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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining — Brazil


Lobo & Ibeas Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice group noted for its vast experience advising on the full range of mining issues. Especially admired for its expertise in complex transactional mandates, sector-related litigation and regulatory considerations. Team is also highly sought after for its ability to provide sophisticated legal opinions. Major players from the iron ore, nickel, gold and bauxite industries comprise the firm's impressive client roster.

Strengths Clients report: "The team is highly experienced in corporate mining issues, including in the interaction with our foreign board members. I would highlight their efficient and clear communication skills," adding: "They have a solid expertise of mining law, especially in the structuring of transactions, contracts and new businesses."

Work highlights Advised Anglo American on the USD1.5 billion sale of its phosphates and niobium businesses in Brazil to China Molybdenum.

Significant clients Vale, Sumitomo, Alumina, Cadam, Sama.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba is widely admired for his 45 years of experience representing national and international clients in high-end transactions. He is noted for his impressive track record working with clients from South Africa, Australia and Canada. Clients describe him as "one of the best mining lawyers in Brazil" and "a reference in the market." Peers add: "He is someone we look up to and respect."

Daniela Bessone Barbosa Moreira assists major mining companies with M&A deals, the acquisition of mineral assets and land access rights. She comes recommended for her knowledge of regulatory matters and environmental permitting issues. Clients report: "She is a brilliant lawyer who is young in age but senior in the depth of her knowledge."

Department profile by Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

Since its foundation, Lobo & Ibeas has held an active and constant presence in the mining sector, representing both international and national clients in the mining industry and participating in the structuring of mining projects in their various stages, from grassroots level to advanced projects with confirmed economic viability by feasibility studies, which demand sophisticated corporate, tax and financing structures.

Lobo & Ibeas possesses vast experience in the implementation and expansion of projects of this kind, including in connection with the construction and operation of the required infrastructure for production, transportation and delivery of mining products, such as facilities for water and electric energy supply, tailings dams, pipelines and ports. The Firm is also actively involved in the acquisition of mining projects.

The assistance rendered by Lobo & Ibeas encompasses due diligence in all legal aspects, the structuring of the transaction from a legal standpoint and the drafting/negotiation of the relevant agreements (including memoranda of understandings, share purchase and subscription agreements, shareholders’ agreements, offtake agreements, rail transportation agreements, port operation agreements, etc).

Lobo & Ibeas’ mining practice also includes routine advice concerning mining property management activities, litigation, as well as assistance on matters related to land access and negotiation with landowners, possessors and affected communities.

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Lobo & Ibeas has been representing important international clients in the mining sector, especially those from traditional mining countries such as South Africa, Australia and Canada. As a result, Lobo & Ibeas has had the opportunity to work alongside firms based in Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as with technical advisors, “competent persons” and “qualified persons”, as defined by the JORC Code and the CIM Definition Standards. Lobo & Ibeas has recently advised the Anglo American Group (along with Linklaters) in the sale of its phosphates and niobium businesses in Brazil to the China Molybdenum Group and is currently advising Alumina Limited (along with King & Wood Mallesons) in connection with the Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) joint venture between Alumina Limited and Alcoa Inc.


Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carlos Vilhena
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deeply respected firm sought out for its expertise in high-profile matters in the mining sector. Well equipped to advise on public policy, tax, financing and commercial agreements related to the mining sector. Assists key industry players with legislative changes and handles sophisticated contentious mandates, with a strong background in ADR. Maintains a significant cross-border reach with involvement in the development of the mining industry in Lusophone Africa. China Molybdenum and Ero Copper Corp are new client wins.

Strengths Clients observe: "They are a reference in the mining sector and are considered one of the best firms in this field. Their team has provided us with impeccable work and an in-depth analysis of our issues."

Work highlights Advised China Molybdenum on its USD1.7 billion acquisition of the niobium and phosphates operations of Vale in Brazil.

