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Paulo Valois Pires

Work +5521 2114.1700
Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados

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  • O&G| M&A and Joint Ventures|Offshore Supply and Oilfield Services|Pipeline Operation & LNG Projects|Private Placements|Project and Corporate Finance|Mining




His practice involves the representation of IOCs, NOCs, private equities, financial institutions and suppliers in O&G, M&A, private placements, offshore supply, pipeline construction, LNG projects, infrastructure, and tax related matters. He represents international and domestic clients in international tenders promoted by the Petroleum Agency and Petrobras for the divestment of onshore and offshore blocks, and also in complex bidding procedures for the charter of FPSOs, FSRUs, and FSOs. He started his career in 1989 as in-house counsel for Shell in Brazil. He is the co-head of the O&G practice group of the firm and managing partner of the Rio de Janeiro office.


Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


  • Vice-chairman of the Brazilian Center of Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA - 2014-2016).
  • Director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro (2015-2016).
  • Tax Committee of National Organization of Oil Industry (ONIP - 2000-2002).
  • Vice-chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (2000).
  • Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) since 2005 and former alternate regional director of the AIPN Latin America Chapter.


  • Master Degree in International Law by the University of São Paulo.
  • Master Business in Petroleum - MBP by the Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro/COPPE.
  • Post-graduate diploma in International Law by the Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France: Certificat des Hautes Études Européennes.
  • Law Degree by the University of State of Rio de Janeiro.


Corporate and M&A (including ‚Äėcompliance‚Äô)

Within: Corporate and M&A (including ‚Äėcompliance‚Äô)

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados’ corporate and M&A practice focuses on the natural resources (particularly oil and gas) and infrastructure sectors, with an impressive track record advising on the purchase and sale of assets and equity stakes in these industries. It also has an active distressed M&A practice. Rogério Sobral de Miranda, Paulo Valois Pires and Guilherme Schmidt attract praise. Clients include PetroRio, ExxonMobil and Total.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Paulo Valois Pires and Rogério Miranda are the names to note at Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados. Alongside its energy sector work, the group is assisting Terminal Portuário do Mearim in relation to the redefinition of the Mearim Port Terminal project. Other recent work includes advising GPC Química on the preparation of guidance concerning the decommissioning and withdrawal of certain equipment from an industrial unit in Rio de Janeiro.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources


Within: Hydrocarbons

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 Explora√ß√£o Brasil on the acquisition of a 33% stake in the BM-S-8 block from Statoil Brasil √ďleo e G√°s, and assisting Total with corporate, contractual, tax and regulatory matters concerning a new joint venture project with Petrobras. Paulo Valois Pires is ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô. Ant√īnio Lu√≠s de Miranda Ferreira, Sonia Agel, Rog√©rio 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.

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