Vinicius Marques de Carvalho

PARTNER

Professor of Commercial Law at USP, former President of CADE, former Secretary of Economic Law, and Yale Greenberg World Fellow.

vinicius@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Vinicius is the founding partner of VMCA. His practice is mainly focused on competition and regulatory matters. He has substantial experience representing clients before the Brazilian antitrust authority in complex merger and acquisitions, negotiations for settlements and leniency agreements, and also in administrative proceedings, whether they are focused on unilateral or collusive conduct. Vinicius also advises clients in the stablishing, monitoring, and reviewing of compliance programs, due diligences, and business practices in general. His experience also includes representing companies in the interface with Brazilian regulatory agencies and authorities from various sectors. His clients include national and international companies from a wide-range of sectors, such as telecommunications, fuel, infrastructure, and technology.

Vinicius served in Brazil’s federal government from 2005 to 2016. As President of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), he not only took part in decisions and investigations of several cases in a wide variety of economic sectors, but he was also responsible for negotiating the approval of the new antitrust law in the Brazilian Congress and, immediately afterwards, for overseeing its implementation. 

This involved the drafting of legislation and guidelines, including the new leniency and settlement agreement policy, the standards for filling and analysis of mergers, and the compliance and gun jumping guidelines, among other components. The advances that stemmed from the changes in the Brazilian Antitrust Policy led CADE to be recognized three times as “Agency of the Year – Americas” by the British publication Global Competition Review (GCR), and positioned the authority among the eight top competition defense agencies in the world. 

Within the Brazilian Competition Defense System (SBDC, in the Portuguese acronym), Vinicius also served as Secretary of Economic Law and Commissioner at CADE. As Secretary, in addition to his work on antitrust policy, he actively took part in the building of the National Consumer Defense System, oversaw recalls and carried out investigations of consumer law violations.

Vinicius also served as Chief of Staff of the Secretariat of Human Rights, where he took part in the drafting of several public policies, including the policy for education in human rights and policies regarding minority rights. During that time, he articulated the human rights agenda within government and civil society (both private companies and NGOs).

Previously, Vinicius served as legislative advisor in the Brazilian Senate and in the House of Representatives of the State of São Paulo, where he acquired vast experience in the drafting, analysis, and negotiation of legislative proposals.

His accomplishments at the national and international level were recognized in 2013, when Vinicius was chosen as one of the 100 personalities of the year by Época magazine, and was appointed the Vice-Chair of the International Competition Network (ICN), entity that assembles over 130 competition authorities.

In all the positions he has occupied, Vinicius has pursued an intense advocacy agenda, regarding both economic regulation and competition, for the introduction of impact assessment methodologies in normative debates. He has participated in several discussions within the government regarding Brazil’s Internet Law (Marco Civil da Internet), anticorruption legislation, especially Brazil’s current Anticorruption Law, and policies on data protection regulation.

Vinicius serves as an arbitrator of the Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration of the Center of Industries of São Paulo (Ciesp) and the Federation of Industries of São Paulo (Fiesp) and is also a member of the Special Commission of Economic Law of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB). He has been a featured speaker at several international forums, including the Competition Committee at the OECD, the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy of the UNCTAD, and events of the American Bar Association (ABA), the ICN, Fordham University, Georgetown University and the New York State Bar Association, among others.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PhD in Commercial Law from the University of São Paulo (USP) and in Public Comparative Law from the University Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). In 2016, he was a Lemann Fellow and a Yale Greenberg World Fellow, a program focused on leadership building at Yale University. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from USP and successfully completed the program for specialists in Public Policies and Governmental Management from the National School of Public Administration (ENAP, in the Portuguese acronym). Vinicius took part in several training courses at the same school, including many on negotiating with the public sector.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Professor of Commercial Law at the University of São Paulo (USP). Vinicius was a Visiting Professor at the University Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, and formerly a professor at the School of Law of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Former editor in chief of the Journal of Competition Defense. 

