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Rafael Mendes Loureiro

Senior Associate
Rio de Janeiro

Rafael Mendes Loureiro
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Practice Group

Now based out of Rio de Janeiro, Rafael Mendes Loureiro spent most of his professional career in Washington D.C., and leverages his dual nationality and international background by assisting clients and co-counsel in bridging the gap between jurisdictions and cultural differences.

In addition to representing corporate and individual clients in connection with FCPA, compliance, data privacy, and anti-corruption concerns, he also advises large corporations in a range of business law matters including international business transactions. Rafael holds law degrees in both Brazil and the United States, and understands the legal needs of international clients that wish to enter the domestic market, invest abroad, or are involved in international investigations.

Given the peculiarities of multi-jurisdiction work, Rafael embraces his outside counsel role, and works closely with executives and in-house legal teams to address complex legal issues and ensure that his clients are aware of all of their options and opportunities.

Rafael started his legal career in Brazil as an in-house lawyer for an environmental engineering company, and later as a corporate associate for a Brazil-based law firm, handling mostly regulatory compliance issues and international matters. While attending law school in Brazil, he assisted in creating the environmental law study group and led the simulated stock exchange training program at the university.

Rafael received an LL.M degree in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center and was on the Dean's List. He also holds a certificate in environmental law from Universidade Gama Filho (Brazil) and is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.


Representative experience

Advises an international power company with regard to compliance matters and is currently assisting them a large anticorruption investigation.

Regularly advises a large Brazilian oil and gas company in connection with structuring and negotiating complex EPC contracts.

Advised members of an Israeli defense company (Brazilian subsidiary) in connection with an investigation conducted by the DOJ and SEC.

Regularly advises an international credit information company with regard to data privacy, compliance, and director liabilities matters.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., Dean's List, Georgetown University Law Center, 2007
  • J.D., Faculdades Milton Campos, 2004

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

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