Francisco Rohan is a partner in the Rio de Janeiro office of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP’s Corporate, Mining and M&A practice. For more than 30 years, Francisco Rohan has represented state-owned and public and private companies in the development of mining, steelmaking, energy, logistics and infrastructure projects as well as in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and business planning and restructuring. Francisco has coordinated, executed and participated in the formation, implementation and financing of more than 60 high-caliber projects, mergers and acquisitions, divestments and restructurings.
Before joining the firm, Francisco served as global general counsel and corporate secretary of the Board of Directors and Board of Officers of Vale S/A (formerly Companhia Vale do Rio Doce), the largest private corporation in Latin America. In this capacity, he was responsible for formulating, drafting, negotiating and coordinating all strategic legal matters of the company of a corporate or commercial nature, including agreements relating to mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, construction, services, sales and dispute resolution procedures.
Francisco also handled matters relating to taxation (tax planning, direct and indirect taxation, and tax incentives) and regulation (including the interface with the agencies that regulate the capital markets, transport logistics and energy). Other regulatory matters in which Francisco was involved included mining and environmental compliance, employment law and relationship with unions. Francisco was also responsible for civil, commercial, tax, employment, mining and environmental litigation, acting as case administrator, counsel and lawyer in more than 9,000 legal proceedings.
In addition, Francisco coordinated several loan facilities and acquisitions and sales of companies and assets in Brazil and worldwide in the mining, steel, aluminum, railway, port facilities, logistics and energy sectors. His current practice leverages his extensive experience in mining, steel, logistics and energy project structuring and development (including for hydroelectric plants, thermoelectric plants, LNG projects, refineries and petrochemical plants). As part of this work he provides political and regulatory risk analysis and advice on investments in the mining, logistics, steel and other business sectors.
After acting as global general counsel at Vale, Francisco Rohan was a senior partner at Carvalhosa & Eizirik Advogados in Rio de Janeiro (2003-2005). Next, he became a partner at Tauil & Chequer Advogados. Earlier on, he was general counsel at Albras-Alumínio Brasileiro S.A. and Alunorte-Alumina do Norte do Brasil S/A (1982-1991). In the first seven years of his professional practice, Francisco was legal counsel for Banco de Crédito Nacional and for the government of the State of Pará and an associate at the firm of Otávio Mendonça Advogados.