‘One of the reference firms in Brazil in environmental law‘, Milaré Advogados is fully devoted to environmental matters and stands out for its breadth and depth of expertise in the area, combining strength in both preventive advice and environmental litigation before courts and administrative agencies. The firm fields an experienced bench of environmental attorneys, who often represent major clients from the agribusiness, forestry and paper, infrastructure, natural resources, life sciences, energy, mining and solid waste sectors in precedent-setting issues. Other areas of particular focus include environmental licensing in the context of large-scale infrastructure and forestry projects, and regulatory and compliance matters. Édis Milaré, who is highly regarded for his track record in environmental litigation and policy-making matters, coordinates the group. Lucas Milaré is singled out for his academic credentials and background. Mandates involving agribusiness, contaminated areas and biosafety are led by Roberta Jardim de Morais. Flávia Rocha Loures is another noteworthy environmental specialist within the firm. Since publication, Rita Maria Borges Franco and Juliana Flávia Mattei left the firm.
Environment in Brazil
Édis Milaré; Lucas Tamer Milaré; Flavia Rocha Loures; Roberta Jardim de Morais
‘Very competent team in environmental law.’
‘It is one of the reference firms in Brazil in environmental law, thus providing a service of the highest technical level.’
‘Milaré’s team is extremely competent in its area of expertise, being recognised as one of the largest Brazilian law firms working in the field of environmental law.’
‘Milaré’s professionals are attentive and agile in responding to clients’ doubts and queries.’
Icipar Empreendimentos e Participações
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- Represents Itaipu Binacional in a dispute involving indigenous law and the environmental protection of the area occupied by its hydroelectric plan reservoir.
- Representing Icipar Empreendimentos e Participações in a class action filed by the São Paulo State Attorney’s Office to nullify administrative acts leading to the approval of the Environmental Impact Study/Environmental Impact Report.
- Provided consultancy to the Food and Agriculture Organisation in relation to the review of the main governance frameworks applicable to the use, management and protection of the Merin Lagoon and related ecosystems.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados enjoys a strong reputation in the market, given its ability to handle high-profile environmental litigation (involving civil, administrative and criminal liability) across the country. Covering all aspects of environmental law, the group is a trusted advisor to a range of clients engaged in contentious matters arising from contaminated sites, tailings dam-related incidents, health and safety issues and environmental regulations, among others. In addition to administrative and judicial litigation, the team is well positioned to assist in environmental licensing, take-back plans, projects with environmental implications, and regulatory matters. Furthermore, the department collaborates with the firm’s infrastructure, banking and capital markets practices to advise clients on ESG issues, green financing and lenders’ liability. Antonio José Monteiro is a veteran in environmental law in Brazil, and has a wealth of experience in matters related to agribusiness and biotechnology. Werner Grau Neto is particularly sought after by energy and mining companies implicated in environmental cases, and is a key contact for climate change and ESG mandates. The ‘extremely competent‘ Alexandre Outeda Jorge has a strong track record in class actions and negotiations with public entities and regulatory agencies. Other individuals to note for consulting and litigation matters include Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro and Natalia Azevedo de Carvalho. Andre Vivan de Souza is active in environmental licensing, carbon markets and public civil actions, while Paula Susanna Amaral Mello is recommended for sustainability issues.
‘Very qualified, helpful team, great client relationship and a lot of expertise in the area.’
‘Werner Grau Neto and André Vivan have been with us for almost 15 years, and their professional behaviour has always been impeccable.’
‘Paula Susana Amaral Mello and Mariana Gracioso Barbosa stand out.’
‘I’d highlight Antonio José Monteiro.’
‘Service is super fast and focused on solving the problem.’
‘Alexandre Outeda Jorge is excellent at understanding the scenario, focusing on the solution, thinking about other implications the case may have in another area. Alexandre is always available, and responds quickly.’
‘The firm has lawyers of the highest level in terms of training and experience.’
‘Among the environmental law team, I highlight the partner Alexandre Jorge, an extremely competent practitioner, who is always looking for the best possible solutions for the client. Very dedicated and available.’
CBC – Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos
Becton & Dickson
CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo
- Assists Tüv Süd and local companies in legal matters arising from the Barragem I (Dam I) collapse in Brumadinho.
- Representing multiple companies in environmental litigation concerning illegal waste disposal by a company named Companhia Brasileira de Bauxita – Usina de Passivos Ambientais in the 2000s.
- Defending CESP in two public civil actions regarding the Porto Primavera hydro power plant due to alleged damages caused by the project to the aquatic fauna of Paraná River.
At Demarest Advogados, the environmental team ‘stands out for its technical quality and knowledge', and ability to navigate complex environmental and administrative litigation on behalf of major companies and other entities in the mining, forestry, agribusiness, infrastructure and chemical sectors. The practice - which regularly collaborates with other firm-wide departments, including M&A, real estate, criminal law and capital markets - handles a varied workload featuring environmental disputes, due diligence in the context of projects and transactions, sustainable investments and other innovative environmental mandates, ranging from climate change to conservation issues, biodiversity, carbon credits and air emissions. Luiz Sant’Anna, who has ‘exceptional experience in the environmental area and in civil proceedings', jointly leads the practice with recently promoted partner Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo, whose areas of expertise cover ESG, environmental licensing, solid waste and contaminated areas. Lucas Fonseca Marinho, who joined from Sion Advogados in December 2021, is a name to note at the associate level, especially for matters involving the intersection of environmental and mining law.
Luiz Sant’Anna; Fernanda Vianna Stefanelo
‘The firm has excellent expertise in environmental issues and a great reputation in the sector, in addition to an availability and flexibility to meet urgent demands that is not so common in large firms.’
‘Luiz Fernando Sant’Anna – exceptional experience in the environmental area and in civil proceedings, which helps a lot in the support provided, in addition to cordiality, availability and individualised attention to matters.’
