Mr. Ayres works with compliance, investigations and government enforcement since 2002, with an emphasis on Brazil and other countries of Latin America. He has coordinated several internal and independent corporate investigations in Latin America, Europe, and Africa, including some that were responsive to subpoenas by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other enforcement agencies. Mr. Ayres
represented different companies in the context of enforcement actions and helped companies from different sectors to implement and improve their compliance programs.
In the last years, Mr. Ayres has represented companies before Brazilian and international authorities such as the Federal Prosecutors Office, the Office of the Comptroller General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Police, Audit Courts, Federal and State Courts, as well as before the DOJ and the SEC.
Mr. Ayres is a law professor at FGVLAW in São Paulo since 2011, where he teaches in the post-graduation courses on Compliance and White-Collar Crime.
Together with partner Bruno Maeda, Mr. Ayres 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). The rapporteur Congressman publicly acknowledged Mr. Ayres 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. Ayres 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. He is also a contributing writer of the FCPAméricas Blog. He is a regular speaker in national and international events and has spoken about compliance and anti-corruption in relevant forums, including at the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption and at the OECD.
Mr. Ayres served as an expert from Brazil, representing ABNT – Brazilian Association of Technical Standards, in the International Committee of ISO responsible for the creation of ISO 37001 and was the leader of the Brazilian delegation in the discussions of the standard. Mr. Ayres is an instructor in the official ABNT course on NBR ISO 37001.
Mr. Ayres was recognized as a leading practitioner by different specialized publications in Brasil and abroad, including Chambers and Partners; Global Investigations Review; Who is Who; Best Lawyers, Análise Advocacia and Anuário Compliance On Top/LEC.
Before founding Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi, he was a partner at the São Paulo office of a large Brazilian firm. Mr. Ayres worked in the Chicago office of an international law firm, between 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Mr. Ayres also worked at the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington/DC.