Firms To Watch: Compliance

Chinaglia Oliveira Advogados combines its expertise in compliance, competition and white-collar criminal law to advise clients on internal investigations and bid-rigging investigations, among other matters; Clarissa Oliveira is a key contact.
Vanessa Lima Nascimento, Larissa Lage Cruz AnghinettiFilipe Ribeiro Duarte and Clarissa Araujo Grecellé are names to note at Martinelli Advogados, which stands out for the breadth of its compliance practice as well as its geographic reach and presence across Brazil.
Stocche Forbes Advogados illustrated its investment in the firm’s compliance practice with the promotion of Camila Pepe to partner in January 2022; she has significant experience advising Brazilian and international companies on internal investigations, the compliance aspects of M&A, and compliance and anti-money laundering programmes.

Compliance in Brazil

Mattos Filho

Household name local and international companies turn to Mattos Filho‘s compliance and corporate ethics department for assistance in settlement negotiations, investigations and crisis management. Recently, the team has been particularly active in private corruption and fraud investigations, as well as internal investigations into workplace issues and harassment, often working alongside colleagues in the labour, white-collar criminal law and antitrust departments. The department also assists in M&A and debt and equity capital market transactions, which the firm is regularly involved in; its advice in this space includes compliance due diligence and risk management. Key practitioners in the team include anti-corruption and corporate integrity expert Renato Tastardi Portella; Thiago Jabor Pinheiro, whose broad practice takes in investigations and enforcement actions in connection with corruption, bid rigging and other forms of corporate misconduct; crisis management specialist Kevin Michael Altit, who draws on over 30 years of experience; and technology, public law and compliance partner Thiago Luís Sombra. Marcel Ribas, dual qualified in both Brazil and New York, was promoted to partner in April 2021; he has experience in cross-border investigations and FCPA enforcement. Luiza Mussoi Cattley, Laura Carneiro de Mello Senra and Romero Cabral da Costa Neto are names to note at the senior associate level.

Testimonials

‘Interaction with the team is great. They know how to listen to the client’s needs, in order to find the best solution.’

‘The team is endowed with deep practical technical knowledge. Great methodology of work and client service.’

‘Good availability and eager to meet client expectations.’

‘I would highlight Marcel Ribas and Maria Luísa Lima Menezes.’

‘Ability to understand the client’s business and assertiveness in analysis.’

‘The team is very prepared and willing to help with all the demands we have.’

‘I’d highlight Renato Tastardi Portella, Flavia Leardini and Rogério Taffarello.’

Key clients

Hypera Pharma

Braskem

J. Malucelli

Indra

Pearson

Facebook

FCA Group

Crédit Agricole

LVMH Fashion Group

Mitsui

Advent International

Goldman Sachs

Brookfield

Allied Tecnologia

Anglo American

Prudential

Agilent

Pfizer

Twitter

Accenture

Work highlights

  • Advises J. Malucelli Group on a leniency agreement executed in August 2020, negotiated and closed with both the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) and the Prosecution Service of Paraná State (MP-PR).
  • Advised on a risk assessment of Twitter’s new features vis-à-vis Brazilian law and best practices.
  • Assisted Allied in an internal investigation of its relationship with two service providers engaged between 2011 and 2015.

TozziniFreire Advogados

A pioneer in the field of compliance, TozziniFreire Advogados stands out for its longevity in the market, and is noted for its ‘unique knowledge of the Brazilian compliance ecosystem‘. The firm has been particularly focused on crisis management, where it deploys multidisciplinary teams to assist clients in the context of environmental disasters, cyberattacks and other investigations. It also stands out for its active practice in internal investigations, in which it is frequently sought by well-known companies in a range of industries in sensitive matters. Co-founder of the Latin American Compliance & Investigation League (LACIL) and board member of The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Shin Jae Kim leads the team, which includes internal investigations expert and ‘excellent professionalKarla Lini Maeji; Giovanni Paolo Falcetta, who has taken a lead role on numerous fraud and corruption internal investigations recently; and Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida, whose track record includes insider trading and corruption cases. The already sizeable team grew further in June 2021 with the hire of Marcelo Zenkner, a former prosecutor in the state of Espírito Santo. Associate Brunna Ortega de Almeida also receives praise; senior associate Fábio Heilberg is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Shin Jae Kim

Testimonials

‘Recognised in the market for the professional way in which it acts!’

‘Karla Lini Maeji: technical and communicative professional with a solid background in compliance and who stands out for her pragmatism and leadership. Karla is an excellent professional!’

