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.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
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 firm provides 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 firm provides 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, spin-offs, 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
Corporate & M&A
Litigation & Arbitration
Telecommunications & Media
- Avenida Paulista 1842,
- 24° andar,
- São Paulo - SP,
- Sao Paulo
- Tel +55 21 4501 5000
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