Almeida Advogados fields an experienced team, with a strong emphasis on maritime, insurance and international law disputes. As well as the commercial cargo side of the market, its lawyers also have good expertise in advising major cruise ship operators. Breno Garbois leads the well-regarded team.
Transport and shipping in Brazil
‘Breno Garbois is always available, have a great legal knowledge and manages its team very well to deliver the expected work.’
Louis dreyfus company
Wilson sons offshore
Consorcio rohr fast
Starnav serviços marítimos
Camorim serviços marítimos
- Represented Cargill in a $10m public civil lawsuit lawsuit filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office seeking indemnity for environmental damages arising from an oil spill at sea.
ASBZ Advogados has established a good track record for advising foreign carriers on their operations in Brazil. Support ranges from major litigation claims, regulatory issues, labour advice, and corporate and tax matters. Practice head Guilherme Amaral has over 15 years of experience and is backed by a strong team of senior associates, including litigator and consumer law specialist Nicole Villa.
Société Air France
Alitalia Compagnia Aerea Italiana
Gol Linhas Aéreas
El Al Isarael
Aerovias del Coninente Americano
Kuehne & Nagel
- Successfully represented Société Air France in a dispute with insurer Chubb do Brasil involving the Montreal Convention; the case was one of the first decisions by the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice in which the Convention was applied.
- Defended TAP Air Portugal against a R$3m notice of infraction brought by the Public Prosecutor’s Office regarding the alleged improper collection of payments for early seat bookings.
Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados
Aviation is a key area of focus for Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados, which represents a mix of aircraft manufacturers, operators, insurers and lenders. The firm regularly assists airlines on domestic permit negotiations, commercial agreements and airport concessions. Ricardo Bernardi is active on the corporate and regulatory side, while Carla Cristina Schnapp also has related experience in employment, insurance and disputes.
Escritório Jurídico Carbone
Castro Barros Advogados is a popular choice for wet and dry shipping disputes. The firm acts for a mix of banks, P&I clubs and maritime services companies in a broad range of claims. The team has also established connections with several leading international shipping firms. The highly rated Olympio Carvalho leads the team, with strong support from well-regarded associate Camilla Werneck. Clients also benefit from the input of other experienced litigators at the firm, including Alexandre Espínola Catramby and insurance specialist Daniela Alves Portugal Duque Estrada.
‘Castro Barros has an outstanding team. They have a variety of expertise in-house and all professionals are all engaged to understand the client’s needs.’
‘Castro Barros worked efficiently and provided an excellent advice on a complex marine insurance dispute in Brazil. Their advice was very thorough.’
‘Strong knowledge of legal grounds that can support and maintain consistently high quality in the work.’
‘Great capability in maritime litigation, and international experience.’
‘Olympio Carvalho oversees the shipping team. He’s an amiable individual and brilliant lawyer. He’s always at hand to advise on a myriad of matters.’
‘Camilla Werneck is also brilliant and provides carefully thought out advice.’
‘I’d also like to single out Daniela Duque Estrada who is an insurance partner at the firm. Her knowledge of the Brazilian insurance framework is second to none.’
‘Alexandre Catramby is a great litigator, with experience in maritime cases.’
Brasbunker Participações S/A (Bravante)
Mizuho Sangyo Co.
Navigators Syndicate 1221 at Lloyd’s
Golar Spirit UK Limited
Norte Marine Indústria, Reparos e Operações Fluviais LTDA-EPP
Canpotex Shipping Services
Export Import Bank of India
Fugro Brasil Serviços Submarinos e Levantamentos
MUFG Bank – The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
- Assisted Norte Marine Indústria in negotiations involving ship repair, charterparties and other agreements with Hidrovias do Brasil.
- Represented Brasbunker Participações in a dispute with Maridive & Oil Services, an Egyptian shipping company, which chartered vessels to Petrobras.
- Assisting JPMorgan Chase in a $100m-plus dispute with the port authority of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro, related to Brazil’s largest ever port finance operation.
Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados comes highly recommended for its ship finance and transactional work. The team acts for both borrowers and lenders, and has advised on capital raisings involving over 100 vessels in the past decade. The firm also advises on contractual issues and charterparty agreements. Rafael Baleroni and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are very well regarded.
‘Smart and capable, they are well informed about all aspects of Brazilian shipping and offshore transactions.’
‘Very good technically. Proactive and energetic. Their English is excellent and their explanations are clear and digestible.’
