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Alexandre Calmon

Alexandre Calmon

Partner

Legal Practice Areas

Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate

Industries

Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Electrical Power, Mining)

Rio de Janeiro

T +55 21 3262 3000

Alexandre Calmon is a partner of Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper and co-head of the Energy and Natural Resources sector, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Alexandre is a renowned lawyer with over 20 years of career in the energy and mining industries. He focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional matters involving large operations for clients in the natural resources industries. In addition to his regulatory, contractual and commercial practice in general, Alexandre has significant experience in regulatory matters and M&A and, over the past 20 years; he has advised clients in the Oil & Gas and natural resources industries for some of the largest operations in the segment in Brazil. Alexandre has extensive experience in Oil and Gas concession contracts, both for onshore and offshore environments, production sharing contracts, JOAs, farm-in and farm-out operations, JBAs, commercialization contracts, as well as in Oil projects and Gas related to midstream (including the divestment of Petrobras refineries) natural gas transportation contracts and natural gas purchase and sale contracts. Important operations led by Alexandre include acquisitions of oil and natural gas exploration and production assets worth more than US$10 billion, the regulatory framework for the largest ethanol pipeline in the world and several acquisitions of mining projects of various sizes and types of ore in Brazil and abroad (gold, iron ore, manganese, rare earths, potash and diamonds).

 

Alexandre is also actively engaged in legal education and corporate training. He has published papers regarding oil and natural gas legal and regulatory frameworks and gives lectures and presentations at different levels for public and private institutions in Brazil and abroad.

 

Alexandre is a member of the prestigious AIPN, based in Houston, for many years. He is currently a member of the AIPN Model Contract Committee for Farmout Contracts – 2004 Revision. He is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation – RMMLF. In 2015, he was co-chair of the Oil and Gas program of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law, held in Colombia and, in 2017, he participated in the Oil and Gas program committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law, held in Ecuador. In 2019, Alexandre was co-chairman of the host committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law held in Rio de Janeiro. Alexandre is currently Co-Chair of the International Committee of the RMMLF and Co-Chair of the O&G Committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law to be held in Mexico in 2023.

 

Alexandre is also an active participant in groups that provide free legal assistance to minorities and people in a position of vulnerability in Brazil and an enthusiast of initiatives that seek to expand the diversity of the legal services industry in the country.

 

Education

Extension Course in Corporate Law and Capital Markets, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/RJ)

Extension Course in the US Legal System, The George Washington University

Bachelor of Law, Universidade Candido Mendes

 

 

Recognitions

Ranked in Chambers Global and Brazil and Latin Lawyer 250 for more than a decade during his career, in the energy and mining areas, in 2018, he was named by Who’s Who Legal as a star in the field of oil and natural gas in Brazil.

 

  • Chambers & Partners, Global — Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Chambers & Partners, Latin America — Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Chambers & Partners, Brasil — Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas – 2020, 2021
  • Who’s Who Legal – Energy – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Who’s Who Legal – Mining – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Legal 500, Latin America – Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers – 2010 to 2018
  • Análise Advocacia 500 – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (Banda 1 em Óleo e Gás)
  • Premiado como estrela na área de petróleo e gás pelo Who’s Who Legal no ano de 2018.

 

“Extremely courteous and intelligent,” with “vast experience and knowledge of the sector.” A client also commends “his excellent and extensive oil and gas regulatory and contractual knowledge,” adding: “He is always available to attend urgent matters.” – Chambers Global, ed. 2021

 

“Alexandre has a strategic approach, provides innovative solutions and has great capacity to assist clients with complex issues,” and concludes: “He has great emotional intelligence and knows how to apply it to make sure he achieves the best solutions in complex negotiations.”. – Chambers Brazil, ed.  2021

 

“The best lawyer in O&G in Brazil today is Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon. His experience and capacity excels due to his sensibility in understanding the client’s needs and anticipating the necessary actions that need to be taken in relation to each circumstance. Because of his solid knowledge in upstream and midstream regulatory provisions, combined with his outstanding understanding of M&A deals, farm-ins/farm-outs, he is the most complete lawyer in O&G law today in Brazil.” – The Legal 500 

 

Admissions 

Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Rio de Janeiro Chapters

 

Academic Activities

Professor of Commercial/Corporate Law, Escola de Direito da Universidade Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2004 – 2006)

Assistant Professor of Corporate Law, Escola de Direito da Universidade Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2002 – 2004) 

Professor of Decomissioning, Refining Law, Regulatory Aspects of Data Acquisition and Regulatory Aspects of oil & gas Transportation of the Oil & Gas MBA at the Instituto de Pesquisa, Educação e Tecnologia da Universidade Católica de Petrópolis (2020-2021)

 

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French