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

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper
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Ed. Centro Empresarial Varig, 12th Floor Sala 1201
Brasília, DF - CEP 70714-900

Brazil > Real estate Tier 1

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has extensive expertise across all areas of real estate law, which is a core area of focus for the firm. Drawing on the firm’s cross-border cooperation with DLA Piper and strong network of offices across Brazil, the team offers comprehensive guidance to both domestic and international investors, construction companies and developers engaged in mandates involving the retail, residential, hospitality, offices, agriculture, industrial, and logistics segments. With nearly five decades of experience in the real estate space, co-founder Bernardo Buarque Schiller is a recognised authority in the market who maintains an active practice covering non-contentious and contentious issues. Partner Ivandro Trevelim, who handles a mix of contractual, transactional and development matters, and managing partner Fabio Perrone Campos Mello are praised for their ‘fantastic technical knowledge‘. Rafael Jordão Bussière, who has previously worked at the Secretariat of Coordination and Governance of the federal government’s real estate assets, has recently acted for prominent clients in strategic shopping centre acquisitions. Maria Eduarda Bérgamo undertakes a variety of transactional work, most notably the purchase and sale of logistic and commercial real estate properties.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Buarque Schiller; Ivandro Trevelim; Fabio Perrone Campos Mello; Rafael Jordão Bussière


‘Ivandro and Fábio have fantastic technical knowledge, with an easy methodology for sharing ideas, suggestions and recommendations for clients.’

‘The firm has longstanding tradition in the sector and senior partners with a lot of experience, such as Rafael Bussière.’

Key clients

Orpea Group

Brio Investimentos

Bait Incorporadora

Kempinski Hotels

The Walt Disney Company

Sony Corporation of America

Hyatt International

Tegra Incorporadora

Vinci Real Estate

Hard Rock Café International (USA)



RB Capital


GB Armazéns

Bay Properties

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kempinski Hotels in the development of a mixed-use luxury complex to be structured in fractional ownership located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Advised Rimo Holding on the purchase of the triple A commercial building Icon Faria Lima in São Paulo.
  • Advising Flow City on the development of a multi-use project (a luxury ecovillage) in the Northeast region of Brazil.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 2

A strong performer in domestic and international insurance and reinsurance mandates, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper provides comprehensive assistance across regulatory compliance, corporate affairs, coverage, and claims. The firm’s association with international outfit DLA Piper helps facilitate a streamlined service for cross-border claims. Clients appreciate the team’s ‘great expertise in M&A in the sector’ and acknowledge the ‘excellent technical level’ of the core insurance partners. These include practice head Marcella Hill, who divides her time between London and São Paulo, and Jaqueline Suryan, who has considerable experience in non-contentious insurance matters. Mariana Cavalcanti Jardim, a seasoned of counsel based in Rio de Janeiro, is recommended for corporate and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcella Hill; Jaqueline Suryan


‘Excellent technical level of the insurance and reinsurance core partners. Great expertise in M&A in the sector – Marcela Hill, Jaqueline Suryan, Mariana Jardim are recommended.’

‘Excellence and highly qualified and experienced professionals, offering effective and personalised legal solutions.’

‘Jaqueline Suryan – highly qualified, experienced and with a customer-centric approach to establishing lasting relationships.’

Key clients

The Ardonagh Group

Arthur J. Gallagher

AXA XL Group

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

BMS Group Limited

Gallagher Re Latin America Corretora de Resseguros

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Liberty Seguros

Tokio Marine

Pro Insurance Solutions Limited

CNA Insurance

Fidelis Underwriting

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Resseguros Brasil

Atradius Reinsurance Limited

Fairway Seguros

Mongeral Aegon Seguros e Previdência

Quest Consulting (NY)

MS Amlin AG


Avla Seguros Brasil

Summo genere corretora de seguros

European Mutual Association for Nuclear Insurance AAM

Work highlights

  • Advised Arthur J. Gallagher on several corporate transactions, including the change of corporate control and merger of companies in Brazil.
  • Provided insurance regulatory advice to Ardonagh Group Limited on its corporate restructuring, including insurance regulatory advice to ensure the internal transactions complied with the applicable laws and regulations.
  • Assisted Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Americas in the restructuring of its Latin America carriers.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has a ‘team full of in-depth and strategic knowledge’, capable of providing advice on the entire spectrum of compliance matters. On the advisory front, the team frequently assists in the structuring and development of compliance programmes, contractual reviews and integrity risk assessments. In the investigations’ arena, the compliance practice is well-versed in internal investigations and negotiations with regulatory authorities. Clients operate in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction, healthcare and technology, to name a few. Practice head Ricardo Caiado Lima provides preventative anti-bribery and anti-corruption advice to clients, often assisting with due diligence on M&A projects, and the drafting and review of integrity policies. Antonio Tovo is well-versed in crisis management, while associate André Sampaio Lacerda Ferraz specialises in compliance and corporate criminal mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Caiado


‘A team full of in-depth and strategic knowledge, with fluid and effective communication, as well as exemplary ethics and empathy. They are always attentive to new technologies, trends, laws and possible risks that our company may face. Always willing to assist us in the demands and problems that arise as quickly as we need. The team has great compliance and investigation tools.’

