Firm Profile > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906

Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a top choice for cutting-edge advice in the banking and finance space. 2019 saw the firm involved in several major banking-related joint ventures and corporate takeovers. Advice to fintechs also continues to ramp up, both in terms of licensing applications and fundraisings. Partners Bruno Balduccini and José Luiz Homem de Mello retain their status as two of the best-known lawyers in the market, advising on a range of regulatory, corporate and transactional issues. Other key individuals include Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado for derivatives and corporate finance work, Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes for regulatory and transactional, and Tiago Themudo Lessa for derivatives and debt capital markets. Newly promoted partner Yuka Ono and senior associates including Raphael Palmieri Salomão demonstrate the firm's deep bench at every level.


‘Pinheiro Neto is uniquely positioned to give high-quality advice on banking and finance regulation. They are very much aware of the regulatory agenda and give advice that goes beyond the letter of the law, but also considering regulatory expectations and market practice.’

‘José Luiz Homem de Mello and Marcelo Mello are engaged, committed and very knowledgeable about the banking business. They understand why and for what reason we need their legal advice in helping us make better decisions. They have been valued partners of us for many years.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco

Itau Unibanco

Banco Santander

XP Investimentos




JP Morgan

Goldman Sachs

BTG Pactual






Banco BMG

Banco do Brasil

Caixa Economica Federal

Banco PAN

Banco Votorantim

Febraban – Federation of Brazilian banks

Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is regularly involved in Brazil's largest debt and equity capital markets transactions. The firm acts for an impressive mix of underwriters, issuers and sponsors on major cross-border deals, and in 2019 was involved in over 20 equity offerings. The team's expertise goes beyond the transactional, offering support in key related areas, including regulatory, tax and litigation. Among the partners, Henrique Lang has established himself as a leading figure in the market, while debt capital markets head Ricardo Russo is also well regarded. Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa is singled out for his related agribusiness expertise, and Fernando Zorzo and Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro are recommended for equity offerings. Senior associate Rafael Gaspar is also recommended on the debt side.


‘Unique understanding of securitization products, mainly in the agribusiness sector. Quality of documents is above average, availability of lawyers (including partners) is also an important differential.’

‘Tiago Lessa is exceptional, not only in terms of relationship but in terms of legal understanding and commercial skills.’

‘Rafael Gaspar is also proactive, accurate in his opinions and provides comfort to the parties participating in the transaction.’

Key clients


Via Varejo

Alliansce Sonae Shopping Centers

Banco Itaú BBA

Bradesco BBI




Banco BTG Pactual

CPFL Energia

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Fielding a large team of competition law experts, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has built a solid reputation for antitrust matters in Brazil. The team originally grew out of the firm's litigation department and, with this background and ongoing expertise in the practice, it is well-placed to handle antitrust litigation. In the merger control space, the firm's strong M&A department ensures a steady flow of work, with recent highlights including practice head Cristianne Saccab Zarzur's advice to Red Bull on the merger filing related to the distribution agreement entered into between Red Bull and Ambev. Cartel cases are another strength. Other names to note include Renê Medrado, Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira, 'very business-oriented lawyerJosé Alexandre Buaiz Neto and Leonardo Rocha e Silva in Brasília.

Practice head(s):


Pragmatic approach, efficient working.’

Jose Alexandre Neto: very business oriented lawyer; thorough and reliable expertise; very well connected.’

Key clients

The Boeing Company


Prosegur Group

Boston Scientific

Banco de Investimentos Credit Suisse (Brasil)


Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Philips Healthcare



Saint-Gobain do Brasil

Exxon Mobil

Brink’s Segurança e Transporte de Valores

American Express

Robert Bosch

Evonik Brasil

NotreDame Intermédica (Bain Capital)

Lhoist Group



Corporate and M&A Tier 1

With 'deep knowledge across all practices', Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides a 'one-stop shop solution to its clients', which include leading companies across the healthcare and life sciences, financial services, private equity, infrastructure and transport sectors, among others. It is regularly engaged by domestic and international companies to act as Brazilian counsel on the buyer and seller side of major corporate transactions; recent highlights include its advice to Natura Cosméticos in the high-profile acquisition of Avon, where Henrique Lang and Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro led an inter-departmental team. Managing partner Alexandre Bertoldi, corporate law and wealth planning expert Pythagoras Carvalho, Vânia Marques Ribeiro and Fernando Alves Meira are key contacts. João Marcelo Gonçalves Pacheco is also recommended. Associates making a mark in the team include Camila Carvalho Gomes and Priscila Gurgel Menezes.


The team provides practical and conservative advice based on full understanding on the business background. The team is very responsive to inquiries.

Partners are highly experienced and hands on on the execution of the M&A transaction. Deep knowledge across all practices providing a one-stop shop solution to its clients. Collaborative team across the practices. Usually seeking to find solutions without increasing the client risk.

Very hands on execution and complementary knowledge. Super quality with flawless execution across the firm.

