Mr Ciro Torres Freitas > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

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

Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property.




Ciro Torres Freitas specializes in technology law, with an emphasis on internet, data protection and privacy matters, as a trusted litigator and advisor to internet application providers and other technology companies. Ciro has extensive experience in representing domestic and international companies in investigations, government requirements, administrative proceedings and court disputes (including before higher courts) related to data breach, liability of intermediaries, image rights and new technologies such as facial recognition, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). He advises large technology multinationals on complex cases, including public civil actions (class action suits), with sound knowledge of the stand of Brazilian authorities regarding internet, data protection and privacy laws and regulations. Ciro also practices in intellectual property law and litigation matters.


Portuguese and English.


Extension Course in Understanding U.S. Intellectual Property Law from the Stanford University

Extension Course in Civil Liability in the Media and the Internet from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

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

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

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy

(Next Generation Partners)

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ cybersecurity and data protection group is a popular choice for multinational and domestic clients in the financial services, healthcare and insurance industries. The full-service firm advises and consults on all manner of aspects related to the LGPD with a multidisciplinary approach. Outside of compliance programmes, the team also advises on increasingly complex cybersecurity challenges, assisting clients in managing risk and data breach remediation actions. In particular, social media clients trust the team to advise them in breakthrough matters, such as open banking technology in Brazil. Litigation is another area in which the team shines, representing companies in a number of high-profile cases involving free speech, privacy, and liability for third-party content and disclosure of user data in the Supreme Federal Court. André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Decoussau Machado are go-to individuals in the team for litigation matters. Larissa Galimberti is a technology transaction and data protection expert, with extensive experience in structuring new products, services and platforms for e-commerce. Ciro Torres Freitas is also highly specialised within the field, and advises some of the top global technology clients. In broader developments, the firm opened a Tokyo office in 2019, which is a strategic advantage for Asia-based clients.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business

The technology practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados advises on a range of regulatory and corporate matters for foreign clients seeking guidance in the Brazilian market. It represents clients from a wide range of industries, including medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, financial services, e-commerce and fintech, adopting a multidisciplinary approach in its advice, covering transactional, IP, regulatory and litigation mandates. Recent highlights for the department include acting for a number of social media giants including Facebook and Twitter. As part of its Asia-wide strategy, the firm recently announced the opening of its Tokyo office, bolstering the firm’s regional technology and digital business capabilities there. Litigation specialists André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Decoussau Machado are of note within the team, with specialisms in technology transfers and software licensing, and IP, advertising and unfair competition, respectively. Larissa Galimberti stands out as a technology expert and is trusted by clients for her new product, platform and services structuring expertise, particularly for financial services and life sciences clients. Ciro Torres Freitas focuses his practice on advisory and contentious support to digital and internet businesses in relation to data protection and privacy.