Expertise Area

  • Corporate
  • Sports Law
  • Mining and Energy
  • Electoral
  • The object of the electoral law department is to assist clients regarding legal security during the Brazilian electoral process. Due to the reforms carried out by the legislative power, especially with the advent of Law no.11.300/2006, the electoral rules have become clearer and make the whole process of election more transparent, with the application of severe penalties for breaches of the rules.

    The main activities developed by the sector are:

    • Orientation regarding actions and political propaganda, according to the law mentioned above;

    • Systematization of all the available legal measures throughout the whole electoral process.


  • Environment Law
  • The Environment Law department has existed since 1991 and has accompanied the rapid development of legislation in this area during this period. The strategic positioning of Noronha Advogados in Brazil and large cities in the northern hemisphere, allows us to effectively accompany the issue in the principal world decision making centres and advise on the impact of treaties and environmental measures currently under discussion.

    Main activities:

    • Environmental audits (from the legal perspective);

    • Representation of clients’ interests before relevant governmental bodies;

    • Advice on compliance issues;

    • Monitoring changes in legislation and their impact on business.


  • Securities
  • The securities department has renowned experience in and structuring corporate operations in Brazil.

    Main activities:

    • Flotation and delisting of shares on the Brazilian stock market;

    • Conflict resolution between shareholders;

    • Structuring operations for the issue of commercial papers;


  • Contracts, Competition and Antitrust
  • The contract and competition department assists companies, governments and individuals from various countries, providing advice on the definition of the legal structure of different kinds of business, the examination of documents and elaboration of technical reports for the execution of national and international agreements. Its clients include national and international corporations in the most varied economic sectors.

    Main activities:

    • Confidentiality agreements;

    • Regulatory agreements;

    • Competition defence;

    • Distribution;

    • Commercial representation;

    • Sponsorship;

    • Supply;

    • Franchise;

    • Guarantee;

    • Technology transfer, licence and know-how;

    • Real estate business;

    • Service rendering;

    • Contract work;

    • Insurance;

    • Donations;

    • Assignments;

    • Purchase and sale agreements;

    • Loan for use;

    • Copyrights;

    • Publicity and marketing;

    • Public-private partnership;

    • Agricultural partnership and lease;

    • Out of court agreements.


  • International
  • Our firm is constantly involved in the different aspects of the international legal practice. Accordingly, the international practice is composed by a team of lawyers and legal consultants specialized in the legislation of various countries who regularly advise domestic and multinational corporations and international investors on a wide range of transactions.

    Through our offices around the world, our lawyers structure primarily act on the following:

    • Structuring of the foreign corporations;

    • Formation of subsidiaries;

    • Acquisition of foreign companies;

    • Negotiation of international contracts;

    • International litigation, including arbitration;

    • Immigration and emigration proceedings.


  • International Trade
  • The firm’s international trade department advises companies and governments from 5 continents on a broad spectrum of trade issues. The strategic location of the firm’s offices allows us to advise clients on the best legal strategies to meet their goals.

    The department also advises clients on their rights and obligations under the WTO and regional agreements, whether existing or under negotiation. The firm was directly involved in the GATT Multilateral Trade Negotiations (the Uruguay Round). The firm’s senior partner has an active involvement in a great number of cases involving the Doha Round of negotiations.

    Main activities:

    • Advice on import and export licenses and procedures in Brazil and its principal trading partners;

    • Advice and representation on commercial defence (antidumping cases, safeguards and countervailing duties);

    • Advice on disputes and accompanying the relevant proceedings, both before the Brazilian Government and the WTO;

    • Advice and representation on international matters (WTO, FTAA, Mercosul, EU etc.);

    • Advice in relation to tax and customs issues in relation to foreign trade matters, both in the judicial and administrative spheres;

    • Advice and assistance in identifying non-tariff barriers imposed by Brazil, as well as the country’s principal trading partners, with a view to questioning the same before the Brazilian judicial or administrative authorities or, as the case may be, making appropriate representations to the Brazilian Government;

