The increment of enforcement in the past years has put Brazil in the epicenter of the battle against white-collar crime, especially corruption, money laundering, fraud and antitrust violations. Following a global trend, national and multinational companies with operation in Brazil have increased their concern with corporate governance and compliance best practices in their business.

In order to suit clients’ needs and to provide them with a thorough legal assistance, Campos Mello Advogados (CMA) created the White Collar Crime, Compliance & Investigation practice in September 2016.

The integration of the White-Collar Crime, Compliance & Investigation practice with the other practices of CMA allows a full and cost-effective assistance.

The team is tailored in a strategic fashion that provides CMA with a technical leverage in the market: experience in prevention and litigation of any wrongdoing:

1. Preventive: risk assessment and implementation of compliance programs, policies and procedures;
2. Investigative: independent conduction or support in internal, regulatory and government investigations;
3. Reactive: representation of companies and its representatives as victims or defendants in criminal proceeding related to business

The practice has a solid experience to support clients on compliance matters such as:
• Development or review of compliance programs according to the Brazilian legal framework (designing tailored profile reports, Codes of Conduct and Ethics and specific policies), providing trainings and tools to ensure the effective enforcement of the policies;
• Risk assessment;
• Contractual reviews to assess anticorruption and AML matters and to prevent liabilities;
• First tier background check on third parties;
• Comprehensive integrity due diligence reviews (IDDs) of vendors, counterparts, employees and related parties;
• Implementation and conduction of actions involving compliance auditing procedures;
• Fast response to clients facing dawn raids and inspections from public entities;
• Trainings regarding compliance policies, anticorruption matters and dawn raids;
• Crisis management;
• Independent conduction or support of corporate investigations;
• Reporting of internal investigation conclusions to police authorities and support of official investigations representing the victim of misconduct;
• Assistance on cross border government or internal investigations;
• Negotiation of leniency agreements programs with administrative and criminal

The team also has extensive experience in advising and solving complex criminal matters related to business activity.

The professionals are prepared to support clients in both consulting and litigation matters, always focusing on preventing and resolving potential or current disputes as well as protecting the reputation of the company, especially related to:
• Corruption
• Corporate fraud
• Money laundering
• Antitrust violations
• Tax evasion and financial crimes
• Environmental crimes
• Crimes against Intellectual Property and Copyright
• Bankruptcy and reorganization crimes
• Bid crimes
• Cybercrimes

We offer a solid expertise aligned with personalized services provided with dedication and focused on achieving the best results for our clients.

Our White Collar Crime, Compliance & Investigation practice team is led by partner Ricardo Caiado, with the support of associates with degrees from leading Brazilian law schools.

Leading firm in Compliance
The Legal 500: 2018

Ranked firm in Compliance
Leaders League: 2019 and 2020

Ranked firm in White Collar Crime
Leaders League: 2018


Key Contact

Ricardo Caiado Lima


+55 11 3077 3591

São Paulo

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