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Lefosse Advogados
SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014

Work Department

Competition and Regulation; Anticorruption, Compliance & Regulatory Investigations




Zeca has extensive experience in providing expert advice and representing Brazilian and foreign clients in various types of high profile competition (antitrust) matters, from mergers to cartels and unilateral conduct cases, including in leniency applications and damage claims. His expertise also involves pursuing internal investigations and designing and implementing corporate compliance policies. His clients include a wide range of national and international companies from sectors such banking and finance, education, retail, chemicals and heavy construction. Zeca obtained his Bachelors in Law degree from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Master in Arts in Economics from King’s College London and a Master’s degree in Business Law from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Competition and antitrust

Lefosse Advogados combines its knowledge of competition, compliance, white-collar criminal law and public law to provide ‘multi-disciplinary and thoughtful responses‘. Praised by a client as an ‘excellent team in all aspects‘, the antitrust group has continued to grow, recently expanding at the associate level with the hires of Maria Luiza de Miranda Giraldi from Mattos Filho in August 2021, and Stephanie Peneireiro  from CADE in September 2021. Highly regarded competition law experts José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel jointly lead the team, which has recently seen an uptick in merger control mandates, and is also regularly engaged in conduct investigations. Marília Avila is also noted.

Brazil > Compliance

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