Demarest Advogados


Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution

Demarest Advogados is a full-service law firm that prides itself on the capabilities of the litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution teams. The practice is active on behalf of local and foreign clients across numerous industries, including pharmaceutical, automotive, construction and infrastructure, metal, and energy industries. The firm continues to participate in a range of complex, high profile, and high-stakes disputes, out of their offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas,
and Brasilia.

Celso Xavier and Newton Marzagão are co-lead defense counsel to a major pharmaceutical company in a class action suit that alleges collusion with NGOs, doctors and lawyers to allegedly defraud the Public Treasury, derived from a criminal investigation. The class action, however, was deemed successful when the client was found not guilty as the court ruled there was no evidence of knowledge of collusion and no benefit of such was obtained by the client. Xavier is recognized for his litigation expertise related to contractual disputes, crimes, cartel disputes, product liability and judicial reorganization. Marzagão is recognized for his civil, commercial litigation, and arbitration work. Carlo Verona is active on international arbitration and cross-border disputes. He also specializes in anti-corruption related issues, internal investigations and international enforcement.

Marcelo Inglez de Souza concentrates his practice in corporate, contractual, civil and commercial litigation, and intellectual property disputes. He currently represents Colormatrix in its largest dispute in Brazil involving undue use of IP assets and unfair competition. Luciana Goulart Penteado is recognized as a Top Woman in Litigation by Benchmark Latin America. Her practice is dedicated to consumer law and administrative disputes. She is active in cases on behalf of clients in the aviation, automotive and life sciences industries. Recent representations include Aerolíneas Argentinas, Mercedes-Benz, TripAdvisor, and Visa. Rafael Gagliardi specializes in regulatory disputes in the energy sector, international and domestic arbitrations, and dispute resolution. He currently represents Agiplan and Agibank in civil actions brought by public prosecutors in Salto, São Paulo challenging certain practices in loan operations, including applied interest rates.