Firm Profile > Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados

Hydrocarbons Tier 1

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados secures rave reviews from sources for its ‘deep knowledge of the industry and international practice’, ‘extremely dedicated professionals’ and ‘practical and commercial advice’. The boutique firm’s specialist oil-and-gas expertise encompasses the full array of upstream, midstream and downstream matters and it is a popular choice for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Shell, Total and Inpex. In a key transactional highlight, group co-heads Paulo Valois Pires (‘an excellent energy lawyer’) and Rogério Sobral de Miranda (‘very knowledgeable and hands-on’) paired up to advise ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil on its $1.3bn acquisition of a 33% stake in block BM-S-8 from Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás. On the regulatory side, Antônio Luís Ferreira paired up with Valois Pires to advise GNA, which holds authorisation for the construction and operation of a 1238MW thermal plant as part of the high-profile Açu Gas Hub project, on regulatory and contractual issues. Other key names include Luis Fernando Pacheco (‘combines commerciality with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Brazilian oil and gas law’) and Sonia Agel.

Electricity Tier 3

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados has broad energy expertise, which spans commercial contracts, infrastructure, M&A and energy regulation. The firm typically acts for an array of investors, operators, banks and consumers, including high-profile names such as Raízen, Shell and Vale. Among its highlights, Guilherme Schmidt advised LMP Energy Participações e Consultoria and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas on the development of a major gas thermoelectric power plant. Celina Ozorio left the firm in 2018.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados has a 'good understanding of an international investor's needs'. A national highlight was assisting Terminal Portuário do Mearim with the redefinition of its port project. Paulo Valois Pires and Rogério Sobral de Miranda are recommended. The firm also made a number of lateral hires, including oil and gas expert Luis Fernando Pacheco, who provides 'practical, relevant and timely advice', from Veirano Advogados.

Environment Tier 5

An oil-and-gas specialist, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados' client portfolio includes clients such as Schlumberger, which was represented against infraction notices. Anna Paula Barbosa de Carvalho Góes joined from Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados to head the practice.

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

The active corporate and M&A practice at Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados has an emphasis on the oil-and-gas and infrastructure sectors. It expanded through several lateral hires, including the hire of energy, corporate and commercial law expert Alexei Macorin Vivan in January 2018. A team led by Rogério Sobral de Miranda acted for Total on a project in which Petrobras will transfer a 50% interest in TermoBahia to Total. Other clients include ExxonMobil and Inpex Corporation. Paulo Valois Pires and Guilherme Schmidt are 'excellent lawyers'.

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel (SVMFA) was founded in 2007 by partners of the most traditional Brazilian firms, with sound academic and professional experience in natural resources and infrastructure projects in Brazil and abroad.

Following the international standard of the most important law firms, SVMFA was the first Brazilian firm exclusively dedicated to natural resources and infrastructure, focusing on oil, natural gas, energy, mining, water resources, hotel management, construction and operation of ports, platforms, vessels, pipelines, offshore equipment, roads and highways, project finance and financing.

The firm is recognized for its creativity in examining legal issues and for the ethics and quality in providing its services.

For the last ten years, SVMFA and its partners have been consistently top-tier ranked by the most prestigious international research institutes such as Chambers and Partners (Global and Latin America), LatinLawyer, LACCA, Who’s Who Legal, Euromoney, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.

The firm is one of the most prestigious and recommended law firms in Latin America concerning natural resources and infrastructure matters and projects. The firm’s lawyers have worked in cross-border transactions in numerous jurisdictions, including Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Guinea-Bissau, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, UK, and USA, among others.

The core team is comprised of lawyers with a longstanding and well-respected reputation in the energy industries, and some of the partners have worked as in-house counsel of Shell, Petrobras, Vale, ANP, Prisma Energy, and other main players of the industry.

Main areas of practice

Arbitration and dispute resolution, civil and corporate litigation, compliance, contracts, construction and EPC agreements, corporate, environment and sustainability, intellectual property, labor, M&A, private equity and joint ventures, project and corporate finance, public, data protection, innovation and Technology, administrative, regulatory and tax.

Industry sectors

Natural resources and infrastructure (energy and renewables, O&G, mining, oilfield services, offshore supply and shipbuilding, petrochemicals, pipeline construction and operation, LNG/REGAS projects, ports and terminals, project development etc), hotel management, defense, restructuring, reorganization and distressed asset acquisitions.


Department Name Email Telephone
Oil and gas Paulo Valois Pires
Oil and gas Rogério Miranda
Oil and gas Sonia Agel
Oil and gas Luis Fernando Pacheco
Natural gas Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira
Natural gas Paulo Valois Pires
Natural gas Rogério Miranda
Energy and renewables Guilherme Schmidt
Energy and renewables Alexei Vivan
Energy and renewables Luis Fernando Pacheco
Mining Rogério Miranda
Corporate, M&A, restructuring and private equity Paulo Valois Pires
Corporate, M&A, restructuring and private equity Rogério Miranda
Corporate, M&A, restructuring and private equity Eduardo Cirne Lima
Environment and sustainability Anna Paula Barbosa de Carvalho Góes
Construction and infrastructure Isabela Faria
Construction and infrastructure Guilherme Schmidt
Construction and infrastructure Rogério Miranda
Oilfield services, offshore supply and shipbuilding Paulo Valois Pires
Oilfield services, offshore supply and shipbuilding Rogério Miranda
Project development, corporate and project finance Paulo Valois Pires
Project development, corporate and project finance Rogério Miranda
Project development, corporate and project finance Isabela Faria
Tax Luis Fernando Pacheco
Tax Gustavo Braga
Dispute Resolution Guilherme Schmidt
Dispute Resolution João Barbosa
Dispute Resolution Anna Paula Barbosa de Carvalho Góes
Data Protection Innovation and Technology Rosana Muknicka
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