Latin Lawyer 250 describes TozziniFreire as a “pacesetter” for international arbitration.
- Who’s Who names:
- Giovanni Ettore Nanni and Fernando Eduardo Serec
That’s in part because, even before it was a popular practice area in Brazil, the firm had José Emilio Nunes Pinto in its ranks, one of the first internationally recognised Brazilian authorities on the subject. Pinto has since moved on to his own practice, but three of his protégées have stepped up to fill his shoes: Fernando Eduardo Serec, who leads the wider litigation department; Giovanni Ettore Nanni, who sits on the advisory council for the Brazilian Arbitration Committee; and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto, a former foreign associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.
The wider firm – one of Brazil’s largest – has enviable M&A and banking and finance practices, so its arbitration specialists work on a lot of those kinds of dispute. Among other things, the firm is representing Merrill Lynch in some of the first derivatives arbitrations to take place in Brazil.
Other clients include Colgate, Japanese brewer Kirin, Honeywell, metal products manufacturer Paranapanema, Brazil’s Andrade Gutierrez conglomerate, Santander, Unibanco, AES and Cargill.
A number of the younger members of the team have worked for King & Spalding and White & Case.
The firm has almost 400 lawyers spread across its six offices in Brazil and its New York office.
The arbitration team has been growing apace and claims to now have 15 lawyers devoted exclusively to arbitration. Serec says the firm is getting new clients on a “daily basis” and that infrastructure, construction, energy, and oil and gas cases are fuelling the demand.
Since 1976, TozziniFreire has distinguished itself as a premier, full-service law firm by consistently providing legal services to domestic and international companies in a wide variety of business sectors. Along these years, we have played a major role in many of the most significant transactions in the Brazilian market.
With 6 fully-owned offices in Brazil and an office in New York, the firm is engaged in all areas of business law and ensures its clients the same outstanding services and one-firm resources in all of its offices.
TozziniFreire has extensive experience in assisting international companies in setting up their enterprises or ventures in Brazil. Its areas of specialization include arbitration, corporate transactions, publicly held companies, civil and commercial litigation, white collar crimes, international and local contracts, international trade, import and export, corporate finance, project finance, banking, capital and financial market transactions, debt restructuring and workouts, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, taxation, securities law, intellectual property, sustainability, corporate image management, film, media & entertainment, sports law, real estate, environmental law, labor relations, immigration, and public and administrative law. Our industry focused groups include: insurance, financial institutions, telecommunications, agribusiness, oil & gas, energy, bioenergy/ethanol, life sciences, climate changes and carbon market, timber and forest, water and sewage, toll roads, mining and information technology.
In addition to being directly engaged in several arbitration cases in Brazil and abroad, TozziniFreire’s arbitration team is involved in complementary efforts such as advising on Brazilian law in connection with foreign arbitration proceedings and preparing legal memoranda on arbitration issues.