Firm Profile > Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper
SÃO PAULO, SP, 04543-000

Real estate Tier 1

Few dispute Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper's position as one of the leading real estate practices in Brazil. The market-leading group has a strong national reach, while its partnership with DLA Piper ensures a strong flow of cross-border mandates and international clients. The team regularly represents major developers, investment funds and corporates on their acquisitions, construction projects and divestments; this includes major manufacturing plants, logistics and shopping centres, and residential and commercial office projects. The team is fairly evenly spread across the firm's Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices, with Bernardo Buarque Schiller, Ivandro Ristum Trevelim, Theo Keiserman de Abreu and Fabio Campos Mello among the main contacts.


‘The team impresses with the technicality it manages to bring to the table in terms of real estate and registration law without neglecting the objectivity that negotiation requires.’

‘The department lawyers have a remarkable ability to reconcile technical knowledge with a business sense, evaluating the matters put under consultation in depth and at the same time offering precise, concise recommendations, with the clarity and objectivity that a competitive business requires.’

‘Ivandro Ristum Trevelim is an experienced and thorough practitioner, providing confidence to our real estate deals.’

Key clients


Banco Santander

Amazon Web Services





Vinci Real Estate

RB Capital

Marriott International


Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro (RIOgaleão)

Novo Nordisk

Macquarie Group

Walt Disney



RIMO Holding

GB Armazéns Gerais

Insurance Tier 2

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper's insurance practice has made a strong impression on the market since it was launched by highly rated partner Marcella Hill in 2017. The recent recruitment of Jaqueline Suryan, former practice head at Azevedo Sette Advogados, has further strengthened its offering, which encompasses transactional, regulatory and claims matters, and also includes related healthcare and pensions advice. The firm is also noted for its strong international reach thanks to its cooperation with DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):


‘Established a trustful relationship and delivered a high quality service. They brought professionalism and high technical quality. It is also important to highlight the commitment to deadlines.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Resseguros Brasil

XL Brasil Resseguros

MS Amlin AG

Amlin Insurance SE

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Capsicum Re Latin America Corretora de Resseguros

BTG Pactual Resseguradora

Chubb Seguros Brasil

CNA Insurance Company Limited

FM Global

New Asurion Corporation

XL Insurance Company SE


Liberty International Underwriters (LIU)

XL Seguros Brasil

XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited Escritório de Representação no Brasil

XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited

Allianz Seguros

Avita Corretora de Seguros

Compliance Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper's compliance team acts for a number of well-known international clients, and benefits from the firm's cooperation agreement with DLA Piper. Its recent workload includes compliance audits, compliance due diligence and internal investigations. Practice head Ricardo Caiado Lima - who was promoted to partner in June 2019 - and senior associate Ana Júlia Andrade Vaz de Lima are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):


We are very happy with the good services provided to us by the compliance team of Campos Mello Advogados.’

Very good, independent and transparent team. Are able to handle complex situations with a very good approach.’

Though the compliance team is young, the lawyers have a deep knowledge of the area and are quick to understand the internal structure of our business and the business of a target, which makes the investigative approach much more efficient.’

Ricardo Lima is the one individual I would mention, not only for his technical capabilities, but also for his humbleness and adaptability to deal with hard and complex situations.’

Transparency and clear communication.’

We could see the huge difference working with Campos Mello, being 100% ethical and transparent during the whole process.

The individuals that usually take care of our needs in the compliance area are Ricardo Caiado Lima (partner) and Ana Julia Andrade Vaz (lawyer). Both are very competent and always respond to our demands on a timely basis.’

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has strong experience in cross-border transactions, where it benefits from its association with DLA Piper. It also stands out for its expertise in private equity deals; a recent highlight was Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt's advice to Brazilian private equity and advisory company Starboard Asset Management on the acquisition (in partnership with Apollo Global Management) of 72.5% of the shares in retail company Maquina de Vendas. The department expanded at the associate level with several hires in 2019, including the August-arrival of senior associate Taciana Furlan from an in-house role. Fabiano Gallo, Carolina Sant’Angelo and Luiz Augusto Osorio are key names at the partner level. In a recent development, the firm added competition and antitrust capability to its service offering with the Luciana Martorano hire as of counsel in March 2020.

