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Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas — Brazil


Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dominant practice group with outstanding transactional and regulatory capabilities. Team is often retained by E&Ps, distributors, service providers, banks and private equity funds for its expertise in high-end M&A and project finance transactions. Notable track record in asset purchases, corporate restructurings, taxation mandates and a range of sector-related litigation.

Notable practitioners

Market sources commend head of department Giovani Loss as "a brilliant and extremely well-prepared lawyer who has extensive experience in the oil sector," adding: "He is a real problem-solver." They also say that "he is an excellent professional" who has "great experience in oil and gas-related M&A deals." He routinely provides counsel on regulatory issues and high-end M&A deals related to the oil and gas sector. Loss is qualified to practise in New York and has recognised expertise in US-related mandates.

Up-and-coming partner Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres has significant experience in M&A transactions related to the oil and gas and biofuel sectors. He is also noted for his experience advising on exploration and production projects. Clients praise him as "a highly knowledgeable practitioner who is always seeking the best solution for clients." Feres is admitted to practice in both Brazil and New York.

Associate-to-watch Nilton Gomes de Mattos Neto is appreciated by clients, who report: "He is a highly knowledgeable associate who is already very experienced in the oil sector," adding: "Nilton is always available, anticipates what we need and can thus support us in a swifter and more efficient manner." He holds an LLM from King's College London and previously worked as an international associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Associate-to-watch Danielle Ludwig actively advises on the drafting of contracts, the structure of corporate transactions and the acquisition of assets in the oil and gas sector. Clients describe her as "a very intelligent lawyer who is highly knowledgeable and knows how to deal with foreign clients."

About the Team (content provided by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados)

Advice to clients involved in oil exploration, production, distribution, transportation of natural gas and related services, as well as private equity firms and commercial banks, on transactions, regulatory and technical matters typical to the industry.

Services include: incorporation of new businesses in Brazil and registration with Brazilian authorities; legal assistance with respect to all segments of the petroleum sector, including exploration, development, exploitation, refining, distribution, marketing, and import and export of crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and its derivative products; preparation and negotiation of a wide range of agreements, including joint operating agreements (JOA), unitization agreements, farm-out agreements, off-take agreements, onshore and offshore drilling agreements, fuel and petroleum by-products distribution agreements, construction, equipment supply, natural gas supply and transportation agreements; legal advice in connection with acquisition of equity interest in oil & gas companies, including preparation of due diligence reports and drafting of share purchase and shareholders agreements; legal advice and assistance regarding all phases of bid procedures for granting of concessions and production sharing agreements for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Brazil.

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Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely admired practice with long-standing experience in the development of upstream, midstream and downstream projects. Impressive track record assisting E&P companies with farm-in and farm-out transactions, involving onshore, offshore, exploratory, development and production fields. Increasingly advises on LNG importation, regasification and the distribution of natural gas. Firm is part of the international alliance MC Valois Miranda.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators laud name partner Rogério Sobral de Miranda as "one of the most experienced practitioners in this field" who is "very strong on the regulatory side and is very knowledgeable about every aspect of the Brazilian oil and gas industry." They add: "He shows fantastic legal knowledge and analyses our issues by placing himself in the client's shoes." He has over 25 years of experience representing clients in major M&A, joint ventures and project finance transactions related to the oil and gas, power and mining sectors.

Head of the Rio de Janeiro office Paulo Valois Pires expertly advises national and international oil companies, financial institutions and suppliers in high-end transactions related to the sector. He has a wealth of experience assisting clients with the construction of pipelines, LNG projects and tax-related issues. Interviewees commend him as "an extremely experienced lawyer in complex negotiations" and "one of the best oil and gas lawyers in Brazil." They add: "He is a reference who is able to identify the current and future issues of a company." Valois Pires is also admitted to practice in Portugal.

Highly reputed founding partner Sonia Agel enjoys a superb reputation for her long-standing experience in oil and gas regulatory matters. She also draws praise for her extensive knowledge of sector-related administrative and judicial litigation. Market sources observe: "She helped to build the oil and gas industry we have today."

