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Candido Martins Advogados
SAO PAULO 04538-133

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: Mid-market Tier 2

Candido Martins Advogados has considerable experience in middle-market and - increasingly - big-ticket M&A, acting on behalf of buyers and sellers across a multitude of industries. Demonstrating particular strength in the agribusiness, healthcare, energy, education and technology sectors, the firm – which recently opened an office in Madrid – is routinely retained by private equity firms on buy-side mandates, as well as on sales by family-owned businesses and acquisitions for large corporations. Founding partner Henrique Martins has a wealth of experience in the private equity space. He receives key support from a pair of capable young partners: Daniel Rodrigues Alves, who handles domestic and cross-border M&A involving several segments (with a special emphasis on agribusiness, energy, services and healthcare); and Mateus Lopes da Silva Leite, who brings together expertise in M&A, corporate and contractual matters, private equity and venture capital. Associate Raphael Pereira Arantes Pires is also active in transactional work, drawing on his experience in tax, accounting and wealth planning.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Martins


Agility in service. Creative and technically irreparable solutions.

Henrique de Faria Martins is recommended.

Prompt services.

Henrique Martins and Daniel Rodrigues Alves stand out.

Key clients

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)



Multiasistencia SAU (Allianz Group)

Unity Participações

Nexa Resources

Hospital Care


Arco Educação

ENC Energy Participações

Intercement Participações

Crescera Investimentos

GEF Capital Partners

G5 Partners

Carbisa Participações

Work highlights

  • Assisted FIP Vocatus Multiestrategia with the acquisition by Oncoclinicas of the oncology group Unity Participaçōes.
  • Acted for CSN regarding the acquisition of Metalgráfica Iguaçú.
  • Advised Castelatto on its sale to Dexco Revestimentos Cerâmicos.

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 5

The well-regarded finance team at Candido Martins Advogados fields a solid selection of ‘experienced professionals who propose customised solutions for complex’ transactions. Led by founding partner Henrique Martins, the team offers support to lender and borrower clients in debt refinancings, asset-backed securitisations, local bond issuances, as well as acquisition and leveraged finance. Daniel Rodrigues Alves is noted for his strong proficiency in leveraged finance and private equity, while senior associate Raphael Pereira Arantes Pires has ‘extensive experience in capital markets’. Former practice head Renata Simon is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Martins


‘A firm with a lot of expertise in M&A and financing transactions that has experienced professionals who propose customised solutions for complex cases, in addition to being competitive in terms of cost.’

‘The firm and its lawyers have full knowledge of the matters that are dealt with in the negotiations that are contracted. Very attentive and super helpful. Additionally, I noticed that during the negotiations the lawyers involved were very reasonable with respect to our demands and the demands of the counterparties.’

‘Raphael Pereira Arantes Pires is a lawyer with extensive experience in capital markets. Experience and quality in the execution of the works. A differential is their technical quality. Very pro-business and reasonable during contract negotiations.’

‘The firm assisted us in capital market structuring processes in an exemplary manner.’

Key clients

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)

Intercement South Africa

Companhia Nacional de Álcool (CNA)

GEF Capital Partners

Mtel Telecomunicações

Intercement Participações

Intercement Brasil

Selfit Academias Holding

Natural One Gestão Patrimonia

ENC Energy Brasil e Participações

Unity Participações

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

G5 Partners


Riza Asset Management

Galapagos Capital

Cerc Central de Recebíveis

Work highlights

  • Advising Intercement Participações on the issuance of R$70m in new promissory notes under restricted public offering to professional investors.
  • Assisting DG 1 Ventures in the issuance of commercial papers under private offering to professional investors.
  • Advising Zigpay on an issuance of commercial notes to finance the expansion of the group’s activities.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 6

Candido Martins Advogados is noted for its ‘excellence in tax opinions and solutions’, often connected to M&A and corporate finance transactions. The versatile practice is also well versed in tax-related contentious issues, and the team’s ‘high technical level’ ensures it is ‘very up-to-date on issues, litigation and solutions in the tax area’. Alamy Candido, who is skilled in the structuring of M&A and capital markets transactions, and tax litigation specialist Tatiana Cappa Chiaradia are praised for their ‘ethics, professionalism and punctuality’.

Practice head(s):

Alamy Candido; Tatiana Cappa Chiaradia


‘Boutique firm with very distinguished partners, with extensive experience and knowledge in the matters dealt with. Matters always led by the partners, which is a differentiator. Flexibility in terms of fees and proposals to fit projects of different sizes.’

‘The firm acts as a boutique specialising in M&A and corporate transactions, with an emphasis on excellence in tax opinions and solutions. They have a lot of experience and expertise in sophisticated transactions and a team of high technical level and very up-to-date on issues, litigation and solutions in the tax area.’

‘Tatiana Cappa Chiaradia is a great highlight of the firm. She has excellent client service, meeting deadlines and targets, and a high level of specialisation in tax matters. She is very attentive and versatile. Tatiana is highly reliable as a professional.’

