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 Guimaraes was established in 1922. With offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the firm represents a wide variety of clients. The qualifications and experience of the attorneys making up the firm’s legal staff are among the firm’s strongest points. The firm boasts fluency in several languages, and many members of its legal staff hold LLM degrees from major law schools in Brazil, the US and Europe. A significant number of the lawyers working at Pinheiro Guimaraes have worked at top-tier law firms abroad and in international organizations. Fifteen of the firm’s lawyers are admitted to practice both in Brazil and in New York.

Principal areas of practice
Banking and finance: the firm has extensive and widely-recognized experience in local and cross-border financial transactions, representing a wide range of clients that include private and institutional lenders, governments and development agencies, multilateral organizations and corporate borrowers. The firm acts as counsel in connection with syndicated loans, refinancing transactions, import financing, export prepayment and other trade finance transactions, local and cross-border financial leases, securitizations, credit-linked debt, project finance and other structured finance transactions, and acquisition financings. From 1983-94, the firm represented the bank advisory committee for the restructuring of the Brazilian external sovereign debt and was actively involved in the negotiations resulting in the issuance of the ‘Brazil Brady bonds’.

Capital markets: the firm provides legal advice in primary and secondary public offerings of securities in both Brazilian and international capital markets (including shares, share certificates and debt securities); filings and cancellation of public company registrations; securities listing and delisting proceedings; administrative proceedings and consultations with the CVM and BM&FBOVESPA; investments in the Brazilian capital and financial markets by local and foreign investors; and stock option plans. The firm is also actively involved in structuring and setting up investment funds, including hedge funds and structured funds, and structuring derivatives transactions. The firm also advises clients in connection with compliance matters and trading rules, filings and reporting requirements, and administrative procedures.

Corporate and M&A: the firm provides legal assistance in the incorporation of companies and other entities for the development of different business activities in Brazil. This includes counseling on all corporate issues involving different corporate entities in Brazil. The firm is regularly engaged in structuring securities repurchase transactions, foreign investments and divestments, transactions involving sale of assets and assumption of debt, turn-around investments and investments in overleveraged or distressed Brazilian companies. It is also actively involved in M&A, transfer of control and corporate restructuring transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, share mergers, and dissolution and liquidation of companies. The firm advises financial institutions, investment funds and local and international corporations on structuring and negotiating private equity investments and funds.

Tax: the firm advises clients on developing and carrying out integrated tax strategies with respect to their activities, capital markets, M&A, restructurings and e-business, the development of financial and banking products, tax-efficient investment alternatives and in structuring derivatives transactions. The firm has expertise in international and cross-border transactions and in international tax treaties, structured tax transactions, tax derivatives products and tax planning.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N
Banking and finance Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães
Banking and finance Beatriz Fortuna
Banking and finance Fabio Couto
Capital markets Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N
Capital markets Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães
Capital markets Ivie Moura Alves
Capital markets Paula Pessôa
Corporate and M&A Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N
Corporate and M&A Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães
Corporate and M&A Marcelo Lamy
Tax Daniela Melo Fassheber
Tax Heber Gomes do Sacramento
Litigation and arbitration Eduardo Augusto Mattar
Litigation and arbitration Gustavo Mota Guedes
Litigation and arbitration Roberto Thedim Duarte Cancella
Insolvency and restructuring Eduardo Augusto Mattar
Insolvency and restructuring Gustavo Mota Guedes
Projects André Sigelmann
Projects Roberta Pimentel
Other fee-earners : 65
Total staff : 160
Contacts : 36