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Jose Luiz Homem de Mello

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Partner of the baking and corporate areas, specialized in M&A, finance, banking matters, capital markets, and fx matters.


Member of Pinheiro Neto since 1992. Foreign lawyers program at Sullivan & Cromwell (2000-2001). Member of the Banking Governance Committee at IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance). Member of the Technical Committee of IBRI (Brazilian Institute in Investor Relationship). President of Alumni Association, University of Chicago.


Portuguese (native), English, and Spanish


Brazil Bar (1994) and New York Bar (2001)


LLM University of Chicago (2000) MBA in Finance at Insper (1997) Bachelor in Business at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (1994) LLB in law at Pontificia Universidade Catolica (1994)


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The ‘service-oriented’ banking and finance group at Brazilian powerhouse Pinheiro Neto Advogados acts for large banks and asset managers. It assisted five Brazilian banks, including Banco do Brasil and Itaú Unibanco, in the formation of a joint venture for the aggregation and processing of data to improve the process of granting, pricing and directing credit lines. Another highlight was advising fintech company Neon Pagamentos, which formed a joint venture with Banco Neon, on the creation of new banking products for money transfer and debit/credit card solutions; the advice was led by Bruno Balduccini, who heads the group together with José Luiz Homem de Mello. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa and Fernando de Almeida Prado are also recommended.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

With ‘strong business acumen’, Brazilian powerhouse Pinheiro Neto Advogados covers the full range of capital markets work. It assisted Stone Pagamentos and Banco Votorantim in the formation of a credit rights investment fund, and advised Azul on its initial public offering with dual listing registration. Ricardo Simões Russo led advice to Credit Agricole Securities, JP Morgan Securities and Merrill Lynch on the issuance of $1bn worth of green bonds for the development, construction and expansion of solar and wind farm projects. Tiago Lessa was kept busy with agribusiness securities issuances. Henrique Silva Gordo Lang heads the group, in which José Luiz Homem de Mello, José Carlos Meirelles and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo are other key names.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has significant expertise when it comes to large energy and infrastructure projects. Among its transactional support work, it advised Petrobras on the sale of 90% of its shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, with the group coordinating the due diligence and analysing the regulatory aspects of the transaction. José Luiz Homem de Mello, Ricardo Coelho, Júlio César Bueno and Marcello Portes da Silveira Lobo are all recommended.

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