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In a headline market move, early 2019 saw¬†Siqueira Castro ‚Äď Advogados absorb leading Sao Paulo-based energy specialists Advocacia Waltenberg. The former managing partner of the acquired boutique,¬†David Waltenberg, now leads the combined energy practice group, which is spread between the national firm‚Äôs Sao Paulo and¬†Rio de Janeiro offices. In addition to Waltenberg‚Äôs regulatory prowess, the wider firm also brings to bear significant expertise in administrative litigation, licensing, environmental issues and project development. Energy and environmental specialist Simone Paschoal Nogueira¬†is also recommended.

TozziniFreire Advogados’ comprehensive practice covers the waterfront on energy-related matters, with its recent experience spanning corporate finance, M&A, project development and regulation. Among its highlights, Pedro Seraphim, who leads the group, continued to advise key client Norte Energia on the construction of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant, which will be the third-largest hydroelectric project in the world when completed. Other representative clients include CEE Power, CPPIB and Renova Energia. Heloísa Scaramucci left to establish her own firm in mid-2018, before subsequently joining Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados.

Client consensus is that Ulh√īa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados¬†‚Äėstands as a reference in the market for energy law‚Äô, with sources asserting ‚Äėthe industry knowledge and expertise of all lawyers is quite remarkable‚Äô. High-profile figure¬†Isabel Lustosa,¬†widely revered for her ‚Äėbroad knowledge of energy and regulation‚Äô, recently teamed up with the real estate group to advise¬†Equatorial on its proposed acquisition of three of Eletrobras‚Äô power distribution subsidiaries by means of public auctions held by BNDES.¬†Alberto B√ľll da Silva, who¬†made partner in 2018, is¬†also highlighted as ‚Äėan incredibly responsive and knowledgeable partner‚Äô.

The ‚Äėknowledgeable and pro-business‚Äô¬†Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados¬†impresses with its transactional prowess in power matters - it also provides capable regulatory and judicial support. Among the names to note, infrastructure and energy specialist¬†Ana Karina Esteves de Souza¬†and project-finance expert Jos√© Ribeiro do Prado J√ļnior¬†are highlighted together as ‚Äėvery responsive and commercial‚Äô; they paired up to advise¬†Sterlite Power Grid Ventures on its successful participation in a transmission auction held by the Brazilian government, and in the subsequent implementation of six transmission lines granted to Sterlite, worth R$3.6bn.

‚ÄėEfficient, responsive and attentive‚Äô,¬†Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados‚Äô is distinguished by its partners‚Äô ‚Äėtotal availability and dedication‚Äô. The practice is particularly weighted towards regulatory matters but its recent experience also spans project development, M&A and project finance. Among its highlights, key contact¬†Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito represented eight distribution companies controlled by CPFL Energia in a judicial discussion concerning the settlement of energy development account credits with Eletrobras.¬†Pablo Sorj¬†is also recommended.

Regulatory powerhouse Mundie e Advogados packs a punch in complex consultancy, commercial and contentious matters. Department lead Rafael Fabbri D’Avila is a sought-after name in the market and recently represented Tropicália Transmissora (a company owned by private equity funds managed by BTG Pactual) in a dispute with ANEELrelated to the latter's 2017 transmission auction. The group also remains a top choice for major local and multinational clients such as Goldman Sachs, Ecom Energia and Máxima Energia.

The ‚Äėclient-oriented‚Äô group at¬†Veirano Advogados¬†scores highly for its ‚Äėdeep experience in the sector‚Äô, which sources say ‚Äėprovides extra security on legal opinions‚Äô. The practice spans the full life-cycle of power work, demonstrates expertise in generation, transmission, distribution and commercialisation, and is routinely engaged by multinational names such as State Grid Corporation of China and Engie.¬†Tiago Figueir√≥¬†is¬†noted for his ‚Äėstrong industry knowledge and problem-solving approach‚Äô; he acted alongside¬†Ana Carolina Barretto¬†to advise Shanghai Electric Group Company in, ultimately terminated, negotiations with Eletrosul Centrais El√©tricas for the acquisition, financing, development and operation of a transmission line project.

