Machado Associados is a highly specialised law firm driven by service excellence and an intense client focus. The extensive experience of the founding partners in this area – in particular of José Maurício Machado, previously the managing partner of the tax department at a major international consulting and auditing firm – made it possible for the firm to grow and develop its support of its clients’ needs, since the beginning of its activities in 1990.

Years later, Machado Associados has taken a comprehensive approach with the inclusion of other practice areas, without losing sight of its philosophy that the best team is better than the largest team. That is how the firm guarantees constant quality with agility, unconditional dedication and outstanding assistance to clients in achieving their business goals. These are the values that guide the firm’s professional performance.

Where we are

The firm is headquartered in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, and also relies on correspondent law firms throughout Brazil, enabling Machado Associados to meet clients’ needs in all states.

Machado Associados also has a leading international profile, as demonstrated by the many international transactions the firm has conducted since its foundation. That is why Machado Associados is the only Brazilian law firm to be part of the WTS Global and LATAXNET networks. WTS Global, an international network of firms focused on tax, is recognised as one of the global leaders in this area and has a presence in more than 100 countries. LATAXNET, of which we are co-founders and managers, is an alliance with 20 top-tier firms, covering the whole of Latin America.


Owing to hard work and dedication, Machado Associados has built a solid, highly credible reputation among clients and peers alike. The firm has been consistently recognised by the most respected specialised publications, such as Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, International Tax Review, Latin Lawyer, The Legal 500: Latin America, LACCA, WWL and the Brazilian directory Análise Advocacia, as one of Brazil’s best law firms in the areas of tax, tax litigation, corporate, contracts, M&A, and labour and employment.

The firm’s partners have also received a plethora of international awards that confirm not only the knowledge and expertise of our professionals, but also the firm’s dedicated efforts to continuously improve and keep ahead of the latest trends that may affect clients.


Machado Associados advises and represents Brazilian and foreign companies of all sizes and industries. Among the firm’s international clients, Ambev, Breitling, C&A, Colgate Palmolive, Dell, Delphi, Diageo, Enercon, Ericsson, Fresenius, Johnson & Johnson, Marubeni, Philips, Sanofi, SC Johnson, Nívea, Symantec and Wintershall may be highlighted.

The firm assists its clients in numerous cross-border transactions and inbound and outbound investments and has helped leading Brazilian companies such as Alpargatas, Coimex, CCR, Exceda, Natura, Santista, Vicunha and UOL to expand their activities in Latin America, North America, Europe and Africa.

Machado Associados has also assisted leading global law firms in setting up their operations in Brazil and in several other legal matters.

The firm has a notable pro bono practice, and has constantly provided legal assistance to not-for-profit organisations.


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