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

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

Brazil > Real estate Tier 1

The ‘top-flight‘ real estate lawyers at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piperknow the business dynamics of the local markets in Brazil‘. The team continues to play an important role in Brazil’s real estate market, not only in transactions and development projects, but also in the country’s regulations. This was demonstrated by partner Rafael Jordão Bussière, who returned to the firm following a stint working for the Brazilian government, which included a role in modernising the legal framework governing the sale of federal land. Other key partners include practice co-heads Bernardo Buarque Schiller, who is especially experienced in strategic property developments, and Ivandro Ristum Trevelim, who advises on transactional and construction issues. Managing partner Fabio Perrone Campos Mello is also active in this area. June 2021 saw the arrival of Maria Eduarda Bérgamo to the firm from BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Buarque Schiller; Fabio Campos Mello; Ivandro Ristum Trevelim; Rafael Bussière


‘The Campos Mello real estate practice is composed of top flight practitioners. In addition to being the highest quality RE lawyers, they know the business dynamics of the local markets in Brazil. Moreover, they also are incredibly responsive to clients’ needs. I have nothing but the highest regard for Fabio Campos Mello and Ivandro Trevelim.’

‘Highly qualified team with know-how of transfers of real estate  in Brazil, led by the partner Rafael Bussiere.’

‘Rafael Jordan Bussiere – Great professional, very engaged and competent.’

Key clients


Banco Santander

Amazon Web Services





Vinci Real Estate

RB Capital

Marriott International


Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro (RIOgaleão)

Novo Nordisk

Macquarie Group

The Walt Disney Company



RIMO Holding

GB Armazéns Gerais

Uber do Brazil


Work highlights

  • Advised Vinci Shopping Centers Fundo De Investimento Imobiliário – FII on the potential acquisition of a 100% stake in Shopping Praia da Costa, in Vila Velha.
  • Advised Marriott International on the hotel and residential components of a new luxury project in southern Brazil.
  • Advising Uber do Brasil on several real estate agreements related to its operation.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 2

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has an increasingly strong presence in the market. Practice head Marcella Hill has built up an experienced team with good credentials in insurance and reinsurance-related corporate, regulatory and claims work. The growing practice includes Jaqueline Suryan, who handles a mix of insurance, pensions and healthcare regulatory matters, as well as litigation claims. The corporate and regulatory side of the practice was further strengthened in 2020 when of counsel Mariana Cavalcanti Jardim joined in Rio de Janeiro from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Marcella Hill


Knowledge about insurance and reinsurance, fantastic response times, pragmatic vision.’

Marcella Hill stands out for her professionalism and knowledge.’

Key clients

Quest Consulting (NY)

XL Brasil Resseguros

MS Amlin

Amlin Insurance SE

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

BTG Pactual Resseguradora

Chubb Seguros Brasil

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

MAPFRE Brasil Participações

XL Insurance Company SE


Liberty International Underwriters (LIU)

XL Seguros Brasil

Dialight PLC

XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited

Allianz Seguros


Austral Resseguradora

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros

Pro Insurance Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Quest Group on the acquisition of Travelers Seguros Brasil.
  • Advised Arthur J. Gallagher in respect to the acquisition of Capsicum Re’s Brazil operations, involving notifications to the regulator, re-branding and restructuring of loans.
  • Advised AXA XL on strategic corporate and insurance regulatory matters relating to its business operations, including impacts of its international corporate reorganisation.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Highlighted for its ‘great availability, innovative ideas, punctual delivery and prompt help‘, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper covers the gamut of compliance services. Its client base is equally broad, including companies operating across the construction, energy, technology and life sciences sectors, among others. Recent mandates keeping the team busy include sensitive internal investigations triggered by allegations via company hotlines. Practice head Ricardo Caiado Lima has notable experience in compliance audits and integrity due diligence, as well as corporate investigations and criminal litigation. He and senior associate Ana Júlia Andrade Vaz de Lima and associate André Lacerda Sampaio Ferraz are praised as ‘excellent, attentive and studious‘. Data protection specialist Paula Mena Barreto and associate Poliana Szernek are also noted. The firm was given a further boost in August 2021 with the arrival of compliance, white-collar criminal law and cybersecurity expert Antonio Tovo from Souto Correa Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Caiado


Deep technical knowledge, quick response and support, effective suggestions for solutions and implementations necessary to solve problems.’

