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Warde Advogados
CEP 01421-002, SÃO PAULO

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

A specialised firm in litigation, regulation, anti-corruption and compliance, Warde Advogados stands out for its expertise in federal administrative proceedings. With former Chief Minister of the Federal Comptroller General and highly regarded partner Valdir Moysés Simão leading the compliance department, the team is well versed in investigations before the CGU as well as proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). Clients also regularly seek the team’s advice on integrity risks, compliance programmes and day-to-day compliance matters. The department was given a further boost in July 2021 with the hire of partner and scholar Silvio Luiz de Almeida, who stands out for his specialisation in compliance, anti-discrimination and human rights. Other names to note include founding partner and litigator Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior; Leandro Daiello Coimbra, a former Director-General of the Federal Police; Renato Polillo, who also has experience working in international law firms; and senior associate Pedro Henrique Adoglio Benradt.

Practice head(s):

Valdir Moysés Simão


‘I’d highlight Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior.’

Key clients

M. Dias Branco Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos



Banco Bradesco

Telefônica Brasil

SICPA Brasil Indústria de Tintas e Sistemas


Grupo Hapvida

PicPay Serviços

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

XCMG Brasil Indústria

JHSF Administradora do Catarina Aeroporto Executivo

Work highlights

  • Represented Telefônica in an administrative proceeding heard by the Federal Comptroller General, in which the company was being investigated for alleged irregularities.
  • Represents XCMG in two administrative proceedings filed by the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) regarding the acquisition of heavy machinery by the Federal Government to be donated to several municipalities.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Warde Advogados ‘has a first-class dispute resolution practice‘, which ‘consistently provides an exceptional level of service to clients‘ operating in an array of industries, including financial services, retail, media, real estate and manufacturing. Corporate and commercial disputes, as well as regulatory matters, are core areas of focus for the department, which is under the leadership of commercial dispute resolution specialist Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior. Other key individuals include Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto and Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto, the latter of whom is singled out for his track record in bankruptcy cases. Renato Polillo is a name to note for cross-border disputes and anti-corruption matters, while Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo and Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt are primarily focused on commercial lawsuits, where they often act for infrastructure, real estate and media clients.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Its competence, reputation and client service set it apart in the market.’

‘A well rounded, nimble, and strategically brilliant team.’

‘Walfrido Warde is the best global strategist I have ever worked with. Renato Polillo is an astute litigator who delivers results on a consistent basis.’

‘Warde Advogados has a first-class dispute resolution practice and consistently provides an exceptional level of service to clients. Warde Advogados is particularly sensitive to their client’s commercial needs and have made excellent use of technology during the pandemic.’

‘Walfrido Jorge Warde and Renato Polillo are both excellent strategic thinkers and consistently put their client’s needs first. Both have great attention to detail and an incredible work ethic that sets them apart from their competitors.’

Key clients

Renova Energia

Clube de Investimento MVA

Esh Capital

Itaipu Binacional

Açotubo Group – Açotubo Indústria e Comércio

Bassi Incorporação e Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Companhia Metalúrgica Prada

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Editora Vetores

Cyrela Aconcágua Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Cyrela Commercial Properties Empreendimentos e Participações

Cyrela Empreendimentos

Work highlights

  • Acting for Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN and Companhia Metalúrgica Prada in an antitrust damages case involving material damages of more than R$150m.
  • Represents Cyrela Commercial Properties Empreendimentos e Participações in a claim against SEB do Brasil Produtos Domésticos involving contaminated land.
  • Represents CSN in a lawsuit filed by JSL concerning a R$150m contractual dispute.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 5

Warde Advogados is highlighted for being able to ‘handle very large and complex disputes under all major institutional rules‘. The firm, which is fully focused on corporate disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory matters, has a well-established practice handling arbitration proceedings for significant clients, including major companies from the energy, manufacturing and insurance sectors, and has recently attracted new instructions from clients in other segments, most notably construction and media. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is highlighted for his wide-ranging skills in corporate disputes and for his experience as an arbitrator. Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto specialises in commercial arbitration, where he normally represents companies and investment funds, while Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto has notable strength in bankruptcy cases. At the associate level, Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo stands out for his involvement in matters involving the real estate, infrastructure, food and media segments.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Warde Advogados provides great quality advice, including creative and effective strategic suggestions. Lawyers are always available to meet our demands and focused on resolving the dispute.’

‘Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior and José Luiz Bayeux are able to think outside the box. They always think about the client and seek a favorable outcome that goes beyond conducting the arbitration procedure.’

‘One of the strongest teams I have come across in the world. Their strategic knowledge and abilities are absolutely first rate.’

‘Walfrido Warde is phenomenal. He is a world leader not just in the mechanics of arbitration but also in the strategic implications of international cases around the world.’

‘Walfrido Warde is dedicated and available. Walfrido is tough on arguments and able to dismantle opposing ideas and opinions. Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo is young but very well trained and with excellent technique.’

‘Warde Advogados has been instrumental in acting as co-counsel in three related arbitration proceedings, particularly in liaising with and communicating with the client, and providing sound advice and valuable input in strategic decisions.’

‘Walfrido Jorge Warde Junior is superb – he is highly responsive and always ready to assist.’

‘Warde Advogados has a premier international arbitration practice. Its team is highly experienced and can handle very large and complex disputes under all major institutional rules. Warde Advogados has also adapted very well to the pandemic and successfully conducted several virtual hearings.’

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.

Litigation and Arbitration Walfrido Jorge Warde Júniorwalfrido@warde.com.br+55 11 3065 8207
Compliance and Anticorruption Valdir Moysés Simãovsimao@warde.com.br+55 11 3065 8207
Partners : 23
Associate Lawyers : 11