Demarest Advogados completes 70 years since its foundation with a staff of 700 professionals. Over the past seven decades, the full-service firm has become one of the most prestigious law firms in Brazil and Latin America and has been acknowledged by the main national and international institutions in the legal services industry.
The firm's history started in 1948 with the arrival of the American lawyer Kenneth Demarest in Brazil where he met João Batista Pereira de Almeida. From then on, the firm accompanied the country's development, experiencing the foundation of Brasília, the country's new capital, the constant technological progress, and significant merger and acquisition transactions that stimulated the investment of foreign companies.
"By celebrating this milestone, we want to honor the excellence achieved thanks to the dedication of all the professionals who helped build the firm and to ensure that it will continue to be a solid foundation for us to keep up with the evolution and transformations that the future brings," stated Paulo Coelho da Rocha, co-managing partner of Demarest.
Conscious of its social role, the firm has also strengthened its activities in the areas of pro bono, corporate social responsibility and diversity. Demarest has recently launched the affinity groups "Demulheres" and "Demais", with the objective of promoting the debate on gender equity and LGBT+ issues. "We want to produce a positive and long-lasting impact on society, inspiring our social network and promoting affirmative actions to achieve effective results," declared José Diaz, co-managing partner of Demarest.
With offices in Brasília (1990), New York (1990), Rio de Janeiro (1992) and Campinas (2003), the firm continues to invest in its global operations strategy. It is anchored by a business model that values the integration between all the practices and industries in which it operates.
"Building such a long and consistent history without losing the youthful spirit is a great challenge. Therefore, we extend our thanks to all our clients and business partners for letting us continue to be part of their achievements," stated Paulo Coelho da Rocha.