‘The team of lawyers in the environmental area, led by Luiz Fernando, stands out for its technical quality and knowledge. It understands the peculiarities of the company’s business and acts as a partner in evaluations and analyses.’
‘Luiz Fernando stands out for his technical knowledge in the environmental area and for the way he addresses analyses, always with a business perspective.’
‘Fernanda Stefanelo is very good technically, and super involved and engaged.’
‘Fernanda Stefanello has a lot of experience having worked as a lawyer for the environmental agency of the State of São Paulo and therefore has a deep operational knowledge of such regulatory agency, which facilitates and distinguishes her work.’
Porto Sudeste do Brasil
- Assisting Porto Sudeste in the conduct and defense of nearly 200 class actions filed by fishermen of the Sepetiba Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
- Assisting Tronox in the evaluation and improvement of its corporate ESG goals in relation to the closing of a mine.
- Advising GOL on a partnership with climate tech company Moss Earth to neutralise part of its flights, improving its business through sustainable practices.
Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados
A go-to destination for crisis management, the team at Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados is comprised of three partners who are fully dedicated to environmental matters. Showcasing a strong track record in assisting clients in some of Brazil’s largest environmental accidents, including the collapse of the Brumadinho and Mariana dams, the firm has built a reputation in the field of dam security issues and has since become a popular choice for mining and hydroelectric companies seeking preventive advice. Administrative and civil litigation are other notable areas of activity for the team, which is also routinely instructed in ESG and environmental policy-related matters. Oscar Graça Couto ‘handles many of Brazil’s top environmental cases‘, and oversees the group with Guilherme Leal and Alexandre Abby in Rio de Janeiro. At the associate level, Mariana Miranda stands out for her involvement in contentious and non-contentious environmental issues.
Oscar Graça Couto; Guilherme Leal; Alexandre Abby
‘I consider Graça Couto among the top Brazilian law firms in the environmental area. Oscar, in addition to having in-depth legal knowledge, follows the cases closely.’
‘Oscar Graça Couto is a brilliant lawyer; handles many of Brazil’s top environmental cases; extremely competent, he is very ethical and understands the needs of his clients.’
Águas do Brasil
BP Bunge Bioenergia
Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz
Instituto Clima e Sociedade
- Represented Rio Paraná Energia and Rio Paranapanema Participações in negotiations with the government involving the water flow of hydropower plants following a long period of severe drought.
- Represented World Wildlife Fund – WWF Brasil and other environmental and indigenous associations in a constitutional dispute concerning protected areas in the Amazon.
- Acted for TPAR Operadora Portuária in a public civil action seeking compensation for damages to the marine environment of Angra dos Reis.
With longstanding experience in the field of environmental law, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados advises on cutting-edge environmental matters, including concerning climate change, green finance and biodiversity. The team is particularly recognised for its impressive track record in environmental crisis management, but is also singled out for its wide-ranging experience in contentious matters, project structuring, licensing, compliance and regulatory matters. The bulk of its work comes from the mining, energy, agribusiness and forestry sectors, and its largely international client base often turns to the team for assistance with the assessment of environmental risks and liabilities in the context of strategic business transactions. Department head Roberta Danelon Leonhardt has a wealth of experience in environmental crisis management cases, and also advises clients on disputes and non-contentious matters. Environmental law specialist Eduardo De Campos Ferreira‘s practice encompasses administrative and judicial proceedings related to environmental liabilities and claims, as well as the environmental aspects of M&A and other corporate deals. Carolina De Almeida Castelo Branco and Camila Argentino Silva Ribeiro Scopel are other key individuals in the team; they provide advisory and litigation services to clients operating in a range of industries, including infrastructure, chemicals, mining and energy.
Roberta Danelon Leonhardt
‘Roberta Danelon Leonhardt plays a fundamental role as a manager and legal consultant, with high technical and practical knowledge, which makes the client / law firm relationship as profitable and efficient as possible.’
‘Available and solid advice.’
‘Roberta Leonhardt is recommended.’
Great Wall Motor Company
Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE
Bompreço do Brasil Participações (Grupo BIG)
LATAM Airlines Brasil
Embu II do Brasil Projetos Imobiliários
- Assisting Samarco in complying with the agreements signed with the authorities after the Mariana accident in 2015.
- Defending Embu II in a class action filed by the State of São Paulo Prosecutor’s Office (MPSP), arguing that its project is environmentally harmful.
- Advising Jive on the potential acquisition of sanitary landfills by Jive and Orizon in the context of Estre’s judicial restructuring.
The sizeable environmental and climate change group at Mattos Filho offers the entire scope of environmental law services, covering both non-contentious matters and litigation. Besides an impressive track record in high-exposure environmental litigation at the judicial and administrative levels throughout the country, the group also excels in negotiations with regulatory agencies, and advice on environmental licenses, brownfield and contaminated site management, solid waste matters and M&A transactions with considerable environmental implications. Its recent merger with boutique firm Rennó, Penteado, Reis e Sampaio resulted in the addition of two name partners and eight other practitioners, each with considerable experience in environmental disputes and increasingly relevant issues, such as climate change, ESG and environmental governance. The aforementioned areas are core fields of activity for Antonio Augusto Reis and Rômulo Sampaio, the latter of whom is ‘experienced in hearings with public and judicial bodies’. Lina Pimentel Garcia focuses on contaminated sites, solid waste and licensing matters; she is praised by clients for her ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ and ‘strategic thinking’. Associate Tábata Boccanera Guerra de Oliveira has broad experience in climate change and sustainability issues in the context of M&A, capital markets and project finance transactions.
‘Very specialised service, availability at all times, agility.’
‘Lina Pimentel Garcia contributes a lot to discussions with in-depth technical knowledge, strategic thinking and a lot of experience in the environmental area.’
‘Knowledge and technical excellence in environmental law are the firm’s differentials. We retain them in all demands that involve greater complexity. They are excellent in litigation and cross-selling with other areas of practice at the firm.’
