Firm Profile > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
RUA HUNGRIA, 1100
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906
Brazil

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados successfully strikes a balance between the transactional and the regulatory. In the latter, the firm has a strong track record advising established and emerging players in the payments and fintech space. Work in other areas,  including debt renegotiations and refinancings, accelerated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and team members were involved in the creation of Brazil’s first Relief Fund. This is in addition to its normal activities such as acquisition finance, syndicated lending, infrastructure loans and debt capital markets. Key partners include Bruno Balduccini on the regulatory side, and José Luiz Homem de Mello for transactional matters. Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado and Tiago Themudo Lessa are active in structured finance. Recently promoted partners Yuka Ono and Ricardo Binnie are also making good names for themselves. Since publication, Raphael Palmieri Salomão has been promoted to partner, effective January 2022.

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the financial industry and issues related to data protection and the consumer. The firm differs through its ability to think about how innovative solutions can be built without hurting the existing legal and regulating architecture.’

Bruno Balduccini, Raphael Salomão, Alessandra Martins and Larissa Galimberti are recommended.’

Pinheiro Neto’s lawyers are technically very specialized and competent. In addition, what really sets them apart from the rest is their experience, especially in the banking regulatory area and payment methods. It’s hard to have any topic they haven’t yet experienced.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco

Itau Unibanco

Banco Santander

XP Investimentos

Nubank

PicPay

UBS

JP Morgan

Goldman Sachs

BTG Pactual

Banrisul

HSBC

PagSeguro

Stone

Citibank

Banco BMG

Banco do Brasil

Caixa Economica Federal

Advent International

Banco Votorantim

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is highly sought after for advice on complex debt and equity capital markets matters. On the equity side, the firm advised on over 30 offerings in 2020, including IPOs, follow-on transactions and tender offers, and is also noted for its regulatory expertise and assistance on the structuring of investment funds. The team also covers the full range of products on the debt side, including infrastructure debentures and cross-border bond offerings. Key partners in the team include Ricardo Russo, who leads the debt capital markets side of the practice, which also sees strong input from Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa for agribusiness-related financings, and Fernando Prado FerreiraGuilherme Sampaio Monteiro and Henrique Lang have both been extremely busy on equity issuances. Rafael Gaspar - who made partner in January 2022 - is also developing a good name on the debt front.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Russo; Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro; Henrique Lang

Testimonials

‘A technical team of excellent quality, with deep knowledge in the most diverse areas and full service capacity.’

‘It is a firm that can meet virtually any demand and always with quality.’

Key clients

AEGEA

Energisa

Águas do Brasil

Cosan/Rumo

CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens

Lojas Americanas

Azul

Estapar

JP Morgan

Citibank

Itau

Banco do Brasil

Santander

Bradesco

Grupo EDP

Cielo

Track & Field

Bank of America

Natura

Via Varejo

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 1

Noted for its 'innovative way of advocating and offering legal solutions', Pinheiro Neto Advogados' Brasília-based litigation team is among the best in the market. The firm is regularly involved in high-profile cases before the superior courts, where it is able to field cross-office teams of expert litigators from Brasília and São Paulo. In a case that could set the policy for the privatisation of subsidiaries of public companies in the country, the firm is representing Caixa Econômica Federal as amicus curiae in direct actions of unconstitutionality filed by political parties and labour unions concerning the corporate restructuring and divestiture of Caixa Econômica Federal and its subsidiaries. Names to note in the sizeable team include appellate litigation specialists Vicente Coelho Araujo and Leonardo Rocha e SilvaJosé Alexandre Buaiz Neto and government relations and mining expert Carlos Vilhena. Daniel Costa Rebello and associate and competition law expert José Rubens Battazza Iasbech are also noted.

Testimonials

Its excellence in service, quality in the innovative way of advocating and offering legal solutions, make it stand out, reflecting in our view respect and trust in the legal market.’

Leonardo Rocha e Silva and Jose Rubens Iasbech Batazza: Extremely dedicated team, involved in the topics and technically very good.’

Leonardo Rocha e Silva knows the environment in which he works very well and the litigation as such. Excellent lawyer. Jose Rubens – handles day-to-day cases with extreme quality.’

Daniel Costa Rebello is recommended.’

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Incredibly responsive to outside counsel and client requests‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is praised for its ‘very thorough understanding of Brazilian antitrust laws‘ and ‘excellent understanding of business-related issues‘. With a long history in the market, the firm has established a leading reputation in the field of competition; having originated from the firm’s dispute resolution department, it is particularly adept in administrative proceedings before CADE, as well as in litigation. Also of note is the firm’s extensive experience in obtaining merger clearance for large-scale corporate transactions, with the firm’s position among the top M&A firms in the country ensuring a steady flow of cases. Cristianne Saccab Zarzur maintains a balanced competition practice that takes in merger control, investigations, compliance programmes and indemnification claims, and the ‘extremely business-oriented‘ and ‘highly trustworthy antitrust lawyerJosé Alexandre Buaiz Neto complements his competition law practice with expertise in compliance and litigation. Renê Medrado is also recommended, as are associates Alessandro Pezzolo Giacaglia, Luis Henrique Perroni Fernandes and Lucas Moreira Jimenez. In recent developments, senior associate Jackson de Freitas Ferreira joined the firm from TozziniFreire Advogados in February 2021.

Testimonials

Despite the size of the office (one of the largest in Brazil), Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team manages to maintain proximity to its clients, providing a “bespoke service”, taking into account peculiarities of business or the client’s own corporate culture. I’d also emphasise the maintenance of easy access in communication with the client (returns are given in a short time, either by the partner or other team members).’

Incredibly responsive to outside counsel and client requests, as well as having great in depth knowledge about process and strategy in very complex matters.’

The whole team was very responsive and connected to the process. Rene Medrado in particular was my go to on all matters, but was also supported by a great team in Alessandro Giacaglia, Luis Henrique Fernandes, and Lucas Moreira Jimenez.’

