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

ILASA Gold Award 2017 and 2015

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

ILO Awards 2017

Client Choice award

Latin Lawyer Elite 2018

Elected one of the Elite Firms in Brazil

LatamIR 2016

Insurance Law Firm of the Year Award

ITR - International Tax Review 2015

Tax court firm of the year

Chambers Latin America 2019

21 ranked areas and 36 leading lawyers

IFLR1000 2019

Top ranked in 5 key practices, 10 highly regarded lawyers, 5 notable practitioners, 2 rising stars and one market leader

The Legal 500 2018

20 ranked areas and 70 recommendations to 53 lawyers

Leaders League 2019

Corporate: 16 ranked practices

Who's Who Legal 2018

27 recommended lawyers

LACCA Approved 2019

16 recommended partners

Análise Advocacia 500 2018

Most admired law firm since 2006

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

We work to ensure the firm’s formal support for any LGBTI + matter, ensuring a better work environment, meeting our employees’ demands and retaining talent.

We seek to develop a more balanced corporate environment, supporting the professional growth of women in the firm.

We create equal firm opportunities for professionals of different races, striving always to combat racism within and outside the corporate environment.

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.