Mr Rafael Vanzella > Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
1052 – SÃO PAULO
SP 04534004

Work Department

Infrastructure and Energy




Vanzella is specialist in regulated contracts, structured acquisitions and financings, complex guarantees, and public administration business conducted in the sectors of transports and logistics, energy, urban mobility and cities, basic sanitation, and solid waste. He provides legal assistance to investors, main contractors, suppliers of capital goods, financial institutions, and governmental agencies on a range of steps of an infrastructure project, such as private-public partnerships modeling and concessions, negotiation of joint venture agreements, participation in tenders, establishment of special purpose companies and of their shareholders’ agreements, structuring construction contracts, supply and off-takes, paying in of capital structure, and disvestiture transactions. He also engages activities in expression of interest procedures, pre-litigation procedures of administrative contracts, regulatory analysis and diagnosis, and drawing up studies on sectors and public policies.


Portuguese and English.


Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association.


Received his LL.B from Universidade de São Paulo. Guest researcher at Fakultät der Rechtswissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg and Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht. Obtained his Doctorate degree in Civil Law from Universidade de São Paulo.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Public law

(Next Generation Partners)

Rafael VanzellaMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Full-service law firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a premier public and administrative law practice, which is often retained to advise on some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the market. Particularly active in the transport, logistics, sanitation and energy segments, the group of ‘highly qualified professionals‘ handles major PPPs, concession agreements, bidding processes and privatisations. On the contentious front, the team demonstrates notable strength in administrative proceedings, the negotiation of leniency programmes, and high-profile litigation before constitutional courts. A strong performer in project finance, M&A and concessions in regulated sectors, José Virgilio Enei oversees the practice. Public and regulatory law specialist Lucas Sant’Anna is frequently sought after for his expertise in PPPs, administrative improbity matters and public tenders. Rafael Vanzella is trusted by financial institutions, government bodies and contractors in financing transactions and project development matters. Pedro Saullo is another core member of the team with a strong background in PPPs, economic and financial rebalance claims, and the enforcement of administrative contracts.