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A. P. Moller Maersk Group

| A. P. Moller Maersk Group

What is the legal team’s structure? After the Hamburg Sud Group acquisition, the company’s legal departments across South America were merged into one centrally controlled team with regional segments. In...

ABB

| ABB

Abbott

| Abbott

Accenture

| Accenture

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured? The legal team in Brazil is organised by function. A commercial team, called sales and delivery, is responsible for negotiating...

Aché

| Aché

Ajinomoto do Brasil

| Ajinomoto do Brasil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal department is divided into the following areas: legal, intellectual...

Amcor Flexibles Latin America

| Amcor Flexibles Latin America

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The Amcor legal team in Latin America is a flat organisation...

ArcelorMittal Brasil

| ArcelorMittal Brasil

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

| Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Patricia Ulian joined ADM in May 2018 bringing a new conception...

Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos (McDonald’s)

| Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos (McDonald's)

Atvos Agroindustrial

| Atvos Agroindustrial

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The department is composed of three lawyers and one paralegal who...

B3

| B3

Banco BMG

| Banco BMG

Banco do Brasil

| Banco do Brasil

Banco Modal (Modalmais)

| Banco Modal (Modalmais)

Plínio Pistoresi leads a team composed of outstanding lawyers, namely: Leticia Namie handling dispute resolution matters, Eduardo Horita focusing on credit collection and Emanuel Correia as ombudsman.

Banco Safra

| Banco Safra

Biogen Brazil

| Biogen Brazil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Our team is built only with senior legal and compliance professionals....

BR Insurance

| BR Insurance

BrasilAgro

| BrasilAgro

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Our team is headed by our general counsel and CCO, Mariana...

Braskem

| Braskem

Bravante

| Bravante

Larissa Veloso C. Santos Brechbühler leads a small but very active legal department with Fabio Cunha focusing on civil litigation matters and Juliana Siqueira on labour litigation.

Bridgestone do Brasil

| Bridgestone do Brasil

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

| Brookfield Infrastructure Group

Bunge South America

| Bunge South America

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? We have structured the legal department on three pillars: in one...

Cast Group

| Cast Group

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Currently the structure is responsible for Legal and Contract Management. I...

China Construction Bank – CCB Brasil

| China Construction Bank - CCB Brasil

China Construction Bank is the second largest Chinese bank and among the top ones in the world. Five years ago, it bought BIC Banco, a traditional Brazilian bank with a...

Cielo

| Cielo

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured? Our team is structured with corporate, M&A, contracts and IP; litigation; governmental relations; and regulatory affairs. The four managers reports...

CMOC Brazil

| CMOC Brazil

Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio

| Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is separated into three major areas. Each area...

Concentrix

| Concentrix

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The structure of the legal department: one head of legal who...

Dasa – Diagnósticos das Américas

| Dasa – Diagnósticos das Américas

Discovery Networks Brasil

| Discovery Networks Brasil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is divided in two main areas. Business affairs,...

EcoRodovias

| EcoRodovias

Enel Brazil

| Enel Brazil

Essilor

| Essilor

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is structured by sub-region, then country and most...

Fibria Celulose

| Fibria Celulose

Fleury

| Fleury

Formitex

| Formitex

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Amira Chammas is a lawyer who graduated at Mackenzie University, post-graduated...

Fresenius Medical Care

| Fresenius Medical Care

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The Brazilian legal team of Fresenius Medical Care reports directly to...

Fugro

| Fugro

Galvani

| Galvani

Gemalto

| Gemalto

Gerdau

| Gerdau

Grupo Abril

| Grupo Abril

As the head of Abril’s legal team, Candice Buckley leads a group of very talented attorneys, including Mariana Macia, a seasoned and very skilled lawyer who handles April’s strategic matters;...

Grupo Lala

| Grupo Lala

Grupo Verzani e Sandrini

| Grupo Verzani e Sandrini

Commercial and professional services

What are the most significant cases and/or transactions that your legal team has been involved with in the last two years? The team has led a strong reduction in litigation...

Harsco Corporation

| Harsco Corporation

Itaú Unibanco

| Itaú Unibanco

J.P. Morgan

| J.P. Morgan

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Managing director and senior legal advisor Márcio Bonfiglioli has taken on...

Janssen

| Janssen

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? My direct reports are responsible for supporting all business structures mainly...

JTI Brazil

| JTI Brazil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The team works as a single cell, with no segregation of...