José Alexandre Buaiz: Aside from the professional’s technical knowledge, his strategic and negotiating skills, which are fundamental to achieving the best result for the client, are of note, even if one is in a negotiation difficult for a leniency agreement.’

Very thorough understanding of Brazilian antitrust laws. Excellent understanding of business-related issues. Very pragmatic and constructive counseling approach.’

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto: excellent highly trustworthy antitrust lawyer. Great judgement, extremely business-oriented.’

Key clients

Natura

Prosegur Group

Boston Scientific Corporation

Banco de Investimentos Credit Suisse (Brasil)

Siemens

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Philips Healthcare

Votorantim

Honda

Softbank

TIM

CCR

Saint-Gobain do Brasil Produtos Industriais e para Construção

Roche

American Express

The Boeing Company

Robert Bosch

Evonik Brasil

NotreDame Intermédica

Hitachi

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

With a ‘huge reputation in corporate and M&A‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados fields lawyers who ‘in addition to knowledge, have soft skills that are increasingly necessary in an environment of pressure and anxiety‘. Corporate and M&A has been in the firm’s DNA since its creation in 1942, and today it continues to be instructed in market-leading transactions, acting for a mix of buyers and sellers, and national and international companies. The full-service firm’s coverage of competition, compliance and capital markets is also of note. In the important topic of D&I, the firm’s diversity programme sees it acting on five fronts: gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, people with disabilities and religious freedom. The firm is a signatory to the UN Free & Equal campaign and the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) resolution, and – alongside other leading Brazilian firms – it is a supporter of the Incluir Direito and Aliança Jurídica pela Equidade Racial projects. Its large pro bono practice remained active – and in fact increased in hours and participation – throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, during which time the firm participated in a number of relevant initiatives, including the Brazilian Relief Fund, Estímulo 2020, which assists small and medium entities as well as micro-enterprises to handle the economic fallout of the crisis. Key names in the large corporate and M&A department include the highly regarded Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Junior, co-managing partners Alexandre Bertoldi and Fernando Alves Meira, member of the firm’s steering committee Vânia Marques Ribeiro, M&A, private equity and securities law partner João Marcelo Gonçalves Pacheco and Marcelo Viveiros de Moura, who has a notable track record in M&A in the oil and gas sector. M&A and capital markets expert Henrique Lang, Antônio José Mattos Morello, and senior associate Priscila Gurgel Menezes is also noted. Since publication, Camila Carvalho Gomes has been promoted to the partnership, effective January 2022.

Testimonials

I only have compliments regarding the PNA corporate and M&A team. In fact, all the PNA teams are fantastic. They are excellent in conducting the project, have expertise in the subject and, as a client, I am extremely relaxed being advised by them. The main differential is that, in addition to knowledge, they have soft skills that are increasingly necessary in an environment of pressure and anxiety.’

The office has a huge reputation in the corporate and M&A area, having worked in relevant market operations, being highly qualified to advise on complex cases and find solutions on a case-by-case basis.’

Carlos Lima, for his legal knowledge, deep understanding of the sector where the current company and the understanding of the concerns and desires of the shareholders and the vision of the owner (goes beyond what was asked, seeking the best for the client). Hernique Lang, for his deep knowledge in operations structured in capital market operations. Carlos Eduardo de Azevedo for understanding the sector where the company operates, exceptional partnership and engagement, being willing to go beyond and seek solutions to meet the needs of customers.’

Experience, pro deal work, team availability.’

Antonio Morello, Priscila Menezes and Camila Otani Nishi are recommended.’

Henrique Lang and Camila Carvalho Gomes are recommended.’

Key clients

Pátria Investimentos

Natura & Co

Localiza Rent a Car

SOL Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia and RFPLCA Participações (Santher)

Nu Pagamentos (Nubank)

Raízen Energia

Linx Pay Meios de Pagamento

Banco BTG Pactual

Fleury

Carrefour

Credit Suisse

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

Mayfair Pharma

Banco Bradesco

ABB

Grupo A Educação

PagSeguro Internet

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a go-to destination in the Brazilian legal market for high-stakes domestic and international arbitration across a number of industries. With a multidisciplinary approach, the practice is seasoned in proceedings involving corporate and M&A disputes, construction contracts, finance agreements, infrastructure investments as well as concessions and other issues with the public administration. Leading domestic and international companies often seek Gilberto Giusti's advice and representation in relation to civil, commercial and corporate disputes. Renato Stephan Grion stands out for his experience in international arbitration and commercial mediation, while Júlio César Bueno excels in national and international cases involving major construction and infrastructure projects located throughout Brazil and Latin America. Pedro Barradas Barata is regularly engaged by banks, hedge funds and pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes arbitrations.

Testimonials

‘In addition to its reputation in the market, PN stands out for its organisation and efficient communication with clients, seeking alternatives for discussion of paths. There is an excellent dynamic in the discussions and preparation of the working papers.’

‘The firm is one of the best and most traditional in the country and has the best structure in terms of number of professionals and areas served. Júlio Bueno is a partner at the firm who has excellent dialogue and negotiation power, which makes him stand out in arbitration proceedings.’

‘Very prepared lawyers. Excellent professionals, very attentive, helpful and trained to act in the most complex cases. Julio Bueno deserves a special mention.’

‘Tradition, excellent quality of professionals, detailed theses and petitions.’

Key clients

Beaufour Ipsen

Siemens

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority – ADIA

Ebara

Le Coq Sportif

CCR Group

Copel

Abril

Alstom

Regus

Concessionária Da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 1

With 'seasoned lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas', Pinheiro Neto Advogados has an extremely strong reputation in Brazil. The firm's litigation practice is skilled at handling high-profile cases with national and international significance, especially matters arising from corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Gilberto Giusti is seasoned in domestic and cross-border matters, showcasing comprehensive knowledge of cases involving civil, commercial, corporate, securities and construction disputes. Civil and commercial litigation are the main areas of activity for Luis Cláudio Furtado Faria, who is regularly retained by clients operating in the energy, shipping and financial services sectors. Celso Cintra Mori, whose litigation experience spans more than five decades, and civil litigator Diógenes Gonçalves are other key contacts within the department. Vicente Coelho Araujo, who is based in the Brasília office, stands out for his track record in appellate litigation before the Brazilian higher courts.

