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The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Demarest Advogados provides a ‘swift and high-quality’ service, advising on matters such as site contamination and the implementation of reverse logistics systems for polluting industries. In the latter area, a highlight was advising a coalition of five major industry associations on the settlement of a sectoral agreement with the federal government concerning packaging. Senior associate Marise Hosomi Spitzeck led advice to Santander on investments in agribusiness, while ‘competent and service-oriented’ practice head Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna advised Firmenich on compliance matters related to the regulation of genetic resources. Other clients include Unilever and Siemens.

Dedicated entirely to environmental law, the ‘outstanding’ Milaré Advogados is recommended for permitting matters and dispute resolution. It advised International Paper on the execution of an agreement with a public entity concerning the conversion of administrative fines into environmental services. Another highlight was obtaining a favourable administrative decision for Grupo Isolux concerning the installation of a transmission line allegedly without an environmental licence. Édis Milaré’s team includes a separate contaminated sites and solid waste department led by managing associate Rita Maria Borges Franco, as well as a criminal environmental law practice. Roberta Jardim de Morais focuses on agribusiness, forestry and paper matters.

The team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its ‘dedicated’ approach, and stands out for its expertise in contamination issues. On the litigation side, Werner Grau, Alexandre Jorge and André Vivan de Souza are leading the representation of BHP Billiton in several cases related to the Fundão dam failure, an environmental accident considered to be one of the worst in Brazil’s history. Practice head Antonio José Monteiro is representing several companies including Panasonic, Philips and ExxonMobil Química in discussions related to environmental liabilities due to a third party’s non-compliance with waste disposal standards.

Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados is highly rated for its environmental litigation practice and its experience in environmental licensing and permitting procedures. The group continues to represent both Copebras and Bunge in litigation filed in 1986 by the public attorney’s office and an NGO against 24 companies in the petrochemical complex of Cubatão, seeking compensation for environmental damage. It is also defending Vale in a $43.8bn claim for compensation following the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster; and Chevron in a civil action filed by a fishermen’s association concerning the Frade field oil spill. Other clients include Ipiranga, SAMA and Energia Sustentável do Brasil. Name partner Oscar Graça Couto and Guilherme Leal are the names to note.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados stands out for its specialism in brownfield sites and site contamination, and is also active in the areas of waste take-back, environmental licensing and litigation. A team led by Luiz Gustavo Bezerra is representing Vale in a notable civil action brought by the Ministério Público Federal concerning the bioinvasion of the sun coral species on the coast of Rio Grande do Sul. Lina Pimentel Garcia has ‘ample technical and practical knowledge’, and recently acted in a unique, culturally sensitive compensation claim concerning the spiritual damage caused to an indigenous community by a plane crash in the Amazon rainforest.

With over 15 years of experience behind it, the environmental group at TozziniFreire Advogados is well versed in the areas of environmental licensing, contaminated sites and pre-acquisition due diligence, as well as assisting developers and investors with climate change and carbon market issues. Bianca Signorini Antacli, who has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge’, is acting for União Química on the potential acquisition of a manufacturing plant owned by Zoetis, including advising on the negotiation of a long-term manufacturing agreement. ‘Practical, objective’ practice head Adriana Mathias Baptista is ‘outstanding’.

Providing ‘very good technical advice’, the ‘excellent’ and ‘business-oriented’ team at Trench Rossi Watanabe handles a wide range of matters including solid waste, forestry, crisis management and contaminated site matters. In the latter area, the team continues to defend Procter & Gamble and International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul against the São Paulo state district attorney’s office, in proceedings seeking compensation for environmental damage caused by the operation of plants in the Jurubatuba region. Other recent work includes defending Bunge Alimentos against eight infraction notices related to the alleged burning of sugarcane straw without the appropriate environmental licences. Hércules Celescuekci and Renata Amaral are both ‘professional’, and Giovani Bruno Tomasoni is another name to note.

Veirano Advogados is highly rated for its solid waste practice, and also regularly handles protected area, post-consumption liability and contamination matters. The ‘very competent’ Ana Luci Grizzi is assisting Sandvik do Brasil in a case filed by the public attorney’s office concerning the full remediation of a contaminated area. Other mandates include assisting Vale Fertilizantes in seeking the cancellation of a R$10m fine imposed by the state environmental agency for alleged air and odour pollution. Senior associate Bibiana Carvalho Azambuja da Silva has left the firm.

With a standout solid waste practice and ‘great’ knowledge of environmental law, Felsberg Advogados has acted for clients such as Estre Ambiental and Dell Technologies. It is advising Confederação Nacional da Indústria on matters of reverse logistics and waste law, with a particular focus on extended producer responsibility. The group is also assisting Toyota with the renewal of environmental permits, licences and authorisations. The ‘committed’ Fabricio Soler has ‘high technical knowledge of environmental issues’.

Covering areas such as crisis management, climate change, biodiversity, solid waste and contamination, the team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘committed’ and ‘swift’. It continues to act in relation to the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster of 2015, defending Samarco against a R$155bn claim and approximately 80 public civil actions. In other work, it assisted BTG Pactual with the environmental due diligence concerning an acquisition of forest assets. The ‘client-focused’ Roberta Danelon Leonhardt and Daniela Stump are recommended.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados has a longstanding tradition in environmental issues and regularly acts on protected area matters, licensing procedures and environmental disputes. The team is assisting BASF in relation to the accessing and remittance of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. It is also advising Telefônica on the licensing and construction of cell sites. Simone Paschoal Nogueira and Renato Otto Kloss are recommended along with recently promoted partner Marina Vieira Freire Colósio.

