Number of senior partners: 14
Number of associates: 60
Dias Carneiro Advogados is based in Sao Paulo. It provides quality legal advice on Brazilian law as a full-service firm advising on cross-border transactions, M&A, corporate and project finance, banking, corporate law, private equity and venture capital, commercial contracts, antitrust, anticorruption as well as tax, labour law, real estate matters, environmental law, litigation (judicial and arbitration) and restructuring and insolvency matters. The firm aspires to excel in all areas of its professional practice and invests significantly in developing lawyers’ skills, on-going education and knowledge management.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:
Dias Carneiro Advogados has a strong track record in domestic and cross border M&A transactions, advising buyers and sellers from a variety of business sectors, for both strategic and financial investors. The firm has extensive experience in the structuring and implementation of custom, complex and sophisticated corporate structures and reorganisations for a variety of purposes. Dias Carneiro Advogados also advises domestic companies on compliance with commercial and corporate legislation, whether privately held or public companies.
Financing & Capital Markets:
Dias Carneiro Advogados works closely with financial entities, multilateral organisations and developers in matters relating to Brazilian banking and finance law. The firm provides advice to local and international financial institutions and to syndicates of banks on loans and corporate, project, acquisition and export financing transactions. Dias Carneiro Advogados also advises clients on the development, structuring and implementation of transactions involving securities and financial instruments.
Dias Carneiro Advogados has extensive experience in all infrastructure sectors, assisting clients in the negotiation of consortium agreements, EPC, O&M, PPAs and related financing. The quality of the firm’s work has been widely acknowledged, including through participation on a number of transactions named ‘Deal of the Year’ by several publications.
The firm’s advice often includes analysing the requirements imposed by public bodies and regulatory agencies. Dias Carneiro Advogados provides advice on environmental law, public tenders, PPPs, negotiating with public authorities, designing financing structures and managing public contracts.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
Dias Carneiro Advogados has a highly regarded restructuring and insolvency practice, having acted on several landmark restructuring cases. Dias Carneiro Advogados regularly assists domestic and international investors, creditors and debtors in high-profile debt restructuring and related corporate reorganisations. Dias Carneiro Advogados also represents creditors in court supervised insolvency proceedings and acts on behalf of investors in distressed acquisitions.
Tax & Customs:
Dias Carneiro Advogados provides sophisticated advice to national and international companies in tax and customs matters of a consulting and transactional nature. It represents clients in tax and customs disputes at administrative and judicial levels. The firm’s tax practice is involved with complex and innovative matters, domestic and cross-border, seeking practical and efficient solutions. Working closely with other areas to structure and implement deals, M&A, corporate reorganisations, project finance, commercial agreements setting up in Brazil, real estate deals and litigation.
Dias Carneiro Advogados has extensive experience advising on labour proceedings, including audit work, due diligence as well as preventive strategies, labour liability reduction and assistance in connection with health and safety labour conditions. Dias Carneiro Advogados also provides comprehensive services on labour and employment structures and participates on outsourcing projects and in the creation of profit-sharing plans, flexible benefits, stock options, complementary social security and executive compensation. The firm also advises clients on hiring foreign employees and directors in Brazil as well as Brazilians workers abroad. Dias Carneiro Advogados provides complete support to labour litigation in all Brazilian jurisdictions and at the administrative level before the Ministry of Labour. The firm provides advice on labour union relations, in particular in connection with the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and strikes.
Commercial Contracts & Intellectual Property:
Dias Carneiro Advogados ’s commercial contracts and intellectual property team offers advice on acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property assets. These services include counseling, technology transfer, outsourcing and licensing agreements, and other transaction-related services. Dias Carneiro Advogados is also well recognised for assisting franchisors, retailers and suppliers to expand their businesses in Brazil and internationally. The team advises clients on distribution law matters, franchise system and regulatory compliance, including corporate and contracts.
Venture Capital & Startups:
Dias Carneiro Advogados represents companies (private equity and venture capital funds investors) in financing transactions and M&As in the emerging growth technology sector. It advises on legal due diligence, preparation of purchase or subscription agreements, shareholders agreements and investor rights agreements. provides complete legal support to emerging growth technology companies in general corporate matters, intellectual property, tax, labour, litigation and commercial contracts.
Dias Carneiro Advogados represents domestic and international clients in civil and commercial proceedings involving contract disputes, personality rights, and intellectual property in general. As well as disputes between shareholders, health care insurance, liability and expropriations. It represents clients from a wide variety of sectors in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
Dias Carneiro Advogados assists clients in a wide variety of property and property-related transactions, including the drafting and negotiation of lease agreements for residential and commercial properties. Its expertise includes the acquisition of real estate property for residential, commercial or industrial purposes, due diligence exercises, drafting and negotiation of terms and conditions for the sale of property. Dias Carneiro Advogados assists clients in negotiating turn-key construction contracts acting for owners, developers, contractors and suppliers.
Dias Carneiro Advogados advises local and foreign companies in antitrust and competition matters; filling merger review cases before Brazil’s antitrust authority, the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) and representing third parties’ claims. The firm files leniency applications, defending companies, individuals and trade associations investigated in administrative proceedings for alleged anticompetitive conducts.
Dias Carneiro Advogados assists with the prevention, identification, monitoring and management of potential illegal activities that may affect businesses in view of Brazilian and foreign anticorruption laws, such as corruption, bribery, bid rigging and money laundering.