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Brazil: Project Finance 2016

There are 19 practitioners included in this chapter as the country’s leading lawyers in project finance. Below we highlight several of the most highly regarded firms and individuals in the market.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
José Virgilio Lopes Enei Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes Stocche Forbes Advogados, São Paulo
Stephen Hood Davis Polk & Wardwell
Júlio César Bueno Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados leads this chapter with four practitioners listed. José Virgílio Lopes Enei is a high-ranking individual in our research; he co-heads the practice and acts for some of the largest mandates in the market. Sources highlight his aptitude for “always looking at the finer details”. Fellow co-head Jose Ribeiro do Prado Jr is “a font of knowledge” and a go-to counsel for energy, infrastructure and mining projects. Mauro Bardawil Penteado specialises in numerous areas including transportation, oil and gas and infrastructure transactions – demonstrating “determination, flexibility, and skill” in the work he delivers. Julia Rodrigues Coimbra is also among the top names in the firm’s prominent projects practice.

Stocche Forbes Advogados receives two listings. The “excellent” Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes leads many of the firm’s largest mandates for its international and domestic client base, with sources saying he provides “a first-class service”. Paulo Padis demonstrates “real dedication to his work” and has established a prominent practice over the last 15 years.

Davis Polk & Wardwell also garners two recommendations. Stephen Hood has “invaluable expertise in cross-border project finance” and has been based in Brazil for over a decade. He is known as “one of the major players” advising sponsors and lenders in high-value infrastructure projects. James Vickers is also a noted name in the market active in such noteworthy projects as the São Paulo Ring Road – worth US$1 billion.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ Júlio César Bueno is consistently highlighted by market commentators for his practice, which covers the entire project spectrum. One peer notes, “He is a very sophisticated finance lawyer who works hard for his clients.”

At Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Pablo Sorj represents private equity, financial institutions and developers in oil and gas, power, renewable energy and mining projects. He is reportedly mindful of his clients’ goals and employs “a commercial and practical approach”.

Ana Carolina Barretto of Veirano Advogados is a top name in our research. She is “one of the best Brazilian projects lawyers practicing today”, one respondent states.

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