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

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

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados continues to attract top-end M&A mandates, regularly acting on behalf of numerous household names in the healthcare, retail, energy, financial services, and media and entertainment industries, to name a few. Its strategic alliance with Dentons makes it a popular choice for clients, including private equity and financial services players, engaged in high-value, cross-border transactions with ties to Brazil. As a result of this association, the firm has implemented a global strategic business plan based on four main pillars (grow, protect, operate and finance), through which it has already adopted numerous cybersecurity measures and technological tools to address clients’ most pressing needs. Corporate partner Bruna Gobbi serves as co-head of the firm’s D&I committee and WomenLEAD In Brazil, a programme centred around gender equality in the legal profession. The corporate and M&A group is under the joint leadership of founding partners Frederico Buosi and Rodrigo Vilardo Vella, both of whom possess decades of experience in corporate transactions, including joint ventures and private equity investments. Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles specialises in M&A and compliance matters; Gabriella Maranesi Najjar is a key figure in the group, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors; and recently promoted partner Fernanda Le Tassinari is singled out for her track record in the life sciences space. Fernando Henrique Lopes, who was also welcomed to the partnership, ‘is an invaluable advisor‘ in the areas of corporate law and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Buosi; Rodrigo Vella


‘Knowledge and quality of service.’

‘VPBG is our main legal advisor in M&A. They develop projects with seriousness, assertiveness and a lot of technical knowledge. They are extremely proactive and hands-on, always delivering more than agreed.’

‘Bruna Gobbi and Rodrigo Vella stand out in the team. The two form a great team with a lot of seniority and dedication to client demands.’

‘The VPBG team is extremely responsive and client-focused. They understand our business, and help us make risk-adjusted assessments. We value their practical advice, and depth of market and legal knowledge.’

‘Fernando Henrique Lopes goes above and beyond in client service. He helps manage all of our work with VPBG (across various specialties), and he is an invaluable advisor to our business in Brazil. I would recommend him highly to any potential client.’

Key clients


Alvest Equipment Services Group

Aqua Capital

Astella Investimentos


Banco Santander

Bentley Systems

Biomedical Distribution Mercosur

BR-ME Negócios

Canopy Growth Brasil Biomedical


CR Almeida – Engenharia de Obras

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Hi Technology Corp

Laika Mascotas

MF Founders Fundo de Investimento Multiestratégia

Notredame Intermédica

Bain Capital

Pátria Investimentos

Blackstone Capital

Polarcus DMCC

Primav Construções e Comércio

Rigel Pharmaceuticals



Smile Direct Club

Usina Açucareira São Manoel

VOVL Limited

Wefi Technology Group

Work highlights

  • Advised NotreDame Intermédica Group (GNDI) – Bain Capital on the acquisition of Medisanitas Brasil from Keralty, a Colombian investment group.
  • Advised Pátria Investimentos on the acquisition of the Chilean group Neosecure and Brazilian group Proteus.
  • Assisted Biomedical Distribution Mercosur in the acquisition of Line Express Transportes e Distribuição and ALXLOG Transporte e Logísitica.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 4

The experienced capital markets team at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is especially active on the debt side. The team can regularly be found advising real estate companies and investment funds on CRI issuances, and it also has good expertise assisting clients in the energy and financial services sectors. The lawyers also advise on capital markets in the context of broader issues, including restructurings and M&A, while the firm’s strategic alliance with Dentons helps in cross-border matters. Gabriella Maranesi Najjar leads the team, with Daniel Lopes Coelho often involved in real estate offerings.

Practice head(s):

Gabriella Maranesi Najjar

Work highlights

  • Advised Fibra Experts Empreendimentos Imobiliários, a real estate company, on a R$100m real estate receivables certificates issuance.
  • Assisting EQI AAI in the termination of its relationship with XP Investimentos and the formation of a joint venture with BTG Pactual to form one of the largest brokers in Brazil.
  • Advising Diamond Offshore Drilling on Brazilian law aspects for its Chapter 11-related exit facilities.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 4

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados‘ compliance department is led by corporate and compliance expert Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles, who acts for Brazilian and international companies in internal investigations, background checks, compliance due diligence and contract reviews, among other matters. The team has seen an uptick in corporate investigations involving cyber fraud, as well as issues around moral harassment, where it combines its knowledge of compliance, employment and data privacy to assist clients. The firm’s association with global powerhouse Dentons is also of benefit, particularly in cross-border matters. Fernando Henrique Lopes has been actively involved in many of the department’s recent mandates.

