Founded in 1995, BMA is one of the most renowned full-service law firms in Brazil.
BMA has been present in most of the major M&A transactions in Brazil over the last two decades, participating in the creation of corporate groups that do business across a wide spectrum of industries, including Fortune 500 international corporations and many of Brazil’s largest companies. BMA has also acquired an impressive stock of know-how in infrastructure projects, especially in the areas of ports, railroads, highways, oil and gas, energy, and telecommunications.
The exceptionally qualified professionals at BMA, with their experience in both the private and the public sectors, know that a thorough understanding of our clients’ business objectives is essential. BMA works to achieve creative, effective and innovative solutions by integrating its specialist teams to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to legal problems.
Main areas of practice:
Bankruptcy, business restructuring and insolvency: Providing legal support for restructurings and reorganisations, BMA addresses both short-term issues and longer-term structural planning. We help clients develop strategies for business revitalisation, redefine shareholder control, restructure and renegotiate debt, and reorganise business groups.
Competition and Antitrust: BMA has extensive experience in obtaining approval for proposed business combinations from the Administrative Council for Economic Rights (CADE). BMA is also present in practically every international cartel investigation in Brazil, and represents the interests of companies in investigations into anticompetitive conduct, relying on proven experience that goes beyond the defence phase to negotiation of leniency agreements and settlements.
Corporate ethics and compliance: BMA focuses on compliance with anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation, designing and implementing compliance programmes, and conducting due diligence and internal investigations.
Corporate/M&A: BMA’s expertise ranges from start-ups and small private acquisitions to cross-border acquisitions of foreign companies by Brazilian clients and the acquisition and sale of Brazilian companies by foreign clients.
Employment: BMA has extensive experience in representing individuals and companies in employment-related negotiations and litigation, including collective bargaining and labour disputes. We help clients design and implement employment contracts and employment-related benefits, such as benefit plans, profit-sharing plans and stock option plans.
Environmental: BMA seeks out practical solutions to environmental issues and secure interactions with environmental agencies, assisting clients in avoiding and overcoming obstacles to their business objectives, from the planning and legal due diligence stage to the management of environmental liabilities at the administrative and judicial levels.
Finance and capital markets: BMA is active in domestic and international financing transactions in general, debt restructuring, securitisation and project finance, and advises Brazilian and foreign investors in currency exchange transactions and investments in the capital and financial markets.
Infrastructure and regulatory and government affairs: BMA represents clients in government contracting procedures and assists them in structuring consortia, negotiating contracts, investment and shareholder agreements, and designing and implementing PPPs. We also advise companies in regulated markets in general.
Intellectual property: BMA offers a full IP practice, covering prosecution and advisory services in patent, industrial design, trademark, plant varieties, copyright and trade secret law, including licensing, unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and litigation.
International Trade: BMA advises on market access matters in Brazil and abroad and on customs requirements and compliance. We have extensive experience in trade remedies proceedings, international dispute settlements and international trade legislation, policy and negotiations.
Litigation and arbitration: BMA acts in civil and commercial litigation, often in cases that reach Brazil’s highest courts. We also offer experienced support both in international and domestic arbitration.
Real Estate: BMA offers clients support in negotiating and drafting purchase, sale, construction and financing agreements and in modelling the legal structure for residential, industrial and commercial projects.
Sports and entertainment: BMA advises sports clubs and confederations, athletes, artists, companies and investors on a wide range of matters.
Tax: BMA analyses and advises on the tax implications of acquisitions, corporate restructuring, financings, investments and other transactions. We also have an active tax litigation practice, defending our clients’ interests at the administrative level and before the courts.
Rio de Janeiro
Av. Almirante Barroso, 52 - 31º andar
Cep: 20031-000 - Centro
Tel.: (55 21) 3824-5800
Fax: (55 21) 2262-5536
Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 1.455 - 10º andar
Cep: 04543-011 - Itaim Bibi
Tel.: (55 11) 2179-4600
Fax: (55 11) 2179-4597
SHS Quadra 6 - Conjunto A - Bloco E, 19º andar CEP 70316-902 - Complexo Brasil 21 – Asa Sul
Tel.: (+55 61) 3218-0300
Fax: (+55 61) 3218-0315