Partner Profile

João Agripino Maia

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel Advogados


LL 250


Lawyer acting in tax law, with focus on corporate taxation, cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions. High-profile tax litigation. Mr Maia advises clients on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border investments and mergers & acquisitions. His practice covers several key industries. Mr Maia has a strong background in complex tax litigation. He started his career in the tax litigation group of a “Big Four” in Brasília and later in Rio de Janeiro. His first years in Brasília helped him to gain key knowledge and experience on the unique functioning of the administrative and judicial courts in the Federal District. He further worked for more than 20 years for two prestigious Brazilian law firms, assisting Brazilian and foreign clients in their tax matters. Mr Maia handles day-to-day tax consulting for companies in the following industries: telecommunications, petrochemical, civil construction, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and retail, among others. Clients value Mr Maia’s ability to understand their business needs and operations and to provide innovative solutions to their tax matters. He is adept at helping clients navigate through the complexities of Brazilian tax laws and potential risks. He represents companies in audits, administrative appeals and in court. He also advises the companies on the best strategy to challenge a tax notice or a new charge. With his accounting background, Mr Maia assists clients in navigating tax notices and to produce the evidence necessary to cancel the charge. He has cancelled several tax notices relating to both direct and indirect taxes.

Mr Maia has been author and co-author of influential publications on tax and is a frequent speaker on tax conferences in Brazil and abroad. 

He has been recommended by important international publications as Chambers and Partners Latin America - Tax (since 2012); Chambers and Partners Global - Tax (since 2016); The Legal 500, Latin America - Tax (since 2013); Who’s Who Legal - Corporate Tax (since 2012); International Tax Review - Tax Controversy Leaders (since 2017); Análise Advocacia 500 - Rio de Janeiro (2017).

Programme of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL), Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. LLB, Faculdade de Direito do Distrito Federal, Brasília.

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