Practice head(s):

Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles

Key clients

Access Gestão de Documentos

American Governor

Applus Serviços de Engenharia



Canopy Growth Brasil Biomedical

Crop Life International

Flextronics Internacional Tecnologia

Grupo CCR

Hi Technology Corp



Park Hotels


Smile Direct Club

Work highlights

  • Retained by Medartis to review and produce its compliance policies regarding hospitals and health insurance plans.
  • Retained by Grupo CCR to perform background checks on executives in several states in Brazil, following a request from the external auditors and in line with the agreements signed by the company with Brazilian authorities.
  • Assisting Roku in all legal matters related to its entry in the Brazilian market, including assessing compliance related risks and preparation of policies and guidelines regarding compliance matters in Brazil.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados ‘is present in several strategic and complex cases', ranging from disputes against the government to lawsuits involving financial products, transactions and contractual issues. The department – which is a popular choice for clients in the agribusiness, energy and real estate sectors – is particularly seasoned in shareholder and corporate disputes, as well as class actions filed against banks, and those involving environmental issues. Antonio Celso Pugliese ‘is an excellent lawyer', who ‘leads the cases brilliantly'. Recent instructions demonstrate his strength in handling litigation involving capital markets, construction and corporate matters. Another key lawyer, Carolina Mansur is noted for restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy-related cases, where she has substantial experience representing financial institutions and investment funds. Nahima Müller focuses on commercial disputes on behalf of renewable energy, technology and petrochemical clients. Recently promoted partner Erik Sernik is a name to note for both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Celso Pugliese


‘VPBG is present in several strategic and complex cases. The team stands out for its cross-border experience.’

‘In addition to its specialised technical knowledge, the VPBG team works to solve the problem of the company as a whole, is always available, and provides personalised services. I would like to highlight the performance of partner Antonio Celso Pugliese.’

‘Great firm, with excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Antonio Celso Pugliese is an excellent lawyer, and leads the cases brilliantly.’

‘Carolina Mansur is a brilliant lawyer with great technical and writing skills.’

‘Firm with extremely competent and qualified professionals.’

‘Nahima Muller is a very competent professional.’

Brazil > Public law Tier 4

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is singled out for its in-depth knowledge of public bidding procedures and regulated industries, including oil and gas, basic sanitation, gas distribution and airports. The public law, infrastructure and regulatory group has experienced substantial growth under the joint leadership of Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna, with several new clients and instructions related to administrative proceedings, public hearings carried out by regulatory agencies, public contracts and concessions. Vianna stands out for his extensive knowledge of matters concerning the airport infrastructure sector. Renato Otto Kloss, who has a relevant background in public administration and regulatory agencies, is a go-to counsel to sanitation clients in new concessions and PPP agreements.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna


‘Exceptional service, direct involvement of partners with close monitoring and innovative solutions.’

‘Renato Kloss has a differentiated vision of the market.’

‘I understand that immediate, highly qualified service and great alignment with the client’s business  are the hallmarks of VPBG and Renato Kloss.’

‘Renato Kloss is recommended for his high level of qualification and commitment to his client.’

‘The firm has extensive experience in the sector and in-depth knowledge of all matters in the sector, with highly qualified professionals, committed to the client/project and capable of meeting the most challenging deadlines.’

‘Renato Otto Kloss is an excellent professional, has a pragmatic view of various regulatory issues and is always open to finding the best solutions.’

‘Great knowledge in the area of public law.’

