Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel was founded in 2007 by partners of the most traditional Brazilian firms, with sound academic and professional experience in natural resources and infrastructure projects in Brazil and abroad.
Following the international standard of the most important law firms, SVMFA was the first Brazilian firm exclusively dedicated to natural resources and infrastructure, focusing on oil, natural gas, energy, mining, water resources, hotel management, construction and operation of ports, platforms, vessels, pipelines, offshore equipment, roads and highways, project finance and financing.
The firm is recognised for its creativity in examining legal issues and for the ethics and quality in providing its services. We are members of the MC VALOIS MIRANDA ALLIANCE created with the Portuguese law firm MC&A to provide legal advice to companies in natural resources and infrastructure, with a team of 75 lawyers and operations in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea Bissau.
Over a decade, 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, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.
The firm is certainly one of the most prestigious and recommended law firms in Latin America concerning natural resources and infrastructure matters and projects. Our 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, Venezuela, the UK and USA, among others.
Our core team comprises lawyers with a long-standing and well-respected name in natural resources and infrastructure industries, and some of the partners have worked as in-house counsel of some main players of the industry.
Main areas of practice
Arbitration and dispute resolution, civil and corporate litigation, compliance, contracts, construction and EPC agreements, corporate, environment and sustainability, labour, M&A, private equity and joint ventures, project and corporate finance, public, administrative, regulatory and tax.
Natural resources and infrastructure (energy and renewables, O&G, mining, oilfield services, offshore supply and shipbuilding, petrochemicals, pipeline construction and operation, LNG/REGAS projects, ports and terminals, project development etc), hotel management, defence, restructuring, reorganisation and distressed asset acquisitions.