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Global Guide

Shipping — Brazil

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第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Esteemed firm with a strong bench of distinguished practitioners. Widely recognised for its experience in shipping matters. Highly sought after to advise on major accidents and disputes in the sector and maintains a close relationship with key market players. Significant clients include German and British-based companies with global reach.  

Luís Felipe Galante is admired by sources for his dedication to shipping matters in Brazil and is considered a "reference in the market." He has considerable experience in the sector including recently advising Thorco Shipping on the legal implications of a vessel collision.

Artur Carbone receives widespread commendation from sources for his long-standing contribution to the shipping industry in Brazil. He has considerable knowledge of the market and an impressive academic profile, as well as maintaining an active practice.

Flávio Infante Vieira is respected for his constant activity representing players in the shipping market, with particular skills in maritime accidents and environmental matters. Market sources report that he is a dedicated and focused member of the team.

Claudia Iabrudi is described as a "very good lawyer" by market sources. As head of the litigation practice, she focuses on representing shipping clients in sector-related disputes.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Stellar maritime practice widely respected for its holistic coverage of dry and wet shipping matters. Noted capabilities spanning shipbuilding agreements, EPC contracts for shipyards, and shipping finance. Regularly represents clients in major accidents and acts on a variety of freight arrangements. Deep experience in cross-border transactions involving suppliers, port operators and trading companies.

The highly experienced and "excellent" Godofredo Mendes Vianna is praised by market sources for his leading practice in the shipping sector. He frequently advises on complex mandates, including prominent disputes and high-value transactions.

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso maintains a noted shipping practice and is a well-known player in the market. Her recent experience includes advising on a major shipping contract for the oil and gas industry. Cardoso frequently handles disputes related to vessels and cargo claims for multinational clients.

Iwam Jaeger is well regarded for his significant experience assisting with shipping contracts and complex casualties involving vessels. Market commentators note: "He is a very skilful negotiator and knows how to ease a complex situation, but can also be aggressive when it is required."

Up-and-coming partner Lucas Leite Marques is a new addition to the table. Sources praise his skills, with one saying: "He is able to put himself in the shoes of the opposing side, which helps to facilitate the deal." Marques regularly advises international companies on Brazilian damage claims legislation. 

Associate-to-watch Juliana Furtado Senna is recognised by market sources for her regular activity in shipping deals. Interviewees describe her as a "very good lawyer." She has experience handling cross-border contractual matters with particular focus on commercial deals.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Team has a strong reputation for its experience advising on sophisticated shipping matters and for the considerable level of expertise of its lawyers. Particularly active in providing assistance with dry work. Also noted for its activity representing P&I clubs.  

The "very experienced" Henrique Oswaldo Motta "knows how to solve a problem," according to market sources, who also praise him for his "well balanced" approach. He is a very active player in the Brazilian market and is particularly well regarded for his work in freight arrangements and sector-related disputes.

Pedro Calmon Filho is a well-respected figure, known for his abilities in representing P&I clubs and for acting in high-value arbitrations. He has over 50 years of practice in the shipping sphere and is a former president of the Brazilian Association of Maritime Law. Interviewees see him as "an eminence in the Brazilian market."

Up-and-coming partner Pedro Calmon Neto continues to impress interviewees with his rapid ascendance in the shipping market. Market commentators assert that "he is very dedicated, very serious and is really doing well." They go on to describe him as "excellent, intelligent and articulate."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Specialised maritime firm boasting highly experienced individual practitioners. Regularly advises on a wide range of shipping issues, including contracts, shipping finance and accidents, as well as sector-related disputes.

Fernando Sobrino Porto is widely regarded by sources as an "excellent lawyer." He has notable experience in disputes, and market commentators single him out for his negotiation skills. He has solid knowledge of accident claims and is often retained by insurance companies. Porto has well-regarded experience assisting clients with cross-border disputes and complex contractual arrangements.

