Garrigues gains replacement Brazilian member for Affinitas Alliance

Spanish firm Garrigues has sealed an association with a local firm in Brazil, plugging the gap in its South American alliance left by the departure of Barbosa Muessnich & Arago last year.

The decision, which was made at a virtual partnership meeting on 2 June, gave the go-ahead for a tie-up with Brazilian firm Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel Advogados (SVMFA).

The firm will join Garrigues’ Affinitas Alliance, which was created in 2004 and spans Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

It was also decided at the partnership meeting that the firm will seek permission from the Brazilian Bar Association to operate in Brazil as a foreign law firm.

In a statement released by the firm, managing partners Fernando Vives and Ricardo Gómez said: “This association guarantees the rendering of services of the highest technical quality in Brazil. The hard part was to find a firm in Brazil that shares Garrigues’ goals, priorities and vision of the legal market, which consist of a commitment to our professionals and rendering services of the utmost quality to our clients. Now, we’re sure that we’ve achieved this with SVMFA.”

The tie-up will patch a hole in Garrigues’ network, left exposed when Barbosa Muessnich & Arago left the alliance in March 2009.

SVMFA is a 26-partner firm based in Rio de Janeiro.

Other member of Garrigues’ Affinitas Alliance are: Barros & Errázuriz (Chile), Bruchou, Fernandez Madero & Lombardi (Argentina), Gomex Pinzon Zuleta (Columbia), Miranda & Amado (Peru) and Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes (Mexico).