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André Tavares is widely recognised as “a key name” in the Brazilian insurance and reinsurance space, applauded for his strong expertise in insurance litigation.

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André has extraordinary experience in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters and in complex litigation cases. He is a member of the advisory board of the International Association of Insurance Law – AIDA; president of the AIDA national working group on credit and guarantee insurance; secretary general of the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association commission for insurance and reinsurance law; and vice president of insurance at the CBMA. He has authored several articles published in specialised law reviews. 

Looking back over your career, what is the most memorable case you have been a part of?

One of my most memorable cases was the successful dispute between Chubb, my client, against Anglo American. This was considered one of the biggest cases in the Brazilian insurance market and could exceed one billion Brazilian reais. The decision is a milestone for the sector so that policyholders and insurers understand that, in the case of high-risk insurance, what matters is not the consumer’s right but the contractual clause.

What do you enjoy most about working in insurance and reinsurance?

Insurance and reinsurance are the part of the wider finance sector that offers tremendous social value. It also poses fundamental and complex legal questions in almost every single case, which is a great challenge for a lawyer. 

What trends should readers be aware of in the Brazilian insurance market? 

Digital innovation in the insurance industry has taken off rapidly in Brazil. Initially, digital innovation was primarily undertaken by insurtechs. More recently, however, incumbent insurers have engaged in digital innovation themselves, including by entering into partnerships with start-up insurtechs. Every aspect of the insurance business and relationship, from sales and marketing to administration of insurance contracts, will be revolutionised by digital innovation, although most of the changes thus far have been concentrated primarily on the consumer and the small and medium enterprises part of the insurance market. 

In what ways do you think the coronavirus pandemic will permanently change insurance practice in the region?

The coronavirus pandemic has led to further innovation and implementation of new ways of doing insurance business as the insurance industry has had to adjust to the restrictions brought about by the pandemic.

What makes Tavares Advogados stand out from its competitors in the market?

We specialise in strategic litigation. Our partners are highly experienced with an exceptionally strong academic background. Our mission is to deliver personalised first-class services with the best outcomes for our clients. Every case is directly conducted by at least two partners, who maintain a hands-on approach from start to finish. 

The firm also conducts standard to complex loss adjustment procedures, as well as routine litigation, with the direct involvement of its partners, on the most cost-effective basis. Our partners have pursued graduate and postgraduate degrees, such as Master’s degrees, LLMs and PhDs, at world-class universities, including Columbia University, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Université Jean Moulin III and PUC-Rio. The firm and its partners are frequently recognised by the most prestigious international publications.

As president of the National Working Group on Guarantee Insurance at AIDA, what are your goals for the group?

Promoting the study and development of insurance law, case law and scholar’s material across the country. 

How does your experience as professor of insurance law enhance your practice?

My experience as a professor makes me revisit the fundamental concepts of insurance and reinsurance law. It also helps me understand the legal issues students and practitioners have more difficulty dealing with. 

What advice would you give to younger practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

Always be surrounded by ethical and collaborative people and never stop listening to them. 

Global Leader

Insurance & Reinsurance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

André Tavares is distinguished as a "well-connected" and "widely respected" practitioner who "excels in litigation and arbitration-related insurance matters".

Biography

André has extraordinary experience in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters, and highly complex litigation cases. He has developed several of the most important and innovative theses on the Brazilian insurance market, in both litigation and loss-adjustment procedures.

Having earned ample recognition in the market, André has been named a “most admired lawyer”, for six consecutive years (2014–2019), in the insurance, contractual financial operations and healthcare categories of Análise Advocacia 500. He has been listed in band three of Chambers and Partners since 2015, and recommended by The Legal 500 since 2013.

André`s main clients are: Axa Xl Catlin; BTG Pactual; Caixa Seguradora; Chubb do Brasil Companhia de Seguros; Confederação Nacional das Empresas de Seguro Gerais; Previdência Privada e Vida; Saúde Suplementar e Capitalização; Grupo Segurador Banco do Brasil e Mapfre; IRB Brasil Re; Sompo Seguros; Swiss Re; and Zurich Brasil Seguros.

André is a member of the advisory board of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA); president of the AIDA national working group on credit and guarantee insurance; secretary general of the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association commission for insurance and reinsurance law; vice president of insurance at the Brazilian Centre of Mediation and Arbitration; and editorial board member of the insurance journal Revista de Seguros. He has authored several articles published in specialised law reviews.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

André Tavares is widely recognised as “a key name” in the Brazilian insurance and reinsurance space, applauded for his strong expertise in insurance litigation.

Biography

André has extraordinary experience in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters, and highly complex litigation cases. He has developed several of the most important and innovative theses on the Brazilian insurance market, in both litigation and loss-adjustment procedures.

Having earned ample recognition in the market, André has been named a “most admired lawyer”, for six consecutive years (2014–2019), in the insurance, contractual financial operations and healthcare categories of Análise Advocacia 500. He has been listed in band three of Chambers and Partners since 2015, and recommended by The Legal 500 since 2013.

André`s main clients are: Axa Xl Catlin; BTG Pactual; Caixa Seguradora; Chubb do Brasil Companhia de Seguros; Confederação Nacional das Empresas de Seguro Gerais; Previdência Privada e Vida; Saúde Suplementar e Capitalização; Grupo Segurador Banco do Brasil e Mapfre; IRB Brasil Re; Sompo Seguros; Swiss Re; and Zurich Brasil Seguros.

André is a member of the advisory board of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA); president of the AIDA national working group on credit and guarantee insurance; secretary general of the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association commission for insurance and reinsurance law; vice president of insurance at the Brazilian Centre of Mediation and Arbitration; and editorial board member of the insurance journal Revista de Seguros. He has authored several articles published in specialised law reviews.

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