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Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados

Work +55 11 4501 5000
Fax +55 11 4501 5025
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Pinheiro Guimar?es was established in 1922. With offices in Rio de Janeiro and S?o Paulo, the firm represents a wide variety of clients. The qualifications and experience of the attorneys making up the firm's legal staff are among the firm's strongest points. The firm boasts of fluency in several languages, and many members of its legal staff hold LLM degrees from major law schools in Brazil, the US and Europe. A significant number of the lawyers working at Pinheiro Guimar?es have worked at top-tier law firms abroad and in international organizations. Fifteen of the firm's lawyers are admitted to practice both in Brazil and in New York.

Principal areas of practice

Banking and finance: the firm has extensive and widely-recognized experience in local and cross-border financial transactions, representing a wide range of clients that includes private and institutional lenders, governments and development agencies, multilateral organizations and corporate borrowers. The firm acts as counsel in connection with syndicated loans, refinancing transactions, import financing, export prepayment and other trade finance transactions, local and cross-border financial leases, securitizations, credit-linked debt, project finance and other structured finance transactions, and acquisition financings. From 1983-94, the firm represented the bank advisory committee for the restructuring of the Brazilian external sovereign debt and was actively involved in the negotiations resulting in the issuance of the 'Brazil Brady bonds'.

Capital markets: the firm provides legal advice in primary and secondary public offerings of securities in both Brazilian and international capital markets (including shares, share certificates and debt securities); filings and cancellation of public company registrations; securities listing and delisting proceedings; administrative proceedings and consultations with the CVM and BM&FBOVESPA; investments in the Brazilian capital and financial markets by local and foreign investors; and stock option plans. The firm is also actively involved in structuring and setting up investment funds, including hedge funds and structured funds, and structuring derivatives transactions. The firm also advises clients in connection with compliance matters and trading rules, filings and reporting requirements, and administrative procedures.

Corporate and M&A: the firm provides legal assistance in the incorporation of companies and other entities for the development of different business activities in Brazil. This includes counseling on all corporate issues involving different corporate entities in Brazil. The firm is regularly engaged in structuring securities repurchase transactions, foreign investments and divestments, transactions involving sale of assets and assumption of debt, turn-around investments and investments in overleveraged or distressed Brazilian companies. It is also actively involved in M&A, transfer of control and corporate restructuring transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, share mergers, and dissolution and liquidation of companies. The firm advises financial institutions, investment funds and local and international corporations on structuring and negotiating private equity investments and funds.

Tax: the firm advises clients on developing and carrying out integrated tax strategies with respect to their activities, capital markets, M&A, restructurings and e-business, the development of financial and banking products, tax-efficient investment alternatives and in structuring derivatives transactions. The firm has expertise in international and cross-border transactions and in international tax treaties, structured tax transactions, tax derivatives products and tax planning.

  • Contacts
  • 36
  • Other fee-earners: 65
  • Total staff: 160

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