The "excellent" Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio is a well-respected shipping practitioner. He is frequently described by market sources as "a very good professional" and has considerable experience advising on shipping-related disputes, large-scale judicial cargo claims and liability matters.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded team operating from Porto Alegre which enjoys superb recognition for its advice on a wide variety of shipping matters. Particularly active in assisting clients with major accidents and related insurance claims.

Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva is highly respected for his maritime legal advice. He is experienced in wet and dry work and is described by market sources as "excellent."

Roberto Farinon enjoys widespread recognition for his long-standing experience advising on complex shipping matters, emergency response mechanisms, civil actions and liability cases. Market commentators remark that he stands out for his "competence" and "diligence."

José Augusto Mendes Marques regularly assists clients with a variety of shipping issues. Marques is described by interviewees as a "good professional who deserves recognition" for his practice in this field.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Respected practice maintaining a market stronghold in the major Brazilian port of Santos. Regularly advises relevant industry players, including P&I clubs, on a wide variety of shipping issues. The firm is regarded as a reference in the state of São Paulo.  

Osvaldo Sammarco is a leading lawyer for shipping matters. He has considerable experience advising shipowners and P&I clubs in a variety of mandates, including maritime accidents and environmental issues. Market commentators praise his diverse practice and consider him a "knowledgeable" practitioner.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Shipping boutique firm regularly sought after to provide counsel on matters relating to complex accidents. Particularly admired for its considerable litigation and broader disputes expertise. Frequently retained by a variety of clients, including P&I clubs and a wide range of foreign shipping companies operating in Brazil.  

Luiz Roberto Leven Siano has notable experience attending to liability mandates for international clients, and specialises in international law and economic integration. Market sources commend his growing presence in the sector's most relevant cases, and offer particular praise for his litigation skills. He is described by observers as "very hard-working," and clients add: "He can put himself in the position of others and consider a variety of possible interpretations of a matter."

Fabiana Simões Martins regularly represents clients in shipping disputes and collisions. Interviewees describe her as a "very capable" practitioner in this field. Martins has an LLM in International Law from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and is well versed in disputes with cross-border implications.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Respected practice group with specialised knowledge of the full range of wet and dry shipping matters, and frequent activity advising on prominent accidents. Also noted for its strong shipping finance practice. Maintains a strategic alliance with the Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein, boosting its international capabilities.

Bernardo Mendes Vianna is a seasoned litigator and a well-regarded maritime lawyer. He is regularly retained by shipowners and P&I clubs, as well as insurers and offshore suppliers. Market sources note his experience in wet work, saying: "He is a brilliant lawyer - experienced, confident and with an excellent knowledge of maritime law." He also has recognised experience handling large-scale calamities.

Associate-to-watch Flavia Carvalho Melo has caught the attention of market sources due to her dedication to shipping matters. Interviewees praise her "concise and straightforward advice" and add that she is "very good and experienced."

Joyce Souza Jacobsen is a senior associate specialised in international contracts regarding oil, gas and offshores. She holds an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo and worked at Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein for several years. Jacobsen is fluent in English, Spanish and Norwegian.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Respected shipping team that concentrates its practice around the southern port of Rio Grande. Has experience advising on accidents and general shipping litigation and arbitration. Acts for shipowners, charterers and operators, as well as P&I clubs. Noted involvement in matters relating to shipbuilding contracts. Regularly acts as a negotiator in cross-border agreements and arbitration proceedings involving vessel and cargo claims.  

Arthur Rocha Baptista is regarded as a point of reference for shipping matters in the Rio Grande port vicinity. He frequently acts on accidents and also handles dry work. Market sources describe him as a "young and respected practitioner" who is "very involved in this sector." Baptista holds a master's degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Full-service firm fielding a solid team that regularly advises on high-profile transactional work involving offshore structures and shipping finance. Retained by both shipping companies and financial institutions. Also has experience in a variety of legal fields related to the shipping sector including tax, disputes and general corporate work.

