Mr Jose Alexandre Buaiz Neto > Pinheiro Neto Advogados > Brasilia, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
BRASILIA, DF 70070-600
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Work Department

Competition, Commercial Litigation, Criminal and Criminal Procedure.




Member of Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 1994 and partner since 2006. He worked as a Foreign Associate at Mayer Brown in NYC in 1997-1998.

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto serves domestic and international clients from different industries in competition law matters, working on notification of deals to the Brazilian antitrust authority (CADE), defenses in administrative proceedings, and negotiation of leniency programs and cease-and-desist commitments. In the compliance arena, José Alexandre has substantial experience in internal investigations regarding several aspects (antitrust, anticorruption, accounting fraud, money laundering, and others), as well as in defending clients and negotiating agreements with public prosecutors at federal and state levels, the Federal Comptroller Board (CGU), the Federal Attorney-General Office (AGU), and other competent bodies. He also practices in civil and commercial litigation and in disputes over decisions from administrative bodies.


Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Brazilian Institute of Competition and Consumer Relations (IBRAC): Board Member.
American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil (Amcham).
He was a member of the National Financial System Appeals Board (CRSFN) between 2011 and 2013 by indication by the Brazilian Association of Publicly Held Companies (ABRASCA).
He was professor of Commercial Law and Competition Law at UniCeub (1999-2003), at IGDT-UCG (1999-2007) and IBEP-UCB (2005-2007).


LL.B. from the University of Brasília (1995).
LL.M. from Boston University School of Law (1997).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Competition and antitrust

(Leading individuals)

José Alexandre Buaiz NetoPinheiro Neto Advogados

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.

Brazil > City focus - Brasilia > Litigation

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.

Brazil > City focus - Brasilia > Public law and regulation

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.

Brazil > Compliance

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.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations

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.