FARINON, CARVALHO DA SILVA & ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS is a Law Firm founded in 1972 with vast experience in the fields of Commercial, Civil, Tax, and Labour Law. In addition to its practice in the main areas of law, the Firm is traditionally renowned for providing legal services and counsel in the areas of Maritime Law, Environmental Law and Foreign Trade issues. Within its scope of practice, the Firm is capable of advising and assisting shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, salvage companies, shipping agencies, port operators, import and export companies, and all other segments of the Shipping industry.

The Law Firm is based in Porto Alegre, the capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, and has a branch office in the city of Rio Grande, RS, where one of the main ports of the country is located. FARINON, CARVALHO DA SILVA & ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS has also extended its practice into all major port cities in Brazil, in addition to having correspondent offices overseas.

Since 2009, the Firm has been listed annually by the renowned British legal directories CHAMBERS GLOBAL, CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA, LEGAL 500 and WHO’S WHO LEGAL as one of the best law firms in Brazil in the Shipping area.

In addition, its founding partners  Roberto Porto Farinon and Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva have been ranked in such legal directories as leading lawyers in Brazil in Maritime Law.



What the team is known for Well-regarded team operating from Porto Alegre which enjoys superb recognition for its advice on a wide variety of shipping matters. Particularly active in assisting clients with major accidents and related insurance claims.

Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva is highly respected for his maritime legal advice. He is experienced in wet and dry work and is described by market sources as "excellent."

Roberto Farinon enjoys widespread recognition for his long-standing experience advising on complex shipping matters, emergency response mechanisms, civil actions and liability cases. Market commentators remark that he stands out for his "competence" and "diligence."

José Augusto Mendes Marques regularly assists clients with a variety of shipping issues. Marques is described by interviewees as a "good professional who deserves recognition" for his practice in this field.

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished Porto Alegre-based team known for its strong capabilities assisting clients with a broad range of shipping litigation related to accidents and insurance claims. Notable experience providing counsel on contractual and regulatory related to this sector.

Strengths Peers comment: "It is a regional firm based in Rio Grande do Sul which offers clients great legal knowledge of shipping issues."

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados’ Roberto Porto Farinon has a broad shipping and maritime practice specializing in contracts, accidents, foreclosures, insurance, maritime court, port issues and customs regulation.

Shipping boutique Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados regularly acts on salvage operations of ships which have run aground and on other accidents. It advised Gard AS on the investigation into the spill into the sea of 2,500 litres of crude oil due to an accident caused by a storm. Founding partners Roberto Porto Farinon and Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva are recommended along with ‘great negotiator’ José Augusto Mendes Marques.


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