Celso Xavier

Celso Xavier

+ 55 11 3195 3359


Celso has over 25 years of experience in complex litigation and bankruptcy matters.

He was a member of the board of directors and co-head of the litigation department of one of the most prestigious full-service Brazilian law firms for successive terms.

Celso received a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Stanford Law School (USA) and a Bachelor of Laws from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of São Paulo, Brazil (PUC-SP).


Celso focuses his practice on complex litigation, focusing on contractual disputes, crimes, cartel disputes, product liability, and judicial reorganization and bankruptcy.

He has extensive experience in investment banking and the construction/engineering, oil & gas, automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, and technology industries.

He has also worked as an international attorney at the firm of Fenwick & West LLP in the United States.

Celso is also active in a number of important institutions, including the following:

Member of the panel of arbitrators of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Mediation Center (CAM-CCBC) and the Business Arbitration and Mediation Chamber – Brazil (CAMARB);

Member of the Steering Committee of the Arbitration Center of the American Chamber of (AMCHAM);

Founding member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) in Brazil;

Member of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL).

Relevant Experience

Advised one of the largest mining companies in the world in arbitration regarding alleged information errors on the capital markets involving an inestimable sum.

Advised the largest aviation company in Brazil regarding restructuring its debts in a reorganization plan in three different jurisdictions.

Advised one of the world’s largest protein producers in several arbitration cases at the Market Arbitration Chamber (CAM) filed by minority shareholder associations.

Represented one of the main Brazilian investment banks in an arbitration case filed by a former client.

“Celso is an excellent lawyer who has provided tremendous insights into the restructuring field in Brazil.”

Chambers Latin America 2023