Eduardo Damião Gonçalves
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São Paulo - Paulista
Partner - Litigation and Arbitration
Eduardo represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations on issues related to business acquisitions, corporate disputes, infrastructure, and particularly in conflicts arising from construction agreements. His experience as an arbitrator includes disputes administered under various regulations, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He regularly represents clients in complex litigation in the areas of environmental law, information technology, and infrastructure among others.
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Bachelor of Laws, Universidade de São Paulo;Post-Graduation in International Law, The Hague Academy of International Law;Master of Laws in Private International Law and International Commerce with specialization in Arbitration, Université de Paris II; Ph.D. in Law, Universidade de São Paulo
Within: Dispute resolution
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ partners are noted for their ‘attentive participation’, covering litigation and arbitration. Flávio Pereira Lima acted for Companhia Energética de São Paulo in proceedings against the federal government claiming R$6.7bn compensation for assets returned to the state after the expiry of the public concession for the operation of the Três Irmãos hydroelectric power plant. ‘Sensational’ practice head Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is ‘one of the most outstanding lawyers in international arbitration’. Fernando Dantas Motta Neustein joined from Mattos Muriel Kestener Advogados and Cassio Gama Amaral joined from DR&A Advogados, while Eduardo Secchi Munhoz and Paulo Bezerra de Menezes Reiff left for E. Munhoz Advogados and DR&A Advogados, respectively. Since the end of research, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Alex Hatanaka, formerly a director of the legal department at BoA-Merrill Lynch.
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is particularly rated for waste and contaminated land matters and brownfield projects, and regularly handles environmental matters relating to infrastructure projects. The ‘friendly, intelligent and very capable’ Lina Pimentel Garcia has ‘fantastic expertise in remediation matters’, and recently advised Rosneft on the transfer of environmental liability in taking over the operation of an oil-and-gas exploration and production project. Flávio Pereira Lima and Eduardo Damião Gonçalves are the other two partners in the team.
Latin America: International firms
Local practitioners of note (by country)
Within: Local practitioners of note (by country)
Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitioner’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.