Firms To Watch: White-collar crime and investigations

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s white-collar criminal law practice was given a significant boost in June 2021 with the hire of Bernardo Weaver, who has experience representing individuals and companies in multi-jurisdictional investigations and negotiations with relevant authorities.
Felsberg Advogados established a white-collar crime and corporate investigations practice in 2018 with the arrival of criminal law expert André Fonseca, who has former experience at the State Attorney General’s Office for the State of São Paulo as well as in other renowned law firms.

White-collar crime and investigations in Brazil

Davi Tangerino Advogados

Davi Tangerino e Salo de Carvalho Advogados (DTSC) is highlighted for its 'clarity and ample knowledge, which are passed on to the client, generating tranquillity and security'. Despite only being established in 2018, the boutique firm has already risen to prominence, and is a popular choice of legal counsel for both household name companies and high-profile individuals. The firm has regular involvement in large-scale police operations on behalf of clients, with expertise spanning money laundering, bribery, tax fraud, data protection violations and environmental crimes, among other areas. Highly regarded name partners Davi Tangerino and Salo de Carvalho jointly lead the team, which also stands out for its pro bono programme; recent work has included providing advice to organisations fighting corruption and defending human rights. Other key practitioners at the firm include Lilian Christine Reolon, Felipe Colloca, André Filipe Kend Tanabe and associate Patrícia Dannebrock Águedo, and the team recently expanded further with several new hires at the associate level in 2020 and 2021.

Practice head(s):

Davi Tangerino; Salo de Carvalho


Despite dealing with very thorny issues, the team transmits calm and tranquility to customers, regardless of the degree of involvement of people with such issues, and it is rare to see this type of conduct in this line of business.’

Davi Tangerino, in spite of being the main partner, is absolutely accessible and participative, giving a lot of security in his assistance. Andre Tanabe is a lawyer with a particular education, and as a result he is a person with whom we are happy to be with and talk about any subject. Felipe Colloca stands out for the attention, zeal and care with which he deals with matters under his responsibility, even the least important ones.’

The office demonstrates exceptional competence in following up on issues entrusted to it, with precise guidance and efficient follow-up, with excellent communication.’

Davi Tangerino is a professional of the highest quality and technique, who manages to give tranquility to the client, making an accurate assessment of the risk involved.’

High expertise, with a business-oriented view rare to see from a criminal perspective. Clarity and ample knowledge which are passed on to the client, generating tranquility and security.’

Even in the pandemic scenario that we are experiencing, the firm insisted on reinventing itself, promoting courses and debates on the most varied topics, and this certainly provided a certain tranquility for its clients.’

Key clients




American Tower do Brasil

Procter & Gamble

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

NR Sports

Work highlights

  • Defending an international company which had been prosecuted in several cities for allegedly installing telecommunications towers without the proper licences.
  • Defending a businessman in two investigations regarding tax fraud, one initiated by the State Public Prosecutor’s Office and the other by the federal police.
  • Representing a high-profile individual in an investigation by the cybercrimes division of the Rio de Janeiro state police (DRCI).

Iokoi Advogados

Highlighted for its 'great service combined with experience and technical knowledge', dedicated boutique Iokoi AdvogadosComparative Guides promotional icon fields a sizeable team across Brazil, which is equipped to respond to emergencies throughout the country. Its practice area coverage is equally broad, with strength across the full spectrum of economic criminal law and additional expertise in product liability and environmental crime. The firm's knowledge and reputation in white-collar criminal law and investigations has allowed it to establish client relationships with household name companies in a range of sectors, and the team is also a popular choice for high-profile individuals in sensitive investigations. Practice head Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi is 'a reference' in this field. Adriano Scalzaretto, Bruno Lambert de Almeida, labour law specialist Gustavo Jonasson de Conti Medeiros and Ricardo Batista Capelli – who coordinates the telecoms and payment methods team – also receive praise, as does associate Maria Luiza Maluf Novaes, who has developed particular expertise in the retail, education and travel sectors. The team further expanded in July 2020 with the arrival of Caio Cesar Tomioto Mendes.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi


A characteristic that differentiates the office from others that work in the criminal area is the proximity to the client and always having good professionals. We have very cool experiences of well-structured operations that have generated satisfactory results for the Company, whether in the recovery of assets and the arrest of criminals.’

