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Brazil - TDH500

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

Next generation lawyers

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    • Sarah Mila Barbassa - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados
    • Luiza Sampaio De Lacerda Benjó - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão
    • Renato Lopes da Rocha - Campos Mello Advogados
    • Giuseppe Pecorari Melotti - Bichara Advogados
    • Kátia Soriano de Oliveira Mihara - BRATAX – Brazuna Ruschmann e Soriano Sociedade de Advogados
    • Carlos Eduardo Orsolon - Demarest Advogados
    • Paulo Camargo Tedesco - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Lefosse Advogados’ team grew to five partners with the promotion of tax consultancy and tax planning expert Gustavo Paes. The standalone tax group is headed by the renowned Gustavo Lian Haddad and services an impressive client base of leading players in numerous industries. It remained active in relation to M&A deals, corporate reorganisations and incorporations in 2016, regularly advising on the tax aspects of major transactions; in one highlight, Ricardo Bolan advised AES Guaíba on the sale of its subsidiary AES Sul to CPFL Energia. The tax litigation practice also continues to grow, and is well-versed in high-stakes cases; Marcos de Carvalho is a key figure in this space. Bruno Carramaschi is another key contact in the department.

Very well-respected firmMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogadosdemonstrates very solid and reliable technical knowledge and business acumen’. Clients also highlight its full-service capabilities, which enable the team to ‘provide an integrated and holistic point of view’. One of the largest tax teams in the market, it has the experience and resources to handle a range of tax consultancy, transactions and litigation. In a significant case for the Brazilian tax environment and the oil and gas industry in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a team including Mario Graziani Prada, Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira and Camila Galvão has been representing major oil companies in discussions with and a lawsuit against the state government concerning VAT (ICMS) on the extraction of oil; Raquel Novais, ‘one of the most respected tax experts in Brazil’, has also taken a lead role on the case. ‘Probably one of the best lawyers in the business’, Celso Costa is ‘very humble’ and ‘always available’. Tax partner and professor of law at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School Fernando Colucci also attracts praise.

Always up to date with the current tax discussions’, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados fields 16 partners, most of whom are based in São Paulo, although the firm also has significant resources in Rio de Janeiro as well as an office in Brasília. The team covers corporate tax planning, tax consulting and tax litigation, and has ancillary expertise in private client matters. Among a host of recent case highlights, Alessandra Gomensoro and João Marcos Colussi acted for White Martins in an annulment action to cancel a tax assessment concerning certain ICMS credits. On the transactional side, Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz and a team of corporate lawyers advised the Camargo Corrêa on the sale of an interest in Alpargatas to J&F Investimentos. Renata Correia Cubas, Paulo Camargo Tedesco and Marcel Alcades Theodoro are recommended.

One of the best’ in the market, Pinheiro Neto Advogadoshas expertise comparable with the most important law firms around the world’. In a recent highlight, Luiz Roberto Peroba and Cristiane Matsumoto Gago acted for HSBC in five proceedings before the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF) concerning the levying of social security contributions on profit share payments to the company’s employees. Elsewhere, Luciana Rosanova Galhardo has been defending Johnson & Johnson against a tax assessment disallowing certain premium amortisation expenses. The team also has well-known strength on the non-contentious side, regularly advising on the tax aspects of major M&A transactions. Jorge Lopes, Marcelo Marques Roncaglia and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo are recommended along with highly regarded practice head Sérgio Farina Filho.

The 14-partner team at Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados demonstrates strength across the gamut of tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious, with sector specialisms including telecoms, retail and energy. For one client in the latter industry, Christian Clarke de Ulhôa Canto and Pedro Vianna de Ulhôa Canto recently ensured a favourable decision in an administrative proceeding concerning a tax assessment. The team also assisted over 200 individuals and legal entities regarding the voluntary disclosure programme for unreported foreign assets, where a number of partners including Luís Claudio Gomes Pinto had active roles. Rodrigo Brunelli Machado is recommended, and Gustavo Brigagão is another leading figure in the department.

