Ms Marta Saad > Veirano Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Veirano Advogados
SP 04538-133

Work Department

White-Collar Crimes




Marta Saad is a partner in São Paulo and a specialized attorney with broad experience in white-collar defense. She is since 2010 a tenured Professor of Criminal Procedural Law at the Universidade de São Paulo School of Law.

Marta counts over two decades’ experience in white-collar, a period in which she followed closely, both as an attorney and a professor, the many changes to the criminal defense practice in Brazil, particularly the sophistication of international cooperation, the introduction of negotiation mechanisms in criminal prosecution (such as leniency agreements and plea bargains) and greater interfacing with other areas of law.

She represents companies, entrepreneurs and executives, whether conducting their defense or promoting their interests as victims of felonies. Marta worked on most great Brazilian operations following the statutory changes, and on their reflexes abroad. She represented clients in adversarial defense as well as in the negotiation and execution of plea bargains, negotiating with multiple authorities in Brazil and other jurisdictions. She has extensive professional experience as an attorney in international cooperation, a subject in which she has given several public speeches internationally as well as supervised academic papers.

Marta dedicates part of her research to studying technology and surveillance in criminal procedure. She is faculty to the post-graduate course on Law and Information Technology at the Polytechnical School of Engineering at the University of São Paulo and is Academical Coordinator to the seminar “Criminal Procedure in the Digital Era” offered yearly by Brazilian thinktank InternetLab.

Marta clerked for Minister Cezar Peluso of the Brazilian Supreme Court (2005-2008) and presided the Brazilian Institute for Criminal Sciences (IBCCRIM) from 2011 to 2012.

Marta authored the book The Right of Defense in Police Investigations (“O direito de defesa no inquérito policial”) and co-authored the book Commentary to the Criminal Procedure Code (“Código de Processo Penal Comentado”). Many of her articles were published on specialized collective works and specialized magazines.


English and Portuguese


São Paulo’s Lawyer Association (AASP)
Brazilian Institute for Criminal Sciences (IBCCRIM)


PhD, Procedural Criminal Law, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2007
LL.M, Procedural Criminal Law, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2002
Post-graduation in European and Economic Criminal Law, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, 2001
LL.B, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 1997

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations

(Leading individuals)

Marta SaadVeirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has become ‘an established name as a result of serious and dedicated work’ and its strong reputation explains in part how it continues to attract instructions from new clients in the consumer, financial services, healthcare and natural resources sectors, among others. The department has seen an increase in instructions relating to digital fraud cases, fuelled largely by pandemic-induced remote working, and remains active in high-profile investigations and criminal proceedings. The highly regarded Marta Saad stands out for her ‘unquestionable experience and technical knowledge‘; she also works alongside compliance specialist Rafael Gimenes at the firm to provide a comprehensive service to clients.

Brazil > Compliance

A ‘sophisticated team with an international profile‘, Veirano Advogados is highlighted for its ‘ability to address sensitive matters appropriately‘. The compliance team works in close collaboration with the firm’s white-collar criminal defence and antitrust departments, and is regularly sought out by large Brazilian and multinational companies operating in the banking, technology, energy and chemicals sectors. The group has seen an uptick in work relating to digital fraud, and has also been actively representing clients in internal investigations concerning tax fraud, corruption and money laundering. The highly regarded Rafael Gimenes has over 20 years of experience in the market, including in compliance consultancy and investigations; he leads the team, which includes criminal law specialist Marta Saad, corporate law, governance and integrity partner Pedro Freitas, Alberto Monteiro, who works on antitrust and anti-corruption mandates, and senior associates Lívia Gândara and Vitor Jorge.