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Pinheiro Neto Advogados Offices
RUA HUNGRIA, 1100
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906
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Banking and finance Tier 1
Pinheiro Neto Advogados' broad finance practice remains at the forefront of market trends in the sector, with strong skill-sets in syndicated lending, trade finance, project finance, debt transactions, fintech, banking M&A and regulatory matters, among other areas. In a major headline deal, the firm was selected by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to advise on the $435m sale -by subsidiary MUFG Bank- of its stake in Banco Bradesco; group co-head José Luiz Homem de Mello teamed-up with Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes, Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro and Flavio Veitzman to lead that transaction. Homem de Mello was also at the helm for the firm's advice to Banco Indusval on the sale of an ownership interest in Guide Investimentos to a subsidiary of Fosun International. Also on the bank M&A-side, high-profile department co-head Bruno Balduccini assisted State Street with its acquisition of Natixis Brasil. On the lending front, the firm advised a six-bank syndicate on a loan to SJC Bioenergia, which involved a significant restructuring component - Ricardo Russo led that work. In addition, the firm excels in regulatory matters, such as derivatives specialist Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado's ongoing advice to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association on regulatory issues. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa is another key name in a group that also counts Caixa Econômica Federal, PagSeguro and Santander Group among its representative clients.
Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 1
The restructuring and insolvency team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados comprises three partners, who are regularly instructed by clients in high-profile and complex distressed situations. The team also benefits from the firm’s full-service capabilities, with the core team often working alongside colleagues in the banking and corporate departments. The practice also stands out for its ability to handle cross-border proceedings. In a major restructuring in the agricultural sector, Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva and a team acted for CHS Agronegócio as creditor in the judicial reorganisation of Seara Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Agropecuários. Giuliano Colombo and André Moraes Marques are key partners; associates to watch include Joana Bontempo.
Capital markets Tier 1
Pinheiro Neto Advogados' group, led by high-profile corporate finance specialist Henrique Lang, is equally well versed in debt and equity offerings - it also has strong expertise in structured finance, funds and securities regulation. Among its issuer-side highlights, Fernando Zorzo and ‘up-and-coming’ partner Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro paired up to assist PagSeguro Digital with its $1.1bn IPO and $1.5bn secondary offering. On the debt front, Jose Carlos Junqueira Sampaio Meirelles and counsel Marcos Proenca advised Nova Transportadora do Sudeste on its R$5.2bn offering of debentures. Among its highlights for underwriters, debt capital markets lead Ricardo Simões Russo advised Banco ABC Brasil on a R$340m offering of debentures by Empresa de Energia São Manoel. In addition, Tiago Themudo Lessa advised both the issuer and the underwriters on Vert Companhia Securitizadora’s public offering of agribusiness receivables certificates, which was sponsored by Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos. The group also benefits from the senior expertise of banking specialist José Luiz Homem de Mello.
Competition and antitrust Tier 1
The 'very well-prepared' team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is regularly instructed in the most high-profile and sensitive investigations and mergers in the Brazilian market. Much of its work is cross-border. A case in point was its representation of Boeing in the merger filing concerning the partnership between Boeing and Embraer in the aviation business; Renê Medrado was the lead partner. On the cartels side, highlights included Medrado and Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira's representation of Sharp Corporation in an investigation by CADE into an alleged international cartel. Multinational groups also turn to the team for compliance training. With five partners, the competition department is among the largest in the country; a large proportion of its lawyers are based in São Paulo, although it has an additional office in Brasília, where Leonardo Rocha e Silva is based. José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is considered 'one of the best lawyers in competition and antitrust law in Brazil'. Senior associate Daniel Costa Rebello also receives praise and Cristianne Saccab Zarzur is another name to note.
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
Leading firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados has been advising on corporate and M&A since it was founded in 1942. Today, it fields one of the largest corporate departments in the country, which has experience across various sectors of the economy. Its size allows it to staff large and complex transactions with experienced teams, including multidisciplinary groups that cover tax, antitrust and labour. Also of benefit is the firm's highly experienced litigation practice. A cross-departmental group that included Joao Marcelo Pacheco advised longstanding client Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation on a high-profile dispute concerning steelmaking company Usiminas; the settlement involved the negotiation of a new shareholders agreement for Usiminas. Elsewhere, Fernando Alves Meira and Pythagoras Carvalho advised Group Votorantim on its combination with the long-steel business division of ArcelorMittal Brasil; upon closing, Votorantim Siderurgia became a wholly-owned subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Brasil and Votorantim received a minority stake in ArcelorMittal Brasil. Managing partner Alexandre Bertoldi, Henry Sztutman and Francisco Werneck de Albuquerque Maranhão are key figures in the team. Joamir Müller Romiti Alves and Roberta Stettinger Bilotti were promoted to partner in 2019. In an addititional development post-publication, the firm announced its opening of an office in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2019.
