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Dispute Resolution: Litigation — Brazil


Andrade & Fichtner Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Renowned Rio-based practice group that maintains a strong track record representing leading clients from the energy, natural resources and banking industries in corporate lawsuits, as well as national and international arbitrations proceedings. Additional expertise providing preventive consultancy to minimise the risk of disputes. Granbio is a new client win.

Strengths Interviewees rate the firm as "an exceptional specialised boutique that is well prepared to handle the strategic cases clients can't afford to lose."

Work highlight Represented Vale in a lawsuit filed by Union of Brazil claiming reimbursement and indemnification for damages related to the alleged breach of a construction contract.

Notable practitioners

"Exceptional" founding partner José Antonio Fichtner has a remarkable reputation in the market for his long-standing presence in both arbitration and litigation. Sources describe him as "an admirable strategist" who is "always one step ahead of the opponent." He is often retained by companies from the natural resources and financial services sectors for his expertise handling sophisticated disputes arising from those industries.

Rio-based partner Sergio Mannheimer maintains an established practice covering both arbitral and judicial disputes. Observers often highlight his technical legal knowledge and one particular source endorses him as "a well-prepared lawyer who benefits from a refined intelligence." He specialises in commercial disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Andrade & Fichtner Advogados)

Andrade & Fichtner has an established dispute resolution practice, having successfully represented clients in the most significant litigation and arbitration disputes in the country. The law firm represented multiple institutional investors in what was considered the largest corporate dispute in Brazilian history, regaining control of private equity funds which operated important domestic companies. In arbitration, the firm has represented clients in civil, commercial and corporate conflicts related to infrastructure, energy, construction, public-private partnerships, among others.

Founding partner José Antonio Fichtner was a member of the Comission of Jurists responsible for drafting the bills for the new Brazilian Arbitration Act and the new Brazilian Mediation Act.

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Arruda Alvim & Thereza Alvim Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Long-established boutique with a seasoned team offering extensive specialisation in litigation cases. Widely recognised for its expertise in the field, particularly in disputes related to corporate, labour and competition matters. Regularly sought out by clients and law firms alike for its distinguished legal opinions related to procedural law.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is very organised and aligned with the client's objectives, being able to handle both strategic and simple cases with great quality and very competitive prices."

Notable practitioners

Sources laud senior statesman José Manoel de Arruda Alvim as "a reference in the market and one of Brazil's greatest lawyers," while another interviewee adds to the praises, stating: "He is a genius who enjoys an excellent reputation for both substantive and procedural civil law." He regularly provides legal opinions in connection with high-profile cases and remains an extremely influential academic in procedural law.

Experienced founding partner and Thereza Celina Diniz de Arruda Alvim is a recognised name in the litigation sphere as an academic and as a practitioner. Sources report that "she is visible acting before higher courts and providing legal opinions," concluding: "She has a respected civil law practice."

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Noted firm assisting domestic and multinational companies throughout the country with the full range of civil disputes. Clientele also benefits from its expertise in class actions. Toyota and Embaré are new client wins.

Strengths Clients commend the team's "swift service, reliability and technical knowledge."

Work highlight Advised Toyota do Brasil on several lawsuits seeking payment for moral and material damages arising from the client's worldwide recall of frontal airbags.

Notable practitioners

Ricardo Azevedo Sette is the key client contact.

About the Team (content provided by Azevedo Sette Advogados)

Our law firm and partners have over 20 years’ experience advising clients in complex transactions in Litigation and Arbitration, principally to Retail, Insurance, Automotive, Pharmaceutical Industry, Telecommunication, Internet and Information Technology sectors with support of the partners and team. The main clients are some of the largest international companies operating in Brazil in various economic sectors and national companies located in a considered number of Brazilian states.

With 6 offices in Brazil, localized in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Goiânia, São Paulo, Recife and Rio de Janeiro, Azevedo Sette Advogados represents domestic and multinational clients in strategic legal actions, real estate and securities litigations, consumer relations disputes (strategic or volume), and arbitration, with a view to offering clients a wide range of consulting and advising and legal certainty and support.

This department is best known for its experience in complex litigation, organization, agility and personal touch when dealing with the clients, including the visitation of our attorneys to the line of production and technical explanations regarding the procedures adopted and work dedicated in identify, analyse and understand the necessities of our clients. With direct ties with all firm’s departments, Azevedo Sette’s Litigation department employs attorneys in teams consisting of partners, coordinators and interns, working tandem with the Control Management Division. 

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Bichara Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Rio-based team recognised for assisting energy, natural resources and telecommunications companies with commercial disputes, class actions and preventive matters. Queiroz Galvão and JCDecaux are new client wins.

Strengths Clients note that "the great client service is their best asset; the professionals are always attentive, kind and swift."

Work highlight Represented Estácio in a class action filed by the Federal Public Prosecutor before the Court of Sergipe claiming that the client disobeyed the hearing-impaired collective right to have enough sign language interpreters to support them at the institution.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Adriana Astuto receives praise for her experienced civil and corporate litigation practice. Sources attest: "She is a sharp practitioner who always comes up with creative ideas." She additionally advises clients on arbitration proceedings.

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BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Solid practice group assisting major companies from the energy and financial sectors with the full range of corporate and civil disputes. Well prepared to represent clients before domestic and international arbitration panels, in addition to providing advice on preventive litigation strategies. Bionexo and Ternium are new client wins.

Strengths Clients are happy with the team's "impeccable service, great attention to detail and negotiation technique."

Work highlight Represented Alstom Power before the Superior Court of Justice in a claim to obtain the recognition and enforcement of an ICC arbitral award rendered in New York against Mitsui Sumitomo Seguros.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators admire partner André Abbud for his "precise technique and knowledge of foreign arbitral awards." They add: "He is an attentive, accessible and business-oriented lawyer." Clients say: "André is extremely sharp and efficient, his actions speak louder than his words. He is all about getting results."

Co-head of department Luiz Fernando Fraga frequently represents domestic and multinational clients hailing from the mining, steel and financial sectors before all levels of the judiciary. He is particularly well equipped to undertake civil and commercial disputes.

Renowned partner Francisco Müssnich is described by sources as "an assertive lawyer" who "is extremely well prepared and has an impressive strategic view." He is active in domestic and cross-border arbitrations related to corporate and M&A matters.

Sergio Fagundes earns praise from peers and clients alike, who rate him as "a proactive, intelligent and dedicated lawyer." He regularly represents clients before the state and federal courts, who appreciate "his ability to come up with innovative ideas."

About the Team (content provided by BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão)

BMA's litigation and arbitration team acts in some of the biggest disputes in the Brazilian corporate world and the results we obtain for our clients show how dedication and solid legal knowledge combined with carefully planned and executed strategies can lead to success. 

In addition to business and civil litigation, BMA's litigation group acts in conflict prevention and complex negotiations and arbitrations in Brazil and in other countries. In international disputes, BMA's own litigators, who have earned international recognition for their work, work in association with foreign law firms to ensure our clients have complete legal support.  

In Brazil, BMA acts before courts of all levels of jurisdiction, with emphasis on tax and business and matters before Brazil's highest courts, and advises clients in some of the most complex arbitration proceedings in the country. 

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Talented team with established activity in both judicial and arbitration spheres. Often represents clients from the financial, agribusiness and construction sectors in a wide range of disputes, including commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings related to infrastructure projects.

