People

Partners

Bichara Abidão Neto

Partner

Marcos Motta

Partner

Fernanda Moritz

Managing Partner

Carlos Coutinho

Partner

José Brautigam

Partner

Ana Beatriz Motta

Managing Partner

Maria Cristina Pantoja

Partner

Associates

Victor Eleutério

Associate

Raphael Cunha

Associate

Ana Luiza Carvalho

Associate

Yasmim Figueiredo

Associate

Maria Greco

Associate

Juliana Avezum

Associate

International Consultant

Stefano Malvestio

Consultant

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Sports Law
  • Civil and Labor Litigation

EDUCATION

  • Law degree from Candido Mendes University (Downtown branch)
  • Postgraduate degree in Business Law from IAG Master – PUC/RJ

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Chapters.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Bichara Abidão Neto is an attorney and a visiting lecturer in Sports Law and Labor Law Post Graduation and MBA courses.

As a partner in the law firm, Mr. Neto is responsible for the civil litigation and labor department and is co-responsible for the sports law department. He has extensive experience at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), where he acted in several cases regarding contracts, doping and international transfers of players. Mr. Neto is an active attorney for athletes, licensed agents, national associations, federations and confederations related to sports.

He wrote and published several legal articles and coordinated the II, III and IV National Meetings on Sport-Labor Legislation, organized by the Superior Labor Court of Brazil, where he also acted as a speaker. Mr. Neto participated at the Judicial Commission to implement modifications to the Pele Law that rules Brazilian sports.

Mr. Neto is the President of the Brazilian Equestrian Superior Court of Sports Tribunal.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English.

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Sports Law
  • Entertainment Law

EDUCATION

  • Master degree (LL.M) in International Law from the University of Warwick (England)
  • Master Honoris Causa in International Sports Law from the Superior Institute of Law and Economics (ISDE), Spain.
  • Certificate on Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard University (PON)
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • Member of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Chapters.
Ranked In Latin America Chambers and Partners 2017 - Marcos Motta

BIOGRAPHY

Founding partner of Bichara e Motta Advogados, Marcos Motta holds a postgraduate diploma in Contemporary Business Law; a master degree (LL.M) in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick (England); a master honoris causa in International Sports Law from the Higher Institute of Law and Economics (ISDE) in Spain; and a certificate on Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard University (PON).

Mr. Motta has been working in the soccer market since 1997, when he became the director and international representative for CR Flamengo. Since then, he has served as a legal counsel in over 400 cases before FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), regarding several subjects, such as contracts, disciplinary, regulatory and doping disputes. Mr. Motta has also provided legal advise in some of the largest and most important transactions of the Brazilian soccer. In 2006 he participated in the government working group for the revision of the Pele Law, that rules Brazilian sports and in the new working group of the Federal Senate that prepared the new Brazilian Sports General Law. He was also part of the FIFA working group regarding third-party ownership (TPO) rules and the Committee for Renovation of Brazilian Football from Brazilian Football Confederation – CBF.

He is a visiting lecturer on the master’s degree program in International Sports Law at the ISDE (Madrid); the master’s degree program in International and Comparative Sports Law at ISDE – St John’s University (New York); the master’s degree program in Global Sports Law at the University of Columbia (New York); the Advanced Course on Comparative and International Sports Law of the John Cabot University (Rome) and in Management in Sports Marketing and Entertainment at PUC_IAG (Rio de Janeiro). Mr. Motta is also a member of REX Sports, and member of the board of the European Football Agents Association (EFAA) and of the Executive Committee the International Association for Football Lawyers (AIAF).

In 2014, 2015 and 2016 “Chambers & Partners” and “Who’s Who Legal” nominated Marcos Motta as one of the main lawyers in the sports and entertainment field worldwide.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese, English and Spanish

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Civil Litigation
  • Sports Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Managing Partner

EDUCATION

  • Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ), 2000.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Chapters.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English.

