Americas: Brazil’s little way

Author: | Published: 28 Jun 2017

On a recent trip to Sao Paolo, a local told me that there are three ways to get rich in Brazil: become a politician or a judge, or open a church. While this list may not be exhaustive, and likely untrue, nowhere is the sentiment more pertinent than in this country.

Uncovered in 2015, the Lavo Jato scandal (Car Wash in English) revealed a web of corruption that has spread so deep that it has led to the imprisonment of chief executives, politicians and lawmakers, destroyed the reputations of some of its longest standing business powerhouses – and seen former president Dilma Rousseff impeached.

In the midst of what is likely the largest case of...