Firms To Watch: Compliance

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados‘ white-collar crime, compliance and investigations practice was strengthened by the arrival of Clarissa Oliveira from boutique firm Chinaglia Oliveira Advogados in July 2023; the now practice head brings together a wealth of experience in criminal litigation, internal and governmental investigations.
Compliance specialist Rafael Gimenes, who advises on crisis management, corporate investigations and complex disputes, and criminal law expert Marta Saad left Veirano Advogados in April 2023 to set up the compliance practice at Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados.
Vanessa Lima NascimentoFilipe 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 national footprint.

Compliance in Brazil

Demarest Advogados

Drawing on its full-service structure, Demarest Advogados is noted for proposing ‘assertive and intelligent solutions’ to address clients’ compliance issues and concerns. Internal investigations are at the core of the practice, which regularly handles highly sensitive matters concerning corruption, fraud, moral and sexual harassment. The group is also a popular choice for clients, including companies from the healthcare, natural resources, energy and technology sectors, seeking assistance in investigations before the Brazilian General Comptroller Office (CGU) and administrative liability proceedings. Other areas of activity for the team include compliance due diligence in the context of M&A transactions, and, increasingly, asset tracing analyses. Co-head Eloy Rizzo is a ‘brilliant professional’, who ‘stands out for his extensive knowledge and experience in internal investigations’, with an emphasis on cross-border matters relating to possible violations of anti-corruption laws. Fellow co-leader Fabyola En Rodrigues has over 20 years’ experience in criminal defence matters. At senior associate level, André Luis Leme is well versed in administrative liability proceedings, while associate Victoria Arcos boasts significant experience in multijurisdictional anti-corruption and anti-fraud investigations.

Practice head(s):

Eloy Rizzo; Fabyola En Rodrigues


‘Demarest is a complete law firm with very competent lawyers focused on serving the client well. In addition to having a multidisciplinary team, it delivers fast and high-quality service. They are always on top of the main legislative changes and innovations in the compliance area.’

‘Eloy Rizzo is a brilliant professional, totally focused on the client’s needs. He has an incredible ability to understand the company’s problems and difficulties and bring assertive and personalised solutions. He is an admirable professional, one of those who do not keep knowledge to themselves, but share it with everyone. He delivers excellent quality advice that is straightforward and prompt. In addition, he is a super friendly and human person, who knows how to treat his clients very well.’

‘Eloy Rizzo is always concerned with serving the client in the best possible way.’

‘They propose assertive and intelligent solutions to solve problems. Quick in response. Solicitous and attentive for answers and meetings. Impeccable service.’

‘The compliance team is excellent, demonstrates technique and deep knowledge of the subject, in addition to excellent communication and availability.’

‘Eloy Rizzo: professional with a lot of national and international experience. He stands out for his extensive knowledge and experience in internal investigations. Always available.’

‘André Leme: professional with a lot of national experience. He stands out for his extensive knowledge og the implementation of compliance programmes, mainly policies, procedures and review/discussion of contractual compliance clauses.’

‘Eloy Rizzo brilliantly leads a team of professionals who complement each other. Dynamic, intelligent and humble lawyer. He is transparent and always available. André follows the same path and has everything to be an excellent leader as well.’

Key clients


Infection Reduction Partners (IRP)



Samsung SDS Latin America Tecnologia e Logística

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas (Oracle)

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

CNP Seguros Holding Brasil

Fujifilm do Brasil

Orthofix US

Etesco Construções e Comércio  (Etesco)

Cia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia – FERBASA

Takeda Distribuidora


Auren Energia

Work highlights

  • Assisted EcoRodavias with a court-mandated 32-month monitorship entered into as part of a leniency agreement.
  • Assisted Samsung SDS with the creation of a tailored programme to observe best practices for compliance and antitrust guidelines.
  • Assisted Oracle on a monthly basis with all aspects of several internal investigations.

