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GAR 100 - 9th Edition

José Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogado

18 February 2016

The firm’s founding partner is one of Brazil’s most influential arbitration practitioners

People in Who’s Who Legal: José Emilio Nunes Pinto

José Emilio Nunes Pinto stepped down as a senior partner at Brazil’s TozziniFreire Advogados in 2004 to start a São Paulo boutique focusing on arbitration and litigation, with a leaning towards energy clients.

Now in his 60s, Pinto has a huge profile in the international arena. It’s difficult to overstate his importance within Brazil’s arbitration bar.

One of the drafters of Brazil’s 1996 arbitration law, he helped create the Brazilian Arbitration Committee, CBAr, which has done much to educate judges, businesses and politicians, and help arbitration work in the country take off. He served as an alternate member for Brazil at the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 1989 to 1992, and was one of the founders of the ICC’s Latin American arbitration group. Now, he sits as vice president of the court.

He is listed on the arbitrator rosters of the Brazil–Canada Chamber and the Brazilian Futures Exchange, as well as the ICDR, where he appears on the lists of international, energy and emergency arbitrators. He is also on the global advisory board of the New York International Arbitration Centre.

“He is clearly one of the best ambassadors for international arbitration in Brazil today,” says GAR’s sister title, Latin Lawyer 250. “When it comes to oil and gas disputes, he’s also said to be an absolute reference in the region.”

In 2013, Pinto was named as co-arbitrator on an ICSID panel hearing a dispute between energy producer Pluspetrol Perú Corporation and Perupetro, a Peruvian state-owned oil and gas company. In May this year, he and his fellow arbitrators ordered Pluspetrol to pay US$65 million to the state agency.

Since 2014, he has chaired an ad hoc tribunal hearing a long-running US$450 million dispute between US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls and Venezuela’s ministry of defence.

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