‘Antônio Tovo, Ricardo Caiado and André Ferraz are recommended.’

Work highlights

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Praised for its capabilities in regulatory and M&A matters, the oil and gas team at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper offers legal support to a range of clients operating in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments in Brazil. In addition to asset and stock deals, financings and contractual matters, the team is also proficient in guiding oil and gas companies in their energy transition efforts, covering advice on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), bio-CCS, hydrogen, and offshore wind. Transactional and regulatory partner Alexandre Calmon has over two decades of experience acting for clients in the oil and gas and wider energy sectors. He oversees the team with Marcelo Frazão, who is recommended for M&A, financings and multi-jurisdictional projects involving offshore infrastructure, ships and maritime terminals, and dispute resolution specialist João Marçal Martins. Senior associate Patricia Winter undertakes a range of contractual work in this space, ranging from engineering, procurement, construction and installation contracts to bareboat charters. Associate Larianne Sampaio joined from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in May 2022, while former Veirano Advogados‘ partners Rogerio Campos and Marcelo Mattos arrived in July and September 2023, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Calmon; Marcelo Frazão; João Marçal Martins


‘The firm does an excellent job. Alexandre Calmon and Marcelo Frazão are incredible. Unrivalled experience in regulatory and M&A matters.’

Key clients

Cobra O&G Group

Perenco O&G

Karoon Petróleo e Gás


Total Energies






National Oilwell Varco (NOV)


Porto Sudeste

Bunker One

Misc Berhad

Baker Hughes



Wintershall DEA

Great Holdings



Maritime Consortium of Thessaloniki Inc – MCT

Work highlights

  • Advised Cobra Group on the acquisition of the Carmópolis Cluster, a $1.1bn acquisition.
  • Advised Eneva on the $1.3bn acquisition of CELSEPAR and CEBARRA, as well as the indirect 100% equity interest held by CELSEPAR in CELSE.
  • Assisting FS, a Brazilian biofuels and renewable energy company, in the structuring of the first project in Brazil to implement a Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage system (BECCS).

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has a highly experienced tax team comprised of ‘reliable lawyers’, who are adept in indirect and direct taxation, tax planning, restructurings and contentious matters. Clients operating in a variety of sectors, notably technology, energy, mining, life sciences and agribusiness, regularly turn to the practice for advice on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions. The versatile team is jointly led by litigator Humberto Marini, who has notable experience in oil and gas-related tax issues, and Alex Jorge, who advises on cross-border transactions, tax planning, transfer pricing, and M&A-related taxation. Renato Lopes da Rocha fields a strong reputation in contentious matters. Flavia Ganzella, who joined from Felsberg Advogados in November 2022, reinforced the group’s tax litigation capabilities. Victor Kampel left the firm in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Humberto Marini; Alex Jorge


‘The Campos Mello team has a very direct and simple language, which allows a person who is not in the area of law to understand it easily.’

‘Good follow-up of cases and reliable lawyers. Flávia Ganzella is recommended.’

‘The services have been performed with in-depth knowledge of our business, and always with a complete and prompt response.’

Key clients

White Martins

John Textor (investor in Botafogo SAF)

Eastman Chemical

Gemini Energy

Starboard Restructuring

GR Serviços e Alimentação

Hurb Techonology


Hyatt (Rio JV Partners Participações Ltda.)


Rheem Manufacturing

Novo Nordisk Farmaceutica do Brasil



Stanley Black & Decker Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Nestlé Brazil with the applicability of the newly enacted treaty between Brazil and Switzerland to end double taxation between both countries.
  • Assisting Eneva with tax issues related to the acquisition of the Porto de Sergipe power plant.
  • Acting for the Maritime Agency in administrative and judicial claims related to tax infraction notices.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 3

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper assists both Brazilian and international clients from a variety of industries, such as technology, automotive and media, in data protection and privacy issues. The practice is prepared to advise on the processing of personal data, LGPD compliance matters, and in the drafting and review of privacy clauses. The firm also takes advantage of its corporate criminal law expertise to provide preventive and reactive assistance in the context of cybersecurity incidents. Paula Mena Barreto, who is especially active in the implementation of privacy policies and compliance matters, jointly leads the group with Ricardo Caiado Lima, who coordinates all preventive compliance advice. Associates Ana Paula Pitta de Moura, Gisela de Lamare de Paiva Coelho and Ana Luisa Bastos Ramos are also noted for their experience in LGPD-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Paula Mena Barreto; Ricardo Caiado Lima


‘The firm has a complete and experienced privacy and data protection team. They are always available to assist us. They have the necessary knowledge to propose changes and always know what the next steps are.’

