Firms To Watch: Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

A quartet consisting of dispute resolution specialists Adriana Astuto, André Gondinho, Pedro Acioli Werner and Thiago Lins oversees the arbitration practice at Bichara Advogados, which has been handling a growing number of complex shareholder, post-M&A, contractual and construction disputes.
Drawing on its association with DLA Piper, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is a popular choice for clients engaged in multi-jurisdictional arbitration. Jointly led by Felipe Hermanny and Leandro Rinaldi, the group was recently strengthened by the arrival of João Marçal Martins and Leonardo Ribas from Tauil & Chequer Advogados and Felsberg Advogados, respectively.
Boutique firm Dourado & Cambraia Advogados is primarily retained by clients from the construction, infrastructure, energy, financial services and consumer goods sectors in a variety of arbitration proceedings; Ruy Dourado and Rubens Cambraia lead the practice.
Foreign and domestic clients turn to E. Munhoz Advogados for assistance in arbitration proceedings and in the enforcement of arbitral awards; department heads Eduardo Secchi Munhoz and João Vicente Lapa de Carvalho are noted for their ‘in-depth knowledge of arbitration‘.
Established in May 2023 by Marcelo Gandelman and Rafael da Costa Dias, former Souto Correa Advogados practitioners, Rio de Janeiro-based Gandelman & Costa Dias Advogados focuses on high-stakes arbitrations and judicial disputes.
Gustavo Tepedino Advogados fields a team of ‘technical and efficient lawyers‘, who are often engaged in domestic and international proceedings. Shareholder disputes are a particular strength for the practice, in which Gustavo Tepedino – an experienced dispute resolution lawyer and arbitrator – is the key contact.
Founded in 2018, LDCM Advogados regularly acts alongside renowned international law firms in an array of arbitration proceedings; Leonardo de Campos Melo is the main point of contact in the arbitration team, which was further strengthened by the addition of Márcio Opromolla from Lefosse Advogados in October 2022.
Mattos Engelberg Echenique Advogados bolstered its dispute resolution practice in November 2022 with the arrival of Fernando Medici Júnior from Marcelo Tostes Advogados; he brings a wealth of experience in complex arbitration, with a particular emphasis on construction, post-M&A and commercial disputes.
The highly regarded Celso Xavier, Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Rafael Gagliardi, Daniel Kaufman and Carlo Verona left Demarest Advogados in May 2023 with a group of 25 other lawyers to establish Xavier Gagliardi Inglez Verona Schaffer, a boutique firm specialised in strategic dispute resolution, including complex arbitration proceedings.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Brazil

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Singled out for the ‘technical quality‘ of its team and its ‘integrity in client representation‘, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados has a pre-eminent reputation in arbitration, and regularly acts in some of the most high-stakes proceedings in the market. With a notable track record in representing blue-chip companies in international matters, including cases before the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the practice excels in shareholder disputes and cases involving the construction and infrastructure sectors. Marcelo Roberto Ferro, who has a strong reputation in this sphere, has worked as counsel in a variety of cases under the rules of the ICC and UNCITRAL arising from civil, commercial, corporate and construction conflicts. He heads the group alongside Rio de Janeiro-based partner José Roberto de Castro Neves, who is devoted to litigation and arbitration. Karina Goldberg is often engaged in domestic and international cases involving contractual, commercial and corporate law, while Eduardo Pecoraro is especially active in construction and corporate disputes. Other key individuals include Natalia Mizrahi Lamas, who is based in the Rio office; Antonio Pedro de Souza, a contact for energy and oil and gas clients; and Julia Grabowsky Basto Fleichman. All named practitioners are based in São Paulo unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Ferro; Jose Roberto De Castro Neves


‘The firm stands out for the technical quality of the team, and the high standard of governance and integrity in client representation.’

‘Marcelo Ferro is recommended for his technical expertise.’

‘The leadership of Marcelo Ferro is a huge selling point for this firm. Marcelo’s experience is acknowledged by all in Brazil and he is an excellent lawyer. Karina Goldberg is a huge resource at FCDG and the quality of her work is admirable. Karina is a star for the future.’

Key clients

CA Investment (Brazil)

Paper Excellence




Btg Pactual




Andrade Gutierrez

Soares Penido


CMPC Celulose Riograndense

Concessionária Porto Novo


Work highlights

  • Represented CA Investment (Brazil) in an international arbitration before the ICC against J&F and Eldorado.
  • Acted for Soares Penido Construçoes in an arbitration filed by a minority shareholder of CCR Companhia de Investimentos em Infraestrutura against the controlling shareholders, alleging damages.
  • Assisting Concessionária Porto Novo in an ICC arbitration involving the economic and financial rebalance of a PPP.

Mattos Filho

A recognised market leader, Mattos Filho houses an ‘extremely specialised‘ team, which ‘offers excellent services‘ to a stellar roster of clients operating in a variety of industries, such as infrastructure, energy, telecoms, and oil and gas. High-stakes arbitration arising from M&A, corporate and shareholder disputes as well construction contracts and concession agreements are core strengths for the group, which is adept in cases seated in Brazil and abroad, most notably in the US, Germany and France. Rated for his ‘deep knowledge of arbitration‘, the well-regarded Eduardo Damião Gonçalves manages a high-profile caseload, where post-M&A and corporate conflicts feature alongside disputes in the IT, construction and infrastructure spaces. Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is a name to note for proceedings involving the oil and gas, and construction sectors, while Arthur Gonzalez Cronenberger Parente is routinely turned to by shareholders, boards of directors and executives in relation to corporate governance disputes. André Chateaubriand Martins; João Vicente Pereira de Assis, who stands out for his experience in cross-border cases; and senior associate Mirelle Bittencourt Lotufo are other noteworthy practitioners.


‘Excellent responsiveness. Thoughtful, and insightful analysis. Work really well in a team.’

‘Eduardo Damião Gonçalves: great judgement, real insight. Arthur Parente: assertive thinker.’

‘Mattos Filho’s arbitration department is extremely specialised and offers excellent services.’

Key clients

Paper Excellence BC

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Odebrecht Mobilidade

Telefônica Brasil

Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18- Bronze

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

Mineração Paragominas (Norsk Hydro Brasil)

Atlas Energia Renovável do Brasil

AON Holdings Corretores de Seguros

AON Affinity Administradora de Benefícios


Advent Athena Saúde Brasil

Vinci Energies do Brasil Engenharia

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Plintron Holdings

Plintron do Brasil Participações

Work highlights

  • Represents Telefônica Brasil in an arbitration filed against Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – Anatel, concerning concession agreements first entered into by the parties in 1998.
  • Acts for Concessionária do Monotrilho da Linha 18 – Bronze, the concessionaire of the monorail system in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, in arbitral proceedings filed against the state of São Paulo.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados houses a sizeable team of arbitration specialists, who are routinely sought by clients from the worlds of energy, oil and gas, telecoms, insurance and healthcare in relation to complex domestic and international arbitral proceedings. Its broad service offering covers high-stakes corporate governance and M&A disputes, as well as cases involving financing deals, infrastructure investments, construction contracts, and agreements with the public administration. Gilberto Giusti, who has sat on the board of prestigious arbitration institutions, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), is a leading figure in the market. Cases involving major construction and infrastructure projects in Brazil and other Latin American countries are among Júlio César Bueno‘s areas of expertise, while Rodrigo Carneiro  focuses on corporate, commercial and securities disputes. Rodrigo Persone P. Camargo, Pedro Barradas Barata and Lucas Pinto Simão, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, are active in both litigation and arbitration matters. Renato Stephan Grion is singled out for his wealth of experience in international arbitration. At the associate level, André Rossetto Daudt, Guilherme Piccardi de Andrade Silva and Thiago Del Pozzo Zanelato stand out for their involvement in the practice.


