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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

With one of the strongest banking and finance practices in the country, Pinheiro Neto Advogados regularly advises major banks and asset managers. Recent highlights include advising Banco Santander on entering into a joint venture agreement with Banque PSA Finance for the operation of a vehicle financing business; and advising Oi on executing credit facility agreements with Telemar Norte Leste and China Development Bank for the refinancing of debts and the financing of its purchase of technology equipment and services. ‘Talented lawyerBruno Balduccinihas superior expertise in banking regulation’ and ‘is not afraid to break new ground’; he acted for Enova on setting up one of Brazil’s first online lending platforms through a joint venture with a local bank; and assisted BIVA Serviços Financeiros in launching the country’s first peer-to-peer lending platform. Balduccini leads the 11-partner team together with the highly regarded José Luiz Homem de Mello. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa, Fernando Prado Ferreira and project finance and PPP expert José Carlos Meirelles are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

Bruno Balduccini - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highly visible practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados attracts a steady flow of instructions from creditors, bondholders and lenders in judicial and out-of-court reorganisation proceedings, debt enforcement matters and refinancings. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva assisted a syndicate of banks in negotiating the reorganisation of a mining company, and co-practice head Giuliano Colombo advised a diverse group of creditors on the restructuring of an agricultural company’s R$800m debt as part of an acquisition. 2015 also saw the team advise on numerous distressed M&A deals. André Moraes Marques was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ ‘quick response times and strong business acumen lead to a favourable cost-benefit ratio’. A 2015 highlight was acting for Deutsche Bank Securities and JP Morgan Securities as underwriters of a public issuance by Petrobras Global Finance of $2.5bn of global notes as a century bond. Henrique Silva Gordo Lang and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo lead the way on the equity side, and recently advised Caixa Seguridade Participações on its IPO, one of the largest listings of companies held by the federal government. Ricardo Simões Russo specialises in infrastructure debenture offerings, and is praised for his ‘great knowledge of the sector’; other names to note on the debt side are José Carlos Meirelles and José Luiz Homem de Mello. The ‘business-savvy’ Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa specialises in agribusiness securities offerings, and is recommended along with Fernando de Almeida Prado and Caio Ferreira Silva.

Leading lawyers

Henrique Silva Gordo Lang - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Noted for its ability to ‘quickly grasp complex commercial issues’, the highly regarded competition team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is split across the firm’s São Paulo and Brasília offices. Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva handled the merger notification for Microsoft in respect of the sale of its Manaus facility to Flextronics, and Cristianne Saccab Zarzur represented Mastercard in the merger review of its proposed joint venture with Itaú Unibanco for the provision of a new set of payment methods. In another high-profile instruction, Renê Medrado, who is praised for his ‘high-quality strategic advice’, acted as Brazilian counsel to Credit Suisse in an administrative proceeding investigating the purported manipulation of foreign exchange rates. José Alexandre Buaiz Neto earns recognition for his ‘understanding of the dynamics of global deals’, and the team is noted as including a pool of ‘strong associates’.

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

Excellent firmPinheiro Neto Advogados maintains its position at the forefront of the M&A market; its 12-partner group has experience in domestic and cross-border transactions and a workload equally split between buy and sell-side mandates. Sector strengths include banking, telecoms, energy, and food and beverage; in the latter area, practice head Fernando Alves Meira and Andrea Barbosa Campos recently acted for Lactalis do Brasil in the $700m acquisition of the dairy division of BRF, which included 11 production facilities and numerous brands. Private equity is another area of expertise; Miguel Tornovsky and Franco Musetti Grotti acted for The Blackstone Group on its purchase of seven property-owning SPVs and an industrial warehouse from BR Properties. Among other highlights, Ricardo Simões Russo led advice to Lafarge on a divestment of assets to CRH in the context of its global merger with Holcim; and Carlos Vilhena advised Berry Plastics on the acquisition of AVINTIV. Other leading names include managing partner Alexandre Bertoldi, who has earned a strong reputation in the market through his roles in major corporate and finance deals. While the bulk of the team’s resources are to be found in São Paulo, Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is a name to note in the Rio de Janeiro office. Private equity specialist Eduardo Paoliello Jr, who is based in São Paulo, made partner in 2016.

