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Luciano Benetti Timm

Carvalho, Machado, Timm & Deffenti

Porto Alegre, BRA

Luciano Benetti Timm has undertaken Post-Doctorate studies at the University of California - Berkeley in the fields of international and comparative law. He holds a Doctor of Laws degree in the field of Business and Regional Integration Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), having developed part of his credits and research in the University of Sao Paulo (USP). He has concluded his Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from the University of Warwick (UK) and masters in Private Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He has finished courses in the Economics School of UFRGS. He is a lecturer at PUCRS and UNISINOS University, lecturing in Private International Law and Contracts. He is a regular guest lecturer in the post-graduate studies courses at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and the Superior Judges' School of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

Mr. Timm has over fifteen years of experience, having commenced his professional career as Secretary of a Justice in the State Court of Rio Grande do Sul, from where he moved on to join the Law firm Cristóvão Colombo, Uhlmann, Matheus and Miller Advogados in São Paulo, in the firm's Property and Construction section. Then he joined Sobral, Castro and Barros Advogados, working with the firm's civil department. Later, he joined Machado, Meyer, Sendacz and Opice Advogados, in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, where he was responsible for the litigation department. He is currently working on projects related to financial instruments, structuring of securities, real estate transactions, complex commercial contracts and legal opinions on competition and civil law and arbitration.

Voted one of the 17 most admired lawyers in the country in the area of Commercial Contracts and the sub-areas of Machinery and Equipment and Pulp and Paper, according to research from the Análise Magazine in 2011.

He is currently Director of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and member of the Special Committee on Arbitration of the Rio Grande do Sul Section of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Mr. Timm was the President of the Legislation Committee of Amcham/RS and the Brazilian Association of Law and Economics (ABDE). Has acted as researcher for the National Justice Counsel in 20120 in a work regarding the Brazilian judiciary system and for the Ministry of Justice in 2009 in a research on Corporate Registration in Brazil. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Law School of Sciences Politiques in Paris, 2011.

He was the coordinator of “Company Law and Contracts” (IOB Thompson, 2004), “Law and Economics in Brazil” (Atlas, 2011) and “Studies on Public-Private Partnerships” (IOB Thompson, 2006), as well as the author of “Provision of Services” (Forense, 2006), “The New Brazilian Contracts Law” (Forense, 2008), among others, and several articles published in national legal journals. He had his master's thesis published in the renowned Computer and Telecommunications Law Review (England, 1999). He was granted a scholarship from the British Council and the National Council for Research and Post-Graduate Studies (CNPq).

He is fluent in English and Portuguese, and possesses a working knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian.


Análise Advocacia2012 - One of the three most admired attorneys in Brazil, cited in the áreas of commercial contracts, dispute resolution and import/export.

Chambers and Partners: Latin America 2012 - Ranked in “band 1” for corporate/commercial law in South Brazil and was described as “a corporate specialist who earns praise for his brilliant client service and business acumen”

Legal 500: Latin America 2012 –Recommended attorney in the field of Corporate Law/M&A receiving praise as an “extremely solid and competent professional”.

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