Our Team

Ricardo Caiado Lima
“CMA is a unique law firm because we are ethical, efficient and innovative in a typically conservative industry. I share those values and feel very proud to be part of the CMA family.”

Ricardo Caiado Lima

Partner

Legal Practice Areas

Compliance and Investigation, Cybersecurity, Corporate Criminal

Linkedin

São Paulo

+55 (11) 3077 3500

Ricardo advises individuals and corporations in compliance, investigations, and white-collar crimes.

 

He supports clients in a range of compliance matters including integrity risk assessments, implementation of compliance programs from scratch, corporate investigations, and ABC due diligences in M&A projects.

 

He also has experience in the vast Brazilian criminal legislation, supporting clients in corporate criminal litigation, legal opinions, and implementation of corporate programs to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing

 

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Conduction of an internal investigation as part of a leniency agreement entered between the client and the Brazilian Law Enforcement Agencies (the largest ever signed in Brazil). The investigation aimed at obtaining evidence of wrongdoing disclosed by shareholders and directors, as well as additional information on potential other wrongdoing that could be uncovered during the investigation. The case was unprecedented in Brazil, the internal investigation was monitored by an independent committee and the final report was submitted to the competent Brazilian Law Enforcement Agencies.

 

  • Conduction of an internal investigation to assess the investments made by a large pension fund in two equity investment funds. The investigation was conducted in the context of large government criminal investigation called “Operação Greenfield”, the final report was delivered to Federal Prosecutors and supported the client’s collaboration position.

 

  • Coordination of a large internal investigation to assess wrongdoing disclosed by whistle-blowers. The wrongdoing involved different schemes of fund’s misappropriation by the CEO, the CFO, and lower-level employees from the client’s Brazilian subsidiary. An operation coordinated with the company’s headquarters board in the US, an external forensics company and CMA’s compliance, tax, labor, and corporate teams was set to collect devices for evidence gathering, document review and termination of the involved employees.

 

EDUCATION

  • Masters Business Administration in Compliance and Fraud Risks Management: Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA), 2019
  • Specialization in Compliance: Instituto Ensino e Pesquisa (INSPER), 2016
  • Post-graduate Degree in White-Collar and Corporate Crime Law: Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra e Instituto Brasileiro de Ciências Criminais (IBCCRIM), 2014
  • Post-graduate Degree in Criminal Law and Procedure: Universidade Anhanguera-Uniderp e Instituto Panamericano de Política Criminal, 2012
  • Law Degree: Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, 2009

 

 

RECOGNITIONS

  • Chambers Brazil
    • Up and Coming Lawyer in Compliance: 2021, 2022 and 2024
  • Chambers Global
    • Up and Coming Lawyer in Compliance: 2022 and 2024
  • The Legal 500, Latin America
    • “Mentioned Lawyer” in Compliance – Mentioned: 2021 – 2024
  • The Legal 500, Latin America
    • “Mentioned Lawyer” in TMT: Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: 2021,2022 and 2024
  • Who’s Who Legal
    • Global Future Leader Partners – Investigations: 2022 and 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal
    • Thought Leaders Global Elite – Investigations – Under 45: 2023
  • Best Lawyers Brazil
    • “Recommended Lawyer” in Corporate Criminal: 2021 – 2024
  • Análise Advocacia
    • Recognized as one of the most admired lawyers in Brazil in Compliance: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Compliance On Top
    • Recognized as one of the most admired lawyers in Brazil in Compliance: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

Compliance

  • Análise Advocacia – Tier 3: 2018 – 2024
  • Chambers Brazil – Band 4: 2024
  • Leaders League Brazil
    • Recommended Practice: 2018 – 2024
  • Legal 500 – Tier 3: 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024

Dispute resolution – White-Collar Crime

  • Leaders League Brazil
    • Recommended Practice: 2016 – 2024
  • Análise Advocacia – Tier 4: 2018, 2021 and 2023

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Investigators (ACFE)
  • Instituto Brasileiro de Ciências Criminais (IBCCRIM)

 

 

LANGUAGES
• Portuguese
• English
• Spanish