WALD is at the forefront of highly specialised dispute resolution boutiques, focusing on extremely complex judicial, arbitration and mediation matters.
Known for providing its clients with tailor-made services, the firm specialises in multifaceted areas of disputes in both public and private affairs, such as civil, commercial, administrative, banking, international, antitrust and corporate law, as well as disputes relating to infrastructure (telecommunications, energy, gas and oil, sanitation, transport and aviation). In addition, we manage and resolve conflicts concerning regulatory agencies such as ANP, ANATEL, ANEEL and CADE.
The firm also monitors all forms of national and international arbitration and mediation. Its lawyers are experienced counsellors, mediators, legal experts and consultants in proceedings before Brazilian and foreign arbitral institutions (ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA and UNCITRAL).
For many years, the firm and its partners have appeared among Brazil’s first-tier litigation and arbitration firms in specialised publications, such as Latin Lawyer 250, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. The firm has also won the renowned Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year from 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019, in the disputes and M&A categories, and ranked first in the 2018 (dispute resolution and energy sectors) and 2019 (arbitration, civil law, and ranked first in the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of Revista Análise Advocacia 500.
Main areas of practice
Litigation: Wald has figured for many years among Brazil’s premier litigation firms. It focuses on various areas, such as contract, commercial, administrative, banking, international and corporate law. The firm also represents public utilities companies in disputes involving government contracts.
Arbitration: The firm pioneers in having a department specialising in national and international arbitration and has consistently ranked as a first-tier firm. Its lawyers have worked as counsel, arbitrators, legal experts and consultants in proceedings before Brazilian and foreign arbitral institutions, as well as representing clients in state court proceedings related to arbitration, drafted legal opinions and provided legal advice on arbitration agreements.
Administrative, regulatory and infrastructure: The firm’s practice covers regulated industries and their representation in lawsuits or before several governmental agencies. Having assisted many clients throughout the privatisation process, Wald has a comprehensive understanding of complex issues emerging in public procurement procedures, public–private partnerships and infrastructure projects.
Commercial/corporate: the firm focuses on advising high-profile transactions, and acting as counsel on disputes arising thereof, on pre-litigation matters and before judicial and arbitration courts.
Debt restructuring and bankruptcy: Wald has vast experience in advising and representing both debtors and creditors in debt reorganisations. The firm also currently serves as an administrator in Brazil’s biggest judicial restructuring proceeding, of Oi S/A, and has been recently appointed administrator in the judicial restructuring of Samarco Mineração S/A.
Banking and finance: The firm provides counsel to companies and financial institutions in several complex transactions and litigation proceedings of varied nature, including loaning, acquisition financing and financing of exports, among others, mainly focusing on previous and post-litigation proceedings.
Environmental: Wald operates in the advisory and litigation areas. The litigation practice comprises both the judicial sphere in individual and collective actions (such as public civil actions, class actions and collective writs of mandamus), and the administrative sphere. We provide legal advice for the execution of Conduct Adjustment Agreements with public authorities and crisis management resulting from environmental accidents and disasters. We also advise on environmental issues involving corporate transactions; greenfield projects; implementation and supervision of compliance and management programs; environmental reports, and obtaining environmental licences.
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek 510, 8th floor
04543-906 São Paulo, SP
Tel: +55 11 3074 6000
Rio de Janeiro
Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1165
Sala 302 | 22440-031
Rio de Janeiro, RJ | Brasil
Tel: +55 21 2272 9300
SCS, Qd. 09, Lote C, Torre C,
Sala 504, Asa Sul | 70308-200
Brasília, DF | Brasil
Tel: +55 61 3410 4700
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