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Costa Tavares Paes Advogados
SÃO PAULO 01311-200

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 6

Costa Tavares Paes Advogados is well placed to handle domestic and international arbitration before several arbitral institutions, including the ICC and CAM-CCBC. Construction, banking and finance, contractual and post-M&A disputes are all areas of activity for the department, which is noted for providing ‘partner-led advice‘ in all matters. With extensive international experience, Antonio Tavares Paes Jr.   excels in cross-border proceedings involving conflicts of a corporate, commercial and financial nature. Vamilson José Costa   has notable strength in shareholder and M&A disputes. Other key individuals include Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira  and Cristiano Cardoso Dias   , the latter of whom advises on infrastructure, industrial and energy-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Tavares Paes Jr.; Vamilson José Costa; Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira; Cristiano Cardoso Dias


‘Technical knowledge and partner-led advice.’ 

‘Vamilson José Costa and Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira are recommended.’

Costa Tavares Paes Advogados is a Brazilian law firm that advises its national and international clients in a variety of domestic and cross-border business and dispute resolution matters. The firm integrates high-added value legal services and specific knowledge into the overall business processes of its clients, thus providing advice in the decision-making process of companies and individuals. Costa Tavares Paes Advogados acts on a variety of dispute resolution matters, including administrative and judicial litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings, both domestically and internationally. In addition, the firm acts as a strategic advisor to its clients in preventative practices in the areas of (amongst others) banking and financial services, corporate matters and M&A, aviation, oil and gas, infrastructure, insolvency matters, labour law, inbound and outbound investments, contract issues, antitrust
and competition matters and compliance issues. Costa Tavares Paes Advogados’s offices are in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: counseling on investment structuring. Counseling and structuring M&A operation throughout the whole process of domestic and cross-border transactions. Advising on corporate governance and management liability. Supporting on private equity investments, asset purchases, LBOs, joint ventures, recapitalizations, privatizations, reverse mergers, and spin-offs.

Litigation: legal representation of clients in litigation matters in Brazil and abroad, involving all aspects of disputes regarding business transactions and individual claims, involving various areas of law.

Arbitration: client representation in arbitration proceedings in Brazil and abroad, including enforcement of arbitral awards. Participation in arbitration proceedings as arbitrators, consultants and legal experts in the preparation of legal opinions.

Tax: advisory services, planning of ideal models for the carrying out of investments in Brazil in order to optimize the tax structure; tax-driven corporate restructurings and contractual/operational adjustments; administrative and judicial litigation regarding tax matters.

Data privacy: drafting and advising on the implementation of data privacy and cybersecurities policies in accordance with the applicable regulations. Data privacy-related disputes. Data security breach response.

Compliance: drafting and advising on the implementation of integrity programs and policies in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations. Conducting internal audits and risk assessments.

Labor, employment and pensions: advising clients in connection with application of local labor laws, including advice on daily operational issues, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, structure and advice of work-force transfers and plant closures, as well as due diligence on labor law issues in M&A transactions. Advice in connection with the structuring of pension funds and benefits and associated issues.

Banking and finance: advising on and structuring financial transactions such as project finance and trade finance, equity and debt issuance, corporate and sovereign lending and secured transactions, as well as representation of insurance companies, banks, fund managers, equity investors and others in a variety of derivative products such as commodities, currency, interest rate, debt and equity products, and fund-linked derivatives.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: representation in insolvency proceedings, in and out of court reorganizations, debt renegotiation and acquisition of assets. Assistance on creation of plans, participation in general meetings of creditors and preparation, registration and formalization of applicable instruments.

Real estate: advice on the structuring of real estate securitization, real estate investment funds, financing transactions for projects and analysis and creation of collateral rights. Representation of clients in lease renewal, revisions, possession, blockage of new construction, compulsory adjudication, adverse possession, as well as judicial or extrajudicial enforcement of collateral.

Competition and antitrust: advising on competition matters and competition compliance, representation of clients on merger control, investigations by competition authorities, antitrust disputes and related litigation. Advice and negotiation of leniency agreements.

The firm’s clients include businesses with activities in different sectors of the global economy, such as domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, insurance, engineering, pharmaceutical, energy, telecom, oil and gas, technology, trade, aviation, investment funds, individuals, water and sanitation, agribusiness and ports.

Litigation, Arbitration, Corporate and M&A Antonio Tavares Paes
Corporate and M&A Leandro Coutinho Fonseca
Managing Partner - Data Privacy, Corporate, M&A, Antitrust Maria Cibele Affonso dos Santos
Corporate and M&A Mariana da Silva Lemos
Corporate and M&A Rodolfo Egli
Litigation, Arbitration, Corporate and M&A Vamilson José Costa
Litigation and arbitration Carolina Xavier Moreira
Tax Richard Edward Dotoli
Labour, Employment and Pensions Cristina Buchignani
Banking and finance Gustavo Dezouzart Pinto
Litigation and arbitration Cristiano Cardoso Dias
Corporate and M&A Rafael Lins e Silva Nascimento
Leandro Amorim Coutinho Fonseca photoMr Leandro Amorim Coutinho FonsecaPartner at Costa e Tavares Paes Sociedade de Advogados.
Cristiano Cardoso Dias photoMr Cristiano Cardoso DiasPartner at Costa e Tavares Paes Sociedade de Advogados. 
Vamilson José Costa photoMr Vamilson José CostaPartner
Carlos Eduardo Martins photoMr Carlos Eduardo MartinsSenior Associate.
Antonio Tavares Paes Jr. photoMr Antonio Tavares Paes Jr.Partner at Costa e Tavares Paes Sociedade de Advogados.
Rodolfo Teixeira Bini Egli photoMr Rodolfo Teixeira Bini EgliPartner at Costa e Tavares Paes Sociedade de Advogados.
Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira  photoMrs Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira Partner
Other fee-earners : 7
Other Partners : 26
English (fluent)
Partners : 12


Costa Tavares Paes Advogados (CTP) is a Brazilian law firm that advises its national and international clients in a variety of domestic and cross-border business and dispute resolution matters.

The Clients

The firm integrates high-added value legal services and specific knowledge into the overall business processes of its clients, thus providing advice in the decision-making process of companies and individuals.

CTP developed relationships with foreign and Brazilian companies in different industry sectors, such as:

  • Banks;
  • Healthcare;
  • Beauty and cosmetics;
  • Food packing;
  • Energy.

The Team

CTP professionals have international background, some of them have worked in the United States of America and France.

Our team speaks English, French and Spanish.

The Network

The firm has partners that are members of the New York Bar Association (NYSBA). Many team members have studied and/or lived abroad and are recognized about their communication skills and proactiveness.

In addition, professionals at the Firm have a diverse background of experience, and many have worked (as lawyers or business professionals) in operating companies in the same field activity of the client, a situation that brings to the table of negotiation, or to the tribunals (as the case may be), professionals with hands on experience on the subject matter that is being discussed. This is a trait much appreciated by clients of the Firm.

Costa Tavares Paes is committed to diversity and hires professionals regardless of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, special needs, age, or marital status. In this instance and for an example, 52% of our professionals are women.

Our firm is a member of committees and supports projects and initiatives that promotes the training and recruitment of minorities to create an inclusive and diverse firm.