Luiz Aboim

Counsel, London


“fantastic lawyer”
Chambers Latin America


Luiz is an experienced arbitration practitioner with deep connections to the Brazilian and Lusophone markets. He is a Brazilian national, admitted to the Brazilian and Paris Bars. He has 10 years of experience handling corporate and commercial disputes, particularly in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors.

Luiz has advised clients in two of the largest Brazilian corporate disputes to date, as well as in disputes in Lusophone and Francophone Africa.

As well as advising clients in relation to international arbitration disputes, Luiz has acted as arbitrator in cases involving Brazilian, Angolan and South African parties, and has represented clients on major projects, transactions and complex negotiations in Brazil, Europe and Africa. As part of the firm's Lusophone capability serving Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and Portugal, he works closely with the Firm's Latin American Arbitration Practice and its São Paulo office.

Luiz is a member of the ICC Latin American Group and of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is the rapporteur for Brazil for the permanent Task Force on Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention.

Bars and Courts
Brazilian Bar
Paris Bar
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro


University of Oxford




Control of a major retail business in Brazil
Representing a Brazilian company in a dispute arising out of a joint-venture agreement concerning the control of a major retail business in Brazil, involving two parallel arbitrations under the ICC Rules.

Investment dispute in an African country
Representing a Brazilian construction conglomerate in potential investment dispute in an African country, arising out of measures taken by the government affecting such investments.

A licensing agreement dispute concerning a Brazilian manufacturer
Representing a client in a complex negotiation concerning a dispute arising out of several licensing agreements entered into with a Brazilian manufacturer. The dispute arose out of several IP rights and involved ICC arbitration proceedings and parallel litigation in Brazil, France and the United States.

The construction of three combined cycle power plants in Brazil
Representing a Brazilian power company in relation to a dispute arising out of a series of inter-related contracts and guarantees for the construction of three combined cycle power plants in Brazil. The dispute arose out of delays in the construction of the plants and financial difficulties by the contractor. The dispute included parallel litigation in Brazil, Portugal and Italy, and was resolved by a settlement and subsequent M&A transaction, avoiding the need for ICC proceedings.

African infrastructure projects disrupted by civil unrest
Representing a Brazilian construction company in relation to a potential dispute against a North African government arising out of two infrastructure projects disrupted by civil unrest. The advice included legal advice through 11 jurisdictions, under a number of different laws.

Awards and Recognition

Luiz has been mentioned as 'worth monitoring' and as one of the 'lawyers to know' by Global Arbitration Review's publication GAR100. He is also referenced in Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America for his arbitration work in the region.