Firm Profile

Galdino & Coelho Advogados


Aggressive expansion from insolvency experts

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 2013

Partners: 20

Lawyers: 66

Work areas

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

Galdino & Coelho’s expert restructuring offering is replete with some of Brazil’s most esteemed insolvency lawyers, making it among the top-tier go-to firms for complex insolvency and restructuring matters. In the word of one loyal client: “this team is comprised of talented, highly skilled and experienced lawyers. The firm’s structure and culture both enable and encourage its lawyers to develop close working relationships with clients.”

Galdino & Coelho’s strategy is tried and tested, and it has perfected an intuitive understanding of the type of insolvency advice its customers require, as is demonstrated by reams of feedback praising the firm’s exquisitely high performance. Its insolvency practice is adept in constructing intricate and methodical corporate reorganisations, while it brings over two decades of seasoned experience in dispute resolution. It is well trained in judicial recovery and civil litigation is a stand-out feature of the firm too. Galdino & Coelho has crafted an ideal formula of independently focused insolvency and litigation departments that allow the firms to concentrate their expertise separately.

When the coronavirus pandemic erupted in 2020, the related economic crisis caused even the biggest corporate names to fold. As a direct consequence, Galdino & Coelho recorded a busy year advising companies on their corporate reorganisations, distressed asset transactions and the disputes that ensued from bankruptcy and insolvency cases. Clients fed back that the firm handled highly sensitive matters with careful precision, while their responsiveness provided reassurance which was a comforting tonic during some tough cases amid what was an uncertain year for many.

A fruitful 2020 incited to strengthen its insolvency and restructuring practice with an influx of five new lawyers to the partnership, a large portion of which are prolific litigators and insolvency lawyers. The group added Luiz Ayoub who was a judge at the Rio de Janeiro State Court of Justice for the previous two years, while it added vice president of the Brazilian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation Pablo Cerdeira. Cerdeira carries with him over 12 years advising in Brazil’s Supreme Justice courts, as well as working for government officials and development banks. It took on experienced litigator Filipe Guimarães from Brazilian firm BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão. Dione Assis joined the restructuring group along with new talent Vanderson Maçullo too.

The intake of highly-skilled legal talent more than replenishes stock after the departure of a key name several years ago. The firm is steered under the sturdy leadership of Sergio Coelho, who has helped align the firm astutely throughout changes to its partner count throughout the years. In 2021, the firm is sure to find itself in an ideal position to deal with the continuous stream of restructuring work created by pandemic-related financial difficulties. The recent bolstering of its core departments is a sure sign that things are going well for the firm.


Galdino & Coelho has offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília.

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