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International Trade/WTO — Brazil


Demarest Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary team with strong capabilities in the international trade arena. Assists a wide range of clients comprising steel, textile and food companies with the full range of international trade law matters. Frequently acts for the Federative Republic of Brazil in WTO cases in addition to actively supporting clients in complex anti-dumping investigations and sunset reviews. Increasingly involved in international trade remedies cases involving Brazilian companies.

Notable practitioners

Market-leading practitioner José Diaz is renowned for his active presence in the international trade sector. Described as an “innovative and creative strategist,” his in-depth expertise is also highlighted by sources who add: “He is very articulate, pragmatic and offers us excellent client service. Due to his strong judicial knowledge and vast experience in the sector he can anticipate certain situations and propose solutions.” Diaz often advises national and international clients on sunset reviews, anti-dumping and subsidies investigations.

Co-head of practice Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho draws on his long-standing tax and customs expertise to advise multinational companies on tax-related trade strategies. Clients praise his "constant availability and in-depth technical knowledge," while peers add that "he is a reference who is very renowned in customs law."

Star associate Fernando Benjamin Bueno is acclaimed by clients and peers alike for his solid practice in the international trade sphere. Sources say: "He has shown us excellent legal knowledge, availability, responsiveness and proactivity." Fernando frequently advises domestic and international clients on trade remedies cases.

Associate-to-watch Victor Bovarotti Lopes receives praise for his tax practice within the international trade sector. Interviewees report: “Victor boasts solid technical knowledge and is great with clients. He is also a diligent lawyer who is well versed in the customs sector.” He previously worked in the international trade department of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC.

Jun Zhang heads the firm's Chinese department and serves as the point of reference for Chinese clients doing business in Brazil. He speaks Portuguese, English and Mandarin fluently.

About the Team (content provided by Demarest Advogados)

Demarest's International Trade and Customs department is formed by a team of seasoned attorneys, graduated from foreign universities and with participation in internship programs linked to WTO.

The core activities of this group include:

  • Consulting services and administrative and court litigation involving customs matters, such as tax planning, tax classification, customs valuation, rules of origin, special customs regimes, and import licensing.
  • Claims related to permanent and temporary change in the Common External Tariff (TEC);
  • Trade remedies: anti-dumping, safeguards and countervailing measures (subsidies);
  • Origin investigations and anti-circumvention;
  • Claims brought to the Technical Group for Public Interest Evaluation (GTIP);
  • Government Relations: defense of our clients' interests in their relations with the Foreign Trade
  • Chamber and its Ministries as well as with members of the Congress;
  • Consulting services and analysis of tariff and non-tariff barriers (e.g., technical and sanitary barriers, quantitative limits);
  • Free Trade and Tariff Preference Agreements: support in negotiations and relations with Brazilian authorities and associations; and
  • Trade compliance: suitability of companies' trade practices to Brazil's foreign trade policy.

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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What the team is known for Full-service firm covering a wide range of international trade matters. Boasts an outstanding track record in trade remedies cases and is noted for the strength of its experience advising domestic and international companies on anti-dumping investigations. Frequently represents Brazilian organisations in sunset review proceedings and other commercial defence cases before international bodies. Particularly well versed in cross-border issues, the team regularly advises on compliance with Mercosur rules.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of practice Renê Medrado has an excellent track record providing counsel to national and international clients on international trade and competition matters. An expert in anti-dumping cases, Medrado led the defence of BASF in a sunset review investigation concerning n-butanol imports into Brazil. He additionally offers a wealth of experience in WTO matters and was formerly an international trade adviser at Sidley Austin.

Partner Mauro Berenholc draws on his long-standing practice in the sector to defend clients in administrative proceedings against the levying of taxes on imports and the imposition of fines. He additionally advises on the structuring of business and importation arrangements to ensure compliance with national customs regulations.

About the Team (content provided by Pinheiro Neto Advogados)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados was one of the first law firms in Brazil to establish an international trade practice. The professionals dedicated to this sector have solid background and international experience, including before the World Trade Organization (WTO), to advise companies and trade associations on the full range of trade matters.

