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Mariana Villela

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Veirano Advogados

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Anticorruption, Corporate Integrity & Compliance, Antitrust & Competition, Dispute Resolution and Information Technology & Communications




Mariana Villela is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Law and Corporate Integrity & Compliance practice groups at Veirano Advogados.

Ms. Villela’s experience in antitrust and competition law involves general advice on Brazilian competition law, including advice in relation to day-to-day business practices, risk assessment of specific mergers and commercial practices, merger notifications, challenges to merger notifications before competition authorities, representation of clients in procedures involving anticompetitive practices, litigation involving antitrust issues and preparation of compliance programs. She has acted in many antitrust/competition cases, merger cases and cases involving anticompetitive conduct, including international cartel cases and cases involving abuses of a dominant position.

According to Chambers and Partners, Ms. Villela earns praise from clients for having “a brilliant academic background, giving her amazing insight into the legal and economic aspects of competition and antitrust” (Chambers Latin America, 2009). Quotes by clients confirm that “she cuts right to the chase and never wastes time” (Chambers Latin America, 2010), that she is a "tremendous lawyer: very down-to-earth and pragmatic" (Chambers Latin America, 2011) and "proactive and thorough, and great for practical and strategic thinking" (Chambers Latin America, 2012).

Ms. Villela is a frequent speaker on antitrust and competition law and teaches post-graduate courses at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ).

Mariana also assists clients with respect to corporate integrity, anticorruption and compliance issues. Her expertise in this area involves the identification and assessment of risks associated with violation of anti-corruptions laws, investigations in the context of M&A due diligences, internal audits carried out in the regular course of companies’ day-to-day business, management of crisis, training employees in compliance aspects, among others. Mariana has worked together with foreign counsel in cases involving investigations of violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the UK Bribery Act and has advised clients under local laws as to how to proceed when identifying corruption practices.


Portuguese and English


American Bar Association (ABA), International Associate, Antitrust and International Law Sections
Brazilian Institute for Studies in Competition, Consumer and International Trade Law (IBRAC), Officer
International Bar Association (IBA), Antitrust and Anticorruption Committees
World Services Group (WSG)
Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) – Rio de Janeiro


Ph.D, Commercial Law, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2012 - Thesis: Abuse of Dominance and Distribution Relations (Abuso de Posição Dominante: Condutas de Exclusão em Relações de Distribuição)
LL.M Commercial Law, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2008 - Dissertation: Exclusive Dealing and Competition Law (Exclusividade e Direito da Concorrência)
LL.M, Banking and Finance Law, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, UK, 1999
LL.B, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 1995


Competition and antitrust

Within: Competition and antitrust

The ‘very professional’ competition department at Veirano Advogados provides ‘excellent service’ and ‘adds value to the client’s business’. 2017 was another busy year for the team, which is equipped to handle the gamut of antitrust issues. It successfully represented Claro in the investigation into leading telecoms companies in Brazil and alleged abuse of dominant position with regard to zero-rating policies. On the merger review side, highlights included advising Hertz on the acquisition of its Brazilian business by Localiza Rent a Car and Localiza Fleet; the transaction was cleared without restrictions in 2017. Leonardo Maniglia Duarte, who has been a partner since 2016, attracts strong praise. Mariana Villela is another key contact.

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