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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

In a 2016 highlight, Pinheiro Neto Advogados advised Arcos Dourados on a $167m loan transaction entered into with a syndicate of banks led by Citibank. The group also assisted Citigroup Global Markets, as lead arranger, and LATAM Airlines in relation to a $275m revolving credit facility secured by aircraft, aircraft engines and spare parts owned by the airline. Other work saw the team advising Banco Santander on entering into an association with Banque PSA Finance for the offering of financial and insurance products to Peugeot and Citroën brand dealers. Bruno Balduccini and José Luiz Homem de Mello co-lead the ‘accurate and service-oriented’ team, which regularly advises major banks and asset managers. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa, Fernando Prado Ferreira and project finance expert José Carlos Meirelles are also recommended. Caio Ferreira Silva and Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes are now partners.

Leading lawyers

Bruno Balduccini - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados fields three partners dedicated to restructuring and insolvency work, and draws on the expertise of 25 others with experience in the area. Among its leading names is Giuliano Colombo, who is considered ‘one of the top bankruptcy lawyers in Brazil’. Colombo is representing an ad hoc committee of bondholders and the Sawiris Group in the judicial reorganisation of Oi, which is the largest ever filed in Brazil. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva and André Moraes Marques have been acting for a syndicate of banks and the main creditor of Zamin Mineração in the negotiation of a reorganisation plan.

Leading lawyers

Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Led by the ‘very professional’ Henrique Silva Gordo Lang, the capital markets team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is ‘quick to respond’ and shows ‘strong business acumen’. In 2016, José Carlos Meirelles led advice to the underwriters, BB Banco de Investimento, Banco Bradesco BBI and Caixa Econômica Federal, on an issuance of infrastructure debentures by SPVias valued at R$1.2bn. Infrastructure expert Ricardo Simões Russo acted for the issuer, EDP – Energias do Brasil, in its public offering of over R$892m worth of simple debentures, non-convertible into shares, in three series. Other standout names in the team include Fernando dos Santos Zorzo, José Luiz Homem de Mello, Fernando de Almeida Prado and newly promoted partner Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro.

Leading lawyers

Henrique Silva Gordo Lang - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Noted for its ‘deep knowledge of the business and market’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is regularly engaged by Brazilian and international companies in high-stakes antitrust matters. In the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva represented both companies, with CADE being the first authority to formally approve the deal. Elsewhere, José Alexandre Buaiz Neto successfully represented Evonik Degussa in the investigation into the sodium perborates market, with the company granted full immunity by CADE in February 2016. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Daniel Costa Rebello from a position at CADE. Other leading figures in the team include Cristianne Saccab Zarzur and Renê Medrado.

Leading lawyers

Cristianne Saccab Zarzur - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Top law firmPinheiro Neto Advogados draws on a long history in the market, and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017. It continues to attract instructions in major M&A transactions, and is appreciated for its ‘multi-disciplinary team, where the lawyers are able to attend to a client in a wide variety of legal areas’, providing ‘full legal coverage’. Complementary to the firm’s well-known M&A capabilities is its proficiency in tax, competition, insurance and real estate. In a significant transaction in the Brazilian market, Ricardo Coelho and Marcello Lobo advised Mitsui Gás e Energia on the acquisition of 49% of the voting corporate capital of Petrobras Gás (Gaspetro), following a competitive and closely followed bid process: this was a complex deal which required close collaboration between the firm’s corporate, compliance, antitrust and tax teams. The firm is also regularly involved in cross-border transactions; among its recent highlights, Carlos Vilhena advised China Molybdenum on the acquisition of the niobium and phosphate operations of Anglo American in Brazil. Fernando Zorzo, ‘senior and impeccable M&A lawyer’ Fernando Alves Meira and the ‘very thoughtful’ José Luiz Homem de Mello are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Alexandre Bertoldi - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Fernando Alves Meira - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

A heavyweight in dispute resolution, Pinheiro Neto Advogados regularly represents major Brazilian and international corporations in complex litigation and arbitration. Recent examples include defending Apple in consumer and antitrust litigation, and representing Civilport Engenharia in judicial disputes seeking the collection of outstanding payments from a former contractor, Transnordestina Logística. The group continues to defend BHP Billiton against claims by state and federal prosecutors seeking R$155m in damages and compensation after a dam collapse. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are renowned arbitrators, while Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira and Celso Cintra Mori are recommended for litigation.

