Anti-Corruption Law is the subject of a book launched by ETCO

The constant corruption scandals that have been reported in Brazil lately can make many people think that crime is winning the war against ethics. But greater disclosure may in fact represent the opposite: the real confrontation of this problem that corrodes the nation. This is the thesis that prevails in the book The Siege of Corruptors - The History and Challenges of the New Law that Punishes Companies for Illegal and Unethical Practices, written by journalist Oscar Pilagallo from a seminar held by ETCO-Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition in partnership with the newspaper Economic value.

The seminar, held in 2014, was one of the first events in the country to discuss the effects of the so-called Anti-Corruption Law, which came into force earlier that year. The new law increased the punishment of companies involved in corruption cases and encouraged the adoption of integrity programs to prevent this evil. The ETCO and Market brought together lawyers, compliance professionals and other experts on the subject, in addition to authorities such as the then Chief Minister of the Comptroller General of the Union, Jorge Hage.

Getting used to corruption

The book summarizes the main themes discussed at the event, such as the objective and joint responsibility of companies, the rules of leniency agreements and the principles that should guide a compliance program. In addition to the content of the seminar, Pilagallo incorporated the new regulations of the Anti-Corruption Law that occurred in 2015 into the work.

At the opening of the book, ETCO President Evandro Guimarães talks about the moment Brazil is going through. “The greatest risk for a nation is not corruption itself. Corruption exists even in the most advanced countries. The greatest danger is that people will get used to it, stop trusting institutions and lose their capacity for indignation. Or worse: to believe that corruption is part of the culture and to begin, themselves, to commit illegal acts in exchange for undue advantages without guilt or remorse. Such a country is doomed to ethical, moral and economic decay. Fortunately, the signs are that Brazil has chosen another path ”, wrote Evandro.

This is the fifth book that Oscar Pilagallo writes for ETCO. The others were Competition Ethics - Reflection, Analysis and Perspectives; Corruption - Barriers to Development in Brazil; Law and Economics; is Market Tax.

O Siege of Corruptors it was launched by the publisher Elsevier-Campus, has 130 pages and costs R $ 45. The book can be purchased through the website

Work analyzes ethical challenges in Brazil

On the evening of the 4th, ETCO released the book Competitive Ethics, Reflection, Analysis and Perspectives, at an event in the auditorium of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), in São Paulo. The publication summarizes the ETCO 10 + 10 Debate Cycle, held in 2013 to commemorate its XNUMXth anniversary, and also seeks to build a prognosis of the ethical challenges of the next decade.

When recomposing the analyzes made during the debates, journalist Oscar Pilagallo, author of the work, highlights the movement for Diretas Já, the 1988 Constitution and even more recently, the Access to Information Law and the Anti-Corruption Law, identified as advances in the Brazilian ethical scenario. This last law, in particular, innovates when dealing with the relationship between public and private agents in the perspective of corruption.

The journalist's analysis also highlights that a more ethical business environment in Brazil depends on advancing ethics in society, promoting transparency and fighting corruption. He also cites, among the other factors that would lead to the country's institutional improvement, the importance of efforts to reduce taxation, accelerate the judicial system and completely mitigate impunity. In addition, it describes tax evasion and legal insecurity as ghosts that keep investments away.

Published by the publisher Elsevier, the work has a preface by ETCO's executive president, Evandro Guimarães, and an introduction by Roberto Abdenur, current member of the Advisory Board who, at the time of the ETCO 10 + 10 Debate Cycle, chaired the institute. The work costs R $ 39,90 and can be purchased on the Elsevier website ( and in the main physical and virtual bookstores in Brazil.

Launch of the book Ética Concorrencial, by Oscar Pilagallo

Editora Elsevier, ETCO and FGV Direito SP invite you to launch the book Competitive Ethics: reflection, analysis and perspectives, by Oscar Pilagallo, on November 4, in São Paulo.

The book launch cocktail will take place at the end of the international seminar Tax Reform and the challenges of Latin Americaat 16 pm.

Registration for the seminar is open and places are limited.

Time: from 8h30 to 16h00

Location: FGV Direito SP - Rua Rocha, 233 - Auditorium 2 - basement. - Bela Vista - SP

Information and registration:

Lilian Satomi ( - 011 3093 48 40

Ana Paula Yoshimoto ( - 11 3093 48 32

Check here the seminar schedule