‘Alamy Candido Martins and Tatiana Cappa Chiaradia – ethics, professionalism and punctuality.’

‘The firm provides a service in accordance with our expectations and needs. Its tax team is made up of men and women with great experience and excellent training.’

‘Tatiana Chiaradia has extensive case knowledge and delivers results quickly. Alamy Candido is gets involved whenever necessary.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola FEMSA (Spal Indústria Brasileira de Bebidas )

Hejoassu Administração  (family holding of Votorantim Group)

Vicunha Têxtil

Grand Cru Importadora



Gonçalves Salles Indústria e Comércio (Laticínios Aviação)

Eucatex Indústria e Comércio

Buritirama Manganês

Cataratas do Iguaçu

Companhia Nacional do Álcool (CNA)

GEF Capital

Fosnor – Fosfatados do Norte-Nordeste

J. Assy

Triunfo Agropecuária

EQS Engenharia

Green Science Technology


Mega G

Metalfrio Solutions

Prisma Capital

Tacto Biotecnologia


ACP Bioenergia

Canopus Química

Comfrio Soluções Logísticas


Bergafaz Empreendimentos

Prime Cater

Zarpo Viagens

Vela Software Group (subsidiary of Constellation Software)


Trevol Empreendimentos (family office from former owners Grupo Eldorado)

Tutora (Pet2Pet)

Sul Óxidos




Natural One

Prime Carter

Boa Safra Sementes

Work highlights

  • Representing Vicunha Têxtil in a lawsuit aiming to obtain a judicial decision authorising the company not to pay security contribution on compensatory amounts paid to their employees.
  • Assisting CSN in the acquisition of Metalgráfica Iguaçú by an incorporation of shares with the subsequent transformation of Metalgráfica Iguaçú into a wholly owned subsidiary of CSN.
  • Assisting the shareholders of Agrocat in the sale of 80% of their shares to Agrogalaxy.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning

Jointly led by Alamy Candido and Tatiana Cappa Chiaradia, Candido Martins Advogados‘ wealth planning practice advises high-net-worth individuals and family businesses on cross-border asset restructurings, family governance, M&A and investment matters.

We are a Brazilian law firm focused on private equity and M&A transactions.

Our practice is based on customer care and strategic vision. We focus on the outcome: we listen to our clients with commitment, understand their needs and position ourselves clearly.  While handling complex cases our team provides innovative services and address our clients’ immediate needs as well as their longer-term strategic goals. We also believe that efficiency is of the essence of our practice.  In this regard, we close the transactions electronically without one single paper print, making the closing of the transaction much more cost efficient and totally paperless.  Another strategy is to have our tax expertise actively participating in negotiations from the outset, allowing the client to have a more agile and complete understanding of the tax impacts of the transaction from the start.

We are recognized as one of Brazil’s leading firms by peers and market. We are listed in the most recent editions of national and international publications such as The Legal 500 Latin America, IFLR 1000, ITR World Tax, Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (“LACCA Approved”) and Análise Advocacia 500.

Areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: Our DNA is mergers and acquisitions. We advise domestic and foreign clients in investment, joint ventures and divestment transactions. We advise both buy-side – private equity funds or strategic investors – and sell-side – usually family-owned companies or private equity funds in divestment processes.. Our tax law work actively participates in negotiations from the outset, allowing the client to have a more agile and complete understanding of the tax impacts of the transaction. The scope of our work includes the drafting and negotiation of definitive contracts, as well as conducting due diligence. Our mergers and acquisitions work is recommended by several international publications such as The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Our partners are also featured among the most admired lawyers in Brazil and Latin America by publications such as The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, LACCA and Análise Advocacia 500.

Private equity: Alongside our mergers and acquisitions is our private equity expertise. We advise domestic and foreign private equity funds to make investments in Brazil, from the conception and incorporation of the most appropriate vehicle for the investment, to preparation of related corporate acts, filing with the competent authorities and negotiating the mergers and acquisition transactions corresponding to the investment. Upon divestment, we advise private equity funds on their exit, either through a private sale or a public offering. We also advise managers and administrators, as well as investors, in the structuring of investment funds in Brazil, assisting in the incorporation, regulatory aspects, registrations and governance rules of investment funds. Our private equity work is recommended by various international publications such as The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. The partners in this area are also featured among the most admired lawyers in Brazil and Latin America by directories such as The Legal 500, IFLR. 1000, LACCA and Análise Advocacia 500.

Corporate: Our corporate work supports the areas of mergers and acquisitions and wealth planning, and also assists in the day to day of the invested companies, acting in the following manner:

_Incorporation of companies and preparation of corporate acts, such as spin-offs, merger, amalgamations, minutes of general shareholders’ meetings and board of directors’ meetings, as well as drawing-up of the corporate books and registration of the corporate acts with the respective commercial registries.