‘Paula Mena Barreto is extremely qualified and has useful international experience.’

Work highlights

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 4

Praised by clients for its ‘technical knowledge, availability and assertiveness’, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper maintains a versatile banking and finance practice, which is well versed in both transactional and regulatory mandates. Drawing on its association with an international heavyweight, the firm consistently facilitates cross-border transactions for major banks and borrowers, including multilateral agencies, private credit funds, and financial services companies. Jorge Luiz Barbieri Gallohandles debt capital markets, non-performing loans, securitisations, and restructurings. Flávia Cavalcanti Ferreira  stands out at the associate level. Former Veirano Advogados‘ partners Rogerio Campos and Marcelo Mattos joined the firm in July and September 2023, respectively, while Roberto Vianna do R. Barros left in May 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Gallo


‘Technical knowledge, availability and assertiveness in providing services.’

‘Jorge Gallo is a highly trained and experienced professional, who is available when needed.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco RCI Brasil

Grupo Rio Alto

Aymoré Crédito, Financiamento e Investimentos

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised John Textor, businessman and major shareholder of SAF Botafogo, Crystal Palace and RWD Molenbeek, on the corporate reorganisation of the legal entities comprising his investments in soccer clubs and on the acquisition of the corporate control of Olympique Lyonnais Groupe.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has an experienced capital markets team that is praised for its ‘technical knowledge, availability and assertiveness in providing services’. The firm’s extensive global network makes it popular among domestic and international clients seeking advice on multijurisdictional mandates. Covering debt and equity products, the group provides assistance to banks, as issuers and underwriters, and corporates across multiple industries. The ‘highly trained, experienced‘ Jorge Luiz Barbieri Gallo is noted for financial and capital markets transactions. Former co-head Roberto Vianna do R Barros left the firm in May 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Gallo


‘Technical knowledge, availability and assertiveness in providing services.’

‘Jorge Gallo is a highly trained, experienced professional, who is available when needed.’

Key clients

Grupo Rio Alto

Oceânica Engenharia e Consultoria

Supermercados DB

Banco do Brasil

Banco RCI Brasil

Grupo Gaia

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco do Brasil on the issuance of Senior Unsecured Social Bonds.
  • Acted as deal counsel on the first issuance of private commercial papers by Oceânica Engenharia e Consultoria.
  • Advised Banco RCI Brasil on its twelfth issuance of financial bills (letras financeiras) in the Brazilian local market.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: High-end Tier 4

With its ability to draw on the resources of its international partnership, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is a popular choice for high-end domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations, buy-outs and strategic alliances. The team has undertaken an impressive series of transactions of late, including several M&A and private equity deals across a wide variety of sectors, most notably energy, telecoms and sports. Senior partner Fabiano Gallo is retained by both buyers and sellers, particularly for big-ticket transactions involving the power and infrastructure sectors; in addition to his strong deal-making capabilities, he is also proficient in corporate governance. Gallo jointly oversees the practice with Miriam Machado Kleissl, who maintains a broad practice focused on M&A, contracts and corporate law, and often advises media and advertising clients. Kleissl and Mirella Kaufman, a seasoned practitioner in commercial contracts, joint ventures and venture capital deals, joined from Felsberg Advogados in November 2022. Other names to note for M&A and private equity matters include Carolina Marcondes Sant’Angelo and Renata Amorim. Rafaella Chiachio leads on telecoms-related work, while Oduvaldo Lara Júnior is regularly sought out by private equity funds, corporations and shareholders in relation to investments and corporate governance issues. Norlan Navarro stands out at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Fabiano Gallo; Miriam Machado Kleissl


Fabiano Gallo and Rafaella Chiachio have fantastic technical knowledge, sharing innovative ideas, suggestions and recommendations with the client’s needs in mind.

