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Warde Advogados
CEP 01421-002, SÃO PAULO

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

In compliance, Warde Advogados fields a team of 'professionals with extensive experience, deep knowledge, availability and willingness to help' and receives plaudits for its 'robust experience and profound technical knowledge'. As a core focus for the firm, the team excels in anti-corruption and compliance matters, and is engaged by clients for assistance in leniency agreement negotiations, compliance programme reviews and implementation, and administrative proceedings. The sizeable team is led by Valdir Moysés Simão, a former Chief Minister of the Federal Comptroller General, who has established a strong reputation in the market, and includes key partner Leandro Daiello Coimbra and highly regarded associate Pedro Henrique Adoglio Benradt. The firm is also noted for its corporate disputes expertise, where Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior and Renato Polillo are key names.

Practice head(s):

Valdir Moysés Simão


It is a law firm with extensive administrative and judicial experience, whose components operate ethically and with enviable legality. Among all the professionals, I can highlight Doctors Walfrido Warde, Valdir Simões, Caetano and Guilherme for their always proactive and highly technical knowledge.’

Professionals with extensive experience, deep knowledge, availability and willingness to help. I’d highlight Leandro Daiello Coimbra and Valdir Moyses Simão.’

The office and its team fully understand and update the legal and regulatory market. Highlight Dr. Caetano Vasconcelos, Dr. Valdyr Moises Simao, Dr Leandro Daiello and Dr. Pedro Henrique Benrdat.’

The compliance practice is led in by Valdir Simão, one of the greatest experts of anti-corruption legislation and founding partner Walfrido Warde, who has made several implementations to improve compliance policies in companies. This office has become a reference on this topic.’

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnio: notable expertise in corporate disputes and capital markets. Renato Polillo: expertise in corporate disputes and compliance and anti-corruption issues. Rodrigo Jesuíno Bittencourt: expertise in litigation, arbitration, corporate law and capital markets. All with excellence in each area of expertise.’

The robust experience and deep technical knowledge of this firm are the differential.’

They are highly qualified professionals with dedication and attention. Dr. Valdir Simão and Dr. Leandro Daielo are professionals with feedback, knowledge and experiences both in the public and private sectors that differentiate them from the others. In addition, Dr. Walfrido Jorge has extensive academic experience.’

Key clients

M. Dias Branco Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

Mover Participações



Solvi Participações

Banco Bradesco

Telefônica Brasil


Banco BTG Pactual

Grupo Hapvida

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Work highlights

  • Provides strategic compliance and advisory services to M. Dias Branco Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos consistent with the full implementation of improvements to the company’s new integrity/compliance programme.
  • Representing the interests of Mover Participações in the execution of a leniency agreement.
  • Provides strategic compliance and legal advisory services to essential medicine provider EMS.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 5

Warde Advogados acts for a multitude of domestic and foreign companies and continues to grow its client roster, recently receiving new instructions from players operating in the media, retail and construction sectors. The firm is entirely dedicated to corporate disputes, regulatory issues and anti-corruption matters. The arbitration team has also seen growth at partner level with the arrival of Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto, whose experience covers commercial arbitration and litigation. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior leads the department out of the Brasília office and is seasoned in arbitration proceedings involving clients in the banking, infrastructure and energy sectors. Cases pertaining to the real estate, food and beverage and media segments are among Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo's areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Team with unrivalled legal knowledge, combined with a practical vision of the business world. This combination of legal knowledge with a commercial and practical mindset makes the team stand out.’

‘Walfrido Warde is a master of the law and excels in contentious matters.’

‘Excellent team. Walfrido and Felipe are fantastic. They are smart, strategic and very well connected.’

‘In addition to having deep knowledge of legal issues, the firm’s decisions are invariably made based on effective strategies. Walfrido Warde needs no introduction. One of the smartest people I’ve ever met.’

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 5

At Warde Advogados, the litigation practice places a particular emphasis on corporate and commercial disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory matters. The firm - which has recently secured instructions from new clients in the financial services, retail and media sectors - is highlighted as 'smart, strategic and very well connected'Department leader Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is best known for his performance in corporate disputes on behalf of infrastructure, energy, food and beverage and media companies. Recent joiner Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto excels in commercial disputes, and Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto is recommended for bankruptcy cases. Other noteworthy practitioners include Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo and Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt, the latter of whom is proficient in post-M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘Excellent team. Smart, strategic and very well connected. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior and Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo are fantastic.’ 

‘In addition to having deep knowledge of matters related to the law, the practices’s decisions are invariably made based on effective strategies. ‘

‘Walfrido Warde needs no introduction. One of the smartest people I have ever met. José Luiz Bayeux Neto has the gift of turning any dense subject into wonderful stories.’

‘The team is recognised for its combativeness, independence and ability to act in different jurisdictions.’

‘Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior, founding partner of Warde Advogados, has outstanding expertise in corporate disputes and capital markets. Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, corporate law and capital markets issues.’

‘Significant experience in litigation. Legal knowledge combined with a practical vision of the business world.’

‘José Luiz Bayeux Neto and Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior are efficient and objective, and have profound knowledge of business and corporate law.’

‘Strategic thinking. José Luiz Bayeux Neto possesses great legal knowledge and understands clients’ needs. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior provides practical and accurate solutions, and focuses on getting the best results on behalf of the client.’ 

Key clients


Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Cyrela Brazil Realty

M. Dias Branco

Vigor Alimentos

Saraiva Livreiros Editores

Banco Safra

GranBio Investimentos

Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group

Banco Fibra

Sequoia Participações

Grupo Splice

Jaú Construtora

Chilli Beans

Noroestecom Telecomunicações

VKN Motors do Brasil

Renova Energia

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Clube de Investimento

Bonsucex Holding

Esh Capital

Itaipu Binacional

Editora Vetores

EMSA – Empresa Sul Americana de Montagens (Grupo EMSA)

Work highlights

  • Represents JBS in several class actions filed by Brazilian individuals who are seeking reimbursement for purported losses JBS caused to the public treasury.
  • Represented Sequoia Participações in a shareholder dispute filed against Aroeira Participações.
  • Continues to represent CSN (a shareholder of Usiminas) in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) and the Supreme Court of Justice seeking to compel Ternium-Techint to proceed with a takeover bid of common stock issued by Usiminas.

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