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 > Public law

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão brings extensive experience in infrastructure, regulatory matters and government affairs. The team is often retained to advise on government contracting procedures, PPPs and concessions, and also fields the ability to represent clients before municipal, state and federal regulatory entities in administrative proceedings and judicial reviews. In addition, the practice is proficient in administrative misconduct cases, and regularly handles transactions taking place in highly regulated markets, including energy, telecoms, transportation, healthcare, logistics and sanitation. José Guilherme Berman shares the department’s leadership with Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho, who recently joined with a team of lawyers from TozziniFreire Advogados. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes is now a practitioner at Lefosse Advogados.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms and media

The telecoms practice at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has specialist knowledge in the field of submarine cable projects, telecom towers, satellites and the Internet of Things (IoT). Representing clients before regulatory agencies is a key area of activity for the team, which is also skilled at assisting with public procurement procedures, concessions and public-private partnerships (PPPs). The department is under the joint leadership of José Guilherme Berman and Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho, who recently joined with a team of lawyers from TozziniFreire Advogados. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes is now at Lefosse Advogados.

Brazil > Compliance

Anna Carolina Malta and José Guilherme Berman head BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão‘s ‘highly skilled team‘, which adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to assist clients in all aspects of compliance matters, including prevention, investigation and remediation. Recent work includes advising on compliance programmes, due diligence, internal investigations and administrative improbity proceedings. Camila Cuschnir is another name to note.