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Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados
70308-200 DF BRASÍLIA

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Entirely devoted to dispute resolution, Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados possesses the ‘ability to handle highly complex cases‘ heard before judicial courts and administrative bodies. With strong credentials in prominent superior court proceedings, the team is well versed in advising on civil, commercial, corporate, banking and infrastructure-related lawsuits. Founding partner Arnoldo Wald, Alexandre de Mendonça Wald, who specialises in disputes involving corporate law and concessions, and Arnoldo Wald Filho, who is well regarded for his ‘ability to resolve hurdles and settle disputes‘ in an array of sectors, are some of the main points of contact in the team. Mariana Tavares Antunes ‘stands out for her organisation and execution skills‘. Consumer and competition litigation are among Brasília-based partner Marcus Vinícius Vita Ferreira‘s areas of expertise, while ‘technical lawyerEduardo Cezar Chad and Bernardo Cavalcanti Freire are proficient in bankruptcy and restructuring cases. Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre, Adriana Campos Conrado Zamponi in Rio de Janeiro, and the recently promoted Clarissa Marcondes Macéa are also active in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arnoldo Wald; Alexandre de Mendonça Wald; Arnoldo Wald Filho; Mariana Tavares Antunes; Marcus Vinicius Vita Ferreira; Bernardo Cavalcanti Freire; Eduardo Cezar Chad; Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre; Adriana Conrado Zamponi; Clarissa Marcondes Macéa; Marina Gaensly Blattner


‘High capacity to transform business discussions into few-page documents that can be understood by judges and their assistants, without losing logic and rationale.’

‘The firm has the ability to handle highly complex cases, dealing pragmatically with legally sophisticated issues. The senior team is very involved and maintains management of each case very proactively, always anticipating movements. The procedural strategy is a detail that distinguishes this firm from others.’

‘Arnoldo Wald Filho has an ability to resolve hurdles and settle disputes, through negotiation or the right procedural strategy to find moments of dialogue. A litigation lawyer who is always looking for solutions for his clients.’

‘Mariana Antunes stands out for her organisation and execution skills that allow for impeccable service delivery.’

‘Eduardo Chad is a tough, technical lawyer. Despite his busy schedule, he provides timely advice and great services.’

Key clients

Confederação Nacional dos Pescadores e Aquicultores – CNPA

Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo – CODESP

Grupo Farmabrasil

Votorantim Cimentos

Votorantim Energia


CESP – Companhia Energética De São Paulo

VR Vales

Grupo NC

Tegra Incorporadora

Banco Safra

Banco BMG


Alupar Energia




Grupo Mendes


Rede D’or

Fonte de Saúde FIP

Work highlights

  • Represented CNPA before the Supreme Court in a claim of non-compliance with a fundamental precept n. 389, with the purpose of invalidating the Interministerial Ordinance no. 192/2015, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Represented CNPA in a public class action against the Federal Government and the National Institute of Social Security.
  • Represents Santos Port Authority (SPA) in two lawsuits that pursue the annulment of arbitral awards arising from the arbitration procedure 78/2016/SEC7, in which Libra filed the lawsuits seeking the annulment of the arbitral awards under allegations that the President of the Arbitral Tribunal would have been biased.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 4

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.

Founded by Professor Arnoldo Wald in 1954, Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados is a highly specialized litigation and arbitration law firm.

The firm works on major corporate disputes, representing minority and majority shareholders, as well as on disputes involving businesses that provide public services and contracts signed with the public administration or state entities.

Wald Antunes Vita e Blattner deals with domestic and international institutional arbitrations and ad hoc proceedings. Its lawyers may also serve as arbitrators, experts and consultants in arbitral proceedings under the rules of several Brazilian arbitral institutions (such as CAM/CCBC, CCMA-CIESP/FIESP, CAMARB, CBMA, FGV, CAM/BOVESPA, among others), as well as under those of foreign institutions (such as ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA and UNCITRAL).

Furthermore, the arbitration team has advised clients in court proceedings related to arbitration (such as precautionary measures, and recognition and enforcement of foreign awards), as well as producing legal opinions and statements.

Recently, the firm won the prestigious Latin Lawyer’s 2018 Deal of the Year for the ‘Banks and depositors settle disputes from Brazil’s hyperinflation period’, a major settlement among banks and depositors that represented a milestone in the country’s history.

As a recognition for the outstanding works in some of the biggest dispute resolution cases and M&A deals, Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados has been previously awarded the Deal of the Year also in 2016, 2013, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Its team of lawyers stands out for its unparalleled expertise and experience in extremely complex matters, regarding corporate law, commercial law, contracts, banking, energy and infrastructure sectors, among others. The firm also represents public utility companies in greatly important disputes involving governmental contracts. The firm has vast experience when dealing with cases regarding hydroelectric power plants and their energy providers, corporate disputes as shareholding control acquisition, litigation involving regulatory agencies, and arbitrations regarding national and international trades.

For many years, Latin Lawyer 250, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal have nominated the firm and its managing partners within the first tier of litigation and arbitration firms. In 2014 and 2015, “Editora Análise 500 – Brazilian most admired lawyers” ranked the firm as first and second, respectively, dispute resolution highly specialized law firm of the year.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution/Administrative, Regulatory and Infrastructure/Banking and Finance Arnoldo Wald aw@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Commercial and Corporate Alexandre de Mendonça Wald amw@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Debt Restructuring and Bankruptcy Arnoldo Wald Filho awf@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution Mariana Tavares Antunes marianata@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Banking and Finance Marcus Vinicius Vita Ferreira marcus@wald.com.br +55 (61) 3410-4700
Dispute Resolution Marina Gaensly Blattner marina@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution Bernardo Cavalcanti Freire bernardof@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Commercial and Corporate Eduardo Cezar Chad eduardoc@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre riccardo@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Debt Restructuring and Bankruptcy Adriana Campos Conrado Zamponi adriana@wald.com.br +55 (21) 2272-9300
Dispute Resolution/Administrative, Regulatory and Infrastructure Clarissa Marcondes Macéa clarissa.macea@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Environmental Patrícia Faga Iglecias patricia.iglecias@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Dispute Resolution/Administrative, Regulatory and Infrastructure Pâmela Silveira Leite pamela@wald.com.br +55 (11) 3074-6000
Photo Name Position Profile
Marcus Vinícius Vita Ferreira photo Mr Marcus Vinícius Vita Ferreira Naming Partner
Other fee-earners : 22
Total staff : 34