Isabel Franco

Isabel Franco
Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 1355, 18º andar
São Paulo
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Isabel Franco leads the anti-corruption, compliance and investigation practice at KLA - Koury Lopes Advogados. Franco is widely recognised as one of the pioneers of the compliance practice in Brazil.

Franco has been highly ranked by directories such as Chambers and Partners (Band 1), voted as the number one leading corporate counsel in Latin America in anti-corruption and compliance by LACCA (2014–2015) and one of the "One Hundred Women in Investigation" by Global Investigations Review (2015).

She started her career at a major Brazilian firm in São Paulo and left in 1988 to join Freshfields' Hong Kong Office, where she stayed until 1990. Franco then launched Demarest's New York office where she worked for almost 20 years. In 2009, she left to start the practice group at KLA.

During her career, Franco has led numerous high-profile cross-border transactions which involved due diligence, investigations and complex anti-corruption work. She has strong monitorship expertise from closely assisting Monsanto in complying with its DPA and supporting Universal Leaf Tobacco's monitor in Brazil.

Franco was Transparency International's expert respondent for Brazil (2007–2015) and a rapporteur of the ethics and discipline tribunal of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB, 2009–2010).

She graduated from San Francisco Law School (USP), has an LLM from Fordham Law School (New York) and completed the Programme of Instruction of Lawyers at Harvard University. She is actively engaged in the legal community, having served as the chair of the international law section of the New York State Bar Association (2001) and as its Brazil chapter chair for over 10 years.

Franco was on the council of the American Bar Association (section of international law) until 2002 and the vice-chair of the International Bar Association anti-corruption committee until 2012.

In Brazil, Franco was on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce and its legal counsel (2003–2006). She is currently on the strategic corporate governance committee.

Latin Lawyer describes Franco as "notable in the Brazilian marketplace for her early commitment to developing a compliance practice when few other lawyers could see its value, she has been rewarded with a leading practice in the field".

Chambers and Partners said: "Isabel has experience working all over the world. Her knowledge and understanding of the United States legal system and the work product that we need makes working with her a seamless process. She is always accessible and attentive. I know that I can rely on Isabel, not only for an excellent work product, but also for help in terms of resources. She is very dedicated and passionate about her work."

WWL says: Isabel Franco is “really strong” in the investigations space, where she is well known for her outstanding work handling compliance and anti-corruption matters.

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