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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Brasilia, Palo Alto, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Renato Stephan Grion

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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International arbitration and dispute resolution. Acts in a wide variety of arbitration matters. Experience covers a range of commercial disputes, including those concerning agency agreements, construction and engineering projects, distribution agreements, mergers and acquisitions, sales of goods and shareholder agreements. Also acts in commercial mediations, as well as in court litigation in Brazil involving commercial disputes.




Assistant Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris (2005-07). Attorney-trainee in the International Arbitration Group of Salans, Paris (2004). Foreign associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York (2002-03). Became partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados in 2013.


Portuguese - English - French - Spanish.


President of the ICC Arbitration and Mediation Committee (Brazil). Member of SIAC's Users Council. Member of the Global Board of CPR - International Institute for Conflict Prevention. Former Councillor of the LCIA Latin American and Caribbean User’s Counsel.


- LL.B. from the São Paulo Catholic University (1998); - Postgraduate program in business law from the São Paulo Catholic University (1999); - Certificate in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management (2002); - LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law (2002); - D.E.S.S. Juriste d'affaires international, with honors, from Université de Paris V (2004).


Reading, sports and traveling.


Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)

Within: Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)

The highlyregarded team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is adept in litigation and arbitration. In the former area, where it has one of the largest teams in the market, the practice acts for well-known companies in high-stakes litigation, including before the higher courts. The firm's arbitration (including international arbitration) lawyers likewise act for high-profile clients, both foreign and domestic. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are 'very skilled and experienced'. Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira is active in litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on construction, engineering and oil-and-gas disputes. The department also benefits from a large pool of talented associates, among whom key names include Sílvia Johonsom di Salvo and Patrícia de Arruda Mendonça de Almeida.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados¬†handles a steady stream of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration.¬†Gilberto Giusti¬†and Renato Stephan Grion¬†are highly recommended; the latter¬†is the co-chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of CESA.¬†Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados'¬†Marcelo Roberto Ferro¬†regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions.¬†L.O. Baptista Advogados'¬†Adriana Braghetta,¬†Rafael Francisco Alves¬†and¬†Maur√≠cio Almeida Prado¬†are 'highly specialised lawyers with high capacity to bring solutions to resolve high complexity disputes'. Fernando Marcondes¬†regularly acts as an arbitrator in construction and real estate-related matters.¬†Recent caseload features a range of construction and infrastructure¬†disputes¬†as well as M&A-related matters in the oil and gas sector.¬†Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados'¬†Eliane Cristina Carvalho¬†recently handled a series of disputes arising from M&A transactions and is representing Air Products Brasil in arbitration proceedings initiated by Air Liquide.¬†Eduardo Dami√£o Gon√ßalves¬†at¬†Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados¬†is singled out for his 'outstanding technical skills and deep understanding of the corporate world', and his ability to 'simplify complex problems gives clients great confidence and comfort'.¬†Gon√ßalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and¬†Fl√°vio Spaccaquerche Barbosa¬†is¬†'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'.¬†At¬†TozziniFreire Advogados,¬†Fernando Eduardo Serec¬†assists clients from a diverse range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator.¬†Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados' 'brilliant' team¬†handles both commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings, and is active in the construction, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.¬†Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corr√™a¬†is 'an absolute joy to work with', while¬†Hermes Marcelo Huck¬†¬†and¬†Rog√©rio Carmona Bianco¬†are 'very focused on details of the case without losing sight of the big picture'.¬†Marcelo Muriel¬†at¬†Muriel Medici Franco Advogados¬†is 'certainly one of the standout Brazilian practitioners, with a healthy portfolio of disputes and great ICC arbitration experience'.¬†Stocche Forbes Advogados'¬†Rafael Passaro¬†is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados'¬†Jos√© Antonio Fichtner¬†acts as arbitrator and counsel¬†in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes.¬†Andr√© Abbud¬†at¬†BMA - Barbosa, M√ľssnich, Arag√£o¬†is 'an excellent expert in arbitration' and 'knows his clients' business well'.¬†Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' team has 'a creative mind to think out of the box, suggesting solutions that may seem different but are perfectly aligned with the needs of the company'; co-heads¬†Carlos David Albuquerque Braga¬†and¬†Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo¬†are recommended. Other names to note include¬†Lefosse Advogados'¬†Pedro Maciel¬†who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and¬†Lobo de Rizzo Advogados'¬†Luis Fernando Guerrero¬†who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.

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