Bichara Abidão Neto specialises in dispute resolution, governance and regulation.
He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sports Law (ANDD) and composes the list of arbitrators of the Brazilian Centre of Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA).
He is also a member of the working group that continuously revises CBF’s regulations on the status and transfer of football players, as well as the ones governing the activities of intermediaries.
He has vast experience as counsel in arbitration procedures before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he frequently deals with contractual matters, ethics and discipline, doping, employment-related disputes and international transfers of footballers.
His expertise also extends to the structuring of football clubs and to advising different stakeholders acting in the business of sport, including but not limited to clubs, athletes, intermediaries, national associations, federations, confederations, etc.
In terms of Olympic sports, Bichara stands out as the chairman of Brazil’s Superior Court of Sports Justice for Equestrian (STJD) and for his prominent work before the CAS ad hoc and anti-doping divisions during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Further to directly acting as counsel for several athletes, Bichara was invited by the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association (OAB/RJ) to coordinate with the Bichara e Motta Advogados team in the training of the pro bono arbitration counsel programme for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Bichara is listed in Who is Who Legal as a Global and National Leader “highly regarded by peers and clients alike for his work in CAS arbitrations and as a trusted adviser to athletes, agents and associations.
At an academic level, he is frequently a visiting lecturer to postgraduate and MBA courses in labour law, sports management and sports law in Brazil and abroad; and is the author of several publications in sports and labour law.
Founding partner of Bichara and Motta Advogados, Marcos Motta obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Business Law, Masters (LL.M) in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick (England), a Master’s Degree Honoris Causa in International Law from the Superior Institute de Derecho y Economia-ISDE (Spain) and holds a Certificate of Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard Law School.
Marcos Motta has been active in the sports market since 1997, when he started as Director and International Representative for C.R. Flamengo. Since then, he has acted as legal adviser in hundreds of cases and arbitrations before national and international courts involving different issues, such as contractual, commercial, disciplinary and regulatory disputes, being also an active and recognized figure in the field of entertainment, advising high-profile clients, ranging from film and TV to fashion.
Marcos Motta provided legal advice on some of the largest commercial deals in the global sports market, as well as participating in the Brazilian Government working group to review the “Pelé Law” in 2008 of the FIFA Working Group to regulate the ” TPO “. He was a member of the Legal Committee of the Brazilian Federal Senate in charge to prepare the draft of the General Law of the Brazilian Sport.
In the academic field, he is a professor of several masters and a visiting lecturer in the most renowned educational institutions in Brazil, Europe and the United States, always in subjects related to sport and entertainment. He is a member of REX Sports, member of the Council of the European Union Football Agents Association-EFAA and the Executive Committee of the Association Internationale des Avocats du Football-AIAF.
Marcos Motta has been nominated annually since 2014 by the renowned “Chambers & Partners” and “Who’s Who Legal” publications as one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment lawyers, and has been named a “Thought Leader” by WWL.
Fernanda Moritz was born in Rio de Janeiro. She received a J.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2000. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro chapter since 2000 and Sao Paulo chapter since 2013.
Mrs. Moritz has been a partner of Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2000, and is co-responsible for the litigation, sports and entertainment law departments. She has been in charge of the management of the law firm since 2010.
Carlos Moutinho has been a partner of Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2006. He has been working as a counselor and in the labor litigation area throughout Brazil for more than 20 years.
He is the partner responsible for the labor litigation department of the law firm, with emphasis in sports law. He has extensive experience in consulting and preventive law in public and private companies, national and multinational.
Mr. Moutinho is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo chapters, Portuguese Bar Association and of the Brazilian Sports Law Institute. In 2009 he received a commemorative medal celebrating the 60 years of the constitutionalization of the Labor Court, granted by the President of the Superior Labor Court.
Expert in business law, he has been a partner of Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2009. He is responsible for the performance and supervision of the teams that work with corporations (purchase negotiation, representing foreign shareholders at meetings, direct foreign investments, joint venture agreements, holdings, consortiums, due diligence processes), entertainment and contracts in general.