The ‚Äėreliable and¬†business-focused‚Äô group at¬†Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados¬†provides an ‚Äėoutstanding service‚Äô and -as one satisfied client notes- ‚Äėit is especially creative on corporate issues‚Äô; the practice also handles project finance, project development and regulatory matters. Infrastructure specialists¬†Maur√≠cio Teixeira dos Santos¬†and Roberto Mario Amaral Lima Neto¬†are the key contacts and together they assisted Enel Group with its R$7.1bn acquisition of power distributor Eletropaulo Metropolitana, which represented the first¬†hostile takeover of a Brazilian electric utility company.

Demarest Advogados‚Äô group ‚Äėdifferentiates itself through its knowledge of electricity commercialisation rules and industry regulation‚Äô, according to clients. In addition to its regulatory strength, the ‚Äėbusiness-oriented, responsive and technical group‚Äô also deals with project development and corporate finance matters. Power lead Rafael Gagliardi¬†and newly promoted partner Raphael Gomes¬†are¬†both noted as ‚Äėgreat leaders, who steer and engage their teams brilliantly‚Äô; together they represented¬†Engie Brasil Energia in a lawsuit brought by Eletrobras concerning the devolution of UTE Alegrete, one of the biggest thermal power plants in Brazil.

Dias Carneiro Advogados continues to ramp up on the power side, notably adding Shanghai Electric Power Generation as a new client in 2018, among other high-profile names. Best known for its strength in commercial and regulatory matters, the group is also very active on the transactional front, particularly on the finance side. Project finance head Thiago Vallandro Flores recently advised Usina de Energia Eólica Vila Acre I on a R$105.4m loan facility from Banco do Nordeste do Brasil to finance the construction and development of a wind project. Ricardo Sanches, who leads the public law, regulatory and infrastructure groups, is also recommended.

‚ÄėProactive, responsive and assertive‚Äô,¬†Pinheiro Neto Advogados‚Äô electricity practice stands out for its ‚Äėstrong expertise on regulatory matters‚Äô. Sources also applaud its ability to provide a ‚Äėfull-service solution, which seamlessly integrates and coordinates the work of other teams within the firm as required‚Äô. Department head¬†Jos√© Roberto Oliva J√ļnior¬†has ‚Äėdeep knowledge of the industry and its regulation‚Äô and recently acted alongside the corporate group to advise¬†Energisa on its acquisition of CERON - Centrais El√©tricas de Rond√īnia through a privatisation process.

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados has a marked focus on regulatory work under the leadership of renowned energy specialist Maria João Rolim. Among its recent high-profile cases, the group represented CTEEP and ABRATE’s interests in a public hearing conducted by ANEEL concerning the methodology and procedures of the periodic tariff revision of electricity transmission services. It also advised EDP Espírito Santo on an administrative claim before ANEEL considering responsibility for the alleged inefficient use of the transmission system.

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados¬†has broad energy expertise, which spans commercial contracts, infrastructure, M&A and energy regulation. The firm typically acts for an array of investors, operators, banks and consumers, including high-profile names such as Ra√≠zen, Shell and Vale. Among its highlights,¬†Guilherme Schmidt¬†advised¬†LMP Energy Participa√ß√Ķes e Consultoria and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas on the development of a major gas thermoelectric power plant.¬†Celina Ozorio left the firm in 2018.

Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados¬†finds favour for its ‚Äėhands-on lawyers‚Äô, ‚Äėspecialised knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėunique capability to operate real interdisciplinary teams across projects‚Äô. The group, which is well weighted between regulatory and transactional work, has experience across the full gamut of power and biofuels-related matters, including litigation. Highlights included representing¬†Ra√≠zen in its challenge to the new methodology for the calculation and certification of power firm capacity - newly promoted equity partner Livia Amorim¬†led that work. Other names to note include Carlos Souto¬†(‚Äėan expert in energy regulation‚Äô) and¬†Gustavo Kaercher Loureiro.