The comprehensive tax department at ‘well-recognised law firmDemarest Advogados covers direct and indirect tax, customs, and a range of administrative and judicial litigation. The ‘very experienced team’ expanded in October 2016 with the hire of Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo and senior associate Roberto Pinatti Casarini from Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogados and in May 2017 with the arrival of Pedro Miguel Ferreira Custódio. Further investment was made in the form of several internal promotions: notably Carlos Eduardo Orsolon, who made partner in January 2016. In a recent highlight, he assisted Volkswagen – a longstanding client of the firm – in 30 cases concerning the offsetting of federal taxes. Eloisa de Almeida Rego Barros Curi and Douglas Mota are also recommended.

The ‘outstanding’ tax department at Dias De Souza Advogados Associados is noted for its ‘very accurate, thoughtful and swift service’. The tax litigation practice remains buoyant, achieving a string of successes for clients in administrative and judicial proceedings in 2016. Brazil’s tax amnesty programme has been another source of work for the firm, which assisted over 120 clients in relation to the voluntary disclosure programme. Name partner Hamilton Dias de Souza is a well-known figure in the Brazilian market, with Mário Luiz Oliveira da Costa and Gabriel Augusto de Andrade also singled out for praise.

Machado Associados acts for an enviable client base of major multinationals and household-name companies across a range of industries, and is also a popular choice among leading international law firms. With a strong international focus, the team has vast experience advising clients on the tax aspects of inbound and outbound investments. Its proficiency in indirect tax is a particular draw, with Júlio de Oliveira a key contact in this field. Name partner José Maurício Machado leads the team, which includes direct tax expert Luís Rogério Farinelli; Erika Yumi Tukiama, who specialises in international taxation; and Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira, whose practice takes in tax litigation and indirect tax.

Boutique firm Mariz De Oliveira e Siqueira Campos Advogados was established in 1975 and as such draws on a long history in the market and a solid client base of longstanding clients. The sizeable team covers the full gamut of federal, state and municipal tax matters, and is recognised for its expertise in tax litigation at all levels. Leading figures in the team include name partners Ricardo Mariz de Oliveira and Roberto De Siqueira Campos. Bruno Fajersztajn and Sandra Mara Rossetti De Paula are names to note in the field of direct taxation.

The ‘dedicated and engaged’ team at Trench Rossi Wanatabe saw organic growth with the promotion to partner of two associates: Thales Stucky and Reinaldo Ravelli. The team has significant senior-level resource, including global head of tax Simone Dias Musa and tax litigation head Paulo Rogério Sehn, and is well served by a number of experienced associates. As part of a strong international office network, the team is particularly active in cross-border transactional work, and it also has a notable tax litigation practice. Tax planning expert Juliana Porchat de Assis is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ tax department at Veirano Advogados is highlighted for its ‘ability to adapt to the client’s culture and way of doing business’. In 2016 it saw a balance between tax litigation and non-contentious tax matters, where it acted for longstanding clients across numerous industries. Among a string of highlights, João Agripino Maia represented Companhia Energética do Ceará (Coelce) in administrative proceedings concerning social contributions on activities related to electricity distribution; and Marco Monteiro advised Microsoft on the tax aspects of the sale of its manufacturing facility in Manaus to Flextronics. The ‘proactive’ Marcelo Reinecken and Abel Amaro are recommended.

Well-respected tax boutique Xavier, Duque Estrada, Emery Denardi Advogados is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro but has notable geographic coverage across the country, and its relationships with law firms elsewhere in Latin America, EMEA, Asia and the US contribute to an often international workload. The reputation of senior partners Roberto Duque Estrada, Renata Emery and Alberto Xavier and the team’s longstanding client relationships ensure a steady flow of engagements across the full range of taxation matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

2016 was another busy year for the tax department at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, which attracted instructions from new and longstanding clients in tax litigation and a range of non-contentious tax matters. The team saw organic growth through the promotion of three partners, including the ‘very talented’ Luiza Sampaio de Lacerda Benjó. Transactional highlights included advising Kroton Educacional on its binding offer for Estácio Participações; José Otavio Haddad Faloppa advised on complex tax issues including the tax treatment of the goodwill expected to arise as a result of the combination. Lígia Regini da Silveira and Maurício Pereira Faro lead the tax litigation practice from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro respectively.

One of the most reliable firms’ in the market, Bichara Advogados is particularly adept in tax litigation, and now fields five partners following the promotion of Pedro Teixeira de Siqueira Neto and Wolmar Francisco Amélio Esteves. A team including Francisco Carlos Rosas Giardina, Sandro Machado dos Reis and senior associate Fernando Gomes de Souza e Silva has been defending AMBEV in complex ICMS-related litigation. Senior associate Giuseppe Pecorari Melotti is also recommended.

