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

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP 01455-906
Ciro Torres Freitas photo

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)

Ciro Torres FreitasPinheiro Neto Advogados

The cybersecurity and data protection-focused practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is lauded for its ability to ‘navigate complex legal matters with precision and expertise‘. The ‘highly skilled and experienced team of lawyers‘ frequently assists clients across the healthcare, insurance, financial services and technology sectors in risk management, data breach remediation actions and judicial litigation, including proceedings before the superior courts. The firm, which has recently opened an office in Tokyo in an effort to grow its client base and workload in the region, is also well versed in the structuring and implementation of LGPD programmes. Noted by a client as ‘one of the best lawyers in the legal market‘, Ciro Torres Freitas is singled out for his ‘vast knowledge of technology, internet, and data protection law‘. Technology expert Larissa Galimberti regularly assists companies in the implementation of data protection compliance programmes and structuring of new products. André Zonaro Giacchetta and José Mauro Decoussau Machado are names to note for contentious matters.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business

With over three decades’ experience in technology law, Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles the gamut of matters for a strong international and domestic client base active in the IT, financial services, e-commerce and life sciences sectors. Offering a blend of IP, corporate, employment, tax and litigation services, the practice is particularly well regarded for its credentials in regulatory and contentious matters, representing some of the largest multinational tech players in high-stakes administrative and judicial cases; recently the firm has been particularly active in proceedings involving the dissemination of fake news on internet platforms. Transactional work is also at the core of the department, which is often retained by payment services, banking and fintech companies in the structuring of their deals and operations in the country. Raphael de Cunto focuses on matters in the technology and media spaces, while André Zonaro Giacchetta is recommended for IP litigation. José Mauro Decoussau Machado handles transactional and contentious matters in the tech sector, and Larissa Galimberti specialises in the structuring of new products, services and platforms for e-commerce, marketplace, banking, healthtech, fintech, AI, Internet of Things(IoT), media and Software as a Service (SaaS) clients. Technology specialist Ciro Torres Freitas offers advisory and contentious support to internet application providers and other tech-related businesses. Senior associate Augusto Bittencourt Vieira is also noted.