Ricardo Caiado is a lawyer with deep knowledge of compliance, which gives the client an amplified view of the situation – especially in cases of exposure to bribery, corruption and other complex situations.’

Ricardo and his team support as a trusted advisor, offering and delivering to the client an effective solution – not necessarily the most profitable – which, in the long run, generates a relationship of trust.’

The quality of the service provided is well above what we see in the market as a whole, the team is of the highest quality, with great availability, innovative ideas, punctual delivery and prompt help whenever we need it.

Ricardo Caiado, Ana Julia Andrade Vaz de Lima and Andre Sampaio Lacerda Ferraz, are excellent, attentive, studious, who give us a lot of comfort with the topics discussed related to compliance.’

Ricardo Caiado: deep knowledge of the subject, highly qualified team, availability in accordance with the urgency of the business and deep knowledge in the opinions offered on the most diverse compliance dilemmas. Paula Mena Barreto in Data Privacy: professional with excellent knowledge of Brazilian law and international equivalent, has a highly qualified team. In the service provided, the partner has always remained close to the project, directly supporting and providing innovative and quick solutions.’

Ricardo Caiado Lima and Poliana Szernek are recommended.’

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Highlighted for its ‘excellent availability, innovative ideas, punctual delivery and prompt help‘, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper balances an active corporate practice, regularly providing advice to clients on mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations and joint ventures, with an emphasis on buy-side, mid-market M&A. Energy and oil and gas-related deals often feature in the team’s workload, though its expertise spans multiple sectors. The firm’s cooperation with DLA Piper and its extensive office network provides several benefits, including in the field of technology and efficiency, where the firm makes use of a number of programmes – including Kira Systems – to improve efficiency. In the area of diversity, the firm hired D&I company Tree Consultoria in 2020, and participates in a women mentoring programme. Senior partners Fabiano Gallo and Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt lead the team, which includes M&A, real estate and securities expert Fabio Perrone Campos Mello, Carolina Marcondes Sant’Angelo, who acts for household name companies on corporate and commercial matters, and associate Rodrigo Pires Mattos. The team expanded further in July 2021 with the hire of Oduvaldo Lara Júnior from Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados. Since publication, Renata Amorim and Camila Caetano Cardoso were promoted to partner, announced December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fabiano Gallo; Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt


The treatment we have from the office, and all the solutions presented are classified by us as innovative, which allows us to always evolve.’

Marcus Bitencourt (one of the best in the field in this area) and Camila Caetano Cardoso and Rodrigo Pires Mattos are excellent, attentive, studious, who give us great comfort in keeping them in all our projects and discussions.’

Attention to the customer, care for details, knowledge of the Company’s activities.’

The quality of the service provided is well above what we see in the market as a whole, the team is of extremely high quality, with excellent availability, innovative ideas, punctual delivery and prompt help whenever we need.’

Renata Amorim is recommended.’

Key clients






Solar Coca-Cola



Banco Votorantim

BlackHawk Network

Blizzard Entertainment

3R Petróleo

Máquina de Vendas

Wipro Tecnologies



Brasil Plural






Crescera Investimentos



Work highlights

  • Advised Total Log Planejamento e Participações on the acquisition from certain individuals and from Itaú Unibanco of ordinary shares representing 44.63% of real estate company CR2 Empreendimentos Imobiliários.
  • Assisted 3R Petroleum and its affiliate OP Energia Onshore on the negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement executed with Petrobras for the acquisition of Recôncavo Cluster.
  • Advised Crescera Investimentos – Fundo de Investimento Capital Semente Criatec 2 on the divestment of Vindi Tecnologia to Locaweb.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper fields a specialised oil and gas team, which is regularly instructed by international clients operating in Brazil or seeking to enter the market. Recently, the team has been particularly active assisting major oil companies in bidding procedures, M&A transactions, operational agreements, and in the development of offshore and onshore projects. Since publication, the team saw a major change with the departures of former practice head David Meiler and Bárbara Bittencourt, and the arrivals of Marcelo Frazão and Alexandre Calmon from Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in October 2021.


‘We have a long and successful relationship with the firm, mainly in the oil & gas area. We have always been very well attended, both from the point of view of service quality and the attention given to our demands.’