Vinicius also taught in several post-graduate courses organized by FGV, the National Telecommunications Foundation, the Court of Auditors, the School of the Public Attorneys’ Office and the University of Brasília (UnB, in partnership with the National Agency of Electrical Energy, Aneel). He was also a researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap), taking part of the Group on Law and Democracy, in the project on State Reform and Democracy.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, and French
PUBLICATIONS

  • [Competition and Tax] (Cedes, 2019), co-author.
  • [Compliance: Competition and Fight Against Corruption] (Trevisan Editora, 2017), co-author.
  • [Competition Defense: Studies and Votes] (Editora Singular, 2015), co-author and organizer.
  • International Cooperation and Competition Enforcement: Brazilian and European Experiences from the Enforcers’ Perspective (Kluwer Law International, 2014), co-author.
  • [Basic Sanitation Law] (Quartier Latin, 2010).

RECOGNITIONS

Chambers Latin America 2020

"In addition to having an in-depth knowledge of competition law, he is able to offer a different perception of CADE, thus allowing us to better present the case before the authority."

GCR 100 | 19th Edition

"Former CADE president Vinicius Marques de Carvalho made waves in the Brazilian antitrust bar in 2017 when he opened his own law firm not long after leaving the enforcer."

Leaders League 2020

Merger Control and Antitrust Investigations

Latin Lawyer National 2019

Antitrust and Competition

Eduardo Frade

PARTNER

Master of Laws by the University of Brasília, former General-Superintendent of CADE, Guest Professor at the FGV Law Program and Visiting Scholar at the George Mason University.

São Paulo and Brasília

eduardo@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Eduardo’s practice focuses on competition and regulatory matters, mostly involving complex mergers and acquisitions transactions, cartel and abuse of dominant position defenses, compliance issues, and also negotiations and advocacy. He assists national and international companies from numerous industries, operating in different markets, such as infrastructure, energy, petrochemical, fuel, mining, construction, telecommunications, healthcare, and loyalty programs.

Eduardo served in Brazil’s federal government from 2007 to 2017. As General-Superintendent of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), he headed the Brazilian antitrust agency’s merger reviews, as well as its cartel and unilateral conduct investigations. He also served as Deputy-Superintendent at CADE, advisor for Commissioners at CADE’s Tribunal and participated in a secondment at the Canadian Competition Bureau. 

Eduardo played a leading role in restructuring CADE in 2012 after the new Brazilian Competition Law entered into force. The new policies propelled the Brazilian authority into the elite international antitrust authorities, earning CADE three GCR awards of “Agency of the Year — Americas”. 

For a decade, Eduardo had a part in most of the important cases taken on by the antitrust authority, in several different markets, including over 2,000 mergers, and hundreds of investigations, both domestic and international. He also coordinated the negotiation of several merger remedies, more than 100 anticompetitive conduct settlements and nearly 40 leniency agreements. 

His tenure in the federal government also includes expertise in the civil aviation sector, as Eduardo headed a unit at the Regulatory Policy branch of the Brazilian Civil Aviation Secretariat, which helped design the new civil aviation regulatory policy and participated in the first round of airport concessions in Brazil. 

Throughout his years as a public official, Eduardo took part in the elaboration and implementation of rules, policies and regulations, and interacted intensely with several sectors of the government and private enterprises, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, foreign authorities, and other agents. 

