On September 16th, elite Brazilian law firm BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão announced the arrival of a new partner, seasoned privacy and data protection attorney Felipe Palhares who joins to lead the firm’s data protection, technology and digital business practice, as one of the pioneers in the field.
With over 10 years of experience in the legal market, Mr. Palhares has previously worked at distinguished Brazilian firms, such as Araújo e Policastro Advogados, Veirano Advogados and Stocche Forbes Advogados, as well as international offices, including Bristows Law Firm and Eversheds Sutherland in the U.K., before setting up his own practice, Palhares Advogados, in 2017.
Academically, he holds a LL.M. in Corporate Law from Insper and another LL.M., also in Corporate Law, from New York University (NYU), a state where he is also licensed to practice. Currently, he is the only Brazilian to have obtained all of the data protection certifications issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Along with this new challenge, Mr. Palhares is also a Visiting Professor at renowned Brazilian universities Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Insper and Damásio Educacional.
“We see a lot of growth potential in the fields of data protection, technology and digital business not only because of the enactment of the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD), but also due to the accelerated process of business digitalization and the relevance which “data” has acquired as an asset in the economy. Our project, with the arrival of Felipe, is to place our data protection, technology and digital business practice at the top of mind of our clients, making it a reference in the market.”, stated BMA's managing partner, Amir Bocayuva Cunha.