Senior statesman Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira is widely respected for his long-standing experience in the gas industry. Interviewees deeply respect his vast contributions to the market.

Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco advises domestic and foreign oil companies on regulatory, contractual and tax issues. He is recognised as a specialist in the full range of upstream, downstream and midstream transactions. Clients describe him as "an extremely competent lawyer who is personally involved in our cases and is always available to help." They add: "He has a valuable understanding of the oil trade and provides us with practical advice."

About the Team (content provided by Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel)

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel acts in projects involving all sectors of the oil and gas industry from the wellhead to the customer. The firm represents clients with business in upstream, midstream and downstream activities in Brazil and other jurisdictions. The firm represents companies in the Brazil Bid Rounds promoted by the Petroleum Agency under concession and production sharing regimes. It assists oil companies (IOCs, NOCs, operators, and non-operators) and investment funds in farm-in and farm-out transactions as well as in joint operating agreements and joint bidding agreements. The firm’s advice covers tax as well as legal issues. The firm is recognized for assisting clients in sophisticated unitization procedures and complex regulatory and contractual work related to concession and production sharing regimes. Its work also involves downstream acquisitions and restructuring including oil refineries and gas station brands and networks, as well as assistance in the marketing and distribution of petroleum by-products. 



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Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed firm with strong international capabilities and an impressive track record in high-end upstream and downstream transactions. Admired for its regulatory practice with noted strength in assisting with cross-border tax issues. Broad practice includes farm-in and farm-out deals, corporate restructuring, labour work and disputes representation. Additionally valued for its experience in large-scale LNG projects. Team maintains a cross-border presence with significant involvement in the oil and gas industry of lusophone Africa.

Notable practitioners

Highly experienced managing partner Alexandre Chequer is the global head of Mayer Brown's oil and gas team. He draws on his extensive track record to advise on major hydrocarbons projects. Clients describe him as "an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer who has provided us with brilliant and pragmatic advice," adding: "He is very responsive and has delivered on every single occasion." Market sources go on to say: "He is one of the most renowned lawyers in the oil and gas market." Chequer has a wealth of experience advising on mandates across Latin America and Africa with particular expertise in the Angolan market.

Partner Victor Galante has significant experience in corporate law, project development and M&A deals in the oil and gas sectors. Interviewees describe him as "a highly intelligent lawyer." Recent mandates included advising Total on the due diligence and negotiations related to its potential acquisition of key offshore E&P and downstream assets from Petrobras. Galante has experience working in African jurisdictions including Mozambique, Angola and Guinea.

Bruno Belchior is noted for his expertise in joint ventures, E&P contracts and the structuring of sector-related project finance transactions. Clients say: "He stands out for his knowledge of the biofuel market and the positive client relationships he develops." They add: "He is a proactive lawyer who has obtained favourable results for our company."

Gonçalo Falcão focuses on international taxation and corporate matters related to the oil and gas industry. He has an established track record advising exploration companies with operations in lusophone Africa. He is licensed to practise in both Brazil and Portugal.

Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon advises on the acquisition of onshore and offshore assets, the purchase and divestment of shares, concession contracts and production sharing agreements. Sources praise him as "a sharp lawyer with great leadership skills who highly impressed our regional president with the depth of his knowledge and ability to associate this to our company's legal matters."

About the Team (content provided by Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown)

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has an outstanding reputation as a leading energy law firm in Brazil with a long-standing presence and active participation in the oil and gas market. Some of our lawyers have been contributing to the development of the Brazilian oil & gas sector for over 40 years.

We regularly advise national and international oil companies, oil field services companies, natural and liquid gas pipeline companies, LNG project developers, petrochemical companies and refiners, transportation and marketing companies as well as host of governments, lenders and investors in matters involving: Finance (including project finance) and capital markets; Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures; Corporate governance; Environmental and regulatory compliance; Labor and employment issues; Dispute resolution and international arbitration; Mineral and property rights; Tax planning; Intellectual property; Antitrust; Outsourcing, and; Bankruptcy and insolvency.