He is a frequent speaker in conferences and seminars in Brazil and abroad and has published several articles and books on regulation and antitrust.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Eduardo holds a Master of Laws from the University of Brasília (UnB) and post-graduate degrees in Competition Policy from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and in Public Policy from the Brazilian National School of Public Administration. He holds bachelor degrees both in law (UniCEUB) and in international relations (University of Brasília) and took part in the George Washington University Advanced Seminar on Regulatory Policy.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Eduardo is currently a guest professor at the FGV Law Program and was a Visiting Scholar at the Global Antitrust Institute of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French
PUBLICATIONS

  • [Corporate Law and the Structuring of the Economic Power] (Singular, 2016).
  • Merger notification policies towards minority shareholdings (International Cooperation and Competition Enforcement: Brazilian and European Experiences from the Enforcer’s Perspective. Wolters Kluwer, 2014, p. 103-114).
  • [Car Wash Operation and Cartel Investigation in Brazil: Evolution or Revolution?] (A revolução antitruste no Brasil: a era dos cartéis. Singular, 2018, p. 223-254), co-author.
  • A call to arms to protect Latin American leniency programs (Competition Policy International, July 23, 2018), co-author.
  • [Proportionality and Regulatory Improvement: The Regulation of Taxi Services] (Revista do IBRAC, v. 22, p. 277-303, 2012), co-author.
  • [CADE’s General-Superintendence and the Structuring of the Instruction Function in the Administrative Proceedings and Mergers] (A Lei 12.529/2011 e a nova política de defesa da concorrência. Singular, 2015, p. 53-64).

RECOGNITIONS

GCR 40 UNDER 40 | 6th Edition

Listed among the world’s leading 40 antitrust lawyers under 40 years old.

GCR 100 | 19th Edition

"In March 2018, the firm added another big name in the Brazilian antitrust world, hiring former general superintendent Eduardo Frade, who has almost a decade at CADE under his belt and was instrumental in the competition authority’s 2012 restructuring."

Leaders League 2020

Merger Control and Antitrust Investigations: Brazil Best Law Firms

Análise Advocacia 500 2019

Competition and Antitrust

Ticiana Lima

PARTNER

PhD and Master of Laws by the University of São Paulo, LL.M Harvard University, Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law School and former advisor of the Office of the President at CADE.

ticiana@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Ticiana’s practice is focused on representing clients in cartel investigations and unilateral conducts, including the negotiation of agreements with the Brazilian antitrust authority (CADE), assisting them in large national and international mergers and acquisitions, and in the design and implementation of compliance programs. Ticiana also provides clients with preventive consultancy in competitive matters. Her clients include national and international companies from a wide-range of sectors such as healthcare, infrastructure, logistics, and beverages.

Prior to joining VMCA as a partner, Ticiana served as the head advisor of the Office of the President at CADE, when she actively participated in the analysis of dozens of complex merger cases, cartel and unilateral conducts investigations. During her tenure at CADE, she played a relevant role in the structuring of the new authority, especially in drafting and implementing some of the main regulations in place today, such as the resolution for merger filings in Brazil. 

Her previous experience also includes serving as an international advisor to the Secretariat of Economic Law at the Ministry of Justice, working as a competition law and economic regulation lawyer at Lefosse/Linklaters and being a Bluebook Trainee at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. 

Throughout her years as a public official, Ticiana interacted intensely with several government and private sectors, foreign authorities and other agents. As a corporate lawyer, her previous experience includes designing and implementing compliance programs and working on several international mergers. She is the author and co-author of several papers and book chapters on competition law and economic regulation.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PhD, Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws from the University of São Paulo (USP). Ticiana holds an LL.M degree from Harvard University.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Ticiana was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law School and has organized and participated as a speaker in several conferences and seminars in Brazil and abroad.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French
PUBLICATIONS

  • [CADE and Corporate Restructurings] (Singular, 2006).
  • [Implementation of the New Brazilian Competition Policy] (Defesa da Concorrência: estudos e votos. Singular, 2015, p. 45-68), co-author.
  • Transactions at the fringe: a discussion about the scope of merger control review in Brazil (International Cooperation and Competition Enforcement. KluweLaw International, 2014, p. 121-136).
  • Consumer policy as social policy: what does PLANDEC tell us so far? (Paper selected for The Conference on Global Law and Development – CGLAD Conference 2013).
  • [The New Brazilian Competition Defense System and the Implementarion of the Brazilian Competition Policy in the Analisys of Anti-competitive Practices] (A Nova Lei do CADE. Migalhas, 2012, p. 238-246), co-author.

