Rafael R. Ribeiro

Rafael R. Ribeiro

Miami, São Paulo

Email rafael.ribeiro@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 305 459 6632 (Miami) + 55 11 3074 3616 (São Paulo)

Fax +1 305 459 6550 (Miami) + 55 11 3078 3411 (São Paulo)

LanguagesEnglish, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Rafael Ribeiro is recognized as an up-and-coming star by peers, who describe him as 'business lawyer' with a 'good way of seeing the business picture and empathizing with the client and the case.'

Chambers USA

Leveraging his experience abroad and his fluency in four languages, Rafael Ribeiro has significant experience conducting international internal investigations and representing clients in cross-border disputes.

As Latin American countries have begun cracking down on corruption and implementing anti-bribery legislation to target wrongdoers, Rafael has been at the forefront of this movement as part of the team that conducted two of the region's most high-profile anti-corruption investigations on behalf of energy sector clients. These investigations involved novel issues regarding the interplay between local anti-corruption legislation and the FCPA, privilege, data privacy, interactions with regulators from multiple jurisdictions, and parallel civil disputes in several countries.

In those investigations, and in on-going confidential internal investigations in the region involving energy, telecommunications, and life science clients, Rafael has leveraged his fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, and French to assist clients in navigating these issues. Rafael understands cultural nuances and is able to communicate effectively with witnesses, which are indispensable assets in a successful internal investigation. In 2019, Latin Lawyer included Rafael in its "250 List" and noted that he was a "key" part of Hogan Lovells' "growing reputation in the Latin American anti-corruption space, with its positioning on the ground of the region allowing it to combine a U.S. and/or UK law perspective with local knowledge." Rafael also understands his clients’ needs and has been called a "business lawyer" who has a "good way of seeing the business picture and empathizing with the client and the case." Chambers USA describes Rafael as "adept counsel in internal investigations and in class action litigation."

Rafael is regularly invited to speak and write on issues relating to compliance, internal investigations, and international dispute resolution.

Awards and recognitions


Commercial Litigation
The Best Lawyers in America


Florida Super Lawyers


Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Legal 500 US


Latin Lawyer 250
Latin Lawyer


International Litigation
South Florida Legal Guide


Litigation: General Commercial (Florida), Up and Coming
Chambers USA


Up & Coming
Florida Trend's Legal Elite


Florida Rising Star
Florida Super Lawyers

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Florida, cum laude, 2004

B.A., New College of Florida, 2001


Treasurer, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2019

Executive Council Member,The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2010–present

Education/CLE Committee, Co-Chair, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2013

International Litigation and Arbitration Committee, Co-Chair, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2010–2011

8th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Co-Chair, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2009–2010

Editor-in-Chief, The International Law Quarterly

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Representative experience

Represented a Mexican state-owned energy company in a high-profile FCPA internal investigation relating to allegations of corporate misconduct.


Represented a Brazilian state-owned energy company in a high-profile FCPA internal investigation relating to allegations of corporate misconduct.

Representing a medical device manufacturer in internal investigations, and parallel proceedings and litigation, regarding allegations of antitrust and bribery in Brazil.


Representing a U.S. telecommunications company in internal investigations in various Central and South American jurisdictions.

Representing a hedge fund in a wide-ranging pre-acquisition due diligence exercise relating to telecommunications target with operations in Latin America.


Representing a multinational consulting company in internal investigation involving a phishing scheme in Brazil and other jurisdictions.


Member of the team selected by the New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office to act as the Corporate Monitor for a medical device manufacturer as part of DPA.


Representing a former supplier of hemoderivative products involved in regulatory proceedings brought by Brazil's antitrust regulator (CADE).

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