‘Gilberto Giusti and Bruno Venosa are both brilliant lawyers. They always look for appropriate legal solutions for clients.’

Key clients

Aliança Geração de Energia

HMI Participações

IMH-DOIS Participações (Ikesaki Group)

LMRC Empreendimentos e Participações Imobiliárias

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

Aon Holdings Corretores de Seguros

ADM Administradora de Seguros EIRELI (formerly Aon Affinity Administradora de Benefícios )


Notre Dame Intermédica Participações

BL Holdings

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras and Azul Conecta


Rumo Malha Sul

Rumo Malha Norte

Rumo Malha Paulista

Omron Healthcare Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Médicos

Pátria Infraestrutura


Paranaíba Transmissora de Energia


Schneider Electric Brasil

Philips Medical Systems


Sergio Bermudes Advogados

One of the first ports of call for Brazilian and international clients engaged in high-stakes arbitration, Sergio Bermudes Advogados is a strong performer in domestic and cross-border proceedings, most notably cases arising in the energy, insurance, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Shareholder and corporate disputes are another core area of activity for the Rio de Janeiro-based department, which routinely attracts instructions from financial institutions and large companies. A reference in the national market, Sergio Bermudes maintains a broad dispute resolution practice, which covers high-stakes arbitration in Brazil and abroad. Marcio Vieira Souto Costa FerreiraFabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti and Guilherme Valdetaro Mathias, a key contact for insurance, power and real estate clients, specialise in corporate and commercial disputes. With over a decade of experience in dispute resolution, Caetano Berenguer is seasoned in international cases and arbitration involving M&A, infrastructure contracts and investment funds. Rafaela Fucci is noted for her experience in the insurance sector. Ricardo Loretti Henrici and Fernando Novis are also part of the core team. Rodrigo Tannuri is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

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

BMA Advogados

At BMA Advogados, the ‘proactive and accessible‘ dispute resolution practice boasts strong credentials in domestic and international arbitration, and is particularly rated for its experience in high-stakes corporate, commercial and investment-related disputes. A popular choice for companies from the construction, energy and real estate sectors, the team is also well positioned to act for banks and investment funds. André Abbud is a key figure in São Paulo for complex arbitration matters, including those arising from corporate, capital markets, infrastructure and contractual disputes. He jointly leads the team with Pedro De Oliveira Costa in Rio de Janeiro, who handles both arbitral and court proceedings. Luiz Fernando Fraga, a seasoned dispute resolution practitioner with a strong track record in domestic and cross-border arbitration; Mario Gelli; the ‘diligentRafael da Rocha Castilho; and associate Matheus Rodrigues Barcelos are other names to note in Rio. Gustavo Santos Kulesza, who is based in São Paulo, focuses on post-M&A, contractual and infrastructure arbitration. In the same office, senior lawyer Milena Cecília dos Santos Arbízu and Thais Vieira de Souza Pereira are active in commercial and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Oliveira da Costa; André Abbud


‘Technical capacity and excellent communication. Proactive and accessible team.’

‘BMA has a very rigorous selection process, which translates into hiring very competent lawyers. They delve deep into topics related to ongoing cases in a multidisciplinary way, ensuring a broader view of the processes they lead.’

‘I’d highlight André Abbud.’

‘I have closer contact with Pedro Costa and Rafael Castilho and their teams. Pedro is very meticulous, extremely intelligent and very complete. He has a clear, concise and consistent argument, which, combined with his extensive experience, makes him one of the most competent lawyers I have worked with. Rafael is very attentive. Seeks to serve us promptly and efficiently. He is very diligent in the processes he conducts.’

‘What makes the firm stand out is the high technical quality of the arbitration team, both in Brazil and in international arbitration. The team transmits security to the client, providing high quality support.’

‘André Abbud is the highlight, always available and with important contributions in cases relevant to my company.’

Key clients

Lex Finance

TozziniFreire Advogados

Skilled in proceedings held in Brazil and abroad, TozziniFreire Advogados stands out for its experience in cases before CAM-CBBC and the ICC. Corporate, contractual, post-M&A and shareholder disputes are core areas of focus for the department, which is also a go-to for proceedings involving infrastructure projects, real estate developments and agreements with the public administration. Companies from the infrastructure, mining, energy, life sciences, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors routinely turn to the team, which is under the leadership of arbitration specialist Fernando Eduardo Serec in São Paulo. In the same office, Lucas Britto Mejias is recommended for corporate, commercial and banking-related proceedings, and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto is proficient in international matters. Senior associate Maria Isabel De Sá Dias Machado advises on domestic arbitration and pre-litigation. Based in Porto Alegre, Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva often acts as counsel and arbitrator, while Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is a strong performer in major disputes before the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and the ICC involving the energy and infrastructure industries.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Eduardo Serec


‘Available team; excellent technical quality; focused on the client.’

‘Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke is recommended.’

Key clients

Acciona Infraestructuras Brasil

Central Park Empreendimentos Imobiliários

CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica

Suez Water Technologies and Solutions Brasil Tratamento de Águas

Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Systems Brasil

Hormel Foods

Autonomy Investimentos

Dufry Lojas Francas

MHFT – Investimentos

Nebras Power Investment Management Bv

Lex Finance Advisory

Canadian Solar


Sport Club Internacional

International Industria Automotiva da América do Sul

Fs Agrisolutions Indústria De Biocombustíveis

Work highlights

  • Continues to represent Petrobras’s minority shareholder Alejandro Constantino Strationis in an arbitration against the Government of Brazil seeking compensation in favour of Petrobras for all losses linked to the wrongdoings investigated in Operation Car Wash.

Cescon Barrieu

Singled out for its ‘professionalism, knowledge and responsibility‘, Cescon Barrieu‘s arbitration group manages a diverse caseload, which, in addition to disputes arising in the context of M&A and joint ventures, also features matters concerning distribution agreements, construction projects and government contracts. Corporate and shareholder conflicts are a key area of expertise for Carlos David Albuquerque Braga in São Paulo, while Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo in Salvador focuses on contractual disputes. Based in Belo Horizonte, Luiz Nardy is noted for his experience in mining and environmental cases. Mauricio Fabbri, who handles arbitration and litigation, is another name to note in São Paulo. Senior associates Matheus Carneiro Lima and Rafael Bertão are skilled in both domestic and international proceedings. Edison Freitas, who regularly assists players from the worlds of construction, technology, real estate, banking and infrastructure, and Cinthia de Lamare, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, were welcomed to the partnership in November 2022. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto from MAMG Advogados in August 2023. Since publication, Helena Abdo has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Carlos David Albuquerque Braga; Gabriel Seijo; Luiz Philipe Nardy Nascimento; Maurício Fabbri; Cinthia de Lamare; Edison Freitas


‘Professionalism, knowledge and responsibility are the words that would describe the team’s performance.’

‘I’d highlight Luiz Philippe Nardy Nascimento.’

