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Latin-America Guide

Shipping — Brazil


Escritório Jurídico Carbone - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Front-running boutique highly regarded for its long-standing track record representing major domestic and multinational clients in complex shipping matters particularly in connection to major accidents and administrative disputes. Also noted for its close relationship with key market players.

Strengths Clients report: "The firm has extensive experience drafting commercial contracts related to maritime transport and a great knowledge of shipping law in general. Their swift client service effortlessly conciliates our legal and commercial needs."

Work highlights Advised Finarge Apoio Marítimo and SIAT on a USD12 million compensation claim against Terminal Brasfels due to a vessel collision.

Significant clients Vale, Standard P&I Club, Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association, Maersk Line, British Marine.

Notable practitioners

Praised for his technical expertise and academic contributions, Luís Felipe Galante is considered by market observers to be "one of the main names for arbitration and litigation related to the shipping sector."

Flávio Infante Vieira is considered an "excellent lawyer" by interviewees, who also note his considerable experience in the sector. He is distinctly praised for his expertise advising clients on maritime accidents and environment-related mandates.

Partner Claudia Iabrudi is praised for her "varied scope of activity in the sector and technical know-how." She is additionally noted for her significant experience advising clients on regulatory mandates and sector-related disputes.

Lauded as "a reference in the shipping market" by interviewees, senior statesman Artur Carbone continues to receive high praise for his legal and academic contribution to the maritime sector. He is recognised for his extensive market knowledge and impressive track record in the shipping industry.

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Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Godofredo Mendes Vianna, Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Iwam Jaeger
- 5 partners
- 46 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice praised for its deep bench of specialised practitioners. Highly admired for its capabilities spanning shipbuilding agreements, EPC contracts for shipyards, and shipping finance transactions. Consolidated experience providing counsel on shipping accidents and on sector-related litigation mandates. Additionally known for its proficiency in regulatory and contractual matters.

Strengths A market source observes: "The firm has a very strong market presence and a large team of approximately 50 lawyers solely dedicated to shipping matters. In my opinion, they are the best shipping firm in Brazil today."

Clients add: "The team has a very deep knowledge of Brazilian maritime law especially when compared to other generalist practices. They also have an outstanding capability to secure highly favourable commercial agreements on behalf of their clients."

Work highlights Represented Teekay before the Port Captaincy and Admiralty Court in connection to an BRL8 million accident claim.

Significant clients BBC Chartering, SKULD, Dan Swift Netherlands, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Svitzer.

Notable practitioners

Labelled "an academic and institutional reference for shipping matters," name partner Godofredo Mendes Vianna is esteemed for his litigation and arbitration expertise related to maritime and international trade law. He also offers a great deal of experience in high-end sector-related transactions such as ship financing and affreightment contracts.

Key partner Iwam Jaeger is widely respected by market sources for his extensive experience providing counsel on shipping contracts and maritime disputes. Clients also value his experience as a seaman, saying: "He uses that practical experience to better understand the technical side of matters, which helps in finding the best solution for clients."

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso is lauded for her extensive market knowledge and expertise in litigation mandates. Interviewees praise her as "a highly qualified and very combative lawyer who is well known in the shipping market." Clients add: "She is a highly dynamic professional who works swiftly and objectively on our cases."

Up-and-coming partner Lucas Leite Marques continues to impress market sources with his "high level of specialisation in shipping law." He offers over ten years in maritime and insurance law and specialises in dispute resolution related to these fields. Clients report: "He is a highly dedicated lawyer who knows how to speak the industry's language."

Associate-to-watch Juliana Furtado Senna focuses on commercial and maritime law. She specialises on contractual and regulatory issues related to the shipping market. Market sources describe her as "an excellent lawyer," who has "valuable legal knowledge, provides great client service and is very active in the market."

About the Team (content provided by Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados)

The year was 1932 when Mr. Kincaid established the office in Rio de Janeiro, together with a Brazilian partner, Mr. Britto.
 
Since then, the Firm has been delivering unique solutions to domestic and foreign clients that aim to invest and perform business in Brazil.
 
Kincaid provides a full range of assistance in international law, shipping, insurance, oil and gas, corporate, regulatory, labor and tax, in addition to litigation and arbitration.
 
