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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ ‘business-oriented and fast’ group handles a variety of oil and gas work including financings, asset purchases, project developments, and contractual and regulatory matters. It assisted CELSE – Centrais Eletricas de Sergipe in negotiating a construction, operation and maintenance contract as well as an LNG supply agreement with General Electric for the construction of a 1.5GW combined-cycle power plant. On the transactional side, the team advised Ultrapar on its R$2.8bn acquisition of LPG unit Liquigás Distribuidora from Petrobras. Giovani Loss is ‘well connected’, and senior associate Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres is ‘outstanding’. Since publication, the firm has hired associate Danielle Ludwig from top tier rival firm Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel.

Rio de Janeiro based Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel is a Brazilian oil and gas heavyweight with excellent relations with other petroleum-rich Portuguese-speaking countries, particularly in Africa. 2016 highlights included advising Frade Japão Petróleo on the extension of the concession contract for the Frade Field exploration until 2041; and assisting AziLat Petroleum in relation to the farm-in agreement with OGX Petroleo e Gas for offshore assets. Within the 18-lawyer team, Paulo Valois Pires is ‘very experienced’ in regulatory matters in the sector. Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira, Sonia Agel and Rogério Sobral de Miranda are also recommended, along with associate Danielle Ludwig. The firm split from its former São Paulo office, which now acts under the name of L.O. Baptista Advogados. Since publication associate Danielle Ludwig has left to join Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. Since publication Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira has joined the team from L.O. Baptista Advogados.

Swift and efficient’, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has ‘in-depth industry and practical knowledge’, combining its experience in the oil and gas sector with its banking and finance expertise. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Pacific Brasil on ceasing activities in Brazil, including farm-out negotiations of eight offshore blocks. In addition to further farm-out matters and financings, the group also assisted a number of clients in unitisation negotiations. Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are also recommended.

A highly recommended firm for oil and gas work in Brazil, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown also has excellent international exposure. Recent highlights include advising Sinochem Petróleo Brasil on the potential assignment of its participating interest in two exploration blocks to Perenco; and assisting alumina refinery Alunorte in the structuring of an LNG project to provide gas to its facilities and potentially to other customers. Alexandre Chequer and Victor Galante are recommended. Leonardo Costa is now with Campos Mello Advogados.

Working closely with an excellent corporate and M&A group, Trench Rossi Wanatabe’s oil and gas team was busy on transactional matters in 2016. Another area of focus is dispute resolution, with the team recently representing Petrobras, BP and Petrogal in an arbitration against oil agency ANP regarding the classification of the oil reservoirs of Lula as one or several fields for purposes of calculating royalties. Anna Tavares de Mello and Danielle Valois are the names to note.

In 2016, Veirano Advogados was active in M&A transactions, the acquisition of oil and gas assets, and the formation of joint ventures. It also has experience in auctions for exploration blocks and tender procedures for the procurement of products and services. Luis Fernando Pacheco is recommended.

Covering a broad range of oil and gas matters, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados’ four-partner practice includes the highly recommended Daniela Ribeiro Davila and Alexandre Calmon. It is particularly recommended for offshore work, where it collaborates with the firm’s shipping practice.

Always up to date’, Campos Mello Advogados was involved in contractual work and several farm-out transactions. On the M&A side, Leonardo Costa, who joined from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, advised National Oilwell Varco on the acquisition of Fjords Processing’s Brazilian business from Akastor. David Meiler and Sandoval Amui are also recommended.

The ‘excellentDaniel Szyfman leads Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ oil and gas group, which has taken on a significant role advising Petrobras on its divestment; its work has included assisting the client in forming a strategic alliance with Total for the sale of a $2.2bn asset package, and advising it on the sale of over 100 onshore E&P blocks to multiple buyers. Other clients include Chevron, Parnaíba Gás Natural, and Shell.

The ‘hardworking, easy-going and well-prepared’ lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados focus on M&A deals in the oil and gas sector, recently advising Royal Dutch Shell on the acquisition of BG Group’s share capital. On the contentious side, the firm defended Chevron in litigation regarding recognition of a $9bn fine award rendered in Ecuador. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is ‘brilliant’.

Led by João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida, Demarest Advogados has been particularly active in financing transactions in the oil and gas sector. Its recent contentious work includes defending Comgás in class actions filed by industry associations Abrace and Abividro seeking to lower the client’s remuneration for the distribution of gas.

MMA Lawyers, under the leadership of name partner Marcelo Oliveira Mello, advises across a broad range of oil and gas matters. On the contentious side, it is representing pipe manufacturer Apolo Tubulars in various contractual disputes.

Higly recommended for disputes in the sector, Siqueira Castro – Advogados is representing Gasmig in a dispute with infrastructure and transport department DNIT concerning the interference of planned infrastructure projects with the client’s gas transportation ducts. Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna is ‘a top-notch lawyer’.

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