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent.’

‘The breadth of the practice is its core strength. Pinheiro Neto has seasoned lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas so no matter the problem, someone at the firm has relevant experience to help you solve it.’

The firm offers qualified professionals and, as they work in different segments, they manage to contemplate several aspects.’

Professionalism; Quality of service; Understanding the customer’s business.’

I would highlight Pedro Paulo Barradas Barata and Carla Cavalheiro for their reliability, clarity and quality of arguments.

Key clients

Funambol

KPMG Auditores Independentes

CCR Group

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

Mitsui Gás e Energia

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

TICKET SERVICOS

Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos

Arteris

Casa Bahia Comercial

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Microsoft Informática

M+W Group

Vantage Drilling International

Viabahia Concessionária de Rodovias

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Working closely with the litigation and environmental practices, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is well positioned to assist clients with the gamut of transactional, regulatory and contentious mining mandates. Its broad client roster not only features some of the most relevant mining companies in Brazil, but also includes leading financial institutions, private equity firms and funds which partake in debt transactions and investments involving mining assets. On the transactional front, the department has been particularly active in financing for new projects, mergers and acquisitions; other recent areas of growth include legal matters involving the suspension of the right to mine, contractual issues, and environmental and labour matters arising out of the pandemic. Mining law and government relations expert Carlos Vilhena and Filipe Morais Cunha, both of whom are proficient in corporate, regulatory and contractual matters, are key figures in Brasília.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides a service with high legal quality, always demonstrating 360-degree thinking, evaluating all possible risks and opportunities involved in the discussions. The team’s technical knowledge, the agility in returning and understanding the subject, and lawyers’ availability are notable.’

‘Carlos Vilhena has very high technical knowledge, is very accessible and always available. He is able to assess all the risks and opportunities for the company, taking every factor into account.’

‘The team is one of the best due to the technical knowledge and expertise. The team is fantastic in guiding clients in this environment and Carlos Vilhena as team leader has shown excellent skills in this respect. Carlos Vilhena is an outstanding leader and expert in the mining sector. His sense of timing and political and legal focus is of great help to investors. I also would like to stress his ethical values and sense of honour.’

‘Excellent understanding of customer demand and needs.’

‘Carlos Vilhena has a full understanding of clients’ demands and provides advice based on risk management. Filipe Cunha has exceptional legal technical knowledge.’

‘The number of years that the team has specialised in the natural resources and mining sector makes their expertise second to none. The individuals in the Pinheiro Neto mining team are extremely responsive, understand the technical legal issues and are able to provide practical advice.’

Key clients

Ero Copper

Lundin Mining

Yamana Gold

Great Panther Mining

Mineração Rio do Norte

China Molybdenum (CMOC)

Equinox Gold

Rio Tinto

AngloGold Ashanti

Greenstone Resources

Brazil > Environment Tier 1

The highly specialised environmental law practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides comprehensive advice to its corporate client base based in Brazil and abroad, but is perhaps best known for its involvement in high-profile environmental litigation, involving contamination issues, licensing matters, regulations and tailings dam-related incidents (among others). In addition to administrative and judicial proceedings, the team also excels in crisis management, regulatory matters, sustainability issues and environmental due diligence in the context of corporate transactions. Of particular note, the team has been collaborating with the infrastructure, banking and capital markets groups to advise clients on ESG issues and green financing deals. Antonio José Monteiro is a key practitioner, whose areas of activity include acting for companies from the agribusiness and biotech sectors before environmental agencies. Contentious matters involving the infrastructure and agribusiness industries are key specialisms for Werner Grau Neto, who is proficient in environmental consulting and litigation. Alexandre Outeda Jorge is noted for his experience in mandates involving class actions and occupational health, while Andre Vivan de Souza is recommended for environmental licensing, waste management and forestry matters.

Testimonials

‘Excellent, very experienced team with smart lawyers on all levels of seniority. Doing a great job in handling a very complex matter with a plethora of workstreams and different tasks. Alexandre Outeda Jorge is very responsive and delivers outstanding quality.’

‘One of the largest full-service firms in the country. I appreciate the fact that they are accessible people, who understand the corporate side of companies when it comes to risk analysis and decision-making. The partner who works with us, Alexandre Jorge, is an extremely qualified and skilled professional.’

‘I have been working with Pinheiro Neto for over 15 years, with Werner Grau Neto’s team, and I do not know another lawyer as brilliant as he is in environmental matters. There are excellent lawyers in the market, very qualified, engaged, partners and who deliver excellent results. But Werner is different. He is bold, very technical and experienced in many work fronts, and surrounds himself with excellent professionals.’

Werner Grau is an excellent lawyer and partner with clients. Experienced in different segments, they are always ready to support you with qualified opinions.’