The highlyregarded team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is adept in litigation and arbitration. In the former area, where it has one of the largest teams in the market, the practice acts for well-known companies in high-stakes litigation, including before the higher courts. The firm's arbitration (including international arbitration) lawyers likewise act for high-profile clients, both foreign and domestic. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are 'very skilled and experienced'. Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira is active in litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on construction, engineering and oil-and-gas disputes. The department also benefits from a large pool of talented associates, among whom key names include Sílvia Johonsom di Salvo and Patrícia de Arruda Mendonça de Almeida.
Environment Tier 1
Brazilian powerhouse Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles the civil, administrative and criminal liability of contamination cases, as well as environmental litigation in the energy sector. Waste disposal was an important topic for the group in 2018. Recent work included representing beverage industry association ABRABE in litigation concerning the package take-back system. Another highlight is the continued representation of BHP Billiton in several cases related to the Fundão dam failure; these are led by Werner Grau Neto, Alexandre Outeda Jorge and Andre Vivan de Souza. Antonio Monteiro leads the team.
With a long history in the Brazilian market, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has established a leading international trade practice. It regularly has a hand in trade remedy investigations in Brazil, and has vast experience in investigations abroad. Customs and WTO cases are also a regular feature of the team's workload. A team led by Mauro Berenholc and Renê Guilherme Medrado advised Brazilian automotive industry association ANFAVEA in the appellate review stage of a complaint brought by the EU and Japan concerning the INNOVAR-AUTO incentive programme. Elsewhere, Medrado advised Tetra Pak in an administrative proceeding initiated by Colombia to investigate imports of certain packaging material originating from Brazil. Associates making a mark in the team include senior associate Luiz Fernando Dalle Luche Machado.
Mining Tier 1
Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ comprehensive mining practice spans the full range of transactional and regulatory matters, with notable expertise in M&A, mining policy, tax issues and litigation. Among its transactional highlights, the firm advised Appian Capital Advisory on both its $40m acquisition of Mineração Vale Verde from Aura Minerals, and also on its acquisition of Mirabela Mineração do Brasil from Mirabela Nickel’s bondholders. Yamana Gold is also a key client and the firm advises the Canada-headquartered producer on a wide spread of corporate finance, tax and regulatory matters related to its copper and gold operations in Brazil. Widely admired department head Carlos Vilhena and counsel Adriano Drummond Trindade are the names to note.
Tax Tier 1
The recommended tax department at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is led by senior partner Sérgio Farina Filho. The sizeable team acts for well-known companies in contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Of particular note is the firm's strong experience in transfer pricing and payroll taxation. Highlights among social security expert Cristiane Ianagui Matsumoto Gago's recent workload include her representation of Kirton Bank in a challenge by the tax authorities to the bank's profit share plan. In a case involving discussions of goodwill tax amortisation, Luciana Rosanova Galhardo and a team secured a favourable decision for client Serasa, which cancelled the tax authorities' assessment in full. Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara and Mauro Berenholc combine expertise in tax, international trade and customs; Emir Nunes de Oliveira Neto has a focus on direct tax; and Diego Caldas Rivas de Simone has a broad tax consultancy and litigation practice. Other leading figures in the team include Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa, Ricardo Luiz Becker and Marcelo Marques Roncaglia.
Compliance Tier 2
The highly regarded compliance practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados sits within the litigation department and encompasses administrative and judicial litigation, investigations and preventative work. The team also works alongside colleagues in the corporate department to advise on compliance issues in M&A. In one example, José Alexandre Buaiz Neto and Mário Panseri Ferreira conducted the compliance due diligence on the acquisition of a minority stake in Grupo Madero by client Carlyle. Other contacts in the multidisciplinary group include public law and anti-corruption expert Ricardo Pagliari Levy and Vicente Coelho Araujo, who has vast experience in internal investigations.
