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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

RUA HUNGRIA, 1100, SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906, BRAZIL
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Fax +55 11 3247 8600
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www.pinheironeto.com.br
Brasilia, Palo Alto, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

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 has a core team of three partners dedicated to bankruptcy and restructuring matters, working alongside other partners in the firm’s leading corporate and banking departments. It regularly has a role in headline-making restructurings in Brazil. A team led by Giuliano Colombo continued to represent an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the judicial reorganisation of Oi Group’s R$65bn debt; as the largest organised group of creditors, the committee has played a prominent role in the reorganisation. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva is advising CHS Agronegocio-Industria e Comercio as the largest creditor in the judicial reorganisation of Seara Agronegócios, which filed a recovery plan in January 2018. André Moraes Marques is the other key contact.

Leading lawyers

Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team is one of the largest in the market, with five partners, and attracts plaudits for its ‘excellent quality of service, fast response times and in-depth analyses’. Its areas of expertise include international cartel investigations, unilateral conduct cases, internal investigations and compliance training. Cristianne Saccab Zarzur represented Mexichem in its interactions with CADE concerning the acquisition of Netafilm, a transaction which was filed in eight other jurisdictions. Other highlights included representing Abbott Laboratories in an investigation into purported collusion in the orthotics and prosthetics sector, with Renê Medrado leading the team in securing the exclusion of the client from the proceeding. Other key figures are Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva and José Alexandre Buaiz Neto.

Leading lawyers

Cristianne Saccab Zarzur - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the law and the Brazilian market inside out’, and its ‘qualified professionals’ are praised for their ‘technical knowledge and substantial experience’. With a long history, it has established itself as a leading firm in corporate and M&A, as part of a full-service offering; the sizeable litigation department, which has experience in corporate disputes, is one example of the firm’s broad capabilities. The compliance practice has notable experience in anti-corruption, antitrust, financial regulation, public law and white-collar crime matters; José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is a key contact in this space. Recent M&A highlights include advising Natura on the Brazilian aspects of its acquisition of The Body Shop from L'Oréal; Henry Sztutman led the team. Elsewhere, Marcello Lobo advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of 90% of the shares of Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – through a private equity investment fund – from Petrobras, a key transaction in the latter’s divestment plan. Partners attracting particular praise are the ‘first-rate’ Alexandre Bertoldi; the ‘very committed’ Fernando Alves Meira; and Francisco Werneck de Albuquerque Maranhão, who is ‘calm and collected and gets things done’. The firm promoted a number of lawyers to the partnership in January 2018, including Pythagoras Carvalho and André Bernini.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the law inside out’, and handles ‘complex cases in which deep legal knowledge and strategic legal thinking are required’. In a recent cross-border case, it defended Chevron against an action seeking the recognition and enforcement of a $9.5bn judgment obtained through fraud and corruption in Ecuador, with the Superior Court of Justice unanimously rejecting the claim due to lack of jurisdiction. On the arbitration side, standout name Gilberto Giusti is ‘smart and skilled in oral defences’. Renato Stephan Grion ‘helps take calculated risks’, and has a ‘great level of English and French’. Also recommended are Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira and Celso Cintra Mori. Luis Claudio Furtado Faria made partner in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its ‘dedicated’ approach, and stands out for its expertise in contamination issues. On the litigation side, Werner Grau, Alexandre Jorge and André Vivan de Souza are leading the representation of BHP Billiton in several cases related to the Fundão dam failure, an environmental accident considered to be one of the worst in Brazil’s history. Practice head Antonio José Monteiro is representing several companies including Panasonic, Philips and ExxonMobil Química in discussions related to environmental liabilities due to a third party’s non-compliance with waste disposal standards.

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

Sitting within the firm’s financial institutions group, the insurance team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides a ‘very high’ level of service and ‘adds value’. It has notable experience advising insurance companies on the establishment of subsidiaries and the development of new products. The firm’s reputation in M&A also leads to a steady flow of instructions in insurance-sector corporate transactions. Among its recent work highlights, Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto acted for Assurant Seguradora on the acquisition of AIG Seguros’ affinity insurance portfolio. Bruno Balduccini and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo are other key partners in the team, and senior associate Roberto Panucci is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Roberto Panucci - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

