Christian S. B. Lopes is a founding partner at VLF Lawyers – Vilas Boas, Lopes and Frattari, and acts for clients in international and domestic complex deals, such as M&A transactions, joint-ventures, debt restructuring, as well as in dispute resolution by arbitration, for clients of the mining, energy, automotive, steel, logistics, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. In over 20 years of practice, Christian has acted numerous arbitration proceedings as lawyer, arbitrator, or legal expert in the main Brazilian and international arbitral institutions, involving matters related to construction, public-private partnerships, logistics, energy, mining, distribution, M&A and shareholder disputes and equipment supply.
According to Chambers and Partners, Christian “is recognized for his ‘excellent technical skills, especially in the mining sector and international commercial contracts.’ He is also considered by market observers a reference in arbitration. A colleague comments: ‘I have the best possible impression of his work. He is extremely talented and is also an excellent arbitrator and lawyer in arbitration proceedings’”.
He is also a Professor of private law at the Law School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where he teaches contract law and arbitration for graduate, master and PhD students. Christian is graduated by the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and holds a master degree from Law School of Columbia University, and a master and PhD degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has published books and articles on contract law, corporate law and arbitration. He is currently a director of CBAr – Brazilian Committee of Arbitration and acted in the past as director of other non-profit and academic organizations.
VLF Lawyers – Vilas Boas, Lopes and Frattari is Brazilian law firm focused on business law and specialized in allying a meticulous technical knowledge with a close and dynamic attention to our clients. We are unique on the way our teams conduct the matters entrusted to us, which is made with personal care, directly involving the head partners of the departments, and proactive and flexible service, characteristics which are highly recognized by clients as a great value.
Our firm offers a large number of business law practices, which includes arbitration, litigation, compliance, international consulting, contracts, corporate law, labor law, debt restructuring and corporate reorganization, litigation, M&A, tax, regulatory, energy and mining law. VLF and its professionals are consistently mentioned as market references by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Leaders League and Análise 500 (main Brazilian market researcher).
VLF is proud to be formed by brilliant professionals, experienced in domestic and international transactions, driven by ethical and professional values, who have the ability to explore all possibilities to reach the best outcome for the cases entrusted to us. We believe this is the shortest way to provide solid results to our clients.