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Global Guide

International Trade/WTO — Brazil

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a leading international trade practice. Regularly assists Brazilian and international clients hailing from sectors as diverse as automotive, sportswear and packaging with the full range of international trade law matters. Has considerable experience devising defence strategies and representing clients in initial complex anti-dumping investigations and sunset reviews.

Esteemed professional José Diaz is described by peers as an "experienced, creative and intelligent lawyer." Clients also comment that he is "very accessible and objective," and recommend him for his expertise in customs and international commerce. Diaz regularly acts on behalf of national and international clients in sunset reviews, initial anti-dumping and subsidies investigations concerning imports.

Co-head of the department Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho focuses his practice and is widely recognised in the area of tax and customs. Clients praise him for his "great technical skills, knowledge and strategic vision, which goes beyond legal technique and which is of great value in highly complex cases." He is defending Reckitt Benckiser in three administrative proceedings, in which it is alleged that the client misclassified several imports for tax purposes.

Star associate Fernando Benjamin Bueno is acknowledged by market observers for his long-standing involvement in international trade matters. He recently advised Associação Nacional da Indústria de Pneumáticos with an application to commence sunset review and anti-dumping investigations on Brazilian imports of tyres from China.

Jun Zhang heads the firm's Chinese department and serves as the point of reference for Chinese clients doing business in Brazil. 

Junior partner Victor Bovarotti Lopes has specialist knowledge of the USA due to the experience he gained working in the international trade department of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Eminent and highly respected practice with notable expertise representing clients in anti-dumping investigations. Also experienced in sunset review proceedings regarding imports and in other commercial defence cases before international bodies on the subject of tax incentives. Regularly advises its impressive client base comprising national and international corporate clients on transaction structuring and on compliance with MERCOSUR rules.

Co-head of practice Renê Medrado is highly recommended by market sources for his performance in anti-dumping cases and his strong focus on competition law. Clients highlight his communicative approach and comment on his "impressive intellectual abilities." He has vast experience representing clients in WTO and sunset review proceedings. Medrado was formerly an international trade adviser at Sidley Austin.

The well-regarded Mauro Berenholc receives high praise from market commentators for his expertise in the customs and tax arena. Berenholc has comprehensive experience defending clients in administrative proceedings against the levying of taxes on imports and the imposition of fines, and additionally advises on the structuring of business and importation arrangements to ensure compliance with national customs regulations. He is a former chair of the International Trade & Customs Law Committee of the IBA.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Large full-service firm with esteemed international trade practice. Regularly represents clients hailing from the chemical, petrochemical, steel and glass production sectors in commercial defence actions including WTO and sunset review anti-dumping investigations and public interest proceedings. Also has experience assisting clients with proceedings for the determination of a product's scope before the DECOM and providing advice on Mercosur's common external tariff.  

Head of department Ana Teresa Caetano is commended by clients, who assert that she stands out in particular for "her understanding, the performance she gives and the manner in which she explains her point of view." She has experience conducting cases before the WTO, representing clients in anti-dumping investigations and providing advice on customs law matters. Representative clients includes Braskem, PUMA and Pirelli Pneus.

Brasília-based associate-to-watch Paula Farani de Azevedo focuses her practice on commercial defence and regularly assists clients with anti-dumping investigations. Peers describe her as a "very intelligent professional" and someone with a noteworthy background in the market. Clients add that she is a very qualified lawyer who stands out due to her technical understanding and dedication. De Azevedo recently represented Vitro Vidrio y Crystal and Pirelli Pneus in dumping investigations on imports.

Associate-to-watch Gustavo Boni dos Santos is praised by clients for his work in product classification and customs interpretation cases. He also has experience in the verification of subsidies and public interest cases and recently assisted Braskem in anti-dumping sunset review proceedings concerning polyvinyl chloride suspension and polypropylene resin imports. Dos Santos is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Active practice with a strong focus on defending foreign exporters originating in particular from China, Taiwan and the USA in sunset review anti-dumping investigations. Also assists clients with advice on external export tariffs, import customs regulations and applications to CAMEX for import tariff modifications.

Since publication, Carol Monteiro de Carvalho has joined Mundie Advogados

Since publication, Andrea Weiss Balassiano has joined Mundie Advogados

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Highly specialised 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.  

Head of department Leonor Cordovil comes in for strong praise from clients, who comment that "her deep knowledge of anti-dumping issues is particularly remarkable." Peers add that she is "an excellent professional" and highlight her experience working with domestic importers and exporters and her dual focus on competition law. Cordovil also has notable experience assisting clients with sunset reviews of anti-dumping measures imposed on Brazilian imports. 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).

