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Latin-America Guide

Public Law — Brazil


Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice - Public Law

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and José Virgílio Lopes Enei
- 10 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar practice group noted for its expertise advising on the full range of public law including large-scale infrastructure projects, project finance, PPPs and public concessions. Notable strength providing assistance to investment funds as well as logistics and construction companies with regulatory issues, sector-related commercial agreements and bidding procedures. Lucas Sant'anna was recently promoted to partner and Votorantim is a new client win.

Strengths Market commentators report: "The team offers services of the highest quality, boasts in-depth legal knowledge and is made up of intensely dedicated professionals."

Interviewees add: “The firm is known for its great credibility and successful track record working with major projects and for its ability to undertake complex and innovative work.”

Work highlights Advised Cosan on the extension of its railway concession contract worth BRL1.28 billion with the National Agency of Land Transportation.

Significant clients Ecorodovias, Canopus Holding, Transpetro, Accenture, Votorantim.

Notable practitioners

Admired partner José Virgílio Lopes Enei specialises in project finance, M&A and PPP in regulated industries such as the oil and gas, power and transport sectors. Sources describe him as “an authority in matters related to contractual agreements and public law.” They add: "He is a highly knowledgeable lawyer who is very creative and communicates very well with his clients."

Newly promoted partner Lucas Sant'anna focuses on public tenders, administrative contracts and the structuring of PPPs. He advises on regulatory issues related to mining, transport and waste treatment projects. Clients report: "His ability to come up with solutions to complex issues continues to surprise me." They add: "He pays a great deal of attention to clients and has demonstrated valuable legal knowledge."

Department profile by Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

With a long involvement in supporting the structuring and modeling of projects with the public sector, we assist clients in public tenders, concessions, and public-private partnerships, providing advice on all aspects of administrative and regulatory law.

We are pioneers in structuring public-private partnerships, a subject that we have developed even before the publication of Law No. 11.079 of 2004. We work in this area since the beginning of the process, providing legal advice on the design of technical solutions for more than a hundred infrastructure projects through the Expression of Interest Procedures. Once public bidding is authorized, we advise private companies on structuring financing and corporate and contractual arrangements to enable complex projects.

The firm was in charge of the most significant privatizations, concessions, and PPPs of the country. In the context of recent sporting events, for example, besides our activities in the projects of stadiums, football arenas, and the Olympic venues, we led the urban renewal project of the oldest port area in Rio de Janeiro.

Our consulting services with respect to public and regulatory law may involve different legal practices in the firm, such as:

Project financing
Joint Ventures
Corporate law
Negotiation and drafting of complex contracts
Tax consulting
Regulatory consulting
Advice on insurance
Administrative litigation
Crisis management

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Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados - Public Law

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier public law boutique admired for its expertise in project structuring, administrative litigation, contractual management and consultancy in the private and public sectors. Assists clients in an array of sectors such as the infrastructure, telecommunications and power industries. Extensive experience in PPP modelling, administrative processes before regulatory agencies, and arbitral proceedings.

Strengths Clients state: "The firm is at the cutting-edge of public law issues. We hired them for a complex legal opinion and they did an unbelievable job."

Another source adds: "Their regulatory and public law teams are of the highest quality, with particular expertise in the waste treatment sector."

Notable practitioners

Market sources commend highly respected founding partner Floriano Peixoto de Azevedo Marques Neto as "one of the greatest authorities on public law," and "a reference." Clients add: "He has been playing an important role in the Brazilian infrastructure market regarding the concession of highways and is regularly active in the development of new legal arguments before the regulatory agencies." Marques Neto has vast knowledge of corporate, administrative and regulatory law, and frequently advises companies on the new anti-corruption legislation of Brazil.

Respected co-head of department and professor Marcos Augusto Perez is noted for his experience advising on bidding procedures related to the telecommunications sector. He regularly provides counsel on administrative, regulatory, tax and corporate issues. Sources describe him as "an important and well-known lawyer in this sphere."