We have represented clients in their acquisitions and sales of substantial properties, both undeveloped and those already producing oil and gas, as well as mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, production financing, general corporate planning and intellectual property matters. We also advise clients in connection with operational issues, title matters, leasing, regulatory compliance, tax matters, international arbitration, litigation and a broad range of other legal matters.

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Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International) - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected team advising major production and exploration companies on transactional mandates. Recognised for its expertise assisting clients with the financing and development of oil and gas projects, including regulatory issues and bidding rounds. Capably provides counsel on preventive anti-corruption measures in the oil and gas sector in tandem with the firm's leading compliance group.

Notable practitioners

Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois is well known for her extensive track record in domestic and multi-jurisdictional oil and gas projects and is well equipped to advise on the structure of financial arrangements, sector-related contracts and M&A deals. She is also noted for her capabilities representing major industry players in oil and gas disputes. Sources consider her "an icon of the oil and gas market." Valois also has experience advising on upstream oil and gas mandates in Mexico and Peru.

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Veirano Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished team with long-standing experience catering to clients from the upstream and downstream spheres. Regularly advises on M&A in the E&P sector, farm-in and farm-out deals, oil block auctions and tender procedures for the hiring of services. Collaborates with the firm's tax, environmental and dispute resolution groups to provide a multidisciplinary service.

Notable practitioners

Pedro Andrés Garcia is the key contact for clients.

Since publication, Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco has left the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Veirano Advogados)

For over 30 years, Veirano Advogados has been providing legal advisory services to the oil and gas sector within all branches of Brazilian law. Our practice takes a multidisciplinary approach to meet the demands of clients engaged in the oil and gas production chain, among them exploration and production companies, suppliers of specialized goods and services, and companies involved in transporting, marketing, importing, and exporting oil and gas, LNG, and their byproducts, as well as biofuels.

With a national and international reputation for legal services in this industry, our services include:

• Assistance in IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and the purchase of interest in onshore and offshore concessions (farm-in and farm-out)
• Creation and review of investment structures
• Due diligence
• Preparation of advisory reports

We also assist our clients in designing project financing structures with public or private national and international institutions for the construction of oil rigs, platforms, and vessels.

Veirano offers guidance in preparing and negotiating the wide range of contracts characteristic of the sector:

• Contracts for marketing, distribution, and sales activities
• Joint bid agreements
• Joint operating agreements
• Production unitization, services, and equipment lease agreements

We have extensive experience in tax planning for oil and gas companies and tax regimes in Brazil, particularly REPETRO. As well with respect to the licensing of activities regulated by the ANP.



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Vieira Rezende - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly experienced team with a strong track record in the upstream and shipping-offshore markets. Often retained for its knowledge of regulatory and transactional matters. Frequently represents companies in discussions with the state and federal bodies. Also assists clients with farm-in and farm-out transactions, bidding rounds and tax and customs issues.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Daniela Ribeiro Davila has experience advising Brazilian and international oil companies on ANP auctions and the structuring of partnerships for the exploration and production of petroleum and natural gas. She also has knowledge of charter and operation contracts for drilling, production and support of maritime units. Clients describe her as "a sensational lawyer who is very proactive and deals with all the issues in this sector."

Veteran practitioner José Carlos Ribeiro Filho has over 50 years of experience representing oil and gas companies. He recently advised stakeholders on significant legislative changes in the industry.

Foreign expert Joyce Souza Jacobsen focuses on contracts, shipping law and oil and gas-related mandates. She undertook an LLM in Maritime Law at the University of Oslo in Norway and worked as an associate for six years at respected local firm Wikborg Rein.

Since publication, Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon has left the practice.

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Campos Mello Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active practice group offering a wide range of services to clients in the oil and gas sector. Team regularly assists offshore service providers and oil rig companies with transactional mandates, tax issues and labour matters. Clients also benefit from the firm's cooperation agreement with international firm DLA Piper.

