Mr Pedro Freitas > Veirano Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Veirano Advogados
Av. Bartolomeu Mitre
770 – Leblon
22431-004
Brazil

Work Department

Corporate & Mergers and Acquisitions, Infrastructure & Projects, Mining, Power, Corporate Compliance & Investigations, China Desk and German Desk

Position

Partner

Career

Pedro Freitas has extensive expertise advising clients on corporate governance and integrity, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure issues with exceptional industry knowledge in mining, construction, project finance, energy and natural resources gained from his years as in-house counsel.

Mr. Freitas began his legal career at Veirano Advogados in the Corporate Law practice group. He enhanced his experience working on debt moratoriums and corporate reorganizations in several Latin American countries while working for two years in Chicago at one of the largest global law firms. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited to work in 1985 at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C. where he advised on project finance, corporate restructuring, and negotiating equity investments around the globe for countries as diverse as Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea and Hungary. During his tenure at the IFC, Mr. Freitas developed a unique insight into international project finance from the financier’s perspective – a perspective that is highly valued by his clients today.

Enticed to return to Brazil, Mr. Freitas brought his significant global experience in project finance and restructuring to the Brazilian market. He served as general counsel at some of Latin America’s most recognized companies in the fields of Mining Logistics, Telecommunications, Construction and Projects Development on Energy, Transportation, Airports and Ports.

Mr. Freitas was Managing Partner for 4 years (2012-2015) and he is currently a Member of its Board of Directors. He is a founding member, Vice-President of Instituto Innovare, a non-political organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Brazilian judicial system and was elected for the Board of Renova Foundation, responsible for the recovery of areas impacted by the Samarco Dam accident in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo states. Pedro is Trustee at large at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Languages

Portuguese, English and Spanish

Memberships

American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Rio de Janeiro, Arbitration Committee
Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Mining Committee
Brazil-China Business Council (CEBC), Director
British Chamber of Commerce (BRITCHAM), Mining Committee
Centro de Estudos de Sociedades de Advogados (CESA), Executive Director
Instituto Innovare, Founding Member, Vice-Chairman and Vice-President
International Bar Association (IBA), Mining Committee, Co-chair (2017-18)
World Services Group (WSG), Chairman of Latin American Chapter
Bimbo Group, Advisory Council Member, Mexico
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, Member of the Self-Evaluation Comission (CPA), Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Center of Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA), Arbitrator
Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) – Rio de Janeiro

Education

Leadership in Law Firm program, Harvard Law School, Boston, MA, 2012
MBA in Telecommunications, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, 2001
Financial Transactions, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, 1989
Corporate Law, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1983
Corporate Law, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, 1980
LL.B, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), 1979

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Compliance

A ‘sophisticated team with an international profile‘, Veirano Advogados is highlighted for its ‘ability to address sensitive matters appropriately‘. The compliance team works in close collaboration with the firm’s white-collar criminal defence and antitrust departments, and is regularly sought out by large Brazilian and multinational companies operating in the banking, technology, energy and chemicals sectors. The group has seen an uptick in work relating to digital fraud, and has also been actively representing clients in internal investigations concerning tax fraud, corruption and money laundering. The highly regarded Rafael Gimenes has over 20 years of experience in the market, including in compliance consultancy and investigations; he leads the team, which includes criminal law specialist Marta Saad, corporate law, governance and integrity partner Pedro Freitas, Alberto Monteiro, who works on antitrust and anti-corruption mandates, and senior associates Lívia Gândara and Vitor Jorge.