Ulhôa Canto Advogados


Afrânio de Melo Franco Avenue
290, 2nd floor, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro


Key contacts:

Partner: Mariana Jatahy Rizzo Soares
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Assossiate: Antonio Luis H. Silva Jr.
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Quick facts:

Number of advisors: 40
Network memberships: IFA - International Fiscal Association, IBA – International Bar Association, AMCHAM Brazil – American Chamber of Commerce, The British Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada, Italian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Commerce Norway-Brazil, among others
Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish

Ulhôa Canto was founded 60 years ago (in 1959) and is directly connected to the roots of tax law in Brazil. Its founding Partner, Gilberto de Ulhôa Canto, was one of the scholars to whom was commissioned the draft bill of what later became the Brazilian National Tax Code, which is still in force. Hence, Tax is the backbone of the Firm, from which other areas of business law later developed.

Not only does this feature differentiate ULHÔA CANTO from many of the other ranked Brazilian firms, but also makes Tax more than a mere department within the Firm. Indeed, our Tax practice is very broad and is conducted by a large number of partners, all of whom having developed their careers within the ranks of the Firm. In addition, these partners carry out business in an integrated fashion within sub-areas representing specific activities and types of taxes (Advisory, Administrative Litigation and Judicial Litigation, for taxes at the Federal, State and Municipal levels).

In this context, ULHÔA CANTO’s Tax team comprises 16 partners, many of them having a multidisciplinary background.

Our Firm remains as one of the key references in Tax Law in Brazil, participating in significant transactions in several business sectors and representing clients in highly complex issues before all the administrative and judicial court levels. As a business strategy, we focus on complex tax matters rather than the day-to-day activities of our clients, who usually seek us to deal with their most relevant tax issues.

Our clients do business in a wide range of sectors. In the past 12 months, the Firm has experienced growth in the Banking & Financial Services, Private Clients and Food & Drink sectors.

Corporate tax matters:

  • Cross-border Project Management
  • Restructuring
  • Cost-sharing Arrangements
  • Transactions
  • M&A
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Corporate Taxes
  • Technology
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Value Chains

Dispute resolution:

  • Competition
  • Anti-trust Cases
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Pre-litigation
  • Litigation
  • Controversy Management

Tax advisory:

  • Tax Consulting
  • International Tax Advisory

Indirect tax:

  • VAT
  • Customs
  • Supply Chains


  • Administrative and Judicial Proceedings Before Federal, State, and Municipal Courts Government /Authorities
  • Assistance on Corporate Reorganizations and Sale of Privately and Publicly-held Companies

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and Materials
  • Consumer Goods and Services
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Forestry
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment Management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pharma and Life Sciences
  • Real Estate
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Tech and Telecoms
  • Transport
  • Utilities