Managing Partner: Fabio Perrone Campos Mello
Number of partners: 28
Number of other lawyers: 75
Founded with more than 36 years by excellent professionals with legal practice experience, CMA advises Brazilian and global companies in Brazil, Latin America, Asia, the US, Europe and Oceania. CMA has legal excellence, global presence, full service structure and professional management capable of identify new opportunities and clients. With offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and New York, CMA operates throughout the national territory with the support of an experienced team of lawyers, specialised in different practice areas applied to various sectors of the market. As a result, CMA develops creative, innovative and secure legal solutions for each matter and client profile.
The firm’s professional management brings internal benefits, such as a better organised, standardised, cohesive and productive company, making it more competitive to highlight in the market. CMA contantly evolves and management is capable of adjusting, reply to challenges and promote the necessary changes. CMA always invests in the improvement of its team and in continuous evolution of the management system. CMA has over 100 lawyers who graduated from leading Brazilian law schools. Many obtained overseas masters and worked at international companies and law firms, bringing their experience to their day-to-day activities.
Main Areas of Practice:
CMA has experience in antidumping investigations, advising clients on issues related to international trade law initiated by Brazilian or foreign authorities.
With experience acquired from investigations of cartel and abuse of dominant positions, CMA handles all antitrust issues with a preventive mindset.
Banking & Project Finance:
With a profound knowledge of the Brazilian banking regulation, especially in regard to foreign bank activities, the firm offers assistance in a broad range of banking operations as well as financing skills to make infrastructure and industrial projects viable.
The practice gains its strength from clients in real estate investment funds and private equity funds.
The firm’s practice advises on all aspects of business contracts and agreements, including assistance in local and international negotiations and consultancy on importation and exportation procedures.
Corporate & M&A:
CMA handles an array of corporate transactions, from simple deals, cross border transactions, to complex M&A operations, as well as assistance in the venture capital and private equity industry.
Employment, Pensions & Benefits:
The firm has a very responsive practice that offers assistance in a variety of activities, including consultancy on human resources strategic issues and representation in litigation and collective civil actions.
The team offers a deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry and the power, renewables and biofuels industry. It advises on regulatory, transactional and disputes matters on behalf of major energy interests.
With an integrated approach, the firm handles all environmental-related issues with emphasis on licensing, compliance counselling, waste management and litigation.
CMA has a solid experience on structuring and financing infrastructure projects, including toll roads, subways, light rail vehicles, airports and ports. It has also worked on several PPP financing transactions.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The practice counsels in arbitration, administrative and judicial disputes, representing clients in a broad range of issues, including antitrust, bankruptcy, business, regulatory, corporate and taxation matters.
CMA’s life sciences group comprises lawyers with scientific, industry and project management offices backgrounds. Many lawyers have also practiced law in both the Latin America and US or European and are intimately familiar with civil law legal systems.
CMA has been recognised as a leading real estate practice in Brazil for several years. The team advises on the spectrum of real estate issues including structuring and development of major, multi-use projects, shopping malls and hotel complexes, financing, drafting of agreements and other transactions.
CMA has a deep understanding of the Brazilian government and offers a broad range of services as well as assistance with government procurement.
Sports & Entertainment:
CMA provides services in the sports, entertainment and media arena, including drafting of a wide variety of contracts and agreements and assistance with Brazilian and international sports law.
CMA offers one of the largest and expansive tax practices and routinely handles an array of demands, from consulting and planning services to highly specialised litigation, including on oil and gas activities.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
The growing practice works seamlessly with others advising on debt restructuring and reorganisations.
Intellectual Property & Data Protection:
CMA provides effective legal support to the transaction practice assisting in the related the negotiation, drafting and registration of transfer of technology, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and involves a cybersecurity, privacy and data security practice.
White Collar Compliance Investigation:
In 2016, in order to suit clients’ needs and to provide them with a thorough legal assistance, CMA created the white collar crime, compliance and investigation practice the integration of this practice with the other practices allows a full and cost-effective assistance.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
The firm offers a comprehensive range of insurance services, including transactional, regulatory, commercial and coverage, representing both start-ups and established multinational life and non-life reinsurers, intermediaries, other financial institutions and other insurance industry participants.