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Luis Fernando Pacheco

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Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados

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O&G, Corporate, Litigation and Tax




Luis Pacheco has deep expertise in the oil and gas and entertainment industries to pro-actively advise them on industry trends, pending legislation and regulation and strategies for complex transactions.

He is a recognized expert in all areas of upstream, downstream and midstream oil and gas transactions including M&A related transactions, farm-in/farm-out transactions, international trade, obtaining environmental licenses, negotiation of EPC contracts, joint operating agreements, Joint Bid Agreements, crude oil sales agreements, assisting clients with the public bid process, project finance, participation and service agreements. Mr. Pacheco helped to draft some of the contractual and legal instruments currently used in the Brazilian Oil & Gas industry. He frequently leads sophisticated transactions on behalf of international blue-chip oil and gas companies based in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Oman, Chile, United Kingdom, France, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United States, skillfully guiding them through the intricate landscape of Brazil’s complicated legal system.


Portuguese and English.


  • Brazilian Association of Financial Law;
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN);
  • Former Latin American Regional Director and Board Member;
  • International Fiscal Association (IFA); American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Energy Committee, Rio de Janeiro;
  • Institute of Energy Law, Board Member;
  • International Bar Association (IBA), Oil & Gas Committee;
  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) – Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Chapter;
  • Former Vice-President of Oil & Gas Committee.


  • M, Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, 1994;
  • B, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 1987;
  • Management of Law Firms Course, Northwestern University (Kellogg), Chicago, IL, 1998-1999;
  • International Oil and Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), 1998;
  • International Tax Planning, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, EUA, 1994;
  • Tax Law Specialization, Universidade Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, 1987.

Brazil: Energy and natural resources


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Luis Fernando Pacheco - Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados

Within: Hydrocarbons

Brazilian oil and gas heavyweight Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados stands out for its excellent relations with other petroleum-rich Portuguese-speaking countries. Recent work highlights include advising ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil on the acquisition of a 33% stake in the BM-S-8 block from Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás, and assisting Total with corporate, contractual, tax and regulatory matters concerning a new joint venture project with Petrobras. Paulo Valois Pires is ‘very experienced’. Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira, Sonia Agel, Rogério Sobral de Miranda are also recommended. Leading lawyer Luis Fernando Pacheco joined from Veirano Advogados in May 2018. Associate Danielle Ludwig moved to Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.

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