This Brazilian firm’s practice leader is closely involved with the IBA
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|Pending cases as counsel:||6|
|Value of pending counsel work:||US$780 million|
|Current arbitrator appointments:||7 (of which 3 are as sole or chair)|
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Since the arrival of Eduardo Damião Gonçalves in 2010, Mattos Filho has become a well-recognised name in arbitration in Brazil and overseas, expanding the firm’s scope outside of its core strengths in capital markets, tax and M&A work.
Gonçalves is a co-founder and former chair of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and was one of the organisers of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s 2010 Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He studied arbitration under the late Philippe Fouchard in Paris and got his first arbitrator appointment before the age of 30. He’s also a vice chair of the International Bar Association’s arbitration committee.
Other partners who do arbitration alongside their litigation work are Flávio Pereira Lima (another CBAr member and part of the ICC Court’s Brazilian committee), and Fabio Ozi.
Its main base is in São Paulo, but it has outposts in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and New York. The firm is also part of the Multilaw network and has an alliance with a firm in Lisbon.
Who uses it?
Well-known Brazilian corporations that have used the firm include Camargo Corrêa, the Silvio Santos media group, airline VRG and the country’s largest food processing company, Marfrig. Foreign clients include BG Group, Sky, Renova, Rosneft and ArcelorMittal.
The firm helped VRG win US$55 million plus costs in an ICC arbitration against two distressed-debt funds in 2010 (though it had less success in getting the award enforced in the United States).
In another case, it helped a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal win more than US$20 million plus interest and costs in a dispute over the terminated sale of a mining company.
In the courts, it managed to persuade Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice to stay a lower court injunction, allowing an arbitration brought by its client the Clorox Company to continue.
Eduardo Secchi Munhoz and Paulo Reiff left the partnership in 2015, while insurance specialist Cassio Gama do Amaral joined.
Arthur Sanchez Badin, general counsel for Camargo Corrêa, says of Gonçalves, “We have been impressed with the high quality of his work and strategic view as counsel. Throughout the development of this case... Eduardo has shown great skills on sensitive arbitration and litigation matters and their interplay.”