A renowned name in Brazil with a roster of major international clients
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|Value of pending counsel work||US$1 billion+|
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|Current arbitrator appointments||5 (4 as chair or sole)|
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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 currently serves as vice-president of the ICC Court for the 2018-2021 term as well as being an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee. He received his first arbitrator appointment before the age of 30 and was selected for GAR’s most recent “45 under 45” survey in 2011.
Other names of note are Flávio Pereira Lima (another CBAr member and part of the ICC Court’s Brazilian committee) who has worked on a number of arbitrations alongside fellow partner Fabio Ozi. Flávio Spaccaquerche meanwhile has served as a regional representative of the ICC Young Arbitrator’s Forum and on the ICC National Appointment Committee, and is currently a member of the Arbitration & Mediation Center of the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil as well as a member of the board of directors for arbitration of the Brazilian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration.
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 UK-based emerging market investor Actis Capital, 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.
The firm 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.
In another matter, it won recognition of an ICC arbitral award obtained for client Enel against Brazil’s Inepar.
It is counselling Brazalta, the Brazilian branch of Canadian energy company Canacol, in a dispute with Brazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) related to the alleged breach of a concession agreement for the exploration and production of an oil field. The firm beat an enforcement action filed by ANP in the Rio courts seeking payment of an administrative fine relating to the field, which the court dismissed until the arbitration was concluded.
Since later 2017, Mattos Filho has been one of three firms acting for Brazilian dairy company Vigor Alimentos in arbitration proceedings against Brazilian milk cooperative CCPR and dairy exporter Itambé at the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Ricardo Junqueira de Andrade joined the firm as a partner from Sérgio Bermudes Advogados. Arthur Parente was promoted to partner.