‘Fully focused on arbitration and judicial disputes‘, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados has an excellent track record of victories and successful awards in the context of arbitral proceedings. The group, which is primarily based in Rio de Janeiro, is particularly renowned for its experience in high-stakes arbitration cases in the commercial, construction and infrastructure spaces, having handled some of the most high-profile disputes arising from oil and gas projects and energy plants in the country. The team is a go-to choice for domestic clients and foreign entities with investments in Brazil engaged in international arbitration involving shareholder disputes, where it normally acts alongside leading foreign law firms. Marcelo Ferro, who often acts as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations involving corporate, commercial and construction disputes, ‘is a highly experienced, tactically astute leader in the Brazilian Bar‘. He jointly manages the practice with José Roberto De Castro Neves, whose experience covers both arbitration and judicial litigation. Karina Goldberg ‘is a key member of the arbitration team‘, who handles arbitrations arising from M&A, construction and shareholder agreements out of the São Paulo office. Rodrigo Barreto Cogo, Natalia Mizrahi Lamas and Antonio Pedro de Souza are other noteworthy arbitration practitioners, whose experience also extends to litigation.
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Brazil
Marcelo Roberto Ferro; José Roberto de Castro Neves
‘Very strong and professional team. They are dedicated to the case and are great strategists.’
‘They consider every detail of the case without losing sight of the important issues.’
‘Marcelo Ferro and Rodrigo Cogo have a unique ability to build innovative strategies to win disputes. Tiago Muñoz is also recommended. They are able to handle very complex contentious matters.’
‘The arbitration team at FCDG is led by Marcelo Ferro, one of the most outstanding litigation and arbitration lawyers in Brazil. Marcelo is a highly experienced, tactically astute leader in the Brazilian Bar. His experience and ability to navigate complex disputes is outstanding.’
‘Karina Goldberg works closely with Marcelo. She is a highly dedicated and talented arbitration partner. Karina’s work ethic and attention to detail means that she is a key member of the arbitration team at FCDG.’
‘As a firm that is fully focused on arbitration and judicial disputes, FCDG has a team of very talented lawyers – from the senior partners to junior associates, all of whom work closely and collaboratively as one unit.’
‘Marcelo Ferro – his arbitration and disputes experience in Brazil is unrivalled. He always plays at the top of his game.’
‘Karina Goldberg – very much a rising star and one of the most accomplished arbitration lawyers in Brazil.’
CA Investment (Brazil)
CMPC Celulose Riograndense
Concessionária Porto Novo
- Successfully represented CA Investment (Brazil), a corporate vehicle for Paper Excellence, in an international arbitration before the ICC against J&F and Eldorado.
- Acted for Soares Penido Construçoes in an arbitration filed by a minority shareholder of CCR Companhia de Investimentos em Infraestrutura against the controlling shareholders alleging damages.
- Assisting Concessionária Porto Novo in an ICC arbitration involving the economic and financial rebalance of a PPP.
Domestic and foreign companies, financial institutions and investors turn to Mattos Filho for representation in arbitrations in Brazil and abroad. The ‘first-rate arbitration team‘ has the ability to ‘deal with the largest cases and bring specialist knowledge to bear in the most difficult issues’ in the infrastructure, energy, telecoms, construction, and oil and gas sectors. Major arbitrations involving M&A and corporate law are other key strengths for the department, which has experienced a substantial increase in demands related to securities and international disputes against public entities. Recognised as ‘one of the best arbitration lawyers in Brazil‘, Eduardo Damião Gonçalves has worked as counsel and arbitrator in a variety of cases including in ICC and UNICITRAL proceedings. Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is rated for being ‘a tenacious, skilled strategist with a commercial mindset‘; corporate and M&A disputes are among his areas of expertise. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is a name to note for proceedings involving the construction and oil and gas industries, while André Chateaubriand Martins handles arbitrations arising from banking, energy, corporate and commercial issues. Laura Ghitti stands out at the associate level for her involvement in commercial and investment arbitration cases.
‘This is a first-rate arbitration team. Its work is genuinely partner-led with partners showing commitment, focus and drive in progressing the case. The firm’s depth of resources means that they can deal with the largest cases and bring specialist knowledge to bear in the most difficult issues.’
‘Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is a great tactician with strong experience as both counsel and arbitrator. He is deeply trusted by clients, with good reason. He was essential in dealing with difficult issues and managing a complex process.’
‘Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is an excellent advocate. He is very strong in cross examination and is a tenacious litigator.’
‘The service provided by Mattos Filho during the arbitration was of excellent technical quality. The team of lawyers has a clear orientation towards client satisfaction.’
‘Top-flight practitioners, at the same level as the best international arbitration practices in New York and London.’
‘Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is a tenacious, skilled strategist with a commercial mindset.’
‘Mattos Filho has a very deep bench and top notch lawyers. They collaborate extremely well with non-Brazilian firms. They are creative in problem solving and bring a multi-dimensional approach to cases.’
‘The arbitration team at Mattos Filho is very ably led by Eduardo Damiao Goncalves, who is an exceptionally talented lawyer and one of the best arbitration lawyers in Brazil. Eduardo’s experience and tactical ability is second to none. The team also includes an up-and-coming arbitration star, Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente. Eduardo and Arthur are ably assisted by an incredibly strong team and – where necessary – the full resources of the Mattos Filho firm are readily available. Most importantly, the arbitration team at Mattos Filho works closely and seamlessly together and consistently delivers a top quality work product.’
Paper Excellence BC
IRB Brasil Resseguros
CAOA Montadora de Veículos
Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18- Bronze
Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida
Atlas Energia Renovável do Brasil
Lightcom Comercializadora de Energia
Vinci Energies do Brasil Engenharia
- Represents Telefônica Brasil against Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – Anatel in an arbitration concerning concession agreements.