The Firm’s Shipping practice is often recognized as a top tier by most of the specialized publications. Our partners are well known experts in the field and together with a highly qualified team of lawyers we are ready to offer legal assistance 24/7 to shipowners, charterers, carriers, P&I Clubs, shipping agents, port terminals and operators, shipyards, trading companies, shippers, consignees, among other companies of the industry.
 
Kincaid is in constant development, delivering unique solutions based on longstanding sector expertise and aggregating value to clients’ business. In fact, only a business oriented firm could develop a first class service during all these years.

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Shipping Consultoria - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Consolidated boutique frequently advising market players on a wide range of shipping matters. Admired for the strength of its contractual expertise and handling of shipping finance mandates. Also singled out for its excellent track record in sector-related disputes.

Strengths Interviewees remark: "The firm is very well respected in the market and performs top-quality work on behalf of P&I clubs."

Another source adds: "It is a compact boutique with excellent partners who are known for their efficiency working on shipping mandates."

Notable practitioners

Clients consider Fernando Sobrino Porto an "exceptional lawyer" for his expertise handling cargo and accident claims as well as shipping finance transactions. He frequently provides counsel to a select group of insurance companies.

Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio continues to attract praise for his "great legal knowledge" and commercial experience in shipping dispute resolution cases. He is also renowned for his experience in negotiations related to shipping contracts.

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Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished Porto Alegre-based team known for its strong capabilities assisting clients with a broad range of shipping litigation related to accidents and insurance claims. Notable experience providing counsel on contractual and regulatory related to this sector.

Strengths Peers comment: "It is a regional firm based in Rio Grande do Sul which offers clients great legal knowledge of shipping issues."

Notable practitioners

Sources commend name partner Roberto Farinon as "an extremely experienced shipping lawyer who is very active in accident-related litigation." He is well regarded for his expertise related to import and export matters as well as port-related mandates.

Partner Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva receives praise for his "very strong technical knowledge of maritime law." He actively provides counsel to major clients on a wide range of shipping matters and specialises in insurance-related claims and general litigation mandates.

José Augusto Mendes Marques continues to impress market commentators with his expertise handling international trade and customs-related matters. Interviewees describe him as "a very good lawyer who has a great deal of practical and academic knowledge related to the shipping sector."

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Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A) - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing boutique well regarded for its expertise in dry shipping with particular expertise in regulatory mandates. Also noted for its advisory role in shipping accidents, cargo claims and insurance-related matters. Also noted for its activity representing P&I clubs.

Strengths Sources remark: "The firm has a very good name in the market and a team with decades of experience in the shipping sector."

Notable practitioners

Partner Henrique Oswaldo Motta is endorsed by interviewees for his considerable experience advising on freight arrangements and shipping-related disputes. Sources praise his "immense experience in the sector," adding: "He is one of the major figures of Brazilian shipping law."

Pedro Calmon Neto receives all-round praise for his "outstanding work" in contractual and customs-related mandates. Sources enthuse: "He is a highly knowledgeable shipping lawyer with comprehensive experience in this market."

Senior statesman Pedro Calmon Filho draws strong praise from sources, who commend him as "one of the greatest shipping lawyers in Brazil." They add: "He is an eminent figure when it comes to Brazilian maritime law."

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Sammarco Law Office - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Santos-based outfit well respected for its enviable portfolio of high-profile clients which include P&I clubs, charterers and shipowners. Acknowledged for its expertise in strategic shipping litigation such as cargo claims, maritime accidents and environment-related disputes. Firm is widely regarded as a reference in the state of São Paulo.

Strengths Market commentators remark: "The firm has an established name in the market and is highly active on behalf of shipowners."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Osvaldo Sammarco continues to be "a reference in the market," according to interviewees. He expertly advises shipowners and P&I clubs on a variety of wet shipping mandates and is additionally recognised for his significant academic contributions to the sector.

About the Team (content provided by Sammarco Law Office)

Established in 1969, the firm has built a long-established tradition working with maritime law, customs law, ports, aviation, environmental and regulatory law. It provides comprehensive services involving all practices related to maritime trade and international cargo transportation by sea, air or land. The firm’s extended expertise focuses on dealing with P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers, NVOCC’s, freight forwarders, shipping agents, ports and terminals. The firm’s services spans across matters regarding cargo damages and faults, civil liability resulting from navigation accidents, environmental damages, collection of freight charges, demurrage, detention, port storage, and also the preparation of opinions and rendering of consultancy services. The firm is strategically located in Santos close to the largest Latin American port and can provide services throughout Brazil by counting on our network of correspondents in the country’s main capitals, ports and airports. 

