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Karla Lini Maeji

Karla Lini Maeji

Practice Groups

Compliance & Investigation, Government Sales


Office: São Paulo
Phone: (55 11) 5086-5121


Professional experience

Karla Lini Maeji is a partner in the Compliance & Investigation practice at TozziniFreire with extensive experience acting as counsel for foreign listed companies doing business in Brazil, focusing her practice on internal investigations, and regulatory and criminal enforcement. She conducted numerous cross-border investigations especially on corruption, fraud and procurement irregularities reporting to Audit Committees, interacting with external auditors and having a keen eye for handling matters that may affect the company in different areas of law and jurisdictions. She has consistent experience strategically representing clients before multiple authorities, both in the context of leniency agreements and defense.  Karla also regularly advises corporate clients on a broad range of compliance matters for having a deep understanding of her clients’ business and potential impacts on the company. In addition, she worked for a global law firm, in London, in a secondment program.  


Recommended by relevant legal guides, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. She is also recognized as a Rising Star by LMG Expert Guides, and as an Acritas Star by Thomson Reuters.


  • English


  • LL.M. from the Law School of Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA, 2013.
  • Graduate of the Law School of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, 2008.

Additional activities:

  • CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional) by SCCE (Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics). 
  • Guest professor in the Compliance postgraduate couse at FGV-RJ (Fundação Getúlio Vargas - RJ).


  • "The Advantages of a Robust Compliance Programme in the Event of an External Investigation" chapter (co-author). In The Guide to Corporate Compliance. London: Latin Lawyer/LACCA (Law Business Research), 2020.
  • "Anti-corruption compliance in Brazil", chapter (co-author). In Anti-corruption compliance in emerging markets - A resource guide. Arnold & Porter LLP, 2016.
  • "Brazil" chapter (co-author). In The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review. Law Business Research Ltd., 2013.

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