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Pinheiro Neto Advogados
SECTOR DE ADMINISTRAÇÃO FEDERAL SUL (SAFS)
QUADRA 2 - BLOCO B - 3° ANDAR - ED. VIA OFFICE
BRASILIA, DF 70070-600
Brazil

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

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.

Testimonials

‘I consider Pinheiro Neto a reference in the banking sector.’

‘The firm has an extensive knowledge of market operations that has contributed to the development of projects, anticipating situations that were previously experienced and were or were not successful. The firm also has knowledge of the company’s own operations as it has carried out several projects over time.’

‘José Luiz Homem de Mello has extensive experience and network with several players in the area that brings security and knowledge about the projects developed.’

‘The banking team led by Fernando Mirandez has huge technical and market knowledge, they always bring interesting solutions and proposals.’

Key clients

Clara

Revolut

Mercado Pago

Nubank

JP Morgan

Swile

Caixa

BRB

Morgan Stanley

PayPal

Work highlights

  • Advising J.P. Morgan on its strategic agreement with Brazilian digital bank C6 Bank and its founding partners, including its acquisition of a 40% stake.
  • Advised funds managed by Advent International in the $400m investment in Ebanx, a Brazilian payments fintech.
  • Advised Nu Holdings and other companies from Nubank’s group, including Nu Pagamentos and NuInvest, on Nubank’s $2.8bn IPO, which saw the digital bank listed on the NYSE and B3.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

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.

Testimonials

‘Partners have innovative ideas for problem solving and objectivity in explanations.’

‘Highly specialised professionals and direct service by the partners.’

Key clients

Nubank

Banco Pan

Cielo

Via

Energisa

Aegea

Natura & Co

Mubadala

Azul

Pátria

Havan

Rumo

Raízen

Cosan

WDC (Livetech)

Jalles Machado

Multilaser

Madero

SLC Agrícola

Elfa Medicamentos

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriting banks in a R$6.4bn debenture issuance by Iguá Saneamento.
  • Advised NuHoldings on the $2.8bn Nubank IPO, which saw the fintech bank dual listed in the NYSE and B3 in Brazil.
  • Advised Laqus Depositária de Valores Mobiliárias on the establishment of a new Central Securities Depository, which will focus on agribusiness securities.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 1

Praised for its ‘dedication and commitment to achieve successful outcomes for clients’, the dispute resolution team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is often retained by large national and international companies from an array of industries, including mining, banking, IT, construction and life sciences. The group handles a busy caseload, which includes matters related to public and constitutional law, corruption allegations, and corporate and commercial disputes. Names to note in the practice include mining law and government relations expert Carlos Vilhena; Leonardo Rocha e Silva, who focuses on complex litigation before the appellate courts; José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, whose expertise spans bribery investigations, competition law and compliance issues; and litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo.

Testimonials

‘The team is differentiated by its excellent service. Some of its highlights are the technical capacity of the team, the dedication and commitment to achieve successful outcomes for clients, and always acting as if they were part of the client’s business.’

‘Pinheiro Neto is always dedicated to responding to its clients no matter what time or day.’

‘The team is always innovating in order to be up to date on legislative changes and to provide clients with the best solutions.’

‘Vicente Araújo and Lais de Oliveira have great technical competence and dedication to clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Caixa Econômica Federal in a number of disputes before the Federal Supreme Court and the 7th Lower Federal Court of Brasília.
  • Acted for Sama Minerações Associadas in a claim filled by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office arguing that the company failed to collect mining royalties between 1991 and 2005.
  • Assisted Siemens with a writ of mandamus challenging an administrative decision to suspend its rights to participate in any bidding processes.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Noted for its ‘personalised and agile service‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a well-established reputation in Brazil, and its competition department remains at the forefront of the market. With comprehensive coverage in this field, the team is a popular choice for major domestic and international companies in merger reviews and investigations before CADE. The firm also stands out for its ability to represent clients in judicial litigation, still a relatively nascent area in Brazil; the antitrust group’s origins in the litigation department make it particularly well placed for these cases. Also of note is the firm’s highly regarded M&A department, which ensures a regular flow of merger filings, including in multi-jurisdictional deals. Cristianne Zarzur is a well-known competition expert in the market; her expertise covers merger control, anti-competitive practices and compliance. Antitrust and international trade specialist Renê Medrado, competition and compliance expert José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, and Leonardo Rocha e Silva in Brasília are also key senior figures in the team. Daniel Costa Rebello and associate Alessandro Pezzolo Giacaglia are additional names to note. In a rare move, the firm hired former CADE official Amanda Athayde in July 2022.

Testimonials

‘Fully personalised and agile service. In addition, the professionals are highly competent and experienced in the subjects.’

‘Renê Medrado is always responsive and helpful.’

‘Daniel Costa Rebello – always very helpful, very assertive and knowledgeable. In addition, he shares with us all the updates and important news in the competition area.’

‘José Alexandre Buaiz Neto  – Excellent professional, very experienced and able to deal with stressful issues for companies.’

Key clients

Prosegur Group

Softbank

CCR

American Express

NotreDame Intermédica (Bain Capital)

Arcos Dourados/McDonald’s Corporation

Becton Dickinson & Company

Credit Suisse

Hapvida

JP Morgan Chase

American Tower Corporation

Mubadala

Robert Bosch

Evonik Brasil

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Roche

TIM

BTG

Siemens

Philips

Work highlights

  • Acted as deal counsel of the R$110bn merger between Hapvida and Intermédica, including providing advice and assistance on the merger control aspects.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse since the beginning of the CADE administrative proceeding into an international cartel in the foreign exchange market and other related litigation, including a public civil action.
  • Assisting TIM in obtaining antitrust clearance in Brazil regarding the R$16.5bn acquisition of the mobile business owned by the Oi Group, together with Telefônica Brasil and Claro.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Praised by clients for its ‘deep legal knowledge, excellent negotiation skills and relevant deal flow’, Pinheiro Neto Advogados continues to advise buyers, sellers, private equity funds, venture capital firms and financial institutions on blockbuster M&A deals in a variety of industries. The team has reported a recent uptick in transactional mandates within the technology, education, energy, oil and gas, healthcare, agribusiness and infrastructure sectors, which are all undergoing a consolidation process in the country. In terms of technology and innovation, the firm has adopted new software solutions based on data analytics and machine learning to support decision-making in many of its core practice areas. Its D&I programme promotes internal and external actions, with an emphasis on gender equality, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, people with disabilities, religious freedom, and financial and geographic diversity. On this front, it supports Ismart – Instituto Social para Motivar, Apoiar e Reconhecer Talentos, a non-profit that assists young people from low-income backgrounds by offering them scholarships in prime schools and access to vocational programmes from elementary to higher education levels. As a result, many law students linked to this entity joined the firm as interns. Furthermore, the firm, which was the first in the market to offset its entire carbon footprint, has been offering advice on a pro-bono basis since its inception in 1942. Focused on private equity and M&A transactions, Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr manages the group, which also features managing partners Alexandre Bertoldi and Fernando Alves Meira, the latter of whom excels in cross-border deals. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura is experienced in M&A in the oil and gas space, while Henry Sztutman and Miguel Tornovsky are trusted by several private equity firms. Other core members of the team include Joao Marcelo Pacheco, Fernando Zorzo, whose experience covers corporate reorganisations involving listed companies, Eduardo Paoliello Jr., Vânia Marques Ribeiro Moyano and Joamir Müller Romiti Alves, who is highlighted for his ‘excellent negotiation skills’. Camila Carvalho Gomes and Thiago José da Silva were promoted to partner in early 2022. Since publication, Tiago Eler Silva and Cauê Rezende Myanaki have been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr

Testimonials

‘Super capable team with deep legal knowledge, excellent negotiation skills, and relevant deal flow to coordinate a strategic deal.’

