Mr José Virgílio Lopes Enei > Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP, 01451-000

Work Department

Financing and infrastructure projects / Aviation and shipping / Public and regulatory law / Special desks / Energy / Financial services / Oil and gas / M&A and private equity.




José Virgílio is a leading lawyer in project finance, M&A and PPPs in regulated sectors such as transport, oil & gas, power, sanitation, urban and social infrastructure.


Portuguese and English.


Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association and to the New York Bar. Member of International Bar Association, São Paulo Lawyers Association, Brazilian Institute for Energy Law and Private Equity Association of Brazil. He is President of IBRADEMP since March 2015


Received his LL.B. and master degree in Commercial Law from Universidade de São Paulo, postgraduation in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and LL.M from University of Virginia.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Public law

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is able to handle the full range of public law issues; the practice has a strong track record in public bids, privatisations, concessions, complex public-private arrangements (PPPs) and administrative proceedings before federal regulatory bodies. Other notable areas of practice include judicial litigation and administrative improbity cases. Mauro Bardawil Penteado, who specialises in public law and projects, oversees the department with José Enei, whose areas of focus include PPPs and concessions. Lucas Sant’Anna is noted for his deep knowledge of regulatory matters, particularly involving the sanitation, airports, railways, highways and transport sectors. Rafael Vanzella is completely devoted to public law, and is proficient in public tenders, concessions and administrative agreements.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

José Virgílio Lopes EneiMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Fielding one of the biggest infrastructure and project finance teams in the market, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados covers the entire spectrum of legal services relating to projects. Mandates range from advising on public-private partnerships (PPPs), project finance and development to government concessions, bidding processes and M&A involving regulated sectors. The team receives instructions from significant domestic and international players operating in a variety of sectors, with particular emphasis in sanitation, oil and gas, transportation and energy. José Virgílio Lopes Enei, who excels in project financing and M&A in regulated sectors, leads the practice. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior has extensive experience in the energy, roads and mining sectors, while Mauro Bardawil Penteado is often retained to structure complex PPP arrangements. Project and structured finance transactions are areas of expertise for Adriano Schnur. Alberto Faro is another name to note for domestic and cross-border project financing.

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Electricity

Covering electricity generation, transmission, distribution, power commercialisation and trading, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados stands out for the transactional work it undertakes in the power sector. Apart from advising domestic and foreign clients on M&A, project finance and energy auctions, the department also provides legal assistance in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts pertaining to project development, as well as administrative and judicial issues. The team is proficient in traditional and renewable power generation and self-production regime projects. Practice head Ana Karina Esteves de Souza advises on private investments in regulated industries, with a particular emphasis on the electricity sector. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and project finance are some of José Virgílio Lopes Enei‘s areas of expertise, while recently promoted Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza specialises in energy law. Paulo Machado is also recommended.

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has particular strength in the gas sector, having had a central role assisting Petrobras with its divestment effort and the opening up of the market to private players. M&A is at the core of the oil and gas practice, which advises on fuels, gas distribution and service providers in addition to exploration and production. Project development is another area of activity for the department, which has been handling what is to be the first greenfield refinery project. José Virgílio Lopes Enei oversees the global infrastructure team, regularly assisting international clients with matters pertaining to hydrocarbons. Daniel Szyfman heads the oil and gas team, and has a strong background in M&A and structured finance. Ana Karina Esteves de Souza is a name to note for project finance. Maria Fernanda Soares is another key practitioner in the team.