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CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

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Founding Partners: Cristiano Carvalho, Rafael Bicca Machado and Luciano Benetti Timm (licensed)
Full partners: Renato Caovilla and Francisco Kümmel F Alves
Other partners: 11
Number of associates: 47

Firm Overview:
Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados (‘CMT’) has a team of dynamic professionals with solid technical and interdisciplinary training. The firm is highly regarded for its excellence in providing legal services at an international standard. Founded in 2002, CMT has evolved from a small boutique law practice to a firm that occupies a prominent position in business law, with an ever-growing presence and recognition in Brazil’s main business centres.

Main Areas of Practice:


The firm is active in many matters involving agricultural equipment and machinery industrialisation, commodities trading and financial services for rural producers. The firm has a strong practice in litigating court-based and arbitral claims involving agribusiness matters. CMT is also known for its team’s knowledge of competition law and intellectual property as they apply to agribusiness.

Arbitration & Commercial Litigation:
The firm is renowned for its efficient resolution of disputes and its experience in assisting local and foreign clients in both court litigation and arbitration. CMT has also built a strong reputation in international disputes, being involved in various cases between Brazilian and foreign companies in a variety of jurisdictions.

The firm has ample experience in the field, offering effective support to clients of different economic sectors. The firm acts in labour, corporate, competition, regulatory, environmental and anticorruption compliance. The department is composed by professionals with national and international experience in the field.

Corporate/Commercial Agreements:
The firm has advised corporations in multi-jurisdictional joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructurings. The firm has also been heavily involved in the negotiation of complex international agreements and projects involving civil works (turn key), supply agreements, distribution/agency agreements, among others.

Real Estate:
CMT has extensive experience in the conduction of due diligences involving real estate and property matters and the drafting of contracts relating to urban and rural real properties, including sharecropping, built-to-suit, sale and nonresidential lease agreements. In addition, the team is also recognised for its practice in litigation and arbitration in conflicts involving real estate and property law.
Labour & Employment:
The firm provides practical employment-related advice, advising on structures that minimise risk exposure and that are tax efficient. CMT is also called upon to assist in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and to advise on the transfer of employees and executives to and from Brazil, as well as employment litigation acting for employers.

Tax & Customs:
The firm offers consultancy in corporate and high net worth individuals’ tax planning, as well as representation in litigious cases. The tax department has experience in structuring national and global operations that are tax efficient, advising domestic and multinational companies in several sectors such as agribusiness, automotive, customised furniture, and pulp and paper industries, among others. The department has handled international taxation planning for foreign entities commencing operations in Brazil and Brazilian companies expanding abroad.

International Work:
The firm routinely acts in international business transactions that demand an understanding of different laws, cultures and languages. CMT’s knowledge of foreign legal systems is unique, with lawyers licensed to practise in Brazil and abroad. The firm’s lawyers have experience in providing legal assistance in relation to foreign direct investment in Brazil, Latin America and Europe. The work varies from being the ‘Brazilian arm’ of international clients for the commencement of new operations and due diligence work, drafting and advising on distribution contracts, to putting together international tax structures, acting as local counsel for cross-border disputes and giving expert evidence on Brazilian law in international dispute resolution.

The firm advises a great number of clients doing business in Brazil and in Latin America, in a vast range of industries. Among its clients are major multinationals, companies operating in different sectors such as: agribusiness, construction, consumer goods, financial and banking services, information technology, industrial goods and the food industry.

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.