Brazil: Project Finance 2018

In this chapter we highlight 23 leading lawyers who stand out for their exceptional work handling project financings across various sectors, from oil and gas to infrastructure.

Most Highly Regarded
1. José Virgílio Lopes Enei Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
2. Pablo Sorj Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
3. Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes Stocche Forbes Advogados, São Paulo

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados boasts the foremost project finance team in the country, achieving five nominations in this chapter.
José Virgílio Lopes Enei stands out as the leading projects lawyer in the country in this year’s research. He wins praise from peers for his excellent work on PPPs across the oil and gas and power sectors.
Mauro Bardawil Penteado is well known among peers who note he is “excellent on the regulatory and government contracts side” of projects work.
José Ribeiro do Prado Jr is “a key name” in the projects space and is “definitely a name to include in the list” according to peers, particularly for his work on PPP projects.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados achieves two listings in this chapter.
Pablo Sorj is “a heavy hitter” in Brazilian project finance who comes highly recommended by sources for his work representing sponsors, funds and financial institutions on power and energy-related projects.  
Bruno Dario Werneck is a standout name in the field who is well known for his first-rate work advising clients on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados also sees two lawyers recognised here.
Júlio César Bueno is “a very strong name in construction” according to sources who consider him “a great lawyer” in complex procurement and project financings.
Ricardo Vieira Coelho is “a really good lawyer” who wins high praise from market commentators for his strong expertise handling projects across the oil and gas sector. 

Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes at Stocche Forbes Advogados is “a very strong name” in the projects space. He is well respected for his work on PPPs and project-related transactions.

Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Stephen Hood is a widely recognised figure in Brazil who stands out for his work on complex project financings across Latin America.

At White & Case, John Anderson Jr is “very strong in oil and gas projects” according to sources who consider him “a great guy” and note that “he does a lot of deals in Brazil”.

At Veirano Advogados, Ana Carolina Barretto draws widespread praise from peers who commend her impressive handling of major infrastructure projects and the development of oil and gas projects.

Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza at Souza, Mello e Torres Advogados is a well-known name among peers and stands out for his first-rate work on oil and gas and infrastructure projects.

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Eduardo Lima impresses respondents with his excellent work advising sponsors, financial institutions and private equity houses on arrange of project financing mandates.

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