David Rechulski

David Rechulski is our exclusively recommended Economic Crime Law expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact David directly using the contact details listed above.

Rechulski has 31 years of experience in corporate criminal law and criminal compliance. As a leading criminal defence lawyer in Brazil, Rechulski is known for representing c-level executives and senior officers in high-profile cases and complex corporate matters. Rechulski also regularly advises clients in managing crisis and in connection with internal investigations and compliance reviews from a criminal-consequence perspective. His ethics and tailor-made strategies have made Rechulski one of the most successful and admired criminal lawyers in Brazil, receiving national and international recognition for his work by several legal publications.

David Rechulski has been awarded for 15 years by Brazil’s most important legal publication as one of the most admired specialised criminal lawyers in the country and has been ranked in Tier 1 for 8 consecutive years.

Firm Overview:

David Rechulski, Advogados is a renowned award-winning Brazilian criminal law firm specialised in Corporate Criminal Law and Criminal Compliance. Founded on 2004 by managing partner David Rechulski, the firm is based in Sao Paulo and has a team of 20 criminal lawyers, graduated from high-end Brazilian universities and with broad expertise in criminal law and compliance.

Leading corporate criminal law practice in Brazil for several years, David Rechulski, Advogados provides legal advice to national and multinational corporations on sensitive matters in criminal law and criminal compliance. Supported by its almost two-decade long experience, David Rechulski, Advogados assists its clients in developing criminal compliance programs and in reviewing its policies and procedures from a criminal-consequence perspective to mitigate potential criminal liabilities to c-level executives and managers. In addition, David Rechulski, Advogados is recognised for its successful litigation strategies when defending high-ranking executives and employees under criminal investigation or criminally charged.

David Rechulski, Advogados is led by partner David Rechulski. Through a respected and successful trajectory of over 30 years in corporate criminal law, Rechulski is considered to be one of the most admired criminal lawyers in Brazil. Besides a rigid ethics, David Rechulski is known for developing tailor-made, creative and strategic solutions to his clients demands and to his personal involvement in every case. These strong characteristics led him to deal with the most complex and relevant criminal cases in the Brazilian legal scenario with notable success.

David Rechulski, Advogados has extensive experience and is highly recommended for allegations of Corporate Fraud (prevention and investigation); Crimes against Consumer Markets (market abuses); Crimes against Public Administration (corruption, bid rigging and public contract frauds); Digital Fraud and Electronic Crimes; Economic Crimes (cartels); Environmental Crimes; Fraud and Financial Crimes (tax evasion, insider trading and money laundering); Intellectual Property Crimes; and Labour Crimes (workplace accidents and fatalities).

Partner David Rechulski has unparalleled experience in strategic corporate crisis management, assisting its clients in managing crisis from the very start of relevant events.

David Rechulski, Advogados works with high respected associated law firms providing legal advice in Brazilian criminal law in international proceedings, including in arbitration.

Rodrigo Alonso Martins

Rodrigo Alonso Martins is our exclusively recommended Tax Planning Services expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rodrigo directly using the contact details listed above.

CEO and Head of Wealth Planning at Ripol Alliance and Head of International Taxation and Wealth Planning at Ronaldo Martins & Advogados.

We are developing a new approach in legal services focused on the needs of Ultra High Net Worth individuals. It provides an indisputable range of wealth management services that addresses the client’s global needs through personally managed services, achieving exceptionally high client satisfaction.

Within a context as complex as the Brazilian Tax System, in which we have a diversity of incidences with many taxes, the need to understand the impacts of taxation on business arises. Thus, companies should ensure they have the correct incidence and payment of taxes in their activities – whether in industry, commerce or services, as well as have Tax Compliance programs and their Tax Indicators, so that they can have a more holistic view of tax cost in their business relationships. In this regard, Tax Compliance programs and their Indicators can become great allies in the search for tax efficiency of processes, and in the mitigation of financial and property risks.

In such concern, RONALDO MARTINS & Advogados acts in the advisory, consulting, national and international tax planning area, through preventive analysis of tax procedures, aiming at detecting tax contingencies, analysis of accessory obligations, tax assessment and payment, tax credit recovery, elaboration of special regimes, consultations and guidance on corporate issues, corporate acquisitions, incorporations and mergers, corporate and family reorganizations – succession and corporate planning, aiming at mitigating, optimizing and/or reducing the tax burden of companies. The firm’s experience is in evaluating the entire tax impact on the business chain, analyzing not only the tax incidence on the final activity, but also on suppliers, the corporate structure, operating systems and internal controls of the company, adding value to the business as a whole.

