Braga Bastos Sampaio Advogados (BBS) is a niche law firm focused on sophisticated tax advisory and tax litigation services to large multinational and domestic companies doing business in Brazil, hence its label as a “Brazilian Business Taxation Strategists” firm.
BBS is targeted to create sustainable value through technically outstanding and highly pragmatic advice. Always operating in a professional environment where ethics, compliance, quality and commitment are fundamental, the firm excels at having its eyes and ears truly open to the clients’ needs then objectively working together to address them, matching the knowledge of the intrinsic operational and finance drivers with the understanding of the applicable tax issues, law and jurisprudence.
Sought after for his sound judgment on tax-related corporate matters, senior partner Gustavo Braga has been singled out by publications such as Best Lawyers’ selected list of Brazilian tax practitioners (since 2012), appointed in The Legal 500 as a reference in tax, corporate and M&A in the country, recommended by LACCA Approved, nominated in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax directory for Brazil (2017 and 2018) and highlighted by Latin Lawyer 250.
A noteworthy feature of BBS’s track record is a proven ability to pair its team with other law firms, foreign or Brazilian, in complex projects where specialisation in the client’s industry and regulatory framework is crucial. This is particularly important considering the extremely dynamic and intricate Brazilian tax legislation.
Main areas of practice
Corporate, business and transactional taxation from both the international and domestic (either federal, state or municipal) perspectives; legal due diligence on tax matters; tax risk assessment, allocation and mitigation advisory; strategic tax planning; litigation (administrative, judicial and arbitration) and counsel on taxation applicable to national or cross-border activity, investment, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.
Main industry sectors
Oil and gas, power, transportation, shipping, pipelines, fuels and lubricants, retail, construction, dredging and port infrastructure. Notwithstanding, since Brazilian tax rules have relatively few distinctions as per types of activities, all businesses carried out by legal entities are encompassed.
Portuguese and English.