Transport and shipping in Brazil
Providing service that is 'second to none', ASBZ Advogados has a strong aviation practice. Typical work includes assisting foreign carriers with establishing and maintaining their operations in Brazil, representing clients before the aviation agency and handling passenger claims. For example, it recently represented United Airlines in a cargo claim filed by Itaú Seguros and Bradesco Seguros, as well as defending American Airlines against a civil claim concerning the death of a passenger. Guilherme Amaral is ‘a quick thinker’ and senior associate Nicole Villa a rising star in the sector.
Basch & Rameh
With a strong focus on aviation, Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados acts for airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, insurers and lenders. Typical work includes assisting airlines operating in Brazil with obtaining permits and with negotiating commercial agreements and airport operation concessions. The 'diligent' team includes the 'dependable' Ricardo Bernardi and Carla Cristina Schnapp.
Escritório Jurídico Carbone
Under the lead of 'swift and effective coordinator' Olympio Carvalho, Castro Barros Advogados ' team acts for numerous international shipping law firms as clients. Frequently acting on contentious cases, the group represented Brasbunker Participações in litigation against Maridive & Oil Services concerning the non-compliance with vessel operating agreements.
Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados offers 'clear communication' when advising on shipping finance and transactional matters. For example, the team assisted ABN Amro, as agent to the senior lenders, with the financing for the construction and acquisition of five open hatch general cargo vessels. Rafael Baleroni is 'smart and capable'.
Costa, Albino & Lasalvia Sociedade de Advogados
Costa, Albino & Lasalvia Sociedade de Advogados is the new kid on the block: Founded in mid-2018 by former HFW partner Fernando Albino and former Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown partners Julio Costa and Gustavo Lasalvia, the aviation boutique has had a promising start. Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano joined from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in October 2018 and the four partners handle insurance/reinsurance, commercial contracts and dispute resolution work.
Aviation matters are an area of particular expertise at 'available, swift and capable' DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados, which has has strong experience with the financing, purchase and leasing of aircraft, and regularly handles administrative procedures. Clients consider Ana Luisa Castro Cunha Derenusson as 'one of the most knowledgeable aviation experts in Brazil'.
Typical work for Demarest Advogados' 'practical and thorough' aviation and shipping teams includes corporate and financing matters as well as disputes. Recent matters saw the practice group assist Brasil Terminal Portuário, Mitsubishi and Sumitomo with the negotiation of agreements for the implementation of port developments. Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz 'adapts to client's requirements' and is a 'pleasure to work with'.
Di Ciero Advogados
Rio de Janeiro-based aviation specialist Di Ciero Advogados' client portfolio includes airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch. Under the leadership of 'hardworking' founding partner Simone Di Ciero, the team regularly acts on operation licenses, customs matters and passenger claims.
Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados
The 'clear and concise' team at Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados, which focuses on environmental law and foreign trade matters in as well to maritime issues, is particularly renowned for handling ship salvage operations and other accidents. It assisted long-term client SMIT Salvage Americas with the negotiation of a contract with Vale concerning the refloating and removal of the wreck of the vessel Tecarmo. Leading lawyer Roberto Farinon and Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva are recommended; José Augusto Mendes Marques is 'the first call for shipping issues in Brazil' and 'great at resolving disputes out of court'.
Felsberg Advogados' shipping practice focuses on contentious matters. A recent case in poit saw 'experienced leader' Marcus Matteucci represent Nordic Trustee in a dispute concerning the enforceability of mortgages on foreign-flag vessels. However, former aviation-team practice head João Paulo Servera and senior associate Marcela Corrêa, left for Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados in August 2018.
Originally a Rio de Janeiro-based firm, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is expanding its São Paulo presence under the lead of the ‘proactive and well organised’ Lucas Leite Marques. The ‘excellent’ Godofredo Mendes Vianna, Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Iwam Jaeger are the names to note in Rio de Janeiro. The practice assists shipowners, charterers, carriers, P&I Clubs, as well as terminal and port operators with the full range of maritime matters. One of numerous foreign clients is Solstad Offshore, which the team represented in litigation filed by Petrobras concerning alleged excessive downtime of a vessel with regards to which the parties had entered into a charter and a service contract.
