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    • Celso Costa - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
    • Hamilton Dias de Souza - Dias De Souza Advogados Associados
    • João Dodsworth Cordeiro Guerra - Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados
    • Sérgio Farina Filho - Pinheiro Neto Advogados
    • Luciana Rosanova Galhardo - Pinheiro Neto Advogados
    • Gustavo Lian Haddad - Lefosse Advogados
    • Leo Krakowiak - Krakowiak, Advocacia
    • Ricardo Mariz de Oliveira - Mariz De Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados
    • Roberto Quiroga Mosquera - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
    • Carlos Alberto Alvahydo de Ulhôa Canto - Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados
    • Alberto Xavier - Xavier, Duque Estrada, Emery Denardi Advogados

The ‘highly qualified and accessible’ team at Lefosse Advogados maintains its ‘prominent position’ in the tax market. Practice head Gustavo Lian Haddad has built up a solid reputation in his field and attracts strong praise from clients, who consider him ‘pragmatic’, ‘professional’ and ‘very well prepared’. Among the team’s recent highlights on the transactional side, Bruno Carramaschi advised Cielo on the tax aspects of its joint venture with BB Elo Cartões e Participações. Tax consultancy and litigation are also mainstays of the practice. Other key names in the department include ‘experienced’ tax litigation specialist Marcos de Carvalho, and Ricardo Bolan, who ‘goes the extra mile to assist’. At associate level, Ana Claudia Couto is ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘absolutely recommended’, and Izabela Vecchi demonstrates ‘high potential and professionalism’.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields an 11-partner team led by well-known tax-litigator and practice head, Daniella Zagari, and also including newly promoted partner Fernando Colucci. Providing ‘a high-quality service’ which ‘inspires trust in its clients’, it has a diverse practice and is ‘strongly recommended for any kind of tax litigation issue in Brazil’. Indirect tax is another area of strength, with Camila Galvão Anderi Silva and Fernanda Sá Freire Figlioulo the main contacts. The team regularly advises on the tax elements of high-value corporate transactions, and recently advised Telefónica on its high-profile acquisition of GVT Participações from Vivendi, with Fernando Tonanni and Raquel Novais leading the advice. Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira and Mario Graziani Prada are also recommended.

Established in 1975, boutique firm Mariz De Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados has a solid reputation in the tax market, with experience across the full spread of federal, state and municipal taxation. The sizeable, specialist team benefits from complementary expertise in areas such as customs, corporate transactions and investment. Founding partners Ricardo Mariz de Oliveira and Roberto De Siqueira Campos are well-known names in both practice and academia, while other recommended individuals include Sandra Mara Rossetti De Paula and Bruno Fajersztajn, each of whom has broad contentious and non-contentious expertise and a particular focus on direct taxation.

The already sizeable team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados was further bolstered in 2015 by the arrival of Leonardo Homsy from Campos Mello Advogados. Split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with additional resources in the firm’s Brasília office, the tax department handles a diverse workload of contentious and non-contentious matters. The ‘highly skilled’ Flávio Mifano was part of a multi-disciplinary team which advised BB Elo Cartões Participações on its joint venture with Cielo, while Andrea Bazzo Lauletta and Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz advised Renova Energia on the tax elements of a sale (via swap) of renewable energy assets to TerraForm Global. Other key names among the department’s ‘skilled professionals’ are Roberto Quiroga Mosquera and litigator Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino.

The highly regarded department at Pinheiro Neto Advogados includes 15 partners and is led by Sérgio Farina Filho. The firm’s busy corporate and M&A practice is such that its tax specialists are consistently in demand to assist on the tax structuring of high-value corporate transactions. Other areas of strength include transfer pricing and social security issues, both contentious and non-contentious. The team recently represented CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens in administrative proceedings concerning PIS and COFINS tax assessments, with Tércio Chiavassa taking the lead role. Other leading figures in the department include Ricardo Luiz Becker and Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa. Litigator Luciana Rosanova Galhardo is also recommended.