Key clients


Banco Votorantim

Benevix Administradora de Benefícios

Dori Alimentos



Grupo Boticário

Localiza Rent-a-Car

Martinrea do Brasil






Solar Bebidas / Coca-Cola



Urca Energia

World Courier

You Inc Incorporadora e Participações

Work highlights

  • Advised Eneva on the acquisition of 100% of the thermal power plant CELSE.
  • Assisted MaaS Global OY with the acquisition of 100% of shares issued by Quicko.
  • Advised 777 Partners, a private investment fund based in Miami, on the acquisition of 70% shares of Vasco da Gama football club.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Covering both conventional and renewable sources, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper undertakes a variety of work in the electricity sector, but is perhaps best known for its involvement in the structuring and negotiation of PPAs, distributed generation structures, tender procedures and M&A transactions involving power assets. Led by Fabiano Gallo, who excels in net metering and self-production projects, the team also includes Marcelo Frazão, who routinely advises on contractual issues related to hydro, wind and solar power, and Alexandre Calmon.

Practice head(s):

Fabiano Gallo

Key clients

Statkraft Energias Renováveis


Gemini Energy


Rio Alto Energia

Scatec Solar

General Electric Company

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Ab Inbev

Grupo Ultra/Ipiranga

Amazon Web Services (Aws)


Faro Energy

Pivô Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Votorantim Geração De Energia

Barra Energia


Urca Energia


Canadian Solar

Nebras Power Limited

Cobra Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Eneva on the acquisition of CELSEPAR and CEBARRA.
  • Advised Grafito Fundo de Investimento em Participações Infraestrutura (Grafito FIP-IE) on the acquisition of Usina Termoelétrica Pampa Sul by Grafito FIP-IE and Perfin.
  • Assisting EN.IT in the structuring of the 800MW wind farm project in Rio Grande do Sul with the purpose of generating green energy, green hydrogen and green ammonia.

Brazil > Environment Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper brings together environmental law specialists who are well placed to assist domestic and international companies operating in the oil and gas, agribusiness, infrastructure, real estate and energy sectors in an array of matters, including crisis management, risk assessments, environmental licensing and litigation. Rated for its ‘ability to deal with complex issues‘, the group is under the joint leadership of two partners based in Rio de Janeiro – Paulo De Bessa Antunes and Vilmar Gonçalves – and São Paulo-based partner Ana Paula Chagas, who has a wealth of experience in protected areas, waste management, climate change, ESG and carbon markets. Antunes and Gonçalves are strong performers in judicial and administrative proceedings. Other key individuals include Nathália Almeida in Rio and Carina Cancela in São Paulo, both of whom maintain a broad environmental practice, covering non-contentious matters and negotiations with environmental agencies, public prosecutors and state authorities.

Practice head(s):

Paulo de Bessa Antunes; Vilmar Luiz Graça Gonçalves; Ana Paula Chagas


‘The team is multidisciplinary, which facilitates the fulfilment of multidisciplinary matters.’

‘Ana Paula Chagas is a very distinguished professional in the market. She seeks to understand in depth the clients’ activities and businesses. She is always available, aware of trends and can easily predict scenarios.’

‘Vilmar Luiz Graça Gonçalves is an admirable professional, because in addition to being competent, he is attentive, always available and kind.’

‘Ability to deal with complex issues.’

‘The environmental law team stands out in Rio de Janeiro for having one of the most renowned and respected lawyers in the area in Brazil, Paulo Bessa Antunes, as well as Vilmar Gonçalves, whose knowledge and reach due to his expertise in environmental law and litigation make the team a powerful asset. They have extensive knowledge of the O&G sector, which helps in the stages of environmental licensing, consent processes, defense of administrative sanctions, as well as legal proceedings related to environmental issues.’

‘Vilmar Gonçalves and Nathalia Almeida are outstanding individuals. Vilmar is an excellent lawyer, capable of absorbing the client’s complex demands and delivering fast, complete results and a unique strategic vision. I understand that Vilmar is one of the leading names in environmental law in Rio de Janeiro today, and working with the DLA team has the potential to become one of the leading names in the area in Brazil. Nathalia, who works on Vilmar’s team, also has enormous potential for professional development in view of the results currently being presented.’

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 4

Focused on media, entertainment, IP and data protection matters, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper provides the gamut of consulting services to an array of domestic and international industry players. Typical mandates for the team include licensing agreements, commercial contracts, IP disputes and free speech litigation. A key contact for media and entertainment companies, Paula Mena Barreto is a seasoned practitioner active in regulatory matters, production and advertising agreements, and IP enforcement. She oversees the team which is also adept at handling the launch of streaming and entertainment apps in Brazil. Associates Ana Paula Pitta de Moura, Ana Luisa Bastos Ramos and Vanessa Azambuja all assist on IP-related media matters.