Leading lawyers

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ ‘dedicated and knowledgeable’ team is regularly instructed in complex environmental litigation, and has strong expertise in water and land contamination, as well as accident response matters. Practice head Antonio José Monteiro assisted major highway concessionaires including AutoBAn and SPVias in a civil inquiry concerning the running over of domestic and wild animals on roads; and advised mining company CBMM on environmental compensation, and the rescue and release of wild animals. The ‘accessible’ Alexandre Jorge represented Eternit in civil public actions brought by the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro concerning the discontinuance of asbestos use in industrial plants and compensation for former and current employees and family members. André Vivan de Souza was promoted to partner in January 2017.

Leading lawyers

Antonio José Monteiro - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Werner Grau Neto - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

André Vivan de Souza - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides ‘an excellent service’, and has ‘particular expertise in insurance M&A’. The team has built longstanding relationships with numerous leading insurance companies in the country, which continue to turn to the team for advice and transactional support. Highlights in 2016 included acting for Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida on the acquisition of a group life insurance portfolio from Itaú Seguros, with Bruno Balduccini leading the team. Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo are also recommended. Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup left for Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in 2017.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ IP team gives ‘proactive and timely advice’, with particular expertise in contentious matters and transactional support. José Mauro Machado is representing Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele in litigation concerning the local processing of an imported product protected by denomination of origin. He co-heads the practice with André Zonaro Giacchetta.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Renê Guilherme Medrado acted for BASF in the sunset review of anti-dumping duties imposed on n-butanol imports from the US, and is also representing the client in a parallel public interest proceeding initiated by the Ministry of Finance. Medrado co-heads the team alongside Mauro Berenholc, who has substantial experience in tax, customs and international trade. The team has recently expanded with the hire of two dedicated associates.

Leading lawyers

Mauro Berenholc - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Renê Guilherme Medrado - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Regularly handling large-scale and complex labour law matters, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its ‘business-oriented approach’ and team of ‘very accessible lawyers’. The group represented Hospital Oftalmológico de Brasília in litigation and an investigation filed by the labour prosecutor’s office regarding the alleged outsourcing of its core business by hiring doctors as independent contractors and consultants. Other clients include John Deere and Bridgestone. The ‘excellent’ Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes heads the group, which includes Thais Galo and the ‘very practical’ Anna Thereza Monteiro de Barros.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is regularly retained to advise on the financing of large projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It advised the International Finance Corporation on the structuring and implementation of a R$80m financing to Phoenix Tower Participações for the construction of telecommunication towers; and, on the borrower side, assisted the concessionaire of light vehicle rail system VLT Carioca in relation to financing from BNDES. Recommended partners include José Luiz Homem de Mello, Ricardo Coelho, Júlio César Bueno and Marcello Portes da Silveira Lobo.

Leading lawyers

Júlio César Bueno - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has the resources to staff large, complex transactions and litigation. Based within the litigation department, the team has regular contact with dispute resolution specialists, providing a solid foundation in administrative litigation, and it also acts on the public law and regulatory aspects of corporate deals. Ricardo Pagliari Levy and Celso Cintra Mori are key names in the practice, which also provides anti-corruption and compliance advice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team, which includes two partners and a number of dedicated associates, is praised for its ‘excellent level of service’ and ‘quick answers’. It excels in real estate M&A, and had another busy year in 2016. Luciano Garcia Rossi acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb on the sale of property in São Paulo, while a team of corporate and real estate specialists including Franco Musetti Grotti advised Goldman Sachs on a joint venture with self-storage company Metrofit which involved the indirect acquisition of two real estate assets. Senior associate Martina Zajakoff demonstrates ‘commitment to the values and results of the client’.

Next generation lawyers

Martina Zajakoff - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ ‘knowledgable, solution-oriented and pragmatic’ team stands out for its transactional capabilities, while also covering regulatory matters and dispute resolution. In 2016 it advised video- and music-on-demand streaming service Watchever on structuring its business in Brazil, and on authorising a live concert stream. Another highlight was assisting Abril Radiodifusão in the sale of its bradcasting licence to Grupo Spring. Recommended individuals include Raphael de Cunto, André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Machado, who ‘brings rationale and reason into Brazil’s complex legal framework’. Esther Nunes has retired.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

One of the best’ in the market, Pinheiro Neto Advogadoshas expertise comparable with the most important law firms around the world’. In a recent highlight, Luiz Roberto Peroba and Cristiane Matsumoto Gago acted for HSBC in five proceedings before the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF) concerning the levying of social security contributions on profit share payments to the company’s employees. Elsewhere, Luciana Rosanova Galhardo has been defending Johnson & Johnson against a tax assessment disallowing certain premium amortisation expenses. The team also has well-known strength on the non-contentious side, regularly advising on the tax aspects of major M&A transactions. Jorge Lopes, Marcelo Marques Roncaglia and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo are recommended along with highly regarded practice head Sérgio Farina Filho.

