Guilherme Recena Costa > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

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Guilherme Recena Costa is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group, where his practice focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration.


Mr. Recena Costa has a particular focus on disputes arising in the mining, energy and financial sectors, as well as broad experience of matters involving Latin America in general and, in particular, Brazil. He has represented clients in matters under the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, NIA and UNCITRAL Rules and under various substantive laws and has also advised on ancillary court proceedings in a number of jurisdictions. Mr. Recena Costa has recently represented clients in disputes concerning the expropriation of mining rights, breaches of mining investment agreements and various M&A, commercial and tax-related agreements. He has worked closely with mining industry experts to deal with complex technical issues, with valuation experts to assess damages and with tax experts to address tax claims and structures.


Mr. Recena Costa is admitted to practice in New York and Brazil.


He is fluent in both English and Portuguese and has reading proficiency in Italian and Spanish.


Mr. Recena Costa received an LL.M. from Yale Law School where he was a research assistant to Prof. W. Michael Reisman and the coach of Yale’s Vis Moot team in 2014. In connection with those studies, he was a recipient of fellowships from Fundação Estudar, Instituto Ling and the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year Award.

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

The ‘hard-working, high-quality attorneys’ in Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution practice handle all major sets of arbitration rules, providing multinational corporations, sovereigns, international organisations and individuals with support in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration matters. The practice has a strong presence in Latin America, securing significant awards for clients across a broad range of industries, including energy and natural resources, mining, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. The Latin American practice is led by the New York-based trio of Dietmar Prager , who displays ‘exceptional intelligence’; Mark W. Friedman  has some 20 years’ experience and is a former Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration; and Catherine Amirfar. In addition, the group has recourse to the extensive experience of veteran arbitration practitioner David W. Rivkin  , who divides his time between New York and London. Furthermore, the deep bench also houses an array of younger talent, including energy, mining and telecommunications expert Ina Popova  and London-based energy specialist Samantha Rowe. In addition Laura Sinisterra, who clients note is ‘very good at dealing with experts and witnesses’, was raised to the partnership in 2022; and young triple-qualified (Brazil, New York, England & Wales) associate Guilherme Recena Costa is undoubtedly an up-and-comer of note. Donald Francis Donovan retired from his of counsel position in August 2022 after over 35 years at the firm, subsequently taking up a role as an independent arbitrator at Arbitration Chambers.