Mr Fernando Eduardo Serec > TozziniFreire Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

TozziniFreire Advogados
CEP 04038-904
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Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration.and Mediation


Head of the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups, Fernando has broad experience in litigation and international arbitrations involving real estate matters, complex financial contracts, and a wide range of administrative law issues. He has worked on international arbitrations in Brazil, USA, and Europe at major international and local arbitration institutions involving mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, financial and banking disputes, infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements, and intellectual property issues, among others areas.


Joined TozziniFreire in 1992. Fernando became partner in 2000.




President of the AMCHAM Arbitration and Meditation Centre’s Advisory Council.
Member of the Advisory Council of the Brazil Corporate Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB – Câmara de Arbitragem Empresarial Brasil).
Arbitrator working in several Arbitration Chambers in Brazil.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
Member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr).
Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).


Studied at the Academy of American and International Law, organized by the Center for American and International Law, USA, in 1993. Master’s in Civil Law from the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1992. Graduate of the Law School of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, in 1985.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)

TozziniFreire Advogados fields a team of ‘outstanding lawyers‘ who are ‘responsible, efficient and capable‘ in addition to being ‘very prompt and respectful‘. It acts for household name corporations in a range of litigation, arbitration and mediation. The firm also has a substantial white collar crime practice, now under the leadership of Isadora Fingermann following the departure of Ludmila Leite Groch to Lefosse Advogados in July 2019. Crisis management is an area of strength. Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva ‘is the kind of lawyer that makes the difference in a case‘, and Rafael Medeiros Mimica ‘provides commercially responsive advice on contentious matters‘. Fernando Eduardo Serec, Gabriela Vitiello Wink, and newly promoted partners Guilherme Carneiro Monteiro Nitschke and Lucas Britto Mejias are also recommended. Pedro Bento de Faria is a key associate in the arbitration department.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

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 BraghettaRafael Francisco Alves and Maurício 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 Damião Gonçalves 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‘. Gonçalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is ‘a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background’. At TozziniFreire AdvogadosFernando 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 Corrêa is ‘an absolute joy to work with‘, while Hermes Marcelo Huck  and Rogério 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‘ José Antonio Fichtner acts as arbitrator and counsel in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes. André Abbud at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão 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.