Ana Tereza Basilio is a partner at Basilio Advogados. She holds a bachelor of law degree from Universidade Cândido and has accumulated experience in law offices in Brazil, including Sergio Bermudes’ firm, where she worked for 11 years.
She is a postgraduate in North American law from Wisconsin University, and is a specialist in civil and commercial litigation as well as in arbitration. She taught civil law for the postgraduate course of the Lawyer’s Superior School from 1993 to 2001, and she is the author of several books about corporate law.
From 2004 to 2006, she was the president of the mediation and arbitration chamber of the Brazilian Bar Association, in which she also acted as president of the Lawyer's Association Committee, from October 2003 to December 2006, vice president of the Arbitration Committee, during the same period, besides being elected as chief counsellor of the Brazilian Bar Association during the three-year periods from 2000 to 2003 and 2003 to 2006. Additionally, she was appointed as member of the committee to fight piracy and unfair competition of the federal committee of the Brazilian Bar Association during period of July 2005 to December 2006, and of the special committee to fight piracy and unfair competition of the federal committee of the Brazilian Lawyers Association, which she is still a member of. She is also a member of the editorial committee of an arbitration and mediation magazine, and member of the corporate law committee at the Judge’s School of the High Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
She is a professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, of the arbitration post graduation course. In December 2010, she was elected a member of the TRE – Tribunal Regional Eleitoral.
Ms Basilio noted that Brazil’s economic situation has consistently improved over the last few years and is now seen as a secure choice for foreign investments. She believes that the fortification of the economy will increase the need for legal assistance in diverse areas, ranging from commercial to fiscal law.
“The Brazilian judicial system is aware that the forthcoming years will surely bring a significant increase in litigation, and that parties will seek to have their problems solved with agility,” she observed. “Due to overall swiftness of the procedures involved in its development, arbitration arises as an efficient method for conflict resolution during the promising years to come.
“This is because there are several advantages in the use of arbitration: as well as being rapid, sensitive and judicial economy, it allows parties greater freedom and flexibility in setting rules that will govern the process, as well as the choice of arbitrators for the case.
“Based on these existing benefits in arbitration, our company is aware of the increase of this procedure brought by the positive current status of countries and, due to a team that specialises in this subject, fully trusts that it will meet the expectations of our current customers,” she concluded.
WWL says: Ana Tereza Basilio is described as “one of the real stars in commercial litigation in Brazil”.
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