5 June 2017

Manual on Petroleum Law in Brazil - Book Launch

Oil has held an irresistible attraction to all peoples since it became the main commodity of the modern world.

The struggle for its control has been the cause of wars, revolutions, passions, joys and disillusions. International law and the law of the producing countries have concerned themselves with it over time, resulting in the birth of Petroleum Law.

In Brazil, the laws that regulate it have undergone constant  amendment, oscillating between a preponderance of State control and greater relaxation of the legal framework.

This Manual, written for lawyers practicing in the area, university students and “oil professionals” in general, aims to explain and simplify all the regulatory “web” that has come about due to the constant dispute between international rules and practices and those of Brazil, casting a light on regulatory, environmental, civil, commercial and labor issues, within the framework of Brazilian legislation, international conventions and best practices of the oil industry.

Paulo Vieira - Founder partner of Vieira Rezende Advogados, Paulo Vieira is known for his ability as a negotiator and strategist in commercial transactions and conflict resolution. He leads a team on negotiation, mediation advocacy, complex litigation and arbitration. He is also active as an arbiter and mediator and was a professor of Banking and Commercial Law at the Law School of PUC - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (1995/2005). He holds a LL.M. degree from Cambridge University.


Daniela Davila is a pioneer in petroleum law in Brazil. She has developed and is the head of a strong and reputable O&G and Offshore practice at Vieira Rezende Advogados. Daniela assists oil companies and suppliers to the O&G industry in Brazil. She is recognized as an international leading practitioner for energy and natural resources law by guides and publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Who's Who Legal, Latin Lawyer and Legal 500 Latin America. Among other titles, Daniela holds an MBA in Petroleum Business from COPPE/UFRJ (1998 - 1999).


Fabio Rezende is a leading corporate lawyer, advising clients on complex transactions involving the acquisition of companies and on corporate matters in general. He has experience dealing with corporate restructuring and is familiar with the international market, having worked in different investment and financing transactions throughout Latin America as a legal consultant and project attorney while at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC/IDB), in Washington, DC (1996/1998). He also has experience in the telecommunications sector, advising companies on regulatory and investment issues. Fabio also holds a LL.M. degree from the School of Law of the University of Virginia.


Alexandre Calmon is an internationally recognized energy law expert and co-head of the O&G and Offshore group of Vieira Rezende Advogados. Alexandre focuses on regulatory, M&A and transactional work involving complex transactions for natural resources clients. For almost a decade Alexandre also served as director of institutional affairs of a Brazilian O&G company with annual gross revenues of over one billion reais, subsidiary of a large national oil company from Asia (Fortune 500).



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