Covering the entire spectrum of environmental matters including due diligence, risk assessment and litigation, Tabet, Bueno & Franco Advogados is a highly rated São Paulo based boutique. The team is particularly recommended for crisis management in the aftermath of environmental accidents. Fernando Tabet and Ana Claudia Franco are the names to note.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown has recently been active in issues related to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for the exploitation of natural resources. The group has notable expertise in energy sector matters, regularly acting for clients such as nationwide energy trading company Diferencial Energia and power generation company ENEVA. Practice head Paulo de Bessa Antunes is highly rated for complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

In 2017, Andrade & Fichtner Advogados continued to advise Prumo Logística on environmental and regulatory aspects of the construction of the Superporto do Açú seaport. Another highlight was advising steel production company Ternium Brasil in relation to the construction and operation of a major steel mill in Sepetiba Bay. Vivianne Fichtner and Julio Rebello Horta are recommended.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a strong practice in relation to contaminated sites, infrastructure concessions and protected areas, and is also active on major industrial and infrastructure projects. It assisted Evolution Power Partners in obtaining the permit for a 1,600MW thermal plant and a floating storage regasification unit. The group is also representing Estaleiro BrasFELS in a public civil action filed by the public prosecutor’s office concerning the biological invasion of sun coral in the bay of Ilha Grande. Beatriz Paulo de Frontin and Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto are recommended. The ‘dedicated’ Márcio Pereira joined from Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados in August 2017.

The team at Bichara Advogados, led by Luciana Gil Ferreira, has particular expertise in infrastructure-related environmental matters such as energy, telecoms, and water and waste management projects. The firm is defending MRS Logística against a judicial claim involving 45 alleged environmental infractions issued by the municipality of Mangaratiba; and is also representing Salinor before the public prosecutor’s office in order to prove that the client’s saline production is not causing environmental damage.

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados is highly rated for its environmental due diligence practice, as well as its work in relation to biodiversity, forestry and timberland transactions. Clients include Votorantim Metais, Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio and Vale Fertilizantes. Heloisa Verri Paulino Gomes and Aldo de Cresci Neto are recommended.

Highly rated for its arbitration and litigation work in the environmental area, Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is currently defending numerous civil class actions concerning environmental permits for infrastructure projects. Estela Maria Lemos Monteiro Soares de Camargo and Gabriel Felício Giacomini Rocco are recommended.

Specialising in environmental preventative consultancy and litigation, Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados continues to advise Kinross and Vale on environmental licensing matters and conflict mediation related to mining projects. In other areas, it is assisting Femsa with the licensing, permitting and negotiation concerning the installation and operation of a new industrial plant in the state of Minas Gerais. Thiago Pastor heads the six-strong team.

Azevedo Sette Advogados specialises in mining matters, regularly advising clients on environmental licensing and regulation. Belo Sun, Samarco Mineração and Tiberina Automotive MG are among its clients. Svetlana Maria de Miranda is the name to note.

The environmental group at Campos Mello Advogados is regularly involved in infrastructure and construction projects, acting on matters of environmental compliance, remediation and licensing. Clients include Votorantim Cimentos and Walmart. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Terence Trennepohl gives ‘great, practical advice’.

The ‘excellent’ team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados regularly handles due diligence processes, and represents clients from a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, mining and energy. It is defending Terminal Marítimo do Guarujá and Fertimport in an action regarding emissions released when a cargo of sulphur was unloaded. Another client is Bunge Fertilizantes. The ‘experienced and committed’ Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini offers ‘the full package of engagement and knowledge’.

In 2017, KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados assisted builder and developer CADAM in improving its environmental and health and safety policies at a mining and industrial plant. Vanessa Tafla ‘renders excellent services’, and is recommended together with Paulo Prado. Marianne Albers is now with Felsberg Advogados.

A specialist in environmental licensing, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados is recommended for oil and gas matters. It is defending Saneamento e Energia Renovável do Brasil in three public civil actions filed by the public prosecutor’s office, and assisted Açúcar Guarani in obtaining an operating licence for an industrial unit. Marcio Silva Pereira left for BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão in August 2017, leaving Paulo Valois and Rogério Miranda in charge of the practice.

The team at Almeida Advogados regularly provides assistance regarding federal, state and municipal environmental laws and regulation. In 2017 it represented Stericycle, which collects and disposes of regulated substances, in an investigation brought by the public prosecutor’s office concerning two waste treatment sites. Other clients include INESFA, Companhia Fabril Mascarenhas and Alesat Combustíveis. Leonardo A. F. Palhares and Rafael Zinato Moreira are the names to note.

Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados specialises in public law, and is recommended for its work advising concessionaires of public sanitation and waste disposal contracts. Recent clients include RPG Consulting and BRK Ambiental. Wladimir Antonio Ribeiro is recommended.

Pinheiro Pedro Advogados, under the lead of founding partner Antonio Fernando Pinheiro Pedro, has expertise in the environmental licensing of infrastructure projects, and is also regularly instructed in environmental disputes. Clients include waste collection service concessionaire LOGA Logística Ambiental de São Paulo, and InterCement Brasil.

At specialist infrastructure firm Sion Advogados, Alexandre Sion and Bernardo Pessoa handle environmental matters related to large projects. The team is highly rated for litigation, and recently defended a client in a civil public action concerning pollution allegedly caused by a production plant.

With expertise in solid waste management and reverse logistics, Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados is advising Via Varejo on the disposal of post-consumer goods, and Lenovo concerning a national agreement regarding the reverse logistics of electronic products. Fabiana Figueiró is the name to note.

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