In addition, our international trade group advises clients on the negotiation of international treaties (bilateral, regional or multilateral); represents clients in judicial or administrative proceedings, and provides counsel/representation in trade disputes before Brazilian and foreign authorities or international organizations such as WTO and MERCOSUR.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados was actively involved in the development and consolidation of trade defense in Brazil. With a strong presence before the competent authorities since the opening of imports in the early 1990’s, the firm has acted in the most significant antidumping, subsidy and safeguard investigations, contributing substantially toward all cases initiated in Brazil.

The trade practice group works closely with major foreign law firms, in particular in those cases calling for multijurisdictional action.

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Veirano Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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What the team is known for Premier team known for its notable skills in commercial defence proceedings. Capably represents clients working in the steel, chemical and tyre industries in disputes before the WTO, sunset reviews, anti-dumping investigations and public interest proceedings. Wider practice includes advice on import licensing proceedings, tax-related customs issues and Mercosur's common external tariff.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Ana Teresa Caetano has over 15 years of experience conducting cases before the WTO, representing clients in anti-dumping investigations and providing advice on customs law matters. Peers commend her as "one of the leading lawyers for international trade law." She recently led the team advising ABINEE on its WTO dispute against the EU and Japan.

Since publication, Paula Farani de Azevedo has left the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Veirano Advogados)

Veirano Advogados has developed Brazil’s leading international trade practice, representing national manufacturers, importers and foreign producers and exporters in local, regional, and multilateral issues.

Domestically, our international trade specialists have extensive experience in trade remedy proceedings involving:

• Anti-circumvention
• Dumping
• Origin investigations to determine the authenticity of certificates or whether imported merchandise fulfills legal origin requirements
• Public interest
• Safeguards
• Subsidies

The Firm has broad experience advising on requests to permanently or temporarily change the Common External Tariff (CET) and also provides legal support in matters encompassing:

• Customs valuation
• Export controls
• Licensing regimes
• Tariff classification
• Technical barriers
• Other import and export procedures

Our international trade lawyers are particularly active in protecting the interests of clients, in a wide range of economic sectors, involved in trade remedy proceedings in other jurisdictions; negotiating provisions of new trade agreements; and in helping to interpret provisions of preferential trade agreements (PTAs).

At the multilateral level, our service portfolio includes consulting and litigation on matters regulated by the World Trade Organization.

Veirano is the first and only Brazilian law firm that has independently and directly participated in disputes before the WTO, assisting the Brazilian government and representing the interests of clients.

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Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded international trade law boutique offering notable experience advising clients in the chemical industry with assistance on import licensing requests, in addition to a strong track record representing clients in anti-dumping investigations concerning measures imposed on Brazilian imports and exports. Also regularly represents clients in petitions to reduce common external tariffs on imports. Additionally noted for its strong performances in antitrust law.

Notable practitioners

Name partner and co-head of department Leonor Cordovil is acclaimed for her impressive track record in competition, customs and international trade law. She regularly assists importers and exporters with sunset reviews and other anti-dumping investigations. Clients note: "She has vast legal knowledge, practical experience and the necessary interpersonal skills to successfully negotiate with authorities at all levels." She has remarkable experience representing clients before the Brazilian, North American and Argentine trade authorities and is the director of the international trade department of the Brazilian Institute of Competition, Consumption & International Trade Studies (IBRAC).

Up-and-coming partner Ricardo Casanova Motta routinely advises clients on anti-dumping investigations as well as a wide range of tariff issues. Sources note: “He performed exceptionally well during our recent audience before the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.” Peers add: "He is a very dedicated lawyer and a growing name in this sector."

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TozziniFreire Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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What the team is known for Full-service firm recognised for its enviable client base and experience in international trade law. Actively assists supply chains and producers hailing from the automotive, plastics and rubber industries with a wide array of international trade matters such as anti-dumping investigations, customs law, compliance and free trade agreements. Frequently counsels international companies on the setting up of subsidiaries in Brazil as well as import and export permitting issues.

