With solid experience in very complex and highly relevant cases, Ricardo Motta advises clients on a full range of both competition and international trade matters. He has a widely recognized practice in antitrust matters, including unilateral and dominance cases, cartel investigations, complex merger control cases, and compliance programs. He represents clients in administrative proceedings before Cade (including strategic negotiations), as well as in civil litigation lawsuits, related to competition matters. Ricardo has represented clients in diverse industries, having robust experience in diverse/various markets, such as, banking/financial, internet, technology, media, retail, pharmaceutical, chemical, and others. He also specializes in cases involving intellectual property and competition. In international trade, he advises clients on tariffs, customs issues, and trade remedy investigations. Ricardo has already been recognized for his performance by both national and international publications. He is the author of publications and articles related to economic law, competition law, and international trade, as well as a speaker at national and international seminars.

Ricardo holds a master’s degree in Commercial Law from the University of São Paulo – USP. He is also a specialist in Economic Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV (GVLaw) and holds a bachelor’s degree of Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – PUC/SP, having participated in the internship program organized by Secretary of Economic Law from the Ministry of Justice – SDE/MJ in 2009. Ricardo has been Councilor of the Brazilian Institute of Studies on Competition, Consumer Affairs, and International Trade – IBRAC since 2018. He was coordinator of the Competition Committee of IBRAC in 2020/2021. He will be the coordinator of the Digital Markets Commission of IBRAC in 2022/2023. Ricardo is currently a member of the Brazilian Institute of Business Law and Ethics (IBDEE) and the American Bar Association – ABA.


  • Concorrência: um olhar contemporâneo sobre Condutas Unilaterais”, Editora Singular, 2021 (Coordinator). Chapter of the book: “Descontos de Fidelidade: que lições podemos exrair do caso Intel?”


  • “Trade Remedies in Brazil: Overview”, em coatoria com Bernardo Leite. Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, May 2022.
  • Brazil and Digital Market Analysis: Where Are We? em coautoria com Mariana Mello Henriques, publicado em 2021 pela Icarus – American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Media and Technology Committee.
  • “Resolução Cade 24/2019: um novo parâmetro para valor das multas de gun jumping?”, publicado em 07/01/2020 pelo JOTA.
  • “Cartel Regulation 2015”, capítulo sobre o Brasil na publicação específica da Global Competition Review.
  • “Cartel Regulation 2014”, capítulo sobre o Brasil na publicação específica da Global Competition Review.
  • “Trade Remedies – Brazil in a Transitional Stage”, ABA International Trade Committee Newsletter, v. 3, n.1, p. 6. 2013.
  • “The Boundaries of Antitrust Law – Antitrust and White Collar Crime”. IBA Competition Law International, v. 8, p. 71-74, 2012.

Book Chapter

  • Direito Concorrencial em Transformação, uma homenagem a Mauro Grinberg: “Antitruste, Propriedade Intelectual e Inovação”. Editora Singular, 2020.
  • “Políticas Industriais e Comerciais da China Sob a Perspectiva das Regras da OMC”, “A aplicação de salvaguardas especiais contra a China”. Editora Elsevier, 2016.
  • “Direito Econômico Atual”. “Cooperação entre competidores para restringir a competição: o caso das investigações de defesa comercial”. Editora Método, 2015.
  • “O cartel e sua prova”, Revista do IBRAC, Ano 21, Vol. 25, Janeiro/Junho 2014.

  • Recommended by Chambers & Partners, in 2021 and 2022.
  • Ricardo was recommended in both Competition and International Trade in 2021 Who’s Who edition.
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 in 2021.
  • Ricardo was recommended in both Competition and International Trade areas in the 2020 Who’s Who edition, with the note that “Ricardo Motta excels in competition and international trade matters, representing and advising clients in a variety of sectors including, banking, technology and retail.”
  • Shortlisted for ‘Lawyer of the Year – under 40’ by Global Competition Review at GCR Award 2019.
  • Ricardo was recommended in both Competition and International Trade areas in the 2019 Who’s Who edition, described as “a go-to representative for major clients in complex antitrust matters. His impressive expertise spans the technology, retail, and pharmaceutical sectors.”
  • Recommended by “The Legal 500″, Competition and Antitrust – Brazil in 2019.
  • Recommended by “The Legal 500″, International Trade and Customs – Brazil, in 2019 as a “next generation partner.”
  • Recommended by “Chambers & Partners”, Competition/Antitrust – Brazil in 2019, praised for “his expertise, dedication, focus and attentiveness to the client.”
  • Recommended as one of the “Best Lawyers – Brazil” in Competition and International Trade law in 2019.
  • Recommended by “Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs” as one of the leading professionals in international trade in 2018.
  • Recommended by “The Legal 500”, Competition/Antitrust – Brazil in 2018, as a “truly exceptional lawyer”.
  • Recommended by “The Legal 500”, International Trade and Customs – Brazil in 2018, described as someone who “always strives for the best results”, and “creates a great atmosphere with the client’s team”. Recommended by “Chambers & Partners”, International Trade/WTO – Brazil in 2018. “Helpful and very good up-and-coming practitioner Ricardo Casanova Motta is regularly instructed by domestic clients to act on anti-dumping investigations, in addition to assisting with other trade remedies issues and requests for the reduction of import tariffs.”
  • Mentioned by Análise Advocacia as one of the most admired lawyers in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
  • Recommended by “Chambers & Partners”, International Trade/WTO – Brazil, in 2018, as “helpful and very good”.
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 in 2017 among the Next Generation Lawyers for International Trade. Ricardo Casanova Motta is referred to as “precise and extremely reliable.”
  • In the 2017 Who’s Who Legal edition, Ricardo Casanova Motta is described as “‘a consummate professional’, highlighted for his impressive knowledge of trade remedies and cartel regulations.”
  • Recommended by “Chambers & Partners”, International Trade/WTO – Brazil, in 2017. Chambers & Partners, 2017, as “an impressive lawyer with noteworthy market activity. Clients also remark that he possesses ‘technical expertise and is extremely open to suggestions.’ He has significant experience assisting clients in anti-dumping investigations.”
  • Recommended by The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers as “a consummate professional”, of Global Competition Review (London) in 2017.

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