Key clients

Aegea Saneamento e Participações

Aeroportos do Sudeste do Brasil (ASEB) – Zurich Airport Group

Allonda Ambiental

Allonda Ambiental Engenharia Services

Concessionária do Aeroporto de Salvador

Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Florianópolis

Dacalda Açúcar e Álcool

Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Espírito Santo (FINDES)

Iguá Saneamento

Marlim Azul Comércio e Transporte de Petróleo e Derivados


Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia


São Paulo Catarina Aeroporto Executivo (JHSF Group)

Sindicato das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros no Estado de Minas Gerais – SINDPAS

SPE Concessionária Aeroeste Aeroportos

Teixeira Duarte Engenharia e Construção

Work highlights

  • Assisting JHSF in the seventh round of airport concessions, which will encompass the main domestic airports in Brazil, such as Santos Dumont and Congonhas.
  • Assisting a client in a public bid for the concession for the expansion, maintenance and operation of the water and sewage system of Barra do Piraí.
  • Advising on the conversion of the São Paulo Catarina Aeroporto Executivo into an international airport before the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation National Agency and other Brazilian federal entities.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 4

The team at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is ‘committed to meeting client needs, seeking operational and technical excellence, while communicating assertively both with tax and judicial authorities‘. The firm has a significant international base of clients which rely on it to ‘navigate the complex tax regimes in Brazil‘ and distil ‘complex concepts into actionable advice‘.  This applies to direct and indirect tax-related litigation and consulting work. Partners such as practice head Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho and Helena Vicentini de Assis, both experienced litigators, combine ‘great technical knowledge with practice in the sector‘. André Lemes is noted for his ‘technical knowledge’, while Carlos Eduardo de Biasi is a ‘trusted advisor‘ for non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho


‘Great technical knowledge, focus on tax and great regulatory knowledge.’

‘Antonio Guidoni – Great professional, technical knowledge, good strategy. André Lemes – Technical Knowledge.’

‘Great tax firm, meets the demands with promptness and dedication.’

‘Antonio Guidoni and Helena Vicentini combine great technical knowledge with practice in the sector in which the company operates.’

‘VPBG has helped us navigate the complex tax regimes in Brazil since our business launched there. They have distilled complex concepts into actionable advice.’

‘Carlos Eduardo De Biasi has been a trusted advisor for us in this space.’

‘Team committed to meeting client needs, seeking operational and technical excellence, while communicating assertively both with tax and judicial authorities.’

‘Juliana Silveira, Helena Vicentini and Thamirys Scapin work in incredible harmony to serve us in a timely and assertive manner.’

Key clients

Atotech Brasil Galvanotecnica

Banco Citibank

Bentley Systems

Betsson Perch Investments

Biomedical Distribution Mercosur


BTG Pactual

Centrais Elétricas da Paraíba (EPASA)

Cerdia Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz – CPFL

Elo Participações

Energisa Group

ESPN do Brasil Eventos Esportivos

Farmabase Saúde Animal

Foz do Chapecó Energia

Fraport Brasil

Gavilon do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Agricolas

Harvard Management Company

Hi Technology

Hospital e Maternidade Santa Joana

Isa CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

New Era Cap

Notredame Intermédica Group (GNDI)

Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção Internacional

Patria Investimentos

Park Hotels & Resorts

RappipayInstituicao dePagamento


Sabic Innovative Plastics South America – Industria e Comércio de Plasticos

Santo Antônio Energia

Starkey Do Brasil

The Walt Disney Company


Usina Conquista do Pontal (ATVOS)

Usina de Açúcar Santa Teresinha

Usina Santo Antonio

Zebra Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising CPFL Energy on issues relating to over 600 federal tax assessments.
  • Assisting Energisa in judicial court challenges to a state VAT (ICMS) tax assessment.
  • Filed a writ of mandamus aiming to support Santo Antonio Energia’s bid to join the tax instalments programme.

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados represents a broad selection of domestic and international borrowers and lenders. The firm regularly advises on acquisition and project financings, as well as syndicated loans and sector-related corporate work. The team also has an increased focus on regulatory matters for fintech companies, including advice on payment products, credit cards, joint venture agreements and banking services. Corporate finance partners Gabriella Maranesi Najjar, Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles and Rodrigo Vilardo Vella each have a good track record in this area. The firm’s alliance with Dentons gives it an edge in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriella Maranesi Najjar; Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles; Rodrigo Vella


‘Knowledge and quality of service.’