Strengths Clients report: "The firm boasts notable experience in commercial litigation and arbitration, aligned with its terrific corporate law practice."

Work highlight Defended Instituto Biochimico in a lawsuit filed by ABL regarding the termination of a medicine supply agreement.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees state that partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo has "in-depth legal knowledge and is able to convey it to frame cross-border cases into the Brazilian legislative perspective and sort out problems with ease." He often works alongside foreign firms in commercial arbitrations and complex litigation cases.

Commentators describe Carlos David Albuquerque Braga as "a sharp lawyer who determines a very tactical plan of action" and "a natural litigator." They add: "He is the kind of lawyer you want on your side in a courtroom." He is often retained to assist with civil litigation and corporate-related arbitration cases.

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

Cescon Barrieu's experience includes not only counselling highly complex and strategical disputes but also technical advisement throughout the management of the crisis caused by the conflict. The team acts on administrative and judicial proceedings and counsel the clients based on the best strategies and potential outcomes in future disputes.

The department has teams specialized in litigation related to (i) Corporate Litigation, (ii) Civil Liability, Commercial Agreements and Consumer Law, (iii) Administrative and Environmental Law and (iv) Judicial and Extrajudicial Reorganization, Liquidation and Credit Recovery.

The team of Corporate Litigation acts in judicial and arbitration proceedings related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganization, dissolution of companies, removal of shareholders, challenge of resolutions of shareholders’ meetings, enforcement of put and call options, liability of managers, among others.

Regarding Debt Restructuring, the department has been acting on behalf of creditors and investors in renegotiating debts and on judicial reorganization proceedings, in addition to asset negotiations involving companies going through financial crisis.

Cescon Barrieu also represents clients in international and domestic arbitrations. The team has handled several landmark corporate arbitration cases and some of the most complex arbitrations in construction, infrastructure, M&A, technology and other corporate matters.

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Demarest Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Respected full-service firm with significant expertise in the full spectrum of dispute resolution matters. Active in complex litigation and arbitration cases in connection with contractual liability and infrastructure projects. Client roster includes domestic and foreign names from the energy, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. The firm recently hired Carlo Verona.

Strengths Market commentators state: "The firm counts on in-depth expertise in arbitration and litigation issues to provide fast and accurate advice on different matters."

Work highlight Advised Volkswagen on a lawsuit filed against six companies in the automotive sector pleading for damages in connection with their alleged attempt to suspend the supply of parts to the client.

Notable practitioners

Partner Rafael Villar Gagliardi has a versatile practice covering both judicial and arbitral proceedings, with noted capabilities handling commercial arbitrations. Interviewees appreciate his "high level of technical knowledge, creativity when suggesting solutions and availability," describing him as "a great" and "dedicated" lawyer.

Celso Xavier is often retained by clients from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors for his ample experience in litigation and arbitration cases. Sources describe him as "well-qualified lawyer" who "delivers an outstanding combination of expertise, strategic awareness and a pragmatic approach." They add: "He is a very complete professional."

Partner Carlo Verona focuses on international arbitration proceedings and maintains an outstanding track record assisting multinational companies from the mining, telecommunications and construction sectors. Interviewees single him out as "a very good lawyer who is technically qualified and pleasant to deal with."

Sources recommend Marcelo Junqueira Inglez de Souza as "a highly capable, extremely intelligent and committed lawyer who transmits a lot of confidence." He represents pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies in arbitration and litigation mandates arising from civil contracts.

Head of litigation department Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna garners praise for his "experience, business acumen and great empathy with clients." He draws upon over 30 years of expertise to act on complex litigation mandates, including civil actions, and excels in environment matters.

About the Team (content provided by Demarest Advogados)

​Demarest's Litigation and Arbitration team is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the Brazilian market. It is formed by approximately 60 lawyers, including consultants and retired judges, most of them holding postgraduate degrees.

The expertise and structure built up for 65 years of practice allow it to promptly meet its clients' needs in both litigation and pre-litigation situations, including in the definition of a strategy, negotiation and mediation.

A multidisciplinary structure enables us to act in complex cases involving all legal practice and business areas, always with state-of-the art solutions and counting on the know-how of the other specialized areas.

Also as a consequence of our expertise, we have been able to develop a network with local attorneys throughout Brazil by means of a strict and continuous selection process to evaluate their efficiency, reliability and ethics.

Finally, our litigation team works integrated with our arbitration team, that has a strong and incisive performance in significant disputes mainly involving corporate, contract, energy and engineering matters in various arbitration centers in Brazil and abroad.

We believe in a long-lasting relationship with our clients and an effective partnership in the conduction of their litigation cases. Our technical skills added to the knowledge we strive to obtain about our clients' business and market are the key to our continuous success in finding favorable and effective solutions to the cases.

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Dinamarco, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque Advocacia - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for São Paulo-based boutique renowned for its prowess in strategic dispute resolution matters. Maintains a solid track record in the prevention, management and solution of complex disputes before the Brazilian courts and national and international arbitration panels. Additional capabilities handling credit recovery mandates.

Strengths Sources are full of praise for "the team's technical quality, flexibility to meet the clients' needs and good value for money."

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Cândido Rangel Dinamarco receives widespread praise from market sources, who describe him as "one of the greatest academics in procedural law" and "a captivating professional due to his quality." A commentator reports that "he continues working in relevant cases" and writing legal opinions.

Cândido da Silva Dinamarco draws upon over 25 years of expertise to advise clients on a wide range of civil and commercial litigation cases. Market observers describe him as "an excellent lawyer" who is "swift and strategic."

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Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished dispute resolution boutique widely recognised by market sources for its impressive track record in strategic litigation and arbitration mandates, as well as bankruptcy cases. Deep bench is often retained by domestic and foreign companies hailing from the construction, food and beverage and energy industries to assist with high-profile multi-jurisdictional matters in collaboration with premier international firms. Heineken is a new client win.

Strengths Clients laud: "The firm boasts an impeccable reputation and unquestionable experience dealing with complex arbitration proceedings, delivering very positive results."

Other sources add to the praises, stating: "The team of highly competent professionals provides thoughtful and reliable assistance, in addition to always coming up with great strategies for cases."

Work highlight Represented a public company from the energy sector in a BRL2 billion arbitration proceeding in connection with a shareholders' agreement.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Marcelo Roberto Ferro is described by sources as "an absolute reference" in litigation and arbitration, who also point out: "He draws upon a solid contentious background. He is an intelligent and hands-on lawyer." One impressed client says: "Ferro is an experienced practitioner who is able to provide precise input on strategy and knows how the judges think. He is articulate and charismatic and delivers a really powerful performance at hearings." He particularly stands out in disputes arising from corporate matters.

Respected name partner José Roberto de Castro Neves is admired by sources for his solid civil and corporate litigation practice and dedication to cases. Interviewees state: "He possesses really good legal knowledge, is focused on his clients and assertive while conducting the matters." They go on to add: "He is very involved, conveys reliability and has great communication skills, besides being very pleasant to work with."

Sources describe partner Eduardo Pecoraro as "an intelligent and well-prepared practitioner who has a great attitude in court." They add: "He is great in both the litigation and arbitration spheres." He has a broad activity in commercial disputes, specialising in mandates related to the construction industry.

"Very talented lawyer" Karina Goldberg is highly praised by clients, who say: "She is patient, charismatic and a good strategist." Other sources highlight her "swift and dedicated" profile. She is active in both litigation and arbitration mandates connected with commercial law and contracts.