Leading lawyers

Alexandre Bertoldi - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Fernando Alves Meira - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highly recommended Gilberto Giusti leads Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ 33-partner team, which is particularly recommended for complex arbitration; standout practitioners, along with Giusti, are Renato Stephan Grion and Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira. Celso Cintra Mori is recommended for both arbitration and litigation, and is one of the partners leading the defence of Chevron in proceedings concerning the recognition in Brazil of a $9bn award rendered in Ecuador. In another case, the group represented Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica in relation to a claim by ABEEólica concerning alleged losses of approximately $265m relating to the issuance of injunctions in favour of hydropower plants.

Leading lawyers

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados stands out for its experience in contamination matters, particularly in brownfield land recovery, and has a notable health and safety practice. Another strength is the handling of accidents; the group recently acted in relation to the flooding of the city of Ferreira Gomes due to increased water flow coming from three hydroelectric power plants which had been affected by heavy rainfall, representing one of the plant operators, Empresa de Energia Cachoeira Caldeirão, in discussions with federal, state and municipal authorities. The firm is also representing Monsanto and Syngenta in litigation before the superior court concerning the obligation to obtain environmental licences to perform research on genetically modified organisms. Antonio José Monteiro leads the five-partner group, in which Werner Grau Neto and the ‘professional’ Alexandre Jorge are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Antonio José Monteiro - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Werner Grau Neto - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The well-established insurance practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its advisory work, where it ‘finds good solutions’, and also maintains an active contentious practice, where it has experience in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Among its recent highlights, Fernando dos Santos Zorzo advised CPFL Energia on a competitive bid for the selection of an insurance company to sells its products through its distribution channels; and Bruno Balduccini advised MasterCard Brasil on the adjustments needed to comply with regulations for the sale of travel insurance via credit cards; associate Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup had a key role on both. Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, the ‘available, technical and intelligent’ André Zonaro Giacchetta handles Alpargatas’ IP portfolio, which includes the Havaianas brand, and also LG Electronics’ portfolio. José Mauro Machado has recently acted in numerous unfair competition matters, and a geographical indication case. The team is also active in transactional support.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados stands out for its longstanding experience in trade remedies investigations in Brazil, as well as foreign investigations in Latin America and the US. Renê Guilherme Medrado and Mauro Berenholc co-head the practice, which had another busy year in 2015, with a workload including import and export matters, administrative defences of import taxes and customs fines, and numerous anti-dumping investigations and sunset reviews.

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 regularly handles big-ticket matters. It recently filed an appeal before the supreme federal court on behalf of John Deere against a decision made in a class action brought by a labour union and concerning hazard and danger pay; it successfully negotiated a settlement. Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes leads the team.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ leading project finance practice recently advised Agri Brasil on raising $1.5bn through a multi-source facility granted by the Northeast Development Fund for the construction of a dairy farm, and regularly acts on the financing of large, multinational projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The ‘efficientJosé Luiz Homem de Mello has ‘deep knowledge of regulation’, and is recommended along with Ricardo Coelho, Júlio César Bueno and Marcelo Viveiros de Moura. Caio Ferreira Silva was promoted to the partnership in January 2016.

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’ public law practice sits within the broader litigation department, but maintains an even split between contentious and non-contentious work. Among its recent highlights, Ricardo Pagliari Levy assisted Pare Bem Administradora de Estacionamentos in relation to its bid for a concession contract for the construction of a parking area at Afonso Pena International Airport. Anti-corruption and compliance is another significant area of focus.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados earns plaudits for its ‘commitment’, ‘prompt responses’ and ‘extensive knowledge in the real estate area’. Its broad expertise takes in real estate acquisitions, leasing, construction, hotel development and management, and financing. 2015 saw the team handle a number of rural and agricultural real estate matters, including advising Macquarie Crop Partners on the acquisition by a joint venture of rural properties in the state of Piauí. Elsewhere, a team of corporate and real estate experts including Franco Musetti Grotti acted for Blackstone on its acquisition of seven property-owning SPVs and an industrial warehouse from BR Properties. Other key names, in a team of ‘excellent professionals’, are Luciano Garcia Rossi and senior associate Gustavo Santos Freitas.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a ‘very technical’ internet/IT and telecoms team, with Esther Nunes, Raphael de Cunto and the ‘available and intelligent’ André Zonaro Giacchetta the standout practitioners. In addition to transactions in the TMT sector, the group delivers ‘confident analyses’ on regulatory matters, and dispute resolution is also a strength. The group successfully defended Facebook against a civil class action brought by the Brazilian Institute of Politics and Law Software challenging sponsored stories which allegedly violate privacy rights.