Department profile by Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

Public Law: Manesco has a recognized expertise in dealing with the dynamics of public-private relations, dealing with issues related to constitutional, administrative, regulatory and tax law. In addition to its consolidated experience in infrastructure projects area, the Firm has a large experience in specialized legal consulting, litigation, administrative processes and arbitration procedures. Manesco´s team is specialized in procedures such as public-interest civil actions, public improbity actions, citizen suits and writ of mandamus, as well as defenses in procedures in the Court of Auditors, regulatory agencies, anti-trust agencies and other public entities. The Firm also stands out by offering legal advice on arbitration procedures and other mechanisms for dispute resolution, regarding the execution of government agreements in several sectors.

Legal services: Legal advice on the structuring and financing of public infrastructure projects. Counselling on public tenders and on the execution of public contracts. Representation of clients in class actions, arbitration proceedings and administrative procedures before the Court of Auditors, the Taxes and Fees Court, the Brazilian Competition Defense System, Regulatory Agencies and other government agencies. Representation of clients in arbitration procedures.

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Foreign Desk Team: Manesco provides first-class legal advice for foreign clients, performed in all the practice areas of the Firm. Manesco´s Foreign Desk team has deep comprehension of the international clients’ businesses, offering custom-made counselling and solutions.



Sundfeld Advogados - Public Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 5 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished São Paulo boutique recognised for its excellence in administrative and regulatory consultancy. Extensive experience in the drafting of complex legal opinions, the structuring of PPP, public concessions and other government contracts, as well as advising on public sector privatisations and reform issues.

Strengths Peers report: "The firm has an excellent team which specialises in the issuance of complex legal opinions related to projects and administrative law."

Notable practitioners

Deeply respected founding partner Carlos Ari Sundfeld is described by peers as “a great reference in the public law sphere who is always sought out to advise on the most complex cases.” Sundfeld is admired for his academic contributions to the sector and for his extensive knowledge of Brazil's administrative and regulatory frameworks. Sources commend him as "a truly great lawyer and the go-to name for legal opinions related to administrative law."

Partner and professor Vera Monteiro has substantial experience providing counsel on administrative matters related to public concessions and the structuring of PPP contracts in the waste treatment and underground transportation sectors. Sources say: "She is a very good practitioner who capably provides administrative-related legal opinions."

Partner Jacintho Arruda Câmara is noted for his expertise in consultancy matters related to public concessions, PPP and government contracts. Peers consider him "a great reference as an academic."

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Arap, Nishi & Uyeda Advogados - Public Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Rodnei Iazzetta, Massami Uyeda Junior and Luciana Maciel da Cunha
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected for its expertise in the modelling and financing of large-scale infrastructure projects, producing studies on the viability of complex projects, and public concessions. Significant experience advising clients across the waste treatment, transport and power industries on PPP, contractual management issues and administrative litigation.

Strengths Market sources note: "It is excellent in all aspects. The team has great expertise in public law, resulting in the excellent quality work they provide in bidding procedures, PPPs and infrastructure projects."

Notable practitioners

Partner Rodnei Iazzetta offers knowledge of administrative and regulatory law to advise on infrastructure projects, public bidding procedures and PPP. Sources describe him as an "extremely competent and solicitous professional who boasts great knowledge and expertise in the public law sphere." They add: "He is an excellent and practical professional who always remains available to clients."

Co-head of department Massami Uyeda Junior enjoys recognition from sources for his long-standing track record in the public law sector. He is particularly noted for his expertise in public concessions, project finance, bidding procedures and the structuring of high-end PPP contracts. Interviewees say: "He has a profound understanding of administrative law," and "provides great client service."

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Pereira Neto | Macedo - Public Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Caio Mário Pereira Neto, Joaquim Moraes and Mateus Piva Adami
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly qualified team singled out for its expertise in administrative proceedings and litigation before government authorities, public bidding proceedings and contractual management issues. Notable experience representing clients from the energy, transportation and telecommunications sectors in public policy hearings and infrastructure transactions. Also well respected for its strength in antitrust matters before the competition authorities.

Strengths Clients single out the firm's abilities in regulatory matters, stating: "The team is comprised of intelligent and highly qualified professionals who are very dedicated to clients and their cases. Pereira Neto is an excellent firm for international organisations requiring support in English and a clear account of the Brazilian legal environment."

Work highlights Acted as chief regulatory adviser to Oi in connection with its BRL65 billion judicial restructuring procedure.