Notable practitioners

"Extremely business-oriented" partner David Meiler draws on his valuable experience in the field to advise drilling contractors and suppliers on offshore and onshore drilling projects, charter and services agreements as well as tax and customs issues. Clients note: "He has excellent interpersonal skills and a deep knowledge of the oil and gas sector," adding: "I know I can rely on his advice to overcome the challenges I face in my day-to-day activities." Meiler has previously worked as an associate at Steel Hector & Davis LLP.

Leonardo Costa is well regarded for his expertise in cross-border project development, joint venture and M&A transactions on behalf of multinational E&P companies. He is also noted for his sector-related international arbitration practice. Market sources describe him as "a highly intelligent lawyer" who has "a great deal of experience and is very hands-on." Costa frequently advises on sector-related projects involving Angola and Guinea-Bissau.

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogado - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm admired for its impressive project finance capabilities in the oil and gas sector. Team is regularly involved in both downstream and upstream market deals and provides counsel on commercial contracts, regulatory issues and restructurings. Well equipped to advise E&Ps on high-end offshore asset transactions.

Notable practitioners

Head of the Rio office Maurício Teixeira dos Santos specialises in farm-in and farm-out transactions and financing for the construction of gas pipelines and E&P vessels. Clients praise him as "a very experienced professional" and "an excellent lawyer" who has "an incredible theoretical background which he skilfully combines with relevant practical experience."

Rafael Baptista Baleroni concentrates on project finance, M&A and bankruptcy. He is active in transactions involving the shipping sector and offshore oil assets. Interviewees describe him as "a highly focused lawyer who has consistently provided us with sound advice." They add: "He is an objective professional with a strong knowledge of M&A transactions."

About the Team (content provided by Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogado)

Cescon Barrieu’s Oil and Gas team has extensive and comprehensive knowledge of the entire production chain of the sector and in-depth expertise in dealing with its main players. It assists clients in structured financings, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters, capital markets transactions and commercial negotiations in all oil and gas industry segments. The team works closely with other practice areas to provide highest-level advice.

The department is at the vanguard of financing structures in the Oil and Gas sector. It advised in multiple “first of” financings that were landmarks in Brazil, in different segments: exploration and production, transportation and distribution pipelines, drillships, FPSOs, petrochemical facilities. Deals that the firm advised in the Oil and Gas sector have received 16 “Deal of the Year” awards by different international publications.

The team is very active in M&A and capital markets transactions. The M&A expertise is sought after whenever a transaction is strategic and the stakes are high. Be it a farm-in/out, a joint venture or a corporate transaction, it brings sophisticated advice to the most complex and challenging transactions. In capital markets transactions, the oi and gas expertise is critical to achieve challenging deadlines and face industry specific issues.

Clients include major and independent oil and gas companies, services providers, financial institutions and sponsors.

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Demarest Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its strong practice in tax, disputes and day-to-day regulatory issues. Also advises on M&A, farm-in and farm-out, commercial agreements and restructuring procedures on behalf of major players from the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Benefits from its full-service profile to offer clients multidisciplinary capabilities in the sector.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida advises on farm-outs, M&A and project finance transactions in the oil and gas sector. He is further noted for his expertise in corporate law and regulatory issues. Clients remark: "He is highly knowledgeable of the gas sector, shows great dedication and provides us with swift solutions." They add: "He is a hands-on professional who capably translates Brazilian issues to foreign investors." He is admitted to practice in both Brazil and New York and previously worked at Sidley Austin.

About the Team (content provided by Demarest Advogados)

The Oil & Gas area is formed by highly qualified professionals with an extensive national and international experience. Our team is able to assist our clients in each stage of the Oil & Gas industry.

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Demarest's Oil & Gas team works very close to our main clients and regulatory agency.

