Firm Profile > Souto Correa Advogados > Porto Alegre, Brazil

Souto Correa Advogados
AV CARLOS GOMES, 700
13TH ANDAR
PORTO ALEGRE, RS CEP 90480-000
Brazil

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Souto Correa Advogados is one of the first ports of call in Porto Alegre for domestic and foreign clients seeking advice on the full array of corporate and transactional matters. The department balances a busy workload, with a significant proportion of its deals involving high-value M&A, financing, joint ventures and commercial agreements, especially those pertaining to construction projects and distribution contracts, as well as foreign investments. On the transactional side, the firm's practitioners have a proven track record in mergers and acquisitions involving the energy, automotive and agribusiness sectors. Jointly led by Rodrigo Tellechea - whose areas of expertise cover corporate law, restructuring and succession planning - and founding partner Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior, the corporate group often works in close collaboration with other firm-wide practices focused on bankruptcy, real estate and timberland investments. Fernanda Girardi Tavares is a key contact for infrastructure and construction contracts. Carlos Souto is also active in the team, notably in commercial deals.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Tellechea; Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm Souto Correa has a team of highly qualified professionals and specialists in the fields of activity.’

‘In addition to the competence of the professionals, who are very thorough on all the requested issues, there is a commitment to results.’

‘Technical team with multidisciplinary knowledge and market expertise that allows all clients to evaluate issues ranging from simple deals to the most complex transactions. Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior has exceptional technical knowledge and demonstrates real interest in the client and its business.’

Well qualified team, immediate service provision, understanding the demand effectively in the result.’

Key clients

Oleoplan – Oleos Vegetais Planalto

SPAR Group International

CMPC Celulose Riograndense

Grupo Inbetta

The Walt Disney Company (Brasil)

Kaon do Brasil Industria Eletrônica

Honeywell do Brasil

Irani Papel e Embalagem

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Souto Correa Advogados regularly handles some of the most complex contentious matters in the region for key local and international clients engaged in litigation involving energy, environmental, consumer law, contractual and corporate disputes. In addition, the team has strong credentials in both domestic and international arbitration, and is well equipped to assist clients in mediation proceedings. Class actions are another strong point for the department, which is often retained to act for defendants or industry associations. The practice is jointly led by four partners who focus on dispute resolution: Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, Julia Klarmann, Diogo Fries - a key point of contact for high-profile civil and commercial disputes - and civil and tax litigation specialist Otávio Domit.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Otávio Domit; Julia Klarmann

Testimonials

‘Attorneys with solid education backgrounds and cross-culture communication skills.’

‘Legal technical expertise and excellent customer service. Diogo Fries has extensive knowledge of the area and is concerned, above all, with meeting client’s needs. Furthermore, he is available and always looking to solve the situation in the best way on behalf of the client.’

‘Since the first contact they left us super comfortable about their ability to solve our case.’

‘Diogo Fries is a highly qualified professional. He always graced us with knowledge and a language that allowed an easy understanding of the current status of the case and the next steps to take.’

‘We would highlight Guilherme Rizzo Amaral.’

Key clients

Airbnb Ireland UC

CERAN – Companhia Energética do Rio das Antas

CJ International Brasil Comercial Agrícola

GE Energias Renováveis

Grupo Habitasul

Hostinger Brasil Hospedagem de Sites

Irani Papel e Embalagem

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Rádio Gaúcha

RGE Sul Distribuidora de Energia

Votorantim Asset Management Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

WMS Supermercados do Brasil

Labour Tier 1

With comprehensive knowledge of labour law, Souto Correa Advogados undertakes advisory and contentious matters on behalf of domestic and multinational clients from a variety of sectors. The team has a strong track record in preventing high-stakes lawsuits, and regularly acts in collective negotiations and agreements with trade unions. The labour group is overseen by Porto Alegre-based Paulo Roberto Souto, whose areas of focus include mass dismissals and administrative investigations, and Patricia Alves and Joel Gallo, who are based in São Paulo. Eduardo Mascarenhas is a key contact in Porto Alegre for companies in the technology, healthcare, agribusiness and transport sectors; he excels in labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Souto; Joel Gallo; Patrícia Alves

