Martins Villac Advogados started with the proposal of being a multidisciplinary firm focused on strategic and complex cases, offering a close relationship between partners and clients, based on the strength of decades of joint work of its founders.
Formed by six former Peixoto & Cury Advogados partners who have been practicing together for over 20 years: Carlos Eduardo Dantas | Rafael Villac | Renato Valença | José Ricardo Martins | Renato Faria | André Villac (pictured from left to right), the firm will provide a comprehensive corporate service in both advisory and litigation matters, focusing on labor, tax, civil / commercial, real estate, corporate, M&A and media / advertising.
The firm opens its doors with 6 partners and 8 other professionals in the legal team. Although it is based in São Paulo, it already has clients throughout Brazil and abroad.
Learn more about the founding partners:
José Ricardo de Bastos Martins: With over 30 years of practice in corporate, M&A and contracts, his practice includes advising domestic and foreign companies in domestic and transactional transactions, having stood out not only in M&A transactions of various sectors and sizes, but also in the debates that permeate the constant evolution of the regulation of the advertising activity in Brazil. He is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Brazilian Association of Advertising Agencies (ABAP). He worked as a foreign consultant in New York at the international law firms Sidley Austin LLP and Stairs Dillenbeck Finley. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of São Paulo and a master’s degree in Business Law from New York University.
André Villac Polinésio: More than 20 years of experience in labor law, especially in consultancy, union matters, legal opinions and complex issues, for national and multinational clients. He also has a long history of performance in negotiations and mediations involving companies, employees and unions and representation of clients in strategic disputes. He has a master’s degree and specialization in labor law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP).
Renato de Oliveira Valença: With almost 25 years of practice, Renato has focused his practice in the areas of entertainment, corporate and M&A, in addition to leading the privacy and data protection practices, acting in strategic cases. Renato has extensive experience in the advertising and media industries. His prior experience includes acting as international counsel in New York at Stairs Dillenbeck Finley.
Carlos Eduardo Dantas Costa: With almost 20 years of experience in the labor area, his practice is focused especially on advisory matters, collective negotiations and strategic litigation, assisting national and foreign companies in matters related to the Labor Courts, Labor Prosecutors’ Offices and Labor Unions. He is a professor of Labor Law at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo (FGV-SP) and holds a master’s degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) and specialization courses from PUC-SP (Labor Law) and FGV-SP (Business Administration). Currently, Carlos Eduardo is also a State Councilor and President of the Union Law Commission, both at OAB/SP.
Rafael Villac Vicente de Carvalho: Rafael has more than 15 years of experience advising clients in a wide range of corporate and M&A, real estate, media, and entertainment law. He has a bachelor’s degree from Mackenzie Presbyterian University and a master’s degree in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law from Fordham University, in addition to being licensed to practice law in New York. He has served as foreign counsel at Stairs Dillenbeck Finley and Patterson Belknapp Webb & Tyler, both located in New York, and is currently one of the Coordinators of CESA’s Corporate Law Committee.
Renato Vilela Faria: With extensive experience in some of the largest law firms in Brazil and in Big4 consulting, Renato has more than 20 years of experience in the tax area, with special focus on advisory matters, involving domestic and transactional taxation issues, corporate restructurings, structured real estate transactions, and also accounting matters. His experience also includes representation of clients in complex litigation disputes before administrative and judicial courts. He served as substitute judge at the Tax and Fee Court of São Paulo (TIT-SP). He teaches tax law in undergraduate and graduate courses and at the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law (IBDT), of which he is a member.