Mr. Ayres works with compliance, investigations, and government enforcement since 2002, with an emphasis on Brazil and other Latin-American countries. 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 the 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, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Police, Audit Courts, Federal and State Courts, as well as before the DOJ and the SEC.
Mr. Ayres is a professor at FGV São Paulo Law School since 2011, where he teaches in the post-graduation courses on Compliance and White-Collar Crime (FGVLAW).
Together with partner Bruno Maeda, in 2010 Mr. Ayres founded in 2010 the Anti-Corruption and Compliance Committee at the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Law (IBRADEMP). Acting as co-chairs of IBRADEMP’s Anti-Corruption and Compliance Committee, Mr. Maeda and Mr. Ayres had active roles 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 Company 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” (Anti-Corruption and Compliance Topics) 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 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Mr. Ayres served as an expert from Brazil, representing the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT), in the International Committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) responsible for the creation of ISO 37001 and ISO 37301 and was the leader of the Brazilian delegation in the discussions of the standards. Mr. Ayres is an instructor in the official ABNT courses on NBR ISO 37001 and NBR ISO 37301.
Mr. Ayres has been recognized as a leading practitioner by different specialized publications in Brazil 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, Mr. Ayres was a partner at the São Paulo office of a large Brazilian firm. Between 2009 and 2010, Mr. Ayres worked in the Chicago office of an international law firm. In 2010, Mr. Ayres also worked at the Enforcement Division of the SEC in Washington D.C.