Firm Profile

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown


Rapid expansion backed by energy expertise

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 2000

Partners: 44

Lawyers: 173

Work areas

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

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has earned its place as a top firm in Brazil's competitive legal market. It has done something right during the past three decades: 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 30 of 100 of the biggest companies in the region, being among the top 10 Brazilian firms in the ranking. Clients hiring the firm single out its punctuality, strategy, competence and its ability to handle both Brazilian and US legal matters as key highlights.

Meanwhile, the firm’s aggressive lateral hire strategy remains the talk of the town and has caught the attention of its competitors. Lawyers are attracted not only by the firm’s impressive compensation rates but by the prospect of developing an international career. The firm’s partnership with US firm Mayer Brown allows its lawyers to spend time abroad and work closely with their international peers.

Few Brazilian firms have grown as aggressively as Tauil & Chequer. Just in the first half of 2022, the firm hired three partners and two other lawyers as counsel. Those additions come on top of a promotion round: two partners and four counsel. These hires and promotions bolster its flagship oil and gas practice as well as the disputes, corporate and M&A, tax and public law offerings. Rapid growth is not without its risks, but Tauil & Chequer has taken clear steps to minimise partner turnover.

Victor Galante and Carlos Motta remain at the helm, making sure the firm is visible in some of the country’s most high-profile oil & gas and corporate work. Galante has worked to ensure that the firm works cohesively and encourages collaboration across different departments.

The firm reports that associates are compensated competitively, while it 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 is also willing to offer alternative, flexible career paths for lawyers that may not seek the partnership.


Tauil & Chequer has bases in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and Vitoria.

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