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FreitasLeite Advogados
SAO PAULO - SP 04552-040

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

FreitasLeite Advogados’ specialised private client and wealth advisory team provides multidisciplinary advice to several HNWIs, high-profile individuals and business families. The team leverages its strong tax and capital markets expertise to assist clients in wealth and tax planning, and probate matters. In addition, the firm also provides services for financial institutions, financial advisors and family offices. The practice is led jointly by Humberto De Paula Lima Isaac , who has extensive experience in international capital markets and structuring investment vehicles, particularly funds, and ‘extremely qualified professionalRaul De Paula Leite Filho , who is a key contact for HNWIs, capable to coordinating and planning across multiple jurisdictions. Associate Rodrigo Tosto  is highly experienced, particularly in tax-related matters. Associate Luiz Guilherme  is also noted, praised by clients as ‘exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Raul de Paula Leite Filho; Humberto de Lima Isaac


‘Complete and prepared team in the various areas that impact wealth planning. All committed and with a quick return to clients.’

‘Luiz Guilherme is exceptional, a partner with clients, practical and objective.’

‘The direct involvement of the partners in the cases is extremely important to provide comfort and security to clients. The solutions presented are always very well thought out. The speed with which the work is carried out is also quite positive.’

‘Raul Leite Filho’s technical performance is excellent. In meetings with clients, he is able to clarify technical issues in a clear and objective way; and, in planning, he brings solutions and details of extreme importance to the work. Rodrigo Tosto Lascala always works very closely and attentively to the details brought by clients.’

‘Team of excellence, references in the wealth market! Always willing to help answer client questions!’

‘Raul Leite is an extremely qualified professional, has already served several of our clients and has always shown great safety and precision in recommendations. Rodrigo Tosto has always been very available to clarify our clients’ questions, he is an excellent professional. He helps us with various training for the commercial team and is very didactic.’

Key clients

Banco Modal


Carpa Patrimonial

Julius Baer



Wright Capital Wealth Management

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 3

FreitasLeite Advogados stands out for its impressive credentials in the investment funds sector, where it has operated for over 20 years. In addition to fund launches, the team advises on related equity and debt offerings, all built on a solid foundation of regulatory and administrative litigation expertise. Transactional work covers the main asset classes, including real estate, private equity, student loans and distressed debt, as well as growth areas such as fintech. Founding partner Cristiano Da Cruz Leite is well known for regulatory matters, while Humberto De Paula Lima Isaac advises on domestic and cross-border products and investment vehicles. Isabela Nunes is a popular choice for offshore funds.

Practice head(s):

Cristiano Leite; Humberto de Lima Isaac

Key clients

Avenue Securities

Galápagos Capital


Sabemi Seguradora

Credit Agricole Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised SPS Capital on the R$1.5bn formation and public offering of shares by Ativos Especiais III FIDC-NP.
  • Advised Sabemi Seguradora, Sabemi Previdência Privada and Angá Asset Management on the R$565m formation and public offering of shares by FIDC Angá Sabemi Consignados XI.
  • Advised Pravaler on multiple public share offerings, totalling R$310m, by Crédito Universitário FIDC and Crédito Universitário II FIDC.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 4

FreitasLeite Advogados has an experienced team led by Fernanda Amaral , who has over 20 years’ experience in real estate financings, acquisitions and developments. Founding partner Cristiano Da Cruz Leite   is particularly active on the finance and capital markets side, regularly advising on the issuance of real estate receivables certificates – a key area of work for the firm. Clients particularly rate the ‘exceptionalTatiana Altemari , who ‘stands out for her proactivity, experience and business sense‘.

Practice head(s):

Fernanda Amaral; Cristiano da Cruz Leite


‘The team at Freitas Leite that assists us is led by the exceptional Tatiana Altemari. Among her qualities, the sense of ownership linked to Tatiana’s vast experience (which ends up being reflected in her entire team) stands out.’

‘Tatiana Altemari stands out for her proactivity, experience and business sense. Curious and proactive, Tatiana always presents creative and technical solutions to the main challenges faced during meetings and negotiations.’

Key clients

Arena MRV

BM Empreendimentos


REC Gestão de Recursos

Work highlights

  • Advised Akita Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário, managed by Planner Trustee Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários, on a R$71m Real Estate Receivables Certificate (CRI) to help finance a development project.
  • Advised Rio Ave Investimentos on a CRI offering for Habitasec Securitizadora to help finance the development of real estate projects in the northwest of Brazil.
  • Advised Arena Vencer Complexo Esportivo Multiuso SPE on the structuring of a CRI public offering to help finance the construction of a football stadium in the southwest of Brazil.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

FreitasLeite Advogados' well-established presence in the capital markets space makes it a strong choice for clients engaged in M&A transactions involving listed companies, asset management companies and banks. In addition, the team handles a continuous flow of instructions from family offices, fintech clients and private equity funds in both sell and buy-side deals and day-to-day corporate matters. Standing out for ‘his solid technical knowledge and extensive experience in corporate, tax and accounting’, Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad leads the department with Claudio Fabricio Lima, who is recommended for his ‘great negotiation skills and legal knowledge'. Joaquim Chacur Mano has advised on the structuring of M&A transactions, and also works on corporate disputes and shareholder issues. Guilherme Anderaos Peloiapossesses great technical knowledge' and is another key practitioner who dedicates his time to corporate law and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad; Claudio Fabricio Lima


‘FreitasLeite Advogados is a law firm focused on client treatment and quality of service. We hire FreitasLeite Advogados in the areas of regulatory, M&A and corporate law and we are always happy with their advice. The firm distinguishes itself due to its technical quality and personalised service.’

