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Brazil: Energy 2016

Twenty-nine practitioners receive recognition in this chapter. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Paulo Valois Pires L O Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel
Giovani Loss Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco Veirano Advogados
Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro Marilda Rosado Advogados

L O Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel garners an impressive five listings in this chapter.  Sonia Agel represents and advises clients across the oil and gas sector. She is praised for being “extremely accessible and easy to work with”. Paulo Valois Pires stands out in our research for being “very commercial in his outlook”. His “esteemed practice” comprises matters relating to oil and gas industry as well as pipeline finance. They are joined by Guilherme Guerra D'Arriaga Schmidt, who concentrates his practice on construction and infrastructure projects relating to the energy sector. Sources say he has “an astute legal mind” and is “always ready to go the extra mile”.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is home to Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres who is “widely experienced” at handling infrastructure projects within the oil and gas sectors. Advising both national and international clients, he receives particular praise for his “insightful and practical” advice. Giovani Loss focuses his practice on M&A, contracts, financing and regulatory matters relating to the oil and gas sector. As a “definite inclusion on the list”, he receives praise for his “close attention to detail” and for “always delivering for clients”. They are joined by Nilton Gomes de Mattos Neto who is also highlighted for his outstanding practice.

Several firms have earned a double listing. Vieira Rezende Advogados is home to two well-known oil and gas lawyers. Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon is highlighted by clients for “consistently providing the highest-quality advice”. Daniela Ribeiro Davila is rated for being “well informed and responsiveness” when confronted with complex contractual issues.

From Veirano Advogados Ana Carolina Barretto is “a standout practitioner”, who offers “first-class advice and a high standard of client care”. She has acted the development and construction of some of the most high value energy projects in the country. Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco is a “top choice” in the market, known as an expert in the areas of upstream, downstream and midstream oil and gas transactions.

Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados boasts the “top-notch” Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois. She focuses her practice on the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries, advising on project development and structuring transactions. She is joined by José Roberto Baldoini Martins, who is recognised for the “high calibre” of his energy practice.

Alexandre Chequer co-leads of the energy group at Tauil & Chequer Advogados, focusing on high-value transactions in the oil and gas sector. He is commended by clients for “always delivering a high-quality service”. Alongside him Leonardo Costa is “a distinguished name in the market”. He represents clients in energy and oil and gas projects including, across the upstream, downstream and midstream sectors, with particular experience of the African market.

Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro from Marilda Rosado Advogados has “an excellent reputation” among his peers. With extensive experience handling transactions relating to the oil and gas industries both in Brazil and abroad, sources appreciate her “articulate and commercially-minded advice.”

Head of TozziniFreire Advogados’ energy practice group, Pedro Seraphim advises clients on all aspects of energy project development in connection with both traditional and renewable sources. According to one respondent, “He is very experienced and an excellent counsel on the local market with good contacts.”

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