Elisa Junqueira Figueiredo

Elisa Junqueira Figueiredo is responsible for the areas of private law with focus on contracts, civil litigation, arbitration, real estate, family and succession law.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of São Paulo – PUC/SP (1996)
  • Specialization in Civil Procedural Law by COGEAE-PUC/SP (1998 and 1999).
  • “Master en Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales”, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2001 and 2002).
  • International experience in Madrid, in law offices J. Y. Hernandez-Canut Abogados (2002).
  • Specialization in Contract Law, by CEU – IICS Escola de Direito (2005)

Firm Overview:

Fernandes, Figueiredo Advogados is a Law Firm founded in 2003.

We find summarized in the words above the three paramount concerns of our Firm, namely:

  • excellence in our legal services: our professionals are required to provide an efficient and trustworthy service, with initiative and on a proactive basis, with due regard to the scientific aspect of Law;
  • target at increasing the position of our clients in their respective market: our professionals must keep in mind not only the problems and the present issues of our clients, but they are also encouraged to learn their history, their business and their position in the relevant market;
  • concern with the education and well-being of its professionals: both from the professional and personal standpoints.

The main values appreciated are:

  • Transparency: not only those with its clients but also those with its suppliers, encompassing those with its professionals and employees.
  • Commitment: given that the legal profession presupposes the clarification and the defense of rights and interests, as well as the presentation of alternatives of solution for the problems of those requesting such services. Interaction: the development of the legal services be basically a form of partnership and integration among the several suppliers, the lawyers and the clients, creating a great and efficient team, with a view to optimizing the operation and the activity of the clients in their respective markets.

Marcelo Couceiro

We are business advisors who find the best corporate solutions Worldwide.

FTA Consulting is member of the Abacus Worldwide. Abacus Worldwide is an alliance comprised of independently owned and managed professional service firms.

  • providing direct access to law firms, consulting and accounting firms in every region of the world.
  • as a multi-discipline membership association,
  • both law and accounting firms join Abacus in order to support international business referrals,
  • participate in knowledge exchange and gain access to practice management tools all to better serve their growing clients.

About FTA:

When you choose FTA you can be confident that the work will be carried out by dedicated senior professionals, services and sector specialists in their own marketplace with international expertise.

As a client of a FTA you are assured of:

  • a high level specialist partner-led service who understand your market;
  • partners who work hard to understand your specific business needs;

Global client portfolio encompasses a broad range of clients from:

  • Multinationals
  • Global Medium-sized companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Family business

Eduardo Antônio Lucho Ferrão

Eduardo Antônio Lucho Ferrão Advogados Associados, with foundation in the year 2002, has in his team 15 lawyers practicing specialized law.

AREAS OF ACTION – Banking and Financial, Constitutional; Commercial Contracts; Business Criminal; Fusions and acquisitions; Infrastructure; Capital market; Regulatory; Telecommunications; Tax and Digital Law.

MAIN SPECIALTIES: Civil and Commercial Contracts, Corporate, Tax and Tax Problems, Social Security, Administrative Misconduct, Real Estate Lawsuits, Port Issues, Environmental Litigation, Disputes relating to Public Law and Banking Law.

FOUNDER MEMBER – Eduardo Antônio Lucho Ferrão

Graduated from the Federal University of Santa Maria (RS), in 1975. The lawyer was a member of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rio Grande do Sul for 14 years and obtained all the promotions according to merit criteria. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Cruz Alta and at the Superior School of the Public Ministry (RS). Eduardo Ferrão served as legal advisor to the National Constituent Assembly. He was a member of the Diffuse Rights Commission of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association. Since 1990, he has practiced law in the Superior Courts. He is a member of the Institute of Lawyers of the Federal District.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.

MEMBERS: Bruno Beserra Mota; Edson Queiroz Barcelos Junior; Eliseu Klein; Janaína Castro de Carvalho; José Rollemberg Leite Neto; Luiz Felipe Bulus; Lucas Rabêlo Campos; Maria Eduarda Praxedes Silva; Myller Kairo Coelho de Mesquita; Rannery Lincoln Gonçalves Pereira; Ottomar Zilles, Thiago Peleja Vizeu Lima; Vanessa Alves Pereira Barbosa and Helena de Oliveira Pinheiro

OFFICE DIFFERENTIAL: The office has extensive experience in judicial and administrative litigation. The bank focuses on the higher courts and lawsuits from all over Brazil. It stands out in the market for the specialization, experience, versatility and combativeness of the team’s lawyers. The office is structured by thematic nuclei, sheltering the most different areas of Law. These are: Corporate, Corporate, Tax, Regulatory (energy, telecommunications and health), Constitutional, Electoral, Civil, Digital and Administrative. The office also has a department in charge of ensuring the improvement of the relationship with clients and the constant observance of the best postures and ethical practices.

