Event information

Date: Wed 4 Oct 2023 Time: 12.00pm-7.00pm Venue: Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo, Alameda Santos, 1437, 01419-001, São Paulo

The GC Summit Brazil promises to be an exclusive gathering of legal minds from around the country. There will be an array of stimulating discussions and insights, tailored to ignite our passion for the law.

Some of the topics will explore the complex realm of white-collar crime, ESG, and arbitration. Our distinguished panel of experts will touch upon recent case studies, unveiling the latest trends and best practices. The event will offer thought-provoking dialogues on how businesses can responsibly navigate the contemporary challenges they’re facing ultimately fostering positive impacts on society and its environment.

Invaluable insights will be offered to the attendees who will have the opportunity to forge invaluable connections with like-minded legal peers while expanding their professional network field.

Our GC Summit Brazil 2023 is an unmissable event that marks a journey of professional growth.


12.00pm – 1.00pm Registration and Lunch

1.00pm – 1.05pm Opening Remarks

  • Margherita Birri, research editor, The Legal 500

1.05pm – 1.55pm Tax deductibility of losses arising from electronic frauds

The social distancing imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly increased the number of electronic transactions and business conducted online. As a consequence of the increase in business carried out over the internet, as well as the unpreparedness of consumers to carry out transactions remotely, electronic fraud grew by 165% in 2021. Criminal legislation has toughened the treatment of the subject, introducing a specific type in the Brazilian Penal Code, which raised the penalty from 1 (one) to 5 (five) years to a penalty of 4 (four) to 8 (eight) years of imprisonment. 

However, despite the tightening of criminal legislation, electronic fraud grew by 40% in 2023, and in the first quarter of 2023 grew by 48% compared to the same period in the previous year. In view of the significant increase in losses resulting from fraud, companies have started to take advantage of the tax deductibility of losses resulting from fraud, in the form of article 376 of the Income Tax Regulation, to finance the areas of fraud prevention, auditing, and compliance. This practice, which is not completely widespread in the market, allows the use of 34% to 40% of the value of the loss suffered. 

  • Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi, founding partner, Iokoi Advogados 
  • Anahí Llop, legal director, OLX
  • Louângela Bianchini, general counsel, Cielo
  • Wilson Russo Negrizolo, legal director, Decolar

1.55pm – 2.45pm Digital Transformation and Data Management 

Will data be your company’s new gold, or asbestos? Data drives marketing, product development and distribution and other efficiencies and can be directly and indirectly monetized. Artificial intelligence is data-dependent and presents the potential for great benefits, but also serious harms. Cars, cities, factories, supply and distribution chains and entire enterprises are becoming smarter and more connected through data and emerging technologies. The panel of GCs from leading companies in a variety of industries will discuss personal data privacy, cybersecurity and incident response and digital assets management, including ethical AI policy, personal data privacy regulation, intellectual property issues and how to assess and address data risks and opportunities with an emphasis on sharing approaches that panelists are implementing or considering.

  • Alan Friel, partner and chair of data privacy, cybersecurity and digital assets practice, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Alexandre Sartre, senior legal director and data protection officer (DPO), Oracle
  • Adriana Cardinali, legal director, Mercado Livre

2.45pm – 3.05pm Coffee Break  

3.05pm – 3.55pm Competitive Regulatory Theme: New Bidding Law and the Regulatory-Competitive Chessboard

Delve into the dynamic world of regulation and competition in Brazil as we dissect the intricacies of the country’s innovative New Bidding Law and its far-reaching implications on the business and economic landscape. In this thought-provoking panel, we gather legal experts, industry leaders, and policy analysts to unravel the complexities of Brazil’s regulatory-competitive regulatory-antitrust chessboard. With the recent enactment of the New Bidding Law, Brazil has ushered in a new era of transparency, fairness, and efficiency in its procurement processes. As we explore this transformative legal framework, our panelists will shed light on the ways in which it fosters healthy competition, streamlines public contracts, and ensures a level playing field for businesses vying for government projects. Through engaging discussions and real-world case studies, attendees will gain insights into the strategic maneuvers and legal tactics employed by both domestic and international players in Brazil’s regulatory-competitive regulatory-antitrust chessboard. We’ll examine the strategies for bidding success, the role of technology in enhancing transparency, and the potential challenges that may arise in navigating this evolving landscape. Our panelists will also address the broader implications of these regulatory changes on various sectors, including infrastructure, energy, and public services. As Brazil positions itself as a global player in the regulatory-antitrust arena, it is crucial to understand the strategies, opportunities, and potential pitfalls that lie ahead.

