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Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP, 04551-080

Work Department

Litigation / Arbitration


Partner – Litigation / Arbitration


Antonio Celso Pugliese is one of Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados founding partners, managing partner since 2018 and the head of the Litigation and Arbitration practices. With more than 20 years of experience, Antonio focuses on complex commercial crisis and litigation challenges, including high profile cases in Brazil. He has wide-ranging experience representing clients in trials, class actions and arbitrations for companies in all areas of industries.

Antonio is recognized as one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers in Brazil by Chambers Brazil, Chambers Latin America and Chambers Global. “He is perceived as a knowledgeable and proficient lawyer. He is well versed in class actions, financial administration disputes and contract enforceability issues” (Chambers Latin America). “Clients note his strategic thinking and peers describe him as “creative, committed and extremely hands-on” (Chambers Global). He is also considered one of the most admired dispute resolution lawyers in Brasil by Análise Advocacia.


Portuguese and English.


  • Arbitrator at International Chamber of Economic and Commercial Arbitration of China – CIETAC, 2004;
  • Member of the Instituto dos Advogados de São Paulo – IASP;
  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Law School, New York, 2004;
  • Assistant, Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 2003;
  • Member of International Bar Association – IBA.
  • Arbitrator of Arbitration Chamber CBMA (Centro Brasileiro de Mediação e Arbitragem);
  • Member of the Bar Association Arbitration Comission.


  • Georgetown University, 2014, Georgetown Leadership Program;
  • Fundação Dom Cabral, 2013, Senior Management Development Program;
  • Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 2003, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Civil Law;
  • Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 1997, Bachelor of Laws (J.D.).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Environment

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is highlighted for its ‘excellent services‘ and ‘differentiated business vision‘. The practice has seen recent growth in work related to the management of environmental impacts and liabilities of transactions. The practice provides both advisory and ligation services, demonstrating a strong track record in public civil actions, environmental licensing and contamination matters. Antonio Celso Pugliese jointly leads the environment group with recently promoted partner Anderson Moura, who is noted for his experience in environmental compliance and litigation.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

(Firms to watch)

Construction, shareholder, capital markets and contractual disputes are core areas of activity for the arbitration team at Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados; Antonio Celso Pugliese and the recently promoted Erik Sernik are among the names to note for arbitration proceedings.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados ‘is present in several strategic and complex cases‘, ranging from disputes against the government to lawsuits involving financial products, transactions and contractual issues. The department – which is a popular choice for clients in the agribusiness, energy and real estate sectors – is particularly seasoned in shareholder and corporate disputes, as well as class actions filed against banks, and those involving environmental issues. Antonio Celso Pugliese ‘is an excellent lawyer‘, who ‘leads the cases brilliantly‘. Recent instructions demonstrate his strength in handling litigation involving capital markets, construction and corporate matters. Another key lawyer, Carolina Mansur is noted for restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy-related cases, where she has substantial experience representing financial institutions and investment funds. Nahima Müller focuses on commercial disputes on behalf of renewable energy, technology and petrochemical clients. Recently promoted partner Erik Sernik is a name to note for both litigation and arbitration proceedings.