Uria Menendez counsel breaks for boutique
27 September 2017
Valeria Galindez and Clavio Valenca
Valeria Galíndez has left her role as head of international arbitration at Uria Menendez in Sao Paulo to open an arbitration boutique with Brazilian sole practitioner and forrmer arbitration centre president Clávio Valença.
The new boutique named Valença Galíndez opened for business in São Paulo on 1 August. It will begin with six practitioners dedicated to arbitration and court proceedings related to arbitration, with a further one or two hires planned in the coming months.
Galíndez tells GAR that the focus will be on corporate disputes relating to infrastructure and industry in Brazil and throughout Latin America.
Galíndez, a dual national of Brazil and Argentina, joined Uria from Brazilian firm Dias Carneiro Advogados in 2013. During her time at the firm, she represented a Spanish construction group in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of a tramway in Africa and a European telecom multinational in a Brazilian stock exchange arbitration over the alleged corporate abuse of power by majority shareholders.
As a sole arbitrator, she rejected a US$5.4 million ICC claim over the construction of a solar power plant in Chile - which led to an unsuccessful application in the Chilean courts to overturn the award.
Valença began his career as a junior lawyer in the São Paulo office of Clifford Chance, before moving to Veirano Advogados in Recife in north east Brazil for two years. In 2002 he left to form his own firm, Valença Advogados, where he has been ever since. The firm was originally based in Recife but Valença established headquarters in São Paulo in 2011.
Later that year, he was named president of the arbitration centre of the Brazil-Portugal Chamber of Commerce - a role he held for over three years.
His experience includes acting as a chairman in ICC arbitration over the construction of thermal power plant in Brazil, while as counsel he has represented a Brazilian automobile distributor in ICDR arbitration against an Asian multinational. He speaks flunet French.