Clients praise tax boutique BRATAX – Brazuna Ruschmann e Soriano Sociedade de Advogados for its ‘deep knowledge in all topics’, ‘prompt answers’ and ‘fair costs’. The comprehensive practice covers direct tax, indirect tax and international taxation issues, with experience advising companies across economic segments including technology, chemicals, cosmetics and energy, among others. Cristiano Frederico Ruschmann has been providing ongoing advice to a client in the TMT sector on the taxation of new technologies. Other key figures include José Luis Ribeiro Brazuna and the ‘transparent and dedicated’ Ciro César Soriano de Oliveira. ‘Very responsive’ of counsel Kátia Soriano de Oliveira Mihara and ‘clear and effective’ associate Antonio Moreno also attract praise.

Humberto Marini and Alex Jorge co-head the practice at Campos Mello Advogados from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo respectively. With strength in tax planning and tax consultancy, the team attacts instructions from domestic and international companies in a range of sectors. Also in the São Paulo office is the ‘very committed’ Renato Lopes da Rocha. Rosana Gonzaga Jayme joined in 2016, bringing extensive experience in the mining and energy industries.

The team at ‘first-rate’ firm Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados includes several lawyers with accounting degrees, and is highlighted for its ‘pragmatic approach’. Its clients include market leaders in several segments of the economy, notably Nike, Nestlé, IBM, and Baker Hughes do Brasil. Maurício Barros and Georgios Theodoros Anastassiadis were promoted to partner in 2017. Flávio Augusto Dumont Prado and Paulo Roberto Frankenberg are recommended.

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados’ practice extends to federal, state and municipal taxes, both direct and indirect. It acts for major domestic and international players, and counts a significant number of German and Singaporean companies among its clients, which the team assists in the establishment or expansion of operations in Brazil. In a recent example, Victor Polizelli advised Singapore Cooperation Enterprise on the tax planning of a new infrastructure project. On the litigation front, Tatiana Vikanis successfully represented a leading pharmaceutical company in an ICMS-related dispute. Senior partner Henrique Lopes is another contact.

Advocacia Krakowiak has built a solid reputation in the market as a leading tax boutique. Leo Krakowiak has earnt a place among the country’s most renowned tax litigators, having taken a lead role in numerous novel and precedent-setting cases. Ricardo Krakowiak and Fabiana Sgarbiero are also key contacts.

Levy & Salomão is a popular choice for financial institutions and companies in highly regulated sectors, which instruct the firm in relation to contentious and non-contentious taxation issues. Among its highlights in 2016, José Arnaldo da Fonseca Filho and Vinicius Branco acted for an energy company in a complex PIS and COFINS case before the Superior Court of Justice. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Isabela Schenberg Frascino co-chairs the department alongside Branco.

Acting for a diverse client base across tax planning, consultancy and litigation, the team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogadosmakes deep studies before giving a proper answer’, and also attracts praise for its ‘transparency’ and ‘consistency’. Practice co-heads João Paulo de Seixas Maia Krepel and Mauricio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno are highly recommended.

The ‘professional’ and ‘reputable’ team at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogadosunderstands clients’ needs’. Indirect taxes are a particular specialism; 2016 saw the group represent numerous clients in high-profile litigation concerning ICMS, among other matters. The ‘very responsive’ Luciana Goulart Ferreira ‘demonstrates great technical knowledge’. Practice head João Dácio Rolim and key partner Frederico de Almeida Fonseca also come recommended.

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ ‘very efficient and committed’ team has a solid client base of household-name companies, including Whirlpool, Brookfield and Banco Bradesco. The firm’s renown in corporate and M&A ensures a flow of engagements for the tax department in large transactions, and judicial and administrative litigation is another strength. Roberto Barrieu and Sarah Mila Barbassa – who made partner in 2017 – are recommended. Hugo Leal, Ramon Castilho and Rafael Malheiro are the other partners in the team.

The six-partner team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown attracts a balanced workflow of transactional, consultancy and contentious taxation matters. It enjoys a significant reputation in the oil and gas sector, and also has notable experience in the telecoms sector. Key contacts in Rio de Janeiro include Eduardo Maccari Telles, Guido Vinci and Ivan Tauil, and Ana Luiza Martins in São Paulo is also recommended.

