Mr Renê Medrado > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906
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Work Department

International Trade and Customs, Competition, and Arbitration and Mediation.




Renê G. S. Medrado counsels multinational corporations, companies and trade associations on Economic Law, and litigates (arbitration and judicially) disputes over International Trade and Competition matters. Mr. Medrado has vast experience in International Trade / trade remedies disputes, such as antidumping, countervailing measures and safeguards investigations. Since 1997, he represents numerous companies (domestic industries, exporters, or importers) in trade remedy proceedings in Brazil or abroad. Mr. Medrado has also represented and counseled Brazilian exporters in investigations abroad, in countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, USA, and others. He participated of in-spot verifications in countries such as USA, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Austria, among others. Under his practice, Mr. Medrado regularly represents clients before the relevant authorities in Brazil, including in public interest proceedings, with constant meetings before CAMEX (the Chamber of Ministries overseeing trade issues), the Ministry of Economy (ME), the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Itamaraty), among others. Mr. Medrado has also actively participated in hearings and negotiations with foreign authorities. He has advised clients on the compatibility of measures instituted by different governments under the WTO law, and acted before the WTO Dispute Settlement. He acted as a Panelist in the dispute DS 513, by appointment of the WTO Director-General. For over a decade, he has been awarded the position of market leader by many reputation rankings, such as Chambers, Who’s Who Legal (Thought Leader – 2016 and 2018), Best Lawyers, Legal500, Análise Advocacia.
International experience: International Trade Advisor at Sidley LLP, Washington DC (2003-04). Internship at WTO Rules Division (2004).


Portuguese, English and French.


Admitted to practice law in New York State/USA (2007).
International Trade Section of the International Bar Association (IBA): Secretary Treasury. 
Brazilian Institute of Competition, Consumer and International Trade Law Studies (IBRAC): Director for International Trade.


Doctor’s Degree in International Law from the University of São Paulo (USP) – 2011;
LL.M. from the Columbia University – 2003;
Executive MBA from the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa (Insper) – 2002;
Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) – 1992.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > International trade

(Leading individuals)

Renê MedradoPinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a ‘spectacular‘ practice with ‘knowledge of cases of great complexity‘. The dedicated team has been involved in trade remedies investigations since the early 1990s. The lawyers have strong track records advising domestic manufacturers and exporters on sunset reviews, as well as public interest proceedings and safeguard investigations. Their expertise also covers WTO disputes and support in related customs and international trade litigation before the administrative and judicial courts. The firm’s credentials are built around a strong connection with multiple industries, including energy, natural resources, chemicals, manufacturing, automotive, food and fashion. Clients, including major multinationals and trade associations, praise the team’s ‘excellent professionals‘ including practice heads Mauro Berenholc and Renê Medrado, and associate Cora Mendes. Since publicationJoão Rafael L. Gândara de Carvalho has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust

Noted for its ‘personalised and agile service‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a well-established reputation in Brazil, and its competition department remains at the forefront of the market. With comprehensive coverage in this field, the team is a popular choice for major domestic and international companies in merger reviews and investigations before CADE. The firm also stands out for its ability to represent clients in judicial litigation, still a relatively nascent area in Brazil; the antitrust group’s origins in the litigation department make it particularly well placed for these cases. Also of note is the firm’s highly regarded M&A department, which ensures a regular flow of merger filings, including in multi-jurisdictional deals. Cristianne Zarzur is a well-known competition expert in the market; her expertise covers merger control, anti-competitive practices and compliance. Antitrust and international trade specialist Renê Medrado, competition and compliance expert José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, and Leonardo Rocha e Silva in Brasília are also key senior figures in the team. Daniel Costa Rebello and associate Alessandro Pezzolo Giacaglia are additional names to note. In a rare move, the firm hired former CADE official Amanda Athayde in July 2022.