Mr Carlos Mello > Lefosse Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Lefosse Advogados
SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014

Work Department

Corporate Finance and Capital Markets




Carlos is Lefosse Advogados’ Managing Partner and has acted as leading counsel on several of the most important equity deals in Brazil in the past years and has used his insight into listed corporates and their regulatory experience to develop a wider and successful practice covering M&A and private equity. He has been elected by IFLR1000 as one of the leading lawyers in Brazil and recognized by LACCA Approved as a lawyer recommended in Corporate/M&A and Banking by members of the renowned Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, linked to the Latin Lawyer group.
Prior to joining Lefosse Advogados, Carlos was partner at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. & Quiroga and an associate at Milbank, Tweed Hadley & McCloy, in New York. Carlos obtained his Bachelor Degree from University of São Paulo, his Master Degree from Columbia University and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 2002.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Carlos MelloLefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados provides an ‘excellent and personalised‘ service for transactional and regulatory capital markets work. The firm is especially strong in equity capital markets, where it represents issuers and underwriters on a broad range of cross-border and domestic initial and secondary offerings. Clients also note the ‘excellent performance in the debt markets, with committed and competent professionals’, who represent banks and issuers. Managing partner Rodrigo Junqueira leads the team, with key support from corporate partners such as Carlos Mello. On the debt side, Ricardo Prado is ‘exceptional in his performance, knowledge and relationship with the client’. The ‘proactiveRoberto Zarour is a ‘superb technician‘, and Jana Araujo is ‘extremely intelligent and knowledgeable about the market‘. Clients also praise Felipe Gibson and Marcelo Tourinho for their ‘great knowledge of the capital markets‘.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Carlos MelloLefosse Advogados

An exceptional 12 months for Lefosse Advogados saw the firm advising on a series of market-shaping deals across the healthcare, oil and gas, retail and technology segments. Brazilian and international companies engaged in strategic transactions regularly turn to the team for assistance with the full range of M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. On the innovation front, the firm’s recent investment in technology and new software systems aims to streamline the provision of legal advice. The firm’s diversity and inclusion programme was established in 2017 to focus on four grounds: gender, race, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities. More recently, the firm has revised its internal policies concerning talent attraction and retention in order to place a larger emphasis on diversity during the recruitment process. Leading the corporate and M&A practice, Luiz Octavio Lopes brings to the table a wealth of experience in both corporate and capital market transactions at the domestic and international level. Carlos Mello is the trusted advisor to many of the firm’s most important corporate clients; corporate reorganisations and M&A are among his areas of expertise. André Calumby, who is a name to note for corporate governance, has recently handled deals on behalf of a multitude of entities, including private and public companies, private equity houses and venture capital funds. Typical instructions for Christiano Rehder range from corporate restructuring to foreign investments, private equity and joint ventures. Christian Roschmann left the firm in April 2022.