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Souto Correa Advogados
AV PRES. JUSCELINO KUBITSCHEK, 2041
TORRE D, 8 ANDAR, COMPLEXO JK
SAO PAULO, SP, 04543-011
Brazil

City focus - Porto Alegre > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Working in close collaboration with the firm’s tax, labour, real estate and competition departments, the corporate team at Souto Correa Advogados is rated for its track record in complex mandates involving joint ventures, M&A, corporate restructurings and foreign investment. The group is a popular choice for large domestic and international companies pertaining to the energy, agribusiness, tech, manufacturing and software segments, and is noted for its expertise in corporate governance, minority shareholder issues and commercial contracts. Rodrigo Tellechea, who is often engaged in corporate and commercial litigation, leads the practice alongside Raquel Stein, a key contact for cross-border projects, and Fernanda Girardi Tavares, who focuses on commercial, infrastructure and technology contracts. Another key name in the team is Carlos Souto, who regularly advises on complex M&A and commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Tellechea; Raquel Stein; Fernanda Girardi Tavares

Testimonials

‘We use Souto Correa’s services on several fronts, including M&A transactions. The firm is fast and committed to the sense of urgency that technology companies demand, combined with good risk management.’

‘The lawyers who serve us are true partners- they contribute to our business and offer the best quality of service.’

‘Ability to understand the client’s business, talk about business matters, and add strategic value.’

‘Souto Correa’s main difference is the interdisciplinarity of its team. Lawyers do not have a strictly legal view, but they are able to make connections and bring solutions from areas other than their main fields of activity, in addition, of course, to having specialists in the main areas. The security that the team gives us due to this broad notion of business is what makes the firm different.’

‘We work mainly with Rodrigo Tellechea. Rodrigo has a very refined business vision, which allows him to offer insights beyond the legal matters. Many times, we even forget that we are in a meeting with a lawyer as his contributions are of a business partner who envisions the future of the business as if it were his. His availability and zeal are also commendable.’

Key clients

Oleoplan Óleos Vegetais Planalto

CMPC Celulose Riograndense

Vitesco Tecnologia Brasil Automotiva

Salux Informatização em Saúde

Alcon Brasil Cuidados com a Saúde

Desmet Ballestra Brasil

HCL Software

LATAM Airlines

DASA – Diagnóstico das Américas

Work highlights

  • Advised Johann Alimentos, Nóia Alimentos, and their shareholders on the acquisition of shares representing 100% of the issued and outstanding share capital of a joint-stock company controlled by Delly’s, a food service distributor in Brazil.
  • Assisted the local Walterscheid group in completing the required conditions for the closing of a merger.
  • Advised Irani Papel e Embalagem on key contractual issues related to the expansion and modernisation of its industrial plants located in Santa Catarina.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Souto Correa Advogados‘ ‘practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset‘ are ‘unparalleled in the local market‘. The firm is one of the first ports of call in Porto Alegre for clients from a wide range of sectors, including tech, manufacturing, energy and pesticides, seeking assistance in strategic disputes. The practice is particularly known for its broad expertise, which covers litigation involving consumer law, environmental issues, civil liability, corporate and contractual conflicts as well as concession matters. Other areas of strength for the team include domestic and international arbitration, and mediation proceedings. Litigator Guilherme Rizzo Amaral jointly leads the group with associate Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu, who focuses on both judicial and extrajudicial proceedings. Diogo Squeff Fries and Otávio Domit are key contacts for high-profile civil and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu

Other key lawyers:

Otávio Domitt; Diogo Squeff Fries; Geraldo Korpaliski Filho; Ronaldo Kochem (Associate)

Testimonials

‘Very accessible partners, very specialised team and always helpful and brave in defending their clients.’

‘Associate Ronaldo Kochem is an excellent lawyer with a lot of experience in the civil and contractual areas.’

‘Otávio Domitt is a name to be praised for sure. Among other attributes, he has extensive knowledge of civil procedure.’

‘Souto Correa Advogados stands out for its technical quality in the preparation of procedural documents, competence in negotiating judicial and extrajudicial agreements, in addition to the availability of the team to serve clients. They are also flexible to adapt the monitoring reports of the actions according to the specific needs of the client.’

‘I would like to acknowledge the partners Diogo Squeff Fries and Geraldo Korpaliski Filho. They are excellent professionals, always available to provide practical and business-oriented advice, with technical excellence and understanding of the business conducted by our company.’

‘Souto Correa has one of the best dispute resolution practices in the country. The practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset offered by the team are unparalleled in the local market and rarely found in the international market. From domestic claims to large international arbitrations, crisis management and general advice, Souto Correa is certainly a market leader in the field.’

