The Firm

Acting solely within the framework of Criminal Law, MCP Advogados emerged from the ideal of its partners in combining the traditional values of Criminal Law to the needs imposed by the current complexity of human relationships. Thus, the firm seeks to conjugate personality, discretion, transparency and legal knowledge, all these traditional characteristics of advocacy through innovation, technology, transdisciplinarity and dynamic performance inherent to the current demands of an increasingly complex society, always with the main purpose to meet the specific needs of each client.

For some time now, the social demand for security arising from technological innovations that enabled the free flow of news has imposed an excessive expansion of the Criminal Law.

Criticized by many, such expansion is currently a reality and has led to the criminalization of various conducts, largely expanding the scope of operation of the Criminal Justice. In this context, it is evident that nowadays anyone is subject to a criminal action, whether as the defendant, the victim or even as a witness, which enforces professional accompaniment in order for the fact to have the best possible resolution.

In addition to the personal attention to clients, MCP Advogados have outstanding performance in the courts of São Paulo as well as in the other states of Brazil, including the Supreme Court and the Superior Court of Justice, where big questions involving matters of law are definitely decided. The firm also has a network of correspondent lawyers to periodically monitor cases outside São Paulo.

Areas of Expertise

MCP Advogados acts in all areas of Criminal Law, assisting cases involving from “traditional” offenses (such as crimes against the person, against property, against public faith, against the public or transit administration), also the so-called economic crimes (those against the financial system, against tax order, against the consumer, against popular economy, of unfair competition and money laundering, among others), to the denominated modern crimes (such as digital crimes, transnational crimes, as well as crimes against the environment). In this sense, the firm has vast experience in Jury Trial, Specialized and Common Courts, Courts of Justice, Regional Federal Appellate Courts and High Courts (such as the Federal Supreme Court – STF and the Superior Court of Justice – STJ).

The firm also acts in administrative proceedings related to criminal cases by championing the interests of its clients before the disciplinary boards of courts, professional associations, private and public entities and government agencies.

Thus, the practice of the firm can be divided as follows:

(i) Defense.

In the defense of the defendant or related parties in criminal proceedings, whether in crimes of public criminal action or private criminal action, from police stage, at which time the first lines of the defense thesis that may give rise to an acquittal are initiated until the last instance of appeal in the courts, where actions are definitively decided.

In order to ensure effectiveness in defending its clients, partners closely monitor the progress of each case by examining all the particulars, conducting meetings, working at hearings, preparing the relevant pieces, preparing and delivering memorials and uttering arguments and oral defenses.

(ii) Protection of a Victim’s Interests.

Championing the interests of crime victims, individuals or entities, through the adoption of appropriate legal action, whether in police or judicial level, with the aim of establishing the circumstances and authoring of the criminal fact in order to criminally penalize those responsible.

In this aspect, the firm has outstanding performance serving the interests of financial institutions that are victims of financing fraud by obtaining judicial blocking of assets financed and pursuing criminal liability of those involved.

(iii) Advisory.

In drafting opinions, consultations and studies related to situations involving Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law, whether in police or judicial stage, and also preventively aiming to avoid the occurrence of behaviors that may eventually be seen as criminal, particularly in due diligences in case of mergers and acquisitions of companies, where it is imperative to know the background of any existing criminal actions as well as the extent and impacts resulting therefrom.

(iv) Mass Litigation.

Representing, in police or judicial seats, legal entities involved in recurring criminal proceedings, acting both in prosecution and in defense throughout the Brazilian territory, always aiming to meet the specific needs of each client. To this end, in addition to its own structure, the firm has employees spread out around the country that are able to protect the interests of its clients.


Átila Machado

Luiz Castro

Leonardo Peret

Paula Rosa

Luciana Guardia

Debora Berti Moreira

Anna Carolina Galli Innocenti

Caroline Rabelo

João Paulo Leme Ferreira

Vandy Gomes

Daiane Cerqueira


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São Paulo
Alameda Campinas, 977 – 9º Andar
CEP: 01404-001
São Paulo/SP – Brasil

Phone: (11) 3271-0138

Belo Horizonte
Avenida do Contorno, 6594 – 7º andar
CEP: 30110-044
Belo Horizonte/MG – Brasil

Phone: (31) 3555-3492