Based in Rio de Janeiro, Rafael Mendes Loureiro spent most of his professional career in Washington DC, and leverages his dual nationality and international background by assisting clients and co-counsel in bridging the gap between jurisdictions and cultural differences.
Rafael represents corporate and individual clients in connection with FCPA, compliance, data privacy, and anti-corruption concerns, but also advises large corporations in a range of business law matters including international business transactions. Rafael holds law degrees in both Brazil and the United States, and understands the legal needs of international clients that are involved in international investigations or wish to enter the domestic market or invest abroad.
Given the peculiarities of multi-jurisdiction work, Rafael works closely with executives, in-house legal teams and US and Brazilian authorities to address complex legal, compliance and anti-corruption issues and ensure that his clients are aware of all of their options and opportunities.
Rafael started his legal career in Brazil as an in-house as a corporate associate for a Brazil-based law firm, handling mostly regulatory compliance issues and international matters. While attending law school in Brazil, he assisted in creating the environmental law study group and led the simulated stock exchange training programme at the university.
Rafael received an LLM degree in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center and was on the Dean's List. He is licensed to practise in the Bar in New York and is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.