Key clients

Murphy Oil Corporation

CHC Helicopters

MISC Berhad

ETESCO Cosntruções e Comércio

Ocean Rig/Transocean


Pacific Drilling

Vantage Drilling

Maersk Supply Services

Maersk Drilling

San Antonio- Lupatech

Perenco- Oil and gas

Technip FMC



3R Petroleum


Mitsui & Co.

Starboard Asset


Work highlights

  • Assisted PetroRio and its affiliate Brasoil Manati Exploração Petrolífera in the preparation and negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement executed with Gas Bridge for the sale of its participating interests in Manati Concession.
  • Acted for Murphy Oil Corporation in the acquisition of 30% of Wintershall’s participating interests in the exploratory fields POT-M-857, POT-M-863 and POT-M-865, located in the Potiguar Basin.
  • Advised 3R Petroleum on the acquisition of Fazenda Belém Cluster, located in the state of Ceará.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has a noteworthy standalone tax team led out of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo respectively by joint leaders Humberto Marini and Alex Jorge (who also works in New York). The firm’s consultancy support extends to direct and indirect taxation, as well as tax planning and structuring. The litigation side regularly represents clients in high-level judicial and administrative proceedings. Key practitioners include Rosana Gonzaga, who has strong expertise in indirect tax issues, and stands out in particular for her work in the energy and mining sectors. Tax litigator Renato Lopes and partner Victor Kampel also have good reputations.

Practice head(s):

Humberto Marini; Alex Jorge


‘Campos Mello Advogados’ tax consulting team has as its main characteristic its client-centered work. In fact, the work developed by partners Alex Jorge, Rosana Jayme and Victor Kampel is highly technical, and delivered in a simple and objective way.’

‘Alex Jorge has extensive experience in advising multinational companies in the challenges inherent to their operation in Brazil. Always accessible and objective, he commands a team of highly qualified professionals, focused on clear and simple answers to complex problems.’

‘Rosana Jayme dominates the practice of indirect taxes in Brazil. Her knowledge relates to taxation of the energy and mining sectors, and her proactive approach makes her a true collaborator of her clients.’

‘Victor Kampel is a highly qualified professional. Always available, Victor focuses on the client, with creative solutions to complex tax issues. He has extensive experience advising on national and international corporate reorganizations.’

‘Rosana Gonzaga Jayme is an exceptional professional. Frank, open and very up-to-date, she brings the necessary solutions to the problems of the day-to-day.’

Key clients

Brazshipping Marítima

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gemini Energy

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Dow Chemical


Laureate Education


Atlas Renewable Energy

Novo Norsdisk Produção Farmaceutica

3R Petroleum


Stanley Black & Decker Group


Rheem Manufacturing


Laureate Educational

CHC do Brasil Taxi Aéreo

Work highlights

  • Advised Laureate Educational on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Laureate Brasil by Anima Educacional for R$4.6bn.
  • Advised 3R Petroleum on the tax aspects of its IPO.
  • Successfuly represented CHC do Brasil in an administrative case involving over R$300m of tax assessments.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper provides a wide range of advice, spanning data protection and cybersecurity regulatory matters, data transfers and M&A due diligence. The team is jointly led by Paula Mena Barreto in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo-based Ricardo Caiado Lima. Barreto has significant experience in the implementation of privacy policies and management of data breach incidents, while fellow co-head Lima specialises in cybersecurity compliance issues and preventive measures. Data protection and privacy matters are also among Manoela Quintas Esteves‘ areas of expertise; she handles both consulting and contentious matters. In August 2021, Antonio Tovo – who specialises in compliance, cybersecurity and white-collar criminal law – joined the firm.

Practice head(s):

Paula Mena Barreto; Ricardo Caiado Lima

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is a strong choice for regulatory banking and transactional finance advice. The firm’s association with DLA Piper gives it exposure to cross-border matters, including significant acquisition and project financings. Other areas of expertise include asset-backed securitisations, debt restructurings and export finance. The team is jointly led by the versatile Roberto Vianna do R Barros, who has strong regulatory expertise, and Jorge Gallo, who is also noted for his debt capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Vianna do R Barros; Jorge Gallo


‘Jorge Barbieri Gallo offers good knowledge of the customer’s market and technical knowledge for operations, as well as agility in responses.’

