Firm Profile > Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados
20040-918 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Banking and finance Tier 1

Finance powerhouse Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados ranks squarely among the elite firms in the market due to its 'strong specialist expertise in banking matters' and its 'outstanding technical skills', with one client affirming 'this team's work requires no corrections'. A top choice for local and international banks, including Banco Bradesco, HSBC and Itaú BBA, it also advises governments, development agencies, multilateral organisations and seasoned corporate issuers on a broad range of syndicated lending, structured finance, project finance, debt capital markets and restructuring transactions. The group, which 'combines high-quality work with a pro-business approach', is led jointly by 'great team players' Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro respectively. The department also includes Sao Paulo-based debt finance expert Ivie Moura Alves, Sao Paulo office head Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and senior partner Fábio Yanitchkis Couto, who is based in Rio de Janeiro - as well as new arrival, Maria Costa Neves Machado, who recently joined in Sao Paulo from Itaú BBA. Among its bank-side mandates, the team advised the lenders (including Citibank, Goldman Sachs do Brasil, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley as joint lead arrangers) on a R$3.5bn loan to Sky Serviços de Banda Larga. It also assisted Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, as underwriters, with Enel Brasil Investimentos Sudeste's R$5.3bn offering of secured commercial papers, and for Banco Bradesco, as underwriter, on Enel's R$4bn offering of unsecured commercial papers. Among its issuer-side highlights, the group recently handled debt offerings for Andrade Gutierrez International and Pirapora Solar Holdings.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 1

Well established as a leading firm for debt restructuring in Brazil, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados draws on its extensive experience in banking and litigation to handle a variety of matters. Its clients include household name financial institutions and international investors. One such client is Itaú Unibanco; in recent work, a team led by Eduardo Augusto Mattar in São Paulo represented the bank as creditor in the judicial reorganisation of PDG Realty SA Empreendimentos e Participacoes. Also in São Paulo are Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães, Sergio Ramos Yoshino, Renata Veloso and associate Guilherme Bergamin de Barros. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto is a name to note in Rio de Janeiro.

Capital markets Tier 1

Efficient, available and business-oriented’, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is a ‘go-to firm for complex structured capital markets transactions’, according to sources. The ‘deep and talented’ group is noted for its broad expertise, which takes in debt, equity, derivatives, investment funds, securitisations and structured finance, and ‘attorneys at all seniority levels really understand the products and the industry’. In a major highlight, the firm advised Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as underwriters, on Enel Brasil Investimentos Sudeste’s R$5.3bn offering of secured commercial papers. It also acted for Banco Bradesco BBI, as underwriter, on Enel Brasil’s R$4bn issuance of unsecured commercial papers. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães, who co-lead the department from Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo respectively, are highlighted together as ‘very knowledgeable, dedicated and experienced’. The group also includes Ivie Moura Alves (‘very experienced with remarkable expertise in capital markets’), Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa (‘one of the most complete lawyers when it comes to derivatives, structured products and investment funds’) and Bruno Lardosa (‘an outstanding talent, especially in securitisations and asset-backed products’).

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The 'highly qualified and dedicated' team at Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados 'works alongside the client throughout the entire process, from negotiation to closing'. It is well versed in sophisticated corporate transactions, acting as counsel to buyers, sellers, management and target companies. Its experience spans numerous sectors of the economy, though the firm's preeminent reputation in banking and finance ensures a strong flow of corporate work in this industry. In one highlight, Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães advised Banco Votorantim on a strategic partnership with Neon Pagamentos. In a multi-jurisdictional matter, Pinheiro Guimarães worked with Rodrigo Marcilio, Sérgio Ramos Yoshino and Mariana Jost to advise Austrian conglomerate RHI Group on the private acquisition of control of Magnesita Refratários. Senior partner Marcelo Lamy Rego has an impressive track record in M&A, particularly in the financial services and energy sectors. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and René Mostardeiro Brunet are highly recommended.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

In addition to transactions and project financings, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is regularly involved in the full-life cycle of projects. One of many energy sector project highlights was assisting EDF Renewables with the development and implementation of four wind farms. André Sigelmann 'thinks outside the box to deliver tailored solutions' and 'responds quickly any time of the day'. Project finance expert Maria Costa Neves Machado joined from an inhouse position at Itaú BBA in November 2018.

Real estate Tier 4

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados leverages its reputation and client base in the financial services sector to advise underwriters and arrangers on the issuance and public offerings of CRIs. The team also advises on the acquisition of real estate assets. Names to note include Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto, Carolina Alonso and Bruno Lardosa.

Tax Tier 5

The strong M&A and finance practices at Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados ensure a steady flow of transactional tax work. Tax litigation also features. Daniela Melo Fassheber and Heber Gomes do Sacramento are names to note.

Pinheiro Guimarães was established in 1922. With a presence in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Pinheiro Guimarães represents a wide variety of both Brazilian and foreign clients and is assisted by a full staff of legal support personnel.

Pinheiro Guimarães is one of the most active Brazilian legal advisers assisting in domestic and international capital markets debt and equity offerings, syndicated loans, trade finance, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border lease transactions, structured finance, project finance and procurement, private equity, securitisations of exports and other receivables, bankruptcy and corporate reorganisations, litigation, arbitration and tax.

Lawyers are fluent in several languages and many of them hold LLM degrees from the law schools of major universities in Brazil, the US and Europe. A significant number of Pinheiro Guimarães lawyers have worked at top tier law firms abroad and in international organisations. 18 of them are admitted to practice in both Brazil and New York.

