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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Renato Stephan Grion

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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International arbitration and dispute resolution.


Partner. Acts both as counsel and arbitrator. Concentrates his practice in commercial disputes and handles arbitrations before virtually every major arbitration institution, including ICC, ICDR, LCIA, and other leading arbitration centers in Brazil. Subjects of these arbitrations have included international sales and distribution contracts, construction, M&A and electricity-related disputes. Also represents Brazilian and international clients in litigation in Brazil involving disputes over the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements, as well as other transnational disputes.


Assistant Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris (2005-07). Attorney-trainee in the International Arbitration Group of Salans, Paris (2004). Foreign associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York (2002-03). Became partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados in 2013.


- Portuguese - English - French - Spanish.


Member of (i) Latin American Arbitration Group of the ICC; (ii) the Brazilian Bar Association - São Paulo Chapter (1999); (iii) Brazilian Arbitration Committee; (iv) Venezuelan Arbitration Committee (member of the International Scientific Board). Guest lecturer in international arbitration at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo (GVlaw) and at the São Paulo Catholic University (COGEAE) and author of many articles on the subject. He lectures regularly in Brazil and abroad about international commercial arbitration. Former member of the Task Force on the Revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration (2012 edition).


- LL.B. from the São Paulo Catholic University (1998); - Postgraduate program in business law from the São Paulo Catholic University (1999); - Certificate in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management (2002); - LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law (2002); - D.E.S.S. Juriste d'affaires international, with honors, from Université de Paris V (2004).


Reading, sports and traveling.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the law inside out’, and handles ‘complex cases in which deep legal knowledge and strategic legal thinking are required’. In a recent cross-border case, it defended Chevron against an action seeking the recognition and enforcement of a $9.5bn judgment obtained through fraud and corruption in Ecuador, with the Superior Court of Justice unanimously rejecting the claim due to lack of jurisdiction. On the arbitration side, standout name Gilberto Giusti is ‘smart and skilled in oral defences’. Renato Stephan Grionhelps take calculated risks’, and has a ‘great level of English and French’. Also recommended are Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira and Celso Cintra Mori. Luis Claudio Furtado Faria made partner in January 2018.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Within: Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosEduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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