Marcelo Zenkner

Areas of expertise: Compliance & Investigation, ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance, Government Contracts and Projects, Government Relations, Infrastructure & Energy
Languages: English
Location: São Paulo
Telephone: +55 (11) 5086-5156

Marcelo is highly skilled in preventive compliance issues, particularly related to integrity systems and internal investigations. He also plays an active role in administrative law, both in advisory and in administrative litigation, especially in matters involving improbity or PARs (administrative liability proceedings). In the multidisciplinary ESG group, Marcelo brings his experience acquired in the public branch, private companies and legal practice to assist organizations in structuring strategies or responding to any dispute litigations concerning his specialty.PhD in Public Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa with research on "Government and Business Integrity", Marcelo has over 25 years of experience in the legal field, especially in compliance and anti-corruption policies. He was a Public Prosecutor in Espírito Santo State between 1997 and 2019, playing key roles in the fight against organized crime, corruption and administrative misconduct. Marcelo also performed as General Controller of Espírito Santo State and, during his term, he created the first administrative structure in Brazil to apply administrative sanctions of Brazilian Clean Companies Act. After leaving the Public Prosecution, he was selected and appointed to the position of Chief Governance and Compliance Executive Officer at Petrobras, exercising his office from 2019 to 2021.

// Academic education

PhD in Public Law from Law School of FDUNL (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Portugal, 2018. Master´s degree in Fundamental Constitutional Rights and Guarantees from FDV (Faculdade de Direito de Vitória), 2005. Specialized degree in Civil Procedural Law from UCP (Universidade Católica de Petrópolis), 2001. Graduate of the Law School of UFJF (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora), 1994.

// Recognition

Marcelo was recognized by his peers as the second most admired compliance executive in Brazil in the 2020 edition of Análise Executivos Jurídicos e Financeiros magazine. He also was acknowledged as one of the 20 most admired business professionals in the compliance field in Brazil, according to a survey published by the Compliance on Top yearbook in 2019 and 2020. He is also recognized by Latin Lawyer 250, The Legal 500, and Análise Advocacia 500

// Additional Activities

Instructor at LEC (Legal, Ethics & Compliance), responsible for the Anti-Corruption Legislation - FCPA, UKBA and Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law courses in the Intensive Anti-Corruption Compliance program.

// Publications

Compliance no Setor Público (org.). Belo Horizonte: Editora Forum, 2020. Integridade Governamental e Empresarial - Um espectro da repressão e da prevenção à corrupção no Brasil e em Portugal. Belo Horizonte: Editora Forum, 2019. Ministério Público - Lei nº 8.625/1993 (LONMP), co-author. 6th ed. Salvador: Editora JusPodivm, 2018. Ministério Público e Efetividade do Processo Civil. São Paulo: Revista dos Tribunais, 2006.

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