Firms To Watch: White-collar crime and investigations

Boutique firm Chinaglia Oliveira Advogados was established in 2020; its white-collar criminal law practice is led by the highly regarded Clarissa Oliveira, an expert in corporate and governmental investigations and criminal litigation, and Arthur Barretto, who draws on previous experience at both full-service and criminal boutique law firms.
Established by Newton de Souza Pavan, Vinícius Lapetina and Fausto Latuf Silveira, criminal law firm PLS – Pavan, Lapetina e Silveira Advogados represents clients in investigations and proceedings involving economic, bidding and tax crimes, among other areas.
Rafael Braude Canterji brought his criminal law practice to Silveiro Advogados in March 2021; he and associate Ana Maria do Carmo Colombo have notable experience advising corporations and individuals in criminal investigations, litigation and crisis management.

White-collar crime and investigations in Brazil

Davi Tangerino Advogados

Following its founding in 2018, specialised white-collar criminal law boutique Davi Tangerino Advogados has rapidly established a strong reputation in the market – and its practice continues to evolve. Already established in São Paulo, 2021 saw the firm open an office in Brasília, a useful hub from which the firm can act for clients around Brazil, and which also provides closer access to the country’s superior courts. In a significant development in February 2022, the firm parted ways with former co-founding partner Salo De Carvalho , although most of the firm’s personnel remain the same. Its work with household name companies and high-profile individuals remains a constant, with recent work including representing a major company in a Parliamentary Commission Inquiry (CPI). ‘Excellent professional’ and name partner Davi Tangerino leads the team; he draws on previous experience working at an international firm, and as a law clerk at the Brazilian Supreme Court. André Filipe Kend Tanabe and senior associate Patrícia Dannebrock Águedo are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Davi Tangerino

Testimonials

The firm is made up of a very competent and technical team.’

Davi Tangerino is an excellent professional, very technical, very serious and a very easy person to work with. He understands the client’s demand and is able to pass, with tranquility, guidance to clients.’

I would highlight Patrícia Águedo.’

The transformation that criminal law is going through demands that criminal law firms have a high level of mastery in several areas of law. In Brazil, the Davi Tangerino firm is well prepared because it is attentive to the most decisive problems of companies exposed to criminal risks in sectors such as administrative law, in cases of improbity and other types of infractions, and bidding, competition, environmental and tax law.’

Its members are among the most technically qualified, highlighting the synergy of the team, extremely influential, due to its technical competence, in setting paradigms in judicial and administrative courts.’

Davi Tangerino: In Brazil he is certainly among the top 5 in the area of international business-criminal law.’

Key clients

WhatsApp

Meta Incorporated

Petrobras

American Tower Brasil

Procter & Gamble

Faro Energy

Work highlights

  • Defending American Tower against claims that the client allegedly installed telecommunications towers without the proper licenses.
  • Assisting well-known companies in work educating authorities on the Brazilian legal frameworks on data disclosure and the limits imposed by the laws of other jurisdictions.
  • Providing assistance to a client in a Parliamentary Investigation Committee (CPI) looking into alleged irregularities and possible crimes committed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Iokoi Advogados

A multidisciplinary team with extremely qualified professionals prepared to deal with all matters related to corporate criminal law and investigations’, Iokoi Advogados has one of the largest teams in the country dedicated to white-collar criminal law and defence. It expanded its team further in September 2021 with the hires of retired judge of the State of São Paulo’s Appellate Court, José Raul Gavião de Almeida, and Luiz Roberto Salles Souza, a retired public prosecutor. In addition to its comprehensive service-offering covering white-collar crimes such as fraud, corruption and money laundering, the firm is also equipped to assist clients in civil litigation and product liability cases. Recent instructions for the firm have come from clients in the food, retail and technology sectors, among others. It has also been increasingly active in matters connected to the payment systems and telecoms sectors, where Ricardo Capelli has notable expertise. A ‘reference’ in the market, founding partner Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi is highlighted for his ability to ‘understand the business and act quickly and effectively in solving demands’, and stands out for his track record acting for companies, C-suite executives and public officials. Bruno Magosso de PaivaAdriano Scalzaretto and associate Maria Luiza Maluf Novaes are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi

Testimonials

In addition to the technical aspect, the availability of professionals and flexibility in handling topics according to the needs of the business are an important differential of the firm.’

Pedro Iokoi: a reference in criminal law in Brazil.’

Pedro Iokoi and Adriano Scalzaretto are simply amazing. When I pass a case on to them, I know I don’t have to worry about driving. All experiences in more than 10 years of partnership, without exception, were positive. They are strategic, with in-depth knowledge of the subject.’

Iokoi Advogados has a multidisciplinary team with extremely qualified professionals prepared to deal with all matters related to corporate criminal law and investigations. Its team has doctors and professors from renowned educational institutions that ensure that the performance is always current and modern.’

Pedro Iokoi is distinguished by his enormous knowledge and ability to understand the business and act quickly and effectively in solving demands.’

Availability and maturity in legal guidelines. The firm has an excellent vision of the business and manages to guide us with technical excellence without straying from corporate challenges.’

The firm’s lawyers present a level of solicitude, promptness and agility that exceeds expectations. I’d highlight Dr Pedro Iokoi and Dr Maria Luiza.’

Dr Pedro Iokoi and Dr Bruno Paiva serve my team with mastery. At any time of the day or night they are always ready to help us.’

Key clients

Telefônica | Vivo

Cielo

Yduqs

Solar.BR

OLX

Nestlé

Mercado Livre

Rappi

Banco Itaú Unibanco

Record TV

Braskem

Mars

IFood

Rumo

SPFC

United Airlines

Camil

Bimbo

Faci.ly

Even

Work highlights

  • Assisting a client in a large criminal investigation into the diversion of public resources in the health sector.
  • Retained to advise a client on a significant criminal investigation into smuggling.
  • Advised a client on avoiding criminal liability for the crime of disobedience.

Mattos Filho

Full-service powerhouse Mattos Filho established its white-collar criminal law practice in 2017 with the arrival of highly regarded criminal law expert Rogério Fernando Taffarello. He and his team combine their vast experience of criminal investigations and proceedings with the firm’s broader capabilities in litigation, compliance and environmental law, among other areas, and are regularly entrusted in sensitive federal investigations. Beyond litigation, the practice also provides advisory services to its clients, including in the context of M&A transactions. The firm continues to invest in its white-collar crime practice, as evidenced by the promotion of Flávia Guimarães Leardini to partner in April 2021; she is particularly focused on tax fraud and money laundering cases. The ‘highly qualifiedPaula Moreira Indalecio is also noted; with over 20 years’ experience, she is a key contact for clients in the construction, healthcare, financial services and technology sectors in relation to major investigations. Gabriel de Freitas Queiroz is a key contact at the senior associate level.

