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2017: Leading Firms

In this edition we list over 260 law firms; however, almost 30 per cent of the total listings are earned by practitioners from just six prominent national firms. Here we profile the outfits dominating the Brazilian market. 

Demarest Advogados

Listings in WWL: Brazil 2017
Agribusiness 2
Arbitration 2
Banking 2
Commercial Litigation 1
Competition 2
Corporate Governance 4
Energy 1
Environment 1
Forestry Investment 2
Franchise  1
Insurance & Reinsurance 1
Labour & Employment 1
M&A 7
Trade & Customs 2
Trademarks 1

DEMAREST ADVOGADOS is one of the leading law firms in Brazil and services over 2,000 clients from around the world in domestic and cross-border transactions. The 30 listings it achieves in this edition are spread across an impressive 15 practice areas, highlighting the firm’s diverse range of expertise in matters ranging from M&A and competition law to banking, trade and customs and dispute resolution. Demarest is a highly reputed firm and its 240 lawyers across its Brazilian and New York offices, alongside its global network with leading independent law firms around the world, enable it to provide top-quality representation in the international marketplace.

The firm is a dominant force in the M&A market and this year’s research highlights seven outstanding lawyers. This includes Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha, Altamiro Boscoli and Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz, who are recognised as some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the space. Other leading individuals at the firm include Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti, an eminent lawyer for labour and employment matters, and José Setti Diaz, a leading figure for both M&A and trade and customs work.


 Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Listings in WWL: Brazil 2017
Aviation 1
Banking 2
Capital Markets 2
Competition 2
Corporate Tax 3
Environment 1
Government Contracts 1
Labour & Employment 2
M&A 3
Private Client 1
Private Funds 2
Project Finance 5
Sports & Entertainment 1

Since being founded in 1972, leading law firm MACHADO MEYER SENDACZ E OPICE ADVOGADOS has grown to house more than 750 professionals who drive the firm’s rapidly expanding commercial practice. The firm achieves 26 listings across 13 practice areas this year, showcasing the broad reach of its business-centric offering. Our research illustrates the firm’s outstanding financial expertise, with members performing especially well in the areas of project finance, corporate tax, banking and capital markets.

Key players in our listings include Fabio Falkenburger who tops our listings for aviation and Julia Rodrigues Coimbra who ranks prominently in both M&A and project finance. Other notable practitioners who feature among the very elite of practitioners in this edition include Tito Amaral de Andrade and Maria Eugênia Novis who are highlighted for their extensive expertise in competition and antitrust matters.


Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados 

Listings in WWL: Brazil 2017
Administrative Litigation 1
Arbitration 2
Banking 1
Business Crime Defence & Investigations 1
Capital Markets 6
Commercial Litigation 2
Competition 3
Corporate Governance 4
Corporate Tax 6
Energy 3
Environment 2
Forestry Investment 1
Government Contracts 1
Insurance & Reinsurance 3
Labour & Employment 2
M&A 4
Private Client 2
Private Funds 3
Project Finance 2
TMT 2

MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is one of the leading full-service law firms in the Brazilian market. Established in 1992, the firm has grown at an exponential rate and now boasts over 450 lawyers active in over 30 practice areas. As attested by our research, corporate, transactional matters and tax form core competencies at the firm with the large M&A, capital markets and tax teams well equipped to handle major cross-border deals for an array of domestic and international clients.

The firm is regularly involved in headline corporate transactions, including acting on deals involving Petrobras’ divestment programme. The firm’s team have also been on hand to advise Camargo Corrêa in the US$1.8 billion sale of a stake in Brazilian power distributor CPFL Energia to State Grid Corporation of China.

Significant players at the firm include Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr, who is recognised as one of the most highly rated practitioners in both the M&A and capital markets chapters, and impressive tax partner Roberto Quiroga Mosquera.


Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Listings in WWL: Brazil 2017
Agribusiness 1
Arbitration 2
Aviation 2
Banking 4
Capital Markets 2
Commercial Litigation 2
Competition 3
Construction 1
Corporate Governance 3
Corporate Tax 4
Environment 2
Government Contracts 1
Insurance & Reinsurance 1
Labour & Employment 1
Life Sciences 3
M&A 7
Mining 2
Patents 1
Private Funds 2
Product Liability Defence 1
Project Finance 1
Restructuring & Insolvency 2
TMT 2
Trade & Customs 2

Independent full-service firm PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS affirms its status in this year’s research as one of the most prominent and prestigious outfits in Brazil. It achieves 51 listings across 24 chapters this year, illustrating its ability to provide superlative counsel across multiple practice areas to clients from a variety of industries. While the breadth of its expertise is demonstrated by market-leading offerings in seven practice areas and leading individuals in several more, there are areas of particular strength.  In life sciences, this strength is especially clear with lawyers from the firm representing just under 25 per cent, among them Angela Fan Chi Kung.  

The firm’s antitrust offering is similarly impressive, again topping our research. Led by Cristianne Saccab Zarzur, the competition practice employs a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating perspectives from practitioners in the firm’s other practice areas and bringing in technical experts and leading economists where appropriate. The firm’s tally of seven listings in the M&A chapter highlights another of the firm’s strong suits. Key figures include Fernando Alves Meira and Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima, both of whom are counted among the top M&A practitioners in the country.

Other standout figures at the firm include Júlio César Bueno who achieves listings across an impressive three chapters in this year’s guide. Other eminent practitioners with multiple listings include Bruno Balduccini, Gilberto Giusti, Henry Stutzman and Tiago Lessa, all of whom feature among the most highly regarded lawyers in their fields.


TozziniFreire Advogados

Listings in WWL: Brazil 2017
Arbitration 3
Banking 1
Business Crime Defence & Investigations 1
Commercial Litigation 1
Competition 3
Corporate Governance 1
Corporate Tax 1
Energy 1
Forestry Investment 2
Insurance & Reinsurance 1
Labour & Employment 2
Life Sciences 1
M&A 4
Mining 1
Private Client 1
TMT 1
Trade & Customs 2

Full-service law firm TOZZINIFREIRE ADVOGADOS was founded in 1976, recently celebrating its 40th year in the Brazilian market. In that time, it has become one of the country’s leading outfits, boasting an extensive national and international footprint – it has seven offices across Brazil and an additional office in New York. The firm’s strong presence in the domestic market is illustrated in our research this year, as it achieves 27 listings, making it the fourth most-represented firm overall. The firm is renowned for its exceptional offerings in M&A and corporate matters, competition and arbitration as well as its impressive commercial expertise.

Leading figures include José Luis Freire, a leading name in Brazil’s M&A scene, Marcelo Calliari in the competition and trade and customs space, and head of the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice groups Fernando Eduardo Serec.


Veirano Advogados

Listings in WWL: Brazil 2017
Capital Markets 1
Commercial Litigation 1
Competition 2
Construction 1
Corporate Governance 2
Corporate Immigration 2
Corporate Tax 2
Energy 2
Franchise 1
Labour & Employment 4
M&A 4
Mining 3
Private Funds 1
Product Liability Defence 3
Project Finance 1
Shipping & Maritime 1
TMT 3
Trade & Customs 1
Trademarks 1

Brazilian business law firm VEIRANO ADVOGADOS illustrates its prominent position in the domestic market in our research this year, achieving an impressive 36 listings. It achieves recognition across 19 practice areas, demonstrating the depth and breadth of its expertise. The firm is home to the leading labour and employment team in the country, with practitioners well versed in handling transactional work, mass terminations, benefits, employment schemes and related litigation.

It also performs well in the corporate sphere, with four individuals highlighted for their outstanding work handling M&A transactions. Furthermore, the firm boasts strong industry expertise, as showcased in our research with listings across our TMT, mining and energy chapters.

Standout names at the firm include Ricardo Veirano, recognised in this edition for his exceptional work in the field of corporate law. Ana Carolina Barretto achieves listings across three chapters, as does senior partner Luiz Guilherme Migliora for his top-tier work in commercial litigation, product liability defence and labour and employment. 


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