"Roberta Caneca in São Paulo, meanwhile, is often a critical part of deal teams, notably advising foreign clients on tax structuring during the acquisition of assets in Brazil."
Latin Lawyer 250

Overview

Roberta Caneca is counsel in the São Paulo office of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown and a member of the Tax practice. She focuses her practice on the tax aspects of infrastructure projects involving multinational corporations in different sectors and jurisdictions, like oil and gas (upstream and midstream), energy, chemical, and constructing. She advises them on indirect taxation and special customs regimes, and represents them in tax litigation before both administrative and judicial courts.

Previously, Roberta Caneca worked as a trainee for AGA S.A., and as a tax associate for Tauil & Chequer Advogados associated with Thompson & Knight (2003-2009). 

Areas of Focus

Practices

Spoken Languages

  • Portuguese
  • English

Experience

  • Represented a global energy and petrochemical company in the acquisition of a 30% working interest in three offshore exploration blocks from a subsidiary of a large group of the energy sector.
  • Represented the Brazilian subsidiary of a German Chemical group in tax litigation regarding the ICMS tax on the importation of equipment under the temporary admission regime.
  • Represented the Brazilian subsidiary of a French E&P company in tax litigation involving the withholding tax imposed on outbound payments of service fees and the Brazil-France Tax Treaty.
  • Represented a Brazilian company in preparing a defense related to an IRPJ, CSLL and IRF tax foreclosure of over US$1.1 billion.
  • Represented in the tax planning for the supply of generation modules for oil platforms of over US$500 million.
  • Represented the Brazilian petroleum company with tax issues relating to the acquisition of a thermoelectric plant in Brazil.
  • Represented the client in a tax planning to a consortium intended to perform exploration, liquefaction and export of natural gas.
  • Represented an Angolan petroleum company in the tax planning to a US$6 billion LNG project in Angola.
  • Represented a Chinese Petroleum Company with tax issues relating to the construction of a US$1 billion pipeline in Brazil.
  • Represented a Canadian Petroleum Company with tax issues relating to the sale of a circa US$350 million interest in an oil field.
  • Represented an US company with customs issues in Angola.
  • Represented a drilling company in a defense with respect to a PIS and COFINS US$25 million tax assessment.
  • Represented the client in a tax planning for the construction of an oil and gas production platform.
  • Represented a drilling company in obtaining a preliminary injunction for the release of equipment for the construction of a drilling platform.
  • Represented a Brazilian subsidiary of a US oil and gas group in defenses against ICMS tax assessments.

Education

New York University School of Law , LLM in International Taxation

Sheltons International Training Institute , Certificate in International Taxation

Universidade Candido Mendes, Post Graduate in Tax Management

Universidade Candido Mendes, Bachelor of Law (JD equivalent)

Admissions

  • Brazil
  • "Roberta Caneca, who is a critical part of deal teams." Chambers Latin America 2018 - Tax
  • "Roberta Caneca in São Paulo... is often a critical part of deal teams, notably advising foreign clients on tax structuring during the acquisition of assets in Brazil." Latin Lawyer 250 2016
  • "Service excellence" and "quick responses." Chambers Global 2015