Celso de Azevedo



Celso is an international insurance and litigation solicitor advocate. He specialises in cross border disputes and conflict of laws issues in complex Latin American and international reinsurance disputes, particularly involving construction, engineering, property, business interruption, D&O, E&O, cyber risks, marine, casualty, offshore and energy losses, including subrogation claims. Celso has been involved in shipping and sale of goods as well as reinsurance back-to-back, non-disclosure and misrepresentation disputes in English High Court litigation and international arbitrations in London and in Latin America.

Celso has had extensive experience in dealing with complex legal issues relating to the quantification of business interruption losses in property and contingency business interruption polices as well as in advanced loss of profits and delay in start-up policy wordings.

He has assisted London reinsurers with a US$ multi-million claim in relation to property and business interruption subrogation losses at a port in South America. He has conducted the first ever reinsurance arbitration in Brazil after the opening of the Brazilian reinsurance market, acting on behalf of London construction reinsurers. He has also advised London and North American underwriters in relation to the resolution of a US$ multi-million business interruption claim at a steel plant, reported as the largest ever Brazilian loss.


CDACelso is a past President of the London Business Interruption Association and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“FCIArb”).  Celso has recently written the 2nd Edition of Walmsley on Business Interruption Insurance, published by Witherby Insurance in 2016.  He is a contributor to LexisNexis’ loose-leaf publication, International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the 21st Century, writing a chapter entitled “Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration – A View from the London Market” and a former visiting lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee (CEPMLP).

Celso joined Thomas Cooper in 2009. He was previously a solicitor at the London office of an US insurance law firm. Celso is qualified as a solicitor advocate in the UK and, in the US, as a New York Attorney. He is a fluent Portuguese and competent Spanish speaker.

Celso de Azevedo highlighted as a recommended Lawyer.
Legal 500 UK, 2019
Celso de Azevedo highlighted for handling 'London and Latin American matters'.
Legal 500, 2017
Celso de Azevedo specialises in cross-border disputes.
Legal 500, 2016