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Semeato Indústria e Comércio

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações

Cinemark

Vale

Habitasul Florestal

Editora Magister

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

MAN Energy Solutions Brasil Equipamentos e Serviços

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Solví Participações

Object Edge

Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços

Grupo CCRR – Colacril

Aeromot – Aeronaves e Motores

Associação Escola Panamericana de Porto Alegre

CITIC Construções do Brasil

AVL Aplicativos

Tax Tier 1

Multinational and Brazilian companies operating in industries as varied as technology, energy and construction regularly turn to Souto Correa Advogados for assistance with tax litigation, non-contentious matters and regulatory issues. On the tax advisory side, the service offering encompasses federal, state and municipal taxes; the team is also well versed in tax planning, customs and operations involving the Manaus Free Trade Zone. Giácomo Paro leads the group, which showcases particular strength in litigation at both the administrative and judicial levels. Anderson Trautmann Cardoso focuses on tax disputes, which is also a key area of activity for Henry Gonçalves Lummertz, who is seasoned in proceedings designed to prevent undue tax collections and recover taxes that have been unduly paid. With thorough knowledge of social contributions, as well as corporate and individual taxes, André Luiz da Silva Gomes is a name to note for tax consultancy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Giácomo Paro

Testimonials

‘A team highly attuned to the market, knowledgeable about business and technically perfect!’

‘Souto Correa has a highly qualified team.’

‘I would like to highlight the professional Anderson Trautmann Cardoso. He is very competent, and has an excellent understanding of business issues.’

‘Anderson Trautmann Cardoso has high technical knowledge.’

Andre Gomes and Valter Tremarin are professionals that keep up-to-date and focused on the major current tax issues. They are helpful and give immediate return. In addition, they are committed to the company’s results. They understand the questions required by our company and achieve the necessary objectives to solve these demands. I would recommend both.’

Key clients

Braskem

Samsung

CEITEC

Sulforte

CERAN

TC Cosméticos

SMC

APF

Ivo Rizzo Construtora

Araupel

Medabil

Aeromot

Casio

Duncan Pneus

Electricity (and renewable energy) Tier 3

The group at Souto Correa Advogados is well equipped to assist clients with an array of matters involving the electricity sector, having a wealth of experience in regulatory and administrative issues. The team, which has recently witnessed an increase in M&A-related mandates, is proficient in gas-to-power projects and distributed generation issues. Livia Amorim regularly counsels domestic and foreign clients which are engaged in the sale of infrastructure assets. She leads the practice with Fabio Di Lallo, whose areas of expertise include power purchase agreements, administrative proceedings and power regulations.

Practice head(s):

Lívia Amorim; Fabio Di Lallo

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm with great knowledge, customer service, commitment. Lívia Amorim and Fabio di Lallo have excellent technical knowledge specialised in energy.’

‘We hired the team for its expertise in the energy sector. Fabio Di Lallo was the partner who led all the advice and all the conversations. We were satisfied with the work.’

‘Souto Correa has the best and most sophisticated electricity practice in the country. Knowledge of the market and technical issues, constant updating and involvement in the drafting of legislation and solid experience in the area. The partner Lívia Amorim is a well-established name in the market and leads the practice of the office as a notable competence. Lívia is an exceptional lawyer, with deep technical knowledge and national and international experience in the area.’

