About us

History

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.

Headquarters

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Av. Jaime Reis, 86 - CEP: 80510-010 phone +55 41 3221.7777 | fax +55 41 3223.2070

The main headquarters of Andersen Ballão Advocacia is located in a property in the traditional Alto de São Francisco district of Curitiba. In neoclassical style, the property started to house the office in 2003. There are 400 square meters dedicated to law, including 5 meeting rooms, facilities of the Executive, Corporate and Litigation and Arbitration Departments, as well as administrative facilities, the financial sector and the secretariat.

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Av. Jaime Reis, 62 - São Francisco, Curitiba - PR, Brazil

This property, which now houses several departments of Andersen Ballão Advocacia, dates back to 1976. The original project was elaborated by the renowned and late architect Julio Pechmann. Initially designed for a vocational school, it was also a famous nightclub, gym and dance school.

In 2015, architects Mariana Manzoni and Rafael Gonçalves, maintaining the pre-existing construction project, transformed the more than 1000m² into modern facilities for up to 95 jobs.

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Aba Paranaguá

Av Gabriel de Lara, nº 1155

This property occupied by Andersen Ballão Advocacia is located in the central area of ​​the city of Paranaguá. In addition to meeting rooms and offices, it contains space for small events.
The location of the headquarters allows the office to have a close and constant interaction with clients based in Paranaguá, ensuring a personalized and agile service.

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The most admired office in Paraná and one of the most admired in Brazil

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.
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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.
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German Recognition: Cross of the Order of Merit

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.
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Social responsibility

In addition to the commitment to providing high quality legal services, ANDERSEN BALLÃO ADVOCACIA also promotes various initiatives related to the area of ​​social responsibility and promotion of citizenship. ANDERSEN BALLÃO ADVOCACIA maintains several initiatives of a social nature, recognizing the importance of collaborating with all social actors in the search for a more just and solidary society. Such activities are coordinated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Third sector, and, in addition to assisting social assistance institutions to vulnerable groups through various support tools, ANDERSEN BALLÃO ADVOCACIA adopts practices of sustainable use of the physical resources it consumes, in addition to providing services to non-profit social and cultural entities and encourage such initiatives with customers.

Partner Institutions

Andersen Ballão Advocacia works to bring closer ties between foreign and Brazilian companies. This is possible thanks to a constant performance in the main Chambers of Commerce operating in Brazil, which promote the strengthening of relations between countries.