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Labour Law
  • Sports Law

EDUCATION

  • Law Degree from Candido Mendes University, 1992
  • Post-graduation degree in Business Law from IAG Master – PUC/RJ, 1996

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Chapters and Portuguese Bar (Lisbon)

BIOGRAPHY

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.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English.
Contact Fields of Expertise
  • Sports Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Education
  • Bachelor of Laws - Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)
  • Diploma in Brazilian Copyright Law - Escola de Magistratura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (EMERJ)
  • Master (LL.M) in International Sports Law - ISDE Madrid
Professional Affiliations
  • Admitted to the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association
  • Admitted to the São Paulo Bar Association
  • Delegate at the Sports Law Commission of the Niteroi Bar Association (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Arbitrator at the Brazilian Center of Arbitration and Mediation (CBMA)

Biography

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.

Languages

  • Portuguese, English and Spanish

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate Law
  • Entertainment Law

EDUCATION

  • Law Degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 1991
  • Master degree (LL.M.) from the University of Chicago Law School, 1996, with emphasis in the business law area (corporate law, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions) and in contracts

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Chapters.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Managing Partner
  • Sports Law
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Entertainment Law

EDUCATION

  • Master (LL.M) in International Sports Law - ISDE Madrid
  • Post-graduation in Environmental Management - Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/RJ)
  • Bachelor of Laws - Universidade Candido Mendes (UCAM)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Admitted to the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association and to the São Paulo Bar Association

BIOGRAPHY

Ana Beatriz Motta holds a Law Degree from Universidade Candido Mendes, a post-graduation degree in Environmental Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-RJ) and a master degree (LL.M) in International Sports Law from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE), Madrid, Spain.

She has worked as an attorney in international sports law for over ten years, focusing on resolution of litigation before the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), as well as on arbitrations before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS/CAS). She has extensive experience in litigations involving player agents and international transfers.

Ana Beatriz Motta has been an associate at the law firm since 2002 and is co-responsible for the sports and entertainment department. She has been responsible for the management of the firm since 2015.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese, English, Spanish, German and French.

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and business
  • Merge and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Admiralty Law
  • Compliance

EDUCATION

  • Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ), 1998

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB/RJ (Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Chapter).

BIOGRAPHY

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.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English – fluent
  • Italian and French – intermediate

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Labor Law

EDUCATION

  • Law Degree from Cândido Mendes University (2007)
  • Post-graduation degree in Material and Procedural Labor Law from the Catholic University of Petropolis, 2010

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB/RJ (Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Chapter)

BIOGRAPHY

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.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English.

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Labor Law

EDUCATION

  • Law Degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC/RJ

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB/RJ (Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Chapter).

BIOGRAPHY

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.

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and business
  • Merge and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Admiralty Law

EDUCATION

  • Law degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 2012
  • LL.M in Business Law from Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV, 2016

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of OAB/RJ (Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Chapter).

BIOGRAPHY

Yasmim Figueiredo has been working at Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2015 as an attorney of the corporate and business department, in Maria Cristina Pantoja’s team. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she holds a law degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She works with business law, that encompasses corporate law, financial market, real estate, contracts in general and also inheritance planning. She holds a LL.M degree in Business Law from the Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV.

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English

CONTACT

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

  • Litigation
  • Civil, Commercial and Business Law
  • Consumer Law

EDUCATION

  • Post-graduation degree in Sports Law from Instituto de Ciências do Futebol e Universidade Candido Mendes (UCAM – Ipanema) – 2016/2017 (on going)
  • Post-graduation degree in Business Law from Universidade Candido Mendes (UCAM – Ipanema)
  • Post-graduation degree in Labor Law and Labor Procedure Law from Universidade Veiga de Almeida (UVA)
  • Law degree from Universidade Candido Mendes (UCAM – Centro)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Admitted to the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association

BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese and English

CONTACT

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Sports Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Law - Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (2015)
  • Post-Graduation in Intellectual Property and New Buisnesses - Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV (2018).
  • Extension Program in Fashion Law - Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV (2016).

BIOGRAPHY

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 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.

LANGUAGES

Portuguese, English, German and French

Contact

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Law
  • International Arbitration
  • International Consultancy

Education

  • Master (LL.M) in International Sports Law by the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia - ISDE, in Madrid, Spain
  • Graduated in Law magna cum laude by the Università Degli Studi di Padova, in Italy
  • Graduated in Law by the Universidad de la Laguna, in Spain
  • Erasmus in Law in Belgium (Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL)

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Ilustre Colégio de Abogados de Madrid – ICAM

​Biography

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.

Languages

  • Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish and French
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