Partner Profile

Paulo Valois Pires

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel Advogados


LL 250


His practice involves the representation of IOCs, NOCs, private equities, financial institutions and suppliers in O&G, M&A, private placements, offshore supply, pipeline construction, LNG projects, infrastructure and tax-related matters. He represents international and domestic clients in international tenders promoted by the Petroleum Agency and Petrobras for the divestment of onshore and offshore blocks, and also in complex bidding procedures for the charter of FPSOs, FSRUs, and FSOs. He started his career in 1989 as in-house counsel for Shell in Brazil. He is the co-head of the oil and gas practice group of the firm. He is author of a variety of articles and a frequent speaker in panels related to oil and gas matters and programmes worldwide. He was nominated as a leading lawyer (Band 1) in Natural Resources by Chambers and Partners. He was top ranked in the Experts’ Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, recognised as “The Best of the Best in Latin America” and “Thought Leader in Energy and Natural Resources” by Euromoney. Recommended in oil and gas and projects and infrastructure by the international publication The Legal 500 and Leaders League. He was highly recommended by Latin Lawyer 250. Also quoted by Best Lawyers in Brazil (“Lawyer of the Year” for his work in natural resources, energy and oil and gas); by Who’s Who Legal: Energy (“Most Highly Regarded Individuals” and “Thought Leader – Energy 2018”) and by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA). Brazilian Anuário Análise Advocacia recognised him as one of the most admired lawyers in Brazil. He was nominated as one of the most influential lawyers in the country by the Brazilian edition of GQ Magazine.

Master’s degree in international law from the University of São Paulo. Master’s in business in petroleum from the Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro. Postgraduate diploma in international law from the Université Robert Schuman, France.

Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. 

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