About Us

WFARIA BRAZILIAN LAW ADVISORS


We are passionate about law.


WE DIVE DEEP IN EVERYTHING WE DO, AND WE ARE LASER FOCUSED ON EVERY DETAIL. We generate results for our customers. We are winners.


For companies, law firms, and CPAs whose clients require legal support in Brazil, WFaria is the one-stop shop that provides high-quality legal, tax, and compliance services at fair fees.


With offices in Brazil and in the United States, we are a superior service provider composed by senior experts with international vision and experience that allow us to assist clients doing business in Brazil, from market entrants to Fortune 500 companies.


“Strong position in the Brazilian compliance and fraud investigation scenario, having played a key role at major cases such as the Eletrobras investigation, which led to the relisting of the company’s stock at NYSE and the avoidance of monitoring by US Department of Justice.


WFaria has supported over 100 international companies entering Brazil through M&A deals and greenfield investment.


Our Tax Recovery department has worked with hundreds of companies and recovered millions of dollars in taxes.


The Litigation Team has deep expertise in supporting our clients in tax, civil, corporate, and labor litigation and arbitration.”

Wilson De Faria

Founding Partner

Wilson De Faria is the founding and managing partner of WFaria Advogados. With over thirty years of experience in Tax and International Law, emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a Business Administration bachelor degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). He holds a postgraduate degree in Tax Law from CEU / SP and a Master's degree in Business Administration from INSEAD (France). Member of OPM 53 (Owners and Presidents Management Program) of Harvard Business School (Harvard University - USA).

Throughout his career, he was also Professor of Law at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-GO) and Superintendent of Tax Planning at Banco Citibank S.A.

He is currently a member of the São Paulo Bar Association (IABP), the Brazilian Institute of Lawyers of São Paulo (IASP), representative in Brazil of GGI (Geneva Group International), representative in Brazil of the International Taxation Specialist Group (ITSG), Professor of Law Compliance at LL.M in Business Law at CEU-IICS and President of INSEAD Alumni Law Club.

Languages: Portuguese, English and French.
E-mail: wfaria@wfaria.com.br


Leonardo Mazzillo

Senior Partner

Leonardo Mazzillo specializes in Tax, Social Security and Labor Law. At WFaria, he coordinates the areas of Tax Consulting and Human Capital, which includes consulting and labor compliance. He also acts as a local and international speaker on tax issues, Social Security funding and labor compliance.

Member of the Law of the Arts Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association - São Paulo Section, holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), postgraduate in Tax Law by the same institution and in Labor Law and Process of Labor by Escola Paulista de Direito.

In his career, he has held the positions of Legal Officer of the Brazilian Association of Administrative Support Service Providers (ABRAPSA) and Board Member of the 2nd Judging Chamber of the Tax and Mortgage Council of the Municipality of São Bernardo do Campo / SP.

Languages: Portuguese, English and Italian.
E-mail: lmazzillo@wfaria.com.br


Most admired lawyer in 2017 by Análisis 500 magazine

Alessandra Gonsales

Senior Partner

Alessandra Gonsales specializes in the implementation of programs against corruption and money laundering (AML) with extensive experience in compliance and corporate law. His participation is active in the main discussions on the themes in Brazil.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business law and a master's degree in commercial law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). She also holds an MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). His research was conducted at Harvard University (USA).

Professor of postgraduate courses at the FGV of Rio de Janeiro and the Faculty of Law of Vitória (FDV-ES), she is responsible for organizing the International Congress on Compliance, the largest event on Latin America. She is also a professor and coordinator of Compliance Courses at Legal, Ethics and Compliance (LEC), business school and Brazilian magazine of which she is a founding partner.

Lecturer and author of articles for local and international press, she is the author and coordinator of "Compliance - The New Rule of the Game" (LEC, 2016), and has participated in the books "Compliance in Health: present and future of a market in search of self-regulation "(Crearmed, 2016) and" Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance Issues "(Juspodivm, 2017).

Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
E-mail: agonsales@wfaria.com.br


Pedro Ackel

Partner

Law degree from PUC/SP.
Post-graduate in Tax Law – PUC/SP.

Coordinator of the Pensions Law section. Mr. Ackel has wide experience in tax both administrative and judicial procedures. He coordinates the section of pension credit recovery.

Mr. Ackel practices Tax Litigation, with emphasis on tax litigation in administrative and judicial areas. He practices directly in the administration of tax litigation in administrative and judicial, federal court, state forums and courts, regional federal appellate courts, Higher Courts, Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social – INSS (Brazil’s Social Security and Pensions Authority) and the Receita Federal do Brasil – RFB (Brazil’s Internal Revenue Service). He appears at federal, state, municipal courts and administrative tax councils to defend cases.

Languages: Portuguese. English and Spanish.


Ana Júlia Moraes

Partner

Ana Júlia Moraes has eighteen years of experience in Dispute Resolution, representing multinational companies in complex cross-border litigation and domestic and international arbitrations, focusing on corporate disputes, foreign investments, engineering and construction. Ana Júlia Moraes has also wide experience in advising clients on corporate on contract negotiations and corporate restructuring and recovery.

Ana Júlia Moraes has law degree from PUC-SP University, specialization in Business Contracts from the same law school and extension courses in Business Law and Procurement Contracts from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

E-mail: amoraes@wfaria.com.br
Languages: Portuguese and English


    Infrastructure & Projects


    Infrastructure projects involve significant investments and complex contractual arrangements.

    The mission of the Infrastructure and Large Projects team of WFaria Advogados is to prepare the contracts and manage projects of high complexity. We work together with some of the most important infrastructure companies in the country, in the most varied segments - Energy, Mining, Steel, Pulp and Paper, Engineering and Construction and Industrial Assemblies, among others.

    Our professionals are prepared to offer all necessary support in large projects with the most different contractual structures - EPCs, EPCMs, Alliance Agreements, Frame agreements, Owner's Engineering, large supplies, services, PPAs, CUSDs and CCDs or agreements consortium.

    In addition to the complete advice to define the best contractual structure, the WFaria Advogados team also assists in the drafting, negotiation and management of each instrument, mitigating the risks of delays, overcharges, non-payment and labor and tax actions, as well as legal disputes with suppliers and customers.


    Governance, Risk, Compliance


    A pioneer in the implementation of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs, WFaria Advogados has a highly specialized team, coordinated by Alessandra Gonsales, one of the largest references in the area in Brazil.

    Among its actions are: Implementation or revision of Risk Management and Compliance programs; (including Anti-Corruption Law, FATCA, Money Laundering Act, FCPA and UK Bribery ACT, among others), training, Preventive Money Laundering Practices and KYC, compliance with regulatory standards issued by regulatory agencies and defense regulatory reporting, drafting and review of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, policies for prevention, detection, combating fraud and legal violations, and advice on the creation of hotlines; Third Party Due Diligence, advisory in internal investigations, Compliance audits in corporate and M & A restructurings, contract audits and secondment.

    Our fraud investigation team is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, having worked in relevant cases such as the investigation of Operation Lava Jato in Eletrobras (state electricity company) and others.

    A pioneer in the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with Brazilian financial institutions, WFaria Advogados works in partnership with offices in several countries to work on the adoption of compliance rules in foreign companies with operations in Brazil.


    Coordinator: Alessandra Gonsales
    E-mail: agonsales@wfaria.com.br

    Labor, Consultancy and litigation


    In the litigation, WFaria Advogados acts in judicial proceedings with significant financial impact or involving issues of great economic and strategic relevance, performing the necessary procedural monitoring from the first instance to the Superior Courts.

    In the advisory, WFaria elaborates opinions and consultations on labor routines and controversial issues, always seeking creative solutions that can prevent or minimize possible risks and unnecessary legal demands.

    It also acts in the structuring of Profit Sharing and Profitability Plans (PLR) and results, issues related to sexual and moral harassment, as well as in the negotiation and drafting of collective agreements.