Fernando Meira, Andre Vertullo Bernini and Carlos Lima are partners that stand-out and are clear market reference on their respective practices. The three partners are extremely competent and they usually seek for creative solutions.

Key clients


Saint-Gobain do Brasil Produtos Industria e para Construção

UnitedHealth Group


Bain Capital

Localiza Rent a Car

Pátria Investimentos



Macquarie Infrastructure

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados possesses a strong reputation in the field of arbitration, acting for clients in both domestic and international proceedings. Bringing together cross-practice expertise, the group handles cases in a range of industries, including construction, infrastructure and finance. Disputes arising from M&A and corporate governance agreements, contractual liability, as well as concessions are among the firm's typical mandates. Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira is noted for his experience in corporate disputes. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are also key figures in the department.


‘The team is professional and dedicated, and lawyers are well prepared and informed.’

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 1

The dispute resolution team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados acts for domestic and international companies in litigation arising in all commercial, industrial and service sectors, as well as in the prevention of disputes and in mediation proceedings. Gilberto Giusti has over two decades of experience in the field of litigation, having acted in a number of high-stakes cases on behalf of Brazilian and foreign clients. Rodrigo Carneiro is adept in cross-border contentious matters, while Luis Claudio Furtado Faria focuses on civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving the energy, shipping and financial services sectors. Recently promoted partner Eider Avelino Silva is another name to note for corporate, civil and commercial disputes.


‘Helpful does not sufficiently describe the extent of Pinheiro Neto’s team support, orientation and advice during the procedure.’

Key clients

ETE Equipamentos de Tração Elétrica

CEBRAF Serviços

Schneider Electric Brasil

Siemens Mobility GmbH

Bombardier Transportation (Switzerland) AG

Governança e Gestão Investimentos

Saint-Gobain Distribuição Brasil

Heineken – HNK BR Indústria de Bebidas


Siemens Healthineers




CCR Group

KPMG Auditores Independentes

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Mitsui Gás e Energia

Environment Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados' broad service offering covers advisory and litigation matters pertaining to environmental regulations, health and safety at work, sustainability, biotechnology and energy, among other areas. The team also excels in civil, administrative and criminal environmental liability, and showcases a strong track record in environmental licensing and cases involving contaminated landfills. In addition, the practice is proficient in advising on environmental issues arising from corporate transactions and projects. Antonio José Monteiro stands out for his experience in dealing with agribusiness and biotechnology-related environmental matters, while Werner Grau Neto is regularly instructed by mining and energy players in contentious matters involving the infrastructure sector. Civil public actions are one of Alexandre Outeda Jorge's key specialisms. Andre Vivan de Souza advises clients with environmental licensing and waste management matters.


‘Pinheiro Neto is a full-service law firm with specialised and highly capable professionals.’

‘The team lead by the partner Alexandre Outeda Jorge is extremely professional, competent, accessible and business oriented. They are also very flexible in terms of billing, understanding the context and proposing structures taking into consideration the needs of the company.’

‘Alexandre Outeda Jorge is an outstanding professional, with strong background and negotiation skills in critical situations. Dérik and Ariane are part of Alexandre’s team and they are able to handle difficult situations, for example, in court hearings, debating and sustaining company’s position with good background and insights.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharma

BHP Billiton Brasil / BHP PLC

Mineração Belocal

CESP/Votorantim Energia



Dow Agrosciences Industrial

Robert Bosch



AES Tietê

Empresa de Energia Cachoeira Caldeirão – EECC (EDP Group)


International trade and customs Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has been representing clients in trade remedies investigations since 1991, and in that time has established itself as a leading firm in this space. The team is also increasingly active in foreign proceedings, recently representing clients in high-profile investigations in Argentina and Colombia. Mauro Berenholc and Renê Medrado are sought out by importers, exporters and trade associations from across a wide range of industries. On the customs side, the team regularly represents clients in claims before the administrative and judicial courts. It also handles non-contentious matters, including the implementation of complex international customs tax structures.

Practice head(s):


‘This firm provides a wide variety of services with great knowledge and professionalism. We have always received reliable and agile advice from them in all the areas in which we have required their services. Other firms may be good in certain areas, but we have found that PNA’s services and advice is more complete.’

‘Mauro Berenholc stands out in the subject matters handled for us.’

Key clients

Ineos Oxide

Tetra Pak Group

B. Braun Laboratories

K+S Group

BASF Group

Arcos Dourados


Elkem Materials South America

Becton Dickinson Group

Mercedes Benz

GRU Airport

Life sciences Tier 1

Having established a life sciences practice in 2005, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has successfully carved out a place among the top firms in the market. The team is led by the highly regarded Angela Fan Chi Kung and covers the gamut of transactional and regulatory matters involving human and animal health in Brazil, acting for clients across the pharma, biotech, food, medical devices and cosmetics industries. Théra van Swaay de Marchi is an expert in the healthcare space; senior associate Nicole Aun has expertise in transactional, regulatory, compliance, technology, IP and data protection issues relevant to life sciences-sector clients; and associate Júlia de Castro Kesselring specialises in life sciences regulation.

