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Energy boutique Advocacia Waltenberg regularly acts for major Brazilian energy companies such as ABEEólica, EDP Energias do Brasil and Votorantim Energia, as well as wind, solar, hydro and biothermal power producers and consumers. The eight-strong firm, under the leadership of founding partner David Waltenberg, covers tax, administrative and contractual matters, as well as energy disputes.

Noted for its ‘exellent client service’, TozziniFreire Advogados covers a broad range of power matters, and has excellent renewable energy credentials. It advised private electricity transmission group TAESA on the negotiation of a joint venture with CTEEP for the joint participation in a transmission auction. China Three Gorges engaged the group to assist in its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s Brazilian business, consisting of a portfolio of ten hydropower plants. On the contentious side, Norte Energia is a client. Heloísa Scaramucci ‘always finds the best solutions for her clients’.

Power heavyweight Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados acts on regulatory matters and transactions as well as administrative litigation and arbitration, with the team regularly joining forces with the firm’s tax, projects and infrastructure, and corporate departments. It advised Eletropaulo on requesting a reduction of contracted energy before ANEEL; and assisted Neoenergia and Geração Céu Azul, as concession holders for the Baixo Iguaçu hydropower plant, in requesting an extension of the concession term due to extraordinary floods and delays in the environmental licensing procedure. Practice head Isabel Lustosa and senior associate Alberto Büll da Silva assisted Camargo Corrêa and CPFL Energia in gaining ANEEL’s approval for State Grid’s acquisition of CPFL Energia.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ infrastructure and natural resources group is renowned for its financing work, and has particular strength in the renewable energy sector. On the transactional support side, it advised Empresas Públicas de Medellín on a financing granted by BNDES for the acquisition of equipment for the construction of a major Colombian power generation plant. Another highlight, led by Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, was assisting Canadian Solar in the development of three solar power clusters. Cemig, Norte Energia and Samarco Mineração are also clients.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handles transactional and project finance work in the power sector, and also disputes. Highlights included advising Contour Global on the acquisition of all shares held by Neoenergia in six energy generation companies, and assisting Pátria Investimentos in relation to an ANEEL public auction. Pablo Sorj and Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito were involved in both matters, and also led advice to Enel Green Power Participações and Banco Santander on the first issuance of promissory notes by the former-mentioned company for the financing of three hydropower plants.

Particularly recommended for regulatory work in the electricity sector, Mundie e Advogados acts for an impressive roster of clients including BTG Pactual, Engie and Nova Energia. In 2016 it conducted due diligence for Engie concerning the acquisition of several wind projects, and assisted Linha Verde Transmissora de Energia in relation to the conclusion of the construction of a 900km transmission line connecting the Madeira Complex to the grid. The team also advised on long-term power purchase contracts and represented clients in disputes. Rafael Fabbri D’Avila is the name to note.

Veirano Advogados focuses on transactional and financing work, recently assisting development banks CAF and DEG in the $80m debt financing of a hydropower plant and transmission line jointly developed by Alupar Investimento and Peruana de Energía in Peru. In other work, it advised various international clients on regulatory matters. Ana Carolina Barretto and Tiago Figueiró are recommended. Roberta Bassegio left for Paul Hastings LLP in November 2015.

With an excellent track record in disputes in the power sector, Demarest Advogados represented electricity trading chamber CCEE in litigation filed by agents unable to generate the expected amount of energy, concerning the hydrological risks faced by hydropower generators. Practice head Rafael Gagliardi and senior associate Raphael Gomes also assisted Norte Energia in the preparation of contracts for the envisaged sale of energy from the Belo Monte hydropower dam.

Dias Carneiro Advogados leverages its financing expertise to advise both lenders and creditors on energy sector projects. It advised Solairedirect on regulatory matters, the construction and operation of photovoltaic power plants, and the drafting and negotiation of an EPC agreement for the construction of an energy substation. Ricardo Sanches is ‘always up to date with deals and market trends’, and ‘takes the broader context into account’. Thiago Vallandro Flores is also recommended. Ricardo Assaf joined from Renova Energia.

