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 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

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‘.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A

Singled out for its ‘exceptional technical quality and negotiation skills‘, Pinheiro Guimarães has considerable experience in sophisticated M&A transactions involving clients of all sizes, from publicly traded companies to start-ups. Drawing on the firm’s banking and finance tradition, the group is well positioned to handle high-end deals in the financial services sector; private equity investments, and M&A involving listed companies, which generally have additional regulatory challenges, are other notable areas of strength for the team. Its busy workload not only features domestic and cross-border M&A, but also public offerings, joint ventures, spin-offs and corporate reorganisations across a range of industries. Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães steers the Rio de Janeiro-based team on complex M&A deals, and Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães oversees M&A, private equity and corporate law matters handled by the São Paulo office. Fellow co-head Marcelo Lamy Rego is noted for his ‘in-depth knowledge of corporate law, Brazilian legislation and comprehensive view of all kinds of legal challenges‘. Rodrigo Marcilio is trusted by private equity funds and large corporations in both sell and buy-side transactions. Large-cap M&A and distressed deals are key areas of activity for Sérgio Ramos Yoshino. Maria Amélia Lisbão Senra is noted for her transactional track record in the financial, healthcare and retail sectors.  Also recommended, René Mostardeiro Brunet is a key contact for cross-border M&A and private equity deals, and Carolina Cardoso Ramalho brings together experience in corporate finance and business transactions. The firm has made significant investments in technology, including the implementation of AI tools to facilitate research, legal precedent analysis and due diligence exercises in the context of transactions.