‘Giovanni Paolo Falcetta: he is very communicative, practical and has a business vision that collaborates in a unique way in his work.’

‘Tozzini’s team has a multidisciplinary profile and unique knowledge of the Brazilian compliance ecosystem, providing straightforward advice that is inestimable for in-house lawyers.’

‘Karla Lini Maeji and Brunna Ortega de Almeida are really business partners, providing outstanding support, with innovative thinking while always providing guidance on a legally compliant manner.’

Azevedo Sette Advogados

FCPA and anti-corruption expert Isabel Franco brought her compliance practice to Azevedo Sette Advogados in 2019 and continues to act for clients in sensitive investigations, as well as integrity due diligence, risk assessments and compliance training. In these matters, Franco often works alongside Glaucia Ferreira, who also joined the firm in 2019 and specialises in internal investigations and due diligence, and also assists clients on the adoption of codes of conduct and internal anti-corruption procedures. Another key practitioner in the department is Luiz Eduardo Salles, who balances a varied practice covering compliance, economic law and international trade, areas in which senior associate Ingrid Bandeira Santos – who is also admitted to the New York Bar – likewise specialises. Giuliana Sampaio Alves Mascari Bonilha and Flora Ricca de Weber are active associates in the compliance and investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Franco

Testimonials

‘What makes this firm unique is the partner Isabel Franco and how she leads her team of specialists. They are always developing tools with clients and coming up with new solutions for our needs.’

‘Isabel Franco is an incredible professional – a lot of experience and technical knowledge in one person – she always helps us find out-of-the-box solutions that protect us and make us more robust to face our market.’

‘They seek to understand the entire context of the company’s business and performance, in order to provide consultancy aimed at solving problems in a practical and agile way.’

‘Luiz Eduardo Salles: Proficient in several topics related to Compliance.’

‘Lorena Pretti Serraglio: Well versed in LGPD-related matters. She is also highly capable of identifying and assessing risks related to this topic. ‘

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados provides an ‘exceptional service‘ in the field of compliance, where it has successfully carved out a strong reputation. Under the leadership of Eloy Rizzo, ‘a person who knows how to deal with complex situations‘ and who is highlighted for his ‘rich experience‘, the team is a popular choice for clients across the healthcare, natural resources, power and technology sectors, among others. The firm’s strength in large-scale M&A means it is often called upon to assist in integrity due diligence processes, but the team particularly stands out for its active internal investigations practice, where it acts for clients in sensitive matters involving allegations of misconduct. Also of note is Rizzo’s work in independent monitorships in Brazil. Senior associate André Luis Leme regularly takes a key coordinating role on compliance due diligence and investigations and also comes with client recommendation. Associate Victoria Arcos is another key contact; she has experience in internal investigations into fraud and corruption, including cases with cross-border aspects.

Practice head(s):

Eloy Rizzo Neto; Bruno de Luca Drago

Testimonials

‘The firm is extremely distinguished by its technical quality and performance characteristics!’

‘Demarest is a firm that is always available to assist us, with a technical and service quality that greatly facilitates the work. It has partners around the world that make it possible to carry out activities beyond the Brazilian territory.’

‘Eloy Rizzo is the partner responsible for compliance investigations at Demarest. He is a very friendly professional, extremely technical and a person who knows how to deal with complex situations!’

‘Very service-oriented. Healthily pragmatic.’

‘I’d highlight Eloy Rizzo and André Luis Leme.’

‘Eloy Rizzo is a workhorse, but that is only part of his appeal. Despite his relative youth, he has rich experience and knows how to apply it. He is also congenial and fun to work with.’

‘Exceptional service. Great infrastructure. Related areas of quality.’

‘Eloy Rizzo: Deep knowledge about the area of expertise. André Luis Leme: Practical and objective view. Always business oriented.’

Key clients

AES Tietê Energia

Allonda Ambiental

Amcor Flexibles do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Embalagens

Braskem

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

Cia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia – FERBASA

CNP Seguros Holding Brasil

Consórcio Empreendedor Shopping Pátio Higienópolis

DaVita Brasil Participações e Serviços de Gestão

Etesco Construções e Comércio

Froneri Brasil Distribuidora de Sorvetes e Congelados

Fujifilm do Brasil

EcoRodovias Concessões e Serviços

Laureate Education

OPY Healthcare Gestão de Ativos e Investimentos

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Orthofix US

Santos Brasil Participações

Work highlights

  • Assisted DaVita in the legal aspects, from the compliance/anti-corruption standpoint, of 16 M&A due diligence projects carried out on target clinics in Brazil.
  • Retained by EcoRodovias to assist with the selection of the Brazilian monitor and to assist EcoRodovias to meet the monitor’s requests during the expected 32 months of the first 100% Brazilian monitorship.
  • Retained by CNP Seguros, a joint venture between Caixa Seguridade and the subsidiary of French Insurance company CNP, to conduct an independent internal investigation on Caixa Seguradora.

