Flavia Canelhas Ribeiro De Souza

Lawyer and Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Admitted in 2008.

With over two decades of legal practice, the founder of Oceania Legal, Flavia C. Ribeiro De Souza, is a highly regarded Commercial and Business Law specialist.

Flavia gathered invaluable hands-on business and legal experience working in-house at some of the largest and highest performance Australian and overseas blue chip companies (Commonwealth Bank, Lend Lease, Pirelli Group and MVSS, a successful tech start-up company) and at leading Australian and overseas commercial law firms and reputable insolvency practices.

Flavia acts for a whole range of small (up to $50M turnover), medium and large enterprises, Not-For-Profits (NFP’s), new business, start-ups, existing business experiencing growth or mature business and their owners.

She also acts for Senior Executives in employment matters. In 2020, Flavia achieved great success in two complex matters against Westpac Banking Corporation and KPMG, and counselled reputable court appointed liquidators as to their duties and responsibilities in voluntary administration complex case.

Flavia enjoys high talks, intellectual and complex challenges and the business advisory side of her role, assisting clients to think outside the box to achieve their ambitions and goals, and helping mitigate risks and resolve disputes.

She has helped establish and run a number of Australian Not-For-Profit organisations, has been a board adviser for many years and is also a casual lecturer teaching theory and practice of Australian Commercial Law.

Flavia is Vice-President of the Australia-Brazil Business Council, a large Australian not-for-profit business organisation guiding those with commercial ties, investments and interests between Australia and Brazil and the  Australian Representative of the Brazilian Institute for the Development of International Business Relations – IBREI, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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  • Business enterprises and ventures with customers, employees, suppliers, property, partners and/or assets

  • Commercial contracts review and drafting

  • Business structures, entrepeneurial & startups

  • Intellectual property

  • General commercial advice

  • Disputes and litigation

  • Real Estate acquisitions and disposals

  • Virtual Lawyer – outsourced In-House Lawyer – acting as Commercial Generalist In-House Counsel on ad hoc basis. This can be a very attractive structure for businesses experimenting growth and a need for legal consultancy services on a ongoing or daily basis but do not wish to hire a full time lawyer.

  • Strategic thought, clear thinking, focus and direct communication style


  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Management, College of Law, 2015

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, 2008

  • Diploma at Law, University of Sydney, 2004-2008

  • Certificate IV in Business Administration, Management and Operations, STBB Sydney, 2002-2004

  • Bachelor’s of Law Degree, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1995-2000


  • English & Portuguese (native), conversational in Spanish and French

  • How to do and set up business between Australia and Brazil
  • Acting as legal representative in Brazil
  • Brazilian & Australian investment
  • Representing those with interests, ties, investment, business in Brazil
  • Immigration and retirement to Brazil, strategy and advice
  • International disputes
  • Bilingual/Portuguese speaking lawyer and dual-qualified in Australia and in Brazil (OAB/SP n. 186.945)
  • Extensive network in the largest financial country of Latin America
  • Board Adviser and Legal Counsel of World Gay Boxing Championships, an Australian Not-For-Profit association formed to disrupt homophobia in boxing while creating inclusion and participation of the wider community.
  • Board Adviser and Legal Counsel of ReStart Us, an Australian startup business with social impact providing integrated innovative solutions in the people re empowerment field, stopping the mass-incarceration-re offending cycle, returning public investment and human power to the society.
  • Australian Representative at IBREI – Brazilian Institute for Development of International Business Relations, a prominent not-for-profit national association based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with branches and partnerships in many countries.
  • Founder and Managing Director of Oceania Business Advisory  International – an international services company undertaking international procurement and consultancy in varied industries (agribusiness, entertainment, construction, FMCG, IT, waste and energy, tech and health sectors) representing businesses and ventures in Brazil and Australia.
  • Board and legal advisor of Somos21.org, a startup not-for-profit professional and social impact association with chapters spread across Australia and Latin America.
  • 4 years as a Director and Public Officer of a national not-for-profit international trade association based in Sydney, NSW, lobbying at government level, helping local and international businesses coming to Australia and promoting the trade relations between the two countries.

Flavia was borne and raised in Sao Paulo capital city, Brazil, where she lived for 24 years before arriving solo in Australia as an international student. Flavia was a bright young corporate lawyer seeking to excel and sharpen her business English to continue her well started career in Brazil. Despite of temporary plans, she quickly adapted to the down-to-earth Australian way of life and decided to make Australia her permanent home. She has been living here since 2001.

Flavia is proudly an Australian and a Brazilian Citizen and carry a multicultural DNA heritage comprised by 50% Portuguese, 21% Irish/Scottish/Welsh, 9,5% Northern African/Egyptian, 7.5% Ashkenazi Jewish and 12% Nigerian, Central-American Indigenous and Finish.


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