- Representing Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18 – Bronze in an arbitration filed against the state of São Paulo involving the termination of a PPP agreement.
The ‘highly qualified‘ arbitration team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a recognised market leader for complex, high-value and cross-border disputes. The team routinely represents multinational companies operating in a variety of industries, such as oil and gas, energy, telecoms, insurance and healthcare, involved in high-stake arbitrations arising from M&A and corporate governance agreements, construction contracts, infrastructure investments, PPPs and concessions. With over three decades of experience in dispute resolution, Gilberto Giusti is singled out for his arbitration work related to civil, commercial, corporate, securities and construction disputes. Major cases involving construction and infrastructure projects in Brazil and Latin America are core strengths for Júlio César Bueno, who excels in cross-border disputes involving power plants and mining facilities. Renato Stephan Grion ‘is extremely competent in arbitration proceedings‘, most notably ICC arbitrations. Rodrigo Persone P. Camargo has combined expertise in litigation and arbitration, while Pedro Barradas Barata stands out for his work in arbitration proceedings concerning financial services and life sciences players. Thaís Fernandes Chebatt focuses on dispute resolution involving infrastructure, construction and engineering contracts.
‘Always looking for the best solution for the client; able to come up with innovative and plausible alternatives. Highly qualified team, always guided by honesty, ethics and governance principles.’
‘Renato Grion is extremely competent in arbitration proceedings, demonstrating a clear mastery of the subject and full knowledge of the legal rules.’
Schneider Electric Brasil
Omron Healthcare Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Médicos
Maisativo Intermediação de Ativos
Philips Medical Systems
Linx Sistemas e Consultoria
- Represented VIAQUATRO – Concessionária da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo in a dispute regarding the economic-financial balance of a concession agreement with the state of São Paulo.
- Acted for VIAQUATRO – Concessionária da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo in a dispute against the state of São Paulo concerning bus lines.
Retained to lead some of the most significant disputes in Brazil, Sergio Bermudes Advogados‘ arbitration team is routinely engaged by large domestic and foreign companies as well as financial services clients and concessionaires. With longstanding experience in the field of arbitration, the practice possesses strong credentials in arbitration proceedings arising from corporate, investment and contractual disputes. Claims involving insurance contracts, energy and real estate projects also feature on the department’s busy caseload. Sergio Bermudes enjoys a strong reputation in the market for his involvement in high-stakes disputes heard before judicial and arbitral courts. Corporate disputes are an area of particular focus for Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira, while Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti is a key contact for cross-border commercial and corporate arbitrations. Other key individuals include Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias, who focuses on cases pertaining to commercial, corporate and financing contracts; Caetano Berenguer, who is recommended for international proceedings; Ricardo Loretti Henrici; and Fernando Novis.
Sergio Bermudes; Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira; Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti
‘What makes them unique, in addition to their impeccable technique and efficiency in service, is their careful analysis of each given case. Their performance in arbitration proceedings is impressive.’
‘I highly recommend Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias and Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira.’
‘Extremely competent team and experienced in arbitration.’
‘Fabiano Robalinho: very experienced and an excellent strategist.’
‘Commitment to the case and unique study of the procedural strategy that will be adopted.’
‘Fabiano Robalinho and Caetano Berenguer are outstanding lawyers.’
The sizeable arbitration practice at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has an impressive track record in complex and high-profile matters before arbitration tribunals in Brazil and abroad. Its strong performance in cross-border matters is noteworthy, as is its ability to handle a myriad of arbitration cases involving commercial, post-M&A and investment-related disputes. The department’s sector-specific expertise is also highly varied, spanning energy, construction, financial services, mining, healthcare, insurance and real estate, among others. Clients rely on co-head André Abbud‘s ‘extensive experience in arbitration‘ arising from corporate, capital markets, infrastructure and contractual disputes. Fellow co-leader Pedro Oliveira Da Costa focuses on litigation and arbitration, most notably contentious issues resulting from contracts and commercial agreements. Agribusiness, mining, construction and pharmaceutical companies often seek Luiz Fernando Fraga‘s assistance in arbitration at the domestic and international levels. Mario Gelli and Gustavo Santos Kulesza, the latter of whom is noted for international proceedings, are other key individuals. Luciana Celidonio recently joined from Tauil & Chequer Advogados, while Iara Santos Conrado Costa Ferreira and Renan Frediani Torres Peres were promoted to partner in late 2021.
Pedro Oliveira da Costa; André Abbud
‘They are very diligent and careful in all matters. They have a very talented multidisciplinary team and are always available. In addition, professionals convey a lot of confidence in everything they do.’
‘Pedro Oliveira Costa is a very competent professional, endowed with great intelligence.’
‘Creativity. Conciseness. Persuasion.’
‘André Abbud and Gustavo Kulesza are both very creative and have extensive experience in arbitration.’
Demarest Advogados houses a premier arbitration practice specialising in investment treaty arbitration, with extensive experience of handling claims for clients across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, automobile, steel and commodities, power, and infrastructure in general. Corporate disputes and arbitration arising from capital markets, M&A transactions and shareholder agreements also feature in the firm’s impressive portfolio. Covering both domestic and international arbitration, the team is noted for its strength in construction and contractual disputes, while showcasing niche expertise in sports and entertainment cases. Camila Biral is regularly instructed in complex arbitration proceedings involving corporate and contractual issues. Since publication, Celso Xavier, Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Carlo Verona, and Rafael Gagliardi have left the firm, effective as of May 2023.
‘The team that assists us in arbitration is very available and attentive to the client’s needs. Technically, they are excellent. They are attentive to innovations in terms of technology and also have a commercial vision that is quite important in these cases.’
‘They know the facts inside out and are excellent strategists.’