‘Andre Vivan de Souza stands out for his technical knowledge, availability and negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Associação Brasileira de Reciclagem de Eletroeletrônicos e Eletrodomésticos

Coalizão Embalagens

Coca-Cola FEMSA Brasil

CMOC

CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo

Votorantim Energia

Robert Bosch

Saint Gobain

Eternit

Signify

Schneider Electric

Bayer

Basf

Dow

Dupont

Corteva

Companhia de Concessões Rodoviárias – CCR

ATVOS

EDP

Brazil > International trade Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a solid track record in representing companies and trade organisations in high-profile trade remedies investigations. This includes advising on sunset reviews, public interest proceedings and safeguards investigations, both for importers and exporters. The team is co-led by the highly experienced Mauro Berenholc and Renê Medrado, and works in conjunction with partners in the tax team such as Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara on customs issues. Advice on anti-dumping featured prominently on the team's workload in 2020; examples included its advice to clients on measures put in place on the imports of disposable syringes from China during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Mauro Berenholc; Renê Medrado

Key clients

General Motors do Brasil

Whirlpool Corporation

Societe Chanel

GRU Airport (Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos)

Cargill

Centurylink

John Deere

Philips Electronic

Monsanto

Ineos Oxide

Tetra Pak Group

Nomura

BASF Group

Arcos Dourados

CMPC

Intel

Becton Dickinson Group

ABIACID (Associação Brasileira da Industria de Ácido Cítrico e Derivados)

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 1

Highlighted for its ‘in-depth technical knowledge‘ and the ‘availability of senior partners and associates‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados maintains a busy life sciences department, which is equipped to advise clients across all relevant sub-sectors, from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics to medical devices. The department’s extensive regulatory expertise sees it providing advice on biodiversity, advanced therapy and sanitary protocols, and the team has also been particularly busy assisting clients on matters relating to Covid-19 and immunisation. The firm’s leading corporate and M&A practice, combined with its life sciences specialism, also makes it well placed to advise on corporate transactions in the sector. Angela Fan Chi Kung, a co-founder of the firm’s well-established life sciences practice, is highly regarded for her expertise in this field. Healthcare law specialist Théra van Swaay de Marchi and senior associate Nicole Aun, whose expertise spans compliance, regulation, data protection and IP, are also names to note. Associate Júlia de Castro Kesselring left in June 2021.

Testimonials

In-depth technical knowledge; availability of senior partners and associates; ability to understand the practical situation and search for effective and safe solutions in the implementation of the projects.’

Pinheiro Neto Law Firm is the biggest and renowned law firm in Brazil, formed by highly qualified professionals in the areas of expertise, especially in the Life Sciences area. Due to deep knowledge in the area, knowledge of legislation and regulatory and sanitary standards, it makes the firm one of the best for legal advice in Brazil. In addition to deep knowledge in the Life Sciences area, Pinheiro Neto Law Firm also demonstrates high qualification and remarkable knowledge in the area of bidding, which is essential for that area.’

Angela Kung and Nicole Recchi Aun are recommended.’

Carlos Lima; Angela Kung; Gerson Durant Gomes Filho; Alexandre Magri Trevini: these are distinguished professionals, because of the knowledge of the areas in which they work, specialisms in the themes and deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, M&A and tenders. They are always willing to contribute with business strategies.’

Key clients

Exactech

Mary Kay

Laboratórios Pfizer

Novartis Biociências

Laboratórios Pierre Fabre do Brasil

Canopy Growth Corporation

Boston Scientific Corporation

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Bristol-Myers Squibb Farmacêutica

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has one of the leading restructuring and insolvency teams in the market, where it provides comprehensive support to a wide range of creditors and debtors. The firm has played a prominent role on some of the country's largest restructurings, particularly on the creditor side. Its expertise spans DIP financings, distressed acquisitions and sales, capital markets, and judicial and extra-judicial reorganisations. Among the partners, the highly rated Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva has a sterling track record in complex litigations and out-of-court debt restructurings; Giuliano Colombo is another key partner, supporting debtors and creditors, including shareholders and ad hoc bondholder committees; and André Moraes Marques and recently promoted partner Thiago Braga Junqueira are also making strong names for themselves.

Testimonials

‘Thiago Junqueira is part of a new generation of lawyers more pragmatic and adjusted to the reality of today. Practical and direct advice, with examples and jurisprudence, for his age a true library.’

All interaction with the office has been simple and hassle-free. Availability almost 24/7, which is important. The information is accurate and concise.

Key clients

Banco BTG

Golden Tree Capital Management

TIM

Lineas – Concessões de Transportes (Líneas)

Piemont Holding Participaçoes

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Natixis North America

Via Varejo

Gramercy Capital Management

PIMCO

CHS  Agronegócio – Indústria e Comércio

Citibank

Mubadala

Intesa Sanpaolo, Hong Kong Branch

Canara Bank, London Branch

State Bank of India, London Branch

ABN Amro Bank

Bayer Brazil

Standard Chartered Bank

Société Générale

Tecnoloc Locações de Máquinas e Equipamentos

Jive Investments

Securitas

Tax > Customs Tier 1

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ combination of size and dedicated expertise makes it one of the top firms in the market for complex tax issues. The firm handles contentious and non-contentious direct and indirect tax matters. It also fields seasoned lawyers in related areas such as customs, where partners including Mauro Berenholc and the Rio de Janeiro-based Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara have notable expertise, and social security, where Cristiane Ianagui Matsumoto and Marcos de Vicq de Cumptich have good reputations. Other key individuals include tax litigator Sérgio Farina Filho, one of the practice’s founders, and Ricardo Luiz Becker, who is especially strong on the tax structuring side. The versatile Luciana Rosanova Galhardo is also highly regarded.

Testimonials

‘Excellent combination between practical and theoretical knowledge,  and real risk analysis.’

‘The office has high-capacity technical professionals who work very closely with the client to develop the best tax alternatives. It differs, because at the same time it manages to be a large office which allows it to generate synergy in complex jobs and the work is directly led by experienced lawyers.’

Luciana Galhardo is one of the best litigation professionals I know.’

In my opinion, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is the best full service office in Brazil. In the tax area, it supported us with excellence in the evaluation of complex and relevant transactions for the company. One of the firm’s differentials is that its partners are opinion makers in the legal world. The articles, reports and statements presented by the office effectively influence the course of the discussions.

