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Senior Partner: Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro
Number of partners worldwide: 82
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 832
Latin America Offices: Brasília, Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Luís, São Paulo, Teresina, Vitória
International Offices: Lisbon – Portugal and Luanda – Angola

Firm Overview:
SiqueiraCastro can proudly and confidently say that in its 70-year history, it has played a fundamental role in the evolution of the legal sector in Brazil. Among its clients are the leading companies in their sectors, and they work incessantly to develop the country. This entrepreneurship and purpose motivates the firm. More than specialists in the law, the firm understands all the needs of businesses. For this reason, it is a pioneer in offering full solutions.

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative, regulatory, infrastructure law and PPPs, agribusiness, aviation, basic sanitation, biodiversity, biotechnology, business crimes, capital market, case control, civil law and contracts, communications and telecommunications, compliance, integrity and corporate ethics programs, constitutional law and governmental relations, consumer relations, copyrights, corporate, debt collection, digital law and data protection, economic and competition law, electoral law, electric power sector, environmental law, financial and banking law, fintechs, foreign capital, foreign trade and commercial defense, forest investments, health and life sciences, health and sanitary surveillance, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international transactions and contracts, labour law, legal auditing, maritime law, media, marketing and advertising law, mergers and acquisitions, mining law, oil and gas, plea bargains, privatizations and concessions, public law, real estate transactions, recovery of companies and bankruptcies, recurring litigation, renewable energy, retail and electronic commerce, social security law, software, startups, strategic litigation and arbitration, successions, estate planning and related matters, tax law, third sector, tourism, sports and entertainment, and transportation.

International Work:
To support the construction of the firm’s global market vision, it is a member of ADVOC, a global network of independent law firms. Present in more than 90 countries, it is one of the most traditional and respected networks in the legal profession, gathering some 12,000 lawyers in the main cities of all continents. In Brazil, the network acts only through SiqueiraCastro. The firm founded ADVOC in Latin America and coordinate all its activities in the region. Besides this, to enable response to the specific demands of its clients, over the years the firm has developed strategic partnerships with some of the most important law firms in key jurisdictions for the interests of Brazil and its leading companies. Below the firm highlights its presence in other countries: China, France and Francophone Africa, Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

Social Responsibility:
Besides the support given to clients’ business activities, SiqueiraCastro pay special attention to initiatives that have a positive impact on society. Support social assistance actions and programs to improve the quality of life of needy and disabled people. And the firm also provides free legal services (pro bono) on a permanent basis to charitable and philanthropic institutions in various Brazilian states. SiqueiraCastro have a Pro Bono Committee, organically implemented since the 1990s to support the firm’s efforts throughout Brazil. Besides this, concentrate the social responsibility and pro bono activities through the Maria Clara Institute, which pays for all initiatives in the country with funds from SiqueiraCastro.

The firm assists more than 3,000 national and international clients that are active in different sectors, including banking, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, communication, automotive, construction, shipping, insurance, oil and gas, energy, IT, entertainment, aviation and transportation.

The impact of SiqueiraCastro in the legal and business worlds, besides being known by clients and by the market in general, is regularly recognised by specialised publications.
The following deserve special mention:
■ One of the best law firms in Brazil in 15 practice areas and 20 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (Chambers Latin America - 2018)
■ One of the best law firms in Brazil in 12 practice areas and 24 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (Análise Advocacia 500 - 2017)
■ One of the best law firms in the world in eight practice areas and six partners elected among the best lawyers in the world (Chambers Global -2017)
■ One of the best law firms in Brazil in 20 practice areas and 38 partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (The Legal 500 Latin America – 2017)
■ One of the best companies to work in Brazil in 2011/12/13/14/15/16/17 (Great Place to Work)
■ Largest law firm in Latin America (Latin Lawyer 250 - Edition 2017)
■ Pro Bono Firm of the Year (Latin Lawyer 2007)
■ Elected by Chambers as the best law firm of Latin America in the year of 2015 in practices of Social Responsibility and Pro Bono (Chambers Latin America)
■ Pro Bono Leading Light (Latin Lawyer 2012/13/14/15/16/17)
■ One of the best law firms in Brazil in the areas of banking and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity and project finance (IFLR 1000 - 2017)
■ One of the best law firms in arbitration, civil and commercial litigation, white-collar crime, mergers and acquisitions, competition/ antitrust, corporate tax, patent and intellectual property, labour litigation and product liability (Leaders League 2017)
■ One of the best law firms in Brazil in the areas of corporate, project finance and project development (IFLR 1000 – energy and infrastructure – Edition 2017)
■ Five partners elected among the best lawyers in Brazil (LACCA Approved 2017)

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