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SAMMARCO LAW
Website:
www.sammarco.com.br
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Fax: ++ 55 13 3278.1120

Chairman: Osvaldo Sammarco
Managing Partner: Marcelo Sammarco
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 12
Languages: English, Italian and Portuguese

FIRM OVERVIEW:
Founded in 1969 by the maritime lawyer Osvaldo Sammarco, Sammarco Advogados (Sammarco Law Office) is a boutique law firm specialising in maritime and port law, recognised and awarded internationally by tradition and excellence in this field, as well as in other sectors related to international commerce, logistics and cargo transportation. 

The firm attends the principal P&I Clubs, owners, charterers, cargo brokers, freight forwarders, multimodal carriers, terminals, port operators and other players in the segment of transportation and logistics concerning navigational accidents such as shortage of and damage to cargo, collision, grounding, environmental damage, ship arrest, accidents with crewmembers and port workers, freight collection, demurrage, detention, warehousing and other maritime and port matters. 

Sammarco renders legal services in the litigation area including strategic litigation, mediation, arbitration and preventive consultation through legal opinions. Led by 5 partners, their team of lawyers, legal trainees and collaborators is highly qualified to render services with a global vision, updated and focused to present the best solutions to their clients. 

The main office is strategically established at Santos, the biggest port of Latin America. In addition through the firm's net of correspondents in the principal capitals, ports and airports of the country, Sammarco attends all Brazil. 

The firm's credibility is a result of a trajectory based on ethics, transparency and an attentive vision to innovation in the juridical field that allows Sammarco to offer solutions of quality.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

MARITIME LAW - SHIPPING 
Sammarco acts in the judicial and administrative spheres, attending P&I Clubs, owners, charterers, cargo brokers, freight forwarders, operators of multimodal transportation, terminals and port operators, especially in the following subjects:

- Navigation accidents (including general average, collisions, groundings, shipwrecks and fires), experienced in acting before Port Captaincies, Admiralty and Judicial Courts
- Cargo claims (particular average)
- Environmental damages arising from the activities of sea carriage and port operations
- Indemnifications resulting from accidents involving crewmembers and port workers
- (personal injuries)
- Collection of debts and recovery of maritime claims (demurrage related to ship chartering and containers, detention, freight and others)
- Arrest and embargo of vessels
- Preparation, review and analysis of warehousing contracts, carriage contracts, charter parties, contracts of affreightment, agency agreements and bills of lading
- Recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions
- Legal advice before the regulatory agencies (Infrastructure Ministry, DNIT department, ANTAQ agency, the Merchant Marine Department and other intervening authorities)
- Analyses and opinions on maritime legislation, international conventions, and respective application

Key Clients: P&I Clubs and Shipping Companies
Contact: Marcelo Sammarco, Marcus Sammarco and Adele Freschet
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

PORT AND TERMINALS
- Strategic litigation
- Collection of debts and recovery of claims relating to warehousing, port operation and other port service.
- Preparation, review and analysis of warehousing contracts and port operation contracts.
- Legal advice before the regulatory agencies (Infrastructure Ministry, DNIT department, ANTAQ agency, the Merchant Marine Department and other intervening authorities).
- Specialised consultancy.
- Cargo claims.
- Environmental damages arising from port operations.
- Indemnifications resulting from accidents involving crew members and port workers (personal injuries).

Key Clients: The main container terminals in Brazil Contact: Marcelo Sammarco and José Urbano Cavalini Junior
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

AVIATION
- Cargo claims (particular average).
- Collection of claims originating from freights and handling services.
- Recourse actions to recover losses inflicted by third parties.
- Drafting, review and analysis of contracts for carriage by air and cargo agency, contracts of affreightment and Airway Bills.
- Legal analyses and opinions on the applicable legislation, conventions and international agreements.
- Analyses, opinions and specialized consultancy provided on carriage by aviation, and respective regulation by ANAC agency and other intervening authorities.

Key Clients: Freight Forward companies
Contact: Marcelo Sammarco and Leonardo Ramos
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

OIL & GAS
- Advisory on the sale and purchase of assets
- Legal advice regarding auctions of exploratory blocks, held by ANP (National Petroleum Agency)
- Analysis of Concession Contracts
- Financing of projects, incorporation and organisation of companies, joint ventures, foundations, consortia, associations or other types of corporate entities aiming for the exploration of businesses
- Analysis and discussion of joint operating agreements (JOA), drafting of assignment documents, farm-in and farm-out contracts
- Contracts of Affreightment and Offshore Contracts
- Advisory on public bidding processes and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), concession agreements and on consortia
- Legal audit (due diligence)
- Reorganisation and winding up of companies

Key Clients: Shipping companies; terminals and offshore operators
Contact: Marcelo Sammarco and Marcus Sammarco
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

ENVIROMENTAL LAW
- Auditing (environmental due diligence)
- Support in the preparation of a Neighborhood Impact Assessment (EIV)
- Environmental licensing (Preliminary Environmental Report (RAP), Simplified Environmental Assessment (EAS), Environmental Impact Assessment and Report (EIA/RIMA)
- Preparation of environmental compliance plans
- Obtaining licenses, permits and authorisations with the environmental agencies (CETESB, DAEE, IBAMA, ANVISA, MAPA and others)
- Legal support for obtaining authorisations to build, exploit and expand port terminals
- Consulting service for the acquisition of real estates
- Legal support in the prevention of environmental claims and implementation of emergency response plans
- Analysis and review of Consent Decrees (TAC)
- Judicial representation regarding environmental damage arising from the activities of sea carriage and port operations

Key Clients: Shipping companies and terminals
Contact: Marcus Sammarco and Adele Freschet
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION 
Sammarco offers alternative solutions for dispute resolution through mediation and arbitration. The partners Osvaldo Sammarco and Marcelo Sammarco still work independently and autonomously as arbitrators of CBAM – the Brazilian Center for Maritime Arbitration, besides taking part in and providing support to arbitration proceedings in other arbitration chambers, in Brazil and abroad.

Key Clients: P&I Clubs, shipping companies, freight forwarders and terminals
Contact: Osvaldo Sammarco and Marcelo Sammarco
Tel: ++ 55 13 3278.1120
Email: [email protected] ; [email protected]

PRACTICE AREAS:
MARITIME LAW - SHIPPING
PORT AND TERMINALS
ROAD TRANSPORTATION
RAIL TRANSPORTATION
AVIATION
REGULATORY LAW PORTS, AIRPORTS & INFRASTRUCTURE
CUSTOMS LAW
OIL AND GAS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
BUSINESS LAW
INSURANCE & REINSURANCE
LABOR LAW
BIDDING PROCESS & DUE DILIGENCE
COMPLIANCE & CORPORATE INTEGRITY
STRATEGIC LITIGATION
ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION

OFFICES:
SAMMARCO LAW OFFICE
Guaiao Street, nº 66 – room 2101
Santos/SP, Brazil
ZIP 11035-260