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Vera Kanas

Vera Kanas

Practice Groups

International Trade , Automotive , Shipping & Logistics


Office: São Paulo
Phone: (55 11) 5086-5314


Professional experience

Head of TozziniFreire’s International Trade practice group, Vera was an intern in the Legal Affairs department of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva in 2002, attended the Program for Young Lawyers at the Brazilian Mission before the WTO in Geneva in 2003, and served in the General-Coordination of WTO Disputes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília in 2005. In 2008, she worked in PLMJ law firm, in Portugal.


She is recommended in relevant legal guides, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Who’s Who Legal and Análise Advocacia 500.


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


  • Specialized in Business Management from Business School São Paulo, 2007.
  • PhD in International Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2004.
  • Master’s in International Economic Law from the Université de Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, 2002.
  • Graduate of the Law School of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 1998.

Additional activities:

  • Consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for matters relating to WTO dispute settlement and the environment.
  • Founding member of Trade Negotiations Group (GNC), co-ordinated by the Brazilian Mission in Geneva, ICONE and FIESP.
  • Founding member of Study Group of Dispute Settlement (NESC), organized by the Brazilian Mission in Geneva and FGV-SP.
  • Member of the official Brazilian delegation in the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, COP-6 (The Hague, 2000) and COP-10 (Buenos Aires, 2004).


  • Co-author of the chapter "Legislação Antidumping no Brasil", from the book 40 Anos de Direito Empresarial no Brasil. São Paulo: Quartier Latin, 2016, p. 81-108.
  • Co-author of the chapter "Agricultural Law in Brazil: Overview", from the book Global Agricultural Law. Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2015.
  • Author of "Comércio e Meio Ambiente" [Trade and Environment] and "Compliance nos Contenciosos Envolvendo o Brasil na OMC" [Compliance in the Disputes Involving Brazil at WTO] chapters from the book Solução de Controvérsias: O Brasil e o Contencioso na OMC [Dispute Resolution: Brazil and Litigations in the WTO]. São Paulo: Saraiva, 2008, ed. I and II.
  • Author of "Proteção dos Investimentos no NAFTA" [Protection of Investments in the NAFTA] chapter from the book Regulamentação Internacional dos Investimentos: Algumas Lições para o Brasil [International Regulation of Investments: A Few Lessons for Brazil]. São Paulo: Aduaneiras, 2007.
  • Author of "Meio Ambiente e Negociações Internacionais" [Environment and International Deals] chapter from the book O Brasil e os Grandes Temas do Comércio Internacional [Brazil and the Great Themes of International Law]. São Paulo: Lex Editora, 2005.
  • Author of "A Proteção Ambiental no NAFTA" [Environmental Protection in the NAFTA] chapter from the book O Sistema de Comércio Internacional e o Novo Milênio [The International Trade System and the New Millennium], organized by Alberto do Amaral Júnior, 2002.
  • Co-author of the book Business Guide to Trade Remedies in Brazil. Geneva: International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), 2005.Co-author of the chapter "Brazil", of the publication Getting the Deal Through - Trade & Customs. London: Law Business Research, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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