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DR&A Advogados is ‘One of the best law firms in liability insurance and professional liability’ and counts Allianz, Zurich and AIG among its clients. 2016 highlights included acting for Chubb (formerly ACE Seguros) as a third party in a class action filed against BRA Transportes Aéreos; the team, led by Paulo Bezerra de Menezes Reiff, successfully argued that the lawsuit should be halted due to wrongful disregard of a legal entity. Dinir Salvador Rios da Rocha – ‘one of the first specialised attorneys in this field’ – is a leading name in the group, and is ‘very well prepared to handle stressful situations’. Danilo Machado and Julia Santoro de Camargo Donato are also recommended.

Established in 1984, insurance law boutique Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia maintains a leading position in the market. It acts for a range of companies in different sectors in disputes with their insurers, with a strong track record in both arbitration and litigation. Non-contentious advisory work also features, including the review and analysis of commercial agreements and strategies. Other clients include banks, insurance companies and brokers. Name partner Ernesto Tzirulnik and Paulo Luiz de Toledo Piza are active contributors to the broader insurance industry, having published several books in the field. The team operates from the firm’s offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad insurance, reinsurance and pensions practice, with recent work for the four-partner team spanning insurance and reinsurance litigation, regulatory matters and corporate transactions. In a recent highlight, Cassio Gama Amaral acted for Swiss Re in litigation concerning several surety bonds and credit insurance claims. He also worked alongside Luciana Dias Prado and Camila Leal Calais in advising IBM Brasil on a review of its life insurance programme. Practice head Marcelo Mansur Haddad is well known in the market, and is regularly singled out for praise. Up-and-coming associates include Mariana Cavalcanti Jardim, Jaqueline Suryan and Olivia Franco Searle. Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup joined from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in 2017.

With ‘a strong reputation in the Brazilian and international markets’, Demarest Advogados has the capabilities to assist its clients throughout the life cycle of insurance matters, from licensing and regulatory issues to administrative proceedings. The ‘very specialised’ team is particularly highlighted for its non-contentious advisory work, and the firm’s ability to ‘provide assistance in virtually every area of law’ is another draw. The practice has gone from strength to strength since the firm’s incorporation of boutique firm JBO Advocacia. Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira is highly recommended, with junior partner Camila Affonso Prado and associate Laura Pelegrini also drawing praise. André Alarcon specialises in corporate transactions in the insurance and reinsurance sector.

The ‘very committed’ team at Mandaliti Advogados is led by ‘excellent lawyer’ Renato Tadeu Rondina Mandaliti, who is ‘committed to complying with the client’s deadline’. The busy practice is regularly engaged by its longstanding clients in insurance litigation, and is currently acting as co-counsel for key client Telefónica in civil litigation brought by former employees regarding a health insurance plan. Other clients include Braskem, Companhia de Seguros do Estado de São Paulo, and Corr Plastik.

Pellon & Associados Advocacia has a strong focus on insurance law and litigation, with additional expertise in corporate, tax and labour law. The majority of team members are based in the firm’s São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro offices, although the practice also has resources in Vitória and Brasília. The firm demonstrates particular prowess in contentious matters, representing clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation and insurance fraud investigations. Key figures include Luís Felipe Pellon, Sergio Ruy Barroso de Mello and Mariana Ferraz Menescal.

Since its creation in 1998, Penteado Mendonça e Char Advocacia has carved out a strong position in the Brazilian insurance market from its base in São Paulo. Well-versed in litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, it is active in contentious insurance matters, and also handles a range of non-contentious advisory work and transactions. Its clients include leading insurers and reinsurers and other financial institutions. Antonio Penteado Mendonça is a leading name both in practice and in academia. Fellow name partner Armando Vicente Mesquita Char is another key contact and an active member of the team.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides ‘an excellent service’, and has ‘particular expertise in insurance M&A’. The team has built longstanding relationships with numerous leading insurance companies in the country, which continue to turn to the team for advice and transactional support. Highlights in 2016 included acting for Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida on the acquisition of a group life insurance portfolio from Itaú Seguros, with Bruno Balduccini leading the team. Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo are also recommended. Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup left for Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in 2017.

Since its establishment in 2015, Santos Bevilaqua Advogados has been building a name for itself as a force in the Brazilian insurance and reinsurance market, and attracted numerous new clients during 2016. The team has also grown over this period, including with the hire of consultant Clilton Guimarães dos Santos, a former member of the government prosecution agency Ministério Público Federal, who bolsters the insurance litigation practice. On the non-contentious side, Marco Antonio Bevilaqua and Daniela de Matos Rodrigues advised QBE Seguros on a review of the wording of the QBE Max Insurance policy. João Marcelo dos Santos is recommended.

Insurance litigation is a mainstay of Andrade & Fichtner Advogados, which has an active dispute resolution practice. Past clients include Allianz Seguros, Sul América Seguros and Seguradora Líder-DPVAT. Founding partner José Antonio Fichtner has a broad practice that takes in insurance; with him in the team are Tomaz Tavares de Lyra and Sergio Nelson Mannheimer.