‘Top-notch’ firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados maintains a busy IP practice which is active in traditional areas including patents and trade marks as well as having expertise in data privacy and protection. André Zonaro Giacchetta is representing MasterCard in an ongoing copyright dispute concerning one of its products. José Mauro Machado co-heads the team. IT and IP specialist Larissa Maria Galimberti Afonso made partner in 2018.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ Renê Guilherme Medrado and Mauro Berenholc have notable experience in the field of international trade and customs, and are regularly instructed by leading domestic and international clients. Among the team’s extensive list of recent work highlights, the pair acted for the Brazilian automotive industry association ANFAVEA in the defence of complaints raised by Japan and the EU regarding Brazil’s INNOVAR-AUTO incentive programme. In an illustration of her status in the market, Medrado was appointed by the Director General of the WTO to act as a panellist in the complaint raised by Turkey against Morocco’s imposition of definitive anti-dumping measures on imports of certain hot-rolled steel from the former country.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has ‘a business-oriented approach’ and a team of ‘accessible’ lawyers. It advised Caixa Econômica Federal on the possible revision of its employee benefit plans, with the work focused on adopting legislative changes and favouring flexibility. Other clients include Omron, Mondelēz International and McDonald’s. The ‘excellent’ Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes is recommended alongside Thais Galo. Mauricio Froes Guidi made partner in December 2017. Anna Thereza Monteiro de Barros announced her retirement as of July 2018.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

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’ Ricardo Pagliari Levy has a broad practice covering public law, infrastructure, and compliance and anti-corruption. He and associate Heloísa Figueiredo Ferraz advised the Port of Rotterdam on a partnership with the State of Ceará for the joint operation of the Port of Pecém in Ceará.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has experience across the gamut of real estate transactions and is equally proficient in deals involving rural and urban land. Its recent work includes advising Chinese client Fosun on the acquisition of Sucupira Tower in the Parque da Cidade complex in São Paulo; Luciano Garcia Rossi led the advice. Elsewhere, Franco Musetti Grotti advised Pátria Investimentos on the first investment of its new private equity investment fund focused on rural land in Brazil; the deal involved the purchase of a farm in Tocantins state. Senior associate Martina Zajakoff is another active member of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Martina Zajakoff - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ technology and entertainment group is ‘a trustworthy adviser on key and challenging legal issues’, and ‘provides a sophisticated legal perspective and strategy in connection with business needs’. Alongside its advisory work, the group regularly handles strategic litigation, recently defending Apple Computer Brasil in litigation filed by Instituto Brasileiro de Direito da Informática concerning potential consumer and antitrust law violations through certain app store features. Other clients are 99 Tecnologia, Amazon, Facebook and Samsung. Raphael de Cunto and José Mauro Machado are recommended along with André Zonaro Giacchetta, who has ‘the ability to adapt legal advice to business and political considerations’. Larissa Galimberti made partner in January 2018.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Under the leadership of highly regarded department head Sérgio Farina Filho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a buoyant and busy tax practice which covers the gamut of taxation matters in Brazil. Specialisms include transfer pricing, where partners such as Luciana Rosanova Galhardo, Flávio Veitzman and Jorge Lopes have notable expertise; and social security, where Cristiane Ianagui Matsumoto Gago is the name to note. On the litigation side, Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa acted for Avon in a tax administrative proceeding in which the tax authorities challenged the pricing of Avon’s intra-group domestic transactions. Also recommended are Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara, whose practice spans tax, international trade and customs; Marcelo Marques Roncaglia, who specialises in tax litigation; Luiz Roberto Peroba; and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo. In internal developments, the firm promoted Diego Caldas Rivas de Simone to partner and Rafael Marchetti Marcondes to counsel in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

Luciana Rosanova Galhardo - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Sérgio Farina Filho - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Diego Caldas Rivas de Simone - 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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team is ‘very professional’ and ‘creative’. Its specialism is aviation finance, where it counts Citibank, Boeing Capital and Credit Suisse among its clients. It is advising LATAM Airlines on subleasing four A350 aircraft to Qatar Airways, as well as advising the client on lease terminations and aircract refinancings. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano are the names to note.

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 leads the electricity group at Pinheiro Neto Advogados, which covers energy regulation, project finance and M&A. It is representing Total Alimentos, São Marco and Mangels Industrial in an administrative proceeding before ANEEL concerning a shared transmission substation. Another highlight was advising BIC Amazônia on obtaining ANEEL’s authorisation for the construction and implementation of a private power grid in Manaus.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ multidisciplinary team is ‘hardworking’ and has ‘strength in depth’. In 2017 it assisted Brookfield Infrastructure Partners with its purchase of shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste from Petrobras, including coordinating the due diligence process and advising on the regulatory aspects of the transaction. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura ‘can handle the pressure’.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a team of mining experts with ‘profound industry knowledge’ and an ‘excellent network’. It acted for Ero Copper Corp on its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange; advised Appian Capital on its acquisition of copper mining company Mineração Vale Verde; and acted for the African Development Bank and the African Legal Support Facility in relation to the capacity building programme. Other clients include Galvani, China Molybdenum and Yamana. 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)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

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 has a core team of three partners dedicated to bankruptcy and restructuring matters, working alongside other partners in the firm’s leading corporate and banking departments. It regularly has a role in headline-making restructurings in Brazil. A team led by Giuliano Colombo continued to represent an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the judicial reorganisation of Oi Group’s R$65bn debt; as the largest organised group of creditors, the committee has played a prominent role in the reorganisation. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva is advising CHS Agronegocio-Industria e Comercio as the largest creditor in the judicial reorganisation of Seara Agronegócios, which filed a recovery plan in January 2018. André Moraes Marques is the other key contact.

