Dispute resolution: arbitration in Brazil

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Devoted to dispute resolution, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is widely recognised as a go-to firm for domestic and international arbitration, with particular strength in arbitral proceedings involving shareholder disputes. Other areas of expertise include oil and gas, energy, construction and infrastructure-related arbitration. The firm's practitioners are also experienced in handling disputes involving companies in a range of other industries, including transport and financial services. The team is under the leadership of Marcelo Ferro, who is noted for acting as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings, and José Roberto de Castro Neves.

Key clients

Vigor Alimentos

CMPC

Eneva

Enseada / Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

Cosan

Btg Pactual

Prumo Logistica

Heineken

Eletrobras

Andrade Gutierrez

Brasil Plural

Camargo Correa

Excellence Paper

Work highlights

  • Represented a major Brazilian company in an arbitration filed against a French company.
  • Represents a client in an insurance-related arbitration involving the denial of insurance coverage.
  • Acts for a well-known company in a domestic arbitration involving the discussion of an obligation arising out of a shareholder agreement.
  • Representing two companies in an international arbitration proceeding arising from a dispute connected to the sale of a Brazilian company.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados possesses a strong reputation in the field of arbitration, acting for clients in both domestic and international proceedings. Bringing together cross-practice expertise, the group handles cases in a range of industries, including construction, infrastructure and finance. Disputes arising from M&A and corporate governance agreements, contractual liability, as well as concessions are among the firm's typical mandates. Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira is noted for his experience in corporate disputes. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are also key figures in the department.

Testimonials

‘The team is professional and dedicated, and lawyers are well prepared and informed.’

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

With over five decades of experience in the field of dispute resolution, Sergio Bermudes Advogados is proficient in highly sensitive arbitration proceedings, and stands out in commercial disputes in particular. The team represents companies operating in a broad range of sectors before domestic and international tribunals, and its practitioners also often sit as arbitrators on panels. Sergio Bermudes has notable experience acting as a co-arbitrator and chairman in arbitration proceedings. Bermudes oversees the practice alongside Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira and Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, who both excel in corporate and commercial disputes. Caetano Berenguer is a name to note for arbitration arising from infrastructure contracts, and M&A disputes involving investment funds.

Testimonials

‘Simply the most victorious team in our portfolio. Bermudes is totally committed to our cases, always performing in an extraordinary way in each step of the arbitration.’ 

‘Fabiano Robalinho and Caetano Berenguer make a perfect combination. Both are strategists, totally devoted to clients, have a deep understanding of the whole picture in a dispute.’

‘Livia Ikeda, a younger partner, is also recommended. Livia has a strong background in commercial and civil matters, making her a valuable player in the team.’ 

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has proven experience in proceedings before a range of arbitral tribunals, including the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce and the Brazilian Business Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB), among others. The team is particularly active in M&A-related arbitration, but is also proficient in disputes related to construction contracts, infrastructure projects, shareholder agreements, real estate acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Pedro Oliveira da Costa and André Abbud, who often acts for leading companies in a range of contentious matters involving infrastructure, corporate and contractual issues, jointly lead the practice. Domestic and international commercial arbitration are some of Gustavo Santos Kulesza's areas of expertise.

Testimonials

‘High quality advice.’

‘Hands-on lawyers with deep knowledge of the law and creative legal solutions for difficult matters. André Abbud and Gustavo Kulesza stand out for their commitment.’

‘André Abbud is an excellent professional who is knowledgeable of the law.’

‘Each individual has a particular quality, that, when combined is very complementary. The team provides creative legal solutions and excellent advice.’  

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados fields a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to complex and high-profile arbitration. The practice offers representation to clients in a range of local and international arbitration, having handled cross-border cases involving the US, Germany, France, Switzerland, Finland and China. Of particular note is the team's strong track record in sport and entertainment-related disputes, and it also handles cases relating to the energy, infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors. Rafael Gagliardi has extensive experience acting as both arbitrator and counsel in arbitration proceedings. Carlo Verona is a name to note for cross-border disputes. Celso Xavier and Marcelo Inglez de Souza are also active in arbitration.

