Firm Profile > FreitasLeite Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

FreitasLeite Advogados
SAO PAULO - SP 04552-040

Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

The 'highly qualified' private client and wealth advisory team at FreitasLeite Advogados works with high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), family offices, the wealth departments of major financial institutions and financial advisors, acting on a range of succession, tax and family law matters. 'Exceptional lawyer' Raul de Paula Leite Filho and Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac, who 'stands out for his huge knowledge and experience with international structures', are the names to note at the partner level; associate Rodrigo Tosto Lascala joined from Schneider, Pugliese, Sztokfisz Figueiredo e Carvalho Advogados in May 2019.


The team at Freitas Leite is highly qualified and they have deep expertise in supporting Brazilians with international structures.

F.L. has a focus on analyzing family, legal and financial aspects, suggesting proposals that best suit its purpose.

I have had a relationship with F.L. for over 30 years, that alone indicates my recommendations to this company.

Freitas Leite is a full service law firm, which renders high quality legal services to clients.

Raul de Paula Leite is an exceptional lawyer, who renders high quality legal services to clients.

Mr. Humberto Isaac stands out for his huge knowledge and experience with international structures.

Mr. Luiz Guilherme Noronha stands out for his knowledge of international taxes and agility in deploying solutions.

Key clients

Wright Capital Wealth Management

Carpa Patrimonial

Banco Modal

Luxor Investimentos

GPS (a Julius Baer company)

Pragma Patrimônio


Capital markets Tier 3

FreitasLeite Advogados' versatile team especially stands out for its capital markets, transactional and regulatory advice to clients in the funds sector. In 2019, the firm was involved in the launch of several new funds investing across a range of asset classes. Founding partner Cristiano da Cruz Leite and capital markets head Humberto Isaac are two of the firm's most active lawyers in this area, while Isabela Nunes is also highly recommended. Former partner Leonardo Di Cola left to join Madrona Advogados.


‘This law firm is a specialist in this capital market practice and answers with high quality and timely requests. We can really count on their advice.’

‘Accessible, straight to the point and not scared of actually giving their opinion in a controversial matter.’

‘Isabela Nunes is one of, if not the best lawyer I have worked with.’

Key clients

Banco Andbank

Banco Itau BBA

Banco Bs2

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Credit Agricole

Banco Mercantil Do Brasil

Banco Modal

Banco Sofisa

Barigui Investimentos Imobiliários

Brasil Plural Gestão de Recursos

Brei – Brazilian Real Estate Investiments


BRL Trust Distribuidora

Coinvalores Corretora

Constellation Investimentos

Construtora Souza Lima

Credit Agricole Indosuez

DNA Capital Consultoria

E.Bricks Early Stage Consultoria

Real estate Tier 4

The team at FreitasLeite Advogados is largely focused on capital markets and real estate finance, where it represents several major investment funds. The practice, which includes co-founder Cristiano da Cruz Leite, was boosted by the arrival of Fernanda Amaral from Felsberg Advogados. The team has recently advised on several REIT public offerings and the issuance of Real Estate Receivables Certificates. Associate Tatiana Altemari Soares is singled out for praise.


‘Freitas Leite Advogados has a strong and very technical legal team.’

‘Tatiana Altemari has outstanding negotiation skills and creative solutions for deadlocks.’ 

Key clients

Agropecuaria Agua Clara Ltda.

Aguassanta (Casa de Pedra)

Ali Credito E Pagamentos Ltda

Aliansce Shopping Center

Angá Administração De Recursos

Apex Investimentos

Banco Modal

BR Partners Banco de Investimento

Brazilian Securities

BREI – Brazilian Real Estate Investments

Brio Investimentos Imobiliários

BRL Trust

Bzlog Empreendimentos e Participações (GIC)

Cg Investimentos Brazil Ltda.

CHB – Companhia Hipotecária Brasileira


Cosan Lubrificantes E Especialidades

Credit Suisse Hedging-griffo Asset Management


Direcional Engenharia

ECON Construtora e Incorporadora

Fortesec Securitizadora

FYP Engenharia E Construção

Hedge Investments

Hire Capital Ltda.

