Souza, Mello e Torres was born in 2017 when its founder, Carlos José Rolim de Mello, left Machado Meyer Advogados to set up a transactional boutique. De Mello decided to leave the structure of a large firm, (and one of Brazil’s market leaders) to gather a team of talented lawyers with international experience to work on deals in a bespoke fashion, handcrafting their service to each client’s requirements in a way bigger firms with more traditional structures find difficult to do. Mello realised the calibre of clients he was aiming to serve – high-profile multinationals – demanded robust structures and seniority. The timing was perfect, as the firm was able to land star project finance lawyer Luis Souza along with Clovis Torres, who has a solid track record as an in-house lawyer.
The firm has risen in prominence far faster than normal. The market can often take time to recognise a new player, but there has been no such lag with Souza, Mello e Torres. The experience and sophistication that run through the team are undeniable, and its already robust track record of transactions is a testament to this strength.