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

Labour and employment Tier 4

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados is a popular destination for high-end labour and social security advice, offering the full spectrum of litigation and consultancy services. As well as handling high-value lawsuits and settlement procedures, the team also provides strong support on union negotiations, pay schemes and redundancy programmes. Paula Corina Santone Carajelescov leads the well-regarded team, which includes highly rated associate Roberto Ferreira Ferlis.


‘An excellent office that has a specific team for monitoring each client. For us this is an important differential.’

‘The team always assists us promptly, aiming to solve problems, always with respect to the customer’s opinion and the company’s policy. Lawyers engage in conflict solutions, through instructions or mediations.’

‘They think differently every time. Every situation has a special treatment. They are kind and polite. They are real partners.’

‘Paula Santone always pays attention to the best result for the client, with easy access and always with good ideas.’

‘Roberto Ferreira Ferlis is always ready to receive feedback, and is attentive to the inquiries of the internal client.’

Key clients

Conair Comercialização do Brasil

Atento Brasil

Invaio Sciences

Sabis International School

Techint do Brasil

Hendrix Genetics

Autozone Brasil Comércio de Autopeças

Abbvie Farmacêutica

Guide Investimentos

União Química Farmacêutica Nacional



Sherwin-Williams do Brasil

GRC Solutions Consultoria

ZUP I. T. Soluções em Informática

Tax Tier 4

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados is commended by clients for its comprehensive tax service, which covers consultancy and litigation matters. Heavy investment in the firm's IT system has enhanced its strong track record for recovering tax credits. Name partner Ronaldo Rayes heads the team, which also includes Bruno Aguiar, who regularly advises on direct and indirect tax issues, and tax litigation head Daniela Floriano.

Practice head(s):


‘Solid background, prompt responsiveness, open mind with responsibility to solve issues, close interaction with client. Bruno Aguiar – reflects all referred characteristics and behavior aforementioned for the team.’

‘Friendly and business oriented. A complete one stop shop with great professionals and competitive prices.’

Key clients

Eurofarma Laboratórios


Mexichem Indústria e Transformação Plástica


Astellas Pharma

IBM Brasil

DSM Nutiticional Products

Unidas Rent a Car


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma

Sensat Brazil

Hapag Lloyd


Associated British Food (AB Brasil)

DB Schenker


União Química Farmacêutica

Prysmian Group

Pão de Açúcar Group

Via Varejo

Ecorodovias Group

Indigo Agriculture


Invaio Sciences

Ald Automotive



Medtronic Group

Leroy Merlin Group

Pfizer Pharma



Libbs Pharma

Bradesco Bank

Biomm Pharma

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

The corporate department at Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados acts for companies which are leaders in their respective fields, including pharma and technology, advising on corporate restructurings, M&A and joint ventures. It is notable for its experience in cross-border deals, including those involving the US, UK, Germany, Italy and China. Fabiana Rodriques da Fonseca and Paulo Talarico lead the team. Associate Isadora de Araujo Frade is also recommended.

Practice head(s):


Wonderful work regionally and globally.

Trust in the way they deliver the information. Quick responses and a full team dedicated to the project.

They are extremely professional and provide good advice in a very efficient manner.

Paulo Talarico is always available and will assist you to get the job done. He understands the needs of in-house counsel, and is always seeking to do better.

Isadora Frade, senior associate, is very talented and extremely professional.’

Key clients

IBM Brasil

Nokia Solutions and Networks do Brasil Telecomunicações

Alphaland Real Estate Administração de Bens (Sabis Group)

Invaio Sciences

SPIC Brasil Energia Participações

Leão Alimentos e Bebidas (Coca-Cola Group)

Hendrix Genetics

Banco Indusval & Partners

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil

MSX International

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 5

The strong restructuring practice at Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados has a notable track record in advising creditors on judicial and non-judicial restructurings. This also includes preventative debt negotiations and distressed M&A work. Its clients include companies operating across a wide range of sectors, including banking, IT, life sciences, and food and drink. The team includes versatile partner Eduardo Vital Chaves, and Renata Cavalcante de Oliveira and Ligia Azevedo Ribeiro, who respectively handle non-contentious and contentious matters.

Key clients

Banco Indusval




J.P. Morgan

Boehringer Ingelheim

Cabify Agência de Serviços de Transporte de Passageiros


Tereos Group (Açúcar Guarani)

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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 and São Bernardo do Campo.

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.

Digital Law: Our team includes specialists from various areas of law, essential to respond to all types of demands involving digital matters, both in consulting and in litigation, in matters that include brand protection in the digital realm, agent liability for unauthorized use of search mechanisms and any repercussions arising from the application of the Internet Civil Framework (Marco Civil da Internet), technology legal, privacy instruments, policies, terms of use and of service and projects to adapt local and international companies to the new data processing standards set by the LGPD, with an emphasis on civil, labor and tax repercussions.

Real Estate: We have a consultancy and litigation team and we are ready to provide assistance in the development, incorporation and implementation of a variety of real estate development projects; in the preparation, review and negotiation of the various agreements related to real estate assets, in due diligence proceedings for the acquisition and lease of real estate; regularization of real estate with the Real Estate Registry, with Municipal Administrations, and with the Union’s Heritage Secretary, among other demands involving Real Estate Law and interfacing with other areas of law.

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
Litigation and Restructuring Ligia Ribeiro +55 11 3050-2157
Tax Bruno Aguiar + 55 11 3050-2162
Dispute Resolution, Litigation Eduardo Chaves + 55 11 3030-2164
Strategic credit recovery, Litigation Renata Oliveira + 55 11 3030-2358
Labour Litigation Roberto Ferlis + 55 11 3030-2396
Tax Litigation Ana Mazzaferro + 55 11 3030-2189
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
 Ronaldo Rayes photo Ronaldo Rayes Founding Partner
 Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca  photo Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca Partner
 Eduardo Vital Chaves  photo Eduardo Vital Chaves Partner
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Associados : 61
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