Firm Profile > Pinheiro Guimarães > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pinheiro Guimarães
AV BRIG FARIA LIMA 3064
14TH FLOOR
01451-000 SÃO PAULO, SP
Brazil

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto; Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães

Key clients

Citibank

Itaú BBA

Credit Suisse

BTG Pactual

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

JP Morgan

Santader

HSBC

Banco Votorantim

Bradesco

Goldman Sachs

Klabin

General Motors

XP Investimentos

Saxo Bank

Banco Itaú

Ioschpe

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Globo Group

Andrade Gutierrez

Enel

Moneda Asset Management

Redwood Capital Management

Rimrock Capital Management

Rede D’Or

EDF Energies Nouvelles

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto; Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães; Paula Beatriz Carneiro Pessôa; Ivie Moura Alves

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Guimarães has extensive experience in operations in the capital markets. The team is highly qualified, very available.’

‘Technical, competent and agile team. I’ve been interacting with them for over 15 years and they have always maintained a high standard.’

‘Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães and Ivie Moura Alves are extremely dedicated, very available and engage directly in the subjects. They have high knowledge and are very experienced.’

Key clients

Citibank

Itaú BBA

Credit Suisse

BTG Pactual

Santander

Bradesco BBI

Organizações Globo

XP Investimentos

HSBC

Votorantim

Rede D’Or

JP Morgan

B3 S.A. – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

Iopche

Neoenergia

Enel

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Pátria Investimentos

CTG

Diagnósticos da América (DASA)

GP Investimentos

Banco Safra

Klabin

Group Boticário

International Finance Corporation – IFC

Grupo Gran

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

'Highly specialised in corporate, capital markets and international transactions', Pinheiro Guimarães has a longstanding reputation in the Brazilian market, cemented through its involvement in high-end transactions, particularly those involving major private equity funds or financial services companies. M&A, finance and capital markets expert Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto heads the Rio de Janeiro office, while Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães, whose expertise is equally broad, leads the São Paulo office. 'Excellent negotiator and strategist' Marcelo Lamy Rego and Mariana Jost, who is highlighted for her 'knowledge of CVM rules and extensive experience in capital market operations', are key practitioners, as are René Mostardeiro Brunet, Maria Amélia Lisbão Senra and Ana Carolina Cassins Galdino. The firm has several internal committees, including committees focusing on diversity and social responsibility, and continuing development. The firm's pro bono work falls within the remit of the former committee; a particular focus is its support of Instituto da Criança, which manages private sector investment in several projects in Brazil, with an emphasis on education. Following its partner promotion round in January 2021, the firm counts 40 partners, of which 18 are women.

Practice head(s):

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto; Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães; Marcelo Lamy

Testimonials

Highly specialized in corporate, capital markets and international transactions. Excellent team, very available, hands on and flexible to propose solutions. They are distinguished in international M&A or capital markets due to their proximity to the client and their work as a unique team.

Marcelo Lamy is very experienced, with deep corporate knowledge of Brazilian law and a comprehensive view of challenges and legal issues of all kinds. Excellent negotiator and strategist. Mariana Jost has a lot of depth and knowledge of CVM rules and extensive experience in capital market operations. Quite technical, structured, objective. Rafael Vianello has solid tax knowledge applicable to transnational corporate transactions. Experienced lawyer.’

Marcelo Lamy, Maria Amélia Serra and Ana Carolina Galdino are recommended.’

Key clients

BTG Pactual

Brookfield

Citibank

HSBC

GP Investments

Itau Unibanco

Gávea Investimentos

International Finance Corporation – IFC

Organizações Globo

BHG – Brazil Hospitality Group

RHI

RHI Magnesita

Credit Suisse

Enel

Principia Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

EB Capital

Cicerone Advisers

DNA Capital

EDF

GTIS Partners

Graal Participações

BIONEXO

Participações Industriais do Nordeste

Cellera Farma

Air Bus

Helibrás

Arla Foods

Wilson Sons

Cremer

Mafra Group

Consigaz

Partners Group

Grupo Soma

Macquarie Capital

Klabin

Rede D’Or

Rock World S.A. (Rock in Rio)

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

CBSM – Companhia de Soluções de Marketing

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

André Sigelmann; Roberta Pimentel

Testimonials

Extensive knowledge of the national and international market in the sector.’

I would highlight André Sigelmann and Isabel Prochet for their seriousness, commitment, strategy and technical knowledge.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Rio Energy

EDP Energias do Brasil

Eneva

Brookfield Energia Renovável

Neoenergia

Nexa Resources

Aeris Indústria e Comércio de Equipamentos para Geração de Energia

Total Eren

Echoenergia Participações

BTG Pactual

Andrade Gutierrez

Itaú BBA

International Finance Corporation

Interamerican Development Bank

Banco Citibank

Itaú Unibanco

Credit Suisse

Santander

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

XP Vista Asset Management

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The team at Pinheiro Guimarães is led by well-regarded litigator Gustavo Mota Guedes, who has an impressive track record in related insolvency proceedings. Other key partners include the recently promoted Guilherme Vaz Leal da Costa, who has established a good name for high-value cases, particularly with regard to representing the creditors. In a significant development, the firm saw the departure of two key former partners: Eduardo Augusto Mattar and Renata Machado Veloso.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Mota Guedes; Guilherme Vaz Leal da Costa

Testimonials

‘The team combines experience in various areas of action – both advisory and regulatory, as well as litigation and restructuring. This is a unique strength of the firm.’

