Felipe Vollbrecht Sperandio
Clyde & Co London. Jan 2013 – present.
• Counsel at the International Arbitration group. Sample of cases:
(i) Representing a Brazilian employer in ICC arbitration seated in Paris and governed by Brazilian
substantive law. The dispute arises from agreements with Chinese contractors for the design,
engineering, supply of equipment, training, and supervision of a steel plant in Brazil. I visited the
worksite multiple times, interviewed the employers’ personnel, and drafted legal opinions relating
to the interpretation of the agreements, conflicts of laws and statute of limitation. Currently
drafting the statement of case, six witness statements, letter of instruction to the legal expert,
liaising with the technical experts and supervising the drafting of reports on quantum and
(ii) Representing a Brazilian contractor against a state-owned oil & gas company. The dispute
relates to the construction of six FPSOs. The contract provides for ICC arbitration seated in New
York and governed by New York law. I have been to the worksite three times to liaise with the
technical experts and supervise the drafting of the reports on quantum and delays. We are
currently deciding with the client on the proper timing to trigger the multi-tier dispute resolution
(iii) Representing a Brazilian contractor against a Caribbean state-owned company and the State
itself, in LCIA arbitration seated in London and govern by the law of the Caribbean State. The
dispute relates to the construction of a road system in the country. Advised on the strategy,
drafted submissions, and currently waiting for a jurisdictional award.
(iv) Represented a US supplier in ICC arbitration seated in New York and governed by Brazilian
substantive law. The dispute originated from a loss in heavy equipment supplied to an aluminium
plant in Brazil. The insurer covered the loss, subrogated into the supply agreement, and started
subrogation claims in Brazilian courts. The US supplier started a 90 days’ arbitration against the
insurer. I drafted the statement of reply, with focus on whether a subrogated insurer is bound to
an arbitration agreement under either Brazilian or New York law. Currently working alongside
Brazilian counsel to enforce the foreign award in Brazil.
(v) Advised Brazilian insurers and international reinsurers on parallel litigation proceedings in
Brazil and England. Acted in three subsequent LCIA arbitrations in London governed by Brazilian
substantive law. The dispute related to the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the
Amazon forest. I interviewed witnesses, drafted witness statements, advised on Brazilian law and
conflicts of laws. Liaised with legal and technical experts during the drafting of their reports. The
litigation proceedings in England were public and set the precedent on the law applicable to the
arbitration agreement (Sulamérica Cia Nacional De Seguros S.A. and others v Enesa Engenharia
S.A  EWCA Civ 638).
(vi) Represented a Brazilian mining company in four consolidated LCIA arbitrations with seat in
London and governed by Zambian substantive law. Advised on parallel court proceedings in Brazil,
Zambia, and England before the constitution of the tribunal. Worked alongside English barristers
to resist the challenge of one award in the High Court. Worked alongside barristers to obtain a
worldwide freezing injunction in the High Court against the adverse party. Worked alongside local
counsel to enforce three awards in Zambia, England, and India. Drafted submissions for the
Zambian courts, on the basis that the court of enforcement should only rely on grounds of
international public policy to refuse enforcement of an award under the New York Convention,
which the court accepted and set the precedent in that country.
(vii) Represented a Brazilian multinational copper company, against a group of banks, in CCBC
arbitration seated in São Paulo and governed by Brazilian law. One of the largest Brazilian banking
and finance arbitrations ever. Worked alongside local counsel to devise the strategy, drafted the
statement of defence and counterclaim; interviewed 18 witnesses and drafted their statements.
Tutor at Queen Mary University of London. From Oct 2014 to 2017.
• Teaching: International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration tutorials for students of the
LL.M. (Master) degree in International Dispute Resolution.
• Coached: the Queen Mary team for the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial
Arbitration Moot in Vienna (2016).
Queen Mary University of London.
LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution (award of merit) – 2011.
The Hague Academy of International Law (The Hague, NL).
Certification in Private International Law – 2009.
Academia Brasileira de Direito Constitucional (Curitiba, BR).
Post-graduate Specialization in Business Law – 2008.
Instituto de Direito Romeu Felipe Bacellar (Curitiba, BR).
Post-graduate Specialization in Civil Procedure Law – 2006.
Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná – UTP (Curitiba, BR).
Law Degree, Bachelor – 2005.
Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR (Curitiba, BR).
Business and Administration Degree, Bachelor – 2004.
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
• XIV International Arbitration Congress – organised by the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr)
and ICC – YAF – Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil – (Sep 2015).
• 12th Anniversary ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate – organised by the International Center of
Dispute Resolution – Vienna (Mar 2016).
• Conference on Arbitrability and Admissibility of Claims – organised by Queen Mary University of
London, Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and CAM-CCBC – São Paulo (May 2016).
• International Arbitration Training Course. Organised by CAM-CCBC – São Paulo (Jun 2016).
• Certificate Program in Global Arbitration Law and Practice. Queen Mary University of London.
Summer course for US students (Jul 2016).
• I Oxford Symposium on Comparative International Commercial Arbitration (Nov 2016).
• Conference on the State as a Party to Arbitral Proceedings. Organised by Queen Mary University
of London, and the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) – London (Apr 2017).
• Alumni and Friends of the SIA Conference. Organised by the School of International Arbitration,
and Clyde & Co – London (Jun 2017).
• IV Pan-American Arbitration Congress. Organised by CAM-CCBC Center for Arbitration and
Mediation. São Paulo (Oct 2017).
• II Oxford Symposium on Comparative International Commercial Arbitration (Nov 2017).
SAMPLE OF ARTICLES
• Direito Processual Empresarial, Estudos em Homenagem ao Professor Manoel de Queiroz
Pereira Calças. Chapter: Arbitragem como de resolução de conflitos empresariais. Ed. Campus
• The Definition of Foreign and Domestic Arbitral Awards in Brazil. YIAG newsletter (2012).
• Brazilian Court Reverses Compulsory Submission Agreement Requirement. Blog Arbitration
• The Reach of the Arbitration Agreement to Parties Involved in the Same Legal Relationship.
Revista Emercatoria (2012).
• Noções Sobre a Sede da Arbitragem. Jornal Carta Forense (2012).
• Brazilian Court Clarifies Jurisdiction for Interim Measures. Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2012).
• Comentário a SEC n° 3.709-EX do Superior Tribunal de Justiça. Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem
(edição n° 35 – 2013).
• FIDIC publica diretriz para resolução de disputas. Consultor Jurídico (2013).
• Legal Analysis: LatAm claims control clauses. Reactions: Financial Intelligence for the Global
Insurance Market (2013).
• Sports Arbitration: A world apart from Commercial Arbitration. Global Arbitration Review
• Arbitragem internacional funde civil law and common law. Consultor Jurídico (2013).
• Kompetenz-kompetenz in Brazil: alive and kicking. Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2013).
• The jurisdiction of Indian courts over arbitrations seated outside India. An outsider’s
perspective. Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2014).
• The Brazilian Arbitration Act – what has changed? Lexis Nexis – PSL (2015).
• Transmissão de cláusula compromissória à seguradora por força de sub-rogação legal.
Arbitragem, direito securitário e consentimento no direito brasileiro. Book: 20 Anos da Lei de
Arbitragem no Brasil. Ed. Atlas (2017).
• The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2018. Brazil chapter. Global Arbitration Review.
Scholarship granted by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies for the LL.M. in Queen Mary
University of London.
Quoted by the São Paulo Court of Appeal in six cases.