Dispute resolution in Brazil

Fialho Salles Advogados

With construction and engineering companies at the core of the group's client base, the dispute resolution team at Fialho Salles Advogados regularly acts in disputes involving construction contracts, public procurement and concession agreements and is highlighted for its 'attentive, proactive and prompt service'. Érico Andrade and Gustavo Magalhães lead on public law-related cases, demonstrating expertise in arbitration and judicial proceedings. The firm is also a strong force in corporate and commercial disputes; Leonardo Canabrava oversees a team focused on litigation and arbitration arising from contractual breaches, shareholder conflicts, environmental liabilities and antitrust issues. Leonardo Birchal is another key individual, who is proficient in arbitration and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Érico Andrade; Gustavo Magalhães; Leonardo Canabrava


‘The firm has excellent technical quality and an attentive, proactive and prompt service, aiming to meet the particular needs of the client.’

‘Leonardo Canabrava and Leonardo Birchal are very competent, technical, attentive and proactive. They aim to assist their clients in a customised and diligent manner, seeking to resolve issues as a whole, and not just provide technical opinions that could be far from reality.’

Key clients

BRK Ambiental Participações

Empresa Construtora Brasil

Mota Engil Engenharia e Construção

Suma Brasil

Líder Táxi Aéreo

Cogna Educação

Viasolo Engenharia Ambiental

Construtora Barbosa Mello

Odebrecht Engenharia e Construções

Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais  – Usiminas


Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Phosfaz Mineração

Construtora Aterpa

São Marcos – Saúde e Medicina Diagnostica

Snef Serviços e Montagens

Sumup Soluções de Pagamento Brasil

Localiza Rent a Car

Inspira Mudança Participações

Mineração Usiminas

Up Brasil – Polycard Systems e Servicos

Vinci Energies

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez

Marco XX Construções

Axxiom Soluções Tecnológicas

SPE Terminal Belo Horizonte


LSM Participações

AESBE – Associação Brasileira da Empresas Estaduais de Saneame

Work highlights

  • Acted for OEngenharia in the filing of a lawsuit to allow the client to keep working while the suspension of all economic activities in the municipality of Macaé/RJ was in place to limit Covid-19 transmission.
  • Representing OECI in a bid protest for the implementation of the water supply system in the city of Montes Claros/MG.
  • Represented BMPI in a lawsuit filed to suspend the public bidding for a PPP for the modernisation and maintenance of the streetlights of the municipality of Guarulhos/SP.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Led by João Capanema, Azevedo Sette Advogados' litigation and arbitration practice in Belo Horizonte is sought by domestic and international companies involved in environmental, intellectual property, real estate, mining, insurance, competition and corporate disputes. The team is also noted for its longstanding experience in contractual issues, consumer law and product liability cases. Leonardo Farinha Goulart is the key point of contact for clients from the mining and automotive sectors, while Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro is the go-to lawyer for engineering and construction matters. Felipe Moraes, who recently joined from Mattos Engelberg Advogados, brings a wealth of experience in arbitration proceedings concerning energy companies, infrastructure projects and concessions.

Practice head(s):

João Capanema; Leonardo Farinha Goulart; Marcos Augusto Leonardo Ribeiro; Felipe Moraes

Key clients

Anglo American Minério De Ferro Brasil

Nexa Resources – Nexa Recursos Minerais

Toyota Do Brasil

Mercedes-benz Do Brasil

Business Software Alliance

Andrade Gutierrez

Concessionária Do Aeroporto De Confins – BH Airport

Chubb Do Brasil Seguradora

White Martins Gases Industriais

Cardif Do Brasil

Grupo Seculus – Banco Semear

Lhoist – Mineraçao Belocal

Grupo Sbf

Embaré Indústrias Alimentícias

General Electric

Direcional Engenharia

Petronas Lubrificantes

Grupo Tora

Banco Fidis

Cnh Industrial

Snc Lavalin

Liberty Metals & Mining

Grupo Camargo Corrêa

General Motors

Grupo Cowan

Aon Insurance

Grupo Lhoist – Mineração Belocal


Companhia Brasileira De Alumínio – CBA

Companhia Brasileira De Metalurgia E Mineração – CBMM

Concessionária Viario

Samarco Mineração

Grupo Brookfield

Work highlights

  • Represented White Martins Gases Industriais in a lawsuit filed by USIMINAS seeking to reduce the value of the minimum gas consumption provided by White Martins to USIMINAS while the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy persist.
  • Represents Sonda Procwork in an arbitral proceeding initiated by Ativas Participações and ASM Participações Societárias.
  • Assisting Vale in a case which involves the negotiations of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.

