Founding Partner: Alexandre Aroeira Salles
Key Partners: Alexandre Aroeira Salles, Patrícia Guercio Teixeira Delage, Marina Hermeto Corrêa, Francisco Freitas de Melo Franco Ferreira, Tathiane Vieira Viggiano Fernandes, Nayron Sousa Russo, Mariana Barbosa Miraglia
Languages:English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese
Aroeira Salles is a leading Brazilian law firm advising international and domestic clients in relation to all stages of their operations and investments in Brazil. The firm’s strategic presence in the key commercial centres in Brazil means that it is ideally placed to assist its clients across a number of areas. The firm’s active London office also enables it to effectively advise a range of international businesses.
Main Areas of Practice:
Aroeira Salles has extensive experience advising on major projects in Brazil. The firm’s expertise covers a range of areas including infrastructure, services and industrial projects. Comprehensive support is provided from the inception to completion of a project including in relation to procurement, drafting and negotiation of contracts, project support, and dispute resolution. The firm has particular expertise in relation to construction and infrastructure projects covering all sectors including energy, social infrastructure, oil and gas, transport and water and waste. Within each sector the firm is experienced in advising on large scale projects such as oil refineries, nuclear plants, airports, metro systems, ports, highways, hospitals and railways.
Corporate & Commercial:
Aroeira Salles advises its clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters. The firm’s expertise includes the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, transactions and corporate governance. Aroeira Salles also provides specific support to overseas companies in relation to setting up and running a business in Brazil. The firm’s lawyers also add significant value by advising clients on company and commercial law matters that affect the day-to-day operation of their businesses.
Aroeira Salles has a broad disputes practice providing full support across a range of areas. The firm regularly acts on leading cases including in the Supreme Federal Court and Superior Court of Justice in Brazil. The firm represents its clients in administrative and judicial proceedings as well as in relation to alternative methods of dispute resolution such as arbitration, mediation and dispute boards. The firm has significant expertise in relation to disputes in the construction and infrastructure sector. Advice is also provided in relation to proceedings overseas together with local counsel, for example, in relation to English High Court proceedings and arbitrations in New York.
Public & Administrative Law:
Aroeira Salles’ expertise in this area includes public concessions and PPPs, negotiation and management of public contracts and public procurement. The firm also represents its clients in major disputes involving public law. The firm has significant experience advising clients in respect of internal and external audits of public projects as well as representing clients in proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) and other control institutions.
Investigations & White Collar Defence:
Aroeira Salles has extensive experience advising on civil and criminal investigations, as well as defending clients in public civil, improbity and collective actions. The firm guides its clients throughout all phases of these complex, high-stakes proceedings, from the initial allegation to the final resolution. Projects are often subject to auditing by control institutions, which can lead to investigations initiated by public prosecutors. Such investigations can relate to the improper use of public funds as well as corruption, money laundering and organised crime. The firm helps its clients to navigate government investigations and lead negotiations with enforcement authorities. Advice is also provided in relation to designing and conducting internal investigations to resolve internal issues with efficiency and discretion. The firm’s practice also includes acting in relation to the defence of clients in criminal proceedings.
Anti-Corruption & Compliance:
Aroeira Salles advises its clients on the implementation of effective compliance systems through an individualised approach taking into consideration the specific values and culture of the company. The firm undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the documentation as well as visiting the company and interviewing key representatives to understand the specific risks involved with the business. The firm also supports its clients in putting together effective guidelines, policies and procedures, and undertakes training and provides consultancy to the members of the company responsible for compliance. Aroeira Salles also assists its clients in relation to crisis management and internal investigations as well as the negotiation of leniency agreements and plea bargains. Advice is also provided to clients on their interactions with prosecuting bodies and other authorities.
Aroeira Salles advises on public and private procurement processes, including the interpretation of rules of participation, preparation of documents and bids, and negotiation of contracts. The firm uses its knowledge and experience to support its clients in complying fully with the requirements in the invitation to tender (edital). Where necessary, assistance is also provided in relation to the preparation of objections to the invitation to tender, administrative appeals, responses to appeals filed by competitors, as well as in relation to litigation.
Aroeira Salles has extensive expertise in relation to competition matters and provides comprehensive support to its clients including in relation to acquisitions, mergers, tender processes, public concessions and other matters under the scope of the Competition Defence Act. The firm also advises its clients in respect of investigations and represents them in proceedings before the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) which is the agency responsible for overseeing competition matters in Brazil. The firm’s experience enables it to provide clients with strategic advice that is both effective and commercial in relation to the potential competition implications of their operations
Belo Horizonte: Rua dos Timbiras, nº 1.754, 12º, 13º e 17º andares, Bairro Lourdes, MG 30140-061
Tel: +55 31 3248 2300
Brasília: Setor de Autarquias Sul, Quadra 05, Bloco K, Conjunto nº 512,Edifício OK Office Tower, DF 70070-050
Tel: +55 61 3213 0500
Rio de Janeiro: Rua do Passeio, 38, Torre 2, 15º andar – Centro, RJ 20.021-290
Tel: +55 21 2184 6370
São Paulo: Rua Helena, 260, 11° Andar, Conjunto 114, (Edifício Atrium IV) Vila Olímpia, SP, 04552-050
Tel: +55 11 4550 1667
Email: [email protected]
London: 1 Royal Exchange, EC3V 3DG
Tel: +44 0 20 3751 6285