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Leonardo A. F. Palhares
Regional Managing Director, Latin America
São Paulo
Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek 1600 Conjunto 112, Itaim Bibi
São Paulo-SP, 04543-000
Brazil
+55 11 4200 3274
São Paulo
Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek 1600 Conjunto 112, Itaim Bibi
São Paulo-SP, 04543-000
Brazil
+55 11 4200 3274

Leonardo A. F. Palhares is Kobre & Kim’s Regional Managing Director of Latin America. He is responsible for the firm’s business development and strategy, product development and operations within the region. Based in São Paulo, Mr. Palhares leads the Latin American team to provide high-end legal services to regional companies and private clients involved in cross-border legal disputes. 

Mr. Palhares brings more than 20 years of experience in law-related businesses in sectors such as technology, real estate, corporate, intellectual property and public/environmental law. A recent edition of Brazilian annual legal ranking Análise 500 placed Mr. Palhares as one of the Overall Top 10 Most Admired Brazilian Attorneys. 

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Palhares was a partner at Almeida Advogados and was responsible for matters involving infrastructure, technology, real estate, environmental, mining, intellectual property and energy. 

Mr. Palhares holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law. He is fluent in Portuguese, French and English. 

Education

  • Paris University 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), LLM
  • Milton Campos Law School, LLB

Languages

  • French
  • Portuguese

Clerkships

  • Judge Aluízio Quintão, Second Circuit Court, Minas Gerais Brazil (1996-1997)

Accolades

  • Top 10 Most Admired Brazilian Attorney Overall, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 1st tier Most Admired Attorneys Water / Environmental Projects, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 1st tier Most Admired Attorneys Oil & Gas, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tourism & Hotels, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Civil Law, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tech/Digital, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Corporate Contracts, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 5th tier Most Admired Attorneys Compliance, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 5th tier Most Admired Attorneys Environmental Law, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 1st tier Most Admired Attorneys Tourism & Hotels, Analise 500 – Brazil (2018)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tech/Digital, Analise 500 – Brazil (2018)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys São Paulo, Analsie 500 – Brazil (2017, 2018)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tourism & Hotels, Analise 500 – Brazil (2017)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Intellectual Property, Analise 500 – Brazil (2017)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Oil & Gas, Analise 500 – Brazil (2016)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Life & Sciences, Analise 500 – Brazil (2015)

 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Brazilian Chamber of Electronic Commerce, President
  • São Paulo Lawyers' Institute (IASP), Member
  • Brazilian Lawyers' Institute (IAB), Member
  • Inter-American Bar Association, former president of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, former Vice-President of the Telecommunications, Science and Technology Committee, former Board Member
  • Dom Cabral Foundation, Professor

Credentials

Education

  • Paris University 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), LLM
  • Milton Campos Law School, LLB

Languages

  • French
  • Portuguese

Clerkships

  • Judge Aluízio Quintão, Second Circuit Court, Minas Gerais Brazil (1996-1997)

Accolades

  • Top 10 Most Admired Brazilian Attorney Overall, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 1st tier Most Admired Attorneys Water / Environmental Projects, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 1st tier Most Admired Attorneys Oil & Gas, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tourism & Hotels, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Civil Law, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tech/Digital, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Corporate Contracts, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 5th tier Most Admired Attorneys Compliance, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 5th tier Most Admired Attorneys Environmental Law, Analise 500 – Brazil (2019)
  • 1st tier Most Admired Attorneys Tourism & Hotels, Analise 500 – Brazil (2018)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tech/Digital, Analise 500 – Brazil (2018)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys São Paulo, Analsie 500 – Brazil (2017, 2018)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Tourism & Hotels, Analise 500 – Brazil (2017)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Intellectual Property, Analise 500 – Brazil (2017)
  • 3rd tier Most Admired Attorneys Oil & Gas, Analise 500 – Brazil (2016)
  • 2nd tier Most Admired Attorneys Life & Sciences, Analise 500 – Brazil (2015)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Brazilian Chamber of Electronic Commerce, President
  • São Paulo Lawyers' Institute (IASP), Member
  • Brazilian Lawyers' Institute (IAB), Member
  • Inter-American Bar Association, former president of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, former Vice-President of the Telecommunications, Science and Technology Committee, former Board Member
  • Dom Cabral Foundation, Professor