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Daniel Szyfman

Daniel Szyfman is an Infrastructure, ESG & Energy partner focused on Energy (Oil, Gas, Power and Energy Transition), with a strong M&A/transactional practice and deeply involved in decarbonisation projects (e.g. hydrogen, CCS, biofuels). Szyfman leads the team in Rio de Janeiro and works with clients across the industry’s value chain, including investors coming to Brazil for the first time. As Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee at the IBA (International Bar Association), Daniel leads two global initiatives focused on creating standard contracts and regulatory policies to implement and deliver the Energy Transition. He coordinates work on both transactional (e.g. M&A) and regulatory fronts.

Recent acknowledgments

  • Chambers & Partners Brazil: Industries & Sectors: Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (2021-2024)
  • Chambers Latin America: Energy & Natural Resources: Oil and Gas (2019-2021)
  • Chambers Global: Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (2020-2024)
  • The Legal 500: Energy and Natural Resources - Hydrocarbons, as "Leading Individuals" (2021-2024)
  • Leaders League: Oil & Gas (2020-2023)
  • Latin Lawyer 250: Energy (2021-2023)
  • Latin Lawyer National: Maritime (2020)
  • Client Choice Awards, 2021: International Law Office - Energy & Natural Resources category (2021)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group: Energy in the category "Americas Rising Star Awards" as "Best energy rising star in Latin America" (2018)
  • IFLR1000: M&A as "Notable practitioner" (2019-2023) and Oil and gas (2023)
  • Who's Who Legal: Energy (2020-2022) as "Thought Leaders Brazil"; Oil & Gas como "Elite Thought Leader" (2022); Global guide - Energy (2023)
  • Análise Advocacia: Oil and Gas (2023/2024)


  • Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Executive MBA in Electricity Business, 2023)
  • King’s College of London (LL.M. in Finance Law, 2012)
  • Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil (Postgraduation in Administrative Law, 2009)
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil (Bachelor of Laws, 2004)

Relevant experience

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London (2010-2011). Secondee at BG Brasil (2009-2010)


  • Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee Law of the International Bar Association (IBA), championing Energy Transition projects regarding model clauses and regulation
  • Officer of the Federal Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) Oil & Gas Committee
  • Member of AIEN (Association of International Energy Negotiators)
  • Brazilian Bar Association
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