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Marcio Mello Silva Baptista

Marcio Mello Silva Baptista

Practice Groups

Corporate Law and Foreign Investment, German Desk, Mergers and Acquisitions, Insurance and Reinsurance, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Japan Desk


Office: New York
Phone: (1 212) 698-1445


Professional experience

The head of TozziniFreire’s New York office, in parallel to a strong presence in the São Paulo office, Marcio’s practice is primarily cross-border, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, transnational contracts and joint ventures. Marcio is the head of the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group and has extensive experience representing clients in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. Marcio joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1998; before becoming a partner in TozziniFreire, he worked in New York for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Morrison & Foerster and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.


Marcio is consistently recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in international legal guides such as Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer 250.


  • English
  • French 
  • German
  • Spanish


  • LL.M. in Comparative Jurisprudence from the New York University, 1997.
  • Specialized degree in Comparative Law at the University of Wisconsin in 1989.
  • Master’s degree in International Law from the Law School of Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 1989.
  • Graduate of the Law School of Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), 1986.

Additional activities:

  • Chair of the Membership Committee of the  Pacific Rim Advisory Council.
  • Board member of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, in New York.
  • Vice-Chair of the Latin America & Caribbean Committee of the American Bar Association.
  • Member of the New York City Bar. 
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA).


  • "Brazil" chapter from the publication From Bid to Closing, Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook. London: Global Counsel, 2001.
  • "The Electric Power Industry in Brazil" chapter from the publication International Power Finance Review. Ontario: International Press Publications, 1998.
  • "Foreign Investments in Brazil" chapter from the publication Doing Deals in Latin America 2013. Practising Law Institute, 2013.

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