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Sergio Bermudes Advogados

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Senior Partners: Sergio Bermudes, Marcio Vieira Souto Costa Ferreira, Marcelo Fontes, Alexandre Sigmaringa Seixas, Guilherme Valdetaro, Marcelo Lamego Carpenter, Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, André Silveira, Caetano Berenguer, Pedro Marinho Nunes
Main Partners: Roberto Sardinha Junior, Antonio Carlos Velloso Filho, Marco Aurélio de Almeida Alves, Eric Cerante Pestre, Vitor Ferreira Alves de Brito, Rodrigo Tannuri, Frederico Ferreira, Antonella Marques Consentino, Marcelo Gonçalves, Ricardo Silva Machado, Carolina Cardoso Francisco, Philip Fletcher Chagas, Luis Felipe Freire Lisbôa, Wilson Pimentel, Ricardo Loretti Henrici, Jaime Henrique Porchat Secco, Grissia Ribeiro Venâncio, Marcelo Borja Veiga, Adilson Vieira Macabu Filho, Ana Paula de Paula, Alexandre Fonseca, Pedro Henrique Carvalho, Rafaela Fucci, Renato Resende Beneduzi, Alessandra Martini, Pedro Henrique Nunes, Gabriel Prisco Paraíso, Guiomar Feitosa Lima Mendes, Flávio Jardim, Guilherme Coelho, Lívia Ikeda
Number of other partners: 80
Number of consultants: 6
Languages:Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German

Firm Overview:
Sergio Bermudes Advogados, founded in 1969, is nationally and internationally acknowledged as the Brazilian leader in litigation, arbitration and insolvency law. Over the past 38 years the firm has represented companies operating in a broad range of commercial activities, including telecommunications and media, energy, oil and gas, banking and finance, insurance, intellectual property, airline services, rail, road and maritime transport systems, ports, real estate and public service concessionaires.

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The firm has, for several years, topped the rankings of specialist law reviews and journals, having, over its 40- year history, handled several major lawsuits with national and transnational significance. The firm’s lawyers provide broad ranging representation before Federal and State courts, arbitral tribunals, regulatory agencies and public authorities, as well as the negotiation of settlements and pre-emptive advice and assistance on dispute avoidance.
Specialist Areas: Corporate and commercial litigation, energy disputes, tort, contracts, tax, administrative and regulatory issues, financial disputes, intellectual property, antitrust.

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Arbitration:
The team has extensive experience in arbitration, having handled several commercial arbitration cases in Brazil since the 1980’s, even prior to the enactment of the Arbitration Law (Law nº 9307/96). The firm’s ADR team has grown significantly in line with increasing demand for arbitration and is well placed to advise and assist on both international and domestic cases. Key team members hold postgraduate qualifications from leading universities abroad, with several having undergone training in both common law and civil law systems, particularly in relation to arbitration and transnational dispute settlement. Senior partners regularly sit as arbitrators on domestic and international panels.

Bankruptcy & Reorganisation:
The insolvency law team has over 25 years experience of representing companies, domestic and foreign, in major judicial recovery and bankruptcy proceedings, both prior to and following the enactment of the Brazilian Judicial Recovery and Bankruptcy Law of 2005. Team members have been active in promoting the effective application of the recent legislative provisions, contributing to their interpretation and development via the publication of articles and the giving of lectures at specialist conferences and seminars.

The office is one of the most active in the Brazilian insurance market and has participated directly in principal legal disputes in the sector over the last few decades. Since the 1980s Sergio Bermudes Advogados has represented the interests of leading insurance and arbitration proceedings, as well as providing consultancy services to all segments of the insurance business. The firm is widely recognised for specialist legal services in the field of health insurance. Founding Partner Sergio Bermudes is frequently invited to lecture on insurance related issues. The firm has been a major presence in disputes arising out of the opening of the Brazilian reinsurance market, advising, assisting and representing both national and foreign companies on issues regarding the insurance business in Brazil.

Sergio Bermudes Advogados has a specialist team of 12 lawyers and a consultant with vast experience in the market. The firm represents several companies from the electricity sector in regulatory issues (including the filing of administrative appeals) before the National Electric Energy Regulatory Agency, in relation to, for example, tariff revision, the concession/reduction of the energy ballast of hydroelectric and thermal electricity plants and the securing of approval of projects for small hydroelectric plants, as well as disputes before the Electric Energy Chamber of Commerce. The firm advises, assists and represents its clients in negotiations, lawsuits, administrative procedures and arbitration proceedings involving a broad range of issues in the electric energy sector.

International Work:
The firm advises and assists several foreign and multinational companies and financial institutions. It represents clients in cross-border and multi-jurisdiction disputes before both national and foreign courts and tribunals. Most of the firm’s arbitration case-load involves an international element, with lawyers active in proceedings before tribunals sitting both in Brazil and abroad under the auspices of major international arbitration institutions.

The firm’s client base includes leading national and international financial institutions and insurance companies and domestic, foreign and multinational companies operating in the following areas: energy and natural resources (oil and gas, electricity, mining), aviation and transport, shipping, construction, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, the media (TV, cinema and news organisations), charitable foundations and organisations, real estate and others.