Marcelo Terra

He is a founding partner of Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra – Sociedade de Advogados; part of the legal counsel for the Association of Business Purchases, Sales, and Rental and Commercial Property Management; and a former counsellor and director of the São Paulo Lawyers’ Institute (1991–1993).

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Bachelor of Laws from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 1978.


Marcelo is the founder of the graduate course in real estate business, and the specialisation in corporate real estate law, at Secovi SP. He is also professor at the University Extension Centre. He is the inaugural counsellor at Secovi SP, a career path that illustrates the outstanding services he has provided to the real estate industry. He is an honorary member of the Brazilian Institute of Real Estate Law (Ibradim). He has won the FIABCI–Brazil Master of Real Estate award, in the legal consulting category, for his work on land bartering for construction of a unit. The same association appointed him as board director for the 2019 to 2021 term. Marcelo was unanimously elected as personality of the year by ADIT Brasil, receiving the Legacy ADIT Award: a life worth living.


Recognized in Real Estate practice by the international guides Chambers Brazil, in the "Star Individuals" category (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022), by The Legal 500 (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024), by Who's Who Legal Brazil (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023), by Leaders League Brazil, in the Leading Lawyer category, (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024) and by Best Lawyers (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022).

According to the latest edition of the Chambers Brazil 2021 guide, Marcelo Terra (Star individual) continues to be unanimously recommended "as the highest reference in the market." Clients describe him as "the pope of real estate." Peers comment, "He is an absolutely fantastic partner and the inspiration for all professionals working in the real estate market."

Nominated, for several consecutive years, as the most admired lawyer by the guide Análise Advocacia recommended in the Real Estate and Environmental practices, with recognized performance in the Agriculture and Livestock, Food, Beverage and Tobacco, Banking, Construction and Engineering, Financial, Hospitality and Tourism, Real Estate, Consumer Products, Chemicals and Petrochemicals and Health sectors (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023).



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