    Coordinator: Leonardo Mazzillo
    E-mail: lmazzillo@wfaria.com.br

    Consultancy and Litigation in administrative and Regulatory Law


    The team of WFaria Advogados works in the elaboration of opinions and legal opinions in the area of ​​Public and Administrative Law. Since its foundation, the firm has advised large and medium-sized companies on issues of great complexity, of great economic and strategic importance.

    We act in the administrative litigation, actions of administrative improbity, warrants, public civil actions, popular actions, as well as sponsorship of defenses in punitive administrative proceedings before the courts of law, regulatory agencies and Central Bank of Brazil, in addition to other entities and public bodies.


    Coordinator: Pedro Ackel
    E-mail: packel@wfaria.com.br

    Civil and Commercial Litigation


    With its Civil and Commercial Litigation team, WFaria Advogados acts in the strategic defense of the interests of national and foreign companies, in lawsuits in process in all the courts of the country, involving litigation related to: Civil Law, Commercial Law, Electronic Law, Consumer Law, Corporate Law, Competition Law, Banking Law and Administrative Law.

    With an expressive role in the recovery of commercial credits and representation of its clients in the liability side of judicial recoveries and bankruptcies, it has a long tradition in serving the national financial sector.

    Still in the litigation prevention, works on the revision of procedures and suggestions of improvements, through the action in the pre-litigation phase, in search of solution of potential conflicts before the discussion is taken to judgment.

    The team of WFaria Advogados works in the elaboration of opinions and legal opinions in the area of ​​Public and Administrative Law. Since its foundation, the firm has advised large and medium-sized companies on issues of great complexity, of great economic and strategic importance.

    We act in the administrative litigation, actions of administrative improbity, warrants, public civil actions, popular actions, as well as sponsorship of defenses in punitive administrative proceedings before the courts of law, regulatory agencies and Central Bank of Brazil, in addition to other entities and public bodies.


    Coordinator: Ana Júlia Moraes
    E-mail: amoraes@wfaria.com.br

    Tax Law


    WFaria Advogados counts on a great team of tax attorneys who serve their clients in any demands in the area. Through its work focused on taxes on consumption (IPI / ICMS / PIS / COFINS / ISS), the Tax Law team offers important and strategic advice for corporate decisions in the areas of acquisition, production, and marketing of national products and services and imported.

    With experienced and highly specialized professionals, WFaria assists in analysis of operations from a legal, financial and accounting point of view.

    WFaria also works with Indirect Taxation, which involves foreign trade (import and export) and its regulation by Customs Law, maximizing tax efficiency in cross-border operations, tax logistics, implementation of special regimes, industrial operations, transfer and recovery of credits and customs classification.


    Coordinator: Leonardo Mazzillo
    E-mail: lmazzillo@wfaria.com.br

    Corporate


    WFaria offers all the necessary advice on corporate and contractual aspects to the daily operation of companies in Brazil. Since the formation of limited companies or joint-stock companies, corporate restructuring and all types of contracts, as well as contractual management and secondment our team.

    In the contractual area, our team works with the preparation, analysis and negotiation of distribution agreements, supply contracts and commercial representation contracts, service contracts, construction or contracting contracts, trademark and patent licensing agreements, transfer of technology, copyright assignment agreements, and assignment or license agreements for the right to use software.

    It also acts in the structuring, implementation and analysis of guarantee packages (fiduciary alienation, pledge and mortgage); registration of external loans with the Central Bank; and elaboration of legal opinions related to external financing operations and the validity and feasibility of guarantees constituted in Brazil.

    WFaria Faria also serves its clients in all matters relating to registration and intellectual property.


    Coordinator: Rodrigo Kencis
    E-mail: rkencis@wfaria.com.br

    M&A


    WFaria Advogados acts in the preparation, analysis and negotiation of memorandum of understanding and letters of intent, preparation and negotiation of contracts for the purchase or sale of shares or quotas and underwriting or investment agreements, in the implementation of joint ventures, in the preparation and negotiation of agreements of partners or of shareholders, in carrying out legal audit and in the organization of data room.

