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Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados

Rio de Janeiro - RJ

Pinheiro Guimarães Advogados - Rio de Janeiro - RJ
  • Avenida Rio Branco 181
  • 27° andar
  • Rio de Janeiro - RJ
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil
  • 20040-918
  • Senior Partner: Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães N
  • Number of partners worldwide: 22
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 50

THE FIRM: Pinheiro Guimarães - Advogados was established in 1922 and, with offices in Rio de Janeiro and in São Paulo, represents a vast array of clients in Brazil and abroad. The firm has a staff of highly qualified and experienced attorneys, graduated from the top universities in the country, fluent in several languages and holding LLM degrees from prestigious law schools in Brazil, the United States and Europe.Many of its partners have international professional experience in prestigious law firms and international organisations and eleven of them are admitted to practice both in Brazil and in New York.

Banking & Finance:
The firm has extensive experience in local and crossborder financing transactions, representing private and institutional lenders, governments and development agencies,multilateral organisations and corporate borrowers.The firm acts for lenders and borrowers in connection with syndicated loans, refinancing transactions, import financing, export prepayment and other trade-related debt transactions, compror, vendor and other supply financing transactions, local and cross-border leasing transactions, securitisations, credit-linked debt, project finance and other structured finance transactions and acquisition financings.
Within the Banking and Finance Practice, the firm is also very active in project finance deals (infrastructure and industrial projects), structured finance products (including securitisation), trade finance transactions and debt restructuring (including bankruptcy proceedings and judicial and extrajudicial reorganisations). From 1983 to 1994, the firm represented the bank advisory committee for the restructuring of the Brazilian external sovereign debt and was actively involved in the negotiations that resulted in the issuance of the ‘Brazil Brady Bonds’. The firm also assists financial institutions in regulatory and compliance matters before the Central Bank and the Securities & Exchange Commission (CVM).
Capital Markets: The firmprovides legal advice in primary and secondary public offerings of securities in the Brazilian and international markets (including shares, shares certificates and debt securities); filings and cancellation of public company registration; securities listing and delisting proceedings; administrative proceedings and consultations with the CVM and BM&FBovespa; investments in the Brazilian capital and financial markets by local and foreign investors; and stock option plans.
In the capital markets practice, the firm is also actively involved in structuring and establishing investment funds, including hedge funds and structured funds such as private equity funds (FIPs) and credit rights investment funds (FIDCs), and in the derivatives markets (including hedging transactions involving swaps, futures and options in connection with foreign exchange, interest rates and commodities indexes and prices). The firm also advises clients in connection with the compliance with securities regulations and trading rules, filings and reporting requirements and administrative and disciplinary procedures.

Corporate & M&A: The firmprovides legal assistance in the incorporation of companies and other entities for the development of different business activities in Brazil; drafting corporate documents (including investment agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders and quotaholders agreements) and in all corporate issues involving different corporate entities in Brazil; securities repurchase transactions; structuring of foreign investments and divestments; transactions involving sale of assets and assumption of debt; turn-around investments and investments in overleveraged or distressed Brazilian companies; and corporate disputes and litigation. In the corporate and M&A area, the firm is also actively involved in mergers and acquisitions, transfer of control and corporate restructuring deals, including mergers, spinoffs, merger of shares, dissolution and liquidation of companies. The firm also advises financial institutions, investment funds and local and international corporations in all stages of the structuring and negotiation of private equity investments and private equity funds.

Tax: Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados advises domestic and international clients in the development and execution of integrated tax strategies with respect to their activities in connection with capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and asset restructurings and e-business; the development of financial and banking products, tax efficient investment alternatives; and in derivatives transactions. The firm has expertise in international and cross border transactions and international tax treaties, which allows it to advise its clients in structured tax transactions, tax derivatives products, tax planning and determine the most effective use of tax credits and tax sparing rules.

Litigation & Arbitration: The firm has a solid experience in the litigation and arbitration areas, as well as in credit recovery (including summary collections, judicial recovery and bankruptcy proceedings) and in international and commercial arbitration proceedings.

INTERNATIONAL WORK: The firm has an extensive international experience and is one of the leading Brazilian firms in handling international deals in all its areas of practice.

LANGUAGES: English, French, German, Italian,Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance 24%
  • Capital Markets 23%
  • Corporate & M&A 23%
  • Tax 13%
  • Litigation & Arbitration 12%
  • Telecommunications & Media 5%


  • Avenida Paulista 1842,
  • 24° andar,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 01310-923
  • Tel +55 21 4501 5000
  • Fax +55 21 4501 5025
  • Email : pgasp@pinheiroguimaraes.com.br

Banking & Finance - Brazil

THE FIRM Banking and finance matters are at the core of this firm's practice. The group has broad experience in large and structured operations and is familiar with most financial products and asset classes. The team routinely advises clients on corporate, acquisition and project finance, and is well equipped to provide regulatory support as required. In recent highlights, the firm advised the group of arrangers on Vale Overseas's public offering of bonds worth USD1.25 billion, and assisted China Development Bank in connection with several loans granted to State Grid Brazil's multiple subsidiaries across Latin America. Further clients in this area include Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Itaú BBA and BTG Pactual.

