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19 April 2013

Brazilian firm Campos Mello Advogados has brought in two partners to boost its environment and tax practices, hiring from a US firm and the in-house team of a cosmetics company.

Terence Trennepohl, 36, joined from US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he focused his practice on infrastructure, environmental and agribusiness law. Alex Jorge, 39, made the move from cosmetics company Avon Products, where he was in-house counsel. Both hires came into effect in February but were announced earlier this month.

Harvard-educated Trennepohl joined Pillsbury Winthrop in 2010, having previously worked at now-defunct US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he advised clients on environmental issues relating to investments in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America. In his new role, he will lead Campos Mello’s environment practice and says the firm’s “rapid growth in Brazil”, as well as the opportunity to develop the firm’s environment practice, were the main motivations for his move.

Pillsbury Winthrop partner Peter Baumgaertner says Trennepohl’s departure will not impact the firm’s environment practice, which “continues to be robust” worldwide. He notes that Pillsbury will work with Trennepohl and his new firms for clients’ matters that require US and Brazilian advice.

Campos Mello partner Fabio Perrone Campos Mello says Trennepohl's "international training [and] deep understanding of the law and the market" will add strength to an area that is "key to the growth of our firm."

Jorge joins Campos Mellos after two decades working as in-house counsel, the last nine years of which were spent as executive director and tax counsel for Avon in the US.

He says he decided to take up the role at Campos Mello due to the firm’s “stellar team of associates and partners” and the “select group of both international and Brazilian clients” on the firm’s books.

In his new role, Jorge will focus on international taxation, business reorganisations, cross border transactions and transfer pricing. “As Brazil grows and develops my focus will be to help both international and local clients navigate around the uncertainties of the Brazilian tax system,” he explains, adding that he will also draw on his previous experience at Avon to also give tax advice to clients in the direct selling industry.

"Our tax department is extremelly strong and the excess work would justify, per se, the hiring of Alex," says Campos Mello partner Campos Mello. "In addition to that,Alex is a professional with a long standing relationship with the firm. So when he decided to move back to Brazil the decision was a no brainer."

Source: Latin Lawyer