Significant clients BNDES, Telefônica, Cosan, Braskem, Uber.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto is an expert in antitrust and regulatory matters. He is experienced assisting companies and government agencies with administrative projects involving the telecoms, transport and construction industries. Sources report: "He is an extremely sharp and precise lawyer who provides us with thorough and well-researched legal advice." They add: "He has a great deal of experience in the regulatory sector."

Up-and-coming partner Mateus Piva Adami has substantial experience assisting telecommunications companies with a range of antitrust, regulatory and public law matters. Clients describe him as a "detail-oriented and thorough lawyer," whose "valuable work has allowed us to achieve favourable results during negotiations before the public authorities."

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - Public Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Frederico Bopp Dieterich and Leonardo Moreira de Souza
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm based in Belo Horizonte known for its strength assisting clients from the construction, telecommunications and finance sectors in administrative matters. Substantial experience advising on high-profile public bidding procedures, PPP and privatisations. Also offers knowledge of contractual management, administrative litigation and project financing issues.

Strengths Sources comment: "The team's lawyers are highly competent, committed to the client and deliver excellent work. They have full command of public law issues and offer personalised client service. They showed particular expertise related to bidding proceedings and M&A deals."

Work highlights Advised Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Confins on the regulatory, environmental and contractual matters related to the BRL5 billion expansion of the main airport of Belo Horizonte.

Significant clients CCR, Queiroz Galvão, Andrade Gutierrez, Saneamento Ambiental Águas do Brasil, Claro.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Frederico Bopp Dieterich draws on over 25 years of experience assisting major construction companies and public bodies in complex transactions involving public law, infrastructure, PPPs and project finance. Market commentators note: “He is a highly qualified lawyer who is always available to assist us, has a business-oriented mindset and provides us with efficient legal solutions."

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Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini - Advogados Associados - Public Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marçal Justen Filho and Cesar Pereira
- 8 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable public law team with extensive experience advising construction, technology and transportation companies on judicial litigation and administrative proceedings before public authorities. Also valued for its expertise in non-contentious matters, providing counsel on concessions, bidding procedures and the negotiation of public contracts. Eletropaulo and Aynil Soluções are new client wins.

Strengths Market commentators endorse the team's "excellent technical quality and great client service. They boast in-depth knowledge of public law in both the contractual and litigation spheres. The department is comprised of lawyers who are references in the field of administrative law."

Work highlights Advised Rio Linhas Aéreas on the renewal of three concession contracts for the use of hangars and a patio belonging to INFRAERO.

Significant clients TCP - Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá, Construcap, OAS Engenharia e Construção, Ecoporto Santos, Log-In Logística Intermodal.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Marçal Justen Filho is widely commended by market sources as "an eminence in Brazilian public law" for his expertise advising companies hailing from the construction, pharmaceutical and IT sectors on infrastructure projects, public procurement issues and regulatory law. Peers describe him as "a reference in administrative law whose legal works are widely used in Brazilian law schools." They add: "He has a consolidated position at the top of the market for the excellence of his work."

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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados - Public Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected practice group advising on the full range of public law issues. Represents clients from the power, mining and transport sectors in administrative proceedings, the management of public contracts and the structuring of PPP and public concessions. Additionally noted for its expertise producing detailed studies on the feasibility of major projects and in high-end project financing. Harris Corporation is a new client.

Strengths Sources note: "The firm has extensive knowledge of public law issues."

Work highlights Acted as legal adviser to Harris Corporation in connection to the Procedure for Expression of Interest by the Commission for the Implementation of an Airspace Control System (CISCEA) to obtain feasibility studies for a BRL4 billion PPP for airspace traffic control.

Significant clients Comgás, Bombardier, JBIC, GE, Raízen.

Notable practitioners

Bruno Werneck is the key client contact.

Department profile by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Well-equipped team to counsel clients on a broad range of legal matters in connection with public law issues, covering regulatory and transactional matters. Advice to clients on public procurement, tenders and administrative proceedings; preparation of challenges and objections, defenses and appeals; preparation and negotiation of administrative contracts, legal opinions, studies and reports, defining strategies for companies’ conduct in connection with governmental affairs; representation of clients with Brazilian governmental authorities; modelling and structuring concessions of public services and public-partnership projects.

