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Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini is a leading Brazilian law firm in the fields of infrastructure, regulated services, public procurement, ports and maritime law, litigation, arbitration and other ADR methods. It also provides a wide range of services in the areas of commercial and corporate law.

The firm was created by Marçal Justen Filho in 1986 in Curitiba. Today it has a large team of professionals spread in three offices in Brazil: São Paulo, Brasilia and Curitiba. It also counts on a network of international correspondents to provide expert legal services to private enterprises and government entities. In the past years, the firm has been involved in many of the most relevant and financially significant current government-related projects in Brazil.

In port and maritime law, the firm has been on the spotlight of significant investments and M&A transactions. It has an extensive practice in the representation of private companies in litigation and administrative proceedings before the port sector regulatory agencies and the Brazilian antitrust agencies.

Arbitration and other ADR methods are one of the firm’s main areas of activities. The firm is active in representing private and state parties in arbitration. Some of its partners are frequently appointed to sit as arbitrators or serve as legal experts in international or domestic arbitrations and belong to the directive or consulting boards of arbitration centers.

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini is widely recognized as one of the most important law firms in Brazil and is ranked in Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, among other reference publications.

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Rua Visconde do Rio Branco, 237, CEP 80.410-000,

Tel.+55 41 3017.1800

São Paulo-SP

Rua Joaquim Floriano, 413,Cj. 111, CEP 04.534-011,

Tel.+55 11 3706.1500


SHS, Ed. Brasil 21, Bloco C, Sala 511, CEP 70.316-000,

Tel.+55 61 3578.8787




Established in 1932 by a US-born lawyer Carl Kincaid, jointly with other Brazilian lawyers, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has consolidated experience in civil, commercial, corporate and tax law and, notoriously, in maritime law, insurance and international litigation, arbitration, international trade, infrastructure, aviation, railway, energy and environment law.

Based in Rio de Janeiro and with branch offices in São Paulo, Brasília and Vitória, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados operates through a network of associate law firms and correspondents located in Santos, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, Itajaí, Florianópolis, São Francisco do Sul, Paranaguá, Curitiba, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Belém, São Luís and Manaus. As a result of its widely known expertise, the Firm also provides services to and work in close cooperation with several international law-firms, mainly in Europe, Asia and America.

The Firm stands out among the largest high-profile law firms for its solid reputation in the provision of legal services to domestic and international customers.

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados and its professionals have received numerous distinctions and stand-out  awards over the years, including among them:

Who´s Who Brazil – Commercial Litigation, Insurance & Reinsurance and Shipping & Maritime, 2016.

Chambers and Partners Latin America Brazil – Shipping (Band 1), 2016.

Chambers and Partners Global – Shipping (Band 1), 2015.

Legal500 Latin America Brazil – Project & Infrastructure, Tax and Transport & Shipping, 2016.


Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, per Chambers and Partners Latin America 2016:

What the team is known for  Stellar maritime practice widely respected for its holistic coverage of dry and wet shipping matters. Noted capabilities spanning shipbuilding agreements, EPC contracts for shipyards, and shipping finance. Regularly represents clients in major accidents and acts on a variety of freight arrangements.     

Strengths  "We chose the firm for its tradition in the admiralty sphere; the team handles maritime, port, tax and dispute resolution matters with agility and technical thoroughness." 

 "The team is well respected in Brazil - it is effective in pursuing cases and accessible to the client."




Vieira Rezende

Established in 1995, amidst the changes that defined the new Brazilian economy, Vieira Rezende is a full service firm that participates in some of Brazil’s most important deals. With approximately 70 lawyers divided in the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices and 21 partners heading different areas of practice, Vieira Rezende is one of the leading Brazilian full service firms offering a broad range of services, covering all relevant business areas.

Vieira Rezende is recognized by the shipping and offshore industry players as one of the most relevant corporate law firms in Brazil with unique expertise in maritime and O&G matters, well ranked in the most relevant guides such as Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and among others.

