Firms To Watch: Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

Costa Tavares Paes Advogados has extensive experience in representing clients in both domestic and international arbitration, demonstrating particular strength in ICC proceedings.
Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados) is a new firm resulting from the merger of the majority of former members of Santos Neto Advogados and Muriel Medici Franco Advogados (Nancy Franco, Thiago Soares Gerbasi and Aline Dias); the firm has a strong focus on dispute resolution, including arbitration.
Dispute resolution boutique Muriel Advogados was recently founded by Marcelo Muriel, who is a well-known figure in the international arbitration sphere, with over three decades of experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Brazil

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Well-established dispute resolution boutique Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados has a strong reputation in the field of arbitration, showcasing an impressive track record in high-stakes disputes across a range of industries. High-profile clients from the transport, construction, financial services and infrastructure sectors turn to the team for advice and representation in cases arising from shareholder disputes and construction contracts, most notably in the energy segment. International arbitration is a core strength for the team, which is well placed to represent Brazilian clients in cross-border proceedings, working alongside reputable foreign law firms. José Roberto de Castro Neves, who acts as both counsel and arbitrator, oversees the department with Marcelo Roberto Ferro, whose areas of expertise include arbitration proceedings in Brazil, Europe and the US. Karina Goldberg is another individual to note, especially for commercial, M&A and construction-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Roberto Ferro; José Roberto de Castro Neves

Testimonials

‘Very committed, talented and creative team, close to the client. Marcelo Ferro stands out for his creativity, strategic thinking and engagement.’

‘It builds productive relationships with clients. José Roberto de Castro Neve is recommended.’

‘Very committed lawyers with deep strategic thinking of the case, who always try to offer different alternatives to clients. Very flexible and open to discuss the case and the strategy and very easy to work with a team of lawyers from different firms. Marcelo Ferro is great.’

‘Marcelo Ferro is a truly excellent arbitration lawyer, an experienced advocate and a strong legal tactician. He is supported by a strong team that includes Karina Goldberg.’

‘Marcelo Ferro is one of the most experienced and accomplished arbitration lawyers in Brazil. He is excellent in all aspects. Karina Goldberg is a rising star of the Brazilian arbitration bar. She is tenacious, clever and extremely diligent. Her attention to detail is second to none.’

Key clients

CMPC

Eneva

Enseada

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

CPFL Energia

Btg Pactual

Prumo Logistica

Heineken

Eletrobras

Andrade Gutierrez

Brasil Plural

Work highlights

  • Representing CA Investment (Brazil) in an ICC international arbitration proceeding regarding a dispute against J&F in connection with the closing of a transaction for the sale of a major Brazilian company.
  • Represented a major Brazilian construction company in an arbitration concerning an EPC agreement to build a hydroelectric power plant.
  • Acts for CMPC Celulose Riograndense in an arbitration against Mapfre Seguros Gerais concerning insurance coverage in relation to an accident.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a go-to destination in the Brazilian legal market for high-stakes domestic and international arbitration across a number of industries. With a multidisciplinary approach, the practice is seasoned in proceedings involving corporate and M&A disputes, construction contracts, finance agreements, infrastructure investments as well as concessions and other issues with the public administration. Leading domestic and international companies often seek Gilberto Giusti's advice and representation in relation to civil, commercial and corporate disputes. Renato Stephan Grion stands out for his experience in international arbitration and commercial mediation, while Júlio César Bueno excels in national and international cases involving major construction and infrastructure projects located throughout Brazil and Latin America. Pedro Barradas Barata is regularly engaged by banks, hedge funds and pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes arbitrations.

Testimonials

‘In addition to its reputation in the market, PN stands out for its organisation and efficient communication with clients, seeking alternatives for discussion of paths. There is an excellent dynamic in the discussions and preparation of the working papers.’

‘The firm is one of the best and most traditional in the country and has the best structure in terms of number of professionals and areas served. Júlio Bueno is a partner at the firm who has excellent dialogue and negotiation power, which makes him stand out in arbitration proceedings.’

‘Very prepared lawyers. Excellent professionals, very attentive, helpful and trained to act in the most complex cases. Julio Bueno deserves a special mention.’

‘Tradition, excellent quality of professionals, detailed theses and petitions.’

Key clients

Beaufour Ipsen

Siemens

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority – ADIA

Ebara

Le Coq Sportif

CCR Group

Copel

Abril

Alstom

Regus

Concessionária Da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo

Work highlights

  • Represented VIAQUATRO – Concessionária da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo in a dispute regarding the economic-financial balance of the concession agreement entered into between it and and the state of São Paulo.
  • Acted for VIAQUATRO – Concessionária da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo in a dispute involving the compensation for the late sectioning of bus lines by the state of São Paulo.

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Sergio Bermudes Advogados is a reference in the Brazilian market for commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Some of the largest companies, financial services players, high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and concessionaires routinely seek the team's advice on significant arbitrations arising from corporate, contractual and investment disputes, as well as cases related to insurance claims, energy and real estate projects. Renowned arbitrator Sergio Bermudes is also noted for his in-depth knowledge of ICC rules. Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira specialises in corporate cases both before the judiciary and arbitral panels. Key individual Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti is seasoned in cross-border and domestic arbitration proceedings, with a special emphasis on disputes relating to corporate and commercial law. Other noteworthy practitioners include Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias, who focuses on complex arbitrations involving corporate, commercial and financial contracts, and Caetano Berenguer, who is well versed in international arbitrations and proceedings arising from infrastructure contracts and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Bermudes; Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira; Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a service of excellent technical and professional quality, consisting of a team capable of conducting complex arbitrations, which distinguishes it from others in the context of the national legal market. I recommend Fabiano Robalinho, a partner at the firm, as an individual who stands out for providing a service with technical quality.’