Highlighted for its ‘technical knowledge of civil, labour and tax law’, TozziniFreire Advogados acts for clients ranging from major multinationals to high-net-worth individuals and families. Among its transactional highlights, Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi took a lead role acting for Femsa Group on its acquisition of Atlas Transporte e Logística. Elsewhere, Vinicius Jucá Alves acted for Genomma Lab in a high-profile case concerning the classification of certain products and applicable taxes. Litigator Camila Abrunhosa Tapias is another leading figure in the group.

André Gomes de Oliveira oversees the practice at Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados. Transfer pricing is a traditional area of strength for the team, although its broad workload extends beyond this field. Leandro Bertolo Canarim is ‘a very proactive lawyer, and always takes a very holistic approach to the opinions requested’. Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada is a key figure on the contentious side.

Capable of providing high-quality services’, Dias Carneiro Advogadosmaintains a business-driven approach’ and is ‘strong in its analyses and defences’. Local and international companies turn to the group for assistance in a host of tax and customs matters. Recommended partner Antonio Amendola co-heads the team alongside Rodrigo Maito da Silveira, who joined from L.O. Baptista Advogados in 2016.

The team at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados stands out for its ‘commitment, level of understanding, and speed’, and is notable for its strength in transfer pricing. The practice was boosted in 2016 by the arrival of Mariana Miranda Lima from Lefosse Advogados. Practice head Alexandre Siciliano Borges and associate Maria Carolina Bachur are also recommended.

Clients of Rothmann Sperling Padovan Duarte Advogados appreciate its ‘business-oriented advice’ and the ability to have a ‘close relationship with the partners and senior staff’. The ‘very focused’ Paulo César Teixeira Duarte Filho has ‘great knowledge of tax and the capacity to understand complex situations’. Gerd Rothmann specialises in international taxation, and Marcio Sperling is particularly active in transactional tax matters.

Sacha Calmon e Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados has a solid reputation in the Brazilian market, and significant geographic coverage thanks for its network of offices across the country. Name partners Sacha Calmon Navarro Coêlho and Misabel Derzi are among the key figures in the team, whose sector strengths include telecoms, transportation and energy.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has significant geographic coverage, and covers tax consultancy and litigation. Bianca Xavier, in the Rio de Janeiro office, is ‘a renowned lawyer with a high degree of technical knowledge’. Maucir Fregonesi Júnior heads the practice from São Paulo, and Marluzi Andrea Costa Barros is a key contact in Salvador.

Antonio Carlos Guidoni Filho’s tax department at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados expanded in January 2017 with the hire of highly experienced partner Fábio Nieves Barreira. The team services a varied client base including many companies in the energy and sugar and alcohol sectors, and is particularly renowned for tax litigation. In May 2017, the firm announced its strategic alliance with multinational firm Dentons.

Clients appreciate Almeida Advogados’ ‘concise and to-the-point advice’ and ability to ‘anticipate problems and legal issues that might arise’. The team is well-versed in judicial and administrative tax litigation. The ‘very dedicated’ Homero dos Santos is based in São Paulo, while Leonardo Vinicius Correia de Melo is the name to note in Rio de Janeiro.

Tax is a core area for Araújo e Policastro Advogados. It expanded its practice with the hire of Pedro Guilherme Modenese Casquet, who has experience as a tax professor and judge. Sylvio Fernando Paes de Barros Júnior heads the team, which acts for clients in the mining, healthcare and cosmetics sectors, among others.

Azevedo Sette Advogados added to its already significant client base with several new clients, notably FedEx, MasterCard Brasil and PepsiCo do Brasil. 2016 saw the team act in a number of administrative and judicial cases. Key names in the sizeable team include Leandra Guimarães, Aldo de Paula Júnior and Mauricio Pernambuco Salin.

Internationally focused firm Felsberg Advogados has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions, and is also active in high-value tax disputes. Thiago Rufalco Medaglia is defending a multinational company and its Brazilian subsidiary in high-profile litigation. Anna Flávia de Azevedo Izelli Greco and senior associate Rodrigo Prado Gonçalves attract praise.

L.O. Baptista Advogados’ ‘proactive and committed’ team covers tax planning, consulting and litigation. Marcos Ribeiro Barbosa’s recent work includes defending a company against a tax assessment filed in São Paulo. João Victor Guedes Santos and associate Alessandra Oliveira De Simone are also recommended.

Transfer pricing is among the areas of focus at Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados, which draws on 20 years of experience in the Brazilian market. Luís Eduardo Schoueri is a key contact.

Tax litigation – at both the judicial and administrative levels – is a core focus of Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados. Cibele Toldo and Carlos Henrique Crosara Delgado recently represented a client in a challenge to a tax assessment. Zanon de Paula Barros completes the senior-level team.

Lobo & Ibeas’ tax lawyers are noted for their ‘excellent technical skills’. 2016 saw them represent various clients in judicial and administrative litigation. Attracting particular praise is group head Renata Maria Novotny, who is ‘very strong in litigation’.

Operating from São Paulo under the leadership of Antenori Trevisan Neto, Mundie e Advogados provides tax consultancy, litigation services and transactional support to domestic and international clients.

Great law firmPinheiro Guimarães – Advogados has a strong reputation in the financial services sector, and regularly advises its longstanding clients on the tax aspects of major corporate and financial transactions. Daniela Melo Fassheber and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto ‘provide impeccable assistance, even on short notice’.

Ronaldo Martins & Advogados’ tax practice covers a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Name partner Ronaldo Corrêa Martins leads the team, and Marta Arias Díaz heads the dedicated international desk.

The ‘cohesive and high-performance group’ at Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados is ‘highly qualified in tax consultancy and litigation’, and was recently bolstered by the hire of several new associates. Henry Gonçalves Lummertz and Anderson Trautmann Cardoso are recommended.

Transactional tax has long been an area of expertise at Stocche Forbes Advogados, with Renato Souza Coelho specialising in tax consultancy and deal structuring. On the tax litigation front, Marcos Vinícius Passarelli Prado is the name to note, drawing on over 20 years’ experience in tax controversy and disputes.

International taxation is an area of focus for Ayres Ribeiro Advogados, which acts for multinational clients in tax planning and litigation in Brazil, with a particularly strong following in the food and beverage sector. Gilberto Ayres Moreira is the name to note.

The Porto Alegre based practice at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados provides legal opinions and litigation services to a broad client base. Cristiano Carvalho and Ana Paula Olinto Yurgel are the two partners in the team.

Alamy Candido de Paula Filho’s tax team at Candido Martins Advogados is engaged by diverse companies, from leading private equity firms to film producers. Among its areas of practice are tax planning in the context of transactions and administrative defence against tax assessments.

The ‘professional’ team at Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados is highlighted for its ‘personalised attention’. Practice head Luca Priolli Salvoni and associate Rafael Vega Possebon da Silva attract praise for their ‘high technical knowledge and dedication’.

DDSA – De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados has carved out a niche in the aviation sector, where it advises financial institutions and airlines on the tax aspects of transactions. Outside of this space, Sabine Schuttoff and Claudia Derenusson Riedel’s team handles a range of tax planning and litigation for a diverse range of clients.

De Vivo, Whitaker e Castro Advogados’ tax team works ‘with the utmost professionalism and competence’. Vanessa Inhasz Cardoso made partner in 2016 and co-heads the practice with Fernando Brandão Whitaker.

Advocacia Fernando Rudge Leite provides ‘an excellent level of service’ to its clients, many of which are longstanding. Practice head Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Soares is recommended; other key team members include Marcio Augusto Athayde Generoso and André Luís Equi Morata.

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados’ practice takes in litigation, wealth and estate planning, and tax consultancy in a range of sectors, and has seen a recent uptick in work in the IT and infrastructure spaces. Francisco Nogueira de Lima Neto leads the team.

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has a team of shipping and infrastructure experts who assist clients in tax and customs matters. Amanda Pinto Guimarães Von Seehausen heads the tax consulting practice, while Rodrigo de Carvalho Vieira and Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires excel in tax litigation and customs respectively.

Tax is a traditional area of focus at Navarro Advogados, which is particularly active in the real estate sector. It has recently seen increased demand for its tax litigation services, where Fabiano Marcos da Silva is a key contact. Renato Vilela Faria is the practice head.

José Reinaldo Nogueira de Oliveira’s tax department at Nogueira, Elias, Laskowski & Matias Advogados has significant experience in federal, state and local courts, and is also active in transactional and day-to-day tax matters.