‘Joamir Alves is a young partner who, due to his experience and performance, seems to be older than he is. Excellent negotiation skills, intelligence, experience with similar deals. Always accessible and always with good inputs.’

Key clients

Pátria Investimentos

Advent International

Carlyle Group

H.I.G. Capital

Credit Suisse

Raízen Energia

American Tower Corporation

Grupo Simões

Notredame Intermédica

SoftBank Group

Banco Bradesco

Rede D’Or São Luiz

Bank of China Limited

Caixa Econômica Federal

Banco BTG Pactual

Magalu Pagamentos

Sompo Japan Insurance

Alpargatas

Work highlights

  • Advised Hapvida Participações e Investimentos on the merger with NotreDame Intermédica.
  • Assisting Raízen Energia and Raízen Combustíveis in the acquisition of Biosev on a debt-free basis, in consideration of a certain cash payment and a number of newly issued shares of Raízen.
  • Advising Linx on the combination of its business with STNE Participações, a company controlled by StoneCo, a Brazilian fintech listed in NASDAQ.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 1

The ‘highly qualified‘ arbitration team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a recognised market leader for complex, high-value and cross-border disputes. The team routinely represents multinational companies operating in a variety of industries, such as oil and gas, energy, telecoms, insurance and healthcare, involved in high-stake arbitrations arising from M&A and corporate governance agreements, construction contracts, infrastructure investments, PPPs and concessions. With over three decades of experience in dispute resolution, Gilberto Giusti is singled out for his arbitration work related to civil, commercial, corporate, securities and construction disputes. Major cases involving construction and infrastructure projects in Brazil and Latin America are core strengths for Júlio César Bueno, who excels in cross-border disputes involving power plants and mining facilities. Renato Stephan Grion ‘is extremely competent in arbitration proceedings‘, most notably ICC arbitrations. Rodrigo Persone P. Camargo has combined expertise in litigation and arbitration, while Pedro Barradas Barata stands out for his work in arbitration proceedings concerning financial services and life sciences players. Thaís Fernandes Chebatt focuses on dispute resolution involving infrastructure, construction and engineering contracts.

Testimonials

‘Always looking for the best solution for the client; able to come up with innovative and plausible alternatives. Highly qualified team, always guided by honesty, ethics and governance principles.’

‘Renato Grion is extremely competent in arbitration proceedings, demonstrating a clear mastery of the subject and full knowledge of the legal rules.’

Key clients

Schneider Electric Brasil

Omron Healthcare Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Médicos

Maisativo Intermediação de Ativos

Philips Medical Systems

Linx Sistemas e Consultoria

Work highlights

  • Represented VIAQUATRO – Concessionária da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo in a dispute regarding the economic-financial balance of a concession agreement with the state of São Paulo.
  • Acted for VIAQUATRO – Concessionária da Linha 4 Do Metrô De São Paulo in a dispute against the state of São Paulo concerning bus lines.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 1

A go-to destination for Brazilian and international clients engaged in high-stakes litigation and ‘one of the best law firms in Brazil‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is recognised for its strength in handling high-profile civil and commercial cases. The firm, whose track record in this field exceeds seven decades, provides assistance to clients from a range of industries, including technology and financial services players. A reference in the national market, Celso Cintra Mori maintains a broad dispute resolution practice, handling civil, commercial and administrative cases throughout the country. Focused on domestic and cross-border proceedings, Gilberto Giusti is counsel of choice for clients engaged in corporate, securities and construction disputes. Rodrigo Carneiro, who has a background in the oil and gas sector, is another name to note for corporate and securities cases. Litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo in Brasilia specialises in appellate matters before the Brazilian higher courts, and Luis Claudio Furtado Faria showcases significant experience in class actions and litigation involving energy and financial services clients. Eider Avelino Silva is extremely active in the department, both in the context of domestic and cross-border disputes. At the associate level, Gianvito Ardito stands out for his involvement in class actions.

Testimonials

‘High technical quality.’

‘Pinheiro Neto is certainly one of the best law firms in Brazil. Excellent follow-up of matters which keeps clients informed.’

‘My contact partner has always been Rodrigo Carneiro de Oliveira. He is competent, attentive, good at strategies and very down to earth, and deeply analyses the issues and provides enlightening opinions.’

‘We choose Pinheiro Neto when we want a very technical and objective approach to litigation. When we instruct the firm, we are able to rely on accurate, timely and weighted internal procedures, in accordance with the most recent jurisprudence of each court.’

‘In complex litigation, we know that we can count on Eider Avelino who, in addition to having extremely deep technical knowledge, knows how to deal with each case with great objectivity and always guides his clients in a clear and comprehensive way.’

Key clients

Apple

Boeing

Microsoft

Facebook

General Motors

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Citi Bank

Tetrapack

Mitsui

BHP

Becton Dickinson

Ernst & Young

Mubadala

Pfizer

McDonald’s (Arcos Dourados Comércio de Alimentos)

Brookfield

Fujikura

Philips

Siemens

Work highlights

  • Acted for Linx in a public civil action filed by IBRASG, an association which represents the interest of minority shareholders, concerning a business combination proposed by Stne Participações.
  • Engaged by partners of Grupo Peralta in a corporate dispute involving the liquidation of an individual’s shares in the group.
  • Assisting CBE in a dispute involving the termination of a contract in 1976 to create and implement a project for the electrification of the railway network in the state of São Paulo.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Highlighted for its ‘excellent knowledge of the mining sector', Pinheiro Neto Advogado acts for a strong client base comprised of market-leading mining companies with investments and projects located in Brazil and overseas. The firm’s longstanding reputation in this space sees it frequently acting in various public and private M&A deals, debt transactions and alternative financing, including royalties and streaming transactions. The Brasília-based team is also well positioned to advise clients in complex regulatory matters, crisis management, litigation and environmental permitting. More recently, the practice has been focusing on guiding mining and metals sector clients throughout their cultural transformation triggered by the ESG, decarbonisation and energy transition agendas. With extensive experience in mining policy and regulation, Carlos Vilhena ‘is an excellent professional with vast knowledge and recognition in Brazil and other countries'. Senior associate Filipe Morais Cunha maintains a broad practice, but demonstrates particular strength in contractual, regulatory and environmental issues. Marina Bertucci Ferreira is another name to note at the associate level; she is often seen advising clients on the development of policies and the impacts of public policies on specific projects.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a firm with excellent professionals recognised in Brazil and other countries. Professionals with high technical capacity in the various fields of law. Competence, transparency, delivery, commitment and quality in services. Excellent interpersonal relationship.’

