ANDERSEN BALLÃO ADVOCACIA was founded in 1979, in the city of Curitiba, by lawyer Wilson José Andersen Ballão, shortly after graduating in Law from the Federal University of Paraná. The firm was created with the objective of providing high quality legal services, initially in the area of International and Maritime Law, with individual and corporate clients, both national and foreign. In the mid-90s, the firm expanded its range of activities to meet the great demand arising from the high level of its services. Specialized departments were established for the main areas of law. Since then, the firm has consolidated itself as one of the most admired stalls in Paraná. Currently headquartered at Avenida Jaime Reis, in Curitiba, and in the port city of Paranaguá, the firm maintains a team of specialized lawyers who are fluent in several languages. In addition to the experience of our professionals, the office has an efficient team of assistants and an excellent infrastructure, within the most demanding international standards.
The most admired office in Paraná and one of the most admired in Brazil
Following the tradition already consolidated in the market and in line with its 40-year history, completed in October 2019, Andersen Ballão Advocacia (ABA) was highlighted again in the Yearbook Advocacia 500, the most respected research in the area of Law in the country. Among the offices in Paraná, ABA is a record holder, having achieved 12 mentions as the most admired in the various areas of law and market segments provided for in the office ranking, in addition to having the largest number of lawyers with quotes in the individual ranking.
In the national ranking by areas of law, ABA received seven mentions: in the environmental area, it was in 5th place; in international trade, in 2nd; in competition law, in 4th; in business contracts, in 2nd; civil law, in 4th; corporate, in 3rd; and in the labor area, in 2nd place.
In the division by sectors of the economy, the Paraná office achieved four mentions. In the trade area, it was in 3rd place; in the paper and cellulose sector, in 2nd; in the oil and gas business, 2nd; and in the chemical and petrochemical segment, in 4th place.
Also in the individual ranking, ABA was widely highlighted, with six lawyers mentioned.
Once again, lawyer Gustavo Almeida de Almeida was the most admired in the office, with eight mentions, and the first placed in the state ranking. In the national ranking, he scored as 1st in international trade; 3rd in business contracts and Corporate Law and 4th in Competition Law. In the sectors of the economy, there were three mentions, with the 2nd place in commerce and the 3rd in the areas of paper & cellulose and oil & gas.
In the sequence, comes the lawyer Rafael Filippin, with two mentions, ranking 5th in the area of environmental law in the national ranking and 5th place in the state ranking. It has been six consecutive years with indications in the national ranking in the environmental area.
In the Labor Department, we had two highlights: Edson Hauagge, with two mentions, having been in 2nd place in the labor area (fifth indication followed in the national ranking) and 3rd place in the state ranking. The other lawyer cited was Vicente Ferrari Comazzi, appearing for the first time in the ranking, with national mention in the area of labor law (5th place).
For the Corporate Department, the lawyer and partner-coordinator Karla Closs Fonseca received two mentions, reaching the 4th place in the national chemical and petrochemical segment and 5th place in the state ranking.
The result, which spans the different areas served by the firm, shows the balance in the quality of services provided across all departments, as a result of the commitment of around 50 lawyers and other professionals and the wide range of areas served.
German Recognition: Cross of the Order of Merit
It was with great joy that Wilson José Andersen Ballão, founding partner of ABA, received in his office the visit of the Deputy Consul General of Germany in São Paulo, Uwe Heye, at the end of April 2015. The Consul came to inform that the Federal Republic of Germany had chosen the lawyer to receive the Order of Merit Cross. It is an honor granted to German or foreign citizens who have contributed to the development of the German Republic in the socio-economic or intellectual fields. The award was officially presented at an event held in May of that year.
It is the first time that the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany has been awarded to a Curitiba native, which left the ABA founder very honored. Dr. Ballão was a fellow of the German government, is a founding member of the German-Brazilian Society of Lawyers (based in Frankfurt), was Director of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce for nine years and, today, he serves as an adviser to the entity. Through his law firm, he has also been working to strengthen business relations between Brazil and Germany for over 35 years. “Everything I did was also in gratitude for what I already received from the German Government,” said Wilson José.
The current director of the Chamber and Honorary Consul of Germany in Curitiba, Andreas F. H. Hoffrichter, confirms that the lawyer's role in strengthening relations between the two countries has been significant. “Dr. Ballão contributed with the arrival of several companies of German origin to Curitiba, in addition to constantly working to strengthen business between the two countries”, declares the Director.
The official delivery of the honor took place at a ceremony held at the Concórdia Headquarters of Clube Curitibano and was attended by the Deputy Consul General of Germany in São Paulo, Uwe Heye, and authorities and personalities of the State of Paraná.