Firm Profile

Araújo e Policastro Advogados


Rua Leopoldo Couto de Magalhães Júnior 758, 4º andar
Itaim Bibi
São Paulo 04542-000
55 11 3049 5700

Firm Details

Araújo e Policastro Advogados has built a reputation as one of the most respected law firms in Brazil, with a long-standing prestige for excellence in various areas of legal practice. Throughout more than 50 years of practice, the founding partners Theodoro Araújo and Décio Policastro have been successful in keeping to the firm’s original goal: providing its clients with the highest quality of legal services on a professional, creative and practical manner.

Araújo e Policastro, founded in 1962, is a full-service law firm with headquarters in the city of São Paulo, Latin America’s main business and industrial centre.

The firm’s core practices are International Corporate law, Contracts, M&A and Tax, which are complemented by numerous specialty areas, including Real Estate, Environmental, Telecommunications, Energy, Oil & Gas, Labor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Banking, Finance, Securities, Regulatory and Public law, Consumer Protection Laws, Antitrust, Family law, Trusts and Estates.

The firm’s attorneys have studied in the finest institutions in Brazil and many have also attended specializations or masters of law programmes in the US and Europe, as well as worked at law firms abroad. They perform to the standards of the international legal community for a prompt and efficient practice towards clients’ legal and business needs.

By keeping up the vision of delivering personal and high-quality services to its clients, present since the foundation of the firm, Araújo e Policastro has been able to grow and diversify without losing focus on its original profile and goals. The personal attention and hands-on involvement of the partners in the legal work have been the clients’ most appreciated aspect of the firm. Araújo e Policastro’s carefully planned growth and focus on the quality of its legal practice has resulted in sound reputation across the Brazilian and worldwide business and legal communities.

The firm maintains in progress its strategic policies of continued growth, but without losing the efficiency in the quality of the legal services. The expansion movements are a result of the growing demand for legal services and the glance of areas of high growth potential or which require high specialization, such as Corporate, Tax, Labor, Antitrust, Banking and Capital Markets and International Trade.

An example was the incorporation of an Antitrust boutique, which allowed expanding the services in the segment of M&A notifications to CADE, the Brazilian Council for Economic Defense, and a legal firm focused in International Trade and recognized for its audaciousness and dynamism. “The hiring of all these highly skilled professionals, with wide expertise and solid careers, reflects our expansion strategy, which is to have the best talented professionals, and to offer services of the highest quality standards. To combine our capabilities will make our firm´s structure wider and stronger”, explains Camila Araújo, partner of the firm. “With our structure and tradition on the Corporate area, I understand that we can expand our legal services to a global market which is increasingly dynamic and demanding” says Theodoro Araújo co-founder of the firm.

The results can be seen: Araújo e Policastro is mentioned in the main legal publications such as the Global Competition Review on the 2013 edition of GCR 100, which lists the 100 main competition firms around the world; Chambers Latin America 2015, Chambers Global 2014, The Legal 500 Latin America 2014 and Who’s Who Legal 2014.

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate and M&A Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Public Private Partnership Practice
  • Real Estate Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Law
  • Transportation Law