About Us

Excelling in a challenging environment

The Firm

 

With a practice spanning more than 70 years, we are one of the most respected law firms in Brazil and Latin America.

We have never moved away from our main purpose and long-term commitment: to deliver legal services with the highest standard of quality and excellence. Our lawyers are highly motivated to contribute to the commercial success of our clients.

We support our clients with an integrated approach and teams carefully tailored to the needs of our clients and each specific project. Our lawyers are readily available when and where required.

We consistently rank among Brazil’s leading law firms in a wide variety of publications, including Chambers, Thomson Reuters, Latin Lawyer, The Legal 500 and IFLR.

Our International Reach

We are a Brazilian independent firm. We believe in offering the best options available in every single jurisdiction to our clients. We do not submit to any exclusivity.

We maintain strong and close relationships with independent firms who are market leaders in their respective jurisdictions. This allows us to offer high quality and consistent service at all levels and fully aligned across all jurisdictions. In consultation with our clients, we choose the right local partner firm for the matter at hand.

Leadership, commitment to our clients and the local market, and continued professional development. These traits are the cornerstones that led to Demarest’s being selected as the sole Brazilian member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms. With 160 affiliated firms in more than 100 countries, Lex Mundi provides its clients with preferential access to more than 21 thousand lawyers worldwide.

Demarest is also a member of The Interlex Group, an association formed by more than 40 law firms in 59 countries that cooperate to provide – with quality and speed – a full range of legal services to its clients.

In addition, the firm is a member of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the largest worldwide network of employment law attorneys. Present in more than 135 countries, ELA provides to its clients efficient and timely counsel, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Besides certifying Demarest’s global service quality, these affiliations provides an extensive network of cooperation and sharing of information with all member law firms and enables Demarest to take on the most challenging cross-border international transactions and litigation cases.

Our New York Office

We advise on Brazilian law to clients located in the United States from our New York office.

Our New York office functions very much like other transaction teams in the Brazilian offices of the firm, but with the convenience for clients to have their Brazilian law team in New York. We are where our clients are and wherever they need us to be.

Our team works closely together with leading law firms in the US — combining local knowledge and international expertise. Core areas in our New York office include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, finance, infrastructure and debt restructuring.

Awards & Rankings

Chambers & Partners

Recognized as 'Brazil Client Service Law Firm of the Year' in 2018

Chambers Latin America 2020

19 ranked areas and 31 leading lawyers

Latin Lawyer Elite 2019

Elected one of the Elite Firms in Brazil

The Legal 500 2019

22 ranked areas and 55 lawyers reccommendeds

LACCA Approved 2020

16 recommended partners

Leaders League 2020 - Corporate

16 ranked practices

IFLR1000 2020

Top ranked in 5 key practices, with 10 highly regarded lawyers

ILASA Gold Award 2019, 2017 and 2015

Brazilian law firm of the year ILO Awards 2017: Client Choice award

Who's Who Legal 2019

27 recommended lawyers

Análise Advocacia 500 2019

Most admired law firm since 2006

ILO Awards 2017

Client Choice award

LatamIR 2016

Insurance Law Firm of the Year Award

ITR - International Tax Review 2015

Tax court firm of the year

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS

Our world is going through many complex but necessary changes and, to position ourselves at the forefront, we promote an organizational culture that safeguards expressions of authenticity and bolsters the potential talent of each individual that we engage with, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, social class or style.

We firmly believe that this forms an essential part of the Demarest approach that enables sustainable and cost-effective business, which in turn contributes directly to the socioeconomic development at local and global levels.

That is why we promote a pluralistic work environment that is non-discriminatory, respectful, welcoming, innovation-driven, and that also contributes to achieving business results.