Significant clients Yamana, Macquarie Bank, Votorantim, AngloGold Ashanti and Alcoa.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Carlos Vilhena has invaluable experience advising exploration and mining companies on regulatory issues and high-end M&A transactions. He is also noted for his expertise in access to land, commercial agreements and government relations. Market sources commend him as "a brilliant lawyer" and "a reference in the market." They add: "He is an extremely competent lawyer who has a deep knowledge of mining issues, pays attention to clients and is highly skilful in his exchanges before governmental authorities."

Partner Adriano Drummond Trindade focuses on regulatory issues, acquisitions, commercial agreements and corporate transactions related to the mining sector. He is further acknowledged for his experience in sector-related environmental and land access issues. Interviewees praise him as "a very intelligent and committed lawyer" who "remains accessible to clients and has excellent legal knowledge."

Department profile by Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has provided legal services to the mining industry for more than 30 years. Our mining practice group has ample knowledge of the legal matters relating to the sector, with a track record for providing Brazilian and foreign clients with counsel of the highest technical quality and practical use.

The mining practice lawyers work closely with other practice areas of the firm, such as the tax, litigation, financial and environmental areas, to offer our clients exceptional and comprehensive legal counsel. We assist not only mining companies, but also financial institutions, investors, industry associations, service providers and other mining-related sectors.

Our firm’s mining practice includes, among others, the following matters:

  • Mining-oriented environmental matters;
  • Mining policy;
  • Tax planning of mining undertakings and investments;
  • Mining activities in restricted areas, such as indigenous lands, national security borders and conservation units;
  • Financing of mining projects and transactions;
  • Legal investigation on mining companies and assets;
  • Agreements involving exploration, operation, royalties, ore supply, option and joint venture;
  • Mining litigation;
  • Joint venture for mineral exploration and development of projects and mining activities;
  • Acquisition and sale of mining companies and assets;
  • Regulatory matters.


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Veirano Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pedro Garcia
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed firm with a deep bench of highly skilled practitioners often called to represent clients in sensitive and complex mining cases. Known for its strong sector-related litigation practice as well as its transactional capabilities assisting with high-end international M&A and project finance deals. Team also advises on environmental regulations affecting mining operations, as well as representing companies in related administrative proceedings before the Brazilian authorities.

Strengths Clients report: "The firm's team is made up of very experienced lawyers who are actively involved in our cases. We know we can count on them to meet our demands and deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Norwegian aluminium producer, Norsk Hydro, on its BRL381 million acquisition of the remaining stake in Mineração Paragominas formerly held by Vale.

Significant clients Kinross, Vale, Luna Gold, Centaurus Metals, Glencore.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Pedro Andrés Garcia has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector and specialises in the acquisition of mining rights, option agreements, project finance transactions and M&A deals. He is additionally noted for his expertise in sector-related regulatory and environmental issues. Clients praise him as "a very good and highly commercial lawyer who understands the needs of large European corporations, provides consistently excellent advice and has earned our trust." Peers add: "He is a reference in the market."

Partner Pedro Aguiar de Freitas specialises in corporate law, M&A deals and the development, structuring and financing of mining projects. He has considerable knowledge of the sector due to his past experience as in-house counsel at major mining companies. Clients note: "He has expertise in the mining sector, has a profound understanding of the business environment and has provided us with outstanding services."

Highly respected partner Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro has long-standing experience representing international and national clients in regulatory, contractual and corporate matters. Interviewees say: "His contributions to this field are unquestionable."

Department profile by Veirano Advogados

Since its inception more than thirty years ago, the mining practice at Veirano Advogados has taken a multidisciplinary approach, offering specialized support services to the mineral and mining sector within all areas of law.

Our mining attorneys have extensive experience in regulatory matters such as:

• Client representation in administrative procedures before the National Department of Mineral Production (DNPM)
• Due diligence on mining licenses
• Government grants in connection with mining activities, exploration licenses (autorizações de pesquisa), and mining concessions (concessões de lavra)
• Mining title opinions

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• Agreements with surface owners
• Consortium and joint venture formation
• Construction of mining sites
• Incorporating mining companies and obtaining registrations with the DNPM
• IPOs in Brazil and abroad
• Mergers and acquisitions
• Options
• Ore sales agreements
• Royalties
• Shareholder agreements


Veirano Advogados has achieved national and international prominence in structuring mining project finance, fundraising through private equity transactions, and designing collateral security structures.