Maeda, Ayres e Sarubbi Advogados

Highly regarded boutique Maeda, Ayres e Sarubbi Advogados is a specialist in compliance, investigations and government enforcement. The firm can regularly be found coordinating internal investigations on behalf of its clients, which include multinationals and Brazilian companies operating in the construction, infrastructure, automotive and technology sectors, to name a few. The team also has experience in the negotiation of leniency agreements with the Federal Prosecution Office (MPF), the Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU) and the Federal Attorney General’s Office (AGU). Anti-corruption expert Erica Sarubbi has a notable track record advising domestic and international clients on investigations and the negotiation of settlement terms. She leads the practice alongside former co-chairs of IBRADEMP’s Anti-Corruption and Compliance Committee Bruno Maeda and Carlos Ayres, the latter of whom also draws on his previous experience working in the SEC enforcement division in Washington DC. Fernanda Bidlovsky and Beatrice Yokota are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Maeda; Carlos Ayres; Erica Sarubbi

Key clients

Ambev

Oracle

Embraer

Samsung Heavy Industries

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vale in conducting an internal investigation related to the collapse of the Brumadinho dam.
  • Participated of the Odebrecht Brazilian monitorship team appointed by the Federal Prosecutors Office as a result of the agreements entered with US and Brazilian authorities.
  • Advised and represented Samsung Heavy Industries during the negotiations of its leniency agreement with Brazilian authorities.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ expertise in leniency agreements sets it apart. Its compliance and corporate crimes team also draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of a range of professionals to assist clients in a diverse mix of matters. This includes improbity proceedings; implementation of compliance, anti-money laundering and other internal policies; independent investigations; and advice in the context of M&A transactions. At the partner level, Jose Alexandre Buaiz Neto brings knowledge of antitrust, anti-corruption and litigation; Ricardo Pagliari Levy adds a range of expertise in public law and corporate compliance; Vicente Coelho Araujo handles complex litigation from the Brasília office; Daniel Costa Rebello acts in complex investigations, particularly in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors; and Mário Panseri Ferreira handles the criminal aspects of clients’ cases. Lourival Lofrano Júnior, who specialises in compliance and corporate criminal law, was promoted to counsel in January 2022. Since publication, Natalia Genina Lugero De Almeida has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Key clients

Philips

SBM Offshore

Siemens

Roche

Ecorodovias/Gavio

Localiza

Pátria

Tim

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Natura

Work highlights

  • Assisting TÜV SÜD in its internal investigation into the certification of tailing dams in connection with the Brumadinho dam break.

Saud Advogados

Boutique firm Saud Advogados has a well-established practice in the field of compliance, and as such continues to attract instructions from new clients, as well as maintaining longstanding client relationships. Recent mandates have seen the team advising clients on anti-money laundering policies, compliance reviews and internal fraud investigations. It is also equipped to assist in cross-border investigations, where its association with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is another draw. In addition, the firm has expanded to provide advice on data privacy matters, where Ana Carolina Chaves is the name to note. Admitted in both Brazil and New York, name partner Salim Jorge Saud Neto has a strong reputation in the market; prior to establishing the firm, he gained experience working at large law firms in Rio de Janeiro, Houston and New York. Patricia Zebulum, who draws on over 20 years of experience in both private practice and at the Public Prosecutor’s Office, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Salim Saud

Testimonials

‘The service is of the highest quality.’

‘Salim Jorge Saud Neto stood out for his knowledge of the client’s business and for his proactivity in dealing with demands.’

‘The firm provides first class and exceptional advice and services. The firm is nimble in its advice and has in-depth knowledge of Brazilian regulations, courts and government agencies. The firm has vast experience in advising clients in anti-corruption related matters but also has a diverse practice that can assist companies with any demand.’

‘Salim Jorge Saud Neto is an exceptional lawyer, well respected by his clients, opposing counsel, courts and government agencies.’