Luiz Roberto Peroba and Ana Carpinetti can be considered the greatest tax specialists in the technology sector in the country. Their publications, in addition to being technically perfect, have a lot of reach and generate positive impressions for the theses in the telecommunications and media sector. Carlos Henrique Bechara and João Rafael Gandara – are respectively great partners/associate of law firms in Rio de Janeiro specialized in litigation. Both represented our company brilliantly in very relevant processes. They are extremely diligent, active in actions and tireless in obtaining the best results.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

Facebook

Telefonica

Whirlpool

Bayer/Monsanto

Philips

Aché Laboratórios Farmacêuticos

Mercedes-Benz

IMC International Meal Company Alimentação

Experian Group

EDP Brasil

Fast Shop

Burger King

GR

Pfizer

Tate & Lyle

Natura & Co

SAP

FMC Química do Brasil

GE Oil and Gas

Essilor

Arcos Dourados

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has recently been especially busy advising several clients, particularly in the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries, on different aspects of the recently enacted General Data Protection Law (LGPD), while also assisting others with their increasingly complex cybersecurity challenges, including data breaches and remediation actions. Social media networks also turn to the team for support with litigation involving privacy and free speech rights, intermediary liability for third-party content and disclosure of users' data. Ciro Torres Freitas is the main contact for data protection and cybersecurity matters. His experience covers compliance issues, data security incidents and lawsuits before the superior courts. André Zonaro Giacchetta is another key practitioner.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is ‘extremely proactive and has a lot of knowledge on topics related to technology, innovation and digital business‘. The team regularly advises venture capital clients and digital businesses across an array of sectors, such as education, data analytics, gaming and e-commerce, in relation to transactional, corporate, IP, regulatory and litigation mandates. The firm, which already acts for leading Chinese tech companies in the social media and gaming segments, recently announced the opening of a Tokyo office in line with its Asia-wide strategy. Key individuals include José Mauro Decoussau Machado, who focuses on IP, data privacy and technology matters; André Zonaro Giacchetta, whose areas of expertise include technology transfers and software licensing; and Raphael de Cunto who is specialised in tech-related mandates and oversees the Palo Alto office. Larissa Galimberti is a standout practitioner; she has advised on the structuring of new tech businesses in Brazil, most notably in the banking, payments, healthcare, agribusiness and urban mobility sectors.

Testimonials

‘The Pinheiro Neto team is extremely proactive and has a lot of knowledge on topics related to technology, innovation and digital business. They have a very good understanding of the challenges involved in launching new tech products.’

‘José Mauro Machado, Raphael di Cunto, Beatriz Landi, and Gustavo Ferrer are recommended.’

Key clients

Facebook

Bytedance

Twitter

Equinix

Uber

Softbank

Redpoint

Quod

Blablacar

Fleury

Verizon Media

Airbnb

Apple

Whatsapp

Serasa

Nubank

City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation Tier 2

With a 'focus on risk management' that is appreciated by clients, Pinheiro Neto Advogados' Brasília-based public law department acts for leading companies in the financial services, construction, mining and technology sectors, among others. Of particular note is the team's expertise in direct actions for declarations of unconstitutionality and administrative improbity lawsuits. The broader firm fields highly regarded teams specialising in white-collar criminal law, compliance, competition and investigations, which allows for multi-disciplinary, full-service advice, and the firm is well versed in leniency agreements. Mining and government relations specialist Carlos Vilhena, seasoned appellate litigators Vicente Coelho Araujo and Leonardo Rocha e Silva, and compliance, competition and litigation partner José Alexandre Buaiz Neto are among the key practitioners in Brasília. Senior associate Filipe Morais Cunha and São Paulo-based public law expert Ricardo Pagliari Levy are also key contacts.

Testimonials

Focus on solving the problem. Understanding customer demand. Legal advice with a focus on risk management.’

The specialisation and experience of the office in the regulation of the mining area are highlighted in our perspective.’

Carlos Vilhena: understanding customer demand and advice.’

Filipe Morais Cunha is recommended.’

Key clients

Ero Copper Corp

Lundin Mining

Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte

Yamana Gold

Great Panther Mining

Motion Picture Association America Latina

Mineração Rio do Norte

China Molybdenum Corp (CMOC)

Robert Bosch

Equinox Gold

ZF do Brasil (ZF)

Rio Tinto

Anglogold Ashanti

Greenstone Resources

City focus - Brasilia > Tax Tier 2

The 'extremely dynamic, efficient and effective' Brasília-based tax department at Pinheiro Neto Advogados has broad experience in complex tax litigation, where it represents leading national and multinational companies. Transfer pricing is a particular area of strength for the firm, which has recently handled a large number of transfer pricing-related disputes at both administrative and judicial levels. Counsel and tax expert Luiz Paulo Romano often takes a leading role in cases before CARF and the Supreme Federal Court, and works alongside key senior associate André Torres dos Santos. The firm's São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro-based tax lawyers are also active in cases in Brasília. Litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo is also noted.

Testimonials

Respect in the market, high level of knowledge and relationship, are engaged and are extremely dynamic, efficient and effective. People who are easy to deal with.’

Everyone we had contact with, without exception was very professional, polite and attentive. We can highlight Dr. Luiz Romano, Dr. Vicente Coelho and Dr. Andreia Mascitto (in SP). Competence, focus, sincerity, tolerance, creativity and loyalty.’

Key clients

Ponto On Line

Centrus

Braskem

Unilever

Alcoa

Brasdesco

Beadell

Light

B2W

AES

Brazil > Compliance Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados fields a sizeable and well-regarded compliance and corporate crimes team. The department particularly stands out for its experience in leniency agreements, and has also developed a strong practice in high-stakes investigations, where it regularly acts for leading companies operating in a broad range of industries. Improbity lawsuits are another area of specialism. As part of one of Brazil's largest law firms, the compliance team also benefits from its cross-departmental work with colleagues in M&A, capital markets and white-collar criminal law, and as such is equipped to advise on the compliance aspects of M&A and due diligence processes, among other areas. Key names in the department include anti-corruption, compliance and competition expert José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, public law and corporate compliance specialist Ricardo Pagliari Levy, litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo, white-collar criminal defence partner Mário Panseri Ferreira, and Daniel Costa Rebello, who has taken leading roles in major investigations and compliance due diligence.

