Partner of Demarest’s Mergers and Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Corporate and Restructuring of Companies areas, João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida has Master’s degree in Corporate Law from New York University and is Bachelor of Law from University of São Paulo – USP. Based in Rio de Janeiro, he has broad experience in the transactional area, representing large companies, especially in the energy sector. He worked as foreign associate at Sidley Austin law office in New York and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association.


Advised QPI Brasil (affiliate of Qatar Petroleum) in (i) a consortium with ExxonMobil in the 5th Pre-Salt Round of Bidding in which they purchased the “Titan” block located in the Santos Basin, in the total amount of R$ 3.1 billion; and (ii) a consortium with Shell and CNOOC in the 3rd Pre-Salt Round of Bidding, in which they purchased the block “Alto de Cabo Frio Oeste” located in the Santos Basin, totaling R$ 350 million.

Advised QPI Brasil (affiliate of Qatar Petroleum) in consortiums with ExxonMobil and Petrobras in the acquisition of 4 blocks located in the Campos and Santos Basins in the 15th National Petroleum Agency auction for Concession Contracts, in the total amount of R$ 3.4 billion.

Advised Ecogen (an affiliate of Mitsui) in the acquisition of Light Esco, a subsidiary of Light S.A. for R$ 43 million.

Advised Steag Energy Services in the acquisition of the Brazilian O & M division of Enex (Statkraft Group).

Advised Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) in the club deal finance of US$ 350 million and in the exchange offer in the amount of US$ 450 million.

Academic Qualifications

Post-graduation in Law and Oil Business by the Brazilian Institute of Oil (IBP), in partnership with the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012)

Academic Extension of International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations by Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Colorado, United States (2011)

Master degree in Corporate Law from New York University, New York, United States (2008)

— Post-graduation in Tax Law from Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), São Paulo, Brazil (2003)

Bachelor of Laws from the Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil (2002)


Member of New York State Bar Association

— Member of the Oil and Gas Committee of the Rio de Janeiro Chapter of the Bar Association


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