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Brazil: Trade & Customs 2016

In the following pages, 23 leading trade and customs specialists are singled out from a diverse range of national full-service and boutique law firms. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Ana Caetano Veirano Advogados, São Paulo
Vera Kanas TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo
Renê G S Medrado Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Veirano Advogados is one of a number of firms that boasts two listings. In São Paulo, international trade practice head Ana Caetano is a “dominant player in the country” boasting “a wealth of experience handling WTO disputes”. In the firm’s Brasilia office, Paula Farani de Azevedo is commended by peers and clients alike for her skilful handling of trade remedies issues, advising on and litigating in relation to WTO trade agreements and customs issues.

Two excellent nominees represent Brazilian independent full-service firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados. Lead partner Renê G S Medrado receives widespread praise for his impressive practice focusing on anti-dumping and trade remedies issues. “He is ever present in the market and deserves his prestigious reputation,” states one peer. The “outstanding” Mauro Berenholc is described as a “key player with considerable expertise representing clients in WTO trade proceedings”.

Bichara Advogados is home to two leading practitioners. Head of the firm’s international trade practice Carol Monteiro de Carvalho is described by sources as a “stellar practitioner held as the first port of call for customs, trade remedies and trade barriers issues”. Meanwhile, Andrea Weiss Balassiano is praised by a client for her “business-driven ability and hands-on skill”.

Demarest Advogados garners two inclusions in this chapter. The “pre-eminent” Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho comes “highly recommended for his impressive practice advising large corporates on international trade and customs matters”. Joining him in the firm’s São Paulo office is José Setti Diaz who is known for “providing clients with fantastic level of service and professionalism”.

At the boutique MPA Trade Law, both founding partners are selected for inclusion. Rodrigo Luis Pupo is celebrated for his “profound insight into international trade law and custom duties” with respondents praising his considerable expertise advising clients on the full range of issues, including anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigations. Claudia Marques receives widespread praise from clients and peers alike who praise her synthesis of “excellent technical knowledge, professionalism and precision”. She is active in high-profile trade remedies cases for both Brazilian corporates and multinationals.

At TozziniFreire Advogados, head of the firm’s international trade practice Vera Kanas is commended for her “dynamic, proactive approach” and significant experience leading anti-dumping investigations.

Nasser Sociedade de Advogados’ name partner Rabih Nasser is seen as pre-eminent practitioner with a wealth of expertise representing clients in domestic and international trade remedies and WTO trade-related matters.

International trade and antitrust boutique Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados’ name partner and practice head Leonor Cordovil is a “major name” on both the Brazilian and international stages known for handling anti-dumping investigations on behalf of both importers and exporters. According to respondents, “She navigates complex issues and seemingly impassable obstacles with ease.”

Carla Amaral de Andrade Junqueira Canero at Mattos Engelberg Advogados is an “absolute star” with a well-established international trade practice focusing on trade remedies, customs and WTO issues.

Uno-Trade Strategy Advisors’ founder and managing partner Roberto Kanitz is regarded as a “sterling practitioner” specialising in the full range of trade-related issues including trade remedy matters and trade negotiations. According to one respondent, “Kanitz is consistently delivers results and is a definite inclusion on that basis.”

At Sidera Consult, Carolina Saldanha-Ures is “one of the go-to lawyers for tariff and non-tariff barrier issues” with sources further praising her “well-considered, solutions-oriented advice” and “deep understanding of international trade law and policy”.

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