Fabiana Simões Martins, Founding Partner

Fabiana is a founding partner of Siano & Martins. She works regularly in disputes of C/P involving shipowners and Brazilian steel exporters and importers of bulk solid. Fabiana advises national trade unions and shipping agencies in their duties and liability limits. She assists foreign companies in the effectiveness of arbitration awards in Brazil and shipowners, through their respective  Protection Clubs in disputes involving accidents, oil pollution damage and cargo claims and also shipping companies and NVOCCs in administrative defenses against environmental authorities, regulatory agencies and the IRS. Fabiana is registered with the Brazilian Bar Association in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, acting both in litigation and in consultancy.

Fabiana has a Law degree from the Federal University of Espírito Santo – UFES and Master´s degree in International Law and Economic Integration from the State University of Rio de Janeiro - UERJ. In 2010 she attended the 37th Maritime Law Course at the University of Southampton.

She was Vice-President for Brazil of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law – IIDM for 2014/2016. In 2016 she was elected President of Women´s International Shipping & Trade Association Brazil (Wista Brasil) for 2016/2019.

Fabiana is a lecturer and coordinator of the Maritime Law course of IMAPOR, in Rio de Janeiro.

Working in shipping area since 1997, she is ranked in "Chambers & Partners Latin America" for her “solid market reputation for her shipping law expertise” (2016).

 

Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

HONOURS & AWARDS

“Fabiana Simões Martins regularly represents clients in shipping disputes and collisions. Interviewees describe her as “very capable” practioner in this field” (Chambers & Partners Latin America 2017).

“Fabiana Simões Martins is highlighted for her “adept handling of complex cases” (Who´s Who Legal Latin America 2016).

“Partner Fabiana Simões Martins has a solid market reputation for her shipping law expertise. She has an active practice and assists clients with chartering matters and sector disputes.” (Chambers & Partners Latin America 2016).

“Fabiana Simões Martins is highly rated for litigation” (Legal 500, 2016).

“Fabiana Simões Martins heads the litigation division and is recognised by sources for her broad experience of contentious matters related to shipping” (Chambers & Partners Latin America 2015).

Fabiana Martins is an outstanding lawyer” (Wallace Assumpção, Brazilian Navy, LinkedIn 2014).

Fabiana Simões Martins draws acclaim for "providing a personalised service and building lasting client relationship” (Chambers & Partners Latin America 2013).

Fabiana Simões Martins wins strong praise and clients note that “her cautious style is in perfect balance and synergy with our needs” (Chambers & Partners Latin America 2012).

 

ORGANIZATIONS

·         President of Wista Brazil – Women´s International Shipping & Trading Association do Brazil (2016/2019).

·         Member of Bar Association Maritime Law Committees at Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

·         Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

 

·         Registered with the Brazilian Bar Association at Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. 

EXPERIENCE

·         Advising shipowners and Brazilian steel exporters and importers of bulk solid in charter party disputes

·         Advising and representing national Unions and shipping agencies on their duties and limits of liability

·         Advising and representing foreign companies in claims seeking effectiveness of arbitration awards in Brazil

·         Represents owners through their respective Protection Clubs in disputes involving accidents, including personal, oil pollution damages and cargo claims;

·         Representing shipping companies and NVOCCs administratively before environmental authorities, regulatory agencies and the IRS