Gary Born, chair of WilmerHale's International Arbitration Practice, was recently the guest of honor at "A Day with Gary Born" and other international arbitration events in São Paulo, Brazil. The country’s economic expansion and growth in cross-border commerce in recent years have resulted in a significant rise in the use of international arbitration, while Brazil’s legal framework is increasingly arbitration-friendly.
The CAM-CCBC (Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canadá), one of the largest arbitral centers in the country, hosted “A Day with Gary Born.” Prominent Brazilian arbitrators and practitioners, including Ms. Adriana Braghetta, and Messrs. Mauricio Gomm, Carlos Alberto Carmona, Claudio Finkelstein and Luis Olavo Baptista, joined Mr. Born to discuss:
- Future developments in international arbitration
- Corruption in international arbitration
- The law of the arbitration agreement
- Power to fill gaps in the arbitration agreement and underlying contract
- Advocacy tips
The day was rounded off by a joint Q&A session with Ms. Braghetta and Mr. Born, during which they elaborated on the practice of international arbitration and the personal experiences that have shaped their careers. Ms. Victoria Narancio, a senior associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, moderated the discussion.
While in São Paulo, Mr. Born also taught an intensive five-day course on International Commercial Arbitration at the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). The course attracted students from across the country, keen to learn from the world’s leading authority in the field, and included a practical workshop on cross-examination techniques, led by Ms. Narancio.
Mr. Born also spoke at the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Portugal, at an event hosted by Mr. Renato Grion, partner at Pinheiro Neto. Mr. Born addressed the topic of dispute resolution in M&A transactions, banking and finance. The event concluded with a Q&A session focusing on multi-tier arbitration clauses in financial contracts, as well as the increased use of arbitration in banking disputes.
Mr. Born has been invited to teach his course on international commercial arbitration in Rio de Janeiro next year and further events are expected to follow in Brazil and wider Latin America.
From left: Cristiano de Sousa Zanetti (University of São Paulo), Mauricio Gomm Santos (Gomm & Smith) and Gary Born; Antonio Carlos Monteiro da Silva (Tess Advogados), Marcos Rolim (Cunha Ricca Advogados), Victoria Narancio and Gary Born