‘Romulo Sampaio is extremely competent and with above average knowledge of the subject. Very available to the client and experienced in hearings with public and judicial bodies. Bruna Ozanan is an excellent lawyer especially in administrative and judicial litigation matters. Always available, fast and excellent technical excellence.’
‘All professionals at Mattos Filho are extremely committed to the work performed, meeting demands in a timely and qualified manner, always able and willing to participate in meetings, suggesting strategies to be adopted by the company, always aiming to mitigate risks.’
BRK Ambiental Participações
EDF Norte Fluminense
RioZoo Zológico do Rio de Janeiro
Amazon Web Services
Santo Antonio Energia
- Assisting BHP Billiton in multiple socio-environmental lawsuits due to the collapse of the 2015 Fundão Dam.
- Advised Santander on the development of a corporate climate change strategy, involving financial products, legal structuring and assistance in complex legal issues.
- Advised Suzano on several consultations about climate change, including the definition of the business strategy in order to assess the risks and opportunities related to the carbon market.
Tauil & Chequer Advogados fields a standalone practice focused on environmental and climate change matters, which is prepared to handle administrative and judicial proceedings, transactional work and compliance issues. The broad service offering also includes environmental licensing, waste management, contaminated areas as well as biodiversity, energy transition and ESG issues. The team has seen recent growth with several new clients in the power, chemical, agribusiness, mining, and oil and gas sectors. Splitting his time between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Gustavo Bezerra has represented several domestic and multinational clients in environmental disputes and negotiations with governmental authorities and public prosecutors. His other areas of expertise include corporate environmental and social responsibility, crisis management, waste and water laws. Gedham Gomes is active in class actions and administrative proceedings, and also advises on compliance, permitting and risk assessment. Both practitioners ‘stand out for their proactive attitude, knowledge and professionalism'.
Luiz Gustavo Bezerra
‘Differentiated knowledge and service.’
‘Luiz Gustavo Bezerra and Gedham Medeiros stand out for their proactive attitude, knowledge and professionalism.’
- Representing Furnas Centrais Elétricas against an environmental civil class action, a lawsuit filed by the Municipality of Capitólio, and an infraction notice issued by the Minas Gerais State Environmental Agency.
- Represents Hydro and its subsidiaries in a climate litigation public civil action seeking the transition of its energy mix from fuel oil to LNG.
- Assists Carbonext in structuring what is expected to be the largest blue carbon project in the world.
Praised for its ‘availability, speed of response and good technical knowledge’, the environmental law practice at TozziniFreire Advogados offers legal support to clients operating in a variety of sectors, including forestry, agribusiness, real estate, transport, energy and social infrastructure, on a multitude of projects, business transactions, regulatory matters and in litigation at the judicial and administrative levels. The team, which often works together with other practice groups in multidisciplinary matters, is also proficient in ESG, environmental compliance, sustainable finance and criminal law matters. Adriana Baptista is recognised for her work in relation to business-critical environmental mandates; she is a popular choice for clients involved in environmental disputes and projects with significant environmental implications. She jointly heads the department with Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli, whose experience includes M&A transactions, brownfields, and projects related to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Nagoya Protocol. Noted for ‘his excellent technical capacity and good communication with the client‘, senior associate Danilo Lambert Vieira de Sousa handles administrative proceedings, environmental licensing and the environmental risks of energy and infrastructure projects. Vladimir Miranda Abreu chairs the climate change and carbon market practice group.
Adriana Baptista; Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli
‘Very competent team and excellent professionalism.’
‘Availability, speed of response and good technical knowledge.’
‘Adriana Mathias Baptista is a very technical professional who understands the business and the client’s needs with great ease.’
‘Adriana Mathias Baptista is extremely technical and knowledgeable on the subject. Danilo Lambert Vieira de Sousa is a very technical lawyer who is able to meet the client’s needs in short terms.’
‘This team of lawyers is very responsible in their work, has very good legal knowledge and responds effectively to the work required.’
‘Danilo Lambert Vieira de Sousa is a lawyer who stands out for his excellent technical capacity and good communication with the client. Excellent performance with external bodies.’
TAG Transportadora Associada de Gás
Fras-Le (Randon Group)
- Assisting Saab Sweden on the environmental licensing proceeding for producing sensor systems in Brazil.
- Assists SABESP in the analysis of the state of São Paulo’s legislation and regulatory environment, with an aim to support the drafting of bills for the implementation of a registration system for greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Trench Rossi Watanabe
At Trench Rossi Watanabe, the environment and sustainability practice is engaged by clients from highly regulated industries in the full array of environmental matters. Assisting with the management of critical contaminated areas is a core strength for the department, which is also noted for the structuring of take-back schemes, solid waste matters, and litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres. The practice provides nationwide services, and advises on cutting-edge issues including sustainability, climate change, ESG and carbon markets. Renata Amaral ‘is responsible for leading a highly efficient and committed team‘; she leads advice to clients in high-profile cases involving contaminated areas and environmental regulations. Other practitioners to note include Giovani Tomasoni and Alexandre Jabra, both of whom ‘offer top-notch environmental legal services‘. Tomasoni is routinely instructed by corporate clients in ESG, environmental compliance and sustainability mandates, while Jabra is a key contact for environmental licensing, waste management, protected areas and ESG matters.
Renata Amaral; Giovani Tomasoni
‘The team’s technical knowledge is exceptional. It seeks to serve the client in all its facets/needs, without “pushing” one topic or another to another partner because it is not their area of expertise.’
‘Renata Amaral and Giovani Tomasoni stand out for their technical capacity, personalised service to the client, and the certainty that the client’s conflict/problem will be dealt with in a complete way and not just from an environmental perspective.’
‘The firm is involved in the main environmental discussions existing in Brazil, from ESG structuring to lawsuits. Diversity reigns in the team, with a mix of female and male partners. The knowledge of what is happening in Brazil and abroad is a great differential.’
