Firm Profile > Campos Mello Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Campos Mello Advogados
RIO DE JANEIRO , RJ, 22290-906

Real estate Tier 1

'One of the most specialised firms in the real estate sector', Campos Mello Advogados 'is a full-service practice with strong groups in Rio and São Paulo'. The real estate department's 'highly talented and responsive lawyers' handle mandates across numerous regions of the country that involve rural, urban and industrial property matters. In 2018, a cross-departmental team including Theo Keiserman de Abreu advised DB Supermercados on setting up a Real Estate Investment Fund and the issuance of Real Estate Receivable Certificates (CRI). Elsewhere, Bernardo Buarque Schiller advised Mzk Empreendimentos Imobiliários on property acquisitions for the development of luxury projects. Rafael Jordão Bussière is a 'seasoned and competent professional'. Ivandro Ristum Trevelim is also noted.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Well-known domestic and multinational companies turn to Campos Mello Advogados in corporate matters, particularly for mid-market M&A. In cross-border work, the firm benefits from its association with DLA Piper, giving it access to an extensive global network, and the team is well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions and restructurings. In one example, Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt and a team acted for Deere & Company in the acquisition of sprayer manufacturer PLA (which has operations in Brazil and Argentina), from Pampa Agribusiness Fund. Elsewhere, Fabiano Gallo and Carolina Sant’Angelo advised self-storage company GuardeAqui on its purchase of SelfStok. Luiz Augusto Osorio is a key contact in Rio de Janeiro.

Hydrocarbons Tier 3

In 2018, Campos Mello Advogados bolstered its practice with the hire of Paulo Lopes from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, who strengthens the team’s capability in upstream matters and M&A structuring. The group, which counts Chevron and Murphy Oil among its clients, also has strong supplementary expertise in infrastructure, finance and environmental matters. Leonardo CostaDavid Leinig Meiler and consultant Sandoval Amui are recommended.

Insurance Tier 3

The 'talented', 'reliable' and 'extremely competent' insurance team at Campos Mello Advogados has a broad regulatory, transactional and claims practice. Its cross-border expertise is also of particular note. In a recent illustration, the team acted for QBE Brazil on the sale of its operations to Zurich, in a transaction that involved assets in multiple Latin American countries. 'Creative' and 'hands on' practice head Marcella Hill 'is the definition of what a lawyer should be'. Associate Guilherme Fernandes de Oliveira also receives praise.

Tax Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados' standalone tax practice provides a comprehensive service. In consultancy, it advises domestic and international clients on direct and indirect tax, tax planning and transaction-related tax matters. Recent highlights in litigation included Humberto Marini's representation of the Brazilian subsidiary of a well-known international company in a case involving disallowance of interest expenses for corporate income tax purposes. Alex Jorge co-heads the department with Marini; the four-partner team also includes Rosana Gonzaga Jayme and Renato Lopes da Rocha.

Banking and finance Tier 4

The 'compact but highly focused group' at Campos Mello Advogados impresses with its 'high-quality work product', 'strong technical knowledge' and 'proactive and solution-oriented approach'. Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros  ('one of the most knowledgeable partners in Brazil on financial regulation') and newly-promoted partner Jorge Luiz Gallo ('a younger partner with a broad range of experience') co-lead a 'responsive and creative' team which can draw on the wider firm's supplementary expertise in corporate, tax, real estate and infrastructure matters. Recent highlights included advising Rioprevidência - Fundo Único de Previdência Social do Estado do Rio de Janeiro on a $2bn securitisation of oil royalties, together with BB Investimentos and BNP Paribas. Other representative clients include China Construction Bank International, Deutsche Bank - Banco Alemão and Camargo Corrêa.

Capital markets Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados’ group, which shines in debt matters, is best known for its close relationships with seasoned financial issuers and funds. In a recent example, department co-lead Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros advised Fundo Único de Previdência Social do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – Rioprevidência on a $2bn securitisation of oil royalties, together with BB Investimentos and BNP Paribas. Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt and Jorge Gallo also co-head the practice.

