Henrique Bastos Rocha

Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Public Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Projects & Infrastructure


Henrique Rocha advises clients in the advisory and litigation areas involving public, regulatory, and corporate law. With over 20 years of  experience, he serves clients in concessions, public-private partnerships, arbitration litigation, and contracts with state-owned companies.



  • As the head of attorney teams, especially in public financial institutions.
  • In the structuring of financing to companies, especially those investing in public utilities and infrastructure assets (energy, sanitation and transport sectors, among others).
  • In the structuring of privatization of state-owned companies and concession (public-private) investment projects.
  • In several corporate transactions, including highly complex corporate reorganizations, involving transfer of control, debt restructuring and shareholders agreements.
  • In international arbitration in the Oil and Gas industry, with complex disputes of an oil company against the National Agency of Petroleum – ANP and a corporate dispute involving the joint operating companies.


Mentioned as Excellent in Public Law – Leaders League Brazil, 2023-2024


  • University of Lisbon, PhD, Law and Political Sciences
  • IBMEC Business School, MBA, Corporate Finance
  • IBMEC Business School, MBA, Management
  • Universidade Candido Mendes, Masters Degree in Law
  • Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Bachelor of Law


  • Brazil


  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Listed Arbitrator at the Brazilian Chamber of Mediation and Arbitration - CBMA. 2019 – current
  • Legal Advisor - Inter America Development Bank – IDB. 2020
  • Managing Director – Head of Legal – The Brazilian Development Bank - BNDES. 2019
  • Managing Director – Head of Legal – BNDESPAR. 2019
  • Member of the Brazilian Bar Association Committee for Infrastructure. 2013 -2018
  • Legal Director – Rio de Janeiro State Development Bank. 2017-2019
  • Deputy Attorney-General for Rio de Janeiro State – RJ, Brazil. 2007-2009
  • Deputy-Secretary for Economic Development – State of Rio de Janeiro. 2004-2006