Frederico Marques is a Brazilian lawyer, partner and foreign legal consultant in our Business Law Group in Toronto.
Frederico's practice is focused on international transactions, particularly on the natural resources, renewable energy, agribusiness and construction industries. He counsels clients on joint ventures, financings and public and private mergers and acquisitions.
Frederico has acted as in-house counsel where he gained solid work experience in the areas of corporate and international projects while working for a number of prestigious companies, such as Vale S/A (mining, logistics, energy and iron-works), Brasil Telecom S/A (telecommunications) and Odebrecht S/A (construction), and other law firms.
Frederico’s extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and implementing international transactions includes international projects located in Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, France, Gabon, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, United Kingdom and the USA.
Throughout his career, Frederico has had the opportunity to combine his academic experience, acquired from leading Brazilian and North American universities during his Master of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy in International Law, with his broad range of professional legal expertise in corporate matters and cross-border transactions.
Frederico is frequently invited to speak at conferences in Canada and abroad and has published several articles and books about international trade and international public and private law, including his doctorate thesis on International Competition Law and the World Trade Organization (WTO), published in Brazil and adopted at one of the most recognized post-graduation courses in International Law in Brazil.
From 2004 to 2006, Frederico was also the coordinator of the international business law module and professor of international competition law and international organizations (WTO, MERCOSUR and EU) in the postgraduate international commercial law and oil and gas law programs at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). In 2003, as part of the corporate program at the Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais –IBMEC (Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets), he taught international business transactions at the postgraduate level. He also taught international private law at the Faculty of Law of the Centro de Ensino Unificado de Brasília (University Centre of Brasilia) in 2001-2002.
Frederico is currently the chair of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC), a member of its executive committee and is the co-head of its mining committee. He was also a member of the CSR Committee of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from 2008-2011.
Frederico obtained his LLB from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1996, his LLM from Rio de Janeiro State University in 2000 and his Ph.D. from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2004.
Frederico is a member of the Centro de Estudos de Direito Internacional (Center for Studies of International Law), the International Law Association, the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (Brazilian Bar Association), the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and The Law Society of Upper Canada. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and is conversant in Spanish.