José Roberto Oliva, who was promoted to partner in January 2017, leads Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ electricity group. It advises clients such as CPFL Energia and Duke Energy on a broad range of matters, and is particularly recommended for disputes in the sector. Recent work includes representing electricity trading chamber CCEE in litigation brought by industry association ABRACE concerning production shortages of hydropower plants.

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel’s five-partner group was busy in 2016 advising on the development of power projects and the negotiation of power purchase agreements. It assisted Barcarena Geração de Energia and LMP Energy in the conversion of a coal power plant into a gas power plant. Guilherme Schmidt and Celina Ozorio are recommended.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is notable for its financing expertise in the sector, regularly acting on the lender side, and is also active in transactional support. Recent highlights include advising Triunfo Participações e Investimentos on the sale of two hydropower plants to China Three Gorges, and assisting Golar GenPower in the development of a thermoelectric power plant. The ‘knowledgeable’ Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, based in Rio de Janeiro, is recommended.

The power team at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has ‘a business-oriented approach to legal issues and deep knowledge of the industry’. Counsel Débora Yanasse displays ‘extraordinary attention to detail’ and is recommended along with Eduardo Lima. The group assisted Total in the acquisition of a number of thermo power plants, and advised GE Energy Financial Services on a R$600m bridge loan granted by Banco Santander to finance the construction of 14 wind farms.

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is highly regarded for corporate and transactional work in the power sector, with José Roberto Martins recently leading advice to Casa dos Ventos on the sale of 16 wind farms. The group also successfully assisted Enel Green Power in a public auction for the concession of the operation of hydroelectric power plants, and in regulatory matters arising after the award.

Campos Mello Advogados has a broad power practice, with ‘seasoned’ practice head Fabiano Gallo particularly active in corporate and M&A work in the sector. Recent work includes negotiating power purchase agreements and joint venture contracts for the development of power projects.

Well known for its flagship timberland investment practice, Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados has excellent biomass energy expertise. In other areas, it represented Grupo São Fernando de Energia in administrative proceedings before ANEEL relating to the failure to produce a contracted amount of energy. Aldo de Cresci Neto now co-leads the practice with Rafael Janiques, who joined from Advocacia Waltenberg in December 2016.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados’ public law group regularly advises on participation in electricity generation and transmission concession bids, and represents concessionaires in administrative proceedings. Tiago Lobão Cosenza is defending Bioenergy, which holds a concession to build and operate seven wind power generation parks, in administrative proceedings before ANEEL seeking to revoke the concession and levy penalties. Eduardo Nobre is another name to note.

Led by Maria João Rolim, Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados gives ‘valuable advice on regulatory matters’. The power group represented Luziânia-Niquelândia Transmissora in administrative claims before ANEEL concerning force majeure exemptions and responsibility for construction delays. Other clients include Abeeólica, power commercialisation chamber CCEE, CPFL Energia and CEMIG.

Dispute resolution heavyweight Sergio Bermudes Advogados has a specialist power sector group including Vitor Ferreira Alves de Brito and associate Elena Landau. Clients include electric energy distribution organisation ABRADEE, CEMIG, Coelba and Enersul.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados’ litigation department has a specialist electric energy sub-group, which mainly represents power companies. The group also advised Itaguaçu da Bahia Energias Renováveis on the acquisition of aerogenerators, and assisted other clients in energy auctions. Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna and Simone Paschoal Nogueira are recommended.

Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogados acts for an impressive roster of clients including Complexo Carcará, Contour Global, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, and Enel Green Power. It represented CTEEP in a dispute before ANEEL regarding the mandatory transfer of grid assets from transmission concessionaires to distributors. Rosilane Costa Barros is the key name.

Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogadospays attention to excellent service’, with experience in ‘a broad range of areas in the energy sector’. The ‘dedicated and knowledgeable’ Gustavo Kaercher Loureiro represented AES Tietê in a dispute before ANEEL concerning its obligation to buy energy from Itaipu. Rômulo Mariani is also recommended.

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