Brazil: Mining 2018

We highlight 11 top-tier mining lawyers who stand out for their excellence when it comes to providing advice on regulatory, transactional and projects matters to clients across the sector.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carlos Vilhena Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brasilia

Veirano Advogados performs well in this chapter, achieving three nominations.
Pedro Garcia is “an excellent lawyer” who is “very knowledgeable” when it comes to dealing with complex mining deals in the Brazilian market. One source notes, “He is always at the top of my list.”
Pedro Aguiar de Freitas is “highly recommended” by widespread international sources for his “high-level” transactional work across the mining sector.
Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro is a well-established figure in the mining space where he is frequently engaged in handling corporate and regulatory matters for clients.

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Carlos Vilhena stands out as the most prominent mining practitioner in the country, with one source noting, “He is the best mining lawyer in Brazil.” He is recognised for his “deep knowledge of Brazilian mining law” as well as the “strategic and business-focused advice” he delivers to clients.
Adriano Drummond Trindade is recognised here for his first-rate mining practice. He is well versed in a range of sector-related matters from restructurings to regulatory matters and projects.

Sole practitioner Luiz Fernando Visconti is a widely respected name in the mining space, with sources praising his “great capability and knowledge” of the sector.

At Mendo De Souza Advogados Associados, Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza is a standout name in the Brazilian mining market who wins high praise from sources, particularly for his expertise in related regulatory matters and disputes.

Virgilio Cezar de Moraes Borba at Borba, Simões Barbosa, Bessone, Cristofaro – BSBC Advogados is “definitely very active in the market” according to peers, who commend his “top” work on mining deals as well as his impressive roster of international clients.

William Freire at William Freire Advogados Associados is a well-respected mining lawyer who comes highly recommended by peers for his excellent work on sector-related regulatory issues.

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon is “highly recommended” by market commentators who praise his expert handling of regulatory and transactional matters including M&A deals.

Sole practitioner Sergio Jacques de Moraes is “a senior figure” in the Brazilian market who enjoys a great reputation for his vast experience across the mining 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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