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Brazilís Barbosa, Mussnich & Aragao Advogados Adds Intellectual Property Expertise With Carminatti Schulz

Friday, October 31, 2008

IP Specialists Strengthen Full Service Commitment

Sao Paolo, Brazil -- Leading Brazilian law firm Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão and the well-known intellectual property boutique Carminatti Schulz jointly announce the integration of their practices to provide comprehensive service to the Brazilian business community as of November 1. The firm will continue as Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão and the IP group will be known as BM&A Propriedade Intelectual.

Consistently ranked by international trade publications as a top tier business law firm, Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão has been in the forefront of major transactions that have helped turn Brazil into one of the hottest markets in the world. The firm has represented international and domestic corporations in mergers and acquisitions, capital development and financial transactions.

The addition of Carminatti Schulz underscores Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão's strong commitment to one of the underlying components of Brazil’s continued economic development – intellectual property. It also reflects both firms' focus on providing a full range of legal services for business enterprises at the highest level.

Carminatti Schulz provides legal services in all aspects of the protection and enforcement of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights, Internet and plant varieties. The firm has extensive experience representing clients in the entertainment, new media, consumer products, e-commerce, software, franchising and life sciences industries.

"It is exciting for us to have the opportunity to strengthen our IP practice," said Bruno Soter, Managing Partner, Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão. "Although we have a strong intellectual property group, the addition of the entire Carminatti Schulz firm, and particularly partners Antonella Carminatti, Claudia Schulz and Ana Christina Almeida Müller, will ensure that our firm has the capacity to meet all of our clients' needs. We are now able to offer the clients a truly integrated array of legal services to resolve their most complex business issues in Brazil."

"This is obviously a great move for us," said Antonella Carminatti, a partner at Carminatti Schulz. "In recent years, an increasing number of clients have identified legal problems that extend beyond intellectual property. Now that we are a part of Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão, we have the benefit of an extraordinary range of expertise and an opportunity to counsel clients with a multidisciplinary approach. Of course, we expect that as part of a full service firm, we can add our deep experience in the nuances of intellectual property law." Carminatti was recently selected as one of the "top ten intellectual property lawyers in Brazil," by Who’s Who Legal and both she and Claudia Schulz are ranked as leading lawyers in Chambers Latin America Guide.

With 200 lawyers and offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Belo Horizonte, Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão serves both international and domestic clients throughout Brazil.

About Carminatti Schulz

Carminatti Schulz is a law office specialized in intellectual property, delivering personal and attentive service with a level of experience in a broad range of industries and depth of knowledge in all aspects of intellectual property. The firm provides strategic counseling on IP aspects of transactions, in addition to filing and registering trademarks, patents, industrial designs, software, copyrights and plant varieties. Its attorneys also protect intellectual property rights in litigation before the administrative authorities and in the courts.

About Barbosa, Mussnich & Aragao

Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão was formed in 1995 by experienced attorneys to address the legal issues and challenges of the developing Brazilian market and the demands of internationalization. The firm's practice encompasses the most diverse aspects of business law and the impact of business transactions in the areas of corporate, tax, financial, environmental, administrative, litigation and labor law. Its range of expertise results in proficient, creative and resourceful services. For further information, please visit

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