Mrs Paola Pugliese > Demarest Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Demarest Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001

Work Department

Antitrust Law, Competition




Partner of Demarest’s Competition practice, Paola Pugliese has more than twenty years of experience in the area, both in submitting domestic and global transactions for antitrust approval, as well as in landmark cartel cases and other investigations related to anticompetitive conduct. She has extensive experience in various sectors of the economy, including aviation, financial markets, packaging, petrochemicals, mining, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and beverages, retail, cold storage, aviation kerosene and many others. Paola’s broad experience is validated through having acted on hundreds of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in Brazil, including some of the longest and most complex in recent years. She has also successfully opposed, on behalf of clients, some of the most significant transactions submitted to CADE.


Portuguese, English, German.


  • Master’s Degree (summa cum laude) in Competition Law from Universität Freiburg, Breisgau, Germany (2004)
  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil (1999)


Publications: ‘GTDT: Cartels in Brazil’; ‘The Brazilian Leniency Program’ among others.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Competition and antitrust

(Leading individuals)

Paola PuglieseDemarest Advogados

The ‘dedicated, technical and agile team‘ at Demarest Advogados is regularly engaged by major companies in the healthcare, education and technology sectors, among others, and also maintains relationships with leading international law firms in the UK and US. The practice is well versed in behavioural investigations into cartels and other forms of anti-competitive conduct, while on the mergers side, the firm stands out for its track record in complex cases. With a sizeable team dedicated to competition and antitrust, the firm brings together the expertise of its experienced professionals. Paola Pugliese is the chair of the Competition Commission of the ICC for 2022 and 2023, and acts for clients in high-profile competition investigations and proceedings; Daniel Oliveira Andreoli stands out for his role in negotiating leniency and settlement agreements; Bruno Drago is particularly active in abuse of dominance cases; and Milena Fernandes Mundim draws on her previous experience both in CADE and an international law firm to advise on cross-border mergers, and was elected chief executive of the Competition Commission of the ICC for 2022 and 2023. Clients also benefit from the input of the department’s experienced senior associates Fabianna Morselli and Marco Antônio Fonseca.