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What the team is known for

Stellar practice widely recognised in the market for its wealth of experience handling complex and sophisticated tax litigation cases. Regularly instructed by leading companies in a wide range of sectors to act on high-profile cases involving direct taxation issues. Experienced handling cases before the judicial and administrative courts, its bench of senior practitioners also command an exceptional reputation for the quality of their legal opinions.

Strengths

One market commentator describes the firm as "a compact and highly specialised team that offers tailor-made advice to clients, with particular expertise in cases before CARF."

A client adds to their praise: "Their assistance really adds value to our business, as they are able to go beyond the purely legal advice and offer a very thorough analysis of matters and a business-oriented strategy."

Work highlight

Represented a leading national company from the offshore support and construction field in a judicial lawsuit claiming the right to deduct credits from the non-cumulative system of PIS and COFINS social contribution taxes relating to the acquisition of ships.

Notable practitioners

"Very efficient" partner Bruno Fajersztajn has a solid track record advising clients on the full range of direct tax matters, including consultancy, planning and disputes. One client asserts: "He always provides a complete analysis of the cases and has outstanding technical capabilities," while another source regards him as "a very dedicated and hard-working practitioner."

Highly respected and seasoned partner Elidie Palma Bifano draws upon more than 45 years of experience assisting clients on a broad range of tax matters, such as tax planning and corporate reorganisations. She has additional expertise advising multinational companies on cases involving accounting matters, as sources enthuse: "She is very respected in the banking sector, as she is knowledgeable of the economic sector as well." Commentators also praise her academic career.

Prestigious co-head of department João Francisco Bianco is described by market sources as "a very seasoned and level-headed lawyer who is knowledgeable of matters and offers intelligent solutions to cases." He boasts remarkable experience advising clients on mandates involving income tax and taxes accrued in acquisitions. He additionally provides assistance with proceedings before CARF.  Another source remarks: "The work he produces has really good quality due to his in-depth knowledge. We fully trust him."

Star individual Ricardo Mariz de Oliveira has a market-leading practice assisting clients with legal opinions and highly sensitive litigation disputes. Mariz de Oliveira enjoys widespread market recognition, as one interviewee says: "He is one of the main tax lawyers in Brazil, very respected for his work connected with income tax," while another source adds: "He is a top-tier lawyer, someone who is very experienced in relevant matters and the kind of lawyer you instruct for the complex cases." Clients appreciate his "profound knowledge of both direct and international tax matters and excellent representation before CARF and the Superior Court of Justice."

"Very respected" senior statesman and founding partner Roberto de Siqueira Campos draws upon more than 45 years of experience advising on indirect tax matters and representing clients in tax litigation disputes before higher courts. Sources report that "he is very well recognised for indirect tax work."