Brazil's Best Counsel

The only international guide 100% focused on the Brazilian market.

This fourth edition of Brazil’s Best Counsel includes a total of 84 legal and financial rankings and sees the launch of our inaugural regional rankings which cover all five of Brazil’s regions, our first international law firms rankings and the split of our general Corporate/M&A ranking into M&A: Large-Cap and M&A: Mid and Small-Cap. Additionally, we have created the first ranking for Legal Headhunting Firms in Brazil as well as new financial rankings including Auditors, IPO Readiness and Outsourcing. Overall, this fourth edition of the guide includes 15 new rankings.


Brazil’s Best Counsel 2022 opens with our second Diversity & Inclusion series featuring best-selling author and renowned black feminist Djamila Ribeiro who discusses the growing inequality in Brazilian society and the near complete absence of black women in corporate positions of leadership; followed by leading diversity consultant and co-founder of TransEmpregos, Maite Schneider, who analyzes rising corporate investment into D&I policies within the Brazilian economy and explains what’s needed to increase diversity at the very top of Brazil’s largest companies; the Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Brasil, Flavia Schlesinger, who tells us more about the food and beverage giant’s new sustainability platform and the importance of gender diversity in the Brazilian economy; and co-founders of Pride Bank, Marcio Orlandi and Maria Fuentes, who discuss the importance of diversity as a permanent corporate policy and the social impact of Pride Bank’s initiatives.


Our Exclusive Interviews chapter gets underway with Claudia Woods, CEO of WeWork Latin America, who takes us through how the pandemic has impacted the coworking market and the recent joint venture betweek WeWork and SoftBank Group in Latin America; followed by Shirley Meschke, Director of Legal Affairs of Pfizer Brasil, who explains how Brazil’s pharmaceutical industry has evolved over the last 15 years and the challenges of bringing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to the country; Iêda Cagni, President of the Board of Directors of Banco do Brasil, speaks about the rise of diversity within the Brazilian banking sector and the growing importance of ESG in the country’s financial markets; long-standing CEO of TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Serec, reveals his main goals at the helm of one of Brazil’s leading law firms and narrates the firm’s journey from its foundation in 1976 to the present day; Piero Minardi, President of ABVCAP (the Brazilian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) reviews the impacts of the new Brazilian legal framework for startups and the rise of ESG products in the Brazilian economy; and lastly Suzana Fagundes, General Counsel of car-rental giant Localiza, reviews the pandemic’s main impacts on Brazil’s mobility sector and the key role which sustainability and corporate governance have on the company’s overall success.


Whilst preparing this guide, our Research & Editorial team maintained the highest standards of ethics, transparency and research quality to offer the best possible product to our discerning readership.