Practice head(s):


The Pinheiro Neto team has a deep and genuine understanding of the Brazilian laws governing medicinal products and medical devices. This is very important to clients.

Angela Fan Kung, who leads the team, is responsive and precise, providing practical and realistic advice.

Key clients





Laboratórios Pierre Fabre


Boston Scientific

Merck Sharp & Dohme



Mining Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados receives instructions from not only mining companies, but also financial institutions, funds and private equity firms, which seek the team's assistance with the structuring of investments and debt transactions involving mining assets. The department is well versed in all stages of M&A deals in the mining sector, and is also active in advising on policymaking matters and regulatory changes. Litigation is another area of focus, in which the department typically represents clients in disputes involving the access to land and the right to mine, as well as environmental concerns pertaining to tailings dams. Carlos Vilhena devotes all of his practice to mining law and government relations, while of counsel Adriano Drummond Trindade advises on regulatory matters, contractual law and corporate issues concerning the mining sector.


‘The team has an outstanding knowledge regarding Brazilian regulation, and is always available to provide the best solution possible.’

‘Carlos Vilhena is one of the greatest experts in Brazil with respect to mining regulation, giving to clients the comfort required to move on their transactions.’

‘Adriano Drummond is a tremendous results-driven professional and provides consistent legal opinions.’

‘The team has been involved for many years in the leading cases in Brazil.’

‘Carlos Vilhena has a unique way of solving issues which are quite cumbersome in a jurisdiction like Brazil. He is extremely solid in legal knowledge, knows the industry very well and is quite pragmatic.’

‘The team has had the ability to deal with large transactions as well as more strategic advice to companies.’

‘Carlos Vilhena and Adriano Drummond are both mining experts with long experience in the industry. Carlos as partner has a strong presence in the international market and is currently Chair of the Mining Law Committee of the IBA. Adriano has more of an academic background which is something difficult to find in the mining sector.’

Key clients

Yamana Gold

Ero Copper Corp / Mineração Caraíba

China Molybdenum Co / Copebras / Niobras

Mineração Rio do Norte

AngloGold Ashanti

Nexa Resources / Votorantim

Bahia Mineração



Rio Tinto

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The top-notch team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is extremely popular with creditor clients, including major banks, funds and corporate suppliers. The practice is regularly involved in large-scale cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings, and is one of the favoured law firms among bondholders. Backed by a strong team of finance, capital markets, corporate and litigation partners, the team handles a broad range of judicial and extrajudicial matters, including debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings and pre-package solutions. Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva is a very well-regarded figure in the market, with a wide-ranging practice that includes high-end litigation work. Other key partners include Giuliano Colombo and André Moraes Marques. Senior associate Thiago Braga Junqueira is also recommended.


‘Pinheiro Neto’s restructuring team differs from any other firm due to its high legal skills combined with its deep knowledge of the client’s business and true interest about the client’s needs. On top of it, the negotiation skills of the lawyers are key when dealing with companies under financial distress, and such skills they also have.’

‘The team is very business-driven and helps us to think on different opportunities.’

‘Very clear and precise advise, not afraid of making direct advice and good overall support.’

‘Luiz Fernando Paiva is a star, but does not act like one. He is highly skilled but also easy to deal with and easy to reach. He has a serene way of approaching complex matters, and he is a fundamental key in a restructuring negotiation. Finally, he understands perfectly what the client needs and delivers as or more than expected. He is one of the best professionals I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

King Street LLC

Brookfield Capital Management

Editora Moderna

Ad Hoc Committee of Bondholders in connection the judicial reorganization proceedings of Oi S.A. and affiliated companies (“Oi Group”) led by Golden Tree Capital Management;

Ad-Hoc Committee of Bondholders, led by Gramercy Emerging Markets Investment Manager

Andritz Hydro

CHS  Agronegócio – Indústria e Comércio

Bayer Brazil

Banco BTG Pactual

Dana Incorporated (through affiliates Dana Indústrias and Dana Brazil Commercial Vehicle LLC)

General Motors do Brasil

Intesa Sanpaolo, Hong Kong Branch, Canara Bank, London Branch, State Bank of India, London Branch e Syndicate Bank, London Branch

Brasil Plural

ABN Amro Bank


Standard Chartered Bank


SBM Offshore

Société Générale

Tax Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados' first-rate team is led by highly regarded tax litigator Sérgio Farina Filho, who has been a partner at the firm since 1993. The expertise within the overall group is equally deep, with a strong mix of experience and youth, covering the full range of direct and indirect tax issues. The team's expertise also extends to the related areas of social security and customs. Among the partners, Luciana Rosanova GalhardoLuiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa and Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo are names of note, often equally comfortable on disputes as they are consulting. Cristiane Matsumoto adds weight on the social security side. Key litigators include Marcelo Marques RoncagliaTércio Chiavassa and Rio-based partner Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara. The recently promoted Ana Carolina Fernandes Carpinetti is also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is extremely strong, building compelling arguments and deep legal analysis to support the arguments brought forward. Complete fluency in English, responsiveness and a deep knowledge of the substance matter.’