Leading lawyers

Esther Nunes - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highly regarded department at Pinheiro Neto Advogados includes 15 partners and is led by Sérgio Farina Filho. The firm’s busy corporate and M&A practice is such that its tax specialists are consistently in demand to assist on the tax structuring of high-value corporate transactions. Other areas of strength include transfer pricing and social security issues, both contentious and non-contentious. The team recently represented CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens in administrative proceedings concerning PIS and COFINS tax assessments, with Tércio Chiavassa taking the lead role. Other leading figures in the department include Ricardo Luiz Becker and Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa. Litigator Luciana Rosanova Galhardo is also recommended.

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 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Under the leadership of Adolpho Julio de Carvalho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a highly acclaimed aviation-finance practice. It recently advised LATAM Airlines Group on a $1.02bn EETC, the first financing of its kind issued by an international carrier in Latin America, to finance Airbus A350 acquisitions. The firm also handles regulatory and dispute resolution work, in both the shipping and aviation sectors. Associate Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano is another name to note.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides ‘an efficient service’, and covers the full range of electricity work. In a 2015 highlight, it assisted CTG Brasil in its successful participation in the concession auction for the operation of the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira hydropower plants. Practice head Marcos Chaves Ladeira is recommended along with the ‘competent and hardworking’ José Roberto Oliva, who is ‘open to different points of view’.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

In a 2015 highlight, Pinheiro Neto Advogados advised Mitsui on acquiring 49% of the voting shares of Gaspetro from Petrobras, and also provided regulatory advice regarding ANP’s bidding procedure. Marcello Lobo acted on both matters and is recommended together with the ‘diligent and concise’ Ricardo Coelho.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Commended for its ‘great sense of urgency’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados acts for numerous foreign clients, such as Yamana Gold and Zamin Resources. It assisted the latter with Brazilian law issues relating to litigation against ENRC. Domestic clients include Mineração Rio do Norte, which the firm recently assisted in the renegotiation of a joint venture agreement; and Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Pesquisa Mineral (ABPM), which it advised on regulatory matters. Practice head Carlos Vilhena has ‘strong business acumen, in-depth knowledge and an excellent network’. Adriano Drummond Trindade and financing specialist Graciema Almeida are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Vilhena - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitionerEduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.

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

With one of the strongest banking and finance practices in the country, Pinheiro Neto Advogados regularly advises major banks and asset managers. Recent highlights include advising Banco Santander on entering into a joint venture agreement with Banque PSA Finance for the operation of a vehicle financing business; and advising Oi on executing credit facility agreements with Telemar Norte Leste and China Development Bank for the refinancing of debts and the financing of its purchase of technology equipment and services. ‘Talented lawyerBruno Balduccinihas superior expertise in banking regulation’ and ‘is not afraid to break new ground’; he acted for Enova on setting up one of Brazil’s first online lending platforms through a joint venture with a local bank; and assisted BIVA Serviços Financeiros in launching the country’s first peer-to-peer lending platform. Balduccini leads the 11-partner team together with the highly regarded José Luiz Homem de Mello. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa, Fernando Prado Ferreira and project finance and PPP expert José Carlos Meirelles are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

Bruno Balduccini - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highly visible practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados attracts a steady flow of instructions from creditors, bondholders and lenders in judicial and out-of-court reorganisation proceedings, debt enforcement matters and refinancings. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva assisted a syndicate of banks in negotiating the reorganisation of a mining company, and co-practice head Giuliano Colombo advised a diverse group of creditors on the restructuring of an agricultural company’s R$800m debt as part of an acquisition. 2015 also saw the team advise on numerous distressed M&A deals. André Moraes Marques was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ ‘quick response times and strong business acumen lead to a favourable cost-benefit ratio’. A 2015 highlight was acting for Deutsche Bank Securities and JP Morgan Securities as underwriters of a public issuance by Petrobras Global Finance of $2.5bn of global notes as a century bond. Henrique Silva Gordo Lang and Fernando dos Santos Zorzo lead the way on the equity side, and recently advised Caixa Seguridade Participações on its IPO, one of the largest listings of companies held by the federal government. Ricardo Simões Russo specialises in infrastructure debenture offerings, and is praised for his ‘great knowledge of the sector’; other names to note on the debt side are José Carlos Meirelles and José Luiz Homem de Mello. The ‘business-savvy’ Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa specialises in agribusiness securities offerings, and is recommended along with Fernando de Almeida Prado and Caio Ferreira Silva.

