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Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados

São Paulo - SP

Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados - São Paulo - SP
  • Avenida Paulista, 1776 -. 18º andar
  • Bela Vista
  • São Paulo - SP
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 01310-200
  • Senior (founding) Partners: Fábio de Sá Cesnik, Fernando Quintino, Rodrigo Kopke Salinas
  • Senior Partners: José Mauricio Fittipaldi, Leo Wojdyslawski, Melissa Moreira
  • Branch Offices: The firm has branch offices in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. 

THE FIRM: Cesnik, Quintino e Salinas Advogados is a law firm focused on the media and entertainment industries. Founded in 1998, the firm has grown organically and retained many of its clients. Its lawyers have extensive experience in the media and entertainment field, with many of them having started as interns and remained with the firm.The firm’s goal is to provide its clients with a sound and pragmatic legal analysis. Among the firm’s clients are movie producers and distributors, cable TV companies,TV broadcasters, book publishers, live entertainment producers, major music labels and music publishers and corporations that either sponsor or finance content production or distribution.Cesnik, Quintino e Salinas Advogados also provides legal guidance for corporate social responsibility initiatives of multinational and domestic corporations, museums and educational entities.

Administrative & Public Law:
This legal team is highly specialised in representing clients before the Department of Culture, the Department of Sports and the National Film Agency in a wide range of matters,which include adjudication and rulemaking procedures on the subject matters handled by those bodies of government. The lawyers also handle complex matters before the Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU - governmental body equivalent to the US General Accountability Office) and assist clients in all types of public bidding. Furthermore, the law firm deals with general governmental law and regulation, management of public funds, project finance and public procurement. The team has recently worked on the structuring of the largest investment fund for cinema in the Brazilian market and on the development of a new regulatory framework for audiovisual and entertainment industries, currently under discussion before the Brazilian Congress,among other relevant projects.
Corporate: Cesnik, Quintino e Salinas advises its clients in setting up new corporate structures, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. The firm’s lawyers have recently been involved in important transactions regarding the restructuring of a leading Brazilian audiovisual producer, and have developed cutting-edge legal structures for the biggest international feature film co-productions in the Brazilian market.
Intellectual Property: The IP team advises on all aspects of IP and has extensive experience in copyright and trademark matters.As part of a crossoffice entertainment team, the IP lawyers have a sound expertise in dealing with international audiovisual co-productions and the Brazilian mechanisms and regulations for financing these productions. The lawyers also have experience on technology transference, trade secrets, trademarks and patents.The firm’s team is well versed in negotiating licensing and distribution agreements, acquisition of content, IP key terms in source and supply agreements, partnerships, joint ventures, IP audit and in the development of IP strategies for protecting content and adding business value.
Labour Law: This team handles matters concerning Brazilian labour law in general, commercial representation and collective agreements,with a special focus on the media and entertainment industries employment practices.
Litigation: Cesnik, Quintino e Salinas’ litigation team handles cases before any court nationwide. Subject matter varies from public and administrative law, IP and general commercial. The litigation department also has experience in handling piracy issues and clients’mass litigation. The firm has been representing the ECAD (the Brazilian collecting office for music rights) before the São Paulo State courts in more than 400 cases and in some of the cuttingedge litigation regarding copyright protection in the online environment.
Non-Profit Law: The firm has sound experience in counseling major Brazilian non-profit institutions in matters regarding daily corporate affairs, tax planning and management of public funds. The firm also has experience in counseling national and multinational corporations in setting up non-profit structures for conducting social responsibility activities in a wide range of sectors.
Tax: The tax team works closely with other teams helping to develop key terms of agreements and planning for conducting national and international transactions and corporate operations.The tax department is keen on counseling its clients on howto take advantage of the Brazilian legal framework that allows investments with tax deduction for entertainment activities (sports, cultural and audiovisual initiatives) and corporate social responsibility.

INTERNATIONAL WORK: The firm has extensive expertise in dealing with cross-border transactions for financing audiovisual co-productions and conducting technology transference advisory and IP audit for foreign clients in the context of joint ventures in Brazil and abroad. More recently, it has advised on international co-productions between Brazil and several European nations, including France,Hungary and Portugal. In regard to the technology transference and IP audit, the firm has advised a foreign client in a recent joint venture in Brazil and in another in Argentina.
The firm also has vast experience in assisting the Brazilian operations of foreign clients, such as multinational cable TV channels and foreign live entertainment and content producer companies.

LANGUAGES: English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.


  • Rua Senador Pádua Salles 114,
  • Pacaembu,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 01233-030
  • Tel +55 11 3660 0300
  • Fax +55 11 3660 0447
  • Website : www.cqs.adv.br

Media & Entertainment - Brazil

THE FIRM This full-service firm is well equipped to provide clients with a variety of services, including litigation, business planning and corporate consultancy. The client portfolio includes major players in the music and film industries, and also features the likes of Fremantle Media, Globo International Broadcasters, ESPN Brazil and Fish TV. The firm is best known for advising clients on the particulars of the local tax incentive system for cultural advancement in Brazil, and recently assisted CPFL Energia in connection with its annual investment programme in Brazilian culture, sports and social issues. 

Sources say: "The partners have vast legal knowledge, strong technical ability and are widely accessible to their clients. Their service is excellent value for money."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Fábio Cesnik heads up the team and specialises in entertainment, cultural and audiovisual matters. He stands out as a punctual and well-organised lawyer who has a profound understanding of production law, according to market commentators.

Rodrigo Salinas is another key member of the team and focuses his practice in this area on IP rights.

Since publication, José Maurício Fittipaldi has moved in-house.