Key clients

Eneva

Empresa Regional de Transmissão de Energia

Perfin Asset Management

Mori Energia Holding – Mori

Ambev

Darby Servtec Energia – Fundo de Investimento em Participações- Multiestratégia

Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz – CPFL

Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo – Eletropaulo

Raízen

Solatio Energy Gestão de Projetos Solares

Intellectual property Tier 3

Offering advice across the gamut of IP rights, Souto Correa Advogados manages complex prosecution and enforcement matters, licensing, partnerships and contractual issues on behalf of an impressive client roster. Leticia Provedel, whose IP, transactional and technology-related experience spans more than two decades, jointly heads the department with Mariana Vicentini Taylor, who regularly handles advertising, trade mark and copyright matters. João Harres is extremely active in the IP practice, and undertakes work in the fields of IT, entertainment and advertising law. The firm is also sought after by leading players in the music and audiovisual industries in relation to the protection of their IP assets.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Provedel; Mariana Vicentini Taylor

Testimonials

‘The firm offers a service that is focused on the client and their business. Deep knowledge of intellectual property.’

‘Mariana Vincentini Taylor is extremely attentive, agile and extremely knowledgeable.’ 

‘Our experience with Souto Correa’s IP practice has been outstanding since the beginning. I have been working with Leticia Provedel for more than 10 years. We have always received an excellent service, and all their lawyers are very capable, diligent and prepared. Leticia is very professional and knows how to manage a team. Mariana Vicentini Taylor is a great IP practitioner.’

Key clients

Dell Brazil

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

WHG Caribbean Holdings

DiDi Chuxing

Fox Latin America Channels do Brasil

Rede Agro Fidelidade e Intermediação

Sephora

Vale

Crédit Agricole France

The Madison Square Garden Company

AIRBNB Serviços Digitais

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Edwards Lifesciences

Loungerie

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 4

The arbitration and mediation practice at Souto Correa Advogados represents clients in a wide range of disputes before a variety of arbitral forums, both domestically and abroad. Furthermore, practitioners often serve as arbitrators or expert witnesses in commercial arbitration proceedings. Based in the Porto Alegre office, Guilherme Rizzo Amaral has considerable experience acting as arbitrator and counsel in complex cases. Luis Alberto Peretti is the name to note in São Paulo; his notable areas of practice include arbitrations related to M&A and construction projects. Marcelo Gandelman is the key contact in Rio de Janeiro.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Marcelo Gandelman; Luís Alberto Peretti

Testimonials

‘Wide practical experience combined with the solid academic knowledge of the team.’

‘Souto Correa stands out for the quality of its senior partners (Guilherme Rizzo Amaral) and for the “hands-on” approach of these partners. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral is one of the best and most talented arbitration lawyers in Brazil. He stands out for his knowledge of Brazilian and comparative law, mastery of procedural issues, eloquence in negotiations and hearings (also in English), and for his strategic reasoning. In addition, Guilherme has unparalleled knowledge, among Brazilian professionals, about the Chinese market.’

Deep knowledge of the client and how the client thinks. Depth, knowledge and dedication.’

‘Guilherme Rizzo Amaral is a star. Both have an impressive work capacity and always manage to offer clear and effective strategies aligned with the client’s objectives.’

Marcelo Gandelman stands out for his business vision and strategy. Rafael Dias for his dedication and depth.’

Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 4

'Composed of highly qualified and experienced professionals in judicial, administrative and arbitration disputes', the team at Souto Correa Advogados is well versed in litigation involving consumer law, environmental issues, construction, energy, contractual and corporate disputes. The team - which is predominantly based in Porto Alegre - is under the leadership of Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, Julia Klarmann and Otávio Domit. Roberta Feiten Silva leads on product liability cases and consumer lawsuits, and Ricardo Quass Duarte is noted for his work in complex civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Otávio Domit; Julia Klarmann

Testimonials

‘This practice has lawyers with special experience in product liability matters. They are able to work as part of a worldwide team considering foreign law systems and company tactics as well.’

‘Ricardo Quass Duarte is very committed and always has a clear tactic in mind.’

‘The team is extremely competent, composed of highly qualified and experienced professionals in judicial, administrative and arbitration disputes.’

‘Among the many excellent lawyers in the firm, I highlight the work of Guilherme Amaral.’

‘Partners provide personalised services. Professionals involved in cases always have in-depth knowledge of the facts and stand out for their technical and legal knowledge.’