Freitas Ferraz Capuruço Braichi Riccio Advogados

Freitas Ferraz Capuruço Braichi Riccio Advogados excels in litigation and arbitration involving corporate and contractual issues, with a particular emphasis on shareholder disputes and lawsuits arising from M&A agreements and dissolution of companies. The team not only offers representation to clients operating in sectors such as construction, mining, energy, real estate, banking and healthcare, but is also a popular choice among high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in Minas Gerais. Founding partner Guilherme Capuruço is noted for his experience in corporate litigation and commercial arbitration. He oversees the practice, which has recently witnessed an uptick in matters involving real estate transactions and investment funds. André Ruiz, who leads on multidisciplinary contentious mandates, is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Capuruço


‘Ability to analyse and read scenarios and contexts. Commitment. Availability. Guilherme Rocha Capuruço is recommended.’

‘Guilherme Capuruço offers excellent advice and availability.’

‘Personalised service. Young and experienced, bold and highly technical team. Guilherme Capuruço is recommended for dispute resolution and arbitration.’

Key clients

BTS Properties Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Cosimat Siderúrgica de Matozinhos

Horizonte Minerals

Phibion Brasil Tecnologia e Inovação em Mineração

CEI Energética Integrada


Globalbev Bebidas e Alimentos

CUREM Cursos de Urgência e Emergência e Editora

Work highlights

  • Representing the successors of Ajax Corrêa Rabello in a civil liability claim brought against the former officers of Banco Rural.
  • Acing for the minority shareholders of Tratex in a claim for partial dissolution of the company.
  • Representing BTS in a civil liability claim relating to the termination of a private bidding held to select the project financer of a built-to-suit investment.

Humberto Theodoro Jr. Sociedade de Advogados

Humberto Theodoro Jr. Sociedade de Advogados enjoys a strong and longstanding reputation in the dispute resolution market in Belo Horizonte. Clients from the banking, mining, construction, technology and real estate sectors turn to the firm for representation in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. Key practitioners include Humberto Theodoro Junior, Juliana Cordeiro de Faria and Humberto Theodoro Neto.

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados provides comprehensive dispute resolution advice to its domestic and international clients, but is perhaps best known for acting in administrative litigation on behalf of companies from the energy and telecoms sectors. Additionally, the department is a go-to destination for civil disputes related to automobile dealership contracts, consumer law, real estate and mining agreements. Practice head Helvécio Franco Maia Júnior has more than 20 years' experience in litigation; he receives strong support from a team of lawyers focused on dispute resolution matters which includes Patrícia Pilo Bittencourt Redig and Felipe Renault Coelho da Silva Pereira.

Practice head(s):

Helvécio Franco Maia Júnior


‘The firm has a range of knowledge and helps the company in various segments. Helvécio Franco Maia Júnior is extremely technical, experienced and delivers excellent results.’

Key clients

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis do Brasil

Grupo CPFL

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil


Gerdau Group

Ciber Equipamentos Rodoviários

Algar Telecom

CNH Latin America

Telefònica Brasil

Anglogold Ashanti

Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais – Cemig

Ligas de Alumíno – LIASA

ABRADEE – Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica

Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K

Consórcio Candonga


Kinross Brasil Mineração

Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS)

Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia – CEEE-GT

Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil – CGT Eletrosul

Work highlights

  • Advised CGT Eletrosul in filing an administrative appeal related to a revision process of tariffs by ANEEL, Brazil’s energy regulator.
  • Represented Gerdau Açominas in a class action claiming that the client was part of a scheme aimed at diverting public funds to supply overpriced steelworks.
  • Representing Consórcio Candonga in a lawsuit aiming to have its right to remain in Brazil’s regulated energy surplus trading mechanism until it is effectively allowed back into operation.

Tolentino Advogados S/C

Tolentino Advogados S/C assists clients from a range of industry sectors, including mining, construction, real estate and infrastructure, throughout mediation, litigation and arbitration proceedings. The dispute resolution practice is jointly led by two partners: Cláudia Ferraz, who focuses on complex litigation, including appellate matters, and Augusto Tolentino, who specialises in arbitration and civil procedural law. Daniel Freitas Drumond Bento has a relevant background in transactions and is also routinely engaged by banking and mining clients in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Augusto Tolentino; Cláudia Ferraz


‘All professionals are very available, competent, have excellent academic and practical training. In addition, they know a lot about the market and always seek to solve, in the most effective way, the issues raised by the client.’