‘Rafael Baleroni gives prompt and thorough advice and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.’
‘Mauricio dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni are highly responsive and clear in their advice, which whilst being very good technically and also very well founded commercially.’
Bourbon Offshore Marítima
Eksportkreddit Norge AS (EKN)
Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance Limited
Aegean Baltic Bank
ING Bank, Singapore Branch
The Korea Development Bank, Seocho Branch
Nonghyup Bank and Kookmin Bank
ING Bank, Singapore Branch
ABN Amro Bank
- Advised Magni partners on the $1.3bn acquisition of four drilling rigs in Sete Brasil’s judicial reorganisation.
- Assisted Societé Generale, and a syndicate of lenders on the $232m financing of the construction and acquisition of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessel by BW FSRU III.
Costa, Albino & Lasalvia Sociedade de Advogados
Costa, Albino & Lasalvia Sociedade de Advogados is especially well known for its expertise in aviation law, but also offers strong support in related areas, including insurance/reinsurance, dispute resolution and commercial contracts. The firm also offers shipping advice. Key contacts include Fernando Albino, Julio Costa and Gustavo Lasalvia. Clients also benefit from the firm’s cooperation with international firm HFW. After publication, Felipe Bonsenso left the firm.
DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados is a leading destination for aviation advice, particularly for lenders, airlines and trading companies. Among its key areas of expertise are financings, leasing agreements and other related transactional work, and the team also has experience in litigation, regulatory, employment, tax, liability and insurance matters. Practice head Ana Luisa Castro Cunha Derenusson enjoys a good reputation in the market.
‘We use them for their level of knowledge, experience and expertise in aviation law. Ana Luisa Derenusson personally takes care of every single detail.’
Demarest Advogados represents a mix of aircraft and avionics manufacturers and airlines on a broad range of transactional, financing, liability and regulatory issues. Other clients include insurers, suppliers, caterers, airports and IT service providers. The team is led by highly rated corporate partner Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz. Disputes specialist Luciana Goulart Penteado left the firm in September 2021.
‘Demarest is an excellent law firm, with responsible, knowledgeable and serious professionals who focus on clients needs. It’s a pleasure to work with them.’
‘Gabriel Kusnietz is always sharp and available, has a deep understanding of the client’s needs.’
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras
Iberia Líneas Aéreas
Air France / KLM
Aerolíneas Argentinas / Austral / Aerolíneas Cargo
Globalia Linhas Aéreas
Embraer / Eleb / Savis
Textron / Cessna
- Advised Globalia Corporación Empresarial/Air Europa Líneas Aéreas on establishing a domestic airline company in Brazil, including all negotiations with the National Civil Aviation Agency.
Di Ciero Advogados
Specialised aviation boutique Di Ciero Advogados has significant experience in the market. The team, which is led by Simone Di Ciero, covers the full range of aviation matters, from new airline launches through to passenger complaints, and customs, insurance and employment issues. Its clients include several leading airlines.
Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados
Founded in 1972 and based in Porto Alegre, maritime boutique Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados has a long and distinguished track record in the market. The firm represents shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, salvage companies, shipping agencies, port operators and import and export companies. The firm handles the full range of dry and wet shipping disputes, including marine casualties and related insurance claims. It also has strong expertise in related environmental law issues. Founding partner Roberto Porto Farinon and José Augusto Mendes Marques are both highly experienced in this area.
‘Excellent team and a good blend of different talents amongst the firm’s partners.’
‘With all litigation, where success is determined by the end result, Farinon never fail to get the job done.’
‘Roberto Farinon is truly one of Brazil’s most admired lawyers in the shipping sector and is known for his in-depth knowledge in Maritime Law and strong commitment to his clients’ causes.’
‘José Augusto Mendes Marques has an ability to predict the actions of his counterpart that is second to none. With José Augusto, we know our interests are in the best possible hands and he has thus far never failed to deliver the desired results.’
Steamship Mutual Management (Bermuda) Ltd.
Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
BOSKALIS DO BRASIL DRAGAGEM E SERVIÇOS MARÍTIMOS LTDA.
Frota de Petroleiros do Sul Ltda.
NEXUS GERENCIAMENTO DE PÁTIOS LTDA.
- Represented Smit Salvage Americas on the negotiation of salvage services for an abandoned vessel which required provisional repairs before being transported back to China on a heavy-lift cargo vessel.
Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has established an excellent reputation in wet and dry shipping claims. The firm counts shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, port operators and shipyards among its clients. Cargo, charterparty and collision claims remain high on the agenda, and the firm is also strong on administrative disputes, including related environmental and pollution issues. The firm fields a large team, with talent from top to bottom. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Iwam Jaeger are all key players in the market, and they are backed up by a strong team of younger partners and associates. Lucas Leite Marques in São Paulo and the recently promoted Juliana Pizzolato Furtado Senna are both well regarded, as are associates Rodrigo Figueiredo da Silva Cotta and Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires.
‘Great strength and depth in knowledge of the law and credibility with stakeholders in government.’
‘The extensive knowledge of the shipping market allied with the high quality of legal advice makes Kincaid unique in Brazil.’
‘Kincaid’s team is only focused in building strong cases and that goal is what we want in terms of not losing time and money. The key point is that they keep updating themselves on most recent decisions and precedents that can be used in our benefit. Sometimes we doubt ourselves about the odds and Kincaid is always there to support and make the decision to move a lawsuit much more easily and assertively.’
‘Iwan Jaeger stands out for his ability to create long term relationship with his clients, developing a deep knowledge of their businesses and problems. He is hands on, with great availability and serenity to help on crisis management.’
‘Camila Mendes Vianna is the heart of the law firm and sometimes we feel she is part of our internal team.’
‘Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires as the customs and taxes reference and Rodrigo Cotta as the leader of the civil subjects, both delivered great results that change the way we face the market and that trust is the cornerstone of our relationship. We also could not forget to mention Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Godofredo Mendes Vianna as the main partners responsible.’
Solstad Offshore AS
Ferroport Logística Comercial Exportadora
Cma Cgm do Brasil Agencia Maritima
BRAM OFFSHORE TRANSPORTES MARÍTIMOS
MODEC SERVIÇOS DE PETRÓLEO DO BRASIL
Otto Candies LLC
TRIUNFO / SHORE
Farol Apoio Marítimo
- Advised Solstad Offshore in a R$30m charter dispute with Petrobras following the early termination of charter contracts with the vessels Sea Vixen and Sea Stoat.
- Assisted TMS Offshore in disputes with Petrobras over contracts for four vessels in which the client was subject to contractual fines for claims that it had failed to comply with certain labour codes.
- Defended Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz against a claim brought by the public prosecutor concerning the correct licensing for a shipyard construction project.
- Represented CMA – CGM Societe Anonyme in an insurance recovery claim following alleged damage to cargo during a fire on board the M/V San Felipe.
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a good reputation in the market for financing and regulatory work. Regular advice to airlines such as LATAM is testament to the team's standing. Well-regarded practice head Fabio Falkenburger also has good experience advising on airport-related concessions, financings and regulatory matters.
‘The firm has a cadre of professionals dedicated to transportation matters that leaves nothing to be desired. In Aviation specifically, they are knowledgeable about the issues that matter; have international experience; are very proactive and well respected in the marketplace.’
‘Fabio Falkenburger is at the top of any list of aviation lawyers. Having spent time inside client companies, experiencing their day-to-day concerns and problems, he developed into a well-rounded, seasoned professional, with in-depth knowledge of his field of activity.’
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados offers strong aviation and shipping expertise. The aviation side is handled by well-regarded partner Adriana Simões out of the firm's São Paulo office. This includes a mix of leasing, financing and regulatory work, as well as advice on airport concession agreements. The shipping side is led out of Rio de Janeiro by the highly rated Nilton Mattos, who is especially strong in dry shipping matters, including charterparty agreements and offshore supply contracts.
‘We have worked with Nilton Mattos in the Rio de Janeiro shipping team. He provides an excellent service, and is particularly good at leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams within Mattos Filho to provide a single, coordinated response when complex advice is needed.’
‘The team is deeply knowledgeable about the matters discussed. Work of excellence. The partners and lawyers are very dedicated and careful in carrying out their work and preparing opinions.’
iFood.com Agência de Restaurantes Online
Aena Desarrollo Internacional SME
Passaredo Transportes Aéreos
MAP Transportes Aéreos
GOL Linhas Aéreas
Uniair Táxi Aéreo
Maersk Supply Services
Toisa / Sealion Shipping
- Assisted Aena Desarrollo Internacional on its successful bid for the concession for the administration of Brazil’s Northeast block of airports.
