The Brazilian firm is acting in a billion-dollar port dispute
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Lefosse was founded in 1987 as a spin-off of Pinheiro Neto Advogados. Until recently it was better known in Brazil for its corporate, tax and finance work, for which it is highly rated by GAR’s sister title Latin Lawyer 250. It had a small and well-regarded disputes practice that did some arbitration, but it wasn’t prolific in this area.
That changed in 2014 with the hire of Pedro Maciel, the former head of litigation and arbitration at Veirano Abogados, his partner Carlo Verona and 15 associates from their old firm. Maciel was involved in some of the earliest construction arbitrations in Brazil, and has acted in cases spanning the banking, energy, mining and telecoms sectors.
Maciel now heads the litigation and arbitration practice. Another name to know is Raphael Corrêa, a long-term member of Lefosse who’s also been involved in some landmark cases in which Maciel was on the other side.
Lefosse has offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and a “best friends” relationship with Linklaters.
Recent clients include Brazilian pharma group Aché and steel producer Usiminas, as well as France’s Areva, Chinese carmaker Chery and Spanish alloys producer Ferroatlántica.
Clara Cerdán Molina from FerroAtlantica describes the firm as “very professional and competitive”, praising Maciel in particular for his efficiency.