The firm prioritizes the constant search for legal solutions that take into account the peculiarities, business, culture and goals of its clients.

The awareness of this circumstance framed the profile of the organization of the bank, besides being the propulsive spring of all its movements and the inspiration of its strategies.

With solid and innovative results, serious and correct risk assessments, based on long and deep experience in all branches of law, the office has priority action in the High Courts.

The organization complies with the most modern management standards. Work processes are smart and constantly optimized. The various sectors interrelate, evidencing the systemic vision, guaranteeing efficiency and effectiveness to the work developed.

In the continuous search for this proposal, the Eduardo Antonio Lucho Ferrão Advogados Associados office has invested unceasingly in training its professionals, in the technology and management of information and knowledge. The sum of all these characteristics results in the excellence of the quality of the work developed, always considering the priority objective: customer satisfaction.

As a result, he has distinguished himself and received awards such as: Advocacia 500, Chambers Latin America, Global Awards, Corporate Intl, The Winner and Top Lawyers.

Julie Bédard

Julie Bédard is head of Skadden’s International Arbitration Group for the Americas. She concentrates her practice on complex international litigation and arbitration and also advises companies and boards in internal investigations and regulatory matters.

Ms. Bédard represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts. Trained in both civil and common law, she is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement.

Ms. Bédard regularly advises and assists management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Under the auspices of the corporate investigations practice, she has assisted with internal investigations and related corporate governance advice, including remedial measures and the implementation of corporate compliance programs.

Ms. Bédard repeatedly has been listed in Chambers Global (“she has the capacity to understand non-legal details that most lawyers would overlook,” 2013 edition), Chambers USA (recognized as “a real force,” 2015 edition), Global Arbitration Review’s International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (“an extremely bright all-rounder,” 2013 edition), Chambers Latin America and The Best Lawyers in America. She also has been recognized in Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Best of the Best USA 2017 and 2013 – Commercial Arbitration (Top 30 Practitioners), Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration 45 under 45 (a “great example to all aspiring practitioners,” 2017 edition, and 2011 edition) and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts (2011). In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Bédard was named one of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers for Arbitration and Litigation by Latinvex magazine. Additionally, Ms. Bédard has repeatedly been named one of Latin America’s Top Female Lawyers by Latinvex (2015-17). She was cited in Legal 500 Latin America 2014. Ms. Bédard also received the “Best in Commercial Arbitration” Euromoney Women in Business Law Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. In addition, Ms. Bédard was selected by Harvard Law School as an honoree for its second annual International Women’s Day Exhibition in 2015. She was named by the World Economic Forum to the 2013 Young Global Leaders and was selected among the Inspiring Women in Law by Latin Lawyer (November 2013). She is a member of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group, which was named one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and was part of the Skadden team that was named the 2013 Law Firm of the Year: Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global.

Past and current representative clients include AEI; Argos USA; Banco Bradesco BBI S.A.; Banco BTG; Banco do Brasil Securities LLC; Banco Itau; Banco Votorantim S.A.; BB Securities Ltd.; CEMEX, SAB de CV; CF Industries, Inc.; The Clorox Company; Empresas Polar S.A.; Exxon Mobil Corporation; First Solar, Inc.; HSBC Securities (USA), Inc.; Inversiones Cordillera S.A.; Itaú BBA USA Securities, Inc.; Liberty Mutual Insurance Corporation; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; SA Air France-KLM; The Travelers Companies, Inc.; Ultrapar Participaçoes S.A.; Votorantim Participações S.A.; and The WhiteWave Foods Company.

Ms. Bédard also regularly acts as arbitrator. Among other cases, she has acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a distribution agreement involving a U.S. company and a Peruvian company, and she was appointed in another ICC arbitration involving a manufacturing contract dispute between a U.S. company and a Chinese company. She also was appointed in LCIA arbitrations and as a sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving development agreements between a U.S. company and a Spanish company. She chaired an ICC arbitration governed by Romanian law and venued in Bucharest.

