Azevedo Sette Advogados has considerable expertise in complex litigation and arbitration, often handling a varied caseload of consumer law, IP, public law, corporate and banking disputes. Large domestic and international companies from various sectors such as mining, telecoms, construction and energy turn to the group for legal representation. With more than 25 years of experience in litigation and arbitration, João Capanema is a key name for product liability and insurance disputes. Felipe Moraes is well versed in arbitration proceedings involving concession contracts and energy and infrastructure projects. Also noted are Leonardo Farinha Goulart and Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro, who together combine expertise in competition, environmental, IP and corporate matters.
Dispute resolution in Brazil
João Capanema; Felipe Moraes; Leonardo Farinha Goulart; Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro
‘Azevedo Sette is exemplary and of extreme technical capacity, always exceeding our expectations.’
‘Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro stands out in the team. He is a very competent and technical lawyer. The defense presented was excellent, putting us in a strong position.’
Fialho Salles Advogados
With a varied client base of companies from the energy, mining, infrastructure, technology and education segments, Fialho Salles Advogados frequently handles litigation and arbitration involving corporate, commercial and tax matters. The group is also known for its strong expertise in public law, making it a popular choice for clients seeking assistance with disputes related to concession agreements, PPPs and bidding processes. Érico Andrade and Gustavo Magalhães oversee a team focused on administrative and public law-related disputes. Leonardo Canabrava and Leonardo Birchal are key contacts for cases involving corporate and commercial matters. Supporting the team from São Paulo is arbitration expert Lucas Spadano.
Érico Andrade; Gustavo Magalhães; Leonardo Canabrava; Lucas Spadano; Leonardo Birchal
Usina Siderúrgicas De Minas Gerais – Usiminas
Inspira Mudança Participações
Sisnergy – Soluções e Sistemas Integrados
The Petra Group’s Shareholders
Torc – Terraplanagem, Obras Rodoviárias e Construções’ Shareholder (Túlio Vilela Miari)
BH Iluminação Pública
Axxiom Soluções Tecnológicas
Via Magna Construções e Empreendimentos
- Represented SumUp, a mobile payments company, in a court dispute involving Google and other relevant players in the Brazilian mobile payments market.
- Assisted OECI, the infrastructure and construction arm of Novonor Group, formerly Odebrecht Group, with a lawsuit involving the R$300m public bidding for the rehabilitation of the waterfront of the city of Matinhos PR.
- Assisted AEGEA Saneamento Group with the preparation and negotiation of the agreement of transfer of assets between the client and SANESUL in connection with the sub-concession for sewage services in 68 municipalities in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados
With notable strength in the energy, mining, telecoms and automobile segments, Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados frequently handles complex litigation involving corporate and commercial matters. The group is particularly known for its expertise in disputes related to regulatory matters, real estate and consumer law. Heading the practice is Helvécio Franco Maia Júnior, who draws on over 20 years of experience in franchise dealership agreements, regulatory matters in the energy and telecoms industries, and mining contracts. At the associate level, Patrícia Pilo Bittencourt Redig is a key contact for disputes related to vehicle distribution agreements.
Helvécio Franco Maia Junior
FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis
Peugeot Citroën do Brasil Automóveis
Mercedes-Benz do Brasil
Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans Brasil
Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica (TAESA)
CNH Indústria Brasil
Lundin Mining – Brasil
BP Bunge Bioenergia
Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE)
Mosaic Fertilizantes P & K
Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz (CPFL)
Rio Grande Energia
Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS)
Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil (CGT ELETROSUL)
Ciber Equipamentos Rodoviários
Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CEMIG)
Ligas de Alumíno (LIASA)
Kinross Brasil Mineração
Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia (CEEE-G)
Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil
Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil (Eletronorte)
Kuttner do Brasil Equipamentos Siderúrgicos
- Represented CPFL in an approximately R$200m dispute brought by a private operator of a major complex of highways in the state of São Paulo.