‘Augusto Tolentino has great technical capacity and availability. Cláudia Ferraz stands out for her objectivity and efficiency. Daniel Bento provides detailed assessment of matters.’

‘It is composed of competent lawyers who are careful in conducting arbitration cases. Augusto Tolentino and Daniel Freitas Bento are recommended.’

Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados

Demonstrating the ability to represent clients throughout the country, Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados is often engaged by companies from the automotive, mining, steel and telecoms sectors seeking assistance in civil and commercial litigation. Arbitral proceedings involving the energy and construction sectors are also core areas of strength for the team. Practice leaders Daniel Vilas Boas and Leonardo Martins Wykrota are the names to note for litigation arising out of commercial, corporate and civil disputes, while fellow co-head Christian Lopes specialises in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Vilas Boas; Leonardo Martins Wykrota; Christian Lopes


‘Extremely committed, professional team with differentiated technical knowledge and strategic thinking.’

‘Leonardo Martins Wykrota has incomparable technical quality and is very committed to the client. ‘

‘Technical knowledge and great strategy for litigation processes.’

‘Solid technical knowledge of lawyers.’

‘Competence and accessibility.’

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

USIMINAS – Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

ArcelorMittal Brasil

Anglo América Minério de Ferro Brasil

CNH Latin America

Samarco Mineração

CEMIG Distribuição

Direcional Engenharia

Belgo Bekaert Arames

Telefônica Brasil

Cescon Barrieu

Cescon Barrieu‘s dispute resolution group based in the Belo Horizonte office has a strong profile in the mining sector, and also has substantial experience in representing Brazilian and international clients in litigation arising from environmental, corporate and contractual disputes. Arbitration also features on the department’s caseload, especially in the context of M&A transactions, real estate and infrastructure contracts. Luiz Nardy, who made partner in November 2021, is the main contact in Belo Horizonte; his key specialisms include environmental and mining disputes.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Nardy


‘The practice is composed of lawyers with a lot of emphasis on the business area. This characteristic conveys confidence in the quality and agility of the work. The team has extensive expertise in litigation and great knowledge of the region of Minas Gerais. This knowledge was essential for us to be able to reach an agreement in an important lawsuit.’

‘The lawyers always respond to demands quickly. I would also highlight the team’s efficiency in proposing creative solutions to legal demands, always focused on resolving the case.’

‘Cescon Barrieu is an office of excellence in Belo Horizonte. It is always my first choice in strategic demands. The team that works in the resolution of disputes in Belo Horizonte has in-depth knowledge of the market and business. Its professionals are extremely capable. They are agile, without neglecting knowledge and security.’

‘The firm has a unique service, with theses that are always up-to-date, and expertise on the topics, aligned with solutions and proactivity in delivering the work. It stands out for its integrated and fast communication.’

Key clients


Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil

Nexa Recursos Minerais

RHI Magnesita

Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos e Gestão de Frotas

Uber do Brasil Tecnologia

Localiza Rent a Car

Hipolabor Farmacêutica

Via Ouro Coletivos

Grupo Plena

Mineração Morro do Ipê


Codeme Engenharia

Samarco Mineração

Grupo Herculano


Celulose Nipo-Brasileira

Intercement Brasil

Sul Americana de Metáis

Work highlights

  • Representing Vale in matters related to the Brucutu Mine, including in possessory lawsuits involving members of the Vargem da Lua community and disputes involving Fazenda Tamanduá and other farms near the mine.
  • Represents Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil in numerous disputes related to the iron ore exploited in the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Defending Nexa’s interests in a Public Civil Lawsuit in Juína/MT regarding illegal gold prospectors that invaded an area overlaid by Nexa’s mining rights to explore gold in the area.

Grebler Advogados

Grebler Advogados has a strong reputation for its expertise in arbitration proceedings arising from M&A transactions, commercial agreements and real estate matters. The team, which is under the joint leadership of Eduardo Grebler and Pedro Soares, is routinely engaged by clients operating in the infrastructure, construction, mining and steel industries. Grebler excels in arbitration involving foreign direct investments and infrastructure contracts, while fellow co-head Soares is seasoned in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Grebler; Pedro Soares

Sion Advogados

Mining and environmental litigation are key pillars of the dispute resolution practice at Sion Advogados, which is also recognised for its experience in contentious matters pertaining to the energy, logistics and infrastructure sectors. Leading the department is Bernardo Pessoa, who is predominantly involved in construction, contractual and shareholder disputes. Alexandre Sion is a name to note for environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Pessoa

Key clients

BHP Biliton


Equatorial Group

State Grid Brazil Holding





LOGUM Logística

Grupo Votorantim

Brasil PCH

Guimarães & Vieira De Mello Advogados

Guimarães & Vieira De Mello Advogados specialises in arbitration, with a special emphasis on proceedings involving corporate and shareholder disputes. Led by Marcello Vieira de Mello, the practice attracts instructions from a diverse client roster, which includes companies from the construction, energy and non-profit sectors. Collection claims are another area of activity for the team.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Vieira de Mello


‘Great relationship with clients, availability, transparency and technical competence.’