Key clients

TechnipFMC

Stago Brasil

Kering Group

Gucci

Saint Laurent

Coty

Baker Hughes

Rio Energy

Souza Cruz, a BAT Company

Ericsson

Sistac

Bottega Veneta

Red Hat

Total

BP

Work highlights

  • Assisted TechnipFMC in the first global settlement involving Brazilian and US authorities and subsequent reporting obligations.
  • Assists Gucci and other brands in the Kering Group on the tropicalisation and implementation of an anti-money laundering policy in light of Brazilian regulations.
  • Advised an oil and gas company on an administrative proceeding concerning alleged fraud.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Extremely experienced and capable‘, the compliance department at Tauil & Chequer Advogadosdemonstrates extensive technical expertise‘. With an international office network, the firm is well placed to handle cross-border matters for its blue-chip clients. It has recently been busy coordinating internal investigations for companies in the technology, sanitation and energy sectors, among others, and is also regularly sought by clients for anti-money laundering training. Luis Inácio Lucena Adams, who brings his former experience as Attorney General to the practice, jointly leads the department alongside Michel Sancovski, a director of IBRADEMP, who has vast experience in investigations and interactions with Brazilian and US authorities. Tax and customs compliance are areas of specialism for Maria Eugenia Kanazawa; Liliana Mascarenhas Coutinho, who is also admitted in New York, has knowledge of cross-border compliance and anti-corruption matters; and Luiz Santiago is well versed in criminal enforcement actions. Marcelo Ramos Leite is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Luís Inácio Lucena Adams; Michel Sancovski

Testimonials

‘The Tauil & Chequer team associated with Mayer Brown demonstrates extensive technical expertise in the issues involved. I also highlight the ability to manage expectations demonstrated by the lead partner of the work, Michel Sancovski, who always communicates and aligns expectations in a very clear way, both within the work team and with the client. Out of all the firms I’ve worked with, TCMB is definitely my favourite, working with them is always very easy, the rules of the game are very clear and the communication very efficient.’

‘Michel Sancovski, Maria Eugenia Kanazawa and Marcelo Ramos Leite stand out.’

‘In my opinion, it is one of the best compliance teams in Brazil, in particular because of the leadership of Michel Sankovski. The team is extremely experienced and capable. It managed to achieve unique results, signing complex agreements with authorities that would hardly have happened if it were not for the mastery of the team led by Michel Sankovski.’

‘Michel Sancovski is one of the best compliance lawyers in the country. Extensive experience in the most complex transnational anti-corruption cases. He is an elite anti-corruption law professional with unique knowledge and experience.’

‘This is a well-known international law firm with strong activity in Brazil. Their main asset is Michel Sancovsky who has unique experience in complex cases in Brazil both regarding local and international contingencies and enforcement authorities.’

‘Michel Sancovski has the knowledge and calmness of a seasoned attorney while still being comparatively young. This allows him to understand and manage the most sophisticated cases.’

Key clients

Karoon Petróleo e Gás

Vantage Drilling International

Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL

Wells Fargo Bank

Primav Construções e Comércio

Banco BTG Pactual

Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná – SANEPAR

Work highlights

  • Conducted a large independent internal investigation into allegations involving members of management, employees and former employees of Sanepar.
  • Conducted anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism training for Banco BTG Pactual as part of the bank’s annual AML/CFT training requirements both on the Brazilian and the US perspectives.

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Combining the firm’s expertise in compliance, public law, finance and capital markets, infrastructure and regulation, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão assists clients in anti-corruption and compliance risk assessments, integrity due diligence and background checks. Internal investigations, including into allegations of harassment, are also prominent in the firm’s recent workload. Anna Carolina Malta Spilborghs brings her finance expertise to assist financial institutions, investment funds and fund managers on corporate investigations and risk management; José Guilherme Berman‘s broad public law knowledge makes him a key contact for administrative misconduct, anti-corruption and compliance matters; and André Macedo De Oliveira has extensive experience in litigation before the superior courts, government relations and compliance. João Rodrigues da Costa Bonvicino is also noted.

Practice head(s):

José Guilherme Berman; Anna Carolina Malta Spilborghs; André Macedo de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘BMA treats compliance with excellence, in an interdisciplinary perspective, which is necessary for the effectiveness of the problems addressed.’

‘João Rodrigues da Costa Bonvicino is a professional with experience in other working bodies, helping to provide a comprehensive and complementary view of the subject.’

‘The firm has competent professionals and proves to be a strategic partner, seeking to work together with its clients and partners.’

‘I’d highlight Anna Carolina Malta Spilborghs and João Rodrigues da Costa Bonvicino.’