‘Pinheiro Neto has the right balance between knowledge and structure, including international support.’

‘The team is committed, has a profound knowledge and always available to handle our tax issues. This really make difference.’

‘Marcelo Roncaglia and Ana Carpinetti make up the dream team that I have worked with in the firm. Absolutely outstanding both of them.’

‘Luciana Galhardo is a strong partner. Very reliable and committed.’

‘Sergio Farina Filho has vast experience and high level of competence.’

Key clients

Unilever Companies

Laboratórios Pfizer

Philips do Brasil

Kirton Bank

Universal Leaf Tabacos

SAP Brasil





TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 1

The data privacy and cybersecurity team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados offers assistance on the full range of related matters. Recent highlights saw the team advise leading international companies on aspects of the soon-to-be implemented General Data Protection Law (LGPD). The practice also excels in data breach remediation actions, as well as litigation involving data privacy and free speech rights. Larissa Galimberti stands out not only in technology transactions, but also in the drafting of data protection policies, data management procedures and cybersecurity issues, and Ciro Torres Freitas has substantial experience in data breach issues. The core team also includes seasoned practitioners Raphael de Cunto, André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Decoussau Machado. Marcel Leonardi left to establish his own firm in 2020.


‘They are top of the market in Brazil in terms of expertise, client relations, ease to work with, efficiency and overall friendliness.’

‘This specific team at Pinheiro Neto (Cybersecurity and data privacy), besides the knowledge involved, which provides comfort and security for its clients, has a very neat way of working, which puts the quality of their work in a very high standard.’

‘Ciro Freitas and Andre Giacchetta have been great and long time partners, not only on Cybersecurity and data privacy, but also on product implementation, litigation and law enforcement.’

Key clients

Laboratórios Pfizer




Banco Votorantim

Banco Pan

B3 S.A – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão – “B3”


Banco BMG

First Data





TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 1

Full-service firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados remains at the forefront of the market in the field of technology law, having evolved from assisting the IT and telecoms sectors on regulatory and software issues, to now also advising digital businesses on a range of corporate, tax and litigation matters. The group brings broad experience across transactional work and contentious matters, handling issues pertaining to the education, e-commerce, advertising, data analytics, mobile games and streaming industry segments. The firm enjoys a strong link to international tech hotspots, having established two foreign offices in Silicon Valley and Tokyo in the last two years. Raphael de Cunto has multi-disciplinary experience in corporate and tech law, while Larissa Galimberti's expertise covers tech transactions, open source software, bitcoin, agrotech and e-commerce platforms. Technology transfers and software licensing are core areas of activity for André Zonaro Giacchetta. José Mauro Decoussau Machado is another point of contact in the team.

Key clients











Verizon Media


Whatsapp Inc



Compliance Tier 2

The highly regarded compliance team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles a range of preventive and enforcement work and has recently been particularly active in anti-bribery investigations. Its team has multi-disciplinary expertise in litigation, compliance, white-collar criminal law, antitrust and public law. José Alexandre Buaiz NetoMário Panseri Ferreira and Ricardo Pagliari Levy are key names in São Paulo; Vicente Coelho Araujo and Daniel Costa Rebello - who made partner in January 2020 - are based in Brasília.

Key clients

Caixa Econômica Federal

SBM Offshore



Via Varejo

Insurance Tier 2

The strong and versatile insurance team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados represents insurers and reinsurers on a broad range of regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. The firm also stands out for its healthcare expertise, where partner Théra Van Swaay De Marchi and counsel Maria Silvia Loureiro de Andrade Marques regularly advise on insurance-related issues. Among the partners, Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto is the main contact on the litigation side, and Bruno Balduccini and Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes typically handle related corporate finance and transactional matters. Most of the partners offer strong regulatory advice.

Key clients

Icatu Capitalização


Caixa Econômica Federal and Caixa Seguridade Participações

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Associação Brasileira de Insurtechs

Generali Brasil Seguros

KAKAU Inovação Serviços de Tecnologia

Seguradora Líder do Consórcio DPVAT











Femsa (Coca-Cola)


Labour and employment Tier 2

Clients are quick to praise Pinheiro Neto Advogados' active employment team, which is led by the highly experienced Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes, who has over 30 years in the market. Other key partners include Thais Galo, who has good expertise in executive hiring, individual and collective layoffs, business reorganisations and various remuneration and profit-sharing plans. Mauricio Froes Guidi is also well regarded, particularly for representing clients in the finance and technology industries. The versatile team covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious labour issues, including related outsourcing, pensions and insurance matters.


‘Pinheiro Neto’s Labour and Employment team has helped with very creative and well-structured advice in the creation of new products and projects for our company. They’re always available to help, clarify any questions and jam on any ideas we have regarding innovation and new products. Their help was essential for us in the design of our most disruptive products.’

