Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

The litigation practice at Berger, Simões, Plastina & Zouvi Advogados acts before state and federal courts on behalf of a range of clients involved in commercial, civil, financial and energy disputes.
Gerson Branco Advogados is adept at handling judicial and arbitration proceedings arising from M&A transactions and corporate and contractual issues on behalf of corporate and private clients.
Martinelli Advogados offers a range of services in the fields of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and is regularly retained to handle civil, commercial, contractual and regulatory disputes.

Dispute resolution in Brazil

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados regularly handles some of the most complex contentious matters in the region for key local and international clients engaged in litigation involving energy, environmental, consumer law, contractual and corporate disputes. In addition, the team has strong credentials in both domestic and international arbitration, and is well equipped to assist clients in mediation proceedings. Class actions are another strong point for the department, which is often retained to act for defendants or industry associations. The practice is jointly led by four partners who focus on dispute resolution: Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, Julia Klarmann, Diogo Fries - a key point of contact for high-profile civil and commercial disputes - and civil and tax litigation specialist Otávio Domit.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Otávio Domit; Julia Klarmann

Testimonials

‘Attorneys with solid education backgrounds and cross-culture communication skills.’

‘Legal technical expertise and excellent customer service. Diogo Fries has extensive knowledge of the area and is concerned, above all, with meeting client’s needs. Furthermore, he is available and always looking to solve the situation in the best way on behalf of the client.’

‘Since the first contact they left us super comfortable about their ability to solve our case.’

‘Diogo Fries is a highly qualified professional. He always graced us with knowledge and a language that allowed an easy understanding of the current status of the case and the next steps to take.’

‘We would highlight Guilherme Rizzo Amaral.’

Key clients

Airbnb Ireland UC

CERAN – Companhia Energética do Rio das Antas

CJ International Brasil Comercial Agrícola

GE Energias Renováveis

Grupo Habitasul

Hostinger Brasil Hospedagem de Sites

Irani Papel e Embalagem

Lenovo Tecnologia Brasil

Rádio Gaúcha

RGE Sul Distribuidora de Energia

Votorantim Asset Management Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

WMS Supermercados do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represents Braskem in a dispute against Petroplastic, a minority shareholder who challenged the takeover of Petroquimica Triunfo by Braskem and claimed to be the rightful owner of ordinary shares in the amount of approximately R$1bn.
  • Acts for Grupo BIG in a rent review lawsuit worth over R$32m.
  • Represents CERAN in a dispute worth R$88m brought by a constructor, which disregarded an arbitration clause included in a sub-contract not signed by CERAN.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados is regularly engaged by regional and foreign clients in a broad range of contentious matters arising from commercial agreements, engineering contracts, corporate issues and consumer lawsuits. The nationwide practice is overseen by São Paulo-based Luciano Benetti Timm, who has a strong background in corporate law and often acts as arbitrator in complex cases, and Tiago Faganello in Porto Alegre. The recently promoted Danilo Brum de Magalhães is a noteworthy practitioner in the Porto Alegre office; his experience covers both civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Benetti Timm; Tiago Faganello

Testimonials

‘CMT always provides an excellent service, focused on the client. They always look for the best solution in the simplest way possible and this stands out in the advice, which is always concise. They are willing to negotiate fees in creative ways and, when necessary, propose a more focused and excellent service to solve problems that can grow exponentially.’

‘Danilo Brum de Magalhães Junior stands out for his attentive service, availability and innovative advice.’

‘Excellent and very focused professionals. Great legal support.’

Key clients

Granjas Quatro Irmãos

BDLL

Administradora Geral De Estacionamentos

Vale

Ambev

JBS

CMPC Celulose Rio Grandense

Gerdau Aços Longos

PPG Industrial Do Brasil – Tintas E Vernizes

Multi Armazéns

Yara Brazil Fertilizantes

Merck

Lupatech

Brdigital – Brasil Digital Telecomunicações

Grupo Bolognesi

Câmara De Comercialização De Energia Elétrica (CCEE)

Unesul De Transportes

Setapar

Teikon Tecnologia Industrial

Philip Morris Brasil Indústria E Comércio

Work highlights

  • Advised Teikon Tecnologia Industrial on a complex arbitration involving commercial agreements.
  • Assisted Yara Brasil Fertilizantes in lawsuits filed by fishermen claiming compensation related to the discharge of sulphuric acid from the Bahamas vessel in the Lagoa dos Patos in 1998.
  • Acted for a company’s CEO and major shareholder in an arbitration revolving around a shotgun clause inserted in a share purchase option agreement entered into between three shareholders of the company.

