The law firm has vast experience in the resolution of conflicts through arbitration, both with proceedings seated in Brazil and abroad. Andrade & Fichtner represents clients in arbitrations before several national and international institutions – ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, FGV, FIESP, the CBMA and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC), among others –, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, frequently working alongside the most renowned law firms in the world. Founding partner José Antonio Fichtner was a member of the Commission of Jurists responsible for drafting the bills for the new Brazilian Arbitration Act and the new Brazilian Mediation Act.
Among the matters submitted to arbitration handled by the firm are civil, commercial and corporate conflicts related to areas such as infrastructure, oil and gas, energy, construction, public-private partnerships, among others, having acted in the dispute over the control of the largest retailer in the country. Andrade & Fichtner also has ample experience with requests for the recognition of foreign court and arbitral awards before the Superior Court of Justice, as well as with proceedings in aid of arbitration, both before the constitution of the panel and incidental to the arbitral proceeding. The law firm also assists its clients in the drafting and negotiation of arbitration agreements.
Andrade & Fichtner is involved in the most significant disputes in the country, in different strategic segments of the economy. 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 the areas of telecommunications, sanitation, transportation and logistics. More recently, the firm successfully represented the biggest individual shareholder of a relevant Brazilian telephone services provider in judicial and arbitral proceedings related to a corporate dispute involving the referred company, which is currently undergoing the largest judicial reorganisation procedure in Brazil up to date.
The partners and associates of Andrade & Fichtner also have vast knowledge on public law, dominating complex regulatory environments. The firm has acted in disputes arising from sophisticated civil and commercial agreements, especially those involving financing, loans, leasing, sale and purchase supply, as well as commercial representation, guaranties and letters of credit and options; disputes related to the exploration, production and distribution of energy, oil and gas; disputes related to corporate restructuring and bankruptcy; disputes associated with election issues and representation of candidates and parties in court; disputes concerning family law; and, also, disputes related to inheritance and probate matters; disputes connected with intellectual rights, copyrights, patents and trademarks. The firm has been involved in a series of cross-border disputes and also cooperated on many occasions with foreign law firms in litigation and pre-litigation proceedings.
Environment & Infrastructure:
Andrade & Fichtner provides unique assistance to clients in environmental law, mainly due to the firm’s experience in the implementation of some of the largest and most relevant infrastructure projects in Brazil, such as steel mills, seaports, thermoelectric plants, pipelines and shipyards. The firm works with the client and technical experts, to provide ample assistance regarding all necessary legal work, including the application for all necessary permits and licenses. The firm also designs pre-litigation and litigation strategies for its clients, representing them, if needed, in administrative and judicial proceedings related to the project.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
The law firm of Andrade & Fichtner has vast experience in assisting Brazilian and international insurers, reinsurers and insured companies in the adjustment of complex claims. The firm has a significant role in preventing litigation by drafting and revising contracts, providing advice to clients on coverage issues and other legal matters involving insurance and representing insurers, reinsurers and insured companies in administrative proceedings of regulatory nature. The firm has been involved in some of the largest and most complex judicial disputes and arbitrations pertaining to insurance and reinsurance matters.
Andrade & Fichtner has been engaged in several international arbitration proceedings before major organisations, under the rules of the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, FGV, FIESP, the Rio de Janeiro Commercial Association and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CCBC), among others. The firm has been involved in a series of cross-border disputes and also cooperated on many occasions with foreign law firms in international arbitration, litigation and pre-litigation processings.
Agrovia S.A., Alcoa Alumínio S.A., Allianz Serguros, AMBEV – Companhia de Bebidas das Américas, Ampla Energia e Serviços S.A., Ancar Ivanhoe Shopping Centre, Anglo Ferrous Minas-Rio Mineração S.A., Bank of America Brasil Holdings Ltda., Brookfield Incorporações S.A., BRZ Investimentos, Cambuhy| Fundo de Investimentos, CETIP S.A. – Balcão Organizado de Ativos e Derivativos, CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) Limited, Club Med do Brasil S.A., Coca-Cola Indústrias Ltda., Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista – CTEEP, CEG-Rio S.A., CEG S.A., Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém – CSP, Concessionária do VLT Carioca, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A., Coty Inc., Deme Brazil Serviços de Dragagem Ltda., Endesa Brasil, FM Global, Generali Seguros, Groupe Casino, Grupo Libra Terminais, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, H. Stern, Haztec Tecnologia e Planejamento Ambiental S.A., Hermes – Sociedade Comercial Importadora S/A, Intelsat Brasil Ltda., Itajara Participações Ltda., João Fortes Engenharia S.A., Light Serviços de Eletricidade S.A., Mubadala Group, PETROS – Fundação Petrobrás de Seguridade Social, Pirelli Pneus, Ltda., Prolagos S/A Concessionária de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto, Prumo Logística, Queiroz Galvão Group, Rede Globo Group, Royal Ahold, S.A. Paulista de Construções e Comércio S.A. Rádio Tupi, State Grid Brazil, Sul América Companhia Nacional de Seguros, Swire Oilfield Services, TAP Manutenção e Engenharia Brasil S.A., Ternium Group, Thyssenkrupp Group, Trafigura Group, Unipar Participações S.A., Transocean Group,Vale S.A., Via Varejo S.A., White Martins Gases Industriais S.A., Zoomlion Capital.