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 is currently a member of the Commission of Economic Law of the Brazilian Bar Association (2019-2021). Vinicius has been a featured speaker at several international events, 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 Sao 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 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

  • Co-author of “Concorrência e Tributação” (Cedes, 2019)
  • Co-author of “Compliance: Concorrência e Combate à Corrupção” (Trevisan Editora, 2017)
  • Co-author and organizer of “Defesa da Concorrência: Estudos e Votos” (Editora Singular, 2015)
  • Co-author of “International Cooperation and Competition Enforcement: Brazilian and European Experiences from the Enforcers’ Perspective” (Kluwer Law International, 2014)
  • Author of “O Direito do Saneamento Básico” (Quartier Latin, 2010)

RECOGNITIONS

Chambers Latin America 2019

Competition and Antitrust

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."

Análise Advocacia 500 2018

Most Admired Lawyer – Competition and Antitrust
Most Admired Lawyer – São Paulo State
Most Admired Lawyer – Energy Sector

Best Lawyers 2019

The Best Lawyers in Brazil – Antitrust

Eduardo Frade

PARTNER

Master of Laws by the University of Brasilia, former General-Superintendent of CADE, Guest Professor at the FGV Law Program and at the George Mason University, and partner at VMCA.

São Paulo and Brasília

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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 in the 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 Brasilia and post-graduate degrees in Competition Policy from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and in Public Policy by 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

  • Author of “O direito societário e a estruturação do poder econômico” (Editora Singular, 2016)

RECOGNITIONS

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."

Análise Advocacia 500 2018

Most Admired Lawyer – Competition and Antitrust

Ticiana Lima

PARTNER

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

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 a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sao Paulo. 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

  • Author of “O Cade e as reestruturações societárias” (Editora Singular, 2006)

Marcela Mattiuzzo

PARTNER

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

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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 at the University of São Paulo. 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

  • Co-author of “Concorrência e Tributação” (Cedes, 2019)
  • Co-author of “Privacidade em Perspectivas” (Editora Lumen Juris, 2018)
  • Co-author of “Ideias em Competição – 5 Anos do Prêmio IBRAC-TIM” (Editora Singular, 2016)

André Ferraz

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Economics. Bachelor of Law. Lawyer at VMCA.

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EXPERIÊNCIA PROFISSIONAL

André served as Coordinator at the General-Superintendence of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (“Cade”), where he directly and indirectly participated in the analysis and supervision of innumerous mergers and investigations. Prior to that, he was Analyst at the American Chamber of Commerce – Amcham Brasil, in Brasília, acting as leader of the Legislation Committee and responsible for the creation of the Legal Issues Discussion Group.

He is now an associate at VMCA.

FORMAÇÃO

André holds a post-graduate degree in Tax Law and Public Finance and also Bachelor degrees in Economics and in Law.

ATUAÇÃO ACADÊMICA

During his undergraduate studies, André was teaching assistant for courses in General Economic History, Latin American Economics, Brazilian Economic History and Project Analysis. He also participated in the Student Program of the extinct Secretariat of Economic Monitoring – Seae of the Brazilian Ministry of Finance. He is authors of articles related to Competition Law.

IDIOMAS
Portuguese and English

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

Beatriz de Figueiredo Coppola

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at USP and at Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III. Associate at VMCA.

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Beatriz was lawyer on the litigation team of Lacaz Martins Pereira Neto Gurevich e Schoueri Advogados.  Prior to that post, she worked in civil litigation, as both intern and lawyer at Perlman Vidigal e Godoy Advogados. As a professional, she has been involved on numerous cases concerning Public Law (Environment, oil and gas industries and consumer rights) and business law (corporate and contract disputes), as well as arbitration. She is currently an associate at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in 2015 and from the Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III, participating in the first class of PITES (Partenariat International Triangulaire d’Enseignement Supérieur), an international collaboration between the University of São Paulo, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Lumière Lyon 2 and Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Beatriz was a teaching assistant at University of São Paulo (USP) for “Constitutional Law”, in 2013, as well as “Business Law”, in 2014 and 2015. She was also part of the Study Group on Methodology, Epistemology and Law, between 2014 and 2015, at the University of São Paulo, and participated in the preparatory course for conciliators and mediators of the Instituto dos Advogados de São Paulo in 2017.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English and French

Diogo Santana

ASSOCIATE

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 e 2016-2017). Associate at VMCA.