‘TRW has the best environmental law practice in the country. The practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset offered by the team are unparalleled in the local market and rarely found in the international market. From licensing processes to high exposure litigation, through environmental crisis management and general advice on the matter, TRW is certainly a market leader in the field.’
‘Giovani Tomasoni and Alexandre Jabra offer top-notch environmental legal services. The area’s coordinating partner, Renata Amaral, is responsible for leading a highly efficient and committed team and offers the highest level of environmental legal services herself. Renata is a world-class professional.’
Procter & Gamble
- Assists Shell Brasil Petróleo in the fines, lawsuits and licensing proceedings of the company’s major oil platforms.
- Assisting Buritirama in several civil inquiries and other investigations concerning the regularity of mining activities, compliance with human rights rules, and impacts on local communities and the environment.
- Conducted a strategic review of Mercado Livre’s compliance and policies towards the obligations of the National Policy of Solid Waste.
Bichara Advogados' environmental group manages a busy workload populated by judicial litigation, administrative proceedings before public authorities and environmental agencies, and environmental licensing issues. Its varied client roster features players operating in an array of industries, including energy, telecoms, infrastructure, mining, construction, water and waste management. Recent areas of growth include solid waste management mandates and advising investors on environmental compliance, mapping of liabilities and ESG issues. Practice head Luciana Gil Ferreira has ‘in-depth knowledge' of environmental law, and is singled out for her experience in environmental crises and negotiations with public authorities. Patrícia Mendanha Dias ‘is a distinguished professional' who is particularly recommended for environmental matters in the mining sector, including public civil actions.
Luciana Gil Ferreira
‘The firm has an excellent team of specialised lawyers, ready to assist and attuned to market trends.’
‘I would like to highlight Luciana Gil and Patrícia Dias, who are prominent in the environmental area, in addition to knowing a lot about the subject, are able to serve clients by looking at their specificities, trying to understand the business and bringing new ideas to old problems.’
‘The firm has affordable and relatively lower prices than other professionals of the same quality, which generates a greater possibility of recurrence of processes sent to the firm or opinions requested. In particular, the environmental litigation team provides an exceptional service. The procedural documents are absolutely clear and sent to the Company days before the deadline, in order to allow the Company to evaluate the petition and make suggestions, increasing the rich exchange of knowledge between lawyers and clients.’
‘Patrícia Mendanha Dias is a distinguished professional. In addition to presenting clear petitions, she participates in all meetings in a very prepared manner, making pertinent comments and demonstrating her absolute mastery of the topic discussed. In particular, in cases that involve technical expertise, Patrícia delves into issues that go beyond the law.’
‘The environmental team, which is predominantly composed of women, led by the admirable Luciana Gil, combines partnership, safety, ethics, objectivity, simplicity and technique in environmental consultancy. Not to mention the excellent value for money.’
‘Luciana Gil Ferreira – Leadership, precision of information and in-depth knowledge. Patricia Mendanha Dias – Expert in Environmental Law and peacemaker in complex issues.’
‘Highly prepared and technical team, with service above expectations in relation to deadlines and construction of defense theses. The notably female team excels in leading the themes and solving complex matters.’
‘The work of Luciana Gil and Patrícia Mendanha Dias stand out. The in-depth knowledge of environmental legislation stands out from other teams, in addition to the ability to create new solutions to everyday issues and constant monitoring of news in the field of activity.’
PGS Investigação Petrolifera
Brookfield Brasil Timber
- Assists Votorantim Cimentos in several lawsuits filed by more than 10,000 fishermen, alleging damages caused by the construction and operation of a hydroelectric power plant on the Paraguaçu river.
- Retained by MRS Logística to appeal a lawsuit filed by Mangaratiba Municipality.
- Assists Braskem in 46 lawsuits filed by more than 500 fishermen and a Public Civil Action filed by an association of fishermen, claiming damages caused by a subsea pipeline in Guanabara Bay.
Offering both litigation and advisory services, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão's environmental and climate change group is equipped to assist a varied corporate client base in the spectrum of environmental matters, with a special emphasis on environmental licensing, enforcement proceedings, contaminated sites, ESG compliance and carbon market regulations. Its close collaboration with the firm's transactional practices makes it a safe choice for multinational and domestic companies engaged in corporate and M&A deals with considerable environmental risks. Marcio Pereira focuses on natural resources regulations and sustainability issues, and handles both non-contentious work and litigation. He receives support from a strong team of associates: Beatriz Paulo De Frontin ‘is very technically competent' in the fields of environmental licensing, administrative and judicial proceedings; and Marina Maciel is a key contact for infrastructure, waste, power and manufacturing clients involved in M&A transactions and environmental litigation.
Márcio Pereira; Beatriz Paulo de Frontin; Marina Maciel
‘The BMA’s environmental law team is excellent. What differentiates them from others is the assertiveness with which they understand matters and the direct and executive way in which they respond. Straight to the point. Speed is also a differentiator.’
‘Marina da Silva Pinto Maciel is amazing. She proposes innovative solutions to complex challenges.’
‘Technical competence of its lawyers; in-depth knowledge of the factual issues involved in the cases/processes; commitment to the client’s needs, always proposing strategies to make the claims viable; absolute availability for service.’
‘Beatriz De Frontin is very technically competent, committed to good service, has a deep knowledge of the factual issues involved in the cases/processes and is always available for assistance.’
‘BMA has a state-of-the-art environmental law team, attentive to industry news and new topics. BMA was able to build a solid environmental practice strengthening its position as a full service firm.’
‘Marcio Pereira has extensive experience and is a very competent professional. Beatriz de Frontin is an impeccable senior associate, who will certainly reach an even more prominent position in the environmental area. Marina Maciel is also building a solid career.’