José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and José Virgílio Lopes Enei are the key client contacts at the firm. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice frequently assisting shipowners, cargo companies and carriers. Advises on dry work, including regulatory matters, M&A deals and corporate disputes. Also assists banks and investors with shipping finance mandates.

Giovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are the key client contacts at the firm.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Acts on shipping finance matters and sector-related transactional work. Regularly advises offshore drilling contractors on a range of operations, including the financing of vessels and offshore oil platforms. Also assists with regulatory mandates and disputes.

Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni are the key client contacts at the firm.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Notable shipping finance practice that acts for a variety of clients, such as financial institutions and offshore service providers. Advises on numerous shipping mandates, including structured finance matters, particularly those relating to the oil and gas industry. Experienced in contractual disputes and debt restructuring operations.  

Otavio Borges Carneiro focuses principally on project and shipping finance and is recognised by market sources for his strengths in these areas. Carneiro is a former international consultant for US law firm Alston & Bird.

Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos heads the team and is regularly sought after by banks to advise on shipping finance matters. Mattos recently acted for DNB Bank on a refinancing deal for Odfjell. He has previously worked as a foreign associate at White & Case's office in New York.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Shipping boutique firm based in Fortaleza. Noted for advising on accidents in the North East region of the country. Frequently retained by a wide range of market players including P&I clubs, shipbuilders and port operators as well as insurance companies.

Larry Carvalho is the key client contact at the firm. 

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Senior Statesmen

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Global guide

Pedro Calmon Filho is a well-respected figure, known for his abilities in representing P&I clubs and for acting in high-value arbitrations. He has over 50 years of practice in the shipping sphere and is a former president of the Brazilian Association of Maritime Law. Interviewees see him as "an eminence in the Brazilian market."

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Senior Statesmen

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Global guide

Artur Carbone receives widespread commendation from sources for his long-standing contribution to the shipping industry in Brazil. He has considerable knowledge of the market and an impressive academic profile, as well as maintaining an active practice.

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Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Global guide

Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva is highly respected for his maritime legal advice. He is experienced in wet and dry work and is described by market sources as "excellent."

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Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Global guide

Roberto Farinon enjoys widespread recognition for his long-standing experience advising on complex shipping matters, emergency response mechanisms, civil actions and liability cases. Market commentators remark that he stands out for his "competence" and "diligence."

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Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Global guide

Luís Felipe Galante is admired by sources for his dedication to shipping matters in Brazil and is considered a "reference in the market." He has considerable experience in the sector including recently advising Thorco Shipping on the legal implications of a vessel collision.

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Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

The highly experienced and "excellent" Godofredo Mendes Vianna is praised by market sources for his leading practice in the shipping sector. He frequently advises on complex mandates, including prominent disputes and high-value transactions.

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Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Global guide

The "very experienced" Henrique Oswaldo Motta "knows how to solve a problem," according to market sources, who also praise him for his "well balanced" approach. He is a very active player in the Brazilian market and is particularly well regarded for his work in freight arrangements and sector-related disputes.

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Sammarco Law Office

From the Chambers Global guide

Osvaldo Sammarco is a leading lawyer for shipping matters. He has considerable experience advising shipowners and P&I clubs in a variety of mandates, including maritime accidents and environmental issues. Market commentators praise his diverse practice and consider him a "knowledgeable" practitioner.

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Shipping Consultoria

From the Chambers Global guide

Fernando Sobrino Porto is widely regarded by sources as an "excellent lawyer." He has notable experience in disputes, and market commentators single him out for his negotiation skills. He has solid knowledge of accident claims and is often retained by insurance companies. Porto has well-regarded experience assisting clients with cross-border disputes and complex contractual arrangements.

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Band 2

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Global guide

Flávio Infante Vieira is respected for his constant activity representing players in the shipping market, with particular skills in maritime accidents and environmental matters. Market sources report that he is a dedicated and focused member of the team.