Partners with great knowledge of the client and active participation in all stages of the restructuring.’

‘Guilherme Vaz Leal da Costa impresses by his knowledge in restructuring, arbitration, and litigation. Guilherme has experience coordinating parallel judicial and arbitration proceedings in various jurisdictions.’

Bruno Lardosa and Guilherme Vaz are extremely competent and always available.’

Key clients

Banco Credit Suisse (Brasil)

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Andrade Gutierrez

Redwood Capital Management

CarVal Investors

King Street Capital Management

Centerbridge Partners

AIG Investments

Knighthead Capital Management

Guggenheim Partners

Banco Votorantim

Hilco Global Brazil

Merrill Lynch International

Explorador Capital Management

VR Global Partners

Centerbridge Partners

Roystone Capital Management

Rimrock Capital Management

Amundi Pioneer Asset Management

ICE Canyon

Goldman Sachs International

Cyrus Capital

Serengeti Asset Management

Thornburg Investment Management

Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner e Smith

DW Partners

Rimrock Capital Management

Roystone Capital Management

Knighthead Capital Management

Sothic Capital Management

CQS Asset Management Limited

Oaktree Capital

GSO Capital Partners

MSD Capital

Explorador Capital

Nomura Assets Management

PointState Capital

Hilco Global

Bank of America

Citigroup

Empresa de Energia São Manoel

International Finance Corporation

Stallone Investments Group

Quadra Gestão de Recursos

Graal Participações

Brazil > Real estate Tier 4

Pinheiro Guimarães is well known in the market, particularly for its work on financings and related capital markets issues. This includes support to underwriters on share offerings and the issuance of CRIs. The team is also active on the energy and infrastructure side. Key partners include Bruno Lardosa and Carolina Alonso in Rio de Janeiro.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 5

The active tax team at Pinheiro Guimarães is especially experienced in transactional and non-contentious tax matters. The practice regularly advises on the tax structuring of high-value and complex corporate finance transactions, including M&A and capital markets listings. Its lawyers also have experience in advising on judicial and administrative disputes. Daniela Melo Fassheber and Rafael Vianello jointly lead the team out of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Melo Fassheber; Rafael Vianello; Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães; Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães

Key clients

Brookfield Holding

Globo Comunicações e Participações

Tiferet Comércio de Roupas

EDP do Brasil

Neoenergia

Brookfield Shopping Centers

EDF em do Brasil Participações

Parâmetro Comércio e Participações

Brasmetal Waelzholz S.A. Indústriaa e Comércio

Banco Itaú BBA

Brazil Hospitality Group

Wilson, Sons Group

Airbus Group Brasil Representações

Bionexo do Brasil

Klabin

Banco Citibank

Banco BTG Pactual

Lanx Capital Investimentos

DOTZ – CBSM – Companhia Brasileira de Serviços de Marketing

Brookfield Energia Renovável

Graninvestimentos

Perdertactor Indústria e Comércio

Principia Capital Partners Investimentos

Nova Milano Investimentos

DNA Capital Consultoria

Mafra Hospitalar – CM Hospitalar

Enel Green Power Brasil Participações

PET Center Comercio e Participações

Bionexo do Brasil

Diagnósticos da América – DASA

Grupo Oncoclínicas

Helibrás

Sociedade de Ensino Superior Estácio de Sá

Vanguarda Mato Grosso Logística de Transportes

Grupo Unigel

Tordesilhas Capital Gestora de Recursos

Grupo Soma

Reserva

Peninsula Participações

C&A

Assaí

Magazine Luiza

Track & Field

Pinheiro Guimarães was established in 1922. With a presence in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Pinheiro Guimarães represents a wide variety of both Brazilian and foreign clients and is assisted by a full staff of legal support personnel.

Pinheiro Guimarães is one of the most active Brazilian legal advisers assisting in domestic and international capital markets debt and equity offerings, syndicated loans, trade finance, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border lease transactions, structured finance, project finance and procurement, private equity, securitisations of exports and other receivables, bankruptcy and corporate reorganisations, litigation, arbitration and tax.

Lawyers are fluent in several languages and many of them hold LLM degrees from the law schools of major universities in Brazil, the US and Europe. A significant number of Pinheiro Guimarães lawyers have worked at top tier law firms abroad and in international organisations. 18 of them are admitted to practice in both Brazil and New York.