- Represented Passaredo Transportes Aéreos on the $45m lease of three aircraft with GECAS.
- Assisted offshore supply services company CBO – Companhia Brasileira Offshore on the tendering for several vessel contracts with Perenco and Petrobras.
- Advised Maersk Supply Services on pre-litigation measures concerning certain charter agreements with Petrobras.
Montgomery & Associados
The aviation sector is a key focus area for Montgomery & Associados, which offers a broad range of support to several airlines, including newcomers to the Brazilian market. This ranges from customer litigation through to regulatory, labour, tax and employment issues. The team is led by Neil Montgomery and includes litigator Flavio Igel, who has good expertise in handling high-volume passenger claims.
‘Very good for complex litigation and aviation matters.’
‘Neil and his team are efficient, well balanced in areas of expertise, and straightforward. They support their assessment with applicable regulations, legal and jurisprudential knowledge, and with their experience and specific knowledge of the industry.’
‘Neil is an expert in the aeronautical legal industry. He is up to date with every new event or regulation in the market that can affect or be an opportunity for his clients. He is very well connected and helps coordinate meetings with key partners in Brazil. And he is passionate about the industry and about how he can make his clients improve in their business.’
‘Regarding Montgomery’s consumer team, Flavio Igel is very thorough in the analysis of each case, studying each one in particular and providing a precise recommendations for each situation, always having in mind the general guidelines from the company.’
South African Airways
Air New Zealand
Aerolíneas Argentinas / Austral
Air Tahiti Nui
Arinc / Rockwell Collins
Heavyweight Air Express
FB Líneas Aereas
Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Advised Argentinian aviation company FB Líneas Aereas (Flybondi) on its operational launch in Brazil in 2019.
- Assisted Virgin Atlantic on establishing the company in Brazil, including the opening of a Brazilian branch.
- Advising South African Airways on a range of issues, including passenger claims, complex labour claims and day-to-day corporate and regulatory matters.
Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A)
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados has expertise in shipping and aviation law. Ricardo Coelho and Marcello Lobo regularly advise on maritime and shipping contracts and ship financings, while Luis Claudio Furtado Faria oversees the litigation and regulatory side. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho is the main contact for aviation finance.
Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços
Mineração Rio do Norte
Sistac Sistemas de Acesso
Trident Energy Management Limited
World Metals & Alloys FZC
Petro Rio Jaguar Petróleo
Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co.
Eastern Pacific Shipping
IFC – International Finance Corporation and KfW Group
- Advised Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços on the administrative defence against a potential blockade of one of its vessels by competitor companies following a competitive bidding process for a subsea exploration contract.
Fortaleza-based maritime boutique Promare Consultoria has established itself as one of the top practices in Northeast Brazil, and is also popular with clients from other parts of the country. The firm represents shipowners and operators in major wet and dry shipping disputes, including supply vessel-related contractual claims, maritime casualties and ship arrests. The firm also counts major port operators among its clients. Larry Carvalho leads the practice, which has a 24/7 emergency response practice and has additional expertise in related areas, including labour, personal injury and environmental matters.
‘The team is united and very communicative. Curiosity and team focus drives the office.’
‘The Promare team stands out for its unparalleled attention to customers, making them unique. The ability to understand the challenges of each process and the dedication to which they launch themselves in the search for a solution is what makes us safe.’
‘What is unique is their knowledge of the market, knowledge of how the operation goes and and juridical knowledge on the field of shipping.’
‘Promade’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. It was indeed a great pleasure working with Larry Carvalho.’
Thomas Miller (Hellas)
American P&I Club
Shipowners P&I Club
- Represented Galaxia Maritima in a dispute concerning the operation of six vessels in the oil and gas industry.
- Assisted a client in an arbitration concerning a $12m demurrage charge.
- Represented Marimar in a $10m contractual dispute with Petrobras concerning the premature termination of a contract for ten support vessels.
Advocacia Rocha Baptista
Advocacia Rocha Baptista is an experienced boutique, with offices in Rio Grande, Pelotas and Porto Alegre. The team advises shipowners, insurers, agents, importers, exporters and freight forwarders on a wide range of matters, including cargo claims and vessel arrests. Founding partners Fabricio Rocha and André Baptista are two of the main contacts.
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados
Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados regularly represents airlines and aircraft manufacturers on a broad range of contract and tax issues, including leasing transactions and warranty negotiations. The highly rated Ricardo Alvarenga leads the team from Belo Horizonte.