Leading lawyers

Henrique Silva Gordo Lang - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Noted for its ability to ‘quickly grasp complex commercial issues’, the highly regarded competition team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is split across the firm’s São Paulo and Brasília offices. Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva handled the merger notification for Microsoft in respect of the sale of its Manaus facility to Flextronics, and Cristianne Saccab Zarzur represented Mastercard in the merger review of its proposed joint venture with Itaú Unibanco for the provision of a new set of payment methods. In another high-profile instruction, Renê Medrado, who is praised for his ‘high-quality strategic advice’, acted as Brazilian counsel to Credit Suisse in an administrative proceeding investigating the purported manipulation of foreign exchange rates. José Alexandre Buaiz Neto earns recognition for his ‘understanding of the dynamics of global deals’, and the team is noted as including a pool of ‘strong associates’.

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

Excellent firmPinheiro Neto Advogados maintains its position at the forefront of the M&A market; its 12-partner group has experience in domestic and cross-border transactions and a workload equally split between buy and sell-side mandates. Sector strengths include banking, telecoms, energy, and food and beverage; in the latter area, practice head Fernando Alves Meira and Andrea Barbosa Campos recently acted for Lactalis do Brasil in the $700m acquisition of the dairy division of BRF, which included 11 production facilities and numerous brands. Private equity is another area of expertise; Miguel Tornovsky and Franco Musetti Grotti acted for The Blackstone Group on its purchase of seven property-owning SPVs and an industrial warehouse from BR Properties. Among other highlights, Ricardo Simões Russo led advice to Lafarge on a divestment of assets to CRH in the context of its global merger with Holcim; and Carlos Vilhena advised Berry Plastics on the acquisition of AVINTIV. Other leading names include managing partner Alexandre Bertoldi, who has earned a strong reputation in the market through his roles in major corporate and finance deals. While the bulk of the team’s resources are to be found in São Paulo, Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is a name to note in the Rio de Janeiro office. Private equity specialist Eduardo Paoliello Jr, who is based in São Paulo, made partner in 2016.

Leading lawyers

Alexandre Bertoldi - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Fernando Alves Meira - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highly recommended Gilberto Giusti leads Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ 33-partner team, which is particularly recommended for complex arbitration; standout practitioners, along with Giusti, are Renato Stephan Grion and Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira. Celso Cintra Mori is recommended for both arbitration and litigation, and is one of the partners leading the defence of Chevron in proceedings concerning the recognition in Brazil of a $9bn award rendered in Ecuador. In another case, the group represented Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica in relation to a claim by ABEEólica concerning alleged losses of approximately $265m relating to the issuance of injunctions in favour of hydropower plants.

Leading lawyers

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados stands out for its experience in contamination matters, particularly in brownfield land recovery, and has a notable health and safety practice. Another strength is the handling of accidents; the group recently acted in relation to the flooding of the city of Ferreira Gomes due to increased water flow coming from three hydroelectric power plants which had been affected by heavy rainfall, representing one of the plant operators, Empresa de Energia Cachoeira Caldeirão, in discussions with federal, state and municipal authorities. The firm is also representing Monsanto and Syngenta in litigation before the superior court concerning the obligation to obtain environmental licences to perform research on genetically modified organisms. Antonio José Monteiro leads the five-partner group, in which Werner Grau Neto and the ‘professional’ Alexandre Jorge are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Antonio José Monteiro - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Werner Grau Neto - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The well-established insurance practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its advisory work, where it ‘finds good solutions’, and also maintains an active contentious practice, where it has experience in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Among its recent highlights, Fernando dos Santos Zorzo advised CPFL Energia on a competitive bid for the selection of an insurance company to sells its products through its distribution channels; and Bruno Balduccini advised MasterCard Brasil on the adjustments needed to comply with regulations for the sale of travel insurance via credit cards; associate Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup had a key role on both. Diógenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, the ‘available, technical and intelligent’ André Zonaro Giacchetta handles Alpargatas’ IP portfolio, which includes the Havaianas brand, and also LG Electronics’ portfolio. José Mauro Machado has recently acted in numerous unfair competition matters, and a geographical indication case. The team is also active in transactional support.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados stands out for its longstanding experience in trade remedies investigations in Brazil, as well as foreign investigations in Latin America and the US. Renê Guilherme Medrado and Mauro Berenholc co-head the practice, which had another busy year in 2015, with a workload including import and export matters, administrative defences of import taxes and customs fines, and numerous anti-dumping investigations and sunset reviews.