Testimonials

‘Undoubtedly, what sets the firm apart from others in the market are the results of its multidisciplinary work.’

‘Paula Moreira Indalecio is highly qualified, focused on the client and provides excellent service to the company. Gabriel de Freitas Queiroz proves to be well prepared, acts with great discretion and confidently tackles multidisciplinary problems.’

‘Technical quality, thorough analysis of materials, strategic reasoning.’

‘Excellent communication between the corporate criminal law area and the other areas of the office, ensuring an alignment of strategy and narrative. Team able to understand areas of concern and provide direct and accurate answers. Vast experience conveys confidence and security in decision making.’

‘Rogério Tafarello: experience, communication and deep knowledge of theory and practice.’

‘Flávia Leardini: excellent communication and ability to understand the client’s business, ease of coordination with other areas to align strategy and defense and, finally, availability to respond to other emergencies.’

Claudio Figueiredo Costa Advocacia Criminal

Highlighted for its ‘solid, artisanal and very technical performance in the criminal area', Claudio Figueiredo Costa Advocacia Criminal is regularly sought out by high-profile individuals and major companies operating in the construction, energy, engineering and financial services sectors, among others. Recent matters keeping the practice busy include a major investigation into bid rigging, embezzlement and money laundering, and a complex federal criminal investigation into an alleged corruption scheme involving political figures. ‘Exceptional lawyer' Cláudio Figueiredo Costa leads the firm; an ‘excellent strategist', he is ‘very skilled at building solid and trusting relationships with his clients'. Raphael Gaudio and Mônica Figueiredo Costa are also active members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Cláudio Figueiredo Costa

Testimonials

The firm is very well structured and organised. It has great capacity to move people in emergencies.’

Cláudio Figueiredo Costa Advocacia Criminal provides excellent service, whether through the technical expertise of the team in criminal matters, or through the dedicated attention to the definition of appropriate strategies, close monitoring of cases with constant reporting.’

Claudio Costa is one of the best criminalists of the new generation.’

‘Claudio Costa: Technically very good in corporate criminal law, whether in the advisory part, or in criminal litigation, seeking paths and strategies for the best solution of the process.’

‘Claudio Figueiredo is highly technical, available, has an individualized look at each case, is helpful and treats the client personally.’

‘Firm with solid, artisanal and very technical performance in the criminal area, with excellent interaction with clients and also with a very constructive performance and a lot of credibility 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 firm conveys a lot of security to the client in handling all cases with a very high relationship of trust and partnership.’

‘Cláudio Costa is an exceptional lawyer, studious and with deep legal knowledge. Excellent listener and very skilled at building solid and trusting relationships with his clients. Excellent strategist, detail-oriented, with important holistic vision and interpersonal skills.’

I’d highlight Dr Claudio Costa and Dr Raphael Gaudio.’

Work highlights

  • Represented three former executives who were facing tax evasion charges.
  • Advised and represented a CEO against charges of running a financial institution without permission, fraudulent management and money laundering.
  • Represented a company and one of its employees in an environmental crime investigation.

Mudrovitsch Advogados

Mudrovitsch Advogados is praised for its ‘great knowledge of doctrine and jurisprudence' and ‘artisanal service, with the personal involvement of senior partners'. Headquartered in Brasília and with an additional office in São Paulo, the firm is well placed to assist clients in investigations around the country, as well as in litigation before the superior courts in the capital. Its experience in negotiating leniency agreements is another major draw, and its clients include large companies, entrepreneurs and politicians. Name partner Rodrigo De Bittencourt Mudrovitsch is highlighted for his ‘great leadership', and combines his considerable expertise in white-collar criminal law with his niche knowledge of constitutional law. Head of the criminal law area Felipe Fernandes De Carvalho and Ivan Candido Da Silva De Franco, who is particularly active in cases involving tax and environmental crimes, also come with client recommendation.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo de Bittencourt Mudrovitsch; Felipe Fernandes de Carvalho; Ivan Candido da Silva de Franco; Gustavo Teixeira Gonet Branco

Testimonials

Very well prepared and focused team. Great knowledge of doctrine and jurisprudence. Good network of contacts in the legal world. Attentive and dedicated. Always available.’

Office with all available technology. Present in Sao Paulo and Brasilia. Involvement with the academic world giving great confidence to its clients. One of the best offices I’ve ever been to.

‘Rodrigo Mudrovitsch, Felipe Carvalho and Victor Rufino are far above average lawyers, who combine strategic vision and technical quality.’

‘I’d highlight the great leadership and direction of Rodrigo Mudrovitch. Very well prepared, intelligent, well connected and deeply knowledgeable about the legal process.’

‘Felipe Carvalho is an excellent lawyer to be responsible for a case. He knows how to listen and capture client information. He knows a lot about doctrine and jurisprudence and knows how to make important decisions at critical times. Ivan Franco deals very well with legal professionals, being firm and diligent and maintaining good dialogue with everyone.’

A union between a broad structure, which combines various areas of expertise, but with artisanal service, with the personal involvement of senior partners. This is also why the firm innovates in the formulation of more global strategies for clients, also in the preventive area.’

Key clients

Raízen

Bom Futuro

Oi

Louis Dreyfus Company

Direcional Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Assisting a company in several criminal proceedings related to activities in the telecoms sector.
  • Acted for a client in criminal proceedings, including as a victim of fraud.
  • Representing a client in several criminal proceedings related both to its activities and to the activities of a company it recently acquired.

Tofic Simantob, Perez e Ortiz

With ‘excellent lawyers‘ and ‘well-trained professionals’, boutique firm Tofic Simantob, Perez e Ortiz is a popular choice for politicians, entrepreneurs, executives and companies seeking advice and representation in sensitive investigations. It stands out in particular for its strong track-record in securing acquittals for its clients. The well-established firm continued to grow in 2021, incorporating João Henrique Imperia Martini    from the Public Defender’s Office of the State of São Paulo in November of that year, and it has also expanded at the associate level with recent hires. Fábio Tofic Simantob     led on a number of the firm’s recent successful cases; he co-heads the team alongside Débora Perez Dias     and Mariana Tranchesi Ortiz    , who also receive praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

Fábio Tofic Simantob; Débora Perez Dias; Mariana Tranchesi Ortiz; João Henrique Imperia Martini

Testimonials

‘The firm has excellent lawyers who are technically and strategically competent. Therefore, they have the sensitivity to understand the moment and history of the client to propose better paths. In this area of activity, it is not enough to win the action, but how and when to win. Finally, it should be noted that the office has adequate diversity, a great internal atmosphere, and excellent structure.

‘Fábio Tofic and Mariana Ortiz are undoubtedly the highlights, but there are other very good and promising lawyers as well. Both have a strategic vision, excellent training, good relationships that allow differentiated advocacy.