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Diogo has 12 years of experience working in the public administration, in all 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 (Law 13,019 of 2014 and revision of the regulation and certification of philanthropic entities), 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.

He is currently an associate at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Diogo has 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. He is the author of the book “Food Law and Sovereignty: The Fertilizer Case” (Quartier Latin, 2014) and of articles on public policy and regulation. He was also a lecturer in the specialization courses focused on Economic Law at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (2010 – 2014).

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese and English
PUBLICAÇÕES

  • Autor de “Direito e Soberania Alimentar: o caso dos fertilizantes” (Quartier Latin, 2014)

Felipe Gretschischkin

ASSOCIATE

Masters in Political Science Candidate and Bachelor of Laws at USP. Associate at VMCA.

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Felipe served as an intern at Pereira | Neto Macedo Advogados, with an emphasis on Public Law and Regulation, where he gained experience in bidding process, public service contracts and interaction with regulatory agencies. He was also an intern in the House and Urban Development Department of the Office of Public Defenders. He began as an intern at VMCA and is currently an associate.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Felipe is a Master’s Candidate in Political Science at the University of São Paulo and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the same university (2017). During law school, he was a Researcher of Legal Sociology of PET SeSu/MEC, and held a scholarship from the Brazilian’s Education Ministry (2014-2016).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Teaching Assistant in Legal Sociology and in Sociology at USP’s law school. His coursework focused especially on the relation between law and institutions. His current fields of academic interests are political theory and political philosophy.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, and German

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

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.

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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.

Mariana Rodrigues Oliveira

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at USP and associate at VMCA.

mariana@vmca.adv.br

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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.

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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

Vitor Jardim Barbosa

ASSOCIATE

Bachelor of Laws at USP and associate at VMCA.

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

From 2014 to 2017, Vitor formed part of the Competition Law practice team at Barbosa, Müssnich e Aragão (BMA) Advogados. Previously, he worked in civil litigation, contract law and media, sports and entertainment law. As a lawyer, he has worked on numerous international and national merger cases and several cartel and unilateral conducts investigations. Vitor also has experience designing and implementing compliance programs. He is an associate at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sao Paulo (USP). He was recognized in 2015 with an award for one of the “top-two undergraduate monographies” from the Brazilian Institute for Studies on Competition, Consumer Affairs and International Trade (IBRAC). He graduated with a degree in Public Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in 2010.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Teaching assistant at University of São Paulo (USP) in 2015 of the following subjects and Professors: “Regulation, Competition and Market”, (Prof. Vinicius Marques de Carvalho), and “Public Companies and Capital Market”, (Prof. Sheila Neder Cerezetti). He was part of the Study Group on International Capital Market Law (DIMEC) at USP. He was a special student at USP in the subject “Competition Policy: Themes and Contemporary Discussions” (Prof. Roberto Pfeiffer), in 2016. He is an author of articles in the area of competition law.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, and Italian

