Rodrigo Cavalcante Moreira



Lawyer with extensive experience in complex, domestic, and transnational cases, Rodrigo holds a degree in Law from PUC-Rio and a master’s degree in International Law from UERJ and was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for International Comparative Law in Hamburg. Rodrigo participates in several academic projects in arbitration and contract law. He is associated with institutions such as the Henri Capitant Association of Comparative Law, Instituto de Direito Privado (IDiP), and the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr).

Rodrigo Moreira is a partner and co-founder of LDCM Advogados. He graduated from PUC-Rio (a proud scholarship student), holds a master’s degree in International Law from UERJ, and was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for International Comparative Law in Hamburg.

Having graduated more than ten years ago, Rodrigo has extensive experience in complex cases involving contract and corporate issues in the most diverse industries, such as technology, construction and infrastructure, international trade, oil & gas, energy, investment, and pension funds, etc.

Rodrigo is known for his analytical profile and designing strategies that include non-legal variables, always considering the client’s interests. He seeks to be a team player as he knows that strategic advocacy is a collective work in all its complexity.

Rodrigo worked at many large firms before and after graduation. Among them, he was a partner of Laudelino Advogados and associate of Trench, Rossi, Watanabe and, before co-founding the LDCM, he worked at Tozzini Freire Advogados. Rodrigo was also a secondee in a large oil & gas multinational.

On the academic front, Rodrigo was one of the founders of GEADICI, Grupo de Estudos em Arbitragem e Direito do Comércio Internacional of PUC-Rio, which represents the institution in Vis Moot, among others. He was director of CAEL, Centro Acadêmico de Direito of PUC-Rio, and a member of PET-Jur, where, for three years, he studied Brazilian constitutional history. Rodrigo is currently a member of Instituto de Direito Privado (IDiP), the Brazilian Arbitration Committee, and the Henri Capitant Association of Comparative Law.

He is the author of the book “A Resolução do Contrato de Longa Duração pela Quebra da Confiança,” published by Almedina, and of several articles in reviews and specialized websites. The Who’s Who Legal National Report 2023 recognized him for his work in Arbitration.

Selected relevant cases:

Represented one of the major multinational companies in the hospitality sector in several actions in Brazil, seeking the termination of international timeshare contracts involving a potential risk of BRL 400 million.

Represented an Italian multinational in litigation involving the sale of industrial machinery for a Brazilian company.

Represented an important player in the field of water resources management in litigation involving the construction of water and sewage treatment plants.

Represented an important energy player in arbitration involving the construction of a wind farm.

Represented an airport concession holder in disputes with airlines and electric energy marketers.

Represented an American private equity fund as the defendant in a suit pending at the bankruptcy court in São Paulo and filed by the estate to collect the value of the bankruptcy liability due to abuse of economic power and/or disregard of the legal entity.

Represented a Brazilian fintech in litigation against one of the largest technology companies in the world.

Represented a shopping center management company in litigation involving the construction of a commercial venture in Rio de Janeiro.

Represented a relevant Brazilian Pension Fund in arbitration according to the ICC rules involving a financial institution with claims of billions of reais.

Represented the developer in a dispute with an important operator of the hotel sector involving brand licensing agreements and hotel management.

Represented a Brazilian company in the oil & gas sector in a matter involving the confirmation of a court decision judgment issued by the English Judiciary Branch regarding a conflict with a major international shipowner.

Represented energy consumers in arbitration involving matters related to the supply of electricity in the free market.

Represented a company in the chemical sector in a dispute involving the joint venture contract for the operation of a gas production plant.

Represented an oil company in litigation and arbitration involving a government entity.

Represented the Brazilian contractor in arbitration involving issues related to the construction of one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums.

Represented Brazilian partners in arbitration discussing the purchase and sale of an interest in a company in the oil & gas industry to a Norwegian partner.

Languages: Portuguese and English.

Rodrigo Cavalcante Moreira

Master’s degree in International Law, University of the State of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ.

Bachelor of Law, Catholic Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio.

Visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute of International Comparative Law (Hamburg).

Post-graduate Professor at PUC-Rio and FGV-Rio.

Member of the Executive Board of Revista Semestral de Direito Empresarial (RSDE).

Coordinator of Grupo de Estudos em Direito Contratual e Comparado of Instituto de Direito Privado (IDiP).

Assistant Professor of International Commercial Arbitration at PUC-Rio Graduation.

Co-founder of Grupo de Estudos em Arbitragem e Direito do Comércio Internacional Law of PUC-Rio (GEADICI).

Partner of LDCM – Leonardo de Campos Melo Advogados.

Lawyer at Tozzini Freire Advogados and Trench Rossi Watanabe.

Partner of Laudelino da Costa Mendes Advocacia.

Direito Contratual e Convenção de Viena (CISG);” Coorganizador; Ed. Almedina, 2021.

A resolução do contrato de longa duração pela quebra absoluta da confiança, Ed. Almedina 2021.

“Dos contratos eletrônicos”. Tipos Contratuais Modernos (FGV Direito Rio).

“ICSID in Latin America:  Where does Brazil Stand?” Investment protection in Brazil (Wolters Kluwer).

Entry on “Sports Arbitration” in Lexis Nexis Brazil; “Uma investigação preliminar sobre a natureza e os critérios de interpretação dos smart contracts” (pending publication).

A previsibilidade como critério de limitação da indenização por inadimplemento no art. 74 da Convenção de Viena sobre Compra e Venda de Mercadorias e sua comparação com o art. 944 do Código Civil brasileiro” (in printing).

“A Interpretação da CISG Pelo Árbitro e Sua Desvinculação do Direito Brasileiro.” Revista de Arbitragem: Arbitragem e a Convenção de Viena Sobre Compra e Venda Internacional de Mercadorias (vol. 5, 65–116).

“Notas sobre a formação do contrato na Convenção de Viena sobre Compra e Venda de Mercadorias.” A Convenção de Viena sobre Contratos de Compra e Venda Internacional de Mercadorias: desafios e perspectivas (Ed. Atlas).

“Um outro tipo de xadrez: é hora de disseminar a prática da arbitragem.” Available at http://cbar.org.br/site/um-outro-tipo-de-xadrez-e-hora-de-disseminar-a-pratica-da-arbitragem/.