‘Availability and technical capacity.

‘I’d highlight Fabio Tofic and Débora Perez.

‘The firm works in the criminal area with excellence, strategic posture and has professionals with high quality.’

‘They are very well-trained professionals, but at the same time with a lot of work experience. creative and well-focused professionals.

David Rechulski, Advogados

A specialised criminal law boutique with a well-established reputation, David Rechulski, Advogados is highlighted for its ‘commitment to the client' and ‘deep legal knowledge'. The firm is frequently retained to assist household name companies and their c-level executives in sensitive cases involving allegations of fraud, corruption, money laundering, tax crimes and environmental law breaches, among other matters. Beyond its work in criminal investigations and proceedings, the firm is also equipped to assist clients in corporate crisis management, as well as criminal compliance programmes and training. The highly regarded David Rechulski leads the practice; senior partner Ricardo Küpper Pagés, criminal law and compliance expert Valeska PintoMariana Helena Kapor Drumond and associate Juliana Makiyama are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

David Rechulski

Testimonials

‘The care and services are provided with excellence and with the direct participation of partners David Rechulski and Ricardo Pages. All of the team are highly qualified. Partnership, security and reliability are the office’s hallmarks.

Quality, trust, collaboration.

‘I’d highlight Dr Juliana Makiyama; Dr André Ricardo Godoy and Dr Beatriz Tonetti Akl.

‘Deep legal knowledge, availability to serve the client quickly, commitment to the client and creativity to recommend solutions.

‘I would highlight David Rechulski.

‘The firm has a team of highly technically-prepared lawyers who are always available to assist us, presenting the best results.

‘The team is very technically prepared and is always available to assist us with high quality advice in the shortest possible time and with the results we expect.

I’d recommend Juliana Makiyama.

Key clients

Vale

TIM

CAOA Group

Banco Santander Brasil

Neoenergia

Prysmian Cabos e Sistemas do Brasil

Elevadores Atlas Schindler

Anglo American Brasil

ArcelorMittal Brasil

HTB Engenharia e Contrução

Votorantim Cimentos

EY

Odontoprev

Seguradora Líder do Consórcio do Seguro DPVAT

Brookfield Brasil

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Fundação Vale do rio Doce de Seguridade Social (VALIA)

Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social (PETROS)

Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN)

Klabin

Banco C6 Consignado

GTIS Partners

Klabin

Mosaic Fertilizantes P&K

QMC Telecom do Brasil

Suzano

Telecom Itália

Tupy

Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém

Natura

Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE)

Demarest Advogados

The well-established practice at Demarest Advogados is praised for its ‘excellent performance in the criminal area’. The department is equally adept in environmental and financial crime cases, and also stands out for its ability to act on insider-trading matters. Additionally, the firm is well equipped to assist clients with investigations into bid rigging and cartel formation, where it can combine its strong capabilities in white-collar criminal defence and antitrust law. ‘Brilliant in her work, admirable as a person’, practice head Fabyola En Rodrigues can draw on over 20 years’ experience representing executives and companies in domestic and cross-border investigations. Larissa Borges Guimarães , Thais Karine Almeida Tereciano and Aline de Oliveira Silva are all names to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Fabyola En Rodrigues

Testimonials

Excellent performance in the criminal area. Speed and proactivity mark the performance of the penal area. Advanced technical knowledge, which conveys confidence and security to the client.

Dr. Fabyola En Rodrigues is an extremely competent lawyer, brilliant in her work, admirable as a person. A great asset of the Demarest office, without a doubt!

I am very satisfied with the proactivity and negotiation solution presented, going beyond the legal aspects. This is a differentiator compared to my previous experiences. Another point to highlight is the work we did on mitigating the criminal liability of my directors.

‘I recommend Fabyola En Rodrigues, whether for her technical competence or for her complementary knowledge in business management. She manages to get everyone on her team to deliver a quality of work above my expectations. Another professional I recommend is Larissa Guimarães, who stands out for her knowledge of international criminal law.’

‘Highly qualified, ethical and discreet professionals.

‘I would highlight Celso Xavier and Fabyola Rodrigues.

Key clients

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Bacardi Martini do Brasil Indústria

Cardif BNP Paribas Group

Marte Engenharia

Braskem

Skansa Brasil

Baumgart Group

Communications Test Design

Yout

E-Frame Tecnologia e Negócios

Work highlights

  • Acting in the defence of a former executive of Andrade Gutierrez concerning alleged practices of bid rigging and cartel formation.
  • Successfully secured the acquittal of a company director in relation to a bid-rigging criminal accusation.
  • Assisted a client in the recovery of money in a case concerning internal fraud.

KLA Advogados

Under the leadership of highly regarded white-collar criminal law and compliance expert Filipe Magliarelli, KLA Advogados balances a busy and varied practice with experience acting for clients at all stages up to and including the Supreme Federal Court. Recent instructions for the team have seen it assist with cases in the technology, chemicals and medical devices sectors, among others. It has also seen a recent uptick in fraud and cybercrime-related cases in the financial services industry. Corporate criminal law specialist and associate Juliane Mendonça is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Magliarelli

Testimonials

The firm stands out in providing quality services, delivered at the speed desired by the client/partner office.

Filipe Magliarelli stands out in the team, whether for his past professional experience with renowned lawyers, or for his mastery of the matter.

I’d highlight Filipe Magliareli and Juliane Mendonça.

Good skills and practice with responsibility and care.

I would recommended Filipe Migliaeli, Juliane Mendonça, and Guilherme Person.

Filipe Magliarelli is a great lawyer!

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Leveraging its full-service capabilities, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is able to deploy multidisciplinary teams to assist clients with the gamut of white-collar criminal law matters; moreover, it is noted for its ‘holistic view, deep knowledge, business understanding and objectivity’. The team can regularly be found assisting executives and corporates with state and federal investigations and also has a notable track-record in administrative and judicial litigation. The practice grew organically in January 2022 with the promotion of Lourival Lofrano Júnior to counsel. Other names to note include Mário Panseri Ferreira, who is responsible for the criminal practice at the firm and who has over 20 years’ advisory and litigious experience; José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, whose broad practice takes in anti-corruption and compliance, competition and litigation; litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo; and corporate investigations expert Daniel Costa Rebello. Since publication, Natalia Genina Lugero De Almeida has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Testimonials

Qualified staff, expertise, attentive and available.

I would highlight Mario Panseri Ferreira, Natalia Lugero de Almeida and Lourival Lofrano Junior.

Holistic view, deep knowledge, business understanding, objectivity.

I’d recommend Mario Panseri and Lourival Lofrano.