Clients distinguish its practice by two main characteristics: a close and continued collaboration between our partners and clients, and a working method that leads to tailored and innovative solutions vis-à-vis a rapidly changing economy, regulatory framework and legal landscape.

The Maritime Practice

Vieira Rezende is a “one stop shop” for companies doing business in the oil and gas sector in Brazil. The firm has a large and fully dedicated team comprising E&P, Offshore and Shipping experts that work in coordination and cover all needs of companies acting in the complex offshore Industry.

The firm provides legal services to clients participating directly in exploration and production activities in Brazil;  equipment manufacturers and service providers; owners and operators of vessels and offshore units; national and foreign shipyards in operation in Brazil; banks financing the construction of vessels and offshore units; investment funds participating in companies in the sector; as well as to the insurers dealing with any risks related to those activities.

Vieira Rezende also advises blue water clients on charter parties, carriage contracts, accidents, cargo disputes and customs affairs. The team has been dealing with maritime matters for the past 20 years, acting for all major P&I Clubs, being recognised by its successful results before the Admiralty Court and the Courts of Justice.

In addition, Vieira Rezende has a unique and experienced emergency response team that can assist instantly to casualties anywhere in Brazil, experienced in controlling the escalation of damages by dealing with all regulatory and administrative authorities, employees, professional entities, interested third-parties and media services involved in the incident.


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Castro Barros Sobral Gomes Advogados (CBSG)

CBSG is a premier full service business law firm established in the 1950s, with approx. 80 lawyers in Brazil and offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and Lisbon. It has a long standing tradition in handling the most complex cases in Brazil, especially multidisciplinary ones with cross-border elements. Clients praise the responsiveness, precision, creativity, high ethical values and international experience of its lawyers.

It has solid background in Maritime and Transport law, with specialists in the industry from the areas of commercial law & contracts, litigation & arbitration, tax, employment, regulatory and corporate law.

Recent relevant cases in this field include varied wet and dry shipping disputes in Brazil, acting as expert witness in LMAA arbitration in London, acting for claimants in the largest litigation against the port authority of Rio, shipbuilding projects and disputes, advice on marine insurance and refund guarantees, tax advice on REPETRO programme and on VAT and service tax for shipowners, assisting an oil major on structuring its oil transport operations in Brazilian waters, advice on environmental law risks and disputes involving shipowners, assistance on obtaining EBN (Brazilian navigation company) license, assistance to foreign firms on high stake ship and port finance and re-negotiation involving Brazilian debtors and/or securities, advice to a shipyard on impacts of the owners’ judicial reorganization in Brazil, distressed M&A involving a Brazilian shipping company, advice on salvage and wreck removal related to an incident in Brazilian waters, representing clients before the Brazilian maritime authority in investigations and otherwise.

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Mattos Filho enjoys a reputation for providing the highest quality legal services to foreign and Brazilian clients. Our reputationderives from our willingness to understand our clients’ businesses and needs and to provide them with tailored services. We support a full range of business activities across every major industry and business sector in Brazil and offer leading practitioners in each area. The quality and breadth of our services are second to none in Brazil, providing our clients a competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced business environment.

We have offices in São Paulo, Rio deJaneiro, Brasília, New York and London and rely on the expertise of 430 lawyers and a total of more than 950 professionals.

We have been the dominant player in the infrastructure and energy legal market in Brazil, being on the spotlight for the most significant financing, acquisition, construction and M&A deals in the shipping industry. Our shipping team emerged from the need of our clients to receive sophisticated legal assistance to meet their demands. Since 2013, we have been involved in the largest number of published representative matters relating to the shipping industry. Our clients include shipowners, carriers, terminal and cargo owners, brokers, service providers, private equity funds and financial institutions.

Mattos Filho is widely recognized as one of the best law firms in Brazil and Latin America.