Silveiro Advogados

With an impressive track record in litigation before the courts in the south of Brazil, 'excellent firm' Silveiro Advogados is particularly adept at assisting domestic and international clients involved in construction and corporate disputes. Another core area of activity for the department is arbitration, for which practice head Ricardo Ranzolin is a name to note. Ranzolin also brings a wealth of experience in class actions and construction disputes and is supported by a specialised team of litigators. Noteworthy individuals in the Porto Alegre office include Ricardo Leal de Moraes, who is seasoned in antitrust litigation and cases involving the telecoms sector; civil and commercial litigator Ricardo Fortes; and the highly regarded Vitor de Paula Ramos.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ranzolin

Testimonials

‘The firm provides multidisciplinary service with artisanal solutions.’

‘Vitor de Paula Ramos is a rare professional in the market, combining technical knowledge not only in construction and contentious matters, with an extremely artisanal and careful advocacy. Vitor actively participates in all phases of the process. He works in complex litigation, often seeking negotiated solutions and settlements with positive and significant impacts for the client.’

‘Proactive resolution of complex issues. Ricardo Fortes has a lot of technical and jurisprudential knowledge.’

‘It is an excellent law firm. They have knowledge, are up-to-date and 100% dedicated to the clients and cases.’

‘In general, Silveiro Advogados stands out for its excellent performance, with teams always very accessible and willing to optimise the work in search of better results, as well as ensuring the relationship with the client.’

‘Ricardo Ranzolin is always transparent, which gives us total confidence in the work he undertakes.’

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Banco Cooperativo SICREDI

IBI Participações

Banrisul – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Bing Imóveis Incorporadora e Construtora

TMSA – Tecnologia em Movimentação

Elevadores Otis

HT Micron Semicondutores

Companhia Zaffari Comércio e Indústria

Intecnial and Intecnial Participações

Work highlights

  • Representing Telefônica in various class actions arising from consumer-related issues in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Acted for TMSA in an arbitration filed against it regarding an EPCM contract.
  • Representing Zaffari in a lawsuit discussing the right to vindicate the possession of a building located in a strategic and prime area of Porto Alegre.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados' 'highly skilled team' has significant experience in arbitration, litigation and pre-litigation negotiations, offering assistance to domestic and foreign clients operating in a variety of industries. Typical mandates involve handling disputes arising from commercial agreements, shareholder conflicts, product liability and intellectual property rights. Recently, the team has been particularly active advising on contentious matters related to consumer, financial and contractual issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Eduardo Mariotti regularly acts in arbitration and commercial litigation, while Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva focuses on civil litigation and arbitration. Commercial arbitration is among Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke's areas of core specialisms. Gabriela Vitiello Wink excels in consumer law-related litigation and Vinícius de Oliveira Berni specialises in administrative and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Mariotti; Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva; Vinícius de Oliveira Berni; Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke; Gabriela Vitiello Wink

Testimonials

‘Excellence, highly specialised team, in-depth analysis.’

‘Highly skilled team, with great resourcefulness in the development of the thesis (written and oral), safety before the court and proximity to the client.’

‘I especially recommend Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke and Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva. Both have extensive knowledge in the legal field, extreme interest in the client’s matter, and absolute commitment to the proper structuring of legal documents.’

‘Vincius de Oliveira Berni stands out for his knowledge, management skills and interactions with clients.’

‘The litigation team is extremely qualified. The procedural pieces and guidelines arrive at the company in an impeccable way. Gabriela Wink demonstrates complete knowledge of the subject.’

‘I highlight Gabriela Vitiello Wink, as she has excellent technical capacity and provides prompt and assertive advice.’

‘I work with Gabriela Vitiello Wink, who is the lawyer responsible for the civil litigation team. Gabriela, since the day I met her, has always demonstrated a broad knowledge of the area she works in. It is clear that she is a professional that is always up to date with the main and most recent changes in legislation and jurisprudence.’

