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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; Financing and Foreign Trade; Structured Finance and Securitization; Investment Funds; Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Debt Restructuring; Banking Regulations; Regulations Relating to Publicly Traded Companies and Corporate Issues




Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N. is the head of the Rio de Janeiro office of Pinheiro Guimarães firm and has been historically recognized as one of the leading lawyers in banking and finance, capital markets and M&A transactions in Brazil. Plinio stands out for his deep knowledge of the law and of the Brazilian market due to his solid relationship with the most important players in the financial and capital markets sectors. Plinio constantly is praised by clients for his hands-on approach and fine relationship skills which make him one of the most influential and prominent lawyers of his generation in Brazil, who is still deeply involved in deal execution and structuring of the most complex and high-end deals in the country. With an unusual and outstanding capacity of combining knowledge of several fields of law, Plinio is seen by clients as a strategist when it comes to negotiating banking and finance, capital markets and M&A transactions. He also brings his expertise to complex distressed situations and is able to offer creative solutions resulting from a long and impressive track record that includes the most high-end legal transactions carried out in the Brazilian legal market over the last couple of decades. Plinio is also praised by clients and by his fellow firm colleagues for his people management skills, which contributes to maintaining the high level of the work performed by the firm and keeping the firm´s professionals highly engaged and motivated.


Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.


Education: Colégio Padre Antônio Vieira, Rio de Janeiro (BA); University Cândido Mendes Law School, Rio de Janeiro (LLB, 1990); Columbia Law School, New York (LLM, 1994); Parker School Recognition of Achievement with honours in international law (1994). Foreign associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York (1991–1993). Member: Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N  –Pinheiro Guimarães

Pinheiro Guimarães is a top choice for high-profile domestic and cross-border financings. The firm acts for a broad range of leading private and institutional creditors, including banks, governments and development agencies, as well as corporate borrowers. This includes regular involvement on some of the largest structured, project and acquisition financings on the market. Lead partners Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N respectively lead the team from the firm’s offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Other key partners include Ivie Moura Alves for structured syndicated loans and debt capital markets and Fábio Yanitchkis Couto for distressed debt situations. Roberta Pimentel is particularly active in infrastructure, energy and natural resources-related financings.

Brazil > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N –Pinheiro Guimarães

Pinheiro Guimarães is well known for high-end transactional work. The firm’s strong market reputation extends to debt and equity capital markets, where it regularly represents listed companies, financial institutions and investment funds on their largest listings. This includes issuer and underwriter support on major cross-border IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements and real estate and agribusiness certificates. Highly respected partners Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães lead the team from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, respectively. Ivie Moura Alves provides a ‘multidisciplinary ability in ECM and DCM operations‘, while Cristina Tomiyama is noted for her ‘technical ability, and mapping and coordination of details‘. The firm’s deep bench of younger partners includes Mariana Silveira Martins Jost, who brings ‘technical vision and differentiated depth‘.