José Guilherme Berman > BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão > RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão
RJ. 22271-070
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Work Department

Infrastructure and Regulatory /  Government Affairs




José Guilherme Berman is a partner in BMA’s Regulatory Enforcement and Infrastructure and Regulatory & Government Affairs practice areas . He has solid experience in individual and collective actions involving various areas of public law, such as public bidding procedures, electric 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 for Government Integration and to CEDAE, Rio de Janeiro’s state-owned water supply and sewage treatment company.
José Guilherme lectures in Comparative Law at PUC-Rio. He taught Constitutional Law at UNESA, and is the author of books and articles published in legal journals.





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

Combining the firm’s expertise in compliance, public law, finance and capital markets, infrastructure and regulation, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão assists clients in anti-corruption and compliance risk assessments, integrity due diligence and background checks. Internal investigations, including into allegations of harassment, are also prominent in the firm’s recent workload. Anna Carolina Malta Spilborghs brings her finance expertise to assist financial institutions, investment funds and fund managers on corporate investigations and risk management; José Guilherme Berman‘s broad public law knowledge makes him a key contact for administrative misconduct, anti-corruption and compliance matters; and André Macedo De Oliveira has extensive experience in litigation before the superior courts, government relations and compliance. João Rodrigues da Costa Bonvicino is also noted.

Brazil > Public law

Praised for its ‘specialisation in public law matters’, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão brings together a multidisciplinary team with credentials in regulated sectors, competitive government contracting procedures, concessions and PPPs. Additionally, the team is well versed in public law-related litigation, a space in which it assists clients in all types of governmental disputes, ranging from administrative procedures to actions involving the judicial review of administrative acts and public contracts. Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho in São Paulo is recognised in the market for her experience in advising state-owned and mixed economy companies and handling administrative proceedings before public agencies and regulatory bodies. Carvalho chairs the practice alongside José Guilherme Berman in Rio de Janeiro, who is active in public tenders and regulatory enforcement. At the associate level, Mayna Dias Melo and Débora Signorelli Carvalho stand out for their experience in public service concessions, PPPs and government bidding procedures.