He has worked as an attorney at Veirano Advogados (1998 to 2009), as a foreign associate at Rogers & Wells (Clifford Chance) (1996) and WilmerHale (1996-1998) in Washington, D.C., Castro, Barros, Sobral e Xavier (1992 to 1995) and Lobo & Ibeas Advogados (1989 to 1992), with emphasis in large transnational corporation projects.
Maria Cristina Pantoja has been working at Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2015 as a partner of the corporate and business department with her team. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) and has over 15 years of experience in business law, that encompasses corporate law, financial market, real estate, contracts in general and also inheritance planning. She has worked for many years for two of the largest corporate law firms nationwide, in Rio de Janeiro and in Sao Paulo. Maria Cristina Pantoja has extensive experience in international negotiations, from the formation and structuring corporations in Brazil and abroad, national and international financing, and even the construction of ships, EPC contracts, international service contract, etc.
Victor Eleuterio is an attorney graduated from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) and holding a master (LL.M) in International Sports Law from ISDE Madrid (Spain, 2015). He joined Bichara e Motta Advogados Sports & Entertainment Law team in 2010, having broad experience in contentions matters before FIFA, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with focus on contractual, employment, disciplinary and transfer-related disputes. Victor also renders legal advice to different stakeholders in the world of sports, such as individual athletes, investors, clubs, federations, confederations and agents.
During the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Victor directly acted as counsel for individual athletes and different governing bodies in a variety of issues. As part of the Bichara e Motta Advogados Sports and Entertainment Law team, he was invited to train a group of specialists in arbitration selected by the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association (OAB/RJ) to act as pro bono counsel for athletes and federations before the CAS Ad Hoc and Anti-Doping Divisions during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Between 2008 and 2009, Victor worked at the Legal Department and at the Permanent Biding Committee of SUDERJ, a public body then in charge of administrating the Maracanã Stadium and Complex, specialising in bidding procedures, administrative contracts and agreements related to sports.
Victor is a delegate at the Sports Law Commission of the Niteroi Bar Association (Rio de Janeiro), an arbitrator at the Brazilian Center of Arbitration and Mediation (CBMA), as well as visiting lecturer in numerous sports law, sports management and marketing courses, speaker in events and author of several publications on sports law.
Raphael Cunha has been an associate at the law firm since 2013, working with the labor law team. He has experience at the Labor Law Court nationwide since 2008.
Ana Luiza Carvalho holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) and has been working with labor law since 2012.
Maria Greco has been a member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 2005. She has worked in law firms and in the legal department of big football clubs in Rio de Janeiro.
Maria Greco has been part of the Civil Law Team of Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2016, acting in cases before the State Court of Appeals and the Federal Court throughout the country. She has experience in business consultancy, analysis and draft of contracts and in judicial litigation in all levels.
Lawyer with a law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and with a post-graduate degree in Intellectual Property and New Business from Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV.
Juliana works with Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Fashion Law with emphasis on the protection of copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs, software, image and digital law. She advises actors, models, stylists, artists, photographers, art galleries and agents of the audiovisual and music industry.
In Sports Law, Juliana works with athletes, clubs, intermediaries and sponsors, by analyzing contracts, providing consultancy and working with national and international litigation in various sports modalities, in commercial, disciplinary and doping disputes.
Juliana is specialized in Electronic Sports (e-Sports), advising teams, athletes and sponsors with contractual aspects, intellectual property, and with legal obstacles involving this area which is in great expansion.
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Experienced attorney in international sports law, Stefano is International Consultant and Head of Arbitration at Bichara e Motta Advogados, where he is co-responsible for the Sports and Entertainment Law area.
Master (LL.M) in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid, arbitrator at the Centro Brasileiro de Mediação e Arbitragem (CBMA), Stefano obtained his law degree magna cum laude in Italy at the prestigious Università degli Studi di Padova.