‘The team is always available. Very good command of the English language.’

‘Marcello Vieira de Mello has an outstanding performance in Civil Law, Civil/Commercial and Banking Litigation.’

‘Marcello Vieira de Mello is very knowledgeable, efficient, hard-working and responds quickly.’

Henrique Mourão Advocacia

The dispute resolution group at Henrique Mourão Advocacia is active in litigation and arbitration, providing assistance to Brazilian and foreign clients in commercial and contractual disputes, as well as administrative proceedings before the audit courts. Founding partner Henrique Mourão's experience covers environmental, mining and corporate law, and he is routinely engaged in arbitrations. Mourão oversees the practice with Raul de Araújo Filho and Juliana Safar, the latter of whom specialises in commercial and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Mourão; Raul de Araújo Filho; Juliana Safar


‘Prompt service; professionals who convey security to the client.’

‘What sets this firm apart is the personalised service and the technical knowledge of the team.’

‘The service provided is impeccable, agile and efficient. That makes them unique in my opinion.’

‘The team is up-to-date with legislative news and jurisprudence. Interact very well with each other providing guidance on all areas of law.’

‘Professionals who convey security to clients, with firm and well-founded positions. I would highlight Henrique César Mourão and Juliana Safar.’

‘Henrique César Mourão monitors all matters personally, supervising the other lawyers as well. Extreme technical knowledge, excellent and impeccable service.’

‘Juliana Safar does an excellent job, demonstrates a lot of technical knowledge and also provides a personalised service with a lot of dedication.’

‘Juliana Safar is skilled in negotiations, extremely trustworthy, and makes sure that the team takes care of procedural issues with zeal.’

Key clients

Samarco Mineração

Paranasa Empreendimentos e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Representing Samarco Mineração in an environmental lawsuit filed by a small hydroelectric plant.
  • Representing Samarco Mineração in a lawsuit filed by a cellulose company requesting material and moral damages, due to an environmental accident allegedly caused by the client.
  • Acting for Paranasa Empreendimentos e Comércio in a material damage repair action.

Moura Tavares, Figueiredo, Moreira e Campos Advogados

Showcasing strength in both litigation and arbitration, Moura Tavares, Figueiredo, Moreira e Campos Advogados is a popular choice among engineering, construction and real estate clients. The team based in Belo Horizonte includes Alexandre Figueiredo de Andrade Urbano and Marcos Campos de Pinho Resende, who have notable backgrounds in civil litigation. Ricardo Gorgulho Cunningham, who focuses on corporate law, and arbitration specialist Franco Giovanni Mattedi Maziero are other key contacts in the team.

Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados

Portela, Lima, Lobato & Colen Advogados has particular expertise acting for real estate investors, chiefly in the shopping centre segment, and construction companies in judicial proceedings. Júlio Carvalho de Paula Lima leads the Belo Horizonte civil and strategic litigation team, while Igor Goes Lobato coordinates the group's offering in São Paulo. João Víctor Martins, who combines experience in litigation and arbitration, is another name to note in Belo Horizonte.

Practice head(s):

Júlio Carvalho de Paula Lima; Igor Goes Lobato

Key clients

Tenco Shopping Centers

E.P.O. Engenharia Planejamentoe Obras

Direcional Engenharia

Construtora Caparaó

Aliansce Sonae

Gazit Brasil

Patriminar Engenharia

Ancar Invanhoe

Forcasa Incorporações Imobiliárias

Even Construtora E Incorporadora

Grupo Big

Construtora Canopus

Grupo Pão De Açúcar

Afya Participaçoes

Rossi Residencial

Alf Medical Participaçoes Eirelli

Jereissati Centros Comerciais

Emccamp Residencial


Ad Shopping Agência De Desenvolvimento

Work highlights

  • Acted for Direcional Engenharia in a lawsuit regarding a contractual breach in relation to the construction of a real estate development.
  • Represented Petiolare Empreendimentos in a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop the client from carrying out a real estate development.
  • Acted for Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Morumbi Town I in a collective action filed by Sindicato dos Lojistas do Comércio de São Paulo with the purpose to review the rental agreements due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the compulsory closing of malls.