Among the activities of Demarest's Oil & Gas area, the following stand out:

  • Consulting services in all legal areas connected with the industry, especially corporate, contract, tax, environmental and, above all, regulatory matters;​P​articipation in bid rounds conducted by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP);
  • Assistance in the formation of consortium and preparation of typical agreements for the exploitation and production activities;
  • Representation of our clients before ANP and other Brazilians governmental entities;
  • Participation in transactions for acquisition of concessionaires, assignment of concession rights (farm-in/farm-out) and related contracts;
  • Assistance in the drafting of services and supply agreements in different stages of the Oil & Gas industry;
  • Structuring of financing and large engineering projects (“EPC”)

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Faveret | Lampert Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique firm respected for its experienced team of practitioners. Notable capabilities advising energy companies on natural gas and power generation projects as well as major project finance transactions. Highly active in the structuring of gas-to-power projects and additionally offers ample knowledge of regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners

José Roberto Faveret Cavalcanti draws on his experience as former general counsel of a leading oil company to advise on large-scale projects. He specialises in project finance and M&A, as well as sector-related commercial litigation and tax issues. Clients describe him as "one of the most experienced lawyers in the country with extensive experience working for both private companies and the public administration." They add: "He is a true ally for our company, whose counsel we fully trust."

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice - Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for One-stop shop noted for its corporate and transactional expertise including M&A, divestitures, restructuring and project finance mandates. Well regarded for its regulatory practice and advice on industry-related contractual and tax matters. Client portfolio is made up of leading financial institutions as well as domestic and international oil and gas giants.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner Daniel Szyfman provides counsel to oil and gas companies on complex cross-border transactions such as M&A. He offers additional experience in sector-related regulatory matters. Clients note: "He provides intelligent legal advice with a pragmatic and business-oriented approach." They add: "He is a high-quality professional who provided us with all the necessary assistance regardless of the time of day or of the required deadlines." Szyfman previously worked as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

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Senior Statesperson

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly reputed founding partner Sonia Agel enjoys a superb reputation for her long-standing experience in oil and gas regulatory matters. She also draws praise for her extensive knowledge of sector-related administrative and judicial litigation. Market sources observe: "She helped to build the oil and gas industry we have today."

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Senior Statesperson

Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior statesman Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira is widely respected for his long-standing experience in the gas industry. Interviewees deeply respect his vast contributions to the market.

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Senior Statesperson

Roberto dos Santos Carneiro

Böing • Gleich Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior statesman Roberto dos Santos Carneiro of Böing • Gleich Advogados is recognised for his long-standing practice in the oil and gas sphere. Market commentators laud his commitment to the industry, noting: "He has dedicated his entire career to working in this field."

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Senior Statesperson

José Carlos Ribeiro Filho

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Global guide

Veteran practitioner José Carlos Ribeiro Filho has over 50 years of experience representing oil and gas companies. He recently advised stakeholders on significant legislative changes in the industry.

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Senior Statesperson

Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro

Barbosa, Raimundo, Gontijo e Câmara Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro of Barbosa, Raimundo, Gontijo e Câmara Advogados is respected by market commentators for her established practice in the hydrocarbons sector. Peers also note her strong academic profile and impressive intellectual capabilities.

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Alexandre R Chequer

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly experienced managing partner Alexandre Chequer is the global head of Mayer Brown's oil and gas team. He draws on his extensive track record to advise on major hydrocarbons projects. Clients describe him as "an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer who has provided us with brilliant and pragmatic advice," adding: "He is very responsive and has delivered on every single occasion." Market sources go on to say: "He is one of the most renowned lawyers in the oil and gas market." Chequer has a wealth of experience advising on mandates across Latin America and Africa with particular expertise in the Angolan market.

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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources commend head of department Giovani Loss as "a brilliant and extremely well-prepared lawyer who has extensive experience in the oil sector," adding: "He is a real problem-solver." They also say that "he is an excellent professional" who has "great experience in oil and gas-related M&A deals." He routinely provides counsel on regulatory issues and high-end M&A deals related to the oil and gas sector. Loss is qualified to practise in New York and has recognised expertise in US-related mandates.