‘Guilherme Amaral and Diogo Squeff Fries are market leaders. Both have extensive practical experience and solid technical knowledge, always combined with excellent customer service. These are two of the best dispute lawyers in the country.’

‘Technical knowledge, depth of analysis and understanding of client interests.’

Key clients

Taurus Máquinas-Ferramenta

Malbec Comercio de Materiais Elétricos

Fundação CEEE de Seguridade Social

RGE Sul Distribuidora de Energia (CPFL Energia Group)

CERAN – Companhia Energética do Rio das Antas

WMS Supermercados do Brasil (Grupo BIG)

Adama Brasil

Panambra Sul Comércio de Veículos

Aeromot Aeronaves e Motores

Buser Brasil Tecnologia

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo BIG in two claims against Praia de Belas Shopping Center before the Porto Alegre Civil Court, regarding an eviction filed by the shopping centre and a lease renewal action filled by Grupo BIG.
  • Acted for Panambra in two real estate disputes, involving the value of the monthly rent payment and termination penalties.
  • Assisted Buser with all claims filled against the company in the Southern region of Brazil.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Labour Tier 1

A popular choice for international and domestic clients from the energy, construction, manufacturing, tech and pharmaceutical segments, the labour team at Souto Correa Advogados is noted for its broad expertise, which covers class actions, collective negotiations and employment contracts. In addition to its strength in administrative and judicial litigation, the group is seasoned in alternative dispute resolution, often acting for tech companies in mediation proceedings. On the compliance front, the practice offers services, including risk assessments and advice on data protection policies, aimed at preventing high-stakes claims. Union relations expert Paulo Roberto Souto oversees the department with associate Eduardo Mascarenhas, who is well versed in cases before the Ministry of Labour and the Superior Labour Court. Also recommended is associate Geraldo Korpaliski Filho, who has extensive expertise in complex labour disputes and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Roberto Souto; Eduardo Mascarenhas

Testimonials

‘Souto Correa has supported us in labour matters with considerable success.’

‘Negotiations are carried out with care and in a friendly manner. This makes the process much easier.’

‘Mediation is an instrument that the firm uses successfully in many processes.’

‘Geraldo Korpaliski and Rodrigo de Moraes are professionals with great attitude and resolute. They offer solutions and options informing the risks involved in each case. They are committed to the company and have excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Qualified and updated professionals. Punctuality and cordiality’

‘All professionals are very competent.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações

Cinemark

Vale

Habitasul Florestal

Grupo Ruta

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque

Nelogica

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

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 (Wildlife Studios)

Work highlights

  • Represented Dell in labour claims and advised on the negotiation of collective agreements with unions from different regions where the company has operations.

City focus - Porto Alegre > Tax Tier 1

Souto Correa Advogados stands out for the breadth of its tax practice, which undertakes advisory and contentious work, as well as customs control and regulatory issues on behalf of domestic and international clients from a variety of sectors. The team has a strong track record in administrative and judicial disputes, including high-stake cases before the higher courts. On the advisory side, it excels in tax planning, matters related to the Free Trade Zone of Manaus, tax benefits and tariffs on imports and exports. Pedro Demartini, who is experienced in tax regulation and litigation, oversees the national practice from São Paulo. In Porto Alegre, Anderson Trautman Cardoso is a key contact for complex tax litigation, while André Luiz Da Silva Gomes focuses on corporate tax. Associate Valter Tremarin Junior is recommended for administrative matters before the CARF.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Demartini

Testimonials

‘Great professionals with very up-to-date knowledge of legislations and matters related to the tax area.’ 

‘They manage cases with mastery and provide us with alternatives and options for carrying out strategies that fit with the company’s business.’

Key clients

Braskem

Samsung

CEITEC

Sulforte

CERAN

TC Cosméticos

SMC

APF

Ivo Rizzo Construtora

Araupel

Medabil

Aeromot

Casio

Duncan Pneus

Work highlights

  • Represented TC Cosméticos in four tax enforcement actions involving R$14m.

Tax > Customs Tier 2

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

At Souto Correa Advogados, the litigation practice ‘comprises highly qualified and technical lawyers' focused on strategic disputes, including acting for defendants and claimants in class actions, and in matters arising from contractual, environmental, corporate and public law conflicts. The Porto Alegre-based team is often involved in nationally significant litigation, and its practitioners in Brasília are skilled in cases before the superior courts. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral devotes his time to arbitration and litigation proceedings on behalf of major companies. He jointly heads up the group with associate Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu, whose experience covers judicial and out-of-court disputes. Marcelo Gandelman is a name to note in Rio de Janeiro for dispute resolution, while São Paulo-based partner Ricardo Quass Duarte, who has a strong international background, specialises in civil litigation. Diogo Squeff Fries handles civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical work in the litigation area.’

