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Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

AV BRIG FARIA LIMA 3064, 14TH FLOOR, 01451-000 SÃO PAULO, SP, BRAZIL
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Work +55 11 4501 5000
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Fax +55 11 4501 5025
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http://www.pinheiroguimaraes.com.br
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Finance powerhouse Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados ranks squarely among the elite firms in the market due to its 'strong specialist expertise in banking matters' and its 'outstanding technical skills', with one client affirming 'this team's work requires no corrections'. A top choice for local and international banks, including Banco Bradesco, HSBC and Itaú BBA, it also advises governments, development agencies, multilateral organisations and seasoned corporate issuers on a broad range of syndicated lending, structured finance, project finance, debt capital markets and restructuring transactions. The group, which 'combines high-quality work with a pro-business approach', is led jointly by 'great team players' Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro respectively. The department also includes Sao Paulo-based debt finance expert Ivie Moura Alves, Sao Paulo office head Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and senior partner Fábio Yanitchkis Couto, who is based in Rio de Janeiro - as well as new arrival, Maria Costa Neves Machado, who recently joined in Sao Paulo from Itaú BBA. Among its bank-side mandates, the team advised the lenders (including Citibank, Goldman Sachs do Brasil, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley as joint lead arrangers) on a R$3.5bn loan to Sky Serviços de Banda Larga. It also assisted Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, as underwriters, with Enel Brasil Investimentos Sudeste's R$5.3bn offering of secured commercial papers, and for Banco Bradesco, as underwriter, on Enel's R$4bn offering of unsecured commercial papers. Among its issuer-side highlights, the group recently handled debt offerings for Andrade Gutierrez International and Pirapora Solar Holdings.

Leading individuals

Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães - Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto - Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Well established as a leading firm for debt restructuring in Brazil, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados draws on its extensive experience in banking and litigation to handle a variety of matters. Its clients include household name financial institutions and international investors. One such client is Itaú Unibanco; in recent work, a team led by Eduardo Augusto Mattar in São Paulo represented the bank as creditor in the judicial reorganisation of PDG Realty SA Empreendimentos e Participacoes. Also in São Paulo are Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães, Sergio Ramos Yoshino, Renata Veloso and associate Guilherme Bergamin de Barros. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto is a name to note in Rio de Janeiro.

Rising stars

Guilherme Bergamin de Barros - Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Efficient, available and business-oriented’, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is a ‘go-to firm for complex structured capital markets transactions’, according to sources. The ‘deep and talented’ group is noted for its broad expertise, which takes in debt, equity, derivatives, investment funds, securitisations and structured finance, and ‘attorneys at all seniority levels really understand the products and the industry’. In a major highlight, the firm advised Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as underwriters, on Enel Brasil Investimentos Sudeste’s R$5.3bn offering of secured commercial papers. It also acted for Banco Bradesco BBI, as underwriter, on Enel Brasil’s R$4bn issuance of unsecured commercial papers. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães, who co-lead the department from Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo respectively, are highlighted together as ‘very knowledgeable, dedicated and experienced’. The group also includes Ivie Moura Alves (‘very experienced with remarkable expertise in capital markets’), Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa (‘one of the most complete lawyers when it comes to derivatives, structured products and investment funds’) and Bruno Lardosa (‘an outstanding talent, especially in securitisations and asset-backed products’).

Leading individuals

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto - Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Bruno Lardosa - Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

The 'highly qualified and dedicated' team at Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados 'works alongside the client throughout the entire process, from negotiation to closing'. It is well versed in sophisticated corporate transactions, acting as counsel to buyers, sellers, management and target companies. Its experience spans numerous sectors of the economy, though the firm's preeminent reputation in banking and finance ensures a strong flow of corporate work in this industry. In one highlight, Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães advised Banco Votorantim on a strategic partnership with Neon Pagamentos. In a multi-jurisdictional matter, Pinheiro Guimarães worked with Rodrigo Marcilio, Sérgio Ramos Yoshino and Mariana Jost to advise Austrian conglomerate RHI Group on the private acquisition of control of Magnesita Refratários. Senior partner Marcelo Lamy Rego has an impressive track record in M&A, particularly in the financial services and energy sectors. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and René Mostardeiro Brunet are highly recommended.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

In addition to transactions and project financings, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is regularly involved in the full-life cycle of projects. One of many energy sector project highlights was assisting EDF Renewables with the development and implementation of four wind farms. André Sigelmann 'thinks outside the box to deliver tailored solutions' and 'responds quickly any time of the day'. Project finance expert Maria Costa Neves Machado joined from an inhouse position at Itaú BBA in November 2018.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados leverages its reputation and client base in the financial services sector to advise underwriters and arrangers on the issuance and public offerings of CRIs. The team also advises on the acquisition of real estate assets. Names to note include Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto, Carolina Alonso and Bruno Lardosa.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

The strong M&A and finance practices at Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados ensure a steady flow of transactional tax work. Tax litigation also features. Daniela Melo Fassheber and Heber Gomes do Sacramento are names to note.

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