‘Fabiano Robalinho and his team are highly skilled and technically knowledgeable lawyers in the field of arbitration disputes. Fabiano Robalinho is a great lawyer who has advised us over time.’

‘High degree of specialisation and technical capacity; outstanding background; strategic skills in handling cases. Fabiano Robalinho is one of the most respected and recognised professionals in arbitration. He is extremely clear and objective, has great negotiation skills and significant experience in arbitration.’

‘Quality and commitment of the team of lawyers. Fabiano Robalinho and Caetano Berenguer stand out.’

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

With strong credentials in domestic and international arbitration, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is singled out for its impressive track record in M&A-related proceedings. The team continues to handle a high volume of cases before leading arbitration chambers, demonstrating particular experience in high-value disputes involving construction contracts, infrastructure projects, real estate acquisitions and shareholders' agreements, among others. Besides often acting as lead counsel to high-profile clients in major arbitrations, the firm's practitioners are also nominated as arbitrators in cases, especially those concerning commercial disputes and sports law. Pedro Oliveira da Costa, who combines litigation and arbitration experience, jointly heads the department with André Abbud, who is widely recognised in international arbitration. Francisco Müssnich has a strong background in M&A and is also noted for his proficiency in domestic and cross-border arbitration. Commercial disputes before Brazilian and international arbitral tribunals are also key areas of activity for Gustavo Santos Kulesza.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Oliveira da Costa; André Abbud

Testimonials

‘Excellent synthesis capacity. Creative and proactive team. Excellent legal service.’

‘André Abbud is an excellent speaker and very intelligent. Gustavo Kulesza works hard and is creative.’

Demarest Advogados

The highly regarded team at Demarest Advogados handles a diverse caseload, which features complex cases before various arbitration centres in Brazil and abroad. The firm's client roster is made up of large players from several economic sectors, including energy, infrastructure, automotive and life sciences. The department excels in corporate disputes involving M&A transactions, capital markets and corporate control issues, but is also adept at handling cases pertaining to energy, infrastructure and construction contracts. The practice is under the joint leadership of Celso Xavier, Rafael Gagliardi and Marcelo Inglez de Souza. Carlo Verona is predominantly engaged in international arbitration and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Celso Xavier; Marcelo Inglez de Souza; Rafael Gagliardi

Testimonials

‘Phenomenal team. Demonstrates enormous knowledge in the area. It has the ability to discuss and seek strategies for highly complex cases. Highly recommended.’

‘Carlo Verona and Rafael Gagliardi demonstrate a very high command over the area in which they operate. They give clients confidence in conducting cases.’

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados has a wealth of experience in the resolution of conflicts through arbitration, and is particularly well versed in international proceedings. The department often works alongside renowned foreign law firms in cross-border matters, and is predominantly retained by clients operating in the construction, infrastructure, financial services and energy sectors. Key areas of expertise include disputes arising from M&A transactions, shareholders' agreements and major contracts; besides acting as counsel in arbitrations before prominent institutions, the department is also experienced in requests for the recognition of foreign arbitral awards. Sergio Mannheimer oversees the dispute resolution team based in Rio de Janeiro; he has a growing practice as an arbitrator in high-value disputes before the ICC and other arbitral chambers. Tomaz Tavares de Lyra leads the team in São Paulo and is highly regarded. Marcela Levy and Fernanda Aviz, who handle arbitration proceedings as well as civil and corporate litigation, are also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Mannheimer; Tomaz Tavares de Lyra

Testimonials

‘Personalised service; strategic vision; ethical behaviour; empathy; and in-depth knowledge of the law.’

‘Tomaz Tavares de Lyra is an attentive partner, always available to assist the client. Very secure, experienced and knowledgeable of matters. Marcelo Levy is an attentive, insightful and proactive partner.’

Key clients

Construtora Arena Pernambuco

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Mapfre Seguros

Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP

Enel Green Horizonte MP Solar

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF

State Grid Group

Ancar Ivanhoe

João Fortes Engenharia

White Martins

Iesa Óleo e Gás

G4S Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância

Consórcio Ipojuca Interligações

BTG Pactual

TOTVS

BRZ Investimentos

Pirelli Group

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Caixa Participações – CAIXAPAR

Generali

Work highlights

  • Representing FUNCEF in a multimillion shareholder dispute.
  • Acted for BRZ Investimentos and others in a dispute submitted to arbitration following the exercise of a put option, as well as in an annulment lawsuit filed against the award.
  • Representing Construtora Queiroz Galvão and IESA in a R$2.7bn construction arbitration.

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is highlighted for its 'impeccable quality of service and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of arbitration'. The firm's experts in capital markets, M&A, insurance and energy law routinely assist the arbitration department to represent domestic and foreign clients in high-stakes ad-hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings held under the rules of arbitration institutions in Brazil and abroad. The practice has recently witnessed a substantial increase in work pertaining to corporate and international disputes, as well as arbitrations against public entities. Key individual Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is skilled at handling M&A, corporate, insurance, construction, telecoms and energy-related disputes before various arbitral chambers, including the ICC and UNCITRAL. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is often retained by oil and gas, construction and banking clients in both arbitration and litigation cases. André Chateaubriand Martins, who focuses on arbitration, and Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente, whose areas of expertise include corporate disputes, are also names to note.

