People

Sion Advogados’s team has more than thirty excellent lawyers and consultants acting to deliver only the highest quality counsel as well as the most efficient and innovative services in order to steadily advance client goals. The firm’s commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse work environment is absolute. Our team is composed of the most talented lawyers in the industry, works on an integrated business model, improving the supply and quality of services. Sion Advogados team is committed to helping you succeed. We work with individuals, organizations, and businesses of all sizes. We’ll help you prioritize your objectives and we’ll keep those objectives in mind by taking a practical and experienced approach to the solutions we pursue in collaboration with you.

Your team

Alexandre Oheb Sion

Founding partner of Sion Advogados

Post-Doctorate in Law at University of Salamanca, Spain (certificate pending on the doctoral dissertation defense). Doctorate and Masters in Law candidate at Universidade Autônoma de Lisboa, Portugal (credits performed). Master’s degree in International Commercial Law (L.LM) at University of California, United States. Expert in Constitutional Law, Civil Law, and Civil Procedure Law at FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). Lawyer graduated in Law and in Business Administration. Professional with strong background in supporting the implementation and operation of large capital intensive industries and developments and of infrastructure projects in Brazil.

  • He was a legal counsel (2001 to 2011) at Vale, MMX and Anglo American, performing in the last two executive functions in the legal area.
  • In the past years, he was the Chief Counsel of Regulatory Affairs at the Anglo American Group in Brazil.
  • President of the Brazilian Association of Energy and Environment Law – ABDEM.
  • Founder and First Vice- Chair of the Brazilian Union for Environmental Advocacy – UBAA.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
  • Former Consultant Member of the National Committee for Environmental Law of Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) – Federal Counsel.
  • Chair of the Infrastructure Law Committee of Brazilian Bar Association/State of Minas Gerais (OAB/MG) since 2013.
  • Former Coordinator of the Legal Work Group at SINDIEXTRA – Minas Gerais State Mining Industry Union.
  • Former member of the Legal Committee at IBRAM – Brazilian Mining Institute.
  • Is or was Member of Environmental Law, Energy Law, Mining Law, Arbitration and Mediation, Construction and Corporate Law (2010-2012) Committees of OAB/MG.
  • Former Member of Permanent Committee of Environment of Brazilian Bar Association – State of São Paulo (OAB/SP) and of Anti-corruption and Compliance Committee of Brazilian Bar Association – State of Rio de Janeiro (OAB/RJ).
  • Member of Infrastructure and Construction National Committee of CAMARB – Mediation and Corporate Arbitration Chamber. 
  • Former Member of the Environmental Committee of the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (FIEMG).
  • Professor at PUC/MG and Guest Professor at UFG, EDB/SP, PUC/RS, UNISANTA, ESMAM – Magistracy School of the State of Maranhão and EJAP – Judicial School of Amapá, among others.
  • Lecturer active in Spain, Portugal and several Brazilian capitals, author and co-author of numerous books and almost a hundred legal articles.
  • Alexandre Sion and Sion Advogados are among the most admired lawyers and law firms in Brazil, according to the publications Chambers Global, in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015; Chambers Latin America, in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014; Análise Advocacia 500, years 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012; The Legal 500, years 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015; IFLR1000 2019, 2018 and 2017; Leaders League 2020, 2019; Who’s Who Legal, 2019, 2018 and 2017 and 2018 and Best Lawyers, years 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Bernardo Barbosa Pimentel Pessoa

Partner at Sion Advogados

Head of the Strategic Litigation, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate departments. Lawyer acting for more than a decade in legal advisory of large national and foreign companies, on structuring and supporting the implementation and operation of large capital intensive and infrastructure projects, besides M&A in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, logistic, energy and real estate segments. Specialist in corporate law, capital markets and contracts in both consultancy and litigation in judicial and arbitration procedures. 

  • Member of Energy Law Committee of Brazilian Bar Association/State of Minas Gerais (OAB/MG).
  • Member of Arbitration Committee of Brazilian Bar Association/State of Minas Gerais (OAB/MG).
  • Member of infrastructure works Committee of Brazilian Bar Association/State of Minas Gerais (OAB/MG).