The ‚Äėpro-business‚Äô group at¬†Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown¬†stands out for its ‚Äėdeep knowledge of the law and industry‚Äô. A key player in power projects, the firm also shines in corporate and M&A, finance, regulatory and contentious matters. In a recent headline, the firm advised¬†GE Energy Financial Services on a $120m credit facility for CELSEPAR as a complementary source of financing for the development of a gas-fired combined cycle thermal power plant.¬†Atlas Renewable Energy,¬†EDP ‚Äď Energias do Brasil and Vinci Partners are also key clients.¬†Eduardo Lima¬†and ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô recently made-up partner¬†D√©bora Yanasse¬†are the names to note.

Trench Rossi Watanabe¬†strikes the right note with its ‚Äėstrong knowledge of the market‚Äô and ‚Äėpractical experience on big energy projects‚Äô. Led by the ‚Äėhands-on and knowledgeable‚Äô Jos√© Roberto Martins, the team has robust expertise in all the key segments of the power sector, including thermal, hydro, solar and wind. Recent highlights included advising¬†Canadian Solar on its successful participation in ANEEL‚Äôs 2018 auction, which saw the company awarded three utility-scale¬†solar photovoltaic projects.¬†Casa dos Ventos, Brookfield Renewable and Zhejiang Energy International are also on the department‚Äôs books.

BMA - Barbosa, M√ľssnich, Arag√£o¬†leverages its market-leading corporate and M&A practice to excel in transactional matters, such as¬†Paulo Cezar Arag√£o‚Äôs advice to¬†State Grid Corporation of China on its public tender offer for¬†CPFL Energias Renov√°veis. The firm also houses a robust regulatory offering and¬†Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto¬†represented Eletrobras in administrative proceedings brought by ANEEL. The group has also recently undertaken work for¬†Abengoa and Eletropaulo.

‚ÄėPragmatic, results-oriented and responsive‚Äô,¬†Campos Mello Advogados¬†sets itself apart through its ‚Äėpractical approach, which ensures valuable advice‚Äô. The firm acted on several major projects over the past year, including assisting Statkraft Energias Renov√°veis on its agreement with EDP Energias do Brasil for the acquisition of a cluster of eight operational hydropower plants.¬†Fabiano Gallo¬†is commended as a ‚Äėhighly technical, reliable and responsive lawyer‚Äô.

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados’ prominent timberland and agribusiness practice translates into a steady stream of biomass-related matters. The group is particularly active on the regulatory side and is routinely engaged to advise on permits and licensing issues, as well as administrative proceedings. Aldo de Cresci Neto and Rafael Janiques are recommended.

‚ÄėVery commercial and pragmatic‚Äô,¬†Juli√£o Coelho Advocacia¬†impresses with its ‚Äėhands-on expertise‚Äô and ability to ‚Äėmove easily between strategic issues and tactical guidance‚Äô.¬†High-profile firm founder¬†Juli√£o Silveira Coelho, formerly a commissioner at ANEEL,¬†is particularly highlighted for his ‚Äėdeep energy regulatory experience and perspective‚Äô; he represented ABRACE (the Brazilian Association of Large Power Consumers) in proceedings regarding¬†the payment of compensation owed to public utility transmission providers by electrical power consumers in Brazil. Camila Alves e Fontes¬†is ‚Äėdeeply involved and responsive‚Äô.

Noted for its¬†‚Äėstrong technical and theoretical knowledge in the power sector‚Äô,¬†Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados¬†is also held up for¬†‚Äėprecisely meeting the needs of clients‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs public law expertise translates into a steady stream of regulatory and infrastructure-related matters, such as its representation of Bioenergy Geradora de Energia in proceedings brought by ANEEL to revoke the client's concession for the Ventos do Norte project. Managing partner¬†Eduardo Nobre¬†and the ‚Äėanalytical and technical‚Äô¬†Tiago Lob√£o Cosenza¬†are recommended.

