According to our sister guide, the Latin Lawyer 250, “even the most casual observer of the Brazilian marketplace knows that Pinheiro Neto is the reference point to which everyone else compares themselves.”
- Who’s Who names:
- Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion
The firm was one of the first in Brazil to commit resources to developing a high-calibre international arbitration service. In pursuit of that, it hired Renato Grion, an assistant general counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration, and began hosting an annual arbitration colloquium.
Grion, who featured in GAR’s latest “45 under 45”, works closely with the practice head, Gilberto Giusti, who is based in São Paulo and leads the team of six lawyers who now cover international arbitration at the firm. Giusti is a member of the LCIA Court and on the advisory council of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee, CBAr.
In 2007, the team represented Paraná state power company Copel in a highly publicised US$850 million arbitration with US company El Paso over a thermoelectric plant. The dispute has since settled but was listed for Latin Lawyer’s “Dispute of the Year” award. Giusti sits regularly as an arbitrator. The case – which had Fulbright & Jaworski among the opponents – proved a landmark for Brazil’s arbitration law, and allowed the development of arbitration to take off.
Associate Ana Beneti was named CBAr’s regional representative for the state of São Paulo, one of eight new appointments to help coordinate the committee’s activities across the country.