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Moacir Zilbovicius

Moacir Zilbovicius

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Moacir’s practice focuses on M&A transactions and general corporate matters, with particular emphasis on publicly-held companies. He represents domestic and foreign business conglomerates from different economic sectors.


Moacir previously served as the head of the legal department of the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), and worked as a foreign associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton’s New York office. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Fundação Antonio e Helena Zerrener (co-controlling shareholders of Ambev).


Bachelor of Laws – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP).


Chambers Brazil – Corporate/M&A: The Elite (2008 – 2023);

Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (2000 – 2024);

Latin Lawyer 250 – Corporate and M&A (2020 – 2021, 2024); Corporate Governance (2020 and 2021); • The Legal 500 – Corporate/M&A: Hall of Fame (2023 – 2024); Leading Individual (2012 – 2019 and 2022);

Euromoney Expert Guides – Best of the Best Latin America, M&A; Private Equity; Corporate Governance (2016 and 2019; 2022);

IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer: Corporate/M&A (2014, 2015 and 2017); Highly regarded: M&A (2018 – 2023);

Who’s Who Legal Brazil – M&A, Corporate Governance (2014 – 2023);

Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders Brazil – M&A, Corporate Governance (2019 – 2023); Global Elite – Corporate Governance (2023);

Who’s Who Legal Global – M&A (2020 – 2023), Corporate Governance (2020 – 2023).

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Brazil has a civil law system. Accordingly, and unlike the common law systems where court decisions are a principal source of law, the Brazilian legal system is based upon codified law and not upon judicial precedents. This means that, with the exception of certain appellate decisions that have general applicability, judicial decisions in Brazil are not binding precedents that must be followed by subsequent courts.

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Latin Lawyer

BMA, Pinheiro Neto and Mattos Filho in shopping centre mega merger

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has helped Brazil’s Aliansce Shopping Centres merge with counterpart Sonae Sierra, which relied on Pinheiro Neto Advogados, in a 7 billion reais (US$1.8 billion) deal that creates Brazil’s largest shopping centre manager.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados advised one of Aliansce’s shareholders, the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. Click here and learn more.

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Latin Lawyer

America Móvil continues buying spree with Nextel in Brazil

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and Brazilian firm BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão have helped Mexican telecoms company América Móvil acquire its Brazilian counterpart Nextel for US$905 million.
Nextel was owned by the US’ NII Holdings, which hired Jones Day in New York, Cleveland and São Paulo and Brazil’s Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados for the saleClick here and learn more.

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