Marcela Taquette Vaz > 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; Structured Finance and Securitization; Financing and Foreign Trade; Investment Funds; Capital Markets; Debt Restructuring; Banking Regulations




Marcela Taquette Vaz is a very active young partner with experience in different areas of the practice of banking and finance, with an emphasis in cross-border and local project finance deals. She routinely works for financial institutions, equity sponsors and borrowers on different types of cross border financing deals, including bond offerings (including tender offers, consent solicitations and exchange offers), syndicated loans, leveraged and acquisition financings, trade financings and debt restructurings, involving complex structures for sharing of collateral among lenders of different jurisdictions. In the domestic market she advises on debt offerings (mostly infrastructure debentures) and bank financings, including loans from development banks and local governmental agencies. She also has expertise in derivatives and structured products. Recently Marcela has been involved in all bridge and long-term financings for solar photovoltaic projects of EDF Renewables’ and Canadian Solar’s entities in Brazil, including Pirapora. Marcela has an LLM from New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice also in New York


Brazilian Bar Association and New York Bar.


Education: Colégio Santo Agostinho, Rio de Janeiro (BA); Catholic University Law School, Rio de Janeiro (LLB, 2007). New York University School of Law, New York (LLM, 2012). Foreign associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, 2012–2013. Member: Brazilian Bar Association and New York Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure

With particular strength in the energy sector, Pinheiro Guimarães is routinely engaged by project sponsors, equipment suppliers, financial institutions and multilateral agencies to assist with the structuring, development and implementation of renewable energy projects. André Sigelmann stands out for his experience in the pulp and paper and oil and gas industries; he is proficient in both project finance and M&A transactions related to the aforementioned sectors. Sigelmann jointly leads the department with Roberta Pimentel, who has advised on numerous project finance transactions. Another key individual is Marcela Taquette Vaz, who has been particularly active in bridge and long-term financings for solar photovoltaic projects.

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Marcela Taquette VazPinheiro Guimarães

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.