Concessionária Rodovia dos Tamoios
Gol Linhas Aereas
‘Highly specialised in arbitration‘, Mannheimer is ‘able to structurally and globally think of complex disputes to deliver the best possible advice in terms of strategy and damage control‘. Showcasing experience in proceedings held in Brazil and abroad, the team has particular experience in cases before CAM-CCBC and ad-hoc arbitrations, where it acts alongside renowned global law firms. The practice, which regularly participates in complex matters involving contractual, shareholder and M&A disputes, is well equipped to handle commercial disputes in sectors such as construction, infrastructure, oil and gas, and financial services, to name a few. Sergio Mannheimer has a wealth of experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator before the ICC and other arbitral institutions. International proceedings are also an area of activity for Tomaz Lyra, who is seasoned in commercial and corporate disputes. Marcela Levy, who has a relevant international background, is regularly sought after for her expertise in matters relating to the US. Fernanda Aviz has been regularly involved in arbitration proceedings involving the construction and oil and gas segments, while Ricardo Ramalho Almeida specialises in commercial disputes before CAM-CCBC, CAMARB and CAESP.
Sergio Mannheimer; Tomaz Lyra
‘Mannheimer, Perez e Lyra Advogados is highly specialised in arbitration, with partners who are references in the area. They are extremely respected in the arbitration community and are able to structurally/globally think of complex disputes to deliver the best possible advice in terms of strategy and damage control.’
‘Sergio Mannheimer is an extremely prepared professional with extensive experience in arbitrations involving private and/or public parties, standing out for his holistic knowledge of the law and his strategic thinking.’
‘Sergio Mannheimmer is a great lawyer.’
Queiroz Galvão Group
Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP
CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista
Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF
State Grid Group
João Fortes Engenharia
G4S Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância
ERB – Energias Renováveis do Brasil
Hyatt do Brasil
Cubico Sustainable Investments
Caixa Econômica Federal
AEG Administradora de Estádios
ATG Americas Trading Group
- Representing Arena Pernambuco Negócios e Investimentos in an arbitration involving the construction and operation of Arena Pernambuco.
At TozziniFreire Advogados, the ‘excellent arbitration practice' offers ‘well-thought-out and practical advice' in proceedings conducted under all sets of institutional rules. Arbitration arising from M&A, distribution agreements, shareholder disputes, construction contracts and conflicts involving the public administration are all core areas of focus for the department, which is often retained by clients operating in an array of industries, including real estate, energy, agribusiness and transport, among others. Fernando Eduardo Serec, who is a ‘go-to lawyer in difficult M&A disputes and any complex business litigation or arbitration’, oversees the practice, which also includes Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke, who specialises in commercial and investment-related arbitrations, Lucas Britto Mejias, who undertakes both litigation and arbitration work, and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto, a name to note for international arbitration. Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva is a key contact in Porto Alegre. Senior associate Maria Isabel De SÁ Dias Machado stands out for her involvement in domestic arbitrations concerning commercial, corporate and administrative law.
Fernando Eduardo Serec
‘Proximity to the client and business understanding.’
‘Lucas Britto Mejias is extremely competent and focused on client solutions.’
‘Excellent arbitration practice, which provides well-thought-out and practical advice.’
‘Fernando Eduardo Serec is our go-to lawyer in difficult M&A disputes and any complex business litigation or arbitration. Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto is an excellent lawyer who works well with co-counsel and clients alike.’
‘Fernando Eduardo Serec and Lucas Britto Mejias are always available and very helpful.’
Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil
Central Park Empreendimentos Imobiliários
SBA Torres Brasil
Dufry Lojas Francas
MHFT – Investimentos
Nebras Power Investment Management
Lex Finance Advisory
Companhia de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica do Sul do Brasil – Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul
Kerui Método, Construção E Montagem
Josema Administração e Participação
International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul
Fs Agrisolutions Indústria De Biocombustíveis
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Systems Brasil
Hormel Foods Brazil Participações
Notre-Dame Intermédica Saúde
- Representing Petrobras’ minority shareholder Alejandro Constantino Strationis in a case against the Government of Brazil seeking compensation for all losses deriving from the wrongdoings investigated in the “Car Wash” operation.
Corporate and contractual disputes are core areas of focus for Cescon Barrieu‘ arbitration team, which attracts praise from clients for its ‘great expertise‘ in this space. Proceedings arising from M&A, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and international contracts are strong points for the department, which is also sought after for its experience in construction, infrastructure, distribution, public law and environmental disputes. The practice is under the joint leadership of three practitioners: ‘technical and pragmatic lawyer‘ Carlos David Albuquerque Braga, who specialises in conflicts resulting from M&A transactions and shareholder agreements; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, a name to note for international arbitration; and Helena Abdo, whose areas of expertise encompass infrastructure and construction disputes. Mauricio Fabbri provides assistance to both domestic and international players in arbitration. Luiz Nardy, who is based in Belo Horizonte, was promoted to partner in October 2021. Since publication, Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto have joined from MAMG Advogados, effective as of August 2023.
Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Helena Abdo
‘Helena Abdo is a fantastic professional with extensive legal knowledge. She always handles matters in a sensitive matter.’
‘Extremely technical team with great expertise and a holistic view of the law.’
‘Gabriel Seijo is an extremely technical lawyer with wide-ranging knowledge of the law. Great professional who conveys security to client.’
‘Carlos Braga is a technical and pragmatic lawyer, capable of solving complex problems in a simple manner.’
‘Maurício Fabbri has great technical knowledge. Possessor of great willpower and that, for sure, has been treading a path of great prominence in the market.’
‘The team is extremely capable. Understands the company’s needs and speaks the client’s language.’
‘Gabriel Seijo: Very creative and strategic thinker.’
‘Carlos Braga: Very hard working and always available.’
