CEO+ Founding Partner

André de Almeida

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Attitude is a small thing, but it makes a huge difference.
(Winston Churchill)


Recognized as a leading attorney in renowned legal publications in Brazil and abroad (Análise 500, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal).

President of the Inter-American Bar Association (2011 – 2013).

Leading attorney in the international corporate litigation case against Petrobras in the U.S.A.

Author of the book entitled “A Maior Ação Judicial do Mundo: a História da Class Action Contra a Petrobras” (“The Largest Judicial Action in the World: The History of the Class Action Brought Against Petrobras”).


André de Almeida is the CEO and Founding Partner at Almeida Advogados, a full-service law firm with offices throughout Brazil.

André is a former professional cyclist who lived and trained in Warsaw, Poland, twice earning the distinction of Brazilian biking champion. He also placed seventh at the Pan-American Championship in Chile. He competed in two world championships (Colorado Springs, U.S.A., and Athens, Greece), and almost went to the Barcelona Olympics, until an accident months earlier that took him out of the running.

Following his time as a professional athlete, he went on to work at large law firms in Brazil and New York, and also served as in-house counsel at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.

With great entrepreneurial spirit, André founded his own firm, which has experienced exponential growth. Today, over 250 professionals work at the firm’s offices (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Recife).

André's practice areas include corporate law, commercial law, M&A, compliance and competition law.

André sleeps little. He wakes up early, has breakfast with his family, plays sports every day, alternating between swimming, tennis, running and yoga. While he no longer cycles, he arrives early at the office, ready to inspire, lead, and broaden the horizons of a group of talented partners and associate attorneys. He still finds time to serve on the Board of Directors of Globalaw, one of the ten largest worldwide law firm alliances, of which Almeida Advogados is the sole member from Brazil.

On the weekends, he travels to Ibiuna (Brazil) to spend time with friends, music and books.

Academic Background

Bachelor's Degree in Law, Pontifical Catholic University (Minas).

Corporate Law Extension Course at Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) and at the Pontifical Catholic University (São Paulo).


Portuguese, English and Spanish. Basic knowledge of Polish.


  • Brazilian Bar Association (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Federal District Sections).

  • President of the Inter-American Bar Association (2011 – 2013).

  • Legal Advisor to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Brazil.

  • Member of the São Paulo Lawyers' Institute (IASP) Board.

  • Chairman of the IASP Permanent Committee on Minority Shareholders’ Rights Studies.

  • Member of the Commission of International Relations at the Brazilian Bar Association's Federal Council (2012 – 2013).

  • Director of International Relations at the São Paulo Lawyers' Institute (2013 – 2016).

  • Member of the Globalaw Board of Directors.

  • Member of the Board of the Brazilian Chamber of Electronic Commerce (

Latest articles de André de Almeida

Articles 11/7/2018

Petrobras – justice, water and wine

But just a few weeks following the final judgment approval by the US Courts of the approximately USD 3 billion settlement reached between Petrobras and investors, bringing to a close the class action lawsuit the company was facing there, astonishingly the Brazilian Judiciary dismissed the public civil action brought in Brazil, which had the identical aim of protecting investors here. 


Articles 26/06/2018

Approval of the Petrobras agreement in the United States

Today the press reported on the approval of the nearly three billion dollar settlement agreement reached between Petrobras and investors, bringing to a close the class action suit brought due to the devaluation of its securities traded on the New York Stock Exchange caused by the revelation of the Operation Car Wash corruption scheme within the company.


Articles 14/06/2018

The challenges of being a shareholder in Brazil

Comparable to a high intensity sport, being a shareholder in Brail requires effort and resilience as well as the capacity, leadership, and courage to fight.

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