Incorporated in 1948, Demarest has become one of the most reputable law firms in Brazil. With over 250 lawyers and total staff of 680 people, clients from all over the world are assisted in domestic and cross-border transactions through a structure that includes offices in the major cities of Brazil and in the city of New York.


Building a history of success requires being attentive to the movements of the constantly evolving market and all sectors of society, investing in selection and development of its talent and through the modernisation of its infrastructure. The firm is constantly ranked as one of the most prestigious Brazilian transactional law firms considering the number of transactions handled and value of deals. Also, it sponsors several clients for matters involving dispute resolution that have a total value above 1 trillion reais, with a high success rate.


For Demarest, part of its mission of contributing to Brazil’s development is accomplished by means of a citizen, socially responsible conduct that is accomplished through three major areas of activity: pro bono legal services, social actions and volunteer actions.

International alliances

Leadership and continuous commitment to the local market and its clients. These distinguishing traits have established Demarest as the sole Brazilian law firm member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, and also a member of The Interlex Group and ELA. In addition to validating Demarest’s global quality, the membership to these alliances provides an extensive network of cooperation and sharing of information with leading law firms around the globe, which in turn enables Demarest to take on the most challenging cross-border international cases with cost efficiency and accuracy. The firm’s foreign desks have particular knowledge and expertise in specific regions such as Asia, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Latin America, besides the direct relationship with the European Community and North America.

Main areas of practice

Agribusiness, aviation law, banking and finance, biotechnology, capital markets, competition/antitrust, compliance, contracts, corporate criminal law, corporate law, corporate restructuring, digital law and information technology, energy, environmental, government relations, infrastructure, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international trade and customs, labour and employment, litigation and arbitration, maritime law, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, product liability, public and regulatory, real estate, social security, sports and entertainment, tax.


The firm advises several multinational companies and the largest Brazilian groups in a vast range of industries, such as, but not limited to: 3M, Air France, Bacardi-Martini, BMW, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bombardier, BP, Braskem, British Telecom, Cencosud, Clariant, Deloitte, Diageo, Diebold, Dow, Goodyear, IAG Group (British Airways and Iberia), IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Metro, Mercedes-Benz, Monsanto, Motorola, Nestlé, Netflix, Nike, Odebrecht, Pfizer, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Reckitt Benckiser, Qatar Petroleum, Latam, Time Warner, Unilever, Universal Studios, Visteon, Volkswagen, Votorantim and others. In addition, Demarest has dedicated expertise representing entities involved in private equity, investments and sovereign funds such as Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Assicurazioni Generali SpA, Banco BTG Pactual, China Investment Corporation (CIC), GIC - Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore, Invepar, Morgan Stanley, OTPP Board, Vinci Capital, Vinci Partners, among others.


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