Testimonials

‘The Mattos Filho disputes team is first rate and can hold their own with top arbitration practitioners from around the world.’

‘Eduardo Damiao Gonçalves is a superstar at client service. Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente is a brilliant strategist who is never daunted by a difficult case.’

‘Mattos Filho has a deep bench of experienced arbitration lawyers but the stand out practitioner is Eduardo Damião. He is highly experienced as a tactician and strategist for clients and also in the role of arbitrator. He is very cosmopolitan in his ability to represent and counsel clients from all over the world. His tenacity, diligence and ability to think outside the box are second to none. Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente is also a very experienced and highly capable member of the team.’

‘Eduardo Damião is simply the best arbitration lawyer in Brazil. He has an unrivalled ability to represent clients in highly complex disputes and arbitrations and he has assembled a team that is totally dedicated to their clients. Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente is a rising star who is developing into an arbitration leader for the future.’

‘Impeccable quality of service, in-depth knowledge of all aspects of arbitration.’

Key clients

Paper Excellence BC

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Odebrecht Mobilidade

Enel Brasil Participações

BR Properties

Soluciones Andinas de Agua

Primav Construções e Comércio

Telefônica Brasil

CAOA Montadora de Veículos

Hypera

Work highlights

  • Represents Brazalta in an arbitration against the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) in a case regarding the annulment of a contractual penalty.
  • Successfully represented Enauta Energia in two pre-arbitral interim measures.
  • Acted for Concessionária do Monotrilho Linha 18 Bronze in an arbitration concerning the payment of damages arising out of the early and unilateral termination of a concession agreement.

TozziniFreire Advogados

With arbitration experts based in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Campinas, TozziniFreire Advogados is skilled at handling a broad range of domestic and cross-border disputes involving clients from the real estate, construction, transport, agribusiness, energy and pharmaceutical industries. Recently, the team has been particularly active in matters arising from M&A deals, shareholders' agreements, distribution contracts, construction projects and public law-related cases. Leading the department is Fernando Eduardo Serec, who has acted before major international and local arbitration institutions. Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is regularly engaged in commercial arbitrations and investment-related proceedings, while Lucas Britto Mejias is noted for his experience of international mandates. Pedro Bento de Faria is another key name in the arbitration team.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec

Testimonials

‘Technical knowledge and availability.’

‘Large team capable of handling complex disputes. Fast delivery and excellent services.’

‘Fernando Serec is an excellent professional. Lucas Mejias is very professional and has a lot of potential.’

‘The attention and service that lawyers provide is really differentiated. They really care about their clients. They always provide clear information and work quite independently. Lucas Mejias is a technical professional, attentive and always available.’

Key clients

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil

Central Park Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Coteminas

SBA Torres Brasil

Dufry Lojas Francas

MHFT – Investimentos

International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul

Lex Finance Advisory

Josema Administração e Participação

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

Tanac

GE energias renováveis

Autonomy Investimentos

CBC Indústrias Pesadas

LafargeHolcim (Brasil)

Dissenha Indústria e Comércio

Spal Indústria Brasileira De Bebidas

V2 Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Acting for a minority shareholder in an arbitration for all losses resulting from the wrongdoings investigated in the Lava Jato operation.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

The arbitration team at Cescon Barrieu is particularly skilled in contractual, corporate and M&A-related disputes. It works closely with other practices within the firm - such as the M&A, infrastructure and banking departments - to assist domestic and multinational clients in arbitration proceedings in Brazil and abroad. Cases involving construction, environmental law and government contracts are other areas of activity for the team, which is jointly led by Carlos David Albuquerque Braga, who specialises in corporate disputes, Helena Abdo, a key contact for mediation, and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, whose experience includes acting as counsel and arbitrator in proceedings involving M&A and contractual conflicts. Mauricio Fabbri also focuses on contentious matters involving corporate contracts and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo; Helena Abdo

Testimonials

‘Excellent services.’ 

‘Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has visibly contributed to obtaining the best results for the company, carrying out its activities on behalf of the company with transparency, agility and in strict compliance with our guidelines.’

‘Helena Abdo and Gabriel Seijo are great.’

‘Helena Abdo Associate has in-depth legal knowledge of arbitration proceedings.’

Cescon is an office that has a multidisciplinary team that addresses all areas of law with excellence. They are extremely capable, with a vision of the market and the ability to solve complex problems. They are one of the reference offices in arbitration, with a lot of knowledge and experience on the subject.’

I worked with Maurício Fabbri, a young partner with a lot of disposition and knowledge in the area. I also worked with Gabriel Seijo, a partner who has unrivaled legal knowledge and who stands out for his technical capacity. Finally, I recommend Carlos Braga, a partner with extensive experience in arbitration and a reference in the firm, whose ability to solve complex problems stands out in the market.’

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Showcasing considerable experience in national and international cases, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is recognised for its capabilities in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. The team, which also includes renowned arbitrators, has notable strength in cases involving corporate and construction disputes, contractual issues and investments. Department head Guilherme Gomes Pereira brings together experience in litigation and arbitration cases, most notably those relating to corporate and consumer law. Hermes Marcelo Huck - who has a well-established reputation as a leading arbitrator in Brazil - is proficient in real estate, M&A, investment and energy-related arbitrations. Other key arbitration experts include Rogério Carmona Bianco and Marcus Vinicius Pereira Lucas, who are experienced in domestic and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Gomes Pereira

Testimonials

‘Engaged and accessible professionals; lawyers with the ability to present alternatives to the client.’