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados’ tax team has the size and resources to cover the full spread of taxation issues, with expertise in direct and indirect taxation. 2015 saw the team represent numerous companies in complex litigation, including cases concerning the recent increase of PIS and COFINS on financial revenues; and Gustavo Brigagão led advice to the Olympic Committee on tax issues relating to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Carlos Alberto Alvahydo de Ulhôa Canto is an important figure in the department and is based in Rio de Janeiro, while Rodrigo Brunelli Machado, who covers administrative proceedings and transactions, is a key contact in São Paulo.

Always responsive and prepared for any matter which is brought to it’, the tax team at Demarest Advogados has vast experience across the full range of tax matters, with recent work spanning consultancy, litigation and the structuring of high-value corporate deals. Douglas Mota is ‘an excellent and ethical professional’, and is recommended alongside tax and customs expert Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho and Claudia Liguori Affonso Maluf, who focuses on indirect tax and litigation. Luis Augusto da Silva Gomes and Carlos Eduardo Orsolon have been promoted to partner, and of counsel Rodrigo Damázio joined from Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados in 2015.

One of the most respected firms in its field’, specialist tax firm Dias De Souza Advogados Associados has ‘a reliable team of professionals’ who are particularly recognised for their strength in tax litigation. In 2015, the firm represented numerous clients in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning income tax, excise tax and VAT (ICMS). Name partner Hamilton Dias de Souza is ‘a great leader’; Mário Luiz Oliveira da Costa stands out for his ‘integrity and dedication’, and Douglas Guidini Odorizzi has ‘excellent knowledge of direct taxes’.

São Paulo-based boutique Advocacia Krakowiak draws on the reputation of Leo Krakowiak, who is widely recognised as being among the top names for tax litigation in Brazil, having represented a diverse spread of clients in precedent-setting cases. With him in the team is Ricardo Krakowiak, who is also well regarded in the market, and Fabiana Sgarbiero, who has former experience in international and Brazilian law firms.

The highly regarded tax practice at Machado Associados maintains a broad workload, with a balance of direct and indirect tax, transfer pricing and international taxation expertise within the department. The majority of its resources are based in São Paulo, though it benefits from additional offices in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. The internationally focused group has a strong multinational client base, and is also a popular choice for international law firms seeking Brazilian tax advice. Standout names in the sizeable team include Luís Rogério Farinelli, Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira and founding partner José Maurício Machado.

Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, associated with Baker & McKenzie’s international credentials are demonstrated by its client base of household-name multinationals, which turn to it for assistance on a spread of contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Simone Dias Musa recently worked as part of a multi-office team advising a company on the international tax implications of a corporate restructuring. She co-heads the department alongside Paulo Rogério Sehn, who has wide-ranging experience in judicial and administrative tax litigation.

Veirano Advogados has undertaken work for high-profile clients in a range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, electronics and telecoms. The group was active in relation to a number of substantial transactions in 2015; among its highlights, Márcio Calvet Neves advised SunEdison on an international sale/swap of assets between its subsidiary TerraForm Global and Renovia Energia. The group’s burgeoning tax litigation practice also continues to grow. Ian Muniz, in Rio de Janeiro, oversees a team which includes João Agripino Maia and São Paulo-based Marco Monteiro.

Tax boutique Xavier, Duque Estrada, Emery Denardi Advogados operates primarily from its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, and has built a name for itself in international taxation, thanks in large part to the work of Alberto Xavier in legal practice and academia. As such, the firm is a popular choice as Brazilian counsel in international reorganisations, and also has vast experience advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions in Brazil. Other key names in the practice include Roberto Duque Estrada, Renata Emery and Delvio Denardi.

Well-respected firm BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão maintains an active tax practice. It is particularly well known for its transactional expertise, where it benefits from the firm’s busy corporate and M&A department, but also has substantial tax litigation capabilities. Among its recent highlights, practice head Paulo Marcelo Bento advised TOTVS on the complex tax aspects of its acquisition of Bematech. Lígia Regini da Silveira is a key name for contentious tax matters, and Maurício Pereira Faro is also recommended.

