On stepping down as a senior partner at Brazil’s TozziniFreire Advogados in 2004, José Emilio Nunes Pinto started a boutique of some 10 lawyers to focus on arbitration and litigation and give some advice to energy clients. Pinto, now in his sixties, has a lengthy profile in the international area. It’s hard to overstate his importance within Brazil’s resurgent arbitration bar, according to a GAR reporter who spent a long time researching the state of play in that country. As well as being one of the drafters of the 1996 law, he helped create CBAr, the arbitration bar that has done so much to educate judges, businesses and politicians on how to make the arbitration system there work. In addition, he’s served as an alternate member for Brazil at the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration (1989 to 1992) and is one of the founders of the ICC’s Latin American arbitration group.
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“He is clearly one of the best ambassadors for international arbitration in Brazil today,” says Latin Lawyer. “When it comes to oil and gas disputes, he’s also said to be an absolute reference in the region.”