Mr Daniel Szyfman > Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ, 22290-160
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Work Department

Financing and infrastructure projects / Public and regulatory law / Energy / Financial services / Oil and gas / M&A and private equity




Daniel Szyfman leads the Infrastructure & Energy practice in the Rio de Janeiro unit, having his practice focused in Oil, Gas and Energy industries. Szyfman also participates in the structuring of public projects (PPP), Project Finance operations and matters related to maritime law.A relevant part of his practice is dedicated to complex operations, often cross border, such as in M&A operations and complex contracts structuring for projects construction. Szyfman also provides clients with legal assistance in general regulatory and corporate matters, supporting the client in strategic matters concerning Public Law issues. Besides, Szyfman has practiced for international groups willing to establish their business in Brazil, whether in the assets acquisition, participation in auctions or organic growth.


Portuguese and English


Admitted to the Brazilian Bar. Member of International Bar Association, Advisory Board of the North Sea and Beyond Project, AIPN and officer of the Oil and Gas Law Committee of IBA. Co-chairman of the Petroleum Council of IBDE.


Received his LL.B. from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in São Paulo, post-graduate degree in Administrative Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and master’s degree in International Finance from King’s College of London.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

The ‘motivated and focused‘ team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is regularly instructed in high-end M&A transactions. Its clients include major domestic and international companies, both private and public, as well as financial institutions, investment funds and pension funds. The full-service firm is able to provide comprehensive advice on any given transaction, covering tax, finance and labour, among other areas. In 2018, a team led by Arthur Bardawil Penteado, Daniel Szyfman and Gabriela Falcão Vieira advised Petrobras on a strategic alliance with Norwegian company Equinor; the project included the execution of several instruments, including an agreement for the transfer of assets in the Netherlands. In other work, Adriana Pallis and a team advised three companies on the establishment of a new entity to promote and manage a loyalty reward programme. Guilherme Bueno Malouf heads the business law department, and Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior heads the Iberian and Latin American desk. Luciana Costa Engelberg has experience in numerous sectors, including private equity, education and technology. Apoena Joels joined Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in 2019.

Brazil > Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)

The ‘very talented‘ dispute resolution team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a ‘great structure‘ and is ‘prepared to assist large companies in a range of proceedings‘. It is also praised for its ‘transparency‘ and ‘strategic view of disputes‘. The team is often retained by well-known companies in high-stakes litigation. A case in point was its counsel to Petrobras regarding an administrative dispute concerning an oil-and-gas concession agreement and an increase in attendant royalties subsequent to the unification of various oilfields; the team was led by Eliane Cristina Carvalho, Gláucia Coelho, Cristiane Romano and energy partner Daniel Szyfman. In internal developments, Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros and Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino were promoted to partner; both are recommended. Environmental law expert Roberta Danelon Leonhardt also receives praise.

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons

(Next Generation Partners)

Daniel SzyfmanMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘high-quality practice’ attracts praise from sources for its ‘international outlook’ and ‘good matter management’. 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 José Virgílio Lopes Enei are highlighted together as ‘first-class experts in the energy and infrastructure fields’.