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Souto Correa Advogados

Work Department

Arbitration; Litigation; Agribusiness; Consumer and Product Liability; Restructuring and Insolvency; and Basic Sanitation




Diogo Fries has solid experience with civil litigation and situations involving strategic challenges. He represents national and international clients from many industries before all levels of the Judiciary in corporate, civil, consumer, restructuring, and insolvency disputes (bankruptcies and judicial reorganization).  

He also handles highly complex public civil actions and arbitration proceedings, representing clients before national and international arbitration courts. 

Diogo has also worked abroad, serving as an international lawyer in the legal department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) (a member of the World Bank) in Washington, United States of America. During this period, his practice focused on corporate restructuring (judicial and extrajudicial) and litigation in Latin America, financing of international projects, investments, and public-private partnerships. 

Diogo’s practice encompasses agribusiness-related matters, with a focus on disputes regarding the purchase and sale of land, as well as the transfer and regularization of property.  


Portuguese (native), and English


  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • Member of the Georgetown International Arbitration Society (GIAS)


  • LL.M Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University (USA) – 2016
  • Specialist in Civil Process from ABDPC – 2010
  • Bachelor of Laws from (PUC-RS) – 2006

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > City focus - Porto Alegre > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

Diogo Squeff FriesSouto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados‘ ‘practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset‘ are ‘unparalleled in the local market‘. The firm is one of the first ports of call in Porto Alegre for clients from a wide range of sectors, including tech, manufacturing, energy and pesticides, seeking assistance in strategic disputes. The practice is particularly known for its broad expertise, which covers litigation involving consumer law, environmental issues, civil liability, corporate and contractual conflicts as well as concession matters. Other areas of strength for the team include domestic and international arbitration, and mediation proceedings. Litigator Guilherme Rizzo Amaral jointly leads the group with associate Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu, who focuses on both judicial and extrajudicial proceedings. Diogo Squeff Fries and Otávio Domit are key contacts for high-profile civil and commercial disputes.

Brazil > Real estate

Souto Correa Advogados has ‘an excellent team with a lot of commitment and partnership‘. The multidisciplinary group acts in the full range of contentious and non-contentious commercial real estate issues, including urban and rural acquisitions, developments and associated due diligence and administrative issues. Recently, the firm has had lead roles on several high-profile transactions involving logistics, commercial warehouse and education assets. The highly regarded Fábio Machado Baldissera  leads the practice from Porto Alegre. Disputes partner Diogo Squeff Fries  and associate Felipe Tremarin  are also ‘outstanding‘.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation

At Souto Correa Advogados, the litigation practice ‘comprises highly qualified and technical lawyers‘ focused on strategic disputes, including acting for defendants and claimants in class actions, and in matters arising from contractual, environmental, corporate and public law conflicts. The Porto Alegre-based team is often involved in nationally significant litigation, and its practitioners in Brasília are skilled in cases before the superior courts. Guilherme Rizzo Amaral devotes his time to arbitration and litigation proceedings on behalf of major companies. He jointly heads up the group with associate Rafael Sirangelo de Abreu, whose experience covers judicial and out-of-court disputes. Marcelo Gandelman is a name to note in Rio de Janeiro for dispute resolution, while São Paulo-based partner Ricardo Quass Duarte, who has a strong international background, specialises in civil litigation. Diogo Squeff Fries handles civil and commercial litigation.