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FCDG’s main practice is litigation, representing clients before several courts and governmental agencies in Brazil, in cases related to private, corporate, construction and administrative law. 


FCDG has also distinguished itself in the field of domestic and international arbitration, representing clients before several national institutions (Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce – CCBC, Brazilian Mediation and Arbitration Center – CBMA, FGV Conciliation and Arbitration Chamber, São Paulo Mediation and Arbitration Chamber (FIESP), Mediation and Arbiration Chamber of Engineering Institute), as well as in foreign ones (International Chamber of Commerce – ICC, The London Court of International Arbitration – LCIA, Court of Arbitration of Sport – CAS). FCDG provides consultancy on requests for recognition of foreign court decisions and arbitral awards, and assistance to clients in the elaboration, negotiation and risk assessment of arbitration agreements. FCDG partners also act as arbitrators in domestic and international arbitration proceedings before the main Arbitration Institutions.


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Koury Lopes Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Active practice group representing companies from the automotive, energy and food industries in commercial disputes. Additional strength handling contentious mandates related with corporate crime, competition and antitrust matters.

Strengths Sources describe the team's advice as "swift, objective and efficient."

Work highlight Represented Votorantim Cimentos in two judicial appeals seeking to revert a condemnatory decision made by the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE).

Notable practitioners

Maria Cristina Junqueira is the key client contact.

About the Team (content provided by Koury Lopes Advogados)

KLA advises and represents a broad range of national and international clients in a wide variety of substantive areas, including commercial and civil disputes, competition, compliance, contracts, torts, intellectual property, business law, insurance law, family and real estate law, environmental law and land policing. The litigation team has large experience in judicial and administrative litigation, mediation and arbitration and can assist clients in different industries, including, without limitation, automotive, media, insurance, consumer products and pharmacy.

Our litigation team has been consistently evolving and improving its technical abilities to provide our clients the best advice bearing in mind the challenges of litigating in Brazil. KLA´s differential advantage is present in the tailor-made services offered to its clients, with the direct involvement of the partners in each of our cases, from the conception of its strategy to the presentation of oral arguments in court.

KLA is also well known for working closely with US clients and law firms. Several members of KLA’s litigation team have studied and worked abroad and are very used to work with foreign clients.

KLA is also widely known for its pharmaceutical and compliance strong practices, and many of the recent cases in which it has been working with have some sort of relation with the pharmaceutical industry and/or has an anti-corruption aspect.

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Lefosse Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice handling litigation mandates and arbitration proceedings, with particular know-how in disputes arising from corporate, construction and banking matters. Clients also benefit from its advice on preventive strategies. Janssen-Cilag is a new client win.

Strengths One impressed client says: "The team stands out not only because of their expertise, but also the good relationship they maintain with clients and their commitment to understand which are the most critical issues involved in a case."

Work highlight Represented Shell in an arbitration proceeding initiated by Petro Rio related to the termination of oil fields' farm-in and farm-out agreements.

Notable practitioners

Pedro Soares Maciel earns praise from clients and peers alike for his skilled arbitration and litigation practices. Sources describe him as "a complete lawyer who is knowledgeable in a variety of subjects, business driven and hands-on," adding: "He has a conciliatory approach and argues before court exceptionally well."

About the Team (content provided by Lefosse Advogados)

Our litigation lawyers provide strategic and research-based advice on transactional matters. We frequently provide consultation to our clients on the legal and litigation risks, and, where appropriate, on the reputational or business risks involved in pursuing a particular course of action. 

Our litigation team is trial-ready. We have extensive experience handling substantively and procedurally complex commercial litigation matters. However, one of our fundamental aims is to avoid our clients getting into lengthy disputes and therefore, much of the advice we give is of a preventative nature. We have always believed in arbitration as an appropriate form of settling conflicts and especially given the problem encountered by the Brazilian judiciary, we are increasingly observing its use.

Our areas of expertise include: 

  • Banking and corporate litigation and arbitration
  • Collection/enforcement
  • Civil and commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Infrastructure litigation and arbitration
  • Restructuring & insolvency litigation
  • Product liability litigation
  • Regulatory and internal investigations
  • Environmental litigation
  • Due diligence

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Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Litigation practice often instructed by companies in the infrastructure, energy and banking industries to handle the full spectrum of judicial mandates, including credit recovery proceedings, public civil actions and corporate disputes.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "creativity, expertise and business mindset."

Work highlight Represented the Brazilian subsidiary of a French energy company in an indemnification lawsuit filed by a sugar and alcohol company with regards to alleged construction defects in a thermoelectric plant.

Notable practitioners

Paulo Guilherme de Mendonça Lopes is the key contact for clients.

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Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Admired practice group that is often sought out by domestic and multinational companies to handle disputes arising from an array of sectors such as the energy, construction and pharmaceutical, as well as insurance and banking. Team is particularly strong in arbitration proceedings related to corporate and contractual matters.

Strengths Commentators point out: "The partners are available and level-headed, I like very much working with them because they inspire confidence and assist me with a business-oriented approach."

Work highlight Represented Bens de Raiz in three lawsuits related to profit distribution policy and dividends claims.

Notable practitioners

Highly admired senior statesman Hermes Marcelo Huck is described by a source as "one of the greatest arbitrators I have ever worked with." Huck is well prepared to undertake domestic and international arbitrations and is particularly experienced in proceedings hailing from corporate transactions and construction contracts.

Sources describe Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa as "very practical, he has great business acumen and the ability to see the bigger picture," concluding: "He is a really good lawyer." Local and foreign companies often benefit from his assistance in corporate and construction-related arbitration mandates.

Rogério Carmona Bianco regularly advises clients hailing from the insurance and construction sectors on civil disputes, with particular strength in class actions. Sources describe him as "a very good litigator who offers multidisciplinary support to clients."

About the Team (content provided by Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados)

LILLA, HUCK, OTRANTO, CAMARGO’s litigation and arbitration area is today the firm’s flagship practice.

We are prepared to represent our clients’ interests in virtually all sorts of cases, at different courts and tribunals.

Litigation and arbitration costs are factors of concern for our clients. Keeping this in mind, we carefully analyze each situation, deciding with the client on the best strategy to be followed and considering the risks involved at each stage.

We are aware that legal proceedings and arbitration are not necessarily ends in themselves, but rather one of the possible paths to achieve solutions that are sound from a corporate, financial and institutional standpoint. Our ability to mobilize efforts, take simultaneous initiatives and react quickly on different fronts is a major benefit that gives our clients an edge on the settlement of strategically important disputes.

LILLA, HUCK, OTRANTO, CAMARGO’s litigation and arbitration team is qualified to provide legal advice to its clients in all Brazilian states. We have the expertise required to lead complex multilateral proceedings involving strategic actions that progress simultaneously in different locations.

With the support of our office in Brasília, which is completely integrated to our head office in São Paulo, we follow up closely on our clients’ cases from their outset, at the first-instance court, up to final judgment from the Superior Court of Justice or the Federal Supreme Court.

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Lobo de Rizzo Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Frequently instructed by companies hailing from the energy, mining and telecommunications sectors to act on the full range of commercial disputes. Qualified to assist with class actions and preventive litigation consultancy.

Strengths Market sources recommend their "negotiation skills, focus and litigation expertise."

Work highlight Assisted ABAL - Associação Brasileira do Alumínio with a class action filed by the Public Prosecutor of São Paulo challenging the validity of a reverse logistic agreement.

