Paul E Mason

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International Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator, Miami and Rio de Janeiro, specializing in advising and helping foreign companies coming to Brazil, negotiating international contracts worldwide, and resolving business disputes through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Of counsel, Veirano Advogados (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Porto Alegre), one of Brazil's leading law firms with strong international clientele, infrastructure and energy practice, 2011 - 2013.

International Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator, Bastos-Tigre, Coelho da Rocha e Lopes Advogados (Brazil) and Diaz Reus (Miami), 2004 - 2011.

International Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator in private practice, Miami and Brazil, 2001 - 2004

In-House Director, Latin America Legal and Government Affairs – 3Com/Palm (Latin America and Canada), Oracle Latin America, and Digital Equipment Corp. (Latin America/Caribbean and Russia) - Miami, Boston and California, 1988 – 2001.

U.S. Legal Counsel for Módulo S.A., a leading Brazilian IT security firm – Florida, 1997 – 98,  a top Brazilian firm responsible for IT security for Brazilian banks, companies, and national elections.

President, Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas - Miami, 1996 – 98.

Legal Advisor, International Group, Bank of Boston - Boston, 1986 – 87.

LANGUAGES: Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (business proficient), Russian (proficient), French.

BAR ADMISSIONS:  Massachusetts and Maine state and federal bars, U.S.A.  OAB-RJ Foreign Legal Consultant 2013 - 2016, Brazil.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

International contracts and transactions (see List of Representative Clients below): (energy/oil & gas/biofuels), information technology (hardware, software, networks, IT services), intellectual property (software, trade and service marks, patent licensing, domain names technology transfer), licensing, leasing, M  & A, purchase & sales, manufacturing projects, product distribution.  With multinational in-house counsel experience and perspective, I coordinate and manage client matters with law firms in Latin America.

First Arbitration:  Arbitrated first international case in 1986 as panelist for the AAA in product distribution case between Spanish and U.S. companies, on Panel with Willem Vis. Served on arbitration panel for case conducted entirely in Portuguese in 2012 between Brazilian and American parties (São Paulo - CCBC).

First Mediation: Helped parties settle complex case in 1983, a $50 million dispute over responsibility for pollution of groundwater between eight multinational oil companies and local community represented by state attorney general. 

Mediate large complex commercial cases often with value over U.S.$ 1 million, bilingually in Portuguese and Spanish as well as English, some also with Russian parties and documents, yielding high percentage of settlements.

Arranged and participated in first successful international commercial mediation using videoconferencing between U.S.and Brazilian parties (2006).

Arbitrator, Mediator and Advocate for cases at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)/American Arbitration Association, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR/New York),  Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Panel of Arbitrators and Specialized Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO/Geneva),  Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC), India Mediation & Conciliation Network (MCN).

In Brazil:  the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC/São Paulo),  Brazilian Center for Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA/Rio de Janeiro), CAMARB (Belo Horizonte/São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro), Mediation and Arbitration Chamber of the European Chambers of Commerce (CAE/São Paulo), Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), WIPO - INPI Brazil Panel of Neutrals for Intellectual Property Disputes (CEDPI), CAMFIEP/Curitiba (Chamber of Arbitration & Mediation/Paraná state Federation of Industries), CAMEDIARB (State of Santa Catarina), and ARBITAC (Curitiba). 

TECHNOLOGY SPECIALTY: Member, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) List of World's Leading Technology Neutrals - 35 Arbitrators and Mediators worldwide (2017).  Member, CPR Technology Panel (2017);  Panel of Intellectual Property Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC);  Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, WIPO/Geneva.  Specialized areas:  IT, IP, telecommunications, medical technology, aerospace.


INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT - Invited by host government to consult on features and possible use of investor - state mediation (2017).

Invited to serve as Conciliator for World Bank financed Latin America long-term energy contract (2014).

Conducted several arbitrations under Brazilian law and/or with Brazilian parties:

- As Arbitrator: Import-export of construction products - ICC/Miami;  M & A in petrochemical industry, Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce/São Paulo (conducted in Portuguese);  Investment banking - ICDR/Miami.

- As Mediator: M & A in oil & gas industry - ICDR/Rio de Janeiro.

- As Counsel: Offshore oil drilling - LCIA/New York; Project finance - ICDR/São Paulo.

Arbitrations and mediations in these sectors: Aerospace & aviation, agribusiness, oil & gas, energy, environmental, project finance, medical technology, financial markets & investments, mergers & acquisitions, joint