João Marcelo dos Santos


  • Master in Tax Law – Universidade Cândido Mendes – 2003.
  • Bachelor of Laws – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – 1996.


  • Founding Partner (2015) of Santos Bevilaqua Advogados.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of Global Insurance Law Connect – GILC (the worldwide network of law firms specialized in insurance), since 2023.
  • Partner in charge of the Insurance, Reinsurance, Private Pension and Supplementary Health areas at Demarest Advogados – 2007 to 2015.
  • Director and Deputy Superintendent of the Superintendence of Private Insurance (SUSEP) – the Brazilian insurance and reinsurance supervision and regulation body, where he led the first phase of implementation of the regulatory standards of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors – IAIS, the regulation of the Civil Code of 2002 and the opening of the Brazilian reinsurance market, with the publication of Complementary Law No. 126/2007 – 2003 to 2007.
  • Full member of COREMEC – Committee for the Regulation and Supervision of the Financial, Capital, Insurance, Pension and Capitalization Markets, composed of the Central Bank of Brazil, the Securities and Exchange Commission (CMV), the Superintendence of Private Insurance and the National Superintendence of Supplementary Pensions – 2006 to 2007.
  • Partner at Pellon e Associados Advocacia – 2001 to 2003.
  • Visiting attorney at the insurance area of Lebouf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae L.L.P., at 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 , assistance plans and tax planning – 1997.

Academic Experience

  • Member of the International Insurance Law Association – AIDA.
  • At the National Academy of Insurance and Pension Funds – ANSP: President of the Academic Council (2011 to 2017), President (2017 to 2023) and Vice-President of the Superior Council (from 2023).
  • Author of several articles about Tax Law, Insurance and Reinsurance.
  • Co-author of the book “Business Laws of Brazil”.
  • Lecturer in several MBA courses.


  • English, Portuguese, and Spanish


  • Included in the main rankings and lists of the most prominent lawyers in the insurance and reinsurance sector (Chambers and Partners, Advocacia 500, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, Expert Guides, Who’s Who and others).
  • Named by Latam Insurance Review as one of the 50 most influential people in the Latin American insurance and reinsurance market in 2013 and 2014, years in which this ranking was published.

Practice Areas

Santos Bevilaqua Advogados

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