Sources say: "We choose to work with this firm because the senior partners are easily accessible, they have a strong reputation in the market and the finance team has a pragmatic working approach." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is a finance all-rounder who has expertise in capital markets, corporate and restructuring. Sources admire his knowledge and objectivity.

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães also covers a broad range of finance and banking matters, including projects, capital markets and M&A for the financial industry. He is well respected by peers, who describe him as an excellent lawyer.

Paula Pessôa is particularly active in bank lending and debt capital markets (DCM), and receives warm praise from clients: "She is a great lawyer - committed, efficient and attentive."

Founding partner Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto has been in the market for over five decades. He is highly esteemed by sources who note: "He is an authority on finance matters and a pleasure to work with."

In line with the firm's profile, Fabio Yanitchkis Couto is a finance generalist who handles M&A and restructuring.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Brazil

THE FIRM This firm has offices in Rio and São Paulo and is routinely involved in debt refinancings and restructuring transactions for both creditors and debtors. The team benefits from the firm's expertise in areas such as litigation, finance, M&A and tax to provide judicial and extra-judicial counsel on a range of insolvency matters. Clients include Global Village Telecom, CELPE and Adria Alimentos. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Banco Santander in the restructuring of Vitopel do Brasil's financial debt.

Sources say: "The team is very active in the field - we feel extremely comfortable working with them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães heads the department and led the firm's involvement in the restructuring of Vitopel do Brasil's debt.

Key partner Eduardo Augusto Mattar brings his acclaimed skills in dispute resolution to the table.

Sergio Yoshino is a young partner praised by sources for his in-depth knowledge of the area. 

Capital Markets - Brazil

THE FIRM This leading finance boutique is widely regarded as a major player in the capital markets arena. The team handles a broad range of work, from equity deals and bond issues through to investment funds and securitisations, and has been increasingly active in structured finance transactions of late. Representative deals include assisting the syndicate of banks in the BRL2 billion public offering of debentures by BNDESPar, and helping construction giant Andrade Gutierrez to issue BRL639 million in debentures to qualified investors. The firm is fully equipped to provide complementary support for banking and corporate issues.

Sources say: "This firm is first-rate for capital markets. The team provides a high-quality service and shows a clear understanding of the client's business needs." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is widely acclaimed as a standout lawyer for all manner of capital markets work. "He is very senior but remains completely hands-on - we really appreciate that he follows deals closely and is always present to discuss strategy," enthuse clients.

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães has broad expertise ranging from securitisation to banking, and is praised by clients for his dedicated working manner.

Ivie Moura Alves stands out for her "vast experience in equity, which makes her quick, knowledgeable and effective," according to clients.

Since publication Cristina Tomiyama joined Pinheiro Guimarães from Machado Meyer. She is rated by sources who endorse her pro-deal approach.

Corporate/M&A - Brazil

THE FIRM This compact but highly regarded boutique has a multidisciplinary team with vast experience across its core practice areas of banking, capital markets, restructuring and M&A. Major highlights include helping BTG Capital to establish B&A Mineração, a joint venture between one of BTG Pactual's investment vehicles and AGN Agroindustrial. The team also served as counsel to Vanguarda Participações and some of its shareholders in the corporate restructuring and asset spin-off that the company underwent prior to selling a 40% interest to Grupo Veremonte and subsequently merging with Brasil Ecodiesel.

Sources say: "The team demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the market and a high degree of technical quality. They are extremely committed and always act as stakeholders themselves." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Name partners Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães and Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães are widely respected in the market as "excellent M&A lawyers."

Marcelo Lamy Rego receives glowing reviews from clients and peers alike: "He stands out for his business vision, his knowledge of the economy and his experience in overseas corporate law."

Projects - Brazil

THE FIRM This high-end finance boutique has been increasingly active in large infrastructure deals of late. The team's main focus is on project finance, but the arrival of projects expert André Sigelmann in 2010 has seen it move further into project development and implementation. The group recently represented OSX Construção Naval in negotiating the supply of 11 oil tankers to Kingfish do Brasil, a deal valued at USD732 million, and is also assisting the company with several equipment supply contracts for the development of a shipyard in Açu. Other significant clients include Citi, Credit Suisse, Neoenergia and Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional.  

Sources say: "This firm is a great choice for project finance - they are quick, proactive and business-oriented."

KEY INDIVIDUALS André Sigelmann is described as "technically excellent" by clients, who praise his in-depth knowledge of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.  

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães provides a wealth of experience in finance matters. "He knows what is viable and understands our internal culture," enthuse sources.

Telecommunications - Brazil

THE FIRM This accomplished firm is particularly known for handling the corporate, finance and tax aspects of telecoms matters. Its client portfolio features key market players such as Oi and Brasil Telecom, and it has recently served as counsel to Banco Bradesco as the arranger in the issuance and public offering of unsecured debentures worth BRL2 billion by Embratel.

Sources say: "The partners are very accessible and maintain effective communication with their clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães has a broad commercial practice that spans corporate, finance, projects and TMT. Sources praise his technical knowledge and agreeable working manner.