With each project that I develop with the criminal group of PN, I am more surprised by the care and criteria that guide the themes. These are solid strategic suggestions, based on technical knowledge, but without losing sight of the practical issues aimed at effectively solving the case.’

Key clients

Tüv Süd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tüv Süd in a case connected to the Brumadinho dam break in 2019.

Ráo & Lago Advogados

With ‘excellent technical skills and great expertise', specialist penal boutique Ráo & Lago Advogados continues to act for high-level executives in sensitive cases. Noted for its ‘outstanding performance in its area due to its technical competence, dedication and impeccable conduct', the firm has a strong track record in securing successful outcomes for its clients and has been involved in litigation following major police operations. Also of note is the team’s expertise in crimes in the corporate sphere and it is frequently sought out by companies in the construction, real estate and financial services sectors for assistance. ‘Brilliant lawyer‘ Sônia Cochrane Ráo has a well-established reputation in the market; she leads the practice alongside Natasha do Lago, a ‘very intelligent lawyer with exceptional ideas', and Marina Chaves Alves, who re-joined the firm in 2020 and specialises in tax, financial and money-laundering cases.

Practice head(s):

Sônia Cochrane Ráo; Natasha do Lago; Marina Chaves Alves

Testimonials

They have excellent technical skills and great expertise. In addition, they are highly-qualified professionals giving efficient advice.

Sonia Rao is an excellent professional and individual. I consider her extremely qualified and sagacious. She is also a strongly respected lawyer. Natasha do Lago is an “up-and-coming” partner who is usually cited as excellent and very smart.’

Technical capacity, resilience and ability to build a long-term relationship with clients.’

I consider the firm to be excellent because I have always been very well attended, all questions have been well addressed and the results have always been positive.

Sonia Ráo – brilliant lawyer, with seniority to work on all fronts. Natasha do Lago – a very intelligent lawyer with exceptional ideas.

The group is unique in its knowledge of financial laws and financial regulations, a key factor in effectively defending white-collar crime. Additionally they are especially careful with terms and procedures that have to be followed, thus making client feel sure of never meeting with disagreeable surprises. Natasha do Lago embodies these qualities and is knowledgeable in aspects of business law such as banking and securities regulation. Sonia Rao in her turn is a seasoned professional who has the rare ability of foreseeing clearly court and procedure developments, as well as prosecutorial strategies, in the cases under her care.’

Firm with extensive experience in its specialty, with outstanding performance in its area due to its technical competence, dedication and impeccable conduct.’

The conduct of the firm’s team, led and inspired by partners Sonia Rao and Natasha do Lago, is irreproachable, both from a professional and personal point of view.’

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Siqueira Castro – Advogados provides an ‘excellent service in corporate criminal law’. The firm has vast experience acting for clients in administrative and judicial litigation, including before the country’s superior courts, covering environmental offences, crimes against the tax, financial and economic systems and money laundering. The firm also has a well-established pro bono programme, in which its criminal law specialists often participate, partnering with multiple non-profit organisations throughout the country. Another distinguishing feature is its on-the-ground presence; the department operates primarily from São Paulo, but it also has team members based in its multiple offices in key locations across Brazil. Practice head and ‘highly qualified professionalJoão Daniel Rassi has significant experience in criminal proceedings involving fraud, capital markets, IP, antitrust and consumer relations offences. Marcos Sérgio De Almeida Cavalcanti Ribeiro is another active member of the team. Associates Gilberto Alves Junior and Henrique Paixão dos Santos are also noted. Renata Cestari Ferreira re-joined the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

João Daniel Rassi

Testimonials

I would highlight the technical quality of its professionals.

João Daniel Rassi is a highly-qualified professional and absolutely available, always looking out for the best interest of his clients.

The criminal law team at Siqueira Castro is very attentive and specialised in business assistance. They are professionals who have good technique and fast service.

João Daniel Rassi: competent professional who always has strategic solutions to legal suits. I’d also mention Gilberto Alves and Henrique Paixão dos Santos.

The firm provides excellent service in corporate criminal law, with emphasis on negotiated solutions (awarded collaborations, leniency agreement) and preventive action in matters of environmental crime.

João Daniel Rassi: Great expert in substantive/procedural law, in addition to being an excellent negotiator, enjoying great prestige among public authorities.

Key clients

Sumitomo Chemical Brasil Indústria Química

Motion Pictures Association

Telefônica Brasil

Temoinsa do Brasil

Jinny Software Latin America Importação e Exportação

Ecolab Química

White Martins Gases Industriais

Fedex Brasil Logística e Transporte

Camargo Correa Infra

Paranapanema

Work highlights

  • Represented Sumitomo in a claim alleging damage to the environment resulting from pollution.
  • Represented Temoinsa against claims of allegedly defrauding a public works bid.
  • Represented White Martins in an accusation of not supplying oxygen for the health secretariat of Amazonas State.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has become ‘an established name as a result of serious and dedicated work' and its strong reputation explains in part how it continues to attract instructions from new clients in the consumer, financial services, healthcare and natural resources sectors, among others. The department has seen an increase in instructions relating to digital fraud cases, fuelled largely by pandemic-induced remote working, and remains active in high-profile investigations and criminal proceedings. The highly regarded Marta Saad stands out for her ‘unquestionable experience and technical knowledge'; she also works alongside compliance specialist Rafael Gimenes at the firm to provide a comprehensive service to clients.

Practice head(s):

Marta Saad

Testimonials

Team capacity, technical knowledge, negotiation skills, discussion of sensitive issues, transparency.

The firm is a stronghold of law, with an established name as a result of serious and dedicated work. One stop-shop with highly qualified professionals. That’s the difference.

Marta Saad is a creative lawyer, sensitive to the client’s problems, with a very easy relationship with other colleagues and with a deep knowledge of the criminal process. This combination of qualities makes her very different from other criminalists in a similar position. In my opinion she is the best criminal lawyer in a full-service office in Brazil.

Rare case of a Brazilian full-service office that decided to bet on a truly robust and experienced team of criminalists. At Veirano, the team is led by a partner with experience and deep academic knowledge, Marta Saad, who is respected by everyone, and this helps to raise the reputation of the area.

I’d highlight Marta Saad for her unquestionable experience and technical knowledge. Great as a lawyer and also as a reviewer.

The difference is the high teaching qualification of lawyer Marta Saad, combining theory and practice in favor of clients.

‘Rafael Gimenes stands out for his technical capacity, experience and leadership.

Key clients

Odebrecht (rebranded Novonor)

Shell

BMG Bank

Work highlights

  • Performed a corporate investigation at BMG bank following a Federal Police dawn raid.
  • Represented an individual before the Supreme Court of Brazil to obtain a favourable ruling to the effect that tax authorities do not have free access to the client’s plea bargain agreement for the purpose of enforcing tax charges.
  • Represented a client in various police investigations into racist and/or homophobic behaviour.

