Brazil’s new sanitation law and the opportunities for European companies

The Brazilian Congress has recently approved the new sanitation law with an updated regulatory framework that can unlock the full potential of the water and wastewater sector in the country, tapping into the pent up demand for sanitation services.

Lide DE and Lide UK collaboration on this Lide Live Europe brings together experts in the sector to debate about the changes and how it could represent opportunities for European companies.

Not only a business opportunity but also a humanitarian cause.

The new law is expected to spur a pipeline of projects and investments worth almost BRL1 trillion, with universalization goals to bring proper infrastructure to 99% of the population by 2033.
Today, 100+ million people don’t have access to proper wastewater infrastructure collection and treatment, and 30+ million people don’t have access to properly clean water in Brazil.
Join our Lide Live Europe to find out more about the sector in Brazil and what opportunities are uncovered for European companies.



Prof. Benedito Braga is CEO of SABESP, the water utility of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a retired professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering from Escola Politecnica of University of São Paulo. He holds a Ph.D. in water resources engineering from Stanford University and is an Honorary Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He is the author of more than 200 papers and 25 books and chapters of books published internationally. Braga was member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian National Water Agency (2000 – 2009) and Secretary of State for Sanitation and Water Resources of the State of São Paulo (2015-2018). President of the Intergovernmental Council of International Hydrologic Program of UNESCO (2004-2005). He chaired the International Steering Committee of the 6th, 7th and 8th World Water Forums held in France, Korea and Brazil, respectively. He was the President of the International Water Resources Association (1998- 2000) and President of the World Water Council (2012-2018).


Co-head of TOZZINIFREIRE´s Infrastructure and Energy

Co-head of TozziniFreire´s Infrastructure and Energy practices, Pedro is also responsible for creating our Construction Law area. Throughout his 30-year career at the firm, Pedro has been involved in complex projects and M&A transactions in all areas of infrastructure, including energy and project finance. In infrastructure projects, Pedro leads issues related to the development of complex contractual structures for project implementation, with solid experience in sensible risk analysis and negotiating alternatives. In addition, he is responsible for the creation of our Defense and Aerospace area, focused on large military and national security projects. Between 1996 and 1998, Pedro worked as a foreign associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, in Nova York.


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Head of IFAT Worldwide is Christian responsible for the IFAT, IE expo China, IE expo Guangzhou, IE expo Chengdu, IFAT India, IFAT Delhi, IFAT Eurasia, IFAT Africa. Throughout about 10-year career at the Munich Fair, Christian has been responsible for the planning and implementation of the world’s leading trade fair productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production.  Rockes’s portfolio today includes all Ifat events around the globe: the world’s leading trade fair in Munich and the international shows in China, India, South Africa and Turkey. In China and India in particular, the demand for environmental technologies has risen sharply – the potential is enormous. The trade fair in Shanghai is therefore the second largest in the cluster after the Ifat in Munich. Due to the international reputation of the Ifat, Christian receives numerous inquiries for other locations. “In theory, we could bring the fair to any country,” he says. “There is a need everywhere. And we are very interested in taking the topic further into the world ”. Markets such as South America and Russia are particularly exciting.