José Guilherme Berman > BMA Advogados > RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

BMA Advogados
RJ. 22271-070
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Infrastructure and Regulatory & Government Affairs / Compliance, Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement




José Guilherme Berman is a partner in BMA’s Infrastructure and Regulatory & Government Affairs and Compliance, Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement practice areas. He has solid experience in individual and collective actions involving various areas of public law, such as public bidding procedures, electrical energy, oil and natural gas, price regulation, environmental law, administrative misconduct, anticorruption law, and expropriations.  He represents clients both at the administrative level (budget oversight tribunals, the federal Controller-General’s Office, and regulatory agencies) and before the courts.

Before joining BMA, he worked both in private practice and gained experience in the public sector, as legal advisor to the State Secretariat and to CEDAE, Rio de Janeiro’s state-owned water supply and sewage treatment company.

José Guilherme lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses in Law at PUC-Rio, where he is currently lecturing in Comparative Law and Anticorruption Compliance. He has taught Constitutional Law at UNESA – Universidade Estácio de Sá and UNIFESO – Centro Universitário Serra dos Órgãos, and is the author of books and articles published in legal journals.



Portuguese, English, French


José Guilherme is a member of the Institute of Brazilian Attorneys – IAB’s Permanent Commissions on Constitutional Law (2nd vice-president) and Administrative Law, and of the Commission on Administrative Law (vice-president) and the Commission for Studies on Constitutional Proceedings of the Rio de Janeiro Section of the Brazilian Bar Association – OAB/RJ.

OAB/RJ nº 119.454


Ph.D. in Constitutional Law, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC/RJ, with research at the Université de Montréal, Canada (2013)

Master of Law, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC/RJ (2004)

LL.B., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ (2002)​

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Compliance

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

Brazil > Public law

Based in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the public law group at BMA Advogados is noted for its expertise in regulated sectors. The team is well versed in licensing processes, public biddings, concessions and competitive contracting procedures. Public law litigation, including administrative proceedings, judicial reviews and government disputes, is also at the core of the practice. Well regarded for her experience in infrastructure projects in the sanitation, logistics and transport segments, Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho leads on major concessions and bidding procedures. She jointly heads up the team with José Guilherme Berman, whose practice covers regulatory enforcement, compliance, investigations and litigation. Associate Mayna Dias Melo is often engaged in administrative law matters and concessions.