Bolsonaro Nepotism Allegations Upend Brazilian Corruption Investigations

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was elected based on campaign promises to eradicate corruption, but allegations that he acted to exonerate his son Flavio Bolsonaro, recently implicated in an alleged corruption scheme, may have cast a cloud over his administration. Also affecting anti-corruption efforts is a petition in the case involving Flavio that has resulted in an expansive ruling temporarily suspending all investigations in Brazil based on financial information obtained by various government entities without prior court authorization or judicial order. In a guest article, partner Eloy Rizzo and associate Victoria Arcos of KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados explore the implications of that ruling. For more from KLA, see “Seven Tips for Conducting Integrity Due Diligence on Third Parties in Brazil” (Mar. 6, 2019).

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