Rafael de Carvalho Passaro

+55 11 3755-5405
Portuguese, English and Italian

Rafael has gathered a 20-year experience in dispute resolution and prevention, representing clients in civil litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitration, with particular focus on civil, commercial, corporate, contractual and consumer law matters.


Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo – Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). Postgraduate Degree (Lato Sensu) in Civil Procedure from Facoltà Degli Studi di Firenze in Italy. Member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Associação dos Advogados de São Paulo and Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem – CBAr.


Rafael is recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the main active lawyers in Brazil in Litigation, Arbitration and Consumer Law. A market commentator describes him as “a very renowned dispute resolution lawyer who has become focused on arbitration mandates.” Other interviewees pinpoint his “commitment to his clients” and his “excellent technical expertise.” In addition, a client praises him, saying: “He is equipped to deal with any matter forwarded by us with a great level of depth, quality and confidence.” (Chambers Latin America 2020).

Rafael is also listed as one of the most admired attorneys in Brazil by the publication “Análise Advocacia 500″ 2019.

The Legal 500 also recommends Rafael in Dispute Resolution (The Legal 500 Latin America 2019).

He is also listed as a standout lawyer in Litigation and Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal Brazil – Commercial Litigation and Who’s Who Legal Brazil – Arbitration.

Rafael is in the “LACCA Approved” list of recommended lawyers for 2020, voted by in-house counsel in Latin America, as one of the best Litigation lawyers to work with.

He is also recognized by Benchmark Litigation Latin America 2019 as a “Litigation Star” for his work as an attorney in Arbitration and General Commercial.