Mattos Filho

Rated for its ‘technical vision‘ and ‘great understanding of management and business‘, the compliance and corporate ethics practice at Mattos Filho is a popular choice for companies seeking assistance in crisis management, corporate governance and investigations. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s M&A and capital markets practices, the team is particularly active in anti-corruption due diligence and risk management on large-cap transactions. A diverse client roster, featuring major domestic and international companies from the worlds of technology, pharmaceuticals, real estate, and energy, among others, regularly instruct the group in internal investigations, administrative enforcement proceedings, leniency negotiations and in the review and implementation of compliance programmes. Marcel Ribas, dual qualified in both Brazil and New York, and Brasília-based Thiago Jabor Pinheiro are names to note for internal investigations, while Kevin Altit in Rio de Janeiro focuses on transactional work, including cross-border M&A and take-over defences. Renato Portella often acts in administrative inquiries and disciplinary procedures. Former state attorney Thiago Luís Sombra, who sits in the Brasília office, brings a unique perspective to public anti-corruption investigations. Senior associates Luiza Mussoi Cattley (Rio de Jarneiro) and Laura Carneiro de Mello Senra (Brasília) possess significant experience in anti-corruption compliance matters. All practitioners are based in São Paulo, unless stated otherwise.


‘An extremely competent team with a technical vision of excellence, combined with a great understanding of management and business, which is essential for are of compliance consulting.’

‘Marcel Ribas is recommended.’

‘Best in Brazil. Commercially oriented, deep understanding of regulators, discreet and savvy.’

‘Technical quality and ability to understand the client’s business.’

‘I highlight Thiago Luís Sombra.’

‘Dedicated and detailed team.’

‘Renato Portella – very studious, detail-oriented, and approachable.’

Key clients

Hypera Pharma


J. Malucelli




BR Malls

Crédit Agricole

LVMH Fashion Group


Advent International

Goldman Sachs



Anglo American


Prometeon Tyre Group








Work highlights

  • Assisted Keppel Offshore Marine in a five-year-long negotiation for the execution of a leniency agreement with the Brazilian Federal Comptroller-General Office and Attorney-General Office.
  • Advised Allied Tecnologia on the execution of a leniency agreement with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and a Civil Non-Prosecution Agreement with the State of São Paulo’s Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Assisted Algar Telecom in the investigation and crisis management of a security incident involving unsolicited mass SMS messaging with political content during the national election in Brazil.

TozziniFreire Advogados

A ‘leader in the compliance and investigations market in Brazil’, TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong presence in large corporate investigations. The firm is home to a ‘dynamic‘ group of anti-corruption experts who, in addition to their skills in internal investigations, are also active in administrative lawsuits and crisis management. Major companies often seek the team’s advice on leniency agreements with the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office, and compliance due diligence on M&A deals across a range of industries. The firm ‘has a powerful compliance offering with Shin Jae Kim and Giovanni Paolo Falcetta in the lead’; Kim – co-founder of the Latin American Compliance & Investigation League (LACIL) and board member of The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) – coordinates cross-border mandates, including internal investigations and due diligence, while Falcetta, who splits his time between Brazil and Italy, specialises in internal investigations into corruption and fraud. Besides her strong performance in investigations, Renata Muzzi Gomes de Almeida boasts particular expertise in the negotiation of leniency agreements. Karla Lini Maeji focuses on internal investigations, regulatory and criminal enforcement. Marcelo Zenkner, a former public prosecutor in the state of Espirito Santo, draws on over 25 years of experience in compliance and anti-corruption policies to assist clients facing possible sanctions following investigations.

Practice head(s):

Shin Jae Kim


‘Tozzini is an absolute leader in the compliance and investigations market in Brazil. They have world-class know-how on dealing with the most delicate and complex cases.’

‘Giovanni Falcetta stands out as a leader in both the Brazilian market and, more recently, in the European market as well. A true cross-border seasoned attorney that any sophisticated Board would like to have on their side as counsel. Giovanni is a world-class expert, who is highly respected by colleagues from every region. Shin Jae Kim, Renata Muzzi and Karla Maeji are also distinguished professionals in this team.’

‘Tozzini has a powerful compliance offering, with Shin Jae Kim and Giovanni Falcetta in the lead.’

‘Shin Jae Kim knows everyone in Brazil. Giovanni Falcetta is excellent with boards of directors.’

‘Very dynamic team.’

‘Karla Lini Maeji is one of the best lawyers in the country.’

‘Tozzini has extremely qualified professionals with great ability to deal with complex situations.’

‘Karla Maeji, Giovanni Falcetta and Shin Kim – this is a strong, consistent and recognised group in the market.’