Leading lawyers

Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team is one of the largest in the market, with five partners, and attracts plaudits for its ‘excellent quality of service, fast response times and in-depth analyses’. Its areas of expertise include international cartel investigations, unilateral conduct cases, internal investigations and compliance training. Cristianne Saccab Zarzur represented Mexichem in its interactions with CADE concerning the acquisition of Netafilm, a transaction which was filed in eight other jurisdictions. Other highlights included representing Abbott Laboratories in an investigation into purported collusion in the orthotics and prosthetics sector, with Renê Medrado leading the team in securing the exclusion of the client from the proceeding. Other key figures are Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva and José Alexandre Buaiz Neto.

Leading lawyers

Cristianne Saccab Zarzur - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the law and the Brazilian market inside out’, and its ‘qualified professionals’ are praised for their ‘technical knowledge and substantial experience’. With a long history, it has established itself as a leading firm in corporate and M&A, as part of a full-service offering; the sizeable litigation department, which has experience in corporate disputes, is one example of the firm’s broad capabilities. The compliance practice has notable experience in anti-corruption, antitrust, financial regulation, public law and white-collar crime matters; José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is a key contact in this space. Recent M&A highlights include advising Natura on the Brazilian aspects of its acquisition of The Body Shop from L'Oréal; Henry Sztutman led the team. Elsewhere, Marcello Lobo advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of 90% of the shares of Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – through a private equity investment fund – from Petrobras, a key transaction in the latter’s divestment plan. Partners attracting particular praise are the ‘first-rate’ Alexandre Bertoldi; the ‘very committed’ Fernando Alves Meira; and Francisco Werneck de Albuquerque Maranhão, who is ‘calm and collected and gets things done’. The firm promoted a number of lawyers to the partnership in January 2018, including Pythagoras Carvalho and André Bernini.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the law inside out’, and handles ‘complex cases in which deep legal knowledge and strategic legal thinking are required’. In a recent cross-border case, it defended Chevron against an action seeking the recognition and enforcement of a $9.5bn judgment obtained through fraud and corruption in Ecuador, with the Superior Court of Justice unanimously rejecting the claim due to lack of jurisdiction. On the arbitration side, standout name Gilberto Giusti is ‘smart and skilled in oral defences’. Renato Stephan Grion ‘helps take calculated risks’, and has a ‘great level of English and French’. Also recommended are Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira and Celso Cintra Mori. Luis Claudio Furtado Faria made partner in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its ‘dedicated’ approach, and stands out for its expertise in contamination issues. On the litigation side, Werner Grau, Alexandre Jorge and André Vivan de Souza are leading the representation of BHP Billiton in several cases related to the Fundão dam failure, an environmental accident considered to be one of the worst in Brazil’s history. Practice head Antonio José Monteiro is representing several companies including Panasonic, Philips and ExxonMobil Química in discussions related to environmental liabilities due to a third party’s non-compliance with waste disposal standards.

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

Sitting within the firm’s financial institutions group, the insurance team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides a ‘very high’ level of service and ‘adds value’. It has notable experience advising insurance companies on the establishment of subsidiaries and the development of new products. The firm’s reputation in M&A also leads to a steady flow of instructions in insurance-sector corporate transactions. Among its recent work highlights, Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto acted for Assurant Seguradora on the acquisition of AIG Seguros’ affinity insurance portfolio. Bruno Balduccini and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo are other key partners in the team, and senior associate Roberto Panucci is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Roberto Panucci - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