Principal areas of practice

 Banking & Finance:

Pinheiro Guimarães has extensive and widely recognised experience in local and cross-border financing transac­tions. Its lawyers represent a wide range of clients that include both private and institutional lenders, governments and development agencies, multilateral organisations and corporate borrowers. Pinheiro Guimarães acts as counsel to both lenders and borrowers in connection with syndicated loans, refinancing transactions, import financing, export prepayment and other trade-related debt transactions, local and cross-border financial leases, securitisations, credit-linked debt and acquisition financings. A significant part of the practice involves representing clients undertak­ing project finance (infrastructure and industrial projects) deals, structured finance products and debt restructuring (including bankruptcy proceedings and judicial and extrajudicial reorganisations).

It also assists financial institutions in developing banking and treasury products and in regulatory and compliance matters, including administrative proceedings and the reorganisation of financial groups, before the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM).


Capital Markets:

Pinheiro Guimarães provides legal advice on primary and secondary public securities offerings in both the Brazilian and international capital markets (shares, shares certificates and debt securities). It also assists clients in carrying out filings and cancellations of public company registrations; securities listings and delistings; administra­tive proceedings and consultations with the CVM and BM&FBOVESPA; investments in the Brazilian capital and financial markets by local and foreign investors; and structuring stock option plans.

It is also actively involved in developing and setting up investment funds, including hedge funds and structured funds such as private equity funds and credit rights investment funds (FIDCs), as well as in different derivative transactions (including hedging transactions involving swaps, futures and options linked to foreign exchange, interest rates and commodity indices and prices) and products. Pinheiro Guimarães also advises clients on compliance and trading rules, filings and reporting require­ments and administrative and disciplinary procedures.


 Corporate & M&A:

Pinheiro Guimarães provides legal assistance in the incorporation of companies and other entities for the development of business activities in Brazil. Such assistance includes drafting corporate documents (such as investment agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder and quotaholder agreements), and counselling on all corporate issues involving different corporate entities in Brazil. On a regular basis, Pinheiro Guimarães handles securities repurchase transactions; foreign investments structure and divestments; transactions involving asset sales and debt assumptions; and turn-around investments and invest­ments in overleveraged or distressed Brazilian companies. It is also actively involved in M&A transations, transfers of control, corporate restructuring transactions and designing and negotiating private equity investments and private equity funds.



Pinheiro Guimarães advises clients in developing and carrying out integrated tax strategies with respect to their activities in connection with capital markets, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, structured finance, asset restructurings and e-business. It engages in the development of financial and banking products, tax-efficient investment alternatives, and derivatives transactions. Tax lawyers at Pinheiro Guimarães have expertise in international and cross-border transactions and international tax treaties, therefore being well positioned to provide its clients with sophisticated advice on structured tax transactions, tax derivatives products, tax planning and the most effective use of tax credits and tax sparing rules.


Litigation & Arbitration:

Pinheiro Guimarães has a competent and growing number of lawyers dedicated to handling complex commercial and financial matters under litigation or subject to arbitration proceedings. In the area of credit recovery — including summary collections, judicial recovery and bankruptcy proceedings — it has seen its practice grow in recent years, to a point where it includes a significant number of clients in Brazil as well as many offshore creditor groups. A growing number of dispute resolution proceedings consist of commercial arbitration, both local and international.


Project Procurement:

Pinheiro Guimarães is a recognised leader in the development and implementation of projects in various industries, such as energy, oil and gas, and pulp and paper. It provides legal advice on all aspects of the development and implementation of projects, including devising the most appropriate structure for the project (corporate, regulatory and tax-wise), tax incentives participation in public auctions, joint ventures, project agreements, financing regulatory and environmental matters, claims management and dispute resolution.


Insolvency & Restructuring

In the area of credit recovery — including summary collections, judicial recovery and bankruptcy proceedings — the firm has seen its practice grow in recent years to include a significant number of clients in Brazil as well as many offshore creditor groups, such as bondholders, commercial and investment banks, investment funds and multi-lateral organisations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Rio de Janeiro Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N +55 21 4501 5000
São Paulo Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães +55 11 4501 5000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa  photo Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa Partner
 Luisa Cabral Santos  photo Luisa Cabral Santos Partner
 Roberta Giamattey Pimentel Fonseca  photo Roberta Giamattey Pimentel Fonseca Partner
 Bruno Lardosa photo Bruno Lardosa Partner
 Maria Costa Neves Machado photo Maria Costa Neves Machado Partner
 René Mostardeiro Brunet  photo René Mostardeiro Brunet Partner
 Gustavo Mota Guedes  photo Gustavo Mota Guedes Partner.
 Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N  photo Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N Partner
 Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto  photo Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto Partner.
 Maria Manuela Quintas Peres Martins de Andrade  photo Maria Manuela Quintas Peres Martins de Andrade Partner
 André Sigelmann  photo André Sigelmann Partner
 Marcela Taquette Vaz  photo Marcela Taquette Vaz Partner
 Carolina Testoni Alonso Camargo  photo Carolina Testoni Alonso Camargo Partner
 Roberto Thedim Duarte Cancella  photo Roberto Thedim Duarte Cancella Partner
 Daniela Viana Cordeiro de Melo Fassheber  photo Daniela Viana Cordeiro de Melo Fassheber Partner
 Fábio Yanitchkis Couto  photo Fábio Yanitchkis Couto Partner
 Sérgio Ramos Yoshino photo Sérgio Ramos Yoshino Partner
 Fernanda da Cunha Lopez  photo Fernanda da Cunha Lopez Partner.
 Luiz Octavio de Oliveira Gonçalves  photo Luiz Octavio de Oliveira Gonçalves Partner.
Partners : 36
Associate Lawyer : 76