Roberta Giamattey Pimentel Fonseca Kelley > Pinheiro Guimarães > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Guimarães
20040-918 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Work Department

Banking and the Financial Markets; Past-Due Credits and the Acquisition of Credit Portfolios; Project Development and Finance; Structured Finance and Securitization; Financing and Foreign Trade; Investment Funds; Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Debt Restructuring; Banking Regulations




Roberta Pimentel combines her domestic and international experience working on complex, multi-jurisdiction and innovative transactions, with strong negotiation skills, knowledge of the market and contacts throughout all the network of players involved in this type of transactions in Brazil. Roberta Pimentel has extensive experience in infrastructure, power, oil & gas, mining, renewables, transportation, financing and other sectors representing both project sponsors and financial institutions, as well as investors, financial advisors and multilateral organizations. The track record built by Roberta Pimentel working in project development, banking and finance, capital markets and M&A transactions allows her to offer our clients different perspectives on complex issues and work together towards practical and creative problem-solving solutions. Highlight of her recent works include the financing of the Olympic Park for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games of 2016 and the multi-source bridge and long-term financings for the various phases of the Pirapora Solar Complex, the largest solar project in Latin America, which was considered a landmark deal for project financings in Brazil. Last year, Roberta also advised our clients on relevant banking and financing transactions, such as Pirapora’s (a Brazilian subsidiary of EDF Énérgies Nouvelles S.A.) issuance of infrastructure bonds guaranteed by IDB and by the project SPVs, which was the first guarantee issued by IDB in local currency in connection with the financing of a solar power project in Brazil


Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar


Education: Colégio Santa Marcelina, Rio de Janeiro (BA); Catholic University Law School, Rio de Janeiro (LLB, 2000); Columbia Law School, New York (LLM, 2005) (Harlan Fiske Stone scholar). Associate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York (2005–2010). Member: Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

Pinheiro Guimarães acts for an impressive mix of major borrowers and lenders, including banks, development agencies, corporates and state entities. Showcasing a varied transactional expertise that covers domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, structured products, syndicated loans, refinancings and trade financings, the multifaceted practice is also singled out for its strong track record in project and asset finance. Ivie Moura Alves is a strong performer in mandates involving syndicated loans and debt capital markets. Fábio Yanitchkis Couto is a key contact for distressed debt and structured finance. The latter is a core area of practice for Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa, while Roberta Giamattey Pimentel Fonseca Kelley is especially recommended for project finance. The team is led respectively out of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo by Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto, both of whom are references in the banking and finance market. Up-and-coming partner Marcela Taquette Vaz is developing a good reputation for cross-border loans and bond offerings.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure

At Pinheiro Guimarães, the projects team is well positioned to handle all matters that arise during the life cycle of an energy project, but particularly stands out for its strong credentials in project finance. Rated for its ability to ‘balance legal risk mitigation with various commercial aspects‘, the team is jointly led by André Sigelmann, who is recommended for his longstanding experience in the financing and development of projects, and M&A in the oil and gas, energy, and pulp and paper industries, and Roberta Giamattey Pimentel Fonseca Kelley, a prominent project finance specialist, who excels in the structuring of alternative structures for the funding of energy and infrastructure projects. Fernanda da Cunha Lopez is a key member of the energy department, who works in development, financing and M&A transactions, while Cristiane Selbach is counsel of choice for oil and gas clients.

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’.