‘Carlos Vilhena is an excellent professional with vast knowledge and recognition in Brazil and other countries. Filipe Morais Cunha is recommended for his technical quality, competence, and interpersonal skills.’

‘My experience with Pinheiro Neto’s office and team in Brasilia has been very positive. They have excellent knowledge of the mining sector.’

‘My main contact is Carlos Vilhena. He is highly recommended; fluent in English; takes the initiative to find a solution; very intelligent. I found him to be well connected with the Brazilian ministries and governmental agencies. A good partner and someone I rely on and feel comfortable discussing strategy with.’

‘Prompt response to every requirement.’

‘In my opinion, the high and incomparable technical knowledge, as well as the excellent service, make Pinheiro Neto and its mining team, led by Carlos Vilhena, the best law firm in Brazil. There is an ability to follow trends, and with that to present the client with the safest legal solutions.’

‘PN Advogados is distinguished by the reliability of the services provided, and by the accuracy of legal opinions in other languages, particularly English.’

‘Carlos Augusto Vilhena and Filipe Morais Cunha are recommended.’

Key clients

Rio Tinto

Yamana Gold

Kinross Gold Corporation

Appian Capital

Heineken

Great Panther Mining

China Molybdenum Corp (CMOC)

Ero Copper Corp

Fortescue Metals Group

Royal Gold

Work highlights

  • Advised Orion in three complex investment and debt transactions involving mining assets in Brazil.
  • Advised Hochschild on the acquisition of Amarillo.
  • Provided assistance to Heineken in litigation involving third parties, which claim ownership over Heineken’s water wells in the city of Alagoinhas.

Brazil > Environment Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados enjoys a strong reputation in the market, given its ability to handle high-profile environmental litigation (involving civil, administrative and criminal liability) across the country. Covering all aspects of environmental law, the group is a trusted advisor to a range of clients engaged in contentious matters arising from contaminated sites, tailings dam-related incidents, health and safety issues and environmental regulations, among others. In addition to administrative and judicial litigation, the team is well positioned to assist in environmental licensing, take-back plans, projects with environmental implications, and regulatory matters. Furthermore, the department collaborates with the firm’s infrastructure, banking and capital markets practices to advise clients on ESG issues, green financing and lenders’ liability. Antonio José Monteiro is a veteran in environmental law in Brazil, and has a wealth of experience in matters related to agribusiness and biotechnology. Werner Grau Neto is particularly sought after by energy and mining companies implicated in environmental cases, and is a key contact for climate change and ESG mandates. The ‘extremely competentAlexandre Outeda Jorge has a strong track record in class actions and negotiations with public entities and regulatory agencies. Other individuals to note for consulting and litigation matters include Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro and Natalia Azevedo de Carvalho. Andre Vivan de Souza is active in environmental licensing, carbon markets and public civil actions, while Paula Susanna Amaral Mello is recommended for sustainability issues.

Testimonials

‘Very qualified, helpful team, great client relationship and a lot of expertise in the area.’

‘Werner Grau Neto and André Vivan have been with us for almost 15 years, and their professional behaviour has always been impeccable.’

‘Paula Susana Amaral Mello and Mariana Gracioso Barbosa stand out.’

‘I’d highlight Antonio José Monteiro.’

‘Service is super fast and focused on solving the problem.’

‘Alexandre Outeda Jorge is excellent at understanding the scenario, focusing on the solution, thinking about other implications the case may have in another area. Alexandre is always available, and responds quickly.’

‘The firm has lawyers of the highest level in terms of training and experience.’

‘Among the environmental law team, I highlight the partner Alexandre Jorge, an extremely competent practitioner, who is always looking for the best possible solutions for the client. Very dedicated and available.’

Key clients

Eternit

Coalizão Embalagens

IBRAM

CBC – Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos

DVG Industrial

Minsur

Carrefour

Becton & Dickson

CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo

Work highlights

  • Assists Tüv Süd and local companies in legal matters arising from the Barragem I (Dam I) collapse in Brumadinho.
  • Representing multiple companies in environmental litigation concerning illegal waste disposal by a company named Companhia Brasileira de Bauxita – Usina de Passivos Ambientais in the 2000s.
  • Defending CESP in two public civil actions regarding the Porto Primavera hydro power plant due to alleged damages caused by the project to the aquatic fauna of Paraná River.

Brazil > International trade Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a ‘spectacular‘ practice with ‘knowledge of cases of great complexity‘. The dedicated team has been involved in trade remedies investigations since the early 1990s. The lawyers have strong track records advising domestic manufacturers and exporters on sunset reviews, as well as public interest proceedings and safeguard investigations. Their expertise also covers WTO disputes and support in related customs and international trade litigation before the administrative and judicial courts. The firm’s credentials are built around a strong connection with multiple industries, including energy, natural resources, chemicals, manufacturing, automotive, food and fashion. Clients, including major multinationals and trade associations, praise the team’s ‘excellent professionals‘ including practice heads Mauro Berenholc and Renê Medrado, and associate Cora Mendes. Since publicationJoão Rafael L. Gândara de Carvalho has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mauro Berenholc; Renê Medrado

Testimonials

‘Spectacular firm. Great knowledge of cases of great complexity, lots of experience and  excellent professionals, including Mauro Berenholc and Cora Mendes.’

Key clients

General Motors do Brasil

Whirlpool Corporation

Indústria Brasileira de Árvores (Ibá)

GRU Airport (Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos )

Cargill

Centurylink

John Deere

Vertex Farmacêutica do Brasil

Laboratórios Pfizer

Monsanto

Tricon

Tetra Pak Group

BASF Group

Arcos Dourados

CMPC

Becton Dickinson Group

ABIACID (Associação Brasileira da Industria de Ácido Cítrico e Derivados)

Diageo Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pfizer in the analysis of customs, commercial and regulatory constraints for the exportation of Covid-19 related pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, as the products were manufactured in Brazil.
  • Assisted Becton Dickinson Indústrias Cirúrgicas in the second sunset review proceeding concerning antidumping measures in place on the imports into Brazil of disposable syringes originating in China.
  • Acted for BASF in the second sunset review proceeding concerning anti-dumping measures in place on the imports into Brazil of butyl acrylate originating in the US.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 1