‘I particularly recommend Márcio Pereira, Beatriz Paulo de Frontin and Marina Maciel, who are technically excellent and stand out in their areas, not only for their legal knowledge, but also for their unique ability to communicate properly in discussions.’
‘The environmental team led by Marcio and Marina is very efficient. They know a lot about specific environmental issues by region of Brazil and the environmental agency. They discuss various options and strategies and personally lead the work.’
Ventos de Santo Artur Energias Renováveis
Lactalis do Brasil – Comércio, Importação e Exportação de Laticínios
BW Offshore do Brasil
PQ Silicas Brasil
BRK Ambiental Participações
Ciclus Ambiental do Brasil
- Advising Vale in several environmental procedures related to the Brumadinho dam collapse.
- Represents Ventos de Santo Artur Energias Renováveis in a lawsuit against IDEMA seeking authorisation to establish a legal reserve outside of a wind farm and transmission line project in Rio Grande do Norte.
- Advised BWO to successfully revert Technical Opinions 275/2021 and 48/2021 issued by IBAMA.
Foreign and Brazilian companies and domestic industry associations regularly turn to Felsberg Advogados for its wide-ranging expertise in site contamination, chemical regulations and waste management. Covering both non-contentious issues and environmental litigation, the team attracts instructions from the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, electronics, life sciences, and paper and pulp sectors in relation to legislative and regulatory matters. Co-head Fabricio Soler ‘is a reference when it comes to solid waste law‘, and is often engaged by leading organisations in relation to studies and policy-making issues. Daniela Mota is experienced in contaminated areas, solid waste, biodiversity and environmental issues in the mining segment. Tasso Cipriano is no longer at the firm.
‘In-depth knowledge of solid waste disposal, relevant legislation and the implementation of reverse logistics make Felsberg a reference. The attitude of its lawyers, always willing to seek solutions, is also fundamental for the development of our activities.’
‘Fabricio Soler has specific knowledge on the subject and a helpful attitude in the search for the best solutions.’
‘The contracted work fully corresponded to the expectation. The team quickly understood the need and responded with agility and quality. In addition, the cordiality of the professionals also contributed to the satisfaction of our company.’
‘Felsberg’s environmental law team, especially Fabricio Soler, has a unique knowledge of waste rights. The team is hands-on and wears the client’s shirt.’
‘Fabrício Soler is a reference when it comes to solid waste law and has a vast and in-depth knowledge of national and international practices.’
‘Felsberg Associados has a highly qualified technical team. The firm offers us support on environmental issues, with greater focus on issues inherent to solid waste management, although it works on other fronts as well. The team has a strong engagement with the various stakeholders and key people linked to these issues. This makes them present solutions that are always current, including contexts that encompass international perspectives. The team always assists us with promptness and an unparalleled level of detail and accuracy.’
Ypê (Química Amparo)
3M do Brasil
Associação Nacional de Fabricantes de Produtos Eletroeletrônicos (ELETROS)
Associação Brasileira de Reciclagem de Eletroeletrônicos e Eletrodomésticos (ABREE)
Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia
Dell Computadores do Brasil
Ingram Micro Brasil
Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica,
INTERFARMA – Associação da Indústria Farmacêutica de Pesquisa
SINDUSFARMA – Sindicato da Indústria de Produtos Farmacêuticos
PRÓGENÉRICOS – Associação Brasileira das Indústrias de Medicamentos Genéricos
ABIMIP – Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Medicamentos Isentos de Prescrição
ALANAC – Associação dos Laboratórios Farmacêuticos Nacionais
FARMABRASIL – Associação Brasileira da Indústria Farmacêutica de Pesquisa e de Capital Nacional
SELURB – Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Limpeza Urbana
ABLP – Associação Brasileira de Resíduos Sólidos e Limpeza Pública
ABETRE – Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Tratamento de Resíduos e Efluentes
ABRALATAS – Associação Brasileira dos Fabricantes de Latas de Alumínio
A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo
Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil
ABPA – Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal
ABITRIGO – Associação Brasileira da Indústria do Trigo
ABIAD – Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Alimentos para Fins Especiais e Congêneres
ABICAB – Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Chocolates, Amendoim e Balas
Suzano Papel e Celulose
- Represents SELURB, ABLP and ABETRE, three of the most important associations in the waste management sector, before the Supreme Federal Court.
- Advised ABRALATAS – Associação Brasileira dos Fabricantes de Latas de Alumínio with a legal opinion on the potential impact of the National Policy on Payment for Environmental Services on aluminium cans in the beverages sector.
- Assisting major players in the pharmaceutical industry in the implementation of a nationwide take-back scheme for old/unused medicines and packaging.
Lobo de Rizzo Advogados
The environmental practice at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados is made up of experienced practitioners with combined backgrounds in science and law, who undertake non-contentious matters and litigation at the judicial and administrative levels. The group handles a great share of standalone environmental work, ranging from environmental licensing to risk allocation in M&A transactions, reverse logistics and class actions. Leading the department is the ‘highly qualified and competent’ Renata Castanho, whose extensive experience in the environmental sphere includes waste management, public civil actions, administrative proceedings and environmental licensing. Amália Simões Botter Fabbri is also noted, particularly in matters related to environmental liability in the context of corporate transactions, contaminated land and climate change. Carina Pereira Cancela is proficient in risk assessments and contentious matters.
Renata Pires Castanho
‘Excellent firm. Focused on the client, they propose practical and result-oriented solutions. They truly strive for what is best for the client, not for what can generate more demand for the firm itself.’
‘Renata Castanho is highly qualified and competent. The firm shows concern for D&I. The partners are in charge of the work at all times, which shows a strong concern with the technical aspects of the case and with providing a personalised service.’
‘The prompt service, in-depth technical knowledge and quality of advice make this firm a reference in the market.’
‘Renata Castanho and Amalia Botter Fabbri Valdo Cestari de Rizzo are recommended.’