‘Team comprises highly qualified and technical lawyers, who provide the best legal solutions in a creative and innovative way.’

‘Rafael Sirangelo Belmonte de Abreu: partner with differentiated procedural technical knowledge that supports us in complex litigation matters.’

‘Highly qualified team capable of understanding the needs of the market in which the client operates. They propose adequate and innovative solutions, in addition to frequently pointing out the risks of operational decisions and their consequences.’

‘Team is extremely prepared, available and has vast multidisciplinary knowledge.’

‘The firm has extremely qualified and experienced professionals in the various areas of law. The team participates in relevant judicial and arbitration disputes. The law firm invests heavily in the specialisation of its members and in hiring highly qualified third-party services.’

‘I recommend, in particular, Guilherme Amaral and Marcelo Gandelman. These lawyers perform their work with excellence, dedication and brilliance. They are great strategists when they act as representatives of the parties and as arbitrators.’

‘Souto Correa is an excellent firm. The team thinks outside the box to pursue the desired legal result.’

Key clients

Companhia Paulista De Força E Luz – CPFL

Grupo Habitasul

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Samsung Eletrônica Da Amazônia

Latam Airlines Brasil

COFCO International Brasil

GE Energias Renováveis

Eletropaulo

Microsoft Informática

Hitachi Abb Power Grids Brasil

Rede Duque

Continental Brasil Indústria Automotiva

Natura Cosméticos

Big Hipermercados

GDC Partners Serviços Fiduciários Distribuidora De Títulos E Valores Mobiliários

Mar Azul Logística, Armazenamento, Terminais E Transportes

Vogel Soluções Em Telecomunicações E Informática

CHS Agronegócio

ADM do Brasil

GL Events

Work highlights

  • Representing Votorantim in a liquidation judgment lawsuit.
  • Represents Mar Azul Logística, Armazenamento, Terminais e Transportes in five public civil actions filed by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s office.
  • Acting for Neonet Brazil in lawsuits involving the termination of a 15-year concession contract signed with Infraero.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Souto Correa Advogados provides legal support to domestic and international clients involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and commercialisation of electricity. The team is seen with great regularity handling regulatory and contractual matters, but is also well placed to assist with energy auctions, PPAs and transmission system connection agreements. Biogas-to-power, distribution generation and renewable projects are other areas of particular expertise for the department, which is jointly led by Livia Amorim in Rio de Janeiro and Fabio Di Lallo in São Paulo. Amorim is primarily focused on regulatory issues, contracts and M&A involving assets in the power and oil and gas sectors, while Di Lallo has considerable strength in electricity regulations and administrative proceedings. Mariana Campos specialises in clean technology and renewable energy, the latter of which is also an area of focus for Arthur Lardosa, who joined from Gustavo Binenbojm & Associados (GBA) in April 2021. The team was recently reinforced with the addition of two lawyers with relevant in-house experience in the power segment: Marcela Aranha and Juliana Melcop.

Practice head(s):

Livia Amorim; Fabio Di Lallo

Testimonials

‘There is a very intense care and alignment with the internal team. The team brings innovations and new ways of acting in processes. In addition, the service is very fast and efficient.’

Key clients

Powertis

EBTE – Empresa Brasileira de Transmissão de Energia

OnCorp

Brígidas Solar SPEs

Mori Energia Holding

Darby Servtec Energia FIP

Geração Distribuída Participações – GDPAR

Solatio

Apollo 14 FIP

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercury Renew on obtaining an exclusion of liability for 120 days for Brígidas solar power plants’ construction.
  • Advised OnCorp on its participation in Auction No. 03/2021 and installing the correspondent power plants.
  • Advised different clients on the applicable law and regulation for renewable power plants and distributed generation plants.

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3

Souto Correa Advogados‘ IP practice renders ‘excellent service promptly’. Notable in particular for its entertainment-related IP capabilities, the team manages copyright, trade mark and patent portfolios for a number of high-profile Brazilian companies and individuals. The team advises clients from a broad scope of industries, including entertainment and mining. Leticia Provedel is praised for her excellent professional reputation’ in the music sector, advising on cross-border protection, enforcement and operations. The IP practice at the firm was further bolstered by the arrival of life sciences specialist Anderson Ribeiro and his team of five from Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property. Michele Pinheiro and Tatiana Ortiz de Almeida joined from Murta Goyanes Advogados, strengthening the firm’s trade mark and patent expertise. Mariana Vicentini is an ‘outstanding trade mark lawyer’, and Cassio Rodrigues is also a key individual within the department.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Provedel; Tatiana Ortiz de Almeida; Cassio Rodrigues; Anderson Ribeiro

Testimonials

‘This firm provides excellent service promptly and at a reasonable price. We have used them primarily for trade mark work, but also for patent and privacy work.’