Lefosse Advogados

Led by ‘world-class attorneyPedro Maciel, Lefosse Advogados fields a strong arbitration team with experience in domestic and international proceedings, including under the ICC and CAM-CCBC rules. Its varied client portfolio spans Brazilian and foreign companies operating in a wide array of industries, covering construction, energy, retail, technology and infrastructure. The team is especially well placed to advise on corporate and post-M&A arbitrations, but also handles arbitral proceedings concerning commercial contracts, concession agreements and construction projects. Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro, who attracts regular instructions from clients from the logistics, energy and construction sectors, has a wealth of experience in domestic and international arbitration. Recently promoted partner Bernardo Pires excels in M&A disputes. Julio Neves, who acts in both litigation and arbitration, joined from TozziniFreire Advogados in March 2022. Márcio Opromolla is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Soares Maciel


‘Multidisciplinary team that is able to handle complex matters. Outstanding knowledge of the client and their needs, capable of predicting trends.’

‘Diogo Ciuffo is able to innovate in solutions and propose the best solution for the client.’

‘Pedro Maciel is a market-leader and a world-class attorney.’

‘Pedro Maciel thinks outside the box, suggesting ideas that make the difference.’

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Showcasing significant experience in ad hoc and institutional proceedings before arbitration tribunals in Brazil and abroad, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados draws on its full-service capabilities to advise an impressive client roster on a host of arbitral matters, ranging from corporate, commercial and post-M&A disputes to claims involving contractual issues and the construction sector. The department’s sector-specific expertise is highly varied, covering energy, transport, banking, real estate, TMT and pharmaceuticals. Eliane Cristina Carvalho advises clients on all stages of disputes, and particularly stands out for her substantial experience of acting as counsel in commercial arbitration proceedings of national and international significance. Gisela Ferreira Mation is a key point of contact for players from the oil and gas, energy and construction segments. Associates Leandro Felix and Antonia Quintella de Azambuja, the latter of whom is a name to note for complex construction disputes, have participated in several proceedings before the main Brazilian and international arbitral bodies.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho


‘Gisela Ferreria Mation stands out.’

‘The value of the firm’s focus on anticipating problems and risks that a case could potentially bring to the client is invaluable, allowing us to organise ourselves in advance, moving the necessary resources to react appropriately.’

‘Gisela Mation, Antonia Azambuja and everyone else in the team are exceptional. Their care and technical competence are remarkable. In addition, it is worth mentioning the ability and sensitivity to adjust the language and explanations according to the level of legal knowledge of the participants of certain discussions.’

MAMG Advogados

Fully devoted to dispute resolution, MAMG Advogados enjoys a strong reputation in the market for its capabilities in the field of arbitration, including domestic and international proceedings. The practice, which regularly participates in complex matters involving construction contracts, concessions and other agreements with the public administration, is particularly well equipped to handle high-stakes disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Fernando Marcondes has over four decades of experience in dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure matters. Mariana Cattel, who often acts as counsel, arbitrator and secretary to arbitral tribunals in domestic and international proceedings, is also noted. Rafael Francisco Alves and the ‘efficient and highly specialisedSilvia Bueno De Miranda stand out for their experience in cross-border matters. Bruno Panarella has played a critical role in the discussion of contractual issues in arbitration. Other arbitration specialists include Ligia Espolaor Veronese and associate Alessandra Fortes Lobo. Paulo Macedo Garcia Neto and Mariana Capela Lombardi Moreto are no longer at the firm.


‘The firm always provides us with excellent services.’

‘Silvia Bueno de Miranda: helpful, technical, efficient and highly specialised.’

Key clients

Soluções Ambientais de Guarulhos (SAGUA)

VIABAHIA Concessionária de Rodovias

Work highlights

  • Assisting VIABAHIA in an arbitration in Brasília involving the economic and financial rebalancing of a public service concession contract.
  • Representing Soluções Ambientais de Guarulhos (SAGUA) in an arbitration against the city of Guarulhos regarding contractual breaches related to a concession agreement for the sewage system of the city.

Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados

A skilled performer in cases before prominent arbitral institutions, including the ICC and CAM-CCBC, Mannheimer, Perez E Lyra Advogados routinely acts for clients from an array of industries – such as construction, infrastructure, financial services, and oil and gas – in proceedings seated in Brazil and abroad. Matters involving contractual, shareholder and M&A disputes are core strengths for the department, which is jointly led by Sergio Mannheimer in Rio de Janeiro and Tomaz Lyra in São Paulo. Besides his strong credentials as counsel in significant commercial arbitrations, Mannheimer is also an experienced arbitrator. Fernanda Aviz, who is based in Rio, frequently assists construction and oil and gas clients. In the São Paulo office, Marcela Levy has a solid track record in international arbitration, most notably matters relating to the US, while Ricardo Ramalho Almeida is seasoned in commercial disputes, and has served as the sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman of the arbitral tribunal in cases heard before CAM-CBBC, CAMARB and CAESP.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Mannheimer; Tomaz Lyra

Key clients


Construtora Queiroz Galvão (currently called Alya Construtora)

Mapfre Seguros

Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP

Enel X

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Fundação dos Economiários Federais – FUNCEF

State Grid

Ancar Ivanhoe

João Fortes Engenharia

White Martins

FM Global

G4S Vanguarda Segurança e Vigilância

ERB – Energias Renováveis do Brasil

BTG Pactual


BRZ Investimentos

Hyatt do Brasil

Caixa Econômica Federal



AEG Administradora de Estádios

Jive Investments

Construtora Calper

Swire Pacific

ATG Americas Trading Group

Banco Modal

R2C Invest

Regina Festas

ATG Americas Trading Group

Swile do Brasil

Mottu LLC


ATEM’S Distribuidora de Petróleo

Work highlights

  • Represented Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados – NUCLEP in a construction arbitration before CAM-CCBC against Thyssenkrupp.
  • Acted for Arena Pernambuco Negócios e Investimentos in an arbitration involving the construction and operation of football stadium Arena Pernambuco.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, the ‘attentive, experienced and qualified team‘ devoted to arbitration offers representation to individuals and companies in high-end disputes across a variety of industries, including mining, energy, construction, oil and gas, and financial services. Its broad experience also encompasses high-stakes cases involving shareholder issues and share purchase agreements. Besides acting as lead counsel in several high-value arbitration proceedings, Gustavo Fernandes de Andrade in Rio de Janeiro is also proficient in arbitration-related litigation, including the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. With over twenty years of experience in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, São Paulo-based partner Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa is skilled at handling cases before domestic and international arbitral bodies. In the same office, Gustavo Scheffer Da Silveira, who has previously worked for the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration as deputy counsel in the Latin American team, is particularly seasoned in cross-border cases. Disputes involving the construction, energy and mining sectors are notable areas of practice for associate Maria Rita Dutra.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo de Andrade Fernandes; Fabio Peixinho Gomes Correa; Gustavo Scheffer Da Silveira


‘Fabio Peixinho stands out.’

‘The firm has an attentive, experienced and qualified team. The team is always attentive to current issues in the legal market and clients’ issues.’

‘I’d highlight Fábio Peixinho.’

