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Tax: Litigation - Law Firms - Brazil - 2020 Rankings

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Botelho Advogados: Minas-Based Tax Powerhouse
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Botelho Advogados

Leader(s)

Werther Botelho Spagnol, Daniela Procópio Spagnol, Marco Túlio Fernandes Ibraim

Since

1990

Track record: Minas-based tax boutique noted for its first-rate handling of administrative and judicial tax litigation on behalf of heavyweights from the automotive, mining and retail sectors. Admired for its consistent track record in big-ticket disputes and skilled counsel on direct and indirect tax, social security and customs matters. Remains one step ahead by tracking relevant legislative amendments and the evolution of court precedents.
Team & differentiation: With offices in Belo Horizonte, Brasília and São Paulo, the firm’s department consists of four partners and 14 associates all exclusively dedicated to tax law. The practice is captained by esteemed founding partner Werther Botelho Spagnol who is deeply respected for his illustrious academic background and sectoral expertise.
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Vieira Rezende: Admired Tax Litigators
Firm

Vieira Rezende Advogados

Leader(s)

Breno Ladeira Kingma, Luiz André Nunes de Oliveira, Tiago Severini, Rafael de Moraes Amorim

Since

1995

Track record: Nationally admired team regularly sought out for its long-standing experience assisting market-leading oil and gas, mining and logistics companies with international taxation, customs and social security matters. Stands out in the market for its successful track record in administrative and judicial tax disputes at the municipal, state and federal levels.
Team & differentiation: Counting five partners and 16 associates, Vieira Rezende’s tax practice is based throughout the firm’s Rio, São Paulo and Brasília offices. The team’s clientele includes names such as TechnipFMC and Tupy. Former Head of Tax at Ambev and administrative judge at CARF, Octavio Corrêa, has recently joined as partner and strengthened the firm’s practice.
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Madeira, Valentim e Gallardo Advogados: A Thriving Tax Practice
Firm

Mva - Madeira, Valentim & Gallardo Advogados

Leader(s)

Geraldo Valentim Neto

Since

2011

Track record: Thriving practice boasting valuable expertise in strategic tax litigation mandates involving domestic and international taxation issues. Frequently advises players from the automotive, agribusiness and chemicals industries on the tax impacts arising from cross-border transactions as well as on administrative and judicial tax disputes. Client portfolio includes major names such as Johnson Controls, Netshoes and Pirelli.
Team & differentiation: Founded in 2011, MVG’s tax department is captained by founding partner Geraldo Valentim Neto. Mr. Valentim Neto has over two decades of experience in the market and is a former judge at the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF). Three new associates recently joined the firm’s tax litigation practice.
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Rayes e Fagundes Advogados: Trusted Tax Counsel
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Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados

Leader(s)

Ronaldo Rayes, Bruno Henrique Coutinho de Aguiar, Daniela Floriano

Since

1998

Track record: Compact São Paulo-based team frequently advising major companies such as IBM, Eurofarma and Nike on administrative and judicial tax litigation mandates. Highly active before the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF) in cases involving the tax classification of goods and international trade issues.  Also noted for its knowledge of indirect taxes and transfer pricing matters.  
Team & differentiation: With offices in Rio, São Bernardo do Campo, Campinas and São Paulo, the firm’s tax department consists of three partners - founding partner Ronaldo Rayes as well as key partners Bruno Aguiar and Daniela Floriano - and 10 associates. The group is particularly well regarded for its intimate knowledge of the tax regulations impacting the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.    
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Here is our 2020 ranking of the best Brazilian Law Firms in Tax: Litigation. 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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