Work highlights

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados is sought out for its expertise in consulting services aimed at preventing, detecting and combating corruption and money laundering. The firm fields a team of anti-corruption and anti-bribery experts equipped to assist with risk assessments, internal investigations, due diligence and compliance training. Anti-corruption expert Isabel Franco leads the team alongside Glaucia Ferreira, both of whom are ‘very experienced’ in the coordination of sensitive investigations and compliance due diligence. Luiz Eduardo Salles brings together experience in compliance, economic law and international trade. Other noteworthy individuals include associate Viviane Prospero Joao and recently promoted partner Lucas Mandelbaum Bianchini.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Franco; Glaucia Ferreira


‘Isabel Franco led the team with great success. Isabel is a highly experienced professional, as is her partner, Gláucia Ferreira.’

‘Isabel Franco and Gláucia Ferreira are extremely senior and very experienced. They did a great job analysing thousands of documents.’


Key clients

Santo Antonio Energia


Dover Corporation

LATAM Airlines Group

Fundação Renova

Tiffany & Co

Steptoe & Johnson

Bunge North America

Work highlights

  • Assisted Santa Antonio Energia with several integrity due diligence reports.
  • Assisted CCR with several integrity due diligence reports regarding senior executives.
  • Advises Fundaco Renova on all its compliance, investigation and white-collar concerns.

Maeda, Ayres e Sarubbi Advogados

Devoted to compliance, investigations and government enforcement, Maeda, Ayres e Sarubbi Advogados is regularly engaged in high-profile and complex investigations related to corruption, money laundering and accounting fraud. The firm possesses vast expertise in internal investigations involving multijurisdictional implications, acting on behalf of multinationals and Brazilian companies from the infrastructure, construction, automotive and technology sectors, among others. Advising on the implementation of compliance programmes and on the negotiation of leniency agreements are other areas of strength for the team. Experts Carlos Ayres and Bruno Maeda have a wealth of experience in independent investigations and compliance in general. Erica Sarubbi regularly represents domestic and international companies in a variety of anti-corruption matters. Fernanda Bidlovsky and Beatrice Yokota are other names to note.

Work highlights

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Drawing on the firm’s full-service model, the compliance practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados often works alongside its market-leading M&A practice in the due diligence of high-value corporate transactions and post-closing integration. The group, which stands out for its strength in the negotiation of leniency agreements with the Brazilian Office of Comptroller General (CGU) and the Attorney-General of the Union (AGU), is also well versed in administrative proceedings and in the design and review of compliance programmes and internal policies. José Alexandre Buaiz Neto combines expertise in antitrust, anti-corruption and litigation, while Ricardo Pagliari Levy specialises in anti-corruption, administrative improbity and compliance matters. Experienced litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo, who is based in Brasília, focuses on appellate litigation. Former Chief of Police for the state of São Paulo Mário Panseri Ferreira is a key contact for criminal matters. Daniel Costa Rebello frequently handles investigations in the healthcare, automotive and banking sectors. Lourival Lofrano Júnior, who acts in corporate criminal cases, and Amanda Athayde are also part of the core team.

Key clients

Hypera (former Hypermarcas)


SBM Offshore


Bitso SAPI de CV (Nvio Brasil Serviços de Pagamentos)






Work highlights

  • Represented Hypera in negotiations with the General-Comptroller’s Office (CGU) and the General-Attorney Office to enter into a leniency agreement.
  • Assisted Dimensa in the complete structuring and implementation of its integrity programme.
  • Advised SBM Offshore on the semi-annual monitorship of the compliance commitments undertaken by the company.

Saud Advogados

Praised for its ‘unique knowledge of international compliance legislation‘, boutique firm Saud Advogados demonstrates notable strength in cross-border anti-corruption and compliance matters, benefitting from its cooperation with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Practitioners are adept at assisting companies throughout all phases of the design and implementation of their compliance programmes, and also possess solid credentials in internal investigations and enforcement proceedings before governmental authorities. Salim Jorge Saud Neto, dual qualified in both Brazil and New York, has expert knowledge of FCPA-related matters, anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. With extensive in-house experience in the public and private sectors, Patricia Zebulum is especially active in the energy, mining and oil and gas segments, the latter of which is a sector focus for Ana Carolina Chaves and Antonio Pimentel. Caroline Rosa is proficient in leniency agreements, administrative proceedings and general compliance issues under the Brazilian Clean Companies Act, while Luis Gustavo Vagos shines in due diligence, internal investigations and compliance training.