    • Advice and assistance in identifying topics that effect competition and/or market access for discussion in negotiations;

    • Advice and assistance in carrying out comparative studies on institutional competitiveness (tax, financial, contractual, logistics aspects etc.);

    • Advice and assistance on international negotiations and agreements;

    • Structuring foreign trade operations in relation to tax, customs, foreign exchange, contractual and commercial aspects;

    • Preparation and negotiation of contracts, documents and appropriate registrations in relation to import and export operations;

    • Tax planning studies in relation to foreign trade issues, including the analysis, negotiation and requests for concession of special customs regimes, tax benefits and use of available tax incentives;

    • Advice and assistance in tax litigation issues, including as regards the seizure of merchandise, import taxes, customs matters etc;

    • Advice and assistance in relation to third party importers and the legal status of “trading” companies;

    • Advice and assistance on customs issues;

    • Representation in national and international arbitration matters to resolve disputes arising from foreign trade;

    • Advice and assistance in questions of export financing, export credit guarantees, taxation, international transport, government procurement and special import and export tax regimes.


  • International Sports Law
  • The sports law department has extensive experience assisting professional sport clubs, amateur and professional athletes, agents, coaches, sponsors, business partners, associates, teaching institutions, commercial organizations and other members of the sports industry. The department operates throughout Europe and Latin America.

    The international sports practice works closely with other departments of the firm to provide legal advice and assistance in the following areas:

    • Brazilian and international sports legislation;

    • Contracts and international transfers of players and coaches;

    • Amateur athletes pursuing a professional career;

    • Work permits;

    • Labour law and freedom of contract;

    • Structuring image rights and related tax aspects;

    • Advice in relation to marketing and sponsorship agreements.


  • Immigration
  • The immigration department assists clients in identifying their visa requirements for Brazil (investor, administrator, spouse, retiree, researcher, professor, artist, sportsman or sportswoman, scientist visa, etc) and in applying for the requisite visa. Our staff in Brasilia will liaise with the appropriate government department throughout the visa application process. Once the visa is approved, the department will advise the client on the appropriate procedural steps to in relation to the issue and maintenance of the visa. .

    Main activities:

    • Revision of documents, preparing visa application;

    • Accompanying the administrative procedures until the final decision and taking appropriate administrative/legal action as may be appropriate;

    • Preparing business plans to support an application based on investment in Brazil and the generation of local employment;

    • Visa renewal;

    • Requests for naturalization.


  • International Tax
  • The international tax department provides both legal and consultancy services in relation to the tax aspects of cross border transactions, principally as regards inward and outward investment and trade in goods and services. In addition to in-house professional consultants and lawyers based in our regional and international offices we work with a wide network of international correspondents.

    We have extensive experience in the following areas:

    • Advice on Brazilian transfer pricing issues;

    • Preparation of legal opinions on a wide variety of complex taxation issues;

    • Structuring inward and outward investment;

    • Formulation of legal consultations before foreign tax authorities;

    • Tax planning for International financing projects;

    • Advice on double tax treaties, principally concerning the flow of royalties, interest and dividends.

    • Tax planning for artistic, cultural and sporting projects.


  • Intellectual Property
  • The firm’s intellectual property department has wide experience in matters related to copyright, image rights, trademarks, patents, biotechnology, unfair competition, technology transfer agreements, know how, distribution agreements, licensing agreements and franchise issues. The department provides advice and assistance in both the administrative and judicial spheres in relation to breaches of intellectual property rights, such as fraud, piracy and plagiary.