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados has a successful track record in handling conflicts through arbitration, including proceedings seated in Brazil and abroad. The team is adept in institutional arbitration and ad-hoc matters, and also advises on requests for the recognition of foreign court and arbitral awards before the Superior Court of Justice. Its client base includes key players in the construction, financial services, oil and gas, private equity and infrastructure sectors. Sergio Mannheimer, who is equipped to act as arbitrator or counsel in proceedings, heads the practice with Tomaz Tavares de Lyra, who is noted for cross-border arbitration. Arbitration cases involving corporate disputes are a key specialism for Marcela Levy.

Key clients

Construtora Arena Pernambuco (Odebrecht Group)

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Mapfre Seguros

Deminvest

Elecnor Group

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF

Consórcio QGIT

State Grid Group

Ancar Investment Group

João Fortes Engenharia

White Martins Group

Marcelo PriolliIesa Óleo e Gás

G4S Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância

Consórcio Ipojuca Interligações

Empresa Nacional de Segurança

Dimitrios Markakis

Logística Brasil

Pirelli Group

Work highlights

  • Represented a company in one of the first arbitral proceedings in Brazil against a state entity; the case involves the anticipation of the deadline for a major construction project.
  • Partner Sergio Mannheimer acts as chairman of the arbitral tribunal in an ICC arbitration, seated in Brasília, which discusses which of the parties is responsible for the premature termination of a 30-year concession agreement.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados attracts instructions from domestic and international companies, investors, financial institutions and government authorities in high-value arbitration proceedings. The practice is active in corporate, M&A, infrastructure and insurance-related disputes, and also provides consulting services in matters involving arbitration. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves demonstrates strength in disputes held under the rules of arbitration institutions in Brazil and abroad. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is recommended for his expertise in arbitration proceedings involving the oil and gas, construction, insurance and banking sectors, while Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente excels in arbitration involving corporate law, governance and M&A deals. Bruno Barreto de Azevedo Teixeira is another name to note for domestic and international arbitration.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Flavio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is recommended.’

Key clients

Paper Excellence BC

Vigor Alimentos

BR Properties

Canacol

Enel Brasil Participações

Ecodiesel

Soluciones Andinas de Agua S.R.L

Vinci Energies do Brasil Engenharia

WEG

Chubb Seguradora

Work highlights

  • Represents a company in an arbitration concerning the annulment of a contractual penalty applied for an alleged breach of obligation to contract with local content.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados' diverse client base includes companies operating in a range of sectors, including construction, automotive, food, energy, transport, agribusiness and life sciences. Domestic and international arbitration proceedings are among the typical mandates for the team, which is skilled at assisting with cases involving M&A-related issues, distribution agreements, construction projects, joint ventures and and shareholder disputes. Practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec has notable experience in international arbitration. Recently promoted partner Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke, Lucas Britto Mejias and senior associate Pedro Bento de Faria are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec

Key clients

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil

MWV Rigesa

Logbras Cabreuva Empreendimentos Imobiliários

SBA Torres Brasil

Dufry Lojas Francas

MHFT – Investimentos

International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul

GE Energias Renováveis

Josema Administração e Participação

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados provides support to Brazilian and foreign companies, investment funds and financial institutions in arbitration proceedings throughout the country. The practice has solid experience in complex contractual and corporate disputes involving M&A issues, joint ventures, construction matters and infrastructure projects, as well as international contracts, public procurement and environmental law. Carlos David Albuquerque Braga stands out for his expertise in corporate disputes, while Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo demonstrates strength in contentious contractual and M&A matters. Helena Abdo focuses on procedural law. Maurício Pestilla Fabbri was promoted to partner in 2019.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados has a team of respected counsel in the field of arbitration, as well as sought-after arbitrators. The department excels in international and domestic proceedings, and is well versed in ad-hoc and institutional arbitration. Its diverse portfolio not only includes arbitration cases arising from corporate and contractual issues, but also IP, construction and investment-related disputes. Guilherme Gomes Pereira, whose expertise covers both litigation and arbitration, leads the department, which also counts on the experience of highly regarded partner Hermes Marcelo Huck, whose areas of practice include M&A, energy and real estate arbitration. Another key practitioner is dispute resolution specialist Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa, who focuses on arbitral matters.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Gomes Pereira

Testimonials

‘The team was incredibly well prepared for every step of the arbitration. They knew each exhibit inside and out, and their cross-examination was masterful as a result. They explained every aspect of Brazilian arbitration norms to the clients. They had great strategy, and were flexible enough to change the strategy as the arbitration progressed.’

‘Fábio Peixinho is recommended.’

‘They know how to work as a team, i.e., how to share and allocate work among senior and junior lawyers so as to optimise attorneys’ fees.’

‘Fabio Peixinho is very experienced and highly recommended to work with. Monica is a rising star: very mature and competent.’

Key clients

Tarpon

EDB Sistemas Elétricos

Petrorecôncavo

Camargo Corrêa

Siemens Gamesa Energia Renovável

Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas

INBRAEL Participações e Empreendimentos

Grupo Serveng

Neptune Assessoria e Engenharia Ambiental

Nice Participações

Empate Engenharia e Comércio

Orteng Equipamentos e Sistemas

Hitachi Rail STS USA

FDR Comercializadora de Energia

L.O. Baptista Advogados

L.O. Baptista Advogados is well equipped to advise clients throughout every stage of arbitration proceedings, from assisting in the drafting of contracts with arbitration clauses to determining recoverable damages to securing payments of arbitral awards. Domestic and international arbitration both feature on the team's portfolio. Besides working as counsel, its practitioners are also experienced in acting as arbitrators. Key names to note include practice co-heads Mauricio Almeida Prado, Fernando Marcondes, Rafael Francisco Alves and Silvia Bueno de Miranda. The practice has seen some significant recent changes with the departure of Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and the highly regarded Adriana Braghetta, who left to (separately) establish their own law firms.

Testimonials

‘L.O. Baptista is specialised in arbitration and very-well known in the market regarding this capability. They have established a method to conduct all the arbitration phases.’

‘A very important strength is that in L.O. Baptsita, a partner is always aware and following closely all the matters related to the case. The team is very meticulous, considering all the details of every document. These two characteristics combined are a winning recipe for an arbitral case.’

‘Rafael Alves is a brilliant lawyer. He has a strong background and a track record in arbitral conflicts. His experience, combined with his capacity of thinking out of the box, are a great added value in dispute resolution.’

‘During our experience, the team has shown great availability, professionalism and responsibility. Human relations and meetings have been cordial and very profitable.’

‘Fernando Marcondes is the main partner for arbitration (especially in infrastructure agreements) and his team is very well prepared to deal with strategic cases. He has a very strong lead in all the arbitration process, and knows, in detail, how to conduct a case and which are the main points that the arbitrators will consider to decide the case.’

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados has longstanding experience in high-profile domestic and international arbitration, offering legal assistance to clients from a range of industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, financial markets, energy and construction. Pedro Maciel, who has served as counsel and arbitrator in national and cross-border cases, spearheads the department, which has recently developed significant expertise in corporate and M&A disputes. Raphael Nehin Corrêa and Márcio Opromolla are also key partners.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel

Testimonials

‘All our disputes seem to be going towards positive outcomes and Lefosse has been always innovative and open to challenges from its clients in advancing through those processes.’

