Firm Profile > Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados
São Paulo - SP CEP: 04543-000

Labour and employment Tier 4

The 'high-level and committed' labour team at Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados stands out for its 'technical knowledge and availability'. It provides litigation and consultancy services in the field of labour and social security, with specialisms including collective agreements and occupational accidents. Paula Corina Santone Carajelescov and litigator João Paulo Fogaça de Almeida Fagundes lead the team.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 5

Based in São Paulo and with additional offices around the country, Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. The experienced restructuring, insolvency and credit-recovery team includes Eduardo Vital Chaves, Ligia Azevedo Ribeiro and Renata Cavalcante de Oliveira and is particularly active in the financial services, technology and life sciences sectors.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados receives plaudits for its 'full technical knowledge' and 'fluent English'. The corporate department counts both Brazilian and well-known multinational companies among its clients. Sector specialisms include IT, life sciences and food and beverages. The team recently provided a major company in the pharma sector with corporate and tax advice on the review of its distribution model in Brazil. Paulo Talarico can draw on 20 years' experience in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Fabiana Rodriques da Fonseca and associate Pedro Jucá are 'excellent professionals'.

Tax Tier 5

The 'well-respected' tax team at Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados 'is particularly good in tax planning and defending against tax assessments'. The firm was bolstered by the arrival of 'distinguished professional' Ricardo Maitto from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados in 2018. He joins Bruno Henrique Coutinho de Aguiar, who has 'outstanding technical expertise', and recommended tax litigator Daniela Floriano.

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados is a full-service law firm, with particular strength in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Tax, Labour, Litigation and Restructuring law. It has over 20 years of existence in the Brazilian legal market. The firm has offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, São Bernardo and Belo Horizonte.

Please find below some more information about the work of our core practice areas:

Corporate: The team covers the full gamut of corporate services, ranging from day-to-day advice and legal opinions to complex cross-border M&A transactions (covering all phases of an M&A deal, from its first negotiations to post-closing advice). It acts on due diligences and offers advice to foreign businesses looking to start operating in Brazil.

Tax: The team covers both consultancy and litigation work as well as offering legal opinions. It offers the full gamut of tax services. On the consultation front, it provides relevant day-to-day advice to clients, including on issues related to direct and indirect taxation, due diligences, tax planning and tax optimisation/recovery. On the litigation front, the team has been particularly busy on tax recovery cases, acting before CARF as well as the lower and superior courts in the country. It is the go-to firm for pharmaceutical companies looking for tax advice and representation in Brazil.

Labour:  The team is well versed in all matters concerning labour, employment and social security. It provides both litigation and consultancy services and has been extremely engaged in all discussions concerning the new labour reforms in Brazil. On the litigation front, the team is experienced in all levels of the courts, in a range of cases covering  collective disputes and bargaining, occupational accidents and disability, for example. It also has strong experience acting before the Ministry of Labour and Public Ministry of Labour. The group also advises on due diligences for M&As, union negotiations, variable pay schemes, voluntary redundancy, overtime issues, collective agreements, strikes, outsourcing, global mobility and health and safety, amongst other matters.

Litigation: The department is well equipped to act on all court levels in Brazil, being able to undertake both administrative and judicial litigation cases. The group has market-leading expertise in credit recovery cases.  It acts on fraud investigations, class actions, civil disputes involving contracts and provides preventative litigation advice.

Restructuring:  The department acts on relevant, strategic corporate restructuring and bankruptcy cases for its clients, being  particularly strong representing creditors. It is active on both judicial and non-judicial restructuring matters. It often advises on preventative private debt restructuring negotiations and on purchase and sale transactions involving distressed assets and companies in special situations.

The advice provided by the firm is always led by a partner, meaning clients can be assured they will always be speaking with an experienced lawyer.

Department Name Email Telephone
Founding partner, Tax Ronaldo Rayes +55 11 3050-2150
Founding partner, Dispute Resolution João Paulo Fagundes +55 11 3050-2150
Corporate Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca +55 11 3050-2173
Labour Paula Corina Santone +55 11 3050-2167
Restructuring Ligia Ribeiro +55 11 3050-2157
Tax Bruno Aguiar + 55 11 3050-2162
Dispute Resolution Eduardo Chaves + 55 11 3030-2164
Photo Name Position Profile
 Bruno Aguiar  photo Bruno Aguiar Head of Tax
 Ligia Azevedo Ribeiro Sacardo  photo Ligia Azevedo Ribeiro Sacardo Partner
 Renata Cavalcante de Oliveira  photo Renata Cavalcante de Oliveira Partner
 Paula Corina Santone  photo Paula Corina Santone Partner
 Roberto Ferreira Ferlis  photo Roberto Ferreira Ferlis Partner
 João Paulo Fogaça de Almeida Fagundes  photo João Paulo Fogaça de Almeida Fagundes Founding Partner
 Ana Cristina Maia Mazzaferro  photo Ana Cristina Maia Mazzaferro Partner
Mr Ronaldo Rayes photo Mr Ronaldo Rayes Founding Partner
 Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca  photo Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca Partner
 Paulo Talarico  photo Paulo Talarico Partner
 Eduardo Vital Chaves  photo Eduardo Vital Chaves Partner
Partner : 10
Associados : 90
English (fluent)
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