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Tax Litigation - Law Firms - Brazil - 2019 Rankings

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  • Sandro Machado dos Reis, Luiz Gustavo Bichara, Pedro de Siqueira Neto, Francisco Giardina
  • Júlio de Oliveira, Paulo Rogério Ribeiro, Daniel Lacasa Maya, José Maurício Machado
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Top-tier Tax Consultancy and Litigation
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Machado Associados

Leader(s)

José Maurício Machado, Luis Rogério Farinelli and Júlio de Oliveira

Since

1990

Track record : Highly respected tax boutique admired for its robust knowledge of indirect taxes, transfer pricing and international tax legislation. Capably represents major clients such as Natura, Johnson & Johnson and CCR in judicial and administrative tax proceedings. Additionally noted for its complementary M&A offering.
Differentiation : The team’s nine partners and 15 associates make it one of the largest tax departments in Brazil. Professionals have a strong accounting and economics background with many serving as professors at São Paulo’s major law and business universities. The firm is additionally a member of both the Lataxnet and WTS Global legal networks.
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Tax Legends
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Ulhôa Canto Advogados

Leader(s)

João Dodsworth Guerra, Carlos Alberto Ulhôa Canto and Rodrigo Machado

Since

1959

Track record : Rio-based practice group 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 and strategic acquisitions. Highly sought out for its impressive track record in administrative tax disputes.
Differentiation : After nearly six decades in the Brazilian legal market - during which the firm’s senior partners significantly contributed to Brazil’s existing tax legislation – Ulhôa Canto remains among the top-tier 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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Strategic Tax Counsel
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Madeira, Valentim & Gallardo Advogados

Leader(s)

Geraldo Valentim Neto

Since

2011

Track record : Mid-sized firm boasting comprehensive experience in strategic tax litigation mandates related to international taxation issues. Well-equipped to advise players from the automotive, agribusiness and e-commerce industries on the tax impacts arising from cross-border transactions as well as on administrative and judicial tax disputes.
Differentiation : Founded in 2011, MVA’s compact tax department is captained by founding partner Geraldo Valentim Neto. Mr. Valentim Neto has over two decades of experience in the market, is a former head of tax at Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) and a former judge at the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF).
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Tax Titans
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Vieira Rezende Advogados

Leader(s)

Luiz André de Oliveira, Breno Kingma and Rafael Amorim

Since

1995

Track record : Highly regarded practice group with long-standing experience advising leading oil and gas, mining and logistics companies on international taxation, customs and accountancy issues. Regularly sought out for its impressive track record in administrative and judicial tax disputes at the municipal, state and federal levels.
Differentiation : Numbering five partners and 17 associates, Vieira Rezende’s tax practice is based throughout the firm’s Rio, São Paulo and Brasília offices. The team’s clientele includes such heavyweights as Vale, Total E&P and Schlumberger amongst others. Former head of tax at Ambev, Octavio Corrêa, has recently joined as partner and strengthened the firm’s practice.
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Here is our 2019 ranking of the best Brazilian Law Firms in Corporate Tax: Litigation. This ranking was created after a year-long investigation: our teams took into consideration data from multiple sources: peer and client recommendation, growth, importance of the different cases... This ranking is intended as a decision-making tool for leaders and is available online in five languages.

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