Key clients






Solar Coca-Cola




BlackHawk Network

3R Petróleo

Máquina de Vendas

ADM Promotions

Wipro Tecnologies




Energy and natural resources: Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has recently been assisting clients with new modalities of bidding rounds, operating agreements, M&A transactions as well as Petrobras's divestments. Its legal services to oil and gas companies range from regulatory, contractual, maritime, environmental and corporate advice to acquisition and project financing. Implementation of natural gas processing units and pipelines, as well as refineries and petrochemical facilities are other areas of expertise for the team, which is led by David Leinig Meiler, who splits his time between Rio and Houston. Paulo Lopes devotes his practice to domestic and cross-border M&A projects and energy matters. Bárbara Bittencourt focuses on regulatory issues and administrative law pertaining to the oil and gas and biofuels sectors.

Practice head(s):


‘David Meiler and Barbara Bittencourt are very qualified and take care of our demands on a timely and efficient manner.’ 

Key clients

Murphy Oil Corporation

Chc Helicopters

Misc Berhad

Etesco Construções E Comércio

Ocean Rig/ Transocean


Pacific Drilling

Vantage Drilling

Maersk Supply Services

Maersk Drilling

San Antonio – Lupatech

Helix Energy Solutions Group

Perenco Oil & Gas

Technip Fmc


Ensco/ Rowan

3R Petroleum


Mitsui & Co.

Starboard Asset

Tax Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper offers a strong full-service tax department with expertise in consultancy and litigation. On the advisory side, its lawyers have good experience of direct and indirect tax, tax planning, restructurings and due diligence exercises. The litigation team regularly represents clients in administrative and judicial disputes at every level. Clients come from a wide array of sectors, including real estate, hospitality, education, technology, energy and agribusiness. Key practitioners include Alex Jorge, who divides his time between São Paulo and New York, Rio-based litigation specialist and co-head Humberto Marini, and Rosana Gonzaga Jayme, who is experienced in indirect tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Brazshipping Marítima

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Axalta Coating Systems

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio


Hyatt (Rio JV Partners Participações)



Atlas Renewable Energy


TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Drawing upon its co-operation with international powerhouse DLA PiperCampos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper guides foreign companies through the intricacies of the Brazilian regulatory framework concerning data protection and cybersecurity. In addition, the team is proficient in the analysis of agreements related to data transfers, as well as due diligence exercises in the context of M&A transactions. Apart from helping develop preventive measures against cyberattacks, the practice is also adept at handling matters related to data breaches. Co-head Paula Mena Barreto regularly assists with privacy compliance issues, which is also an area of activity for co-leader Ricardo Caiado Lima. Manoela Quintas Esteves has extensive experience in data protection.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has a small but highly focused team working out of its São Paulo office. Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros is well respected in the market for his regulatory expertise, while Jorge Luiz Gallo is one of the market's up-and-coming talents. The firm also has a strong track record in corporate, real estate, and project financing transactions as well as non-performing loans (NPLs).

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Starboard Asset

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco RCI Brasil

Blackhawk Network Brasil


Aymoré Crédito, Financiamento e Investimentos


Capital markets Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is well regarded by clients, which include numerous banks and financial institutions. Recently, the firm has represented several banks, as issuers, on bond offerings and the issuance of financial bills. Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros and Jorge Luiz Gallo are both experienced in this area.


‘Expertise in the law and professionalism in service define the team.’

‘Jorge Gallo, besides having a high technical knowledge, is oriented to the business and brings through his consultancy practical solutions that add value to the business.’

