Leonardo V. P. Freire is an associate in the Environmental practice of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in the São Paulo office. Leonardo's law practice focuses on environmental litigation, representing clients in dispute resolutions associated with environmental licensing and liabilities, water and soil contamination, waste management and socio-environmental conflicts (indigenous people and other Brazilian traditional communities). His experience also comprises of giving of legal advice regarding day-to-day consultations on Brazilian environmental law for clients from several industries (power, oil and gas, mining, chemicals, infrastructure, vehicles and agribusiness), as well as auditing environmental issues in legal due diligence and M&A operations and issuing green bonds.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese


  • Member of the environmental legal team appointed to represent and defend, under supervision of appointed partners, one of the largest mining company in the world (BHP Billiton do Brasil Ltda.) in the Mariana’s Dam Burst case, a BRL 175 Billion case, including the execution and conducting of several environmental public lawsuits before Brazilian Courts (State, Federal and Superior Courts), as well as assisting negotiations undertaken before Brazilian Public Authorities (Federal and States environmental Agencies, Municipalities and Prosecution Offices).
  • As part of firm’s environmental team, Leonardo has also assisted energy companies in structuring and acquisition of clean and renewable energy projects (solar, wind and biomass power plants) located in the Brazilian Northeast, North and South. He is also a member of the environmental legal team appointed to draft and review bill of laws connected with energy sector. 


Insper, Executive Education in Agribusiness Law

Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/RJ), LLM, Public and Regulation Law

Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/RJ), Extension in Energy Law

Pontifical Catholic University PUC/RJ, Bachelor of Law (JD equivalent)


  • Brazil