Mr Carlos Americo Castro > Veirano Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Veirano Advogados
RJ 20030-021
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Senior Counsel


Carlos Castro is a consultant at Veirano Advogados and has significant experience representing international and Brazilian clients in the mining industries.  He is recognized for his expertise and knowledge in handling regulatory, contractual and corporate matters for leading companies based in the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway and Brazil.  Mr. Castro has advised companies such as Norsk Hydro, Vale and Xstrata and a large number of junior mining companies. His mining clients gain the benefit of his considerable corporate experience enabling him to provide a unique perspective in handling issues that natural resource companies face regularly.

Instrumental in helping many foreign companies establish operations in Brazil, Mr. Castro has assisted them in acquiring and operating mining tenements throughout the Brazilian territory.  He represents mining clients in matters related to mergers and acquisitions, project finance and joint ventures. Among other projects, Mr. Castro has represented a Norwegian aluminum company in a US$4.9 Billion deal for the acquisition of the entire aluminum business of the largest Brazilian mining company, which included bauxite mining sites, exploration rights and priority rights, a 244 km bauxite pipeline, port occupation agreements, the largest alumina refinery in Latin America and an aluminum refinery.

Early career experience for Mr. Castro includes time working as an international associate for a major international law firm based in the United States where he was first involved in establishing the Brazilian mining practice at Veirano. He has been published on the topic of mineral resources and is often requested as an expert presenter to industry groups.


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Brazilian Mining Association (IBRAM)
American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Rio de Janeiro
British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brazil (BRITCHAM)
International Bar Association (IBA)
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF)
World Services Group (WSG)
Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) – Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul


LL.B, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), 1969
Post-Graduation Courses Academy of American and International Law, International and Comparative Law Center, Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, TX, 1977
Corporate and Tax Law Course, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, 1975
Legal Status of Foreign Capital in Brazil Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) Law School, 1970
Stock Market Legislation, Instituto da Bolsa de Valores do Rio de Janeiro, 1969

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Mining

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Carlos Americo CastroVeirano Advogados

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.