‘The quality of the service provided, technically, is excellent. Lawyers who work with us are experienced and have been in the firm for a long time. Partners are always available. Vinicius Berni Partner is technical, strategic and competent.’

Key clients

Braskem

Banco Santander (Brasil)

RBS Participações

CPFL BRASIL

Claro

EDUCAFRO – Educação e Cidadania de Afrodescendentes e Carentes

Banco BMG

Fraport Brasil

Avante – Educação e Mobilização Social

BANRISUL – Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Work highlights

  • Represented RGE Sul S/A (a company belonging to the CPFL group) in several lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects for regulations and contracts.
  • Acts for EDUCAFRO in a Public Civil Action filed by the Public Prosecutor against the state of São Paulo concerning incidents of police brutality, including racially motivated violence against young Black people.
  • Hired by TESB Transmissora de Energia Sul Brasil to file a lawsuit against ProCable Telecomunicações e Energia seeking compensation for damages arising from the breach of an EPC contract.

Veirano Advogados

The dispute resolution group at Veirano Advogados excels in commercial litigation and arbitration, and is also well versed in administrative proceedings involving concession agreements, and the energy and mining sectors. The Porto Alegre-based team demonstrates particular strength in disputes involving M&A agreements, business contracts, product liability and consumer claims. Corporate and commercial disputes, as well as energy and administrative law, are notable areas of practice for department leader Filipe Scherer Oliveira, while fellow co-head Luiz Afrânio Araujo oversees labour litigation matters. Mauro Hiane de Moura, who combines expertise in judicial and administrative litigation, is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Scherer Oliveira; Luiz Afrânio Araujo

Testimonials

‘In addition to the technical capacity of the partners and the team, there is also a very good integration with the SP office, which allows for the development and implementation of complex procedural strategies.’

‘Organisation, clarity in understanding and writing, clear and fast guidance for making decisions with greater assertiveness.’

‘Filipe Shcerer de Oliveira is recommended.’

Key clients

99 Tecnologia

APROBIO – Associação Dos Produtores De Biocombustíveis Do Brasil

Três Tentos Agroindustrial

Olfar

WestRock Celulose, Papel e Embalagens

Philip Morris International

Cementos del Plata

Sace

Yara Fertilizantes

Philip Morris Brasil

Work highlights

  • Represents Philip Morris International in a class action filed by the federal government seeking reimbursement of costs incurred by the National Health System (SUS) with the treatment of diseases connected to smoking, as well as collective moral damages.
  • Obtained a major win in trial court worth over $115m for Italian SACE in a highly complex litigation that started over 10 years ago.
  • Represents 99 Tecnologia in a class action filed by the public defenders of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which is questioning the requisites established by 99 to grant financial aid to its partner drivers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Andrade Maia Advogados

Highlighted for its 'excellent technical performance', Andrade Maia Advogados is a popular choice for a broad range of clients operating in the technology, healthcare, automotive, telecoms, chemical and retail sectors. The dispute resolution team handles a steady flow of matters and is predominantly involved in judicial litigation. Julio Cesar Goulart Lanes leads the group, which also includes Otávio Luiz Verdi Motta, who is recommended by clients for strategic lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Julio Cesar Goulart Lanes

Testimonials

‘Strategic positioning and alignment with the client’s objectives.’

‘Firm with excellent technical performance and well connected in the Southern Region.’

‘Otávio Motta has excellent technical skills, robust training and strategic vision in litigation.’

Key clients

Mercado Livre

CVC Brasil

BRK Ambiental

STER Engenharia

AERIS

UBER Tecnologia do Brasil

Jaguar Land Rover

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

General Motors do Brasil

CIA Mutual de Seguros

Work highlights

  • Acting for Refinaria De Petróleo Riograndense in a class action regarding soil contamination.
  • Acting for Braskem and Consplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários in a case arising from a real estate dispute.
  • Representing Construtora Queiroz Galvão in a dispute involving a public bid.

