Gustavo Mota Guedes > Pinheiro Guimarães > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Guimarães
20040-918 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Work Department

Civil Litigation and Arbitration; Asset and Estate Planning; Judicial and Extrajudicial Reorganization and Bankruptcy




Gustavo is a senior partner of Pinheiro Guimarães who splits his practice between Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Litigation groups. Gustavo has an impressive track record that includes the largest and most complex litigation cases in Brazil. As an Attorney for the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Gustavo has developed over the years a specialized practice in Administrative Law, applying his knowledge across the firm in most of the transactions that involve constitutional, administrative and regulatory matters. Gustavo also has been praised by the firm’s clients as a strategist due to his multi-disciplinary knowledge of Brazilian law and his capacity to handle complex litigation and arbitration cases. Gustavo’s sharp legal skills – including his knowledge on Bankruptcy Law – coupled with his outstanding ability to negotiate, enables him to actively lead, on the creditors’ side, negotiations of restructuring plans and out-of-court debt restructuring transactions. Due to his solid litigation and bankruptcy background, Gustavo is a key resource when it comes to structuring of collateral packages in transactions in both distressed and non-distressed scenarios. This adds value to the firm’s credit and corporate practice in general, since this enhances the firm’s ability to structure deals and flag risks based on what has been effectively tested in Brazilian courts. Gustavo has solid academic credentials, having graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and also been admitted as State Attorney of Rio the Janeiro (1999-2002) and, later, as Attorney for the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro (since 2002), having now almost 20 years of Administrative.


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Education: Colégio Santo Agostinho, Rio de Janeiro (BA); Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Law School (LLB, 1998). Attorney for the State of Rio de Janeiro, 2000. Attorney for the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, 2002. Member: Brazilian Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency

Pinheiro Guimarães has an ‘extremely agile, market-driven, and highly specialised’ restructuring and insolvency team that is skilled at acting for creditors, including major international banks and multilateral lenders. Working out of the firm’s Rio de Janeiro office, the multifaceted practice is active in debt restructurings and judicial reorganisations, and is also proficient in distressed M&A and DIP financings. Dispute resolution specialist Gustavo Mota Guedes oversees the team, which includes experienced finance partner Roberta Giamattey Pimentel Fonseca Kelley. Bruno Lardosa, whose areas of expertise include transactions involving distressed assets, and Guilherme Vaz, who is well versed in domestic and cross-border matters, are recommended for their ‘deep knowledge of the Brazilian market and bankruptcy process’.