João Marcelo dos Santos – Partner

joao_marceloWorking Area

Insurance and Reinsurance.

Academic Training

Master of Tax Law from Universidade Cândido Mendes 2003.

Bachelor of Law from Pontificial Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro 1996.

Professional Experience

Founding partner of Santos Bevilaqua Advogados.

Partner of the area of Insurance, Reinsurance, Private Pension and Healthcare at Demarest Advogados from 2007 to 2015, being the partner responsible for the area from 2009 to 2015.

Director and Deputy Superintendent of theSuperintendence of Private Insurance (SUSEP) – Brazilian agency of supervision and regulation of insurance and reinsurance, where he led the first phase of implementation, in Brazil, of the regulatory standards of the international Association of Insurance Supervisors – IAIS – and the opening of the Brazilian reinsurance market, with the publication of Complementary Law n. 126/2007 – 2003 2007.

Partner at Pellon Advogados Associados 2001/2003.

“Visiting attorney” at the insurance area of Lebouf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae L.L.P., in New York – 1997.


Participant of the training program of Prudential Insurance Company of America, New Jersey, in the areas of taxation and life insurance, pension and assistance plans and tax planning 1997.

Academic Activities

Member of the International Insurance Law Association – AIDA and Chairman of the Board of Distinguished Academic of the National Insurance and Social Security Academy ANSP.

Author of several articles on Tax Law, Insurance and Reinsurance.


Co-author of the book ‘’Business Laws of Brazil’’.

Professor of the MBA course in Insurance Management from the Escola Nacional de Seguros (National Higher School of Insurance).

Professor of the MBA course in Insurance and Reinsurance at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation.


English and Portuguese.


Included in the main rankings and lists of the most prominent lawyers in the insurance and reinsurance sector (Chambers and Partners, Law 500, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, Expert Guieds, Who’s Who and others).


Indicated by Latan Insurance Review as one of the 50 most influential people in the market of insurance and reinsurance in Latin America in 2013 and 2014.

“The team stands out for its pragmatic approach and in-depth knowledge of insurance matters” – Chambers Global 2014.

“He actually knows how company works and how decisions will affect our business. Always available and pragmatic to help us find viable solutions to our problems.” – Chambers Global 2013.


“The team is made up of true experts in the field, and gives high levels of partner attention on a daily basis”. – Chambers Global 2013.

Profissional com “thorough knowledge of the area and one of the architects of many of Brazil’s new insurance laws.” – Chambers Global 2010.

Contact Info
(11) 5643-1066