Managing Partner: Fabio Perrone Campos Mello
Number of partners: 30
Number of other lawyers: 71
Founded with more than 38 years by excellent professionals with legal practice experience, the firm advises Brazilian and global companies in Brazil, Latin America, Asia, the US, Europe and Oceania. It has legal excellence, global presence, full-service structure and professional management capable of identifying new opportunities and demands to clients.
Since March 2010, the firm has 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 (www.dlapiper.com). This strategic relationship is a differentiator for CMA, allowing the firm to serve its clients and address their strategic business needs whether they do business in Brazil or abroad.
■ Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
Brazilian Desks: DLA Piper:
■ London, UK
■ Milan, Italy
■ New York, USA
The firm offers 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. 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.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking, Finance & Infrastructure:
Among the services the firm provides in the banking and financing arena, it highlights legal assistance covering a broad variety of transactions, such as: Assetbacked securitisation and related transactions; debt restructuring; equity and debt offerings of Brazilian private and governmental issuers, both domestic and offshore; equity participations through common and preferred stock investments; export prepayment financing, among others.
Corporate, M&A & Capital Markets:
Among the services the firm provides in the corporate area, it highlights legal assistance in a broad variety of transactions, such as: planning and structuring of business transactions and corporate activities; acquisition or transfer of ownership of equity interests, minority shareholdings, and the structuring of public offerings of shares.; corporate reorganisations and restructuring; mergers and acquisitions, including management buyouts and takeovers; acquisition and selling of corporate shareholdings or assets, among others.
In the oil and gas exploration and production sector, the firm advises major and independent oil companies in their participation in the bid rounds of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) and in the development of offshore and onshore projects. The firm also represents equipment and service suppliers, as well as project and asset financiers. In the mid and downstream natural gas sectors, the firm counsels clients in the implementation of natural gas processing units, regaseification and storage units and pipelines. It brings to its matters more than 15 years of experience in drafting and negotiating GSAs, GTAs and other sector-specific contracts.
Employment, Pensions & Benefits:
Among the services the firm provides its clients in regard to Brazilian employment matters, it highlights legal assistance in a wide variety of activities, such as: consultancy in relation to strategic human resources decisions, such as hiring, termination and professional development; outsourcing of services; compensation packages; profit or results sharing plans; stock options; drafting of internal regulations; advising as regards practices to avoid claims involving moral harassment/ damages claims; representation of clients involved in employment-related litigation in Brazil, advising clients in pre-litigation scenarios aimed at avoiding claims, among others.
Among the services the firm provides, it highlights legal assistance in a wide variety of real estate transactions, such as: structuring and development of highly complex projects, incorporations, condominiums and subdivisions; structuring and development of shopping malls, hotel complexes, amusement parks and entertainment- related developments; drafting of construction, built-to-suit and lease agreements; due diligence procedures related to evaluation of corporate real estate holdings and viability of real estate property acquisitions; structuring of joint ventures and consortiums to operate in the real estate market, among others.
The firm regularly advises clients in connection with: taxation of non-resident revenues and capital gains earned in Brazil; taxation of information technology and communication; taxation of agribusiness and industry-related tax benefits, among others. The team is also specialised in rendering tax litigation, acting both in the administrative and judicial spheres, at the federal, state and municipal levels. In summary, the firm's tax litigation practice encompasses the following services: strategic litigation aiming at eliminating/ reducing the impact of indirect taxes levied on specific products, processed by large multinational companies; assistance with social security tax matters is also provided; lawsuits seeking recognition of the validity of sophisticated tax planning undertaken by large multinational companies, disregarded by the tax authorities, among others.
More than 4 languages.