Key clients

Banco RCI Brasil

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco do Brasil

Starboard Asset

Banco Daycoval

Banco Votorantim

BB-Leasing Arrendamento Mercantil

Coremas Holding

Electricity (and renewable energy) Tier 4

The energy team at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper excels in M&A transactions and project development mandates in the power sector. The team is experienced in the implementing of thermoelectric and renewable projects, advising on auction participation, equipment and fuel supply agreements, as well as financing, environmental licensing and tax structuring. Key strengths include assisting with the negotiation of contracts in net metering/distributed generation and power purchase agreements. Practice head Fabiano Gallo's knowledge encompasses M&A, project development and regulatory issues. Associate Flavia Cerutti also receives praise.

Practice head(s):


‘CMA has a very knowledgeable and engaged team. They provide outstanding legal advice.’

‘Fabiano Gallo (partner) and Flavia Cerutti (associate) are excellent attorneys to work with. They deliver top-notch legal work and are fully committed to their clients.’

‘Highly engaged and accessible team. Solution-oriented. They think out-of-the-box and always have a practical approach to problems.’ 

‘Fabiano Gallo (partner) and Flavia Cerutti (associate) do an outstanding work. In addition to delivering excellent work, they are very dependable and easy to work with. Coordinating the work of outside counsel can be a very time consuming activity. Fabiano and Flávia definitely make my life easier and I hope I can count on their support for many deals to come.’

Key clients

Statkraft Energias Renováveis do Brasil


Gemini Energy


Rio Alto Energia

Environment Tier 4

The environment team at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is particularly sought after to assist in litigation, at both the judicial and administrative levels. Other areas of activity include environmental risk assessment and crisis management; the practice is also experienced at advising on the new Forest Code. Theo Keiserman de Abreu leads the practice and is often retained by clients from the infrastructure, energy and real estate sectors. Terence Trennepohl left the team to establish his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Votorantim Cimentos

Grupo Big Brasil

Sony Interactive Entertainment do Brasil Comércio e Serviços de Marketing

Linhas de Macapá Transmissora de Energia

Founded with more than 39 years by excellent professionals with legal practice experience, we advise Brazilian and global companies in Brazil, Latin America, Asia, the US, Europe and Oceania. We have legal excellence, global presence, full-service structure and professional management capable of identify new opportunities and demands to our clients.

With offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and New York, we operate throughout the national territory and we have the support of an experienced team of lawyers, specialized in different practice areas applied to various sectors of the market. As a result, we develop creative, innovative and secure legal solutions for each matter and client profile.

Our knowledge in peculiarities of each business sector of our clients is essential to create value solutions. And our structure, relatively horizontal, allow our partners to maintain continuous contact with clients and to know their track record and market.

Since March 2010, we have been working in cooperation with DLA Piper LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world located in more than 40 countries in all continents ( This strategic relationship is a differentiator for CMA, allowing us to serve our clients and address their strategic business needs whether they do business in Brazil or abroad.

The firm started in the 1980s, with the foundation of LA Campos Mello Advogados by senior partners Luiz Antonio Campos Mello and Bernardo Buarque Schiller. The original firm has gone through mergers and demergers since then, coming to its current format.

