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Demarest Advogados’ five-partner international trade practice has the reputation and resources to handle a significant volume of work. In customs, the team is well versed in valuation matters, import licensing, special customs programmes and litigation. The highly regarded José Setti Diaz and senior associate Victor Bovarotti Lopes provided assistance to Dow (a new client) in a subsidies investigation carried out by the US concerning silicon metal exports from Brazil. Senior associate Lucas Queiroz Pires recently completed a six-month internship at the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO. Fernando Benjamin Bueno is another senior associate making a mark in the team.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ Renê Guilherme Medrado and Mauro Berenholc have notable experience in the field of international trade and customs, and are regularly instructed by leading domestic and international clients. Among the team’s extensive list of recent work highlights, the pair acted for the Brazilian automotive industry association ANFAVEA in the defence of complaints raised by Japan and the EU regarding Brazil’s INNOVAR-AUTO incentive programme. In an illustration of her status in the market, Medrado was appointed by the Director General of the WTO to act as a panellist in the complaint raised by Turkey against Morocco’s imposition of definitive anti-dumping measures on imports of certain hot-rolled steel from the former country.

Veirano Advogados covers the gamut of international trade, with vast experience representing diverse parties in trade and customs proceedings, including representing Brazilian interests in trade remedy proceedings in foreign jurisdictions. The team also stands out for the strength of its WTO practice. In recent work, practice head Ana Caetano represented Pirelli in a public interest proceeding concerning anti-dumping duties on imports of emulsion-styrene butadiene rubber (E-SBR) from the EU. Supported by associate Fernanda Kotzias, she also assisted the Brazilian electrical and electronics industry association ABINEE in disputes brought by Japan and the EU. Gustavo Boni dos Santos left for Machado Associados in 2017 and senior associate Ana Luiza Sanches moved to Mattos Engelberg Advogados in July 2018.

Azevedo Sette Advogados’ international trade team delivers ‘consistently excellent work’. 2017 was another busy year for the department, with highlights including representing two Synthos subsidiaries in the public interest proceeding concerning imports of E-SBR from the EU; the analysis resulted in the extinction of anti-dumping duties. ‘Very business-oriented’ practice head Luiz Eduardo Salles has ‘deep and comprehensive knowledge of the area’. Senior associate Lucas Bianchini joined from Mattos Engelberg Advogados in 2018.

Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados is noted for its ‘fast response times’ and ‘appropriate advice’. Clients also note the benefits of the firm’s boutique model, which avoids conflicts of interest. Recent work for the international trade team includes representing USG Mexico in the dumping investigation concerning Brazilian imports of plasterboards from Mexico, and representing Ligas de Alumínio in the dumping and subsidies investigation by the Canadian government into imports of silicon metals of certain origins. Leonor Cordovil is ‘highly recognised for her legal knowledge and commitment to clients’. Ricardo Casanova Motta ‘always strives for the best results’, and ‘creates a great atmosphere with the client’s team’.

Boutique firm MPA Trade Law specialises in international trade and WTO law. It fields a highly experienced team with a notable track record in trade remedy cases, and also assists its clients with trade policy, regulatory issues and trade-related government relations. In 2017, the team acted for Flex Middle East FZE in the sunset review of anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of PET film originating in the UAE, Mexico and Turkey. Claudia Marques and Rodrigo Pupo are the names to note.

Mundie e Advogados established an international trade practice in 2017 with the hire of Carol Monteiro de Carvalho and Andrea Weiss Balassiano, formerly at Bichara Advogados. The pair are ‘outstanding’, and have ‘absolute control of any case they are taking care of’. The team recently represented a division of Sasol Group Services in a public interest proceeding initiated by Brazil against imports of N-butanol from South Africa and Russia.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s Adriana Dantas has a broad practice that takes in international trade and corporate ethics and compliance. João Paulo Muntada Cavinatto brings significant customs and indirect tax expertise. The team (including senior associate Marcia Cristina Derre Torres Fernandes Pulcherio) continued to act for the Brazilian government in WTO disputes concerning tax incentives in the automobile industry.

Noted for its ‘high-quality services’, Fialho, Canabrava, Andrade, Salles Advogados has broad experience in anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard investigations, and is regularly engaged by clients for consultancy in WTO-related matters. CNI (the National Industry Confederation) is a significant client. Lucas Spadano is ‘committed and knowledgeable’, and associate Bruno Augustin also attracts praise.

Economic law firm Magalhães e Dias - Advocacia has a team of attorneys and economists split between São Paulo and Brasília. Its impressive trade remedies practice enjoyed a number of successes in 2017, and it also advises on matters concerning the Manaus Free Trade Zone. Francisco Niclós Negrão and Gabriel Nogueira Dias are key partners in the team.

At Mattos Engelberg Advogados, practice head Carla Junqueira is noted for her ‘high degree of specialisation and professional standards’. She is a member of the firm’s China desk, and represents a number of China-based clients. Brazilian clients include Paramount Têxteis, which the team defended in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Argentinian government concerning wool fabrics.

TozziniFreire Advogados’ experienced team acts for leading Brazilian and international clients in anti-dumping investigations and a range of customs matters. It also stands out for the strength of its trade and customs compliance training. Clients include Veolia, Celanese and Jaguar Land Rover. Vera Kanas is the name to note.

Trench Rossi Watanabe’s Alessandra Machado has a strong practice in trade and international customs. Tax partner Paulo Rogério Sehn also has expertise in these fields, and Marcia Assis Calafate is another contact.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados’ strategic alliance with Dentons gives it access to an extensive international network, and it regularly advises international clients. In recent work, practice head Priscila Brolio Gonçalves represented Alpargatas in the public interest proceeding concerning E-SBR.

Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados has strong experience in trade remedies work; recent highlights include representing Electrolux Da Amazonia in the anti-dumping investigation concerning exports of grooved copper tubes from Mexico and China. Aurélio Marchini Santos and Ricardo Franco Botelho are the key contacts.

Alessandro Mendes Cardoso co-heads the tax, customs and social security department at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados. Associate Tatiana Rezende Torres is a specialist in these areas, and João Dácio Rolim has broad expertise in international trade.

The multidisciplinary team at Siqueira Castro – Advogados draws on expertise in customs, tax, IP, and corporate/M&A. Maucir Fregonesi and Guilherme Dantas are the key contacts.

Highly regarded partner Eduardo Molan Gaban heads the government and global trade practice at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. The team acts for multinational corporations, governments and trade associations in trade remedies cases, trade compliance matters and WTO disputes.

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