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Thiago Rufalco Medaglia

  • Phone: (11) 3141-3660
  • City: São Paulo
  • Languages: English and Portuguese
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    Thiago Medaglia is the partner responsible for Felsberg Advogados’ Tax Consultation and Administrative Tax Litigation.

    Thiago is specialized in assisting foreign and multinational companies doing business in or with Brazil, as well as assisting Brazilian companies seeking to expand their activities globally. He is also specialized in company restructuring operations, and mergers and acquisitions, and is one of the most experienced tax lawyers in ‘Distressed M&A’. Thiago has a great deal of experience in indirect and customs taxation, as well as taxation in the aviation, financial, technology and real estate sectors.

    He has more than 15 years of experience assisting domestic and international companies, having started his career as a tax consultant at one of the world’s biggest accounting companies. Before joining Felsberg in 2006, he was a senior partner with one of Brazil’s biggest law firms.


    • Recognized by ‘Chambers and Partners’, ‘Legal500’, ‘Latin Lawyer’ and the ‘International Tax Review’ as one of Brazil’s most distinguished and respected tax lawyers.


    By providing tax consultation services to both creditors, debtors and investors, Thiago has actively participated in many of Brazil’s most important judicial restructurings, extra-judicial reorganizations and bankruptcy proceedings, being responsible for the structuring of business relating to these cases. He has also assisted various different companies in dozens of corporate restructuring operations, mergers and acquisitions.

    Thiago is one of the few Brazilian lawyers specialized in the taxation issues involving both domestic and international airline companies, having assisted and defended some of the sector’s most important companies. He has also assisted airport service provision companies and those related to the sector.

    Similarly, his international experiences has meant that he is one of the few lawyers specialized in assisting Brazilian companies interested in investing overseas, having recently taken part in projects involving infrastructure, civil construction and financial companies.

    Thiago has also assisted technology companies in the structuring of their operations in Brazil, companies involved in financial transfers and the financing of local operations and exportations, as well as machine and equipment distributors and sales for retail.


    • Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association in São Paulo (OAB/SP).
    • Member of the International Fiscal Association – IFA.


    • Graduate of the Law Faculty of the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.
    • Post-Graduate in Tax Law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC/SP).
    • Master’s in Tax Law from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA (LL.M. in Taxation). where he was designated the ‘Graduate Tax Scholar’ and awarded a study scholarship.
    • Specialized in ‘Advanced Negotiation: Deal Design & Implementation’ at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.


    CASO DASA: Inexistência de vinculação entre a dedutibilidade da amortização do ágio fundamentado em previsão de rentabilidade futura e o efetivo registro de lucro, in ‘Planejamento Tributário – Análise de casos’, Volume 3, Editora MP, 2014, p. 57-92.

    Brazilian Transfer Pricing Rules, in the International Tax Review, 2014. (

    Thiago is also a post-graduate professor, a guest speaker and member of debating panels throughout Brazil and overseas, as well as a participant in different study groups focusing on taxation issues.

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