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Ana Carolina Botto Audi, SJD Candidate

Student Bio


Sao Paulo, Brazil

Class Year:

LLM 2012

Prior Education:

Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws; PUC/SP – Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo

What I Did Before Law School:

I am a corporate M&A lawyer at a big law firm in Brazil. My work focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and project finance. I also have corporate arbitration and litigation in my background.

Why I Chose Penn Law:

Penn’s Ivy League prestige was decisive for my choice.

I was also interested in taking advantage of the joint business program with The Wharton School, highly recognized for its preeminence in finance, and, on a more personal note, I was seduced by the magnificent campus and broad-spectrum culinary and cultural options offered by the city of Philadelphia.

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

The wide variety of transactional courses offered by the Law School gave me the valuable opportunity to improve my background in corporate law and sharpen my business-oriented perspective.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

Professor Edward Rock. I was inspired by his deep knowledge of the intricacies of M&A transactions and the multiple creative solutions for getting around potential issues.

My Favorite Course:

Corporate Finance, with Professor Frank LaMay. The course is extremely interesting and effectively provides students with a better understanding of the stock market and the different valuation techniques.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

Watching the Pennsylvania Ballet Company at Kimmel Center, in a performance by one of the former choreographers of the Bolshoi Ballet.

What I’m Most Proud Of:

Conducting my personal and professional life in an enriching and fulfilling manner, studying in depth something that I love and having this amazing international experience.

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

Penn tennis, jazz concerts, contemporary dance performances, and, inevitably, shopping…

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

Playing tennis became part of my life in Philly! The outside courts were brand new and it was a memorable experience spending free time there with my friends.