Our Rio de Janeiro office is located in downtown Rio de Janeiro and serves the entire metropolitan area and the northern city of Macaé. Rio is the second largest metropolis in Brazil and a cultural center within Brazil. Rio has enjoyed substantial growth due to the recent resources boom in Brazil, and as a result of being awarded the honor of hosting the Olympics in 2016. Fragomen’s immigration practice in this city was created to meet the high demands of the resources industry—including in onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration—servicing the Santos, Campos and Espírito Santo basins. Professionals in our Rio practice work closely with members of Fragomen’s Energy Practice Group and cover small and medium size enterprises, large global companies and public sector organizations. These clients include exploration and drillers, offshore vessel operators, engineering and construction corporations, IT services companies, and transportation and service industry operators.