This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - BRAZIL
For the eighth consecutive year, Pinheiro Neto is our Brazilian firm of the year. Achieving 41 listings across an impressive 22 practice areas, this full-service corporate firm is clearly a cut above the rest. Since its establishment in 1942, the firm has stayed loyal to Brazil and now has three offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília with over 800 staff. Pinheiro Neto prides itself on its high ethical standards and as well as becoming the first carbon neutral firm in Brazil, it has also invested heavily in 23 non-governmental organisations around the country which bring positive benefits to over 55,000 people. With such fantastic credentials and a real emphasis on maintaining strong client relationships, it is no surprise that the firm retains its title as Brazilian law firm of the year.
|PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 41|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||2||Internet & e-Commerce||1|
|Aviation||2||Labour & Employment||1|
|Capital Markets||1||M & A||4|
|Competition||1||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Governance||3||Public Procurement||2|
|Corporate Tax||3||Real Estate||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||1||Trade & Customs||2|
Pinheiro Neto’s M&A practice boasts four “spectacular” lawyers. The practice has performed particularly well over the last year with significant deals in many sectors including the combination of the businesses of TAM and LAN through the migration of TAM’s shareholders base to LAN. Alexandre Bertoldi is an “exceptional” M&A lawyer whose practice also covers aspects of banking and capital markets. Bruno Balduccini is “respected” for his “business acumen” and “client-oriented” practice. He is a “superb” lawyer in both the M&A and banking areas and, accordingly, is listed in both of these chapters. Fernando Alves Meira is a “leading” practitioner who provides “reasonable and practical advice” on matters related to M&A and structured finance transactions. He is also listed in our corporate governance chapter. Another lawyer listed in both of these areas is Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr, an “outstanding attorney”, whose wide transactional practice involves M&A, private equity and capital markets. Henry Sztutman features in the corporate governance chapter and provides “sophisticated advice on complicated issues”. He is president of the legal committee of the Brazilian Association of Publicly Held Companies.
The firm excels in corporate tax and garners three listings in the corresponding chapter, including the “talented” Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo, who has a broad tax practice covering domestic and international tax law, federal taxes and taxation of M&A, financial and securities transactions. Luciana Rosanova Galhardo has gained the respect of her clients through her “close focus on the technical details while maintaining an understanding of the bigger picture”. She focuses on tax planning, foreign investments and corporate tax law. Completing the trio is Ricardo Luiz Becker, wo has a general tax practice with “superb expertise” in financial and securities transactions.
Renato Stephan Grion is highly recommended by our respondents for his ability to “act calmly, efficiently and professionally under pressure”. He is an experienced arbitrator and has practised both domestically and internationally. Gilberto Giusti is a “leading practitioner” in this area and “the person to have on your side during a tough negotiation”. He is listed in both our arbitration and commercial litigation chapters. Celso Cintra Mori features in our commercial litigation chapter and with over 35 years’ experience in the area, is “one of the finest litigators in Brazil”.
Angela Fan Chi Kung is featured in both the intellectual property and regulatory sections of our life sciences chapters. Her “renowned” practice covers the food, medical and agricultural products and biotechnology industries. Camila Martino Parise is an “exemplary” regulatory and transactional lawyer within the life sciences sectors. A “pre-eminent” product liability practitioner, Sérgio Pinheiro Marçal has published and practiced extensively in the area. One lawyer of particular note is Julio Cesar Bueno, who is listed in three practice areas: product liability defence, project finance and construction. He acts for high-profile corporations in preventing claims and assessing product liability risk.
Adolpho Julio Camargo de Carvalho is a “very active” and “successful” aviation practitioner who focuses his work on financing and aircraft insurance matters. Ricardo Vieira Coelho is a “go-to guy for aviation matters” and is a specialist in aeronautical law as part of his wider practice which deals with transactional issues. He is also listed in our public procurement chapter.
Adriano Drummond Trindade is an “expert” in mining law and related environmental issues. He is praised for his “incisive mind” and “innovative problem-solving”. Carlos Vilhena is “one of the most highly respected mining lawyers in Brazil” and is “first class”. His practice involves advising exploration and mining companies on complex regulatory issues.
Further recognition goes to Esther Donio Nunes whose “terrific” work in the telecommunications sector has seen her included in our internet, e-commerce and data protection and regulatory communications chapters. Her “high standards of excellence” in computer regulatory law, technology transfer, and trademark and patent licensing are highly praised by our respondents.
Pinheiro Neto’s further listings demonstrate the wide range of services on offer at the firm.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Credibility, innovation and a commitment to excellence are the hallmarks of Pinheiro Neto Advogados. Since 1942, the firm has played a prominent role in shaping the Brazilian legal and economic landscape.
With a network of 800 professionals, including around 400 lawyers, and offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, along with correspondents throughout Brazil, the firm maintains solid relationships with major law firms in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia.
As a full-service firm focused on both breadth and depth of knowledge, we recruit our lawyers from the best law schools in the country, and, in addition to excellent educational credentials and strong on-the-job training, further develop their abilities by means of the Pinheiro Neto Professional Development Programme, unveiled in 2011.
Having grown organically and developed a distinctive, tight-knit culture, the firm continuously strives to be at the forefront, whether solving legal problems or meeting the community’s interests. Our legal practice is marked by an unyielding commitment to excellence, ethical conduct, quality human relations and the development of society.
Since its very inception, the firm has contributed to several charitable bodies while playing an active role in social responsibility programmes, with a special focus on education, the environment and the development of citizenship. In 2010/2011, the firm invested in 23 non-governmental organisations affecting the lives of 55,000 people throughout the country, placing Pinheiro Neto Advogados among the highest-ranking 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 is the first Brazilian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral, further evidencing its commitment to future generations.
Also noteworthy among the firm’s many in-house committees are the Diversity Committee – which works to ensure fair allocation of opportunities in the work environment and in interpersonal relations – and the Committee of Women Lawyers, which was shortlisted for a 2012 Chambers Women in Law Award for Best Gender Diversity Initiative.
True to our position as a leading full-service firm, in 2012 our lawyers were recommended by Who’s Who Legal: Brazil 47 times in 24 separate practice areas, while the 2013 edition of Chambers: Latin America recommended our lawyers 72 times in 31 categories. The firm has received several Deal of the Year awards for deals closed in 2012 in practice areas ranging from M&A to finance to restructuring, thus confirming the firm’s ability to competently handle sophisticated, complex, global matters. Meanwhile, in addition to being appointed Firm of the Year for Latin America by Chambers Global 2013, Pinheiro Neto has been elected Brazil Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal for seven consecutive years (2006 to 2012) and is the only Brazilian firm to appear in Who’s Who Legal 100.
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
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