"very skilful and well prepared as counsel," and "one of the most brilliant legal minds in the arbitration industry"WWL - Arbitration 2022 - Future Leaders
Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira is a partner in the Arbitration practice of Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in the São Paulo office.
Gustavo has a doctor’s degree in private international law and international commercial law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Prior to joining Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, Gustavo worked for the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, where he worked as Deputy Counsel in the Latin-American team, based in Paris, and as Counsel responsible for the São Paulo office of the ICC’s Secretariat of the Court. Over the course of his activity with the ICC, Gustavo managed hundreds of cases and reviewed a great number of arbitration awards relating to various jurisdictions and economic sectors. These activities provide Gustavo with a singular experience in the domestic and international arbitration sector.
Gustavo represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations, with a focus on disputes in the construction, energy and technology sectors. Gustavo’s current and recent relevant cases include the representation of:
- Brazilian energy company in an ICC arbitration against two companies of an international group specialized in subsea services. The dispute is related to an EPC contract for the construction of the offshore and onshore installations of a Thermal Power Plant at a port in the Northeast of Brazil. The arbitration is seated in São Paulo and the language of the arbitration is English.
- Three special-purpose vehicles controlled by a Canadian company and a power development-investment company headquartered in Qatar, in an ICC arbitration against the Brazilian subsidiary of the largest state-owned Chinese company operating in the renewable energy industry. The arbitration is seated in São Paulo and is related to an EPC contract for the construction of a solar power plant in Brazil.
- Peruvian subsidiary of a French company against the local water authority in an arbitration seated in Lima, Peru. The dispute is based on an EPC contract (FIDIC Silver Book) for the construction of a water treatment system for the city of Lima. Peruvian law is applicable to the merits of the dispute.
- Two Brazilian and two Swiss subsidiaries of the world's largest steel producer, in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva against a Swiss company, and its Brazilian subsidiary, which is one of the world’s largest producer of graphite electrodes. The dispute arises out of several take-or-pay contracts for the purchase of graphite electrodes. The merits of the disputes are governed by Swiss and Brazilian law respectively.
- Brazilian oil and gas company, controlled by a US based investment fund, in an ICC arbitration seated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The dispute arises out of the concession agreement for the exploration, development, and operation of oil fields, located in the Santos Basin, in the Northeast of Brazil.
- Brazilian renewable energy subsidiary of an US multinational conglomerate, respondent in a ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo commenced by the largest Brazilian wind turbine blade manufacturer. The dispute arises from a supply agreement. Brazilian law applies and Portuguese is the language of the proceedings.
- Dutch subsidiary of the world’s leading marketing and communication conglomerate, in a CAM-CCBC (Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce) arbitration against three Brazilian executives engaged in the marketing and advertising sector. The dispute arises in relation to the acquisition of two digital and social media marketing agencies and the performance of earn-out provisions included in a quota purchase agreement.
- Brazilian subsidiary of a major Spanish company in an ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo, Brazil, against the Dutch and Chinese vehicles of a Chinese solar panel manufacturer. The dispute is related to a supply agreement of photovoltaic solar modules for the construction of a solar power plant in Brazil. Brazilian law (including the CISG) applies and English is the language of the proceedings.
- Brazilian affiliates of two multinational conglomerates operating in the renewable energy sector, in a CIESP/FIESP arbitration related to the construction of metal structures.
Experience as arbitrator
- Acted as sole arbitration in an ICC arbitration related to a contract for the manufacturing of metal structures for a rig consolidation project.
- Acted as president of the arbitral tribunal in an arbitration under the ARBITAC Rules (Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem da Associação Comercial do Paraná) related to the alleged breach of a non-compete clause by a former executive.
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, PhD, Private International Law and International Commercial Law
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Master I, Private International Law and International Commercial Law
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Private International Law
UniCuritiba, Bachelor of Law (JD equivalent)
- Member of the ICC ADR Centre Standing Committee
- Member of the List of Adjudicators of the Centro Nacional e Internacional de Arbitraje de la Cámara De Comercio de Lima
- Director of the Brazilian Institute for Construction Law - IBDiC, BrazilCoordinator of the ICC Brasil’s infrastructure committee
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Brazilian Arbitration Review (Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem)
- Member of the study group on “International Arbitration and Construction” of the French Arbitration Committee - CFA, France
- Member of the ICC’s Latin-American Arbitration Group
- Member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee - CBAr, Brazil
- 2018-2021 Director of the Brazilian Institute for Construction Law - IBDiC, Brazil