    Our team has experienced professionals who can support customers of buy or sell side of operations of any size, following all the steps necessary to satisfactory completion of the transaction.


    Coordinator: Rodrigo Kencis
    E-mail: rkencis@wfaria.com.br

    Foreign Investment


    WFaria Advogados team offers all the support for the structuring of foreign investments in Brazil. From the first step to be taken in the investigation of the local market, legal environment for business and restrictions on foreign investment, constitution and acquisition of companies, advice on obtaining registrations and authorizations to operate in Brazil, registration of foreign investment and foreign loans with the Central Bank, tax planning, tax and labor consulting, and industrial property consulting.

    For the Brazilian investor as a destination abroad, WFaria Advogados has an extensive international network of legal and business partners that advise under its supervision all steps of the insertion of the client in the international market.


    Coordinator: Wilson De Faria
    E-mail: wfaria@wfaria.com.br

    Family Equity Planning And Succession


    WFaria Advogados team advises on succession planning for family patrimony and issues related to its conservation and transmission to future generations.

    With experienced expert lawyers, he considers legal and tax aspects, such as taxation and the property regime in marriage contracts, in search of the best solution for the protection and continuity of family assets.

    The patrimonial and succession planning team also assists families in the elaboration of pacts, wills, family agreements, governance policies and constitution of holdings, as well as the preparation and analysis of wills, representation in inventories, orientation on asset sharing and representation in separation consensual and still reallocation abroad.


    Coordinator: Wilson De Faria
    E-mail: wfaria@wfaria.com.br

    Social Security Law


    The Social Security Law area of ​​WFaria Advogados assists its clients in issues related to payroll taxation.

    The Social Security Litigation is dedicated to the sponsorship of judicial and administrative measures related to the taxation of the payroll and its substitute systems, with the objective of recovering social security credits and to cancel tax assessments promoted by the Federal Government. We also act in the monitoring of social security inspections and provide legal advice for the renewal of the certificate of fiscal social security tax.

    The Social Security Consultancy area specializes in preparing memoranda, opinions and legal opinions to domestic and foreign clients regarding contributions on the payroll and their substitution schemes for payroll relief. The team is also a pioneer in carrying out the social security review work, with the objective of identifying tax credits of contributions on the payable salary sheet, whose undue payment occurred in the last five years.


    Coordinator: Pedro Ackel
    E-mail: packel@wfaria.com.br

    • The Office

      WFARIA BRAZILIAN LAW ADVISORS

      We are passionate about law.

      WE DIVE DEEP IN EVERYTHING WE DO, AND WE ARE LASER FOCUSED ON EVERY DETAIL. We generate results for our customers. We are winners.

      For companies, law firms, and CPAs whose clients require legal support in Brazil, WFaria is the one-stop shop that provides high-quality legal, tax, and compliance services at fair fees.

      With offices in Brazil and in the United States, we are a superior service provider composed by senior experts with international vision and experience that allow us to assist clients doing business in Brazil, from market entrants to Fortune 500 companies.

    • Partners

      Wilson De Faria

      Sócio Fundador

      Wilson De Faria is the founding and managing partner of WFaria Advogados. With over thirty years of experience in Tax and International Law, emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.

      He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a Business Administration bachelor degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). He holds a postgraduate degree in Tax Law from CEU / SP and a Master's degree in Business Administration from INSEAD (France). Member of OPM 53 (Owners and Presidents Management Program) of Harvard Business School (Harvard University - USA).

      Throughout his career, he was also Professor of Law at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-GO) and Superintendent of Tax Planning at Banco Citibank S.A.

      He is currently a member of the São Paulo Bar Association (IABP), the Brazilian Institute of Lawyers of São Paulo (IASP), representative in Brazil of GGI (Geneva Group International), representative in Brazil of the International Taxation Specialist Group (ITSG), Professor of Law Compliance at LL.M in Business Law at CEU-IICS and President of INSEAD Alumni Law Club.