‘Ricardo Quazz Duarte works in civil litigation and is extremely competent and committed. He always seek to deeply understand clients’ problems and deliver winning solutions and strategies.’

‘They are dedicated to cases, seeking successful alternatives to disputes.’

Key clients

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Braskem

CHS Agronegócio

CPFL Group

Companhia de Navegação Norsul

Continental Brasil Indústria Automotiva

Duque Comercio e Participações

Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo

GDC Partners Serviços Fiduciários Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

GE Energias Renováveis

GL Events Exhibitions

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Mar Azul Logística, Armazenamento, Terminais e Transportes

Microsoft do Brasil Importações e Comércio de Software e Vídeo Games

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia

Votorantim Asset Management Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Environment Tier 4

The environment and sustainability team at Souto Correa Advogados has a broad service offering in the field of environmental law, covering both non-contentious matters and litigation. Clients from the real estate, energy, chemicals, forestry and pulp and paper industries turn to the Porto Alegre-based team for assistance with environmental licensing, due diligence in the context of M&A transactions, and administrative proceedings. Department head Fabiana Figueiró, who often acts for clients in environmental litigation, is particularly knowledgeable in reverse logistics, contaminated sites and protected areas. Juliana Pretto Stangherlin is a counsel of choice for forestry and energy clients in relation to compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Figueiró

Testimonials

‘Very personalised service. I highlight the work done by Juliana Pretto Stangherlin.’

Key clients

Oleoplan

Disney Brazil

Kalmar Brazil

Concremat Engenharia e Tecnologia

Timac Agro Brasil

Irani Papel e Embalagem

Phillip Morris Brasil

Enel Distribuição São Paulo

Santos Brasil Participações

Latam Airlines Brazil

Labour and employment Tier 4

The 'creative and practical' employment law team at Souto Correa Advogados represents an impressive mix of manufacturing and technology clients from its offices in Porto Alegre and São Paulo. On the advisory side, the firm offers strong support in related areas such as Covid-19 policies, data protection, risk mitigation and collective negotiations with the unions. Judicial and administrative disputes also feature prominently on its workload, including high-level class actions and individual claims. Paulo Roberto Souto, Flavio Sirangelo and Joel Gallo are the main partners, and Patricia Alves is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Roberto Souto

Testimonials

‘Creative and practical; also works well with U.S. clients on local issues.’

‘Souto Correia Advogados has acted with great diligence, responsibility, and efficiency.’

‘Excellent team with complete market and strategic vision of the main issues related to pandemic.’

‘Patricia Alves, Flavio Portinho Sirangelo and Paulo Souto work very well as a team and are excellent in explaining local Brazilian labour law issues/procedures to American lawyers.’

‘Joel Gallo has good legal knowledge and experience in negotiations with unions.’

‘Patricia Alves – excellent professional, supporting the most diverse subjects.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Semeato Indústria e Comércio

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações

Cinemark

Vale

Habitasul Florestal

Editora Magister

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

MAN Energy Solutions Brasil Equipamentos e Serviços

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Solví Participações

Object Edge

Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços (Hotmart)

Grupo CCRR – Colacril

Aeromot – Aeronaves e Motores

Associação Escola Panamericana de Porto Alegre

CITIC Construções do Brasil

AVL Aplicativos Ltda (Wildlife Studios)

Real estate Tier 4

With headquarters in Porto Alegre, Souto Correa Advogados has a strong focus on high-value contentious and non-contentious real estate matters. The firm has particular experience in commercial, industrial and rural leases, as well as acquisitions and sales, and provides advice on related environmental, regulatory and tax issues. Lead partner Fábio Machado Baldissera has a multi-faceted practice, and is entrusted by an impressive range of domestic and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Machado Baldissera

Testimonials

‘The services were clearly provided with notes of the risks and at the same time there was pro-business flexibility, without losing the security of the business.’