Gustavo Santiago

Partner at Sion Advogados

Partner in the Energy Department at Sion Advogados. MBA in Management of the Electric Sector by FGV. Lawyer specialized in Regulatory Law and Energy Law with more than a decade of experience in the legal assistance of large and medium-sized companies, in all segments of the electric sector – generation, transmission, distribution and commercialization, acting before ANEEL, CCEE, ONS  and MME. 

  • Founding Member, Secretary-General and Chairman of ABDEM’s Distributed Generation Committee.
  • Member of the Energy and Infrastructure Law committees of OAB-MG.
  • Member of the Chamber of the Energy Industry at FIEMG.
  • Professor and Coordinator of postgraduate courses at PUC Minas.

Leandro Rennó

Partner at Sion Advogados

Doctor of Law from the University of Versailles (France). Master in Law from PUC Minas. Lawyer with over 20 years of experience in arbitration, mediation, prevention, management and dispute resolution. Ranked by the Leaders League as one of the most recommended mediators in Brazil for three consecutive years.

  • Certificate Conflict Mediator by IMI and ICFML.
  • Professor and coordinator of undergraduate and graduate courses at PUC Minas.
  • Member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee – CBAr and Lists of Referees.
  • Mediators of the main Brazilian chambers.

Consultant

Alan Apolidorio

Consultant - Head of Tax Department

LL.M in International Business Law from the University of California, LL.M in Tax Law from the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets – IBMEC / SP, MBA in Business Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV and specialization in Mediation by PUC-SP. Professional with significant experience in the consulting and tax and tax litigation, in foreign trade, in the conduct of foreign loans, investments and reinvestments. Lawyer registered in SP, RJ and MG.

Carlos Lacerda

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Lawyer, Master in Geosciences at the University of Campinas. Specialization in Mineral Law. Professional with significant experience with more than 40 years of experience in the monitoring of mining processes, with special emphasis on CFEM; preparation of legal reports, due diligence and contracts; consultancies involving legal aspects of mining related to urban, real estate and land law. Participation in complex negotiations with landowners, squatters, garimpeiros, nongovernmental organizations and public agents, as well as guidance on the registration of companies in the sector and activities in the border area.

Ricardo Barbosa

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Geologist graduated from the University of Brasilia in 1983. He worked for 25 years at Votorantim Metais,in Health and Safety, Social Responsibility and Institutional Relations areas. Experience of 27 years in environmental management, crisis management and as Spokesperson. In 2011 it took over the General Management of Sustainability of Votorantim Metais, with the mission of implementing a sustainability strategy for all Votorantim Metais Units, taking the company to the title of “Most Sustainable Company of the Year” in the Mining Sector, by Guia Exame Sustainability Report of 2014.

Maria Rita Zampieri

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Environmental engineer, graduated at UNIPINHAL, postgraduate in Environmental Expertise and Audit by the Institute of Technological Research at IPT and Master in Geosciences and Environment at UNESP. Audit leader in management systems according to OHSAS 18.001, ISO 9.001 and ISO 14.001 standards. She was sustainability manager in the auditing and strategic consulting sector for industries in general, mining, energy, services and agribusiness. She has extensive experience in the implementation and maintenance of management systems, environmental law and social responsibility, acting in audits, due diligence, supplier evaluation, management systems, diagnosis, legal compliance, as well as the elaboration of environmental planning, pollution control , analysis, evaluation and preparation of technical studies for social and environmental impacts of public and private enterprises, environmental licensing, risk management, evaluation and verification of environmental impacts for financing and tax incentives, evaluation of environmental liabilities, evaluation of internal controls of environmental processes financial statements. In addition, it coordinates and technically participates in the preparation of integrated solid waste management plans. She is also a professor of the undergraduate course in Environmental Engineering at UNIPINHAL and in the postgraduate course in Solid Waste Management at SENAC.

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