Brazil: Energy 2018

In this chapter we identify the top 30 energy specialists in the Brazilian market. They distinguish themselves through their excellent work for clients ranging from the oil and gas to the renewables sector. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Giovani Loss Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
2. Paulo Valois Pires Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel, Rio de Janeiro
3. Guilherme Guerra D´Arriaga Schmidt Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel, Rio de Janeiro
4. Isabel Lustosa Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados, São Paulo
5. Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel performs well this year achieving five listings in this chapter.
Paulo Valois Pires draws high praise from peers as “one of the top oil and gas practitioners in the country”. He has over 20 years of experience representing multinational corporations across a wide array of energy-related matters.
Guilherme Guerra D´Arriaga Schmidt is described as “an outstanding practitioner” who wins praise from his clients for his “deep understanding of the Brazilian energy market”.
Rogério Sobral de Miranda is commended by peers as “one of the leading energy lawyers in Brazil”. He holds over 25 years of experience advising clients on natural resources and infrastructure projects related to the energy market.
Luis Fernando Ayres de Mello Pacheco is praised by respondents as a standout figure in the Brazilian energy market. He has profound knowledge and insight into the oil and gas sector and related regulatory matters.
Sonia Agel is “a prominent name” in Brazil for energy-related matters, and is praised by peers as an “energy expert”, particularly regarding regulatory matters.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados distinguishes itself as an outstanding firm in the energy market with four listings here.
Giovani Loss is described by respondents as “a great name” in the energy field. They note, he is “very active in the M&A space”, an area in which he stands out for his top-tier expertise.
Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres is lauded as “a top name” and “outstanding lawyer” among energy practitioners in Brazil. He has considerable expertise in M&A projects in the oil, natural gas and biofuel sectors.
Nilton Gomes de Mattos Neto is described by peers as “the go-to practitioner” in the domestic energy market, with particular skill in M&A transactions and regulatory matters.
Pablo Sorj is a well-regarded figure in the Brazilian market, with notable expertise advising investment funds and financial institutions on matters pertaining to the electric power, oil and gas sectors.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados performs well this year with three of its practitioners listed.
Alexandre Chequer is a widely respected figure among peers and clients alike who note he is particularly well known for his strong expertise in the oil and gas sector.
Peers in Brazil view Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon as “a star in oil and gas” at the firm. He has particularly strong experience in regulatory affairs and M&A operations across the energy sector.
Victor Galante is considered by peers to be a standout name in the energy space, with a strong track record, particularly across the oil and gas sector.

Faveret | Lampert Advogados achieves two listings for its practitioners in the domestic energy market.
Ivan Lafayette Bandeira Londres draws praise from clients as having “impressive technical knowledge of the natural gas industry” as well as being a “a smart negotiator”.
Claudio Lampert is recognised as “an expert in the market” by peers, who delivers a “high quality” of work. Clients highlight his “capacity to bring different insights to the debate”.

Trench Rossi Watanabe boasts two listings this year in the Brazilian energy sector.
José Roberto Badoini Martins is a highly regarded practitioner who has over 20 years of experience in the power, oil and gas industries, with a particular focus on development and transactional matters.
Danielle Castor Gomes de Almeida Valois heads the oil and gas team in Rio de Janeiro. She comes highly recommended by peers in the market this year for her strong experience across the oil and gas sector.  

Tiago Kümmel Figueiró at Veirano Advogados is commended by peers for his in-depth knowledge of Brazilian law. Sources note he knows “energy regulation off the top of his head”.
Ana Carolina Barretto is a well-respected name in the Brazilian market who comes highly recommended for her excellent work on sector-related projects.

Isabel Lustosa at Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra Advogados is praised as “a really top lawyer” in the market by peers while one client remarks that “it is really impressive how technical and precise her approach is”.

Roger Maier Böing at Böing Gleich Advogados has “excellent presentation skills” and is well versed in the midstream and supply chain of the oil and gas industry.

Márcio Leal of Leal Cotrim Advogados is “definitely a good name” in the market. Peers note that he “fights for his clients day in and day out” and praise his particular expertise in the oil and gas sector.

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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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