José Clemente Empreendimentos

Mclg Empreendimentos E Participacoes S. A.

Mercado Livre

Mérito Investimentos

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

The sizeable and highly regarded corporate department at FreitasLeite Advogados is often instructed in significant M&A, including transactions involving listed companies, drawing on the firm's capital markets, tax and real estate teams for support where necessary. João Pedro Barroso do NascimentoClaudio Fabricio Lima and Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad are names to note at the partner level. Associates Amanda Peres and Júlia Rodrigues Costa de Serpa Brandão also receive praise.


The refinement in the work delivered and the understanding of the context of the company show the office’s capacity and seriousness for the work requested.’

The structure and procedures followed by the office demonstrate the serious and precise line with which they work.’

Freitas Leite M&A is led by Joao Pedro Nascimento who has a great team behind him. The team can work directly with clients and deal with key figures independently and that is a great value of the firm.’

The deal team my company works with is Joao Pedro Nascimento, Amanda Peres and Julia Serpa. All of them are very diligent, organised and detail-oriented. Joao and Amanda lead meetings and negotiations individually.

Key clients

Absolute Gestão de Investimentos

Avenue Securities

Axxon Group Private Equity

Banco Andbank (Brasil)

Banco Bonsucesso

Banco Modal

BR Malls

BR Marinas

BRQ Digital Solutions

CCX Carvão da Colombia / OSX Brasil / and MMX Mineração e MMX Mineração e


Engeform Contruções e Comércio


Fabrimar Indústria e

General Water

Globo Comunicação e Participações

HUB Participações


Klefer Producoes e Promocoes

Lazard Asset Management

LGT Impact

Live Nation

Markel Seguradora

Matera Systems

Maua Investimentos


Perfin Administração de Recursos


Praia Rasa Empreendimentos

Quest Investimentos

Raiz Educação


Rock in Rio

SGGC Participações

Triar Investimentos


VBI Real Estate

XP Investimentos

Tax Tier 7

FreitasLeite Advogados is well known for its advice to the financial services sector, representing several banks and investment funds on tax matters, and the team also advises mining, real estate and manufacturing companies. Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad co-heads the team, with responsibility for the consultancy and planning side, while fellow co-head Diogo Ferraz leads the litigation arm.

Key clients

Aliansce Sonae Shopping Centers

Banco Brasil Plural

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Credit Agricole Brasil

Banco Modal

Banco Morgan Stanley

BR Marinas

Indústria de Produtos Alimentícios Piraquê

Neo Investimentos (Gestão De Recursos)

Núcleo Capital

SPX Capital

The Axxon Group Private Equity

XP Investimentos

Founded in 1996, FreitasLeite has significant expertise in providing specialized legal advice on financial and capital markets, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, tax, anti-corruption and compliance and wealth planning. The firm offers a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified and experienced professionals who are able to deal with complex legal matters, by developing tailor-made solutions for each client’s needs. Formed mostly by experts coming from the financial markets, consulting firms and renowned law firms,

FreitasLeite has broadened its areas of expertise while keeping the ’boutique’ concept and the understanding of clients’ specific necessities. Every matter handled by the firm is closely followed by a partner and treated in a truly personalized manner. In addition, FreitasLeite has been actively engaged in the development of the regulatory framework governing the financial and capital markets in Brazil over recent decades.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Cristiano Leite
Capital markets Isabela Nunes
Capital markets Humberto Isaac
Regulatory Cristiano Leite
Regulatory Fernanda Amaral
Regulatory Humberto Isaac
Corporate/M&A Claudio Lima
Corporate/M&A Pedro Avvad
Tax Pedro Avvad
Tax Diogo Ferraz
Real Estate Fernanda Amaral
Real Estate Cristiano Leite
Wealth Structuring and Estate Planning Raul Leite
Arbitration/Litigation Pedro Avvad
Antitrust Leopoldo Pagotto
Anti-corruption and compliance Leopoldo Pagotto
Other fee-earners : 45
Total staff : 85
Contacts : 10