Managing Partners: Paulo Valois Pires and Rogério Miranda
Number of partners: 12
Number of other lawyers: 45
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, German, Spanish
Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados was founded in 2007 by partners of leading Brazilian firms, whose academic and professional experience was specialised in natural resources and infrastructure projects in Brazil and abroad. The firm is one of the most prestigious and recommended law firms in Latin America concerning M&A, natural resources and infrastructure matters and projects. For the last ten years, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel and its partners have been consistently top-tier ranked by the most prestigious international research institutes such as Chambers and Partners (Global and Latin America), Latin Lawyer, LACCA, Who’s Who Legal Energy, Euromoney, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. Its lawyers have worked in cross-border transactions involving Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Guinea-Bissau, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA and Venezuela.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Project Finance
Corporate, Tax, Private Equity, Restructuring & M&A
Environment, Water & Sanitation
Infrastructure, Projects & Construction
Natural Resources (including Oil & Gas, Mining, Energy & Renewables)
Oil & Gas:
Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel acts in projects involving all sectors of the oil and gas industry from the wellhead to the customer. The firm represents clients with business in upstream, midstream and downstream activities in Brazil and other jurisdictions. The firm represents companies in the Brazil Bid Rounds promoted by the Petroleum Agency under concession and production sharing regimes. It assists oil companies (IOCs, NOCs, operators, and non-operators) and investment funds in farm-in and farm-out transactions as well as in joint operating agreements and joint bidding agreements. The firm’s advice covers tax as well as legal issues. The firm is recognised for assisting clients in sophisticated unitisation procedures and complex regulatory and contractual work related to concession and production sharing regimes. Its work also involves downstream acquisitions and restructuring including oil refineries and gas station brands and networks, as well as assistance in the marketing and distribution of petroleum by-products.
Energy & Renewables:
Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel is recognised for its experience in the development of power generation, transmission, distribution and marketing projects. The firm represents investors, operators, financial institutions and free and captive consumers in commercial transactions in the electricity sector. In renewables, the firm acts particularly on the development and financing of green and brown field projects, involving all legal aspects of such projects, including regulatory and tax issues. More recently, it has been representing sponsors, project companies, suppliers, and investment funds in bids promoted by the Brazilian government for the generation of power through solar and wind sources and for the construction and operation of transmission lines.
Construction & Infrastructure:
Being complex in their nature, construction and engineering contracts in the infrastructure sector (including EPC, turnkey and joint ventures) require the involvement of experienced professionals. Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel has a team dedicated to the negotiation and drafting of such contracts as well as litigation relating thereto.
Corporate, M&A, Restructuring & Private Equity:
SVMFA has a team of professionals dedicated to providing legal services in corporate law and contracts, working closely with other teams within the firm such as its tax and labor practice groups. The involvement of its team in M&A transactions for acquisition of assets and shares, particularly in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors, dates back to the early 1980s during the first privatisation programs in Brazil. The firm’s practice includes due diligence for the purchase and sale of assets and equity stakes in oil and gas, energy, mining, sugar and ethanol, real estate and technology companies, amongst others. Its practice also includes the analysis and mitigation of legal and tax risks resulting from M&A transactions and joint ventures in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
Project Development, Corporate & Project Finance:
The development of projects in natural resources and infrastructure is one of the key practice areas of Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel. Its partners have been involved in projects for the financing of giant oil and gas fields located in ultra-deep waters of the Santos and Campos Basins and in several projects for the development of the Pre-Salt Cluster, as well as projects which have arisen under the gas law in Brazil. Lately, the firm has also been involved in diversified projects covering the generation of power through renewable sources and the construction of transmission lines.
Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel assists domestic and international companies in a variety of mining projects in Brazil. Its services include the representation of clients before the Ministry of Mining and Energy (MME) and the National Department of Mineral Production (DNPM) regarding concessions for mining rights and the development of research and mining activities. Its team provides assistance to clients in due diligence, negotiation of joint ventures, acquisition of companies and assignment of mining rights. The firm also represents companies in negotiations of leases with owners of real estate properties.
Environment & Sustainability:
The environment and sustainability group of Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel is composed of professionals with substantial experience in issues related to the environment, sanitation, urban planning, cultural development, social responsibility, the green economy, climate change, and sustainability. The firm provides integrated legal services to assess environmental risks and secure appropriate environmental licenses for projects.
The tax team of Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel is composed by seasoned professionals with large experience and sound performance in tax consultancy and litigation matters. The local, state and federal taxes that burden business activity are at the core of the practice. The team acts in the litigation area, both within the judicial sphere filing actions for requesting repetition of indebtedness, annulment of tax debts, writs of mandamus, defences in tax enforcements and in the administrative litigation, with the preparation and submitting of written and verbal defences.
Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados is member of the MC Valois Miranda Alliance (mcvaloismiranda.com) created with the Portuguese law firm MC&A to provide legal advice to companies in natural resources (particularly oil and gas) and infrastructure, and which has a team of 75 lawyers and operations in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea Bissau.