Thomas Benes Felsberg is the founding partner of Felsberg Advogados and is a global reference in the area of bankruptcy and company restructuring. He has taught International Private Law at the University of São Paulo. Member of Executive Committee of International Insolvency Institute, American College of Bankruptcy, former chairman and current member of Turnaround Management Association – Brazil and Legal Counsel of São Paulo State Federation of Industries – FIESP.
Thomas Felsberg acted as Brazilian consultant to the World Bank in the area of insolvency and credit rights, having contributed, together with the IMF, to the ‘Global Insolvency Law Database’ (GILD) and ‘Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes’ (ROSC) projects. He is recognized by publications such as ‘Latin Lawyer’, ‘Legal 500” and ‘Chambers’ as Brazil’s leading insolvency lawyer. He formed part of the committees responsible for development of the current bankruptcy and company restructuring law and is again part of a government selected group to remodel the Brazilian Insolvency Law. In addition to his work relating to insolvency and debt restructuring, Thomas Felsberg plays an important role as an arbiter with important arbitration chambers both in Brazil and overseas, whilst he is a member of the ‘the Arbitration Chamber of the Legal Council of the Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo’ (‘São Paulo State Federation of Industries / FIESP), of the Arbitration Chamber of the São Paulo Stock Exchange, a director of the ‘Centro de Estudos das Sociedade de Advogados’ (‘Attorneys’ Society Study Center’ / ‘CESA’), and is President of the Columbia University Club of Brazil.
The author of an extensive list of books and articles in Portuguese and English, Thomas has actively participated as a speaker and panelist at congresses and conferences throughout the world.