Marcela Mattiuzzo

PARTNER

Master of Laws by the University of São Paulo, Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School and former Chief of Staff at the Office of the President at CADE. 

marcela@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Marcela practices in the areas of antitrust and data protection. In the antitrust practice her work involves negotiation of agreements and representation of clients before the Brazilian antitrust authority (CADE) in administrative proceedings and in merger and acquisitions. She also advises clients in risk assessing distribution agreements, analyzing governance and compliance structures, evaluating the competitive risks of commercial practices, among others. Marcela’s clients are from a variety of sectors, such as infrastructure, technology, and agribusiness. 

She is also the head of the firm’s data protection area. Her work focuses on adapting corporate policies to the Brazilian and international data legislation, and also representing clients before judicial and administrative authorities. Marcela has participated in several debates regarding the structuring of the new Brazilian data protection public policy, especially after the approval of the country’s General Data Protection Law (LGPD) in 2018.

Former advisor and chief of staff for the Office of the President at CADE, Marcela assisted in the handling of cases at the Administrative Tribunal,
in the organization and structuring of interventions of authorities at national and international events, and coordinating antitrust advocacy actions, with emphasis on the development of CADE’s Compliance Guidelines and the participation in the editorial coordination for the Journal of Competition Defense. 

On behalf of CADE, she also served as Commissioner at the Federal Council for the Fund for the Defense of Collective Rights and representative at the National Strategy for the Fight Against Corruption and Money-Laundering.

Marcela has been authoring several articles regarding competition, regulation, and digital issues, and is also a frequent speaker at seminars in Brazil and abroad, such as the “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century” seminar, organized by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws from the University of São Paulo (USP). Marcela completed the “The Constitution and Politics,” “Scientific Methodology,” and “Constitutional Law” courses offered by the Brazilian Society of Public Law and also participated in an academic exchange program with the University of Zurich, focusing her studies on European Economic Law. She was a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School, completed the legal program from the School on Internet Governance from CGI.br and the CopyrightX course, offered by ITS Rio and Harvard University.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Marcela is a member of the research group on Constitutions, Politics, and Institutions from the University of São Paulo and coordinator of the Competition Law and Digital Economy Group, also at USP. Marcela coordinated and was also a professor at the Data Protection course organized by CEDES, a think tank focused on economic law and social issues. She was awarded the prize for best paper written by a graduate student by IBRAC-TIM in 2014 (“Online Advertising Platforms and Personal Data Retail: Consequences for Antitrust Law,” which was subsequently published by Competition Policy International). She has authored books and articles on antitrust, economic regulation, and digital markets.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, Spanish, and German
PUBLICATIONS

  • “Algorithms and Big Data: Considerations on Algorithmic Governance and its Consequences for Antitrust Analysis” (Revista de Economia Contemporânea — Journal of Contemporary Economics, v. 23, n. 2, mai/ago 2019).
  • The Brazilian Data Protection Policy and its Impacts for Competition Enforcement (Competition Policy International “, v. 2, p. 19-23, 2019), co-author.
  • Online Advertising Platforms and Personal Data Retail: Consequences for Antitrust Law (Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle , v. 7, p. 1, 2015).
  • Antitrust Compliance Programs: The Brazilian Experience (Competition Law and Policy in Latin America: Recent Developments, Wolter Kluwers, 2017, v. ?, p. 59-71).
  • Business Models and Big Data: How Google Uses Your Personal Information (Privacidade em Perspectivas. Lumen Juris, 2018, v. 1, p. 1-256). 

Diogo de Sant’Ana

PARTNER

Bachelor of Laws and Doctor in Economic law (2012) at the University of São Paulo, Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School (2018) and Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School (2011, 2016-2017).