‘HOC is a highly qualified office that, in addition to all the technical strength and high capacity of the team, is extremely transparent with the client. Furthermore, the firm stands out for having an integrated team of experienced partners who frequently exchange ideas. Thus, they always bring us diverse, well-founded perspectives with great efficiency.’

Key clients

Tarpon

EDB Sistemas Elétricos

Petrorecôncavo

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

Siemens Gamesa Energia Renovável

Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas

INBRAEL Participações e Empreendimentos

Petsupermarket Comércio de Produtos para Animais

CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe

Potiguar E&P

Recôncavo E&P

Orteng Equipamentos e Sistemas

Hitachi Rail STS USA

The Vanguard Group

FDR Comercializadora de Energia

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Serveng Civilsan

NCS Suplementos

Resources Capital Funds

Empate Engenharia e Comércio

L.O. Baptista Advogados

L.O. Baptista Advogados has proven experience in domestic and international arbitration involving M&A, infrastructure, technology, tax and international trade-related disputes. Practice leader André Carmelingo Alves focuses on corporate and commercial disputes before the main courts of the country and is also well versed in arbitration. Fellow co-head André Mendes Espirito Santo is regularly retained by clients operating in the retail, technology and automotive industries. The practice has recently experienced some significant structural changes: Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and a team of lawyers left the firm in early 2021; this departure was quickly followed by the arrival of partners Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski and Tonico Monteiro da Silva and a group of associates from RPSN Advogados. Recent joiner Pachikoski excels in corporate, construction, energy and real estate arbitration.

Practice head(s):

André Camerlingo Alves; André Mendes Espirito Santo

Testimonials

‘LO Baptista has a highly specialised team, its members are highly educated. They deal with highly complex cases and get used to relevant arbitration demands. André Mendes, André Carmelingo, Silvia Pachikoski and Tonico Monteiro da Silva work in international litigation, know more than one legal system and are very capable of assisting foreign clients in matters in Brazil or abroad.’

‘L.O. Baptista Advogados is composed of dedicated and committed professionals, extremely technically qualified and with great academic backgrounds. Tonico Monteiro da Silva Filho and Silvia Rodrigues Pereira Pachikoski are great.’

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados offers representation to clients from a variety of industries, including banking, construction, energy, mining and telecoms, in relation to domestic and international arbitration. Department head Pedro Maciel is experienced in acting as counsel and arbitrator in national and cross-border cases. He receives key support from Raphael Nehin Correa and Márcio Opromolla, both of whom have a successful track record in the representation of Brazilian and foreign companies in arbitral proceedings. The firm was further strengthened by the arrival of a new energy team, which brings a regular stream of high-profile energy-related arbitration cases.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel

Testimonials

‘Commitment of the associates. Client-oriented and pro-business.’

‘Pedro Maciel is an excellent lawyer.’

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Benefitting from its cooperation with Baker McKenzie, Trench Rossi Watanabe is able to bring together multi-jurisdictional teams to assist clients in international arbitration. The team has strong capabilities in disputes involving construction contracts, franchising agreements and the oil and gas, power and pharmaceutical sectors. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Joaquim Muniz coordinates the arbitration team and possesses a background in corporate law and regulatory matters. Contentious issues arising out of commercial contracts and corporate matters as well as enforcement of foreign arbitral awards are specialisms for Luis Borghi. Bruna Silveira is also a key contact for commercial arbitration at the domestic and international levels.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Muniz

Testimonials

‘Trench Rossi Watanabe’s team led by partner Joaquim Muniz is outstanding. Extremely skilled team with high technical and practical knowledge of disputes. They think of the client first and look for out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘TRW has one of the best arbitration practices in the country. The team’s experience in local and international disputes involving the most diverse industries is impressive. The teams’ commercial approach to all disputes is also remarkable.’

‘Joaquim Muniz is a well-established name in the market and leads the team with competence and efficiency. A very experienced and technically sophisticated professional, Joaquim is the name to look for in high-exposure disputes.’

‘Partner Joaquim Muniz is very helpful. He is always available and knows all the details of the case. An impressive work capacity. Even when he’s not acting in a case, he loves a pragmatic conversation about law and arbitration; in other words, he talks to the client without turning on the timesheet, out of a genuine interest in helping and out of love for pragmatic legal conversation. Partner Luis Borghi has a promising future in the firm and legal career. Very dedicated, hard worker and attentive to details.’

Key clients

Petrobras

True Change

Stryker do Brasil

Schulke do Brasil Participações

Air Liquide Brasil

Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz

Arauco

Vopak

Petrogal

PolyOne

Work highlights

  • Represented a consortium comprising Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal in an arbitration concerning oil reservoirs.
  • Representing Stryker do Brasil in an arbitration regarding alleged damages due to the termination of agency agreements with the former commercial agents.
  • Acting for Schulke do Brasil Participações in an arbitration arising from the acquisition of a pharmaceutical company by the client.

Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados

The experienced team at Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados is able to handle institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, representing a range of clients before Brazilian and international arbitration chambers. Disputes involving stock market investments, engineering and infrastructure contracts are key areas of focus for the arbitration department, which is also equipped to assist with the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. The team is under the joint leadership of six practitioners: name partner Arnoldo Wald; Mariana Tavares AntunesAlexandre de Mendonça Wald, who has specialist knowledge of banking, capital markets and corporate law; Arnoldo Wald Filho, whose experience covers banking matters and arbitration; litigation and arbitration specialist Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre; and Marina Gaensly Blattner.

Practice head(s):

Arnoldo Wald; Alexandre de Mendonça Wald; Arnoldo Wald Filho; Mariana Tavares Antunes; Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre; Marina Gaensly Blattner

Testimonials

‘Arnold Wald Filho stands out in commercial arbitration.’

‘Great professional experience and client focus. Riccardo Torre and Marina Blattner are recommended.’

LUC Advogados

Split between São Paulo and Brasília, LUC Advogados is entirely devoted to the resolution of strategic disputes. Though only founded in 2019, the firm has quickly established an impressive arbitration practice and often acts for leading companies before some of the most reputable arbitration centres in Brazil and abroad, including the ICC. Former federal judge Luciano de Souza Godoy is a renowned arbitrator in the Brazilian market. Fellow practice head Ricardo Zamariola Júnior specialises in civil litigation and is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Luciano de Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Júnior

Testimonials

‘It is a boutique that values quality and assertiveness. Their entire team is of exceptional quality.’

‘Ricardo Zamariola is a spectacular partner. He has an impeccable academic background, does an exhaustive evaluation of all scenarios, is super attentive to details and available 24/7. Certainly one of the best lawyers in Brazil.’

‘Ricardo Zamariola Junior is great.’

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields a team of lawyers specialised in ad hoc and institutional arbitration, which stands out for its significant experience in international proceedings involving a range of jurisdictions, including the US, the Netherlands, Uruguay and Ireland. Its client base comprises new and longstanding clients operating in the oil and gas, banking, construction, real estate, telecoms, mining and pharmaceutical industries. The department is particularly skilled in corporate, commercial and M&A-related disputes. Co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho has recently been nominated as one of the Brazilian representatives of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC. Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros is not only engaged in arbitrations concerning banking, corporate and insurance disputes, but is also retained to lead advice on matters involving sports contracts. Recently promoted partner Gisela Ferreira Mation is a key contact for cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros; Gisela Ferreira Mation

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness and experience with representing similar clients to us, so this team can anticipate and meet our needs.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Company

Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos

Ambiental Transportes Urbanos

Work highlights

  • Retained by Hyundai Motor Company to provide a legal opinion to be presented in an arbitration regarding the analysis of the applicability of Brazilian law in relation to a distributorship agreement.
  • Representing Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos and Xerém Projetos Imobiliários in an arbitration regarding a construction agreement.
  • Acted for Ambiental Transportes Urbanos in an arbitration procedure to discuss the existence and extension of the right to indemnification for the early termination of a concession agreement.

MAMG Advogados

With a special focus on arbitration and strategic litigation, MAMG Advogados was founded in February 2021 by Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto, who were previously at Macedo Garcia Advogados, and L.O. Baptista Advogados' former arbitration team. The firm's practitioners have a wealth of experience in high-value and complex proceedings before a multitude of Brazilian and international arbitration chambers. The team offers representation to a varied client base involved in M&A, infrastructure, banking, media, energy and public law-related disputes. Co-head Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto has represented foreign and local clients in corporate and commercial disputes under the rules of the ICC and the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CAM-CCBC), and also often acts as arbitrator. Silvia Bueno de Miranda is seasoned in arbitration involving a range of areas, including corporate transactions and contracts. Rafael Francisco Alves is noted for his performance in arbitration and mediation, while Fernando Marcondes stands out in cases pertaining to the infrastructure and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Silvia Bueno de Miranda; Rafael Francisco Alves; Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto; Fernando Marcondes

Testimonials

‘This firm is highly specialized in arbitration. The team demonstrates enormous commitment to clients, in addition to providing exceptional services. Rafael Francisco Alves is great.’

‘High expertise in conflict resolution, with an extremely competent, cohesive  and very dedicated team. Lawyers analyse each document in depth, allowing them to find solutions where others can’t. Rafael Alves possesses insight and wit to find solutions, which are combined with high technical knowledge and an inspiring leadership that motivates the entire team.’

‘Technical capacity, unrivaled quality in customer service, preparation and experience in complex disputes make MAMG an easy choice for us. Silvia Bueno de Miranda and Paulo Macedo are recommended.’

‘In addition to exceptional technical knowledge, all members of the team are very experienced and have in-depth knowledge of arbitration and the infrastructure area. They speak the “same language” of the client and bring strategic solutions that make all the difference for the success of the cases. They are detailed and study the cases in depth. Rafael Francisco Alves and  Fernando Marcondes are excellent.’

‘Super team specialised in arbitrations. Each arbitration has a team specifically designated for the case, which allows the firm to have full control of the discussion.’

Souto Correa Advogados

The arbitration and mediation practice at Souto Correa Advogados represents clients in a wide range of disputes before a variety of arbitral forums, both domestically and abroad. Furthermore, practitioners often serve as arbitrators or expert witnesses in commercial arbitration proceedings. Based in the Porto Alegre office, Guilherme Rizzo Amaral has considerable experience acting as arbitrator and counsel in complex cases. Luis Alberto Peretti is the name to note in São Paulo; his notable areas of practice include arbitrations related to M&A and construction projects. Marcelo Gandelman is the key contact in Rio de Janeiro.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Marcelo Gandelman; Luís Alberto Peretti

Testimonials

‘Wide practical experience combined with the solid academic knowledge of the team.’