Practice head(s):

Paula Mena Barreto

Work highlights

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Entrusted by a mix of domestic and international heavyweights operating in a range of sectors, including retail, IT, financial services, infrastructure and real estate, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper represents clients in a litany of contentious matters. Drawing on its association with the international DLA Piper network, the group is particularly well placed to handle cross-border litigation, especially cases involving the US and UK. São Paulo-based partner Felipe Hermanny, whose strong background in administrative and judicial litigation is noteworthy, stands out for his capabilities in civil liability cases. He oversees the practice with Leandro Rinaldi in Rio de Janeiro, who is particularly skilled in court-supervised restructurings. João Marçal Martins is another key contact for judicial lawsuits in the São Paulo office, which was strengthened by the arrival of Leonardo Ribas from Felsberg Advogados in November 2022; Ribas has a strong following in the energy, construction and healthcare industries.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Hermanny; Leandro Rinaldi


‘The firm does excellent work. The arbitration/litigation team is truly top-notch. It’s always my first option.’

‘João Marçal Martins does excellent work and has a highly qualified team. Always agile and with impeccable quality in deliveries.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar


Prática Engenharia

Austral Seguradora

Gemini Energy

Grupo Starboard

Technip FMC

Statkraft Energias Renováveis


Carmo Energy (Cobra Group)

Hyatt Grand Hotel


Companhia Española de Financiación del Desarrollo, COFIDES


Planet Payment


Bunker One


LCD Engenharia


Chaval Navegação

BTG Pactual

Avanos, Inc

GR Serviços de Alimentação

Moinho S.A.

Marriot International

Tokio Marine Kiln

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

WPP Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Sony Group in a class action filed by ANCED against game hosting platforms.
  • Representing Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates in a class action filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, alongside other reinsurers, insurers and the aircraft company involved in a plane crash.
  • Representing Alphatec in three connected lawsuits filed against Petrobras in relation to a contract executed between the parties.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 5

Covering both contentious and non-contentious mandates, the labour department at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is frequently sought out by domestic and international clients operating in a range of industries, including TMT, energy, retail, aviation, and real estate. Leading the practice, Mauricio Tanabe specialises in collective dismissals, industrial actions and class actions, while litigation specialist Marcio Meira de Vasconcellos regularly handles pensions, benefits and expatriation-related matters, with a particular focus on the infrastructure, oil and gas, and real estate sectors. Widely recommended by clients, associate Flavio Luduvice is experienced in litigation before labour courts, due diligence procedures, and employment agreements. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Ana Cristina Valentim in November 2022 from Felsberg Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Tanabe; Marcio Meira


‘We often use the firm’s labour department in administrative proceedings before the MPT, as well as in negotiations with trade unions. What differentiates the firm’s performance is the experience they have in these specific issues, which contributes significantly to the positive outcome.’

‘Flavio Luduvice is a quick thinker and, due to his experience, has proven to be very useful in meetings with public authorities, representing the company’s interests.’

‘The team has brought excellent results in labour trials and has proved to know how to structure litigation strategies, not only pursuant to the law, but also according to local court practices.’

‘Flavio Luduvice and Maurício Tanabe not only get us great results, but they are always available for urgencies and also very clear in their explanations.’

Key clients

Technip Brasil-Engenharia, Instalações e Apoio Marítimo

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

British Airways

Pricewaterhousecoopers Auditores Independentes

Eastman Chemical do Brasil

Martinrea Honsel Brasil Fundição e Comércio de Peças em Alumínio

Cyrela Commercial Properties

Ntt Data do Brasil Serviços de Tecnologia da Informação

London Stock Exchange Group

Avanos Medical Brasil Consultoria

Helix do Brasil Serviços de Petróleo

Santo Antonio Energia

Davita Brasil Participações e Serviços de Gestão

Benteler Componentes Automotivos

Perenco Petróleo e Gás do Brasil

Carlton Hotelaria e Turismo

Modec Serviços de Petróleo do Brasil

Bacardi Martini do Brasil Industria e Comércio

Wpp Group

SAS Institute Brasil

Dot Lib Informação Profissional

Cobra Brasil Serviços Comunicações e Energia

DGS Brasil

TSP Participações

Work highlights

  • Defending Technip Brasil in four class actions filed by the Maritime Employees Union (FNTTAA) seeking compensation resulting from alleged unpaid overtime and on-call compensation.
  • Representing DaVita do Brasil in an investigation and a class action initiated by the Labour Oversight Agency (MPT) regarding the alleged violation of occupational health and safety rules in the workplace.
  • Representing Martinrea in several labour claims filed by former and existing employees seeking protection from termination up to retirement as compensation due to employment-related disease.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper was strengthened by the arrival of Maria Amoroso Wagner from Caminati Bueno Advogados in February 2023. Wagner joins a strong competition and antitrust team, where Luciana Martorano is the key name in the São Paulo office for national and international clients engaged in proceedings before CADE.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

Drawing on its association with DLA Piper, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is a popular choice for clients engaged in multi-jurisdictional arbitration. Jointly led by Felipe Hermanny and Leandro Rinaldi, the group was recently strengthened by the arrival of João Marçal Martins and Leonardo Ribas from Tauil & Chequer Advogados and Felsberg Advogados, respectively.

