Brazil: Corporate Tax 2018

In this chapter, we identify 80 of the finest corporate tax specialists in the Brazilian market. They are recognised for their expertise advising companies, shareholders and financial institutions on matters regarding domestic and international tax optimisation, as well as regulatory 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. Roberto Quiroga Mosquera Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
4. Luís Eduardo Schoueri Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados, São Paulo
5. Ricardo Krakowiak Advocacia Krakowiak, São Paulo
6. Heleno Taveira Torres Heleno Torres Advogados, São Paulo

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados stands out as the leading Brazilian firm in the corporate tax market, with 11 listings this year.
Roberto Quiroga Mosquera is a “stellar” practitioner and is lauded by peers as “the best litigation lawyer in Brazil for corporate tax”. He has considerable expertise in advising domestic and international clients on direct and indirect taxes, corporate restructuring and capital markets.
Pedro Luciano Marrey Jr is well regarded among peers in Brazil for the impressive combination of strong tax knowledge and academic prowess that he provides to clients.
Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz is “a strong tax attorney” with “substantial technical skills”. He has significant experience in all matters pertaining to the tax structures of companies.
Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino is a well-known figure in the domestic market, who comes highly recommended for her work representing clients in the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court regarding complex tax disputes.
Peers note that Andrea Bazzo Lauletta is an excellent tax adviser, especially regarding direct taxes. She also has extensive finesse in regulatory matters pertaining to M&A transactions and financial markets.  
Isabel Bueno also gains recognition in this chapter for her specialisation in pension matters and executive compensation cases.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados also performs well this year with five listings. 
The “extremely intelligent” Raquel Novais is commended as a “leading figure” in corporate tax matters, who “can conduct very tough cases”. Her expertise lies in tax structuring and complex tax disputes.
Celso de Paula da Costa is lauded as “a fantastic tax lawyer” and “a top partner at the firm”. His acumen regarding direct taxes and cross-border transactions is particularly strong.
Fernando Tonanni is “a good adviser” and tax specialist who has significant experience representing international and domestic clients on Brazilian tax matters ranging from corporate restructuring to financial transactions.
Daniella Zagari is well regarded as a specialist in procedural tax law in Brazil across a broad range of sectors, including energy, retail and pharmaceutical.
Fernando Colucci is an “outstanding” tax practitioner, with “impressive technical skills and excellent response time”. One source notes he is “able to explain complex issues in a concise way”.

Mariz de Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados has four of its practitioners listed this year.
Ricardo Mariz De Oliveira is praised by peers as “the best tax lawyer in Brazil for corporate tax”. With “a stellar reputation on direct taxes” and his “very deep analysis of tax matters”, he is regarded as a “top-quality” practitioner in the market.
João Francisco Bianco is widely regarded as a “top quality” and “outstanding tax lawyer”. His skill as a litigator in direct tax matters have made him “a reference in administrative tax disputes”.
Elidie Palma Bifano is described as an “excellent tax lawyer” by respondents this year, whose acumen in advisory and litigation tax services is highlighted in particular.
Bruno Fajersztajn is praised asan exceptional practitioner”, who has distinguished himself through his speciality in administrative litigation regarding direct taxation matters.

Brigagão, Duque-Estrada Emery Advogados performs well this year, with three of its practitioners listed here.
Roberto Duque Estrada is “a fantastic tax lawyer” and “extremely good adviser” on tax matters. He specialises in a wide array of related matters including litigation and tax planning on a national and international level.
Gustavo Brigagão is one of “the most important names in the country” when it comes to corporate tax. His practice is specialised with regards to tax law in administrative litigation, indirect taxation, and tax structuring matters for major commercial and sporting entities.
Renata Emery is highlighted by respondents this year for the “excellent analysis” she brings to corporate tax matters, and her “clear communication” with clients. She specialises in both domestic and international tax affairs related to tax planning and major tax litigation.