Pedro Iokoi is a reference in the criminal area, a great jurist of the new crop of criminalists. He is safe, understands his clients’ business well, discusses alternatives and proposes very interesting solutions. Adriano Scalzareto is also a technical reference. Ricardo Cappelli is our focal point, he is always close and participative.’

Very competent office. Prepared, technical and good communication professionals. We can trust their work.’

The office has a global view of its expertise, where it seeks practical solutions with an innovative vision, bringing in collaborators who are not restricted to books and to the professor, but who think outside the box, finding solutions for the reduction of losses and damages.’

This office combines its deep technical knowledge and horizontal expertise with a great sense of partnership with its clients, adapting its service to their needs, always with the personal touch of the partners.’

Willingness to elaborate and improve legal strategy in conjunction with the legal department of the company, which in 100% of the cases was successful.’

IOKOI Advogados is a firm that values the quality of services, having highly qualified professionals and acting with ethics and professionalism. Always ahead of its competitors, it has the expertise in the industry in which it operates, always bringing good results for the company.’

One of their most interesting innovations is to have created a hotline for rapid response to criminal issues throughout Brazil in the pay per use scheme.’

Key clients




Solar Coca-Cola



Mercado Livre



Banco Itaú Unibanco

Record TV






United Airlines




Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in Operação Falsa Esperança, an investigation initiated by police authorities in Minas Gerais.
  • Defending two individuals in Operação Lava Jato.
  • Acts for a client in criminal proceedings brought by the Amazonas State Public Prosecutor’s Office against an executive for the crimes of larceny and money laundering.

Mattos Filho

A firm with a ‘good reputation and credibility in the market‘, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines an ‘excellent understanding of the relevant law‘ with ‘expertise based on experience from being involved in relevant cases‘. The team is regularly sought for advice and representation in high-profile and complex federal investigations, and also works alongside the firm’s compliance partners to assist in internal corporate investigations. Among its areas of expertise are cases involving fraud, bribery, corruption, tax offences and environmental crimes, and the team has recently seen an uptick in work connected to data protection and data breaches. Highly regarded criminal law expert Rogério Fernando Taffarello, who established the firm’s white-collar crime practice in 2017, draws on his extensive experience in criminal investigations, appeals and negotiations with prosecutors. Paula Moreira Indalecio, who joined the firm in January 2020, is another standout partner; she has established an impressive practice, having been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including cases involving crimes against the financial system and money laundering. Flávia Leardini – who was promoted to partner in April 2021 – and Marcela Venturini Diorio are also noted.


An office historically with good reputation and credibility in the market. I highlight a good-quality service both in knowledge and in attendance.’

‘Rogerio Taffarello and Marcela Venturini Diorio: I was very pleased with the work done and the success with the final result. I highlight the service and knowledge about the topic and about my specific case, bringing more security and tranquility for me to face the problem.’

Excellent and multidisciplinary team, professionals with experience in international cases. Rogerio Taffarello, Thiago Jabor, Renato Portella, Flávia Leardini, Marcel Ribas, Lauro Celidonio, Thiago Sombra, Kevin Altit, Lucas Ribeiro.’

Performance with well-prepared professionals, with technical quality and attentive to the client. I highlight Paula Indalecio.’

The firm obviously has an excellent understanding of the relevant law but also relevant expertise based on experience from being involved in relevant cases. They were able to provide excellent insights to me as an international lawyer about the likely impact of a Brazilian investigation on my client.’

‘Mattos Filho has been excellent to work with. I was impressed by the level of its insight into the likely impact of a Brazilian investigation for my international client.’

Complete office, fulfilling the whole range of needs. I’d highlight Rogerio Taffarello and Marcela Venturini Diorio.’

Reputation for seriousness and technical security. Possibility of competently dealing with different topics (full service). Moacyr Zilbovcius, Rogerio Fernando Taffarello, Marcelo Ricupero, Rodrigo Arthur Egual de Carvalho, Alex Hatanaka, Thiago Sombra.’

