Fabio Perrone Campos Mello

Campos Mello Advogados - Brazil

Managing Partner

Rio de Janeiro

+55 21 3262 3027

Highly regarded

Italian (basic) and Portuguese (native)

Bar admissions:




Practice areas:

Capital markets

Industry sectors:

Financial services
Real estate

Fabio Perrone Campos Mello is a managing partner in Campos Mello Advogados’, Brazilian arm of DLA Piper. 

He has an extensive practice in the areas of real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities, providing assistance with planning and structuring of business transactions and corporate activities, including incorporation of companies; corporate reorganizations and restructuring; and assembly of joint ventures, consortiums, associations, foundations, partnerships and other methods of organizing businesses, activities and enterprises.

Fabio’s services also include guiding clients in the acquisition and disposition of corporate shareholdings or assets; executing due diligence procedures, divestitures, M&A transactions (including management buyouts and takeovers); and assisting in the acquisition or transfer of ownership of equity interests, minority shareholdings and the structuring of public offerings of shares. 

He offers legal advice in all investment operations, directing Brazilian and foreign investors on mutual funds, investment companies and share portfolios.

Among his clients are Brazilian and international companies in many industry sectors, such as hospitality and leisure (hotels and resorts), infrastructure, financial and banking services (investment management and funds), real estate and transportation.

He also lead the negotiations with DLA Piper that resulted on the execution in 2010 of a Cooperation Agreement, which made Campos Mello Advogados one of the few international firms operating in Brazil. 

Fabio also serves at the Board of Directors of several listed and non-listed companies, as well as a member of the board of OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Advised The Walt Disney Company acquires 21st Century Fox - Real Estate Aspects
  • Legal assistance to GE in the Brazilian part of the deal, in particular in structuring and implementing the corporate aspects of the transaction, in the USD 11.1 billion. The global deal was the USD 11.1 billion.
  • Assisted eFront in all corporate matters related to the Brazilian Subsidiary in preparation for the acquisition of eFront by BlackRocck Inc. Based in France, eFront is the world’s leading end-to- end alternative investment management software and solutions provider, with more than 700 clients in 48 countries. The deal was initially announced on March 22.
  • Advised Starboard Restructuring Partners, a Brazilian private equity and advisory in special situations player in partnership with Apollo Global Management, in the context of the debt restructuring of Maquina de Vendas Group (Ricardo Eletro), one of the largest retail group in Brazil.The debt restructuring of Maquina de Vendas Group involves an amount of approximately R$3billion and is considered to be Brazil’s largest ever debt restructuring by a retailer. Starboard’s investment, in the amount of R$250 million will play a fundamental role in the debt restructuring of Maquina de Vendas Group . The investment, which is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, will represent a 72.5 percent stake in Maquina de Vendas. Campos Mello worked on the due diligence of Maquina de Vendas Group, as well as the negotiations of the restructuring and preparation of the investment documents.
  • Advised Starboard Asset Management, in the investment of a private equity fund in 3R Petroleum e Participações S.A. capital in the amount of approximately USD30million and a total financing of SPE 3R Petroleum S.A., directly and through its controling entity, 3R Petroleum e Participações S.A., in the total amount of approximately USD162 million, being USD130 million via bank financing and USD32 million upon the issuance of private debentures. The total amount to be paid by SPE 3R Petroleum S.A. to Petobras for the acquisition of oil and natural gas production and exploration rights in concession contracts involving the Macau Cluster, according to the Sale and Purchase Agreement entered into with Petrobras is of approximately USD191million.

  • M&A
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Real estate
  • Transport

  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)
  • Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Chapters

  • Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Brazilian Institute of Business Law (IBRADEMP)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

  • OPM Harvard Business School, 2018 -01
  • LL.M. in Corporate Law, New York University Law School, 2002
  • Specialization in Foundations of American Law and Legal Education, Georgetown University, 2001
  • M.B.A. in Economics and Corporate Law, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), 2000
  • B.A. in Law, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), 1998