"Paulo Rage specialises in projects in the natural resources sector and provides advice on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues. Clients highlight his 'local knowledge, keen perception of client needs and punctuality in the services provided'; and, 'noteworthy commitment to the clients'."
Chambers Global 2018

Overview

Paulo Rage is a Partner of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown based in the Rio de Janeiro office and member of the Corporate and M&A, International Tax, International Trade and Africa practice groups.

He has significant practical experience in complex cross-border projects and M&A, from the planning and structuring phase (finance, tax, corporate, regulatory and labor planning), as well as providing constant legal advice during the implementation, mainly in the sectors of: infrastructure, construction & engineering, energy and oil & gas, mining, industrial, pharmaceuticals & life sciences and agribusiness. He has established a prominent practice with projects in emerging LATAM (Latin America) and MEA (Middle East and Africa) markets, especially Sub-Saharan and Lusophone Africa. He represented several multinational companies in transactions through different jurisdictions, such as: Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands, Albania, UAE, China, India, among others.

Paulo is a Lawyer and Advisor in cross-border transactions, with Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. - JD) degrees from the Law School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG, and an Analyst in International Trade for Tariffs. He is qualified to practice law in Brazil and Portugal and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Paulo’s practice involves Cross-border Projects and Transactions (such as M&As); Tax & International Tax; International Economic Law; and, Governmental and International Relations. In addition, he is currently Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Brazil-Mozambique – CCIABM (since 2008). His previous experience includes: Partner of Bernardes & Advogados Associados (2012-2014); General Counsel of Investor Consulting Partners  (2010-2014); Lawyer in the Trade Policy Program at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, USA (2009-2010); Institutional Relations Manager of Manucci Advogados (2008-2009); Coordinator of Government and International Relations of the American Chamber of Commerce – AMCHAM (2006-2008); and, Coordinator of several academic activities in International Economic Law.

Areas of Focus

Industries
Key Issues
Regional Capabilities

Spoken Languages

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Experience

Cross-border Transactions & Global Projects

Energy and Oil & Gas

  • Advised the Mozambican National Oil Company on its projects in Mozambique’s Rovuma basin totaling US$ 12 billion.
  • Advised the Chinese National Oil Company on its projects for exploration of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin Area 4 LNG Project, totaling US$ 12 billion.
  • Advised the Thai National Oil Company on its projects in Mozambique’s Rovuma basin  Area 1, totaling US$ 3,4 billion.
  • Advised a Russian major Oil Company on its exploration blocks in Mozambique, a project valued at US$ 527 million.
  • Advised a British-Kenyan group on plans to structure, finance and develop a major Gas to Power project in Mozambique, totaling US$ 275 million.
  • Advised a major Brazilian natural gas company in an M&A transaction for purchasing assets in Brazil, Austria and Netherlands from another Brazilian Oil & Gas company, a project valued at US$ 80 million.
  • Advising a major Japanese conglomerate in the development and structuring of a petrochemical plant in the Rovuma Basin onshore area in Mozambique, a project valued at US$ 780 million.
  • Advised a leading global American service provision company on its projects in Mozambique’s Rovuma basin, valued at US$ 180 million.
  • Advised an American Houston-based geophysics service company on various legal issues related to Rovuma basin projects.
  • Advised a Singaporean multinational commodity trading group on legal issues in Latin America and Africa for their oil & gas midstream and downstream division.

Energy

  • Advised a leading Brazilian energy equipment manufacturer on an M&A for the acquisition of a South African/Mozambican company, as well as other issues related to their exports and joint ventures in Africa.
  • Advised a major Indian technology and bioenergy company on an M&A transaction for the acquisition of a biofuels plant in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 380 million.
  • Advised a major Brazilian investment conglomerate on an M&A transaction for the sale of shares in a wind power plant in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 120 million.
  • Advised a large Brazilian electric components company on negotiations with diverse suppliers and clients in Argentina, China and USA.

Agribusiness and Bioenergy

  • Advised a Brazilian company on the development of a biomass project and installation of a bioenergy plant in Mozambique, a project valued at US$ 350 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian company on the development of a biomass project and the installation of an ethanol plant in Mozambique, a project valued at US$ 200 million.
  • Advised an Argentinean company on the development of a biomass project and the installation of a bioenergy plant in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 125 million.