Testimonials

The office stands out for the exceptional professionalism with which it conducts its activities. The office has a high level of competence and good service regardless of the partner or associate, always with a great deal of availability for care and a lot of knowledge of the cases given to their care.’

In the area of compliance, in particular, we have excellent experience with partners Bianca Pumar and Daniel Rebello.’

Key clients

Car Rental/Localiza

Via Varejo

Saipem

KPMG

Siemens

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy) Tier 2

With a strong background in M&A, privatisations and public tenders, Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ energy department offers comprehensive advice to a varied client roster that includes independent power producers, electric utilities, energy trading companies, large consumers of power and investors. In a recent highlight, the team acted as counsel to major banks in Brazil in relation to the credit facility known as Conta-Covid, a mechanism created by the federal government to mitigate the impacts of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on the electricity sector. Department head José Roberto Oliva Júnior is proficient across all energy segments and power regulations, and often handles project finance and M&A transactions. Senior associate Julia Batistella Machado left the firm in September 2021.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto stands out in the energy sector for having excellent professionals with knowledge of the sector, a multidisciplinary team that responds promptly and understands the client’s business. They always propose alternatives in order to make the execution of new businesses viable.’

‘José Roberto Oliva is recommended.’

Key clients

Banco do Brasil

Banco Bradesco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES, Banco Citibank

Banco Votorantim

Banco Safra

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

CPFL Energia

Celulose Irani

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Votorantim Energia

Rio Energy

Micropower

Wobben Windpower

Comerc Energia

Brazil > Insurance Tier 2

'Multidisciplinary, technical and collaborative', Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its advice to insurers, reinsurers and brokers on the full suite of regulatory, litigation, insurtech and corporate issues. Partners including Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto have a particular focus on insurance litigation, while also assisting clients on related regulatory and transactional issues. Bruno Balduccini and Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes have a notable track record advising financial services companies, including insurers, on corporate finance issues, including joint ventures and M&A. Another feather in the firm's cap is its considerable expertise in related healthcare matters, an area where Théra van Swaay de Marchi stands out. Senior associate Raíssa Lilavati Barbosa Abbas Campelo also receives praise.

Testimonials

‘Excellent quality of services.’

‘The Insurance team of Pinheiro Neto Advogados office is multidisciplinary, technical and collaborative. For those clients who need support there will be no failures in service, speed, and level of technicality.’

‘The insurance team is highly technical and has a good dialogue with the regulatory agent, which is essential when advising customers on how internal processes can be interpreted by the insurance regulators.’

As a standout in the insurance team, partner Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto is distinguished by his ability to present in an executive and focused manner even the most technical and in-depth analyses. He has a high capacity for articulation and negotiation. Another highlight is Raissa Lilavati Campelo, as she is always available, in addition to having technical quality and knowledge in the insurance sector.’

Carlos Eduardo Azevedo and Raissa Lilavati Barbosa: they are helpful, thoughtful, fast, thorough and extremely technical. The responses from them are always broad, in-depth and complete.’

Diogenes Gonçalves and Fernando Mirandez Gomes are recommended.

Key clients

Nubank

Porto Seguro

Tokio Marine Seguradora

Pier Serviços Digitais/Seguradora

Flix Seguradora

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

B2W Companhia Digital

Creditas Soluções Financeiras

Icatu Seguros

Aon and Willis Towers Watson

H.I.G. Capital.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is commended for its strong employment team, which offers a good blend of transactional, strategic and bespoke litigation expertise. Practice head Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes has over 30 years' in the market and is especially active in high-stakes labour disputes and collective bargaining agreements. Thais Galo, a partner at the firm since 2009, is experienced in senior-level recruitment and dismissals, remuneration plans, as well as judicial and administrative disputes, and advice on M&A-related employment issues. Mauricio Froes Guidi is also building a good reputation, particularly for advice to companies in the finance and technology industries, with Amazon a key client.

Practice head(s):

Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes

Testimonials

‘Exceptional firm, quality of service and super qualified staff.’

‘I appreciate the reputation of the firm and the personalized service and seniority of some members, especially Thais Galo who brings availability, knowledge and seniority.’

Manuela Mendes Prata and Natasha Ramos Soares are recommended.’

Key clients

Amazon

Natulab

Mexichem

Nubank

Bradesco

Bridgestone

Xerpa

Duke Energy

Sanofi

Costa Crociere

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

The infrastructure practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is best known for its broad capabilities in the project finance field, demonstrating strength in traditional and innovative funding transactions through public banks and through the use of the capital markets in local offerings of project debentures and international bond offerings. Of particular note, the practice has an impressive track record in financing deals involving the water supply and sewage sectors. On the project development front, it is well equipped to advise on bids, concessions of PPPs, administrative contracts, as well as regulatory issues pertaining to sanitation, railroads, highways and airports. Contentious matters arising from construction disputes are another strong point for the team. Júlio Bueno is a go-to counsel for multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers engaged in infrastructure and construction projects. Thaís Fernandes Chebatt is noted for her knowledge of construction contracts and related disputes. Project finance is an area of specialism for Ricardo Coelho in Rio de Janeiro, while Ricardo Russo focuses on infrastructure-related transactions and project development. Named practitioners are based in São Paulo unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘The firm is at the forefront of large infrastructure projects, with extensive experience in financial and capital market issues. The team always counts on the participation of the partners, bringing great security to the matters.’

‘I would like to highlight the work of Ricardo Russo, who has deep knowledge in financial matters, regulation of the capital market as well as regulated infrastructure sectors in general.’