‘Souto Correa stands out for the quality of its senior partners (Guilherme Rizzo Amaral) and for the “hands-on” approach of these partners. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral is one of the best and most talented arbitration lawyers in Brazil. He stands out for his knowledge of Brazilian and comparative law, mastery of procedural issues, eloquence in negotiations and hearings (also in English), and for his strategic reasoning. In addition, Guilherme has unparalleled knowledge, among Brazilian professionals, about the Chinese market.’

Deep knowledge of the client and how the client thinks. Depth, knowledge and dedication.’

‘Guilherme Rizzo Amaral is a star. Both have an impressive work capacity and always manage to offer clear and effective strategies aligned with the client’s objectives.’

Marcelo Gandelman stands out for his business vision and strategy. Rafael Dias for his dedication and depth.’

Veirano Advogados

Clients from a variety of sectors, including banking, private equity, construction, technology, energy, telecoms and insurance, turn to Veirano Advogados for assistance in arbitration in Brazil and abroad. Lawyers are positioned to work both as lead counsel or co-counsel in cross-border proceedings, often collaborating with leading foreign law firms. Mateus Carreteiro, whose areas of activity include arbitration cases in the technology, energy and telecoms industries, heads the practice with Ricardo Gama, who is well versed in domestic and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mateus Carreteiro; Ricardo Gama; Fabio Alem

Testimonials

‘Dedication to the case and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Marriot International

Endurance Capital Partners

Thales Canada and Omnisys Engenharia

Cais Mauá do Brasil

Camargo Corrêa Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

TIM

Construtora Passarelli

Duroline

Genesys Laboratórios de Telecomunicações

Sage Brasil Software

RINA Brasil Serviços Técnicos

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel for the consortium led by Construtora Passarelli (Consórcio Tietê III) in an arbitration dispute against Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo (Sabesp).
  • Represented TIM, TIM Brasil Serviços e Participações and TIM Participações in the ratification proceeding of an arbitration award.
  • Represented RINA in an arbitration proceeding in a dispute concerning the clauses and conditions of a purchase and sale agreement.

Felsberg Advogados

Felsberg Advogados' arbitration team remains busy, handling a mix of domestic and cross-border matters on behalf of clients from the food, transport, energy and construction sectors. Key areas of focus include cases concerning conflicts arising from M&A transactions, financing, construction and commercial contracts as well as environmental matters. Leading the department is Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes, who possesses strong capabilities in civil and commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes

Testimonials

‘They demonstrate great and solid experience in arbitration. The availability and direct involvement of the responsible partner makes them stand out. Marcus Matteucci is recommended.’

‘Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes is a leading partner in the field, but in the cases where I worked with him, I could see that he is personally involved to a high degree. I believe this is the main quality of this arbitration team – involvement of the leading partners.’

‘Marcus Matteucci is very involved in the cases, prepares extremely in-depth legal proceedings with great quality.’

‘Dedication and competence distinguish these professionals.’

KLA Advogados

The arbitration team at KLA Advogados is equipped to act for claimants and defendants in a variety of commercial, corporate and civil disputes. Tiago Cortez, who is experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, leads the team and handles a range of arbitration cases involving clients from different sectors, such as insurance, real estate, life sciences and telecoms. In October 2021, the partner-level team expanded with the promotions of Flávia Cristina Alterio Falavigna and Taisa Oliveira to partner.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortez

Testimonials

‘The KLA team works hard and is very responsive. Tiago Cortez is very responsive to client demands, communicates well, and has the ability to navigate complicated situations.’

‘Technical knowledge, personality and availability for meetings and strategies; excellent service.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

GE Healthcare do Brasil

Aché Laboratórios

Masterfoods Brasil Alimentos

Tegra Incorporadora

BKO Engenharia e Comércio

Ecogen Brasil Soluções Energéticas

Iguá

Stemco

Pacífico Empreendimentos e Participações

Work highlights

  • Advising GE Group in a lawsuit concerning the approval of a foreign arbitration award.
  • Acted for Stemco in the ratification proceeding before the Superior Court of Justice of an arbitration award.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Led by Luis Fernando Guerrero, the arbitration practice at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is proficient in domestic and international proceedings. The department head brings to the table two decades of experience in acting for clients engaged in commercial, contractual and corporate disputes. Gabriel José de Orleans e Bragança, who is a key contact for cases involving the financial services sector, is noted for his work pertaining to alternative dispute resolution methods.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernando Guerrero; Gabriel José de Orleans e Bragança

Testimonials

‘Direct, great technical knowledge, pragmatic and available (even the most senior partners). Luiz Fernando Guerrero is a great professional, pragmatic, with good technical depth and straight to the point.’

‘Responsiveness, empathy and competence. Luis Fernando Guerrero is competent, responsive, creative and client-focused.’

‘Great service, very prompt advice. The team stands out for its technical knowledge. Luis Fernando Guerreiro has good strategic vision, lots of technical knowledge and is always available.’ 