Electricity Tier 4

Pragmatic, results-oriented and responsive’, Campos Mello Advogados sets itself apart through its ‘practical approach, which ensures valuable advice’. The firm acted on several major projects over the past year, including assisting Statkraft Energias Renováveis on its agreement with EDP Energias do Brasil for the acquisition of a cluster of eight operational hydropower plants. Fabiano Gallo is commended as a ‘highly technical, reliable and responsive lawyer’.

Environment Tier 5

Campos Mello Advogados acts on risk assessment, licensing, crisis management and environmental due diligence matters, often related to infrastructure and construction projects. Recent mandates saw the team handle contentious cases for Grupo Vilela de Queiroz, Votorantim Cimentos and Walmart. Terence Trennepohl is 'extremely knowledgeable' and gives 'practical advice'.


At Campos Mello Advogados, Paula Mena Barreto leads the intellectual property and data protection team. Thanks to its international link with DLA Piper, the team advises numerous multinational corporations on data privacy concerns.

Founded with more than 38 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
Capital markets and Banking and project finance Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt
Corporate, M&A and Real Estate Fabio Perrone Campos Mello
Corporate, M&A, Infrastructure and Eletricity Fabiano Gallo
Employment, Pensions and Benefits Marcio Meira
Energy/natural resources David Meiler
Litigation and arbitration Leandro Rinaldi
Litigation and arbitration Felipe Hermany
Real estate Bernardo Buarque Schiller
Tax Alex Moreira Jorge
Tax Humberto Marini
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Carolina Sant’Angelo
Real estate Ivandro Ristum Trevelim
Capital markets and Banking and project finance Jorge Gallo
Tax Leonardo Rzezinski
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Luiz Augusto Osorio
Insurance Marcella Hill
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition Marcelo Araujo Pereira
Employment, Pensions and Benefits Mauricio Tanabe
Intellectual Property and Data Protection Paula Mena Barreto
Oil & Gas Paulo Almeida Lopes
Tax Renato Lopes da Rocha
White Collar Crime, Compliance & Investigation Ricardo Caiado Lima
Tax Rosana Gonzaga Jayme
Oil & Gas Sandoval Amui
Real estate Theo Keiserman de Abreu
Patent and Life Science Litigation Domiciano Noronha de Sá
Litigation and arbitration Vinicius Pereira
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sandoval Amui  photo Mr Sandoval Amui Partner specialized in Energy
Mr Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt  photo Mr Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt Partner specialized in, corporate, private equity and venture capital, M&A, capital markets,…
Mr Fabio Perrone Campos Mello  photo Mr Fabio Perrone Campos Mello Partner specialized in capital markets, commercial contracts, corporate, M&A and real estate.
Mr Jorge Gallo photo Mr Jorge Gallo Partner specialized in Banking and Capital Markets
Mr Theo Keiserman de Abreu  photo Mr Theo Keiserman de Abreu Partner specialized in real estate.
Mr David Leinig Meiler  photo Mr David Leinig Meiler Partner specialized in Energy, Oil & Gas, Tax/ Customs, Litigation.
Mr Paulo Lopes  photo Mr Paulo Lopes Partner specialized Oil & Gas
Mr Humberto Marini  photo Mr Humberto Marini Partner and co-head of Tax Practice.
Mr Marcio Meira de Vasconcellos  photo Mr Marcio Meira de Vasconcellos Partner specialized in Labor
Mrs Paula Mena Barreto  photo Mrs Paula Mena Barreto Partner specialized in Intellectual Property and Data Protection
Mr Luiz Augusto Osorio  photo Mr Luiz Augusto Osorio Partner specialized in Corporate and M&A
Mr Vinicius Pereira  photo Mr Vinicius Pereira Partner specialized in Litigation and Arbitration
Mr Leandro Rinaldi  photo Mr Leandro Rinaldi Partner specialized in Insolvency and Restructuring
Mr Leonardo Rzezinski  photo Mr Leonardo Rzezinski Partner
Mr Domiciano Sá  photo Mr Domiciano Sá Partner specialized in Intellectual Property and Patents
Mr Bernardo Buarque Schiller  photo Mr Bernardo Buarque Schiller Partner specialized in civil litigation and real estate.
Other fee-earners : 79
Total staff : 191
English (fluent)
Contacts : 28