Gustavo Brigagão is a partner at Ulhôa Canto – Advogados. He is specialized in tax law, with emphasis on administrative tax litigation and indirect taxation.
Within such fields, throughout recent years, he has dealt with the main issues involving the oil, information technology, telecommunications and energy markets, in addition to the general industrial and commercial sectors. He has also been particularly involved with tax aspects of the organization of major international sporting/entertainment events in the country, such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games.
In addition to his consulting (including tax planning) and litigation activities, Mr Brigagão has also assisted in the drafting of bills related to tax issues, and provided a presentation on the Brazilian tax system to the Federal Senate, as a preparation for their discussion on existing tax reform bills.
In addition to his activities within the firm, Mr Brigagão is a tax law professor for the postgraduate courses at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), as well as at the School of Magistrates of the State of Rio de Janeiro (EMERJ). He also occupied the position of professor of tax law at Cândido Mendes University from 1993-2005.
He is currently the President of ABDF, the Brazilian branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), in addition to serving as general council member of Central IFA.
The Center for Law Firm Studies (CESA) is another association he is strongly affiliated with, having been the president in Rio de Janeiro (2005-2008) and currently occupying the position of director for international relationships.
Mr Brigagão is also the president of the British Chamber of Rio de Janeiro (BRITCHAM-RJ). Finally, he is associated with the American Chamber (currently composing its legal committee) and also served as the president of the tax law committee of the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association – OAB/RJ from 2004 to 2006.
Mr Brigagão is the author of several publications and an active lecturer for the main tax law conferences and seminars held in Brazil and around the world. Some of his most notable international lectures were his presentation on 'Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation', for the "Segundo Encuentro IFA Regional", held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 April 2010, as well as his presentation on "Transfer Pricing and Indirect Taxation", in the 61st IFA Congress, held in Kyoto, Japan, on 2 September, 2007.