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Published On: 3 September 2015

International law firm DAC Beachcroft is to benefit from a strengthening of its market-leading platform in Latin America with the union of its Brazilian associate office, JBO Advocacia, and Demarest Advogados.
 
With effect from 1 September 2015, boutique insurance practice JBO will merge with leading Brazilian firm Demarest where JBO partner Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira will become head of insurance. In her new role, São Paulo-based Marcia will continue to service DAC Beachcroft's clients as the firm's preferred local insurance lawyer. 

The appointment will couple Marcia's expertise as an insurance lawyer with the increased organisational and legal support offered by a larger firm, which comprises 383 fee earners and 42 partners, with 5 offices in the principal Brazilian cities and also New York. Founded in 1948, Demarest is recognised as one of Latin America's pre-eminent, full-service law firms and is an acknowledged name in the Brazilian insurance sector where its experience and capability have enabled it to attract an impressive roster of clients, both international and domestic. Marcia will continue to offer an excellent service in her core areas of litigation, claims handling and wordings, as well as benefit from Demarest's impressive track record of expertise in the areas of corporate insurance and regulation.

DAC Beachcroft Head of Insurance, David Pollitt, said: "This is an excellent move both for DAC Beachcroft and for Marcia.  Her appointment at Demarest is recognition of her market-leading skills in the Brazilian insurance sector, which she has honed over the past years through her work with our firm. We are very excited to be working with Demarest and seeing Marcia's practice go to the next stage." 

He added: "We are confident that this development will enhance still further the service we are able to offer to our clients in Latin America, many of which will reap the benefits of the significant overlap between Demarest's portfolio of insurance clients and our own."

This is the latest exciting step in the development of DAC Beachcroft's international network following the recent appointments of partners Chris Wilkes and Anthony Menzies as the firm's Regional Heads for Asia Pacific and Latin America respectively. 

These new and strategically important positions acknowledge the instrumental roles Anthony and Chris will play in setting the firm's future strategy in those regions. 
 
With effect from 1 September 2015, boutique insurance practice JBO will merge with leading Brazilian firm Demarest where JBO partner Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira will become head of insurance. In her new role, São Paulo-based Marcia will continue to service DAC Beachcroft's clients as the firm's preferred local insurance lawyer. 

The appointment will couple Marcia's expertise as an insurance lawyer with the increased organisational and legal support offered by a larger firm, which comprises 383 fee earners and 42 partners, with 5 offices in the principal Brazilian cities and also New York. Founded in 1948, Demarest is recognised as one of Latin America's pre-eminent, full-service law firms and is an acknowledged name in the Brazilian insurance sector where its experience and capability have enabled it to attract an impressive roster of clients, both international and domestic. Marcia will continue to offer an excellent service in her core areas of litigation, claims handling and wordings, as well as benefit from Demarest's impressive track record of expertise in the areas of corporate insurance and regulation.

DAC Beachcroft Head of Insurance, David Pollitt, said: "This is an excellent move both for DAC Beachcroft and for Marcia.  Her appointment at Demarest is recognition of her market-leading skills in the Brazilian insurance sector, which she has honed over the past years through her work with our firm. We are very excited to be working with Demarest and seeing Marcia's practice go to the next stage." 

He added: "We are confident that this development will enhance still further the service we are able to offer to our clients in Latin America, many of which will reap the benefits of the significant overlap between Demarest's portfolio of insurance clients and our own."

This is the latest exciting step in the development of DAC Beachcroft's international network following the recent appointments of partners Chris Wilkes and Anthony Menzies as the firm's Regional Heads for Asia Pacific and Latin America respectively. 

These new and strategically important positions acknowledge the instrumental roles Anthony and Chris will play in setting the firm's future strategy in those regions.

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