The well-established life sciences practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados assists and advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and food supplement, cosmetics, agribusiness and healthcare industries. At the forefront of this practice, the firm has recently assisted clients related to the National Immunisation programme for the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil. Multidisciplinary in its offering, the team is also engaged in transactional work, covering acquisitions, distributor and licensing agreements, clinical trials, research and development, technology transfers, and more, drawing on the strength of the firm’s leading corporate and M&A practice. Angela Kung, a co-founder of the life sciences practice at the firm, maintains a focus on regulatory and transactional work that is complex in nature, covering all segments of the life sciences industry, including emerging technologies. At the non-partner level, senior associate Nicole Aun is also a key member of team, closely involved in technology transfer projects in the pharmaceuticals sub-sector within the context of public and private partnerships. Laura Oliveira Barboza is also of note; she focuses on IP and administrative issues. Since publication, Camila Martino Parise has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Key clients

Laboratórios Pfizer

Merck Sharp & Dohme Farmacêutica

Bristol-Myers Squibb Farmacêutica

Apple

Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil

Exact Sciences

Amryt Pharma

Galderma

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advising Pfizer on the negotiations for the supply of Covid-19 vaccine to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
  • Advising Merck Sharp & Doheme Farmaceutica on a collaboration agreement for Molnupiravir.
  • Advised Apple on legal matters related to life sciences in Brazil.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The ‘excellent' multidisciplinary team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados brings ‘deep technical knowledge and extensive experience in the field’. The firm handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including DIP financings, judicial and extra-judicial reorganisations, and distressed sales and acquisitions, regularly representing creditors and investors in the country’s largest cases. The team also has notable experience acting on the debtor side in restructuring matters. Among the partners, Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva is ‘extremely capable and experienced in insolvency proceedings; his name is well known in the industry, including with judges'. Giuliano Colombo is ‘an excellent lawyer and a great person who has probably the very best reputation of any Brazilian restructuring lawyer in the US market'. Thiago Braga Junqueira is noted for his ‘unique strategic vision' and ‘active participation in the process of building solutions'.

Testimonials

‘Deep technical knowledge and extensive experience in the field. Interdisciplinary team, able to advise in relevant related areas. Availability and commitment of professionals.’

‘In extremely complex Judicial Reorganization cases, whether in terms of the amount involved or in terms of legal theses, the firm proves to be extremely capable of dealing with this environment, and of passing on valuable credibility to the different stakeholders involved in the process.’

‘Giuliano Colombo: manages to translate very complex situations in a simple way, as well as transmits a lot of confidence and credibility in the process, which is essential for the negotiation inherent to a case of Judicial Reorganization. Luiz Paiva: extremely capable and experienced in insolvency proceedings, his name is well known in the industry, including with judges. He brings a lot of experience to the case, which is essential for highly complex cases.’

‘Thiago Braga Junqueira: Unique strategic vision; Professional capable of extrapolating the legal field to contribute to global risk analysis; Active participation in the process of building solutions.’

‘Pinheiro Neto is an excellent firm with a fantastic and well-deserved reputation. In the American market, they are probably the first call for investors and other sophisticated clients seeking advice on Brazilian restructuring and distressed investment matters of high importance.’

‘Giuliano Colombo is an excellent lawyer and a great person who has probably the very best reputation of any Brazilian restructuring lawyer in the US market. He has been recognized by the most prestigious US/international associations (e.g., the American College of Bankruptcy) and has an unparalleled reputation and trust among U.S. and international clients. Thiago Junqueira is a brilliant and hard-working younger partner.’

‘We have been working with the restructuring and insolvency area of Pinheiro Neto for some time. The participation of the team, especially Luiz Fernando Paiva, is essential to give us security about the risks and levers in a judicial recovery. Sophisticated discussions, full team involvement are high value differentiators.’

‘Luiz Fernando Paiva is always up-to-date in discussions about insolvency proceedings, participates in important committees in the market and manages to convey confidence and security in the opinions he gives to our decision-making. Fernanda Piva is an extremely competent and present professional, which makes a lot of difference for the shareholder, who is often not 100% involved in the conduct of the restructuring process itself.’

Key clients

BHP Billiton Brasil

BTGP Pactual

Amerra Funds

Mubadala Capital

PIMCO

GoldenTree Capital

Citibank

Bayer

Securitas AB

Titan

Tecnoloc

Dana Indústrias

CHS

Credit Suisse International

CPFL Energias Renováveis

Lineas International

CBA – Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

TIM

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Work highlights

  • Advised BHP Billiton as controlling shareholder in the judicial reorganisation of iron ore producer Samarco.
  • Aadvised the Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders in the judicial reorganisation proceedings of Odebrecht and other affiliated entities.
  • Advised EuroChem on the agreement to indirectly purchase a controlling 51.48% share in Fertilizantes Heringer, which is under judicial reorganisation.

Tax > Customs Tier 1

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Pinheiro Neto Advogados offers ‘vast experience‘ in contentious and non-contentious tax matters, with a deep bench of lawyers who are ‘always available to provide solutions for each case‘. The specialised practice has an excellent track record representing clients in tax disputes at the municipal, state and federal levels. Key litigators include the hugely experienced Sérgio Farina Filho, Luiz Roberto Peroba Barbosa, the ‘extremely dedicated and committed‘ Carlos Henrique Tranjan Bechara, and Tércio Chiavassa. The firm’s dominant corporate and M&A practice gives it an extremely strong profile in advisory issues, including tax structuring on transactional and restructuring matters, with Ricardo Luiz Becker, Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo, the ‘excellent and engaged Luciana Rosanova Galhardo, and Emir Nunes de Oliveira Neto among those with good credentials on the transactional side. Mauro Berenholc is a lead partner for customs law, and Cristiane Matsumoto and Marcos de Vicq de Cumptich are active on the social security side. Since publication, João Rafael L. Gândara de Carvalho and Vinicius Pimenta Seixas have been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Testimonials

‘Our relationship with PNA goes back many years and for that reason we can say that it is a true partnership. A lot of synergy and exchange has been developed in these years, which are primarily guided by the trust and high quality of the work they deliver. After so many years, it is possible to assume that the relationship has gone from merely hiring a client / lawyer to assuming a position of business partners.’

‘Highly qualified professionals who transmit security in the information they share. The professionals who serve us, Luciana Galhardo and Tercio Chiavassa, are responsible for our portfolio of processes and we have 100% confidence in them.’

‘The quality of service is very good. They are agile and accurate. Prices are high but are well negotiated.’

‘Luciana Galhardo, the partner who works with me, is excellent, engaged, partner and very fast.’

‘The Pinheiro Neto team has high technical capacity in its functions. They are always up to date and seeking to innovate with market opportunities. In addition to their vast experience, they are always available to provide solutions for each case.’

‘The professionals we most identify with are Carlos Henrique Bechara and Felipe Bernardelli. Extremely dedicated and committed professionals with clients.’

Key clients

McDonald’s (Arcos Dourados)

Cargill

Amazon

Facebook

Carrefour

3M

Pfizer

Solvay

White Martins

TIM

Cosan

Fleury

General Electric (GE)

Kimberly Clark

Zara Brasil

FEMSA (Cola Cola)

Basf

Oracle Corporation

Banco Itau Unibanco

Banco Bradesco

Work highlights

  • Acts as co-counsel to Construtora Norberto Odebrecht in administrative litigation against a R$4.6bn infraction notice issued by the Brazilian Federal Revenue Office.
  • Assisted HSBC/Kirton Bank in the defence of a profit share plan that was challenged by the tax authorities.
  • Advising Hapvida Participações e Investimentos on its merger, and related tax issues, with NotreDame Intermedica.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 1

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.

