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Saud Advogados

Brazil > Compliance Tier 2

Boutique firm Saud Advogados has a well-established practice in the field of compliance, and as such continues to attract instructions from new clients, as well as maintaining longstanding client relationships. Recent mandates have seen the team advising clients on anti-money laundering policies, compliance reviews and internal fraud investigations. It is also equipped to assist in cross-border investigations, where its association with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is another draw. In addition, the firm has expanded to provide advice on data privacy matters, where Ana Carolina Chaves is the name to note. Admitted in both Brazil and New York, name partner Salim Jorge Saud Neto has a strong reputation in the market; prior to establishing the firm, he gained experience working at large law firms in Rio de Janeiro, Houston and New York. Patricia Zebulum, who draws on over 20 years of experience in both private practice and at the Public Prosecutor’s Office, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Salim Saud


‘The service is of the highest quality.’

‘Salim Jorge Saud Neto stood out for his knowledge of the client’s business and for his proactivity in dealing with demands.’

‘The firm provides first class and exceptional advice and services. The firm is nimble in its advice and has in-depth knowledge of Brazilian regulations, courts and government agencies. The firm has vast experience in advising clients in anti-corruption related matters but also has a diverse practice that can assist companies with any demand.’

‘Salim Jorge Saud Neto is an exceptional lawyer, well respected by his clients, opposing counsel, courts and government agencies.’

Key clients


Stago Brasil

Kering Group


Saint Laurent


Baker Hughes

Rio Energy

Souza Cruz, a BAT Company



Bottega Veneta

Red Hat



Work highlights

  • Assisted TechnipFMC in the first global settlement involving Brazilian and US authorities and subsequent reporting obligations.
  • Assists Gucci and other brands in the Kering Group on the tropicalisation and implementation of an anti-money laundering policy in light of Brazilian regulations.
  • Advised an oil and gas company on an administrative proceeding concerning alleged fraud.

The firm: With offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Saud Advogados and our team of practitioners have experience in several areas of law, from anti-corruption enforcement and compliance, to litigation and arbitration, as well as general business.

The team’s area of focus includes cross-border capabilities, with each member bilingual in Portuguese and English, and additional proficiencies in Spanish and French. All of the firm’s attorneys are qualified to practice in Brazil and some are also qualified to practice in other jurisdictions. Our team excels both in international and domestic work.

With our experience in both the private and public sectors, we know that a thorough understanding of our clients’ business needs is essential. Our team has represented clients in a wide range of matters, from simple everyday transactions to extremely complex and sophisticated deals, with an unparalleled level of excellence in the legal market. We are known for achieving effective solutions and providing superior legal services through critical thinking on critical matters.

The firm and its practitioners are recognized by the publications as leaders in the industry, especially in the compliance and anticorruption practice areas.

International work: Saud Advogados provides clients access to a U.S. and global perspective through its strategic cooperation with Hughes Hubbard & Reed, a New York-based international law firm among those that The American Lawyer calls “the top firms among the nation’s legal elite.” Hughes Hubbard has been praised for its singular focus on clients’ goals, bringing creativity and an ability to break new ground to deliver results across clients’ critical matters. With a distinguished history dating back to the late 19th century, Hughes Hubbard is one of the country’s leaders in promoting diversity in law firms and is renowned for its pro bono achievements.

Main areas of practice
Anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations: Saud Advogados has a very experienced team of lawyers with extensive proficiency in counseling and investigating on all aspects of compliance.  The firm advises national and foreign clients in internal investigations on several anti-corruption and compliance related subjects in Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Recently, the firm represented TechnipFMC in its $301.3m foreign bribery settlement, the first ever global settlement to involve the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff and Brazilian authorities – the Federal Prosecution Office (MPF), the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU), and the Federal Attorneys’ Office (AGU). In addition, with a team of pioneers of the practice in Brazil, the firm assists clients of several industries in all phases of the design, implementation and improvement of compliance programs, including assistance of clients in obtaining Pró-Ética’s certificate, with a risk-based approach.

Data protection: Saud Advogados’ attorneys are highly qualified and offer clients an array of solutions in order to improve their internal policies and procedures in light of national and international data protection legislation, especially in regards to the Brazilian Data Protection Law (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais – LGPD). The team advises national and foreign clients with risk and impact assessments as well as with revising pre-existing policies and their processing of personal data.

Key clients: Saud Advogados assists clients, both national and foreign, in several industries, such as oil and gas, construction, energy, tobacco, luxury goods, consumer product manufacturing/cosmetics, health and care, infrastructure, entertainment, aviation and biomedical technology demonstrating its familiarity and expertise with the specifies of each industry and its commitment to provide a fit-for purpose and risk-based approach when assisting clients.

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