Notable practitioners

Luis Fernando Guerrero is the key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Lobo de Rizzo Advogados)

Our team's broad experience guarantees that a variety of conflicts and disputes may be prevented and resolved fast and efficiently.

Our expertise includes disputes involving corporate matters, civil and contractual obligations, consumer relations, intellectual property, non-contractual civil liability, real estate issues, and court reorganization.
 
A combination of our corporate and civil litigation practices has resulted in the formation of a highly-qualified team of professionals, prepared to handle the most complex corporate disputes.
 
We provide preventive advice, which basically consists in the qualitative assessment of the practices adopted and an evaluation of their need to be restructured.

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Dynamic team with expertise representing clients from the energy, banking and construction sectors in judicial disputes, and possessing a solid track record in cases related to civil and environmental liability. Additional strengths include advising on preventive litigation strategies, as well as representing clients in arbitrations proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that "the firm employs a multidisciplinary team to deal with complex cases very swiftly."

Work highlight Continued to represent Samarco Mineração in several disputes related to a dam's failure in Mariana.

Notable practitioners

Eliane Cristina Carvalho impresses sources with "the level of preparation she presents in hearings, delivering a good service to the client." She is visible representing prominent companies from the construction and automotive sectors in international arbitrations, as well as judicial and administrative disputes.

Gláucia Coelho stands out in disputes related to civil liability and commercial contracts, often representing clients from the retail, electronics and pharmaceutical industries. Clients highlight her "ability to quickly understand the problem and efficiently develop a strategy."

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

There are times when the preservation of one’s financial position ​​is as important as the search for new opportunities. We stand ready to assist our clients in the most diverse forms of disputes, always in pursuit of the best results with a high degree of effectiveness, creativity and efficiency.

We advise and represent our clients in litigation and preventive matters in various types of business disputes, appearing before courts, administrative authorities and regulatory agencies.

We have the specialized knowledge of all of Machado Meyer’s practice areas at our disposal and teams with in-depth experience in cross-border litigation and a broad network of relationships with major law firms in numerous countries.

Our practice is divided into the following areas:

PREVENTION
Strategic approach to pre-litigation conflict management

Analysis of creative alternatives to avoid the commencement of disputes or, if unavoidable, to put our clients in an advantageous position when any litigation begins

LITIGATION
Readiness, technical knowledge, and strategy to conduct disputes in the most efficient manner possible for clients

Full understanding of regulations issued by the major market regulatory agencies 

ARBITRATION
Assistance in deciding on use of an arbitration clause as an alternative mechanism for conflict resolution

Definition of strategy for arbitration proceedings to maintain the value of the asset in dispute and maximize the possibility of a favorable outcome for the client

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

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What the team is known for Highly-regarded full-service firm active in complex commercial and civil litigation cases, in addition to domestic and international arbitrations. Equipped to provide a multidisciplinary service, collaborating with the firm's energy, projects and corporate departments. Impressive clientele features leading companies in the automotive, food and beverage and technology sectors.

Strengths Market sources affirm: "The department is composed of sophisticated professionals with various levels of experience who are able to assist both large international corporations and domestic clients," and go on to assert: "They inspire a lot of confidence."

Work highlight Represented Google in a lawsuit filed by Minas Gerais' Public Prosecutor Office seeking to compel the client to place a warning and reporting tool on the YouTube platform against advertisements involving children.

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his "vast experience dealing with cross-border arbitrations." He is described as "a very savvy lawyer that makes sure he secures the best results for his clients." One peer adds: "He is brilliant, very qualified and dedicated; I would place him on the top of my list of lawyers that I wouldn't want to have on the opposite side."

Flávio Pereira Lima is recognised by market observers as "a sophisticated strategist who is able to come up with a clear plan of action for the client." Multinational corporations benefit from his ample expertise in civil litigation and arbitration proceedings, as one client notes: "He is great dealing with foreign clients."

Up-and-coming partner Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa frequently handles oil and gas and construction cases. Sources were impressed with "his firmness and serenity representing clients before the arbitral court."

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The Dispute Resolution team represents domestic and international clients in both trial and appellate proceedings, brought in state and federal levels, and in the highest courts of the country, as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings held under the rules of the main domestic and international arbitration institutions.

Our experience includes legal disputes involving the following areas: consumer protection laws, antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate transactions, including M&A, disputes involving publicly traded companies and their shareholders, project financing, construction, mining, energy (including oil and its by-products), agreements with the government, I.T., insurance and pensions, NGOs, succession rights, real estate, telecoms and environmental.

Our services include drafting legal opinions, affidavits and testimonies addressing the applicability of Brazilian Laws and the interpretation of these laws in international proceedings, assisting clients in the production of evidence in Brazil to be used in legal and arbitration proceedings abroad.

The stellar reputation enjoyed by our practice is a result of our understanding of our clients' businesses, which allows us to provide custom-made legal services. The quality and scope of our services provide our clients a competitive edge in today's volatile commercial environment.

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Esteemed full-service firm noted for its extensive expertise representing leading companies hailing from the construction, energy and natural resources sectors in high-profile civil and commercial litigation cases. Well equipped to undertake domestic and international arbitration proceedings, with particular strength in corporate and infrastructure mandates. Additional capabilities advising clients on white-collar crime issues. Abbott Laboratórios is a new client win.

Strengths One impressed client comments: "The team is experienced and business-oriented. I also highlight their practical approach, attention to detail and in-depth understanding of the risks connected with cases."

Another source highlights their "terrific experience and intricate knowledge of the Brazilian legal system."

Work highlight Successfully defended Chevron Corporation before the Superior Court of Justice in a lawsuit filed to recognise and enforce a USD9.5 billion sentence obtained against the client in Ecuador.

Notable practitioners

"Highly respected and seasoned" partner Celso Cintra Mori is described by peers as "a reference" in the litigation sphere and "an exceptional opponent." One impressed client says: "He is the most admirable legal strategist that I have ever met," adding: "He is hugely influential in this area, developing ideas that others follow." He is regularly retained by leading multinational corporations to act on high-profile litigation mandates.

Mário Panseri Ferreira is praised by sources, who say: "He has a practical view of criminal risks to corporate clients and is able to structure shrewd strategies." They also highlight his approach towards tense situations, claiming that "he is able to explain the main concerns, maintaining the client's calm and confidence." He specialises in fraud and corruption matters.

Dynamic partner Renato Stephan Grion is active in domestic and international arbitrations proceedings arising from a wide range of commercial transactions. Sources describe him as "a focused and highly skilled professional with an incredible handling of clients," praising his "availability and business-oriented advice."

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Civil Law, which as from 2002 includes the Commercial Code, is the foundation of all legal reality, encompassing the set or rules that govern private interests. Because of its importance and far-reaching scope, Civil Law is the centerpiece of all fields of Law.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is active in all areas and ramifications of Civil Law, serving Brazilian and foreign individuals and legal entities. The firm’s professionals hold lato and stricto sensu specialization degrees, and several of them engage in academic activities in conjunction with their professional activities.

The firm’s civil and commercial litigation practice involves:

  • Interpretation of rules and contracts;
  • Statute of limitations and loss of procedural rights;
  • Civil capacity and identity, associations and foundations;
  • Validity of legal transactions, fulfillment of obligations, all types of contracts (civil, commercial, financial), guarantees and credit instruments;
  • Civil, professional, supplier’s and manufacturer’s liability;
  • Corporate activity and de facto and de jure corporations;
  • Possession, ownership or condominium of assets and rights of any kind;
  • Kinship relations, marriage, stable union ruling, guardianship and curatorship;
  • Succession, wills, probate proceedings and estate planning.