‘Lefosse is definitely a powerhouse when it comes to dispute resolution, both in arbitration and litigation. The team is highly functional and effective in addressing clients’ needs in a very commercially viable way. All lawyers are very seasoned in high-stakes disputes and pair solid legal education with solid experience in the field.’

‘Pedro Maciel is a leading figure in the market and the go-to lawyer for any kind of high-stakes disputes, both in arbitration and litigation. Mr. Maciel brings a wide experience in the dispute resolution field with a unique commercial mindset, always putting his clients’ business needs first. With a fine ability to quickly identify the core issues at hand, Mr. Maciel always proposes very effective and commercially viable legal strategies.’

‘The team is amazing, very helpful and they have a practical view on the legal issues. ‘

‘The team worked on the case with great passion, creativity and attention to detail. It was a joy to work with this team.  Pedro Maciel has great knowledge and is an excellent strategist.’  

Work highlights

  • Representing a household name company in a lawsuit to vacate an arbitral award rendered in an LCIA arbitration.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

The team at Trench Rossi Watanabe is dedicated to international and domestic arbitration, demonstrating a solid background in high-stakes disputes. The department brings together experts in dispute resolution, regulation and public law to handle cases involving construction, oil and gas and pharmaceutical-sector matters. Joaquim Muniz, who specialises in arbitration, and the recently promoted Luis Borghi, who often advises foreign clients on arbitration proceedings, lead the department from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Muniz; Luis Borghi

Testimonials

‘TRW’s arbitration practice has a unique international outlook, bringing lots of experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes to the table. The team is very well structured, with highly competent lawyers experienced in a broad range of industries.’

‘Partners Joaquim Muniz and Luis Borghi are top practitioners in the field, very hands-on and easily reachable. Mr. Muniz works a lot as arbitrator and offer a unique view of all disputes submitted to him. Mr. Borghi brings a lot stamina and work capacity, being able to identify the core issues at hand very easily.’

Key clients

Petrobras

Stryker do Brasil

Schulke do Brasil Participações

PolyOne Termoplasticos do Brasil

Petrogal

Air Liquid

Unilever

Voith

Jurong

Work highlights

  • Represents a consortium of oil and gas companies in an arbitration which deals with whether the oil reservoirs of an oil field in the pre-salt oil area should be considered one or several fields for purposes of calculating royalties and government take.
  • Acts for a client in a dispute regarding the calculation of the price of a power purchase agreement.

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados fields a specialised team in domestic and international arbitration. The team is composed of practitioners who have experience working as counsel, legal experts, consultants and arbitrators in proceedings before arbitral chambers. Mandates range from representing clients in cases related to infrastructure projects to engineering issues to stock market investments. The highly regarded Arnoldo Wald oversees the department with Mariana Tavares Antunes, Marina Gaensly Blattner and the recently promoted Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre.

Testimonials

‘Very close-knit core group synchronized and familiar with all details of the cases, with excellent knowledge and understanding of arbitration rules and techniques with strategic thinking and skills’. 

‘The team works with passion and dedication.’

‘Marina Blattner and Paulo Funari were tireless and they worked since the very first moment with integrity, dedication and knowledge. It was inspiring to work with them.’

‘Proactive team, which is efficient at coping with clients’ requests. Riccardo Torre and associates Leticia Zuccollo and Tiago Adao are recommended.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a state-owned company in an arbitration relating to the management of a major port.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados provides the entire range of arbitration services, often assisting clients with pre-arbitration issues and drafting contracts that cover potential arbitrations in the future. The department, which has been particularly busy handling post-M&A disputes, combines cross-sectoral expertise in industries such as oil and gas, energy, banking, aviation, real estate and telecoms. The practice is jointly led by litigation specialist Gláucia Coelho and Eliane Cristina Carvalho, who has a proven track record in arbitration proceedings before some of the largest domestic and international arbitral institutions. Gisela Ferreira Mation is a key practitioner in the prevention and resolution of corporate disputes before arbitral tribunals.

