Recommended by Legal 500 Latin America (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020).

Speaker at the 10th Summit on Anti-Corruption in Brazil (2020).

Speaker at the Fleury Group Integrity Week (2018).

Co-author of “FCPA & Anti-Bribery Alert: Fall 2018”, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Co-author of “How Far Do Your Arms Reach? A Brief Case Study on the Extraterritoriality of Anti-Bribery Laws,” International Review of Compliance and Business Ethics (March 2018).

Author of the study and research materials for Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) Compliance Courses, such as “Introduction to Compliance and FCPA”, “UK Bribery Act and International Conventions”, “Brazilian Anti-Corruption Legislation”, “Compliance Program”, “Enforcement Procedures”, “Leniency and Cooperation Agreements”, “Internal Investigations” and others.

Negotiation of the first leniency agreement with CGU, MPF, and DOJ with a total value of over USD 300 million; nominated by Latin Lawyer as Deal of the Year 2019 and by Global Investigations Review (GIR) as Most Important Development in the Practice of Law of International Investigations.


Bernardo Viana advises multinationals and national companies dealing with local and global challenges and represents companies involved in the country's largest investigations, including Operation Car Wash, and in the negotiations of leniency agreement. He also assists companies in due diligence and internal investigations, as well as preparing and tropicalizing compliance programs.

Professor at Fundação de Getúlio Vargas - FGV and Legal, Ethics & Compliance - LEC. Among several modules, he teaches about Brazilian and foreign anti-corruption legislation, including FCPA, UKBA and Loi Sapin II, International Sanctions, Multilateral Banks Sanctioning, Compliance Programs, Due Diligences, Internal Investigations, Leniency Agreement Negotiation, Crisis Management, and other related subjects.

Before joining Almeida Advogados, he was an attorney at the Brazilian operations of two large U.S. law firms, having led the São Paulo office of one of them.

Academic Background

Master's degree from Columbia University (LL.M.)

Bachelor's degree in Law from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES)


Portuguese, English and Spanish.


  • Member of the Commission for Permanent Compliance Studies of the Lawyers Institute of São Paulo (IASP).

  • Member of the São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo Sections of the Brazilian Bar Association.

  • Co-founder of the Rio Compliance Institute.

  • Member of the Lawyers Institute of São Paulo (IASP).

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