Testimonials

‘For a long time now, Pinheiro Neto’s team have been involved in some of the most relevant tech law issues arising in Brazilian courts, which has an incredibly positive impact in their work handling tech-related litigation and counseling on pre-litigation or regulatory matters.’

‘André Zonaro Giacchetta and Ciro Torres Freitas are readily available should a sensitive issue arise and provide strategic, sensible legal advice in tech law matters.’

Key clients

Amazon

Facebook

Twitter

Mirow & Co. do Brasil

Tiger Global Management

Stripe

Hotmart

Fleury

Byjus

Yahoo

Work highlights

  • Assisted Facebook in a public civil action filed by Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa e Proteção de Dados Pessoais, Compliance e Segurança da Informação – SIGILO.
  • Assists Amazon and AWS in a range of matters related to privacy and data protection, consumer law, IP, e-commerce and other legal fields.
  • Assisted Facebook in several sensitive and complex administrative proceedings initiated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office and consumer protection agencies.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Facebook

Twitter

Amazon

Apple

Softbank

Tiger Global Management

Mirow & Co. do Brasil

JP Morgan

Nubank

Coatue Management

Bytedance (TikTok)

CapSur Capital

Pluggy Brasil

Neon Pagamentos

City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a popular choice for companies from the healthcare, infrastructure, energy and mining industries seeking assistance with PPPs, privatisations, concessions and public contracts. Another area of particular strength for the practice is dispute resolution, where it acts on complex and sensitive cases before local governments, regulatory agencies and the superior courts. As part of its broad offering, the team also handles compliance and environmental matters, bribery allegations and administrative improbity claims and competition law issues. Marcelo Alfredo Bernardes is a key contact for infrastructure projects and administrative disputes. Carlos Vilhena focuses on mining projects and government relations work. Other key names in the department include Leonardo Rocha e Silva, an antitrust expert with experience in proceedings before the CADE; appellate litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo; and José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, an expert in anti-bribery and compliance matters.

Key clients

Pfizer

Grupo CCR

Meta Platforms

Intel

Caixa Federal

Philips

SBM Offshore

Siemens

Roche

Localiza

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pfizer in negotiations with the Brazilian Ministry of Health for the supply of approximately 100m doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Assisted Caixa Econômica Federal with its divesture programme and election of Caixa Seguridade Participações as the first subsidiary to go partially public.
  • Represented KIBAG Airfield Construction in a successful bidding process to provide state-owned company Empresa Brasileira de Infraestructura Aeroportuária (INFRAERO) with RESAs and an engineering material arresting system (EMAS).

City focus - Brasilia > Tax Tier 2

In Brasília, the tax team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados covers a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including administrative and judicial disputes at state and federal levels, direct and indirect taxation issues, and import and export taxes. The group is particularly known for its expertise in transfer pricing-related disputes, and often collaborates with the firm’s corporate team to handle tax planning and fiscal matters related to M&A deals and capital markets products. Tax litigator Luiz Paulo Romano is a key contact for disputes before the CARF and the Brazilian Supreme Court. He is supported by senior associate André Torres Dos Santos, who is skilled in complex tax litigation.

Testimonials

‘The tax team is extremely competent, with great capacity to manage large-scale litigation, crisis management, and deliver good results at all levels of the Brazilian judiciary.’

‘Technical capacity, elaboration of strategies to solve the cases, extensive networking, good relationship with the legal authorities.’

‘Professionals with integrity and ethics, who are always available to clients.’

‘I can highlight a few qualities of the team: trust, discipline, flexibility and honesty.’

‘We use the office for relevant contentious and non-contentious matters. It works in partnership with us, discussing and seeking successful outcomes.’

‘Andre Torres assists us with cases in the Superior Court. He has extensive knowledge.’

Key clients

Vale

Galois

Ponto On-line Cursos

Terra Networks Brasil

Brasscom

Unilever Brasil Gelados do Nordeste

Sinditelebrasil (Conexis)

FenaSaúde

Work highlights

  • Represented Terra Networks Brasil in a case before the Brazilian Supreme Court involving the collection of ICMS on advertising and marketing on webpages.
  • Acted for BRASSCOM, as amicus curiae, in a case before the Brazilian Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of the collection of CIDE on offshore remittances.
  • Assisted Unilever Brasil Gelados do Nordeste with a case before the Brazilian Supreme Court related to PIS and COFINS tax credits.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ expertise in leniency agreements sets it apart. Its compliance and corporate crimes team also draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of a range of professionals to assist clients in a diverse mix of matters. This includes improbity proceedings; implementation of compliance, anti-money laundering and other internal policies; independent investigations; and advice in the context of M&A transactions. At the partner level, Jose Alexandre Buaiz Neto brings knowledge of antitrust, anti-corruption and litigation; Ricardo Pagliari Levy adds a range of expertise in public law and corporate compliance; Vicente Coelho Araujo handles complex litigation from the Brasília office; Daniel Costa Rebello acts in complex investigations, particularly in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors; and Mário Panseri Ferreira handles the criminal aspects of clients’ cases. Lourival Lofrano Júnior, who specialises in compliance and corporate criminal law, was promoted to counsel in January 2022. Since publication, Natalia Genina Lugero De Almeida has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Key clients

Philips

SBM Offshore

Siemens

Roche

Ecorodovias/Gavio

Localiza

Pátria

Tim

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Natura

Work highlights

  • Assisting TÜV SÜD in its internal investigation into the certification of tailing dams in connection with the Brumadinho dam break.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has multidisciplinary knowledge in practice areas key to the successful completion of transactions involving power and renewable assets, privatisations and auctions in the Brazilian electricity sector. Its varied client roster is predominantly made up of corporations and investors engaged in power generation, distribution, transmission and trading, which often turn to the firm for assistance with tenders for new hydroelectric uses and construction of new transmission lines, private auctions, M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and project finance. The team is also well positioned to act for large power consumers and the CCEE on a number of regulatory matters. The firm has continued to diversify its power practice, and has recently seen an uptick in work related to energy transition, self-production and distributed generation projects. José Roberto Oliva Júnior is a go-to counsel for a number of domestic and international clients, including traditional and renewable power producers, utilities, trading companies and large consumers; he specialises in project finance, M&A and regulatory matters in the power sector. José Carlos Altomari Teixeira is proficient in power-related M&A, administrative litigation and privatisations.

Testimonials

‘Technical quality, excellence in service and constant search for safe legal solutions, with a view to business development.’

‘What makes PN stand out is its multidisciplinary nature.’

‘I highlight José Roberto Oliva Júnior who, in addition to mastering knowledge in the energy area, helped us a lot in the negotiation process of our project.’

‘José Roberto Oliva and José Carlos Teixeira offer personalised services, creative solutions and a strategic vision with a business perspective.’