Notable practitioners

Vera Kanas Grytz is recognised for her experience representing biotechnology and chemical companies in anti-dumping investigations. She recently drafted the supply chain structure for Jaguar Land Rover in Brazil based on the tariff classification of certain imported goods. A client says: "I would highlight her vast legal knowledge in commercial defence cases." Others add: "She provides us with swift responses and knows how to construct robust legal arguments in order to obtain favourable outcomes for clients."

About the Team (content provided by TozziniFreire Advogados)

The work of TozziniFreire’s International Trade practice covers all the aspects required to structure supply chain and import and export operations, including the drafting of contracts, the application of customs laws, trade agreements and technical barriers, rules of origin, export controls and trade compliance. Simultaneously, the International Trade practice dedicates itself to a wide range of issues related to trade remedies, including anti-dumping investigations, countervailing measures and safeguards.

The professionals who are dedicated to this practice are internationally recognized and have long experience in negotiations with regulatory agencies in Brazil and in dealing with matters related to the most prominent trade organizations in Brazil and worldwide, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well equipped to handle the full range of international trade mandates, with broad knowledge of the biofuel, automotive and aviation sectors. Frequently assists clients with overseas trade barriers to exports, disputes before the WTO and anti-dumping investigations. Capably advises on safeguard investigations and anti-circumvention proceedings before the Department for Commercial Defence (DECOM).

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Adriana Dantas has substantial experience in both compliance and international trade law. She frequently advises clients on anti-dumping investigations and WTO issues as well as special regimes and free ports. Clients praise her as "a very experienced international trade lawyer who knows how to fight for her clients in a highly effective manner." Dantas previously headed the Latin American desk at King & Spalding in Washington, DC.

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With ample experience in administrative and judicial proceedings and a solid understanding of arbitrations, BMA's international trade team has the skills needed to help national and international clients find creative and innovative solutions for the challenges they face both in Brazil and in other countries.

At a time when the number of antidumping actions and other protectionist measures is rapidly increasing – according to studies by the World Trade Organization – BMA's team provides legal support in antidumping and anti-subsidy investigations and in proceedings to impose safeguard measures. Our team members also act in matters related to market access, such as rules of origin, tariff classification, ex-tariff items and the list of exceptions to the Mercosur Common External Tariff, and provide legal advice and analysis of tariff and non-tariff barriers, such as technical, sanitary and phytosanitary barriers and quotas in Brazil and other countries.

Over the years, BMA has acted for national businesses, multinationals and governments in negotiations and international disputes before Mercosur and the WTO and in private arbitrations.

BMA's International Trade practice area is frequently mentioned in legal directories and law firm rankings for its work in high-profile cases, representing companies that play an important role in the global economy. 

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Mattos Engelberg Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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What the team is known for Full-service team respected for its considerable strength across the international trade practice. Collaborating with Shanghai-based Jingsh Law Firm, the practice boasts comprehensive experience assisting Chinese producers and exporters with anti-dumping investigations and customs law. Actively represents clients hailing from the steel, petrochemical and plastic sectors on trade policy, tariff changes and WTO matters.

Notable practitioners

Carla Amaral Junqueira has vast experience representing foreign and national clients in anti-dumping investigations. Sources commend her capabilities, saying: "She is a highly qualified professional who has fulfilled all of our expectations. Her legal knowledge of international trade matters is simply excellent." They add: "She superbly handled our most complex matters and was fully involved throughout the case.” Junqueira leads the firm's China desk.

Since publication, Lucas Mandelbaum Bianchini has left the practice.

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MPA Trade Law - International Trade/WTO Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected boutique exclusively focused on international trade and customs law and highlighted for its representation of importers. Broad client base includes names from the chemical, footwear and pharmaceutical industries. Frequently advises clients on WTO matters, regulatory issues, external trade barriers to Brazilian exports and applications made to governmental organs for the reduction of import tariffs.

