Trench Rossi Watanabe announces three new partners


Trench Rossi Watanabe has just announced the appointment of three new partners. As of July 1, the professionals, who were already part of the firm’s team, will join the firm in their respective practice areas: Fernanda Haddad, in Dispute Resolution & Wealth Management; Gabriela Bezerra Fischer, in Energy, Mining and Infrastructure, and Manuela Demarche, in Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability.

“This appointment is the result of the exceptional work that these three colleagues have done over the years. Each of them offers a strategic and innovative perspective on our clients’ needs. I am sure that they will succeed in their new challenges and demands, and that our firm will continue to evolve with their growth,” says Claudio Moretti, partner and member of Trench Rossi Watanabe’s Management Committee.

The appointment of three young female lawyers also attests to the firm’s commitment to the pursuit of gender equality, as it strengthens the female presence in leadership – which is already one of the most representative in the legal sector. “Accompanying the professional development of our talents and, as a result, the formation of a new group of leaders is always very stimulating, even more so when we manage to reflect the necessary social demands for more diversity and inclusion,” concludes Moretti.

Fernanda, the new partner in the Dispute Resolution & Wealth Managemente group, expresses her satisfaction: “I’ve always spent my career at the firm very sure of what I wanted. It’s a path full of challenges, which I’ve been fortunate enough to face with a lot of partnership from my mentors, in an extremely collaborative environment. I’m very happy and honored to have taken another step in my career. I see my appointment as an achievement for the whole group and I hope, in this new phase, to make it even stronger.”

Gabriela, promoted to partner in Energy, Mining and Infrastructure, shares her vision: “My life philosophy has always been aligned with the firm’s values. I consider Trench Rossi Watanabe my home, where I built my career and also created very sincere bonds that I will always carry with me. I hope to be able to contribute to the firm’s long-term vision, inspiring others and promoting an inclusive environment of excellence.”

Manuela, now a partner in the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability practice, says: “Trench Rossi Watanabe has always been my safe haven. I value respect for people, which is something we experience strongly here, and the vision of putting women in charge. I bring the message that there is room for everyone and that we must trust in our potential. Now, as a partner, I hope to continue promoting a collaborative and inspiring environment.”

With the promotions, the firm now has 58 partners on its roster.

Find out more about the new partners:

Fernanda Haddad, new partner in the Dispute Resolution and Wealth Management group

Fernanda joined the firm in 2010 as a trainee and became an associate in 2012. Since the beginning, she has been a member of the Dispute Resolution practice group, focusing on civil and contractual matters, with extensive experience mainly in strategic advisory and highly complex pre-litigation, advising other areas of the firm, especially with transactional matters. She also works in the Wealth Management group, advising clients on succession planning and family disputes. She holds a law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, a specialization from Insper-SP, a master’s degree in Civil Law from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and an LL.M. from Northwestern University in Chicago (USA).

Gabriela Bezerra Fischer, new partner in the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure group

Gabriela works in the areas of public, regulatory and contractual law, focusing on clients in the oil and natural gas, energy and mining industries. She advises and works on drafting and negotiating contracts typical of these industries and on projects involving upstream, midstream and downstream assets in the oil and natural gas and biofuels sector. The new partner also acts on the merits of lawsuits, administrative proceedings and arbitrations, including leading cases in these sectors. Drawing on her expertise in these sectors, Gabriela has specialized and worked on energy transition projects, such as hydrogen, carbon capture and alternative fuels. She worked in the New York office of Ablfs McKfnzif, through our strategic cooperation with the international network. She has a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and a postgraduate degree in State and Regulation from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).

Manuela Demarche, new partner in the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability group

Manuela handles matters ranging from environmental regularization to advising clients on issues related to carbon markets, biodiversity, the circular economy and reverse logistics. She has also worked as a legal extern at the American Clean Power Association, in Washington D.C., and as a foreign associate in Ablfs McKfnzif’s Chicago office, due to our strategic cooperation with the Ablfs McKfnzif network. She holds an LL.M. in Environmental and Energy Law from Georgetown University Law Center and is a specialist in Sustainable Capitalism & ESG from Berkeley Law Executive Education. She graduated in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP).

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