Standing out for its experience in international proceedings, Lefosse Advogados is well positioned to handle a wide range of corporate and commercial arbitration matters. In terms of its sector-specific offering, the team benefits from the ever-growing interest of its client base in sectors such as construction and utilities; disputes arising from M&A, investments, shareholder agreements and concessions are particular areas of expertise. Practice head Pedro Maciel is instructed in domestic and international cases on behalf of clients operating in the banking, energy, mining, oil and gas and telecoms sectors. Raphael Nehin Corrêa splits his time between dispute resolution and insolvency matters, while the recently promoted Bernardo Pires specialises in post-M&A and corporate arbitration. Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro recently joined from Bichara Advogados, bringing significant experience in complex arbitration. Since publication, Márcio Opromolla left the firm in October 2022.
‘Lefosse has an excellent arbitration team. We are currently acting together in a very complex dispute in Brazil and the quality of the team is amazing in all respects (client management, strategy, drafting, advocacy, etc.)’
‘The whole team is great, but Bernardo Pires in particular is a star.’
‘The Lefosse arbitration team formed by Pedro Maciel, Rafael Soares, Caio Lima and Juliana Marçal are extremely technical, but without losing their common sense and practical bias in their legal guidelines and theses. They put themselves in the client’s position and support the entire decision-making process.’
Fielding a sizeable team of practitioners dedicated to arbitration, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is rated by clients for its ‘deep knowledge of the legislation relevant to arbitration procedures‘. Institutional and ad hoc proceedings before various national and international arbitral bodies, including the ICC and CAM-CCBC, feature heavily in the team’s busy caseload. Corporate, commercial and post-M&A disputes are key areas of focus for the department, which has recently witnessed an uptick in demand from clients operating in the construction, energy, oil and gas, and financial services sectors. Eliane Cristina Carvalho is recognised as ‘one of the best arbitration professionals in the market‘; she has represented major companies in several national and international arbitration proceedings. Gisela Ferreira Mation focuses on the resolution of disputes through arbitration, and is singled out for her experience in cross-border matters involving Brazil and the US. Multi-jurisdictional proceedings are also a field of particular activity for associate Leandro Felix, who has gained legal international experience in the US.
Eliane Cristina Carvalho
‘The law firm is dynamic, diversified and values the excellence of its lawyers. The team is qualified, prepared to deal with different problems and easy to deal with.’
‘One of the best Brazilian law firms.’
‘The lawyers I work with are excellent, tough, committed, cultured and with remarkable social skills.’
‘A team with a deep knowledge of the legislation relevant to arbitration procedures. I would like to point out that the firm’s lawyers are always available and accessible to resolve any issues.’
‘I consider the MMSO arbitration team one of the best in the market.’
‘Eliane Carvalho is one of the best arbitration professionals in the market: she is technically impeccable, is deeply involved in cases and excels at hearings.’
‘Gisela Mation is also worth mentioning: despite being young, she is very well prepared and I’m sure she will soon become a reference in the area.’
Ambiental Transportes Urbanos
International Finance Corporation
Eixo SP Concessionária de Rodovias
- Representing Ambiental Transportes Urbanos in an arbitration involving the early termination of a concession agreement.
- Acting for International Finance Corporation in an arbitration related to the counterparty’s non-payment of a bid success fee.
- Assisted Eixo SP Concessionária de Rodovias in the production of evidence for an arbitration and, simultaneously, entered into settlement negotiations with counterparty.
At MAMG Advogados, practitioners ‘stand out for their technical knowledge and communication skills‘. The firm, a dispute resolution boutique founded in 2021, boasts strong credentials in arbitration, most notably complex disputes involving M&A, infrastructure, banking, international trade, energy and public contracts. Expertise covers every stage of arbitration proceedings, from drafting arbitration clauses to securing payments of arbitral awards, and lawyers have extensive experience in working as leading counsel, arbitrators, mediators and members of dispute boards in multiple cases. Fernando Marcondes has a strong background in construction and infrastructure matters, and is therefore go-to choice for clients involved in sector-related arbitration. Domestic and international proceedings are among Rafael Francisco Alves and Silvia Bueno De Miranda‘s core areas of activity. Other key individuals in the arbitration team include Alberto Sogayar and Mariana Cattel, who possesses ‘exceptional negotiation skills‘. Since publication, Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto have left the firm, effective as of August 2023.
‘The professionals are precise and objective, and stand out for their technical knowledge and communication skills.’
‘Mariana Cattel is a dedicated and available professional with exceptional negotiation skills and understanding of clients’ needs.’
Soluções Ambientais de Guarulhos (SAGUA)
- Acted for Soluções Ambientais de Guarulhos (SAGUA) in an arbitration against the city of Guarulhos regarding a concession agreement for the sewage system of the city.
- Represented Construtora Jurema in an arbitration before ICC Brazil against a member of the Brazilian Public Administration involving the economic and financial rebalancing of a contract to restore and maintain highways.
Trench Rossi Watanabe
Trench Rossi Watanabe ‘has one of the best arbitration practices in the country‘, which is well versed in advising clients throughout all stages of domestic and international proceedings. Its client roster consists of multinational and domestic companies active across a variety of sectors, including construction, retail, oil and gas, power and pharmaceuticals. Rio de Janeiro-based partner Joaquim Muniz chairs the department; he is best known for his work in the arbitration field involving corporate disputes. He receives key support from other practitioners in São Paulo: Luis Borghi, whose experience covers arbitration arising from construction, post-M&A and commercial disputes; Katherina Ballesta, who attracts praise for exploring ‘all the details that can define the judgment of the case‘; and Bruna Silveira, who handles both pre-arbitration issues and arbitral proceedings in the agribusiness, construction and infrastructure segments.
