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TozziniFreire Advogados

05 March 2012

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.

Recent events

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.

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