      Leonardo Mazzillo

      Senior Partner

      Leonardo Mazzillo specializes in Tax, Social Security and Labor Law. At WFaria, he coordinates the areas of Tax Consulting and Human Capital, which includes consulting and labor compliance. He also acts as a local and international speaker on tax issues, Social Security funding and labor compliance.

      Member of the Law of the Arts Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association - São Paulo Section, holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), postgraduate in Tax Law by the same institution and in Labor Law and Process of Labor by Escola Paulista de Direito.

      In his career, he has held the positions of Legal Officer of the Brazilian Association of Administrative Support Service Providers (ABRAPSA) and Board Member of the 2nd Judging Chamber of the Tax and Mortgage Council of the Municipality of São Bernardo do Campo / SP.

      Languages: Portuguese, English and Italian.
      E-mail: lmazzillo@wfaria.com.br
      Most admired lawyer in 2017 by Análisis 500 magazine

      Alessandra Gonsales

      Senior Partner

      Alessandra Gonsales specializes in the implementation of programs against corruption and money laundering (AML) with extensive experience in compliance and corporate law. His participation is active in the main discussions on the themes in Brazil.

      She holds a bachelor's degree in business law and a master's degree in commercial law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). She also holds an MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). His research was conducted at Harvard University (USA).

      Professor of postgraduate courses at the FGV of Rio de Janeiro and the Faculty of Law of Vitória (FDV-ES), she is responsible for organizing the International Congress on Compliance, the largest event on Latin America. She is also a professor and coordinator of Compliance Courses at Legal, Ethics and Compliance (LEC), business school and Brazilian magazine of which she is a founding partner.

      Lecturer and author of articles for local and international press, she is the author and coordinator of "Compliance - The New Rule of the Game" (LEC, 2016), and has participated in the books "Compliance in Health: present and future of a market in search of self-regulation "(Crearmed, 2016) and" Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance Issues "(Juspodivm, 2017).

      Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
      E-mail: agonsales@wfaria.com.br

      Pedro Ackel

      Partner

      Law degree from PUC/SP.
      Post-graduate in Tax Law – PUC/SP.

      Coordinator of the Pensions Law section. Mr. Ackel has wide experience in tax both administrative and judicial procedures. He coordinates the section of pension credit recovery.

      Mr. Ackel practices Tax Litigation, with emphasis on tax litigation in administrative and judicial areas. He practices directly in the administration of tax litigation in administrative and judicial, federal court, state forums and courts, regional federal appellate courts, Higher Courts, Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social – INSS (Brazil’s Social Security and Pensions Authority) and the Receita Federal do Brasil – RFB (Brazil’s Internal Revenue Service). He appears at federal, state, municipal courts and administrative tax councils to defend cases.

      Languages: Portuguese. English and Spanish



      Ana Júlia Moraes

      Partner

      Ana Júlia Moraes has eighteen years of experience in Dispute Resolution, representing multinational companies in complex cross-border litigation and domestic and international arbitrations, focusing on corporate disputes, foreign investments, engineering and construction. Ana Júlia Moraes has also wide experience in advising clients on corporate on contract negotiations and corporate restructuring and recovery.

      Ana Júlia Moraes has law degree from PUC-SP University, specialization in Business Contracts from the same law school and extension courses in Business Law and Procurement Contracts from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

      E-mail: amoraes@wfaria.com.br

      Languages: Portuguese and English



    • Team
      • Pratice Areas

        “Strong position in the Brazilian compliance and fraud investigation scenario, having played a key role at major cases such as the Eletrobras investigation, which led to the relisting of the company’s stock at NYSE and the avoidance of monitoring by US Department of Justice.

        WFaria has supported over 100 international companies entering Brazil through M&A deals and greenfield investment.

        Our Tax Recovery department has worked with hundreds of companies and recovered millions of dollars in taxes.

        The Litigation Team has deep expertise in supporting our clients in tax, civil, corporate, and labor litigation and arbitration.”

        Governance, Risk, Compliance


        A pioneer in the implementation of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs, WFaria Advogados has a highly specialized team, coordinated by Alessandra Gonsales, one of the largest references in the area in Brazil.