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

Petronas Brasil Petróleo

Petrorio Jaguar

Arcelor Mittal Brasil

CM Capital Markets

Yara Fertilizantes

Alstom Brasil Energia E Transporte

Ternium Do Brasil

Cantor Fitzgerald

Sinopec Petroleum Do Brasil

Bw Offshore Do Brasil

Andritz Hydro

Usiminas Siderúrgicas De Minas Gerais

Cpfl Energias Renováveis

Publicis Groupe Holdings

Consortium Efacec Engenharia E Sistemas

Hitachi Rail

CELSE – Centrais Eletricas De Sergipe

Vanguard Group

Inbrael Participações


Keppel Fels Brasil

Invepar – Investimentos E Participações Em Infraestrutura

Cameron Tecnologia De Controle E Fluxo

Karpowership Brasil Energia

Grid Solutions Transmissão De Energia

Realize Empreendimentos Imobiliários


Opea Securitizadora

Work highlights

  • Advised the EFACEC/HITACHI Consortium in an ICC arbitration against the State of São Paulo and the São Paulo State Company of Metropolitan Railways.
  • Advised Ambiental Serra Concessionária de Saneamento on a CAM-CCBC arbitration seated in Brazil, filed against Companhia Espírito Santense de Saneamento – CESAN on the basis of a public-private partnership (PPP).
  • Assisted Petróleo Brasileiro in an ICC arbitration against the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) challenging the decision issued by ANP which unified the Tartaruga Verde and Tartaruga Mestiça Fields.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe fields an ‘extremely diligent' and 'proactive‘ arbitration team, which is well placed to handle international proceedings, drawing on its strategic cooperation agreement with international firm Baker McKenzie. Clients operating in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, retail, energy and pharmaceuticals, routinely turn to the team for assistance in complex commercial, corporate, post-M&A and construction arbitration. Joaquim De Paiva Muniz, who spearheads the department, specialises in corporate disputes, while Luis Borghi offers key support in construction and commercial arbitrations; both practitioners ‘are technically excellent and very combative‘. At the associate level, Katherina Ballesta advises on corporate and contractual disputes; Bruna Silveira is regularly instructed by clients in the agribusiness, construction and infrastructure sectors; and Patricia Roberto handles domestic and international cases.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Muniz


‘Top-notch arbitration team!’

‘The arbitration team is extremely diligent, proactive and has practical and theoretical knowledge of both the arbitration procedure and the merits of the various contracts. Joaquim Muniz and Luis Borghi are always available and put the clients first.’

‘Joaquim Muniz and Luis Borghi are respected in the legal and business community. Both are technically excellent and very combative, they don’t give up.’

Key clients

Air Liquide Brasil


Canadian Solar

Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz




Schulke do Brasil Participações



Stryker do Brasil

True Change




Work highlights

  • Represents a consortium made up of Petrobras, Shell and Petrogal in an arbitration on the question of whether certain decisions from the ANP can be resolved via arbitration.
  • Representing Stryker do Brasil in an arbitration regarding alleged damages due to the termination of agency agreements.
  • Acts for Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz in an arbitration filed against the contractor Carioca Christiani Nielsen.

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados handles a variety of arbitration proceedings before both domestic and international arbitral bodies. Core areas of activity for the team include corporate and contractual disputes, as well as cases involving the construction and infrastructure sectors. Camila Biral, who frequently acts for clients in litigation and arbitration cases arising from contractual, IP and corporate disputes, and Amanda Sampaio, who is a qualified dispute resolution lawyer in Brazil and New York, are now the main points of contact in the department. The firm experienced a major blow when former practice heads Celso Xavier , Marcelo Inglez de Souza, Rafael Gagliardi, and partners Carlo Verona and Daniel Kaufman left the firm in May 2023. Post publication, the dispute resolution practice was reinforced by the arrival of Ricardo Aprigliano as partner and the incorporation of Aprigliano Advogados in December 2023.

Key clients



Banco BTG



General Electric

Gol Linhas Aéreas

Andritz Hydro


Grupo Cobra/Vinci




Canadian Solar

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Companies from a multitude of industries – including construction, energy and pharmaceuticals – turn to Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados ‘whenever a sophisticated business dispute arises’. Standing out for its strong track record in corporate, construction, IP and contractual cases, the team is seen with great regularity acting as lead counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Primarily focused on M&A disputes, Fábio Floriano Melo Martins is active in domestic and international proceedings, assisting clients from a host of sectors, such as construction, technology, and oil and gas. Guilherme Montebugnoli Zilio is counsel of choice for many private companies engaged in arbitration concerning construction projects and M&A transactions. Hermes Marcelo Huck, the ‘founder and a reference name in the market‘, has an unparalleled reputation as an arbitrator in Brazil; he is especially active in real estate, energy and investment-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Floriano Melo Martins; Guilherme Montebugnoli Zilio


‘Its traditional combination of technical and academic training gives the team sophisticated resources, without losing sight of the practicality of the solutions. The firm is a valuable partner, which we use whenever a sophisticated business dispute arises.’

‘Marcelo Huck – founder and reference name in the market. Very outstanding performance for defining strategies in disputes; excellent arbitrator and mediator.’

‘Fabio Martins – professor and lawyer, technical, combative and with an impressive capacity for work.’

Key clients

Praendex Brasil

Hitachi Rail STS USA

FDR Comercializadora de Energia

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

NCS Suplementos

EDB Sistemas Elétricos


Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas

INBRAEL Participações e Empreendimentos

Comfrio Soluções e Logísticas

Resources Capital Funds

DTA Engenharia

Agro Improvement Participações

CBSM – Companhia Brasileira de Serviços de Marketing

LUC Advogados

Entirely dedicated to dispute resolution, boutique firm LUC Advogados possesses strong credentials in high-end arbitration proceedings of national and international significance. Split between São Paulo and Brasília, the group is particularly well versed in cases under the rules of CAM-CCBC and the ICC. Luciano De Souza Godoy – a former federal judge and highly regarded arbitrator – advises on strategic corporate and investment-related disputes. He heads the team with Ricardo Zamariola Júnior, ‘a skilful attorney‘ in contentious matters. Leonardo Dib Freire is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Luciano de Souza Godoy; Ricardo Zamariola Junior


‘Ricardo Zamariola is a skilfullful attorney who understands every aspect of the disputes he is involved in.’

‘The firm has a very competent litigation team which is capable of understanding the client’s needs and acts accordingly.’

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados houses a team of ‘judicious‘ dispute resolution lawyers, who showcase strong capabilities in ‘highly complex commercial arbitrations‘ before Brazilian and international arbitral tribunals. Construction disputes and proceedings involving the energy and natural resources sectors are at the core of the arbitration department, which is also retained by an array of corporate clients in cases concerning shareholder and post-M&A issues. The practice is jointly led by three practitioners: founding partner Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, who is based in Porto Alegre and recommended for his ‘knowledge of dispute resolution in various jurisdictions‘, Luis Alberto Peretti and Jorge Cesa in São Paulo. Laura Ghitti, who joined the São Paulo office as a senior associate from Mattos Filho in January 2023, focuses on commercial arbitration and possesses a strong background in cross-border matters. Marcelo Gandelman is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral; Jorge Cesa; Luis Peretti


Guilherme Rizzo Amaral stands out for his technical expertise and knowledge of dispute resolution in various jurisdictions. Jorge Cesa is one of the greatest experts in civil law.’

‘Souto Correa provides a complete legal service, integrating the experience of outstanding professionals in the market, the dedication and competence of young lawyers and a technology structure that guarantees the necessary support for the defence of clients in highly complex commercial arbitrations. The definition of strategies and the monitoring of cases are carried out with great care, in absolute transparency and proximity to the client.’

‘Highly qualified team. Distinguished experience, through judicious lawyers endowed with a high sense of respect and culture.’