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Sergio Bermudes Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding Rio de Janeiro-based firm recognised for advising leading financial institutions and corporate heavyweights from the infrastructure and energy sectors on the full range of contentious work. Team has extensive capabilities representing clients before higher courts, as well as a strong track record in high-stakes domestic and international arbitrations. Additional strengths include disputes arising from insurance claims and bankruptcy contexts.

Strengths Market commentators say: "The firm has a highly qualified and seasoned dispute resolution team. Clients can safely rely on them for high-profile and complex litigation cases in Brazil."

Others add: "The team comprises some of the most brilliant lawyers in Brazil and the quality of their work is comparable to premier international firms."

Work highlight Represented Diamond Offshore in a BRL1 billion lawsuit filed to prevent the termination of numerous contracts entered into with Petrobrás.

Notable practitioners

Commentators are full of praise for star individual Sergio Bermudes who is regarded by one source as "a genius and an icon," while another adds: "He has a unique charisma and his presence adds outstanding value to any case." Bermudes maintains an impressive track record leading high-profile judicial cases and one interviewee goes on to assert: "He is an extremely intelligent professional, definitely the best litigator in Brazil." He is retained by leading companies for his expertise handling extremely strategic disputes.

Sources describe Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti as "a spectacular professional who has a broad knowledge in litigation and arbitration," adding: "He has been involved in some of the most complex cases, so he is able to understand and handle an array of matters." A client enthuses: "His acumen and hands-on approach proved to be pivotal when strategic decisions were required in arbitrations."

"Absolutely incredible" lawyer Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira garners praise from peers and clients alike, who describe him as "a complete professional who is extremely intelligent, strategic and business savvy." They go on to praise him as "a disputes expert." He focuses his practice on high-stakes corporate and financial litigation mandates and international arbitration proceedings.

Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias is often instructed by leading domestic and multinational companies to assist with commercial contractual disputes, and is also able to undertake class action lawsuits. Sources describe him as a "good and active" lawyer who stands out for being "a natural strategist."

Sources regularly point out Caetano Berenguer as a growing name in the market and go on to assert: "He is an excellent lawyer - hard-working, technically well prepared and super sharp." A client adds: "It has been great working with him, he is an intelligent and talented professional."

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The firm has, for several years, topped the rankings of specialist law reviews and journals, having, over its 40-year history, handled several major lawsuits with national and transnational significance. The firm’s lawyers provide broad ranging representation before Federal and State courts, Arbitral Tribunals, Regulatory Agencies and Public Authorities, as well as the negotiation of settlements and pre-emptive advice and assistance on dispute avoidance.

The arbitration team has extensive experience in arbitration, having handled several commercial arbitration cases in Brazil since the 1980’s, even prior to the enactment of the Arbitration Law (Law nº 9307/96). The firm’s ADR Team has grown significantly in line with increasing demand for arbitration and is well placed to advise and assist on both international and domestic cases. Key team members hold postgraduate qualification from leading universities abroad, with several having undergone training in both common law and civil law systems, particularly in relation to arbitration and transnational dispute settlement. Senior partners regularly sit as arbitrators on domestic and international panels.

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Siqueira Castro - Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Sizeable department with a broad national footprint representing clients in judicial disputes related to commercial contracts and consumer law matters. Equipped to handle large-scale litigation and credit recovery proceedings. Additional expertise advising on corporate crime matters.

Strengths Sources attest: "The excellent structure and sizeable team allow the department to handle an array of mandates throughout the country."

Work highlight Represented Sony Music in a lawsuit filed by two individuals seeking payment for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages for the alleged improper use of their image in a music video.

Notable practitioners

Head of department João Daniel Rassi is praised by market commentators, who state: "He is very dedicated, hard-working and detail-oriented" and "a great professional to negotiate leniency agreements." They add: "He provides prompt services and accurate analysis of criminal liabilities."

Noted founding partner Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro earns praise for his long-standing experience assisting major corporate players from diverse sectors with large-scale litigation. Market commentators affirm: "He possesses an excellent technical background; he is very intelligent and qualified."

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Souto, Correa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Growing Porto Alegre-based practice often instructed by domestic and multinational clients to assist with both litigation and arbitration disputes related to civil liability, commercial contracts and consumer law. Vigorously acts on class actions. CHS and ABB are new clients.

Strengths Market observers describe the team as "very dedicated, highly qualified and familiar with the client's reality."

Work highlight Retained to defend Braskem in a corporate lawsuit filed by Petroplastic challenging the company's acquisition of Petroquímica Triunfo and the ownership of ordinary shares valued at BRL1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Sources recommend Guilherme Rizzo Amaral for his expertise in procedural law and for his activity in both litigation and arbitration mandates. Interviewees describe him as "a strategic professional who is able to see the bigger picture." They add: "He is a great lawyer that is gaining solid exposure in the arbitration sphere."

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Souto Correa has earned a reputation as a go-to firm for its clients, given its history of representing and advising on strategic commercial disputes covering multiple industries and subject matters. The firm approaches each case with intensity, thoroughness and creativity. We pride ourselves on rapidly assembling focused, integrated and efficient teams to address important aspects of a client’s problem and to handle numerous cases in multiple forums.

Litigation - Our highly experienced attorneys understand the business implications of going to court and bring a strategic, cost-effective approach to resolving our clients’ most critical disputes. Our attorneys are recognized for their experience, creativity, integrity and strategic approach and clients benefit from our ability to leverage our broad experience and versatility to address their unique legal interests with minimal disruption to their business.

Arbitration - Souto Correa represents clients in a wide range of substantive disputes in arbitral forums. Our attorneys have an extensive trial experience and industry knowledge to take on virtually any conflict. The dispute resolution team is experienced in both domestic and international arbitration, as well as mediation, through a multidisciplinary team. We have represented clients before major arbitral institutions, both domestically and abroad and regularly advise clients on drafting and revising arbitration agreements.

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Stocche Forbes Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Experienced team often retained by domestic and international clients from the construction, energy and banking sectors to act on judicial disputes. Also experienced in mandates related to consumer law and product liability, as well as advising on preventive litigation strategies. Continues to be a growing name in the arbitration field.

Strengths Market sources highlight: "The team works well together and is very business-oriented," adding that "the partners are experienced and always directly involved in the cases."

Notable practitioners

"Brilliant" co-head of litigation department Domingos Fernando Refinetti is admired for his established practice within the dispute resolution arena. He is frequently sought out by a myriad of clients for his expertise in high-profile corporate and civil litigation. Market sources commend: "He is a very good and assertive lawyer." He offers additional expertise in cases related to bankruptcy.

Sources describe Rafael de Carvalho Passaro as "an experienced lawyer who benefits from a precise strategic perspective." One impressed client says: "He is an excellent practitioner and I always instruct him to deal with strategic litigation and arbitration cases." He is active in cases related to construction, corporate and consumer issues.

About the Team (content provided by Stocche Forbes Advogados)

We have expert teams in all forms of dispute resolution and prevention, representing clients in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings, and covering commercial, corporate, competition, banking, contractual, liability, environmental and regulatory aspects (such as aviation, telecoms and power).