‘Leticia Provedel is one of the top trade mark lawyers in Brazil and has an excellent professional reputation around the world. Her colleague Mariana Vicentini Taylor is also an outstanding trade mark lawyer.’

Key clients

Sephora

Vale

Walt Disney

The Madison Square Garden Company

Fox Entertainment

Edwards Lifesciences

Sodema Conseils

Foley & Lardner

Gleiss Lutz

King & Spalding

Gastão Cunha Ferreira

Knauf Isopor

Loungerie

Vibra Agroindustrial

Future Brand

Too Seguros

Rede Agro

Conductor Tecnologia

Valoren

Baoshan Iron & Steel

Marel Townsend Further Processing

Work highlights

  • Advised a high-profile individual on several copyright litigation disputes against Warner Music, Universal Music, Irmãos Vitale and Editoria Fermata.
  • Assisting Vale with counselling and litigation on complex IP matters.
  • Advised 99 Tecnologia with IP matters in general, being responsible for trade mark prosecution and enforcement measures nationwide.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 4

With attorneys in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, Souto Correa Advogados is capable of assembling multidisciplinary teams, combining industry and procedural knowledge, to assist clients in a variety of arbitration cases. Covering domestic and international proceedings, as well as mediation, the team has been particularly active in matters involving construction contracts and oil and gas clients, but is also retained by companies operating in other segments, including energy, engineering, real estate and technology. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral stands out for his experience in international arbitration. Splitting his time between arbitration and litigation, Marcelo Gandelman is another key contact in the team, which also includes Jorge Cesa Ferreira da Silva, who often acts as arbitrator, expert witness and counsel in proceedings, and Luis Alberto Peretti.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Jorge Cesa Ferreira da Silva; Marcelo Gandelman; Luís Alberto Peretti

Testimonials

‘Guilherme Amaral is, without a doubt, a brilliant mind and one of the best arbitrators today!’

Brazil > Environment Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados acts for a range of longstanding and new clients from a range of industries, including forestry, energy, real estate, infrastructure and chemicals, which seek assistance in relation to their most complex environmental challenges. The team, which is primarily based in Porto Alegre, has strong credentials in environmental litigation, but is also seen with great regularity advising on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Fabiana Figueiro is a ‘very competent professional within the area‘, who routinely handles environmental licensing and mandates concerning contaminated sites and reverse logistics. Juliana Pretto Stangherlin attracts instructions from forestry, pulp and paper, and energy clients in relation to compliance and environmental risk assessments. Mariana Vicente Níquel joined from Lefosse Advogados in October 2021 and reinforced the firm’s offering in carbon markets, transactions and licensing. The team was further reinforced by the arrivals of Tasso Cipriano and André Castilho from Felsberg Advogados in July 2022, who bring substantial experience in issues relating to waste management, contaminated sites and ESG.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Figueiró

Testimonials

‘Souto Correa provides an extremely high quality service. In all consultations, we can notice the attention given to each case, the care so that all the necessary issues are raised and the matter can be evaluated as a whole. Fabiana Figueiró is always very helpful, clear, objective and very agile.’

‘Fabiana Figueiró – a fully dedicated, updated, available and very competent professional within the area.’

‘I had the opportunity to work directly with the environmental team, which proved to be highly qualified.’

‘Fabiana Figueiró and Mariana Vicente Niquel are accessible, helpful and knowledgeable professionals.’

Key clients

Eólicas Babilonia I to V (Actis Group)

Global Logistic Properties (GLP)

Irani Papel e Embalagem

ADAMA Brasil

COFCO Brazil

DELL Computadores

Phillip Morris

Rio Energy

Latam Airlines Brazil

AEGEA Saneamento

BTG Pactual

Darby Servtec Energia FIP

Diagnóstico das Américas (DASA)

Empresa Brasileira de Transmissão de Energia (EBTE)