Currently, SAMMARCO is providing legal assistance in the most important cases occurred in Brazil in 2017 related to ship colision and containers dropped to sea due to bad weather with high level of complexity that involves civil and enviromental liabilities. Colisions and cargo claims are the most specialized areas of the office.



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Siano & Martins Advogados Associados - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luiz Roberto Leven Siano and Fabiana Simões Martins
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected boutique well known for its expertise in dry and wet mandates with a notable track record advising on complex maritime accidents. Singled out for its expertise handling sector-specific disputes and frequently sought out by P&I clubs and high-profile international shipping companies.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "The firm has been extraordinarily creative in finding solutions and resolving our problems. Their work has been nothing short of fantastic."

Notable practitioners

Clients commend name partner Luiz Roberto Leven Siano for his "profound legal knowledge of shipping law" and "impressive dedication to our cases." He is noted for his expertise in sector-related domestic and international dispute resolution mandates. Clients go on to describe him as "a very intelligent and creative practitioner."

Co-head of department Fabiana Simões Martins is praised by sources for her "hard-working and dedicated" approach to cases and stands out for her track record representing clients in administrative litigation mandates. Market sources add that "she has an incredible work ethic," and "always meets the agreed deadlines."

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Vieira Rezende - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Bernardo Mendes Vianna and Daniela Ribeiro Davila
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary practice known for its strong shipping finance practice and expertise in litigation mandates, with notable experience in major maritime accidents and crisis management scenarios. Proficient in both wet and dry work for important clients of this sector such as P&I clubs, maritime transport companies and varied financial institutions. Maintains a strategic alliance with the Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein.

Strengths Clients remark: "Vieira Rezende has consistently serviced us with excellence. The team combines legal expertise with a strong practical knowledge of the shipping sector and its lawyers are very aligned with our needs as clients."

Work highlights Advised Septem Offshore on its legal strategy regarding lawsuits filed by Galaxia Maritima seeking USD25 million.

Significant clients BW Offshore, Gard, DOF Group, Bunge, GranEnergia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Bernardo Mendes Vianna has over 20 years of experience in the sector and regularly advises P&I clubs on litigation related to major accidents. He has an impressive track record assisting insurers, owners, charterers and offshore suppliers on crisis management scenarios related to maritime and shipping law. One client reports: "He is an experienced lawyer who I can depend on to be responsive and work swiftly if an emergency occurs." They add: "We are very impressed with his litigation capabilities."

Clients praise associate-to-watch Flavia Melo as "an excellent, hard-working and thorough lawyer" for her considerable experience assisting clients in a wide range of complex wet and dry mandates. They add: "She is a skilled communicator and working with her was a true pleasure."

About the Team (content provided by Vieira Rezende)

Vieira Rezende is a full-service law firm with branches in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia. The firm has strong capabilities in wet and dry matters. The Shipping/Offshore area is headed by partners Bernardo Mendes Vianna, a reputable admiralty lawyer, and Daniela Ribeiro Davila, an offshore projects pioneer.

VR has established an emergency response team that covers a broad range of issues – from casualties to cargo claims. The team advises on transportation, logistics and insurance, regulatory affairs, customs regimes and crewing issues, handling any litigation, arbitration or mediation arising thereof. We have a strong practice in transactional matters, dealing with financing, construction, chartering and operational agreements.

Key clients for this area are shipowners, oil companies and their service providers, traders, insurers, banks and other financial entities.

Recent work highlights

We have assisted a Greek shipowner on a grounding incident, liaising with the Maritime Authorities to enable the wreck removal, also advising on the local aspects of disputes arising from the interruption of charter contracts. We have assisted two different O&G players in the aftermath of explosions on board vessels resulting in fatalities, aiding from the emergency response to disputes originated from said casualties. We advised an international logistics company on contractual and insurance matters related to an incident involving special project cargo.



