The father of Brazilian arbitration was busy as ever in 2011
- Who’s Who name:
- José Emilio Nunes Pinto
José Emilio Nunes Pinto stepped down as a senior partner at Brazil’s TozziniFreire Advogados in 2004 to start a boutique in São Paulo focusing on arbitration and litigation, with a leaning towards energy clients. Today it has around 10 lawyers.
Now in his sixties, Pinto has a huge profile in the international area. It’s difficult to overstate his importance within Brazil’s resurgent arbitration bar, according to a GAR special edition on Brazil in 2008.
One of the drafters of Brazil’s 1996 arbitration law, Pinto helped create CBAr, the arbitration bar association that has done much to educate judges, businesses and politicians, and generally fill in the gaps required to help arbitration work in the country take off. In addition, he has served as an alternate member for Brazil at the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration in Paris (1989 to 1992) and is one of the founders of the ICC’s Latin American arbitration group.
Pinto is listed on the arbitrator rosters for the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CCBC) and the Brazilian Futures Exchange, as well as the ICDR, where he appears on the lists of international arbitrators, energy arbitrators and emergency arbitrators.
“He is clearly one of the best ambassadors for international arbitration in Brazil today,” says GAR’s sister publication, Latin Lawyer 250. “When it comes to oil and gas disputes, he’s also said to be an absolute reference in the region.”
In 2011, Pinto completed a two-year term as vice president of the CCBC and acted as a tutor at a workshop in São Paulo organised by the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy – the organisation’s first such event outside Europe. The workshop coincided with the tenth anniversary of CBAr.
He organises an annual international arbitration conference in Rio ever year, and in 2012 will co-chair the programme for GAR Live’s visit to the city.