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Public Law

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Claudia Elena Bonelli and Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team with substantial experience conducting administrative proceedings before the regulatory authorities and handling complex sector-related disputes. Valued for its legal counsel on the privatisation of state-owned companies and on major infrastructure projects such as airports, railways, ports and toll roads. Offers significant capabilities in concession and PPP agreements, regulatory law, due diligences and the management of public contracts.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "high-quality work, availability, swift responses and distinguished client service."

Work highlights Advised Brookfield on the legal due diligence related to its USD893 million acquisition of the water and sewage business and certain industrial and waste treatment units from Odebrecht Ambiental.

Significant clients ADPM – Aéroports de Paris Management, Caterpillar, Ford, Philips, Saab.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of practice Claudia Elena Bonelli regularly advises on a wide range of administrative and regulatory issues related to the infrastructure sector. She has substantial experience assisting with bidding procedures, concessions, PPPs and governmental permits.

Up-and-coming partner Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho is noted for her experience providing counsel on public procurement, concession contracts, PPPs and compliance related to the regulated sectors. She has a solid track record advising on large-scale infrastructure projects such as airports, ports, railways and waste treatment plants.

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Aroeira Salles Advogados - Public Law

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexandre Aroeira Salles and Patrícia Guercio Teixeira Delage
- 8 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly qualified team boasting an impressive track record representing leading construction companies in administrative proceedings before the government authorities. Particularly noted for its success practising before the Federal Court of Accounts. Wider offering includes assistance with judicial litigation, bidding procedures, the management of public contracts and concession agreements.

Strengths Market commentators praise the team of "highly qualified professionals who are always up to date with legislation and are able to assist us with complex issues," and add: "The team is highly specialised and knowledgeable of bidding procedures and administrative disputes."

Work highlights Advised Construtora Norberto Odebrecht on the filing of a writ of mandamus before the Supreme Federal Court which resulted in the lifting of an order previously issued by the Federal Court of Accounts freezing over BRL2 billion of the client's assets.

Significant clients Construtora Aterpa, Andrade Gutierrez, Queiroz Galvão, FDS Engenharia de Óleo e Gás, CCR.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Alexandre Aroeira Salles is well regarded for his experience managing public contracts and representing major infrastructure companies in high-stakes administrative proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts. Clients report: "He is always well prepared for our meetings and draws on his vast knowledge of previous cases to create efficient and viable legal solutions."

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Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados - Public Law

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marcos Pulino and Milana Martins
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid public law practice with noted capabilities assisting with complex matters arising from infrastructure projects, with particular experience providing counsel on federal highway, airport and sewage concessions as well as public biddings and PPP agreements. Additional strength in project finance, the management of public contracts and administrative litigation.

Strengths Market observers comment: “The firm provides excellent legal knowledge and great client service, with senior partners regularly being directly involved in our cases.”

Work highlights Advised OHL on its participation in the bidding procedure of Auction No. 01/2016 for the concession, maintenance and exploitation of four Brazilian airports.

Significant clients GP Investments, China Offshore Oil Engineering, Arteris, Copasa, VLI – Valor da Logística Integrada.

Notable practitioners

Marcos Pulino and Milana Martins are the key client contacts.

Department profile by Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados

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Madrona Advogados - Public Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rosane Menezes Lohbauer
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team with significant experience assisting companies hailing from the mining, transport and pharmaceutical sectors. Regularly advises on PPP agreements, the negotiation of public contracts, privatisations, bidding procedures and the issuance of legal opinions related to regulatory law.

Strengths Clients note: "The team's lawyers are highly specialised and do a wonderful job in a very fast and efficient manner."

Work highlights Advised Ilumitech Construtora on the modelling of a BRL206 million PPP project to improve, operate and maintain the public lighting services in the Municipality of Salvador, State of Bahia.

Significant clients GE, Votorantim, Merck Sharp & Dohme, CBMM - Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração, Minerva.

Notable practitioners

Rosane Menezes Lohbauer is the key client contact.

