Professionals

Managing Partners

Eduardo Romeiro earned his J.D. degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC/SP, and a Specialization Degree in Civil Procedure from the same University. Furthermore, he holds an LL.M Degree from the University of Minnesota, USA, majoring in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Romeiro is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, of the Lawyers’ Association of São Paulo, of the International Bar Association – IBA, of the executive committee of Law Exchange International, and an arbiter of Eurochambres in São Paulo.

Mr. Romeiro worked in New York as an advisor in Brazilian law for the Group of Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice of Baker McKenzie, in the litigation and arbitration departments, having also worked for 13 years in Baker McKenzie, Sao Paulo offices. Eduardo Romeiro has solid experience in complex and strategic civil litigation, which comprises transnational litigation, public-interest civil actions, contract litigation, corporate litigation, product liability, credit recovery, among others. He has already promoted seminars and written articles in his area of practice.

Mr. Romeiro has successfully worked in the following recent cases: (a) a US$30 MM commercial dispute between a large producer in the food industry and its exclusive distributor in Brazil to prevent the termination by the distributor of a 15-year contract to be the distributor of a competitor; (b) a US$50 MM corporate dispute filed by shareholders against the board of directors representing the board; (c) a US$15 MM dispute involving a Japanese manufacturer of industrial equipment and a former exclusive distributor in Brazil who had been its distributor for approximately 20 years; (d) Cases involving contractual disputes referring to infrastructure projects of the Brazilian government, defending an important European client in the energy industry – an overall amount of US$200 MM; (e) Dispute involving the undue use of trademark owned by a US company in the mechanical industry field by a Brazilian company; (f) A USS20 MM commercial dispute defending a Brazilian government company in the natural gas field against service suppliers due to the termination of agreements arising from a public bid; (g) A US$10 MM dispute representing a US insurance company against a retail company in Brazil; (h) Several strategic litigation cases involving a subsidiary of a US company in the household appliance industry in matters related to product liability; (i) Arbitration involving disputes related to a merger & acquisition deal in the amount of US$40 MM; (j) Dispute involving major competitors in the household appliance industry discussing unfair competition; (k) Representation of a French chemical company in a public-interest civil action involving soil and environment contamination; (l) Representation of Brazilian companies in a public-interest civil action involving landfill sites, in which the contracted outsourced company dumped waste water onto the soil, causing contamination; (m) Enforcement of guarantees and negotiable instruments.
Mario Massanori Iwamizu holds a J.D. degree from Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP), and attended the course “The United States Law and Legal Institutions” in the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, USA. Mr. Imanizu worked for over 20 years in the Legal Department of Volkswagen do Brasil, in São Bernardo do Campo, SP, having managed several departments, such as corporate, labor, contract, and special projects. From 1996 to 2006, he was a partner in a law form associated to an international network, located in the city of São Paulo, SP, coordinating and carrying out work with Japanese, American and European clients, mainly in mergers and acquisitions projects. He is a member of the Brazil-Japan Institute of Comparative Law, of the Decision-Making Council of the Association of Former Scholarship Holders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and a member of a number of social and cultural entities.
Nilson Lautenschlager Jr. has been practicing law in São Paulo since 1993. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of São Paulo (USP), a Master’s degree in Commercial Law, and a PhD degree from the University of Munich, Germany. His practice is focused on contracts, Corporate Law, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, insurance, and Banking Law. He is a sitting member of the Lawyers’ Institute of São Paulo (IASP) and a member of the Brazil-Germany Association of Jurists (DBJV). Mr. Lautenschlager is the Coordinator of the Legal Committee of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) and of the Capital Market and Corporate Law Committee of IBRADEMP. He has published several papers in Brazil and abroad.