Volkswagen do Brasil – Indústria de Veículos Automotores
Mosaic Fertilizantes do Brasil
Scania Latin America
ABAL – Associação Brasileira de Alumínio
Renova Tratamento de Resíduos
Bremil Industria de Produtos Alimentícios
- Assisted BNDES in the environmental due diligence of the brownfield project of SPA (Santos Port Authority) and CDSS (São Sebastião Port Authority) related to the privatisation and/or concession of their activities.
- Assisted Cargill in a civil class action involving the installation of a port terminal in the state of Pará dedicated to transporting nine million tonnes of grain per year.
- Assisted ABAL (Brazilian Aluminium Association) in judicial disputes and inquiry proceedings regarding the implementation of reverse logistics systems of used packaging.
Siqueira Castro – Advogados
With over twenty years of accumulated experience in environmental, biodiversity and urban law, Siqueira Castro – Advogados is skilled at advising on the prevention of environmental liabilities. In addition to possessing strong credentials in administrative proceedings, the team is also well placed to handle environmental licensing, public civil actions and regulatory issues pertaining to the energy, waste, sanitation, oil and gas, infrastructure, agribusiness and construction sectors. Simone Paschoal Nogueira, who is particularly sought after by energy and infrastructure clients, is seasoned in environmental legislation and licensing matters. Other individuals to note include Marina Vieira Freire and Iris Zimmer, both of whom focus on environmental law. The environmental practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Annelise Abi-Ramia Ferreras, who has over twenty years’ in-house experience at notable domestic and multinational companies, focusing on environmental non-contentious and litigation matters.
Simone Paschoal Nogueira; Marina Vieira Freire; Iris Zimmer
‘The team always has the clear perception that the client’s problem is the challenge to be overcome immediately and strategically.’
‘I would highlight Simone Pachoal Nogueira and Iris Zimer.’
Localiza Rent a Car
DP World Santos
Ecovias dos Imigrantes
DMarche Indústria de Cosméticos
White Martins Gases Industriais
SBA Torres Brasil
Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa
Ambientare Soluções Ambientais Eireli
Empresa Transmissora de Energia do Nordeste – Etene
- Acts for BRK Ambiental in environmental proceedings before the state public prosecutor, environmental agencies and municipalities.
- Advises SBA on environmental licensing for the implementation of support infrastructure for telecoms antennas.
- Represents Construções e Comércio Camargo Correa in environmental administrative matters before the federal environmental body in the state of Pará.
Solid waste and wastewater management, protected areas, contaminated sites, air pollution and ESG are all areas of expertise for the environmental team at Veirano Advogados, which is also proficient in administrative proceedings, judicial disputes and in the allocation of environmental risks in the context of M&A. The department was consolidated with the arrival of new practice head Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in August 2021, and the integration of the firm’s dispute resolution team specialised in environmental disputes. Gueorguiev, who has a background in environmental litigation, brings two decades of experience in environmental, climate change and ESG issues in the context of infrastructure projects. Lívia Miné focuses on dispute resolution, including environmental class actions and individual claims. Luís Felipe Aguiar de Andrade is a key contact for agribusiness clients, while Juliana Marcussi is a name to note for ESG, climate change and licensing proceedings.
Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev; Livia Miné; Luis Felipe Andrade
‘Availability; speed; technical knowledge.’
‘I’d highlight Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev.’
‘The professionals are amazing and have vast knowledge of environmental law. They are always willing to help and are polite. Very effective follow-up, creative and agile (fast) solutions.’
Microsoft Mobile Tecnologia
Smurfit Kappa Brasil
- Advised Yara Fertilizantes on the sale of the Serra do Salitre Project to Eurochem.
- Assisted in the drafting of Nubank’s Brazilian Social and Environmental Responsibility Policy (PRSA).
- Represents Harsco in a public civil action brought by the Federal and State Public Prosecutor’s Offices and the Municipality of Volta Redonda for alleged environmental damages arising out of the slag processing activities conducted in the Volta Grande Plant.
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados' environmental practitioners are primarily focused on providing preventive advice in order to help clients mitigate potential environmental liabilities. The team excels in both the judicial and administrative spheres, and is proficient in environmental licensing, and regulatory issues pertaining to mining, solid waste, contaminated areas, climate change and sustainability. Practice head Thiago Pastor has advised clients from a variety of highly regulated industries engaged in judicial and administrative litigation. He oversees the practice from Belo Horizonte, where Marcus Vinicius Neves Vaz is counsel of choice for companies operating in the transport, real estate, sanitation and agribusiness segments.
‘I have worked with the firm for a number of years and I can attest to the quality of the services provided and the technical knowledge of the team.’
‘Extensive knowledge of state legislation, especially Minas Gerais.’
‘Thiago Pastor is recommended.’
Kinross Brasil Mineração
TSEA Energia (formerly Toshiba South America)
FCA – Fiat Chrysler
Teksid (Fiat Chrysler Group)
ADM do Brasil
ICAL Indústria de Calcinação
- Acted for Kinross Brasil Mineração in the negotiations with the Public Prosecutor of the State of Minas Gerais for the execution of an adjustment deal seeking the regularisation of its activities of gold mineral exploration in Paracatu.
- Assisted Mosaic Fertilizantes in regulatory matters concerning the fertilisers and chemical industry.
- Advised FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automóveis Brasil on environmental issues relevant to the automotive industry.
Souto Correa Advogados acts for a range of longstanding and new clients from a range of industries, including forestry, energy, real estate, infrastructure and chemicals, which seek assistance in relation to their most complex environmental challenges. The team, which is primarily based in Porto Alegre, has strong credentials in environmental litigation, but is also seen with great regularity advising on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Fabiana Figueiro is a ‘very competent professional within the area‘, who routinely handles environmental licensing and mandates concerning contaminated sites and reverse logistics. Juliana Pretto Stangherlin attracts instructions from forestry, pulp and paper, and energy clients in relation to compliance and environmental risk assessments. Mariana Vicente Níquel joined from Lefosse Advogados in October 2021 and reinforced the firm’s offering in carbon markets, transactions and licensing. The team was further reinforced by the arrivals of Tasso Cipriano and André Castilho from Felsberg Advogados in July 2022, who bring substantial experience in issues relating to waste management, contaminated sites and ESG.
