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Castro Barros Advogados

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

The experienced creditor-side practice at Castro Barros Advogados has represented clients in some of Brazil's largest restructurings. The team, which is led by Alexandre Espínola Catramby, has good expertise in court-supervised restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, and represents several major domestic and international corporates, banks and investment funds.


‘A very professional and motivated team with a very close relationship with the client, supporting all matters in a very dedicated way.’

Key clients

Banco Plural

Banco Modal

Banco BTG Pactual

J.P. Morgan

Polo Capital Management

Haitong Banco de Investimento do Brasil

Enforce Gestão de Ativos

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Financial Services

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros

RB Capital Companhia de Securitização

Tax Tier 4

Castro Barros Advogados offers a full-service tax practice to its clients, many of which operate in the telecoms, media, retail and technology sectors. This incorporates high-end consulting and litigation support on direct and indirect taxation, including transfer pricing queries and the structuring of corporate transactions. Key members of the team include André Gomes de Oliveira, Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada and Gabriel Manica Mendes de Sena.

Key clients


IRB-Brasil Resseguros

Casa e Vídeo Rio de Janeiro

Abril Comunicações


H Stern Comércio e Indústria

Johnson Controls

White Martins

Essilor Brasil

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Castro Barros Advogados' corporate team operates from the firm's Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices; in M&A, the team commonly represents buyers, though it has also grown its seller-side caseload. Anna Cecilia Rostworowski da Costa Buff's practice spans corporate, competition and regulation; Helen Gaudio Valente advises on M&A, project finance and contracts; and Fernanda Alves Wolf has knowledge of corporate, contracts, judicial recovery and capital markets law.

Key clients

Seedcorp HO Produção e Comercialização de Sementes

Brasbunker Participações

Marsh Corretora de Seguros

Brasilor Comércio de Produtos Ópticos e Participações (EssilorLuxxotica)

Eurofins do Brasil Análise de Alimentos (Eurofins Group)

SA O Estado de S Paulo

Pestana Hotel Group – Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos

União de Lojas Leader

Casa & Vídeo Rio de Janeiro

SOS Global Express

Domino’s Pizza – RP1 Restaurantes

Ibereólica Renováveis do Brasil

CVRJ Participações (Legion Group)

Cavalry Investimentos EIRELI

Abril Comunicações (em recuperação judicial)

Reed Exhibitions Alcântara Machado (RELX Group)

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 5

The disputes team at Castro Barros Advogados covers commercial, banking, and corporate disputes. José Augusto Leal focuses on commercial and corporate litigation, demonstrating extensive experience in cases involving financial services-sector clients. Credit recovery is an area of expertise for Alexandre Espínola Catramby, while Marco Deluiggi specialises in corporate and insurance disputes. Olympio Carvalho is proficient in cross-border matters, as well as in the resolution of conflicts concerning the transport sector.


‘The team understands your needs and work with high level legal technique.’

‘Castro Barros has a group of experienced lawyers, who can think and develop several alternatives to win a case. Their petitions are not only clear and easy to read, but also short and complete.’

‘Olympio Carvalho is recommended for his technical ability, availability and friendly relationship.’

‘Alexandre Catramby (partner) and Rodrigo Mattos (senior associate) are fast, smart and always available to discuss a case or situation, even if they are not our lawyer in a case.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Financial Services

Banco BTG Pactual

Renault do Brasil

Banco Modal

União de Lojas Leader

Brasbunker Participações

Editora Abril

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros

Forever Living Products Brasil

Labour and employment Tier 5

The strong labour team at Castro Barros Advogados is recommended by clients for its litigation and consulting expertise. Valéria Wessel Souza Rangel de Paula is one of the firm's main points of contact, with good experience in administrative and judicial employment disputes. The team regularly advises clients in the financial services, energy and construction sectors.


‘A high performance team. They are not only up to date in every legal detail involved in the cases they worked with us but also deeply knowledgeable in strategising and implementation of a good and tailor-made plan for each case. Additionally, they have:- great communication flow and speed – incredible capability to produce quality work in short periods of time – deep legal knowledge- very well balanced team in terms of abilities and know-how- outstanding client support.’

