Senior Lawyers

José Ornelas de Melo

Law graduate, 1967, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and member of the Minas Bar Association.

Former Federal Attorney in the State of Sao Paulo.

Former State Prosecutor in Goias.

Former manager of the juridical department of Mineração Vale do Parnaíba (Companhia Vale do Rio Doce subsidiary).

Selected for “Who is Who in the World”, 6™ Edition.

Permanent member of Minas Law Institute, Energy Law Institute and the Tax Law Commission of Minas Commercial Association.


Adler Martins

Specialized in international negotiations and in drafting international Contracts. Experienced in advising foreign investments in Brazil. Has performed activities in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

MBA by FGV University.

Lívia Ornelas

Law graduate from Federal University of Minas Gerais;

Post-graduate studies in strategic businesses and environmental management, Brazil;

Specialization in Corporate Law, Underwood College, Great Britain;

Presentation of Post-graduate thesis: Industry and Ecology to the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, London;

Experience in corporate law management.

Antonio Raimundo Silva Torres

Member of the Legal Advice Center in Imperatriz, in Maranhão State

President of the Lawyers Association of Imperatriz, in Maranhão State

Special Consultant for the Association of Lawyers litigation before Federal and Superior Courts, with headquarters in Brasilia - DC

Director of the Lawyer's Superior Education Center (ESA) , Maranhão Campus, from 2002 to 2004

Counselor of the State Bar Association - Maranhão - 2002/2003

Post Graduation course in Public Law by Estacio de Sá University - 2000

Post Graduation course in Criminal Law by Estacio de Sá University - 2000

Special Certificate by the Superior School of the Public Prosecution Service from Maranhão State

Graduate by Federal University of the Maranhão State - 1988

Business Consultant

John Paul Scudder

Graduate Brown University, A B. 1956, many post-graduate studies to date, especially in finance, administration and international commerce.

Midshipman, ensign and lieutenant U.S.N ( 1952-1959 ) with active service in 7Th fleet ( east Asia ).

Over 40 years of executive experience in world-class operations for Citibank, American Express, Litton Inds, Kraft Foods, and other north american multi-national corporations.

Independent financial consultant, project capitalization for Brasilian and foreign investors.

Experienced in mergers, acquisitions and project finance, both as executor as well as consultant do the investor client, in industry, commerce and financial services.

Employment History:

  • 1980 Vulcan (Occidental Chemical,Houston) and Rio de Janeiro - Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.
  • 1975/1980 Produtos Alimentícios Fleischamann e Royal Ltda (Kraft Foods), Rio de Janeiro - Vice President Finance & development.
  • 1973/1975 Brazil Safaris and Tours, Inc, ( American Express ), Rio, São Paulo and New York - Executive Director.
  • 1964/1973 Meditrônica SA & Diana Eletro-Medicina Ltda ( representative Litton Inds, Toshiba ), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo - Vice President, President.
  • 1963/1964 Oxford Paper Company, Inc, New York and Rumford, Maine Assistant Controller
  • 1959/1962 First National City Bank, New York and São Paulo - Assistant Controller.