Key clients

Globo Comunicação e Participações

Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços (Hotmart)

DOF Subsea Brasil Serviços

Work highlights

  • Conducted a compliance, ethics and anti-corruption risk assessment for Globo Comunicação e Participações.
  • Assisted Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços on the review of its compliance programme, restructuring of its procedures, and revision of its code of conduct and related internal policies.
  • Assists DOF Subsea Brasil Serviços in various compliance matters, including integrity due diligence and background checks.

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper maintains a busy and successful compliance practice and is noted for its ‘clear and transparent communication‘. The department is well versed across the full range of compliance matters, with its recent workload including anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) and integrity due diligence, the implementation (and adaptation) of compliance programmes, training and internal investigations. In a significant development, criminal law, compliance and cybersecurity partner Antonio Tovo and associate Mellina Bulgarini Gerhardt joined the firm in August 2021 from Souto Correa Advogados, further expanding the practice and allowing it to handle white-collar criminal law matters and enforcement. The firm’s association with DLA Piper is also of benefit, particularly in multi-jurisdictional matters, and also gives the team access to a range of AI and IT tools. Highly regarded compliance expert Ricardo Caiado Lima  is able to ‘address sensitive issues and evaluate the paths for his clients‘. Senior associate Ana Júlia Andrade Vaz De Lima and associates André Lacerda Sampaio Ferraz and Poliana Szernek are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Caiado Lima; Antonio Tovo

Testimonials

‘Qualified team, which is readily available to help, with a certain ease of communication and transparency.’

‘I’d highlight Ricardo Caiado Lima, Ana Júlia Andrade Vaz de Lima and André Sampaio Lacerda Sampaio Ferraz.’

‘Campos Mello has a qualified team and clear and transparent communication. They are extremely ethical and specialised in the subject.’

‘Ricardo Caiado Lima stands out for his technical capacity and balance necessary to address sensitive issues and evaluate the paths for his clients with consideration.’

‘The compliance department worked on sensitive work, employing a highly qualified multidisciplinary team and providing a quick response with quality.’

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Sociedade De Advogados

Clients appreciate Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados‘understanding of the business reality‘. The firm’s investigation practice brings together specialists in compliance, criminal law, competition, labour and data protection to coordinate investigations into fraud, corruption and harassment, among other forms of misconduct. ABC due diligence is another strength for the compliance department, an area of work which remains busy thanks in part to the firm’s recognised M&A practice, and the team has also been active advising clients on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Luciano Inácio De Souza specialises in anti-corruption, money laundering and compliance. White-collar criminal law expert Yuri Sahione and associate Ana Flávia Pereira are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inácio de Souza; Yuri Sahione

Testimonials

‘Working close to the client, with questions relevant to the topic, search for information based on the company’s needs, understanding of the business reality. All this combined with knowledge of the area, with the presentation of opinions focused on the business. They know the company’s needs, even on tight deadlines.’

‘Our contact is almost entirely with Yuri, one of the best professionals in the area of Compliance that I know. Very smart, interactive, up to date!’

‘Ana Flávia Pereira is a great professional, with a lot of knowledge and dedication.’

Key clients

CIITECH

Attend Ambiental

Natugry Energy Group

ABRALATAS

Group SBF (Centauro)

Engie

Braskem

Alibaba Group (Alipay)

Grupo CCR

Provincia Marista Brasil Centro Norte

Instituto Brasileiro de Petroleo e Gas – IBP

Samarco

Wiz Soluções

Fundacion Santillana

Avalara INC

Cortel

Houer Consultoria

Midea Carrier

Oliveira Trust

MODEC

Traders Club

Tubal Siqueira

Work highlights

  • Conducted an independent internal investigation within Wiz Soluções following up a Car Wash Operation raid in November 2020.

Lefosse Advogados

Adopting an integrated approach, Lefosse Advogados is able to assist clients in a range of matters involving anti-corruption, compliance, white-collar criminal law, antitrust and regulation. In addition, the firm’s well-established reputation in M&A makes it well placed to advise on the compliance aspects of large corporate transactions, and it has recently been busy assisting clients in internal fraud and embezzlement investigations. The team is also equipped to advise clients on crisis management, including following data breaches. Highly regarded partners José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel lead the practice; Berardo’s broad expertise covers competition, compliance and investigations, and Daniel is a specialist in administrative and judicial proceedings, internal investigations and compliance counselling. Astrid Lima Rocha is a key senior associate in the team. The arrival of Adriana Dantas and three other lawyers, including Marina Nicolosi, from Adriana Dantas Advogados in August 2022, strengthened the team's compliance, anti-corruption and international trade capabilities.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Berardo; Juliana Daniel

Testimonials

‘High quality of teams and excellent dialogue.’