Leading lawyers

Luciana Rosanova Galhardo - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Sérgio Farina Filho - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Transport and shipping: shipping - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Aviation finance is Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ specialism. It assisted LATAM in the development of new aircraft interchange structures; and, on the M&A side, advised CB Air on the acquisition of Global Táxi Aéreo. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and associate Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

José Roberto Oliva, who was promoted to partner in January 2017, leads Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ electricity group. It advises clients such as CPFL Energia and Duke Energy on a broad range of matters, and is particularly recommended for disputes in the sector. Recent work includes representing electricity trading chamber CCEE in litigation brought by industry association ABRACE concerning production shortages of hydropower plants.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The ‘hardworking, easy-going and well-prepared’ lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados focus on M&A deals in the oil and gas sector, recently advising Royal Dutch Shell on the acquisition of BG Group’s share capital. On the contentious side, the firm defended Chevron in litigation regarding recognition of a $9bn fine award rendered in Ecuador. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is ‘brilliant’.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ lawyers have ‘superb business acumen, profound industry knowledge, and an excellent network’. The group regularly acts on financings on both the lender and borrower sides, and recently assisted Sprott Resource Lending on extending a financing to Jaguar Mining. Other recent highlights include advising Galvani in relation to the development a phosphates mining project, and assisting China Molybdenum in its acquisition of Vale’s niobium and phosphates operations in Brazil. ‘Dedicated, accessible and knowledgeable’ practice head Carlos Vilhena and counsel Adriano Drummond Trindade are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Vilhena - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogadoshas great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyer’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves ‘has deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Fernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategic’ Mauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combative’ Adriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

Leading local practitioners

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

In a 2016 highlight, Pinheiro Neto Advogados advised Arcos Dourados on a $167m loan transaction entered into with a syndicate of banks led by Citibank. The group also assisted Citigroup Global Markets, as lead arranger, and LATAM Airlines in relation to a $275m revolving credit facility secured by aircraft, aircraft engines and spare parts owned by the airline. Other work saw the team advising Banco Santander on entering into an association with Banque PSA Finance for the offering of financial and insurance products to Peugeot and Citroën brand dealers. Bruno Balduccini and José Luiz Homem de Mello co-lead the ‘accurate and service-oriented’ team, which regularly advises major banks and asset managers. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa, Fernando Prado Ferreira and project finance expert José Carlos Meirelles are also recommended. Caio Ferreira Silva and Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes are now partners.

Leading lawyers

Bruno Balduccini - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados fields three partners dedicated to restructuring and insolvency work, and draws on the expertise of 25 others with experience in the area. Among its leading names is Giuliano Colombo, who is considered ‘one of the top bankruptcy lawyers in Brazil’. Colombo is representing an ad hoc committee of bondholders and the Sawiris Group in the judicial reorganisation of Oi, which is the largest ever filed in Brazil. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva and André Moraes Marques have been acting for a syndicate of banks and the main creditor of Zamin Mineração in the negotiation of a reorganisation plan.

Leading lawyers

Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Led by the ‘very professional’ Henrique Silva Gordo Lang, the capital markets team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is ‘quick to respond’ and shows ‘strong business acumen’. In 2016, José Carlos Meirelles led advice to the underwriters, BB Banco de Investimento, Banco Bradesco BBI and Caixa Econômica Federal, on an issuance of infrastructure debentures by SPVias valued at R$1.2bn. Infrastructure expert Ricardo Simões Russo acted for the issuer, EDP – Energias do Brasil, in its public offering of over R$892m worth of simple debentures, non-convertible into shares, in three series. Other standout names in the team include Fernando dos Santos Zorzo, José Luiz Homem de Mello, Fernando de Almeida Prado and newly promoted partner Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro.

