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Latin-America Guide

Shipping — Brazil


Escritório Jurídico Carbone - Shipping Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing boutique highly regarded for its track record representing major domestic and multinational clients in complex shipping matters. Stands out in the market for its contentious practice and assistance to insurers, particularly in connection with major accidents and administrative disputes. Also noted for its close relationship with key market players.

Strengths Market commentators continue to point out that "they are one of the best shipping practices in Brazil."

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman and former president of the Brazilian Maritime Law Association Artur Carbone boasts ample experience in the shipping arena and continues to be a highly recognised figure in the market due to his legal and academic contributions.

Distinguished partner and academic Luís Felipe Galante receives widespread recognition in the market for his long-standing shipping practice and is hailed by peers as "a standout practitioner." A wide range of foreign and local clients benefit from his assistance with contracts, regulatory matters and sector-related disputes. Galante is also a published author in the maritime law sphere.

"Excellent lawyer" Flávio Infante Vieira is praised for his expertise in maritime accidents. Market commentators say: "He is very good in maritime contentious cases and also stands out in environmental matters." He draws upon a solid background in corporate law to assist clients.

"Very active" partner Claudia Iabrudi is highlighted by market commentators for her broad experience in the area, including regulatory and offshore shipping advice. Clients often instruct her with litigation cases due to her specialisation in civil law and procedure.

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Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados - Shipping Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Premier shipping practice praised for its deep bench of specialised practitioners who are often sought out by an array of international clients. Renowned for its capabilities spanning shipbuilding agreements, EPC contracts for shipyards and shipping finance transactions. Solid experience providing counsel on shipping accidents, as well as cargo claims and non-payment actions.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the "very qualified team of lawyers" and go on to add: "They are flexible and a partner is always involved in matters. They are very available and provide a prompt service."

Work highlights Successfully represented SAIPEM in a dispute seeking the payment of a USD130 million debt from Petrobras in connection with an E&P project.

Notable practitioners

Clients are full of praise for founding partner Godofredo Mendes Vianna, noting: "He is a very efficient lawyer who is able to react quickly, manage clients' expectations and deliver good results." He is well known for his litigation acumen, in addition to boasting a high level of experience in shipbuilding contracts and recovery claims, as well as ship arrests and oil spills.

"Very efficient and straightforward" practitioner Iwam Jaeger specialises in insurance matters, in particular providing underwriters, shipowners and drilling companies with advice and representation in disputes. One client says: "He has in-depth knowledge of maritime law and is very dedicated to cases."

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso continues to attract praise from clients, who say: "She provides good communication and interface with stakeholders and authorities in the sector." She is well equipped to assist with port-related matters and actively represents clients in disputes and the negotiation of charter agreements.

Clients have been impressed with Lucas Leite Marques, highlighting in particular his "technical knowledge, diligence and ability to provide very good advice," while peers add that "he is hard-working." He regularly assists clients with an array of contentious shipping matters.

Associate-to-watch Juliana Furtado Senna receives praise from sources for "her knowledge of the general regulatory context and great ability to liaise with the relevant bodies." Interviewees also highlight "her objectivity, communication skills and proactivity."

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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Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados - Shipping Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputable Porto Alegre-based practice known for its solid advice to clients on shipping litigation cases, including accidents and insurance claims. Possesses solid experience handling ship salvaging matters, and is increasingly active advising foreign freight owners on regulatory, contractual and compliance matters. SINDOP RG and Nexus are new clients.

Strengths One source says: "I am incredibly happy with their services, as they inspire a sense of calmness and confidence in the clients. I know I can trust them to handle anything."

Work highlights Assisted SMIT Salvage BV with contractual matters in connection with the removal of a pusher tug that had been involved in a collision with a Mercosul Santos container vessel.

Notable practitioners

Respected founding and managing partner Roberto Farinon is recognised in the market for his active involvement in handling shipping accidents and salvage operations. He also boasts long-standing experience assisting clients with a wide range of cases, including pollution issues, ports and terminals-related matters and import and export mandates.

Experienced co-founder Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva boasts a strong practice focused on port and terminal-related issues. He also possesses solid expertise in the full gamut of litigation matters, including insurance and subrogation claims, as well as disputes relating to charter agreements and bills of lading.

