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Brazil: Mining 2016

Twelve practitioners stand out in the Brazilian mining legal market. Below we analyse some of the most highly regarded individuals. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Carlos Vilhena Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Pedro Garcia Veirano Advogados
Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba Lobo & Ibeas Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados strength and depth in this area is clear. “Star individual” Carlos Vilhena is repeatedly nominated for his accomplished handling of financing and refinancing transactions in the industry. Adriano Drummond Trindade is active in corporate and finance side and is noted for advising on the acquisition by China Molybdenum of two mines operated by Anglo America – worth US$1.5 billion. According one respondent, “He is very business-minded and focuses on securing the best deal for his client.

Veirano Advogados’ mining practice boasts two marketing-leading individuals. Carlos Americo Castro is considered “a grandee” in this space and his clients benefit from decades of expertise in high-profile corporate and regulatory matters for both large and junior companies. Pedro Garcia is a prominent player who is very active in cross-border corporate transactions, commercial agreements, antitrust and regulatory matters in the sector. He is “intelligent, creative and a naturally gifted lawyer”, say sources.

Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba is Lobo & Ibeas Advogados’ leading name in this space. He has an excellent portfolio of international clients which he advises on some of the biggest mining transactions concerning Brazil.

At Franco & Barbosa Advogados, Sergio Jacques de Moraes is a senior mining lawyer who holds a preeminent position among the older generation of the bar. One peer sums up by stating that “his extensive knowledge of mining law is indisputable and universally recognised”.

Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza, at his own eponymous boutique, is recommended as the leading name in mining litigation in the country. 

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