Practice head(s):

Salim Saud


‘A very attentive and dedicated team, with assertive and appropriate solutions. Agile service, direct, clear and objective communication.’

‘This firm has a unique knowledge of international compliance legislation and the oil and gas market.’

‘Salim Saud stands out for his ability to focus on really relevant topics and for being very objective.’

‘The firm is extremely technical. Its ability to provide support focused on the corporate reality is what sets it apart.’

Key clients


Stago Brasil

Kering Group


Saint Laurent

Norks Hydro



LPH Engenharia

Instituto Diva Consuelo

Instituto Comida do Amanhã

Baker Hughes

Rio Energy

Souza Cruz, a BAT Company



Bottega Veneta

Red Hat





Work highlights

  • Assisted TechnipFMC in the first global settlement involving Brazilian and US Authorities and subsequent reporting obligations.
  • Assists Gucci and other brands within the Kering Group in the implementation of an anti-money laundering policy in light of Brazilian regulations.
  • Assisting YSL with the implementation of an anti-money laundering policy in light of Brazilian regulations and in connection with proceedings at COAF.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Tauil & Chequer Advogadosis a top choice for any compliance and investigations matter in Brazil’.  Some of the country’s largest companies and several international household names in the technology, infrastructure and energy sectors, among others, turn to the firm for assistance in internal investigations, administrative liability proceedings and in the review and enhancement of their compliance programmes. Former Attorney-General of Brazil Luis Inácio Lucena Adams, who is based in Brasília, heads the practice alongside Michel Sancovski in São Paulo, ‘a seasoned expert who can easily handle the most complex and sophisticated cases‘, including cross-border investigations which require cooperation with Brazilian and US authorities. Key support is offered by a strong team of associates: Maria Eugenia Kanazawa has extensive experience in anti-corruption and tax-related compliance matters; Marcelo Ramos Leite is singled out for his track record in internal investigations; and Rio de Janeiro-based Luiz Santiago focuses on enforcement actions, investigations and due diligence. All practitioners sit in the São Paulo office, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Luís Inácio Lucena Adams; Michel Sancovski


‘The firm has qualified professionals dedicated to solving the demands of the client.’

‘Maria Eugenia Kanazawa is an exemplary professional, qualified and fully committed to the firm/client relationship.’

‘Tauil & Chequer is a top choice for any compliance and investigations matter in Brazil. The team leader Michel Sancovski is a world-class professional with unique experience arising from the Car Wash Operation case and many other complex matters. Furthermore, this team has the strong leverage of their association with Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, that is key in advancing cross-border matters.’

‘Michel Sancovski is a seasoned expert who can easily handle the most complex and sophisticated cases with a calm and firm approach to every challenge, finding simple but effective solutions. A top choice and a world-class expert.’

‘The firm brings a team with long experience in working on large global projects, which makes its lawyers very versatile and experienced when dealing with local issues.’

‘Michel Sancovski is a lawyer I trust. He adds a lot of value to his clients, as he is dynamic, extremely agile in solving client problems, always focused on results and responds very quickly. He delivers projects on time and is in constant communication with the client, which is fundamental.’

‘Maria Eugenia Kanazawa is an excellent associate who works with Michel Sancovski.’

Key clients

Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná – Sanepar

Nestlé Brasil

Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel

Banco BTG Pactual

Primav Construções e Comércio (Ecorodovias)

Vantage Drilling International

Alibem Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nestlé in the acquisition of Puravida.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe marries expertise in compliance, corporate and public law to advise on complex domestic and multijurisdictional cases and investigations, drawing on the firm’s association with Baker McKenzie. Composed of ‘extremely qualified professionals‘, the group is ‘capable of leading complex situations‘ for multinational clients, including administrative proceedings, FCPA and anti-corruption cases. The team’s ESG capabilities are also noteworthy; practitioners have recently been busy carrying out ESG due diligence and risk assessments for domestic and international clients. Heloisa Uelze coordinates internal and criminal investigations, including matters with cross-border elements. She heads up the practice with Felipe Ferenzini, who played a key role in the Federal Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry-CPI related to the Brazilian government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Fernanda Casagrande is also active in the department.

Practice head(s):

Heloisa Uelze; Felipe Ferenzini


‘Efficiency, availability, reactivity and expertise.’

‘Trench Rossi is a valuable partner to our company, demonstrating proactivity in issues while they are still being discussed in Congress and administratively. Their expertise and cross-functional work makes them a go-to for counselling on strategic subjects.’

‘Felipe Ferenzini is a dedicated expert with a hands-on approach, who understands the particularities of our business and organisation. He demonstrates expertise and brings exceptional value when sharing practical cases that other companies faced in a similar fashion, so we can leverage to mitigate risks.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes


British American Tobacco



Stanley Black & Decker


Vibra Energia



Ge Healthcare

Parker Hannifin

Souza cruz

Thermo Fisher


Crescera Growth

Karl Storz



EFG Capital


Acorda Therapeutics

Vibra Energia






Mitsubishi Power Americas

Alnylam Switzerland

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has a ‘team full of in-depth and strategic knowledge’, capable of providing advice on the entire spectrum of compliance matters. On the advisory front, the team frequently assists in the structuring and development of compliance programmes, contractual reviews and integrity risk assessments. In the investigations’ arena, the compliance practice is well-versed in internal investigations and negotiations with regulatory authorities. Clients operate in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction, healthcare and technology, to name a few. Practice head Ricardo Caiado Lima provides preventative anti-bribery and anti-corruption advice to clients, often assisting with due diligence on M&A projects, and the drafting and review of integrity policies. Antonio Tovo is well-versed in crisis management, while associate André Sampaio Lacerda Ferraz specialises in compliance and corporate criminal mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Caiado


‘A team full of in-depth and strategic knowledge, with fluid and effective communication, as well as exemplary ethics and empathy. They are always attentive to new technologies, trends, laws and possible risks that our company may face. Always willing to assist us in the demands and problems that arise as quickly as we need. The team has great compliance and investigation tools.’

‘Antônio Tovo, Ricardo Caiado and André Ferraz are recommended.’

Work highlights

Cescon Barrieu

Bringing together expertise in compliance, antitrust, labour and data protection, the multidisciplinary practice at Cescon Barrieu has considerable experience in the creation of anti-corruption and compliance programmes. The team, which often collaborates with the firm’s M&A specialists, is well positioned to handle due diligence to assess compliance risks in the context of acquisitions and other corporate transactions. On the contentious front, the group acts in litigation and in negotiations with administrative authorities. Dedicated to anti-corruption and money laundering issues, practice head Luciano Inácio De Souza, who is based in Brasília, takes the lead on internal investigations and due diligence exercises. Since publication, former co-head Yuri Sahione has left the firm, while white-collar crime and investigations specialist Filipe Magliarelli joined from KLA Advogados, effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Inacio de Souza


‘The team is ideally positioned to handle complex and sophisticated matters. Their commercial awareness is very strong; I believe this is their strongest point. The depth and breadth of their team is also very strong, as are their service levels, responsiveness and quick turnaround on all our demands. They are able to provide high-quality work to tight schedules, are always available and very hands-on. Their ability to deliver to budget and provide overall value for money is also very strong. On top of that, the team is very well positioned to handle international and cross-border matters. They are used to dealing with international players, communicate quite clearly in English and make themselves available in whatever time zones.’

‘Luciano Souza is attentive, proactive, experienced, committed and responsible.’

‘Cescon Barrieu is a large law firm that, despite its size, manages to quickly adapt to new social and legal trends in order to better advise its clients.’

‘Luciano Inácio de Souza, in addition to being extremely qualified to work with compliance, ESG and government relations, is concerned and works actively in social causes.’

Key clients

TC Traders Club

Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico

Companhia Distribuidora de Gas do Rio de Janeiro – CEG


Engie Brasil Energia

Biomedical Distribution Mercosur

Associacao Brasileira dos Fabricantes de Latas de Aluminio – ABRALATAS

Oliveira Trust DTVM

Samarco Mineracao

Work highlights

  • Assisted TC Traders Club in assessing its internal investigations proceedings, identifying possible pitfalls and recommending improvements.
  • Provided assistance to Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico by conducting independent internal investigations of claims reported to the company’s hotline concerning several topics.
  • Provided assistance to Companhia Distribuidora de Gas do Rio de Janeiro by adjusting its global policies to adhere to the Brazilian context.

Lefosse Advogados

Specialised and business-orientatedLefosse Advogados combines expertise in compliance, white-collar crime, competition and antitrust matters to provide a multi-faceted service to companies from a variety of industries. The firm’s compliance capabilities were bolstered by the arrival of renowned expert Adriana Dantas in August 2022, who joined from her own boutique firm; internal investigations, crisis management and the design, implementation, and monitoring of compliance programmes are among her key legal specialisms. The practice was further strengthened by the addition of Marcelo Ribeiro from the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in 2023, ‘who is also extremely qualified and active in the market‘. The recent expansion of the compliance department has allowed for an increased intake of matters, such as independent monitorships, representations before the World Bank sanctioning system, and administrative sanctioning procedures before the CGU. Drawing on the firm’s strong profile in the M&A market, the group is also a well-regarded choice for integrity due diligences in the context of corporate transactions. This is a key area of focus for senior associate Astrid Lima Rocha. Another key partner in the team is Juliana Daniel, who advises on internal investigations and the structuring of corporate ethics programmes.

Practice head(s):

Adriana Dantas


‘Available, specialized and business-oriented lawyers.’

‘Juliana Daniel – excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Alya Construtora

Cruzada Maranata de Evangelização

EDF Norte Fluminense

Mosaic Fertilizantes

Caixa Econômica Federal

Arcelor Mittal Brasil


Banco Santander

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento – BNDES

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Mineração e Metalurgia


Saint-Gobain do Brasil Produtos Industriais e para Construção

Emccamp Residencial

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Credit Suisse Brokerage Brazil

China Three Gorges Brasil Energia

Eco Rodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Elfa Medicamentos

Telefônica Brasil

Croplife Brasil

GIC Private

Mann & Hummel Brasil

Syngenta Crops

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rodovias Infraestrutura e Logística by monitoring them with direct report to the Federal Prosecutors Office, in the context of an independent monitorship established under a spin-off investigation related to the Car Wash Operation.
  • Advised China Three Gorges do Brasil on a government proceeding regarding the Brazilian Anticorruption Law (Law 12,846/2013) and related to one of its acquired assets, initiated by the Brazilian General Comptroller’s Office.
  • Advised Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K on an M&A compliance due diligence with respect to the acquisition of a wind power plant.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its ‘assertiveness, experience and broad knowledge of legal issues’, including compliance and white-collar crime. The team often advises on compliance programmes and crisis management, and stands out for its experience in internal investigations and government enforcement. Clients from the financial, technology, real estate, chemicals and mining sectors, among others, regularly instruct the team in the assessment of anti-corruption risks in the context of high-profile capital markets and M&A deals. Juliana Sá de Miranda has a ‘deep understanding of compliance‘, covering non-contentious and litigation matters. Associates Gabriela Silveira Viana and Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales often advise on integrity due diligence and risk assessments. Former co-head Marcos Paulo Veríssimo left the firm in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda


‘Differentiated technical quality, focused on client demands.’

‘Juliana Miranda has a deep understanding of compliance and is very sensitive to dealing with such a complex subject.’

‘Gabriela Paredes Arcentales is always very attentive and helpful. Juliana Sa de Miranda is objective and didactic.’

‘The firm is a market reference with an excellent reputation and important work for several organisations.’

‘Assertiveness, experience and broad knowledge of legal issues. We have great confidence in the work provided by the team.’

‘Juliana Sá de Miranda and Gabriela Paredes Arcentales provide services with excellence, manage to meet deadlines well and have extensive knowledge of their areas of expertise.’

Key clients

Caixa Econômica Federal



Gran Cursos Online

Instituto Amazilia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lotus Cidade with the structuring of its integrity program.
  • Hired by QMC Telecom to conduct a preliminary risk mapping and review of the client’s code of ethics and conduct.
  • Assisted Caixa Econômica Federal in an internal investigation triggered by a sexual harassment complaint.

Warde Advogados

Praised for its ‘technical quality‘ and ‘highly qualified team‘, Warde Advogados focuses its practice on anti-corruption, compliance and litigation. The firm is regularly seen representing clients in administrative proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) and in investigations before the CGU. Former Chief Minister of the CGU Valdir Moysés Simão is highly regarded for his considerable experience in federal disciplinary administrative proceedings, internal investigations and government enforcement actions. Founding and managing partner Walfrido Jorge Warde Júnior is a key name for disputes. Other key individuals include former Director-General of Brazil’s Federal Police Leandro Daiello Coimbra and Renato PolilloSilvio Luiz de Almeida  left the firm in January 2023 to become Minister of Human Rights and Citizenship.

