Our History

Our History

Souza, Mello e Torres is a multidisciplinary firm that allies the expertise of renowned lawyers in transactional practice and young lawyers with solid academic background, providing personalized high-standard legal services. Our team comprises around 30 attorneys who are closely involved with the clients’ most relevant business transactions and most critical disputes in various integrated practice areas.

Souza, Mello e Torres was founded by Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza, Carlos José Rolim de Mello and Clovis Torres, who are consistently acknowledged by the most reputable independent publications such as Chambers and Partners, International Financial Law Review and Who’s Who Legal as among the leading practitioners in Brazil.

Luis Souza is one of the pioneers and leading names in Brazilian infrastructure and project finance practice and has advised clients in some of the most relevant project financing transactions carried out in the country in recent years. In 2001, after leaving Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Luis Souza founded Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, a leading law firm led by him for over sixteen years, during which the firm was constantly recognized as one of the main law firms in Brazil due to Luis Souza’s leadership skills, hard work and reputation.

Carlos Mello is one of Brazil’s leading names in mergers and acquisitions and private equity and Clovis Torres has a wide legal background acquired as executive officer and general counsel to Vale S.A.

Our lawyers hold degrees from the most prestigious Brazilian universities, including specialization degrees and Master of Laws (LL.M.), either from American or European universities.

We provide a full range of legal services to satisfy the various demands of our clients, which are among world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, multilateral agencies and private equity firms, as well as to governmental bodies, individuals and nongovernmental organizations.

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