    Main activities:

    • Trademark registration – research on the feasibility of registration, drafting of registration requests, drafting of petitions, appeals and requests for cancellation of trademarks;

    • Patent – research and advice on the feasibility of registration, filing patent requests, drafting of petitions, appeals and requests for cancellation of patents;

    • Industrial designs – research of feasibility, request for registration, drafting of petitions, appeals and requests for cancellation;

    • Technology Transfer – advice on licensing and assignment of trademarks and patents. Preparation, negotiation, review and registration of technology transfer agreements;

    • Franchising – analysis, drafting, negotiation and registering franchising agreements;

    • Computer Software programs – registration of computer programmes, drafting, negotiation and approval of licensing agreements;

    • Domain name – search, registration, maintenance and renewal of registrations;

    • Unfair competition – analysis and preparing reports and legal opinions on unfair competition, legal and administrative measures against unfair competition and abuse of economic power;

    • Copyright – analysis of infringements and judicial and extra judicial strategies to exercise such rights, drafting of license agreements for the use of image and sound.


  • Computer, Internet and E-commerce
  • Noronha Advogados was also a pioneer in Computer, Internet and E-commerce law in Brazil and Latin America. Its experience in international law, as well as the geographic coverage of its offices throughout the world, allows the sector to render services of the highest complexity demanded by clients, including some of the largest companies in the world, across various jurisdictions.

    Main activities:

    • Drafting of technical contracts, such as: development of software and hardware, distribution and licensing of software and hardware, assistance and maintenance of software and hardware, development of Web Site;

    • Web Site host, Internet access provider, Internet Service Provider – ISP, E-commerce Service Provider – CSP;

    • Orientation about frame, link, banner and cross-marketing;

    • Negotiation of Internet content;

    • Register and acquisition of Domain name;

    • Trademark and Domain name disputes;

    • Judicial writs against piracy of Domain name (cyber-squatters);

    • Advice on issues of copyright related to the Internet;

    • Orientation to companies regarding the policies of access via the Internet and e-mail;

    • Drafting of terms and conditions for the use of Web Sites;

    • Advice related to the questions of cookies and data protection;

    • Advice on questions of the conflict of jurisdiction and the applicable law on sales of goods and services on-line;

    • Advice on issues regarding consumer’s rights on for the on-line sale of goods and services.


  • Employment Law
  • Planning, elaboration and monitoring of corporate personnel administration to prevent labor liabilities and optimize cost; contract negotiations and defense of the client in eventual law suits.


  • Management and Financial Consulting
  • Project Structuring and financing; international commerce; private equity searches; capitalization via asset revaluation; management information systems.


  • Business Law
  • • Administration of prospective conflicts and of those in course;

    • Credit collection and execution;

    • Damage pleas;

    • Drafting of Commercial Contracts.


  • Corporate Restructuring
  • The corporate department has renowned experience in establishing companies and structuring corporate operations in Brazil. The department assists national and foreign clients when choosing the most appropriate legal structure to attend their interests and in the drafting of the necessary corporate documents, such as bylaws, contracts, alterations, shareholders agreements and in operations of company transformations, mergers and corporate spin offs.

    Main activities:

    • Company incorporation in Brazil and abroad

    • Conflict resolution between shareholders;

    • Representation and advice during shareholders meetings

    • Advice on the best practices of corporative governance;

    • Advice on family succession issues;

    • Mergers and acquisitions

    • Corporate liquidations and dissolutions.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The firm’s M&A practice have acted in many small, medium and high profile M&A transactions across the five continents. The firm has represented several industries, including finance, aviation, telecommunications, food & beverage and real estate.

    The firm also regularly advises clients on financing structuring such as leveraged buy-out and management buy-out), joint ventures and take-over, and is internationally recognized to launch the first financing structuring.

    The major areas of activity are:

    • Financial structuring;

    • Mergers and Acquisitions;

    • Formation of consortia;

    • Due diligence;

    • Joint Ventures;

    • Takeovers;

    • Privatizations.


  • Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy
  • The Law firm proud itself for its strategically practice on out of court company reorganization, according to the Brazilian Law (Law 11.101, dated 2005).

    • The Firm’s main services on this area of practice are:

    • Drafting the reorganization claim;

    • Due diligence (company’s books and assets);

    • Drafting the reorganization plan, obtaining approval from the creditors and implementing it;

    • Financial and corporate restructuration;

    • Tax Planning.