‘I positively highlight the availability and speed of consultations and processes that we are conducting, as well as the flexibility in adapting instruments to the Brazilian reality.’

‘We work especially with Denise Chachamovitz Leao de Salles and Fernando Henrique Lopes. From the first call we had, both of them showed that they have a high command of legal issues in the financial and banking sector, they have always had the best disposition, they respond promptly to our requests, they have a very friendly treatment, attention to detail, the quality of legal documents and opinions is excellent. We trust Denise and Fernando a lot, and we recommend them without hesitation. They are exceptional.’

Key clients

BofA securities

Banco Santander (Brazil and Spain)


Barclays Bank



Diamond Offshore Drilling

EQI Agentes Autônomos de Investimentos

First Abu Dhabi Bank – FAB

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst (Huf)

National Bank of Canada

Oiko Credit



Work highlights

  • Advised First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) on the bid to acquire Petrobras’ Landulpho Alves refinery and associated logistics assets in the state of Bahia.
  • Advising Diamond Offshore Drilling on exit facilities related to its Chapter 11 procedure.
  • Advised a group of more than 50 promissory note holders on extending the maturity of their existing promissory note loans to the automotive supplier Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst (Huf).

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is highlighted for its 'excellent services' and 'differentiated business vision'. The practice has seen recent growth in work related to the management of environmental impacts and liabilities of transactions. The practice provides both advisory and ligation services, demonstrating a strong track record in public civil actions, environmental licensing and contamination matters. Antonio Celso Pugliese jointly leads the environment group with recently promoted partner Anderson Moura, who is noted for his experience in environmental compliance and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Celso Pugliese; Anderson Moura


‘Technical knowledge; understanding the business; excellent balance between legal and business risks; availability.’

‘Anderson Moura is excellent.’

‘Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados has provided us with excellent services and demonstrated a differentiated business vision.’

‘I recommend Anderson Moura, who has extensive experience and technical knowledge in the environmental area, as well as a excellent skills to negotiate with public bodies.’

Key clients

Allonda Ambiental


Buckman Laboratórios



Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K

Opersan Resíduos Industriais

Sandvik Coromant do Brasil Industria e Comercio de Ferramentas

Sociedade Importadora Agro Assai

Usiminas – Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 5

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is a ‘trusted advisor‘ on labour law issues. The firm regularly assists employers with individual and collective dismissal claims. Multinational clients particularly appreciate the firm’s ability to help ‘navigate country entry and ongoing issues and questions‘, through lawyers who are ‘great at distilling local requirements and laws in a way that a business team can implement‘. Team head Marcos Renato dos Santos  is backed by a strong bench of associates, including Carolina Vassilas Grigorini  and Isadora Prata , who are noted for their ‘sound and pragmatic advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos


‘VPBG has been a trusted advisor for us since launching in Brazil. The labour and employment team has helped us navigate country entry and ongoing issues and questions. They have been great at distilling local requirements and laws in a way that our business team can implement.’

‘Carolina Vassilas Grigorini and Isadora Prata have been wonderful in giving sound and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Acílio Breda Indústria e Comércio

Arcos Dourados Comercio de Alimentos

Allonda Ambiental



Capital Markets Company

CM Indústria e Comércio de Roupas EIRELI

Fibra Experts

GTM Chemicals (quantiQ)

Horiens Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

Intelsat Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações

Medartis Importação e Exportação

Mercado Bitcoin

Odebrecht Corretora De Seguros

OR Empreendimentos Imobiliários e Participações

Qintess Tecnologia e Participações

Quanta Geração


Usina Açucareira Furlan

Zebra Technologies

Work highlights

  • Assisted Allonda Ambiental in a motion for relief from a Labor Court of Appeals judgment in a class action concerning allowances for unhealthy and hazardous work conditions and overtime.
  • Defended Quanta Geração in an administrative procedure related to an employee accident.
  • Provided strategic advice to Roku on employment agreements, labour union classification, and the hiring and termination of service providers.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

Construction, shareholder, capital markets and contractual disputes are core areas of activity for the arbitration team at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados; Antonio Celso Pugliese and the recently promoted Erik Sernik are among the names to note for arbitration proceedings.