José Augusto Mendes Marques is lauded by interviewees, who state: "He provides advice in a clear, concise and timely manner and has extensive knowledge of shipping law." They go on to assert: "He boasts strong litigation skills, demonstrated by the very impressive track record he maintains with us."

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

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established boutique distinguished for its expertise in dry shipping with particular expertise in regulatory mandates. Compact team is highlighted for its advisory role in shipping accidents, cargo claims and insurance-related matters, in addition to its activity representing P&I clubs.

Strengths Interviewees value their dedication, saying: "They are committed to providing excellent services."

Notable practitioners

Senior statesperson Pedro Calmon Filho is regarded as a reference point in this area with peers calling him "one of the most important lawyers in shipping law, who is still visible." He maintains an excellent reputation due to his activity in arbitrations and his expertise in representing P&I clubs.

Market commentators emphasise Henrique Oswaldo Motta's long-standing experience in the shipping sector. He has a broad expertise in the field and assists with a wide range of cases, being particularly well equipped to advise on mandates arising from freight arrangements. He additionally oversees shipping-related disputes.

"Very good" partner Pedro Calmon Neto receives praise from market commentators, who describe him as "a very active specialist in the area." Calmon Neto has particular proficiency in contractual and customs-related mandates.

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Sammarco Law Office - Shipping Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialised shipping boutique that benefits from its strategic location in Santos. Represents an impressive portfolio of high-profile clients, which includes charterers and shipowners, in strategic litigation cases such as cargo claims, maritime accidents and environment-related disputes. Also noted for its P&I work.

Strengths Market sources say: "It's an excellent firm with very dedicated lawyers. They maintain a reputation in Santos, which is the most important port in Brazil."

Notable practitioners

Senior statesperson Osvaldo Sammarco continues to receive widespread recognition from market sources as a leading practitioner in the Brazilian shipping sphere. He possesses considerable experience advising on shipping and port-related matters, as well as arbitrations arising from the sector.

Up-and-coming partner Marcelo Sammarco is noted for his active practice, with peers deeming him as "a standout name" in the shipping sector. He often handles P&I matters, including cargo loss and damage claims.

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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Shipping Consultoria - Shipping Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact team frequently sought out by local market players to assist with a broad range of shipping matters. Admired for the strength of its contractual expertise, handling of shipping finance mandates and excellent track record in sector-related disputes. Regularly acts on behalf of a wide array of clients, including importers and exporters, shipowners and cargo insurers.

Strengths Commentators describe them as "a compact firm comprising very capable lawyers who produce interesting work for good clients."

Notable practitioners

Esteemed co-head of department Fernando Sobrino Porto has an established practice handling a variety of maritime matters on behalf of importers and shipowners. One market commentator says: "He is a very well-qualified lawyer," while another describes him as "excellent." He is regularly called upon to undertake cargo and accident claims, in addition to shipping finance transactions.

Interviewees rate partner Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio as "a strong name" in the shipping sphere. He actively represents a wide range of clients in litigation and arbitration cases arising from the sector, involving claims for loss and personal injury. He additionally offers solid expertise in negotiating shipping contracts.

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Siano & Martins Advogados Associados - Shipping Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy boutique boasting a commendable track record advising on complex maritime accidents, including both dry and wet mandates. Team is frequently sought out by P&I clubs and international shipping companies to handle cargo claims. Skuld P&I Club and Empresa de Navegação Elcano are new clients.

Strengths One satisfied client reports: "They are dynamic, proactive, efficient and very reliable."

Work highlights Represented Naviera UltraNav in several litigation claims related to the explosion of the MV 'Vicuña' chemical tanker, including an action for the declaration of limitation of liability.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees are impressed by partner Luiz Roberto Leven Siano's "excellent performance before international maritime institutions," while others add that "he is a forceful advocate in shipping law." He boasts notable experience assisting P&I clubs with cargo claims and shipping accidents.

Fabiana Simões Martins climbs the rankings following solid market recognition. One source reports that "she is very good technically," and a client adds: "She is deeply committed to the cases and has a business-oriented approach." She is regularly sought out to deal with accidents, cargo claims and administrative litigation.