  • Felipe Estefam, partner, Cascione
  • Denise Junqueira, partner, Cascione
  • Mariana Canaes Ferreira, legal manager, V.tal
  • Gisele Contart, government relations manager, UnitedHealth Group

3.55pm – 4.45pm Sustainability Unveiled: Navigating ESG in Brazil 

ESG has emerged as a vital framework for businesses, investors, and policymakers alike. The aim of this panel discussion is to shed some light on the growing significance of ESG in Brazil, showcasing the efforts made to balance economic development with social and environmental considerations. As Brazil continues to navigate its path towards sustainability, there are still challenges that lie ahead. This includes addressing legacy issues, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and maintaining momentum despite potential economic and political obstacles. Panelists will uncover actionable insights and best practices to inspire further advancements in ESG within the country and beyond by analysing the role of various stakeholders in shaping sustainable practices and exploring how Brazil can unlock its potential for a more resilient, inclusive, and environmentally responsible future.

  • Flávia Martins Azevedo, partner, Veirano 
  • Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev, partner, Veirano 
  • Beatriz Barrionuevo, general counsel, grains and oilseeds, Brazil COFCO International
  • Edson Souza, IP director, Bayer
  • Monique Soriano, legal manager, BRK

4.45pm – 5.05pm Break  

5.05pm – 5.55pm Arbitration in Brazil in the spotlight: present developments and future challenges

This panel aims to provide a comprehensive overview of arbitration, its practical aspects, and recent developments in the context of Brazil, highlighting its advantages over traditional litigation and its relevance in the country’s legal landscape. Panelists will explore the legislative and regulatory framework governing arbitration, including the applicable laws, international conventions, and key arbitration institutions – focusing on their services, and procedural rules. They will further delve into how arbitration is applied in specific sectors of the country’s economy, such as construction, energy, and finance, considering advantages and challenges for parties in these industries. This session aims to provide attendees with valuable insights to make informed decisions when considering arbitration in their contract design, or when faced with an arbitration proceeding in Brazil.

  • Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre, partner, Wald
  • Antonio Alberto Rondina Cury, senior associate, Wald
  • Luiz Eduardo Diniz Araújo, Lawyer, Aneel
  • Patricia Faga Iglecias, partner, Wald
  • Marcio Alabarce, legal director, CCR

5.55pm – 6.00pm Closing Remarks 

  • Margherita Birri, research editor, The Legal 500 

6.00pm – 7.00pm Drinks and canapes  

7.00pm Event concludes   


Pedro Ivo Gricoli Iokoi, founding partner, Iokoi Advogados

Master and PhD in Criminal Procedure Law at Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP); Bachelor in Laws at Faculdade de Direito da Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP); Professor for IBMEC, ESA and ESMP Postgraduate Course; Former President, of the Brazilian Bar Association – Sub-section of Pinheiros in São Paulo/SP; Member of CEAPRO – Centro de Estudos Avançados de Processo.

Flávia Martins Azevedo, partner, Veirano

Flávia Azevedo is a partner of the Firm’s labor practice. Based in Rio de Janeiro, she has practiced labor law for more than a decade with a focus on assisting clients in diverse industries such as banking, oil and gas, professional services, and energy. Ms. Azevedo counsels Brazilian and international companies on all aspects of employment and labor law, ranging from providing legal advice on complex employment matters to union negotiations and labor litigation.
Ms. Azevedo’s labor practice encompasses advise to clients on labor issues including those related to corporate transactions and M&A due diligence. She frequently handles negotiation of employment agreements, regularization of expatriate employees, executive compensation and other types of compensation including stock options, incentive plans and profit sharing. Ms. Azevedo also assists companies with cross-border transfer of employees both into and out of Brazil.

Maria Christina Motta Gueorguiev, partner, Veirano

Maria Christina regularly assists a host of entities – companies, associations, financial institutions, multilateral agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations – in legal matters encompassing environmental, sustainability and climate change. Her practice covers a broad range of works, including consulting, litigation and relationship/negotiation with environmental authorities on many fronts: industry, forestry, real estate, energy (solar, wind, thermal, hydro and biomass), O&G, sanitation, mining, agribusiness and financial services, among others. Maria Christina’s vast experience also includes sustainable finance, ESG criteria, infrastructure projects (ports, highways, waterways and airports), crisis management and indigenous peoples.