Uniquely well positioned to foster constructive interaction between mining companies and traditional and indigenous communities.

Our mining practice works closely with the Firm’s IP practice, in class actions, mining easement proceedings, disputes with surface owners, requirements for property acquisition, real estate rights and on labor issues.

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Veirano is known as a first class firm for cross-border mining deals, having worked side-by-side the most reputable firms in Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia and Latin America.

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.


Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marcelo Mendo de Souza, Andrea Viggiano Gonçalves, Daniel Ribeiro Pettersen and Maurício Pellegrino de Souza
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing Minas Gerais mining boutique admired for its strong track record assisting national companies with administrative litigation and consultancy services. Actively sought out for its experience advising clients on complex legal opinions, due diligence procedures, tax and real estate matters related to the mining sector. Also well-equipped to provide counsel on sector-related regulatory issues.

Strengths Clients note: "The team has extensive legal knowledge of the mining sector, vast experience of administrative and judicial legal proceedings and provides excellent client-service in synergy with our in-house team."

Significant clients Anglo American, Samarco, Votorantim, Kinross, AngloGold Ashanti.

Notable practitioners

Admired founding partner Marcelo Mendo de Souza is noted for his representation of key market players in contentious mandates and is known for his strength counselling on administrative issues. Clients note: "His leadership and experience were determining factors for the solution of our problems on several occasions." They add: "He is one of the most talented lawyers in Brazil" and "one of the pioneers in mining law."

Clients describe Mauricio Pellegrino de Souza as "a great professional and a highly-prepared lawyer" for his practice advising leading national and international mining companies on corporate, commercial and regulatory issues.

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William Freire - Advogados Associados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: William Freire and Tiago de Mattos
- 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 national and international mining companies on a comprehensive range of matters, including the leasing of mineral rights, land agreements and corporate transactions, as well as taxation issues. Mirabela Mineração and Forbes & Manhattan are a new client wins.

Strengths Clients report: "The team's lawyers are extremely well qualified, very diligent and work swiftly while always keeping us informed about new developments in our cases."

Work highlights Permanent counsel to Gerdau on all of its mining issues.

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

Notable practitioners

Founding partner William Freire has experience advising on administrative and judicial mining disputes, sector-related commercial agreements and M&A transactions. He routinely sits as an arbitrator in mining disputes, and also advises clients on tax and environmental matters. Peers describe him as "a highly experienced practitioner who has a deep knowledge of the mining sector and has a strong academic expertise." Interviewees add: "He offers us excellent legal advice which we know we can trust."

Tiago de Mattos Silva focuses on the purchase and sale of mining assets and mining arbitrations. He also provides counsel on consultancy related to mineral taxation and environmental permitting. Clients observe: "He provides us with a deep knowledge of Brazilian mining law as well as objective responses." Peers add: "He has great knowledge of mining regulations and is a growing name in the market."

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Fernando Azevedo Sette, Leonardo Pereira Lamego, Ana Paula Terra Caldeira and Leonardo Farinha Goulart
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm advising on a range of mining transactions such as the acquisition, lease and sale of mineral rights. Provides counsel to national and international players on mining easement and surface rights. Team is also active in industry-related litigation often involving environmental issues. Luna Gold and Empresa Brasileira de Mineração Coromandel are new client wins.

Work highlights Advised Anglo American on the filing of a mining easement lawsuit to begin the exploration of a mining area.

Significant clients Samarco, Votorantim Metais, Belo Sun Mining, Jaguar Mining, Mineração Belocal.

Notable practitioners Partner Fernando Azevedo is a key client contact.

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Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira and Fabio Appendino
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its preventive consultancy on environmental matters affecting operations within the mining sector. Key areas of focus include assistance with mining contracts, regulatory work and legal opinions. Routinely acts for mining companies in administrative and judicial disputes as well as in ADR mandates. Vale Fertilizantes and Gerdau are new client wins.

Strengths Clients offer: "The team is excellent in everything it does, especially in tax and environmental issues related to the mining sector."

