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Marcio Mello Silva Baptista

Marcio Mello Silva Baptista

Practice Groups

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


Office: New York
Phone: (1 212) 698-1148


Professional experience

The head of TozziniFreire’s New York 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 U.S., Asian, European and Latin American clients. 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 by international legal guides such as Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250 and IFLR 1000 (Notable Practitioner).


  • English
  • French 
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Additional activities:

  • Vice-chair 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 Association. 
  • Member of NYSBA (New York State Bar Association).
  • Member of IBA (International Bar Association).


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

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