Agribusiness

  • Advised a Brazilian agribusiness company on investments in agricultural business in Mozambique, in a project valued at US$ 127 million.
  • Advised a major Brazilian agribusiness company on investments in agricultural business in Mozambique, in a project valued at US$ 100 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian company on an integrated agribusiness and manufacturing project in Mozambique and in its operations in Brazil.
  • Advised a French-Swiss major commodity company on several deals in Mozambique.

Construction & Engineering

  • Advised a major Brazilian construction company on several infrastructure deals in Mozambique and Angola, including a project to build a major dam in Mozambique, projects valued at US$ 900 million.
  • Advised a major German engineering company on the provision of engineering services for multiple major infrastructure projects in Mozambique, such as the Maputo-Catembe Bridge, a project valued at US$ 700 million.(Construction & Engineering). Advised a major Brazilian construction company in  multiple infrastructure projects in Africa, including countries such as Mozambique, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.
  • Advised a Brazilian construction company on a project to build a hydroelectric plant in South Africa, a project valued at US$ 300 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian engineering company on a project to build a dam in Angola, a project valued at US$ 240 million.
  • Advised a major construction company on the project Gigawat – Ressano Garcia Power Plant (CTRG), in Mozambique, a project valued at US$ 235 million.
  • Advised a major German-Brazilian engineering company on a tender for provision of engineering services for Mega Projects in Mozambique, valued at US$ 160 million.
  • Advised a major Brazilian engineering company for provision of engineering services in its multiple international projects, including: Mozambique, Bolivia, Paraguay and Dominican Republic, in projects valued at US$ 200 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian engineering company on a project to build a hydroelectric plant in El Salvador, valued at US$ 180 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian engineering company in a project to build a hydroelectric plant in Peru, valued at US$ 160 million.
  • Advised a major Brazilian construction company on a bid to build infrastructure for Vale Mozambique, a project valued at US$ 100 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian construction company on a project to build a dam in Albania, valued at US$ 100 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian engineering company on the provision of engineering services for a Mega Project in Mozambique, valued at US$ 60 million.(Construction & Engineering). Advised a Brazilian engineering company on the development and implementation of its operations in Mozambique.
  • Advised a Brazilian engineering company, on the provision of automation services for a Mega Project in Mozambique.

Mining

  • Advised a major Indian mining company on an M&A transaction for the acquisition of a mine in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 800 million.
  • Advised a Mozambican group  on a M&A transaction for the sale of its shares in a mining project in Mozambique, valued at US$ 80 million.
  • Advised a Major Brazilian mining company on several environmental matters concerning its projects in Mozambique.
  • Advised a Major Spanish-Brazilian mining and construction group on a project to carry out the heavy mining operations of a major mining project in Mozambique.(Banking & Finance). Advised a major Brazilian investment conglomerate in a joint venture with a Chilean investment company for future private equity investments in Chile, in a project valued at US$ 50 million.

Banking & Finance

  • Advised a major Brazilian bank in a joint venture with a local Mozambican bank for joint operations of banking loans in Mozambique, in a project valued at US$ 30 million.
  • Advised an American private equity fund on  M&A transactions in Brazil for the acquisition of a company  in the energy sector, in a project valued at US$ 20 million.
  • Advised a financial company of a major American manufacturing group in relation to asset  finance transactions in Mozambique.

Automotive Industry

  • Advised an Indian company in the tractor industry on the implementation and development of its operations in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 95 million.
  • Advised a Chinese company in the motorcycle industry on the development and implementation of its operations in Brazil, a project of US$ 60 million.
  • Advised an Indian automotive technology company on the implementation and development of its operations in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 15 million.

Consumer Goods Industry

  • Advised a Brazilian company on an M&A transaction for the sale of its shares to a major American company of the same sector, in a project valued at US$ 10 million.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Advised a leading Brazilian multinational company and leader in the local food & beverage market in Mozambique with its commercial projects in the country, as well as other Sub-Saharan countries managed by the Mozambican unit (Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe).
  • Advised a large Brazilian coffee company on negotiations with diverse suppliers in Europe.
  • Advised a Brazilian company on a joint venture with a major American company for technology transfer and joint operations in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 25 million.

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

  • Advised a leading Brazilian multinational pharmaceuticals & life sciences company with its international operations, including greenfield and M&A projects, in several countries such as: USA, Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria and Philippines.

Heavy Industries

  • Advised the union that represents several metallurgic equipment industry companies for operation in Mozambique on the affiliated companies.