Veirano Advogados

Praised for its ‘extensive experience, knowledge and availability‘, Veirano Advogados fields a standalone practice, which is fully dedicated to assisting major corporate clients from the worlds of banking, construction, TMT, mining, insurance and energy, among others, in complex arbitration matters. The team manages a varied caseload, which features proceedings arising from construction contracts, M&A transactions, and commercial and shareholder agreements. Ricardo Gama, who often serves as counsel and co-arbitrator, offers representation to domestic and international clients in the context of major corporate, M&A, real estate and investment-related cases. He leads the practice from Rio de Janeiro alongside Mateus Carreteiro in São Paulo, who is regularly engaged in matters involving the technology, entertainment, energy, telecoms and construction segments. Senior associate Priscilla Villa Nova de Oliveira is well versed in domestic and international arbitral proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Gama; Mateus Aimoré Carreteiro


‘Extensive experience, knowledge and availability.’

Key clients

Marriot International

Thales Canada

Omnisys Engenharia

Cais Mauá do Brasil

CTL Engenharia

TIM / Telecom Italia

Construtora Passarelli


Engeform Engenharia

RINA Brasil Serviços Técnicos

Work highlights

  • Acting for the consortium Cidade Nova led by Construtora Passarelli in an arbitration initiated against Secretaria de Estado do Ambiente e Sustentabilidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (SEAS) involving a construction contract.

Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados

Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados brings together a team of specialised lawyers who serve as counsel and arbitrators in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, most notably cases in the infrastructure and engineering sectors. The firm is also regularly instructed by clients in court cases related to arbitration, including the execution of arbitral sentences and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Arnoldo Wald stands out for his ‘wide and deep knowledge‘ of dispute resolution. Arnoldo Wald Filho focuses on arbitration and mediation, which are also notable areas of practice for Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre. Other key names in the team include Mariana Tavares Antunes and Marina Gaensly Blattner.


‘Strategic vision and competence of the lawyers set the firm apart.’

‘The team is committed and has good legal knowledge in the area of arbitration, providing quality advice to its clients.’

‘The team is focused on achieving the results desired by the clients.’

‘The wide and deep knowledge of Professor Arnoldo Wald set the firm apart. The arbitration team makes great use of this knowledge, in addition to having highly qualified professionals. They have a deep understanding of both substantive and procedural law, which gives their clients great security.’

‘Professor Arnoldo Wald is the greatest living lawyer in Brazil.’

Key clients

CODESP – Companhia DOCAS do Estado de São Paulo

Petra Energia

Concessionária de Rodovia Sul-Matogrossense

Work highlights

  • Acted for CODESP in an arbitration against Libra Group.
  • Representing Petra Energia in arbitration proceedings against the National Oil Agency involving concession agreements.

L.O. Baptista Advogados

In addition to its solid capabilities in civil and commercial litigation, the dispute resolution group at L.O. Baptista Advogados is also well positioned to handle domestic and international arbitration matters on behalf of a diverse corporate client roster. Corporate and commercial disputes are core areas of focus for co-head André Camerlingo Alves, while fellow co-leader André Mendes Espírito Santo is a name to note for clients from the technology, retail and automotive industries. Also at the helm of the practice, Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski is praised for her knowledge of arbitration proceedings involving M&A, construction, energy and real estate. Tonico Monteiro da Silva left the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

André Camerlingo Alves; André Mendes Espirito Santo; Silvia Rodrigues Pachikoski


‘Silvia Pachikoski is recommended for her leadership and knowledge of the market.’

‘A firm focused on the client’s matters and with enormous expertise in arbitration.’

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados‘ ‘well-structured‘ arbitration practice handles an array of strategic disputes, and demonstrates particular strength in cases involving commercial and corporate law. Advising on proceedings arising from the termination of commercial agreements and shareholder conflicts is a core area of activity for the group, which acts for a variety of clients across the agribusiness, infrastructure, energy and insurance sectors, among others. Luis Fernando Guerrero offers support to large Brazilian and international companies in the context of commercial and contractual disputes. He coordinates the practice with recent arrivals Paula Abi-Chahine, who joined from CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados in July 2022, and Christian Garcia Vieira, who was previously at ASBZ Advogados. Hugo Tubone Yamashita left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernando Guerrero; Paula Abi-Chahine; Christian Garcia Vieira


‘Partners are available, present and provide excellent services. Well-structured team without major changes and departures of key people. The firm follows best practices and manages to deliver excellently.’

‘Dedicated, the Lobo de Rizzo team seeks to understand the case in its details. They stand out for seeking alternatives and solutions with a focus on economic return and cost control.’

Muriel Advogados

Muriel Advogados is a specialised boutique firm focused on the resolution of strategic disputes through judicial and arbitral proceedings. Though only founded in 2021, the firm has already become an established name in the arbitration space, owing to founding partner Marcelo Muriel‘s longstanding reputation in the market. Core areas of activity include complex disputes concerning the infrastructure and construction sectors, but the team is also recurrently instructed by energy clients in arbitration proceedings involving large-scale power plants, renewable projects and LNG terminals. Founder Muriel possesses more than thirty years of experience in domestic and international arbitration, acting as counsel and arbitrator. Danilo Orenga is skilled in commercial, corporate and contractual disputes, while senior associate Giovanny Russo is recommended for cases involving corporate transactions and the agribusiness, construction and infrastructure segments.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Muriel; Danilo Orenga


‘The team looks deeply into the client’s problem, understanding the various technical and legal implications of the case. They are always available and responsive.’

‘Giovanny Russo is impeccable, both from a technical point of view, knowledge of the business and the case, as well as posture and positioning.’

‘Marcelo Muriel is a leader in the Brazilian arbitration market. He is an effective strategist, and is knowledgeable about many businesses and industries and has the ability to simplify and explain complex problems well. He personally attends to matters and, again, knows what he wants from his collaborators. Recommended 100 out of 100.’

‘In my view, the great differential is the experience they have demonstrated in arbitrations and the effectiveness in seeking solutions that meet our needs.’

‘We were taken care of by a great team led by Danilo Orenga.’

Key clients

Nordex Energy Brasil

Acciona Construcción

Acciona Infraestructuras

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

Andritz Hydro

Paper Excellence

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

Domestic and international arbitration proceedings are core areas of focus for the dispute resolution group at Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados, which is especially sought out by clients engaged in corporate and shareholder disputes. A go-to for private equity and pension funds, the team is also active in complex matters involving commercial contracts and fraud. Based in Rio de Janeiro, co-head Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira is often retained by Brazilian and foreign clients – including companies, banks and pension funds – in relation to corporate and commercial disputes. Also in Rio, Claudio Roberto Pieruccetti Marques specialises in public law and infrastructure cases, while Lucas Hermeto is a contact for corporate conflicts and Antonio Tiburcio splits his time between litigation and arbitral matters. Fellow co-leader Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti, who is based in the São Paulo office, acts as arbitrator and counsel in energy-related proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira; Marcos Serra Netto Fioravanti


‘The firm combines quality and agility.’

‘The office has lawyers who are very well prepared for strategic action in highly complex cases, in particular, arbitration in the contractual, infrastructure and energy areas. Attention to detail, zeal in client service, factual knowledge of the case, legal know-how (both legislative and practical) certainly made all the difference to the success of the procedure.’

‘Lucas Hermeto is an extremely committed lawyer. Throughout his performance in the arbitration procedure, he proved to be aware of all the facts, which helped a lot not only in aligning the strategy with the client, but also in the effective procedural performance, especially in the instruction, which led to the success of the case.’

Key clients


EDP Renováveis Brazil

Órama Investimentos

Postalis Instituto de Previdência Complementar

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

JOTUN Brasil Importação Exportação e Industria de Tintas

Warde Advogados

Dedicated to dispute resolution, most notably corporate disputes, anti-corruption and regulatory cases, Warde Advogados is a ‘go-to firm for clients seeking assistance in tricky cases‘. With an impressive track record in both domestic and cross-border arbitration proceedings, the group attracts instructions from companies operating in a multitude of sectors, such as energy, manufacturing and insurance. Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is ‘a unique figure in the legal world‘, who is singled out for his wealth of experience in commercial and corporate disputes involving the banking, infrastructure, energy, consumer goods and media segments. Bankruptcy cases are a key specialism for Jose Luiz Bayeux Neto. Felipe Emmanuel De Figueiredo, who regularly acts for real estate, media and infrastructure clients; Rodrigo Jesuino Bittencourt, a name to note for disputes involving M&A, financial and capital markets; and Alexandre Barroco, whose sectoral knowledge covers infrastructure, logistics and energy, offer key support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior


‘The firm’s approach is personalised according to each demand, which gives us confidence that our cases are in good hands. The quality of service provided is exceptional. The firm has the ability to adapt solutions to efficiently meet our needs.’

‘The team is highly skilled, experienced and able to provide up-to-date information in a timely manner. They work collaboratively and provide quality work in order to achieve the best results for clients.’

‘We are very satisfied with the service provided. The team is extremely helpful and professional, always ready to answer questions and provide the necessary information. In addition, the quality of the work provided is excellent, always with great agility and efficiency.’

‘Walfrido Warde and Rodrigo Bittencourt are professionals with depth and breadth of experience, in addition to having a highly qualified team of lawyers to support them in a wide range of areas. We feel confident knowing we have these two experienced professionals on our side.’

‘Visionary team that always presents highly innovative strategies to clients.’

‘Walfrido Warde is undoubtedly a unique figure in the legal world. He manages to have an extremely bold and at the same time technical vision of any legal problem.’

‘Warde has a tenacious team. A go-to firm for clients seeking assistance in tricky cases. They have an entrepreneurial approach and are always ready to bring in specialist expertise through co-counsel, where required.’

‘I have primarily worked with Renato Polillo. He responds quickly and provides insightful and valuable advice, both legally and commercially, with an in-depth knowledge of the client’s needs.’

Costa Tavares Paes Advogados

Costa Tavares Paes Advogados possesses a ‘team specialised in arbitration‘, which is well versed in proceedings before Brazilian and international arbitral bodies, including the ICC. Construction and energy-related disputes are at the core of the group's offering, which also covers contentious matters involving financing, contracts, corporate transactions and employment issues. Antonio Tavares Paes Jr. and Vamilson José Costa, who focuses on shareholder and corporate disputes, are at the helm of the practice, where Carolina Xavier da Silveira Moreira is a name to note for arbitration proceedings involving the construction and financial services sectors. These are also among Cristiano Cardoso Dias‘s areas of expertise, while associate Nathalia Jordão handles a mix of corporate, post-M&A, energy and infrastructure-related proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Tavares Paes Jr; Vamilson José Costa


‘Team specialised in arbitration.’

‘I’d highlight Antonio Tavares.’

Felsberg Advogados

Led by Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes, Felsberg Advogados offers support to corporations and individuals in a variety of arbitration matters, including proceedings arising from construction contracts, M&A, energy and commercial agreements. Practice head Gomes is noted for his experience in commercial arbitration and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes


‘For me, the great differential of this office in arbitration cases is the very high involvement of the partners. They are very present and involved with the case.’

‘I’d highlight Marcus Alexandre Matteucci Gomes.’

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados

Based in Curitiba, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini Advogados, which has a well-established reputation for its strong credentials in public law, is a popular destination for clients seeking advice on arbitrations involving concessions, government contracts and other agreements with the public administration. Cesar Pereira, who is regularly appointed as presiding arbitrator and co-arbitrator, and Eduardo Talamini, a key contact for clients from the construction, telecoms, sanitation, energy and water segments, steer the team on a wide range of ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Public law scholar Rafael Wallbach Schwind and associate Guilherme F. Dias Reisdorfer are also active in arbitration proceedings involving infrastructure projects and public contracts.

Practice head(s):

Cesar Pereira; Eduardo Talamini

Key clients

Construtora Coesa

Jaraguá Equipamentos Industriais

Águas de Itu – Exploração de Serviços de Água e Esgoto

BRK Ambiental – Região Metropolitana Do Recife/Goiana

Work highlights

  • Represents Águas de Itu – Exploração de Serviços de Água e Esgoto in an arbitration initiated against the City of Itu aiming to discuss the termination of a concession contract for water supply and sanitation.

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

The arbitration team at public law heavyweight Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados specialises in the resolution of disputes concerning interactions between the public and private sectors. Typical mandates include advising domestic and international actors on contentious matters involving the infrastructure, construction, energy, and oil and gas segments. Practice head Floriano De Azevedo Marques Neto was recently nominated as an effective justice of the Superior Electoral Court. Former co-leader Carolina Smirnovas is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto

Key clients

ECO 050 – Concessionária de Rodovias


Companhia Docas de Imbituba

Consórcio Construtor Viracopos (CCV)

Corsán-Corviam Construcción

Consórcio Via Amarela (CVA)

Alstom Transport

CBPO Engenharia

Construtora Coesa

Álya Construtora (Construtora QueirozGalvão)

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo – ENEL

Águas do Mirante (AEGEA)

Ibitu Energia

Grupo Marquise

Work highlights

  • Representing Claro in an arbitration against the National Telecoms Agency (ANATEL) involving the economic and financial rebalancing of concession agreements.
  • Acting for Águas do Mirante in an arbitration involving the rebalancing of a contract.
  • Acting for SERCOMTEL in an arbitration involving a concession agreement.

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados

Monteiro de Castro e Setoguti Advogados‘ ‘available, agile and responsive’ arbitration team is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge‘ of corporate disputes, including proceedings arising from post-M&A issues and shareholder agreements. Practice head Guilherme Setoguti is recommended by clients for his ‘great ability to build strategies‘ in the context of complex arbitration. He receives key support from a strong group of associates: Cláudia Gruppi Costa; Débora Carrara, who specialises in commercial and corporate cases; and Bárbara Spohr Gonçalves, who further demonstrates expertise in real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Setoguti


‘All members of the arbitration and corporate disputes team have extensive legal knowledge and the ability to understand business facts related to disputes. The team is very available, agile and responsive.’

‘Guilherme Setoguti has a high level of specialised legal knowledge and a great ability to build strategies. Debora Carrara has a high level of legal knowledge and energy to provide the necessary agility for the development of innovative solutions.’

‘An experienced and prepared team.’

Key clients

Esh Capital Investimentos

Saraiva E Siciliano

Saraiva Livreiros Editores

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes do Rio de Janeiro


Prisma Capital

Padis Mattar Advogados

The ‘highly technical, committed, specialised, organised and ethical‘ team at Padis Mattar Advogados is ‘well prepared to deal with the most complicated arbitration proceedings‘ seated in Brazil and abroad. Corporate and commercial disputes are a core strength for the firm, which is also adept in ancillary arbitration-related proceedings, such as the enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards. Eduardo Augusto Mattar and Jaili Quinta Cunha are ‘always at the forefront of cases‘, focusing on corporate and M&A, and contractual disputes, respectively. Rodrigo Nikobin, who joined from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in November 2022, brings significant experience in arbitration involving the energy, oil and gas, and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Augusto Mattar; Jaili Quinta Cunha


‘Highly technical, committed, specialised, organised, ethical team that strives for an exquisite service. They know everything about the area and deliver impeccable service.’