Caputo, Bastos & Serra Advogados

Paula Lima Hyppolito Oliveira has established an impressive white-collar criminal law and defence practice at Caputo, Bastos & Serra Advogados, which is noted for its ‘efficient, discreet and highly technical service delivery‘. It has recently represented clients in cases involving allegations of fraud and fraudulent management, reckless management, money laundering and tax evasion, and is increasingly active in matters involving the cryptocurrency and technology sectors. João Berchmans Serra and young associate Gabriel Cervantes Ghiselli are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paula Lima Hyppolito Oliveira

Testimonials

Law firm specializsd in litigation, with a multidisciplinary team that is very technically prepared and with a differentiated service.’

Paula Lima and Gabriel Cervantes are excellent professionals. In all cases I worked with them, we were 100% successful. Focused on the letter of the law and practical experience, in fact, the team’s work is exceptional.’

A team with great synergy, diversity, and up to date. I’d highlight João Serra, with great experience in different areas. He is a very efficient, experienced lawyer with a strategic vision.’

Medium-sized firm, operating in well-defined niches. Efficient, discreet and highly technical service delivery.’

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Sociedade De Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has experience defending clients in courts around the country and in Parliamentary Commission Inquiries (CPIs), and is also a popular choice for clients looking for criminal-law consultancy services. Although it is one of the firm’s newer areas – created in 2019 with the hire of white-collar criminal law expert Yuri Sahione – it has quickly established an active practice. Forming part of a full-service firm, Sahione and his team are able to collaborate with colleagues across the firm -particularly in the litigation and labour departments- and act as an integrated practice with the firm’s compliance group, in which Luciano Inácio De Souza is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Yuri Sahione

Key clients

Naturgy Energy Group

FMD Asset Management

Novo Horizonte Jacarepaguá Importação e Exportação

Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA)

SG Comércio Exterior

Klingele Paper Nova Campina

Eco Vendas de Material Elétrico

Baldacci Pharma

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in the unfreezing of the entire assets of its director, in the course of Operation “Encilhamento”.
  • Advised Novo Horizonte Jacarepagua Importação e Exportação on the restitution of assets that were seized in the course of an investigation connected to possible fraud in a public bid.
  • Acted for the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), in a police inquiry.

Correa Gontijo Advogados

Specialised corporate criminal law boutique Correa Gontijo Advogadospresents agile solutions that fully meet the client’s needs’. It acts for companies and their executives in major fraud and corruption investigations brought by the federal police across the country, and has notable experience in judicial litigation – including before the superior courts. ‘Brilliant professional’ and founding partner Conrado Almeida Correa Gontijo is ‘dedicated, focused and strategic’. The team also has significant expertise at the associate level, with Giovanna Zanata and Nara Chavedar receiving particular praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

Conrado Almeida Corrêa Gontijo

Testimonials

Correa Gontijo is a very efficient, fast and assertive law firm. They have a young, agile and professional work team that quickly understands the client’s needs, seeking innovative solutions and alternatives that go beyond their legal actions, generating opportunities and options that are often more efficient. It is precisely their size that allows them to deal with issues directly, with their partners at the forefront of the matters to be discussed and resolved.

Conrado Gontijo is a senior professional, extremely intelligent and with a great capacity for empathy, which is difficult to find together in the same person. Giovanna Zanata is a very detailed professional who studies contracts and documents in depth, providing fundamental legal support in any situation, since she clearly understands their scope.

Conrado Gontijo is my point of contact. He is a brilliant professional. Dedicated, focused, strategic, competent and with in-depth knowledge of legal matters.

The office has an absolutely personal and artisan approach to cases, which is essential in the criminal area. All the experiences I had to collaborate with them, and there were many, always proved to be extremely fruitful, leaving a great impression on the client and leading to satisfactory results.

Conrado Gontijo – unique training, experience in cases of great repercussion, personalised attention, finesse in treatment, communication skills and empathy with clients in critical moments. Nara Chavedar – excellent technical capacity, quick responses, creativity in legal solutions.

Conrado Gontijo has extensive training in the area of criminal law, holding a doctorate and master’s degree, in addition to being a professor. Additionally, the entire team has excellent training, they all have postgraduate degrees, like Giovanna Zanata and Nara Chavedar. In short, all very efficient professionals.

Conrad Gontijo is active, intelligent, has a deep knowledge of criminal law and is a practical person. He does not develop academic theories, but strategies that address the client’s question.

Extremely dynamic office, presenting agile solutions that fully meet the client’s needs. Very attentive and skillful in the preparation of documents, always dealing with the matter in a meticulous way, paying attention to the details.

David Teixeira de Azevedo Advogados

Boutique firm David Teixeira de Azevedo Advogados has extensive expertise in white-collar criminal law cases, where it covers fraud, corruption, money laundering and securities litigation, among other areas. Also of note is the firm’s capabilities in internal corporate investigations. Additionally, the team provides compliance advisory services for its clients, which include domestic and multinational companies operating in the life sciences, financial services, mining and automotive sectors. Furthermore, the firm dedicates a percentage of its time to pro bono work, acting for wrongfully accused individuals, and individuals in need of medical assistance. Founding partner David Teixeira de Azevedo  leads the practice, with key support provided by managing partner André Dias de Azevedo .

Practice head(s):

David Teixeira de Azevedo

Key clients

Deloitte, Touche, Tohmatsu Auditores Independentes

Usiminas

Usiminas Mecânica

Banco Panamericano

5G Capital

Global Access

Ebf Vaz

Grupo MAT

Petrobrás Executive

Anima Centro Hospitalar

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Access in cross-border investigations into securities fraud.
  • Representing a general manager accused of corruption in a major investigation.
  • Representing the chief legal officer of a company in a criminal case involving alleged accounting fraud and mismanagement.

Donati Buzanelli Advogados

The corporate criminal law team at Donati Buzanelli Advogados operates out of São Paulo and Brasília, from where it has acted for clients in complex federal police investigations across the country. Equipped to assist in cases connected to crimes against the financial system, crimes against the public administration and money laundering, to name a few, the firm is regularly entrusted by large and household-name companies in Brazil to represent both the entity and its executives. Conrado Donati Antunes and Paulo Victor Buzanelli are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Conrado Donati; Paulo Buzanelli

Testimonials

I would recommend Conrado Donati Antunes.