‘Fábio Machado Baldissera is an incredible professional who has supported us in recent operations and also in the past, has extensive knowledge in the area and market practices, as well as being available and accessible the client.’

Key clients

Medabil Soluções Construtivas

Oleoplan – Óleos Vegetais Planalto

Darby Servtec Energia – Fundo de Investimento em Participações – Multiestratégia

Powertrain Brasil Serviços para Equipamentos Agrícolas

Cereais Célia

Panambra Sul Comércio de Veículos

MRV Engenharia e Participações

Hotel Laje de Pedra

Launch Pad Tecnologia, Servicos e Pagamentos

WMS Supermercados do Brasil

Newbridge Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Indústria e Comércio de Cosméticos Natura

Tegra Incorporadora

Joal Teitelbaum

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados has a strong following among major creditors and debtors. Although the firm is primarily based in Porto Alegre, the practice covers interests across much of the country, and São Paulo-based partner Fernando Pellenz is singled out for praise, being especially active in agribusiness-related issues. Other key partners in the team include Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior, Luis Felipe Spinelli, Carlos Souto and litigator Rodrigo Tellechea. Most of the firm's lawyers have strong contentious and non-contentious expertise, including in the management of distressed assets.

Practice head(s):

Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior; Luis Felipe Spinelli

Testimonials

‘Very competent and qualified professionals, and excellent in the treatment of the client. The lawyers are always up to date on recent laws, decisions and practices.’

‘Involvement of the partner in all stages of the restructuring negotiation and wide availability to serve the client.’

‘Technical excellence. It’s the best way to describe the work.’

‘Gilberto Correia is always available and with great market knowledge to assist in the negotiation of restructurings.’

‘Fernando Pellenz is an excellent and very competent lawyer. Knows how to listen to the client and bring the solution of the case in a creative, dynamic and satisfactory way.’

Key clients

Ecovix Construções Oceânicas

Brasil/CT – Comércio e Turismo

Export-Import Bank of the United States

International Finance Corporation

Chinatex Grains and Oils (H.K.) Limited

CHS Agronegócio – Indústria e Comércio

Companhia de Navegação Norsul e Norsulcargo Navegação

Fundação CEEE de Seguridade Social – Eletroceee

Semeato Implementos Agrícolas

GE Energias Renováveis

Nidera Sementes

Sky Chefs

Taurus Máquinas-Ferramentas

Forjas Taurus

Tax advisory Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados is recommended by clients for its experienced tax practice. The firm assists a wide range of Brazilian and international clients on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border tax issues. This includes disputes at the federal, state and municipal level for companies operating across various sectors, including technology, petrochemicals, engineering, construction and energy.  São Paulo-based partners Fernando Ayres and Giácomo Paro are well regarded. The firm also fields a strong team in Porto Alegre, where Anderson Trautmann Cardoso, André Luiz da Silva Gomes and Henry Gonçalves Lummertz are based.

Practice head(s):

Giácomo Paro

Testimonials

‘For me, the differential is the proactivity and availability in understanding the client’s business and acting quickly, which is what distinguishes the performance of Souto Correa, especially with Fernando Ayres and Giácomo Paro.’

‘The tax team of the office Souto Correa is very technical and seeks to serve the client in a differentiated way, treating all cases with great care and attention.’

‘Fernando Ayres: excellent professional, adapts to the client and tries to understand the company’s activity. Henry Lummertz: very skilled lawyer, really thinks out of the box, bringing original solutions.’

‘Giácomo Paro quickly understands the background of the business and its main challenges. In addition, his availability to the client stands out.’

Good technical and procedural knowledge; Availability for technical meetings; Good partnership for designing procedural strategies.’

Souto Correa’s highlight for me is Fernando Ayres’s work in a diligent manner and attentive to the immediate needs of the client’s business, optimising the time and resources available for hiring.’

Technical quality, assertiveness, objectivity.’

