Firm Profile > Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados > Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados
BELVEDERE, 30320-540

Tax Tier 1

Boutique firm Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados is a leading firm in the Belo Horizonte market for strategic tax matters. The practice attracts instructions from high-profile clients active in a range of industries, including mining, construction, automobile and education. The department is adept in non-contentious domestic and international tax matters, while also fielding the ability to assist with administrative and judicial tax litigation. Recent mandates include advising on tax optimisation, new tax legislation proposed by the government and tax disputes before the superior courts in Brazil. Valter Lobato leads advice to heavyweights from the mining and steel sectors, and combines expertise in tax consulting and litigation matters. André Mendes Moreira, Juliana Junqueira Coelho and Paula Derzi lead the practice with Lobato. Fernando Moura is noted for international tax and restructuring issues.


‘The firm is composed of a team of highly qualified professionals, with a strong academic background. The team we deal with demonstrates differentiated knowledge and a broad view of the client’s position.’

‘Valter Lobato and Fernando Moura show a broad interest in knowing the client’s activity and, also, an exceptional technical quality. In addition, the customer relationship is extremely professional.’

‘The law firm has an unique deep knowledge in tax planning, tax consulting and tax litigation. The partners are a huge reference in the Brazilian market with strong skills to solve complex issues in a very good speed. Definitely a tier one in the market.’

‘Valter Lobato stands out in tax and tax litigation.’

Key clients

VLI Logística

L’oreal Brasil




Algar Telecom

Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silício Metálico e Recursos Naturais

Bravo Soluções Logísticas


Samarco Mineração

Aperam Inox America do Sul

Localiza rent a car

RIP Servicos Industriais

Thyssenkrupp Group

Atlantic Nickel

FCA Fiat Chrysler

Acesita Previdencia Privada

Tax Tier 3

With lawyers based across Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados has established an excellent reputation in the market for tax litigation work. The firm's lawyers are regularly called upon to represent clients in market-defining cases, often at the highest level. On top of the disputes work, the team also offers strong tax planning and indirect tax support. The firm fields several highly respected partners, including Valter Lobato, André Mendes Moreira, Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho and Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi.


‘Huge knowledge in tax and in mining/heavy industry. They have the capacity to solve very complex issues in a fast way with efficacy. Also, the team has a high credibility with the tax authorities, and they stop to listen when Sacha Calmon is in the battlefield. Their knowledge and work ethic are incomparable with other law firms.’

‘They are excellent professionals.’

‘They have a lot of technical knowledge, are detail oriented and committed, they know a lot about our production process and have an exceptional network of contacts and are always available, acting as partners.’

‘Valter Lobato is a powerhouse in tax and tax litigation.’

Key clients

Geap Autogestão Em Saúde


Centrais Eletricas Do Norte Do Brasil – Eletronorte

Companhia Estadual De Águas E Esgotos – Cedae

Empresa Brasileira De Hemoderivados E Biotecnologia – Hemobrás


Telefonica Brasil

General Motors Do Brasil

Localiza Rent A Car






Bravo Soluções Logísticas

Founded in 1994, Sacha Calmon – Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados (SCMD) is widely regarded as an authority in Brazil in tax law. The firm is a tax boutique with offices in Belo Horizonte (MG), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), São Paulo (SP) and Brasília (DF), offering national coverage through a qualified network of correspondents over the whole Brazilian territory. When a case requires a multidisciplinary approach, SCMD works in partnership with other highly recommended firms that are specialised in other fields of law. The firm also works in partnership with top law firms outside Brazil.

SCMD stands out for its high level of specialisation. It is one of the most distinguished firms in Brazil, acting exclusively in tax law at both national and international levels. It provides administrative and judicial tax litigation advice as well as consultation services and the preparation of specialised legal opinions. The firm brings together a highly qualified team of professionals, who stand out for their educational background and their continued activities in the most prestigious and traditional universities in Brazil and the world.