‘Cláudio Lima has great negotiation skills and legal knowledge. He perfectly coordinates the due diligence teams and ensures speed and efficiency in the various deliveries throughout the M&A process.’

‘Freitas Leite provides a very personalised, differentiated service with legal depth. The partners are involved from the beginning of the transaction and differentiate themselves at the negotiation table. They are agile, without losing quality, and always focused on the client.’

‘Pedro Avvad views transactions as a whole due to his solid technical knowledge and extensive experience in corporate, tax and accounting. This is a great differential, because he knows how to assess the tax implications. In addition, Pedro is very pro-deal, dynamic and creative when it comes to solving issues that arise during deals.’

‘FreitasLeite Advogados is a reference in Corporate and M&A. During the M&A negotiation process, the firm was able to support the negotiations with the highest level of detail and with an ultra professional attitude. The tranquility, trust and depth of the team allowed for the negotiation of sensitive clauses in a subtle and effective way.’

‘Guilherme Peloia possesses great technical knowledge.  Claudio Lima was able to negotiate and position himself clearly and deeply on complex and difficult-to-negotiate topics. With above-average tranquility and confidence, he managed to defend important issues.’

Key clients

3G Radar

Avenue Securities

Br Marinas

BRQ Digital Solutions

Even Construtora e Incorporadora

Globo Comunicacao

Greenoaks Capital

Igah Ventures


Matera Systems

Newe Seguradora

Órama Dtvm


Provence Capital

QI Tech

Ser Educacional

The Axxon Group Private Equity


Vinci Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Avenue Securities on its $30m Series B round.
  • Assisted QI Tech in a sale of a minority stake to GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation).
  • Advised BRQ Digital Solutions on the acquisition of BMSIX, Livetouch and TOPi.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 6

FreitasLeite Advogados has an ‘extremely engaged‘ tax team, which ‘provides well-founded opinions, always with the most recent updates‘. The firm has strong credentials for tax advice in specialised areas such as finance and capital markets, M&A and real estate. Litigation accounts for half of the firm’s workload, with ‘extremely competent and business oriented‘ tax litigation head Diogo Ferraz regularly representing clients before the municipal, state and federal courts. Tax co-head Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad is the main contact for tax planning and consultancy work.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Avvad; Diogo Ferraz; Thiago Marigo


‘The firm is extremely engaged and keeps up to date. The responsible partner is always accessible.’

‘Diogo Ferraz is an extremely competent and business oriented lawyer.’

‘The department is aligned and agile in the answers to doubts. Provides well-founded opinions, always with the most recent updates.’

‘I recommend Diogo Ferraz for his promptness and extensive tax knowledge.’

Key clients

Aliansce Sonae

Banco Master

BRQ IT Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Brazilian asset manager Núcleo Capital in a judicial lawsuit to avoid the payment of ISS on investment management services rendered to foreign investment funds.
  • Provided tax advice on the restructuring of the Órama Group, a financial services conglomerate.
  • Advising BRQ IT Solutions on income tax and social security-related issues.

Fundada em 1996, a FreitasLeite possui significativa expertise no fornecimento de assessoria jurídica especializada em mercados financeiros e de capitais, empresas, fusões e aquisições, impostos, anticorrupção e compliance e planejamento patrimonial. O escritório oferece uma equipe multidisciplinar de profissionais altamente qualificados e experientes que são capazes de lidar com questões jurídicas complexas, desenvolvendo soluções sob medida para as necessidades de cada cliente. Formado principalmente por especialistas oriundos do mercado financeiro, consultorias e escritórios de advocacia renomados,

A FreitasLeite ampliou suas áreas de atuação, mantendo o conceito de ’boutique’ e a compreensão das necessidades específicas dos clientes. Cada assunto tratado pela empresa é acompanhado de perto por um parceiro e tratado de forma verdadeiramente personalizada. Além disso, a FreitasLeite tem se empenhado ativamente no desenvolvimento do marco regulatório que rege os mercados financeiro e de capitais no Brasil nas últimas décadas.

Capital markets Cristiano Leite
Capital markets Isabela Nunes
Capital markets Humberto Isaac
Capital markets Paolo Grimaldi
Regulatory Cristiano Leite
Regulatory Fernanda Amaral
Regulatory Humberto Isaac
Regulatory Paolo Grimaldi
Corporate/M&A Claudio Lima
Corporate/M&A Pedro Avvad
Tax Pedro Avvad
Tax Diogo Ferraz
Tax Thiago Marigo
Real Estate Fernanda Amaral
Real Estate Cristiano Leite
Real Estate Tatiana Altemari
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