Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra - Advogados (Ulhôa Canto) is a Brazilian firm dedicated to business law. Since its foundation in 1959, Ulhôa Canto has been assisting in drafting tax bills and administrative directives going back to the Brazilian Tax Code itself. The firm is acknowledged as one of the most traditional law firms in Brazil and holds a prominent position among corporate law firms.
By combining this tradition with a commitment to providing innovative solutions to its clients, Ulhôa Canto has achieved precedent-setting judicial and administrative decisions in many different sectors and has taken part in some of the most relevant business transactions that have occurred in Brazil in recent years.
With a presence in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the firm does not aim to be the largest law firm measured by number of lawyers, but to help its clients with their most challenging matters. To do so, Ulhôa Canto hires the very best law school graduates, the majority of whom take postgraduate studies in top law schools in the US or Europe and work abroad as foreign associates.
The firm promotes lawyers to partner based on merit and entirely from among its own associates. The result is a partnership with a cohesive perspective and a strong culture of excellence and meritocracy, comprising a selective group of lawyers who can offer in-depth and original solutions.
The firm’s legal practice is diversified and mainly focused on tax, corporate (including M&A, private equity and venture capital), and administrative law, as well as on oil and gas, electric power, and litigation and arbitration.
Our tax practice is Ulhôa Canto’s most traditional and recognised area of practice. The firm’s performance has been outstanding in tax litigation, especially before the Federal Supreme Court, where some of the many legal disputes handled by Ulhôa Canto have become important leading cases in Brazilian case law. The firm also provides tax consulting services in general, having specialised partners and associates covering all aspects of tax law.
The firm’s practice in corporate law and capital markets comprises all aspects of business law, providing full assistance to clients in corporate restructures and M&A transactions. We have a strong venture capital practice that advises funds and startups in financing rounds and divestment routes.
Ulhôa Canto also harbours a widely recognised wealth planning practice, which handles succession and estate planning, relocation of individuals from Brazil to other countries, and complex asset-holding-structures for family governance. Ulhôa Canto is currently one of the leading firms in this sector.
The firm has been very active in the electric power field for years now. Besides having legally advised the Brazilian Federal government on the restructuring of the energy sector, Ulhoôa Canto has advised clients regarding various aspects of the industry, including regulatory, tax, contractual and litigation matters, with strong practice before any regulatory agency of the sector. Ulhôa Canto is currently one of the leading firms in this sector.