Technology

  • Advised an Indian automation technology company on the implementation and development of its operations in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 15 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian technological innovation company on negotiations with diverse suppliers and customers in the USA and UK.
  • Advised a Brazilian information technology company on the implementation and development of its operations in Mozambique.
  • Advised a large Brazilian technology infrastructure company on negotiations with diverse suppliers and customers in China, USA and Germany.
  • Advised a Brazilian technology and games company on negotiations with diverse suppliers and customers in the USA and Germany.

Business Services

  • Advised a leading French-British human services and outsourced services company on its projects in Brazil and Mozambique.
  • Advised a leading French catering and supply services company on its projects in Brazil and in Mozambique.
  • Advised a major American architecture company on a joint venture with a Brazilian company for joint operations in Brazil, in a project valued at US$ 15 million.
  • Advised a Brazilian consulting firm on the implementation and development of its operations in Mozambique and Angola.
  • Advised a Brazilian consulting firm in the implementation and development of its operations in the following countries: USA, Ecuador, Colombia and Switzerland.
  • Advised a Brazilian engineering and social resettlement company on providing services for Vale Mozambique and for development of its operations in Mozambique.
  • Advised a Brazilian occupational safety services company on providing services for Vale Mozambique.

Hospitality

  • Advised a major American hotel chain in the implementation and development of its operations in Brazil, a project valued at US$ 200 million.

Logistics

  • Advised a Brazilian logistics company on the implementation and development of its operations in Mozambique.
  • Advising a global Italian-American logistics company on its projects in Mozambique.

Associations & NGOs

  • Advised the entity that promotes the economic relationship between Brazil and Mozambique, along with several businesses, in projects that totaled over US$ 850 million, and involved the affiliated companies.
  • Advised an American NGO on its projects in Mozambique.
  • Advised a British NGO on its projects in Mozambique.
  • Advised a Brazilian NGO on its projects in Mozambique.

Diplomatic Representation

  • Advised the diplomatic representation of Mozambique in Brazil on legal issues of Brazilian law.

 

Economic (Antitrust & International Trade) Law

International Trade

  • Represented a major Mexican exporter and major Brazilian importer in an antidumping investigation in Brazil involving refractory products.
  • Represented a major Chinese exporter in an antidumping investigation in Brazil involving ceramic products.
  • Represented a Chinese exporter in an antidumping investigation in Brazil involving tableware.
  • Represented a major Chinese exporter in an antidumping investigation in Brazil involving plastic products.
  • Advised a Brazilian exporter in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving PET polyester film products.
  • Advised a Brazilian exporter in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving stainless steel bars.
  • Advised a Brazilian exporter in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving circular welded steel pipes.
  • Advised Brazilian exporters in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving silicomanganese products.
  • Advised a major Brazilian exporter in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving stainless steel wires.
  • Advised a Brazilian exporter in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving frozen shrimp products.
  • Advised a major Brazilian exporter in an antidumping investigation in the USA involving orange juice.

Antitrust

  • Advised a major Brazilian consulting services company in an antitrust litigation in Brazil.
  • Advised a major Brazilian chemical industry company in an antitrust litigation in Brazil.

Education

Master of Laws (LLM) – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG

Bachelor of Laws (LLB – JD equivalent) - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG

Aduaneiras, Analyst in International Trade

University of Chicago, Law & Economics Summer Institute, 2016

Admissions

Bar

  • Portugal
  • Brazil

Memberships

  • Director, Brazil-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce – CCIABM (since 2008). 
  • Member, ABCI Institute, USA (since 2010). 
  • Director, Young Businessmen Council of the Commercial Association of Minas Gerais - ACMinas (2006-2010).
  • Member, Committee of Young Businessmen of the American Chamber of Commerce of Minas Gerais - AmCham (2006-2016). 
  • Member, Legal Committee of the Brazil-India Chamber of Commerce - CCBI (2010-2013). 
  • Member, Brazilian Institute of Finance Executives - IBEF (2012-2013).
  • Board Member, Hospital de Olhos Foundation (2007 - 2015). 
  • Coordinator, International Economic Law Group of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG (2009-2012).
  • Member, Young Leadership Forum of Minas Gerais (2006-2010).
  • "Interviewees highlight his "local knowledge, keen perception of client needs and punctuality in the services provided," with others adding that "his commitment to the client is noteworthy." Chambers Latin America 2018 - General Business Law