Claudio Figueiredo Costa Advocacia Criminal

Clients of Rio de Janeiro-based criminal law boutique Claudio Figueiredo Costa Advocacia Criminal appreciate the 'deep involvement and dedication of the partners' and its 'very constructive and highly credible performance with public agents'. The firm has remained busy despite the pandemic, acting for a range of new and longstanding clients, including individuals and companies in major criminal investigations. 'Excellent strategist' and name partner Cláudio Figueiredo Costa 'builds solid and trusting relationships' with clients; he 'analyses the problem as a whole, always looking for the best possible solution'. Other key members of the team include Mônica Figueiredo CostaLuis Guilherme Ferrante and Raphael Gaudio, who was promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Cláudio Figueiredo Costa


The deep involvement and dedication of the partners in the affairs of the clients combined with always up-to-date knowledge.’

Claudio Figueiredo Costa is a name recognised by his peers for his accuracy in the strategic treatment of cases. Monica Figueiredo Costa contributes especially for bringing a business vision, associated with a high capacity for work and organisation.’

Claudio Costa is very competent and does very dedicated and close work with his clients.’

A firm with strong performance in the criminal area, with excellent interaction with clients and also with a very constructive and highly credible performance with public agents. Deep legal knowledge and great ability to understand the cases and situations that arise, in order to provide the best possible advice. The office provides a lot of security to the client in the handling of all cases.’

Claudio Costa is an exceptional lawyer, studious and with deep legal knowledge. Excellent listener and very skilled to build solid and trusting relationships with customers. Excellent strategist, detail-oriented, with an important holistic vision and interpersonal skills.’

This is an office with an unblemished reputation. Serious and competent. The office acts with unmatched care for its clients and processes.’

The lawyers of the company are extremely competent. But the difference is the service and involvement in the cases. This gives a lot of security to those who are being served and enables an excellent relationship of trust, so necessary in this type of performance.’

Claudio Figueiredo Costa – Partner of the office and first name that comes to mind whenever a new demand arises. Analyses the problem as a whole, always looking for the best possible solution. Luis Guilherme Ferrante – Competence and excellent service. Raphael Gaudio – Competence and excellent service.’

Mudrovitsch Advogados

Mudrovitsch Advogados has established a good reputation in the field of white-collar criminal law through its involvement in high-profile cases involving well-known individuals and politicians. The firm counts household name companies and c-suite executives among its clients, which turn to the team for both risk assessment and preventive counselling and for representation in criminal proceedings. The Brasília-based firm has notable experience in cases before the Superior Court of Justice and Supreme Federal Court. Rodrigo de Bittencourt Mudrovitsch and Felipe Carvalho jointly lead the team; they and Ivan Candido da Silva de Franco 'are very technical and competent in what they deliver to their clients'.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo de Bittencourt Mudrovitsch; Felipe Carvalho


The service provided is excellent. The firm has a highly competent team of lawyers, most with master’s and doctoral degrees, with very good results for the company I work for, in addition to a very good partnership.

I recommend working with partners Rodrigo Mudrovitsch, Felipe Carvalho and Ivan Franco. All of them are very technical and competent in what they deliver to their customers.

Key clients


Louis Dreyfus Company

Distrito Federal, Rio de Janeiro and Ceará BAR Associations

Work highlights

  • Assists a major Brazilian company in various criminal proceedings involving its executives.
  • Represents a well-known company in cases and investigations involving allegations of fraud, environmental crime and labour law violations.
  • Successfully represented an individual in a case connected to Operação Lava Jato.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

'With a recognised criminal area and coverage throughout the national territory', Siqueira Castro – Advogados balances a varied and busy workload in the area of white-collar crime and investigations, covering both consultancy and representation in complex criminal litigation. Recently, the team has seen an increase in cases relating to cybercrimes and public health. Practice head João Daniel Rassi is 'one of the best criminal law strategists in the country'; he is also the partner in charge of the firm's pro bono initiative – launched during the Covid-19 pandemic – to offer companies tools to implement support programmes for employees who are victims of domestic violence. Other key names in the team include compliance and business criminal law expert Renata Cestari Ferreira and Marcos Sérgio de Almeida Cavalcanti Ribeiro, and associates Eloisa Yang and Victor Labate.

Practice head(s):

João Daniel Rassi


The office is prepared as few are to adapt to the theme of digital crimes. This requires a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of the criminal process in Brazil. Partner João Daniel Rassi is one of the best criminal strategists in the country, supported by a team that executes with great competence.’

