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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining — Brazil

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 3 partners
– 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent mining team with in-depth specialisation and a strong focus on regulatory matters, much admired for its capacity to provide highly sophisticated legal opinions. Regularly called upon to assist a global clientele with complex transactional work and litigation cases. Client roster includes mining companies operating within key commodity sectors such as iron ore, nickel and phosphates.

Strengths 

"Lobo & Ibeas is an excellent firm – they are outstanding in this field." 

"The firm is excellent, and has particular expertise in mining regulation."

Work highlights Advised Anglo American on the preparation of the divestment of its phosphates and niobium assets in Brazil, worth an estimated USD1 billion in total.

Notable practitioners  

Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba is lauded for his long-standing expertise in the mining industry. He advises on new legislation and provides legal opinion on high-end matters for both domestic and international clients. "He is incredibly experienced and has in-depth knowledge of the market," an interviewee asserts.  

Daniela Bessone Barbosa Moreira is considered to have solid knowledge of regulatory matters. Market sources comment on her dedication to mining mandates, with an interviewee going on to remark: "I am impressed by her technical abilities." 

Significant clients Alumina, Eurasian Resources Group, Iluka Resources, MBAC Fertilizers, MMX.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 1 partner
– 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Premier firm for high-profile, strategic and innovative advice in the mining sector. Assists key industry representatives with legislative changes and handles sophisticated contentious mandates, with a strong background in ADR. Maintains a significant cross-border reach and is also involved in the development of the mining industry in diverse jurisdictions in Africa.

Strengths 

"The firm stands out for providing a full range of services, for its responsiveness, and for its experienced lawyers who are leaders in their field."

"What differentiates the team from the rest is the expertise and the reputation of its lawyers." 

Work highlights Assisted Yamana Gold with the restructuring of its operations and the transfer of these to Brio Gold.

Notable practitioners  

Star individual Carlos Vilhena receives widespread commendation for his key involvement in leading mining matters. One client reports: "He has great business acumen and industry knowledge, and his advice is on point," while another adds: "His work is impeccable; he maintains the highest standard and is capable of influencing the opinion of the most experienced individuals in the sector."

"Excellent professional" Adriano Drummond Trindade is admired for the heft and technical quality of his legal opinions within this sphere. "His work is absolutely objective and concise," a market source enthuses. 

Since publication, Graciema Almeida has left this practice.

Significant clients Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Pesquisa Mineral, Zamin Resources, Mineração Rio do Norte, Serra da Borda Mineração e Metalurgia, African Development Bank.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 3 partners
– 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding team with a comprehensive mining practice. Well versed in guiding major transactions in the sector, including company acquisitions and project finance deals on behalf of prominent international mining companies. Frequently advises on environmental issues and acts on administrative and judicial disputes. Able to offer multidisciplinary advice to clients through close co-ordination with the firm's real estate, labour and tax teams.

Strengths  

"The firm demonstrates a good understanding of international clients' requirements, provides high-level services and has a strong standing within environmental and mining law."

"The quality of the team's advice, the breadth of its practice and its long-standing presence in the market are what sets this firm apart from others in this field." 

Work highlights Advised Fomento do Brasil on the renegotiation of iron ore projects worth up to USD10 million in Rio Grande do Norte. 

Notable practitioners  

Pedro Andrés Garcia leads the team in high-profile transactions and is considered a respected player in his field due to his involvement in discussions regarding new legal mining frameworks. He is described by market sources as "very polite and knowledgeable," with clients stressing their appreciation for his "high-level advice" and the importance of his "keen understanding of developments in the sector."   

 Pedro Aguiar de Freitas comes in for praise from commentators for his leadership and management skills. He has considerable knowledge of the sector due to his past experience as in-house counsel at major mining companies.

Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro is deemed a highly respected mining practitioner. Market sources consistently endorse him as "an excellent and very experienced professional."

Significant clients Kinross, Brookfield, BHP Billiton, Carpathian Gold, Luna Gold.  

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 4 partners
- approximately 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Minas Gerais-based boutique strategically located at the industry's nerve centre. Well regarded for its strong track record advising mining companies on sector disputes and regulatory matters. Also well placed to assist clients with environmental issues.  

Strengths  

"The firm maintains an experienced and very well-known mining practice." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Marcelo Mendo de Souza is frequently described by market sources as "a very good lawyer" within the field. He is noted for his representation of key market players in contentious mandates, and has additional strength counselling on administrative issues.  

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 2 partners
– 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialised mining boutique that benefits from its strategic location in Minas Gerais. Admired for its contentious work and frequently advises major mining companies on a comprehensive range of matters, including leasing of mineral rights, land agreements and corporate transactions, as well as taxation issues.

Strengths  

"The team stands out for its dynamism and the sense of importance it places on cases; clients have access to the partners at all times and there is always someone in the team aware of the issues being handled. Their expertise in the sector allows them to take an active role in our strategic decisions." 

Notable practitioners  

William Freire is an experienced mining lawyer, well regarded for his advice on contentious and regulatory matters, as well as his strong academic profile. "He has a very interesting knowledge of the history of the sector and commands my respect," a source asserts, with other interviewees characterising him as "a mining expert." 

Up-and-coming partner Tiago de Mattos Silva advises on mining and related environmental matters. Clients report that "he is always helpful and provides prompt and objective answers," adding: "His opinions in negotiations inspire confidence and have a calming influence."

Significant clients Rio Tinto, Grupo Ágis, Grupo Equipav, Kinross, Mineração Caraíba.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 5 partners
– 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Minas Gerais-based firm with full-service capabilities. Advises on a range of transactions, including M&A among key sector players, negotiations of mineral rights and mining leasing operations. Also very well placed to represent clients in contentious mandates, with a strong presence in sector-related disputes.  