- Assisted an international client with a series of disputes against a contractor hired to build a large industrial plant, regarding damages and compensation for flaws in the construction of the plant.
Working in close collaboration with the firm’s corporate department, the dispute resolution team at Freitas Ferraz Advogados is sought by large companies and high-net-worth individuals to handle shareholder disputes and complex corporate litigation. The group is well versed in matters involving M&A transactions, breach of non-compete agreements, land-development projects and real estate investment. Its client list is equally varied, including companies from the mining, energy, telecoms, construction and technology segments. Founding partner Guilherme Capuruço, whose expertise spans government contracts, civil liability and corporate restructuring, leads the practice, with support provided by key associate André Ruiz.
‘Guilherme Capuruço demonstrates a high level of expertise.’
‘Top quality work.’
‘I would single out Guilherme Capuruço, given his ability to lead his lawyers and allow people to actively contribute to cases.’
‘The team conveys security to the client by being highly trained and up-to-date’
‘Guilherme Capuruço and Andre Ruiz are excellent lawyers. They develop very good theses.’
‘Freitas Ferraz is technically very good. With qualified, up-to-date professionals.’
‘Great lawyers. Qualified team that works hard and delivers results.’
‘What makes the team unique is the fact that they carefully select the cases in which to act, accepting only those in which they believe there is a possibility of an effective solution.’
Phibion Brasil Tecnologia e Inovação em Mineração
CEI Energética Integrada
BTS Properties Empreendimentos Imobiliários
CJE Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Cosimat Siderúrgica de Matozinhos
CUREM Cursos de Urgência e Emergência e Editora
Bruno França Pádua Coelho
- Represented the successors of Ajax Corrêa Rabello in a civil liability claim brought against the former officers of Banco Rural.
- Represented Horizonte Minerals on all mineral easement disputes regarding the Araguaia Project, a nickel-mining venture involving a deposit of approximately 27m tons of ore.
- Represented all plaintiffs in a decade-long corporate dispute regarding the partial dissolution of Tratex and Inca.
Humberto Theodoro Jr. Sociedade de Advogados
With a longstanding reputation in the Belo Horizonte market, Humberto Theodoro Jr. Sociedade de Advogados is particularly known for its strong expertise in dispute resolution. The group is a port of call for clients from the banking, mining, technology and real estate sectors seeking assistance with litigation and arbitration proceedings involving corporate and commercial matters. Key names include Humberto Theodoro Junior, Juliana Cordeiro de Faria and Humberto Theodoro Neto.
Tolentino Advogados S/C
With notable expertise in administrative and judicial disputes as well as corporate and commercial arbitration and mediation, Tolentino Advogados S/C is a popular choice for clients from the banking, agribusiness, logistics, mining and telecoms sectors. The dispute resolution team’s leadership is split between Augusto Tolentino, who has over 30 years of experience in complex litigation and arbitration cases; procedural law expert Cláudia Ferraz, who often represents clients before the appellate courts; and Daniel Freitas Drumond Bento, whose expertise spans corporate transactions and arbitration.
Augusto Tolentino; Cláudia Ferraz; Daniel Freitas Drumond Bento
- Represented a client in a claim where the counterparty sought to annul the client’s vote in an extrajudicial liquidation proceeding.
- Represented a client in several claims where the counterparties sought damages for the rupture of a dam.
- Assisted a client with arbitration proceedings regarding the breach of a supply contract.
Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados
At Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados, the dispute resolution team excels in civil and commercial litigation, often representing companies from the automotive, telecoms, mining, construction and energy segments in strategic and sensitive cases, including those before the superior courts in Brasília. The group is also noted for its expertise in arbitration and corporate reorganisation proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Daniel Vilas Boas, who focuses on commercial and civil law disputes; Leonardo Martins Wykrota, whose expertise spans public and procedure law; and Christian Lopes, a key contact for arbitration and mediation involving corporate matters and commercial contracts.