‘High performance team; fast and innovative solution; excellent.’

Key clients

CCEE

Rio Energy

Comerc Energia

Bracell Celulose

Mubadala Investment Company

Aliança Energia

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Energisa

CPFL Energia

VTRM

Work highlights

  • Advised AXS Energia on the negotiation of all the contracts of its under-development distributed generation project, as well as several regulatory analyses related to the energy sector.
  • Advised CPFL Energia on the CEEE-T privatisation, a power transmission company previously held by the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Assisted BRF in a joint venture with AES Brasil Energia to construct a wind farm under the self-production by equivalence regime.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has notable experience advising insurers, reinsurers and major policyholders on strategic, regulatory and commercial issues. Clients praise the team for its ‘high technical knowledge and willingness to work’ and the lawyers’ ‘availability to support client demands’. Its high-level advice to policyholders was demonstrated through its assistance to Pfizer in negotiating critical insurance issues linked to its Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Brazil. The firm also has good credentials for M&A deals, joint ventures, financings, bancassurance structures and product launches. Lead partners include Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto for complex regulatory and contentious issues, and corporate partners Bruno Balduccini, Fernando Mirandez Del Nero Gomes and Carlos Eduardo Gazineu de Azevedo. Senior associate Raíssa Lilavati Barbosa Abbas Campelo is also well regarded.

Testimonials

‘Technical knowledge and availability to support client demands. A multitasking team was created to deliver the requested work.’

‘High technical knowledge and willingness to work, in addition to seeking to understand the demand before starting any work.

‘It is a highly specialized office with tailor made service to your demands.’

‘I’d highlight Diógenes Gonçalves and Gianvito Ardito.’

Key clients

Pier Seguradora

Flix Seguros

Caixa Seguridade Participações

BRB – Banco de Brasília

E-aí Clube Automobilista

Pfizer Export

AIG Seguros do Brasil

Icatu Seguro

Bradesco Seguros

Sompo Seguros

Tokio Marine

Safra Seguros

BrasilSeg

Porto Seguro

Mapfre Seguros

Federación Interamericana de Empresas de Seguros (FIDES)

Picsel Seguros

Localiza Rent a Car

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pfizer in insurance negotiations related to Covid-19 vaccines supplied to the Brazilian government.
  • Advised several major insurers in the Brazilian market throughout 2021 on discussions related to the mandatory insurance for personal injury of victims of traffic incidents.
  • Provides advice to Pier Seguradora on its membership of the Brazilian Private Insurance Authority’s Sandbox Programme.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has an ‘excellent' employment team, whose lawyers ‘answer questions individually, quickly and assertively’. The practice provides strong support to the wider firm on related M&A, restructuring and outsourcing matters. Coupled with this is an impressive standalone workload covering a range of issues, from the development of internal employment policies through to trade union negotiations and high-profile collective and individual dismissal claims. The highly experienced Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes has over 30 years’ experience in the market, while Thais Galo has particularly significant expertise in employee recruitment, dismissal and compensation matters. The highly regarded Mauricio Froes Guidi is ‘always thinking about complete and feasible solutions'.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto’s labour team is excellent. They answer questions individually, quickly and assertively.’

‘Bruno Malfatti is totally in the loop. Fast, effective, amazing treatment. He spares no effort to meet our needs. An extremely reliable professional.’

‘Availability for the client was a great quality.’

‘Maurício Guidi from the labour area and Cauê Myanaki from the corporate area were great partners, always thinking about complete and feasible solutions, without complications or uncomfortable situations.’

Key clients

Amazon

Patria Investimentos

Bradesco

H.I.G. Capital

Costa Crociere

JPMorgan Chase

Atvos Bioenergia (formerly Odebrecht)

Mapfre Seguros

Nubank

Costa Crociere

Work highlights

  • Advised Bradesco Leasing on a class action brought by the Metalworkers Union against Transud, a cargo company which had a finance lease on an aircraft through Bradesco.
  • Represented Bristow Group in a Public Civil Action filed by the Aviators’ Union concerning flight notifications to its crew.
  • Advised Frooty Comércio e Indústria de Alimentos on an investigation into working conditions in the açaí industry.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Leveraging bench strength in banking, financing and capital markets transactions, as well as across public law issues and regulated industries, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is well positioned to assist clients engaged in local and cross-border project finance deals, such as those involving funding through public banks, project debentures and international bond offerings. Recently, the firm has been engaged in major project finance transactions in the sanitation, power, public lighting, oil and gas, and water segments, but has been equally retained by clients in project development, administrative contracts, concessions and PPPs, particularly in the transport sector (ports, airports, highways and railways). On the contentious front, the team is also regularly seen acting in the resolution of conflicts related to construction agreements. Practice head Ricardo Russo steers the team on a range of high-value project finance matters involving banking and capital markets instruments. Júlio César Bueno, who possesses considerable international experience, is a key contact for construction and engineering contracts, dispute resolution and public procurement. Clients operating in the infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy sectors regularly turn to Ricardo Coelho for assistance with financing matters and M&A, while Thaís Fernandes Chebatt is noted for her experience in contractual modelling for construction projects. Marcello Lobo is singled out for his comprehensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry, where he advises on M&A, joint ventures and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Russo

Key clients

Igua Saneamento

Citigroup

Energisa Group

Aegea Grupo

CCR Group

Banco Itaú BBA

JP Morgan

Acciona

Group EDP

State Grid

Contour Global

Azbil Telstar Brasil Consultoria

BRK Ambiental

Passarelli Engenharia e Construção

Sigma Mineração

Inter-American Development Bank

Integral Investimentos

KIBAG Airfield Construction

KIBAG Brasil

BTG

RUMO

SPIC

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to the underwriters in the 10th and 11th issuance of infrastructure debentures by EDP ES (R$1.2bn).
  • Advised CPFL on all legal matters involving the auction regarding the sale of the corporate control of Companhia Estadual de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica.
  • Acted as counsel to the underwriters in the second issuance of infrastructure debentures issued by UHE São Simão, in the total amount of approximately R$1bn.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has ‘great resources‘ and is noted for its ability to execute transactions and ‘real estate securitisations of greater complexity‘. The firm’s market-leading full-service capabilities cover a range of related areas, including corporate, finance, regulatory, capital markets and litigation matters. The firm is especially popular with leading funds, banks and investors, including Tishman Speyer, Proterra and BTG Pactual. Lead transactional partners include the ‘excellentLuciano Garcia Rossi, the ‘very communicative and availableFranco Grotti, and the recently promoted Fabio Rocha Pinto e Silva (who ‘brings together deep technical knowledge with broad business skills‘). Senior associates such as Marianna Morselli, Gustavo Freitas and Martina Zajakoff  also attract high praise. Luis Celso Cecilio Leite Ribeiro is highly experienced in contentious and non-contentious environmental issues, while Júlio César Bueno handles a wide range of real estate disputes.

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team and mutual support to meet our demands, as well as availability for service, especially from the partners.’