Key clients

Aguas Do Brasil

IDB Invest

Igua Saneamento

Citigroup

Energisa Group

Aegea Grupo

CCR Group

Cosan Group

JP Morgan

Acciona

Group EDP

Invepar

RGE

CTG

SPIC

Telstar

Mitsui

State Grid

Elcnor

Contour Global

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ team of real estate partners combines an even mix of contentious, non-contentious and regulatory expertise. The disputes side of the practice is handled by Júlio César Bueno, who is especially experienced in construction, projects and procurement-related claims, and Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro, who represents clients in environmental disputes (as well as advisory issues) and broader real estate litigation. This is complemented by the firm’s impressive transactional offering, which includes joint ventures, capital markets and financings, as well as development projects and sales and acquisitions. Key partners here include Luciano Garcia Rossi, who has practised at the firm for 30 years, and Franco Musetti Grotti, a partner since 2012. The department also has several well-regarded associates, including Marianna Morselli. Since publicationFabio Pinto has been promoted to the partnership, effective January 2022.

Testimonials

‘The team’s strength is their deep expertise in real estate structures in the region and the ability to provide a tailored and precise advisory service in conjunction with their internal departments.’

‘The team was really committed with the transaction. They are well-qualified and prepared. Special attention to Martina Zajaoff and Guilherme Piza.’

‘The real estate team is one of the most respected in Brazil, serving investment funds and property companies in their real estate transactions in Brazil. Its history of decades acting in the most emblematic cases brings great comfort to the customer.’

‘Franco Grotti, for his attention, technical knowledge and perception of the customer’s needs.’

‘Fabio Pinto – Always available, technically brilliant and always involved in Brazilian legislative innovations, he is certainly a reference for us in real estate, both in transactions and in real estate financing.’

Key clients

Proterra

BTG Pactual

Tishman Speyer

Fleury

Mirae Asset

RBR

São Carlos

BSP Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Bradesco

Patria

TRG (The Rohatyn Group)

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 2

The media and entertainment law practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides comprehensive advice on matters pertaining to the gaming, audiovisual and music streaming sectors. The team has strong capabilities in copyright litigation and is regularly instructed by studios and production companies in lawsuits involving IP rights infringement. Other notable areas of expertise include IP and commercial agreements, transactional issues, advertising law and regulatory matters. The tax group has also witnessed a recent increase in work related to the taxation of video on demand services. José Mauro Decoussau Machado specialises in IP litigation and transactional work. Gustavo Gonçalves Ferrer and Márcio Junqueira Leite are other key practitioners in the team, who focus on commercial litigation, IP, media and entertainment law.

Key clients

NBC Universal Media

Netflix

Amazon

Sony Entertainment

Universal Pictures Brazil

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a multi-faceted private wealth practice, which can draw upon the firm's deep pool of experience in areas such as corporate law, tax and litigation. The team's main focus is on structuring assets in Brazil and abroad, including advice on wills, trusts, offshore companies and investment funds, estate planning, as well as philanthropic activities. Another strength is in highly sensitive family law matters, where Flávio Belliboni is especially experienced. Celso Cintra Mori is one of the lead partners on the disputes side, while Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Junior regularly advises on M&A, wealth and estate planning, where the up-and-coming Pythagoras Carvalho is also developing a good name.

Practice head(s):

Celso Cintra Mori; Flavio Belliboni; Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Junior; Pythagoras Carvalho

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto’s wealth and succession planning team has consistently offered a composition that includes life-long solutions from a global legal point of view and in a way that has been fully accepted by customers.’

‘Good technical knowledge and availability.’

‘Pythagoras Carvalho is an excellent lawyer, great communicator and has good business orientation.’

Pythagoras Carvalho is a complete and mature lawyer: he knows the law and is sensitive in dealing with the client, in addition to not neglecting the strategic part of the cases in which he works. Gabriela Ghelman is a rising star who will certainly be one of the big names of the future in the Wealth area.’

I especially recommend the partner Marcos Ladeira who, in addition to demonstrating enormous knowledge in the field of corporate law, is an elegant and polite person – always trying to bring the best result to the client.’

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados assists domestic and foreign clients operating in the oil and gas sector, commercial banks, service providers and equipment suppliers in a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Based in Rio de Janeiro, the group is seasoned in mandates pertaining to the upstream and downstream segments, and witnessed an uptick in contractual and regulatory work as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is the main point of contact for oil and gas clients, and demonstrates particular expertise in sector-related regulations and M&A deals involving hydrocarbon assets. Francisco Werneck de Albuquerque Maranhão and Marcello Lobo are other names to note for high-value transactions, chiefly financing deals and M&A with regulatory implications. Recently promoted partner Raphael Paciello is also noted for M&A transactions.

Testimonials

Excellent customer support, with great knowledge of the market. High responsiveness and effectiveness.’

‘Skills and availability.’

‘The Corporate and Oil & Gas practice led by Marcelo Moura is uniquely qualified in acting on the buy side in deals involving privatisation. Marcelo Moura and Raphael Paciello stand out in the Rio legal market in terms of experience and efficiency in providing legal solutions.’

‘Raphael Paciello is a rising star. He is always available and technically solid. Great knowledge of the energy sector.’

Key clients

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC

Public Joint Stock Company Acron

Arcadis

Trident Energy

Macquarie Brasil Participações

Banco Citibank

Biosev

Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil, and Mitsui & Co

Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Tricon Energy

Brookfield Asset Management

Compass Gás e Energia

Itaúsa

New Development Bank – NDB

Mitsubishi Corporation do Brasil

MODEC Offshore Production Systems

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3

Under the leadership of José Mauro Decoussau Machado, Pinheiro Neto Advogados offers advice in the context of complex IP litigation, contractual issues and administrative matters, most notably trade mark prosecution. The team is a go-to destination for international technology companies with operations in Brazil due to its practitioners' extensive cross-border experience. Márcio Junqueira Leite is highly regarded for his wide-ranging IP expertise. The 'extremely qualified' Carlos Strasburg focuses on litigation, which is also a key specialism for Tally Smitas. Gustavo Gonçalves Ferrer's key areas of practice include IP matters, technology, media and entertainment law.

