MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Arbitration: 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 institutions, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, frequently working alongside the most renowned law firms in the world. Among the matters submitted to arbitration handled by the law firm are corporate conflicts and in areas such as infrastructure, oil and gas, energy, construction and in the sphere of public-private partnerships, among others, having recently 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 aids its clients in the drafting and negotiation of arbitration agreements.
Litigation: 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. The partners and associates of Andrade & Fichtner also have vast knowledge on public law, dominating complex regulatory environments. The firm is involved 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, where the firm represents either qualified creditors or the debtor itself; 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.
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. It has been and is currently involved in the construction and operation of major steel mills, seaports, thermoelectric plants, pipelines and shipyards, covering the whole array of legal services required. Particularly in which concerns the environmental practice, the firm provides clients with ample advice and assistance on compliance issues of every kind in light of the environmental legislation, in the federal, state and municipal spheres, aiding companies with applications for permits, and general assessment for the implementation of projects, including real estate and regulatory issues. The counseling provided by the firm’s professionals also includes legal analysis of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and preparation for public hearings, where the firm’s professionals work alongside the company’s technicians and personnel. The law firm also designs strategies and procedures to prevent litigation related to the licensing and operation of such projects, and defending the clients in judicial proceedings, including class actions related to environmental issues, in addition to administrative litigation, both prior and following the implementation of the projects.
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.
INTERNATIONAL WORK: Andrade & Fichtner has been engaged in several international arbitration proceedings before major organisations, under the rules of the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, FGV, FIESP, the CBMA 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 prelitigation processings.
LANGUAGES: Portuguese, English, German, Italian, French and Spanish.