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With over a decade of experience in compliance and investigations, Bruno Maeda is recognized as a leading practitioner in Brazil and Latin America.

Mr. Maeda’s experience covers all areas of anti-corruption and compliance, including assistance to Brazilian and multinational companies in all stages of the implementation of compliance programs as well as in the conduction of internal investigations and representation before authorities. Mr. Maeda acted in several complex internal investigations in Brazil and abroad, including cases of large internal investigations disclosed to US authorities, for clients in different business sectors. Among important investigations that he conducted, Mr. Maeda was part of the team that led the independent internal investigation conducted by Petrobras.  Mr. Maeda’s experience also includes the coordination of several multi-jurisdictional matters covering multiple countries in Latin America.

Together with partner Carlos Ayres, Mr. Maeda founded in 2010 the Anti-Corruption and Compliance Committee at the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Law (IBRADEMP). Acting as co-chair of  IBRADEMP’s Anti-Corruption and Compliance Committee, Mr. Maeda and Mr. Ayres had an active role in promoting the discussion, both in Brazil and abroad, of Bill of Law 6,826/2010, which was approved by the Brazilian Congress in 2013 and became Brazil’s new Anti-Corruption Law (Law 12,846/2013, also known as the Clean Companies Act). Still in 2011, in the early stages of the legislative process, Mr. Maeda was invited to testify in the first Public Hearing of the Special Commission in charge of analyzing the Bill of Law. The rapporteur Congressman publicly acknowledged Mr. Maeda and IBRADEMP’s contributions to the legislative process, mentioning that “the comments and recommendations were so valuable that they were incorporated into the Bill of Law.”

Mr. Maeda is the author of several articles and books published in Brazil and abroad, including the pioneer book “Temas de Anticorrupção e Compliance” (Themes of Anti-Corruption and Compliance), published in 2013 in Brazil, and the Brazilian chapter of the book “Corporate Internal Investigations: Overview of 13 Jurisdictions”. He is a regular speaker in national and international events and a professor in the post-graduate Compliance Program at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Maeda was recognized as a leading practitioner by different specialized publications, including Chambers (leading lawyer in Compliance in Brazil in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and leading lawyer in Corporate Crime & Investigations in Latin America in 2016, 2017 and 2018), Latin Lawyer (Latin American Corporate Counsel Association: Approved in Anti-Corruption and Compliance), and Global Investigations Review.

Before founding Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi, he was a partner in São Paulo at an international law firm, where he acted as the chair of the compliance and investigations practice in Latin America.


• London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M (London, UK)
• University of São Paulo, Master of Laws (São Paulo, Brazil)
• University of São Paulo, Bachelor of Laws (São Paulo, Brazil)


• Mr. Maeda was one of the lawyers leading the independent internal investigation conducted by Petrobras to evaluate the nature, extent and impact of the acts in the context of the “Car Wash” Operation.

• Coordinated an internal investigation for a global company in the medical devices industry concerning allegations of potential violation of Brazilian procurement and anti-corruption laws. The work also included assistance with remediation and mitigation measures, including in the termination of potentially implicated third parties, replacement of local management, review of compliance policies and training.

• Assistance to a major pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation of potential violation of anti-corruption laws.

• Coordinated an investigation in seven countries in Latin America of over 60 allegations of potential misconduct for an European multinational. The investigation included document review and interviews with employees conducted in several countries. The work also included assistance with remedial measures.

• Assisted with the implementation of compliance programs for clients in different sectors, including civil construction and technology.