Caroline Soares Brisola

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

caroline@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Caroline Soares Brisola is an intern at VMCA. Before, she interned at the 45th Civil Court of the João Mendes Forum, where her experience involved various areas of civil procedure and civil law.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Undergraduate law student at the University of São Paulo (USP – expected completion in 2021).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Caroline conducts a scientific initiation research in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Social Security Law of the Faculty of Law from the Universidade de São Paulo, oriented by Professor Otávio Pinto e Silva in the theme “The formalization of the rights of domestic workers in the city of São Paulo after Constitutional Amendment No. 72”. She is an academic assistant from Professor Jorge Luís Souto Maior. She was an administrative intern at XI de Agosto’s Legal Department and reporter for Arcadas Newspaper. She was oriented by Professor Dr. Luis Fernando Massonetto in the Political Economy Formation Program, in the Core of Pedagogical Practices in Political Economy, with emphasis in Economic Law and Study Group on Law and Regulation of Capitalism. She also took part in the Working and Capital Research Group, coordinated by Professor Jorge Luís Souto Maior and idealized and founded the Dandara Pedagogical Practice Nucleus.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese and English

Laura Arantes

INTERN

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

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

Marco Volpini Micheli

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Marco holds a Bachelor of History and a Master’s degree in Economic History from the University of São Paulo (USP). He is an undergraduate law student at Mackenzie Presbyterian University and intern at VMCA.

marco@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Marco is an intern at VMCA. Before joining VMCA, he interned at a Brazilian antitrust and regulatory boutique, where he worked with antitrust and acquired experience in several fields of Competition Law (matters of conducts and merger control). Formerly he held a scholarship at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) during the time he was developing his master’s research in Economic History.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Marco holds a Bachelor of History from the University of São Paulo (USP). Part of his undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Turin, where he studied for one year between 2011 and 2012. Also from USP, he got his Master’s degree in Economic History. Currently, he is an undergraduate law student at Mackenzie Presbyterian University (to be completed in mid-2021) as well as a PhD student in Economic History.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

He served as an Assistant Professor twice at the University of São Paulo and now is an Assistant in the subject History of Law at Mackenzie Presbyterian University. He also published articles and book chapters about São Paulo’s economy in the late eighteenth century. He is part of officially registered group studies, which debate Brazilian economy. Marco also participated and presented at several Conferences and also researches about Antitrust, aiming to elaborate his undergraduate thesis.

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English, Italian 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

Rebeca de Oliveira Souza

INTERN

Bachelor of Laws Candidate at the Faculdade de Direito de São Bernardo do Campo (FDSBC) and intern at VMCA.

rebeca@vmca.adv.br

+55 11 3939 0708

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Rebeca served as a teacher assistant at the Escola de Formação Pública (EFp) promoted by Sociedade Brasileira de Direito Público (SBDP), where she gained experience on​​ empirical research, constitutional jurisdiction and people management. She also interned at Federal Court of São Bernardo do Campo, where she acquired knowledge about tax execution procedures and notary’s office operations. She is currently an intern at VMCA.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Undergraduate law student at the Faculty of Law of São Bernardo do Campo (FDSBC) (expected completion in 2020).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Rebeca was a student at the Escola de Formação Pública (EFp) promoted annually by the Sociedade Brasileira de Direito Público (SBDP), where she conducted empirical research to study the control of the Brazilian audit courts on the education expenditures (2017). She also was part of a scientific initiation program at the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law of São Bernardo do Campo, oriented by Professor Priscilia Sparapani, with the theme “estate responsibility at the public policy implementation” (2016). She is one of the coordinators of the bible study group at FDSBC and composed the local board of the Aliança Bíblica Universitária on ABC (2016-2018).

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Portuguese, English and French

Vinicius Marques de Carvalho

PARTNER

Eduardo Frade

PARTNER

Ticiana Lima

PARTNER

Marcela Mattiuzzo

PARTNER

André Ferraz

ASSOCIATE

Anna Binotto

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Beatriz de Figueiredo Coppola

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Diogo Santana

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Felipe Gretschischkin

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Frederico Haddad

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Henrique Felix Machado

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Jéssica Costa

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Mariana Rodrigues Oliveira

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Paula Pedigoni Ponce

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Vitor Jardim Barbosa

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Caroline Soares Brisola

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Laura Arantes

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Marco Volpini Micheli

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Matheus Policarpo Ferreira

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Rebeca de Oliveira Souza

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