Metrosul Ambiental

Polen Valoração de Resíduos

Work highlights

  • Representing ADAMA in three civil class actions involving alleged environmental and private property damage.
  • Advised EBTE on environmental compliance issues regarding the installation and operation of a power transmission line.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados offers an ‘exclusive service, with highly specialised and knowledgeable professionals‘ who are ‘always very well prepared and available to advise‘. The multidisciplinary team is split between the firm’s Porto Alegre and São Paulo offices, and has a strong following among clients in the technology, media, retail and manufacturing industries. Paulo Souto and the recently promoted Patricia Alves are ‘outstanding‘, while Joel Heinrich Gallo brings plenty of expertise in litigation and strategic matters. Clients also benefit from the input of several experienced senior associates, including Eduardo Mascarenhas and the ‘extremely qualifiedManoela Pascal Martins.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Roberto Souto; Joel Gallo; Patricia Mota Alves; Eduardo Mascarenhas

Testimonials

‘Exclusive service, with highly specialised and knowledgeable professionals. They make sure you have the best guidance for your subject.’

‘Souto Correa’s support is essential for maintaining the company’s best practices in labour matters. In addition to the quality and completeness of the information provided, the firm is always very well prepared and available to advise.’

‘In particular, the support provided by Manoela Pascal has been an absolute differential in our partnership with Souto Correa. In addition to being an extremely qualified professional, Manoela understands our business, our day-to-day and particularities, making consultations accurate and customised. We don’t waste time explaining the context of what’s being asked – she already knows the business and directs the survey brilliantly.’

‘Technical knowledge. Involvement of the team with the company’s legal department. Availability to solve problems and suggest adjustments to internal processes.’

‘Technical quality, service to partners.’

‘Strong litigation skills and excellent client communications skills. Also very creative but practical as well. We considered a number of firms when we hired Souto Correa, and were extremely happy with the work they did.’

‘Paulo Souto and Patricia Alves are outstanding.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações

Cinemark

Vale

Habitasul Florestal

Grupo Ruta

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque

Nelogica

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

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 (Wildlife Studios)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hotmart, a Brazilian start-up and distribution platform, in a broad range of employment issues, including the review of labour contracts and stock options.
  • Assisting Dell for over 20 years in strategic labour claims and issues, including negotiating collective agreements with unions from different regions.
  • Advising a subsidiary of Honeywell USA with over three plants in Brazil on its labour claims and broader employment issues.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados  invested heavily in its life sciences offering, bringing in several individuals and successfully establishing a new practice group. Following his move from Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property , Anderson Ribeiro  spearheads the team, bringing with him a large client portfolio. In addition, Matheus Montecasciano  , Leticia Pimental  , Isabella Fidell  and Lucas Calabria  have also joined. The team’s expertise covers pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics, medical devices and agribusiness-sector multinational and Brazilian companies investing in and expanding their operations in Brazil. Paulo Rosito , who was previously in-house counsel at US-based company Alexion Pharmaceuticals, also recently joined the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anderson Ribeiro

Testimonials

‘They have a lot of knowledge in material law and understanding of the sector, as well as being aware of new technologies and the challenges brought by them, in order to propose solutions that adhere to our reality.’

‘One of the main differentials of this technical team is its robust experience in dealing with health surveillance issues, especially ANVISA.’

‘The Life Sciences team in general is a qualified and very helpful team. More specifically in relation to Anderson Ribeiro and Matheus Montecasciano, they demonstrate solid technical knowledge and openness to discuss alternatives/legal approaches that are more appropriate to meet the client’s needs.’

‘Anderson Ribeiro has vast knowledge in the area, but, beyond knowledge, the team is able to focus on the company’s business in order to make them viable in light of regulatory standards.’

‘Anderson Ribeiro’s team, especially Matheus Montecasciano, advises my company quickly, efficiently and with a focus on making business viable.’

‘They understand the complexities that American companies have when expanding operations in Brazil.’

Key clients

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Instituto Butantan

Henry Schein Brazil Dental

Young Living Essential Oils

Neo Vida Comércio e Importação De Produtos Naturais (PURAVIDA)

IFF

DuPont/Danisco

Chiesi Farmacêutica

Alexion

Teva

Tate & Lyle

Laboratório Catarinense

Merck

Work highlights

  • Advising a rare diseases company on a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Health to conduct a real-world evidence study.
  • Advising an ice cream industry ingredient supplier regarding a product recall before ANVISA.
  • Representing a number of rare diseases companies in administrative challenges regarding public procurement disputes.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados has ‘an excellent team with a lot of commitment and partnership‘. The multidisciplinary group acts in the full range of contentious and non-contentious commercial real estate issues, including urban and rural acquisitions, developments and associated due diligence and administrative issues. Recently, the firm has had lead roles on several high-profile transactions involving logistics, commercial warehouse and education assets. The highly regarded Fábio Machado Baldissera  leads the practice from Porto Alegre. Disputes partner Diogo Squeff Fries  and associate Felipe Tremarin  are also ‘outstanding‘.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Machado Baldissera

Testimonials

‘The firm has an excellent team, with a lot of commitment and partnership, in addition to the high degree of knowledge and speed in service.’

