasil Companhia de Seguros

Fairfax Brasil Seguros Corporativos

Berkley International do Brasil Seguros

International trade and customs Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados has a versatile international trade team that acts for an impressive list of domestic and international companies. Practice head Vera Kanas has over 15 years of experience advising on trade remedies, customs law and trade compliance issues. Recently, the firm has been involved in several Brazilian anti-dumping investigations and public interest assessment procedures. The team also advises clients on the structuring of import and export operations to comply with WTO and other international agreements. Senior associate Carolina Müller is also well regarded in the market.

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‘A specialised team, providing highly qualified services. They are extremely prepared, up-to-date and technical professionals.’

Key clients

Sumitomo Rubber Industries

Greiner Bio-One




Hyundai Motors



HB Fuller

Assa Abloy

Labour Tier 3

Companies acting in a range of industry segments, including petrochemicals, mining, manufacturing and energy, seek TozziniFreire Advogados' assistance in labour matters. The team is skilled at advising on compensation, employment contracts, profit-sharing plans and flexible benefits; it is also well equipped to represent clients in contentious matters. The practice is jointly led by Roberto Pierri Bersch and Maurício de Carvalho Góes, who are noted for litigation.


‘TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong team, which is experienced and able to support our needs on diverse aspects, such as labour matters.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and provides excellent advice in a timely manner. Their ability to think outside the box and find alternatives in complex and challenging situations makes them stand out from other firms.’

‘Roberto Pierri Bersch and Maurício de Carvalho Góes are thorough, pragmatic and pleasant to work with. They have great depth of knowledge with substantial practical experience.’

‘Rafael Saltz Gensas also stands out as he is a bright and very responsive lawyer.’

Key clients


Brk Ambiental

Escola Panamericana

Foxter Cia Imobiliária

Fras-Le Kavo Kerr

Lojas Colombo

Mineradora Fagundes



Prometeon Tyre Group

Radio e Tv Bandeirantes


Rge Sul

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados attracts instructions from multilateral agencies, sponsors and local and foreign investors in relation to public bids, projects and M&A transactions involving the energy, water, waste, mobility and logistics sectors. Regulatory issues affecting PPPs, concessions and public procurement also populate the department's portfolio. Pedro Seraphim, whose experience includes transactional matters involving the Brazilian energy sector, leads the practice alongside Claudia Elena Bonelli, who specialises in public sector issues and government contracts.


‘They are highly competent in all the areas that they have acted on: M&A, energy, compliance, labour, litigation, tax, etc.’  

‘Their strengths are professionalism, legal technical expertise, aggressive negotiating, promptness in clarifying doubts, and capability to manage difficult situations. In comparison to other firms, TozziniFreire offers an extremely high level of professionalism.’

‘Pedro Seraphim is recommended.’

Key clients

Advent do Brasil Consultoria e Participações

IFC – International Finance Corporation


Philips do Brasil

Mckinsey & Company

Saab AB

Norte Energia


Statkraft Energias Renováveis

China Three Gorges

Public law and regulation Tier 3

Under the supervision of Cláudio Coelho de Souza Timm, the multi-disciplinary team at TozziniFreire Advogados primarily acts for clients across all stages of public procurement processes, from negotiating government contracts to resolving disputes. Clients of the department include well-known companies and industry associations. Litigation specialist Isabela Braga Pompilio and associate Bruno Lourenço are additional contacts.


Everyone I work with at Tozzini is very responsive and professional. The senior partners have a genuine sense of what is the best strategy for my company. The whole team is also very pleasant to work with. Always a good feeling that I get value for money.

Key clients

Veolia Brasil

Skanska Brasil

Banco Credit Agricole Brasil

Elca Cosméticos




IGT International

Real estate Tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados offers a strong blend of traditional real estate advice and innovative finance and capital markets-related support. Clients range from investment funds and developers through to corporate investors and leaseholders. Real estate transactions and leasehold agreements feature high on the agenda, as do construction projects and financings across the full mix of sectors and asset types. Vladimir Miranda Abreu leads the team.