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Siqueira Castro - Advogados - Public Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro and Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna
- 6 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary practice frequently called upon to assist clients from all major sectors of the economy in public bidding procedures, administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies and litigation before the Federal Court of Accounts. Employs the firm's capabilities in corporate and tax matters to advise on a broad range of issues related to the management of public contracts.

Strengths Clients observe: "The firm offers excellent technical knowledge and client service. They stand out in administrative disputes before the Federal Court of Accounts."

Work highlights Advised Rio Galeão on administrative proceedings before the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the Department of Civil Aviation of the Presidency of the Republic (SAC), commercial agreements and other matters related to the improvement of the airport's infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner Fernando Villela has substantial knowledge of regulatory issues and projects related to the energy sector. Sources describe him as "a very client-oriented lawyer who is extremely effective under pressure," and "an excellent legal professional who actively participates in our meetings and always has an answer for our complex issues."

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Veirano Advogados - Public Law

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service outfit assisting clients in the modelling of PPP, public concessions, public bidding procedures and administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies. Considerable experience advising clients from the public and private sectors in airports, ports, railways and military defence-related projects.

Strengths Clients report: “The firm offers us quality legal services. The team's professionals are highly qualified, intelligent and possess great knowledge of administrative law issues.”

Work highlights Provided legal counsel to Cais Mauá on day-to-day issues and administrative proceedings related to its revitalisation of the Porto Alegre city harbour.

Significant clients GMP Architekten, Usiminas, VTTI, Enaval Engenharia Naval e Offshore.

Notable practitioners

Michele Lyra is the key client contact.

Department profile by Veirano Advogados

To support our clients in projects that involve the public sector, where complex public law matters arise, Veirano Advogados has built a substantial practice in government and regulatory law.

We offer diversified services, including:

• Conceiving and structuring projects in public–private partnerships and public service concessions
• Consultancy on concession agreements, permissions and authorizations
• Monitoring and challenging competitive bid processes
• Assessing and defending client interests in a range of administrative procedures, including those within the scope of regulatory agencies

Our government and regulatory law practice has a long history in projects pertaining to the private sector and government agencies in key segments of the Brazilian economy, such as:

• Airports
• Military defense
• Oil and gas public procurement
• Ports
• Roads and railroads concessions
• Urban transport and mobility
• Water and sewer utilities
• Initiatives related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, encompassing the construction of arenas, parks, and villages

We also represent our clients in administrative or judicial proceedings before both governmental agencies and judicial courts, including the Courts of Accounts. In addition, our team has significant experience in rulemaking and the judicial review of administrative decisions before state and federal courts.

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Veirano´s Public Law team is integrated by a number of lawyers with great expertize in different matters related to Public Law. We have a team with long-term experience in modelling and structuring infrastructure projects such as public-private partnerships of many kinds and public utilities concessions and permits.

The firm’s advice in such projects involve the analysis of regulatory risks, coordination of clients’ participation on bidding processes, administrative procedures, relations with regulatory authorities, administrative and judicial litigation etc.

The firm’s experience in this area is quite extensive, covering different fields of infrastructure projects.

We have a team used to assist national and international clients participating in public bids, with great experience and knowledge on the different proceedings allowed by the Brazilian Legislation. Our history of services rendered on bids encompasses some of the major infrastructure projects, such as airports, road concessions, refineries, and stadiums.

We also represent clients internationally with the support of a broad network of key partners and relationships around the world, including members of top legal organizations like World Services Group (WSG).

German Desk

The Firm’s German Desk consists of a team of 14 attorneys fluent in German, which offer a wealth of experience and services to companies from the German speaking world, helping them achieve their business objectives in Brazil.

In the other direction, with the support of colleagues from the German speaking world, we assist Brazilian companies, in the protection of their interests and investments in countries, such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Some of the characteristics that make our Desk unique in the market include:

• Former experience as in-house within multinationals and as attorneys at leading German law firms
• Thorough understanding of German law, as well as German, Austrian and Swiss business environment, ethics and corporate governance
• Profound expertise in Brazilian law
• Depending on the necessities of each client, can function as a one stop full service firm for certain projects, act as a “virtual” legal department for those that do not have their own department, or render advice on particular cases and matters of interest

Whilst the head of our Desk is licensed to practice law in Germany, most of our Brazilian members have concluded part of their law degrees in Germany. Hence, they gained professional fluency in the German language and proximity to the German legal system and business mindset.

