Guest Post by José Luis Finocchio Junior. José is a Brazilian lawyer currently based in São Paulo, Brazil. He is a founding partner at Finocchio e Ustra Sociedade de Advogados. Josés practice is primarily focused on M&A and contract law. He joined the Executive LL.M. program at Boston University School of Law in the spring of 2014 and is scheduled to graduate after the fall 2014 semester.

No matter the stage of your career, as lawyer youll always have opportunities to challenge yourself in new ways.

Im a named partner at a mid-size corporate firm in Brazil, and last week I attended my first international arbitration hearing. While Im no stranger to domestic (Brazilian) arbitration hearings, I had never defended a Brazilian client in an international arbitration hearing.

This past year I took a course on International Arbitration as part of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law that Im earning at Boston University School of Law. The class was taught by Philip D. ONeill, a partner at Edwards Wildman in Boston who has over 30 years of experience with cross-border arbitration and litigation.

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