Azevedo Sette Advogados saw heightened levels of activity in 2016, both in insurance litigation and advisory matters, with pensions and health insurance also areas of expertise. Paulo Sogayar heads the practice. Since research concluded, Sogayar has departed to establish his own firm: Sogayar Sociedade de Advogaos.

Longstanding clients of the ‘responsive and practical’ team at Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados include Brazilian and international insurance companies and brokers, which regularly turn to the team for assistance in regulatory and other non-contentious advisory matters. Large M&A projects also feature; one 2016 highlight saw the team advise Suramericana on its acquisition of RoyalSunAlliance Seguros. Since research concluded, former practice co-head Marcelo Vieira Rechtman has left to establish his own firm; the four-strong team is now solely led by the experienced Ricardo Botelho.

Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada heads the insurance team at Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, which is spread across the firm’s São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices. Its workload includes contentious and non-contentious matters, and it acts for both insurance and reinsurance companies and corporate clients.

The busy practice at Chalfin, Goldberg, Vainboim & Fichtner Advogados Associados is active in insurance litigation and advisory work, for a broad client base of domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. Regulatory matters are an area of particular strength; in one recent highlight, the team advised a Mexican insurer on matters of Brazilian reinsurance regulation. Ilan Goldberg is singled out for praise.

Under the leadership of Luis Augusto Roux Azevedo, the team at DDSA – De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados has notable experience advising insurers on claims following environmental disasters and other high-profile incidents. Insured companies also turn to the team, which is equally at ease advising on non-contentious matters.

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados is active for a varied client base of insurers, private healthcare companies and insured companies in a range of industries. In a recent highlight, practice head Fabio Ramos worked alongside colleagues in the firm’s corporate department in assisting a start-up insurance platform with various matters relating to its establishment. Claims adjustment procedures are another area of expertise.

Levy & Salomão’s insurance department comprises lawyers specialised in various fields, including finance and litigation. In 2016, the team continued to represent a number of clients in the insurance sector in proceedings concerning social contributions; Vinicius Branco and José Arnaldo da Fonseca Filho are key contacts in this space. Insurance litigation relating to aircraft accidents is a niche strength, with Airbus among the team’s key clients. Eduardo Salomão Neto is the practice head.

The ‘reliable’ and ‘responsive’ insurance group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados sits within the firm’s broader corporate finance department, and is particularly noted for its capabilities in insurance M&A. Specialisms for practice head Eduardo Avila de Castro include banking and insurance regulation. At associate level, Thais de Gobbi and Pedro Corbucci Caldeira Nasi are key contacts, regularly taking a role on the team’s major mandates.

The sizeable team at Schalch Sociedade de Advogados is led by name partner Débora Schalch and acts for leading insurers in Brazil as well as for numerous international clients. The busy practice is adept in disputes, both judicial and extra-judicial: particularly in the field of reimbursement. Consultancy work is another mainstay.

Particularly renowned for its litigation practice, Sergio Bermudes Advogados is also well known in the insurance market, with Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira a key figure. With lawyers in key locations across the country including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, it has the size and resources to handle a broad spread of work. In 2017, it lost André Tavares and others who left to establish Tavares Advogados.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is recommended for insurance litigation, maintaining a buoyant practice under Fábio Coutinho Kurtz and Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti. Health insurance is a strong area of focus, and the team is currently assisting Medial Saúde in numerous cases and regulatory matters throughout the country. 2016 also saw the team act in several lawsuits stemming from aircraft accidents.

Multi-jurisdictional litigation is a strength of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, which benefits from a strong international network. Julio Costa leads the team, which recently represented FAIRFAX and Grupo Segurador BB e Mapfre in a product liability dispute in Brazil and the US. In an illustration of both its crisis management expertise and its experience in the transportation sector, the team also acted for FAIRFAX in claims arising from the crash of a Eurocopter AS-5649 helicopter.

Boutique firm Tavares Advogados was established in 2017 by former partners at Sergio Bermudes Advogados. It is currently defending an insurance company in a case seeking a significant insurance payout following losses allegedly incurred in relation to a property development project. Health insurance litigation is a particular specialism. André Tavares and Daniel Chacur de Miranda are the key contacts.

TozziniFreire Advogados excels in transactional and regulatory insurance matters, with the firm’s highly regarded corporate and M&A department contributing to a steady flow of work. A team led by Marta Viegas recently advised Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe on reinsurance regulation, licensing and reinsurance contracts. Other clients include Amtrust Insurance, Travelers Inc, and Tokio Marine Seguros. Since research concluded, Viegas has departed the firm to move in house as lead officer for Corporate Governance at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC).

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is regularly called upon for legal and regulatory advice in the insurance field, and is particularly active for international companies looking to enter or exit the Brazilian market. Practice head Anna Tavares de Mello has a varied practice that takes in M&A, banking and insurance. Clients include Allied World Assurance, Infrassure and Sirius International. Senior associate Luciana Vianna Pereira is another contact.

Veirano Advogados acts for a large portfolio of domestic and international companies from a range of industries, which turn to it for assistance on insurance policies and other insurance issues in the context of corporate and commercial transactions. Fábio Figueira heads the practice.

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