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge and creativity to find solutions.’

‘Business-oriented profile.’

Key clients

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras

Tuscany Rig Leasing

Great Oil Perfurações Brasil

Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos

Work highlights

  • Representing a household name company in an arbitration relating to a concession agreement.
  • Acted for a client in the filing of an arbitration proceeding aimed at seeking compensation based on the undue termination of certain agreements relating to oil and gas exploration.

Muriel Medici Franco Advogados

Dispute resolution boutique Muriel Medici Franco Advogados houses specialised practitioners who have a strong background in arbitration proceedings. The department has vast expertise in the agribusiness sector, though its practice extends beyond this industry, with the firm often representing domestic and multinational companies in a broad range of disputes. With more than thirty years' experience as both counsel and arbitrator, Marcelo Muriel is a key point of contact. Arbitration is also one of Fernando Medici Júnior's specialist interests. Besides having solid knowledge of both litigation and arbitration proceedings as counsel, recently promoted partner Aline Dias also sits as an arbitrator in domestic cases.

Key clients

Andritz Hydro

COFCO International Brasil

Ambev

Paper Excellence

Egesa Engenharia

Nordex Energy Brasil

Acciona Infraestructuras

Harbor Litigation Funding

Jones Day

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados is adept at obtaining favourable arbitral decisions on behalf of clients, which are active in a range of industries, particularly construction and financial services. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro and André Gondinho oversee the department. Other practitioners to note include Daniela Soares Domingues, who is proficient in both litigation and arbitration, and André Frossard Albuquerque, whose areas of expertise include unfair competition, infrastructure and shareholder disputes.

Key clients

Lempar Serviços e Participações

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Citycon Engenharia e Construções

Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos

PCBIOS – Participações em Complexos Bioenergéticos

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Work highlights

  • Represents a client in an arbitral proceeding before Câmara de Comércio Brasil Canadá (CCBC) involving a share purchase agreement.
  • Represents Citycon Engenharia e Construções in a lawsuit to set aside an arbitral award.

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados is skilled in both national and international arbitration. The department offers representation to clients before major arbitral proceedings and is also adept in drafting and revising arbitration agreements. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, who has 'a deep understanding of the market', Otávio Domit and Marcelo Gandelman, lead the arbitration and mediation practice. Jorge Cesa has in-depth knowledge of disputes arising from contractual breaches. International arbitration is an area of expertise for Luis Alberto Peretti, who recently joined the São Paulo office, following his previous role at the Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CIESP/FIESP).

Testimonials

‘Souto Correa is a new force in the market. The law firm combines talented lawyers with a business-driven view, replacing old-fashion conservative approaches by providing creative and flexible solutions. They are what it is new in terms of the Brazilian market. If you still think they are only a good local option for cases in the south of the country, it’s time to change your mind.’

‘Souto Correa’s practice is unique in the depth and quality of its partnership and its efficient approach to matters.’

‘Guilherme Rizzo Amaral is razor sharp and has a deep understanding of the market, with a special focus on Chinese investments in Brazil.’  

‘Jorge Cesa Ferreira da Silva has a great mind and stands out for his vast knowledge of Brazilian private law.’ 

‘Guilherme Rizzo Amaral has an outstanding academic background and also a lot of experience as a lawyer. He has impressive good connections in the US, the UK and Asia. Jorge Cesa is well-known in Brazil for his expertise in Private Law and, in particular, in contract law.’

‘The team is very organised, always ready to help, and they are very detailed and can help the client in all aspects regarding the arbitration.’

