Maria Fernanda Soares


+ 55 21 3572-3039
Maria Fernanda is specialist in infrastructure projects, especially in the O&G industry. Her practice is mainly focused on clients interested in the development of natural gas projects, being actively engaged in the discussions and developments related to the opening of Brazilian gas market, involving both private companies and public authorities. Her experience includes legal assistance for the structuring, negotiation, review and implementation of projects and transactions, as well as assistance with regulatory matters involving the agents of such industry. In addition, her expertise in maritime law is also synergic and strategic for the needs of the offshore industry.


Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil
IBA – International Bar Association
Member of the Maritime and Transport Law Committee of IBA
Member of WISTA – Woman’s International Shipping and Trading Association.

Recent acknowledgments

Recommended by The Legal 500, edition 2021, in Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons


Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil (LL.B., 2009).
IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta (LL.M. in International Maritime Law, 2017).
ESEADE, Argentina (Master Juris in Corporate Law, 2013).
IBMEC, Brasil (LL.M. in Corporate Law, 2012).
International Foundation for the Law of the Sea – International Maritime Tribunal - Hamburg – 2017 (International Law of The Sea and Maritime Law Summer Academy)
Colorado College – 2008 (Especialization em Political Sciences)


Recent publications

Brazil's Machado Meyer Advogados has helped state-owned Petrobras strike a deal with the local...[+]
Resolution No. 806/2020 of the ANP (National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels)...[+]
After more than six years under discussion, Bill No. 6,407/13 (the Gas Bill) was approved by...[+]
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) has become an increasingly important backup source of natural gas...[+]
In a letter sent to Cade, ANP analyzes measures necessary to promote competition in the natural...[+]
A draft legislative decree (PDC) is pending before the National Congress which scope is to...[+]
On the eve of the end of the government and with frustrated expectations regarding the advance...[+]