Leading lawyers

Henrique Silva Gordo Lang - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Noted for its ‘deep knowledge of the business and market’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is regularly engaged by Brazilian and international companies in high-stakes antitrust matters. In the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva represented both companies, with CADE being the first authority to formally approve the deal. Elsewhere, José Alexandre Buaiz Neto successfully represented Evonik Degussa in the investigation into the sodium perborates market, with the company granted full immunity by CADE in February 2016. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Daniel Costa Rebello from a position at CADE. Other leading figures in the team include Cristianne Saccab Zarzur and Renê Medrado.

Leading lawyers

Cristianne Saccab Zarzur - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Top law firmPinheiro Neto Advogados draws on a long history in the market, and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017. It continues to attract instructions in major M&A transactions, and is appreciated for its ‘multi-disciplinary team, where the lawyers are able to attend to a client in a wide variety of legal areas’, providing ‘full legal coverage’. Complementary to the firm’s well-known M&A capabilities is its proficiency in tax, competition, insurance and real estate. In a significant transaction in the Brazilian market, Ricardo Coelho and Marcello Lobo advised Mitsui Gás e Energia on the acquisition of 49% of the voting corporate capital of Petrobras Gás (Gaspetro), following a competitive and closely followed bid process: this was a complex deal which required close collaboration between the firm’s corporate, compliance, antitrust and tax teams. The firm is also regularly involved in cross-border transactions; among its recent highlights, Carlos Vilhena advised China Molybdenum on the acquisition of the niobium and phosphate operations of Anglo American in Brazil. Fernando Zorzo, ‘senior and impeccable M&A lawyer’ Fernando Alves Meira and the ‘very thoughtful’ José Luiz Homem de Mello are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Alexandre Bertoldi - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Fernando Alves Meira - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

A heavyweight in dispute resolution, Pinheiro Neto Advogados regularly represents major Brazilian and international corporations in complex litigation and arbitration. Recent examples include defending Apple in consumer and antitrust litigation, and representing Civilport Engenharia in judicial disputes seeking the collection of outstanding payments from a former contractor, Transnordestina Logística. The group continues to defend BHP Billiton against claims by state and federal prosecutors seeking R$155m in damages and compensation after a dam collapse. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are renowned arbitrators, while Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira and Celso Cintra Mori are recommended for litigation.

Leading lawyers

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ ‘dedicated and knowledgeable’ team is regularly instructed in complex environmental litigation, and has strong expertise in water and land contamination, as well as accident response matters. Practice head Antonio José Monteiro assisted major highway concessionaires including AutoBAn and SPVias in a civil inquiry concerning the running over of domestic and wild animals on roads; and advised mining company CBMM on environmental compensation, and the rescue and release of wild animals. The ‘accessible’ Alexandre Jorge represented Eternit in civil public actions brought by the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro concerning the discontinuance of asbestos use in industrial plants and compensation for former and current employees and family members. André Vivan de Souza was promoted to partner in January 2017.

Leading lawyers

Antonio José Monteiro - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Werner Grau Neto - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

André Vivan de Souza - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides ‘an excellent service’, and has ‘particular expertise in insurance M&A’. The team has built longstanding relationships with numerous leading insurance companies in the country, which continue to turn to the team for advice and transactional support. Highlights in 2016 included acting for Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida on the acquisition of a group life insurance portfolio from Itaú Seguros, with Bruno Balduccini leading the team. Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo are also recommended. Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup left for Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in 2017.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ IP team gives ‘proactive and timely advice’, with particular expertise in contentious matters and transactional support. José Mauro Machado is representing Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele in litigation concerning the local processing of an imported product protected by denomination of origin. He co-heads the practice with André Zonaro Giacchetta.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Renê Guilherme Medrado acted for BASF in the sunset review of anti-dumping duties imposed on n-butanol imports from the US, and is also representing the client in a parallel public interest proceeding initiated by the Ministry of Finance. Medrado co-heads the team alongside Mauro Berenholc, who has substantial experience in tax, customs and international trade. The team has recently expanded with the hire of two dedicated associates.