Key clients

NTT Brasil

Pearson Education

Atvos Agroindustrial

Santo Antônio Energia

Quinto Andar

Braskem

Samsung

Dell

99 Tecnologia

Medabil

Casa dos Ventos

CASIO

Unifértil

Buser

Acciona

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

Consórcio Odebrecht Via Engenharia

Consórcio Belo Monte

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Souto Correa Advogados balances a busy corporate and M&A practice, which has recently advised on relevant deals involving technology, renewable energy and food sector companies, among others. Often working alongside colleagues in the restructuring, real estate, timberland and agribusiness departments, the team offers a broad service, advising on transactions and commercial agreements. The firm has a strong base in Porto Alegre, where many of its key lawyers are based; names to note in São Paulo include Clarissa Yokomizo and associate Martha Giugno Termignoni, while associate Silvia Pupo is a key contact in Rio de Janeiro. Porto Alegre-based corporate and M&A experts Rodrigo Tellechea and Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior lead the department, with Raquel Stein another name to note. The department also expanded in July 2021 with the hire of Mauricio Paschoal from Lefosse Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Tellechea; Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior

Testimonials

The office is distinguished by its qualified professionals, personalised service to meet the client’s needs.’

Knowledge of Brazilian, American and UK laws, facilitating our work that involves multiple countries. They offer several areas of activity, a One stop Shop.’

I would highlight Clarissa Yokomizo in M&A.’

I would recommended Raquel Stein: her knowledge of American law is fundamental, without it the work would be impossible.’

Ability to assist us in any subject, area or need. We never had a case where they didn’t have an expert on staff.The lawyers are well trained and proactive in proposing solutions to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Oleoplan Oleos Vegetais Planalto

Darby Servtec Energia – Fundo de Investimento em Participações – Multiestratégia

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazonia

The Walt Disney Company (Brasil)

Kaon do Brasil Industria Eletrônica

Honeywell do Brasil

Knauf Isopor

Central Eólica Babilônia

Randon – Implementos e Participações

99 Tecnologia

Grupo Emiliano

Abbott Laboratórios

SLC Participações

Taurus Armas

Bettanin

Souto Correa Advogados is made up of experienced lawyers, united by the same principles and values. It is staffed with experts of outstanding professional and academic backgrounds, many of whom hold PhDs and Masters’ degrees and have been nominated in national and international legal rankings such as Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer and Analise Advocacia.

The team assists clients in Brazil and abroad in all areas of business law. To achieve that, it relies on professionals who are fluent in several foreign languages, which enables them to meet the standards and requests from
various countries, especially through its Asian, German, and Latin desks.

Mission: To build a solid and lasting organization committed with its clients and the community, made up of connected and motivated persons that are capable of generating competitive advantages.

Clients: The firm represents Brazilian and foreign clients from various sectors, such as agribusiness, automotive, aviation, chemical, construction, education, electronics, energy, entertainment, commercial banking, food and beverages, forestry, health, hotels, insurance, IT, logistics and transportation, media, metallurgy, music and audiovisual, naval, oil and gas, paper, packaging, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, private equity, retail, tobacco, among others. Souto Correa’s practice includes the representation of community-driven companies, e-commerce players, as well as counseling start-ups.

Main Areas of Practice
Public Law & Regulatory: The firm has expertise in procurement and government contracts, concessions, permissions and authorisations, expropriation and administrative easements, sanctioning proceedings, misconduct actions, anticorruption law etc. The firm represents clients in infrastructure related matters, particularly regarding energy, oil and gas,
sanitation, harbours and airports, railways and mining.

Compliance: Provides assistance in the development and implementation of compliance programs to respect national and international requirements. The team deals with: providing support to companies in the creation of ethics and conduct committees, preparation of legal risk evaluations, creation and management of channels to report potential non-conformities, offering training and communication, monitoring selfassessment and remediation projects, participating in inquiries and/or assessing non-conformity cases.

Consumer & Product Liability:The firm manages strategic lawsuits involving consumer rights, such as collective actions. Experience includes handling public civil inquiries and strategic administrative cases filed by consumer protection and defense authorities. The team handles product liability lawsuits and recall campaigns. The area advises clients on consumer internal policies.