Key clients

Banco Bradesco

Odebrecht

J&F Investimentos

Caixa Seguradora

Banco Fator

Ambev

Scotiabank Brasil

JBS/JBS Couros

Flora Produtos De Higiene E Limpeza

Höfling Sociedade de Advogados

Specialised boutique Höfling Sociedade de Advogados is well versed in cases and investigations involving money laundering, crimes against the financial system and crimes against the consumer, as well as copyright, tax and environmental law breaches. The team also provides compliance advice and training for companies on combating harassment, discrimination and gender violence. Name partner and economic criminal law expert Clarissa de Faro Teixeira Höfling is highlighted for her ‘unparalleled competence in finding the way, the solution and directing the demand to the outcome planned and expected by the client‘. Practice co-head Pedro Beretta and associate Gustavo Nascimento Gomes are noted for their ‘excellent knowledge of the area of operation and good versatility‘. Also at associate level, Giovanna Ferrari is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Clarissa de Faro Teixeira Höfling; Pedro Beretta

Testimonials

The office is extremely competent, from the first service, through the guidance and throughout the entire process, espacially for the accuracy in finding the way to ensure the correct approach to the case, and implementing all possible efforts -in a tireless way- until reaching the result expected by the client. It stands out precisely for these qualities. We feel like the only client, which is extremely important, given the sensitivity of the area of operation.

The partner responsible for the service, Clarissa Hofling is exceptional, for her unrestricted attention to the client, for her availability, for her care with the case and for her unparalleled competence in finding a way to the solution and directing the case to the outcome planned and expected by the client.

Pedro Beretta and Gustavo Nascimento Gomes stood out: these professionals have excellent knowledge of the area of operation and good versatility.

A firm whose members are  up-to-date and with an ability to understand at every moment so that I as a client can feel safe in the decision making.

Simple human values; an ability to understand the financial flow as the process progresses. Extremely satisfied.

The firm has a broad domain of the legislation and legal procedures that are used in defence processes so that the results were successful in the cases where I was attended by Clarissa Hofling.

Clarissa Hofling is diligent, has a deep knowledge of the law, is attentive to deadlines and is an excellent defence strategist.

Lefosse Advogados

Focused and very agile in meeting demands', Lefosse Advogados is ‘a full-service firm that feels like a boutique office'. It has successfully established an active white-collar criminal law practice that is broad in scope and well integrated into a multidisciplinary team that is able to cover the compliance, antitrust and criminal aspects of its clients’ complex matters. The team has been particularly active in crisis-management matters, recently, and is also equipped to assist with high-profile investigations and litigation involving allegations of fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, tax offences and environmental crimes, among other areas. Ludmila Groch stands out for her ‘high capacity in crisis management, knowledge of investigations and litigation and pragmatic view'; she co-leads the practice alongside compliance and government enforcement expert Juliana Daniel.

Practice head(s):

Ludmila Groch; Juliana Daniel

Testimonials

The team is focused and very agile in meeting demands. Accurate technical performance.

Ludmila Groch is a very dedicated and attentive professional in dealing with clients. Lucas Baptista is very technical and attentive in dealing with clients.

A full-service firm that feels like a boutique office, that’s how I see Lefosse. Individualised service, with highly specialised professionals.

Ludmila Groch certainly stands out. High capacity in crisis management, knowledge of investigations and litigation and a pragmatic view, focused on consequences.

Key clients

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento (BNDES)

2TM Participações

Instituto Nacional de Processamento de Embalagens Vazias (InPEV)

Work highlights

  • Retained by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) to assess Eletrobras’ involvement in corruption cases and any potential risks associated with it, in the context of the latter’s potential privatisation.
  • Assisting 2TM Participações in reviewing and drafting its policies and advising on the structure of corporate governance.
  • Acted for WestWing as a victim of a ransomware attack.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

With wide-ranging expertise in administrative and judicial proceedings, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers an integrated white-collar crime and compliance practice, which also benefits from the firm’s strength in tax and antitrust departments, with which the group frequently collaborates. Highly regarded anti-corruption and business criminal law expert Juliana Sá de Miranda is a key reason for the firm’s success in this field; with over 20 years' experience, she is regularly sought by clients in the financial services, energy, logistics and life sciences sectors for assistance with complex cases. Associate Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda

Carlos Eduardo Machado Advogados

Praised for its ‘dedication‘, ‘commitment‘ and ‘excellent technical quality’, specialist corporate criminal law firm Carlos Eduardo Machado Advogados is well versed in litigation, and also provides preventive advice to its clients, several of which have been involved in major operations undertaken by the federal prosecution office and federal police. The firm also operates a pro bono practice, providing assistance to low-income defendants. The practice is co-led by three individuals, all of whom are highly regarded by clients: founding partner Carlos Eduardo Machado; Nastassja Chalub; and Rafael Duque EstradaIgnacio Machado and Mário Fabrizio Polinelli are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Eduardo Machado; Nastassja Chalub; Rafael Duque Estrada

Testimonials

Carlos Eduardo Machado is an extremely skilled lawyer. He has the widest legal technical knowledge and an admirable professional experience, a fact that makes him an outstanding professional in his area. Nastassja Chalub follows Carlos Eduardo Machado’s teachings and the firm’s culture, also being an exemplary professional, already with a lot of experience and with excellent client service.

Carlos Eduardo Machado combines a modern vision with extensive criminal experience. He knows how to serve legal entities, including foreigners. Certainly a standout in his generation.

Carlos Eduardo Machado and Rafael Duque Estrada both have considerable expertise in the relation to criminal law matters and we have the highest respect for their practical, efficient and consistently prompt and helpful advice and assistance.

All the members of the firm deserve the highest distinctions. Among them, we highlight Nastassja Chalub, Rafael Duque Estrada, Ignácio Machado and Mário Fabrizio Polinelli and, of course, Carlos Eduardo Machado, all of them extremely prepared to work in criminal justice.

Carlos Eduardo Machado is an excellent lawyer, whose combative and energetic performance in defending the interests of his clients is admirable. Always available and prepared, Carlos Eduardo is one of those professionals who, attentive to the details and specifics of the client’s demands, never gives up on defending them. With extensive experience in the criminal area, he stands out for his deep knowledge of crimes in the business area, being, without a doubt, one of the great references in the area.

The Carlos Eduardo Machado firm is one of the most prominent criminal offices in Brazil. The excellent technical quality of its members is indisputable. The dedication, commitment and care of the work developed there for the benefit of its clients should also be highlighted, not to mention the accurate observance of the ethical precepts of the profession. The team of lawyers is up to date with current technological innovations, being able to operate data access platforms.

The services provided by the aforementioned office are of excellence, they are committed to impeccable client service.

Immediate service, with the best professionals, any day of the week.

