Fernando Vernalha Guimarães > Vernalha Pereira Advogados > Curitiba, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Vernalha Pereira Advogados
Rua Mateus Leme 575
São Francisco
Fernando Vernalha Guimarães  photo

Work Department

Administrative; Civil Construction; Infrastructure and Projects


Founding Partner.


Attorney-at-law and consultant in the area of public law, Fernando is a founder of Vernalha Pereira. Ph.D. and LL.M. in State Law, in 2017, he participated in the visiting scholar program at Columbia University Law School in New York (USA). Vernalha has vast experience in structuring concession projects and public-private partnerships, as well as in privatization processes or investments related to different infrastructure sectors. He is also a post-graduate professor of administrative law at several institutions. In 2009, he served as a consultant for the Public-Private Partnership Unit of the Ministry of Planning, Budget, and Management.


Portuguese; English


– Member of the Editorial Board of Public Contracts Magazine – Revista Luso-brasileira de Contratos Públicos

– PPP Brazil portal contributor

– Columnist for the business area of the Jovem Pan News portal

– Contributor to Magazine of Bids and Contracts – Revista Zênite de Licitações e Contratos


– Visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School (New York, USA).

– Ph.D. in State Law (UFPR).

– LL.M. in State Law (UFPR).

– Bachelor of Laws (UFPR).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Public law

Renowned firmVernalha Pereira Advogados has a strong reputation for both contentious and non-contentious matters, assisting with PPPs, high-value public tenders and concessions. Founding partner Fernando Vernalha Guimarães is a key resource for large public concessionaires and development banks. He is supported by Thiago Lima Breus and Angelica Petian, who handle the entire spectrum of public law and regulatory work, standing out for their experience in the infrastructure and sanitation sectors. Luiz Fernando Casagrande Pereira is also recommended for contentious and anti-corruption matters. The group was further strengthened in June 2023 by the arrival of constitutional, administrative and regulatory law specialist Rodrigo Pinto De Campos and Aline Lícia Klein from Porto Lauand Advogados; both possess in-depth knowledge of bidding procedures, government contracts and public concessions.