Miriam is a Brazilian lawyer in residence with experience in contaminated sites, crisis management, project development, permitting, and transactional environmental law.
She has experience in a wide range of complex environmental matters, from due diligence on hydroelectric plants and thermoelectric stations, transmission lines, mines, and chemical facilities to legal support in the environmental licensing of major infrastructure projects, development of renewable energy ventures, and legal management of contaminated areas.
Miriam’s experience in environmental crisis management includes representing an Anglo-Australian mining company in its 2015 Brazilian JV’s dam collapse that resulted in lawsuits valued at over $50 billion and criminal prosecution of corporate officers, coordinating the legal response to week-long fire that burned through a fuel and chemicals storage facility near the Port of Santos in April 2014, and managing administrative, criminal and toxic tort litigation related to deactivated crop protection chemical’s facilities from the Brazilian subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell Plc in Sao Paulo.
Miriam advises clients on risk management and the allocation of environmental liabilities in the context of domestic and cross-border transactions, including equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, infrastructure projects, and financing transactions. Her Brazilian practice also includes environmental litigation, risk assessment, and corporate sustainability programs.
Before joining B&D, Miriam was a partner at a private law firm in Brazil, where she led the environmental practice, serving Latin American, European, and US-based companies with business in Brazil. Prior to that, she worked for six years as an in-house legal manager with the Brazilian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc in Rio de Janeiro, where she coordinated environmental legal services and provided transactional and crisis legal advice for all businesses. In her in-house capacity, Miriam served as the lead environmental attorney supporting the formation of Raízen Energia S.A., a JV between Royal Dutch Shell and Brazilian biofuel major Cosan S.A., the third largest Brazilian energy company by revenue and the fifth largest in Brazil.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Miriam Mazza