‘Franco Grotti – partner: very communicative and available. Gustavo Freitas: great technical knowledge. Marianna Morselli: great technical knowledge and interpersonal relationship in meetings.’

‘The team has great resources within the firm to close off a deal in an effective manner.’

‘Gustavo Freitas: He is very responsive and always comes up with a solution for the client promptly.’

‘Pinheiro Neto is the law firm that we seek advice on transactions of acquisition/sales of real estate assets and real estate securitizations of greater complexity. Partner Fabio Rocha Pinto e Silva brings together deep technical knowledge with broad business skills to decisively contribute to the success of the projects.’

‘Dedication of the partners in the execution of the work, technical quality of the team, organization and perfection in the delivery of contracts and other documents.’

‘Luciano Rossi, Martina Zajakoff and Guilherme de Toledo Piza are excellent, with total dedication to the project and focus on the client and on proposing effective solutions.’

Key clients

Proterra

BTG Pactual

Tishman Speyer

Fleury

Mirae Asset (Korea)

RBR

Jive

Credit Suisse

Patria

Bracell

Work highlights

  • Advised a real estate investment fund managed by BlueMacaw and Catuaí on the acquisition of six floors in the Pátio Victor Malzoni office building in São Paulo.
  • Advised XP Asset Management on the structuring of a real estate investment fund, in the issuance of real estate credit backed securities, and in the acquisition of five logistics assets.
  • Assisted Equinix do Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia em Informátic on a joint venture with GIC to invest in data centres in Brazil and other countries.

Brazil > TMT: Media Tier 2

Pinheiro Neto Advogados features a multidisciplinary media and entertainment practice that is a go-to choice for clients seeking advice on project financing, acquisitions and joint ventures, licensing and marketing, media rights, and regulatory matters. Its broad service offering covers the majority of media sectors, including digital and new media, social media, advertising, visual arts, and sports. José Mauro Decoussau Machado stands out for his track record in media-related IP litigation and transactional work. Raphael de Cunto focuses on the technology and the gaming industries. Senior associate Gustavo Gonçalves Ferrer and Márcio Junqueira Leite are other names to note for commercial litigation, IP, and general media and entertainment mandates.

Testimonials

‘The team has great insight into the local context and sensitivities that should be kept in mind and takes a practical approach to matters.’

‘José Mauro Decoussau Machado and Gustavo Gonçalves Ferrer are personable and have great insight into the local context.’

Key clients

Facebook

Fini Comercializadora

Kavak Tecnologia e Comércio de Veículos

Starz Entertainment

VMLY&R Propaganda

Banco Bradesco – Next

MField

BMG Rights Management Brazil

Amazon

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Representing Netflix in a lawsuit filed by Templo Planeta do Senhor regarding the removal of the movie Cuties from Netflix’s catalogue.
  • Acting for Amazon in a lawsuit regarding the alleged unauthorised use of a Brazilian individual’s image in an episode of the international series “Hanna” on Amazon PrimeVideo.
  • Assisted Starz Entertainment in relation to trade marks following the launch of the pay TV “Star” and “Star+” channels on The Walt Disney Company streaming platform.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

Clients praise the technical ability of Pinheiro Neto Advogados' private client and wealth practice, which benefits from the firm’s full-service offering. Collaborating with the wider firm’s corporate, tax and litigation teams, the offering is multidisciplinary in nature when tackling client issues such as domestic and international asset structuring, family corporate governance, philanthropy, wills, and similar instruments for HNWIs and families. Celso Cintra Mori is a key contact in the team for litigation and disputes. Flávio Belliboni is a family and estate planning expert, regularly handling complex and sensitive family law matters. Pythagoras Carvalho is also highly regarded, as is Marcos Chaves Ladeira.

Testimonials

‘Technical lawyers, available and who understand the client’s needs.’

‘I recommend Pythagoras Carvalho.’

‘For me, the person who continues to give credibility to the firm is Celso Cintra Mori. But there are other partners who do a good job, for example Marcos Chaves Ladeira.’

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 3

One of the most prestigious law firms in Brazil‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados showcases a deep understanding of regulatory matters surrounding the exploration, development, production, refining, distribution and trading of oil, natural gas and its by-products. Brazilian and international clients active in all segments, including service providers and equipment suppliers, regularly turn to the team, which has notable strength in high-value transactions involving oil and gas assets. Based in the Rio de Janeiro office, Marcello Lobo is counsel of choice for many oil and gas clients engaged in high-end M&A and financing transactions with relevant regulatory implications. Marcelo Viveiros de Moura, whose experience in this industry spans more than three decades, is a key contact for domestic and cross-border deals. Regulatory matters, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures are all areas of expertise for Francisco Werneck Maranhão, whose track record also features M&A in the oil, gas and utilities sectors. Recently promoted partner Raphael Moraes Paciello is another key individual in Rio for transactions and regulatory mandates in this space.

Testimonials

‘Great reputation in the market and in-depth knowledge.’

‘Marcello Lobo has great client management skills and robust experience in infrastructure-related M&A.’

‘Pinheiro Neto is one of the most prestigious Brazilian law firms with wide-ranging expertise. The fact that they are always involved in some way in all the main projects developed in Brazil, makes them the first-choice for our most pressing needs.’

‘Francisco Werneck de Albuquerque Maranhão is objective and provides practical advice. Raphael Paciello has excellent knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Mitsui Gás e Energia do Brasil

Castleton Commodities International

Tricon Energy

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mubadala in the acquisition of 100% of Petrobras’s refining and logistic assets related to the Landulpho Alves Refinery (RLAM) Cluster.
  • Assisted Nova Infraestrutura Gasodutos Participações (NISA) in the acquisition of Petrobras’s minority stake in NTS.

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3

With a 'pragmatic business-oriented approach’, the IP practice at Pinheiro Neto Advogados advises on complex litigation, administrative and contractual matters in the field, with a particular strength in trade mark prosecution. The team is sought out by digital and technology-focused companies with, or looking to establish, operations in Brazil, where clients can also benefit from the firm’s full-service structure. José Mauro Decoussau Machado is notable for his expertise in matters at the intersection of IP and technology, praised for his ability to ‘challenge or build a bridge between status quo and current business models’. Litigation matters are the focus for André Zonaro Giacchetta and Carlos Strasburg, particularly in cases involving ISP liability, technology transfers, software licensing and copyright. The team is notable for its expertise in matters that combine technology, entertainment and IP, with Larissa Galimberti and Márcio Junqueira Leite in particular excelling in these areas.

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable in the area of copyright with a pragmatic business-oriented approach. Distinguishable from other law firms I worked with in providing clear practical legal advice. Very helpful in complex copyright negotiations.’

‘I have worked with José Mauro Decoussau Machado for years and I trust his legal advice related to negotiations and litigation and his negotiation support. He is innovative in his ability to challenge the status quo or build a bridge between status quo and current business models to support digital companies in providing their services in Brazil.’

