Carlos Americo Ferraz E Castro


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Av. Presidente Wilson 231 – 23 Floor
Rio de Janeiro 20030-021

Tel: 55 21 3824 4703
Fax: 55 21 2262-4247


Carlos Castro is a consultant at Veirano Advogados and has significant experience representing international and Brazilian clients in the mining industries. He is recognized for his expertise and knowledge in handling regulatory, contractual and corporate matters for leading companies based in the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway and Brazil. Mr. Castro has advised companies such as Norsk Hydro, Vale and Xstrata and a large number of junior mining companies. His mining clients gain the benefit of his considerable corporate experience enabling him to provide a unique perspective in handling issues that natural resource companies face regularly.

Instrumental in helping many foreign companies establish operations in Brazil, Mr. Castro has assisted them in acquiring and operating mining tenements throughout the Brazilian territory. He represents mining clients in matters related to mergers and acquisitions, project finance and joint ventures. Among other projects, Mr. Castro has represented a Norwegian aluminum company in a US$4.9 Billion deal for the acquisition of the entire aluminum business of the largest Brazilian mining company, which included bauxite mining sites, exploration rights and priority rights, a 244 km bauxite pipeline, port occupation agreements, the largest alumina refinery in Latin America and an aluminum refinery.

Early career experience for Mr. Castro includes time working as an international associate for a major international law firm based in the United States where he was first involved in establishing the Brazilian mining practice at Veirano. He has been published on the topic of mineral resources and is often requested as an expert presenter to industry groups.

For more than 40 years, Veirano Advogados has counselled clients in the energy sector. Consistently ranked as a top-tier law firm for energy work, we have participated in the structuring and development of some of the most important investments in the industry, notably the Belo Monte, Teles Pires, Rio das Antas, and Santo Antônio hydroelectric power plants and other complex power-generation projects.

With a repertoire of tested activities in medium- and large-scale strategic projects, the Firm is one of the most experienced in the Brazilian energy field, with solid legal expertise in power generation, distribution, and transmission systems including:

• Public and private energy auctions
• Regulatory matters
• Construction financing
• Dispute resolution

Powered by an integrated team of specialists in multiple practice areas, the Firm advises clients in all stages of energy-related projects. We have the requisite knowledge to provide regulatory, transactional, litigation, environmental, real estate, insurance and tax consultancy services to our clients, among them utility companies, project sponsors and developers, suppliers, contractors, development banks, multilateral agencies, and commercial banks.

The Veirano team also assists major economic groups in drafting and negotiating agreements for public and private joint ventures, consortia, partnerships, and other types of arrangements between private and/or government entities for the development of energy projects.

Our practice encompasses advisory services in public tenders and bid procedures for implementation of greenfield and brownfield projects, including hydroelectric, wind, and thermal power plants, as well as distribution and transmission projects. The Firm also offers experienced regulatory assistance regarding concession contracts, authorizations, and commercialization in the captive and free markets.

We have extensive expertise in drafting and negotiating contracts for the implementation of energy projects:

• Construction contracts such as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), EPC-M and alliance
• Corporate documents
• Equipment and fuel supply agreements
• Financing agreements

We conduct complex project financing, offering business-oriented legal support in drafting, negotiating, and enforcing financing documentation.

Our attorneys represent clients in obtaining easements and rights of way, in expropriation procedures, in administrative proceedings before the Federal Audit Court (TCU) and the National Agency for Electric Energy (ANEEL), and in judicial and arbitration proceedings involving power projects.

Founded in 1972, Veirano Advogados is a full-service law firm active in all areas of the business sphere. With offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Brasília, we represent companies in Brazil and internationally with the support of a network of partners in more than 120 countries, including key relationships in the world’s leading business centers. Using a team approach to client requests, we focus on simplifying national and international transactions and generating the desired results for our clients.

Fielding a team of professionals known for their business acumen, the Firm has a strong presence in strategic segments of the Brazilian economy and a client portfolio consisting of large Brazilian and multinational companies.

Our lawyers, recruited from the country’s most prestigious universities, integrate their talents to work together seamlessly. In addition, all our practice groups rely on specialists with international education and practical skills gained in prominent law firms in the United States and Europe, as well as extensive experience in cross-border transactions.

Committed to a policy of meritocracy and investment in professional talent and expertise, we provide in-depth training and development programs to reinforce our ability to deliver legal services that are in line with our clients’ needs and expectations. We tailor our services to anticipate, understand, and suit the context of each case and client.

At Veirano Advogados, clients can rely on a team of specialists who listen and are well equipped to handle complex corporate matters such as mergers and acquisitions, project finance, capital market transactions, debt negotiation, tax planning, dispute resolution, and other key initiatives in a changing economy. The Firm’s practice areas operate in synergy, ensuring efficiency, adding value, and offering legal certainty to clients, shareholders, and stakeholders.

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience within the Brazilian regulatory environment in sectors such as oil and gas, energy, and telecommunications, providing legal support in insurance, consortia, structured transactions, bidding processes, PPPs, concessions, and related issues. They have an extensive track record in transactions that involve claims in several jurisdictions and require innovative solutions.

We belong to several international legal organizations, among them the World Services Group (WSG), TAGLaw and Ius Laboris. WSG is a global network that promotes the exchange of experience between law firms in more than 115 countries. TAGLaw, a worldwide alliance of independent law firms based in nearly 100 countries, renders a full range of legal services to companies all over the world. As for Ius Laboris, its members are leading employment, labor and pension law firms in over 40 countries that provide first-class legal advice and support on all human resources issues to companies employing an international workforce. Veirano Advogados is the Brazilian representative in all three global alliances.

Our dedication to efficiency and high-quality results has been recognized by leading industry publications such as Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, and Who’s Who Legal. In 2010, Veirano Advogados was the first Brazilian firm to receive the “Chambers Client Service Law Firm of the Year” award.

Most important, we know that commitment to our clients is the cornerstone of our reputation. For over 40 years, we have been building relationships based on strong values, sound corporate behavior, and legal expertise that enables us to anticipate and act on opportunities for our clients.

That is how we contribute to the growth of the Brazilian economy, as well as help develop global businesses, bringing Brazil to the World and the World to Brazil.

Head of department Carlos Americo Ferraz e Castro has over two decades of experience in the sector and advises clients on a range of corporate, contractual and regulatory matters.
Chambers Latin America, 2013