‘Top-notch’ firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados maintains a busy IP practice which is active in traditional areas including patents and trade marks as well as having expertise in data privacy and protection. André Zonaro Giacchetta is representing MasterCard in an ongoing copyright dispute concerning one of its products. José Mauro Machado co-heads the team. IT and IP specialist Larissa Maria Galimberti Afonso made partner in 2018.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ Renê Guilherme Medrado and Mauro Berenholc have notable experience in the field of international trade and customs, and are regularly instructed by leading domestic and international clients. Among the team’s extensive list of recent work highlights, the pair acted for the Brazilian automotive industry association ANFAVEA in the defence of complaints raised by Japan and the EU regarding Brazil’s INNOVAR-AUTO incentive programme. In an illustration of her status in the market, Medrado was appointed by the Director General of the WTO to act as a panellist in the complaint raised by Turkey against Morocco’s imposition of definitive anti-dumping measures on imports of certain hot-rolled steel from the former country.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has ‘a business-oriented approach’ and a team of ‘accessible’ lawyers. It advised Caixa Econômica Federal on the possible revision of its employee benefit plans, with the work focused on adopting legislative changes and favouring flexibility. Other clients include Omron, Mondelēz International and McDonald’s. The ‘excellent’ Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes is recommended alongside Thais Galo. Mauricio Froes Guidi made partner in December 2017. Anna Thereza Monteiro de Barros announced her retirement as of July 2018.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

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’ Ricardo Pagliari Levy has a broad practice covering public law, infrastructure, and compliance and anti-corruption. He and associate Heloísa Figueiredo Ferraz advised the Port of Rotterdam on a partnership with the State of Ceará for the joint operation of the Port of Pecém in Ceará.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has experience across the gamut of real estate transactions and is equally proficient in deals involving rural and urban land. Its recent work includes advising Chinese client Fosun on the acquisition of Sucupira Tower in the Parque da Cidade complex in São Paulo; Luciano Garcia Rossi led the advice. Elsewhere, Franco Musetti Grotti advised Pátria Investimentos on the first investment of its new private equity investment fund focused on rural land in Brazil; the deal involved the purchase of a farm in Tocantins state. Senior associate Martina Zajakoff is another active member of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Martina Zajakoff - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ technology and entertainment group is ‘a trustworthy adviser on key and challenging legal issues’, and ‘provides a sophisticated legal perspective and strategy in connection with business needs’. Alongside its advisory work, the group regularly handles strategic litigation, recently defending Apple Computer Brasil in litigation filed by Instituto Brasileiro de Direito da Informática concerning potential consumer and antitrust law violations through certain app store features. Other clients are 99 Tecnologia, Amazon, Facebook and Samsung. Raphael de Cunto and José Mauro Machado are recommended along with André Zonaro Giacchetta, who has ‘the ability to adapt legal advice to business and political considerations’. Larissa Galimberti made partner in January 2018.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Under the leadership of highly regarded department head Sérgio Farina Filho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a buoyant and busy tax practice which covers the gamut of taxation matters in Brazil. Specialisms include transfer pricing, where partners such as Luciana Rosanova Galhardo, Flávio Veitzman and Jorge Lopes have notable expertise; and social security, where Cristiane Ianagui Matsumoto Gago is the name to note. On the litigation side, Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa acted for Avon in a tax administrative proceeding in which the tax authorities challenged the pricing of Avon’s intra-group domestic transactions. Also recommended are Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara, whose practice spans tax, international trade and customs; Marcelo Marques Roncaglia, who specialises in tax litigation; Luiz Roberto Peroba; and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo. In internal developments, the firm promoted Diego Caldas Rivas de Simone to partner and Rafael Marchetti Marcondes to counsel in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

Luciana Rosanova Galhardo - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Sérgio Farina Filho - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Diego Caldas Rivas de Simone - 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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team is ‘very professional’ and ‘creative’. Its specialism is aviation finance, where it counts Citibank, Boeing Capital and Credit Suisse among its clients. It is advising LATAM Airlines on subleasing four A350 aircraft to Qatar Airways, as well as advising the client on lease terminations and aircract refinancings. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano are the names to note.

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 leads the electricity group at Pinheiro Neto Advogados, which covers energy regulation, project finance and M&A. It is representing Total Alimentos, São Marco and Mangels Industrial in an administrative proceeding before ANEEL concerning a shared transmission substation. Another highlight was advising BIC Amazônia on obtaining ANEEL’s authorisation for the construction and implementation of a private power grid in Manaus.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ multidisciplinary team is ‘hardworking’ and has ‘strength in depth’. In 2017 it assisted Brookfield Infrastructure Partners with its purchase of shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste from Petrobras, including coordinating the due diligence process and advising on the regulatory aspects of the transaction. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura ‘can handle the pressure’.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a team of mining experts with ‘profound industry knowledge’ and an ‘excellent network’. It acted for Ero Copper Corp on its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange; advised Appian Capital on its acquisition of copper mining company Mineração Vale Verde; and acted for the African Development Bank and the African Legal Support Facility in relation to the capacity building programme. Other clients include Galvani, China Molybdenum and Yamana. 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)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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