Notable practitioners

Claudia Marques is well regarded for her “vast legal knowledge, excellent business acumen and great client service.” Her experience in the international trade arena covers anti-dumping investigations, tariff classifications and customs law. Clients note: "She is a very articulate lawyer and was perfect throughout our entire case. For example, during a recent audience at the Department for Commercial Defence she decimated the arguments put forward by the opposing party." Marques was previously an international associate at Alston & Bird in Washington, DC.

Rodrigo Pupo has strong capabilities in customs law, WTO agreements and Mercosur law. He is an expert in trade anti-dumping investigations and preferential trade agreements. Clients note: “He is a very analytical and down-to-earth professional who recently identified many issues, which made our case stronger whilst simultaneously discovering flaws in our opponent's arguments.” Pupo previously worked as an international associate at White & Case.

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Mundie Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact practice actively defending foreign exporters originating from particular jurisdictions such as China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Mexico in high-profile trade remedy investigations. Noted for its strong capabilities advising clients on external export tariffs, import customs regulations and applications to CAMEX for import tariff modifications.

Co-head of the practice Carol Monteiro de Carvalho of Mundie Advogados garners praise for her knowledge of customs law. Clients comment: “She has in-depth legal knowledge related to anti-dumping investigations and always provides us with very swift responses.” De Carvalho is particularly active in the commercial defence arena.

Andrea Weiss Balassiano of Mundie Advogados regularly represents national and international clients in sunset review and anti-dumping investigations involving imports from China. Sources observe: "She offers clients excellent knowledge of anti-dumping investigations and great commitment to her work," adding: "She has a vast legal knowledge and practice experience which she uses to offer us well-founded legal opinions."

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Much-admired international trade practice covering a wide range of matters within the sector. Team is particularly skilled in advising clients from the plastic industry on anti-dumping investigations, requests for tariff reduction and non-tariff barriers. Wider practice includes advice on customs law and assistance with public interest procedures and sunset reviews.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees praise Luiz Eduardo Salles as "an outstanding lawyer who has in-depth legal and practical knowledge of trade defence investigations," adding: "Luiz is also a team player and a very pleasant person to work with." Peers recognise him as "a renowned name in our sector" for his comprehensive experience advising domestic and international clients on the full range of international trade issues. Salles is fluent in both Spanish and French and holds a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Associate-to-watch Lucas Mandelbaum Bianchini frequently assists major domestic and foreign companies with trade remedy procedures and WTO regulations. Market sources enthuse: "He is definitely a rising star – Bianchini is always on top of things and is very swift and accurate in his responses."

About the Team (content provided by Azevedo Sette Advogados)

Azevedo Sette’s international trade team works beside governments, multinational and domestic enterprises, and international organizations, formulating and implementing international trade strategies. We act across the full spectrum of matters on international trade, including high profile, strategic, complex cases, and the more mundane day-to-day market issues. 

We have a highly specialized international trade practice group with a broad subject-area expertise including trade remedies and WTO law, customs, Brazilian foreign trade policy, tariff and non-tariff measures, litigation and advocacy before governmental agencies. 

The team works together with other departments such as tax, regulatory and corporate law staff to offer integrated solutions on matters relating to international trade.

Azevedo Sette has had trade and WTO work for a long time, but the firm structured the trade practice group as a standalone practice group with the arrival of Luiz Eduardo Salles to the firm in 2015. Ingrid Santos came alongside Luiz Eduardo Salles from Barretto Ferreira e Brancher – BKBG. BKBG as such subsequently merged with and was integrated to Azevedo Sette in 2016. 

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Fialho Salles - Fialho Canabrava Andrade Salles Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Flourishing team with strong capabilities providing counsel on the full spectrum of international trade issues. Actively represents industry associations and major companies from the solar energy and technology sectors in customs and taxation law. Additional expertise in anti-dumping and subsidies investigations, trade barriers to Brazilian exports and WTO issues.

