Mariana Villela is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Law and Corporate Integrity & Compliance practice groups at Veirano Advogados.
Ms. Villela’s experience in antitrust and competition law involves general advice on Brazilian competition law, including advice in relation to day-to-day business practices, risk assessment of specific mergers and commercial practices, merger notifications, challenges to merger notifications before competition authorities, representation of clients in procedures involving anticompetitive practices, litigation involving antitrust issues and preparation of compliance programs. She has acted in many antitrust/competition cases, merger cases and cases involving anticompetitive conduct, including international cartel cases and cases involving abuses of a dominant position.
According to Chambers and Partners, Ms. Villela earns praise from clients for having “a brilliant academic background, giving her amazing insight into the legal and economic aspects of competition and antitrust” (Chambers Latin America, 2009). Quotes by clients confirm that “she cuts right to the chase and never wastes time” (Chambers Latin America, 2010), that she is a "tremendous lawyer: very down-to-earth and pragmatic" (Chambers Latin America, 2011) and "proactive and thorough, and great for practical and strategic thinking" (Chambers Latin America, 2012).
Ms. Villela is a frequent speaker on antitrust and competition law and teaches post-graduate courses at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ).
Mariana also assists clients with respect to corporate integrity, anticorruption and compliance issues. Her expertise in this area involves the identification and assessment of risks associated with violation of anti-corruptions laws, investigations in the context of M&A due diligences, internal audits carried out in the regular course of companies’ day-to-day business, management of crisis, training employees in compliance aspects, among others. Mariana has worked together with foreign counsel in cases involving investigations of violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the UK Bribery Act and has advised clients under local laws as to how to proceed when identifying corruption practices.