Stefano acts mainly for international clients, as his practice focuses on dispute resolution before the bodies of FIFA as well as arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), having particular expertise in doping, agency, transfer and employment-related disputes. He also advises on a broad range of sports legal issues, such as negotiation and drafting of contracts related to international transfer of players, players’ agency, economic rights and image rights.
Besides having provided legal advice in some of the most important football transactions in recent years, notably including prominent Brazilian football players, Stefano also represented high-level athletes in sports such as tennis, fencing, and race-walking, having acted during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before the CAS Ad Hoc Division, as well as provided training to the pro bono arbitration counsel programme for the 2016 games along with Bichara e Motta Advogados’ team.
Experienced in dealing with the relevant procedures and regulations of CONMEBOL, UEFA and the AFC (including licensing and disciplinary regulations), Stefano also contributed to the drafting of regulations of different nature for national Football Associations as well as national state laws.
Visiting professor at the “Master in Diritto ed Organizzazione Aziendale dello Sport – Sports Law and Policy Centre ” (Roma), the “Executive Programme in International Sports Law and Justice” (Ravello), the “Football Business Academy – FBA” (Geneva) and the ISDE “Master F.C. Barcelona in Sports Management and Legal Skills” (Barcelona), Stefano also published legal articles in several countries and languages around the world.
Stefano is proudly a pro bono member of the Advisory Board for “Karanba”, a social sport project that since 2006 offers to children and youngsters, mainly coming from disadvantaged areas of the Rio de Janeiro region, the chance to achieve their dreams and goals in life through sports and education.
Lawyer graduate from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and postgraduate from University Paris 2, Panthéon-Assas with 15 years of experience in the audiovisual industry (film, television and web), music industry, collective rights management and publishing. Luciana has represented artists’ and authors’ estates and also has experience as counsel in lawsuits involving copyright in Brazil and abroad.
In 2019, after a decade of independent law practice, Luciana joined B&M | Bichara e Motta Advogados to strengthen the firm’s operation and strategic growth in the entertainment, audiovisual and copyright law segment.
Udo Seckelmann is an attorney graduated from PUC-RJ (2017) and master (LL.M) in International Sports Law from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain (2019). He works in the areas of Sports Law, Civil Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2014, when he joined the firm. He has experience in litigation before the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), FIFA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and several sports dispute resolution bodies. He also provides legal advice and consultancy to various stakeholders in the sports market, such as athletes, coaches, agents, investors, clubs, federations and confederations.
In 2019, he did a temporary internship with the Sports Business Group of the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP and advised the sports agency World In Motion, both in London, in order to gain knowledge and experience in the English football market. In the same year, he became a writer and editor of Lex Sportiva, a sports law blog that offers commentary and analysis on current sports legal issues.
Graduated in Law by Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. LLM Candidate in Corporate Law by Fundação Getúlio Vargas. As part of PUCRS team participated on VII Edition of the Arbitration Competition (CAMARB) and as a jurisdiction participant speaker in 23ª edition of the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, a competition related to commercial law and international arbitration to resolve international disputes. Qualified lawyer acting in corporate law, insolvency, bankruptcy and contracts in general.
Vitor Hugo Almeida is an attorney graduated from PUC-RJ (2020). He works in the areas of Sports Law, Civil Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2018, when he joined the firm. He has experience in litigation before the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), FIFA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Brazilian Superior Court of Sport Justice and several sports dispute resolution bodies. He also provides legal advice and consultancy to various stakeholders in the sports market, such as athletes, coaches, agents, investors, clubs, federations and confederations.
He is a graduate of the FGV/FIFA/CIES’ Executive Program in Sports Management and has taken several courses in the area of sports law. He is also coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Sports University Movement, conducted by Barra da Tijuca´s Bar Association Section and is a member of the Sports Law Studies Group at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (GEED-UERJ).