Notable practitioners

Lucas Spadano has significant experience conducting trade remedy investigation involving subsidies and countervailing duties. Interviewees underline: “He is always available and strives to deliver the best possible client service.” Market sources add: "He has an extensive knowledge of international trade law and has been performing outstanding work on behalf of the National Confederation of Industry." Spadano previously worked at the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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L.O. Baptista Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact practice well placed to provide consultancy on complex WTO mandates, representing clients in strategic trade disputes. Provides counsel on a broad range of services including export tax implications and the negotiation and review of various trade agreements. Long-standing experience representing clients from the biofuels sector in anti-dumping investigations and technical barriers to trade.

About the Team (content provided by L.O. Baptista Advogados)

L.O. Baptista represents its clients’ interests before governmental bodies and international organizations. The firm has a vast portfolio of activities in Brazil and abroad, comprised of actions ranging from legal opinions, participation in trade remedy investigations, consulting in customs issues, negotiation of international contracts in general, among other relevant matters of international scope.

The firm’s staff is vastly experienced in trade remedy administrative matters: dumping, subsidies and safeguards before the Trade Remedies Department (DECOM) and the Judiciary, in Brazil. The same is true as regards consulting and litigation services in claims before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Mercosur.

In addition to cross-border transactions involving investments in Latin America, L.O. Baptista has been active in other parts of the world, where it has, for instance, advised clients on the organization of joint ventures for the development of infrastructure projects.

The firm was also a regular counsel from 2010 to 2014 to the Brazilian Government in disputes and matters related to the WTO, after winning the bid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



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Magalhães e Dias - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established international trade and antitrust team highly specialised in international economic law. Notable track record advising on anti-dumping investigations, public interest proceedings and tariff barriers. Regularly assists major names from the chemicals, plastics, steel and home appliance industries with sector-related litigation and negotiations before the key Brazilian authorities such as CAMEX and DECOM.

Notable practitioners

Francisco Negrão has experience representing domestic importers and exporters in anti-dumping investigations, public interest cases, import licensing and trade barriers mandates. He is also noted for his knowledge of the Manaus Free Trade Area and of Mercosur import tariffs. Clients describe him as "an assertive and business-oriented lawyer whose legal advice takes into consideration the needs of our company." They go on to praise him as "an extremely detail-oriented professional with great experience in international trade law." Negrão holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and speaks fluent French, Spanish and Italian.

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Nasser Sociedade de Advogados - International Trade/WTO Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International trade boutique actively representing foreign exporters and Brazilian associations in anti-dumping investigations. Frequently assists with requests for tariff alterations before the national authorities and Mercosur. Offers solid advice on WTO disputes, trade customs and import licensing matters.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise founding partner Rabih Ali Nasser as “a very committed and detail-oriented lawyer who is always involved in our cases and helps us to achieve favourable outcomes." Peers complement this, saying: "He is a highly relevant name in the market and a great academic." He offers clients from the packaging, tyre and consumer goods industries over 20 years of experience in international trade law and specialises in anti-dumping investigations and WTO regulations.

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Senior Statesperson

Luiz Olavo Baptista

Atelier Jurídico

From the Chambers Global guide

Regarded as "a great reference for international trade in Brazil," Luiz Olavo Baptista of Atelier Jurídico is highly respected for his long-standing practice in the sector. He draws on over 50 years of experience to provide domestic and foreign clients with complex legal opinions. Sources add: "He is a major reference for everything he has done in this sector."

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Ana Teresa Caetano

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Ana Teresa Caetano has over 15 years of experience conducting cases before the WTO, representing clients in anti-dumping investigations and providing advice on customs law matters. Peers commend her as "one of the leading lawyers for international trade law." She recently led the team advising ABINEE on its WTO dispute against the EU and Japan.

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Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Market-leading practitioner José Diaz is renowned for his active presence in the international trade sector. Described as an “innovative and creative strategist,” his in-depth expertise is also highlighted by sources who add: “He is very articulate, pragmatic and offers us excellent client service. Due to his strong judicial knowledge and vast experience in the sector he can anticipate certain situations and propose solutions.” Diaz often advises national and international clients on sunset reviews, anti-dumping and subsidies investigations.