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Key clients




Construtora Fonseca & Mercadante


Hilton Worldwide

Mitre Realty


Bresco Investimentos Imobiliários

Estée Lauder

TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 3

The technology and innovation department at TozziniFreire Advogados offers advice on regulatory issues, transactional matters and litigation. The team handles matters ranging from software development and licensing agreements to technology transfers, blockchain, bitcoin and venture capital. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman, whose areas of expertise include IT and corporate law, leads the department. Patricia Helena Marta Martins has significant experience in technology-related litigation, including cases involving intermediary liability and data privacy. Start-ups often seek Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana's advice on corporate matters and transactions.

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Key clients






Deutsche Bank






SBA Comunications

Intellectual property Tier 4

The IP team at TozziniFreire Advogados has a proven track record in handling transactional work on behalf of international and local clients from a range of industries, including chemicals, food, national defence, pharmaceuticals, technology and entertainment. Other areas of activity include the registration of patents, trade marks and administrative measures in relation to software and technology transfer agreements. Leading the department is Marcela Waksman Ejnisman, whose experience also encompasses the protection of trade marks, patents, utility models and industrial designs.

Practice head(s):


‘TozziniFreire is highly professional and fields a unique combination between efficiency and speed in response.’

‘TozziniFreire is an exceptional firm, the various teams and leaders are fully dedicated to clients’ needs solving problems in an efficient manner. The team provides precise answers and rise to the challenge when deadlines are short and complex analysis is required.’

‘A strong team with a full range of capabilities within the IP space.’ 

‘Marcela Ejnisman is very involved in clients’ matters, always present in calls and communications, with clear answers and efficient solutions. She provides the sound advice from an expert.’

‘Silvia Castro and Luis Felipe Bueno are always attentive to our requests and help in the coordination of a wide range of matters.’

Key clients



Merck KgAa



A!Bodytech Ltda.

Estee Lauder

Tishman Desenvolvimento Imobiliário Ltda.

FEMSA Servicios

Gol Linhas Aéreas S.A.

Tax Tier 4

TozziniFreire Advogados represents major multinationals from across a range of industries. The firm's strong corporate presence ensures a steady flow of M&A-related tax advice, as well as support on restructurings, business launches and general day-to-day matters. Gustavo Nygaard leads the well-regarded team, which includes Jerry Levers de Abreu, Vinícius Jucá and Thiago Rulfalco Medaglia, who handles disputes, customs and social security matters. Clients also single out recently promoted partner Erlan Valverde for high praise. Moreover, the team was further strengthened in October 2020 with the hire of indirect-tax specialist Lisandra Pacheco, formerly at Schneider, Pugliese, Sztokfisz Figueiredo e Carvalho Advogados.

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‘Recognised professionals who, despite having been in the market for a long time, seek to update themselves on the main topics, especially those involving the company’s activity. They are different in communication, in dealing with the customer, in prioritising demands and understanding that our business is dynamic and has its singularities.’

‘The team provides top quality advisory services. They are above the average in terms of attention to the client and always concerned to deliver the agreed tasks as timely as possible. They have a wide variety of skills among the team, which allows them to solve any type of tax problems to their clients. The individuals are always up to date in respect to new legislation, case law and the evolution of the tax practice.’

‘What I value the most is their care for the customer.’

‘Erlan Valverde is extremely good both in technique and experience. But his attitude that calls my attention, he prioritises the client and makes us feel important. We are not just ‘one more’ inside a large office. He is much more concerned with serving us, learning from us and innovating, than charging his fees.’