‘Padis Mattar Advogados stands out for the high expertise of its lawyers and consequent exceptional quality of work. Also noteworthy is the agility in providing answers to the client and the meticulous care with which the lawyers deal with the cases.’

‘Eduardo Augusto Mattar and Jaili Quinta Cunha, in addition to being very pleasant and approachable people, are always at the forefront of cases, personally taking care of each stage, which gives us great confidence in the work of the entire team. In addition, Eduardo and Jaili are extremely intelligent people, with extensive knowledge and experience, who always suggest sophisticated and creative strategies.’

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Drawing on the firm’s strong credentials in the projects and infrastructure space, Stocche Forbes Advogados is well placed to handle complex arbitration cases involving the energy and construction sectors. In addition, the team is also adept in proceedings concerning M&A, contractual and shareholder disputes. The practice is under the joint leadership of Rafael Passaro, a contact for commercial and corporate disputes; Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho and Wilson Newton de Mello Neto. Maria Lucia Cetraro often acts for clients from the construction, energy and pharmaceuticals industries in strategic disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Passaro; Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli; Guilherme Gaspari Coelho; Wilson Newton de Mello Neto


‘Cases are always monitored by partners, together with the team specialised in the subject under discussion, which makes deliberation on the issues faster and more assertive. It has an agile, effective and very organised administrative structure.’

‘Rafael Pássaro stands out not only for his refined technical quality, but also for the zeal and wisdom in which he articulates with clients.’

‘Wilson Mello Neto is a lawyer with extensive legal and executive experience. A born articulator with great skill in negotiation and discussions in the legal and political spheres.’

‘The firm and staff are intimately familiar with my company’s business and operations. The lawyers involved, regardless of their seniority, are extremely well-trained from a technical point of view. The relationship partner is present in all projects. Different options/structures are constantly presented, always with the objective of making it possible to carry out my company’s operations safely.’

Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados

Clients turn to dispute resolution boutique Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados for ‘its excellent performance in complex cases‘ of national and international significance. Singled out for its ‘understanding of the Brazilian legal system and the procedural issues involved in arbitration proceedings’, the group is especially active in construction, real estate, technology and corporate disputes, including post-M&A arbitration. Founding partner Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman possesses a strong reputation in the market given her longstanding experience in complex arbitral proceedings involving real estate, corporate and banking contracts, as well as the construction and retail sectors. Marília Canto Gusso has worked on several arbitration matters involving the technology, consumer goods and construction sectors, while Juliana Brotto De Barros Milaré excels in real estate cases. Domingos Fernando Refinetti, who primarily focuses on litigation, ‘stands out for his technical knowledge‘.

Practice head(s):

Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman; Marília Canto Gusso; Juliana Brotto de Barros Milaré; Domingos Fernando Refinetti


‘WK’s team is highly qualified. Its professionals have extensive experience and knowledge of arbitration. Additionally, they are very attentive and available to meet clients’ expectations.’

‘I would like to highlight the technical capacity of Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman.’

‘It is an honour to work together with the WK team on the arbitration and civil litigation fronts. The firm’s differential is, without a doubt, its professionals. Their level of experience and availability make a difference.’

‘Domingos Fernando Refinetti stands out for his technical knowledge.’

‘The arbitration team at Wongtschowski Kleiman Advogados stands out for its excellent performance in complex cases, both domestic and international. It has a remarkable understanding of the Brazilian legal system and the procedural issues involved in arbitration proceedings.’

‘Vânia Wongtschowski Kleiman stands out for the exceptional coordination of her team and for her excellent performance as a lawyer in arbitration proceedings. Domingos Fernando Refinetti is a great arbitrator.’

Key clients


H. Aidar Pavimentação e Obras

CFGS Advogados

A ‘go-to‘ firm for arbitration proceedings under ICC and CAM-CCBC rules, among others, CFGS Advogados houses a team of ‘extremely engaged and qualified lawyers‘ with notable strength in disputes involving construction contracts, corporate law and shareholder conflicts. Brazilian banks, construction companies, retailers, real estate developers and private equity firms regularly turn to the arbitration department, which is jointly led by the highly regarded André De Luizi Correia, the ‘experiencedLetícia Abdalla, Rodrigo Ribeiro Fleury, and Luís Antonio da Gama e Silva Neto. Senior associate Renata Lorenzi Iório specialises in EPC-related disputes, while Berardino Di Vecchia Neto is active in cases involving construction, corporate disputes and energy contracts.

Practice head(s):

André de Luizi Correia; Rodrigo Ribeiro Fleury; Luís Antonio da Gama e Silva Neto; Letícia Abdalla


‘CFGS exemplifies what a boutique firm should be. Strong focus and excellent knowledge combined with proactice approach and strategic acumen.’

‘André Correia and Letícia Abdalla are experienced, smart and hard-working, always keeping an eye on the client’s needs. They always deliver work of great quality and can be fully trusted with the client’s interests.’

‘Extremely engaged and qualified lawyers, with fast and efficient performance.’

‘A clear vision and broad knowledge of the law. A simple and effective strategy from the beginning to the end of the case makes CFGS our go-to for arbitration.’

‘André Correia is the partner we work with, and I believe he is one of the best strategic minds in the sector.’

Key clients

GP Investments

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Grupo Odebrecht

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Banco BTG Pactual

FLPP – Faria Lima Prime Properties

Sapura Energy do Brasil

HIG Capital

Klaff Realty, LP



Snef Energia e Telecomunicações

Sigdo Koopers Group

Sendas Distribuidora (Assaí Atacadista)

Pátria Investimentos


Work highlights

  • Assisted CNO and Andrade Gutierrez in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of one of the world’s largest hydropower plants.
  • Assisted CBD in a strategic dispute arising out of a sale and leaseback deal.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

Led by Luciano Benetti Timm, the arbitration practice at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados handles a variety of contentious matters, covering corporate and commercial disputes and cases in the engineering and agribusiness sectors, among others. Related arbitration-related court cases are a particular area of focus for the group. Practice head Timm, who is praised for his ‘excellent theoretical background’, has built a solid profile in the domestic market as an arbitrator in numerous proceedings. Other key individuals include Tiago Faganello, who coordinates the litigation department in Rio Grande do Sul, and Danilo Brum De Magalhães in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Benetti Timm


‘It is a medium to large law firm, where clients receive personalised treatment. They are very attentive and of good technical quality.’

‘Luciano Timm has an excellent theoretical background.’

‘Danilo Brum possesses good experience in the procedural area, especially arbitration.’

Key clients

Meta Impressão e Soluções Digitais


PPG Tintas Industriais


CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (Commercialization Chamber of Electric Energy)

Concessionária do Monotrilho Linha 18 Bronze e Estado de São Paulo

Iten Concessionária do Centro de Gestão Integrado do Distrito Federal


Work highlights

  • Assisted Iten Concessionária do Centro de Gestão Integrado do Distrito Federal in the filing of arbitral proceedings against the Government of the Brazilian Federal District aimed at seeking damages for the termination of a contract.
  • Represented Lupatech in an arbitration involving an M&A and a breach of a non-compete clause.

Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados)

Founded in mid-2021, Franco Leutewiler Henriques Advogados (FLH Advogados) is regularly retained by leading domestic and international companies, including heavyweights from the energy sector, in complex arbitration matters. Aline Dias, who serves as counsel and arbitrator in domestic proceedings, is at the helm of the department, which is rated for its ‘technical and market knowledge of agribusiness and logistics‘. Guilherme Moura, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, frequently acts in corporate and contractual disputes. Entirely devoted to dispute resolution, Júlia Athayde focuses on strategic cases in the construction, corporate and energy segments.

