Firm Profile

Dias Carneiro Advogados


Trusted mid-sized firm with international outlook

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 2002

Partners: 21

Lawyers: 56

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Dias Carneiro Advogados is a multidisciplinary force to be reckoned with. The exceptional quality of its partners’ legal skills distinguishes the firm from competitors and wins it a place in some of Brazil’s most relevant transactional work. A lengthy list of affluent investors from across the world enlist the firm for cross-border financing and infrastructure work, while its restructuring and insolvency group is likewise a particular attraction. The partners here are internationally educated, which provides a certain sophistication to their legal ability that clients hold in high regard.

Dias Carneiro leads the way with its transactional finesse in finance, capital markets and corporate work, and these assets underscore the firm’s busy tax, venture capital and labour areas. Notably, a proportion of clients comment that the group offers niche knowledge on venture capital, with a dedicated practice in this area – a valuable resource investment as start-ups and fintech work continue to light up Brazil’s finance industry.

Dias Carneiro's data protection and technology practice is growing as well, and it advises major companies in the sports, entertainment and gaming industries. The firm’s lawyers are well versed in the legal complexities of the new Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD). The group also boasts intellectual property expertise.

The firm has diligently built up a solid offering in arbitration and litigation in recent years, with cases often arising from its stream of restructuring and insolvency work. Meanwhile, the booming fintech and financial services sectors are likely to supply it with a great deal of work.

As expert legal talent is the centrepiece of Dias Carneiro's’ full-service offering, the firm is active in promoting and recruiting top-tier lawyers each year. In 2022 alone, the firm launched private wealth and insurance practices, hiring partners from local firms to lead the two new groups. It is no mystery that Dias Carneiro’s key to success is tackling the slew of sophisticated legal work that comes its way with a robust team of partners.

Dias Carneiro launched a diversity committee in 2020, made of three partners and three senior associates. The diversity committee holds roundtable discussions to raise any doubts or propose new initiatives for making the office a more diverse space. The firm also participates in pro bono initiatives and United Nations programmes that combat gender, race and sexual discrimination, among others.

The firm has a blended model of lockstep and performance-based compensation, and committees are held for associates to discuss options for career advancement and bonus opportunities. Dias Carneiro Advogados regularly supports its lawyers in their legal education and funds LLM degrees.

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