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General Business Law: North Brazil — Brazil


Andrade GC Advogados - General Business Law: North Brazil Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Germano Andrade, Luiz Felipe Brandão Ozores, Armando Cláudio Dias dos Santos Júnior and Carolina Ribeiro Botelho
- 8 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected Manaus practice advising on a full range of areas, including corporate, tax and real estate law. Strong track record representing companies from the civil construction, electronics and consumer goods industries in strategic labour disputes and business structuring matters. Extensive experience advising on the legislation governing the Manaus Free Trade Zone and new investment opportunities in the North of Brazil.

Strengths Clients remark: "The firm has renowned expertise in labour, tax and corporate law, provides us with excellent client service, a great understanding of business and charges very competitive rates. They are also intimately familiar with the commercial and legal environment in Manaus which helps in the defence of our cases."

Another source adds: "It is a long-standing and very prestigious Manaus firm with great facilities and a modern approach to management."

Work highlights Advising Samsung on the filing of a lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of Article 789 of the Consolidation of Labour Laws before the Special Federal Court of the First Region.

Significant clients Samsung, Rossi Residencial, Unimed, Grupos Águas do Brasil e Solví, Japurá Pneus.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Germano Andrade has substantial experience in business consultancy and civil law. He frequently advises on contractual matters, preventive consultancy in real estate transactions and environmental litigation. Clients note: "He has an impressive command of corporate law and all of its related issues whether it be corporate disputes or finding new investment opportunities in the market."

Luiz Felipe Brandão Ozores specialises in tax litigation, tax planning and tax consultancy related to the Manaus Free Trade Zone. He also advises on customs law, foreign trade and foreign investment issues. Clients say: "He is a fully committed professional and has an outstanding knowledge of tax law which has helped us to obtain favourable results." One source continues: "He is a highly knowledgeable tax lawyer who is always available and very swift in getting back to me."

Head of labour Armando Cláudio Dias dos Santos Júnior is respected for his expertise in preventive labour consultancy, labour litigation, social security matters and trade union negotiations. Interviewees remark: "He is highly praised within our company and frequently represents us in strategic labour disputes." Another client adds: "He is a very reliable practitioner who always provides swift answers and makes me feel welcome as a client."

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DD&L Advogados Associados - General Business Law: North Brazil Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Cláudia Lopes Bernardino and Átila de Oliveira Denys
- 37 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned Manaus-based team offering a broad range of corporate services with extensive experience in tax, labour and civil matters. Advises leading domestic and foreign clients on tax litigation, strategic labour disputes, preventive labour consultancy and the fiscal incentives available in the Manaus Free Trade Zone. Also admired for its impressive knowledge of environmental law and the mining sector.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm provides us with excellent legal services. Their tax lawyers really stand out for their ability to handle highly complex mandates."

Another client remarks: "The team's lawyers are dedicated, well-qualified, extremely experienced and results-oriented. Their first-rate facilities and constant follow-up are real differentials."

Work highlights Representing IGB Eletronica in a lawsuit before the Supreme Court and the Superior Court of Justice to recover BRL350 million of undue taxes charged by the Superintendence of the Manaus Free-Trade Zone between 1991 and 1999.

Significant clients Whirlpool, Sony, Microsoft, Warner, Kawasaki.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Cláudia Lopes Bernardino has extensive experience advising national and international companies on tax matters and fiscal incentives in connection with the Manaus Free Trade Zone. She is the main point of contact for international clients.

Founding partner José Alberto Maciel Dantas is an experienced and highly capable practitioner who focuses on preventive labour consultancy, labour litigation and social security matters. Peers describe him as "a very active name in the market who has valuable experience in procedural law and labour disputes."

Átila de Oliveira Denys advises on the regulations governing the Manaus Free-Trade Zone and specialises in corporate law, environmental issues and tax incentives. He led the team in its work on behalf of IGB Eletronica, seeking to recover BRL350 million of allegedly undue tax payments. Clients observe: "He is highly specialised regarding the specific tax rules of the Manaus region who has a great understanding of business issues."