We also advise clients on the enforcement of foreign judicial or arbitral awards in Brazil, as well as with service of process and the execution of other foreign orders in Brazil.

Our team also excels in asset tracking and recovery, having partners well know for their expertise and who have participated in cases of great domestic and international relevance and repercussion.

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Tepedino, Migliore, Berezowski e Poppa Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Respected São Paulo-based boutique with a wealth of experience advising leading companies on civil and corporate disputes and pre-litigation matters. Clients hailing from the construction and financial sectors benefit from its skilled services before the judiciary and domestic and international arbitration courts. Additional strength in disputes arising from bankruptcy scenarios.

Strengths Commentators say: “The team delivers top-quality work and is able to provide creative solutions to various legal problems," concluding: "They are definitely professionals that you want in your corner in complex cases.”

Notable practitioners

Ricardo Tepedino is a reputed name in the dispute resolution sphere. One impressed client compares him to "a proficient chess player that is able to anticipate the opponent's strategy well in advance," while another source adds: "The combination of vast legal knowledge and cultural background allows him to come up with innovative solutions for complex matters." He focuses on high-profile corporate, civil and bankruptcy disputes.

Key name partner Alfredo Migliore earns praise for his capabilities advising on high-profile arbitration proceedings in addition to corporate and civil litigation cases. Sources report: "He is very practical and excellent explaining complex matters to top-level executives."

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Established multidisciplinary team with a track record representing key national and multinational companies in pre-litigation consultancy, corporate disputes, as well as major international arbitrations. Additional capabilities in disputes related to product liability and bankruptcy. Regularly represents clients from the energy, construction and automotive industries.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "professionals of the highest technical quality who inspire confidence due to their great ability to handle complex matters with objectivity and intelligence."

Work highlight Defended Caterpillar in an indemnification lawsuit filed by Usina Xavantes in connection with alleged defective generator sets sold by the client.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Eduardo Serec is renowned for representing a varied clientele on the full range of contentious matters. One client highlights: "He understands really well the dynamics of arbitration proceeding and the thinking process of the tribunal members," while another source adds: "He looks for the quickest and most sensible solution." A peer concludes: "He is definitely a top lawyer for arbitration mandates."

Experienced partner Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto is well known in the market for representing multinational companies before domestic and international arbitration courts. Interviewees praise "his technical ability, reliability and good communication skills, besides his fluency in English."

About the Team (content provided by TozziniFreire Advogados)

TozziniFreire’s Dispute Resolution practice is known for its strong reputation in assisting companies involved in business-related disputes representing domestic and foreign clients from the most different industries. Our Arbitration and Litigation teams are recognized as leaders in the sector by frequently managing Brazil’s most significant cases.

Arbitration

Our professionals have broad experience in all aspects of arbitration, from ad hoc to institutional arbitration processes. The arbitration group regularly serves as arbitrators, mediators, and experts in international disputes in M&A, capital markets, insurance, construction, and energy, among other areas.
 
Litigation
 
Agility, creativity, and assertiveness form the cornerstones of TozziniFreire’s litigation practice. Our professionals use cutting-edge strategies and technology to create effective solutions that allow clients to avoid extensive litigation and delayed relief. Each case is handled as a unique claim and managed according to a customized plan that includes pre-litigation strategies with a proven record of success.

Comprised of highly qualified lawyers with broad experience in all classes of judicial disputes, our litigation team appears in state and federal courts throughout the Brazilian territory and issue legal opinions on a variety of topics.


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Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International) - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active team often instructed by multinational companies to deal with domestic and international arbitration proceedings and litigation cases. Particular experience in mandates involving consumer, corporate and infrastructure issues, as well as environment matters. Complementary strength advising clients on preventive litigation strategies.

Strengths Market observers remark: "They build intelligent strategies and prepare themselves really well before arguing cases in court."

Work highlight Represented Stryker in an arbitration related to to the termination of agency agreements with a reputed medical supply company.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators say that Joaquim de Paiva Muniz "possesses high level of knowledge and experience in infrastructure-related disputes." Clients benefit from his assistance with cross-border mandates, with one source explaining: "He is hands-on and able to break down complex issues in an easy way to understand."

Head of litigation department Marcio de Souza Polto is highlighted by market sources for his "strategic mindset and great ability to provide clear information to clients." He benefits from more than 20 years of experience working on commercial disputes.

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Veirano Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active practice with a solid track record in litigation cases. Retained by companies from the tobacco, energy and natural resources industries to assist with commercial, environmental and consumer-related disputes. Additional strength handling credit recovery proceedings.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "The team's advice is more than legal opinions. They help us build strategies that minimise our legal and business exposure."

Work highlight Represented Copergás in a BRL90 million lawsuit filed by GDK regarding the construction of a gas pipeline in the state of Pernambuco.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner Fábio Além is described as "a very technical and apt negotiator who has a conciliatory approach." He often acts for national and foreign clients on corporate and infrastructure cases before arbitral courts.

About the Team (content provided by Veirano Advogados)

In this broad practice area, Veirano Advogados represents clients across major economic sectors in matters encompassing arbitration, mediation and litigation.

Backed by international education and experience, our arbitration team has a first-rate track record in international and local arbitration involving matters such as corporate disputes, construction and infrastructure projects, and environmental regulatory disputes.

Our arbitration specialists also have training and experience in mediation processes, enabling them to deal effectively with the frequent combination of mediation and arbitration clauses in commercial contracts.

In the litigation realm, we regularly assist clients in disputes of different natures, such as banking and financial, commercial and business, product liability and regulatory. More specifically, our litigation team has a sterling track record in complex judicial and administrative cases involving class actions, contracts, corporate and commercial issues, public civil actions and tort disputes.

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Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established team actively representing clients from the energy, chemicals and banking sectors with corporate disputes. Additional capabilities in handling judicial mandates related to environmental and agribusiness matters.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise head of department Antonio Celso Fonseca Pugliese for "his high quality work, great performance and professional qualifications." He is active representing energy and construction companies in civil litigation, including class action lawsuits.

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Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned boutique firm with solid expertise handling judicial disputes and arbitration proceedings related to tax, banking and infrastructure matters. Clientele benefits from its skilled assistance with both local and international arbitration cases. Team has additional strength handling administrative litigation mandates.

Strengths Peers describe the firm as "excellent," adding: "The team is undoubtedly visible in relevant cases and they are strong opponents due to their level of specialisation."

Notable practitioners

Market commentators distinguish senior statesman and professor Arnoldo Wald as "a genius and historic name in the dispute resolution field." They go on to add: "He is an extraordinary lawyer who possesses in-depth legal knowledge and is very creative." Wald draws on over 60 years of experience advising leading companies on strategic litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Market observers recommend partner Alexandre de Mendonça Wald for his "quality work in civil contentious mandates." Described by one commentator as "an able strategist," he counts on over 30 years of experience in disputes related to administrative, banking and bankruptcy matters.

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The firm stands in a leading position as a highly specialized dispute resolution boutique, focusing on extremely complex judicial, arbitration and mediation matters.

The department is specialized in various areas, both public and private, such as disputes over civil, commercial, administrative, banking, international, antitrust and corporate law, as well as disputes relating to infrastructure (telecommunications, energy, gas & oil, sanitation, transport and aviation), including conflicts concerning regulatory bodies (ANP, ANATEL, ANEEL and CADE).