‘Brings real added value by finding out of the box solutions.’
‘Ricardo Alvarenga – great knowledge about aeronautical law, accessible, and diligent.’
Airbus Group Brasil Representações
Construtora Norberto Odebrecht
Líder Táxi Aéreo
EAO Empreendimentos Agropecuários e Obras
Helicópteros do Brasil – HELIBRAS
Pacific Coast Group
Conserva de Estradas
Aero Consulting – Consultores Associados
Helivia Aero Táxi
Fly and Fun Táxi Aéreo
Airbus Brasil Negócios Aeroespaciais
Composite Technology do Brasil Serviços de Reparos em Pás de Helicópteros
- Advised Fly and Fun Táxi Aéreo on the importation and customs clearance of Bombardier aircraft.
Shipping Consultoria is popular with clients from across the shipping and maritime industry, including agents, P&I clubs, shipyards and trading companies. Advice covers casualty claims, maritime law disputes and customs procedures. Fernando Porto Filho, Fernando Porto and Antonio Francisco Sobral Sampaio are among the firm's key partners.
Siano & Martins Advogados Associados
Veirano Advogados has established a strong presence in the ship finance and maritime market, drawing on the expertise of Marcelo Mattos and senior associate Rebeca Arruda Gomes. As well as vessel transactions, the firm also advises clients on service contracts with the oil and gas industry. The recruitment of João Paulo Servera from Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados has also added significant weight on the aviation and aircraft financing front.
‘The team is completely available and experienced.’
‘Responsive and energetic team who have the added benefit of being experienced in local insolvency and repossession work.’
‘They have in-depth knowledge of the law and the market practice. They are very responsive and pleasant to work with.’
‘João Paulo Servera – very experienced in insolvency work who is therefore able to provide good strategic advice at the initial outset of a leasing transaction and provide pre-emptive solutions to future risk.’
‘Marcelo Mattos is very bright, responsive, and always guides us through difficult deals with a clear mind.’
Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG (JBG)
Centro Nacional de Navegação Transatlântica (Centronave)
DVB Bank SE
Nordic Trustee & Agency AB
DNB Bank ASA
Compagnie Maritime Monegasque International S.a.r.L (CMM)
Heerema Marine Contractors
NIBC Bank and ING Bank
Hidrovias do Brasil
CHC Helicopters Group
CHC do Brasil Táxi Aéreo
Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing
Capital Aviation Services
Helivia Aero Táxi
CHC Leasing Sarl
SMBC Aero Engine Lease
Power Pack Brasil
J. Malucelli Seguradora
Airbus Financial Services and Airbus
Aero Rio Taxi Aéreo
Export Development Canada – EDC
Agrarflug Helilift GmbH & Co. KG
Shannon Engine Support Limited
Fly Caribbean Direct
Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Transporte Aéreo – ABEAR
- Advised NIBC Bank and ING Bank on the $33.4m refinancing of five vessels.
- Assisted Waypoint Leasing on the $45m refinancing for three Leonardo AW139 aircraft.
Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados
The shipping and offshore team at Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados has an extremely strong track record. Bernardo Mendes Vianna handles both wet and dry shipping claims, from major casualties through to ship arrests. Other key partners include Daniela Ribeiro, who has significant experience in offshore projects and transactions, and Joyce Jacobsen, who has strong ties to the Norwegian market. The firm's strategic alliance with leading Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein is demonstrative of its strong international shipping links. Clients also benefit from the firm's experienced emergency response team.
‘The firm have high qualified partners to manage cases and give the clients assertive recommendation. Different from other firms, their support is very practical and assertive to the every day business.’
‘Bernardo Vianna is a top partner that frequently calls the clients to ensure if the support was as expected, which allow the clients to provide feedback.’
‘Daniela Ribeiro Davila is always quick to respond with the assistance of her team.’
North of England
Swire Pacific Offshore
- Advised North of England P&I Association and Chartworld Shipping Corporation on the arrest of the M/V Star Amethyst following a claim on a debt filed by Fratelli Cosulich as part of a Singapore arbitration.
- Represented Gard and Ocyan in a case relating to an explosion that occurred onboard the drilling unit Norbe VIII, which resulted in three fatalities.
- Assisted Navegação Taquara in a dispute with the Brazilian Development Bank, which had filed an enforcement lawsuit regarding a shipbuilding financing contract.