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Diogo is a partner at VMCA and head of the firm’s third sector and impact investment practice. His work is focused on public law, and on helping clients find solutions to regulatory issues and solving key legal concerns for the development of third sector entities and companies focused on impact businesses. 

Diogo has more than 10 years of experience working in the public administration, in both the legislative and executive branches, and in the three spheres of government (local, state and federal). Between 2008 and 2015, Diogo held several leadership positions within the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil.

He played a leading role in the revision of the Regulatory Framework of Civil Society Organizations, in the elaboration and implementation of sustainable development policies, and in the drafting of the Brazilian positioning on the Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS). 

Throughout his career in the Presidency, he also acted in the implementation of the social and environmental conditioning of infrastructure projects and in the monitoring of regulated sectors.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws and PhD in Economic Law by the University of São Paulo (USP), Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School (Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellow). Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School (Ryochi Sasakawa Sylff Fellow).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Diogo is currently a professor at the Public Law Institute (IDP) and was a lecturer in the specialization courses focused on Economic Law at Getúlio Vargas Foundation. He has also participated as a lecturer in conferences and seminars, especially focusing on the revision of the Regulatory Framework of Civil Society Organizations and the implementation of Sustainable Development Policies, such as the National Agroecology Plan and programs for solid waste recycling.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese and English
PUBLICATIONS

  • [Regulatory Impact and Competition in the Fuel Sector] (Jota, 27/2/ 2019), co-author.
  • [2019, Key Year to the Fuel Sector] (Valor Econômico, 8/1/ 2019), co-author.
  • [Law and Food Sovereignty: The Fertilizers’ Case] (Quartier Latin, 2014).
  • [Regulation in Brazil: Conflicts and Convergences] (Direito Econômico Regulatório. Saraiva, 2010, p. 365-389), co-author.

Anna Binotto

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at USP and associate at VMCA.

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Anna was formerly part of the Corporate and M&A practice at Ulhôa Canto Rezende e Guerra, and of the Antitrust Practice at Barbosa, Müssnich e Aragão – BMA. She was also a researcher at the Center of Law, Economics and Governance at FGV São Paulo Law School. Today, she is an associate at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws at the University of São Paulo. She was part of the Yale Law School Latin America Linkages Program, in 2016. Her work has been recognized at the IBRAC-TIM award for papers on Competition Defense in 2017 and 2016. In 2018, she was part ofthe Summer Training in German and European Law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

She was also a researcher at the Center of Law, Economics and Governance at FGV São Paulo Law School (2015-2016) and was part of the research team of the Study Group on the Relations between State and Private Companies. In 2014 she was Vice-President of Sanfran Jr., a student-run organization at USP Law School. She was part of several research groups at USP, including: Law and Poverty (2016), Critical Studies in Commercial Law (2016), Competition and Society (2017). She was editor at the Student Law Review at USP Law School (2017) and was a volunteer at the legal clinic DJ XI de Agosto (2015-2017). She was a teaching assistant in the classes of Corporate Law, Intellectual Property, Corporations, Legal Logic and Methodology, Regulation, Competition and the Market, and Foundations of Corporate Law, with a scholarship from the University of Sao Paulo. She was research assistant to Professors Amanda Athayde (UnB) and Bruno Salama (FGV-SP). She is the author of papers on Competition Law and Capital Markets.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and German
PUBLICAÇÕES

 

  • Poder de Portfólio em Concentrações: Preocupações e Desdobramentos (Revista do Ibrac, 2018).
  • Cooperação e Concentração: O empreendimento comum e a nova disciplina dos contratos associativos (Revista de Defesa da Concorrência, 2018)
  • How Does Brazil Review Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Cases? An Empirical Study from the Competition Authority’s Perspective (Brazilian Antitrust Law – Law N.º 12,529/11: 5 years, Ibrac, 2017 com Bruno B. Becker).
  • Efeitos Conglomerados em Concentrações Econômicas (Mulheres no Antitruste, Vol. 1, Singular, 2018).

