Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados has the resolute authority on arbitration law. The firm’s reputation here is elevated to the stars by highly esteemed figure Arnoldo Wald, who is widely considered one of the founding fathers of arbitration law in Brazil.
With Wald’s name at the forefront of its offering, the firm has no trouble gaining a place on high-stakes and sophisticated disputes cases. With that said, the firm has in recent years shifted its focus to present a much more modern look to remain in touch with the evolving disputes market. Arnold Wald maintains a busy practice and is still a hugely relevant figure, though younger lawyers are now earning greater visibility as he passes down his wisdom to them. Wald’s presence in the arbitration world is almighty, having helped introduce some of Brazil’s core arbitration laws that are in place today. He has also written a library worth of books on the matter too and is regularly invited to address complex issues related to the practice in some of the country’s top financial and business media.
The firm tailors its approach to each case it takes on with careful precision. Its success rate is in part owed to that method, where highly sensitive cases are matched to nimble teams that can craft thorough and creative arguments in the courtroom. Its lawyers are known for having strategic vision, with an in-depth knowledge that sweeps across a broad range of industries. The group added a lawyer from the Brazilian Supreme Court in 2020.
The study, ‘Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies’, published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, finds that the firm represents two of Latin America’s 15 largest companies. Big-name clients the firm is currently advising include Grupo Ultra, AES Eletropaulo, Banco Itaú, Votorantim and Brookfield. Gerdau and América Móvil are additional highlights.
Clients praise the firm for its expertise, with one describing it as “absolutely reliable, dedicated to solving client queries and very open.”
With the deluge of disputes claims arising amid the pandemic, which piled on restructuring, bankruptcy and labour work too, this firm was not in short supply of highly complex matters. It had a role in Oi’s massive financial reorganisation, the phone company is tackling an eye-watering US$19 billion debt pile.
The firm’s social and corporate responsibility committee was active throughout the pandemic too, providing support to social organisations such as Rizoma, which is an environmental organisation dedicated to restoring forest land in Brazil following the devastating fires that ripped through the country over the past two years.
Headquartered in São Paulo, the firm also has offices in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.