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Di Cavalcanti Advogados

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Managing Partners: Phelippe Di Cavalcanti
Senior Partners: Phelippe Di Cavalcanti, Paula Stührk
Number of partners: 4
Number of associate lawyers: 5

Tax Consultancy:
Phelippe Di Cavalcanti, Paula Stührk, Catarina da Fonte, Carolina Coimbra
Tax Litigation: Phelippe Di Cavalcanti, Paula Stührk, Catarina da Fonte, Carolina Coimbra
Corporate & M&A Advisory: Phelippe Di Cavalcanti, José Vasconcelos Neto, Fernanda Souza Leão

Firm Overview:
Founded with the purpose of providing specialised services — rendered personally by a highly skilled team of professionals to a small range of clients and causes — Di Cavalcanti Advogados follows the traditional model of legal services grounded in personal/technical confidence relationships between lawyer and client.
Di Cavalcanti has a young and creative profile built by professionals whose market experience and career goals have converged to create an office based on solidity, in credibility and — primarily — service excellence.
Di Cavalcanti recruits its lawyers from the best universities in the state of Pernambuco and also encourages their qualification by providing the necessary support for conducting courses, specialisations and enhancements in the respective areas of practice. The firm also believes that a high standard of infrastructure and excellent working environment reflects directly on the quality of the services. There for, it is always looking for the personal satisfaction of its collabourators. Di Cavalcanti also invests in new talents by having a well-planned trainee program.

Despite the short operating time — almost six years — Di Cavalcanti was indicated as leading firm in the category General Business Law/Northeast Brazil, in the Chambers and Partners edition of Latin America /2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The firm also had its work recognised by the Brazilian magazine Análise Advocacia 500, in its annual edition 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 where it was listed among the 500 largest/best in Brazil and between the 11 most outstanding in the state of Pernambuco.

Areas of Practice:
Tax Consultancy: 35%
Tax Litigation: 45%
Corporate & M&A Advisory: 20%

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s legal practice is mainly focused on tax law, both in consultancy and in litigation cases, besides acting in corporate and real estate law, in order to advise and support the development of secure business strategies by its client’s, mostly corporations.

Tax Consultancy:
The firm advises its client’s in order to avoid the emergence of tax contingencies, and also to implement tax plan studies in order to align financial goals with tax efficiency and safe compliance structures. Di Cavalcanti’s professionals are always dealing with new issues, so that they are constantly updating their knowledge and responsive to the new outputs given by the law. Thereby, the firm has raised strong experience in tax regarding energy, oil, mining and sanitation, beverage/batteries/electronics industries, food dispenser and wholesale sectors, as well international trade projects carried out by trading companies.

Tax Litigation:
Di Cavalcanti is recognised for promoting several, successful leading cases, in Administrative and Judicial Courts (both Federal and State), involving the most important tax discussions, in order to rebut charges arising from tax notices or mistaken legal interpretation by tax authorities. With frequent lawsuits handled in the Administrative Tax Court of the state of Pernambuco (TATE/PE), the firm has gained wide integration and technical recognition with the judges, reflecting in quick and positive solutions to its clients’ demands. Furthermore, the cases are continuously and personally monitored by the firm’s partners in order to regard the clients’ interests at all legal procedures. Di Cavalcanti also sponsors active causes, in which its clients seek to be reimbursed for taxes improperly collected.

Corporate & M&A Advisory:
Di Cavalcanti acts especially on the analysis and advice on the best corporate/contractual structures, within the law, that safeguards the assets and interests of its clients. The firm also assists on the identification of tax liabilities through legal auditing, in order to give directly support to M&A projects and other corporate transactions, ensuring a reliable succession process and protecting the assets of companies and their partners.

Real Estate:
Di Cavalcanti provides comprehensive legal advices to its clients, in order to prevent contingencies, and also sponsors lawsuits involving issues related to the real estate law. Its performance is always based on the premise of ensuring legal certainty and speed in the implementation of projects of all sizes and types. The firm emphasises its experience in developing innovative legal solutions, having participated in the settlement of various projects linked to the Port of Suape/PE, as well as the 2014 World Cup.

Portuguese, English, Spanish.

Di Cavalcanti provides legal services to clients within the most diverse sectors of the economy, singling out especially industries (electronics/batteries, beverages), wholesalers and retailers of food, large constructor/ engineering companies; and also to hospitality and international trading businesses.