Frederico Haddad

ASSOCIATE

Master of Laws Candidate at USP and associate at VMCA.

frederico@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Frederico formerly worked as an intern at ETAD, an Office specialized on Insurance Law and Civil Responsibility (2013-2014)and as an independent lawyer focusing on contract law, civil responsibility, consumer law and administrative improbity (2015-2016). He has been an associate of VMCA since 2017.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Master of Laws Candidate at the University of São Paulo (USP), from where he also holds a Bachelor degree in Law. In 2011, he concluded the Public Training School Program of the Brazilian Society of Public Law (SBDP), where he Law? Administration? participated in the Public Law Course 2017 – organized in partnership with the School of Law at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo (FGV-SP). In 2017, he took part in the Education Improvement Teaching Internship on the Theory of the Brazilian State at USP.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Frederico is currently a member of the Public Research Group at the School of Law at FGV-SP, in partnership with the SBDP. He was assistant professor at USP (2015-2017) for Professor Maria Paula Dallari’s courses on General Theory of State (I and II) and Theory of Brazilian State (I and II). In 2017, he was Tutor of the Public Training School Program of the SBDP in partnership with the School of Law at FGV-SP and participated on the board that evaluated students research papers. At the Fifth Seminary of Public Law organized by São Paulo State University (UNESP) in 2017, he presented an article on the urban question which was approved for publication in a volume of the seminary proceedings. He is author of a monograph on the Brazilian Supreme Court’s treatment of tax immunity that was published by SBDP (2011) and of articles on economic regulation.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese and English
PUBLICAÇÕES

  • A pertinência da abordagem direito e políticas públicas ao estudo da política urbana no Brasil: o exemplo da pesquisa sobre as vias urbanas e sua função social (Revista de Estudos Institucionais, V. 5, n. 3, 2019, pp. 1044-1064).

 

  • What are the criteria for the characterization of sham litigation? (IBRAC, 2019, In Conducts Enforcement in Brazil), coautor.

 

  • O STF e a fixação de exigências para fruição de imunidade tributária: uma análise dos casos relacionados ao art. 195, § 7º, da Constituição Federal (Monografia Sociedade Brasileira de Direito Público, 2011).

Henrique Felix Machado

ASSOCIATE

Master of Laws from the University of Brasilia (UNB) and associate at VMCA.

henrique@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Henrique is an associate at VMCA. His previous experience includes serving as technical assistant, coordinator and general-coordinator at the General-Superintendence (SG) of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade) from 2014 to 2017, where he investigated anticompetitive practices and analyzed mergers and acquisitions in reglated sectors, with a focus on telecommunications, logistics, and natural gas and fuels.

Previously, he had worked at a full-service Brazilian law firm, dealing with governmental relations and economic law, and at the Trade Defense and Safeguards Division of the Economic Department at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, helping with trade dispute analysis and negotiation within the World Trade Organization.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Henrique holds a Master of Laws from the University of Brasília (UnB), having conducted a research on Internet governance and regulation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law (UnB). Currently he is a Physics undergraduate at UnB.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Henrique has received several federal scholarships, participating in research projects that investigated digital governance networks, corruption and the judicial system, and regulation of artificial intelligence. In 2018 he took the School of Internet Governance in Brazil’s Intensive Course. He has integrated academic extension projects on macroeconomic negotiation simulations and was councilor of the UnB Superior Council. He was a member of the UnB’s Students Central Directory and the Law Academic Center. He was awarded first place at the Municipal Transparency Association and the Brazilian Association of Municipalities’ First Monograph Contest, undergraduate category, and has published papers and book chapters on corruption, macroeconomics, and Internet governance.

