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Borba, Simões Barbosa, Bessone e Cristofaro Advogados in Rio de Janeiro is one of the firms resulting from the split of Lobo & Ibeas in May 2018. The group has strong connections in the mining-rich countries of South Africa, Australia and Canada, and is ‘excellent at translating peculiarities of Brazilian law into an international context’. It is assisting the Anglo American Group with several matters regarding the Minas-Rio iron ore mining complex, including the renegotiation of a shareholders’ agreement and a series of contracts relating to a joint construction and operation venture for a private port terminal. Another highlight was advising Alumina Limited on the implementation of changes to the Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) joint venture. The ‘responsive’ Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba is ‘hands-on’, and Daniela Bessone is ‘business-savvy’.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a team of mining experts with ‘profound industry knowledge’ and an ‘excellent network’. It acted for Ero Copper Corp on its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange; advised Appian Capital on its acquisition of copper mining company Mineração Vale Verde; and acted for the African Development Bank and the African Legal Support Facility in relation to the capacity building programme. Other clients include Galvani, China Molybdenum and Yamana. Carlos Vilhena and counsel Adriano Drummond Trindade are recommended.

Veirano Advogados’ mining group is one of the most renowned in Brazil, and has specialist experience in M&A and private equity transactions. It advised BMO Nesbitt Burns and Scotia Capital on Ero Copper’s IPO, and acted for Trek Mining in a cross-border transaction. Another highlight was advising Copelmi on the granting of security over mining assets to the Brazilian Development Bank. Pedro Garcia, Carlos Americo Castro and the ‘strategic and precisePedro Freitas are recommended.

The Belo Horizonte based mining group at Azevedo Sette Advogados has an impressive client portfolio including Ferro+ Mineração, Luna Gold and Samarco Mineração, and is highlighted for its ‘credibility’ and ‘quality’. In 2017 it represented Grupo Votorantim in several lawsuits, including acting in the defence of the company’s right to explore regional mining opportunities. Leonardo Farinha Goulart has ‘high technical knowledge’, and is recommended alongside Fernando Azevedo Sette and Leonardo Pereira Lamego.

Great’ mining and environmental boutique William Freire Advogados is highly regarded for its work on mining rights and the strategic management of mineral assets. The group is active internationally, in areas such as mineral taxation and environmental law, and its impressive client roster includes Lipari Mineração, Mineração Ibirité, Amarillo do Brasil Mineração and Bahia Mineração. Tiago de Mattos Silva has ‘a high level of technical knowledge’, and William Freire is also recommended.

With an ever-growing reputation, Belo Horizonte based mining boutique Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados has particularly broad sector experience, across contractual, regulatory and contentious matters. Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza and Maurício Pellegrino de Souza are the names to note.

The mining team at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados has a strong reputation for litigation, while its recent non-contentious work includes assisting Kinross Brasil Mineração in relation to the regularisation of activities within mining projects. Another highlight was advising Vale on developing its mining projects, including advising on matters of indigenous territories and assisting with an analysis of the administrative process before the National Indian Foundation. Thiago Pastor leads the team.

Sion Advogados is highly regarded for its work on energy and natural resources matters, and has recently assisted clients in relation to sale and purchase agreements and the negotiation of leases of mining rights. Founding partner Alexandre Sion is recommended.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados stands out for its expertise in project finance. Its recent work includes advising Vale on the sale of its fertilizer company, Vale Fertilizantes, to Mosaic; and, on the contentious side, defending Bunge Fertilizantes in more than 500 separate cases filed by neighbours allegedly affected by the company’s mining activities in Araxá. Frederico Viana Rodrigues is the name to note.

The mining team at Demarest Advogados has an impressive list of clients including Vale, Samarco and Votorantim, and is regularly instructed in complex matters in the industry, often involving collaboration with other departments in the firm. The firm recently advised Mitsui, as a shareholder, on the corporate restructuring and merger of Valepar into Vale. Gonçalo Godinho is recommended together with newly appointed partner Thiago Maia.

Recent work for the team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados includes advising Samarco Mineração on environmental matters, and it was also active in areas such as due diligence and financing. Other clients include Bahia Mineração, Gerald UK and Vale. Bruno Werneck is recommended.

The mining group at Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados has a strong record in greenfield projects, and benefits from an excellent international network. Rogério Sobral de Miranda is responsible for the department following Márcio Silva Pereira’s departure for BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão in August 2017.

The ‘proactive and efficient’ group at Siqueira Castro – Advogados is acting for Vale in administrative and regulatory proceedings before the National Department of Mineral Production, and is defending Companhia Riograndense de Valorização de Resíduos in litigation concerning the mining enterprise of Copelmi. The ‘dynamicSimone Paschoal Nogueira is a name to note.

Trench Rossi Watanabe has expertise in transactional support in the mining sector. It advised Anglo Pacific on an agreement entered into with a company from the APG Group regarding the acquisition of a gross-revenue royalty interest. Joaquim de Paiva Muniz is recommended.

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