‘Valéria Wessel Souza Rangel De Paula is a very high quality lawyer with deep knowledge over the labour and employment law and legal system, in either understanding the case and situation to build the strategy and on its implementation. She’s very adaptable and has a superb work ethic.’

Key clients

Haitong Banco de Investimentos do Brasil

CBDN – Confederação Brasileira de Desportos na Neve

Level Up


Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Financial Services

Casa & Video

Haitong Securities do Brasil Corretora de Câmbio

Legion Group – Cavalry Investimentos Eireli

Essilor International

Bank of Montreal

Transport and shipping

Castro Barros Advogados is a popular choice for wet and dry shipping disputes. The firm acts for a mix of banks, P&I clubs and maritime services companies in a broad range of claims. The team has also established connections with several leading international shipping firms. The highly rated Olympio Carvalho leads the team, with strong support from well-regarded associate Camilla Werneck. Clients also benefit from the input of other experienced litigators at the firm, including Alexandre Espínola Catramby and insurance specialist Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada.

Practice head(s):


‘Castro Barros has an outstanding team. They have a variety of expertise in-house and all professionals are all engaged to understand the client’s needs.’

‘Castro Barros worked efficiently and provided an excellent advice on a complex marine insurance dispute in Brazil. Their advice was very thorough.’

‘Strong knowledge of legal grounds that can support and maintain consistently high quality in the work.’

‘Great capability in maritime litigation, and international experience.’

‘Olympio Carvalho oversees the shipping team. He’s an amiable individual and brilliant lawyer. He’s always at hand to advise on a myriad of matters.’

‘Camilla Werneck is also brilliant and provides carefully thought out advice.’

‘I’d also like to single out Daniela Duque Estrada who is an insurance partner at the firm. Her knowledge of the Brazilian insurance framework is second to none.’

‘Alexandre Catramby is a great litigator, with experience in maritime cases.’

Key clients

Brasbunker Participações S/A (Bravante)

Mizuho Sangyo Co.

Navigators Syndicate 1221 at Lloyd’s

Golar Spirit UK Limited

Posidonia Shipping

Norte Marine Indústria, Reparos e Operações Fluviais LTDA-EPP

Canpotex Shipping Services

Export Import Bank of India

Fugro Brasil Serviços Submarinos e Levantamentos

MUFG Bank – The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Established in 1953, Castro Barros Advogados is one of Brazil’s most respected law firms. With offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia, Castro Barros has a broad client base, including Brazilian and multinational clients, private and governmental entities, in all sectors of the economy. The firm represents clients in all areas of business law in Brazil, working in transactional, regulatory and litigious matters.

Main Areas of Practice (more detailed information can be found in the firm’s website):

Agribusiness: Castro Barros advises clients in various aspects of agribusiness, such as purchase and lease of equity stakes and assets, assistance to foreign investors in the agricultural sector, negotiation of contracts such as licensing and production agreements, and securitization of agricultural receivables.

Arbitration and Litigation: The firm represents local and foreign clients in disputes involving domestic and cross-border matters.

Banking: Castro Barros advises in domestic and cross border financial transactions, such as facility agreements, loans, project finance and leasing of tangibles and intangibles.

Business Contracts:
Our team advises national and foreign clients across different industries in the draw-up and/or negotiation of contracts related to their business activities.

Capital Markets: Castro Barros assists local and foreign investors in the organization and management of investment funds in Brazil, also advising in asset acquisition, debt restructuring, financing, securitization, regulatory matters and representing the clients before Central Bank of Brazil and the Brazilian SEC.

Compliance: Castro Barros assists in anticorruption due diligences, risk assessments, internal investigations and data analyses, development of codes of conduct as well as the implementation and supervision of compliance programs.

Corporate and M&A: The firm assists clients in incorporating legal entities (including non-profit organizations), shareholders’ agreements, joint-ventures, also representing clients before the Brazilian SEC. Castro Barros has a strong M&A practice, including the drafting and negotiation of all related documents, and assisting in post-closing activities, such as service agreements, executive compensation and non-compete covenants.