IDIOMAS
English and Portuguese

Jéssica Costa

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at UnB and Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Itália). Associate at VMCA.

jessica@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Jéssica served as Technical Assistant and Substitute-Coordinator of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (“Cade”), where she investigated anticompetitive practices involving bid-rigging cartels. Between 2016 e 2017, she served as an intern of the Antitrust and International Trade practice group at Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, representing clients in administrative proceedings and mergers. In 2018, she was na intern at the Office of Councilor Polyanna Vilanova at Cade’s Administrative Tribunal. Jéssica is now an associate at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Brasília (UnB). Part of her undergraduate studies were completed at the Università degli Studi Roma Ter (Italy), where she studied for a semester in 2016.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

In 2018, Jéssica took part in the activities of the Study Group on Constitution, Corporation and Market from University of Brasília (GECEM/UnB), coordinated by Professor Ana de Oliveira Frazão. In 2019, she was a temporary member of the Study Group on Economic and Competition Law (GPEC) from Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público (IDP), coordinated by Professor Amanda Athayde and by Professor Eric Hadmann Jasper.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, French and Italian.

Maria Eduarda Scott

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at USP.

mariaeduarda@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Maria Eduarda started her professional career in 2016 as an intern in the NGO Oficina Municipal, which develops qualification courses to government officials and invests on local public policies. She also worked as an intern in the antitrust teams of Trench Rossi Watanabe and Cascione Pulino Boulos, where she also worked as a lawyer in the antitrust team. Her previous experiences include merger control issues, design and implementation of antitrust compliance programs and anticompetitive practice investigations.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws from the University of São Paulo (FDUSP) and a Bachelor of Public Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

In 2017 and 2018, Maria Eduarda took part in the activities of the Law, Internet and Society Research Group from University of São Paulo (NDIS). She was a volunteer geography teacher at “Cursinho FGV” in 2014 and 2015.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, French and Spanish

Mariana Rodrigues Oliveira

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at USP and associate at VMCA.

mariana@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

In 2014, Mariana interned at the São Paulo City Department of Human Rights in the division of policies for the homeless population. From 2016 to 2018, she was an intern and attorney at Advocacia José Del Chiaro, where she worked on administrative proceedings and mergers reviews, in sectors such as automotive industries, hospital, and banking. She also has experience in compliance antitrust and review of commercial practices. Today she is an associate at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sao Paulo (USP). Mariana was granted an academic scholarship from the program “Aprender com Cultura e Extensão” of USP’s graduation department. She was a special student at USP in the discipline “Legal Regime of the Brazilian Economic Order” (Prof.  José Tadeu De Chiara e Prof. Alessandro Octaviani), in 2018.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Mariana was teaching assistant at University of São Paulo (USP) of the following disciplines and professors: “Regulation, Competition and Market”, (Prof. Vinicius Marques de Carvalho) in 2018, and “Intellectual Property and Acess to Knowledge”, (Prof. Juliana Krueger Pela), in 2015. In 2014, she took part in the activities of the Study Group on Means of Conflict Resolution (USP), and in 2015 she was a member of the Research Group and Poverty, where she collaborated in empirical research on the judicialization of medicines at São Paulo’s Court of Justice.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, and Spanish

Paula Pedigoni Ponce

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at the University of São Paulo and associate at VMCA.

paula@vmca.adv.br

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Paula interned at Opice Blum Bruno Abrusio Vainzof Advogados Associados, a law firm specialized in digital law where she worked on e-commerce, privacy and data protection, media and intellectual property before joining VMCA as an intern in 2017 and is currently an associate.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PhD Candidate at the University of São Paulo, from where she holds her Bachelor degrees in law. During her graduation, Paula held a scholarship at PET – Sociology of Law related to the Ministry of Education’s Department of Higher Education (SESU) in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and General Theory of Law of the University of São Paulo.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Paula took part in the activities of the Research Nucleus on Studies in Competition and Society at USP (NECSO), the Law, Internet and Society Research Group from University of São Paulo (NDIS), the Interinstitutional Research Group on Philosophy and Theory of Law (Gifited) and was a volunteer at the legal clinic DJ XI de Agosto. She served as teacher assistant for courses on Sociology of Law, Regulation, Competition and Market, Intellectual Property and Access to Knowledge and Logic and Legal Methodology. As a member of PET, her research focused on sociology of law.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English and French

André Houang

INTERN

Bachelor of Laws Candidate at the University of São Paulo.

andre@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

André is active in the areas of competition and data protection, in cases involving especially economic concentration acts, anticompetitive conduct investigations and LGPD compliance procedures.