Litigation specialists Sergio Bermudes Advogados fields a capable power practice, which specialises in regulatory issues and appeals. Administrative disputes are a key feature of the practice, in line with the wider firm’s strength in disputes work, but it also handles non-contentious matters, including project approvals. Key contacts include Elena Landau and Vítor Ferreira Alves de Brito.


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According to sources,¬†Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados‚Äô¬†‚Äėefficient, responsive and practical‚Äô team is composed of ‚Äėimpeccable lawyers‚Äô, who all demonstrate ‚Äėexcellent expertise and knowledge about the hydrocarbons industry‚Äô. The enviably balanced practice¬†is routinely engaged by major industry participants - particularly oil and gas companies, oilfield service providers, investors and financial institutions - across a comprehensive range of transactional and regulatory matters, including corporate finance, project development and litigation. In 2018, the firm advised BP Energy do Brasil, Ecopetrol and ExxonMobil Explora√ß√£o Brasil on their bids¬†in the fifth production-sharing bid round. The work included two¬†successful bids for the Pau-Brasil block (which saw BP and Ecopetrol team up with CNOOC) and the Tit√£ block (which saw Exxon pair up with QPI Brasil Petr√≥leo); Giovani Loss¬†advised BP and the ‚Äėbusiness-oriented and knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres¬†advised ExxonMobil. The same team also advised Petrovida (a joint venture between Vitol Investment Partnership II, Africa Oil and Delonex Energy)¬†on the local aspects of its $1.5bn acquisition of 50% interest in Petrobras Oil & Gas. The firm also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, with¬†Danielle Ludwig¬†and ‚Äėoutstanding young lawyer‚Äô¬†Bruno Chedid¬†standing out as rising stars.

‚ÄėAvailable, experienced and to-the-point‚Äô, lawyers at¬†Mayer Brown¬†stand out for their ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of the oil-and-gas industry in Brazil and abroad‚Äô and for their ability to provide ‚Äėprecise, business-focused advice without¬†unnecessarily complicating things‚Äô. Among its highlights, Bruno Belchior¬†(‚Äėone of the best E&P lawyers in Brazil‚Äô) advised Parna√≠ba G√°s Natural on its $54.5m acquisition of the¬†Azul√£o oil field from Petrobras. In another headline deal, department head¬†Alexandre Chequer¬†acted alongside Belchior to advise Barra Energia (wholly-owned by Riverstone and First Reserve), on a $379m farm-out transaction with Equinor Brazil. On the contentious side, Chequer represented Barra Energia in an oil and gas-related arbitration concerning the offshore Atlanta Field. The group also benefits from the senior experience of¬†Victor Galante and the recent addition of Alexandre Calmon (‚Äėan outstanding lawyer with profound knowledge of oil-and-gas law‚Äô), who joined from Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados.

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados¬†secures rave reviews from sources for its ‚Äėdeep knowledge of the industry and international practice‚Äô, ‚Äėextremely dedicated professionals‚Äô and ‚Äėpractical and commercial advice‚Äô. The boutique firm‚Äôs specialist oil-and-gas expertise encompasses the full array of upstream, midstream and downstream matters and it is a popular choice for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Shell, Total and Inpex. In a key transactional highlight, group co-heads Paulo Valois Pires¬†(‚Äėan excellent energy lawyer‚Äô)¬†and Rog√©rio Sobral de Miranda¬†(‚Äėvery knowledgeable and hands-on‚Äô)¬†paired up to advise¬†ExxonMobil Explora√ß√£o Brasil on its $1.3bn acquisition of a 33% stake in block BM-S-8 from Statoil Brasil √ďleo e G√°s. On the regulatory side,¬†Ant√īnio Lu√≠s Ferreira¬†paired up with Valois Pires to advise GNA, which holds authorisation for the construction and operation of a 1238MW thermal plant¬†as part of the high-profile A√ßu Gas Hub project, on regulatory and contractual issues. Other key names include¬†Luis Fernando Pacheco¬†(‚Äėcombines commerciality with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Brazilian oil and gas law‚Äô) and¬†Sonia Agel.

