One of this year's winners of Latin Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Award, Ronaldo Veirano, built his eponymous firm into a leading legal institution in Brazil. He reflects on his journey to become one of Brazil's sharpest and most respected legal minds.

Baker McKenzie's São Paulo office celebrated its sixth birthday in 1963, with its founders Carlos Stroeter and Paul Griffith firmly at the helm. That same year a young Ronaldo Veirano caught their attention, prompting them to swoop to secure what they saw as one of the most promising young legal talents in Brazil, immediately after he completed his studies at the University of Rio de Janeiro.

Veirano joined the firm's corporate department in São Paulo, where he quickly developed a knack for deals involving US clients in Brazil. After two years – recognising that working abroad would improve his career prospects – he pursued professional and educational opportunities in the US, somewhere he had longed to return ever since spending time in Upstate New York in his teenage years.


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