Brazil > Intellectual property

Showcasing particular strength in trade marks and franchising matters, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is a popular choice for international clients seeking assistance in the management of their IP portfolios; Paula Mena Barreto and Domiciano Sá are the main points of contact.

Brazil > Life sciences

Investment funds, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies turn to Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper for assistance with transactional, regulatory and policy issues. Bruna Rocha is the main point of contact for life sciences, healthcare and cannabis clients.

Brazil > Public law

Under the leadership of Paulo Renato Barroso and Carolina Caiado, the public law and government affairs practice at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is well versed in public procurement, regulated sectors and administrative proceedings.

Campos Mello Advogados is a full-service law firm working in cooperation with DLA Piper to serve domestic and international companies. We provide our clients with access to good practices and qualified information, which, combined with local knowledge and the resources of DLA Piper’s global platform, results in seamless, innovative solutions to ensure our clients are provided with the level of service they require to achieve the legal and business objectives.

This cooperation enables us to serve clients globally, working directly with DLA Piper Latin America – a team formed by over 400 lawyers based in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and working throughout Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and around the globe.

A number of our lawyers, born or raised in the region familiar with it, are fluent in Portuguese and/or Spanish. Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region. Our strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance our understanding of the region and enable us to provide our clients practical, meaningful legal advice, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.


The United States, specifically New York and Florida, has deep economic and cultural ties to Latin America. After many decades of being at the center of the most complex cross-border matters related to Latin America, New York law is firmly established as the most widely accepted applicable/governing law on cross-border transactions related to Latin America.

DLA Piper US based team of Latin America practitioners regularly acts as lead counsel on a wide range of cross-border matters in Latin America, ranging from complex capital markets, finance and M&A matters to public private partnerships and market entry and establishment issues. And, together with the work of our practitioners at Campos Mello Advogados, our team effort results in an efficient and business-oriented approach, aiming for well-integrated, innovative solutions.

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Managing partner: Fabio Perrone Campos Mello

Partners: Alex Jorge, Alexandre Calmon, Ana Cristina Valentim, Antonio Tovo, Bernardo  Schiller, Bruna B. Rocha, Camila Caetano, Carolina Caiado, Carolina Sant’Angelo, Domiciano Sá, Fabiano Gallo, Felipe Hermanny, Flavia Ganzella, Humberto Marini, Ivandro Ristum Trevelim, Jaqueline Suryan, João Marçal Martins, Jorge Gallo, Juliana Costa, Juliana Nunes, Leandro Rinaldi, Leonardo Ribas, Leonardo Rzezinski, Luciana Martorano, Marcella Hill, Marcelo Frazão, Marcelo Mattos, Marcio Meira, Maria Eduarda Bérgamo, Mauricio Tanabe, Mirella Kaufman, Miriam Machado Kleissl, Oduvaldo Lara, Paula Mena Barreto, Paulo Renato Barroso, Pedro Correa (COO), Rafael Bussière, Rafaella Chiachio, Renata Amorim, Renato Lopes da Rocha, Ricardo Caiado, Rogerio Campos and Vilmar Luiz Graça Gonçalves.

Of counsels: Mariana Jardim and Ronaldo Marcelo.
Counsels: Eugénie Caroit and Isabela Morbach 


Practice areas

Legal practice areas: Antitrust & Competition, Banking & Finance, Compliance & Investigation, Commercial Contracts, Corporate, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation), Environmental, ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance), Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights/Software), Labor & Pensions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Wealth, Public Law & Governmental Affairs, Real Estate, Reorganization & Bankruptcy, Tax, Venture Capital, and White-Collar Crime.

