BRATECC | Number 08 - April 2020
Newsletter April 2020
BRATECC’s New Webinar Series
BRATECC & Partners New Webinar Series is a series of webinars released weekly on our Social Media and monthly in our newsletter. It will cover the many pressing subjects, like the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the plans to resume economic activity, and the path to restore life back to normalcy.

BRATECC valued Members and Partners such as Mattos Filho Law Firm, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Argus Media, Houston U.S. Department of Commerce, IHS Market, among others will bring top-notch information and data to help you to understand the complex scenario we are facing, how to foresee the course of changes, and how to plan for the unprecedented consequences through various economic sectors in the next months.

Our first webinars discussed themes such as consequences of the impact of the pandemic on Labor, Employment, and contracts in Brazil,
as well as the antitrust enforcement in Latin America.

Many other subjects will be featured with speakers from the most relevant organizations, universities, and companies. We invite you to check out all the webinars on our web page.

Watch now the first Webinars in partnership with Mattos Filho Law Firm. Click here
Best of the Year Awards to be celebrated in Houston
Following the guidance from leading health authorities and experts, BRATECC recently postponed the Best of the Year Awards Ceremony, which was planned to happen at the Traditional Annual Offshore Breakfast during OTC 2020. BRATECC anticipates to host the ceremony in the third quarter of this year, and will honor Décio Oddone - the former Director-General of Agência Nacional de Petróleo (ANP) - as Person of the Year, Equinor as Company of the Year, and Radix as Entrepreneur of 2019.

Also to come is the Best of the Year 2020 Award Ceremony , which is planned for the first week of December.
BRATECC and the U.S. Commercial Service Houston are planning to co-organize a trade mission of American companies visiting Rio de Janeiro during the Rio Oil & Gas Show. More details to come soon.

As we continue to operate remotely, BRATECC’s staff and Board of Directors are working to ensure that the companies and individuals that have excelled in their efforts to promote and strengthen the bond between Brazil and the United States are recognized and cherished, and that the we give our contribution to maintain an open arena for the constant cooperation and dialogue between the two nations.

Fogo de Ch ã o Curbside Promo BRATECC Members Exclusive
BRATECC Members are invited to enjoy exclusive discounts at Restaurant Fogo de Chão, while supporting a local business during the pandemic: 15% OFF on orders of U$50.00 or more!

All orders will receive a U$25 Bonus Dining Card for when the restaurant opens again to the public*! This promotion is valid for CURBSIDE ORDERS at the 8250 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063 location. 
Call Tiffany De La Rosa – Fogo’s Sales Manager - NOW and place your curbside order. Don’t forget to mention you are a proud BRATECC Member! 

Call 713.978.6500
*Dining cards are subject to expiration. **Beverages are not included.

Featured Member: Fabio Dworschak at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kelley Drye was founded in 1836. A powerhouse firm of more than 300 lawyers and other professionals around the country, with offices in New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Stamford, CT; Parsippany, NJ; and Houston, TX. Kelley Drye is equipped with skilled attorneys in multiple areas such as litigation, environmental, real state, corporate, and bankruptcy, who are fully prepared to deal with the complexity of their clients’ challenges.

BRATECC would like to welcome our newest member: Mr. Fabio Dworschak, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a Kelley Drye associate. Mr. Dworschak’s practice focuses on environmental and commercial disputes in state and federal courts. Mr. Dworschak maintains close ties to Brazil, where his parents live, and is fluent in Portuguese. Law is Mr. Dworschak’s second career. Mr. Dworschak served as an U.S. Army medic during deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he earned the Combat Medic Badge.


(Website with real-time information regarding the COVID-19 in the US)




(Informações em tempo real sobre o COVID-19 no Brasil)

Monthly News
Rice University awards first COVID-19 research grants
“Rice University’s COVID-19 Research Fund Oversight and Review Committee has announced the first projects to be backed by the initiative, all aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic."

More than 700,000 people around the world have recovered from coronavirus
"According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center, 703,512 people have recovered from COVID-19."

Novo coronavírus (COVID-19) sob a ótica da demanda de energia e dos impactos sociais: o que podemos esperar e como nos preparar?
“O surto do novo coronavírus (COVID-19) tem causado instabilidades à economia mundial e mudanças significativas nos padrões de consumo e nos níveis de produção. Isso tem impacto direto sobre a demanda de energia e sobre a pegada de carbono, pelo menos no curto prazo, dos países.”