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Rogério Sobral de Miranda

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators laud name partner Rogério Sobral de Miranda as "one of the most experienced practitioners in this field" who is "very strong on the regulatory side and is very knowledgeable about every aspect of the Brazilian oil and gas industry." They add: "He shows fantastic legal knowledge and analyses our issues by placing himself in the client's shoes." He has over 25 years of experience representing clients in major M&A, joint ventures and project finance transactions related to the oil and gas, power and mining sectors.

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Paulo Valois Pires

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the Rio de Janeiro office Paulo Valois Pires expertly advises national and international oil companies, financial institutions and suppliers in high-end transactions related to the sector. He has a wealth of experience assisting clients with the construction of pipelines, LNG projects and tax-related issues. Interviewees commend him as "an extremely experienced lawyer in complex negotiations" and "one of the best oil and gas lawyers in Brazil." They add: "He is a reference who is able to identify the current and future issues of a company." Valois Pires is also admitted to practice in Portugal.

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Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel

From the Chambers Global guide

Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco advises domestic and foreign oil companies on regulatory, contractual and tax issues. He is recognised as a specialist in the full range of upstream, downstream and midstream transactions. Clients describe him as "an extremely competent lawyer who is personally involved in our cases and is always available to help." They add: "He has a valuable understanding of the oil trade and provides us with practical advice."

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Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Global guide

Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois is well known for her extensive track record in domestic and multi-jurisdictional oil and gas projects and is well equipped to advise on the structure of financial arrangements, sector-related contracts and M&A deals. She is also noted for her capabilities representing major industry players in oil and gas disputes. Sources consider her "an icon of the oil and gas market." Valois also has experience advising on upstream oil and gas mandates in Mexico and Peru.

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Daniela Ribeiro Davila

Vieira Rezende

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of department Daniela Ribeiro Davila has experience advising Brazilian and international oil companies on ANP auctions and the structuring of partnerships for the exploration and production of petroleum and natural gas. She also has knowledge of charter and operation contracts for drilling, production and support of maritime units. Clients describe her as "a sensational lawyer who is very proactive and deals with all the issues in this sector."

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Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon advises on the acquisition of onshore and offshore assets, the purchase and divestment of shares, concession contracts and production sharing agreements. Sources praise him as "a sharp lawyer with great leadership skills who highly impressed our regional president with the depth of his knowledge and ability to associate this to our company's legal matters."

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Campos Mello Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

"Extremely business-oriented" partner David Meiler draws on his valuable experience in the field to advise drilling contractors and suppliers on offshore and onshore drilling projects, charter and services agreements as well as tax and customs issues. Clients note: "He has excellent interpersonal skills and a deep knowledge of the oil and gas sector," adding: "I know I can rely on his advice to overcome the challenges I face in my day-to-day activities." Meiler has previously worked as an associate at Steel Hector & Davis LLP.

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Band 3

Maurício Teixeira dos Santos

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogado

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the Rio office Maurício Teixeira dos Santos specialises in farm-in and farm-out transactions and financing for the construction of gas pipelines and E&P vessels. Clients praise him as "a very experienced professional" and "an excellent lawyer" who has "an incredible theoretical background which he skilfully combines with relevant practical experience."

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Band 4

Rafael Baptista Baleroni

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogado

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Rafael Baptista Baleroni concentrates on project finance, M&A and bankruptcy. He is active in transactions involving the shipping sector and offshore oil assets. Interviewees describe him as "a highly focused lawyer who has consistently provided us with sound advice." They add: "He is an objective professional with a strong knowledge of M&A transactions."

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Band 4

Campos Mello Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Leonardo Costa is well regarded for his expertise in cross-border project development, joint venture and M&A transactions on behalf of multinational E&P companies. He is also noted for his sector-related international arbitration practice. Market sources describe him as "a highly intelligent lawyer" who has "a great deal of experience and is very hands-on." Costa frequently advises on sector-related projects involving Angola and Guinea-Bissau.

