Mr Vicente Coelho Araujo > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Brasilia, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
BRASILIA, DF 70070-600
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Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Public Law, and Compliance and Internal Investigations.




Vicente Coelho Araújo specializes in civil litigation, with a focus on commercial litigation, corporate compliance and internal investigations, consumer relations, and administrative law and public procurement contracts, notably before the higher courts.


Portuguese and English.


Brazilian Bar Association (OAB/DF): Chair of the Law Firms Committee. 
Center for Legal Studies of Law Firms (CESA): Officer.


Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Brasília (UnB) – 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > City focus - Brasilia > Litigation

Noted for its ‘innovative way of advocating and offering legal solutions‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados‘ Brasília-based litigation team is among the best in the market. The firm is regularly involved in high-profile cases before the superior courts, where it is able to field cross-office teams of expert litigators from Brasília and São Paulo. In a case that could set the policy for the privatisation of subsidiaries of public companies in the country, the firm is representing Caixa Econômica Federal as amicus curiae in direct actions of unconstitutionality filed by political parties and labour unions concerning the corporate restructuring and divestiture of Caixa Econômica Federal and its subsidiaries. Names to note in the sizeable team include appellate litigation specialists Vicente Coelho Araujo and Leonardo Rocha e SilvaJosé Alexandre Buaiz Neto and government relations and mining expert Carlos Vilhena. Daniel Costa Rebello and associate and competition law expert José Rubens Battazza Iasbech are also noted.

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 > Tax

The ‘extremely dynamic, efficient and effective‘ Brasília-based tax department at Pinheiro Neto Advogados has broad experience in complex tax litigation, where it represents leading national and multinational companies. Transfer pricing is a particular area of strength for the firm, which has recently handled a large number of transfer pricing-related disputes at both administrative and judicial levels. Counsel and tax expert Luiz Paulo Romano often takes a leading role in cases before CARF and the Supreme Federal Court, and works alongside key senior associate André Torres Dos Santos. The firm’s São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro-based tax lawyers are also active in cases in Brasília. Litigator Vicente Coelho Araujo is also noted.

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.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation

With ‘seasoned lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas‘, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has an extremely strong reputation in Brazil. The firm’s litigation practice is skilled at handling high-profile cases with national and international significance, especially matters arising from corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Gilberto Giusti is seasoned in domestic and cross-border matters, showcasing comprehensive knowledge of cases involving civil, commercial, corporate, securities and construction disputes. Civil and commercial litigation are the main areas of activity for Luis Claudio Furtado Faria, who is regularly retained by clients operating in the energy, shipping and financial services sectors. Celso Cintra Mori, whose litigation experience spans more than five decades, and civil litigator Diogenes Mendes Gonçalves Neto are other key contacts within the department. Vicente Coelho Araujo, who is based in the Brasília office, stands out for his track record in appellate litigation before the Brazilian higher courts.