Brazil: Corporate Tax 2017

This year’s research identifies 57 leading corporate tax specialists who draw praise for their expertise in a range of complex domestic and international taxation issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ricardo Mariz De Oliveira Mariz de Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados, São Paulo
2. João Francisco Bianco Mariz de Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados, São Paulo
3. Leo Krakowiak Advocacia Krakowiak, São Paulo
4. Roberto Duque Estrada Xavier Duque-Estrada Emery Denardi Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS leads our research with six pre-eminent practitioners selected for inclusion this year.
Roberto Quiroga Mosquera is described by sources as “a top-tier tax litigator”. He draws high praise from peers who consider him “one of the best in the country”.
The “excellent” Pedro Luciano Marrey is a seasoned adviser and regularly advises on complex taxation issues.
“Highly respected tax adviser” Andrea Bazzo Lauletta is praised by commentators for her “exceptional knowledge and skill in restructuring M&A”.
Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in tax structuring, transfer pricing and cross-border taxation issues.

At SACHA CALMON MISABEL DERZI CONSULTORES E ADVOGADOS five leading lawyers have been highlighted.
The “excellent” André Mendes Moreira is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region, impressing commentators with his “deep knowledge of taxation issues”.
Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho is described by one source as “one of the most respected lawyers in the country” and draws praise for his unparalleled knowledge of taxation issues.
Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi is “highly respected in the field” for her impeccable knowledge of domestic tax law and expert handling of complex taxation issues.

Specialist tax firm MARIZ DE OLIVEIRA E SIQUEIRA CAMPOS ADVOGADOS sees four practitioners listed.
Ricardo Mariz De Oliveira is described by one source as “among the best lawyers in Brazil for corporate taxation matters” and is a widely recognised figure in the market.
João Francisco Bianco is internationally regarded as “one of the most highly respected tax lawyers in Brazil”. His extensive experience keeps him “ahead of the competition in the administrative field” according to one commentator.
Elidie Palma Bifano is “a widely respected tax adviser” and is internationally recognised for her “superb practice”.
Bruno Fajersztajn is one of the best-known tax litigators in the jurisdiction and is “highly respected” by international sources for his world-class practice.

PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS also sees four leading lawyers nominated in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Luciana Rosanova Galhardo is commended for her extensive experience of tax planning and tax litigation at the judicial and administrative level.
Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa “really stands out in the market”, with one source describing him as “a leader in the internet taxation field”.

Three leading practitioners at MACHADO MEYER SENDACZ E OPICE ADVOGADOS have also been selected for inclusion.
Raquel Novais focuses her first-class practice on tax structuring and reaching settlements in highly complex technical tax conflicts.
Celso de Paula da Costa is “a widely admired corporate tax adviser” who is one of the leading figures in the space in Brazil.
Fernando Tonanni is a taxation specialist. He regularly provides expert advice to domestic and international clients in matters including tax consultancy, corporate restructuring, M&A and transfer pricing.

Corporate tax boutique ADVOCACIA KRAKOWIAK sees two distinguished practitioners listed.
“Top-tier tax litigator” Leo Krakowiak ranks prominently in our research for his outstanding style of delivery and far-reaching expertise.
Ricardo Krakowiak is “a very prestigious lawyer in Brazil” and is highly sought after by clients for his exceptional work in the field.

ULHÔA CANTO REZENDE E GUERRA ADVOGADOS also boasts two listings this year.
With more than 40 years’ experience Carlos Alberto Ulhôa Canto is regarded as a “leading income tax adviser” with expert knowledge of taxation issues relating to corporate transactions.
Gustavo Brigagão is a top name recommended by peers as being “one of the foremost income tax advisers in the market”.

Roberto Duque Estrada at boutique tax firm XAVIER DUQUE-ESTRADA EMERY DENARDI ADVOGADOS is regarded as “excellent” by sources who praise his expertise in domestic and international taxation consultancy and related litigation.

Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi at TOZZINIFREIRE ADVOGADOS leads the firm’s tax practice team and is internationally praised for her extensive experience advising both Brazilian and international clients. Her practice encompasses complex taxation issues arising from cross-border deals, financial transactions and international tax legislation.

Breno Ferreira Martins Vasconcelos at MANNRICH, SENRA E VASCONCELOS ADVOGADOS impresses commentators with his “promptness, responsiveness and quality of service”. One source considers him “one of the best of his generation”.

The “superb” Marcos André Vinhas Catão of VINHAS E REDENSCHI ADVOGADOS is an international taxation specialist whose world-class practice encompasses the full remit of corporate tax advice.

With more than 40 years’ experience Hamilton Dias de Souza of DIAS DE SOUZA ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS is internationally respected for his “terrific tax litigation practice”.

Luiz Gustavo Bichara at BICHARA ADVOGADOS is highly regarded among peers and clients alike who commend him for his “strong approach, dedication to clients and extensive technical knowledge”.

Gustavo Lian Haddad at LEFOSSE ADVOGADOS is rated by peers for his extensive experience of direct and indirect taxes, taxation relating to international transactions and corporate restructuring matters.

Simone Dias Musa at TRENCH ROSSI E WATANABE – ADVOGADOS is “a highly respected tax litigator” who is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region for her expertise in taxation issues.

Ives Gandra da Silva Martins at ADVOCACIA GANDRA MARTINS is recommended by respondents for being “an excellent lawyer” and is widely considered to be an authority on Brazilian tax law.

Paulo  de Barros Carvalho of BARROS CARVALHO ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS is one of the leading names in the Brazilian taxation market and draws praise from international sources for his extensive experience handling complex cases.

With more than 30 years’ experience João Dácio Rolim at ROLIM VIOTTI & LEITE CAMPOS enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for providing expert advice on complex domestic and cross-border tax issues.

The “outstanding” Heleno Taveira Torres at HELENO TORRES ADVOGADOS is lauded as “the leading international tax specialist in Brazil” by one source. 

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