‘The direct involvement of partners in the cases brings a lot of security and quality to the work delivered.’
‘Joaquim Muniz has extensive technical knowledge in business law and is highly recommended for arbitration matters. Open to discussion of ideas and very accessible whenever necessary.’
‘Katherina Ballesta is a distinguished professional who delves into and explores all the details that can define the judgment of the case.’
Stryker do Brasil
Schulke do Brasil Participações
Air Liquide Brasil
Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz
- Representing a consortium comprised of Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal in arbitration concerning the oil reservoirs of the largest oil field of the pre-salt oil area.
- Acting for Stryker do Brasil in arbitration regarding alleged damages due to the termination of agency agreements in Brazil.
- Assisting Schulke do Brasil Participações in an arbitration arising from the acquisition of a pharmaceutical company.
Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados is recognised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of contentious matters involving infrastructure projects’. The firm, which is fully devoted to dispute resolution, showcases strong credentials in arbitration at the domestic and international levels, with lawyers serving as counsel, arbitrators, legal experts and consultants in proceedings. Besides its proficiency in disputes in the infrastructure and engineering sector, the team is also adept in investment-related arbitration. Founding partner Arnoldo Wald has a wealth of experience in the field. Banking matters and arbitration are areas of expertise for Arnoldo Wald Filho; Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre specialises in arbitration and litigation. Clarissa Marcondes Macéa and Mariana Tavares Antunes are other noteworthy practitioners.
‘The firm has in-depth knowledge of contentious matters involving infrastructure projects, in particular arbitration. Prompt attention to client needs, great organisation and coordination.’
CODESP – Companhia DOCAS do Estado de São Paulo
Concessionária de Rodovia Sul-Matogrossense
- Assisted CODESP in R$2bn arbitration proceedings against Libra Group.
- Representing Petra Energia in arbitration proceedings against the National Oil Agency concerning concession agreements.
Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados
Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados fields a strong arbitration team with experience in domestic and international proceedings, including institutional and ad hoc arbitration under the ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Matters arising from investments, corporate disputes, construction contracts and IP issues feature heavily in the team’s high-value caseload. Its varied client portfolio spans Brazilian and foreign companies operating in a wide array of industries, such as construction, energy and pharmaceuticals. Rogério Carmona Bianco and Fábio Floriano Melo Martins, the latter of whom is particularly seasoned in disputes against government-owned entities and states, jointly manage the department. Guilherme Montebugnoli Zilio offers representation to private companies in disputes relating to M&A and projects, while Hermes Marcelo Huck is best known for his experience serving as arbitrator in complex cases. The firm has recently experienced some significant structural changes: a large number of lawyers, including former practice head Guilherme Gomes Pereira , left the firm in February 2022. Since publication, Mônica Naomi Murayama has left the firm.
Rogério Carmona Bianco; Fábio Floriano Melo Martins
‘The technical and strategic quality of the arbitration team in the defense of the interests of its clients sets the firm apart.’
Hitachi Rail STS USA
FDR Comercializadora de Energia
Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa
EDB Sistemas Elétricos
Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas
INBRAEL Participações e Empreendimentos
Comfrio Soluções e Logísticas
Resources Capital Funds
Ulisses Borges Cardinot
Agro Improvement Participações
CBSM – Companhia Brasileira de Serviçosde Marketing
L.O. Baptista Advogados
L.O. Baptista Advogados is well versed in domestic and international arbitration, where practitioners normally act as leading counsel and arbitrators. ‘The team is very well prepared to take on complex cases‘, especially proceedings involving M&A, infrastructure, technology and trade-related disputes. Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski is recognised as ‘an excellent professional‘, who is adept at tackling complex issues in arbitration proceedings in the real estate, energy and construction sectors. Other noteworthy dispute resolution experts include André Camerlingo Alves and André Mendes Espírito Santo, both of whom focus on litigation and arbitration. Since publication, Tonico Monteiro da Silva has left the firm, effective as of February 2023.
André Camerlingo Alves; André Mendes Espirito Santo; Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski
‘The firm has a long tradition and quality in the arbitration area, being one of the pioneers in Brazil.’
‘Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski leads the area. She has a solid academic background, and actively participates in the arbitration community.’
‘The team’s experience in arbitration and the precision with which it defends the client’s right sets it apart in the market.’
Focused on strategic disputes, LUC Advogados provides specialised arbitration services to a varied client roster. The team has a wealth of experience representing leading companies before arbitral tribunals in Brazil and abroad. Luciano De Souza Godoy, a renowned arbitrator in the market, draws on his previous experience as a federal judge to assist clients in complex corporate and investment-related disputes. Ricardo Zamariola Júnior is regularly involved in contentious corporate and contractual matters. Kátia Vilhena Reina is another name to note. Since publication, Leonardo Dib Freire has left the firm, effective as of July 2023.
Luciano de Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Junior
‘The firm is distinguished by the depth of the analysis of cases, mastery of arbitration strategy and prompt service.’
‘Ricardo Zamariola Junior is a highlight of the team.’
With attorneys in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, Souto Correa Advogados is capable of assembling multidisciplinary teams, combining industry and procedural knowledge, to assist clients in a variety of arbitration cases. Covering domestic and international proceedings, as well as mediation, the team has been particularly active in matters involving construction contracts and oil and gas clients, but is also retained by companies operating in other segments, including energy, engineering, real estate and technology. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral stands out for his experience in international arbitration. Other key contacts include Jorge Cesa Ferreira da Silva, who often acts as arbitrator, expert witness and counsel in proceedings, and Luis Alberto Peretti. Since publication, Marcelo Gandelman has left the firm, effective as of April 2023.
Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Jorge Cesa Ferreira da Silva; Luís Alberto Peretti
‘Guilherme Amaral is, without a doubt, a brilliant mind and one of the best arbitrators today!’
