Managing Partners: 4
Senior Partners: 13
Number of partners: 17
Number of other lawyers: 32
Composed of some of the nation’s most renowned attorneys in their practice areas, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra is a law firm with 34 partners and 32 associates located in São Paulo, Brazil. Duarte Garcia also has an office in Brasília and maintains associations with law firms in Portugal. Led by Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia, Marcelo Terra, Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia and Luis Eduardo Serra Netto, the firm has an experienced and successful litigation practice at all levels of jurisdiction, with relevant experience petitioning for the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and Superior Court of Justice (STJ). Duarte Garcia is likewise highly regarded for its legal advisory practice in the areas of Real Estate, Infrastructure and M&A, being frequently honoured by clients, other lawyers from around the country, international and national legal publications, and ranking organisations.
Main Areas of Practice:
■ Real Estate
■ Administrative & Infrastructure
■ Urban Law & Land Occupation
■ Civil Litigation & Arbitration
■ Corporate & M&A
■ Capital Markets
■ Compliance & White-Collar Crime
Administrative & Infrastructure:
Duarte Garcia has wide-ranging experience advising clients on public bids, public service concessions, public-private partnerships, privatisations, and use of public properties. The firm has a long run portfolio related to privatisations, defence on civil public actions and other enforcement measures in administrative and civil sanctions. Civil
Litigation & Arbitration:
The civil practice provides advisory related to the negotiation and drafting of contracts in general. Representation in judicial proceedings involving matters of civil and corporate law. The firm also has considerable experience on arbitration proceedings as active members of the State of São Paulo Trade Federation Arbitration Commission, the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, of the US-Brazil Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce.
Compliance & White-Collar Crime:
The team is highly specialised working side-by-side with other practices to provide customised assistance on the implementation of compliance programs, enforcement of compliance policies, private investigations and defence on criminal matters. The white-collar team is experienced in advising and defending clients from police investigations and dawn-raids to petitioning in all levels of jurisdiction.
Corporate & M&A:
Duarte Garcia advises on all areas of corporate and commercial law, including due diligences, incorporation of companies, M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign investment. Environment: The expertise of the environmental practice includes administrative and judicial litigation in addition to assistance regarding environmental restrictions and licensing imposed by federal, state and local laws.
Auditing for liability contingences, negotiation of collective bargaining with work class associations and defence on labour courts are among the expertise of the labour practice. The team is highly specialised on labour claims related to health care industry, construction and real estate sectors.
Assistance in land use and occupancy regulations, planning and structuring real estate transactions regarding residential, industrial and commercial developments, shopping centres, hotels, multi-use property and others. The firm also advises clients on the emission of financial instruments related to the real estate market. The team is able to assess clients in the emission of all sorts of in financial solutions directed to the property sector such as real estate securities and securitisation products.
Duarte Garcia has an interdisciplinary team focused on urban law and land occupation issues, counting with experts on both the administrative law and the real estate particularities of municipal regulations. The firm assesses clients on all stages of licensing and obtainment of urban authorisations in the administrative and judicial spheres.
The work of this practice includes tax litigation, preventive assistance and advisory as to taxes concerning industrial, commercial and service activities. The firm particularly stands out for its record of tax disputes that affect a large variety of clients playing important roles in the real state and service sector, as a result of its intense practice in both administrative and judicial Courts. It is highly known for successful implementation of tax strategies in a broad range of commercial and corporate operations.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian.
Clients include national and foreign companies in sectors such as agribusiness, automotive industry, chemical, energy, health, real estate, construction, real estate development and shopping malls.
Administrative & Infrastructure: Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Netto, Paola Szanto
Capital Markets: Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arruda, Guilherme Terra
Civil Litigation & Arbitration: Mario Sergio Duarte Garcia, Daniel Sanfins
Compliance: Luis Eduardo Serra Netto, Pedro Simões
Corporate & M&A: Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia, Anna Christina Jimenez Pereira
Environment: Douglas Nadalini da Silva
Family & Succession: Antonio Carlos Petto Junior
Labour: Eliane Ribeiro Gago
Real Estate: Marcelo Terra, José Carlos Puoli, Guilherme Terra
Tax: Roberto Junqueira de Souza Ribeiro, Jayr Viégas Gavaldão Junior
Urban: Marcelo Terra, Francisco Ribeiro Gago
White Collar Crime: Pedro Simões