‘Mauricio Guidi is a great partner that has a great background and knowledge on labour and employment matters, but is still happy to discuss new and disruptive ideas and to bring innovative and creative solutions for roadblocks that may rise when structuring our products.’

‘Thais Galo and Barbarah Becker are outstanding lawyers for employment related advice. They are not only smart, they give smart answers to practical issues. They understand that in-house lawyers most of the time needs short and straightforward advice and direct to the point answers.’

Key clients






Spencer Stuart


Duke Energy


Costa Crociere

Litigation Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has an impressive track record in litigation, including before the higher courts in Brasília. One recent matter in a string of successful higher court victories saw Vicente Coelho Araujo successfully defend Saint-Gobain in a public civil action filed by the Public Prosecutor's Office of São Paulo seeking that the company be required to add a late payment clause to all of its showroom sales contracts in case of delay in the delivery of goods. 'Excellent lawyerLeonardo Rocha e Silva  focuses his practice on antitrust and civil litigation, with particular experience before the appellate courts.


The office has several teams working in the most diverse areas and with international experience. All teams have experienced lawyers with consolidated knowledge. They always present innovative solutions and objective answers to queries. Are always available for contact and urgent meetings. The fees are compatible with the quality of the work provided.’

Celso Cintra Mori is a top tier litigator. Celso is an impressive and skilled advocate and an excellent strategy.

Leonardo Rocha e Silva is an excellent lawyer and a rising star.

Top level litigation group, second to none.

Team members have a multidisciplinary vision. They are able to analyse the demands in a timely and objective way. Colleagues convey conviction and security in the guidelines and recommendations.

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Philip Morris


Siemens AG and Siemens

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (CCEE)

Produtos Roche Químicos e Farmacêuticos


Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica

Isolux – Córsan

Cast Informática

Associação Brasileira de Medicamentos Isentos de Prescrição (ABIMIP)

SBM Offshore


Robert Bosch

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Drawing on the firm's multi-disciplinary expertise, the infrastructure team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados has the ability to advise on projects in the power, oil and gas, mining, construction and transportation sectors. The practice often advises clients on domestic and international funding transactions, such as financing deals involving public banks, multilateral agencies, local offerings of project debentures and international bond offerings. The firm's broad service offering encompasses public bids, project and construction contracts, tax issues, PPPs, concessions and litigation. Júlio Bueno stands out for his expertise in construction law, engineering contracts and project finance; the latter is also an area of focus for Ricardo Coelho. Ricardo Russo leads advice in relation to project finance through banking and capital markets instruments, and assists clients with project development.


‘Legally sound, but most importantly they adopt a very practical approach and are very attuned to the client’s needs.  Quick turnaround and extremely to committed to producing good work.’

‘Thaís Fernandes Chebatt is clear and reliable. She is a go-to in the project team.’ 

‘Sílvia H. Johonsom di Salvo is very reliable and committed to the client.’

Key clients


Iguá Saneamento







Real estate Tier 2

The versatile team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados brings a broad range of expertise to real estate-related corporate, regulatory and litigation matters. Joint ventures, capital markets issues and financings form a substantial part of the team's workload, though the firm is also regularly involved in real estate investments and development projects. This includes advice on rural and urban properties, including retail, logistics, hospitality and timberland. Luciano Garcia Rossi and Franco Musetti Grotti are two of the most active partners, with Júlio Bueno and Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro providing construction and and litigation expertise, respectively. The firm is also praised for its strong team of associates, which include Marianna Morselli and Fábio Pinto.


‘The team is multidisciplinary and collaborative, enabling quick responses to various business issues.’

‘The real estate team of Pinheiro Neto combines technical knowledge and a business oriented mindset. This makes the team a real part of the deal and not only a group in charge of draft documents. Also, the team is very solid, with associates and partners at the same level, making the workflow very efficient.’

‘Pinheiro Neto has a consistent team, with good professionals and availability to respond urgent demands with technical quality and on a timely manner.’

‘Franco Musetti Grotti is attentive and extremely assertive, facilitating discussions to make negotiations feasible.’

‘Fabio Pinto, a senior associate, is outstanding. He combines a very deep academic knowledge, with almost 15 years working in the real estate sector, and a business oriented mind to make the deals happen.’

Key clients



Tishman Speyer


Mirae Asset

Rio Bravo


BSP Empreendimentos Imobiliários // Bradesco


TRG (The Rohatyn Group)

Tax Tier 2

Leading domestic and multinational companies turn to Pinheiro Neto Advogados' sizeable Brasília-based tax team for advice and representation in administrative and judicial tax disputes. Social security and international and domestic tax planning are also strengths. Tax litigation specialist Luiz Paulo Romano heads the practice and is supported by senior associate André Torres dos Santos.

Key clients

Ponto Online










Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

Leading full-service heavyweight Pinheiro Neto Advogados has an interdisciplinary approach to wealth planning, combining its well-recognised strengths in tax, corporate and M&A and litigation. Marcos Chaves Ladeira has a background in corporate and M&A and has in recent years developed a strong family disputes practice; Pythagoras Carvalho 'is very well prepared, clear and prudent in his suggestions'; and Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr is another key member of the team, having taken a lead role on several of the department's recent cases.