Industries: Consumer Goods & Retail, Food & Beverages, Energy & Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Power, Mining), Sports, Hospitality & Leisure, Real Estate, Industrial, Infrastructure, Construction & Transport, Life Sciences, Healthcare & Cannabis, Capital Markets, Media & Entertainment, Ports & Shipping, Insurance & Reinsurance, Financial Services (investment funds and asset management), Technology, and Telecommunications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax, Private Wealth Alex Jorge +55 11 3077-3500
Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Electrical Power, Mining) Alexandre Calmon +55 21 3262-3000
Labour and Pensions Ana Cristina Valentim +55 11 3077-3500
Compliance and Investigation, Cybersecurity, Corporate Criminal Antonio Tovo +55 11 3077-3500
Real Estate Bernardo Buarque Schiller +55 21 3262-3000
Life Sciences, Healthcare and Cannabis Bruna Barbosa Rocha +55 11 3077-3500
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Camila Caetano +55 21 3262-3000
Public Law and Governmental Affairs Carolina Caiado +55 11 3077-3500
Commercial Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate, Venture Capital Carolina Sant’Angelo +55 11 3077-3500
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights/Software) Domiciano Sá +55 21 3262-3000
Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Electrical Power, Mining), Commercial Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Fabiano Gallo +55 11 3077-3500
Real Estate, Private Wealth Fabio Perrone Campos Mello +55 21 3262-3000
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Felipe Hermanny +55 11 3077-3500
Tax Flavia Ganzella +55 11 3077-3500
Tax Humberto Marini +55 21 3262-3000
Real Estate Ivandro Ristum Trevelim +55 11 3077-3500
Insurance and Reinsurance Jaqueline Suryan +55 11 3077-3500
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Electrical Power, Mining) João Marçal Martins +55 11 3077-3500
Sports, Infrastructure, Construction and Transportation, Capital Markets, Financial Services (investment funds and asset management), Banking and Finance Jorge Gallo +55 11 3077-3500
Tax Juliana Costa +55 21 3262-3000
Labor and Pensions Juliana Nunes +55 11 3077-3500
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Private Wealth, Reorganization and Bankruptcy Leandro Rinaldi +55 21 3262-3000
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Leonardo Ribas +55 11 3077-3500
Private Wealth, Tax Leonardo Rzezinski +55 21 3262-3000
Antitrust and Competition Luciana Martorano +55 11 3077-3500
Insurance and Reinsurance Marcella Hill +55 11 3077-3500
Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Electrical Power, Mining) Marcelo Frazão +55 21 3262-3000
Banking and Finance, Shipping Marcelo Mattos +55 21 3262-3000
Labor and Pensions Marcio Meira de Vasconcellos +55 21 3262-3000
Real Estate Maria Eduarda Bérgamo +55 11 3077-3500
Labor and Pensions Mauricio Tanabe +55 21 3262-3000
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Criminal Mirella Kaufman +55 11 3077-3500
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Media & Entertainment Miriam Machado Kleissl +55 11 3077-3500
Mergers & Acquisitions Oduvaldo Lara +55 11 3077-3500
Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights/Software), Data Protection, Media & Entertainment Paula Mena Barreto +55 21 3262-3028
Public Law and Governmental Affairs Paulo Renato Barroso +55 21 3262-3000
COO Pedro Correa +55 21 3262-3000
Real Estate, Infrastructure, Construction and Transportation Rafael Bussière +55 21 3262-3000
Telecommunications, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Rafaella Chiachio +55 11 3077-3500
Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate, Venture Capital Renata Amorim +55 11 3077-3500
Tax Renato Lopes da Rocha +55 11 3077-3500
Compliance and Investigation, Cybersecurity, Corporate Criminal Ricardo Caiado +55 11 3077-3500
Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas, Electrical Power, Mining) Rogerio Campos +55 21 3262-3000
Environmental, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Vilmar Luiz Graça Gonçalves +55 21 3262-3000
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Ana Luisa Bastos Ramos photo Ms Ana Luisa Bastos Ramos Associate
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Miriam  Machado Kleissl photo Ms Miriam Machado Kleissl Partner and co-head of Corporate/M&A practice
João  Marçal Martins photo Mr João Marçal Martins Partner Co-Head of International Arbitration – Latin America
Carolina Marcondes Sant'Angelo photo Mrs Carolina Marcondes Sant'Angelo Partner
Humberto Marini photo Mr Humberto Marini Partner and co-head of Tax practice
Luciana  Martorano photo Mrs Luciana Martorano Partner
Marcelo  Mattos photo Mr Marcelo Mattos Partner
Marcio  Meira photo Mr Marcio Meira Partner
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Leonardo  Ribas photo Mr Leonardo Ribas Partner
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Ivandro Ristum Trevelim photo Mr Ivandro Ristum Trevelim Partner and co-head of Real Estate practice
Bruna B.  Rocha photo Ms Bruna B. Rocha Partner
Leonardo  Rzezinski photo Mr Leonardo Rzezinski Partner
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Bernardo Buarque Schiller photo Mr Bernardo Buarque Schiller Partner
Jaqueline Suryan photo Mrs Jaqueline Suryan Partner
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Partners : 45
Of counsel : 2
Counsel : 2
Total lawyers : 170

Fabio P. Campos Mello, Managing Partner

1) What do you see as the main points that differentiate Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper from your competitors?