Insurance Tier 2
The multidisciplinary insurance group at Pinheiro Neto Advogados includes litigation and corporate and M&A experts. It is particularly notable for its health insurance and regulatory practice; Théra Van Swaay De Marchi, Maria Silvia Loureiro de Andrade Marques and associate Luciana Mayumi Sakamoto are names to note in this space. The firm's insurance-sector knowledge and reputation for major M&A ensures a busy workflow; in 2018, Jose Luiz Homem de Mello and a team advised Santander on a joint venture to offer and sell car insurance. Elsewhere, Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto assisted Generali Brasil Seguros with the negotiation of several insurance distribution agreements. Former senior associate Roberto Panucci moved to Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in August 2019.
Labour and employment Tier 2
The highly regarded labour practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados recently added Boeing and Lojas Coppel to an already impressive client roster. The team advises employers on litigation (including class actions), preventive matters, and the employment aspects of large corporate transactions. Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes is defending a leading financial services company in a case involving core business outsourcing of services. Mauricio Froes Guidi, who made partner in 2018, and Thais Galo are well versed in high-stakes employment matters.
Projects and infrastructure Tier 2
One of the best firms for large energy and infrastructure projects in Brazil is Pinheiro Neto Advogados. In a case in point, the team advised the Port of Rotterdam on entering into a partnership agreement with the state of Ceará for the joint operation of the port of Pecém. On the financing side, it assisted Citibank -as onshore collateral agent and account bank, settlement bank and local debenture book-keeper- in relation to the funding of the CELSE thermoelectric plant, one of the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Highly recommended practitioners include Ricardo Coelho, Júlio Bueno and Ricardo Russo.
Real estate Tier 2
The 'outstanding team' at Pinheiro Neto Advogados 'is a true partner in the joint solution of real estate issues' and obtains 'excellent results'. The core real estate group is able to collaborate with the firm's experts in litigation, construction and environmental law, and the practice spans urban and rural property, with additional expertise in shopping centres, hotels, car parks and self storage. Franco Musetti Grotti and senior associate Marianna Morselli 'think outside the box, trace clear paths for the desired outcome and have very clear strategies'. Luciano Garcia Rossi and Martina Zajakoff are key contacts.
Electricity Tier 3
‘Proactive, responsive and assertive’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ electricity practice stands out for its ‘strong expertise on regulatory matters’. Sources also applaud its ability to provide a ‘full-service solution, which seamlessly integrates and coordinates the work of other teams within the firm as required’. Department head José Roberto Oliva Júnior has ‘deep knowledge of the industry and its regulation’ and recently acted alongside the corporate group to advise Energisa on its acquisition of CERON - Centrais Elétricas de Rondônia through a privatisation process.
Hydrocarbons Tier 3
A popular choice for ‘high-stakes and highly complex matters’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is valued for its ‘precise, efficient and actionable legal support’, which is backed-up by a ‘strong understanding of business context’. The multidisciplinary group, which leans heavily on the firm’s much-admired corporate and M&A department, has a strong focus on transactional matters but also houses vast experience in energy regulation. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura recently advised a consortium, comprised of Mubadala Investment Company and EIG Global energy, on its competitive bid for Petrobras subsidiary Transportadora Associada de Gás. Marcello Portes da Silveira Lobo provides ‘cutting-edge solutions and a unique capability to anticipate risks’.
Intellectual property Tier 3
Full-service heavyweight Pinheiro Neto Advogados' IP team focuses on strategic litigation. A recent successful case was the defense of Multisport Indústria Comércio e Representações against a trade mark nullity action brought by Speedo International. Non-contentious work included assisting Nubank with the structuring of its IP portfolio. André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Decoussau Machado head the team.
Public law Tier 4
'Excellent service provider' Pinheiro Neto Advogados advises on bidding processes, administrative contracts and administrative appeals. 'Terrific partner' Ricardo Pagliari Levy 'distills complicated legal concepts to their essence', and 'up-and-coming associate' Heloisa Figueiredo Ferraz is 'exceptionally bright and hard working'.
A 'trustworthy adviser on key and challenging legal issues', Pinheiro Neto Advogados is one of the best firms in Brazil for TMT matters. Work includes both advisory and strategic litigation instructions: Raphael de Cunto advised telecoms company CenturyLink on regulatory matters; and Ciro Torres Freitas, who made partner in 2019, and André Zonaro Giacchetta represented Uber in a public civil investigation concerning a data breach. Larissa Galimberti is recognised as a next generation lawyer.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados specialises in aviation finance matters. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho is in charge of the practice where recent work included couselling Latam Linhas Aéreas and Gol Linhas Aéreas. However, Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano left for Costa, Albino & Lasalvia Sociedade de Advogados.
Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)
Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles a steady stream of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are highly recommended; the latter is the co-chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of CESA. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados' Marcelo Roberto Ferro regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions. L.O. Baptista Advogados' Adriana Braghetta, Rafael Francisco Alves and Maurício Almeida Prado are 'highly specialised lawyers with high capacity to bring solutions to resolve high complexity disputes'. Fernando Marcondes regularly acts as an arbitrator in construction and real estate-related matters. Recent caseload features a range of construction and infrastructure disputes as well as M&A-related matters in the oil and gas sector. Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' Eliane Cristina Carvalho recently handled a series of disputes arising from M&A transactions and is representing Air Products Brasil in arbitration proceedings initiated by Air Liquide. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is singled out for his 'outstanding technical skills and deep understanding of the corporate world', and his ability to 'simplify complex problems gives clients great confidence and comfort'. Gonçalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is 'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec assists clients from a diverse range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados' 'brilliant' team handles both commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings, and is active in the construction, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa is 'an absolute joy to work with', while Hermes Marcelo Huck and Rogério Carmona Bianco are 'very focused on details of the case without losing sight of the big picture'. Marcelo Muriel at Muriel Medici Franco Advogados is 'certainly one of the standout Brazilian practitioners, with a healthy portfolio of disputes and great ICC arbitration experience'. Stocche Forbes Advogados' Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados' José Antonio Fichtner acts as arbitrator and counsel in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes. André Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is 'an excellent expert in arbitration' and 'knows his clients' business well'. Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' team has 'a creative mind to think out of the box, suggesting solutions that may seem different but are perfectly aligned with the needs of the company'; co-heads Carlos David Albuquerque Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo are recommended. Other names to note include Lefosse Advogados' Pedro Maciel who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' Luis Fernando Guerrero who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Firm Profile
Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a Brazilian, independent and full-service firm specialising in multi-disciplinary deals, and was the first Brazilian law firm to specialise in corporate clients. Over more than 75 years, the firm translates the Brazilian legal environment for the benefit of local and foreign clients.
With clients in almost 80 countries, the firm has grown organically, and developed a distinctive, tight-knit culture, with a low associate-to-partner ratio. Its unique, democratic governance structure promotes transparency and consensus-building among the partners.
Innovation: With a focus on innovation, the firm has kept its competitive edge throughout the years, and is widely hailed as a beacon of the Brazilian legal market. Also, Pinheiro Neto is an affiliate of Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology (LST), which supports cutting-edge research, teaching and programme development.
Professionals: To remain as a valued strategic partner for its clients, the firm invests heavily in professional development, not only through strong on-the-job training, but also by means of the highly structured Pinheiro Neto Professional Development Programme, the first of its kind in Brazil. Pinheiro Neto encourages its attorneys to pursue international associate programmes and postgraduate studies (LLM, etc.) abroad. In addition, the firm’s lawyers can tap into the largest and most complete private legal library in Brazil.
Social responsibility: Pinheiro Neto Advogados was the first Brazilian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral; the first Brazilian law firm to join the country’s largest social investors in the Group of Outreach Institutions, Foundations and Companies (GIFE); and the first Brazilian law firm to be recognised by the state of São Paulo diversity accreditation body (Selo Paulista da Diversidade). The firm’s pioneering pro bono programme has compensated professionals for their involvement in social causes since 2009.
Clients: The firm advises and represents both local and international clients in a broad range of sectors, including automotive, banking and financial services, construction and materials, energy and natural resources, environment and waste management, health care, oil and gas, real estate and technology.
Geographical reach: The firm has correspondents throughout Brazil, and has developed close and solid working relationships with first-tier law firms around the world.
- Chambers Latin America Awards: Brazil Client Service Firm of the Year (2017)
- Latin Finance: Brazil Firm of the Year (2017 and 2016)
- IFLR Americas Awards: South American Firm of the year (2018), and National Firm of the Year: Brazil (2018 and 2016)
- Chambers and Partners Brazilian (2009, 2011, 2014) and Latin American (2009, 2010, 2013) Firm of the Year
- Who’s Who Legal: Brazil Firm of the Year for 13 consecutive years (2006–2018)
Pinheiro Neto is recognised among Latin America’s most renowned firms in Latin Lawyer Elite 2018. The firm has more individual lawyer recommendations than any other Brazilian firm in Chambers and Partners Latin America 2019, IFLR1000 2018, and The Legal 500 Latin America 2018.
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