Carneiros e Dipp Advogados

Carneiros e Dipp Advogados stands out for its niche focus on appeals and habeas corpus matters at the appellate courts, and receives praise for its ‘deep knowledge of the functioning of the courts, especially the superior courts‘. The Brasília-based firm is also sought out for legal opinions in complex cases involving allegations of corruption, money laundering and other criminal conduct. The practice is co-led by its name-partners: the ‘extremely experiencedRafael De Alencar Araripe Carneiro, who ‘has a great will to win‘; and former judge of the Superior Court of Justice, Gilson Langaro Dipp, who ‘always points to the best way forward, no matter how complex the case‘. Pedro Victor Porto Ferreira is another active member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Rafael de Alencar Araripe Carneiro; Gilson Langaro Dipp

Testimonials

‘Few offices that I have met before convey so much security to the client. Their members have a deep knowledge of the functioning of the courts, especially the Superior Courts, and they have the participation of great minds of the judiciary, such as Gilson Dipp. In addition, despite having a full schedule, communication has always been easy, with access to both partners and associates.’

‘Rafael Carneiro is an extremely experienced lawyer regarding the functioning of the Superior Courts. He has a deep knowledge of the thinking of each of the voting members and, consequently, he chooses the path to follow very well. In addition, he has a great will to win, which ensures he makes the greatest effort to achieve client satisfaction. In addition, he is very safe and clear about his positioning.’

‘Gilson Dipp is absurdly intelligent and knows the profile of the courts perfectly, especially within the scope of the Superior Court of Justice. His name commands respect, so having him in the process indicates the existence of an important controversy to be resolved. His clarity and knowledge are unparalleled, so he always points to the best way forward, no matter how complex the case. He has the impressive ability to uncomplicate what seemed impossible.’

‘Pedro Porto has great knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure, always up to date with the latest positions on possible theses. He has great interest in the area, so he builds very deep foundations.

Work highlights

  • Secured an acquittal in a Special Appeal before the Superior Court of Justice due to alleged wrongful collection of tax.
  • Secured the dismissal of a criminal action in a writ of habeas corpus brought before the Superior Court of Justice for absence of criminal conduct relating to the hiring of a specialised law firm while the defendant was the mayor of a city.
  • Filed a writ of habeas corpus before the Superior Court of Justice to overturn a client’s conviction for the crime of perjury.

CAZ Advogados

Working with ‘high standards of professionalism, diligence, dedication and transparency‘, CAZ Advogados acts for individuals and companies in complex criminal proceedings. The firm also has an active pro bono practice, where it acts for individuals in criminal cases. Marina Pinhão Coelho Araújo specialises in financial criminal law and compliance; Helena Regina Lobo da Costa is the name to note for criminal competition matters and environmental cases; and Daniel Zaclis is active in a range of state and federal proceedings, as well as in internal investigations with cross-border aspects.

Practice head(s):

Helena Lobo da Costa; Marina Coelho Araújo; Daniel Zaclis

Testimonials

‘The technical quality of its partners, added to a high level of availability and ethics, makes CAZ my reference office for all matters in criminal law, particularly cases of internal investigations and other corporate matters.’

‘The three main partners – Helena Lobo da Costa, Marina Pinhão Coelho and Daniel Zaclis – are excellent lawyers. Helena, in particular, is, in addition to being an excellent lawyer, a refined and highly respected teacher at home and abroad.’

‘Daniel Zaclis has a very pragmatic profile, presenting creative solutions to problems, always with great efficiency and sophistication, particularly in complex cases of internal investigations, including for international clients.’

‘Combination of high qualification of the partners, high standards of professionalism, diligence, dedication, transparency and availability.’

‘Daniel Zaclis is extremely competent, engages personally with the client, gets directly involved in the definition of strategy and in the conducting of the case, is flexible and seeks the contribution of the client, with a very transparent attitude. He knows the law and the legal system in depth, which combined with his credible and even keeled posture, comes across quite respectfully with all interlocutors.’

‘An office that combines like few others academic knowledge with practical dedication. All three senior partners are talented professionals, and they have instilled in their culture the value of discretion, as essential as it is rare in the elite criminal law market.’

‘The professionals I had contact with easily understand the client’s needs and communicate in a very didactic, clear and assertive way. They demonstrate a lot of experience and security in audits and investigations.’

Key clients

Gucci do Brasil

Pag Seguro – Uol

Melhoramentos

Clariant

Rodobens Negócios Imobiliários

DXC Technology/CSC Computer Sciences

Terra Santa Agro

Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Netpark Estacionamentos

Cervejaria Malta

Biotest

SMC Automação do Brasil

Simpress

TestFy

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a fraud investigation.
  • Representing a client in an investigation into alleged counterfeit medicines being sold and distributed by Brazilian distributors.
  • Assisting a company in litigation work involving more than 40 tax cases throughout Brazil.

Felsberg Advogados

Under the leadership of highly-regarded partner André Fonseca, who draws on over 25 years' experience in criminal litigation and counselling, Felsberg Advogados has established an active white-collar crime and corporate investigations department. Areas of expertise for the practice include crisis management, risk assessment, and judicial and administrative litigation in cases involving fraud, corruption, money laundering and bribery, among other forms of criminal conduct.

Practice head(s):

André Fonseca

Figueiredo & Velloso Advogados

Brasília-based firm Figueiredo e Velloso Advogados is regularly sought out by large companies, high-level executives and politicians for representation in sensitive cases and investigations into corruption, fraud and bidding crimes. Highly-regarded name partners Ticiano Figueiredo  and Pedro Ivo Velloso  lead the practice and are noted for their ‘seriousness, respectability and wisdom‘.

Practice head(s):

Ticiano Figueiredo; Pedro Ivo Velloso

Testimonials

Specialist in strategic business performance, excellent reputation.

Extremely qualified team from an academic point of view. The uniform level of everyone on the team, from the youngest to the most senior, is impressive, which is already considered a great differential. In addition, the office can be present 24 hours a day, if necessary.

Certainly, the founding partners, Ticiano Figueiredo and Pedro Ivo Velloso, are the lawyers who give the firm an image of seriousness, respectability, wisdom and discretion.

Ticiano Figueiredo, specialist in strategic business performance.

Key clients

JBS

Eldorado Brasil

Cia. Bozano

Crescera Investimentos

Precisa Comercialização de Medicamentos

G4F Soluções Corporativas

Manaus Energia/Norte Brasil

Alsar Tecnologia em Rede

Oi

Gamil Foppel Advogados

With its headquarters in Salvador, boutique firm Gamil Foppel Advogados regularly acts for clients in major criminal investigations and proceedings in the northeast, and is also active in operations around the country – including in the southeast and federal district. In addition to its well-established economic and business crimes practice, the firm also assists clients with tax matters, where Josiane Minardi  is the name to note. Experienced partners Gamil Föppel  and Gisela Borges  lead the practice, which has a notable track record representing high-profile individuals.

Practice head(s):

Gamil Föppel; Gisela Borges

Testimonials

Service provided with excellence. Always available, demonstrates security and differentiated technical knowledge.

The partners Gamil Foppel and Gisela Borges provide personalised and personal service.