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Renê G S Medrado

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of practice Renê Medrado has an excellent track record providing counsel to national and international clients on international trade and competition matters. An expert in anti-dumping cases, Medrado led the defence of BASF in a sunset review investigation concerning n-butanol imports into Brazil. He additionally offers a wealth of experience in WTO matters and was formerly an international trade adviser at Sidley Austin.

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Nasser Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise founding partner Rabih Ali Nasser as “a very committed and detail-oriented lawyer who is always involved in our cases and helps us to achieve favourable outcomes." Peers complement this, saying: "He is a highly relevant name in the market and a great academic." He offers clients from the packaging, tyre and consumer goods industries over 20 years of experience in international trade law and specialises in anti-dumping investigations and WTO regulations.

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Carla Amaral Junqueira

Mattos Engelberg Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Carla Amaral Junqueira has vast experience representing foreign and national clients in anti-dumping investigations. Sources commend her capabilities, saying: "She is a highly qualified professional who has fulfilled all of our expectations. Her legal knowledge of international trade matters is simply excellent." They add: "She superbly handled our most complex matters and was fully involved throughout the case.” Junqueira leads the firm's China desk.

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Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Name partner and co-head of department Leonor Cordovil is acclaimed for her impressive track record in competition, customs and international trade law. She regularly assists importers and exporters with sunset reviews and other anti-dumping investigations. Clients note: "She has vast legal knowledge, practical experience and the necessary interpersonal skills to successfully negotiate with authorities at all levels." She has remarkable experience representing clients before the Brazilian, North American and Argentine trade authorities and is the director of the international trade department of the Brazilian Institute of Competition, Consumption & International Trade Studies (IBRAC).

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TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Vera Kanas Grytz is recognised for her experience representing biotechnology and chemical companies in anti-dumping investigations. She recently drafted the supply chain structure for Jaguar Land Rover in Brazil based on the tariff classification of certain imported goods. A client says: "I would highlight her vast legal knowledge in commercial defence cases." Others add: "She provides us with swift responses and knows how to construct robust legal arguments in order to obtain favourable outcomes for clients." 

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MPA Trade Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Claudia Marques is well regarded for her “vast legal knowledge, excellent business acumen and great client service.” Her experience in the international trade arena covers anti-dumping investigations, tariff classifications and customs law. Clients note: "She is a very articulate lawyer and was perfect throughout our entire case. For example, during a recent audience at the Department for Commercial Defence she decimated the arguments put forward by the opposing party." Marques was previously an international associate at Alston & Bird in Washington, DC.

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Mauro Berenholc draws on his long-standing practice in the sector to defend clients in administrative proceedings against the levying of taxes on imports and the imposition of fines. He additionally advises on the structuring of business and importation arrangements to ensure compliance with national customs regulations.

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BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of department Adriana Dantas has substantial experience in both compliance and international trade law. She frequently advises clients on anti-dumping investigations and WTO issues as well as special regimes and free ports. Clients praise her as "a very experienced international trade lawyer who knows how to fight for her clients in a highly effective manner." Dantas previously headed the Latin American desk at King & Spalding in Washington, DC.

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Band 3

Cynthia Kramer - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Global guide

Sole practitioner Cynthia Kramer has experience advising major clients from the biofuels sector on customs taxes and anti-dumping investigations related to exports. She has over 15 years' experience practising international trade law and is well equipped to perform in complex WTO disputes. Clients say: "She provides objective legal counsel and has displayed a deep knowledge of international trade and WTO issues."

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Band 3

Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of practice Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho draws on his long-standing tax and customs expertise to advise multinational companies on tax-related trade strategies. Clients praise his "constant availability and in-depth technical knowledge," while peers add that "he is a reference who is very renowned in customs law."

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Band 3

Carol Monteiro de Carvalho

Mundie Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of the practice Carol Monteiro de Carvalho of Mundie Advogados garners praise for her knowledge of customs law. Clients comment: “She has in-depth legal knowledge related to anti-dumping investigations and always provides us with very swift responses.” De Carvalho is particularly active in the commercial defence arena.

