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Castro Barros Advogados

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 4

The restructuring group at Castro Barros Advogados is led by credit-recovery expert Alexandre Espínola Catramby. In litigation, the team is regularly instructed by creditors in court-supervised restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings while, on the transactional side, it has experience in distressed M&As and financial restructuring.

Tax Tier 4

With an ability to 'understand the client's needs', Castro Barros Advogados receives plaudits for its 'agility, assertiveness and objectivity'. Distinguishing itself through its specialism in the retail and telecoms sectors, as well as transfer pricing, the experienced team includes André Gomes de Oliveira, Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada and Gabriel Manica Mendes de Sena.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Castro Barros Advogados is well versed in M&A and also has a thriving non-transactional corporate practice. From its offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, it handles projects across Brazil and also draws on the firm's tax, antitrust and labour departments to provide a full service to corporate clients. Highlights included advising a Brazilian company that produces organic animal feed and plant fertiliser products on its merger with a Canadian group; Helen Gaudio Valente led the advice. In other work, Fernanda Alves Wolf assisted a major retail company on its corporate and financial reorganisation. Anna Cecilia Rostworowski da Costa Buff compliments her M&A practice with specialisms in antitrust and regulatory law. Renato Stetner left to become Deputy Secretary of Justice for the City of São Paulo.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 5

'Premium law firm' Castro Barros Advogados is praised for its 'availability, legal technique, business experience and negotiation skills'. Under the leadership of senior partner Jose Leal, the team is equipped to handle a significant number of lawsuits, including complex and high-stakes disputes. Marco Deluiggi and a team are representing Aeropuerto de Salvador in a high-value compensation claim filed by major telecoms companies. Alexandre Espínola Catramby and Olympio Carvalho are also highly recommended.

Labour and employment Tier 5

At Castro Barros Advogados, senior associate Valéria Wessel Souza Rangel de Paula has notable experience in labour law and social security. In recent work, she successfully represented a financial institution in several labour lawsuits.

Transport and shipping

Under the lead of 'swift and effective coordinatorOlympio CarvalhoCastro Barros Advogados ' team acts for numerous international shipping law firms as clients. Frequently acting on contentious cases, the group represented Brasbunker Participações in litigation against Maridive & Oil Services concerning the non-compliance with vessel operating agreements.

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.

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.

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

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.

 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.

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.

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 Fernanda Wolf
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 Ms. Estrada co-heads the tax litigation department, in Rio de Janeiro and…
Mr Olympio Carvalho  photo Mr Olympio Carvalho Partner. Head of Shipping and Transport department. Member of the Dispute Resolution…
Mr Alexandre Espínola Catramby  photo Mr Alexandre Espínola Catramby Partner – He has a strong background in litigation, in the areas…
Mrs Helen G. Valente Figurelli  photo Mrs Helen G. Valente Figurelli Lawyer with experience in corporate, contracts, real estate, environmental and capital markets.Advice…
Mr André Gomes de Oliveira  photo Mr André Gomes de Oliveira Head of the Tax Department of the office, he coordinates the tax…
Mr José Augusto Leal  photo Mr José Augusto Leal Senior Partner – Head of Dispute Resolution Area.
Mr Gabriel Manica Mendes de Sena  photo Mr Gabriel Manica Mendes de Sena Gabriel Manica co-heads the CBSG tax litigation team in Rio de Janeiro,…
Mr Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez  photo Mr Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez Partner with the Corporate Department of the office, He specializes in corporate…