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Law firms seek corporate crime experts

White Collar Crime
Valor Econômico
Changes in Brazil's penal legislation, the developments of the Petrobras corruption scandal and more forceful action from the Federal Police, the Secretariat of Federal Revenue and from the Federal Public Ministry have been encouraging law firms to invest in departments specialized in corporate crime. Unlike boutique firms that only work with criminal cases, such experts can work in partnership with other lawyers specialized in the environment, taxation, capital markets and labor law. At Mattos Filho, the new unit will be coordinated by Rogério Taffarello, until now partner of a boutique firm. Campos Mello Advogados, in its turn, hired criminal lawyer Juliana Sá de Miranda in September, who brought along her team from TozziniFreire. Trench Rossi Watanabe, another large Brazilian firm, restructured its department in 2014 with the arrival of FGV professor Davi Tangerino and already has a 17-strong team.