Agility and precision in the provision of services.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco RCI Brasil

Rio Alto Comercializadora de Energia

Aymoré Crédito, Financiamento e Investimentos

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 4

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has a good track record advising issuers and underwriters, and has built up solid relationships with key domestic and international banks and financial institutions. The firm is especially active on the debt side, with expertise in bond offerings and debentures, often linked to the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm’s equity capital markets expertise was demonstrated through its role advising 3R Petroleum on its R$555m IPO. Lead partners Roberto Vianna do R Barros and Jorge Gallo have strong credentials on domestic and international listings.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Vianna do R Barros; Jorge Gallo


‘Jorge Barbieri Gallo is technical and agile.’

Technical quality, agility and knowledge.’

Key clients

Starboard Restructuring Partners Consultoria em Negócios

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco RCI Brasil

Banco Votorantim

BB-Leasing S.A. Arrendamento Mercantil

Coremas Holding II

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco do Brasil



3R Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advised Gafisa on the issuance of two series of R$117m convertible debentures.
  • Advised Banco Votorantim in the issuance of $500m worth of 4.375% senior notes due 2025, issued under its $5bn Global Medium-Term Note Programme in the international market.
  • Advised Starboard Asset on the $130m financing of oil exploration and production projects in the Macau Cluster through the issuance of debentures.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper not only has the ability to assist clients throughout all steps of project development related to non-renewable and renewable energy sources, but is also well versed in M&A transactions involving power assets. Recently, the practice has been particularly active advising on investments in net metering projects and portfolios, self-production projects, and in the negotiation of PPAs and connection agreements. Department head Fabiano Gallo is proficient in renewable energy and transactional matters. He receives key support from a team of associates, which includes Flavia Cerutti, whose experience encompasses project development, electricity regulations and operation agreements.

Practice head(s):

Fabiano Gallo


Campos Mello office is a full service office that has differentiated expertise in the energy and renewables area and in medium and high complexity projects. The office meets the demands within the agreed deadlines and always with high quality delivery. The technical capacity of the team of lawyers is excellent and there is an active collaboration of lawyers, bringing creative and effective solutions to the problems presented.’

The partner Fabiano Gallo has differentiated, agile technical and business knowledge, available to the client and whose experience in energy operations adds a lot to the negotiations.’

Key clients

Statkraft Energias Renováveis do Brasil


Gemini Energy


Rio Alto Energia

Scatec Solar

General Electric Company

Banco Santander (Brasil)


Grupo Ultra/Ipiranga

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Faro Energy

Pivô Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Work highlights

  • Advised Coremas Holding II on the process of raising funds in the Brazilian market to finance and develop a 31.2MWp solar energy generation project.
  • Assisting ABInbev with the negotiation of a corporate PPA for its Brazilian branch, for the acquisition of renewable power in the free market (ACL).
  • Assisted Rio Alto Energias Renováveis with the legal aspects of a corporate and governance restructuring in preparation for the company’s IPO.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 4

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 4

The media and entertainment practice at Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper handles an array of non-contentious and contentious matters, including licensing agreements, IP enforcement and free speech-related litigation. Assisting clients with the launch of new products, such as streaming tools and apps, is a core area of activity for the department, which is led by Paula Mena Barreto, who focuses on production and advertising agreements, and regulatory matters pertaining to the media sector.

Practice head(s):

Paula Mena Barreto

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is adept in a broad array of non-contentious and contentious environmental matters, including administrative proceedings, environmental risk assessments, crisis management, licensing matters and due diligence in relation to transactions. Rafael Jordão Bussière is now coordinating the department following the departure of former practice head Theo Keiserman de Abreu. Gabriela de Carvalho e Mello often advises clients in the energy, infrastructure, logistics, real estate and pharmaceutical industries on environmental liabilities and administrative law. Since publication, the firm added Paulo de Bessa Antunes and Vilmar Gonçalves to its environment and ESG practice; the partners joined in October 2021 from Tauil & Chequer Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Jordão Bussière

