With over 20 years of experience, Eduardo Turkienicz is a partner of the corporate, mergers and acquisitions practice at Dias Carneiro Advogados. He also leads the franchising and distribution, commercial agreements and digital law and technology areas and is part of the anti-corruption, compliance and internal investigations team. Eduardo has a Master of Laws degree from The University of Texas (Austin, EUA) and is a recognised practitioner by several legal directories around the world, being praised for his negotiation skills.
Questions & Answers
Thought Leaders 2021 - Interview with Eduardo Turkienicz
Can you briefly describe your career to date?
At the early stages of my professional life, I acted as an in-house counsel for telecommunications and media companies in Brazil, which allowed me to learn things from a client perspective. Over 20 years ago, I began my career as a corporate lawyer and had the pleasure to work at well-established law firms in the country. For the past decade, I have been a partner at Dias Carneiro Advogados, working together with an excellent and multidisciplinary team.
My experience extends across international and domestic mergers and acquisitions and complex negotiations of commercial contracts, as well as matters related to intellectual property, entertainment and technology.
What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer in your practice area?
I relish the opportunity of diving into the client’s challenges and using my experience and expertise to design the best solutions to help their company thrive in a world undergoing constant transformation.
What was the most challenging case or transaction you have ever worked on and why?
It is hard to select only one. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working on many remarkable cases – whether because of their technical difficulties or for their circumstantial aspects. Some have challenged me as a lawyer, demanding dedicated focus and study of a specific matter. Others have challenged me to improve my soft skills or develop new ones. I have learned a lot along the way, and it has helped me strengthen my relationship with my clients and colleagues.
What are the greatest challenges for lawyers in your practice area in your country this year?
The covid-19 pandemic has not only affected our day-to-day with many restrictions, but has also changed the way we do business and our vision for the future. Technology is going to play an important part in the companies’ processes, and we must work closely with our clients not only to make sure they feel supported but also to stay ahead of the curve and to help them navigate these troubled waters.
How do you expect your practice to evolve over the next five years?
We are already living through dramatic changes in society that impact our way of life and our clients’ businesses. Naturally, the law follows these changes and presents us with new challenges and opportunities.
What do clients look for when selecting you as a lawyer?
Commitment. They look for someone dependable and trustworthy; someone who will learn about their business and be invested in it.
How would you like to see your law firm develop in the coming years?
We aim to maintain our high-standard capabilities and adaptability as we continue to grow in the coming years.
You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?
So far, I have had the opportunity to work alongside great clients and colleagues and I can only hope to have the chance to keep learning from and with them so we can evolve together.