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 commercial 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, commercial, 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.

Environmental / Litigation / Arbitration Anderson 11 2117 3463
Tax André Ricardo 11 2117 3439
Tax Antonio Carlos Guidoni 11 2117 3435
Litigation / Arbitration Antonio Celso 11 2117 3428
Corporate / M&A Bruna 11 2117 3412
Litigation / Arbitration Bruno Sanchez 11 2117 3461
Litigation / Arbitration / Bankruptcy Carolina Mansur de 11 2217 3427
Real Estate Daniel Lopes 11 2117 3495
Corporate / M&A / Compliance Denise Chachamovitz Leão de 11 2117 3442
Litigation / Arbitration Erik Martins 11 2117 3474
Corporate / M&A Fernanda Le 11 2117 3421
Corporate / M&A Fernando Henrique 11 2117 3416
Administrative Law / Regulatory Fernando Villela de Andrade 11 2117 3402
Corporate / M&A / IP / TMT Frederico 11 2117 3455
M&A / Finance / Infrastructure Gabriella Maranesi 11 2117 3475
Tax Helena Vicentini de 11 2117 3440
Tax Juliana Martins Skolimovski Gaia da 11 2117 3451
Labour and Employment Marcos Renato dos 11 2117 3443
Litigation / Arbitration Nahima Mü 11 2117 3422
IP / TMT Patricia 11 2117 3423
Public Law, Regulatory and Infrastructure Renato Otto 11 2117 3417
Tax Ricardo 11 2117 3476
Corporate / M&A / Infrastructure Rodrigo Vilardo 11 2117 3450
Patricia Barbosa photoMs Patricia BarbosaPartner – IP / TMT
Ricardo Braghini photo Ricardo BraghiniPartner – Tax
Frederico Buosi photoMr Frederico BuosiPartner – Corporate / M&A / IP / TMT
Antonio Celso Pugliese photoMr Antonio Celso PugliesePartner – Litigation / Arbitration
Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles photoMrs Denise Chachamovitz Leão de SallesPartner – Corporate / M&A/ Compliance
Anne Chang  photoMs Anne Chang Partner – Corporate M&A / Technology / Digital Law
Bruna Gobbi photoMrs Bruna GobbiPartner – Corporate / M&A
Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho photoMr Antonio Carlos Guidoni FilhoPartner – Tax
Fernanda Le Tassinari photoMs Fernanda Le TassinariPartner – Corporate / M&A
Fernando Henrique Lopes photoMr Fernando Henrique LopesPartner – Corporate / M&A
Daniel Lopes Coelho photoMr Daniel Lopes CoelhoPartner – Real Estate
Carolina Mansur de Grandis photoMrs Carolina Mansur de GrandisPartner – Litigation / Arbitratiom / Bankruptcy
Gabriella Maranesi Najjar photoMrs Gabriella Maranesi NajjarPartner – M&A / Finance / Infrastructure
Erik Martins Sernik photoMr Erik Martins SernikPartner – Litigation / Arbitration
Juliana Martins Skolimovski Gaia da Silveira photo Juliana Martins Skolimovski Gaia da SilveiraPartner – Tax
Anderson Moura photoMr Anderson MouraPartner – Environment / Litigation / Arbitration
Nahima Müller photoMrs Nahima MüllerPartner – Litigation / Arbitration
Renato Otto Kloss photoMr Renato Otto KlossPartner – Public Law, Regulatory and Infrastructure
Marcos Renato Gelsi dos Santos photoMr Marcos Renato Gelsi dos SantosPartner – Labour and Employment
André Ricardo Lemes photoMr André Ricardo LemesPartner – Tax
Bruno Sanchez Belo photoMr Bruno Sanchez BeloPartner – Litigation / Arbitration
Helena Vicentini de Assis photo Helena Vicentini de AssisPartner – Tax
Rodrigo Vilardo Vella photoMr Rodrigo Vilardo VellaPartner – Corporate / M&A / Infrastructure
Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna photoMr Fernando Villela de Andrade ViannaPartner – Administrative Law, Regulatory Law, Infrastructure, Government Relations and Anticorruption
Other fee-earners : 107
Total staff : 160
English (fluent)
IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
Contacts : 23

