Natural resources and regulation in Brazil

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Offering multidisciplinary advice covering transactions, public law, dispute resolution and environmental issues, the energy and natural resources department at Azevedo Sette Advogados assists clients with the gamut of natural resources and regulatory matters. The firm has a strong following in the mining sector, advising domestic and international clients in relation to M&A deals, project development and compliance. It is also equipped to handle mandates pertaining to the energy sector, demonstrating particular strength in the power segment, namely renewables. Leonardo Pereira Lamego leads on work pertaining to mining and environmental law; he is seasoned in environmental permitting, litigation and administrative actions. Gabriela Salazar Silva Pinto is another key contact for mining companies, while Svetlana Maria de Miranda specialises in environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Pereira Lamego

Key clients



Nexa Resources

Jaguar Mining

Yamana Gold

Anglo American

Timbro Trading

Sintertec Minerais Industriais

Enel Brasil

Ibitu Energia

Rhi Magnesita

CGN Energy International Holdings

Evolua Energia Participações


Work highlights

  • Assisted Vale in a high-profile case involving the negotiations of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.
  • Defending Samarco in lawsuits involving fines applied by IBAMA (the Federal Environmental Agency) regarding the tailings dam collapse in Mariana in 2015.
  • Advised Grupo EcoRodovias on the acquisition of mineral rights that will enable the company to directly obtain the mineral resources for the expansion of its infrastructure.

Cescon Barrieu

Combining an impressive track record in transactional matters with in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues, Cescon Barrieu fields a mining and environment practice that stands out in the national market. The team acts for some of the most important mining companies operating in Brazil and has specialist expertise in regulatory matters related to the construction, operation and decommissioning of tailings dams. In addition, the department provides comprehensive environmental law advice to its corporate client base, encompassing due diligence, litigation, administrative proceedings and environmental licensing. Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza is a prominent mining lawyer, who focuses on regulatory, environmental and transactional matters. Transactions are also an area of activity for Frederico Viana Rodrigues, while Maurício Pellegrino de Souza is noted for his expertise in mining regulations. Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky is a key contact for environmental disputes; she is based in São Paulo.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza; Frederico Viana Rodrigues; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza; Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky


‘Cescon Barrieu stands out for its expertise in the areas of Mining and Environmental Law. The team obtains excellent results in the advisory and litigation spheres. Lawyers are highly qualified and have an in-depth understanding of the company’s business, which facilitates our relationship.’

‘Cescon incorporated Mendo Advogados, combining its great expertise in mining with its business DNA.’

‘Cescon Barrieu’s team is able to understand exactly the client’s needs and, considering the time we have been working together, is part of the client’s own team.’

‘The team at Cescon Barrieu is highly qualified. Maurício Pellegrino is recommended for Mining and Environmental Law in general.’

Key clients

Vale Group


Anglo American



Kinross Gold Corporation


Votorantim Group

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração


ICL Group

Plano & Plano Construções e Empreendimentos

Alfa Corretora de Câmbio e Valores Mobiliários

Ocean Pact Serviços Marítimos

Cortel Holding

Bunge Group

Poli-Nutri Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale on the first Municipal Dam’s Management Plan that took place in Brazil, a multi-party joint plan involving three of the biggest mining companies in Brazil.
  • Assisted Samarco with regards to the environmental licensing of its mining operations at the Germano site.
  • Defended Anglo American in a citizen suit and in a public interest civil action filed by anti-mining activists and the Public Prosecution, respectively, concerning Anglo’s Minas-Rio operation.

William Freire Advogados

Focusing exclusively on mining and environmental law, William Freire Advogados has a longstanding reputation in the natural resources market in Brazil. The firm is regularly sought by clients in the mining, steel, energy and forestry industries in relation to domestic and cross-border transactions, real estate and environmental issues, as well as administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies. William Freire, who specialises in mining and environmental law, has a strong track record in transactions, crisis management and litigation. Splitting his time between Belo Horizonte and São Paulo, Tiago de Mattos Silva is a go-to counsel for several mining companies; he assists them with dispute resolution, sustainability issues and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Tiago de Mattos; William Freire

Key clients

CMOC International

Mineração Usiminas

Equinox Gold

Kinross Brasil Mineração

Mosaic Company

Grupo Imerys

AngloGold Ashanti

Grupo Gerdau

Bahia Mineração

Grupo RHI Magnesita

Freitas Ferraz Capuruço Braichi Riccio Advogados

The regulatory practice at Freitas Ferraz Capuruço Braichi Riccio Advogados is particularly noted for its ability to handle transactions involving mining and power assets. Its client roster is predominantly made up of domestic and international energy companies, who are not only engaged in M&A deals, but also seek guidance in relation to litigation and compliance matters. Mining and energy law specialist Thiago Riccio leads the department, which has a strong track record in power purchase agreements and project financing, as well as renewable energy policy development.