Firm Overview:

Ronaldo Martins & Advogados (Law Firm) has been established from the idea that the legal services shall be provided in order to establish a common language between clients and lawyers. Such view guided concepts, structures and way of working.

One of the major challenges of the law firms is to integrate the legal services to the business development. For Ronaldo Martins & Advogados (Law Firm), the purpose was to overcome this challenge, causing the firm to be a facilitator, an instrument to add value to the results pursued by our clients.

Such vision of the offering of legal services allowed us to have an immediate identity with our clients and their legal problems, establishing partnerships, making easier the search for alternatives and allowing us to innovate, create and offer distinguished solutions.

In summary, our purpose is to contribute to increase the corporate productivity, making the legal information accessible to all levels of the company, aiming at adding value in the conduction of the clients’ businesses. The legal services shall not be considered as an end in themselves but means to achieve the final objective of every company: the profit with social responsibility.

Expertise in areas in which the clients demand new solutions. To provide legal services sharing the concern of our clients with the business leaded us naturally to a continuous specialisation in certain areas of the law more related but not limited to the companies, searching for creative and innovative solutions, especially in:

  • National and International Tax Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Labour Law
  • Civil Law
  • Wealth Planning
  • Foreign Trade and Commercial Agreements
  • Litigation
  • M&A

Developing a series of procedures and solutions created specially to accelerate the forwarding and solving of legal problems common to those areas.

Gilberto de Farias

Gilberto de Farias is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gilberto directly using the contact details listed above.

Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Bachelor of Accountancy and International Executive MBA from University of Pittsburgh. Gilberto joined AFAS in 2001 and his previous experience includes 6 years as an Auditor at KPMG, 7 years as Controller at Proudfoot Consulting Group and Latin America Finance Director for Packard Bell NEC do Brazil and 8 years in Consulting Services.

Firm Overview:

Business corporations are always facing a new and ever-changing business landscape, a business landscape that has no boundaries and with competition intensifying on all fronts. In order for businesses to come across these challenges and competitions, they need to focus and concentrate on enhancing their core competencies. In this environment, businesses do not attempt to carry out every function in-house but outsource these functions to other entities, whose special competencies and expertise allow them to carry out these functions efficiently, effectively and economically.

AFAS outsourcing practice has the competencies and expertise to assist business organisations carry out services that are a management distraction if performed in-house. We add value to business organisations’ strategy of competitive advantage by carrying out outsourcing services in the areas of Finance and Accounting (F&A), Tax Compliance, Financial Department Routines, Payroll & HR, with thus freeing valuable client resources to focus on core areas of the business organisations.

We have a diversified portfolio of clients including companies from the United States of America, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, South Africa and other countries around the world, as well as local companies. Our clients are in the areas of commerce, industry, and services.

Ana Tereza Basilio

Ana Tereza Basilio is our exclusively recommended Business Litigation expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ana directly using the contact details listed above.

Bachelor of Laws from the Cândido Mendes University of Rio de Janeiro – UCAM in December 1989 and postgraduate in North American Laws from the University of Wisconsin, she was a partner at the Sergio Bermudes Office from 1990 to 1998, an international partner at the Baker & McKenzie Office, responsible in Brazil for the civil and commercial litigation area, from July 2002 to December 2005, partner of the Andrade e Fichtner firm, in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, from January 2006 to December 2008 and founded the Basilio firm Lawyers in January 2009.

Ana has been a member of the panel of Arbitrators at the Mediation and Arbitration Center of FIRJAN, FENASEG and the Commercial Association of the State of Rio de Janeiro, since 2003; Member of the Permanent Forum on Business Law at the Rio de Janeiro State School of Magistrates – EMERJ, since 2009; Member of the Administrative Law Commission of the Brazilian Lawyers Institute since 2015; Member of the Advisory Board of the Brazilian Chamber of Mediation and Arbitration (FIRJAN / ACRJ / FENASEG) since 2015; Member of the Editorial Board of the CNseg Legal Magazine since 2015; Vice-President of the Telecommunications Law Commission of the Brazilian Chamber of Mediation and Arbitration (FIRJAN / ACRJ / FENASEG) since 2015; Member of the Advisory Board of the Revista Justiça e Cidadania since 2018 and Director-Secretary of the Brazilian Lawyers Institute, elected in April 2018 for the 2018-2019 biennium.