Practice head(s):

Aline Dias


‘Technical and market knowledge of agribusiness and logistics make the firm a strategic partner for the company.’

KLA Advogados

Commercial and civil disputes involving corporate, IP, insurance, construction and real estate issues populate KLA Advogados‘ arbitration caseload. Led by Tiago Cortez, a dispute resolution and antitrust partner, the group is called upon by clients from an array of industries, including food and beverages, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. Recently promoted partners Flávia Alterio, who specialises in contractual and construction disputes, and Taisa Oliveira, who is proficient in real estate and commercial cases, are the other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortez; Flávia Alterio; Taísa Oliveira

Key clients


Agreste Saneamento

M Nasser Advocacia Estratégica

M Nasser Advocacia Estratégica has a solid track record in arbitral disputes involving construction, M&A, corporate governance, commercial contracts and insurance. Rated for ‘his deep involvement in the cases‘, Paulo Magalhães Nasser ‘stands out for his experience in the area of arbitration‘, including domestic and cross-border proceedings. Camila Rezende Martins acts for Brazilian and multinational clients in an array of contentious matters. The team was reinforced by the arrival of senior associate Letícia Zuccolo from Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Magalhães Nasser; Camila Rezende Martins


‘The arbitration team at M Nasser Advocacia Estratégica stands out for the fierce defense of its clients’ interests. Lawyers have an excellent understanding of Brazilian legislation and a solid track record in arbitration proceedings.’

‘Paulo Magalhães Nasser stands out for his experience in the area of arbitration and for his deep involvement in the cases.’

‘Young office, highly technical, which has been strengthening itself with important lateral hires.’

Key clients

Galderma Brasil


Galvão Engenharia

Chubb Brasil Seguros

Marbrasa Mármores e Granitos do Brasil

Banco Fiduciário Internacional (Banco da República de Cabo Verde)

Gisa Investimentos

Rudloff Industrial

Sonda Supermercados

DIS Esportes e Eventos

HIG Capital

Leceres (current name of GJP Administradora de Hotéis)

Dpaschoal – Comércio Automotivo

Captiva Distribuidora

Fundiciones Balaguer

Setpar Participações

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

Mar Holding Participações

Concessionária Rota das Bandeiras

AGR Agricultura de Precisão

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers of Grupo Itapemirim in an arbitration involving the breach of the share purchase agreement.
  • Advised Chubb on an insurance and reinsurance arbitration dispute involving the policy coverage related to the construction of ships.
  • Assisted Moraira in a contractual dispute involving the implementation and operation of 17 cafeterias in two Volkswagen factories in Brazil.

Madrona Fialho Advogados

A result of the 2023 merger between Fialho Salles Advogados and Madrona Advogados, Madrona Fialho Advogados handles a mix of domestic and cross-border arbitration matters, demonstrating particular strength in engineering, construction and corporate disputes. Leonardo Canabrava has a wealth of experience in arbitration and mediation, and often acts as arbitrator before Brazilian and international chambers. He oversees the Belo Horizonte group with Leonardo Birchal, who maintains a broad practice in dispute resolution and non-contentious matters. Also at the helm of the practice and based in São Paulo, João Carlos Toledo is a key name to note for cases involving M&A and energy supply agreements, while Fábio Alem focuses on corporate and construction disputes. Luciano Velasque Rocha is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Birchal; Leonardo Canabrava; João Carlos Toledo; Fabio Alem; Luciano Velasque Rocha


‘The high technical level of the services provided makes the firm stand out.’

‘Fábio Além – a professional with deep technical knowledge – stands out in the team.’

‘Excellent value for money. Deep analysis of issues and proposes practical solutions.’

‘João Toledo is recommended.’

‘Fábio Além is an experienced professional and can always make a difference.’

Key clients

Usina Siderúrgicas De Minas Gerais – Usiminas

Inspira Mudança Participações

Hap Engenharia

Sisnergy – Soluções e Sistemas Integrados

SPE Terminal

Shareholders In the Petra Group

BH Iluminação Pública

Axxiom Soluções Tecnológicas

Via Magna Construções e Empreendimentos

Mohallem Engenharia

LSM Participações

Parex Engenharia

Snef Energia e Telecomunicações

Energ Power

Work highlights

  • Acted for SPE Terminal Belo Horizonte in an arbitration involving the PPP between the client and the city of Belo Horizonte.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Jointly led by dispute resolution specialists Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro and Daniela Soares Domingues in Rio de Janeiro, Siqueira Castro – Advogados‘ arbitration team acts for a varied corporate client base and individuals in proceedings involving civil, commercial, contractual, corporate, tax and IP law. Contractual breaches, shareholder disputes and the enforcement of arbitral awards are core areas of activity for the team, in which André Frossard Albuquerque, who is the main point of contact in the São Paulo office, stands out for his experience in real estate-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro; Daniela Soares Domingues

Key clients

Lempar Serviços e Participações

Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa

Citycon Engenharia e Construções

White Martins Gases Industriais

BSI Capital Securitizadora

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados

Best known for its capabilities in restructuring and insolvency matters, Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg and Kurzweil Advogados' dispute resolution team is active in arbitration proceedings arising from commercial, corporate and contractual disputes, with a particular emphasis on the energy, agribusiness and financial services sectors. These are key sector focuses for Ivo Waisberg and Ricardo Pomeranc Matsumoto, who jointly head the department with Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos, a specialist in corporate and banking-related arbitration. Senior associate Ana Cláudia de Olivera Rennó has acted as counsel in numerous cases.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Waisberg; Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos; Ricardo Pomeranc Matsumoto


‘What makes TWK unique is the vast experience of partner Ivo Waisberg and his accurate strategies in arbitration.’

‘Partner Ivo Waisberg is an outstanding lawyer in arbitration. He has an ability to foresee the strategies that will succeed, in addition to having unparalleled agility and precision.’

‘The partners – in particular, Ivo Waisberg and Bruno Kurzweil – are excellent strategists and, therefore, manage to combine technique with efficient sponsorship of their clients’ interests. The teams are well integrated, they work very well.’

Toledo Marchetti Advogados

Toledo Marchetti Advogados, a boutique firm focused on the infrastructure and construction sectors, is particularly well placed to advise on arbitration matters involving the construction and implementation of infrastructure projects. A popular destination for project owners, concessionaires and contractors, the group is under the joint leadership of Ricardo Medina Salla, Leonardo Toledo da Silva and Adriana Regina Sarra de Deus. Lucas Russi Farah, who has previously worked at CAM-CCBC as a case manager responsible for arbitration proceedings related to corporate law, investment banking, construction and the energy sector, stands out at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Medina Salla; Leonardo Toledo da Silva; Adriana Regina Sarra de Deus


‘The team is very professional, committed, well prepared, attentive, young and multidisciplinary.’

‘Knowledge of the infrastructure market.’

‘Availability, commitment, initiative.’

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is regularly instructed by clients operating in a range of sectors – including construction, oil and gas, power, technology and real estate – in relation to complex arbitration matters. The group has recently experienced an uptick in mandates involving capital markets, construction, shareholder and contractual disputes. Antonio Celso Pugliese regularly assists clients operating in the construction and financial services sectors in arbitration. Erik Sernik, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2022, has worked on several arbitral matters arising from commercial, financial and civil disputes.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Celso Pugliese