This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - BRAZIL
Pinheiro Neto promoted four senior associates to partner and two senior associates to counsel as of 1 January 2014 in the areas of corporate, environment, tax and competition further bolstering its “first-class” offering. Our Brazil Firm of the Year for the ninth time, Pinheiro Neto is “without doubt” a “dominant force” in the market.
|PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Product Liability Defence||2|
|Corporate Governance||1||Real Estate||1|
|Corporate Tax||3||Telecoms and Media||2|
|Environment||2||Trade & Customs||2|
Not only is the firm a “market leader” in terms of its corporate and commercial law services but it is also pioneering in its commitment to social-oriented projects. In 2013, Pinheiro Neto reaffirmed its belief in the practice of law as a powerful agent of positive social change following a review of its values which saw the firm reassess its investment policies and current and proposed projects to ensure they contribute to the fulfilment of its vision.
|Total Listings in WWL||37||Established||1942|
|Home jurisdiction||Brazil||Total size of firm||724|
|Number of partners||82||Number of offices||3|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm’s reputation in the aviation sector is “second to none”. Most recently, the firm advised on the project financing to fund the expansion, maintenance and operation of the Guarulhos International Airport (Governador André Franco Montoro) in São Paulo. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho is noted for his contentious and finance expertise with experience in aviation insurance. Ricardo Vieira Coelho is noted for his regulatory and finance work for clients in the aviation industry.
One of the firm’s most significant M&A deals of 2013 includes advising BTG Pactual on its acquisition of Globenet at a value of US$750 million. The “well-respected” practice includes “experts” Fernando Alves Meira, Alexandre Bertoldi and Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr. Bertoldi is particularly renowned for his work in this field with clients praising his “diligent approach” to matters.
Pinheiro Neto also fields a strong corporate tax team that comprises expertise in litigation, transfer pricing, tax planning, due diligence in corporate transactions and foreign trade. Luciana Rosanova Galhardo is a “standout practitioner” in the field with a “stellar reputation”. She is described as “just fantastic” by peers. Also recommended are Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo and Ricardo Luiz Becker.
Life sciences is a further area in which the firm possesses a highly specialised team. Angela Fan Chi Kung and Camila Martino Parise are recommended for their regulatory expertise while Sérgio Pinheiro Marçal is noted for his product liability practice.
Further praise goes to Julio Cesar Bueno who is recognised for his construction, product liability defence, project finance and public procurement practice, dispute resolution “expert” Gilberto Giusti who is noted for his arbitration and commercial litigation practice, and Esther Donio B Nunes who specialises in information technology, and telecoms and media.
Among the firm’s pro bono achievements is its recent involvement with Street Child United, a UK-based charity which chose the firm to assist in its incorporation of a non-profit association in Brazil and in the organisation of the 2014 Street Child World Cup project. Lawyers have been assisting with drafting and negotiating sponsorship agreements and coordinating the visas for more than 230 children from 20 countries who will be participating in the event in Rio de Janeiro in March.
In the coming year, rather than increasing the firm’s head count, offices or number of practice areas, Pinheiro Neto will focus on the pursuit of quality and continuous improvement with special attention to ensuring there is alignment among partners, refining policies and procedures and training.
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 750 professionals, including around 400 lawyers, and offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, 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 55,000 people throughout the country, and 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 works to create awareness of women’s issues within the firm and to promote and retain female talent. The firm won Euromoney’s 2013 Americas Women in Business Law Award for “Best National Mentoring Program – Latin America”. On the domestic front, we received a seal from the government of the state of São Paulo (Selo Paulista da Diversidade) which recognises our structured initiatives related to employment diversity.
True to our position as a leading full-service firm, in 2013 our lawyers were recommended by Who’s Who Legal: Brazil 56 times in 24 separate practice areas, while the 2013 edition of Chambers & Partners: Latin America recommended our lawyers 72 times in 31 categories. In 2013, the firm was recognised as Chambers Global’s Law Firm of the Year: Latin America, and was elected Brazil Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal for eight consecutive years (2006 to 2013). Pinheiro Neto 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
Fax: +55 61 3312 9444
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