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Demarest Advogados has a ‘very well-regarded’ international trade practice. With five partners with experience in the area, the team is one of the largest in Brazil, and it retains a substantial market share in the area of trade remedies investigations. Among a string of major engagements in 2016, the firm represented Arcelor Mittal, Gerdau and CSN in a dumping investigation regarding imports of hot-rolled steel flat products originating from Russia and China. The team also has a strong track record representing the Brazilian government in WTO cases. José Setti Diaz is ‘very dedicated and motivated’, and Milena da Fonseca Azevedo and Fernando Benjamin Bueno are also highly recommended.

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Renê Guilherme Medrado acted for BASF in the sunset review of anti-dumping duties imposed on n-butanol imports from the US, and is also representing the client in a parallel public interest proceeding initiated by the Ministry of Finance. Medrado co-heads the team alongside Mauro Berenholc, who has substantial experience in tax, customs and international trade. The team has recently expanded with the hire of two dedicated associates.

Veirano Advogados’ broad client base spans companies, associations, domestic industries, Brazilian importers and international exporters. Its trade remedies practice is buoyant, and it is also well-versed in trade proceedings in other jurisdictions, where it represents Brazilian interests in proceedings involving Brazilian exports. In one recent highlight, the firm represented Braskem in relation to the dumping sunset review regarding imports of polyvinylchloride suspension from the US and Mexico. The highly regarded Ana Caetano leads the practice, which includes Gustavo Boni dos Santos and Fernanda Kotzias.

Bichara Advogados has a team of ‘excellent trade lawyers’ who demonstrate ‘strategic thinking and are sensitive to the client’s needs’. It has a strong track record in major trade remedies investigations conducted in Brazil, and is also active in a raft of customs matters. Ongoing work includes assisting key client Abióptica, the Brazilian optical association, in several customs and trade matters, including a plea for the reduction of anti-dumping duties on imports of glasses frames. Carol Monteiro de Carvalho and Andrea Weiss Balassiano are ‘exceptionally good’.

Boutique firm Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados is noted for its ‘outstanding performance’; it ‘always delivers a great job in the expected time’. Anti-dumping is an area of longstanding expertise, with recent highlights including representing Dow Brasil Sudeste Industrial in the dumping investigation into imports of acetic acid esters from the US and Mexico. It is also experienced in representing Brazilian producers in relation to dumping investigations initiated by foreign authorities. Other engagements in 2016 included tariff reduction requests and public interest analyses. Leonor Cordovil and Ricardo Casanova Motta are ‘precise and extremely reliable’.

Dedicated international trade and WTO firm MPA Trade Law is ‘responsive, innovative, hardworking and highly effective’. 2016 was another busy year for the practice, which was instructed in several high-profile anti-dumping investigations involving imports from the US, Asia, Africa and Europe. It was also instructed by several clients in relation to requests to the Brazilian government for temporary reductions on import tariffs. Practice heads Claudia Marques and Rodrigo Pupo are ‘excellent communicators and skilled tacticians’.

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for Brazilian and international companies in a range of customs and trade matters; its workload in 2016 spanned trade compliance advice, anti-dumping investigations and public interest proceedings, among other matters. The highly experienced Vera Kanas is a key contact, often taking a lead role in the department’s major engagements. She recently worked alongside a team of corporate and tax law specialists in advising BMW on the Brazilian automotive regime, including import and export permit issues and tariff classification.

The team at Azevedo Sette Advogados continues to expand, most recently with the hire of consultant Luciana Oliveira Sá Pires from BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão. Recent highlights include representing Under Armour in the sunset review on anti-dumping duties applied on shoes originating from China. The highly experienced Luiz Eduardo Salles leads the team.

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is making its mark in the international trade field in Brazil, having been instructed in a series of high-profile proceedings. Highlights in 2016 included assisting the Brazilian government in disputes at the WTO which have significant implications for the Brazilian automobile and technology industries; key figure Adriana Dantas led the team, which included João Paulo Cavinatto and Marcia Cristina Derre Torres Fernandes Pulcherio.

Fialho, Canabrava, Andrade, Salles Advogados has significant experience in the field of international trade and customs, and counts CNI (the National Industry Confederation) and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office among its clients. It is also making a name for itself in the field of solar energy, where it has picked up a number of new clients and advises on labelling requirements, customs regulations and other matters. Lucas Spadano is a key figure.

L.O. Baptista Advogados demonstrates ‘deep knowledge’ in the international trade field, and is noted for its ‘fast responses’. It assists a diverse client base in relation to imports, exports, customs valuations and trade embargoes, and it is also experienced in representing companies in anti-dumping investigations. Practice head Cynthia Kramer attracts particular plaudits for her ‘knowledge of international issues, specifically regarding the WTO and WCO’. Since the conclusion of research, Cynthia Kramer has left the firm and Daniela Zaitz has assumed leadership of the practice.

Magalhães e Dias – Advocacia provides a ‘very high-quality service’ to its clients, which include both importers and exporters. It has a strong track record in anti-dumping investigations, public interest investigations, and scope assessment proceedings. Francisco Niclós Negrão is recommended.

The ‘very committed’ team at Mattos Engelberg Advogados is led by Carla Junqueira, who enjoys a strong reputation in the market. ‘Superb at handling complex matters’, she has substantial experience in international trade and WTO work. The team counts a number of Chinese companies among its clients, and is currently representing two of them in relation to anti-dumping investigations relating to steel wires and steel strands originating from China. Senior associate Lucas Bianchini is ‘a rising star’.

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is noted for its ‘high-quality’ service; the ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘technically well-prepared team’ is particularly experienced in customs matters, including compliance programmes. Paulo Rogério Sehn recently acted for Lexmark in a case concerning the tariff classification of its multi-functional printer. Alessandra Machado is a key contact.

Economic law is an area of focus for Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados. The team’s workload in 2016 included representing clients in anti-dumping investigations and public interest proceedings, and advisory work concerning temporary reductions of import tax. In one highlight, practice head Priscila Brolio Gonçalves acted for Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel Works in relation to the investigation into hot-rolled steel products.

Luiz Carlos Venturi heads the ‘very professional’ team at Araújo e Policastro Advogados, which recently assisted a client in obtaining import and export permits.

Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados attracts plaudits for its ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘good turnaround times’. Among its highlights, Aurélio Marchini Santos successfully represented Lubrizol in an anti-dumping duty scope assessment proceeding. Ricardo Franco Botelho is another key contact.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a multi-disciplinary group of trade, antitrust and tax lawyers handling international trade matters. Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella is a key contact, with notable experience in trade remedies proceedings.

João Dácio Rolim leads the team at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados, which is particularly strong in customs and tax. Belo Horizonte based lawyers Alessandro Mendes Cardoso and Tathiana de Souza Pedrosa Duarte recently defended a client against an increase in the Siscomex customs fee.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a focus on tax and customs advisory matters, and is also experienced in representing companies in administrative and judicial proceedings. Maucir Fregonesi and Guilherme Dantas are the names to note.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brownprovides a top service to the market’, regularly assisting multinational companies in international trade matters. Practice head Eduardo Molan Gaban attracts strong praise.

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