In Brazil’s highly competitive legal market, Azevedo Sette Advogados’ ability to earn a position among leading firms as a full-service operation is no mean feat. The range of services on offer is backed up by its extensive reach across five offices.
Azevedo Sette may have its roots in Belo Horizonte and the Brazilian mining sector, but it is far from a boutique these days. It is now strong in corporate and M&A mandates and fields solid labour, administrative and tax practice groups.
Despite political and economic uncertainty in recent years, the firm has won a loyal clientele, including mining giant Vale. Other clients in the energy and renewables sector have placed their confidence in the outfit, enlisting it for all their finance and corporate matters.
Azevedo Sette is keen to build a market-leading service offering, demonstrated in recent years by a series of lateral hires and promotions. The outfit is quite easily able to retain talent, thanks to its prestige in the market. In a recent example of the outfit’s market standing, founding partner Ordélio Azevedo Sette received Latin Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023. The practice is currently helmed by managing partner Luiz Azevedo Sette, who offers clear direction and values.
The group’s wide-reaching offering does not compromise the detailed and deep knowledge held by its lawyers. The cohort won praise from clients for its capacity for handling incredibly complex matters and bringing both local and globally minded solutions to the table. The firm was also lauded for its consistency in going above and beyond the expected.
Azevedo Sette is in the middle of a five-year plan (ending in 2025), which will see its offices, compensation plans and IT systems remodelled. The firm’s overall strategy is also reviewed regularly to optimise responses to emerging trends, as leadership keeps a keen eye on the latest undercurrents driving market opportunities.
The continuity and perpetuity of the group are now Azevedo Sette’s priorities. It has a structured career plan that provides lawyers with a clear path to the partnership, in addition to the support of organic growth within its ranks.
While many competitors originated in São Paulo, Azevedo Sette Advogados was founded in the mining hub of Belo Horizonte. It now has five offices in the country: Brasília, Recife and Rio de Janeiro, in addition to Belo Horizonte and São Paulo.
Alliances & networks
Azevedo Sette is a member of law associations Legal Network International and LexUniversal.