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Regularly handling a variety of oil and gas work including financings, regulatory matters and project developments, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is ‘business-oriented and fast’. In 2017, the group assisted Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the BM-S-8 Oil Block from Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção. It also advised Petróleo Brasileiro on the sale of 90% of its outstanding shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste. The ‘well-connectedGiovani Loss is recommended alongside the ‘outstanding’ Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres.

Brazilian oil and gas heavyweight Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados stands out for its excellent relations with other petroleum-rich Portuguese-speaking countries. Recent work highlights include advising ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil on the acquisition of a 33% stake in the BM-S-8 block from Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás, and assisting Total with corporate, contractual, tax and regulatory matters concerning a new joint venture project with Petrobras. Paulo Valois Pires is ‘very experienced’. Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira, Sonia Agel, Rogério Sobral de Miranda are also recommended. Leading lawyer Luis Fernando Pacheco joined from Veirano Advogados in May 2018. Associate Danielle Ludwig moved to Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.

Combining expertise in banking and finance and oil and gas matters, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has ‘great knowledge of the industry’ and a ‘swift and efficient’ practice. The group advised GeoPark on all regulatory and corporate matters related to the transfer of the company’s 30% stake in two blocks in the Potiguar Basin to Geopar Geosol Participações, as well as advising the company on contractual matters related to its drilling campaign. The ‘expertRafael Baleroni and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are recommended. The firm changed its name following the departure of former name partner Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza.

Delivering an ‘excellent’ overall level of service, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown is highly recommended for oil and gas work in Brazil. A highlight in 2017 was assisting Total with its acquisition of oil and gas assets and thermal power plants worth $2.2bn. The group also advised Maersk Oil on the sale of its assets in Brazil to Total, a transaction worth $7.45bn. Alexandre Chequer and Victor Galante are ‘not only experts in the legal area, but more importantly they understand the oil and gas industry’. Special counsel Tiago Macêdo joined from the National Petroleum Agency.

Trench Rossi Watanabe is notable for the close working relationship between its oil and gas and corporate/M&A groups. A highlight was assisting Petrobras Biocombustível in negotiations concerning the potential sale of its investment in Açucar Guarani. The team also advises Shell on all of its upstream activities in Brazil. Anna Tavares de Mello and Danielle Valois are the names to note.

With a focus on upstream and offshore activities, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados is highly regarded, and is noted for its ‘above average’ response times. Recent work includes assisting Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção in negotiating strategic partnerships concerning the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. Daniela Ribeiro Davila and Alexandre Calmon are recommended.

The ‘extremely agile’ and ‘highly responsive’ group at Campos Mello Advogados regularly handles due diligence processes. It represented Murphy Oil in the negotiation of a joint bidding agreement with ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil and Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção for the SEAL-M-501 and SEAL-M-503 blocks in the deep water Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. Leonardo Costa, David Meiler and Sandoval Amui are the names to note.

The oil and gas team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has ‘highly sophisticated industry expertise and experience’, and an ‘excellent grasp of what clients need’. A highlight was advising Petrobras in relation to negotiations, contracts and other matters concerning a strategic alliance with Statoil, including the sale of $2.9bn of assets. Daniel Szyfman has ‘deep knowledge in the sector’.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ multidisciplinary team is ‘hardworking’ and has ‘strength in depth’. In 2017 it assisted Brookfield Infrastructure Partners with its purchase of shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste from Petrobras, including coordinating the due diligence process and advising on the regulatory aspects of the transaction. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura ‘can handle the pressure’.

Veirano Advogados is active in M&A transactions, tax matters and environmental consultancy. It also has experience in tender procedures for the procurement of products and services, as well as in auctions for exploration blocks. Leading lawyer Luis Fernando Pacheco left for Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados in May 2018, while Ali El Hage Filho joined from BG Group in July 2017.

Demarest Advogados provides ‘excellent service’, and gives ‘the right advice’. It has been particularly active in financial transactions in the oil and gas sector. Recent highlights include advising Qatar Petroleum, as part of a consortium, on a successful bid for the Alto de Cabo Frio Oeste block, located in the Santos Basin. João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida is ‘very skilled’.

MMA Lawyers’ oil and gas team, under the leadership of Marcelo Oliveira Mello, advises on a wide range of matters in the sector. It recently assisted Apolo Tubulars in the analysis and preparation of partnership contracts, as well as with the bidding process regarding an acquisition of assets from Petrobras.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a focus on disputes in the oil and gas sector, while its other work includes advising Ceg and Ceg Rio on matters before the energy and sanitation agency Agenersa in relation to certain investments. Newly appointed partner Rodrigo Alexander Calazans Macedo is recommended.

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