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D MAIS – LGBTQI+ RIGHTS

D MULHERES – GENDER EQUITY

D RAÍZES – RACIAL EQUITY

According to the 2016 Harvard Business Review, LGBTI+ people that did not reveal publicly their sexual orientation have 73% more chance of leaving their positions of work. Since we do not want to lose any talent, regardless of sexual orientation, we work so that our workplace inclusive and respectful to everyone. With D MAIS group, we propose talks and debates for a better understanding of the subject and so that our relations with different audiences are open and respectful. Our mission is to have a safe and welcoming work environment for everyone.

We support the five Standards of Business Conduct to fight discrimination against LGBTI+ people, prepared by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. We were also sponsored of the launch event for the business conduct manual for companies in Brazil.

Campaigns

We founded our Allied group: a team of volunteers that, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, acted as ambassadors for D MAIS. To mark this role and establish themselves as members of a support network, each ally received a LGBTI+ Pride flag.

We reviewed our bathroom signs with the purpose of spreading a more inclusive language. The signs themselves were elements that helped the education plan of Demarest.

 

“My mission and that of my partners is to leave a better firm for the next generations. We understand that the inclusion of diversity contributes to this. We accept this commitment, as well as a value, in a non-negotiable way.”
José Diaz, Corporate partner and D MAIS ally.

We work to ensure that women have more space and respect in our office. D MULHERES was officially launched in August 2017. Through this initiative, we joined the Federal Government Empresa Cidadã [Citizen Company] Program, of the in 2018, which extended the maternity leave from 120 to 180 days (6 months) and the paternity leave from 5 to 20 days. We understand that a longer period of parenting at home brings more security to the mother, who can be present in key moments in the baby’s development, in addition to encouraging active and involved fathering.

Also in the first semester of 2018, we committed to the UN Women Principles of Women’s Empowerment. This set of principles helped companies to map the effectiveness of the actions in support of gender equality in a practical framework.

Another great project that was implemented was the Gender Equality Diagnosis research. Conducted by an external consulting firm following the focus group model, the survey helped us to map the main obstacles and the major drivers of women’s careers in the firm. These points have since become the driving force behind the actions of DMULHERES. We also created an email for our Human Resources area only to deal with female employees. Thus, we can better meet the demands raised and review processes.

In addition, through DMULHERES, we kept track of women who hold leadership positions in the firm. Our number is above the 25% observed in the Brazilian market, with 38% women in leadership positions. But our goal is to achieve 50% by 2025, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud of the presence of female leadership on executive committees that support the firm’s management.

 

“Through DMULHERES, we seek to develop a more balanced corporate environment, supporting the professional growth of women in the firm.
Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky, Head de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa e Sócia do Corporate.

We are against racism and racial discrimination in all our activities. One of the goals of our firm is to ensure the inclusion of black people in the job market, in addition to the creation of a non-discriminatory environment with fair career opportunities for all. This was the background for the creation, in 2018, of the D RAÍZES group, which currently has 70 volunteers ready to bring the principles of the group into their work relations to build a more respectful and non-discriminatory workplace.

“With the launch of D RAÍZES, we want to reinforce our commitment to promote a diverse, non-discriminatory workplace, which is based on respect.”
Carlo Verona, partner-coordinator of D RAÍZES.

Aware of our social role and commitment to bettering society, we encourage the legal body of the firm to perform pro bono activities. Through partnerships with Instituto Pro Bono and Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, we advise non-governmental and non-profit organizations that require legal support in various legal areas. We also contribute to research carried out by renowned institutions regarding pro bono work in Brazil, namely TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono and Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Survey.

We believe that it is everyone’s duty to contribute and work towards creating a more equal and compassionate society. As a result, we have partnerships with organizations committed to realizing these values, including the foundations for well-being, education and social inclusiveness. In 2017 we launched the Demarest ao Redor program, a project that aims to strengthen the relationship of our firm with local communities. As our first action, we participated in the Adoção Afetiva campaign, a project developed by the Government of the State of São Paulo to support and promote educational growth, in which we adopted the Professor Victor Oliva State School.