Shell Legal Counsel (Senior Lawyer) - Trading in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Job Title:

Legal Counsel (Senior Lawyer) - Trading

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Job Description:


Professional, timely, cost-effective and practical legal advice and support to Trading & Shipping (T&S) business in Brazil, covering crude oil, gas and power trading activities.


  • Advice and support to all power trading activities in Brazil;

  • Ability to support gas evacuation and monetization initiatives, including gas to power and LNG/regasification terminals projects;

  • Ability to support projects and businesses in South America;

  • Proactively identify legal risks and alternative strategies in a defined area;

  • Ensure documents reflect accurately commercial decisions, at all times consistent with legal obligations and the Shell Group Control Framework;

  • Represent Shell Brasil vis-à-vis third parties;

  • Instruct and manage external counsel under the supervision of more senior legal counsel;

  • Assist and support the Shell Brasil Litigation team regarding the background and business dimensions in contentious proceedings (litigation, arbitration, mediation).

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Company Description:

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In Brazil, Shell has been present for more than a century (since 1913), and was the first international oil company to produce oil in Brazil, in the Campos Basin, after the market was opened up to private investment. Currently, Shell is one of the largest energy companies in the Brazilian market.

Shell in Brazil is also a major producer of lubricants and, through Raízen (a joint venture with a Brazilian energy and logistics group), invests in the production of sugar cane ethanol, a viable biofuel alternative for smarter and cleaner mobility in the future.

We deliver energy responsibly, aiming to meet society’s energy demands today and in the future in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. We operate safely with respect to our neighbors and work to minimize our environmental impact.

We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.


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Work Location:

Rio de Janeiro - BRA


Skills and Requirements:

  • Relevant working experience with a top Brazilian law firm or multinational corporation present in Brazil.

  • Solid knowledge of the Brazil Energy market (mainly in trading and generation businesses), including gas to power and new energy initiatives.

  • Knowledge of the Brazilian power regulatory framework, including CCEE rules and regulations.

  • Experience in contract analysis and negotiation related to the marketing of power and related products in the Brazilian power market. Additional experience in other commodities commonly used in the Brazilian energy market would be an asset.

  • Knowledge of domestic and regional gas monetization initiatives, including LNG infrastructure projects, is preferred.

  • Understanding of the main legal areas relevant to international commodities trading and regulatory regimes.

  • Understanding of some of the main legal areas relevant to the natural gas and LNG market.

  • Ability to draft with appropriate understanding and interpretation of commercial intentions.

  • Exposure to international civil and/or common law contracts.

  • Ability to work on a number of issues in parallel.

  • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with clients at all levels and in a range of cultures.

  • Ability to understand and take account of business drivers and needs.

  • Able to give a clear exposition of a legal issue and to provide succinct accurate and comprehensible legal advice.

  • Knowledge and experience to identify critical Legal risks.

  • Understanding of the Shell Group structure and the Shell Group Control Framework.

  • Attention to detail, autonomous and hands on.

  • Fluent in Portuguese and English language, both spoken and written. Spanish fluency would be a plus.

  • Strong academic background and capable of applying jurisprudence in real situations.

  • Knowledge of the main legal areas relevant to the oil and gas industry, especially in relation to Energy sector.

  • Influencing, negotiating and facilitation skills.

  • Ability to work as part of a team and with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • Flexible self-starter with pro-active mindset, able to anticipate and identify legal issues, with small supervision

  • Good verbal and written communication skills and good drafting skills.

  • Law degree and professional legal qualification.

  • Occasional domestic and international travel may be required. Monthly travels to São Paulo are required.

  • This individual must be self-motivated, self-directed, able to prioritise workload and to work both independently and as a member of a team, while at the same time knowing when to seek advice from his or her line manager or more senior colleagues.


This individual must be strategic (flexible and able to prioritise) with respect to supporting dynamic and growing businesses within Shell Trading and Supply.

Special Challenges:

• Fast paced, diversified and growing businesses will require that this individual be flexible, be willing to learn, and be willing to take on new challenges.

• The ability to handle a range of client demands, mixing project work and day to day transactions and queries, in a fast-paced trading environment and the ability to work under pressure as operational issues demand are critical.

• The ability to work both independently and as a team member is essential.

• Good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relations with internal and external stakeholders are important.

• The role will require the ability to connect across a range of cultures and the ability to operate in uncertain jurisdictions.

• Supporting the Group Compliance program in difficult environments.

City, State (if applicable):

Rio de Janeiro