Corporate & M&A: The firm handles all matters related to a company’s day-to-day corporate and governance routines. Attorneys take part in several transactions including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, and due diligence procedures. On the contractual side, the team negotiates and drafts commercial, distribution and agency agreements. The corporate team works with related practice areas, such as real estate, timberland investment and agribusiness.

Corporate Criminal: The area covers corporate criminal issues from a truly multidisciplinary angle. The team assists natural and legal persons regarding criminal matters during criminal investigations and in lawsuits before federal and state courts. This area’s deep involvement in each case and the technical knowledge of the team guarantee quick responses and efficient solutions in all stages of the criminal process.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation: The team handles domestic and international mediations and arbitrations, arbitral letters, challenging and annulment of arbitral awards, recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of arbitral clauses. Team members also act as arbitrators and mediators.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation: The firm has experience in the prevention and resolution of complex litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres, representing clients before all courts. It also cooperates with clients in the definition of strategies to reduce litigation, and advises them in accordance with the needs of their businesses.

Environmental & Sustainability: The firm provides consultancy services regarding compliance with environmental legislation, analysing possible opportunities arising from legal benefits. The team also assists with environmental, administrative and legal proceedings, including monitoring civil inquiries and public civil actions, negotiating settlements with public authorities, and providing assistance with licensing.

Intellectual Property & Entertainment: The firm advises clients on issues related to trademarks, brands, franchises, copyright law, domain names, industrial design, know-how, business secrets, software, unfair competition, e-commerce, corporate name disputes, trade-dress, biotechnology, cultivation, genetic patrimony access (CGen), and all related areas, including application and protective measures. It assists clients in matters related to the recording and audiovisual industry, events, online content providers, TV broadcasters, advertising agencies, copyrights, image and voice rights, sponsorships, advertisements and branded entertainment.

Labour: The team acts in litigation cases and in consultancy. Experience includes managing the relationship with union entities and negotiating collective agreements. The team deals with due diligences and the management of financial liabilities, and reviews HR proceedings. Also in its purview is the drafting of contracts, internal policies and codes of conduct, and conducting in-company training sessions on labour-related matters.

Restructuring & Insolvency: Regularly assists and represents debtors and creditors involved in judicial and extrajudicial restructuring, bankruptcies and in the extrajudicial liquidation of companies. Acts in the restructuring of debts, negotiating with debtors and creditors, as well as in the sale or acquisition of companies and/or distressed assets.

Tax: The firm offers a wide range of tax consultancy and litigation services at the federal, state and municipal levels, including issues such as social security contributions, operation restructuring, tax benefits, mergers and acquisitions,
tax replacements, transfer pricing and due diligences, as well as the legislative process. The team is recognised for its expertise in customs law, analysing foreign trade taxation, tax classifications, among others.

