Mariana Pargendler

Mariana Pargendler is a Professor of Law at the Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law in São Paulo (FGV Direito SP), where she teaches in its undergraduate and masters programs. She also serves as Director of FGV’s Center for Law, Economics, and Governance. Mariana is a Global Associate Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law (Buenos Aires campus). In 2014 and 2015, Mariana taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She has taught a number of courses, including Obligations and Contract Law (“Direito Obrigacional e Contratual I”); Corporate Law (“Direito Societário”); Comparative Law (“Direito Comparado”); Family Law and Successions (“Direito de Família e Succesões”); State and Market in Development Financing (“Estado e Mercado no Financiamento do Desenvolvimento”); “Deals in Latin America”; and “Current Issues in Corporate Governance”.


Mariana writes legal opinions for judicial and arbitration proceedings relating to matters of private law (both Civil Law and Commercial Law).

Mariana holds an LL.B. cum laude and a PhD (Law) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Brazil), as well as LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School. Between 2006 and 2008, she was a corporate associate at the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate governance. In 2009 and 2010, she was a research fellow at the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management. In 2006 and 2009, she was an Olin research fellow at the Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy at Yale Law School. She is permitted to practise law in Brazil and New York.

Mariana is the author of several national and international publications, having published some of her articles in prominent journals such as Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law and Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé. In 2013, she received the Hessel Yntema award from the American Academy of Comparative Law for the “most outstanding” article written by a scholar under 40, which appeared in the previous year’s volume of the American Journal of Comparative Law. In 2002, she also received the Young Researcher Award (“Prêmio Jovem Pesquisador”) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul for a research project on contract law developed under the supervision of Professor Judith Martins-Costa.

Mariana is an advisory member of the Securities Market and Corporate Governance Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association-São Paulo section (OAB-SP). She is the Secretary-General to the Brazilian National Committee of the Association Internationale des Sciences Juridiques. She is also a member of the Comparative Law and Economic Forum (CLEF), “Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política” (SELA) and of the Culturalistic Studies Institute (“Instituto de Estudos Culturalistas” – IEC).

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