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Advocacia Rocha Baptista - Shipping Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Rio Grande do Sul-based team with extensive experience in sector-related litigation and arbitration mandates. International companies from various industries also benefit from its proficient advice on complex maritime accidents, as well as shipbuilding contracts and regulatory matters.

Strengths Market observers say: "They are very reputable in the local market and have an excellent understanding of shipping law."

Notable practitioners

"Excellent and active" founding partner Arthur Rocha Baptista is lauded by market sources, who say: "He is very intelligent, technical and qualified." He is respected for his solid expertise representing international clients and handling complex shipping accidents.

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PROMARE - Shipping Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Expanding boutique based in Fortaleza representing clients in a wide range of wet and dry mandates. Regularly assists clients with international disputes involving shipping accidents, chartering contracts and demurrage claims. SP Combustíveis and Marimar are new clients.

Strengths Interviewees are impressed with the lawyers' "maritime law acumen combined with know-how of the shipping market, which enables their success in contentious and consultancy mandates."

Work highlights Represented Globest Participações in a dispute against Cibra concerning the shipment of 80,000 tonnes of iron ore to China.

Notable practitioners

Larry Carvalho is praised by clients, who describe him as "always very committed" and "creative and apt when dealing with short deadlines." He is retained to assist with demurrage charges, cargo damage claims and contractual disputes.

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Vieira Rezende - Shipping Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly sought out by P&I clubs, maritime transport companies and financial institutions due to its strong shipping finance practice and expertise in litigation mandates. Considerable experience handling major maritime accidents and crisis management scenarios. Seadrill and Aegean are new clients.

Strengths Clients remark that the team provides "a prompt client service" and add: "They are very solicitous, courteous and attentive, and they have an excellent level of English."

Work highlights Assisting Odebrecht Oil & Gas with regulatory, contractual and labour matters arising from the explosion of an inoperable boiler on board of its drillship 'Norbe VIII'.

Notable practitioners

Bernardo Mendes Vianna is praised by sources who say: "He is a very good litigator who defends clients effectively in court and achieves good outcomes in difficult cases." He maintains an active practice representing shipping companies and insurers in an array of contentious matters, including ship arrests and collisions.

Associate-to-watch Flavia Melo receives commendations from peers and clients alike, who say that "she is very committed" and "an excellent lawyer." She assists clients with offshore projects, chartering contracts and regulatory matters.

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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Almeida Advogados - Shipping Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Growing maritime department that regularly handles shipping collision cases, indemnity claims and personal injury mandates in connection with cruise ships. Also experienced advising on licensing matters and bidding processes. Camorim and Baru Offshore are new clients.

Strengths Interviewees are impressed with the firm's "organisation, deep knowledge and effective internal interaction between lawyers."

Value for money One client reports that "the firm provides cost-effective advice."

Work highlights Successfully represented Starnav in a series of charter party disputes against Petrobras in connection with the lessor's decision to put the client's vessels off-hire in order to avoid the payment of charter hires.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise up-and-coming partner Breno Garbois, stating: "He is attentive, accurate, commercially minded and an excellent maritime lawyer." He regularly acts on a wide range of disputes before regulatory bodies.

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados - Shipping Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently instructed by clients hailing from the banking and finance sector to assist with shipping finance and transactional shipping mandates. Significant experience in dry shipping issues with noted capabilities handling related commercial agreements.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that "the team is easy to work with, very clear, responsive and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Instructed by III FIDC NP Polo Recuperação de Crédito to seek the seizure of a vessel for the purpose of satisfying a debt owed to the client.

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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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highlighted in the market for its expertise in regulatory and contractual issues. International clients also benefit from its counsel on maritime accidents, the sale and purchase of vessels and registry issues.

Strengths Market observers report that "the team is visible acting on regulatory shipping mandates and chartering issues in connection with the oil and gas sector."

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

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary practice often sought out to advise on high-end shipping finance deals, including the negotiation and drafting of shipbuilding and charter agreements. Also represents shipowners and cargo companies in dry mandates. Elcano and Modec are new clients.

