Published today (08/18), the 2023 edition of Latin Lawyer 250 featured our Arbitration, Litigation, Labor and Tax practice areas as highly recommended. Check the editorial below with information about our areas and featured partners:
“With more than three decades of experience, Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados is widely considered a powerhouse in disputes. Its top-tier offering has firmly placed it on the map in the local legal market and won the firm a seat on some of the country’s most high-profile anti-corruption mandates. Notably, the firm was retained to work on the Car Wash investigation and its role has since resulted in an uptick in arbitration and litigation work.
Leite Tosto’s insolvency and bankruptcy group has also been kept busy in the last few years. Meanwhile, demand for the firm’s corporate team has remained high.
The team of litigators manages extraordinarily complex cases with impressive ease, an impressive asset as litigious work built up during the covid-19 pandemic. Disputes arising from employment, restructuring and corporate legal matters were exacerbated by the health emergency, and Leite Tosto was on hand to provide efficient and thorough advice.
Corporate social responsibility is increasingly a prominent feature of the firm. Leite Tosto does pro bono work for non-profit projects, particularly those supporting children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Key partners: Paulo Lopes leads this practice group. Alexandre Paranhos Tacla arrived in 2021, enriching the group with a fresh perspective.
Analysis: Leite Tosto has a notable arbitration team overseeing a varied caseload that covers construction, food, consumer goods, natural gas and engineering, among others. Clients often come to this group to recover costs or dismiss claims for monetary compensation. The firm is visible outside of Brazil too, having previously helped with a dispute over a concession contract in Peru.
Key partners: Practice co-heads Paulo Lopes, former president of the special arbitration and mediation committee for the São Paulo Section of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho, a former president of the judicial modernisation and judicial reform committees for the OAB’s São Paulo section, and Rodrigo Quadrante, whose crisis management and bankruptcy expertise have allowed him to lead some of the firm’s most prominent cases. Patrícia Rios, who has extensive experience on cases in Brazil’s upper courts, has won glowing reviews for her accurate legal advice and strategic approach. Lopes and Rios come recommended in LACCA Approved, a survey of in-house counsel, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer. Litigation partner Daniel Albolea Junior also features.
Analysis: Leite Tosto’s litigation offering is exemplary and is part of the firm’s prestigious disputes group, which is one of the largest in Brazil. Leite Tosto’s litigation lawyers are considered experts in litigious bankruptcy matters and credit recovery disputes. As is echoed across the firm’s other practice areas, financial institutions are some of its most frequent clients.
Key partners: Luciana Arduin Fonseca, Luis Fernando Riskalla, Priscila Mara Peresi and Renata Christina Silveira Araújo jointly lead the labour practice group
Analysis: Four partners co-head Leite Tosto’s labour and social security practice group and count several decades of experience between them. A formidable team of associates flanks the co-heads. Companies from the banking, construction, telecoms, shipping, logistics and energy industries are among those to hire the firm, including for defence against actions brought by company executives. Leite Tosto’s team of trusted advisers have historically won client praise for being true experts in their field.
Key partners: Administrative and judicial tax litigator Carlos Crosara leads this department.
Analysis: This department offers tax planning and consultancy services, although administrative and judicial litigation stands out as particular strengths. Helping clients dispute their tax bills with the government offers a steady stream of work. The firm’s capabilities in environmental law tie in neatly with the tax offering, and clients have turned to the firm for matters requiring environmental tax advice and disputes. Companies in the energy, agribusiness and paper and pulp industries are among those to feature on the department’s client roster.”