The power practice is conducted by the firm’s experienced partners in the infrastructure and project finance department. The main team is based in São Paulo but receives valuable support from the Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte offices. Clients appreciate the firm’s expertise in infrastructure matters and its broad offering: "A distinguishing feature is the group's ability to offer a complete service, with a strong team at competitive prices.” Sources also emphasise that “what adds value is the team's creativity in finding solutions, but via a very pragmatic approach.” Recent work highlights include advising a consortium of companies, including Andrade Gutierrez, Vale, Neoenergia and Votorantim Energia, in the public bidding for the construction and operation of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant. The team also advised a group of leading banking institutions in buying a stake in Light, Rio de Janeiro's electricity distributor. Founding partner Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza heads the the infrastructure and project finance department. Souza is an accomplished banking lawyer who is frequently involved in energy transaction matters.
Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes left the firm in August 2012.
This energy team deals with the full range of issues involved in the power sector and is particularly lauded for its project finance work and contracts expertise. It represents a variety of local and international clients, including utility companies, power generators, gas producers, distribution companies and electricity providers. “It's an excellent team which shows strong know-how and great commitment to clients,” say sources. Recent work highlights include due diligence reports, analysis of project portfolios, corporate structurings and regulatory advice to companies dedicated to wind power plants and electrical energy distribution. Since publication, Eduardo Soares and Rosilane Costa Barros have left the firm and become name partners at Soares Buchamar Chagas Barros Advogados. Following their departure, Débora Yanasse is the primary contact for clients.
André Serrão Borges de Sampaio
of Serrão Advogados has a practice geared towards energy regulation and is described by sources as an “exceptionally skilled lawyer.”
Clients and peers speak highly of his deep knowledge and impressive ability handling tariff adjustments, concessions and administrative litigation. Elena Landau
is a specialist consultant at Sergio Bermudes Advogados who has vast experience in the power sector. She has an impressive economics background, enriched by in-house stints at the BNDES and CEMIG, and is singled out by commentators as “a reference for regulatory matters.” Maria João Rolim
of Rolim, Godoi, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados is a “hands-on energy expert”
who is well respected for her in-depth advice on complex power and regulatory issues. After a study period spent in the UK, she returned to Brazil in 2010 to lead the firm’s energy team. Since publication, Eduardo Soares
and Rosilane Costa Barros
have joined Soares Buchamar Chagas Barros Advogados as name partners. Soares is a finance and energy expert who is described as a “knowledgeable and accomplished lawyer,”
and provides strong support to clients on contractual matters. Newly appointed partner Costa Barros is much admired for her knowledge of regulatory issues pertaining to the power industry. After publication, Maria Aparecida Seabra Fagundes
left Araújo e Policastro Advogados and set up Seabra Fagundes, Santana, Ferraz, Farias, Mannino e Espírito Santos Advogados. She is singled out as a leading expert in power matters, having developed substantial know-how while working as in-house counsel at Eletrobrás. Since publication, Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes
has left Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados to start a new project, Stocche, Forbes, Padis, Filizzola, Clapis Advogados. He has solid energy expertise and significant experience in corporate, banking and structured finance.