Prior to joining Skadden, she practiced as a litigator in Québec, Canada (1996-1998), served as law clerk on the Supreme Court of Canada (1998-1999) and taught LL.M. students at Columbia University (1999-2001). In 2001, she worked at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and at the Secretariat of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Bédard is a frequent lecturer and author on international litigation and arbitration issues.


– J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2006
– LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 2001
– LL.B., McGill University Faculty of Law (common law), 1996
– B.C.L., McGill University Faculty of Law, 1996


– New York, 2002
– Quebec, 1997
– U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2004


– World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013)
– International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee (Vice-Chair), Task Force on Counsel Conduct in International Arbitration (Former Chair), Sub-Committee on Conflicts of Interest (Former Member), UNCITRAL Working Group (Former Member)
– Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada, Arbitrator
– The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
– International Bar Association, Litigation Committee
– Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration CIESP/FIESP (Arbitrator)
– LCIA, North American Users Council (Former U.S. Member)
– Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Arbitration Committee
– ICC Task Force on Reducing Time and Costs in Arbitration (Former Member)
– ICC Task Force on Criminal Law and Arbitration (Former Member)
– American Society of International Law
– International Law Association, American Branch
– CPR International Committee on Arbitration
– CPR Awards Judge (2009-2011)
– Canadian Arbitration Congress
– New York City Bar Association, Committee on Arbitration (2003-2005)
– Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (Member)
– Arbitral Women
– Young Arbitrators Forum, Steering Committee
– Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, Board of Directors

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Rita Taliba

– Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – PUC-SP (1988)
– Mestre em Direito das Relações de Consumo pela PUC/SP (2002)
– Membro Efetivo da Comissão de Direito Aeronáutico da OAB/SP


– English
– Spanish

Aviation Law Practice:

– Full legal advice service to the aviation segment including airlines, airports, aircraft owners, ground handling companies and other participants of air transportation supply chain;
– Drafting and review of contracts regarding passenger and cargo air transport, airport concession, aircraft and aeronautics suppliers, ground handling, aircraft leasing and finance, and all other related contracts;
– Civil litigation (airlines, private owners aircraft owners and manufacturers’ civil liability);
– Legal advice for schedule and non-schedule airlines constitution;
– Legal representation for foreign companies to operate in Brazil;
– Advising companies on regulatory issues to obtain authorizations and approvals from national agencies;
– Representation of companies before Civil Air National Aviation – ANAC, INFRAERO, Civil Aviation Secretary ??’ SAC, and others government institutions and regulatory agencies;
– Legal support for companies in full integration with consumer, labor, tax and infrastructure departments.

Leonardo Braune

Leonardo Braune is a respected and highly experienced consultant in the areas of international tax, real estate planning, wealth preservation, fiduciary advice, implementation and management of management of international structures and projects.

With a vast experience in tax, and extremely diversified client base and a very strong global network of top specialists in many different business related areas, Leonardo has led a large number of successful projects in several industries including oil and gas, telecommunications, real estate, international services, investments funds and asset management.

Intercorp Group was established under the supervision of Leonardo Braune, with the objective of becoming one of the few true international tax consulting boutiques, fully capable of providing high quality tax, estate planning and fiduciary structuring services, delivering to its clients only the most efficient and practical solutions.

Firm Overview:

Intercorp Group is a privately owned high-level consulting firm,which provides tax, estate planning and fiduciary structure solutions to high net worth families.

Intercorp Group provides advice with responsibility, liability and execution. It functions as an accessible interface, streamlining intelligence from an elite global network of professionals and specialists; ultimately bestowing on clients knowledge, confidence and solutions to handle their matters in the best possible way.

Intercorp Group was established under the supervision of Leonardo Braune with the objective of becoming one of the few truly international tax consulting boutiques. Braune is a respected and highly experienced consultant in the areas of international tax, real estate planning, wealth preservation, fiduciary advice, implementation and management of international structures and projects. With a vast experience in tax, an extremely diversified client base and a very strong global network of top specialists in many different business related areas, Braune has led a large number of successful projects in several industries including oil and gas, telecommunications, real estate, international services, investment funds and asset management.