Antonio Urbino Penna Jr. holds a J.D. degree from the Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP) and is a specialist in Civil Procedural Law with a degree earned from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC). Mr. Penna attended the Summer Programme in US Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and an Extension Course on the Law of Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring Proceedings at the São Paulo School of Judges (Escola Paulista de Magistratura). He has an extensive background and practice in civil and commercial litigation, in public-interest civil actions, and in issues involving bankruptcy and debt restructuring proceedings, consumer law areas – CDC, commercial representation, among others. Mr. Penna has gained significant experience in Commercial Arbitration, dedicating to the development of the other Alternative Dispute Resolution – ADR methods. He is the co-founder of the CBAr – Brazilian Arbitration Committee, and was its first Treasurer, and is listed as an arbitrator by major Brazilian arbitration centers. Antonio Penna is listed by the Chambers Latim America Client’s Guide of 2009, 2010, and 2011 as one of the most respected professionals in litigation practice. He has developed his litigation practice over the last 30 years, integrating and coordinating the litigation departments of two of the leading law firms in the domestic and international markets. Mr. Penna is the former São Paulo District Attorney and member of CONJUR – Superior Legal and Legislative Council of FIESP (São Paulo Industry and Commerce Federation). He has participated in a number of lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences, both as a lecturer and as a guest, and is the author of several articles and papers on the litigation and arbitration practice, such as the International Arbitration/Brazil Chapter – Winning Legal Strategies (2005), Arbitration – The Brazilian Perspective – Latin America Law and Business Report (2001), ed Commercial Leasing – A Case Study of Article Repossession –Latin America Law and Business Report (1994).
Gilberto de Castro Moreira Jr. has been practicing law in São Paulo since 1990. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a PhD degree in Economic and Financial Law from the University of São Paulo. Mr. Moreira’s practice is focused on tax law (litigation, advisory and planning). Coordinator of the LL. M. in International Taxation of the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law (IBDT). He is an arbitrator of the EUROCHAMBERS’ Mediation and Arbitration Chamber (CAE), a member of the Tax Litigation Committee of the São Paulo Bar Association, of the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law (IBDT), of the Scientific Council of the Tax Law Association of São Paulo (APET), of the International Association of Tax Judges (IATJ) and a sitting member of the Lawyers’ Institute of São Paulo (IASP). Former Councilor of the 3rd Section of the Administrative Court of Tax Appeals (CARF), former Tax Law professor of the Mackenzie Presbyterian University and former member of the Ethics Court and Tax Law Committee of São Paulo Bar Association. He is the author of the book ‘Bitributação Internacional e Elementos de Conexão”(International Double Taxation and Connection Elements); coordinator and co-author of the books “Direito Tributário Internacional” (International Tax Law) and “PIS e COFINS à luz da jurisprudência do CARF” (vols. 1 and 2) (PIS and COFINS taxes under the CARF precedents). Co-author of 22 books and author of several articles addressing tax matters.
He was nominated for the 5th and 6th editions  of the International Tax Review′s Tax Controversy Leaders Guide (2015 e 2016). He was also nominated as the 2016 Leading Tax Advisor of the Year, Brazil (Acquisition International Magazine); as the 2017 Tax Planning - Lawyer of the Year – Brazil (Finance Monthly Magazine) and as the 2017 Tax Lawyer of the year - Brazil (International Advisory Experts).
Juliano Marques earned his J.D. degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP), holds post-graduation degrees in Economic Law and Regulated Sectors from FGVLaw and in Real Estate Law from SECOVI-SP; as well as an Executive MBA degree from Fundação Dom Cabral. Mr. Marques was a member of the Committee of Collective Rights of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Assessment. Furthermore, he integrated a renowned Brazilian law firm located in São Paulo, specializing in strategic litigation, and was recently a partner of a large law firm associated with an international firm operating worldwide, in the civil and commercial litigation group. Juliano Marques was an executive of the Legal Department of Souza Cruz and Whirlpool, working in the planning and development of strategic projects, mainly in the prevention and solution of highly complex litigation cases in Commercial, Regulatory and Consumer Relations matters. He also worked with multidisciplinary projects related to Compliance, Crisis Management and Government Relations.