Paula Galhardo is principal in the firm's Corporate Practice Group, chair of the firm's Brazil Country Desk and member of the Latin America Executive Committee. Paula represents a diverse range of businesses – from owner-managed groups to multinationals operating in the chemicals, energy, industrial and manufacturing sectors – in inbound and outbound international transactional matters involving Latin America, including mergers and acquisitions, international contracts, anticorruption compliance and investigations.
Paula spent the first years of her career as a business and transactional lawyer in Brazil before moving to the US in 2006. Dual qualified in New York and Brazil, Paula focuses her practice on advising US, Latin America, Europe and Asia clients on corporate transactions in numerous jurisdictions. Paula regularly serves as managing counsel through Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
Paula also advises clients in anticorruption compliance and investigations matters in Latin America. She assists in the review and revision of anticorruption policies and procedures, and advises Brazilian entities on FCPA compliance, including company practices, internal compliance programs, training, human resources concerns and remedial measures for improving compliance.
Paula serves as board member and legal advisor of Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce (BRATECC); board member of the International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and the Past-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section. She is also an active member of a number of bar and trade associations, including the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Institute for Energy Law (IEL), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB).
Paula is admitted to practice in Brazil and New York. Portuguese is her first language, and she is fluent in both English and Spanish.