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Advocacia Rocha Baptista - Shipping Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic team based in Rio Grande do Sul with substantial experience providing counsel to established international players on shipping litigation and arbitration mandates. Additionally well equipped to advise on complex maritime accidents and shipbuilding contracts.

Strengths Interviewees comment: "The firm is one of the few high-quality shipping practices based in the South of Brazil."

Notable practitioners

Considered a "leading practitioner in the South of Brazil" by interviewees, founding partner Arthur Rocha Baptista is well known for his adept handling of cases involving maritime accidents. He frequently represents important international clients in a wide range of complex sector-specific mandates.

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PROMARE - Shipping Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Larry Carvalho
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Fortaleza-based boutique actively representing clients in a wide range of wet and dry mandates. Highlighted for its expertise providing counsel on shipping accidents and cargo-related disputes. Often retained by P&I clubs, in addition to shipbuilders, port operators and insurance companies.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm provides us with excellent legal services and has a very dedicated team of professionals." adding: "It is the only firm we know in the North East of Brazil with such great expertise of shipping law."

Work highlights Advised Galaxia Marítima on a legal dispute regarding the operating agreement for six vessels. The total value of the dispute is BRL64 million.

Significant clients Apodi, Aliança Navegações, The Standard Club, UK Club, Happag Lloyd.

Notable practitioners

New addition to the table Larry Carvalho is noted for his experience representing clients in complex shipping litigation mandates. Clients enthuse: "He pays a great deal of attention to our demands and offers a thorough knowledge of shipping matters," adding: "Working with him gives us great confidence."

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly involved in shipping finance and transactional shipping mandates. Significant experience in dry shipping issues with noted capabilities handling related commercial agreements. Actively assists with the financing of vessels and offshore oil platforms.

Strengths Clients offer: "The firm's client service is excellent - clear and swift," adding: "The team is very helpful and is very solutions-oriented."

Work highlights Advised the Export-Import Bank of China on a USD1 billion financing to Petrobras to fund the construction and conversion of 12 FPSOs.

Significant clients ING Bank, Bunge, Caixa Econômica Federal, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, MSC Cruises.

Notable practitioners

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

About the Team (content provided by Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados)

Cescon Barrieu’s Shipping team has comprehensive expertise in financings, corporate transactions, commercial agreements, tax and regulatory matters in the shipping, maritime and offshore industries. The team is built from specialists in areas such as project finance, corporate, tax and customs, disputes resolution, labor, environmental and infrastructure regulation to provide the highest level of advice to clients in these industries.

The firm is one of the most active and experienced in shipping and offshore financing in Brazil, with particular focus on the drilling and other offshore assets used in the oil and gas industry. It has large experience in handling all kinds of financing transactions, including local and international loans, covered and uncovered facilities, Merchant Navy Fund financings (Fundo da Marinha Mercante or FMM), bonds and other capital market financings.

The contentious shipping practice excels in strategic and sophisticated matters, particularly in cross-border disputes. The group advises clients in industry matters such as enforcement of security packages, environmental liabilities, shipbuilding and other contractual disputes, cargo damage and demurrage costs, either in arbitral tribunals or courts of law.

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Lopes Pinto Advogados Associados - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable expertise in regulatory and contractual shipping matters. The team frequently provides counsel on maritime accidents, the sale and purchase of vessels, and registry issues. Actively represents the interests of international companies on the full range of shipping law.

Strengths Peers highlight: "The firm is excellent in shipping-related regulatory issues."

Notable practitioners

Alessander Lopes Pinto and Tatiane Chaves are the key client contacts.

About the Team (content provided by Lopes Pinto Advogados Associados)

The Firm has a very wide experience in regulatory matters involving administrative proceedings before the National Agency for Waterway Transportation – ANTAQ, Special Secretariat of Ports, Brazilian Customs, Brazilian Maritime Authority and Admiralty Court. The Firm also handle works assisting clients in oil companies tender processes, including Petrobras´ tender. The assistance for vessels´ temporary importation to Brazil and their clearance before the Brazilian Authorities are important services provided by the Firm.

Shipowners from all over the world are the Firm´s biggest clients as well are the shipyards, port terminals, oil companies and related suppliers from the oil and gas sector.

The Firm is proud with its recent ship arrest first precedent awarded in a Domestic Arbitrage in Brazil and also proud with an inumerous decisions in maritime claims summing more than USD 100 million in dispute in favor of its clients against Petrobras contractual penalties.