The team is led by the renowned professors Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho and Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi. Sacha has been recognised by a survey of the Brazilian Capital Market Institute (IBMEC, São Paulo), published in the magazine Exame, as one of the five most quoted tax lawyers in decisions of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Federal Supreme Court (STF); and Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi, a formerly Attorney-General of the State of Minas Gerais and full professor of financial and tax law of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). All other partners hold excellent qualifications and have impressive reputation for their experience in the tax field.

Main areas of practice

Tax litigation 75%

Tax consultancy: 25%

Tax: The guiding light of SCMD is specialisation and it acts in the practice of tax law. The teams are divided by economic sector so that the professionals have broad knowledge of each clients’ business specificities.

Judicial and administrative tax litigation: With deep bench strength in this arena, the lawyers are able to provide their clients with solid representation in litigious matters across all judicial and administrative spheres in Brazil. The assistance includes careful assessment of the degree of risk and definition of specific strategy; joint approach of merit (juridical theses) with the questions of fact (evidence); interaction with the controller’s office and the accountancy department of the companies to ascertain the facts; high quality of procedural briefs; special attention to reports, with the appropriate layout, and with the content directed in accordance with the specific points of each client; permanent and personal follow-up of the cases; formation of leading cases and personal and direct action in the higher courts – the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Federal Supreme Court (STF).

Tax consultancy and preparation of legal opinions: Legal and juridical opinions; creation and formatting of new products focused on catering to the needs of each client, with the least possible tax impact; tax planning; legal opinions including the identification of possible problems in the litigation process.

Clients: SCMD provides legal services to clients within the most diverse sectors of the economy, singling out especially telecommunications, iron and steel, mining, petroleum and petrochemicals, electrical power, the financial market, wholesale trade, civil construction and private pension plans and transportation.

Main lawyers

André Mendes Moreira holds a PhD in tax law from the University of São Paulo (USP) and is a tax law professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where he graduated and also obtained his master’s degree, both with academic distinction. He is an experienced lawyer, having assisted clients with tax matters in every state of the country and before the superior courts. He has published more than 100 works in the tax field, including 10 books (as author or organiser). André lectures in conferences worldwide and is a director of the Brazilian Association of Tax Law.

Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi holds a degree in law (summa cum laude) and a PhD from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), where she is currently a full professor of tax law. She used to be the Minas Gerais State Attorney-General and is currently part of the Commission created by the government of Minas Gerais to improve its tax on goods and services (ICMS). As a tax lawyer, she frequently acts before the high courts in Brasília. She is the Honorary President of the Brazilian Association of Tax Law (ABRADT), having also published over 400 works in the tax field.

Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho holds a degree in law and social sciences from PUC-MG and a PhD in law from the UFMG, where he used to be a full professor of tax law. He is a former federal judge. Sacha is currently the coordinator of postgraduate courses in tax law at Faculdades Milton Campos, as well as the Honorary President of the Brazilian Association of Financial Law, that represents the International Fiscal Association in Brazil. He is one of the five most quoted jurists in high court decisions, according to a survey made by the business magazine (Exame) in 2007.

Valter de Souza Lobato holds a law degree (having receivied the prize for best graduating student) as well as a master’s and PhD degrees from UFMG. His career began in corporate law as head of tax consultancy and litigation of a leading steelmaking company. He is currently a senior partner at Sacha Calmon Misabel Derzi; a professor of tax and finance law at UFMG and assistant coordinator of the postgraduate programme at Faculdades Milton Campos; President of the Brazilian Tax Law Association and of the Tax Committee at Fecomércio/MG; coordinator of tax law review ABRADT-FORUM; speaker and author of several articles on tax law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax consultancy Valter Lobato
Tax consultancy André Mendes Moreira
Tax litigation Valter Lobato
Tax litigation André Mendes Moreira
Photo Name Position Profile
 Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi  photo Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi Founding Partner
 Valter Lobato  photo Valter Lobato Senior Partner
 André Mendes Moreira photo André Mendes Moreira Senior Partner
 Sacha Calmon Navarro Coelho photo Sacha Calmon Navarro Coelho Founding Partner
Number of partners : 25
Number of other fee-earners : 30
English (fluent)