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Maria Passo


International Associate

Maria Passo is an international associate at EPGD Business Law. She was born in Bahia, Brazil, but lived for over 14 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She obtained a Juris Doctor from IBMEC – Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and at the top of her class. As a result, Maria earned a merit-based scholarship to pursue an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International Arbitration from the University of Miami School of Law, where she successfully obtained her master’s degree. 

Ms. Passo was approved in the Brazil Bar Examination, as well as in the New York Bar Examination. 

Maria is part of the dispute resolution practice group at EPGD Business Law and has vast experience in complex litigation and arbitration disputes. 

Maria is also the assistant editor of the Indian Review of International Arbitration in cooperation with the MNLU Mumbai Centre for Arbitration and Research. She is also the author of the article “After Car Wash: Arbitration of Brazilian Infrastructure Contracts” published in the Inter-American Law Review of the University of Miami School of Law.

Maria is fluent in English and Portuguese, and has limited working proficiency in Spanish.

Prior Associations

  • FCDG – Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Machado, Meyer, Sendacz & Opice Advogados (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Mayer Brown LLP (Brazil branch: Tauil & Chequer in Association with Mayer Brown)
  • Shutts & Bowen LLP (Miami)
  • John H. Rooney, Jr. P.A. (Miami)

On a Personal Note: In her free time, Maria enjoys going to the beach, staying active, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.

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