Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães > Pinheiro Guimarães > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Guimarães
01451-000 SÃO PAULO, SP

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; Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Debt Restructuring; Banking Regulations Regulations Relating to Publicly Traded Companies and Corporate Issues




Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is the head of the São Paulo office and has been historically recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Brazil, not only in Corporate and M&A transactions, but also in the banking and finance and capital markets practices. His strong academic and professional credentials, knowledge of the Brazilian market, relationships with the most important players in the financial and capital markets sectors, hands-on approach and fine negotiation skills also places him on the top of the list of the most prominent lawyers of his generation. Still deeply involved in deal execution and structuring of the most complex and high-end deals in the M&A and Private Equity practice, Francisco’s indisputable experience is seen by clients as an asset and competitive advantage in the negotiation of complex deals. He brings his expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, debt restructuring, sale of distressed assets, acquisition finance and structuring of hybrid securities to complex domestic and cross-border M&A deals and is able to offer creative solutions resulting from a solid and impressive track record that includes several of the most relevant, strategic and cutting-edge transactions carried out in the Brazilian legal market over the last couple of decades. Francisco has an LLM from Columbia Law School and is also admitted to practice in New York.


Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.


Education: Colégio Padre Antônio Vieira, Rio de Janeiro (BA); University Candido Mendes Law School, Rio de Janeiro (LLB, 1992); Columbia Law School, New York (LLM, 1996). Foreign associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York (1993–1995). Member: Brazilian Bar Association; New York Bar.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

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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.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

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 strategistMarcelo 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.