A historically strong performer in oil-and-gas deals,¬†Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados¬†also attracts praise for its non-transactional practice, with sources commending its ‚Äėbreadth of expertise across the oil-and-gas life cycle, including regulatory and antitrust issues‚Äô. In a recent example of its growing regulatory prominence, the firm was engaged to advise BNDES on both the structuring of the privatisation of MSG√ĀS and on the restructuring of the gas distribution regulatory framework in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.¬†The team, which ‚Äėcombines genuine industry specialists with a practical approach‚Äô, is led jointly by¬†Rafael Baleroni, who demonstrates ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of key issues throughout the oil-and-gas chain, from downstream to upstream and offshore assets‚Äô, and the ‚Äėvery responsive and collaborative‚Äô¬†Maur√≠cio Teixeira dos Santos.

The ‚Äėclient-focused‚Äô team at¬†Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados¬†differentiates itself through its ‚Äėproactive, clear and responsive service‚Äô, according to sources. Oil-and-gas work stands as a key pillar of the firm and the group impresses with its specialist expertise in certain key areas, particularly upstream matters, where it is widely considered a market leader, as well as offshore oil and gas and project finance.¬†Daniela Ribeiro¬†is a key contact for energy regulation and, together with Carlos Costa e Silva, recently represented BW Offshore in its claim against Petrobras concerning the application of a contractual clause allowing the latter to make unilateral discounts on the amounts owed to BW. Consultant Ricardo Martinez de Almeida¬†recently joined the team from Petrobras, while¬†Joyce Jacobsen was promoted to partner. In 2018,¬†Alexandre Calmon¬†left for¬†Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown.

In 2018, Campos Mello Advogados bolstered its practice with the hire of Paulo Lopes from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, who strengthens the team’s capability in upstream matters and M&A structuring. The group, which counts Chevron and Murphy Oil among its clients, also has strong supplementary expertise in infrastructure, finance and environmental matters. Leonardo Costa, David Leinig Meiler and consultant Sandoval Amui are recommended.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‚Äô¬†‚Äėhigh-quality practice‚Äô attracts praise from sources for its ‚Äėinternational outlook‚Äô and ‚Äėgood matter management‚Äô. The team, which is best known for complex multifaceted transactional mandates, counts Petrobras as a key client and it has advised the Brazilian oil-and-gas giant on several matters over the past year; most notably, it handled the $370m sale of three shallow-water oil fields in the Campos Basin to Perenco. Oil-and-gas lead Daniel Szyfman¬†and projects specialist Jos√© Virg√≠lio Lopes Enei¬†are highlighted together as ‚Äėfirst-class experts in the energy and infrastructure fields‚Äô.

A popular choice for ‚Äėhigh-stakes and highly complex matters‚Äô,¬†Pinheiro Neto Advogados¬†is valued for its ‚Äėprecise, efficient and actionable legal support‚Äô, which is backed-up by a ‚Äėstrong understanding of business context‚Äô. The multidisciplinary group, which leans heavily on the firm‚Äôs much-admired corporate and M&A department, has a strong focus on transactional matters but also houses vast experience in energy regulation.¬†Marcelo Viveiros de Moura¬†recently advised a consortium, comprised of¬†Mubadala Investment Company and EIG Global energy, on its competitive bid for Petrobras subsidiary Transportadora Associada de G√°s. Marcello Portes da Silveira Lobo¬†provides ‚Äėcutting-edge solutions and a unique capability to anticipate risks‚Äô.

Trench Rossi Watanabe’s oil-and-gas practice brings to bear specialist skill sets across a wide scope of oil-and-gas issues, including constitutional and public law matters, corporate finance transactions, energy regulation and dispute resolution. On the transactional front, the group advised RWE Supply & Trading on its investment into DBO Energy - José Roberto Martins and Danielle Valois led that work. Anna Tavares de Mello is another key contact in a group that also counts BP, Petrobras and Shell Brasil among its clients.

