Highways are of extreme importance to Brazil and are a key means for commodities to be transported for exportation. Highways works are often concessioned to the private sector in order to make viable necessary maintenance and upgrades. This sector has specific reference systems that are set forth by legislation as well as its own regulatory agency.

We are very experienced advising on highways. Our office has detailed knowledge of the System of Referential Costs of Works (SICRO), which allows us to advise extensively on tender processes and on the execution of the highways works in Brazil. We also represent our clients in respect of discussions on the scope of actions of the Public Administration, lawsuits to guarantee economic and financial rebalancing of the contract and proceedings before the control bodies.

Projects on which we advise in this sector include:

  • BR-101 (Federal Highway 101) North-South (along the eastern coast of the country)
  • Jacu-Pêssego Highway (BR-116, in São Paulo State)
  • BR-020 (Ceará)
  • BR-050, BR-381, BR-440 (Minas Gerais State)
  • BR-080 (Goiás State)
  • BR-153 (Tocantins State)
  • BR-156 (Amapá State)
  • BR-163 (Mato Grosso State)
  • BR-163, BR-222 (Pará State)
  • BR-230 (Pernambuco State)
  • BR-262, BR-393, BR-342 (Espírito Santo State)
  • BR-282 (Santa Catarina State)
  • BR-285, BR-448, BR-470 (Rio Grande do Sul State)
  • BR-317 (Amazonas and Acre States)
  • BR-364, BR-429 (Rondônia State)

Increasingly, the public authorities in Brazil have concessioned the construction, works of expansion and management of the Brazilian airports to private companies. Our team advises in relation to some of the most important airports in the country including in proceedings before ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency).

Projects on which we advise in this sector include:

  • Vitória Airport (Espírito Santo State)
  • Goiânia Airport (Goiás State)
  • Jaguaruna Airport (Santa Catarina State)
  • Guarulhos Airport (São Paulo State)
  • Santos Dumont Airport (Rio de Janeiro State)
  • São Gonçalo do Amarante International Airport (Rio Grande do Norte State)

Railways are essential for the country’s development as an efficient means of cargo transportation and an area in which significant investment is likely to be made. There a lot of interest from players to develop the railroads to transport especially iron ore and other minerals, as it is difficult to transport such commodities along the highways.

The experience of our team includes acting on the two main railway projects in the country assisting our clients with contract management, discussions before the control bodies, lawsuits and collection actions.

Projects on which we advise in this sector include:

  • North-East Railway (Goiás and Tocantins States)
  • East-West Railway (Tocantins and Bahia States)

The construction and development of metro systems tend to be high cost projects and, as such, are often subject to concession or PPP models of contracting. Even where the projects are concessioned to the private sector they often involve investments by the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDEs) or other public financing.

We have specialist knowledge not only of the legislation relating to such projects but also the tendencies of the regulatory and control bodies that oversee metro projects given our extensive experience acting in this area. We provide comprehensive advice in relation to some of the most important metro projects in the country including on the bidding, contract management, presentation of claims, defence of corporate interests in judicial and administrative proceedings as well as arbitration. We also assist our clients with discussions relating to budgeting, prices and execution of the works.

Projects on which we advise in this sector include:

  • Brasília Metro System
  • Porto Alegre Metro System
  • Salvador Metro System
  • Fortaleza Metro System