Av. Paulista, 1765 - cj 121 Ed. Scarpa - Sao Paulo - SP - Brazil CEP: 01311-200

+55 11 2720-0930



We are a reference in Legal Representation, Administration of Companies, Paralegal and Compliance Support to foreign entrepreneurs in Brazil. With a wealth of 20-year experience, we work with leading Law Firms, M&A Boutiques, Auditors, Accountants and Chambers of Commerce, helping foreign companies and individuals to do business in Brazil.

With head offices located in the heart of the financial district of the City of Sao Paulo, we combine expertise, experience and a network of strategic alliances.

We are proactive and commited to facilitate establishing and running of your business in Brazil.


Our services are tailored seamlessly to individual client requirements.

Our dedicated team actively works to ensure legal representation and management of your business at the highest level, with full respect to local laws and to the constraints of the governance structure of your Brazilian entity.

We know than when it comes to doing business, time is of the essence. So, we put our experience and expertise to the service of anticipating your needs and making things happen for you by making the right connection at the right time, so as to help you eliminate or reduce problems before they occur.


Gisela Cesar Maldonado

Managing Partner gisela@maldonadoleal.com

Gisela has a wide range of experience in the legal representation of foreign investors, administration of companies and compliance management of businesses in Brazil. Graduate in Law and with LL.M in International Business Law from UCL – University College London, she has solid knowledge of the intricacies of the Brazilian business environment,   working alongside Law Firms, M&A boutiques and Chambers of Commerce in the representation of their foreign clients as stakeholders of companies and partnerships in Brazil. She also acts as resident director of companies and partnerships of all business sectors. 

Languages: Portuguese, English, Italian (working knowledge).

Adriana Leal

Chief Legal Officer adriana@maldonadoleal.com

Adriana has 20 years experience in the area of real estate and business transactions, acting in the representation of foreign companies and individuals in the purchase of real estate, incorporation and restructuring of companies, joint ventures, real estate business structures. Graduate in Law, she works alongside foreign investors, lawyers, financial advisors, accountants and auditors, representing their clients from their first step into Brazil and throughout the development of the business project in the Country.  She also acts as resident director of LLC and companies of various segments.

Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish. 

Melissa Machado Giesbrecht

Compliance Coordinator melissa@maldonadoleal.com

Graduate in Law and Public Relations, Melissa Giesbrecht has 17 years of experience in all paralegal aspects of incorporating and maintaining a company or business structure in Brazil. That goes from the gathering of documents, legalization and registration with boards of trade, tax authorities, government bodies, the Brazilian Central Bank and regulatory agencies. Melissa also has solid knowledge and experience in the immigration process, with 19 years practice in the area, mainly focusing on assisting expatriates working for multinationals on how to obtain Brazilian visa and work permits. 

Languages: Portuguese, English. 

Adriana Honorato

Chief Administration and Compliance Officer  ahonorato@maldonadoleal.com

With 25 years experience in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and able to work independently, Adriana Honorato is the point person for maintenance of office policies, organize office operations and procedures, manage relationships with clients, invoicing and provide general client support. She has a degree in Business Administration and solid experience in office management of businesses in the services sector, including Law Firms. 

Languages: Portuguese, English.