Andrade GC Advogados

General Business Law: North Brazil Department

Brazil
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What the team is known for

Excellent Manaus-based practice advising on the full range of practice areas, including corporate, tax and real estate law. Strong track record representing national and multinational companies from the civil construction, electronics and consumer goods industries in strategic labour disputes and business structuring matters. Extensive experience providing counsel on the legislation governing the Manaus Free Trade Zone and on new investment opportunities in the North of Brazil. New clients include Direcional Engenharia and BIC Amazônia.

Strengths

Clients enthuse: "The firm provides us with a high success rate in a range of practice areas, swift work and quality client service."

Another source comments: "It is a firm which makes us feel very safe as clients and who we fully trust. I would single out the deep legal knowledge of its partners."

Work highlights

Advising Brazilian Potash before the Federal Court of Amazonas on the closing of a preliminary deal with the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in order to avoid the annulment of the environmental licences required for a BRL2 billion project.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe head of the labour department Armando Cláudio Dias dos Santos Júnior as "a very proactive lawyer who has broad legal knowledge, regularly provides updates about the latest developments in our cases and is easy to reach." He iswidely recognised for his expertise in preventative labour consultancy, labour litigation, social security matters and trade union negotiations.

Up-and-coming partner Carolina Ribeiro Botelho is singled out by market sources for her substantial experience in commercial, dispute resolution and real estate mandates. Clients describe her as "an objective and detail-oriented lawyer who is very assertive in her legal defences." They add: "She has provided us with constant attention and has a deep knowledge of debt recovery matters."

Interviewees single out founding partner Germano Costa Andrade for his extensive experience in corporate law mandates. He is frequently sought out for his advice on contractual mandates, preventative consultancy in real estate transactions and environmental litigation. Market sources report: "He stands out as a detail-oriented, up-to-date and highly qualified lawyer." They add: "Andrade has in-depth knowledge of corporate law which gives us peace of mind as clients."