Overview

Rodrigo Nikobin is an associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in the São Paulo office. He advises and represents clients in complex litigation and arbitration matters, as well in securities litigation with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários – CVM).

Mr. Nikobin has a wide range of experience in arbitration proceedings under the aegis of the principal arbitration institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, CAM/CCBC, CMA/FIESP and CAM/BM&F-BOVESPA, CAMARB.  His experience encompasses the representation of national and foreign clients clients in commercial and corporate disputes related to a variety of different industry sectors including energy, oil & gas, telecommunications, mining, intellectual property, and healthcare. Mr. Nikobin centers his practice before Brazilian courts in ancillary arbitration-related proceedings (e.g., interim relief, enforcement of arbitral awards and annulment actions).

Before joining Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, Rodrigo worked as an associate with the Litigation & Arbitration practice of Lefosse Advogados, focusing on finance and corporate related disputes. Prior to this, he worked as an associate with Uría Menéndez Abogados' International Arbitration practice representing foreign clients in disputes in Latin-America and serving as administrative secretary to a well-known arbitrator. He represents clients in cases in English, Portuguese and Spanish languages.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in law and social sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, and conducted studies at the University of Buenos Aires as part of an exchange program in Latin-American studies and literature. Mr. Nikobin is a specialist in international commercial arbitration at Cornell University, and is currently pursuing his L.LM degree in international trade law at the University of São Paulo.

Areas of Focus

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Experience

  • Represented two European-based companies engaged in the distribution of medical supplies as Respondents in a ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo brought by a Brazilian company. Brazilian law applied and the proceedings were conducted in English language. The amount at stake was in excess of USD 150 million (2018).
  • Represented a Brazilian subsidiary of a Dutch oil company in a LCIA arbitration seated in Rio de Janeiro. The dispute arose from a farm-out agreement related to the sale of participating interest in concession agreements for the exploration of oil fields located in the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. Brazilian law applied to merits of the dispute and the proceedings were conducted in English language. Over USD 30 million was at stake (2017).
  • Brazilian group of company engaged in the logistics sector in a CAM/CCBC (Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada) arbitration seated in Rio de Janeiro. A multi-party arbitration arising out of several share purchase agreements and shareholders agreements entered in the context of a M&A transaction. The dispute involved over 15 parties in 4 parallel arbitration proceedings conducted by different arbitral tribunals. Brazilian law applied and the proceedings were conducted in Portuguese language. The amount at stake was in excess of USD 80 million (2017).
  • Represented two European-based companies engaged in the telecommunication sector in a CAM/BM&F-BOVESPA arbitration seated in Rio de Janeiro brought by Brazilian companies. Brazilian law applied and the proceedings were conducted in Portuguese language (2016).
  • Spanish subsidiary of a US company engaged in the manufacture and supply of automotive and industrial equipment in a ICC arbitration seated in Madrid. The dispute arose from an agency agreement involving airport equipment for a tender offer launched by a  North African country. Spanish law applied and the proceedings were conducted in English language. Over 30 USD was at stake (2016).
  • Represented a European-based producer and distributor of branded spirits in Central and Eastern Europe in an ad hoc arbitration seated in Geneva launched against a Brazilian company. The dispute arose from a trademark license agreement and the arbitration was conducted simultaneously to 3 parallel court proceedings, in Brazil and Switzerland. Swiss law applied and the proceedings were conducted in English language (2016).

Education

University of São Paulo, LLM, International Trade Law (Candidate)

Cornell University, LLM, Specialization in International Commercial Arbitration

Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Bachelor in Law and Social Sciences

Instituto Cervantes, Diploma, de Español como Lengua Extranjera – Maestria

University of Buenos Aires, Exchange Program in Latin-American Studies and Literature

University of Cambridge, Certificate of Proficiency in English

Admissions

Bar

  • Brazil

Memberships

  • Member of the Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (CBAr)
  • Member of the ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum (ICC YAF)
  • Member of the Young and International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
  • Member of the ICDR Young & International