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CGM Advogados
Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 1663 - 5º andar

Competition and antitrust Tier 5

André Gilberto heads the team at CGM Advogados, which 'demonstrates a strong knowledge' in the field of competition. It has a particularly strong cartel investigations practice, and also handles merger control, in addition to providing day-to-day consultancy services to household name companies.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Established in 2014, CGM Advogados has seen steady growth. Many of its partners have worked together for several years previous to the firm's founding, and the team continues to work with longstanding clients, which include household name multinationals. A mixed team of corporate and tax lawyers led by Bernadete Figueiredo Dias assisted Thermo Fisher Scientific with its merger with Dionex, while a cross-departmental team led by Martim Machado advised Turboserv Engenharia on its acquisition of a turbo machinery business operated by the Brazilian subsidiary of HOERBIGER Group. René Gelman is another key contact.

Labour and employment Tier 5

Clients appreciate CGM Advogados' 'extensive knowledge' and 'ease of contact'. Domestic and multinational companies turn to the team for labour, immigration and social security issues. Patricia Medeiros Barboza heads the department, which includes the 'detailed' and 'business oriented' Maury Lobo de Athayde ; a 'team player', he made partner in 2019.

Public law Tier 5

CGM Advogados acts for a multinational client base in contentious and non-contentious matters, from public tenders to investigations involving multiple public authorities. André Gilberto is the practice head.

CGM was founded by an experienced group of partners who have been working together for more than two decades, and were joined by other partners coming from reputable law firms.

CGM enjoys strong client and market recognition as acknowledged in important international publications and rankings. The firm’s service model focuses on solving its clients’ issues in a responsive, efficient and business-oriented manner, combining technical expertise and creativity.

With a team of professionals graduated from reputable Brazilian law schools, many of the firm’s lawyers have also obtained Master’s degrees and other qualifications abroad, and have worked outside of Brazil.

CGM has a tight-knit network of partnerships, which allows it to provide services throughout Brazil and coordinate multijurisdictional projects in Latin America. The team works at a very fast pace and has in-depth knowledge of the law and business environment of the region.

CGM positions itself as a “client-service firm”, which means it is prepared to assist its clients from the most sophisticated transactions to the management of their daily legal routine. CGM is keen on spotting issues but equally committed to addressing them. The firm’s team eagerly pursues solutions to help clients do business and achieve their goals. In addition, the firm’s professionals’ long-term experience working with international clients results in the ability to explain the Brazilian legal system to foreigners in a very practical way and in being sensitive to the cultural differences of doing business in Brazil and elsewhere.

CGM assists domestic and foreign clients from various industries, with strong expertise in agribusiness, automotive, banking, chemicals, construction, defence, e-commerce, energy, healthcare, heavy industry, hospitality and leisure, information technology, infrastructure, real estate, insurance, logistics, pharmaceutical, medical, professional and regulated services, retail, wholesale and transportation.

Main areas of practice:

Corporate & M&A: CGM provides full assistance to clients’ business in Brazil, handling all the work involved both in their day-to-day needs as well as in complex transactions, such as cross-border joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s professionals have been involved in several M&A deals for high-profile clients in the last years, thus earning domestic and international recognition in this area.

Labour and Employment: CGM represents clients in all aspects of labour and employment laws in Brazil. The services include, among others, advice and planning on the hiring of employees (including foreigners who will work in Brazil and Brazilians who will work abroad), incentive plans (such as stock options, restricted stock units and phantom shares), diversity at work, drafting and negotiation of labour and services agreements, preparation and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, assistance in union reclassification matters and negotiations with unions in general, and representation of companies in labour litigation of various levels of complexity.

Tax: The firm’s services involve tax and estate planning, tax structuring for corporate and M&A operations, tax consultancy (covering the several Brazilian taxes, double taxation treaties, transfer pricing, ancillary obligations, special customs regimes), obtaining and management of tax benefits and special tax regimes, and assistance in tax assessments and administrative and judicial litigation.

Antitrust: CGM assists clients vis-à-vis the Brazilian antitrust authorities, including merger filings before the Brazilian Competition Commission (CADE), representing companies and individuals in investigations on anticompetitive conducts, and structuring and negotiation of leniency agreements with CADE, general consultancy on competition laws and assistance to clients as interested parties in notices to third parties (challenges and other interventions).

Administrative and Regulatory: The administrative and regulatory group has been assisting clients from various highly regulated industries, including healthcare, banking, insurance, defence, chemicals, telecom, ports and logistics in connection with regulatory matters in Brazil. The firm represents clients in public bids carried in all spheres of government and agencies using all procurement methods (competition, invitation, price taking and reverse auctions), and also provides assistance in bidding procedures involving public-private partnerships (PPPs), administrative concessions and differential government procurement regime (RDCs).

Litigation and Arbitration: The firm’s litigation and arbitration practice accumulates successful cases in judicial proceedings in state and federal courts, in arbitration and mediation involving clients from a wide variety of sectors. CGM’s professionals are experienced in the enforcement of foreign decisions in Brazil, and in restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings.

Real Estate: The real estate team provides full assistance to clients in the area, including structuring and development of real estate ventures, such as shopping malls, hotels, commercial and residential buildings and distribution centres, drafting and negotiation of lease agreements (commercial, residential, shopping malls), built to suit agreements, deeds of purchase and sale of real estate properties, construction, turn-key and other agreements, and structuring of rem guarantees (fiduciary transfers, mortgages).

Intellectual Property: The firm’s intellectual property practice provides assistance with respect to the protection of IP rights, including software, trademarks, copyrights, licensing agreements, trade secrets, transfer of technology and specialised services, including due diligence of IP rights.

Life Sciences: CGM has developed a solid client portfolio in the Life Sciences industry. Companies’ sectors cover pharmaceutical, medical devices, food, health services and software, cosmetics and animal health. The firm handles complex transactions, strategic and operational matters with an interdisciplinary approach, considering all legal and business perspectives in services such as contracts, regulatory, corporate and compliance matters.

Privacy and Data Protection: The firm provides advice on Brazilian privacy and data protection regulations, and assists clients with respect to the preparation and review of privacy policies, data protection agreements and statements, and consent forms.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Adriano Chaves +55 11 2394 8910
Corporate and M&A René Gelman +55 11 2394 8980
Corporate and M&A Martim Machado +55 11 2394 8960
Corporate and M&A Bernadete Dias +55 11 2394 8930
Corporate and M&A Fernando Fabretti +55 16 3602 8496
Labour and Employment Patricia Barboza +55 11 2394 8970
Labour and Employment Maury Lobo +55 11 2394 8971
Tax José Antonio Martho +55 11 2394 8950
Tax Angélica Santos +55 11 2394 8946
Antitrust André Gilberto +55 11 2394 8920
Administrative and Regulatory André Gilberto +55 11 2394 8920
Litigation and Arbitration João Guilherme Petroni +55 11 2394 8940
Real Estate Carolina Galvão +55 11 2394 8990
Intellectual Property René Gelman +55 11 2394 8980
Life Sciences Bernadete Dias +55 11 2394 8930
Privacy and Data Protection Adriano Chaves +55 11 2394 8910
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