The quality of PN Advogados’ team is recognised. The connection with many lawyers and offices around the world give them advantage in comparison with others.

They are the most traditional and best-reputed law firm, probably the first that was organized as a group. The firm is known to be conservative and due to that, very reliable and successful in supporting their legal opinion.

Pythagoras always brings me vision and details about the matter at hand which not only demonstrates his knowledge of the situation but also gives me the necessary comfort to move forward with the procedures necessary to address any issue.

We have worked with Dr Pythagoras Carvalho in the family area and are still working in the corporate field. All his advisory on the recent offshore regularization program for Brazilian citizen was very successful. He is very well prepared, clear and prudent on his suggestions but also sets out and explains all the options available. We strongly recommend him as a legal advisor for all the areas above.

Electricity Tier 3

The energy practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is well versed in high-value M&As, privatisations and auctions taking place in the Brazilian power sector, and its full-service offering enables it to assist clients with related tax, real estate and environmental issues. Typical mandates include advising on self-production structures, tenders for new hydroelectric plants, the construction of new transmission lines, auctions for power purchases and project finance. Drawing on almost two decades of experience in the energy field, José Roberto Oliva Júnior focuses on regulatory issues and transactional work in the power sector.

Key clients

Micropower ComercEnergia

Votorantim Energia

Andritz Hydro

CPFL Energia

Celulose Irani

Wobben Windpower

Vulcabras Azaleia

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.

Pacific Hydro Energia do Brasil (SPIC Group)

Sices Brasil

Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados represents Brazilian and international players in high-end transactions involving oil and gas assets. The team is also instructed by commercial banks in regulatory-driven transactional work, as well as service providers and equipment suppliers. Regulatory issues concerning exploration, development, production, refining, distribution, trading and imports and exports of oil are other areas of expertise for the department. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura focuses on M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector and regulatory matters, while Marcello Lobo's specialisms further include joint ventures and financing issues.


‘The deep knowledge of energy law and regulations is what makes the practice unique.’

‘The main difference between Pinheiro Neto and other law firms is the great quality of its partners. Irrespective of the matter, you’ll find a very high qualified partner to support you.’

‘The availability and pro activity is what differentiates this law firm from others.’

‘The partners that stand out are Francisco Maranhão and Raphael Paciello.’ 

‘Emir Oliveira, Raphael Paciello and Marcelo Moura are outstanding lawyers, representing not only the firm high standards, but being present on the every day discussions.’

Key clients

Trident Energy LP

Perenco Petróleo e Gás do Brasil

Public Joint Stock Company Acron


Transportadora Associada de Gás – TAG

Itaú Investimentos – Itaúsa

Mitsui E&P Brasil

Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil

Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Afton Chemical Indústria de Aditivos

Mubadala Development Company PJSC


EIG Global Energy Partners

Technip FMC

SBM Offshore

Tricon Energy

Intellectual property Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados' IP team has a proven track record in complex litigation. Providing services across a range of IP assets, the practice is also well versed in patent, industrial design and trade mark prosecution. André Zonaro Giacchetta has extensive experience in litigation involving technology and IP rights. IP litigation is one of José Mauro Decoussau Machado's areas of practice; he also regularly advises domestic and international clients on transactional IP matters.


‘Pinheiro Neto has a great team which is able to advise on any IP matter.’

‘Pinheiro Neto’s IP team is very business driven without losing focus on legal risks. The team is always thinking in new ways to make business possible and allow development.’

‘The attorneys are well informed in all IP matters.’

‘José Mauro Decoussau Machado is a very experienced lawyer with a business acumen that makes him a valuable asset to all organisations.’

‘Gustavo Ferrer has a deep knowledge of all IP regulations and his experience both as an in-house lawyer and as outside counsel makes him a great partner to work with when assessing risk/rewards of any enterprise.’

Key clients






Hilton Hotels

Italac Alimentos




TMT: Telecoms and media Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados advises telecom service providers and technology companies on a range of transactions and regulatory matters. The department is also well versed in media issues, having recently advised on video on demand and music streaming, as well as gaming. Raphael de Cunto is a seasoned practitioner in technology and telecoms law.

Key clients

Universal Studios Limited

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment do Brasil

Universal City Studios Productions

Netflix Entretenimento Brasil

HBO Brasil

White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a well-established corporate criminal law practice, with particular expertise in environmental, tax and consumer rights cases. Key names in the sizeable team include highly experienced criminal law partner Mário Panseri FerreiraVicente Coelho AraujoJosé Alexandre Buaiz Neto (whose practice spans antitrust, anti-bribery and internal investigations), and Daniel Costa Rebello, who was promoted to partner in 2020. Associate Lourival Lofrano Júnior is recommended.

