Mr Rafael Gagliardi > Demarest Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Demarest Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001

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Partner of Demarest’s Litigation and Arbitration area, Rafael Villar Gagliardi holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Civil Law from PUC-SP. He was a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – CIArb. Rafael concentrates his practice in litigation for large domestic and international companies, mainly in the Energy and Infrastructure segments. He is a member of the list of arbitrators of various institutions and is frequently listed in some of the most important local and international legal publications, such as LACCA Approved, Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, among others.


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  • Invited Professor at the Postgraduate Arbitration Course at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (COGEAE – PUC / SP)
  • Invited Professor at the Specialization Course of the Brazilian Institute of Energy Law (IBDE)
  • Member of the Arbitration and Mediation Board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC)
  • Member of the Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation Chamber of CIESP/FIESP
  • Member of the arbitration board of the Corporate Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB)
  • Member of the arbitration board of the FIEP Chamber of Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration
  • Member of the Permanent Arbitration Forum of the Rio de Janeiro School of Magistrates (EMERJ)
  • Co-Chair of the Arbitration and Energy Committee of the Corporate Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Fellow (CIArb)
  • Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member of the Institute of Private Law (IDP)
  • Member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb)


  • PhD in Civil Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, (2016)
  • Visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, England (2012)
  • Master (LLM) in Civil Law, with high distinction, from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, Brazil (2006)
  • Bachelor of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, Brazil (2001)


Co-editor, “10 years of the Civil Code” and “CISG in Brazil”. Co-author, “Investment Protection in Brazil”. Author, “Withholding Performance Defense”, among others.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

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

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

The energy team at Demarest Advogados focuses on litigation and regulatory matters, providing assistance to an array of clients within the power sector. The group is knowledgeable in all key industry-related issues, and is predominantly retained by large consumers, power trading and generation clients. Contentious specialist Rafael Gagliardi is experienced in high-profile cases involving major players in the electricity market; he stands out for his track record in regulatory disputes, court litigation and arbitration in the segment. Raphael Gomes and Bruno Crispim left the firm (as of December 2020), which in turn hired (energy and natural resources) regulatory and contractual specialist, Rosi Costa Barros, as practice head, from Neiva Barros & Figueiró, Sociedade de Advogados in May 2021; she is particularly focused on the electricity segment.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation

With a strong network of offices in Brazil, ‘renowned law firmDemarest Advogados has the ability to act for clients from several segments, including energy, pharmaceutical, infrastructure and steel production, in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Corporate disputes, cases involving capital markets, contractual liability and public law issues are key areas of activity for the practice, which is under the joint leadership of Celso XavierMarcelo Inglez de Souza and Rafael Gagliardi. Xavier excels in litigation involving securities, competition law and contractual agreements, while Souza combines a strong dispute resolution and intellectual property practice. Regulatory matters, most notably those involving the energy and infrastructure sectors, are among Gagliardi’s areas of expertise. Since publication, in February 2022, the firm announced the arrival of superior court litigation expert Angela Cignachi Baeta Neves in Brasília.