Bichara Advogados stand out on the tax litigation side, with a strong track record in judicial and administrative proceedings. It recently represented MRS Logística in a case concerning the constitutionality of the increase of PIS and COFINS, with Giuseppe Pecorari Melotti taking the lead role. Other key names in the sizeable team include name partner Luiz Gustavo Bichara, Francisco Carlos Rosas Giardina and Sandro Machado dos Reis.

One of the best tax law boutiques in Latin America’, BRATAX – Brazuna, Ruschmann e Soriano Sociedade de Advogados has gone from strength to strength since its establishment in 2013. With a solid base of loyal clients, the ‘very experienced’ team continues to draw instructions from new clients across the IT, cosmetics, infrastructure and pulp and paper sectors, covering tax litigation and advisory matters. The three partners in the group are Ciro César Soriano de Oliveira; the ‘committed, knowledgeable and professional’ José Luis Ribeiro Brazuna; and Cristiano Frederico Ruschmann, who is ‘truly a star lawyer’.

The ‘very fast’, ‘responsive’ and ‘business-driven’ tax team at Campos Mello Advogados is split between the firm’s Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices and has a strong tax planning and consultancy practice which attracts household-name multinational clients. Highlights included assisting Sony PlayStation in relation to the tax structure for the local production and launch of the PS4 on the Brazilian market, with Alex Jorge leading the advice. Humberto Marini heads the tax litigation practice and is another key contact. Renato Lopes da Rocha made partner in 2016 and is also recommended.

KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados maintains a diverse tax practice, with experience in direct and indirect tax, customs and social security. Its client base is also broad, covering sectors including healthcare, telecoms and automotive. In a major highlight, Tatiana Vikanis acted for Sky Brasil Serviços in a case before the Superior Court of Justice concerning the taxable basis of satellite television services in Brazil. The São Paulo based group also draws on the expertise of Henrique Lopes and Victor Polizelli.

Levy & Salomão is notable for both its contentious and non-contentious tax expertise, and is a popular choice with domestic and international companies across many industries. Ana Carolina Monguilod’s recent workload includes advising the National Basketball Association (NBA) on the taxation of its operations in Brazil. Elsewhere, Vinicius Branco and José Arnaldo da Fonseca Filho continued to represent Refinaria de Petróleo Riograndense in a high-profile case challenging PIS and COFINS calculations. Co-chair of the practice Isabela Schenberg Frascino advises on the tax aspects of complex corporate and finance transactions.

With ‘deep technical knowledge of tax issues’, Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ team of ‘highly competent professionals’ receives a steady flow of instructions from a diverse client base of well-known domestic and international companies. Its work in 2015 included assisting in relation to transfer pricing matters, tax assessment disputes and the tax implications of corporate reorganisations and acquisitions. Mauricio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno and João Paulo de Seixas Maia Krepel oversee the group, which includes recommended partner Paulo Cesar Butti Cardoso.

The eight-partner tax group at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados is led by João Dácio Rolim and has notable strength across indirect tax, international taxation, and the tax planning of large corporate transactions. It has also carved out a niche advising companies on research and development tax incentives, with Armênio Lopes Correia recently assisting Iochpe-Maxion in a review of its R&D tax-incentives calculation. Elsewhere, Daniela Silveira Lara is advising a Rio de Janeiro-based client on a tax infraction notice. Cristiano Viotti is also recommended.

Boutique Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados is well respected for advisory matters and judicial and administrative litigation, and draws on over 20 years’ experience in the market. Headquartered in Belo Horizonte, the firm also has a presence in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho, André Mendes Moreira and Igor Mauler Santiago are the key names.

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is well regarded for its transactional support work, but also has a steadily growing tax litigation practice, with experience in sensitive contentious matters in administrative and judicial courts. On the transactional side, Roberto Barrieu and Ramon Castilho recently advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners on the acquisition of a renewable energy portfolio. Rafael Malheiro and litigator Hugo Barreto Sodré Leal are the other partners in the team.

As part of its recent expansion, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown increased its tax department through the hire of Guido Vinci and Ana Luiza Martins from Campos Mello Advogados and Monica Albuquerque from Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados. It has a traditional focus on the oil-and-gas industry, though the team’s recent hires have led to a notable diversification of its workload. Celso Grisi, another recent hire, recently advised Dow Chemical Company on the tax structuring of a sale and purchase of assets through a subsidiary.

Experienced, responsive and reliable’, TozziniFreire Advogados covers contentious and non-contentious tax matters from its offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. In a headline deal, it advised Holcim on the divestment of assets related to its merger with Lafarge, with Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi leading on the tax side. Vinicius Jucá Alves is another active member of the ten-partner group, and has a particular focus on value-added taxes. Litigation specialist Camila Abrunhosa Tapias is also recommended.

Transfer pricing is a particular strength of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, with Francisco Lisboa Moreira a key contact in this space. In the area of tax controversy, the ‘outstanding’ Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada is the name to note; she handles administrative and judicial proceedings. André Gomes de Oliveira heads the department, and is ‘very well recognised in the Brazilian market’.

Dias Carneiro, Arystóbulo, Flores, Sanches e Thomaz Bastos Advogados is a popular choice among companies with operations in various states across Brazil and abroad. The ‘very precise’ Antonio Amendola heads the practice, which has broad experience in tax planning, corporate transactions and reorganisations, and litigation. Since publication, the firm has hired Rodrigo Maito da Silveira from L.O. Baptista, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel.

Very well-respected’ firm Gaia Silva Gaede & Associados – Advogados stands out for its ‘outstanding response times’. With resources across its broad office network, it services a diverse client base that includes pharmaceutical, IT, and food and beverage companies. Fernando Antonio Cavanha Gaia, Maurício Barros and Enio Zaha are recommended.

L.O. Baptista, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel provides a ‘very high overall level of service’ to its client base, which has a strong energy and infrastructure flavour. José Gustavo Braga attracts particular praise, together with the ‘responsible, accurate and precise’ Rodrigo Maito da Silveira. Since publication, Maito da Silveira has moved to Dias Carneiro, Arystóbulo, Flores, Sanches e Thomaz Bastos Advogados.

Tax constitutes a significant area of focus for full-service firm Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados, with resources in its headquarters in São Paulo and also in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. The firm is particularly recommended for transfer pricing, where Luís Eduardo Schoueri is a leading name.

Lobo & de Rizzo Advogadosadds value to the business with a cost-effective approach’. It has particular expertise in transfer pricing, attracting instructions in the area from household-name international clients. Alexandre Siciliano Borges heads the three-partner practice, which includes Marcelo Bez Debatin da Silveira and Eduardo Martinelli Carvalho.

Siqueira Castro Advogados has a significant presence across the country, and acts for a mix of domestic and international clients. The ‘very knowledgeable’ team is active in a broad spread of transactional, advisory and contentious tax matters. Maucir Fregonesi and associate Gabriela Miziara Jajah are recommended.

Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho leads the team at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados, which excels in tax litigation, both judicial and administrative. Its client base has a particular leaning towards the energy sector; key clients include Energisa, Cosan and CPFL Energia.

Always up to date with the latest legal developments’, Almeida Advogados demonstrates ‘very good initiative’ and is active in tax consulting and litigation. The ‘precise and extremely knowledgeable’ Homero dos Santos co-leads the department from São Paulo in conjunction with Leonardo Vinicius Correia de Melo in Rio de Janeiro. Luiz Fernando Alouche joined Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados in early 2016.

Clients of Araújo e Policastro Advogados’ tax department appreciate its ‘fast responses’ and ‘business vision’; it handles a broad spread of tax consultancy work and is particularly recommended for transfer pricing matters. Gláucio Pellegrino Grottoli is recommended.

Azevedo Sette Advogados represents well-known international and domestic clients in tax assessment disputes and a varied range of tax advisory matters. Strong praise is levelled at ‘excellent lawyer’ Mauricio Pernambuco Salin. Other key names include Leandra Guimarães, who specialises in tax consulting, and Ricardo Barretto Ferreira da Silva who joined from Barretto Ferreira e Brancher (BKBG) and has wide-ranging expertise in the area.

The well-established team at Felsberg Advogados assists longstanding clients with day-to-day tax matters, and regularly advises on the tax aspects of large transactions and restructurings. Thiago Rufalco Medaglia oversees the department, which includes seasoned litigators Anna Flávia de Azevedo Izelli Greco and Ivan Luiz Sobral Campos.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados has built a strong practice representing clients in tax assessment disputes. Zanon de Paula Barros and Cibele Toldo are the names to note.

Mundie e Advogados provides tax consultancy services to a stable of longstanding clients, and also provides M&A tax support. Litigation is another burgeoning area for the department, which is led by Antenori Trevisan Neto.

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados advises on the tax aspects of corporate, finance and capital markets transactions, and also has expertise in tax litigation. Heber Gomes do Sacramento and Daniela Melo Fassheber are the key contacts in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, respectively.

Ronaldo Martins & Advogados acts for a mix of Brazilian and foreign clients, with Marta Arias Díaz leading a dedicated international desk, and strikes a balance between tax consultancy and litigation. Ronaldo Corrêa Martins heads the department.

With ‘substantial experience in various tax matters’, Rothmann Sperling Padovan Duarte Advogados maintains a reputation for both contentious and non-contentious work. Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho, Gerd Rothmann and Marcio Sperling are the three partners in the group.

Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogadosoffers legal services tailored to the client’s needs, with quality and reasonable costs’. It has vast experience advising on the tax aspects of corporate, capital markets and finance transactions. Christiano Chagas Monteiro De Melo is recommended.

Stocche Forbes has steadily expanded its tax litigation footprint, most recently with the hire of litigator Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado from Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, associated with Baker & McKenzie in 2016. Practice head Renato Souza Coelho has broad experience advising on the tax aspects of corporate deals.

Tax is a key area of specialism of Velloza & Girotto Advogados Associados, which covers contentious and non-contentious matters. Rubens José Novakoski Fernandes Velloza is the name to note.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados provides M&A tax support, and also has experience in judicial and administrative proceedings. Luiz André Nunes de Oliveira leads the team.

Ayres Ribeiro Advogados services a broad domestic and international client base, with particular expertise in the food and beverage industry; Heineken and Coca-Cola FEMSA are key clients. Gilberto Ayres Moreira is recommended.

Very resourceful’ and ‘extremely responsive’, CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados provides ‘good services’ at ‘very reasonable costs’. Practice head Cristiano Carvalho is ‘an exceptionally gifted lawyer’.

Candido, Martins & Galizzi Advogados enjoys strong relationships with its clients, which it advises on day-to-day tax issues, transactions and litigation. The ‘very responsive’ Alamy Candido de Paula Filho has ‘broad knowledge of tax regulation’.

Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados had another busy year, advising numerous clients on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and acquisitions. Luca Priolli Salvoni heads the department.

Under the leadership of Sabine Schuttoff and Claudia Derenusson Riedel, DDSA – De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados assists local and international clients across contentious and non-contentious matters. Aviation is a particular sector strength.

Fernando Brandão Whitaker and Vanessa Inhasz Cardoso are the names to note at De Vivo, Whitaker e Castro Advogados, which handles advisory matters and litigation for domestic and international companies.

Advocacia Fernando Rudge Leite has longstanding expertise in litigation and non-contentious tax matters. Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Soares and associates Marcio Augusto Athayde Generoso and Thiago Del Persio Iannarelli are highlighted for their ‘fast and accurate responses’.

Under the leadership of Francisco Nogueira de Lima Neto, Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados handles day-to-day advisory matters, transactional support and litigation. Clients include C&A Modas, Siemens and Laticínios Catupiry.

With a strong reputation in maritime law, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has a client base of shipowners, insurers, shipyards, and energy and infrastructure companies. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Godofredo Mendes Vianna are the contacts for tax matters.

At Lobo & Ibeas, ‘the whole team shows a deep knowledge of taxation in Brazil, and is committed to taking a business-oriented approach to all matters’. In 2015 it secured several significant successes for its clients in judicial and administrative proceedings. Renata Maria Novotny is recommended.

Motta, Fernandes Rocha, Advogados’ team combines corporate, litigation and tax expertise; among the key contacts are Viviane Paladino and Gustavo Goiabeira de Oliveira. Clients include Erca Química, Nextel Telecomunicações and Michelin.

Renato Vilela Faria and Fabiano Marcos da Silva’s tax group at Navarro Advogados remained busy throughout 2015, advising clients primarily on the tax aspects of real estate and corporate transactions.

Nogueira, Elias, Laskowski & Matias Advogados advises on domestic and international taxation. José Reinaldo Nogueira de Oliveira is recommended.

Roberto Catalano Botelho Ferraz and the seasoned litigators at Roberto Ferraz Advogados S/C are noted for their strong success rate in contentious tax matters, and attract instructions from a mix of local and multinational companies.

Recognised for its highly qualified tax consultancy and litigation services’, Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados provides ‘timely and well-considered advice’. Henry Gonçalves Lummertz, Anderson Trautmann Cardoso and André Luiz da Silva Gomes all receive high praise.

Vaz, Barreto, Shingaki & Oioli Advogados’ Diego Aubin Miguita made partner in 2016, and co-heads the tax practice alongside Paulo Cesar Ruzisca Vaz. The team has strength across transactional and contentious matters.

ASBZ Advogados’ tax team has grown steadily since its inception in 2011. Alexandre Gleria heads the department, which is noted for its ‘good judgement’ and ‘efficiency’, and is particularly strong in the aviation sector.

Oil and gas is a sector specialism of André Teixeira & Associados, which counts Statoil, Shell and BP among its clients. André Luiz Pinheiro Teixeira is the key contact.

Roberto Salles leads the ‘excellent team’ at Campos, Fialho, Canabrava, Borja, Andrade, Salles Advogados, which recently advised a food and beverage company on the tax aspects of an acquisition.

Tax consultancy and litigation are mainstays of the practice at Coimbra & Chaves Advogados, which is noted for its ‘quality and efficiency’ and ‘international experience’. Paulo Roberto Coimbra Silva is recommended.

Cláudia Alves Lopes Bernardino is the main contact at Manaus-based Law firm of DD&L Advogados Associados, which has a strong specialism advising on tax matters relating to the Manaus Free Trade Zone.

Advocacia Fernanda Hernandez is based in Brasília, and has strong tax litigation expertise. The highly regarded Fernanda Guimarães Hernandez leads the team.

Spun out of Barros Carvalho Advogados e Consultores in 2014, boutique firm Lacerda Gama Advogados is building a reputation for tax litigation. Name partner Tacio Lacerda Gama is the key contact.

Highly qualified’ and ‘very responsive’, Mannrich, Senra e Vasconcelos Advogados (MSV) covers a broad range of tax matters under the leadership of highly-rated partner Breno Ferreira Martins Vasconcelos.

André Pinguer Kalonki leads the ‘responsive’ and ‘hugely knowledgeable’ team at Pedro Miguel Law, which has strength across tax consultancy and litigation.

RZ Advogados’ Eduardo Salgado Felipe has broad experience advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and a range of contentious and other non-contentious tax matters.

Enrico Estefan Mannino’s team at Seabra Fagundes, Santana, Ferraz, Farias, Mannino e Espírito Santos Advogados – SFME has particular strength in the energy sector.

The Porto Alegre-based team at Silveiro Advogados focuses on complex tax consultancy and litigation, and has a good track record. Sergio Lewin and Alberto Martins Brentano are the key names.

Thiago Taborda Simões heads the team at Simões Advogados, where recent work includes conducting a tax burden and calculation review for a major energy group. Former co-founding partner Marcos Paulo Caseiro has left the firm.

Terciotti Advogados acts for a range of clients across the energy, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. Name partner Mauricio Terciotti is the main contact.

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