A much-respected name in the Brazilian market
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Since the arrival of Eduardo Damião Gonçalves in 2010, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga has become a well-recognised name in international arbitration in Brazil and overseas, expanding the firm’s scope outside its core strengths in capital markets, tax and M&A work.
Gonçalves is a co-founder and former chair of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and was one of the organisers of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s 2010 Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He studied arbitration under the late Philippe Fouchard in Paris and received his first arbitrator appointment before the age of 30. He’s also vice chair of the International Bar Association’s arbitration committee.
Other partners who do arbitration alongside their litigation work are Flávio Pereira Lima (another CBAr member and part of the ICC Court’s Brazilian committee) and Fabio Ozi.
Its main base is in São Paulo, but it has outposts in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, New York and London. The firm is also part of the Multilaw network and has an alliance with a firm in Lisbon.
Who uses it?
Well-known Brazilian corporations that have used the firm include Camargo Corrêa, the Silvio Santos media group, airline VRG and the country’s largest food processing company, Marfrig. Foreign clients include BG Group, Sky, Renova, Rosneft and ArcelorMittal.
The firm helped VRG win US$55 million plus costs in an ICC arbitration against two distressed-debt funds in 2010 (though it had less success in getting the award enforced in the United States).
In another case, it helped a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal win more than US$20 million plus interest and costs in a dispute over the terminated sale of a mining company.
In the courts, it managed to persuade Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice to stay a lower court injunction, allowing an arbitration brought by its client, the Clorox Company, to continue.
Mattos Filho is representing the UK’s Cowan Group in an arbitration against Brazil’s National Hydrocarbons Agency over its obligations regarding an oil concession in Espírito Santo.
In the courts, it helped the Brazilian branch of brewer Anheuser-Busch Inbev to defeat a request for a preliminary injunction by one of its distributors while an arbitration was pending.
The firm was retained by Colombia’s Ecodiesel to enforce a US$15 million award against Dedini, a Brazilian company. In another matter, it won recognition of an ICC arbitral award obtained for client Enel against Brazil’s Inepar.
Partner Alex Hatanaka joined the firm after more than five years in the legal department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Maricí Giannico was promoted to partner.
Jose Luiz Osorio Nunes, chief claims officer at insurer Fairfax Brazil used the firm for a reinsurance dispute and says they did an “impressive job”. Partners Marcelo Mansur Haddad and Cassio Amaral were “all the time at our disposal”, and gave “fast and clear feedback”.
The Brazilian arm of Zurich Insurance Group turned to the firm for a domestic arbitration in Brazil. In-house counsel Valéria Schmitke says they “did a very good job” and ensured a successful outcome. “They are tireless, relentless and careful with the preparation of all steps”, she says. Eduardo Gonçalves and Mansur Haddad have “profound knowledge” and are “very accessible”.
Arthur Sanchez Badin, general counsel for Camargo Corrêa, was impressed by Gonçalves’ skills as counsel. “Throughout the development of this case ... Eduardo has shown great skills in sensitive arbitration and litigation matters, and their interplay.”