Mrs Isabel Franco > Azevedo Sette Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Azevedo Sette Advogados
Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek, 1327 – 11th floor
Itaim Bibi 04543-011
São Paulo - SP

Work Department

Compliance, Investigations and White-Collar


Senior Partner


Franco is a senior partner and head of Azevedo Sette Advogados’ Compliance practice in our São Paulo office. She draws upon more than 20 years’ experience in all areas of compliance, from preparing full-fledged compliance programs, to trainings, investigations, risk assessments, assistance with whistleblowers, among others. She was the first Brazilian to have been appointed as a monitor by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a Brazilian company in its Plea Agreement with such authorities.


English, Spanish and Portuguese


Franco is a member of the Compliance Women Committee (CWC), an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Fordham University School of Law (NY, USA), a Member of the Board of Directors at The American Society of São Paulo. Before joining Azevedo Sette, Isabel was partner of Compliance and Corporate practices in Brazil’s leading law firms. She was foreign associate at Freshfields in special investigation project (Hong Kong, 1988-1990).


Franco received an LL.B. from the Universidade de São Paulo Law School. She was admitted to practice in São Paulo, Brazil, 1978. She attended the Program of Instruction of Lawyers at Harvard University and received an LL.M from Fordham Law School in New York (USA).


Isabel is considered a senior statement in Compliance, ranked by international directories as Chambers Latin America and Chambers Brazil as Band 1, the highest ranking, and recognized as “Foreign Expert for USA” by Chambers Global. Isabel is also recommended in Best Lawyers guide as Top listed in Corporate and M&A Law, Corporate Governance & Compliance practices. In Who’s Who is recognizes in Global Elite 2021 and National guides in Investigations and Business Crime Defense she garners praise for her ability to “summarise complex legal and compliance topics in a clear, practical and synthetic way”. In Leaders League ranking, Isabel is recommended in Compliance and Fraud practices.
For years, Franco has been nominated Number 1 lawyer in Latin America in the practice of anti-corruption and compliance by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) and was included in the list of the 100 best investigators in the world by the Global Investigations Review (GIR). Also is considered by the Análise Advocacia and Análise Advocacia Mulher as one of the most admired lawyers in São Paulo state in Compliance matters and reference to Energy: Power, Chemical and Petrochemical, Eletronics, Rubber and Plastics sectors.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Compliance

(Leading individuals)

Isabel FrancoAzevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados‘ compliance practice benefits from the strong reputation and knowledge of key partner Isabel Franco, who has extensive experience in anti-corruption and compliance. The team also draws on the expertise of Glaucia Ferreira, who has notable experience in conducting sensitive investigations and due diligence reports, and Luiz Eduardo Salles, whose broad practice spans economic law, international trade and compliance. The team is regularly sought for assistance in internal investigations, corporate crisis management, integrity due diligence processes and compliance training by its client base of Brazilian and international companies operating in a broad range of sectors. Ingrid Bandeira SantosLucas Mandelbaum Bianchini and Giuliana Sampaio Alves Mascari Bonilha are key contacts at the associate level.