Mr. Mendes Vianna is a partner of Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, a traditional Brazilian law firm established in Rio de Janeiro since 1932. He joined Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados in 1987 and became a partner in 1993. He has a longstanding experience in litigation, with emphasis in shipping, international trade and the oil and gas matters. His litigation practice is mainly centered on shipping activities, including shipbuilding financing, naval mortgages, shipbuilding contracts, affreightment contracts, insurance, recovery claims, arrest of ships, particular and general average, oil pollution, salvage, acting on behalf of clients before the Civil and Federal Courts, Admiralty Court, Port Captaincy and Antaq ( Federal Agency for Inland and Ocean Navigation ). Mr. Mendes Vianna holds a law degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro since 1990. He is a member of the state of Rio de Janeiro section of the Brazilian Bar Association and the Coordinator Professor of the Maritime Law Post-Graduation Course of Fundação Getúlio Vargas FGV, a well respected University of Business and Economics in Brazil. He is the co-author of the Brazilian Chapter of the Maritime Law Handbook (Ship Arrest, Registration, Mortgages and Enforced Sales of Vessels) published by Kluwer Law International and has published several articles during the past years. He is also member of the International Bar Association - IBA and a regular speaker at the Transport and Shipping Committee of IBA and at other International Entities.