Practice head(s):

Valdir Moysés Simão


‘Technical quality of the team of lawyers and partners’

‘Valdir Simão is recommended.’

‘Highly qualified team.’

‘The firm incorporated partners who have experience in the federal public administration and, with this, possess the ability to understand and develop differentiated solutions in relation to other firms.’


Key clients


M. Dias Branco Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos


Banco Bradesco

Telefônica Brasil


José Seripieri Filho

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

XCMG Brasil Indústria

JHSF Administradora do Catarina Aeroporto Executivo

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing strategic, compliance and legal advisory services to EMS.
  • Advsied GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes on the analysis and strategic treatment of its integrity risks.
  • Represented Telefonica Brasil in an administrative proceeding heard by the Federal Comptroller General, in which the company was being investigated for alleged irregularities.

Barros Pimentel, Alcântara Gil, Rodriguez e Vargas Advogados

Internal investigations and negotiations with Brazilian authorities are typical mandates for Barros Pimentel, Alcântara Gil, Rodriguez e Vargas Advogados, which is retained by major companies from a range of sectors in sensitive compliance matters. The group is under the joint leadership of six practitioners: Caio Farah Rodriguez, who is proficient in internal investigations; Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil; Bruno André Bredda Carrara, a key name for commercial contracts and joint ventures in regulated industries; and William Akira MinamiAdriana de Moraes Vojvodic and Lucas Esper Berthoud, all of whom are active in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Caio Farah Rodriguez; Fabio Coutinho de Alcantara Gil; Bruno Andre Bredda Carrara; William Akira Minami; Adriana de Moraes Vojvodic; Lucas Esper Bethoud

Key clients


CCR Rodonorte

Eldorado Brasil Celulose


Samsung Heavy Industries

Work highlights

  • Assisted CCR Rodonorte in an Independent Monitorship of the company, as part of the obligations set forth in the negotiated resolution (leniency agreement).
  • Assisted Odebrecht with the ongoing cooperation resulting from the landmark settlements with the MPF, CGU and AGU, under which the company agreed to pay an unprecedented sum of fines.
  • Advised Eldorado Brasil Celulose on an internal investigation required as part of the company’s group negotiated resolution with the Brazilian authorities.

BMA Advogados

BMA Advogados acts for clients from highly-regulated sectors, namely asset management firms, fintechs and healthcare companies, in a range of issues related to corporate governance and compliance. A key contact for financial institutions, investment funds and fund managers, Anna Carolina Malta Spilborghs has a wealth of experience in internal investigations concerning anti-corruption, internal fraud and harassment. She oversees the practice with André Macedo De Oliveira, who regularly represents clients before government agencies and the superior courts, and José Guilherme Berman, whose solid experience in public law make him a first-choice for administrative misconduct matters. Senior associate João Rodrigues da Costa Bonvicino is experienced in sensitive corporate investigations.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

Souza Cruz (BAT – British American Tobacco)

DOF Subsea Brasil Serviços


Ferroport Logística Comercial Exportadora

Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços

Concessionária Linha Universidade


Hotmart – Launch Pad Tecnologia Serviços e Pagamentos

Work highlights

  • Advises DOF Subsea Brasil Servicos on due diligence and background checks of suppliers and third parties.
  • Assisting Escola Dom Cipriano Chagas in the creation of its compliance programme.
  • Assitsts Ferroport Logistica Comercial Exportadora in daily compliance demands.

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados fields a compliance team of ‘highly qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge’ of investigations, monitorships, and compliance programmes. Integrity due diligence and risk assessments are other areas of activity for the group, which benefits from close links to the firm’s labour and public law practices. Focused on compliance and antitrust law, Guilherme Person regularly assists with risk assessments and enforcement actions. Former practice head Filipe Magliarelli left the firm in January 2024.


‘The elements that distinguish the team are the people, collaboration and knowledge. They are highly qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge of the topics.’

‘Guilherme Person was the person I worked with the most on the Compliance project. What distinguishes him from competitors is his availability, sense of urgency, commitment, and willingness to answer any questions.’