Principal areas of practice
Banking and finance:  Pinheiro Guimarães has extensive and widely recognised experience in local and cross-border financing transac­tions. Its lawyers represent a wide range of clients that include both private and institutional lenders, governments and development agencies, multilateral organisations and corporate borrowers. Pinheiro Guimarães acts as counsel to both lenders and borrowers in connection with syndicated loans, refinancing transactions, import financing, export prepayment and other trade-related debt transactions, local and cross-border financial leases, securitisations, credit-linked debt and acquisition financings. A significant part of the practice involves representing clients undertak­ing project finance (infrastructure and industrial projects) deals, structured finance products and debt restructuring (including bankruptcy proceedings and judicial and extrajudicial reorganisations).

It also assists financial institutions in developing banking and treasury products and in regulatory and compliance matters, including administrative proceedings and the reorganisation of financial groups, before the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM).

Capital markets: Pinheiro Guimarães provides legal advice on primary and secondary public securities offerings in both the Brazilian and international capital markets (shares, shares certificates and debt securities). It also assists clients in carrying out filings and cancellations of public company registrations; securities listings and delistings; administra­tive proceedings and consultations with the CVM and BM&FBOVESPA; investments in the Brazilian capital and financial markets by local and foreign investors; and structuring stock option plans.

It is also actively involved in developing and setting up investment funds, including hedge funds and structured funds such as private equity funds and credit rights investment funds (FIDCs), as well as in different derivative transactions (including hedging transactions involving swaps, futures and options linked to foreign exchange, interest rates and commodity indices and prices) and products. Pinheiro Guimarães also advises clients on compliance and trading rules, filings and reporting require­ments and administrative and disciplinary procedures.

 Corporate and M&A: Pinheiro Guimarães provides legal assistance in the incorporation of companies and other entities for the development of business activities in Brazil. Such assistance includes drafting corporate documents (such as investment agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder and quotaholder agreements), and counselling on all corporate issues involving different corporate entities in Brazil. On a regular basis, Pinheiro Guimarães handles securities repurchase transactions; foreign investments structure and divestments; transactions involving asset sales and debt assumptions; and turn-around investments and invest­ments in overleveraged or distressed Brazilian companies. It is also actively involved in M&A transations, transfers of control, corporate restructuring transactions and designing and negotiating private equity investments and private equity funds.

Tax: Pinheiro Guimarães advises clients in developing and carrying out integrated tax strategies with respect to their activities in connection with capital markets, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, structured finance, asset restructurings and e-business. It engages in the development of financial and banking products, tax-efficient investment alternatives, and derivatives transactions. Tax lawyers at Pinheiro Guimarães have expertise in international and cross-border transactions and international tax treaties, therefore being well positioned to provide its clients with sophisticated advice on structured tax transactions, tax derivatives products, tax planning and the most effective use of tax credits and tax sparing rules.

Litigation and arbitration: Pinheiro Guimarães has a competent and growing number of lawyers dedicated to handling complex commercial and financial matters under litigation or subject to arbitration proceedings. In the area of credit recovery — including summary collections, judicial recovery and bankruptcy proceedings — it has seen its practice grow in recent years, to a point where it includes a significant number of clients in Brazil as well as many offshore creditor groups. A growing number of dispute resolution proceedings consist of commercial arbitration, both local and international.

Project procurement: Pinheiro Guimarães is a recognised leader in the development and implementation of projects in various industries, such as energy, oil and gas, and pulp and paper. It provides legal advice on all aspects of the development and implementation of projects, including devising the most appropriate structure for the project (corporate, regulatory and tax-wise), tax incentives participation in public auctions, joint ventures, project agreements, financing regulatory and environmental matters, claims management and dispute resolution.

Insolvency and restructuring: In the area of credit recovery — including summary collections, judicial recovery and bankruptcy proceedings — the firm has seen its practice grow in recent years to include a significant number of clients in Brazil as well as many offshore creditor groups, such as bondholders, commercial and investment banks, investment funds and multi-lateral organisations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Rio de Janeiro Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães N plinio@pinheiroguimaraes.com.br +55 21 4501 5000
São Paulo Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães fjpg@pinheiroguimaraes.com.br +55 11 4501 5000
Photo Name Position Profile
 William Baynard Meissner  photo William Baynard Meissner Partner
 Bernardo Bulhões  photo Bernardo Bulhões Partner
 Carolina Cardoso Ramalho  photo Carolina Cardoso Ramalho Partner.
 Olivia Fernanda Ferreira Aragon  photo Olivia Fernanda Ferreira Aragon Partner
 Ana Carolina Galdino  photo Ana Carolina Galdino Partner
 Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães photo Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães Partner
 Marcelo Lamy Rego photo Marcelo Lamy Rego Partner
 Maria Amélia Lisbão Senra  photo Maria Amélia Lisbão Senra Partner
Mr Rodrigo Marcilio  photo Mr Rodrigo Marcilio Partner
 Ivie Moura Alves photo Ivie Moura Alves Partner
 Camila Ohno  photo Camila Ohno Partner.
 Mariana Silveira Martins Jost  photo Mariana Silveira Martins Jost Partner
 Rodrigo Terassovich  photo Rodrigo Terassovich Partner.
 Cristina Tomiyama  photo Cristina Tomiyama Partner
 Rafael Xavier Vianello  photo Rafael Xavier Vianello Partner
Partners : 39
Associate Lawyer : 60
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