Based across São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Tauil & Chequer Advogados‘ arbitration team is comprised of seasoned lawyers with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border cases, with a special emphasis on energy, construction, mining and corporate disputes. The practice is particularly well versed in arbitration arising from construction and engineering projects, as well as concession contracts in the oil and gas segment. Gustavo Fernandes De Andrade has over two decades of experience serving as counsel and arbitrator in proceedings under the rules of leading arbitration institutions around the world. Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa, whose experience also includes mediation, joined from Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados in April 2021. Gustavo Scheffer Da Silveira is singled out for his track record in international proceedings. Associate Rodrigo Nikobin is also noted for corporate and commercial arbitrations at the domestic and international levels.
Gustavo de Andrade Fernandes; Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa; Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira
Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás
General Electric do Brasil
Nebras Power Latin America
Cobra BrasilServiços, Comunicações e Energia
Techint Engenharia e Construção
Arcelor Mittal Brasil
Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte
Ternium do Brasil
BW Offshore do Brasil
Usiminas Siderúrgicas De Minas Gerais
CPFL Energias Renováveis
Publicis Groupe Holdings
Consortium Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas / Hitachi Rail STS USA
CELSE – Centrais Eletricas De Sergipe
Lindel Pte Ltd
Keppel Fels Brasil
PetroRio Jaguar Petróleo
INVEPAR – Investimentos e Participações em Infra-Estrutura
CM Capital Markets Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários
- Represents Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás in an ICC arbitration arising from a concession agreement.
- Acts for the EFACEC/HITACHI consortium in an ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo commenced against the State of São Paulo and the São Paulo State Company of Metropolitan Railways.
- Represents Ambiental Serra Concessionária de Saneamento in a CAM-CCBC arbitration filed against Companhia Espírito Santense de Saneamento – CESAN.
The arbitration team at Veirano Advogados is well placed to advise foreign clients and handle international proceedings across an array of sectors, including construction, private equity, technology, mining and energy, among others. Besides their in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian market, all partners who make up the team specialise in at least one other jurisdiction, making them a popular choice for commercial and investment-related arbitration. Ricardo Gama oversees domestic and international arbitration work from Rio de Janeiro, while Mateus Carreteiro in São Paulo is routinely sought out by clients in energy, mining, telecoms and construction-related cases. Diego Capistrano, who has an extensive track record encompassing litigation and arbitration, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring, joined the team in April 2022.
Ricardo Gama; Mateus Carreteiro
‘Professionals endowed with expertise in the matter, whether in the subject discussed or in the arbitration procedure.’
‘Extremely dedicated professionals, who spare no effort to obtain the best result for their clients.’
‘Very close monitoring of matters by partners; use of very didactic presentation tools that simplify the complex themes of the case.’
‘Mateus Carreteiro is the main partner I worked with at Veirano. Always very attentive to the legal strategy. He’s a great lawyer.’
‘The team stood out both for the quality of the pleadings, legal arguments and in the production of evidence, resulting in an advantageous agreement for us.’
Cais Mauá do Brasil
TIM / Telecom Italia
RINA Brasil Serviços Técnicos
At Felsberg Advogados, the arbitration team is adept in cases involving corporate law, M&A, tort, contractual issues, energy and construction disputes, to name a few. Its practitioners have significant experience in cross-border arbitration and mediation matters, where they act for major players in the financial services, transport, energy and retail sectors. Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes leads the team, which is noted for its ‘competence and business and strategic vision'; he is seasoned in multi-jurisdictional proceedings involving New York, London, Houston and Canada. Pedro Butti Do Vale focuses on commercial disputes.
Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes
‘I think Felsberg’s great differential is the involvement of partners in the work.’
‘Marcus Mateucci Gomes is a very detailed lawyer; he is always very aware of the cases and manages to translate the financial issues under discussion very clearly to the court.’
‘Competence and business and strategic vision.’
‘I’d recommend Pedro Butti do Valle and Marcus Matteucci Gomes.’
Lobo de Rizzo Advogados
Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is well versed in all types of arbitration, but is particularly seasoned in corporate and commercial disputes, especially those arising from shareholder conflicts and the termination of commercial agreements. Luis Fernando Guerrero and Hugo Tubone Yamashita are highlighted for their ‘engagement, competence, empathy and responsiveness’; practice head Guerrero has combined experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation, which are also areas of focus for associate Yamashita. Paula Abi-Chahine joined from CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados in July 2022.
Luis Fernando Guerrero
‘Extremely qualified and engaged lawyers. They act with a lot of empathy and responsiveness. In addition, the billing model is transparent.’
‘Luis Fernando Guerrero and Hugo Tubone Yamashita are recommended for their engagement, competence, empathy and responsiveness.’
Founded in 2021, dispute resolution boutique Muriel Advogados focuses on strategic disputes, showcasing particular experience in complex arbitration proceedings in Brazil and abroad. Name partner Marcelo Muriel is a renowned figure in the international arbitration space, where he assists clients from a myriad of sectors, and also frequently acts as arbitrator. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of a team of lawyers from KLA Advogados, including co-head Danilo Orenga , who is seasoned in arbitration proceedings involving commercial, corporate and contractual issues. Pre-arbitration and arbitration-related disputes before state courts are notable strengths for Giovanny Russo , while Fernanda Nemr is recommended for construction cases.
Marcelo Muriel; Danilo Orenga
Nordex Energy Brasil
Venture Capital Investimentos
COFCO International Brasil
Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados
Based across São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados is highlighted for its significant experience in managing domestic and international arbitration proceedings, especially on behalf of pension funds and private equity clients. Complex investment-related arbitration is a particular strength. Leading the practice is Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira, who is sought after by companies and financial services clients involved in corporate disputes. Felipe Hanszmann often acts as arbitrator in proceedings concerning corporate and infrastructure matters, while Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques is noted for his experience in public law-related cases. Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti is noted for contentious matters in the energy space.
Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira
‘Since its foundation, Vieira Rezende has worked or interacted with the main economic groups, financial agents, institutional investors and government entities. It has developed great expertise and secured its place among the main corporate law firms in Brazil.’
‘Vieira Rezende is capable of solving complex cases.’
‘Vieira Rezende is a state-of-the-art firm in Rio de Janeiro, with excellent professionals and excellent client service.’
Warde Advogados is highlighted for being able to ‘handle very large and complex disputes under all major institutional rules‘. The firm, which is fully focused on corporate disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory matters, has a well-established practice handling arbitration proceedings for significant clients, including major companies from the energy, manufacturing and insurance sectors, and has recently attracted new instructions from clients in other segments, most notably construction and media. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is highlighted for his wide-ranging skills in corporate disputes and for his experience as an arbitrator. Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto specialises in commercial arbitration, where he normally represents companies and investment funds, while Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto has notable strength in bankruptcy cases. At the associate level, Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo stands out for his involvement in matters involving the real estate, infrastructure, food and media segments.
Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior
‘Warde Advogados provides great quality advice, including creative and effective strategic suggestions. Lawyers are always available to meet our demands and focused on resolving the dispute.’
‘Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior and José Luiz Bayeux are able to think outside the box. They always think about the client and seek a favorable outcome that goes beyond conducting the arbitration procedure.’
‘One of the strongest teams I have come across in the world. Their strategic knowledge and abilities are absolutely first rate.’
‘Walfrido Warde is phenomenal. He is a world leader not just in the mechanics of arbitration but also in the strategic implications of international cases around the world.’
‘Walfrido Warde is dedicated and available. Walfrido is tough on arguments and able to dismantle opposing ideas and opinions. Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo is young but very well trained and with excellent technique.’
‘Warde Advogados has been instrumental in acting as co-counsel in three related arbitration proceedings, particularly in liaising with and communicating with the client, and providing sound advice and valuable input in strategic decisions.’
‘Walfrido Jorge Warde Junior is superb – he is highly responsive and always ready to assist.’
‘Warde Advogados has a premier international arbitration practice. Its team is highly experienced and can handle very large and complex disputes under all major institutional rules. Warde Advogados has also adapted very well to the pandemic and successfully conducted several virtual hearings.’
CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados
Noted for its ‘technical knowledge‘, CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados‘ arbitration focus covers commercial, engineering, corporate, distribution and agribusiness disputes. Founding partner Luciano Benetti Timm has a strong background in corporate law, and is singled out for his significant experience in arbitration proceedings, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. He jointly manages the practice with Porto Alegre-based partner Tiago Faganello. Danilo Brum De Magalhães is another name to note in the arbitration department. Since publication, Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim left the firm.
Luciano Benetti Timm; Tiago Faganello
‘The team stands out for its technical knowledge.’
‘The firm helped us with a very peculiar arbitration case which demanded high technical knowledge in addition to a good engagement with different players.’
‘I would like to highlight the work of Luciano Timm and Henrique Lenon, who supported us with very well-prepared and well-founded documents.’
Meta Impressão e Soluções Digitais
PPG Tintas Industriais
CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (Commercialization Chamber of Electric Energy)
- Assisted CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (Commercialization Chamber of Electric Energy) in the drafting of a new arbitral convention, to which all energy companies in Brazil must comply with.
Costa Tavares Paes Advogados is well placed to handle domestic and international arbitration before several arbitral institutions, including the ICC and CAM-CCBC. Construction, banking and finance, contractual and post-M&A disputes are all areas of activity for the department, which is noted for providing ‘partner-led advice‘ in all matters. With extensive international experience, Antonio Tavares Paes Jr. excels in cross-border proceedings involving conflicts of a corporate, commercial and financial nature. Vamilson José Costa has notable strength in shareholder and M&A disputes. Other key individuals include Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira and Cristiano Cardoso Dias , the latter of whom advises on infrastructure, industrial and energy-related cases.
Antonio Tavares Paes Jr.; Vamilson José Costa; Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira; Cristiano Cardoso Dias
‘Technical knowledge and partner-led advice.’
‘Vamilson José Costa and Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira are recommended.’
Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados
Best known for its credentials in public law, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados acts for clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations involving domestic and cross-border disputes. The team is seen with great regularity handling cases concerning concessions and government contracts, and demonstrates particular expertise in representing public entities and private parties in public law-related disputes. Eduardo Talamini and Cesar Pereira have a wealth of experience in arbitration proceedings; Pereira focuses on infrastructure matters, while Talamini serves as counsel, arbitrator and consultant in construction, public law and energy cases. Diego Franzoni specialises in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration.
Eduardo Talamini; Cesar Pereira
Jaraguá Equipamentos Industriais
- Representing Jaraguá Equipamentos Industriais in an arbitration against Petrobras at CAM-CCBC in São Paulo.
- Defending Construtora OAS in an arbitration regarding a contract for the execution of public works.
The arbitration team at KLA Advogados provides representation to a varied client roster in domestic and international arbitration. The team has particular strength in proceedings arising from commercial, corporate and contractual disputes, as well as cases in the construction, insurance, real estate and telecoms sectors. Tiago Cortez, who specialises in dispute resolution and antitrust, assists clients in commercial arbitration. He receives key support from recently promoted partner Flávia Alterio and Taísa Oliveira, both of whom possess experience in commercial disputes.
Tiago Cortez; Flávia Alterio; Taísa Oliveira
‘Firm values excellence in the execution of the work.’