‘Souto Correa provides an extremely high quality service. In all consultations, we can notice the attention given to each case, the care so that all the necessary issues are raised and the matter can be evaluated as a whole. Fabiana Figueiró is always very helpful, clear, objective and very agile.’
‘Fabiana Figueiró – a fully dedicated, updated, available and very competent professional within the area.’
‘I had the opportunity to work directly with the environmental team, which proved to be highly qualified.’
‘Fabiana Figueiró and Mariana Vicente Niquel are accessible, helpful and knowledgeable professionals.’
Eólicas Babilonia I to V (Actis Group)
Global Logistic Properties (GLP)
Irani Papel e Embalagem
Latam Airlines Brazil
Darby Servtec Energia FIP
Diagnóstico das Américas (DASA)
Empresa Brasileira de Transmissão de Energia (EBTE)
Polen Valoração de Resíduos
- Representing ADAMA in three civil class actions involving alleged environmental and private property damage.
- Advised EBTE on environmental compliance issues regarding the installation and operation of a power transmission line.
Stocche Forbes Advogados has a unique service offering in the Brazilian market thanks to its focus on climate change, sustainable finance, ESG investing and renewable energy. Multinational companies, financial institutions, carbon market players, public entities and non-governmental organisations regularly retain the team in innovative environmental matters involving the assessment of environmental liabilities in high-value M&A, financing and real estate transactions, and the environmental licensing of energy and infrastructure projects at the federal, state and local levels. The highly regarded Caroline Prolo advises domestic and international clients on environmental compliance, climate change and transactional matters. Beatriz de Azevedo Marcico Pereira and Paula Feldmann are also active in the team, especially handling the environmental aspects of transactions.
‘The firm and its partners are attentive and stand out for handling matters dynamically, quickly and efficiently.’
‘I recommend Caroline Prolo for her ability to deal with issues related to Environmental Law, and her ability to understand and handle cases.’
‘The team has vast experience and knowledge regarding environmental law, especially when it comes to minimising the client’s risks.’
EDF Norte Fluminense
Banco Interamericano De Desenvolvimento
- Advised the World Bank on the Market Readiness Project to study alternatives in terms of carbon pricing across all sectors of the Brazilian economy.
- Advising CSN – Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional on the structuring of its new ESG and climate change policy and corporate governance.
- Advising Pachama on its environmental and real estate legal due diligence and screening process to select high-quality carbon offsets and projects in Brazil.
Tabet Advogados is dedicated to environmental law, and has built a strong reputation in the field acting for a variety of clients in regulatory matters, judicial litigation and administrative proceedings. Managing partner Fernando Tabet is singled out for his experience in contamination matters, waste management and environmental licensing.
Almeida Advogados brings together environmental law specialists who are well placed to assist domestic and international clients in the allocation of environmental risks, licensing proceedings, civil investigations and environmental disputes. Environmental matters in the reverse logistics, waste management and sanitation sectors are core areas of activity for the team, which is under the joint leadership of Guilherme Doval, Igor Luna and Rafael Zinato Moreira. Doval is a contact for mining companies, and Luna is noted for administrative proceedings, which is also an area of focus for Moreira.
Guilherme Doval; Igor Luna; Rafael Zinato Moreira
‘The team is highly qualified, available and attentive. Its lawyers are able to speak several languages.’
‘Igor Luna stands out.’
Stericycle Gestão Ambiental
BRK Ambiental Participações
Blaser Swisslube do Brasil
Instituto Nacional das Empresas de Preparação de Sucata não Ferrosa e Aço – INESFA
Companhia Fabril Mascarenhas
Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet
Haztec Tecnologia e Panejamento Ambiental
Santa Vitória Açucar e Alcool
- Acted for Stericycle Gestão Ambiental in the filing of a lawsuit to allow the client to receive toxic waste at its unit in the Federal District.
- Representing BRK Ambiental in a public civil action filed by the Brazilian Bar Association – Tocantins subsection for the payment of compensation for the leakage of raw sewage in the city of Palmas.
- Acting for Alesat Combustíveis in a remediation matter.
Azevedo Sette Advogados is adept in a broad array of non-contentious and contentious environmental matters, including environmental risk assessments, licensing matters and administrative proceedings. Brazilian and international clients from the mining, energy, infrastructure, industrial, sanitation and agribusiness sectors feature prominently in the team’s varied client portfolio. Leonardo Pereira Lamego has considerable experience in negotiations with the public prosecutor, and in environmental litigation and licensing. He oversees the practice from Belo Horizonte, where Svetlana Maria De Miranda and Cynthia De Souza Cardoso are other key practitioners.
Leonardo Pereira Lamego
‘Knowledge of the business and applicable legislation.’
Tate and Lyle
BP Bunge Bioenergia
- Assisted Vale in a case which involved the negotiations of a comprehensive environmental settlement agreement regarding the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho.
- Assisting and defending Samarco in lawsuits involving fines applied by IBAMA regarding the tailings dam collapse in Mariana in 2015.
- Provided legal assistance to BH Airport in the context of the environmental licensing of the industrial airport and its second phase expansion.