The office is one of the few full services in Brazil with a recognised Penal area and coverage throughout the national territory. So far, I am very satisfied with the services provided, as well as with the results obtained.’

I have more contact with partners Renata Cestari and João Daniel Rassi. Besides them, I would quote the senior lawyer Gilberto Alves Junior. They always seem to be very well prepared and their technical quality attracts attention.’

Siqueira Castro Law Firm is a renowned law firm in Brazil, formed by highly qualified professionals in the areas of expertise, especially in white-collar crime, criminal investigations, corruption and money laundering. Due to deep knowledge in these areas, knowledge of legislation, bribery act, etc, it makes the firm one of the best legal advisers in Brazil. In addition to deep knowledge in the white-collar crime, investigations, corruption and money laundering areas, Siqueira Castro also demonstrates high qualification and remarkable knowledge in the area of criminal litigation before the court, tribunals, Superior and Supreme Court, which is essential for that area.’

Dr. Daniel Rassi and Dra. Eloisa Yang are distinguished professionals, because of the knowledge of the areas in which they work, specialisms in the themes and deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, adaptability and convergence to the business. In addition, they are professionals with easy access and always willing to contribute with business strategies.’

The office has a legal controller that monitors cases at a national level and helps to maintain the quality standard, regardless of the area where the service is provided. It also anticipates information that can be useful for decision making. The team proves to be quite integrated.’

Key clients

Motion Pictures Association – Latin America

Cascaju Agroindustrial

CBRE Serviços do Brasil

3M do Brasil

Ecolab Química

Engenharia Cortez

Fedex Brasil Logística e Transporte

SAP Brasil

Blink Trade

Work highlights

  • On behalf of a client in the media and entertainment sector, worked alongside investigation departments throughout Brazil in order to dismantle some of the most significant online movie piracy operations in the country.
  • Successfully obtained the dismissal of a criminal complaint filed against a client.
  • Oversaw and advised on the legality of a seizure held out after an order of the federal government in the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.

Tofic Simantob, Perez e Ortiz

Highlighted for its ‘analysis of all the important facts relating to the lawsuits in progress and the prompt response to defence strategies‘, white-collar and economic crimes specialist firm Tofic Simantob, Perez e Ortiz has recently secured a number of successes for its clients. Recent instructions have seen the team representing companies and well-known individuals in high-profile cases involving allegations of bribery, fraud, embezzlement and collusion, among other matters. Pro bono work also forms a significant part of the firm’s practice, with both partners and associates dedicating approximately 10% of their time to pro bono matters. Fábio Tofic Simantob, Débora Perez Dias and Mariana Tranchesi Ortiz jointly lead the team and each draw on extensive experience in this field. The team has recently expanded at the associate level, hiring lawyers from other well-known law firms in 2020 and 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Tofic Simantob; Débora Perez Dias; Mariana Tranchesi Ortiz


Knowledge and performance in the segment in which they operate, in addition to the recognition of the market in which the firm has positioned itself.’

The professionals I had contact with demonstrated a lot of knowledge in the area, and they went deeper into the details of my case, which brought me tranquility. I was assisted by Dr. Fabio Tofic and by Dr. Mariana Ortiz, both very serious, transparent and competent.’


As a client, I can only commend this law firm for the attention and care given, the exhaustion of knowledge and analysis of all the important facts related to the lawsuits in progress and the prompt response to the defence strategies.

Regarding the lawyers who handled my case, everyone is very competent. I would recommend Adv Mariana and Adv Fábio Tofic, in addition to the other members of the firm.’

Demarest Advogados

Under the leadership of the highly regarded Fabyola En Rodrigues, Demarest Advogados' white-collar crime team has vast experience in investigations and criminal lawsuits involving allegations of financial, environmental and cybercrime offences. The team is also able to collaborate with the firm's experienced compliance team in investigations, and to provide assistance on criminal law and compliance risks involved in corporate transactions. The practice has a good track record acting for national and international clients in the engineering, chemicals, education and technology sectors, among others, with recent highlights including its representation of a client in an insider trading case, a rarity in Brazil. Other names to note include tax specialist Douglas Mota and associate Thais Karine Tereciano.

Practice head(s):

Fabyola En Rodrigues


They are very well prepared and updated with current issues and problems. They always bring recent experiences and cases.’

Fabyola En Rodrigues, Douglas Motta, Carlos Eduardo Orsolon, Marcello Pedroso, Marcelo Annunziata, Alexandre Ponce Insfran and Karen Sayuri Teruya are recommended.

Key clients

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Skanska Brasil

Cardif BNP Paribas Group

Marte Engenharia


Norte Energia

Baumgart Group

Companhia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia – FERBASA

Teak Resources

Bacardi Martini do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Acts in defence of a former executive of a major Brazilian company in an investigation into alleged practices of bid rigging and cartel formation.
  • Acts for the financial director of a company in a flagship insider trading case.
  • Represented a client in the retail sector in a case involving the misappropriation of money by former employees.

KLA Advogados

Clients appreciate the 'customised solutions' and 'close and meticulous monitoring of ongoing cases' by the white-collar crime team at KLA AdvogadosFilipe Magliarelli has established a strong reputation in the market; he leads the department, which is able to field multi-disciplinary teams to assist clients operating across a diverse mix of sectors, from aviation to education. The team has also seen an uptick in mandates from financial services sector clients involving fraud and cybercrimes. Juliane Mendonça and Victor Fanti often play key roles in the department's major cases and are names to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Magliarelli


Agile response, a lot of dedication and knowledge applied to the case, even if it isn’t the biggest case in the office. Special attention from partner Filipe.

Filipe Magliarelli deserves to be highlighted. Attention and dedication, combined with a fierce fight until the end for the client’s interest. Legal knowledge combined with dedication and professionalism.’

The team, led by partner Filipe Magliarelli, is always up to date and frequently produces content on laws and decisions directly related to corporate criminal law. In addition, there is close and meticulous monitoring of ongoing cases.’

Filipe Magliarelli stands out for the speed, availability and updating of themes related to corporate criminal law.’

Super proactive with customised solutions.’

Among the innovations that can be mentioned are KLA Drops and KLA Conversa.’

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, the white-collar criminal defence lawyers 'always act with great professionalism, ethics and integrity'. The firm's leading reputation in the Brazilian legal market, combined with the corporate criminal law team's strong experience in the field, make it a popular choice of legal counsel for major national and international companies and their executives. The highly regarded Mário Panseri Ferreira is responsible for the criminal law practice, and has a notable track record in representing clients in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state authorities across the country. Associate Natalia Genina Lugero de Almeida is also noted, as is antitrust and anti-bribery expert José Alexandre Buaiz Neto.


They are extremely qualified professionals and prepared to face the adversities that arise in the corporate environment. They always act with great professionalism, ethics and integrity.’

I highlight four extremely competent professionals: Dr. Mario Panseri, Dr. Natalia Lugero, Dr. Joamir Muller, Dr. José Alexandre Buaiz.’

Key clients



Pátria Investimentos

China Three Gorges


Work highlights

  • Defending a client in a high-profile criminal lawsuit involving environmental crimes.

Veirano Advogados

Marta Saad brought her criminal law practice to Veirano Advogados in 2019 and since then she and the team have successfully established a comprehensive in-house white-collar crime practice. The team is well versed in criminal investigations and lawsuits across the country, and also has notable experience in cross-border cases. It has recently acted for clients in cases involving allegations of fraud, bribery and embezzlement, among other areas, with its clients involved either as defendants or victims. Saad, André Augusto Mendes Machado, Luciana Zanella Louzado and antitrust and compliance partner Mariana Villela 'are experienced, pragmatic lawyers who offer solutions to problems quickly and efficiently'. Compliance specialist Rafael Gimenes is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Marta Saad; André Augusto Mendes Machado; Luciana Zanella Louzado; Rafael Gimenes


The firm has a specialised team, extremely qualified. It adds academic depth with pragmatism, practicality and knowledge of the market, which makes them unique, in my opinion.

I recommend Marta Saad, André Mendes and Luciana Louzado, with whom I have the opportunity to work on several occasions, on complex matters. I also recommend Mariana Villela. They are experienced, pragmatic lawyers who offer solutions to problems quickly and efficiently.’

Marta Saad is in a position to offer differentiated solutions to conflicts of a criminal nature. Being in a full-service firm, she has great facility to activate other knowledge necessary to resolve the conflict.’

Professionalism and technical capacity of its members. Marta Saad is very different.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing an individual in a high-profile FCPA-related case, including working alongside a US-based firm to assist the client in a sentencing hearing before the US Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York.
  • Conducted three sensitive internal investigations for a client at the request of the company’s board of directors.

Caputo, Bastos & Serra Advogados

Under the leadership of practice head Paula Lima Hyppolito OliveiraCaputo, Bastos & Serra Advogados has recently established a white-collar criminal law practice, where 'services are provided with excellence and a lot of technical knowledge'. Among its areas of expertise are crimes against the environment, the financial system and public administration, and investigations related to bids and government contracts. The firm is also highlighted by clients for its multi-disciplinary approach and ability to assist in litigation, public law and government relations. Banking, compliance and litigation partner Tiago Severo Gomes is noted.

Practice head(s):

Paula Lima Hyppolito Oliveira


Paula Lima Hyppolito Oliveira, partner in the white-collar practice. Professional, ethical, serious and very well prepared. It has a strategic and, at the same time, empathetic look to the needs of the client.’

The professionalism and capacity of Dr. Paula Lima are the guarantee of good results. I have already indicated several cases for her and it worked very well, with very positive results.’

Tiago Severo Gomes: excellent professional, exceptional mastery of the subjects in which he specialises.’

Paula Lima Hyppolito de Oliveira: great professional with excellent command in her area of coverage.’

Services provided with excellence and a lot of technical knowledge on the topics demanded.’

An office specialised in litigation, with a highly qualified team and solid experience in criminal law. The characteristic of being a comprehensive office in various areas of litigation, with a focus on public law and government relations, makes it present a strategic and multidisciplinary service.’

Work highlights

  • Defended a client that was accused of a tax crime involving the non-collection of ICMS.

Carneiros e Dipp Advogados

Brasília-based firm Carneiros e Dipp Advogados has carved out a niche in the area of white-collar criminal law, where it specialises in appeals and habeas corpus matters at the appellate courts. The criminal law team is led jointly by name partners Rafael de Alencar Araripe Carneiro and Gilson Langaro Dipp, and has an impressive track record in representing individuals in litigation. The team is also regularly sought for legal opinions on complex cases.

Practice head(s):

Rafael de Alencar Araripe Carneiro; Gilson Langaro Dipp

Work highlights

  • Defended an individual in the criminal procedures related to the Lama Asfaltica operation.
  • Represented the interests of a high-profile figure in a collaboration agreement before the Supreme Court.
  • Defended an individual in the criminal procedures related to the Calvário operation.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

The compliance, white-collar and investigations team at Cescon Barrieu combines Yuri Sahione's extensive white-collar criminal law expertise with Luciano Inácio de Souza's broad specialism in compliance. Sahione is well versed in providing risk management and preventive advisory services, as well as representation in litigation before state and federal courts, or in Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry (CPI), and the team counts major Brazilian and international companies and their executives among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Yuri Sahione

Key clients

Naturgy Brasil

FMD Asset Management

NHJ do Brasil

Método Engenharia

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)

Work highlights

  • Assists a client in several criminal matters related to its activity, as well as advising the client on compliance and internal investigations.
  • Represented a company and its director before the Brazilian federal police and Federal Prosecutor’s Office in the context of an investigation involving alleged mismanagement of investment funds.
  • Represented a client and its representatives in a criminal investigation, as well as before the State of Rio de Janeiro Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry.

David Rechulski, Advogados

Specialised corporate criminal law and compliance firm David Rechulski, Advogados stands out for its sizeable and experienced team, which is equipped to assist blue-chip companies and individuals in complex cases involving allegations of fraud, corruption, bid rigging and environmental crimes, to name a few. Name partner David Rechulski 'always applies complete dedication to the cases'. Working alongside him are experienced partners Ricardo Küpper Pagés, Valeska Pinto and Mariana Helena Kapor Drumond. In recent developments, the firm expanded at the associate level with the hires of André Ricardo Godoy and Cesar Oliveira Janoti in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Associates Juliana Makiyama and Fernanda Dias also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

David Rechulski


An office of unquestionable technical capacity. Speed in attendance. Promptness of information.’