Daniel Vilas Boas; Leonardo Martins Wykrota; Christian Lopes
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais (USIMINAS)
Anglo América Minério de Ferro Brasil
CNH Latin America
Belgo Bekaert Arames
Acesita Previdência Privada
Fundação Ouro Branco
Cescon Barrieu is well known for its strength in mining disputes, though the firm's dispute resolution practice is also noted for its expertise in litigation involving the car rental, real estate and financial services industries. The group frequently assists domestic and international companies with commercial arbitration, cross-border litigation, administrative proceedings and disputes related to M&A transactions. The team is led by Luiz Nardy, who has more than 10 years of experience in litigation, arbitration, restructuring plans and corporate recovery cases.
Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração (IBRAM)
Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil
Nexa Recursos Minerais
Banco Mercantil do Brasil
Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos e Gestão de Frotas (ANAV)
Localiza Rent a Car
Engefor Engenharia e Construções
Mineração Morro do Ipê
Celulose Nipo-Brasileira (CENIBRA)
- Assisted Vale with a number of matters related to mining and civil law in federal courts.
- Represented Samarco Mineração in several disputes related to environmental, mining and civil matters in state and federal courts.
- Represented Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil in various disputes regarding iron ore exploration in the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
Showcasing particular strength in arbitration and mediation, Grebler Advogados is a popular choice for clients seeking assistance with proceedings involving M&A, international sales of goods and equipment, and real estate matters. Another area of expertise for the practice is judicial disputes related to corporate insolvency and anti-competitive practices. The team is jointly led by founding partner and arbitration expert Eduardo Grebler and Eduardo Mohallem, who has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration involving commercial contracts, IP and civil liability.
Eduardo Grebler; Eduardo Mohallem
Merck Sharp Dohme
Stoque Soluções tecnológicas
Center Trading indústria e Comercio
Engemonte Engenharia Montagens e Equipamentos
AG Metalúrgica Fischer
ETC Empresa Taquaril de Minérios
MGI Minas Gerais Participações
With notable expertise in judicial and administrative disputes involving mining and environmental matters, the dispute resolution team at Sion Advogados often attracts clients from the energy, infrastructure, oil and gas, logistics and mining industries. Bernardo Pessoa, whose expertise spans commercial litigation and arbitration, regulatory matters and real estate disputes, leads the practice. Another key name in the team is founding partner Alexandre Sion, who has more than 20 years of experience assisting national and international clients with large energy and infrastructure projects.
‘Partners are always available and effectively interested and engaged in deals.’
‘Bernardo Pessoa has in-depth technical knowledge of the courts. This gives a lot of confidence. In addition, his experience in mining and energy projects contributes to the success of the cases.’
‘The great differential of Sion Advogados is the partners Alexandre Sion and Bernardo Pessoa, who have decades of experience in the performance of capital-intensive projects. The corporate and business vision applied to legal operations contributes to the success of transactions.’
Henrique Mourão Advocacia
Praised for ‘its close relationship with clients' and 'technical quality’, Henrique Mourão Advocacia is frequently turned to by national and international clients in arbitration and litigation involving commercial disputes. The team is also active in administrative proceedings before the federal and state audit courts. The department is jointly led by founding partner Henrique Mourão Advocacia, who has over 30 years of experience in M&A, environmental law and mining matters; arbitration specialist Raul De Araújo Filho; and Juliana Safar, ‘an excellent lawyer’ who has a strong background in commercial and civil law disputes.
Henrique Mourão; Raul de Araujo Filho; Juliana Safar
‘The office stands out for its close relationship with clients and technical quality, which adds confidence to the work provided. The professionals are efficient and answer promptly and quickly.’
‘In addition to Henrique Mourão, who has in-depth technical knowledge and closely monitors all my matters, I would like to highlight the work of Juliana Safar, who has extensive experience and delivers fast results.’
‘Exceptional quality. They treat clients with empathy and are always available, returning calls promptly and dealing with queries in an agile way.’
‘Juliana Safar is an excellent lawyer. Juliana has a deep knowledge of the law; her work is of the highest quality. She stands out for her dedication and agility and she always answers clients promptly. Her great differentials are empathy and dedication.’
