Few firms have shaken up the Brazilian legal market as Tauil & Chequer Advogados has done in the past few years. Its aggressive lateral hire strategy has been one of the “talks of the town” for quite some time. Lawyers are attracted not only by higher gains – the firm reports it has one of the best partner compensation rates in the market – but by the prospect of developing an international career. The firm’s close association with US firm Mayer Brown provides its lawyers with unique opportunities abroad, as well as the cultural exchange of frequently working with international peers. The firm also pays its associates competitively, invests heavily in LLM funding and seeks out attractive foreign associate programmes, including those in Mayer Brown’s offices in New York, Houston, Chicago and London. Tauil & Chequer has also demonstrated a willingness to offer alternative, flexible career paths for lawyers that may not seek the partnership.
Few Brazilian firms have grown as aggressively or as assuredly as this in the past few years. However, the firm was slightly more cautious in 2020, opting instead to promote internally, strengthening its flagship oil & gas practice as well as the environment, shipping, oil & gas and corporate & M&A offerings.
Sustaining such rapid growth over a long period is not without its risks; not least, that a constant influx of new lawyers will undermine the cohesiveness of the firm and lead to fragmentation. Tauil & Chequer has taken clear steps to minimise partner turnover in past years, with notable results.
Big names such as managing partner Victor Galante and Carlos Motta remain at the helm, making sure the firm is visible on some of the country’s most high profile oil & gas and corporate work.
A year into his new role as managing partner, following Chequer’s step up to the role of global head of Mayer Brown’s oil and gas practice group, Galante keeps working hard to ensure the firm works cohesively as a team with a high degree of collaboration among different departments – something that has been indispensable during the covid-19 pandemic.
Clients of the firm single out its proactivity, support and ability to assess complex cases, all with good results.
According to a study, ‘Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies’, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, Tauil & Chequer represents 32 of 100 of the biggest companies in the region, being among the top 10 Brazilian firms in the ranking.
Tauil & Chequer has bases in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and Vitoria.