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Maria Fernanda Soares

Maria Fernanda Soares A woman with long brown hair. She is wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, red pants and a watch on her left wrist. She is sitting in an armchair, cross-legged, with her right arm resting on the arm of the armchair and her left arm across her lap, looking straight ahead and smiling.
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.

Recent acknowledgments

  • Chambers & Partners Brazil - Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (2021-2023)
  • Chambers Global: Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (2022-2024)
  • The Legal 500: Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons (2021-2023)
  • Leaders League: Oil & Gas (2022-2023)
  • Análise Advocacia Mulher: Business and Regulatory Contracts and in the Chemical and Petrochemical sector (2021); Regulatory and in the Chemical and Petrochemical and Transportation and logistics, and in Rio de Janeiro (2022); Regulatory, Chemical and petrochemical, Transport and logistics and in Rio de Janeiro (2023)
  • Análise Advocacia 500: Regulatory (2021); Regulatory, Real Estate, Transportation and Logistics and in Rio de Janeiro (2022)


  • 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)

Other qualifications

  • Specialized Training on the Regulation of Gas Markets – Florence School of Regulation, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, 2022


  • Brazilian Bar Association
  • IBA – International Bar Association
  • Member of the Maritime and Transport Law Committee of IBA
  • Member of WISTA – Woman’s International Shipping and Trading Association
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