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Rafael Francisco Alves

Rafael Francisco Alves

MAMG AdvogadosAv. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek,28, 4th floorSão PauloBrazil

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Rafael is definitely one of the stars of his generation"
"He is extremely skilled and bright"
"He combines intelligence with impeccable legal reasoning and strong negotiations skills"


Rafael Francisco Alves represents clients in domestic and international arbitration, mediation and negotiation proceedings on complex disputes regarding construction contracts, M&A transactions, commercial partnerships, real estate, banking, oil & gas, energy, among others.

He is former Deputy Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, in Paris. Ph.D, Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws from University of São Paulo (USP). He also holds a LL.M. from New York University (NYU), where he was an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar, and recipient of the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal (2010). NYU Weinfeld Fellow.

Rafael has been highlighted by Chambers and Partners, LACCA Approved, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Leaders League and Anuário Análise 500. Professor of arbitration at the Graduate Program (FGV LAW) at Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Author of the books “A inadmissibilidade das medidas antiarbitragem no direito brasileiro” (Atlas, 2009), “Árbitro e Direito: o julgamento do mérito na Arbitragem” (Almedina, 2018), “Lei de Arbitragem Anotada: a Jurisprudência do STF e do STJ” (with Andre Abbud and Daniel Levy, Thomson Reuters, Revista dos Tribunais, 2019), “The Brazilian Arbitration Act: A Case Law Guide” (with Andre Abbud and Daniel Levy, Kluwer Wolters, 2019), as well as several articles in books and national and international publications. 

Rafael speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

He is Council Member of CPR and co-chair of the Brazilian Advisory Board of CPR. Rafael is also director of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and member of  International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).

He regularly sits as arbitrator in Brazil and is member of the list of arbitrators at: CAM-CCBC, CAMARB, CMAA, CAE, CAMFIEP, CAMITAL, CARB, IMAB, CAMESC and ARBITAC. Founder and Coordinator of the NYU Alumni Club in São Paulo.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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