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Rafael Bussière is Campos Mello Advogados’s new Real Estate partner

6 / 10 / 2020

After holding public office at the Ministry of the Economy, he is starting a new cycle with the firm he previously served for nearly 10 years

Rio de Janeiro, October 6th, 2020 – Today, 10/06, Rafael Bussière is starting a new cycle as real estate partner with Campos Mello Advogados (CMA), after the end of his service at the Special Advisory Board of the Secretariat of Coordination and Governance of the Patrimony of the Union of Brazil’s Ministry of the Economy. During his term of office in the Executive Branch, Bussière contributed to modernizing the legal framework governing the process for selling federal real property and lands, which resulted in the passing of Law No. 14.011/20. A portion of this federal estate is vacant, unused, or abandoned, which causes lost revenues for the Brazilian State.

“Being able to contribute to updating the legislation on the disposition of federal real property and lands was an extremely positive experience. Parts of this estate are subject to encroachment or pose a risk to people’s lives, and even cause degradation of the surrounding environment. The process generates considerable losses to the government, in addition to necessitating considerable maintenance expenses. Now, these properties can go through a much more streamlined bidding process. The new legislation will be a legacy for the rationalization of the Brazilian State,” Bussière explains.

To Bussière, his prior ten years’ experience in real estate law at CMA increased his ability to suggest rules that could bring the norms for disposing of federal estate closer to the more modern practices used in Brazil’s private market.

During his first professional cycle as real estate partner at Campos Mello Advogados, Rafael Bussière advised on projects related to the 2016 Rio Olympics and the revitalization of Rio de Janeiro’s port area, known as Porto Maravilha – Marvelous Port. He also worked with domestic and international companies interested in developing large scale real estate projects, including hospitality and leisure, built-to-suit, construction and infrastructure. Bussière is a member of the OAB/RJ (Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Chapter) Real Estate Law Committee; IBRADIM (the Brazilian Real Estate Law Institute); and ABAMI (the Brazilian Association of Real Estate Market Lawyers).

“Campos Mello is the firm where I grew professionally and acquired the entire base of knowledge on real estate law that I have and was able to apply at the Ministry of the Economy. Returning to CMA is like returning home, but now bringing along all this federal administration knowledge and experience to our private market reality. This will certainly contribute to the success of our clients’ projects,” adds Rafael.

“Campos Mello is the leading firm in real estate law and a reference in the field. We are sure that Rafael’s vast experience, gathered over years as partner at CMA, has certainly helped place his knowledge of the private market at the service of proposals which have resulted in simplifying the new rules for the sale of federal immovables. Just as certainly, it will now contribute to his strong ability to advise our clients. We are very happy that he is joining us,” emphasizes CMA’s managing partner Fabio Campos Mello.