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3Out2014Oct3,2014

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados has rehired a former insurance associate who left to join Azevedo Sette Advogados two years ago before helping to set up a boutique.​​​​​

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Cassio Gama Amaral, 37, joined the firm to head up its efforts in insurance litigation on 1 October. 

Amaral previously worked for Mattos Filho’s insurance, reinsurance and pension department, which is widely regarded as Brazil’s leading practice at a full-service firm, between 2008 and 2012. He then left to join Azevedo Sette Advogados as an associate, where he remained for one year, before leaving in 2013 with another Azevedo Sette partner, Dinir Rocha, to open DR&A Advogados, an insurance and reinsurance boutique. 

According to Amaral, he originally left Mattos Filho because at the time the insurance department was focused on transactional work rather than litigation. When the firm later decided to develop the area, it approached him to develop the area with the support of partner Paulo Reis. 

Mattos Filho managing partner Roberto Quiroga Mosquera says that the overall growth of the insurance, reinsurance and pension funds department resulted in a need to develop ancillary services such as reinsurance litigation and claims adjustment proceedings. “The arrival of Amaral goes hand-in-hand with this strategy,” he says.

While insurance is often the preserve of boutiques in Brazil, Amaral says he wanted to return to a full-service firm because of the brand recognition it offers, as well as the opportunity to draw on other departments such as tax and corporate for support.

Insurance litigation is a growing area in Brazil, he says, because of a lack of experienced practitioners in a highly complex field, which often involves high values and multiple parties – for instance insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers.

According to DR&A partner Dinir Rocha, Amaral left on amicable terms. “He was very cooperative with the firm regarding pending assignments,” he says. Although Amaral was one of two founding partners, the hire of one partner and an of counsel along with two partner promotions in September mean that the firm, which focuses on insurance litigation, will continue to operate.







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