The firm’s multidisciplinary team handles domestic and international arbitrations, in addition to mediations and other forms of ADRs, such as Dispute Boards. It also represents clients in correlated procedures, such as arbitral letters and the challenge and annulment of arbitral awards, and in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. The firm advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of arbitral clauses and its most experienced professionals act as arbitrators and mediators.

“Acclaimed co-head of department Guilherme Rizzo Amaral maintains a solid practice with focus on contentious mandates, including class action suits and arbitration matters. One client claims ‘he is an excellent practitioner to deal with arbitration proceedings,’ and another source recommends him as ‘a constantly available, dedicated and persistent professional’. Interviewees describe him as ‘a strategic professional who is able to see the bigger picture’ and add: ‘he is a great lawyer that has gained great exposure in the arbitration sphere.’ ” (Chambers and Partners)

“Jorge Cesa is recognised in the market for his advice on arbitration cases, especially those related to M&A, real estate and product liability issues. Clients state: ‘He is a unique lawyer, with deep knowledge of the practice area’ and report that ‘he often assists with difficult negotiations, helping us to minimise risks’ ”. (Chambers and Partners)

“Marcelo Gandelman has gained visibility in the market for his arbitration work connected to commercial disputes. A client highlights his “strategic role” in the case, while another source adds: “He is strategic, solution-oriented and very experienced.”. (Chambers and Partners)

Recent Representations

■ Secured a 9-figure award to a contractors consortium in an arbitration related to the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the central eastern region of Brazil.

■ Secured an 8-figure award to a construction company in an arbitration related to the dissolution of a real estate joint venture.

■ Secured an 8-figure settlement in favour of the Brazilian seller in an M&A arbitration against an European buyer.

■ Won an arbitration for a chinese contractor against a Brazilian subcontractor related to the payment of municipal taxes.

■ Succesfully annulled a judicial proceeding based on the existence of an arbitration clause, setting a precedent in the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (Recurso Especial n. 1.569.422-RJ).

■ Represented of a leader in the energy market in 5 arbitrations set up by minority shareholders, who claim indemnity from the company, due to the devaluation of its shares on the stock exchange.

■ Represented of a consortium of contractors in an arbitration related to the construction of the second largest hydroelectric dam complex in Brazil and fourth largest in the world in installed capacity.

■ Represented of a consortium of contractors in an arbitration related to the early termination of an EPC Contract for the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.