Firm profile submitted by Andrade GC Advogados
Managing Partner: Germano Costa Andrade
Partners: Angélica Ortiz Ribeiro, Armando Cláudio Dias dos Santos Júnior, Carolina Ribeiro Botelho, Lucianna de Souza Silva, Luiz Felipe Brandão Ozores, Keyth Yara Pontes Pina, Mauro Couto da Cunha
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 28
The firm started its activities in 1997 with the main objective of providing proactive, preventive and, above all, business oriented legal advice to Brazilian and foreign companies with investments in Brazil’s North Region. To support its objective in accordance with the highest standards of performance, the firm sought from early on to mirror reference firms and successful business management models.
Along nearly 20 years of intense activity, Andrade GC has closely followed all major transformations that positively affected the state of Amazonas and developed legal expertise oriented to the business context of the region. Working with emphasis on the Industrial District of Manaus and applicable legislation, the firm offers a vast range of services encompassing integrated advice in several areas, including civil, consumer, contracts, real estate, corporate criminal, labour and tax.
Tax incentives offered to industries established in Manaus are extremely attractive but making them viable is not trivial and demands experienced counsel with an extensive knowledge of the local legislation. The firm’s team has in-depth knowledge of Manaus and its peculiarities and is able to provide the best business sensitive legal advice to support the ongoing success of its clients in the region.
Andrade GC operates primarily in the state of Amazonas alongside other states in the North Region but also facilitate business transactions in the main cities of Brazil through joint work with its partners in Aliança de Advocacia Empresarial (ALAE), Brazil’s largest and most prestigious network of law firms, present in most Brazilian states and Latin American countries.
Team: Besides being excellent on the technical side, the firm’s team always strive to go beyond the legal issues, understanding the objectives and strategies of each client’s business to, ultimately, become their trusted advisors. To ensure a differentiated and close client service, all lawyers maintain a higher level of availability and responsiveness, favouring the development of lasting and mutually beneficial relationships.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
The firm’s work brings together a comprehensive and diverse range of practices and specialties that, over the years, consolidated its market recognition.
Andrade GC has three specialised practices that integrate services and activities aimed exclusively at meeting the distinctive demands of Manaus and the country’s North Region:
GC Consulting (“General Counsel”): “In-house counsel” style advice for companies that do not have an internal legal team and also for legal departments that need an additional support. Real Estate Sector: Leading reference in real estate law in the region, encompassing a wide range of activities related to the sector, including the development of all legal instruments essential to the success of all kinds of real estate developments.
Manaus Free Trade Zone: Long time legal expertise in all matters involving the industrial context of the Free Trade Zone, especially the translation of business strategies into concrete results in the Industrial District of Manaus.
In a broader way, the firm’s range of work encompasses the following practices: administrative; bids and public contracts; civil litigation; consumer; corporate, wealth and succession planning; customs and foreign trade; environmental and urban; foreign investment; labour litigation; labour risks and work relations consulting; private contracts; tax consulting and litigation; tax planning; trade union negotiations; work environment.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: The firm’s lawyers are experienced in working with multinational companies from Brazil and from many other countries, including Austria, Cayman Islands, France, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, South Korea and the United States of America.
LANGUAGES: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish.
The firm has developed relationships with Brazilian and foreign companies in different industry sectors, with emphasis on: aviation; civil construction; commerce (wholesale and retail); consumer goods (food and beverages); education; electronics; energy; health care; hospitality and leisure; industrial goods and services; information technology; manufacture; machine rental and factoring; mining and steel; oil and gas; real estate; research and industrial development; services; telecommunications; timber; transports and logistics.