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Brazil: Mining 2017

In this chapter, we identify 11 leading practitioners known for providing counsel and representation to companies operating across the mining sector. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carlos Vilhena Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brasilia
2. Pedro Garcia Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

Leading full-service firm VEIRANO ADVOGADOS boasts an excellent reputation for handling the full gamut of mining-related issues. The firm leads this chapter, seeing three impressive lawyers listed.
Pedro Garcia is a highly rated practitioner with a strong track record handling high-value corporate transactions. Market commentators consider him “an obvious inclusion” and maintain, “He is a pleasure to have on the other side.”
Managing partner Pedro Aguiar de Freitas regularly handles corporate, regulatory and transactional matters for key industry players operating in Brazil.
Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro is a distinguished mining lawyer with considerable experience handling a broad range of matters for international corporates.

PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS boasts a market-leading practice, with two practitioners listed in this chapter.
Practice head Carlos Vilhena is the country’s premier mining specialist. He is well known on both the domestic and international stages for his longstanding experience handling complex mining-related mandates in Brazil.
Adriano Drummond Trindade is an internationally renowned mining specialist whose practice covers transactions, litigation, regulatory and land access issues.

TOZZINIFREIRE ADVOGADOSLuiz Fernando Visconti chairs the firm’s mining department and is recognised by interviewees as an active presence and “one of the go-to lawyers in the Brazilian market”.

SOLE PRACTITIONER Sergio Jacques de Moraes is described as “an extremely well-known and respected mining lawyer” by one respondent. Sources were also impressed with the depth of his sector-specific expertise.

At LOBO & IBEAS ADVOGADOS, Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba leads the firm’s mining practice and is regarded as “a highly visible player on big deals”.

MENDO DE SOUZA ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOSMarcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza is a prominent litigator who also comes highly recommended for his strong regulatory expertise.

Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon of VIEIRA REZENDE ADVOGADOS is a key name in the market known for assisting mining clients on cross-border M&A transactions across Brazil and Latin America.

TAUIL & CHEQUER ADVOGADOS is represented by the “excellent” Alexandre Chequer. He stands out as a natural resources specialist and regularly handles corporate issues and M&A transactions for a range of domestic and international clients.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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