The activities of the department also include all forms of national and international arbitration and mediation. Its lawyers have worked as counselors, arbitrators, mediators, legal experts and consultants in proceedings before Brazilian and foreign institutions (ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA and UNCITRAL).

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Senior Statesperson

José Manoel de Arruda Alvim

Arruda Alvim & Thereza Alvim Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources laud senior statesman José Manoel de Arruda Alvim as "a reference in the market and one of Brazil's greatest lawyers,"  while another interviewee adds to the praises, stating: "He is a genius who enjoys an excellent reputation for both substantive and procedural civil law." He regularlyprovides legal opinions in connection with high-profile cases and remains an extremely influential academic in procedural law.

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Senior Statesperson

Cândido Rangel Dinamarco

Dinamarco, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque Advocacia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Cândido Rangel Dinamarco receives widespread praise from market sources, who describe him as "one of the greatest academics in procedural law"  and "a captivating professional due to his quality." A commentator reports that "he continues working in relevant cases" and writing legal opinions.

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Senior Statesperson

Humberto Theodoro Jr

Humberto Theodoro Jr Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Minas Gerais-based senior statesman Humberto Theodoro Jr of Humberto Theodoro Jr Advogados Associados is highly recognised by market sources for providing legal opinions on complex litigation cases. Commentators recognise his contribution to the sector, saying: "He is a reference."

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Senior Statesperson

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators distinguish senior statesman and professor Arnoldo Wald as "a genius and historic name in the dispute resolution field." They go on to add: "He is an extraordinary lawyer who possesses in-depth legal knowledge and is very creative." Wald draws on over 60 years of experience advising leading companies on strategic litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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Star Individuals

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators are full of praise for star individual Sergio Bermudes who is regarded by one source as "a genius and an icon," while another adds: "He has a unique charisma and his presence adds outstanding value to any case." Bermudes maintains an impressive track record leading high-profile judicial cases and one interviewee goes on to assert: "He is an extremely intelligent professional, definitely the best litigator in Brazil." He is retained by leading companies for his expertise handling extremely strategic disputes.

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Celso Cintra Mori

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Highly respected and seasoned" partner Celso Cintra Mori is described by peers as "a reference" in the litigation sphere and "an exceptional opponent." One impressed client says: "He is the most admirable legal strategist that I have ever met," adding: "He is hugely influential in this area, developing ideas that others follow." He is regularly retained by leading multinational corporations to act on high-profile litigation mandates.

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Marcelo Roberto Ferro

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Marcelo Roberto Ferro is described by sources as "an absolute reference" in litigation and arbitration, who also point out: "He draws upon a solid contentious background. He is an intelligent and hands-on lawyer." One impressed client says: "Ferro is an experienced practitioner who is able to provide precise input on strategy and knows how the judges think. He is articulate and charismatic and delivers a really powerful performance at hearings." He particularly stands out in disputes arising from corporate matters.

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José Antonio Fichtner

Andrade & Fichtner Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Exceptional"founding partner José Antonio Fichtner has a remarkable reputation in the market for his long-standing presence in both arbitration and litigation. Sources describe him as "an admirable strategist" who is "always one step ahead of the opponent." He is often retained by companies from the natural resources and financial services sectors for his expertise handling sophisticated disputes arising from those industries.

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Band 1

Tepedino, Migliore, Berezowski e Poppa Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Tepedino is a reputed name in the dispute resolution sphere. One impressed client compares him to "a proficient chess player that is able to anticipate the opponent's strategy well in advance," while another source adds: "The combination of vast legal knowledge and cultural background allows him to come up with innovative solutions for complex matters." He focuses on high-profile corporate, civil and bankruptcy disputes.

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José Roberto de Castro Neves

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected name partner José Roberto de Castro Neves is admired by sources for his solid civil and corporate litigation practice and dedication to cases. Interviewees state: "He possesses really good legal knowledge, is focused on his clients and assertive while conducting the matters." They go on to add: "He is very involved, conveys reliability and has great communication skills, besides being very pleasant to work with."

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Paulo Benedito Lazzareschi

Lazzareschi, Hilal, Bolina & Rocha Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers admire Paulo Benedito Lazzareschi of Lazzareschi, Hilal, Bolina & Rocha Advogados as "a classic litigator who acts personally on cases with great in-depth knowledge," adding: "He is a tough opponent." Market commentators add: "He is a highly experienced and renowned dispute resolution practitioner who delivers a remarkable performance."

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Domingos Fernando Refinetti

Stocche Forbes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Brilliant" co-head of litigation department Domingos Fernando Refinetti is admired for his established practice within the dispute resolution arena. He is frequently sought out by a myriad of clients for his expertise in high-profile corporate and civil litigation. Market sources commend: "He is a very good and assertive lawyer." He offers additional expertise in cases related to bankruptcy.

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Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti as "a spectacular professional who has a broad knowledge in litigation and arbitration," adding: "He has been involved in some of the most complex cases, so he is able to understand and handle an array of matters." A client enthuses: "His acumen and hands-on approach proved to be pivotal when strategic decisions were required in arbitrations."

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Fernando Eduardo Serec

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fernando Eduardo Serec is renowned for representing a varied clientele on the full range of contentious matters. One client highlights: "He understands really well the dynamics of arbitration proceeding and the thinking process of the tribunal members," while another source adds: "He looks for the quickest and most sensible solution." A peer concludes: "He is definitely a top lawyer for arbitration mandates."

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Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Absolutely incredible" lawyer Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira garners praise from peers and clients alike, who describe him as "a complete professional who is extremely intelligent, strategic and business savvy." They go on to praise him as "a disputes expert." He focuses his practice on high-stakes corporate and financial litigation mandates and international arbitration proceedings.

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Rafael de Carvalho Passaro

Stocche Forbes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe Rafael de Carvalho Passaro as "an experienced lawyer who benefits from a precise strategic perspective." One impressed client says: "He is an excellent practitioner and I always instruct him to deal with strategic litigation and arbitration cases." He is active in cases related to construction, corporate and consumer issues.

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Sergio Mannheimer

Andrade & Fichtner Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rio-based partner Sergio Mannheimer maintains an established practice covering both arbitral and judicial disputes. Observers often highlight his technical legal knowledge and one particular source endorses him as "a well-prepared lawyer who benefits from a refined intelligence." He specialises in commercial disputes.

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E. Munhoz Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe Eduardo Munhoz of E. Munhoz Advogados as "a highly qualified and intelligent lawyer who is able to create effective and innovative solutions." They add: "He is a confident, pragmatic and objective practitioner." Munhoz acts on civil disputes and offers outstanding capabilities in bankruptcy matters.

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Flávio Pereira Lima

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Flávio Pereira Lima is recognised by market observers as "a sophisticated strategist who is able to come up with a clear plan of action for the client." Multinational corporations benefit from his ample expertise in civil litigation and arbitration proceedings, as one client notes: "He is great dealing with foreign clients."

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Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees state that partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo has "in-depth legal knowledge and is able to convey it to frame cross-border cases into the Brazilian legislative perspective and sort out problems with ease." He often works alongside foreign firms in commercial arbitrations and complex litigation cases.

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Rafael Villar Gagliardi

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rafael Villar Gagliardi has a versatile practice covering both judicial and arbitral proceedings, with noted capabilities handling commercial arbitrations. Interviewees appreciate his "high level of technical knowledge, creativity when suggesting solutions and availability," describing him as "a great" and "dedicated" lawyer.

