Fabricio A.

Cardim de Almeida

Professional Experience

Fabricio has 20 years of experience in advising and representing Brazilian and foreign companies in a wide range of antitrust and competition law, as well as compliance, data privacy and regulatory matters, such as: collaborative, horizontal and vertical arrangements, compliance programs, high-profile international and local cartel and anticorruption investigations, unilateral conduct cases and numerous merger control filings (domestic and cross-border M&A deals) with the Brazilian antitrust authorities in different economic sectors and industries. He regularly represents clients in disputes before Courts and administrative agencies in Brazil.

Prior to founding Mello Torres, where he heads the antitrust, compliance and data privacy departments, Fabricio was a consultant for international antitrust at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington , DC , USA.

Fabricio A. Cardim De Almeida

Practice Areas

Competition and Antitrust
Compliance and Anticorruption
Data Protection and Privacy


University of São Paulo Law School (USP, LL.B. and LL.M. in public law). Columbia Law School, New York, USA (LL.M.).


Fabricio is recognized as a leading practitioner in Brazil by international and local rankings (Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Leaders League, Global Competition Review, Latin Lawyer, and Analise). In 2020, Fabricio was named among the “40 under 40” by the Global Competition Review (GCR), a quadrennial survey which includes the world’s top antitrust lawyers and economists.


Brazilian Bar Association, São Paulo Chapter (OAB/SP), American Bar Association (ABA), Brazilian Institute of Studies on Competition, Consumer Affairs and International Trade (IBRAC) and Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC).


Fabricio has articles published in law reviews and is a co-author of the following publications: Judicial Review of CADE’s Decisions (São Paulo: Forum, 2011), Comments to the New Competition Law (São Paulo: Metodo, 2012), Overview of Competition Law in Brazil (São Paulo: Singular, 2015), Overview of Competition Law in Latin America (São Paulo: IBRAC, 2016), Guidelines for Competitive Practices (São Paulo: FIESP, 2018), Merger Control in Brazil: Frequently Asked Questions (São Paulo: IBRAC, 2018), Conducts Enforcement in Brazil: Frequently Asked Questions (São Paulo: IBRAC, 2019), and Transparency, Corporate Governance and Compliance (Rio de Janeiro: FGV, 2019), Neobrandeisianism and capitalism in the digital era (São Paulo: O Estado de S. Paulo, 2022), Ten years of the “new” Competition Act (São Paulo: O Estado de S. Paulo, 2022).