MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Agribusiness: 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.
Compliance: 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.
Projects: The firm’s partners have been involved in a variety of large projects and operations acting on behalf of foreign clients established, or looking to become established, in Brazil. The firm successfully assisted clients in multi-million dollar project transactions, especially in the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors.
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.
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.
CLIENTS 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, industrial goods and the food industry.
LANGUAGES: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.