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José Virgílio Lopes Enei

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Virgílio is the head of the Infrastructure, Energy and Project Finance area. He focuses on project finance, M&A and PPPs in regulated sectors such as transportation, oil & gas, electricity, sanitation, social and urban infrastructure.

Recent acknowledgments

    • Chambers & Partners Brazil: Projects (2021-2022), Public Law (2022-2023) and Project Finance (2023)
      • Chambers Latin America: Public Law (2016-2018); Energy and Natural Resources (Electric Power) (2019); Projects (2016-2021)
        • Chambers Global: Energy and Natural Resources (Power) (2017-2018); Projects (2017-2024) and Project Finance (2024)
          • The Legal 500: Projects & Infrastructure, Public law and Energy and natural resources (Electricity and Hydrocarbons) as "Leading Individuals" (2017, 2021); Projects & Infrastructure and Public law (2022-2023)
            • Leaders League: Oil & Gas (2020-2022), Projects & Infrastructure and Public Law (2020-2023)
              • Latin Lawyer 250: Corporate and M&A (2021-2022); Project Finance and Infrastructure, Administrative Law, and Energy (2021-2023)
                • Latin Lawyer National: Administrative Law, Corporate and M&A, Energy, Maritime and Project finance & infrastructure (2020)
                  • Who’s Who Legal: Banking, Project Finance, Energy and Government Contracts and in the national category of the guide "WWL: Energy" (2021); Project Finance (2022)
                    • Análise Advocacia 500: Business Contracts and the Electricity sector (2020); Business Contracts, Financial Transactions and Construction and Engineering (2021)
                      • IFLR1000: Capital Markets, M&A, Project Finance, Banking, and Project Development, as "Highly regarded" (2021-2023); Transport, Oil & Gas and Social Infrastructure (2022-2023) 
  • Mining & metals


  • Universidade de São Paulo (Doctorate in Administrative Law, 2018)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (Master's in Commercial Law, 2005)
  • University of Virginia School of Law, United States (LLM, 2000)
  • Getúlio Vargas Foundation (Postgraduate in Business Administration, 1999)
  • Universidade de São Paulo (Bachelor's Degree, 1996)

Relevant experience

  • Dewey Ballantine LLP, Nova York, NY, United States (2000/2001)


  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)
  • New York Bar
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • São Paulo Lawyers Association (AASP)
  • Former President, currently Director and Coordinator of the Infrastructure Commission of the Brazilian Institute of Business Law (IBRADEMP)
  • Brazilian Institute for Energy Law (IBDE)
  • Private Equity Association of Brazil (ABVCAP)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industry - ABDIB
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