Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy has more than 10 years of experience both as counsel and an academic in the field of international complex disputes involving multiple jurisdictions, in both litigation and arbitration.

In 2007, he joined Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados, one of Latin America’s most distinguished dispute resolution boutiques, where he acted in diverse cases involving construction contracts, energy, oil & gas, distribution agreements and M & A disputes, among others.

In 2016, Daniel was hired as a part-time consultant for the Brazilian National Industry Confederation, where he worked on different international trade issues to develop Brazilian industry. In that same year, he was the co-head of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Arbitration task force to draft its Emergency Arbitrators rules, together with Mr. Y. Derains.

Daniel is a Professor of Law at Fundação Getúlio Vargas School of Law, one of Brazil’s most reputable private law schools. He holds a PhD in Private Law and International Arbitration from the Université Panthéon-Assas (summa cum laude), and received the Paris University Prize for best thesis in 2013. His thesis was further short-listed by the ICC World Business Institute as one of the five best theses of that year. Daniel also has an LLM in Civil Law from the University of São Paulo.

He is now a visiting scholar at the Centre for Commercial Studies, part of the Queen Mary, University of London School of Law, and is a visiting professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.  

Representative cases:
  • Acting for an Italian multinational in $50 million litigation proceedings, questioning a multinational bank's derivatives operation;
  • Representing a European media group in $50 million litigation proceedings concerning the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Museum;
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers in relation to the collection of a $100 million debt;
  • Representing a British multinational in $123 million litigation proceedings against a distributor based in northern Brazil;
  • Representing a Spanish multinational in a $56 million ICC arbitration against a Chinese media company concerning television rights;
  • Advising a Swiss rail technology multinational in relation to the acquisition of a Brazilian train company in a $200 million operation;
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest car companies in relation to the questioning of its legality in Brazil before the Brazilian Supreme Court;
  • Representing one of China's largest energy producers in a pre-litigation procedure involving one of its Brazilian M&As worth $54 million;
  • Representing an American multinational manufacturer of home electronics in $125 million tax proceedings before Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice;
  • Representing Israel’s biggest construction company in a pre-litigation procedure concerning the acquisition of a mall valued at $230 million;
  • Acting for an American multinational producer of chemicals for plastic industries in relation to the collection of a $45 million debt;
  • Representing Brazil’s satellite development company, questioning a Petrobras decision in a public bid to contract satellite images for oil fields;
  • Advising foreign Petrobras investors in relation to the devaluation of Petrobras' stocks after the “Car Wash” fraud operation.
Professional Associations

Daniel is General Editor of the Brazilian Arbitration Review, a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (CIARb) and a member of the ICCA Publishing Committee.He has published a number of books including Investment Protection in Brazil (Kluwer, 2014), Les Abus de L’arbitrage Commercial International (L’Harmattan, 2015) and Civil Liability (Atlas, 2013). Daniel is also the author of many articles on arbitration which have been published in different international journals.

Daniel Levy
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Qualifications & Education
  • PhD Private Law and International Arbitration, Université Panthéon-Assas
  • Civil Law (LLM), University of Sao Paulo
  • Brazilian Bar Association
  • The Paris University Prize for best thesis (2013)
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