Firm Profile > Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP, 04551-080

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is well versed in corporate transactions across the healthcare, energy and retail sectors, among others, and is noted for its 'senior partner engagement'. The firm also stands out in the private equity space; recent work includes Rodrigo Vella's advice to Bain Capital portfolio-company Notredame Intermédica on the acquisition of hospitals, clinical centres and health insurance groups. Other key figures at the firm, which is associated with Dentons, include Bruna GobbiGabriella Maranesi NajjarFrederico Buosi  and Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles, who is highlighted for her 'profound knowledge in corporate law'.


High expertise in corporate matters.

Senior partner engagement in the negotiation.

Denise Salles has a very good team in order to support the legal problems of the company.

Partner Denise Salles – profound knowledge in corporate law; super available and engaged.

Key clients

Notredame Intermédica / Bain Capital

Total Group

Fresenius Medical Care

Pátria Investimentos

Blackstone Capital


CGG Veritas Group


Naturgy Group (Naturgy Distribucíon Latinoamérica and controlled entities)

KKR (and controlled entities)

Som.Us do Brasil Corretora de Resseguros




NVA Representações e Participações (Eireli and Partec Tecnologia)

Westermann Groupe

Capital markets Tier 4

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is making an increasingly strong impression on the market through a mixture of transactional and regulatory expertise. The firm represents issuers and underwriters, and has recently been involved in several high-value debenture issues, often linked to the energy and infrastructure sectors. Gabriella Najjar and Frederico Buosi are the two most active partners in this area.

Key clients

Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel (Grupo Copel)

Toronto Stock Exchange

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco BTG Pactual

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

The litigation department at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados represents clients in lawsuits involving breaches of contract, civil liability, environmental law, restructuring claims and corporate and real estate disputes. Antonio Celso Pugliese leads the department, which demonstrates particular strength in class actions. Carolina Mansur and Nahima Müller are other key names in the team focusing on civil litigation.

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‘Dedicated and hardworking team with significant experience.’

‘Carolina Mansur is always outstanding and offers alternative approaches to solving cases.’

Tax Tier 4

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is establishing an extremely good reputation in tax, thanks partly to the strong standing of its practice head Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho. The team is especially well regarded for international tax disputes, and the firm's association with Dentons adds weight on the cross-border side. Fábio Nieves Barreira is noted for his indirect tax expertise, while André Lemes handles contentious and non-contentious issues for a broad range of clients.


‘The team seem to have a strong understanding of their client business. The discussions are centered on tax issues/opportunities relative to our industry and business, whereas, the majority of firms tend to discuss tax thesis in a more general way. They are always available and also bring insight from other firms within the same industry and business.’

‘Really good for international litigation.’

‘Vella Pugliese are very good and Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho is brilliant for litigation.’

Key clients


Patria Investimentos


Santo Antônio Energia

Notredame Intermedica

Energisa Group

Citibank Group

Cosan Group


Brookfield Energia Renovável

BTG Pactual

Grupo Di Gregorio


Odebrecht Agroindustrial

Banking and finance Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados has an active financial services and banking team, with good expertise in regulatory and transactional matters. Project finance is a busy area, although the firm's lawyers have experience advising lenders and borrowers across most product areas, including in major cross-border financings. Founding partner Rodrigo Vella and Gabriella Najjar are the two main contacts.

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Key clients


Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel (Grupo Copel)

Santander Bank (Spain)

Banco Santander (Brazil)

Banco BTG Pactual

Cooperatieve Rabobank

Lassalle College International

Morgan Stanley

Citibank (London Branch)

Mirador – Minería, Ingeniería y Construccion

Environment Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados handles civil, administrative and criminal environmental litigation and advises clients operating in a range of sectors, including steel, fuel distribution and chemical industry, on environmental liabilities. The team also offers regulatory advice in the fields of biotechnology, food, agribusiness and product safety. Leading the department is Anderson Moura, whose experience covers environmental risk assessments in the context of corporate transactions and projects, compliance and litigation.

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Labour and employment Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is entrusted by several major companies on significant and sensitive employment issues. High-profile strategic lawsuits have featured high on the agenda recently. Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos leads the team, which has notable international reach thanks to the firm's strategic alliance with Dentons.

Key clients

Arcos dourados comércio de alimentos



Usina Conquista do Pontal – Odebrecht Group

Fibra Experts

Destilaria Alcidia

Quanta Geração

Usina Eldorado

Rio Claro Agroindustrial

Zebra Technologies

Capital Markets Company

Intelsat Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações

Public law Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados' public law department underwent a restructuring following the arrival of current practice heads Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna and Renato Otto Kloss from Siqueira Castro – Advogados. Both practitioners bring extensive experience in public law matters, assisting with public procurement, bidding procedures, administrative contracts and regulatory issues involving industries such as transportation and oil and gas. The team is capable of advising on the structuring of legal models for partnerships with the public sector, and administrative proceedings before auditing courts.


‘It is the best option for airport regulatory matters in Brazil.’

‘Fernando Villela is fully available, has good (and ethical) connection with the airport regulators and great knowledge of the rounds of airport concessions and concession agreements.’

Founded in 2005, Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is a Brazilian full-service law firm with offices in Sao Paulo and Brasilia. With a talented team of 160 professionals, the firm offers a personalized service that goes beyond the traditional legal practice: it aligns its activities to clients’ goals, helping them to improve their results and business. Clients include large Brazilian and international companies of different industries and business areas such as telecommunications, investment funds, agribusiness, energy, banking, technology, construction, and food and beverage.