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Band 4

Di Cillo Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Roberto Di Cillo of Di Cillo Advogados is well known for his experience in the industry having worked as in-house legal counsel. He assists clients with oil block auctions and industry contracts. Interviewees consider him "a very good and truly intelligent lawyer" with "extensive experience in the oil and gas industry."

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Band 4

Dittrich Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Pedro Dittrich of Dittrich Advogados provides solid regulatory advice in the oil and gas and biofuel sectors. He has previously served as an audit board member at energy companies and has extensive experience as a legal adviser in gas matters. Sources describe him as "an experienced professional" who is "highly valued for his regulatory expertise."

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Band 4

José Roberto Faveret Cavalcanti

Faveret | Lampert Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

José Roberto Faveret Cavalcanti draws on his experience as former general counsel of a leading oil company to advise on large-scale projects. He specialises in project finance and M&A, as well as sector-related commercial litigation and tax issues. Clients describe him as "one of the most experienced lawyers in the country with extensive experience working for both private companies and the public administration." They add: "He is a true ally for our company, whose counsel we fully trust."

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Band 4

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Victor Galante has significant experience in corporate law, project development and M&A deals in the oil and gas sectors. Interviewees describe him as "a highly intelligent lawyer." Recent mandates included advising Total on the due diligence and negotiations related to its potential acquisition of key offshore E&P and downstream assets from Petrobras. Galante has experience working in African jurisdictions including Mozambique, Angola and Guinea.

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Band 4

Luis Antonio Menezes Da Silva

Felsberg Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Luis Antonio Menezes Da Silva of Felsberg Advogados is noted for his transactional experience in the oil and gas sector. He advises upstream and downstream companies on contractual issues and bidding rounds, in addition to regulatory matters. One client endorses his practice, saying: "He is a trustworthy practitioner who is always available and can think strategically."

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Up and Coming

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown

From the Chambers Global guide

Bruno Belchior is noted for his expertise in joint ventures, E&P contracts and the structuring of sector-related project finance transactions. Clients say: "He stands out for his knowledge of the biofuel market and the positive client relationships he develops." They add: "He is a proactive lawyer who has obtained favourable results for our company."

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Up and Coming

João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida advises on farm-outs, M&A and project finance transactions in the oil and gas sector. He is further noted for his expertise in corporate law and regulatory issues. Clients remark: "He is highly knowledgeable of the gas sector, shows great dedication and provides us with swift solutions." They add: "He is a hands-on professional who capably translates Brazilian issues to foreign investors." He is admitted to practice in both Brazil and New York and previously worked at Sidley Austin.

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Up and Coming

Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres has significant experience in M&A transactions related to the oil and gas and biofuel sectors. He is also noted for his experience advising on exploration and production projects. Clients praise him as "a highly knowledgeable practitioner who is always seeking the best solution for clients." Feres is admitted to practice in both Brazil and New York.

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Up and Coming

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming partner Daniel Szyfman provides counsel to oil and gas companies on complex cross-border transactions such as M&A. He offers additional experience in sector-related regulatory matters. Clients note: "He provides intelligent legal advice with a pragmatic and business-oriented approach." They add: "He is a high-quality professional who provided us with all the necessary assistance regardless of the time of day or of the required deadlines." Szyfman previously worked as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

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Associates to watch

Nilton Gomes de Mattos Neto

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Nilton Gomes de Mattos Neto is appreciated by clients, who report: "He is a highly knowledgeable associate who is already very experienced in the oil sector," adding: "Nilton is always available, anticipates what we need and can thus support us in a swifter and more efficient manner." He holds an LLM from King's College London and previously worked as an international associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Associates to watch

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Associate-to-watch Danielle Ludwig actively advises on the drafting of contracts, the structure of corporate transactions and the acquisition of assets in the oil and gas sector. Clients describe her as "a very intelligent lawyer who is highly knowledgeable and knows how to deal with foreign clients."

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