Rafael Szmid

Rafael Szmid

Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells LLP
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Rafael is a dual qualified lawyer (NY/USA and Brazil) with 10+ years of experience advising international clients doing deals in Brazil. Rafael has worked in complex transnational anti-corruption and antitrust matters.

As a member of prestigious law firms in the U.S. and Brazil, Rafael worked in high-stakes matters relating to different industry sectors, including technology, media, energy, petrochemicals, telecommunication, consumer goods, infrastructure, transportation, healthcare, and life sciences. As an in-house counsel in the Global Ethics & Compliance Management Team of a Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate, Rafael has honed a business-minded and practical approach to legal issues. As an advisor to the Brazilian Competition Authority – CADE, Rafael worked in the preparation of a analysis on mergers and provided support to CADE in its interactions with the Brazilian Congress to discuss the approval of the current Competition Law and new regulations involving intellectual property.

Rafael’s Ph.D. at the University of Sao Paulo – USP, shortlisted for a Best Dissertation Award, focused on anti-corruption corporate monitors and settlement agreements. At Stanford, Rafael completed the LL.M. in International Economic Law, Business & Policy. During his Master at USP, Rafael conducted a research on non-compete clauses in patent licensing agreements.

Rafael has authored the book “Anti-Corruption Corporate Monitors in Brazil: A guide to monitorships in judicial and administrative investigations” and articles for CADE’s Journal of Competition Defense, IBRAC’s Magazine, The FCPA report, The International Law Office, among other publications.

Rafael is recognized by Global Investigation Review/WWL from 2019 to 2021 and Global Competition Review/WWL in 2021 as a knowledgeable leading investigations and antitrust lawyer, and was shortlisted for a Client Choice/Lexology, Competition in 2021.

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