Bichara e Motta Advises on Record-Breaking Football Transfers

Bichara e Motta Advogados has been enjoying unprecedented success in the Brazilian football market.

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Bichara e Motta Advogados, the first Latin American firm to create a team exclusively focused on Sports and Entertainment Law, has recently enjoyed unprecedented success in the Brazilian football market.


In mid-July, the firm advised Gerson Santos on his transfer from Italy’s A.S. Roma to C.R. Flamengo, a transaction which involved R$49.7 million or €11.8 million. In nominal value, Gerson is the most expensive Brazilian player ever hired by a football club in the country.


Coincidentally, approximately a year ago, Bichara e Motta and Flamengo had already made history together with the then-largest repatriation transaction ever concluded by a domestic club. Victor Vinicius Coelho, widely known as ‘Vitinho’, left PFC CSKA Moscovo and joined the Brazilian club for R$44 million or €10 million.


The abovementioned transfers are only behind, in nominal value, of Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta’s move from Cruzeiro Esporte Clube to C.R. Flamengo for R$63.7 million in 2019 and Argentinian Carlos Tévez’s transfer from Boca Juniors to Sport Club Corinthians Paulista for R$60.5 million in 2004.


Not only has the Brazilian firm been involved in record-breaking transfers over the last 12 months, but also in equally prestigious moves, such as Gabriel Barbosa’s, also known as ‘Gabigol’, Pablo Marí’s and Filipe Luís’ transfers to C.R. Flamengo, as well as Paulo HenriqueGansode Lima’s move to Fluminense Football Club.


Besides participating in these recent deals, Marcos Motta, founding partner at Bichara e Motta, is perhaps best known for his strategic role advising on the Neymar Jr. transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). More recently, Mr. Motta, alongside his founding partner Bichara Neto, also advised on the Paolo Guerrero case involving the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and its doping ban brought against him.


Bichara e Motta Advogados has recently launched a temporary office in Barcelona, Spain, which will operate during the months of July and August. The office relies on the presence of Stefano Malvestio, acting as an international consultant and domestic legal counsel, and will focus on the summer transfer window of the international football market.


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