With more than eight years at Dias Carneiro Advogados, Ricardo Sanches is the head of the Public, Regulatory Law and Infrastructure practice, as well as a partner in the Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Internal Investigations and Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions practices.

His work in the area of projects and administrative law is highlighted by several specialized legal directories, such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer 250. Moreover, three of the areas in which Ricardo operates received prominence in the 2018 ranking of the best law firms in Brazil, produced by the Leaders League group: Project Finance, Credit Operations, Banking Law and Capital Markets; Debt Restructuring and Insolvency; and Public Bids.

Ricardo’s professional activities include advice to national and international companies, investors, financial institutions, development banks and development agencies, multilateral organizations and investment funds. The main focus is transactions involving project financing, biddings, administrative contracts, concessions, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and regulatory aspects of the electric power, ports and highways sectors, among others. He also assists clients in the negotiation of structured transactions, guarantees, works contracts, supply of equipment, and mergers and acquisitions in the infrastructure segment.

Ricardo also engages in compliance and investigations, advising national and international companies in operation in Brazil. He assists in the prevention, identification, monitoring and management of illegal potentials that may affect one’s activities, based on the national and foreign anticorruption legislation.


  • Specialization in Corporate Law, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo - PUC-SP (1995)
  • Graduation in Law, University of São Paulo - USP (1993)

Professional Associations

  • Brazilian Bar Association, São Paulo Sectionv