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.

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometres and with over 211 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous.

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Wealth Planning at Ripol Alliance and Head of International Tax 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.

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 reorganisations – succession and corporate planning, aiming at mitigating, optimising and/or reducing the tax burden of companies. The firm’s experience is in evaluating the entire tax impact on the business chain, analysing 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.

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.

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.

Julie Bédard

Julie Bédard is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Julie directly using the contact details listed above.

Julie is head of Skadden’s International Arbitration Group for the Americas. She concentrates her practice on complex international litigation and arbitration and also advises companies and boards in internal investigations and regulatory matters.

Julie represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

She regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts.

Trained in both civil and common law, she is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement.

Julie regularly advises and assists management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Under the auspices of the corporate investigations practice, she has assisted with internal investigations and related corporate governance advice, including remedial measures and the implementation of corporate compliance programs.

Julie also regularly acts as arbitrator. Among other cases, she has acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a distribution agreement involving a United States company and a Peruvian company, and she was appointed in another ICC arbitration involving a manufacturing contract dispute between a United States company and a Chinese company.

She also was appointed in LCIA arbitrations and as a sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving development agreements between a United States company and a Spanish company.

Esther Miriam Flesch

Esther Miriam Flesch is our exclusively recommended IT Law expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Esther directly using the contact details above.

Esther Miriam Flesch joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. Ms. Flesch is the head of the Brazilian Compliance group. Ms. Flesch has significant experience in FCPA related projects, including internal investigations, cooperation with US colleagues for DOJ/SEC disclosures and dealing with crisis upon local management arrests and indictment.

Esther Miriam Flesch also has significant experience in the preventive practice related to the FCPA and Brazilian anti-corruption law, such as due diligence of third parties and implementation of compliance programs.

Firm Overview:

Considered one of the largest law firms in Brazil, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados has a comprehensive and cutting edge operation, with expertise in all areas of law. Founded in 1959, the firm provides legal services to national and international clients across several markets, helping them to manage their business in an ethical and efficient way.

Through our strategic cooperation with Baker & McKenzie, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe offers its clients access to a global perspective through one of the most extensive and solid networks of the legal market, working collaboratively with lawyers with deep knowledge in several jurisdictions, supporting and providing “insights” to our client′s operations, wherever and however they need it.

Trench, Rossi and Watanabe is over half a century old. We have extensive experience in complex and pioneering aspects of transactions and have developed skills that transcend borders, but always maintaining the accuracy in relation to technical quality, ethics and efficiency. With over 200 lawyers in São Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, we offer the knowledge and confidence needed to deal with the Brazilian law and unique business practices.

We emphasise the professional development of our lawyers, constantly investing in their professional improvement through specialised courses and the most diverse and innovative forms of training in Brazil and abroad. In addition to solid legal experience, our professionals accumulate fluency in several languages and knowledge of various cultures and legal systems in an effort to ensure service of the highest quality is provided to our international clients.

We have a dynamic corporative organisation, dedicated to monitoring the changes in the legal field and anticipating solutions to our customers. We have an integrated and cutting edge administrative and technological infrastructure, in order to provide adequate support to our services. We are committed to responsive, efficient and reliable service, seeking to develop strong and lasting relationships with our clients.