Paulo Leonardo Casagrande


+55 11 3755-5479


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Paulo L. Casagrande

Paulo has extensive experience in representing clients in complex merger reviews and investigations of alleged anticompetitive practices before the Brazilian competition authorities, as well as advising companies on anticorruption compliance issues and internal investigations.

His experience was obtained at both private and public sectors. He was the first ever head of the bid rigging unit at the Secretariat of Economic Law of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice (SDE), in charge of conducting investigations in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Police and the Office of the Comptroller General. He also represented the Secretariat at the meetings of the Competition Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the National Strategy to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering (ENCCLA).

Before joining the Federal Government, Paulo was an international associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels.


Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – 2002. Masters in Law and Economics (LL.M.) from the Universities of Manchester and Hamburg – 2006. PhD in Economic Law from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – 2015. Member of the Brazilian Bar Association, and of the Advisory Board of IBRAC, the most prestigious think-tank for the study of antitrust law in Brazil.


Paulo is recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the leading lawyers in Competition/Antitrust, having been praised by his clients as a “technical” and “experienced” lawyer. He has considerable strength in cartel investigations, including multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and merger reviews. (Chambers Latin America 2018).

He is also listed as a standout practitioner in Competition in Who’s Who Legal Brazil, Who’s Who Legal Competition and Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders.

The Legal 500 also recommends Paulo in Competition and Antitrust (The Legal 500 Latin America 2017).


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