‘I’d highlight José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel.’

‘In addition to always having a highly specialised team with proven experience in the sector in which my company operates, we always had the active and effective participation of the partner who served us.’

‘Gonçalo Godinho and Juliana Daniel: always active and present at every step of the matters.’

Key clients

Experian Brazil – Serasa

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento (BNDES)

Mann+Hummel Brasil

China Three Gorges Brasil Energia

Brookfield Incorporadora

Croplife Brasil

Credit Suisse

EDF Norte Fluminense

Angra Partners Gestora de Recursos

Emccamp Residencial

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Elfa Medicamentos

Work highlights

  • Advised BNDES, as a part of a consortium formed by Banco Genial, BDO and Thymos, on compliance aspects of the privatisation of state-controlled energy company Eletrobrás.
  • Assisted Emccamp in structuring its compliance policies and procedures.
  • Assisted Mercado Bitcoin in the structuring of its compliance programme.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The combined compliance and white-collar crime practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is highlighted for its ‘experience, credibility, engagement and organisation‘. Its vast experience in corporate investigations sees it representing clients in sensitive investigations into allegations of fraud, unfair competition, cartels and environmental law breaches, among other matters. The full-service firm has a loyal client base, including in the banking and financial services sector, and the compliance practice’s strength sees it continuing to attract instructions from new clients across the technology, real estate, chemicals and mining industries. Juliana Sá de Miranda brought her white-collar and compliance practice to the firm in 2019, combining her expertise with that of anti-corruption, antitrust and crisis management partner Marcos Paulo Veríssimo, who also benefits from his previous experience at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and competition regulator (CADE). Gisela Ferreira Mation and associate Gabriela Silveira Viana are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Paulo Veríssimo; Juliana Sá de Miranda

Testimonials

‘Experience, credibility, engagement and organisation.’

‘It is worth highlighting the performance and competence of Juliana Sá de Miranda, who is extremely committed, available, and skilled in providing legal advice with the depth and agility that the corporate world demands.’

‘I would recommend Marcos Paulo Veríssimo.’

‘I’d highlight Juliana Sá de Miranda.’

Key clients

Patria Infraestrutura III

Ouro Verde

Braskem

Banco Votorantim

Instituto Tomie Ohtake

Lexis Nexis

Pacto Global

Brambles

Atlas Schindler

Scania do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted Companhia de Locação das Américas in the investigation of a target company for a proposed M&A transaction.
  • Acted for Ecorodovias in an internal investigation into possible violations connected with Operação Lava Jato.
  • Assisted Telefônica in an investigation of anti-corruption legislation violations.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

The ‘highly qualified professionals‘ in Trench Rossi Watanabe‘s ethics, compliance and investigation department are well versed in domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases, where the firm’s strategic cooperation with Baker McKenzie is of particular benefit. The team has an active practice in administrative proceedings, and has recently represented clients in high-profile Covid-19-related investigations (CPI Covid). The firm’s knowledge of ESG matters is another draw for both domestic and multinational clients, who seek the team’s support in defining and implementing metrics and targets, and on ESG requirements in the context of corporate transactions. Heloisa Uelze specialises in public, administrative and regulatory law, compliance and government relations; she jointly leads the team alongside Felipe Ferenzini, who brings his previous international experience working in London and Mexico. Senior associate Fernanda Casagrande also plays a key role on many of the department’s largest matters.

Practice head(s):

Heloisa Uelze; Felipe Ferenzini

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified professionals. They always manage to bring examples of previous experience that guide a more assertive recommendation. They are able to respond promptly and often without knowing the case in advance, which greatly facilitates and speeds up the consultation.’

‘I’d highlight Felipe Ferenzini; João Augusto Gameiro; Luis Borghi.’

Key clients

Avon

AstraZeneca

Ecolab

Shell

Siemens

Veirano Advogados

A ‘sophisticated team with an international profile‘, Veirano Advogados is highlighted for its ‘ability to address sensitive matters appropriately‘. The compliance team works in close collaboration with the firm’s white-collar criminal defence and antitrust departments, and is regularly sought out by large Brazilian and multinational companies operating in the banking, technology, energy and chemicals sectors. The group has seen an uptick in work relating to digital fraud, and has also been actively representing clients in internal investigations concerning tax fraud, corruption and money laundering. The highly regarded Rafael Gimenes has over 20 years of experience in the market, including in compliance consultancy and investigations; he leads the team, which includes criminal law specialist Marta Saad, corporate law, governance and integrity partner Pedro Freitas, Alberto Monteiro, who works on antitrust and anti-corruption mandates, and senior associates Lívia Gândara and Vitor Jorge.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Gimenes

Testimonials

‘I would highlight various factors such as: professionalism, knowledge, competence, negotiation skills and the ability to address sensitive matters appropriately. Clarity in the approach and execution of work plans.’