Campos Mello Advogados‘ environment department is rated for its ability to act for domestic and international clients in judicial and administrative disputes, environmental due diligence of transactions, risk assessments and licensing. Key players in the oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, real estate and industrial sectors instruct the team on an array of advisory and contentious matters, including mandates concerning protected areas, crisis management, waste management and ESG issues. The environmental offering was reinforced by the arrival of three practitioners who now jointly lead the team: Ana Paula Chagas from Savin Paiva in October 2021, who has in-depth knowledge of ESG matters, climate change and sustainability; and Paulo de Bessa Antunes and Vilmar Gonçalves, who joined from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in October 2021 and focus on environmental lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
Ana Paula Chagas; Paulo de Bessa Antunes; Vilmar Gonçalves
Grupo Big Brasil
At Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, the environmental practice is best known for its track record in transactional work, where it assesses the potential environmental risks and liabilities of M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. Additionally, its practitioners are engaged in environmental lawsuits and administrative proceedings, guiding clients in negotiations with the Public Attorney’s Office and environmental agencies. Oil and gas, mining, energy, agribusiness, construction and electronics are core sectoral strengths for the team. Based in Belo Horizonte, Marcelo Moura and Maurício Pellegrino De Souza are recognised in the market as references in mining-related matters. Entirely devoted to environmental law, Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky stands out at the associate level for her proficiency in environmental disputes and environmental risk assessments.
Marcelo Mendo; Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky; Maurício Pellegrino de Souza
Jaepel Papéis e Embalagens
Localiza Rent a Car and Locapar Participações e Administração
Usina Açucareira Ester
- Advised ICL Group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Agro Fertilaquá Participações and of Compass Minerals América do Sul.
- Advised Petz on a legal report describing the main findings of the due diligence performed on the target in the context of the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Zee Dog.
- Advised CPPIB on a legal report describing the main findings of the due diligence performed on the target in the context of the merger of Votorantim Geração de Energia into VTRM Energia Participações.
With particular strength in the agribusiness sector, KLA Advogados often acts for clients in deals and civil public actions related to the Brazilian Forestry Code and preservation areas. As a result, the team is often seen handling the due diligence of rural properties and advising on land use matters and compliance issues. Its service offering also covers contaminated sites, environmental licensing and proceedings before administrative bodies. Leticia Marques, whose areas of expertise range from contaminated areas to biodiversity conservation and environmental disputes, chairs the department. Paulo Prado is no longer at the firm.
‘Great lawyers, excellent value for money, availability of the team.’
‘Leticia Yumi Marques is a very competent, accessible professional. She is one of the young talents in the Brazilian environmental legal market.’
‘’Letícia Yumi Marques assists us promptly and always delivers great quality of work. She is extremely technical and assertive.’
Lefosse Advogados is regularly called on by clients for assistance with contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. The environmental team works in close collaboration with other practices in the firm, and therefore is well positioned to advise on the prevention of environmental liabilities and mitigation of risks in M&A, capital markets, project finance and real estate deals. Besides its focus on transactional work, the practice is also sought after for its expertise in ESG matters. Practice leader Guilherme d’Almeida Mota ‘stands out for his experience, technical excellence and availability’; environmental crisis management, including dam failure and large fires, solid waste and climate change are among his core areas of specialism.
Guilherme d’Almeida Mota
‘Guilherme Mota stands out for his experience, technical excellence and availability.’
The Nature Conservancy – TNC
ADM Do Brasil
Banco Nacional De Desenvolvimento (BNDES)
Riza Arctium Real Estate Investment Fund
- Assisting TNC – The Nature Conservancy, a global initiative dedicated to environmental preservation, in an array of environmental pro bono cases.
- Representa ADM’s Brazilian subsidiaries in a range of administrative and judicial environmental procedures.
- Assisted Bunge in the creation and implementation of a new environmental policy.
Based in Joinville, Martinelli Advogados acts for a diverse client base, with particular strength in the manufacturing, food, animal nutrition, construction and service sectors. Recent areas of growth include the agribusiness, logistics and waste segments, where the team often handles matters pertaining to environmental compliance, and environmental litigation in the administrative and judicial spheres. Patrícia de Pádua Rodrigues assists clients in state and federal environmental compliance, permitting and contentious issues involving solid and hazardous waste. Other noteworthy practitioners include André Campos Valadão , Ricardo Costa Bruno and Carolina Gonçalves Mota , the latter of whom focuses on regulatory matters and interactions with environmental agencies.
Patrícia de Pádua Rodrigues
‘The firm provides diligent and quality services. The team is always available to clarify doubts or propose new solutions to problems.’
‘I particularly recommend Carolina Gonçalves Mota.’
COPACOL – Cooperativa Agroindustrial Consolata
Docol Metais Sanitários
Marbrasa Mármores e Granitos Do Brasil
Krona Tubos e Conexões
Gelco Gelatinas Do Brasil
Almeida Junior Shopping Centers
- Representing JBS in a claim broought against it for alleged environmental damage.
- Assistance to DOHLER in its River Monitoring Environmental Education Project, developed in partnership with Joinville Regional University (Univille) and being implemented in the municipal schools of Joinville.
- Representation of Fazenda Da Riva Participações in an annulment suit seeking a declaration of nullity of an infraction notice and embargo/interdiction order issued by the Mato Grosso State Secretariat of the Environment.
Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is highlighted for its 'excellent services' and 'differentiated business vision'. The practice has seen recent growth in work related to the management of environmental impacts and liabilities of transactions. The practice provides both advisory and ligation services, demonstrating a strong track record in public civil actions, environmental licensing and contamination matters. Antonio Celso Pugliese jointly leads the environment group with recently promoted partner Anderson Moura, who is noted for his experience in environmental compliance and litigation.
Antonio Celso Pugliese; Anderson Moura
‘Technical knowledge; understanding the business; excellent balance between legal and business risks; availability.’
‘Anderson Moura is excellent.’
‘Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados has provided us with excellent services and demonstrated a differentiated business vision.’
‘I recommend Anderson Moura, who has extensive experience and technical knowledge in the environmental area, as well as a excellent skills to negotiate with public bodies.’
Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K
Opersan Resíduos Industriais
Sandvik Coromant do Brasil Industria e Comercio de Ferramentas
Sociedade Importadora Agro Assai
Usiminas – Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais