Professional Experience

Clovis Torres was chief compliance officer and general counsel at Vale between 2001 and January 2018. He was responsible for the company’s legal and tax affairs, human resources, sustainability, energy, governance, integrity, M&A and participations areas. During his first term with Vale, from 2003 to 2007, Clovis was the director of the corporate legal department.

In 2007, Clovis took up the position of executive vice president at Bahia Mineração where he coordinated the implementation of the Pedra de Ferro Project, a mining complex designed to produce 25 million tons of iron ore. Clovis was a partner at Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados between 2000 and 2003. He also worked at IFC – International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC, and at Cargill. In 2015, Clovis was the chairman of the board of directors at Petrobras Distribuidora S.A. and an alternate member of the board of directors at Petrobras S.A.

Clovis Torres

Practice Areas

Project Finance
M&A and Private Equity


Catholic University of Salvador Law School (UCSal, LL.B.) and master of laws in international law, trade and finances at Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.


Clovis has been awarded by the International Legal Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel with the Global Counsel Award and Latin American Counsel Award 2014 (General Counsel of the Year).


Clovis is President of Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração (Brazilian Mining Institute) (2014 – 2017), Member of the Corporate Law Committee of the Brazilian Federal Bar Association President of Sindicato Nacional da Indústria de Extração do Ferro e de Metais Básicos – Sinferbase (National Association of Iron and Base Metals Extraction Industry), Member of the Board of Trustees of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and Member of the Economic Affairs Council of Confederação Nacional da Indústria – CNI (National Confederation of Industry).