The Legal 500 rated our firm as Tier 1 in Antitrust and Competition in 2017, the highest position in their ranking. The publication referred to GCA as a “well-established boutique, which is clearly up there with the very best firms’”. Our partner Mauro Grinberg, named the “father of antitrust in Brazil”, was indicated among the Leading Lawyers. Leonor Cordovil is appraised as a lawyer who “shines in the antitrust legal community”. The “proactive” Karen Ruback is indicated among the Next Generation Lawyers.
Our firm was also very well positioned for International Trade and referred to as having an “outstanding performance” and “always delivers an excellent job in the expected time”. Partners Leonor Cordovil and Ricardo Motta are referred to as “precise and extremely reliable.” Ricardo Motta is indicated among the Next Generation Lawyers.
GCA was ranked as Level 2 for the areas of Competition Law/Antitrust and International Trade/WTO.
In Competition Law, one client commented that “the quality and dedication of the professionals“, adding, “They understand our business and know how to optimize time to obtain a great cost-benefit relationship”. Another source highlighted that the “partners’ level of involvement in cases” adding, “They provide high-quality legal opinions and demonstrate great client commitment“.
According to the publication, our firm is known for being “A well-regarded boutique with significant experience advising both domestic and international companies on a full spectrum of antitrust matters. We have been particularly recognized for our solid track record in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, and compliance programs”.
Leonor Cordovil is endorsed by clients, who deem her “a very responsible and attentive lawyer“. According to the publication, they mention, “She provides high-quality services that range from the drafting and execution of all legal matters to brilliant closing arguments“. Moreover, the publication highlights that “She stands out for her expertise in cartel cases and anti-dumping investigations”. Mauro Grinberg is praised by clients, who say, “He is quick, creative, and adds value to operations”. According to the publication, they add, “He is strategic, yet very practical“. The publication highlights that: “He focuses on merger notifications, cartel investigations, and leniency agreements”.
GCA was ranked as “Highly Recommended” in the area of Antitrust in Brazil. GCR highlights that our firm “is active in more than 20 cartel investigations before CADE” and that we “also maintain a great presence in vertical restraint and dominance abuse cases”. “The activity extends into the merger arena”.
GCA was ranked by Who’s Who Legal 2017 in the areas of Competition Law and International Trade.
According to the publication, Leonor “draws praise for her exceptional expertise in antitrust matters and ‘outstanding customer service’” in Competition Law. She is among the Most Highly Regarded lawyers. Mauro was mentioned as being “’an impeccable lawyer’ recognized among peers for his longstanding experience in Competition Law”.
In International Trade, Leonor is referred to as being “’highly respected’ by international sources for her ‘expert knowledge of international trade law’”. Ricardo Motta is “’an outstanding professional’ and is highlighted for his impressive knowledge of trade remedies and cartel regulations.”
GCA is rated as “excellent” in Competition Law by the Leaders League 2018 ranking. Our partners Mauro Grinberg and Leonor Cordovil are pointed out as the leading partners in Antitrust in Brazil.
GCA is among the “most admired specialized firms” in Brazil in International Trade, according to Análise Advocacia 500’s annual report. Our partner, Leonor Cordovil, was elected, for the third consecutive time, among the most admired lawyers in International Trade and for the first time in two other specialties: Infrastructure and Regulatory Law, especially in the rubber and plastic sector. Leonor is also one of the most admired lawyers in Consumer Law.
The annual report from Advocacia Análise 500 is based on votes of legal directors and sector leaders of the largest companies in the country.
With a strict standard of excellence, Grinberg Cordovil Advogados presents creative solutions and strategic issues to the legal problems, customers in an agile and personalized way.
Antitrust Law is the daily area of practice of the lawyers at Grinberg Cordovil Advogados (GCA). All of them have experience in dealing with the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (CADE) and the Judicial Branch in matters that range from structure (concentrations resulting from consolidations, mergers, joint ventures, etc.) to conducts (cartel, discrimination, abuse of dominant market position, refusal of sale, resale price maintenance, predatory pricing, etc.), providing advisory services and preparing compliance programs in these areas. In short, GCA is active in Antitrust Law in various ways, always with renowned excellence:
(i) Defending clients accused of antitrust violations or that want to make complaints against a violator;
(ii) Operating in mergers in connection with transactions carried out by its clients or third-party transactions that are harmful to its clients;
(iii) Implementing compliance programs;
(iv) Providing advisory services in issues of structure and conduct.
Grinberg Cordovil Advogados ‘(GCA) team was one of the pioneers in representing clients in antidumping investigations in Brazil. GCA has represented the domestic industry, importers, exporters, associations, and governments in antidumping, subsidies, and safeguard investigations, as well as tariff changes (including the List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff (LETEC)). GCA operates before (i) the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce (MDIC), (ii) the Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX), (iii) and the Ministry of Finance, precisely the Office of Economic Supervision (SEAE). In short, GCA’s work includes trade defense and international trade in a number of ways:
(i) Representing clients in dumping, subsidies, and safeguard procedures in Brazil and abroad;
(ii) Providing advisory services in foreign trade;
(iii) Helping clients in demands (always between countries) before the World Trade Organization (WTO);
(iv) Helping clients adapt their products to international trade before the proper authorities.
Obviously corruption has always been prohibited, but the law has become ever more sensitive to the problem in recent years. The law firm Grinberg Cordovil Advogados (GCA) has been in this area of practice for a very long time, mainly due to its intersection with antitrust law. In fact, there are occasions in which one conduct leads to another and this has been GCA’s constant concern, not only while defending clients, but also with the preparation of compliance programs which, initially addressed only antitrust law, and have since started to include anticorruption matters. The chief tasks of the programs are prevention and identification of potentially dangerous conducts.
The extensive knowledge of the singularities within companies of the entertainment and technology industries, allied with the solid academic background of its team, allows Grinberg Cordovil lawyers to provide such companies with customized and commercially focused legal services. Such an experienced practice enables GCA to render legal services individually designed to the needs of these markets. Specifically, the firm’s expertise in entertainment, technology, and intellectual property law, includes advising clients mainly on the following:
i. Negotiation and drafting of all agreements, related to the entertainment industry (licensing and rights acquisition, production and coproduction, distribution, right of image, sponsorship).
ii. Legal assistance before regulating and self-regulating agencies (ANCINE, ANATEL, Ministry of Justice, CONAR, collecting societies).
iii. Legal assistance in the structuring of start-ups, websites, e-commerce platforms, drones and internet connected devices (IoT).
iv. Advice on privacy terms and information security regulations.
v. Negotiation and drafting of software agreements.
vi. Legal advice on other matters of intellectual property law.