‘Fabio Baldisera –  agility in service and unparalleled knowledge in real estate law and contracts together with Daniel Alt da Silva. Daily communication explaining the issues in a simple way and with a wide range of knowledge. Friendly contact with third parties on behalf of the company, helping build solutions. I’d also highlight, in the environmental area, Fabiana Figueiró.’

‘Diogo Squeff Fries and Felipe Tremarin were outstanding in this practice. In every case we’ve had together, Diogo was present and was very diligent and attentive to our needs and precise in his conclusions.’

‘The great differential is the specialisation of the team and the easy access, and agility and knowledge in the different areas. The best partnership experience we’ve had so far in terms of efficiency, direct access to top executives and preventive resolutions, avoiding any litigation with those involved.’

 

Key clients

Medabil Soluções Construtivas

BTG Pactual Serviços Financeiros

Banco Votorantim

Samsung

GDPAR – Geração Distribuída Participações

Global Logistics Properties

Cereais Célia

Panambra Sul Comércio de Veículos

MRV Engenharia e Participações

Multiplan

Launch Pad Tecnologia, Servicos e Pagamentos

EBTE – Empresa Brasileira de Transmissão de Energia

WMS Supermercados do Brasil

Rio Energy Participações

Newbridge Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Cury Construtora e Incorporadora

Joal Teitelbaum

Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia

Mahal Empreendimentos e Participações

Objetiva Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Votorantim on the successful restructuring of real estate agreements affecting 295 properties.
  • Advised EBTE – Empresa Brasileira de Transmissão de Energia on real estate issues linked to its transmission lines and substations.
  • Advised Fundo De Investimento Imobiliario BTG Pactual Terras Agricolas on a deal focused on distressed agribusiness real estate assets.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados has ‘a dynamic, innovative and collaborative' approach. The Porto Alegre-based team ‘is extremely technical and committed to the projects it works on'. The firm represents domestic and international creditors and debtors with interests across the country. Founding partner and corporate expert Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior leads the team alongside Luis Felipe Spinelli, ‘a great lawyer‘ who is ‘always striving for excellence'. Fernando Pellenz has a good reputation for agribusiness-related restructurings and ‘has an excellent relationship with his clients and always seeks to innovate in his area of expertise’.

Practice head(s):

Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior; Luis Felipe Spinelli

Testimonials

‘The firm maintains high-quality professionals, especially its partners. The team has a dynamic, innovative and collaborative profile. The relationship is very personal and very welcoming. They are always willing to bring appropriate solutions to the client’s business.’

‘One of the highlights is the partner Fernando Pellenz, who deserves prestige. A qualified professional in the market, he has an excellent relationship with his clients and always seeks to innovate in his area of expertise.’

‘The team is extremely technical and committed to the projects it works on. It is an excellent combination and, from a practical point of view, the formula for success in cases where we work together.’

‘Luis Spinelli is a great lawyer. In addition to insolvency expertise, he has extensive knowledge in other business areas. Undoubtedly, it is an extremely valuable piece for project solution. In addition, Spinelli is directly involved in the cases, always striving for excellence in delivery (which is common to achieve).’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

Export-Import Bank of the United States

CHS Agronegócio – Indústria e Comércio

Ecovix Construções Oceânicas

Brasil/CT – Comércio e Turismo

Fundação CEEE de Seguridade Social – Eletroceee

CPFL

Akzo Nobel

Taurus

Lenovo

Nidera Sementes

Vibra Comercializadora de Energia

Work highlights

  • Advising the Export-Import Bank of the United States in the judicial recovery of the university education business AELBRA.
  • Assisting the IFC in pursuing $16m recovery against Bonasa Alimentos, guaranteed by Asa Participações e Administração and others.
  • Represented Group Ecovix in its judicial reorganisation.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 4

Souto Correa Advogados ‘combines a deep and technical knowledge of tax with a wide practice in the area‘. Clients appreciate the team’s ‘assertive communication, business knowledge and extraordinary reaction time‘, and that the lawyers are ‘always being updated on trends and guidelines of the higher courts‘. In addition to direct and indirect tax disputes, the firm has good experience in tax consulting and customs controls. Split between Porto Alegre and São Paulo, the team has a deep bench, including the highly rated Anderson Trautman Cardoso, who ensures ‘the technical quality of the discussions‘. Litigator Henry Gonçalves Lummertz ‘has unparalleled legal knowledge and is uniquely kind‘. Fernando Ayres and Giácomo Paro are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Demartini

Testimonials

‘Assertive communication, business knowledge and extraordinary reaction time.’