Key clients


Carrefour Com e Ind

Makro Atacadista

Cargill Agrícola

Centurylink Comunicações do Brasil

Mondelez Brasil

Valeant Farmacêutica do Brasil

Ipsos Brasil Pesquisa de Mercado

Biosev Bioenergia

Louis Dreyfus Company

Public law Tier 4

The public law practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados assists clients on a range of litigation and non-contentious matters, showcasing extensive knowledge in public tenders, contract negotiation and financial re-balancing cases. The team is adept at handling the implementation and operation of projects, helping clients navigate regulatory hurdles and negotiations with government authorities. Ricardo Pagliari Levy's notable areas of practice include public procurement, concession of public services and PPPs; advising on the development of infrastructure projects and public law litigation are some of Marcello Bernardes' areas of focus. Heloisa Figueiredo Ferraz is another key practitioner in the team.

Key clients







BH Airport

CCR NovaDutra

Investimentos e Participações em Infraestrutura

Mitsui & Co

Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Saipem do Brasil



Pátria Investimentos

Transport and shipping

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has expertise in shipping and aviation law. Ricardo Coelho and Marcello Lobo regularly advise on maritime and shipping contracts and ship financings, while Luis Claudio Furtado Faria oversees the litigation and regulatory side. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho is the main contact for aviation finance.

Key clients

Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços

Mineração Rio do Norte

Sistac Sistemas de Acesso

Trident Energy Management Limited

World Metals & Alloys FZC

Petro Rio Jaguar Petróleo

Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co.

Eastern Pacific Shipping

IFC – International Finance Corporation and KfW Group

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: Latin America Law Firm of the Year, and Brazil Law Firm of the Year (2019).

Pinheiro Neto is recognised among Latin America’s most renowned firms in Latin Lawyer Elite 2020. The firm has more individual lawyer recommendations than any other Brazilian firm in Chambers and Partners Latin America 2020, IFLR1000 2020, and The Legal 500 Latin America 2019.