        Among its actions are: Implementation or revision of Risk Management and Compliance programs; (including Anti-Corruption Law, FATCA, Money Laundering Act, FCPA and UK Bribery ACT, among others), training, Preventive Money Laundering Practices and KYC, compliance with regulatory standards issued by regulatory agencies and defense regulatory reporting, drafting and review of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, policies for prevention, detection, combating fraud and legal violations, and advice on the creation of hotlines; Third Party Due Diligence, advisory in internal investigations, Compliance audits in corporate and M & A restructurings, contract audits and secondment.

        Our fraud investigation team is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, having worked in relevant cases such as the investigation of Operation Lava Jato in Eletrobras (state electricity company) and others.

        A pioneer in the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with Brazilian financial institutions, WFaria Advogados works in partnership with offices in several countries to work on the adoption of compliance rules in foreign companies with operations in Brazil.


        Coordinator: Alessandra Gonsales
        E-mail: agonsales@wfaria.com.br

        Labor, Consultancy and litigation


        In the litigation, WFaria Advogados acts in judicial proceedings with significant financial impact or involving issues of great economic and strategic relevance, performing the necessary procedural monitoring from the first instance to the Superior Courts.

        In the advisory, WFaria elaborates opinions and consultations on labor routines and controversial issues, always seeking creative solutions that can prevent or minimize possible risks and unnecessary legal demands.

        It also acts in the structuring of Profit Sharing and Profitability Plans (PLR) and results, issues related to sexual and moral harassment, as well as in the negotiation and drafting of collective agreements.


        Coordinator: Leonardo Mazzillo
        E-mail: lmazzillo@wfaria.com.br

        Consultancy and Litigation in administrative and Regulatory Law


        The team of WFaria Advogados works in the elaboration of opinions and legal opinions in the area of ​​Public and Administrative Law. Since its foundation, the firm has advised large and medium-sized companies on issues of great complexity, of great economic and strategic importance.

        We act in the administrative litigation, actions of administrative improbity, warrants, public civil actions, popular actions, as well as sponsorship of defenses in punitive administrative proceedings before the courts of law, regulatory agencies and Central Bank of Brazil, in addition to other entities and public bodies.


        Coordinator: Pedro Ackel
        E-mail: packel@wfaria.com.br

        Civil and Commercial Litigation


        With its Civil and Commercial Litigation team, WFaria Advogados acts in the strategic defense of the interests of national and foreign companies, in lawsuits in process in all the courts of the country, involving litigation related to: Civil Law, Commercial Law, Electronic Law, Consumer Law, Corporate Law, Competition Law, Banking Law and Administrative Law.

        With an expressive role in the recovery of commercial credits and representation of its clients in the liability side of judicial recoveries and bankruptcies, it has a long tradition in serving the national financial sector.

        Still in the litigation prevention, works on the revision of procedures and suggestions of improvements, through the action in the pre-litigation phase, in search of solution of potential conflicts before the discussion is taken to judgment.

        The team of WFaria Advogados works in the elaboration of opinions and legal opinions in the area of ​​Public and Administrative Law. Since its foundation, the firm has advised large and medium-sized companies on issues of great complexity, of great economic and strategic importance.

        We act in the administrative litigation, actions of administrative improbity, warrants, public civil actions, popular actions, as well as sponsorship of defenses in punitive administrative proceedings before the courts of law, regulatory agencies and Central Bank of Brazil, in addition to other entities and public bodies.


        Coordinator: Ana Júlia Moraes
        E-mail: amoraes@wfaria.com.br

        Tax Law


        WFaria Advogados counts on a great team of tax attorneys who serve their clients in any demands in the area. Through its work focused on taxes on consumption (IPI / ICMS / PIS / COFINS / ISS), the Tax Law team offers important and strategic advice for corporate decisions in the areas of acquisition, production, and marketing of national products and services and imported.

        With experienced and highly specialized professionals, WFaria assists in analysis of operations from a legal, financial and accounting point of view.

