Firm Profile > Pinheiro Guimarães > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pinheiro Guimarães
20040-918 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados has a market-leading and highly versatile practice and acts for an impressive mix of creditors and debtors. The firm has recently been involved in several significant refinancings and pre-pack deals. This came on top of its standard mix of debt capital markets and structured, trade, project and acquisition finance work. The team has good expertise on the regulatory front and also advises on the structuring of investment funds and securitisation vehicles. Senior partner Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto has been a key practitioner in the market since the 1970s, while Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães respectively lead the teams in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Other names to note include Ivie Moura Alves, who is highly experienced in cross-border syndicated loans, Fábio Yanitchkis Couto and Bruno LardosaMarcela Taquette Vaz is another key lawyer making an impression in the team.

Key clients


Itaú BBA

Credit Suisse

BTG Pactual

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

JP Morgan



Banco Votorantim


Banco BBM

Goldman Sachs


XP Investimentos

Banco do Brasil

Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank AG

Inter-American Investment


BNP Paribas

Pátria Investimentos


Development Bank (IDB)

Capital markets Tier 1

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados' market-leading capital markets group fields strong teams of lawyers out of its São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices. Highly-rated partners Bruno LardosaPaula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa and practice co-head Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto, are three of the main contacts in Rio; fellow co-head Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães, Ivie Moura Alves and Cristina Tomiyama are among the lead partners in São Paulo. The firm regularly represents the underwriters on international debt and equity capital market offerings, and has strong relationships with most of the banks. The team has good expertise representing issuers and is especially active for energy-sector clients. However, since publication, Maria Costa Neves Machado has left the firm.

Key clients


Itaú BBA

Credit Suisse

BTG Pactual


Bradesco BBI

Organizações Globo

XP Investimentos



JP Morgan

Rede D’Or


Bank of America Merrill



Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados has an excellent pedigree for representing the interests of major creditors and investors. The firm can regularly be found advising on some of the country’s largest judicial and extrajudicial debt restructurings, and draws from a deep well of talent when it comes to complex finance, capital markets and M&A negotiations. Clients, which include major banks, investment funds and corporate creditors, also benefit from the strong litigation expertise of the team’s key lawyers. Renata Veloso is one of the key contacts for corporate-related restructuring advice, and Gustavo Mota Guedes is heavily focused on litigation. Associates – including Guilherme Bergamin de Barros – are also very active. Eduardo Augusto Mattar left the firm in November 2020.

Key clients

Banco Credit Suisse (Brasil)

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Andrade Gutierrez

Redwood Capital Management, LLC

CarVal Investors

King Street Capital Management, L.P.

Oaktree Capital

Centerbridge Partners LP

AIG Investments

Knighthead Capital Management

Moneda Asset Management

Guggenheim Partners, LLC

Banco Votorantim

Hilco Global Brazil

Merrill Lynch International

Explorador Capital Management LLC

Fratelli Investments Limited

Megeve Investments

VR Global Partners

L.P.Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Roystone Capital Management LP

Rimrock Capital Management LLC

Elliot International, L.P.

Amundi Pioneer Asset Management

ICE Canyon LLC

Goldman Sachs International

Cyrus Capital

Serengeti Asset Management

Thornburg Investment Management

OSX 3 Leasing

Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner e Smith

DW Partners LP

Rimrock Capital Management, LLC

Roystone Capital Management, LP

Knighthead Capital Management

Sothic Capital Management

CQS Asset Management Limited

Oaktree Capital

GSO Capital Partners

MSD Capital

Explorador Capital

Nomura Assets Management

PointState Capital LP

Hilco Global

Banco Votorantim

Geribá Investimentos

Graal Participações

Bank of America

Citigroup (Banco Citibank and Citibank N.A.)

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

With extensive experience in the financial services sector, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados acts for major domestic and international banks in addition to corporations. Its private equity expertise is also of note, where the team advises on investments, financing and divestments. The firm's capital markets expertise also allows it to advise publicly held companies on M&A which involves capital markets transactions and regulatory matters. Highlights in 2019 included Sergio Ramos Yoshino's advice to Itaú Unibanco on its R$200m investment in Brazilian power transmission company Argo Energia Empreendimentos e Participações. René Mostardeiro Brunet, Francisco José Pinheiro GuimarãesPlinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto  and Mariana Jost are all names to note.

Key clients

BTG Pactual




GP Investments

Itau Unibanco

Gávea Investimentos

International Finance Corporation – IFC

Organizações Globo

Brazil Hospitality Group

RHI AG / RHI Magnesita

Credit Suisse


Principia Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

DNA Capital


GTIS Partners

Graal Participações


Participações Industriais do Nordeste

Cellera Farma

Air Bus / Helibrás

Arla Foods

Wilson Sons


Mafra Group


Partners Group

Grupo Soma

Macquarie Capital

Klabin S.A.

Rede D’Or

Rock World (Rock in Rio)

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

CBSM – Companhia de Soluções de Marketing (Dotz)

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados advises clients from the initial structuring of a project, including the drafting and negotiation of agreements with sponsors, to tax planning, regulatory analysis, environmental licensing, construction and operation. The practice excels in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects, and also has experience in a range of infrastructure sectors, including telecoms, road, railways, ports, airports and oil and gas. Leading the practice is André Sigelmann, who often advises companies in the pulp and paper, oil and gas and power sectors, and Roberta Pimentel, who is noted for project finance.

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Rio Energy

EDP Energias do Brasil


Brookfield Energia



Nexa Resources

Aeris Indústria e Comércio de Equipamentos para Geração de Energia

Total Eren



BTG Pactual

Andrade Gutierrez

Itaú BBA

Real estate Tier 4

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is best known for its strong focus on real estate-related financings and capital markets advice. The firm has good expertise advising underwriters on share offerings and also has a good track record on the issuance of Real Estate Receivables Certificates. The practice has also advised on the real estate aspects of several major energy projects. The team includes Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto, Bruno Lardosa and Carolina Alonso in Rio de Janeiro, and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães in São Paulo.

Key clients

Itaú BBA


BTG Pactual



XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Banco Votorantim

Rede D’Or São Luiz

Banco Safra

RB Capital

EDF EN do Brasil Participações

LUCE Real Estate LCC


Tax Tier 5

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados has a high-quality tax practice, which is especially active on the transactional front. Recently, it has advised clients in the energy, financial services and retail sectors, and it has a good track record negotiating with the relevant authorities. Daniela Melo Fassheber in Rio de Janeiro and Heber Gomes do Sacramento in São Paulo are the main contacts.

Key clients

Brookfield Energias Renováveis


EDP – Energias do Brasil


EDF EN do Brasil Participações

Banco Itaú BBA



Diagnósticos da América – DASA

Waelzholz – Brasmetal Laminação

Reserva – Tiferet Comércio de Roupas

BHG – Brazil Hospitality Group

Wilson, Sons de Administração e Comércio

Bionexo do Brasil

HSBC Brasil

GranEnergia Investimentos

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
 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
 Fernanda da Cunha Lopez  photo Fernanda da Cunha Lopez Partner.
 Luiz Octavio de Oliveira Gonçalves  photo Luiz Octavio de Oliveira Gonçalves Partner.
Partners : 39
Associate Lawyer : 60