Klabin

| Klabin

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Klabin’s legal department is divided into three management areas: Corporate, with...

Logicalis

| Logicalis

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal and compliance department aims to support the decision making...

Marsh

| Marsh

Marsh is the worldwide leading brokerage company. Daniela Frangioni is the head of legal and compliance for Brazil and South America. She handles all day-to-day legal aspects of the brokerage...

Microsoft Brazil

| Microsoft Brazil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Our CELA – corporate, external and legal affairs team in Brazil...

Mitsui & Co Brasil

| Mitsui & Co Brasil

How important have “soft skills” or personal attributes outside of technical legal skill been to the team’s success, and which “soft skills” do you feel are most important for an...

Monsanto

| Monsanto

Morgan Stanley

| Morgan Stanley

MWM International (Navistar Group)

| MWM International (Navistar Group)

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? As a lean legal department it is important to us as...

Natura Cosméticos

| Natura Cosméticos

Nextel

| Nextel

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The current structure of Nextel’s legal department under Flávio Franco’s management...

Nike do Brasil

| Nike do Brasil

Norte Energia

| Norte Energia

Oi

| Oi

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The team is led by Thalles Paixão, who is the final...

Olympus Optical do Brasil

| Olympus Optical do Brasil

In Brazil, Vivian de Moraes Simoes works with Carla Ortuzal, head of the legal department, a corporate attorney with substantial in-house legal experience in Latin America. She handles strategic contracts...

Oracle Brazil

| Oracle Brazil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Marcio Silveira is the senior vice president, regional general counsel and...

PetroRio

| PetroRio

Polo Capital Management

| Polo Capital Management

Felipe Salgueiro Novaes leads a small but experienced team, with Mariana Pedrosa and Victor Rocha focusing on credit recovery matters, and Pedro Machado handling distressed assets.

Profarma

| Profarma

Profarma is the most diversified player in the health sector in Brazil, which has grown constantly starting with distribution and, for more than five years now, very active in sales...

Quantum

| Quantum

Raizen

| Raizen

Reckitt Benckiser Brazil

| Reckitt Benckiser Brazil

Rede D’Or São Luiz

| Rede D’Or São Luiz

Rede Globo

| Rede Globo

Rolls-Royce Brazil

| Rolls-Royce Brazil

Sanofi

| Sanofi

SBT – Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão

| SBT - Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão

Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda.

| Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda.

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The team is responsible for handling all disputes the Shell Group...

Sherwin-Williams

| Sherwin-Williams

Souza Cruz

| Souza Cruz

Daniela Vilhena leads a team of 30 attorneys that is responsible for more than 5,000 lawsuits (totaling an amount of approximately R$5bn), providing more than 4,000 legal opinions to the...

Suzano

| Suzano

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is structured into four different management teams: Corporate...

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

| Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

TAESA

| TAESA

Takeda

| Takeda

Thomson Reuters

| Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is one of the world’s most trusted provider of answers for customers in law, tax, compliance, government, and media arenas, acting in 140 countries. It is at the...

Thoughtworks Brazil

| Thoughtworks Brazil

TIM

| TIM

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? Our tax department is structured in four axes: Tax planning, consulting...

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União de Lojas Leader

| União de Lojas Leader

Carolina Matos Costa Bayão leads a very active legal department with Laura Afonso Cataldi handling contractual, real estate and corporate matters, Amanda Christinne dos Santos Mello focusing on criminal, civil...

Unidas

| Unidas

Usiminas

| Usiminas

What are the most significant cases and/or transactions that your legal team has been involved with in the last two years? Our internal legal team, along with an external law...

Vale

| Vale

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is composed by two lawyers in charge of...

Vale Tax

| Vale Tax

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The Brazil tax planning team has, besides its manager, four tax...

Valeo

| Valeo

Volvo do Brasil

| Volvo do Brasil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is formed by nine lawyers; one paralegal; two...

Walt Disney Company Brasil

| Walt Disney Company Brasil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal department of The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) is structured...

WEG

| WEG

White Martins

| White Martins

Julianna Toscano is the head of the legal department and works with the support of Fernanda Amorim (litigation manager), Marcelo Santos (indirect tax manager), Ingrid Azevedo (tax operations manager) and...

Yara Brasil

| Yara Brasil

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured, highlighting key individuals and their role within the department? The legal team is divided in three areas, business, labour, litigation...