Work highlights Provided comprehensive legal assistance to Kinross Brasil on the regularisation of its mining projects throughout Brazil.

Significant clients Vale, Gerdau, Anglogold Ashanti, Yamana Gold, Tamasa Engenharia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department and partner Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira regularly advises clients on environmental issues arising in relation to the mining industry. Clients say: "In all of our legal cases, he has shown great legal competence."

Department profile by Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados

Our main operation focus is on preventive consultancy, especially to advise miners in different kinds of operations involving mining law and other practices, in the broad sense. In this way, we have the differential to coordinate in an interdisciplinary manner with other areas of law (practices) and synergies amongst the specialized departments of the firm (corporate, environmental, real state, litigious, tax and others), all necessary to developing mining operations.

We also have a vast experience in litigation within the administrative and judicial spheres, which are also remedies to safeguard the clients’ interests, such as:

  • Administrative Processes on Nacional Department of Mineral Production and Mining and Energy Minister;

  • Specialized Mining litigation  and alternative dispute resolution;

  • Legal consultancy and advisory (mining contracts, notices, legal opinions, memorandum of understanding);

  • Due diligences of mining titles;

  • Monitoring of technical projects with the engineering team;

  • Dispute of mining rights;

Teamwork and proactive conduct are recognized assets of the department. Working closely to clients, focused on evaluating situations, and presenting the best alternatives to safeguard clients´ endeavours and increase efficiency.

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We support national and foreign mining companies in their operations in Brazil offering complete support to clients in the most important Brazilian capitals (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Brasília) and also in Europe (Lisbon/Portugal and Dusseldorf/Germany).


TozziniFreire Advogados - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luiz Fernando Visconti
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service outfit with a proven track record in transactional and regulatory mining work. Provides counsel to international and domestic mining companies on commercial agreements such as the assignment of mineral rights, the negotiation of royalties and surface agreements. Also active in due diligences and in the monitoring of relevant federal policies.

Work highlights Advised Vonpar on the assignment of 100% of its shares and mining rights to Femsa. The transaction was valued at USD1 billion.

Significant clients Sumitomo, Brasil Kirin, BMW, Votorantim, Brasil Manganês Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Luiz Fernando Visconti is an active presence in the mining industry and specialises in regulatory issues and commercial agreements. He has a solid track record in administrative litigation before the National Department of Mineral Production, as well as in arbitration cases. Market sources consider him "a highly active and competent lawyer" who has "a consolidated name in the market."

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To help our clients respond faster and more effectively to the increasing business opportunities between Brazil and both key existing trade partners and specific fast-growing economies, our firm pioneered the creation of foreign desks in Latin America, composed of professionals dedicated to these major trade and investment destinations. Starting with our Asian initiative (comprising our China, Korea and Japan desks) and fast developing towards other markets (German-speaking countries and Latin America), these unique knowledge centers are staffed with professionals familiar with the culture, legal and business practices of each region, and who are charged with keeping up-to-date with bilateral trade relations developments between Brazil and those countries.


Senior Statesmen

Sérgio Jacques de Moraes

Sérgio Jacques de Moraes - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Described as "one of the best lawyers" in the mining sector, sole practitioner Sérgio Jacques de Moraes enjoys the highest praise from market interviewees. They say: "He knows mining like nobody else and is respected like nobody else," adding: "His knowledge and contribution to the Brazilian mining sector go unmatched."

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Senior Statesmen

Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly respected partner Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro has long-standing experience representing international and national clients in regulatory, contractual and corporate matters. Interviewees say: "His contributions to this field are unquestionable."

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Star Individuals

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star individual Carlos Vilhena has invaluable experience advising exploration and mining companies on regulatory issues and high-end M&A transactions. He is also noted for his expertise in access to land, commercial agreements and government relations. Market sources commend him as "a brilliant lawyer" and "a reference in the market." They add: "He is an extremely competent lawyer who has a deep knowledge of mining issues, pays attention to clients and is highly skilful in his exchanges before governmental authorities." 