Alan Friel, partner and chair of data privacy, cybersecurity and digital assets practice, Squire Patton Boggs

Alan L. Friel is chair of the firm’s Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets Practice. In 2022, BTI Consulting Group named Alan a Client Service All-Star, recognizing lawyers who stand above all others in delivering the absolute best in client service. Alan is a thought leader in digital media, intellectual property, data privacy and protection, and consumer protection law, with three decades of relevant experience to address the intersection of law and technology.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Alan was a partner at another AmLaw 100 law firm, where he led the US Consumer Privacy practice (in which he counseled clients on compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other data privacy regimes), and the retail, restaurant and e-commerce industry initiative, and prior to that he was the Chair of the Global Technology, Media and Telcom (TMT) practice of another AmLaw 100 firm.

Anahí Llop, legal director, OLX

Anahí Llop has about 20 years of experience in the Internet market, currently holds the position of Legal Director at OLX Brazil. She is responsible for the legal coordination of commercial operations of OLX and ZAP+ and is also a member of the Compliance Committee of the company. Anahí is also a Counselor of the Brazilian Chamber of Digital Economy – Camara e-net. The legal director has a degree and a post-graduate degree in Business Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and in the Executive LL.M. (Master of Laws) CEU Law School, associated with IESE Business School.

Louângela Bianchini, general counsel, Cielo

Mrs. Louangela Bianchini has been working in the legal area for 30 years, with extensive experience in regulated activities (financial, telecommunications and energy sectors), having worked in Brazil and abroad. She started her journey at Cielo in 2015 and is currently Executive Superintendent of Legal and Governmental Relations, having played a key role in adapting Cielo to the regulatory framework for Payment Institutions, established by the Central Bank of Brazil. Louangela holds a law degree from the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, with a postgraduate degree in Civil Procedural Law, specializations in management from the International Management Development (IMD) and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently a master’s candidate in Business Law at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

Alexandre Sartre, senior legal director and data protection officer (DPO), Oracle

Attorney and Digital Law specialist, holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Global Law & Technology from Suffolk University (Boston, USA) and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Law from Insper (São Paulo). He has worked in large law firms and in the legal departments of multinational companies, with extensive experience in managing legal departments and advising executives on issues related to contracts, corporate law, privacy, litigation, and other matters related to the technology industry. He is a speaker and enthusiast of new technologies.

Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre, partner, Wald

Riccardo Giuliano Figueira Torre, Partner at Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados. Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate in Civil Procedural Law from USP. LL.M. in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration from New York University – NYU, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. Vice-Chairman of the OAB/SP Special Commission on Arbitration. Director of the Mediation and Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Brazil (CMA-CCPB). Brazilian member of the ICC Arbitration & ADR Commission, the ICC Institute of World Business Law and the Rising Arbitrators Initiative. Author of several articles on arbitration in national and international publications.

Antonio Alberto Rondina Cury, senior associate, Wald

Bachelor of Laws and Master’s Candidate in Private Law, University of São Paulo. Young Arbitrator of the GLIP-USP Conflict Resolution Center, with training in mediation and judicial conciliation. Lawyer in São Paulo in private law, arbitration, and mediation. Named Rising Star in Cartel Damage Claims in the 2020 edition of Leaders League.

Luiz Eduardo Diniz Araújo, lawyer, Aneel

Graduated from the Catholic University of Pernambuco – Unicap. Master’s and PhD in Public Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco – UFPE. Master of Business Law in Energy Law from the Technische Universität Berlin – TU Berlin and post-doctoral student in Public Law at the Nova School of Law in Lisbon. Visiting researcher at the Institut für Berg- und Energierecht – IBE of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Author and coordinator of works and articles with a special focus on Electricity.

Patricia Faga Iglecias, partner, Wald 

Partner at Wald, Antunes, Vita e Blattner Advogados, a professor, superintendent of Environmental Management at the USP Rectory and president of IDPV – Instituto O Direito por um Planeta Verde, specialising in civil and environmental law. She was São Paulo’s Secretary for the Environment and the first woman to chair CETESB – the São Paulo State Environmental Company. She is a member of the State Environment Council (Consema) and the advisory board of Green Nation. She was also a member of the Environment Committee and chair of the Solid Waste Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB-SP), a member of the Fecomércio Sustainability Council and the National Environment Council (Conama), and worked on the UN Global Compact Cities programme and the Global Council of Sales Marketing (GCSM). She has been internationally honoured with the WOCA Sustainability Award in tribute to and in recognition of her career in environmental management and, in Brazil, she received the San Tiago Dantas Medal in the category of Jurist in the Environment and Sustainability Area.

Marcio Alabarce, legal director, CCR

Lawyer in São Paulo, Master of Laws from PUC-SP. Legal Director of CCR.