Strengths Interviewees emphasise: "They are very responsive, detail-oriented and focused on delivering effective advice on time."

Work highlights Assisted Svitzer with the review, negotiation and execution of shipbuilding contracts and related regulatory and licensing matters.

Notable practitioners

Giovani Loss is the key client contact.

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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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm noted for its team of shipping finance experts which actively handles refinancing deals and advises on bidding processes. Maintains a strong track record in contractual disputes and restructuring mandates. Maersk Line and NIBC Bank are new clients.

Strengths Sources remark: "The work produced by the team is clear, precise and practical," adding that "they manage to balance legal requirements with a commercial approach."

Work highlights Assisted DVB Bank with due diligence and regulatory advice in connection with foreign mortgages over foreign-flagged vessels operating in Brazil.

Notable practitioners

Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos assists with shipping finance matters, often related to the construction of vessels, shipping platforms and shipyards. Satisfied clients say: "He is available and solution-oriented; he also meets deadlines and discusses structuring issues in a very productive way."

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 statesperson Pedro Calmon Filho is regarded as a reference point in this area with peers calling him "one of the most important lawyers in shipping law, who is still visible." He maintains an excellent reputation due to his activity in arbitrations and his expertise in representing P&I clubs.

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Senior Statesperson

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman and former president of the Brazilian Maritime Law Association Artur Carbone boasts ample experience in the shipping arena and continues to be a highly recognised figure in the market due to his legal and academic contributions.

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Senior Statesperson

Sammarco Law Office

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesperson Osvaldo Sammarco continues to receive widespread recognition from market sources as a leading practitioner in the Brazilian shipping sphere. He possesses considerable experience advising on shipping and port-related matters, as well as arbitrations arising from the sector.

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Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected founding and managing partner Roberto Farinon is recognised in the market for his active involvement in handling shipping accidents and salvage operations. He also boasts long-standing experience assisting clients with a wide range of cases, including pollution issues, ports and terminals-related matters and import and export mandates.

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Luís Felipe Galante

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished partner and academic Luís Felipe Galante receives widespread recognition in the market for his long-standing shipping practice and is hailed by peers as "a standout practitioner." A wide range of foreign and local clients benefit from his assistance with contracts, regulatory matters and sector-related disputes. Galante is also a published author in the maritime law sphere.

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Godofredo Mendes Vianna

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for founding partner Godofredo Mendes Vianna, noting: "He is a very efficient lawyer who is able to react quickly, manage clients' expectations and deliver good results." He is well known for his litigation acumen, in addition to boasting a high level of experience in shipbuilding contracts and recovery claims, as well as ship arrests and oil spills.

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Henrique Oswaldo Motta

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators emphasise Henrique Oswaldo Motta's long-standing experience in the shipping sector. He has a broad expertise in the field and assists with a wide range of cases, being particularly well equipped to advise on mandates arising from freight arrangements. He additionally oversees shipping-related disputes.

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Fernando Sobrino Porto

Shipping Consultoria

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed co-head of department Fernando Sobrino Porto has an established practice handling a variety of maritime matters on behalf of importers and shipowners. One market commentator says: "He is a very well-qualified lawyer," while another describes him as "excellent." He is regularly called upon to undertake cargo and accident claims, in addition to shipping finance transactions.

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Band 2

Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced co-founder Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva boasts a strong practice focused on port and terminal-related issues. He also possesses solid expertise in the full gamut of litigation matters, including insurance and subrogation claims, as well as disputes relating to charter agreements and bills of lading.

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Band 2

Flávio Infante Vieira

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent lawyer" Flávio Infante Vieira is praised for his expertise in maritime accidents. Market commentators say: "He is very good in maritime contentious cases and also stands out in environmental matters." He draws upon a solid background in corporate law to assist clients.

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Band 2

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very efficient and straightforward" practitioner Iwam Jaeger specialises in insurance matters, in particular providing underwriters, shipowners and drilling companies with advice and representation in disputes. One client says: "He has in-depth knowledge of maritime law and is very dedicated to cases."

