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Cooperation agreement between Brazil and Chile

In April 2019, Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller General (CGU) and Chile’s Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency (SEGPRES) executed a cooperation agreement that aims to tackle corruption. The main goal of the cooperation agreement is to establish mechanisms for mutual assistance and collaboration aimed at the implementation of measures to prevent, detect and punish misappropriation of public resources and acts harmful to the State.

Among other mechanisms, the agreement includes the exchange of information related to assets, financial operations, registry and identification of individuals, among other data, in order to detect alleged illicit acts and support administrative investigations into alleged corruption acts and assets recovery.

Companies that operate in Brazil and Chile must be aware that enforcement and cooperation actions between Brazilian and Chilean anti-corruption authorities will likely increase due to the cooperation agreement.

Joint Declaration between Brazil and Switzerland

On 8 April 2019, the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor General, Raquel Dodge, and the Attorney General of Switzerland, Michael Lauber, signed a joint declaration with the aim of strengthening cooperation between the two countries in combating global forms of crime. The main goal is to expand the exchange of information during criminal investigations, especially those related to international corruption and money laundering, recurrent within the Operation Lava Jato. According to the Federal Prosecutor’s office, the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor’s Office submitted 105 requests for cooperation to the Swiss between 2014 and March 2019, while the Europeans sent 109 requirements to the Brazilian authorities.

Companies must be aware of the increasing cooperation between the anti-corruption authorities of several countries and their law enforcement agencies, which may impact its activities and operations worldwide.


Heloisa Barroso Uelze joined the Firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. She has over 25 years of practice and is currently the head of the Brazilian Public Law, Government Relations and Regulatory Group at Trench Rossi Watanabe. Heloisa is recognized as a leading practitioner in such areas of law by various international publications such as Chambers, LACCA, Análise Advocacia, and PLC. Before joining Trench Rossi Watanabe, Mrs. Uelze worked for thirteen years in a law firm specialized in Public Law created by four of the most regarded scholars in Administrative, Public, Tax and Constitutional Law In Brazil, all of them respected Professors that held PHDs: Celso Antonio Bandeira de Mello, Geraldo Ataliba, Adilson Abreu Dallari and Michel Temer. In April 2000 Heloisa was nominated – due to her recognized ethical reputation and specialized legal knowledge, head of the legal department of Federal Government Autarchy, where she stayed for 12 years. Such position was not inconsistent with the private practice of law. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.


Fernanda Casagrande is a Senior Associate in Trench Rossi Watanabe, São Paulo office. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.