Diversity & Inclusion

VPBG is committed to promoting a safe and inclusive environment, where everyone can feel free and respected, regardless of his/her/their race or ethnicity, culture, faith and spirituality, age, gender or sexual orientation. The firm nurtures a sense of belonging, cooperation and support among its members, aware that the plurality of ideas arising from a truly diverse place to work is an invaluable asset.

VPBG counts with its own D&I Committee called VPBG+ a program to support and strengthen local efforts in order to create opportunities for an open debate through Affinity Groups (ERGs), counting on members from all areas of the firm, including non-legal, with different level of seniorities, as main leaders of the initiatives, as follows:

  • Sponsor: Frederico Buosi (founding partner)
  • Gender AG: Gabriela Najjar (corporate partner); Bruna Gobbi (corporate partner) and Helena Vicentini (tax partner)
  • LGBT+ AG (Glow Brazil): Juliana Silveira (tax partner) and Samantha Santos (labour law paralegal)
  • Ethnics AG: André Avillés (civil senior associate) and Vanessa Oliveira (controllership analyst)
  • People with Disabilities AG : Ligia Fávero (civil senior associate); Isabella Rovesta (corporate associate) and Walter Oliveira (real estate jr associate)

The keystone targets set in increasing our hiring rates for minority ethnic groups and disabled persons and ensuring a safe space for all the LGBTQIAP+ and female team members. As a part of our strategy, VPBG has invested in developing and promoting its long term female staff as much as adopting an inclusive recruitment approach for women when seeking new talent in the market. Besides, in order to take its positioning and compromise with D&I in a place outside the firm, VPBG is involved in external projects, such as “Beequal”, a program to support families with children between 0 to 12 years old who has any kind of disability.

Also, together with Dentons, VPBG takes part into several D&I initiatives at global level, such as: WomenLead (a program created to improve women in legal network, as well as to provide mentorship for young female lawyers, counting with partners Bruna Gobbi and Gabriella Najjar as co-lieders in Brazil), DentonsGlow (LGBT+ lawyers affinity group, counting with the senior associate Juliana Silveira as the Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean Regions), Black Professional Network (Black lawyers affinity group), DentonsFusion (Asian lawyers affinity group) and NextTalent (a platform created to support its lawyers and other law firm professionals’ career goals, by focusing on the capabilities needed to be successful in the law firm of the future –  its sessions were crucial in bringing together the worldwide firm during the pandemic).

Pro Bono

Lead by our partner Rodrigo Vilardo Vella and our senior associate Fernando Henrique Lopes, VPBG helps institutions through pro bono work in relation to all legal aspects involved in their activities, such as corporate, tax, labour and IP.

VPBG assists Fundação Estudar and Turma do Jiló, which have highly qualified programs for social inclusion through education; Brasscom, a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote the information technology sector in Brazil; Renova BR, a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote the formation of political leadeprships in Brazil; Construide, a non profit association focused on building or repairing houses for needy people and families; among others such as Endeavor and União SP.

Among other relevant works are: (i) Assistance to Brasscom in relation to the legal aspects involved in the development of a digital platform to support the return to face-to-face work, which has helped several companies to follow a minimum retake protocol; (ii) Assistance to Renova BR in relation to definition of the tax treatment applicable to donations made to public hospitals engaged in the fight against COVID-19; and (iii) Assistance to Construide with regard to the tax deduction of the donations received.

Also, VPBG assisted Turma do Jiló, in relation to the legal aspects involved in a partnership with Instituto Serendipidade to develop the project “Escola de Impacto” which seeks to promote, in young people, competencies and skills in social responsibility. Our firm has been involved in reviewing the relevant agreements/documents and proposing adjustments in order to be compliant with the Brazilian tax legislation.

We are proud of our initiatives and our team hours dedicated to pro bono work, which has been growing every year.