The firm is ranked in shipping and other 31 practice areas by Chambers & Partners. The Legal 500 has also ranked the firm in transport & shipping and 18 other areas.

 In the last five years, the firm won numerous international awards, including:

  • “Brazilian Law Firm of The Year, 2016” (Chambers & Partners);
  • “Latin America Law Firm of The Year, 2015” (Chambers & Partners);
  • “Brazilian Law Firm of the Year, 2011 – 2013” (Latin Finance);  
  • “Brazilian Law Firm of the Year for Brazil, 2010, 2011 and 2014” (IFLR); and
  • Recognized as “Elite” law firm in Brazil by Latin Lawyer Elite Firms 2015.


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Founded in 1972, Veirano  Advogados is a full-service law firm providing a complete spectrum of legal services to support business activities in both regulated and unregulated sectors. With over 250 professionals working  in an integrated fashion, we handle both routine and complex multidisciplinary cases that require the coordinated talents of professionals with diverse areas of expertise.

Our services range from providing assistance in M&A transactions, privatizations and company formation to representing clients in disputes, from offering advice on tax issues and infrastructure projects to guiding oil and gas companies through the challenges inherent in a highly regulated industry, to name a few examples of our broad range of work. Our main goal is to identify needs and develop tailored solutions, enabling safe and informed decision making -  one client at a time.

At Veirano, we understand that our professionals are our equity in a globalized market. In order to build strong client-service teams of specialists, we recruit Brazilian attorneys with multicultural backgrounds who have received additional education and training in first-tier law schools and law firms in the US, Europe and Asia. For over 40 years we have built strong relationships with leading companies in various industry sectors, simplifying international relations and opening pathways for business in Brazil, from Brazil to the world and from the world to Brazil. This is how we contribute to the success of our clients and collaborate for a strong economy.

For additional information,visit our website or contact us any time to discuss the current legal needs of your business. You can also follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and updates.


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With 40 shipping lawyers in offices located in New York, Washington, DC, Houston, and Philadelphia, Blank Rome LLP has the largest and most comprehensive maritime practice in the United States, with market-leading capabilities in regulatory, financing/transactional, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our attorneys have knowledge and experience in matters involving vessel and corporate finance; environmental and pollution incidents; structuring strategic alliances; mergers and acquisitions; compliance with state, federal, and international regulatory requirements; commercial, corporate, and general litigation; restructuring and bankruptcy; insurance and reinsurance, including coverage; vessel and offshore casualties; tax; and defending against enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions. Blank Rome Maritime is consistently ranked in top tiers by Chambers USA and U.S. News & World Report and received the Lloyd's List 2016 and 2015 North American Maritime Award for “Maritime Services.”

For more information contact Blank Rome partners Richard Singleton, co-chair of the Blank Rome Maritime Industry Team and Senior Vice Chair of the IBA Maritime and Transport Law Committee ( or Tom Belknap (, both of whom are attending the conference, or visit


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About Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC):

Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) was launched in response to the region’s growing maritime activity, the UAE’s ambitions to develop into the world’s largest maritime hub in the world by 2025, and the belief in the efficiency of the arbitration and mediation process.

Established in accordance with an Emiri decree, EMAC is based out of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has its own legal identity and is financially and administratively independent. 

As the first specialised maritime arbitration centre to be established in the MENA region, EMAC works with organisations across the region, providing services for resolving maritime disputes - through arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes. It aims to position the UAE as a centre of excellence for maritime dispute resolution, adhering to best practice in line with international standards.

EMAC has its own set of arbitration and mediation rules based on the most up to date internationally recognised standards, UNICTRAL. EMAC rules aim to enable parties to settle maritime disputes effectively, by allowing for emergency arbitration and fast-track arbitration, meeting market demand and addressing the sector’s need for fast and efficient dispute resolution.




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The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and member of the International Group of P&I clubs, owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. The club has been insuring shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties for over 100 years and insures about 10% of the world fleet.



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