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 regularly handles big-ticket matters. It recently filed an appeal before the supreme federal court on behalf of John Deere against a decision made in a class action brought by a labour union and concerning hazard and danger pay; it successfully negotiated a settlement. Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes leads the team.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ leading project finance practice recently advised Agri Brasil on raising $1.5bn through a multi-source facility granted by the Northeast Development Fund for the construction of a dairy farm, and regularly acts on the financing of large, multinational projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The ‘efficientJosé Luiz Homem de Mello has ‘deep knowledge of regulation’, and is recommended along with Ricardo Coelho, Júlio César Bueno and Marcelo Viveiros de Moura. Caio Ferreira Silva was promoted to the partnership in January 2016.

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’ public law practice sits within the broader litigation department, but maintains an even split between contentious and non-contentious work. Among its recent highlights, Ricardo Pagliari Levy assisted Pare Bem Administradora de Estacionamentos in relation to its bid for a concession contract for the construction of a parking area at Afonso Pena International Airport. Anti-corruption and compliance is another significant area of focus.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados earns plaudits for its ‘commitment’, ‘prompt responses’ and ‘extensive knowledge in the real estate area’. Its broad expertise takes in real estate acquisitions, leasing, construction, hotel development and management, and financing. 2015 saw the team handle a number of rural and agricultural real estate matters, including advising Macquarie Crop Partners on the acquisition by a joint venture of rural properties in the state of Piauí. Elsewhere, a team of corporate and real estate experts including Franco Musetti Grotti acted for Blackstone on its acquisition of seven property-owning SPVs and an industrial warehouse from BR Properties. Other key names, in a team of ‘excellent professionals’, are Luciano Garcia Rossi and senior associate Gustavo Santos Freitas.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a ‘very technical’ internet/IT and telecoms team, with Esther Nunes, Raphael de Cunto and the ‘available and intelligent’ André Zonaro Giacchetta the standout practitioners. In addition to transactions in the TMT sector, the group delivers ‘confident analyses’ on regulatory matters, and dispute resolution is also a strength. The group successfully defended Facebook against a civil class action brought by the Brazilian Institute of Politics and Law Software challenging sponsored stories which allegedly violate privacy rights.

Leading lawyers

Esther Nunes - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

The highly regarded department at Pinheiro Neto Advogados includes 15 partners and is led by Sérgio Farina Filho. The firm’s busy corporate and M&A practice is such that its tax specialists are consistently in demand to assist on the tax structuring of high-value corporate transactions. Other areas of strength include transfer pricing and social security issues, both contentious and non-contentious. The team recently represented CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens in administrative proceedings concerning PIS and COFINS tax assessments, with Tércio Chiavassa taking the lead role. Other leading figures in the department include Ricardo Luiz Becker and Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa. Litigator Luciana Rosanova Galhardo is also recommended.

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 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Under the leadership of Adolpho Julio de Carvalho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a highly acclaimed aviation-finance practice. It recently advised LATAM Airlines Group on a $1.02bn EETC, the first financing of its kind issued by an international carrier in Latin America, to finance Airbus A350 acquisitions. The firm also handles regulatory and dispute resolution work, in both the shipping and aviation sectors. Associate Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano is another name to note.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides ‘an efficient service’, and covers the full range of electricity work. In a 2015 highlight, it assisted CTG Brasil in its successful participation in the concession auction for the operation of the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira hydropower plants. Practice head Marcos Chaves Ladeira is recommended along with the ‘competent and hardworking’ José Roberto Oliva, who is ‘open to different points of view’.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

In a 2015 highlight, Pinheiro Neto Advogados advised Mitsui on acquiring 49% of the voting shares of Gaspetro from Petrobras, and also provided regulatory advice regarding ANP’s bidding procedure. Marcello Lobo acted on both matters and is recommended together with the ‘diligent and concise’ Ricardo Coelho.

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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Commended for its ‘great sense of urgency’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados acts for numerous foreign clients, such as Yamana Gold and Zamin Resources. It assisted the latter with Brazilian law issues relating to litigation against ENRC. Domestic clients include Mineração Rio do Norte, which the firm recently assisted in the renegotiation of a joint venture agreement; and Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Pesquisa Mineral (ABPM), which it advised on regulatory matters. Practice head Carlos Vilhena has ‘strong business acumen, in-depth knowledge and an excellent network’. Adriano Drummond Trindade and financing specialist Graciema Almeida are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Vilhena - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitionerEduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.

Leading local practitioners

Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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