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for airlines such as LATAM, air taxi companies such as Icon Táxi Aéreo and leasing companies such as GE Capital Aviation Services. The latter client instructed the team to handle the sale and leaseback of five Boeing 737-800 aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas. Fabio Falkenburger 'sets the tone for an excellent team of associates' and handles both financing and regulatory work.
The 'experienced and skillful' team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad take on shipping matters, assisting private equity funds and financial institutions as well as ship owners, shipping companies, terminals and service providers. A recent highlight saw the team assist Maersk with crew management, and with the chartering, sale and purchase of vessels. The firm is actively investing in the area, with Adriana Simões joining from Abdalla & Zimmermann Advogados in early 2019 and the 'always available and very knowledgeable' Nilton Mattos being promoted to partner in April 2019. Giovani Loss is another name to note. Aviation work includes aircraft purchase and sale transactions as well as joint ventures.
Montgomery & Associados
Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)
Fortaleza-based shipping boutique Promare Consultoria takes a 'holistic approach' and has a strong practice in the Northeast of Brazil, with further offices in Salvador, Belém and São Luís. The 'respected Larry Carvalho oversaw the representation of Galáxia Marítima in a debt claim against Varada Marine and Septem Group; other work included advising SP Combustíveis on a demurrage charge.
Advocacia Rocha Baptista
With a strong focus on shipping matters, boutique firm Advocacia Rocha Baptista acts for shipowners, insurers and agents, as well as importers, exporters and freight forwarders. From its offices in Rio Grande, Pelotas and Porto Alegre, the group regularly handles vessel arrests and cargo claims. Arthur Rocha Baptista is the main contact.
Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados advises aircraft manufacturers and airlines on aircraft leasing transactions and warranty negotiations. On the contentious side, the group represented Pacific Coast Group in litigation concerning the repossession of two Boeing 727 cargo aircraft leased to Total Linhas Aéreas. Practice head Ricardo Alvarenga is 'technical and available'.
The three-partner group at boutique firm Shipping Consultoria acts for shipping agents, P&I Clubs, shipyards and trading companies, among other maritime and shipping industry clients. Typical work includes advice on accidents, customs procedures and maritime-law disputes. Rio de Janeiro-based Fernando Porto and Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio are noteworthy practitioners and Fernando Porto Filho made partner in December 2018.
Siano & Martins Advogados Associados
Siano & Martins Advogados Associados is a maritime specialist with an 'excellent network'. It routinely acts for shipowners in litigation; recently handling a case concerning damages, for example, following a vessel's collision with the Sepetiba terminal. Other work includes cargo loss and damage, salvage operations and pollution matters. Founding partners Luiz Roberto Leven Siano and Fabiana Simões Martins are held in high regard.
Offering 'top-notch solutions', full service firm Veirano Advogados has a strong maritime law group. While mainly known for financing work, it also handles regulatory work such as assisting Heerema Marine Contractors with chartering and employment of foreign-flagged vessels in maritime support activities, the licencing and import of vessels, and charter and operation agreements. Marcelo Mattos is 'efficient and knowledgeable'. Otávio Carneiro and senior associate Rebeca Arruda Gomes are also recommended.
Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados
Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados' shipping practice, led by litigator Bernardo Mendes Vianna, offers 'excellent service', and regularly cooperates with the oil-and-gas team. Senior associate Flavia Melo focuses on non-contentious matters and has 'excellent judgement'. Newly made-up partner Joyce Jacobsen has strong ties to Norwegian clients. The group recently advised Cyprus Sea Lines on the towing of its Panamax Queen vessel, which had run aground, and assisted K Line with cargo claims.