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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

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 also co-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 IFLR1000 (Notable Practitioner).


  • English
  • French 
  • German
  • Spanish


  • LL.M. 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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