Mr Jose Luiz Homem de Mello > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906
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Work Department

Corporate, M&A, Banking and Financial Regulation, and Capital Markets.




José Luiz Homem specializes in banking and corporate finance, including financial transactions, regulatory matters, capital markets, project finance, and M&A deals.
He practiced in New York in the Foreign Lawyers Program of Sullivan & Cromwell (2000-2001).


Portuguese and English.


Brazilian Institute of Investor Relations (IBRI): Member of the Legal Committee. 
Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC): Member of the Financial Institutions Governance Committee. 
José Luiz is admitted to the Brazilian Bar and to the New York State Bar.


LL.M. from the University of Chicago – 2000;
Executive MBA in Finance from the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa (Insper) – 1997;
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation – São Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) – 1994;
Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) – 1994.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

José Luiz Homem de MelloPinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ ‘huge technical and market knowledge‘ makes it one of the first destinations for ground-breaking transactional and regulatory matters. The firm remained busy during 2021 and 2022 in the booming payments and fintech space, where it has advised on some of the market’s largest transactions, including the IPO of digital bank Nubank. On the financing side, the team also assists major banks on a range of products, including debt capital markets, project and acquisition finance, and real estate and agribusiness debentures. Bruno Balduccini is one of the lead regulatory partners, while Jose Luiz Homem de Mello brings ‘extensive experience‘ in transactional matters. Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado is a key contact for structured products, while Yuka Ono heads the active Japan desk. Recently promoted partners Tatiana Mello Guazzelli and Raphael Palmieri Salomão are also developing strong reputations.

Brazil > Capital markets

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a multi-faceted capital markets practice, which stands out for the number and the quality of its transactions. 2021 saw the firm advise on almost 30 equity offerings, including its representation of Nu Holdings on the high-profile $2.8bn Nubank IPO, involving a dual listing on the NYSE and Brazil. Transactional debt work, including agribusiness and real estate instruments, was similarly busy for the practice, and advice to investment funds also features regularly in its workload. The team’s regulatory credentials were demonstrated through its work for Laqus Depositária de Valores Mobiliárias on the establishment of a new Central Securities Depository for agribusiness securities. The ‘highly specialised partners‘ include Ricardo Russo, Tiago A. D. Themudo Lessa and the recently promoted Rafael Gaspar for debt products. Henrique Lang, Guilherme Sampaio MonteiroJose Luiz Homem de Mello and Fernando Zorzo are among the lead partners on the equity side.