Roberto Ferraz Advogados S/C has significant geographic coverage and is active in complex, high-profile tax litigation and discussions, as well as having a buoyant tax planning practice. Roberto Catalano Botelho Ferraz divides his time between Curitiba and São Paulo.

The highly regarded José Gustavo Fernandes Braga leads the tax department at Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel, which was established following the firm’s split from L.O. Baptista Advogados. Energy, engineering and transportation companies form a high proportion of the team’s client base.

The ‘very flexible and responsive’ team at Terciotti Advogados was bolstered by the arrival of Edgar Santos Gomes in 2017, forming a four-partner practice led by name partner Mauricio Terciotti. Recent highlights include defending an outsourcing company against a tax assessment issued by the City of São Paulo.

The ‘talented’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ Paulo Cesar Ruzisca Vaz heads Vaz, Barreto, Shingaki & Oioli Advogados’ tax department, which is praised for its ‘immediate understanding of a case’ and ‘fast responses’. The firm was engaged by several new and longstanding clients in 2016 in advisory matters and disputes.

ASBZ Advogados is renowned in the aviation sector, where it has a number of longstanding clients and a strong track record, and it also acts for some significant names in other industries. Alexandre Gleria heads the practice, which covers tax consultancy and litigation.

At Coimbra & Chaves, Paulo Roberto Coimbra Silva and Maurício Saraiva de Abreu Chagas are highlighted for their ‘highly specialised knowledge and brilliant work conducted in the tax arena’. Fabiano de Almeida Rodrigues joined from Aethra Group in 2016.

Tax litigation has been an area of focus of Brasília-based firm Advocacia Fernanda Hernandez since its establishment in 1990. Fernanda Guimarães Hernandez heads the sizeable team, which expanded further with the arrival of Alexandre Barcelos Leitão Fischer Dias in 2017.

The tax team at Fialho, Canabrava, Andrade, Salles Advogados works closely with the firm’s international trade and PPP experts, and assists its clients in transactions and litigation, as well as day-to-day tax matters. In a major development, tax boutique Tranchesi Ortiz e Andrade Advocacia was integrated into the firm in 2017. Patrícia Lima, Roberto Salles and Pedro Magalhães are recommended.

Henriques Sociedade de Advogados’ main base is Minas Gerais, although it is active in states across the country. Marcelo Hugo de Oliveira Campos and Guilherme de Almeida Henriques are the key figures in the team, which is particularly prominent in the infrastructure, energy and engineering sectors.

Lacerda Gama Advogados’ tax and tax litigation practice has continued to grow in strength since the firm’s establishment in 2014. Tacio Lacerda Gama oversees the department, which has built an enviable client base.

Mannrich, Senra e Vasconcelos Advogados (MSV) handles a range of contentious, transactional and day-to-day tax matters for its clients. Breno Ferreira Martins Vasconcelos is praised for his ‘fast responses’ and ‘pro-business mindset’.

Headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Moura Tavares, Figueiredo, Moreira e Campos Advogados has a substantial tax and tax litigation offering, with a range of well-established clients. Ricardo Alves Moreira oversees the team, which has ancillary expertise in succession planning.

Led by ‘experienced’ tax expert André Pinguer Kalonki, Pedro Miguel Law has a buoyant tax consultancy and litigation practice, acting for companies across myriad industries.

Covering state, municipal and federal taxation, Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados assists clients in high-stakes litigation and corporate transactions, as well as in day-to-day tax matters. Practice head Matheus Bueno de Oliveira is ‘a competent and reliable lawyer’.

The ‘excellent professionals’ at Rosely Cruz Sociedade de Advogados “by neolaw.”demonstrate knowledge, seriousness and commitment’. The team is led by the ‘professional’ and ‘reliable’ Raquel Amaral, and strikes a balance between transactional tax support, consultancy and litigation. Founding partner Rosely Cruz is ‘dynamic and engaged’.

Under the leadership of Sergio Lewin and Alberto Martins Brentano, Silveiro Advogados has a strong track record in judicial and administrative litigation. It has recently handled over 1,000 cases concerning certain municipal taxes for a longstanding financial services client.

Domestic and international clients call on Simões Advogados’ broad tax expertise. Thiago Taborda Simões is currently representing a Spanish company in a lawsuit opposing a tax assessment.

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