Leading lawyers

Mauro Berenholc - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Renê Guilherme Medrado - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Regularly handling large-scale and complex labour law matters, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its ‘business-oriented approach’ and team of ‘very accessible lawyers’. The group represented Hospital Oftalmológico de Brasília in litigation and an investigation filed by the labour prosecutor’s office regarding the alleged outsourcing of its core business by hiring doctors as independent contractors and consultants. Other clients include John Deere and Bridgestone. The ‘excellent’ Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes heads the group, which includes Thais Galo and the ‘very practical’ Anna Thereza Monteiro de Barros.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is regularly retained to advise on the financing of large projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It advised the International Finance Corporation on the structuring and implementation of a R$80m financing to Phoenix Tower Participações for the construction of telecommunication towers; and, on the borrower side, assisted the concessionaire of light vehicle rail system VLT Carioca in relation to financing from BNDES. Recommended partners include José Luiz Homem de Mello, Ricardo Coelho, Júlio César Bueno and Marcello Portes da Silveira Lobo.

Leading lawyers

Júlio César Bueno - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has the resources to staff large, complex transactions and litigation. Based within the litigation department, the team has regular contact with dispute resolution specialists, providing a solid foundation in administrative litigation, and it also acts on the public law and regulatory aspects of corporate deals. Ricardo Pagliari Levy and Celso Cintra Mori are key names in the practice, which also provides anti-corruption and compliance advice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team, which includes two partners and a number of dedicated associates, is praised for its ‘excellent level of service’ and ‘quick answers’. It excels in real estate M&A, and had another busy year in 2016. Luciano Garcia Rossi acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb on the sale of property in São Paulo, while a team of corporate and real estate specialists including Franco Musetti Grotti advised Goldman Sachs on a joint venture with self-storage company Metrofit which involved the indirect acquisition of two real estate assets. Senior associate Martina Zajakoff demonstrates ‘commitment to the values and results of the client’.

Next generation lawyers

Martina Zajakoff - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ ‘knowledgable, solution-oriented and pragmatic’ team stands out for its transactional capabilities, while also covering regulatory matters and dispute resolution. In 2016 it advised video- and music-on-demand streaming service Watchever on structuring its business in Brazil, and on authorising a live concert stream. Another highlight was assisting Abril Radiodifusão in the sale of its bradcasting licence to Grupo Spring. Recommended individuals include Raphael de Cunto, André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Machado, who ‘brings rationale and reason into Brazil’s complex legal framework’. Esther Nunes has retired.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

One of the best’ in the market, Pinheiro Neto Advogadoshas expertise comparable with the most important law firms around the world’. In a recent highlight, Luiz Roberto Peroba and Cristiane Matsumoto Gago acted for HSBC in five proceedings before the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF) concerning the levying of social security contributions on profit share payments to the company’s employees. Elsewhere, Luciana Rosanova Galhardo has been defending Johnson & Johnson against a tax assessment disallowing certain premium amortisation expenses. The team also has well-known strength on the non-contentious side, regularly advising on the tax aspects of major M&A transactions. Jorge Lopes, Marcelo Marques Roncaglia and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo are recommended along with highly regarded practice head Sérgio Farina Filho.

Leading lawyers

Luciana Rosanova Galhardo - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Sérgio Farina Filho - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Transport and shipping: shipping - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Aviation finance is Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ specialism. It assisted LATAM in the development of new aircraft interchange structures; and, on the M&A side, advised CB Air on the acquisition of Global Táxi Aéreo. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and associate Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

José Roberto Oliva, who was promoted to partner in January 2017, leads Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ electricity group. It advises clients such as CPFL Energia and Duke Energy on a broad range of matters, and is particularly recommended for disputes in the sector. Recent work includes representing electricity trading chamber CCEE in litigation brought by industry association ABRACE concerning production shortages of hydropower plants.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The ‘hardworking, easy-going and well-prepared’ lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados focus on M&A deals in the oil and gas sector, recently advising Royal Dutch Shell on the acquisition of BG Group’s share capital. On the contentious side, the firm defended Chevron in litigation regarding recognition of a $9bn fine award rendered in Ecuador. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is ‘brilliant’.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ lawyers have ‘superb business acumen, profound industry knowledge, and an excellent network’. The group regularly acts on financings on both the lender and borrower sides, and recently assisted Sprott Resource Lending on extending a financing to Jaguar Mining. Other recent highlights include advising Galvani in relation to the development a phosphates mining project, and assisting China Molybdenum in its acquisition of Vale’s niobium and phosphates operations in Brazil. ‘Dedicated, accessible and knowledgeable’ practice head Carlos Vilhena and counsel Adriano Drummond Trindade are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Vilhena - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogadoshas great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyer’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves ‘has deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Fernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategic’ Mauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combative’ Adriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

Leading local practitioners

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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