        WFaria also works with Indirect Taxation, which involves foreign trade (import and export) and its regulation by Customs Law, maximizing tax efficiency in cross-border operations, tax logistics, implementation of special regimes, industrial operations, transfer and recovery of credits and customs classification.


        Coordinator: Leonardo Mazzillo
        E-mail: lmazzillo@wfaria.com.br

        Corporate


        WFaria offers all the necessary advice on corporate and contractual aspects to the daily operation of companies in Brazil. Since the formation of limited companies or joint-stock companies, corporate restructuring and all types of contracts, as well as contractual management and secondment our team.

        In the contractual area, our team works with the preparation, analysis and negotiation of distribution agreements, supply contracts and commercial representation contracts, service contracts, construction or contracting contracts, trademark and patent licensing agreements, transfer of technology, copyright assignment agreements, and assignment or license agreements for the right to use software.

        It also acts in the structuring, implementation and analysis of guarantee packages (fiduciary alienation, pledge and mortgage); registration of external loans with the Central Bank; and elaboration of legal opinions related to external financing operations and the validity and feasibility of guarantees constituted in Brazil.

        WFaria Faria also serves its clients in all matters relating to registration and intellectual property.


        Coordinator: Rodrigo Kencis
        E-mail: rkencis@wfaria.com.br

        M&A


        WFaria Advogados acts in the preparation, analysis and negotiation of memorandum of understanding and letters of intent, preparation and negotiation of contracts for the purchase or sale of shares or quotas and underwriting or investment agreements, in the implementation of joint ventures, in the preparation and negotiation of agreements of partners or of shareholders, in carrying out legal audit and in the organization of data room.

        Our team has experienced professionals who can support customers of buy or sell side of operations of any size, following all the steps necessary to satisfactory completion of the transaction.


        Coordinator: Rodrigo Kencis
        E-mail: rkencis@wfaria.com.br

        Foreign Investment


        WFaria Advogados team offers all the support for the structuring of foreign investments in Brazil. From the first step to be taken in the investigation of the local market, legal environment for business and restrictions on foreign investment, constitution and acquisition of companies, advice on obtaining registrations and authorizations to operate in Brazil, registration of foreign investment and foreign loans with the Central Bank, tax planning, tax and labor consulting, and industrial property consulting.

        For the Brazilian investor as a destination abroad, WFaria Advogados has an extensive international network of legal and business partners that advise under its supervision all steps of the insertion of the client in the international market.


        Coordinator: Wilson De Faria
        E-mail: wfaria@wfaria.com.br

        Family Equity Planning And Succession


        WFaria Advogados team advises on succession planning for family patrimony and issues related to its conservation and transmission to future generations.

        With experienced expert lawyers, he considers legal and tax aspects, such as taxation and the property regime in marriage contracts, in search of the best solution for the protection and continuity of family assets.

        The patrimonial and succession planning team also assists families in the elaboration of pacts, wills, family agreements, governance policies and constitution of holdings, as well as the preparation and analysis of wills, representation in inventories, orientation on asset sharing and representation in separation consensual and still reallocation abroad.


        Coordinator: Wilson De Faria
        E-mail: wfaria@wfaria.com.br

        Social Security Law


        The Social Security Law area of ​​WFaria Advogados assists its clients in issues related to payroll taxation.

        The Social Security Litigation is dedicated to the sponsorship of judicial and administrative measures related to the taxation of the payroll and its substitute systems, with the objective of recovering social security credits and to cancel tax assessments promoted by the Federal Government. We also act in the monitoring of social security inspections and provide legal advice for the renewal of the certificate of fiscal social security tax.

        The Social Security Consultancy area specializes in preparing memoranda, opinions and legal opinions to domestic and foreign clients regarding contributions on the payroll and their substitution schemes for payroll relief. The team is also a pioneer in carrying out the social security review work, with the objective of identifying tax credits of contributions on the payable salary sheet, whose undue payment occurred in the last five years.


        Coordinator: Pedro Ackel
        E-mail: packel@wfaria.com.br