Ana was a judge at the Regional Electoral Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro, from December 2010 to July 2015 and Director of the Rio de Janeiro Electoral Judicial School – EJE-RJ, from March 2011 to December 2013. She was also a teacher of Civil Law of the Post-Graduation Course of the Escola Superior de Advocacia, from 1993 to 2001, member of the Organising Committee of the V Competition for Federal Judge of the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region, as indicated by the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association ( 2004/2005), member of the Examining Board of the VI Competition for Federal Judge of the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region, as indicated by the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (2005/2006) and invited professor of the Postgraduate Course in Law Electoral and Arbitration Committee of Fundação Getúlio Vargas / RJ, since 2004.

Ana Tereza Basilio was President of the Chamber of Mediation and Arbitration of the Bar Association of Brazil, Section of the State of Rio de Janeiro, from December 2004 to December 2006, President of the Commission of Law Firms of the Order of Lawyers of Brazil, Section of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, from October 2003 to December 2006, Vice-President of the Arbitration Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro State Section, from October 2003 to December 2006, Titular Counselor of the Bar Association do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro State Section, triennia 2000 to 2003 and 2003 to 2006, Member of the Commission to Combat Piracy and Unfair Competition of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association, from July 2005 to December 2006, Member of the Editorial Board of the Revista de Arbitragem of the Revista de Direito Mercantil e Mercado de Capitales, Member of the Special Committee for Combating the Illegal Market of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association, from 2008 to 2010, Member of the Chamber of International Trade (ICC), based in Paris, at the Arbitration and Conflict Resolution Commission (ADR), President of the IAB Electoral Law Commission, from 2013 to 2016, Director of Mediation and Arbitration of the Brazilian Lawyers Institute, of 2016 to 2018 and Chairman of the Mediation and Arbitration Committee of the Brazilian Lawyers Institute elected in 2018 for the 2018-2019 biennium. In November 2018, she was elected Vice President of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro State Section, for the 2019-2020 biennium. In 2019 she was appointed Member of the Permanent Forum on Transparency and Administrative Problems of the Rio de Janeiro State School of Magistrates – EMERJ.

Gustavo Stüssi Neves

Gustavo Stüssi Neves is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gustavo directly using the contact details listed above.

Gustavo received his Law Degree from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, 1980.

Gustavo Stüssi Neves is a Member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Legal Director of Brazilian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Member of Board of Directors); DBJV – German-Brazilian Lawyers’ Association, Pool of Experts; CBBL Cross Border Business Law AG – Germany (Representative); Vice-President of Eurochamber Mediation and Arbitration Chamber (CAE).

Firm Overview:

STÜSSI-NEVES ADVOGADOS was founded in 1977.

Our staff is currently comprised of professionals (partners, associates and consultants) allocated in offices in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro at a fifty-fifty proportion. Our clients are mainly European companies (the majority of them German speaking ones) with Brazilian subsidiaries, companies willing to start operating in Brazil or companies willing to or already doing business with Brazil.

STÜSSI-NEVES ADVOGADOS’ main area of practice is corporate law, meaning that we are capable of rendering all services that a company needs in order to get established in Brazil, either by incorporating a subsidiary or by acquiring an existing Brazilian company or even through a joint venture, as well as assisting companies in their daily business routines, in tax, contractual, corporate, labour and litigation areas, compliance, data protection, among others.

This firm has been functioning as outsourced Legal Department for some medium-sized companies or for companies on a pre-operational stage, which grants clients the advantage of combining the excellence of highly specialised legal services with low cost.

Our clients are active in the most various types of industries, as automotive, metallurgic, machinery, capital goods (for beverage, food, paper and tobacco industries, among others), medical, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, consultation, engineering, logistics and finance services.

The office and/or individual partners/associates are members of various national and international organisations.

Ana Cristina Müller

Ana Cristina Müller is our exclusively recommended Design Law expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ana directly using the contact details listed above.

Ana is a partner at BMA and head of the Patent and Design practice. She specialises in developing and executing worldwide patent, industrial design and plant variety protection strategies for a wide range of clients – from start-ups to multinational corporations – and does significant work in patent litigation. She has significant knowledge in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and the tobacco industry, advising a diverse list of clients.

Women’s advances in the world are reflected at BMA: today, 53% of our members are women. Of our partners, 42% are women, who actively participate in the firm’s strategic decision-making. Progress is being made, but gender equality is an issue that needs to be better understood. That’s why we created BMA Women, a program designed to support professional development of the women at our firm and retain talent.

Firm Overview:

Brazilian society presents many challenges, and we know we have a role to play in promoting inclusion and diversity. Equality of race, gender and sexual orientation, respect for all religions, and accommodation of persons with disabilities are everyday values at BMA. Training for our professionals and concern for their wellbeing is an important tool to ensure excellence in our services. We also know that we have to think of the future of the planet, and that volunteer work makes a difference.