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




Fábio Yanitchkis Couto is a senior partner of Pinheiro Guimarães who is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in banking and finance, corporate finance and M&A in Brazil. Additionally, Fabio’s continued practice, especially in structured finance transactions and acquisition of non-performing loans, resulted in him being involved in some of the most significant debt restructuring transactions in Brazil. Fabio is known for his ability to deal with complex collateral and funding structures and his creativity to find solutions around obstacles presented by clients. Fabio has an LLM from The University of Chicago Law School and is admitted to practice also in New York.


Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.


Education: Colégio Israelita Brasileiro A Liessin, Rio de Janeiro (BA); University of the State of Rio de Janeiro Law School (LLB, 2000); University of Chicago Law School, Chicago (LLM, 2004). Foreign associate at Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago, 2004–2006. Member: Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

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.