Peers describe up-and-coming partner Ricardo Casanova Motta as an impressive lawyer with noteworthy market activity. Clients also remark that he possesses "technical expertise and is extremely open to suggestions." He has significant experience assisting clients with anti-dumping investigations and is the author of numerous publications related to international trade law.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Well-known full-service firm with a consolidated international trade practice. Regularly assists supply chains and producers hailing from the automotive, plastics and rubber industries with a wide array of international trade matters, including anti-dumping investigations, customs law, compliance and free trade agreements.  

Head of practice Vera Kanas Grytz is admired by peers for her sector knowledge and earns further praise from clients, one of whom reports: "She made a key difference. As well as guiding the company, she clarified all doubts throughout the whole process." She has considerable experience representing clients from the biotechnology, chemical and sanitation sectors in anti-dumping investigations involving imports.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Full-service firm with consolidated international trade department focused on advising clients on overseas trade barriers to exports. Represents clients hailing from the sugarcane and food industries in WTO disputes concerning the granting of subsidies and in anti-dumping investigations in regard to imports. Also has experience assisting clients with anti-circumvention proceedings before DECOM and advises on company restructuring and the application of customs in the Manaus Free Trade Zone.  

Head of the department Adriana Dantas focuses on compliance and has experience assisting clients in WTO and anti-dumping investigations and providing advice on special regimes and free ports. Clients note that they were "impressed with her knowledge not only of Brazilian law and regulations, but also international law and precedents." They add that "she is experienced in the field, hard-working and committed to clients." Dantas previously headed the Latin American desk at King & Spalding.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged boutique exclusively focused on international trade and customs law, offering experience representing a broad client base hailing from the chemical, footwear and pharmaceutical industries in anti-dumping investigations. Also 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. The team is highlighted in the market for its representation of importers.  

Market commentators praise Rodrigo Pupo for the technical quality of his work and highlight his activity working for importers. He has experience assisting clients with anti-dumping investigations, including successfully representing Fuyao Glass and Carglass in proceedings brought against the USA and Mexico in relation to the export of safety glass.

Peers highlight co-head of practice Claudia Marques's experience in the international trade arena, describing her as "a very competent lawyer that has been in the market for a long time." She recently represented Oswaldo Cruz Química Indústria e Comércio in an anti-dumping investigation relating to the importation of butyl acrylate from Germany, Taiwan and South Africa. Marques was previously an international associate at Alston & Bird in Washington, DC.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Flourishing team with experience providing clients with a variety of international trade and custom law services, including representing clients in anti-dumping investigations, advising on non-tariff barriers and providing assistance with requests for tariff adjustments. The team has a strong client base in the plastics industry.

Peers note that Luiz Eduardo Salles is "an excellent trade attorney" and "a very dedicated professional who invests a lot of time in the area and who deserves to be highlighted." Clients add that "he is very experienced and produces excellent, high-quality and business-oriented work. The results he achieves for his clients are much higher than legal market standards." Salles was recently retained to represent Under Armour in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the import of shoes from China.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Distinguished law firm with a consolidated international trade practice enjoying an established presence in the market. Well placed to provide a broad range of services including advice on export tax implications and assisting with the negotiation and review of various trade agreements. Also represents clients in anti-dumping investigations and advises on technical barriers to trade.  

Peers highlight Cynthia Kramer's experience in the area and describe her as being "excellent" and "a very solid professional." Clients also note that "she understands the matters and puts herself in the client's shoes when analysing factual situations and legal impacts of decisions." She is head of the department and has experience providing clients with advice on custom taxes and representation in anti-dumping investigations concerning exports.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Newly formed full-service firm provides the gamut of international trade services with a particular focus on representing national and international clients in the steel, petrochemical, plastic and paper sectors in anti-dumping investigations. Also provides advice on trade policy, tariff changes and WTO matters.  

Head of international trade Carla Amaral Junqueira also co-ordinates the areas of competition, compliance and anti-corruption. Peers comment that she is "a renowned professional who deserves recognition" and highlight her experience in the area. Clients add that "she is a very good lawyer and pleasant to work with." She has vast experience representing both foreign and national importers and exporters in anti-dumping investigations. Junqueira holds a PhD in WTO law from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris, and leads the firm's China desk.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for This well-regarded corporate and general business law practice regularly assists clients with anti-dumping investigations concerning foreign imports and requests for tariff alterations. Also has experience advising on WTO, trade customs and import licensing matters.  

