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Rafael Jordão Bussière

Partner, Campos Mello Advogados (cooperation firm)*

Deputy Managing Partner, Rio De Janeiro

LatAm Practice Group Co-Leader, Real Estate at DLA Piper

"During 2019 to 2021, Rafael served as Special Adviser to the Secretariat of Governance of the Real Estate Assets of the Union, of Brazil’s Ministry of Economy. He is also the Director of IBRADIM-RJ (the Brazilian Real Estate Law Institute) and member of GRI Club."

With 15 years’ experience, Rafael Bussière specializes in Real Estate. He advises domestic and international companies in real estate matters. He focuses on the development of large-scale real estate developments, hospitality and leisure, built-to-suit, construction, and infrastructure projects.

Rafael has worked in the projects related to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as well as in the revitalization of Rio de Janeiro’s harbor area.

DLA Piper and Campos Mello Advogados (CMA) are separate and independent law firms, which work in cooperation with one another. Partners of DLA Piper are not partners of CMA; and CMA partners are not partners of DLA Piper.

Areas of FocusReal Estate


Major Representative Matters

  • Advised the concessionaire of a Brazilian International Airport in the negotiation of assignment of use of area with approximately 60,000 square meters in the airport to a major American airline, for an aircraft maintenance center in Brazil
  • Advised a Brazilian real estate developer in the acquisition of a seaside greenfield real estate located in the Arpoador area, between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, in Rio de Janeiro, where a high-profile residential building is under development
  • Advised a luxury hotel management company in the development of a project classified as a mixed-use luxury complex under construction, to be structured in fractional ownership, located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, a region of wine producers and canyons
  • Assisted a Brazilian oil and gas Company in the regularization of 434 properties distributed in three oil and gas clusters in the northeast region of Brazil
  • Assisted a Brazilian real estate developer in the development of a multi-use project in the Northeast region of Brazil. We are assisting the client in structuring the project through every phase
  • Assisted an American multinational hospitality company in negotiations to take over an existing property and hotel. The building is located within the premises of a development project located in the city of São Paulo
  • Advised a globally recognized chain of theme bar-restaurants, hotels, and casinos on the restructuring of a multi-use project in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceara, which was developed under a timesharing condominium regime. The project is composed of a hotel and retail spaces, as well as meeting rooms, restaurants, laundry facilities, spa, business centers, sundry shops, employee housing facilities, and residential facilities
  • English
  • Portuguese


    Chambers Brazil: Transactional

    • Up and Coming, Brazil Real Estate (2023) 

    Chambers Latin America

    • Up and Coming, Brazil Real Estate (2018-2019) 

    The Legal 500 Latin America

    • Leading Lawyer, Brazil Real Estate (2023, 2024)
    • Next Generation Partner, Brazil Real Estate (2018, 2022)
    • Recommended, Brazil Environment (2022)

    Who's Who Legal, Brazil

    • Recognized as Global Leader in Real Estate: (2021 - 2023)
    • Recognized as National Leader in Real Estate: (2021 - 2022)

    Best Lawyers, Brazil

    • Recognized as Lawyer of The Year, Rio De Janeiro (2023)
    • Recognized in Real Estate: (2022 and 2023)

    Latin Lawyer 250

    • Brazil, Mentioned in Real Estate (2024)


    • Author, "Beyond the crisis – Real estate opportunities in Brazil," Chambers Latin America and Migalhas International

    Excellence and Relationship

    Campos Mello Advogados was the first full-service Brazilian law firm to consistently use the NPS (Net Promoter Score) method. In the first year using the method, the firm achieved grade 83.

    Memberships And Affiliations

    • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
    • Member at Legislative Affairs Commission, Brazilian Bar Association Rio De Janeiro Chapter (OAB - RJ)
    • Director at IBRADIM (the Brazilian Real Estate Law Institute)
    • Member at Brazilian Real Estate Lawyers Association (Associação Brasileira de Advogados do Mercado Imobiliário)