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Fernando Eduardo Serec

Fernando Eduardo Serec

Practice Groups

Litigation, Arbitration , Mediation, Technology & Innovation


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


Professional experience

TozziniFreire’s CEO and 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 other areas.


He is constantly recognized and recommended as leader by the most important international legal publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, IFLR1000, 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 recognized as LACCA Thought Leader: Litigation, and he is LACCA Approved.


  • English


  • Studied at the Academy of American and International Law, organized by the Center for American and International Law, USA, 1993.
  • Master’s degree in Civil Law from the Law School of USP (Universidade de São Paulo), 1992.
  • Graduate of the Law School of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, 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).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of ITA (Institute for Transnational Arbitration).
  • Member of CBAr (Brazilian Arbitration Committee).
  • Member of IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel).


  • "Brazil" chapter (co-author). In GAR Know How - Commercial Arbitration. London: Law Business Research, 2017 and 2018.
  • "Litigation" chapter (co-author). In Chambers Practice Guides 2017. London: Chambers & Partners, 2017.
  • "A Prática, a Construção e a Solidificação da Arbitragem" chapter (co-author). In 40 Anos de Direito Empresarial no Brasil. São Paulo: Quartier Latin, 2016, p. 65-79.
  • "Brazil" chapter (co-author). In Corporate Internal Investigations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • "Brazil" chapter (co-author). In Latin Lawyer Reference - Arbitration, 2012-2018.
  • "Brazil" chapter. In International Civil Procedure Handbook. London: Kluwer Law International, 2004. 
  • "Brazil" chapter. In Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation. London: Kluwer Law International, 2003.
  • "Brazil" chapter. In 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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