With our strategic alliance with Dentons (, the world’s largest law firm with more than 12,000 lawyers operating from offices in more than 80 countries on six continents, we can serve clients anywhere in the world with the same level of efficiency and readiness that we practice in the local market.

Main areas of practice

Corporate/M&A: mergers and acquisition transactions, investments and divestitures, restructurings and corporate reorganizations, partnerships and joint ventures and legal due diligences.

Contracts: domestic and international operational and comercial contracts.

Banking and finance: direct loans and financings, cross-border financings, syndicated loans, project finance, development banks’ and multilateral agencies’ financing.

General corporate practice: incorporation, maintenance and liquidation of Brazilian companies, foreign investments, foreign exchange control and currency remittances.

Competition/antitrust: antitrust device, submission and opposition of concentration acts, antitrust administrative and judicial proceeding (eg cartels, distribution, relationships, abuse of dominant position) and investigations of commercial defense (eg dumping).

Tax: tax planning, tax benefits programs, and administrative and judicial litigation assistance.

Litigation and arbitration: civil, comercial, corporate and capital markets litigation, bankruptcies and reorganisations, arbitration and alternative mechanisms for dispute resolutions.

Real estate: purchase and sale transactions, title and ownership investigations, developments, O&M and lease agreements.

Labor and social security: labor litigation, labor advice, union negotiation, compensation and benefits planning.

Intellectual property: IP contracts, licensing and technology transfer, trademarks and patents, copyrights and software protection.

Regulatory and administrative: administrative litigation in administrative courts and regulatory agencies, in government contracting, such as public bids, concessions and public-private partnerships – PPPs, and in consulting work relating to public services, such as ports, airports, highways, railways, energy, oil and gas, mining, telecom, radio and TV.

Telecommunications and technology: regulatory and transactional work in the technology and telecom industries with an excellent track record in the ITO and BPO industries, acting for customers and vendors.

Internet and media: privacy data protection, cybersecurity, internet and e-commerce contracts and regulations, directed marketing and social media, gaming, IP disputes in cyberspace, domain name disputes, and media contracts and regulation.

Environmental: structuring and implementation of projects with environmental impacts, assessment of environmental compliance, administrative and judicial defense in proceedings and law suits involving environmental matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax André Ricardo Lemes +55 11 2117 3439
Tax Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho +55 11 2117 3435
Litigation / Arbitration Antonio Celso Pugliese +55 11 2117 3428
Corporate / M&A Bruna Gobbi +55 11 2117 3412
Litigation / Arbitration / Bankruptcy Carolina Mansur de Grandis +55 11 2217 3427
Real Estate Daniel Lopes Coelho +55 11 2117 3495
Corporate / M&A / Compliance Denise Leão Chachamovitz de Salles +55 11 2117 3442
Administrative Law / Regulatory Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna +55 11 2117 3402
Corporate / M&A / IP / TMT Frederico Buosi +55 11 2117 3455
Corporate / M&A / Capital Markets Gabriella Maranesi Najjar +55 11 2117 3475
Labor Marcos Renato dos Santos +55 11 2117 3443
Litigation / Arbitration Nahima Müller +55 11 2117 3422
IP / TMT Patricia Barbosa +55 11 2117 3423
Administrative Law / Regulatory Renato Otto Kloss +55 11 2117 3417
Tax Ricardo Braghini +55 11 2117 3476
Corporate / M&A / Infrastructure Rodrigo Vella +55 11 2117 3450
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Patricia Barbosa  photo Ms Patricia Barbosa Partner – IP / TMT
Mr Ricardo Braghini  photo Mr Ricardo Braghini Partner – Tax
Mr Frederico Buosi  photo Mr Frederico Buosi Partner – Corporate / M&A / IP / TMT
Mr Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho photo Mr Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho Partner – Tax
Mr Antonio Celso Pugliese  photo Mr Antonio Celso Pugliese Partner – Litigation / Arbitration
Mrs Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles  photo Mrs Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles Partner – Corporate / M&A/ Compliance
Mrs Bruna Gobbi  photo Mrs Bruna Gobbi Partner – Corporate / M&A
Mr Daniel Lopes Coelho  photo Mr Daniel Lopes Coelho Partner – Real Estate
Mrs Nahima Müller photo Mrs Nahima Müller Partner – Litigation / Arbitration
Mrs Carolina Mansur de Grandis photo Mrs Carolina Mansur de Grandis Partner – Litigation / Arbitratiom / Bankruptcy
Mrs Gabriella Maranesi Najjar  photo Mrs Gabriella Maranesi Najjar Partner – M&A / Finance / Infrastructure
Mr Renato Otto Kloss  photo Mr Renato Otto Kloss Partner – Public Law, Regulatory and Infrastructure
Mr André Ricardo Lemes  photo Mr André Ricardo Lemes Partner – Tax
Mr Rodrigo Vilardo Vella photo Mr Rodrigo Vilardo Vella Partner – Corporate / M&A / Infrastructure
Mr Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna  photo Mr Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna Partner – Administrative Law, Regulatory Law, Infrastructure, Government Relations and Anticorruption
Mr Marcos Renato dos Santos  photo Mr Marcos Renato dos Santos Partner – Labour and Employment
Other fee-earners : 107
Total staff : 160
English (fluent)
IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
Contacts : 16