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Firm Details

Managing Partners: Ronaldo Rayes and João Paulo Fogaça de Almeida Fagundes
Senior Partners: Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca, Paula Corine Santone, Paulo Fernando Talarico, Eduardo Vital Chaves, Lígia Ribeiro Azevedo Sacardo, Renata Cavalcante de Oliveira, Ana Cristina Maia Mazzaferro and Roberto Ferreira Ferlis
Executive Partner & Legal Counsel: Bruno Henrique Coutinho de Aguiar
Total number of partners: 81

Firm Overview
Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados is a full-service law firm, with particular strength in the areas of corporate/M&A, tax, labour, litigation, and restructuring law. It has over 20 years of existence in the Brazilian legal market, being well known for its presence in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

The advice provided by the firm is always led by a partner, meaning clients can be assured they will always be speaking with an experienced lawyer.

Main Areas of Practice
The team covers the full gamut of corporate services, ranging from day-to-day advice and legal opinions to complex cross-border M&A transactions (covering all phases of an M&A deal, from its first negotiations to post-closing advice). It acts on due diligence and offers advice to foreign businesses looking to start operating in Brazil.
Key contacts: Fabiana Fonseca and Paulo Fernando Talarico.
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Tel: +55-11-99416-0238; +55-11-99914-3544

The team covers both consultancy and litigation work as well as offering legal opinions. It offers the full gamut of tax services. On the consultation front, it provides relevant day-to-day advice to clients, including on issues related to direct and indirect taxation, due diligence, tax planning, and tax optimisation and recovery. On the litigation front, the team has been particularly busy on tax recovery cases, acting before CARF as well as the lower and superior courts in the country. It is the go-to firm for pharmaceutical companies looking for tax advice and representation in Brazil.
Key contact: Bruno Aguiar.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +55-11-98141-2741

The team is well versed in all matters concerning labour, employment, and social security. It provides both litigation and consultancy services and has been extremely engaged in all discussions concerning the new labour reforms in Brazil. On the litigation front, the team is experienced in all levels of the courts, in a range of cases covering collective disputes and bargaining, occupational accidents, and disability, for example. It also has strong experience acting before the Ministry of Labour and Public Ministry of Labour. The group also advises on due diligence for M&As, union negotiations, variable pay schemes, voluntary redundancy, overtime issues, collective agreements, strikes, outsourcing, global mobility, and health and safety, amongst other matters.
Key contact: Paula Corina Santone.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +55-11-99766-7550

The department is well equipped to act on all court levels in Brazil, being able to undertake both administrative and judicial litigation cases. The group has market-leading expertise in credit recovery cases. It acts on fraud investigations, class actions, civil disputes involving contracts and provides preventative litigation advice.
Key contacts: Eduardo Vital Chaves and Ligia Azevedo Ribeiro Sacardo.
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Tel: +55-11-94176-2026 ; +55-11-94292-5600

The department acts on relevant, strategic corporate restructuring and bankruptcy cases for its clients, being particularly strong representing creditors. It is active on both judicial and non-judicial restructuring matters. It often advises on preventative private debt restructuring negotiations and on purchase and sale transactions involving distressed assets and companies in special situations.
Key contact: Renata Cavalcante de Oliveira.
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +55-11-94262-5755

Real Estate:
The real estate department covers both litigation and consultancy matters. As well as representing clients in complex litigations, it also offers advice on the structuring a broad range of real estate developments (residential, commercial, or industrial, including hotels and shopping malls), assists clients with the drafting and negotiating of various types of contracts – such as sales, lease, built to suit and rural area partnership agreements – and in implementing developments and allotments. The firm also has broad knowledge and experience in conducting real estate due diligence and handling regularizations and other procedures before real estate registries and the Government Property Management Office (SPU).
Key contact: Fabiana Fonseca.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +55-11-99416-0238


São Paulo: +55 (11) 3050-2150

Campinas: +55 (19) 2660-1538

São Bernardo do Campo: +55 (11) 4550-5121

Rio de Janeiro: +55 (21) 2221-5470

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