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Tax: Counsel - Law Firms - Brazil - 2020 Rankings

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  • Luiz Roberto Peroba, Sérgio Farina Filho, Luciana Galhardo, Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo, Ricardo Luiz Becker
  • Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira, José Maurício Machado, Júlio de Oliveira, Mauri Bórnia
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Machado Associados: Distinguished Tax Counsel

Machado Associados


José Maurício Machado, Júlio de Oliveira, Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira, Mauri Bórnia



Track record: Distinguished tax boutique well regarded for its robust knowledge of direct and indirect taxes, transfer pricing, customs law and international tax legislation. Actively represents major clients from the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and infrastructure sectors such as Natura, Johnson & Johnson and Nivea in judicial and administrative tax proceedings. Additionally respected for its expertise in corporate restructuring mandates.
Team & differentiation: With offices in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Machado Associados’ tax department consists of 18 partners and 7 associates making it one of Brazil’s largest tax teams. A recent merger with CHBS Advogados and a wave of internal promotions has seen an impressive seven new partners join the practice.
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Sacha Calmon – Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados: Premier Legal Opinions

Sacha Calmon - Misabel Derzi Consultores E Advogados


Sacha Calmon, Misabel Derzi, Valter de Souza Lobato, André Mendes Moreira



Track record: Highly regarded Minas-based boutique which draws on the outstanding academic background of its partners to advise household names from the food and beverage, banking and telecommunications sectors on the full gamut of tax issues. Expertly advises on strategic tax litigation, tax planning and indirect taxation issues. Widely considered a domestic leader for the quality of its tax-related legal opinions.
Team & differentiation: Celebrating its 25th anniversary and with offices in Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, Sacha Calmon – Misabel Derzi Consultores e Advogados consists of 25 partners and 45 associates who are captained by founding partners and eminent professors of tax law, Sacha Calmon and Misabel Derzi.
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Ulhôa Canto Advogados: Sixty Years of Excellence

Ulhôa Canto Advogados


João Dodsworth Guerra, Carlos Alberto Ulhôa Canto, Rodrigo Brunelli Machado



Track record: Prominent Rio-based team widely respected for its deeply experienced tax practitioners. Offers major clients from the energy, finance and infrastructure sectors a vast knowledge of the tax aspects related to corporate reorganizations, strategic acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital deals. Highly sought out for its impressive track record in administrative tax disputes.
Team & differentiation: Celebrating 60 years of excellence in the Brazilian legal market - during which the firm’s senior partners significantly contributed to Brazil’s existing tax legislation – Ulhôa Canto remains amongst the leading firms for tax law. Seasoned partners João Dodsworth Guerra and Carlos Alberto Ulhôa Canto continue to draw in clients due to their several decades of experience in the field.
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Araújo & Policastro: Long-Standing Tax Advisors

Araújo e Policastro Advogados


Sylvio Fernando Paes de Barros Jr.



Track record: Experienced São Paulo-based practice capably representing companies from the chemical, manufacturing and automotive industries in administrative and judicial tax litigation. Particularly valued for its counsel on tax planning related to diverse mandates such as acquisitions, sales, corporate restructurings, international trade and offshore investments. Additionally noted for its knowledge of tax benefits legislation.
Team & differentiation: Seasoned partner Sylvio Fernando de Barros Junior leads the firm’s compact tax department and has been practicing tax and dispute resolution for over thirty years. Lactalis, S&P Global and LyondellBasell are a few of the many prestigious multinationals relying on the department’s fiscal know-how.
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Here is our 2020 ranking of the best Brazilian Law Firms in Tax: Counsel. This ranking was created after a year-long investigation. Our team took into consideration data from multiple sources, such as peer and client recommendation, growth, and importance of different cases. This ranking intends to be a decision-making tool for leaders and is available online in five languages.

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