KLA Advogados

Clients from a multitude of sectors, including insurance, telecoms, real estate and life sciences, seek KLA Advogados' assistance in arbitration proceedings. The practice offers representation to both plaintiffs and defendants, demonstrating the ability to handle disputes involving commercial, contractual and corporate issues, as well as IP, insurance, construction and real estate-related matters. Department head Tiago Cortez is regularly retained to assist with commercial arbitration cases. Maria Cristina Corrêa de Carvalho Junqueira left the firm for Vaz, Buranello, Shingaki e Oioli Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortez

Key clients

DXC Technology

GE Healthcare do Brasil

Aché Laboratórios

Masterfoods Brasil Alimentos

Tegra Incorporadora

BKO Engenharia e Comércio

Ecogen Brasil Soluções Energéticas

Patrimônio Construções e Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Stemco LP

Pacífico Empreendimentos e Participações

Work highlights

  • Represents Stemco LP in a ratification proceeding before the Superior Court of Justice of an arbitration award issued in the US.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has a solid track record in domestic and international arbitration. Luis Fernando Guerrero is proficient in corporate, contractual and commercial disputes. Gabriel José de Orleans e Bragança, whose areas of expertise include arbitration and mediation in the context of financial disputes, is another key practitioner in the dispute resolution department.

Testimonials

‘They are superb in communicating with us, extracting all relevant information from our team, diligently doing and reporting on their research, keeping us in the loop of the process. Solid control over timelines and requests. Carefully designed and masterful presentation on court, with top level assertiveness  and utmost respect for all parties involved. Results in keeping us, the clients, calm, with our anxiety under control and very confident of how the dispute is being conducted.’

‘Luis Fernando Guerrero is a master of the arbitration craft. Aside from the legal knowledge, experience and practice, he is business savvy and understands the matters at hand from the business perspective as much as from the legal.’

Key clients

Juruena Participações

Dia Brasil

Banco Safra

Banco Rabobank

Banco Bradesco

Banco ABC Brasil

China Construction Bank – Banco Múltiplo

Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes

Cargill

Bioagri Ambiental

Invista Crédito e Investimento

Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos

LUC Advogados

LUC Advogados is a newly established firm in the dispute resolution market, founded by specialist partners Luciano de Souza Godoy and Ricardo Zamariola Júnior, who brought along their team from former firm Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados (now Vidigal Neto Advogados). The firm is dedicated to strategic litigation and arbitration services, offering in the latter field support to companies before some of the most relevant arbitration centres in Brazil and abroad. The team is adept at handling arbitration concerning construction, financial markets and energy assets, among other areas.

Key clients

International Court of Arbitration – International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação da Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá

Câmara FGV de Conciliação e Arbitragem

Centro de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem – CIESP/FIESP

Câmara de Arbitragem Empresarial – CAMARB

American Chamber of Commerce – AMCHAM

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados excels in international commercial and investment arbitration, offering representation to a diverse client base operating in the private equity and venture capital, construction, energy, telecoms, insurance and entertainment sectors, among others. The group is led by three practitioners: Fabio Pedro Alem specialises in alternative dispute resolution and often sits as arbitrator in a variety of disputes; Ricardo Gama has a solid background in domestic and international arbitration; and Mateus Carreteiro assists in technology, mining and construction-related disputes.

Testimonials

‘The team works hard, has a positive attitude and great organisational skills.’

Key clients

Marriot International

Endurance Capital Partners

Thales Canada Inc. and Omnisys Engenharia

Cais Mauá do Brasil

Camargo Corrêa Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

TIM

Construtora Passarelli

Duroline

Genesys Laboratórios de Telecomunicações

Sage Brasil Software

Work highlights

  • Represented two clients in an arbitration proceeding before CAM-CCBC to solve a dispute concerning the repayment of a loan agreement in the amount of $15m.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados has a growing practice in the field of arbitration, with a particular emphasis on corporate disputes. Assisting pension funds in high-stakes arbitral proceedings is a key area of activity for the team. Founding partner Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira often sits as arbitrator in corporate disputes and leads the department alongside civil law expert Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti, Felipe Hanszmann, who focuses on corporate and infrastructure contentious matters, and Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques, whose areas of expertise include public law disputes.

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely competent and focused on clients’ requests. Lawyers are available and provide prompt responses.’

‘Marcos Serra Neto Fioravanti is an excellent professional, who has longstanding legal experience and knowledge, as well as personal skills when communicating with clients.’

Warde Advogados

Exclusively focused on corporate disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory matters, Warde Advogados offers representation to clients in relation to high-profile arbitration. The team attracts mandates from key players in a range of industries, particularly construction, renewable energy, real estate and media. Commercial arbitration is an area of focus for department head Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior. Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto is skilled in bankruptcy cases, while Renato Polillo's experience covers domestic and cross-border disputes. Lucas Akel Filgueiras is an expert in public law-related disputes, and Felipe Figueiredo specialises in commercial arbitration.

Testimonials

‘Warde Advogados is very focused on finding solutions to clients’ problems. Matters are thoroughly analysed, and practitioners keep clients in the loop throughout the proceedings.’

‘Qualified and technical team.’   

‘Walfrido Warde is always available and provides quick answers. He possesses the technical vision to solve challenges.’

‘Walfrido Warde is without a doubt one of the most qualified professionals I have had the chance to work with. Besides being a meticulous analyst and possessing deep knowledge of legal issues, he has the capability of finding innovative solutions. Renato Polillo is also recommended for his attention and dedication to clients.’

Key clients

JBS

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Cyrela Brazil Realty

M. Dias Branco

Vigor Alimentos

Saraiva Livreiros Editores

José Carlos Grubisich Filho

Banco Safra

GranBio Investimentos

Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group

Banco Fibra

Sequoia Participações

Grupo Splice

Jaú Construtora

Chilli Beans

Noroestecom Telecomunicações

Roberto Villa Real Júnior

VKN Motors do Brasil

Olavo Tarraf

Renova Energia

Multisetorial Sudeste Fundo de Investimento em Participações

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

The arbitration practice at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados handles cases arising from commercial contracts, corporate issues, distribution agreements and engineering projects. Fabiane Verçosa sits as arbitrator and also acts as counsel in arbitration proceedings, while Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim handles domestic and international cases. Tiago Faganello assists clients in arbitration proceedings related to M&A, corporate disputes and infrastructure projects. Other names to note include George Rodrigues de Oliveira and Orlando Silva Neto.

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team which has high technical skills and is dedicated to clients.’

‘Associates have great academic backgrounds and are extremely capable of handling complex matters and arbitration.’

Key clients

SETAPAR

Ambev

MetaLupatech

eM Recuperação Judicial

Unesul de Transportes

Bko Engenharia e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in an arbitration involving the construction of three commercial and residential real estate developments.

Grebler Advogados

Based in Belo Horizonte, Grebler Advogados provides legal services in connection with domestic and international arbitration. Eduardo Grebler has a strong background serving as counsel and arbitrator in disputes involving corporate issues, commercial contracts and investments. Key practitioners in the group also include Eduardo Mohallem and Pedro Soares, who is particularly experienced in arbitration related to M&A transactions, corporate disputes and commercial agreements.

Key clients

Embel Empresa de Bebidas

ApevaleMerck Sharp Dohme

ETC – Empresa Taquaril de Terrenos e Construções

ArcelorMittal

Center Trading

Engemonte Engenharia

HJR Construtora

AG Metalúrgica Fischer

MGI Minas Gerais Participações

Mitcham Industries

Outotec Brasil

Planalto Empreendimentos

Rainer Brockerhoff

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados acts in domestic and international arbitration before major arbitral institutions as well as in ad hoc proceedings. The practice predominantly represents public entities or private companies in disputes involving public law issues, concessions or government contracts. Curitiba-based Eduardo Talamini often advises domestic and international players in arbitration proceedings concerning infrastructure projects in the country. Cesar Pereira in São Paulo is retained by clients in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors in relation to arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Cesar Pereira; Eduardo Talamini

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

The arbitration team at Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados shows particular strength in disputes involving engineering, construction, energy, oil and gas and infrastructure-sector companies. Charles Gruenberg has extensive experience serving as arbitrator and counsel in both domestic and international arbitration, while Paulo Guilherme Lopes is noted for handling business disputes.