Veirano Advogados‚Äô ‚Äėpragmatic and responsive‚Äô approach strikes the right note with sources, who commend its lawyers as ‚Äėreceptive to suggestions‚Äô and able to provide ‚Äėpractical guidance and solutions to meet the client‚Äôs objectives‚Äô. The group, which routinely acts for companies in the downstream, midstream and upstream sectors, is equally adept in transactional and regulatory matters. Highlights included advising BP Gas Marketing on its joint venture with Prumo Logistica to build an LNG terminal, gas pipeline, gas trading company and two power plants in the Port of A√ß√ļ.¬†Ali El Hage Filho, Andre Carvalho¬†and the ‚Äėknowledgeable, practical and commercial‚Äô Rog√©rio Campos¬†co-lead the department.

The oil-and-gas team at¬†Demarest Advogados¬†is composed of ‚Äėexceptionally high-quality and professional lawyers‚Äô, according to sources. The multidisciplinary practice continues to raise its profile in the sector and was engaged on a series of headline transactions over the past year. Most notably, it advised QPI Brasil Petr√≥leo, as part of a consortium with ExxonMobil Brasil, on its successful R$3.1bn bid for the Tit√£ oil block.¬†Jo√£o Luis Ribeiro de Almeida, who provides ‚Äėgreat legal guidance in a very commercial manner‚Äô, is the name to note.

MMA Advogados has an increasingly prominent reputation for pipeline-related work - for both energy companies and oilfield services providers. In a key example of ongoing work, the team advises Sinopec on day-to-day matters concerning the Southeast-Northeast Gas Pipeline, including contentious construction matters. Marcelo Oliveira Mello is recommended.

Siqueira Castro ‚Äď Advogados¬†handles a mix of contentious, environmental and regulatory work for key industry names, including¬†Petrobras Transporte,¬†National Oilwell Varco and White Martins Gases Industriais. Among its recent cases, it represented Petrobras Transporte in a $10m recovery claim against¬†Techno Layer Tecnologia Em Revestimento.¬†Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro¬†and¬†Rodrigo Alexander Calazans Macedo¬†are the key contacts.


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At¬†Borba, Sim√Ķes Barbosa, Bessone e Cristofaro Advogados,¬†mining and environmental law stand out as twin pillars of the practice. The group, which routinely acts for major Brazilian and multinational clients, has deep expertise across the full life cycle of mining-related matters, including feasibility studies, permitting, project development, project acquisitions and mine closures. High-profile sector specialist¬†Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba¬†is widely regarded as a market leader and the group also benefits from the senior experience of¬†Daniela Bessone, who brings to bear a strong record in transactional matters. The firm‚Äôs recent highlights demonstrate particularly strong showings for companies in the aluminum, copper, iron and gold segments.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ comprehensive mining practice spans the full range of transactional and regulatory matters, with notable expertise in M&A, mining policy, tax issues and litigation. Among its transactional highlights, the firm advised Appian Capital Advisory on both its $40m acquisition of Mineração Vale Verde from Aura Minerals, and also on its acquisition of Mirabela Mineração do Brasil from Mirabela Nickel’s bondholders. Yamana Gold is also a key client and the firm advises the Canada-headquartered producer on a wide spread of corporate finance, tax and regulatory matters related to its copper and gold operations in Brazil. Widely admired department head Carlos Vilhena and counsel Adriano Drummond Trindade are the names to note.

Veirano Advogados’ mining team leverages the wider firm’s expertise in project finance and real estate to pack a punch in project development. The group also handles a varied mix of corporate finance, regulatory and environmental matters, including litigation. In a highlight example of its strength in cross-border deals, Pedro Garcia acted as Brazilian counsel for Leagold on its headline multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Brio Gold. On the contentious side, Garcia advised AngloGold Ashanti on various expansion issues related to its gold mining operations, including representing it before the Mining Agency. Carlos Americo Castro and Pedro Freitas are also recommended.

