Firm Profile > FreitasLeite Advogados > Rio de Janiero, Brazil

FreitasLeite Advogados
633 SI 201 CEP: 22430-041

Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

FreitasLeite Advogados has a dedicated two-partner team working out of São Paulo and is highlighted for its 'greater knowledge of offshore structures'. The practice is led by Raul de Paula Leite Filho, who has a strong following among high-profile business leaders and families, and Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac, who handles wealth planning and capital markets issues. The combination of tax and capital markets knowledge gives the firm an edge in structuring local and offshore financial products. It is regularly referred work by financial institutions, family offices and financial advisors, and is also strong on related litigation matters. Associate Rodrigo Tosto is also highly experienced in tax and succession planning.

Practice head(s):

Raul de Paula Leite Filho; Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac


‘The entire staff is experienced, flexible and available. FreitasLeite is one of the few firms in Brazil that actually has experience with offshore structures and knows how to guide the Brazilian client with property in this area.’

‘The Brazilian firm with greater knowledge of offshore structures.’

‘Humberto Issac – deep knowledge in offshore structures. Luiz Guilherme Noronha – knowledge in structures, practicality in solving problems.’

‘Raul Leite Filho – besides being very experienced in the tax and offshore area,  a very nice and kind person to work with.’

Specialised legal service and adaptability to the client’s profile. Raul Leite has technical expertise, in addition to managing to impress clients by conducting various topics with lightness and professionalism!

Capital markets Tier 3

FreitasLeite Advogados is best known for its advice to investment funds on the full range of transactional and regulatory capital markets issues. This includes fund launches, and related debt and equity offerings across multiple asset classes and products, including private equity, distressed debt and real estate. The team’s regulatory advice extends to contentious matters, and it regularly represents clients in administrative and civil claims involving the Brazilian Central Bank and the CVM. Humberto de Paula Lima Isaac heads the international capital markets practice. The firm’s co-founder Cristiano da Cruz Leite also retains a strong focus on this area, representing financial institutions, funds and asset managers. Isabela Nunes is also developing a good reputation in this field.

Practice head(s):

Cristiano Leite; Humberto de Lima Isaac


High knowledge in capital markets and delivers with excellence.’

Humberto Isaac has extensive knowledge of financial market product structures and how they are used by the market. In addition, he has great knowledge of the operation of the offshore market (Cayman and US) helping clients in this bridge between Brazil and the international market. Isabela Nunes also has extensive experience in financial products and structuring.’

Cristiano Leite: high technical and business knowledge. Lucas Peres: a lot of dedication.

FL’s capital market team led by Humberto Isaac and Isabela Nunes represents many managers of the Brazilian market and as a result of this representation they have extensive knowledge of the functioning of the market and are always extremely up-to-date in relation to regulatory changes and of the modes operandi of the market.’

Key clients

Angá Administração de Recursos

Avenue Securities

Credit Agricole Brasil

Galápagos Capital Investimentos e Participacoes


Plural Capital Gestão De Recursos





Real estate Tier 4

FreitasLeite Advogados is especially active in real estate finance and securitisations, where the firm represents several leading Brazilian investment funds. This includes advice to the issuers in the issuance of CRIs and broader fund offerings. The firm has also been involved in several significant sales and acquisitions, such as advising Even Construtora e Incorporadora on the R$310m sale of Hotel Fasano Itaim in São Paulo. Fernanda Amaral is strong on the transactional and financing side, while co-founder Cristiano da Cruz Leite is especially active in real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Fernanda Amaral; Cristiano da Cruz Leite


FreitasLeite Advogados were always extremely attentive and always very competent, providing us with very adequate legal solutions to each of our specific problems. The professionals who attended us were always very good, which shows that the criteria for choosing these professionals must be very strict. The consequence of this is that we have complete confidence in FreitasLeite Advogados, which has always had a very reasonable price.’

Dr. Raul de Paula Leite for me is synonymous with credibility and trust. Dr. Fernanda Amaral has always provided us with very correct and creative legal solutions. Certainly one of the main references in the sector.’

It is a specialised firm. We always had a personalised and dedicated service from the person we contacted from the beginning.’

Tatiana Altemari, in her specialty in capital markets and structured financial transactions, provided excellent advice for structuring our business, bringing practical solutions and security to carry out the business.’

Key clients

Habitasec Securitizadora


Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Fielding a team of ‘excellent professionals‘, FreitasLeite Advogados acts for banks, investment funds and private equity firms, publicly traded companies and family-owned business in M&A, and also provides assistance in day-to-day corporate matters. The firm’s additional expertise in capital markets is of benefit in deals involving listed companies and those with relevant CVM regulatory aspects. The department is jointly led by Rio de Janeiro-based Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad, who draws on over 20 years of experience in corporate and M&A, corporate governance, restructuring and M&A expert Claudio Fabricio Lima in São Paulo. Associate Joaquim Chacur Mano is a key member of the team. João Pedro Barroso do Nascimento left the firm in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad; Claudio Fabricio Lima


They are excellent professionals, with knowledge and understanding always up to date regarding the most recent legal decisions versus the risk in the face of administrative understandings. Always analyzing the whole of the operation.’

I would recommend Pedro Afonso Avvad for the techniques of conducting the negotiation and orchestrating the structure of the operation, always thinking about the whole and updated on the legal issues surrounding the business. Joaquim Chacur Mano, for the quality of proposing texts and suggestions in the documents. Diogo Ferraz for always being up to date on tax practices, presenting the most up-to-date position on the subject.’

Key clients

Avenue Securities

BRQ Digital Solutions

Globo Comunicacão

Matera Systems Informatica

Tegma Logística

Vinci Partners

Greenoaks Capital

Igah Ventures

Tax advisory Tier 6

Based in Rio de Janeiro, the specialised tax team at FreitasLeite Advogados has a strong focus on the financial services sector, where it acts for several major banks and investment funds. Roughly half of the department’s work is on the litigation side, and the team also works closely with the firm’s M&A, capital markets and real estate teams to help structure related transactions. Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad, Diogo Ferraz and Thiago Marigo are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad; Diogo Ferraz; Thiago Marigo


‘The firm is very good technically, managing to develop innovative theses for abnormal fiscal situations.’

The team that assists us is composed of Dr. Pedro Afonso Avvad, Dr. Diogo Ferraz and Dr. Thiago Marigo; All complement each other with great fiscal knowledge.’

Key clients

Avenue Securities

Credit Agricole Brasil

Matera Systems

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