Strengths 

"The firm has good experience in M&A and are well equipped to provide assistance in this area." 

Work highlights Advised Anglo American on a mining easement dispute.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Azevedo Sette is a key contact at this practice.  

Significant clients Biogold Investment Fund, Mirabela, Belo Sun Mining, Samarco Mineração, Jaguar Mining.  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 2 partners
– 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted particularly for its advice on environmental matters affecting operations within the mining sector. Key areas of focus include assistance with mining contracts, regulatory work and legal opinions. Also active representing companies operating mineral water reserves and routinely acts for mining companies in administrative and judicial disputes.

Strengths 

"The team at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos is very competent, thorough and complies with deadlines." 

Work highlights Advised Kinross on several aspects of the client's mining projects, including support with litigation, due diligence and legal opinions.

Notable practitioners  

Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira regularly advises clients on environmental issues arising in relation to the mining industry. Interviewees report that "he is a fast thinker, very diligent and strategic," and go on to add: "He is respected by governmental institutions, and is extremely competent and technical."

Significant clients Mineração Serra do Cabral, Tamasa, CEMIG, Consórcio UHE Guilman Amorim, Ferrous Resources.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
– 2 partners
– 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with solid domestic and cross-border capabilities. Frequently advises relevant market players on regulatory matters. Team's offering includes assistance with transactional work, litigation and taxation, as well as environmental issues. Additionally well placed to handle labour and real estate matters in connection with the sector. 

Strengths 

"The team has been instrumental in the corporate and natural resources aspects of a transaction, particularly assisting with mining regulation. Our assessment of the service provided is very positive."

Work highlights Advised mining associations ABPM, IBRAM and ADIMB on the establishment of an institution to represent Brazilian mining companies before the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards.

Notable practitioners  

Luiz Fernando Visconti is known among market observers for his dedication to mining regulation. Peers describe him as "a serious name who knows the sector," while a client expresses appreciation for his calm approach, noting: "He has a relaxed character but he gets things done. He is my first choice for natural resources work in Brazil." 

Significant clients The Sentient Group, Cancana, Holcim, Honbridge Holding, Brasil Kirin. 

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Senior Statesmen

Sérgio Jacques de Moraes - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources assert that sole practitioner Sérgio Jacques de Moraes "has in-depth knowledge of the sector" and is "very experienced and well recognised." His legal opinions on mining issues are greatly admired within the market.

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Senior Statesmen

Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro is deemed a highly respected mining practitioner. Market sources consistently endorse him as "an excellent and very experienced professional."

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Star Individuals

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Carlos Vilhena receives widespread commendation for his key involvement in leading mining matters. One client reports: "He has great business acumen and industry knowledge, and his advice is on point," while another adds: "His work is impeccable; he maintains the highest standard and is capable of influencing the opinion of the most experienced individuals in the sector."

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Band 1

Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba

Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba is lauded for his long-standing expertise in the mining industry. He advises on new legislation and provides legal opinion on high-end matters for both domestic and international clients. "He is incredibly experienced and has in-depth knowledge of the market," an interviewee asserts.  

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Band 1

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Andrés Garcia leads the team in high-profile transactions and is considered a respected player in his field due to his involvement in discussions regarding new legal mining frameworks. He is described by market sources as "very polite and knowledgeable," with clients stressing their appreciation for his "high-level advice" and the importance of his "keen understanding of developments in the sector."   

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Band 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent professional" Adriano Drummond Trindade is admired for the heft and technical quality of his legal opinions within this sphere. "His work is absolutely objective and concise," a market source enthuses. 

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Band 2

William Freire - Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

William Freire is an experienced mining lawyer, well regarded for his advice on contentious and regulatory matters, as well as his strong academic profile. "He has a very interesting knowledge of the history of the sector and commands my respect," a source asserts, with other interviewees characterising him as "a mining expert." 

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Band 2

Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Marcelo Mendo de Souza is frequently described by market sources as "a very good lawyer" within the field. He is noted for his representation of key market players in contentious mandates, and has additional strength counselling on administrative issues.  

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Band 3

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

 Pedro Aguiar de Freitas comes in for praise from commentators for his leadership and management skills. He has considerable knowledge of the sector due to his past experience as in-house counsel at major mining companies.

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Band 3

Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Daniela Bessone Barbosa Moreira is considered to have solid knowledge of regulatory matters. Market sources comment on her dedication to mining mandates, with an interviewee going on to remark: "I am impressed by her technical abilities." 

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Band 3

Ferrara Barbosa Advogados e Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marina Ferrara of Ferrara Barbosa Advogados e Consultores is based in Belo Horizonte. She is an experienced mining lawyer with additional experience handling environmental and real estate matters. 

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Band 3

José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior of Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice is particularly respected for his know-how in natural resources projects. He also advises mining companies on litigation strategies and assists with transactional mandates.  

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Band 3

Sion Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alexandre Sion of Sion Advogados is experienced in mining matters and an active participant in the discussions for the formulation of a new legal mining code. Sources highlight his background acting in-house for relevant players in the mining market.

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Band 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luiz Fernando Visconti is known among market observers for his dedication to mining regulation. Peers describe him as "a serious name who knows the sector," while a client expresses appreciation for his calm approach, noting: "He has a relaxed character but he gets things done. He is my first choice for natural resources work in Brazil." 

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Band 4

Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira regularly advises clients on environmental issues arising in relation to the mining industry. Interviewees report that "he is a fast thinker, very diligent and strategic," and go on to add: "He is respected by governmental institutions, and is extremely competent and technical."

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Up and Coming

William Freire - Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Tiago de Mattos Silva advises on mining and related environmental matters. Clients report that "he is always helpful and provides prompt and objective answers," adding: "His opinions in negotiations inspire confidence and have a calming influence."

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