Professionals

Count on our team to take your business to the next level.

Dr. Luis Mauricio Ferraiuoli Azevedo
OAB/RJ 80.412 e CREA 15200-D
lazevedo@ffalegal.com.br

As a founding partner of FFA LEGAL, Dr. Luis Azevedo is a Geologist and Lawyer active in the mineral sector for over 25 years. It is one of the most respected names in the mineral sector for its strong entrepreneurial and strategist sense, through which he has made relevant business for his clients.

After strategically solidifying the structure of his FFA talent team, he was able to dedicate himself to creating new businesses for the sector, acting as director of several companies listed on the stock exchanges of major mineral sector players such as TSX, ASX, and AIM.

His passion for mining also made him meet with respected industry professionals to form the ABPM – Brazilian Association of Mineral Research, where they strongly advocate industry issues directly in Brasilia.

Recognition:

  • He was elected personality of the year at Mining in 2017 by the Mineral Exploration category – by Brasil Mineral magazine.
  • He was nominated in 2017 and 2019 by the publication Global Mining Observer as one of the 3 most important personalities of the mineral sector in Brazil.
  • Recommended as “Best Mining Lawyer in Brazil” by Evy Hambro Blackrock Mining Company Investment Fund Portfolio Manager
  • Current biweekly guest of the CBN Amazonia show to help demystify mineral sector issues.
  • Speaker invited by the PDAC 2020 organization to defend the theme – MINING ENVIRONMENT IN BRAZIL – the most important annual event for companies in the mineral sector in Canada.

Soraya Lopes Ferraz
CRA/RJ 03-04441
sferraz@ffalegal.com.br

Administrative partner specializing in people management and mining companies, especially in the Mineral Research sector, for over 20 years. She conducts the day to day activities of FFA and customer support, coordinating our talent team in the area of SUPPORT.

“…I believe in the emotional connection, the triad of empowerment, dedication and engagement, where we create a virtuous circle among people above all….”

FFA PROFESSIONALS

Ianê Pitroswky da Rocha – OAB/RJ 126.000
rocha@ffalegal.com.br

FFA attorney and legal manager
Through her 15-year experience in the Mining Sector and coordinating the activities of the FFA Legal Department, Ianê is responsible for conducting Due Diligences of Mining and Mining Rights companies, and negotiating and drafting various contracts, such as Purchase and Sale, Mining Rights, M&A, Financing, Purchase and Sale of Royalties, among others related to the Sector. She provides legal advice to foreign companies that intend to operate in the country, assisting in the constitution and regularization of the Brazilian subsidiary. She advises clients on regulatory and environmental issues with the National Mining and Environmental Agency throughout the country. It acts in administrative litigation before government agencies and entities and in the negotiation of agreements and covenants. Her experience in land and real estate matters also allows her to act before INCRA and in dealing with landowners. She is responsible for managing mining company business contracts and resolving disputes with service providers or suppliers.

Frederico Campos Torquato – OAB/MG 102.573
ftorquato@ffalegal.com.br

Specialist attorney in Mining Law and Environmental Management with more than 15 years of experience in strategic management of mineral, environmental, social and land assets of mining companies.  He acts in a consultative and contentious manner on all types of mining and environmental issues. Has relevant experience in implementing compliance programs, legal audits, risk management systems, and review of environmental studies.  It also operates in an integrated manner, with technical consulting specialized companies by chance hired by the client. Environmental licensing strategist, he works directly with the multiplicity of actors and government entities (Federal, State, and Municipal levels) involved in the course of environmental licensing of Mining enterprises and their advisory, industrial, infrastructure works, Steel and Metallurgy.

He has experience with mergers, incorporations, acquisitions, alliances, foreign investments, Project Financing, Mining, Environmental, Land and Social Due Diligencies. Preparation of opinions, memoranda, defenses and administrative appeals with ANM and other environmental control entities, the Public Prosecution Service (state and federal levels), City Halls, CONAMA, IPHAN, INCRA, IBAMA, ICMBIO, FUNAI, SUDAM, Secretariat of Finance, Army, CREA, among others throughout the Brazilian territory. Preparation of typical mining contracts, covenants, terms of agreement, terms of conduct and similar adjustments, purchase contracts, sale of rural properties, appraisal, land regularization, registration and rectification, monitoring of Civil Inquiries, Public Civil Actions and indemnity proceedings in the branches of Environmental and Mining Law.

Rodrigo dos Santos Patitucci Cabral – OAB/RJ 116.820
rcabral@ffalegal.com.br

Attorney with extensive experience and expertise in legal matters involving mining in the advisory and litigation, administrative and judicial areas, working in the preparation of opinions related to Mining, Environmental and related areas. He acts directly in negotiations involving mining companies, surface, and environmental agencies, as well as issues related to mining activity on indigenous lands or intended for agrarian settlements throughout the national territory. Acting in Due Diligences assessing the legal regularity and identification of risks to Mining Securities, mining contracts, as well as advising the strategic management of companies’ mineral assets and conducting administrative proceedings with the National Mining Agency and other regulatory bodies. He acts in a relevant way in agrarian conflict solutions and in labor, civil and tax litigation before the State and Federal Courts.

Christiano Willon da Silva Gualberto – OAB/Rj 116.209
cgualberto@ffalegal.com.br

Attorney focused on judicial litigation. He acts in labor, civil and tax claims before the State and Federal Courts. Has experience in lawsuits and appeals in the Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Supreme Court. Proactively advises on labor issues as a risk prevention and financial gain agent. He advises our clients in the conclusion of collective bargaining agreements. Advises our clients on regulatory and environmental issues with the National Mining and Environmental Agency, has relevant experience in land and real estate matters, before INCRA and in dealing with landowners.

Samantha Monteiro de Carvalho Bittencourt – OAB/RJ 147.921
smonteiro@ffalegal.com.br

Attorney with solid experience in drafting international and national opinions and contracts. She advises on negotiations for the purchase, sale, and lease of Mining Rights and on complex corporate contracts, as well as on the preparation and management of these contracts. She acts in the performance of Due Diligences, to assess the legal regularity, and consequent identification of risks of Mining Securities or companies, in the preparation of opinions, assisting clients from the application or acquisition of mining rights, until the operational phase, including negotiation with land owners, working with ANM, FUNAI, INCRA, SEFAZ, SUDAM, in helping with environmental issues, acting in lawsuits, among others. Coordinates with excellence the area of Intellectual Property and Trademarks and Patents, both administratively and judicially.

Regina Célia Mattoso Carneiro - OAB/RJ 210.372 
rcarneiro@ffalegal.com.br
Luma Salomão da Silva - OAB/RJ 221.249
lsilva@ffalegal.com.br
Technical support
Luciene França - lfranca@ffalegal.com.br
Specialist geographer in mineral heritage management with work fully integrated with the legal sector.

Support
Jefferson Alves - Controller - CRC/RJ 106.330-8 - jalves@ffalegal.com.br
Coordinates a team of leaders and specialists in accounting, finance and tax.

Patrícia Bonifácio Pinto de Roitman - Administrative and HR Manager - CRP/RJ 47.061 - proitman@ffalegal.com.br
Leads a team of administrative and HR specialists.

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