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Fernando Eduardo Serec

Fernando Eduardo Serec

Practice Groups

Litigation, Arbitration , Mediation


Office: São Paulo
Phone: (55 11) 5086-5264


Professional experience

Head of the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups, Fernando has broad experience in litigation and international arbitrations involving real estate matters, complex financial contracts, and a wide range of administrative law issues. He has worked on international arbitrations in Brazil, USA, and Europe at major international and local arbitration institutions involving mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, financial and banking disputes, infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements, and intellectual property issues, among others areas.


He is constantly recognized and recommended as leader in the most important international legal publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, IFLR 1000, Expert Guides, Who’s Who Legal, GAR 100 and Análise Advocacia 500. Fernando received the 2013 Client Choice Award on Litigation, bestowed by the International Law Office. Fernando is LACCA Approved: Latin America’s leading private practitioner for Litigation.


  • English


  • Studied at the Academy of American and International Law, organized by the Center for American and International Law, USA, in 1993.
  • Master’s degree in Civil Law from the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 1992.
  • Graduate of the Law School of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, 1985.

Additional activities:

  • President of the AMCHAM Arbitration and Meditation Centre’s Advisory Council.
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Brazil Corporate Arbitration Chamber (CAMARB - Câmara de Arbitragem Empresarial  Brasil).
  • Arbitrator working in several Arbitration Chambers in Brazil.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
  • Member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr).
  • Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).


  • Co-author of the chapter "Litigation"  from the publication Chambers Practice Guides 2017. London: Chambers & Partners, 2017.
  • Co-author of the chapter "A Prática, a Construção e a Solidificação da Arbitragem", of the book 40 Anos de Direito Empresarial no Brasil. São Paulo: Quartier Latin, 2016, p. 65-79.
  • Co-author of "Brazil" chapter from the book Corporate Internal Investigations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Arbitration article from the publication Latin Lawyer Reference, 2012, 2013, 2014 e 2015.
  • "Brazil" chapter from the publication International Civil Procedure Handbook. London: Kluwer Law International, 2004. 
  • "Brazil" chapter from the publication Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation. London: Kluwer Law International, 2003.
  • "Brazil" chapter from the publication Dispute Resolution Handbook 2003/04. London: PLC Global Counsel Handbooks, 2003.
  • Fernando has published articles in a number of national and international publications, such as Global Arbitration Review, International Law Office, Latin Lawyer, World Law Group (WLG), Dispute Resolution Journal, Valor Econômico, and Revista Capital Aberto.

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