Key clients

Starz Entertainment

Total Energies

Stanley Black & Decker

Heineken do Brasil

Jeunesse

Stryker

Elo Serviços

Hilton Worldwide

Bytedance

Intel

Work highlights

  • Assisting Starz Entertainment in filing a strategic suit against Walt Disney Company in relation to the pay-tv “Star” and “Star +” channels on the Disney streaming platform.
  • Advised Hilton Worldwide regarding the registration of the “WALDORF ASTORIA” trade mark in Brazil.
  • Assisting Genomma in relation to the “BENGUÉ” and ‘ULTRA BENGUÉ” trade marks in Brazil.

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

The full-service public law team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados attracts praise for its ‘technical knowledge’ of issues concerning PPPs, privatisations and government tenders for public concessions. On the public procurement front, its practitioners showcase strength in all stages of tender procedures in a range of sectors, including transportation, healthcare, defence and sanitation. In addition to advising on government contracts, public utilities concessions and regulatory matters, co-head Ricardo Pagliari Levy is also well versed in administrative and judicial litigation. Fellow co-leader Marcello Bernardes has a strong background in infrastructure project development and litigation with the public administration. Names to note at the associate level include Elina Cunha Friedl, who assists private companies in doing business with federal, state and municipal public entities; and Samuel Lopes Parmegiani, who focuses on public procurement and anti-corruption compliance. Heloisa Figueiredo Ferraz handles both government contracts and administrative proceedings.

Testimonials

‘In addition to the already well-known technical knowledge, the public law team always seeks to support its clients in making business viable, even in the face of unfavourable scenarios.’

‘Ricardo Levy is excellent, has a lot of knowledge and always seeks to support us by enabling new business.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Grupo CCR

Meta Integral Investimentos

Kibag

DIB/DIB Invest

Líneas International Holding

Inter-American Development Bank

Intel

Hyundai Rotem

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Pfizer in its negotiation with Brazil’s Ministry of Health for the supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Represents RODONORTE –  Concessionária Integrada de Rodovias in a class action filed by a group of citizens challenging an increase of toll due to the widening of a highway.
  • Assisted KIBAG in its successful bid to provide state-owned company Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária with projects and complementary works on the main airstrip at São Paulo Congonhas Airport.

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 3

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a ‘very specialised, efficient team with technical knowledge about aircraft financing and leasing’. The firm has well-established relationships with several major banks, export credit agencies, lessors and airlines, which instruct the firm on a variety of related transactions, often involving complex corporate or structured components. Key finance partners Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado have a combined almost 60 years of experience. The recently promoted Caroline Guazzelli Queiroz Gomes is highly regarded.

Testimonials

‘Very specialized, efficient team with technical knowledge about aircraft financing and leasing.’

‘Caroline Guazzelli, Antonio Siqueira Filho and Mariana Grande stand out for their efficiency and technical quality of work.’

Key clients

Export and Import Bank of the United States

Vmo Aircraft Leasing

Wilmington Trust Company

Société Générale

Lombard North Central

Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil

Natixis

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised EXIM and Société Générale on the restructuring of the financing of four Boeing 777 aircraft operated by LATAM Brasil.
  • Acted as local deal counsel to Wilmington Trust Company and Vmo Aircraft Leasing in the transfer of title to three Airbus A321 aircraft currently leased to LATAM Brasil to Vmo Aircraft Leasing.
  • Acted as local counsel to Citibank in connection with the return of two Airbus A320 aircraft from Germany, which had been subleased by LATAM Airlines Group to Sundair.

Brazil > Transport: Shipping Tier 3

The experienced team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados is noted for its ‘advisory and litigation capabilities in maritime law’. The firm is particularly active in oil and gas-related maritime issues, and also has considerable credentials in traditional dry and wet shipping claims, including accidents and cargo disputes. Litigator Luis Claudio Furtado Faria is highlighted as ‘a very complete lawyer who combines extensive experience in litigation and maritime law with a very commercial and pragmatic approach’. Marcello Lobo and Ricardo Coelho handle a broad range of non-contentious shipping matters.

Testimonials

‘Pinheiro Neto is an excellent firm at all levels, especially litigation.’

‘PNA is unique for the quality of the professionals that make up the office – trained, specialized and in constant improvement in the best educational institutions in the country and in the world. This recognition for academic excellence, however, does not prevent PNA from having a practical and business-appropriate vision, personalized for each client in their respective segments of operation.’

‘PNA distinguishes itself from others for its unshakable ethics and transparency in its relationship with its clients. PNA innovates by institutionally adhering to pro bono activities and by implementing diversity within and outside the law.’  

‘Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a team specialized in all market segments, which allows it to efficiently handle complex cases.’

‘Luis Claudio Furtado is a very complete lawyer who combines extensive experience in litigation and maritime law with a very commercial and pragmatic approach. Such skills make clients often see him as a trusted advisor on topics that extend beyond maritime law. Luis Claudio is also seen as a great reference by his peers, which further demonstrates his technical ability and personal qualities.’   

‘Full service firm that has a team with advisory and litigation capabilities in maritime law.’

‘Luis Claudio Furtado Faria – experienced lawyer, has been working in the field for many years and brings an interesting background in arbitration and civil law. Extremely polite person and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Subsea 7 do Brasil Serviços

Saipem do Brasil Serviços de Petróleo

Alcoa World Alumina Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advising Subsea 7 on a bid opened by Petrobras to charter a pipe-laying support vessel.
  • Advising Subsea 7 in a charter dispute with Petrobras.
  • Advised Saipem do Brasil Serviços de Petróleo on an investigation into a fire that occurred on the FPSO Cidade de Vitória, belonging to Saipem SPA and chartered to Petrobras.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 3

Leveraging its full-service capabilities, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is able to deploy multidisciplinary teams to assist clients with the gamut of white-collar criminal law matters; moreover, it is noted for its ‘holistic view, deep knowledge, business understanding and objectivity’. The team can regularly be found assisting executives and corporates with state and federal investigations and also has a notable track-record in administrative and judicial litigation. The practice grew organically in January 2022 with the promotion of Lourival Lofrano Júnior to counsel. Other names to note include Mário Panseri Ferreira, who is responsible for the criminal practice at the firm and who has over 20 years’ advisory and litigious experience; José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, whose broad practice takes in anti-corruption and compliance, competition and litigation; litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo; and corporate investigations expert Daniel Costa Rebello. Since publication, Natalia Genina Lugero De Almeida has been raised to the partnership – with effect from January 2023.

Testimonials

Qualified staff, expertise, attentive and available.

I would highlight Mario Panseri Ferreira, Natalia Lugero de Almeida and Lourival Lofrano Junior.

Holistic view, deep knowledge, business understanding, objectivity.

I’d recommend Mario Panseri and Lourival Lofrano.

With each project that I develop with the criminal group of PN, I am more surprised by the care and criteria that guide the themes. These are solid strategic suggestions, based on technical knowledge, but without losing sight of the practical issues aimed at effectively solving the case.’

Key clients

Tüv Süd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tüv Süd in a case connected to the Brumadinho dam break in 2019.

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: Brazil Law Firm of the Year (2021).

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