Practice head(s):

José Mauro Decoussau Machado

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a highly specialised team capable of dealing with Intellectual Property matters. The team has experienced and up-to-date lawyers, capable of providing efficient and satisfactory solutions according to the needs of clients. Pinheiro Neto’s differential is precisely the quality and capacity of the professionals who work there.’

‘José Mauro Decoussau Machado has extensive experience in intellectual property matters, a high level of knowledge and ability to meet the different the demands of a variety of clients.’

‘Márcio Junqueira Leite has extensive experience in intellectual property matters, notably those related to trademarks, patents, unfair competition and technology. He has a high level of technical knowledge in the field. Carlos Strasburg is an extremely qualified lawyer.’

Key clients

Multisport Indústria, Comércio e Representações

Total

General Motors do Brasil

Arthrex do Brasil Importação e Comércio de Equipamentos Médicos

Nu Pagamentos – Nubank

Grupo Newcomm – Y&R Publicidade

Amazon

AWS

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

Stone

Stryker

Genomma Laboratories

CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens

NBC Universal

Deloitte

Jeunesse Global

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

Covering both consultancy and litigation matters, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is equipped to lead advice on interactions with governmental entities and high-profile judicial cases involving public administration issues. The team is often retained by clients in the transport, sanitation, healthcare and defence sectors in relation to government tenders for public concessions, PPPs, privatisations and contract negotiations. Recently, the practice has been active in matters arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, advising on the execution of emergency contracts with the government and on the renegotiation of government contracts due to unforeseen circumstances. The public law team also took on a leading role in the firm's pro bono initiative assisting clients in the implementation of measures to help fight Covid-19, such as donations to the government and cooperation agreements. Ricardo Pagliari Levy is seasoned in administrative proceedings and public procurement. The latter is also a core area of activity for Fernando Rissoli Lobo Filho, who also showcases strength in regulatory issues. Other key individuals include Heloisa Figueiredo Ferraz and Marcello Alfredo Bernardes, who focuses on infrastructure projects and litigation.

Testimonials

‘Foreign companies that have operations in Brazil like ours will want expertise and experience of various legal areas even for a single case, which Pinheiro Neto is satisfactorily equipped with. I would recommend Ricardo Pagliari Levy.’

‘I believe that the availability to deal with relevant issues, as well as the understanding and vision of our business, and technical quality make them stand out.’

‘I highlight Ricardo Levy for his technical quality, availability and business vision and Heloisa Figueiredo for her advice and technical quality.’

Key clients

State Grid

CPFL

GlobeNet

Intel Corporation

BlaBlaCar

PicPay

Viasat

Alelo

Facebook

CCR

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a particular focus on transactional and regulatory matters in the aviation sector. The firm advises a number of leading carriers and has been involved in several key restructurings emerging as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Other key clients include major aircraft lessors, as well as banks, which it advises on aircraft financings (as well as subsequent restructurings, such as LATAM). Adolpho Julio de Carvalho has worked in the market for nearly 30 years and has established an extremely good name for aviation finance.

Testimonials

Extensive experience in the aviation market in Brazil, long-standing presence and participation in different types of transactions.’

Adolpho Carvalho has great experience.’

Key clients

Citibank

Airbus Financial Services

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Société Générale

BNP Paribas

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

LATAM Airlines Group

Azul

Lombard North Central

Lease Corporation International

Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados invariably has a strong offering on the non-contentious side. The team regularly advises shipowners, banks and port operators on the full spread of transactional matters, including financings, shipbuilding agreements and joint ventures. Partners such as Marcello Portes da Silveira Lobo and Ricardo Coelho are particularly active on this front. The firm also stands out on the litigation side, thanks to the expertise of Luis Claudio Furtado Faria, who comes highly recommended for representing clients in shipping disputes, including those involving charterparty claims and maritime incidents.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto provides a quality service to its clients. The differential is its business organisation, which meets various areas of law and, with this, allows to give the client a broader view of the issues.’

‘The team has real perception of the industry and is very responsive to the legal questions that are presented to them.’

‘Extremely skilled in all areas and with increasing activity in the areas of shipping / maritime law.’

‘Luiz Claudio Furtado Faria has great expertise in maritime law, a focus on results and is extremely dedicated to the causes in which he operates.’

Key clients

Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços

Mineração Rio do Norte

Saipem do Brasil Serviços de Petróleo

Oldendorff Carriers

Mineração Rio do Norte

Itaú BBA

Modec

Sistac Sistemas de Acesso

IFC – International Finance Corporation

KfW Group

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, the white-collar criminal defence lawyers 'always act with great professionalism, ethics and integrity'. The firm's leading reputation in the Brazilian legal market, combined with the corporate criminal law team's strong experience in the field, make it a popular choice of legal counsel for major national and international companies and their executives. The highly regarded Mário Panseri Ferreira is responsible for the criminal law practice, and has a notable track record in representing clients in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state authorities across the country. Associate Natalia Genina Lugero de Almeida is also noted, as is antitrust and anti-bribery expert José Alexandre Buaiz Neto.

Testimonials

They are extremely qualified professionals and prepared to face the adversities that arise in the corporate environment. They always act with great professionalism, ethics and integrity.’

I highlight four extremely competent professionals: Dr. Mario Panseri, Dr. Natalia Lugero, Dr. Joamir Muller, Dr. José Alexandre Buaiz.’

Key clients

TÜV SÜD

Carrefour

Pátria Investimentos

China Three Gorges

Cargill

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.

Selected awards:

  • Chambers Latin America Awards: Brazil Law Firm of the Year (2021).
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IBA (International Bar Association)

Briefing
Parties’ ability to agree on procedural aspects of a lawsuit under Brazilian law (https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/analysis/disputes-yearbook-2020/sponsored-briefing-parties-ability-to-agree-on-procedural-aspects-of-a-lawsuit-under-brazilian-law/)
The team at Pinheiro Neto discuss Brazil’s civil procedure code