_Structuring of stock option plans and implementation of corporate governance rules.

_ Negotiation, analysis and drafting of commercial and strategic contracts (technology transfer, supply, distribution, etc.).

_Advice to international clients in the planning and conduct of investments in the country, including the respective registrations of investments with the Central Bank and the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), with emphasis on private equity funds

Tax: Our tax law work is one of the pillars of the firm. Our works include:

_Analysis and implementation of tax structures related to acquisition processes, control sales, mergers, amalgamations and corporate reorganizations in general.

_ Preparation of risk assessment in mergers and acquisitions processes, including interaction with auditors and accountants.

_ Assistance to domestic and foreign clients in the structuring of their business in Brazil with the verification of the most appropriate tax procedures to their respective areas of activity.

_Assistance in tax consulting tax, with the purpose of avoiding future tax contingencies

_Drafting of legal opinions and memoranda addressing clients’ inquiries on tax matters

_ Assistance in litigation tax, filing lawsuits in order to defend undue tax requirements, request restitution of taxes collected improperly, obtain special tax regimes and request information and public documents.

The partner responsible for this area of law is among the most admired lawyers in Latin America and Brazil according to international publications such as The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Leaders League

Wealth planning: The joint action of the corporate and tax areas is also present in the structuring of estate and wealth planning of executives and families seeking the office for this purpose, including the incorporation of holdings or funds, the assistance in the adoption of corporate governance practices and management, with the execution of shareholders’ agreements and corporate mechanisms that ensure the perpetuity of the net worth, always in light of tax efficiency. Adding our know-how to the inheritance and family rules provided for in the civil law, we present solutions that allow the organization of the family new worth and ensure its continuity in the future, by regulating the rights and obligations that will be the responsibility of the heirs. The partner head for this area of law is among the most admired lawyers in Brazil and Latin America according to international publications such as The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Leaders League.

Banking and capital markets: We advise our clients on banking and capital markets financing through syndicated loans, bilateral loans, Credit Notes (CCBs) and issuance of debt securities through restricted offerings such as debentures, promissory notes, Agribusiness Receivables Certificate (CRA) and Real Estate Receivables Certificates (CRI). We also have solid experience in debt restructuring and refinancing. We operate at every stage of the process, from the preparation and negotiation of debt instruments, legal review to the registration of all acts with the competent authorities and the issuance of legal opinions. Our finance and capital markets is recommended by various international publications such as The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Our partners in working in this area are also featured among the most admired lawyers in Brazil and Latin America according to directories such as The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, LACCA and Análise Advocacia 500.

.Compliance: Our compliance work operates in three areas:

_We assist our clients during the process of mergers and acquisitions to assess the risks related to corruption and bad corporate governance practices of the target company, performing specific due diligence on the matter, to assess the degree of exposure of the target company to corruption issues and evaluation of internal controls.

_We advise our clients on the implementation and review of compliance programs, developing codes of conduct and internal policies, as well as training on the new policy for employees, directors, and board members.
We conduct legal internal investigations into companies regarding any allegations of corruption, fraud and other misconduct.

Our compliance work is recommended by The Legal 500 publication. The partner in charge of this area of law is among the most admired lawyers for The Legal 500 and Análise Advocacia 500 publications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Renata Simon
Capital Markets Renata Simon
Compliance Renata Simon
Corporate Daniel Rodrigues Alves
Mergers and acquisitions Henrique de Faria Martins
Private Equity Henrique de Faria Martins
Tax Consulting Alamy Candido de Paula Filho
Tax Litigation Tatiana Del Giudice Cappa Chiaradia
Wealth Planning Alamy Candido de Paula Filho
Photo Name Position Profile
Alamy Candido de Paula Filho photo Alamy Candido de Paula Filho Partner. Corporate restructuring and tax planning in M&A deals, assistance to private…
Maria Paula Carvalho Molinar photo Maria Paula Carvalho Molinar Associate at Candido Martins Advogados since 2019. Prior to joining the firm,…
Tatiana Del Giudice Cappa Chiaradia photo Tatiana Del Giudice Cappa Chiaradia Partner. Head of the tax litigation area. She has more than 20…
Mateus Lopes da Silva Leite photo Mateus Lopes da Silva Leite Partner at Candido Martins Advogados (São Paulo).
Júlia Malafaia Vituli Silva photo Júlia Malafaia Vituli Silva Tax Planning, Business Structuring, Private Equity and Wealth Planning.
Raphael Pereira Arantes Pires photo Raphael Pereira Arantes Pires Associate.
Daniel Rodrigues Alves photo Daniel Rodrigues Alves Partner. Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Consulting and Contracts, Private Equity, Capital Markets…
Henrique de Faria Martins photo Henrique de Faria Martins Partner. Mergers and Aquisition and Corporate. Assistance to private equity funds, corporations…
IBA (International Bar Association)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)