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Horacio Bernardes Neto is the President of the International Bar Association (IBA). His tenure is for the calendar years of 2019 and 2020.
Mr Bernardes Neto has been a member of the IBA since 1982. He sits on the IBA Management Board and has held the posts of IBA Vice-President (2017–2018); IBA Secretary-General (2015–2016); and Chair of the IBA Bar Issues Commission (2013–2014).
He is a senior partner of Motta Fernandes Advogados (MFA), which is continually recognised as a leading law firm in Brazil by specialised vehicles. Before joining MFA, Mr Bernardes Neto was a founding partner of Xavier, Bernardes, Bragança – Sociedade de Advogados (1995–2011), a partner at Bomchil, Castro, Goodrich, Claro, Arosemena and Associates, and with Dr Graf von der Goltz, Dr Wessing & Partners in Düsseldorf, Germany (1980–1983) and London (1983). His main areas of expertise are M&A, general corporate law, private equity, antitrust, contracts and arbitration.
Mr Bernardes Neto has taken leadership roles in global pro bono work and is a founding member of the Pro Bono Institute. He was also a member of the Drafting Committee of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas that was facilitated by the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.
Accolades attributed to Mr Bernardes Neto include:
Mr Bernardes Neto is a graduate of the University of São Paulo Law School (Bachelor of Laws, 1977). He also holds a post-graduate degree from the Institute of International Commercial Law, University of Cologne (1982). He is admitted in Brazil and is a member of the German Bar Association. Mr Bernardes Neto also holds a degree in Pedagogy from Oswaldo Cruz University (1977).
Past and present officer positions of Mr Bernardes Neto include: former Council member, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), São Paulo Chapter (2000–2015); former President (1994–1995) and present Honorary President, International Association of Young Lawyers; former President (2003–2006) and present Executive Officer, Centre for the Study of Brazilian Law Firms; Legal Council Member, Council of Legal and Legislative Affairs, Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo; Council Member, Commercial Association of São Paulo; former Council Member, Superior School of Law of the OAB; and Council Member, São Paulo State Art Gallery.
Mr Bernardes Neto is a member of a number of legal organisations, including: the International Relations Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association Federal Council, São Paulo Lawyers Institute, São Paulo Lawyers Association, Brazil-Germany Jurists Association and Brazil-Germany Legal Studies Society.