Eduardo M. Gaban

IBCI – Director / PUC-SP

Eduardo is a 20 years experienced legal professional and professor of law. In the legal practice, he has worked in renowned law firms (from specialized boutiques to international firms where, for 6 years, he was a partner and was able to expand his practice and expertise to also lead cross-border cases involving mainly the United States and the European Union). As a public official, he has served at the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (CADE, 2002- 2004). Back to the private legal practice, Eduardo has successfully conducted complex cases relating to mergers and acquisitions, national and international investigations involving criminal organizations, conspiracies, collusions and related crimes (such as bid rigging, evasion, corruption, money laundering, etc.). He has also conducted complex litigation in the civil, criminal, intellectual property, disputes and advocacy on regulatory issues involving logistics and transportation, aviation, energy, telecommunications, financial services, and education. Eduardo is founder and partner of Nishioka & Gaban Advogados Associados, a strategic litigation and corporate solutions boutique with offices in São Paulo-SP and Brasilia-DF.

In the academia, as Professor of Law, he teaches Economic Law, White Collar Defense, Risk, Compliance and Corporate Governance in post-graduation programs in the main Brazilian educational institutions, with special emphasis on the University of São Paulo (USP, Ribeirão Preto Law School). In 2012, he founded the Nucleus for Studies and Research on Competition and Innovation - NCI – PUC/SP (official group of the graduate program with CNPQ), which he co-leads since then with Professor Maria Garcia, one of the most prominent Brazilian Professors of Constitutional Law.

In 2012, he has founded together with Professor Juliana Domingues (USP) the Brazilian Institute for Competition and Innovation – IBCI. The IBCI is an open and not-for-profit think tank created from the joint initiative of a group of professors and researchers that preaches values of free enterprise, free competition, innovation, level playing field for the construction of a fairer society with more social welfare and equality through open market solutions.

Eduardo has served from 2014 until 2020 in a pro-bono basis as an Executive Board Member at the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, and still serves since 2012 in the same pro-bono basis as a Board member at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP).

Eduardo holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Law from PUC/SP. He lived in New York (2010 and 2011), where he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at New York University School of Law in the Competition Law, Trade, and Regulation program (currently named Competition, Innovation, and Information Law). He authored more than 10 books and many articles published in Brazil, in the EU, and in the US. He is married and has two daughters.