Key clients

Neoenergia

Electricity Company of the State of Bahia (COELBA)

JSL

MSC Crociere

Electricity Company of the State of Pernambuco (CELPE)

Sasil Chemical Porducts Distributor

Braskem

Unipar Carbocloro

Rádio Metrópole

Medina Osorio Advogados

From its offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Porto Alegre, Medina Osorio Advogados acts for well-known individuals and companies in the financial services, construction and education sectors, among others, in complex judicial and administrative proceedings. Fábio Medina Osório , whose vast experience includes 14 years as a public prosecutor, jointly leads the firm alongside Fábio Eduardo Galvão , who draws on his previous experience as an officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM). Other key practitioners in the sizeable team include Adelaide de Mendonça , who has particular expertise in transport and logistics, Valéria Saques  and Nilson de Oliveira Rodrigues Filho .

Practice head(s):

Fábio Medina Osório; Fábio Eduardo Galvão

Testimonials

Very competent office. They innovated in criminal thesis, which resulted in success. Creative, knowledgeable about the laws and their derivations.

I’d highlight Fabio Osório Medina, who goes into the details of the process, as well as carefully studying the intricacies of the process, in order to apply the best legal approach to the subject in question.

Work highlights

  • Currently defending a client in a punitive civil action for allegedly committing white-collar crimes.
  • Acting for a former public official who was accused of committing alleged acts of administrative improbity that caused losses to the public purse in two different lawsuits.
  • Retained to defend a former senator in nine civil punitive lawsuits, in which he is accused of having committed white-collar crimes.

OCM Advogados - Oliveira & Carneiro Maia Advogados

The ‘very technical and hands-on‘ team at OCM Advogados – Oliveira & Carneiro Maia Advogados acts for clients in cases involving alleged crimes against the economic order and financial system, tax law breaches and environmental crimes. It has recently been active representing clients in the insurance, defence and oil-and-gas industries in a range of federal investigations. Rubens de Oliveira Moreira and Rodrigo Carneiro Maia Bandieri lead the practice, which was further boosted by the arrival of Fernando de Moraes Pousada from JBS in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rubens de Oliveira Moreira; Rodrigo Carneiro Maia Bandieri

Testimonials

It is a very technical and hands-on office. The partners are accessible and are always up to date with the client’s cases.

Rubens Oliveira is very attentive to the client and is always up to date on cases.

Key clients

Swiss Re Group

Tellfree

Taurus Armas

CBC Cartuchos

CMNP

Medicar, Serviços de Emergência Médica

Sisttech Tecnologia Educacional – Sistemas de Ensino

VCM Capital

Estre Ambiental

Grupo Ecorodovias

FBS

Teixeira Duarte Construtora

View

Bancoop

Braskem

BTG/Enforce Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on an investigation called “Operação Amigo Germânico”, investigating alleged crimes of money laundering, criminal organisation, crimes against the national financial system and corruption.

TozziniFreire Advogados

Very focused and prepared', TozziniFreire Advogados regularly assists major companies in criminal matters. Its white-collar criminal law practice is independent from others in the firm, although the team benefits from collaboration with colleagues in -primarily- the compliance, competition, environment and tax areas. Highlighted for her ‘excellent professionalism', Isadora Fingermann is ‘very technical, strategic and has a remarkable understanding of corporate dynamics'. A former executive director of the Institute for Defence of the Right to Defence (IDDD), Fingermann is also involved in pro bono projects at the firm, often working alongside litigation partners.

Practice head(s):

Isadora Fingermann

Testimonials

Isadora Fingermann has exceptional knowledge of Brazilian criminal law. I feel very comfortable having Dr Isadora leading my case because in my opinion she is one of the best lawyers in this area.

Office with which we already have a long-standing relationship, having a lot of knowledge of our business, as well as understanding the company’s pain. They have a very accurate sense of urgency and are extremely diligent, achieving a lot of speed and assertiveness.

Isadora Fingermann is a highly-qualified professional with a keen sense of urgency, making a quick analysis of situations and providing assertive solutions.

Isadora Fingermann is a highlight of the TozziniFreire team who deserves to be recognised. Agile, easy to access, quick thinking, efficient and client focused. Congratulations to Isadora for her excellent professionalism.

This is a full-service office that has a well-known policy of diversity and transparency in the career plan and also in terms of the requirements for advancement in society, especially for young lawyers. The office is headquartered in several cities in the country and is very renowned in some areas, such as tax and litigation.

In the scope of corporate criminal law, Isadora Fingermann deserves to be highlighted. She is a professional of excellence, with international practical and academic training, which gives her a special ability to work in the criminal area in the context of a full service office. In addition, Isadora is very technical, strategic and has a remarkable understanding of corporate dynamics. I strongly recommend her.

Complete office with a very focused and prepared team.

Isadora Fingermann is the reference name. A smart, mature and talented professional, she changed the reputation of the law firm’s criminal area, making it stronger.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Qualified and accessible‘, the white-collar criminal law department at Trench Rossi Watanabe is led by João Augusto Gameiro, who is ‘sophisticated in solving the demands of clients‘. Domestic and international companies turn to the team for assistance in criminal proceedings, with recent cases involving money laundering, criminal conspiracy, tax evasion, fraud and corruption. Also of note is the firm’s dedicated crisis task-force, which deploys teams to assist clients in the event of dawn raids, inspections and accidents. The department has seen growth at the associate level, with Tiago Caruso promoted to senior associate in July 2021, and the hire of junior associate Ana Beatriz Reis the following month. Associate Julia Caselli Martins also receives praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

João Augusto Gameiro

Testimonials

The TRW team was extremely responsive in assisting us, and with excellent follow-up on the matter.

The office has a qualified and accessible team to assist its clients during the complicated experience of being the object of a Federal Police operation, valuing honesty, transparency and objectivity.

I choose Trench Rossi Watanabe because I find the technical and personal service offered by partner João Augusto Gameiro unparalleled. Gameiro is inclusive, contemporary, open to new possibilities. Technical and with personalised treatment for all clients. Sophisticated in solving the demands of clients.

João Augusto Gameiro is without a doubt the big star of Trench Rossi Watanabe.

João Gameiro and Julia Casseli are assertive in solving the problem, and convey a lot of tranquility in the conduct of the work, in addition to always keeping the client up to date.

Joao Augusto Gameiro: a professional with a unique character and technical capacity, very realistic in his placements and advice. Example of a legal professional.

TRW is an office that has been advising us for many years and I would highlight the corporate criminal area as one of its strengths. The quality is undeniable and the proposal of solutions for the most complex cases is of great value to the company as a client.

The team is of an excellent technical level and is very available for urgent and extremely important matters that usually appear, which is highly valued in this area of activity. I would highlight João Augusto Gameiro and Julia Caselli.