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Brazil: Project Finance 2017

In this chapter, we recognise 21 project finance experts who are renowned in the market for their expertise advising sponsors and lenders on major project financing and refinancing transactions. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. José Virgílio Lopes Enei Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
2. Stephen Hood Davis Polk & Wardwell, São Paulo
3. Pablo Sorj Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
4. Júlio César Bueno Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo

MACHADO MEYER SENDACZ E OPICE ADVOGADOS’ project finance offering boasts a fantastic reputation in the Brazilian market thanks to the firm’s national coverage and depth of expertise handling significant infrastructure mandates. The firm tops our research in this chapter with five practitioners listed.
The “eminent” José Virgílio Lopes Enei is identified as the country’s premier project finance specialist. According to one client, “He is a sharp, practical and persuasive dealmaker who understands our company well.”
Practice co-head Jose Ribeiro do Prado is a longstanding fixture in the market with a strong track record on significant project financings, particularly in the mining sector.
Julia Rodrigues Coimbra is also recognised for her considerable experience advising a wide range of domestic and international clients active in the regulated industries in Brazil.

SOUZA CESCON BARRIEU & FLESCH ADVOGADOS also impresses this year thanks to its experience advising banking clients and financial institutions on high-profile infrastructure financings. The firm garners two entries in this chapter.
Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza is described as one of the key players in the Brazilian market by respondents. He has extensive experience assisting clients on the financing of significant projects, particularly in the energy and natural resources space.
Karin Yamauti is a seasoned practitioner with over 17 years’ experience handling project financing transactions across a wide variety of industries, including energy, natural resources and logistics.

MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS, a key player in the upper tier of the Brazilian market, sees two individuals recognised in this chapter.
Pablo Sorj is well versed in project finance transactions. He boasts extensive experience advising private equity houses, financial institutions and developers on financings across a range of industry sectors.
The “excellent” Bruno Dario Werneck is known for his proficiency advising on the cross-border financing of infrastructure projects.

DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL’s Stephen Hood is considered one of the top practitioners in the Brazilian market by sources who praise his “wealth of experience” and “precision”. He focuses his practice on major project financings, often with cross-border elements.

At PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS, Júlio César Bueno is widely recognised as a prominent player in the space thanks to his significant experience advising clients on major projects.

Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes, founding partner of STOCCHE FORBES ADVOGADOS, is a leading name in the market with a strong profile in the energy sector.

One source describes SAMPAIO FERRAZ ADVOGADOSLuís Wielewicki as “a highly respected and technical lawyer” while another peer considers him “extremely knowledgeable”.

At TAUIL & CHEQUER ADVOGADOS, department co-head Eduardo Lima regularly advises both lenders and public bodies on infrastructure project financings.

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