Key clients

Dia Brasil

Banco Safra

Banco Rabobank

Banco Bradesco

Banco ABC Brasil

Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes

Cargill

Bioagri Ambiental

Invista Crédito e Investimento

Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

The dispute resolution team at Siqueira Castro – Advogados provides representation to a varied client roster in domestic and international arbitration. The team has particular strength in the financial services and construction sectors, and has significant experience in infrastructure and shareholder disputes. Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, is the main point of contact.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Split between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the arbitration team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados is highlighted for its significant experience in managing international disputes. Benefitting from its international cooperation, the firm regularly represents clients in cases outside Brazil, most notably proceedings relating to the oil and gas sector, engineering and construction projects, and corporate disputes. Practice head Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade routinely serves as lead counsel in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings; he is also proficient in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira is also active in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade

Testimonials

‘Excellent performance in oil and gas sector. Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade has great insight and depth of knowledge.’

‘Tauil & Checker’s arbitration team is highly competent and capable of handling complex cases. The difference is that it is really a team with international practice, which is able to bring a globalised perspective to your case, even if it is a purely domestic case. Knowledge of the international market and its agents is also something that weighs in the firm’s favour.’

‘Gustavo Fernandes is a strategist with a global vision of arbitration issues. Gustavo Scheffer has extensive knowledge of the arbitration community.’

‘The firm is very dedicated and has highly qualified professionals. Gustavo Fernandes is a very experienced lawyer and is dedicated to the cases.’

Key clients

Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás

General Electric do Brasil

Canadian Solar

Nebras Power Latin America

Cobra Brasil Serviços, Comunicações e Energia

Techint Engenharia e Construção

Arcelor Mittal Brasil

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Ternium do Brasil

Cantor Fitzgerald

Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation

Sinopec Petroleum do Brasil

BW Offshore do Brasil

Andritz Hydro

Usiminas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

CPFL Energias Renováveis

Publicis Groupe Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás, co-respondent in a UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a joint operating agreement for the exploration, development and operation of a deep-water oilfield.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados is a go-to firm for private equity and Brazilian pension funds looking for representation in high-end investment-related arbitration cases. Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira, who has a solid background in corporate law, focuses on the resolution of commercial conflicts through arbitration and litigation. Felipe Hanszmann often acts as arbitrator in cases related to corporate and infrastructure matters, and is also seasoned in handling cases involving private equity, venture capital and M&A. Other names to note in the arbitration team include Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques and Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira; Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques; Felipe Hanszmann; Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti

Testimonials

‘We worked with the firm in some arbitrations and we rate the service. Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti is an excellent lawyer, has excellent technical knowledge, very attentive and is always available.’

‘First-rate law firm, differentiated from the others, especially in terms of the quality of legal documents. Claudio Marques stands out for the quality of his legal theses.’

Warde Advogados

Warde Advogados acts for a multitude of domestic and foreign companies and continues to grow its client roster, recently receiving new instructions from players operating in the media, retail and construction sectors. The firm is entirely dedicated to corporate disputes, regulatory issues and anti-corruption matters. The arbitration team has also seen growth at partner level with the arrival of Alfredo Sérgio Lazzareschi Neto, whose experience covers commercial arbitration and litigation. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior leads the department out of the Brasília office and is seasoned in arbitration proceedings involving clients in the banking, infrastructure and energy sectors. Cases pertaining to the real estate, food and beverage and media segments are among Felipe Emmanuel de Figueiredo's areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior

Testimonials

‘Team with unrivalled legal knowledge, combined with a practical vision of the business world. This combination of legal knowledge with a commercial and practical mindset makes the team stand out.’

‘Walfrido Warde is a master of the law and excels in contentious matters.’

‘Excellent team. Walfrido and Felipe are fantastic. They are smart, strategic and very well connected.’

‘In addition to having deep knowledge of legal issues, the firm’s decisions are invariably made based on effective strategies. Walfrido Warde needs no introduction. One of the smartest people I’ve ever met.’

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados handles arbitration proceedings on behalf of longstanding clients, and is able to attract new instructions from companies operating in an array of sectors. Recent highlights for the team included assisting in disputes pertaining to commercial agreements, agribusiness issues, and corporate and contractual matters. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Fabiane Verçosa acts both as lawyer and arbitrator in cases involving M&A, real estate, energy and construction-related matters. Arbitration arising from transactions, infrastructure and construction agreements are among Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim's legal specialisms, and are also key areas of activity for Tiago Faganello.

Practice head(s):

Fabiane Verçosa; Paula Abi-Chahine Yunes Perim; Tiago Faganello

Key clients

Ambev

Meta Impressão E Soluções Digitais

PPG Tintas Industriais

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meta Impressão E Soluções Digitais in an arbitration initiated by INPAC to challenge Meta’s obligations under an agreement.

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados is best known for representing government entities and private sector clients in arbitration proceedings arising from construction contracts, PPPs and other public law-related matters. Eduardo Talamini, who is based in the Curitiba office, and São Paulo-based Cesar Pereira lead the department, which has strong credentials in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations at the national and international level.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Talamini; Cesar Pereira

Key clients

Construtora OAS

Jaraguá Equipamentos Industriais

Work highlights

  • Representing Jaraguá Equipamentos Industriais in an arbitration against Petrobras at CAM-CCBC in São Paulo regarding damages.
  • Defending Construtora OAS in an arbitration regarding the contract for the execution of public works related to a public bidding.