Belo Horizonte-based¬†Azevedo Sette Advogados¬†is valued for its ‚Äėconsiderable experience in the day-to-day matters that mining companies face in Brazil‚Äô. The firm, which acts for an impressive roster of local and multinational mining companies, was recently engaged by trophy client Vale to perform the¬†due diligence to support its $550m acquisition of Ferrous Resources. It also provides ongoing advice to Lhoist Group on operational matters concerning its subsidiaries in Brazil. Other representative clients are Anglo American Min√©rio de Ferro Brasil,¬†China Molybdenum and¬†Jaguar Mining. Key names in the ‚Äėvery professional and reliable team of lawyers‚Äô include¬†Leonardo Farinha Goulart, Fernando Azevedo Sette¬†and Leonardo Pereira Lamego.

‚ÄėExtremely available and practical‚Äô,¬†William Freire Advogados¬†sets itself apart through its ability to provide ‚Äėquick and concise answers to a variety of mining industry-related subjects‚Äô. The ‚Äėexperienced and agile‚Äô boutique specialises in all areas of mining law, from permitting through to the purchase and sale of mining assets - it also benefits from the support of specialist departments providing sector-specific environmental and tax advice.¬†William Freire¬†is an ‚Äėoutstanding and highly experienced professional‚Äô and has a strong record in regulatory matters.¬†Tiago de Mattos Silva, who is a ‚Äėpassionate and brilliant lawyer‚Äô, is also highly regarded. Key clients include¬†Rio Tinto,¬†Gerdau and Imerys.

Traditionally best known for its strength in corporate finance matters, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados bolstered its regulatory and operational capability in 2019 with its acquisition of Minas-based mining boutique Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados. Highlights included advising Vale on several matters, including regulatory issues related to the operation of its Tamanduá Mine. The combined group, which also counts Anglo American, Orion Mine Finance and Samarco among its key clients, is led jointly by Frederico Viana Rodrigues and Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza.

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados handles an array of operational and regulatory mining matters, with litigation standing out as a sweet spot; it also routinely assists mining companies with permitting, title issues and commercial work. Key contact Thiago Pastor recently advised Vale on matters relating to indigenous territories, among other issues. Kinross Brasil Mineração, AngloGold Ashanti Brasil Mineração and Brazilian Nickel are also representative clients.

The team at Sion Advogados is a popular choice for regulatory issues and brings to bear strong experience in licensing and permitting, land acquisitions, mining rights and administrative law matters. The firm also handles corporate and finance transactions. Founding partner Alexandre Sion is recommended and provides day-to-day support to several global and domestic mining companies.

Demarest Advogados‚Äô growing profile for mining work received a further boost in 2018 with the hire of M&A partner Guilherme Vieira da Silva¬†from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown;¬†he is noted for his strong record in transactions involving regulated industries, including mining. Department co-head Thiago Maia¬†recently advised Imerys do Brasil Com√©rcio de Extra√ß√£o de Min√©rios on the R$127m sale of L-Imerys Ind√ļstria e Com√©rcio de Cal to Minera√ß√£o Belocal.¬†Gon√ßalo Godinho¬†co-leads the group - which also acts for Vale,¬†ArcelorMittal and Carmeuse Lime & Stone.

Major national and multinational mining companies turn to¬†Siqueira Castro ‚Äď Advogados¬†for support on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues. The litigation powerhouse is particularly well positioned to advise on contentious environmental and administrative law cases, but it also handles non-contentious issues, including¬†due diligence procedures and contract negotiations. The firm routinely represents Vale in regulatory and administrative proceedings and it also counts Companhia Riograndense de Valoriza√ß√£o de Res√≠duos and Minera√ß√£o Buritirama as key clients.¬†Simone Paschoal Nogueira¬†and Carlos Roberto Siqueira Castro¬†co-head the department.

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