Litigation, Oil and Gas, Regulatory, Labour Law and  immigration matters related to foreign companies and their expatriates and foreign crew of their vessels and offshore oil rigs operating in Brazil are the very specialized Firm´s area of pratice.

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei
- 10 partners
- 54 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service player known for its experience advising shipping companies and financial institutions on a wide range of high-end transactional shipping matters. Notably strong in offshore structures and shipping finance mandates.

Strengths Clients note: "The team's lawyers are responsive, pragmatic and business-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Hidrovias do Brasil on a BRL1 billion project finance mandate.

Notable practitioners

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

About the Team (content provided by Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice)

Essential for Brazil's economic development, the airport sector has a great need for private investment. At the same time, airlines are experiencing a challenging time, which makes room for transactions with foreign investors and restructuring.

Our professionals have extensive experience regarding the legislation, the technical aspects of these industries, and business context, to meet the entire range of legal needs and support the definition and implementation of effective growth strategies.

We provide advisory services on the structuring of purchase and sale transactions, leasing and financing of aircrafts, engines and other equipment. We assist with concessions, financing and regulatory aspects of airports and in operations that are peculiar to those industries, such as aircraft leasing and mortgage, structured transactions, engine maintenance contracts, interchange agreements and time sharing of helicopters.

We are prepared to support mergers and acquisitions, alliances with foreign investors, restructuring and industry consolidation movements. We have tradition and leadership also in project financings. They are quite complex structures, requiring vast experience in international contracts, corporate and tax matters, among others. We use our knowledge of public regulatory law to understand the rules of these segments, our expertise in the negotiation and drafting of complex contracts and experience in all other fields of law where Machado Meyer operates.

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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm actively advising financial institutions and investors on high-end shipping finance deals. Frequently assists shipowners, cargo companies and carriers on a range of dry matters.

Strengths Clients report: "The team is business-minded and truly has an international perspective. They are keen on getting the deal through in a way in which all parties are satisfied."

Work highlights Advised Svitzer on the review, negotiation and execution of shipbuilding contracts.

Significant clients Maersk Supply, Prumo, Hidrovias, SBM Offshore, BP.

Notable practitioners

Giovani Loss is the key client contact at this practice.

About the Team (content provided by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados)

Assistance to major industry players, including ship-owners, carriers, terminals, cargo owners, brokers, service providers, private equity funds and financial institutions; counsel on the Brazilian regulatory framework applicable to all types of navigation (including matters related to carriage of goods by sea and exploration of port terminals); advice to clients on different shipping-related transactions, contract negotiations (especially concerning demurrage, consumption, speed, lay days and INCOTERMS) as well as project finance; litigation (both in courts and administrative levels); M&A deals regarding the shipping and shipbuilding industry.

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Veirano Advogados - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary practice recognised for its team of shipping finance experts. Maintains a strong track record in structured finance, contractual disputes and restructuring mandates. Frequently instructed by high-profile domestic and international financial institutions. Known for its capabilities providing legal counsel to the offshore industry.

Strengths Market sources note: "The firm is highly active in shipping finance transactions."

Work highlights Advised the Bank of China on the USD19 million refinancing of two vessels owned by the CBO Group for a charter to Petrobras.

Significant clients Nordea Bank Norge, DVB Bank, Garantiinstituttet for Eksportkreditt.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Otavio Borges Carneiro is well respected by market sources for his expertise in shipbuilding, shipping finance and projects. He is further noted for his experience providing counsel on sector-related commercial agreements and regulatory issues.

Head of department Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos is an established name in the market for his practice advising financial institutions on shipping finance transactions. He routinely represents global lenders, shipowners and shipyard owners on financing for the construction of vessels, platforms and shipyards in Brazil. Clients praise him as "a highly qualified lawyer who provides us with great client service and responds swiftly to our queries."

About the Team (content provided by Veirano Advogados)

Veirano Advogados has been active for the past two decades as a one-stop provider of legal solutions in the shipping sector, assisting clients with contractual, tax, labor, arbitration, and litigation matters with seamlessly integrated support from other practice groups in the Firm.

