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Demarest Advogados

AV PEDROSO DE MORAES 1201, SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 11 3356 1800
Fax:
Fax +55 11 3356 1700
Email:
Web:
www.demarest.com.br

Celso Xavier

Tel:
Work +55 11 3356 1616
Email:
Demarest Advogados

Work Department

Debt Restructuring, Corporate Reorganization and BankruptcyLitigation and Arbitration

Position

Partner

Career

Celso has 15 years’ experience and specialises in complex disputes, including class actions. He concentrates his practice in arbitration, litigation, product liability and corporate restructuring. He heads the product liability department and is the lead partner for key clients especially in the automotive, aviation and pharmaceutical industries.

He is also Vice-Chair of the Latin American Committee of Dispute Resolution of Lex Mundi; prosecutor at the Sports Superior Court of Justice (STJ-D), the highest Disciplinary Sportive Court; and nominated one of the seven members of the Executive Committee of the Arbitration Center of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Languages

English

Member

Member of the Commission of Biotechnology and of the Commission of Arbitration of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/SP).

Education

Graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo Law School in 1999. Earned his LL.M. in Law, Science & Technology from Stanford Law School in 2005.


Brazil

Bankruptcy and restructuring

Within: Bankruptcy and restructuring

The ‘very responsive’ team at Demarest Advogados combines experts in judicial reorganisations, corporate reorganisations, corporate finance and M&A, and demonstrates ‘great business acumen’. The multidisciplinary nature of the group enables it to handle court and out-of-court proceedings and distressed M&A transactions. António Manuel França Aires has been representing Banco Caixa Geral and Votorantim Group as creditors in the high-profile judicial reorganisation of OAS Group. In other significant work, Fabio de Almeida Braga has been acting for Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik in litigation to exclude its €1.46m credit from WHB Fundição’s judicial reorganisation. Celso Xavier co-heads the department alongside Aires. Guilherme Fontes Bechara, Maria Isabel Fontana and Matheus Azevedo Bastos de Oliveira are rising stars.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Demarest Advogadosalways responds in time and with good quality’; ‘value for money is extremely favourable’. It has been active in numerous energy sector disputes, and also represented Unilever in a case against a former logistics partner claiming indemnification, achieving a reversal of the previous decision. Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna heads the team, which includes Celso Xavier, Rafael Gagliardi and Maria Helena Bragaglia. Marcelo Inglez de Souza is ‘greatly committed’, and ‘optimises the in-house counsel’s and executive’s decision-making processes’. Carlo Verona joined from Lefosse Advogados in December 2017, while Leonel Affonso Jr. left the firm.

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