Partner Adriano Drummond Trindade focuses on regulatory issues, acquisitions, commercial agreements and corporate transactions related to the mining sector. He is further acknowledged for his experience in sector-related environmental and land access issues. Interviewees praise him as "a very intelligent and committed lawyer" who "remains accessible to clients and has excellent legal knowledge."

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Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba

Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior partner Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba is widely admired for his 45 years of experience representing national and international clients in high-end transactions. He is noted for his impressive track record working with clients from South Africa, Australia and Canada. Clients describe him as "one of the best mining lawyers in Brazil" and "a reference in the market." Peers add: "He is someone we look up to and respect."

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Pedro Andrés Garcia

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Pedro Andrés Garcia has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector and specialises in the acquisition of mining rights, option agreements, project finance transactions and M&A deals. He is additionally noted for his expertise in sector-related regulatory and environmental issues. Clients praise him as "a very good and highly commercial lawyer who understands the needs of large European corporations, provides consistently excellent advice and has earned our trust." Peers add: "He is a reference in the market."

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Adriano Drummond Trindade

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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William Freire - Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner William Freire has experience advising on administrative and judicial mining disputes, sector-related commercial agreements and M&A transactions. He routinely sits as an arbitrator in mining disputes, and also advises clients on tax and environmental matters. Peers describe him as "a highly experienced practitioner who has a deep knowledge of the mining sector and has a strong academic expertise." Interviewees add: "He offers us excellent legal advice which we know we can trust."

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Marcelo Mendo de Souza

Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired founding partner Marcelo Mendo de Souza is noted for his representation of key market players in contentious mandates and is known for his strength counselling on administrative issues. Clients note: "His leadership and experience were determining factors for the solution of our problems on several occasions." They add: "He is one of the most talented lawyers in Brazil" and "one of the pioneers in mining law."

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Pedro Aguiar de Freitas

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Pedro Aguiar de Freitas specialises in corporate law, M&A deals and the development, structuring and financing of mining projects. He has considerable knowledge of the sector due to his past experience as in-house counsel at major mining companies. Clients note: "He has expertise in the mining sector, has a profound understanding of the business environment and has provided us with outstanding services."

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Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Daniela Bessone Barbosa Moreira assists major mining companies with M&A deals, the acquisition of mineral assets and land access rights. She comes recommended for her knowledge of regulatory matters and environmental permitting issues. Clients report: "She is a brilliant lawyer who is young in age but senior in the depth of her knowledge."

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Sion Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe Minas Gerais-based founding partner Alexandre Sion of Sion Advogados as "an excellent lawyer who has a great knowledge of the mining sector." He often represents domestic and foreign companies in complex negotiations involving corporate, regulatory and contractual issues.

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Luiz Fernando Visconti

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luiz Fernando Visconti is an active presence in the mining industry and specialises in regulatory issues and commercial agreements. He has a solid track record in administrative litigation before the National Department of Mineral Production, as well as in arbitration cases. Market sources consider him "a highly active and competent lawyer" who has "a consolidated name in the market."

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Tiago de Mattos Silva

William Freire - Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Tiago de Mattos Silva focuses on the purchase and sale of mining assets and mining arbitrations. He also provides counsel on consultancy related to mineral taxation and environmental permitting. Clients observe: "He provides us with a deep knowledge of Brazilian mining law as well as objective responses." Peers add: "He has great knowledge of mining regulations and is a growing name in the market." 

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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. Market sources note her strong academic profile.

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Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department and partner Thiago Pastor Alves Pereira regularly advises clients on environmental issues arising in relation to the mining industry. Clients say: "In all of our legal cases, he has shown great legal competence."

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José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior of Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice is well known for his experience financing natural resources projects. Clients note: "He has a vast knowledge of the mining sector, corporate law and industry contacts," adding: "He is highly responsive, swift in his deliveries and is constantly coming up with innovative solutions to our issues."

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Up and Coming

Mauricio Pellegrino de Souza

Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe Mauricio Pellegrino de Souza as "a great professional and a highly-prepared lawyer" for his practice advising leading national and international mining companies on corporate, commercial and regulatory issues.

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