Track Record

Veirano Advogados has been providing a vast array of legal advice to German clients in Brazil, as well as to Brazilian clients invested in the German speaking world and in their commercial relations with German parties.


Senior Statesmen

Celso Antônio Bandeira de Mello

Celso Antônio Bandeira de Mello

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prestigious sole practitioner and professor Celso Antônio Bandeira de Mello receives widespread recognition for his long-standing career in public law. Peers say: "He is one of the greatest names of Brazilian public law and is responsible for the main book used to teach administrative law in the country." They add: "He is an important reference, advises on government contracts and bidding procedures, and is often sought out to provide legal opinions on complex matters." 

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Marçal Justen Filho

Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini - Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Marçal Justen Filho is widely commended by market sources as "an eminence in Brazilian public law" for his expertise advising companies hailing from the construction, pharmaceutical and IT sectors on infrastructure projects, public procurement issues and regulatory law. Peers describe him as "a reference in administrative law whose legal works are widely used in Brazilian law schools." They add: "He has a consolidated position at the top of the market for the excellence of his work."

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Floriano Peixoto de Azevedo Marques Neto

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources commend highly respected founding partner Floriano Peixoto de Azevedo Marques Neto as "one of the greatest authorities on public law," and "a reference." Clients add: "He has been playing an important role in the Brazilian infrastructure market regarding the concession of highways and is regularly active in the development of new legal arguments before the regulatory agencies." Marques Neto has vast knowledge of corporate, administrative and regulatory law, and frequently advises companies on the new anti-corruption legislation of Brazil.

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Carlos Ari Sundfeld

Sundfeld Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Deeply respected founding partner Carlos Ari Sundfeld is described by peers as “a great reference in the public law sphere who is always sought out to advise on the most complex cases.” Sundfeld is admired for his academic contributions to the sector and for his extensive knowledge of Brazil's administrative and regulatory frameworks. Sources commend him as "a truly great lawyer and the go-to name for legal opinions related to administrative law."

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José Virgílio Lopes Enei

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired partner José Virgílio Lopes Enei specialises in project finance, M&A and PPP in regulated industries such as the oil and gas, power and transport sectors. Sources describe him as “an authority in matters related to contractual agreements and public law.” They add: "He is a highly knowledgeable lawyer who is very creative and communicates very well with his clients."

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Sundfeld Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner and professor Vera Monteiro has substantial experience providing counsel on administrative matters related to public concessions and the structuring of PPP contracts in the waste treatment and underground transportation sectors. Sources say: "She is a very good practitioner who capably provides administrative-related legal opinions."

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Jacintho Arruda Câmara

Sundfeld Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jacintho Arruda Câmara is noted for his expertise in consultancy matters related to public concessions, PPP and government contracts. Peers consider him "a great reference as an academic."

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Claudia Elena Bonelli

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of practice Claudia Elena Bonelli regularly advises on a wide range of administrative and regulatory issues related to the infrastructure sector. She has substantial experience assisting with bidding procedures, concessions, PPPs and governmental permits.

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Bruno Francisco Cabral Aurélio

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Bruno Francisco Cabral Aurélio of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown is noted for his active public law practice. Sources attest: "He is very dedicated to clients and is a real asset due to his knowledge of both consultancy and contentious matters related to public law." He often advises on PPPs, bidding procedures and administrative litigation.

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Arap, Nishi & Uyeda Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rodnei Iazzetta offers knowledge of administrative and regulatory law to advise on infrastructure projects, public bidding procedures and PPP. Sources describe him as an "extremely competent and solicitous professional who boasts great knowledge and expertise in the public law sphere." They add: "He is an excellent and practical professional who always remains available to clients."  

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Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto

Pereira Neto | Macedo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto is an expert in antitrust and regulatory matters. He is experienced assisting companies and government agencies with administrative projects involving the telecoms, transport and construction industries. Sources report: "He is an extremely sharp and precise lawyer who provides us with thorough and well-researched legal advice." They add: "He has a great deal of experience in the regulatory sector."