Both David and his partners and team always serve us with diplomacy and calm, which helps a lot, even more in this speciality. They are zealous, always working with organisation and planning.’

David Rechulski is an extremely qualified office in this area, goes deep to understand the client and spares no effort to find a good solution to the case. Much more than technical competence, the dedication printed in each case is the great differential.’

David Rechulski always applies complete dedication to the cases, spares no technical and personal efforts to serve his clients. I also highlight the team which, in Ricardo Pages and Fernanda Dias, serves us with excellence.’

Differentiated delivery capacity. They quickly understand the issues and propose concrete and consistent initiatives. Excellent staff.’

The office is excellent in the area of criminal law, presenting quality work, efficiently and quickly. I highlight the work of the partner David Rechulski and the lawyer Mariana Drumond.’

David Rechulski, Ricardo Pagés and Estéfani Marzagão are recommended.’

Juliana Makiyama is recommended.’

Donati Buzanelli Advogados

Specialised corporate criminal law boutique Donati Buzanelli Advogados was established in 2020 by former partners of Mattos Engelberg Advogados. Despite being relatively young, the team has already established a presence in the market, and is retained by major Brazilian companies and their executives. Led by well-regarded partners Conrado Donati Antunes and Paulo Victor Buzanelli, the team has a good track record in representing clients in federal police investigations and prosecutions, with recent cases involving allegations of fraud, larceny and insider trading, among other white-collar criminal offences.

Practice head(s):

Conrado Donati Antunes; Paulo Buzanelli


The availability of professionals and the present monitoring of cases make the office different.’

Conrado Donati Antunes and Paulo Victor Buzanelli: they are highly qualified professionals, with a contemporary and friendly approach, which provides a very easy and light relationship.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco


J&F Investimentos

Caixa Seguradora

Banco Fator


Scotiabank Brasil

JBS Couros

Flora Produtos De Higiene E Limpeza


Höfling Sociedade de Advogados

Höfling Sociedade de Advogados 'acts with a lot of professionalism, ethics, respect and attention to its clients'. The firm balances a varied workload, covering the areas of fraud, larceny, bribery, unfair competition and environmental crime, among others, and has recently represented clients in a number of police investigations and prosecutions taking place in the state of São Paulo. Name partner Clarissa de Faro Teixeira Höfling 'stands out for her mastery and knowledge of the area'. Pedro Beretta, who jointly leads the team alongside Höfling, and associate Giovanna Ferrari also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Clarissa de Faro Teixeira Höfling; Pedro Beretta


The society is composed of strong professionals and committed to the interests of customers. In the cases in which we work together, I was able to verify that the client’s best interest is in the first place, as well as that he is always given a clear and precise positioning, bringing greater tranquility in the handling of cases.’

Clarissa Hofling: assertive, customer oriented, strategic focus. We are certainly seeing a rising star.

Technical quality of work and personal involvement of partner Clarissa Höfling.’

Clarissa Höfling, Giovanna Ferrari and Pedro Beretta: technical skills and dedication.

It is an office that acts with a lot of professionalism, ethics, respect and attention to its clients. Services provided with excellent technical knowledge and trained staff. Its differential is its cost benefit.’

The partner of the office, Dr. Clarissa Höfling, who stands out for her mastery and knowledge of the area, and another that I can mention is Dr. Giovanna Ferrari, whose strengths are her dedication and effort to gather more technical-legal knowledge.’

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados' white-collar criminal law team is adept in acting as both defence counsel and assistant to the prosecution in litigation involving allegations of corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, antitrust and environmental law offences. The team has also recently seen an uptick in cases involving cybercrimes, particularly from clients in the financial services industry. The practice is ably led by highly regarded criminal law expert Ludmila Groch, and benefits from close collaboration with the firm's experts in compliance, competition and public law. Paloma Romero is a key associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Ludmila Groch


The staff is excellent, especially after the hiring of Ludmila Groch. I worked on three cases with Lefosse this year and in all of them I was impressed with the service.’