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados possesses a notable track record in arbitration and mediation proceedings, especially involving public law-related disputes. Cases pertaining to the infrastructure, construction, energy and oil and gas sectors are core areas of activity for the arbitration department. Ane Elise Perez is a noteworthy practitioner for disputes related to bidding procedures and public contracts. She oversees the department with public law specialist Floriano De Azevedo Marques Neto. With particular experience in claims involving infrastructure contracts, Carolina Smirnovas Quattrocchi is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Ane Elisa Perez; Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto

Testimonials

‘Highly specialised team with extensive experience in arbitration. It combines legal-conceptual expertise with practical experience. Risk assessment and presentation of well-founded legal solutions, with security and feasibility.’

Padis Mattar Advogados

Padis Mattar Advogados is equipped to represent clients in arbitrations in Brazil and abroad in accordance with the rules of the most prestigious institutions, such as the ICC and CAM-CCBC. Disputes related to distressed assets and ongoing insolvency proceedings are key strengths for the department, which is also proficient in contentious matters involving corporate, banking and capital markets issues as well as the agribusiness and oil and gas sectors. Eduardo Augusto Mattar and Renata Machado Veloso joined from Pinheiro Guimarães in 2020. Jaili Quinta Cunha is another key contact, and is seasoned in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Augusto Mattar; Jaili Quinta Cunha; Renata Machado Veloso

Testimonials

‘Padis Matar is a boutique firm focused on dispute resolution and special situations. They are very good in advising clients during their darkest hours and are creative. They think in roadmaps not roadblocks. Eduardo Mattar and Jaili Quinta Cunha are the partners that are our key contacts at Padis Matar. They are very responsive, come up with creative and good solutions and are great people to work with. They always keep it cool.’

‘The firm stands out for its experience in complex arbitration and litigation, which involve various branches of law. Eduardo Mattar is excellent.’

‘Very careful and technical work. Ability to handle large cases. Eduardo Mattar has deep technical knowledge.’

‘Extensive experience in complex corporate issues and dispute resolution.’

‘The lawyers are extremely dedicated to the case, they are always very knowledgeable and have great interaction with the experts. This is reflected in much more complete and error-free legal documents, and an extreme preparation in the hearings, which is a differential in relation to the market. It is rare to see a team with the same dedication as the Padis Mattar arbitration group. Eduardo Mattar has great insights, is extremely well prepared and demanding with the rest of the team. Jaili Cunha leads arbitration projects on a day-to-day basis, is very dedicated, delves into technical issues with experts and is very well prepared for hearings.’

‘Qualified and highly combative team, with experience in complex national and international arbitrations. Eduardo Mattar is an exceptional lawyer with strong international experience.’

Key clients

Natixis (New York Branch)

LSF10 Brazil U.S. Holdings

Graal Participações

Work highlights

  • Representing LSF10 Brazil U.S. Holdings and Natixis (New York Branch) in a dispute involving the corporate control takeover of a major Brazilian sugar-alcohol conglomerate.
  • Representing former shareholders through a decade-long corporate dispute related to the exercise of call and put options contained in a shareholders’ agreement.

Stocche Forbes Advogados

The arbitration practice at Stocche Forbes Advogados represents clients in domestic and cross-border matters, covering civil, commercial, corporate and contractual disputes. Rafael Passaro, who balances a busy workload comprising civil litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitration, jointly heads up the team with Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli and Guilherme Gaspari Coelho, both of whom excel in commercial and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Passaro; Luis Guilherme Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho

Testimonials

‘Dynamic, creative, intelligent professionals who anticipate the opponents’ strategy. Rafael Passaro is a reference in the area; he stands out for his technical knowledge, intellectual capacity, and availability.’

‘Highly qualified and technical team. Rafael Passaro is an outstanding professional with above-average strategic thinking.’

‘The team provides security, technical knowledge and organisation.’

‘All partners and lawyers at the firm have experience and are highly qualified to work in Arbitration Chambers, not only in Brazil, but worldwide. The firm has lawyers and partners who have knowledge in different topics.’

Key clients

Terna

CVS

Onofre

Gerdau

Tegra

Hortus

Siemens

Santa Lucia Transmissora de Energia

Credit Suisse

Unipar Carbocloro

Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

WZ Advogados

WZ Advogados‘ lawyers are adept in acting as counsel and arbitrator in cases involving construction, real estate, energy and corporate disputes. Vânia Wongtschowski excels in arbitrations pertaining to the real estate sector, and is also skilled at handling contentious matters relating to banking, M&A and construction contracts. Marília Canto Gusso focuses on commercial and corporate disputes, while Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré is a specialist in real estate cases. Maria Amélia Alves Araújo and Domingos Refinetti are other practitioners to note in the arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Vânia Wongtschowski; Marília Canto Gusso; Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré; Maria Amélia Alves Araújo; Domingos Refinetti

Testimonials

‘WZ is a law firm that works with great efficiency and is very concerned about the quality of their work. I would say that they take great care of their cases and are extremely committed to their clients. Vânia Wongtschowski and Maria Amélia Alves are the two professionals I have the most contact with.’

‘This is a law firm that has great technical knowledge of facts, sources and documents related to disputes. Vania Wongtschowski, Marília Canto Gusso, Maria Amélia Alves and Domingos Fernando Refinetti make up a great team.’

‘The team provides an excellent service. They are extremely professional and qualified. They really provide a differentiated service. Founding partner Vânia Wongtschowski is an excellent lawyer, extremely competent and dedicated to the cases and clients.’

‘Detailed analysis of the case and immediate and specialised assistance.’

‘Very experienced partners and a highly committed team. Vania Wongtschowski and Marilia Canto are recommended for civil litigation and arbitration.’