He interned at Pereira Neto Macedo Advogados, where he worked on regulatory law and acquired experience in sectors such as infrastructure and telecommunications.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws at the University of São Paulo. He is currently a “Licence en Droit” Student at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, through the PITES program. Part of his undergraduate studies were completed at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where he obtained the Zertifikatsstudium in den Grundzügen des Deutschen Rechts. André held a scholarship at PET – Sociology of Law, a program related to the Ministry of Education’s Department of Higher Education (SESU) in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and General Theory of Law of the University of São Paulo.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

André was a teaching assistant at University of São Paulo (USP) of the following disciplines; Introduction do Legal Studies I and II; Intellectual Property and Access to Knowledge; Legal Logic and Methodology and Legal Doctrine of The Market. He was part of the Law, Internet and Society Centre, of the Centre for Competition Law and Digital Economy, of the Law and Poverty Research Group, of the legal clinic DJ XI de Agosto and of the Paulo Nogueira Neto Environmental Law Clinic. He was also an editor of the “Revista Acadêmica Arcadas”, the Student Law Review at USP Law School as well as of the “Humanidades em Diálogo” Journal.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, French, German and Spanish

Laura Arantes

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Bachelor of Laws Candidate at the University of São Paulo.

laura@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Before joining VMCA, Laura interned at Finep (Study and Projects Financing Institution), at the Legal Department of Law and Innovation and at the São Paulo’s Municipal Chamber, where she worked as a parliamentary legal advisor, mainly assisting in the drafting and processing of bills. She is currently an intern at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Undergraduate law student at the University of São Paulo (expected to be completed in 2020).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

She is the president of the XI of August Student Center, entity of which she was treasurer in 2017, besides being a Student Representative at the Law School of the University of São Paulo’s Congregation. She attended the course “Dialogues on Public Governance”, oriented by Prof. Marcos Augusto Perez, and the course “Theory of the Brazilian State”, oriented by Prof. Maria Paula Dallari Bucci. She also took the “Law and Development” course offered by the Public Leadership Center (CLP) under the guidance of Professor Carlos Ari Sundfeld.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English and Spanish

Matheus Policarpo Ferreira

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Bachelor of Laws Candidate at the University of São Paulo and intern at VMCA.

matheus@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Matheus interned at Advocacia José Del Chiaro, a law firm specialized in antitrust and regulatory law where he worked on merger proceedings, administrative proceedings and negotiation of agreements at Cade. He is currently an intern at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Undergraduate law student at the University of São Paulo (expected completion in 2020). He held a technical education degree in legal services through a project coordinated by Etec São Paulo.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Currently, he conducts a scientific initiation research in conjunction with the Department of Commercial Law of the University of São Paulo, oriented by Professor Vinicius Marques de Carvalho, with the theme “The judgment of convenience and opportunity of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense – Cade in the celebration of Cease and Decease Agreements”. He is a student at the course of Competition Law and Digital Economy, organized by the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense. He took part in the activities of SanFran Social, an academic group focused on Third Sector studies.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English and French

Vinicius Marques de Carvalho

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Eduardo Frade

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Ticiana Lima

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Marcela Mattiuzzo

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Diogo de Sant’Ana

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Anna Binotto

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Frederico Haddad

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Henrique Felix Machado

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Jéssica Costa

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Maria Eduarda Scott

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Mariana Rodrigues Oliveira

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Paula Pedigoni Ponce

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André Houang

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Laura Arantes

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Matheus Policarpo Ferreira

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