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Grinberg Cordovil Advogados (GCA)

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Competition boutique Grinberg Cordovil Advogados (GCA) has cemented its reputation in this field through its involvement in high-profile cartel and unilateral conduct cases before CADE. In such investigations, the team is sought out by Fortune 500 companies operating in myriad sectors, from life sciences to financial services, many of which have been repeat clients of the firm for 10 or more years. It is also a popular choice for major technology companies, thanks in part to its activity in antitrust cases involving internet, payment services and digital marketplace issues. The firm also has a notable track record in merger control. Its founding partners have well-established reputations in the market; Leonor Cordovil acts in antitrust, international trade and anti-corruption matters, with recent work including leniency applications, and former CADE commissioner Mauro Grinberg, who has recently represented clients in cartel investigations, as well as litigation with CADE. Beyond the name partners, the firm benefits from other talented practitioners, including Karen RubackRicardo Casanova Motta and Beatriz Cravo. The firm also expanded at the associate level with new hires during 2021.

Practice head(s):

Leonor Cordovil; Mauro Grinberg

Key clients

Google Brasil Internet

Telefónica (VIVO)

JP Morgan Chase

Visa Brazil

BTG Pactual Bank

Sony Pictures Entertainment


Shell Brasil

Raízen Combustíveis

Denso Corporation



Ball Corporation

Techint Engenharia e Construção


Siemens Energy




The Dow Chemical Company

Aspen Insurance


Tecon Suape



Mercado Bitcoin Serviços Digitais



Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio





Thermo Fisher

Simmer Construção

InVivo Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in an ex officio investigation regarding the use of content from third-party news sites in thematic search results and the need to pay for this content.
  • Representing DENSO in three cartel investigations, all of which centre on relevant legal discussions (e.g., international cartels and jurisdiction, standard of proof and collaborating agreements, etc.).
  • Assisting Thermo Fisher to secure merger control clearance in Brazil for its $17.4bn global acquisition of PPD.

Brazil > International trade Tier 2

Grinberg Cordovil Advogados (GCA) has a specialised team with good experience of anti-dumping investigations and other international trade issues, including compliance and consultancy matters. Clients include major domestic and international importers, exporters and trade associations. The firm, which is noted for its cross-border capabilities, has longstanding relationships with several major multinationals, including chemicals company Dow. The team is also well placed to act in high-profile representations before foreign entities, including the US Department of Commerce. Leonor Cordovil and Ricardo Cassanova Motta are key contacts for related mandates. Senior associate Bernardo Leite is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Leonor Cordovil; Ricardo Motta

Key clients


Union Carbide

Unigel Participações


Borregaard Brasil

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Associação Brasileira do Alumínio (ABAL)

Aperam Inox América do Sul

LANXESS Indústria de Produtos Químicos e Plásticos

Work highlights

  • Assisted Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio on the investigation of subsidies on the US imports of aluminium sheets.
  • Representing The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide on the sunset review of Butyl Cellosolve anti-dumping duties imposed by Brazil.
  • Advising Proquigel Química, Unigel Participações and Unigel Plásticos on the investigation of dumping on Brazilian imports of caustic soda from the US, and on the corresponding Public Interest Analysis.

The firm: Grinberg Cordovil Advogados is a dedicated boutique boasting solid skills in anti-competitive behavior investigations and merger control filings before CADE. GCA is widely recognized and with extensive experience in antitrust/competition law, particularly in complex and demanding cases, such as cartels, unilateral and dominance cases, or complex and sensitive merger filings. Additionally, GCA has extensive experience in negotiating leniency and settlement agreements before the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (cases will not be mentioned, per client requests) as well as in developing compliance programs and providing training for all clients mentioned below. We have also been highly successful in litigation cases where antitrust law is involved, or decisions from the authorities are being questioned.

As a recognition of the quality of the service rendered, GCA has represented many clients listed within the Fortune 500 list in all markets and industries, including the financial sector, the online and technological industries, the media, entertainment and telecommunication business, the pharmaceutical and health care sector, the chemical and transportation industries, as well as food, beverage, and tobacco, and industrial parts, electronic and machinery industries.

GCA is also often selected to work in collaboration with recognized international law firms when Brazilian assistance is needed. All of GCA partners hold a master’s degree and most of our associate level lawyers are post-graduated, enhancing the ability to accompany developments in the field and to produce innovative legal analysis, as best fits its clients. Individually, GCA partners are frequently nominated in international awards and invited as speakers or moderators in national and foreign conferences.

Main areas of practice
Competition and antitrust: 
the firm has recognized and solid know-how in assisting clients in all aspects of competition law. GCA’s experience specifically includes dealing with (i) complex mergers and acquisitions, horizontal mergers, vertical integrations, joint ventures, associate agreements, and challenges to transactions before the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (“CADE”); (ii) administrative proceedings before CADE and/or lawsuits before the Judicial Courts in matters related to infringing conducts, such as cartel prosecution, refusal to sell, sham litigation, price discrimination, resale price imposition, predatory or abusive pricing or conducts; (iii) preventive assistance and advisory services; and (iv) preparing and implementing compliance programs within these matters. The firm is also frequently selected to represent clients present in challenging, niche, and/or innovative industries, including search engines, marketplaces, internet and telecom services providers, and technology, evidencing the team’s ability to work in those markets.

International trade and customs: GCA actively represents the domestic industry, importers, exporters, associations, and governments in antidumping, subsidies, and safeguard investigations, as well as tariff changes, including the List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff – LETEC. The firm also works extensively in providing legal services to clients before (i) the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce – MDIC; (ii) the Chamber of Foreign Trade -CAMEX; (iii) and the Ministry of Finance, more precisely the Office of Economic Supervision – SEAE; as well as preparing advisory services and consultation in foreign trade. The firm is proud to say that it was one of the pioneers in representing clients in antidumping investigations in Brazil.

Compliance and anti-corruption: the firm has been actively assisting clients in conducting internal investigations and interviews, as well as establishing and implementing anti-corruption programs and policies in accordance with international and Brazilian laws and best practices. GCA also represents clients in negotiation of leniency agreements with the Brazilian authorities.

Competition and Antitrust: mergers and acquisitions filings Leonor
Competition and Antitrust: mergers and acquisitions filings Karen
Competition and Antitrust: mergers and acquisitions filings Ricardo
Competition and Antitrust: anticompetitive conducts investigations Mauro
Competition and Antitrust: anticompetitive conducts investigations Beatriz
Competition and Antitrust: anticompetitive conducts investigations Karen
Competition and Antitrust: anticompetitive conducts investigations Ricardo
International Trade and Customs Leonor
International Trade and Customs Ricardo
Compliance and Anticorruption Beatriz
Compliance and Anticorruption Leonor
IBA (International Bar Association)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
ABA (American Bar Association)