Feijó Lopes Advogados

Local and foreign companies, banks, funds and investors regularly turn to Feijó Lopes Advogados for assistance in civil and commercial litigation. The firm has notable experience in contentious matters arising from corporate restructuring, debt negotiation, credit recovery proceedings and breaches of contracts. Practice head Lúcio Feijó Lopes is proficient in commercial, contractual and regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lúcio Feijó Lopes

Key clients

Corrum Capital Management

BrD – Brasil Distressed Consultoria Empresarial

Raiffeisen Bank International

Midea Carrier

Latam Trade Capital

Latin America Export Finance Fund I

Latin America Export Finance Fund II

Banco Andbank (Brasil)

Softline International Brasil Comércio e Licenciamento de Software

ICBC do Brasil Banco Múltiplo

Banco Cooperativo Sicredi

L&S Educação Financeira e Análise de Valores Mobiliários

CommodityFinance.Com

Work highlights

  • Represented CCM TF3 seeking $22m in credit in the judicial reorganisation of Seara Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Agropecuários.
  • Represented Brasil Distressed in an enforcement proceeding based on a promissory note acquired from another company, totalling approximately R$115m.
  • Acted for ICBC do Brasil Banco Múltiplo (ICBC) in an interlocutory relief action filed by one of ICBC’s clients to suspend the liability of instalments of a bank credit note.

Rossi, Maffini, Milman & Grando Advogados

Focusing on strategic civil, commercial and tax litigation, Rossi, Maffini, Milman & Grando Advogados is particularly active in disputes involving the entertainment, construction and retail sectors. The practice is under the joint leadership of Guilherme Bier Barcelos, public law expert Rafael Da Cás Maffini and Fabio Milman, who oversees civil litigation mandates. Konrado Krindges is the name to note for corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Milman; Rafael Da Cás Maffini; Guilherme Bier Barcelos

Testimonials

‘Fábio Milman has a deep knowledge of civil and procedural law.’

‘What stands out the most are the broad and diversified knowledge and areas of activity, as well as the training of the team, which responds with attention and availability to the different demands of my company.’

‘I highlight Fábio Milman for his knowledge, agility and analytical depth.’

Key clients

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Saint Gobain Brasil

Banco De Lage Landen Brasil

Fleury

Iguatemi – Empresa de Shopping Center

Grupo RBS – Zero Hora

Enerfin do Brasil Sociedade de Energia

Amvian Indústria e Comércio de Peças Automotivas

Lifemed Industrial de Equipamentos e Artigos Médicos e Hospitalares

Medabil Soluções Construtivas

SLC Agrícola

DC Set Shows e Entretenimento

Opus Assessoria e Promoções Artísticas

Fleckstan Participações

Arauco Indústria de Paineis

CMPC Celulose Riograndense

Indústria de Plásticos Herc

SPE Holding Beira-Rio

Bimbo do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Acted for Consórcio IP Sul in the filing of an action aiming to annul a decision on the tender process for PPP initiated by the Public Lighting Concession in Porto Alegre.
  • Represented XP Investimentos in a dispute involving a capital markets transaction.
  • Acted for RBS Participações in a lawsuit involving censorship and disclosure of information.

Scalzilli Althaus Advogados

The civil and commercial litigation practice at Scalzilli Althaus Advogados handles an array of contentious matters, ranging from contractual breaches, credit recovery claims, and agribusiness and real estate-related disputes. Ingrid Nedel Spohr, who is a key contact for real estate and construction clients, oversees the team alongside Veronica Althaus, who specialises in reorganisations. Consumer lawsuits and agribusiness disputes are core areas of focus for Marcela Joelsons.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Nedel Spohr; Veronica Althaus

Key clients

Foxter Consultoria Imobiliária

Sulcatarinense Min. Artefato De Cim., Brit. e Construções

Construtora Sultepa, Pedrasul Construtora and Sultepa Participações

Cargill Alimentos

Cargill Agrícola

Stepie – ULB

Diferencial Agrícola

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sulcatarinense Min. Artefato De Cim. Brit. E Construções in the filing of a lawsuit against Autopista Planalto Sul regarding a contractual breach.
  • Hired by Sutelpa group to defend the company in an enforcement action regarding debentures.
  • Defended Cargill Alimentos in a compensation action for moral and material damages.