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Fernando Eduardo Serec

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TozziniFreire Advogados

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Litigation, Arbitration.and Mediation


Head of the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups, Fernando has broad experience in litigation and international arbitrations involving real estate matters, complex financial contracts, and a wide range of administrative law issues. He has worked on international arbitrations in Brazil, USA, and Europe at major international and local arbitration institutions involving mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, financial and banking disputes, infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements, and intellectual property issues, among others areas.


Joined TozziniFreire in 1992. Fernando became partner in 2000.




President of the AMCHAM Arbitration and Meditation Centre’s Advisory Council.
Member of the Advisory Council of the Brazil Corporate Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB - Câmara de Arbitragem Empresarial Brasil).
Arbitrator working in several Arbitration Chambers in Brazil.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
Member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr).
Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).


Studied at the Academy of American and International Law, organized by the Center for American and International Law, USA, in 1993. Master's in Civil Law from the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1992. Graduate of the Law School of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, in 1985.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

TozziniFreire Advogados handles arbitration cases for clients such as Cadillac Fairview, Kirin Holdings and Renova Energia. On the litigation side, the group filed a writ of mandamus for Sumitomo in order to challenge the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade’s calculation methodology concerning the import and resale price of tyres. In another case, the firm is representing Coteminas in seven civil actions relating to farming property which was transferred to the client in payment of a debt. Flávia Cristina de Campos Andrade, Fernando Eduardo Serec and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto are recommended.

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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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