International Alumni Briefs

Willie WoodWilliam Wood '84
A leader in energy and infrastructure law

Since 1993, alumnus William Wood has been a partner at one of the nation’s largest international law firms, Fulbright & Jaworski. Wood’s practice primarily focuses on the energy industry, where he handles U.S. and International business, commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Recently, Wood, along with other Fulbright attorneys, hosted a Joint Decennial Conference for Mexican Lawyers with the Instituto Mexicano de la Mediación A.C. (IMM). The IMM is comprised of multiple law firms in Mexico City as well as members of Fulbright’s Latin America Practice Group, where Wood and other Fulbright attorneys discussed a number of topics, including recent developments in international litigation, mergers and acquisition, arbitration, mediation, cross-border investigations, insolvency, the U.S. and Mexico elections. The firm recently merged with London-based global firm, Norton Rose, to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Patrícia Vilhena, LL.M. ‘01 Patrícia Vilhena, LL.M. ‘01
From trade to internet law in Brazil

Patricia Vilhena is an attorney at Pinheiro, Mourão, Raso e Araujo Filho Advogados where her practice areas include civil and corporate law, international commerce, and internet law. Vilhena is a member of ABCI Institute – Brazilian International Trade Scholars and Institute for International and Comparative Law. She also co-authored an article titled "Bioterrorism Law and International Commerce" which was published in the Brazilian newspaper Valor Econômico and “Ensaios em Comércio Internacional” (Essays on International Commerce), Volume II, Editora Singular.

Pedro Costa Braga, LL.M. ‘97 Pedro Costa Braga, LL.M. ‘97
Keeping Brazil green

Pedro Costa Braga is General Counsel - Brazil at Enel Green Power (EGP), a major global operator in the field of energy generation from renewable sources with a presence in Europe, North and Latin America. Established in 21 countries, Enel covers the energy consumption of over 8 million families and avoiding 16 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. At the company’s Brazil location, Costa Braga leads a team of six lawyers that provides legal advice on a wide range of issues related to the company’s renewable energy ventures.

Before attending the Law Center, Costa Braga earned his J.D. from the Universidade Candido Mendes. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Italian. His specialties include energy, renewable energy, project development, international contracts, mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic arbitration, ADR, and general corporate law.

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