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Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Celso Xavier is often retained by clients from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors for his ample experience in litigation and arbitration cases. Sources describe him as "well-qualified lawyer" who "delivers an outstanding combination of expertise, strategic awareness and a pragmatic approach." They add: "He is a very complete professional."

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Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

São Paulo-based head of department Marcelo Beltrão da Fonseca of Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados is renowned for his solid litigation practice representing companies hailing from the energy sector.

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Carlos David Albuquerque Braga

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators describe Carlos David Albuquerque Braga as "a sharp lawyer who determines a very tactical plan of action" and "a natural litigator." They add: "He is the kind of lawyer you want on your side in a courtroom."  He is often retained to assist with civil litigation and corporate-related arbitration cases.

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Eliane Cristina Carvalho

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eliane Cristina Carvalho impresses sources with "the level of preparation she presents in hearings, delivering a good service to the client." She is visible representing prominent companies from the construction and automotive sectors in international arbitrations, as well as judicial and administrative disputes.

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André de Luizi Correia

CFGS Advogados - Correia, Fleury, Gama e Silva Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner André de Luizi Correia of CFGS Advogados - Correia, Fleury, Gama e Silva Advogados is acclaimed for his dispute resolution practice, as one source goes on to assert: "He is very meticulous, has great business acumen and a strategic mindset." Another adds: "He is a precise and effective lawyer."

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Levy & Salomão Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Angela Di Franco of Levy & Salomão Advogados is frequently sought out by clients in the telecommunications and financial industries to undertake civil disputes before judicial courts. One source asserts: "She is very proactive and has a practical approach to complex issues."

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Thereza Celina Diniz de Arruda Alvim

Arruda Alvim & Thereza Alvim Advocacia e Consultoria Jurídica

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced founding partner and Thereza Celina Diniz de Arruda Alvim is a recognised name in the litigation sphere as an academic and as a practitioner. Sources report that "she is visible acting before higher courts and providing legal opinions," concluding: "She has a respected civil law practice."

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Luiz Fernando Fraga

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Luiz Fernando Fraga frequently represents domestic and multinational clients hailing from the mining, steel and financial sectors before all levels of the judiciary. He is particularly well equipped to undertake civil and commercial disputes.

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Ruy Janoni Dourado

Dourado & Cambraia Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Ruy Janoni Dourado of Dourado & Cambraia Advogados garners praise for representing clients from the energy, banking and pharmaceutical industries before judicial courts. He is particularly well equipped to undertake corporate-related disputes and sources endorse his "commitment, dedication and availability."

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Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe partner Eduardo Pecoraro as "an intelligent and well-prepared practitioner who has a great attitude in court." They add: "He is great in both the litigation and arbitration spheres." He has a broad activity in commercial disputes, specialising in mandates related to the construction industry.

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Guilherme Rizzo Amaral

Souto, Correa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recommend Guilherme Rizzo Amaral for his expertise in procedural law and for his activity in both litigation and arbitration mandates.  Interviewees describe him as "a strategic professional who is able to see the bigger picture." They add: "He is a great lawyer that is gaining solid exposure in the arbitration sphere."

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Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro

Siqueira Castro - Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Noted founding partner Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro earns praise for his long-standing experience assisting major corporate players from diverse sectors with large-scale litigation. Market commentators affirm: "He possesses an excellent technical background; he is very intelligent and qualified."

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Pedro Soares Maciel

Lefosse Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Soares Maciel earns praise from clients and peers alike for his skilled arbitration and litigation practices. Sources describe him as "a complete lawyer who is knowledgeable in a variety of subjects, business driven and hands-on," adding: "He has a conciliatory approach and argues before court exceptionally well."

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Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias is often instructed by leading domestic and multinational companies to assist with commercial contractual disputes, and is also able to undertake class action lawsuits. Sources describe him as a "good and active" lawyer who stands out for being "a natural strategist."

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Alexandre de Mendonça Wald

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market observers recommend partner Alexandre de Mendonça Wald for his "quality work in civil contentious mandates." Described by one commentator as "an able strategist," he counts on over 30 years of experience in disputes related to administrative, banking and bankruptcy matters.

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Bichara Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Adriana Astuto receives praise for her experienced civil and corporate litigation practice. Sources attest: "She is a sharp practitioner who always comes up with creative ideas." She additionally advises clients on arbitration proceedings.

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Caetano Berenguer

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources regularly point out Caetano Berenguer as a growing name in the market and go on to assert: "He is an excellent lawyer - hard-working, technically well prepared and super sharp." A client adds: "It has been great working with him, he is an intelligent and talented professional."

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Rogério Carmona Bianco

Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rogério Carmona Bianco regularly advises clients hailing from the insurance and construction sectors on civil disputes, with particular strength in class actions. Sources describe him as "a very good litigator who offers multidisciplinary support to clients."

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gláucia Coelho stands out in disputes related to civil liability and commercial contracts, often representing clients from the retail, electronics and pharmaceutical industries. Clients highlight her "ability to quickly understand the problem and efficiently develop a strategy."

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Cândido da Silva Dinamarco

Dinamarco, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque Advocacia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Cândido da Silva Dinamarco draws upon over 25 years of expertise to advise clients on a wide range of civil and commercial litigation cases. Market observers describe him as "an excellent lawyer" who is "swift and strategic."

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Marcio de Souza Polto

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of litigation department Marcio de Souza Polto is highlighted by market sources for his "strategic mindset and great ability to provide clear information to clients." He benefits from more than 20 years of experience working on commercial disputes.

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BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sergio Fagundes earns praise from peers and clients alike, who rate him as "a proactive, intelligent and dedicated lawyer." He regularly represents clients before the state and federal courts, who appreciate "his ability to come up with innovative ideas."

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Antonio Celso Fonseca Pugliese

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise head of department Antonio Celso Fonseca Pugliese for "his high quality work, great performance and professional qualifications." He is active representing energy and construction companies in civil litigation, including class action lawsuits.

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Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Luciano Godoy of Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados is a known name in the litigation sphere due to his past experience as a federal judge. Commentators describe him as "a knowledgeable, intelligent and dedicated lawyer."

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Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Very talented lawyer"Karina Goldberg is highly praised by clients, who say: "She is patient, charismatic and a good strategist." Other sources highlight her "swift and dedicated" profile. She is active in both litigation and arbitration mandates connected with commercial law and contracts.

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Marcelo Junqueira Inglez de Souza

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources recommend Marcelo Junqueira Inglez de Souza as "a highly capable, extremely intelligent and committed lawyer who transmits a lot of confidence." He represents pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies in arbitration and litigation mandates arising from civil contracts.

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Andrea Pitthan Françolin

Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner Andrea Pitthan Françolin of Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados is decribed by market commentators as "a dedicated and studious lawyer who is a good strategist and provides effective  follow-up on cases."

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Lautenschlager, Romeiro e Iwamizu Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eduardo Romeiro of Lautenschlager, Romeiro e Iwamizu Advogados regularly advises on commercial disputes and public civil actions. One client states: "He is an extremely technical lawyer who offers business-oriented advice tailored to my company."

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Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of litigation department Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna garners praise for his "experience, business acumen and great empathy with clients." He draws upon over 30 years of expertise to act on complex litigation mandates, including civil actions, and excels in environment matters.

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Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner Pedro Paulo Wendel Gasparini of Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados maintains a versatile dispute resolution practice with strong activity in commercial litigation. Sources comment: "He is a good litigator."

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