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Maurício Portugal Ribeiro

Portugal Ribeiro Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Maurício Portugal Ribeiro of Portugal Ribeiro Advogados capably advises on the management of public contracts and the regulatory aspects of projects related to the telecommunications, electric energy, transport and healthcare sectors. Clients describe him as "an extremely competent lawyer who has an impressive command of public law legislation." Peers add: "He has a vast knowledge of administrative issues and excellent technical know-how."

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Letícia Queiroz de Andrade

Queiroz Maluf Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Letícia Queiroz de Andrade of Queiroz Maluf Sociedade de Advogados "strives to get the best deal for her clients and understands the latest trends in the public law sphere." Sources single out her expertise advising on concession contracts and regulatory issues related to highway projects. She also advises on the structuring of infrastructure projects and public procurement issues.

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Massami Uyeda Junior

Arap, Nishi & Uyeda Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Massami Uyeda Junior enjoys recognition from sources for his long-standing track record in the public law sector. He is particularly noted for his expertise in public concessions, project finance, bidding procedures and the structuring of high-end PPP contracts. Interviewees say: "He has a profound understanding of administrative law," and "provides great client service."

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Alexandre Aroeira Salles

Aroeira Salles Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Alexandre Aroeira Salles is well regarded for his experience managing public contracts and representing major infrastructure companies in high-stakes administrative proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts. Clients report: "He is always well prepared for our meetings and draws on his vast knowledge of previous cases to create efficient and viable legal solutions."

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Frederico Bopp Dieterich

Azevedo Sette Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Frederico Bopp Dieterich draws on over 25 years of experience assisting major construction companies and public bodies in complex transactions involving public law, infrastructure, PPPs and project finance.  Market commentators note: “He is a highly qualified lawyer who is always available to assist us, has a business-oriented mindset and provides us with efficient legal solutions."

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Levy of Pinheiro Neto Advogados is well known for his assistance with bidding procedures and administrative litigation before the public authorities. He also counsels on public procurement, concessions, PPP agreements and the management of public contracts.

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Marcos Augusto Perez

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected co-head of department and professor Marcos Augusto Perez is noted for his experience advising on bidding procedures related to the telecommunications sector. He regularly provides counsel on administrative, regulatory, tax and corporate issues. Sources describe him as "an important and well-known lawyer in this sphere." 

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Newly promoted partner Lucas Sant'anna focuses on public tenders, administrative contracts and the structuring of PPPs. He advises on regulatory issues related to mining, transport and waste treatment projects. Clients report: "His ability to come up with solutions to complex issues continues to surprise me." They add: "He pays a great deal of attention to clients and has demonstrated valuable legal knowledge."

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Fernando Vernalha Guimarães

Vernalha Guimarães & Pereira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees praise founding partner Fernando Vernalha Guimarães of Vernalha Guimarães & Pereira Advogados  as "a very good lawyer focused on the issuance of complex legal opinions," adding: "He is a well-recognised name within the public law arena." Vernalha Guimarães is a professor of administrative law and is particularly well versed in the structuring of PPP agreements.

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SABZ Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner and head of practice Kleber Zanchim of SABZ Advogados is singled out for his expertise in the construction sector. Sources enthuse: "He is very result-oriented, well recognised in the market and boasts solid experience in public law issues." Peers add: "He is active on behalf of large construction companies in the modelling of large-scale projects."  

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Up and Coming

Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho is noted for her experience providing counsel on public procurement, concession contracts, PPPs and compliance related to the regulated sectors. She has a solid track record advising on large-scale infrastructure projects such as airports, ports, railways and waste treatment plants.

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Up and Coming

Mateus Piva Adami

Pereira Neto | Macedo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mateus Piva Adami has substantial experience assisting telecommunications companies with a range of antitrust, regulatory and public law matters. Clients describe him as a "detail-oriented and thorough lawyer," whose "valuable work has allowed us to achieve favourable results during negotiations before the public authorities."  

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Up and Coming

Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna

Siqueira Castro - Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Fernando Villela has substantial knowledge of regulatory issues and projects related to the energy sector. Sources describe him as "a very client-oriented lawyer who is extremely effective under pressure," and "an excellent legal professional who actively participates in our meetings and always has an answer for our complex issues."

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