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

With an outstanding reputation in public law, the arbitration team at Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados showcases extensive experience in handling cases involving public and private law matters. Of particular note is its strength in disputes related to infrastructure projects, construction contracts, energy and oil and gas issues. Public law expert Floriano De Azevedo Marques Neto oversees the department with Ana Elise Perez, who excels in arbitration and mediation, and has acted for clients before major arbitration chambers.

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados is adept in arbitration involving M&A transactions, public contracts, commercial agreements and infrastructure projects. Rafael Passaro is noted for his experience in arbitral proceedings in the context of commercial and corporate law matters. Other names to note in the team include Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli and debt restructuring expert Guilherme Gaspari Coelho.

Testimonials

‘Stocche Forbes Advogados has a seasoned and specialised team focused on arbitration matters. The team also has an experience in specific matters, such as those involving tax, financial and corporate law, which provides a competitive edge in arbitration procedures and discussions.’

‘The individuals of Stocche Forbes Advogados advise on the best outcome to the issues we face daily.’

Key clients

Terna SRL

CVS/Onofre

Gerdau

Tegra

HORTUS

Siemens

Tishman Speyer

Credit Suisse

Patria

Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliario

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

With the ability to handle cases involving multiple jurisdictions, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown's department is proficient in international and domestic arbitration. The firm is renowned for its in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas sector, and its dispute resolution practice is extremely active in arbitration proceedings related to operating, service and license agreements, and construction and engineering contracts. Commercial and corporate disputes are other areas of expertise for the team, which is led by the highly regarded Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade.

Testimonials

‘The firm is extremely active in arbitration, both domestic and international. The team has extremely experienced partners and even the associates have visibility in the arbitration field.’

‘They handle cases on a results oriented approach. The strategy regarding lateral hires is a unique feature in the Brazilian market.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes stands out for his wide knowledge in a variety of matters. He can be direct to the point without losing sight of the big picture.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes is one of the best arbitration lawyers in the country. Fully dedicated to clients and with great attention to detail. Roberto Figueiredo is one of the few specialists in Brazil in investment arbitration.’

‘In addition to being part of a wide international network, the firm’s team led by partner Gustavo Fernandes is young, dynamic and focused on in-depth knowledge about the industry and the dispute resolution community.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes shows a remarkable combination of knowledge, experience, practical thinking, familiarity with the relevant industries and sophistication. He has been able to form a very effective team, in which Joao Marcal Martins is a highlight. Martins is a Member of CIArb and is a young promise in the Brazilian arbitral community.’

‘The arbitration team has a deep knowledge of construction cases and is not limited to domestic practices in local jurisdictions.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes is a great strategist with an international perspective of cases. Joao Marcal is a young lawyer with deep knowledge of arbitration proceedings.’

Key clients

Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás

General Electric do Brasil

CPFL Energias Renováveis

Techint Engenharia e Construção

Arcelor Mittal Brasil

Cantor Fitzgerald

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

Ternium do Brasil

BW Offshore do Brasil

Andritz Hydro

Usiminas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Cobra Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Publicis Groupe

Work highlights

  • Acts as counsel for a client in an arbitration concerning a concession agreement for an oil field.

Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados

Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados handles arbitration proceedings involving construction and corporate disputes, as well as real estate matters and issues pertaining to the energy sector. Domingos Refinetti joined from Stocche Forbes Advogados, bringing a wealth of experience in both litigation and arbitration, in which he has acted both as counsel and arbitrator. Vania Wongtschowski stands out in arbitration concerning real estate, corporate and banking issues. Marília Canto Gusso and Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré are also key practitioners in the department.