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Band 2

Luiz Roberto Leven Siano

Siano & Martins Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees are impressed by partner Luiz Roberto Leven Siano's "excellent performance before international maritime institutions," while others add that "he is a forceful advocate in shipping law." He boasts notable experience assisting P&I clubs with cargo claims and shipping accidents.

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Band 2

Bernardo Mendes Vianna

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Bernardo Mendes Vianna is praised by sources who say: "He is a very good litigator who defends clients effectively in court and achieves good outcomes in difficult cases." He maintains an active practice representing shipping companies and insurers in an array of contentious matters, including ship arrests and collisions.

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Band 2

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso continues to attract praise from clients, who say: "She provides good communication and interface with stakeholders and authorities in the sector." She is well equipped to assist with port-related matters and actively represents clients in disputes and the negotiation of charter agreements.

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Band 2

Fabiana Simões Martins

Siano & Martins Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fabiana Simões Martins climbs the rankings following solid market recognition. One source reports that "she is very good technically," and a client adds: "She is deeply committed to the cases and has a business-oriented approach." She is regularly sought out to deal with accidents, cargo claims and administrative litigation.

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Band 2

Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio

Shipping Consultoria

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees rate partner Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio as "a strong name" in the shipping sphere. He actively represents a wide range of clients in litigation and arbitration cases arising from the sector, involving claims for loss and personal injury. He additionally offers solid expertise in negotiating shipping contracts. 

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Band 3

Pedro Calmon Neto

Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very good" partner Pedro Calmon Neto receives praise from market commentators, who describe him as "a very active specialist in the area." Calmon Neto has particular proficiency in contractual and customs-related mandates.

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Band 3

Escritório Jurídico Carbone

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very active" partner Claudia Iabrudi is highlighted by market commentators for her broad experience in the area, including regulatory and offshore shipping advice. Clients often instruct her with litigation cases due to her specialisation in civil law and procedure.

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Band 3

Lucas Leite Marques

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients have been impressed with Lucas Leite Marques, highlighting in particular his "technical knowledge, diligence and ability to provide very good advice," while peers add that "he is hard-working." He regularly assists clients with an array of contentious shipping matters.

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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 is lauded by interviewees, who state: "He provides advice in a clear, concise and timely manner and has extensive knowledge of shipping law." They go on to assert: "He boasts strong litigation skills, demonstrated by the very impressive track record he maintains with us."

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Band 3

Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcelo Ribeiro Mattos assists with shipping finance matters, often related to the construction of vessels, shipping platforms and shipyards. Satisfied clients say: "He is available and solution-oriented; he also meets deadlines and discusses structuring issues in a very productive way."

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Band 3

Arthur Rocha Baptista

Advocacia Rocha Baptista

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent and active" founding partner Arthur Rocha Baptista is lauded by market sources, who say: "He is very intelligent, technical and qualified." He is respected for his solid expertise representing international clients and handling complex shipping accidents.

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Up and Coming

PROMARE

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Larry Carvalho is praised by clients, who describe him as "always very committed" and "creative and apt when dealing with short deadlines." He is retained to assist with demurrage charges, cargo damage claims and contractual disputes.

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Up and Coming

Olympio José de Carvalho e Silva

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise Olympio José de Carvalho e Silva of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, noting: "He has a very international outlook to his work and is easy to deal with." He routinely handles both shipping consultancy and litigation.

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Up and Coming

Almeida Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise up-and-coming partner Breno Garbois, stating: "He is attentive, accurate, commercially minded and an excellent maritime lawyer." He regularly acts on a wide range of disputes before regulatory bodies.

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Up and Coming

Sammarco Law Office

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Marcelo Sammarco is noted for his active practice, with peers deeming him as "a standout name" in the shipping sector. He often handles P&I matters, including cargo loss and damage claims.

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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 receives praise from sources for "her knowledge of the general regulatory context and great ability to liaise with the relevant bodies." Interviewees also highlight "her objectivity, communication skills and proactivity."

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Associates to watch

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Flavia Melo receives commendations from peers and clients alike, who say that "she is very committed" and "an excellent lawyer." She assists clients with offshore projects, chartering contracts and regulatory matters.

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