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Mr Tiago A. D. Themudo Lessa  photo Mr Tiago A. D. Themudo Lessa Partner.
Mr Fernando Alves Meira  photo Mr Fernando Alves Meira Partner.
Mr Eider Avelino Silva  photo Mr Eider Avelino Silva Partner
Mr Bruno Balduccini  photo Mr Bruno Balduccini Partner.
Mr Leonardo Baptista Rodrigues Cruz  photo Mr Leonardo Baptista Rodrigues Cruz Partner
Mr Pedro Barradas Barata  photo Mr Pedro Barradas Barata Partner.
Mr Flávio Belliboni  photo Mr Flávio Belliboni Partner.
Mr Enrico Bentivegna  photo Mr Enrico Bentivegna Partner
Mr Mauro Berenholc  photo Mr Mauro Berenholc Partner.
Mr Alexandre Bertoldi  photo Mr Alexandre Bertoldi Partner.
Mr Fernando Botelho Penteado de Castro  photo Mr Fernando Botelho Penteado de Castro Partner.
Mr Júlio César Bueno photo Mr Júlio César Bueno Partner. 
Mr Diego Caldas R. de Simone  photo Mr Diego Caldas R. de Simone Partner.
Mr Rodrigo Carneiro  photo Mr Rodrigo Carneiro Partner
Mr Pythagoras Carvalho  photo Mr Pythagoras Carvalho Partner.
Mr Eduardo Carvalho Caiuby  photo Mr Eduardo Carvalho Caiuby Partner
Mr Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro  photo Mr Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro Partner.
Mr Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo  photo Mr Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo Partner
Mr Marcos Chaves Ladeira  photo Mr Marcos Chaves Ladeira Partner.
Mr Tércio Chiavassa  photo Mr Tércio Chiavassa Partner.
Mr Celso Cintra Mori  photo Mr Celso Cintra Mori Partner
Mr Giuliano Colombo  photo Mr Giuliano Colombo Partner.
Ms Ana Carolina Fernandes Carpinetti  photo Ms Ana Carolina Fernandes Carpinetti Partner.
Mr Mário Ferreira photo Mr Mário Ferreira Partner.
Mr Caio Ferreira Silva  photo Mr Caio Ferreira Silva Partner.
Mr Maximilian Fierro Paschoal  photo Mr Maximilian Fierro Paschoal Partner.
Mr Sérgio Filho photo Mr Sérgio Filho Partner.
Mr Mauricio Froes Guidi  photo Mr Mauricio Froes Guidi Partner.
Mr Larissa Galimberti Afonso  photo Mr Larissa Galimberti Afonso Partner.
Mrs Thais Galo  photo Mrs Thais Galo Partner. 
Mr Luciano Garcia Rossi  photo Mr Luciano Garcia Rossi Partner.
Mr André Giacchetta photo Mr André Giacchetta Partner.
Mr Gilberto Giusti  photo Mr Gilberto Giusti Partner.
Mr Ricardo Glaessner Binnie  photo Mr Ricardo Glaessner Binnie Partner.
Mr Werner Grau Neto  photo Mr Werner Grau Neto Partner.
Mr Franco Grotti  photo Mr Franco Grotti Partner.
Mr Jose Luiz Homem de Mello  photo Mr Jose Luiz Homem de Mello Partner.
Mr José Roberto Júnior photo Mr José Roberto Júnior Partner.
Mr Jose Carlos Junqueira Sampaio Meirelles  photo Mr Jose Carlos Junqueira Sampaio Meirelles Partner.
Ms Angela Kung  photo Ms Angela Kung Partner.
Mr Henrique Lang  photo Mr Henrique Lang Partner.
Mr Guilherme Leite  photo Mr Guilherme Leite Partner.
Mr Ricardo Luiz Becker  photo Mr Ricardo Luiz Becker Partner.
Mr Joamir Müller Romiti Alves  photo Mr Joamir Müller Romiti Alves Partner
Mr José Mauro Machado photo Mr José Mauro Machado Partner.
Mr André Marques photo Mr André Marques Partner.
Mrs Vânia Marques Ribeiro Moyano  photo Mrs Vânia Marques Ribeiro Moyano Partner. 
Mr Rodrigo Martone  photo Mr Rodrigo Martone Partner.
Mrs Andréa Mascitto  photo Mrs Andréa Mascitto Partner.
Ms Cristiane Matsumoto  photo Ms Cristiane Matsumoto Partner.
Mr Antônio José Mattos Morello  photo Mr Antônio José Mattos Morello Partner.
Mr Renê Medrado  photo Mr Renê Medrado Partner.
Mr Luís Antônio Mendes photo Mr Luís Antônio Mendes Partner
Mr Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes  photo Mr Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes Partner
Mr Antonio José Monteiro photo Mr Antonio José Monteiro Partner.
Mr Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr  photo Mr Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr Partner
Mr Tiago Moreira Vieira Rocha  photo Mr Tiago Moreira Vieira Rocha Partner.
Mr Jorge N. F. Lopes Jr.  photo Mr Jorge N. F. Lopes Jr. Partner.
Mr Diogenes Neto photo Mr Diogenes Neto Partner.
Ms Yuka Ono  photo Ms Yuka Ono Partner.
Mr Alexandre Outeda Jorge  photo Mr Alexandre Outeda Jorge Partner.
Mr Joao Marcelo Pacheco  photo Mr Joao Marcelo Pacheco Partner.
Mr Ricardo Pagliari Levy  photo Mr Ricardo Pagliari Levy Partner.
Mr Eduardo Paoliello Jr.  photo Mr Eduardo Paoliello Jr. Partner.
Mr Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa  photo Mr Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa Partner.
Mr Rodrigo Persone P. Camargo  photo Mr Rodrigo Persone P. Camargo Partner.
Mr Sérgio Pinheiro Marçal  photo Mr Sérgio Pinheiro Marçal Partner
Mr Fernando J. Prado Ferreira  photo Mr Fernando J. Prado Ferreira Partner.
Mr Daniel Rebello photo Mr Daniel Rebello Partner.
Mr Marcelo Roncaglia  photo Mr Marcelo Roncaglia Partner.
Mrs Luciana Rosanova Galhardo  photo Mrs Luciana Rosanova Galhardo Partner.
Mr Ricardo Russo  photo Mr Ricardo Russo Partner
Mr Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro  photo Mr Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro Partner.
Mr Alvaro Silas U. Martins dos Santos  photo Mr Alvaro Silas U. Martins dos Santos Partner
Mr Renato Stephan Grion  photo Mr Renato Stephan Grion Partner.
Ms Roberta Stettinger Rossi Bilotti Demange  photo Ms Roberta Stettinger Rossi Bilotti Demange Partner.
Mr Henry Sztutman  photo Mr Henry Sztutman Partner.
Mr Miguel Tornovsky  photo Mr Miguel Tornovsky Partner. 
Mr Ciro Torres Freitas  photo Mr Ciro Torres Freitas Partner.
Mr Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva  photo Mr Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva Partner.
Mrs Théra Van Swaay De Marchi photo Mrs Théra Van Swaay De Marchi Partner.
Mr Flavio Veitzman  photo Mr Flavio Veitzman Partner
Mr Andre Vertullo Bernini  photo Mr Andre Vertullo Bernini Partner.
Mr Carlos Vilhena photo Mr Carlos Vilhena Partner.
Mr Andre Vivan de Souza  photo Mr Andre Vivan de Souza Partner.
Ms Cristianne Zarzur  photo Ms Cristianne Zarzur Partner.
Mr Fernando Zorzo  photo Mr Fernando Zorzo Partner.
Mr Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado  photo Mr Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado Partner
Mr Adolpho Julio de Carvalho  photo Mr Adolpho Julio de Carvalho Partner
Mr Raphael de Cunto  photo Mr Raphael de Cunto Partner.
Partners : 103
Other fee-earners : 700
Total staff : 993
IBA (International Bar Association)

Parties’ ability to agree on procedural aspects of a lawsuit under Brazilian law (
The team at Pinheiro Neto discuss Brazil’s civil procedure code