‘The firm combines a deep and technical knowledge of tax with a wide practice in the area, always aiming at a more efficient approach. They are very well connected and attentive to the topics chosen as priorities by the market and entities, in addition to always being updated on trends and guidelines of the Higher Courts.’

‘Anderson Cardoso Trautman assists us in strategic tax and commercial cases and also supports important entities to act as amicus curiae before Higher Courts, ensuring the technical quality of the discussions.’

‘Henry Lummertz has unparalleled legal knowledge and is uniquely kind. Full support, which brings extreme comfort and security to the internal legal team.’

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

Work highlights

  • Filed a writ of mandamus on behalf of Atvos Agroindustrial in Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul to contest the ICMS levied on the ethanol which is produced and consumed by Atvos.
  • Assisted real estate company Habitasul Desenvolvimento Imobiliário in a lawsuit concerning the rules around an instalment payment programme.

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 4

Many of Brazil’s top performing artists in the music industry turn to Souto Correa Advogados for a range of legal services including representation in complex lawsuits, transactions, contracts, and general day-to-day matters. Alongside this, the firm also supports a number of domestic and multinational clients in the audiovisual market in transactions, distribution, and IP right enforcement. Department co-head Leticia Provedel has over 20 years of experience in music and entertainment copyright matters and tech-related issues. IP expert João Carlos Harres co-leads the practice, and is the main point of contact for corporations with complex copyright issues.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Provedel; João Carlos Harres

Key clients

Gilberto Gil

Adriana Calcanhoto

Nando Reis

Caramelo Edições Musicais

Raul Seixas

Maria Gadu

Djavan

Bc Produções

Bloomberg L.P.

Fox Latin American

99 Tecnologia

Urban Jungle Records

Machinna Comunicacao Promocional Eireli

Jards Macalé

João Donato

Roberto Carlos and Erasmo Carlos

Nelson Sargento

Ana Carolina

Work highlights

  • Advising Nando Reis on several matters, including the commercialisation of his music online.
  • Acts for Bloomberg in several IP matters, including business transactions for affiliation agreements with local Pay-TV providers.
  • Advising Roberto Carlos and Erasmo Carlos on several copyright disputes against Warner Music, Universal Music, Irmãos Vitale and Editora Fermata seeking the termination of agreements after more than 30 years of business relationships with music publishers.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Working in close collaboration with other departments in the firm (including tax, labour, competition and bankruptcy), the corporate and M&A group at Souto Correa Advogados offers multidisciplinary advice in the context of M&A deals, corporate restructurings and joint venture agreements. The team, which is often retained by major players in the energy, technology, agribusiness, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, excels in foreign investment mandates, where it acts for global and regional clients in incorporations, restructurings or the expansion of operations in Brazil. The practice is under the joint leadership of managing partner Carlos Souto and Rodrigo Tellechea, both of whom possess in-depth knowledge of M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations and contractual structures. Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior and the ‘incredibly talented' Mauricio Negri Paschoal are also recommended for corporate, commercial and M&A matters. Clarissa Yokomizo excels in cross-border transactions, joint ventures and financing issues. The firm’s diversity committee is focused on the promotion of measures to reduce unconscious biases in hiring processes and career progression. It has recently partnered up with Pretos no Direito and Black Tax Matters, which seek to connect black students and professionals and companies that are committed to making the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Souto; Rodrigo Tellechea

Testimonials

‘It is a highly specialised and competent team. Strong in the use of technological tools for work, research and data search through innovative means.’

‘The team is available, accessible, dedicated, knowledgeable about the sector in which the company operates. They are always willing to seek solutions to meet the company’s needs. The partner is very accessible and transparent.’

‘The firm understands the agility and dynamics of the crypto market and jointly searches for solutions, providing a quality service with the flexibility that the market demands and with the necessary diligence in order to protect the client’s interests.’

‘Maurício Negri Paschoal is a highly qualified professional, who helps to find solutions, and is always interested in understanding the client’s needs.’

‘Clarissa Yokomizo stands out in the M&A area.’

‘Souto Correa delivers the same product it sells: partner engagement is real and thoughtfulness regarding cost and billing rates is a regular feature.’

‘Mauricio Paschoal is an incredibly talented lawyer who combines business acumen with attention to detail, delivering a work product that makes a difference.’

‘Maurício Paschoal is an excellent professional, with a deep knowledge of the subject. He’s available and attentive, always brings alternative solutions and is a great partner of the business team. Clarissa Yokomizo is a dedicated and available professional. She always seeks to understand the narrated problem in detail.’

