ng law firm born inRio de Janeiro could not trace its inception to a more picturesque place, an apartment overlooking Ipanema Beach, more precisely at the foot of Vinícius de Moraes Street.
There, nearly 20 years ago Eduardo Chalfin, later the firm’s founding partner, offered an intern position to Ilan Goldberg, then in his second year of law school. The two have been working together ever since.
In reality, the firm started as an extension of a traditional real estate administration company headed by Eduardo. Its first home was a small office located in the rear of a business arcade in Copacabana, a district where there were (and are) virtually no other law firms.
In 2000, Eduardo invited Ilan, then 23 years old and fresh out of law school, to be his partner in the firm (he went from intern to partner in a single step). Ilan promptly accepted. Shortly thereafter, an old friend, Eric Dias, also joined, and the firm became a threesome. As often happens, the first couple of years were hard.
At the start of 2003, Eric Dias sold his interest to Ilan, who along with Eduardo then sold a one-third interest in the firm to Clara Vainboim, forming a new trio of partners.
Even before then, Ilan had started his activities in insurance law, more precisely in 1998, when (still as an intern) he began working on some small cases for a traditional Brazilian insurer.
Several years later, representation that was restricted to just a few cases for a single insurer had expanded to hundreds of cases of all sizes, covering a considerable part of the Brazilian insurance market. In parallel, based on the solid work of Eduardo Chalfin and Clara Vainboim, the firm also made strong inroads in the banking sector, while maintaining its original real estate practice.
This growth was further spurred in 2004 with the arrival of Paulo Maximilian, with notable practical and academic experience in banking and consumer law. In 2012 the firm welcomed two more key arrivals: Priscila Fichtner, as a partner, and Márcia Mannheimer, as a consultant, both with strong practical and academic experience, notably in the labor and real estate areas.