Isabel C. Franco is a senior partner of the Brazilian law firm of KLA—Koury Lopes Advogados. Her practice is concentrated predominately on matters of business law, assisting multinational clients in their investments in her native Brazil, and advising on matters relating to Brazilian laws, especially relating to corporate, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and corporate compliance (including FCPA matters).
Ms. Franco joined the law firm of Demarest e Almeida in 1981 and left temporarily in 1988 for an internship in Freshfields, Hong Kong office. In 1990, she moved to New York to launch Demarest e Almeida’s New York office where she stayed until 2003 when she moved back to Demarest e Almeida’s main office in São Paulo. She left Demarest e Almeida in 2009 to join KLA—Koury Lopes Advogados.
She graduated from Universidade de São Paulo–School of Law, in 1978, with an LL.B., and in 1996 received an LL.M. from Fordham Law School. She is admitted to the Brazilian Bar and is licensed under New York law as a Foreign Legal Consultant. Furthermore, she completed the Program of Instruction of Lawyers at Harvard University in 1992.
She is engagingly active in the legal community, having served on the Council of the American Bar Association (Section of International Law and Practice) until 2002 and the American Bar Association-UNDP International Legal Resource. Ms. Franco was the Chair of the New York State Bar Association (International Section of Law and Practice) in 2001, having been the editor of the International Chapter Newsletter for more than three years. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s especially createdWorking Group on Attorney-Client Privilege. Ms. Franco was also very active in the Brazilian community in New York, where she was a Director of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, having been a Secretary of the Board of Directors (1997–1998) and a Vice President (1996–1997).
Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Professor at the Joseph Lauder Institute of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1991 and 1993. She has written several articles on Brazilian Law, lectured extensively on Brazil and its legal system all over the world. In Brazil, Ms. Franco serves on the committee of International Relations of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB). She was on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), where she served as legal counsel for the term 2003–2005.