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GAR 100 - 12th Edition

Muriel Medici Franco Advogados

05 April 2019

The young Brazilian boutique is acting in a billion-dollar dispute over a hydro project

Pending cases as counsel 11
Value of pending counsel work US$1.3 billion
Treaty cases 0
Third-party funded cases 1
Current arbitrator appointments 9 (2 as chair or sole)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 2

This São Paolo-based dispute resolution and agribusiness boutique was founded in 2016 after the three name partners at full-service firm Mattos Muriel Kestener (MMK) decided to go their separate ways.

Senior partner Marcelo Muriel established the firm alongside former MMK partners Fernando Médici and Nancy Gombossy de Melo Franco. It has now grown to 20 lawyers.

Muriel cut his teeth at Pinheiro Neto, one of the first firms to see the opportunities of arbitration in Brazil. He worked on a number of international arbitrations and proceedings to enforce foreign awards at a time when Brazil’s 1996 Arbitration Act was mired in a five-year debate over its constitutionality. Alongside Médici, Muriel helped set up the Brazilian Arbitration Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Other names to know include former partner Thiago Marinho Nunes, who began acting as a consultant for the firm’s arbitration and litigation teams in 2018.

Who uses it?

Clients include Deutsche Bank, German tyre manufacturer Continental, Hong Kong-listed China Foods, Brazilian financial group BTG Pactual and rail logistics operator Rumo ALL.

Track record

In 2017, the firm helped a US multinational settle a US$240 million ICC arbitration with a Brazilian company over a turnkey agreement for the construction of four wind farms.

Recent events

Alongside Latham & Watkins, the firm is acting for the Brazilian subsidiaries of a number of international construction companies in an ICC multiparty arbitration over the construction of a hydroelectric dam complex where the amount in dispute exceeds US$1 billion.



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