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Grinberg, Cordovil Advogados

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Managing Partners: Leonor Cordovil, Ricardo Casanova Motta, Karen Ruback, Ana Carolina Cagnoni and Beatriz Cravo
Senior Partner: Mauro Grinberg
Number of partners: 6
Number of other lawyers: 11

Competition / Antitrust: Mauro Grinberg, Leonor Cordovil, Karen Ruback, Ricardo Casanova Motta and Beatriz Cravo
Antitrust Litigation: Mauro Grinberg, Karen Ruback
International Trade / WTO: Leonor Cordovil and Ricardo Casanova Motta
Compliance & Anticorruption: Leonor Cordovil and Beatriz Cravo
Intellectual Property & Entertainment: Ana Carolina Cagnoni
Technology & Data Protection: Ana Carolina Cagnoni

Firm Overview:
GRINBERG CORDOVIL was established by experienced lawyers in the antitrust and international trade areas aiming render specialised services and innovative solutions for both national and foreign clients. The firm is focused on deeply understanding the client’s industry, market and needs. As a recognition, GCA represents many clients listed within the Fortune 500 in several markets and industries, including the financial sector, online and technology, entertainment and telecommunication, automobile and auto parts, pharmaceutical and health care, chemical and logistics, food, beverage, tobacco, electronical and machinery industries.
The firm later expanded its areas of practice to others closely related to the original ones, keeping the idea of customised, specialised and tailor-made services. Bearing this in mind, the anticorruption, technology and data protection and intellectual property areas were incorporated to provide synergy to existing clients and developing new possibilities. More recently, given the raise of competition damage actions, GCA has boosted its litigation team.

Main Area of Practice:

Competition / Antitrust:
The firm has solid and recognised know-how in assisting clients in all aspects of competition law. The firm’s experience includes:
■ Complex mergers and acquisitions, horizontal mergers, vertical integrations, joint ventures, associate agreements and challenges to transactions before the Brazilian Antitrust Authority
■ Administrative proceedings and/or lawsuits before Courts in matters related to infringing conducts such as cartel, refusal to sell, sham litigation, price discrimination, resale price imposition, predatory or abusive pricing
■ Preventive assistance and advise
■ Implementing compliance programs. The firm also represents clients in competition damage actions. International Trade / WTO: GCA actively represents the domestic industry, importers, exporters, associations, and governments in antidumping, subsidies, and safeguard investigations, as well as tariff changes, including the List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff – LETEC. The firm also works extensively in providing legal services to clients before:
■ The Special Secretary of Foreign Trade and International Matters of the Ministry of Economy (SECINT/ME)
■ The Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX)
■ Other bodies of the Ministry of Economy, such as the Office of Economic Supervision (SEAE) as well as preparing advisory services and consultation in foreign trade

The work undertaken encompasses representing clients in pleas before governmental agencies or leniency agreements. GCA’s professionals have conducted numerous internal investigations and risk assessments, carried out internal training sessions, and prepared integrity programs within Brazilian guidelines. GCA also represents clients on investigations carried out by agencies, such as the Internal Affairs Office, Attorney General’s Office, and the Court of Auditors, as well as in judicial cases, notably related to requests for redress from damages suffered.

Intellectual Property & Entertainment:
The firm’s intellectual property area assists clients in managing and protecting intellectual property assets in Brazil such as trademarks; domain names; industrial designs; copyrights; geographical indications; software; trade secrets; technology transfers. The services rendered include consultancy and assistance in negotiating IP agreements with assistance before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. GCA also advises on niche areas such as Biodiversity Law and Fashion Law. The firm has expertise in regulations applicable to the entertainment industry, including acquisition and production agreements, sponsorship and advertisement and represents clients before regulating and self-regulating authorities such as the Brazilian Cinema Agency and the Brazilian Advertising Self-Regulatory Council.

Technology & Data Protection:
In GCA, the area focuses on advising clients in technology related matters and regulation in Brazil, including data protection, privacy, internet and information security, assisting on drafting agreements, policies and compliance terms in accordance with Brazilian laws. The firm is also organised to render legal services in the structuring of start-ups, websites, e-commerce platforms, drones and internet connected devices (IoT) in Brazil.

English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish.

Industry Sectors:
logistics and maritime logistics, transport, electronics, health and pharmaceutical, rubber and plastic, entertainment, baking and finance, civil engineering, mining, machinery, consumer goods, chemical and petrochemical, technology, textiles, packaging.