"I’m very honoured and thrilled with my recent appointment as a VIAC Ambassador for Brazil. Brazil and Austria historically enjoy a special relationship started exactly 200 years ago by Maria Leopoldina of Austria, the first Empress of Brazil as an independent country. In the last decade, Austria has become one of the main hubs for Brazilian multinationals in Europe and, on the other hand, Austrian companies have been consistently increasing their investments in the largest economy in Latin America. In this context, VIAC has a strategic and very important role as a leading international chamber of arbitration aimed to promote an even more integrated arbitral community composed of highly regarded Brazilian and Austrian institutions, practitioners, arbitrators and users."
Ricardo Gardini is a partner in the Litigation & Regulatory group of DLA Piper in Vienna. Qualified in Brazil, Italy and registered as European lawyer with the Austrian Bar Association, Ricardo specializes in international arbitration and cross-border litigation as well as in M&A / transactional matters, with a particular focus on providing assistance to Brazilian clients globally and international clients involved in Brazil.
Ricardo has a longstanding experience in handling matters for clients in different sectors, including consumer goods, infrastructure and transport, energy and natural resources, financial services and telecoms.
During the last almost 20 years, Ricardo has been assisting the largest Brazilian multinational companies and financial institutions in their most complex disputes and transactions abroad, particularly in Europe. He has built up a powerful network with leading Brazilian and European chambers of arbitration, associations, governmental bodies and agencies.
Ricardo is a multilingual and multicultural lawyer with unparallel experience as lead counsel on Brazil-related international arbitrations, cross-border disputes and transactional matters involving multi-jurisdictional teams from different practice areas.