Up-and-coming partner Adriana Rother advises on tax law and is described by market sources as "a great lawyer who is very helpful and provides us with swift responses." Another source adds: "She frequently advises us on tax disputes and we have always been successful with her."

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Silveira, Athias, Soriano de Mello, Guimarães, Pinheiro & Scaff - Advogados - General Business Law: North Brazil Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- approximately 150 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed practice from Belém with an extensive presence across the region, along with additional offices in Brasília, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and New York. Offers standout experience in corporate, mining, environmental and tax matters. Represents leading mining, agribusiness and retail companies in projects being implemented in the Amazon, with additional activity in mass labour disputes, tax consultancy and tax litigation.

Strengths Market commentators report: "They are one of the largest firms in the North of Brazil and stand out from its competitors in the region. They have great professionals within their ranks."

Notable practitioners

Clients describe founding partner Jorge Alex Nunes Athias as "a spectacular professional who is highly specialised in environmental law – a legal area of great importance in the State of Pará." Peers add: "He is a very well-prepared lawyer who has great client skills." He regularly assists clients in the setting up of high-end projects in the Amazon region, with noted expertise in agrarian law and mining matters.

Name partner Reynaldo Andrade Da Silveira offers clients vast experience in corporate law and litigation. He specialises in civil and consumer rights disputes. Market sources praise him as "a first-rate lawyer" who is "highly active in commercial and civil law." They go on to describe him as "a highly knowledgeable practitioner who is very dedicated to procedural law."

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ASJUR - Higino, Sordi, Sousa, Toledano & Advogados Associados - General Business Law: North Brazil Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Higino de Sousa Netto, Marcio Luiz Sordi, Luciana Almeida de Sousa, João Bosco Toledano
- 4 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing Manaus practice respected for its comprehensive knowledge of employment law. Notable expertise in collective and individual labour disputes, preventive labour consultancy, union negotiations and social security matters. Also assists local and international companies with corporate, tax, civil and environmental matters.

Strengths Clients observe: "The firm is a reference in the North of Brazil for its expertise in labour law."

Work highlights Successfully advised SB Group on collective bargaining to establish that its pharmaceutical employees should be hired under a civil and not a labour contract. This has resulted in BRL3 million of monthly savings for the client.

Significant clients Itáu Unibanco, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, Faber Castell, Griupo Martins.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner José Higino de Sousa Netto over 30 years of experience representing companies from Manaus's industrial district in labour litigation. He specialises in maritime labour legislation and collective bargaining agreements. Market sources commend him as "an excellent and very active professional" and "a reference in labour law."

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Siqueira Castro - Advogados - General Business Law: North Brazil Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Cássio Chaves Cunha, Gustavo Gonçalves Gomes.
- 2 partners
- 31 qualified lawyers

Full-service firm with an impressive footprint throughout Brazil, and regional offices in Belém, Manaus and Porto Velho. Adept at advising major national banks and companies in corporate matters and consumer rights litigation. Also handles tax litigation, strategic labour disputes and real estate matters.

Strengths "The firm's lawyers are excellent, committed to clients and have displayed significant expertise in labour, litigation and tax law."

Work highlights Counsel to Itaú Unibanco in Amapá and Pará on its civil and consumer litigation mandates.

Significant clients Votorantim, TIM, LG, Bunge, Camargo Correa.

Notable practitioners

Cássio Chaves Cunha and Gustavo Gonçalves Gomes are the key client contacts.

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Lyra, Góes & Advogados Associados - General Business Law: North Brazil Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Manaus boutique recognised for its strength advising both companies and individuals on labour law. Also offers experience representing clients in contentious and non-contentious civil matters.

Strengths Market sources report: "The firm has a strong labour practice."

Notable practitioners

Socorro Lyra and Victor Góes are the key client contacts.