Sacha Calmon Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados sees four of its practitioners listed in this year’s edition for their skill in the corporate tax market.
Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho is simply an “icon” and a “big name” in the Brazilian corporate tax space. As a former federal judge, and a professor of tax law, he is known for his in-depth knowledge and experience of the market.
Misabel Abreu Machado Derzi is described as a “figurehead” of the corporate tax market. She has vast experience and expertise in handling a range of tax matters before the Brazilian High Court.

Machado Associados sees three of its practitioners listed in this year’s edition.
Julio de Oliveira has “substantial tax expertise”, which allows him “to bring insights and comments that make the difference regarding business decisions”. Clients highlight his “professionalism and technical background”.
Luís Rogério Farinelli is “a very experienced professional, with great knowledge of federal tax law in Brazil”. He has particular expertise in matters pertaining to direct and international taxation, as well as tax planning.
Erika Yumi Tukiama is a firm favourite among clients seeking counsel on complex tax issues. They praise “her attention to detail”.

Trench Rossi Watanabe sees three of its practitioners listed this year.
Paulo Sehn is described as “one of the top practitioners in tax controversy” in the domestic market, and is noted as a “strong litigator”.
Simone Dias Musa is well regarded by peers in Brazil as a “great tax adviser”. She boasts over 25 years of experience handling income, federal and international taxation matters. 
Marcos Vinicius Neder de Lima also gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive corporate tax expertise.

Advocacia Krakowiak’s Ricardo Krakowiak is recommended as an “outstanding tax litigator” who is well versed in handling “very big cases” for a range of clients across different sectors.
Leo Krakowiak is praised by peers and clients alike as “one of the premier tax litigation lawyers in Brazil” who boasts “outstanding litigation skills and experience” representing clients in this market.

At Lefosse Advogados Gustavo Lian Haddad is regarded asone of the finest tax lawyers in the country”, who is “very experienced on an international level” regarding financial transactions, tax litigation and company tax restructuring.
Ricardo Bolan is a well-regarded practitioner whose expertise lies in the areas of direct and indirect tax, tax planning and corporate restructuring among others.

Theexcellent” Luís Eduardo Schoueri of Lacaz Martins Halembeck Pereira Neto Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados is praised as “the best tax mind in Brazil”. He is “famous in the market” for his corporate tax practice, especially regarding administrative tax litigation.

Heleno Taveira Torres at Heleno Torres Advogados is a “fantastic and much-respected lawyer” and “one of the principal names in Brazil” for tax litigation and advisory matters.

Paulo Ayres Barreto at Advocacia Aires Barreto is “an important name” in the market, and is described by peers as “technically exceptional” in taxation matters. He has “extensive experience” in both contentious and advisory matters.   

Hamilton Dias de Souza of Dias de Souza Advogados Associados is commended for his “great litigation skills and experience” in corporate tax matters and is “very well known in the Brazilian market”.

João Dácio Rolim at Rolim Viotti & Leite Campos is a prominent figure and tax specialist in the market, who is singled out by respondents for his strong litigation abilities.

Breno Ferreira Martins Vasconcelos at Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados is “a star” of the corporate tax market and “one of the best of his generation”. He is recommended for his “analytical and creative” approach to litigation and federal taxation matters.  

Humberto Ávila of Humberto Ávila Advocacia is “an excellent lawyer” who comes highly recommended for his deep understanding of Brazilian tax law.

Ives Gandra da Silva Martins at Advocacia Gandra Martins is described as a “very influential figure” in the tax market, who is frequently engaged to handle a broad range of tax matters.

Paulo de Barros Carvalho at Barros Carvalho Advogados Associados is praised by respondents this year as “excellent”, and is further described as a “first-class and very famous” tax specialist in the Brazilian market.

Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi of Utumi Advogados is well regarded among peers, who highlight her “great experience on an international level and on tax avoidance rules”.

Henrique Lopes of KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados is recognised as an “exceptionally good” tax practitioner with “amazing knowledge of tax matters” in Brazil. He has “comprehensive experience in corporate tax restructuring and reorganisation” matters and is able to “anticipate risks and present good solutions”.

Ian Muniz at Veirano Advogados impresses respondents with his “very strong experience in tax restructuring” and his “business-oriented practice”. He boats over 30 years of experience in tax litigation and advisory work.

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