José Virgílio Lopes Enei


+ 55 11 3150-7041

José Virgílio co-heads the practice with José Prado. He is a leading lawyer in project finance, M&A and PPPs in regulated sectors such as transport, oil & gas, power, sanitation, urban and social infrastructure.


Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)
New York Bar
International Bar Association (IBA)
São Paulo Lawyers Association (AASP)
President of IBRADEMP Since March 2015 Brazilian Institute for Energy Law (IBDE)
Private Equity Association of Brazil (ABVCAP)

Recent acknowledgments

Recognized as Leading Individuals by The Legal 500, 2021 edition, recommended in Projects and Infrastructure, Public law and Energy and natural resources (Electricity and Hydrocarbons).

Recognized by Latin Lawyer National, 2020 edition, in Administrative Law, Corporate and M&A, Energy, Maritime and Project finance & infrastructure.

Recognized by  the guide IFLR1000, 2020 edition, in the areas of Project Development, M&A, Banking and Project Finance, as Highy regarded.

Ranked by Chambers Latin America 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, in Energy & Natural Resources (Power).

Ranked by Chambers Latin America 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, in Projects.

Ranked by Chambers Latin America 2016, 2017 and 2018, in Public Law.

Recognized by Who’s Who Legal 2018 Thought Leaders, in Project Finance and Banking.

Ranked by Chambers Latin America 2018 in Energy & Natural Resources (Power), Projects and Public Law.

Ranked by Chambers Global, 2017 and 2018 edition, in Energy and Natural Resources (Power) and Projects.

Recognized by Legal 500, 2017 edition, leading lawyer in Projects and Infrastructure and Public law.

Recommended by Latin Lawyer 250, 2018 edition, in Project finance & infrastructure, Mining e Metals, Energy, Corporate and M&A, Administrative law and Aviation.

Classified among the best lawyers by Análise Advocacia 500 2017, in Agribusiness.

Recognized as leading lawyer by the guide IFLR1000, 2018 edition.

Mining & metals


Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (Bachelor of Laws, 1996).
Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil (Postgraduation in Business Administration, 1999).
University of Virginia School of Law, VA, United States (Master in Laws – LL.M., 2000).
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (Master Degree in Commercial Law, 2005).

Office experience abroad

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

Recent publications

Brazilian grain supplier Cantagalo General Grains has hired TozziniFreire Advogados to buy...[+]
Machado Meyer Advogados has helped Brazilian sanitation company BRK Ambiental win the rights...[+]
Pinheiro Neto and Machado Meyer advised on the transaction Caixa Econômica...[+]
Now that the euphoria with the result of the 5th Round of Airport Concessions has passed, an...[+]
Awaited since November of 2017, the Sanitation Presidential Decree was finally promulgated...[+]
Machado Meyer Advogados has helped Chinese State Power Investment Company (SPIC) make...[+]