We can highlight some important points, the main one being the fact that we are both a traditional law firm in the Brazilian market, with over 42 years of experience and recognized excellence, and part of a giant global platform, through cooperation with DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world. This unique combination allows us to assist clients around the globe, deliver highly efficient services and results with speed, exceptional quality and business oriented.

Our dynamic, global team of lawyers can provide the best support to clients anywhere; we are pioneers when it comes to innovation, bringing management and business news to all our stakeholders; and we have always implemented the best diversity and inclusion practices, creating an inclusive culture through meaningful and transparent initiatives.

And all of this can, in a way, be proven – and not just by the growth of the firm and the development of our professionals. CMA was the first law firm in Brazil to consistently implement the NPS (Net Promoter Score) methodology to measure client satisfaction. For several consecutive years, we reached the level of excellence – the highest level applied by the methodology.

In addition, women represent 71% of our personnel and 40% of our leaders, an extremely rare level in today’s Brazilian market. This theme is very dear to us: CMA organized this year The Latin America Leadership Summit – focused on Women and Connections, an event dedicated to promoting the empowerment of women in leadership positions, with enriching debates among leaders of various industries.


2) Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We expect the Energy and Natural Resources area to continue to gain the relevance it has had in recent years, with our firm constantly involved in the most important transactions in the sector. We have increased the team with the arrival of a new partner, two of counsels and three new associates, which exponentially expands our capacity to strategically serve our clients, as well as to pursue opportunities that are multiplying every day in Brazil with the increasing diversification of our matrix and the need to decarbonize our industry.

Three other areas also stand out and deserve to be mentioned, especially because of the range of challenges and innovations they will raise in the near future: ESG, Sports and Life Sciences and Healthcare.

In addition, areas that are always relevant and strategic should continue to expand: Tax (especially due to the tax reform bill under discussion in the National Congress), Banking (another area strengthened at Campos Mello with the recent arrival of a new partner) and Real Estate (our most traditional area, which always participates in significant milestones for the country’s economic development; we are very proud to have recently been awarded Legal Firm of the Year: Real Estate by The Legal 500).


3) What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our strategy is to become business partners with our clients and for that we need to deeply understand the market where they operate. That led us to organize our practices by industry. Our specialized teams are encouraged to understand the peculiarities of each industry to offer the best advice possible. All this movement has taken place with what is part of our DNA: the use of technology to deliver an outstanding service and aligned with the best ESG practices.

However, we are witnessing a seismic change in the legal market with the development of AI. Much is said about AI but I don’t see any firm investing as much time and resources in this field. We are definitely leading the market and our clients will benefit from this.


4) Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Absolutely, no doubt about it. Today’s world brings new digital, governance and management standards that completely changed how we operate.

In recent years, we have invested in technology that allowed storage and full remote access to all documents, applications and information, implementation of IoT tools for performance management and investment in training.

Just to give you a few more concrete examples – which also relate to the previous question: we are investing in Robotic Process Automation to speed up manual procedures to give our team more time to focus on clients; we are implementing a new application to improve how we manage client requests and to provide a more clear and practical response to client demands; we have a global team researching and testing different AI solutions.

Thanks to those efforts, today we are more connected to our clients and more agile, providing quick responses to priority issues.


5) Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We have several examples of how our multidisciplinary expertise and efficiency helped the clients. With our broad expertise in Energy and Natural Resources, we advised Carmo Energy on the acquisition of Pólo Carmópolis, the largest in history involving onshore oil and gas exploration and production assets in Brazil, and Eneva S.A on the purchase of the Celse Thermoelectric Power Plant , one of the largest operating gas plants in Latin America – a very complex deal, that also involved all the funding needed by Eneva, through operations conducted through equity and debt operations in the Brazilian capital market and obtaining approvals/waivers from CELSE’s international creditors.

It is also important to mention that our Sports practice group has advised international and domestic investors who have an interest in acquiring soccer club assets in Brazil, in a pioneering movement in the country. We are the firm involved in the major acquisitions of clubs in Brazil, such as Vasco, Botafogo and many other.


6) Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Definitely, clients are looking for lawyers to weigh in strategy. In my opinion, with all the technology developments, the role of the lawyer will, in one hand, evolve to become more of a strategist, and on the other hand, go back as when lawyers were “consiglieres”.

Without a doubt, all our efforts are aimed at becoming an industry-oriented provider of legal solutions. Our innovative leadership and mindset, intelligent use of technology and ESG focus will guide us along this path and provide the effective and creative strategic direction that clients will increasingly seek.

Now, answering your question, in 3 years from now, I’d like to see our firm as the leader of ESG and technology practices.