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Warde Advogados
CEP 01421-002, SÃO PAULO

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Praised for its ‘technical quality‘ and ‘highly qualified team‘, Warde Advogados focuses its practice on anti-corruption, compliance and litigation. The firm is regularly seen representing clients in administrative proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) and in investigations before the CGU. Former Chief Minister of the CGU Valdir Moysés Simão is highly regarded for his considerable experience in federal disciplinary administrative proceedings, internal investigations and government enforcement actions. Founding and managing partner Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is a key name for disputes. Other key individuals include former Director-General of Brazil’s Federal Police Leandro Daiello Coimbra and Renato PolilloSilvio Luiz de Almeida  left the firm in January 2023 to become Minister of Human Rights and Citizenship.

Practice head(s):

Valdir Moysés Simão


‘Technical quality of the team of lawyers and partners’

‘Valdir Simão is recommended.’

‘Highly qualified team.’

‘The firm incorporated partners who have experience in the federal public administration and, with this, possess the ability to understand and develop differentiated solutions in relation to other firms.’


Key clients


M. Dias Branco Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos


Banco Bradesco

Telefônica Brasil


José Seripieri Filho

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

XCMG Brasil Indústria

JHSF Administradora do Catarina Aeroporto Executivo

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing strategic, compliance and legal advisory services to EMS.
  • Advsied GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes on the analysis and strategic treatment of its integrity risks.
  • Represented Telefonica Brasil in an administrative proceeding heard by the Federal Comptroller General, in which the company was being investigated for alleged irregularities.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 4

A popular destination for clients from the financial services, real estate, manufacturing, media and retail sectors, Warde Advogados possesses an ‘extremely responsive and dedicated team‘ focused on strategic litigation. Its strength lies in its ability to provide ‘swift and punctual advice‘ on complex corporate disputes, anti-corruption cases and regulatory matters. Department leader Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior, whose ‘first-class market and sector knowledge‘ garner praise from clients, has acted for several leading players from the banking, infrastructure, energy and media industries in big-ticket corporate disputes. He steers the litigation group, which also includes Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto, a name to note for bankruptcy cases, the ‘very talentedRenato Polillo, who is a strong performer in cross-border and domestic disputes, and constitutional law specialist Georges Abboud. Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo and Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt, the latter of whom specialises in financial, capital markets and M&A disputes, offer key support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Walfrido Warde is the best lawyer I have worked with in Brazil. He combines excellent strategic advice, with first-class market and sector knowledge. He is solutions-driven and gets the job done quickly, efficiently and effectively.’

‘Renato Polillo has a top legal mind but always focuses on the client’s outcome and goals. He works tirelessly to deliver the results the clients need.’

‘Technical quality and commitment.’

‘Walfrido Warde and Felipe Figueiredo are recommended.’

‘Professionals extremely well prepared and ready to serve the client at any time. Swift and punctual advice.’

‘Walfrido Warde is an extremely well-prepared professional with outstanding experience.’

‘Extremely responsive and dedicated team. Warde Advogados’ partners are very involved in the matters that they handle and on top of all the detail. They provide the highest quality service in the region.’

‘Walfrido Warde is an exceptional lawyer with an amazing bandwidth. He is extremely intelligent and can immediately see where the key dispute lies and provide sound strategic advice to clients. Renato Polillo is very talented. He is dedicated to his clients, very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Forte Colonizadora

J. Safra Holdings SPF

Companhia Metalúrgica Prada

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Editora Vetores Ltda.

Cyrela Aconcágua Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Syn Prop e Tech

Cyrela Empreendimentos


Supermed Administradora de Benefícios

Banco Safra

Banco Bradesco

Work highlights

  • Representing Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional and Companhia Metalúrgica Prada in an antitrust damages case against Messer Gases, White Martins and IBG.
  • Represents Cyrela Empreendimentos in a lawsuit against the São Paulo State Treasury.
  • Acts for CSN in a lawsuit filed by JSL concerning a contractual dispute.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 5

Dedicated to dispute resolution, most notably corporate disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory cases, Warde Advogados is a ‘go-to firm for clients seeking assistance in tricky cases‘. With an impressive track record in both domestic and cross-border arbitration proceedings, the group attracts instructions from companies operating in a multitude of sectors, such as energy, manufacturing and insurance. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is ‘a unique figure in the legal world‘, who is singled out for his wealth of experience in commercial and corporate disputes involving the banking, infrastructure, energy, consumer goods and media segments. Bankruptcy cases are a key specialism for Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto. Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo, who regularly acts for real estate, media and infrastructure clients; Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt, a name to note for disputes involving M&A, financial and capital markets; and Alexandre Barroco, whose sectoral knowledge covers infrastructure, logistics and energy, offer key support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘The firm’s approach is personalised according to each demand, which gives us confidence that our cases are in good hands. The quality of service provided is exceptional. The firm has the ability to adapt solutions to efficiently meet our needs.’

‘The team is highly skilled, experienced and able to provide up-to-date information in a timely manner. They work collaboratively and provide quality work in order to achieve the best results for clients.’

‘We are very satisfied with the service provided. The team is extremely helpful and professional, always ready to answer questions and provide the necessary information. In addition, the quality of the work provided is excellent, always with great agility and efficiency.’

‘Walfrido Warde and Rodrigo Bittencourt are professionals with depth and breadth of experience, in addition to having a highly qualified team of lawyers to support them in a wide range of areas. We feel confident knowing we have these two experienced professionals on our side.’

‘Visionary team that always presents highly innovative strategies to clients.’

‘Walfrido Warde is undoubtedly a unique figure in the legal world. He manages to have an extremely bold and at the same time technical vision of any legal problem.’

