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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 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 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

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading finance boutique active across structured finance products, banking, regulatory, capital markets and corporate finance. Established expertise on cross-border operations and compliance issues before the CVM (Securities & Exchange Commission).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has highly qualified lawyers who are results-driven and hands-on."

Work highlights Represented Agence Française de Développement, as lender, in the loan granted to Companhia Catarinense de Águas e Saneamento.

Notable practitioners  

Practice co-head Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is a standout name on the finance arena. Clients note his "ability to manage complex negotiations and his solution-focused approach."

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães co-heads the department. His practice spans projects, corporate, capital markets and banking finances.

Peers see Paula Pessôa as a "young promising lawyer." Her practice focus is on banking and finance issues.

Fabio Yanitchkis Couto is acknowledged for his work representing a raft of blue-chip banking clients.

Founding partner Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães Neto is a respected name according to peers, who go on to describe him as a point of reference in the market.

Significant clients Citi, Santander, The Bank of New York Mellon, Itaú BBA.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Brazil

Basic facts about the department - 6 partners
 - 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team representing investors and international bondholders in some of Brazil's most prominent court-supervised and out-of-court insolvency proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm provides excellent added value. They have been proactive in pre-empting potential issues and extremely helpful in guiding investors with insightful recommendations."

"They are dedicated, creative and able to guide us with practical strategies."

Work highlights Acting for the steering committee of noteholders as the lenders in the judicial reorganisation of utility holding company Rede Energia.

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Augusto Mattar is highly by clients, who value "his tactics, proactive advice and in-depth knowledge of insolvency legislation."

Founding partner Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães brings a wealth of banking and finance expertise to the table when dealing with high-profile cases.

Significant clients Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Itaú BBA, Santander, Carval Investors.

Capital Markets - Brazil

Basic facts about the department - 10 partners
 - 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected group offering broad expertise in capital markets transactions. Sources highlight its strength in domestic and cross-border debt operations and equity matters, and it also has been active of late in issues related to infrastructure debentures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is excellent and the senior partners offer a high-quality service. Pinheiro Guimarães is my go-to firm in Brazil."

Work highlights Represented the arrangers in an issuance of debentures by Vale, worth approximately USD450 million.

Notable practitioners 

Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is co-head of the practice and advises on the full range of capital markets transactions. He elicits strong praise from sources, who describe him as a "phenomenal" lawyer who is "creative and pragmatic."

Fellow co-head Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães continues to receive endorsement from peers for his broad capital markets practice. He also offers expertise in corporate, banking and finance and projects matters.

Ivie Moura Alves is commended by sources for her technical knowledge and is described as a "meticulous lawyer who pays attention to detail."

Cristina Tomiyama is the latest addition to the firm's capital markets team. She is "an experienced and proactive lawyer who brings energy to the team - highly recommended," say clients. 

Significant clients Itaú BBA, Organizações Globo, HSBC, Votorantim.

Corporate/M&A - Brazil

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
 - 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation amongst peers and clients for its strength in M&A, capital markets, banking and restructuring. Mid-sized team led by a core group of highly experienced partners. Regularly involved in high-profile and high-value deals, particularly in the financial sector. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of service and technical expertise stand out at this practice. They are flexible and creative, and they know the market well."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to General Motors do Brasil on the acquisition of Ally Financial's operations in Europe, China and Latin America. The deal was valued at USD4.25 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Marcelo Lamy Rego is highly rated by peers and clients as a skilful and experienced M&A lawyer: "He's excellent - always prepared and very well-rounded."

Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães is recognised by sources as a multi-talented lawyer and an active figure in the market. His practice spans corporate, banking and capital markets.

According to clients, Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães "brings solutions and definitely adds value." His expertise lies in corporate, finance and project development. 

Significant clients BTG Pactual, Brookfield Brazil, Grupo Neoenergia, Merrill Lynch, White & Case.

Projects - Brazil

Basic facts about the department - 7 partners
 - 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique firm with a strong focus in the project finance area. Also present in project development in a broad range of industries, including energy, road and airports, as well as providing expertise in supply and construction agreements. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are my go-to firm and one of the best boutique firms in Brazil. They have all the strengths: an amazing M&A, capital markets and tax teams, and they are all cohesive and work very well together."

"Their technical work is good and they are very good for financing."

Work highlights Represented Renova Energia in relation to a framework agreement with Alstom Power for wind turbine generator supply.

Notable practitioners 

The "very technical and capable" André Sigelmann is rated for his experience and excellent client relations. Sources also note that he "really gets to the commercial points quickly and transforms them into what's needed." He is highly regarded in EPC contracts work. 

Plinio Pinheiro Guimarães is considered "a great lawyer" with a solution-oriented approach. Sources add that he "definitely adds value" in project finance matters. 

Up-and-comer Roberta Pimentel is "an extremely good lawyer" who is "great to work with." She is acknowledged for her notable expertise in financing, and for her international experience.

Significant clients Andrade Guitierrez, MPX Energia, EDP Energias do Brasil, OSX Brasil, Suzano Papel e Celulose.