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Rogério Taffarello

Rogério Taffarello


Rogério has vast experience in corporate criminal litigation, having worked intensively to defend local and foreign individuals and companies in many of the main criminal investigations and proceedings in Brazil over the last 15 years. He is currently serving his third term at the São Paulo State Bar Association’s (OAB-SP) Attorney Privilege Council, where he was also previously a member of the Criminal Procedural Law Committee.


A former researcher at the University of São Paulo Law School’s Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Rogério was also a visiting fellow at the University of Bologna (Italy), a director of the Brazilian Institute for Criminal Sciences (IBCCRIM) and a member of the Commission on Legislative Matters at the Institute in Defense of the Right to Defense (IDDD).


Rogério is a professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-SP) where he teaches postgraduate courses in Economic Criminal Law and is a guest professor for undergraduate and postgraduate criminal and procedural law courses at different Brazilian institutions. He works as an editorial advisor for the Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais (Brazilian Journal of Criminal Sciences) and the Revista de Estudos Criminais (Criminal Studies Journal) – Brazil’s two main publications for Criminal Law – and has authored several other publications on criminal and procedural law, with a focus on economic crimes.


Rogério has been referred to by The Legal 500 as “a world-class white-collar defense lawyer”, and has been ranked among Brazil’s leading white-collar lawyers for many years by institutions including Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Leaders League, Latin Lawyer and Análise Advocacia.


Visiting Researcher – Università di Bologna, Italy;

Bachelor of Laws – Universidade de São Paulo (USP);

Master of Criminal Law – Universidade de São Paulo (USP);

Postgraduate Degree in Economic and European Criminal Law – Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal;

Specialization in Tax Fraud and Money Laundering – Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Spain;

Specialization in Criminal Law – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.


Chambers Brazil – Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime (2021 – 2024);

Latin Lawyer 250 – White-Collar Crime and Investigations: Leading Individual (2022 – 2024);

The Legal 500 – White-Collar Crime and Investigations: Leading Individual (2022 –2024);

Análise Advocacia – White-Collar (2017 – 2024);

Best Lawyers – Corporate Criminal Law (2019; 2022);

Who’s Who Legal Brazil – Business Crime Defense & Investigations (2018 – 2023), Business Crime defense: Individuals (2023) and Thought Leaders Brazil: Business Crime defense & Investigations (2023);

Who’s Who Legal Global – Business Crime Defense: Corporates (2018 – 2023), Business Crime Defense: Individuals (2018 – 2023) and Thought Leaders Global Elite: Business Crime Defense (2023).

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Brazil Sees Diminishing Dividends From ‘Car Wash’ Probe

Compliance efforts in Brazil have taken another step backward after the country’s Supreme Court recently overturned high-profile convictions related to the sweeping “Car Wash” corruption probe.
Investigations that began a decade ago into the multibillion-dollar kickback scheme reverberated throughout Latin America, taking down top executives and even former presidents, while creating a compliance culture practically from scratch.

Click here and read the article on Law.com.

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Global Investigations Review

Brazil’s Supreme Court rules Moro was biased in Lula bribery trial

​Brazil’s top court has ruled that former Operation Car Wash judge Sérgio Moro was biased when overseeing an investigation that led to the bribery conviction of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Click here and read the article published in the Global Investigations Review (GIR), with the participation of our partner Rogério Taffarello.

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