Our offices

  • Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian desks

  • London, UK
  • Milan, Italy
  • New York, USA

We offer a broad range of legal business services, with emphasis on the following areas: antidumping; antitrust; banking and project finance; bankruptcy and restructuring; commercial contracts; compliance/investigation, white-collar crime and cybersecurity; corporate and M&A, capital markets; employment/pensions and benefits; energy and Natural Resources; environmental; intellectual property and Data Protection; insurance; litigation and arbitration; projects and infrastructure, private wealth, real estate, regulatory and public law, Insolvency, sports and entertainment, and tax. Clients and industry sectors: Over the years, the firm has developed fruitful relationships with Brazilian and international companies operating in the most dynamic sectors of the economy, such as aerospace and defence; automotive; construction; consumer goods; energy power and water; banking services; Finance, health care; hospitality and leisure; industrial goods and services; infrastructure; insurance and reinsurance; life sciences; media and entertainment; mining; oil and gas; Pharmaceutical, Pulp and Paper industry, real estate; retail; shipping, transport and offshore; technology; telecommunications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Alex Moreira Jorge +55 11 3077-3515
Real estate Bernardo Buarque Schiller +55 21 3262-3004
Public Law and Governmental Affairs Carolina Caiado +55 11 3077-3517
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Carolina Sant’Angelo +55 11 3077-3551
Energy/natural resources David Meiler +55 21 3262-3006
Patent and Life Science Litigation Domiciano Noronha de Sá +55 21 3262-3014
Corporate, M&A, Infrastructure and Eletricity Fabiano Gallo +55 11 3077-3574
Corporate, M&A and Real Estate Fabio Perrone Campos Mello +55 21 3262-3027
Litigation and arbitration Felipe Hermany +55 11 3077-3519
Tax Humberto Marini +55 21 2217-2011
Real estate Ivandro Ristum Trevelim +55 11 3077-3561
Real estate Jaqueline Suryan +55 113077-3524
Capital markets and Banking and project finance Jorge Gallo +55 11 3077-3576
Litigation and arbitration Leandro Rinaldi +55 21 3262-3025
Tax Leonardo Rzezinski +55 21 3262.3022
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Luiz Augusto Osorio +55 21 3262-3047
Insurance Marcella Hill +55 11 3077-3507
Employment, Pensions and Benefits Marcio Meira +55 21 3262-3029
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt +55 21 3262-3008
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Marcelo Araujo Pereira +55 11 3077-3532
Employment, Pensions and Benefits Mauricio Tanabe +55 21 3077-3521
Intellectual Property and Data Protection Paula Mena Barreto +55 21 3262-3028
Oil & Gas Paulo Almeida Lopes +55 21 3262-3007
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Rafaella Chiachio +55 11 3077-3529
Capital markets and Banking and project finance Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros +55 11 3077-3513
Tax Renato Lopes da Rocha +55 11 3077-3593
White Collar Crime, Compliance & Investigation Ricardo Caiado Lima +55 11 3077-3591
Tax Rosana Gonzaga Jayme +55 11 3077-3531
Tax Victor Kampel +55 11 3077-3539
Public Law and Governmental Affairs Paulo Renato Barroso +55 21 3262-3031
Litigation and arbitration Vinicius Pereira +55 21 3262-3036
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Roberto Vianna do R Barros  photo Mr Roberto Vianna do R Barros Partner specialized in banking and project finance, commercial contracts, corporate, M&A, capital…
Mr Ricardo Caiado Lima  photo Mr Ricardo Caiado Lima Partner specialized in Litigation
Mr Fabiano Gallo  photo Mr Fabiano Gallo Co-head of M&A, Corporate and Energy practices.
Mrs Rosana Gonzaga  photo Mrs Rosana Gonzaga Partner specialized in Tax
Mr Felipe Hermanny  photo Mr Felipe Hermanny Partner specialized in Litigation and Arbitration
Mrs Marcella Hill  photo Mrs Marcella Hill Partner specialized in Insurance, Reinsurance and Pensions
Mr Alex Jorge  photo Mr Alex Jorge Partner specialized in tax planning, tax consulting and tax litigation.
Mr Renato Lopes  photo Mr Renato Lopes Partner specialized in Tax
Mrs Carolina Marcondes Sant'Angelo photo Mrs Carolina Marcondes Sant'Angelo Partner specialized in Corporate
Mr Ivandro Ristum Trevelim  photo Mr Ivandro Ristum Trevelim Partner in charge for the Real Estate Area in the São Paulo…
Mr Mauricio Tanabe  photo Mr Mauricio Tanabe Partner specialized in Employment & Benefits
Total staff : 205
English (fluent)
Contacts : 31