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados fields a ‘high quality compliance team’ which is retained by corporates from the mining, retail, energy, oil and gas, and food and beverages sectors in relation to internal investigations into corruption, fraud and harassment. Singled out for its ‘deep knowledge of complex M&A‘, the group is proficient in compliance issues arising in the context of corporate and capital market transactions. Camila Pepe, ‘an attentive and careful lawyer when it comes to assessing risks and the possibilities of mitigating them pre-investment‘, focuses on anti-corruption compliance matters, while Barbara Kreutzfeld brings together experience in the implementation of compliance programmes, internal investigations and white-collar crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Camila Pepe


‘High quality compliance team.’

‘Camila Pepe is an attentive and careful lawyer when it comes to assessing risks and the possibilities of mitigating them pre-investment.’

‘Trusted advisors with deep knowledge of complex M&A transactions and compliance.’

‘Deep knowledge in the area, commitment to the client, excellent reputation.’

‘Camila Pepe is recommended.’

‘Able to juggle tight deadlines with ease. They have exceptional technical knowledge and soft skills.’

‘Camila Pepe and Barbara Kreutzfeld are out of the curve when it comes to technical knowledge and ease in solving problems.’

Veirano Advogados

Clients regularly choose the ‘very technical and knowledgeable‘ team at Veirano Advogados to assist with their compliance-related issues, including corporate investigations and enforcement proceedings before the Brazilian authorities. Noted for his international experience, Alberto Monteiro assists in high-profile internal investigations and is the key contact for anti-money laundering matters for clients from the retail, luxury goods and financial sectors. Vitor Jorge, whose areas of expertise include investigations, enforcement actions and prosecutions by domestic and foreign authorities, and Livia Gandara, a strong performer in investigations into corruption, fraud and corporate misconduct, stand out at the senior associate level. Former practice head Rafael Gimenes and Marta Saad left the firm in April 2023. Criminal law specialist Pedro Simões joined from Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados in May 2023.


‘The team is very technical and knowledgeable about the subjects of the research projects in which I participated.’

‘Rodrigo Alves dos Santos is recommended.’

‘Availability, and knowledge of our business.’

‘Veirano is an excellent firm and the team has solid expertise in compliance and investigations.’

‘Livia Gandara and Alberto Monteiro are extremely accessible, and their advice is practical and thoughtful. They are a pleasure to work with because they understand the expectations of clients in compliance and investigations matters.’

Key clients

Odebrecht (Novonor)



Prumo Logística

Bvlgari Americas

Sumitomo Chemical




Vast Infraestrutura

Work highlights

  • Assisted Novonor in several independent internal investigations in connection with the company’s leniency agreements.
  • Advised Endeavor on the structuring and implementation of its compliance programme.
  • Provided assistance to Conaprole by successfully negotiating early resolutions of anti-corruption investigations before the CGU.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados possesses a ‘highly technical knowledge‘ of regulatory compliance, standing out for its experience in undertaking due diligence for major companies engaged in high-value M&A and investments. The practice is also frequently instructed in the drafting of compliance policies and internal investigations involving fraud and moral harassment. The team is led by corporate and compliance specialist Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles, who is sought out by financial services, healthcare and infrastructure clients in relation to investigations, due diligence, risk assessments and compliance training. Associate Fernanda Kassab Nunes Silva offers key support in compliance due diligence, with a focus on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles


‘The team is very competent. Highly technical knowledge, speed and agility in meeting demands.’

‘Partner Denise Chachamovitz Leão stands out for her competence, understanding of the business, prompt service and friendliness.’

‘Denise Salles is a great professional. Very dedicated and focused.’

Key clients

Access Gestão de Documentos

American Governor Company

Applus Serviços de Engenharia


Brains Bioceutical

Canopy Growth Brasil Biomedical


Duvera Soluções em Tecnologia

Encora Digital

Global Internet Ventures

Grupo CCR

HBO – Warner


Hi Technology Corp / Interactive Communication / InComm


Medartis AG

Mercado Pago

Oiko Credit


Work highlights

  • Assisted Access by performing a compliance due diligence within the context of the acquisition of Memovip.
  • Provided Oiko Credit with compliance advice and guidelines regarding its financial activities in Brazil.
  • Assisted Hi Technology Corp in the anti-corruption  due diligences of the acquisition of Todo Cartoes in Brazil.