Wilson Russo Negrizolo, legal director, Decolar

Lawyer with a law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, a postgraduate degree from PUC/SP in Civil Procedural Law and Business Law with a focus on M&A. Legal Director and DPO in Brazil at Decolar. Member of the Compliance Committee at Decolar. His professional career includes Citibank and Tegra Incorporadora.

Beatriz Barrionuevo, general counsel, COFCO International

Beatriz Barrionuevo is General Counsel Brazil at COFCO International, the agribusiness platform of COFCO Corporation, China’s largest food and agriculture company. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Beatriz previously worked at Nutrien, Johnson Controls, Microsoft and Pinheiro Neto Advogados. She holds an LL.M from the University of Miami, two postgraduate degrees in Economic & Business Law and in Business Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) and a J.D. from Centro Universitário de Brasília. Beatriz is a member of the Board of Directors of ABIOVE (Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries) and of the Legal Department´s Committee at Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/SP).

Adriana Cardinali, legal director, Mercado Livre

Adriana Cardinali Straube has more than 20 years of experience as legal counsel and currently, holds the position of legal director at Mercado Livre Brazil. Representing the company, she is also a board member of ABA – Brazilian Advertisement Association and CENP – Advertising Autorregulation Forum, and is a counselor of CONAR – National Council of Advertising Autorregulation. The legal director has a degree and a masters degree in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and a PhD from Universidade de São Paulo. Adriana was also a visiting researcher and a visiting fellow at King’s College London. The legal executive was recognised in the GC Powerlist Brazil 2023.

Felipe Estefam, partner, Cascione

Felipe has solid experience in both consultancy and litigation in matters involving bidding, public infrastructure contracts, regulated markets, and dispute resolution in administrative, judicial and arbitral proceedings.

He is council of the higher legal Council of Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP-SP) and member of the list of arbitrators of Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem Especializada – CAMES in São Paulo.

Felipe is author of several articles and books related to public law, including the book “Cláusula Arbitral e Administração Pública” (Arbitration clause and Public Administration), published by Lumen Juris.

Denise Junqueira, partner, Cascione

Denise Junqueira is a licensed attorney in São Paulo and New York.

Her experience includes several complex merger control cases, negotiation of remedies and multi-jurisdictional transactions across various industries such as telecommunication, transportation, banking, pharmaceutical, food/beverage and energy.

Denise assists clients with the design and implementation of tailored compliance programs and represents them in anti-competitive practices investigations, including abuse of dominance and cartel. She also advises clients on competitor collaborations, exchange of competitively sensitive information, merger compliance, distribution arrangements and vertical restraints.

Denise serves several foreign clients leveraging from her 5-year experience in the U.S., including positions at the U.S. Government (FTC), academia (NYU Law School), law firm and consulting firm.

Moreover, Denise Junqueira has extensive experience in trade matters representing clients before the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber. Denise advises clients in feasibility and risk analyses, as well as in investigations for the imposition of trade remedies, including antidumping, safeguards and countervailing duties. Additionally, she assists national manufacturers, importers, exporters, and any other parties intent on seeking and defending their interests before the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber in every stage of the investigation, from drafting change proposals to responding to the questionnaires sent out by the Subsecretariat for Commercial Defense and Public Interest.

Edson Souza, IP director, Bayer

Edson Souza is a seasoned IP attorney with over two decades of experience. He has a scientific and legal background, an MA in Biotechnological Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield as a Chevening scholar, and an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from EAESP/FGV. Edson also has certifications in Communicating for Influence and Impact from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2014, he joined Bayer, holds the position of IP Director, and has embarked on a short-term assignment with the Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability team. Edson is also a visiting professor of IP in corporate sustainability at CEIPI-Université de Strasbourg and is the designated chair of the SDG/ESG Committee of the International Institute for Intellectual Property Management.

Monique Soriano, legal manager, BRK

Monique is legal manager at BRK Ambiental and has more than 17 years of professional experience working in the legal department of multinational companies and in law firm. Monique holds an LL.M in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London (London) and law degree and post graduate degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.

Mariana Canaes Ferreira, legal manager, V.tal

Mariana Canaes Ferreira has a PhD in State Law from USP. Professor of Administrative Law and Public Lawyer, she is currently Regulatory Legal Manager at V.tal. She is also an Advisory Member of the OAB’s Law Academic Commission.

Gisele Contart, government relations manager, UnitedHealth Group

Gisele Contart is Government Relations Manager at UnitedHealth Group, the controlling group of Amil and Hospitais Americas. She graduated in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), specialised in Administrative Law from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (Direito SP) and has an MBA in Health Plan Management. Gisele has worked in renowned law firms specialising in Public Law, and was a legal advisor to São Paulo City Hall.

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