Practice head(s):

Thiago Riccio


‘Excellent level of knowledge of legal topics, as well as excellence in providing services.’

‘Highly qualified team committed to the client. Fast and personalised service.’

‘Thiago Riccio is very proactive and diligent in the construction of solutions on behalf of the client.’

Key clients


Hy Brazil Energia

América Energia

Atmo Comercializadora de Energia

BEI – Brasil Energia Inteligente

CEI Solar Empreendimentos Energéticos

Recimap Geração de Energia Elétrica

Gameleiras Energias Renováveis

Evolua Energia Participações

Viasolo Engenharia Ambiental

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados

With specialists in regulatory matters and environmental law, Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados has a strong profile in the mining and energy sectors, where it provides comprehensive advice on non-contentious matters, judicial litigation and administrative proceedings. Key individuals in the Belo Horizonte office include Thiago Pastor and Fabio Appendino.

Sion Advogados

Sion Advogados has broad capabilities in mining and environmental matters, and acts for a range of clients operating in regulated sectors, such as energy, logistics and infrastructure. The team is adept at undertaking environmental due diligence in relation to corporate transactions, and is also well positioned to represent clients in litigation and regulatory compliance. Bernardo Pessoa leads on contentious matters and is also proficient in M&A deals, infrastructure and real estate projects. The energy group is overseen by Gustavo Santiago Pires, whose experience covers regulatory issues and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Pessoa; Gustavo Santiago Pires

Key clients

BHP Biliton do Brasil

Equatorial Group


State Grid Brazil Holding


Canadian Solar


ORE Investments Participações

Tavernard Advogados

Tavernard Advogados' public law practice is primarily focused on the energy, ports, water and sewage sectors, advising clients on the structuring of concessions, due diligence and environmental impact assessments. Murilo Melo Vale, who is often retained by energy clients, oversees the department, which demonstrates further strength in environmental litigation and licensing matters. Compliance and regulatory mandates are core areas of activity for Pedro Henrique Colombini Delpino.

Practice head(s):

Murilo Melo Vale


‘Under the coordination of Murilo Melo Vale, the team works with a strategic vision in the area of Public Law. A big difference that I see in the team’s performance is the proximity it has to the client, seeking to understand the details of the business, to better design legal solutions that are more adequate to the expectations of the client.’

‘Personalised service, focus on client’s needs and availability.’

‘The coordinator of the Public Law and Regulation and Natural Resources area is Murilo Melo Vale. The team has experience and knowledge that stands out in the area of ​​Public Law, infrastructure, and regulation. Murilo works closely with the client, to learn about their business and build more strategic legal solutions.’

From the contact I had with the firm, I understand that they stand out in terms of the dissemination of articles, news, and events. I also noticed that this is an office with exemplary gender parity, and I can say that it was quite innovative for me to see that the office carried out training of students on some topics of law.

Key clients


Consórcio Amazonas-Minas

Consórcio Pelotas

GI Energy Engenharia

Concert Technologies

Ágape Participações


CAM Engenharia


Rocket Importadora



Biomig Materiais Médicos Hospitalares

Way Carbon Soluções Ambientais e Projetos de Carbono

Hemisfério Holding

Sete Soluções e Tecnologia Ambiental

Plantar Participações

Brasmic Mineração Areia e Brita

Work highlights

  • Assisting BNDES with due diligence and an environmental assessment in relation to the privatisation study project of CEASAMINAS and CEAGESP.
  • Advising Consórcio Amazonas-Minas on the legal issues arising from the construction project of the Itacoatiara Power Substation.
  • Acted for Concert Technologies in the structuring of a partnership with an energy transmission service provider in order to implement a research and development project in energy efficiency, regulated by ANEEL.