Environmental: Castro Barros advises in environmental licensing, risk assessment, compensation programs, investigations, administrative proceedings and public civil actions.

Information Technology: The firm assists the clients in many aspects of the ever-evolving IT market, especially in matters related to the digital economy.

Insurance and Reinsurance: Castro Barros advises clients in setting up insurance and reinsurance companies in Brazil and the regulatory aspects, also drafting policies, agreements and other documents, indemnity and liability limitation and representing clients before regulatory bodies and in disputes arising from insurance and reinsurance.

Labor: The firm advises in all areas of labor relations and corresponding social security issues, among them the implementation of incentive and voluntary downsizing programs, profit sharing collective bargaining and stock option plans, as well as in litigation and labor investigations.

Maritime: Castro Barros assists in transactions and litigation involving both civil and military vessels and shipping operations, such as incorporation of Brazilian shipping companies, registration of ship owners, construction, acquisition and registration of vessels, charter contracts and marine insurance, maritime casualties, impoundment and mortgages, collection of debts and assistance to offshore industry suppliers.

O&G, Energy and Mining: Castro Barros advises in both upstream and downstream activities to energy companies and service providers.

Public Law, Project Finance and Regulatory: Castro Barros advises local and foreign companies and local governments in private operation of infrastructure projects (concessions, public-private partnerships, privatizations, etc.). The firm also has broad experience in advising clients in all aspects of government procurement.

Real Estate: Castro Barros assists local and foreign companies, investment funds, financial institutions, construction companies, etc. in all aspects of the local  real estate market.

Tax: The firm assists in the analysis of the taxes and other levies charging directly and indirectly on domestic and foreign companies’ activities, as well as on transfer pricing, restructuring and planning of complex financial and commercial transactions. It also assists foreign clients in evaluating the tax aspects of importing products and services, including those of transfer of technology and know-how and on the development of the tax planning structures not only in Brazil, but also involving more than one jurisdiction.

International Work: Castro Barros maintains a close relationship with very prestigious law firms all over the world and the firm’s members often act as expert witnesses in Brazilian Law in disputes held abroad.

Department Name Email Telephone
Agribusiness Helen Gaudio Valente
Arbitration and Litigation Alexandre Catramby
Arbitration and Litigation José Augusto Leal
Arbitration and Litigation Marco Deluiggi
Capital Markets Helen Gaudio Valente
Business Contracts Anna Cecilia Costa
Business Contracts Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez
Compliance Anna Cecilia Costa
Compliance Paulo Dantas
Banking José Augusto Leal
Corporate Law and M&A Anna Cecilia Costa
Corporate Law and M&A Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez
Corporate Law and M&A Helen Gaudio Valente
Environmental Helen Gaudio Valente
Information Technology Gabriel Manica
Insurance and Reinsurance Daniela Duque Estrada
Maritime Olympio Carvalho
O&G, Energy and Mining Olympio Carvalho
Public Law, Project Finance and Regulatory Paulo Dantas
Real Estate Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez
Tax André Gomes de Oliveira
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada  photo Ms Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada Practice focused on tax litigation, including as lead counsel in administrative and…
Mr Alexandre Espínola Catramby  photo Mr Alexandre Espínola Catramby Practice focused on litigation, especially on civil, business and public law, in…
Mrs Helen G. Valente Figurelli  photo Mrs Helen G. Valente Figurelli Practice focused on corporate law, M&A, private equity and capital market and…
 André Gomes de Oliveira  photo André Gomes de Oliveira Practice focused on national and international tax planning, advising Brazilian and foreign…
Mr Olympio J. M. L de Carvalho e Silva  photo Mr Olympio J. M. L de Carvalho e Silva Head of the maritime and transport law practice of the firm, area…
 José Augusto Leal  photo José Augusto Leal Head of our law firm’s Arbitration & Litigation practice. Strong background in…
Mr Gabriel Manica Mendes de Sena  photo Mr Gabriel Manica Mendes de Sena Former Member of the Administrative Board of Tax Appeals of the Federal…
Mr Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez  photo Mr Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez Practice focused on corporate law, M&A, project finance and investments, as well…