Paranasa Empreendimentos e Comércio
- Represented Samarco Mineração in a claim filed by a claimant seeking compensation of approximately R$250m for damages allegedly suffered due to an environmental accident.
- Assisted Paranasa Empreendimentos e Comércio with an action brought by Minasmáquinas Automóveis seeking compensation for damages caused to its properties.
- Represented a client in a claim filed by an insurance company requesting compensation in the amount of R$111.5m.
Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados
With capabilities in both arbitration and litigation, Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados is particularly known for its strong expertise in the real estate, construction and shopping centre sectors. The group is a popular choice among clients looking for representation in public civil actions and complex disputes involving real estate issues. Arbitration and litigation expert João Víctor Martins leads the dispute resolution team in Belo Horizonte. Other key names in the team are Júlio Carvalho De Paula Lima and Diogo Silva.
João Víctor Martins
‘Multidisciplinary and extremely qualified team that meets the demands of all areas.’
‘Lawyers that are highly qualified and prepared to meet the clients’ demands, in addition to a high level of technical knowledge.’
‘Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados acts in an unparalleled way, always seeking to solve problems with the least costs and the best possible result.’
‘I’d highlight Júlio Carvalho De Paula Lima, for his competence, ethics and attention to clients.’
‘Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados has a strong commitment to clients. Without a doubt, this is a highlight.’
Walmart (Grupo Big)
Tenco Shopping Centers
E.P.O. Engenharia Planejamento e Obras
Forcasa Incorporações Imobiliárias
Even Construtora e Incorporadora
Grupo Pão De Açúcar
Jereissati Centros Comerciais
AD Shopping Agência de Desenvolvimento de Shopping Centers
Even Construtora e Incorporadora
- Represented Apis Engenharia e Empreendimentos in arbitration proceedings, securing a considerable reduction in the indemnity payable by the client.
- Successfully represented Construtora Caparaó in a public civil action.
- Assisted Patrimar Engenharia in securing a preliminary injunction lifting an order to suspend construction works.
Complex corporate and commercial disputes are core pillars of the dispute resolution practice at Tavernard Advogados, which is frequently retained by clients from an array of sectors, most notably financial services, construction, technology and education. Skilled in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, the team is well versed in disputes involving banking, public law, commercial and civil matters. The department is jointly led by Mário Tavernard, a key contact for disputes related to M&A transactions, investment funds and corporate restructurings, and arbitration and litigation expert Guilherme Vinseiro Martins.
Mário Tavernard; Guilherme Vinseiro Martins
‘The team is composed of strategists that know how to coordinate cases. Always available.’
‘Guilherme Vinseiro is our contact for strategic litigation. He has technical knowledge and experience in complex cases that require thorough work.’
‘Renowned firm in the market, which has professionals with strong technical expertise.’
‘Strategic vision and experienced professionals.’
‘They stand out for their technical expertise and reliability. In addition to offering strategic advice, the firm provides a personalised and high-quality service.’
‘I recommend Mário Tavernard and Guilherme Viseiro. They are strategists and extremely technical, which makes the difference. Additionally, the firm is renowned for its high credibility in the market.’
‘The firm is excellent, with a very differentiated service. The firm is known for its technical quality and proximity to clients.’
TSX Participações e Administração Limitada
BII BTS – FII Investment Fund Shareholders
Fernando Silveira e Silva
Inelto Construções e Comércio
Fernandes Administradora de Bens e Negócios
TFC (The Forest Company)
- Assisted TSX Participações e Administração Limitada and Transaex Assesoria with an enforcement dispute against Banco do Brasil.
- Represented BII BTS – FII Investment Fund Shareholders in a claim filed by Votorantim Asset Management seeking to annul a decision to replace the fund managers.
- Represented HotMilhas in a complex civil claim filled by Latam Linhas Aéreas and Multiplus, regarding the right to negotiate flight ticket miles.