‘Tiago Cortez and Flávia Alterio are very attentive, dedicated and have in-depth knowledge of the issues in question.’
Kredens Capital Management
Masterfoods Brasil Alimentos
Pacífico Empreendimentos e Participações
ABCDEFGHI Investimentos e Participações
- Represents Stemco in a ratification of an arbitration award proceeding before the Superior Court of Justice.
Singled out for its expertise in interactions between the private and public sectors, Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados is a solid performer in arbitration and mediation matters involving public law issues. Its caseload predominantly features infrastructure, construction, energy, and oil and gas disputes. Carolina Smirnovas specialises in disputes involving private parties and governmental entities. Since publication, Ana Elise Perez left the firm.
Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados
Established in 2017, Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados‘ dispute resolution group handles an increasing number of arbitration matters, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the context of M&A transactions, as well as cases involving corporate law and reorganisations. With extensive experience acting as counsel and arbitrator in arbitration proceedings, Guilherme Setoguti oversees the team, which also features associates Cláudia Gruppi Costa and Débora Carrara.
Padis Mattar Advogados
Dedicated to dispute resolution and restructuring matters, Padis Mattar Advogados has a notable track record in arbitrations seated in Brazil, France and England. Founding partner Eduardo Augusto Mattar excels in corporate disputes and cases related to insolvent companies and distressed assets. He oversees the practice with Jaili Quinta Cunha, who manages a busy caseload comprising corporate, contractual, and oil and gas disputes. Marina Coelho Reverendo Vidal and André Canuto Muriel Mendes de Almeida stand out at the associate level for their involvement in arbitration cases across a variety of industries, including energy, agribusiness, and oil and gas.
Eduardo Augusto Mattar; Jaili Quinta Cunha
‘The PMA team has already advised us on several occasions. The team is highly knowledgeable in restructuring and insolvency projects, and is often able to anticipate the movement of opposing parties in disputes and arbitration cases.’
‘Eduardo Mattar is the leader of the practice and showed great ability to handle complex arbitrations.’
‘This team has the ability to assist clients in their darkest hours. Truly bet-the-company arbitration specialists. Also they are gifted with social skills which make the clients feel at ease. A stellar team!’
Siqueira Castro – Advogados
Led by Daniela Soares Domingues in Rio de Janeiro, the arbitration practice at Siqueira Castro – Advogados is proficient in domestic and international proceedings, with a particular focus on disputes involving the construction, automotive and financial services sectors. The department head brings to the table over two decades of experience acting for clients engaged in arbitration and litigation matters. São Paulo-based partner Andre Frossard Albuquerque is a key contact for contentious infrastructure and real estate matters.
Daniela Soares Domingues
Lempar Serviços e Participações
Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa
Citycon Engenharia e Construções
PCBIOS – Participações em Complexos Bioenergéticos
- Represents LEMPAR in an arbitration before the CCBC (Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá).
- Represents PCBIOS – Participações em Complexos Bioenergéticos in the execution of an arbitral award.
- Acts for Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa in a class action concerning a construction contract.
Working in close collaboration with other practices within the firm, Stocche Forbes Advogados‘ ‘very responsive, diverse and knowledgeable‘ arbitration group fields specialist teams dedicated to M&A, energy, construction, environmental and real estate disputes. With over two decades of experience in dispute resolution, Rafael Passaro handles commercial, corporate and contractual arbitration; these are also among Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli‘s areas of expertise. Guilherme Gaspari Coelho possesses significant experience in debt restructuring and commercial cases. Other names to note include Wilson Newton de Mello Neto and Maria Lucia Cetraro, both of whom focus on strategic disputes.
Rafael Passaro; Luis Guilherme Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho; Wilson Newton de Mello Neto
‘Very responsive, diverse and knowledgeable team. It was a delight to work with them.’
‘I would like to put the spotlight on Rafael Passaro and Luis Guilherme Bondioli, who impressed me and the client with their thorough litigation and arbitration experience and their ability to negotiate a swift settlement of the matter.’
‘The arbitration team is very dedicated, attentive to details and available to think and implement different solutions.’
‘Rafael Passaro is a spectacular lawyer, very intelligent, attentive to details. He thinks about the case very strategically.’
‘Maria Lucia Cetrato is a strategic, detailed and very available lawyer.’
Orascom Investment Holding
Santa Lucia Transmissora de Energia
Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliario
Elecnor do Brasil
SPE Transmissora de Energia Linha Verde LI
Oep Brasil Electronics Coöperatief
SPE Santa Maria Transmissora De Energia
Vale Fertilizer Netherlands
Focused exclusively on strategic dispute resolution, Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados has been engaged in a growing number of arbitration proceedings, most notably cases arising from construction, commodities, real estate, technology and corporate disputes. The team, which is equipped to assist clients in all types of arbitral proceedings, consultations and legal opinions, has experienced an uptick in demands from clients engaged in post-M&A arbitration. Vânia Wongtschowski has a proven track record in matters involving real estate and financial services clients. Recent highlights for Marília Canto Gusso include cases involving construction, retail, infrastructure and technology players, while Juliana Brotto De Barros Milaré specialises in real estate matters. Domingos Fernando Refinetti is a leading figure in restructuring and insolvency mandates. Patrícia Paoliello Lamaneres Binnie recently joined from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados, bringing significant experience in construction, corporate and investment-related arbitration.
Vânia Wongtschowski; Marília Canto Gusso; Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré; Domingos Fernando Refinetti; Patricia Paoliello Lamaneres Binnie
‘The team is very capable and has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings. In addition, they are very easy to work with and ready to support us whenever we have questions.’
‘They are wonderful and committed to the client.’
‘Vânia and Domingos are absolutely outstanding.’
H. Aidar Pavimentação e Obras
- Acts for Fimer in an arbitration involving a solar equipment supply contract.