Phone: +55 (11) 95784-1202

Languages: Portuguese and English


Erica Sarubbi has significant experience in compliance and anti-corruption matters in Brazil and internationally. Ms. Sarubbi represented numerous Brazilian and international multinational corporations in a variety of anti-corruption matters, leading complex investigations with ramifications in multiple jurisdictions, including the investigation, reporting to local and international authorities and negotiation of settlement terms of Embraer S.A., the first Brazilian company to settle an anti-corruption case with U.S. and Brazilian authorities simultaneously.


Ms. Sarubbi’s practice also includes representation of clients in all stages of internal investigations, anti-corruption focused risk assessments, implementation of tailored-made compliance programs, pre-acquisition due diligence, compliance training, monitoring and internal controls testing.


Ms. Sarubbi is recognized as one of the leading attorneys in Brazil for compliance and anti-corruption by Chambers and was named by Global Investigations Review as one of the 40 under 40 investigations lawyers worldwide and one of the 100 Women in Investigations globally. Ms. Sarubbi has more than 10 years of experience in compliance matters.


Before founding Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi, she was a partner at an international law firm, where she was responsible for leading various complex anti-corruption and compliance cases. Before that, Ms. Sarubbi worked in the Compliance Department of a U.S. multinational company in Chicago, USA where she had the opportunity to help implementing a global compliance program.


Ms. Sarubbi is admitted to practice law in Brazil (2005) and in New York, USA (2009).


Northwestern University School of Law, LL.M/K

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Bachelor of Laws

Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA

São Paulo, Brazil


• Represented Embraer S.A in an extensive investigation in several jurisdictions. The work also included negotiations with U.S. authorities and Brazilian enforcement agencies. While leading the investigation, Ms. Sarubbi also guided the company in the implementation of remediation measures, including significant enhancements to the compliance program.


• Conducted investigation for a multinational company in the medical devices industry as a result of anonymous allegations of violation of anti-bribery laws. The work also included negotiations with U.S. authorities.


• Led the implementation of a compliance program for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Brazil.  She conducted  the revision and drafting of internal policies and procedures and a risk assessment of its ongoing compliance practices.


• Assisted a global consulting firm with a risk assessment review of its operations in Brazil as well as with investigations of potential fraud in public tenders in Brazil.


• Assisted a German company in negotiations of a leniency agreement with Brazilian authorities as a result of potential violation of Brazilian anti-corruption laws.


• Part of the first Brazilian Monitorship team appointed by the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor’s Office to assess the enhancements in the compliance program and internal controls implemented by a company involved in the Operation Car Wash investigation. The Brazilian Monitorship team is currently working together with the U.S. Monitorship team – appointed by the DOJ - in a joint effort to report to both Brazilian and U.S. authorities.


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Practice Areas:

Internal investigations

Implementation and enhancement of compliance programs

Due diligence on third parties and within M&A transactions

Negotiation of agreements with authorities

Anti-corruption certifications (ISO 37.001, DSC 10.000 and Pró-Ética)

Judicial and administrative litigation

Corporate criminal law

Corporate governance

Prevention of money laundering

Post-agreement monitoring

Crisis Management and Prevention

Advice to Boards of Directors


Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1700

17th floor - Edifício Plaza JK

São Paulo - SP

Tel: +55 (11) 3578-6665