Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto > Pinheiro Guimarães > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Guimarães
20040-918 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Work Department

Banking and the Financial Markets; Project Development and Finance; Financing and Foreign Trade; Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets




Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães is the senior partner of the firm and has been actively involved in project finance, structured finance, syndicated lending and corporate finance. For example, during the 1970s and 1980s, Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães has actively acted as counsel for bank syndicates in connection with project finance for Itaipú Binacional, Samarco, Angra I, II and III, syndicated loans to Light Serviços de Eletricidade, State of Minas Gerais, Eletrobrás, Nuclebrás, Petrobrás and Companhia do Vale do Rio Doce, among others. Also, during the 1980’s and 1990’s Francisco has acted as Brazilian counsel to the international banks in connection with the several restructuring and renegotiation of the Brazilian sovereign debt which resulted in the issue of the Brazilian Brady Bonds in 1992.


Brazilian Bar Association.


Education: Colégio Padre Antônio Vieira, Rio de Janeiro (BA); Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Law School (LLB, 1963). Member: Brazilian Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Capital markets

Pinheiro Guimarães‘ strong market position in capital markets ensured that it was involved in some of the largest listings to hit the market in 2020. This included providing advice to the underwriters, such as on the R$22bn Petrobras secondary offering, and to the issuers, including Rede D’Or São Luiz on its $2.2bn IPO. The firm’s impressive workload extends to the debt markets as well, with a similar balance of issuer and underwriter work across a range of domestic and cross-border debt products. The team is respectively led out of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto. They are complemented by a talented team of partners, including Ivie Moura Alves for domestic and international financings, Cristina Tomiyama for transactional and regulatory matters, and Bruno Lardosa and Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa.

Brazil > Banking and finance

Pinheiro Guimarães is well known for its strong transactional track record in domestic and cross-border financings. The firm’s clients come from across the financial services sector, including major creditors, debtors, governments and multilateral organisations. The team has a strong reputation for structured and acquisition finance, and has recently been involved in several major restructurings and project finance deals. The team is respectively led from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo by Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães. Ivie Moura Alves has a good name for cross-border syndicated loans, while senior partner Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto also continues to play an active role on deals. Other key individuals include Fábio Yanitchkis Couto for structured finance and the acquisition of non-performing loans (NPLs), Marcela Taquette Vaz and Bruno Lardosa.