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FeldensMadruga

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Senior Partners: Luciano Feldens, Antenor Madruga, Débora Poeta
Number of partners: 3
Number of other lawyers: 15
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
FeldensMadruga provides its clients with full services on all legal matters pertaining to corporate ethics, business crime and government sanctions, including related administrative proceedings and civil litigation. Founded in 2013, the firm combines the experience of its partners both in the public sector, as government attorney and criminal prosecutor and in the private sector, as partners in major Brazilian law-firms. The main services provided by the firm consist not only of the representation and defence of clients, their employees and representatives in judicial and administrative proceedings, but also assistance with anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance, internal investigations, due diligences, legal advice in international legal assistance, transnational litigation, and crisis management, among others. The firm is composed of a team of professionals with renowned performance in Brazil and abroad, with expertise in criminal, international, administrative and corporate law.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate Criminal Law:

Criminal law in Brazil has changed significantly in recent years, expanding its direct and indirect effects on companies and their representatives. New criminal offences, focus on white collar crime, confiscation of assets, extensive international legal cooperation, strong civil and administrative sanctions, in addition to severe reputational damages, are imposing new challenges to the practice of criminal law in Brazil. The firm’s corporate criminal law practice assists its clients in the implementation of effective compliance programs and defend their interests in criminal investigations and litigations. Clients retain the firm to develop their criminal defence within a global strategy taking into consideration other potential threats, such as related civil and administrative proceedings, reputational damages, and foreign litigation.

Government Sanctions:
Together with the areas of corporate criminal law and crisis management, the firm’s government sanctions practice provides a global defence strategy that includes representation in government sponsored administrative and judicial civil proceedings. In subjects such as money laundering and corruption, for instance, services include implementation of effective compliance programs, representation before regulatory agencies and administrative courts and defence in civil and criminal judicial proceedings. The practice is composed of a team of attorneys and consultants with strong academic background and extensive experience in criminal, corporate, administrative and international law.

Corporate Ethics:
The firm’s corporate ethics practice is made up of a team of attorneys and consultants with multidisciplinary and international training, who have acted in several jurisdictions throughout the world. Clients hire the firm seeking the implementation of compliance programs, with a special focus in the areas of the prevention of money laundering and corporate crime and on anti-corruption matters, in conformity with Brazilian and foreign rules, such as the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - FCPA and the United Kingdom Bribery Act. The firm also provided 5x related compliance services such as the development and implementation of full compliance programs, including the training of employees, internal investigations and due diligences.

Crisis Prevention & Management:
Investigations, judicial and administrative proceedings can often cause crises that require coordinated planning and rapid actions to preserve and avoid aggravating the legal position and the reputation of the company, its executives, employees and shareholders. The firm’s crisis management practice assists clients to develop a legal defence that is integrated with their institutional relations with government agencies and the media.

International Legal Cooperation:
The firm’s international legal cooperation practice provides clients with services related to all aspects of transnational litigation. Its attorneys and consultants are among the leading authorities in international legal cooperation and transnational litigation. The firm is present in more than 60 jurisdictions, through its membership in international networks.

International Work:
The firm has acted in several multijurisdictional cases involving criminal, civil and administrative litigation. It also acts as advisers in international transactions and contracts with a focus in potential criminal matters and government sanctions. The firm has acted in cases involving the following jurisdictions, among others: Argentina, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Germany, Ireland, Panama, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

Clients:
The firm’s client base includes Brazilian and foreign companies mainly from the following industries: banking and finance, civil construction, real estate, petroleum and gas, marketing, technology and minerals. The firm also represents foreign states in extradition cases.