Key clients

Votorantim Cimentos

Grupo Big Brasil

3R Petroleum Óleo e Gás

Work highlights

  • Representing Votorantim Cimentos in several lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
  • Representing Grupo Big in all environmental lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
  • Advising 3R Petroleum Óleo e Gás on the acquisition of several fields by 3R (Macau, Recôncavo, Pescada-Arabaiana, Fazenda Belém and Rio Ventura), in connection to the divestment of Petrobras.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 6

Covering the full array of litigation services, Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper is equipped to represent clients at all court levels, including the superior courts in Brasília. Due to its cooperation with DLA Piper, the firm often provides pre-litigation advice and legal opinions to a host of international clients. Felipe Hermanny, whose experience includes commercial litigation and arbitration, leads the São Paulo team. Vinicius Pereira is an ‘essential asset in any legal process’ according to clients; he is based in Rio de Janeiro and specialises in contractual disputes in the financing, real estate and energy sectors. Credit recovery and contentious insolvencies are key areas of focus for Leandro Rinaldi in Rio. Since publication, the practice was further bolstered by the arrival of João Marçal Martins from Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Hermanny; Leandro Rinaldi


‘The team’s main ability is to continuously monitor the company’s activities and anticipate any legal problems that may arise. Vinícius Pereira is a partner with extensive knowledge of different areas of law, which makes him an essential asset in any legal process.’

‘High quality service and a lot of availability and attention. In particular, partner Vinicius Pereira stands out for his ability to find solutions in complex litigation and for the didactic way in which he presents his arguments, in addition to his great presence in court. He also stands out for the elaboration of innovative and complex theses.’

‘Excellent office. Vinicius is very considerate and has comprehensive knowledge. I strongly recommend him.’

‘I would highlight, as a differentiating quality, the international partnership between Campos Mello Advogados and DLA Piper. Vinicius Pereira has always been very attentive and willing to collaborate with projects. He is a trained professional with solid experience.’

‘The CMA litigation team is excellent. Vinicius Pereira stands out for his knowledge, experience and availability. Associate Beni Flint proved to be a great professional.’

‘Extremely diligent, as well as assertive in the strategies. Always available. Leandro Rinaldi is recommended.’

Key clients

Sony Interactive



Leste Litigation Finance

GR Serviços de Alimentação

Ager Incorporações

Vinci Partners

Hyatt Grand Hotel

Grupo Máquina de vendas

Massa Falida do Banco BVA


CHC Helicopter


Baker and Hughes

Bunker One

CHAVAL Navegação

Grupo Dirija

Austral Seguradora

Grupo Carlton

JW Marriot

BTG Pactual

Casa & Video


Banco BTG Pactual

Grupo Itavema

Gemini Energy

UFC, inc

Grupo Starboard


Hard Rock International

Work highlights

  • Represents Máquina de Vendas Brasil in a lawsuit requesting the annulment of a CAM-CCBC arbitral award.
  • Acting for Statkraft Energias Renováveis in a public civil action filed by the National Association of Independent Participants and Assistants of FUNCEF (ANIPA) against several defendants concerning damages for losses caused by mismanagement of resources.
  • Representing LMTE- Linhas Macapá Transmissora de Energia in a lawsuit filed by senator Randolphe Rodrigues requesting several covenants and moral damages on behalf of the people of the state of Amapá related to 20 days of partial blackout in the state.

Brazil > Intellectual property

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper’s IP group is particularly active in IP enforcement and franchising matters, especially on behalf of prominent international clients due to its association with DLA Piper.
Fabio Perrone Campos Mello photoMr Fabio Perrone Campos MelloPartner specialized in capital markets, commercial contracts, corporate, M&A and real estate.
Humberto Marini photoMr Humberto MariniPartner and co-head of Tax Practice.
Marcio Meira de Vasconcellos photoMr Marcio Meira de VasconcellosPartner specialized in Labor
Paula Mena Barreto photoMrs Paula Mena BarretoPartner specialized in Intellectual Property and Data Protection
Vinicius Pereira photoMr Vinicius PereiraPartner specialized in Litigation and Arbitration
Leandro Rinaldi photoMr Leandro RinaldiPartner specialized in Insolvency and Restructuring
Leonardo Rzezinski photoMr Leonardo RzezinskiPartner
Domiciano Sá photoMr Domiciano SáPartner specialized in Intellectual Property and Patents
Bernardo Buarque Schiller photoMr Bernardo Buarque SchillerPartner specialized in civil litigation and real estate.