What the future may hold for Oil amidst COVID-19
"The magnitude of how damaged the energy industry has come into full view on April 20 when the benchmark price of U.S. oil futures CLc1, which had never dropped below $10 a barrel in its nearly 40-year history, plunged to a previously unthinkable minus $38 a barrel."

Produção de petróleo e gás da Petrobras sobe 14,6% no primeiro trimestre
"A produção total de petróleo, LGN e gás natural da Petrobras somou 2,909 milhões de barris de óleo equivalente por dia (boed) no primeiro trimestre, alta de 14,6% ante o mesmo período do ano passado, com o desenvolvimento novas plataformas em operação, informou a petroleira estatal nesta segunda-feira (27)."

União Europeia cria roteiro para reabertura de países baseado em 3 critérios científicos
"Três critérios técnicos devem guiar os governos europeus na decisão de relaxar as quarentenas impostas contra o coronavirus, segundo documento que foi apresentado na ultima quarta (15) pela presidente da comissão Europeia, Ursula Von Der Leyen."

The United States opens up more opportunities for sugarcane exports in 2020
“The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on April 9 that the United States significantly increased Brazilian exports of raw cane sugar in 2020."

Comunicado Conjunto Brasil-EUA – Fortalecimento da Parceria Econômica e Comercial Bilateral
No dia 9 de abril, o Ministro das Relações Exteriores do Brasil e o Representante Comercial dos Estados Unidos (USTR), acompanhados de outros altos funcionários, discutiram em teleconferência as relações comerciais entre o Brasil e os EUA."

Senado aprova crédito mais barato para socorrer micro e pequenas empresas
“Em sessão remota na ultima sexta-feira (24) o plenário do Senado aprovou, por unanimidade, o programa especial de crédito para micro e pequenas empresas, no valor de R$ 15,9 bilhões."

RenovaBio: aprovados mais 10 processos de certificação de produtores de biocombustíveis 
"A ANP aprovou, na segunda-feira (20/04), mais 10 processos de certificação de produtores de biocombustíveis, sendo que a previsão é de aumento desse número nas próximas semanas, pois há ainda 104 processos de certificação para análise da Agência."

Supporting Events
Webinar | “Diálogos da Rio Oil & Gas”
Data: Terça , 28 de Abril

Horário: 17h

Tema: Novo Futuro: como a indústria que move o mundo vai se reinventar?

Webinar | "Energia em Foco - O novo patamar de preços do petróleo"
Data: T erça , 28 de Abril

Horário: 18:00h - 19:30h

A nova dinâmica de preços internacionais do petróleo imposta por um uma pandemia e uma recessão econômica parece ser a nova realidade do mercado. Um novo patamar de preços deprimidos impõe um novo comportamento aos governos e seus planejamentos energéticos, às empresas de petróleo, ao setor parapetrolífero e à sociedade como um todo. 

Webinar | Economic Outlook Resulting from Mexico and US COVID-19 Responses
Date: Tuesday April 28, 2020

Time: 11:00 am (EST)

Registration: please contact Clementina Gay, Executive Director of the Inter-America Chapter at
Webinar | Impactos da COVID-19 no setor de biodiesel e no RenovaBio
Data: Terça, 28 de Abril

Horário: 14h - 15h30h

Objetivo: O resultado do 72º Leilão de Biodiesel, realizado em abril para atender o mercado brasileiro em maio e junho, foi um termômetro dos desafios que o setor deverá enfrentar ao longo dos próximos meses.

Webinar | Pathways to Sustainable Shipping
Date: April 29, 2020

Times: 10:00am -10:30am CDT
8:00pm - 8:30pm CDT

"Join us as we examine the impact of sustainability demands on different trades, routes and vessel designs."
ATCC Webinar Series | Covid-19, Situación Actual y Expectativas
Date: Wednesday, April 29 - 4:00pm (CST)

Location: Zoom (Details upon registration)

We invate you to participate to the upcoming Webinar "Covid-19: Situación Actual y Expectativas" where Dra. Alicia B. Vittone will cover the current situation that represents the Coronavirus' Pademic.

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