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Band 1

Cláudia Lopes Bernardino

DD&L Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Adriana Rother advises on tax law and is described by market sources as "a great lawyer who is very helpful and provides us with swift responses." Another source adds: "She frequently advises us on tax disputes and we have always been successful with her."

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Band 1

Jorge Alex Nunes Athias

Silveira, Athias, Soriano de Mello, Guimarães, Pinheiro & Scaff - Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe founding partner Jorge Alex Nunes Athias as "a spectacular professional who is highly specialised in environmental law – a legal area of great importance in the State of Pará." Peers add: "He is a very well-prepared lawyer who has great client skills." He regularly assists clients in the setting up of high-end projects in the Amazon region, with noted expertise in agrarian law and mining matters.  

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Band 2

Germano Costa Andrade

Andrade GC Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Germano Andrade has substantial experience in business consultancy and civil law. He frequently advises on contractual matters, preventive consultancy in real estate transactions and environmental litigation. Clients note: "He has an impressive command of corporate law and all of its related issues whether it be corporate disputes or finding new investment opportunities in the market."

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Band 2

Reynaldo Andrade Da Silveira

Silveira, Athias, Soriano de Mello, Guimarães, Pinheiro & Scaff - Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner Reynaldo Andrade Da Silveira offers clients vast experience in corporate law and litigation. He specialises in civil and consumer rights disputes. Market sources praise him as "a first-rate lawyer" who is "highly active in commercial and civil law." They go on to describe him as "a highly knowledgeable practitioner who is very dedicated to procedural law."   

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Band 2

José Alberto Maciel Dantas

DD&L Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner José Alberto Maciel Dantas is an experienced and highly capable practitioner who focuses on preventive labour consultancy, labour litigation and social security matters. Peers describe him as "a very active name in the market who has valuable experience in procedural law and labour disputes." 

Managing partner Cláudia Lopes Bernardino has extensive experience advising national and international companies on tax matters and fiscal incentives in connection with the Manaus Free Trade Zone. She is the main point of contact for international clients.

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Band 2

Átila de Oliveira Denys

DD&L Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Átila de Oliveira Denys advises on the regulations governing the Manaus Free-Trade Zone and specialises in corporate law, environmental issues and tax incentives. He led the team in its work on behalf of IGB Eletronica, seeking to recover BRL350 million of allegedly undue tax payments. Clients observe: "He is highly specialised regarding the specific tax rules of the Manaus region who has a great understanding of business issues."

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Band 2

José Higino de Sousa Netto

ASJUR - Higino, Sordi, Sousa, Toledano & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner José Higino de Sousa Netto over 30 years of experience representing companies from Manaus's industrial district in labour litigation. He specialises in maritime labour legislation and collective bargaining agreements. Market sources commend him as "an excellent and very active professional" and "a reference in labour law."  

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Band 3

Luiz Felipe Brandão Ozores

Andrade GC Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luiz Felipe Brandão Ozores specialises in tax litigation, tax planning and tax consultancy related to the Manaus Free Trade Zone. He also advises on customs law, foreign trade and foreign investment issues. Clients say: "He is a fully committed professional and has an outstanding knowledge of tax law which has helped us to obtain favourable results." One source continues: "He is a highly knowledgeable tax lawyer who is always available and very swift in getting back to me."

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Band 3

Armando Cláudio Dias dos Santos Júnior

Andrade GC Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of labour Armando Cláudio Dias dos Santos Júnior is respected for his expertise in preventive labour consultancy, labour litigation, social security matters and trade union negotiations. Interviewees remark: "He is highly praised within our company and frequently represents us in strategic labour disputes." Another client adds: "He is a very reliable practitioner who always provides swift answers and makes me feel welcome as a client."

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Up and Coming

DD&L Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Adriana Rother advises on tax law and is described by market sources as "a great lawyer who is very helpful and provides us with swift responses." Another source adds: "She frequently advises us on tax disputes and we have always been successful with her."

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