‘Rafael Gimenes’ ability, technical vision and driving/leadership skills were fundamental. Contributed decisively, with great competence and knowledge. I’d also highlight Alberto Monteiro, Lívia Gândara, and Marta Saad.’

‘The partner responsible for executing the project had a lot of technical knowledge of the subjects. He exercised the leadership role with a lot of transparency, clarity, objectivity and lightness.’

‘I’d highlight Rafael Gimenes.’

‘Sophisticated team, with an international profile and familiar with dealing with complex issues. Excellent advice and delivery, as well as availability and sensitivity to urgent issues.’

‘I’d recommend: Pedro Freitas; Rafael Gimenes; Lívia Gândara; Vitor Jorge.’

Key clients

Odebrecht (Novonor)

Banco BMG

Fundação Pio XII (Hospital do Câncer de Barretos)

Prumo Logística

Bvlgari Americas

Sumitomo Chemical

Endeavor

Dior

Instituto Millenium

Work highlights

  • Retained by Banco BMG to conduct an internal investigation under an independent ad hoc committee of the board of directors.
  • Assisting Novonor in 10+ independent internal investigations in connection with the company’s leniency agreements with the MPF and with the DOJ/SEC.
  • Assisted Endeavor (a non-profit organisation focused on the development of start-ups and entrepreneurs) to structure and implement its compliance programme.

Warde Advogados

A specialised firm in litigation, regulation, anti-corruption and compliance, Warde Advogados stands out for its expertise in federal administrative proceedings. With former Chief Minister of the Federal Comptroller General and highly regarded partner Valdir Moysés Simão leading the compliance department, the team is well versed in investigations before the CGU as well as proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). Clients also regularly seek the team’s advice on integrity risks, compliance programmes and day-to-day compliance matters. The department was given a further boost in July 2021 with the hire of partner and scholar Silvio Luiz de Almeida, who stands out for his specialisation in compliance, anti-discrimination and human rights. Other names to note include founding partner and litigator Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior; Leandro Daiello Coimbra, a former Director-General of the Federal Police; Renato Polillo, who also has experience working in international law firms; and senior associate Pedro Henrique Adoglio Benradt.

Practice head(s):

Valdir Moysés Simão

Testimonials

‘I’d highlight Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior.’

Key clients

M. Dias Branco Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

EMS

Tecnobank

Banco Bradesco

Telefônica Brasil

SICPA Brasil Indústria de Tintas e Sistemas

JBS

Grupo Hapvida

PicPay Serviços

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

XCMG Brasil Indústria

JHSF Administradora do Catarina Aeroporto Executivo

Work highlights

  • Represented Telefônica in an administrative proceeding heard by the Federal Comptroller General, in which the company was being investigated for alleged irregularities.
  • Represents XCMG in two administrative proceedings filed by the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) regarding the acquisition of heavy machinery by the Federal Government to be donated to several municipalities.

Almeida Advogados

Bernardo Viana leads the compliance and corporate governance practice at Almeida Advogados, which acts for clients in internal investigations, the compliance aspects of M&A, international sanctions and administrative liability proceedings. Clients also turn to Viana and the team for advice on compliance programmes and risk assessments. Also of note is the firm’s increasing work in anti-money laundering matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Viana

Testimonials

‘The service is of the highest quality.’

‘Bernardo Viana stood out in the team for his knowledge of the client’s business and for his proactivity in dealing with demands.’

Key clients

Petróleo Transporte – Transpetro

SBM Offshore

Harmonia Investimentos

Mubadala Development Company

Brasil Motorsport

Newpark Drilling Fluids

DXA Investments

Geribá Investments

Usina Santa Vitória

Klöckner Pentaplast

Construções Modulares Especiais – CME

Work highlights

  • Providing training to Transpetro on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation.
  • Provides compliance consultancy services to SBM Offshore.
  • Advising a client on compliance matters, including the review of its programme for prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing as per Central Bank and CVM regulations.

