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What the team is known for Powerhouse practice with outstanding capabilities developing innovative tax solutions for its prominent clientele. Sought after to handle sophisticated administrative litigation cases at all levels, including CARF. Boasts impressive capabilities advising on direct taxation issues, with particular talent in income tax matters, in addition to handling international tax and indirect taxation issues. Client roster encompasses an array of leading international names, including companies from the chemicals and beverage sectors.

Strengths One client says: "The partners are very good and dedicated to cases. The team stands out dealing with cutting-edge cases, always coming up with innovative litigation arguments, particularly in cases involving income tax and ICMS."

Another interviewee describes the team as "objective and straightforward," adding: "They always say what they think, even when their opinion isn't what the client is hoping to hear. I appreciate that frankness, particularly because their advice is always well grounded and complete."

Work highlights Successfully assisted a multinational company that provides technology and services for the health sector with the renewal of a special tax regime for the outpatient supply of equipment to critically ill patients previously refused by the administrative court.

Notable practitioners

"Extremely prepared and accessible" Bruno Fajersztajn impressed a client with "his work before CARF, in addition to his tax and accountancy knowledge." Fajersztajn is often singled out by interviewees for his expertise in direct taxation mandates, as one of them says: "He is very active, particularly in income tax and other social contributions matters. He delivers good oral arguments and is very intelligent."

According to a peer, Elidie Palma Bifano is recognised due to her career as a tax consultant: "Elidie is highly respected in the market, especially by clients from the financial sector." One interviewee reports that "she maintains a very close relationship with her clients and keeps us informed about changes in the jurisprudence or updates in the legislation," adding: "I instruct her whenever I need a legal opinion from a renowned source." She advises on tax planning and corporate reorganisations.

One commentator describes João Francisco Bianco as "a brilliant and highly qualified professional from both an academic and practical perspective." The same source adds: "He is a very pleasant person who enjoys a great level of respect and influence within the tax market." Bianco has an established consultancy practice, regularly advising domestic and multinational companies on income tax and taxes related to acquisitions. Sources also highlight his work in the administrative sphere, particularly before CARF.

Star individual Ricardo Mariz de Oliveira is greatly admired by clients and peers due to the strength of his all-round tax practice. "He is undeniably a reference for tax consultancy," points out a client, while a peer adds: "Ricardo performs really well during court hearings, impressing everyone with his combined knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects." Other sources highlight his expertise, describing him as "the personification of corporate income tax in Brazil" and "a singular practitioner who issues remarkable legal opinions about income tax."

Senior statesman Roberto de Siqueira Campos continues to be acclaimed by market commentators, with one of them saying: "He deserves all the respect in the world, since he is a brilliant lawyer with an impressive career in this field." Peers often point out that "he is reputed for handling litigation cases, particularly in connection with indirect taxes." A client adds to his praise, commenting: "He excelled doing the closing argument for one of our cases, and almost every one of the judges voted in our favour."