Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa > 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; Investment Funds; Capital Markets; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Debt Restructuring; Banking Regulations




Paula Pessôa has a vast experience in structured finance products in general, derivatives, investment funds and public sector financing. She is also recognized for her knowledge of regulatory aspects associated with asset management, asset administration and private banking services. She has strong academic and professional credentials, and an extensive knowledge of Brazilian structured finance transactions, especially involving structured products such as credit rights investment funds (FIDCs), private equity investment funds (FIPs) and real estate investment funds (FIIs). She has a hands -on approach and is deeply involved in the structuring and execution of many complex deals in the Brazilian structured funds market. Her practice includes creative structured finance transactions, including securitization of receivables, real estate and financial assets, as well as local and cross-border derivative transactions. She has represented Brazilian underwriters and asset management companies in the structuring of innovative deals, such as a recent R$1.1 billion credit rights investment fund, in which IDB and IFC made a relevant investment, which was tailordrafted to meet the target investors’ profile. She is also actively involved in public sector financing, including loan transactions with Brazilian states. This year Paula counselled Klabin in connection with the issuance of Export Credit Notes in favor of Banco Bradesco S.A.


Brazilian Bar Association


Education: American School of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (BA); University of Santa Ursula Law School, Rio de Janeiro (LLB, 1993). Foreign associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York (1995–1996). Member: Brazilian Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Capital markets

Pinheiro Guimarães‘ strong market position in capital markets ensured that it was involved in some of the largest listings to hit the market in 2020. This included providing advice to the underwriters, such as on the R$22bn Petrobras secondary offering, and to the issuers, including Rede D’Or São Luiz on its $2.2bn IPO. The firm’s impressive workload extends to the debt markets as well, with a similar balance of issuer and underwriter work across a range of domestic and cross-border debt products. The team is respectively led out of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto. They are complemented by a talented team of partners, including Ivie Moura Alves for domestic and international financings, Cristina Tomiyama for transactional and regulatory matters, and Bruno Lardosa and Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa.