Founded in 1942, Pinheiro Neto has played a prominent role in shaping the Brazilian legal and economic landscape. Throughout its existence, the firm has concentrated on advising corporate clients on sophisticated strategic matters, technically challenging legal problems and complex litigation. In order to achieve this, the firm recruits its lawyers from the best law schools in the country and invests heavily in their professional development, not only through strong on-the-job training, but also by means of the highly structured Pinheiro Neto Professional Development Programme. A significant proportion of the firm’s lawyers hold graduate degrees from top local and international law schools, and have spent time working in high-ranking international law firms.
The firm believes in organic growth, and has developed a distinctive, tight-knit culture. A low associate-to-partner ratio ensures that our teams can operate efficiently and service our clients with agility. The firm advises and represents both local and international clients in a broad range of sectors, including automotive, banking and financial services, construction and materials, energy and natural resources, environment and waste management, health care, oil and gas, real estate and technology. A significant proportion of the firm’s clients are headquartered abroad.
The firm has correspondents throughout Brazil, and has developed close and solid working relationships with first-tier law firms in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia.
The firm plays an active role in social responsibility programmes, with a special focus on education, the environment and the development of citizenship, and is among the highest-ranked Brazilian private investors in outreach activities. Since 2009, Pinheiro Neto’s pioneering pro bono programme has compensated professionals for their involvement in social causes. Furthermore, Pinheiro Neto was the first Brazilian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral, further demonstrating its commitment to future generations.
Also noteworthy among the firm’s many in-house committees are the diversity committee, which ensures fair allocation of opportunities in the work environment and in interpersonal relations, and the committee of women lawyers, which works to to promote and retain female talent, and to create awareness of women’s issues within the firm, especially at the top management level. The firm was awarded a seal from the government of the state of São Paulo (Selo Paulista da Diversidade), which recognises its structured initiatives related to employment diversity, and won Euromoney’s 2013 Americas Women in Business Law Award for Best National Mentoring Program – Latin America.
Reflecting the firm’s breadth and depth of legal knowledge, 43 Pinheiro Neto lawyers were recommended in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Brazil in more than 20 separate practice areas, while the 2014 edition of Chambers & Partners: Latin America recommended our lawyers 89 times across 25 categories. The firm was recognised as Chambers Global’s 2013 Law Firm of the Year: Latin America, having been named Latin American Firm of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and Brazilian Firm of the Year in 2009 and 2011. The firm was elected Brazil Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal for nine consecutive years (2006–2014) and is listed in Who’s Who Legal: 100.
In 2014, the firm received the Excellence Award in Exports of Legal Services, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Industry and Development (MDIC) and the Foreign Trade Brazilian Association (AEB). The award recognises the largest Brazilian exporters of services in each of several categories, and highlights Pinheiro Neto’s preeminence in Brazil in providing legal advice to foreign clients. Among the 58 countries to which the firm exported services, the USA, Japan and Germany are the most represented.
São Paulo Office
Tel: +55 11 3247 8400
Fax: +55 11 3247 8600
Rio de Janeiro Office
Tel: +55 21 2506 1600
Fax: +55 21 2506 1660
Tel: +55 61 3312 9400
Fax: +55 61 3312 9444
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