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Oleoplan Oleos Vegetais Planalto

Diagnosticos da America

Sociedade Beneficente de Senhoras – Hospital Sírio Libanês

GD – Geração Distribuída Participações (GDSun)

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazonia

The Walt Disney Company (Brasil)

99 Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Knauf Isopor

Central Eólica Babilônia

Randon – Implementos e Participações

Dell Computadores do Brasil

Perfin Administração de Recursos

Abbott Laboratórios

SLC Participações

Sikur Participações Societárias

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefonica Brasil on the negotiation of a joint venture with Anima Educação to develop and sell short-term professional educational courses on a digital platform.
  • Assisted Perfin Administração de Recursos in the negotiation for the sale of 35% of its stake to BTG Pactual Gestora de Recursos.
  • Advised the shareholders of Tiscoski Distribuidora on the sale of a majority stake of their business to Pátria.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons

Jointly led by Livia Amorim and Fabio Di Lallo, Souto Correa Advogados is particularly noted for its experience in the midstream and downstream segments, where it advises a plethora of clients on contractual issues and regulatory matters before the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).

Brazil > Transport: Aviation

Souto Correa Advogados has a strong practice under the leadership of Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, with a particular focus on consumer law, which it applies to passenger claims for leading airlines such as LATAM.

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.

Purpose: 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.

Life Sciences & Healthcare: Our practice combines experience and a vast history of our professionals in leading and multidisciplinary cases involving companies in this sector in the Brazilian market. The familiarity of our team with the day-to-day issues of the regulated industry allows us to quickly assimilate the goals and challenges faced by customers to develop tailored and efficient solutions, either preventively or reactively. Our team brings together leading professionals in the areas of health regulatory law, intellectual property, public law, contracts, public procurement and policies, and compliance, allowing a comprehensive approach to commercial, advisory and litigation matters. Responsive to the peculiarities of the regulated industry, we advise national and multinational companies on pharmaceutical products, medical devices, food and beverages, biodiversity and biotechnology, cosmetics, healthtechs, telemedicine and healthcare services, among others.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Agribusiness Fernando Pellenzfernando.pellenz@soutocorrea.com.br
Antitrust and Competition Clarissa Yokomizoclarissa.yokomizo@soutocorrea.com.br
Compliance and Corporate & M&A Anna Paula de Abreu da Costa Carvalhoanna.carvalho@soutocorrea.com.br
Consumer & Product Liability Roberta Feitenroberta.feiten@soutocorrea.com.br
Contracts Fernanda Girardifernanda.girardi@soutocorrea.com.br
Corporate & M&A and Compliance Carlos Soutocarlos.souto@soutocorrea.com.br
Corporate & M&A and Capital Markets Mauricio Negri Paschoalmauricio.paschoal@soutocorrea.com.br
Energy Livia Amorimlivia.amorim@soutocorrea.com.br
Environmental & Sustainability Fabiana Figueirófabiana.figueiro@soutocorrea.com.br
Intellectual Property & Entertainment Leticia Provedelleticia.provedel@soutocorrea.com.br
Labor Patricia Alvespatricia.alves@soutocorrea.com.br
Life Sciences & Healthcare Anderson Ribeiroanderson.ribeiro@soutocorrea.com.br
Litigation Guilherme Rizzo Amaralguilherme.amaral@soutocorrea.com.br
Public Law & Regulatory Fabio Henrique Di Lallofabio.dilallo@soutocorrea.com.br
Real Estate Fábio Baldisserafabio.baldissera@soutocorrea.com.br
Restructuring & Insolvency Luis Felipe Spinelliluis.spinelli@soutocorrea.com.br
Startup Hub Rodrigo Tellechearodrigo.tellechea@soutocorrea.com.br
Tax Pedro Demartinipedro.demartini@soutocorrea.com.br
Telecom Gabriella Salviogabriella.salvio@soutocorrea.com.br
Timberland and Capital Markets Gilberto Deon Corrêa Jrgilberto.correa@soutocorrea.com.br
Wealth & Succession Planning Daniela Russowsky Raaddaniela.raad@soutocorrea.com.br
White-Collar Crimes Emilia Malacarneemilia.malacarne@soutocorrea.com.br
Asian Desk Luis Alberto Perettiluis.peretti@soutocorrea.com.br
German Desk Jorge Cesajorge.cesa@soutocorrea.com.br
Latin Desk Raquel Steinraquel.stein@soutocorrea.com.br
Other fee-earners : 107
Total staff : 186
Partner : 29
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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.