What drew you to your area of practice?
The world’s largest and most powerful nations are actively striving to develop a vibrant data-driven economy, such as the digital strategies undertaken by the United Kingdom and Germany. Brazil is among those, for example, owing to the recently enacted decree that established the Brazilian digital transformation strategy. Thus, my practice, and challenge, is to make sure legal issues do not hinder the digital economy. Also, to incentivise that the impact of technological advancements to the law are deeply analysed, studied and debated. Such vibrant, challenging and unique set of features drew my attention to this practice area.
Influences and mentors?
Educationally, my mother, who teaches at one of the best universities in Brazil (the University of São Paulo) in the area of human genetics, as well as my partner Juliana Abrusio – who heroically always managed to harmonise her personal life, professional and academic activities. As regards my practical activities, my partner and mentor Renato Opice Blum, who opened me uncountable doors inside and outside the office, so that I could become the professional that I am today.
Advice for young lawyers?
Seek international courses and certifications in the data protection area, such as by the IAPP and Exin. Study the local legislation applicable, as well as the different international models – eg, US sectoral laws and the EU’s GDPR. Try to match academics and practice.
If you hadn’t been a lawyer...
What’s everyone talking about?
Within the practice area, Cambridge Analytica and the fact that the Brazilian GDPR draft bill is likely to be soon approved. [Brazil’s congress passed the legislation in July 2018. Brazil’s president Michel Temer signed most of the bill into law in August.]
Most significant trend in your jurisdiction?
Personal data protection and the use of artificial intelligence in law.
What do you do to relax?
Spot. A great cosmopolitan and contemporary restaurant.