We handle all types of agreements, including:

• Shipbuilding contracts
• Charter and sub-charter contracts
• Financing and security package contracts
• Issuance of opinions
• Mutual hold harmless agreements
• Quiet enjoyment letters

Our team provides specialized services to shipyards, Brazilian and foreign ship owners, Brazilian and international financial institutions, and multilateral agencies, among other entities. We have been a pioneer in transactions involving Merchant Marine Fund (FMM) financing for the execution of shipping projects, and participated in financial negotiations for the construction and operation of one of Brazil’s largest shipyards.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in bidding processes before the Petrobras group of companies, in activities such as:

• Analyzing bid documentation
• Analyzing competitor qualifying documentation
• Analyzing the tax aspects of a project
• Guiding the formation of joint ventures
• Negotiating memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and pre-bidding agreements with partners
• Preparing administrative appeals
• Preparing risk matrices
• Requesting clarification from the bid commission

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Senior Statesperson

Pedro Calmon Filho

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Pedro Calmon Filho draws strong praise from sources, who commend him as "one of the greatest shipping lawyers in Brazil." They add: "He is an eminent figure when it comes to Brazilian maritime law."

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Senior Statesperson

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Lauded as "a reference in the shipping market" by interviewees, senior statesman Artur Carbone continues to receive high praise for his legal and academic contribution to the maritime sector. He is recognised for his extensive market knowledge and impressive track record in the shipping industry.

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Band 1

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources commend name partner Roberto Farinon as "an extremely experienced shipping lawyer who is very active in accident-related litigation." He is well regarded for his expertise related to import and export matters as well as port-related mandates.

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Band 1

Luís Felipe Galante

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Praised for his technical expertise and academic contributions, Luís Felipe Galante is considered by market observers to be "one of the main names for arbitration and litigation related to the shipping sector."

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Band 1

Godofredo Mendes Vianna

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Labelled "an academic and institutional reference for shipping matters," name partner Godofredo Mendes Vianna is esteemed for his litigation and arbitration expertise related to maritime and international trade law. He also offers a great deal of experience in high-end sector-related transactions such as ship financing and affreightment contracts.

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Band 1

Henrique Oswaldo Motta

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Henrique Oswaldo Motta is endorsed by interviewees for his considerable experience advising on freight arrangements and shipping-related disputes. Sources praise his "immense experience in the sector," adding: "He is one of the major figures of Brazilian shipping law."

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Band 1

Sammarco Law Office

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Osvaldo Sammarco continues to be "a reference in the market," according to interviewees. He expertly advises shipowners and P&I clubs on a variety of wet shipping mandates and is additionally recognised for his significant academic contributions to the sector.

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Band 1

Fernando C Sobrino Porto

Shipping Consultoria

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients consider Fernando Sobrino Porto an "exceptional lawyer" for his expertise handling cargo and accident claims as well as shipping finance transactions. He frequently provides counsel to a select group of insurance companies.

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Band 2

Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva receives praise for his "very strong technical knowledge of maritime law." He actively provides counsel to major clients on a wide range of shipping matters and specialises in insurance-related claims and general litigation mandates.

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Band 2

Flávio Infante Vieira

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Flávio Infante Vieira is considered an "excellent lawyer" by interviewees, who also note his considerable experience in the sector. He is distinctly praised for his expertise advising clients on maritime accidents and environment-related mandates.

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Band 2

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Iwam Jaeger is widely respected by market sources for his extensive experience providing counsel on shipping contracts and maritime disputes. Clients also value his experience as a seaman, saying: "He uses that practical experience to better understand the technical side of matters, which helps in finding the best solution for clients."

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Band 2

Luiz Roberto Leven Siano

Siano & Martins Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients commend name partner Luiz Roberto Leven Siano for his "profound legal knowledge of shipping law" and "impressive dedication to our cases." He is noted for his expertise in sector-related domestic and international dispute resolution mandates. Clients go on to describe him as "a very intelligent and creative practitioner."

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Band 2

Bernardo Mendes Vianna

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Bernardo Mendes Vianna has over 20 years of experience in the sector and regularly advises P&I clubs on litigation related to major accidents. He has an impressive track record assisting insurers, owners, charterers and offshore suppliers on crisis management scenarios related to maritime and shipping law. One client reports: "He is an experienced lawyer who I can depend on to be responsive and work swiftly if an emergency occurs." They add: "We are very impressed with his litigation capabilities."

