Oil, gas and shipping in Brazil

Legal and business solutions for your company`s Brazilian operations

Introduction – A Brazilian-Norwegian legal team

One of Stavanger`s most experienced law firms have joined forces with a Brazilian partner to offer a joint Norwegian-Brazilian legal team – a one-stop shop for businesses operating in both countries.

Advokatfirma Helliesen & Co AS – Stavanger

Helliesen & Co AS cover all aspects of corporate law, with a substantial team of lawyers dedicated to all areas of contract law, amongst them Oil & Gas, Shipping and Oil service. This law firm represent the width and expertise of a large law firm, combined with regional presence and proximity to the Norwegian oil industry. Read more: www.lawyer.no

Karim Vakil & Cruz Vizaco Advogados – Rio de Janeiro

Karim Vakil & Cruz Vizaco provide highly specialized and personalized consultancy services in specific sectors of activity, such as Oil & Gas, Shipping, Energy and Infrastructure. The firms legal team is experienced in most areas of the energy related business, amongst Brazilian import of vessels, such as LNGs, FPSOs, PSVs and AHTS tenders, acquisition of hydroelectric plants, construction of wind farms etc. Read more: www.kvcv.com.br.

The two firms have ventured into a partnership with the aim of providing legal assistance to Norwegian businesses operating in Brazil. The joint legal team will assist their clients in all matters of their business, and put great effort in helping our clients achieve their ambitions and succeed in a challenging international industry.

The Brazilian-Norwegian legal team

Our Brazilian-Norwegian legal team will provide a one-stop shop for clients, providing business solutions related to up- and downstream contracts, such as seismic, drilling, subsea, EPC, supply of equipment and services, maintenance and modifications, transportation and technology.

Our work will primarily consist of:

1. Contract negotiations and dispute resolutions

2. Development and formulations of contracts

3. Contract execution/administration

4. Assistance in prequalification and tender processes

5. Corporate Governance, management counseling

6. Due diligence

7. Industry financing – representing banks, investors and facilitators.

8. The protection of IPR and technology rights – creating a solid IPR strategy with patents and licence agreements.

9. Establishing and registration of new business entities

10. Immigration/visas/work permits

11. Expat services

12. HR – labour and recruitment

13. Governmental contact and handling

In a globalized energy market, Norwegian businesses need to expand internationally. Doing business abroad will offer new market opportunities, but also new partnerships with sub-contractors. But there are also challenges.

Not only does your company need to understand the foreign business methods, practices and culture, but also the legal tradition and regulations of the foreign market.


By providing a one-stop shop the client can approach the legal team in his own language – instruct the lawyer to deal with all matters related to the teams area of expertise. Some Norwegian companies have experienced difficulties doing business with foreign authorities, partners and customers. Our bi-national legal team will guide the clients through any such challenge.

Lawyers in charge of the legal team:

In Rio de Janeiro: Bashir Karim Vakil (Partner) – bkv@kvcv.com.br

In Stavanger: Morten Cruys Magnus Sagen (Partner) – morten.sagen@lawyer.no