Head of practice Rabih Ali Nasser is highly regarded by peers, who describe him as being an "excellent and very active" lawyer. Clients also highlight his ability to "propose with ease arguments which reflect the client's demands within the limitations imposed by a technical case." Nasser has notable experience representing clients in anti-dumping investigations concerning imports into Brazil from Latin America, Asia and Russia, and advising clients on WTO rules.

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Senior Statesmen

Atelier Jurídico

From the Chambers Global guide

Respected practitioner Luiz Olavo Baptista of Atelier Jurídico is described by peers as a "very important name" and someone who deserves to be highlighted for his work in international trade. He works with both domestic and international clients and dedicates himself to arbitration, including advising on awards and preparing legal opinions and legal studies.

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Band 1

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Ana Teresa Caetano is commended by clients, who assert that she stands out in particular for "her understanding, the performance she gives and the manner in which she explains her point of view." She has experience conducting cases before the WTO, representing clients in anti-dumping investigations and providing advice on customs law matters. Representative clients includes Braskem, PUMA and Pirelli Pneus.

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Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Esteemed professional José Diaz is described by peers as an "experienced, creative and intelligent lawyer." Clients also comment that he is "very accessible and objective," and recommend him for his expertise in customs and international commerce. Diaz regularly acts on behalf of national and international clients in sunset reviews, initial anti-dumping and subsidies investigations concerning imports.

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of practice Renê Medrado is highly recommended by market sources for his performance in anti-dumping cases and his strong focus on competition law. Clients highlight his communicative approach and comment on his "impressive intellectual abilities." He has vast experience representing clients in WTO and sunset review proceedings. Medrado was formerly an international trade adviser at Sidley Austin.

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Band 2

Nasser Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of practice Rabih Ali Nasser is highly regarded by peers, who describe him as being an "excellent and very active" lawyer. Clients also highlight his ability to "propose with ease arguments which reflect the client's demands within the limitations imposed by a technical case." Nasser has notable experience representing clients in anti-dumping investigations concerning imports into Brazil from Latin America, Asia and Russia, and advising clients on WTO rules.

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Band 2

Mattos Engelberg Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of international trade Carla Amaral Junqueira also co-ordinates the areas of competition, compliance and anti-corruption. Peers comment that she is "a renowned professional who deserves recognition" and highlight her experience in the area. Clients add that "she is a very good lawyer and pleasant to work with." She has vast experience representing both foreign and national importers and exporters in anti-dumping investigations. Junqueira holds a PhD in WTO law from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris, and leads the firm's China desk.

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Band 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

The well-regarded Mauro Berenholc receives high praise from market commentators for his expertise in the customs and tax arena. Berenholc has comprehensive experience defending clients in administrative proceedings against the levying of taxes on imports and the imposition of fines, and additionally advises on the structuring of business and importation arrangements to ensure compliance with national customs regulations. He is a former chair of the International Trade & Customs Law Committee of the IBA.

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Band 2

Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Leonor Cordovil comes in for strong praise from clients, who comment that "her deep knowledge of anti-dumping issues is particularly remarkable." Peers add that she is "an excellent professional" and highlight her experience working with domestic importers and exporters and her dual focus on competition law. Cordovil also has notable experience assisting clients with sunset reviews of anti-dumping measures imposed on Brazilian imports. 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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Band 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of practice Vera Kanas Grytz is admired by peers for her sector knowledge and earns further praise from clients, one of whom reports: "She made a key difference. As well as guiding the company, she clarified all doubts throughout the whole process." She has considerable experience representing clients from the biotechnology, chemical and sanitation sectors in anti-dumping investigations involving imports.

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Band 2

Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of the department Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho focuses his practice and is widely recognised in the area of tax and customs. Clients praise him for his "great technical skills, knowledge and strategic vision, which goes beyond legal technique and which is of great value in highly complex cases." He is defending Reckitt Benckiser in three administrative proceedings, in which it is alleged that the client misclassified several imports for tax purposes.

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Band 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the department Adriana Dantas focuses on compliance and has experience assisting clients in WTO and anti-dumping investigations and providing advice on special regimes and free ports. Clients note that they were "impressed with her knowledge not only of Brazilian law and regulations, but also international law and precedents." They add that "she is experienced in the field, hard-working and committed to clients." Dantas previously headed the Latin American desk at King & Spalding.

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Band 3

L.O. Baptista Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight Cynthia Kramer's experience in the area and describe her as being "excellent" and "a very solid professional." Clients also note that "she understands the matters and puts herself in the client's shoes when analysing factual situations and legal impacts of decisions." She is head of the department and has experience providing clients with advice on custom taxes and representation in anti-dumping investigations concerning exports.