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Band 2

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Iwam Jaeger is well regarded for his significant experience assisting with shipping contracts and complex casualties involving vessels. Market commentators note: "He is a very skilful negotiator and knows how to ease a complex situation, but can also be aggressive when it is required."

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Siano & Martins Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Global guide

Luiz Roberto Leven Siano has notable experience attending to liability mandates for international clients, and specialises in international law and economic integration. Market sources commend his growing presence in the sector's most relevant cases, and offer particular praise for his litigation skills. He is described by observers as "very hard-working," and clients add: "He can put himself in the position of others and consider a variety of possible interpretations of a matter."

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Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernardo Mendes Vianna is a seasoned litigator and a well-regarded maritime lawyer. He is regularly retained by shipowners and P&I clubs, as well as insurers and offshore suppliers. Market sources note his experience in wet work, saying: "He is a brilliant lawyer - experienced, confident and with an excellent knowledge of maritime law." He also has recognised experience handling large-scale calamities.

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Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso maintains a noted shipping practice and is a well-known player in the market. Her recent experience includes advising on a major shipping contract for the oil and gas industry. Cardoso frequently handles disputes related to vessels and cargo claims for multinational clients.

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Band 2

Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio

Shipping Consultoria

From the Chambers Global guide

The "excellent" Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio is a well-respected shipping practitioner. He is frequently described by market sources as "a very good professional" and has considerable experience advising on shipping-related disputes, large-scale judicial cargo claims and liability matters.

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Band 3

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Otavio Borges Carneiro focuses principally on project and shipping finance and is recognised by market sources for his strengths in these areas. Carneiro is a former international consultant for US law firm Alston & Bird.

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Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Global guide

Claudia Iabrudi is described as a "very good lawyer" by market sources. As head of the litigation practice, she focuses on representing shipping clients in sector-related disputes.

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Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes

Felsberg Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes of Felsberg Advogados has a wealth of experience representing shipping clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Interviewees say: "He has a brilliant legal mind and grasps issues very quickly." They add: "He is reliable and has a very practical and sound approach to any issue."

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José Augusto Mendes Marques

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Global guide

José Augusto Mendes Marques regularly assists clients with a variety of shipping issues. Marques is described by interviewees as a "good professional who deserves recognition" for his practice in this field.

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Band 3

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos heads the team and is regularly sought after by banks to advise on shipping finance matters. Mattos recently acted for DNB Bank on a refinancing deal for Odfjell. He has previously worked as a foreign associate at White & Case's office in New York.

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Advocacia Rocha Baptista

From the Chambers Global guide

Arthur Rocha Baptista is regarded as a point of reference for shipping matters in the Rio Grande port vicinity. He frequently acts on accidents and also handles dry work. Market sources describe him as a "young and respected practitioner" who is "very involved in this sector." Baptista holds a master's degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton.

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Band 3

Siano & Martins Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Global guide

Fabiana Simões Martins regularly represents clients in shipping disputes and collisions. Interviewees describe her as a "very capable" practitioner in this field. Martins has an LLM in International Law from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and is well versed in disputes with cross-border implications.

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Up and Coming

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Pedro Calmon Neto continues to impress interviewees with his rapid ascendance in the shipping market. Market commentators assert that "he is very dedicated, very serious and is really doing well." They go on to describe him as "excellent, intelligent and articulate."

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Up and Coming

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Lucas Leite Marques is a new addition to the table. Sources praise his skills, with one saying: "He is able to put himself in the shoes of the opposing side, which helps to facilitate the deal." Marques regularly advises international companies on Brazilian damage claims legislation. 

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Associates to watch

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Juliana Furtado Senna is recognised by market sources for her regular activity in shipping deals. Interviewees describe her as a "very good lawyer." She has experience handling cross-border contractual matters with particular focus on commercial deals.

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Associates to watch

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Flavia Carvalho Melo has caught the attention of market sources due to her dedication to shipping matters. Interviewees praise her "concise and straightforward advice" and add that she is "very good and experienced."

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