Barros Pimentel, Alcântara Gil, Rodriguez e Vargas Advogados

Barros Pimentel, Alcântara Gil, Rodriguez e Vargas Advogados specialises in the negotiation of resolutions with government authorities on behalf of companies implicated in corruption cases. Its niche expertise in this field makes it a popular choice for major companies in a range of sectors looking for assistance in complex and sensitive negotiations. Key practitioners in the sizeable team include the ‘smart‘ and ‘sophisticatedCaio Farah Rodriguez; Bruno André Bredda CarraraAdriana de Moraes Vojvodic and Lucas Esper Berthoud.

Practice head(s):

Caio Farah Rodriguez; Fabio Gil; Bruno André Bredda Carrara; Adriana de Moraes Vojvodic; Lucas Esper Berthoud

Testimonials

Caio Farah Rodriguez and his team are responsive, plugged in, and practical.  Their legal analysis is thoughtful, and their pragmatism is invaluable.’

Caio Farah Rodriguez is smart, sophisticated, on top of the Brazil environment, and deeply familiar with cross-border matters.’

Technical knowledge and good relationships with government authorities.’

Key clients

Brookfield

CCR Rodonorte

Eldorado Brasil Celulose

Novonor (former Odebrecht)

SHI – Samsung Heavy Industries

Work highlights

  • Appointed as Independent Compliance Monitor for CCR Rodonorte for a 32-month long monitorship.
  • Advised Odebrecht/Novonor on the performance of its negotiated resolutions with Brazilian authorities.
  • Advised SHI on a negotiated resolution with the US and Brazilian authorities.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

Dias Carneiro Advogados regularly advises its clients on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws and compliance. Practice head Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves combines her vast knowledge of competition law and compliance, and as such is particularly well versed in compliance matters and procedures in the context of public bids from both an anti-corruption and antitrust angle. Labour, immigration and social security partner André De Melo Ribeiro often collaborates with the team in internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves

Testimonials

‘André De Melo Ribeiro is extremely clear, reliable and accessible.’

Key clients

Ciena Communications Brasil

CIFI – Corporacion Interamericana para el Financiamento de Infraestrutura

Companhia Melhoramentos de São Paulo

Cristália Produtos Químicos Farmacêuticos

GLP Brasil Empreendimentos e Participações

Servizi Group

First Solar

Gate Gourmet

Verisign

Bayer

Inter American Development Bank

Google Pagamentos Brasil

Riot Games

OLX

Gate Gourmet

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Google Pagamentos relating to the review and implementation of internal policies including money laundering prevention, KYC, corporate governance and cybersecurity.
  • Advised Cristália Produtos Químicos on compliance with public procurement law, donations due to the Covid-19 pandemic and supply of pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised Gate Gourmet in relation to internal corporate investigations.

KLA Advogados

Clients appreciate KLA Advogados‘ ‘objectivity, assertiveness and availability‘. The firm assists in anti-bribery and anti-corruption risk assessments and due diligence, and also has notable experience acting for companies in internal investigations involving fraud, bribery and harassment. Forming part of a larger firm, the team also benefits from the support of and collaboration with labour, public law and contracts specialists. Well-regarded white-collar crime and compliance partner Filipe Magliarelli leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Magliarelli

Testimonials

‘’The compliance and internal investigations team has remarkable availability to serve the client, is efficient and delivers on-time advice.’

‘I’d highlight Filipe Magliareli.’

‘Objectivity, assertiveness, availability.’

‘I would recommend Filipe Magliarelli.’

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados‘ compliance department is led by corporate and compliance expert Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles, who acts for Brazilian and international companies in internal investigations, background checks, compliance due diligence and contract reviews, among other matters. The team has seen an uptick in corporate investigations involving cyber fraud, as well as issues around moral harassment, where it combines its knowledge of compliance, employment and data privacy to assist clients. The firm’s association with global powerhouse Dentons is also of benefit, particularly in cross-border matters. Fernando Henrique Lopes has been actively involved in many of the department’s recent mandates.

Practice head(s):

Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles

Key clients

Access Gestão de Documentos

American Governor

Applus Serviços de Engenharia

Banesco

Brains

Canopy Growth Brasil Biomedical

Crop Life International

Flextronics Internacional Tecnologia

Grupo CCR

Hi Technology Corp

HBO

Medartis

Park Hotels

Roku

Smile Direct Club

Work highlights

  • Retained by Medartis to review and produce its compliance policies regarding hospitals and health insurance plans.
  • Retained by Grupo CCR to perform background checks on executives in several states in Brazil, following a request from the external auditors and in line with the agreements signed by the company with Brazilian authorities.
  • Assisting Roku in all legal matters related to its entry in the Brazilian market, including assessing compliance related risks and preparation of policies and guidelines regarding compliance matters in Brazil.