Practice AreasO&G, Corporate, Litigation and Tax
- O&G, Corporate, Litigation and Tax
Luis Pacheco has deep expertise in the oil and gas and entertainment industries to pro-actively advise them on industry trends, pending legislation and regulation and strategies for complex transactions.
He is a recognized expert in all areas of upstream, downstream and midstream oil and gas transactions including M&A related transactions, farm-in/farm-out transactions, international trade, obtaining environmental licenses, negotiation of EPC contracts, joint operating agreements, Joint Bid Agreements, crude oil sales agreements, assisting clients with the public bid process, project finance, participation and service agreements. Mr. Pacheco helped to draft some of the contractual and legal instruments currently used in the Brazilian Oil & Gas industry. He frequently leads sophisticated transactions on behalf of international blue-chip oil and gas companies based in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Oman, Chile, United Kingdom, France, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United States, skillfully guiding them through the intricate landscape of Brazil’s complicated legal system.
Among other projects, Mr. Pacheco participated in a US$13 Billion project involving the construction of a hydroelectric power plant. In 2008, Mr. Pacheco advised on the sale of oil & gas participating interests in the amounts of US$260 million and US$170 million and provided counsel on an International public offering for a major oil & gas company. In 2006, he acted as lead Brazilian counsel for the largest sale of an oil & gas participating interest in Brazil, valued at US$368 million. Mr. Pacheco was also the leading Brazilian counsel for a US$300 million bridge facility and a US$3.2 billion project finance that closed between 1999 and 2000. This project was considered the “worldwide deal of the year in 2000” in the category of global project finance.
Mr. Pacheco also counsels several Brazilian and foreign movie production and distribution companies, as well as music, and other high-profile entertainment and sports event management companies on corporate, tax and intellectual property issues. He has developed a strong reputation in this highly demanding and changeable industry and is often the first contact made when the “big name” acts are interested in operating and/or performing in Brazil.
Mr. Pacheco’s clients consider him “hands-on” and more than one has referred to him as the ideal business partner to help them navigate complex Brazilian laws and regulations. He is considered by specialized publications as one of the inner circles of oil and gas lawyers in Brazil, with a strong practice and excellent connections to the wider energy community. He is a frequent speaker in Brazil and at international conferences, particularly in the oil and gas area. Mr. Pacheco’s early career included working in Chicago as a foreign associate at one of the largest global law firms from 1994-1995 and in Brazil as an international partner until 2005. He also acted as a member of the administrative tax court of the Brazilian Minister of Finance from 1993-1994.