In this chapter, we present the top 58 arbitration practitioners in the Brazilian market. They have been selected for their exquisite work as counsel or arbitrator in a variety of international and domestic disputes across many different sectors and arbitration institutions.
Most Highly Regarded
Jose Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogados’ José Emilio Nunes Pinto is “an exceptional practitioner and one of the most experienced arbitrators in the market”. He is lauded for his “outstanding attention to detail”.
Marcelo Roberto Ferro of Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados secures considerable recommendations for his long-standing practice, and is described as “a tremendously good practitioner in the Brazilian arbitration market”.
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados gains acclaim as “one of the top arbitrators and counsel in Brazil for domestic and international disputes”. He is a “strong legal thinker and an all-round excellent advocate”.
Eleonora Coelho at Eleonora Coelho Advogados is described as “an outstanding arbitrator who works diligently and efficiently with a broad knowledge spanning several sectors and industries”. One source effuses that she is “the best chair of my panels”.
João Bosco Lee of Lee Taube Gabardo Sociedade de Advogados is a “phenomenal arbitration specialist” who is “very sharp and knowledgeable across various areas of the law”.
Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto is identified as a “brilliant lawyer” who is “very meticulous and thorough” with a broad dispute resolution practice spanning arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Gilberto Giusti is a “terrific disputes lawyer” who heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice and is well versed in a range of domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
Valeria Galíndez of Valença Galíndez Arbitragem is “a truly outstanding arbitrator who is among the best of her generation”. She has “extensive experience in international arbitrations” and “excels in complex commercial and corporate disputes”.
Rodrigo Garcia da Fonseca at Fonseca e Salles Lima Advogados Associados is “simply one of the very best Brazilian arbitrators in the market” thanks to his “strong expertise and comprehensive experience in private and commercial cases”.
The “excellent” Pedro Batista Martins of Batista Martins Advogados is recognised as “a vastly experienced arbitrator who never disappoints” and “one of the stalwarts of the field”. He is considered “a pioneer of Brazilian arbitration”.
André de Albuquerque Cavalcanti Abbud with BMA is hailed “a deeply knowledgeable lawyer who consistently performs well and impresses with his strategic thinking”. Peers add that “he really is top-tier arbitration counsel for domestic and international proceedings”.
Ricardo de Carvalho Aprigliano with Aprigliano Advogados is praised as “an excellent chairman” and “extremely effective member of tribunals as either co-arbitrator or chair” who “always sees the bigger picture”.
Adriana Braghetta at Adriana Braghetta Lawyers is “experienced, proactive and highly efficient at conducting proceedings as chairperson of arbitral tribunals”.
Carlos Alberto Carmona with Marques Rosado Toledo Cesar & Carmona Advogados is acknowledged as “one of the icons of the field” and “brings a wealth of experience as an arbitrator to the table”.
Selma Lemes Advogados’ Selma Maria Ferreira Lemes is “the queen of Brazilian arbitration” say sources, who know her as “an excellent lawyer with great ability in conducting arbitration proceedings”.
Lauro Gama at Lauro Gama Advogados wins effusive endorsements for his top-tier arbitration practice and is commended as “an excellent and very technical arbitrator” and a “terrific decision-maker”.
Hermes Marcelo Huck with Huck Otranto Camargo Advogados is highlighted as “a long-standing legend” with an illustrious arbitration practice spanning more than 50 years.
Fernando Eduardo Serec with TozziniFreire Advogados heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration groups, and is described as “a very loyal and ethical arbitration specialist” with “splendid judgment”.
Eizirik Advogados’ Nelson Eizirik is celebrated as “a vastly experienced arbitrator” with an “encyclopaedic understanding of the Brazilian Corporations Act” making him a “go-to for disputes arising from M&A transactions”.
Cristiano Zanetti Advogados’ Cristiano de Sousa Zanetti is noted as “one of the very best arbitrators in Brazil” who is “effective, knowledgeable and very flexible as to the issues that he may take as an arbitrator”. He also “provides excellent expert opinions in disputes regarding contract interpretation”.