Wealth and Succession Planning: The team advises on estate and succession planning for Brazilians and foreigners to organize, enhance, and protect their assets, both in Brazil and abroad. The firm has vast experience in leading projects with a focus on planning strategies to minimize economic risks, aiming to identify the best available structures and to implement the plan to achieve asset protection, wealth preservation and organization, as well as tax and succession efficiency. It also advises individuals and family businesses, including the support for family offices since their inception, through family governance documents such as family contracts, wills, trusts, as well as shareholder agreements and other corporate organization documents. The team has multidisciplinary expertise in areas such as Succession, Family, Tax, Corporate, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property Law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Compliance and Corporate & M&A Anna Paula de Abreu da Costa Carvalho anna.carvalho@soutocorrea.com
Corporate & M&A and Compliance Carlos Souto contato@soutocorrea.com
Wealth & Succession Planning Daniel Alt da Silva daniel.alt@soutocorrea.com
White-Collar Crimes Emilia Malacarne emilia.malacarne@soutocorrea.com
Environmental & Sustainability Fabiana Figueiró fabiana.figueiro@soutocorrea.com
Real Estate Fábio Baldissera fabio.baldissera@soutocorrea.com
Contracts Fernanda Girardi fernanda.girardi@soutocorrea.com
Agribusiness Fernando Pellenz fernando.pellenz@soutocorrea.com
Tax Giácomo Paro giacomo.paro@soutocorrea.com
Timberland and Capital Markets Gilberto Deon Corrêa Jr gilberto.correa@soutocorrea.com
Dispute resolution and Asian Desk Guilherme Rizzo Amaral guilherme.amaral@soutocorrea.com
German Desk Jorge Cesa jorge.cesa@soutocorrea.com
Intellectual Property & Entertainment Leticia Provedel leticia.provedel@soutocorrea.com
Public Law & Regulatory Livia Amorim livia.amorim@soutocorrea.com
Restructuring & Insolvency Luis Felipe Spinelli luis.spinelli@soutocorrea.com
Corporate & M&A and Capital Markets Mauricio Negri Paschoal mauricio.paschoal@soutocorrea.com
Labor Patricia Alves patricia.alves@soutocorrea.com
Latin Desk Raquel Stein raquel.stein@soutocorrea.com
Consumer & Product Liability Roberta Feiten roberta.feiten@soutocorrea.com
Startup Hub Rodrigo Tellechea rodrigo.tellechea@soutocorrea.com
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 Raquel Stein photo Raquel Stein
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Promoting a diverse environment with respect for differences is an essential trait of Souto Correa’s institutional culture.  The firm Diversity Committee was created in 2017 as part of the firm’s governance structure and has received several awards and recognitions. Souto Correa’s diversity committee benefits from the collaboration of 30+ professionals in the firm who voluntarily serve as “Ambassadors of Diversity” and provide internal support to the diversity team on different arrays of mindfulness such as gender, color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ to ensure effective policies towards a more diverse environment.

Among Souto Correa’s Diversity Committee and firm Diversity Ambassadors’ achievements are: promotion of several events to increase awareness, dissemination of readings and literature for a better understanding of diversity-related issues, monitored increase of diversity among partners, associates and professionals, gathering and analyzing internal firm data on diversity issues, sponsoring of Law School program and professional courses to create new opportunities to those in need of financial aid, recommending implementing tools manage unconscious biases in hiring processes, career advancement and evaluation. Diversity is one of the firm’s corporate governance principles and part of the firm’s core values.

Respecting differences is an essential trait of our institutional culture. Souto Correa has formalized its commitment to diversity by creating a specific committee in 2017 as part of the firm’s governance structure. The establishment of a group focusing on diversity seeks to align the firm with corporate governance principles and to further materialize one of the firm’s core values, which is “focus on people, they are a means and an end onto themselves”.

Souto Correa’s Diversity Committee main goals are to collect and gather internal firm data on gender, race, and LGBT+ in addition to finding tools to deal with issues such as unconscious biases in hiring processes, career advancement and evaluation. Additionally, the group seeks to promote measures to increase diversity, raise awareness about the issue and promote respect for differences within the firm.

The firm also has a voluntary mentoring program for its junior associates to encourage their professional development. For 36 months (during the estimated time for progression from junior to mid-level), the attorneys benefit from regular meetings with senior associates to plan their careers as well as help them better understand the inner workings of Souto Correa and its culture.

The firm’s overall retention is high and as relates to the retention of female lawyers, Souto Correa has an official maternity program. The program has clear rules on compensation (monthly and bonus) so that the associate can have peace of mind when planning their family and career. The expecting or adopting mother has guaranteed certain payments at the time of her leave, so she is duly compensated. Further, any time taken away from the office is in no way deducted or computed for bonus and evaluation purposes.

Moreover, also talking about retention tools, the team has great flexibility in the organization of its working time to enable them to meet personal commitments not only related to parenthood, but also from differentiated options in the career, such as an academic degree or pro bono activities.