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Band 3

MPA Trade Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Rodrigo Pupo has strong capabilities in customs law, WTO agreements and Mercosur law. He is an expert in trade anti-dumping investigations and preferential trade agreements. Clients note: “He is a very analytical and down-to-earth professional who recently identified many issues, which made our case stronger whilst simultaneously discovering flaws in our opponent's arguments.” Pupo previously worked as an international associate at White & Case.

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Band 3

Luiz Eduardo Salles

Azevedo Sette Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees praise Luiz Eduardo Salles as "an outstanding lawyer who has in-depth legal and practical knowledge of trade defence investigations," adding: "Luiz is also a team player and a very pleasant person to work with." Peers recognise him as "a renowned name in our sector" for his comprehensive experience advising domestic and international clients on the full range of international trade issues. Salles is fluent in both Spanish and French and holds a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

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Band 3

Andrea Weiss Balassiano

Mundie Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Weiss Balassiano of Mundie Advogados regularly represents national and international clients in sunset review and anti-dumping investigations involving imports from China. Sources observe: "She offers clients excellent knowledge of anti-dumping investigations and great commitment to her work," adding: "She has a vast legal knowledge and practice experience which she uses to offer us well-founded legal opinions."

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Band 4

Priscila Brólio Gonçalves

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Priscila Brólio Gonçalves of Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados advises on WTO matters, anti-dumping investigations and commercial defence mandates. She is also a well-known practitioner in antitrust law. Clients report: "She recently advised our company on an anti-dumping review case and helped us to achieve a favourable outcome." 

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Band 4

Francisco Negrão

Magalhães e Dias

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Negrão has experience representing domestic importers and exporters in anti-dumping investigations, public interest cases, import licensing and trade barriers mandates. He is also noted for his knowledge of the Manaus Free Trade Area and of Mercosur import tariffs. Clients describe him as "an assertive and business-oriented lawyer whose legal advice takes into consideration the needs of our company." They go on to praise him as "an extremely detail-oriented professional with great experience in international trade law." Negrão holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and speaks fluent French, Spanish and Italian.

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Band 4

Fialho Salles – Fialho Canabrava Andrade Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Lucas Spadano has significant experience conducting trade remedy investigation involving subsidies and countervailing duties. Interviewees underline: “He is always available and strives to deliver the best possible client service.” Market sources add: "He has an extensive knowledge of international trade law and has been performing outstanding work on behalf of the National Confederation of Industry." Spadano previously worked at the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Up and Coming

Ricardo Casanova Motta

Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Ricardo Casanova Motta routinely advises clients on anti-dumping investigations as well as a wide range of tariff issues. Sources note: “He performed exceptionally well during our recent audience before the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.” Peers add: "He is a very dedicated lawyer and a growing name in this sector."

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Star Associate

Fernando Benjamin Bueno

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Star associate Fernando Benjamin Bueno is acclaimed by clients and peers alike for his solid practice in the international trade sphere. Sources say: "He has shown us excellent legal knowledge, availability, responsiveness and proactivity." Fernando frequently advises domestic and international clients on trade remedies cases.

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Associates to watch

Gustavo Boni dos Santos

Machado Associados

From the Chambers Global guide

Gustavo Boni dos Santos of Machado Associados is frequently active in WTO disputes as well as trade remedy proceedings, anti-dumping investigations and public interest cases. Clients describe him as "a very hard-working, committed and knowledgeable young lawyer." Dos Santos is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

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Associates to watch

Victor Bovarotti Lopes

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Victor Bovarotti Lopes receives praise for his tax practice within the international trade sector. Interviewees report: “Victor boasts solid technical knowledge and is great with clients. He is also a diligent lawyer who is well versed in the customs sector.” He previously worked in the international trade department of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC.

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Associates to watch

Paula Farani de Azevedo

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Global guide

Since publication, Paula Farani de Azevedo has left the practice.

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Associates to watch

Lucas Mandelbaum Bianchini

Azevedo Sette Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Lucas Mandelbaum Bianchini frequently assists major domestic and foreign companies with trade remedy procedures and WTO regulations. Market sources enthuse: "He is definitely a rising star – Bianchini is always on top of things and is very swift and accurate in his responses."

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