Mr Ricardo Pagliari Levy > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906
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Public Law, Infrastructure, and Corporate Compliance and Internal Investigations.




Ricardo Pagliari Levy specializes in public law, particularly public procurement and administrative contracts, public utilities concessions, public–private partnerships (PPP) and regulatory matters (including ports, defense, sewage, aviation, railways, highways). Ricardo advises on those areas and represents clients in judicial and administrative proceedings as well as before budget oversight boards. He is also specialized in anti-corruption, administrative misconduct and corporate white-collar liability, and has wide experience in investigation and in negotiation of leniency programs.


Portuguese, English and French.


LL.M. from the University of Nottingham

Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP)

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Public law

(Leading individuals)

Ricardo Pagliari LevyPinheiro Neto Advogados

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 Bernardes, who focuses on infrastructure projects and litigation.

Brazil > Compliance

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.

Brazil > City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation

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.