Key clients

STERIS Corporation

Work highlights

  • Provided emergency support to a client at the police station in the context of an investigation into possible environmental crimes.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

As befits the firm's national reputation, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' white-collar crime department is retained by major Brazilian companies operating in various industries for assistance in complex cases and for legal opinions. In addition to its broad knowledge of financial and environmental crimes, the team also benefits from the input of the firm's experts in tax, labour and corporate law. Practice head Juliana Sá de Miranda and key associate Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales 'have deep criminal law knowledge and a very high ethical sense of compliance'.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda


The office is formed by great professionals in the national market. They tend to be agile and precise in their opinions and performance.’

Juliana Sá de Miranda is a lawyer with great legal knowledge in her area of expertise.’

Juliana and Gabriela have deep criminal law knowledge and a very high ethical sense of compliance, which gives a powerful and effective combination in solving complex problems of this nature.

Work highlights

  • On behalf of a client in the life sciences sector, drafted a preventive habeas corpus so as to avoid any criminal exposure arising from the non-compliance with a court decision concerning supplies of flu vaccines.
  • Provided a legal opinion on an insurance company’s exposure under banking, consumer and criminal legislation.
  • Retained by a financial institution to analyse the existence of a crime concerning a financial loan by the company, and to notify the criminal authorities to start a criminal investigation.

OCM Advogados - Oliveira & Carneiro Maia Advogados

The 'very committed' team at OCM Advogados - Oliveira & Carneiro Maia Advogados acts for public officials and high-level executives of well-known private companies in high-profile cases involving allegations of financial and economic crimes. The Brasília-based firm is led jointly by Rubens de Oliveira Moreira and Rodrigo Carneiro Maia Bandieri, both of whom receive praise. Associate Nahla Ibrahim Barbosa is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Rubens de Oliveira Moreira; Rodrigo Carneiro Maia Bandieri


The service is provided directly by the partner, Dr. Rubens de Oliveira, and the responses are extremely quick. That is the big difference.’

The entire team is very committed and helpful. I highlight the work of Dr. Rubens de Oliveira, who in addition to being competent and committed is always quick to return.’

Rubens de Oliveira: proactive, adequate professional posture, deep knowledge in the area of attention.’

The office provides a high-quality service in technical terms. Its partners are attentive and sensitive to the demands of customers.

Rubens and Rodrigo are professionals who know how to ponder technical aspects. I would say that the attention and dedication given to the problems presented set them apart in the market.

Ráo & Lago Advogados

The 'very talented professionals' at criminal boutique Ráo & Lago Advogados receive praise for their 'commitment to the best possible defence of the client' and 'in-depth knowledge and maturity to advise the client and listen to their counterpoints'. The firm stands out for its solid track record in complex criminal lawsuits, and successfully secured a number of dismissals for its clients during 2020. The team is jointly led by highly regarded partners Sônia Cochrane Ráo and Natasha do Lago. The firm was further strengthened by the arrival of Marina Chaves Alves in August 2020; she has a particular focus on cases involving allegations of financial, tax and money laundering violations and crimes against the public administration. Key associates in the team include Giovanna Silveira TavolaroRodolfo Eduardo Santos Carvalho and Tarsila Fonseca Tojal.

Practice head(s):

Sônia Cochrane Ráo; Natasha do Lago


Excellent office, well-prepared, agile, attentive professionals and focused on solving customer problems. In my opinion it is one of the best offices in the criminal area.’

I highly recommend Natasha Lago. She is always available, she is extremely intelligent, she gives quick solutions to cases.

A boutique office, with highly talented professionals, in-depth knowledge and maturity to advise the client and listen to their counterpoints.’

Sonia Ráo – experienced professional, with deep knowledge and an unrivalled critical capacity. Natasha do Lago – talented young woman, with enormous technical capacity and desire to grow.’

The seriousness, promptness and clarity of the information and recommendations, as well as the definition of strategies, give the client security and tranquility.’

Dr. Natasha Lago, in addition to her legal and procedural knowledge, has the enormous quality of being objective and at the same time gives the client the feeling that the client is the only one she serves. In other words, the client has beside her the support and dedication of the partner, bringing great tranquility in the conduct of the professional relationship.’

The commitment to the best possible defence of the client and the willingness to go deeper into all matters related to each case bring the certainty that nothing that can be used well in defence will be forgotten.’

Natasha Lago and Sônia Ráo are amazing working together.’