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Band 2

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso is lauded for her extensive market knowledge and expertise in litigation mandates. Interviewees praise her as "a highly qualified and very combative lawyer who is well known in the shipping market." Clients add: "She is a highly dynamic professional who works swiftly and objectively on our cases."

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Band 2

Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio

Shipping Consultoria

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio continues to attract praise for his "great legal knowledge" and commercial experience in shipping dispute resolution cases. He is also renowned for his experience in negotiations related to shipping contracts.

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Band 3

Otavio Borges Carneiro

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Otavio Borges Carneiro is well respected by market sources for his expertise in shipbuilding, shipping finance and projects. He is further noted for his experience providing counsel on sector-related commercial agreements and regulatory issues.

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Band 3

Pedro Calmon Neto

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Calmon Neto receives all-round praise for his "outstanding work" in contractual and customs-related mandates. Sources enthuse: "He is a highly knowledgeable shipping lawyer with comprehensive experience in this market."

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Band 3

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Claudia Iabrudi is praised for her "varied scope of activity in the sector and technical know-how." She is additionally noted for her significant experience advising clients on regulatory mandates and sector-related disputes.

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Band 3

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes

Felsberg Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of practice Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes of Felsberg Advogados is recognised as an experienced litigator who is frequently involved in shipping-related mandates. Interviewees praise him as "a highly knowledgeable and very efficient shipping lawyer who is very prompt in getting back to us." They add: "He is performing excellent work in this sector."

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Band 3

José Augusto Mendes Marques

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Augusto Mendes Marques continues to impress market commentators with his expertise handling international trade and customs-related matters. Interviewees describe him as "a very good lawyer who has a great deal of practical and academic knowledge related to the shipping sector."

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Band 3

Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos is an established name in the market for his practice advising financial institutions on shipping finance transactions. He routinely represents global lenders, shipowners and shipyard owners on financing for the construction of vessels, platforms and shipyards in Brazil. Clients praise him as "a highly qualified lawyer who provides us with great client service and responds swiftly to our queries."

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Band 3

Arthur Rocha Baptista

Advocacia Rocha Baptista

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Considered a "leading practitioner in the South of Brazil" by interviewees, founding partner Arthur Rocha Baptista is well known for his adept handling of cases involving maritime accidents. He frequently represents important international clients in a wide range of complex sector-specific mandates.

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Band 3

Fabiana Simões Martins

Siano & Martins Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Fabiana Simões Martins is praised by sources for her "hard-working and dedicated" approach to cases and stands out for her track record representing clients in administrative litigation mandates. Market sources add that "she has an incredible work ethic," and "always meets the agreed deadlines."

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Up and Coming

PROMARE

From the Chambers Latin America guide

New addition to the table Larry Carvalho is noted for his experience representing clients in complex shipping litigation mandates. Clients enthuse: "He pays a great deal of attention to our demands and offers a thorough knowledge of shipping matters," adding: "Working with him gives us great confidence."

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Up and Coming

Olympio José de Carvalho e Silva

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Olympio José de Carvalho e Silva of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados is a new addition to the table and is well versed in both contentious and transactional mandates. He specialises in shipping and transport disputes and cargo claims, and regularly provides assistance to foreign OSV owners wishing to operate in Brazil. Clients describe him as "a highly knowledgeable lawyer who is very easy to work with and who ensures we get the best possible advice as quickly as possible."

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Up and Coming

Lucas Leite Marques

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Lucas Leite Marques continues to impress market sources with his "high level of specialisation in shipping law." He offers over ten years in maritime and insurance law and specialises in dispute resolution related to these fields. Clients report: "He is a highly dedicated lawyer who knows how to speak the industry's language."

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Associates to watch

Juliana Furtado Senna

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Juliana Furtado Senna focuses on commercial and maritime law. She specialises on contractual and regulatory issues related to the shipping market. Market sources describe her as "an excellent lawyer," who has "valuable legal knowledge, provides great client service and is very active in the market."

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Associates to watch

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise associate-to-watch Flavia Melo as "an excellent, hard-working and thorough lawyer" for her considerable experience assisting clients in a wide range of complex wet and dry mandates. They add: "She is a skilled communicator and working with her was a true pleasure."

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