Key clients



Colgate Palmolive

Audi do Brasil



United Phosphorus


Lundin Mining


TMT: Telecoms and media Tier 4

TozziniFreire Advogados offers a wide array of legal services to clients operating in the telecoms, media, entertainment and technology sectors. Companies looking to enter the Brazilian market, as well as those that already have a solid presence in the country, instruct the team in a variety of mandates, including M&A transactions and the protection of IP rights. Department head Marcela Waksman Ejnisman is proficient in transactional and regulatory issues involving the telecoms and entertainment industries.

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Key clients

SBA Communications









Netell Telecomunicações

Since 1976, TozziniFreire has distinguished itself as a premier, full-service law firm by consistently providing legal services to domestic and international companies in a wide variety of business sectors. Throughout these years, it has 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, recognized by clients and peers as a benchmark in Brazil for excellence in the management of professional services companies. What has driven the firm’s growth and distinguished it in the legal industry is its dedication to delivering tailor-made results that contribute to our clients’ unique business strategy. Their achievements are the foundation on which the firm’s own success relies.

Another major reason for the firm’s consistent success is its record as Brazil’s leading innovator when it comes to evaluating what it does and how it can do better, improving the way it works for clients, developing and expanding its expertise, becoming more efficient and cost-effective in the way it delivers services, treasuring its people and giving back to the profession, community and the world around it.

Areas of practice: TozziniFreire has extensive experience in assisting international companies in setting up their enterprises or ventures in Brazil. Its areas of specialization include antitrust, arbitration, asset planning, banking and finance, capital markets, compliance and investigation, consumer affairs, corporate finance, corporate law and foreign investment, corporate social investment, cybersecurity and data privacy, environmental law, government relations, government contracts and projects, immigration, intellectual property, international trade, investment funds, labor, litigation, litigation management, mediation, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, startups and innovation, tax and white-collar crimes. The industry-focus groups include: agribusiness, automotive, bioenergy, climate change and carbon market, defense and aerospace, energy, engineering and construction, fashion law, financial services, fintech, hotel and resorts, infrastructure, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences and healthcare, media and entertainment, mining, oil and gas, private equity and venture capital, shipping and logistics, telecommunications and information technology, timberland investment, and water and sewage.

Foreign desks: To help clients respond faster and more efficiently to the increasing business opportunities between Brazil and both key existing trade partners and specific fast-growing economies, the firm pioneered the creation of foreign desks in Latin America.

Starting with its Asian initiative (encompassing the China, Korea and Japan desks) and fast extending towards the German, Latin American and Portuguese language markets, these unique knowledge centers are staffed with professionals familiar with each culture, legal and business practices, being up-to-date with bilateral trade relations development between Brazil and those countries.

Other fully-owned offices: Sao Paulo (additional office), Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Campinas, Caxias do Sul and New York.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri
Corporate and M&A Marcela Waksman Ejnisman
Capital markets/banking and finance Alexei Bonamin
Capital markets/banking and finance Fabíola Augusta Cavalcanti
Capital markets/banking and finance Kenneth Antunes Ferreira
Antitrust Marcelo Calliari
Real estate Vladimir Miranda Abreu
Real estate Pablo Meira Queiroz
Dispute resolution Fernando Eduardo Serec
Tax Gustavo Nygaard
Energy and natural resources Pedro G Seraphim
Infrastructure Pedro G Seraphim
Infrastructure Claudia Elena Bonelli
Compliance and investigation Shin Jae Kim
Compliance and investigation Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida
Compliance and investigation Giovanni Falcetta
Compliance and investigation Karla Maeji
White-collar crime Isadora Fingermann
Restructuring and insolvency Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Fernanda Bianco Pimentel  photo Ms Fernanda Bianco Pimentel Partner at TozziniFreire since 2015, Fernanda has experience in the areas of…
Ms Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli  photo Ms Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli Working in environmental law since 2001, Bianca works with national and international…
Mr Celso de Faria Monteiro  photo Mr Celso de Faria Monteiro Celso has extensive experience in civil litigation and is recognized for his…
Other fee-earners : 422
Total staff : 1,066
Partners : 83