Zenvia

| Zenvia

Zurich Insurance Group

| Zurich Insurance Group

Since first being published as The Corporate Counsel 100, The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist series has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2013. It started by covering four of the world’s most established legal markets, and whilst the core objective of the publication – highlighting the most capable,
outstanding and innovative in-house counsel in a jurisdiction – has remained the same, the reach and scope of the GC Powerlist has since become almost unrecognisable. Now present in a vast array of jurisdictions and with a portfolio of 70 unique editions, the GC Powerlist series has gone from strength to strength and has firmly been established as the “go-to” title that assesses and features leading corporate counsel across the globe.

Not content to rest on our laurels, we at The Legal 500 are evolving the GC Powerlist series even further, deepening our commitment to ensuring not only the widest geographical coverage, but to highlight and explore issues and challenges at the forefront of the minds of leading in-house lawyers. Therefore, this and future editions of the GC Powerlist will have a very diff erent look to their predecessors. Instead of profiling individual counsel or in-house legal teams, more incisive insights from in-house thought leaders
on the topics of the day will be featured extensively throughout our new look GC Powerlist publications.

This new look entails the publication of Q&A transcripts regarding legal and business challenges, comment pieces on specific industry or regulatory affairs, more detailed analysis as to where the market is heading and content related to soft-skills, work ethic and business relationships that general counsel utilise. This new format will not only provide more thought leadership and insight, but provide more clarity on what is driving legal business forward in each market that we cover.

In the GC Powerlist: Brazil Teams 2019, we showcase the considerable strength of the in-house legal market in Brazil. This talent is demonstrated in this edition’s compliment of in-house legal teams representing the innovation, adaptability and technical versatility that encapsulates the Brazilian inhouse
legal market.

This market is known for its changeable pace and this year has been no exception. Our interview subjects explained significant changes in terms of privacy, trade and tax laws as well as adaption to political volatility and the impact of the 2018 truck drivers’ strike. Despite this seemingly disruptive atmosphere, the Brazilian in-house legal market has been keeping up with global trends in innovation particularly around diversity and inclusion policy, legal technology and team management technique. This edition features a range of legal teams of different sectors, sizes and functions and showcases a high level of expertise. I offer my congratulations to this year’s entrants and thank them for their insights.

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados logo

2019 is drawing to an end. Not the happiest end, but also not the worst.
Although many expectations regarding the performance of the current administration failed to materialise, very important steps towards the recovery of our economic growth have been taken, among them the reduction of the bureaucratic requirements that hampered entrepreneurship in Brazil and the restructuring of our social security system. Hopefully, the results will start to be noticed in 2020. In the meantime, companies are still struggling to survive in a cash strapped environment.

Such scenarios highlight the importance of a skilled and determined legal department, acting in close cooperation with management, to be able to deal with the challenges posed by an economy that is starting to recover, though still remaning weak and vulnerable.

Versatility, innovation, pro activity are some of the key aspects of a successful legal team that shall be always alert to risks and opportunities. The legal teams nominated for this year’s GC Powerlist: Brazil meet or even exceed such requirements.

We from Castro Barros are happy and proud to team up again with The Legal 500 in honouring ourcolleagues who are pursuing careers as in-house counsel, and are hereby well represented by the nominees for this 2019 event. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Yours truly,

José Augusto Leal

Castro Barros Advogados

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In the heart of the picturesque city of Vienna, The Legal 500 joined forces with Cerha Hempel to celebrate Austria’s top in-house counsel at our annual GC Powerlist: Austria 2024 event.

Sara Maggi, deputy editor for The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series, warmly welcomed attendees and shared key insights from the research process. She emphasised the crucial role of in-house lawyers in enhancing organisational resilience through open communication, fostering relationships with other business departments, and implementing legal tech tools and AI across Austria-based legal departments.

Following Sara’s remarks, Clemens Hasenauer, managing partner at Cerha Hempel, congratulated everyone and discussed the key challenges facing general counsel in Austria. He highlighted the importance of such events for the legal community to meet and exchange ideas.

Next, Sandra Krebs, country legal director and ethics and compliance officer at Coca-Cola HBC, addressed the audience on the legal complexities confronting Austria-based in-house counsel. She stressed the importance of recognition by legal directories, as in-house lawyers become integral business partners and enablers for their companies.

The evening concluded with a vibrant networking session, fostering enriching dialogues and new connections, honouring legal excellence and fostering solidarity.

Our heartfelt gratitude extends to all who contributed to our research and to our sponsor, Cerha Hempel, whose support made this event possible. We look forward to returning to Vienna in 2025!