Number of partners: 12
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 56
Firm Contacts: André Gomes de Oliveira José Augusto Leal
Established in 1953, Castro Barros Advogados is one of Brazil’s most respected law firms. With offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia, Castro Barros has a broad client base, including Brazilian and multinational clients, corporations and governmental entities, in all sectors of the economy. The firm represents clients in all areas of business law in Brazil, working in transactional, regulatory and litigious matters.
Main Areas of Practice:
Castro Barros advises clients in various aspects of agribusiness, such as purchase and lease of equity stakes and assets, assistance to foreign investors in the agricultural sector, negotiation of contracts such as licensing agreements production agreements and licensing agreements, constitution of guarantees, securitisation of agricultural receivables.
Arbitration & Litigation:
The firm represents local and foreign clients in either arbitration or litigation involving domestic and crossborder matters.
Castro Barros assists local and foreign investors in the organization management of investment funds in Brazil, also advising in asset acquisition, debt restructuring, financing, securitisation, regulatory matters and representing the clients before Central Bank of Brazil and the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission.
Castro Barros assists in anticorruption due diligences, risk assessment, internal investigation and documentation analysis, development of codes of conduct as well as the implementation and supervision of compliance programs.
Corporate Finance & Banking Transactions:
Castro Barros advises in financial transactions, such as letters of credit, loans, project finance and leasing.
Corporate Law & M&A:
The firm assists clients in incorporating legal entities (including non-profit organisations), shareholders’ agreements, joint-ventures, also representing clients before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission. Castro Barros has a strong M&A practice, including the drafting and negotiation of all related documents, and assisting in post-closing activities, such as service agreements, executive compensation, non-compete covenants and shareholders’ agreements.
Castro Barros advises in environmental licensing, due diligence, risk assessment, compensation programs, investigations, administrative proceedings and public civil actions.
The firm assists the clients in many aspects of the everevolving IT market, especially in matters related to the digital economy.
Infrastructure, Administrative & Regulatory:
Castro Barros advises local and foreign companies and local governments in private operation of infrastructure projects (concessions, public-private partnerships, privatisations, etc.). The firm also has broad experience in advising clients in all aspects of government procurement.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
Castro Barros advises clients in setting up insurance and reinsurance companies in Brazil and the regulatory aspects, also drafting policies, agreements and other documents, indemnity and liability limitation and representing clients before regulatory bodies and in disputes arising from insurance and reinsurance.
Labour & Social Security:
The firm advises in all areas of labour relations and corresponding social security issues, among them the implementation of incentive and voluntary downsizing programs, profit sharing collective bargaining and stock option plans, as well as in litigation and labour investigations.
Castro Barros assists in transactions and litigation involving both civil and military vessels and shipping operations, such as incorporation of Brazilian shipping companies, registration of ship owners, construction, acquisition and registration of vessels, charter contracts and marine insurance, maritime casualties, impoundment and mortgages, collection of debts and assistance to offshore industry suppliers.
Oil & Gas:
Castro Barros advises in both upstream and downstream activities to energy companies and service providers.
Castro Barros assists local and foreign companies, investment funds, financial institutions, construction companies, etc. in all aspects of the real estate market in Brazil.
The firm assists in the analysis of the taxes and other levies charging directly and indirectly on domestic and foreign companies’ activities, as well as on transfer pricing, restructuring and planning of complex financial and commercial transactions. It also assists foreign clients in evaluating the tax aspects of importing products and services, including those of transfer of technology and know-how and on the development of the tax planning structures not only in Brazil, but also involving more than one jurisdiction.
Castro Barros maintains a close relationship with very prestigious law firms all over the world and the firm’s members often act as expert witnesses in Brazilian Law in disputes held abroad.
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