Managing Partners: Carlos Antônio Harten Filho, Bruno Novaes Bezerra Cavalcanti, Manuela Moura da Fonte
Senior Partners: Camila Oliveira, Emília Belo, Ingrid Gadelha, Ricardo Varejão, Tiago Andrade Lima, Ingrid Zanella, Umberto Lucas, Milena Gila
Number of partners: 258
Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia has presented solid and structured growth, since its foundation in 1998, as a result of the combination of enhanced legal skills, management strategy and ethical values. Since 2006, Queiroz Cavalcanti Advocacia has been ranked by specialised magazines as the largest law firm in the North and Northeast region of Brazil, in addition to the recognition for its national and international coverage in 13 specific areas of practice; all, without giving up on the knowledge of the local activities and entrepreneurial culture of the market in which Queiroz Cavalcanti is inserted.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has a broad advisory and litigation experience with the complex issues that arise in reorganisations, restructurings, workouts, liquidations, and distressed acquisitions and sales. The firm utilises its network to offer critical advice and counsel to multiple constituencies in insolvency situations.
Banking & Finance:
The firm defends banking institutions in high-risk, strategic demands and class actions with the goal of consolidating favorable jurisprudence and legitimising practices adopted by the banking segment. The firm defends banks in large scale litigation proposed by individuals and in the credit recovery of large debtors, by monitoring judicial reorganisation proceedings and filing collection suits.
With a multidisciplinary approach, the team offers advisory work in matters related to the prevention, discovery and response to operational non-conformities or related to subjects such as anticorruption, information security, antifraud and regulations. The team has expertise in the development and improvement of compliance programs aimed at the conformity with the requirements of the Brazilian legislation. The team has participated in the drafting of the state and municipal anticorruption legislation that complemented the Brazilian Anticorruption Statute.
The firm assists clients in the acquisitions and sales of companies, private acquisition of equities and corporate restructuring, in the incorporation of companies or funds, locally or abroad, and structures strategic partnerships through consortiums, joint-ventures or other forms.
Lawyers are trained for negotiating and mediating shareholders’ conflicts, aimed at a solution that preserves the business.
The firm’s environmental practice has a long-standing commitment to help companies respond to the risks and opportunities of environmental law and regulation. The services include providing expert advice on traditional environmental law and planning matters, as well as clean and renewable energy markets, waste and biodiversity, and related issues in the agricultural, forestry and fishing industries.
Intellectual Property & Innovation:
Handles all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, know-how and all other intellectual property rights. Assist clients with disruptive technology businesses, providing upfront legal advice regarding the legal risks faced by new technologies and innovative business models, aimed at solutions and risk mitigation.
The firm works with client to develop a strategic approach to litigation and our attorneys are prepared to take any case to trial and are experienced at managing litigation at every stage of the process. The firm crafts demand-specific teams from its wide-ranging platform of legal services based on the industry, forum, and stage of litigation involved, to match the teams’ experience to the client’s specific needs.
Labour & Employment:
The firm works with multinational businesses to manage all of its employment needs in Brazil, from day-to-day human resources requirements to critical business change projects. It represents employers in collective bargaining and works council negotiations, and also develops robust industrial relations strategies. No matter the employment issue, the firm consistently helps multinationals to overcome their greatest challenges regarding employment claims.
Maritime, Port & Customs Law:
The firm operates extensively in the areas of maritime, port and customs law. Therefore, it provides full assistance in the national and international waterways sector, in situations involving pollution caused by vessels and port facilities, from prevention measures to the resolution of administrative and judicial litigation. It acts in the regulation of maritime and port claims, rescue and responsibilities, wreckage removal, limitation of liability, maritime and port insurance, attending insurers, charterers, maritime agents and port operators, among others.
The firm applies its skills to the full cycle of a real estate deal, providing a holistic approach for clients. It handles property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate. The firm advises on a broad spectrum of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, including structured equity, structured debt, and hybrid structures.
Lawyers provide end-to-end advice to private clients seeking business with federal, state and local governments, including assistance with the application and bid process, disclosures, concession agreements, Public-Private Partnerships, RFQ and RFP question-and-answer periods, MBE/WBE requirements, procurements, use of subcontractor and bid protests.
Private Wealth Law:
The firm assists and works with clients to develop creative and desirable solutions for their current asset situation and long-term plans. Working closely with wealth management professionals, in Brazil and abroad, the firm provides a complete solution to client’s problems involving asset management, including after the succession. Professionals have extensive experience in corporate, governance, tax and probate law and use this multidisciplinary knowledge to provide to the client a customised and solid solution.
Provides tax planning and advice to clients in a wide range of tax services, including federal, state and local tax advice in connection with both domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions, global business structures, fund formation, real estate investment/financing, and dispute resolution and litigation. The firm works closely with its clients, seeking out greater efficiency in tax planning, ensuring compliance with ever-changing tax laws.
The firm’s experienced team will guide your company through the process of investing in unfamiliar jurisdictions. The firm’s professionals have solid international experience and communicate fluently in Portuguese, Spanish and English, drafting agreements and other legal documents in such languages and following international standards.
The firm’s work goes from advising the client regarding the tax regimes applicable to the intended activities, the differences between different corporate formats, the rules and procedures for transferring capital abroad and all other matters relating to starting a business in Brazil with foreign capital.
LATIN AMERICA OFFICES
Recife (head office), Salvador, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, São Luis, Manaus