‘Warde has a tenacious team. A go-to firm for clients seeking assistance in tricky cases. They have an entrepreneurial approach and are always ready to bring in specialist expertise through co-counsel, where required.’

‘I have primarily worked with Renato Polillo. He responds quickly and provides insightful and valuable advice, both legally and commercially, with an in-depth knowledge of the client’s needs.’

Warde Advogados focuses solely on corporate disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory matters. It prides itself on its tenacity, independence, and ability to operate in multiple jurisdictions throughout the world, and it has a team of lawyers distinguished by its continuous academic and professional training. These qualities and capabilities enable it to provide a high-quality, personal service compatible with the strictest professional standards. It is the only Brazilian law firm that has its own Lawtech, the JuriLab, which conceived the map of corporate conflict in Brazil.

Clients include major Brazilian and international companies in sectors such as food, finance / securitisation, manufacturing, real estate, biotech, transport and infrastructure, energy, R&D, media and apparel.

Areas of practice

Litigation and arbitration:

Four of the firm’s partners are active in commercial dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), and the team is regularly involved in proceedings whose outcomes have significant ramifications, either for Brazil’s economy and its institutions, or in terms of the legal issues at stake.

The firm acts in wide-ranging corporate disputes, including proceedings to render corporate acts null, void or ineffective; proceedings to enforce compliance by directors and officers with corporate duties (e.g. exclusion, forced removal and liquidation of assets); indemnification proceedings involving companies and shareholders; and proceedings seeking intervention in corporate management. It is also very active in administrative proceedings before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), the boards of trade and the Department of National Commerce Registration. The firm is well versed in developing independent strategies to support clients’ claims and defences in corporate and securities law disputes, drawing on its deep understanding of the sectors in which its clients operate and its experience in evaluating the macroeconomics and market regulations both in Brazil and overseas.

Anti-corruption, regulatory and compliance:

The firm set up a dedicated compliance department in November 2017 in response to the fast-evolving regulatory landscape in the country, and the demand for specialist expertise in that context. It provides advice and representation in relation to the negotiation and execution of leniency agreements with the General Union Controllership, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), and the Central Bank; internal investigations into violations of anti-corruption, antitrust and bidding legislation and guidance on the outcome of investigations; the creation and deployment/improvement of compliance programs in accordance with Brazil’s anti-corruption laws, seeking to prevent violations and mitigate penalties in cases of violation; and due diligence. The team includes Valdir Moyses Simão, who is the former chief minister of Brazil’s General Comtroller’s Office, and Leandro Daiello Coimbra, who is the former director general of Brazil’s Federal Police and in that role was involved in major operations including Operation Car Wash.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and arbitration Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior walfrido@warde.com.br +55 11 3065 8207
Anti-corruption, regulatory and compliance Valdir Moyses Simão vsimao@warde.com.br +55 11 3065 8207
Partners : 8
Other fee-earners : 12

Founded in 1996, Warde Advogados has been noted for its work on many cases that have been significant for Brazil’s economic development, especially complex business and corporate litigation involving anticorruption, compliance, internal investigations and regulatory intelligence matters.

The firm is well-known for its combative and independent approach and its ability to operate in many different jurisdictions in Brazil and other regions. It is also the only law firm with its own lawtech, called Jurilab, which maps corporate disputes across all Brazilian courts. This map is the fastest and most reliable way of predicting how disputes will be resolved and judgments will be entered based on knowledge of prior decisions from each court and appellate court in the country.

Practice areas
Litigation and arbitration: Led by founding partner Walfrido Warde, the Warde Advogados litigation and arbitration team represents clients from various sectors in highly complex corporate litigation, focusing on overturning or reversing corporate acts, enforcing shareholder and management compliance with obligations and/or abstention from harmful practices, liability for corporate and/or shareholder damages, and judicial intervention in corporate management. We also have a strong track record in administrative proceedings with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), Trade Commission and the National Trade Registry Department. We develop independent strategies and arguments to support applications and defend our clients in litigation involving relevant corporate law and capital market matters.

Compliance and anticorruption: The Warde Advogados compliance and anticorruption practice is led by for the former head of the Federal Comptroller General, Valdir Simão, one of Brazil’s leading experts on anticorruption legislation, and the founding partner Walfrido Warde. This practice assists clients from a wide range of areas in leniency agreement negotiations, in creating, implementing and improving compliance policies and programs, and in other disciplinary, anticorruption and compliance proceedings with the Federal Comptroller General (CGU), the Federal Advocate General (CGU), the Administrative Board for Economic Protection (CADE), the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), the Central Bank and the Office of the Public Prosecutor. We also advise clients on internal investigations and on government relations involving regulatory and legislative matters, administrative proceedings and public policy formulation.

Financial and capital markets: The firm provides representation on regulatory matters involving the Central Bank of Brazil, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Financial System’s Appeals Board, the BSM Markets Oversight and ANBIMA – the National Association of Financial and Capital Markets, including consultations, routine inspections, responses to official communications and disciplinary and non-disciplinary administrative proceedings. We develop innovative strategies and arguments to support applications and defend our clients in litigation involving relevant corporate law and financial and capital market matters.

Public law: Warde Advogados’ public law practice is led by Rafael Valim, one of Brazil’s foremost public law specialists. Our team represents clients on matters in judicial and administrative litigation and arbitration regarding administrative misconduct, public procurement and government contracts, infrastructure and regulation, and also in constitutional actions and before the court of accounts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and Arbitration Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior walfrido@warde.com.br +55 11 3065 8207
Compliance and Anticorruption Valdir Moysés Simão vsimao@warde.com.br +55 11 3065 8207
Partners : 23
Associate Lawyers : 11