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Band 3

MPA Trade Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight co-head of practice Claudia Marques's experience in the international trade arena, describing her as "a very competent lawyer that has been in the market for a long time." She recently represented Oswaldo Cruz Química Indústria e Comércio in an anti-dumping investigation relating to the importation of butyl acrylate from Germany, Taiwan and South Africa. Marques was previously an international associate at Alston & Bird in Washington, DC.

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Mundie Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Carol Monteiro de Carvalho of Mundie Advogados leads the international trade team and has particular expertise in the commercial defence arena. Clients regard her as "a specialist in commercial trade" and note that among her key strengths is the knowledge she has of the issues in this area.

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Band 3

MPA Trade Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators praise Rodrigo Pupo for the technical quality of his work and highlight his activity working for importers. He has experience assisting clients with anti-dumping investigations, including successfully representing Fuyao Glass and Carglass in proceedings brought against the USA and Mexico in relation to the export of safety glass.

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Azevedo Sette Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers note that Luiz Eduardo Salles is "an excellent trade attorney" and "a very dedicated professional who invests a lot of time in the area and who deserves to be highlighted." Clients add that "he is very experienced and produces excellent, high-quality and business-oriented work. The results he achieves for his clients are much higher than legal market standards." Salles was recently retained to represent Under Armour in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the import of shoes from China.

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Band 3

Mundie Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers describe co-head of department Andrea Weiss Balassiano of Mundie Advogados as an excellent lawyer who possesses good technical quality. She has experience representing national and international clients in sunset review and anti-dumping investigations involving imports from China. Significant clients include Adidas do Brasil and Sasol Group Services.  

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Band 4

Priscila Brólio Gonçalves

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers describe head of department of Priscila Brólio Gonçalves of Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados as being a "good, intelligent and creative lawyer," and highlight her strong focus on antitrust matters. She has significant experience assisting clients with WTO and anti-dumping investigations, including successfully representing Kenda Rubber in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the importation of bicycle rubber tubes from China.

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Band 4

Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of practice Ricardo Inglez de Souza of Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados is well known in the market for his focus on competition and antitrust matters. He is admired by clients, who note: "He is always diligent and acts in a proactive manner, which generates peace of mind and credibility." He recently provided Kopin with assistance in an anti-dumping investigation. De Souza previously worked as a foreign associate at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal in Argentina, and has vast experience advising national and multinational companies on all aspects of international trade law.

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Band 4

Magalhães e Dias

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Negrão of Magalhães e Dias receives high praise from clients, who state that he is a "very dedicated professional with a strong academic background and an entrepreneurial vision. He treats each case as a priority and the company is made to feel like it is the firm's only client." He successfully represented Whirlpool in an anti-dumping investigation into American and Chinese imports of polymeric MDI.

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Up and Coming

Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers describe up-and-coming partner Ricardo Casanova Motta as an impressive lawyer with noteworthy market activity. Clients also remark that he possesses "technical expertise and is extremely open to suggestions." He has significant experience assisting clients with anti-dumping investigations and is the author of numerous publications related to international trade law.

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Up and Coming

Fialho Salles – Fialho Canabrava Andrade Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Lucas Spadano of Fialho Salles - Fialho Canabrava Andrade Salles Advogados is lauded by clients, who say that "he has good technical understanding" and go on to assert that "he is a very dedicated lawyer and an outstanding communicator who helps to identify and solve problems." Peers also endorse him as "an interesting professional who is committed and involved." Spadano has experience advising clients on trade remedy procedures, WTO matters and import regulations.

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Star Associate

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Star associate Fernando Benjamin Bueno is acknowledged by market observers for his long-standing involvement in international trade matters. He recently advised Associação Nacional da Indústria de Pneumáticos with an application to commence sunset review and anti-dumping investigations on Brazilian imports of tyres from China.

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Associates to watch

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Gustavo Boni dos Santos is praised by clients for his work in product classification and customs interpretation cases. He also has experience in the verification of subsidies and public interest cases and recently assisted Braskem in anti-dumping sunset review proceedings concerning polyvinyl chloride suspension and polypropylene resin imports. Dos Santos is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

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Associates to watch

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Brasília-based associate-to-watch Paula Farani de Azevedo focuses her practice on commercial defence and regularly assists clients with anti-dumping investigations. Peers describe her as a "very intelligent professional" and someone with a noteworthy background in the market. Clients add that she is a very qualified lawyer who stands out due to her technical understanding and dedication. De Azevedo recently represented Vitro Vidrio y Crystal and Pirelli Pneus in dumping investigations on imports.

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